Downfall is the ninth chapter of the main story of Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight: Re LIVE.

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Downfall Part 1-1

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E-Evicted—!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ms. Ukaji, what do you mean by "evicted"...!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
W-Why!?


Ukaji:
That's pretty obvious...


Ukaji:
There are very few students in the Performance Department...


Ukaji:
Besides, that number is getting smaller every year and the department itself isn't doing too well...


Ukaji:
There haven't been any brilliant results that justify its continuation.


Ukaji:
That's why the Commission has decided to disband it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's...!


Ukaji:
You'll all be transferred to the General Education Department next year, and starting from next week you'll be attending classes—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
W-Wait a second! This can't be happening!


Ukaji:
There's nothing I can do.


Ukaji:
This is what the Commission has decided.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
B-But they said the department wouldn't be disbanded...!


Ukaji:
Huh? Who did?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Th-That's...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
C-Can't you wait a while longer!? We'll do something about it!


Ukaji:
*sigh* And how do you plan on doing that?


Ukaji:
You've performed a number of plays until now, all founded by money and support from previous students in the department.


Ukaji:
However, these funds have dwindled, and new students aren't willing to join the department... In other words, the Performance Department is nothing but a lost cause for Rinmeikan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
A-A lost cause!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's too harsh!


Ukaji:
I'm just telling the truth. You can't perform a play without money.


Ukaji:
You failed to realise that, and that's how you got yourselves in this situation.


Ukaji:
Students in the General Education Department excel every year, and have all advanced to prestigious universities. They've proven that Rinmeikan is an excellent school that prepares students for university.


Ukaji:
That's why every year many students want to join our school.


Ukaji:
However, that can't be said for your department. The number of students that want to join the Performance Department is zero.


Ukaji:
I'm not saying that is entirely your fault.


Ukaji:
But can you prove that you have done anything to protect the survival of your department?


Ukaji:
How were you five planning to prevent this decision from happening?


Ukaji:
Have you performed any play that would prove that the Performance Department is something vital to the school?


Ukaji:
Did you just think that someone would just do something to protect your precious department?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Th-That's...


Ukaji:
Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department — in other words, your stage is not worthy of being protected.


Ukaji:
This is what the Commission has agreed upon. It's final.


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


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


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
How could they decide without even asking us...!?


Ukaji:
This is all from the Commission.


Ukaji:
All the proper documents have been sent to your families, so make sure you discuss your future with them.


Ukaji:
Oh...and one more thing.


Ukaji:
Make sure you take out all your belongings and clean up the classrooms used by the Performance Department by next week.


Ukaji:
All right then...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The department will be closed...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
This can't be... This must be a lie!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...What Ms. Ukaji said, though... What have we done to prevent it? What can we do to prevent it...?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...And I had just gotten back on the stage...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Stop sounding like you've given up already!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Well, you didn't exactly stand up to her either, did you?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
No... That's...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I just don't expect anything from adults that just push their own agendas like them.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ichie?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao, you haven't given up, have you!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Are you okay with their decision!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Let's work through this together!


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Don't apologize! We can still do it together! Let's make them change their decision!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's... I can't bring myself to do it...


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What!? We're all gonna be separated! You can't be okay with that!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ichie... Please...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I hate it...! I won't stand here quietly and not do anything!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...If it comes to it, I'll do it alone!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ichie! Calm down!


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...She's gone. I've never seen her like that...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It's okay. She'll come back eventually.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Anyway, let's clean up the classroom. I don't want Ms. Ukaji to go ballistic on us again.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Senpai, where does this go?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The label is burnable, the rest goes into unburnable.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
*sigh*


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Cleaning the whole classroom in just a week...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah, she was unreasonable...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
That's... This is not the right time, Yukko!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Can't blame me... We're getting transferred next week...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I can't say I don't emphasize with Ichie right now.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...That said she could have at least helped us clean up...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...And here I thought I'd found a new stage...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...I'm so sorry, everyone.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This is all my fault...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...I can't forgive her.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I can't believe that she straight up lied to Tamao-senpai!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Elle — I won't forgive her!


:
...!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
She said that our department would be fine if we won the audition!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
And we're still in the middle of it...!


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm so mad at her!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...It's dark outside. Let's finish cleaning up tomorrow.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you, everyone. I'll stay here a while longer. Can you go back without me?


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


:
...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Okay. We'll see you tomorrow then.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'll prepare a hot bath for you.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Come on, Rui.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh...? I'll stay here and help Tamao-senpai—


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Let's go, Rui.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But...!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Let's give her some space.


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


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
See you tomorrow, Tamao-senpai...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
See you tomorrow, Rui.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...What kind of department is the General Education Department? You were there until a while ago, right?


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It's not bad actually. The level of the classes is high, and the teachers are all passionate about teaching...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Many students are happy about it.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...What about you?


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What's the matter?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh...nothing. I just remembered I forgot my water bottle.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'll go and get it. Can you go back without me?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
That's something you don't see every day...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...Please take care of yourself, Fumi-senpai.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Thank you. See you later.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(I'm sure that was Ichie...)


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(Ngh... Why can't I stop worrying about it!?)


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...I didn't expect that you'd go off like that earlier...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Fumi... Neither did I...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...I can't believe that we're being evicted.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We can't give up! We'll group together with Tamao and we'll—!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I understand how you feel, but...now is not the right time to speak to Tamao.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh...!? Why not!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I'm sure that she agrees with me!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's not what I mean...


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
She's not in the right state to make decisions at the moment.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's not true! I believe in her!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If you believe in her, then let her be alone for a while. What is it that you want?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Do you just want to reassure yourself?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Thought so. If you truly care about Tamao and everyone else, just be patient for now.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Okaaay.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Good.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...In the meantime, I'll do things my way then!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Don't do anything too bad.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh? What makes you think I would?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...! You know exactly what I mean!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Heh heh! ...Are you okay with all this?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I believe in you as well.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Even if our department is disbanded and we get transferred... Friends always stay friends.


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yup!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Wait, who are you talking about?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh!? You and I, of course—!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Heh heh. See you tomorrow, Ichie. Don't go talking to Tamao just yet.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hmm...friends...

Downfall Part 1-2

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
There we go...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'll move this here....


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hmm... We need more boxes. I have to remember to bring some tomorrow...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Ghost Patrol Squad"...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Yoshitsune"..."Seven Lucky Gods"..."Orikurenai"..."Urashima Taro"...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We had so much fun...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Reworking the script, making the outfits, preparing the backgrounds...performing on stage together...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Every play had its difficulties, but in the end...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was a lot of fun.


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


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...I can't forgive her.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
My beloved... My beloved department...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Disbanded? I can't forgive her!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Did you lie to me? Did you lie to me so that I'd join the audition!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Answer me, Elle-san!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Can't you just stop yapping...?


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
The smaller the dog, the more noise they make...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Eek! W-What!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
A giant plushie...? Is someone inside of it!? ...Is it a snowman?


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Who are you calling snowman!? I'm Andrew, the cutest of all the moles!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
A mole...? What's happening...?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Andrew!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Don't go running off by yourself.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Sorry, Elle. She was just yapping so loudly that I rushed here...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
See? Even Elle came!


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


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Long time no see, Tamao Tomoe.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Elle-san... You lied to us.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You told us that our department would be fine if we won the audition!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
She said that if you became a Top Star, you'd obtain the stage you want...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Did you even become a Top Star?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh...? Th-That's...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
You don't even know?


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
You really are just a spoiled brat, aren't you?


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
We didn't decide to disband your department. Did you even stop and think why they made that decision?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Th-That's...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Creating a stage means creating something from nothing.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The stage is born from the will of you Stage Girls — it's created from your passion...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Nobody helps you.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
That's why it's so hard...but at the same time why it shines so beautifully.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
"If I were a Star...", "If we could stop the department from being disbanded..."—


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
If all you can do is wishful thinking, you'll only wait for someone to act.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Everything happens for a reason!


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


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
*huff*... *huff*...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Andrew, calm down.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Sorry, Elle. I can't stand that she called you a liar...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Thank you for your feelings, Andrew.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...Tamao Tomoe.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
H-Huh?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Some people stand on the stage and yet they're not Stage Girls — some people are Stage Girls even without a stage.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
—Which one are you?


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


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
What just happened...?


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That...wasn't a dream.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The department will be closed...


The next day...

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Whew... Finally lunch time...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Japanese, Mathematics, Classical literature, History... The General Education Department sure is intense.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't let it discourage me.


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


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I came to see you! Let's grab lunch together!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sorry... I have to go over the lessons, so I think I'll have lunch here...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh...okay...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm sure that you're busy with your new classes as well.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So...we should just focus on the things in front of us...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Fumi, Ichie and Yuyuko-chan are also doing the same...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So...could you...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Are you telling me that I can't come and see you anymore...!?


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We don't have a stage anymore... I don't want to waste your time...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
B-But...that's not...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't make a stage for us, I'm not on the stage anymore. I'm just...Tamao Tomoe.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Tamao Tomoe— the Stage Girl that you looked up to is dead.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Besides, if I spend time with you, the memories of our plays together will make me—


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm so sorry, Rui.


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


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I...understand.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm sorry that I made you go through that. I'll be off...


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


Volleyball Club Sophomore:
Tomoe-san. Wasn't that Akikaze-san?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh? ...Yes, why?


Volleyball Club Sophomore:
I've been wanting to talk to her for a while. She's tall and athletic...


Volleyball Club Sophomore:
I'd like her to join our volleyball club.


Basketball Club Sophomore:
Hold it right there. You're not the only ones that want her in your club.


Basketball Club Sophomore:
I think she'd do much better playing basketball for us! She has tons of fans among the first years too!


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


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I guess this will be my life from now on...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I have to get used to it...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I should probably bring these back home...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The record of all the performances by the students of the Performance Department... Even my grandmother and my mom are here...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Costume sketches, background ideas... I remember bringing these from home...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And then—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The script for "Rinmeiki".


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
They say that empress trees live for 30 years...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This story chronicles how an empress tree is planted and grows looking at the life of humans...eventually withering when they die.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's a play that has been passed down throughout Rinmeikan's history.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The main character fights against the tide of time, surrounded by people who share his will—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The story vividly portrays their life and death — their passion and their sacrifices.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
From the withered tree new spouts grow forth, and the curtains close with a butterfly flying toward the future.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
While keeping the same structure, this play has been adapted different times by different people.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Tears of the White Tiger — Rinmeiki 1963", "Flames over Goryokaku — Rinmeiki 1971"...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"The Legend of Yoshitsune — Rinmeiki 1985", "Mysteries of the Edo Period Night Watch — Rinmeiki 1995"...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rinmeiki — a play performed in Rinmeikan's hall for Rinmeikan's legacy...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
My grandma and my mom used to tell me stories of it. I grew up dreaming about it...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But now Rinmeiki isn't performed anymore...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
My grandma remembers when it happened.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
A few years before I was born, a large number of students complained that the story had been written almost a century earlier.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Rinmeikan has clung to this obsolete story for too long! The school is losing its shine!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Let's ditch old traditions and transform Rinmeikan!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
These students banned Rinmeiki and started working on a completely different play.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But the new play was considered too progressive and detached from what the school represented...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Following that a number of initiatives were held, but they denied the school's legacy and tradition which drastically lowered the number of applicants...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And then, just like that the Performance Department fell into decay...


Young Tamao's Grandma:
"Surrender...? Are you telling me — the man called Demon Vice-Commander — to surrender...?"


Young Tamao's Grandma:
"I could never face Isami-san and the Commander when I die..."


Young Tamao's Grandma:
"My death will carve a legacy no matter how gruesome my life has been!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Granma...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So young and beautiful... She was really shining.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This tape — I used to watch it and she would tell me her stories...


Tamao's Grandma:
"Tamao, this is Rinmeiki. Your grandma put everything on the line to make this play."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Everything on the line...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ngh...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ngh... *sob* I'm so sorry...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Granma... Mom... Everyone who has worked on Rinmeiki...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I couldn't protect our department...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That weird mascot-looking plushie is right...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
All I did was wait for someone to do something. It's only natural it would end like this...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
If only I... If only I—!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
If only I had put everything on the line...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I could have saved our department — our dream would still be alive!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...I'm so sorry, everyone!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ngh...Ugh...Waaaahhhh!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Aaaaaaah... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
*sob**sob*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
What should I do...? I don't know what to do anymore...


Young Tamao's Grandma:
"Young one, are you ready to die here?"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
......?!


Young Tamao's Grandma:
"Have you lived a fulfilling life? Did you fight? Did you fight for what you want...?"


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Granma...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
No... Not yet.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't let it end like this. I won't let them disband our department!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Not until I stand on my dream stage — Rinmeiki!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I told Rui that the Stage Girl that she looked up to is dead...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I cannot die yet...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I haven't fulfilled my dream! I haven't lived life to the fullest! I haven't fought enough!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll perform "Rinmeiki"—!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Even if it means we have to use all our strength—!

Downfall Part 2-1

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Whew... Done...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
The classes in this department are no joke...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...Look at the time.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Are you telling me that I can't come and see you anymore...!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We don't have a stage anymore... I don't want to waste your time...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't make a stage for us, I'm not on the stage anymore. I'm just...Tamao Tomoe.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Tamao Tomoe— the Stage Girl that you looked up to is dead.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Besides, if I spend time with you, the memories of our plays together will make me—


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Sorry.


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


Freshman A:
...Ki...ze...san...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(I can't even be by your side...)


Freshman A:
Akikaze-san!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Eek! Wh-What is it!?


Freshman A:
Are you free now? Let's go to a coffee shop together.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
A c-coffee shop!?


Freshman A:
There's a very nice one by the station.


Freshman B:
Oh, and their Special Jumbo Pancake Set is to die for! You should try it!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ah, I'm actually supposed to—


Freshman A:
Great! Let's go then!


Freshman B:
We've been wanting to chat with you for a while!


Freshman A:
You're so tall and pretty. And your voice is beautiful! We're glad we can talk to you up close!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ah, wait... Don't pull my arm—


Students:
Let's go!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Help, senpai...! Tamao-senpai—!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You're closing—!?


Shopkeeper:
...Sorry, Fumi-chan. We're not the only ones in a slump.


Shopkeeper:
The Special Jumbo Pancake Set — we've been selling it since summer and the more we sell it the more we lose money...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Well, it's 500 yen for such a huge portion... No wonder you're not making any profit...


Shopkeeper:
Right? The economy is bad these days...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...It sounds more like your management needs to learn what profit means...


Shopkeeper:
Who would have thought that this new menu would end up stabbing us in the back!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I don't think that this is what's happening here...


Shopkeeper:
Yes, I guess pancakes are meant to be stabbed, rather than doing the stabbing. Heh heh!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
*sigh*


Shopkeeper:
Well, anyway. Thank you for everything, Fumi-chan.


Shopkeeper:
You'll get rest of the salary in the bank.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Sure. Thank you for everything...


:
*whoosh*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So many...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
All the shops in this area have closed down.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The bakery, the pizzeria, the cafeteria...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
All the different kinds of restaurants...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
All of them went out of business. And they were doing fine until a while ago...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
First the Performance Department, and now my part-time job... Am I cursed or something?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
*sigh* I'm going to have to find a new job...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But I know what'll cheer me up!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
—A ponzu feast!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
S-Sold out—!?


Clerk:
Sorry... We just sold the last bottle of "Hanamaru Natural Yuzu Ponzu" just moments ago...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ngh... Just my luck today...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
When will you get the next stock?


Clerk:
...Probably never.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What!?


Clerk:
The economy, you know... The company that made it has gone bankrupt.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Bankrupt!? What am I supposed to do without it...!?


Clerk:
I'm sorry...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No way—!


:
*blub* *blub*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Heh... Heh heh heh.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
First my job, and now my ponzu...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The department was disbanded and us five have all gone our different ways...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...I must have run out of luck for the rest of my life...


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Soybeans and mushrooms boiling in the pot...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
And no ponzu for my feast... It'll just be boiled vegetables...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No job, no ponzu, no stage...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
*sobs*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I feel like crying...


:
*ding dong*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...? Who could it be at this time?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm coming—!


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tamao...? What are you doing here so late?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I need to talk to you about something. I went to your work, but...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was closed...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, yeah. They've closed down.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So it mentioned in the poster...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I thought you'd be feeling down, so I went to get you a bottle of ponzu and then...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Apparently the last bottle of your favorite brand had just been sold out...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That...and the company has gone bankrupt too...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So the staff told me... I'm...really sorry for your loss.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Anyway... What is it? Have you come to see me despair?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
No...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I came here to recruit you.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You'll be on the main cast of Rinmeiki.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Rin...mei...ki?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...I had no idea about this play.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I chose Rinmeikan specifically so I could perform it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...I can't stay in the General Education Department. It has to be performed by the Performance Department.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You'd die without your favorite ponzu, so you must understand what I mean...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's a bit extreme...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The end of our department, our transfer... I finally got it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I was too spoiled, too naive.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I relied on all my friends too much, never taking responsibility for the future...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I didn't put all my soul in performing on the stage...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't leave before I perform Rinmeiki. I can't let them take our department down.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm begging you, Fumi. Lend me your strength.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Have you told Ichie, Yuyuko and Rui—?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
No, you're the first one.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Why? They've been with you longer than I...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's not the point. They would never say no to me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You're the only one.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...So you want me to keep you in check?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You transferred from Siegfeld and you've proven your worth on the stage. You've gone through hardsdhips and you know how to be strict.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You're the best candidate for this job. I need your strength, Fumi.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hmm... What Ms. Ukaji said makes perfect sense. It's going to be difficult to change the outcome.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's not a matter of whether we can or not. We WILL.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
—And don't think you'll be working for free.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh?

Downfall Part 2-2

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hmm... What Ms. Ukaji said makes perfect sense. It's going to be difficult to change the outcome.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's not a matter of whether we can or not. We WILL.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
—And don't think you'll be working for free.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This is for you.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh? What's this bottle?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Open it.


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...! This smells like...ponzu!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Correct.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...I can tell that is not normal ponzu either.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But if you think that you can lure me in with ponzu then...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Besides, my taste buds are only for "Hanamaru Natural Yuzu Ponzu".


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Well, why don't you give it a try?


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Okay, one sip won't hurt anyone...


:
*slurp*


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The rich flavor of the soy sauce, the deep sourness of the citrus...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The aftertaste of the bonito flakes... This ponzu is fantastic!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I knew you'd appreciate it.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Go on.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Okay.


:
*blub* *blub*


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ngh... Hmm...! It complements the vegetables so well!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
This... This is a newfound ponzu feast!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. I'm glad you liked it.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Where did you get this?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
—"Kappo Tomoye". The chef uses an old recipe.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Apparently it's made with "jabara", a citrus local to Kishu province.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Kappo Tomoye"... Isn't that where you—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...It just so happens that they're looking for someone to work part-time.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It includes meals, and the shifts are negotiable. The salary is...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Wh-What!? That much!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
How do you feel about it?


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm not trying to bribe you.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm going to pay you for your services as a professional. I need you right now.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
What I need the most is someone who points out my flaws and mistakes.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hmm... You really thought this through, didn't you? Who knew you could be so determined?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Just know that there's no turning back.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Wherever I go things end up in a disaster. My part-time job... The department...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I won't let that happen anymore.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I will do anything to restore our department! So please, Fumi!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Your tone... Your voice...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You're really serious about this, aren't you?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Of course. I know it's late now, but...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...There's no turning back, huh? Okay.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Count me in! I'll follow you to our doom!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You have made me feel hope again! I'll stand beside you, Tamao Tomoe!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you... I'm happy that you accepted.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Just so you know...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You're not in it for the money and the ponzu...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Fumi.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Three left... We've taken the first step in bringing back Rinmeiki and restoring the Performance Department...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It won't go so easy next time...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It will.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I had this same feeling when I invited you to stage the first time.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And you didn't betray me. You protected "Starlight" that time...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And this time you will be there to bring Rinmeiki back to life with me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm so grateful to you, Fumi.


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
No, I'm the one who's grateful.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh?


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Long ago there lived a knight."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"No one could match his spear or his riding skills. He was proficient in the art of war and poetry."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"The king soon recognized the knight's prowess and bestowed him with a jewel — a jade."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"The knight's future looked bright. Some people even thought that he might become the next king."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He himself was among them. And day by day he became more arrogant."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"...The knight had a younger brother of whom he was very fond."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He was born with a frail body, but nevertheless aimed to become like his older brother by training every day."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"And one day, people started proclaiming that he had even surpassed his brother."


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"The knight became perturbed."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He started worrying that he might lose his rank to his younger brother. And that emotion led him to waver on the battlefield."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Before long his skills failed him."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"The other knights, displeased by his arrogance, rejoiced at his despair."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He deserved it, they said. No one was willing to lend him a hand."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"...No one other than his younger brother."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"And then one day, the knight turned to the gods."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He prayed that his brother fall to an enemy's arrow."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He saw how ugly and weak he had become."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He despaired even more and decided to run away from the realm — leaving the jade behind."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"The knight crossed the ocean and arrived in a land on the brink of collapse."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"However, it was there that he found a compassionate ruler who accepted him for who he was."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He realized that he wanted to use his life for the ruler and his trusted companions."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"He slowly regained his spirit and returned to his former self."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Thus swearing his blade to his new ruler..."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"The end."


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


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
—Just a play I saw recently.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Hmm.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
—I like you, Tamao.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh!?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I like your dedication to the stage.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You made me realize again how beautiful it is to perform...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You made me realize that I could stand on the stage again, even after I had abandoned it.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You made me into a Stage Girl again, Tamao...


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Heh heh!


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"I fled the stage, my heart filled with envy. I stand today on a stage in disarray."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"I look back at my old days, and use that strength to create a new stage that will last forever."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department - Fumi Yumeoji! To a new life, to a new stage!"


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
This is my pledge, Tamao. I will do whatever I can to make your dream— to make Rinmeiki come true!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Yes.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you, Fumi. You're my most trusted samurai.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm looking forward to working for you tomorrow.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Oh, that reminds me. Tomorrow you start at 5. I'll make sure your lunch has ponzu.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Traditional Japanese restaurants sure start early... I'm grateful for the ponzu, but could you spare some daikon as well?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That depends on how well you'll do...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...You're getting bolder by the minute.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'll make sure I pay my debt to you on the stage — Rinmeiki's stage!


:
Heh heh!

Downfall Part 3-1

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Whew... Today's finally over...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I have to say, I have gotten used to my new department by now...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I wonder how Tamao-senpai is doing...


:
*clatter*


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh...? My seniors... There are so many too...


Basketball Club Sophomore:
Hey! You're Akikaze, right?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh!? M-Me? Y-Yes! Wh-What happened...?


Basketball Club Sophomore:
You have a lot of time on your hands now that you're in this department,


Rui (icon).png Rui:
H-Huh!? Ah... Well... Actually—


Basketball Club Sophomore:
Why don't you join our basketball club? We'd fly away to victory during nationals!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh?


Tennis Club Sophomore:
HAHA! You must be joking!


Tennis Club Sophomore:
Akikaze-san is going to join our tennis club!


Volleyball Club Sophomore:
Excuse me? She's coming to our volleyball club, period.


Handicraft Club Sophomore:
No, our handicraft club.


Lacrosse Club Sophomore:
Why don't you lend us a hand in our lacrosse club instead?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
H-Hey, don't pull my arm!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I have to go to Tamao-senpai—


2nd Year Classroom

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Here we are. Shall we start?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Let's.


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


:
...!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Rui-chan. I told you to stay away from me...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...I don't get it! How can you say our days together break your heart...!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I know that it may be hard and painful, but—


Rui (icon).png Rui:
They were like a treasure to me! And I'm sure you feel the same!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...They were beautiful and sweet. But that's precisely why...


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


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't leave everything up to me.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Let's go, Fumi.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Don't leave everything up to her...anymore...


Resource Room

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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Don't give me that look.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I know that you don't want to involve her as she is now, but still...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(...I can feel their pain...)


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I acted tough earlier, but the truth is that—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I feel that I've been relying on her too. I know that she trusts me and that's why I did it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...She looked in so much pain...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Still...I'll do what I feel is right. I'm sure—


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm sure that Rui will understand.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Let's move on to our next target—


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
There we go...!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Camera, ready! Microphone, ready! Everything is in order!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Right, then. Let's start recording...!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
......


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Here we are on a new broadcast of Ichie Otonashi's "Ichi Ichi Channel"!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Your beloved former idol and present Stage Girl will cheer you all up despite her name meaning "quiet"!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yay! Clap, clap. Round of applause for Ichie!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Let's get started then! Picking up from my previous broadcast — "Project Rebuilding Rinmeikan Performance Department"!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Our Performance Department may have been disbanded, but I won't stand down!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I don't care what anyone might think — my project will help rebuild this department!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I haven't decided on a play, or even a place where we can rehearse, but...I promise I won't let you down!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Let's move on to our viewers' messages!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What do we have here? A message from..."Kappo Girl". Thank you!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Nice to meet you, Ichie-san. This is my first time writing to your channel."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Nice to meet you too! Thank you so much for your message!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"I heard about your project on your last broadcast."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"I think it's amazing that you want to rebuild the department on your own!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Heh heh, thank you!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I quit being an idol to pursue this path. I'm not going to give up just because they've decided to disband it!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"If I may offer one suggestion—"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"I'm sorry that we have kept you waiting, Ichie."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"We'll perform together — Rinmeikan's lost play Rinmeiki..."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Wait, what the heck!? What is this message...!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So this is where you've been recording, Ichie.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whoa! Tamao? Fumi?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Only you'd think recording on a rooftop was a good idea...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Figured it'd be the most fitting for a project of such a huge scale!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Wait! Why'd you have to spoil my footage like this!? Now I'll have to record it again!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm sure you won't have any time to record it anyway.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's just like the message said.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We want to perform Rinmeiki and rebuild our department.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's why we're here to ask for your help...


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Rinmeiki? Do you mean THAT Rinmeiki...?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Wait, you know it?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Sorta! Heh heh!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Anyway! What made you change your mind so suddenly?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It sounded like you had completely given up...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Besides, Ms. Ukaji even said that performing wouldn't stop the Commission's decision—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Yes.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
She didn't exactly mince her words, but she was right.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
She was.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
She may be right, but that shouldn't stop us from pursuing our "truth".


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We couldn't prevent their decision because our performances didn't persuade them...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
In that case, I won't accept what she said—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Performing is what will change the outcome. All we have to do is perform Rinmeiki with all our souls.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll perform the true Rinmeiki.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll pour all of our heart and soul into it and...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Bring back our— MY department.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Your department.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This is more important than anything.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I know this is selfish to ask, but please help me do it.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Is that how you convinced Fumi as well?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Well, that's not all of it...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Was ponzu involved?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Well, that's not all of it......


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
So it WAS involved!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was just something that I decided to add as an extra.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Don't change the subject, Ichie. We're having a serious talk here.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Why am I the one getting scolded here!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
—Anyway! What do you think performing Rinmeiki is going to do?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It hasn't been performed in decades because it's not modern. Why revive it now?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You sure know a lot about it. We won't just revive it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll give it new life with our souls.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It'll be reborn into a play for a modern audience.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Reborn...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That said, the plot won't change, right?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Isn't it a bit too plain? Are you sure that it'll attract an audience?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We're going to use modern costumes and make it shine.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And we could hold a singing performance once the play is over.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Of course, you'd get to pick the songs, the choreography and the outfits.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whoa, me...!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hmm... Rinmeiki is a very dark story, though. Doesn't everyone die in the end?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I'm not sure anyone would want to see a story like that...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
—That's exactly why we have to perform it now.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We can express our lives on the stage.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We're pouring our hearts and souls to bring back something that we lost.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We know it's impossible, and yet we try our hardest.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That moment of brilliance is what makes us Stage Girls.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And Rinmeiki is exactly the play that can highlight that.


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Where are we going to perform it? What about the script and the direction?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll think about it together — all three of us.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
So that means we're going to perform it without permission, right?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Are you sure you're okay with that?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I don't see the point in living unless Rinmeikan has a Performance Department.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Do you...? You were going to quit after this, weren't you?


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You were going to go out in a blaze of glory... That's what this "Project Rebuilding Rinmeikan Performance Department" was.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
How did you—!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
The fact that you were going to quit this school just shows how deep you care. That's how you truly feel about performing.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's why I'm begging you, Ichie. Lend me your strength.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
T-Tamao!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Y-You're prostrating yourself!

Downfall Part 3-2

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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Aah, please raise your head! You don't have to go that far!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's how deep and how far she's willing to go, Ichie.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Hmm.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Did you come up with the singing performance to lure me in...?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
At first, yes...but if it helps the play, I honestly think it's worth doing.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I thought you had gone a bit loopy when you suggested it, but...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It might be a great idea! I'm not so sure the whole performance should just be for my sake, though...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's great that we're here discussing ways to make a performance more interesting!


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I have regrets too, you know...? Things may have gone differently had I worked harder...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I have been tormented by this thought since the day that we got transferred.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Is that why you were so upbeat while recording?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Of course! I can't let anyone forget about the Performance Department!


:
...!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So that's why you were doing all of this all by yourself...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Heh heh! I'm glad I'm not alone anymore!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Then...!


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"The fantastic stage I sought so hard is in danger!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Now's the time for a comeback! It's now or never! To a beautiful stage!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Rinmeikan Girls School - Ichie Otonashi! Listen to the sound of my soul!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I've got your back, Tamao. I'll help you perform Rinmeiki!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Heh heh... That's great!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank you, Ichie!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I guess we'll be back to our old classroom then! It's been so long I can hardly wait!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
We'll have to be careful not to be spotted by Ms. Ukaji. If she finds out—


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Don't worry about it! I'll keep this top secret!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Still, I'm surprised you knew about Rinmeiki...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I had no idea of what it was. Where did you hear about it...?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
......


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I told you that I used to be an idol, no?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh? Oh, uh, you did...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I used to be in a group called "Sweet Pleats" made up of 110 people.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's...quite the crowd...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I know, right? I didn't really like that aspect of it.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I pursued the idol career to have my own songs and my own stage, but...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
When there are 110 people, you never really get a chance to sing... Besides, the staff weren't very serious either.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
The big guys didn't even remember our names. They used to call me "Comma Hair"...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Really!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It was horrible! All they cared about was sending the designated number of people to the studio and that's it...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Plus...all the songs were lip-synced.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I heard it's quite normal to lip-sync when the choreography requires a lot of movement.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hmm... In our case, everything was lip-synced.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It didn't matter that some of the girls were actually good singers that trained every day.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I really didn't like being a part of it, so I used to argue with the higher-ups quite often.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I can't say the same for the other girls, though. I was unruly even back then.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
They bottled up all their emotions, and then...one day they just wouldn't show up to rehearsal anymore.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
First it was one, and then that number kept on growing. Eventually, the whole group was disbanded.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I'm pretty sure none of the adults actually cared. We were like a lottery ticket to them...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
If you don't get the lucky numbers, nothing is your fault. All you do is just throw the ticket away.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I asked them to let us sing live for our last performance, but they refused.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Thinking back, I should have just switched on the microphones without telling anyone!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...Some time before our last performance, we were to attend a show.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I met an older idol in the dressing room there... She was watching a video on her phone.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It was a really old video of a theatrical performance by students...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
The plot was extremely sad, but it showed how all the main characters did their best to live in the moment.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
All the students performing were shining beautifully.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It wasn't just those with more spoken lines than others — everyone was shining equally.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Each performer only had a brief moment under the spotlight, but you could see that they were performing with all their soul.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
And what struck me the most was realizing that all the students were around my age.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Don't get me wrong — I still love the world of idols, but that was when I realized how beautiful performing on the stage can be.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It was a huge shock.


:
......


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I asked her what that play was.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
She told me that it was Rinmeiki, a play that had been passed down for generations by the Performance Department in Rinmeikan Girls School.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You might have guessed it, but she was a student at this school. That's why she had such an old recording of it.


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's when I decided that I would enter Rinmeikan.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
And to my surprise, they told me that Rinmeiki wasn't performed anymore! You can imagine how shocked I was!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That said, I met all of you so I guess "all's well that ends well".


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I see... I never knew that...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
A former student at our department who happened to be an idol led you — an aspiring idol — to our department...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Quite the fateful encounter!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's also why I don't want to give up on the Performance Department. I want to perform Rinmeiki as well!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We...didn't even know that about you.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We don't know anything about each other.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You're...right.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Let's give it another try!


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


:
Heh heh!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oh, but what about Rui and Yuyuko...?


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I don't think we should ask them to join us.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
They would end up accepting even if it might not be in their best interest.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...You're right. Besides, we might get punished for what we're about to do...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...True.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That settles it then! We three will work on this project together!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's start going over the script from tomorrow.


:
Yeah!


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

Downfall Part 4-1

Rui (icon).png Rui:
Whew... That's done.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Today's classes went well. I had plenty of time to prepare...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I guess that's because I don't have rehearsals anymore...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
This is the first time I've been away from my friends for so long...


:
*clatter*


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh...? Ms. Ukaji?


Ukaji:
I have a favor to ask everyone. Could any of you give me a hand now?


Girl A:
I have to go to practice...


Girl B:
Sorry, I have practice as well...


Ukaji:
Oh, okay... What about you, Akikaze-san?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh!? M-Me? Actually—


Ukaji:
Thank you. Let's go then.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
B-But...!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ms. Ukaji, is this okay?


Ukaji:
Yes, Akikaze-san.


Ukaji:
Thank you for helping me prune the trees. Good thing that you're tall.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
H-Hmm... I'm glad I was able to help...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I had no idea we had empress trees in our school garden.


Ukaji:
We plant a new seed every year when new students enter our school.


Ukaji:
The seeds are hard to get nowadays, but these trees are a symbol of our school, so...


Ukaji:
This tradition has been going on for a hundred years.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Rinmeikan's tradition...


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


Ukaji:
...I'm sure you all hate the Commission and myself for the decision that we made.


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


Ukaji:
...No, never mind. I'm sorry.


Ukaji:
How is everyone doing?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Well... Since we were transferred, I haven't had the chance to see any of my seniors...


Ukaji:
Hmm... I see. I'm sorry I asked.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
It's all right...


Ukaji:
What about Tanaka-san?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh? Oh, Yukko...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Actually, I don't—


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


Girl C:
Tanaka-san is sleeping again...


Girl Student D:
She's been at it since the bell rang...


Girl C:
She's an odd one...


Girl Student D:
Yeah, she's completely different than Akikaze-san, even though they were both in the same department.


Girl C:
Shush! You're talking so loud. What if she's listening?


Girl Student D:
Nah...!


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(As a matter of fact, I AM listening... *sigh* Can't you all just go somewhere else?)


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(Now that the department is no more, I can study all the classics that I want, and sleep all I want...)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(This is exactly how I'd like my life to be, but somehow...)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(This is boring...)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(I'm no longer a Stage Girl... Is this how I really am?)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(...Am I such a boring person?)



Performance Department - Resource Room

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Fumi Yumeoji, second year student at the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department, ready to begin.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ichie Otonashi, second year student at the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department, ready to begin!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ichie, you're so loud! The teachers will notice!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Tamao Tomoe, second year student at the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department, ready to begin!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You too, Tamao!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's better not to be sneaky about this.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What are you going to do if they find out?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We can just say that we're finishing up cleaning the classroom.


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...You've sure gotten more decisive lately.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. Thank you.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's start going through the script, shall we?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We have to vacate this room in a few days, after all...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Can we really do it?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We have to.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I love this suspense!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Anyway, in which period are you setting the story?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Heian? Kamakura? Sengoku period? Or maybe the end of the Edo period?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I haven't decided on it yet, but I want to make the story about us.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
About us...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We put everything on the line for the stage— or so I would like to say, but...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The truth is that we were naive. We were living in a bubble. We weren't ready to give up everything for it...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And now that we lost something important, we finally understand its value.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We were foolish and childish, and thus we have to cast away our old selves and be reborn anew—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's the kind of play I want to make.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I like it! It's very close to Rinmeiki!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Okay, so... We take those elements and merge them with the plot of Rinmeiki, I guess?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hmm... It'll take time, but I think that's the idea.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
*sigh* We could really use the help of Yuyuko right now...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yeah... Her corrections were always on point.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I told you — we cannot get her involved in this.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Don't worry. We can tackle anything together.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hmm... We've got to do this!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Let's begin!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
This is no good. If we change these lines, this paragraph ends up contradicting the previous one.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...We can't avoid it. This part is vital.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What about consistency, though?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
People are not perfect. Sometimes they just change how they think...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yes, but that change doesn't sound convincing given the lack of dialogue that leads up to it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...I'll have to justify it with the intensity of the dialogue then.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, and how do you plan on doing that?


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ngh... Scripts really are hard!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We've been going over the same spot for ages now. I feel like my head is about to melt...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's probably because you're not used to using it...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh!? That's mean! It's because I AM used to using it...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yeah, yeah... That said, we haven't made any progress at all. Shall we call it a day for now, Tamao?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I agree! My horoscope said Pisces shouldn't overwork themselves today!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...But we have to finish the script as soon as possible—


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I know that, but our health is all we have. Do you honestly think we can solve this problem today?


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...I guess you're right. Let's continue tomorrow.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Agreed! Let's go back home!


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


:
*clatter*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Sorry, Ichie. Sorry, Fumi.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't waste a single second...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Even if it means that I collapse here, I have to finish this script—!

Downfall Part 4-2

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Hiyah!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"This is my spirit! With this blade, I'll get back my freedom and my pride!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"We will get back our ideal—"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huff, huff... This is no good... My lines—


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Lack conviction... Is that what you were going to say?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Are you performing the new Rinmeiki?


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Didn't they tell you to rest? And despite that, you're here by yourself...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Fumi and Ichie will be mad.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...You were listening the whole time.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I was. I didn't want to interrupt your argument.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Gosh, this conversation takes me back...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It does... Although the roles were reversed the last time.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It feels like a long time ago, but it hasn't even been a year.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Why are you here? I'd like to get back to rehearsing if you don't mind.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...There's something I'd like to talk about with you.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Sorry, Yuyuko-chan.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't waste a single second now...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It won't be a waste.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Let... Let me join you. I want to perform Rinmeiki as well!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You can't ask me to stand down after I've seen how passionate you are.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
No.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Why!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
To make this play, we'll have to die and be reborn.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll have to let go of our old foolish selves and rise anew with Rinmeiki.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That means we'll have to go against the school, not knowing what the punishment will be.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And despite knowing that, we're going to perform Rinmeiki — our stage.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I can't let first-year students like you and Rui bear this burden.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...That's selfish. You're telling us to stay away from the stage...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Even though you were the one who brought us to the stage in the first place.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We worked on many plays together, sometimes making Fumi angry here and there...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
And just when I started to feel at home on stage...the department is being disbanded and we have to transfer...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You can't ask me to stay away from Rinmeiki...! I won't do it!


:
Bang!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huh!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Spot on!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
*sigh* I told you to rest, didn't I...?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You were right in thinking she'd probably go back to school and rehearse on her own!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
—Huh? Yuyuko?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
What are you doing here so late?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I knew that you were working on a play together, despite what Ms. Ukaji told us.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
This... This is the script for Rinmeiki. It's for you three.


:
The script...!?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
This is all I can do to create a play with you all.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yuyuko-chan... Did you write all of this by yourself?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'd like to say I did, but I knew I needed some help...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I know a performer in the rakugo community who's a fan of theater as well. They knew about Rinmeiki...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
So I wrote the script following their advice.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Wait! We only decided to work on the play a couple of days ago!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
H-How did you manage to rewrite the whole script in such a short time...!?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It wasn't too bad... I just stayed up a few days to do it.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...This is all I can do.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'm asking you again. Let me join you on the stage!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I will do whatever I can — as a script writer or a performer!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Please let me stand beside you on stage!


:
Yuyuko...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I love rakugo and classical theater... No one understood me—


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Until I entered our department... Until I met you all.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Tamao-senpai — you told me you liked my rakugo.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You all complimented my art. We stood together on the stage, we grew up together...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I don't want to let go of our stage.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'm just a weird girl who loves traditional arts and sleeping during classes.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I was never someone special. You all made me into who I am today — a girl who shines.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I will do anything to protect my stage!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So this is how you feel, Yuyuko-chan.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...No turning back now, huh?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Heh heh! You really are a member of Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Are you sure about this? If you go against the school—


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'm fully aware of what I'm doing.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Our school without the Performance Department is like a rakugo story without a single pun. I have no intention of seeing it.


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


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"One — Feelings hidden within ourselves. Two — The stage brought them together."


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Three — For our future play. Four — I will show you the strength of traditional theater!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department - Yuyuko Tanaka! I will put my life on the line!"


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


:
Yuyuko! Yuyuko-chan!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I think...l have reached...my limit. Let me sleep...for a—


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
She fell asleep!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
She must have exhausted herself writing the script...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I heard you loud and clear, Yuyuko-chan.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I've never seen her like that!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Heh heh. She just looks like her normal self when she's sleeping.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Mngh... Praise me more...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh!? That's not something you hear every day...


:
Heh heh!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Thank you, Yuyuko-chan.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's do this everyone.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We don't have much time left. Let's practice with our new script!


:
Yeah!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Yeah... Zzz...


The next day...

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's put you more in the back there, Fumi.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Sure.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, I see... I stand out more this way, considering I have stronger lines further on.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
All thanks to Yuyuko's script!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hee hee... Give me more compliments. I'm like a plant that feeds on them.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
No can do! It'll go to your head!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
How are the costumes coming along?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
With the changes in the plot, I can get them ready in time!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's good. We'll have enough time to work on the backgrounds too.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Still, you let your imagination run wild, didn't you?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's all thanks to the new script.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This might be our last performance. I don't want to have any regrets...


Ukaji:
Good morning.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Eek! You scared me!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ms. Ukaji...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Good morning. Is something the matter?


Ukaji:
No, I just came to see how you were doing on your cleaning up.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It's going very well. We should be able to vacate the room pretty soon.


Ukaji:
I see...


Ukaji:
Hmm...?


Ukaji:
Is this...the script for Rinmeiki? Why do you have this!?


:
Ngh—!!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh, we found it while we were cleaning.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I heard from my seniors that everything to do with the play was removed.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I guess this managed to survive the purge.


Ukaji:
I guess... It looks pretty new to me...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Of course. This is a copy. I saved the original.


Ukaji:
Oh, I see... I never knew that the script was still around...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
As former members of the Performance Department, I want to make this script into our treasure.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Would that be okay with you, Ms. Ukaji?


Ukaji:
...Please do.


Ukaji:
All right then, keep up with your cleaning.


:
Phew—!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That was close... She just barged in all of a sudden!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It really was.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm surprised you managed to wiggle your way out of that situation.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. Do I deserve a standing ovation?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That was an awesome performance!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm the leader, after all.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hey, boss!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh! Let's go back to the script!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The curtains are about to open—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's focus on Rinmeiki!


:
Yeeeeah!

Downfall Part 5-1

Freshman A:
Morning, Akikaze-san!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh... Good morning.


Freshman A:
Will you join us later? We'll go to a coffee shop.


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


Basketball Club Sophomore:
Sorry to interrupt, but Akikaze is supposed to come and see us practice later.


Freshman A:
Oh, really...?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Well, actually I didn't quite agree to that—


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I haven't even been able to see Tamao-senpai once since...


:
*chatter*


Freshman A:
What's happening by the schoolhouse...?


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


Basketball Club Sophomore:
Huh!? There's someone on the roof!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Someone on the roof...?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"How were you five planning to prevent this decision from happening?"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Did you just think that someone would just do something to protect your precious department?"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Those words pierced my heart."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"They are right... I was too naive. I was relying too much on other people without acting."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Until today... Until this stage—"


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Now it's different!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I will fall and get up again. Just like an empress tree, I will grow strong and kind!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"The stage is where I will blossom and the stage is where I will scatter!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I won't let this be our last performance... I won't let the history of Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department die!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"This is who we are— Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
R-Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew!?


Sophomore A:
Isn't that Tomoe-san!?


Freshman A:
Are they really going to perform on top of the roof!?


Freshman B:
Wait, I thought their department had been disbanded!


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


Ukaji:
Wh-What are those four trying to pull!?


Ukaji:
Besides, she just mentioned Rinmeiki!


Ukaji:
They're supposed to vacate the building today! What are they even thinking!?


Ukaji:
They tricked me... They said they were just cleaning the room...


Ukaji:
And they were actually preparing this performance!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"So you need my help?"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Our transfer... I finally got it. I was too spoiled, too naive."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I relied on all my friends too much, never taking responsibly for the future... I didn't put all my soul into performing on the stage..."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I can't leave before I perform Rinmeiki. I can't let them take our department down."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I'm begging you, Fumi. Lend me your strength."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Your tone... Your voice..."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"You're really serious about this, aren't you?"


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Count me in! I'll follow you to our doom!"


Freshman A:
Is this some kind of surprise live concert?


Sophomore A:
It's more like a surprise live performance!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
A surprise live performance...? Tamao-senpai, um...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I don't see the point in living unless Rinmeikan has a Performance Department."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"That's why I'm begging you, Ichie. Lend me your strength."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Y-You're prostrating yourself!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Aah, please raise your head! You don't have to go that far!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"I have regrets too, you know...? Things may have gone differently had I worked harder..."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"I've got your back, Tamao. I'll help you perform Rinmeiki!"


Freshman A:
She got another one to join her!


Sophomore A:
Hmm...


Sophomore A:
Hey, Akikaze-san. Is this performance about—


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...Yes, the disbanded Performance Department...


Students:
......!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Until I entered our department... Until I met you all."


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Tamao-senpai — you told me you liked my rakugo."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"...Are you sure about this? If you go against the school—"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"I'm fully aware of what I'm doing."


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Our school without the Performance Department is like a rakugo story 'without a single pun. I have no intention of seeing it."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"This is the day that we started to walk our path as Stage Girls again."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"We were reborn to bring Rinmeiki back to life!"


Sophomore A:
Whoa! I like this story!


Freshman A:
They're amazing! I can't believe they're pulling off a performance on a roof!


Sophomore A:
I heard they were disbanding the department, but I had no idea how great it was.


Ukaji:
Those girls... They're so reckless!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
That... That's how the Performance Department is...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
That's how Tamao Tomoe-senpai is...


Ukaji:
......?!


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(The way Tamao-senpai shined on stage captivated me—)


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(I followed after... I stood beside her...)


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(Being away from her made me understand...)


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(I know where I'm meant to be—!)


Ukaji:
A-Akikaze-san!? Where are you going!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
To the roof...! To my stage!


Ukaji:
Akikaze-san, no!


Ukaji:
They're breaking the rules of the school! They're committing a revolt!


Ukaji:
You've finally gotten used to the General Education Department... Are you going to throw all that away!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
My answer is on the stage...! My answer is where she is...!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
This is where I'm meant to be!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
My days won't be passed going to coffee shops, or playing basketball!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Stage Girls cannot live without the stage. And neither can I—!


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


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Come, Rui-chan!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Senpai!


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Drawn by a distant pearl, I rested my blade."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Distance awakens me. I draw my blade and run to you."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department — Rui Akikaze! My life is on this stage!"


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko, why didn't you tell me!?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Well, this and that... Here you go.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh...? The script for Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Page 22, Rui-chan!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh!? Ah! On it!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Page 22... Act 2 Scene 3 — "Rui jumps onto the stage"...!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Wh-What!? How did you know!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Tamao and Yuyuko were sure you'd come back!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We're finally all together again.


Ukaji:
No, Akikaze-san...! Tomoe-san trampled on your feelings!


Ukaji:
Ngh...! Rinmeiki is meant to disappear! I can't let this happen!


Ukaji:
I can't...!


Ukaji:
Korosu, erase the Stage Girls!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Those...!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
They were on the Starlight tower that time...! Korosu...!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Why are they on school grounds!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It doesn't matter! Our Rinmeiki won't end! I won't let them close the curtains on our performance!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We're going into the final chapter!


:
Yes!

Downfall Part 5-2

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Aaaaaaaah!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Nrgh... They're strong!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Yuyuko-chan!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Don't mind me! Don't stop the performance!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"...This is my time to shine!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"—Our time to shine!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Rui, make sure Tamao-senpai is safe!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Fumi, look over those two for me!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"...! I will!"


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"We're in your hands!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Heh heh!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Who knew I'd be here with you on such a big stage..."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"What's that?"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Now that I think about it, we've almost never had a chance to perform just the two of us."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Oh, you're right! ...This is nice!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Huh?"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Spring bursts forth from winter. This is what Rinmeiki is meant to be!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"This is strange... You sound very much like a senior today."


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"I'm on a roll today! Let's go!"


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"The fantastic stage I sought so hard is in danger!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Now's the time for a comeback! It's now or never! To a beautiful stage!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Rinmeikan Girls School - Ichie Otonashi! Listen to the sound of my soul!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Well so am I!"


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"One — Feelings hidden within ourselves. Two — The stage brought them together."


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Three — For our future play. Four — I will show you the strength of traditional theater!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department - Yuyuko Tanaka! I will put my life on the line!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"From ancient times the spirit of the stage has been passed down for generations....!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I will protect it! I'm here on this stage to make sure it'll live on for a long time to come!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Even if I lose my life, I won't let anybody destroy it!"


Ukaji:
"You're wrong. Rinmeiki will perish today, along with your department—"


:
"Ms. Ukaji!"


Ukaji:
"Rui Akikaze... Why won't you understand? Tamao Tomoe..."


Ukaji:
"She cast off your days together — your special memories!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"—You're wrong!"


Ukaji:
"...?!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Our days may have been innocent..."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"But they are what made me realize how important the stage is for me!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Getting hurt, falling down, making mistakes is what makes us better people — it's what the Performance Department is!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"I won't look back on those days in regret! My answer—!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"My answer is on this stage!"


Ukaji:
"...!"


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Heh heh. Look who's starting to talk a big game!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"...All thanks to your strict training."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"You grew so much when we were training together for Tales of Onikurenai..."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Thanks to you, master."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"You were the master in the play, though. Heh heh. Look at yourself now."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Let's show them what we Stage Girls are made of!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Yeah!"


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


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"I fled the stage, my heart filled with envy. I stand today on a stage in disarry."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"I look back at my old days, and use that strength to create a new stage that will last forever."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department - Fumi Yumeoji! To a new life, to a new stage!"


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Drawn by a distant pearl, I rested my blade."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Distance awakens me. I draw my blade and run to you."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department — Rui Akikaze! My life is on this stage!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Fumi! Rui-chan!"


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"We'll open up a way! You run into the classroom—!"


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Don't stop the performance!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Leave this to us, Tamao-senpai!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"...! Okay!"


Ukaji:
"Aaah! Don't you dare run away!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"You're facing us, Ms. Ukaji!"


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"We won't let you stop our Rinmeiki!"


Freshman A:
Aaaaaaaah!


Sophomore A:
Wh-What was this shock...!?


Sophomore A:
Aah! That...!


Sophomore A:
The Performance Department's classroom—!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Huff... Huff...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I don't know when this fire started—"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"But I know this flower has grown beautifully."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"This flower won't burn. This flame won't wither."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"No matter how many times we might fall down, we will always be reborn."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Together with these outfits that have seen a century of history—"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Like the flowers on the empress tree— like Rinmeiki!"


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Eternal life is but a dream — a never-ending play is but an illusion."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Destiny fickly burns, edging itself on the stage."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Rinmeikan Performance Association — Tamao Tomoe! I will blossom until there's no life in me!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I won't let anyone stop our performance—"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"When the stage ends is when our lives end—!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"This is what it means to live for the stage!"


Freshman A:
Aaah! The building—!


Sophomore A:
The stage is collapsing!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We thank you for attending Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department's performance of—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Rinmeiki"!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
This concludes today's performance.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Please be sure you don't forget any of your personal belongings. We hope to see you again soon.

Downfall Part 6-1

Elle (icon).png Elle:
This concludes today's performance.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Please be sure you don't forget any of your personal belongings. We hope to see you again soon.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Whew...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It's over...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Our Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew—


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh...!? Wait, this is—!?


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
—You!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Elle-san!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
What's the meaning of this!? We were at school a moment ago—


Elle (icon).png Elle:
You were. I saw your performance of Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew. It was a beautiful Re LIVE.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Re LIVE!?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Wait, that's what—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Indeed. It's what Hanayagi-san mentioned.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The Korosu corrode a play and make people forget about its existence. Performing the play until the very end is the only way to protect it — that's what a Re LIVE is...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Hmm... Hmm... That explanation is quite on point, despite it coming from that dreadful Kyoto Girl.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Eek! That mascot-looking thing just spoke!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Finally a different reaction! But I'm not a mascot!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It's quite an odd feeling, but it feels fluffy...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
What is it made of...? Does it have a brand tag?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We performed wearing something like this that one time in the mall!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Stop touching me!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
More importantly...! We were performing a Re LIVE...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That means that our classroom, our schoolmates, Ms. Ukaji—


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Those were all inside the play.


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Wait, so our department isn't being dismantled either—!?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
No, that's part of reality.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Noooo! Really!?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
What is certain is that you all erased the Korosu and protected Rinmeiki from disappearing.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh...!? We couldn't erase them, though!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We were overwhelmed by them, and fell one after the other...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Finally, I too reached my doom.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Technically, that's how the plot of the story is, but still... What's the meaning of this?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Hmm... W-Well... A-Andrew...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Well...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Ah! I see! You all performed Rinmeiki until the end!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Your strong performance and iron will overwrote what the Korosu were trying to do!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Ah...yes! That's it! That's why you were able to do a Re LIVE!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oooh! Go us!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Does...that even make sense?


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
It does!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Hmm...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
You're spouting nonsense again, aren't you—!?


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I won't forgive you... I won't forget what you did to Tamao-senpai...!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
So...? Don't you dare lay a finger on Elle!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Calm down, Andrew.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You too, Rui-chan.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But...!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
They...! They tried tricking you with their nonsense!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Elle-san only showed me what becoming a Top Star could mean...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The Commission is the one that decided to shut down our department. Let's not blame these two.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Becoming a Top Star... Winning an audition...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I wanted to believe they would solve all our problems, but I was just too naive...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I should have focused on making a performance that would have convinced them not to take that decision...


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Instead I clang onto wishful thinking and relied on everyone else.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I was beyond naive...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
In a sense, I should thank you. You opened my eyes to the harsh truth.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I couldn't stop their decision.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But at the same time, we created Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew and performed the Re LIVE — we were serious.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We brought back to life a play that was lost...and our department along with it. We were reborn anew.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
All the days that we poured all our soul together to create this stage...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Those days as true Stage Girls will always be a reality.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...You're right!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
We performed Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew until the very end — there's nothing that we cannot do.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Absolutely. I feel that I grew up too.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
And I finally know where I'm meant to be.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Elle-san...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Yes.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Hanayagi-san told me that plays are being corroded by the Korosu all over the world.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Our department might not exist anymore, but we're Stage Girls nonetheless. We cannot allow this to continue.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We'll keep on training to perform on stage again.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Call us again when a play is in danger. We will do anything it takes to protect the stage.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...


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


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Elle... I think it's time.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Yes, Andrew.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
This is where we take our leave.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
We'll call you when—


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Erm... Please help us again next time a play's about to disappear...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
..Why are you so polite so suddenly?


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Oh...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Someone told me that I have to say "please" when I'm asking for a favor!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
That's why...!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
They sure took off in a hurry.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Our performance...is over.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
No... It hasn't even started yet.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This is just the beginning.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Our days focused on Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew— Our new life—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Just like that 100 years of Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department's history came to an end.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We vacated our old classroom. Nowadays no one can be seen using it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We have been busy catching up to our assignments for the General Education Department. Nevertheless—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We always gather around after school, and rehearse together...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The flame of the Performance Department will not be extinguished...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Our only worry now is whether we will participate in the upcoming Performance Festival.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Now that we are students of the General Education Department...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And then one day—

Downfall Part 6-2

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
What would she want to tell us?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I wonder if this is about our after school practice...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Is she gonna tell us off because we're not in the Performance Department anymore...?


:
*clatter*


Ukaji:
Sorry to have kept you waiting, everyone.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Gah, she's out!


Ukaji:
Huh?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You're not going to call the Korosu again, are you?


Ukaji:
Korosu...?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ah, n-nothing!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ichie! That was a Re LIVE!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oops! Sorry!


Ukaji:
Erm... There is one reason why I've asked you to gather here today.


Ukaji:
I know that you've been rehearsing behind the school...


Ukaji:
As of today, that will stop.


:
What...!?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Are you going to rob Tamao-senpai of our stage again!?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Now you've done it!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I won't let you do that to us again!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Everyone, please let Ms. Ukaji finish.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Huh!? Oh...okay.


Ukaji:
Thank you, Tomoe-san.


Ukaji:
You will stop rehearsing behind the school—


Ukaji:
And...we'll...go back to using your old classroom.


:
...What!?


Ukaji:
You can put all the costumes and backgrounds you've made in secret there too, if you like.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Wait... Are you telling us...?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Can we really go back to rehearsing out in the open!? Is this a dream!?


Ukaji:
...


Ukaji:
After the Commission decided to dismantle your department, we've received a large number of appeals from former students.


Ukaji:
As a result, the Commission has arranged for you to continue your activities under the name "Performance Association".


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Performance...Association!?


Ukaji:
This means that you participate in the Performance Festival.


:
......!?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
That's a nice arrangement.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...It really is.


Ukaji:
You should be grateful to your seniors.


:
Y-Yes!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Thank you, Ms. Ukaji.


Ukaji:
Huh...?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was you, wasn't it? You contacted our school's former students.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
My grandma and my mom told me you reached out to them as well...


Ukaji:
......!


Ukaji:
I told them not to tell any of you...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Why did you do it...?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah! I thought you didn't like us...


Ukaji:
No...! That's not true at all...


Ukaji:
...I'm sorry that I led you to believe I did.


Ukaji:
It's actually quite the contrary...


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


Ukaji:
I was mortified after seeing another play disappear...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Another...? What do you mean?


Ukaji:
I... I also used to go to this school, though that was a long time ago.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whoa! Really!?


Ukaji:
I was just a student in the General Education Department, but...


Ukaji:
I admired my seniors in the Performance Department working on their play — Rinmeiki...


Ukaji:
Hope arises from loss. Living life in the moment.


Ukaji:
Rinmeiki gave me strength a multitude of times.


Ukaji:
But then...my generation decided that Rinmeiki was a play that belongs in ancient history, and turned its eyes away from tradition.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ah...!


Ukaji:
I still remember how sad I felt that time.


Ukaji:
And fast-forward to the present day—


Ukaji:
It was my turn to tell you that your activities would have to stop.


Ukaji:
As a member of the teaching staff, I couldn't go against their decision, but inside...


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


Ukaji:
You didn't give up. You didn't accept that decision.


Ukaji:
You practiced night after night to create your performance...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You...knew?


Ukaji:
I did. I saw you working so hard and I remembered when I saw Rinmeiki with my own eyes...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And that's when you decided on creating the Performance Association...?


Ukaji:
I felt responsible in a way... This is the only thing that I could do.


Ukaji:
I'm looking forward to seeing Rinmeiki fully brought back to life.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. Speaking of which — it's almost finished.


Ukaji:
...What!? Already!?


Ukaji:
Does it mean that I'll be able to see it again...!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Well...


Ukaji:
Huh...?


Ukaji:
...! Oh, I see. You're right. I don't have the right to see it...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
T-Tamao...!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You didn't have to go that far...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
W-Wait. Listen to what I have to say until the end.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ms. Ukaji, I'd like you to come and watch us perform not as a customer, but as our advisor.


Ukaji:
Huh...?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rinmeiki will be our debut performance as a newly formed association. We're already fully immersed in rehearsals and preparations.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
If you'd become our advisor...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We could focus on the stage even more.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We could create Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew together...


Ukaji:
B-But I don't know anything about theater...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
This would be a great time to start. The Performance Association was just born...


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


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I love this idea!


Ukaji:
Tomoe-san...


Ukaji:
I didn't take you to be so assertive... I thought you were a more quiet student...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Heh heh. Thank you.


Ukaji:
...


Ukaji:
...Very well.


Ukaji:
I might not be of great help, but I'll do what I can.


Ukaji:
I want to see you grow — as your teacher and as a fan of Rinmeiki.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Let's do it. For our stage—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
For Rinmeiki Blossoms Anew—!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm no longer the girl I was before—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I won't cry over the dismantlement of our department—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I couldn't change what happened...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But I could change myself.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rinmeiki did indeed blossom again. In that case, the Performance Department could one day—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Eternal life is but a dream — a never-ending play is but an illusion."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Destiny fickly burns, edging itself on the stage."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Rinmeikan Performance Association — Tamao Tomoe! I will blossom until there's life in me!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Rinmeiki—


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A play which people forgot on their own, rather than by the Korosu's hands.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
They decided to perform it until the end.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
A forgotten story was reborn through the efforts of Stage Girls who themselves were reborn...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Does this mean that they acted a Re LIVE and brought the play back by themselves?


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


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
This has never happened before.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
You're right, Andrew. It hasn't...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I'm excited...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A new play was born in front of our eyes.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
This is the power of the stage...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
That is the power of the Stage Girls...

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