QLeft.png As if led by the warmth of early spring, Michiru discovers some flower buds. A genuine smile comes to her face at this good omen. QRight.png


Michiru's First Scheme of the Year

Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Morning!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Huh? No one's here yet. And I even used Akira's name to get them here.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I wonder if they got soft and lazy because of New Year's.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
It was a last minute invitation. It's only natural they're running late. But more importantly...


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Why did you use MY name?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Why else? I wanted to make this a fun hatsumode!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
That doesn't make any sense. We already did hatsumode on New Year's Day.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
*sigh* As clueless as ever, aren't you Akira?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Not everyone was able to go on the first, remember?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But Mei Fan is back, so now's our chance to all do hatsumode together!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
I see.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
A traditional Japanese New Year might be a good experience for Mei Fan.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Right?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I thought it would be nice to show her how we spend New Year's here.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Hmmm.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
First, I'd like to show her how much fun it is to play hanetsuki. Nothing's better than beating your opponent and brushing ink on their face.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Oh, but in Mei Fan's case, I bet she'd get fired up to take you down Akira.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We can ink up her face, then do the same to Yachiyo and Shiori, too. Hee hee hee!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
You're having fun.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hey, what's with that amused look in your eyes?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Oh, no, I didn't mean it.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Yeah, but acting like that without even realizing it? That's even worse.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Sorry, I'll be more careful next time.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Don't lose focus just because it's the new year.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Then again, I can't deny that I'm having fun.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Mei Fan, Yachiyo, and Shiori...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
With excellent talent like that, the possibilities are endless.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We have so much to do this year. And it's about time to start thinking about our next stage performance.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
So we can't have you lose focus now, understand?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Got it.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Happy New Year!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ah, Yachiyo's the first one here!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Oh, I thought for sure Mei Fan would get here first.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Happy New Year! Let's hope it's a good one!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Yes, let's hope so.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
By the way, Akira-senpai...


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Yes?


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
What's the post-holiday schedule looking like?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
What?


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Isn't that why you had us come today?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Okay, I'll take over from here.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
While the post-holiday schedule is important, something even more important came up.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Huh?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Mei Fan's back now, so we're doing another hatsumode! You weren't able to come either, Yachiyo, so you must've felt left out.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Oh, so that's the real reason we're here. You really pulled the wool over our eyes.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hee hee! A little surprise is always fun right?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
One down, Mei Fan to go! Stay tuned for more fun and excitement from Michiru Productions this year!

Omikuji Analysis

Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Michiru-san... It's so crowded here. Is this what hatsumode is like in Japan?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Yep, that's right!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Ooh, I could see Akira-san just a moment ago, but now I've lost track of her.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
How could I be so careless!?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Relax, relax! We'll find her in the shrine grounds.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Are you keeping up okay, Shiori?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yes! I'm fine!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
If you have trouble keeping up, have Mei Fan carry you.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
N-No, really, I'm fine!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Are you sure? I'm ready anytime. That goes for you too, Michiru-san!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Okay, I might take you up on that if I get tired of walking.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Okay!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
By the way, what are your New Year's resolutions this year?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
To overtake Akira-san!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ahahaha, you answered that quick!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Still, I wonder if that would be possible this year.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Really!? I know it's a steep hill to climb, but I'll show you I can do it!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
So that means you have a plan?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
No! I can't think of any plan to defeat Akira-san!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
There's more to it than brute force effort, you know.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I know! Leave it to me!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
What about you, Shiori?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Huh!?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I-I'd like to come up with my very own performance--something different from everyone else.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You mentioned something like that before. I think that's a wonderful objective.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But is that really your New Year's resolution? And what exactly is your very own performance, anyway?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I...don't know.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
But right now, that's all I can think about.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Me, too!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
All right, it's good to have such passion.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But an objective that you can't even picture in your mind isn't going to help you get anywhere.


Mei Fan and Shiori:
...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
It's my job to support your efforts. So let's think about what to aim for this year!


Mei Fan and Shiori:
Th-Thank you very much!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
No problem! Don't be afraid to ask Akira and me for lots of help, okay?


Mei Fan and Shiori:
Okay!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Good, good! Oh, before I forget...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Let's get omikuji after we pray.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Oh, those Japanese fortune things!? Sounds like fun!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Um... I never have much luck with omikuji. And if I end up ruining your fun because of it..


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ahahaha! If you don't like your fortune, just draw another one!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
But isn't drawing a "Bad Luck" fortune...well...bad luck?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Relax, relax, it's New Year's, after all. Besides, wouldn't you rather get a "Good Luck" fortune?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Hmm...So we keep drawing till we win!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Since it's New Year's, let's leave here with some auspicious kanji in our hands!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Exactly! Though I don't know exactly what "winning" means, here ♪


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I think I've got a read on their intensity levels.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Akira is the same old Akira, Mei Fan is a silly girl, and Shiori is still holding back.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
And Yachiyo...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Well, it looks like we've still got a long way to go.

Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
This year's hatsumode snowballed into a lot more, and our schedule's a mess now! I could really use your help.

Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Heh heh, of course I'm in a good mood. I'm all fired up after working with such a diverse range of talent.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
There's no way I'm missing out on a chance for us to shine even brighter.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I see you're interested, too. In that case, I'll give you a front-row seat to the legend I'm creating with Akira and company.

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