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  1. Episode 1 - "The Dream I Didn't Wish For" (video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knT2Ca4aQg4)
  2.  
  3. Menu voice: "There's a lot of things about this that I'm not satisfied with, but... y'know, oh well."
  4.  
  5. Seira (quest select): Class dismissed! Now, what should I watch today...?
  6.  
  7. --------
  8.  
  9. <Kosho School>
  10.  
  11. <Historical Research Club - Provisional room>
  12.  
  13. Seira: All right, time to take five...
  14.  
  15. Seira: Oh, senpais! You're already here.
  16.  
  17. Mikura: Hm...? Ah, Mihono.
  18.  
  19. Seira: Are you both reading something?
  20.  
  21. Temari: Yes.
  22.  
  23. Seira: Business as usual, I see.
  24.  
  25. Seira (voiceover): Komachi-senpai is engrossed in reading about history, and Kira-senpai about the literary arts.
  26.  
  27. Seira (voiceover): While we may call this the "Historical Research Club,"
  28. it's really just a hodgepodge get-together of us three Magical Girls.
  29.  
  30. Seira: ...In that case, I'm going to sit down for a bit of film appreciation.
  31.  
  32. Seira: Ah, no need to worry.
  33.  
  34. Seira: I'll be watching it with headphones on...
  35.  
  36. Seira: ...so as to not disturb your respective activities!
  37.  
  38.  
  39. (...)
  40.  
  41.  
  42. Mikura: What are you reading, Kira?
  43.  
  44. Temari: Cervantes's...
  45.  
  46. Mikura: "Don Quixote?"
  47.  
  48. Temari: No, his collected plays.
  49.  
  50. Mikura: He's even got plays, huh...?
  51.  
  52. Seira: .......
  53.  
  54. Mikura: She really is watching intently, isn't she?
  55.  
  56. Temari: She hasn't even noticed us looking over.
  57.  
  58. Seira: .......
  59.  
  60. Seira: Ahh... I see...
  61.  
  62. Seira: That's where it switches to first-person camera...
  63.  
  64. Seira: I'd never think to frame it like that. I'm no match for this...
  65.  
  66. Mikura & Temari: .......
  67.  
  68. Seira: .......Hm?
  69.  
  70. Mikura & Temari: .......
  71.  
  72. Seira: ...Is something the matter? You're staring at me.
  73.  
  74. Temari: Oh, nothing. We were just remarking on how focused you were.
  75.  
  76. Mikura: Did you realize you were talking to yourself?
  77.  
  78. Seira: Ah...! I'm sorry, I didn't mean to.
  79.  
  80. Mikura: Is the director someone famous?
  81.  
  82. Seira: Yes, from overseas...
  83.  
  84. Seira: Oh, but this film is from when he was younger, so it's a bit of a rare find nowadays!
  85.  
  86. Seira: He was still in his 20s at the time.
  87.  
  88. Seira: It was obviously a low-budget production, but the mise-en-scène is just so sophisticated...
  89.  
  90. Seira: I'm honestly a little jealous, if I must say.
  91.  
  92. Seira: Would either of you like to watch as well?
  93.  
  94. Mikura: .......
  95.  
  96.  
  97. (...)
  98.  
  99.  
  100. Seira: And... scene. That was amazing...
  101.  
  102. Mikura: It's definitely a good movie.
  103.  
  104. Temari: I feel like I understood all the highlights very well, thanks to your commentary.
  105.  
  106. Seira: Do either of you also have an interest in film, senpais?
  107.  
  108. Mikura: Hm... well, I won't say no to watching one every now and again.
  109.  
  110. Seira: Hm-hm-hmm. If you'd like to see something else by this director...
  111.  
  112. Seira: Yes, I think I'd recommend one of his more recent works. The budgets are much higher, for one thing.
  113.  
  114. Temari: Are you a fan of this director?
  115.  
  116. Seira: Hmm. I wouldn't really call myself a fan, no.
  117.  
  118. Seira: Though he's one of my top 10!
  119.  
  120. Seira: I do respect him, of course. His sense for film is exquisite!
  121.  
  122. Seira: So much so that I envy him.
  123.  
  124. Mikura: Envy him, huh...?
  125.  
  126. Mikura: You didn't ask Kyubey for that back then, though.
  127.  
  128. Mikura: No wishing for "genius film sense" or anything.
  129.  
  130. Seira: Oh, back then...?
  131.  
  132.  
  133. ~~~
  134.  
  135. Seira (voiceover): The three of us all became Magical Girls at the same time.
  136.  
  137. Seira (voiceover): And fairly recently, at that.
  138.  
  139. [Train station]
  140. Seira: (Been a while since I was back home...)
  141.  
  142. Seira: (Kamihama's fine, don't get me wrong. But I can definitely relax most easily here.)
  143.  
  144. Seira: Welp, off I go.
  145.  
  146.  
  147. (...)
  148.  
  149.  
  150. [Outside Kamihama]
  151. Seira: Hm?
  152.  
  153. Seira: (Komachi-senpai and Kira-senpai from second year...? They were from the same town as me, come to think of it.)
  154.  
  155. ".......?"
  156.  
  157. Seira: (They're talking about something...)
  158.  
  159. Seira: (.......Huh?)
  160.  
  161. Seira: What on earth is that white thing?!
  162.  
  163. Mikura: Huh...?
  164.  
  165. Seira: An alien life-form?! A close encounter of the third kind?!
  166.  
  167. Seira: This is just like a movie!
  168.  
  169. Temari: You can see it, too?
  170.  
  171. Seira: Yes, I... can?
  172.  
  173. Kyubey: Hello to you too, Seira Mihono.
  174.  
  175. Kyubey: This makes three girls who have Magical Girl potential.
  176.  
  177. Seira: IT TALKS?!
  178.  
  179.  
  180. (...)
  181.  
  182.  
  183. Seira (voiceover): From there, Kyubey began his explanation.
  184.  
  185. Kyubey: I can grant any single wish you might have.
  186.  
  187. Seira: A wish...?
  188.  
  189. Kyubey: Yes.
  190.  
  191. Kyubey: In fact, I finished granting Mikura Komachi's wish just now.
  192.  
  193. Kyubey: You must form a contract with me in order to do so, but...
  194.  
  195. Seira: (It's speaking Japanese... probably an alien. And an intelligent one, at that...?)
  196.  
  197. Mikura: ...Mihono, are you listening?
  198.  
  199. Seira: (It's saying some stuff about a contract or whatever, but...)
  200.  
  201. Seira: (This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment of first contact...! There's no way I'm letting this chance pass by.)
  202.  
  203. Seira: Alright... you've got yourself a deal!
  204.  
  205. Mikura: Y-you do?!
  206.  
  207. Temari: You could at least listen until the end...
  208.  
  209. Seira: Okay! I will, then!
  210.  
  211.  
  212. (...)
  213.  
  214.  
  215. Kyubey: Ah, I see. You aspire to become a professional film director.
  216.  
  217. Kyubey: So perhaps becoming a director is the wish you have in mind?
  218.  
  219. Seira: No, not that. What I want...
  220.  
  221. Seira: ...is what I'm guaranteed to *need* as a film director. That is, money.
  222.  
  223. Mikura: ...That's the angle you're going with?
  224.  
  225. Temari: Rather unexpected, in its own way.
  226.  
  227. Seira: *Chuckle*... However, I don't simply want a large amount of cash.
  228.  
  229. Seira: My wish is...
  230.  
  231. Seira: To always have enough funding to film my movies in the future!
  232.  
  233. ~~~
  234.  
  235.  
  236. [Club classroom]
  237. Mikura: It did feel strange to hear that, thinking back.
  238.  
  239. Mikura: You brought up 'something that a film director would absolutely need'...
  240.  
  241. Mikura: And just as I was wondering what that wish could entail, you said 'money'.
  242.  
  243. Seira: Well, I suppose you're right, Senpai...
  244.  
  245. Seira: Wishing for artistic sense as a director would also be valid, generally speaking.
  246.  
  247. Seira: In fact, the idea did flash through my mind for a moment...
  248.  
  249. Seira: But I thought that wishing for something like that wouldn't be quite right, in the end.
  250.  
  251. Temari: Any particular reason for that?
  252.  
  253. Seira: Yes...
  254.  
  255.  
  256. ~~~
  257.  
  258. Seira (voiceover): My story takes us back one year, when I was in my third year of middle school.
  259.  
  260. Seira (voiceover): We begin on the day when my teacher interviewed me about my future career aspirations...
  261.  
  262.  
  263. [Classroom]
  264. Teacher: If I recall correctly, Mihono-san, you're planning to continue on to our school's senior division, yes?
  265.  
  266. Seira: Yes, and I still intend to.
  267.  
  268. Teacher: That'll be these papers here, then.
  269.  
  270. Seira: A "Career Path Questionnaire"...?
  271.  
  272. Teacher: One for students already attending school here. It's only provisional, but we usually start asking students around now.
  273.  
  274. Teacher: It can inform things like your department, course selection, class curriculum, and so on.
  275.  
  276. Seira: I see~.
  277.  
  278. Teacher: What sort of field would you like to go into after graduating high school?
  279.  
  280. Seira: Film directing! ...Is what I'd like to do, so...
  281.  
  282. Seira: I plan to attend a university or technical school with a faculty related to film!
  283.  
  284. Teacher: Really? Well, having a clear goal is certainly good.
  285.  
  286. Teacher: In that case, several graduates from our design department have gone on to pursue film...
  287.  
  288. Seira: Ah, that sounds promising.
  289.  
  290. Teacher: The design department offers opportunities to engage with film-related software, among other things...
  291.  
  292. Seira: I see, I see.
  293.  
  294. Teacher: And if you qualify in your exams, you can select certain advanced-placement courses as well.
  295.  
  296. Seira: Oho! You've got everything and then some. That sounds just perfect.
  297.  
  298. Teacher: Ahh, but there's just one thing...
  299.  
  300. Seira: That being?
  301.  
  302. Teacher: I remember that we've spoken to your parents before, Mihono-san...
  303.  
  304. Teacher: And they seemed quite keen on having your courses lead to a degree that would help you find stable employment, yes?
  305.  
  306. Seira: Yeah, I think I remember that...?
  307.  
  308. Teacher: Our AP courses don't offer that many classes on exam prep for getting such a degree.
  309.  
  310. Teacher: So this would conflict somewhat with your parents' wishes...
  311.  
  312. Teacher: Have you spoken with them about this yet?
  313.  
  314. Seira: I'm afraid not... but....
  315.  
  316. Seira: I'm sure they'll understand completely once I do!
  317.  
  318. Teacher: All of this *was* back when you were in first year, to be fair.
  319.  
  320. Teacher: Now then, we'll need you to show these forms to your parents and get their signatures.
  321.  
  322. Seira: Understood!
  323.  
  324. Seira: (I'll probably chat with them about it after dinner.)
  325.  
  326.  
  327. (...)
  328.  
  329.  
  330. [Mihono residence]
  331. Seira's mom: Seiraaa! Dinner's readyyy!
  332.  
  333. Seira: Comiiing!
  334.  
  335. Seira's dad: Stewed pork belly, eh?
  336.  
  337. Seira's dad: Looks delicious! Think I can order a second helping in advance?
  338.  
  339. Seira: Reserving your second helping is cheating!
  340.  
  341. Seira's dad: Hahahah! My bad, dear.
  342.  
  343.  
  344. (...)
  345.  
  346.  
  347. Seira: Thank you for the meal~!
  348.  
  349. Seira: Oh, right.
  350.  
  351. Seira: I've got some forms I'd like you guys to sign...
  352.  
  353. Seira's dad: Forms?
  354.  
  355. Seira: Here. It's a career path questionnaire; they said they give 'em to already-attending students too.
  356.  
  357. Seira's dad: My, time sure passes fast...
  358.  
  359. Seira's dad: Hm? What do we have here? ...Design...?
  360.  
  361. Seira: Yep! AP courses in the design department.
  362.  
  363. Seira: My big dream is to become a film director, so...
  364.  
  365. Seira: I want to go to a college or technical school with a film-related faculty.
  366.  
  367. Seira: To do that, the first thing I wanna do is advance to our high school's design department...
  368.  
  369. Seira: ...where I can get to know stuff like film software, while also taking AP classes.
  370.  
  371. Seira's dad: The design department, huh...
  372.  
  373. Seira's dad: But the AP courses didn't offer much in the way of degree prep either, did they?
  374.  
  375. Seira: Well, that's... true...
  376.  
  377. Seira's dad: .......
  378.  
  379. Seira's dad: No.
  380.  
  381. Seira: Huh?!
  382.  
  383. Seira's dad: Film and design are some of the most subjective industries you could possibly find.
  384.  
  385. Seira's dad: You'll never get any guarantee of stability from studying that stuff...
  386.  
  387. Seira's dad: Your whole future will be left up to blind luck!
  388.  
  389. Seira: I mean... you're not wrong about that, but...
  390.  
  391. Seira's dad: Meanwhile, if you get a degree and a steady job, you'll have a much more stable life.
  392.  
  393. Seira: .......
  394.  
  395. Seira's dad: Please don't get me wrong... I'm not against you going to university or a technical school.
  396.  
  397. Seira's dad: But the last thing I'm going to do is let you throw your life away for film, of all things.
  398.  
  399. Seira: Throw my...?
  400.  
  401. Seira's dad: At any rate, I am not signing that form. No way, no how!
  402.  
  403. Seira: .......
  404.  
  405. Seira: Got it...
  406.  
  407. Seira's mom: Seira...
  408.  
  409. Seira: .......
  410.  
  411. Seira: (Yeah, I got it.)
  412.  
  413. Seira: (I get that it's gonna take a lot more than talking to convince you...!)
  414.  
  415. Seira: (If I want Dad's approval on this, I'm gonna have to show him how serious I am about it.)
  416.  
  417. Seira: (...I oughta make a movie.)
  418.  
  419. Seira: (I'll make a movie that's so good it'll bring a tear to Dad's eye,)
  420.  
  421. Seira: (and I'll MAKE him approve of this!)
  422.  
  423. --------
  424.  
  425. Seira (voice line): "What the heck? Is this a real-life alien?!"
  426.  
  427. ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  428.  
  429. Episode 2 - "The Enemy of My Dream" (video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mkfU-WElf8)
  430.  
  431. Menu voice: "My favorite genre? Well, uh... Kaiju films...?"
  432.  
  433. Seira (quest select): Thus begins our movie production prep! First up: recruiting the team!
  434.  
  435. --------
  436.  
  437. Seira (voiceover): "I'll get Dad to recognize my determination by shooting a short film." ...That's what I decided.
  438.  
  439. Seira (voiceover): The production period turned out to be brutal, since I had to finish the whole thing within a short span of time.
  440.  
  441. [Classroom]
  442. Pink girl: ...A movie?
  443.  
  444. Seira: Yeah. It'll only be short-form, but I was hoping you guys could help me out?
  445.  
  446. Orange girl: Sure! We shot one together already, right?
  447.  
  448. Blue boy: Yeah, that was rad! Used our whole summer vacation for it, but y'know.
  449.  
  450. Seira: I'm under a bit of a deadline this time, so I'm hoping we can finish filming within 10 days.
  451.  
  452. Seira: (The deadline for the career survey is 2 weeks from now... when I factor in the time for editing, we've got 10 days tops.)
  453.  
  454. Blue boy: A'ight. That means we'll probably need a lot of people, so I'll try hitting up the guys in Theatre Club.
  455.  
  456. Pink girl: We can pitch in too! It sounds like fun!
  457.  
  458. Seira: Great! You guys are lifesavers~!
  459.  
  460. Pink girl: So, what kind of movie do you wanna make?
  461.  
  462. Seira: A kaiju movie!
  463.  
  464. Orange girl: A kaiju movie?
  465.  
  466. Seira: Yeah. That genre was my inception, after all.
  467.  
  468. Orange girl: Your inception?
  469.  
  470. Seira: The reason I started liking movies in the first place!
  471.  
  472. Seira: See, when I was really little...
  473.  
  474. Seira: I saw this kaiju movie by Director Yamada Joey, and it was like-- pow! Got me right in the soul.
  475.  
  476. Blue boy: That's kinda surprising...
  477.  
  478. Blue boy: The last movie you did was a totally different genre.
  479.  
  480. Blue boy: I thought you were just a regular kind of film buff.
  481.  
  482. Pink girl: Yeah, same!
  483.  
  484. Pink girl: But Yamada Joey, huh...? I've never heard of him...
  485.  
  486. Orange girl: Phone search, go!
  487.  
  488. Pink girl: Ah, here he is.
  489.  
  490. Pink girl: Looks like he hasn't made anything new for over a decade, huh.
  491.  
  492. Blue boy: I've never seen any of these movies, either. Looks like the reviews were pretty good, though.
  493.  
  494. Seira: Well, yeah... I guess he's only really popular with people in the know. It's a shame.
  495.  
  496. Orange girl: Nice job finding a cult classic like that, though?
  497.  
  498. Orange girl: And when you were super little, to boot.
  499.  
  500. Seira: I know, right? Maybe it was fate!
  501.  
  502. Orange girl: You sound kinda obsessed...
  503.  
  504. Pink girl: Oh... but what are we gonna do for the kaiju?
  505.  
  506. Pink girl: We're filming a kaiju movie, right? We can play the human characters ourselves, but...
  507.  
  508. Orange girl: Can we get ahold of a suit or something? Or, like, full CG somehow?
  509.  
  510. Seira: Oh, that.
  511.  
  512. Seira: Not to worry! It'll be a kaiju movie, sure...
  513.  
  514. Seira: But the human element will be the main focus.
  515.  
  516.  
  517. (...)
  518.  
  519.  
  520. [Construction site]
  521.  
  522. *Shaking*
  523.  
  524. Pink girl (wavy): NOOOOOO!!
  525.  
  526. Orange girl: Oh my god?! Shii-chan!
  527.  
  528. Green boy: Stop! Don't go out there!
  529.  
  530. Orange girl: D'you mean I should just leave her?!
  531.  
  532. Green boy: I'll go. You stay safe here.
  533.  
  534. *Crumble, crumble...!*
  535.  
  536. Orange girl: ----?!
  537.  
  538. Orange girl: Over there... look...!
  539.  
  540. Green boy: What the hell is that...?
  541.  
  542. Green boy: It's... it's like a giant monster...!
  543.  
  544.  
  545.  
  546. "CUT!"
  547.  
  548. Seira: ...Okay!
  549.  
  550. Pink girl (wavy): Phew...
  551.  
  552. Green boy: I haven't sprinted like that in a while.
  553.  
  554. Blue boy: Nice one, guys.
  555.  
  556. Seira: Your acting in the scene where you fall over was SO good! Way too realistic!
  557.  
  558. Pink girl (wavy): Aw, you're gonna embarrass me.
  559.  
  560. Blue boy: Are you sure it turned out okay with the camera stuck up there?
  561.  
  562. Green boy: You told us about the whole "found footage from a security cam" thing, but...
  563.  
  564. Seira: Wanna take a look?
  565.  
  566.  
  567. (...)
  568.  
  569.  
  570. Blue boy: Woaaah!
  571.  
  572. Blue boy: You haven't even edited it yet, but it already looks like a security camera!
  573.  
  574. Orange girl: You must've done a lot of research to know how to film it that way.
  575.  
  576. Seira: I've been thinking about it for a long time, yeah.
  577.  
  578. Seira: How to make a documentary-style movie by cutting together footage from various sources...
  579.  
  580. Pink girl (long): Does the monster show up in the next scene?
  581.  
  582. Seira: Yep. You can leave the rest to me!
  583.  
  584. Pink girl (long): My debut scene's coming up tomorrow! Let's knock this out of the park, guys!
  585.  
  586. Green boy: Yeah!
  587.  
  588. Seira (voiceover): Thanks to everyone enjoying the shoot so much, we were off to a great start-- exactly on schedule.
  589.  
  590. Seira (voiceover): And after that...
  591.  
  592.  
  593. (...)
  594.  
  595.  
  596. Seira: ...Okay! Amazing work, everyone! We can officially call it a wrap!
  597.  
  598. *Applause*
  599.  
  600. Blue boy: Y'know... this feels like one heck of an accomplishment!
  601.  
  602. Pink girl (wavy): Huh...? Oh my gosh, am I actually crying...?
  603.  
  604. Pink girl (long): I hope we can film another movie with this group some time!
  605.  
  606. Seira: Totally.
  607.  
  608. Seira: Movies really are awesome, aren't they...?
  609.  
  610. Green boy: Let's go celebrate at a family restaurant!
  611.  
  612. Blue boy: Yeah!
  613.  
  614. Seira: Oh, sorry. I'm gonna be busy with the editing for the next little while...
  615.  
  616. Pink girl (long): Is it a lot of work?
  617.  
  618. Seira: A pretty good amount, yeah.
  619.  
  620. Pink girl (long): Aw... I feel like you could go easy on yourself just for today.
  621.  
  622. Pink girl (wavy): Well, we can't hold a wrap party without the director, so...
  623.  
  624. Blue boy: Yeah, we'll just schedule it for another time.
  625.  
  626. Green boy: I can't wait to see it when it's finished!
  627.  
  628. Seira: Same here!
  629.  
  630.  
  631. (...)
  632.  
  633.  
  634. [Seira's room]
  635. Seira: (Alright. Let's begin editing, shall we?)
  636.  
  637. Seira: (Usable takes... these two should do.)
  638.  
  639. Seira: (Adjust the cut between the takes...)
  640.  
  641. Seira: (Huh...? The saturation on this shot clashes pretty hard...)
  642.  
  643. Seira: (Correct that... adjust the timing to match...)
  644.  
  645.  
  646. (...)
  647.  
  648.  
  649. Seira: .......Whew.
  650.  
  651. Seira: (Yikes, it took a whole hour to edit that one scene...)
  652.  
  653. Seira: (Whoever said that the filming process is just "gathering the raw materials" was right.)
  654.  
  655. Seira: (Every part of Director Joey's work was first-rate, including the editing...)
  656.  
  657. Seira: (So I'm not gonna cut a single corner either...!)
  658.  
  659.  
  660. (...)
  661.  
  662.  
  663. Seira: And finally... in goes the sofubi kaiju!
  664. (*Sofubi (ソフビ): short for "soft vinyl." A type of semi-articulated figure made of PVC resin.)
  665.  
  666. Seira: *Giggle*... I've spent a lot of free time experimenting with different combinations of effects.
  667.  
  668. Seira: This is the payoff of all the research I did into techniques...
  669.  
  670. Seira: ...for getting a realistic look on short notice with just chroma-keying.
  671.  
  672.  
  673. (...)
  674.  
  675.  
  676. Seira: .......
  677.  
  678. Seira: *Giggle*.
  679.  
  680. Seira: ...*Gasp!* I got so absorbed, I almost lost track of time.
  681.  
  682. Seira: .......
  683.  
  684. Seira: Just as it switches from the security camera to cellphone footage...
  685.  
  686. Seira: The kaiju comes into full view...!
  687.  
  688. Seira: I more or less expected it to work, but it really does fit like a glove.
  689.  
  690. Seira: Gahh, it went so perfectly it's almost scary! And filming it was a blast.
  691.  
  692. Seira: I really hope I can keep making movies from now on, too...
  693.  
  694. Seira: Even after I've graduated, grown up, become an old granny...
  695.  
  696. Seira: Alright!
  697.  
  698. Seira: This is guaranteed to get Dad on the same page as me!
  699.  
  700. Seira (voiceover): As I imported the data and cut the footage together, it slowly grew into something even better than I'd pictured.
  701.  
  702. Seira (voiceover): The further I worked, the more eagerly I came to expect Dad's approval of it.
  703.  
  704.  
  705. (...)
  706.  
  707.  
  708. Seira: (Tomorrow is finally the deadline for the survey.)
  709.  
  710. Seira: (I finished the movie right at the last minute,)
  711.  
  712. Seira: (and I'm sure I can get him to understand. This'll go great.)
  713.  
  714. Seira: ...Okay, let's go!
  715.  
  716.  
  717. [Mihono residence]
  718. Seira's dad: .......
  719.  
  720. Seira: .......
  721.  
  722. Seira: Dad.
  723.  
  724. Seira's dad: Hm? Oh, hi Seira.
  725.  
  726. Seira's dad: What's up?
  727.  
  728. Seira: The deadline for the survey signature is... tomorrow, so.
  729.  
  730. Seira's dad: ...The survey, huh.
  731.  
  732. Seira's dad: Sorry, but I still can't let myself give you what you're hoping for.
  733.  
  734. Seira's dad: .......Seira, the reason I let you go to Kosho School...
  735.  
  736. Seira's dad: ...was because I want you to get a degree, and follow a stable career path.
  737.  
  738. Seira: I really am thankful that you recommended Kosho School for me.
  739.  
  740. Seira: But, the reason I chose it was because it gave me a head start...
  741.  
  742. Seira: ...on studying things that I couldn't at a regular school. ...On reaching my dream.
  743.  
  744. Seira's dad: Your dream... dreams, huh.
  745.  
  746. Seira's dad: You shouldn't spend your time dreaming.
  747.  
  748. Seira's dad: That dream's going to kill you some day.
  749.  
  750. Seira: .......!
  751.  
  752. Seira: Why...? How can you say that...?
  753.  
  754. Seira's dad: Why...? I feel like I should be the one saying that, honestly.
  755.  
  756. Seira's dad: Why this?
  757.  
  758. Seira's dad: Why *film*, of all things...?
  759.  
  760. Seira: .......?
  761.  
  762. Seira: What are you talking about...?
  763.  
  764. Seira's dad: At any rate, you can't go into this half-heartedly!
  765.  
  766. Seira's dad: You can't put food on the table that way, let alone become a pro...!
  767.  
  768. Seira: I'm *not* doing this half-heartedly!
  769.  
  770. Seira: Look, I can prove it! I made a whole film!
  771.  
  772. Seira: Give it a watch!
  773.  
  774. Seira: When you see it, you'll know that I'm dead serious about this!
  775.  
  776. Seira's dad: .......
  777.  
  778. Seira's dad: No, that's not the point...
  779.  
  780. Seira: Huh...?
  781.  
  782. Seira: What do you mean...?
  783.  
  784. Seira: Are you saying you're not even going to watch it...?
  785.  
  786. Seira's dad: .......
  787.  
  788. Seira: Aw, man... seriously...?
  789.  
  790. Seira: I put a ton of work into it, though...
  791.  
  792. Seira: .......*sniff*.
  793.  
  794. Seira: Sorry, I'm-- gonna go calm down.
  795.  
  796. --------
  797.  
  798. Seira (voice line): "Ooh, nice ad-lib! That was so cool, I say we use it!"
  799.  
  800. ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  801.  
  802. Episode 3 - "Reaching the Dream I Had Back Then" (video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG-ldi7-qv8)
  803.  
  804. Menu voice: "Director Seira Mihono... ahhh, that sounds so cool!"
  805.  
  806. Seira (quest select): Haha... just gotta deal with it, I guess...
  807.  
  808. --------
  809.  
  810. Seira (voiceover): I worked so hard with everyone to make that movie, and Dad didn't even bother to look at it.
  811.  
  812. [Mihono residence]
  813. Seira's dad: .......
  814.  
  815. Seira's mom: ...She looked like she was about to cry, dear.
  816.  
  817. Seira's mom: ...Could you at least watch it for her?
  818.  
  819. Seira's dad: .......
  820.  
  821. Seira's mom: Believe me, I know how you must feel. But...
  822.  
  823. Seira's dad: .......
  824.  
  825.  
  826. (...)
  827.  
  828.  
  829. [Seira's room]
  830. Seira: He didn't even... watch it...
  831.  
  832. Seira: .......
  833.  
  834. Seira: It'll be tough to get his signature before tomorrow, but...
  835.  
  836. Seira: Well, I'm still only in ninth grade. There'll be plenty of chances to convince him!
  837.  
  838. Seira: Now's the time to bounce back from this, and try harder again tomorrow!
  839.  
  840. Seira: (And whenever I need a change of pace...)
  841.  
  842. Seira: (Film-watching's the way to go!)
  843.  
  844.  
  845. [Storage room]
  846. Seira: (Man, I haven't been in the storage room for a while.)
  847.  
  848. Seira: (Let's see. When we moved those boxes of movies that I couldn't fit in my room...)
  849.  
  850. Seira: (...We ought to have put them back here.)
  851.  
  852. Seira: .......
  853.  
  854. ~~
  855.  
  856. "Why film, of all things...?"
  857.  
  858. ~~
  859.  
  860. Seira: .......
  861.  
  862. Seira: (What exactly did Dad mean by that...?)
  863.  
  864. *Topple...*
  865.  
  866. Seira: D'agh, ow! ...One of the box piles fell over...?
  867.  
  868. Seira: Better put this back...
  869.  
  870. Seira: Oh, huh?
  871.  
  872. Seira: That box up on the top of the shelf... what's in there?
  873.  
  874. Seira: I wonder...
  875.  
  876. *Yank...*
  877.  
  878. Seira: Uh, wuh-oh, it's kinda high...
  879. .......There, got it...
  880.  
  881. Seira: Inside, we've got.......
  882. some... sofubi figures?
  883.  
  884. Seira: Wait, no way?! Seriously?!
  885.  
  886. Seira: Why?! Why do we have these...?!
  887.  
  888. Seira: These are Director Joey's kaiju!
  889.  
  890.  
  891. (...)
  892.  
  893.  
  894. [Seira's room]
  895. Seira: Woaaaah~!
  896.  
  897. Seira: Now that I've brushed the dust off of these, they're practically mint!
  898.  
  899. Seira: .......
  900.  
  901.  
  902. (...)
  903.  
  904.  
  905. Seira: Gyaaash!! Gwoaaah!!
  906.  
  907. Seira: Hah! I've got you cornered! Ka-thoom, ka-thoom!
  908.  
  909. Seira: Ga-krshh! Bwooorrhh!! Gyaaaaaahh!!
  910.  
  911. Seira's mom: Um, Seira... can I come in?
  912.  
  913. Seira: ----?! Y-yeah, sure.
  914.  
  915.  
  916. (...)
  917.  
  918.  
  919. Seira's mom: I thought... you'd be feeling pretty let down right now.
  920.  
  921. Seira: Eh... well, yeah, I was for a while there.
  922.  
  923. Seira: But I found these in the storage room, so I'm having a bit of fun with 'em now.
  924.  
  925. Seira's mom: Ah! Are those...?
  926.  
  927. Seira: Director Yamada Joey's kaiju merch, yep.
  928.  
  929. Seira: Since when did we have any of these?
  930.  
  931. Seira: It wouldn't be that surprising if these were from a more famous movie, since they'd have made tons of figures...
  932.  
  933. Seira: But Director Joey is... a pretty minor name, you know...?
  934.  
  935. ----
  936.  
  937. Seira: Mom, do you know anything about this?
  938.  
  939. Seira: Why do we have merchandise from a Joey movie in our house?
  940.  
  941. Seira: These are basically collector's items! The only people who could get these are people who knew the guy!
  942.  
  943. Seira's mom: ...Yes, I'm familiar with them.
  944.  
  945. Seira's mom: ...Do you happen to know Director Joey's real name?
  946.  
  947. Seira: No...
  948.  
  949. Seira's mom: Well, his last name is nowhere close to "Yamada"...
  950.  
  951. Seira's mom: But for "Joey," he just changed the pronunciation of his actual first name.
  952.  
  953. Seira: His first name...?
  954.  
  955. Seira's mom: See, the kanji for "star" can also be read as "jou".
  956.  
  957. Seira: Yeah, like in "myoujou" (morning star).
  958.  
  959. Seira: "Star"... wait, do you mean--?!
  960.  
  961. Seira's mom: Yes. Director Joey's real name was "Seiichi," spelt with "star" and the number "one".
  962. (*星 = "sei" / "jou", 一 = "ichi" / "i")
  963.  
  964. Seira's mom: He was the brother of your father... Seiji Mihono... and your uncle, Seira.
  965. (*Seiji: 星二 = "star" and the number "two")
  966.  
  967. Seira: .......
  968.  
  969. Seira: Huuuuuuuuh?!
  970.  
  971. Seira's mom: Your father used to be a cameraman, you see.
  972.  
  973. Seira's mom: He was actually a crew member on Seiichi-san's films.
  974.  
  975. Seira: ...You're joking.
  976.  
  977. Seira: B-but wait a second?! Uncle Seiichi... committed suicide, right?
  978.  
  979. Seira: Oh... oh, I see. ...That's why there hasn't been a new Joey movie in ages...
  980.  
  981. Seira: And... I guess the reason I saw his films when I was little was because...
  982.  
  983. Seira's mom: ...I'm afraid so.
  984.  
  985. Seira's mom: Back in the day, he had a reputation for his unique directorial sense...
  986.  
  987. Seira's mom: And his films got a lot of impressive reviews, even though he was a minor name.
  988.  
  989. Seira's mom: But... production funding turned out to be a big obstacle for him.
  990.  
  991. Seira: Funding...
  992.  
  993. Seira's mom: He was young, and had a lot to look forward to, but...
  994.  
  995. Seira's mom: For instance, at one time, the lead actor in one of his films happened to cause a big scandal.
  996.  
  997. Seira's mom: And another time, a film of his was restricted because it was too similar to a real incident that happened afterward...
  998.  
  999. Seira's mom: After a while of that sort of thing happening, nobody wanted to sponsor him any more.
  1000.  
  1001. Seira: What! But none of that stuff would've been Uncle Seiichi's fault!
  1002.  
  1003. Seira's mom: From there, he became quite depressed, and...
  1004.  
  1005. Seira's mom: ...he eventually took his own life.
  1006.  
  1007. Seira: .......
  1008.  
  1009. Seira's mom: So, as you might expect, your father put down his camera...
  1010.  
  1011. Seira's mom: ...and swore to never have anything to do with film again.
  1012.  
  1013. Seira's mom: All of it happened when you were three years old.
  1014.  
  1015. Seira: .......
  1016.  
  1017. Seira's mom: Do you think you can understand where your father's coming from, at least a little...?
  1018.  
  1019. Seira: .......Yeah.
  1020.  
  1021. Seira's mom: What should we do, I wonder...
  1022.  
  1023. Seira: I'm gonna go talk to Dad again.
  1024.  
  1025.  
  1026. ----
  1027.  
  1028.  
  1029. Seira: I'm gonna go talk to Dad again.
  1030.  
  1031. [Living room]
  1032. Seira: Hey! Dad?
  1033.  
  1034. Seira's dad: .......
  1035.  
  1036. Seira: Dad...?
  1037.  
  1038. Seira's dad: Oho...
  1039.  
  1040. Seira's dad: Ah, so we're going with this template. I see.
  1041.  
  1042. Seira: Huh...?!
  1043.  
  1044. Seira: You're watching my movie?
  1045.  
  1046. Seira's dad: ----?!
  1047. ...Oh. Seira.
  1048.  
  1049. "----?!"
  1050.  
  1051. "Over there... look...!"
  1052.  
  1053. "What the hell is that...?"
  1054.  
  1055. "It's... it's like a giant monster...!"
  1056.  
  1057. Seira: Dad...
  1058.  
  1059. Seira's dad: .......
  1060. ...That scene just now...
  1061.  
  1062. Seira: Dad...?
  1063.  
  1064. Seira's dad: The camera angle was good, but don't you think it took a little too long to zoom in?
  1065.  
  1066. Seira: Huh? ...Ah, yeah. You might be right...
  1067.  
  1068. Seira's dad: And as for the panning... you're using it to good effect, but it's still a bit too shaky.
  1069.  
  1070. Seira: Oh, yeah... I mean. You watched it for me after all.
  1071.  
  1072. Seira's dad: .......Have you heard of a director named Yamada Joey...?
  1073.  
  1074. Seira's dad: He's pretty minor, though. And no longer with us.
  1075.  
  1076. Seira: ...Yeah, I have.
  1077.  
  1078. Seira: I've loved his films since a long time ago...
  1079.  
  1080. Seira: And even now that I've seen a lot of other great films, I still think he's the best.
  1081.  
  1082. Seira: He's my number-one most respected film director in the universe.
  1083.  
  1084. Seira's dad: I see...
  1085.  
  1086. Seira's dad: ...It's just like his. The way your film feels.
  1087.  
  1088. Seira's dad: The approach it takes to the story, the way it takes an idea and runs headlong with it...
  1089.  
  1090. Seira's dad: The quality of the low-angle shots, the way it plays with the audience's emotions.
  1091.  
  1092. Seira's dad: Every last detail reminds me of Director Joey.
  1093.  
  1094. Seira's dad: You might... have pretty similar sensibilities...
  1095.  
  1096. Seira: Thank you.
  1097.  
  1098. Seira's dad: ...Have you heard the whole story yet? He's long dead, you know?
  1099.  
  1100. Seira's dad: He was beaten. By his own dream.
  1101.  
  1102. Seira's dad: What a terrible frame to end on.
  1103.  
  1104. Seira's dad: His movies had a reputation for great endings, but when it came to his own life? Total flop...
  1105.  
  1106. Seira: Yeah. I know.
  1107.  
  1108. Seira: ...Mom told me about it.
  1109.  
  1110. Seira's mom: ...I'm sorry, dear.
  1111.  
  1112. Seira's mom: Do you remember those figures that you never could get rid of?
  1113.  
  1114. Seira's mom: Seira found them...
  1115.  
  1116. Seira's dad: ...You're finally tall enough to reach the top shelf, huh?
  1117.  
  1118. Seira's dad: Guess you're not a little kid any more.
  1119.  
  1120. Seira's dad: Seira.
  1121.  
  1122. Seira: Yeah?
  1123.  
  1124. Seira's dad: You've heard about my brother's big, tragic demise, yes?
  1125.  
  1126. Seira: Mm-hm.
  1127.  
  1128. Seira's dad: And do you *still* want to be a film director some day?
  1129.  
  1130.  
  1131. ----
  1132.  
  1133.  
  1134. Seira's dad: And do you *still* want to be a film director some day?
  1135.  
  1136. Seira: .......
  1137.  
  1138. Seira: Yeah! Of course.
  1139.  
  1140. Seira: I mean, you let me know just now...
  1141.  
  1142. Seira: ...that we have similar sensibilities, right?
  1143.  
  1144. Seira's dad: .......
  1145.  
  1146. Seira: I'm going to prove to everyone...
  1147.  
  1148. Seira: that Director Joey's artistic sense was the real deal!
  1149.  
  1150. Seira's dad: .......
  1151.  
  1152. Seira: Oh, but... I guess my movie's not up to snuff, huh?
  1153.  
  1154. Seira: You did give a lot of critique just now, after all...
  1155.  
  1156. Seira's dad: .......Yeah. You've got a long way to go, kiddo.
  1157.  
  1158. Seira's dad: But... the only thing I meant to critique was the technical quality.
  1159.  
  1160. Seira's dad: And technique...
  1161.  
  1162. Seira's dad: ...is something you can perfect if you study it good and hard.
  1163.  
  1164. Seira's dad: So it looks like you've got a lot of studying ahead of you!
  1165.  
  1166. Seira: Yeah...
  1167.  
  1168. Seira: .......Eh?
  1169.  
  1170. Seira: Wait, d'you mean...
  1171.  
  1172. Seira's mom: He's saying you'd better get to work studying useful film techniques!
  1173.  
  1174. Seira: ...Dad!
  1175.  
  1176. Seira's dad: On one condition, though.
  1177.  
  1178. Seira's dad: You can replicate my brother's work, but *not* the awful ending. Alright?
  1179.  
  1180. Seira: Got it!
  1181.  
  1182. ~~~
  1183.  
  1184.  
  1185. [Club classroom]
  1186. Seira: ...And thus, I received my dad's permission to enter the design department.
  1187.  
  1188. Mikura: Aha...
  1189.  
  1190. Mikura: In that case, it's no wonder you didn't wish for film sense from Kyubey.
  1191.  
  1192. Seira: Exactly.
  1193.  
  1194. Seira: I want to win with my own artistic sense!
  1195.  
  1196. Mikura: And so, you wished for production funds.
  1197.  
  1198. Seira: Yes! If I want to chase my dream...
  1199.  
  1200. Seira: ...I'm going to need both funding and luck. I'm well aware of that...
  1201.  
  1202. Temari: Seeing as you had such an earnest wish...
  1203.  
  1204. Temari: ...Perhaps it was inevitable that you'd meet Kyubey.
  1205.  
  1206. Seira: ...Do you think so? Now that I look back on it,
  1207.  
  1208. Seira: I feel like I just ran with my assumption that he was some kind of alien life-form...
  1209.  
  1210. Seira: ...and wasn't really thinking that hard about it.
  1211.  
  1212. Mikura: I feel like you *should've* thought about it...
  1213.  
  1214. Seira: But, well! I think that this all turned out quite alright anyway.
  1215.  
  1216. Temari: What did?
  1217.  
  1218. Seira: I became a Magical Girl, got to know two very kind senpais,
  1219.  
  1220. Seira: and settled down in the comfort of our very own Historical Research Club!
  1221.  
  1222. Temari: I suppose it's true that our Historical Research Club...
  1223.  
  1224. Temari: ...is just about the only one where you could spend an entire day on film production.
  1225.  
  1226. Mikura: ...Still feeling kind of conflicted about that, honestly.
  1227.  
  1228. --------
  1229.  
  1230. Seira (voice line): "It may not be all that obvious, but I really am very thankful to my senpais!"
  1231.  
  1232. ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1233.  
  1234. Extra (Memoria descriptions)
  1235.  
  1236. -Seira's personal: "Reaching My Dream: Act 1"
  1237.  
  1238. "My equipment may all be digital,
  1239. but there's one reason why I still use an analog clapper.
  1240. When you hear this thing clack, you can feel the whole atmosphere change.
  1241. Everyone braces themselves, and that's when the magic begins."
  1242.  
  1243. (Its effect? Curse Chip Adept.)
  1244.  
  1245.  
  1246. -4-star featuring Seira: "Monster Movies Were My Inception"
  1247.  
  1248. "Gwoaaaah, gagagagaaaan!
  1249. As far back as I can remember, I've been blissfully watching Director Joey's kaiju films.
  1250. Even now that my interests have become more 'film' than 'kaiju,'
  1251. seeing kaiju merchandise in front of me still makes me feel like a kid again."
  1252.  
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