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Writer: Mitsuki Chapters: 4 Translator: User:Adequategrey & 364 Unbirthdays
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Midori HeadShinobu HeadYuta HeadHinata Head
Translation Notes
Chapter 4
  • Midori does actually switch from "Sengoku-kun" to "Shinobu-kun"
Story CGs

Writer: Mitsuki
Budding Pop - 1
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Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Ha~ah…

It’s finally over… I thought I was going to die…

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Midori-kun~ school’s almost over, de gozaru~ If you leave too late you’ll get scolded by the teachers, that’d be so scary, de gozaru…

We need to speed up, then speed up even more!

(Wavering Heart) Midori Takamine CG
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Do you need me to help you change clothes? I’m already done, de gozaru, I can offer you my help any time~ hum~ hum hum~ ♪
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Sengoku-kun’s in a good mood…? I’m so depressed I want to die…

I thought Shinkai-senpai’s practices would be easier than usual… But I ended up hurt not just physically, but spiritually as well…

Is such difficult training really necessary to improve coordination…? uuu… being an idol is so bothersome…?

It took all my remaining energy to change clothes…

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
W-Wait a minute Midori-kun? Please don’t suddenly rush towards the window!
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
?! I-I’m sorry… I got here without noticing for some reason…
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Phew… that was a matter of life and death, de gozaru… I thought I’d slam into the window with Midori-kun there for a moment.

I even started praying to the gods, de gozaru…

It’s really too hard to stop Midori-kun on my own. Midori-kun’s physique really is good~ Already taller than Taichou-dono, I’m envious ♪

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
I don’t think it’s admirable at all… so what if I’m tall, even taller than Leader…

There must have been some mistake…

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
However, being tall has its downsides too. It makes it harder to become invisible and complete the mission. So as a ninja, being short like myself is the best, de gozaru ♪
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
I’m envious of Sengoku-kun too… As for becoming invisible, is there so way to do that on stage…?

I’m too tall, I feel like most of the audience are looking at me during performances… I want to die just from thinking about it…

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
I-I want to learn this kind of ninjutsu too! I’m disturbed by the gazes when I’m on stage too…
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
But Sengoku-kun’s training today was pretty successful…? You were really coordinated with Shinkai-senpai…
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
u, uwaah~ ? Even I didn't understand parts of today's practice.

But I could feel myself improving even though it was hard to understand. Shinkai-dono really is unbelievably deep~ ♪ (Pretty sure that’s a pun because “shin” (深) means deep)

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Ha~ah… Sengoku-kun’s so fortunate… I didn't understand a bit of practice just now… Much less benefit…
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Hm? Even though you're praising my coordination with Shinkai-dono, I think you were more coordinated?
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Is that so…?
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Of course. I think, even before Midori-kun understood the contents of training, he was already coordinated with Shinkai-dono in “certain places”~ ♪

Your body understood before your head, it often happens when I’m meditating so I’m familiar with it ...☆

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
That Sengoku-kun, didn't he just say stuff that Leader usually says…?

What is this, how could Leader be so influential…?

During performances too, all the children love Leader, you often hear them talking about “Ryusei Red” and such…

Recently, not just Nagumo-kun, Sengoku-kun’s been extremely enthusiastic too…

Even though I’ve thought about it before, that I’ll be a senior that juniors look up to in the future…

But whenever I think about how becoming that kind of person will have to experience lots of bothersome things, I won't be able to lift my spirits…

But I can’t stay like this forever either… No specialties, extremely normal, no difference from everyone else…

Even though I'm tall, when I'm thrown into the crowd nobody will recognise me…

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render

(Don't know why, but Midori-kun just got even more depressed suddenly)

(At this moment, I can't be the only one in high spirits. “All for one and one for all”, that's Ryuseitai...☆

A-Ahem! I made a new friend a while ago, I-I’d like to introduce him to Midori-kun…!

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Ah, no, normally, knowing new people will only create more trouble…?
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Hope Midori-kun doesn't mind, since we’re comrades in “Ryuseitai” … ♪
Translation: User:Adequategrey

Writer: Mitsuki
Budding Pop - 2
Location:
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Ya~ho~☆

Just as planned, I’m here to bring Shinobu-kun back home~

Hey you! The one who’s all tangled up with Shinobu-kun, what are you trying to do!

If you don’t let Shinobu-kun go, I won’t show any mercy~ ♪

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Yuta-kun~ ♪
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Hinata-kun……?
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Midori-kun, you’ve got the wrong person! That’s Yuta-kun, you know?
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Ah?! I-I’m sorry……!

Usually I would have been able to tell… Hinata-kun would always somehow pop up every day……

Why did I make a mistake just now…... Even if you ask me, I wouldn’t know……

Ahh, this is so depressing…… I wanna die……

(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Uhh, it’s Midori-kun, right……? I’m the one who was being mistaken for another person, you know…….?

I haven't even said anything, why are you suddenly so depressed……

If it’s like this, I can’t even get mad……

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Midori-kun Midori-kun, Yuta-kun is my new friend. He’s amazing☆

I hope you two can get along, de gozaru~♪

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Haah…….
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Midori-kun doesn’t look very happy~ ? Did I do something wrong, or did Aniki do something to him?
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
No… It’s just that I just can’t get my spirits up…… It’s my own problem, so please don’t mind me…..
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Oh. So that’s why Shinobu-kun would suddenly just say that…

Then….. How about this!

Midori-kun, please look over here~ The great Aoi Yuta will perform a juggling act just for you ☆

After watching, please package away all your worries……. ♪

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
W-Woah! As expected of Yuta-kun, he suddenly started juggling three balls!

The speed of his juggling just keeps getting faster……! Your eyes can’t even keep up with it, and can only see the white shadow, de gozaru……☆

Now I really feel like learning from Yuta-kun! If you could, please teach me, de gozaru!

(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Hehe~ This isn’t something that was supposed to be passed down, but if it’s Shinobu-kun who wants to learn, I’ll teach you everything~♪

So! Isn’t Midori-kun watching with interest too~?

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
…...♪
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
What is it,”Midori-kun wants to learn juggling” too…..?

Oh, even if you suddenly say that, it’s hard for me to do it. Even if you’re Shinobu-kun’s friend, being a teacher is just—

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
…...Hyaah!
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Uwaa?!
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
H-He suddenly pulled out a ball that was still in mid-air? Midori-kun’s reflexes are really good~ ♪
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Hey, wait a moment, Midori-kun, what are you trying to do? Do you have some kind of objection to my performance?
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Waaaah—

This mascot, it’s super cute…..!!

Can I ask where you got it? Is it still in stock? Can you give this to me……?!

(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
…...Shinobu-kun, is Midori-kun usually like this?
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
I’m not very clear about this but…... Apparently, Midori-kun really likes mascots? He even asked Anzu-dono to go on a date with him wearing a mascot kigurumi, de gozaru.
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Ehh…… I can’t tell just by looking at him, but Midori-kun really is amazing~ ♪

However, there are many different kinds of mascot characters…… Why is he so interested in this one?

Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
It’s because this design is so unique…… Like how it’s mouth is in between it’s two eyes…… I’ve never seen anything like this before…...♪
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Really…… I don’t really feel anything, though……
Midori Takamine RYUSEITAI Dialogue Render
Aah, I feel like sleeping in a place surrounded with this round plushie…...♪

If that happened, I would die of happiness…...☆

(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Oh. Is Midori-kun actually a weird person?
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Ahaha, it’s because ”Ryuseitai” is a gathering of ”weird people”, de gozaru......☆
Translation: 364 Unbirthdays

Writer: Mitsuki
Budding Pop - 3
Location:
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
The mascot was from the convenience store that aniki works part time at.

It’s probably sold at the store. If Midori-kun’s interested, I could bring you to the store ~ ♪

They’re always looking for part-timers too, if you ask the manager, you can probably get some of these buns as a reward.

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Oohh… I didn't think of this! Yuta-kun really is mature ~ ♪
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
No, no, it's exactly because we're not mature yet that we have to use our minds more.

If the weaker ones don't have initiative, there won't be any outcome ~

Me and aniki are used to these things already, we won't even be able to handle not doing things ~ ☆

Let's put that aside. According to aniki, these buns are pretty popular especially among children, and sell out really fast.

If we go now I don't know how much will be left… so let's hurry ♪

Scene Change: Convenience Store
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Hinata Aoi School Dialogue Render
♪ ~ ♪ ~ ♪

Thanks for your purchase ~ Please come again ~ ♪

Hmm hmm, business is thriving today too, all the employees are really busy.

Are these new goods? Ah, right in the nick of time too, the shelves are almost empty.

Let me carry them in, manager, you can take a break ~ ♪

Nn? To put these buns in the store’s most eye catching place, is it to attract customers? If that's so, even people who didn't want to come in might come in and buy other things too. What a smart prediction, I'm learning so much~

Even though usually Anzu-senpai takes care of us and does part-time jobs in our stead, but it can't do an idol harm to know about these things, right?

“Knowledge is no burden” , as Yuta-kun’s older brother, I've got to be prepared to look after him ☆

Ah, isn't that Yuta-kun? Speak of the devil ~ ♪

Yuta-kun ~ the brother who’s always thinking about you is here ~ ♪

U-Uwaah?!

(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Really, I do hope you'd be more reliable during work, aniki!

If not, everyone’s going to think “2wink” is made up of two fools!

Hinata Aoi School Dialogue Render
Yuta-kun’s strict as usual, that must be a form of affection too ☆
Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Um, sorry… may I know if these buns are goods of this store…?
Hinata Aoi School Dialogue Render
Ah, that’s right Midori-kun ~ They just arrived in store two days ago. Specifically they're promotional goods, the kind that comes with other purchases.

Of course you can buy them separately, but it's really not worth it.

Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Please let me work here…!! Anything to let me have some of those buns…!
Hinata Aoi School Dialogue Render
EH?! Please don't suddenly grab onto my shoulders, it hur-AAAAAH?!
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Midori-kun, calm down! Doing this to him is a bit over the top, even though he does prank others sometimes!
Hinata Aoi School Dialogue Render
Sniff… even though Yuta-kun’s defending me, why don't I feel relieved…?
(Independent) Yuta Aoi Full Render
Anyway aniki, it's like this, Midori-kun seems to like mascots a lot, so much that he did what he did to you just now.

The store must be needing people at this time, right?

Temporarily increasing the workforce during peak hours, and letting part of the salary be those bun mascots; Would aniki mind proposing this to the manager?

Hinata Aoi School Dialogue Render
OK OK ~ It's just a short proposal, leave it to me ♪
Translation: User: Adequategrey

Writer: Mitsuki
Budding Pop - 4
Location: Convenience Store
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Uu……
Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Sengoku-kun, are you alright...? Did you already give me all the buns in your bag?

Even if you gave me the amount of buns fit for 10 people, I’d be able to carry them...♪

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
I’m really sorry, even though I’d like to train myself more, right now I can only rely on Midori-kun, de gozaru...

I’m currently so tired that both my mental and physical state are sluggish…… To be able to persevere up to this point is truly a miracle, de gozaru...

Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Sengoku-kun actually doesn’t need to work...? I can do it by myself...

The shop owner was also really kind... Not only did he agree to our application for work, he also gave me so many buns in such a short time...♪

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
After shop owner-dono heard that the reason why Midori-kun started working was for the buns, he was super happy, de gozaru.

It’s like we met a confidant. That man probably paid a lot of attention on the design of the plushies~

I can really understand his feelings! If someone agreed to join my Ninja’s Association, I would be just as moved as shop owner-dono~♪

Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Now that I think about it, Shinobu-kun does his activities alone...?
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Midori-kun and Yuta-kun were both looking forward to working, so I wanted to tag along ♪

Especially since I’m not used to dealing with living humans, working can be considered as a sort of training as well.

I want to be like Taichou-dono, to be able to roar my name out loud with pride~ ♪

Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
But in the end, the job for welcoming customers was still handed over to Hinata-kun and Yuta-kun...
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Yuta-kun said that he and his brother had a reputation in the commercial department, so if they handed out flyers, even more new customers would enter the shop, de gozaru...
Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Shinobu-kun and I went to arrange the products, taking over Hinata-kun’s previous work...

The shop owner was really satisfied with our distribution of work... I usually do similar work at my family’s grocery shop, so this is alright...

I’ve made Shinobu-kun work so hard, I’m really sorry...?

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Uu... Even though shop owner-dono was very kind, we had to stick to our commissioned area without being too capricious, and could only do the work we had agreed to do.

It’s exactly like idol work. Even though Anzu-dono is always helping us select it...

The moment you accept the work, you cannot be picky, de gozaru.

Also... In the future, we might even be like Taichou-dono, receiving requests based around interacting with people.

But because we were under his care, or maybe to increase our popularity, we had to accept the jobs that we didn't want, de gozaru.

This is also another required segment related to work, so we have to properly complete it~ ♪

Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
...Shinobu-kun really thinks deeply about many things?
Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
It’s because I’ve received Yuta-kun’s support, de gozaru~♪

Yuta-kun is much more active, much more able, and even thinks more deeply about himself and his unit than I do.

I want to learn from Yuta-kun, de gozaru~♪

Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Yes… This is because we are in Ryuseitai, right…?

We usually have our senpais take care of us… Help us plan our training regimen, find jobs…

Ryuseitai’s name is also very bright… we only need to say that we’re from Ryuseitai, and many people will probably already offer us job opportunities…

That’s why we don’t have to be like Hinata-kun and Yuta-kun…

"The seeds planted by the first is enjoyed by the second"... This is the result of our senpai’s efforts...♪

Shinobu Sengoku School Dialogue Render
Indeed, I’m really thankful to Taichou-dono for letting me join Ryuseitai~ ♪

And in half a year… When Taichou-dono and Shinkai-dono graduate, it’ll become our turn, the kouhais who were wrapped up by Ryuseitai’s shade, de gozaru.

I don’t know if I can take care of my kouhai just like them, letting my kouhai grow peacefully without any worries… I’m very uneasy, de gozaru...

Midori Takamine School Dialogue Render
Yes…… I feel the same... Even though it’s a hassle, if we only work hard starting from now...

Before, I was saying all that depressing stuff, but thanks to these buns, I feel like I have a bit more motivation...

After I reach home, I’ll put these buns all onto my bed and have a good night’s sleep……

Tomorrow will definitely be both a painful yet beautiful day...♪

Translation: 364 Unbirthdays