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Pastel✽Palettes, The Beginning
 
What will happen when the new idol group's lack of musical ability is revealed?
 
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19
  • Chapter 20
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 1
Idol Band

Aya makes her debut in an idol band. What happens when she meets the other members?

Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Aya
(I wonder why they called an emergency meeting here today... Has something happened...?)
Agency Staff A
Well we have to get them to understand our position, otherwise...
Agency Staff B
Are you sure everything's ready for the shoot tomorrow?
Aya
(Everyone's always in such a rush here...)
Chisato
Good morning. Sorry I'm late, my last appointment ran over...
Aya
Good morning!
Aya
(That's... Chisato Shirasagi? She never usually comes to the office... I wonder why she's here.)
Eve
Good morning! I heard there was a conclave today, so I came to join in!
Aya
A conclave...?!
Eve
I mean... a meeting! Are you here for the meeting, too?
Aya
Me...? I'm-
Agency Staff C
We'd like to start, if everyone's arrived?
Agency Staff C
It looks like we're still one short.
Aya
Excuse me...! Are all of us here for the same meeting today?
Agency Staff C
Yes, you are.
Hina
Huh. I heard there was some kind of meeting today? Or did I get mixed up?
Staff
Hikawa-san... It is today. You're just late.
Hina
Oh, right. So I guess that means everyone else is here already? Well let's get started, then!
Aya
(Strange girl... What kind of meeting could we possibly be here for...?)
Staff
... Ahem. Aya Maruyama, Chisato Shirasagi, Hina Hikawa, and Eve Wakamiya. You have all been gathered today for an announcement.
Staff
The four of you will be making your idol debut, as the girl group "Pastel✽Palettes."
Aya
Idol debut?! Really? Honestly?
Staff
Honestly! Aya-san, I want you to use everything you have learned in your time training with us, and do your very best!
Aya
I will! Thank you so much!
Aya
(This is my third year training to be an idol... I was just about graduate, too... After waiting so long, my time has finally come!)
Eve
Idol... You mean, I'll be singing and dancing? All this time modeling, I was just standing still while people took photos of me...
Eve
But now I can be active and move around! This is so exciting!
Staff
As this is the first time you are all meeting each other as Pastel✽Palettes, let's go around and make some quick introductions. Starting with you, Aya-san.
Aya
O-okay! I'm Aya Maruyama! I've been in training here at this agency for a while now...
Aya
And, umm...
Aya
Oh, my dream! It's been my dream to become an idol since I was a little girl. I couldn't be happier!
Aya
I'm going to give it 110%, and I won't let you down!
Eve
My name is Eve Wakamiya! Until today, I used to work as a model. I don't know much about being an idol...
Eve
... But I'll do my best, in the spirits of bushido!
Aya
B-bushido...?!
Hina
Haha! She's an interesting one, this girl!
Eve
Thank you very much!
Hina
I mean, that wasn't really a compliment.
Chisato
... Should I go next? I'm Chisato Shirasagi. I've been in TV shows and movies since I was a young child.
Chisato
I may have a lot of experience in entertainment, but this will be my first time being an idol. I hope we can all work well together.
Hina
Does that mean I'm last? The name's Hina Hikawa! But you can call me Hina. I joined this, I dunno, band audition thing? And I can guess I passed.
Hina
I mean, no one else was as good as me anyway. It was easy really.
Aya
You entered a band audition? But... how did you end up in an idol group?
Hina
Band, group, idol, whatever really. I don't mind where I go, you know?
Chisato
You must be in the backup band, I suppose?
Hina
What? Wait, aren't we all playing instruments?
Eve
Idols just sing and dance, don't they? Do we really have to play instruments, too?
Staff
Ah, right, perhaps I should have been more clear. You will in fact be debuting as an "idol band."
Aya
Idol...
Chisato
Band...?
Staff
Yes. Your first performance will be in two weeks.
Staff
Oh, and don't worry about the instruments. There'll be professionals playing the real music out of sight, and you four can just pretend to play along.
Aya
Pretend...?
Eve
But doesn't that mean we'll be lying to the audience? That's not very bushido!
Aya
I mean, I don't know how to play anything, but... I think I agree with Eve-chan.
Aya
I think we should learn to play our instruments, and give people a real show with our own music...!
Chisato
The thing is though, people don't come to see idols for their musical talent.
Chisato
Instead of wasting time learning instruments, we should probably spend more time on ourselves, and on our appearances...
Chisato
... At least, that's what I think. Count me in for the pretending ♪
Aya
B-but that's...
Staff
Now that's a pro. I knew you'd understand! Thanks for helping to explain, Chisato-san. We'll be proceeding just as she said
Eve
...
Hina
But see, I can actually play. Unlike the rest of you. ... Whatever, though. This sounds kinda fun too. What instruments will everyone be pretending with, then?
Staff
Ah, of course. I have the list right here. Aya-san, you will be on vocals.
Aya
Me...?!
Chisato
...
Staff
I mean, it'll all be prerecorded anyway. I'll send you the recording schedule later today.
Aya
... Okay.
Staff
As for everyone else... Hina-san on guitar, Chisato-san on bass, and Eve will be on keyboard. We're still searching for a suitable drummer.
Chisato
... Bass, huh. I don't know much about being in a band, but I do know the bassist is a real unsung hero type. Well, I'll give it my best!
Staff
Fantastic. Then let's move on to the finer details of your upcoming performance. If you could turn to page five...
Aya
(Vocalist of Pastel✽Palettes... But I'll never sing a note. Is this really okay...?)
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 2
What a Beauty

A week has passed, but the girls still can't find a drummer. Meanwhile, Chisato notices something...

Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Staff
... And that's about everything. Does anyone have any questions?
Chisato
Do we know when the new drummer is going to be announced?
Staff
The issue we are facing is that good drumming is hard to fake. We need to find someone who can actually play, but it is proving difficult.
Staff
We will do everything we can to find someone this week, but...
Staff
Until then, we'll have to have someone from our support staff fill in instead. Yamato-san!
Maya
H-hello! My name is Maya Yamato. I'll only be here for a short while, but I'll try to do my best!
The Other Members
Nice to meet you, Maya!
Chisato
Well let's hope we find that new member soon, then.
Staff
I'll be sure to let you all know once we do. ... That's about it for today, then. Thank you for coming, everyone.
All Five
Thank you, too.
Chisato
I've got another appointment right after this, so I'll see you all again soon.
Maya
I've also got rehearsals to get to. Sorry to introduce myself and leave like this. See you!
Aya
(... I've wanted to be an idol for so long. My big break is here, but why am I not excited? Three years waiting for this very moment...)
Eve
... We're in a band. But we don't play instruments. Why not? I don't understand it...!
Hina
It's going to be tough selling a lie like this... But if we're gonna do it, we should do it well, right? At least, that's what I think.
Eve
Do it well...?
Hina
Do it perfectly! So perfectly that no one could ever tell we're faking it. As long as we fake it perfectly, it'll be like it's really happening.
Eve
Mmm... I don't think I...
Hina
We just have to stick with it! Before you know it, it'll become a truth like any other. Get it?
Eve
Stick with it... Okay! I understand! Bushido is all about choosing a path and sticking to it. I just have to think of our performances like bushido!
Hina
Yeah, that's it! Like bushido! Haha.
Eve
Okay! I think I can do it!
Aya
Stick with it...
Aya
(Pastel✽Palettes is my first real shot... And after these three years, it's also my last. Whatever happens, I just have to stick with it.)
Aya
(... Even if it means I just pretend to sing up there.)
Hina
I mean, a band that doesn't actually play instruments? Doesn't that sound super interesting to you? We've gotta look at it positively. It's exciting!
Aya
... You're right. We have to be positive.
Hina
That's the spirit. We're all in this together, right? ... Ahh. I should be heading off too. Bye guys.
Eve
I think I'll go home too! Goodbye!
Aya
Goodbye!
Aya
Have to be positive...
Hallway
 
Hina
Hey! Chisato-chan, was it? Looking forward to working with you ♪
Chisato
Yes, me too.
Hina
I've seen you on TV before, you know. I can't believe we've got a celebrity in the band.
Chisato
Fufu. Still, I don't know anything about being an idol. I've got a lot to learn, too.
Chisato
I don't even know why I was chosen to join, to be honest...
Chisato
All I know is, there must be a reason they wanted me in the band.
Chisato
I just want to do my best in whatever job they gave me.
Hina
Huh...
Chisato
What is it? Did I say something wrong?
Hina
You've got all this experience, and you said all those things in that meeting today, but... I thought maybe you might be just as unsure as the rest of us.
Hina
Well, either, way let's all do our best♪ See ya.
Chisato
... I just want to succeed. That's all.
One Week Later
 
Reharsal Studio
 
Coach
That's all for today's class. Good job everyone.
All Except Chisato
Thank you!
Meeting Room
 
Hina
Phew, I'm beat! No one said we'd be practicing non-stop like this! I mean we're not even gonna be playing onstage.
Aya
(We've had music practice every day since the band was formed. But the teachers don't seem to be too interested in our progress. Maybe because we'll just be faking it in the end...?)
Chisato
... Hi everyone! Sorry I wasn't in practice today, my last appointment ran over...
Aya
(Most of us have started to make friends over this past week, except for Chisato-chan. I don't know if she just doesn't care, but she hardly ever even turns up to music classes.)
Aya
I hope we can do this...
Eve
Wow~, you really know a lot about music, Maya-san!
Maya
Aw, you're too kind. I'm just glad I've found someone to listen to me ramble on like this...
Hina
Hey come on, Maya-chan. Your music talk is really interesting, you know. That stuff about voltages the other day, I was hooked!
Maya
What, really?! You enjoyed all that?! I'm so happy to hear it~!!
Hina
... It kinda makes me sad, actually. It's a shame someone as cool and interesting as you is only with us temporarily...
Eve
Have they still not found a drummer?
Aya
It's been a week already. We can't keep asking Maya-chan to fill in like this...
Eve
If we can't find a drummer, then... We can't do our show, can we? What will happen to us then...?
Aya
D-don't worry about it! I bet they're searching for someone right now, as we speak!
Chisato
...
Chisato
You are a really good drummer, Maya-san. How long have you been playing?
Maya
Umm... About 5 years now, I think... I only started working for this talent agency recently, though...
Chisato
Are you looking to become a musician yourself one day?
Maya
Well... either that or an engineer.
Chisato
I see... Just one more thing. Could you take off your glasses for me?
Glasses Off
Maya
U-umm... L-like this...?
Chisato
... Yes. Just as I thought. You're beautiful. Maya-san... Will you join Pastel✽Palettes?
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 3
Fresh Idol

Maya is officially inducted into the band. What happens when they all go in for a costume fitting?

Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Maya
Me? An idol?! No way no way no way! I'm just some studio musician...!
Chisato
You'll be fine. Without those glasses, you look just the part... and you have a musical skill we really need right now.
Aya
Ch-Chisato-chan...! Don't you think we should check with the agency first...?
Hina
I don't~. It would be much more fun to just let Maya-chan join instead. Count me in.
Aya
Fun...? But that's not...!
Maya
No, I mean like really, I can't do this!
Maya
I'm really sorry, but... I'm not the type to get out there in front of people...! Let alone dance around like an idol...!
Chisato
Maya-san, please!
Chisato
The four of us have been asked to start an idol band with no knowledge of music and one member short...
Chisato
If we can't find our fifth member, we might not even be able to make our debut... and then who knows what'll happen to us...?
Chisato
You joining the band would solve all of our problems... I know I'm asking the impossible of you, and I'm sorry. But you're our-
Maya
Ahh, no, please! Don't apologize... It's just, I just... Me? An idol...?
Eve
Please, Maya-san!
Maya
...!
Chisato
Eve-chan...
Eve
Please... help us! I really want to perform for everyone up on stage...!
Eve
And... I want to perform with you, Maya-san. I really like you and all the interesting things you've taught me. I don't want to say goodbye...
Hina
I wanna hear more of your interesting chats too, Maya-chan.
Chisato
Maya-san, please...! She can stay, right Aya-chan?
Aya
I mean, I would love for her to stay with us, but...
Maya
There are so many other drummers out there, I...
Maya
... I've never had anyone rely on me like this before... I'm starting to get all emotional over here... Haha.
Maya
... Honestly, I really don't think I can cut it as an idol. I'm really not sure about any of this, but... I mean, if you'll have me...
Maya
I'd love to be the Pastel✽Palettes' drummer.
Eve
Maya-san...! Thank you so much!
Chisato
Thank you, thank you! Really, really... thank you!
Staff
... And so allow me reintroduce Maya Yamato-san as the newest member of Pastel✽Palettes.
Chisato
We wanted to help out with your search, so we spoke to Maya-san ourselves yesterday.
Chisato
I'm sorry if we stepped on anyone's toes, but...
Staff
No, not at all~! You really helped us out there, Chisato-san! We were in some trouble, we couldn't find anyone at all...!
Chisato
We explained a little about the band before, but I'm sure the staff here will be able to fill you in on all the details.
Chisato
Now that you're an official member, perhaps you could give another quick introduction...?
Maya
Oh, yeah! Erm, I'm Maya Yamato. You can rearrange the letters in my name and make Maya Yamato again. And... I'm gonna try my best drumming!
Eve
I'm so glad you decided to join us, Maya-san!
Maya
Huhehe...
Chisato
We're all here today to try on our new outfits. Since you'll be wearing one too now, Maya-chan, will you come and join us?
Talent Agency
 
Rehearsal Studio
 
Staff
Here are all of your outfits.
Aya
Wow, they're so cute!
Eve
They're all so wonderful and sparkly!
Chisato
Will you be able to have Maya-san's outfit made in time?
Staff
If we start on it right away, we should have it ready, yes. If you could come this way for fitting please, Maya-san. The rest of you can try them on!
Everyone Except Chisato
Okay!
One Hour Later
 
Hina
Tada~! Well? How do I look?
Aya
Wow...! Hina-chan, you look adorable! So cute!
Eve
You look great too, Aya-san! All pink and fluffy... like a macaron!
Aya
Really? Hehehe. It's been my dream to wear an outfit like this, ever since I started training here... I'm so happy right now...!
Chisato
Excuse me? It's a little loose under the arm here... and do you think you could bring the skirt in a little shorter, perhaps?
Staff
Certainly. Is there anything else?
Chisato
Hmm... I'd like to see how it feels while holding the bass. Do you think you could bring one for me?
Staff
Of course. Just one moment.
Chisato
How are all of your outfits?
Hina
I just love mine! It fits me just perfectly~, fufu.
Chisato
Is there anything that needs fixing up? You can tell the staff here and they'll make adjustments.
Hina
Oh~, is that why we're here doing this today?
Chisato
I guess you're not quite used to this world yet, Hina-chan... I should have explained everything before we started.
Chisato
These costumes have already been made up in each of our sizes, so now we try them on and see how they feel.
Chisato
If there are any size problems, or it feels difficult to move in some places, you tell a staff member and they get it fixed.
Eve
You mean these were made just for us...? That's amazing! It's so different to all of my modeling work... A whole new experience.
Chisato
You used to model for magazines, right Eve-chan? Making your given outfit look as best as possible is true for both idols and models.
Eve
Hmm~, I see! I think you're right, Chisato-san!
Eve
Mmm~, I feel like I can do anything wearing this outfit!
Hina
That's it, I can see your eyes lighting up! We can do this~! I mean, except for the playing any instruments part.
Maya
...?! H-hey, stop that, it tickles...! Huhe... huhehe...! S-somebody help me~!
Aya
Is Maya-chan okay, do you think...?
Hina
Who knows? I don't even know what they're doing back there.
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 4
Disappearing Show

Pastel✽Palettes has a major equipment failure during their first performance. What will they do?

Debut Live Performance
 
Dressing Room
 
Staff
Is the set ready yet?
Staff
All finished!
Hina
Wow~! Look at all these people.
Chisato
How many people are in the audience today?
Staff
We estimate it's somewhere around 10,000.
Maya
T-ten thousand...?!
Hina
That's a lot of people~. Funny how we've gotta get up there and make them all believe we're actually performing, right?
Aya
...
Eve
Are you nervous, Aya-san?
Aya
Ah? Wh-what?! I... Oh no... I've completely forgotten what I was going to say out there...
Hina
Can't you just kinda make it up as you go along?
Aya
I have to think an plan these things, or I just close up when the time comes...!
Aya
It's all just so much bigger than when I was in training... I'm feeling so nervous...
Chisato
Clam down, now. You are not that trainee any more. You are Aya-chan, from Pastel✽Palettes. A whole new you.
Aya
Y-yeah... You're right...!
Aya
(I am Aya, from Pastel✽Palettes. I am not the same person I once used to be.)
Aya
(I've been practicing stage patter for three years now. I don't even have to sing, but I've learned every lyric we have. Nothing can go wrong...!
Event Staff
Pastel✽Palettes, you're up next! Please come up and wait backstage.
All Five
Okay!
Onstage
 
MC
Please welcome to the stage, here for their debut performance, the latest and greatest new idol band, Pastel✽Palettes!
Audience Member
Is that the child actor, Chisato Shirasagi?
Audience Member
Oh yeah, it is!
Aya
...
Aya
Hello everyone~! We are Pastel✽Palettes! Thank you so much for coming out to see us today ♪
Aya
I think you'll get to know us best of all if we just go ahead and play for you! Here is "Shuwarin☆Dreaming"!
Aya
(... I got it out okay!)
Aya
~~♪
Audience Member
Wow, they're pretty cute!
Audience Member
Are they performing live up there?!
Audience Member
Whoa! That's pretty impressive for an idol group~!
Aya
(Ah...?! The music cut out...?!)
Eve
The sound...?
Chisato
(There's no sound...?! What do we do now?!)
Audience Member
Hey, the music stopped!
Audience Member
Must be technical difficulties, I guess.
Aya
(I... I have to do something...!)
Aya
.....!
Audience Member
Was she lip-syncing the whole time?
Audience Member
I don't think they were playing their instruments, either!
Audience Member
What happened to the music?
Aya
(Oh no... I know I have to do something, but... I can't make a sound...!)
Aya
Ah... Ah...!
Chisato
(This isn't good at all...
Chisato
I'm sorry, everyone. It seems like due to some technical difficulties, we won't be able to continue our performance today.
Chisato
We have many more shows planned out for the near future and I hope you'll be back to see them. We have been Pastel✽Palettes!
Audience Member
What's going on here?!
Audience Member
Is that it?!
Eve
Is that the end of the show?
Hina
... I guess it has to be. Let's get out of here.
Maya
O-okay...!
Aya
...
Dressing Room
 
Eve
What happened out there? I couldn't hear the music at all. It was like we stopped performing!
Staff
We're looking into the problem right now... Ah, hello? Yes, I'm backstage at the moment...
Hina
I can't believe this would happen to us. I mean, I actually did not imagine it.
Chisato
... We just lied to ten thousand people and they all found out within minutes.
Maya
...
Eve
We lied...
Aya
... But, then...
Aya
... What do we do now...?
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 5
What I Need to Believe

After their show is cancelled, the girls become concerned. What happens when Chisato goes to ask the staff why...?

Dressing Room
 
Eve
I wonder what happened. The music stopped and I couldn't hear anything... The whole audience looked puzzled.
Maya
Sounded like a fault to me... The lights didn't go out, which means it was either the speakers, amps or transformers...
Aya
I'm sorry, everyone... I knew I had to do something, but I couldn't make a sound up there...
Maya
It's not your fault, Aya-san...! And there's no use crying over spilt milk, anyway. We've just gotta make the next show even better!
Chisato
... The next show...
Eve
Next... I wonder what will happen to us next... Do you think this is the end for us already...?
Chisato
I'm going to ask the staff what's going on.
Aya
I want to go too! I want to apologize to them...
Chisato
I know how you feel, Aya-chan... but I'm sure the staff are all very busy right now.
Chisato
If too many of us go out there, they'll start to lose focus on the real problem at hand. Just wait back here for now.
Aya
Okay...
Eve
Is that all we can do right now? Just wait? I want to try to help...
Hina
I just want to find out what's happening. I'm not trying to be all negative like Eve-chan here, I just can't stand sitting around, is all.
Aya
...
Aya
(My big chance up on stage... And all the music stopped...)
Aya
Ah... Ah...!
Aya
(I can't make a sound...!)
Aya
(I knew I couldn't let us fail. So why couldn't I do anything to stop it?)
Aya
(If it was one of my training lessons, I'd know I had to do whatever it took, and I'd take the right action and turn it all around...!)
Aya
... I'm just a fool...
Offstage
 
Chisato
(If we keep having mistakes like this, this band has no future at all. Worse, I'll start getting bad press for it myself.
Chisato
(How can I turn this around...? What can I do to make things right again...?)
Chisato
(I'll never get the chance as long as I'm still here. Which means there's only one thing I can do...)
Chisato
(Choose a path of zero failure.)
Staff
Chisato-san! I was just about to come and see you. I wanted to apologize for the problems around today's performance.
Chisato
I'm sure you must be very busy, but do you think you would be able to explain to me what exactly it was that went wrong?
Staff
Of course. The first problem happened when...
Dressing Room
 
Aya
Chisato-chan's taking a long time out there... What if there was another issue or something...?
Eve
It is a little worrying.
Hina
Ah~, I'm so bored! I can't take it any more. I'm gonna go see if I can find her.
Aya
Ah, Hina-chan!
Offstage
 
Hina
Where could Chisato-chan be...? Hmm? Is that her there? With a member of staff...?
Staff
Very well. Understood...
Chisato
... Thank you. I'll go and tell the other members right away.
Hina
Chisato-chan! You were taking so long, I thought I'd come and find you~. What were you talking about?
Chisato
Oh, Hina-chan. I'm sorry, you must have been worried. I was just having the staff here explain to me exactly what went wrong today.
Hina
Oh, right. All I know is, the other girls are all looking pretty unnerved right now.
Chisato
Of course, it was a big problem we faced today. But I need you all to grow stronger from experiences like these.
Chisato
... So strong that you won't even need me around.
Chisato
However much more experienced I am, there's still a limit to what I can do, after all.
Hina
So strong we won't even need you...
Dressing Room
 
Chisato
I'm sorry I took so long, everyone.
Aya
Chisato-chan!
Maya
What did the staff have to say?
Chisato
It was just as you said, Maya-chan. They are still looking into the details, though.
Eve
... Do you know what will happen to us?
Chisato
They want to talk to us about the band again tomorrow.
Aya
Oh... Is there anything we can do in the meantime...?
Chisato
The staff are all working as hard as they can to fix this. Today's problems hit very hard, there's no doubt about that... but we just need to trust them.
Eve
Yes... I learned to trust in people through bushido. Now is the time for me to put it to use.
Hina
Maybe I should learn some of this bushido, too.
Aya
...
Aya
(Trust... I'm not even sure what I should trust in any more...)
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 6
The All-New Pastel✽Palettes

When the girls have their entire schedule canceled, confusion ensues. What will Aya say about their situation?

The Next Day
 
Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Hina
Good morning~.
Aya, Eve, Maya
Good morning.
Hina
Hmm. That was low. It feels low in here.
Chisato
I'm not surprised, after everything that happened yesterday.
Staff
Good morning! Are we all here?
Chisato
We're here.
Staff
I would like to start off by sincerely apologizing for what happened yesterday, and for putting you all in this awful position.
Staff
I'm sure Chisato-san explained the problem to you already, and I can assure you that our specialists are looking into the details as we speak.
Chisato
As for today, our schedule says we have three interviews and a radio recording. Will these be going ahead as planned?
Staff
... All appointments have been canceled.
All Five
What...?!
Chisato
... You mean, just today's appointments?
Staff
All appointments... for the foreseeable future.
Staff
Considering the events of yesterday, it was decided by the management staff here that you all stay out of the media spotlight for now.
Aya
For now...? So we're not splitting up, then? We'll be able to step back out on stage again some day? Or... or...?
Staff
... All I can say is that no decision has yet been made. In the meantime, I need you all to begin music practice as soon as possible.
Staff
After yesterday's problems, it has become apparent that you must at least be able to play, for real, all of the songs we currently have.
Eve
No decision... So it might be over, or it might not be over...? But we still need to take music lessons? I don't think I understand...
Eve
You told us to forget about playing instruments, but now you want to make us learn them again? That's not what you said before!
Aya
Eve-chan...! Please, relax!
Maya
If we learn to play our instruments, we might be able to play live again... I think we should give it a go.
Eve
...
Staff
I'll contact you all again with your lesson schedules. We'll speak again soon.
Eve
... So many things are going on, I'm all in a panic. Are we going to be okay?
Chisato
I understand how you feel. This is a lot to take in. But let's just calm down and follow the staff's instructions.
Eve
... Okay.
Aya
...! What is this...?
Maya
What is it, Aya-san?
Aya
This article...
Hina
Hmm? "Pastel-Colored Failure! Lip-Syncing Pretenders Caught In First Show"...?
Comments
"That vocalist, Aya, she has experience, right?" "As a trainee, sure. Doesn't mean anything."
Comments
"And she only just got her big break... I wonder what'll happen to poor Aya-chan..."
Comments
"The bassist is that child actor, Chisato Shirasagi. Trust an experienced girl like her to do this, lol." "Actors gonna act, I guess."
Aya
...
Chisato
...
Hina
Wow. Those are some pretty mean comments.
Aya
Hahaha... Pretty mean, yeah.. But they are right, I suppose... I am inexperienced, and I am just pretending...
Eve
Even so, there are nicer ways of saying than this. People shouldn't hurt other people like this!
Chisato
You're right. But that's just how the media is, I'm afraid.
Hina
Every move we make from now on, the media will be writing articles like this about us... and that must be why we're staying out of the spotlight.
Aya
I understand... I was told about all of this in my training. It's okay.
Eve
It's not okay! I... I cannot just let them say these things about us!
Eve
Aya-san, Hina-san, Maya-san, Chisato-san...! Let's practice and practice and practice until we can get back out performing again!
Hina
Sounds good to me. I was always looking forward to performing on a huge stage somewhere.
Maya
I can't let it end like this either... I made my decision to do what I can to support Pastel✽Palettes as your drummer...
Aya
You guys...!
Aya
... Okay! Let's work our absolute hardest... and make ourselves a whole new Pastel✽Palettes!
Eve
Yes!
Aya
(There's no time for me to be standing silent. That time must be spent practicing and improving.)
Hina
A whole new Pastel✽Palettes~... As long as it takes me up on a giant stage, I'm game.
Chisato
I mean... it's a nice dream, but it's not really specific to us as Pastel✽Palettes, is it...?
Hina
Hahaha, don't be so serious~. There's nothing to worry about. I've got nowhere better to be, and you guys seem interesting enough. I'm not going anywhere.
Chisato
Really? Well, that's good. Let's all get through this together, Hina-chan.
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 7
Boppin' Training

The members start their personal practice. >What happens when Chisato is absent?

Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Aya
I took a few different classes while I was in training, different to these ones we're doing now. Would you all like to try them with me?
Aya
Things like basic fitness training will really help out a lot playing in the band... and I think we should take whatever chance we get to improve.
Eve
Wow... Like special training! Always looking to improve yourself is a very important part of bushido!
Eve
With your help Aya-san, I can get one step closer to bushido!
Maya
We're supposed to be stepping closer to becoming idols, right...?!
Hina
Extra lessons, huh. Sounds good to me. Not that I need any lessons, really, but... I've got nothing better to do!
Maya
I know enough about music, but I still don't know a thing about being an idol, so... Aya-san! Please teach me!
Aya
Okay! Let's all learn together! Chisato-chan, too...
Chisato
I'm sorry, I still have a full schedule of my own. I can't find any time outside of the band classes, I'm afraid.
Eve
I see...
Chisato
I really am sorry. I'll make sure to give my absolute best in the classes we do have together. And I'll try to make time to rehearse myself, too.
Chisato
... Speaking of which, I do need to get to my next appointment. I'll see you all later.
Maya
Chisato-san is so busy...
Aya
Well, her work is very important to her...
Hallway
 
Chisato
(I cannot waste my time on projects with no future. That time is much better spent elsewhere, on my real work.)
Chisato
Excuse me. Do you have a moment to talk?
Rehearsal Studio
 
Eve
So, what do we do in our special training? ... Ah! I know! I know what we do!
Aya
What? You do...?
Eve
I do, I do! That standing under the waterfall thing...!
Hina
You mean takigyo? Are we really going to be doing that~?
Aya
Of course not!
Eve
Oh, really? So will we be swimming in freezing cold waters instead...?
Maya
That winter bathing thing? I think I saw a special about it on TV once.
Aya
We're not doing that either!
Eve
Really~? So what are we doing, then?
Aya
S-something a lot more normal! We'll start with some fitness training, I think. Running first, then crunches, push-ups, and...
Maya
Wh-what~?! H-hold on, hold on a minute! Is that all really necessary for becoming an idol?
Aya
It is. Singing and dancing for hours on end... It requires a lot of stamina, you know. Playing your drums does tire you out, doesn't it?
Maya
Y-yeah... When you put it like that...
Hina
Hmm. That sounds pretty boring, though. I thought it'd be more, sorta... bopping. More, kinda... boom, pow, bippidy! You know?
Aya
I'm sorry it's not more interesting... but it's hard work that'll bring us results.
Hina
Huh. Hard work. Not in my vocabulary.
Aya
Hmm... Well how about we start with practicing some poses? It's important to have something unique to make us each stand out onstage.
Hina
Okay, that sounds more fun! Give us a demonstration then, Aya-chan. Your boppin' best pose! Ready? 3, 2, 1...!
Absolute Idol Pose☆
Aya
I'm Pastel✽Palettes pretty pink charm, Aya! Hehe ♪
Hina
...
Maya
...
Eve
Oh, I think I've seen that stance before in a history book!
Aya
Wh-what?!
Maya
It's a very... unique pose, for sure.
Aya
I-is it no good...?!
Hina
I think I'm gonna do a pose that's absolute not that. That terrible example actually helps a lot, thanks!
Aya
What?! Th-that's just mean~!
Eve
Well I want to do a bushido pose just like yours, Aya-san!
Aya
That is not at all what I was aiming for~!
Hina
Really~? Well what exactly were you going for, then?
Aya
Hmph~! Hina-chan's a meanie!
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 8
New Training

With their futures and schedules unclear, Aya, Maya and Eve struggle through practice. Meanwhile, where has Chisato gone...?

Talent Agency - Hallway
 
Chisato
I'm sorry to trouble you like this.
Staff
Not at all. Is something the matter?
Chisato
I was wondering if there was any way you could have these media articles about our debut performance taken down.
Chisato
As long as we receive negative attention like that, Pastel✽Palettes will never again be able to step out onto the stage...
Hina
Hmm...? is that Chisato-chan? Chatting with the staff again...?
Staff
At the end of the day, we are just as torn up about this as all of you are.
Staff
We hope you understand that we are doing everything we can to make things right for the band.
Staff
... Sorry, excuse me. Hello? Yes, hi. About the recordings, yes, I was meaning to ask...
Chisato
...
Hina
Hey~. We keep bumping into each other, huh.
Chisato
Hina-chan... How long were you standing there?
Hina
Mmm, I only just got here. I didn't hear much of what you were talking about.
Chisato
So you did hear a little, then...? I'm sorry. It was quite heavy to hear, I'm sure...
Hina
Don't worry about me, I'm fine. I totally understand what you mean anyway~.
Hina
I'm not exactly married to the band, either. I'm only here because it seems interesting for now. If it starts getting boring, I'll leave in a second~.
Chisato
What are you talking about, Hina-chan...? I never said anything about-
Hina
Call it intuition or whatever, but I get the feeling that you're looking for other options outside of Pastel✽Palettes recently.
Chisato
Fufu. I don't know what you mean. I'm always going to be a member of Pastel✽Palettes.
Hina
Hmm. If you say so. I gotta get back to training anyway. See you again~.
Chisato
...
Chisato
(... I suppose she didn't overhear me asking to quit, then... She certainly is sharp, though...)
Staff
... However, I do think the backlash against you personally will continue for a while... or perhaps even worsen.
Chisato
Worsen...?
Staff
We work for Pastel✽Palettes and will do everything to protect its members. But we cannot do anything for someone who leaves the band.
Chisato
So you're saying I should stay with the band and just take the backlash...?
Staff
At the end of the day, we are just as torn up about this as all of you are.
Staff
We hope you understand that we are doing everything we can to make things right for the band.
Chisato
(So the only choice I have is to stay with Pastel✽Palettes... This is just awful.)
Rehearsal Studio
 
Eve
Hah! How about this pose!
Hina
Are you all practicing posing still?
Maya
I had no idea idols had to think up so many poses... I'm learning a lot!
Aya
Hmm... You could try something a little more cute, maybe...? We are idols, after all...
Hina
Do idols have to be cute, though?
Aya
Of course! Idols must be always sparkling, smiling, always smiling and always giving hopes and dreams to all their fans!
Maya
That is pretty much the image I had in my mind, yeah. That's exactly why I didn't think I was right for the part...
Hina
Mmm~... Always sparkling? What does that even mean? And how do you give someone a dream? Is that the kind of idol you wanna be, Aya-chan?
Aya
Y-yeah, it is.
Hina
What kind of dreams will you be giving out?
Aya
Umm... I want people to know that if they work hard, all their dreams will come true... and that they shouldn't ever put themselves down.
Maya
Put themselves down...
Aya
At least, that's what I heard an idol once say on TV when I was young. I used to hide away from the world, thinking I didn't really have any worth...
Aya
But then I saw this idol saying these things, and... I felt a rush of motivation. And now I want to give that same experience to others.
Aya
I want to tell them that if even someone like me can have dreams, then surely can anyone, if they are willing to work hard.
Eve
That is... such a lovely dream, Aya-san. You really moved me!
Aya
Hehehe... I feel kind of embarrassed explaining it like this. But I really do believe it. So I'm starting by working to make my own dreams come true.
Hina
Working for your dreams, huh...
Aya
Did I say something strange...?
Hina
No, no. I don't think so. Working... dreaming... Hmm.
Aya
W-well, different people have different dreams, I'm sure! Maybe we should end our posing practice there and move on to some stretches.
Eve
Ooh, a new training regimen! Let's do it!
Maya
No putting yourself down, huh... Yeah. She's right.
Aya
Maya-chan~! Are you okay?
Maya
Oh, yeah! Let's do this new training, then.
Aya
Okay! Here we go!
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 9
The Path I Choose

With their practice sessions starting to pay off, the girls are happy. In the meantime, Chisato has been negotiating to schedule a show.

A Few Days Later
 
Talent Agency - Rehearsal Studio
 
Maya
Whew...! Our sound is finally coming together!
Aya
Yeah! And tomorrow we perform for our teacher, right?
Eve
I bet she's going to be really surprised!
Maya
I think so, as long as we do our absolute best.
Eve
Yeah!
The Next Day
 
Teacher
... That's enough for today. You've all really improved, haven't you?
All Five
Thank you!
Teacher
Your voice carries a lot better now, Aya. I'm amazed how far you've come in such a short time.
Aya
Thank you very much...!
Teacher
Okay then. We'll pick it up again tomorrow.
All Five
See you tomorrow!
Eve
I have never been complimented like that before! Mmm~, I feel so happy!
Maya
If we really improved that much already, I guess it means all that extra practice is paying off.
Aya
Yeah! I think so!
Eve
Will we stay behind today for more special training?
Chisato
... I'm sorry. I have another appointment to get to. I'll try to make up for it with my own practice at home, though. I'll see you later.
Aya
Chisato-chan has work again today, huh...
Hina
Still, she got the same praise as the rest of us. She must be doing something right.
Maya
I guess, if she's just practicing by herself... Let's get started just the four of us, then.
Eve
Yes, let's do it!
Maya
Today we're focusing on... song arrangement, was it? Let's take a short break first and then we'll begin.
30 Minutes Later
 
Aya
I-I'm sorry! I came in at the wrong time on the chorus there... Could we try it again...?
Hina
Hey. Why can't you do this right, Aya-chan?
Aya
Umm... Th-that's...
Hina
You've been here a lot longer than us, right? I mean, I'm pretty sure I could have this down in half a day.
Hina
Chisato-chan's not even coming to these classes and she's doing fine. I wonder why you can't seem to grasp it.
Aya
I'm sorry...
Hina
I'm not angry or anything. I just don't understand, is all.
Hina
The sound at the bridge goes all vroom-vroom, and then just kinda booms into the chorus, right? If you just think of it that way...
Aya
Vroom-vroom, then boom into the chorus...? I... I'm not sure...
Hina
You feel it boom into the chorus, right?
Aya
I don't even know what you're saying to me~! Can't you make it a little easier to understand...?
Hina
Easier to understand...? I don't know what you mean, I'm explaining it exactly how I feel it...
Maya
I think you two just feel the music in different ways. Everyone has their own way of experiencing these things.
Hina
They do?
Maya
Sure... We've got you, Aya-san, Eve-san, Chisato-san and me, right? That's five different people right there.
Maya
We all have our own different ways of experiencing things... No two people will be exactly the same. But matching up together, that's what makes a band.
Maya
I've worked with a lot of different bands, and seeing how each time everyone comes together to form one sound... it's really interesting, I think.
Maya
There was this one time...
Hina
Aya-chan's just not the same as me...
Maya
... Ahh, I was just trying to sound all wise... and I got carried away again, didn't I...?! I-I'm sorry... I was speaking way out of line...!
Hina
No, I... I think I understand what you mean. We're all different... Hmm, I see, I see.
Hina
Aya-chan. Let's try it again from the bridge, shall we?
Aya
Okay...! Thank you!
Meeting Room
 
Chisato
Hello. Could I speak with you for a moment? I want to talk to you about a gig for Pastel✽Palettes.
Staff
Of course.
Staff
I see... I think we may be able to attend an event like that, yes.
Chisato
Maybe...? You mean definitely, yes? I've been bringing you potential events for the band, yet you haven't been able to decide on any of them...
Staff
W-we'll talk to the organizers and see if we can't make something happen. I'll be in touch.
Chisato
(... Step by step, I'm getting closer to returning to the stage. I am sure that I have taken the right path.)
Walk Home
 
Aya
Maya-chan!
Maya
Aya-san! Great work today.
Aya
You too. I just wanted to say... thank you for today.
Maya
Me? Did I do something worth thanking?
Aya
It was what you said to Hina-chan! That a band is made up of all kinds of different people. Thanks to you, we could get back to practicing again.
Aya
I just can't talk that... logically? Or I don't know how you'd explain it, but... I thought it was pretty amazing of you. Thank you.
Maya
H-hey, don't worry about it...! If anything, I'm sorry for, y'know... talking all big like that.
Aya
You weren't at all! And anyway, you have far more experience and knowledge than me when it comes to music...
Maya
Aww, come on... I'm just a studio musician, you know...?
Aya
Hahaha. You're too humble! You should have more confidence in yourself, Maya-chan... Not that I'm one to talk, really.
Maya
...
Aya
Maya-chan? Hello~?
Maya
Huh? Ah! Umm... Thank you! Let's get back to it again tomorrow!
Aya
...? Yeah, we will!
Maya
Have more confidence, huh... Huhehe...
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 10
It Takes More than Effort

The girls finally get a show scheduled. What does Chisato say to Aya?

A Few Days Later
 
Talent Agency - Rehearsal Studio
 
Maya
Aya-san, your timing was perfect that time!
Aya
Really? Phew... I'm so glad I practiced~!
Chisato
Hello, everyone.
Aya
Chisato-chan!
Hina
Rare sight to see you here, Chisato-chan.
Chisato
Well I just had to share with you the great news. Take a look at this.
Hina
Fresh♪ Idol Festival Vol. 8...?
Aya
I know this event. Only idols that debuted the last year are allowed to take part, right?
Aya
A lot of really famous idols caught their big break here. It's a very important event for the industry.
Hina
Wow. You sure know a lot about it. But why are we talking about it right now?
Chisato
Because we are going to be performing at it.
Aya
We are...?! R-really...?!
Chisato
Really. I just heard confirmation from the staff.
Eve
Wow...! That means Pastel✽Palettes is going back up onstage!
Aya
It's thanks to all of our hard work! I'm so glad we spent all this time rehearsing...!
Chisato
...
Aya
Even our teacher was surprised at how far we've come. It just goes to show how important dedication is...
Chisato
Do you really believe that we got this through hard work and dedication?
Aya
What...?
Chisato
Yes, your teacher is impressed with your improvement. That is no doubt thanks to the great effort you've all put in.
Chisato
But tell me... what part of this is any different to what you already did in training?
Aya
I... That's...
Chisato
You're doing all the same things as last time, but now suddenly you have a live performance lined up. I wonder why what could be.
Chisato
If all it takes effort to get your debut, you'd have graduated a long time ago now, wouldn't you?
Aya
... But, if I hadn't made any effort at all, then...!
Chisato
Enough with the effort. Enough with the dreams. You know...
Chisato
Dreams don't come true through hard work alone.
Aya
...!
Eve
Chisato-san...!
Aya
... Hahaha... I thought they did. I really thought they did, but... I guess I was wrong.
Maya
...
Aya
I'm just... some kind of idiot, then... I'm sorry.
Chisato
... I've got another appointment. Let's give this live performance our all.
Hina
Aya-chan? Are you okay?
Aya
...
Eve
Is it a bad thing to make an effort? Am I not supposed to have dreams...?
Eve
None of your hard work has gone to waste, Aya-san. You've worked so hard! It wasn't all for nothing... was it?
Aya
I don't know... I just don't know any more...
Eve
... Aya-san...
Aya
I wonder... I wonder how dreams really do come true...
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 11
Exceptional Leader

The girls are shocked by Chisato's words.
What happens when Maya, Hina, and Eve try to cheer Aya up?

The Next Day
 
Talent Agency - Rehearsal Studio
 
Aya
...
Chisato
Dreams don't come true through hard work.
Aya
(... But I don't know of any other way to make a dream come true.)
Eve
Aya-san!
Aya
Eve-chan, Maya-chan... Good morning! I'm so glad you came.
Maya
What Chisato-san said yesterday... I guess it did kind of get us worried, too. But still I think I'd rather do something than nothing.
Eve
I don't want to give up on something I've already started! Following things through is the way of bushido!
Aya
I just didn't know what else to do, and... ended up here.
Hina
Hey, you're all here! I mean, I knew you would be~.
Maya
Hina-san!
Aya
Hina-chan...! You came too! Thank you!
Hina
Yeah, well. There is a reason for that. I don't know about hard work and dreams and all that...
Hina
I mean, I can do pretty much everything without any effort at all. It's kinda hard for me to understand people who can't, too...
Aya
You're putting it all out there, huh...
Hina
Well, it's the truth. But after hearing Maya-chan say what she said about bands being strangers coming together, I started to think more about "other people."
Hina
And then...
Unknown Presence
Hina
Everything just got way more exciting! I mean, I really don't know anything about "other people" at all! Especially people like Aya-chan!
Aya
Me...?!
Hina
You always make mistakes in the same places no matter how often you practice, right? But I know I'd be able to do it, so... it makes me think.
Aya
Uuu...
Hina
I keep wondering why you never give up, even though you can't do it right. I wonder what is going on inside your head. And I don't know, but it's interesting!
Hina
The more I think about it, the more I realize... I really like you, Aya-chan! "Other people" can be pretty interesting! I love it!
Eve
Mmm~? I don't know what you mean, Hina-san.
Hina
Aya-chan is like a kind of uncharted map to me! I just want to explore and get to know her more and more!
Hina
I think these "other people" are the fuel that keeps me moving. And that makes Aya-chan the biggest source of all.
Aya
I'm your fuel...?
Hina
Exactly. And that's why I'm here, to keep this interesting experience going as long as I can! I don't think I'll ever get tired of these "other people"!
Aya
That's all... really, confusing, but... I'm pretty sure this isn't a compliment, right...?
Hina
Nope! It's not. But you're interesting and I like you! You never give up and you always give it your all, the complete opposite of me. I like that!
Hina
Of course I like Eve-chan and Maya-chan and even Chisato-chan, too. I mean, who knew "other people" could be this interesting?!
Maya
I feel like I should learn from Aya-san's amazing strength, too. I mean, she's already given me courage...
Aya
Me?
Maya
You said yourself, we should chase our dreams and never put ourselves down. You gave me the courage I needed to believe in myself.
Maya
Suddenly being asked to join the band like this...
Maya
I didn't think a studio musician like me could ever become an idol. But all those worries went away thanks to you, Aya-san.
Aya
Maya-chan...!
Maya
I'm here because I believe in those words you spoke, Aya-san. And I don't think hard work is ever a waste!
Eve
I don't believe your hard work is wasted either, Aya-san. I think you are really improving! So let's keep working at it together.
Aya
... I... I'm so happy to hear that...
Hina
Why are you crying? What's the matter, Aya-chan?
Aya
Uuu... I-I'm sorry... I always cry too easily...! I was just starting to lose hope, but... hearing you all say these wonderful things, I... Waahh~!
Maya
You're the one keeping us all motivated here, Aya-san!
Aya
I-I'm so happy...!
Hina
Oh, erm... I've gotta try to feel how Aya-chan's feeling now, right...? Hmm~... Erm~... Nope. I've got nothing. No idea!
Eve
Aya-san is a bushido warrior. Even warriors get overwhelmed by the kindness of their colleagues. Right, Aya-san?
Aya
Y-yeah... That's right...
Hina
You really are an interesting person, Aya-chan~. ... I took us way off track today, huh. I'm really sorry! Let's get back to practice, shall we?
Eve
Okay! Are you feeling better now, Aya-san?
Aya
Uuu... I think I still have a little more crying to do~!
Hina
All right then. I'm gonna use this chance to see if I can feel what you're going through~.
Hina
Why, Aya-chan? Why are you crying? What even is this "getting overwhelmed" thing?!
Maya
Ahh...! Hina-san, please, try to ask a little nicer...
Aya
J-just give me a little more time~!
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 12
Start Again

Aya comes up with something she can do for the show. What happens when she actually does it...?

A Few Days Later
 
Station Entrance
 
Aya
(We are getting better at performing, but... I just wish there was something else I could do.)
Aya
Ah... Ah...!
Aya
(I can't make a sound...!)
Aya
(I don't want to stand here doing nothing and just regret it later... I can't have any regrets... Ah, that's it!)
Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Aya
Good morning! Do you have a moment?
Staff
Aya-san. Of course. What is it?
Aya
Umm... I was wondering if we could sell tickets to our next event ourselves.
Staff
Sell them yourselves...?
Aya
There are a lot of people out there who wrote us off after our debut show.
Aya
I was thinking it would be good to have a fresh start and let them get to know us all over again...
Staff
I understand how you feel... however, meeting with fans like that is potentially very dangerous.
Aya
We can cancel the event at the first sign of danger. Please...! I don't want to give up before we even try!
Rehearsal Studio
 
Aya
Good morning, everyone! ... I have something to talk to you about.
Eve
Ooh, what is it?
Aya
I talked to the staff this morning and received tickets for our next show! I thought we could go out and sell them to people ourselves.
Hina
Huh. Why, though? Can't they just buy them online?
Aya
We've been stuck inside the studio ever since our debut. I think we should show our faces and talk to our fans... let them get to know us all over again.
Aya
I want to have a fresh start, and let the people out there see the new us...
Maya
Okay. Now that you mention it, I did know a band that used to hand out their show tickets themselves.
Eve
Let them get to know us... What a lovely idea! I want to go and meet the fans as well!
Hina
Sure, okay. I guess fans are "other people" too. The more "other people" I can meet, the better.
Aya
Thank you, everyone! Let's start right away, today!
Station Entrance
 
Eve
Are we going to start here?
Aya
Yeah. Our agency owns this theater here and they said we could give out our tickets outside.
Maya
You really worked hard to get this together, huh Aya-san. Thank you.
Aya
... Phew... Okay...
Aya
Hi, everyone~! Pastel✽Palettes are here selling tickets to our next live performance~!
Chisato
(... Is that... the band...?)
Passerby A
Hey, aren't they the girls from Pastel✽Palettes?
Passerby B
The band that got busted lip-syncing?
Passerby A
Yeah, that one. It turned out they weren't even playing their instruments. I'm surprised to see they're still going... I thought they broke up.
Chisato
(... Are they selling their own tickets? She really doesn't give up, that girl...)
Aya
Please come and watch our show ♪
One Hour Later
 
Maya
Come watch us play!
Eve
You will really enjoy it!
One Hour Later
 
Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Hina
Ahh~... I'm so tired~... We barely sold any tickets, too.
Eve
I heard people saying things like "I didn't know they were still around," and "I thought they broke up..."
Eve
It's so sad. We are all trying our very hardest to perform this new show... but the people have already forgotten us.
Maya
Well we spent all this time avoiding the media spotlight. I guess it makes sense that people would forget about us...
Aya
If they've forgotten us, then we need to make them remember again. At the very least, the people we met today all know that we're back, don't they?
Eve
... Don't you feel sad, Aya-san? That we've been forgotten.
Aya
... Of course I do.
Aya
But I want to do everything that I can to make things right. I won't let sadness overcome me. I won't let it force me to give up. And I won't let it make me regret.
Aya
Whatever happens, I just want us to get back out onto that stage.
Aya
... Anyway, it's time to start our class! Come on guys, let's do this!
Hallway
 
Chisato
...
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 13
Overlapping Voices

Aya sells tickets in a downpour. What happens when Chisato sees...?

A Few Days Later
 
Station Entrance
 
Maya
W-we hope you'll come see us...
Hina
... How long have we been doing this now?
Eve
Today makes... five days.
Hina
Five days and we've only sold this many...
Aya
Please come and see us~!
Hina
Mm...? Rain...?
Maya
It's really pouring! We've got to pack all this stuff away!
Hina
What? I can't hear you! The rain's too loud!
Eve
That's enough for today! We should go home!
Hina
Okay! Aya-chan! Let's go home!
Aya
Please! Come and see us!
Eve
Aya-san! Let's go!
Aya
I'm going to stay out a little longer. You go on ahead.
Hina
Aya-chan! There's not going to be anyone out here in this weather! And this is no time to be catching a cold!
Aya
I... I have to do it. I just have to. Go on without me.
Eve
Aya-san!
Aya
Please come and watch our show!
Hina
Aya-chan!
Aya
... Don't stop me... Please.
Eve, Hina, Maya
...
Hina
... Let's go.
Aya
I'm here selling tickets! Come and watch Pastel✽Palettes live!
Aya
(Nobody can hear me through all the rain.)
Aya
... P-please! Please!
Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Hina
Ahh~, I'm completely soaked through~!
Maya
I'll go get us some towels.
Maya
... Oops, sorry! ... Oh, Chisato-san!
Chisato
Hello... Why are you three drenched?
Eve
Chisato-san! We were selling tickets outside by the station. But then it started to rain very heavily...
Chisato
... Where is Aya-chan?
Eve
Well...
Hina
... Aya-chan said she had to keep on going, she wouldn't listen to us.
Maya
She said she wanted to do whatever she could. Said she didn't want to have any regrets.
Chisato
So you mean she's still out there selling tickets?
Maya
... Yes. She was so set on going through with it, it wouldn't have mattered what we said... I'm sorry. We couldn't get her to leave.
Eve
I think Aya-san is feeling a lot of pressure right now. Maybe we should go back to her after all...!
Chisato
... I think you should leave these matters to the staff. I'll let them know what's going on.
Eve
Chisato-san! Are you leaving...?
Chisato
I'm sorry. I have another appointment. I'll see you all again.
Chisato
(Why... Why do you have to go this far...?)
Station Entrance
 
Aya
(I'm an idiot... I should have listened to Hina-chan. No one's going to buy tickets from me in weather like this...)
Aya
Come see our show...
Aya
(No one can hear me. Not that it matters, there's no one around to hear me anyway. But I just have to keep trying...)
Aya
(My hopes, my dreams... I cannot let them get washed away by the rain...)
Aya
...
Chisato
...! Aya-chan... She really is here...!
Aya
Please... come and see our show...
Chisato
Come and watch us perform!
Aya
... Chisato... chan...?
Chisato
We are selling tickets for the upcoming Pastel✽Palettes live performance. Please come and listen to us play!
Aya
... But why...?
Chisato
What? Look at all these tickets we still have. You don't want any regrets now, do you?
Aya
...
Chisato
The rain is just too loud. We'll have to raise our voices higher, so that everyone around can hear us.
Aya
... Okay!
Chisato
Come and watch Pastel✽Palettes' live show!
Aya
Hear us perform live!
Aya & Chisato
Please come and watch our show!!
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 14
New Idol

The girls are moved by Aya's actions. Will they start to change their minds?

Road to the Agency
 
Aya
... At least the rain has stopped.
Chisato
...
Aya
Umm... Chisato-chan, why did you...?
Chisato
I came because I can't understand you. I thought that maybe doing something you would do might help that.
Aya
What kind of person do you see me as, Chisato-chan...?
Chisato
In my eyes... Aya Maruyama is...
Chisato
Someone who blindly sprints headfirst towards her dreams. Because that's the only way she knows how to achieve them.
Chisato
She probably knows there are other ways, but still she struggles on with her own methods... In all honesty, just a tactless person.
Aya
You're exactly right...
Chisato
... But that's what makes you who you are.
Aya
Who I am... Yeah, I think so. I want to become my own kind of idol in my own way. No regrets.
Chisato
... We're nearly at the agency.
Aya
... Yeah.
Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Aya & Chisato
Hello.
Hina
Aya-chan! And Chisato-chan, too! You found each other, huh.
Maya
Aya-san, Chisato-san! We're blowing up online!
Aya
What? What's happened now...?!
Eve
Just look at these comments!
Chisato
"I just saw Aya and Chisato from Pastel✽Palettes selling tickets out in the rain. No one was buying, but you've gotta admire their spirit! Maybe I was wrong about them."
Aya
"For real? I had no idea...! Are they gonna be back out there tomorrow? I might go buy a few." "It looks like the Lip✽Syncers are turning things around...
Aya
What is all this...?
Maya
I guess people saw you selling the tickets out there today and took to the internet to post comments.
Maya
Thanks to them, Pastel✽Palettes is getting a lot of attention online!
Hina
Look at this one, Aya-chan.
Comments
"Aya-chan has always been a real hard worker, ever since she was a trainee. It's so nice to see her back to her old self again."
Comments
"If anyone knows how to turn around bad fortune with sheer dedication, it's our Aya-chan!"
Eve
The fans can see how hard you are working, Aya-san! It really was all worth it!
Aya
All my... hard work...
Maya
Your fighting spirit really reached their hearts!
Aya
...
Maya
Aya-san... a-are you crying again...?!
Aya
Hehehe... I'm sorry. I know I cry too easily... Ah... Ah... Achoo!
Eve
Oh no, Aya-san! Have you caught a cold...?!
Chisato
... I'll get you a towel.
Hina
I-I'll go too~!
Hallway
 
Chisato
... Achoo!
Hina
Hahaha. You caught one too, Chisato-chan?
Chisato
Quite possibly. We should be careful, with the show coming up.
Hina
So why the sudden change of heart? I am really, really interested you know.
Chisato
I was just worried about Aya-chan. That's all.
Hina
And how was she?
Chisato
She was how she always is. I got to experience that first hand this time.
Hina
Just like how you are always how you are, right? Aya-chan isn't you, and you're not her, either! That's what makes "other people" just so interesting.
Chisato
... Sure. Give this towel to Aya-chan, would you? I have to get going.
Hina
Ah, Chisato-chan!
Chisato
Ah, hello. I'd like to talk about the live event, if possible. Do you have a moment to... achoo!
Chisato
... I apologize. I had an unexpected appointment earlier today. Something I'm really not used to at... at... achoo!
Chisato
I think my body's just shocked I even went through with it. Fufu.
Chisato
Yes, about the live show...
Meeting Room
 
Aya
... Achoo!! Ahh~. I really should pick a sunny day next time... Achoo!
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 15
Starting Today & Now

The girls are surprised when Chisato shows up to practice. What happens when they play together?

A Few Days Later
 
Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Chisato
I will leave the seating issue in your hands, then.
Staff
Okay, we'll see what we can do. Really though, Chisato-san, the attention Pastel✽Palettes has been getting recently is incredible!
Chisato
Oh?
Staff
Thanks to you, we've had all kinds of positive responses from people in the industry. All that selling tickets yesterday has really raised the band's profile.
Staff
We're all so luck to have you in the band, Chisato-san~.
Chisato
... It was Aya-chan who put in all the work selling tickets yesterday. I didn't do anything at all.
Staff
Oh, don't be so modest. All of the staff and all of your fellow band members should all be so grateful for your help~.
Comments
"Aya-chan has always been a real hard worker, ever since she was a trainee. It's so nice to see her back to her old self again."
Eve
The fans can see how hard you are working, Aya-san! It really was all worth it!
Maya
Your fighting spirit really reached their hearts!
Chisato
... I'm not the only member of Pastel✽Palettes, you know.
Chisato
... As I said, please take care of the seating issue.
Staff
Ah, Chisato-san. Where are you going?
Chisato
... I just remembered I have to be somewhere.
Hallway
 
Chisato
(What am I doing...? Why would I ever try to protect them like that? I've never even cared about them before.)
Staff
Oh, don't be so modest. All of the staff and all of your fellow band members should all be so grateful for your help~.
Chisato
(Hearing those words made me so angry... Not because the staff are incompetent themselves...)
Chisato
(No... It was the complete disregard for how much effort the other members are all putting in...)
Chisato
... Maybe I am coming down with something after all.
Rehearsal Studio
 
Maya
Aya-san, are you feeling any better?
Aya
I'm fine, thank you! Sorry for making you worry like that.
Hina
Chisato-chan was sneezing the other day too. I wonder if she's okay.
Aya
What? She was?
Hina
I hope she didn't catch a cold~.
Chisato
Hello everyone. Is... this the right place for the extra classes?
The Other Four
...
Chisato
Oh, are you... not doing any extra classes today, or...?
Aya
N-no, we are! Yeah, we're just about to start!
Hina
You've been acting real strange recently~. Doing all kinds of things the real Chisato-chan would never do~.
Chisato
Well our show is drawing closer. I thought maybe I could improve my performance, too... I'm sorry I couldn't join until now. I hope you you'll all—Kya?!
Samurai Help Each Other
Eve
Chisato-san! I know you're really busy, but thank you so much for coming to join us!
Chisato
Eve-chan...! I just...
Eve
This is my hug of true love! Chisato-san~!!
Chisato
Eve-chan... Thank you... but it's a little tight...!
Eve
Ah! Sorry! I was just so happy...
Chisato
Don't worry about it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting such a positive response.
Maya
I'm really glad you came too, Chisato-san. After, you know... everything that happened... I thought you'd probably hate all this.
Maya
By all this I mean, you know, rehearsals and lessons and... I dunno, I'm sorry... Maybe I just thought wrong, I guess.
Aya
I'm still not sure I understand all the ways you think, Chisato-chan. But I think I'd like to find out.
Aya
... Just like how you know exactly who I am.
Chisato
Aya-chan...
Aya
Let's make a whole new start right here, Chisato-chan.
Hina
It's just like my sister told me. Understanding others is the most important thing of all.
Eve
Yeah! There's a saying in bushido, "Samurai look out for one another."
Aya
S-samurai...?
Maya
I'm... not even sure if that applies here or not...
Chisato
Fufufu...! You know some very strange things, Eve-chan.
Eve
I do! Thank you!
Hina
Not a compliment~. Hahaha. Okay, I think it's about time we started practice.
Eve
Okay!
Maya
Chisato-san, we're practicing in parts today. You can join me and we'll get our sounds matched up. I-if you'd like to, that is...?
Chisato
Of course! It would be my honor.
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 16
Same Goal

With Chisato and Aya's relationship changing, the band grows closer together.

Walk Home
 
Maya
Ah! Chisato-san.
Chisato
Maya-chan, hello. Is something the matter?
Maya
No, I just... I wanted to ask you something...
Chisato
If I hate the idea of putting in effort, you mean?
Maya
... Yeah.
Chisato
Hmm... I don't think effort is a bad thing. If anything, I always thought it was a given, not something to be especially proud of.
Chisato
What if you believe in effort alone, and then come across true failure? What is there to believe in then?
Maya
Well, so... you want to believe in something more real than effort?
Maya
Like our staff, the people who support us... They're the ones who really bring our success.
Chisato
... Aya-chan said she wanted to understand me better, but I don't think she will ever truly understand what we are talking about right now.
Maya
So why have you chosen to believe in effort all of a sudden?
Chisato
I think seeing Aya-chan work so hard made me want to try believing. Believing in hard work.
Maya
Aya-san...
Chisato
... It's strange. She can't do anything, she's weak on stage, she cries at the drop of a hat, but still...
Maya
Ahaha, Chisato-san, that's a little much...
Maya
... But I know I'm only here thanks to Aya-san giving me the courage I needed. Maybe she just has the power to make change in people.
Maya
Thank you, Chisato-san. I'm glad we had this talk.
Chisato
Me too. I'll see you tomorrow.
Maya
Okay!
A Few Days Later
 
Talent Agency - Rehearsal Studio
 
Journey's Aim
Chisato
... I keep saying it, but we really don't have much time left before the show. We should be focusing on what's most important.
Aya
I know, but... I still think we should be finding time to work on our own weak areas, you know...
Chisato
We are a band. Our success is based on the music when it all comes together. We should be doing more practice together...
Hina
Ahh~... There they go again.
Eve
Aya-san and Chisato-san sure do fight a lot... Are they going to be okay?
Maya
Hahaha. Eve-san, they're not fighting.
Eve
They're not? Are they just facing off against each other?
Maya
F-facing off... Sure, that's one way to put it...
Aya
... Okay. Starting tomorrow, we can try focusing on practicing all together.
Chisato
Thank you, Aya-chan. We'll lose a lot of personal practice time, though. Are you sure?
Aya
Not completely, but... I'll just have to work hard to make myself sure. I'll find my own time for extra practice.
Chisato
Thank you. Let's do everything we can to make this show a success.
Maya
Look at that. Friends again.
Hina
After one talked circles around the other, sure.
Maya
... I wouldn't call those kind of comments necessary, exactly...
Chisato
Now that we're getting to know each other, I'm starting to realize... I think we've been working toward the same goal this whole time.
Chisato
Goal?
Aya
To get up onto that stage... To get on stage and put on a great performance.
Aya
I think we have the same goal... but we just chose different paths to get there. But as long as we're heading in the same direction, I think we'll be okay.
Chisato
...
Aya
I-I'm sorry! I hope I didn't say anything out of line...
Chisato
... No, no. I'm just glad you finally realized.
Aya
Wh-what?
Chisato
I thought you'd never realize, to be honest. I'm glad.
Aya
That's mean, Chisato-chan...!
Chisato
Fufu. I really am happy, though. We seem to be opposites in so many ways, even getting this heated up over a simple practice schedule.
Chisato
... But you are exactly right. We are headed in the same direction.
Aya
Chisato-chan...! We can do it! We are going to succeed, I know it!
Chisato
Oh I don't doubt that for a second.
Maya
... I think, maybe for the first time since we started, Pastel✽Palettes is going to be all right.
Hina
I was just thinking the same thing.
Eve
It's just like they say. Where there's a will, there's a way~.
Maya
Another incredible choice of words, Eve-san.
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 17
If You Were Me

With only a few days left until the live show, the staff tells Aya something unexpected.

A Few Days Later
 
Talent Agency - Meeting Room
 
Maya
Huhehe~, can you all feel it~? That precious moment the stick first slams into the snare...
Chisato
... Maya-chan, do you think we could get back to practicing now?
Maya
Ah... Was I doing it again?
Aya
... You were, a little, yeah.
Maya
Ahh, Chisato-san, I'm sorry~! I always get carried away talking about my instruments...
Chisato
Your knowledge of music is helping us all greatly, Maya-chan. I thank you.
Maya
Ahh... Can't tell if that's sarcastic...
Hina
Haha~. I think she is genuinely grateful, you know.
Maya
Hina-san... Please don't kick a drummer while she's down...
Hina
Hahahaha!
Aya
(There are only a few days left until the show... and the band has never been in better spirits.)
Chisato
I don't think there's ever been an idol so knowledgeable about music. You should really play it up... but maybe lose the "huhehe..."
Maya
Ahh... Aya-san said the same thing once before...
Chisato
We only have a few days left. Maybe we should try practicing some stage patter? If we move around the personal practice schedule a little...
Staff
Hello everyone.
All Five
Hello!
Hina
Has something happened~?
Staff
As the big day draws nearer, I wanted to talk to you all about the upcoming show.
Staff
With the lessons we've provided, plus all of your own extracurricular practice, you've all really improved dramatically! We are incredibly impressed.
Staff
And thanks to your efforts selling tickets, your popularity has grown and you have fans out there excited to come and watch.
All Five
Thank you!
Staff
Taking your newfound skills and the expectations of your fans all into consideration... we would very much like you to perform for real this time.
Staff
Do you think you are ready?
Eve
Wow...! Of course, of course! This is wonderful!
Maya
I'm so glad we all practiced so hard!
Hina
Of course we're ready. That's what we did all this rehearsing for!
Aya
This is perfect...! We'll give it everything we have!
Staff
However... there is just one problem...
Staff
For the vocals, Aya-san... We would ask that you let us use the recording we prepared before.
Aya
What...? What do you mean...?
Staff
Pastel✽Palettes is receiving a lot of great feedback recently... but we have to remember there will be a lot of other bands' fans at this event.
Staff
It is not unlikely that some of these others may shout out nasty comments from the crowd, just like at your debut show.
Staff
Aya-san, you do get the most stage fright of all the members, and we just cannot afford for you to lose your voice again like last time.
Eve
But... she has worked so hard in rehearsals! She put in so much effort!
Chisato
As far as I'm aware, the whole reason we began these lessons in the first place was to allow us to continue performing should the music cut out again, was it not?
Chisato
... What do you expect us to do if the vocals cut out again this time?
Staff
There are always risks involved with performing at a live event.
Staff
It has been decided that Aya-san being able to perform without issue is what is most important for the band. That is what I am here to tell you.
Staff
... We took this decision exactly because of how important you all are to us. We really hope you can understand. I'm sorry, Aya-san.
Aya
...
Hina
Aya-chan...
Aya
... Please just... give me a moment.
Eve
Ah... Aya-san...!
Chisato
... Aya-chan needs time to work through this by herself. Let's just leave her be.
Eve
... Okay...
Chisato
You made this decision to help her perform without issue, and in doing so only created a giant problem for her. Is this some sort of a joke?
Staff
... I'm sorry.
Chisato
(If you were betrayed by the one thing you believed in... what would you do?)
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 18
Be Myself

Aya is shocked that she cannot sing. >What happens when Chisato talks to her about it?

Talent Agency
 
Rehearsal Studio
 
Aya
...
Aya
(I wonder how many times I've been here since joining Pastel✽Palettes... No matter what happens, I'm always here, every day... My home...)
Chisato
I thought you might be here.
Aya
Chisato-chan! But how...?
Chisato
I know you, Aya-chan. I know you'd want to be surrounded by your practice and effort.
Aya
Practice and effort... When I was a trainee, I was in a small idol group. My debut was my dream, and for three years I worked hard at it.
Aya
But it just didn't go anywhere. I didn't get my debut, but I was forced to graduate... and that's how I joined Pastel✽Palettes.
Chisato
...
Aya
... But I was so happy. "My dream has come true," I thought. I put it all down to the efforts I'd made, that they'd come back to me as pure confidence in myself.
Aya
... I know I don't really have any talent. That's why I put in the extra word to make up for it and keep myself moving forward. Because... I have no other option.
Aya
No matter how many times I made a mistake, I didn't give up... I never wanted to give up.
Aya
... But...
Aya
Now they tell me I can't sing at our show. The one thing I believed in, that my efforts would bring success... maybe it wasn't true after all.
Aya
I feel like everything I've built up to now has all come crumbling down, and... it hurts...
Chisato
...
Aya
... What would you do if you were told not to perform? For your career as an idol? Would you just accept it?
Chisato
There are some things that just can't be done with effort alone. That's why I chose to believe in something more... real.
Chisato
If I was told not to sing, that it would help us succeed... I think I probably would accept it.
Aya
...
Chisato
... But that's just me. That's what Chisato Shirasagi would do.
Chisato
... I really thought I understood you, but it looks like I was wrong.
Aya
What...?
Chisato
You told me before you wanted to become your own kind of idol.
Chisato
The Aya Maruyama I know sprints towards her dreams head first. She believes in her efforts, she never gives up...
Aya
My own kind of idol...
Chisato
The only betrayal here would be if you stopped trying. You would be betraying Aya Maruyama. Whatever might come your way... you cannot let that happen.
Aya
...!
Chisato
... That's all I have to say.
Aya
Whatever comes my way...
Aya
I cannot...
Meeting Room
 
Eve
Is Aya-san going to be okay...?
Hina
Hmm, I dunno. But I can't imagine Aya-chan ever giving up on anything. Never giving up is her whole thing, isn't it?
Maya
Yeah, it is. Plus she's more of an idol than any of the rest of us, too.
Eve
What do you mean?
Maya
I had no idea what an idol really was. My whole image of them was that they're these sparkling shells of cuteness...
Maya
But I started to think, what is that sparkle? It's not as simple as just putting on an outfit, I figured that one out when I tried my own on the other day.
Maya
But Aya-san... Taking lessons together, watching her move, I realized... she really does sparkle.
Eve
Sparkle...
Maya
The way she never backs down from a challenge, chases her dreams with all of her effort, stays true to herself... that's what makes her sparkle.
Maya
And then it hit me. "Idol" isn't just a music genre, or some kind of celebrity label.
Maya
It describes a person's entire way of life.
Hina
Their way of life...
Maya
Aya-san sparkles because she chases her dreams without ever giving up. She sparkles so bright, it even rubs off on the people around her...
Maya
I think that's the kind of idol Aya-san is.
Eve
I am finding it a little hard to follow... but I do know that Aya-san sparkles very brightly.
Maya
You can see it, right? That's why... I really think she's going to be okay.
Hina
Yeah... She will. She'll be all right.
Hina
I just know she'll come up with an answer to all of this. And it'll be something sparkling.
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 19
Give me another chance!

On the day of the live show, Aya tells the staff that she wants to sing. What will they do?

Event Day
 
Dressing Room
 
Staff
How are the stage preparations?
Staff
Get me ten copies of the script!
Staff
Okay!
Maya
Everyone's so busy, rushing around...
Eve
It's almost time for the show! I'm so nervous I could eat a horse!
Maya
Eve-san, are you really sure that's right?
Eve
Yes! Of course!
Hina
Hahaha~. Well I don't know about her, but I'm getting pretty excited~! I'm excited, I'm ready and I'm boppin'!
Maya
Hahaha... Well I'm just plain old nervous, myself... Uuu...
Hina
Don't worry about it! It'll be over before you know it. You've just gotta boom your way out there!
Aya
(It's finally here... and I know exactly what I need to do.)
Staff
Hi everyone. Are we all here?
All Five
Hello!
Chisato
Yes, we're all here.
Staff
Then let's go over the plan for today. Does everyone have their scripts?
Aya
E-excuse me...!
Staff
Yes?
Aya
Umm... I'd like to say something first, if that's okay?
Staff
Of course, go ahead.
Aya
I... I want you to let me sing!
Staff
What...?!
Aya
I want you to let me sing in today's show!
Aya
I know that I've always had bad stage fright. I know I can't deal with even the simplest of problems, but... I...
Aya
I put in every last effort to make sure this show is a success!
Aya
I'm making fewer and fewer mistakes, I'm singing parts I couldn't sing before... I'm gaining a confidence in myself that I never used to have...
Aya
All the effort I've made that has carried me this far... it has made me who I am. Aya Maruyama.
Aya
I don't have the talent. But I work extremely hard. And I don't want to see all my hard work go to waste. If you take that away from me, I have nothing left at all!
Chisato
...
Aya
I... I am Aya Maruyama, Pastel✽Palettes! I want the people out there to see exactly who I am. So please, give me this chance! Please!
Staff
... I mean, the show's about to start...
Eve
Aya-san has worked so hard for this! She has practiced more than any of us! I just know she can do it! Please...!
Maya
As a member of Pastel✽Palettes, and someone who wants to see the real Aya Maruyama out on that stage, I have to ask too! Please!
Hina
Yeah. I mean, Aya-chan's good now. She's not gonna fail out there... I know it.
Staff
You guys...
Chisato
We all know there is absolutely no room for mistakes up on that stage. We know there is a risk of Aya-chan getting stage fright again. We understand that.
Aya
... You guys...!
Staff
... Okay. Give me a moment. Let me talk to the event staff.
Aya
...! Thank you!
Eve
That's sounds promising, Aya-san!
Aya
It does...! Thank you all so much!
Hina
I knew you'd bring a real sparkling solution to all this. I'm glad to see it worked out. Right, Chisato-chan?
Chisato
What are you talking about?
Hina
Hmm? Fufu. Never mind~.
Eve
Let's make this live show a complete success!
All
Yeah!
Pastel*Palettes Band Story Chapter 20
Authentic "Idol"

The girls come together and decide to put on the best performance they can.

Offstage
 
Hina
We're up next~.
Eve
I'm so glad you get to sing, Aya-san!
Aya
M-me too! Yeah...
Hina
Uh-oh~. Your face is all stiffened-up. Like a rock. Are you all right, Aya-chan~?
Aya
A-ahaha... I'm sorry. I think I'm just a little... n-nervous...
Chisato
You really do get terrible stage fright, don't you? But I guess that's part of what makes you you.
Aya
A-ahaha... Yeah, it does make me me, I guess.
Staff
Pastel✽Palettes, get ready to go live!
Maya
Here it is...!
Aya
... Come on. Let's go!
All Five
Okay!
Onstage
 
Aya
Hello everyone! We are...
All Five
Pastel✽Palettes!
Aya
Here is our first song of the show, "Shuwarin✩Dreaming"!
Maya
(She's a little stiff, but she's really singing it...! I think we're gonna be okay!)
Audience Member
Is she lip-syncing again?
Aya
~~♪
Audience Member
... Wait, that note was off just then. Maybe she is really singing this time!
Audience Member
They're really playing those instruments too. An idol group that actually performs like a band? That's amazing!
Aya
My name is Aya and I'm the vocalist of Pastel✽Palettes! Thank you all so much for coming today! But now... I'd like to make an apology.
Aya
In our debut performance... we didn't really sing or play our instruments. We lied to our precious fans... and I just feel terrible. I'm really sorry, everyone!
Aya
But for today's show, we've all been practicing really hard... and we are ready to perform for you completely live!
Aya
We are all so happy that you've given us this second chance! Thank you all so much!
Aya
We hope... I hope that you'll continue to support Pastel✽Palettes for years to come!
All Five
Thank you, everyone!
Audience Member
Yeah! Go Pastel✽Palettes!!
Audience Member
We're here for you, girls!!
Aya
...!
Audience Member
Aya-chan~! You can do it~!! That one note was a little off, though~!
Aya
A-ahh... Hahaha... I mean, I did practice a lot, but...
Aya
... Ahaha...
Chisato
... Hi, everyone. I'm the bassist, Chisato Shirasagi ♪
Chisato
I'm so happy to see you all enjoyed our first real live performance today♪ Thanks to Aya-chan's beautiful singing, of course.
Aya
Wh-what?! Y-yeah... I guess... I mean, was that a compliment, though...?
Audience Member
That's so like Chisato! Trust a child actor to be that quick to the mark! We really felt your performance, guys~!
Chisato
We all still have a lot to learn, but we are getting there, step by step. We just hope that you'll be there to support us along the way ♪
Aya
(Chisato-chan... Did you do all this to help me...?)
Hina
Hey, you lot, out there in the dark~! I hope you're watching Hina-chan's amazing guitar skills, too~!
Eve
I want to show you all the way of bushido through my performance! I'll do my best!
Audience Member
Hahaha! Bushido? What does that mean?
Maya
I-I'm gonna try my hardest up here, too. Sorry, I'm... kinda nervous, huhehe... Ah, I did a "huhehe" again, didn't I...?
Audience Member
Who is that girl? She seems awesome! Call me a fan!
Audience Member
Me too! Pastel✽Palettes sure know how to pick 'em!
Aya
(Amazing... The whole event suddenly feels so different...!)
Chisato
So let's get back to our, of course 100% live, performance. Aya-chan, if you would be so kind.
Aya
O-okay! Here we go guys~!
Dressing Room
 
Eve
The whole audience looked so happy! Our show was a success!
Maya
It was! We were great out there! Aya-san really is a true idol, huh!
Aya
Y-you think so?
Maya
I always did. Idols are strong. They follow their dreams. They never give up.
Maya
Watching you sing tonight... seeing the spotlight shine down on you... you sparkled brighter than I've ever seen before.
Maya
A real, true idol!
Aya
...!!
Hina
Ahh~, she's crying again~!
Aya
O-of course I am~!!
Hina
Hahaha. Well, you earned it. You can cry all you like. We put on a great show today.
Aya
... Chisato-chan.
Chisato
Yes?
Aya
It was thanks to you... thanks to all of you that I made it through the show today.
Aya
... Thank you so much.
Chisato
I didn't do anything. All I did was keep on believing in the Aya Maruyama that I know. And I'm glad I did.
Chisato
... Thank you.
Aya
Chisato-chan...!
Eve
Chisato-san, Aya-san! Let's all have one big hug!
Aya
What?!
Eve
Time for a hug of true love! Because I love you all! The five of us, Pastel✽Palettes!
Chisato
Kya~?! E-Eve-chan...?!
Hina
Whoa, wait, me too~?!
Maya
Huhehe... Stop it, you're making me blush...
Aya
You guys... Thank you! As long as I have you all by my side, I think I'll always be able to keep on being me.
Aya
Let's always stay together and follow our dreams all the way to the big stage!
 

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