Kuro-kun, Kyoji-san, Asselin-san, Michiru-san, and Kazuki-kun carried out the gravure photoshoot for the White Day project and photoshoot for the program! Although busy, they truly exerted their best effort!
Kyoji Takajo, Kuro Kiyosumi, Asselin BB II, Michiru Enjoji, and Kazuki Tsukumo have received a request to participate in a job connected to White Day.
The idols will participate in dating plans to be aired on a TV program. They’ll have to show their dedication to the very busy contents which includes a gravure photoshoot that will be published in a women’s magazine.
First, they decide on their date plans and proceed to a simulation of it in order to prepare for the real thing.
However, there’s also an idol feeling that the plan he’s decided on is lackluster…?
The White Day this time is a thrilling release!
With situations and expressions that’ll steal the fans’ hearts, let’s complete the White Day job!
…Wait, I’m the last one here? Sorry for being late.
We had only just arrived ourselves, so please don’t worry.
Now that all of us are here, let’s start with the meeting!
…The job this time is an appearance on a program’s project where you go with your idol on their ideal date…
…We’ll have to think up a date plan ourselves and create a VTR to be used by the program.
…Plus, we’ll be doing the White Day feature photoshoot for the magazine, “dan-na.”
Ohh… To leave traces of the purely white day, added to an invitation of a sweetly tempting moment!
Looks like we’re gonna be busy… Is this what you’d raise a cry of joy for, or whatever?
Yet again, we have been given a unique job. I know not of whether I will be able to fulfill my duty…
I’m also worried, but we have reliable friends with us here.
Most importantly, this is a job that Master got for us. I’m sure it’ll be fine!
You’re correct… Let us put our strengths together and succeed without a doubt.
…With this, each of us has his date plan set in place.
But considering that we’re unused to dates themselves, they’ll be filming us on top of that…
It’ll be a little unnerving that we’ll have to face it so abruptly during the real thing.
You’re right. At the very least, we cannot expect it to go as smoothly and ideally as we would have it.
…Then how about we practice?
…Just as the planned dates are written, we can go try them out once before the filming.
I see… but we’ll need someone who can accompany us for the dates.
If we go on our own, then there’s no way we can really set the routes in stone.
Very well, permit myself to consider… Mayst we attend with our own brethren?
…Brethren… by that, you mean our unit members? That’d be fine, of course, but…
…I think there could be another person qualified to do that.
Ah… Producer… U-umm… What should I say at times like this?
I see. I can just say “I was waiting for you,” like I’d do normally. Okay. Got it.
…I’m not particularly nervous. But I’m just way too self-aware, so I can’t really pick out my words well.
You were accompanying the other members except me for practice up until today, right?
Four different people… You must’ve been tired working like that. Thanks for the help.
…It wasn’t that tiring? Huh, okay… How did the other guys do?
Everyone did perfectly, huh? Oh, I see…
So I guess I’ll have to work hard too. Thank you in advance for acting as my partner, Producer.
Everyone, you’ve all worked hard this week.
Yeah, it sure was some hard work… I didn’t realize dates were something that could make you that nervous…
Nervous? I wasn’t like that at all. I actually had a lot of fun that I didn’t think I could have at my age.
…I also had fun. I’d actually forgotten it was something I had to do for work.
I had troubles here and there, but those moments I spent were very much worth it.
Indeed! Dominating the saunter alongside Master, I have engraved upon myself yet another brilliant memory!
We have yet some time until the filming.
In preparation for the performance, let us look over and fix our individual plans and carry out wonderful dates!
Compared to camping or hot-spring touring, I feel like a walk through the park is way too plain.
I felt like the simulation was really lacking, too… It’s not like it’d catch anyone’s attention on TV…
…Well, yes, I do believe expressions for television are important, but…
There’s also value in you thinking for the sake of the fans or viewers.
I think it’s best that you be confident!
Honestly, I see couples taking dates at parks all the time.
Do they look like they’re bored? They don’t, do they?
I guess you’re right. But I feel like I need some kinda clinching factor to seal the deal… What do you think, Asselin-san?
Nuh!? …T-thou asks this of myself?
You’re the oldest of all of us… Do you have any advice or anything?
Mmrgh… Indeed, that is the truth… H-however… for myself, sweet temptations are…
Oh, I get it… Sorry ‘bout that. I’ll think it over myself a little longer.
That seems best. However, you must not corner yourself in your thoughts.
When it becomes necessary, please do ask for help. Cooperation is key.
…Looks like today’s meeting ends here.
…It seems we’ve reached the conclusions of what we’ll be doing with our date plans.
…Everyone is highly motivated. I think we’ll be able to pull off a good job this time.
Yeah. If that doesn’t happen, I’d be worried… It’s the first time I’ve been this aware of White Day.
Verily. To further polish the curses of temptation, I shall sink the purely white peoples into darkness!
…Oh, wow. It’s already this late? I guess that’s why I’m this hungry.
Everyone, would you like to come with me for lunch?
That sounds nice. Let us prepare post-haste.
Aah… that was good. Eating stuff like that once in a while isn’t bad.
There is a location I would like to drop by here, so I’ll be excusing myself now.
Haha. White Day’s getting close, too. Is it for a date?
N-no, it isn’t… I couldn’t possibly… I want to visit a traditional sweets shop.
Actually, I have been asked to serve as a leader for a tea study…
I thought of buying some omogashi and higashi to be served at the ceremony.
…Traditional sweets? I’m interested in seeing what kind of thing you’d choose.
…Would it be fine for me to accompany you?
The saccharine offerings of the east truly are intriguing. Thou shalt add my own self to this expedition as well!
Fufu. I don’t mind. Please join.
* The snacks he mentions are omogashi and higashi, which are typically served before drinking green tea. More information here by searching the names of the snacks.
Yes. Aside from the snacks used in idling about, there was something else I needed.
I had received sweets from the students who I had the joy of being in company with during Valentine’s Day study…
I had hoped this would suffice as a sort of return gift for that, but…
I can’t seem to decide which one to choose.
You’re blessed with a lot of fans even as a tea ceremony preparer, huh?
That I am… Fufu, you’re very right. I’m very grateful for that.
I sure hope our shop gets more fans too then. Haha!
O Michiru, thy “Shining Love-Increasing Spring” truly hath delectability.
Satan’s own body was splendidly shaking as well! May thou proudly take joy in that!
You really thought so? Thanks so much! Let me see, a return gift for White Day…
Maybe I should get started with thinking up a White Day limited menu for the guests.
…Return gift for White Day… That’s it! That’s what I needed!
Ah… I’m sorry about that. Sorry for shouting so suddenly… I just realized something, so I couldn’t help myself…
…It’s fine. And… what’d you realize?
It’s what I was missing for my date plan. There wasn’t enough of a sense that it was a return gift for White Day.
It was a White Day project, but I totally forgot that point.
I gotta go with sweets, then. Where should I buy them…
Since you have the chance, why not try to make your own sweets?
That sounds nice. Your feelings will come through more clearly that way.
Uh, handmade… I’m not really talented at those sorta things…
If you’re fine with me helping, I can teach you. Could you lend a hand too, Asselin?
Very well! Permit myself to provide aid! Although not at the level of our own dark knight Soichiro, I shall surely become of help!
Oh, I see… Then I’ll try it out. I’ll be in your care, you two.
We should ask Master if we can borrow the guys’ dorm kitchen tomorrow. Let’s show off what we got!
…Was it okay for us to join in on the cookie-baking?
Of course. Let’s work together and pull this cookie-baking off perfectly!
In order to perfect the foods, of utmost importance must be accuracy!
Let’s measure the ingredients perfectly and mix them together as the instructions tell us…
And bake them in the oven, while making sure to keep the temperature and time as it should be! Keep the preheating in good order, too.
Indeed. To shorten or curtail the moments of the purification ritual would be the height of foolishness!
Each and every precise instruction must be challenged to its fullest!
If we can maintain just that, we’ll be able to make some delicious sweets!
I dunno, it sorta feels like we’re doing a science experiment or something. Either way, let’s try it out then.
(Kazuki walks around working)
…Tsukumo-san must be experienced as well. He seems proficient in the matter.
That dedicated figure… I must learn from him.
In line with the various progresses of manufacturing to be used as examples, I will complete this…
Confectioneries are understood through the behavior of tea ceremonies as well.
It seems they have baked safely! May thou view these pieces of temptation, fragrant as they may be!
Fufu. I’m glad to know that they baked well.
Next is decorating with icing, correct? Let us work hard.
…I can’t decorate with the icing as easily as I want. This is tough.
…I remember Daigo talking about how difficult it was to do this at that time.
Asselin, you sure are decorating with a really elaborate design.
AAAAAHHAHAAHAHA! The magic circle in which dwells Satan’s power shall grant the sweet offerings strength!
…Oh… Enjouji-san, you’re drawing a cat. Same as me.
K-Kyoji… That drawing was a cat…?
…Huh? No matter how you look at it, this is definitely a cat, isn’t it? See, here’s its tail…
Though its appearance is that of a sinister beast… I now see. ’Twas a small beast…
…The cookie-making went well. It might be because we baked them with so many of us, but there’s quite a few here.
…Lining them all up together, they look like a masterpiece.
Alongside the cookies we’ll be using for the photoshoot, we made a batch to send to everyone in the office, too.
If I went carrying this, both Takeru and Ren would definitely enjoy it!
I would like to offer these to the students who came to my study.
…Hey. Could I bake just a few more?
Hm. Shall not thine brethren’s hunger be satisfied with this amount?
Nah, it’s not just for Pierre or Minori-san… I wanted to make some for Producer.
They’re always helping us out. Plus, they accompanied us for the date practice, right?
I think that to be a fine idea. If that’s the case, I shall help you as well.
…As thanks for the overwhelming amount of daily gratitude they make us feel… All right, let’s finish it in one go.
Kukuku… The time has come! O force of the pure white, mayst thou hearken mine own roar!
Through this current trial, our purified foodstuffs have arrived as thy final meal! May thou turnst thy eyes upon this! AAAAAHHHAHAHA!
Ah, Master! Good morning!
…Yes! Those icing cookies were the ones we made yesterday.
We were wondering if we could use this as our presents during the production.
…You think it’s a good idea? Thanks a bunch!
Now that we’ve gotten Master's seal of approval, we can proudly present them!
And with that… here you go. Our present. Cookies for you.
…We got way into it. That’s why there’s a mountainload of these.
…I’m relieved that you enjoy them. Please do eat your fill of them.
…I hope you will accept our feelings of gratitude.
Thanks for always working hard for our sake… Happy White Day, Producer.
Kiyosumi, what’re you doing? That’s… a notebook laptop?
…Honestly, I didn’t expect you to be using that. I thought you’d be bad with technology or something.
Fufu, I’m often told that. Indeed, I was initially unskilled at it…
But I’ve become more familiar with it recently. I’ve become capable of using a phone and laptop at the basic level.
Today, I’m fixing up the home page used for the Kiyosumi style with the study’s scene which was carried out the other day.
I wish to have the splendor of tea ceremonies known to those who view it…
I am also wholeheartedly focusing on fulfilling that endeavor with SNS.
The number of people knocking on the doors of the Kiyosumi style does not number in the few, as a result of SNS.
…I see. So that means your steady efforts are bearing fruit.
Mine own collection of brethren art in a similar place. Through the connection of electricity, we have been taking action energetically.
Upon the days of entrusting brand new incantations, the people of light have indeed become greatly lively.
Advertising the shop through the internet… I see, that’s possible too!
If I promoted Otokomichi Ramen with a homepage or blog…
…I can’t sit still like this anymore. Please teach me some tricks or something later!
…Kuro-san, you’re working both as an idol and tea ceremony preparer, right?
…It must be difficult balancing two at the same time.
Yeah, what he said… Are you gonna quit being an idol someday and proceed down the path of tea ceremonies only?
Initially, I had thought I would proceed that way…
But now, I have no desire to quit being an idol.
If I am without tea ceremonies or if I am not an idol, I feel as if I will lose sight of something, regardless of the one I lose.
My current goal is that I spread the ways of tea ceremonies as an idol.
Spread the ways of tea ceremonies through being an idol…?
I thought, as a former tea ceremony preparer, your views would be more conservative…
I wouldn’t have expected this, but are the people in your family as free-thinking as you are?
Fufu… I would be lying if I said that were the case.
The head of our family, my grandfather, has always been against my idol activities from the very beginning.
However, I do not believe my way of proceeding through things is incorrect…
So I believe that someday, my grandfather will give his good grace to accept my activities.
…Do you really need your family to accept what you do?
If you don’t, why not leave your family and open up a brand new style of your own?
I cannot do that. As I’m still inexperienced, I don’t have that right to…
In order to break my shell, I must first put on a shell which I can break.
If I were to rush forward and go down my own path without such a shell, I doubt that would convey the splendor of tea ceremonies.
I believe that to be something indispensable if I were to truly show to others the splendor of tea ceremonies.
Well, yeah, that… But don’t you have family members who don’t accept you?
Wouldn’t it be tough… living in a place like that…
…It would be easy to give up, break free, and run away.
If I separate myself from them far enough, there will surely be fewer worries regarding my grandfather that plague me.
However… I believe there is a method of mending broken relationships.
In the same way a broken teacup could be fixed with golden lacquer to return it to its original shape…
It will emerge in a form that had not existed previously.
I wish that my relationship with my grandfather may someday become the same way.
* The point of conversation brought up about the golden lacquer fixing the teacup is actually a philosophy and art. See it here.
…Mending broken relationships, huh…?
It’s exactly as you say. It’s easier to give up, break free, and run away.
I know it’s not solving the problem at its root. But I still…
…You sure are strong, Kiyosumi.
…Indeed. The tenacity within thy heart art an exceptional thing.
No, it’s not that much of a…
I apologize. That was not a conversation I should have made you all hear.
We are right before the job. You have my deepest apologies.
…My laptop is beyond the phone screen. And beyond the TV, within the live venue…
At present, I am not alone. There are many who support me.
I want to continue working as an idol for those people as well.
For that sake… we must continue completing jobs in front of us, one by one.
“What do you want to do next? …Haha. No need to hold back. Just tell me.
We’ll be all alone today. Let’s take it easy and heal our bodies at these peaceful hot springs.”
“Kukuku… At this moment, we are criminals, trapped within the deepest of darknesses…
Together, may we solve all the mysteries and discover a method of liberation! AAAHAHAHA!”
“…It’s a cold night. It feels like our bodies will get cold… Come here.
…Let’s gaze at the stars while we drink this… and let’s talk about our future together.”
We’ve been watching the date situation VTRs that we thought up…
Haha… Even though I already steeled myself for it, watching it again really does make me embarrassed…
Thou sayst… I was reliable and cool…? A-AAAHHAHAHHA! Make no mistake, that was the case!
…If all of you were glad with it, we’re happy too.
…After the commercial will be Kuro-san’s VTR. Please look forward to that as well.
“We’ve reached the location. This is my favorite traditional sweets café.
I’ve brought you to this shop so that you could learn more about what I like.
Recently, what has been catching my attention has been this matcha and warabi mochi set.
With a soft and pliable mouthfeel and just as much sweetness, it’s matched with matcha that suits the taste of soy flour…
…Rather than you listen to my explanation, it would be faster if you ate it.
Here you go… How is it? …Fufu, I’m glad to hear that.
Your smile is so lovely. I feel overjoyed seeing it as well.
Fufu… Let us continue enjoying this delicious matcha together.
I am pleased enough knowing that the two of us can spend this gentle time in each other’s company.”
…How was it? It was… a wonderful date? Thank you very much.
I put too much energy into my food report… Fufu, I apologize.
I wanted you to know the greatness of the tea, I couldn’t help myself… I’m glad enough knowing that you enjoyed it.
Then, may we proceed? Enjoy Takajou-san’s VTR as well.
“Sorry to keep you waiting. I bought you warm drinks and crepes.
Here’s your portion and here’s mine. Choose whichever one you want.
You can’t choose? Haha… Honestly, me too. So how about we split each of them in half?”
“…Oh, that’s right. Here you go. It’s my return gift from White Day. I baked some cookies.
I’m not really good at this sorta thing, so the shape might be pretty bad…
I can at least prove that the taste… and feelings I put into them were real… Please accept how I feel about you.
…It’s not just gratitude for you. I’m sure… I also put my feelings of loving you into them.”
…Watching it like this from the audience’s perspective, I feel this intense wave of unbearable embarrassment…
And on top of that, I was the last one to go… Was the last VTR too plain, since it was just a date in the park?
…The content was good? You also want those handmade cookies…?
I-I see… I’m glad to hear that. I guess I… had a reason to try my best.
Everyone, you did very well for the recording.
…I’m glad the recording went off without a hitch.
Honestly, same… But we’re heading straight into hell starting now. I’m so scared of the day it’s gonna air…
…The past can’t be overturned. That’s why we have to wait for that day with dignity.
Verily! For as we see on Master’s vestige, we have completed with great success!
All that’s left is the gravure photoshoot for the magazine!
Completely different from the date filming, where we appealed to them using our natural selves…
We will “appeal with how idols look like when they’re showing off all they have,” it said.
In order to make this a lovely White Day memory for the fans…
Let us exert our best effort until the very end!
Would this sort of pose be good? Or maybe…
This one’s better, right? Keep it like this? Got it!
…Michiru-san. You’re finished with the photoshoot? Good work there.
…How were the responses?
They were perfect. Both the cameraman and Master were grinning from ear to ear!
It’s most important that everyone’s fired up about things.
You’re right. Unlike dates, we understand the situation that they want from us in gravure shoots.
We talked about the various ways we would approach it while drinking matcha.
Hm… Young Kazuki. Master art beckoning for thee.
…It looks like they’re done setting up. Next is my turn… I’ll be going now.
…A smile… like this? …Huh? Raise the edges of my mouth more?
…Like an otter… No, I understand. I’ll try it out.
Mayst thou view! The ultimate creation of myself, pitch-black pure white… Hm? I had become blurred?
Slightly more quiet, you say… Hmm. If that is so, how would this pose be?
…With this, my photoshoot’s done… Is that a fan letter, Kuro-san?
Yes. I brought this with me from home. I wanted to heighten my feelings of gratitude by reading this letter.
By the way, Tsukumo-san, do you commit all the contents of your fan letters to memory?
…It’s not really committing them to memory, but there are times I feel like rereading fan letters.
…Letters like that… Whenever I touch them, I feel my heart flutter.
Next is my turn…
About how I feel grateful… I can’t just do a cool pose or whatever.
…Okay. I’ll get fired up too.
(Just nailing a cool pose has no meaning to it.
With the feelings of gratitude for the fans who support me…
How they want me to look… Making use of how I really am at heart… With everything I can do!)
(…I expected nothing less of Takajou-san.
Without needing any pointers, you were able to pull out your own best qualities.
I cannot lose here either…!)
…Yes… What is it? Is there somewhat of a problem… Huh? I was like a prince?
Now that you mention it, that might not have been very reminiscent of who I am.
While I was watching Takajou-san’s photoshoot, it might have been dragged out of me.
I apologize. I’ll redo it from the initial pose… Huh? Continuing like this would be fine?
I understand. Then… allow me to keep going.
We’re finally done with the White Day related jobs.
Indeed. It was almost that of a lengthened trial, and upon it ending, it was like a flash of a star: but a single instant.
Spending these days packed full with everyone was truly bliss.
It has become a lovely memory, as I was able to confirm the feelings of the fans toward tea ceremonies as well.
White Day jobs are a lovely experience to become aware of our own feelings of gratitude.
You’re right. Let’s keep these feelings in our hearts and keep charging ahead with idol activities!
…Speaking of gratitude…
…Producer. I’m grateful to you for supporting us during this busy White Day period.
The way we can stay full of energy is thanks to your help.
Forever and ever. Anywhere and everywhere. Let us set forth together.