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After saving Tiza and the major of the city, the party is gifted with the once in a lifetime chance to take the stage in their place. However, things look grim as the party realizes that their idol abilities are severely lacking. What will happen once they hit the stage?..
|1||Changing the Subject||3||3|
|2||Quite the Expert||3||3|
|3||Another Mercenary (?)||3||5|
|4||Breakthrough Number 2||5||5|
|5||Songstress of Battle||5||5|
|6||Wait, So Who Won?||7||5|
|──The day of the festival──|
|Sara||Wow, just when I thought this town couldn't possibly get more crowded! Have all these people come to see the festival?|
|Leia||It sure seems that way. It was all I heard anyone talking about on the way here.|
|Tiza||Hi guys! Thanks again for saving us!|
|Kohaku||Tiza! How's your leg doing?|
|Tiza||I'm still not able to use it. But... I'm lucky to be alive, thanks to all of you!|
|Colette||Thanks for coming out to root us on! And the mayor's here too!|
|Anise||Let's just say that the training didn't exactly work out. But with you helping to work the crowd for us, I know we can still win this thing!|
|？？？||Well, well! I see you're as lacking in sanity as you are charisma!|
|Leia||Um... Who are you?|
|Tiza||Margarite! Are you participating in the festival?!|
|Lippy||You know this person, Tiza?|
|Tiza||I wouldn't say I know her, exactly. She's... a fan, I guess?|
|Margarite||A fan of yours? Don't flatter yourself! My name is Margarite, and I'm the most beautiful singer in town. It's a name you're going to want to remember.|
|Colette||Well, a friend of Tiza's is a friend of ours, I guess! We're entering the festival too. It's nice to meet you.|
|Margarite||Was I not clear? I'm no friend of hers! Tiza and I have been rivals in song since the day we were born!|
|Leia||Huh! Yeah, it seemed like there was something between you. I guess that explains it.|
|Margarite||Anyway! I will not allow amateurs to make a mockery of our most treasured festival! You don't belong here!|
|Anise||Oh boy, another nutjob in my life! That is just what I needed after Marurun...|
|Margarite||Let's be perfectly clear. If Tiza isn't participating, then I'm the winner by default. Don't embarrass yourselves!|
|Colette||It's so sweet of you to say so, Margarite! We'll do our best! Thank you for your support!|
|Leia||I'm not sure how you managed to interpret THAT as a show of support.|
|Kohaku||That felt a little bit more like a threat.|
|Anise|| She seems like a delight. *Sigh*... Whatever. |
Forget about her. We gotta prep!
|Lippy||Ladies! I apologize for taking until the last minute, but I've finished your costumes!|
|Colette||Oh my gosh! Those are sooooo cute!|
|Kohaku|| Wow, Lippy, how'd you manage to pull this off so quickly? |
Thank you so much!
|Reala||Look at these fine seams! This is incredible work.|
|Lippy|| You are far too kind. But I'm glad you like them. |
The festival will be starting shortly, so you should probably get changed right away!
|Sara||Whoa, you guys look incredible! Like total superstars!|
|Reala||Thanks, Sara. I can't believe I'm wearing this, though... It's a little, um...|
|Kohaku||Yeah, no kidding! This skirt is awfully short!|
|Anise||Uh, it's not half as short as your usual costume, Kohaku.|
|Leia||Man, this is a perfect fit! Lippy is one heck of a tailor.|
|Anise||Absolutely! Lippy really managed to highlight my natural cuteness!|
|Mayor||The festival is beginning!|
|Sara|| Oh! |
All right guys, do your best! Lippy, (user) and I will be cheering you on from the audience!
|Lippy||Break a leg! But not literally, of course.|
|Host|| Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the biannual Festival of Song! |
From the first through third rounds of competition, all challenges will be chosen at random from this box!
Let's select our first challenge...
It's... "Exhibit Your Singing Ability!"
Group 1, please step forward and show us what you've got!
|Reala||That seems normal enough. I was afraid the challenges might be something a little more exotic.|
|Anise||I dunno. For a group that's never even practiced, normal challenges might not be our strong suit...|
|Sara||Wow, such beautiful voices. They're really good!|
|Lippy||I can see why this festival is so highly regarded!|
|Sara||Oh! Looks like our friends are next!|
|Lippy||Dear me... I think I'm more nervous than they are!|
|Host|| Okay, the challenge for the next group is... |
H-Hey! Is someone back there? I swear I just saw... Oh, well. Our next challenge is... uh...
"Battle Against Mercenaries"?! This is... an unusual topic...
|Anise|| "Battle Against Mercenaries"...? That's... a song title, right? *Sigh* It's not a song title, is it. |
So... we have to fight, and we're only group that has to do it... Yeah, that's not at all suspicious!
|Colette||Well, at least we'll get to put Ms. Marurun's training to good use!|
|Kohaku||Maybe they just throw in a few weird challenges to entertain the crowd...?|
|Margarite||Well well! It came from the box, so that's an official challenge! The mercenaries are waiting... Everyone, give it up for Team Anise!|
|Lippy||And now she's playing the part of the emcee...?!|
|Leia||Well, there's no getting out of it now. We're gonna have to do this!|
|Anise|| There's no way Margarite isn't behind this. Too bad for her that we're a lot better at fighting than singing! |
Let's go, team!
|Host||A stunning performance! Team Anise has dispatched a band of professional mercenaries with ease! You can bet they'll be advancing to the next round!|
|Leia||All right! We did it!|
|Colette||We owe it all to Ms. Marurun!|
|Anise||It's not exactly what I had in mind, but if we can fight our way through this tournament, that prize is as good as mine!|
|Margarite|| Well, well! You're not as inept as you look! But don't think the second round will be so easy. |
Just you wait and see. You will curse your luck at not having been eliminated in round one!
|Leia||Ya know guys, I'm starting to think that Margarite doesn't much like us.|
|Anise|| Sounds like she's got another trick up her sleeve... |
Well, we can take whatever she throws at us!
|Host||Congratulations to the teams who have advanced to the second round! Is everyone ready for what's next?|
|Sara||Wow, the crowd's really into it!|
|Host|| I'll take that as a yes! |
Then let's begin! You know our first competitor as the most beautiful singer in Cycorepo. Give a warm welcome to Team Margarite!
|Margarite||Ladies and gentlemen! Are you prepared to bask in the majesty of the one true superstar of song?|
|Anise||Wow, Margarite sure seems to have a lot of fans. I can't imagine what they see in her...|
|Colette||Well, she's beautiful, and she's got a lot of energy... It's no surprise she'd be popular! The crowd really seems to be loving it!|
|Tiza||I'm not so sure. From where I was sitting, the crowd seemed a lot more excited about you guys than her.|
|Colette||Wow. Margarite's a fantastic singer! The crowd's going wild!|
|Host||A commanding performance from Team Magarite! Will it take them all the way to the winner's circle?|
|Sara||I can't believe what a beautiful singer Margarite is. That was stunning.|
|Lippy||I must admit that I was impressed myself. It's hard to imagine such beauty coming out of such ugliness.|
|Anise||Listen to that applause. There's no doubt that Margarite is the one we gotta beat. She's good.|
|Host|| Our next competitor is Team Anise, who put on a memorably... unusual performance in the first round! |
What challenge awaits them next? Let's check the mystery box!
And here it is... Team Anise's challenge is...
"Continue to Sing and Dance Masterfully In Spite of Unexpected Circumstances!"
|Kohaku||Huh? That one actually sounds legit!|
|Host|| In this challenge, our competitors are expected to put on a show under unusually thrilling conditions! |
Let's bring on the "unexpected circumstances"!
|Anise||WHAT?! More mercenaries...? What are they doing here?!|
|Colette||Geez... There sure are a lot of them.|
|Host||Hmmm? This is odd... The unexpected circumstance was supposed to be us activating the rain and wind machine...|
|Margarite||Well, well, ladies and gentleman! Is Team Anise unwilling to perform outside of their canned routines?!|
|Lippy||This is quite odd... I could have sworn that Margarite was on the other side of the stage only a moment ago...|
|Leia||Hey! No one said we weren't willing! But... how is this a realistic complication for a singer?!|
|Margarite|| Your attitude is disgraceful! A true performer knows that the show must go on, no matter what happens! |
But if you can't handle a little stage fright, feel free to concede defeat now!
|Anise||You wish! We're not conceding anything! You think we can't sing and dance while fighting a mercenary army?!|
|Reala||Um, Anise... I'm not sure that──|
|Anise||Hey, buck up! Tiza's counting on us! Don't tell me you're gonna let her down?! We can do this!|
|Reala||Okay! I'm in!|
|Colette||Let's do our best!|
|Leia||Yeah! Let's kick some butt!|
|Host||Ladies and gentleman, Team Anise's second performance begins... now!|
|Host||Wow! What a performance from Team Anise, beautifully dancing circles around an army of mercenaries! These first-timers have secured a spot in the final round!|
|Sara||Woo-hoo! Great job, guys!|
|Lippy||A masterful performance indeed!|
|Reala||We did it. We actually did it...|
|Kohaku||Surprisingly, not so different from our usual monster-slaying missions...|
|Anise||And now we're within a hair's breadth of winning this thing! And if we could handle THAT, we can handle anything. That treasure is as good as mine!|
|Margarite||Well, well! So you've survived all my little traps. You do have some talent after all!|
|Leia||So you were behind it all along! I mean... not that that wasn't already blindingly obvious.|
|Anise||And now we're in the finals, despite your flagrant rule-breaking! We know you rigged the mystery trial box!|
|Margarite||Why, how dare you accuse me of breaking the rules! Nowhere in the rulebook does it say I can't rig the mystery box!|
|Kohaku||Not being explicitly forbidden doesn't mean it's allowed!|
|Reala||Somehow I doubt she really cares.|
|Leia||Hey, emcee guy! Are you just gonna let her continue to cheat like this?|
|Host|| The thing is, the crowd's loving it! You're earning yourselves thousands of fans tonight! |
So I hate to admit it, but for the sake of the festival... yes!
|Kohaku||Well, it is kinda hard to argue with his points there...|
|Anise||I don't know what kinda sleazy festival they're running here, but if we're this close to winning... on with the show!|
|Margarite||That's the spirit! All that's left is the finals... But I wouldn't start working on your acceptance speech quite yet!|
|Host||As we head into the final round, things are really heating up! Which team will take home the prize?!|
|Sara||Looks like the finals are about to begin! I really hope Anise and the gang can pull this one off...|
|Lippy|| Indeed! But from where I'm sitting, they certainly seem to be the odds-on favorite. |
If anyone deserves to win this year's festival, it is clearly Team Anise!
|Audience1||Ya know, that talking dog thing is right! This is the best Festival of Song we've had in years!|
|Audience2|| Yeah! Team Anise has really made the Festival of Song exciting again! |
I think this is their first time competing, too! But man, they're really incredible.
|Audience3|| Ya know, in this day and age, dancing and singing's just not enough. I want my musical idols to be able to kick some butt too! |
A superstar's gotta be larger than life, you know?
|Sara|| Y-Yes, exactly! That's why Team Anise deserves to go all the way! |
We'd better cheer them on!
|Host||Ladies and gentlemen, it's the moment you've all been waiting for... the final round of the Festival of Song!|
|Margarite||Well, well! You amateurs are about to see what a commanding victory from a true superstar looks like.|
|Anise||Ha! In your own deluded head, maybe. There's only one first-place prize, and I'll be taking that home.|
|Host||All right, the final challenge is... "Sing and Dance"!|
|Margarite||Well, well! Lucky me!|
|Leia||That's the final challenge...? It's so... normal...|
|Festival's Head Judge||Stop the show!|
|Host||It's... the festival's head judge?! Has something happened?|
|Festival's Head Judge||We judges have been talking it over, and we've decided to change the final challenge.|
|Kohaku||What's going on here?|
|Host||But sir, this is the same final challenge we use every year. It's a festival tradition!|
|Festival's Head Judge|| No one asked you! Times changes and festivals need to change with them. Watching Team Anise has made it clear to us that we're no exception! |
The judges were unanimous in wanting this year's festival winner to be a superstar of song, dance, and combat. So that's the new final challenge!
|Singing and Dancing Mercenaries||We will be your opponents in the final challenge!|
|Colette||Oh! They added "singing and dancing" to their team name! We'll face them in a singing and dancing competition?|
|Festival's Head Judge||Not quite. You'll need to sing, dance... and defeat them in team combat!|
|Leia||So... kinda like every other challenge? This is really how you're gonna decide the winner?|
|Margarite||What are you talking about?! This isn't the way it goes!|
|Kohaku||Yeah, she does have a point. I'm not sure if the audience is going to go along with this.|
|Colette||I'm sure some of them want to see things unfold the way they always have!|
|Margarite||Y-Yes. Exactly! They won't stand for high-handed judges disrupting their festival!|
|Anise||They won't, or you won't...?|
|Host||Well, then... let's let the audience decide! Everyone who wants to see the competitors sing, dance, AND fight, applaud now!|
|Sara||That sounded like every single person here...|
|Lippy||Their applause is nearly deafening!|
|Margarite||N-No! This can't be happening! I had everything planned out...!|
|Anise||What the heck? So if enough people applaud, they'll just change anything?|
|Host|| Uh... well then, since the audience response was unanimous... |
The final challenge will now involve singing, dancing, and battling this band of mercenaries!
Our first competitor is Team Margarite! Let's start the music!
|Singing and Dancing Mercenaries||Battle stances! Prepare to fight!|
|Margarite|| I... I can't do this! I'm a lady of culture and refinement! I don't know how to fight against mercenaries! |
Why do I even have to fight anyone? I just want to sing! This isn't fair!
|Anise||I just couldn't bear to watch... Although there is a certain poetic justice to it, after you slipped us all those fighting challenges...|
|Kohaku||But if we don't step in to protect her, she's really gonna get hurt.|
|Colette||You step back and let us handle this, Margarite. I think we can probably take them.|
|Leia||You just stay behind us and keep singing, all right?|
|Reala||Leave all that nasty fighting to us.|
|Singing and Dancing Mercenaries||If you won't come to us, we're coming to you!|
|Anise||Your slack-jawed gaping isn't making this any easier! Get behind us! You say you're such a pro, then go entertain the audience already!|
|Margarite||R-Right! These thugs are all yours!|
|Host||What an unexpected turn of events! Team Anise and Team Margarite conquered the challenge with an impromptu collaboration!|
|Margarite||Well, well! Now you all see what Team Margarite is truly capable of!|
|Colette||We sure do! Your singing is incredible, Margarite.|
|Reala||It really is! It felt great to be fighting along to that rhythm!|
|Anise||Yeah, great stuff, whatever. So who won already?|
|Host||Judges! Have you selected a winner?|
|Festival's Head Judge|| The judging panel would like to thank all the contestants for an exceptional Festival of Song! |
Today we've seen the birth of a new type of musical star, and one that's excited the crowd like never before...
This festival's winner... Team Anise!
|Sara||They did it! They actually won!|
|Lippy||Our fervent support was not in vain! This was truly a spectacular evening!|
|Anise||Aww, shucks. We really did it!|
|Reala||I still don't understand how we won... All we did was fight!|
|Leia||Yeah, but... that makes us a "new type of musical star!" That's pretty cool!|
|Margarite||So you've bested me after all. I must admit that, watching you from behind, your moves were impressive.|
|Kohaku||Thanks, Margarite! And you really are a great singer.|
|Host||As our new Festival of Song champions, we are honored to present one of the town's historic treasures to Team Anise!|
|Anise||Oh yeah. Come to Mama!|
|Reala||I wonder what sort of legendary treasures a city of the arts would have, anyway?|
|Kohaku||It's got to be something art-related...|
|Anise||Yeah, I'm hoping for like a classic painting or something. I'll flip that baby for cash and make all my high-society dreams come true!|
|Colette||Wow, how exciting to see your dreams come true! I'm so happy for you!|
|Host||And here they are... The costumes of the great singers of legend!|
|Leia||Two matching costumes, huh?|
|Anise||They kinda look a lot like the ones we're already wearing...|
|Margarite|| Don't you know what those are? Those costumes were worn by the two legendary songstresses of Cycorepo! Their songs brought peace to this town. |
That's why everyone who yearns to be a great singer dreams of wearing them! But they're only given to the victors of the Festival of Song.
|Anise||Yeah, that's real inspiring or whatever. Here, I'll give 'em to you and Tiza.|
|Tiza||What?! But why?!|
|Colette||Anise, you worked so hard to win that prize! Are you sure?|
|Anise|| Honestly? I can't imagine anyone paying me more than a couple of bucks for these. |
Margarite worked really hard to win them too, and unlike us, she really wants to be a singer. I'm sure they'd mean more to her and Tiza than me.
|Margarite||Anise...! I don't know what to say...|
|Anise||Just put these on and promise you'll keep working at becoming great singers.|
|Margarite|| I will! I promise I'll work hard to become a singer worthy of them! |
But here, I want you to have this in return.
|Colette||Oh my gosh, that's so cute! Can we really take this?|
|Margarite||I insist! Consider it a token of our frien— er, a token of our rivalry!|
|Tiza||I'd have stuck with your first thought there...|
|Leia||Heh. No way Margarite's giving it up that easily!|
|Reala||I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you, Margarite.|
|Sara||Congratulations you guys! We were totally blown away by your performance!|
|Kohaku||Sara! Thanks for rooting us on. We could see you down there the whole time!|
|Reala||I don't know that we'd have ever pulled this off without your support.|
|Sara||Then I'm so glad we were able to be there for you guys.|
|Anise||I dunno. We won and all, and now we're friends with Margarite or... something. But I'm still not really feeling it.|
|Leia||Then we gotta get out and celebrate! Let's go make some noise!|
|Kohaku||That sounds good to me! After all, Lippy worked so hard to make these costumes for us... I don't want to have to take them off already!|
|Margarite||That sounds like a fine plan to me! You can expect my full cooperation.|
|Sara||Ooh, you guys are gonna have an after-party? Sounds like a blast!|
|Anise||You're coming with us Sara! And this time we're not taking no for an answer.|
|Colette||And (user) and Lippy have to join us too!|
|Lippy||Me?! Are you sure?|
|Mayor|| You all have certainly earned this! Thanks to you, this Festival of Song was a huge success! |
I wish I could offer you more, but I have arranged for your meals. So please, enjoy all that Cycorepo has to offer.
|Anise||Awww, thanks Mr. Mayor! I'm starving! All right gang, let's go have some fun!|
| And on that day, a new era dawned in Cycorepo... |
...the age of the singing, dancing, AND fighting superstar.