Welcoming the New Year! Edit
What new adventures will the new year bring to Aqours?
|Chika: Ahh, all done! Today's practice was phenomenal.
Dia: Yes! It was like a compilation of our whole year. Everyone's singing and dancing were top-notch.
Riko: Today will be our last meeting this year.
Chika: Oh, you're right! Wow, time flies.
Hanamaru: Especially during practice. It all seems to be over in the blink of an eye, zura!
Kanan: And when you're not at practice, you should be sleeping, eating, and playing! That's the way to be a good, balanced girl!
Ruby: Sleep, eat, play... Tee-hee. I'll try to be a good girl, too!
Yoshiko: Hmph. Yohane has no need for sleep, food, or play.
You: Hey, now. You don't want to end up as one of the bad girls, do you?
Yoshiko: Well, I AM a fallen angel.
Chika: We've got time until New Year's Day. I wanna practice more!
Mari: I sympathize, but we already came to an agreement. There's nothing more to be said.
Dia: There are a lot of time-consuming things to be done around the holiday.
Kanan: The Kurosawa family has all kinds of stuff going on at the end of the year. I'm always impressed with how you help out every single year.
Hanamaru: And I'mma be really busy working at the temple, so I probably won't have much time to practice, either.
Ruby: Oh... You got it!
Dia: Why don't we just say that everyone is welcome to get together and practice if they can find the time?
Riko: Whatcha think, Chika?
You: So Aqours is on vacation too, huh? It kinda stinks, but I guess it's not so bad to take a break every once in a while.
Chika: Yeah. But once next year rolls around, we've gotta get together and eat some New Year's treats!
You: Yes, the two of hearts. I'm out!
You: Muhaha! I'm sorry, Chika, but when we play cards, we play seriously! So here it comes!
Chika: *Whine* I needed the two of spades, not the two of hearts! Kanan, do you have the two of spades!?
Kanan: Maybe, maybe not. I'm gonna play an ace of hearts.
You: Hee, hee, hee... Wanna keep playing till you win?
Chika: Yeah! Yeah, but... This was supposed to be a day where we chilled out. I'm done for today. Let's just lay down and veg.
Kanan: You wanted to practice so badly, now you're totally in vacation mode.
Chika: Well, I did. But now I'm thinking maybe it's not such a bad idea to take a break once in a while!
Kanan: Heh, heh. You're so flexible, Chika.
You: Well, Chika's worked extraordinarily hard up until now. I say it's fine.
Chika: Hee, hee, hee. It used to always be like this.
Kanan: True. When we were little, we'd always be at someone's house, sitting around playing cards.
You: The three of us spent a lot of time together.
Chika: I remember being shocked that we were in different grades when I started grade school.
Chika: We were neighbors, so I thought it was a given that we'd be in the same school. But I had no idea we were in different grades.
You: With my dad being a sailor, Chika living in a ryokan, and your family running a diving shop, we really did spend a lot of time together.
Kanan: Yeah, and I spent a lot of time hearing, "Stop playing and help out more around the house!"
Chika: Ah, ha, ha! I remember that!
Kanan: Uh-oh. I was supposed to clean up the stockroom before the end of the year!
You: And I said I'd clean the house... Argh, how could I forget something so important!
Chika: And if I don't pitch in every so often, I'll get chewed out.
You: What's that old saying? The child is father to the man?
Kanan: Huh? Chika, what's wrong?
Chika: We've known each other since we were kids...
Chika: We're not... We're never gonna get sick of one another, right?!
Kanan: We all get along so well, I think we'll always have fun whenever we get together.
|Riko: Err... Are we really going to do this? I thought we were going shopping.
Yoshiko: Of course we're doing this! Are you saying you're afraid of something Riri?
Riko: I suppose you're right. Hesitating now won't get me anywhere. Okay then, you two. I'll be following your leads.
Yoshiko: Heh. Onward, little demons!
Yoshiko: A thought just crossed my mind. Even though this is just karaoke, we're still underworld-famous idols, aren't we?
Riko: Err, are we?
Ruby: Yup. I realized that Riko won't be able to perform well if she's anxious.
Riko: Hold hands... and sing in a circle?
Yoshiko: Oh me, oh my...
Riko: *Chuckle* This is so unexpected.
Riko: I always thought you were such a loner, Yoshiko. But hanging out with you like this, I'm so happy I get to be a school idol with you.
Yoshiko: You two...
Ruby: I'll do my Rubesty to practice hard, research a lot, and make Aqours's shows the best they can be!
Yoshiko: Heh, heh. Way to show some initiative.
Riko: Ruby, you're oozing with your own unique charm.
Riko: I think you two have given me the drive I need to try my best, too. C'mon, let's rock this karaoke... I mean, this live show!
Yoshiko, Ruby: Okay!
Dia: A-Are you sure about this, Mari? Please don't get hurt.
Mari: It's all good! Sit back and watch the master at work.
Hanamaru: I'm all set, zura. You're up, Mari!
Hanamaru: We can prepare everyone's kadomatsu decorations in one go, so it's more efficient, zura.
Hanamaru: Mari, Dia, we've got all the bamboo we need, zura.
Dia: We could make a cute little arrangement and put one in the club room, too.
Mari: How about this? A red camellia here, with a black ribbon tied around the outside.
Dia: Also, let's keep the stems at different lengths. The asymmetry will give it a more interesting vibe.
Hanamaru: Wow! That's such a pretty arrangement, zura.
Hanamaru: It makes mine look really plain in comparison. I guess that's because you study the art of floral arrangement, right, Dia?
Hanamaru: Okay, zura!
Mari: Hmm? Did you think of something funny, Hanamaru?
Hanamaru: Yup. Just thinking about how, as an only child, I never really played much with any of the kids in other grades.
Dia: *Chuckle* Apparently I've got another little sister in addition to Ruby!
Mari: Hold on, there. hanamaru plus the other freshmen and sophomores makes six little sisters total. And the two of us and Kanan are their three big sisters!
Mari: Once we finish the decorations, it'll be time to move on to the food.
Hanamaru: Prep work is the most important part. If you don't get everything just right, you won't receive all the blessings the new year brings.
Dia: Indeed. If we're to greet the new year properly, and take Aqours to new places, we'll have to put forth our best effort!
Hanamaru: Every family does something different for their Hew Year's feast, but we should be able to get all the prep work done together.
Mari: Today's effort will determine the flavor of our New Year's feast!
|Chika: The new year has arrived!
Together: Happy New Year!
Riko: It hasn't really been that long, but I'm still glad I get to see everyone again!
You: Maybe everyone's been excited for today! Hey, what the-
Chika: Everyone should try their hand at it. At my house, we always pound our own mochi for New Year's.
Kanan: After we've pounded the mochi, let's all make ozoni soup with that mochi!
Riko: Wow, look at all these ingredients! It's like a TV cooking show!
Ruby: Mari, Dia, and Hanamaru have been making all sorts of preparations since the end of last year. It's amazing!
Yoshiko: And now it's time for Yohane and her little demons to take the stage, right?
Kanan: They say every locale has a unique flavor to its New Year's ozoni soup. What's it like in Tokyo?
Riko: Hmm, let me think... I feel like Shizuoka and Tokyo are pretty close...
Mari: Forty-seven prefectures, each with it's own unique flavor of ozoni soup?
Yoshiko: Heh. I get it now. Yohane sees all!
Hanamaru: We've got broth, shiitake mushrooms, parsley, wheat gluten, spinach, the works! We're all set, zura!
Dia: All right everyone. Shall we get started on making ozoni a l'Aqours?
You: H-Holy smokes... is this spiny lobster?! This is ikura salmon roe, and that's Hida beef?!
Mari: Indeed, indeed! It'd be a shame to let any of it go to waste, so let's make sure we use it all.
Chika: This is gonna be the soup dreams are made of. Oh, I have an idea. Let's garnish it with mikan orange peel instead of yuzu.
Yoshiko: Heh, heh, heh. And it'll need lots of Yohane's magic if I'm to invite those who partake of this dark feast to the underworld.
Hanamaru: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. Well, it has a grotesque look unbecoming of ozoni, but it has a rich, full-bodied aroma, zura.
Ruby: *Buh-dum* *Buh-dum* This is so tense, my heart feels like it's gonna explode.
You: Chef Hanamaru. Please grade the ozoni a l'Aqours!
Yoshiko: I predicted this from the beginning. *Snicker* Feel the power of Yohane's dark magic!
Riko: Put the town on the map? I think you're getting a bit too grandoise.
Chika: Nothing wrong with that! If our soup made Uchiura, Uranohoshi, and Aqours world-famous that'd be awesome.
Ruby: But a soup this good... I'm not sure even my holiday gift money would be enough to afford a bowl.
Hanamaru: That's true... With so many gourmet ingredients, we could never get our hands on this with our own money, zura.
Mari: *Giggle* Please. The dish will have spiny lobster, Hida beef, Silkie chicken, eel, and all kinds of top shelf ingredients. And the cost will be...
Kanan: Will be...?!
Dia: Aah... Oh! I can't believe something that looks so awful could taste so good!
Riko: *Giggle* Ozoni a l'Aqours turned out to be a huge hit.
Kanan: After we've finished our soup and the rest of the osechi food we brought, let's go out for our first temple visit of the new year.
Chika: Argh, I can't take it any more! I can't sit and stare at this scrumptious soup for another second!
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