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Arc2 Ch4 Ep1

Jan 12th, 2021 (edited)
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  1. Slightly edited April 2021, currently still self-reviewed only
  2. ===============
  3. The Last Gamble
  4.  
  5. Sakurako
  6. | I wonder why Sensei is talking about the disaster. |
  7.  
  8. =====1=====
  9.  
  10. Kagome's Diary
  11. Dark emotions that I can't put into words are swelling within me.
  12. Because of that, my head is caught in a haze that is preventing me from working properly.
  13. It's my fault this happened.
  14. I understand my feelings, but I don't accept them. I keep turning away from reality and running away from them...
  15. Thinking back on it, this began a little while ago.
  16. When Iroha-chan and her group saved Ui-chan, and when everyone from Promised Blood got two Kimochi stones.
  17. Around that time I, with Touka-chan's and Nemu-chan's help, collected the photos Ryou-san took and tried to send them.
  18. With "two remaining" Kimochi stones, I feel that a desperate struggle will start soon, but I have to keep my impatience under control...
  19.  
  20. -Flashback-
  21. Kagome
  22. Haa... There's eight Kimochi stones in total...
  23. There's no other option, so a struggle is inevitable...
  24.  
  25. Aru-chan
  26. <Are you worried about everyone...?>
  27.  
  28. Kagome
  29. Yeah, but you know...
  30. I'm more worried that I can't follow everyone...because I'm not strong enough...
  31. [However, back then I was scared to witness mahou shoujo fighting.]
  32. [Even with the Uwasa of Rii-chan, I was anxious I may become involved one day.]
  33.  
  34. -End Flashback-
  35.  
  36. Kagome's Diary
  37. I want to yell out "don't be scared anymore!" to my past self. I want to warn myself that I didn't try hard enough to prevent this terrible situation from becoming a reality.
  38. However, at this point I know I shouldn't feel regret, that it's better to reflect on the past than to be depressed.
  39. So, once again, let's fight against the stream.
  40. Iroha-san's group is moving, Ryou-san and Alina-san are moving, Kureha-san's group is moving, Shizuka-san's group is moving, and Himena-san and her friends have started to move...
  41. There's no going back to that time...
  42.  
  43. =========Chapter 4=========
  44. ========Main Quest========
  45. The Other Side of Ultramarine
  46.  
  47. -Classroom-
  48.  
  49. Sakurako
  50. .....
  51.  
  52. Teacher
  53. It's a miracle that there were zero casualties in the disaster that struck Kamihama,
  54. but we can't say that we've made a full recovery yet either,
  55. so I've handed out printouts for anyone that would like to volunteer.
  56. We the faculty will be with you, so don't hesitate to join us if you'd like.
  57. I've been told often that students from other classes and grades begin thinking about their lives while volunteering.
  58.  
  59. Sakurako
  60. | ...Life. |
  61.  
  62. Teacher
  63. Does Hiiragi-san also think about life?
  64.  
  65. Sakurako
  66. | Yes. |
  67. | My life will disappear someday, but I don't want to be forgotten. |
  68. | That is why I want to leave a mark that will remain in everyone's hearts. |
  69.  
  70. Teacher
  71. A...mark?
  72. I think that's a nice way of looking at life.
  73. It's hard to think about since you're still so young with a full future ahead of you.
  74. [Now then, everyone once again please consider if you'll join us.]
  75. [Especially now that Kamihama's reconstruction has caused the east and west to join hands together, it may be good not only for thinking about your own lives, but the history of Kamihama as well.]
  76. [However, if you do join, please do not behave in a way that would be embarassing as students of Minaminagi Liberty Academy.]
  77. [Because even if you do good things, your behavior can "easily break" your relationships.]
  78.  
  79. Sakurako
  80. | Ryou, were you listening just now? |
  81.  
  82. Ryou
  83. Eh?
  84.  
  85. Hinano
  86. Your head isn't here, huh...
  87. Sakurako was telling you what Sensei told her.
  88. Were you thinking about the Endless Mirrors?
  89.  
  90. Sakurako
  91. | Mirrors? |
  92.  
  93. Hinano
  94. Ryou's worried about Promised Blood's secret.
  95.  
  96. Ryou
  97. .....
  98.  
  99. -Flashback-
  100.  
  101. [*Snap!*]
  102.  
  103. Ryou
  104. It's exactly how I suspected Magius did it...
  105. The fact that they appeared here means there's a secret route nearby...
  106.  
  107. -End Flashback-
  108.  
  109. Ryou
  110. Well, it made me curious, but
  111. if Union isn't going to spring into action, then I won't keep investigating it.
  112. Although right now I'm thinking about what Satori-chan told me.
  113.  
  114. Hinano
  115. You mean spreading the story of mahou shoujo around using Ryou's photos?
  116.  
  117. Ryou
  118. Yeah yeah, that's it.
  119. I was enthusiastic looking for shots, but I got nothin' decent.
  120. I never thought I'd be chasin' mahou shoujo for photos,
  121. but isn't it better than dirtying my lens with a teacher's love gossip?
  122.  
  123. Hinano
  124. That's pretty admirable, isn't it?
  125.  
  126. Ryou
  127. Then, Midori-san is gonna look for some scoop material.
  128.  
  129. Hinano
  130. Oi, didn't you just unfold that paper?
  131.  
  132. Ryou
  133. I'm not running from my work, but I can do this another time.
  134.  
  135. Hinano
  136. ...Just don't get caught up in trouble.
  137.  
  138. Sakurako
  139. | It appears that she is running away. |
  140.  
  141. Hinano
  142. Agreed.
  143.  
  144. -Outside School-
  145.  
  146. Ikumi
  147. Eh, then Ryou-chan went off somewhere?
  148.  
  149. Hinano
  150. If I were to guess, she's looking around for the shortcut.
  151.  
  152. Ikumi
  153. You said that was Promised Blood's secret, right?
  154. We just had that discussion and decided on "no fighting,"
  155. but going off to investigate alone is fine...?
  156.  
  157. Hinano
  158. It's not fine at all...
  159. However, this so-called "cooperative route" may be our last big gamble,
  160. but Ryou is Ryou, and if there's an emergency she's going to be in trouble.
  161.  
  162. Ikumi
  163. It's dangerous, so I think she should stop, though...
  164.  
  165. Hinano
  166. ...It's troublesome, but I can chase after her and stop her...
  167. Sakurako, what will you do? I have no problem if you want to come with me.
  168.  
  169. Sakurako
  170. | I will be going home because Touka and Nemu are coming. |
  171.  
  172. Hinano
  173. I see, then give those two my regards.
  174.  
  175. Sakurako
  176. | Sure. |
  177.  
  178. Ikumi
  179. Oh...
  180.  
  181. Hinano
  182. What's up?
  183.  
  184. Ikumi
  185. A message from Karin-chan says that Alina appears to be strange.
  186.  
  187. Hinano
  188. She's always strange.
  189.  
  190. Ikumi
  191. That's true, but, Kumi is a little scared~
  192.  
  193. Hinano
  194. I'm happy that she was discharged, but what can we do about that-
  195. speaking of, that was a reaction from where Alina was...
  196.  
  197. Ikumi
  198. Then, you think that could be Ryou-chan with Alina...?
  199.  
  200. Hinano
  201. Ideally Iroha and her group would be the ones to take care of this...
  202. After her...!
  203.  
  204. ---
  205.  
  206. Ryou
  207. (I wasn't going to make a move today, but this is bad, Hinano-san...)
  208. (Midori-san knows it was part of Union's plan.)
  209.  
  210. -Flashback-
  211.  
  212. Hinano
  213. What, after all this time, you still intend to join hands with Promised Blood?
  214.  
  215. Ryou
  216. Didn't they kidnap Ui-chan and try to kill Tamaki-san!?
  217.  
  218. Ikumi
  219. Kumi doesn't want to fight, but there doesn't seem to be a bright future...
  220.  
  221. Iroha
  222. Everyone is opposed after all, then...
  223.  
  224. Kanagi
  225. What Tamaki-kun says doesn't make any sense.
  226. Until now, we've had to deal with this ourselves to not let damage be done,
  227. but now we should be striking Promised Blood with everything we have.
  228. That is the only method to minimize the damage done to us.
  229.  
  230. Iroha
  231. I also...think that is true...
  232. And I really can't forgive them for kidnapping Ui...
  233. But, when I was in Futatsugi with Kureha-san I was thinking...
  234. Kureha-san wishes for anger, and is taking action against us because of her grudge.
  235. That, I know, is the opposite of kindness...
  236. Even if someone like that takes revenge, I don't think her sorrow will ever clear away...
  237.  
  238. Kanagi
  239. Then you mean to join hands with our opponents after considering their feelings...?
  240.  
  241. Iroha
  242. This is purely to end the suffering of mahou shoujo.
  243. Although, discussing a solution with them is a gamble,
  244. so I have to rely on what kindness may remain in Kureha-san...
  245.  
  246. Tsuruno
  247. But, if you succeed that would be huge.
  248. The Tokime clan would cooperate with Union, and Neo Magius would be harmless.
  249.  
  250. Yachiyo
  251. Though, our chain of command has always stood in the front line,
  252. so even if we negotiate against an all-out war, our strength will always leave behind uneasiness.
  253.  
  254. Iroha
  255. So please give me one last chance.
  256. I think uniting everyone by their feelings of wanting to save each other
  257. will be the shortcut to saving all mahou shoujo throughout the world.
  258. It's really the only way to not hurt anyone...
  259.  
  260. Kanagi
  261. According to Kyubey, two Kimochi stones remain.
  262. The severity of this situation is because of the scramble for them. That's more obvious than watching the fires burn...
  263. If we miss the timing, this will become a mudslinging battle...
  264.  
  265. Hinano
  266. Also, if we go through with the cooperative route, we can't just give up the remaining stones.
  267. If we don't intend to fight, it's meaningless if we can't show it.
  268.  
  269. Iroha
  270. So, in an attempt to join together with them,
  271. until I reach a conclusion with Promised Blood,
  272. I'd like to ask all of you to not take any action.
  273.  
  274. Ryou
  275. Tamaki-san's looking around with a finger in her mouth.
  276.  
  277. Hinano
  278. Ryou...
  279.  
  280. Ryou
  281. Sorry, that was wrong of me to say, but I understand where you're coming from.
  282. In total, we have three Kimochi stones with Tokime,
  283. and those guys also have three Kimochi stones.
  284. Even if our opponents get a stone out of thin air, this won't end.
  285.  
  286. Tsuruno
  287. Then, what's everyone's thoughts?
  288. This is your last chance...!
  289.  
  290. Hinano
  291. Well, none of us want a pointless fight.
  292. When we gave up two stones, we were competing for the finale.
  293. The south has no objections.
  294.  
  295. Kanagi
  296. .....
  297. Saving mahou shoujo around the world...
  298. Thinking about that plan, doesn't it make sense to save those girls, too?
  299. That reckless way of thinking, it's just one of Tamaki-kun's charms.
  300.  
  301. Iroha
  302. Kanagi-san...
  303.  
  304. Kanagi
  305. I think it's a bad move, but the east can try to see a miracle one more time.
  306. However, our opponents say we are no different than Kyubey,
  307. so I think suitable compensation and agreements are required.
  308.  
  309. Iroha
  310. I understand.
  311.  
  312. -End Flashback-
  313.  
  314. Ryou
  315. [Because of the risk of all-out war, we have to inform every member that has kept their distance from the fighting.]
  316. [Tamaki-san succesfully negotiating for cooperation, honestly, I think would be a dream story.]
  317. (Just in case of an emergency, Midori-san will take the decisive strike.)
  318.  
  319. [*Ring♪*]
  320.  
  321. Ryou
  322. Mm?
  323. (Ah, Satori-chan, huh...)
  324.  
  325. Kagome
  326. [Tomorrow, at the radio telescope, I will be talking with Touka-chan and Nemu-chan, but would Ryou-san like to join too? I would like to hear various stories from you, including the story of your photos from the other day.]
  327.  
  328. Ryou
  329. (It's bad of me, but right now there's a scoop to be had.)
  330. (Although, it's bad that Satori-chan's always inviting me right when I'm this close...)
  331.  
  332. =====2=====
  333.  
  334. Tsuruno
  335. How's it going on Felicia's end?
  336. Can someone from Promised Blood get us connected to Kureha Yuna?
  337.  
  338. Felicia
  339. Nah, it was impossible like always!
  340.  
  341. Tsuruno
  342. Huaa... Felicia's in a real bad mood...
  343.  
  344. Felicia
  345. I tried talkin' with them in Minaminagi,
  346. but Tokime was crackling and the fire girl was just glarin'.
  347. Nnaa! Just thinkin' about it makes me feel mad...!
  348.  
  349. Sana
  350. Ah, by the way, Sunao-san was saying...
  351. She couldn't find the Kimochi at the container terminal
  352. and was at a stalemate against Promised Blood...
  353.  
  354. Felicia
  355. Then say that first...! Can't you tell I'm angry!?
  356.  
  357. Sana
  358. Y-you're already angry though...! But, um, I'm sorry...!
  359.  
  360. Felicia
  361. Then how'd it go for Sana, you get them to talk?
  362.  
  363. Sana
  364. I talked to them, but they turned their noses and laughed...
  365.  
  366. Felicia
  367. I'm really gonna smash 'em next time we meet...
  368.  
  369. Sana
  370. You can't...! We're supposed to be talking about making peace...!
  371.  
  372. Felicia
  373. Before we can make peace they gotta start listenin'!
  374.  
  375. Iroha
  376. I would like an opportunity to talk to Kureha-san directly,
  377. but it's difficult when we really need to...
  378.  
  379. Tsuruno
  380. There's only two Kimochi stones left and our opponents are prepared for war...
  381.  
  382. Iroha
  383. Hmm....if this is the way it's going to be, am I going to have to rely on that person?
  384.  
  385. Tsuruno
  386. Well, if you get caught, don't you think that's the best way to be heard?
  387.  
  388. Sana
  389. Who is "that person...?"
  390.  
  391. Tsuruno
  392. She's a spy at our school.
  393.  
  394. Sana
  395. Spy...? Ah, I get it...!
  396.  
  397. Iroha
  398. Well, we're going to try moving again, so please continue with your work.
  399.  
  400. Sana
  401. Okay...!
  402.  
  403. Felicia
  404. 'Kehhy...
  405.  
  406. Tsuruno
  407. Was Felicia's response an "ehh" or an "okay...?"
  408.  
  409. Iroha
  410. I wonder.
  411.  
  412. Sakuya
  413. So, the spy you want to put your trust in was me?
  414.  
  415. Iroha
  416. Ah, Sakuya-san, so you were nearby.
  417.  
  418. Sakuya
  419. Oh, you already noticed me.
  420.  
  421. Iroha
  422. I felt the reaction of some magic power.
  423.  
  424. Sakuya
  425. Well, it's fine, I had some business with you as well.
  426.  
  427. Tsuruno
  428. Then, that means you want to investigate what's happening too, right!?
  429.  
  430. Sakuya
  431. Yeah, I was starting to worry since Union hasn't been moving.
  432. Tokime is only aiming for the Kimochi at the container terminal,
  433. and they're not looking for the last Kimochi.
  434.  
  435. Tsuruno
  436. We needed that explanation, so this was good timing.
  437.  
  438. Iroha
  439. Yes, as Sakuya-san said we aren't moving.
  440.  
  441. Sakuya
  442. Is there a reason as to why...?
  443.  
  444. Iroha
  445. "To join hands with Promised Blood."
  446.  
  447. Sakuya
  448. What, are you still half asleep...you're not fully awake yet are you...?
  449. You do understand what I've done, right...?
  450. Even if there were no grudges, it doesn't make sense for us to join hands
  451. because Futatsugi's mahou shoujo still need the automatic purification system.
  452.  
  453. Iroha
  454. From the start, our Union's goal was to spread the system throughout the world,
  455. so if they don't steal it, Futatsugi City will be included too.
  456.  
  457. Sakuya
  458. ...I've heard that somewhere before, but do you have any basis for that...?
  459.  
  460. Tsuruno
  461. Of course we do.
  462. When Eve was still the automatic purification system,
  463. Magius was collecting energy to expand it.
  464.  
  465. Iroha
  466. The collected energy was fragmented into the Kimochi stones,
  467. so by using that vast energy, we plan to expand the system.
  468.  
  469. Tsuruno
  470. And in its current state there's no body to take care of,
  471. so Touka and the Magius think it can expand throughout the world.
  472.  
  473. Sakuya
  474. Mm, well, I think I understand that reasoning?
  475. If it covers the whole world, naturally Futatsugi is included in that.
  476.  
  477. Iroha
  478. Yes, so if we join hands, we'll minimize the harm done and save everyone!
  479.  
  480. Tsuruno
  481. Sakuya-chan, please! Get us a place where we can speak with Kureha Yuna!
  482. We keep getting refused, so we can only depend on Sakuya-chan!
  483.  
  484. Sakuya
  485. Mm, but, you know I'm just the mediator between this agreement?
  486.  
  487. Tsuruno
  488. You're the closest to Kureha Yuna!
  489.  
  490. Sakuya
  491. I know that, but there's a structure to confronting others.
  492.  
  493. Iroha
  494. If we can join hands, we'll offer only the best conditions!
  495. I want to stop this before anyone dies...!
  496.  
  497. Sakuya
  498. .....Ahh, damn.
  499. I get it, I'll try to consult them, but only once...
  500.  
  501. Iroha
  502. Ah, thank you so much!
  503.  
  504. Tsuruno
  505. That's my number one bestest Promised Blood girl~!
  506.  
  507. Sakuya
  508. My enemies knowing my true nature just makes me weak...
  509.  
  510. -In Battle-
  511.  
  512. Momoko
  513. Ah.
  514. A message from Tsuruno just came sayin' they're one step closer to negotiations.
  515.  
  516. Rena
  517. Rena just got a message from Iroha too.
  518.  
  519. Kaede
  520. It's going little by little, but I'm glad the talks are still continuing.
  521. I just hope it all ends peacefully, though...
  522.  
  523. Rena
  524. Right,
  525. there's no need for Promised Blood and Tokime to clash...
  526.  
  527. Momoko
  528. It'd be nice if we could watch over this situation without all the tension, huh...
  529.  
  530. Shizuka
  531. .....
  532.  
  533. Juri
  534. .....
  535.  
  536. -End Battle-
  537.  
  538. Shizuka
  539. Out of the two remaining stones, we know one is here...
  540.  
  541. Chiharu
  542. The other one still hasn't been found, right?
  543.  
  544. Sunao
  545. It seems that Ui-chan tried sensing it before,
  546. but there was no reaction...
  547.  
  548. Chiharu
  549. In other words, the Kimochi here is unavoidable...
  550. Muu...this is stressful...
  551.  
  552. Shizuka
  553. We know the rough location of it, but Ooba Juri is planted firmly in place.
  554. Which emotion corresponds to it is unknown, so it's difficult to find it.
  555.  
  556. Asahi
  557. Should I contact Union and ask to borrow Ui-dono's power?
  558.  
  559. Shizuka
  560. It's called a cooperative relationship, but would Union be willing to cooperate?
  561. It would be troublesome to get ask for their help...
  562.  
  563. Sunao
  564. That's right.
  565. They may have interpreted us as not wanting to have discussions with them.
  566.  
  567. Asahi
  568. I understand your reasoning, but are we not still in cooperation with them...?
  569.  
  570. Chiharu
  571. Ah...
  572.  
  573. Asahi
  574. Did Chiharu-dono come up with a good idea!?
  575.  
  576. Chiharu
  577. Ryouko-chan contacted me asking what to make for dinner...
  578.  
  579. Asahi
  580. So yet another day is going to end without action, then...
  581.  
  582. Juri
  583. Huaa~AH...
  584. The only unidentified emotions are "fear" and "sorrow."
  585. It's irritating knowing this while facing these guys in our spare time.
  586.  
  587. Ranka
  588. Isn't it about time to make the choice for our players to leave and head back to the base?
  589.  
  590. Juri
  591. Probably.
  592. Ahh, why's it gotta be like this when we're on the front line...
  593.  
  594. ---
  595.  
  596. Ao
  597. Well, I checked the smartphones of the other girls,
  598. but after kidnapping Tamaki Ui, it seems that only the phones of
  599. some mahou shoujo who were investigating Union's movement were strange.
  600.  
  601. Hikaru
  602. Thanks to them, Hikaru's smartphone's also under repairs...
  603. Shoulda had Yuna-san's pics backed up beforehand.
  604.  
  605. Ao
  606. If you reformatted it, all that data would've been erased, you know.
  607.  
  608. Hikaru
  609. When the time comes, Hikaru's gonna reformat the offender and erase 'em...
  610.  
  611. Yuna
  612. It's unknown what Union did coming up here, but they may have set something up.
  613. However, for now it's good that it was able to be fixed.
  614.  
  615. Ao
  616. If we weren't in a stalemate, we wouldn't have had time to investigate, huh~
  617.  
  618. Hikaru
  619. Speaking of, is Minaminagi's Kimochi still not moving as usual?
  620.  
  621. Yuna
  622. Even if the barrier is located, it's a situation that's lacking a decisive blow.
  623.  
  624. Hikaru
  625. We just need to make the first strike like with those two Neo Magius.
  626. Our enemy will feel fear, and boom, we'll find that barrier.
  627.  
  628. Ao
  629. But, it's exhausting over there, and nothing's serious over here~
  630.  
  631. Hikaru
  632. Is that so?
  633.  
  634. Ao
  635. Of course it's better to get more stones,
  636. but since it's a competition, maybe it's fine like this.
  637. We also have three stones, right?
  638.  
  639. Urara
  640. Then, if it's a competition from here on,
  641. we should attack Union before all eight are found.
  642.  
  643. Yuna
  644. Then the self-control phase is over, as Urara says.
  645. If Union puts their full effort in, then I'll move the "mechanism."
  646. It will be prepared in a little while...
  647.  
  648. Ao
  649. .....
  650.  
  651. [*Ring♪*]
  652.  
  653. Hikaru
  654. A message from Juri-san!? It's finally happening!?
  655.  
  656. Yuna
  657. No, from Sakuya.
  658. .....
  659. Huhu.
  660.  
  661. Hikaru
  662. What's so funny?
  663.  
  664. Yuna
  665. What a very irritating child she is, this Tamaki Iroha...
  666. This time she's reaching out, asking for negotiations.
  667. Fine then, we'll move this situation out of the stalemate...
  668. [Even now that girl still wants to join hands, even after her sister was kidnapped and she herself was saved by her strange fate, despite meeting my unfathomable wrath...]
  669. [It's as if she won't break... As if she won't twist... As if she won't be shredded to pieces... I wonder if she's forgotten what I said...]
  670. [That's fine, I'll listen for now. Let's see what kind of proposal you have...]
  671.  
  672. =====3=====
  673.  
  674. -Mikazuki Manor-
  675.  
  676. [*Whooooosh...*]
  677.  
  678. Iroha
  679. There, it's completely dry, Felicia-chan.
  680.  
  681. Felicia
  682. Thank you!
  683. Wonder if I could get a little gaming in now.
  684.  
  685. Iroha
  686. Before that, don't forget to brush your teeth, okay?
  687.  
  688. Felicia
  689. Ohh, I'm bein' careless, I don't wanna get cavities.
  690.  
  691. Sana
  692. Um, has Suzuka-san still not replied yet...?
  693.  
  694. Yachiyo
  695. It's concerning, but our opponents probably need time to think on it.
  696. Besides, if it ends up getting too late, they can always talk to her at school tomorrow.
  697.  
  698. Sana
  699. I see, Tsuruno-san is in the same high school, so it should be okay...
  700.  
  701. Ui
  702. I hope everyone can get along like this. Right, Onee-chan?
  703.  
  704. Iroha
  705. But what should I do about the compensation that Kanagi-san was talking about...
  706.  
  707. Nemu
  708. If you try negotiating as things are, it's evident that the whole thing will break apart.
  709.  
  710. Touka
  711. That's right.
  712.  
  713. Ui
  714. That's because there's no compensation...?
  715.  
  716. Nemu
  717. Right, we need to convert all of that accumulated malice into something appealing enough for them to alter their course,
  718. which is something we don't have.
  719. It's like pushing the curtain from a store, putting a nail in rice bran, or putting a clamp into tofu. ¹
  720.  
  721. Felicia
  722. I don't know what you're talkin' about, but do you have any bright ideas?
  723.  
  724. Touka
  725. I've specially prepared a method that should increase the probability of everyone joining hands
  726. since I'm in the company of adults that are too foolish to deny me.
  727. Kuhuhu.
  728.  
  729. Iroha
  730. What method is that?
  731.  
  732. Nemu
  733. It's a secret until the day comes, mufu.
  734.  
  735. Touka
  736. So when you have your discussion you will take us with you.
  737.  
  738. Iroha
  739. Eh, sure... But won't you be in danger...?
  740.  
  741. Yachiyo
  742. They may already bear a grudge against us, but can you try to not anger them further...?
  743.  
  744. Touka
  745. It's fine, it's fine!
  746.  
  747. Nemu
  748. You can rest easy on the boat because we have no intention to cause problems.
  749.  
  750. Ui
  751. Huaahh...
  752.  
  753. Iroha
  754. Shall we call it a day and go to sleep?
  755.  
  756. Yachiyo
  757. Yeah, it's quite late.
  758.  
  759. Sakurako
  760. .....
  761.  
  762. Nemu
  763. Sakurako, we will be staying.
  764.  
  765. Sakurako
  766. .....
  767.  
  768. Nemu
  769. How unusual, are you thinking about something?
  770.  
  771. Sakurako
  772. | Yes, about how to live, and my life. |
  773. | However, I just got the answer. |
  774.  
  775. Nemu
  776. And the answer is?
  777.  
  778. Sakurako
  779. | I live for you four girls. |
  780. | Though, I also want to leave a mark of my life in everyone's hearts. |
  781.  
  782. Nemu
  783. (Uwasa...what incredibly mysterious beings.)
  784. (She has changed in a way that is irrelevant to her storyline...)
  785.  
  786. Sakurako
  787. | Nemu, are you happy? |
  788.  
  789. Nemu
  790. Seeing Sakurako think about various things, it feels like you've grown.
  791.  
  792. Sakurako
  793. | Grown? |
  794.  
  795. Nemu
  796. Like Nanashi-san...and Ai were,
  797. you rumors have grown more than I thought you would, by your connections to society.
  798. (I wanted to see that change myself, but I came to the conclusion with Touka...)
  799. (that it could be a bad thing for Sakurako...)
  800. (No, Satori Kagome, and Touka's older cousin Satomi Nayuta too.)
  801. My intention to atone will create more sin, there's no running away, at all...
  802. This magic power is...!?
  803.  
  804. [*Crash!*]
  805.  
  806. Juri's Voice
  807. Huu, it woulda been bad if I got the wrong house, but
  808.  
  809. Juri
  810. this is a real nice bingo. Nihi.
  811.  
  812. -In Battle-
  813.  
  814. Yachiyo
  815. You, with your shoes on in my house...! I mean, the windows!!
  816.  
  817. Juri
  818. To give a warning would spoil the impact, wouldn't it?
  819.  
  820. Yachiyo
  821. Such a foolish reason...
  822. Even though there's other houses nearby, I can't believe this...
  823.  
  824. Juri
  825. Well, as mahou shoujo, we don't want to be troubling the public, but
  826. that depends on your response.
  827. If worst comes to worst, each and every one of your memories are gonna get burned.
  828.  
  829. -End Battle-
  830.  
  831. Yachiyo
  832. Tell me what you want quickly.
  833.  
  834. Juri
  835. To get right to the point, this is the answer to your negotiation proposal.
  836.  
  837. Iroha
  838. Do you have any terms in order to meet Kureha Yuna-san?
  839.  
  840. Juri
  841. That's a good guess.
  842. First, before you can meet Nee-san face to face, you'll have to meet Kirari and Suzuka.
  843. At that time, you will tell them what our compensation for joining forces will be.
  844. The judgement will be made depending on what that is.
  845.  
  846. Touka
  847. Hmm,
  848. you just want to show us you're better until the very end.
  849.  
  850. Nemu
  851. There's already a leader here, but she's only in the upper echelon of their group.
  852. It should be obvious that they've created that kind of psychological organization.
  853.  
  854. Juri
  855. Juri-sama doesn't understand Nee-san's intentions, but
  856. there'll be conditions to meet Kirari and Suzuka.
  857.  
  858. Sana
  859. No way...
  860.  
  861. Felicia
  862. You tryin' to be sly...?
  863.  
  864. Yachiyo
  865. What are the conditions?
  866.  
  867. Juri
  868. You guys know the Tokime that are confronting us at Minaminagi, right?
  869.  
  870. Yachiyo
  871. Yeah...
  872.  
  873. Juri
  874. To keep it short, we want that stalemate situation to be moved.
  875.  
  876. Iroha
  877. That's...
  878.  
  879. Juri
  880. We're not askin' to hand over Tamaki Ui. Rather, we just want the barrier found.
  881.  
  882. Ui
  883. ――!?
  884.  
  885. Yachiyo
  886. So you just want to move where the war is...
  887.  
  888. Ui
  889. Onee-chan, Yachiyo-san, I'll be okay...?
  890.  
  891. Iroha
  892. ...And if we refuse?
  893.  
  894. Juri
  895. One burned down house is gonna be all over the news.
  896.  
  897. Iroha
  898. Isn't that just a threat...!?
  899. ...Yachiyo-san.
  900.  
  901. Yachiyo
  902. I understand. We accept the conditions...
  903.  
  904. Iroha
  905. (If this battle can end smoothly, then Futatsugi's people should calm down...)
  906. (We can end this time where it's natural to kill or be killed...)
  907.  
  908. Kagome's Diary
  909. Thus Iroha-san and her friends began moving towards cooperation with Promised Blood.
  910. That was...supposed to be the day we could set our eyes on hope.
  911.  
  912. =====4=====
  913.  
  914. -Hozumi Cafe-
  915.  
  916. Shizuku
  917. Sorry for the wait.
  918. [Two blends.]
  919. [One cafe latte.]
  920. [One mixed juice.]
  921. [Two cream sodas.]
  922. [And one American.]
  923. Was all of that correct?
  924.  
  925. Iroha
  926. Yeah, thank you Shizuku-chan.
  927.  
  928. Shizuku
  929. Not at all, take it easy.
  930.  
  931. Hikaru
  932. Choosing a companion's store to have our discussion
  933. puts me on edge.
  934.  
  935. Sakuya
  936. Naturally, it's perfectly reasonable to feel that way.
  937.  
  938. Iroha
  939. I'm sorry. There wasn't any deeper meaning to it.
  940. This was the only coffee house that I know well.
  941.  
  942. Yachiyo
  943. Since you already understand the situation, there's no reason to care who sees you here, right?
  944.  
  945. Sakuya
  946. I suppose that's true.
  947.  
  948. Iroha
  949. Ui contacted me that she's arrived at the container terminal,
  950. but did you also receive confirmation?
  951.  
  952. Hikaru
  953. The eldest sister made contact.
  954. Mitsuki Felicia and Futaba Sana appear to be together,
  955. but it would be more suspicious if they were alone, so there's no problems.
  956.  
  957. Iroha
  958. That's good.
  959.  
  960. Sakuya
  961. Well, let's get this started right away?
  962.  
  963. Iroha
  964. Yes.
  965.  
  966. Sakuya
  967. To start, I'll ask you straight away:
  968. in these cold circumstances, how do you intend for us to join together?
  969.  
  970. Hikaru
  971. It's understandable that the forever-good Tamaki-san would say something wild,
  972. but Futatsugi's grudge won't disappear that easily.
  973.  
  974. Iroha
  975. I know...
  976. That's why I've put a lot of thought into it and decided on one answer.
  977. But, before I tell you that, I was wondering
  978. if I could convince you two with a promise...
  979.  
  980. Sakuya
  981. A promise...?
  982.  
  983. Iroha
  984. Yes, to free every single person in Futatsugi from the fate of mahou shoujo.
  985.  
  986. Sakuya
  987. Wha?
  988.  
  989. Hikaru
  990. Is saying that supposed to convince us?
  991.  
  992. Tsuruno
  993. Our goal is to save all mahou shoujo throughout the world,
  994. which means saving the people of Futatsugi just as equally.
  995.  
  996. Yachiyo
  997. Right, so if you're so intent on stealing the automatic purification system,
  998. why not turn your blade of revenge towards saving everyone...?
  999.  
  1000. Sakuya
  1001. Union is something difficult to talk about,
  1002. but it's like you're telling us to just endure it.
  1003.  
  1004. Hikaru
  1005. Why did you think that promise would convince us...?
  1006.  
  1007. Iroha
  1008. Because the sharper the blade is that points at us, the kinder Kureha-san seems to become.
  1009.  
  1010. Hikaru
  1011. ――!?
  1012.  
  1013. Iroha
  1014. I'm sure Kureha-san is incredibly kind...
  1015. Otherwise, I don't think she would get so angry because of her friends...
  1016. So, just maybe, she could change her mind in the end.
  1017.  
  1018. Hikaru
  1019. Impossible.
  1020. Hikaru's grudge, Sakuya-san's grief,
  1021. everyone's sadness, and Yuna-san's anger,
  1022. none of these can be contained by mere words, and our distrust won't just vanish.
  1023. Yuna-san is especially kind, so much so that she's become like an oni...
  1024.  
  1025. Yachiyo
  1026. This is a negotiation after all, so we need to offer something.
  1027.  
  1028. Sakuya
  1029. I think that's only fair.
  1030. How does Union plan to stop the fighting when you're only trying to stop us?
  1031. We need something more to heal than just be told to endure this.
  1032.  
  1033. Touka & Nemu
  1034. .....
  1035.  
  1036. ---
  1037.  
  1038. Sakuya
  1039. How does Union plan to stop the fighting when you're only trying to stop us?
  1040. We need something more to heal than just be told to endure this.
  1041.  
  1042. Touka & Nemu
  1043. .....
  1044.  
  1045. Hikaru
  1046. Will Tamaki-san give her answer to us now?
  1047.  
  1048. Iroha
  1049. To remove all distrust, the only idea I could come up with is
  1050. something that I can't do on my own, which is for Union to surrender.
  1051.  
  1052. Sakuya
  1053. ――!?
  1054.  
  1055. Hikaru
  1056. Haa!?
  1057.  
  1058. Yachiyo
  1059. Iroha...!
  1060.  
  1061. Tsuruno
  1062. W-wait, don't you know what that means!?
  1063.  
  1064. Iroha
  1065. Of course there would be conditions.
  1066. I want you to respect our personal safety and our goal.
  1067.  
  1068. Hikaru
  1069. Union joining under us would be a good deal...
  1070.  
  1071. Sakuya
  1072. I wonder... If we respect Unions goal,
  1073. then that means we have to help them achieve it.
  1074. Even if Futatsugi is saved, that's just yet another burden to bear.
  1075.  
  1076. Hikaru
  1077. Does that mean we'd have even more limits?
  1078.  
  1079. Sakuya
  1080. But I think Union is by far the greater risk.
  1081. ...I'll pretend you didn't hear what I just said.
  1082.  
  1083. Yachiyo
  1084. Iroha, there's no way we can surrender...
  1085. Even if it makes sense, the fact that we lost will remain,
  1086. and even if we're equals in name, a natural hierarchy will form
  1087. and Union members will be trapped in a suffocating environment.
  1088.  
  1089. Tsuruno
  1090. And before that, anyone that doesn't agree may leave Union...
  1091. If you're not careful, there could be an even worse conflict...
  1092.  
  1093. Iroha
  1094. ...I'm sorry...
  1095.  
  1096. Hikaru
  1097. Like how Hikaru and others have been killing daily,
  1098. it's easy to imagine.
  1099. Hikaru will pretend to have not heard that this time,
  1100. and only that you pointlessly requested to not fight, pointlessly.
  1101.  
  1102. Iroha
  1103. .....
  1104.  
  1105. Sakuya
  1106. However, if that will be the case, is there nothing else you could propose?
  1107.  
  1108. =====5=====
  1109.  
  1110. Iroha
  1111. .....
  1112.  
  1113. Sakuya
  1114. However, if that will be the case, is there nothing else you could propose?
  1115.  
  1116. Touka
  1117. Reminder that we're here nyaa.
  1118.  
  1119. Nemu
  1120. We didn't come here just to listen.
  1121.  
  1122. Iroha
  1123. Touka-chan, Nemu-chan.
  1124.  
  1125. Yachiyo
  1126. You mean a method to strike a deal?
  1127.  
  1128. Touka
  1129. Something like that.
  1130.  
  1131. Sakuya
  1132. Then, lastly we'll hear from the former Magius.
  1133.  
  1134. Touka
  1135. It won't be something complex, okay?
  1136.  
  1137. Nemu
  1138. Right, it's plain and simple.
  1139.  
  1140. Hikaru
  1141. What do you mean by this?
  1142.  
  1143. Nemu
  1144. So you're aware of these then. We Magius are the cause for Futatsugi's suffering.
  1145. It will be difficult for us to arrange for Alina's share, but we can offer our share right in front of you.
  1146.  
  1147. Sakuya
  1148. So, what do you want us to do?
  1149.  
  1150. Touka
  1151. You're pretty dim huh. You should use your head properly.
  1152.  
  1153. Sakuya
  1154. What, are you calling me stupid?
  1155.  
  1156. Touka
  1157. Yep, you can destroy our soul gems with all of your anger.
  1158.  
  1159. Nemu
  1160. Even the kind Kureha Yuna should be able to kill us war criminals without a pang of conscience.
  1161.  
  1162. Hikaru
  1163. Wha...
  1164.  
  1165. Iroha
  1166. What are you two saying!?
  1167.  
  1168. Touka
  1169. Didn't Onee-sama just say something outrageous too?
  1170.  
  1171. Nemu
  1172. For us, this will be the last resort.
  1173.  
  1174. Iroha
  1175. Weren't you talking to Kagome-chan, though...?
  1176. If you two aren't here...to spread the word about mahou shoujo...!
  1177.  
  1178. Nemu
  1179. It would be better to give up our lives if it means saving mahou shoujo in the future.
  1180.  
  1181. Touka
  1182. That includes all of the mahou shoujo in front of us too.
  1183.  
  1184. Nemu
  1185. As Onee-san said, this is our shortcut to strike a deal.
  1186. I don't think there is another way to satisfy Promised Blood.
  1187.  
  1188. Sakuya
  1189. ...This is a surprise.
  1190.  
  1191. Nemu
  1192. When you're ruthless with your own life, this is a natural decision.
  1193.  
  1194. Sakuya
  1195. Hikaru, is it okay if we take this matter back to them...?
  1196.  
  1197. Hikaru
  1198. These people are risking their lives, but we can't give 'em an answer here...
  1199.  
  1200. Sakuya
  1201. So for now, we'll wait for the eldest sister's reply.
  1202.  
  1203. Nemu
  1204. I don't mind at all.
  1205.  
  1206. Touka
  1207. I'll also leave the judgement up to you.
  1208.  
  1209. Tsuruno
  1210. ~ Hey, you two have some kind of strategy, right...? ~
  1211.  
  1212. Yachiyo
  1213. ~ Are you perhaps using your position to show good faith...? ~
  1214.  
  1215. Touka
  1216. ~ It's better if we do. ~
  1217.  
  1218. Nemu
  1219. ~ Naturally, we have to calculate our own sacrifice into this. ~
  1220.  
  1221. Tsuruno
  1222. ~ I understand your reasoning, but that's not something I can forgive...! ~
  1223.  
  1224. Touka
  1225. ~ But a half-hearted shake up wouldn't make sense you know? ~
  1226.  
  1227. Iroha
  1228. ~ E-even so, I...! ~
  1229.  
  1230. Nemu
  1231. ~ It's useless to try to stop us, Onee-san, if you're going to "save the many." ~
  1232.  
  1233. Iroha
  1234. ~ ... ~
  1235.  
  1236. Yachiyo
  1237. ~ We're still only proposing things, so let's continue talking about it... ~
  1238.  
  1239. Sakuya
  1240. Is there anything else left to be used for negotiations?
  1241.  
  1242. Iroha
  1243. You really, really can't let Touka-chan and Nemu-chan...
  1244.  
  1245. Touka
  1246. Nemu and I are only talking about it now.
  1247.  
  1248. Nemu
  1249. I think what we mentioned is the best proposal.
  1250.  
  1251. Hikaru
  1252. Then, this will be the end of discussions.
  1253.  
  1254. Sakuya
  1255. You'll have to wait a little until we get a reply.
  1256. By now, the eldest sister should be fighting the Kimochi.
  1257.  
  1258. Tsuruno
  1259. Well then, do we just wait here for a while?
  1260.  
  1261. Hikaru
  1262. If there's spare time, 'sit okay if Hikaru goes shopping?
  1263. There's a famous ice cream shop here, so Hikaru wantsa get some for the eldest sister before going home.
  1264.  
  1265. Sakuya
  1266. Eh, if I'm the only one here it'll be awkward. Besides, do you even know where it is?
  1267.  
  1268. Hikaru
  1269. Can just look it up.
  1270.  
  1271. Yachiyo
  1272. You can leave seperately if you want. We'll be waiting here.
  1273.  
  1274. Sakuya
  1275. You know, Hikaru.
  1276.  
  1277. Hikaru
  1278. .....
  1279.  
  1280. Sakuya
  1281. Hikaru?
  1282.  
  1283. Hikaru
  1284. Nothing, it's just hard to actually find on a map...
  1285.  
  1286. Sakuya
  1287. Ehh...?
  1288.  
  1289. Iroha
  1290. Um, then maybe I could guide you to it...?
  1291.  
  1292. Sakuya
  1293. You can't possibly be in the mood to do that when your companions are risking their lives...
  1294.  
  1295. Iroha
  1296. I'm more worried about staying still.
  1297. With Touka-chan and Nemu-chan trying to connect us together,
  1298. I think I'd rather be moving so that's not put to waste...
  1299.  
  1300. Hikaru
  1301. Hikaru doesn't want to go shopping with this terrible feeling...
  1302. But, Tamaki-san is owed gratitude today, so it's fine...
  1303.  
  1304. Sakuya
  1305. Either way, you don't know where the store is.
  1306.  
  1307. Nemu
  1308. Well, we are tentatively dead, so if you'll excuse us from here.
  1309.  
  1310. Touka
  1311. We have other things to do.
  1312.  
  1313. Iroha
  1314. Sure...
  1315.  
  1316. =====6=====
  1317.  
  1318. Iroha
  1319. [I can't believe it, Touka-chan and Nemu-chan were thinking about sacrificing themselves...]
  1320. [It's a neccessary decision in order to "save the many."]
  1321. [What Nemu-chan said may be right, but when it comes down to it, I can't just nod my head obediently.]
  1322. [Though even then I'm sure they decided on their own, I feel like I'm the "selfish" one...]
  1323. [It's too sorrowful to think a world where no one gets hurt is too hopeful...]
  1324.  
  1325. -Mall-
  1326.  
  1327. Hikaru
  1328. Sorry to keep ya waiting.
  1329.  
  1330. Iroha
  1331. Welcome back, Hikaru-chan. Did you find what you were looking for?
  1332.  
  1333. Hikaru
  1334. Es.
  1335. Hikaru asked them to deliver it for me.
  1336.  
  1337. Yachiyo
  1338. This is a gelato shop that's popular on SNS
  1339. that we've stopped by before during a magazine photoshoot.
  1340.  
  1341. Iroha
  1342. This is the shop I helped at for that photoshoot.
  1343.  
  1344. Hikaru
  1345. By the way, what happened to Sakuya-san?
  1346.  
  1347. Yachiyo
  1348. She went with Tsuruno to look at sporting goods.
  1349.  
  1350. Hikaru
  1351. No way, you can't leave Hikaru alone...!
  1352.  
  1353. Yachiyo
  1354. So obedient.
  1355.  
  1356. Iroha
  1357. .....
  1358.  
  1359. Yachiyo
  1360. .....
  1361.  
  1362. Hikaru
  1363. .....
  1364. (This is really suffocating...)
  1365.  
  1366. Iroha
  1367. Oh...?
  1368.  
  1369. Hikaru
  1370. W-whattaya want...?
  1371.  
  1372. Iroha
  1373. Hikaru-chan, the button on your uniform is about to come off.
  1374.  
  1375. Yachiyo
  1376. Do you need a sewing kit?
  1377.  
  1378. Iroha
  1379. Ah, yes. Thank you very much.
  1380.  
  1381. Hikaru
  1382. What, you just gonna suddenly fix it up?
  1383.  
  1384. Iroha
  1385. But, if you leave it like that you'll lose it.
  1386. I'm going to fix it because I care, so don't worry about it, Hikaru-chan.
  1387.  
  1388. Hikaru
  1389. ~~~~!
  1390. This feels so embarrassing 'n out of place.
  1391.  
  1392. Iroha
  1393. .....
  1394.  
  1395. Yachiyo
  1396. .....
  1397.  
  1398. Hikaru
  1399. The top button was fixed by the eldest sister...
  1400.  
  1401. Yachiyo
  1402. Eh... Excuse my rudeness but that is surprising... I didn't expect her to have a familial side.
  1403.  
  1404. Iroha
  1405. We've only ever known her for her anger.
  1406.  
  1407. Hikaru
  1408. She's always helping me, and Tamaki-san can't ever hope to be as nice as she is.
  1409. Hikaru can't quit club activities, but she was there to help me through my crying.
  1410. The handkerchief Hikaru got back then is still treasured.
  1411.  
  1412. Yachiyo
  1413. Really, Kirari-san, you seem like her faithful servant.
  1414.  
  1415. Hikaru
  1416. But, Hikaru's relationship improved
  1417. because Hikaru got to be with the eldest sister.
  1418.  
  1419. Yachiyo
  1420. That...sounds complicated.
  1421.  
  1422. Hikaru
  1423. The rest's a secret.
  1424. .....
  1425.  
  1426. Iroha
  1427. Mm?
  1428.  
  1429. Hikaru
  1430. To think that Tamaki-san would help me...
  1431.  
  1432. Iroha
  1433. You're overreacting because of a single button.
  1434.  
  1435. Hikaru
  1436. .....
  1437.  
  1438. Iroha
  1439. If there was an emergency, would you help Touka-chan and Nemu-chan...?
  1440.  
  1441. Hikaru
  1442. That's an impossible request you know.
  1443.  
  1444. Iroha
  1445. I suppose it is...
  1446.  
  1447. Tsuruno
  1448. Oh, we've returned to a strange sight.
  1449.  
  1450. Sakuya
  1451. I wonder what happened while we were gone.
  1452.  
  1453. Tsuruno
  1454. ...Sakuya-san,
  1455. don't you think it's ideal to get along like this?
  1456.  
  1457. Sakuya
  1458. Yeah, it is ideal.
  1459.  
  1460. Tsuruno
  1461. Right?
  1462.  
  1463. Sakuya
  1464. As Yui-san says, it is "ideal."
  1465.  
  1466. ---
  1467.  
  1468. -Sakura Uwasa Area-
  1469.  
  1470. Kagome
  1471. Well, now they're shopping together.
  1472.  
  1473. Touka
  1474. Since they're talking to Onee-sama, I was thinking
  1475. they would get along at least a little, nyaa.
  1476.  
  1477. Nemu
  1478. As hearts get closer, people become more tolerant. That in itself is true.
  1479. Even at the level of dialogue between nations, the importance of relationships between leaders exists.
  1480. So, was Midori Ryou not caught today?
  1481.  
  1482. Kagome
  1483. The message said she will come over once her errands are done.
  1484.  
  1485. Touka
  1486. Errands?
  1487.  
  1488. Sakurako
  1489. | Ryou went to the east to get a scoop, |
  1490. | and Hinano and Ikumi went to stop her. |
  1491.  
  1492. Touka
  1493. I hope you don't mean the offshoot of the Mirrors nyaa...
  1494.  
  1495. Nemu
  1496. This ended up being a dark horse.
  1497. I know how you feel, but it's a double-edged sword.
  1498.  
  1499. Nemu
  1500. That's nyiight.
  1501. The moment she gets caught, things will start to fall apart...
  1502.  
  1503. Nemu
  1504. It will be a complete collapse.
  1505.  
  1506. Aru-chan
  1507. <I'm worried...>
  1508.  
  1509. Kagome
  1510. Yeah, I hope she will be safe...
  1511.  
  1512. Sakurako
  1513. .....
  1514.  
  1515. -Flashback of Sensei-
  1516. [Because even if you do good things, your behavior can "easily break" your relationships.]
  1517. -End Flashback-
  1518.  
  1519. Sakurako
  1520. | I'm...scared... |
  1521.  
  1522. Nemu
  1523. That's an unusual reaction...
  1524.  
  1525. -Train-
  1526.  
  1527. Hagumu
  1528. It's been a while since we've gathered as friends, but things have changed.
  1529.  
  1530. Shigure
  1531. Yeah...I've always done things only for myself,
  1532. but now I can say I'm confident enough to work hard for those "princesses..."
  1533.  
  1534. Hagumu
  1535. We'll take responsibility for all of our sadness and crying here.
  1536.  
  1537. Shigure
  1538. That's right...
  1539. We'll go to Juri-san's place and have a fresh start...
  1540. [We're weak because we thought if we kept clinging to others, one day we would grow up a little.]
  1541.  
  1542. Hagumu
  1543. [But I think that we've been given strength because we're working hard for someone and supporting them.]
  1544.  
  1545. Shigure
  1546. [So now we can be a little more positive, a little stronger.]
  1547.  
  1548. Hagumu
  1549. [From now on, we need to change into people that can stand on their own and be the support that we wanted.]
  1550.  
  1551. Shigure
  1552. [Even if we look inexperienced from everyone's point of view, even if the road we walk is twisted, this is what we need right now.]
  1553.  
  1554. ---
  1555.  
  1556. -Interview Recording-
  1557. Minami Rena
  1558.  
  1559. Rena
  1560. "Haa? What Rena desires? Like in the future?"
  1561. "Rena doesn't really know, career counselors just talk about going right into high school..."
  1562. "...Rena is just a jerk, right...? Rena has had to transfer schools many times for protection, Rena is unsociable and not even that cute, and hates being looked down on..."
  1563. "Rena is such a troublesome girl..."
  1564. "Sometimes Rena unconciously does things to test Momoko. Rena hates that part of herself, and feels like scum for it..."
  1565. "And yet Rena is afraid of being separated, so she's also just selfish... Haa..."
  1566. "But, even for being such an awkward girl, Momoko...and Kaede...still associate with me..."
  1567. "These days Iroha may be as well... Rena can't say for sure, but Rena can't believe Iroha wants to be friends with me..."
  1568. "That's why...It may be impossible to do more than a little at a time, but Rena wants to change, and one day be able to thank everyone without hiding away or anything."
  1569. "So, that's it, maybe what Rena desires is to be able to grow up together with everyone..."
  1570.  
  1571.  
  1572.  
  1573. ===============
  1574. ¹ These are all expressions that amount to "a waste of time and effort," much like my attempt to translate this entire chapter
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