New Year's Greetings New Year's Morning
Siegfeld Rehearsal Room

Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
*huff* *puff* And then a pique turn!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(Good. Now for a chaines turn! Chaines, chaines, pique, pique...)


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Strike a pose! *huff* *puff* Let's do that again.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Practicing alone on New Year's morning... How industrious.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yukishiro senpai!? I thought you went home yesterday.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
I had some extra time before I go visit relatives, so I came back to school to finish up some work.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
That's when I noticed someone was in the rehearsal room, and here we are.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Those turns were pretty good. I could tell you were minding your pelvic position over your pivot foot.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Th-Thank you very much!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
But you should include short breaks. All your preparation is meaningless when you're exhausted.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Got it!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ah, there you are! Happy New Year!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh, Michiru-senpai, you came together? Happy New Year. You look great in that kimono!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Thanks, Shiori! It's my favorite!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Why are you here, Michiru?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
(Wait, did Michiru-senpai and Yukishiro-senpai come separately?)


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I had my mom drive me here. Anyway, aren't you going to compliment my kimono, Akira?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...Yeah, it's wonderful.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Do you ever mean that? Aw, whatever. Let's go do hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Hatsumode?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Yesterday, my mom told me about these interesting omikuji fortunes they have at a shrine dedicated to the performing arts.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
It's not like the omikuji themselves are that special. It's more about what happens next.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Is it Sakurazaka Shrine?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Many shrines are associated with the performing arts, but if you're talking about special omikuji, that's probably the one.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Bingo, Akira!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Sakurazaka Shrine... I've never heard of it. So what sort of omikuji do they have?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hee hee ♪ You'll see! My mom's going to take us, so let's go!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh... There she goes. Are Mei Fan-senpai and Yachiyo-senpai coming, too?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
No, Mei Fan has gone home, and Yachiyo said she would be busy with family stuff.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hurry up and change into your school uniforms, you two! It starts getting crowded around this time!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
*sigh* It's only the first day of the year and she's already at it.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We're here!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Look at all these people. Oh, and...


Student from Other School A:
"Is that true!? If it is, what can I call it if not good luck!?"


Student from Other School B:
"Would I lie to you!? The fact that you came to Sakurazaka Shrine proves it!"


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
What's going on here?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Improv?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
This is one of this shrine's omikuji that everyone's talking about.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
This is an omikuji?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Omikuji say things like "Do something or other and you'll have good fortune," right?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
If you do wat it says on the omikuji on New Year's Day, you'll have good luck for the performing arts, so everyone's doing that.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
So in other words, those people got an omikuji that says, "Perform improv and you'll have good fortune"?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
That's right! Pretty surprising, huh? I heard they used to just have normal omikuji...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But a long time ago, a nearby school would visit and offer prayers to the gods according to the fortunes written on the omikuji.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
As that tradition gradually became famous, the omikuji slowly changed, too.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
So now, there's a performing arts section on the omikuji that says improv or whatever. But the school that started the whole tradition doesn't do it anymore, apparently.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I see... So that's the history behind this place.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Hm?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ah! They're from Siegfeld!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Shizuha-chan, Tsukasa-chan, Lalafin-chan! Happy New Year!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Tsukasa-chan, your kimono is so cute! I was debating about wearing a fluffy shawl just like that!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Happy New Year! Thanks for noticing. I figured it was the new year and all, so...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Right! The color and pattern totally suit you, and that mature hairstyle is great, too!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You're looking really gorgeous too, Otori-san. That yellow kimono looks good on a cutie like you.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Heh heh, thanks!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I'm glad I ran into you! I've been meaning to apologize to all of you.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Apologize?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You sent us that invitation to see "Captain Twins" last year, but we couldn't go. I'm really sorry about that!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What? You remembered that!? Down to the title!?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Of course!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Actually, Akira sent off a reply before I even had a chance to see your invitation.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
So when the "We don't have time to waste on the likes of Frontier students" response we got was...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
That was all Akira! I don't know what I'm going to do with her.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
So, I was wondering if it would be okay to go see your performance this year! You want to see it too, right, Shiori?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Sure! I heard that the stage performances at Frontier School of Arts are really creative. I can't wait.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
We'd love to have everyone from Siegfeld. I'll be sure to send an invitation.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Okay, we'll be looking forward to it!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Well, we better get going.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Okay, see you later!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Best wishes for the new year, Yukishiro-san.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...Thanks.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Akira, you never change. It's New Year's. You could at least act a bit more festive.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
You're festive enough for the both of us.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I don't know where that's coming from, but whatever.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hopefully that took care of any hard feelings from last year.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I don't know how much it bothered them, but if we're going to be standing on the same stage at the Performance Festival, we need to clear the air.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Ah!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hm? What is it, Shiori?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Aren't you...?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You're from Siegfeld!

Keeping Tradition New Year's Morning
Tokaso Dorm

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai...is this enough?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You can tighten it a bit more. ...Yeah, that should be enough.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thanks for helping me put on my kimono, Rui-chan. What do you think?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Y-Y-Y-You look great! There isn't a Stage Girl in the world who looks better than you in a kimono!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's a bit over the top... Uh, Rui-chan?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(I can't believe I got to help Tamao-senpai with her kimono, and the year's just begun! It's like a dream come true. Her waist is as slim as ever...)


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rui-chan?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh, sorry. It's just, your waist is... Uh...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
M-My waist? Did I gain weight over the holidays?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
No, no! You actually lost about 5 millimeters! Er, no, what I meant was... Y-You're thin! You're okay!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Well, all right. If you say so...


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♪ ♪ ♪


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hm? Oh, it's Ichie. Hello?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Good morning, Tamao!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ichie, Happy New Year.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Oh, right! Same to you! So, what're you up to?"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I was having Rui-chan help me get into my kimono. We were just about to leave for hatsumode.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Hatsumode!? Sounds like fun. Which shrine!?"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I wonder if you've heard of it. It's called Sakurazaka Shrine. A god of performing arts is enshrined there.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"I saw a TV special about that yesterday! It said something about the unusual omikuji there being really popular."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's become quite well known these days, but it was originally a Rinmeikan Performance Department event.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"What? Really? The TV special said it had a long history, but it didn't mention anything about Rinmeikan."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sakurazaka Sankei was an important event that all students did together back when my grandmother went to Rinmeikan.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But as the number of students dwindled, they eventually stopped doing it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Still, it's an important part of our history.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"So, you're going to do that Sakurazaka...Sankei, was it? Right now!?"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's right. I got my kimono on in no time thanks to Rui-chan, so I was thinking about heading over there.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Then I'll go, too!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Mom, I'm going out with my friends on a super-fun sounding hatsumode! I'll meet you at grandma's later!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh? But Ichie, if you have a family gathering, you don't have to--


:
*click*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
New year, same old Ichie.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
So Ichie-senpai's coming too? Everyone else went home, so I didn't want to bother them with an invitation.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Should we invite Yukko and Fumi-senpai, too? But I doubt Yukko would come.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, no doubt Yukko-chan is enjoying a lazy New Year's Day. And Fumi's family lives far from school, so I don't know if she can make it. Maybe next time.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Say, Rui-chan, are you sure you don't want to wear a kimono?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I-I'm good! It'll take too long anyway. I'll be fine in my school uniform!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(I'm good as long as I get to see Tamao-senpai in her formalwear! I don't want to waste time putting on my own kimono!)


A few hours later...

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Aren't you...?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You're from Siegfeld!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Wow! Tamao-chan, Ichie-chan, and Rui-chan! Happy New Year!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Happy New Year. Please treat us well this year, too.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
What a wonderful kimono, Tamao-chan! It really suits you. It has "traditional Japanese girl" written all over it!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You look great too, Otori-san. That color is perfect for New Year's Day.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yukishiro-san, thank you for your help last year. I hope we can push each other to reach greater heights this year.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...Okay.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...We're not the same people we used to be.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Rui, calm down, all right?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But Tamao-senpai just offered a friendly greeting.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ahahaha, sorry! Akira's always like that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
No worries. I'll assume that was Yukishiro-san's brand of encouragement.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...Let's go.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ah, wait, Akira. Well, please treat us well this year, too!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Ah... Umm...uhh...


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh, no, never mind. Goodbye!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hm? What was that all about?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It seemed like she wanted to say something.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
(Wasn't that...Fumi's little sister?)


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
She must've been nervous. She's still in junior high, isn't she? It's intimidating being surrounded by high school students.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oh, right, right! Next time we meet, I'll be extra nice to her!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
All right then, let's go get those Sakurazaka Sankei omikuji.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
First we have to go pray to the gods. This way.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I can't believe how many people there are.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I don't know how we're going to get omikuji, let alone pray.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao! Rui! Let's go!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ichie, it's not safe going off alone!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Let's go after her!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
We somehow managed to get our prayers in to the gods.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whew, this is exhausting even for me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's take a short break over there.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Sounds good!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hey, it says omikuji over there! Come on, come on!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh? Ichie-senpai! We're going to lose you in the crowd! Please, wait!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Those two have so much energy...

Three Different Dynamics New Year's Morning
Frontier's Main Gate

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Lalafin, thanks for helping me prepare for the Mochi-Making vs. Hanetsuki New Year's Party.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Sure! It was nice to move around after eating so much mochi at home!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I finished in no time thanks to you.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
By the way, Lalafin... Do you have plans after this?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Nope. We're not going over to my grandma's til tomorrow. Hey, let's go out and have some fun!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
How about joining me for hatsumode? I hear there's a shrine dedicated to the performing arts.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
A shrine?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I saw it on TV yesterday.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yay! Omikuji, omikuji!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh heh, look how excited she is.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I can't believe Siegfeld's here. They don't seem like the praying type.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I can't believe you were here, Tsukasa.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yes, I never expected we would run into you.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I thought everyone went home for the holidays, so I just came alone.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Say, why're you wearing your uniform? Did you stop by school first?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
We were getting ready for the Mochi-Making vs. Hanetsuki New Year's Party!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Whoa, we're doing that again? It was a blast last year!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yeah, Lalafin was a huge help, so we're all ready to go!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
We should've invited Aruru and Misora for hatsumode, too.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It's a little late to invite them now, so let's try our best with the omikuji for them, too.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Sounds good. ...Oh, it says the omikuji are over here.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Okikuji, omikuji!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
We're here! At last, the omikuji are right before my eyes!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
They're right here, but look at this huge crowd.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hm? Ebisu-san? Oh, the rest of you are here, too.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh, Tomoe-san.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ichie!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Lala-chan!


Ichie & Lalafin:
Happy New Year!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh, they're in perfect sync.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
They must be on the same wavelength.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
A little too much. ...And now they're spinning around.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Oh, before I forget, we're going to be holding a Mochi-Making vs. Hanetsuki New Year's Party. Would you be interested in coming?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Mochi-making and hanetsuki!? What sort of party is that!?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's like a sports meet where you have a mochi-making team and a hanetsuki team! I bet you'd love it, Ichie!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Leave it to Frontier! That sounds amazing! I'd love to hear all about it, but those omikuji are calling me!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh, so you're here for the omikuji, too.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's right, although it's going to take some courage to dive into that sea of humanity. Well, shall we?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Okay, I'll mail you the party details tonight, so please come if you're interested.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I want to see Aruru-chan and Misora-chan, so count me in! Even if none of my classmates go, I'm totally here!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Great, you have to come! It'll be so much fun!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Whew... We somehow managed to get our fortunes.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh, good, I thought I-


:
*chatter* *buzz*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Eek!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh!? What's going on!? Whoa, it's like a huge wave of people!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Eek!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai's being swept away! Hang on, I'll save you!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Rui, I'm being swept away too, you know! Aaah, help me!


:
*chatter* *buzz*


Tamao, Ichie, & Rui:
Eek!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ouch!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Aah!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I-I'm sorry...!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh, you're from Rinmeikan!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Hey, I know you guys.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I hope Tamao-senpai is all right.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
What now? I can't believe I got separated here.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(They both seem rather forlorn. But I guess that's to be expected since they've been separated from their senpais.)


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♪ ♪ ♪


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(Ah, it's Shizuha.)


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Hello?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
We were also swept away by the crowd and ended up near the back of the shrine.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I think it'll be difficult to meet up like this.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Mm-hm, Shizuha... I see. Yeah, understood. Good lukc, then. Bye-bye.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Um, did you find out where our senpais are?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yep. Shizuha is with Tomoe-san and Yukishiro-san. And--


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♪ ♪ ♪


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Ah, it's from Lalafin. ...She's with Otori-san and Otonashi-san, and she sent a photo of the three of them looking like they're having a good time.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Michiru-senpai... I'm glad she's okay.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Looks like everyone's all right.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Anything you want to say to Otori-san? I can ask Lalafin to pass it on.


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


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
All right then. Akikaze-san, any messages for Otonashi-san?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I-I'm fine, too!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Let's just try to meet up with our senpais as soon as we can!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(Huh? Why won't either of them look me in the eye?)


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(Wait, they're not scared of me, are they?)


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Lala-chan, Michiru-chan! They're selling takoyaki over there!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hey, you're right! I want some ♪ I'm pretty hungry.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I'm hungry, too! I propose we go buy some!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I agree! Let's buy some, then take another picture of the three of us!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ah, just a second. I want to text Akira.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...So, I'm thinking about trying the assignment in the omikuji's performing arts section.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'll help if you'd like. Yukishiro-san, you probably aren't that interested, I imagine?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Nope, sorry.


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♪ ♪ ♪


Akira (icon).png Akira:
A text? Who is it?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
"Shizuha-chan, Frontier's student representative, and Tamao-chan, who brought Fumi back to the stage..."


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
"I've been curious about both of them for a while."


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
"So this is a good chance for you to spend some time with them and see what they're like."


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
"So don't bail on them and come slinking back to me unless you want to make me mad, okay?"


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Is something wrong, Yukishiro-san?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
No, it's nothing. ...I'll help, too.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Really? But--


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Let's hurry and get this over with.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm sorry for dragging you two into this.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
No problem. Our interests just aligned a short while ago.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It's all right, Tomoe-san. After all, I came here for the omikuji, too.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
So, what does it say? You have the omikujo, don't you, Tomoe?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, but I haven't opened it yet. Let's take a look!

Tsukasa-senpai's Support Group

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Well, since we're here, I thought I'd try doing what's written on this omikuji.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Akikaze-san and Shiori-san, what about you?


Rui & Shiori:
Uh...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
...You two aren't scared of me, are you?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I-I'm not scared!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I already met you a number of times at the Performance Festival meetings.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It's just, I never told you I'm pretty shy around other people.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I'm a little shy, too. But I'm fine once I get to know them.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
O-Oh, well then it can't be helped. You don't have to go out of your comfort zones, okay?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Um, Ebisu-san!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh!? You startled me.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
S-Sorry, I didn't mean to shout like that.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You said Tamao-senpai was going to do the Sakurazaka Sankei-- Oh, no, I mean the omikuji assignment. You said the group she met up with was going to do that together, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yes, that's right.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Well, then, I'd like to try it with our group, too.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh, but only if it's all right with you, Ebisu-san!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I'd be delighted. But don't feel as if you have to.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
No, I want to!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
If Tamao-senpai were here, I'm sure she'd help out.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
So I want to do the same!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Please let me help, too! Plus, Michiru-senpai's text said, "Make sure to help," so...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I see. Well, thank you, you two.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Okay, let's go for it, just the three of us!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
To be honest, I've already opened and read the omikuji. But don't worry, the assignment isn't that difficult!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Really!?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Even I could do it?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yeah, no problem! The performing arts section of the omikuji says...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
"Good fortune will come to those who make friends within the shrine grounds today."


Rui & Shiori:
"Good fortune will come to those who make friends within the shrine grounds today"?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
In short, we can complete this one simply by the three of us becoming friends here today. Easy peasy, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
So, let's be friends!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
No can do!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It's not right to pal around with a senpai. It's not respectful!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
But we're from different schools and only a year apart. What do you think, Shiori-san?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Oh, um...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(She looked away!)


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Look, the other Siegfeld girls are all older, right? So you must be used to it.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Well...I guess so.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Right? Plus, Shiori-san, umm... Your big sister and I are the same age, so you shouldn't have much trouble dealing with people older than you.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Um, I haven't seen my sister in a while.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh, I see.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Well, I don't know the circumstances, but I'm here for you if you'd like to talk about it.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Huh?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You know, it can be easier to tak about these things with a stranger.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
...


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Well, I've been trying to figure out how to patch things up with my sister.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I didn't even go home this year bcause I was scared that she hated me.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...Umm, I think you're probably wrong about that!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Akikaze-san?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
When Fumi-senpai was talking about going home, she seemed kind of troubled.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You know, just like you are right now, Shiori-san.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
R-Really?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes. As far as I know, Fumi-senpai cares for you deeply.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
She looks so happy whenever she talks about her family or past memories.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
...Onee-chan.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I can't be sure, since I never actually talked to your sister about it, but...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You and your sister are both Stage Girls, so I bet you'll patch things up someday.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I hope you're right.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
This is just what I think, but bonds aren't broken that easily.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Bonds...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Actually, I left acting once, but I was able to come back.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I think it's because i had a bond with the stage, and I had friends who helped me reconnect.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
In your case, Shiori-san, you have a really strong bond of sisterhood. And I bet the stage will help reconnect you.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
The stage?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
The stage is a truly powerful thing. It has its own energy.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
There's a world that can only exist onstage. It's a fantasy world that mixes fact with fiction, but it feels real.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Whether the stories created there are comedic or tragic, the more believable you make them, the more they stir people's hearts.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Even if you two stand on different stages, that world still links you together. I think that's pretty incredible, don't you?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
...I do.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Good. Then all you need to do is continue to improve yourself as a Stage Girl, Shiori-san.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Because the more you polish your skills, and the more performances you appear in, your bond with your sister will strengthen.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yes!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ooh... Ebisu-san!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Wh-What's wrong?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
That totally inspired me! Would you listen to my problems, too!?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh!? Er, I mean, sure. But all I really can do is listen!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
That's fine! I'd like to hear your thoughts and your words!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Heh heh, well, how could I say no to that?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Thank you so much! Would you mind listening too, Shiori-san?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
I'd be glad to!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(Heh, it's like I suddenly have two little sisters.)


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(It's different from the feeling I get from Lalafin and Shizuha, or Aruru and Misora. I can't quite put a finger on it, but...)


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(I can still call this friendship, right? I feel like I can.)

Michiru's Plans

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ahhh! Amazake is so good!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Really? Can I have a sip?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Very well, I shall allow it!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Yay! *gulp gulp* Mmm! The smell and taste of the rice is great, but I really like the texture.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
That sounds so good! Can I try some, too!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Here, drink up!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
*gulp gulp* Ah, such a grownup taste.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Lalafin-chan, this amazake is made from malted rice, so it doesn't have any alcohol.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What? Really!? I always thought amazake was an alcoholic drink!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I know! It seems like New Year's is a special occasion, so we're allowed to drink it, right?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Nope, there are no exceptions. No matter what day it is, wait until you're old enough to drink ♪


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's a promise! ...Huh?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hm? Something wrong, Lala-chan?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
A promise, a promise... Ah, that's right! I promised to do one of those omikuji assignments with Shizuha.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Come to think of it, I did the same with Tamao!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
All right, then...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ta-da!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
An omikuji!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I didn't know you had one, Michiru-chan.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I got it before I was separated from Akira and Shiori. Since the three of us are getting along so well, let's check it out together!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yay! Can I open it?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Go ahead!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Okay, I'll do a drumroll. You announce it once I go, "Ta-da!"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Roger!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
*roll*


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
*roll*


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
*roll* ...Ta-da!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Here goes! Our appointed mission is... "The one you await is not coming due to the unforeseen circumstances!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's the wrong section!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ahahahaha! You're supposed to read the performing arts section!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hahaha! Okay, let's see...the performing arts section... Here it is!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"Good fortune will come to those who form an idol group today!"


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
An idol group? That's a serious assignment!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
An idol... My right arm... It's starting to throb!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Whoa, is something stirring inside you, Ichie!?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ichie-chan, didn't you used to be an idol?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh!? You know about that, Michiru-chan?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Of course. Never underestimate my research abilities!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
So then... You really were an idol, Ichie!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Once upon a time!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
That's amazing!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I know all sorts of things about you too, Lalafin-chan. For example, you were in great demand as a child actor and a child model from the moment you joined your talent agency.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You didn't start stage acting until around the time you entered junior high. After that, you started cutting back on your modeling.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Wow, you really did reasearch me!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ahahaha, actually, I just read it in a magazine ♪


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But I like the idea of the three of us being idols! Maybe I'll be our producer!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
O-Our producer!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Now this is getting interesting!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But if we're going to do this, we're going to aim for the top!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ah! Does that mean I'll have to quit Rinmeikan!?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Relax, relax!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
These days, idols need to have a talent they can rely on. So we're going to become multitalented idols who can sing, dance, and act!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
That sounds amazing!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Is there anything you two would like to do if you became idols?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah, yeah! There was something I wanted to do when I was an idol but couldn't!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Okay, let's hear it, Ichie-chan.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
A horror movie! I'd like to sing the theme song and be the lead actor!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
That sounds great. What about you, Lalafin-chan?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I think it would be great if we each had our own signature lines!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Signature lines! That's acting-related, too! That's great!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Michiru-chan, what should we name our group?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh, that's really important!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We need a name that's all our own. Let's do some brainstorming.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You can count on me! I just love these kinds of meetings!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yeah, yeah! A name that's all our own!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Okay, everyone! Ready, go!


Ichie, Michiru, & Lalafin:
We're Mirai☆Résumé!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Mirai☆Résumé is easy to say and sounds great!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
"Mi" for Michiru, "La" or "Ra" for Lalafin, and "I" for Ichie. Mirai means future, and résumé means summary.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We're the idol group of the future--one that can express our Stage Girl charms through song, dance, and acting!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's right! We're...


Ichie, Michiru, & Lalafin:
Mirai☆Résumé!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We're not starting our group activities just yet, but we formed our group! That means our assignment is complete!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It would be great if we could do group things on our days off!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Heh heh! Soon the day will come when I shine once more as an idol!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Let's go shopping and stuff just the three of us this year. Eventually, we might even invite someone from Seisho, too!


Ichie & Lalafin:
Sounds great!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hee hee!

Tamao's Pride

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"Good fortune will come to those who swear an oath with their friends on the shrine's stage."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That's what the fortune says. How interesting.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
An oath the three of us can make together... We swear to make the Performance Festival a success, perhaps?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
The success of the Performance Festival is a given. There's no need to swear any oaths about that.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Even if it's a given, I think that swearing an oath before the gods has meaning.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...I have an oath of my own.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Okay, how about this?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
First, the three of us will swear to make the Performance Festival a success. After that, we can each swear our own oaths.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I know they're probably quite personal, so they don't have to be out loud.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Min is...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...They've invited all of us to take part in the Performance Festival!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Congratulations, everyone!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Whaaat? Seriously!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We did it! We've cleared the first hurdle on the way to our dream!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
This is wonderful! We're going to the Performance Festival together!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tamao's dream-- No, everyone's dream... Now it's mine, too.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Fine with me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I understand.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It's settled, then.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This is the shrine's stage.


Staff:
...Who's next? Please come up on stage.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Are you two ready?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...I'm fine.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Let's go.


Student from Other School A:
Look who came onstage! Isn't that Siegfeld's Akira Yukishiro-sama!?


Student from Other School B:
Frontier's Shizuha-san is there, too!


Student from Other School C:
But who's the other one in the kimono? I think she was from Rinmeikan...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Part of me started hoping that maybe Ichie was right, and qualifying for the Performance Festival would miraculously save our department.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That was a mistake. Everything was going so well, and I got too greedy.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Reality isn't so forgiving.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But that place filled with dreams and hope, a place where a miracle just might happen...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I loved that place.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Tamao Tomoe, second-year student in the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Shizuha Kocho, second-year student in the Frontier School of Arts Stage Expression Course.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Akira Yukishiro, Frau Platin and second-year student in the Siegfeld Institute of Music Acting Department.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
The three of us are here to swear an oath.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
To make this year's Performance Festival a success.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I swear.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I swear.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
I'll swear.


:
Yaaaaaaay!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Okay, now to swear our personal oaths.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Everything I do will show the pride of being number one! And to prove that Siegfeld reigns supreme!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
And I, Akira Yukishiro, shall be there in the vanguard! All others may tremble as they walk the trail I blaze!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
The Performance Festival will show why Siegfeld is Siegfeld!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I said our oaths didn¿t have to be out loud... But I guess since we're onstage...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
To be the pinnacle of it all, the undisputed king-- That's not our dream.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I simply seek to stage the best performances ever with my 23 fellow Stage Girls.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yukishiro-san, your acting skills are truly amazing, but there is no need for you to shine all alone.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
These are really Aruru-chan's words, but today, I will swear the oath for her.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
A stage where all 24 of us can shine... That is what we at Frontier aim for.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
And I swear that we shall show that to all of you at the Performance Festival.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Tomoe-san, how about you?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
What will you swear? You who were completely outclassed... What do you have to say?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I... I believe...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We must stay in the show. We can't let it end here...


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Save your speeches for when you're on stage. The curtain has already come down.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rinmeikan's traditions and its splendor...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And every once of the Rinmeikan Performance Department! I want all of that to leave an everlasting mark upon the Performance Festival!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rinmeikan's traditions, history, and splendor.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Even before I enrolled, they were handed down to me from my mother, as they were from hers.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I want to keep that going forever. So, I'm going to show you all!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I swear to show you Rinmeikan's resolve up there on the Performance Festival's stage!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Everyone has some really intense feelings about the Performance Festival. I can't let them outdo me.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Hmph...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ooh, Tamao-senpai! I'm with you two hundred percent!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rui-chan... I didn't know you were all watching.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We were hanging on your every word.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yukishiro-senpai, hearing your words got me super motivated. I look forward to our lessons over winter vacation!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Good. I'm going to work you hard.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hee hee! Looks like Akira and Shiori are fired up. I'm glad we came.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
They made strong cases for Siegfeld's pride and Rinmeikan's long tradition, but Frontier's spirit held its own too.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Shizuha, Frontier spirit!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh heh. Let's all push each other to greater heights. The 24 of us will show the world a new pespective.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Hey, let's capture this moment by taking a picture together! It's just too bad all the Performance Festival participants couldn't be here.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We can take that after the festival is a huge success!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Okay, Mirai☆Résumé, over here!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yay ♪


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Yukishiro-senpai, would a group picture be okay?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai, do you know how to use the self-timer?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yeah, no worries. I just press this button and...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Here we go, everyone! "Ichi" plus "ichi" (1+1) is...?


Tamao, Ichie, Rui, Lalafin, Tsukasa, Shizuha, Akira, Michiru, & Shiori:
"Ni"! (2)

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