The Day It All Begins
Who wants to join me and become a school idol?!
|Chika: *Pant* *Gasp* *Wheeze*
Chika: Almost there... Almost there!
Chika: Hello! I'm Chika Takami, a second-year student at Uranohoshi High!
Chika: And that's the story. I'm thrilled you joined us!
You: Huh? So you just brought them to the club room without another word?
Riko: I'm Riko Sakurauchi. Pleased to meet you.
You: I'm You Watanabe! If you've got any questions about ships or marine stuff, I'm your girl! Full speed ahead!
Riko: You, let's keep the discussion to school idols.
Chika: We formed a school idol group called Aqours.
Chika: But there's a lot of stuff we just can't handle by ourselves, so we've been looking for support members.
Riko: If you're up for it, would you like to help Aqours with our various club activities?
You: For example, helping us plan out our practices and live shows. We could really use a dedicated helper!
Chika: And of course, we're always happy to have one more person cheering during our shows!
Riko: We should probably start by demonstrating how Live Shows work.
You: Good call! Forget all the details. Let's just sing!
Riko: Rhythm Icons fly out from the center of the screen towards the Member Icons at the edge. when the two icons overlap, tap!
|Chika: What do you think? Easy, right?
You: I bet it was like second nature to you!
Riko: The more precisely you time your taps, the more energized our performance will be!
You: Speaking of which, under certain conditions, our special skills will activate!
Riko: Yup. Some skills recover stamina, some increase your score. Stuff like that.
Chika: Wow... So that's what special skills do!
You: Special skills are the key to successful live shows.
Riko: After every successful show, our Bond with one another will increase slightly.
You: They say failure is the mother of success, but we're all much happier when we succeed!
You: What say we keep up the pace and do some Practice?
Riko: Practice is how we improve ourselves.
Chika: Yup, yup. Very true!
You: Deciding who'll Practice together is extremely important.
Chika: Oh, I had no idea.
|You: Do you understand how Practice works now?
Chika: I sure do! So that's what Practice is all about.
Riko: Chika, did you really not know any of this until just now?
You: And you call yourself a school idol...
Riko: We'll improve by meeting and Practicing with other school idols.
Chika: Then we need to get out there and find ourselves other school idols.
Chika: I seriously doubt there are many school idols just wandering around Uchiura.
You: If you go Scouting, like so, you'll meet new club members easily.
Chika: Whoooooooa! You, you're incredible!
Riko: And if you Scout a member who's already in the club, you can do a Special Practice to change her outfit.
Riko: I'm eager to try it, too. Let's both do our best!
|Chika: Whoa... I'm really impressed! I can't believe Special Practice can get you such cute clothes!
Riko: That's right! I hope that over time, we'll grow closer and closer.
Chika: I never knew any of this... But now I think I'll be able to become a full-fledged school idol!
Riko: *Chuckle* Chika, you're always raring to go.
Riko: The songs and stages all have different Attributes. I'm excited, too.
Riko: Uh-uh. Our songs all have one of three Attributes: Smile, Cool, and Pure.
You: Teams can clear a Live Show easier if they have members with Attributes that match the song.
Chika: Neat! So if it's a Cool song, we should have our Cool members do the show, is that right?
Chika: I see... Do you think I'll ever get to sing a Cool song?
You: Don't overthink it! Just keep the song Attribute in mind during your Team Formation.
Riko: We form teams of nine people to put on a Live Show!
You: Let's go ahead and learn more about Team Formation.
Chika: So that's how you organize your Team before a Live Show.
Riko: I recommend forming separate Smile, Cool, and Pure teams.
You: The member in the Leader position gets to use her special Leader Skill, if she has one. That's important, so don't forget!
Chika: Whoever's in the center stands out the most. They're kind of our representative for the song.
Chika: I'll work extra hard so that I can be in the center one day!
You: *Giggle* It wouldn't be as much fun if everyone weren't competing to be the Leader!
Riko: Healthy competition is fine, but no fighting, okay?
You: Huh? Oh, Riko, you worry too much. We're not gonna get in any fights!
|You: Okay, Chika! Do you understand how to proceed now?
Riko: Live Shows, and?
Riko: Calm down, Chika. We've got you covered.
Chika: This says... Goals?
You: The things we should focus on doing next are all written inside here.
Riko: And after you clear one Goal, a new one will show up!
You: You're not required to complete Goals. It's all right to just do what you can, when you can.
Riko: Limited-time events are held as well. If you see one that interests you, you should participate!
Chika: Boy, I sure learned a lot today. Now I know everything there is to know about supporting a school idol group!
Riko: It may be a bit overwhelming at first, but hopefully you'll get used to everything a little bit at a time.
You: All right, now we're set. Aqours can rest easy!
Mari: Oh, no! You're forgetting the most important part!
Dia: Indeed. There are nine members in Aqours. You haven't introduced the rest of us.
Chika: E-Everyone's here!
Hanamaru: Ruby, you can at least say your name.
Riko: I apologize, everyone. I was just so focused on all the different aspects of being a supporter.
Yoshiko: I am the fallen angel, Yohane. I trust you know what a fallen angel is?
Chika: Oh gosh, what do I do? Yoshiko, I'm so sorry, but we're gonna have to start the introductions over!
Dia: I suppose we've got no choice. It's much too noisy here for proper introductions, Let;s try and set up a time to do them later.
You: *Laughs* To be honest, this pretty much feels like business as usual for Aqours.
Riko: You think? A lively atmosphere is probably more fun than the alternative.
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