…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.
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.
…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.
* 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!
…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.
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
…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.
…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.