The Festival Begins! Edit
Everything's ready. The school idols are here!
|Rin: Where is everyone?
Hanayo: Seems like Eli and Nozomi are working on student council duties.
Nico: Honoka and Umi are helping Kotori make costumes.
Rin: But... You'd think that Maki at least...
Nico: She said she needed to put the finishing touches to the song for the festival.
Hanayo: The School Idol Festival's almost here, huh? It seems everyone's busy getting ready.
Nico: Yeah, it looks like just the three of us are coming to practice today.
Hanayo: What kind of practice can we do with three people? Should we sing? Or dance?
Rin: It doesn't matter! How about we dance for now?
Hanayo: Yeah! All right. Let's start our warm-ups.
Nico: No good. You two are no good! If I had to give you a score for your attitude, it'd be zero!
Rin: Bu-but why? We're trying to practice, so why would you give us a zero?
Nico: When you say "I guess we should practice," then there's no sense of purpose. There's no feeling in it.
Nico: That's right! Every school idol in the country is preparing for the festival. They're constantly improving their technique. We need to step up our game!
Rin: Improving every technique... You mean they're working hard on their singing and dancing?
Nico: Of course singing and dancing are important, but they're not everything. There's still one area where we're lacking.
Hanayo: Should we make scary faces, then?
Rin: Oh! I've got it. We need to make strange faces, right? I'm the master of strange faces, you know. Watch.
Rin: No, I'm not.
Hanayo: If it's not funny faces, or scary faces, or strange faces at all, then...
Rin: Angry faces!
Hanayo: I wonder if we should pose like models.
Nico: Got it? The live atmosphere is very important to school idols!
Nico: That's why when you're in a Live Show where anything can happen, you have to be able to react quickly and cutely.
Hanayo: That's right... Of course, you know just about everything about school idols, Nico!
Nico: Make sure you write this down.
Rin: It's OK to make strange faces and poses in front of the other members of µ's, but you don't really want to be strange in front of fans.
Nico: You've got it. During the School Idol Festival, I'm sure we'll be asked for many interviews, so now is the time for special training.
Hanayo: Special training? I'll do my best!
Nico: Today's mission is posing. Pose prettily at all times! Let's learn some school idol poses!
|Hanayo: Is everyone busy again today? It's almost time for practice...
Rin: I'm already sick of posing with Nico...
Honoka: Phew, I'm beat!
Rin: Hi, Honoka! Hi, Umi!
Hanayo: Are you done helping Kotori with the costumes?
Umi: Well, we're done with our part, but...
Umi: Kotori's still working hard. She said there's some unfinished business she has to take care of herself.
Umi: I don't know... There's a lot we don't really know about making costumes.
Rin: We always leave most of the costume creation to Kotori.
Honoka: Kotori's amazing! She can do such detailed work. I still can't even thread a needle...
Rin: Hey, you should practice with us!
Nico: We did some posing lessons.
Hanayo: Like this pose...
Rin: And this pose... It was a lesson on poses.
Umi: But, Hanayo... Why do you look so troubled in that pose?
Hanayo: Oh, this? This is my "I dripped soup broth" pose...
Honoka: Of course, in a school idol Live Show, and in photos, everyone will be able to get into a perfectly cute pose.
Hanayo: Well, Nico said we should work on expanding our repertoire for the School Idol Festival.
Rin: You can't be unprepared. You have to be perfect, right down to your fingertips.
Hanayo: School idols should always be able to get into a cute pose at any time.
Nico: Sounds like you two have learned the secrets of posing.
Honoka: I get it, I get it! So we should practice this too... Oh, but I think Umi's already set.
Honoka: Because you're always looking in the mirror and secretly practicing your poses by yourself.
Rin: Umi practices idol poses in secret? I want to see that!
Umi: Not a chance.
Honoka: But your poses are always so cute, Umi! You should show them off. Especially the one that's like, "ka-bam!"
Umi: You can't say anything more about it. Got that?
Umi: Well... It's because you keep talking...
Nico: You may be embarrassed now, Umi, but you're in high spirits during a Live Show, so I don't think you'll be so worried about posing.
Hanayo: That's right! I'm sure that during our Live Shows, your poses and facial expression are perfect, Umi!
Honoka: Yeah, that's it! We're school idols!
Eli: Sorry to keep you waiting!
Rin: It's Eli and Nozomi!
Nozomi: Sorry we're late. Our student council work is finally done.
Eli: All right, let's get this practice started!
Maki: I'm sorry, did I keep you waiting?
Nico: Are you done with the finishing touches for the festival song?
Maki: Yeah. The song's complete. Now all that's left is for everyone to song and memorize it.
Rin: I want to hear it now!
Maki: I really want you to hear it now, too. Is everyone here?
Eli: Um... Kotori's not here yet. It's past our start time, so maybe she's not coming?
Kotori: Pant... pant...
Kotori: S-sorry to keep you waiting...
|Eli: Great. You're just in time, Kotori. We were just about to start practice.
Nozomi: What's in the paper bag, Kotori? Let me guess, is it our School Idol Festival costumes?
Hanayo: S-so cute!
Umi: Kotori, are all the finishing touches complete, too?
Honoka: So, you're not going to practice in practice today?
Kotori: Right. I thought I'd put on the finishing touches while cheering everyone on.
Eli: Kotori... That's unacceptable.
Kotori: I'm sorry, Eli. I really thought I'd have these completely done for today's practice...
Maki: ...That's not it. That's not what Eli's talking about.
Eli: I wasn't saying it's unacceptable that the costumes aren't done yet, I was saying that you not practicing with us is unacceptable.
Eli: It's not an issue of practice running late, it's an issue with the overall mood. Shouldn't we start a new song with every member together?
Maki: That's right. It's the song that I just finished. Won't you please sing it with us?
Kotori: Yes... Definitely!
Nozomi: Besides, if Kotori isn't here, then µ's is down one cuteness supervisor, isn't it?
Kotori: Thank you. I'll jin everyone from the start of practice.
Umi: That's great. I'm relieved.
Kotori: Yes. In order for the festival to be a success, I thought I'd embroider everyone's names here as a sort of good luck charm. But it's taking longer than I thought it would.
Nozomi: That's wonderful! Of course, the embroidery is great, but it's the thought there that makes me the happiest.
Kotori: And above the names, I was going to add "µ's." I think I could have it finished in another hour.
Eli: All right, how about we all work on embroidery before practice, then?
Kotori: What? ...Really?
Eli: If we all work on it, then it shouldn't take an hour, right? That would be more efficient.
Nozomi: That's right. Then we can sing our new song in our new song in our new costumes.
Maki: I agree. I can help with embroidery.
Rin: I really want to help... But I want Hanayo to help me. It looks difficult.
Hanayo: Hee hee, that's fine. We'll work on it together, Rin.
Nozomi: Eli, be careful not to hurt yourself with the needle like you did last time.
Nico: If you're having trouble, I can help you out.I'm always sewing little things, I like hems.
Nozomi: Hee hee. I wouldn't have expected that to be one of your skills, Nico-cchi.
Umi: Let's get started.
Honoka: Now they're all finished!
Kotori: Thank you, everyone! It was just a random idea, but in the end, everyone helped.
Eli: Being a school idol isn't something that's done alone, after all.
Nozomi: I think these costumes should also be blessed as good luck charms.
Nico: Nozomi's always carrying things like that.
Nozomi: It has a divine blessing.
Maki: That's right. If Nozomi says it, then I'm sure it has to have a divine blessing.
Umi: Hee hee. That's so you, Maki.
Honoka: Song is ready, costumes are ready... The only thing left is for us to practice! Right?
Nozomi: Just a little longer until the School Idol Festival. I'm nervous, but I'm also excited.
Hanayo: We have to work hard on our singing and dancing...
Eli: I agree. Let's practice hard and finish this up.
Eli: ...All nine of us, of course.
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