Pressing Times is the fifth chapter of the main story of Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight: Re LIVE.

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Elle (icon).png Elle:
Revues bring many Stage Girls together.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
As the number of possibilities increases exponentially, the outcome becomes unpredictable... Isn't that the kind of show you wanted, Giraffe?


Giraffe (icon).png Giraffe:
Using small amounts of overflowing brilliance from each of the Stage Girls to bring "Starlight" back...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
You knew what I was doing?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The Stage Girls who must portray the story were at risk of losing their brilliance.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I couldn't accept that, so I came up with this method.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
You probably have no idea why I did this...


Giraffe (icon).png Giraffe:
I know.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
But even all those Revues, with all those Stage Girls, did not restore brilliance to "Starlight."


Elle (icon).png Elle:
That tower, though...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
That is without a doubt the brilliance of "Starlight." If we could only get it back...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
I can't believe the audition was put on hold!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It's not the end, is it?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
If it's just on hold, it can be resumed later, no?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I got an email! It's from Elle!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Let me see... "About the auditions on hold."


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Isn't that some good timing?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Karen-chan!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Let's go!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Now that we're here... What do we do?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
It looks like the girls from the other schools are here, too.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
We're just being bossed around...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
First they put things on hold and kick us out, and now they suddenly drag us back in.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Yeah, even Kaoruko isn't that bossy!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Yes, exactly, even I wouldn't-- Wait, what?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'm not bossy, I'm just honest about what I want!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Yeah, sure.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It's not like ordering us around is anything new... Anyway, what on earth is that tower?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Thank you all for coming.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Elle, what's going on with the audition?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
We've had to postpone it temporarily due to the emergence of the tower.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Well, can't you get rid of it and resume the audition?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
That will be up to you.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
What, you want us to get rid of the tower?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
That's really asking too much.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
We're Stage Girls, not a demolition team.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
What if I told you that it's the only way to save "Starlight"?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It's to save "Starlight"!?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...The only way?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
At the top of the tower awaits the brilliance of "Starlight."


Elle (icon).png Elle:
If you Stage Girls manage to reach the top...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
You should be able to save "Starlight."


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...Somehow I trust you even less now.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Saving "Starlight" is my objective, too.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hold on a minute.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That may be enough for you to convince the Seisho girls, but we've got our own reasons for participating in the auditions.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So we're not okay with you pausing the audition and telling us to take care of some tower!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You go, girl! Give it to her!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I did not have anything to do with the tower's appearance.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Think we buy that?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Whether you do or not, it's impossible to predict what might happen next.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huh!? The Korosu are coming out of the tower!

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We're not done talking!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Sorry, but please understand, "Starlight" is an extremely important play to us...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
No, this issue concerns all of you Stage Girls, not just the Seisho students.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
What do you mean?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The history of theatre is created story by story, building on one another like a house of cards.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Now imagine what happens when one of the cards is removed...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It all falls apart?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Yes.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
This is especially true in the case of long-loved masterpieces such as "Starlight."


Elle (icon).png Elle:
It's impossible to predict what effect its disappearance would have.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
But your treasured stories may well be caught up in the chaos that follows.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
What I want is to protect those stories.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
That's super serious! Akira-san, we can't just stand by and do nothing!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I see now that it's a grave situation. But still, I can't just accept this...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Thank you for your understanding.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You're all coming, right?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Sure, Karen-chan!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
You bet!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
She was asking us, not you!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
"Starlight" is in trouble, right? So we're on the same team now.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You're welcome to join us, but you better look after yourselves.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Thanks for the warning. All right, everyone. Let's buckle down!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
You guys are coming, right, Akira-chan? Looks like you're all fired up. Great!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
When the story goes astray, we have to amend the script.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Isn't that right, Akira-senpai?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai, we're going too, right?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I couldn't bear it if plays we've done together disappeared...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We can't stand by and watch as plays disappear from the world. They're like, half of life's pleasure!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's do this, for the sake of the audition and our plays.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It's a nice change to be hanging out with all of you like this!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Don't you agree, Akira-chan?


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


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Hmm?


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Y-Yeah... It feels so different.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Right? It's kind of exciting!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
I feel you! I'm excited, too. The thrill of not knowing what's about to happen!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Do I have to remind you that it's not all fun and games?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Indeed, it's not.


:
Whoa!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Why are you here!?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I was worried about you, thinking of the challenges ahead.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You? Worried about us? Yeah, right.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huh!? The lights went out!


????:
"Today is the day of the once-a-year shooting star spectacle."


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
That's a line from "Starlight"!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
It would seem that the Korosu await you inside as well.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
No time to talk about it! Shouldn't you be calling the start of an etude, Elle?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...Very well. The etude featuring the Korosu of the Tower shall now begin.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I was dreaming of performing together with you, Akira-chan! It's going to be awesome!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Whatever.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
All right, I've got this!

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Thanks, Akira-chan! Sharing the stage with you was a great learning experience!


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


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Akira-chan! Let's do this again some time!


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
She doesn't give up, does she?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Aruru-chan... Hehe... She's a fun one.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Climbing the tower is one thing, but having to fight the Korosu as well? Ugh!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
There is no telling what awaits you farther in. Please be careful.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'm, sure, but...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
What exactly do you want us to do?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I'm afraid this tower is an enigma to me as well.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
All I know is that the brilliance of "Starlight" can be found at the top.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Retrieve it, and the play will be saved.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You sound awfully sure of that.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
And anyway, who are you, really?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...It's only natural for you to be suspicious of me, I suppose.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I oversee the comings and goings of stories. plays and performances are just as important to me as they are to you.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Please, just trust me for now.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
It's a fact that "Starlight" is fading away.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It's not like there's anything else we can do.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
All right, we'll climb the tower.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...Thank you.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
It's going to be fine if we all go together! Just like earlier!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"You're most at danger of getting hit right after dodging."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
We can't underestimate the risk.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Um...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
That was a quote by Nietzsche.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Oh, are you an avid reader by any chance?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yes, actually.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Once this is all over, I'd love to talk to you about books you've enjoyed.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Me, too. I'll think of interesting ones to suggest.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Ebisu-san, those pirouettes and steps you did in the last etude--would you mind showing me that combination later?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I don't mind, but why?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I thought it was amazing, so I wanted to learn to do it.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Okay, no problem!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Every day at Frontier must be a blast with so many fun girls!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Haha, I could say the same about your school!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I thought so, too!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
If anything, you're the most amusing, Lalafin!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Nope, I'm no fun at all.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Yeah? Then who do you think is the most fun?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Tsukasa?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You can't be serious!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's adorable how you get sulky so easily and then binge-eat candy, and buy wacky outfits...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That's just my stress management technique, okay? That's how I avoid sulking too much...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's really amusing to watch, though!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
You got me interested. What are the outfits like?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Ugh, not you too, Nana...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
You can call me Banana. I like that nickname.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You do? Okay then, Banana.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I'll show you her weird outfits next time, Banana!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Give me a break, Lalafin!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora, Shizuha-chan, let's go already! We've got to save "Starlight"!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Why is she so hyped about this?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I think part of it is that she's happy to help, but mostly it's just that she loves being on stage.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
But come on, we're talking about an etude here...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I don't think it makes any difference to Aruru.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That so? Have you known her a long time, Misora?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
...Yes, I've had to resign myself to her presence in my life.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Sounds like she's a handful.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Huh? Oh, yeah, she is. Never know what she'll do next.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Don't just take it. Try being assertive with her. Futaba could use that advice, too.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Hey! Don't make this about me!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Assertive, huh?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora! Get a move on! Time for the next etude!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Ugh, there she goes, running off on her own again.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
She's a different kind of pain than Kaoruko...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
True. Okay, Futaba, we'd better follow after them, too!

Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Are we close to the top of the tower? It doesn't feel like it at all.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
So you two were childhood friends who met again after ten years? That's like destiny at work! I love it!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah, it definitely was destiny!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Yachiyo, are you listening to me?


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Where did you study before coming to Seisho Music Academy, Hikari?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
The Royal Academy of Theatrical Actors in England.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Huh? The Royal Academy? Wow!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I was thinking of studying abroad there, too!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Why did you choose Siegfeld, Mei Fan-san?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I saw Akira-san in the school's promo video and was really impressed. I wanted to meet her and try to surpass her!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The video footage was a few years old, though. So when I met Akira-san, she was even more amazing!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Tendo-san, did you know Yukishiro-san before last year's Performance Festival?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I hadn't met her, but I had heard a lot about her.


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


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Something the matter, Yukishiro-san?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
What kind of person is Karen Aijo?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Me? I'm in Seisho Music Academy's 99th Class, Student Number 1! My favorite food is pickled plums! What else do you want to know?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
I wasn't asking you.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
But it's about me!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
She's a brilliant Stage Girl, as you could tell at the Revue.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
High praise, and coming from you...


Akira (icon).png Akira:
One more question... What happened to you during the year since the previous Performance Festival?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I suppose I would have to say...fierce competition with rivals and creating a performance together for the 100th Seisho Festival.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
I see.


Yachiyo (icon).png Yachiyo:
Don 't just end it there! Ask for the juicy details! It's a unique opportunity.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
No, I'm good.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
What, you're done talking? I'll be off, then!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Where are you going, Michiru-senpai?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Just to have a look around, since we're here!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Are you okay with that, Yukishiro-senpai?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Let her do as she wants.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Huh... I thought Siegfeld was really strict about rules.


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
Um... Michiru-senpai is something of an exception, but the school is very strict and orderly.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Akira-san, it looks like there's an open area up ahead. I'll go check it out!


Shiori (icon).png Shiori:
...It is a strict and orderly school, right?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
..Why are you asking me?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Akira-san! It looks like we're at the top!

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