QLeft.png Momotaro, born from a giant peach, heard about the band of oni and went to fight them. On his way, he befriends a dog, monkey, and pheasant, who agree to help in exchange for dumplings. Together they defeat the oni. From the play "Momotaro — Chasing Away Oni." QRight.png


The Taste of My Favorite Donuts

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
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*beep beep* *beep beep* ......!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Exactly 3 minutes. Let's flip it and see... Okay, perfect.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sprinkle on the sugar while the oil drains on the paper towel and...finished ♪


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It smells great!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh, hi, Rui-chan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I've been lured in by the sweet smell. Tamao-senpai, you're deep-frying donuts!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, I figured it could be today's snack. Can you taste test?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
C-Can I!? If it's okay for me to have, then d-definitely!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. I'll give you one. Which one do you want?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
They're all nicely golden brown. It's hard to pick but... This one, please!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Okay, here you go. Be careful, it's hot.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yay, I'm first! Let's have a bite of Tamao-senpai's donut! Nom!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
How is it?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Mhmmm~~~♪


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It's SO good! The crunch from it being freshly fried, the balance between the fine and granulated sugar... Exquisite! Nom!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Mmhmm ♪ It's light and airy even though it's deep-fried! You can't stop after one bite — it's addicting!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
This is what a perfect donut is! The perfect Tamao-senpai's—


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
R-Rui-chan? Are you okay? It couldn't still be raw inside, could it?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Um, Tamao-senpai1


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Y-Yes?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It might be really rude of me to ask you this but...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Are you perhaps troubled over understanding your role for Momotaro!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Role for Momotaro?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes. Whenever you are troubled over character roles or fight scenes, you always cook or make sweets to clear your head, right?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh? Well... Now that you mention it, that might be it.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
In these times you carefully measure the ingredients down to the very gram and keep track of the time down to the very second. So your donuts will turn out like this. Nom.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
These donuts taste like a troubled Tamao-senpai! What do you think?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. Rui-chan, you see through everything.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Then I was right.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes. There's a scene where I fight the oni with my comrades, right?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I want that scene to be a bit more... I'm not sure how to put it, but more Momotaro-like. So I've been thinking about it a lot.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I see. It's four against one, so it's a really unbalanced fight scene.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Right? I've got the movements down but I haven't figured out how to show off my character properly.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Um! I know you can find your answer on your own, but would you let me help!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Is that okay? You have your own rehearsals too, right?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Of course I won't neglect my own responsibilities. So please let me help!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Practicing hard together with you will be good for me anyways. If it's not too much trouble for you!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Of course it's no trouble. Well, if you insist, could you help me?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I-Is that okay?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes. I figured I should depend on you instead of getting even more lost. Can you practice with me?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Thank you very much!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It should be me thanking you.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Not at all! In return for the donut too, I'll be with you all the way!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. If I'm to have you with me, I'll have to make more donuts to hang from my waist.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
If I can have the donuts hanging off your waist then I'll go with you to Demon Island and even the end of hell!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I guess I'll have to make a lot then ♪


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh... But if I make them while I'm happy right now, will they still taste perfect?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Don't worry! It's true that the donuts you make when your mind is blank are extremely delicious.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But my favorite ones are the donuts filled with kindness happily made by you, Tamao-senpai.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
To me, that's the true Tamao-senpai taste!!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh, then I can make a lot with no worries. Thanks, Rui-chan ♪

Rinmeikan's Necessity

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
(As Momotaro)
"Take this, bad oni! Hi-yah! Yah!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(As Oni)
"This is nothing, Momotaro! I'm gonna turn you into rust with this metal rod!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
(As Momotaro)
"Ahh!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Wait, please. It's turned into a one-on-one again.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Your comrades are waiting behind you so you can't have Momotaro fighting all by himself. Pay attention to that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
G-Got it!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Your footwork is perfect so all that's left is your breathing.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Be more aware of your comrades behind you and make more breathing room.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Breathing, comrade awareness... I got it. Once more please!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Alright!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I, Momotaro, was born from a giant peach! Oni, this will be the end of your treachery." ...Ah!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Watch out!


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*SLAM*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sorry, I fell over... Huff, huff... Thanks, Rui-chan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm sorry. I got a bit too into it. Let's take a break.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Are you okay, Tamao-senpai?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, I'm fine. Practicing fight scenes just robs you of your energy and time, doesn't it?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But it seems to be working somehow. It feels like your hesitation has gone away now.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Having you teach me has helped me understand Momotaro's trust in his comrades during the fight.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Could you tell me more about that?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The comrades who give it their all to repay their debt for the dumplings... Momotaro who leads his comrades towards the same goal...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Different from friendship and love — their bond comes from everyone walking in the same direction. I must've wanted to express that in the fight scene and felt troubled over it.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I see! Momotaro connects with his comrades through trust. I think he will become a tough enemy!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'll act out a tough oni who strengthens the trust between Momotaro and his comrades!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, let's act out a heated fight where neither of us will back down.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes! And show Momotaro successfully getting rid of the oni at the end!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. Momotaro and his comrades win in the play but if this were reality, even if we were to attack all at once, we'd be no match for Rui-chan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What!? Th-That's not true.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
If Tamao-senpai came to my fortress as Momotaro, I'd surrender completely even without your comrades there!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. A Momotaro with no confrontation with the oni could be interesting. But the fight between the two can't be avoided.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You're right. The trust between Momotaro and the comrades surpasses the oni's power and they successfully suppress him.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes. I actually looked up the three comrades during my break as a part of my research for Momotaro.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes. I actually looked up the three comrades during my break as a part of my research for Momotaro.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh, really? I didn't do enough research... Please tell me about it!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sure. You've heard of Kimon, right?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Um, it's another word for weak point. It's also used to point out directions in the case of feng shui or fortune telling.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's right. In feng shui, Kimon is the north-east but the monkey, pheasant, and dog are in the opposite direction in their Chinese zodiac placements.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What!? Wait a minute. Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog... Monkey, rooster, dog!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I just noticed that Momotaro's comrades are all Chinese zodiac animals. And on top of that, the three of them are lined up together!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And in the Kimon direction are the ox and tiger. Since you're playing the oni, do these animals ring a bell?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh! Oni has ox horns and wears tiger-striped pants!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's only a theory but you can't say they're completely unrelated. Interesting, right?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Wow, I'm getting goosebumps! The dog, monkey and pheasant are indispensable in Momotaro.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
If that theory is true, then Momotaro was well prepared to chase away the oni.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But in the story, it was written as a chance encounter.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Could it have been a metaphor? It's a story I've known since I was little but when you think about it, it's full of strange scenes.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But even in plays with strange scenes, as long as we digest it properly for the play, it will become a necessity.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
A necessity...! You're right. Let's give life to the play with our acting!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Especially because the casting was fitting for everyone this time. It'll definitely turn into an interesting and convincing play.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Fumi is the dog with sharp fangs. Ichie is the monkey with light footwork. Yuyuko-chan is the pheasant who flies leisurely. A casting that matches everyone's personalities well.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(A casting for the comrades that shows everyone's personalities... If only I weren't the oni but a comrade.)


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh, it's nothing. I think Tamao-senpai's Momotaro is also a fitting role that doesn't lose to the other three!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you, so is yours as an oni with full-impact fight scenes.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The fight scene with the oni is the highlight this time. Since you are my opponent, I intend on taking this opportunity to spar with someone more skilled than me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'll end up relying on you a lot but I'm looking forward to it.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes! Let's make the best Momotaro together!

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The highlight this time is the scene where Momotaro and his comrades fight the oni leader. We will show you a clashing of swords.

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
After playing Momotaro, it reminded me once again how everyone — Fumi, Ichie, Rui-chan, and Yuyuko — helps me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Not everyone at Rinmeikan are comrades but how we all have the same goal is the same as in Momotaro.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This play is the essence of Rinmeikan Girls School. We will continue to support each other and occasionally clash with one another.

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