Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hmm... Cutting it close again today.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Morning, Ichie.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rui-chan and Yuyuko-chan aren't with you?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't tell me they're still in bed.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Rui got up, but Yuyuko was still asleep.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I knew it... Are they going to be okay?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Rui said she'd wake Yuyuko up, but Yuyuko just isn't a morning person.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I better check on them. You go ahead, Ichie.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh? I'm coming with you!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Even if we can't get Yuyuko out of bed, at least we'll all be late together!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
There you go again...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I'm kidding! Anyway, let's go—


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ah, there they are!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai! Ichie-senpai! Sorry we're late!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I can't bear to think of you being late because of us!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Morning, Rui-chan. Don't worry, we can still make it on time.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah, based on my extensive experience, we can afford to goof off for three more minutes.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So you say, but last time I trusted you we were almost late.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Really? Maybe I made a miscalculation.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*yawn* Good morning...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Morning, Yuyuko-chan. Oh, your ribbon's twisted.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Ah... Thanks...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I was only half-awake when getting dressed, so I didn't notice.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh. Typical Yuyuko-chan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ngh... I'm so jealous...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Something wrong, Rui-chan?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
N-No, it's nothing!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
More importantly, you should apologize too, Yukko!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You're so conscientious, Rui. It's human nature to be sleepy on a glorious day like this.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I totally agree! Can't stop yawning on warm, sunny days.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I know, right? You so get me, Ichie-san.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You're enabling her, Ichie-senpai! That's why she always oversleeps!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You know, it's not that I overslept. I just fell asleep a second time.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
The result's the same!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's enough, girls. We've got to go now.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh! I...I'm sorry, Tamao-senpai.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Don 't sweat it! According to my calculations, we've got five more minutes before we have to hurry.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
How come it's five minutes now when it was three before?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Huff... I can't do this... Ichie-san, where were you getting those numbers from?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Huff... Huff... We don't have any extra time at all!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whew... Huff...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We... We may still make it... Don't give up!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
We made it!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What a relief!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh? Why is there a crowd outside?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Maybe a kawaraban seller's here with woodblock newspapers.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yuyuko-chan, our school may be old but this is the twenty-first century.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
They're looking at the information board. What's on it?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Excuse me! Let me through! Yuyuko, you come, too!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Wha? Who, me?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Let's see what it says...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Huh?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I thought I was just sleepy, but it looks like I'm still asleep and this is all a dream.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oh, that's it! I'm dreaming, too!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...You're not, Ichie-san. We've got to face reality.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What!? It was your idea, Yuyuko!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ichie? Yuyuko-chan? What was on the board?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao... It... It's about the Performance Department.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes? What about it?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's going to be shut down...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You're joking, right?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
That's why I thought I must be dreaming this...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But it's there, "Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department Closure Notice."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yuyuko! What does it mean?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The Performance Department will be closed...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't believe it! They can't just close our Performance Department!

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
*sigh*


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Cheer up, Tamao! Come on, turn that frown upside down!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ichie... How can I smile at a time like this?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
The school assembly this morning was about the closure of our department after all.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I knew that it wasn't really popular any more, but still... I guess all good things come to an end.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whaaat? The Performance Department wasn't popular!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
The number of students is much smaller than it used to be...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
But how can they close it when there are still students in the department!?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Speaking of which, what happens to us? Do we have to move to another department?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
But which one?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Maybe we'll each have to pick where to transfer. Generally, we'd go to General Education, maybe?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Generally...to General Education?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Ichie-san, don't repeat it like it's something hilarious.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Then what about our dorm? Does it get closed, too?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What!? That'd be awful!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
My days with Tamao-senpai will be over with the dorm gone...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
And if the department shuts down, I won't get to see her at all!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Rui, chill.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But really, how can they do this out of the blue?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Well, our department hasn't taken part in the Performance Festival in the last few years...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Performance Festival? Ah, the one where different drama schools put on shows together?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes. Rinmeikan used to be a regular at the Performance Festival, but we haven't been invited to participate in years.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Lately Siegfeld Institute of Music has become the new regular, after Seisho Music Academy.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oh yeah, I heard about them! That's the super elite school, right? Where they're all fiercely competitive and the classes are crazy hard. I saw it on TV.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes... But despite that reputation, lots of students have been applying there.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
They're on par with Seisho now.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Many girls decide to apply there because of their record at the Performance Festival.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*sigh* Compared to them, we've got... Well...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao! Isn't there any way we can save our department?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I don't know if there's anything we students can do...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah... Tamao-senpai, it was only a short while, but it's been nice knowing you.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yuyuko-chan! Is this... Is this the end...?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
No, hold up! Don't take what she says seriously!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It's just a joke. Yukko, you dummy! This isn't the right time for this!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I couldn't help myself... The doom and gloom was too much for me to bear. I'm sorry.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's all right. I'm sorry I didn't realize you were joking.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It just stinks, though! I joined this department because I love theater.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I don't want to transfer to some generic department!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I don't want to, either.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Not like I want to. But if the decision's been made, there's nothing we can do.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's true... But still...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't give up so easily. Isn't there something we can do... ?


:
Hmm...

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao, are we all going to go our separate ways when the department closes?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We're all Rinmeikan students, so we'll still see each other.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
As for performing together, though...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We won't share the stage again.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh, no...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hey, even without the department, we can start a performance club or something.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It won't be the same as before, though.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ugh, I hate this!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What am I going do when the department shuts down!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Calm down, Ichie.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I can't calm down!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm also very unhappy with this situation.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hmm... Is there really nothing we can do?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
How about we boycott the school until they change their decision?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You just don't want to get up in the morning!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Oops, you saw right through me.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Can't you be serious this one time? Tamao-senpai is so worried about this.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You're so loyal to her, huh, Rui?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
How about a petition? We could all gather signatures!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Give it up. That's a desperate attempt, and who knows if it would work? I'd rather—


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Sometimes you have to get desperate!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yuyuko-chan, were you were saying something else?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah, instead of clinging to an unrealistic hope...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'd rather spend the time we have left having fun.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We don't have that much longer, so instead of going around with a petition, wouldn't it be better to put on a play?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Besides, I don't want to nag people to sign things.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It's... It's not that I totally agree with Yukko, but maybe we could try to participate in the Performance Festival?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I've never been on a big stage like that... So I thought it'd be nice to perform on one with Tamao-senpai, just once...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's it, Rui! Remember what I said?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Things started going well for Siegfeld when they appeared at the Performance Festival!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Oh yeah, they got lots of new applicants after that, was it?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Right! So if we perform at the festival, hordes of people will apply to our department and it won't be closed! We'll all live happily ever after!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...You're so clever, Ichie-san. That's impeccable logic.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Right? Go ahead, you can praise me some more!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko, don't tell me you're just making fun of— No, don't answer that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rui-chan... Everyone... I want to try for the Performance Festival, too.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Good call, Tamao!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm so happy, Tamao-senpai! Let's do this!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We'll show everyone in Japan what Rinmeikan's Performance Department can do!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, let's do our absolute best.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You're really going to roll with this idea? Meh, I guess I'll play along, since we're a team and all that.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But I don't intend to work too hard.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What's your problem? You're the one who said putting on a show's better than doing a petition!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Oh no, look at the time! I've got day duty today! Gotta go!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
See ya!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
By the way, I didn't want to say this in front of Ichie-san...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But are you serious about this? You really think participating in the festival can save our department?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Well... I hope it will. But besides that...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It would give us a reason to rehearse together, and appear on stage together at the Performance Festival.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I think it would make for some wonderful memories of being part of Rinmeikan Girls School's Performance Department.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Okay. I get it then.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You're so thoughtful, Tamao-senpai.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'll do everything I can so we can all make it to the Performance Festival!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh, thank you, Rui-chan. All right, girls. Class is starting soon.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Okay, Tamao-senpai. See you later!

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Rinmeikan hasn't been part of the Performance Festival for the last few years, right?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What do we need to do to take part?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The participants are selected by the festival committee.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
A committee?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes. I had some time, so I looked into the selection criteria they used in the past.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh? When? We've been in class the whole time.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...During lecture. Just a little.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whaaat!? You, the most serious student ever!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I... I read up on the lesson in advance!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But, um, please don't do what I did, okay?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Anyway, let's get back to the selection process for the Performance Festival...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
There's the school show in the fall, right? This year, the festival committee will be invited to that and they'll judge our performances.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
The fall school show? We don't have much time!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
In that case, can we start practicing for it today, after classes?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I-I'm up for it! You'll join us too, right, Yuyuko?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Well, I was planning to spend the time on rakugo storytelling, but I I have to...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thanks, Yuyuko-chan!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Okay, I'll catch you guys later. See you after classes!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Get a move on, Tamao! Performance Festival, here we come!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
No running in the corridors, Ichie!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
.....


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Whoa, don't stop all of a sudden.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao, did you see that girl? She was staring at us.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Probably because you were running and making lots of noise.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
No, I don't think that was it... Oh, well. Anyway, let's go to the rehearsal room!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The Performance Festival, huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Whew!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's enough voice training for today, everyone.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
All right! It's so good to have a goal to pursue. I feel so much more motivated!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes! And I get to be around Tamao-senpai more!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You're bursting at the seams with love for your Tamao-senpai today, huh?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Wha-- It's not just "love"!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You see, Tamao-senpai has been training to become a star performer ever since she was little.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Even Hanayagi-sensei, the special guest instructor for traditional Japanese dance, showered her with praise!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
And being able to watch our amazing Tamao-senpai up close is just...incredible!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I thank the gods of the stage for granting me this rare opportunity!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rui-chan... Please stop, this is getting embarrassing!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Wait a minute, wasn't that a lesson just for second-year students when Hanayagi-sensei complimented Tamao?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Don 't worry about the details! It was Tamao-senpai's moment of glory and I would never miss it!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Enough about that. What do we do next?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's our first practice session, so why don't we do a script reading?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I think Tamao-senpai's idea is great!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Look at Rui, so full of enthusiasm. Okay, let's do this, shall we?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah! I'm loving this positive vibe! I'm all ready!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh, it's gotten so late...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's call it a day, everyone.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Cool beans. We practiced a lot, didn't we?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'll sleep really well tonight thanks to that.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Don't you always sleep really well anyway?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Well, yeah...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Good job, Tamao-senpai. Here, I brought you a towel.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thanks. You've done well today too, Rui-chan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...Um, Tamao-senpai? Is something on your mind?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yeah... We definitely had a good practice session...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But I wonder if this is going to be enough.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah, if we keep doing what we always do, we're not going to get chosen for the Performance Festival.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Which means...we need to come up with a different way to practice?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, but I don't know what we should do...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It's late, so let's just go home for now. Maybe some good ideas will come to us tomorrow.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, let's do that. Good work, everyone!

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Okay, let's wrap up morning practice.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*yaaawn* Good work, everyone.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Thank you as always, Tamao-senpai!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Good job, Yuyuko-chan, Rui-chan...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
*sigh*


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao, I'm not sure we'll be good enough at the school show at this rate.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I know, I'm trying to think of what we can do...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Sorry, do you have a moment?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
What's up, Rui-chan?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
So I... I'm not sure whether I should be bringing this up...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Did you hear about the transfer student from Siegfeld Institute of Music?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
From Siegfeld? No, I didn't. Someone transferred from there?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes... I heard some second-year students talking about it a while ago.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
And this girl used to be in the Acting Department there.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Really? Let's find her and say hi!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
She came from Siegfeld, right? Maybe she knows some great practice methods!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes... But do you think it's okay, Tamao-senpai?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Bringing in someone new to help us now...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'd definitely like to meet her. We can't afford to be picky about our options right now.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I... I see. That's good, then...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But was there anyone like that in the Performance Department? We would've noticed a transfer student...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, that's true. Rui-chan, do you know her name?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes. She's called Fumi Yumeoji.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Fumi Yumeoji, huh? Never heard of her.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Well, actually, that's because Yumeoji-senpai is in the General Education Department.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh? She transferred into the General Education Department?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It seems so. I don't really know why.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
General education, huh? Then it's no wonder we haven't heard of her.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Okay, let's go!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Go? Go where?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
To see Fumi, of course! We know where she is, right?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ichie, not so fast...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Early bird gets the worm! Come on, let's all go together!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Don't be like that!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Pretty please! Please, please, please!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You're being a pest...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You turn up all of a sudden and want me to practice for a play with you?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I should have a say in this, right?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm sorry, but we're desperate for your help.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
How do you know I can help you?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Because you're from Siegfeld!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm in the General Education Department. I'm no longer interested in acting or rehearsals.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Get it? Now leave me alone.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You won't have to be in the play, or even practice with us! Just come and watch us rehearse. Only once is fine!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Pleeease!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I don't get what you expect from me.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Please do it for us!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Ichie-san is doing her best to ask for your help. Take pity on her, if you have a heart.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Can you please tell them to stop bothering me!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I would also like to ask for your help.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What's going on with the Performance Department here? Great, now everybody else is staring.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
All right. I'll come and watch you practice. That's it.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yay! Woohoo! Thanks, Yumeoji-san!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Get off me! Don't get so clingy!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Well... I think it's looking good.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Really? So maybe we'll be okay if we keep doing what we've been doing!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, but do that part again. You weren't moving in rhythm.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Whew, we're getting into sync, Yukko!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah, it's all starting to come together.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hmm... It was pretty good, but...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You both looked unsteady when doing the pique turns.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So try it one more time.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I think we've done enough for now...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What's that?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Nothing! We didn't say anything...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That won't do!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Gwah... This is like boot camp...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huff... Huff... I never thought she would be this intense...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What have you been doing all this time? Have you ever actually practiced!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh? We've been in the Performance Department the whole time...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'll give you 30 seconds to catch your breath. Then you're starting again, from the beginning!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Waaah... Tamao!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
That was brutal...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yumeoji-san, thank you for agreeing to our request and helping us with practice today.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was really illuminating.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Call me Fumi. And no need to thank me. I enjoyed it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Really?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
In that case... Would you help us again tomorrow?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Ugh, no thanks to boot camp!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko, stop it!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I need some time to think about it...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Come on, we're buddies now, Fumi!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
We're not, and don't call me by my first name!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What, why? You told Tamao it was okay!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
She's allowed to, not you!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I can't promise I'll do this every day, but I'll come if I feel like it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thanks, Fumi!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But keep in mind I'll only be watching you practice. And if I get tired of it, I'll stop coming. Is that okay?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, of course!

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*yawn* Ugh, the morning sun is blindingly bright.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
And I'm sore all over... This never happened after our usual practice.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Is this what my life's going to be like from now on?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Sorry, I've got to go to my part-time job today.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I wrote up a training program, though, so do this today.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's... It's so long...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Coming up with this much must have been a lot of work.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And then putting it all together into a practice program... I really appreciate it!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No need to make a big deal out of it. I just had nothing else to do during free study time.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I've got to get going. ...Good luck.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
See you tommorrow!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But there's so much... Can we get all of it done today?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
There's no way. Let's give up.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't say that. Fumi went to all this trouble to write this for us.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We'll be dog-tired afterwards, but we've absolutely got to do it!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
All right, bring it on!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
.......


The next day...

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*yawn*


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
So tired...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yuyuko! It's morning! Hi!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Morning, Yuyuko-chan. Huh? Where's your bag?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Oh... I don't have it... Must have left it in my dorm room.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko, hurry up and get it. We're losing precious morning practice time!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah, sure... Will do.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*sigh*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yuyuko-chan, are you okay? You don't seem well.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What? Are you sick, Yuyuko?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
No, I'm fine. I'm doing amazing, so don't worry.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Well, if you say so.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'll go and get my bag. Don't wait for me.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*yawn*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tighten your core muscles and relax your neck. Yuyuko, you seem spaced out. Are you listening?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Hey, Yukko, pull yourself together.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Huh? Were you talking to me?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If you don't want to do this, then there's no point.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hold on, Fumi. She's just tired. Let's wrap up morning practice for today.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What? The school show's just around the corner and we should be practicing as much as we can!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Um, we're done here, right? I'll be going then.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Wait, Yukko! They're not done talking yet!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Do they need me to stay here and listen or something?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't get so worked up about this, Rui-chan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But she's being rude!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Well... I hate to be saying this, but I guess I should.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
This is seriously too much.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Do you mean the practice? But the school show is so soon, and...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
And we won't be ready in time?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I see how this is really bothering you guys, but it doesn't matter all that much to me.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh, what? What do you mean?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It's not like I joined the Performance Department because I love this school.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I chose this department because I thought it was kind of related to rakugo storytelling, which is my passion.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Sure, acting is fun.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
And Tamao-senpai and Ichie-san have been good to me, so I figured I may as well take part in this if it helps them.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But now I have to undergo this ruthless training? Give me a break, really.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Besides, it will go smoother without me holding you back.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Just my boring thoughts on the subject, sorry.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ah! Yukko, wait!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What are you going to do?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We can't just leave her like this. Yuyuko-chan is our friend.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But I feel bad that I didn't notice we were forcing her to do something she didn't want to do.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Looks like Tamao-senpai and the others have gone home.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I've got the rehearsal room all to myself. *yawn*


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Feels much bigger when it's just me in here.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I haven't had time for this lately because of all the training, but finally...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I can practice my rakugo.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That was terrific, Yuyuko-chan. It's an old classic called "Reaper," isn't it?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Wh-When did you come in?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Right around the time you started. I heard your voice.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You were so good, I didn't want to interrupt you.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You're really talented at this.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I don't really do it in front of people, though.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But to be honest, I surprised myself.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
My rakugo has gotten better. Better than before, at least.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Maybe that's partially thanks to the training with Fumi?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It's not easy to admit, but that's probably it.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I got better at projecting my voice and conveying emotion, and my stamina improved, too.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
The way I speak has become somewhat theatrical, though, and that drives me nuts.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I think it works quite well, actually.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So, is the practice really so hard on you?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Sure is.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But if I get something out of it, maybe I can keep it up. You know how I have an aversion to hard work.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But if this is going to benefit both my acting and rakugo at the same time, that's not a bad deal.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Besides, it's not like I don't like you guys.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So will you come to practice tomorrow?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Just to be sure, let me think it through tonight. I don't think my answer will disappoint you.


The next day...

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yuyuko's not here today...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't worry, she's coming.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You sound very confident about that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm sure she'll come. That's just my feeling, based on how she was yesterday.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yuyuko didn't show up, did she? Tamao-senpai, classes are starting soon. We should go...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I don't understand...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Morning... Sorry... *yawn* I overslept.


:
Yuyuko-chan!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Really sorry about everything I said yesterday. I'd like to keep practicing with you.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*yawn* Something wrong, Tamao-senpai? You look really tired.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yuyuko-chan... I hate to say this, but you picked the worst possible day to oversleep...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I was really hoping you'd turn up in the morning, full of renewed energy and motivation...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao! You all right?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't worry, I'm just so relieved...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*yawn* Really sorry about that. I'm just not a morning person.

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai, can I ask you about this one—


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tamao! Your lines were better yesterday. It's good to try different approaches, but you're losing touch with the character!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ah, I was worried about that, actually. I'll try to switch back to what I did yesterday.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
And for the next scene...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
What were you saying earlier, Rui-chan?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Tamao-senpai! Ichie-senpai is being a mooncalf.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yuyuko! Stop saying that!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Do you even know what it means?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
A...calf of the moon?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Cut it out, you two! I'm sorry, Rui-chan. If you could wait a moment...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ah... Yes, of course.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sorry to keep you waiting. It's been a while since we got to talk without the others around, isn't it?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
We've all been busy preparing for the school show... Especially since Fumi-senpai joined us.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, a lot has changed. Even Yuyuko-chan has become more motivated.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ichie-senpai seems to be in higher spirits, too.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Have you changed, too?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I don't know. I just feel a little left behind.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I feel like I need to change, though. What about you, Tamao-senpai? Do you think you've changed?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Maybe I have, thanks to everyone.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Seeing all of you trying your best to prepare for the school show made me think I need to step it up, too.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Plus I regret not trying harder before. I've been thinking about that a lot recently.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Really? You, Tamao-senpai?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I don't want you and the other first-year students to have regrets like that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Do you remember? You're the one who first brought up the idea of participating in the Performance Festival.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
That's just because I've never had the chance to do anything on that scale before...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
When you said that, I got a bit excited, you know?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Because I hadn't even thought about it much before.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was probably the same for Ichie.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
When you said that, your dream became our dream. We all share it now.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
My dream is everyone's dream? No, no, it was just an idea I had...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't say that. It's our dream, you know.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's make it come true together. Let's give it all we've got, so we won't have regrets later.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes! I'm glad I got to talk to you today.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I will also change for the better, to make our dream come true!


The next day...

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Fumi-senpai... Can we go over the harmonizing part again?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Of course. Remember, you have to—


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Be mindful of the base rhythm and make sure I don't fall behind?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yes, that's it! You know your stuff!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Rui has become more proactive than before. I think she'll improve a lot if she keeps it up.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rui-chan notices and thinks about a lot more than she usually lets on.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So if she shares those insights with others, that would help them improve, too.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
By the way, Fumi. There's something I'd like to ask you.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Sounds serious.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The upcoming school show... Would you like to perform in it, too?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Me?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Although you're not a member of the Performance Department, you can make a guest appearance.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Besides, we'd all feel reassured if you were on stage with us.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Thanks for the offer, but I'm going to turn it down.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I told you at the beginning that I'd only help you with practice.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I can't do any more than that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ah, okay.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sorry I asked too much of you, Fumi.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hey everyone, let's wrap up for now. We've got to hurry to make it for homeroom.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
All righty!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Fumi, see you after school.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Okay.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I already made my decision. But...

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
*sigh*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I have to study, and I've got my part-time job as well.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
And now I'm helping out with rehearsals early in the morning and after classes...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But I'm having so much more fun than when I wasn't doing anything to do with theater.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Seeing the others improve makes me happy, too.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Should l...return to the stage?


:
Hmm hm hmm ♪


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It's from Ichie?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hey, Fumi!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What's going on? Why did you need me to come here so late?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah, well, I had to show you something!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I have a bad feeling about this...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tamao? Why's she practicing alone at this hour?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hehe! Suprised, aren't you?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
But that's not even the most amazing part. See what she's doing?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh... She's playing two roles?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah, that's right.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
The play we're doing was written for five actors, right?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
But we only have Tamao, Rui, Yuyuko, and me. So we had to cut some parts out.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But that's not good enough to make it to the Performance Festival... So she's going to play two roles?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Fumi, please perform with us.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I know you've got your reasons, but when you saw Tamao just now...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Didn't you get excited, wondering what performing with her would be like?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Come on, you can't hide it from me!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yes... I was honestly thrilled to see Tamao pull that off.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But... I'm sorry.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Fumi?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm doing the regular curriculum at Rinmeikan because...l can't perform any more.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I couldn't stand being on stage, so I ran away from it. That's why I transferred.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Now that I'm here it might be different, but... If I got on stage, I might ruin things for everyone.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What, no! It'll be fine! No matter what happens, I'll ad lib something and cover for you!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You'll...cover for me?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Something wrong?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No... It's just that I'd sooner die than have you cover for me.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
How mean! You're a meanie, Fumi!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Shush, or Tamao will notice us. Shall we go?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah, okay! Hey, let's go hang out and get to know each other better!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No way.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
They're an interesting bunch. They cover for each other and help each other out, laughing the whole time.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Sometimes they're self-centered, and they always run into problems, but they try their best and never give up.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Maybe I could do this again, here...


The next day...

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You're a bit late today, Fumi. Everyone's here, so shall we get started with--


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Mind if I have a word with you first?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh? What is it?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tamao, do you really think you can do dual roles?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
H-How do you know about that?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You were practicing for that without telling us, Tamao-senpai!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes... I wasn't sure the play would be good enough the way it is.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Still, taking on dual roles is crazy.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But... Do you think we can impress the audience by cutting things out to make it work with four people?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No, that would be difficult.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's why I--


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I will play that role.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Wh-What?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Whoa...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You said I can make a guest appearance even though I'm not in your department, right?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Y-Yes, that's right, but... Are you sure about this?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Come on, Tamao! Get it together. This is amazing news!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But keep in mind that I haven't done this in a while. I may just be a liability in the end.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Will you cover for me?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Of course!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Guess we have to!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yes, of course! Thank you so much, Fumi! Thank you!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hehe! Now we have a full cast! It's all gone according to my cunning plan!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I can't believe one of Ichie-senpai's plans actually worked out!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Rui, I think she's only saying so after the fact...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You should be more respectful toward your senpai!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Welcome to the team, Fumi.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Thanks. We don't have much time, so I'll be even tougher on all of you from now on!

Speaker:
This concludes this year's school show.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's over!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Good job, everyone.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I think that was the best performance we've ever put on.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah! Definitely!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I really enjoyed the school show!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We really did it, didn't we? I think our group got the biggest reaction from the audience.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Everyone did really well. You were so tense before you went on, Rui, but you pulled it off.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
My knees still feel like jelly... Tamao-senpai and Fumi-senpai, thank you for your advice.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Speaking of which, you did a good job, too, Fumi! Despite looking frighteningly tense before the show.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What does it matter? I was just getting psyched for the performance, that's all!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh, I knew you'd say something like that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thanks, Fumi. I don't want to even imagine what we'd have done without you.


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If you hadn't invited me, I probably would never have performed on stage again.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah... I probably would have watched the department close and said my farewells to the stage, too.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm so thankful we put on this show together. I'm really— *sob*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rui-chan, here's a hankie.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Rui's not the only one who likes you so much she could cry, Tamao. We all do!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Myself included, of course!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ack! Ichie, quit it with your random hugs.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Come on, it's a special occasion! You've worked really hard for this day, Tamao.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ichie... And everyone...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
When I think that today might be the last time we get to perform on stage together, I...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Looks like you get emotional too, Tamao-senpai.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh dear! The handkerchief! Tamao-senpai, here's your handkerchief!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thanks, Rui-chan.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What do you mean about it being our last performance? I'm sure we've secured a place at the Performance Festival with today's show.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yeah, I'm sure you're right. Thank you so much, everyone. Good work today!


:
Good work today!


Several days later...

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you all for coming today. We received a letter from the Performance Festival committee.


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


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Whaaat? You serious!?


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!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
By the way, what about Fumi? She was chosen too, right?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
About that...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You 've got to be kidding! She was chosen but she can't go to the Performance Festival just because she's not in the Performance Department?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The committee didn't know she was a guest performer, so they selected her along with the rest of us...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh!? Well, I'm going to have a word with the committee!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
And you, Tamao, don't just accept this. Come with me!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Fumi, think it's time?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Really? I wanted to watch Ichie fret a little more.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Fumi! Did you hear what Tamao said? You passed too, but they won't let you participate in the festival!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Even if I'm in the Performance Department?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's the thing! They're excluding you just because you're not in our department!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ichie-senpai, calm down! Fumi-senpai, did you just say you're in the Performance Department?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I just turned in the transfer form for the Performance Department.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It caused a stir in the staff office, but I'm sure it will work out.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So I'm part of your department now. I hope you'll welcome me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sure, Fumi.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Tamao-senpai, that was mean! You knew about it all along, didn't you?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I wanted to make it a surprise!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You'r horrible, Tamao!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But it's all good in the end! All of us get to participate in the Performance Festival!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll share the stage again... I'm so happy.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Did you hear what I said, Tamao?

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai, I don't know what to say...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's okay. I've gotten over the initial shock.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It's just not fair. We got selected for the Performance Festival!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But our department is going to be shut down anyway...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yeah...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So much has happened... It feels like a lifetime, but it also seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
At first I just thought it would be great if we could participate in the festival as one last memory of our time together in the department.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The practices with Fumi, the successful school show performance, being selected for the festival...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It was so much fun, almost like a dream...


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.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Shall we practice? The Performance Festival is coming up soon.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh, excuse me... Wait, you got it too?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
An audition notification?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh, what on earth happened!? Everyone!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Nh...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao! You okay?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Y-Yeah... Why is everyone here?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's what I'd like to know.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
And where are we, anyhow?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Welcome, Stage Girls of the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Who are you!?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I am Elle.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Do you have what it takes to pass the auditions, become top stars, and stand on the stage of destiny?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Auditions? Stage of destiny?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What's this all about?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
What is the stage you dream of?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Are you...asking me?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A Stage Girl made her dreams come true. She stood on the stage of destiny and found happiness repeated endlessly.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A Stage Girl made her dreams come true. She stood on the stage of destiny and found immeasurable fame and wealth.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Then if I make it to that stage, any dream I have will come true?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Tamao-senpai...?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The wish in your heart... The unfulfilled, piteous dream...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
If that is the stage you dream of...your wish will be granted.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
My wish...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The end of an era. Destined to fade away, forgotten...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
You don't want to let that happen, do you?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I will make it to the stage of destiny and stop the closure of the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tamao, what are you--


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Wonderful. In that case, all five of you Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department students...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Are hereby signed up for the auditions. Thank you.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
What? We all are?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I want to save our department just as much as you!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao, don't try to keep us out of this.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
In for a penny, in for a pound.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Frankly, this is insane. I don't believe a word of what she said to us... But what choice do we have? I'm with you on this.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Everyone...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
These five students of the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department will take part in the auditions!

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