An Aqours Christmas 1 Edit
Can Aqours perform the holiday season live show?
|Chika: Mmm... mmmph. Ugh, morning already...
Chika: Oh... Oh, yeah! Today's Christmas!
Chika: Did Santa come? Did Santa come?!
Chika: Yes! Yes! Yes! He left presents in my stocking!
Chika: Hee, hee, hee. Santa came again this year.
Chika: Thank you, Santa!
Chika: Ah... Ah... ACHOO! Ugh, not another sneeze...
You: Are you getting sick? It's been pretty cold lately.
Chika: I'm okay. *Giggle* Thanks, though. My sister Mito said I'd be fine because apparently "fools don't catch colds." Isn't that mean?!
You: *Laughs* It's kinda true though, that you don't get sick often.
Chika: Hey! Don't you start too, You!
Riko: Winter already... I don't like when it gets too cold, but the air is so nice when it has a little bit of crisp in it.
Chika: You said it. I think winter is your season, Riko.
You: Because her skin's as beautiful and white as snow?
Riko: S-Stop it, you two. That's quite enough!
You: Hey, she's blushing.
Chika: It's so hard to dress for wither weather. Too many layers and you overheat, but too few and you freeze! In summer and fall you can get away with a t-shirt.
Riko: True. With these temperatures, a scarf should be enough, don't you think?
You: Definitely! If we find a scarf we all like, then we should buy three, so we match!
You: I'm so glad we found such lovely scarves. Now we all match!
Riko: Yes! Maybe now you'll stop sneezing, Chika.
Chika: *Giggle* I think I'll be okay now. Ooh! You, Riko, look over there!
You: Red and green... Christmas colors!
Chika: Isn't it a little early for Christmas decorations?
Riko: Maybe a little, but most shopping venues switch to the holiday season decorations as soon as Halloween is over.
Chika: People aren't even talking about it at school yet... Crazy.
Riko: Listening to music that's only played at a certain time of year leaves a strong impression.
You: Does Santa visit you every year, Chika?
Riko: I still have a music box that Santa left for me when I was a little girl.
Chika: Aww, that's so cute. I bet it plays a beautiful melody.
Riko: Ohh, a music box!
Riko: How do you make it play? DO you turn this little key back here?
Riko: Oh, what a pretty song... Thank you, Santa.
Riko: I'd get so giddy watching the gears turn. I can still see it... I'll have to show you two sometime.
You: Awesome! Actually, why don't you play it for us, too?
Riko: I'd love to! So what's your most memorable Christmas present, You?
You: Heh, heh, heh. A police officer costume I got when I was really little!
Chika: I remember that! We'd run around outside all over the place!
You: Officer Chika! The robber's getting away! After him!
Chika: Yeah! Catch the robber!
Chika: Waaah, stop! That's not a robber, that's my sister making a very scary face! Officer You, we have to retreat!
You: Huh? Chika, wait for meee!
You: Ha, ha, ha! I totally remember that! I was so excited that Santa brought me exactly what I wanted.
Chika: Santa was definitely watching us.
Riko: *Giggle* You both have some lovely Christmas memories.
Chika: We should try to make a whole bunch of new ones, too!
Chika: That reminds me. Remember what we were talking about the other day?
Chika: Christmas live show! Because Aqours is gaining some popularity now, someone might ask us to do a special live show for the holiday season!
You: Oh, now I remember! No one's asked yet, though.
Chika: Don't people want a special Aqours show?
Riko: Well, it's not like we've publicly announced that we are taking requests.
Riko: *Giggle* Don't count your chickens before they're hatched, Chika.
You: Aww, yeah! Full speed ahead!
|Dia: Aqours Christmas special live show? I don't recall planning anything.
Chika: No, not making plans. I wanted to know if anyone's asked us to perform.
You: We figured that since we're starting to gain a little more popularity, it wouldn't be strange for requests to start rolling in.
Dia: I'm afraid there haven't been any.
Chika: Aww, man... I guess Aqours isn't famous enough yet.
Hanamaru: If Aqours were more famous, do you think someone would have asked us to perform a Christmas special?
Yoshiko: When will Aqours worshippers summon us forth from the depths?
Kanan: So the reason we aren't getting requests is because not enough people have heard of us?
Chika: *Sigh* How demotivating...
Mari: Surely that's not really true? I thought we've become known, at least locally.
Kanan: Same here. Lots of people who come into my dive shop say, "Hey, you're one of the school idols!"
You: You in your wetsuit does have extra-special appeal, Kanan.
Chika: And then, when we're world-famous, we'll hold a massive live show spectacular!
Chika: Think about it...
Chika: Welcome to the Aqours Christmas Special Live Show!
Chika: The chants for Aqours, filling the stadium... It will be unreal!
Chika: Like that.
Kanan: Aqours is the perfect group to put on a dynamic, large-scale live show!
Yoshiko: Hmm... Well? How does it feel to be a world-famous school idol?
Yoshiko: Have all my little demons gathered together under this giant dome?
Yoshiko: Heh. Follow me to the endless expanses of out hellish live show!
Yoshiko: I bet all my little demos are on pins and needles waiting for us to hold a wild, dynamic event!
Chika: Riko's written beautiful songs, You's created the most gorgeous costumes, and we've all worked tirelessly to get better.
Chika: It'd be a shame if we didn't get any request to perform a special live show.
Dia: Getting Aqour's name out there will totally be a challenge to come... It won't happen overnight, that's for sure.
Ruby: Getting our name out there means advertising Aqours, right?
Yoshiko: What if we put a curse on the people who haven't heard about us yet? That'd get people talking.
Dia: I'm afraid that being asked out of nowhere to perform in a huge venue is just a dream.
Chika: Maybe so, but don't you want to sing on the dream stage, Dia?
Dia: Well... sure I do.
Hanamaru: I'm satisfied with the status quo. Just being a school idol with all of you is enough for me!
You: That's just like you, Hanamaru.
You: Yeah! After all, we put out a music video, and we cheered at the big sports meet!
Kanan: There has to be more than a few people who would recognize Aqours.
Kanan: We're definitely moving forward. Eventually, we'll reap the rewards.
Dia: We... We just got a request.
Dia: To perform in the... School Idol Festival!
|Dia: The email was an inquiry to ask... if Aqours wants to take part in the School Idol Festival that's being held in Tokyo this December.
Kanan: Dia, are you okay? You're trembling.
Ruby: The School Idol Festival, a.k.a. Sch-Fes, is the best school idol live show there is! Every idol in the country dreams of being on the stage.
Yoshiko: *Chuckles* The School Idol Festival must have more than a few little demons in its ranks.
Kanan: Maybe our video was so great they had no choice but to reach out to us.
You: Because we looked like we were having such a good time dancing by the pool!
Chika: We owe it all to director Mari!
Dia: Regardless of what brought it on, it's an honor to be viewed so favorably!
Chika: We'd better start packing!
Ruby: Everyone who performs at the School Idol Festival songs a brand new song.
You: Oh, cool! All the groups show up with new material. That's exciting!
Chika: Oh... Ohhh, I see! A new song from Aqours...
Ruby: It's our first big show, so maybe we should do something to introduce ourselves?
Mari: A romantic love song... How about it?
Yoshiko: It's in December. Why not a winter song?
Mari: Don't you remember what you said earlier, Chika? You were lamenting how no one had requested Aqours for a Christmas performance.
You: Ah... Wait, are you thinking we should do a Christmas show at the School Idol Festival?!
Hanamaru: The Christmas show?
Chika: Yup! Like a reward for everyone in Aqours working hard and being good all year.
Kanan: Huh? Chika, you're hysterical.
Ruby: I wonder if Santa's watching us now...
Yoshiko: *Chuckle* This world is full of marvels. It would be the least bit odd if he were watching us from somewhere.
Chika: I know, right? We need to make sure Santa's Christmas present to us is a huge success!
Chika: First, we need lyrics! Great lyrics! Hanamaru, I need your help. Come with me!
Hanamaru: R-Right! Chika, wait up, zura!
Mari: A present from Mister Santa Claus himself... This is going to be something special.
Kanan: Let's get to preparing for the School Idol Festival!
You: Yoshiko, what do you think of this design for my costume?
Yoshiko: It's cute! But maybe it should have something a bit more special in addition? I mean, we wouldn't want our costumes to be too similar to the others.
You: Ooh, that could work! Let's run with that idea... Whatcha think?
Kanan: So this is a present from Santa, huh? *Chuckle* That's definitely something Chika would say. I love it.
Kanan: Hey, Mari. We need to work hard, too. I want our choreography to be the best it's ever been!
Mari: Agreed! Tell me, Kanan, do you think our moves need more "oomph," more "punch," or more "zazz"?
Kanan: H-Huh? They all sound pretty fun, so whichever.
Kanan: I see... All right, let's go with something that has enough "oomph" to give it real "zazz"!
Riko: *Giggle* Mari and Kanan seem to be enjoying themselves.
Riko: And I need to write a Christmas song to match their dance moves.
Dia: I'll be there to help, Riko. Christmas song or not, let's experiment with a wide variety of melodies.
Riko: Excellent! I've got a lot more confidence knowing you're going to help, Dia.
|You: Ooh... Is this your song, Riko?
Riko: Yes. It's not finished yet, though. Does it sound Christmassy enough?
Chika: It sure does! It's very festive!
You: You're like a professional composer already, Riko! And we get the honor of singing this beautiful song!
You: Hmm... Uh-oh, look at the time! It's really late.
Chika: Oops, you're right! Just when we were making really good progress on the lyrics, too.
Riko: Tomorrow's a day off, so we'll meet up again then?
Chika: Aww c'mon, let's work a little longer. I'll get my sister Shima to drop you off when we're done.
Chika: It's all good! Then we'll be able to refine the lyrics even more!
You: Hunh... All right, let's do it! You in, Riko?
Riko: Umm... I live right next door, so I'll just go home when we finish.
Chika: Pretty, pretty please, Riko? Let's have a sleepover, just the three of us!
Chika: Whew... I think our lyrics are finally done!
You: Oh, lemme see, lemme see!
Chika: Nope, not yet! Tee-hee. I need to sleep on it, then go over them one more time tomorrow with Hanamaru.
You: Oh, that's right. But I'll get to see them then, right? I can't wait!
Riko: *Chuckle* You look like you've made a lot of headway on the costumes, You.
You: Heh, heh. Really? I'm glad you think so.
You: When you said that this live show was a present from Santa, I thought about going with costumes that look like present boxes instead...
Riko: They definitely speak to the fact that Christmas is a special day.
You: Hee, hee, hee. Thank you both.
Chika: Christmas at the School Idol Festival, where we'll all be performing together... Special doesn't even begin to describe it.
You: I was shocked when you said you wanted to start a school idol group, Chika. I had no idea what amazing adventures and experiences we'd have!
Riko: Yes! This was all your doing, Chika.
Riko: I-I didn't mean it in a bad way.
You: Yup. Now I've been a school idol and made some wonderful friends. It's all your fault, Chika! Hee, hee.
Chika: Riko, You...
Riko: My life's been forever changed because of you all.
You: Your life?!
Riko: This is going to be a Christmas unlike any other.
Riko: i keep thinking about how I'll get to make all these wonderful Christmas memories, and it's all because I joined Aqours. I'm so excited!
You: Aww, Riko...
You: And when I think about it like that, I really do feel like my life's been changed.
Riko: I hope the nine of us continue to shine even brighter from here on.
Chika: Yup! And if we can communicate our feelings to the audience, it'll be even better!
Chika: I just hope we help someone cheer up. If even one person walks away happier, that's enough for me!
Riko: Yes. Aqours is supposed to give people that little push that they need. It's a beautiful thing.
You: We'll give the gift of courage to the people watching our show!
Riko: We did say the show itself was a gift from Santa...
Chika: But isn't it also a gift from Aqours to the people who come to cheer for us?
Chika: We have to tell everyone else tomorrow!
You: The thrill of receiving a gift, and the joy of giving one at the same time. This is incredible!
Riko: I can't wait to tell everyone about this tomorrow. And since it's getting late, maybe we should get to bed.
Chika: I'm gonna go over the lyrics one more time! I thought I had them done, but maybe I'll come up with something even better!
You: Same here! I'm gonna sew until the sun comes up. I want to see everything finished tonight!
Chika: Let's do it, You!
You: C'mon, Riko! We're pulling an all-nighter!
Chika, You: Yeah!
Prologue · Chapter 1 · Chapter 2 · Chapter 3 · Chapter 4 · Chapter 5 · Chapter 6 · Chapter 7 · Chapter 8 · Chapter 9 · Chapter 10 · Chapter 11 · Chapter 12 · Chapter 13 · Chapter 14 · Chapter 15 · Chapter 16 · Chapter 17 · Chapter 18 · Chapter 19 · Chapter 20 · Chapter 21 · Chapter 22 · Chapter 23 · Chapter 24 · Chapter 25 · Chapter 26