Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins is the thirteenth chapter of the main story of Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight: Re LIVE. It is the second chapter of Arcana Arcadia.

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Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 1

Maya (icon).png Maya:
"Is that...the so-called 'Paradise' you are trying to create...?"


Maya (icon).png Maya:
"Clever... And you intend on taking all of that — 'Emperor'!"


Akira (icon).png Akira:
"Of course! Everything in this 'World' belongs to me – it's the core of the truth, the laws of nature!"


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"My... How arrogant..."


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
"Power is violence... And just like this... Us powerless 'Lovers' will be torn apart."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"One day, 'Judgement' will fall upon this foolish decision."


Akira (icon).png Akira:
"That's preposterous! I do not fear 'Judgement'!"


Nana (icon).png Nana:
"Yes, that's you. Just what is 'Justice'—"


Akira (icon).png Akira:
"I make the call."


Akira (icon).png Akira:
"I fear nothing. If I were to fear... It would be falling down halfway through my supremacy..."


Akira (icon).png Akira:
"I...will definitely make it. I'll take down anything and everything that stands in my way!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"Wonderful... How wonderful! That is what makes you mortal!"


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"So will the 'Emperor' change fate with that strong will...or burn out in regret..."


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"I'll watch on until the very end... Without a doubt, as 'Death'."


Maya (icon).png Maya:
"All right... Then let us wait at the 'World's' end. That time shall come before long—"


Masai:
And, scene. Thank you.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Huff, huff...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Phew... Good work, Yukishiro-san.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Huff... Standing on the same stage as everyone, I can't afford to cut corners even when it comes to practices.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Now, there's no need to be so modest.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It was just like that of an actual performance. Enough to overpower everyone else.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
"That's preposterous!"


Maya (icon).png Maya:
That adlib... I could envision the "Emperor" with that one line, it was very much in-character.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
It's an honor to be told that by you, Maya Tendo.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
But if you're talking about adlibs, Tomoe too.


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


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That line in the beginning.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Kocho, you noticed?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
The original line was "Without a doubt, as 'Death'... I'll watch on until the very end".


Nana (icon).png Nana:
The order was swapped.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
That's right, Daiba-san. I thought putting "Death" at the end would give it a greater impact.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...So you changed it last minute.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Yeah. Right before you said the line... A split-second decision.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
They said it's fine for us to act freely... I got swept along by everyone's acting and couldn't help myself.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...It was splendid.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
To be praised by Maya Tendo... It's an honor.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
But Kocho-san too.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Huh?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"How arrogant...".


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I could sense the sadness and powerlessness from your acting, all the way to your fingertips...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm going to learn a lot from you from now on.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Oh, uh, okay...


Masai:
Let's end today's script reading here!


Masai:
We'd assigned the difficult task of not sharing your roles with anyone else before the initial read-over...


Masai:
But thanks to that, we've gotten a lot of great inspiration.


Amemiya:
Thank you, everyone... It's all thanks to your acting that each role feels like it's come alive.


Amemiya:
The script team will now re-work the script once more based on the acting you've just shown us.


Masai:
It's possible that the contents and composition for all six acts might turn out completely different...


Masai:
We'll make this stage better and better in time for the "Performance Festival"!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
I look forward to it.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I can't wait.


Masai:
Then this marks the end of the first "Performance Festival" script reading. Good work, everyone!


All:
Good work!

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 2

Karen (icon).png Karen:
Wow, that was so great!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah! It was!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Tendo-san's lightning collided with Yukishiro-san's thunder...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan's gradual pace was enhanced by Tamao-chan's brisk pace...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Everyone's brilliance was shining so brightly!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Like... How a fluffy shape turns round!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
The tingles...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
The excitement...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It's too much!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Too much!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Stage-crazies.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
...Yep, stage-crazies.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh, don't talk like that, you two.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah, Misora! How could you say that?!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah, Hikari-chan, you meanie!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
That wasn't mean at all!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huh!?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I understand feeling excited after the first script reading...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
But don't shout so loudly in the middle of the street!


Karen & Aruru:
...!!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Both of you already have loud voices to begin with. Look, the people walking around us are staring.


Karen & Aruru:
We're sorry.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
...Mahiru's voice just now was loud too.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
It was loud... wasn't it.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
What?! Oh... I-I'm sorry!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Heh heh, so you're excited too, Mahiru-chan!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
N-no...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Well... I guess you're not wrong.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
...Today's script reading was really stimulating.


Karen & Aruru:
Right? Right!?


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Yes. I got goosebumps too.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
All the talented performers gathered together on one stage.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Colliding to complete an unfinished story...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yes, exactly!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
That's what I wanted to say!


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It feels like something new... A stage is being created.


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
Nervousness and anticipation... I can see the shimmering within the tingling...


Hikari (icon).png Hikari:
It's...nice.


Karen & Aruru:
Yes, nice!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Wow... Kagura-san. You could understand Aruru's "Aruru lingo" completely...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Probably because she's used to Karen-chan.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh... Everyone, be quiet!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
We're speaking loudly and getting looks again...


Karen & Aruru & Hikari:
Oh...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
At this rate, we're all stage-crazies.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"That's preposterous! We do not fear being crazies!"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Huh... Oh, Kocho-san!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Hello, Shizuha-senpai!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm sorry, it took me a while to shower.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, you were great. That "Judgement" role was fantastic!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You had such intense ads with Tendo-san and Yukishiro-san!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Ads...?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I think she's talking about the ad-lib exchange.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Oh, I see!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It's only because Tendo-san and Yukishiro-san led the scene so well... And Tomoe-san too.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It looks like it's still going to take me a while to fully immerse myself into the role. I want to hurry back and practice.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Whoa, we've found another stage-crazy here!!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Then let's go home. Back to Frontier.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
See you, Aijo-san, Kagura-san, Tsuyuzaki-san!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
See you at the next practice.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yes, see you next time!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
See ya!

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 3

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Ah, that was fun. I can't wait for the next practice!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, you kept stumbling over your lines today.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Ngh... We were surrounded by all these amazing people, so I only got a little nervous!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Well, I guess so. I was nervous too.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I never thought I'd get to practice with the renowned Claudine Saijo-san. Never could've imagined that.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Right. Clau-chan has been performing on stage for a long time!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Of course I'd get nervous.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
And it's also my first time to stand on a stage as big as the Toho Art Theater!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah. I'm really glad we got chosen for the "Performance Festival"!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
But... I only realized after I stood on the stage with everyone for practice...


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


Misora (icon).png Misora:
...That it's scary.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Huh? Scary? What is?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Misora-chan...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Don't worry, it's fine! There's nothing to be afraid of!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
A gigantic stage and amazing people! It's such an exciting stage!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We're gonna watch everyone's acting and learn a lot.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We'll definitely be able to create the most fun and happy stage together with everyone in the "Performance Festival"!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Fun and...happy stage...?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan... Do you really think that?


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


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Shizuha-senpai...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan. The "Performance Festival"... That stage—


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
(There's no lead role, that's why it's a hell where performers battle it out for the lead position.)


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Whew...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Here you go, Nana. "Banana Milk".


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Oh... Thanks, Junna-chan.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Phew... Script reading from morning till now sure is exhausting.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Yeah. But...it's a nice kind of tired where it feels like the stage has really begun.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yeah, you're right.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Then here's to finishing the first "Performance Festival" script reading.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
With "Banana Milk" and "Strawberry Milk".


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Heh heh.


Junna & Nana:
Good work.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Mmm... Delicious.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I can finally relax.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Yeah. The "Performance Festival" rehearsal room had such a tense atmosphere.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Well, that's because today was the first time for all the participating schools to gather.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
And on top of that, a sudden etude with our given roles?! Of course we'd be nervous!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Haha, you're right.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Masai-san and Amemiya-san said it too, but...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Thanks to everyone's performance, I can clearly see the outline for all the characters.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
That's true.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Even though the "World" Arcana doesn't have a particular concept...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Seeing Tendo-san's performance and hearing her lines, really brought the "role" to life.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Yeah. The one who brought that out was...Yukishiro-san's "Emperor".


Junna (icon).png Junna:
The human-like "Emperor" covered in selfish desires was a great comparison against Tendo-san's detached role.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
And also... The story's trickster, "Death".


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yeah! "Death"!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It felt like that role had such a huge range of possibilities with Tomoe-san's acting.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I was really surprised to see that kind of acting from her.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Yeah, me too.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
The acting was really well done and it caught everyone's attention.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yeah... It was really inspirational.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yours too, Nana.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Huh?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You held your own against Tendo-san, Yukishiro-san, Kocho-san, and Tomoe-san.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I won't lose either.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Since I'm standing on the same stage with all these talented people.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
In order to make this stage a success... I'll give my all to the role I've been given.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Just watch, Nana! I'll give the best performance with my "High Priestess"!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Junna-chan...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
...Yes.

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 4

Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Kaoruko! Ka-o-ru-ko!


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
What are you mad about?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'm not mad or anything.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
You only walk that fast when you're mad.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Uh...


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Why did you say you're going back to the academy all of a sudden?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...It's nothing.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'm just... I just feel frustrated for some reason.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Frustrated...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Oh, we can't have that.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Why don't you have some sweets and take a breather, Hanayagi-san?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Tamao-han...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
There's a place nearby with delicious pancakes.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
They closed shop once because they gave out too many freebies, but they got a lot of support and have re-opened.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Shall we go together? Isurugi-san too.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
I-It's okay...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You two should go. I'm busy. Bye.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Is this for..."role preparations'?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thank goodness... I'm glad it looks like it got across with my acting.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Got across... What are you talking about?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Hanayagi-san's "Devil"... It was really charming.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was adorable and attractive... Very sweet.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
My "Death" is like an ode in reply to Hanayagi-san's acting...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Ode in reply...? It wasn't so elegant.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
That's... Yes. ...A "declaration of war".


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Huh...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Exactly right, Hanayagi--san. As you'd expect.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
As I'm sure you're aware, our Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department has disbanded and narrowly escaped death by becoming the Performance Association.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And this "Performance Festival" that we've been given...is the best stage to light our flame of life with.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Light your...flame of life?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
—The revival of the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department.


Futaba & Kaoruko:
...!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Seisho Music Academy, Siegfeld Institute of Music, Frontier School of Arts...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Take down all the powerful schools present and then our Rinmeikan Performance Association will release the best brilliance—


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
And beyond that light, the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department will rise. I'm sure of it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
We have nothing to lose. This stage is the beacon of our revival.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
The lead of the "Performance Festival" is ours. I just wanted to tell you that.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Tomoe... You...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
So please hurry and catch up without losing to anyone.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Until the day when you fight with me comes, Kaoruko Hanayagi-san.


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Excuse me... Goodbye.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
......


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
......


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Tomoe sure has changed.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...Pfft.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Kaoruko?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Catch up...she said.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
That girl who has never once won against me in dance... Sounds like she's taking me lightly.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...We're going home, Futaba-han.


Futaba (icon).png Futaba:
Huh?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...I'll accept this declaration of war.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Just like a lot has happened to her, I'm also no longer the girl she thinks I am.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'll show her...just who the lead of this stage is... Right?

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 5

Elle (icon).png Elle:
Revue...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A spellbinding performance conjured out of song and dance...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
The one who shows the most brilliant Revue and lights the fire in the young girl's heart...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
—Will be on the path to become the "Unknown Lead".


Elle & Andrew:
Revue has begun.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
People have stars they're destined for.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Glittering stars, morning stars, shooting stars.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Even if I can't see my star, I'll look up from this day on.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Junna Hoshimi, 99th Class! I'll take hold of a star of my own!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Dancing and singing back and forth, fighting desperately day after day.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Crossing swords on stage once more. The blooming of young blood at their best.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Kaoruko Hanayagi, 99th Class. I'll have you follow me till the very end.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Hanayagi-san...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
—Hoshimi-han.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
"Timeless Play"...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Struggling for the "Unknown Lead"—


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Sing.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
And dance.


Elle & Andrew:
Battle for brilliance.


Junna & Kaoruko:
Haaaah!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"Timeless Play"... "Unknown Lead"...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
What's with all the vague words and stuff?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
True. But...those were some exciting words!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Right now, it's just a play without a single line... But in the center of that stage...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes, the "Unknown Lead"!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Huh. So you're saying you can see it?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes, I can for sure!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What's needed in order to be able to stand on that stage—


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What is needed to ensure this uncertain future— It's the "present"!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Ngh...!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
Amazing...!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
Both of them... Beautiful and cool... They're shining.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
......


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
Hey, Andrew. My heart's racing for some reason...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
"What win I, if I gain the thing I seek? A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
William Shakespeare's words.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Fix your eyes on the future and carry out the role you've been given on the existing stage!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What I'm accumulating "now" will lead me to the "Unknown Lead" of the unseen future!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I'll become it – for sure.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I will be the "Unknown Lead"!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...?! My arrow's been cut down?!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
...Pardon me, Hoshimi-han.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
?!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Unlike you, I can't take such vague things as the truth...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
We know nothing about this "Unknown Lead".


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
But...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'm not gonna lose.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
A good child who's always been an annoyance of mine...suddenly bared her teeth and bit me.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I thought she would always just be chasing after me... But she...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Ahh... This is so annoying...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
What... What are you talking about?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'm just talking to myself.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
"Timeless Play"... "Unknown Lead"...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Pardon me, Hoshimi-han.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Either way works for me... I don't really care.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
You don't...care...?!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Ngh...!?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I won't be able to forgive myself...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
If the girl who I thought would always be chasing after me...surpasses me and becomes the "Unknown Lead"...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
That's just...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I definitely won't allow that!!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
"That's the only thing..."


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
"The only thing that I definitely won't allow"...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
"Breaking the contract with the devil must never..."


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
?!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Elle, just now...!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
......


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Until the day I get to face that girl—


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I can't afford to lose to anyone!


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Position Zero!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...!!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The brilliance from stage girls brought out fragments of plays...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
This is..."Wisdom" and "Attachment".


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Yes.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The "Revue of Wisdom and Attachment" is over.


Arcana ∀rcadia
REVUE
Revue of Wisdom and Attachment

Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
*huff*... *huff*...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
"'Give me your soul...' said the devil."


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
Ohh, I've got butterflies...!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
I have to write this... The story is overflowing. Quick!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Elle...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Yes...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The stage girls' Revue has lit the fire in the young girl's soul...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A story is being born within Elle.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
It's started.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Shapeless Play... The creation of "Play A".

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 6

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


Ukaji:
Exactly – it's the costume for the "Performance Festival".


Ukaji:
That said, it's just the one I made for rehearsals...


Ukaji:
It doesn't even come close to the quality of the ones the costume team makes.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Are you telling me that you made this...?!


Ukaji:
Yeah, I wanted to help even if just a little.


Ukaji:
So I asked the festival organizers if I could copy the costume paper pattern.


Ukaji:
I thought that if you could wear this, you'd feel closer to the real performance.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Th-Thank you very much, Ms. Ukaji!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Wow, the quality of the collar and cuffs... This is just like the real deal!


Ukaji:
Thank you. You're too kind...


Ukaji:
I was a student at Rinmeikan too, so I know my way around cooking, cleaning and sewing.


Ukaji:
I used to be known as "Seamstress Masako" in my days.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Seamstress Masako"... That's a beautiful nickname.


Ukaji:
T-That was a long time ago.


Ukaji:
Well, these are all the costumes for the rehearsals. Can you hand them over to everyone?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh? I-I couldn't possibly rob you of that role!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm sure everyone will be ecstatic to be able to practice wearing the costumes you made!


Ukaji:
Everyone's busy rehearsing for the "Performance Festival" now. The script reading sessions have begun as well.


Ukaji:
I'm happy supporting you all from the backstage. There's no need to worry about me.


Ukaji:
So, please?


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I got it. You can count on me to deliver them.


Ukaji:
Have a great rehearsal, Akikaze-san. I hope everyone does their best too.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yes, I'll do my best!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Hm?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Where are Fumi-senpai and Ichie-senpai? They are nowhere on campus...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I can't wait to hand them their costumes...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
("Death")
"Wonderful! How wonderful! That is what makes you mortal!"


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
("Death")
"Wonderful... How wonderful. That is what makes you mortal..."


:
*clap clap clap*


Rui (icon).png Rui:
T-Tamao-senpai is amazing.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Her lines as "Death" just now... So frightening, so cold... I got goosebumps.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
She's improved even more since the script reading...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Oh, hi, Rui-chan. I didn't see you there. What's the matter?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Eek! Ah, yes!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
This... This is for you, Tamao-senpai. It's the costume for rehearsals.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Costume for rehearsals...?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ms. Ukaji made it using the paper pattern from the stage costume.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
She said it might help making you feel closer to the actual performance.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Ms. Ukaji did this...?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Her eyes were slightly red too... She must have worked overnight to make it.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Thanks, Rui-chan. Please put it over there.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'll wear it in a short while. I'd like to continue practicing a bit longer.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh? Ah, yes.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
If that's okay, I'll help you practice!


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


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I appreciate the gesture, but there's nothing you can do to help me.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Besides, I'm sure you have things to do in preparation for the "Performance Festival" too.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I-I'll let you practice then.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
She was so focused that I could feel the pressure all around her...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Hmm... It almost felt like she was out for blood...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko! Where did you go?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I had minor business to attend to. Huh? What's that costume?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh? Oh, this is...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Rui... Did something happen?

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 7

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Woah, Ms. Ukaji made it?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yeah. She got the paper pattern from the organizers of the "Performance Festival"...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Her eyes were red, so I'm sure she stayed up all night making our costumes...


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai reacted so coldly.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I also can't find Fumi-senpai and Ichie-senpai either...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
We're scattered around even at such an important time as this...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Scattered around"...?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Rui... Do you really think that?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
What are your feelings toward the "Performance Festival"?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
My feelings...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I feel honored to have been chosen as a part of the cast...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Standing on the same stage as Tamao-senpai means that I cannot allow any mistakes in my acting.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Is that all?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh...? What are you hinting at, Yukko?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
The first day of the script reading...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Tamao-senpai went over to Kaoruko-san and the girls from Seisho.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai went to see Hanayagi-san?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yeah. And what do you think they talked about?


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Tamao-senpai, Kaoruko-san, and Futaba-san all learned traditional Japanese Senka-ryu dance from the same teacher...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Having shared that experience, they now find themselves on the same "Performance Festival" stage.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm sure they each have fond memories, so they probably talked about that when they met...


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Heh heh... Ahaha!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You never fail to amuse me...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You're truly a kind person, Rui.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
How long were you planning on fooling yourself with that?


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
The "Performance Festival" is our – Rinmeikan Performance Association's battle. It's already started, Rui.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh?


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
She went over to declare war.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Take down all the powerful schools present and then our Rinmeikan Performance Association will release the best brilliance—"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"The lead of the "Performance Festival" is ours."


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
This is what Tamao-senpai said.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
She said that...?!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
She did... She's prepared for it. And so are Fumi-senpai and Ichie-san.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Didn't you feel anything during the script reading?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Didn't you see her eyes, her expression, her voice, her acting... her resolution?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
She lunged at everyone – all the talented actors – with her acting during the reading...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
She's prepared to attack everyone and stop their breath with her performance in order to become the lead in the "Performance Festival".


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Even if it means fighting with the members of her own Performance Association...


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
That's why no one is practicing with one another.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
The time to be chummy is gone. It's time to polish your skills and be assertive.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Did you really think she went over there to talk about the good old days? Our seniors have grown.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Is that why she acted so coldly when I said I'd practice with her...?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I get it, but...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
If that's how she really feels, why didn't she tell me?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...It's too late for that.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Don't be spoiled. No one, not even I, can allow themselves to help each other.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"There's nothing you can do to help me"...!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...That's what she said to you...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It means that the way you are now, you're of no help to her.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Tamao-senpai can be very strict. It's like she's "Death" itself.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
There's a story called "Shinigami", meaning "Death", in rakugo...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
If you see Death sitting next to a sick man, it means that man hasn't much time left to live.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You remind me of the sick man.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
If you're not ready to defeat the other performers...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You'll die in vain on the stage. You have no right to carry the honor of Rinmeikan nor to stand on the stage.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
So, please...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Consider this warning my final notice, Rui Akikaze.


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

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 8

Elle (icon).png Elle:
Revue...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A spellbinding performance conjured out of song and dance...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
The one who shows the most brilliant Revue and lights the fire in the young girl's heart...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
—Will be on the path to become the "Unknown Lead".


Elle & Andrew:
Revue has begun.


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 Performance Association – Yuyuko Tanaka! I will put my life on the line!


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 Performance Association – Rui Akikaze! My life is on this stage!


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


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


Elle (icon).png Elle:
"Timeless Play"...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Struggling for the "Unknown Lead"—


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Sing.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
And dance.


Elle & Andrew:
Battle for brilliance.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hah!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ngh!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You're lacking power in your moves. You're wavering.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
This Revue is for the "Unknown Lead"... This isn't the place for people who are unsure about standing on the stage!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ngh! Yukko... What about you?!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Do you want to be the "Unknown Lead"?! Do you have a reason for it?!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Of course. Because I want to complete the "Timeless Play".


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'm sure our seniors feel the same way.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
The closure of the Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department... It must've been even more painful for our seniors to lose something this important to us.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Something that will never disappear, never die. To engrave our own existence on the stage...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
To challenge...the "Timeless Play".


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But the stage is alive...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We don't know if Tamao-senpai and the others will be able to revive the Performance Department.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Y-Yukko!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'm just saying it's a possibility.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
In which case... Are you planning on saying goodbye to your dreams together with our seniors?


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
No, right?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We take over...the dream of reviving Rinmeikan's Performance Department.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
We must be the ones to shoulder it – Tamao-senpai, Fumi-senpai, and Ichie-san's wish.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Our seniors have already been shouldering this dream. That's why they can't afford to carry you too.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
The way you rely on Tamao-senpai now—!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
T-That's impossible! Because...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Because... We're still just first years!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
The dream of reviving Rinmeikan's Performance Department... That burden is too much for me!


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
If it's a stage without Tamao-senpai, I...!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I mean, I got onto the stage to chase after Tamao-senpai. I only seriously started doing theater after joining the school...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
So?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Do you know about Seisho's Banana-san?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...What about Daiba-san?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
She didn't really start standing on the stage until after she'd entered Seisho Music Academy.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What...? She didn't...?!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Blessed with an athletic body and long limbs. Height that makes everyone envious...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Rui... You have something that everyone wants, but could never have.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yet...you only act spoiled.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Tamao-senpai will graduate one day and then it'll be your turn to be a senior.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
When Tamao-senpai is gone, who will you be?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
When there's no one else to call you "Rui-chan", who will you become?


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


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
So... this is...Yukko's determination...

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 9

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Let's end this. Those who don't belong here should get off the stage.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
N-No... Don't make me go...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Don't leave me behind...Tamao-senpai!


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Ugh, this is annoying...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I'm the one who's standing on the stage with you right now.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You see... I like your acting.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It's clumsy and pure... But you always try your hardest and occasionally appear really big...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Just like you love Tamao-senpai...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I also love you on stage.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Kichi Miroku, Onikage, Urashima Taro, Nightingale, all of them...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Those roles all happened because of you, Rui Akikaze. All my favorite characters.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Yet... You say you can no longer play those roles without Tamao-senpai. If those performances were all done for Tamao-senpai...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Those of "us" who have had our hearts stolen by the Stage Girl Rui Akikaze... How pathetic.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yuk...ko... Are you crying...?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Oh, can't have that. I let my emotions get the best of me.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It's time to end this. We can't have someone who doesn't belong remain on this stage.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
As you are right now you're not able to shoulder the Rinmeikan Performance Association with me.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I can't move forward either.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
If you're the "Rui-chan" who can't perform by yourself, then—!!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...I won't quit.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...I'm not quitting.


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Just like you said... For me, the stage is Tamao-senpai.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But if I quit... I won't be able to stand on that stage again.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I... I don't want that!


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I entered this world because I admire Tamao-senpai! I chased after her and have come this far!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
And... It taught me about the fun, intensity, and enjoyment that is the stage.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
The excitement that comes from becoming someone that isn't yourself.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
The joy from creating something together with everyone. The cheers and overflow of applause from those who support us—!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Now that I know all about that, there's no way I could step down from this stage.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I can't do it, Yukko!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
......


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
"...Now that I know."


Elle (icon).png Elle:
(as a child)
"I can no longer pretend that I don't."


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Elle...!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The stage girls' Revue has lit the fire... A story is being born within the young girl—!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Haha, looks like you've finally mustered up the determination.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
There's no way you could step down... Are you being serious?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm serious!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Even if Tamao-senpai is gone?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Even when...Tamao-senpai is gone!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Even if aiming for the "Unknown Lead"... means you may have to fight Tamao-senpai one day?


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Fight Tamao-senpai...one day...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Even if I have to fight Tamao-senpai!


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
..."Position Zero".


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
P-Position Zero!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Heh heh.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The brilliance from the stage girls brought out fragments of plays...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
This is..."Creation" and "Sacrifice".


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Yes.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
The "Revue of Creation and Sacrifice" is over.


Arcana ∀rcadia
REVUE
Revue of Creation and Sacrifice

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Phew... My words finally got across.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Now I can move forward too.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko... What are you...?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I just have some minor business to take care of. I told you, didn't I? I want to complete the "Timeless Play".


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Then... Is that the reason why you were riling me up...?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
No, don't even try to think that I was holding back or lost on purpose.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
This was a result of us singing, dancing, and battling with all our might.


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Oh, and one more thing.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Ajara kamokuren Ruruiruirui Tekerettsunopaa."


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


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
It's a spell from the "Shinigami" rakugo to ward off Death.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Now you won't lose. To anyone – not even "Death".


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


Rui (icon).png Rui:
But... I'm not sure if I'll be able to fight properly...against "Death".


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Well, people don't change so easily. So you wouldn't be able to leave Tamao-senpai's side so easily either.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
So all you can do is to start with what you're able to do now.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What I'm able to do... Tamao-senpai said that to me too.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...I'll give it a try.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
First, I've gotta catch up. Just like the Laelaps hound!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But then that's no different from the old Rui.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
People don't change so easily... Right?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Well, well. I guess that's it for me.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Heh heh... Thanks, Yukko!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'll give it a shot. I'll put in all my feelings towards Tamao-senpai!

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 10
Arcana Arcadia Act 1

Girl:
This— Might have once been a dream, or perhaps a memory from here on.


Girl:
I woke up in a desolate desert.


Girl:
Why...am I here?


Girl:
...I don't know.


Girl:
Where...did I come from? What did I come here for?


Girl:
...I don't know.


Girl:
Just...who am I?


Girl:
......


Girl:
I don't know anything.


Girl:
But...


Girl:
But I have to keep moving.


Girl:
To where?


Girl:
...I don't know. But I have to go.


Girl:
Because I've made a "promise".


Girl:
...With who?


Girl:
I don't know...but I told "them".


Girl:
'I'll be waiting. At the end of the moonlight... At the promised place – the secret paradise.'


Girl:
That's why...I started walking.


Doctor:
"Oh... You're awake."


Girl:
When I wake up again, I see a gentle smile.


Girl:
"Where am I...?"


Doctor:
"This is my clinic. You passed out on the outskirts of town."


Doctor:
"You were plagued by the disease for three days and three nights... But it looks like the worst has past. I'm glad the medicine worked."


Girl:
"You're the one who saved me..."


Doctor:
"Aw, shucks. It's a doctor's job to save people."


Doctor:
"What's your name? Why were you passed out in such a place?"


Girl:
"...I don't know."


Doctor:
"You don't know?"


Girl:
"Yes... My name, where I came from, where I'm supposed to go..."


Doctor:
"You don't know? Could it be the high fever you had from the disease has affected your memory somehow...?"


Doctor:
"If you've lost your memory, then this is a new discovery! I must investigate this further... Oh."


Doctor:
"S-Sorry. When I start thinking about illnesses, I get very excited..."


Doctor:
"What a troublesome disease."


Girl:
"Heh heh."


Doctor:
"Oh, you finally laughed. Looks like you might be able to have some soup for dinner at least."


Girl:
"Um... Can I ask you something?"


Doctor:
"What is it?"


Girl:
"This disease you've been talking about..."


Doctor:
"Oh, I'm talking about 'delusional fever'."


Doctor:
"An epidemic that started spreading like wildfire a few months ago. It's a terrifying disease that causes high fevers. Some patients don't wake up from it and pass away."


Girl:
"Delusional fever..."


Doctor:
"People call it an uncurable illness... I lost my father, mother, and sister, to this disease."


Girl:
"...!"


Doctor:
"After that, I dedicated all my time to researching this disease...and managed to make a specific medicine for it."


Doctor:
"So then... In order to save people who are suffering from this disease, I've been traveling all over the nation."


Doctor:
"That's how I found you."


Girl:
"Thank you, doctor... If you hadn't found me, it would've been the end of my journey."


Doctor:
"Journey? Were you on your way to somewhere?"


Girl:
"...I don't know."


Doctor:
"I see. Well, you've definitely recovered. You should take the time to rest now."


Doctor:
"...But whether or not you'll have the time depends on 'her'."


Girl:
"Huh...?"


High Priestess:
"That's right – your days of rest won't come. Nevermore—"


Girl:
Vatican knights wearing armor and spears appear together with the voice. And then—


Doctor:
"Looks like she's caught up after all... High Priestess!"


High Priestess:
"I've finally found you, felon."


Doctor:
"Nrgh... Let me go! I haven't committed any crimes!"


High Priestess:
"My, the audacity. You quack who's been misleading the people with your suspicious drugs..."


High Priestess:
"You've committed the 'crime of not believing in the miracle of God'..."


High Priestess:
"Saving people is the miracle of God – man cannot save another man."


High Priestess:
"Now, take him."


Doctor:
"If I'm a sham, then the Magician you've hired is an even bigger sham for always making things up!"


High Priestess:
"Your abuse toward me... I suppose I can take it as 'lese majesty'?"


High Priestess:
"Let's go...to the burning hill."


Girl:
"Oh... Doctor!"


Girl:
Unable to leave the bed, I was left behind... And the doctor was taken away by the High Priestess.

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 11

:
*knock knock*


High Priestess:
"Who is it?"


Magician:
"It's me, Your Eminence."


High Priestess:
"Oh, Magician. Come in."


Magician:
"Excuse me."


Magician:
"The doctor has been detained in the underground prison."


Magician:
"The sentence will be executed tomorrow morning without delay—"


High Priestess:
"Good."


Magician:
"Medicine is a miracle that can be seen by the eye. It violates and denies the work of God."


Magician:
"Those who cast doubt on Your Eminence's authority..."


High Priestess:
"Oh my... Are you going to treat me like a barbarian too? A philistine who's filled with suspicions and clings to the Vatican's authority?"


Magician:
"Not at all."


Magician:
"I'm merely trying to fulfil my role as Your Eminence's aide."


High Priestess:
"That's fine."


High Priestess:
"Then, I shall also fulfill my role."


High Priestess:
"Eradicating the disease and saving man from death is a miracle of God. Only faith in God can save man."


High Priestess:
"Other possibilities... Other values... It only weakens one's loyalty to God."


High Priestess:
"Any possibility of salvation that's not faith... It can only be whisperings of the devil."


High Priestess:
"Only death awaits those who deny the work of God."


Magician:
"Most certainly."


Magician:
"Once that doctor is executed, Your Eminence's path will be secure—"


Magician:
"How about another glass of red wine to celebrate. This is the finest wine, granted by the His Holiness."


High Priestess:
"...Yes, let's."


Girl:
At that time, the doctor was in prison.


Doctor:
"Ugh... Open this! Open this door!"


Doctor:
"There are many patients with delusional fever who need my medicine! There are lives that can be saved!"


Doctor:
"Is God's influence more important than those who are dying?! Answer me, High Priestess!"


Magician:
"...Your abuse just now is lese majesty and has just earned you another 50 years to your sentence."


Magician:
"But I suppose it carries no meaning for one who is to be hanged tomorrow."


Doctor:
"...?! Who is it?"


Magician:
"...The sham Magician hired by the High Priestess."


Doctor:
"...What did you just say? Tomorrow morning, I will..."


Magician:
"That's right. You are to be hanged and burned at the stake for the crime of defiling God's influence."


Doctor:
"Ridiculous... This is all ridiculous. It's all a tasteless farce!"


Magician:
"It's meaningless to shout. Her Eminence has had a great deal of wine and is asleep."


Doctor:
"Are you messing with me?!"


Magician:
"..."


Magician:
"Doctor... So you don't want to die?"


Doctor:
"What? Of course I don't."


Doctor:
"But I'm not afraid of death. If I were, I wouldn't be able to treat delusional fever."


Doctor:
"If I die, so will those lives that could be saved. To have my ambition fall through... That's what's regrettable."


Magician:
"..."


Magician:
"You're right, this is a farce. This story has been decided a long time ago..."


Magician:
"But... What if it could be changed?"


Doctor:
"...What?"


Magician:
"You'll be the main character of this farce."


Magician:
"In exchange, you'll be cursed."


Magician:
"Happiness as a person, joy... Throw all of that away and you'll be able to walk down an even harsher path as the main character."


Magician:
"What do you say? Do you have the determination to go down that path?"


Doctor:
"...Determination, you say?"


Doctor:
"...I've had it long before I'd started walking down this path."


Magician:
"...That's fine."


Magician:
"..."


Magician:
"—You simply need to yell the words I've just said. The moment death approaches."


Magician:
"Whether or not you choose to believe me... Whether you'll become the main character – it all depends on you."


Doctor:
"...Why?"


Doctor:
"Why...would you do this for me?"


Magician:
"..."


Magician:
"I've also made up my mind—"


Doctor:
"..."


Girl:
And then morning came. The morning where the hanged doctor is to be executed.


High Priestess:
"Now is the time to test your faith in God!"


High Priestess:
"The delusional fever not subsiding is evidence of your wavering faith and loyalty..."


High Priestess:
"And the one who used dubious tricks to cast doubt in the people's hearts...is this 'Hanged Man'."


High Priestess:
"Now, throw rocks at and set fire to this 'Hanged Man'."


High Priestess:
"Then your faith will be reignited and your loyalty will become steadfast!"


Girl:
"Please stop!"


Doctor:
"...!"


Girl:
"Why would you do such a terrible thing?! That man saved my life!"


Girl:
"Many other people have also been saved by him... So... Why?!"


Magician:
"Young girl, step back. It's dangerous here."


Girl:
"But...!"


Magician:
"Believe. Not in God...but in him."


Girl:
"Huh?"


High Priestess:
"Now, let's begin."


Girl:
I try to stand my ground, but I am pushed away by the crowd and a fire is lit by his feet.

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 12

High Priestess:
"Now, repent in the flames."


High Priestess:
"Only the miracle of God can save man. Those who deny that are nothing but a criminal."


High Priestess:
"If you aren't a criminal, then God would save you."


Doctor:
"But... You're saying that my being burned is evidence that I'm a criminal?"


Doctor:
"A farce. This is all a farce. Ngh... Ahhhhh!"


High Priestess:
"No. That flame is the reality. The flame is the truth."


High Priestess:
"There is no other miracle that can save man except for faith."


Doctor:
"...No."


Doctor:
"It is people...who save people."


Doctor:
"Even in despair and shattered, I still shoulder the responsibility and go down the path I believe in. Only a person's belief can bring light to people."


High Priestess:
"You're wrong! Those are words of the devil! Everyone, you mustn't listen to him!"


Doctor:
"Deny it all you want, but whether or not this path leads to Hell—"


Doctor:
"I...am not going to stop walking!!"


Magician:
"Yes... Those words..."


Magician:
"You are the main character – 'Hanged Man'..."


Girl:
After saying those words, the Magician collapses. And then—


:
*thump* *thump*


Devil:
"'Not going to stop walking'..."


Devil:
"—'The show must go on.'"


Devil:
"I've heard you loud and clear. Here's the contract!"


Doctor:
"W-What is this black shadow—"


Devil:
"The Devil has come to save you, 'Hanged Man'."


Doctor:
"The Devil? Me?! Why?!"


Devil:
"Why? Because you said the oath."


Doctor:
"'Not going to stop walking'...!"


Devil:
"Correct. And a soul has been used for the exchange. All that's left is to fulfill the contract."


Doctor:
"Soul...?"


Devil:
"Oh... Yeah, that Magician's soul."


Doctor:
"What?!"


Devil:
"One of the delusional fever patients you saved around two months ago... The redheaded young girl."


Devil:
"That was the magician's granddaughter."


Doctor:
"...!"


Devil:
"The magician knew while serving the High Priestess that the skill of man is what can save people."


Devil:
"That's why she struck a deal with me. To save the Hanged Man in exchange for her life..."


Devil:
"To change this world."


Doctor:
"...!"


Devil:
"Heh heh... To think the sham Magician's last act is to call upon the Devil using real magic. How clever."


High Priestess:
"You... Magician, how could you betray me at the last moment...!"


High Priestess:
"Devil, begone!"


Devil:
"Oh, who should be the one to leave? High Priestess."


Devil:
"The freed 'Hanged Man' uses his skills to save the people, meaning the values will change."


Devil:
"You gather faith through fear of burning at the stake and boast that only God can save man. High Priestess, your services are no longer needed."


Devil:
"If you've finished playing your role... It's time for you to step off the stage."


High Priestess:
"Eek... G-Get away from me, Devil! S-Someone, save me!"


Devil:
"Aren't you the one who hanged those who begged for their lives in the name of God, and burned them at the stake?"


Devil:
"Now it's your turn to dance as the criminal. On the stage of Hell, forevermore—"


High Priestess:
"No... No.... Ahhhhhh!"


Devil:
"'Hanged Man', our contract has been fulfilled."


Devil:
"Let's meet again in Hell when you have fulfilled your role one day."


Doctor:
"Yes... I'm grateful for your help, Devil."


Girl:
I thought it was enveloped in flames, but before I knew it, the High Priestess and Vatican knights had all disappeared.


Girl:
The Devil must have taken them to Hell.


Girl:
And that's how the doctor...the "Hanged Man" was saved.


Doctor:
"A life saved by the Devil... My role as the main character..."


Doctor:
"Create an era with no God, destined to face challenges – this IS a curse."


Girl:
"...No."


Girl:
"That's definitely...a promise."


Girl:
"I think it's a 'promise' with someone dear to you."


Doctor:
"Promise... I see, a promise."


Doctor:
"...It's gonna get busy."


Doctor:
"I was given this life at the expense of the Magician, so I must save as many people as I can."


Doctor:
"Would you be willing to lend me a hand?"


Girl:
"Huh?"


Doctor:
"If you continue on this journey to save people, you may be able to find your memories some day..."


Girl:
"I'm sorry...I have to go. To the promised place."


Doctor:
"Huh?"


Girl:
"'I'll be waiting. At the end of the moonlight... At that promised place – the secret paradise.' ...That's the promise I made."


Doctor:
"...I see."


Doctor:
"Have a safe journey. Don't push yourself too hard."


Girl:
"Thank you. I definitely won't let this life that you've saved go to waste."


Girl:
With that, I part ways with the doctor and continue on my journey.


Girl:
The journey to an unknown place where someone is waiting for me.


Girl:
But the person I met taught me this—


Girl:
Even if this path leads to Hell—


Doctor:
I...am not going to stop walking.

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 13

Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Let's see, my role is... Um...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Not at this moment, but something that is in— Belongs in? Seen in...? The future...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Feels like something that'd be nice to have...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Not in a heavy way, but more like— Clink! A bright atmosphere?!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
And also...like...someone that's full of "hope"!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Lalafin, stop right there!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What!?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You're explaining the role of "Hope", so you can't use the word 'hope', right?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ohh, that's right! Oops...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Aw, this "Self Introduction Etude" is too difficult!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh, I guess so.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
By giving a self introduction, you'll be able to gain clarity for your role and come up with a better picture.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I thought this practice method would be perfect for the tricky roles this time.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Right, Misora-chan?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Yes! My family's theater troupe often does the same thing.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That said...you're right – it is a tricky role.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Lalafin's "Hope".


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Misora's "Faith".


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
And my "Charity"...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
We're playing three Major Arcana cards from the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yes, that's right! I didn't know about the Vi... Bi... Biscotti one!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
It's Visconti-Sforza. I'm interested in fortune-telling, so I knew about it, but...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
The most commonly used one that everyone knows is the Tarot of Marseilles with the 22 Major Arcana cards.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Is it a really old tarot deck? That um... What was it again? Vi... Bi... Big Bang...?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Visconti-Sforza. And yes, it's the oldest one in the world.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Both the numbers and Arcana cards are different from the Marseille version. There's no information on the upright and reverse positions either.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ngh, there are too many unknown aspects.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
That's what makes it interesting! It's because it's unknown that we can create something new!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Creating a new future at the ends of the barren wilderness! That's definitely our stage!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
A perfect casting for us from Frontier School of Arts!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It'll be rewarding! Rewarding for sure!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Aruru... Well, yeah, you might be right!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Amemiya-san from the script team said that to us, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
How it's difficult, but is also exactly why she wants Frontier to make it into something new.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Our Frontier Spirit is being tested!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Whoa, this is a huge responsibility!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh heh... We can't lose either, Aruru-chan.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
My Arcana, "Judgement"...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
My Arcana, "Moon"!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Both are used in numerous works.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That's why we have to come up with a surprising portrayal to create a role that no one has ever seen before.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Of course!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Our "Wild Pirates" unity won't lose to anyone anywhere!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We'll captivate the whole theater with a performance no one has ever seen before!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
The happiest stage we'll all create together! The lead roles in the "Performance Festival" will be us!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru...


Lalafin & Tsukasa & Shizuha:
......


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Let's do our best at rehearsals from tomorrow!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
"Let's do our best at rehearsals from tomorrow!"


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
...Even after I said that—


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Why has no one come to rehearsals since then?!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I've been all by myself ever since the first script reading was over!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Why? I don't get it! Is Tsukasa-chan going to all the sweets shops?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Is Lalafin researching a new transformation pose?!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Is Shizuha-chan playing games overnight?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Is Misora busy with her part-time job?!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Where is everyone?!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Now's not the time to be practicing by myself... I have to go find them!

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 14

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"My... How arrogant..."


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
"One day, 'Judgement' will fall upon this foolish decision...!"


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
......


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
...This is no good.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
This kind of ordinary acting... "It's not good enough".


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It needs to be more intense and persuasive, otherwise..."I can't win".


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
What should I do...?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
...That's right.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Aww... They're nowhere in the school... Where did everyone go...?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Don't leave me all alone... Huh?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh... That's Shizuha-chan!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, I found you!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Hey! Why haven't you been coming to rehearsals?!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
...Oh... Aruru...chan.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
No one's coming to rehearsals, you know?! Shizuha-chan, do you know anything—


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
...What are you doing?! Why are you pinching yourself?!


(Note: This was originally "...What are you doing?! What are you going to do with that utility knife?!", and was changed in the English translation only.)

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
My "Judgement"...still hasn't come to life.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It's not good enough... My character isn't alive yet...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That's why I have to wake it up with extreme pain—


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
S-Stop, stop!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan, don't stop me!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I need to feel strong pain to be able to play a role that casts 'judgement' on others!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
T-This is for understanding your role...?!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
This is wrong! Why do you have to push yourself to such lengths?!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Because "it's not good enough"... Because "I can't win"!


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


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, you ARE good enough!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
You are you, so you just need to do your own acting! There's no need to beat anyone!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
To have to corner yourself like this for role preparations... It won't become a fun and happy stage at all!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Fun and...happy stage...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan, do you really think that?


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


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Do you really think...that the "Performance Festival" stage is a happy stage?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You didn't feel anything? After seeing everyone at the first script reading...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I-I did? Maya-chan's lightning and Akira-chan's thunder...!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Your gradual pace and Tamao-chan's brisk pace!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Then you should know...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
The "Performance Festival"...is hell.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Huh...? Hell...?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Even with the rough unfinished first draft of the script...everyone is competing fiercely to become the center of the play – the lead.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Become the center of the stage, release the best brilliance under the brightest spotlight, insist on being the lead—


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Sing, dance, and compete...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
......!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
If you go on with these half-baked feelings...you'll just get killed by the stage.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Everyone knows this, so that's why we're all facing it by ourselves.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Tsukasa, Lalafin, and Misora-chan too. In order to self-reflect and become stronger.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Th-That's... That's not right.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Because we're friends... No, family! We're a family creating the same stage.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Why do you have to do it by yourself?! Let's move forward together! We can do a camp or have sleepovers!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
What's wrong with everyone?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
What's the matter with all of you!?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan, you're—



Elle (icon).png Elle:
Revue...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
A spellbinding performance conjured out of song and dance...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
The one who shows the most brilliant Revue and lights the fire in the young girl's heart...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
—Will be on the path to become the "Unknown Lead".


Elle & Andrew:
Revue has begun.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heartbroken loneliness as I fall with broken feathers. The neon lights invite the stage of bonds.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
If "now" and "reality" are but a night's dream, I'll carve my flight onto the stage.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Stage Girl — Shizuha Kocho! I spread my wings, to Frontier!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Sparkling bullets, loaded onto wings and heading into the wilderness, looking for a free stage.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
The spotlight is a goldrush, and with both hands, grab onto that BIG DREAM!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Stage Girl — Aruru Otsuki! Against the wind, to Frontier!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
"Timeless Play"...


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Struggling for the "Unknown Lead"—


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Sing.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Dance.


Elle & Andrew:
And compe—


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
No competing!


Elle & Andrew:
Wha—?!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I... No, we won't fight.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Elle, Andrew. I...will change the rules!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We're a family! Five in one! We're a family creating the same stage!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
That's why there'll be no fighting between us. Never.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
If we have to fight... I'll fight in everyone's stead!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I'll take everyone there! To the "Unknown Lead"—


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I'll make everyone the "Unknown Lead"!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, why are you still saying such things?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"I'll make everyone the 'Unknown Lead'".


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You think that would make us happy...?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Huh...?!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
W-Why are you guys here?!

Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 15

Elle (icon).png Elle:
Huh...?!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
W-Why are you guys here?!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Audio, backdrop, and stage equipment help carry out Stage Girls' dreams... That's what a stage is, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I have to go. To that stage— Hup!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Lalafin JUMP!


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
A-All three of you—


Elle (icon).png Elle:
They jumped onto the stage!?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Everyone...!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You... "How long are you going to stay standing there for"?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
As you are right now, you can't stand on the same stage as us.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora...?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Be hungry, demand, compete... That is what Stage Girls are, no?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Which is why...we can't stay as a close family forever.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Lalafin...!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
No matter what stage, there's always only one lead. If someone is standing in the lead position...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You either get off the stage...or take over the lead. Those are the only two choices.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Tsukasa-chan, you too...!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Creating the happiest stage with everyone is nothing but an illusion... A faint and fleeting night's dream...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
We are friends and rivals at the same time. We're rivals fighting to become the "Unknown Lead".


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, stop...!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That's why...we're disbanding the "Wild Pirates".


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
...!!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
...No ...I don't want that...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
No, I refuse! I refuse to do that!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We finally became friends... We finally became family.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yet why do we have to fight among ourselves as family members?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Aruru...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
In which case... That's fine then.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
If I have to fight everyone for it... I don't want to become the "Unknown Lead"!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
......


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Why are you against it so much? What are you afraid of?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You, who lit up the path I needed to go down on with so much confidence—


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You, who gave me the strength to declare what is important to me—


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You, who taught me the importance of seeking the best and continuing to think—


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You, who gave me the courage to not fear getting hurt— Why?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Because it was all for everyone's sake! I could do my best because it was for everyone!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Because I...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
...I have nothing when I'm by myself. Without everyone, without the stage... I have nothing.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Andrew... I want to ask you to change the Revue battle card.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Frontier's Revue...will be Aruru Otsuki against the four of us.


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


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
Y-You can't just decide that...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...I understand. We'll change it.


Andrew (icon).png Andrew:
E-Elle?!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Stand up, Aruru Otsuki.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
This is what you dug up within me. Passion and determination...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That's right... "Revue Frontier" is beginning.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'll be the one to dig it up this time – your brilliance.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
If you don't have the strength to continue walking in the wilderness, take your fall here and put an end to it.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
If you have the will to move forward in the wilderness...defeat us and move on!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Show us, Aruru Otsuki...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
—Who are you?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
......!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
My name is Aruru Otsuki.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I was raised surrounded by many people.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I have my dear friends and respected seniors...and my important stage.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I'm very happy.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But... I know nothing about myself.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
About my parents or where I was born.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
When I was picked up, I had a piece of paper with "Aruru" written on it with me.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I had nothing.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But... That day when the "Sky Blue Theater Troupe" visited the orphanage—


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
That's when I met the stage.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I was touched by Misora's acting and said I wanted to join the theater troupe...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
The sister was really happy to see me show my own will for the first time and let me join the theater troupe.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
After that...Misora played the lead, Dorothy, in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and I stepped on my first stage as the dog, Toto.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
That day...I met the stage.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But I... I know nothing about myself.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
And neither do I want to know.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Because I have the stage now. A stage I can stand on with everyone—


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
—I have that. I do, I do have that.

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