We've done a lot of jobs up until now, but doing an opera is a first.
On top of that, I'm the main protagonist... I couldn't have imagined that.
...Jun, are you nervous?
I guess, a little. But on the other hand, I was chosen for it, so... I'll work hard.
...Hey, what's an opera? I get that it's a play where we sing, so basically, it's a musical, right?
Let me see... “Kageki” translated into English would be opera, but there's a slight difference. With the opera this time, we'll mix singing and dancing into the performance, so you can treat it as a musical. If we refer to the documents, this opera treats both the theater and grandiose production as its two main parts... I remember watching an opera of the same format when I was much younger, when my parents took me to see it.
Uhh, I'm not really familiar with operas... I can't grasp the idea of it.
Honestly, me neither... First, let's watch the DVDs that Producer gave to us to use for reference.
This is an opera, huh? Even though I know this is just a video, I can really get how amazing it is!
Me too. It's hyper flashy, and they're also sparkling... My excitement's hyping up and up!
It's fine to be "hyping up and up", but now's probably not the time to be getting carried away by your emotions.
Singing and dancing, as well as acting... We have to have control over all of those. Although it's grandiose to the eye, the actors themselves must have an equal amount of stamina.
Since we're talking about stamina... There's only one thing to do!
Hayatocchi, you can't be thinking...
Everyone's gonna do stamina training! So that's how we're going to build our bodies up until the performance!
I knew it! We're going to do that!
But, you know... building up stamina is... important, you know. Let's all... do our best.
Whew. Running like this with everyone makes me feel more up for it than usual.
Sure does! Wait... I can't see Jun and Shiki. Did they get tired out halfway through?
Oh, jeez. They really did. Let's call over Natsuki, since he's running behind us, and check up on them.
*pant*... *pant... Haruna-san, Hayato, and Natsuki, too... Did you come back for us...?
We couldn't see you two when we turned around. Let's take a short break.
Are you two gonna be all right like that? There's only a little bit more till we reach the goal.
But this... *pant*... I should have been able to... run more than I could before...!
*wheeze* *pant* ...That's right! It's just that you guys have monster stamina—!
That's right... I also couldn't catch up to... Haruna and Hayato's pace... Jun, Shiki, and I... should have gotten more stamina... compared to before.
I guess. Before, you two got tired out right away, but you really ran a lot today.
Break's over, so let's just run until we get to the goal. You can take your time, okay?
*wheeze* *pant* ...There's just a little bit left... until the goal!
*pant* *pant* ...! Just a...... bit more!
All right! You guys got to the goal, too! Nice! We ran through the whole course today!
*pant* ...We're going on a run every day, so I think I'm getting back the sense of how to get running...!
And also... the experience we've built through work up until now might have helped us... Phew.
My pace has gotten a little bit... faster than it was before, too... I think. Did I get some stamina...?
That's right! Now that's done, how about we borrow the gymnasium to do training next? There's a lot of equipment over there, so we'll probably be able to train in all sorts of different ways.
Jumping over the boxes... or using mats... there are balls, too, right? Do you think they'll... help with the opera?
Let's try everything! We'll go ask the teachers for what day we can use the gymnasium later.
(Everyone sings and dances)
Whew... Dancing and acting and singing all at the same time is a ton harder than I thought!
It doesn't require just stamina, but also using your head, too. The production's story is serious and complex.
It's a story of a family's love and sadness... from the brothers born as royalty... isn't it.
Due to a difference in opinion over how the five princes should rule their kingdom, the brothers begin to battle..
The role I play is the youngest brother, who's part of the moderates. Shiki-kun, Hayato, and Natsuki act out princes who are extremists.
The one I play, the oldest prince, has a viewpoint similar to the youngest brother, but... Because he's in the position of having to keep the brothers together, he can’t choose to be on only the youngest son's side.
In the end, he chooses to protect the country as the eldest son, and he confronts the youngest as his enemy, huh...
Even though their feelings are the same... It's such a sad story, that... they have to fight.
...We'll have to express the story's anguish and cruelty through our acting and singing.
Uhh... Looks hard, but practice makes perfect! I'll work hard on acting, too!
I heard that the stage is pretty wide, so how about we keep in mind how we're letting out our voices?
It's definitely different from the usual way we sing, so we have to change the feeling of it.
Practice went off without a hitch! Let's keep going and working hard until our main performance tomorrow.
I can't wait for tomorrow!
Jun... What's wrong? I heard you... sigh. Are you... thinking about something?
I've practiced over and over, but it's my first time doing anything like an opera, so... I'm a bit worried.
The stage and type of audience are gonna be different from usual. I understand how you feel.
But Jun and all of us have worked really hard, so we'll definitely pull it off well.
Yeah, yeah! We can make it a success because we're High×Joker! No doubt about it!
All of us are watching your hard work... So you'll definitely... be fine.
Natsuki... Everyone... Thank you so much. Honestly, I'm still worried, but... Let's make sure we carry this work through to the end!
There are parts we can't redo and can only leave up to chance, but for everything that we can, let's do the best we can at it!
The curtain's up now. Everyone, we'll make this opera a success no matter what!
“Territory expansion yet again... The lands are growing infertile and weak due to repeated wartime destruction... The people are in need of food by the day. Please rethink your decision, dear brothers!”
“That again? Even if we cultivate the land, that will all come to naught if we lose it in battle.”
“If the land has become infertile, then it will be solved if we take from elsewhere. There is nothing else to be said.”
“...Temporary scarcity is a necessity. We'll have to make the masses understand that as well...”
“It's just as you say. At this rate, the people will become impoverished, and there will be no end to it...
"However... Military armaments are crucial for a country as well... Please understand."
"(The king's position permits me to only go this far... My apologies, brother...)”
(Jun and Haruna sing and dance)
(Through the changing eras, the sorrow of the brothers that can't understand each other... I'll express it through my singing and dancing, so that it can be conveyed to the people watching!)
“Through the people's eyes, the monarchy seems to be falling into corruption... I cannot leave this country to my brothers! Now is the time! Let us fight back!”
“That youngest brother... He must have certainly been inciting the commoners' riots without our noticing.”
“This is no longer just a riot... It's a revolution. Does he really mean to do this...”
“In that case, until we meet the enemy, all troops, take up your weapons! Rain down divine punishment upon the rebels!”
(Natsuki, Shiki, and Hayato sing and dance)
(...It's almost the last scene... I'm looking forward to seeing... Jun's intense acting.)
“This kingdom has only followed a single path of destruction due to my brothers' rampage... Nevertheless, eldest brother... You were the only one who listened to my cries. Please, dear brother! Let us change this corrupted monarchy by ourselves!”
“...I am royalty. No matter how corrupted it may have become, this kingdom is my treasure. I cannot discard the country... or anything of the sort...... Now. Pick up your sword. O brother of mine!”
“......If that is your answer.”
(Jun and Haruna sing and dance)
(It's a duel with Jun. Even though it's intense, we can't forget to express its sorrow and anguish.)
(I'm glad that went well... We managed to finish the story without messing up or making something go wrong...)
Everyone~! Thank you so much for watching our opera today—!
Hayato, your greetings are too loud. We're not doing our usual lives, you know.
Ah, sorry! I heard everyone's applause, so I got carried away and accidentally said it...!
Isn't that fine, I guess? See? Everyone looks happy. Also, our stage isn't over just yet.
Totally, Juncchi! Look, everyone's waiting for us! YAY~! All you little kittens and dudes out there! Here comes the second part! A song from the five of us!
The first part may have been a painful tragedy, but... Starting from now, we'll gloriously sing and dance... ...We'll make you have fun until the end... So don't take your eyes off of us.
(That's right. The stage isn't over yet. We'll decorate it with the best finale ever with our song!)
Hey, everyone! Good work! It was the best stage ever!
That applause was awesome, too! It felt totally amazing!
Same! It was different from lives. Ah— I had so much fun!
I was very... nervous, but... I'm glad that everyone... had fun.
*pant* ...I'm so glad it ended without any problems...
Speaking of nerves... Jun, weren't you crying during the ending greetings?
...I didn't cry. You must have been mistaken in what you saw, Haruna-san.
(It's just... I might have been relieved that I was able to show my best performance. Everyone in the audience applauded and returned our smiles to us after that...)
...I'll never forget the scenery I saw from that stage... ever.