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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Tonight’s update was supposedly posted last night (June 30), but it was moved to tonight, July 1 (Monday), because I realized that I forgot to plug the Internet while I was having fun with my family and relatives. Well, it didn’t worry me to move tonight’s update further, but it’s just a shortage, I guess. So, supposedly, I had to finish the month of June with tonight’s update, but thankfully, it’s the beginning of the month of July. So, tonight, you’ll see the future of Nashiba with Subaru and his team take on the first year high schoolers in a practice match!

    The future of Nashiba starts now! It’s time to kick off the month of July with the first part of the clash between the team of first years and reserves and the team of kouhais and senpais for the future of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team! This chapter will witness Seiichirō Yoshioka, Seijirō Hakamada and Chihiro Himejima in the court as they’ll take on the trio of Subaru Hasegawa, Kazunari Uehara and Banri Kashii. Tonight (July 1) is the birthday of Maho Misawa, one of the main female characters of Ro-Kyu-Bu! Maho is an energetic and joyful girl as she was very enthusiastic with excitement coming out for her and her friends from the Keishin Academy Elementary School girls' basketball team. Maho and Saki Nagatsuka, whose birthday will be tomorrow, July 2 (Tuesday), are close friends with each other because they were always getting along most of the time. Maho is voiced by Yuka Iguchi, whose birthday will be ten days away from now. Yuka's birthday is on July 11. Happy birthday, Maho! Now, get ready to see the boys of Nashiba facing each other for the future of their team because here comes the first part of their practice match! Enjoy reading Chapter 131!

    Team Eromanga, led by Masamune and Sagiri Izumi, have finished their school classes separately before meeting together at home. At home, they’re having a break for an hour before Masamune received a text message from Subaru. It means that Masamune and his crew will be going to the Nashiba High School Gymnasium to watch the practice match between the team of first years and reserves and the team of kouhais and senpais. This is the main opportunity for Sagiri to take pictures of their players, who were ready to test their willpower and strength against each other. In the first half, the team of the first years and reserves have worked on their moves as they were able to shine their playing style to match the strength of the team of kouhais and senpais. In the second quarter, things would be interesting with Subaru guarding Seiichirō. Both Subaru and Seiichirō are good shooters when it comes to being a playmaker and a sharpshooter. They clash each other with their moves they have while feeling determined to see who the best player between the two of them is. Sagiri would take the pictures of two players during their clash. One, she takes the picture of Seiichirō performing his own moves through the Red Lightning ability. And two, she takes the picture of Subaru posterizing Seiichirō with the one-handed clutch. By the end of the third quarter, the match is tied at 58 when Seiichirō makes his special jump shot over the face of Subaru. Sagiri would meet Subaru as she impresses him for his posterizing move on Seiichirō. Subaru feels satisfied with the picture Sagiri taking earlier while hoping to give Sagiri and Masamune their support in finishing the first volume of their new light novel. Hopefully, the match will be more interesting in the fourth quarter when both sides will be meeting each other once again for another round of strength, adaptability and hustle.

    VOLUME 7: “THE MAGENTA GIRLS AND THE SUN WARRIORS”
    CHAPTER 131: “THE FUTURE OF NASHIBA STARTS NOW! (PART 1)

    The next day, the Bravehearts and their allies would go to their respective schools for the last day of the month of April. Due to the observation of the Golden Week, there will be no classes from May 3 to 5 while some public schools will extend their no classes until May 7 and the others including majority of the private schools will resume their classes on May 6.

    For Masamune, Sagiri and their crew, they’re ready to have another time to continue their light novel project, Shockfire. Sagiri, Megumi, Elf and Muramasa leave their school, the Iwahashi Middle School, to go to Sagiri’s home while Masamune leaves the Tokurada High School after his last class is over. Tomoe would join Masamune as they’re heading to Masamune’s home as well.

    At the house of the Izumi siblings, Masamune, Izumi, Megumi, Elf, Tomoe and Muramasa are having a meeting on what they’ll do for today.

    Team Eromanga: Masamune Izumi, Sagiri Izumi, Megumi Jinno, Elf Yamada, Tomoe Takasago and Muramasa Senju

    “Oniichan, since another school week is over, we should be busy for our project today” said Sagiri.

    “Yeah, it should start today, onēchan. I mean, we have to do something right now because right after I have finished the third chapter, I might be able to draw inspiration to make this light novel more charismatic” said Masamune.

    “Yeah, it could be a picture of a guy who performs a basketball move” said Elf.

    “That would be nice, Yamada-san, but as you can see, we didn’t match any basketball matches, not even the Ōmori Invitationals because we’re living in Shimomaruko” said Masamune.

    “Oh, I see” said Elf.

    “Then, why we should watch a match, so that you can draw inspiration from someone?” asked Megumi.

    “That’s a good idea, Megumi-san. In fact, I have a camera in my room” said Sagiri.

    “Then, show it to us. I know that you’re a good illustrator, but also a photographer” said Muramasa.

    “Okay. I’ll be right back” said Sagiri as she leaves the living room to go to her room. Meanwhile, Masamune asks Muramasa a favor.

    “Senju-san” said Masamune.

    “Yes, Masamune-kun. Do you have something to say?” said Muramasa.

    “Well, I was wondering if you recognize Kirino Kōsaka” said Masamune.

    “Kirino. Well, that’s a female name to me. Who’s that girl?” said Muramasa.

    “Oh, she’s a friend of mine. Sagiiri and Kirino use to be close friends with each other and I believe that Kirino is seemed to be cute. Isn’t it?” said Masamune.

    “You gotta be kidding me, Izumi-kun. I believe so” said Muramasa.

    “Kirino is a cute girl and she has a brother Kyōsuke” said Megumi.

    “Her brother is much sophisticated, but much adamant” said Elf.

    “Well, that’s true, Yamada-san. Do you think we can contact her?” said Masamune.

    “I don’t know what you’re going to do, Masamune-kun, but I think you can do that once we’re going have time for fun” said Muramasa.

    “Okay. I’ll think about that” said Masaune.

    Sagiri returns from her room, bringing her camera. Sagiri was surprised to hear the conversation. “Oh, you said about Kirino-chan, oniichan?”

    “Yeah” said Masamune.

    “I should ask her if she’ll be with us later tonight at the Misawa Resort Hotel. She’ll be here to take a tour in the area we’re staying for the Golden Week vacation” said Sagiri.

    “That’s a good idea. I mean, Kirino and her brother should be knowing about that place because it’s the home of the Bravehearts” said Masamune.

    “Yep. Since we’re part of the Bravehearts, we can invite anyone to take a tour in the Misawa Resort Hotel. No one knows that we invite them to the mansion that the Bravehearts built” said Sagiri.

    “I agree with that idea, Sagiri-san! We should ask her later if she’ll be coming with us” said Megumi.

    “That way, she’ll be here to watch a basketball match!” said Elf.

    “Okay!” said Sagiri.

    “Speaking of watching a basketball match, I look at a text message by Subaru. He said that he and his school’s basketball team will have a practice match where his team will battle against a group of first year high school students in his school’s gymnasium” said Masamune.

    “I think that would be a great spot to draw inspiration, Masamune. Sagiri should draw an illustration of a character while observing those players in that team” said Tomoe.

    “This would be a great match, Tomoe. I believe that we should work together in drawing an inspiration of one of the players from Subaru’s team” said Masamune.

    “Yeah!” said Megumi, Elf, Tomoe and Muramasa.

    “It would be great if we can invite Aoba Suzukaze, Hifumi Takimoto, Kō Yagami, Rin Tooyama, Shizuku Hazuki, Hajime Shinoda, Yun Iijima, Umiko Ahagon and Nene Sakura to develop our light novel project by doing some character designs for each character if we’re going to develop it to a video game” said Muramasa.

    “I think that we can ask them for some time, but for now, we’re focusing on taking a picture of a basketball player who has talent in different categories” said Elf.

    “Well, it’s just my suggestion, Yamada-san” said Muramasa.

    “I agree. So, what should we do, Sagiri-san?” said Elf.

    “I think that we should go to the Nashiba High School, everyone. The practice match will be held at 4:30. So, we should be there soon to watch their match” said Sagiri.

    “I agree, onēchan. Let’s go out there and go to the Nashiba High School!” said Masamune.

    “Okay!” said Sagiri, Megumi, Elf, Tomoka and Muramasa as Masamune and his friends would leave the house to go to the Nashiba High School to watch the practice match between the boys’ basketball team and a group of first year high school students and reserve team members of the team.

    At the Nashiba High School Gymnasium, the members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team are in the bench as they were listening to Takeshi and his son, Takehiro, who were talking about their goals for the match. On the other hand, a group of first year high school students and the reserve members of the team.

    Team Matsubara: Composed of First Year Students of Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team and Members of Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team Reserve Team
    First Year Students of Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team: Hisao Senuma (PG), Seiya Miyazawa (SF), Hiroshi Ōtsuka (SG-PG), Chihiro Himejima (PF), Seijirō Hakamada (C-PF) and Seiichirō Yoshioka (SG)
    Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team Reserve Team: Satoyuki Koganei (SF, second year, brother of Jiro Koganei), Hyūma Atsuzawa (PG, second year), Kageyasu Manabe (C, third year), Yoshiteru Hamano (PF, third year), Kazuhito Ikejima (SF, second year), Shōzo Goseki (PG, third year), Kazushi Ōsaki (PF, third year) and Kimiya Nakagawa (C, second year)
    Staff: Eiji Matsubara (Coach) and Yoshitaka Aoyama (Manager, third year)


    “Now, listen up, boys. This is a practice match to start our season. Of course, for those who are new to this team, this is your first time to step up in this court. All you need to do is to show your talent and impress me. Okay?” said Eiji Matsubara.

    “Okay! We got it!” said the members of Team Matsubara.

    “Supposedly, last year would have that match, but due to Shin’s assault of Tsubasa Sugimoto, the school had suspended the boys’ basketball program for a year. As a result, no activities were made for the boys’ basketball program” said Eiji.

    “This year, this would be our year and thanks to Shin Mizusaki returning to the team once again as a manager alongside Takehiro, the son of our head coach, we’re going to be in a good shape. So, if you’re ready to step up into the real game, then show what you got from the tryout” said Yoshitaka Aoyama.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Matsubara.

    “Now, I will announce the lineups for this match. At the one, it will be Hisao Senuma. At the two, it will be Seiichirō Yoshioka. At the three, it will be Seiya Miyazawa. At the four, it will be Satoshi Koganei. And finally, at the five, it will be Seijirō Hakamada. The rest will be bench players. Are we okay with this lineup?” said Eiji.

    “Yes, Coach!” said the members of Team Matsubara.

    “Good. Now, let’s get that win for this match!” said Yoshitaka.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Matsubara.

    Meanwhile, at the entrance of the Nashiba High School, Masamune, Sagiri, Megumi, Elf, Tomoe and Muramasa are walking on their way to the gym.

    “So, what does Kirino say, onēchan? Is she coming to the Misawa Resort Hotel?” asked Masamune.

    “Yep. She will be glad to meet with us once we’re heading back home after watching this match. This is going to be a great ride for her and her brother if we give them a tour” said Sagiri.

    “That’s great! Now that those lovebugs are here, we should introduce them to the Bravehearts, but it’s going to be a busy night for them because there are a lot of events for the Fuchsia and Celadon Week” said Elf.

    “And also, we will organize an event later tonight, which is the launching of The Reincarnation of Silverwolf Series Exhibit” said Megumi.

    “That’s right, Megumi-chan. I’m sure that Kirino and her brother will be there to show our masterpiece. Right, oniichan?” said Sagiri.

    “Yeah! This is going to be a one-week exhibit to look at our works that we made last year. I’m sure that the guests will give some impressions and reactions when they look at our works” said Masamune.

    “Yep. I think that we should wear something dazzling when we go there. I believe that we should be ready for that event” said Sagiri.

    “Yeah!” said Masamune.

    Muramasa points at the gymnasium of the Nashiba High School. “There it is! That’s the Nashiba High School Gymnasium!”

    “That’s where the match is about to begin!” said Tomoe.

    “Yep. And when we’re entering this place, we’ll watch the match!” said Masamune.

    “Yeah!” said Sagiri, Megumi, Elf, Tomoe and Muramasa.

    As Masamune, Sagiri and their friends enter to the Nashiba High School Gymnasium, they see the players of Nashiba wearing either white or dark red shirts and black shorts.

    “Amazing! There are a lot of basketball players out here!” said Elf.

    “They’re a true varsity team!” said Megumi.

    “Yep. This is the school that Subaru had currently playing this year. I heard the news about the reinstatement of his school’s boys’ basketball program. That reinstatement allows his team to compete in prefectural competitions again and they’re considered a contender for this year’s Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Sagiri.

    “With their bonds being unbroken, they were unstoppable through their acceleration and fast-paced shooting” said Masamune.

    “Unlike the other schools like Tokurada and Ōmori, Nashiba has been developing their players through recruiting some hometown players instead of stronger players, based on their IQs and characteristics of them” said Tomoe.

    “This year, they’re hopefully going to make it to the promise land” said Muramasa.

    “What’s the ‘promise land’ you’re talking about, Senju-san?” asked Sagiri.

    “She said about the Interhigh national tournament, which is held in summer” said Elf.

    “Wow! I can’t believe that they’re stronger than the last time, but with the former players have gone to college, they were able to find some new players who were more hopeful than being naïve” said Sagiri.

    “That’s true, Sagiri-san. Now that they have a complete team, composed of fresh faces and some veterans like Subaru, Kazunari and so on, they’re ready to grab some points to win” said Megumi.

    “I believe that they’re ready for their practice match. A scrimmage between the players wearing white shirts and the others wearing red” said Masamune.

    “I agree, oniichan” said Sagiri.

    The players of Team Furukawa and Team Matsubara are now heading to the center circle as the practice match is about to begin.

    Takeshi Furukawa decides not to coach his team. So, he instead appoints his son, Takehiro, to coach the team. “Let’s see if those first year students prove better to beat Subaru and his boys in this practice match.”

    Shin Mizusaki releases the ball high for the jump ball while the two big men (Banri Tsuchiya and Seijirō Hakamada) battle for the tip. Seijirō tips the ball first before Seiichirō captures the ball, winning the possession.

    Team Furukawa: Subaru Hasegawa (PG), Kazunari Uehara (SG), Takumi Ōhata (SF), Naomori Abe (PF), Banri Kashii (C)
    Team Matsubara: Hisao Senuma (PG), Seiichirō Yoshioka (SG), Seiya Miyazawa (SF), Chihiro Himejima (PF), Seijirō Hakamada (C)


    Seiichirō would use the behind the back move on Kazunari before passes the ball to Hisao. Hisao uses the spin move to drive past Subaru before passing the ball to Chihiro. Chihiro tries to shoot the ball, but Naomori goes for the shot contest. Chihiro’s shot misses, but Seiya gets the rebound and sees Seiichirō wide open.

    “Sei-chan! Catch!” said Seiya passes the ball to Seiichirō by doing the bounce pass.

    Seiichirō catches the ball using his right hand. “I got it!” Seiichirō shoots the ball with the three-point shot and it’s good to go for his team. [Team Matsubara 3, Team Furukawa 0]

    Naomori would battle against Chihiro, who was guarding him. Naomori would pass the ball to Takumi and then, Takumi uses the drive to increase his acceleration in ball handling. Takumi storms past Seiya before passes the ball to Banri.

    “I’ll take that shot!” said Banri as he shoots the ball with the layup.

    “Oh no, you don’t!” said Seijirō as he blocks Banri’s shot.

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Hisao before going on the fast break. Then, he passes the ball to Seiichirō in a quick pass.

    “I’ll take care of this!” said Seiichirō as he uses the crossover move on Kazunari before driving past Kazunari and shoots the ball with the floater. [Team Matsubara 5, Team Furukawa 0]

    “Unbelievable! Seiichirō shoots five points in one quarter!” said Satoyuki Koganei.

    “That guy is a shooting machine!” said Kazushi Ōsaki.

    Then, a few minutes later, Subaru was able to shoot his first two points in the match after doing the fake on Hisao. Subaru would perform the floater, gives his team the first two points of the match. [Team Matsubara 5, Team Furukawa 2]

    Chihiro gets the screen on Kazunari before Seiichirō gives the way to shoot the ball with the floater, which scores 7 points. [Team Matsubara 7, Teak Furukawa 2]

    “And he’s done it again!” said Kageyasu Manabe.

    “I can’t believe that our team still gets the lead by this redhead phenom!” said Hiroshi Ōtsuka.

    Later, Kazunari passes the ball to Subaru and then, Subaru drives past Hisao before her was stopped by Seiichirō.

    “So, it’s about time, Subaru. I know that you’re good in dribbling, but I’ll stop you right now!” said Seiichirō.

    “Well, then, can you do like this?” asked Subaru as he performs the behind the back move and then, steps back for the isolation.

    “Whoa! He’s performing the iso move!” said Mitsuhiro Nagakura.

    “Subaru knows this move and he’s always doing that against his rival Ryuuichi!” said Seiji Kōno.

    “With a quick iso, Subaru can scrape past his opponents without hesitation” said Kenshō Odawara.

    “Yeah, I agree” said Mitsuhiro.

    Subaru would drive past Subaru through the iso move before shooting the ball with the reverse layup. The shot was good for Subaru, adding two points to his team. [Team Matsubara 7, Team Furukawa 4]

    “Subaru doesn’t want to lose his cool because he knows the abilities of his opponents. I can imagine him being the star of the team can dominate his athleticism” said Takehiro Furukawa.

    “Yeah, I guess that the only thing Subaru wants to prove is to match is low ego with his competitive guards in this city” said Shin.

    “Well, I agree about you, Shin. I can’t wait to see him doing some techniques and also, he’s about to move on to his peak in his youth career” said Takehiro.

    “I would expect to look forward to his future once he’s finished playing for us on his graduating year” said Shin.

    “Yeah” said Takehiro.

    With 4:05 remaining, both teams switch their focus as Team Matsubara are hopefully going to score a shot again.

    Seiichirō passes the ball to Chihiro before Chihiro performs the step back shot over the face of Naomori and it’s good to go for Team Matsubara. [Team Matsubara 9, Team Furukawa 4]

    Then, Subaru passes the ball to Kazunari. Kazunari performs the crossover move on Seiichirō before driving past him. Then, he’s going to shoot the ball with the layup, but it misses as it was slightly early.

    “Get that ball!” said Seiichirō.

    Banri and Seijirō are fighting for the ball and Seijirō captures the ball. Seijirō would drive in to go to the other side of the court before passing the ball to Seiya. Seiya would drive past Takumi before throwing the ball for the alley-oop pass.

    “He’s going to use the alley-oop pass to give some big men to shoot!” said Daisuke Kojima.

    “Not so fast!” said Naomori as he tips the ball over Chihiro. Then, Banri grabs the ball for the steal and then, passes the ball to Subaru. Subaru passes the ball to Takumi, who would use the iso move on Seiya. Takumi drives past Seiya before passing the ball to Banri, who would use the clutch shot, but Chihiro blocks it.

    “You don’t have one, Banri!” said Chihiro.

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Naomori, who tries to shoot the ball with the layup, but he was surprised by Seijirō.

    “Get that ball out of here, Naomori!” said Seijirō as he blocks Naomori’s shot.

    “That’s two blocks in a row!” said Megumi.

    “Yep. Those two boys are working with their stamina and hustle. Seijirō had to be frequent on using tenacious blocking techniques while the white-haired guy had more hustle than Seijirō” said Muramasa.

    “I think that both guys have worked hard with their blocking skills because they’re too good to defend his team” said Masamune.

    “You got that right, Masamune” said Muramasa.

    Hisao gets the rebound with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Hisao would performs the running hesitation move on Subaru and then, drives past him.

    “You gotta be kidding me!” said Sadatoshi Kiuchi.

    “Hisao drives past Subaru with the hesitation move!” said Kenshō.

    “I’ll make sure that I’ll be proving myself this time!” said Hisao as he shoots the ball with the layup and his shot was a successful. [Team Matsubara 11, Team Furukawa 4]

    “Way to go, Hisao-kun!” said Seiichirō as he gives Hisao a high five.

    Hisao smiles to Seiichirō after he was given a high five. “Thanks, Seiichirō!”

    Team Furukawa has gone struggling when their performance had gone bad. Takumi would battle against Seiya once again, but this time, Takumi uses the crossover move on Seiya before going for the drive to drive past Seiya.

    “Takumi! Pass it to me!” said Kazunari.

    “Okay” said Takumi, nodding to his team before passing the ball to Kazunari with the quick pass.

    Kazunari would step back to shoot the ball with the three-point shot while Seiichirō tries to stop him with the shot contest. However, Kazunari’s shot was perfect and the ball had landed to the basket. [Team Matsubara 11, Team Furukawa 7]

    Takumi tries to stop Seiya, but he doesn’t overcome it as Seiya passes the ball to Hisao with the bounce pass. Then, Seiya performs the crossover move on Subaru before stepping back to pass the ball to Chihiro. Chihiro would drive in with his acceleration by driving past Naomori.

    “I’m going to stop you!” said Banri.

    “Oh no, you don’t!” said Seijirō as he gets the screen on Banri.

    “Great screen, Seijirō! I’m going to shoot it now!” said Chihiro as he shoots the ball with the hook shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Matsubara 13, Team Furukawa 7]

    Subaru passes the ball to Kazunari with the bounce pass and then, Kazunari uses the behind the back and step back combination move on Seiichirō before shooting the ball with the three-point shot, but Seiichirō was able to go for the shot contest. Kazunari’s shot would be missed and Chihiro takes the rebound.

    “Hakamada-san!” said Chihiro as he’s passing the ball to Seijirō with the lance pass.

    Seijirō would go for the stamina play before doing the driving dunk to score for two points. [Team Matsubara 15, Team Furukawa 7]

    “That’s good, boys! Keep it up!” said Eiji Matsubara, clapping his hands as he’s trying to cheer for his players.

    Then, Chihiro would block Banri’s shot when Banri is about to shoot the ball with the layup.

    “Get that ball out of here, Banri!” said Chihiro.

    Then, Seiya grabs the ball for the rebound before passing the ball to Hisao with the lance pass. Hisao would drive in to the paint before shooting the ball with the layup.

    “I’ll get that ball out of here!” said Naomori as he blocks Hisao’s shot. “Payback aren’t bad as it gets!”

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Subaru before running to the perimeter where he performs the behind the back move on Seiichirō. Subaru tries to shoot the ball with the layup, but it misses as he goes out of the way when Seiya moves him out through his movement.

    “I’ll get this!” said Naomori as he grabs the ball for the rebound before shooting the ball with the putback.

    However, Seijirō pulls the ball out of Naomori’s hands, taking his own hustle to stop Naomori. “You can’t have one, Naomori!”

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Hisao with 1:13 left in the first quarter. Hisao would be followed by Subaru and Kazunari.

    “Seiichirō!” said Hisao as he throws the ball for the overhead pass.

    Seiichirō would drive past Subaru and Kazunari with the hesitation move and shoots the ball with the driving layup. [Team Matsubara 17, Team Furukawa 7]

    “Alright! He’s driving to the paint for the layup!” said Hyūma Atsuzawa.

    “What a pass by Hisao-kun and a great finish by Seiichirō!” said Yoshiteru.

    “The duo had been working out here with the catch & shoot play” said Satoyuki.

    “Yep. Seiichirō and Hisao have been working with their playmaking skills in the tryouts and it looks like they’re improving their attributes with their combination” said Hyūma.

    “I agree. That Seiichirō had been proving himself since he’s the father of a professional player. I could see him being the sixth man of our team, but we don’t know what’s going to be the roster will be looked like” said Yoshiteru.

    “Of course, Hamano! If a guy outside Ōta have guts, then it’s got to be him!” said Satoyuki.

    “Yeah” said Hyūma and Yoshiteru.

    The rest of the first quarter was nothing special with both teams miss their shots and the whistle was blown by Shin. Shin would announce the score of the practice match. “End of first quarter! Team Matsubara 17, Team Furukawa 7.”

    The starting five for Team Matsubara and Team Furukawa would go back to the bench after they finished the first eight minutes of the match.

    The head coach of the reserve team, Eiji Matubara, was pleased with the performance of Seiichirō and his teammates. “Great job, boys! We were able to get the double-digit lead and handle our opponents to less than 10 points!”

    “Well, that wasn’t bad after all, Coach. I mean, we got so many struggles out here when the frontcourt of Banri and Naomori are beasting in the paint” said Seiichirō.

    “But on the bright side, we’re good to have defensive stop on them” said Chihiro.

    “I agree to those statements, boys. Now, I will let all of you rest up for the second quarter, so that I will give the other players their chance to play. Okay?” said Eiji.

    “Okay!” said Hisao, Seiichirō, Seiya, Chihiro and Seijirō.

    Meanwhile, at the bench of Team Furukawa, Takehiro was disappointed about the result of their players in the first quarter. “They’re too good. I believe that Seiichirō is a scoring machine.”

    “He has his own shooting IQ as well as his quick acceleration in releasing the shots” said Shin.

    “Yeah, I agree, Coach. I’m not sure why our team didn’t able to score 10 points” said Subaru.

    “And to my surprise, they have a block party on us” said Banri.

    “That’s true, Banri. Because they’re good in defense, it doesn’t mean that they’re capable of using their detection to stop us” said Kazunari.

    “So, what should we do?” asked Subaru.

    “Well, to my point, I think that I have to adjust the lineup for the second quarter. I mean, Itaru should be on the four to replace Naomori while on the other hand, I will let Subaru and Kazunari bench for the second quarter” said Takehiro.

    “Hey, you can’t!” said Subaru.

    “What do you mean, you can’t?” asked Takehiro.

    “The two of us were supposed to stop our opponents with our defense by using a strategy” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, but I don’t think you can stop Seiichirō, Subaru. That’s why I must let you and Kazunari bench for a while. When you’re ready to go back to the court, then I will call you” said Takehiro.

    “Okay” said Subaru and Kazunari.

    “Now, we should replace Subaru and Kazunari with two strong shooters, Ryōta Sugihara and Mitsuhiro Nagakura” said Shin.

    “You two should be ready to shoot outside shots and make sure that you can’t miss. Okay?” said Takehiro.

    “Yes, Coach!” said Ryōta Sugihara and Mitsuhiro.

    “Good. Since Seiichirō and his team are benched for the second quarter, I will also bench Banri and Takumi as well. So, joining Ryōta, Mitsuhiro and Itaru will be Kenshō and Daisuke” said Takehiro.

    “Let’s make sure that we’re going to stop those first years with something that will go on fire. Are we ready for this?” said Shin.

    “Yeah, we’re ready!” said the members of Team Furukawa.

    “Then, let’s do this!” said Takehiro.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Furukawa. With the starters of both teams are benched for a while, the bench players will take their role in the meantime.

    “I’ll have to find out how to stop Seiichirō with my own moves” said Subaru.

    “What do you mean, stopping him? Are we going to use some Complete Synchronization Skill?” asked Kazunari.

    “No, Kazunari-kun. In this practice match, we can’t use the Complete Synchronization Skill. We can only use the special moves if we’re good enough to be on fire. But I’ll have a plan” said Subaru.

    “What is the plan?” asked Kazunari.

    “You’ll see when the time has come” said Subaru. Kazunari and Banri are hopefully going to know what Subaru’s plan on stopping Seiichirō in the later part of the match.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Volume 7: "The Magenta Girls and the Sun Warriors" | Chapter 131: "The Future of Nashiba Starts Now! (Part 1)"

    Part 2

    Meanwhile, on their way to the Misawa Resort Hotel, Kotoko, Yurie Takaishi and Hiroshi Miyamoto are walking together after they finish their final classes in their section in the Hasekura High School. They are having a conversation about Subaru and his team, the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team.

    “Kotoko” said Yurie.

    “Yes, Yurie-san. What do you want to tell me?” said Kotoko.

    “When we watch the game between Nashiba and Mikagawa in the final of the Young Players Cup, that brown-haired guy seemed to be catching shots while he’s on fire” said Yurie.

    “And also, his teammates are good in synchronizing their skills when they’re ready to bring an end to the match” said Hiroshi Miyamoto.

    “Oh, yeah. I see the fact that Subaru was able to prove to his opponents that he’s worthy to be the best in the ward, but he has to keep more in hustle and adaptability” said Kotoko.

    “That’s true, Kotoko. I never imagine him being the star of a basketball team that was suspended last year. People think that Nashiba may end up being the underdogs of the Interhigh prefectural tournament if they’ll go on fire with their Complete Synchronization Skill” said Yurie.

    “With one and a half months remaining before the Interhigh prefectural tournament, most of the high schools in Ōta are ready to get vengeance after almost all high schools in Ōta have been eliminated early. Those bastards from Itoda have made it to the fourth round though” said Hiroshi.

    “Yeah, I agree. In fact, Nashiba has a heart to win because they want to be adapted in making their season even better than before. I’m sure that Subaru and his teammates will play hard with their own strategy when they’ll participate in the Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Kotoko.

    “I would expect to see their appearance, Kotoko. They’re surely wanting to be champions this year. That’s their goal for them” said Yurie.

    “I agree with you, Yurie. They won’t be denied this time” said Kotoko.

    “Yep. I hope that things will go around in Ōta if all high schools including Hasekura will make it further to later rounds of the tournament. I’m just hoping that I’ll be ready to go back for my second year in the varsity team” said Hiroshi.

    “Well, I’m glad that you guys are hoping to see Ōta bringing back their dominance in basketball, so that they’ll be matching with soccer. I hope that my former team will get their hopes too in going to the Interhigh tournament this year” said Kotoko.

    “You mean the Tateishi Gakuen?” asked Hiroshi.

    “Yep. My former school will be ready to defend their court since they are the team that defeated Itoda Business High School last year. I’m hoping to see them growing their dominance this year, but also, I’ll be rooting for your team too, Hiroshi!” said Kotoko.

    “Well, I like your enthusiasm, Kotoko-san! Thank you very much. You’re too kind to say that when it comes to our team” said Hiroshi.

    “Yeah! I’ll be delighted if you and your friends will go to the Misawa Resort Hotel and see our activities for the Fuchsia and Celadon Week” said Kotoko.

    “That would be an awesome activity that everyone witnesses a new era in Ōta” said Yurie.

    “Okay! I’ll give in, Kotoko and Yurie! When my friends will be here tonight, we should play together and have fun!” said Hiroshi.

    Kotoko and Yurie smile to Hiroshi as they agree to his idea. “Okay!”

    Back at the Nashiba High School Gymnasium, the practice match continues with Ryōta Sugihara and Mitsuhiro Nagakura have taken over the second quarter with mid-range jump shots and three-point shots everywhere. However, before Team Furukawa takes the lead for the last three minutes, Team Matsubara was able to deliver defensive stops, but not before Itaru blocks the shots of Hiroshi Ōtsuka and Satoyuki Koganei.

    Then, a foul shot was made by Satoyuki when he was fouled by Daisuke. He’s about to shoot one more to tie the game. Currently, the score is 36 to 35 with a lead by Team Furukawa.

    “Come on, Koganei-san. You have to shoot one to tie the game” said Chihiro.

    “He’s about to get his fifth point after he was able to convert a mid-range jump shot early and the foul shot” said Seiichirō.

    “He’s not always missing free throws, I’ll tell you” said Seijirō.

    Satoyuki would successfully convert a free throw to tie the game with 1:02 left in the second quarter. [Team Furukawa 36, Team Matsubara 36]

    Team Furukawa: Ryōta Sugiihara (PG), Mitsuhiro Nagakura (SG), Kenshō Odawara (SF), Daisuke Kojima (PF), Itaru Tsuchiya (C)
    Team Matsubara: Hyūma Atsuzawa (PG), Hiroshi Ōtsuka (SG), Satoyuki Koganei (SF), Kazushi Ōsaki (PF), Kageyasu Manabe (C)


    Kenshō passes the ball to Ryōta as he sprints in to his court where he is confronted by Hyūma Atsuzawa.

    “I’ll make sure that you’ll never get past on me!” said Hyūma.

    “Then, I’ll show it to you how it’s done!” said Kenshō.

    “You have to watch out on him, Kenshō! He’s good in guarding!” said Mitsuhiro.

    Without warning, Kenshō uses the crossover move on Hyūma, but the latter keeps his tight on defense, in order to add some acceleration. Kenshō was surprised that his opponent is using hustle, so he decides to step back and tries to drive past Hyūma.

    “I’m not going to get driven, Odawara-san!” said Hyūma as he uses his resiliency, trying to keep his guard on Kenshō. Kenshō would keep his pace, in trying to drive past Hyūma.

    When they reach to the paint, Kenshō sees Itaru without his opponent and shouts at him. “Itaru!”

    Itaru gets the ball, but before he will shoot, Kageyasu stops him. “Crap!”

    Kageyasu takes the shimmering move as his defense was better to stop Itaru. “You’re in no place to shoot, Itaru!”

    “Oh yeah, then, take this!” said Itaru as he goes for the reverse layup, but Kageyasu’s hustle proves better to stop Itaru and Itaru’s shot was missed. “Darn it! So close!”

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Kenshō. Kenshō is about to shoot the ball with the shimmy shot, but it misses after he makes the wrong move.

    “No way!” said Kenshō, who was surprised when his shot was missed.

    “Grab the board!” said Hiroshi.

    “Okay!” said Hyūma, Satoyuki, Kazushi and Kageyasu.

    Kazushi gets the rebound before he and his teammates take their fast break skills.

    “That fast break! Stop them!” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Okay!” said Ryōta, Kenshō, Daisuke Itaru.

    Both sides would battle for fast break and pick dodging. Kazushi passes the ball to Satoyuki before Satoyuki was about to shoot the ball with the jump shot in mid-range. However, Kenshō comes out to block Satoyuki’s shot.

    “You’re not gonna make it!” said Kenshō as the ball was released from Satoyuki’s shot, thanks to Kenshō. The ball would be landed on the hands of Mitsuhiro and then, Mitsuhiro battles Hiroshi one-on-one with 26 seconds remaining.

    “You can do it, Hiroshi!” said Hisao.

    “Yeah, beat that redheard!” said Seiichirō.

    Hiroshi would use his dodging moves while Mitsuhiro performs the behind the back move. Then, both players would go to the paint. Mitsuhiro sways Hiroshi before shooting the ball for the hook shot and his shot was good to go. [Team Furukawa 38, Team Matsubara 36]

    “Nice shot, Mitsuhiro!” said Subaru.

    “You save your lead!” said Banri.

    “Good thing that we have a sixth man poising to stop the first years!” said Kazunari.

    “Thanks, boys. Now, it’s time to make one more defensive stop before halftime!” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Okay!” said Ryōta, Kenshō, Daisuke Itaru.

    With 11 seconds remaining, the first half is about to be over and things don’t go well for Team Furukawa when Satoyuki passes the ball to Hyūma. Hyūma would drive past Ryōta with the hesitation move before passing the ball to Kageyasu. Kageyasu would take his pressure out as he was guarded by Itaru.

    “Hey, Manabe!” said Hiroshi.

    “Yeah, Hiroshi-kun” said Kageyasu.

    “I’ll take the finish!” said Hiroshi.

    “Okay. Then, it’s all yours!” said Kageyasu as he passes the ball to Hiroshi with the overhead pass.

    “You’re not gonna shoot this ball, Hiroshi!” said Kenshō.

    “Oh no, you don’t, Kenshō! It’s all mine!” said Hiroshi as he dashes in to drive past Kenshō and captures the ball. Then, the clock winding down, Hiroshi shoots the ball with the three-point shot beyond the arc and the ball drives to the basket. As the whistle was blown by Shin, he counts Hiroshi’s three-point shot, which makes Team Matsubara leading by 1.

    Shin announces the score of the match after blowing his whistle. “Basket counted! End of first half. Team Matsubara 39, Team Furukawa 38.”

    Hyūma, Hiroshi, Satoyuki, Kazushi and Kageyasu are walking back to the bench after Hiroshi finishes the first half with the three-point shot. Seiichirō, Chihiro and Seijirō give the five players some high fives.

    “Great job, team!” said Seiichirō.

    “We’re still getting the lead, despite our opponents have gone dominating” said Seijirō.

    “Somehow, our team is still doing things right, thanks to the bench’s stamina and intense resiliency” said Chihiro.

    “Yeah” said Seiichirō and Seijirō.

    As Hyūma, Hiroshi, Satoyuki, Kazushi and Kageyasu are sitting down to the bench, Eiji Matsubara talks to his players about their plan for the third quarter. “Since we’re keeping our lead at the end of the first half, we still get our chance to extend the lead in the first minutes of the second half.”

    “We could have lost the lead, but thanks to Hiroshi-kun, we’re safe right now” said Yoshitaka Aoyama.

    “Well done, Hiroshi-kun!” said Eiji.

    “Thanks, Coach! I never taught I faded the shot, but it was all for the best to keep our lead at the end” said Hiroshi.

    “We shouldn’t be afraid right now, Hiroshi. I know that you might end up joining the main roster, but we’ll see” said Eiji.

    “Okay!” said Hiroshi.

    “Now, I guess that the starters are ready once again to go back to the bench and I might be predicting that Subaru and his teammates will return too for the second half” said Yoshitaka.

    “I agree, Aoyama-sensei. Since you guys are ready for the second half, I want you to keep the lead until the end of the third quarter. If you guys are struggling, then come up on Plan B” said Eiji.

    “What’s ‘Plan B’, Eiji-sensei?” asked Seiichirō.

    “I’ll talk about it, Seiichirō” said Eiji.

    While Team Matsubara are ready, Team Furukawa are not done in the match. Despite the strong performance by the bench, they need to recover their lead after Hiroshi shot the three-point shot.

    “Manager, I was wondering if I can switch the positions with Kazunari” said Subaru.

    “Why?” asked Takehiro.

    “Because I want to battle against Seiichirō. He’s a phenomenal shooter coming from Kanagawa and I want to prove to him that I’m the better guy to shoot” said Subaru.

    “Well, sure. Now, all you need to do is to make sure that you have your playmaking moves ready for impact. If he’s ready to stop you, you’ll use your defense, okay?” said Takehiro.

    “Okay! I’ll do it!” said Subaru.

    “If Subaru wants to defend Seiichirō, then I’ll do it too!” said Kazunari.

    “Well, be my guest, Kazunari. We should make an impact to stop those first year students because we’re the A-side of the team. Right?” said Takehiro.

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Furukawa.

    “Then, let’s do it!” said Takehiro.

    Shin blows his whistle as the interval is over and the starters from both sides enter to the court for the third quarter.

    Team Furukawa: Kazunari Uehara (PG), Subaru Hasegawa (SG), Takumi Ōhata (SF), Naomori Abe (PF), Banri Kashii (C)
    Team Matsubara: Hisao Senuma (PG), Seiichirō Yoshioka (SG), Seiya Miyazawa (SF), Chihiro Himejima (PF), Seijirō Hakamada (C)


    When the starters are now in the court, Subaru finally gets ready to stop Seiichirō.

    “Wait a minute. Is Subaru going to face off against Seiichirō?” said Hiroshi.

    “That was an odd move, Hiroshi-kun. Subaru is a point guard while Seiichirō is both point guard and shooting guard” said Satoyuki.

    “I bet that Subaru will try his best to stop Seiichirō and this will be a hard battle between two superstars in the court” said Hyūma.

    “I definitely agree” said Hiroshi.

    As Shin blows the whistle, the third quarter of the practice match begins. Subaru and Seiichirō run through the court of Team Matsubara and then, Hisao passes the ball to Seiichirō.

    “So, Seiichirō, I’m finally waiting to battle you” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, it’s about time, Subaru. I mean, you’re struggling with your performance, but now, I’m going to tell you that one day, I’ll be the star of the team. So, prove to your defense, Subaru!” said Seiichirō.

    “Good. Shall we clash? Because I’m ready to stop you!” said Subaru.

    “Okay! Then, let’s duel!” said Seiichirō.

    Subaru and Seiichirō would clash with each other for the first time where they use their pivots to strengthen their acceleration. Seiichirō uses the crossover move while Subaru would try his best to dodge Seiichirō’s moves. Then, when both Seiichirō and Subaru move to the basket, Seiichirō tries to shoot the ball with the floater, but Subaru takes the shot contest on him. This causes the ball to bounce off from the backboard.

    “What!” said Seiichirō.

    “Subaru had finally made Seiichirō’s shot missed!” said Sagiri.

    “That Subaru was a quick defender!” said Masamune.

    “He’s surely a defensive minded shooter due to his great interior defense” said Elf.

    “Sagiri, if he’s about to perform a shot, take a picture of him” said Megumi.

    “Okay!” said Sagiri.

    Naomori would grab the ball for the rebound before passing the ball to Banri. As Banri enters to the three-point line, Seijirō battles him.

    “Here come the two giants!” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Seijirō and Banri! They’re interior defenders in the court, but who will prevail?” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    Banri takes the pressure out while Seijirō uses his defensive constituency. Banri would perform the between the legs move before Seijirō dodges it. Then, Banri steps back, but Seijirō moves up from his position to counter it. Banri would look at Subaru.

    “Banri-kun!” said Subaru.

    Banri nods on his face before passing the ball Subaru. Seijirō fails to make the tip, nearly reaching the ball.

    Subaru would use the crossover move on Seiichirō before driving past Seiichirō.

    “Whoa! He’s driving past Seiichirō!” said Satoyuki.

    “Subaru is doing the playmaking move before driving past him quickly!” said Kazushi.

    Subaru would shoot the ball with the floater and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Furukawa 40, Team Matsubara 39]

    “You’re too fast, Subaru. I thought that you never learn that move” said Seiichirō.

    “Of course not! I had been a playmaker during my time in elementary school and middle school and now, I’m the captain of the team. If you want to prove well to be a player of our team, then you must impress me with your moves. If you can’t make it, then I have no choice, but to stop you!” said Subaru.

    “Well, then, I’ll make sure that I’ll perform something for you!” said Seiichirō.

    “Oh, really. Then, we’ll see” said Subaru.

    Then, it’s the turn of Team Matsubara with Seiya passes the ball to Hisao. Hisao would pass the ball to Seijirō. Seijirō uses his triple threat move when he was guarded by Banri.

    “Alright, I have to wait for Seijirō to pass the ball to me. I have to prove Subaru that I’m a better player” said Seiichirō.

    As Seijirō uses the crossover move on Banri, Seijirō steps back and shouts at Seiichirō. “Here’s the ball, Seiichirō!”

    Seiichirō grabs the ball, and then, does the triple threat size-up.

    Subaru was surprised to see Seiichirō doing the triple threat size-up. “Are you ready?”

    “Yeah, here I come!” said Seiichirō.

    Seiichirō would start performing the between the legs move on Subaru and then, Seiichirō is ready to drive past Subaru.

    “Oh, my goodness! Look at him! He’s showing some moves!” said Elf.

    “Take a picture, Sagiri-san!” said Muramasa.

    “Okay!” said Sagiri. Sagiri would run near the safe place to take a picture of Seiichirō. Sagiri clicks the camera to take a picture of Seiichirō before Seiichirō uses the pivot to accelerate and drive past Subaru.

    “Oh, my goodness! You’re too fast to stop me” said Subaru, who was surprised to see his opponent doing his own move.

    Subaru tries to catch up with Seiichirō, but Seiichirō jumps to shoot the ball with the reverse layup. Sagiri takes a picture of Seiichirō doing the reverse layup while the scoreboard was displayed. [Team Matsubara 41, Team Furukawa 40]

    “Seiichirō makes the reverse layup!” said Satoyuki.

    “That nasty layup has been roaring around, thanks to Seiichirō’s special ability” said Kageyasu.

    “What was that called?” Satoyuki.

    “It’s called the Red Lightning ability. It’s an ability where he can use his Acrobat moves through his unbreaking moves from the perimeter on the corner. He can use layups with few consequences whether you will get a foul shot or not” said Hiroshi.

    “Wow! I can’t believe that he is a talented pick-and-roll maestro when it comes to his fast-paced plays in the court” said Kageyasu.

    “But also, his opponents fear him when he’s using that ability” said Satoyuki.

    “Yep” said Hiroshi.

    “So, Subaru, this is just the beginning, huh?” said Seiichirō.

    “Well, yes, indeed, Seiichirō, but since we’re in a different position, I will make sure that I’m better than you” said Subaru.

    “Ah, I see. So, you better watch out, Subaru! This challenge wouldn’t make me disappointed in our match!” said Seiichirō.

    “Okay!” said Subaru.

    The clash between Seiichirō and Subaru continues with both players make their jump shots. Subaru drives past Seiichirō after doing the crossover move while Seiichirō performs the between the legs move and then, steps back to do the spin move on Subaru.

    “Wow! Both Subaru and Seiichirō are showing their moves with each other!” said Itaru.

    “Neither us nor opponents would surprise to see those!” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    “Yep. While Subaru came from Ōta, Seiichirō came from the city of Yokohama and resided in Setagaya. However, with both players have different techniques they made, they have worked hard through their early careers” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Would it be great that both guys would compete in a contest to show their moves, but that would be a big thing that we would happen soon” said Kenshō.

    “I agree. Subaru said to be more serious when it comes to facing against some players outside of his hometown, but he respects them” said Daisuke.

    “True, I would also be wondering if Seiichirō will be taking Subaru’s place once Subaru will be leaving next year” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    “Yep. Seiichirō is just a first year high school student and he may eventually becoming a starter once he grows his potential and attributes” said Itaru.

    “I agree!” said Mitsuhiro.

    Then, Kazunari and Banri were able to give help from Subaru with the assist while Seiichirō and Hisao team up by doing the pass and shoot combination. In one scene, Seiichirō uses the crossover move on Subaru before calling Seijirō the screen and then, Seiichirō moves to the right to dash away from Subaru before passing the ball to Seiya.

    “Now, shoot!” said Seiichirō.

    Seiya shoots the ball with the three-point shot and the ball drives to the basket. The scoreboard is displayed with the score of 54 to 51, in favor Team Matsubara with 3:25 left in the third quarter.

    Then, Kazunari uses the crossover move on Hisao before passes the ball to Subaru. As Subaru finds the spot to shoot, Seiichirō tries to stop him. However, Seiichirō fails to stop Subaru with his shot contest and in the end, Subaru posterizes Seiichirō with the one-hand clutch. [Team Matsubara 54, Team Furukawa 53]

    Sagiri witness the move. “Wow! That was beautiful!” Sagiri takes a picture of Subaru poterizing Seiichirō.

    “Do you have a picture?” asked Masamune.

    “Yeah! Look at this!” said Sagiri as she shows the picture of Subaru posterizing Seiichirō to Masamune, Megumi, Elf, Tomoe and Muramasa.

    “Wow! That was nasty!” said Masamune.

    “He finishes it with the posterizing move!” said Tomoe.

    “Yeah, I can’t believe that his strength was too much for Seiichirō to posterize him!” said Elf.

    “That would definitely make a big impact for Subaru to do that move” said Megumi.

    “With both players are superstars, I hope that Seiichirō will learn some new moves by Subaru before Subaru is heading college” said Muramasa.

    “Yeah, Subaru doesn’t want to miss this move because he’s taking the hustle over his opponents and he can do anything he wants” said Sagiri.

    “I agree!” said Masamune while Megumi, Elf, Tomoe and Muramasa nod to agree with Sagiri.

    Subaru grabs Seiichirō’s hands as Seiichirō gets up.

    “Thanks, Subaru” said Seiichirō.

    “Are you okay?” asked Subaru.

    “Yeah, I’m fine. That posterizing dunk was amazing!” said Seiichirō.

    “Yep. That was the move when I’m going on clutch time to make things nasty” said Subaru.

    “It would be more like a fortune cookie” said Seiichirō.

    “Not even. Well, we should keep clashing with each other, Seiichirō. That match is still ongoing” said Subaru.

    “Oh, okay!” said Seiichirō.

    Seiichirō and Subaru clash with each other later with their movements, but also, they get assists in the match. When Seiichirō uses the between the legs move on Subaru, he calls Seijirō the screen before moving to the right for the drive.

    “Yoshioka-san!” said Chihiro.

    “Go!” said Seiichirō as he releases the ball for the pass and Chihiro captures the ball. Chihiro gets the points by doing the hook shot. [Team Matsubara 56, Team Furukawa 53]

    Subaru uses the behind the back move on Seiichirō before stepping back. Subaru passes the ball to Kazunari. Kazunari tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot, but he goes for the fake on Hisao before converting a three-point shot. [Team Matsubara 56, Team Furukawa 56]

    Seiichirō passes the ball to Seiya before Seiya performing the crossover move on Takumi. Seiya drives past Takumi before trying to shoot the ball with the layup, but Banri blocks the shot.

    “You get nothing, Seiya-kun!” said Banri while blocking Seiya’s shot.

    Hisao grabs the ball for the rebound before passing the ball to Seiichirō. Then, Seiichirō moves his way to the right to pass the ball to Chihiro. Chihiro tries to score a three-point shot, but the ball bounces off from the backboard.

    “Darn it! It misses!” said Chihiro.

    Naomori gets the ball for the rebound. With 1:30 left in the third quarter, Team Furukawa tries their best to regain their lead. However, when Naomori passes the ball to Kazunari, Seiichirō calls his teammates to form a double team on Kazunari. Kazunari would be double teamed by Hisao and Seiya.

    “Kazunari!” said Subaru.

    Kazunari nods before stepping back to pass the ball to Subaru. “Okay!”

    Subaru grabs the ball before driving past Seiichirō. As Seiichirō was out, Subaru tries to shoot the ball with the floater, but Seijirō blocks that shot away.

    “You’re too fast, not too good with your shot!” said Seijirō.

    Subaru was shocked when his shot gets blocked by Seijirō while Hisao grabs the ball for the rebound. Hisao passes the ball to Seiya and then, Seiya performs the drive on Takumi. Seiya drives past Takumi before going to shoot the ball with the fadeaway shot. However, Seiya’s shot was missed. Chihiro grabs the ball for the rebound.

    “I’ll shoot, Chihiro!” said Seiichirō, which prompts Chihiro to pass the ball to Seiichirō. Seiichirō would shoot the ball with the fadeaway shot of his own, but Subaru’s shot contest forces Seiichirō to miss the shot.

    “Wow! Both teams have fought for the shot!” said Itaru.

    “Subaru doesn’t want to waste his time to force his opponent to miss the shot” said Daisuke.

    “I hope that Subaru will get anything what he can do as the third quarter is about end” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Yeah, definitely” said Itaru while Daisuke nods to agree with Mitsuhiro.

    Naomori grabs the ball for the rebound.

    “Forty seconds left!” said Takehiro Furukawa.

    Naomori passes the ball to Banri and then, Banri takes his strength to create the drive to drive past Seijirō. Seijirō doesn’t want to lose his stamina, so he decides to dodge it for the boxout. Banri shoots the ball with the hook shot, but it misses.

    “The shot didn’t get going in!” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    “That would be terrible!” said Mitsuhiro.

    Then, Banri grabs the ball for the offensive rebound before passing the ball to Kazunari. Kazunari steps back from Hisao before shooting the ball with the three-point shot and it’s a perfect release. This allows his team to score three points. [Team Furukawa 58, Team Matsubara 56]

    “Yes! We tie it up!” said Kazunari.

    “Yeah!” said Subaru as he gives Kazunari a high five.

    “Don’t worry, boys! We still got this!” said Seiichirō.

    “Okay!” said Hisao, Seiya, Chihiro and Seijirō.

    Seiya passes the ball to Hisao before dazzling in with acceleration.

    “Whoa! That guy was so fast!” said Naomori.

    Hisao would pass the ball to Seiichirō before doing the between the legs move on Subaru. Seiichirō increases his acceleration while trying to drive past Subaru.

    “I’ll make sure that I’ll drive past him before time winding down to zero” said Seiichirō.

    Seiichirō would look at Chihiro, who is escaping from Naomori.

    “Seiichirō!” said Chihiro, who is using the triple threat size-up.

    “Okay!” said Seiichirō with a nod before passing the ball to Chihiro. Chihiro shoots the ball with the mid-range shot, but it misses as it is contested lately.

    “Agh! He misses the shot!” said Hiroshi.

    “That would have tied the game!” said Hyūma.

    Suddenly, Hisao grabs the ball for the rebound before passing the ball to Seiichirō.

    “Seiichirō!” said Hisao when releasing the ball for the pass.

    Seiichirō doesn’t give up now as he jumps high to shoot the ball with the jump shot and Subaru goes for the shot contest on Seiichirō.

    As Seiichirō releases the ball, Subaru tips the ball with the last second. Despite this, the ball drives to the basket after the ball rolling in closely to enter the hoop as the whistle was blown by Shin, who would announce the results of the match. “End of third quarter. Team Furukawa 58, Team Matsubara 58.”

    Seiichirō lowers his right arm after his shot was successful and he was flanked by Subaru.

    “Unbelievable! You can do that shot too?” said Subaru.

    “Yep. I raise my shooting abilities when I started to train for last year’s prefectural tournament, and it makes me crazy when I created that shot. My father taught me how to shoot the ball with that move and I was satisfied the first time I made it” said Seiichirō.

    “You’re kidding, Seiichirō. You’re a true shooter from the south. I never learn that shot before, but I always did that when I’m outside the paint” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, but I know that it was not critical to do this move because I’m good at it” said Seiichirō.

    “I should have stopped you, Seiichirō, but I can’t believe that the shot went through perfectly” said Subaru.

    “Yep, but if you excuse me, I’ll go back to the bench for a while” said Seiichirō as he walks away from a surprised Subaru.

    Subaru was surprised that Seiichirō made a special move that he should have forced Seiichirō to miss the shot. “That was unusually used by the people from Kanagawa. What a guy he made that shot. I’m shocked to see that move.”

    “Hey, Subaru!” said Kazunari as he is waving his hand.

    “Oh, Kazunari. Why are you in the bench?” said Subaru.

    “We’re waiting for you!” said Kazunari.

    Subaru sighs before saying, “Okay.” Subaru walks through the bench and then, Kazunari gives Subaru the water bottle.

    “That Seiichirō-san was a beast when it comes to his intense crossover moves” said Kazunari.

    “Yep. His jump shot was so amazing and beautiful. He even got his best in three-point shots as well. I should have gone to match his level by doing that shot if I’m on fire” said Subaru.

    “Well, you should be, Subaru. You and Seiichirō have a great fight for the shots, but you gone too far over him once” said Naomori.

    “Almost, Naomori. I was able to defeat any other aces during my first days in Kasuragi until I begin to show my true formation of doing jump shots. It’s great to see me shooting jump shots like a superstar” said Subaru.

    “That seems to be good for you, Subaru, but defeating Seiichirō would be difficult to beat him” said Banri.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Banri” said Subaru.

    Sagiri and Masamune arrive to meet Subaru.

    “Hi, Subaru!” said Sagiri, greeting him nicely.

    “Oh, it’s you, Sagiri! Thank goodness that you’re here!” said Subaru.

    “Yep. I just took pictures of you and your friend of mine during the match” said Sagiri.

    “Oh, I see. So, what are you gonna do to those pictures?” said Subaru.

    “It’s part of our project, Shockfire. Sagiri loves to take pictures aside from drawing illustrations. That’s why she wants to draw inspiration from you” said Masamune.

    “Well, I hope that your activity will work, Sagiri” said Subaru.

    “Yep” said Sagiri.

    “By the way, Sagiri, can I take a look at your pictures you took?” asked Subaru.

    “Okay, Subaru!” said Sagiri. Sagiri opens her camera and then, looks up at the pictures she took and shows it to Subaru. “What do you think?”

    Subaru looks at the picture of Subaru posterizing Seiichirō. “Wow! That’s picture perfect!”

    “Yep. Now, what about this?” said Sagiri as she shows the picture of Subaru doing the floater over Seiichirō.

    “Well, that’s beautiful, Sagiri. I like it. I believe that you’ll draw that picture, so that it will be reflected into your light novel” said Subaru.

    “You got it!” said Sagiri.

    “Our light novel project has been progressing right now. I have done two more chapters, which lasted nearly a week. I finished Chapter 2 last Monday and I have done doing Chapter 3 last night” said Masamune.

    “Well, good for you, Masamune. How many pages you made per chapter?” said Subaru.

    “About 12 to 15 pages. The median is 13” said Masamune.

    “How will you finish the first volume?” asked Subaru.

    “Hopefully, I will finish the first volume of “Shockfire” before the Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Masamune.

    “I hope that you’ll make it before our first match in the Interhigh prefectural tournament. The tournament will start on June 15 and it will last for nearly a month. That makes 26 days” said Subaru.

    “Wow! That would be one month to finish the first volume of the series. Well, I need to get free time by the weekends, in order to work on writing the drafts for the first volume” said Masamune.

    “I’m sure that your crew will try their best to contribute you and your sister to make sure that you’ll release that light novel before it reaches Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Kazunari.

    “We would be great if you’ll publish it and then, we’re going to read it” said Takumi.

    “Okay, then! I’ll promise to you that when it’s published, you’ll be inspired from our work” said Sagiri.

    “Okay!” said the members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team.

    “Well, we’re going to listen to our coach on what we’ll do for the final quarter. So, keep up the good work, Sagiri” said Subaru.

    “Thanks, Subaru-san! You’re too kind with your words” said Sagiri before she and her brother Masamune leave the bench to go back to their seats.

    Aoi and the members of the Nashiba High School girls’ basketball team are delighted to see Sagiri meeting Subaru.

    “I’m glad that we have a photographer to take pictures of the boys of our school” said Aoi.

    “This would be a big contribution for her because she’s a great illustrator and I believe that her brother will be planning to finish the first volume of their new light novel as soon as he can” said Satsuki.

    “I’m sure that Sagiri was impressed of Subaru’s performance, so that she wants him to be the model of a new character from Masamune’s new light novel project” said Tae.

    “I agree, Tae-san. I hope that Masamune’s new novel will be released very soon and I want to read it” said Aoi.

    “Yeah, me too, Aoi-san! I wanna read that light novel!” said Satsuki.

    “It would be great if Masamune finished it in time before Interhigh qualifiers this June” said Tae.

    “I believe that he will finish it on time, Tae-san. This would make a big glimpse for most of the schools in Ōta if they’ll grow their fighting spirit this year” said Aoi.

    “Yeah, we hope so” said Satsuki and Tae. While Takehiro Furukawa and Eiji Matsubara talk to the players of their teams, Sagiri was impressed by Subaru of the latter’s performance in his match against a group of first year high school students and players from the reserve team. Sagiri takes the pictures of Subaru, so that she’ll use those pictures to inspire Subaru from one of the characters from Masamune’s new light novel project, Shockfire. As the match ended the third quarter with both teams tied at 58, the players of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball have showed their performance, in front of their head coach Takeshi Furukawa and hopefully, either the main team or the reserve team will end up being the victors of the practice match that will begin their new season.

    UP NEXT: Chapter 132: “The Future of Nashiba Starts Now! (Part 2)”

    This chapter has two interesting things to see as (1) this is the first time that Kirino Kōsaka of Oreimo was mentioned in the series as she was mentioned by Masamune while he’s talking to Muramasa and (2) this is also the first time that the characters of NEW GAME were mentioned in the series as they were mentioned by Muramasa, who had planned to invite them for the development of a proposed video game for the new light novel that Masamune had been doing recently. I believe that this would be a sort of future plans made by Team Eromanga as they’ll be continuing their work in doing their first light novel to be spinning off from the Silverwolf series. On the other hand, the match between the team of first years and reserves and the team of kouhais and senpais is now getting intense with both Subaru and Seiichirō showing their moves with each other while helping their teammates to score. Which team will walk away with the win when the match is over? We’ll find out on the next chapter, which will be posted on July 3 (Wednesday)! I’ll see you there for the next update!

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Yesterday (July 2), it is the birthday of Saki Nagatsuka, one of the female characters of Ro-Kyu-Bu! Saki is a bespectacled and intelligent girl who loves to speak with her friends in a responsible way. Saki is also a cook for her family's business which sells okonomiyaki and a close friend of Maho Misawa, her fellow teammate, since they were together in the Keishin Academy for a long time. Saki is voiced by Yōko Hikasa, whose birthday will be two weeks away from now (July 16). Happy birthday, Saki! Now, it’s time to continue the scrimmage match between the first years and the team of kouhais and senpais for the future of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team. In this chapter, you’ll witness the final quarter of the match where Seiichirō Yoshioka, Seijirō Hakamada and Chihiro Himejima are trying to prove to Subaru Hasegawa, Kazunari Uehara and Banri Kashii that they have their own willpower to play hard against them. After the match, you’ll also see the secrets of the rivalry between Subaru Hasegawa and Ryuuichi Suga. So, without further ado, I give you the second part of their practice match! Enjoy reading Chapter 132!

    The practice game for the future of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team continues as the first years, led by Seiichirō Yoshioka, are hoping to prove to the kouhais and senpais that they’re ready to make the moves to shine for their first season. Towards the end of the game, as the game is tied at 76, the team of first years and reserve players have their great moment to walk away with the win when Seiichirō Yoshioka converted the long wide jump shot over Subaru. Later, in the evening, Kumi, Yumi, Sayaka, Shigemasa and the members of the Azure Wind have been talking about the secrets of the rivalry between Subaru Hasegawa and Ryuuichi Suga. What happened is that Ryuuichi Suga made his middle school team, Shizuno, to the Nationals when they defeated Subaru and the Kirihara Middle School in the prefectural tournament final in Tokyo. However, Ryuuichi’s chance of being the best player in the middle school basketball would be shattered by the Ace of Fukuoka, Kazuhiro Hatakenaka. There is no love between Subaru and Ryuuichi ever since Kirihara and Shizuno faced each other and while both will be ready for the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament, there is going to be a re-ignition to happen this year after the reinstatement of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team, the team that Subaru joined last year, but its program was suspended due to Shin Mizusaki had assaulted the daughter of the athletic director Mr. Sugimoto. Meanwhile, the members of Team Aurora and the Family of Angels have their own conversation. While the Homewrecking Dragons will field two teams, Team Akamatsu and Team Katsura, Kotori’s teammate Yurika Shirasaka had her team, Team Cumulus. These teams will participate at the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament alongside the Rainbow Angels, the Temperate Celadon, the Azure Wind, the Radiant Fuchsia and the Magome Elites-Team Suga. As the final training will about to begin, the Rainbow Angels are hopefully mastering their Complete Synchronization Skills before they’ll use them for the tournament tomorrow.

    VOLUME 7: “THE MAGENTA GIRLS AND THE SUN WARRIORS”
    CHAPTER 132: “THE FUTURE OF NASHIBA STARTS NOW! (PART 2)

    In the previous chapter, Takeshi’s team, led by Subaru and Kazunari, and Eiji’s team, led by Seiichirō, show their courage and willpower in their practice match. Seiichirō showed Subaru some moves while Subaru was able to match Seiichirō’s strength by using his defense on Seiichirō. Both teams are ready for the fourth and final quarter to determine the winner of the practice match.

    As Shin blows the whistle to signal the end of the ten-minute break, both teams send out their starting five for the fourth and final quarter.

    Team Furukawa: Kazunari Uehara (PG), Subaru Hasegawa (SG), Takumi Ōhata (SF), Naomori Abe (PF), Banri Kashii (C)
    Team Matsubara: Hisao Senuma (PG), Seiichirō Yoshioka (SG), Seiya Miyazawa (SF), Chihiro Himejima (PF), Seijirō Hakamada (C)


    Seiichirō looks at his teammates, who were ready to guard their opponents. “With our team keeping our offense, the ‘Plan B’ may end up working very well. I must follow what Eiji said earlier before the third quarter.

    The flashback shows Eiji and Seiichirō talking with each other in the bench during halftime.

    “Basically, you’re the son of a professional basketball player and since you are now part of our team, I want you to help your teammates with your charisma and show your opponents what you made of” said Eiji.

    “Well, I would try my best to do this, Coach, but Subaru had been working hard with his teammates. I should let you know that Subaru is a great playmaker and a deadeye shooter. So, what are you planning to do for our team to win?” said Seiichirō.

    “Then, here’s what you and your team will do for the rest of the match. I want you and your teammates would go intense defense mode and make sure that you and your teammates will be able to get steals and scores off turnover” said Eiji.

    “What if Subaru or his teammates have able to stop our defense?” asked Seiichirō.

    “Then, fight if back with your resiliency. Just like your past years in Kanagawa, you should not be agitated. You should be motivated to fight back if your first try wasn’t going well” said Eiji.

    “Okay, Coach. I got it!” said Seiichirō.

    Eiji pats Seiichirō’s right shoulder before saying to him. “Remember, Seiichirō, use your resiliency and your motivation to win. Okay?”

    “Okay, Coach!” said Seiichirō with a nod before the flashback was ended with Seiichirō smiles with his confidence going up for Eiji. “It’s time to make a difference, boys. It’s Red Lighting time!”

    Banri passes the ball to Takumi to start the fourth and final quarter. Takumi would go on defense move to guard Takumi.

    Seiichirō moves his pivot while Subaru is waiting for Takumi to pass the ball, so that Subaru will battle against Seiichirō.

    “Subaru!” said Takumi as he passes the ball to Seiichirō.

    Seiichirō activates his team’s intense defense mode to start guarding Subaru with his stamina.

    Subaru dribbles the ball while Seiichirō moves back and then, Subaru uses the step back move to drive past Seiichirō. Subaru shoots the ball with the floater, but he misses the shot, thanks to Hisao’s shot contest ability.

    “I’ll take this!” said Naomori before taking the fake on Chihiro. Naomori shoots the ball with the layup, but it misses as the ball rolls outside of the hoop.

    “The ball!” said Seiichirō. Seijirō and Banri clash each other for the ball. While Banri tips the ball, the ball would be landed on the hands of Seijirō.

    Seijirō passes the ball to Chihiro before he drives past Naomori with the post drive. Chihiro uses his acceleration as he heads to the paint. Chihiro shoots the ball with the floater and his shot was successful. [Team Matsubara 60, Team Furukawa 58]

    “Great shot, Chihiro-kun!” said Seijirō as he gives Chihiro a high five.

    “Thanks, Seijirō! We’re going to make sure that we’re going to rally our lead to win this match!” said Chihiro.

    “Yeah!” said Seijirō.

    Kazunari grabs the ball after the pass by Subaru before Kazunari uses the behind the back move on Hisao. “You’re too far, Hisao-kun!” Kazunari drives past Hisao before throws the ball and Naomori gives the ball with the alley-oop. [Team Matsubara 60, Team Furukawa 60]

    “Taking the alley-oop is surely a big finish for Naomori!” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    “I agree, Ryōta-kun. Naomori has relentless strength and he can do whatever he wants” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Of course!” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    Hisao drives past Kazunari with the between the legs and spin drive combination before passing the ball to Seijirō. “Seijirō-kun! Catch!”

    Seijirō was able to get the ball using his right hand. “You’re looking good, Hisao-kun! You rock!”

    “Thanks, Seijirō!” said Hisao.

    Then, Seijirō tries to shoot the ball with the floater, but Takumi grabs the ball before the ball drives to the basket. Shin calls for goaltending call on Takumi, giving Seijirō two more points. [Team Matsubara 62, Team Furukawa 60]

    Naomori uses his strength to use the behind the back move on Chihiro and then, passes the ball to Subaru. Subaru uses the crossover move on Seiichirō before driving past him. “You’re too far, Seiichirō!” Subaru shoots the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Matsubara 62, Team Furukawa 62]

    With 6:05 remaining, the practice match has turned into a serious one since Subaru and Seiichirō have clashed with each other. Seiichirō gets the ball after a pass by Hisao. Seiichirō clashes against Subaru, but this time, he performs the behind the back move.

    “He’s doing the behind the back move!” said Hyūma.

    “He’s performing like a dimer and a playmaker” said Hiroshi.

    “I’m sure that he’s ready to say to the captain, ‘You’re too far!’” said Kageyasu.

    Seiichirō steps back before driving past Subaru and then, shoots the ball with the jump shot in the corner. Seiichirō’s shot was good due to perfect release to regain the lead for his team. [Team Matsubara 64, Team Furukawa 62]

    “Alright! He nailed the jump shot in the corner!” said Kazushi.

    “That was beautiful!” said Satoyuki.

    “That guy was a scoring machine. He can pull jump shots over the faces of his opponents” said Yoshitaka.

    “I believe that our team is good in making jump shots and three-point shots because we have too many backcourt players who are good in outside shooting, but on the bright side, we will have a future captain in Nashiba once Subaru is gone to college” said Kageyasu.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Kageyasu-kun” said Hyūma while Hiroshi, Satoyuki and Kazushi nod to agree with Kageyasu.

    Kazunari dribbles the ball while he was guarded by Hisao. Kazunari uses the between the legs move on Hisao before driving past Hisao with the spin drive.

    “Uehara-kun!” said Takumi while doing the triple threat pose. Then, Kazunari nods before passing the ball to Takumi. Takumi performs the fake on Seiya before shooting the ball in the jump shot in the corner and the shot was successful. [Team Matsubara 64, Team Furukawa 64]

    Hisao uses the iso move on Kazunari before driving past him and then, passing the ball to Chihiro. Chihiro would shoot the ball with the layup, but Banri blocks the shot.

    “Whoa! Look at Banri’s blocking skills!” said Itaru.

    “Banri doesn’t want to let his opponent shoot by blocking that shot with his right hand” said Daisuke.

    “He doesn’t want to give up now!” said Sadatoshi.

    Naomori drives past Chihiro after Chihiro tries to go shot contest early, but he did it early. Naomori shoot the ball with the runner, but Seiya blocks the shot.

    “Get that shot out of here! Your shot can’t be going to make it!” said Seiya.

    “And now, Seiya blocks the shot too!” said Mitsuhiro.

    “That will take retribution from the block earlier!” said Kazushi.

    Banri takes the rebound, but he misses the shot, thanks to the double team effort by Seiichirō and Seijirō.

    “And now, Banri misses the shot!” said Itaru.

    “This can’t be good for our team!” said Takehiro, who shakes his head in disappointment.

    Hisao grabs the rebound before passing the ball to Seiya. Seiya would drive past Takumi before trying to shoot the ball with the layup. However, Seiya’s shot wasn’t successful and Chihiro grabs the ball for the offensive rebound.

    Naomori would guard Chihiro hard before Chihiro uses the between the legs move.

    “What the?!” said Naomori.

    Chihiro would step back before detecting Naomori’s defense and drives past Naomori. Then, Chihiro shoots the ball with the jump shot, but the shot misses.

    “Aw, it misses!” said Chihiro.

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Seijirō. Then, Seijirō takes the pump fake on Banri and dunks the ball with one hand. [Team Matsubara 66, Team Furukawa 64]

    “But finally, Seijirō gets the bucket with the dunk!” said Chihiro.

    “We’re in the middle of the final quarter with four minutes remaining and hopefully, our boys will rally after a set of struggles in the inside zone” said Eiji.

    Banri passes the ball to Subaru before Subaru would be confronted by Seiichirō.

    “I’m not going to let my team down, Seiichirō!” said Subaru.

    “Well, if it’s not easy to stop me, Subaru. Just like my teammates have impact to stop your team’s shooting, I’m going to rally my team to win” said Seiichirō.

    “I’ll make sure that I’ll prove it to you!” said Subaru as he uses the between the legs move and then, Seiichirō loses his balance and stumbles to the ground. Subaru would shoot the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Matsubara 66, Team Furukawa 66]

    Subaru lowers his right hand before saying to Seiichirō. “I’m not giving up, Seiichirō!”

    “Wow, Subaru. You’re different when it comes to your charisma. Well, then, I’m going to show it to you too!” said Seiichirō, determined not to give up.

    Seiya passes the ball to Hisao before Hisao performing the crossover move on Kazunari. As Kazunari tries to steal the ball, Hisao steps back before passing the ball to Seiya.

    “It’s my time to shine, boys!” said Seiichirō before Seiya passes the ball to Seiichirō with the bounce pass.

    “He’s going intense mode!” said Satoyuki.

    “That would be great if he’s going to prove to Subaru that he’s a reliable shooter” said Hiroshi.

    Seiichirō performs the behind the back move on Subaru before switching his moves from behind the back to crossover move.

    “Hey, that’s a park move!” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    “Yeah, he’s swift in using dribbling moves” said Sadatoshi.

    “He’s playing with his determination like his father did” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Yeah” said Ryōta Sugihara and Sadatoshi.

    Seiichirō would step back before driving past Subaru with the Lightning Drive.

    “Here comes Seiichirō!” said Hyūma.

    “The speed of the Red Lightning is increasing when he’s using the drive” said Kazushi.

    “He will not miss this move!” said Hiroshi.

    “Yeah!” said Hyūma and Kazushi.

    “I’m going to carry my team to victory to impress Coach Matsubara and especially, Coach Furukawa” said Seiichirō as he shoots the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Matsubara 68, Team Furukawa 66]

    “Great shot, Seiichirō!” said Chihiro.

    “You’re on fire now!” said Seijirō.

    “Thanks, boys!” said Seiichirō. “Now, let’s get that win!”

    “Okay!” said Hisao, Seiya, Chihirō and Seijirō.

    Subaru passes the ball to Kazunari before Kazunari driving past Hisao through the fake and drive combination. Kazunari tries to shoot the ball with the floater, but Seijirō blocks it.

    “Get that shot out of here!” said Seijirō.

    Seiya grabs the rebound before running through the other side of the court. Seiya passes the ball to Seiichirō before going for the layup. Seiichirō’s shot was successful and Team Matsubara extends the lead to 4 with 2:34 left in the game. [Team Matsubara 70, Team Furukawa 66]

    Takumi tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot, but thanks to Seiya’s shot contest, Takumi’s shot was missed. Kazunari grabs the ball for the rebound before moving in to the right and sees Subaru wide open. Subaru would shoot the ball with the jump shot in the free throw line and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Matsubara 70, Team Furukawa 68]

    “Get into defense, boys!” said Subaru.

    “Okay!” said Kazunari, Takumi, Naomori and Banri. Subaru and his boys would form their defensive formation before Hisao drives past Kazunari first. Then, Hisao passes the ball to Chihiro.

    “We’re going to break your defense down!” said Chihiro.

    “Oh no, you don’t, Chihiro! You’re going down first!” said Naomori.

    Chihiro uses the between the legs move on Naomori before Naomori takes his strength to lower Chihiro’s speed. Chihiro would fight it back when he switches his focus from stamina to strength. When Chihiro uses his strength, he steps back and shoots the ball with the jump shot. Chihiro’s shot was successful with his shot being perfect. [Team Matsubara 72, Team Furukawa 68]

    “Nice shot, Chihiro!” said Kazushi.

    “You’re on fire too!” said Satoyuki.

    Subaru uses the iso move on Seiichirō before driving past Seiichirō with a different direction. Subaru would shoot the ball with the three-point shot and his shot was successful, trimming Team Matsubara’s lead to 1. [Team Matsubara 72, Team Furukawa 71]

    “Two minutes left!” said Shin as he reminds the players in the court that there are two minutes left in the match.

    Seiya passes the ball to Hisao before Hisao drives past Kazunari with the spin move. Hisao passes the ball to Seijirō. Seijirō tries to shoot with the clutch shot, but he misses it.

    “Grab that ball!” said Seiichirō. Seiya grabs the ball for the rebound but makes a mistake when he misses the fadeaway shot.

    Subaru grabs the rebound before passing the ball to Naomori. Naomori would use the crossover move on Chihiro and then, steps back from an inch to pass the ball to Kazunari.

    “You’re too far, Hisao-kun!” said Kazunari as he shoots the ball with the three-point shot wide open. The ball drives to the basket, which means Team Furukawa had regained the lead. [Team Furukawa 74, Team Matsubara 72]

    “Yes! We’re regaining the lead!” said Subaru.

    “Yeah! We should keep the lead for long if we’re good in defense, but we should be fine right now” said Kazunari.

    “Yep” said Subaru.

    Then, Seiya passes the ball to Hisao before Hisao performs the crossover move on Kazunari. Hisao steps back before passing the ball to Seiichirō. Seiichirō performs the iso move on Subaru before shooting the ball with the floater.

    “You’re not going to make it, Seiichirō!” said Banri as he finally blocks Seiichirō’s shot. Seiichirō gasps after his shot was blocked by Banri. However, Team Furukawa’s celebration was cut short when Hisao takes the offensive rebound before passing the ball to Seiichirō.

    “I’ll try this again!” said Seiichirō as he steps back before doing the behind the back move before driving past Kazunari. Seiichirō shoots the ball with the layup, but this time, he finally makes the shot. [Team Furukawa 74, Team Matsubara 74]

    “Yeah! We tied the game again!” said Seiichirō.

    “That’s great, Seiichirō! Now, let’s use our defense formation to stop Subaru his boys from shooting their shots!” said Seijirō.

    “You got it!” said Seiichirō.

    The time is now 1:14 left in the game with the match is now tied again. Takumi passes the ball to Kazunari and then, Kazunari uses the crossover move on Hisao.

    “You’re not going to get past through me, Kazunari!” said Hisao as he blocks Kazunari’s way to prevent the latter from doing the drive.

    “Darn it! He’s too good!” said Kazunari.

    “Hey, Uehara-kun!” said Naomori.

    “What is it?” asked Kazunari.

    “Pass the ball to me! If he’s good, then I should do the screen” said Naomori.

    “You got it!” said Kazunari as he uses the escape crossover move on Hisao before Naomori gets the screen on Hisao. Kazunari would drive past Hisao, thanks to the screen and drive combination. “Now, it’s time to shoot!” Kazunari would shoot the ball with the jump shot in the corner, but his shot misses when Chihiro takes the shot contest too good. “Ah! We can’t regain the lead!”

    “Now, it’s our chance to get that ball!” said Seiichirō.

    “Okay!” said Seijirō and Seiya. As Seiya tries to get the ball, Naomori takes the rebound, tries to shoot with the fadeaway shot. “Darn it! He got that ball first!”

    Unfortunately for Naomori, he misses the shot as he gets too late to shoot the ball. Seijirō grabs the rebound with his stamina. There are 57 seconds left in the game.

    “Seiya-kun!” said Seijirō as he passes the ball to Seiya with the quick pass.

    Seiya grabs the ball before battling against Takumi. Takumi gets his defense tight on Seiya, but Seiya reverses it when he performs the behind the back move.

    “Whoa! He’s doing that behind the back move!” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Come on, boys! Stop them!” said Daisuke.

    Seiya moves away from Takumi before moving to the right side of the corner before passing the ball to Chihiro. Chihiro, who runs to the paint with his speed, shoots the ball with the layup, which is successful. [Team Matsubara 76, Team Furukawa 74]

    “Alright! We’re bringing the lead again!” said Kageyasu.

    “This would be the dagger of the match!” said Satoyuki.

    “Yep. Team Furukawa should miss one last shot in their possession if Seiichirō and his boys stop them through their intense defense mode” said Yoshitaka.

    “I believe that they should be ready. We only have 45 seconds left in the game. We should win” said Kazushi.

    “Well, I hope that it will happen” said Yoshitaka.

    Banri passes the ball to Kazunari before Kazunari running in, using the iso move on Hisao.

    “You’re no way to go, Kazunari!” said Seiya as Kazunari was double teamed by Seiya and Chihiro.

    Hisao moves to guard Naomori while Takumi runs through the three-point line.

    “This is not good. I can’t believe that we’re cornered!” said Kazunari.

    The court displays the situation of the play where Team Matsubara uses the diamond formation while Team Furukawa are cornered by Seiya, Hisao and Chihiro.

    “Oh, good. Now, we should make the advantage right now” said Seiichirō.

    Kazunari steps back before doing the escape move on Seiya and Chihiro. Then, Seiya keeps his defense tight on Kazunari.

    “He’s now closer to Kazunari to guard him” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    “He switches with Hisao, right after Kazunari had driven past Hisao earlier” said Itaru.

    “This couldn’t be good” said Daisuke.

    “Thirty seconds!” said Shin.

    Kazunari steps back again before doing the escape move to drive past Seiya. Kazunari would shoot the ball with the three-point shot. “You’re too far again!”

    “There’s no way you can score, Kazunari!” said Chihiro as he tries his shot contest on Kazunari, reaching his left hand to make sure that Kazunari’s shot release is slightly changed.

    “Kazunari-kun! Shot clock is about to run out!” said Subaru.

    “Shoot, Kazunari!” said Banri.

    Kazunari releases the ball with the three-point shot while Chihiro’s shot contest comes to effect. Kazunari’s shot would be missed, dashing any chances of regaining the lead. The members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team gasp in horror after Kazunari misses the three-point shot.

    “No! He didn’t successfully make the shot!” said Mitsuhiro.

    “That would cost our chance of winning this match!” said Sadatoshi.

    “Don’t worry, boys. I’ll take care of this!” Banri would grab the ball for the offensive rebound before doing the pump fake on Seijirō and shoots the ball with the one-handed dunk to tie the game again. [Team Matsubara 76, Team Furukawa 76]

    “Alright! Banri takes the putback dunk to tie the game!” said Daisuke.

    “What a close finish by Banri! He doesn’t want to give up, making sure that his team will get their last chance to win” said Itaru.

    “Come to think of it, the match is about to over soon and if neither us or the rookies make the game-winning shot, the match would be forced into overtime” said Sadatoshi.

    “Yeah, I agree. This would be our last chance to finish this match and hopefully, either Subaru will finally make the steal, or our big men will get a potential rebound” said Ryōta Sugihara.

    “I guess that we’ll about to find out, Ryōta-kun. This could be crucial right now” said Mitsuhiro.

    Seijirō passes the ball to Seiya with 20 seconds left in the game. Seiya would run faster while Takumi hastily uses his acceleration to stop Seiya. However, Seiya doesn’t want to his opponent going to happen. “You can’t stop me, Takumi!” Seiya uses the crossover move on Takumi before driving past Takumi with the spin move.

    “Great move, Seiya!” said Satoyuki.

    “He’s not hesitating himself to show what he got!” said Hiroshi.

    Seiya passes the ball to Chihiro, prevent Naomori to grab the ball. Then, Chihiro uses the crossover move on Naomori and then, moves through the right before passing the ball to Hisao.

    “Ten seconds!” said Eiji.

    “Come on, boys! Finish the match right now!” said Yoshitaka.

    Hisao uses the behind the back move before switching it to spin move. Hisao sees Seijirō open without his opponent. “Seijirō-kun! Catch!” Hisao releases the ball to pass the ball to Seijirō.

    As Seijirō gets the ball, he tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot in the corner, but Banri dashes in to block Seijirō’s shot.

    “There’s no way you can win this match with that shot!” said Banri when he blocks the shot. The block was so hard, which causes the ball to go out of bounds.

    Shin blows his whistle to call for out of bounds. “Out of bounds. Dark uniform ball.”

    “Yes! We’re keeping our hopes alive!” said Hyūma.

    “You got that right, Atsuzawa-kun! With only six seconds left in the game, they should make the game-winning shot or else, the game will be forced into overtime” said Satoyuki.

    “That was so close. Seijirō would have sealed the deal with that shot, but wow, what a block by Banri” said Hiroshi.

    “I hope that Seiichirō will be able to shoot the game-winning shot. It’s expected to make it happen” said Kazushi.

    “Yep. Seiichirō shouldn’t be worrying this. I hope that he will make it” said Kageyasu.

    “Yeah” said Hyūma, Hiroshi, Satoyuki and Kazushi.

    Shin gives the ball to Seijirō while the Seiichirō runs through the mid-range area. Seijirō looks at Hisao and then, passes the ball to Hisao.

    Hisao catches the ball before driving past Kazunari before shouting at Seiichirō. “It’s on to you, Seiichirō!”

    Seiichirō finally grabs the ball on the right spot to prepare for the game-winning shot.

    “Go, Seiichirō, shoot!” said Chihiro and Seijirō while Hisao, Seiya, Hiroshi, Satoyuki, Hyūma, Kageyasu and Kazushi shout the words to give Seiichirō more power to shoot.

    “You’re too far, Subaru! I’m going to prove it to you!” said Seiichirō as he would step back before Subaru was about to use the shot contest and then, Seiichirō shoots the ball with the long wide jump shot. The ball would drive in to the basket with Seiichirō’s shot being released perfectly and Shin blows the whistle to call the match to an end.

    Shin announces the result of the match. “Game over! Team Matsubara wins the match!” The scoreboard displays the final score of the match. Team Matsubara had squeaked past Team Furukawa by two points with the score of 78 to 76.

    The members of Team Matsubara celebrate their victory over Team Furukawa while Seiichirō was flanked by Chihiro and Seijirō. On the other hand, Subaru closes his eyes, but smiles on his face as he finally recognizes his characteristics.

    “Well, Seiichirō, you’re a good shooter and a true warrior. You finally got me, but I respect to you because you’re too good to play. Maybe, one day, you’ll take my position once I’m graduating from this school next year” said Subaru.

    After seeing Seiichirō and his teammates celebrate in the court with Seiichirō being flanked by Chihiro and Seijirō, Subaru and his teammates come to meet them with respect as a sign of sportsmanship between both teams. Their season is about to begin when they’ll be preparing for the Interhigh prefectural tournament, which will be held starting June 15 to July 10 in different venues in Tokyo.

    Takeshi Furukawa smiles on his face while clapping his hands. “Nice job, boys. You guys are performing very well. I’m pleased with your performance. I’m proud of you, my boys.”

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Volume 7: "The Magenta Girls and the Sun Warriors" | Chapter 132: "The Future of Nashiba Starts Now! (Part 2)"

    Part 2

    Later, Takeshi Furukawa would make an announcement to the members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team about their future activities for the team.

    Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team: Subaru Hasegawa, Kazunari Uehara, Banri Kashii, Takumi Ōhata, Naomori Abe, Ryōta Sugihara, Seiji Kōno, Kenshō Odawara, Mitsuhiro Nagakura, Sadatoshi Kiuchi, Itaru Tsuchiya and Daisuke Kojima
    Staff: Takeshi Furukawa, Takehiro Furukawa and Shin Mizusaki

    Team Matsubara: Composed of First Year Students of Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team and Members of Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team Reserve Team
    First Year Students of Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team: Hisao Senuma (PG), Seiya Miyazawa (SF), Hiroshi Ōtsuka (SG-PG), Chihiro Himejima (PF), Seijirō Hakamada (C-PF) and Seiichirō Yoshioka (SG)
    Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team Reserve Team: Satoyuki Koganei (SF, second year, brother of Jirō Koganei), Hyūma Atsuzawa (PG, second year), Kageyasu Manabe (C, third year), Yoshiteru Hamano (PF, third year), Kazuhito Ikejima (SF, second year), Shōzo Goseki (PG, third year), Kazushi Ōsaki (PF, third year) and Kimiya Nakagawa (C, second year)
    Staff: Eiji Matsubara (Coach) and Yoshitaka Aoyama (Manager, third year)


    “Boys, I have an announcement to make. Due to the wonderful performance by the first year high school students and some players from the reserve team, I decided to make a decision on bringing at least three members to join the main roster while the rest will be joining the reserve team. So, that means, due to the roster limit of 15, I will let the other the first year high school students to join the reserve team, in order to improve their skills and attributes and they’ll get more time to face off against the reserve teams from different schools.”

    His son would continue to explain about the announcement that Takeshi made. “The three members who will join the main roster are Seiichirō Yoshioka, Chihiro Himejima and Seijirō Hakamada. The three of you will be allowed to participate in our training, in preparing for our campaign in the Interhigh prefectural tournament. Well done, Seiichirō, Chihiro and Seijirō. You guys are impressing us with your performance in the practice match.”

    “Thank you very much, Takehiro-sensei!” said Seiichirō, Chihiro and Seijirō.

    “You’re welcome, boys. Also, in addition to this, Shin Mizusaki will be the new deputy manager of our team to make sure that he’ll be training with you for this season. As of now, we’re planning to push ourselves in the prefectural rankings right after the Young Players Cup and that’s why I want everyone to attend the trainings every Tuesday and Friday. It will be held right after the training for the girls’ basketball team. So, don’t expect to start working hard with your assignments too early because sooner or later, you’ll never be crammed out with academics and sports” said Takehiro.

    “That’s right, son. So, if we can able to propel our chances in heading to the Interhigh nationals, we should be ready to show our willpower and drive for victory. Are we all clear with this?” said Takeshi.

    “Yes, Coach!” said the members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team.

    “Good. Now, you may dismiss, and I’ll see you all next week for our training!” said Takeshi.

    “Have a safe Golden Week break, everyone!” said Takehiro.

    “Don’t forget to come back here for our first real training next week!” said Shin.

    “Okay! We will!” said the members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team.

    After the boys took the shower in the locker room, the boys of Nashiba are ready to join with Aoi and her fellow teammates to go back home. Before they’ll leave the gym, Seiichirō, Chihiro and Seijirō would join with them.

    “Hey, Subaru!” said Seiichirō, greeting Subaru with a warm smile.

    “Oh, it’s finally nice to join with us, Seiichirō-kun!” said Subaru.

    “Looks like we’ll have a future superstar coming out from Kanagawa to lead us into the championship this year” said Kazunari.

    “Yep. Coach told me that I’m performing perfectly with my moves I made. It’s great that I will be part of the roster this year and sooner or later, I’ll be part of the starting lineup” said Seiichirō.

    “That’s great news, Seiichirō! I’m so proud of you!” said Aoi.

    “Since you’re now part of Subaru’s team, I think that it’s time for you to be trained by him, in order to become a great player like him” said Kirara.

    “Yeah! This year would be my first year in Nashiba and hopefully, I will lead this school to victory!” said Seiichirō.

    “You got that right, Seiichirō! You’re going to have so many trainings you’ll take, and I have a feeling that you’re going to become a superstar someday” said Subaru.

    “Being a superstar in our team would be a long term to finish, but as always, you’ll get the job done” said Kazunari.

    “We’ll show you some moves, and you’ll be able to learn it” said Banri.

    “Okay!” said Seiichirō.

    “I think that we should support him, Subaru” said Chihiro.

    “Since we have our future superstar in our team when you’re gone to college, I believe that Nashiba will eventually win the Winter Cup soon” said Seijirō.

    “Yep. This is my dream and I want to make Nashiba being one of the best high school boys’ basketball team in the country. It’s up to everyone to make it happen. Right, boys?” said Subaru.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team.

    “Don’t get too overexcited this season because we still have the final training before the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament!” said Satsuki.

    “That would be tonight at six in the evening” said Tae.

    “We have to finish everything to prepare for the tournament and hopefully, our CSSs will be mastered and ready to be used if we’re ready to be brave and bold enough as one family of bravehearts” said Aoi.

    “You got it, Aoi-san! It’s our destiny to make a difference and this year, we should be ready to start growing our potential to win matches. That way, we’ll be prepared for future competitions this year” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, Subaru. Not only us, but also our friends like Tomoka and Mimi” said Kazunari.

    “As well as our groups of bravehearts, who are ready to take their courage and willpower. They’ll succeed like us” said Banri.

    “With the potential expansion of our group had been growing, we’ll continue our plans to find more groups that are formerly coming from the Dragons of Ōta and form new partnerships with other groups within our hometown” said Misaki Natsukawa.

    “Yeah! This is our year to make a difference and we will grow together as one!” said Aoi.

    “You got it, Aoi-san! Let’s make our future brighter with our courage and willpower!” said Subaru.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Luminous Camellia.

    “Everyone! Hopefully, your inspirations will be coming to our light novel project and when our first release of Shockfire, you’ll love this series!” said Sagiri.

    “So, expect to read my new work this coming June before the Interhigh prefectural tournament!” said Masamune.

    “You got it, Masamune!” said the members of the Luminous Camellia.

    The Luminous Camellia and Team Eromanga would arrive home at the Misawa Resort Hotel and then, they part ways to participate in their own activities. Team Eromanga will attend the launching of The Reincarnation of Silverwolf Series Exhibit, which will take place at the Misawa Resort Hotel and the Luminous Camellia will go to the Recreational Center for the final training of the Rainbow Angels, one of the participants of the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament. Aside from the Rainbow Angels and the Luminous Camellia, the Family of Angels, Team Aurora, the Grapes and Dragons and the Azure Wind are also present at the Recreational Center.

    Kotoko, Sarasa, Sumiko Serizawa, Yurie Takaishi, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Ai Harasaki and the members of the Grapes and Dragons are sitting on the right side of the audience. The five girls and Hiroshi were talking with each other while the final training is about to begin.

    “It’s great that the hall is full of Hanako’s friends from her class in high school!” said Kotoko.

    “Yeah! Hanako had been a student of the Hasekura High School before she returned to Austria to go college. After four years, Hanako finally returned to Tokyo when she was part of our group. I’m sure that her former classmates will finally remember her” said Sarasa.

    “How many classmates she remembered?” asked Hiroshi Miyamoto.

    “There are about 27 of them. She also remembered her former classmates during her time in elementary school and middle school” said Sarasa.

    “I see. I’m glad that Hanako will have a night to remember. She knows about her past and had a lot of memories she filled” said Kotoko.

    “I agree, Kotoko!” said Sarasa.

    “Speaking of her classmates, I believe that Hanako will form her own group, composed of her former schoolmates she remembered. Also, Hanako’s cousin, Hitomi, and Sakura Katsura are planning to join the group to create their own branch of them” said Sumiko Serizawa.

    “Orange is Hanako’s hair color and that’s why she decided to make her group more influenced on bringing joy and wisdom” said Yurie Takaishi.

    “Yep. We have a lot of colors being used in our group and a twelfth associate group with the color of orange as its main color will create a new partnership between them and us” said Kotoko.

    “I believe that you’re right about adding a group that used orange, Kotoko. There is no group that partnered with us before, but thanks to Hanako’s plan, this would turn into reality” said Sarasa.

    “It’s great that Hanako will re-affirm her friendship with her former schoolmates in high school and now, this will bring more friends to our group!” said Ai Harasaki.

    “I’m expecting to see what Hanako’s former classmates doing in her new group, but also Hitomi and Sakura Katsura are ready to build their team while helping Hanako and her new group, in contributing their efforts in making their future brighter” said Miyako Iwasaki.

    “That’s right, Miyako! I’m sure that they’re ready to work together as a team just like our associate groups did” said Sarasa.

    “I agree with you, Sarasa! When a new group was formed, they’ll have a blessing to begin their connection between them. I hope that Hanako’s former schoolmates will have a brighter future just like Hanako did” said Kotoko.

    “Yeah!” said Sarasa while Sumiko, Yurie, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Ai and Miyako.

    The Azure Wind, Sayaka Ashihara, Shigemasa Araki, Yumi Kaneda and Kumi Kaneda talk with each other in a conversation. Sayaka, Shigemasa, Yumi and Kumi are sitting in the same row.

    Azure Wind: Composed of two groups
    Azure Wind: Kentarō Iguchi, Meiko Toriumi, Junichi Nakatani, Motoaki Kusaka, Tatsuya Matsui, Tokio Kokubo, Maaya Ōtsuka, Yui Matsubara, Tomohisa Akaishi, Sayuri Araki, Tsubaki Iwase, Kazuya Hisayuki, Takahito Higashiyama, Yuta Saito and Kazushi Nagai
    Ōsumi Section: Kana Tamayama, Yūta Kaneshiro, Ichirō Sugisaki, Naruhito Ogiwara, Mitsuhiro Fuke, Kenta Yoshimura, Yōji Yahagi, Manami Watanabe, Hiroko Yoshimura, Nodoka Komatsu, Tsukiko Satō, Yūmi Ganaha, Risa Hiramoto and Kazuko Kusachi
    Staff: Harumi Inoue, Misaki Araki and Kazuma Noda


    “It’s almost time for another tournament. The Rainbow Angels are ready to step up in the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament” said Kentarō.

    “Yep. I can’t believe that my cousin is ready to shine this year. After watching his school’s match against Mikagawa in the final of the Young Players Cup, he’s finally ready to reach his dream of making his school being the top high school basketball team in the prefecture and eventually, in the country” said Kana Tamayama.

    “I’m sure that Subaru will have a lot of improvements he made after he had done in that match, Kana. Nashiba is growing its potential of being one of the Top 25 high school teams in the city” said Yūta Kaneshiro.

    “I agree, Yūta-kun” said Kentarō.

    “It’s about time for him to go for a challenge. It’s finally expecting for his school ever since their boys’ basketball program was suspended last year. That will give Nashiba a chance to show his opponents what their willpower has all about” said Meiko Toriumi.

    “Willpower should be their secret weapon to win matches. Subaru and his teammates are finally ready to bring their championship to Nashiba, but before that, Subaru must face off against some stronger teams within his hometown” said Sayaka Ashihara.

    “Which also includes the Magome Elites-Team Suga, led by his rival Ryuuichi Suga” said Shigemasa Araki.

    “Ryuuichi is a stranger when he plays rough because he likes to commit fouls on his opponents in the court” said Yumi Kaneda.

    “Even he’s unpredictable, he’s more like a control freak when plays rough” said Kumi Kaneda.

    “That’s true, Kaneda-san. It’s a regretful character for him if he’s not hesitated to lose. I might be right if he’s scraping his opponents with the ankle breaking moves, but he’s a dangerous shooter too” said Harumi Inoue.

    “There are other players coming from the Magome Elites-Team Suga. It includes Yūya Okazaki, Yukio Kamiya, Shigemasa Kaneko, Haruki Takimoto” said Junichi Nakatani.

    “Are those guys from the Shizuno Middle School?” asked Yumi Kaneda.

    “Yes, they are. They are formerly his teammates in the Shizuno Middle School boys’ basketball team, but now, they’re currently playing in different schools. Mostly, they are now playing in either Rokugō Technical High School or Iriarai High School” said Kentarō.

    “Some of the younger players include Takenori Enamoto, Yoshimasa Himoto, Munemori Murakami and Norio Takimoto” said Kana Tamayama.

    “While he didn’t have his teammates heading to Itoda Business High School, he has many teammates coming from Kōtō. He might freak them out if they don’t need help from him” said Junichi Nakatani.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Junichi. No one can cross Ryuuichi whether you’re a teammate of him or not” said Kentarō.

    “That’s a shame. Although he has help from his former teammates during his time in Shizuno, he doesn’t want to forget his loss in the quarterfinals of the Middle School Boys’ Basketball National Championship against an elite school from Fukuoka” said Kumi Kaneda.

    “Of course, nēchan! He tried his best to defeat their star player with his playmaking move, but he makes his mistake when he fails to convert a fadeaway shot after ankle breaking him” said Yumi Kaneda.

    “And then, he even got thrown out of the game when he got his fifth and final foul in the match. He has gone outrageous after his close teammate Tetsuya Nagahara fails to make a miracle, missing his three-point shot in the final seconds of the game” said Kumi Kaneda.

    “Wow! You remembered that match, Kaneda-san. I know that you watch that tournament last two years ago” said Yuta Saito.

    “Yeah, Ryuuichi was regretted for his team’s loss and he knows that he’s the best player in our hometown, but not in the entire city. He and Subaru were rivalled by other point guards around the city” said Yumi Kaneda.

    “Kōtō is not far from our hometown and it’s going to be a half an hour journey to reach Itoda. I’m sure that when Nashiba will have a practice match against them soon, this would be changed this time” said Kazushi Nagai.

    “Subaru knows that his team didn’t participated in the Interhigh prefectural tournament last year due to the suspension, but now, he wants retribution against Ryuuichi” said Nodoka Komatsu.

    “Well, I expect that it’s going to happen, Nodoka, but it feels like this has been escalating right now due to their participation at the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament” said Sayaka.

    “Hopefully, Subaru will prove to Ryuuichi that he is the better guy to be the best player in Ōta” said Shigemasa.

    “I agree!” said Yumi Kaneda while her older sister Kumi nods in agreement.

    “I wonder who that guy from Fukuoka was. He believes that he is a braveheart and being a helper too” said Kazuya Hisayuki.

    “Yeah, that guy, who defeated Ryuuichi in points in their duel two years ago, had been playing right now in Kashii Gakuen High School as a second year high school student” said Manami Watanabe.

    “Hey, I know that person, Manami-san! He is Kazuhiro Hatakenaka. He has more stamina than Subaru and Ryuuichi, but he’s also known as the Ace of Fukuoka, known for his playmaking and sharpshooting skills. He is the youngest brother of Atsushi Hatakenaka, a professional basketball player playing for Fukuoka Blue Dragons” said Yōji Yahagi.

    “That guy is surely a beast in inside scoring as well as he’s picking steals with his right hand” said Tsubaki Iwase.

    “I hope that when he’s coming to Tokyo for the Blue Wind Cup, he’s ready to show his power against his opponents” said Tokio Kokubo.

    “Yeah, Tokio-san. I think that our group will be watching the matches in the Mizumoto Park while you, Kentarō and your friends will watch the eliminations of the Fuchsia and Dragons Tournament” said Yūta.

    “I agree, Yūta-kun. We should split up tomorrow to watch those matches. I can’t wait to see these players from different teams have skills and attributes to show” said Kentarō.

    “Good idea! I’m sure that you’re rooting for the Temperate Celadon” said Kana.

    “Yep. I’m a friend of Asumi and that’s why I want to see them winning games and get the championship” said Kentarō.

    “Me too, Kentarō! As I’m a coaching staff member of the Shiromidai Elementary School girls’ basketball team, I will help Asumi to win games before reaching to the knockout tournament” said Meiko.

    “Well, I hope that we’ll see their moves as well as their special techniques they have” said Kana.

    “You got it, Kana! We’re ready to meet them to bring more connections to our group!” said Kentarō.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Azure Wind.

    “Group C in the boys’ tournament is locked down with strong and dominant shooters and I believe that this group would be interesting!” said Kumi Kaneda.

    “I believe so, Kumi. The Temperate Celadon, the Radiant Fuchsia, the Black Dragons of Ōta and the Roselias of Den-en-chōfu will square off for two or three spots to qualify for the knockout tournament” said Sayaka.

    “The boys in our group won’t worry with the Roselias of Den-en-chōfu, but with other teams are going to be tougher to beat. But on the other hand, I can’t wait to face you in the knockout tournament, Sayaka!” said Yumi Kaneda.

    “Okay, I’m glad that you’re ready for the tournament, Yumi, because sooner or later, we’re going to make our shots going in against yours!” said Sayaka.

    “Well, it looks like you two are hoping to face each other in the knockout tournament of the girls’ tournament, but I believe that the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament would be a fun sporting activity to watch out in the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. Let’s see if your teams will be going to make it to the knockout tournament” said Kentarō, smiling on his face.

    “Yeah, good luck to both teams!” said Kana.

    “Okay!” said Sayaka, Yumi and Kumi.

    The members of Team Aurora and the Family of Angels are smiling after seeing Sayaka, Yumi and Kumi preparing themselves for the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament.

    “Wow! I know that they’re on the same group, but I can’t wait to face one of them in the knockout tournament!” said Asumi.

    “That would be interesting if your team will face one of them in the knockout tournament, Asumi. I mean, your team will face off against some teams that have specialized in either shooting or defense but for your boys, they will face off against three tougher teams, the Radiant Fuchsia, the Black Dragons of Ōta and the Roselias of Den-en-chōfu” said Kōme.

    “You got it, Kōme-san! It feels like our team had been trained well for the last three days and now, they’re all set to compete in the tournament. As for me, I can’t wait to face Tomoka’s team in the final. They’re so good with many of their roster are good in shooting and rebounding” said Asumi.

    “I believe that they’re the tougher team to beat, but also they’re good in flexibility and using complex strategy” said Sakura.

    “The other teams have their own strengths and weaknesses with some of them are teams to beat. Team Suga and the Rainbow Angels are favored to win in the boys’ tournament while many teams are battling for the trophy of the girls’ tournament” said Kurumi, who is wearing the cosplay uniform of Enju Aihara from Black Bullet.

    “I agree with those statements, Sakura and Kurumi. They should create their own strategy in transition to their strengths and weaknesses. That way, they’ll have complex strategy, which is used by head coaches and managers from different schools” said Asumi.

    “Yeah!” said Sakura, Kurumi and Kōme.

    “What are the names you’ll be representing for your group?” asked Rina Minagawa.

    “There are the Katsura Group (boys) and the Akamatsu Group (girls). Their teams have composed of the members coming from both groups, but a few will be from different groups” said Kōme.

    “I’ll be taking the position of the manager of the Akamatsu Group, but Kōme won’t” said Yuzuha.

    “Ah, I see. So, you’re close with Kyō, right?” said Asumi.

    “Yep. Since the Homewrecking Dragons are now associates with the Family of Angels, Kyō and I have decided to work on our group’s plans. The Homewrecking Dragons will have a general assembly next week at the Misawa Resort Hotel. That’s why our relationship had gone developing right now” said Kōme.

    “Good for you, Kōme! I like your relationship with Kyō. Is he your ‘crush’?” said Rina Minagawa.

    “At first, I didn’t know about him, but I admitted that I chatted with him online before” said Kōme.

    “I believe that you’re dating him, right?” asked Rina Minagawa.

    “Not really” said Kōme.

    “Well, I think that you and Kyō should go together someday and because your vacation in Nagoya will be near, I guess that you’ll have the right time to go with him” said Rina Minagawa.

    “Hopefully, we’ll do, Rina, but I don’t want to leave with my friends” said Kōme.

    “Then, you can bring them alongside you and Kyō while walking around Nagoya” said Kahele.

    “That would feel better for you and Kyō” said Mika Mizushima.

    “Okay!” said Kōme.

    “So, what are your plans in Nagoya?” asked Makoto Matsuda.

    “Well, we should go exploring around the city before we’re going to visit the ancestral house of the Gotō clan where we will stay there for two days” said Nozomi.

    “Hum. Jun-tan had been part of the Gotō clan through her father, but when her father passed away, Jun was adopted by Masayoshi to be part of his family. Nozomi and I would also be adopted, and from that time, we call our group as ‘Lien de Famille’” said Sora.

    “Ah, I see. Well, I never expect to have a different family aside from your original family before” said Kazue Matsuoka.

    “Yep. My family came from Setagaya, but my maternal side used to live in London. On the other hand, Sora’s parents were from Hachioji, but moved to Kunitachi before they died when Sora was 4” said Nozomi.

    “Oh, that’s so sad” said Kazue.

    “Yeah, my parents have been married for eight years, but it was terrible when they passed away when I was young. When I was 2, my father died in a car accident. Then, when I was 4, my mother died after suffering from complications” said Sora.

    “So, have you been adopted by that Masayoshi guy?” asked Hiroe Yamagiwa.

    “Yeah” said Nozomi and Sora.

    “Do you have relatives in your original families?” asked Noriko Toyama.

    “Yeah” said Nozomi and Sora.

    “Then, name them” said Noriko Toyama.

    “I have a cousin named Nana. She’s from my father’s side and I used to live with her when I was in London” said Nozomi.

    “I also had a cousin named Shinobu Hirasawa from my mother’s side. Shinobu and I were known to each other when we’re young until I move to Den-en-chōfu where I was adopted by Masayoshi to take care of me” said Sora.

    “Wow! They’re cuter as others in your original families, Nozomi and Sora. I’m sure that you’ll take care of your relatives until you grow enough to be an adult” said Noriko Toyama.

    “Yeah, Noriko! We can take care of them!” said Nozomi and Sora.

    “I was so excited to see your friends ready for their final training before the tournament, Kyō” said Kotori.

    “Yeah. Subaru and Tomoka have been good in leading their teams, but now, they have a challenge to face and that is to win the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament” said Kyō.

    “There are 24 teams in both boys’ and girls’ tournament and the Rainbow Angels should win all games in the eliminations before reaching to the knockout tournament. I would expect to see some other teams to show their moves as well” said Sakura.

    “Since you’re working as one of the assistant coaches in the Rainbow Angels, do you have worked with other teammates in your school?” asked Kyō.

    “Yes, I am, Kyō-san. I was training with my teammates when I was part of the Rokugō Nishi Elementary School. In our run in the district tournament, we fell short in the second round against Higashi Chōfu Daisan Elementary School. Despite my defense gone better, my teammates and I didn’t able to stop Kaede Ōnishi and her teammates. We lost by ten points with the score of 47 to 57” said Kotori.

    “I guess that you’re the backup center when you’re joining the team last year” said Kurumi.

    “Yep. And now, I’m now the starting center and the vice captain of the team. The captain of the team is Yurika Shirasaka, a member of Team Cumulus. Team Cumulus is one of the teams that participated at the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament and they’ll be drawn to Group B in the boys’ tournament and Group C in the girls’ tournament” said Kotori.

    “Is she a member of the Dragons of Ōta?” asked Sakura.

    “No, Sakura. She is a member of the Blue Wind Rokuneda, a large community group based in both Rokugō and Haneda. I live in Haneda, but when I was joining the Bravehearts, I decided to leave my home alongside my brother and move our new home in Yaguchi” said Kotori.

    “Do you and your brother stay in the same place?” asked Kyō.

    “Sometimes. I went to my brother’s dormitory during weekends, but I was staying with some of my friends from our dormitory near downtown Kamata” said Kotori.

    “Good thing that you live there before the Misawa Resort Hotel” said Sakura.

    “The distance to your home is about fifteen minutes” said Kurumi.

    “Yeah” said Kotori.

    “So, what’s next for you, Kotori-san?” asked Kyō.

    “Well, I want to transfer to my brother’s school in Rokugō Middle School, but I’m leaning my transfer to Yasukata. That school had acquired a solid shooter named Kana Tamayama. I wish I can join that team, but I believe Rokugō would be my best bet to enroll in middle school next year” said Kotori.

    “Then, you have to improve your skills and attributes before entering to future tournaments as a sixth grader. Next year, you’ll have time to decide on what school you’ll be taking” said Kyō.

    “Yeah! I will make sure that once my elementary school days are over, it’s time for me to move on to a new chapter” said Kotori.

    “Good for you, Kotori!” said Kurumi.

    “You’ll be fine to be part of the Bravehearts as well as being one of the members of Ginga’s Pupils can’t say they quit” said Sakura.

    “You bet, Sakura!” said Kotori. Kotori would see the boys and girls of the Rainbow Angels talking to Jirō Koganei and Jun in the basketball court. “Oh! Looks like the final training is about to start! This time, they’ll master their Complete Synchronization Skills!”

    “Yep. It’s about time to finish their practice before the tournament, but this time, they’ll master that skill without doing mistakes. I can’t wait to see their perfect play, Kotori!” said Nozomi.

    “Yeah, Nozomi-san! Let’s see if they’ll finally going to make their play perfectly. If they do, then they’re all set!” said Kotori.

    “Yeah!” said Nozomi, Sora, Kyō, Sakura and Kurumi.

    Jirō Koganei and Jun are standing before the members of the Rainbow Angels as they’re talking to them.

    “Listen up, everyone! This is our final training before the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament. This time, I want everyone to go well in our final training because you must master your Complete Synchronization Skill. We should get at least 2 Complete Synchronization Skills for both boys’ team and girls’ team. That way, we’ll get the job done” said Jirō Koganei.

    “As this would be our last training, I will give one hour to both sides to master their skills in a scrimmage. This time, I will alter the schedule for tonight’s training. The girls will play the scrimmage in the first hour” said Jun.

    “Then, the boys will play next in the second hour” said Jirō Koganei.

    “So, let’s make sure that you’ll be able to practice your moves while the Complete Synchronization Skill is activated” said Jun.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Rainbow Angels.

    “We’ll start with the girls and then, the boys. The scrimmage will start in five minutes. It will be played in 8 minutes and 4 halves just like what the match would be looked like” said Jirō Koganei.

    “So, everyone, let’s start the scrimmage and grow together one family of bravehearts!” said Jun.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Rainbow Angels. The Rainbow Angels are ready to do whatever it takes to master their Complete Synchronization Skills, in preparing for the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament. As for Seiichirō, Chihiro and Seijirō, they’re finally ready to be part of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team after they performed beautifully with their moves. And as for Subaru, Kazunari and Aoi, they’re determined to show their moves when they’re practicing their Complete Synchronization Skills in their last training for their team. The Rainbow Angels are ready to show their fighting spirit and keep their courage and willpower for their friends, the Bravehearts, as they’re going to grow together as a team.

    Meanwhile, outside of the Recreational Center, Ryōta Nakamura and Ryūsei Akatsuka meet each other at the Outdoor Basketball Court #1. Matsuki Nagashi and his friends are also present alongside the members of the Pink Nobles, the Vermillion Family of Ōta and Vermillion Rising Nishina.

    “Just like you promised to me, Ryōta, we’ll face each other on this day at this court. Right?” said Ryūsei.

    “Yeah, Akatsuka-kun. I’m feeling pumped up tonight. I can’t wait to see your team after your performance against Kazuya and his team” said Ryōta Nakamura.

    “Well, it’s not bad at all, Ryōta. I’m glad that Kazuya is ready to be part of your school’s basketball team this year” said Ryūsei.

    “Yes, it is, Ryūsei. Since we’re able to go well in the training, we believe that we’re going to make it as soon as Tōru-sensei is ready to put the two of us in the roster” said Ryōta Nakamura.

    “Good for you, Ryōta. I hope that this will be your new life in the middle school boys’ basketball team in Keishin. You’ll be happy to play with Natsuhi again” said Ryūsei.

    “You got it!” said Ryōta Nakamura.

    “So, what your team would be looked like, in facing my team?” asked Ryūsei.

    “Well, you ask for it, Ryūsei. In fact, my team is all here!” said Ryōta Nakamura as the members of the Pink Nobles are shown with courage. “Yukiya Ishizuka. Kiyoshi Toshima. Naoki Anabuki. Wataru Nakai.”

    “That’s interesting. I see the fact that your team is getting stronger with that lineup. I’m expecting to see your true formation, Ryōta” said Ryūsei.

    “You bet, Ryūsei, but since our supposed matchup in the final was postponed, we should have beaten my friends. That’s why this matchup would be up right now!” said Ryōta Nakamura.

    “Okay, Ryōta. Then, let’s battle!” said Ryūsei.

    Ryōta Nakamura smiles to Ryūsei after the latter confirms the match as planned. “You got it!”

    UP NEXT: Interlude 25: “Atsuko Maeyama: The Blue Rook of the Dazzled Hearts”

    Seiichirō Yoshioka had been the star of the match after he made the converted jump shot over the face of Subaru to lead the team of first years and reserves in their victory over the team of kouhais and senpais. Also, the final training of the Rainbow Angels before their participation at the Fuchsia and Celadon Dragons Tournament will about to begin, but before it will happen, there are some scenes that are going to be joyful and excitement as I will have four more interludes and two chapters to be posted before the last chapter of the volume, which will be posted during the second anniversary celebration of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts! So, hopefully, you’ll be ready to celebrate the series’ second anniversary celebration in two weeks from now because in next few days, it will be my second anniversary in this forum! I’ll see you on July 5 (Friday) for the next update of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts!
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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    With four days left before my second anniversary in this forum, I’m getting motivated right now in writing new updates after weeks of struggle on my progress of the next volume, Volume 8. So, if you’re ready for a new update, then here we go!

    Ever since I had majorly focused on the Rainbow Angels for the second part of Volume 7, I had almost forgot about the other groups, which is the groups of bravehearts. That's why I had decided to give my liberty to have an update for different groups of Bravehearts. With only four days before my second anniversary in this forum, I will be doing an update that is not coming from neither the Bravehearts nor the Rainbow Angels as I will be posting the 25th interlude featuring the birthday celebrant Atsuko Maeyama of the Dazzled Hearts. In this interlude, you’ll see Atsuko being blessed by her schoolmates including Saki and Maho as she is celebrating her birthday with her friends on her side. Of course, Atsuko Maeyama's birthday is on April 30. Without further ado, here comes Interlude 25 as you’ll witness the birthday party of the Blue Rook of the Dazzled Hearts, Atsuko Maeyama! Enjoy reading Interlude 25!

    Ever since the Dazzled Hearts and Team Blue and Yellow have been contesting for leadership elections which most of the members of Team Blue and Yellow won, both groups have continued their bonds of friendship without losing their faith between them. Tonight, it is the birthday of Atsuko Maeyama, a member of the Dazzled Hearts, whose birthday was on April 30. Atsuko had her birthday party being organized by her close friend Saki Nagatsuka as the former’s birthday party would be taken place at the Room #10 of the third floor of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel. After cutting the piece of cake and give it to each of her friends, Atsuko and her friends would create their conversation about their future. Atsuko wanted to run her own restaurant that was currently constructed beside the Coastwave Restaurant. She says that she’ll be managing the new restaurant alongside Ran Mikazuki, Risa Nagasaki and Mieko Matsuda if the construction of the new restaurant would be completed soon. Then, Naoko had talked to Atsuko about her vision when she’s taking over the Board of Bravehearts. Naoko said that she’s organizing the Mini Games to be participated by the friends and allies of her group, Team Blue and Yellow. While the other groups of Bravehearts aren’t interested in sports, other groups who have been interested in sports are expected to join the Games, which will be held a week after the Ikegami Invitationals during the mid-term examination week. Maho, her siblings Mitsugi and Miori and her guardian Hijiri would join the conversation after they were called by Naoko. As they continue the conversation, Maho, her siblings and Team Blue and Yellow have their plan of their own and so do Saki, Ran, Risa, Atsuko and the Dazzled Hearts. For Team Blue and Yellow, they’re going to add their new members from the Yellow, group of students coming from the Keishin Academy Middle School that aren’t part of the Pink and Plum, in order to strengthen their friendship with them in order to allow them to participate at the Mini Games. On the other hand, the Dazzled Hearts are making their own plans, one for finding their schoolmates in the batch that have not joined the other groups and the other for those who are coming from the higher levels who have been compassionate and ambivalent. At the end of the conversation, Saki’s brother Akira gives Atsuko a birthday gift, which is a chessboard because Atsuko was known as the Blue Rook of the Dazzled Hearts. Atsuko thanks her friends for her birthday party and hopefully, she’ll help them to build the Dazzled Hearts being one of the prospered groups in the Bravehearts through their ambitions and smiles.

    VOLUME 7: “THE MAGENTA GIRLS AND THE SUN WARRIORS”
    INTERLUDE 25: “ATSUKO MAEYAMA: THE BLUE ROOK OF THE DAZZLED HEARTS

    The interlude takes place between Chapters 132 and 133 in the evening of the third day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. Atsuko Maeyama, known as the Blue Rook of the Dazzled Hearts. Her birthday is on April 30 and being one of the candidates for sergeant-at-arms in the recent leadership elections that was won by Tarō Matsuba.

    Atsuko’s birthday party was held at Room #10 of the third floor of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel. The members of the Dazzled Hearts and Team Blue and Yellow sans Natsuhi Takenaka, who is helping his twin sisters in facilitating the foods for the guests who appeared tonight in the mansion, are present to celebrate Atsuko’s birthday. Saki was facilitating this event as part of her role as one of the organizers in organizing parties for the birthday celebrants of the Bravehearts that were celebrated their birthdays from April 28 to May 8.

    Team Blue and Yellow: Composed of three teams
    Team Sugisaki: Naoko Sugisaki, Kyōsuke Fumizaki, Asumi Ishida, Haruyo Kusaka, Tarō Matsuba, Saori Minagawa, Kishō Ogata, Nagamasa Miwa, Hirono Yamanaka and Miori Misawa
    Team Kikuchi: Daisuke Kikuchi, Tsutomu Fukada, Yoshinori Toshima, Akitsugu Wakui, Hiroto Makara, Hiroshi Arakawa, Shinji Masuda, Ryūichi Kitajō and Hideo Akiyama
    Team Minato-Hashimoto: Kanae Hashimoto, Kazumi Tanaka, Yukari Uchida, Daigo Kichise, Karin Toshima, Michio Hatsumi, Nobuaki Hara, Taiichi Hironaka, Shigetoshi Makara, Yasushi Sawano and Aki Uchiyama
    Staff: Hijiri Kuina

    Dazzled Hearts: Composed of three teams
    Team Nagasaki: Ran Mikazuki, Risa Nagasaki, Yoshitsugu Nakagawa, Aoi Otsuji, Kana Yamada, Kōsuke Hasegawa, Akinori Mitobe and Yūki Ando
    Team Maeyama: Atsuko Maeyama, Shizuko Ōhata, Tadamoto Inoue, Minami Kihara, Miho Ōsawa, Yoshiko Shindō, Akihiro Hata and Hideki Eda

    Team Hiraki: Kyoko Hiraki, Yurika Akagawa, Yōji Noshitani, Tarō Sakurai, Ryōsuke Hanamura, Rikiya Koga, Ayane Murakawa and Miyū Ikeguchi
    Staff: Akira Nagatsuka

    After Atsuko blows the birthday candles of her birthday, she gives her friends a signal to start eating the birthday cake. “Alright, everyone! Let’s eat!”

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Blue and Yellow and the Dazzled Hearts.

    Atsuko cuts the birthday cake into pieces before her friends start to grab the piece of cake. Then, they’ll eat together in their respective tables. Atsuko would sit down in a large table. The people in the large table is composed of Saki, Naoko Sugisaki, Daisuke Kikuchi, Kishō Ōgata, Ran Mikazuki, Risa Nagasaki, Yoshitsugu Naakagawa, Aoi Otsuji, Kana Yamada, Shizuko Ōhata, Tadamoto Inoue, Minami Kihara, Kyoko Hiraki, Yōji Noshitani and Ryōsuke Hanamura.

    “It’s great that you’re turning 13, Atsuko-san. You’re seemed to be special tonight” said Saki.

    “Yeah, Saki-chan. I never thought how you organized this party, but it’s great that we have a lot of guests to celebrate my birthday. My family had been enjoying too!” said Atsuko. Atsuko’s family is composed of her parents, Seiichi and Minami, and her two siblings, Nobuya and Shizue.

    “Ah! I’m delighted that you are compassionate to your family. I believe that they’re more taking care of you when you’re with them. I might be imagined of my family who has been running my restaurant for a decade” said Saki.

    “Yeah, since you and Minami Kihara are thirteen now, I believe that you have to start planning to bring your future for us” said Risa Nagasaki.

    “Exactly, Saki and Risa. I know that I’m ready to be more confident to be part of your group” said Atsuko.

    “It feels like our group had been doing very well with some improvements in the studies as well as saving our money to prepare for the new restaurant” said Minami Kihara.

    “Of course, Minami. The restaurant is now currently under construction, but it’s gonna be a long time to work there when it’s done. According to Cocoa-san, our new restaurant will need more polish in designing the tables and chairs for the guests to relax while using our money to buy some cooking equipment to cook food” said Ran Mikazuki.

    “We should keep on getting more money to buy more equipment to make this restaurant a happy place to eat before taking a stay at the Misawa Resort Hotel” said Shizuko Ōhata.

    “Yeah, it’s so fast that the construction was doing well for a few days and I believe that these workers will need more work to finish it for about six to eight months” said Yoshitsugu Nakagawa.

    “I agree, Nakagawa-san. We haven’t visited the Rabbit House yet, but we have to be ready for that very soon” said Atsuko.

    “When are you going to that place?” asked Naoko Sugisaki.

    “It will be soon. We’re not sure if we’re going to visit that place, but I’m sure that we would be able to meet Cocoa again” said Atsuko.

    “By the way, who’s Cocoa?” asked Daisuke Kikuchi.

    “You don’t know her, Dai-chan? She’s a waitress for Chino’s restaurant” said Risa.

    “The Rabbit House was owned by Chino’s grandfather and that restaurant was popular for many years after the rivalry with Chiya’s restaurant” said Ran.

    “I bet that those girls are cute to me” said Kishō Ogata.

    “On the other hand, they’re friendly to the customers” said Ryōsuke Hanamura.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Ryōsuke-san” said Ran.

    “I know that our own restaurant will be more perfect than the Coastwave Restaurant if we can attract the guests to eat in our place” said Aoi Otsuji.

    “But on the bright side, we still have to stay at the Nagatsukas for a while before moving to our new restaurant” said Shizuko Ōhata.

    “Yeah, I agree what you’re saying, Shizuko-san. My restaurant can’t be lost without my loyal customers like you. So, I wander if my older brother can take care of it” said Saki.

    “You mean, Akira-san?” asked Atsuko.

    “Yep. He’s a writer for the student publication in the Kirihara Middle School. He had been friends with Masako, Masami’s older sister” said Saki.

    “Though Akira is not much of a good cook, if you know what I mean” said Risa.

    “I agree! Remember the last time when we’re on a picnic during our free Saturday? Akira doesn’t know how to cook ebi” said Tadamoto Inoue.

    “Or tonkatsu” said Kana Yamada.

    “I don’t think that’s going to happen, Saki. I mean, your older brother had practiced cooking the food in your restaurant a little bit” said Shizuko.

    “Yeah, there are other relatives in my family they can cook the food. Although only me and my older brother have worked hard in making my father’s business a successful one, I don’t know if someone can run the new restaurant aside from me” said Saki.

    Atsuko would finally step up for the new restaurant. “Then, I’ll have to do this, Saki!”

    “Really? Are you going to run that place when it’s complete?” asked Saki.

    “I’m not alone, Saki. Ran, Risa and Mieko are going to be with me as well, in running that place” said Atsuko.

    “Yeah!” said Ran and Risa. Mieko Masuda was not there as she was assigned by Masami to cook the gourmet foods for the guests in the hall of the mansion.

    “We believe that the new restaurant will bring something special for the guests to choose because not all restaurants have offered buffets, but our new restaurant may become the best buffet restaurant in Ōta!” said Risa.

    “I agree, Risa! I would be delighted to be part of the crew since we’re running together. Right?” said Saki.

    “Yeah!” said Ran, Risa and Atsuko.

    “Atsuko, do you remember when we have a leadership election for the entire Bravehearts organization?” asked Naoko.

    “Oh, yes, Naoko-san. I remember that. That’s where you defeated Risa-san and Kentarō-san’ said Atsuko.

    “Yep. But I want to imagine something when we’re taking over the board for the month of May” said Naoko.

    “Well, that’s intriguing to me. I know that you have plans for the month of May” said Atsuko.

    “It feels like you’re preparing something for us, Naoko. Maybe you’re onto sports, aren’t you?” said Saki.

    “Yep, Saki-chan. For the month of May, it will be a month of excitement and fun as we’re going to organize the Mini Games” said Naoko.

    “Wow! That was a nice name for your project, Naoko!” said Yoshitsugu.

    “I have a feeling that you’re going to let us play sports” said Yōji Noshitani.

    “Yeah, Yōji-san. The Mini Games will be divided into five sets of activities to be held at the Misawa Resort Hotel. The first set will be held on May 22, which is baseball. The second set will be held on May 23, which is soccer. The third set will be held on May 29, which is volleyball. The fourth set will be held on May 30, which is swimming. And the final set will be held on June 5, which is badminton” said Naoko.

    “Team Blue and Yellow will be facilitating the five sets for the Bravehearts and their allies. We also encourage the guests like those who aren’t part of our group or just staying for a week” said Kishō.

    “It is going to be a fun weekend activity to enjoy!” said Daisuke.

    “What do you think, Atsuko-san and Saki-san?” asked Naoko.

    Saki would comment first. “Well, that was a nice proposal, but I don’t know if all groups will participate in that event. Some aren’t interested in sports.”

    “Saki’s right, Naoko. Only your group had been interested in sports as well as some other groups such as the Cerulean Wing, the Clang Moon Tigers and the Groundlblue Twilight. I don’t think that it would be successful” said Atsuko.

    “Then, how should I make this event successful?” asked Naoko.

    “In our group, we’re now open to expand new members coming from the Keishin Academy away from our batch. I believe that your group should start expanding your group by acquiring some high-level students such as those from second year and third year” said Risa.

    “I think that we can have a new connection between us and them if you convince them to join your group” said Ran.

    “After all, your best friend Maho had been active outside basketball, most likely business and tourism” said Tadamoto.

    “Oh, I understand right now. I will have to do it, so that I will have my own extended group” said Naoko.

    “That’s good, Naoko! I’m sure that we would be able to have some guys who have bee interested in our hobbies” said Daisuke.

    “Maybe, we can have Maho’s friends coming from both second year and third year because Maho had a lot of siblings” said Kishō.

    “Oh! I get it now!” said Naoko.

    “What do you mean, you get it?” asked Kishō.

    “I can ask Maho if I will talk with her siblings” said Naoko.

    “Good idea, Naoko!” said Kishō.

    “That will make sure that we’re going to expand our own group with those high-level students who have good abilities in playing sports or liking the interests of the Misawas” said Daisuke.

    “Yeah!” said Naoko.

    “I think that you can call Maho to come with us” said Saki.

    “Okay!” said Naoko before she leaves the table to find Maho.

    “Anyway, the purpose of that event would benefit these guys to be flexible” said Ran.

    “And more complex with their beauty” said Risa.

    “I agree, Ran and Risa! If we can able to pull invite some guys from our school, we would be able to bring dominance in our group!” said Daisuke.

    “We could end up making a utopia just like how Maho sang her song for us” said Kishō.

    “Oh, that would be cool if that’s going to happen!” said Saki.

    “But there’s one problem you realized, Kishō” said Kyoko Hiraki.

    “What do you mean ‘problem’, Kyoko?” asked Kishō.

    “The Ikegami Invitationals will be held in two weeks and your team should be ready for the training” said Kyoko.

    “There will be an expected battle to coming up for your team in the tournament. So, don’t lose your stamina” said Yōji.

    “Okay, Yōji-kun!” said Kishō.

    “If I remember correctly, everyone, Ichirō is from a group known as the Sunburst Co. I believe that Ichirō is more competitive when it comes to his active leadership in the varsity team” said Ryōsuke.

    “But also, that Ichirō guy would be tough to beat” said Minami Kihara.

    “Yeah, I should have known if he had good talent” said Kishō.

    Kanae Hashimoto and Daigo Kichise would appear to meet Kishō.

    “Kishō-kun!” said Kanae Hashimoto.

    “Oh, Kanae-san! What do you want to talk about?” said Kishō.

    “I want to tell Saki and others about the Yellow Group in Keishin” said Kanae.

    “We want to let Saki and others know about their secrets” said Daigo.

    “Sure thing, Kanae and Daigo” said Kishō.

    But before Kanae and Daigo would start talking to Saki and her friends about the Yellow Group in Keishin, Naoko returns, but this time she is joined by Maho, Mitsugi, Miori and Hijiri.

    “Hey, everyone!” said Maho.

    “Maho! You’re here!” said Saki as she grabs Maho’s arm before continue talking her. “I think that you’re going to plan on Naoko’s proposal for the month of May.”

    “Yep. I believe that Naoko and I were always working together to make our teamwork successful. It seems that you’re hearing about Naoko’s plan” said Maho.

    “Yeah!” said Saki, Daisuke Kikuchi, Kishō Ōgata, Ran Mikazuki, Risa Nagasaki, Yoshitsugu Nakagawa, Aoi Otsuji, Kana Yamada, Shizuko Ōhata, Tadamoto Inoue, Minami Kihara, Kyoko Hiraki, Yōji Noshitani and Ryōsuke Hanamura.

    “Well, you’re in luck because Mitsugi and Miori are here to be with us!” said Maho.

    “I’m glad that you’re here to celebrate your friend’s birthday. I’m happy with that” said Mitsugi.

    “By the way, Atsuko-san, happy birthday!” said Miori.

    “Thanks, Miori-san! Saki had thrown a birthday party for me. She’s dazzling everything including the birthday cake we ate” said Atsuko.

    “Oh! That’s awesome!” said Miori.

    “Here, Miori! Have one!” said Naoko as she gives the piece of a birthday cake to Miori.

    “Okay! Thank you, Naoko!” said Miori before she starts eating the birthday cake.

    “So, in case you’re wondering why we’re all here is that Maho and Naoko have been planning on expanding their group, just like Hinata-chan’s group and Kagtsu-chan’s group did” said Mitsugi.

    “As the upcoming tournament will be held in Ikegami, which is the Ikegami Invitationals, we’re planning to bring our team more focused on expanding interests in sports and business” said Maho.

    “So, what we’re going to talk about is the Yellow Group, which is a group of students coming from the Keishin Academy Middle School that aren’t part of the Pink and Plum” said Miori.

    “And then, we’re going to talk about Naoko’s proposal” said Maho.

    “I have a question” said Risa.

    “Okay” said Maho.

    “Why those guys aren’t part of the Pink and Plum organization?” asked Risa.

    “It’s because some of them have sported their hairs colored either yellow or blue” said Hijiri.

    “It’s a color reaction to you if you know about the color trend in Ōta” said Maho.

    “Now that you know about that reason, then let’s start the talk” said Naoko.

    “Okay!” said Saki and her friends.

    “Now, in the Keishin Academy, there are many color-coded groups being created when the Dragons of Ōta was formed in Kasuragi. That’s why these groups have their own desires to lead because they want to marginalize themselves from the Dragons of Ōta, even some have joined that group later” said Kanae.

    “These color-coded groups in Keishin were once not popular by the Dragons of Ōta was dominating the Ōta League. Not long before the dissolution of the Dragons of Ōta due to an incident between Shin and Tsubasa, causing the color-coded groups in Keishin to be more compromised and gone turn over a new leaf” said Daigo.

    “Since then, every school has their own color-coded groups, which are alternative to joining the Dragons of Ōta, but that have changed because of the Shiny Colors Project” said Kanae.

    “And that’s how the Pink and Plum was now a dominant group in Keishin” said Daigo.

    “As the Pink and Plum becoming a dominant group, they began to acquire the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. This would also allow the other color-coded groups to acquire them as well. One of the groups that have risen aside from the Pink and Plum is the Yellow Group” said Maho.

    “The Yellow Group is one of the color-coded groups that have started to dominate of its own, but their numbers are nearly half of a hundred. It was led by Yorinaga Shinoyama, a third year middle school student and my classmate in my class” said Mitsugi.

    “The Yellow Group had been considered an official school group just like the Pink-Haired Students Club, but they’re more focused on building their own community” said Kanae.

    “Unlike the Pink-Haired Students Club, the Yellow Group had their own structure, which was divided into the Higher Group and the Lower Group. For those who have been a member of the Yellow Group for a long time, they were considered part of the Higher Group due to their participation in active projects that are held in Keishin and in Ōta. But for those who have been a member of the Yellow Group on your first year and you don’t have experience yet, they’re in the Lower Group” said Mitsugi.

    “The group had been adopting their own community by creating their own projects that helped the students to improve their interests in active participation in the school. It’s more like an Achievers Club, but it benefits you to be on the top at the end of the school year” said Daigo.

    “Mitsugi had been a member of the Yellow Group for three years and that’s why he was assigned to be part of the Higher Group. He even formed his own group due to his successful projects in the group. Their group is known as the Fortune Five. It is a group that are composed of him and his friends in their class” said Miori.

    “Are they studied in middle school?” asked Atsuko.

    “Yes, of course!” said Maho.

    “As what my younger sister said earlier, I was building my own team to participate in active projects in the school and in the community. For my team, we focused on sports to make endurance in our team. Right now, we’re confirmed to compete at the Ikegami Invitationals and hopefully, we’re going to drive them to victory” said Mitsugi.

    “There are other leaders who have aspired to lead the Yellow Group which includes Naruhisa Shikayama, Naoya Mitsui and Keiko Akimoto. They want to be more liberal on their choices because they want to inspire the higher-level members of the group” said Kanae.

    “They can’t be lost if they want to keep their pride for our school” said Atsuko.

    “Yeah, I agree, Atsuko! Like the other color-coded groups, the Yellow Group had been more focused on being energetic and exciting because of their appearance. As for Team Blue and Yellow, they’re always coming out to show our cheers and smiles, so that they’ll have determination in our hands” said Kanae.

    “Wow! That’s more interesting to make your team a happy team!” said Atsuko.

    “Cheerful and perfect timing would never be forgotten!” said Shizuko.

    “You got that right, Atsuko and Shizuko! That’s what every yellow group needs to remember their golden rule” said Naoko.

    “To be happy means to be joyful” said Daisuke.

    “That’s why Team Blue and Yellow are having a plan in expanding our group, so that we’ll be able to encourage them to participate in our own activity” said Kishō.

    “Our goal for the Mini Games is that we want them to be energized to get intense moments in their own game. Aside from us being one of the teams to compete, other teams will compete as well. Teams like the Sunburst Co. and the Yellow Group will be there to compete for the supremacy of the event” said Naoko.

    “Speaking of which, there are many yellow groups being existed in Shimomaruko and Yaguchi. Aside from that, there are many in Nishina” said Miori.

    “My relatives, who were currently in high school, have their own group known as the Midnight Bloom. Hitoshi and Haruhi have been leading the group together, composed of their friends from the Keishin Academy” said Hijiri.

    “Are they cousins or siblings?” asked Aoi Otsuji.

    “They are my cousins. Hitoshi Shikida is my cousin on my mother’s side while Haruhi Itō is my cousin on my father’s side” said Hijiri.

    “Do you have siblings?” asked Aoi Otsuji.

    “Unfortunately, I’m afraid not, Aoi-san. I’m the only daughter of Hikaru Ichiyama and Hiroshi Kuina. Although, I have been closed with the maternal side before they’re mostly lived in Setagaya” said Hijiri.

    “I believe that we want to see your group, Hijiri-san. Even you’re graduated from college four years ago, I don’t think you remember them” said Aoi Otsuji.

    “Well, I haven’t called them yet, despite I remembered them. I even remembered Atsuji Yasuda, my boarding house roommate. He usually hangs out with me during the weekend. Now, he’s working in the Resort Hotel as a cook for the hotel” said Hijiri.

    “That guy seemed to be handsome” said Shizuko.

    “And he’s not cocky after all” said Hijiri.

    “Oh, I agree, Hijiri!” said Shizuko.

    “Hopefully, the Mini Games will give our friends something that’s going to be more shocking and giving more strength to play hard” said Naoko.

    “Yeah!” said Maho, Saki and their friends.

    “Now, I know about anything about your plan, Naoko, I think that I was planning on what the future in the Dazzled Hearts would be looked like” said Atsuko.

    “I think that it might be interesting topic to talk about!” said Naoko.

    “I’m sure that you’ll share your ideas to us” said Mitsugi.

    “You got it!” said Atsuko.

    Later, Maho, her siblings and Hijiri would sit down beside Naoko, Kishō and Daisuke in the left side of the big table while Atsuko, Saki and the Dazzled Hearts sit together in the right.

    “The future of the Dazzled Hearts would be more creative when it comes to people like food and romance. That’s why the Dazzled Hearts are planning to expand the group just like how the other groups in the Bravehearts did. With the experiment of the Rainbow Angels have received good results due to their connectivity and teamwork, I finally had an idea of making it for our group” said Atsuko.

    “Saki, Atsuko and I have been planning on this because we want to merge with other groups that are more charismatic and mindful” said Risa.

    “I talked to my classmate and friend named Yumi Ōuchi, a member of the Blue Rave and a former member of the Dragons of Ōta. We talked about this and Yumi was intrigued about joining the Bravehearts. She said that she is planning to gather some students who have formerly part of the Dragons of Ōta and then, they’ll form their own group to join the Bravehearts” said Saki.

    “The Dazzled Hearts’ main color is sky blue, which is why we want to be purified as one group” said Risa.

    “So, the plan for the Dazzled Hearts will be divided. As for my plan, I want to focus on finding some students that are bewitching to be purified. Despite I’m not a member of the Dragons of Ōta, I want to invite them to join the Dazzled Hearts by forming an extended group for them” said Atsuko.

    “Then, for our plan, we’re going to open the expansion through finding the former members of the blue group that are part of our batch” said Saki.

    “Akira and my older sister Mariko will be coordinating with this because they know about them. Which is going to be applied for the two of us” said Risa.

    “Yeah, and when the two plans would be merged together, it will create an extended group for us” said Atsuko.

    “I see. Your future is to have many people who have admired or kept their prosperity to be purified. Well, that’s more I like to see, Saki, Risa and Atsuko” said Maho.

    “But in order to have that, we have to find the members of the Dragons of Ōta. That’s why we will go through one color. Since the cerulean group will be focused for Daisuke’s group, we’ll focus on the yellow group” said Naoko.

    “Which means, your group, the Dazzled Hearts, will find those members from the blue group” said Mitsugi.

    “I believe that the three groups are connected with each other” said Ran.

    “Well, how did you know?” asked Maho.

    “Saki’s brother had remembered the Dragons of Ōta before when those guys from the yellow, blue and cerulean groups were getting along when it comes to their determination and inspiration” said Ran.

    “It’s true that the three color-coded groups have their own utopia, compared to the pink and magenta group” said Aoi Otsuji.

    “Probably, they have been more serious when it comes to team building activities in Ōta, but on the other hand, they’re very generous to respect them” said Ryōsuke.

    “That’s correct, guys! Which is why both groups have always getting along all the time” said Saki.

    “Because of our birthdays! My birthday is on July 1” said Maho.

    “And my birthday is on July 2” said Saki.

    “Which means, we’re the only groups that have closed together after the Dragons of Ōta was gone!” said Maho and Saki.

    This would lead to the members of Team Blue and Yellow and the Dazzled Hearts to remember the secret.

    “I agree what you said about, Maho-san and Saki-san! Since the members of the yellow group had focused on building together, the members of the blue group had focused on showing their pure inspiration while the members of the cerulean group had focused on bringing endurance on them” said Naoko.

    “After the Dragons of Ōta was gone, this would bring the members of the yellow, blue and cerulean groups to start of their own” said Daisuke.

    “Our batch has 11 sections and each section has their set of students ranging from 40 to 45. That would be fit for the other students who haven’t joined the Bravehearts to join the Dazzled Hearts” said Minami Kihara.

    “Especially to those who are coming from either sections 1-A or 1-B” said Yoshitsugu.

    “Yeah, Yoshitsugu. If they’re good to be respectful and careful, they will be coming to us in no time” said Kyoko.

    “I agree, Kyoko!” said Yoshitsugu.

    “It’s a coincidence that both Team Blue and Yellow and Dazzled Hearts have remained their friendship by bringing their ideas to explore” said Atsuko.

    “From intensity to fascination, this will bring the two groups their true formation of running together as one!” said Risa.

    “That’s true, Risa! The extended group project would take a few weeks to do it because we have many connections between us and them” said Saki.

    “As the Bravehearts are now shifting their focus on bringing more members and creating extended groups, we will be ready to face new challenges and goals to take with many prospects ready to step up for the Era of Fuchsia and Celadon” said Maho.

    “Once the Dragons of Ōta will be revived and our re-organization plan is complete, we’ll compromise everything to bring more harmonious enjoyment and happiness in the community” said Daisuke.

    “I agree, Daisuke-chan! We should expect doing this very soon because the groups of Bravehearts are ready to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta and settle the plans to re-organize our group!” said Miori.

    “Yeah!” said Maho, Saki, Mitsugi and the members of Team Blue and Yellow and the Dazzled Hearts.

    Saki’s brother Akira would appear to meet Saki, Maho and their friends. “Hey, everyone!”

    “Oniichan! I can’t believe that your blueprint in creating an extended group is now ready!” said Saki.

    “Yep. Thanks to you, Risa and Atsuko, we’ll make sure that we’ll have pure hearts to grow together as the Dazzled Hearts will bring prosperity to the community!” said Akira.

    “Yeah, we agree, Akira!” said Risa and Atsuko.

    “Yeah, we agree, oniichan!” said Saki.

    “Speaking of which, I finally have checklist for the groups to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta” said Akira.

    “Oh! Can I see?” said Saki.

    “Me too!” said Maho.

    As Saki and Maho look at the checklist of the groups of the Bravehearts in doing their assignment to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta through color assignment.

    “This is fascinating” said Saki.

    “And even intriguing too!” said Maho.

    “Yep. This is going to be more interesting as the second search will about to continue after the pink and magenta group is completed!” said Akira.

    “Yeah! That means, we’re going to move to another color which is the red group!” said Saki.

    “Everyone will be on their hands to become passionate and hopefully, Shimako and Asumi will find those guys from the red group!” said Maho.

    “I agree to those, Maho and Saki!” said Akira before giving the birthday gift to Atsuko. “Oh, by the way, Atsuko-san, this is for you.”

    Atsuko was blushing on her cheeks after she received a gift from Akira. “Is this for me?” Akira nods to agree with Atsuko. “Wow! Thanks, Akira-san!”

    “You’re welcome! Now, open it!” said Akira.

    Atsuko unwraps the wrapper to reveal her birthday gift from Akira. Atsuko was surprised when she sees this. “Wow! It’s a chessboard!”

    “Yep. I know that you’re good in playing chess with your friends” said Akira.

    “And of course, since you’re the Blue Rook of our group, I believe that you’re always determined to show your pure heart when you’re going out for a happy day. That is my wish to you, Atsuko!” said Risa.

    “Yeah, I agree with that, Risa-san! I never thought how I want to be heroic, but it’s great that I want to be inspired from you. When we’re running together as a group, we want them to be responsible and showing our pure heart. I’m so happy that I have learned the lesson about running together with Saki-san, it’s a harmonious way to remember our memories that would never be lost” said Atsuko.

    “Exactly, Atsuko. You’re the Blue Rook of our group. I wish that you’ll be more ambitious someday” said Saki.

    “You got it, Saki! Let’s enjoy our birthday party and bring our prosperity for our group!” said Atsuko.

    “Yeah!” said Saki, Maho, Akira, Mitsugi, Miori, Hijiri and the members of Team Blue and Yellow and the Dazzled Hearts. A pure heart would never be lost for Atsuko as Atsuko becomes more ambitious to be with Saki, Risa and the Dazzled Hearts. With bigger challenges coming on her and her group, Atsuko and the Dazzled Hearts are helpfully going to prosper everything that they’ll give them lucks to become connected to their friends including the Bravehearts. Atsuko is ready to lead the Dazzled Hearts alongside Ran and Risa while continue to be friends with Saki as the Dazzled Hearts would be ready to show their pure hearts and warmest smiles to the community.

    UP NEXT: Chapter 133: “Ryōta Nakamura: The Dragon Slayer (Part 1)”

    Atsuko Maeyama had been ambitious when it comes to being a member of the Dazzled Hearts because she was one of the trusted friends of Saki Nagatsuka that were close to her. I’m sure that the future of the Dazzled Hearts and Team Blue and Yellow will have their brighter future to expect, hoping to build new partnerships with their new members. Both the proposed restaurant and the Mini Games are the plans that the Bravehearts will have and hopefully, Maho, Saki and their friends will make their plans successful as soon as possible. Now, I will be reminding you that my second anniversary update will be a two-part of the clash between Ryōta Nakamura and Ryūsei Akatsuka. Also, I will be post two more interludes to spice things up for the other groups to be featured such as Hanako Yamadaki’s circle of friends and The Wisteria Club. I’ll see you on July 7 (Sunday) for the first part of my second anniversary update!

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    On July 9 (Tuesday), it will be my second anniversary of entering to Anime-Sharing Forum and I would be delighted to post tonight’s update to celebrate this feat. Tonight, I will post the first part of the clash between Ryōta Nakamura and Ryūsei Akatsuka. You’ll see the challenges that both players make as they’re going to show their moves to see who the best tenacious shooter is. In a coincidence, tonight, it would be a double birthday celebration as it is the birthdays of Kōme Ogi (Tenshi no 3P!/Angel’s 3Piece!) and Hanako Yamadaki (Ongaku Shoujo), whose birthdays are on the same day, July 7. Kōme is the Shrine Priestess of the Soryu Island and an illustrator of her friend Kyō Nukui’s album covers. Kōme’s nickname is Kiriyume due to her position as the Shrine Priestess of the Soryu Island. Kōme had a crush on Kyō when they both chat with each other online, but she didn’t confess to him because Yuzuha Aigae tried to sabotage their relationship by pretending to be Kiriyume to blackmail them. Despite of this, Kōme and Kyō have mended their troubles between each other and Kyō gave Kōme another chance to draw a new album cover for Lien de Famille’s new songINNOCENT BLUE”. On the other hand, Hanako Yamadaki is a singer and the manager of the Music Girls, who gave her a spot to become a member of the group throughout the series. Kōme Ogi is voiced by Kana Hanazawa while Hanako Yamadaki is voiced by Seria Fukagawa. Happy birthday, Kōme and Hanako! Now, I give you the first part of “Ryōta Nakamura: The Dragon Slayer”! Enjoy reading Chapter 133!

    Ryōta Nakamura had been waiting for a long time to battle against a tenacious shooter Ryūsei Akatsuka. It had begun when Ryōta bested Matsuki Nagashi in the second round of the Ōmori Invitiationals. However, the Pink Nobles, Ryōta’s team, fell to the Innocent Charm. When Ryūsei’s team made it to the finals, Ryōta wanted to have a match with Ryūsei’s team, even his team didn’t make it to the final. So, Ryūsei granted Ryōta a match between each other during the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. The match between the Pink Nobles and the Vermillion Family of Ōta would finally begin with Ryūsei going on a hot start by scoring 21 points in a quarter. However, Ryōta adjusted his strategy by switching his position to point guard while replacing his teammates with his backup players. This was a surprise that Ryōta wanted to be more serious in battling against Ryūsei. The new strategy was working with Ryōta Nakamura and his backup players scoring the unanswered 13 points to trim their opponents’ lead to 6 while not letting their opponents to score. In the second quarter, both sides would go back and forth in scoring their baskets in separate occasions, but the main part is that Ryōta had blocked Ryūsei’s shot as a revenge for the former’s shot being blocked by the latter’s teammate Ryūichi Ōno. Ryōta challenged Ryūsei a clash between their moves to determine who is superior with the style of plays they have. The Pink Nobles have improved their defense with the Majestic Intertwining Diamond while Yoshimaru Iijima blocked Ryūsei’s three-point shot. By the end of the first half, Ryūsei had banked the Rising Vermillion to get their lead back, but Ichirō Furukawa gets the last laugh when Ryōta and his teammates did their noble magic with Ichirō successfully tying the game with the Fallback Corkscrew, a variant of a fadeaway shot. As the game is tied at 41, Ryōta sends a message to his rival Ryūsei that the he will defend his team’s honor with the charisma he got during his team’s campaign at the Ōmori Invitationals. It would be the sign of hope that Ryōta will be ready to unleash his true formation when he will be back to the court for the second half to meet with Ryūsei again for another clash.

    VOLUME 7: “THE MAGENTA GIRLS AND THE SUN WARRIORS”
    CHAPTER 133: “RYŌTA NAKAMURA: THE DRAGON SLAYER (PART 1)

    The clash between the Pink Nobles and the Vermillion Family of Ōta had just begun after Ryōta Nakamura had a promise with Ryūsei Akatsuka earlier that they’ll face each other someday. This is now turned into a reality as both teams will face each other in the Outdoor Basketball Court #1 of the Misawa Resort Hotel.

    Akira Shimojō and Mie Furutani start their commentary as they would recall the rivalry between the three tenacious shooters of Ōmori: Ryōta Nakamura, Matsuki Nagashi and Ryūsei Akatsuka. Akira starts his commentary first. “It’s a long history regarding the rivalry between Ryōta Nakamura and Matsuki Nagashi, but Ryūsei Akatsuka had a rivalry with Matsuki, not Ryōta. At the time, Ryōta had been part of the Keishin Academy Elementary School boys’ basketball team, he defeated Matsuki in their first encounter two years ago in the district tournament. In their recent encounter, Ryōta once again showed his true formation of himself as he and the Pink Nobles defeated Matsuki and the Dark Eclipse in the second round of the Ōmori Invitationals. The Pink Nobles would later lose to Kazuya and the Innocent Charm. That means, the Pink Nobles would have gone battling against Ryūsei’s team in the final.”

    Mie would continue to commentate about the rivalry between the three. “However, if the Pink Nobles defeated the Innocent Charm, the Pink Nobles would face Ryūsei and the Vermillion Dragons of Ōta in the final. Despite their defeat, they would keep their courage for themselves while Ryōta Nakamura begins to improve of his own. But right now, we’re at the outdoor basketball court at the Misawa Resort Hotel and it’s going to be an epic match between Ryōta Nakamura and Ryūsei Akatsuka.”

    Then, it’s Akira Shimojō’s turn to do the commentary. “With the Pink Nobles are hoping to secure their win against the Vermillion Dragons of Ōta, Ryōta Nakamura wants to tell Ryūsei that he wants to be the best sixth man in all middle schools of Ōta while having a contemplation in whether to start his own run or not three years from now.”

    Mie takes her turn to commentate. “That’s right, Akira. This match is going to be thrilling and interesting as it should be! Now, let’s get this game going with Hikaru Sakamoto holding the ball for the jump ball.”

    Hikaru Sakamoto is in the center of the basketball court while the two big men (Wataru Nakai and Ryūichi Ono) are staring at the ball as the match between the Innocent Charm and the Vermillion Family of Ōta is about to begin.

    Pink Nobles: Yukiya Ishizuka (PG), Kiyoshi Toshima (SG), Ryōta Nakamura (SF), Naoki Anabuki (PF), Wataru Nakai (C)
    Vermillion Family of Ōta: Ryūsei Akatsuka (PG), Dairoku Ichida (SG), Shigefumi Hosoe (SF), Nariakira Uchimura (PF), Ryūichi Ono (C)

    Hikaru Sakamoto speaks to the starting five for both teams about the simple details of the match. “The match will be played in six minutes in four quarters. This is an exhibition match. So, let’s start the match! Bow!”

    The starting five of the Pink Nobles and the Vermillion Family of Ōta bow together before Hikaru saying, “Let’s have a good game!”

    “This is it. I’m not sure why these guys are ready, but it’s time to determine who best deadeye shooter is” said Yumi Nakamura.

    “It’s Ryōta Nakamura…” said Ichirō Furukawa.

    “…versus Ryūsei Akatsuka. Who will show their charisma first? We’ll find out” said Yumi Nakamura.

    Hikaru releases the ball high before Wataru and Ryūichi jump, contesting for the tip. Ryūichi tips the ball and Ryūsei grabs the ball, winning their possession to start the match.

    “And the match is on!” said Akira.

    Ryūsei would dribble the ball while battling against Yukiya. Yukiya takes the defense on Ryūsei, but Ryūsei uses the behind the back move on Yukiya and then, drives past Yukiya.

    “Whoa! He’s too fast!” said Junpei Aida.

    “Ryūsei had been working hard since his last match against the Innocent Charm” said Izumi Higashi.

    “This could be crucial for Ryōta, Izumi-san. I can imagine him if he’s playing professional, he’s going beast mode out here” said Ryūji Murayama.

    Ryūsei would shoot the ball with the jump shot in the corner and the ball drives to the basket. This gives the Vermillion Family of Ōta scoring their first bucket in the game.

    “Ryūsei had been compared to Tetsuya Kuroko, but with an enhanced shooting skill” said Himeko Kobayashi.

    “Yep. I thought how Ryūsei did something insane with that move, but it would be great if he’s a crafty playmaker with his shot creating skill” said Tarō Ishida.

    “Yeah, I think so, Tarō-kun. That guy is a machine” said Junpei.

    “True, Junpei” said Himeko while Tarō nods to agree with Junpei.

    Ryōta gets the ball from Wataru before he would be passing the ball to Naoki Anabuki. Naoki uses the crossover move on Nariakira before doing the spin move. Naoki moves past Nariakira before passing the ball to Kiyoshi.

    Kiyoshi performs the fake and drive on Dairoku before shooting the ball with the floater. The ball drives to the basket to tie the game. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 2, Pink Nobles 2]

    “Great shot, Kiyoshi!” said Ryōta.

    “Thanks, Ryōta-kun!” said Kiyoshi.

    “And our team gets the first two buckets in the match too!” said Akira.

    “Kiyoshi makes the floater after the fake and drive. That sounds like a crazy play, Akira!” said Mie.

    “Yes, indeed, Mie!” said Akira.

    Ryūsei once again facing off against Yukiya. This time, Yukiya would dodge Ryūsei’s moves before attempting to steal the ball.

    “He’s going to steal the ball…” said Mie.

    However, Ryūsei sways his arms away from Yukiya’s hands.

    “…but Ryūsei dodges it!” said Akira.

    “Wow! That Ryūsei doesn’t want to lose his ball! He wants to play hard with his own game” said Mie.

    Ryūsei would step back before converting the three-point shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 5, Pink Nobles 2]

    Yukiya would dribble the ball before using the crossover move on Ryūsei. However, Ryūsei dodges it before trying to steal the ball from Yukiya’s hands. Yukiya steps back before passing the ball to Ryōta. Ryōta would use the drive to drive past Shigefumi and then, shoots the ball with the layup.

    “Not so fast, Ryōta!” said Ryūichi as he blocks Ryōta’s shot. Ryōta gasps in horror.

    “You gotta be kidding me?!” said Mie.

    “Ryōta’s shot gets blocked by the big man from Ryūsei’s team!” said Akira.

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Naoki. Naoki would shoot the ball with the jump shot and his shot would be missed as it falls off from the backboard.

    Ryūsei grabs the ball for the rebound before running faster through the other side of the court. Yukiya tries to block Ryūsei’s shot, but instead, he gets posterized by Ryūsei. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 7, Pink Nobles 2]

    “What a posterizer by Ryūsei! That guy is on fire now!” said Mie.

    “Our missed two shots after making its first shot. That would be a bad start for our team” said Akira.

    “I hope that our boys would get shots, but Ryūsei’s performance doesn’t go well on our boys’ defense. Even the shooting, they aren’t making it” said Mie.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Mie. I’m sure that this would be a disaster for our team” said Akira.

    “Yeah” said Mie.

    The following two minutes, the Vermillion Family of Ōta are on fire with Ryūsei shooting jump shots without missing it. This causes the Pink Nobles to miss their shots and commit turnovers. Then, with 2:23 left in the first quarter, the Vermillion Family of Ōta gets their larger lead with the score of 21 to 2. That would be an embarrassing for the Pink Nobles.

    Ryōta was struggled with his shooting when Ryūsei was on fire. So, he decided to call a timeout. “Timeout, Hikaru! I need my boys to talk.”

    “Okay!” said Hikaru before blowing her whistle. “Timeout, Pink Nobles!”

    At the bench, Ryōta was disappointed about his team’s bad start in the first quarter. “This isn’t working. I supposed that we should be dominating, but I can’t believe that Ryūsei is too good to stop us. I have to change my plan” said Ryōta.

    “So, what are you going to do?” asked Yukiya.

    “Well, I have to sub my entire team expect for me. I’ll have all three-point shooters to be part of the lineup. I’ll be switching to point guard to face off against Ryūsei” said Ryōta.

    “But if you’re staying, then who will be joining with you?” asked Wataru.

    “Well, I will have a defensive force of Yoshimaru Iijima and Naohiro Imayoshi and then, I’ll put Ichirō Furukawa and Takaya Noburizato into the backcourt. This will neutralize everything to make sure that Ichirō and Takaya will throw threes beyond the arc” said Ryōta.

    “Are you sure that it’s going to work?” asked Kiyoshi.

    “We’ll see, Kiyoshi. It’s time to teach Ryūsei how to shoot a three-point shot perfectly!” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Pink Nobles.

    As Hikaru blows the whistle to end the timeout, Akira was surprised to see Ryōta’s team had changed their lineup.

    “That’s weird. I thought Yukiya is a good three-point shooter, but he’s bricking the shots, thanks to Ryūsei’s relentless defensive finish” said Mie.

    “So, that’s why Ryōta decided to switch it with Ichirō, a backup point guard” said Akira.

    “Let’s see if Ichirō turns the deficit into an early comeback” said Mie.

    “I agree” said Akira.

    Pink Nobles: Ryōta Nakamura (PG), Ichirō Furukawa (SG), Takaya Noburizato (SF), Yoshimaru Iijima (PF), Naohiro Imayoshi (C)
    Vermillion Family of Ōta: Ryūsei Akatsuka (PG), Dairoku Ichida (SG), Shigefumi Hosoe (SF), Nariakira Uchimura (PF), Ryūichi Ono (C)

    Naohiro passes the ball to Ryōta before battling against Ryūsei in the free throw line.

    “So, I heard that you’re good in three-point shooting, Ryūsei. Well, then, I’ll try to prove it to you on how to make a three-point shot without stepping back!” said Ryōta.

    “Then, I’ll make that I’ll block that shot, Ryōta!” said Ryūsei.

    “We’ll see, Ryūsei. Now, here I come!” said Ryōta as he begins to use the between the legs move before doing the spin move on Ryūsei. Ryōta would pass the ball to Ichirō before running to the right. Ichirō calls Naohiro the screen on Dairoku before passing the ball to back to Ryōta.

    “Whoa! What is that?” said Yui Takizawa.

    “It looks like Ryōta had a strategy to prevent Ryūsei from either stealing the ball or blocking the shot” said Ryōko.

    “I can’t believe that Ichirō is calling his big man to screen on Dairoku before driving past Dairoku. Then, Ichirō passes the ball back to Ryōta when Ryōta is now free from Ryūsei” said Yui.

    “That is a smart move for Ryōta, Yui-san. Ryōta and Ichirō are working together for the first time when they face the Innocent Charm when they’re trying to catch up to score points in the corner. This time, Ichirō must be good in both positions as point guard and shooting guard. I’m sure that Ryōta will get easy shots in a different position” said Ryōko.

    “Yeah, I agree with that observation, Ryōko. I’m glad that this will change the ship between both teams” said Yui.

    “Hopefully, it will” said Ryōko.

    Ryōta shoots the three-point shot while Ryūsei tries to stop him with the shot contest. When the ball was releases from Ryōta’s hands, it was a perfect release and Ryōta’s shot was good to go like splash. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 21, Pink Nobles 5]

    “Nail it!” said Ryōta with lowering his clenching fist for the celebration.

    “He finally made the three!” said Yumi Nakamura.

    “Unbelievable! That smart play proves to be dangerous for Ryūsei, which means, Ryōta can finally makes the shot!” said Kiyoshi.

    “I’m happy to bring back his ego vision to shoot three-point shots. I hope that we will stop their opponents’ long run” said Yukiya.

    “I agree!” said Kiyoshi.

    “Would you look at that? Ryōta and Ichirō teaming up together to make a smart play and that would end their team’s slump” said Mie.

    “Yep. Finally, now they can go back to shoot the ball and make sure that they won’t miss” said Akira.

    “Yeah, you better not to miss that shot, Ryōta!” said Mie.

    “Okay, Mie-san!” said Ryōta before shouting to his opponents. “Let’s make sure that we’ll make consecutive shots to catch up against Ryūsei and his team!”

    “Yeah!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    Then, Ryūsei would battle against Ryōta with Ryūsei doing the crossover move on Ryōta before driving past him. Then, Ryūsei passes the ball to Dairoku as Dairoku tries to shoot the ball with the layup, but Naohiro scares Dairoku away with the block on the latter’s shot.

    “Get that shot out of here!” said Naohiro while Dairoku gasps in horror.

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Takaya. Ichirō and Ryōta would run faster before Takaya passes the ball to Ichirō. Ichirō would stop at the free throw line before passing the ball to Ryōta for the alley-oop combination. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 21, Pink Nobles 7]

    “What a fastbreak combination move by Ichirō and Ryōta!” said Mie.

    “That’s already five points for Ryōta after his struggles in shooting earlier” said Akira.

    “This will make sure that Ryōta is a scoring threat right now!” said Mie.

    Then, Ryūsei tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot after driving past Ryōta with the spin move, but his shot was missed as the ball bounces off form the backboard.

    “What?! It didn’t go in!” said Ryūsei.

    Yoshimaru grabs the ball for the rebound before passing the ball to Ryōta.

    “I’ll go faster this time, Ryōta!” said Ichirō.

    “Okay!” said Ryōta before he will use his crossover move on Ryūsei. Ryōta would go for the drive to drive past Ryūsei before passing the ball to Ichirō.

    “My first shot! Here I come!” said Ichirō as he releases the ball to shoot with the jump shot in the paint. Ichirō’s shot goes in with the ball drives to the basket. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 21, Pink Nobles 9]

    “Wow! No defense from the Vermillion Family of Ōta!” said Mie.

    “That would make a 7-0 run for Ryōta’s team!” said Akira.

    Shigefumi would use the between the legs move on Takaya before passing the ball to Nariakira. Nariakira looks at Ryūsei before passing the ball to him, however, Takaya tips the ball for the steal.

    “No way!” said Nariakira.

    “You gotta be kidding me!” said Ryūsei.

    Takaya would run through the paint before passing the ball to Ichirō before Ichirō shoots the ball with the fadeaway shot in the corner. Ichirō’s shot would be successful since it is perfectly released. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 21, Pink Nobles 11]

    “Ichirō was so fast that he can shoot the ball without losing his stamina” said Eiji Uehara.

    “After being struggled, Ryōta’s strategy is looking great with Ichirō, Ryōta and Takaya are fast-paced playmakers due to their athleticism” said Tsubasa Horihata.

    “True, Tsubasa. I guess that Ryōta doesn’t want to give up now” said EIji.

    “Yeah!” said Tsubasa Horihata.

    Shigefumi would pass the ball to Nariakira before Nariakira gets guarded by Ryōta and Yoshimaru.

    “A double team!” said Ryūichi.

    “Crap! Those guys are too good stop our stretch four!” said Ryūsei.

    Nariakira steps back before shooting the ball with the fadeaway shot, but it misses. Shigefumi gets the ball back for the offensive rebound and then, passes the ball to Dairoku. Dairoku shoots the ball with the jump shot, but he misses it.

    “Now’s our chance!” said Ryōta.

    “Okay!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    Naohiro gets the ball for the rebound after moving away from Ryūichi. Naohiro passes the ball to Ichirō. Ichirō would pass the ball to Ryōta before Ryōta performing the crossover move on Ryūsei.

    “You’re too good, Ryōta. I never expect to see how you perform that move” said Ryūsei.

    “Yep. I’m always doing that move when I’m going intense, but now it’s time to see who proves better between the two of us” said Ryōta.

    “Okay. I’m in” said Ryūsei.

    “Good. Now, that’s going to be a challenge for me. Now, can you do this?” said Ryōta as he performs the between the legs move before switching it to behind the back move. Then, Ryōta steps back from Ryūsei before doing the drive to drive past him while Ryūsei stumbling to the ground.

    “Oh, my goodness! Ryōta had broken Ryūsei’s ankles!” said Mie.

    “I can’t believe that it has finally happening!” said Akira.

    “Great move, Ryōta!” said Yumi Nakamura.

    “You can do it!” said Yukiya and Junpei.

    As Ryōta heads to the paint, he tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot, but Ryūichi comes out, trying to block Ryōta’s shot.

    “You ain’t going anywhere!” said Ryūichi.

    “No, Ryūichi. You’re the one who ain’t going anywhere” said Ryōta as he fakes the shot before shooting the ball with the floater. Ryōta’s shot would be successful, extending their run with only 38 seconds remaining. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 21, Pink Nobles 13]

    “Alright! Nice shot, Ryōta! You’re looking good to go!” said Kiyoshi.

    “He’s already fire, everyone! Our boy has a lot of moves he take!” said Wataru.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Pink Nobles.

    Shigefumi passes the ball to Dairoku before Takaya switches his places with Ichirō to guard Dairoku. Takaya guards Dairoku while Ichirō guards Shigefumi.

    “They’re switching their places!” said Sakiko Katsuragi.

    “That would might be called noble magic!” said Hikaru.

    Dairoku passes the ball to Ryūichi before Ryūichi is charging up with his strength to drive past Naohiro.

    “You’re too slow to stop me!” said Ryūichi before seeing Shigefumi open without his opponent. “Shige! Catch!”

    Ryūichi releases the ball for the pass and Shigefumi grabs the ball before Shigefumi jumps to shoot the ball with the jump shot, but Takaya uses the shot contest wider, which causes Shigefumi’s shot to be missed.

    “Darn it! It misses!” said Shigefumi.

    “I’ll take care of this!” said Narikaira as he catches the ball for the offensive rebound. When Nariakira tries to shoot the ball with the putback dunk, Naohiro blocks the shot away.

    “Get that shot out of here!” said Naohiro.

    “And he’s powering up with the block!” said Akira.

    “I can’t believe that we have an interior rebounder in our team!” said Mie.

    Ryōta gets the ball with his right hand before running faster to the other side of the court. Ryūsei follows him before the rest of the players in the court catch up to both Ryūsei and Ryōta.

    “I’m going to make sure that I’m going get that shot out of here, Ryōta!” said Ryūsei.

    With both Ryōta and Ryūsei facing each other again, Ryōta would use the crossover move on Ryūsei, but Ryūsei keeps his defense tight. So, Ryōta uses another move, which is the crossover escape move.

    “Ha! You will never gonna stop me!” said Ryōta after dashing away with the crossover escape move on Ryūsei. Ryōta passes the ball to Takaya with the bounce pass. “Catch, Takaya!”

    Takaya grabs the ball before shooting the ball with the three-point shot and it misses.

    However, Ichirō grabs the ball for the offensive rebound before passing the ball to Yoshimaru.

    “My ego is coming!” said Yoshimaru as he shoots the ball without his opponents trying to stop him. Yoshimaru converts the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 21, Pink Nobles 15]

    “What a nice last quarter shot by Yoshimaru!” said Akira.

    “That guy will surely need to take his defense while giving himself open to shoot!” said Mie.

    With only 12 seconds remaining, Ryūsei must shoot the last shot of the quarter with his own as he grabs the ball from Ryūichi.

    “We’re not done yet, Ryōta!” said Ryūsei.

    “Oh, really. Do you think you can stop me?” said Ryōta as he runs off to use his ‘pick dodger’ move on Ryūsei.

    “Let’s see if you stop my trick!” said Ryūsei as he uses the between the legs move while Ryōta stops him by dodging it. However, in the third try, Ryūsei captivates Ryōta with the step back move before shooting the ball with the three-point shot.

    “Darn it! I nearly make it!” said Ryōta.

    “Ha! Who’s the best point guard now?” said Ryūsei.

    Unfortunately, the ball doesn’t drive in to the basket and Ryūsei’s buzzer beater shot was missed. Hikaru blows her whistle to end the first quarter.

    “End of first quarter. Vermillion Family of Ōta 21, Pink Nobles 15” said Hikaru.

    “What? It misses my shot? There’s no way my shots are good!” said Ryūsei.

    “Don’t you get it, Ryūsei-kun? Your shooting rating is late after you use your last move. That’s why you’re too far from stopping me” said Ryōta.

    “Well, whatever. I didn’t know that you’re good in observing my shot, Ryōta. That’s a smart detection, indeed” said Ryūsei.

    “Yep. But this is just the beginning, Ryūsei. Once the match is over, I’ll be standing tall in the end” said Ryōta while Ryūsei was speechless without saying a word. “Let’s go, boys. We have a lot of work to do.”

    Ryōta and his teammates would go back to the bench as the five-minute interval is about to begin. Meanwhile, Ryūsei smiles warmly before staring at his teammates.

    “Well, what are you gonna do?” asked Shigefumi.

    “Oh, nothing, Shigefumi-kun, but we did well. Even our great run was crushed by Ryōta and his teammates’ delivering finish. Well, I’m not upset after all” said Ryūsei.

    “Should we go back to the bench, Ryūsei? Coach wants us to be there” said Ryūichi.

    “Okay, Ryūichi. I’ll go. Then, let’s see what our coach will about to say” said Ryūsei.

    “Okay” said Dairoku, Shigefumi, Nariakira and Ryūichi as Ryūsei and his teammates would go back to the bench as well. Manager Motoyuki Akagi sighs while seeing his groupmates walk to see him.

    “Here they come” said Motoyuki Akagi.

    At the bench of the Pink Nobles, Ryōta is talking to his teammates about the result of their performance after the struggle.

    “We would have been wiped out by these guys from Ryūsei’s team, but we were able to fight back” said Ryōta.

    “I’m glad that you guys are awesome, Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro. Well done. You will deserve a reward later” said Kiyoshi.

    “Okay! Thanks, Toshima-san!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    “Now, what shall we do? Are you going to keep the lineup?” asked Wataru.

    “Yeah” said Ryōta.

    “Really? I thought that it was a bad idea” said Wataru.

    “It’s a good idea, Wataru. Don’t just complain” said Kiyoshi.

    “I believe that it’s true that my strategy was working. Even Ichirō and I have worked on stopping Ryūsei’s dominance, I have a feeling that Ryūsei is trying to fight back” said Ryōta.

    “Well, that’s the problem, Ryōta. If Akatsuka-kun tries to get your shot blocked, I think that it might be the end of our rally” said Yukiya.

    “I know, but it feels like I want to re-energize myself to make sure that I’ll be growing again to shoot threes” said Ryōta.

    “That’s expecting, Ryōta. I see the fact that you’re ready for the second quarter, but my problem is that how are you going to stop Ryūsei if that guy tries to stop you with force?” said Wataru.

    “Then, I’ll have my special moves to be activated. If I’m going to keep my stamina for the entire game, I really like to shoot around with my trustworthy right hand” said Ryōta.

    “That’s good, Ryōta. I think that we must shift some players from your defensive formation if those guys are going to intense this time” said Ichirō.

    “I agree. In fact, I must keep an eye on Ryūsei right now. If he’s going beast mode, I’ll power up with my own” said Ryōta.

    “That sounds like you’re going to use the Complete Synchronization Skill, Ryōta” said Yoshimaru.

    “Nope. My Temporal Knight ability will allow me to shift any play I want when I’m going on a situation like Ryūsei. That will make myself being a playmaker this time” said Ryōta.

    “Then, you must prove him that you’re better than him. Just like the knight can slay the dragon” said Takaya.

    “You got it!” said Ryōta with a warm smile on his face, determined that he’s ready to prove Ryūsei that he’s the better guy in the entire class. Despite he’s the sixth man of the Keishin Academy Elementary School boys’ basketball team, he must improve his skills and attributes, in order to be stronger this year.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Volume 7: "The Magenta Girls and the Sun Warriors" | Chapter 133: "Ryōta Nakamura: The Dragon Slayer (Part 1)"

    Part 2

    At the bench of the Vermillion Family of Ōta, Ryūsei and his teammates drink their water from their water bottles.

    Vermillion Family of Ōta: Ryūsei Akatsuka, Dairoku Ichida, Shigefumi Hosoe, Nariakira Uchimura, Ryūichi Ono, Kotaro Morimoto, Akihiro Takagi, Nobuhiro Mochizuki, Yukiya Hanamura, Takanobu Suzuki, Shōichi Kaneda and Mitsuyo Akagi
    Staff: Motoyuki Akagi


    “Man, those guys are strong. They even changed their strategy from normal small ball to intense small ball” said Ryūsei.

    “Yeah. I have a feeling that their small ball formation is different from the other teams we faced in the Ōmori Invitationals. Those Pink Nobles are very serious when it comes to game-changing strategies as they did in their performance in the Ōmori Invitationals” said Shigefumi.

    “Also, that Ryōta guy is a playmaker, doing some moves to pass or shoot” said Nariakira.

    “I agree. I think that we’re still getting the lead, even those guys are doing an early comeback against us” said Ryūsei.

    “Yep. I believe that we must keep our strategy to stop them because we shouldn’t be worrying about their weakness” said Dairoku.

    “What weakness?” asked Ryūsei.

    “They are not faster while holding the ball and also, they’re not good in contesting their shots in the corner when they’re not on fast break mode” said Dairoku.

    “Oh, I see. Well, they’re killing their shots when they’re on fire, Dairoku. I never imagine how they got their strategy earlier” said Ryūsei.

    “True, but I think that we should keep an eye on them, Ryūsei. If they’re using their special moves, then we should fight back with our blazing moves” said Nariakira.

    “Well, that would be a good idea, Nariakira, but I don’t know if we’re going to do this right now” said Ryūsei.

    Motoyuki would reply in a serious mood. “I think that you can, Ryūsei.”

    “What do you mean, you can?” asked Ryūsei.

    “Since our opponents are very strategic to their own formation, they are capable of using light and mild plays before doing their moves. That’s why you need to use your Sunriser ability to make sure that you’re going to stop those guys” said Motoyuki.

    “Oh, I could use that move. Even I didn’t use that earlier” said Ryūsei.

    “Of course, Ryūsei. It depends on what you’re going to do to stop Ryōta and his team, you can strike them back with your special moves” said Motoyuki.

    “Okay, then, we’ll try” said Ryūsei.

    “Good. Now, all we need to do is to adjust the lineup to make sure that we need to match our opponents’ strength” said Motoyuki.

    “Okay!” said the members of the Vermillion Family of Ōta.

    While Motoyuki and the members of the Vermillion Family of Ōta are thinking about their lineup for the second quarter, Yui and Ryōko are confident to see them ready to use a different plan to match the strength of the Vermillion Family of Ōta.

    “I’m pretty confused about what Motoyuki-san said, but it feels like they’re going on a different plan” said Yui.

    “What do you mean ‘different plan’, Yui-san?” asked Ryōko.

    “Remember what happened in their match against the Innocent Charm? Kazuya uses his mind observation to make Ryūsei’s shots miss. That’s why this is going to be different because Ryūsei needs his teammates to improve their offense and defense” said Yui.

    “Good thing that he has other teammates to step up, Yui. I bet that they’re going to use Mitsuyo and Akihiro to be part of the lineup. They should be good in picking their stamina while running or shooting” said Ryōko.

    “That would be fine with me, Ryōko. I guess that it’s going to be an expected clash between the Vermillion Family of Ōta and the Pink Nobles” said Yui.

    “Yep” said Ryōko.

    On the other hand, the rest of the members of the Pink Nobles are looking at Ryōta and his teammates, who are also adjusting themselves for the second quarter.

    Pink Nobles: Yumi Nakamura, Hikaru Sakamoto, Sakiko Katsuragi, Miki Tsukada and Kimiko Hibino
    Team Ishizuka-Aida: Izumi Higashi, Fumiko Hirata, Himeko Kobayashi, Asami Noguchi, Kana Sasaoka, Keiko Saruhashi and Manaka Kichise

    “Ryōta and his team are good in making game-changing moves, but since their early struggles affect their stamina, they might not get buckets after buckets since Ryūsei’s ability to stop them proves to be on a different level just like what our boys did in their match against the Sagi-ume” said Fumiko Hirata.

    “Yeah, game-changing moves are the specialties for our boys, but also they want to keep their courage to make sure that they’ll get the victory. However, Ryūsei and his boys are a dangerous team. I don’t think Ryōta and his boys are going to stop them if their opponents are going to roar back again” said Hikaru.

    “That’s true, Hikaru. But I have a feeling that they’ll adjust their strategy, so that they’ll get more dominance like the way they did in the Ōmori Invitationals” said Yumi.

    “I agree with that, Yumi! They shouldn’t give up!” said Fumiko.

    “Our boys shouldn’t be afraid right now because they have their charisma within their hearts” said Himeko Kobayashi.

    “No matter what will happen in this match, they’re here to show their auras and they should be more serious, whatever it takes to win!” said Miki Tsukada.

    “Yeah!” said the girls of the Pink Nobles and Team Ishizuka-Aida.

    Ryōta finishes creating his own strategy to stop the Vermillion Family of Ōta and talks to his teammates. “I’m done creating a strategy, boys!”

    “Will we see it?” asked Ichirō.

    “We’ll see about that, Ichirō, but I’ll explain some things to do in the second quarter before activating the strategy” said Ryōta.

    “Okay!” said Ichirō.

    “Boys, all we need to do is to create screens on both Ryūsei and his boys and then, take your charisma within your hearts by shooting three-point shots beautifully. Then, when Ryūsei tries to stop me, I’m going to show my true formation and to unleash my temporal formation of my own” said Ryōta.

    “I’m sure that it’s going to happen, Ryōta. We want to see your true formation just like you did in our match against the Innocent Charm” said Akira.

    “It would be epic to see your formation, Ryōta! I know you can do it!” said Mie.

    “Okay, I got it! Thanks, Akira and Mie! You’re always supporting me no matter what happen to us, we’re ready to show our opponents some big moves to dominate. Right, boys?” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Pink Nobles.

    “Then, let’s do this!” said Ryōta.

    “Okay!” said the members of the Pink Nobles.

    Akira and Mie would go back to commentating while Ryōta and his teammates are heading back to the court for the second quarter. Hikaru blows the whistle to signal the end of the interval and start of the second quarter.

    “And we’re back, folks! The match continues with the second quarter going to start underway and we have a lot of action to see in this match” said Mie.

    “So, don’t miss anything right here!” said Akira.

    The members of the Pink Nobles and the Vermillion Family of Ōta are now in their assigned places before Naohiro goes to the end line before he was given a ball from Hikaru. Naohiro passes the ball to Takaya to start the second quarter.

    Pink Nobles: Ryōta Nakamura (PG), Ichirō Furukawa (SG), Takaya Noburizato (SF), Yoshimaru Iijima (PF), Naohiro Imayoshi (C)
    Vermillion Family of Ōta: Ryūsei Akatsuka (PG), Mitsuyo Akagi (SG), Shigefumi Hosoe (SF), Akihiro Takagi (PF), Ryūichi Ono (C)

    Takaya is concerned about Akihiro guarding Yoshimaru. “If another guy tries to double team Yoshimaru, I’m going to change course.”

    Takaya passes the ball to Yoshimaru before Ryūichi joins Akihiro to double team.

    “Yep. That’s unexpected” said Takaya.

    Yoshimaru would step back before trying to drive past both opponents with his behind the back move. However, Ryūichi blocks Yoshimaru’s moves with his defense. Yoshimaru steps back, trying to pass the ball to Ichirō, but Akihiro tips the ball before getting it.

    “What the?!” said Ryōta.

    “Crap!” said Yoshimaru.

    Akihiro would run through the other side of the court before shooting the ball with the layup, but Takaya tries to stop him with the block.

    “I’ll shut that shot!” said Takaya.

    “No, you won’t!” said Akihiro as he shoots the ball with the posterizing layup over Takaya, which gives his team with two more points. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 23, Pink Nobles 15]

    “You gotta be kidding me!” said Yukiya.

    “Akihiro had dunked the ball while doing the layup over my boy Takaya? That’s ridiculous!” said Kiyoshi.

    “You can’t do that to our guy!” said Tsubasa Horihata.

    Akihiro runs away before Takaya gets up with his feet. Ryōta helps Takaya to get up before giving the ball to Takaya.

    “What are you gonna do, Ryōta? Where are you going?” asked Takaya.

    “I’m going to teach him a lesson with my move” said Ryōta.

    “Oh, okay” said Takaya before passing the ball to Ryōta.

    Ryōta would use iso move, switching his focus from Ryūsei to Akihiro.

    “Hmph! You’re trying to shoot the ball in return? Then, I’m going to crush you with my hands!” said Akihiro.

    “Oh, really?” asked Ryōta before doing the between the legs move on Akihiro.

    “I don’t care what you’re doing!” said Akihiro as he tries to steal the ball, but Ryōta dodges it with his moves before doing the behind the back pass to Ichirō.

    “Checkmate!” said Ryōta while Akihiro gets mad at him. Ichirō shoots the ball with the three-point shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 23, Pink Nobles 18]

    “Yes!” said Ichirō as he was flanked by his teammates from the bench.

    “You’re killing it, Ichirō! You nail the shot!” said Naoki Anabuki.

    “What a pass by Ryōta and what a three-point shot finish by Ichirō!” said Wataru.

    Ryōta stares at Akihiro before saying to him, “You can’t these moves without your charisma, Akihiro. You should learn that.”

    Akihiro is not happy after he failed to steal the ball from Ryōta. “You bastard!” Akihiro would grab the ball after a pass by Ryūsei. Akihiro would battle against Yoshimaru once again. “I’m going to show you, Ryōta!”

    Akihiro shows his rage by doing the crossover move on Yoshimaru before doing the behind the back pass as he passes the ball to Mitsuyo.

    “What?! He copies the move Ryōta used earlier?!” said Naoki.

    “No way! What is he doing?” said Yukiya.

    Ryōta was surprised that Akihiro had a special move. “Is that a move?”

    “Yes, Ryōta. My Akihiro can copy the moves from you or your teammates. I call this special move the Mind Copy” said Ryūsei.

    “You thought that it was Kazuya’s move?” asked Ryōta.

    “Yep” said Ryūsei.

    “So, I see, Ryūsei. I don’t think he will copy any move he saw earlier” said Ryōta.

    “Well, you have to find to find out, Ryōta” said Ryūsei.

    “Oh… okay” said Ryōta.

    Mitsuyo would drive past Ichirō with his acceleration and then, shoots the ball with the spin layup. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 25, Pink Nobles 18]

    Then, Ryōta battles against Ryūsei where the former uses the behind the back move. Then, Ryōta sees Takaya being open and passes the ball to him. Takaya tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot, but Akihiro tries to block it.

    “Not on my house, you bastard!” said Akihiro.

    However, Takaya uses the pump fake on Akihiro before dashing in to shoot the ball with the driving layup. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 25, Pink Nobles 20]

    “What a shot by Takaya, but thanks to Ryōta’s passing accuracy, that went in!” said Akira.

    “Takaya is not agile to shoot, but he’s always looking for an open spot to shoot” said Mie.

    “Yep” said Akira.

    With 5:34 remaining in the second quarter, Ryūsei would use his smart play as he decides to use the spin move on Ryōta.

    “Man, that guy was so fast!” said Ryōta.

    Ryūsei passes the ball to Shigefumi before Takaya guards Shigefumi with his defense being moderate. Takaya tries to make sure that Shigefumi can’t drive past him and it happened when Takaya dodges Shigefumi’s moves.

    “Whoa! That Takaya is not resisted to being driven past by his opponents!” said Junpei.

    “Yeah, he wants to heat it up with his own stamina. I’m sure that he has a logic to stop them” said Yukiya.

    “I guess that he has the mind observation to bring some good defense. If he is still in the court, he’s ready to bring some smart plays of his own” said Junpei.

    “Yeah” said Yukiya.

    Shigefumi tries to shoot the ball with the hook shot after failing to drive past Takaya. However, he misses the shot as he’s way too close to shoot it. Then, Yoshimaru gets the rebound before passing the ball to Ichirō.

    “Naohiro!” said Ichirō as he passes the ball to Naohiro with the bounce pass.

    Naohiro gets the ball with his right hand before running through the other side of the court. Then, Naohiro passes the ball to Takaya and then, Takaya would use his own smart play against Shigefumi.

    “I’m going to show my own true formation, Shigefumi!” said Takaya as he uses a new special move known as the Devious Magic Move where he uses the crossover move, which is more like a park move, before stepping back to do the escape move on Shigefumi.

    “Hey, Takaya finally had a new move to beat his opponent out by escaping it!” said Nobuhiro.

    “I never see that move before, Nobuhiro, but that guy is good, using his speed to drive his opponent out” said Yukiya Hanamura.

    “Of course, Yukiya. That guy is surely giving his own example of stopping an opponent, but I will stop him, I could possibly lay him out with my move” said Nobuhiro.

    “Well, I have no problem in stopping him, but that guy doesn’t want to give up” said Yukiya Hanamura.

    “I agree” said Nobuhiro.

    Takaya would shoot the ball with the jump shot in the corner after doing the pump fake on Akihiro with the same move earlier. Takaya’s shot was successful, trimming the Vermillion Family of Ōta’s lead to 3. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 25, Pink Nobles 22]

    “Yes! I have done it again!” said Takaya.

    “Yep. You’re nailing it more, Takaya! Now, let’s grab some defense!” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said Takaya.

    Ryōta and his teammates would change their course to defense when the Vermillion Family of Ōta are trying to fight back with their own moves. However, they have a little effort to stop them. Mitsuyo passes the ball to Ryūichi before shooting the ball with the contact layup. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 25, Pink Nobles 24]

    Ryōta passes the ball to Takaya before Takaya driving past Shigefumi with the Devious Magic Move. Then, Takaya passes the ball to Ichirō with the overhead pass and Ichirō steps back, blocking the block attempt by Mitsuyo and then, tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot. However, he misses the shot as it nearly makes it perfectly.

    “Crap! We’re almost getting that lead!” said Ichirō.

    Ryūsei grabs the rebound before passing the ball to Shigefumi. Shigefumi would use the Shuddering Flare Play, performing the wraparound dribble move on Takaya. Then, he goes out of Takaya by doing escape move.

    “Darn it! I almost had it!” said Takaya.

    Shigefumi passes the ball to Mitsuyo before shooting the ball with the three-point shot.

    “Oh no, you don’t! I won’t let you shoot!” said Ichirō, but unfortunately, he’s too late to stop Mitsuyo from shooting the three-point shot as the ball drives to the basket, still keeping Ryūsei’s team lead. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 28, Pink Nobles 24]

    “Aw, man! I should have stopped him” said Ichirō.

    “Yeah, you’re too far to stop him, but we should fight it back” said Ryōta.

    “Okay” said Ichirō before getting the ball from Naohiro. “Oh, my goodness. We still didn’t get that lead after two minutes being passed, Ryōta. What should we do?”

    “We need an opening to make sure that we prove to them that we’re changing the game” said Ryōta.

    “Okay” said Ichirō before passing the ball to Ryōta. Ryōta would use the double crossover move on Ryūsei before driving past him with his acceleration drive.

    “Ryōta-kun!” said Yoshimaru.

    “Now, go!” said Ryōta as he passes the ball to Yoshimaru. Yoshimaru uses the smart play by doing the crossover move on Akihiro.

    “I’m going to get you back!” said Akihiro as he’s not giving up stopping Yoshimaru. However, Naohiro would get the screen on Akihiro.

    “Nice screen, Naohiro!” said Yoshimaru before shooting the ball with the finger roll and the ball drives in to the basket. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 28, Pink Nobles 26]

    “We’re on fire, Ryōta! Things are about to flare it up!” said Yoshimaru.

    “We should get more power to do some special moves” said Naohiro.

    “Yep. You did a great job with that ‘Twin Towers’ combination, Yoshimaru and Naohiro. Now, let’s get back to defense and stop Ryūsei” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    Then, a few seconds later, Ryūsei would be double teamed by Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    “Crap! They’re double teaming him!” said Dairoku.

    “This is not the type he wants to battle with, Dairoku. This would cause major damage to him” said Nariakira.

    “Yeah. Come on, Ryūsei! Prove to them that you’re the Vermillion Dragon!” said Dairoku.

    When he heard the word ‘Vermillion Dragon’, Ryūsei finally flares it up with his own, doing the ankle breaking move on both Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    “What?! He got them both with that ankle breaker!” said Akira.

    “That’s crazy, Akira! He hasn’t done that before!” said Mie.

    Ryūsei would drive past both Yoshimaru and Naohiro before shooting the ball with the jump shot in the corner. However, Ryōta comes out to stop Ryūsei.

    “Don’t you dare to stop my teammates, Ryūsei!” said Ryōta as he blocks Ryūsei, preventing any chances of the Vermillion Family of Ōta to score more buckets.

    “Alright! Ryōta finally blocks Ryūsei’s shot!” said Mie.

    “That would be his revenge from his early struggles of the match!” said Akira.

    The ball would be headed out of bounds before Hikaru blows the whistle to call for the out of bounds.

    “Out of bounds. Dark uniform ball” said Hikaru. That means, the Vermillion Family of Ōta keeps its possession of their ball.

    “I can’t believe that you’re too good to stop me, even I tried to prove myself” said Ryūsei.

    “Yep. You can’t mess with my teammates, Ryūsei. I don’t care if you’re going to do this, then I’ll take my revenge!” said Ryōta.

    “What revenge?” asked Ryūsei.

    “That you blocked my shot earlier” said Ryōta.

    Ryūsei is now in the mild mood. “Well, then, I don’t care what you’re going to do to me, but I’ll make sure that I’m going to beat you in battle!”

    “That’s fine with me, Ryūsei. If you’re no longer insane, then you’ll have to pay the price!” said Ryōta.

    The match resumes with Shigefumi passes the ball to Ryūichi before Naohiro catches him.

    “Hmph! You’re trying to stop me, boys? Then, I’ll make you rain right now!” said Ryūichi as he goes for the fake on Naohiro before shooting the ball with the jump shot in the corner, however, he misses the shot as the ball drives nearly enters to the hoop, but it instead, it bounces off.

    “Aw, man! He nearly made it!” said Yukiya Hanamura.

    “That should have been made, but he’s not too good to make that shot” said Takanobu Suzuki.

    The ball would be landed on the hands of Yoshimaru before passing the ball to Ichirō. Ichirō passes the ball to Takaya, who would use the crossover move on Shigefumi before switching it with the drive.

    “I’ll take that shot, Takaya!” said Ichirō.

    “Okay!” said Takaya as he passes the ball to Ichirō. Ichirō would shoot the fadeaway shot while Mitsuyo tries to make that shot. In the end, the ball drives to the basket, which will tie the game for the first time after 9 minutes. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 28, Pink Nobles 28]

    “Nice shot, Ichirō!” said Ryūji Murayama.

    “That fadeaway shot was smoothly good for him!” said Junpei.

    “I’m glad that he’s able to convert that one to make sure that it’s a tie ballgame” said Izumi.

    “Yeah” said Ryūji and Junpei.

    With 3:24 left in the half, the match would now be contested as expected.

    “With three and a half minutes remaining before the end of the first half, this would be a tight matchup between Ryōta Nakamura and Ryūsei Akatsuka” said Mie.

    ‘Yeah, Mie-san. After the struggles in the first quarter, Ryōta and his team are back in action with their smart play, scoring 9 points in the first three minutes of the second quarter. However, they’re not done yet, said Ryōta” said Akira.

    “That’s true, Akira. Ryōta knows what to do for his team and he is expected to show what the true formation of the Pink Nobles has” said Mie.

    “It’s been storing in their charisma since they made it to the semifinals of the Ōmori Invitationals, that send their ticket to go to the Ōta League Cup. But can they escape Ryūsei and his team? We’ll about to find out” said Akira.

    Ryūsei gets the ball from Shigefumi before doing the crossover move on Ryōta. Ryūsei would think of his counterattack on Ryōta while doing the crossover move. “Ryōta, if you’re trying to stop me again, I’ll return the favor to you.” Ryūsei steps back before driving past Ryōta with his Omnibus Starlight.

    “Oh, my goodness! Ryūsei had driven past Ryōta with his special move!” said Yumi.

    “He’s finally ready to be on fire!” said Himeko Kobayashi.

    “Yep. But I don’t think Ryūsei will keep his move when he’s playing seriously” said Sakiko.

    “I’m sure that Ryōta will try to fight back after he was driven past” said Yumi.

    “He has the eyes of everything before he gets bricked in defense, but I’m definitely going to make sure that Ryōta will fight it back” said Himeko.

    “Yeah, I agree, Himeko!” said Yumi while Sakiko nodding her face to agree with Himeko.

    Ryūsei would shoot the ball with the layup and his shot was good to go for him and his team. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 30, Pink Nobles 28]

    “I’m not sure why Ryūsei had performed well despite his stamina had gone bad” said Yukiya Ishizuka.

    “Yeah, I believe that Ryūsei needs to recharge himself before doing his moves. As a result, no Rising Vermillion for him yet. He will only have the drive to use” said Junpei.

    “Of course, Junpei! He likes to take the rush in proving himself to be the Vermillion Dragon, but he must play hard with his moves before doing the Rising Vermillion move. It will take a hard time to use it if he’s able to regain his dominance against our team” said Naoki Anabuki.

    “True, Naoki. Ryōta knows about Ryūsei as well as the latter’s moves. Because of that, he’s challenging him to a clash between the moves” said Junpei.

    “The only other thing that Ryōta needs to keep an eye on is that Ryūsei uses his own speed, depending on the situation he’s heading to” said Yukiya Ishizuka.

    “I’m sure that Ryōta is very confident to stop Ryūsei because he wants to be more charismatic like us. But now, I don’t know what Ryōta’s next move. Possibly a jump shot or a pass to assist? Well, we’ll see” said Naoki Anabuki.

    Ichirō battles against Mitsuyo where Ichirō had performed the crossover move on Mitsuyo. Ichirō does the iso move on Mitsuyo before passing the ball to Naohiro, who would shoot the ball with the one-handed dunk. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 30, Pink Nobles 30]

    Then, Ryūsei performs the between the legs move on Ryōta before passing the ball to Shigefumi. Shigefumi uses the fake on Takaya before trying to shoot the ball with the jump shot, but instead, he passes the ball to Akihiro. Akihiro shoots the ball with the one-handed dunk of his own. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 32, Pink Nobles 30]

    Ryōta passes the ball to Yoshimaru and then, Yoshimaru performs the behind the back move on Akihiro. Yoshimaru uses his strength to drive away Akihiro before shooting the ball with the one-handed hook shot. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 32, Pink Nobles 32]

    Shigefumi passes the ball to Mitsuyo before Mitsuyo performs the crossover move on Ichirō. Then, Mitsuyo escapes Ichirō with the spin move before shooting the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 34, Pink Nobles 32]

    “With both teams go back and forth, this could be a shooting contest from dunks to jump shots” said Akira.

    “Yeah, I’m sure that both teams have worked hard with their practice a few days ago, but it’s much like a thriller match” said Mie.

    “I got to agree with you, Mie. I hope that things would go around for our team to make sure that they’ll finally get their lead” said Akira.

    “Yeah!” said Mie.

    Ichirō tries to shoot the ball with the jump shot once again, but Ryūichi blocks the shot.

    “Get that shot out of here!” said Ryūichi.

    Takaya would catch up with Shigefumi before Shigefumi takes the jab step to move Takaya away. However, Yoshimaru stops Shigefumi.

    “You forgot something?” asked Yoshimaru as Shigefumi turns around and is shocked to see Yoshimaru.

    “Oh, you gotta be kidding me” said Shigefumi.

    “That’s right. I’ll stop you now!” said Yoshimaru. Yoshimaru tries to stop Shigefumi with his defense, but Shigefumi steps back before shooting the ball with the fadeaway shot. However, Shigefumi misses the shot.

    Yoshimaru was able fight for the rebound by using his left hand to catch the ball. “That’s a close one.” Yoshimaru passes the ball to Naohiro.

    Naohiro would pass the ball to Ichirō and Ichirō uses the crossover move on Mitsuyo.

    “You’re going down, boy!” said Mitsuyo as he tries to steal the ball.

    “You’re not going to get away with this!” said Ichirō as he uses the spin move before Mitsuyo stumbles to the ground.

    “Oh! An ankle breaker!” said Izumi.

    “Ichirō does the ankle breaker move on Mitsuyo!” said Himeko Kobayashi.

    “That ankle breaker is surely be pain for his opponent” said Wataru.

    “He got the eyes through his own vision” said Naoki Anabuki.

    “I believe that Ichirō is aiming to be the playmaker for us” said Yukiya Ishizuka.

    “Someone’s calling out of the game, boys. He got his ankles broken!” said Kiyoshi.

    The members of the Pink Nobles share their giggles after hearing Kiyoshi’s joke. Junpei replies to Kiyoshi after hearing that joke. “Wow! That was a joke!”

    “I can’t believe that ankle breakers can’t lose your hopes in stopping him!” said Wataru.

    “That’s getting insane!” said Yukiya Ishizuka.

    Himeko Kobayashi shakes her head while Izumi was surprised after hearing Kiyoshi’s joke.

    “Boys, you’re not serious about that. Aren’t they?” said Himeko Kobayashi.

    “I guess I believe that those boys should learn their manners” said Izumi.

    “Yeah, Izumi-san” said Himeko Kobayashi.

    “Pass it to me, Ichirō!” said Takaya.

    “Okay!” said Ichirō as he passes the ball with the Carnation Wind Pass, his own special move, to Takaya.

    Takaya would shoot the ball with the three-point shot and the ball drives to the basket, giving the Pink Nobles their first lead of the match. [Pink Nobles 35, Vermillion Family of Ōta 34]

    “They finally made it, everyone! We finally got the lead!” said Akira.

    “A beautiful pass by Ichirō and a three-point shot by Takaya make our team getting their first lead after nearly 10 minutes in the match” said Mie.

    “I’m sure that it’s just a short celebration, but I’m glad that they’re working right now!” said Akira.

    “Yeah!” said Mie.

    With 1:21 left in the first half, the Pink Nobles are ready to make another defensive stop against the Vermillion Family of Ōta. Ryōta calls his teammates, “Form yourselves, boys! We got a lot of work to do!”

    “Okay!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    The Pink Nobles form the Majestic Intertwining Diamond and starts taking their defense. Ryūsei is getting in trouble as he was double teamed by Ryōta and Yoshimaru.

    “Dang it! Those guys are in intense ‘D’!” said Ryūsei.

    “Told ya, that you’re going to pay the price, Ryūsei!” said Ryōta.

    “Oh yeah, I’m going to stop you!” said Ryūsei, trying to shoot the ball with the three-point shot, but Yoshimaru blocks the shot.

    “Not now, Ryūsei!” said Yoshimaru. The ball would be landed outside of the sideline. This causes Hikaru to call the turnover on her team, Pink Nobles.

    “Out of bounds. Dark uniform ball” said Hikaru.

    “Yoshimaru blocks the shot of Ryūsei out of here!” said Wataru.

    “That’s the second block against Ryūsei’s shots!” said Yukiya Ishizuka.

    “I can’t believe that the defense is finally working, boys! Yoshimaru is now getting more developed right now after getting struggled in the first minutes of the match” said Kiyoshi.

    “I might be delighted to say this, but what a great block by Yosdhimaru!” said Junpei.

    “Great block, Yoshimaru!” said Ryōta before giving Yoshimaru a high five.

    “Wow! You caught me again, Ryōta! But I’m not done yet!” said Ryūsei, much to the delight of Ryōta and Yoshimaru.

    Ryūichi passes the ball to Ryūsei before Ryūsei runs through the other side of the corner. Ryūsei would use the between the legs move on Ryōta before shooting the ball with the jump shot and the ball drives to the basket, getting his team’s lead back. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 36, Pink Nobles 35]

    “Oh, yeah! We got the lead back, boys!” said Ryūsei.

    “Alright, great shot, Akatsuka-kun!” said Ryūichi.

    “You’re coming back right now with that acceleration!” said Mitsuyo.

    “Yep. I’m not going to let you down, boys. We only have a few minutes to finish the half. So, let’s make sure that we have another shot to shoot!” said Ryūsei.

    “Yeah!” said Mitsuyo, Shigefumi, Akihiro and Ryūichi.

    “We’re not done yet, Ryūsei! Our team will take it back! Right, boys?” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    “Then, who gets the last laugh, Ryōta?” asked Ryūsei.

    “Oh, the ‘last laugh’? We’ll see about that, Ryūsei. You’re going to witness my team’s combination. Just you wait and see!” said Ryōta.

    Ryōta passes the ball to Ichirō before Ichirō clashes against Mitsuyo. Ichirō uses the crossover move on Mitsuyo before looking at Takaya, who is not guarded by anyone. Ichirō had to pass the ball to Takaya.

    “You rock, Ichirō!” said Takaya. “I’m about to shoot that ball with the…” Takaya is about to shoot the ball with the jump shot, but Akihiro gets the block.

    “You’re nothing to shoot!” said Akihiro, whose hustle goes up.

    However, Ichirō grabs the ball for the offensive rebound. “I got that ball, boys!”

    “Is that again!” said Akihiro, who is enraged after blocking Takaya’s shot.

    “Yep. I don’t care if you’re going to stop me, but my teammates are here to stop you!” said Takaya.

    “Darn it, you bastard!” said Akihiro.

    Ichirō would drive past Mitsuyo with the acceleration drive before shooting the ball with the floater. Ichirō’s shot was successful as the ball goes in to the basket. [Pink Nobles 37, Vermillion Family of Ōta 36]

    “Yeah! We got the lead again!” said Ryōta.

    “They’re able to fight it back, folks! Our Pink Nobles are regaining their lead!” said Akira.

    “Thanks to their second chance efforts by Ichirō” said Mie.

    Later, Ryūsei passes the ball to Shigefumi before Shigefumi calls Ryūichi the screen on Takaya. Shigefumi uses the spin move on Takaya before passing the ball to Akihiro.

    “It’s time to take the lead again!” said Akihiro as he shoots the ball with the layup. However, Yoshimaru takes the shot contest on Akihiro’s shot, which causes Akihiro’s shot to miss. Fortunately, Akihiro gets the ball for the offensive rebound. “Whew. I know that he’s too good to stop me, but I’m not over yet.”

    Akihiro would step back before driving past Yoshimaru before releasing the ball to shoot it with the hook shot. This time, Akihiro’s shot was good to go, retaking his team’s lead. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 38, Pink Nobles 37]

    “Called it, Ryūsei! We take the lead again!” said Akihiro.

    “That’s good! Now, we have to get some more defense to stop Ryōta and his teammates in their last possession” said Ryūsei.

    “Yeah!” said Akihiro.

    “We have thirty-three seconds left to end the first half. We should get one last defensive stop in the half” said Motoyuki.

    “Okay!” said Ryūsei, Mitsuyo, Shigefumi, Akihiro and Ryūichi.

    “Don’t let them go, boys! We should get the lead back!” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    Naohiro passes the ball to Takaya before Takaya doing the sprint run. Takaya passes the ball to Yoshimaru before Yoshimaru driving past Akihiro with his strength.

    “Ichirō-kun!” said Yoshimaru as he passes the ball to Ichirō.

    “Wow! You’re too quick to pass the ball to me now! That’s nice!” said Ichirō.

    Ichirō shoots the ball with the jump shot, but it misses. However, Naohiro grabs the offensive rebound, getting the ball and passing the ball back to Ichirō.

    “Looks like I’m going to go somewhere else, but…” said Ichirō before doing the crossover move on Mitsuyo. Ichirō steps back before doing the escape move on Mitsuyo. “…if you’re going to stop me, then I’m going to teach you with my moves!” Ichirō would shoot the ball with the Fallback Corkscrew, a variant of a fadeaway shot, and the ball drives to the basket. [Pink Nobles 39, Vermillion Family of Ōta 38]

    “Yeah! Ryōta, we should make our opponents miss their shots this time!” said Ichirō.

    “You got it, Ichirō! We don’t want them to shoot their last shot because we should be more confident to keep that lead” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    “Seventeen seconds!” said Hikaru.

    Ryūsei passes the ball to Mitsuyo and then, Mitsuyo clashes against Ichirō where Mitsuyo uses the behind the back move on Ichirō before stepping back to pass the ball to Akihiro. Akihiro uses the iso move on Yoshimaru before driving past him with the Widening Blaze ability.

    “You’re too far, Yoshimaru!” said Akihiro before he passes the ball to Shigefumi. Shigefumi moves outside of the three-point line, but instead of shooting it, he passes the ball to Mitsuyo.

    “Hopefully, it will work! Take your last shot, Ryūsei!” said Mitsuyo as he passes the ball to Ryūsei.

    Ryūsei finally activates his Sunriser ability in the last second of the first half before he would about to shoot the ball with his special move, Rising Vermillion. “It’s about time. This time, I will make it!”

    Ryōta runs on Ryūsei before trying to stop him with the shot contest. “You’re not going to make it!” Ryūsei releases the ball to shoot it with the Rising Vermillion, despite Ryōta’s shot contest, and then, the ball would drive in to the basket in the last second before it runs out. [Vermillion Family of Ōta 41, Pink Nobles 39]

    “I’m finally back, Ryōta! My special move is now back, and nothing can stop me!” said Ryūsei.

    However, Ryōta surprises Ryūsei by saying this, “You think so?”

    Naohiro passes the ball to Takaya with the long pass and then, Takaya passes the ball to Ichirō. Ichirō would say his battle cry before shooting the ball with the Fallback Corkscrew. “Defend our honor with charisma, Ryōta!” The ball would drive in to the basket while Hikaru blows the whistle.

    Hikaru announces the decision of the last shot made by Ichirō. “Basket counted! End of first half. Vermillion Family of Ōta 41, Pink Nobles 41.”

    “Wait, what? How did he make that shot?” surprisingly asked Ryūsei.

    “You don’t get it, Ryūsei. Ichirō runs away from the court right after you made that shot. That’s why this is noble magic. That should be more bizarre, but insane to finish the half” said Ryōta.

    “Well, even that your teammate had made that last shot, I’m still able to stop you with my special move” said Ryūsei.

    “I’m not surprised to say that to me, Ryūsei. So, let’s call a ‘draw’ for a while” said Ryōta.

    “Oh, fine… Ryōta, I guess that this is just the first half, but the real challenge is about to begin. I know that you’re good to stop my shot, but hopefully, we’re going to activate both Complete Synchronization Skill when it reaches the fourth quarter” said Ryūsei.

    “So, you just want to challenge me with the Complete Synchronization Skill? Well, then, that would be fine with me, Ryūsei! I know that this is the going to be my time to change the system. No matter what will happen to my team, we will keep our charisma, whatever it takes to win!” said Ryōta.

    “Yeah!” said Ichirō, Takaya, Yoshimaru and Naohiro.

    “Good. Then, let’s meet each other in the court later, Ryōta” said Ryūsei.

    “Okay, Ryūsei. I don’t want to worry about this because I’m determined to win!” said Ryōta, keeping his honor for his team and accepting Ryūsei’s challenge. The matchup between the Pink Nobles and the Vermillion Family of Ōta is now getting intense when Ryūsei finally pulled up his special move, the Rising Vermillion, to bring the lead back for his team, however, Ryūsei’s celebration was cut short when Ichirō pulls his special move of his own to tie the game. As for Ryōta and Ryūsei, they will have to continue playing the rest of the match where they’re going to show their moves and see who the best player in the class is. As the first half ends, the score is tied at 41 and the second half will about to start very soon.

    UP NEXT: Interlude 26: “Homecoming through Music”

    What a game! Ryōta and Ryūsei pulled some of their tricks with each other while they’re clashing in the court. Especially for Ichirō Furukawa, who made the buzzer-beating fadeaway shot. I’m so confident that this match would be giving a high expectation for Ryōta after he had defeated bot Matsuki Nagashi and Yasushi Shionji, but didn’t overcome to stop his best friend Kazuya Uehara. The second part of “Ryōta Nakamura: The Dragon Slayer” will be posted next week because I will be posting two interludes between them. In the next update, Hanako Yamadaki had reunited with her former schoolmates in Hasekura High School during their alumni homecoming for her class. This next update will be a birthday gift for Hanako Yamadaki as you’ll see her smile for her faith when she’ll be reuniting her former schoolmates. I’ll see you on July 10 (Wednesday) for the next update of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts!

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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    Hello, everyone! I’ll be posting an update on Yuka Iguchi’s birthday, not on Risa Taneda’s birthday. Why? I’ll explain this. I supposedly posted this last night, but there is no Internet on my computer. And then, I found out that both Yuka and Risa have their birthdays in two days consecutively. Yuka’s birthday is on July 11 (Thursday) while Risa’s birthday is on July 12 (Friday). Then, I made up an idea. Instead of posting this update for tomorrow, I will post this update tonight. The other reason of this is to prevent the conflict, which is I’ll be posting an update that is going to be posted on someone’s birthday that is not dedicated to. So, that’s why I will be posting tonight’s update, dedicating to Yuka Iguchi, and the other, which will be posted on July 14 (Sunday), will be dedicating to Risa Taneda. Now that I explained it you about why I’m here tonight, then hopefully, you’ll understand what’s going on. Now, it’s time to celebrate the fun for the first update of the second anniversary of my entering to Anime-Sharing Forum and the second anniversary of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts!

    In time for celebrating my second anniversary of entering to this forum and the second anniversary of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts, I will be posting the updates that were happened on April 30, the third day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. For tonight’s update, it will be an alumni homecoming for Hanako Yamadaki’s entire class in her alma mater, the Hasekura High School, to be held at the hall of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel. Hanako discusses with her former schoolmates about their future after their graduation four years ago. Recalling in the previous update, July 7 (Sunday) is the birthday of Hanako Yamadaki, but in tonight’s update, it will be dedicated to both Seria Fukagawa and Yuka Iguchi, whose birthday is tonight (July 11). A delightful Seria Fukagawa is the voice actress of Hanako Yamadaki (Ongaku Shoujo) while an energetic Yuka Iguchi is the voice actress of Maho Misawa (Ro-Kyu-Bu!), Yuzuha Aigae (Tenshi no 3P!/Angel’s 3Piece!) and Index (To Aru Majutsu no Index/A Certain Magical Index). Also, aside from being a voice actress, Yuka is a singer as well! Hopefully, I will wish both
    Seria
    and Yuka their good luck for their next set of voice acting appearances this year! Happy birthday, Yuka! Now, it’s time to celebrate the fun as here comes Interlude 26 with the title, “Harmonious Homecoming through Music”! Enjoy reading Interlude 26!

    Hanako Yamadaki had missed her former schoolmates in Hasekura High School after her graduation four years ago. After she was hired to be part of the Music Girls as a manager and a singer, Hanako would invite her former schoolmates in her former high school class to an alumni homecoming at the hall of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel. Hanako’s classmates were represented by Shizuka Kikuchi. They discuss their future, hoping to work together once again after they graduated together four years ago. They also make their new group in the name of Shining Piece after the song that was sung by the Music Girls. The Shining Piece will represent the adaptability of their members since they have their own future after they finished their studies in college separately. Their goal is to partner with the Bravehearts, who are currently planning to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta, so that they’ll convince Noboru Takeuchi to revive the group and bring back the glory of basketball in Ōta. Memories would never be lost for Hanako and her classmates as they’re ready to unite together once again to help the Bravehearts and their allies in making their future brighter while hoping that they’ll become close friends with the Music Girls once they’ll meet each other soon.

    VOLUME 7: “THE MAGENTA GIRLS AND THE SUN WARRIORS”
    INTERLUDE 26: “HARMONIOUS HOMECOMING THROUGH MUSIC

    The interlude takes place between Chapters 133 and 134 in the evening of the third day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week just like in the previous interlude. The school homecoming for Hanako Yamadaki and her former schoolmates was held at the hall of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel, filled with joy and music.

    Hanako Yamadaki was born in Vienna before she grew up in Tokyo. She graduated from the Hasekura High School before returning home to Austria for college. Eventually, after her graduation in Austria, Hanako returned home to Tokyo and was selected by the Music Girls to become their manager. Hanako would eventually sing for the Music Girls, thanks to their members.

    At the hall, Hanako and her former schoolmates from Hasekura High School are chatting with each other in a big table. A lot of food being served by Masami and her crew, composed of the Foul Play Crew and The Wisteria Club. There is also music being played in the hall. The song 「アイドル☆一直線」 was used as the background song for the event.

    “I’m happy that we’re all together for the first time after four years!” said Hanako.

    “Yeah, Hanako-san. Ever since the graduation, everyone had been running of their own and almost had been successful in graduating recently” said Touma Nagata.

    “I’m glad that all of us are here present in the homecoming. I believe that it’s about time for us to plan our future!” said Sakura Sawai.

    “Yeah, good idea, Sakura-san! I know that we have been together in high school, but now that we’re growing up, I expect that everyone will be ready to move on to our next chapter of our journey” said Hanako.

    “Everyone knows that we’re about to rise again after we part ways in our graduation day. It’s been a while that all of us are here, but I guess that the unfinished business needs to be prepared for” said Nagisa Tokunaga.

    “Of course, Nagisa-san! I could say that the Era of Fuchsia and Celadon needs everyone to step up through the horizon and with these things are about to changed, we’re ready to work together again” said Ryōsuke Kitazawa.

    “I agree, Ryōsuke! As I’m the president of the class, I’ll be asking everyone to suggest your ideas for our group” said Shizuka Kikuchi.

    “Yep. Start suggesting your plans and we’ll be appreciated to see your thoughts about our group’s future!” said Hanako.

    “Okay!” said the former classmates of Hanako Yamadaki.

    A few minutes later, they finish taking their suggestions before Shizuka Kikuchi speaking to them. “Alright, everyone! State your suggestions right now!”

    Each member of Hanako’s class says their suggestion.

    “Emblem making activity” said Kanako Okazaki.

    “A trip to Akihabara” said Tatsuya Iizuka.

    “We should ride on a Shinkansen” said Yuhei Aihara.

    “I believe that we should go to a park” said Erika Akimoto.

    “Or a Shinto shrine” said Tomoyuki Sato.

    “Watching a live football game” said Touma Nagata.

    “Playing billiards” said Sakura Sawai.

    “Going on a photography hunt” said Ryōsuke Kitazawa.

    “Buying some glamorous clothes” said Yasue Katsura.

    “Playing basketball in the basketball court on the penthouse of a large building” said Ryūji Ogura.

    “Staying in a sentō for three hours” said Masanobu Iwata.

    “Buying albums in a music store” said Nagisa Tokunaga.

    “Making a gourmet food” said Fumika Nishiyama.

    “Travelling around the city” said Hiroya Asō.

    “Reading a manga in the fun house” said Kazuya Fujimoto.

    “Wow! That’s a lot of them, everyone! I can’t believe that we might be going for all of those suggestions!” said Sakura.

    “Yeah, I know! I have a suggestion too!” said Hanako.

    “Oh, really? You have one?” asked Sakura.

    “Yep. We’re planning to join a large community group to bring more ideas for them to collaborate with us” said Hanako.

    “Well, that would be nice, Hanako. I never thought how it supposed to be, but…” said Sakura.

    “As I’m currently having talks with the members of the Dragons of Ōta with the help of my friends from the Bravehearts” said Hanako.

    “I never heard about that group, but they’re quite a nice name” said Shizuka, who is referring to the Dragons of Ōta.

    “Yep. The Dragons of Ōta was once dominating the Ōta League with their groups produce some future superstars when they’re stepping in to pro” said Hanako.

    “Are they existed?” asked Nagisa.

    “Unfortunately, not, Nagisa-san. However, I was able to meet with their leader, Noboru Takeuchi. I’m tracking down the groups that were part of the group as well as their members based on their own color-coded group system” said Hanako.

    “Oh! I get it now. So, that’s what the buzzing was all about after the Young Players Cup” said Nagisa.

    “We watched the entire tournament and these matches are epic!” said Ryōsuke.

    “Yeah! Nashiba had been back from the ashes as they were able to get their win in the final of the Young Players Cup. People know that their team, composed of mostly second year high school students, have relentless finish to score and perfect run-and-gun play that was used in the entire game” said Hanako.

    “I believe that their basketball program was supposedly dominating if it wasn’t Shin Mizusaki didn’t made the grave mistake before” said Sakura.

    “I agree! Right now, Nashiba had been considered a dark horse for the tournament if they keep dominating in the game. But on the other hand, these schools from the southeastern Tokyo have grown their potential quickly, even in Hasekura too!” said Hanako.

    “So, when is the Interhigh prefectural tournament?” asked Touma.

    “It will start on June 15 and it will last for about four weeks” said Shizuka.

    “Oh, I understand” said Touma.

    “Now, back to my suggestion, everyone. The Dragons of Ōta is said to be more producing some young players with their determination and accepting their destiny to become the best in the country” said Hanako.

    “The big thing about that group is that they have a lot of groups being produced for the past few years before it was fallen out last year” said Tomoyuki Sato.

    “I agree, Tomoyuki. The Dragons of Ōta was supposedly continuing their dominance, but without them, they fell into shambles” said Shizuka.

    “Right now, the teams from the Pink and Plum have been dominating in the Ōta League, but Noboru’s own group would never give up when they won the Ōta League Cup last February” said Nagisa.

    “Yeah. Right now, the current season is all about compromising the old and the new, which means everything will be changed in the Ōta League due to the arrival of the Bravehearts” said Hanako.

    “Oh! I think that we have an idea, Hanako!” said Ryūji Ogura.

    “What is it?” asked Hanako.

    “Maybe, we can participate at the Ōta League. We participated at that league before when we’re together in Hasekura, but it feels like we want to play basketball together again” said Ryūji.

    “That would bring us more time to play sports after work!” said Fumika Nishiyama.

    “I like that idea, Ryūji! I mean, I played basketball before when we’re running together in the court, but I only played it a little bit” said Hanako.

    “I understand what you’re saying, Hanako. Besides, you have a lot of busy work in the Pine Amusement Records” said Shizuka.

    “Of course, Sakura-san! It was a lot of fun to hang around with the Music Girls because I love them when they’re singing in the stage. Despite they’re on a C-class idol unit, they know sing together with their melody and harmony. It’s great that I was part of that group until I finally develop a relationship with them” said Hanako.

    “Wow! That was so sweet!” said Erika Akimoto.

    “Yeah, as sweet as a cotton pillow you can sleep on! Now that we’re finally back for a long time, we might be going to run our group for ourselves!” said Hanako.

    “I think that you’re right about what we should do for our group and I believe that like the other groups did, we would probably be going to work together. Since it was past already, we need to be positive because everyone needs us, right?” said Shizuka.

    “Yeah!” said Hanako and her former schoolmates.

    “To make things started, let’s look at the suggestions you made earlier” said Shizuka. Shizuka would read the suggestions that Hanako and her classmates have earlier. Then, Shizuka would narrow down the list to just four. “So, we come down to four suggestions that we might probably going with.”

    “According to her, these are (1) a trip to Akihabara, (2) playing basketball in the basketball court on the penthouse of a large building, (3) going to a park or a Shinto shrine and finally, (4) buying albums in a music store” said Hanako.

    “I decided to save Hanako’s suggestion for later, but for now, these four suggestions will be good for us to do that in the future” said Shizuka.

    “Yeah, Shizuka-san. In case you know, we have a lot of us in our section have liked music. And that’s why we decided to go with the two suggestions made by Tatsuya-sand and Nagisa-san” said Hanako.

    “Going to Akihabara would be a very busy thing to do after you have done taking classes. So, it would be the best to go there at night” said Shizuka.

    “I have an idea, Shizuka. Do we need to go to a karaoke room to sing?” said Miho Sagami.

    “Of course not, Miho! In Akihabara, there are entertainment and KTV houses in some busy areas in that area. However, we could get a lot of joy if we can have a time to go to that place” said Shizuka.

    “Since we’re all adults now, we can start being positive to enjoy our lives” said Hanako.

    “Well, that would be great, Hanako!” said Nagisa.

    “Since we’re running together in the past, we should be determined to grow our friendship together as it’s our time to have a marvelous life in this area!” said Tatsuya Iizuka.

    “I agree, Tatsuya-san! So, we could open a schedule for the visit in Akihabara and then, we’re good to go!” said Hanako.

    “Yeah!” said the former schoolmates of Hanako Yamadaki.

    “Also, in Akihabara, you can go to a music store to buy anime soundtracks or albums of your favorite anime series” said Sakura.

    “I agree, Sakura! That’s why as music lovers, we want to hear their melody and harmony by listening to the songs from the anime or from the singers and voice actors in the entertainment industry” said Shizuka.

    “I believe that listening to the music would be more relaxing and more harmonious to enjoy. As for our friends who have been interested in anime, there are a lot of songs you can sing out with your melody” said Yasue Katsura.

    “That’s true, Yasue-san. Music is my passionate to listen and sing because I had been singing some songs for my friends and I have finally inspired them” said Hanako.

    “Just like your song that have been playing right now” said Shizuka.

    “That was more admiring and cuter if the lyrics are nice” said Sakura.

    “Yeah!” said Hanako.

    “Aside from singing, you’re also good in choreography, right?” asked Yasue.

    “Yeah! I was good in dancing ever since I was young. Even I’m a good dancer, I was able to motivate myself to sing and dance” said Hanako.

    “I believe that you should have been enrolling in a theatre academy, but I’m proud of you being a singer” said Yasue.

    “Exactly true, Yasue-san!” said Hanako.

    “Should we continue that conversation for later?” asked Touma.

    “Oh! I’m sorry, Touma. Okay! On to the next one, a visit to the park or a Shinto shrine” said Hanako before Shizuka pulls the map of Tokyo. Shizuka would show the map to Hanako’s former schoolmates. “Now, there are many parks and Shinto shrines existed in Tokyo and the only places that are near to the mansion are the Komaba Park, Tamagawadai Park and Kinuta Park.”

    “We also have Zenyōmitsu-ji, Gōtoku-ji, Shinagawa Shrine, Shimo-Shinmei Tneo Shrine, Ebara Shrine, Kashima Shrine, Rinshi no Mori Park, Shinagawa Kumin Park, Ikegayama Park, Togoshi Park and Hanazono Shrine” said Shizuka.

    “That’s why we will schedule this by June, which would be a perfect month to visit that place because the month of June would be the beginning of the summer season” said Hanako.

    “I’m sure that this would be great, Hanako! I never went to those places before, but I’m glad that we go to that place to explore!” said Masanobu Iwata.

    “Yep. I remembered these places when we’re on a field trip. It was a lot of fun to explore and remember everything in my history class” said Hanako.

    “Wow! That’s awesome!” said Masanobu.

    “The other suggestion might be intriguing to me: playing basketball in the basketball court on the penthouse of a large building. Ryūji, I must ask you. Where did you know that place?” said Shizuka.

    “There is a large building located in Ōmori Nishi. That’s where a basketball court was constructed on top of that building. By the way, the large building was owned by a friend of my father named Kazunori Watanabe. I went to that place every weekend to enjoy playing basketball. There are some large buildings that have sporting places on top of it. That way, you’ll see the sky above at night and some beautiful skyscrapers shining all night” said Ryūji.

    “That was a nice place you got, Ryūji! We want to visit place if we want to play basketball” said Yuhei Aihara.

    “Yes, you can, Yuhei-kun! I must ask my father if I will go there. It’ll be a fun place to enjoy!” said Ryūji.

    “Okay!” said Yuhei.

    “Is it free for us to visit that place?” asked Shizuka.

    “Of course, Shizuka-san! It’s free to visit that place because I’m a friend of Kazunori. Of course, Kazunori had five children playing around with me when they’re here to play hard” said Ryūji.

    “Well, I guess that we will settle that with a schedule, so that we can go there to visit that basketball court to enjoy our playtime!” said Shizuka.

    “You bet, Shizuka-san!” said Ryūji.

    “Now that we already have four suggestions, these will be held probably in the future if we don’t have time to be busy for a while” said Hanako.

    “Yeah, Hanako! We might be busy for the month of May, but when it reaches summertime, it’s time for us to have fun!” said Shizuka.

    “Yeah!” said Hanako and her former schoolmates.

    “Hanako” said Sakura.

    “Yes, Sakura, what do you want to ask me about?” asked Hanako.

    “I had a suggestion about making a name for our group” said Sakura.

    “Good idea, Sakura!” said Hanako.

    “Now, before we’ll name our group, there are things that we have to plan out for next month. The first is that we will plan on joining a large community group and the other is that we’re planning to support the revival of the Dragons of Ōta by meeting with Hanako’s friends” said Shizuka before asking Hanako who the Bravehearts are. “Who are the Bravehearts, by the way?”

    “It’s a large community group that was led by Subaru Hasegawa, a basketball player from the Nashiba High School. He’s also a great leader in building his own group to develop themselves” said Hanako.

    “I heard that Subaru guy before, but wow! He’s a beast with his monstrous performance against Mikagawa!” said Shizuka.

    “That guy is helping his teammates in building their own dynasty in Nashiba. Nashiba are not denying time because of their true formation” said Sakura.

    “Yes, I agree, Sakura-san! So, our expectations for our group would be more prioritized in helping the other large community groups to develop our relationship with them. Especially, we have to support Noboru’s plans in reviving the Dragons of Ōta” said Hanako.

    “I don’t know if we would be able to work together to make that dream come true, but it will take a long time to bring it back” said Shizuka.

    “Yeah, Shizuka-san. So, about the name of our group. I personally want to name the group because as I’m the manager of the Music Girls, I want to name it in honor of one of the songs from my group, the Music Girls. I’ll call it the Shining Piece” said Hanako.

    “Shining Piece. That was an awesome name, Hanako!” said Shizuka.

    “I always listen to that song because those girls are singing through their heart, inspiring their friendship between them” said Touma.

    “Also, that song was loved by the community of the Hasekura High School, especially in Haneda!” said Sakura.

    “Yes, it was, Sakura-san! Haru and Uori made that song and it was an inspirational song that they want to grow together as a girl group. Eventually, I was able to sing Shining Piece. Now, if you excuse me for a moment, I will change the song for a second!” said Hanako.

    Hanako would go to the sound system and asks Sakura Katsura to change the song.

    “Can you change that song to Shining Piece?” asked Hanako.

    “Okay, Hanako-san!” said Sakura as she stops the music for a while before removing the disc. Then, she inserts the disc and plays it in her music system. The song 「シャイニング・ピース」 would be played in the music system. This song was sung by Ongaku Shoujo, composed of Kotoko Kintoki (CV: Lynn), Roro Morooka (CV: Nako Eguchi), Sasame Mitsukuri (CV: Karin Takahashi), Miku Nishio (CV: Miho Okasaki), Hiyo Yukino (CV: Yūko Ōno), Shupe Gushiken (CV: Miyuri Shimabukuro), Kiri Mukae (CV: Sumire Uesaka), Uori Mukae (CV: Yui Ogura), Sarasa Ryuō (CV: Mai Fuchigami), Eri Kumagai (CV: Asami Seto), Haru Chitose (CV: Manami Numakura) and Hanako Yamadaki (CV: Seria Fukagawa).

    Sakura Katsura gives Hanako the thumbs up after Hanako’s request was granted. “It’s playing, Hanako!”

    “Great! Now, I can let them know that my new group knows to inspire!” said Hanako.

    “Yeah!” said Sakura Katsura.

    Hanako would return to meet her former schoolmates. “I’m back!”

    “Does it work?” asked Shizuka.

    “Of course, Shizuka-san! My friend of mine used to be a music lover because she makes music. She’s currently hoping to become a rave maker in the future” said Hanako.

    “What is a rave?” asked Hiroya.

    “A rave is an organized dance party at a nightclub or an entertainment house. Sakura is confident to be a DJ because she had been looking at the producers and composers initializing the songs at the Pine Amusement Records” said Hanako.

    “That’s cool, Hanako! I bet that we might want to have that party if we could, but we’re too early to organize that party” said Fumika.

    “Yeah, it’s not on the list, but I believe that I have my friends going to collaborate with us in the future” said Hanako.

    “Oh, okay” said Fumika.

    “As I was saying earlier, the name of our group was coming from the song by the Music Girls, also known as Ongaku Shoujo. I want to have an opportunity to work with you because I inspired everyone who is on my side on my journey in Hasekura. That’s why it’s going to be a harmonious group that we want to inspire with” said Hanako.

    “I agree with you, Hanako! Bringing back the group that we ran together in high school would be a great way to start our new run, this time, growing up after graduation in high school. So, things are going to be more exciting this year when we’re ready to bring the community their harmonious smiles and joys” said Shizuka.

    “You bet, Shizuka-san! Now, as the Bravehearts and I have agreed to call the higher-level leaders of the color-coded groups to make sure that we’re going to convince them to support Noboru’s plan in reviving the Dragons of Ōta. It would be a long process to revive the group because there are some members aren’t taking their opinion in whether they support the revival of not. However, I want you to help them in finding more members of the Dragons of Ōta” said Hanako.

    “In Hasekura, there are a few students that joined the Dragons of Ōta, mostly due to their adaptability. We can convince them to join the campaign in reviving the Dragons of Ōta” said Shizuka before asking them to agree with her plan. “So, are you agree with this?”

    Majority of the Hanako’s former schoolmates have raised their hands to agree with Shizuka’s plan. “Aye!”

    “I like that idea, Shizuka! We should convince them to make sure that they want to believe Noboru again” said Hiroya.

    “If a new era would be starting now, then we should be more focused on reviving the group that was once dominated before” said Nagisa.

    “I agree with Hiroya and Nagisa! We should do that together!” said Touma.

    “Okay, that’s great! Now, we should prepare for the bring back the Dragons of Ōta and bring something new for everyone!” said Shizuka.

    “As part of the agreement that Noboru and I have been settled a few days ago, I will let my friends to track the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. Which means, you will find them at the same time. Since we have created our own group, we want to help them to develop our relationship with them and once the Dragons of Ōta will be revived, it will all come to compromising their future, bringing back their memories that they lost after the incident” said Hanako.

    “So, let’s run together to bring back the Dragons of Ōta!” said Hanako and Shizuka.

    “Yeah!” said the former schoolmates of Hanako Yamadaki.

    Then, Hitomi Yamadaki, Hanako’s cousin from her paternal side, arrives shortly to meet Hanako. “Hanako-chan!”

    “Oh, Hitomi-san! I believe that you’re here!” said Hanako.

    “Yep. Since you and your friends want to convince the former members of the Dragons of Ōta to bring it back, then Sakura and I will be here to help you!” said Hitomi.

    “Wow! I can’t believe that you know about our plan!” said Shizuka.

    “Yeah, Shizuka! While Hitomi is not a member of the Dragons of Ōta, I’m a former member of that group, representing the orange group. I can say that we should join forces together to bring back my former group!” said Sakura Katsura.

    “Yeah, Sakura-san! I know that it’s been history about the group, but maybe this would be changed when it’s back” said Hanako.

    “That’s right, Hanako-chan! We have to convince the former members of the Dragons of Ōta to support Noboru’s plan in reviving the Dragons of Ōta” said Hitomi.

    “I heard that you befriended a former member of the Dragons of Ōta, right?” asked Sakura Katsura.

    “You got it! He is Subaru Hasegawa. He is the leader of the Bravehearts and he is the one who can talk to anyone with his own pure heart” said Hanako.

    “Well, I can’t wait to meet him, Hanako! I’m sure that we will work together to bring Ōta something better for the future” said Sakura Katsura.

    “Hopefully, we’re ready to develop our relationship with the Bravehearts once we finally track the former members of the Dragons of Ōta!” said Hitomi.

    “Yeah, I agree!” said Hanako. Hanako would change a topic since it’s the homecoming for her and her former schoolmates. “Anyway, since it’s settled, I have a favor. Who wants to play a game?”

    “We do!” said Hitomi, Sakura Katsura and Hanako’s former schoolmates.

    “Then, let’s play together!” said Hanako.

    “Yeah!” said Hitomi, Sakura Katsura and Hanako’s former schoolmates. Hanako and her schoolmates have finally formed their own group to become the twelfth associated group of the Music Girls, known as the Shining Piece. It’s going to be a long night to remember their homecoming and hopefully, they’ll be ready to help the Bravehearts in bringing back the Dragons of Ōta and develop their friendship with the Bravehearts like the way the Music Girls did.

    UP NEXT: Profile of the Shining Piece

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    Here is the profile of the new group, the Shining Piece, led by Shizuka Kikuchi. They are the former schoolmates of Hanako Yamadaki from her class in the Hasekura High School. The name of the group was derived from the song, Shining Piece, the ending theme song of Ongaku Shoujo, performed by the namesake 12-girl idol unit Ongaku Shoujo, also known as the Music Girls.

    Shining Piece: Hanako Yamadaki, Shizuka Kikuchi, Kanako Okazaki, Tatsuya Iizuka, Yuhei Aihara, Erika Akimoto, Tomoyuki Sato, Touma Nagata, Sakura Sawai, Ryōsuke Kitazawa, Yasue Katsura, Ryūji Ogura, Masanobu Iwata, Nagisa Tokunaga, Fumika Nishiyama, Hiroya Asō, Kazuya Fujimoto, Hitomi Yamadaki and Sakura Katsura

    Hanako Yamadaki: July 7 / Graduate of Hasekura HS / Secretary of Music Girls
    Shizuka Kikuchi: January 16 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Kanako Okazaki: May 11 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Tatsuya Iizuka: February 12 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Yuhei Aihara: November 10 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Erika Akimoto: August 29 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Tomoyuki Sato: June 24 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Touma Nagata: April 17 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Sakura Sawai: September 16 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Ryōsuke Kitazawa: December 5 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Yasue Katsura: March 7 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Ryūji Ogura: September 20 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Masanobu Iwata: June 2 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Nagisa Tokunaga: November 28 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Fumika Nishiyama: January 2 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Hiroya Asō: October 8 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Kazuya Fujimoto: August 24 / Graduate of Hasekura HS
    Hitomi Yamadaki: August 13 / 3HS / Hasekura HS / Cousin of Hanako Yamadaki
    Sakura Katsura: September 26 / 3HS / Hasekura HS / Sister of Yasue Katsura


    UP NEXT: Interlude 27: “Masami’s Takeover in the Pantry”

    The Shining Piece becomes the twelfth group that was formed by one of the members of the Music Girls, representing the former schoolmates of Hanako Yamadaki. As Hanako’s future become brighter with her former schoolmates on her side to bring back the Dragons of Ōta, Hanako believes that she’s ready to adapt her own way of making friends with the former members of the Dragons of Ōta while helping the fellow members of the Music Girls to find them. Now, aside from the fact that Hanako’s former schoolmates are present in the mansion, there will be another set of familiar faces to be revealed in the next update. So, who are those new characters going to be? Then, you’ll see it in the next interlude! And also, I’ll be posting the revised schedule of where I’ll be posting the updates of Volume 7, Part 2 for next week. I’ll see you on July 14 (Sunday) for another anniversary update of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts!

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    Tonight’s update will be a perfect time to celebrate another birthday celebrant! This time, it will feature Masami Fujii, who will be taking over the pantry of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel alongside her friends. Masami and her friends will meet the classmates of Masami’s older sister Masako from the Kirihara Middle School. Of course, this update will be better to see their secrets behind them! In a coincidence, this interlude will be dedicated to Risa Taneda, whose birthday was last Friday, July 12. I supposed that I have to post it on her birthday, but I decided to move it to tonight to make sure that I have posted the previous update, which was on July 11 (Thursday), which was also the birthday of Yuka Iguchi. Born in Tokyo, an ambivalent and wisdom-minded Risa is the voice actress of Masami Fujii (Ro-Kyu-Bu!), Xenovia Quarta (High School DxD), Yukina Himeragi (Strike the Blood), Ai Mizuno (ZOMBIE LAND SAGA) and Rize Tedeza (Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?/Is the Order a Rabbit?). Risa had been active in voice acting recently when she was voicing for Strike the Blood III last year. She was also part of the cast of ZOMBIE LAND SAGA as the voice actress of Ai Mizuno. Since Masami is going to be the featured girl for tonight’s update, it’s a great honor that I will make this interlude a birthday gift for Risa for her wonderful and admiring voice acting career. I hope that she will continue her progress in her voice acting career as I’ll watch out for her in her next voice acting appearances this year including the upcoming second OVA of Gochiusa. Belated happy birthday, Risa! Now, without further ado, I give you Interlude 27 with the title, “Masami’s Takeover in the Pantry”! Enjoy reading Interlude 27!

    Masami had a great time to make an errand as she’s going to take over the pantry of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel alongside her friends from The Wisteria Club for the third night of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. As the daughter of Masashi Fujii, Masami must take care of her own pantry, trying to cook the good dishes and help her friends to cook the good dishes for their guests to eat. Alongside Mieko, Natsuhi and his twin sisters, Tsubaki and Hiiragi, Masami hopes that she’ll make the guests happy and satisfied with the food she makes. While she serves the dishes to the guests, she meets her sister’s classmates from the Kirihara Middle School. They were Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagishita. Not only that they were the classmates of Masako, but also the classmates of Saki’s brother Akira. Masami and her friends would make the dishes for her sister and her classmates, which is composed of a rice dish, a sushi platter, a rice platter special, eight blueberry shakes and a plate of eight blueberry mochi cakes. While Masako and her friends enjoy their dishes, they talk with Masami and her friends about their secrets. Masako and Akira have created their group known as the Blue Wish Kirihara, which is composed of their classmates. Their hobbies are visiting food stores and sight viewing at night with their neighbors. Masaki proposes a plan to have her older sister’s classmates to be part of the team to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta, so that they’ll convince them to support the revival of the group. Masako’s classmates would accept Masami’s proposal, hoping that they’ll find them to join the campaign of the revival of the group that the warriors of Kasuragi built. As a result, Masako’s classmates were welcomed to be part of the Bravehearts. With them being part of the Bravehearts, Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko and their friends are ready to keep their faith and wisdom while partnering with Masami and her friends. As for Masami and her friends, they’ll be ready to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta through the help of their new friends to make sure that they’ll support the campaign of reviving the Dragons of Ōta. If they have their wisdom coming out for their new friends, they’ll be ambivalent to give them smiles through their courage and compassion.

    [OPENING: Strike the Blood III ED: LOVE STOIC by Yukina Himeragi (CV: Risa Taneda)]

    VOLUME 7: “THE MAGENTA GIRLS AND THE SUN WARRIORS”
    INTERLUDE 27: “MASAMI’S TAKEOVER IN THE PANTRY

    The interlude takes place between Chapters 133 and 134 in the evening of the third day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week just like in the previous interlude. At the pantry of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel, this was the place where mansion residents Nayu and Mihoshi are cooking food for the Bravehearts. However, for the Fuchsia and Celadon Week, this place will be shared by everyone who can cook and serve the food.

    Masami would speak to Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and the members of The Wisteria Club as they’re about to start their work. “Okay, everyone! This is our night to take over the pantry and we would be ready to make the guests satisfy with the taste of our food!”

    “Yeah, Masami-san! I believe that they’re all set for this because they know how to cook the dishes we practiced yesterday” said Mieko.

    “I agree, Mieko! When we’re cooking, we must make the dishes so delicious and we don’t to miss one!” said Masami.

    “We have a lot of dishes to make and let’s make sure that we finish it by thirty minutes” said Tsubaki.

    “That way, we’ll give it to the guests and see if they like it” said Hiiragi.

    “You got it, Tsubaki and Hiiragi! Since it’s almost six in the evening, I think that we’re about to start cooking dishes right now” said Masami before turning to Natsuhi. “Natsuhi, are the ingredients out there?”

    “Yeah! My friends have bought those from the supermarket. It’s easy to buy these and I shared the lists to them to make sure that we bought them for sure” said Natsuhi.

    “That’s great, Natsuhi. So, let’s get this takeover started!” said Masami.

    “Yeah!” said Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and the members of The Wisteria Club.

    And with that, Masami, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and the members of The Wisteria Club would start cooking the dishes that they remembered yesterday when they’re at Natsuhi and TsubaHii’s home yesterday. They know the ingredients to use for each dish and then, they start mixing the ingredients. A few minutes later, they cook the food by following the directions carefully.

    Once it’s done, Masami, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi and the members of The Wisteria Club would prepare the dishes and give those to the guests. The guests start eating their food and then, later, they say that these dishes are delicious, and they like them, which Masami and her friends are happy with delightful smiles to the guests.

    Masami and her friends are heading back to the pantry to continue their duties in the pantry. Masami and Natsuhi are having a conversation while cooking the inarizushi.

    The Wisteria Club: Composed of four teams
    Team Matsuda: Mieko Matsuda, Shiori Satō, Jirō Kitagawa, Katsuko Miyazawa, Tomoko Sasaki, Naomi Ishimoto, Nobunari Adachi, Minami Okamura and Kishō Sadatomi
    Team Nobutoki: Michiko Nobutoki, Suehiro Nishida, Jin Akagawa, Ichirō Hanazawa, Kaori Makihara, Nobuko Ariyoshi, Yūki Kamimachi and Nobunaga Takii

    Team Gotō (KA): Sukehiro Gotō, Takahiro Sugihara, Risa Nosaka, Chisato Tachibana, Nagisa Murayama, Arisa Hidaka, Ryūsei Kadokawa and Erika Ishihara
    Team Natsuka: Yuka Natsuka, Ryōhei Akatsuki, Kenshō Nobumoto, Rikichi Akaishi, Shōta Hagiwara, Taisuke Hamada, Nobuko Fujihara, Yuriko Satō and Itsumi Kanada

    Staff: Masako Fujii

    “Masami” said Natsuhi.

    “Yes, Natsuhi, what are you going to talk about?” asked Masami.

    “Uh… as you can see, I hadn’t thought how you made the dishes beautifully, but you’re doing great right now” said Natsuhi.

    “Yeah, I’m have a great time to cook seafood dishes like this. It’s been a while when my family had run the restaurant and my customers are liking the flavor. I know that my family business had been growing in weeks. However, I had to say that I want to work by my own and follow what my father said to me all the time” said Masami.

    “How you and your father helped your family business growing?” asked Natsuhi.

    “It’s simple. I cooked the dishes and then, I gave posters to the townspeople, convince them to visit my place. Our business had been growing very well after I have been quarreled by Saki last year, but it turns out that Saki and I are no longer rivals when it comes to food business” said Masami.

    “Well, I remembered about you and Saki working together with the rice platter special. That dish was so special to everyone in Ōta, especially in Shimaruko and Ikegami” said Natsuhi.

    “I agree! I know that the rice platter special was a success, but I want to inspire that by making those dishes to our friends in our organization” said Masami.

    “Yeah, Masami. I guess that you’re always a good cook alongside Saki, but I believe that you two may keep working together for another time” said Natsuhi.

    “You got it, Natsuhi! In fact, the new restaurant had begun its construction a few weeks ago and when Cocoa and her friends visit the site, they believe that the new restaurant may be opened by about the end of the year. That is, if we need to save the money every month” said Masami.

    Mieko would join the conversation after cooking the tonkatsu dish. “The workers had worked hard to construct the place that we’re probably going to work on in the future. I’m thrilled that we might change our lives if that place is complete very soon.”

    “Yeah, Mieko! It seems that we have been working on this since the Bravehearts decide to move their former homes to this place. Also, I want to make the Misawa Resort Hotel even beautiful as its gets” said Masami.

    “I’m sure that it would, Masami!” said Mieko.

    “So, Masami, what are you planning with your family business if you move to the new restaurant?” asked Natsuhi.

    “I don’t know what to do, but…” said Masami.

    “I think your sister Masako can take care of it for a while” said Mieko.

    “Oh! I love that idea, Mieko! I think that my sister can run the restaurant with my father while I’m working on a new restaurant as part-time worker. Then, I might be able to return to my restaurant for the weekend if I’m not longer busy with my friends” said Masami.

    “Then, let your sister have their friends coming around to join the Bravehearts” said Natsuhi.

    “That would be great, Natsuhi!” said Masami. When Masami finish chopping the tofu into slices and deep-frying them, Masami puts the abura-age to the plate and gives it to Kishō Sadatomi.

    “Thanks, Masami-san!” said Kishō before he leaves.

    Masami sighs, removing her sweat from her heads. “That’s the last of them. I know that I have been busy cooking for a while, but it turns out that I will have to wait for another hour to cook another dish.”

    “Yeah, that’s great, Masami! Now, we should talk to Masako about this right away and then, we’ll go back to work!” said Mieko.

    “Okay!” said Masami.

    Masami, Mieko and Natsuhi would go to meet Masako, who is talking with Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    “Onēchan!” said Masami.

    “Masami-chan! I’m glad that you’re done cutting the tofu and let the others to finish it” said Masako.

    “Yep. Now, I have to cook another dish to make the guests delighted” said Masami.

    “Yeah! By the way, I invited my friends to come to our place and then, they’ll be here for one night” said Masako.

    “Oh! Sounds like we have another set of guests coming out!” said Masami.

    “I agree, Masami-chan!” said Masako before talking to Tsubaki and Hiiragi. “Tsubaki! Hiiragi! You have to go to their table and ask them what food they’ll eat.”

    “Okay, Masako!” said Tsubaki.

    “We got it!” said Hiiragi.

    Tsubaki and Hiiragi would leave the pantry to visit the guests at the dining table.

    “Now, let’s see if they’ll find something special” said Masami.

    “Yeah!” said Masako.

    “Wow! My twin sisters are always polite to the guests when they meet them. They would have made tricks on them, but they decide to be friendly, I guess” said Natsuhi.

    “I agree, Natsuhi! Tsubaki and Hiiragi have been worked hard in making the menu for the guests to select the dish for them to eat. I have the other members of our group working on different stations to make it compromise with everyone must work perfectly. When I’m observing them, they were able to follow the directions of how to cook carefully. That’s why I want to train them for the new restaurant we’re planning this year” said Masako.

    “Once the new restaurant will be completed, I will be hiring anyone in my group and Saki’s group to work together. Also, Cocoa will send one of her friends to be with us, in working with the dishes to cook” said Masami.

    The scene changes to Tsubaki and Hiiragi, who were meeting with a group of middle school students, however, Masami, Masako, Mieko and Natsuhi’s voices are still hearing.

    “I’m sure that your group will be able to work together when the new restaurant is completed” said Natsuhi.

    “Yeah, it will be more delightful as ever since Saki and I were close friends!” said Masami.

    “But also, we’ll be able to keep the friendship between our group and Saki’s groups!” said Masako.

    “In our group, we’re always being ambivalent and kind to others, especially when we’re here to gleam beautifully” said Mieko.

    “I agree, Mieko-san!” said Masami and Mieko.

    “I’m so excited about this, but that would take a long year to finish this, but it will be a better place for the guests to eat” said Natsuhi.

    “Yeah!” said Masami, Masako and Mieko.

    At the dining table, Tsubaki and Hiiragi are listening to the group of middle school students, who were saying their orders. Then, Tsubaki and Hiiragi smile before saying to them.

    “Okay! Now, we’ll wait for your orders to be served” said Tsubaki.

    “For now, enjoy your conversation in the meantime, but when the dishes are served, you’ll eat!” said Hiiragi.

    The middle school students would agree with them. “Okay!”

    “Anyway, can I have your names?” asked Tsubaki.

    “Sure. Yukinobu Kubo.”

    “Chiya Kaneko.”

    “Takaya Kurosawa.”

    “Shino Sawatari.”

    “Nana Mizutani.”

    “Shunsuke Yanagishita.”

    “And we’re the friends of Masako Fujii and Akira Nagatsuka!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagishita.

    “Okay! We’ll be back in just a few minutes!” said Tsubaki.

    “Okay!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagishita. Tsubaki and Hiiragi would go back to the pantry to talk with Masami and her friends.

    Tsubaki would start talking with Masako by giving her the orders. “Here are the dishes they want!”

    Masako reads the dishes they ordered before talking to Tsubaki. “It looks like they’re all interested in udon, tendon, katsudon and yakizakana. They also want the fried rice, chāhan.”

    “Yeah, that’s the dishes they have in the Nagatsuka. Good thing that one had ordered the sushi platter and the other wants the rice platter special” said Tsubaki.

    “The rice platter special is the dish that we ate every day. I believe that we’re going to cook more dishes to give them to the guests” said Hiiragi.

    “You got it, Hiiragi!” said Masako.

    “Also, these guests are friends of yours, Masako!” said Tsubaki.

    “Oh! Are they here?” said Masako, who is surprised that her friends are here.

    “Yeah!” said Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    “You know what, I think that I will talk to them” said Masako.

    “That’s a good idea, onēchan! I believe that these guys are going to be with us for one night because they recognized us!” said Masami.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Masami-chan! Akira and I have our own group known as the Blue Wish Kirihara. That group was established in Kirihara Middle School where we were interested in different kinds of food such as meat, seafood and rice” said Masako.

    “I recognize one of them and that name is Nodoka Sugimoto. She’s my roommate in my boarding house and she always love to cook katsudon!” said Mieko.

    “That food was delicious to me, Mieko! I’m sure that we need to know their secrets about them as well as that group!” said Natsuhi.

    “Yeah, I agree, Natsuhi! Now, all we must do is that Masami, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi will cook the dishes while Mieko and I will make some desserts to finish the complete course. Are we okay with this?” said Masako.

    “Yes, Masako-chan!” said Masami, Masako, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    “Then, let’s make them impressed of us!” said Masako.

    “Okay!” said Masami, Masako, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    Masami, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi start working together when they cook the dishes Masami’s friends ordered. Masami smiles to Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi when the Takenakas were able to finish chopping the vegetables. Masami would put the seafood ingredients in the grill stove before frying it. Masako create six blueberry shakes while Mieko cooks the blueberry mochi cakes. When it’s done, Masami places all dishes together in each plate while Mieko places the blueberry mochi cakes in one plate.

    “There! It’s all done!” said Mieko.

    “Would you look at that dishes and drinks? Aren’t they adorable?” asked Masako.

    “Yes, it is, onēchan! I believe that we made the best combination platter we ever made!” said Masami.

    “From the dishes we cooked…” said Tsubaki.

    “…to the desserts with blueberries our fruit of the night” said Hiiragi.

    “Now, let’s show these dishes to my friends! We should eat our own too!” said Masako.

    “Okay!” said Masami, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    Masami, Masako, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi would put the dishes and drinks together in one traditional tray before heading to the dining table.

    “Here are your orders, everyone!” said Masako.

    “We have the udon, tendon, katsudon and yakizakana” said Mieko.

    “Each dish has the chāhan on it” said Natsuhi.

    “Also, don’t forget the sushi platter with a lot of seafood flavors you can eat!” said Tsubaki.

    “And there is the rice platter special with Westminster sauce” said Hiiragi.

    “And for the desserts, we have eight pieces of blueberry mochi cakes and eight blueberry shakes!” said Masami.

    “Wow! They’re so cool!” said Yukinobu Kubo and Chiya Kaneko.

    Masami smiles to Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagishita before saying to them. “Enjoy your meal!”

    “Thank you very much, Masami!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagishita.

    “Wow! You recognized my name!” said Masami.

    “Yeah! You’re the poster girl of your restaurant!” said Takaya Kurosawa.

    “Me? Poster girl? My restaurant? Well, yes, I am!” said Masami before she winks at the six middle school students. “I’m Masami Fujii, daughter of Masashi Fujii, the owner of Sushi Fujii. I’m working with my father because I love to make tofus and serve it to the customers who love tofu! But you can just call me Masami-san if you want.”

    “Okay, Masami-san!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagishita.

    “Since I’m happy to be with you, Yukinobu, Chiya and friends, I’ll join with you for a conversation!” said Masako.

    “Yeah, me too! I know that you guys are interested in food!” said Mieko.

    “We’ll do the same thing!” said Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    “I think that we should all eat together as well as our members from our group as well, so that we’ll get along with them!” said Masami.

    “Good idea!” said Masako, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi.

    Masami, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi would call the members of The Wisteria Club to join with Masako and her friends before they’ll start eating their dishes. All have their own dish as well as the sushi platter and some desserts.

    Masami would start speaking to her friends including Masako, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki and Hiiragi. “Now, let’s thank the food before we eat!”

    “You got it, Masami-chan! We should always do that before we eat the food. So, let’s do this!” said Masako.

    “Okay!” said Masami before bowing her head to thank the food. “Thanks for the food!”

    The others would bow their heads before to thank the food. “Thanks for the food!”

    Masami, Masako, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani, Shunsuke Yanagashita and the members of The Wisteria Club start eating their dishes together. Masami and Masako eat the rice platter special that they made earlier.

    “It’s delicious!” said Chiya Kaneko.

    “That katsudon was so good!” said Yukinobu Kubo.

    “I can’t believe that these dishes are making my stomach feel good! I can’t wait to eat more!” said Shino Sawatari.

    “Yeah, me too, Shino-san! I’m feeling so good eating these types of foods I ate from day to night!” said Takaya Kurosawa.

    “That’s because we’re all interested in food!” said Masako.

    “Oh! I love food too, Masako!” said Michiko Nobutoki.

    “Yeah, me too!” said Suehiro Nishida.

    “Me three!” said Sukehiro Gotō.

    “Me four!” said Takahiro Sugihara.

    “Wow! You have a lot of friends have interested in food, Masako!” said Chiya.

    “Yep. They are friends of my sister known as The Wisteria Club” said Masako.

    “Our group had split off from the Dazzled Hearts, in order to run of our own to prevent any commotion between my section and Tsubaki and Hiiragi’s section” said Masami.

    “If the agreement wasn’t made…” said Tsubaki.

    “…we would have been in trouble” said Hiiragi.

    “I’m glad that our group had been growing now since we were able to start practicing making the dishes to make it so delicious and tasty” said Mieko.

    “When our new restaurant will be competed soon, we’ll be staying there to work with Saki and Masami” said Yuka Natsuka.

    “Wow! That is inspiring to me! What is the name of that place?” said Chiya.

    “We haven’t named the restaurant yet” said Yuka.

    “But we were rhyming up some names coming from our ideas” said Risa Nosaka.

    “Like the Ambivalent Shore” said Chisato Tachibana.

    “Or the Wisteria Corner” said Michiko.

    “Names like that would be great if we come up a better name” said Suehiro Nishida.

    “I believe that you’re true about making names for your group. I mean, it’s imaginable since every group had come up an inspiring name through their nature and characteristics of their members” said Yukinobu.

    “If you make up your names for your group, it has to be unique” said Nana.

    “And it must be connected to the characteristics of their members” said Shunsuke.

    “You know that it’s easy to name your own group or your project if it’s more like fantastic and creative” said Takaya.

    “I agree! Our group was named after the hair color of Masami. Masami had loved the color of wisteria because of the flower she saw everyday” said Takahiro Sugihara.

    “Flowers can also be named to make it bloom and beautiful, especially for those who love to name cute flowers which you can find around the city” said Masami.

    “Simply dazzling and beautifully if you name it for yourself” said Mieko.

    “Yeah, we agree!” said Yukinobu, Takaya, Nana and Shunsuke.

    “How your group got that name?” asked Ryōhei Akatsuki.

    “That’s a good question. You see, the name of our group goes into two things: our school and our wisdom. Our school was the first thing that our group inspired” said Chiya.

    “When we met for the first time, we grew our friendship together when we made school projects, so that we have high grades in academics” said Nana.

    “Then, we also found interests in both food and leisure. Every time we go to Suzuran Shopping Street, we go to the restaurants and look at the specialties they offered” said Shino.

    “As a group with interests in food, we love to eat at the Suzuran Shopping Street because you could eat a lot of food to make your stomach good to go” said Yukinobu.

    “Are all of you coming from Shimomaruko?” asked Kishō Sadatomi.

    “Almost. I lived in Nishina” said Chiya.

    “Yukinobu, Takaya, Shino and Shunsuke lived in Shimomaruko. As for me, I lived in Yaguchi” said Nana.

    “I’m also living in Yaguchi, Nana-san” said Masako.

    “Oh! That means, we’re neighbors, of course!” said Nana.

    “Yeah, I agree, Nana-san!” said Masako.

    “Second, our wisdom. Why wisdom? It’s because we want to inspire everyone who are interested in food as well as sight viewing at night” said Yukinobu.

    “Sight viewing is an interesting hobby for our group because we want to view the skyscrapers at night” said Chiya.

    “One of our members in our group named Keita Misaka had resided in a large building that was more like a boarding house and it has 17 floors with many rooms you can sleep there” said Shunsuke.

    “What area did he lived?” asked Shiori.

    “It’s in Magome” said Takaya.

    “Oh, I hope that place is more occupied with those students from the Kirihara Middle School” said Shiori.

    “Well, there are a few students in our school living in that area and we often visit that place” said Shino.

    “Okay, I understand” said Shiori.

    “When did you go sight viewing?” asked Jirō.

    “Every weekend. We usually go large buildings and we stay there for an hour. There, you can look at the skyscrapers and the moon” said Yukinobu.

    “Have you ever done that before?” asked Chiya.

    “Yeah!” said Masami and her friends.

    “We usually stay in a large building in Rokugō” said Suehiro.

    “That’s where Subaru and his friends usually stay there for a week if they want to do intense training for their team” said Shiori.

    “I hope that one day, we could go back there and play basketball in the penthouse of that building” said Katsuko Miyazawa.

    “Yeah, it would be great that we need to get playing time if we’re no longer busy for assignments” said Masami.

    “Yeah, I agree, Masami-chan” said Masako.

    “Now, back to our topic. Our wisdom was an expression of making good decisions for everyone” said Yukinobu.

    “If one agrees, everyone agrees” said Chiya.

    “But if one doesn’t agree, then everyone else doesn’t agree too” said Shunsuke.

    “In our group, we sport the color a variant of blue, which is darker like a Prussian blue” said Shino.

    “We also use different colors aside from the main color and what we did is a combination of the gradients of dark blue and wisteria to make it ambivalent” said Takaya.

    “That’s why Blue was the first word we named” said Nana.

    “Then, wisdom is connected to wish because while you make good decisions, you want to make it into reality. So, that’s why blessings can be made in our group” said Chiya.

    “That is more sounded like in my group. Blessings are the only way to be inspired and determined when we grow together as one family of bravehearts” said Masami.

    “Of course, in the Bravehearts organization, we want to be blessed just because we want to be determined and admired through our willpower” said Natsuhi.

    “We want to show our willpower, so that we want to be blessed through pure hearts and harmonious enjoyment” said Tsubaki.

    “When we step up, we don’t want to lose our willpower because it’s the symbol of courage, pride and opportunity to bring brighter future for ourselves” said Hiiragi.

    “Well, that was more inspirable just like what the other large community groups do! Right, everyone?” said Masako.

    “Yeah!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagashita.

    “And finally, since the six of us are currently studying in Kirihara and our home base is in Nishina, we decided to use Kirihara to make the name of the group more courageous and more dazzling” said Chiya.

    “It’s great to name it or what! Right, everyone?” said Yukinobu.

    “Yeah!” said Masami, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Mieko and the members of The Wisteria Club.

    “Since you’re here to be with us for the festivity, I think that it’s time for us to make our plans for the future of our group” said Masako.

    “Okay!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagashita.

    “Well, if you don’t know what’s going on right now is that the Bravehearts is now planning to re-organize their own hierarchy, which they will be including some new members and new groups coming from different districts. That’s why we are open in expanding our group to compromise everything to prepare for the revival of the Dragons of Ōta” said Masami.

    “Right now, The Wisteria Club is planning to meet with the former members of the Dragons of Ōta who were coming from the violet group” said Michiko Nobutaki.

    “In our group, a few of them are former members of the Dragons of Ōta” said Sukehiro.

    “They are Mieko Matsuda, Shiori Satō, Jirō Kitagawa, Katsuko Miyazawa, Michiko Nobutaki and Suehiro Nishida” said Masako.

    “While I’m a former member of the Dragons of Ōta five months before the group was on hiatus, I decided to start planning of my own group while being part of it. It was originally composed of me, Mieko, Shiori, Jirō, Katsuko, Michiko and Suehiro” said Masami.

    “Originally, we called the group as Team Fujii-Matsuda due to me and Masami being co-leaders” said Mieko.

    “Even the Dragons of Ōta was gone, we still grow together like the other groups from the violet group did” said Shiori.

    “In fact, several members in the violet group had decided to make their new journey either joining the Pink and Plum or forming of their own” said Jirō.

    “In the violet group, they are 323 former members coming from the violet group and we only focus on our batch” said Katsuko.

    “When we get into this assignment, we should be ready to meet them and then, convince them that they’ll be supporting Noboru’s plans” said Michiko.

    “As for the other members in our group, they will be assisting us in finding them through the locations they lived right now” said Suehiro.

    “With that said, I want to encourage you to be part of our mission to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta and continue driving the campaign to revive the group that the warriors of Kasuragi built” said Masami.

    “So, are you in with us?” asked Masako.

    Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagashita would whisper with each other before Yukinobu and Chiya answer together. “Yes, we will!”

    “Alright! Since you accepted this, then we’ll welcome you to the Bravehearts family!” said Masami.

    “Welcome to our family, Yukinobu, Chiya and friends!” said Masako.

    “Hooray!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagashita.

    “It’s an honor that would be part of that group since we’re close friends with Masako-chan and Akira-san” said Chiya.

    “In our group, we want to be more respectful and more ambivalent because it’s our group’s responsibility to make good decisions for everyone” said Yukinobu.

    “We’ll make sure that we’ll be able to work together as we’re going to bring the community something that they need to be happy again” said Takaya.

    “You bet, Takaya! In creating an extended group, different groups must agree to work together through their friendship. Friendship is the only way to make an extended group” said Masako.

    “Which means, we’re going to find more groups to associate with us and then, this will do the same thing with the Dazzled Hearts” said Masami.

    “Once our extended group is now formed, we’ll get ready to begin developing our friendship with the other groups we’ll be finding and hopefully, we’ll bring more wisdom in the community” said Mieko.

    “Yeah!” said Masami, Masako, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani, Shunsuke Yanagashita and the members of The Wisteria Club.

    “We would be great if we’re going to stay here while Masami will not be here for a while due to her going to Nagoya for two days” said Arisa Hidaka.

    “That’s right, Arisa-san! I’m going to join with the Bravehearts and the other groups to spend a vacation in Nagoya for two days. Which means, I’ll have the liberty for the six of you to stay in the mansion while I’m gone. Is it okay with you, Yukinobu, Chiya and friends?” said Masami.

    “Yeah!” said Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani and Shunsuke Yanagashita.

    “It’s great that we’ll have the first set of new members in our group, but hopefully, we’ll lure more new members to join our group” said Sukehiro.

    “But first, we have to find some former members of the Dragons of Ōta and then, if they want to join with us, then we’ll have to let them join to our group” said Takahiro.

    “I hope that our partnership will be successful with ambivalence and wisdom” said Yukinobu.

    “The reins in the violet group would be evolved as we’re about to create our own extended group” said Chiya.

    “I believe that it’s going to happen, Chiya. All of us are here because we’re here to be compassionate and well-hearted. Right, everyone?” said Masako.

    “Yeah!” said Masami, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani, Shunsuke Yanagashita and the members of The Wisteria Club.

    “Masami, I think that they’re ready to be part of our organization” said Natsuhi.

    “We should look for more members to create an extended group” said Tsubaki.

    “As a matter of fact, my group will do the same thing too! As well as Natsuhi’s!” said Hiiragi.

    “I agree, Hiiragi-san!” said Masami before talking to her friends including Masako’s. “Let’s go the pantry and start cooking some new dishes for the guests!”

    “Yeah!” said Masako, Mieko, Natsuhi, Tsubaki, Hiiragi, Yukinobu Kubo, Chiya Kaneko, Takaya Kurosawa, Shino Sawatari, Nana Mizutani, Shunsuke Yanagashita and the members of The Wisteria Club. Masami and her friends have finally gotten a new set of friends that they’ll be joining the Bravehearts as the Blue Wish Kirihara will be collaborating with The Wisteria Club in finding the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. Hopefully, they’ll have their own extended group just like other groups did in preparing for the possible return of the Dragons of Ōta.

    [ENDING: Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?? Birthday Song Series: Happy Happy♪ Birthday Song ~Rize Ver.~ 「ハピハピ♪バースデイソング~リゼ Ver.~」 by Rize Tedeza (CV: Risa Taneda)]

    UP NEXT: Profile of Blue Wish Kirihara and Updated Schedule of Updates – Part 2-2 of Volume 7
    Last edited by Sherwin Riga; July 17th, 2019 at 01:28 PM. Reason: Mistakes on the format of the ending song for this interlude.

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