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

    Volume 8: "A New Angelic and Harmonious Era in Ōta" | Chapter 156: “The Plan to Find the Former Members of the Dragons of Ōta that are Coming from both Fuchsia and Lavender Groups”

    Part 2

    Once the classes are over, the members of the Family of Angels would start their search to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that were coming from either fuchsia, lavender or both groups. Also, their allies from the Rainbow Angels have also started the search as well, so that they’ll find them to make their progress in finding the former members of the group that the warriors of Kasuragi built.

    “I’ll see you later at the mansion, Tomoka-san!” said Megumi Kadokawa.

    “We’ll be busy right now for our event!” said Hitomi.

    “We’re going to organize our General Assembly for our club, which is the Exploration Party!” said Anzu.

    “Just make that you’ll meet the captain!” said Junichi Kamisaka.

    “Okay, I got it, Junichi-san!” said Tomoka as she waves her hand goodbye to her friends from the Family of Angels before she will be joining with her teammates to go to the Keishin Academy Gymnasium.

    At the Keishin Academy Gymnasium, the Keishin Academy Middle School boys’ basketball team had their training started the 90-minute training for the Keishin Academy Elementary School boys’ basketball team, which was started at 3:00 and ended at 4:30.

    When Tatsuo Kasahara, the captain of the Keishin Academy Middle School boys’ basketball team, is standing beside Tsutomu Konishi, Tōru Okazaki and Naotake Takano, Natsuhi and his teammates (including his new ones) are serious on their first full training right after the tryouts.

    “Alright, everyone! Let’s start the training with the jogging around the court!” said Tatsuo Kasahara.

    “Yes, sir!” said Natsuhi and his teammates from the Keishin Academy Middle School boys’ basketball team as they begin jogging around the court. Tomoka and her teammates are staying at the courtside where they are watching the boys jogging around the court.

    “Wow! Look at those boys!” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah! They have just started their training” said Saki.

    “Right before in our very eyes” said Maho.

    “I think that this is the perfect place to watch those boys training for them to be strong” said Airi.

    “Ah! Those boys are so handsome with their hustle and strength being worked out!” said Hinata.

    “So, this is the place where they used to have trainings for the Keishin Academy Middle School basketball team” said Atsuko.

    “Yep. These athletes are coming out all in circles, so that they’ll be more prepared for their competitions to join for this school year” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    “I agree, Ayaka. I’m sure that they’re finally ready for another season for them after falling in the third round in last year’s prefectural tournament against a middle school from Katsushika” said Riruka.

    “This time, with Kasahara-senpai had to lead his team, it’s going to be his year to make sure that he’ll be giving their blessings to everyone” said Toshiko.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Chinami Itagaki, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Teruko and Yōko.

    “Anyway, are we going to wait to see Azumi-san?” asked Momoe.

    “I don’t know if she’s going to be here for a while, but she might be busy” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “I think that you should call her, Atsuko” said Toshiko.

    “Me? Okay, then. I’ll be right back” said Atsuko as she leaves the gymnasium to call Azumi.

    “So, what we are going to do is that once Azumi is here, we’ll talk to her about my project” said Tomoka.

    “Yep, Tomoka. Then, we’ll find out she knows about the Dragons of Ōta. I don’t think she’s a member of that group, right?” said Riruka.

    “Well, unfortunately, she is not a member of the Dragons of Ōta, Riruka-san” said Tomoka.

    “Then, what she ended up with?” asked Riruka.

    “She is a full-pledged member of the Pink and Plum while she was being part of the Keishin Academy middle school girls’ basketball team” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    “Ah, I see the point, Ayaka. I never heard about her past because I was in the Nishina Elementary School, but I made a friend to some of hers” said Riruka.

    “I think that it’s Takako Ishimura. She’s my classmate, Riruka” said Toshiko.

    “Oh, yeah, now I remember her” said Riruka.

    “I would say that not only there are some former members of the Dragons of Ōta have stayed in our school, but majority of the students are members of the Pink and Plum” said Chinami Itagaki.

    “Yes, it does, Chinami-san. That’s why the Keishin Academy had been preferred for the members of the Pink and Plum to study there. On the other hand, there are different schools who have members of the Pink and Plum such as the Mizunaga Middle School, the Kamata High School, the Nashiba High School and so on. Which makes the Pink and Plum being one of the large community groups in Ōta that have larger quantity of their members, mostly from Nishina and Ōmori” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    “I guess that it’s going to be great to see some jolly and innocent members who have taken their responsibility to show their beauty and charm” said Yōko.

    “Yeah, Yōko-san. In fact, each section has their own sets of goals as well as their assignments being supervised by the higher officials of the Pink and Plum. I know that I’m smart with their daily lives in the Pink and Plum. What do you think?” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    “I think that they’re more active in both inside and outside the Keishin Academy because they have their own presence in trying to make the community with full and warmest smiles” said Riruka.

    “I say that they have been more innocent to their beauty and charmed appearance, but I’m sure that they’ll get used to it to live them in a desired and charismatic way” said Toshiko.

    “Yeah, I agree to those responses, Riruka-san and Toshiko-san. I hope that I should refer to do that for myself” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    Atsuko would return to the gymnasium, but she was not alone. She would be joined by Azumi Ogawa, Nami Taniguchi and Mika Okayama. “Hey, everyone! I found her!”

    “Oh, good! There she is!” said Teruko.

    “Yep. Looks like the managers are here!” said Maho.

    “It’s nice that you are here, Taniguchi-sensei. I can’t believe that you have been busy for something” said Saki.

    “Yeah, Saki. I’m just in the middle of the meeting with my friends in the square and I should have finished it, but I decided to tell them that I have to save it for later” said Nami Taniguchi. “By the way, I’m not curious what you’re doing right now, but today is not our training day.”

    “Oh, you’re right, Taniguchi-sensei. Tomorrow is the training for our team, right?” said Saki.

    “Yeah!” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “What are you doing right now, girls?” asked Mika Okayama.

    “We’re watching our friend Natsuhi and his friends getting on their training for the boys’ basketball team” said Tomoka.

    “Ah! So, that’s what they’re doing right now. I get it. Well, the manager Okazaki-sensei supposed to escort you out, but he decided to let you stay for now” said Azumi.

    “Uh, you haven’t introduced to them yet since you are here” said Atsuko.

    Azumi was not much alarmed while her cherry eyes are blinking. “Oh, I’m sorry, Atsuko-san. Anyway, I’ll introduce myself. My name is Azumi Ogawa. I’m the captain of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team, playing as a small forward and a shooting guard. I’m a third year middle school student you can call me Azumi-senpai. I’m also a member of the Pink Plum, representing the Section 9, and the leader of my very own team, Team Ogawa.”

    Tomoka would finally glad to meet the captain of her school’s basketball team as she’s introducing herself. “It’s nice to meet you, Ogawa-senpai! My name is Tomoka Minato. I’m from section 1-C, coming from my school’s elementary school girls’ basketball team.”

    “Oh, I know you! You must be one of the new players who have participated in the tryouts. That’s very coincidental to see you and your friends’ faces” said Azumi.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka before she lets her teammates to introduce themselves to Azumi. “Girls! Meet the captain of our team, Azumi Ogawa.”

    “Hi, girls!” said Azumi.

    “Hi!” said Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Chinami Itagaki, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Teruko and Yōko.

    “My name is Maho Misawa.”

    “Saki Nagatsuka.”

    “Airi Kashii.”

    “Hinata Hakamada.”

    “Chinami Itagaki.”

    “Ayaka Kutaragi.”

    “Momoe Tachibana.”

    “Teruko Sugiyama.”

    “And Yōko Yamazaki.”

    Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Chinami Itagaki, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Teruko and Yōko would shout together in unison. “We’re all coming from Tomoka’ section, section 1-C!”

    “Ah! I know your section, girls! It seems that your section had been the greatest number of players that have participated in the tryouts. Other sections have at least 2 to 4 members that are coming from different schools, but I never expect to see a number of players like that in one section” said Azumi.

    “That’s right, Azumi-senpai! There are ten of us! I don’t know if you’re surprised to see at the same time” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, I agree, Tomoka. So, what brings you here?” said Azumi.

    “We want you to know if you have known about the Dragons of Ōta” said Tomoka.

    “Uh, I remembered that group when I was an elementary school student, but I didn’t join that group. The Pink and Plum was just formed last year after the dissolution of the Dragons of Ōta. Which means, this is the time when new community groups that are either descended from the former Dragons of Ōta or different groups that have been existed” said Azumi.

    “If I remember correctly, there are a lot of community groups being existed that are not using the dominant color red, which makes the trend being changed, thanks to some young students, who were able to grow their potential all along” said Riruka.

    “That is correct, Riruka!” said Azumi.

    “Wait a minute, Azumi-san. Did you know those two?” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, I have attended the Color Friends Project where I had accompanied them. I had them joined my section when they entered to this school this year” said Azumi.

    “Oh! That was just lovely, Azumi-san! I didn’t know that you have some members in your team!” said Hinata.

    “You group had been active when the Dragons of Ōta was no longer in the picture” said Airi.

    “Yeah, that’s right, Airi. You see, when I entered the Pink and Plum in the first place, not because I’m a close friend of Airi Yamaguchi, I was able to work hard in the academics as well as my extracurricular activities when I was part of the basketball team. As a member of the Section 9, I’m very motivated that I have been helping some young lads and lasses in this school” said Azumi.

    “That’s very nice background of yours, Azumi-san! I can’t expect that you have something potential in your career” said Chinami Itagaki.

    “Yeah, it surely is great to be part of the varsity team and now that I’m the captain, I should be more ready right now for the middle school prefectural tournament. Nami-sensei and Mika-sensei have been working on what to do for this year since there are a lot of first year middle school students in our team” said Azumi.

    “That’s true, Azumi. In our team, we made the tradition that we recruited the players who have been playing in different schools that have high potential, for example being a captain or a key contributor, which was more like conservative, but this year, thanks to the formation of the elementary school girls’ basketball team, there is a change that we will add at least 5 to 6 first year middle school students to be part of the team” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “The problem right now is that since you girls have performed well in the training last week, I don’t know who will be joining the main team” said Mika Okayama.

    “The roster limit is 15, which means the rest will be joining the reserves team” said Azumi.

    “Ah, yeah! That’s true, Azumi. So, I decided to put Tomoka, Chinami, Teruko and Yōko to the main roster, which the others will be in the reserve team. However, I’m not sure what to do with Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata. Since they were part of the first formation of their elementary school girls’ basketball team, I supposed that I must let them join, but the roster limit really hit on my nerves” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “So, that means, the rest of us may not be part of the main roster since that tradition had been changed?” asked Maho.

    “Uh, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with this situation, but we’re trying our best to plan something alternative” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “In the meantime, I’ll let you put all in the reserve team to make sure that you’ll have your chance to improve your attributes and tendencies right before we’ll make the final roster for the middle school prefectural tournament” said Mika.

    “Ah, okay! I understand about that” said Maho.

    “Yeah, me too!” said Saki, Airi and Hinata.

    “Now, while we’re waiting for some announcements regarding the situation of the roster, I will be more honest if I want to let you know about your project going on” said Azumi.

    “We have started the search for the former members of the Dragons of Ōta last week when Hinata’s group and Kagetsu’s group have been able to find those from the pink and magenta group. Then, the search for the former members that are coming from the red group had been began recently before we’re having a two-day vacation in Nagoya. Now, my group had started the search for the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from both fuchsia and lavender groups” said Tomoka.

    “Oh! That’s very nice, Tomoka! Well, I would be glad to see those former members about there if your friends were able to find it” said Azumi.

    “Yeah, Azumi-senpai! Those members from both fuchsia and lavender groups were mostly coming from Shimomaruko, Kamata and Higashi Chōfu. They have their own desires to make the difference in becoming blessed and inspired people” said Tomoka.

    “Ah, yeah! I know about those guys! It seems that there are some colored groups in the Dragons of Ōta have their own desires to make since they were able to develop their own ways. Some of them were wanted to become the basketball players just like us while others have been interested in their own hobbies that may make them happy” said Azumi.

    “I would say that they wanted to be more determined in making their young lives easier which is why they have been so conservative with their personalities of being expressive and hard-worked” said Riruka.

    “Of course, Riruka-san! Just like me, I had my hair color being pink, but I didn’t join the Dragons of Ōta. I had been part of the Pink-Haired Students Club before I became part of the Pink and Plum, representing my section, Section 13” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Whether you’re lucky or not, they are very cherished with their happy smiles and they have enough charms to shine with” said Mika.

    “I’m sure that they’ll be able to show their good things to make them empathetic and willpower-minded because they should be more comfortable with their lives right now” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, I agree!” said Azumi.

    “So, have you ever started to search for the former members of the Dragons of Ōta, Azumi-senpai?” asked Maho.

    “Yeah, Maho! Airi had told me and my fellow groupmates about this one” said Azumi.

    “Ah, yeah! Now, I remember what was going on in the community right now where the former members of the Dragons have been supportive on the revival of that group because they didn’t know that Shin was innocent for what he had done to Tsubasa” said Riruka.

    “Yeah, what a jerk that guy he had done to a little girl who was innocent” said Toshiko.

    “It’s a shame that this Shin guy was not friendly to any girl who is innocent” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “And has red eyes too” said Mika.

    “Yeah. So, what are you going to do right now with your search?” said Tomoka.

    “We’ll be finding some former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from both fuchsia and lavender groups” said Azumi.

    “Oh! I see! So, that’s what you’re going to do for you to convince them in supporting Noboru’s plan to revive the Dragons of Ōta. I never expect to see that plan coming!” said Tomoka.

    “Yep. As a member of the Pink and Plum, I’ll try my best to find those former members, so that I’ll convince them to support the revival” said Azumi.

    “Well, then, you can collaborate with us, Azumi-senpai. Since you’re a member of the Pink and Plum, I believe that I need you to easily find those members of the Dragons of Ōta. Since I’m a former member of that group, I think that you should be part of that search” said Tomoka.

    “Well, I would be more motivated to say, Tomoka-san. Then, I’m in!” said Azumi.

    “Oh, that’s very nice, Azumi!” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Looks like you’re going to have your chance to help her in finding those former members of the Dragons of Ōta. I’m so proud of you!” said Mika.

    “Yep! That’s what the members of the Pink and Plum does for, Nami and Mika! Since then, the members of the Pink and Plum will try their best to find them all as soon as possible” said Azumi.

    “Yeah!” said Nami and Mika.

    “That was a solid plan you have, Tomoka! I can’t believe that Azumi-senpai is now ready to be with you for the search!” said Riruka.

    “It looks like you have done something nice to your captain!” said Toshiko.

    “Yeah! This is one of my things to please the captain, even though I’m just a first year middle school student. I have to work hard to become the captain someday” said Tomoka.

    “Now, that’s my girl, Mokkan! I’m feeling happy for you!” said Maho.

    “That will boost the chances to revive the Dragons of Ōta very soon” said Saki.

    “It will be a long time to work on that, but hopefully, it will get the job done” said Chinami Itagaki.

    “Yeah! I want to make sure that once my plan works, my groupmates from the Family of Angels will get their jobs done as well!” said Tomoka.

    “Now, that’s more I like it, Tomoka. It’s going to be better if we’re going to work together because I’m your friend after all” said Teruko.

    “Really, Teruko?” asked Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Teruko.

    “We should be focusing on that one, Tomoka-san! Ayaka and I were ready to find those members, so that we’ll ask them to join the support” said Atsuko.

    “It will be a pleasure to join with you!” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    “Okay, I’ll be your guests, Atsuko-san and Ayaka-san! You can come along if you want to” said Tomoka.

    “Okay!” said Atsuko and Ayaka Hikasa.

    “Now that Azumi-senpai will be partnering with you Tomoka” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “You’ll come up of a plan for you to find our lost members from the fuchsia group and the lavender group” said Momoe.

    “Hopefully, you’ll be able to accomplish that before it reaches the Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Yōko.

    “Ah! It will be awesome, Tomoka-chan!” said Hinata.

    “I’m sure that you’ll make those guys ready to see you again after that big group was vanished into thin air last year when Tsubasa was assaulted by Shin” said Airi.

    “Of course, Airi-san! That way, I’ll be able to help them in bringing back the Dragons of Ōta and make them happy again” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Airi.

    “Tomoka, let’s start working on our plan” said Azumi.

    “You got it, Azumi-senpai!” said Tomoka.

    Azumi, Nami, Mika, the first year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team, Atsuko, Ayaka Hikasa, Riruka and Toshiko have started working on their own diagram to make a plan in finding the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from both fuchsia and lavender groups. Meanwhile, the members of the Keishin Academy Middle School boys’ basketball team are battling with each other in a scrimmage. Natsuhi and Toshihiro were battling against Masashi Ōsawa and Kōsuke Makino. Natsuhi was able to work together with Toshihiro to create their combination to beat out both Masashi and Kōsuke.

    While the scrimmage was ongoing, Tomoka, Azumi and both groups have finally done their plan, in trying to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from both fuchsia and lavender groups.

    “Take a look at this, everyone!” said Azumi. Everyone would look at the diagram that was made by her, Tomoka, Riruka and Toshiko.

    The diagram shows the plan of Tomoka and Azumi where they’re going to find someone is special in both fuchsia and lavender groups.

    “That’s interesting, Azumi. It looks like you have revised Tomoka’s original plan” said Saki.

    “Yep. You see, Tomoka’s friends have currently did their search to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta where it was divided into different groups. Each colored group has 6 batches, which is very unfortunate that that those young lads and lasses who have joined the Dragons of Ōta, composed of fifth graders and below, have been part of Batch 6. Right now, they have found 15% of the members that have found, mostly from the fuchsia group. Which means, their group and their allies have made their progress out there. So, we’re going to meet up with the batch leaders that are coming from Batch 6” said Azumi.

    “If you don’t know who their leaders are, they were Yukari Narasaki for the fuchsia group and Ayame Tsukuba for the lavender group” said Tomoka.

    “So, we should meet them, so that we’ll ask them to support the revival of our group” said Azumi.

    “I believe that their homes are really close to our school, which is not bad for us to visit them, but I would say that we should split it to find both homes, so that we’ll be able to meet both Yukari and Ayame” said Riruka.

    “That’s right, Riruka. I have been doing some research about the Dragons of Ōta after the partnership between the Bravehearts and our group. It was said that each colored group has their own members, which would be difficult to find them all, but thankfully, Airi was able to divide the assignments into different groups to find, which will be handy and make the search very easy” said Azumi.

    “I’m sure that there might be some connections with Yukari and Ayame, but I would say that they have their own friends that their hair being colored red, violet, magenta, lavender and fuchsia, which is totally so cute” said Toshiko.

    “Yeah, I agree, Toshiko. That’s why I’m going to have two groups to find both homes separately. My group will find Ayame’s while Tomoka and her fellow teammates will find Yukari’s. Also, I’m going to allow you and Riruka to split up for a while. Is that okay to you?” said Azumi.

    “Okay!” said Riruka and Toshiko.

    “So, Riruka, you’ll be with me and my group while Toshiko, you’ll be joining with Tomoka’s. Is that clear?” said Azumi.

    “Yes, Azumi-senpai!” said Riruka and Toshiko.

    “By the way, Azumi, are you the leader of your section?” asked Nami Taniguchi.

    “Uh, no, Nami. I’m the vice leader of the Section 9. Shinjirō Aoki, a first year high school student from section 1-H, is the leader of my group” said Azumi.

    “Ah, I know about that section. That usually coming from my section last year” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Wait, how did you know about that?” asked Saki.

    “I’m currently part of the section 3-G, which was usually advised by Mutsumi Saitō when Shinjirō and his friends have been part of that section. This year, Mutsumi is currently my adviser, which is very coincidental the fact that she’ll be advising my section this year. By the way, she’s a teacher for Japanese literature” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Oh, that’s nice, Nami-san! I didn’t know that you recognize that teacher that was recognized by a member of the Pink and Plum” said Maho.

    “It looks like your section is currently moderate with the level of teaching. That Saitō-sensei had been teaching in this school in ten years, but this might be a challenge for you” said Saki.

    “Yeah, I agree, Saki! I’ll try my best to please my adviser” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “You got it!” said Saki.

    “About Shinjirō Aoki, Azumi, what does he looked like?” asked Teruko.

    “Shinjirō had been a former assistant to the Secretary of the Middle School Student Council Suzuka Kanazaki. He had a younger brother, studying in the Nishina Middle School named Yoshitaka Aoki, a first year middle school student just like Riruka and Toshiko. Unlike both Riruka and Toshiko, Yoshitaka had been a member of the basketball team of that school” said Azumi.

    “Yep. We were part of the varsity team in the Nishina Elementary School girls’ basketball team last year, but we aren’t able to take part of the tryouts for Azumi’s team this year because we aren’t good enough to play well with them. We became part of the bench team last year” said Riruka.

    “Despite that, Azumi-senpai had given us the positions to become student assistants for the varsity team. Hopefully, it will be a pleasure to help you prepared for the upcoming tournament. Right, girls?” said Toshiko.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Chinami Itagaki, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Teruko and Yōko.

    “I’m sure that you know about because I recruited them to be part of my team, so you better treat them nicely with your smile” said Azumi.

    “Okay, we got it!” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Chinami Itagaki, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Teruko and Yōko.

    “Once it’s done, when are we going to meet with each other?” asked Airi.

    “We’ll meet at the mansion later tonight, but I hope that Subaru and his friends will be coming back home early, so that we’ll make a progress report about my group’s search” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, okay! I believe that it will be the beginning of your progress to find your lost friends in your former group” said Airi.

    “You should be cherished, Tomoka. I hope that we’ll meet that Yukari girl, so that she’ll be happy to see you again” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “Reunion rocks, Tomoka! That’s what I liked when a familiar face had been returned to meet with his or her friends again” said Momoe.

    “Ah! That would be so cute to meet Yukari, Tomoka-chan! I hope that we’ll see her at her home!” said Hinata.

    “Yeah, Hinata-san!” said Tomoka.

    “So, everyone, are you ready to start the mission?” asked Azumi.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Chinami Itagaki, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Teruko and Yōko.

    “Oh, by the way, Azumi, Mika and I will be meeting with our friends later. We’ll catch up with you as soon as we can” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Okay, Nami, just make sure that you and Mika must visit Tomoka’s home in the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel tonight” said Azumi.

    “Okay, Azumi-san!” said Nami Taniguchi and Mika.

    “Now, let’s find the two leaders and make them blessed!” said Tomoka.

    “Okay!” said Azumi, Nami Taniguchi, Mika, Riruka, Toshiko and the first year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team. Tomoka and her friends have finally met Azumi Ogawa, the captain of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team, as well as Riruka Maruyama and Toshiko Horikawa. Their search will be easier while Tomoka’s friends from the Family of Angels are currently doing their search to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. Hopefully, this will be accomplished for Tomoka and Azusa as this is the first time that both girls will work together in a different mission other than being basketball-related as they’re hopefully going to meet both Yukari Narasaki and Ayame Tsukuba, so that they’ll be able to convince them to support the revival of the Dragons of Ōta.

    [ENDING: Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS ED: 「Rolling! Rolling! 」 by RO-KYU-BU!]

    UP NEXT: Chapter 157: “The Marvelous Color Friends of Nishina”

    Tomoka and her friends would finally have their new friends in Azumi Ogawa, Riruka Maruyama and Toshiko Horikawa as they’re going to look for both Yurika Narasaki (fuchsia group) and Ayame Tsukuba (lavender group). Both Yurika and Ayame came from Tomoka’s batch, which is the sixth batch, which means that they might be connected to Tomoka for some reasons. However, the question is, are they still close to Tomoka after the Dragons of Ōta have been disbanded? And what the secret behind the friendship of Tomoka and her hometown friends? We’ll find out in the next update where this is the part that you’re going to seek forward on the connections between Tomoka and her close friends from the Color Friends Project. I’ll be going on a vacation tomorrow (January 2) with my family and friends for three days, so I’ll see you on January 5 (Sunday) for the next update of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts and have a Happy New Year to everyone!
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    Re: Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts - The Ro-Kyu-Bu!/Tenshi no 3P! X High School DxD Crossover Series

    I'm back, everyone, for another update of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts after the year 2020 had just begun! Tonight’s update will be dedicated to the voice actor of Ryuuichi Suga, Shintarō Asanuma as his birthday was held today (January 5). Shintarō had been working with directing and voice acting as well as his narration in various anime releases. Recently, he is the voice actor of Yōichi Kuramochi from Ace of Diamond Act II. I don’t know what’s next for him, but I’ll be better watch out for him for sure! Happy birthday, Shintarō! Now, tonight’s update will be the continuation of Chapter 156 where Tomoka and her friends are looking to find the two section leaders: Yukari Narasaki from the fuchsia group and Ayame Tsukuba from the lavender group. If you’re ready with that, then sit back, relax and enjoy reading Chapter 157, with the title, “The Marvelous Color Friends of Nishina!”

    The members of the Family of Angels and their allies have worked on their search to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that were coming from both fuchsia and lavender groups, which they did after finishing their school classes in their respective schools. As for Tomoka, she had Azumi Ogawa, Riruka Maruyama and Toshiko Horikawa on her side as they’ll be helping Tomoka in finding the two section leaders from Batch 6, namely Yukari Narasaki and Ayame Tsukuba. They finally meet both Yukari and Ayame separately in their homes before they reunite together, so that they’ll head back home to the Misawa Resort Hotel where the Dragon Explorers Club have organized their general assembly for the old and new members of that club. When they go back home to the Misawa Resort Hotel, Tomoka and her friends were surprised that the members of the Dragon Explorers Club are there to celebrate their first day in the club. Not only Tomoka and her friends have found both Yukari and Ayame, but the members of the Family of Angels have found the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. Hitomi and her friends have found 18 members coming from either fuchsia or lavender groups. Tomoka sends the progress report to Aoi, which the latter makes proud of the former. While Tomoka was meeting with Aoi, Airi and her friends would look at the members of the Dragon Explorers Club, composed of Mizuho Muramatsu, Naoki Ōnishi, Ayana Uchiyama, Mikoto Yanagita, Daiki Hiratsuka and Chiaki Suginami, who were all second year middle school students from the Keishin Academy Middle School. It was revealed that only Mizuho, Naoki and Ayana were members of the Dragons of Ōta, but they have been part of the Periwinkle and Jasmine. When Tomoka returned to meet her friends including Riruka, Toshiko, Yukari, Ayame and Azumi, a new group had been formed to join the Bravehearts as the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds had been welcomed by Tomoka as the twentieth mainstream member of the group. The new group will be composed of the young students who have come from Nishina as it will be composed of the Bright Diamond and the Pink and Plum-Section 9. It was also a coincidence that Mako Yamauchi, a member of the Bright Diamond, was the cousin of Tomoka, which becomes very familiar to have a relative being part of a new group. As they’re the new group that joined the Bravehearts, it’s nothing special to bring new blessings for the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds as they’re ready to help Tomoka and her friends in making their progress to find more members of the Dragons of Ōta, so that they’ll accomplish their mission on time.

    [OPENING: Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS OP: 「Get goal! 」 by RO-KYU-BU!]

    VOLUME 8: “A NEW ANGELIC AND HARMONIOUS ERA IN ŌTA”
    CHAPTER 157: “THE MARVELOUS COLOR FRIENDS OF NISHINA

    While the members of the Family of Angels and their allies have worked on their search to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that were coming from both fuchsia and lavender groups, Tomoka and Azumi have to find the two leaders of the former’s batch, Yukari Narasaki (fuchsia group) and Ayame Tsukuba (lavender group), so that they’ll ask them if they’ll join the campaign to revive the Dragons of Ōta.

    Meanwhile, at the Nashiba High School, Aoi and her teammates are on their white gym uniforms as the Nashiba High School girls’ basketball team are currently participating at their first training after the tryouts. The girls have worked hard on time when their head coach Mamiko Hanamura gave them the drills for shooting and defense. Aoi looks at her new teammates Misaki Natsukawa and Nanami Togashi being able to work on improving their athleticism.

    Aoi quotes to herself while seeing both Misaki and Nanami doing their best in shooting the ball. “Those girls are looking great with their performance since the tryouts last week. I’m sure that Hanamura-sensei needs them to be part of my roster. At least a few of our members have been great in shooting outside the paint.”

    The girls would continue their training with the scrimmage where they face each other. Misaki would battle against Tae where the former was able to grab the ball over Tae for the rebound when Nagisa Tamaki misses the shot. Then, Misaki passes the ball to Nanami, who would clash against Satsuki.

    “Are you going to get past me?” asked Satsuki.

    “Yeah, of course!” said Nagisa as she drives past Satsuki with the hesitation drive before passing the ball to another first year Hajime Okuno, who would shoot the fadeaway shot in the perimeter.

    “Wow! That enthusiasm of Nagisa-san had been grown ever since her first day” said Kumi Nakajima.

    “Yeah, Kumi-san. There are a lot of fresh first year students who are trying their best to be part of our team. I believe that we have worked hard in finding those girls, which is not bad at all” said Kirara.

    “I agree. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make it to the top because last year, we fell in the third round of the Interhigh prefectural tournament at the hands of Kichijo Joshi High School from Mushashino” said Kumi Nakajima.

    “Well, we should be making it beyond the third round because we have Aoi and Saori as well as Satsuki and Tae. I’m sure that we have to keep progressing our training guts before it reaches the month of June” said Kirara.

    “Yeah” said Kumi Nakajima.

    While both Kirara and Kumi Nakajima talking with each other, Asako was able to guard Aoi in the post where the former was able box out on the latter right on the spot. Aoi missed the driving layup before Asako grabs the rebound. Asako passes the ball to Hajime before Hajime would go for the spin move against Nagisa Tamaki. Then, Hajime passes the ball to Misaki, who would go for the floater and score two points for her.

    The scrimmage continues until the end with Aoi’s team defeating Nanami’s team with the score of 26 to 24. Despite the loss, Nanami and Misaki feel happy about their performance as they started to improve their scoring and defense.

    After the training is over, all girls would go to the shower room, removing their clothes and taking the shower naked. In one area, Aoi, Satsuki, Tae, Misaki and Nanami are talking with each other.

    “Wow! I can’t believe that this first training was really rocked, Aoi-san!” said Nanami.

    “Yeah! I’m so excited that this new season was more synchronizing than last year” said Misaki.

    “That’s right, Misaki. It’s been a while that our team had been making their progress since the last time when they have made it to the fourth round in 2001. I don’t know if we need to keep working on our improvements before we reach the potential to make it to the top” said Satsuki.

    “Well, there are a lot of new players who have good tendencies like the two of us, but I’m sure that we’ll get used to it” said Misaki.

    “Yeah” said Satsuki.

    “If I remember correctly, our team haven’t made it to the Top 25 for all high school girls’ basketball team in Tokyo. That means, we’re very too far to reach our goal for this year: go beyond the third round” said Tae.

    “What was that mean?” asked Nanami.

    “It means that we need to improve more, so that we’ll have a better expectation this year. Thanks to our performance in the Young Players Cup, we moved up in the ranking list” said Aoi.

    “Ah, I get it now, Aoi-san. Since we need more progress, then we have to win against different high schools from the neighboring areas before the Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Nanami.

    “Exactly, Nanami. Hanamura-sensei said that earlier about the possible practice matches, in preparing for the Interhigh prefectural tournament. She said that she is proposing at least three matches while planning to hold the training outside the school” said Aoi.

    “That was expecting, Aoi-san. What kind of places she planned for the outside the school training?” said Nanami.

    “It would be either in Setagaya or Mitaka. However, Kirara suggested an idea that we might be going to Tama for one day” said Aoi.

    “When it will be taken?” asked Misaki.

    “I think that the outside the school training will be held on the first week of June, which is before the first round of the Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Tae.

    “The draw for the Interhigh prefectural tournament will be held in two weeks. Since we’re not in the Top 25 list, we might end up be heading to the first round” said Satsuki.

    “I know that we’re not on that list, but at least, we have improved well in our performance early” said Aoi.

    “Yeah, we agree, Aoi” said Nanami and Misaki.

    “Oh, that’s one other thing, Aoi” said Misaki.

    “Okay, then. What do you want to tell me?” said Aoi.

    “You see, I lived in Nishina alongside Nanami and I never thought how your friends at right now. We didn’t join the Dragons of Ōta, but we were part of the Twilight Nishi-kama, the largest community group in our hometown in Nishina” said Misaki.

    “That’s why we want to know about your friends in Nishina, Aoi-san” said Nanami.

    “Uh, I believe that you’re right about the Twilight Nishi-kama. They have taken the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that were living in Nishina. One of them I recognized is Akari Tokita. She is my classmate and sporting her hair colored pink. Akari said that when the Dragons of Ōta was dissolved, there are rising groups that have made the presence in Nishina as it is the area that gives new life to the youth community” said Aoi.

    “We lived there to make sure that we have inspirations from our parents and if they want to make the difference, we want to be proud of them” said Satsuki.

    “Nishina, Tamagawa, Yaguchi, Kamata and Rokugō are considered rising communities because it has given something new to make the change. When the Dragons of Ōta was dissolved, they build numerous communities to forget the past and live the present” said Tae.

    “Yeah, I agree, Tae-san. I would say that those areas were taking their stand to have their own opportunity by bringing peace and pure hearts to make them happy. Also, all the justice happened would be soon to be learned after what happened to Shin Mizusaki when he was accused of raping the daughter of Toshiaki Sugimoto” said Nanami.

    “True. But the lesson that we learned is that to follow the heart for you to be inspired and nothing can do bad at all. It was so nice that the community groups in Nishina have been living prestigiously after they have their own blessings” said Tae.

    “Exactly, Tae-san” said Nanami.

    “I want to know about your friends in our hometown since you’re living there, I will accompany them for you” said Misaki.

    “Well, that would be nice for me to meet your friends, Misaki-san. I’ll accept your favor” said Misaki.

    “Alight!” said Misaki and Nanami.

    “Thank you very much for accepting my favor, Aoi-san! You’re my teammate and you’re my friend too” said Misaki.

    “You’re welcome” said Aoi before she turns off the shower as she finished taking the shower. “We better get out of here, girls. We should dress up and then, we’re going home.”

    “Okay!” said Satsuki, Tae, Misaki and Nanami.

    The girls would leave the shower room, so that they’ll dress up their casual clothes. Then, as they’re leaving the Nashiba High School, Seijirō and Kumi would appear to meet them.

    “Aoi-san!” said Seijirō and Kumi.

    “Oh, it’s you, Seijirō and Kumi. What’s up?” said Aoi.

    “Well, you gotta love this, Aoi-san!” said Kumi Takamura.

    “We were able to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta from our neighboring section, section 1-11” said Seijirō.

    “Oh, that’s very nice, Seijirō! I knew that you have something done to make the progress of the search growing!” said Aoi.

    “Who are they, Seijirō?” asked Misaki.

    “They were Eiji Kanazaki, a red-haired male student, and Haruka Ōga, a fuchsia-haired female student” said Seijirō.

    “Both Eiji and Haruka were living in Shinkamata, which is near Nishina” said Kumi Takamura.

    “Good for you, Seijirō and Kumi! I’m glad that you have found them in your neighboring section” said Satsuki.

    “It makes me happy that they have remembered their past in the Dragons of Ōta when you found them” said Tae.

    “Exactly, Tae-san! Now that we have found them, we should report it to Subaru-san about this” said Kumi Takamura.

    “It will make him happy to see those guys that they have remembered their past memories when they were part of the Dragons of Ōta” said Seijirō.

    “Well, I would be glad to have that report to Subaru, Seijirō and Kumi. Great job!” said Aoi.

    “Thank you, girls!” said Seijirō and Kumi.

    “By the way, where are you going?” asked Kumi Takamura.

    “To go back home. We should be leaving this school earlier than six in the evening because our training was scheduled five minutes before the actual time” said Aoi.

    “Where’s Subaru?” asked Seijirō.

    “He’s not in the school, Seijirō. He went home early, so that he will train his father for the match on Saturday” said Aoi.

    “Oh, I see. What was that for?” said Seijirō.

    “There is an event on Saturday, which is the special exhibition match at the Recreational Center between the Hasegawa Star and the Ōta Future All-Stars which will be held at noon. Ginga said that he and his former teammates must be ready for their match against a group of hometown players in Ōta” said Satsuki.

    “I don’t know if they were able to complete their roster or not” said Kumi Takamura.

    “Seijirō-san, their roster was completed a few hours ago. It was all in the news” said Nanami.

    “Take a look!” said Misaki as she shows her cellphone, displaying the news about the roster of the Ōta Future All-Stars.

    Seijirō looks at the article as he reads it. “The Ōta Future All-Stars will be composed of 12 players which includes 2 former high school players who have graduated either last year or two years ago.” Seijirō would react after reading the article. “There’s Noboru Takeuchi.”

    “As well as Masanori Yasuda of Nittai Ebara and Tatsuya Endō of Mikagawa” said Kuni Takamura.

    “See, I told you that you need to read those articles, so that you can’t ask about it” said Misaki.

    “Oh, okay. I get it now” said Seijirō.

    “That’s weird. I didn’t see the names of Subaru Hasegawa and Kazunari Uehara. I don’t know why they aren’t here” said Satsuki.

    “I’ll explain, Satsuki-san. The team had their own criteria where they selected the players from different high schools in Ōta to determine their twelve-man roster. Also, it is based on the performance of the last year’s Interhigh prefectural tournament. Unfortunately, due to the suspension of the boys’ basketball program of our school, their players won’t be selected to be part of that roster except if their former members have performed well in the past. Luckily, there are two players who have graduated from Nashiba will play for that match. They were Shō Tatsuta, a second year collegiate student, and Hideki Sudō, a first year collegiate student” said Misaki.

    “Too bad that our captain and vice captain didn’t make the cut due to the suspension. Also, Shin was barred from playing for the All-Stars due to his accusations of rape” said Seijirō.

    “I really hope that they should have made the cut if their program was not suspended” said Tae.

    “Yeah” said Misaki.

    “Well, I hope that next year, both Subaru and Kazunari will play for the All-Stars this time” said Satsuki.

    “I hope so, Satsuki, but after all, we’re on a different team like the Bravehearts” said Misaki.

    “Ah, yeah. I agree!” said Satuski.

    “So, even both Subaru and Kazunari didn’t make the cut, they still got their guts to show up because of their willpower. Right, everyone?” said Aoi.

    “Yeah!” said Satsuki, Tae, Misaki, Nanami, Seijirō and Kumi Takamura.

    “Now, let’s head back home to the mansion and meet Subaru!” said Aoi.

    “Yeah!” said Satsuki, Tae, Misaki, Nanami, Seijirō and Kumi Takamura as they leave the Nashiba High School together, going to head back home to the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel, which is situated in Yaguchi.

    Somewhere in Nishina, Tomoka and Azumi part ways with each other, so that they’ll find the color group leaders in their respective houses. For Tomoka’s team which includes Riruka Maruyama, they found the house of Yukari Narasaki, which is a few miles away from Subaru’s home.

    Tomoka presses the doorbell of the house before Yukari’s voice coming out. “Who is it?”

    Using the speaker, Tomoka shouts at it. “It’s me, Tomoka Minato. I’m a former member of the Dragons of Ōta.”

    “Tomoka-san? Is that you?” asked Yukari.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka.

    “I’ll be right back” said Yukari before she turns off the speaker, so that she’ll open the door of her house. A few minutes later, the door was opened, and Yukari appears to see Tomoka and her friends. “Oh, it’s you, Tomoka-san!”

    “Yep! I’m finally glad you have seen me for a long time!” said Tomoka.

    “That’s right!” said Yukari before she looks at Tomoka’s face. “Hmmm… you looked changed already. Did your hair cut short?”

    “Ah, yeah! That’s how I liked my short pink hair, Yukari-san!” said Tomoka.

    “So, how’s your life today?” asked Yukari.

    “I was able to make my own basketball team last year known as the Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team, alongside my friends out here” Tomoka before introducing Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata to Yukari. “Girls, this is Yukari Narasaki. She’s the leader of the Batch 6 of the Ōta Fuchsia Group.”

    “Hi, girls!” said Yukari.

    “Hi, Yukari!” said Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata.

    “Well, I’m delighted to see your own team, Tomoka-san! Now, where are you now?” said Yukari.

    “I’m currently staying in the Keishin Academy for middle school. I’m a first year middle school student” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, nice! I’m also first year middle school student too! That means, we’re on a different level away from the elementary school” said Yukari.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka.

    “What school are you, Yukari?” asked Riruka.

    “I came from the Hasunuma Middle School” said Yukari.

    “That’s good. I almost wanted to study there, but Azumi was convincing me to enroll in the Keishin Academy, which I did” said Riruka.

    “Oh, okay, Riruka-san, I thought that we’re going to be schoolmates soon, but I hope that I can be your schoolmate in the future” said Yukari.

    “Yeah, you can be my schoolmate if you want to transfer next year or in high school if you have the desire to get along with me in the same school” said Riruka.

    “I’ll think about it, Riruka-san. I had just transferred to Hasunuma, which means I have to look at that school to see if their environment is clean” said Yukari.

    “Oh, okay, I understand” said Riruka before giving Yukari a compliment on the latter’s home. “By the way, it was nice that you have a wonderful home, Yukari. I see that you have changed your appearance now.”

    “That’s right, Riruka-san. My family lived there in peace while I was able to go out during the afternoon. Since it’s about to go nighttime, I really must stay indoors” said Yukari.

    “Oh, I see. That time was really so fast” said Riruka.

    Yukari nods her face to agree with Riruka before asking Tomoka. “Now, what are you doing here, Tomoka-san?”

    “My teammates and I were finding the two color group leaders that are coming from my class in the Dragons of Ōta. I recognized you since you are my friend when we’re used to be part of the fuchsia group” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, wow! You even remembered our former group, Tomoka-san! I really missed that group for a while because of that lazy Mizusaki guy. He’s not admired to the red-haired girls he met. What a shame for him” said Yukari.

    “Yeah” said Tomoka.

    “But since that I’m happy that you are here, Tomoka-san, then I would like to say ‘Thank you’ for your blessings when you have found a new hope in Keishin” said Yukari.

    “You’re welcome. It was a rough year for me when I enrolled in that school. I have formed my very own basketball team and then, I was able to make my teammates happy. Isn’t that right, girls?” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, we agree, Tomoka!” said Maho, Saki, Airi and Hinata.

    “Now that I have seen you again, I want you to get along with us for one night” said Tomoka.

    “One night? Well, that would be a good idea, but I don’t know if my parents will know about that I’m gone getting along with you” said Yukari.

    “Oh, it’s just a few hours that you have to meet with us at my home. Currently, we’re having the search to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. That’s why I want you and Ayame-san to come along with us in the meantime. Are you agree, Yukari-san?” said Tomoka.

    “Well, then, I’ll go with you!” said Yukari.

    “Alright! Now we have Yukari going to be with us for a while!” said Maho.

    “It’s great that this reunion had been quickly fast” said Saki.

    “Yeah, great job, Tomoka-chan!” said Airi.

    “Ah! You’re the best!” said Hinata.

    “I’m sure that you have made her happy to see you again” said Chinami Itagaki.

    “Way to go, girl!” said Teruko.

    “Now that’s what I like to see, Ayaka-san” said Momoe.

    “Yeah, I’m very happy to see them together again” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “I’m sure that they’ll be ready to make their bonds complete when they’ll start getting together again” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    “Yeah” said Atsuko.

    “Now, I have to ask my parents first before I’ll go with you” said Yukari.

    “Okay!” said Tomoka with a smile on her face.

    On the other hand, Azumi and her group have been able to find the house of Ayame Tsukuba. Azumi have met Ayame just like how Tomoka did that earlier to Yukari. Ayame Tsukuba is a first year middle school student from the Kamata Middle School, even she had been residing in Nishina.

    “So, you found me, Azumi. I don’t know if someone sneaked up on my house, but you didn’t. Anyway, why are you here?” said Ayame Tsukuba.

    “We’re currently doing our mission to find you, so that we want to convince you to support the revival of the Dragons of Ōta” said Azumi.

    “The Dragons of Ōta. Uh, I remember that group when I was a young girl, but it’s gone now. I don’t know what Noboru and his warriors do right now, but I really must wait and see for them to revive it. But anyway, I’ll support the revival of that group” said Ayame.

    “Good. I like your answer, Ayame” said Toshiko Horikawa.

    “Then, you can come along with us for a while at the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel” said Azumi.

    “I would be glad to, Azumi, but I don’t know if it’s far away from my home or not” said Ayame.

    “It’s just located in Yaguchi, Ayame. It’s not too close, but you’ll be there in just 15 minutes” said Mikako Hoshino, a member of the Pink and Plum-Section 9.

    “Ah, okay! I get it!” said Ayame.

    “Then, come with us, Ayame-san! We’ll meet my friends out there in the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel” said Azumi.

    “Okay! But first, I’ll ask my parents if I will be going outside for a while” said Ayame.

    “Okay!” said Azumi.

    A few minutes later, both Yukari and Ayame would have been granted their permission to go out at night by their parents. Then, both groups (Tomoka’s group and Pink and Plum-Section 9) would walk on their way separately before they finally meet with each other. After that, they walk on their way to downtown Kamata, which is known as Shinkamata.

    Tomoka, Azumi, Yukari, Ayame, Riruka and Toshiko would talk with each other in a little bit while they’re on their way to the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel.

    “Now that you have found us, then why are you taking us to your home?” asked Yukari.

    “Well, you see, my friends out there have started the search to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from either your group or Ayame’s group. We’re going to meet them, so that we will talk about some plans we have to work on to make sure that the search will be completed as soon as we can” said Tomoka.

    “That will take at least three to four weeks to find all members from my group and Ayame’s group, Tomoka-san. Maybe, the two of will find it for you” said Yukari.

    “Yeah, that will make some contributions for you” said Ayame.

    “Ah, I like that idea, Yukari-san, but I don’t know if that works. I mean, there is only one month before the Interhigh prefectural tournament and then, we don’t know if we’ll finish that search all the way to find all members in each group” said Tomoka.

    “So, what’s the purpose of that?” asked Ayame.

    “I have planned on the search right after we met Kira Ōgaki and her friends in Nagoya. It says that I must make my own connection since that I have formed the Family of Angels and then, the Rainbow Angels, which is the extended group for the Family of Angels. Since then, we made this search, but hopefully, the other groups of bravehearts will probably start that search too” said Tomoka.

    “Well, I hope that it will work out, Tomoka-san. It wasn’t meant to be intentional, but Noboru had been planning on reviving that group ever since that stupid Mizusaki guy had assaulted Tsubasa Sugimoto, a member of the Dragons of Ōta” said Yukari.

    “You mean, both that idiot and Tsubasa were in the same group?” asked Riruka.

    “Yeah! That’s why it’s so disappointed that our group was gone, but when I found out that the rumors about the revival of the Dragons of Ōta are true, maybe we want to see them back” said Yukari.

    “If the Dragons of Ōta will be back in business, we want to have our own liberty because we want to be independent from them, so that we’ll be creating our very own group” said Ayame.

    “Did you have affiliated with the other groups?” asked Toshiko.

    “Yeah! I’m from the Twilight Nishi-kama” said Yukari.

    “And I’m from the Azalea Legion Nishina” said Ayame.

    “Wow! Those groups were very nice!” said Riruka.

    “They’re more independent just like how the other groups from different districts in Ōta did” said Toshiko.

    “Yeah!” said Yukari and Ayame.

    “I hope that you’re all prepared for the meeting at the mansion. I’m sure that there are a lot of friends you’ll see” said Azumi.

    “Oh, really? That’s awesome! I want to know about them, especially to your Family of Angels, Tomoka-san!” said Yukari.

    “Well, by my guests, Yukari-san! I’ll be glad to come with us for one night. I’ll make sure that you’ll be comfortable when you’ll visit my home” said Tomoka.

    “What home?” asked Yukari.

    “There are two homes I have. One for my parents, which is in Den-en-chōfu, while one for me, which is in Yaguchi. I’m currently living in Yaguchi now, but I may want to return to Den-en-chōfu if I want to be with my parents for family matters” said Tomoka.

    “I’m sure that you’re going to surprise us if you’ll accompany us to your home” said Yukari.

    “That would be awesome!” said Ayame.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka.

    Tomoka and her friends have finally arrived at the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel where a lot of balloons being placed in between doors. Riruka looks at those balloons as she’s inspecting it.

    “Hmmm… I think that someone’s partying in your home, Tomoka” said Riruka.

    “Uh, yeah, Riruka-san, it’s the party of my friends coming from their club, the Dragon Explorers Club” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, I know that club! That’s where some of my friends have joined that club during the club registration week” said Toshiko.

    “I believe that there at least 50 members have joined that club at the end of the registration week” said Atsuko.

    “Yeah, Atsuko-san” said Tomoka.

    “Then, let’s enter to your home” said Azumi.

    “Okay!” said Tomoka as she opens the door of the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel. Tomoka and her friends are shocked that not only the members of the Dragon Explorers Club have been present in the mansion, but Aoi and her friends are there too.

    “Aoi-san! You surprised me!” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, Tomoka! We have been waiting for you to have the report. Subaru was still busy with his father, and so, I decided to take over for a while” said Aoi.

    “Oh, okay. I almost got nervous on this, but you didn’t get surprised to see that party” said Tomoka.

    “Ah, yeah, it was beautiful and fantastic. I never expect that a club like the Dragon Explorers Club can organize a general assembly in this place. I hope that the guests will be happy to see your home” said Aoi.

    “Yeah, you got it, Aoi-san!” said Tomoka.

    “Now, shall we go to the hall? Your friends are waiting for you” said Aoi.

    “Okay!” said Tomoka as she and her friends would enter the mansion. Azumi, the members of the Pink and Plum-Section 9, Riruka, Toshiko, Yukari and Ayame would remove their shoes in the entrance while putting their bags in the big sofa in the living room.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.
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    Volume 8: "A New Angelic and Harmonious Era in Ōta" | Chapter 157: “The Marvelous Color Friends of Nishina”

    Part 2

    Tomoka and her friends would enter to the hall of the mansion where the members of the Dragon Explorers Club are having fun with each other. The general assembly of the Dragon Explorers Club was imaginable and beautiful with a lot of guests, which are the members of the Dragon Explorers Club, appeared in the tables.

    Hitomi waves her hands to say hello to Tomoka. “Hey, Tomoka-san!”

    “Welcome to the party!” said Masami Nojima.

    “Oh, hi, Hitomi-san! Hi, everyone!” said Tomoka.

    “You’re in luck because you’re finally here to enjoy this party!” said Anzu.

    “Yeah, Anzu-san!” said Tomoka.

    “It’s great that you are here, Tomoka. Your friends Hitomi and Masami were organizing this party alongside my fellow friends from the Executive Board. I’m sure that you’re going to enjoy this party, even you didn’t join our group” said Azusa Yoshioka. A lavender-haired girl Azusa Yoshioka is the President of the Dragon Explorers Club and a third year middle school student from section 3-F. Azusa has three siblings, Ryōji (section 2-D, Keishin Academy MS), Machiko (section 6-B, Keishin Academy ES) and Shuto (section 4-D, Keishin Academy ES), all of them are studying in the Keishin Academy. Azusa is not related to Seichirō Yoshioka because she came from Shimomaruko.

    “Yeah, Azusa-senpai! I had joined the varsity team for this year and I’m hopefully going to motivate myself to play hard with my teammates to make sure that we’ll get the job done” said Tomoka.

    “Yep. I’m glad that you have been welcomed by your captain Azumi. She had been playing for the team for two years before she became the captain this year” said Azusa.

    “That’s right, Azusa. I’m very gratified with the position Mitani-sensei gave to me when I was meeting with her last school year. It’s been a while that I have done anything to make them smile and grateful” said Azumi.

    “I hope that you’re going to rally your way to the Nationals this year” said Azusa.

    “You got it, Azusa! I won’t let my team down!” said Azumi.

    Azusa smiles to her batchmate as Azumi was a very inspirable friend that she had met since they were living in Nishina. Azusa would talk to Tomoka. “If you want to get along with us, have a seat there and enjoy the party!”

    “Okay, Azusa-senpai!” said Tomoka while bowing her head. Then, Tomoka and her friends would explore the Exploration Party. The members of the Pink and Plum-Section 9 are having fun time to play with the members of the Dragon Explorers Club.

    “So, Tomoka, how’s the search?” asked Hitomi.

    “It’s great, Hitomi! I was able to meet my former friend of mine, who used to be the leader of the fuchsia group of the Dragons of Ōta” said Tomoka.

    “Ah, good for her! I’m glad that you have met her for the first time. For me, I was able to find two former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from the lavender group” said Hitomi before she calls out the two members. “Tell your names.”

    “I’m Kaho Ishibashi. I’m from the Chidori Elementary School where I am in sixth grade.”

    “And I’m Masamichi Kurihara. I’m from the Den-en-chōfu Middle School where I am in first year.”

    “Well, it’s nice to meet you, Kaho-san and Masamichi-san! I’m sure that you have finally remembered about the Dragons of Ōta” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Kaho and Masamichi.

    “I’m happy with your findings, Hitomi-san! Well done!” said Tomoka.

    “Thanks, Tomoka-san! Hey, I want to show you some reports from our allies from the Rainbow Angels” said Hitomi.

    “Okay!” said Tomoka. Hitomi would show the pictures that are composed of the reports made by different groups from the Rainbow Angels. “Wow! There are a lot of them! I can’t believe that they have seen them at the same time! I’m sure that there are a lot of them!”

    “Yep. Some groups were able to find a group of students that have coming from either fuchsia or lavender groups while the others have found one person. As for my group, we decided to look up on the Internet to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that have lived in Shimomaruko. So, we found 18 of them from either fuchsia or lavender groups” said Hitomi.

    “Well, I’m so surprised that they have known our former friends in my group. I’m so proud of them” said Ayame.

    “Yeah, Ayame-san! I believe that they have finally called for the revival of our group since they want to see them back, but for a real change” said Yukari.

    “That’s right, Yukari-san. I think that these reports should be submitted to Aoi, so that we’re gonna find out how many former members of the Dragons of Ōta have been found” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Yukari, Ayame and Hitomi. Tomoka would borrow Hitomi’s phone, so that it will be used as evidence for the finding of the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. Also, Tomoka gives her own report to Aoi, so that she’ll have a contribution on the search.

    “So, there are a lot of members from Hitomi’s club. I can’t believe that they’re so cute!” said Maho.

    “Yeah, Maho-san! There are different groups who have their own set of members after the students have registered their affiliations for this year” said Chinami Itagaki.

    “It’s great that a group like the Dragon Explorers Club were able to prosper themselves to keep the tradition of school organizations alive. I’m sure that they’re hopefully going to have their good year for this school year” said Natsuhi.

    “Yeah, we agree, Natsuhi!” said Maho and Chinami Itagaki.

    “You know what, guys, let’s call out our other groupmates and see for themselves!” said Maho.

    “Okay!” said Chinami Itagaki and Natsuhi as they leave the hall to call for the other members of the Bravehearts.

    “I wonder if we’re going to check out to see who are coming from either the fuchsia or lavender groups” said Airi.

    “Okay!” said Hinata, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Atsuko and Ayaka Hikasa as they’re going to look for the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from either the fuchsia or lavender groups.

    “Let’s try that table” said Momoe.

    “Okay, let’s see if we find them” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    When Airi and her friends go to one of the tables, they found out that there are six members of the Dragon Explorers Club. They were composed of Mizuho Muramatsu, Naoki Ōnishi, Ayana Uchiyama, Mikoto Yanagita, Daiki Hiratsuka and Chiaki Suginami. Chiaki is a male student, despite his name was for females. All six members were in the second year middle school level.

    Ayaka Kutaragi asks Mizuho Muramatsu if she and her friends are formerly members of the Dragons of Ōta. “Are you guys from the Dragons of Ōta?”

    “Uh, three of us were former members of that group. The three of us were me, Naoki Ōnishi and Ayana Uchiyama” said Mizuho Muramatsu, a second year middle school student from section 2-A.

    “When that group was disbanded, we decided to form our own group, the Periwinkle and Jasmine” said Naoki Ōnishi, a second year middle school student from section 2-A.

    “We decided to form that group to ensure that we’re going to have our own path to be hopeful in this school” said Ayana Uchiyama.

    “Okay, I see. But what about the other three?” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “They aren’t part of the Dragons of Ōta, but they have joined our group. Only Daiki Hiratsuka had joined the Pink and Plum” said Mizuho.

    “Well, that’s good for them. I hope that you have developed your friendship with them since you were able to recruit them” said Momoe.

    “Yeah!” said Mizuho, Naoki, Ayana, Mikoto, Daiki and Chiaki.

    “Where are your former affiliations in the Dragons of Ōta?” asked Hinata.

    “I’m from the lavender group” said Mizuho.

    “I’m from the fuchsia group” said Naoki.

    “And I’m from the indigo group” said Ayana.

    “Hey, I never heard about that group before” said Airi.

    “Yeah, Airi-san. We haven’t seen those students who have coming from that group when I was part of that group” said Momoe.

    “Except the fact that Erina was sporting her hair colored indigo while creating her own group, the Club of Purple Azaleas” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “Oh! Indigo is different than purple, Ayaka-chan!” said Hinata.

    “Yep. I agree, Hinata!” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “Since you’re coming from the indigo group, I would say that you have some friends of yours” said Atsuko.

    “Yep. I had some friends of mine living in Kamata where they have their own lives there” said Ayana.

    “Oh! I see the fact that you have some friends in your neighborhood! I should have seen them if they’re at the party” said Hinata.

    “Yeah!” said Ayana.

    “Shall we texted Tomoka to see this?” asked Airi.

    “Sure, Airi-chan!” said Hinata.

    Airi would make a message to Tomoka on her phone before she sends the message to her. “And yeah! I send the message to Tomoka!”

    “Great!” said Hinata.

    “I hope that the progress will be coming out way too fast, which may be awesome, girls!” said Ayaka Hikasa.

    “Yeah!” said Airi, Hinata, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe and Atsuko.

    At the Room #1 in the second floor, Aoi had written the names of the identified former members of the Dragons of Ōta that were found by the Bravehearts. Tomoka would hear her phone ringing and get her phone immediately. Tomoka would read the message that Airi made.

    “Wow! Sounds like my teammates have found another group of members during the party!” said Tomoka.

    “What is it, Tomoka?” asked Aoi.

    “There’s a report by Airi via text message. She said that she had found three former members of the Dragons of Ōta. One from the lavender group, one from the fuchsia group and one from the indigo group” said Tomoka.

    “Okay! I’ll update this a little bit” said Aoi as she writes three more names of the identified former members of the Dragons of Ōta.

    Tomoka would press the buttons to make a message to Airi. “Great job, Airi-san. I knew that you have given me some support. Just keep it up.” Tomoka presses the button to send the message to Airi.

    A few seconds later, her phone was ringing again. Tomoka reads the message made by Airi. “Okay, Tomoka-chan! I’ll keep it up for you!”

    “Well, I agree with that, Airi-san!” said Tomoka after reading the message.

    “And done!” said Aoi as she finished writing the names on a piece of paper for the lists of identified former members of the Dragons of Ōta that were found by the members of the Family of Angels and their allies from the Rainbow Angels.

    “Now, what are you going to do with thes, Aoi-san?” asked Tomoka.

    “I’ll send these reports to the Council of Leaders of the Dragons of Ōta” said Aoi.

    “Okay” said Tomoka.

    Aoi would check on her laptop to access the online chat group of the Council of Leaders of the Dragons of Ōta to put all reports made by the Bravehearts as messages being made.

    “Is that an online chat group for the Council?” asked Tomoka.

    “Yep. This is where every leader of the color-coded groups in the Dragons of Ōta talking with each other online. Most of the members chatting online were from Batch 1 like Mayumi Morisaka and Shizuka Tagami from third year or me and Subaru from our batch” said Aoi.

    “Wait a minute, you’re Batch 1, Aoi-san?” asked Tomoka. Aoi nods her head in agreement, which Tomoka finally gets an analysis. “I get it. It means that even you came from that batch, you and Subaru were both second year high school students since you’re in the same batch as him.”

    “That’s right” said Aoi before the message was popped in the chat. “Oh! It’s here! I’ll read this out.” Aoi would read the message made by Shuto Nagayama, the Batch 1 leader of the brown group. “All reports are sent, Aoi-sama. Check the progress meter below.”

    “Hmmm… let’s see what’s the progress on that search, Aoi-san” said Tomoka.

    “You got it!” said Aoi as she clicks the picture of the progress of the search for the former members of the Dragons of Ōta.

    “Wow! Amazing picture!” said Tomoka. The picture shows the statistics of the search for the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. “What are those?”

    “These are the statistics of the search for the former members of the Dragons of Ōta. We collected reports every night, so that they’ll find out where the progress had been standing for. It was initiated a few weeks ago when Noboru talked with us about the search. The goal is reach about 90% of their members being found by the first week of June, theoretically should be 100%” said Aoi.

    “That would be impossible to find it all, Aoi-san! Maybe, the search may be divided into six batches” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, Tomoka. You see, Hanako Yamadaki had met with the leaders of the color-coded groups last week, so that the search would be started. The purpose of this is that we should find all members from the six batches before they will meet with Noboru and the Brave Warriors of the Dragons of Ōta once the search is completed” said Aoi.

    “I would say that would boost the chances to revive the Dragons of Ōta for sure” said Tomoka.

    “Yep. If you look at the statistics, each group had their own percentage to determine their number of members day to day. This is daily, which is updated every night. Now, you can look at it if you want. That’s going to have an idea for you to find more” said Aoi.

    “Okay!” said Tomoka. Then, she asks Aoi a question. “How many percent of the members of the pink and magenta group have been found?”

    "They were about 33% of their members being found, which was progressing, compared to last week’s 20%” said Aoi.

    “Wow! I can’t believe that the Unbreaking Charisma had been done this for a week!” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, Tomoka-san! They have found all section leaders, thanks to the group leaders of the pink and magenta group” said Aoi.

    “That’s very nice for them! How about the red group?” said Tomoka.

    “They’re on 20% of their members found. Shimako and her group of friends were able to find them from Batch 5 to 6. On the other hand, Shizuka’s allies were able to find those from Batch 1 to 2” said Aoi.

    “Oooh! That’s very nice! It’s almost a quarter of the former members being found!” said Tomoka.

    “Yep. That’s where your friends Kazue and Naoko have found your fellow schoolmates from the Red Angels Kamata” said Aoi.

    “Oh, yeah! They were Kanako Natsuki and Kotoko Kanemoto” said Tomoka.

    “You got that right!” said Aoi.

    “Now, let’s see if there are progress in both fuchsia and lavender groups” said Tomoka.

    Aoi reads at the statistics of the search for the members from both fuchsia and lavender groups. “For the fuchsia group, they were 25% of their members being found while for the lavender group, they were 21% of their members being found.”

    “Wow! That’s way too big! I can’t believe that my friends have done something expected for my team!” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, Tomoka! I’m feeling happy about the progress of your team when you found those former members that are coming from either the fuchsia or lavender groups” said Aoi.

    “Well, I hope that the progress would be made every day when we have found more members. That will take at least 2-3 weeks to find them all” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Aoi.

    “Then, what about the other groups?” asked Tomoka.

    “Okay, I’ll check it out for a moment” said Aoi. The statistics for the other groups are mostly in 10%, which is generally higher than expected. “Hmmm… looks like I have seen their progress going up already.”

    “Wait, Aoi-san. What do you mean, ‘going up already’?” said Tomoka.

    “It means that we didn’t able to find the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from different groups except that we have found a few, which means it might be coming from Batch 1” said Aoi.

    “Oh! I see what they’re doing right now, Aoi-san. Even we didn’t find the members from different groups aside from the four colored groups we have found the most, those first batch members are really up to convincing them to bring back after they found them” said Tomoka.

    “You got it, Tomoka-san! Which means, the progress for tonight is reaching 16%, which is 2% increased from yesterday. I think that we still have a lot of days to work on this before it reaches June” said Aoi.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka. Then, another message was popped out by another user named Fumihiro Amamiya, the leader of the violet group. “Hey, Aoi-san! There’s another message for you!”

    “Okay!” said Aoi as she reads the message of Fumihiro Amamiya. “He found another member of the Dragons of Ōta coming from his batch. I think that this is going to be interesting.”

    “Aoi-san, I have a question. Why Subaru is not here in our home? Is he does something important?” said Tomoka.

    “Well, Subaru had to leave us for a while, in order to meet with his father. I’m sure that you know about the exhibition match to be held on Saturday, which is the match between the Hasegawa Star and the Ōta Future All-Stars. That match will be held on the second day of the Ōta Blue Wind Cup, which will be held tomorrow” said Aoi.

    “Oh! I see! But wait! That’s where the Bravehearts of Fukuoka will be coming back for another visit!” said Tomoka.

    “Now, you remember about that, Tomoka! I believe that they have been closed with us for some reason, but I’m sure that they’re going to be with us for another visit” said Aoi.

    “Yeah!” said Tomoka. “Well, I should go down now. My friends are trying to wait for me, not to wait with you for an hour.”

    “Okay!” said Aoi. Tomoka would leave the Room #1, so that she’ll meet with her friends at the hall.

    At the hall, the members of the Bravehearts and the Family of Angels are having a big conversation with Riruka, Toshiko, Yukari, Ayame and Azumi. The five of them would be joined by some of their friends that are coming from the Nishina District.

    “Hey, Tomoka!” said Maho.

    “It’s nice that you’re here!” said Saki.

    “Just come with us!” said Mimi.

    “We want you to know about your next plans for the search” said Kagetsu.

    “Oh, right!” said Tomoka as she takes her seat beside Yukari and Ayame.

    “Great! Now that you are here, we want you to be with us for our conversation because we’re going to have some plans for us and our friends from Nishina” said Natsuhi.

    “It’s going to be awesome to have the pride going up to make them blessed!” said Sayaka.

    “Yeah, I agree!” said Tomoka.

    “So, what we’re going to plan to make sure that the former members of the Dragons of Ōta will finally remember their past is we’re going to join your Bravehearts, Tomoka” said Riruka.

    “Joining our group? Well, how did you come up with that?” asked Tomoka.

    “It’s simple. We want to have our group to be part of your group to represent the old and the new, which will combine the forces of the former members of the Dragons of Ōta and Azumi’s very own group” said Toshiko.

    “That’s right, Toshiko. We’ll name the group as the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds because every member of the group has different hair color resembled to a rainbow” said Azumi.

    “Well, I’m glad that you made a community group to represent Nishina because this may bring more pride in your hometown. So, I’ll accept your team to be part of our group” said Tomoka.

    “Alright! That’s awesome!” said Azumi.

    “Now that we’re running together with you, we’ll make sure that we’ll bring more blessings in Ōta!” said Riruka.

    “That way, they’ll let their pride coming out to shine. Right, Tomoka?” said Toshiko.

    “Yeah, I agree!” said Tomoka.

    “Now that we have the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds being new members of the Bravehearts, this will bring the total number of mainstream members to 20” said Airi.

    “That doubles the number of the mainstream groups since the formation last March!” said Misako Kuriyama.

    “You got that right, Misako-chan! While the presence of the extended group system would be contemplated for our future, all mainstream groups are ready explore their new paths, hoping to work together as one family of bravehearts” said Mimi.

    “Yep. I agree, Mimi. We have done something big to make us shine ever since we have formed the Bravehearts, composed of the first members of my basketball team” said Kagetsu.

    “And then, it began to grow with different blessed allies coming out to be part of our group” said Hinata.

    “Yeah! That’s what we want to make things blessed and inspired, Hinata-san. I’m sure that there are a lot of colors going to come out in our auroras when we’re going to go hard to dominate” said Tomoka.

    “Ah! I agree, Tomoka-chan! That’s going to be the way to make us shine this year!” said Hinata.

    “I’m sure that everyone is ready for another search to find more members of the Dragons of Ōta, thanks to this one, but hopefully, at the first week of June, we’ll finally compete the search” said Sayaka.

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Minato, which is composed of the first members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team and their allies around their hometown in Ōta.

    “Our Bravehearts is now composed of the Luminous Camellia, the Family of Angels, Team Blue and Yellow, the Dazzled Hearts, the Orange Fuchsia, the Innocent Charm, the Prestigious Charm, Team Aurora, the Foul Play Crew, The Wisteria Club, the Azure Wind, the Temperate Celadon, the Suzuridani-Ikegami Tigers, the Sagi-ume, the Verdant Dawn, the Air Covert, the Haneda Eleven, the Ōmori Sakura, the Radiant Fuchsia, the Haneda Pinks, Team Purple and then, the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds” said Natsuhi.

    “Not only that we have found some new allies from Nishina and its neighboring areas, but we finally have the captain of our team to be part of the Bravehearts” said Maho.

    “Yep. It was an honor that I have joined a group that has a lot of potential players who wanted to make the difference to become the best players in Ōta” said Azumi.

    “You got it, Azumi-senpai! Hopefully, we’ll work together to find more former members of the Dragons of Ōta. I also want you to help me to become the captain of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team when I’m reaching third year” said Tomoka.

    “Okay, Tomoka. I’ll help you. Just don’t make me bad to make sure that our team will be progressing this year” said Azumi.

    “You got it!” said Tomoka.

    “I hope that things are going to be more blissful when the search continues, so that the Dragons of Ōta will be back in business, Yukari” said Saki.

    “Yeah, Saki-san. Tomoka and I have been friends together when we were formerly part of the Dragons of Ōta. The Dragons of Ōta is my first affiliation that I joined before I formed my own group known as the Bright Diamond. I also let Ayame to be part of my group because we were closed with each other in the neighborhood” said Yukari.

    “That’s why the Bright Diamond is one of the rising groups that have competed in the Nishina Invitationals where we made it to the quarterfinals where we lost to the Nishina United. As for the boys’ team that we also made, they did their best, but lost in the second round” said Ayame.

    “Oooh! That’s very nice, Yukari-san! I’m sure that you have some connections with a fellow leader of a different group. I used to be the leader of the green group in my batch because I’m a smart and an intelligent leader in my neighborhood” said Hanako.

    “It feels like we’re in the same level as us, Yukari and Ayame. I’m sure that you have worked hard in being the leader of your colored groups” said Yūto.

    “Yeah!” said Yukari and Ayame.

    “It’s great to be the leader of the lavender group, but not that the Dragons of Ōta is gone, I have to move on to a new path being a member of the Bright Diamond” said Ayame.

    “Ayame and I were very good friends with each other due to our charismatic and humble personalities. That’s why we want to be more complemented with our smiles, so that our friends will be able to keep their relationship with us further” said Yukari.

    “Wow! That was fantastic that you have made your new friends happy for the two of you. I’m sure that you’ll be get used to it, so that you’ll be able to groom them to be good friends at the same time” said Asumi.

    “Yeah, we will!” said Yukari and Ayame.

    “So, where are your friends, Yukari-san and Ayame-san?” asked Miyu Aida.

    “They’re coming from outside, Miyu-san. That’s what we want to accompany you to the living room, so that you’ll meet them” said Ayame.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Minato.

    “Then, let’s go out of the hall and had to the living room!” said Yukari.

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Minato.

    The members of Team Minato and the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds would go out to meet the members of the Bright Diamond, a group that was based in Nishina composed of the friends of Yukari and Ayame.

    “Everyone! Meet my friends from the Bright Diamond!” said Yukari.

    “Their names are Jun Mizutani, Honoka Ōsaki, Tsunehisa Himuro, Yasujirō Miyata, Isamu Hasebe, Mako Yamauchi, Mariko Satō, Yoshitake Kuriyama, Yūmi Kanazaki, Tsuneo Hayase and Kotoe Iijima” said Ayame.

    “Hi!” said the members of Team Minato.

    “Hi!” said the members of the Bright Diamond.

    “These are my friends from the Bravehearts organization, who are composed of the first members of the Keishin Academy Elementary School boys’ basketball team and the other members coming from different districts in our hometown” said Yukari.

    “Since we have joined the Bravehearts, you’ll be delighted to be part of that group too because we’re going to help them to find more former members of the Dragons of Ōta” said Ayame.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Bright Diamond, composed of Jun Mizutani, Honoka Ōsaki, Tsunehisa Himuro, Yasujirō Miyata, Isamu Hasebe, Mako Yamauchi, Mariko Satō, Yoshitake Kuriyama, Yūmi Kanazaki, Tsuneo Hayase and Kotoe Iijima.

    “Wow! Those guys are very friendly to their leader!” said Momoe.

    “Yeah! That group had been one of the developed groups in Nishina, which they have acquired some of their friends from the Dragons of Ōta” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “It’s great these guys are close with Yukari and Ayame because they have their own special relationship between them. I’m sure that they’re going to make our partnership going to be golden just like how Noboru and his friends have formed the Dragons of Ōta six years ago” said Teruko.

    “Yeah, Teruko-san! It’s great that there are a lot of friends in Nishina, which I refer to that group as marvelous color friends due to their members have different hair colors while their size of those are either long or short” said Chinami Itagaki.

    “I’m going to say that you have a lot of blessed friends in your team, Yukari and Ayame! It feels like that they are more special to you because they are loyal with their hearts” said Toshihiro.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Toshihiro. Our group had been considered as one of the friendliest community groups in Nishina because we picked them not only because they’re loyal to us, but they have their own hopes and dreams to take” said Yukari.

    “Since then, we’re ready to make the difference this year as we want to show something that we need to make the community happy with their smiles. That’s why we, the members of the Bright Diamond, will be here to show their pride and determination, so that everyone will be able to inspire us” said Ayame.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Bright Diamond.

    “I’m glad that you had a lot of friends coming from your hometown since you have met them after the Dragons of Ōta was gone” said Tomoka.

    “You bet, Tomoka-san! Ayame and I have started to make friends with them a few days back after the Dragons of Ōta was gone. They understand about what was buzzing around the community because the assault of Tsubasa by Shin was worse than they thought. At the end, we decided to bring a new group that will shine soon” said Yukari.

    “In case you’re wondering what was going on for us, we named the Bright Diamond because both of us were leaders of the color-coded groups. I’m from the lavender group and Yukari came from the fuchsia group. When we formed the Bright Diamond, not most of us are from the Nishina Elementary School. Some were from different schools near Nishina” said Ayame.

    “We also added both Riruka and Toshiko to be part of the team before they joined the Pink and Plum last month” said Yukari.

    “Yeah, Yukari! It’s great that you have given us some blessings before we moved to another group, but it was so nice that you have us back now” said Riruka.

    “I’m happy that we were together last year because we made some accomplishments including the contest when we’re doing craft making materials for Christmas” said Toshiko.

    “Ah, yeah! I remember that, Toshiko-san! We were able to have that award for making a good and aesthetic handicraft” said Ayame.

    “Of course, Ayame!” said Riruka.

    “We did this together!” said Toshiko.

    “You got it!” said Yukari and Ayame.

    “Yukari-san. Are any of your members have been a relative to me?” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, yes. Your cousin Mako Yamauchi was part of our team. She was able to play a violin during the school festival last year” said Yukari.

    “Wow! I can’t believe that my cousin was very good in music! That was so lovely with that violin!” said Tomoka.

    “Thanks, Tomoka-san! I’m so thrilled that I have made that for the musical performance in the school festival. This one was one of my favorite moments that I have ever made during that event” said Mako Yamauchi, who is the cousin of Tomoka through her maternal side. Mako’s mother is the sister of Kaori Minato.

    “Yeah, I agree, Mako-san!” said Tomoka.

    “So, what we’re going to plan next, Azumi-san?” asked Yukari.

    “Well, we need to keep up on finding the former members of the Dragons of Ōta that are coming from either fuchsia or lavender groups. Then, I’ll bring some of my members to work on the research that I have made” said Azumi.

    “What was that all about?” asked Tomoka.

    “I named the research called the Production of Basketball Players that are from Setagaya, Meguro and Shinagawa” said Azumi.

    “Those are the neighboring areas in Ōta, which is so interested to see those produced players although they were not much bad just like our great players like Subaru and Noboru” said Maya Terashima, a member of the Pink and Plum-Section 9.

    “We don’t know that the dominant color for those three neighboring areas, but if I suspect correctly, Setagaya has their dominant color red” said Kaoru Ueno, a member of the Pink and Plum-Section 9. Kaoru is also the older sister of Kaori Ueno.

    “As for both Meguro and Shinagawa, I don’t think if it’s rose or violet, but we’re not sure if either of those two colors were dominant in both areas anyway” said Tomoyuki Kiyonari, a member of the Pink and Plum-Section 9.

    “Hmmm… I see what you have observed about their colors, guys. It wasn’t mentioned by neither Shizuka nor Mayumi when we talked to them last Friday” said Asumi.

    “I think that you need to go to some community groups in Meguro and Shinagawa to find out what that dominant color would be in both areas. Are you okay with that?” said Atsuko.

    “Well, that would fine with me, Atsuko” said Maya.

    “Yeah, me too! I really want to go out for a while because I have to take a break or something” said Kaoru.

    “We would be glad if we can hang out for a while, but what’s important is to find out what the dominant colors for Meguro and Shinagawa would be like” said Mikako.

    “Oh, I really think that’s good enough to make this break easier” said Kaoru.

    “Yep. After all, we should be working together, right?” said Maya.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Pink and Plum-Section 9.

    “Aside from you working on that research, who collaborated else?” asked Daisuke Kikuchi.

    “The vice captain of my team, Masako Togashi, was also working on my project as she was interviewing the respondents from three neighboring areas during the weekends. We’re working on this at the same time, but it conflicted with our training. So, mostly, we go out during the weekend while handling the research papers every Friday” said Azumi.

    “I think that you have to go for it. That’s what athletes do to get the job done. It makes you motivate to earn the best” said Daisuke.

    “Well, hopefully, we’ll finish it before the finals” said Azumi.

    “That would be better” said Daisuke.

    “Is Masako being part of your team?” asked Maho.

    “Uh, nope, Maho-san. She is from Section 12, which is led by Akira Ōtake” said Azumi. “Akira Ōtake is a female student from section 2-B in the Keishin Academy High School.”

    “Ah, okay!” said Maho.

    “Now, the last thing that we’re going to plan for the future is that we’ll be visiting this place again right after the sports day. I believe that it’s going to be more fantastic to allow Azumi’s teammates to be there for a while because this is one of the planned activities for her varsity team before the middle school prefectural tournament to be held in early July” said Shinjirō Aoki, the leader of the Pink and Plum-Section 9.

    “Alright! That would be a great time to train hard all day!” said Maho.

    “And our other teammates will be there to stay with us for a while, which is more awesome just like how we did in Nagoya” said Saki.

    “Yeah, Saki-san! Azumi and her teammates are mostly playing with their own unique style of play because they were fast-paced to work on both offense and defense” said Tomoka.

    “I would say that those girls are ready for some intense training” said Tsubaki.

    “It will make more improvements on your attributes and tendencies once the training is over” said Hiiragi.

    “Yeah, we agree, Hiiragi-san!” said Tomoka, Maho and Saki.

    “I hope that they’ll schedule it during the first week of the Interhigh prefectural tournament. Of course, my birthday will be one month away from now. Can’t wait to see your other teammates aside from your captain” said Masami.

    “Yeah, I agree, Masami-san! However, we’ll wait for the schedule, so that we’ll push that event through” said Tomoka.

    “Okay!” said Masami.

    “That concludes this conversation, Tomoka and friends! I’m sure that you’ll be ready for some thrills and actions in a next few days because tomorrow, Azumi will be seeing your strength for tomorrow’s training” said Riruka.

    “Yeah, Riruka-san! We have done a lot in the tryouts, but now, it will be our first training in my new varsity team” said Tomoka.

    “You bet, Tomoka!” said Riruka.

    “We’ll be watching you, Tomoka and friends, for tomorrow’s training. It will take place right after the training for the elementary school girls’ basketball team. The training will be at 4:30 to 6:00” said Ayame

    “Just make sure that you’re all set and ready to go for your first training!” said Yukari.

    “We’ll see if you impress Azumi-senpai when Mizutani-sensei will be giving you the drills you’ll have to face with” said Toshiko.

    “Okay, we will try our best!” said Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata, Chinami, Ayaka Kutaragi, Momoe, Teruko and Yōko. Azumi, Riruka, Toshiko, Yukari and Ayame have merged their teams to create their own group known as the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds, a new member of the Bravehearts. This will strengthen their relationship with Tomoka and her friends, in order to make the search to be done before it reaches the Interhigh prefectural tournament. On the other hand, Tomoka and her friends are finally prepared themselves for their first training in their middle school girls’ basketball team tomorrow. It will be a big test for them after they have joined the team last week, but this will be the first step of trying to become blessed members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team as they’re trying to improve themselves in becoming stronger to play hard. Hopefully, they’ll be ready to impress both head coach Tomoko Mizutani and manager Nami Taniguchi, so that they’ll give them their good blessings.

    “It’s a nice day to have this friendship getting started, Tomoka! I’m happy to be with you!” said Yukari.

    “Yeah, Yukari-san! Come on, everyone! Let’s play basketball together at the Outdoor Court Basketball Court!” said Tomoka.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Minato, the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds and the Bright Diamond as they’re going out to play basketball outside the court.

    The members of Team Gotō-Takao don’t want to miss Tomoka and her friends as they want to play basketball as well.

    “Hey, wait for me, Tomoka! We don’t want to forget about us!” said Hitomi.

    “Yeah, I’m so excited to play with them!” said Masami Nojima.

    “Me too!” said Nanako and Dairoku.

    “Well, I don’t want to be lost track on my friends!” said Anzu.

    “Here we come, Tomoka!” said Masanobu Uehara.

    Meanwhile, at the Recreational Center, Subaru, Kazunari, Banri and Seijirō are seeing the members of the Hasegawa Star, which is composed of Subaru’s father, Ginga, and his former teammates in his past basketball career.

    “Only two days left before they’re ready, Subaru-kun. I’m sure that your father is ready to get back in the court once again” said Kazunari.

    “Yeah, Kazunari-kun. I’m feeling alright now after I have helped him to make him strong in shooting again. It’s great to see my father playing basketball again for a long time” said Subaru.

    “Well, I’m expected to see them in the court again when they’ll battle against the All-Stars, but too bad that we you and Kazunari didn’t make the cut” said Banri.

    “Oh, yes. That was unfortunate because of the suspension of our program last year, but I’m feeling happy to have my confidence growing” said Subaru.

    “It’s safe to say that this new era will bring more blessing to show who the best players are. I’m pretty sure that nothing can stop us when we’re ready to go back to the court” said Kazunari.

    “Yep. I’m expecting this to hype, Kazunari-kun. That makes me motivated for these days” said Subaru.

    “It sure is a good hope, Subaru-kun. I’ll say that tomorrow, we should attend the training together. I hope that the training will more fun let’s just say” said Seijirō.

    “Ah, yeah, I agree, Seijirō. Shin brought his position back while allowing to play in the Ōta League for one more year. I hope that he’ll make a big impact before he’ll plan to play in college or go pro now” said Subaru.

    “We’re not sure about his future, Subaru-kun. I know that you have recognized him back in last year. It seems that the fears of him may be no more, but he’s not yet apologizing Tsubasa yet” said Banri.

    “Oh, yeah. That’s true, Banri-kun. I hope that he will do that pretty soon” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, I hope too” said Banri.

    “Maybe, we should let your father and his former teammates back in the court, so that we’ll train them again. I think that there’s something on their playbook” said Kazunari.

    “Oh, sure, Kazunari-kun” said Subaru. Subaru would blow his whistle before calling his father and his former teammates. “Everyone! Let’s go back to work! We got a lot of routines to shake it up!”

    “Okay!” said Ginga and his former teammates from his former teams. Present in the court alongside Ginga are Atsuki Hirose, Sōichi Maeyama and Yūki Tsubaki. They were the former teammates of Ginga during their days in both Ōta Brave Thunder and Ōta Blue Wind. Also, they were friends of Ginga’s through their mutual friendship.

    Subaru blows his whistle before releasing the ball up high to start the scrimmage. Kazunari would say one sentence as Sōichi Maeyama grabbed the ball for the tip off. “And it’s game time!”

    [ENDING: Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS ED: 「Rolling! Rolling! 」 by RO-KYU-BU!]

    UP NEXT: Profile of the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds

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    Here is the profile of the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds as they were the new group that joined the Bravehearts organization due to the relationship between Tomoka Minato and the two magenta-haired girls, Toshiko Horikawa and Riruka Maruyama. The group is composed of two groups: the Pink and Plum-Section 9, led by Azumi Ogawa, the captain of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team, and the Bright Diamond, which is the group based in Nishina that are composed of the friends of Yukari Narasaki and Ayame Tsukuba and they were either coming from the Hasunuma Middle School or the Kamata Middle School.

    Ogawa-Murayama Diamonds: Composed of two groups
    Pink and Plum-Section 9: Shinjirō Aoki, Azumi Ogawa, Mikako Hoshino, Maya Terashima, Kaoru Ueno, Tomoyuki Kiyonari, Mutsumi Ōnishi, Kenjirō Sasahara, Atsushi Egawa, Toshiko Horikawa and Riruka Maruyama
    Bright Diamond: Yukari Narasaki, Ayame Tsukuba, Jun Mizutani, Honoka Ōsaki, Tsunehisa Himuro, Yasujirō Miyata, Isamu Hasebe, Mako Yamauchi, Mariko Satō, Yoshitake Kuriyama, Yūmi Kanazaki, Tsuneo Hayase and Kotoe Iijima

    Pink and Plum-Section 9
    Shinjirō Aoki: March 6 / 1HS-H / Keishin Academy HS
    Azumi Ogawa: January 31 / 3MS-E / Keishin Academy MS / Captain of the Keishin Academy Middle School Girls’ Basketball Team
    Mikako Hoshino: August 2 / 3MS-E / Keishin Academy MS
    Maya Terashima: September 6 / 3MS-E / Keishin Academy MS
    Kaoru Ueno: June 29 / 3MS-E / Keishin Academy MS / Older Sister of Kaori Ueno
    Tomoyuki Kiyonari: July 4 / 3MS-E / Keishin Academy MS
    Mutsumi Ōnishi: November 20 / 1HS-H / Keishin Academy HS
    Kenjirō Sasahara: April 23 / 1HS-H / Keishin Academy HS
    Atsushi Egawa: December 27 / 1HS-H / Keishin Academy HS

    Toshiko Horikawa: February 19 / 1MS-J / Keishin Academy MS
    Riruka Maruyama: March 28 / 1MS-J / Keishin Academy MS


    Bright Diamond
    Yukari Narasaki: October 19 / 1MS-3 / Hasunuma MS / Former Leader of the Fuchsia Group
    Ayame Tsukuba: September 8 / 1MS-3 / Kamata MS / Former Leader of the Lavender Group
    Jun Mizutani: July 26 / 1MS-3 / Hasunuma MS
    Honoka Ōsaki: May 23 / 1MS-3 / Hasunuma MS
    Tsunehisa Himuro: December 18 / 1MS-3 / Hasunuma MS
    Yasujirō Miyata: April 6 / 1MS-3 / Hasunuma MS
    Isamu Hasebe: November 1 / 1MS-3 / Hasunuma MS
    Mako Yamauchi: January 24 / 1MS-3 / Hasunuma MS / Cousin of Tomoka Minato
    Mariko Satō: June 25 / 1MS-3 / Kamata MS
    Yoshitake Kuriyama: February 22 / 1MS-3 / Kamata MS
    Yūmi Kanazaki: August 7 / 1MS-3 / Kamata MS
    Tsuneo Hayase: October 30 / 1MS-3 / Kamata MS
    Kotoe Iijima: March 11 / 1MS-3 / Kamata MS


    UP NEXT: Interlude 37: “The Rising Dragon Meets the Former of a Braveheart”

    The Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds had finally joined the Bravehearts! Which means that Toshiko Horikawa and Riruka Maruyama will strengthen their friendship with Tomoka Minato as they’re going to join the efforts of trying to revive the Dragons of Ōta. Now, we’re down to the last two days to end the Fuchsia and Celadon Week, so that means, it’s going to be magnificent and awesome to make the festivity even brighter and better! The next update will be a face-to-face encounter between Noboru Takeuchi, the leader of the Dragons of Ōta, and Ginga Hasegawa, the father of the leader of the Bravehearts of Ōta, Subaru Hasegawa. Also, I'll be posting the other new characters that have appeared in tonight's update, Chapter 157, so that you won't miss them in their next appearance very soon! I’ll see you on January 8 (Wednesday) for the next update of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts!
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    Tomorrow, January 9, will be the birthday of Aoi Ogiyama from Ro-Kyu-Bu! Aoi is the childhood friend of Subaru Hasegawa and a basketball player, playing for the Nashiba High School. She is voiced by Kanae Itō. Kanae will be reprising her voice acting role of Ruiko Saten as she will be part of the cast of A Certain Scientific Railgun T, the third season of the anime A Certain Scientific Railgun, which will be releasing its first episode in a few days. So, I’ll be better watch out for her alongside the other cast of Railgun! Advanced happy birthday, Aoi! If you look at what’s going on at the end of Chapter 157, you’ll see the fact that Subaru’s father, Ginga Hasegawa, is now in the court for the first time after his wonderous career had been over long time ago. You know what that means? It’s going to be the comeback of Ginga Hasegawa for his basketball career, but for one match only. Tonight’s update is going to be an interlude to which that will be the first time that Ginga Hasegawa will be meeting with Noboru Takeuchi, the former leader of the Dragons of Ōta. I know that this interlude may be a passing of the torch story because you’ll see Noboru trying to impress Ginga with his moves, so that he’ll use those for the exhibition match between the Hasegawa Star and the Ōta Future All-Stars. So, without further ado, I give you the ninth interlude of Volume 8! Enjoy reading Interlude 37!

    Ginga Hasegawa had been a champion only for the prefectural amateur league in Tokyo, but he had never given up for what he wished for when he blessed his son, Subaru, to become the best player in Ōta. After his retirement, he became an archeologist before returned to basketball when he became a coach. He initiated his own basketball camp last summer but turns out that he had a better job when he became the head coach of the Keishin Academy Elementary School girls’ basketball team, led by Tomoka’s protégé Mimi Balguerie. He and his former teammates on his basketball career would reunite one more time as they had formed the Hasegawa Star, a team that will play against the Ōta Future All-Stars on the last day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. Meanwhile, a top player on his class named Noboru Takeuchi was one of the most decorated members of the Dragons of Ōta, now playing for the Ōmori High School. Noboru was the creator of the Dragons of Ōta when he was in the Kasuragi Elementary School, the school that produced good talented players with a young dynasty had been created, composed of him, Subaru Hasegawa and Kazunari Uehara. When the Dragons of Ōta, he becomes more ambitious with his own goal, trying to be the best player in Tokyo as he reaches his final year in high school this year. Being scouted by trainers around the city and the country, Noboru is considered playing for college, but rumors that he might end up playing for professional career early. When Ginga and Noboru meet each other, Noboru shows his moves to Ginga as he’s trying to impress the latter with his special moves. After impressing Ginga in the court, Noboru would meet Subaru, the son of Ginga, and his friends. Noboru is an ambitious leader, but also hoping to bring to bring back the Dragons of Ōta while Ginga is ready to come out of retirement for just one exhibition game as this ‘passing of the torch’ would be the point that will change the game of basketball in Japan in the future.

    VOLUME 8: “A NEW ANGELIC AND HARMONIOUS ERA IN ŌTA”
    INTERLUDE 37: “THE RISING DRAGON MEETS THE FATHER OF A BRAVEHEART

    At the Recreational Center, Subaru, Kazunari, Banri and Seijirō have organized a two-day training for the Hasegawa Star, which is composed of Subaru’s father, Ginga, and his former teammates in his past basketball career. The Hasegawa Star will have a match against the Ōta Future All-Stars, a team composed of the best players in Ōta, on May 8 (Saturday) during the second and concluding day of the Ōta Blue Wind Cup. May 8 is also the last day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week.

    The montage shows the training where Ginga and his former teammates have made it in the drills. Ginga had the best accelerating run during his career with the Ōta Blue Wind as he run quickly like a panther. Another thing that Ginga did very well in his career is that he made three-point shots with his right hand. All these things would be emulated by Subaru when he started his basketball career in the Kasuragi Elementary School.

    Later, the members of the Hasegawa Star would participate in the scrimmage, which was seen in the previous chapter. Ginga had been shining like a young player when he started his professional career in Ōta to play for the Ōta Brave Thunder. Subaru looks at his father when the latter performs the crossover move on his former teammate from the Ōta Brave Thunder, Yoshihiro Togashi. Then, Ginga drives past Yoshihiro before he shoots the ball with the easy layup.

    The scrimmage continues with Team Hasegawa leading against the former sixth man of the Ōta Brave Wind, Hidehiko Matsubara, and his team where Ginga and Atsuki Hirose do their combo performance to take down Hidehiko and his teammates.

    At the end of the scrimmage, Team Hasegawa defeated Team Matsubara with the score of 39-30. Ginga had scored 14 points and 6 assists while Atsuki scored 8 points and 5 steals. Sōichi Maeyama scored 7 points while both Atsushi Inagaki and Yūki Tsubaki scored 5 points each.

    The members of the Ōta Future All-Stars have visited the Recreational Center where they’re seeing Ginga and his former teammates working together to improve their strength and reenergize themselves. Their captain, Noboru Takeuchi, is set his sights on Ginga, which is going to be a passing of the torch if Noboru will be going pro soon before Subaru.

    “Hey, Noboru-kun, is that Ginga’s father?” asked Masahiro Takeshita, a member of the Tsubasa Sōgō High School boys’ basketball team and the cousin of Enju Takeshita. He is currently a third year high school student.

    “Yeah, Masahiro-kun. He is a former basketball player, playing in the regional and prefectural league for about 14 years” said Noboru.

    “Yep. That guy had won two championships including his last title in his final season with the Blue Wind” said Masahiro.

    “I think that you’re trying to pass the torch, aren’t you?” asked Kazunori Shigematsu, the nephew of Rina Shigematsu and a member of the Den-en-chōfu High School. He is also a third year high school student.

    “Well, not if I’m about to answer this question, Kazunori-kun” said Noboru.

    “I guess that you need to know about him, Noboru-kun. You are the former leader of the Dragons of Ōta and you should know about his legacy of his career” said Hideki Sudō, a former student from the Nashiba High School, playing for the boys’ basketball team last two seasons ago. Unfortunately, he didn’t play last season due to the program’s suspension. He is now a first year college student of the Tokai University.

    “Oh, of course, I know that” said Noboru.

    “Then, let’s talk to him” said Shō Tatsuta, a former captain of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team. He graduated two years ago before he enrolled in the Senshu University.

    “Okay” said Noboru.

    Noboru and the members of the Ōta Future All-Stars would go nearly to meet their opponents. Subaru would be so proud that Noboru had appeared in the Recreational Center.

    “Noboru-sama!” said Subaru.

    “Hey, Subaru-kun! It’s nice to see you!” said Noboru as he and Subaru did the fist bump move. “I’m so glad that you are here to see your dad out there.”

    “Yeah, Noboru-sama. He’s finally playing like a young prospect like you” said Subaru.

    “Yep. I can’t believe that your dad had some moves to show up when he played in the court” said Noboru.

    Subaru nods his head before he says to Noboru. “Of course! My dad had been playing in the prefectural and regional league for 14 years.”

    “I agree, Subaru-kun. I’m sure that he’s going to be ready to come out from retirement for one day when my All-Stars team will be taking on his team” said Noboru.

    “Yeah, I hope that it will be real to see this match because I’m so excited about you playing against my dad in the court. It’s more like a passing of the torch out there” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, it will happen there in this stadium, Subaru-kun. I want to be the best to compete in the top basketball league. I want to see the scouts out there to shine my plays” said Noboru.

    “Well, you got that right, Noboru. The scouts from different clubs in Tokyo will be scouting you and your teammates to see if you’re worthy to compete in the top league in Japan” said Kazunari.

    “You mean, the Japanese Basketball Association?” asked Noboru.

    “Yes, it is, Noboru” said Kazunari.

    “It is the most prestigious basketball league in Japan with different clubs from around the country will square off for the championship” said Banri.

    “If you think that you’re going to make it to that prestigious basketball league in Japan, you have to prove the ground against Subaru’s father and his team first” said Seijirō.

    “Sure, I will!” said Noboru.

    Noboru would step up to meet with Ginga, who had finished the scrimmage with the win for his team. “Hey, Ginga-san!”

    “Well, if isn’t the former leader of the Dragons of Ōta. I’m glad that you’re finally here after your group had been disbanded” said Ginga.

    “Yep. I’m now back in a flash, Ginga-san. I’m sure that you’re all surprised to see me in the professional league soon” said Noboru.

    “So, you have an ambition out there, Noboru?” asked Ginga. Noboru nods his face before Ginga smiles to Noboru. “Well, then, I’m looking forward to see that, Noboru.”

    “Really?” asked Noboru, who was surprised.

    “Yep. But in order to have a match on Saturday during the afternoon of the second day of the Blue Wind Cup, I want you to see your moves out there to impress me” said Ginga.

    “Impress me? Well, that’s a good challenge to me, Ginga. I’m on it!” said Noboru.

    “Good. Now, show me your moves” said Ginga.

    “Okay!” said Noboru.

    While Noboru is ready to show his moves to Ginga, the other members of the Ōta Future All-Stars would sit down with Subaru and his friends to watch Noboru doing his moves to impress Noboru. Ginga would take his seat with his fellow members of the Hasegawa Star to watch Ginga on the court.

    “Let’s see if Noboru will put his moves to the test” said Atsuki Hirose.

    “Yeah. I’m feeling great to see that prospect ever since he had played for the Ōmori High School boys’ basketball team. He has to be ready to show his moves once again for his final year with his team before he’ll be potentially entering college or go pro” said Ginga.

    “What do you mean ‘going pro’, Ginga-san?” asked Atsushi Inagaki.

    “You know, going to the Japanese Basketball Association” said Ginga.

    “Ah, yeah. Good point, Ginga-san” said Atsushi.

    “I believe that this guy had been ranked in the top players every single month where he had competed against the other players around the city and the country. I’m sure that this guy will be ready to enter his next chapter when he’s about to go pro or college next year” said Sōichi Maeyama.

    “Yeah, Sōichi-san. I would be more honest is that no one who’s ever done going pro for a decade after some of the players in my hometown including me have taken to the top leagues before” said Ginga.

    “Well, that Noboru guy should be ready to take his talents to the next level, but hopefully, he’s going to continue to shine his career” said Yūki Tsubaki.

    Ginga nods his head in agreement while he’s saying to Yūki. “You got it, Yūki-san!”

    Noboru dribbles the ball before using the crossover move. Ginga and his former teammates were surprised to see Noboru doing his moves to the test.

    “Look at that guy! He’s using the crossover move!” said Atsuki.

    “That guy is using his acceleration to power up that move” said Sōichi.

    “Yeah, Sōichi-san. He’s powering up as he’s preparing for his next move” said Ginga.

    “Yeah” said Atsuki and Sōichi.

    Noboru would run through the paint before shooting the ball with the Blazing Dragon Layup.

    “Oh, wow!” said Tatsuya Endō.

    “What a shot!” said Toshiki Anabuki.

    “He’s doing the Blazing Dragon Layup!” said Shōta Taketatsu, a member of the Magome High School boys’ basketball team. He is a third year high school student.

    “I’m glad that he finally shines himself with that special move!” said Katsuo Koike, a member of the Den-en-chōfu High School boys’ basketball team. He is a third year high school student.

    “Yeah! That was an amazing move that he had! He should have dunked the ball, but I’m glad that he had the layup way back in his time in Kasuragi” said Subaru.

    “That’s right, Subaru. When he was the captain, he started to make easy layups before he focused on practicing dunk moves every training day” said Kazunari.

    “I’m sure that he’s not going to lose that move when he’s facing against your father” said Banri.

    “Yeah, I agree, Banri-kun” said Subaru.

    On the other hand, Ginga was surprised, but impressed of Noboru’s special layup. “That was a good layup, Noboru.”

    “Yeah, Ginga. Only athletic guys have used the acceleration to power up their moves. I’m just grooving that acceleration to go for the layup” said Noboru.

    “Well, I’m also used to do that, Noboru. I hope that you’ll shine with another move you have” said Ginga.

    “Of course, I have move!” said Noboru.

    “Then, show me” said Ginga.

    “Okay!” said Noboru.

    The next thing that Noboru does to impress Ginga is to perform the Ember Hook, a variant of the hook shot. After doing the between the legs move, Noboru would accelerate again before doing the Ember Hook in the post.

    “Now, that’s a good hook shot, Noboru!” said Ginga.

    “You had been shining like a point guard, but he had some accelerating moves to increase his momentum” said Yoshihiro Togashi.

    “Yep! That’s the move I used when I’m putting on post up mode where I got weights over my opponents, who were trying to block my way in the zone” said Noboru.

    “Well, you should be more dashing with some of your moves you have. Show some more!” said Atsuki.

    “Yeah! You can do it, prospect!” said Atsushi.

    “Okay!” said Noboru.

    Noboru would go with the between the legs move again before he does the step back move, and then, spins around with the spin cycle move. Then, Noboru energizes himself to do the Red Dragon Rush Clutch, a variant of a clutch dunk.

    “Whoa! That was very amazing!” said Masahiko Ōshima, a former teammate of Ginga in the Ōta Brave Thunder.

    “That one was more exciting than the previous ones!” said Atsushi.

    “Yep!” said Sōichi and Atsuki.

    “I’m going for another move, Ginga-san! So, watch me unleash my aura because here I come!” said Noboru. Noboru would go for the behind the back move before he runs through the paint. Then, once he does the patterns to make his orange aura glowing like a flame, Noboru does the Blazing Dragon Annihilator, a variant of a slam dunk.

    “Wow! That dunk was the best move I have ever seen!” said Masanori Yasuda, a member of the Nittai Ebara High School.

    “I can’t believe that he’s dunking in his acrobat style like LeBron James” said Yasutoshi Matsubara, a member of the Mikagawa High School. He is also the son of Hidehiko Matsubara, whom he had teamed up with Ginga long time ago.

    “Yeah! I agree, Yasutoshi-senpai! That dunk was so amazing!” said Tatsuya Endō.

    “He’s not going to lose his aura when he goes for that kind of dunk” said Takuma Fujiyama, a member of the Tsukuba Gakuen High School boys’ basketball team. He is a third year high school student.

    “Yeah, I agree, Takuma-san! This is one of the moves that Noboru did when he played against a team from Suginami in the third round of last year’s Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Seijirō.

    “I believe that this guy would be ready to bring his orange auras coming out from his body once he’s going on a real game against Ginga and his team” said Kazunori Shigematsu.

    “Yeah, Kazunori-san” said Seijirō.

    “Noboru had been good in dunking because he had shown his true formation, Subaru” said Kazunari.

    “Yep. Noboru had been the best small forward in the entire Tokyo, but he was competing against different players from around the country. Also, he had the title of being the Rising Dragon because he had been playing like a blazing dragon” said Subaru.

    “That’s true, Subaru, but he didn’t get the title of being the True Dragon because he’s not reaching that potential yet” said Kazunari.

    “Oh, that’s a shame. At least that the Rising Dragon name would fit his personality of being a top player in our hometown and in entire Tokyo” said Subaru.

    “You bet that right, Subaru!” said Kazunari.

    Noboru would be flanked by Ginga as the latter had clapped his hands enthusiastically to impress the former.

    “That was a nice and magnificent dunk you have! I like it!” said Ginga.

    “Thanks, Ginga-san! I like to dunk the ball on my opponents to make sure that I’m stronger enough to shine. I can’t wait to see the scouts looking at me when I’m going to make my moves” said Noboru.

    Ginga laughs after hearing Noboru’s words about wanted to be scouted by the scouts from different clubs in Tokyo. “Oh, my! I think that you’re excited about our match, Noboru. That may be a great spot to shine yourself before the scouts and trainers from around the city. I would be delighted if you’re ready for the match on Saturday.”

    “You bet, Ginga-san!” said Noboru with a smile on his face. Then, he adds another sentence to fit his ambitious personality. “I’ll make sure that I’m going to be the next superstar to step up in top league!”

    “Well, I’ll be your guest if you’re gonna make it” said Ginga.

    “Okay, Ginga-san, I will!” said Noboru.

    Once the conversation was finished, Ginga would take his break while drinking his own water with his water bottle. On the other hand, Noboru removes his sweat with his towel before he’s saying to his teammates and friends.

    “Well, that’s one hell of a good show to impress your father, Subaru-kun” said Noboru.

    “Yeah! I think that you’re finally ready for that exhibition match. The crowd is going to be a lot and I hope that you’re going to impress them with your special moves” said Subaru.

    “You bet, Subaru-kun! I will show to my hometown on how to be a stronger athlete like me!” said Noboru.

    “I guess that you had a wish for it, Noboru-sama. It will be a pleasure to surprise us with your dazzling moves you did earlier” said Subaru.

    “Make sure that it’s more exciting to make the audience going to love you” said Kazunari.

    “Okay!” said Noboru.

    “So, what are you gonna do for tomorrow, Noboru? Are you going to have a training with your teammates from the Ōmori High School boys’ basketball team?” asked Banri.

    “Uh, I don’t think so. My team can handle the training without me because I’m going to let my ‘own’ boys to train like brave warriors. So that, on Saturday, when we’re going to step into the court, it will be our time to shine to make us blessed” said Noboru.

    “Well, that would be awesome to see you playing in the court for the first time, Noboru-sama. I’m sure that you’re all set for that match because this will be your ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to impress the scouts and trainers from the bigger leagues and in front of us” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, you need to make it, so that you’ll fulfill your dreams to play in the professional league soon” said Kazunari.

    “Oh, sure! That will be more grateful than I have heard your words about it. I’ll do it!” said Noboru.

    “That’s my boy, Noboru-sama! You’re a good friend who can shine in the future” said Subaru.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Subaru-kun” said Noboru. Later, he asks Subaru a question. “By the way, what are you going to do right now?”

    “You see, our Bravehearts have been creating extended groups recently. Also, we also found the former members of our former group, the Dragons of Ōta” said Subaru.

    “Oh, my! I’m glad that you have found them, Subaru-kun! Our friends were able to find the former members coming from the first batch and the second batch, but we don’t have any connections with the other batches because probably, they have lost their memories when they were part of it” said Noboru.

    “Yeah, I agree, Noboru-sama. That’s why our friends and I will be working together to find our former members from the Dragons of Ōta, so that we’ll convince them to revive your group” said Subaru.

    “That’s true, Subaru. It will be grateful to look forward with your plans before you’re going to revive the Dragons of Ōta because it will take a long time to convince them to revive your group” said Kazunari.

    “Since you’re the leader of that group, you should bring back the Dragons of Ōta right before the Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Seijirō.

    “For us, Noboru-sama!” said Banri before he gives the other members of the Hasegawa Star their sympathy before saying to Noboru. “All of us!”

    “Sure, why not! I should have done this before, but at least that there are a lot of prospects hoping to shine the way to make it to the professional level” said Noboru.

    “Then, we’ll continue to do this for you! We’ll make them proud to restore the memories of your former group!” said Subaru.

    “You got it, Subaru-kun!” said Noboru.

    “Son!” said Ginga, who walks to greet his son and his friends.

    “Father! Why are you here?” said Subaru.

    “Well, I’m hearing about something, but I realize that I mentioned the Dragons of Ōta earlier” said Ginga.

    “Oh! I see. So, what if it would be best to support the revival of the Dragons of Ōta? That way, we’ll all gonna see that group being revived by my friend, Noboru” said Subaru.

    “Uh, I really be delighted to, son. I believe that it’s the spirit that everyone needs if they want to support that idea. Noboru had been a talented guy when he created the Dragons of Ōta, so I’m going to wish that to make it happen soon” said Ginga.

    “But what about your former teammates?” said Banri.

    “Are you going to convince them?” asked Kazunari.

    “Even they didn’t know about that group that was once existed by the brave warriors in Kasuragi?” asked Seijirō.

    “Of course, I will them!” said Ginga.

    “Then, go for it!” said Subaru, Kazunari, Banri and Seijirō.

    “Okay!” said Ginga. Ginga would talk with his former teammates in his basketball career and a few seconds later, Ginga would talk to Subaru. “Yep. They’re all in!”

    “Great! Now that’s the power of a new blessing to make Noboru’s dream going to happen!” said Subaru.

    “You got that right, Subaru-kun!” said Noboru. “Oh, another thing, since you said long time ago that your Bravehearts will not be part of our own umbrella group, right?”

    “Yep” said Subaru.

    “Then, what if you said that you’re going to spin off from us because of your own presence of building friends with others, so that you’re going to have your own future to make?” said Noboru.

    “Yeah! That’s the reason why we have created the Bravehearts one and a half months ago, but we’re currently thinking about splitting up from your main group just like what happened when some of the former members have their own groups like the Pink and Plum” said Subaru.

    “And other community groups based on the color or the trend” said Kazunari.

    “Ah, I understand about that, you guys. Maybe, there are a lot of groups trying to dominate Ōta with their own production of prospects, but I was worried about the Dragons of Ōta since I disbanded it last year. That’s why I had a perfect plan to bring that group back and that is to revive it in front of you” said Noboru.

    “Of course, Noboru-san!” said Subaru, Kazunari, Banri, Seijirō and the members of the Ōta Future All-Stars.

    “So, then, will you promise to us that you’re gonna do it?” asked Subaru.

    “For the future of our community to prevent chaos and disorder?” asked Kazunari.

    “Yes, I will” said Noboru in an ambitious and expressive way.

    “That’s great!” said Subaru.

    “Now this is going to make a shocking return to witness your group coming back from the ashes, Noboru!” said Kazunari.

    “But you need to bring it back before it’s too late” said Banri.

    “But why?” asked Noboru.

    “It’s because June 15 will be the first day of the Interhigh prefectural tournament, which means that you need to bring the Dragons of Ōta back on the first week of June” said Seijirō.

    “Will you gonna make it?” asked Subaru.

    “Of course, I’ll do, guys! After all, we’re together as a team, right?” said Noboru.

    “Yeah!” said the Subaru, Kazunari, Banri and Seijirō.

    “Great!” said Noboru. “Now that you guys got my back, we’ll make this plan going to happen before it’s too late. So, let’s wait until the first week of June to make this plan pushing through!”

    “Yeah, Noboru!” said Subaru, Kazunari, Banri, Seijirō and the members of the Ōta Future All-Stars. Noboru Takeuchi had been the leader of the Dragons of Ōta for a long time, but he had missed that group ever since he disbanded that group to prevent any worse things that would have happened in that group right after what happened to Tsubasa Sugimoto, who was assaulted by fellow member Shin Mizusaki. Noboru had to promise himself that he had to bring back the Dragons of Ōta right before the Interhigh prefectural tournament, so that everything will be all balanced and fine in his hometown in Ōta. Also, Noboru is finally ready to show his own jelly to prepare for the match between the Ōta Future All-Stars and the Hasegawa Star on Saturday, which means he’s ready unleash his blazing auras when he’s stepping in to the court to impress the crowd as well to the scouts and the trainers, who are about to observe him and his fellow teammates from this All-Star team.

    Ginga holds the ball and asks Noboru if he’s going join with him. “So, Noboru, are you going to join with us? I’m challenging you to a practice match.”

    “Of course, I do, Ginga-sensei!” said Noboru, who finally becomes more exciting and happier this time.

    “Then, will you let my son to officiate this?” asked Ginga.

    “You got it!” said Noboru before he talks to Subaru. “Well, Subaru… I mean, Subaru-kun, will you officiate this in a one-on-one match with your dad?”

    “Yeah, I will, Noboru-sama!” said Subaru.

    “Great!” said Noboru.

    “Then, let’s have a one-on-one match, Noboru! I’m not going to get easy on you!” said Ginga.

    “Of course, I will!” said Noboru while Subaru smiles to both his father Ginga and his friend Noboru as Noboru and Ginga are finally going to squaring off in the half-court of the Recreational Center for a one-on-one match. Noboru showed his moves that he had earlier to Ginga before he scores with his special moves in the match.

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    Here are the rosters of the two teams that will be facing each other on the last day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week: the Hasegawa Star and the Ōta Future All-Stars. The Hasegawa Star will be composed of Subaru Hasegawa’s father, Ginga Hasegawa, and his former teammates during his basketball career.

    Hasegawa Star: Ginga Hasegawa, Atsuki Hirose, Sōichi Maeyama, Atsushi Inagaki, Yūki Tsubaki, Yoshihiro Togashi, Hidehiko Matsubara, Masahiko Ōshima, Shōta Tadokoro, Tōru Murakami, Kyōsuke Yaginuma and Yukio Hamasaki

    Hasegawa Star
    Ginga Hasegawa: October 26 / SF-PF / Father of Subaru Hasegawa
    Atsuki Hirose: November 30 / PG
    Sōichi Maeyama: February 2 / SG-PG
    Atsushi Inagaki: June 28 / PF
    Yūki Tsubaki: March 5 / C
    Yoshihiro Togashi: April 9 / SF-SG
    Hidehiko Matsubara: September 21 / SG / Father of Yasutoshi Matsubara
    Masahiko Ōshima: October 14 / PF-C
    Shōta Tadokoro: November 11 / PG
    Tōru Murakami: July 24 / C
    Kyōsuke Yaginuma: January 13 / PG
    Yukio Hamasaki: December 20 / PF


    On the other hand, every year, the Ōta Future All-Stars had been formed to play against different all-star teams around the capital city of Tokyo and its roster is composed of the best players around Ōta. This year, it is led by the former leader of the Dragons of Ōta, Noboru Takeuchi. The roster below includes some recognized characters you have seen in the Young Players Cup such as Toshiki Anabuki, Masanori Yasuda, Tatsuya Endō and Yasutoshi Matsubara. Also, they added the two former members of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team, Shō Tatsuta and Hideki Sudō, to complete their all-star roster.

    Ōta Future All-Stars: Noboru Takeuchi, Masahiro Takeshita, Kazunori Shigematsu, Hideki Sudō, Shō Tatsuta, Toshiki Anabuki, Shōta Taketatsu, Tatsuya Endō, Katsuo Koike, Masanori Yasuda, Yasutoshi Matsubara and Takuma Fujiyama

    Ōta Future All-Stars
    Noboru Takeuchi: February 11 / SF / 3HS / Ōmori HS / Former Leader of the Dragons of Ōta
    Masahiro Takeshita: November 8 / SG-SF / 3HS / Tsubasa Sōgō HS / Cousin of Enju Takeshita
    Kazunori Shigematsu: April 12 / C / 3HS / Den-en-chōfu HS
    Hideki Sudō: December 26 / PF-SF / 1C / Adult / Tokai University / Former Member of the Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team
    Shō Tatsuta: March 3 / PG / 2C / Adult / Senshu University / Former Captain of the Nashiba High School Boys’ Basketball Team
    Toshiki Anabuki: March 11 / PG / 2HS / Nittai Ebara HS / Brother of Naoki Anabuki
    Shōta Taketatsu: February 28 / PF / 3HS / Magome HS
    Tatsuya Endō: December 5 / SG-PG / 2HS / Mikagawa HS / Vermillion Dragon
    Katsuo Koike: July 25 / C / 3HS / Den-en-chōfu HS
    Masanori Yasuda: July 23 / SG / 3HS / Nittai Ebara HS
    Yasutoshi Matsubara: November 14 / SF-SG / 3HS / Mikagawa HS
    Takuma Fujiyama: January 8 / SF / 3HS / Tsukuba Gakuen HS


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    Here are the lists of new characters that have appeared in Chapter 157. These names were either made their first appearance or being mentioned in this chapter. So, these names may probably make their full appearance in the future.

    New Characters that Appeared in Chapter 157
    Akari Tokita: October 13 / 1HS-5 / Nashiba HS / Leader of the Twilight Nishi-kama
    Eiji Kanazaki: April 1 / 1HS-11 / Nashiba HS / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta
    Haruka Ōga: August 2 / 1HS-11 / Nashiba HS / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta
    Azusa Yoshioka: December 17 / 3MS-F / Keishin Academy MS / Leader of the Dragon Explorers Club
    Ryōji Yoshioka: January 21 / 2MS-D / Keishin Academy MS
    Machiko Yoshioka: April 16 / 6ES-B / Keishin Academy ES
    Shuto Yoshioka: November 28 / 4MS-D / Keishin Academy ES
    Kaho Ishibashi: May 24 / 6ES / Chidori ES / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta
    Masamichi Kurihara: October 26 / 1MS / Den-en-chōfu MS / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta
    Mizuho Muramatsu: June 11 / 2MS-A / Keishin Academy MS / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta / Member of the Dragon Explorers Club
    Naoki Ōnishi: September 8 / 2MS-A / Keishin Academy MS / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta / Member of the Dragon Explorers Club
    Ayana Uchiyama: February 14 / 2MS-A / Keishin Academy MS / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta / Member of the Dragon Explorers Club
    Mikoto Yanagita: July 20 / 2MS-A / Keishin Academy MS / Member of the Dragon Explorers Club
    Daiki Hiratsuka: May 25 / 2MS-A / Keishin Academy MS / Member of the Dragon Explorers Club
    Chiaki Suginami: March 17 / 2MS-A / Keishin Academy MS / Member of the Dragon Explorers Club
    Shuto Nagayama: June 13 / 2HS / Nashiba HS / Leader of the Brown Group for Batch 1 / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta
    Fumihiro Amamiya: February 22 / 2HS / Kamata HS / Leader of the Violet Group for Batch 1 / Former Member of the Dragons of Ōta


    UP NEXT: Chapter 158: “The Return to Kuoh: Qualifiers for the Basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games”

    It’s nice that the future of Ōta will be in his hands as Noboru Takeuchi will try his best to shine when he and the Ōta Future All-Stars will take on the father of Subaru Hasegawa, Ginga Hasegawa, and his team, the Hasegawa Star, during the afternoon part of the Blue Wind Cup on the last day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. I know that you all guys are excited to see Ginga coming out from retirement for just one day, but you’ll see him more when I’m going to post the last chapter of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week coming soon! The next update will be a homecoming for Issei Hyodo and his friends are they’re heading back to Kuoh for the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. Get ready to see Issei playing basketball with his friends as they’re vying for a berth to represent Nikurenai in the Games. I’ll see you on January 12 (Sunday) for the next update of Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts!
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    Tonight’s update is all about the challenge that Issei and his friends going to take as they’re now participating at the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. This chapter is going to be the first time that it will take place in Kuoh after Issei and his friends have moved their home to Ōta in the human world, also known as Earth. Also, I had made some creative liberty for this chapter because there are some new characters going to be appeared including Kunou, Yasaka, Lint Sellzen and Valerie Tepes. So, get ready because this is going to be one mission that Issei Hyodo, who is the Harem King, made for the future of him and his friends as here comes Chapter 158! Enjoy reading Chapter 158!

    The Occult Research Club and their allies have left the human world to return to Kurenai, the home of High School DxD universe, as they’ll field Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf to represent their hometown, Kuoh, for the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. Before they start their campaign, they have acquired late additional player in Lint Sellzen, a reincarnated angel and a former artificial human working in the Vatican and the Fallen Organization Grigori, and added new members from the coaching staff in Kunou, who would be acting as an assistant coach, before they start doing their practice for a few days. When they finally get prepared to compete at the qualifiers, their campaign begins. The campaign for Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf had really changed the game of basketball with their strategies had been paid off, winning every game from first to fourth. Now, as the fifth and final game of the eliminations will be the point that they’re going to end up being undefeated, Issei and his friends are hopefully going to accomplish their feat by winning their last games of the eliminations, so that they’ll become on top of the group, the East Nikurenai Group. Their opponents will be the Kunokarai Hearts for the girls and the Sagiyama Archers for the boys. Those matches will be intense as Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf must win their last game of eliminations right now, so that they’ll become the dominant team in the East Nikurenai Group and advance to the quarterfinals to get their chance of winning the tournament to qualify for the main tournament proper of the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games.

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    VOLUME 8: “A NEW ANGELIC AND HARMONIOUS ERA IN ŌTA”
    CHAPTER 158: “THE RETURN TO KUOH: QUALIFIERS FOR THE BASKETBALL OF THE KURENESE EAST ASIAN GAMES

    The Occult Research Club and their allies from the Kikuchiba Academy High School and the European Crimson leave Tokyo to return home to Kuoh for the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. It is one of the qualifying events to be held in Kuoh to determine the representatives for Nikurenai.

    Issei, Irina, Yuto and Xenovia would narrate their journey to Kuoh before and during the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games.

    Issei starts the narration with his voice more like exciting. “Finally, the day has come as we’re heading back to Kuoh for the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games, which will be held in Nikurenai this coming May 22 to 30. It’s great that we are all set for the qualifiers after a week of training inside and outside the Kikuchiba Academy. Also, we were able to have one late addition for Irina’s team when Lint Sellzen, a reincarnated angel and a former artificial human working in the Vatican and the Fallen Organization Grigori.”

    Xenovia narrates the next part where she explains about Lint Sellzen. “Lint Sellzen was good in striking with her swords, resembled to Freed as she looked like the female equivalent of him. Lint didn’t played basketball and so, she decided to play with us last Monday. I was impressed of her performance due to her style of play, which is the Shield of Sellzen. I know that she has athleticism while her stamina hadn’t run out when she’s guarding our players. That’s why I gave her the position of power forward and center because of her relentless defense and height that is more resembled to Freed.”

    Yuto continues the introduction by narrating the next part. “Aside from Lint being part of our team, we have Kunou, who had been added to the roster of part of my staff with a condition made by her mother Yasaka. Yasaka told us that Kunou will be joining the Burnt Leaf if she’s able to help us winning all games in the qualifiers. I’m glad that Kunou being part of our team, despite she’s the youngest member of our coaching staff.”

    Irina continues the narration with the flashback had been shown about their time to return to Kuoh for the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. “It was started on May 4 when we finally prepared to leave Tokyo to go back to our hometown, Kuoh, for the upcoming event, the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. Thankfully, Rias made the magic circle, so that we were able to make it to Kuoh with just an hour. After that, we were heading to the Kuoh Academy Gymnasium where we were flanked by Sona Sitri and her companions, who were supporting us for the qualifiers as they were closed to us for a long time.”

    Issei continues to narrate as he talks about the training at the Kuoh Academy Gymnasium. While the montage of the training was shown, Xenovia, Yuto and Irina join with him to interrupt some scenes during the day before the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. “After that, it’s training time! That’s where everyone had to try their best to complete our plays through our coaches’ playbook, which is basic, but some added to spice it up!”

    “It’s great that you and your teammates have done very well during that day, Issei-kun” said Yuto.

    “Yeah! I’m really good in helping them through my playmaking skills, Yuto-kun!” said Issei.

    “You got it right, Issei-kun! Not only Issei had done well in the final training before the event, his two best friends Matsuda and Motohama have a great job in making their style of plays with their athleticism, although they have been poor on some ratings that fall under the category of it” said Yuto.

    “As for the girls’ team, I really like the way my teammates did including Asami and Kozue. Despite I’m not good in dunking, I was able to perform post shots in the post while using my stamina to guard my opponents. It was awesome to have that training working out for sure!” said Irina.

    “That’s right, Irina-san. Not only my best friend had worked hard, Lint had been a good role player when she used her intelligence to memorize the moves from our players. She also good in performing special shots, but she didn’t know about the dunking moves yet. I’m so proud of her because she was able to make her moves to shine. I hope that one day, I will let her add to the lineup if she’s good in the first 4 games” said Xenovia.

    Yuto would continue to narrate about what happened on the day before the qualifiers for the basketball at the Kurenese East Asian Games. “After the training is over, we decided to face off against one of the high school teams in Kuoh, the Reizōkusa High School, in a practice match for both boys’ and girls’ team. In our match, our boys beat them with a lot of strength coming out from Issei as he unleashed his blazing fire when he’s boosting his power. Also, our defense had been dominating, thanks to both Keisuke Ōtsuka and Kyō Ōshima.”

    Xenovia narrates the report for the second practice match of the day. “On the other hand, our girls’ match against Reizōkusa, Irina and the girls were able to rally behind in the fourth quarter after being trailed in most of the first half. Asami and Irina were able to score many points while the rest of the team have contributed their plays to edge out our opponents.”

    Irina would finish the narration where the flashback will end and the scene changes to the Hyodo Residence in Kuoh where the Occult Research Club and their allies are eating their dinner. “When the sun sets, we headed to the Hyodo Residence, which is difference form the one in Ōta. That’s where the relaxing time begins at that hour until the next day. I hope that you’re going to see some action in the next scenes, but for now, here’s what happened in the evening of the day before the qualifiers of the basketball at the Kurenese East Asian Games.

    At the Hyodo Residence, the Occult Research Club and their allies eat their dinner at the dining area before they split into different groups where they’re going to take their relaxing time for the rest of the day. At the living room, Rias, Akeno, Rossweisse, Issei, Yuto, Xenovia, Irina, Lint and the Suginami brothers (Kenta and Hideo) are looking at the young members of the Club, composed of Gasper, Koneko, Ravel, Le Fay, Elmenhilde, Valerie, Kunou and Orphis.

    “We should have fielded the other teams to compete in other sports, Rias, but some of the students from the Kuoh Academy have participated in those teams, which were captain by Higher-Class Devils” said Rossweisse.

    “Yeah, Rossweisse. The Devils in this city have their own duties to captain their sporting teams for the qualifiers for the Kurenese East Asian Games. These events will be served as challenge events in Kuoh, which will field a lot of athletes for the Games, which will be held in nine days” said Rias.

    “I’m sure that we will make it to the Games if our members have performed well. Right, Issei-kun?” said Akeno.

    “Yep. It’s great to have a combined force of Devils and humans, which will be perfect to make some special moves to blaze up” said Issei.

    “Since we’re living in Kuoh most of the time, we will have the advantage to make it to the knockout tournament, which will be composed of Top 2 teams from four groups” said Irina.

    “That’s right, Irina-san. Our goal is to make it to the Kurenese East Asian Games, and I believe that we have a lot of powers to use when our members will be entering to the court” said Rias.

    “There are a lot of Devils, who can show up to bring some amazing powers. I’m sure that we will use those powers since this world has a lot of powers coming from different races” said Yuto.

    “Of course, Yuto. Since we’re considered the strongest force in Kuoh, we’ll make sure that we’ll be going to the Games with the combined powers we make” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah, we will!” said Issei and Irina.

    “It’s great this training was so awesome. I can’t wait to hype that competition before we’ll be having our first match, Irina” said Lint.

    “Yeah, Lint-san. Tomorrow will be the first day of the qualifiers, which will be divided into two qualifying tournaments: one for the boys and one for the girls. The qualifiers will be composed of 24 teams and it will be divided into 6 teams of 4 groups, based on geographical areas in the country. In Nikurenai, it is composed of North, East, Central and West. We’ll be drawing to the East Nikurenai Group, also known as Group B” said Irina.

    “The goal is to win five straight games to make it to the top of the group, which will be super easy for us to advance to the knockout tournament since we have more ‘devil’ powers than the other teams” said Yuto.

    “Well, if I remember correctly, there are some other teams from different cities from around the country have some ‘devil’ powers, but others have either ‘angel’ or ‘fallen angel’ powers” said Akeno.

    “Oh, yeah. That’s what we observed in the other groups that have trained earlier” said Issei.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Issei-kun. We will be battling against five teams in East Kurenai, which will be Sagiyama (Saitama), Harakuro (Hachioji), Yonakumuro (Yokohama), Mitosugi (Maebashi) and Kurehana (Shinagawa). Those teams are very talented with their powers, but they aren’t not in the same level as us” said Yuto.

    “On the other hand, our girls’ team will take on Kunokarai (Tochigi), Maegawa (Kawasaki), Ekunabara (Funabashi), Kyuremuro (Shibuya) and Marasagi (Kawaguchi)” said Xenovia.

    “I believe that this will be our test to show our powers, Yuto-kun” said Hideo.

    “Those guys are not known by us before because they have their own traditions” said Kenta.

    “That’s right, boys. In order to make it to the quarterfinals, we must sweep the group by winning all five games. The eliminations will be held in three days before the knockout tournament will be held in two days. The final will be held on May 9” said Yuto.

    “Wow! That would be one hell of a challenge, Irina-san! I can’t wait to face those opponents in the court!” said Lint.

    “Yeah! I’m very excited about this because those opponents are very competitive, but they aren’t good enough to have their own style combination. The ‘style combination’ stands for combined moves through the attention of one player’s style of play” said Irina.

    “Well, that would be awesome to have one, Irina-san! I hope that we can work on that!” said Lint.

    “You got it, Lint-san! We haven’t worked on that in the last set of trainings, but we should be ready to have one during the first match” said Irina.

    “One of the things you need to have the ‘style combination’ is that all players in the court must centered on the attention of the strongest player in the lineup” said Akeno.

    “Which means Issei in the boys’ team and Irina in the girls’ team will be leading in the court. They’ll have a new set of special moves if their teammates have to work together with the captains, so that they’ll gain their trust on them” said Yuto.

    “A combination of a blazing dragon and a reincarnated angel would be fitted to our team’s playbook. I’m sure that we’re going to work on that to make sure that our players will shine with their special moves” said Xenovia.

    “Exactly, Xenovia-san! I think that we’re going to have a winning combination in our hands” said Issei.

    “Yeah, I agree, Issei-kun. I’m confident that you and your teammates are ready for the first matches in the qualifiers. I see the enthusiasm of yours powering up” said Rias.

    “Yes, I have, Rias-san. Whenever there’s a match, I’ll make sure that I’ll be ready to blaze up by my own force! I’ll also help my teammates to go on fire, so that we’ll dominate the entire match” said Issei.

    “Well, then, make sure that you won’t disappoint me since you’re the High-Class Devil, Issei-kun. I’ll be cheering for you!” said Rias.

    “Okay, I will make you proud, Rias-san!” said Issei.

    Millarca Vordenburg arrives to meet Issei and his friends. “Hi, everyone!”

    “Millarca-san! It’s good to see you in casual clothing” said Issei.

    “Yep. I had some research on different participants of the qualifiers such as the Fukushima Crimsons, the Legion of Reniveus, the Yellow League of Chusugu, the Sagiyama Archers and the Tigers of Kyuremuro” said Millarca.

    “Oh! That’s very interesting, Millarca-san! I’m sure that we want to see the players out there before tournament. It will be easy to make their strategies before the game” said Rossweisse.

    “Nice research, Millarca-san! I’m sure that Xenovia and Yuto need those papers, so that they’ll be discussing it to the players before the game” said Rias.

    “You got it, Rias-sama!” said Millarca.

    “Millarca-san!” said Elmenhilde.

    “Oh, Elmen-san!” said Millarca.

    “I’m glad that you had researched about the participants of the qualifiers. I’m sure that our players will be able to know about their strengths and weaknesses. That way, they’ll have to watch out for those during the game” said Elmenhilde.

    “Yep” said Millarca.

    “I would be honest if you want to play with us for a while, Millarca-san. You looked busy with some other things, but since it’s a vacation, you can freely do whatever you want” said Valerie.

    “Oh, sure, Valerie-san” said Millarca.

    “Oh, great. Now, there will be another girl to join with us for the game of cards” said Koneko.

    “That girl never played the game of cards with us before, but we’ll find out if she’s good on those” said Ravel.

    “I guess that it’s better to multiply the number of players if we need more to gather with” said Le Fay.

    “The game of cards is not the trickiest game we ever played, Gasper-nii. I would have won a match on that if I picked the luckiest card, but I always get bad luck” said Kunou.

    “Oh, it’s okay, Kunou. I would be delighted if you picked the right card. Mine has four luckiest cards, which was fine with me” said Gasper.

    “Luck doesn’t run out, Kunou-san. Just make sure that you’ll find the biggest number not the joker card” said Orphis.

    “Okay, I got it, Gasper-nii and Orphis-chan” said Kunou.

    “Ah, I’m not sure if what the first matches would be” said Lint.

    “Well, it says on the schedule, the first matches will be Kurehana in the boys and Marasagi in the girls” Yuto.

    “Both teams were much talented with some Middle-Class Devils have their own powers while some of them have their own auras to show up” said Xenovia.

    “I’m sure that we will win those matches, Yuto-kun and Xenovia-san. They are not tough bad to beat, but I would say that they have some good players to face with” said Irina.

    “And also, these players are different than us because of the level. Most of us are from the Middle-Class Devil, which is unique to make special moves. I’m the only person that has the status of High-Class Devil” said Issei.

    “You got that right, guys. Let’s make sure that we’ll win our matches, so that we’ll make it to the next round. Right, team?” said Yuto.

    “Yeah, Yuto!” said Issei and his friends as they’re finally ready to play hard with their strength and willpower for the qualifiers for the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games.

    On the next day, the first day of the qualifiers begin as Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf will start their journey, trying to sweep the eliminations, so that they’ll be on top of the tournament. The montage will show the highlights of the matches of Team Hyodo-Kikuchiba. At the start of the qualifiers, 24 teams from both boys’ and girls’ tournaments would meet with each other at the Kuoh General Gymnasium. The song 「SWITCH」 by Minami was used as the background song for the montage. This song was the opening theme song of High School DxD HeRO.

    First up, the first match for the boys against the boys of Kurehana, Issei and his teammates would start powering up their moves via Issei’s Scale Mail. Issei performs his moves against his opponents before driving them out, allowing him to score for under the basket layups. Later, Issei passes the ball to Reiji with the Blazing Dragon Pass, which allows him to increase his acceleration while passing the ball.

    “Reiji-san! Catch!” said Issei while using the Blazing Dragon Pass.

    Reiji grabs the ball with his right hand in a perfect catch. “I got it, Issei-kun!” Reiji would shoot the ball with the Growling Tiger Clutch Fadeaway Shot in the post.

    Then, Keisuke Ōtsuka blocks the shot his opponent Akihiro Morita while Yoshiaki Tatsumi grabs the ball for the rebound. Yoshiaki creates the fast break play before passing the ball to Reiji, who would convert the three-point shot and it is good to go. Kyō Ōshima posts up against Chūichi Kiyama, who tries to find an opening to shoot. Kyō was able to box out Chūichi, who would miss the spin layup. Issei grabs the ball for the rebound and starts running through the other side of the court. Issei would stop there at the three-point line before calling Keisuke the screen on Mamoru Nakamura. Issei would drive his way to the paint before passing the ball to Yoshiaki, who would shoot the three-point shot and it’s good to go.

    The buzzer was sounded as the first match is over with Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf defeated the boys of Kurehana with the score of 110-95. Issei and his teammates give each other’s high fives after getting their first victory.

    “Alright! Our first victory, guys!” said Issei.

    “Yeah, that’s awesome, Issei-kun!” said Keisuke.

    “I’m glad that we have started the eliminations with that win!” said Reiji.

    “Hopefully, we’ll get our second win later in the match against Mitosugi” said Yoshiaki.

    “That way, we’ll be 2-0 by the end of the day” said Kyō.

    “You got it!” said Issei.

    In the first match for the girls’ team, Irina and her girls are battling against the girls of Marasagi. Irina would power up her Angelic Mode as she performs some angelic moves against her opponents while getting her boost on her acceleration. Asuna Misugi shot the jumper over the face of Nanako Ikegami while Kozue Murayama dunked the ball after driving past two of her opponents in the paint. Irina grabs the ball for the rebound after Keiko Asakura missed the jump shot and then, activates the Bright Angel Acceleration where she increased her speed while dribbling the ball. Irina performs the crossover moves on Keiko before driving her with her strength. Irina successfully shoots the ball with the Angel Layup.

    At the end of the match, the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf defeated the girls of Marasagi, 92-78. Irina gives her teammates a high five after the match.

    “Nice job, girls! We got our first win!” said Irina.

    “Yeah!” said Asuna, Asami, Kozue and Angela.

    “That was awesome, Irina! I’m so happy that we have dominated the match!” said Kozue.

    “Turns out to be a great match because we have worked well with our style of play!” said Asami.

    “You got that right, Asami-san! Next up, we’re going up against the Tigers of Kyuremuro!” said Irina.

    “Yeah!” said Asuna, Asami, Kozue and Angela.

    The second game would be more interesting for Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf as they’re hopefully going to get their second wins in the elimination. For the boys, backup players such as Nobuhisa and Hiroshi were able to step up in the entire game while giving both Seiichi and Eiji their first minutes in the game, trying to please Issei with their performance. The boys of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf defeated the boys of Mitosugi, 87-76, to get their second win.

    On the other hand, the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf and the Tigers of Kyuremuro are squaring off in the court. Irina would battle against Kana Ishikawa for the battle of angels. Kana Ishikawa is a first year high school student in Kyuremuro and she’s one of the top players in the Kuoh Metropolis.

    “I hope that you will try to stop me, Irina-san, because I got better strength than you!” said Kana Ishikawa.

    “Oh, yeah, Kana-san. I had some good moves to show you!” said Irina.

    “Well, then, I will make sure that you won’t score your shot!” said Kana.

    “Oh, you’re trying to trap me, eh? Then, we’ll see about that! Let’s duel!” said Irina.

    “Okay!” said Kana. Both Irina and Kana clash with each other where Irina used her pattern, trying to make sure that she’ll get out of Kana’s way. Kana tries to lay a trap on Irina, but Irina was so strong to drive past her with her Angelic Mode, making sure that she’s proving very well against her opponent. Irina would shoot the ball with the layup without missing it.

    Later, when Kana challenged Irina in a challenge where they’ll try their best to score as many as they can. Kana had been good in three-point shooting because she was able to convert those shots easily while Irina was able to accelerate herself, trying to score post or three-points shots right away. At the end of the match, Irina had proved the best as she defeated Kana by a spare point. Irina has 28 while Kana has 27. Not only Irina did well, but her team had won their second match against the Tigers of Kyuremuro with the score of 81-73.

    “Wow! You’re so strong, Irina-san! I can’t believe that you beat me fair and square” said Kana after seeing her team lost the match.

    “Yep. I’m better than you, Kana-san, because I’m the Self-Proclaiming Angel!” said Irina.

    “Atta girl, Irina-san!” said Xenovia.

    “You’re doing great with your performance!” said Asia.

    “I’m so happy that you have shown your opponent who my childhood friend is!” said Issei, giving Irina a thumbs-up.

    Irina winks her right eye while saying to Issei. “Yeah, I agree, Issei-kun!”

    The next day, the third and fourth matches were held in that day as the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf are hoping to get their spots at the knockout tournament early. In the third match for Issei and his boys, the boys of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf continue to dominate their blazing strategy against their next opponent, the boys of Yonakumuro. Also, Nobuhisa and Hiroshi came out from the bench to score the combined 18 points and 7 assists in the game. In the last seconds of the game, Issei passes the ball to Kyō and Kyō goes for the Ace’s Tussle Dunk to get their third win against their opponents, 80-72.

    On the other hand, the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf take on the girls of Ekunabara, who were very good with their post shooting and lockdown defense. Xenovia calls up Lint Sellzen, Minami Murayama and Kaori Katase to be part of the starting lineup.

    “Lint! Murayama! Katase! You’re up!” said Xenovia.

    “Okay, Xenovia-sensei!” said Lint, Murayama and Katase.

    The three girls start working together with their own pattern as they’re trying to best the girls of Ekunabara. Lint uses the Shield of Sellzen, creating a defensive force to stop her opponents from getting their way to the paint. Katase was able to shoot the ball with the driving layup after driving past Ayumi Kitahara while Murayama performs the ankle breaker move to let her opponent Midori Tadokoro stumble to the ground. Murayama steps back and shoots the ball with her special jump shot known as the Pink Heart Jump Shot.

    Irina was impressed of Lint’s performance when the latter was coming out from the bench to play for the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf. “Wow! That Sellzen-san was playing like a faceup four! I can’t believe that she had done very good with her willpower!”

    “Yeah, Irina-san. I like her style of play because she was able to know about her opponents’ move through her special ability, the Vision of Sigurd. She has a high IQ and she was able to deliver the blow of her opponents by combining her slashing and striking moves that were used when Lint was battling against her opponents in the Rating Game” said Xenovia.

    “I believe that the addition of Lint allows our team to get more shooting regimen for the frontcourt players and this will deliver some defensive stops against their opponents. It fits for the players like Angela, Mizuho, Chieko, Rumi, Lisa, Katase and Kozue to go hard with their stamina and acceleration” said Elmenhilde.

    “Yeah, Elmen-san! The frontcourt players like me have improved their skills and attributes, thanks to the trainings we have. I hope that they’ll get used to it when they’re going to show their true formation in the court” said Irina.

    “I agree, Irina-san” said Xenovia and Elmenhilde.

    “So, hopefully, our girls will keep on making their moves that are blazing and angelic and speaking of angelic, the players have done their performance like the way they battled in the Rating Game” said Xenovia.

    “Ah, yeah! I’m feeling that they’re more like warriors because they wanted to be more determined to show up, so that they’ll have their chance to win the game. I would be more delighted to see my fellow teammates working well as warriors in our team” said Irina.

    “Exactly, Irina-san! That’s why our players have delivered some good finishes that may surprise our opponents, which may be more shocking as it would be decent to increase their teamwork” said Elmenhilde.

    “Teamwork can lead to domination, which is the main key of winning every game” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah, I agree with that, Xenovia-san! If the bench players have made the difference to do well, then they’ll be able to contribute themselves to win!” said Irina.

    “You bet!” said Xenovia while Elmenhilde nods her head to agree with Irina.

    At the end of the match, the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf have defeated the girls of Ekunabara, 75-62, to earn their third win. In the next match for Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf, Issei and his boys are going up against the Harakuro Blossoms, which is led by Kōsuke Aoki. Issei and Kōsuke have faced with each other with their red auras coming out in their bodies. Issei’s Scale Mail boosts his moves when he’s battling against Kōsuke. Issei would drive past Kōsuke with the combination of crossover and hesitation moves and shoot the ball with the Burning Crimson Layup.

    Later, Reiji would ‘break’ Shōjirō Tadamori’s ankle with his special move, Raging Tiger Ankle Breaker. Then, Reiji dashes his way to shoot the ball with the Tiger Clutch Dunk with his left hand. The audience in the Kuoh General Gymnasium had been surprised to see Reiji’s special dunk move. Then, Issei calls Motohama and Matsuda to lay a trap on Kōsuke before going to use the crossover escape move to get away from Kōsuke. Issei successfully converts the fadeaway shot in the perimeter. At the end of the match, Issei and his team led to a 21-point victory against the Harakuro Blossoms, 108-87, to get their fourth straight win and punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.

    In the match between the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf and the Maegawa Heroes, Irina calls her teammates to form their Complete Synchronization Skill as they’re going to make sure that they’ll take out their opponents with their strength and acceleration.

    “Everyone! Form our zone!” said Irina.

    “Okay!” said Asuna, Asami, Kozue and Angela as Irina and her teammates have glowed their auras in their bodies to form the Angelic Lightning Synchronization. The electric waves are buzzing around the court when Irina made her team’s Complete Synchronization Skill.

    “Look at that, Akeno-san! Irina had finally showed her aura to form the Complete Synchronization Skill for her team” said Rias.

    “Ah, yes! I can’t wait to see what Irina does when she’s using some new moves to surprise her opponents. I bet that she’s going to make a new move that is more resembled to the Holy Lightning I made” said Akeno.

    “Well, I would be surprised to see that, Akeno-san! Irina is ready to go on fire!” said Asia.

    “That will be more perfect just like her ability, the Master Swordswoman” said Yuto.

    “I agree, Yuto-kun. It’s perfect to see Irina in Master Swordswoman ability. She’s so angelic when she has a smile on her face” said Koneko.

    “Yeah, I agree, Koneko-san” said Yuto.

    “Make sure that you won’t lose your aura, Irina-san!” said Issei.

    “You got it, Issei-kun! I got that because I’ll judge their sins!” said Irina as she performs the behind the back move against Fumiko Akatsuki. Then, Irina would use her haste to drive past Fumiko while draining her stamina and shoot the ball with the Pure Angel Layup to score for two points.

    “Alright, Irina-san! You got that new move!” said Issei.

    “Yeah, Issei-kun! I’m increasing my speed when I’m using my special move. I’m going to show to my opponents my strength of judgement!” said Irina.

    “Okay, then! Go for it!” said Issei.

    “Yes, I will!” said Irina.

    The game continues with Irina and her teammates make their defensive formation, the Lightbound Boost Zone. Irina’s defense would be compatible with that ability, allowing her to increase her strength. She posts up against Fumiko while her teammate Asuna tries to steal the ball over Riko Mimori. Riko steps back as she goes away from Asuna before trying to shoot the ball with the jump shot. However, Kozue takes the shot contest on that shot.

    “Oh no, you don’t! You’ll not gonna make it!” said Kozue. Her shot contest proves better as Riko’s shot was missed and the ball would be landed on Angela’s hands.

    “Here you go, Irina!” said Angela Drechsler, speaking in German. Angela had sometimes speaking in Japanese as she was enrolled to a Japanese learning school in Kuoh.

    Irina grabs the ball with her right hand and then, thanks Angela for the rebound. “Thanks, Angela-san!” Irina would run through the other side of the court while calling Asami to be her passer. “Here, Asami-san! Do your role!”

    “Yes, I will!” said Asami after catching the ball. Asami would perform the between the legs move on Chidori Takezono before she steps back, powering up her move. “I’m going to unleash my power!” Asami would drive past Chidori with the Flaming Arrow Drive before seeing Asuna, who’s guarded by Riko Mimori in the post.

    “Let me get the ball, Asami-san!” said Asuna.

    “Okay!” said Asami as she passes the ball to Asuna with the Spherehead Pass. In order to prevent her opponent Riko from getting the ball, Asuna uses her acceleration before getting the ball simultaneously.

    “Hey, that’s the Braveheart Catch!” said Murayama.

    “It looks like Asuna had upgraded her speed to match with Irina’s!” said Katase.

    “I’m going to say that Asuna had been a great job in getting the ball to get away from her opponents and now, this is her enhanced move to make her shine” said Lint.

    “Yeah!” said Murayama and Katase. Asuna would go for the pump fake on Riko before shooting the ball with the Crimson Drench Floater, a variant of her floater.

    As the match continues, Irina and her teammates make their good job in taking down their opponents’ offense while continue to score points. In the end, they defeated the Maegawa Heroes, 100-79.

    “We did it, girls! Just like Issei and his team, we also get our fourth victory!” said Irina.

    “That will allow us to make it to the quarterfinals!” said Angela.

    “Yeah, Angela-san! I’m so happy that we have finally worked out with our performance just like that!” said Irina.

    “We already know that we have a lot of stamina and speed to work out since the training” said Asuna.

    “Our defense had been on a good roll, thanks to our Complete Synchronization Skill” said Kozue.

    “That’s why we get the job done by doing what is right to step on hastily” said Asami.

    “You got it, girls!” said Irina.

    “Oh, I’m so happy that you have punched the ticket to the quarterfinals! We’re on a roll right now, Irina-san!” said Xenovia.

    “That’s right, Xenovia-san! Even we still have one more game, we still work together to make sure that we’ll judge their sins with our moves!” said Irina.

    “Yeah!” said Asuna, Asami, Kozue and Angela.

    “That’s great! Now, it’s time to call for celebration for your team and Issei’s team!” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah!” said Irina, Asuna, Asami, Kozue and Angela.

    Later, the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf are having a celebratory dinner at the Hyodo Residence where they were eating some Japanese dishes that were made by Le Fay and Rossweisse.

    “Let’s thank the food since we have four wins in a row!” said Issei.

    “Okay!” said the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf.

    “Thanks for the food!” said Issei. Then, the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf would say the same thing before Issei starts to pick his own food. “Let’s eat!”

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf as everyone start picking the piece of the dishes before they eat together in the dining area of the Hyodo Residence.

    As they eat their dishes together, the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf are enjoyed talking with each other after their matches, which was very synchronizing. Xenovia, Irina, Asia and Lint are having a conversation of their own.

    “Well, it’s a blessing of joy since we have made it to the quarterfinals as the top team, but we still have one more game left to finish it off the eliminations” said Irina.

    “Yeah, Irina-san. I would say that we might be making it to the Kurenese East Asian Games if we keep on using our formation at the same time. I’m sure that the other players are feeling excited about making it” said Xenovia.

    “Of course not, Xenovia-san! I feel happy to see my other teammates have their smiles being made after the victory against Maegawa” said Irina.

    “Yeah! It seems that the teamwork had been paid off when we worked on our strategy every single match. I’m going to say that we have developed our team chemistry even though some of us haven’t performed yet” said Lint.

    “Even the boys have been a great job in holding off their opponents without losing their cool” said Asia.

    “Yeah, I agree, Asia-san! Our players have kept their confidence before, during and after the game, which means they worked together, so that they’re not gonna lose their hope” said Xenovia.

    “I would say that hope is the only way to make us blessed. That’s how the Angels do for their mission” said Lint.

    “Ah, yes! I really remember that, Lint-san. That reminds me of Michael giving me an advice about people around the human world. I’m sure that we have understand about those things, Xenovia-san” said Irina.

    “Of course, we learned those about humans, Irina-san. I would be more delighted if we will see more of those humans once we get back home to Ōta after the qualification” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah, Xenovia-san!” said Asia, Irina and Lint. Lint was very confident about meeting with the humans ever since she entered the human world also known as Earth.

    Xenovia would switch her topic while starting to be serious. “Right now, we’re going to focus on the last game of the eliminations, which is against Kunokarai. Kunokarai is the Kurenese language for Tochigi, which is a close neighboring prefecture to Kuoh. They have the representatives known as the Kunokarai Hearts. I’m not sure if you have familiar with them.”

    The girls didn’t know about their next opponent for the qualifiers. Irina shakes her head while saying only one word. “Uh, nope.”

    “Me neither” said Asami.

    “I don’t think we have seen them, Xenovia-san” said Murayama.

    “Yeah” said Katase.

    However, Akeno raises her hand to talk with Xenovia. “Uh, I would be honest if I’ll explain about that team.”

    “Okay, Akeno-san. Go on” said Xenovia.

    Akeno explains about Kunokarai and their representatives for the qualifiers. “Well, there are neighboring areas in Kuoh, which may be stronger than us occasionally, but if I remember correctly, Kunokarai is a city that has few Devils, which may not be exotic as we are. However, they are very sympathetic to themselves, even when they lose the battle. I say that the Kunokarai Hearts are not very bad in basketball. They have Hisayo Nakamura and Minae Shibasaki, but also they have a 15-year old high schooler named Miyuki Ishihara, the big girl from Kiyokuno High School.”

    “That girl must be a first year high schooler” said Michiko Nishino.

    “I don’t mind if she was taking her potential to be a full-time Devil” said Mizuho Anzai.

    “She is a Low-Class Devil, Mizuho-san. Miyuki had participated at the Rating Game, representing the same team Xenovia mentioned earlier, the Kunokarai Hearts. That team had been the top group in Kunokarai because they have strategic plays to make sure that they’ll take their opponents’ fortress once they beat the last person from that area” said Irina.

    “Well, I would mind if we can check out the video clips about them, Irina-san” said Lint. “That way, we’ll be going to make a strategy when we face them tomorrow.”

    “Oh, sure, Lint-san!” said Irina.

    A few minutes later, the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf have watched the video of the match between the Kunokarai Hearts and the girls of Ekunabara in a platform television. The members of the Kunokarai Hearts have used their barrier when they’re defending their court against the girls of Ekunabara.

    “Hmmm… so those girls are really tough to beat, even they have won two games against both Ekunabara and Marasagi” said Chieko Tabuse.

    “Yeah, they should be losing their acceleration when we will use our own counterattack to break those barriers they created” said Kozue.

    “Well, to be honest, girls, those barriers are not just different from the Rating Game, but they have their own formation through a symbol” said Lint.

    “What symbol, Lint-san?” asked Xenovia.

    “It’s an inverted arrow. It’s like this” said Lint while using her index finger to show the diagram of an inverted arrow that was used by the Kunokarai Hearts.

    “Oh! I get it now, Lint-san. That used to be a strong barrier that can cut their opponents’ offense” said Irina.

    “I believe that they are one of the defensive-minded teams to beat in this qualifying event, but they aren’t much tougher than I thought. I think that you’re right about what the other players said earlier. They lose their acceleration when they defend themselves” said Asia.

    “I’m sure that there is a way that you can break their defensive barrier, Xenovia” said Elmenhilde.

    “Of course, Elmen-san. I think that we will have an idea of breaking this formation” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah!” said the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf.

    “I hope that you’ll do it, Xenovia-san. I will trust your strategy no matter what you have worked on” said Issei.

    “Exactly, Issei-kun, and by the way, your match against Sagiyama would be a battle for the top spot. I hope that you will win that match, so that your team will make it to the top” said Xenovia.

    “Of course, I will!” said Issei.

    “That’s great, Issei-kun!” said Xenovia, smiling on her face to Issei. The confidence continued to grow for Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf as they are going to eye their fifth straight win, so that they will become the top teams in their groups and guarantee their top spots in the quarterfinals.

    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 8: "A New Angelic and Harmonious Era in Ōta" | Chapter 158: “The Return to Kuoh: Qualifiers for the Basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games”

    Part 2

    On the third day of the qualifiers, the fifth and final round of the group stage are held in separate venues and this is Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf’s chance to sweep their group.

    At the bench, Xenovia talks to the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf about the strategy she had worked on last night.

    “Okay, everyone! This is it. We should be more confident to win this last game of the eliminations, so that we’ll make it to the quarterfinals as the top team of the East Nikurenai Group. I finally made a strategy when we’re battling against the Kunokarai Hearts. It’s called the Excalibur-Durandal Formation.”

    “What a nice name you made, Xenovia-san, but I have question. What that formation does?” said Irina.

    “It’s the formation where all players must stand guard against their opponents with the power of striking moves in basketball-style. That means, we can defuse their opponents’ acceleration as well as their stamina, so that they won’t be able to break us down. It will be the solution to make defensive stops against opponents like them” said Xenovia.

    “So, if we are on offense, we need to pattern our moves while they are using that barrier?” asked Asami.

    “Yes, of course, Asami-san. I decided to make it sparked with this new formation, so that it will break down their defense all in one swoop” said Xenovia.

    “It’s more like your Durandal, Xenovia-san! I’m sure that we can make destruction on those girls from Kunokarai” said Irina.

    “You got it, Irina-san!” said Xenovia with a wink on her left eye. “Now, for the lineups, it will be composed of Asuna Misugi (PG), Asami Shimizu (SG), Kozue Murayama (SF), Irina Shido (PF) and Lint Sellzen (C).”

    When her name was mentioned by Xenovia, Lint was surprised about the new lineup for the last game. “Me, as a center?”

    “Yeah, Lint-san. Since you have been a great shooter and a defender when you came out from the bench for the first four games, I decided to give you a chance to be in the lineup for this game” said Xenovia.

    “I would be glad to, Xenovia-san. Even I’m not a sixth woman, I hope that it will work for me to stop our opponents for sure” said Lint.

    “You got it, Lint-san! Just make sure that you make me proud!” said Xenovia.

    “Okay, I will, Xenovia-san! I promise!” said Lint, which makes Xenovia smile.

    Elmenhilde and Gapser would add some information about the Kunokarai Hearts.

    “Girls! There are other things about the Kunokarai Hearts. One, they are not good in on-ball defense in the paint, which means you must use the double team to make sure that they can’t shoot the ball or steal it without committing a hard foul” said Elmenhilde.

    “And two, when those girls have weakness in their pace and space play. You can commit any of their players a turnover by using any move that is related to either the Excalibur-Durandal Formation or the Angelic Lightning Synchronization. That way, you have the advantage for you to shoot easily” said Gasper.

    “Okay, we understand, Elmenhilde-sensei and Gasper-sensei!” said the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf.

    “Now, let’s make that match another win for us!” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah!” said the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf as they are finally ready to battle against the Kunokarai Hearts for their last game of the group stage.

    After bowing before the referee Kunihisa Wakabayashi, Irina and Lint would walk with each other before the game starts.

    “Wow. I can’t believe that Xenovia had given me a spot to be the starting center for this match. I can’t wait to see what I can do with you to work together!” said Lint.

    “Well, I’m happy with your new role that you have part in the lineup, Lint-san. Also, while I’m using my special moves, you need to focus on your opponent. If you want to use your Shield of Sellzen, it’s up to you. I want you to make sure that you and I will make destruction against those girls from Kunokarai” said Irina.

    “Of course, I would, Irina-san! Shall we work together as a team?” said Lint.

    “You got it!” said Irina.

    The referee Kunihisa Wakabayashi releases the ball before both Lint and Miyuki jump from the center circle. Lint tips the ball, making her team gets the possession for the first quarter.

    During the game, Irina and Lint are trying to work together in defeating the Kunokarai Hearts. Irina battles against Minae Shibasaki while Lint takes on Miyuki. When Irina dribbles the ball, Lint is sensing on Minae.

    “That opponent of Irina-san is very good in taking the ball easily. I don’t think that’s going to happen” said Lint. A few seconds later, Minae tries to steal the ball with the jab, but Irina sways the ball quickly.

    “Darn it! That girl was so fast!” said Minae Shibasaki.

    “Told you that I’m so good with my speed!” said Irina before she steps back before doing the escape move to get away from Minae. Irina looks at Lint, who was running through outside the three-point line. “Here you go, Lint-san! Shoot!”

    “Okay, Irina-san!” said Lint as she is trying to shoot the three-point shot, but Miyuki tries to block that shot. However, Lint goes for pump fake to get away from Miyuki and then, shoots the ball with the jump shot in the perimeter and the ball drives to the basket.

    “You made it, Lint-san! You have made that shot, thanks to my angelic assist!” said Irina.

    “Yeah, Irina-san! Looks like we have just started our combination” said Lint.

    “You got it right, Lint-san! Now, let’s make some more moves, so that we’ll both shine!” said Irina.

    “Yeah!” said Lint.

    The next scene shows Irina guarding Minae, who is holding the ball. Minae uses her own pattern, trying to drive past Irina, which was successful. When Minae reaches to the paint, she tries to shoot the ball with the floater, but Lint blocks that shot easily.

    “Get that shot out of here!” said Lint while her hustle had been increased through her stamina.

    Irina grabs the ball for the rebound before passing the ball to Asami. Asami drives her way to the other side of the court before she goes the crossover move on Hisayo Nakamura. Asami accelerates herself to drive past Hisayo before seeing Lint.

    “Lint-san! Catch!” said Asami.

    Lint would go for the stomp to increase her acceleration before grabbing the ball in one second.

    “Wow! That looks like she’s using the stomp!” said Murayama.

    “That move makes her acceleration going up in one stage!” said Katase.

    “I believe that it’s getting real for that girl!” said Millarca.

    “Yeah, Millarca-san! I’m sure that Lint had been a good wielder when she is using her swords, but when it comes to the game of basketball, she’s not berserk to scare her opponents down way” said Elmenhilde.

    “I agree, Elmen-san! I’m going to say that there are a lot of good players who can take care of the court while coming out from the bench. It really fits the role for Lint to play hard” said Millarca.

    “Yep!” said Elmenhilde.

    Lint would go for the floater instead of the dunk and the ball drives to the basket. Lint is not good in making dunk moves because she doesn’t want to lose her acceleration as well as her hustle.

    Irina calls Lint for the screen on Minae, which allows Irina to get away from Minae before passing the ball to Asuna. Asuna would shoot the three-point shot and it’s good to go.

    “Wow! Even she was called to get the screen on Minae, she was very fast to post her up!” said Murayama.

    “That’s because her acceleration boosted her use of screen, which allows her to get more hustle to stop her opponents impromptu” said Katase.

    “Well, I guess that we need that girl who has great speed and acceleration, Katase!” said Murayama.

    “Yeah!” said Katase.

    The next set of scenes continue with Lint and Irina working together in both offense and defense. In the defense, Lint posts up against Miyuki before blocking the latter’s hook shot. After that, Irina takes the rebound by grabbing the ball before she passes it to Kozue. In the offense, Irina calls Lint for the screen on Minae just like earlier. Lint was so fast in guarding Minae while Irina quickly dashes in through the paint to shoot the ball with the layup.

    The combination of Irina and Lint makes the match more dominating for the girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf as they were able to score many points against the Kunokarai Hearts. When it reaches the fourth quarter, Irina and Lint came back from the court, continuing to dominate with their combination. After Lint forced Minae to miss the shot and Irina grabbed another rebound, the members of the Kunokarai have finally enough of being trailed by more than 20 points as Minae calls her teammates to form their barrier.

    “Everyone! Let’s fight them back with our barrier!” said Minae.

    “Okay!” said Asami Kanzaki, Hisayo, Kuni Ōtani and Miyuki. Minae and her teammates would form their barrier known as the Arch of Kunokarai.

    Irina and Lint are finally prepared to battle against the Arch of Kunokarai.

    “This is it, Irina-san. Just like what we watched their videos last night” said Lint.

    “Yeah, it feels like this is the great time to use both Angelic Lightning Synchronization and Excalibur-Durandal Formation” said Irina.

    “I feel your aura, Irina-san. I think that it’s time to do that” said Lint.

    “Okay!” said Irina. Irina would call her teammates to activate their Complete Synchronization Skill and the Excalibur-Durandal Formation. “Let’s activate our Angelic Lightning Synchronization, girls!”

    “Okay!” said Asuna, Asami Shimizu, Kozue and Lint. The yellow auras are glowing in the bodies of Irina and her teammates as the Angelic Lightning Synchronization had been activated.

    Then, Irina and her teammates shout together. “It’s time to counterattack that barrier!” The yellow auras would be combined with the silver auras, which is the part where the Excalibur-Durandal Formation had been generating. Once both auras have been merged, the Excalibur-Durandal Formation would be formed.

    “Whoa! Irina and her teammates are now ready to go on fire!” said Yuto.

    “Looks like they’re ready to go to make sure that they’ll break that barrier that we watched last night” said Ravel.

    “I hope that they will finally make it. That barrier really scares me for a moment” said Koneko.

    “Yep. And now, this is going to be more interesting to see that battle, everyone. It’s barrier versus sword. Who will win this duel?” said Issei.

    “We better find out, Issei-kun. This is going to be more like a clash of two teams that have their own pride and honor” said Yuto.

    “Yeah!” said Issei.

    Irina passes the ball to Asami Shimizu, who would run through the other side of the court. Asami would clash against Hisayo with both girls have shown their patterns at the same time. Hisayo tries to steal the ball, but Asami sways the ball away before doing the crossover spin move to get away from Hisayo.

    “What the?!” shrieked Hisayo.

    “You gotta be kidding me!” said Asami Kanzaki.

    “Don’t let her enter to the paint, Miyuki-san!” said Minae.

    “Okay! I’m on it!” said Miyuki as she’s about to stop Asami Shimizu from going to the paint.

    However, Lint comes to the rescue. “Oh no, you don’t! You can’t stop her!” Lint would strike the barrier, getting the screen on Miyuki.

    “What?!” shouted Miyuki.

    “Gotcha!” said Irina.

    Miyuki was trapped by Lint as the latter had used her arms to increase her hustle in screening the former.

    “Great screen, Lint-san!” said Asami Shimizu while Lint smiles on her face to the former. “Now, it’s time to bring more destruction with this pass!”

    Asami Shimizu passes the ball to Asuna before Asuna steps back away from Asami Kanzaki. When Asami Kanzaki tries to grab the ball, Asuna runs through the right before passing the ball to Kozue. Kozue would step up with the jab before doing the between the legs move on Kuni.

    “Oh, look at that! Kozue had been shining through her own style of play!” said Ravel.

    “Kozue had eased her way to break the barrier down by creating her own pattern to power up her acceleration” said Koneko.

    “This might be fantastic to see that pattern to make sure that the barrier will be broken soon” said Le Fay.

    “Yeah, we agree!” said Koneko and Ravel.

    Kozue would go for the pump fake on Kuni, who tried to snatch the ball badly. Then, Kozue passes the ball to Irina, who is outside from the paint, and Irina shoots the ball with the jump shot.

    Nice shot, Irina-san! It feels good to have that formation going on fire!” said Lint.

    “Yeah! Now that we have that formation going up, we should be good enough to take care of our opponents” said Irina.

    “You got that right, Irina-san!” said Lint.

    The match continues with both teams are using their strategies to see which strategy proves to be better. Kozue calls Lint the screen on Kuni before driving away through the other side, passing the ball to Asami Shimizu. Asami would shoot the ball with the fadeaway shot and the ball drives to the basket. Irina guards against Minae, who tried take her away. Then, Minae tries to pass the ball to Hisayo, but Asuna tips the ball, allowing Kozue to get the ball for the steal.

    “Nice steal, Kozue-san!” said Asami Shimizu.

    Kozue would run through the other side of the court before passing the ball to Asuna. Asuna does the fake on Asami Kanzaki and then, nails the Cherry Blossom Striking Jump Shot, a variant of a jump shot, in the free throw to score two more points.

    “Nice shot, Asuna-san!” said Irina as she gives Asuna a high five.

    “Thanks, Irina-san! My speed is getting better than I had played in the last four games” said Asuna.

    “Good for you, Asuna-san! We’re not done yet because we still have more minutes left to play and let’s make sure that we’ll walk away with the win” said Irina.

    “Yeah, we should keep on dominating!” said Asuna.

    “You got it!” said Irina.

    Kuni passes the ball to Hisayo before Hisayo would be guarded by Asami Shimizu and Irina.

    “Oh, crap! They trapped me!” said Hisayo.

    “I’ll take care of this!” said Asami Shimizu as she tips the ball from the hands of Hisayo before taking the ball for the steal. Asami Shimizu would run through the other side of the court before seeing Lint in the paint.

    “Pass the ball to Lint, Asami-san! She needs that!” said Irina.

    “Okay, Irina-san! You should be happy for this!” said Asami Shimizu before passing the ball to Lint with the Spherehead Pass.

    “Nice pass, Asami-san!” said Lint before shooting the ball with the close layup.

    “Alright! Nothing but net!” said Asuna.

    “Looks like we’re still in the lead, folks! We should walk away with the win for sure” said Kozue.

    “Yeah, Kozue-san! But I don’t know if they’ll be trying to take us again” said Asami Shimizu.

    “Don’t worry, Asami-san! We got us!” said Lint.

    “So, you should be patient and let make them judged on their sins!” said Irina.

    “Yeah!” said Asuna, Asami Shimizu and Kozue.

    The members of the Kunokarai Hearts are now on offense, trying to score a single point after they got 9 points in the two minutes. Asami Kanzaki tries to ‘break’ the ankles of Asuna, but Asuna’s Brave Dragon Simulator ability doesn’t want to allow her to be stumbled.

    “Oh, wow! You’re not tumbled, aren’t you?” said Asami Kanzaki.

    “Yep. I’m not going to let you get past though!” said Asuna.

    “Hmph! Then, I’ll show you what the real Devil is, girl!” said Asami Kanzaki as she makes her pattern, trying to get past Asuna. Later, Asami finally drives past Asuna with the acceleration drive before seeing Kuni without an opponent. “Catch, Kuni-san!”

    Kuni grabs the ball with her right hand before shooting the ball with the fadeaway shot, but Irina goes for the shot contest, making sure that the shot of her opponent misses.

    “I’m not gonna let you shoot, Kuni-san!” said Irina while stretching her right arm for the shot contest. The ball doesn’t drive into the basket as the ball bounces off from the rim and out.

    “I’ll take care of this!” said Asami Shimizu as she grabs the ball before passing the ball to Lint. Lint runs through her acceleration before passing the ball to Irina.

    “Irina-san!” said Lint as she passes the ball to Irina with the Purplish Silver Incinerate Pass.

    Irina grabs the ball while draining her stamina out. “Nice move, Lint-san!” Irina would shoot the ball with the Pure Angelic Shot, a variant of a jump shot, and the ball drives to the basket.

    Miyuki battles against Lint, who is posting up against the former. “I don’t want to get pissed off if you try to lay a trap on me!”

    “Oh, yeah, then I’ll make sure that you don’t score more!” said Lint as she uses her hands to make more hustle for her. Miyuki would step back before doing the crossover move on Lint. Miyuki performs the escape move on Lint before trying to shoot the ball with the hook shot.

    However, Lint doesn’t want to give up now. “I told you that there’s no way you can score, Miyuki-san!” Miyuki growls in anger after her shot was blocked.

    Kozue grabs the ball for the rebound before running through the other side of the court. Then, Irina and Asami Shimizu run together to the paint. “Irina-san!” Kozue passes the ball to Irina with the Freezing Heat Pass.

    Irina quickly gets the ball before doing the crossover move on Minae through her pattern. Irina would go for the turnaround move to get away from Minae before Miyuki stops her.

    “Not so fast!” said Miyuki.

    “Darn it! You’re so good! But you know what, I got someone on my back!” said Irina.

    “Yes, it is!” said Lint as she gets the screen on Miyuki.

    “Oh, my goodness! That freaked me out!” said Miyuki.

    “That’s right, Miyuki-san!” said Irina while shooting the ball with the Pure Angelic Shot once again. The ball drives to the basket. “There’s nothing you can do to stop us now!”

    “Yeah! You better through us first before you go for another trick!” said Lint.

    Miyuki grabs the ball and heads to the baseline to pass the ball to Asami Kanzaki. “Ah, geez. I can’t believe that you two are too strong! I can’t handle those two and I’m running out of my stamina.”

    “Yep. That’s because our strategy will run your stamina out if you can’t handle us!” said Lint.

    “Oh, yeah. I’m not done yet!” said Miyuki as she grabs the ball, thanks to the pass by Kuni, who got the ball earlier with the pass by Asami Kanzaki.

    “Well, then. I hope that you’re going to the paint, but my shield is coming” said Lint.

    Miyuki would run faster through the free throw line, but Shield of Sellzen triggers, which means Lint blocks the line between the paint and the mid-range, so that she’ll not let Miyuki pass through.

    “Alright! She uses her special move!” said Asia.

    “That will give Lint more strength to increase her hustle” said Yuto.

    “I’m so happy to see Lint on fire now” said Angela.

    “That’s right, Angela-san. With the combination of strength and hustle, our team would be in good shape to walk away with the win” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah, Xenovia-san!” said Asia, Yuto and Angela.

    Miyuki tries to get out of the shield, but Lint keeps blocking the former.

    “My hustle can’t be stopped, Miyuki-san! So, try if you want to shoot the ball often!” said Lint.

    “Gah! It makes me so mad! Then, I’ll finish you!” said Miyuki as she goes with the jab step before creating her own acceleration drive. “I won’t lose this duel with the likes of you!” Miyuki would drive past Lint, but the shield wasn’t destroyed yet.

    “Heh. You think that you’re going to drive past me. No way, Miyuki-san!” said Lint, smiling on her face that is resembled to Freed, but she’s very light-hearted. Miyuki tries to shoot the ball with the hook shot, but Lint blocks the shot at the same time.

    “Ah, you got me!” said Miyuki.

    The ball would be caught by Kozue before shouting at Lint. “Nice defense, Lint-san!”

    “Thanks, Kozue-san!” said Lint, giving Kozue a thumbs-up. Kozue would pass the ball to Asami Shimizu before Asami makes her way to dash through the other side of the court.

    “We should be fine right now, Asami-san” said Irina.

    “Yep. I would say that we’re going to win this match, so that we’ll become the top team in the group” said Asami Shimizu.

    “That’s right, Asmai-san!” said Irina before Asami Shimizu passes the ball to Irina with the Spearhead Pass. Irina would dazzle her way to drive past Minae one more time before shooting the ball with the Pure Angel Layup.

    The ball drives to the basket, which is the last shot made by Irina before the match is about to end.

    “Nice shot, Irina-san!” said Asami Shimizu.

    “That will end the match with another win!” said Lint.

    “You got that right! We just judged their sins with our strategy! I think that it’s mission accomplished, girls!” said Irina.

    “Yeah!” said Asami and Lint.

    A few minutes later, the buzzer was sounded, and the referee Kunihisa Wakabayashi announces the final score of the match. “Game over! Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf wins the match!” The scoreboard was displayed as the final score is 100-72.

    “Alright! We won the last match of the eliminations!” said Irina.

    “Yeah! That’s win #5!” said Asami Shimizu.

    “Which means, we’re going to the quarterfinals as the top team of our group!” said Lint.

    “Yeah!” said the other girls of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf.

    “Great job, girls! Now that we’re going to advance to the quarterfinals, we should be ready for some more challenge” said Xenovia.

    “Yeah, Xenovia-san! It’s better that we have made some good efforts to fight off against our opponents every single match. That way, we’re surely to be blessed. Right, girls?” said Irina.

    “Yeah, we agree, Irina-san!” said the members of the girls’ team of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf.

    “Congratulations with your team’s win! I guess that your team is ready to get more destruction when they’ll clash at the knockout tournament” said Issei.

    “That’s right, Issei-kun. By the way, your team will be up against the team from Sagiyama known as the Sagiyama Archers. They’re mostly ferocious with their defense, but also they’re good in using their stamina at the same time” said Xenovia.

    “They were also undefeated, just like your team, Issei-kun” said Asia.

    “So, this is your chance to sweep your group just like how Irina and her teammates did right now” said Gasper.

    “It will be delighted to make the double win for today, Issei-kun. Just make us proud!” said Elmenhilde.

    “Okay, I got it! I’ll make sure that my team will win our last match in the eliminations before we’re moving on to the next round!” said Issei.

    “That’s my boy, Issei-kun! I’m sure that you’ll have your guts to show up in our next match later. Let’s make sure that you will lead your team to another victory” said Yuto.

    “You bet, Yuto-kun!” said Issei.

    Later, the match between Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf would be taking on the Sagiyama Archers. Both teams have been undefeated since they have won four straight games since the first day, which means they’re going to the quarterfinals. However, in order to determine the Top 2 teams, both Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf and the Sagiyama Archers must face each other to see who the strongest team in the East Nikurenai Group is.

    The montage shows the players from both Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf and the Sagiyama Archers are showing their moves in the court. Both teams have battled for the lead, which Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf started on a hot run before the Sagiyama Archers would manage to grab the lead towards the end of the second quarter. In the third quarter, both teams run neck-and-neck with lead changes being made six times. Then, in the fourth quarter, both teams would still score more points, but the game is still tied. Issei was able to keep his stat sheet comfortably without committing a turnover or a foul.

    The scene changes with only 4:03 left in the game with the score is now tied at 81. During the timeout by Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf, he players from both sides are keeping their energy while giving the bench players to rest.

    Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf: Reiji Matsutomo (PG), Yoshiaki Tatsumi (SG), Issei Hyodo (SF), Keisuke Ōtsuka (PF), Kyō Ōshima (C)
    Sagiyama Archers: Nobuhiko Suginami (PG), Yūta Okamura (SG), Mitsuhiro Furusawa (SF), Atsuya Nakajima (PF), Yoshitaka Kanematsu (C)

    After the shot from the Sagiyama Archers missed with the shot clock winding down, Kyō Ōshima grabs the ball for the rebound and runs alongside with his teammates including Issei.

    “This has been taken so long. Why they didn’t use their Complete Synchronization Skill? I don’t understand what’s going on” said Murayama.

    “Yeah, I didn’t know that they haven’t glowed their auras yet” said Katase.

    “That’s a good question, Murayama-san. You see, Issei and his teammates were dealing with their own troubles during the mid-game. It means that they didn’t glow their crimson auras yet” said Rias.

    “But the good news is that they were able to escape the third quarter by regaining the lead with the backup players doing their great job in making the rally” said Akeno.

    “I would be more honest if they’re about to glow their auras while keeping their teamwork meter going up. When they will finally make it?” said Ravel.

    “Well, Issei said that there’s only determination that he can keep on, so that he’ll play like a Blazing Red Dragon. He said that once the teamwork meter is made, they’ll glow their auras to create the Complete Synchronization Skill” said Xenovia.

    “And when that happens, they’ll finally have their chance to fire it up to finish the game like the way the Devils do in the Rating Game” said Issei.

    “I believe that they’ll have a hope, Rias-chan. I’m not sure when Issei will finally fire it up. It makes me worried about the fact that his team got struggled early on, but they’re still in a good shape though” said Koneko.

    “That’s true, Koneko-san. This is his challenge to get their fifth win and being on top of the group. I’m sure that things are about to be shocking when Issei finally bring his flames out” said Rias.

    “Since they don’t have their style combination, then it should happen right now” said Rossweisse.

    “You’re right, Rossweisse-san! I think that Issei knows about his opponents because of his own sense. That way, he’s ready to blaze it out to show his powers” said Asia.

    “The way he boosts and attacks, he’s going to be unstoppable with his force” said Orphis.

    “I’m sure that it will happen, Orphis-san, but we don’t know if the auras are coming out or not” said Elmenhilde.

    “Then, let’s just wait and see if Issei and his teammates will finally bring their auras out. I would be happy if the blazes are coming out too” said Yuto.

    “Once he boosts his Scale Mail, he’s ready to roll” said Gasper.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Occult Research Club.

    Kyō passes the ball to Reiji, who had his crimson aura glowing after getting the ball. Reiji finally keeps an eye on Nobuhiko.

    “What’s your body doing?” asked Nobuhiko Suginami.

    “You don’t know what I’m doing? My auras are about to come out. We’re not going to give up until we finally have our own style combination” said Reiji.

    “Style combination? I see. Well, it would be a pleasure to use that move, but I’m not always going to let you get easy on me!” said Nobuhiko.

    “Then, I’ll show you how it is done!” said Reiji as he shows his pattern by doing the between the legs move on Nobuhiko. The pattern shows the symbol of a claw of a dragon.

    “Nice move, Reiji-san! Just keep it up!” said Issei.

    “Okay!” said Reiji as he steps back before doing the Shining Light Drive, a move that combines the acceleration drive and the jab step. With that move activated, Reiji drives past Nobuhiko while the crimson aura is glowing for more.

    “Oh! Would you look at that?” said Kozue.

    “Reiji is ready to go on fire!” said Asami Shimizu.

    “That will make Reiji more powerful just like Issei-kun!” said Aika.

    “It feels like Issei and his team are about to fire it up!” said Murayama.

    “I believe so, Murayama-san. All efforts are going to be contributed by every player, so that they’ll create their own style combination” said Katase. While Katase was explaining to her fellow schoolmates, the scene shows Issei and his teammates had their crimson auras glowing up.

    Reiji passes the ball to Issei with the Lightchrome Sword Pass.

    “You rock, Reiji!” said Issei before he goes for the fake on Mitsuhiro Furusawa. “It’s time to go to work!” Issei would dunk the ball with the Flame Blaze Clutch, a variant of a contact dunk. [Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf 83, Sugiyama Archers 81]

    The crowd has gone crazy after Issei made the dunk.

    “Nice shot, Issei-kun!” said Yuto.

    “That dunk made us shocked!” said Asia.

    “Looks like you’re powering up!” said Koneko.

    “I can’t believe that your aura been glowing while creating more power with that dunk” said Akeno.

    “That one was the best move you had!” said Rias.

    Issei closes his eyes before thanking his friends. “Thanks, everyone! It’s been a while that I’m the Red Dragon Emperor of the Blazing Truth. I would be more delighted that I should play more to make myself shine like a red dragon.”

    “It sure is, Issei-kun” said Rias.

    “Now that your aura is in your body, you can now activate the Complete Synchronization Skill” said Xenovia.

    “That way, you’ll be able to walk away with the win against the Archers” said Irina.

    “You got it!” said Issei. Issei boosts his own power with his Boosted Gear while calling his teammates to power up. “Everyone! Let’s gather the flames and auras to form the Complete Synchronicities Skill!”

    “Okay!” said Reiji, Yoshiaki, Keisuke and Kyō.

    Issei and his teammates shout together to start activating their Complete Synchronization Skill, Magic Circle of Blaze. “Complete Synchronization Skill, activate!” The crimson auras and the blazing flames have finally merged together, which gives Issei and his teammates more power.

    “Looks like he’s about to be stronger now!” said Ravel.

    “Yeah, Ravel-san! I can’t believe that they’re ready to take over the court for real” said Le Fay.

    “I’m sure that this is going to be much excited than just a climax of the movie” said Kunou.

    Issei finally puts the blazing aura into his Sacred Gear before speaking to Ddraig. “It’s working, Ddraig. I finally activate that skill.”

    Ddraig’s voice would be heard from Issei’s Sacred Gear. “Very fantastic to power it up, Issei. Now, do whatever you want with that skill. Make sure that you have to defeat them with your new moves you will create.”

    “Okay, I got it” said Issei.

    “Now, what are you gonna do now? Your opponents are now on offense. Your team will go on defense” said Ddraig.

    “Well, I think that it’s time for us to rally up with the blazing auras we have. We’ll form our defensive force” said Issei.

    “Good. Then, do it, Issei” said Ddraig.

    “Okay!” said Issei.

    The game continues as the members of the Sagiyama Archers are on their possession. Issei would run through the other side of the court and so do his teammates. When Nobuhiko passes the ball to Yūta, Yoshiaki calls Keisuke to form the double team on Yūta.

    “Oh no, you gotta be kidding me!” said Yūta.

    “That’s right, Yūta-san! Now, you can’t escape with our formation!” said Keisuke.

    “You better give up or else!” said Yoshiaki.

    “Oh no, no, no, you idiots! I’m not going to give up! So, take this!” said Yūta as her dazzles his own pattern by doing the behind the back move. He even switches his use of hands. Yūta would run through the paint before Yoshiaki and Keisuke chase him.

    “Now, go get that ball, boys!” said Issei.

    “Okay!” said Yoshiaki and Keisuke.

    Yūta tries to pass the ball to Yoshitaka, but Keisuke tips the ball and Issei grabs the ball for the steal.

    “Wow! Nice tip, Keisuke-kun!” said Issei before he runs away to the other side of the court.

    “Crap! Don’t let him shoot that ball!” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Okay!” said the members of the Sagiyama Archers as they’re chasing Issei.

    “We’ll teach them a lesson!” said Kyō.

    “Right!” said Reiji, Yoshiaki and Keisuke.

    When Mitsuhiro blocks the paint, Issei would stop running as he reaches the paint before he goes for the between the legs move on Mitsuhiro. Then, Issei sees Yoshiaki, who is running to get away from Yūta.

    “Now, Yoshiaki-kun, catch!” said Issei as he passes the ball to Yoshiaki with the Crimson Dragon Rush Pass. Yoshiaki manages to catch the ball before he performs the ankle breaker move on Yūta and Yūta stumbles to the ground. Yoshiaki would shoot the ball with the Groundbreaker Three-Point Shot and the ball drives to the basket. [Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf 86, Sugiyama Archers 81]

    “You rock, Yoshiaki-kun! You nailed the three-point shot!” said Keisuke.

    Yoshiaki was delighted as he had been flanked by his teammate Keisuke. Keisuke gives Yoshiaki a high five before Yoshiaki thanking Keisuke. “Thanks! I’m feeling so good that I have my blazing auras working on my moves!”

    “That’s because we powered up, thanks to that Complete Synchronization Skill. We’ll make sure that we’re going to keep rolling until the end of the match” said Keisuke.

    “Ah, yeah! I think that you’re right about that new skill. Well, I’m going to say that we should be more determined to be brave, Keisuke-kun. We got this” said Yoshiaki.

    “Of course!” said Keisuke.

    The Sagiyama Archers are on offense once again as they’re trying to score a single point after missing their early shot. Nobuhiko passes the ball to Yūta and then, Yūta goes for the pick and roll move, allowing Yoshitaka to get the screen on Yoshiaki.

    Yūta would be stopped by Issei. “Oh, you! You’re trying to get easy on me?”

    “Yep” said Issei.

    “Whatever. You’re going down!” said Yūta as he goes with the ankle breaker move, but Issei dodges that move by not tumbling to the ground. Issei posts up against Yūta while increasing his strength.

    “Whatever you’re trying to dare to shoot that ball, I don’t want to let that happen” said Issei. Yūta steps back, trying to shoot the ball with the fadeaway shot, but Issei blocks the shot with his special move, the Crimson Breaker.

    “Alright! Issei blocked that shot!” said Akeno.

    “Issei had not given up right now!” said Rias.

    The ball would be caught by Keisuke, who would pass the ball to Kyō a few seconds later. Kyō would run like a Komodo dragon before passing the ball to Reiji. Reiji would do the crossover move on Nobuhiko before dashing away with his acceleration drive to drive past Nobuhiko.

    Reiji would prepare the alley-oop as he passes the ball to Kyō with the Lightchrome Sword Pass. “It’s time for the alley-oop, Kyō-kun!”

    “Okay, Reiji-san!” said Kyō before he jumps high to grab the ball for the dunk. [Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf 88, Sugiyama Archers 81]

    “Nice shot, Kyō-kun!” said Nobuhisa.

    “That alley-oop was so powerful!” said Hiroshi Ozato.

    Later, Keisuke goes for the shot contest to successfully miss Mitsuhiro’s jump shot. Yoshitaka tries to block Issei’s shot, but he fails to do so as Issei goes for the fake before doing the Longinus Arch Shot, a variant of a fadeaway shot. Reiji steals the ball from Nobuhiko with the help of Issei and then, runs through the other side of the court where he shoots the ball with his special layup move, the Shining Star Layup. Atsuya tries to shoot the ball with the hook shot, but Keisuke blocks that shot. Yoshiaki takes the opportunity to grab the ball before passing the ball to Issei. Issei would make his own pattern while battling against Mitsuhiro.

    “You can’t underestimate the power of the Blazing Dragon Emperor!” said Issei as he drives past Mitsuhiro with the Juggernaut Drive before shooting the ball with the Crimson Aura Layup. The score is now 94-81 with only 1:18 left in the game.

    “Issei’s taking over the court with his teammates!” said Motohama.

    “He’s now boosting his moves to make sure that he gets the job done” said Matsuda.

    “Yeah, Matsuda-san. The Complete Synchronization Skill had been penetrating the performance of the Sagiyama Archers” said Murayama.

    “When Issei boosted his power, he had the right time to step up like a dragon and he had to be smart in making his own strategies to win a match” said Katase.

    “A challenge like that would be a piece of cake for Issei because he’s very determined to win” said Asami Shimizu.

    “That’s right, Asami-san. I believe that the Magic Circle of Blaze had been a great strategy to take out their opponents with the strength and acceleration. Also, when they drained their stamina with that strategy, they can often boost their own power through their auras” said Kozue.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Kozue-san. It’s going to be interesting to make Issei playing like a Harem King with his own opportunity to be the Blazing Dragon Emperor and I know that he’s ready to do whatever it takes to make his team getting the victory” said Lint.

    Motohama, Matsuda, Murayama, Katase, Asami and Kozue nod their heads to agree with Lint. “We agree, Lint-san!”

    “With only a few minutes left in the game, our team will be walking away with the win to sweep our group” said Tosca Giardiniere.

    “Yeah, Tosca. I’m sure that my boys are going to make their match more important, thanks to that magnificent strategy. I believe that their auras won’t die out after the struggles they commit” said Yuto.

    “Well, that would be great to make your team heading to the next round. I’m sure that we will face a new opponent once we’re going to the quarterfinals” said Tosca.

    “Yeah, Tosca, I agree” said Yuto.

    The Sagiyama Archers are trying to have their last chance to stop the Complete Synchronization Skill. However, Keisuke and Kyō are double teaming one of the members of the Sagiyama Archers, Mitsuhiro.

    “You’re doing down, Mitsuhiro!” said Kyō as he tries to tip the ball against Mitsuhiro.

    “Oh no, you don’t!” said Mitsuhiro as he steps back before doing acceleration drive to drive past both Keisuke and Kyō. “I’m not going to waste my time after my team will be losing this match!”

    “Well, you should deserve this, Mitsuhiro!” said Issei as he blocks Mitsuhiro’s last-ditched effort layup.

    “And that seals the match with that block by Issei! What a way to make their fifth win for his team!” said Irina.

    “Yeah, Irina-san! They’re going to walk away as the top team of the group once the buzzer will be sounded” said Xenovia.

    “I agree, Xenovia-san! Issei had been performing like a real dragon and hopefully, he’ll be blessed to show his determination for his team” said Irina.

    “You got it!” said Xenovia.

    After the last shot was made by Reiji, the buzzer was sounded and the match is over with Issei and his team have defeated the Sagiyama Archers, 97-81.

    “We won the match, boys! That’s our fifth win!” said Issei.

    “Hooray!” said the boys of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf as they’re celebrating with joy and happiness after completing the sweep in their group with the win over the Sagiyama Archers.

    After thanking the referee Toshiaki Matsumoto, Mitsuhiro and Issei with each other.

    “That was a wonderful performance, boys! I never got surprised that when you have shown your true formation. I believe that you have finally got your style combination in your team” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Yeah, Mitsuhiro-kun. I got stuck on using my Boosted Gear when I was about to drive past you, but you surprised me when you have some formidable defense. Still, I defeated you without losing my power” said Issei.

    “Well, you surprised me too, Issei-kun. I guess that I will say that your team is on the top. I conceded my team’s defeat, so that you’ll have more blessings to earn with” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Yep. You got that right, Mitsuhiro-kun” said Issei.

    “Hopefully, we’ll meet each other again, probably in the final if we’re lucky enough to make it” said Mitsuhiro.

    “Okay!” said Issei as he shakes his hands with Mitsuhiro as a sign of sportsmanship between the leaders of their respective teams.

    Later, in the evening, at the Hyodo Residence, the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf are taking their rest after the final round of the eliminations.

    “Look at that standings, everyone!” said Issei as he calls the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf to show the standings.

    Standings for the East Nikurenai Group
    Boys’ Tournament
    Kuoh (Ōta) [5-0]
    Sagiyama (Saitama) [4-1]

    Mitosugi (Maebashi) [3-2]
    Yonakumuro (Yokohama) [2-3]
    Harakuro (Hachioji) [1-4]
    Kurehana (Shinagawa) [0-5]

    Girls’ Tournament
    Kuoh (Ōta) [5-0]
    Maegawa (Kawasaki) [4-1]

    Kyuremuro (Shibuya) [3-2]
    Kunokarai (Tochigi) [2-3]
    Ekunabara (Funabashi) [1-4]
    Marasagi (Kawaguchi) [0-5]

    “Wow! We’re now on top of the group!” said Irina.

    “Yeah, Irina-san! We have won five straight games, which is very nice” said Lint.

    “I believe that we’re finally ready to face off against the opponents from the North Nikurenai Group” said Asami Shimizu.

    “Yeah, Asami-san! The knockout tournament will be held in two days, which will start by tomorrow with the quarterfinals” said Reiji.

    “The quarterfinals will be held tomorrow in the morning and the afternoon while the semifinals will be held in the evening” said Kyō.

    “That’s right, Kyō-kun. We’ll be ready to see who will be battling in the quarterfinals. I should say that we have some good opponents out there” said Issei.

    “Well, you’re right, Issei-kun. When the eliminations have been finished, the draw was revealed right now” said Yuto.

    “It’s just been released a few minutes ago. Look at the screen” said Xenovia.

    The members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf look at the quarterfinal pairings for the knockout tournament. The left side is for the boys’ tournament while the right side is for the girls’ tournament.

    Tournament Bracket of the Qualification for the Basketball at the Kurenese East Asian Games
    Boys’ Tournament
    (EE1) Kuoh (Ōta) vs. (NE2) Fusekita (Akita)
    (CE1) Aretoya (Shizuoka) vs. (WE2) Hainemoto (Tsu)
    (NE1) Kururami (Fukushima) vs. (EE2) Sagiyama (Saitama)
    (WE1) Kyumito (Kyoto) vs. (CE2) Tosukarai (Nagoya)

    Girls’ Tournament
    (EE1) Kuoh (Ōta) vs. (NE2) Mayemine (Aomori)
    (CE1) Kakatsue (Nagano) vs. (WE2) Sokuno (Hiroshima)
    (NE1) Yakurai (Sendai) vs. (EE2) Maegawa (Kawasaki)
    (WE1) Chusugu (Nara) vs. (CE2) Azukunote (Toyama)

    “Oh, good! We’re going to battle against both representatives from Fusekita (Akita) and Mayemine (Aomori) in the quarterfinals!” said Reiji.

    “That would be much better to have the pairings like this, but when the next round goes, it’s going to be different” said Asuna.

    “Yeah, Asuna-san. That means, we’re going to need two wins to enter the finals and then, whoever wins the finals will make it to the Kurenese East Asian Games” said Irina.

    “I believe that we got the advantage to beat those guys, everyone. They are not much known about them when we heard about their performance, but I’m sure that we’re going to see what they are up to” said Yoshiaki.

    “Yeah, Yoshiaki-kun. The other teams such as the Fukushima Crimsons, the Legion of Reniveus, the Yellow League of Chusugu, the Sagiyama Archers and the Tigers of Kyuremuro have made it to the knockout tournament as well” said Issei.

    “Not all the participants have been lucky after the eliminations such as the Young Stallions of Osaka, who were defeated in their last game by the Hainemoto Lightbombers” said Motohama.

    “Yeah, that’s a shame for them. They aren’t good enough to qualify to the quarterfinals after they worked hard” said Katase.

    “I think that they have run out of their chances when they tried to get their wins against some tougher teams like Kyumito, Yakurai, Chusugu and Kururami” said Murayama.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Murayama-san. I hope that they’ll have their luck running again next time” said Mizuho.

    “Yeah!” said Katase and Murayama.

    “So, what the schedule would be looked like, Hyodo-kun?” asked Matsuda.

    “Since Kuoh is the host city, our matches will be held in the afternoon. This will be the great time to give us more strength to prepare for another match for tomorrow” said Issei.

    “Yeah, Issei-san! It will be awesome to make us stronger, so that we’ll make it to the Kurenease East Asian Games!” said Irina.

    “Hopefully, this will boost our chances to prepare for the Interhigh prefectural tournament!” said Kyō.

    “Yeah!” said some of the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf, who were part of the Kikuchiba Academy High School basketball team.

    “Well, you can do whatever you want right after the tournament, but hopefully, you’re all set for the Interhigh prefectural tournament” said Akeno.

    “Akeno’s right, everyone! All of you will get incentives once your team will win the qualifying and the main proper of the basketball of the Kurenese East Asian Games. Hopefully, you’ll work well in the next set of matches” said Rias.

    “Okay, we will, Rias-san! We promise!” said some of the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf, who were part of the Kikuchiba Academy High School basketball team.

    “Lint-san, what are you going to plan right after the qualifying tournament?” asked Irina.

    “I want to stay with you, Irina-san. I have been interested to see more of your friends out there in Ōta” said Lint.

    “Well, that would be better, Lint-san. You see, in Tokyo, there are a few residents who were foreigners, which means that there might be some other bigger cities that have foreigners out there” said Irina.

    “Yeah, they treated very well like common residents in Japan, which is why they have their own personalities based on their expression” said Xenovia.

    “Kuoh is in the crimson world while Ōta is in the real world. They said that Kuoh is resembled to Ōta because Kuyō is our world’s Tokyo” said Asia.

    “The prefectural names are the same as in real life Japan, but it has different names in Nikurenese” said Yuto.

    “So, why are you staying in Japan?” asked Lint.

    “Because we’re having an internship year where we will be planning to live in Tokyo for a year. Since then, it’s been a while that Rias had wanted to be with Issei for a long time” said Koneko.

    “We have been staying in Kuoh for a long time, but we haven’t stayed in a real world. The coincidence is that in the crimson world, some areas have some names being related to the Earth’s Japan” said Rossweisse.

    “Since you are part of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf, we believe that we want you to be part of the Occult Research Club” said Le Fay.

    “I think that I would be interested to be part of it. Not only that you have a lot of friends they have been part of that club, but also they’re also friends to both Rias and Issei” said Lint.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Occult Research Club.

    “Well, then, I’ll be joining with you” said Lint.

    “Alright! Welcome to our team, Lint-san!” said Irina.

    “We would be proud to be part of our team!” said Xenovia.

    “Just make sure that you’ll be able to contribute for our upcoming projects we’re planning” said Yuto.

    “Okay, I will, everyone!” said Lint.

    “It’s great that we will have a new member to be part of the Occult Research Club” said Elmenhilde.

    “Yeah, Elmen-chan! I believe that there will be a lot of plans to work on, especially to the new members such as Valerie, Kunou, Bennia and Le Fay” said Gasper.

    “I agree, Gasper-san! I would be imagined if we’re going to make some progress in some projects we’re planning and then, we’ll partner with different groups within in real-life Japan and in Nikurenai” said Elmenhilde.

    “Well, that would be great to see that, Elmen-san! I’m sure that there will be some groups that have been interested in making co-habitation with us where they’ll be more cooperative and more helpful” said Valerie.

    “It’s going to be great that we’ll be working with the other people who are not with us before, but anyway, it’s nice to welcome a new member in the club” said Le Fay.

    “Yeah, I agree, Pendragon-chan!” said Gasper.

    “Speaking of which, Bennia will be with us once we’re going back home. She said that she’s researching about the people in the underworld” said Ravel.

    “I wonder if she’s busy for something” said Kuroka.

    “Right now, she’s with Sona for her team. I’m sure that they’ll be with us for tomorrow’s gathering” said Kunou.

    “Oh, I see, Kunou. I hope that we’ll be making some plans in cohabiting with the friends in Ōta” said Kuroka.

    “Yeah!” said Kunou.

    “I hope that we’ll be able to make this vacation in Kuoh going to be awesome since the competition is ongoing and hopefully, you’ll be able to walk away with the ticket to the Kurenese East Asian Games” said Koneko.

    “Yeah, I feel it, Koneko-san. Our friends are very determined to win because they want to make sure that they’re going to be blessed with their strength and power” said Issei.

    “Your friends have been great in contributing your team to make sure that your team will make it to the Kurenese East Asian Games if you keep up the good work” said Akeno.

    “That’s right, Akeno-san. I know that there are a lot of days have been worked hard for my friends to be strong just like us and when it comes to the game of basketball, it’s gotta be them to shine. We worked together in the Rating Games and it feels like we need our friends to get earned as well” said Issei.

    “I agree, Issei-kun” said Akeno.

    “Don’t get overexcited about tomorrow, Issei-kun. We’ll make sure that your friends are ready for the next match and hopefully, your team will be making it to the finals” said Rias.

    “You got it, Rias-san!” said Issei.

    “Yeah! It’s going to be awesome to have our determination and willpower being kept on and that’s why we’re always going to dominate with destruction and power” said Irina.

    “Yeah, Irina-san, I agree!” said Issei with a smile on his face. Then, Issei would say to his friends, giving more hopes for his team to lead for a ticket to the Kurenese East Asian Games. “Let’s continue to work together as a team, everyone! We’ll win the qualifiers and then, head on to the Kurenese East Asian Games!”

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf. The determination and pressure have been paid off for Issei and his team, Team Hyodo-Burnt Leaf, as they were able to sweep the group phase of the qualification tournament for the basketball at the Kurenease East Asian Games. Issei believes that the determination is the key to win for his team because his friends were able to work together to dominate every game. Hopefully, they’ll win the qualifying tournament and represent Nikurenai in the basketball at the Kurenease East Asian Games, which will be held in two weeks from now.

    [ENDING: High School DxD HeRO ED Single: 「モテないくせに(`;ω;´)」 by Tapimiru]

    UP NEXT: Chapter 159: “Training Guts with the Brains and Pinks”

    Ever since I had been following High School DxD for a long time, I wanted to make Issei’s mission in Rooks, Knights and Bravehearts to be one of the main focus on trying to make his basketball career booming because he’s the Harem King after all. He can do whatever he wants, so whenever he’s trying to chase for a victory, he’ll do whatever he takes to do for the pride and honor of him and his girlfriends. I had to admit because after the announcement that the possible fifth season of High School DxD had been cancelled, I decided to take less priority of that anime, but one day, I might buy the English version of the light novel of High School DxD if I had enough money to buy it. So, fingers crossed to have future updates with the characters of High School DxD soon. The next update will be all about the training as the Bravehearts are returning to their varsity teams to attend the training. I’ll see you on January 15 (Wednesday) for the next update!

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    The next chapter I’ll be posting tonight is going to be very interesting as the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team and the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team are returning for their training after the Golden Week break. You’ll see some of the new characters in this update as the training will be full of brains, beauties, geeks and pinks. So, without further ado, I give you Chapter 159 with the title, “Training Guts with the Brains and Pinks”! Enjoy reading Chapter 159!

    The Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team and the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball are back in action as they’re going to have their training for that day, which is considered a make-up training because of the Golden Week break. For the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team, the second years are becoming mentors to the first years as the kouhais are trying to teach the new members the basic techniques of basketball. They even face each other in a scrimmage while the members of the coaching staff and the senpais including Azumi Ogawa and Masako Togashi are observing about the first years on their background. The other members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team were also revealed during the pep talk between the manager Teruko Sugiyama and the first years. It was revealed that the second years are composed of Nayu Yamaguchi, Maika Hagiwara, Kuniko Shinomiya, Hitomi Hakamada and Ichiko Nakamori and the third years are composed of captain Azumi Ogawa, vice captain Masako Togashi, Honoka Ishiyama, Natsumi Kurokawa, Chidori Kamikawa, Yumiko Tsuji and Risa Morisaka. Meanwhile, the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball have also done the same thing just like the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team, but they have their own test to show the first years on how to be part of the team. The four tests were composed of shooting, passing, athleticism and defense, which means that the first years and the members of the reserve team must pass all four tests, so that they’ll be able to improve their skills and attributes. The manager Takehiro Furukawa and his deputy manager Shin Mizusaki talk to the first years and the members of the reserve team about the traditions of the school’s basketball program. The Nashiba High School boys’ basketball team had been once a dominant team in the 1990s where they were contending in the prefectural tournament that serves a qualifier for the Interhigh Nationals, but they never make it to the main tournament though. Shin talked to the members of the team about how he and Noboru were different with each other where they are trying to become best players in Ōta, but Shin didn’t fulfill his dreams because of his craziness personality last year that assaulted Tsubasa Sugimoto. After a scrimmage, the head coach of the Nashiba High School boys’ basketball Takeshi Furukawa gives points about the plans in preparing for the Interhigh prefectural tournament where the school take on 5 different high schools from different wards of Tokyo. After the training, Seiichirō talks to his teammates about his family background where he was used to be playing in Kanagawa in middle school before he enrolled in Nashiba. Despite he didn’t join his family to live in Setagaya in the first place because of his busy season with his middle school, he moved his home to Setagaya. Once the conversation was finished, Subaru announces that the Bravehearts of Fukuoka are back for another visit as they’re going to watch the Blue Wind Cup, which Subaru’s teammates reluctantly wanting to watch the matches of that tournament. Trainings are not easy as a piece of cake, but everyone including the first years are trying their best to improve their performance, which means that they’ll be blessed if they get the job done.

    [OPENING: Ro-Kyu-Bu! OP: 「SHOOT! 」 by RO-KYU-BU!]

    VOLUME 8: “A NEW ANGELIC AND HARMONIOUS ERA IN ŌTA”
    CHAPTER 159: “TRAINING GUTS WITH THE BRAINS AND PINKS

    The next day, Tomoka and her friends are focused on their studies when they take the class for the morning. When it reaches 11:30, it’s time for them to eat their lunch at the cafeteria.

    At the cafeteria, Tomoka and her friends are picking their dishes for their lunch. Every Friday, the students of the Keishin Academy can order the special dishes made by the cooks. It’s more like a chef’s choice if you resembled those dishes to that. In the table, Tomoka and her friends are eating their lunch together before they would be joined by the Riruka Maruyama and Toshiko Horikawa, the members of the newly-founded Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds.

    “Hey, Riruka-san and Toshiko-san! Looks like you’re also here to eat your lunch in our table” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Riruka and Toshiko.

    “It’s great that we have seen each other again, Tomoka-san!” said Riruka.

    “I’m happy right now after we have joined the Bravehearts last night!” said Toshiko.

    “Yep. That’s why there are blessings being given to anyone. Right, guys?” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Minato.

    “So, what are you doing today, girls?” asked Saki.

    “Well, the teaches have discussed some new topics in different subjects such as Mathematics and Science” said Riruka.

    “We were able to know about the new topics and it’s nice that we have perfect score in seatworks after the discussions” said Toshiko.

    “Well, I believe that you have learned something new in the subjects you have attended. I hope that you’ll be able to get high scores when the teachers will be giving you a quiz” said Saki.

    “Yeah, Saki!” said Riruka and Toshiko.

    “Have you learned the new lessons too, guys?” asked Toshiko.

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Minato.

    “The technology and home teacher Akihisa Matsunaga had discussed to us about family and its culture” said Tomoka.

    “It was easy to learn that topic because this is how families used to have their own lives without limitations” said Maho.

    “I agree, Maho. The TH subject was one of my favorite subjects so far” said Riruka.

    “Oh, really?” asked Maho.

    “Of course! You’ll know about the things at home and technology. It’s our daily lives that we have made, so that we want to have our family members their smiles” said Toshiko.

    “Ah, yeah! It really makes that subject more interesting if we know about the outline of family and its culture” said Hinata.

    “We have just started it with the basic definition of family, then we move on to their culture” said Airi.

    “It’s great that the Technology and Home subject wasn’t bad after all. At the same time, each of us wants to have a happy family, so that they’ll live longer” said Toshihiro.

    “Yeah, I agree” said Toshiko while Riruka nods her face in agreement.

    “Riruka, I was thinking about your interests in that subject. Have you ever come up being part of the Technology and Home Club?” said Natsuhi.

    “We could have joined that group in the first place, but we gave in after we decided not to play for the basketball team” said Riruka.

    “That would be fine with you and Toshiko, Riruka-san. I think that you’ll be able to develop your grades in that subject” said Maho.

    “Yeah!” said Riruka and Toshiko.

    “There are other subjects that we have taken such as Music, Art and Penmanship” said Riruka.

    “Ah, yes! We were good in those subjects, Riruka-san!” said Chinami.

    “I got a lot of improvements in Penmanship while Momoe went good in Music” said Ayaka Kutaragi.

    “Not all the compulsory subjects are easy, but it takes a while to attend those subjects, so that you’ll get high grades on those by the end of the term” said Momoe.

    “There are three terms and we need to ace on those subjects to make sure that we’re going to be on the honors list” said Teruko.

    “Everyone had attempted to make that challenge, but a few of it have been graded above 90%” said Yōko.

    “Oh, I see. Well, I can take that challenge” said Tomoka.

    “You mean it, Tomoka?” asked Riruka.

    “Are you sure about this?” asked Toshiko.

    “Of course, Riruka-san and Toshiko-san. I should have been getting high grades when I was supposedly competing against the other leaders of the groups of bravehearts, but I’m actually gonna try it out” said Tomoka.

    “Ah, I think that you are planning to get high grades in different subjects, so that you’ll have a chance to get that scholarship for highly-ranked universities in the country” said Riruka.

    “Yeah! My mother and my father have been graduated in the same school before they married a few months later. That’s why I want to be more delighted to have my grades up high, in order to get my scholarship to any school I want. My parents were from the Komanzawa University” said Tomoka.

    “Our parents have studied in different universities in Tokyo when they were entering their collegiate lives for four years before they graduate. Hopefully, we want to be together in the same universities, but only if the desires can be made by one of our Bravehearts” said Saki.

    “Well, I believe that it’s true, Saki. For the past years, the Komanzawa University had produced some students from our school for more than 10 years. The Pink and Plum had been thinking about that university as their new destination for the graduating students because I found out that Airi Yamaguchi had announced that she’ll be taking the entrance exam for next school year after her graduation in our school” said Riruka.

    “Some of her allies including Mieko Hayano, Asami Takeyasu and Sachiko Kusamura have been planning to enroll there next year and it was very important to have them being part of the women’s basketball team if they have done something magnificent this year” said Toshiko.

    “Does that mean they’re planning to enroll in Komanzawa if they are good enough to impress the scouts there?” asked Chinami.

    “Yes, it is, Chinami. Mieko said that she wanted to have her opportunity to play in that school, so that she’ll be playing professional after four years. I would be wondering if she’ll be taking the test to become a player of the women’s basketball team” said Riruka.

    “I’m sure that we’re going to see if she’ll finally make it, but I would say that this might be a challenge for her and her fellow batchmates to play for that university next year” said Teruko.

    “Yeah, they will be ready for this once they’re walking out graduating from our school” said Riruka.

    “I hope so, Riruka, I hope they would” said Teruko.

    “If I remember correctly, my brother Ryūji Takashirō had been a great job in being the leader of our school’s high school boys’ basketball team. Now, he’s in Takushoku, hoping that he’s ready to develop his basketball career, so that he’ll be going pro soon” said Nami.

    “Did he take the test in Komanzawa?” asked Toshiko.

    “Uh, yeah, but he failed to pass after he was cut in the final waiting list. He would enroll in Takushoku because that’s where my grandfather had graduated in that school long time ago” said Nami.

    “Oh, I would be more honest if you’re going to that school. Would you mind if you want to enroll there for yourself?” said Riruka.

    “Obviously not sure, Riruka-san. My brother considered that Takushoku a great school because of the development and production of students to athletic programs, but also it was designated as one of the popular universities during the early 20th century” said Nami.

    “Wow. That was totally wonderful for that school, Nami-san. I would be more excited to see your brother playing for that prestigious university. I will make sure that you will be proud of your brother” said Toshiko.

    “Yes, I am, Toshiko-san. That’s his charm that he had after his birthday, which was last March 10” said Nami.

    “Oh! That was nearly two months ago, Nami-san” said Megumi.

    “Yep. He had decided to be more independent just like how the former captains of the basketball program did after they left Keishin” said Nami.

    “He had been mature now, Nami-san. I bet that he’s ready for his career to progress, so that he will be prepared to play professionally very soon” said Hitomi.

    “Yeah, he will, Hitomi-san and Meugmi-san!” said Nami.

    “You know, Nami-san, I would be wondering if you’re going to play hard. I mean, you have a lot of competitions you’re going to face even you have left the Haginaka Elementary School after your fifth grade” said Kotoe Kanō.

    “Yeah, Kotoe-san. I’m going to show my willpower to make sure that nothing will stop me!” said Nami.

    “I like that unpredictable and naivete personality, Nami-san! You better go for your goal and don’t get anything wrong” said Kotoe.

    “Yeah, you got it!” said Nami.

    “Oh, one other thing, everyone. Later, we should be going back home early after the training for the party of the Homewrecking Dragons” said Megumi.

    “Well, I never heard about this after we have joined the Bravehearts, Megumi-san. What was that event about?” said Riruka.

    “It’s the general assembly for Kōme’s own club to be held at the hall later tonight. Since we are friends with Kōme, we are going to attend that event” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, that’s awesome, Tomoka! Can we attend that event, please?” said Riruka.

    “Yeah, me too, Tomoka! After all, we’re friends. Right?” said Toshiko.

    “That’s right, Toshiko-san. I’ll let you come to the event at the hall. There are a lot of friends you’re going to meet there” said Tomoka.

    Riruka and Toshiko have been blessed after they were invited by Tomoka to attend the general assembly of the Homewrecking Dragons. They jump in joy. “Alright! Thank you very much, Tomoka! You’re such a lucky girl!”

    “You’re welcome, Riruka-san and Toshiko-san” said Tomoka.

    “It’s already 12:00 noon and we still have more minutes left before the next subject” said Airi.

    “Oh, I know! How about we should go outside and walk around while waiting for the next subject?” said Airi.

    “Good idea, Airi-san! That will prepare for us for the next subjects and the training later after the class” said Tomoka.

    “I hope that once we’re going back to class, we should be in good shape” said Chinami.

    “And after that, we’ll be going to the training!” said Teruko.

    “Yeah!” said the members of Team Minato.

    “Well, then, I’ll be seeing you later at the training, everyone!” said Toshiko.

    “Don’t be late on the training! Just like we told about last night, make Ogawa-senpai proud when you’re in the training. We’ll be watching you” said Riruka.

    “Yeah, we will!” said the members of Team Minato as they alongside Riruka and Toshiko are leaving the cafeteria early as expected. It’s too early to say that they’re going to attend the next class for the afternoon, but hopefully, they’ll learn the new lessons that would be discussed by the subject teachers.

    Later, Tomoka and her friends are attending the training for the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team. The kouhais and senpais are talking to the staff members of the team as they’re planning for today’s training.

    “I wonder what we are going to do today, Tomoka-san” said Teruko.

    “I think that they’re planning to demonstrate to us about the basic techniques of basketball” said Tomoka.

    “Well, that would be nice to start over again” said Yōko.

    “I believe that we should start doing some advanced techniques of basketball, everyone. We already know about the basic stuff and we should be moving” said Chinami.

    “Yeah, I agree, Chinami-san. That would be better to make us stronger” said Ayaka.

    “We’ll make sure that we’ll be overpowering our opponents with our force” said Momoe.

    “I don’t think so, Momoe-san” said Maho.

    “But why?” asked Momoe.

    “Since we’re in the middle school girls’ basketball team, we should start all over again before we’ll move to the hard part” said Saki.

    “We should be retracing our basic things right before we’ll go on with the advanced ones. That way, we’ll be able to learn everything to shine out” said Tomoka.

    “Uh, I guess it might work out for all of us” said Momoe.

    “There might be a hope to train us something” said Ayaka.

    Nami Taniguchi would speak to the first year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team. “Alright, listen up! As you can see, as you have joined the basketball team, there will be some of the training stuff will be discussed for this year and hopefully, you’ll be able to understand the different things in middle school basketball such as the intermediate and advanced techniques that were used by the kouhais and senpais of today. I’ll be diving all of you into two groups, so that you’ll be able to get your chance to have your blessings being made.”

    “What does that supposed to mean, Taniguchi-sensei?” asked Tomoka.

    “It means that there will be a set of training activities to be made every week. That way, you’re all set for the upcoming middle school prefectural tournament” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Oh, I understand, Coach” said Tomoka.

    “We don’t know what the names of the other members of the middle school girls’ basketball teams are, Nanami-sensei” said Airi.

    “Oh! I would be delighted to see if they’re good enough to play hard!” said Hinata.

    “Well, I will give you the background of our team about the kouhais and senpais today. The kouhais were formerly first year middle school students that have joined the varsity team last year. They were composed of five members namely: Nayu Yamaguchi, Maika Hagiwara, Kuniko Shinomiya, Hitomi Hakamada and Ichiko Nakamori” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Well, I never heard about those names before, but Saki and Hinata have recognized one of them each” said Maho.

    “That’s right, Maho. I recognized Maika Hagiwara, who lived in my hometown in Shimomaruko. She joined the Higashi Chōfu Daisan Elementary School girls’ basketball team when she started her career. Maika had recognized me when I met her for the first time. It was nice to have a friend of mine who had been playing basketball and hanging out with her friends at the Suzuran Shopping Street” said Saki.

    “On the other hand, Hitomi is my cousin and she was used to be a homegrown player in Haginaka when she started her career at the age of 7. Hitomi had been a good basketball player recently after she led Haginaka to a fourth place finish two years ago” said Hinata.

    “Ah, I guess that you have recognized one of the kouhais, Saki-san and Hinata-san. That’s good for the two of you. Hopefully, you’re going to keep developing your relationship with them” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Yeah!” said Saki and Hinata.

    “Now what about the senpais?” asked Yōko.

    “The senpais are composed of the third year high school students that have been staying in the team for two years. Aside from me, our captain Azumi Ogawa and vice captain Masako Togashi, there are five more senpais have also stayed in the team. They were Honoka Ishiyama, Natsumi Kurokawa, Chidori Kamikawa, Yumiko Tsuji and Risa Morisaka” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “I believe that they are very good talented players, Nami-sensei. I hope that they’re going to help us grow our potential” said Airi.

    “We should be more confident about our potential if we can keep our guts to grow” said Yōko.

    “I’m sure that you’re ready to see them once I’m going to split you into two groups” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Yeah!” said Airi and Yōko.

    “What happened about last season, Taniguchi-sensei?” asked Nami Takashirō.

    “Well, our team had made it to the fourth round in the prefectural tournament for the East Tokyo block, but we lost to a team from Setagaya known as the Den-en-chōfu Gakuen Middle School” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Hey, is that the same team that they defeated the Hasunuma Middle School in the same tournament last year?” asked Tomoka.

    “Yes, it is, Tomoka-san. It was in the fourth round after our match with them” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Well, we should be aiming for that round, Taniguchi-sensei. I’m sure that we need to improve our style of play to make sure that we’re good to dominate” said Chinami.

    “Yeah, that’s what the goal we’re going to do for this year. It was so great that we have you being part of my team and I want to encourage you to be like. That’s why we’re going to be more involved with the training we have and hopefully, we’ll finally fulfill our expectations this year” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Yeah!” said the first year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    “I have a question before we split up” said Tomoka.

    “Okay, Tomoka-san. Then, move on to the grouping” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Sure. What the sports festival would be looked like?” said Tomoka.

    Nami Taniguchi was delighted to have an answer for a question when Tomoka made an informal question, which will be interesting for the first year middle school students. So, she smiles on her face before replying to Tomoka and her fellow teammates. “Well, I’m glad you ask. Since then, the Keishin Academy Physical Education Department had organized the sports festival to be held either late May or early June right after the first mid-term examination. It is divided into five groups: blue, yellow, red, white and black. All students from first year middle school until third year high school must participate in that event. Usually, the PE teachers will be giving you a piece of paper on which group you’re going to join in that event. As of now, we’re currently going to plan on the color draw, which will be held next week. After a week of meetings, then we’ll be allowing you to pick the color that will be served as your group for the upcoming sports festival this coming May 29. Of course, the school field trip for second year high school students will be held in early November while the school excursion activities were done last month.”

    “Are we need to pick our very color group for the upcoming sports festival?” asked Ayaka.

    “Yep. That color you picked will be your permanent group for the sports festival, which means that you must stay within your team you joined until your graduation in high school. That is if you enroll here in high school” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Then, when the practice for the sports festival will be?” asked Hinata.

    “It will be starting next Saturday, which means that there will be half-day classes in our school, depends on which level will be attending for it” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Oh, okay” said Ayaka and Hinata.

    “Oh! I also have a question, Nami-sensei!” said Momoe.

    “Okay, Momoe” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “If you think that the sports festival will be held after the examination week, then will the study time for the examination week be effected when we attended that event?” asked Momoe.

    “Well, once the schedule of which levels will be attending will be revealed in a few days, then, don’t worry. There will be at least 2-3 hours to stay on that day” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “I hope so. Every athlete must get high grades, so that they will stay with the sports clubs for another team. Is that correct?” said Momoe.

    “That’s true, Momoe. In our club, we will accept the athletes who have good grades, which means those who aren’t not deserved to get good grades will be kicked out of the team. So, everyone, are you understand about this rule?” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Yeah!” said the first year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    “Great! Now, if we don’t have any questions, then let’s divide into two groups. Shall we?” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Okay!” said the first year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    Nami Taniguchi gathers all players and then, forms the two groups for the training. “For Team A, it will be composed of Nayu Yamaguchi, Kuniko Shinomiya, Ichiko Nakamori, Chinami, Ayaka, Momoe, Nami and Yōko. And for Team B, it will be the rest of it. Their names are Maika Hagiwara, Hitomi Hakamada, Tomoka, Maho, Saki, Airi, Hinata and Teruko.”

    “Wait a minute. What about the senpais? Are they going to be part of it?” said Tomoka.

    “No, Tomoka-san. They’ll be observing you most of the training time where we need the first and second years to be active in the activities that I’ll be making right now” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Oh, okay” said Tomoka.

    “Now, are you ready for your first training session of the team?” asked Nami Taniguchi.

    “Yeah!” said the first year and second year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    “Then, let’s get this training started!” said Nami Taniguchi.

    The montage shows the first training session of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team. The second years would teach the first years about the basic techniques of basketball. Tomoka and her friends must retrace everything from the start since they have been on a different level. Being mentored by Maika Hagiwara, Tomoka was able to play like a good leader when she is passing the ball to either Saki or Hinata. Maho had been mentored by Hitomi Hakamada, Hinata’s cousin, as she was trying to stay positive when she’s on defense. Saki and Hinata have tried their best to improve their speed and acceleration while they’re dribbling the ball. For Airi and Teruko, they have their own significant improvements with Airi able to shoot the fadeaway shot that she missed for a long time and Teruko use her intelligence when she goes on defense.

    On the other group, Chinami and her other teammates have gone on intense training by the three kouhais. Nayu Yamaguchi, Kuniko Shinomiya and Ichiko Nakamori are very good in strategizing their plays during their first year middle school while contributed the team in last year’s prefectural tournament. Chinami and Nami Takashirō were able to work on three-point shots while Nayu gave the two some motivation. Kuniko trained Ayaka and Momoe on the stamina. Ayaka was very charismatic when it comes to her carefree personality while Momoe had to be more motivated if she wants to impress her mentor. Ichiko taught Yōko on shooting jump shots in the mid-range. Ichiko commented that Yōko had been a three-point shooter because of her deep range deadeye techniques.

    The following hour, both teams would face each other in a scrimmage with 25-minute time limit. Nayu’s team started the scrimmage with the lead in the first thirteen minutes, but Maika’s team decided to come up on their strategy. Tomoka was able to stop Nami as the former boosted her defense while Hinata was good in stealing the ball against Yōko. Saki and Chinami clash with each other in the paint where Saki was able to drop Chinami with the hesitation move. Although it was an ankle move, Saki made the hesitation move, boosting her speed in making her own pattern. Maho and Airi were able to double team their fellow teammates such as Yōko and Momoe. Maho would also make her move by blocking Ayaka’s hook shot.

    As both teams are battling neck-to-neck, the senpais have started observing the first years on how they are doing. Azumi and Masako saw Tomoka, Chinami, Yōko and Maho doing their moves graciously as they impressed them with their quotes on them.

    “Tomoka had been a lone wolf when she transferred from Shiromidai last year after suspicions on Tomoka’s training with a different mentor took a lot of effect on her former school’s girls’ basketball team. Now that she realized about her ambitions may neither be small nor big, she should be ready to play hard, aiming to become a great player” said Azumi.

    “I agree, Azumi. Chinami was a decorated player when she was part of the Kasuragi Elementary School girls’ basketball team. She is a lockdown defender while aiming to shoot the ball in the post. I really like her stamina when she was running like a leopard. I say that she’s very quick to drain her stamina while trying to go for the shot” said Masako.

    “Yeah, that’s true, Masako. I believe that she’s having her luck going up when she’s playing for our team. If there’s always bringing defensive stops while she’s a point guard, she will do anything to shock the system” said Azumi.

    “Of course, she was, Azumi!” said Masako. “Hey, did you find some good talented girls out there in the court aside from both Tomoka and Chinami?”

    “Yes, there’s more” said Azumi.

    “More? That might be big for us to get some pieces to complete the roster. So, who else do you like?” said Masako.

    “Uh, I really like Maho because she had been the scoring machine in dunks while posting up like a power forward. Usually, power forwards can bring the dividends to make sure that your opponents may be shocked with lethal defensive stops” said Azumi.

    “I guess that she was good in showing her defensive formations when she was looking to shut her opponents down like a boss. According to her profile, she was the daughter of the businessman and the owner of the Misawa Enterprises and FoRM Uniform Apparel” said Masako.

    “That’s good. Maybe, we need her to be a back-up power forward since we have a good daughter of a businessman who can take care of business in the paint” said Azumi.

    “Well, that’s a good idea, Azumi! Tell me more about the other first years” said Masako.

    “Okay. Both Saki was very good in delivering outside shots while Airi, Hinata and Ayaka have been good on defense. I really like them because they’re very good in taking the opponents’ shots out easily” said Azumi.

    “Ah, yeah, that’s true, Azumi. My other players who have been so far my favorites are Teruko Sugiyama, Yōko Yamazaki and Momoe Tachibana” said Masako. “Teruko was a small forward despite of her height was the same as Hinata. Yōko is a solid outside scorer while posting up her opponent and Momoe had delivered the rebounds and blocks to increase her hustle.”

    “Well, you picked the rest of them, but not bad selection you have” said Azumi.

    “Yep” said Masako.

    “I say that the selection of first years would be more efficient to make all of them part of the team, but for some reason, we need at least 5-6 members to be part of the team. I bet that we need some talented players who can take over our team some day after we left the team in our graduation year” said Azumi.

    “Yeah, I agree. It will be a new generation for those girls after the blessings would be made to show their willpower” said Masako.

    “Yeah” said Azumi.

    When the 25-minute scrimmage is over, Maika’s team defeated Nayu’s team with the score of 31-27. Everyone in the middle school girls’ basketball team would gather with each other for the end of the first training session for this year.

    The head coach Tomoko Mitani would be speaking to the members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    “Great job, first years! I’m glad that you were able to know about the basic techniques of basketball. I know that you have been doing very well after the practice. Are you okay with your energy?” said Tomoko.

    “Yeah!” said the first year middle school students of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    “Now, as we all know, the sports festival will be held in three weeks. So, we decided to have you to contribute the event” said Tomoko.

    The members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team are surprised to hear the announcement made by Tomoko.

    “What contributions, Tomoko-sensei?” asked Chinami.

    “What would it be?” asked Tomoka.

    “You see, the student athletes are not allowed to participate at the sports festival except if some are part of the reserve team. Nowadays, reserve teams can deploy all members to take part of that event to make sure that they’ll get extra credit” said Tomoko.

    “Well, that would be great to have our performance improved with that kind of activity” said Airi.

    “I’m going to say that it’s going to be a good time to step out and play” said Yōko.

    “Yeah! I’m sure that we can work on the events we’ll be joining” said Saki.

    “I agree, Saki-san. Everyone will participate in the sports festival except for the following: student athletes, members of the student council, members of the organizing committee and members of the P.E. and health clubs” said Tomoko.

    “What about if one of the students in one class had suffered an ailment that is related to either heat or hydration?” asked Nayu Yamaguchi.

    “He or she is exempted from the sports festival unless he or she has a medical certificate if he or she is cleared to play despite suffering an ailment related to either heat or hydration” said Tomoko.

    “I think that we should conduct a health diagnosis next week, so that we will check on the students if any of them is fit to play or not” said Maika Hagiwara.

    “Good idea, Maika-san! I think that we will be having that diagnosis test on the day before the practice day, which will be depended on what batch you’re entering to” said Tomoko.

    “What about those who will participate at the Ikegami Invitationals?” asked Maho.

    “Well, for those students who will participate at the Ikegami Invitationals, they will be exempted from the practice day. Either a student athlete or not, they’re accepted to be absent on that day” said Tomoko.

    “Well, that would be great to have me playing hard for a long time!” said Maho.

    “I’m sure that you should be prepared for that event, Maho-san! Toshihiro and Kaori are really excited about this too!” said Chinami.

    “You got it!” said Maho.

    “So, when will be the next training?” asked Hitomi.

    “It will be next week on May 12. As far as you all know, the director of the basketball program Makoto Yanagawa had met with the other directors from different middle schools about the plans for a set of practice matches to be held this month” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Is this for the prefectural tournament?” asked Ichiko Nakamori.

    “I guess so. I believe that there will be practice matches for us in the following weeks, which will be great for us to start running in our own season” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Think about the other middle school basketball teams, they will have their own set of practice matches to be made right before they’ll be set for the prefectural tournament. We need to be more content to make sure that we’ll be prepared for the said event” said Tomoko.

    “You’re right, Coach. I would say that we need to be ready for that prefectural tournament. I think that we need to bring some good moves to shine, so that we’re going to have a chance to win the tournament” said Azumi.

    “Yeah, Coach! It’s important for us to be blessed rather than being hopeless” said Masako.

    “That’s true, Masako-san, and Azumi’s right. We should start our own run right now before the tournament. So, are you ready for the next training next week?” said Tomoko.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    “Then, let’s meet each other again next week for another training” said Nami Taniguchi.

    “Okay!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    “Everyone! You may dismiss” said Tomoko, signaling the end of the training for the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    Later, the members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team are dressing their casual clothes right after taking their shower at the shower room.

    “I think that we’re all set now, team!” said Tomoka.

    “What is it, Tomoka-san? Are you leaving?” asked Maika.

    “Yeah, I have to meet my friends of mine at the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel. There will be more guests visiting the Misawa Resort Hotel for the penultimate day of the Fuchsia and Celadon Week. There’s a big party going to be held at the mansion, which is my own home” said Tomoka.

    “That’s where Kōme and her clubmates will be organizing the general assembly of their club, the Homewrecking Dragons” said Nami Takashirō.

    “Well, I never heard about that name before, but if I remember correctly, that group was used to be allying with the Exploration Club” said Maika.

    “Yeah, Maika-san! That’s why we’re wearing this kind of clothing that is beautiful and gorgeous” said Tomoka.

    “Wow! I think that their colors are really fitted to that event, Tomoka! Red, violet and pink are more oriented to the dominant color system in Den-en-chōfu and Shimomaruko” said Maika.

    “Usually when they wear those clothes that the color is either red, violet or pink, this gives admiration” said Hitomi.

    “That’s right, girls. Kōme said that she had planned the party to be amazing and awesome, which it will be better to make the members of the Homewrecking Dragons happy” said Tomoka.

    “Also, Yumi Kaneda will be here to visit our home” said Hinata.

    “I don’t know who that person is, Hinata-san. Who is she?” said Maika.

    “She’s the former leader of the Homewrecking Dragons when Tomoka had been a student in the Shiromidai Elementary School in her fifth grade. However, she left the post after being elected as the President of the Shiromidai Elementary School Students’ Association” said Maho.

    “The students’ association is equivalent to the student council, but it’s for the elementary school students only” said Saki.

    “Oh, nice! I can’t wait to meet her in person!” said Maika.

    “Yeah! That club used to be my former club when I was a student in Shiromidai, but I left after just only a year” said Tomoka.

    “Oh, that’s a shame. I never thought how you have stayed there for long, but it’s nice that you have remembered them” said Nayu.

    “Yeah, Nayu-san. By the way, I have created the Rainbow Angels, a group composed of the friends of my group, the Family of Angels. It was made up of groups that were close to us coming from Den-en-chōfu and Kamata” said Tomoka.

    “Well, I think that I want to join that group, Tomoka-san” said Kuniko Shinomiya.

    “Really, Kuniko-san? You’re going to join my circle?” asked Tomoka.

    “Yeah! I am a member of the Ruby Violets Chidori” said Kuniko.

    “So, you must be living in Chidori, Kuniko. Right?” said Saki.

    “Uh, no, Saki. That’s my current home, but I was born in Den-en-chōfu” said Kuniko.

    “That’s interesting, Kuniko-san. So, are you associated to any of Tomoka’s friends?” said Airi.

    “Yeah, I’m a friend of Katsuei Kōno and Asami Nakagawa. They were living in the same home as mine” said Kuniko.

    “Oh, really? That seems to be more connected to her friends, Kuniko-san” said Chinami.

    “That’s right, Chinami. That’s why I want to have my group to join Tomoka’s circle of friends, so that we’ll be able to collaborate with them for future activities” said Kuniko.

    “What your interests are?” asked Momoe.

    “Cycling and exploration” said Kuniko.

    “That’s good, Kuniko-san. I think that you’re interested to be with us to work together for the future of our hometown” said Tomoka.

    “Well, I would be glad to, Tomoka. After all, since we’re playing together, we should be more blessed once we’ll start creating our bonds of friendship” said Kuniko.

    “Yeah, Kuniko-san! My friends from different groups that have joined the Rainbow Angels will be there as well. So, what are you going do right now is to let your friends come to our party and then, we’ll settle this” said Tomoka.

    “Okay!” said Kuniko.

    “I think that you’ll finally have a new member to part of the Rainbow Angels. It feels like we need more friends to be part of our angelic group” said Nami Takashirō.

    “That’s right, Nami-san. We’ll make sure that we’ll finally bring new hopes to make the community happy again” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah, I agree, Tomoka-san!” said Nami Takashirō.

    “So, shall we go out, everyone?” asked Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team.

    The members of the Keishin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team are leaving the locker room and they’re about to leave the gymnasium.

    A voice would be heard, which was heard by Tomoka and her teammates. “Tomoka-san!”

    “Hey, I know that voice!” said Tomoka.

    “It has to be Azumi-san” said Chinami.

    “No, Chinami. It’s one of Azumi’s friends!” said Hitomi.

    From the gate of the gymnasium, Riruka shouts at Tomoka and her teammates. “Yep! We’re finally here to wait for you!”

    “It’s Riruka-san!” said Tomoka.

    “And her team!” said Maho.

    Tomoka and her teammates would run to the gate to meet with Riruka and the members of the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds.

    “Tomoka! I think that you’re finally dressed up after you have taken the shower” said Riruka.

    “Yeah! I’m quickly prepared to dress this kind of casual clothes, Riruka-san. I think that we’re all set go to the mansion” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Riruka, Toshiko and the members of the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds.

    “We should be ready right now because we’re going to attend the general assembly of the Homewrecking Dragons!” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said Riruka, Toshiko and the members of the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds.

    “I would be glad to see if your friends are here, Tomoka-san! Don’t make me surprised so much if they’re coming to see me” said Azumi.

    “Oh, don’t worry, Azumi-senpai. My friends are not afraid to anyone and you should treat them very well with your pure heart” said Tomoka.

    “Okay, Tomoka-san! I’ll be brave!” said Azumi.

    “That’s good. Now, onto my home!” said Tomoka.

    “Yeah!” said the members of the Ogawa-Maruyama Diamonds and the Kesihin Academy Middle School girls’ basketball team as they’re leaving the gymnasium of their school to head to the mansion of the Misawa Resort Hotel where the general assembly of the Homewrecking Dragons will be held in that place by 7:00 in the evening.

    Part 2 will be on the next post.

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