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S Class Prologue
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“Idols.” Those whom we long for but can never be with.

“Idols.” Those who give dreams and energy to others.

“Idols.” They are my….

I am Haruka Nanami, age 15. Starting this spring, I’m aiming to become a composer who writes songs for these “idols”!

If I were to look back to my middle school years, I didn’t have anything.

I was extremely shy and I couldn’t make many friends, I was howled at by the neighborhood dogs, and scratched by stray cats….

I wanted to be useful to other people, but every time I tried to do something, it never worked out.

Through all those days when I felt bummed out, the idols on TV always cheered me up.

I want to compose songs for idols myself one day! To make that dream come true, I wrote a song.

I put all my feelings into this song and sent it with my application to Saotome Academy, a professional performing arts school where only one out of 200 applicants get in.

A few weeks later, I received a letter from Saotome Academy.

SELECT THE PHRASE! わ……わたしがSクラス!? I… I got into S Class!?

I... I'm in S Class!?

It’s the first time one of my wishes has ever been granted, the first time one of my dreams has come true. This is the first step towards changing myself.

From today onward, my story begins!

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Haruka Nanami

... I didn't sleep at all. And today's the entrance ceremony….

I haven’t been able to sleep well since learning I passed the exam.

That I passed was amazing enough, but I even got into S Class... Will I be able to do this...?

With that in mind, I'd set to studying as much as possible and bought every book I could think of to read, but... I was still worried.

Since then, I’ve hardly slept.

Haruka Nanami

... So sleepy... But I've got to do my best.

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Ohayahooo~! How're all HAYATO's 10 million fans nationwide doing today?

Sending good vibes to everyone today from Studio 2~!

Today's theme iiiiis 'plants'! But I don't mean the corporate-bought kind! I'm talking about the cherry blossom flowers themselves!

Haruka Nanami

Ahh, HAYATO-sama, you're as lovely today as always.

My beloved HAYATO-sama is a new idol who debuted just last year.

No matter how difficult the trial, he always overcomes it with a smile. He's bright and energetic, just like the first star in the night sky.

HAYATO-sama is the reporter for this program, Ohayaho News, and no matter how busy or sleepy I am, I make sure to watch it. I always kneel before the TV at this time!

That's my daily routine.

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... And that concludes the report from HAYATO! Everybody, bye-bye nya~!

Haruka Nanami

He's as amazing as always today.... Thank you for the good vibes. Now I can give it my all today!

I initially leave the house with plenty of time to spare. It should have taken me 30 minutes to reach the school... except I realize when I get to the train station that I left my wallet at home.

Haruka Nanami

I should still be able to make it in time....

Thinking this, I head back home to get my wallet.

Haruka Nanami

Only ten minutes to spare! If I run I'll just barely make it.

Lack of sleep makes me unsteady, but I still run full speed from my house back to the station. However, just before reaching the station—

Cat

Meoooow!

Haruka Nanami

... A cat?

I hear a cat's plaintive meow from somewhere.

Cat

Meow, mroooow!

Haruka Nanami

Where's the meowing coming from?

Upon looking around, I can't see the cat.

Cat

Meooow! Meooow!

Haruka Nanami

Aha!

The cat is up on a telephone pole.

Haruka Nanami

I see, you climbed up there and can't get down now. Don't worry, I'll catch you. C'mere....

I look up at the cat with my arms held out. After a moment's hesitation, the cat jumps down.

Haruka Nanami

Thank goodness, you don't seem to be hurt.

Cat

Mew!

The cat responds happily in my arms.

Haruka Nanami

No more climbing up high places, you hear?

After saying this, I put the cat down and start running again for the station.

... Except before reaching the station, it comes time for the train to leave.

Haruka Nanami

... I'll run the rest of the way!

The school is two stops from here. If I run the whole way I might be able to make it, so I start running once again.

I run through the quiet residential streets, not bothering to look both ways before racing through the crosswalks along the way.

Haruka Nanami

Ah! Kyaaaaa!!

I’m going to be hit! I shut my eyes tight. However...

Haruka Nanami

It... stopped?

A fancy-looking black car has come to a halt right in front of me.

If the driver had hit the brakes any slower I'd have been run over. Realizing this, my knees give out, and I collapse onto the street right there.

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Girl... do you have a death wish?

Haruka Nanami

Eh... oh... I... um....

A man in a butler suit with a dark complexion exits from the car's driver side and approaches me.

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You have guts to pick a fight with a car of the Jinguji Group. Now, what will you do....

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Enough, George! You're scaring her.

The rear door opens, and a long leg slides into view, followed by slim fingers gripping the doorframe.

Out steps the beautiful man who'd said those kind words.

He 's slim but well-built, with a figure and face like that of a sculpture of a god from Greek mythology. He has the aura of a mature adult, one that fits his beauty.

His style of clothing, while informal, looks beautiful and has the sex appeal of an adult man.

From head to toe, he is perfect. I'm enraptured.

I had no idea a person this beautiful could exist....

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Hmph, if that is your wish, young master Ren.

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This young lady here is just a lost lamb.

Haruka Nanami

...... What?

A... lamb?

If anything, I'd describe myself just now as a small-town girl who failed to watch where she was going as she ran full tilt across a street to avoid being late.

Oh, just now my knees gave out on me and I could be compared to a newborn lamb's trembling legs as it takes its first steps, but….

As I sit there dumbfounded, the man reaches out and takes my hand to pull me up and against his chest.

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What a beautiful little lamb.

He sweeps back his long hair as he speaks. Every little action he makes is so perfect I can't look away.

Our eyes meet. He winks at me and his face draws near....

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Your legs are shaking. Were you scared?

He scoops me into his arms with ease.

T-this is... is this what they call being carried princess style?!

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I wouldn't mind carrying you all the way to school, Lady.

Haruka Nanami

Eh—a-absolutely not! That would be too embarrassing!! Um, I can walk, so, um…!?!

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Oh? That's a shame.

He acknowledges my response and sets me down within moments.

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Judging by your blush, that was a little too thrilling for you. I'm Ren Jinguji. What's your name, little lamb?

Haruka Nanami

U-um, I'm....

Just as I'm about to answer him, the alarm on my phone goes off and brings me back to my senses.

Haruka Nanami

Ah! I-I'm so sorry, I need to be going!!

I dip my head in a quick bow of apology and race off towards the academy again.

Haruka Nanami

If don't run faster, I'm going to be late!

After 15 minutes of running, at last, the school comes into view.

Haruka Nanami

Haahh... haahhh... I'm so hot... where did I put my handkerchief...?

I reach into my pocket for my handkerchief, intending to wipe off the sweat dripping down my face, but....

Haruka Nanami

It's not here!

Where could I have dropped it? I was really fond of that one.... But right now, I have to keep running.

Haruka Nanami

I think... I made it in time...!

Now to head for the auditorium... hm? What's that person doing over there? Did they drop something?

A male student is on his hands and knees below a tree by the front gate, apparently searching for something.

A person should do one good deed a day. I'd better help him out....

Haruka Nanami

Are you looking for something...?

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Yes... I dropped my dorm room key around here.

Haruka Nanami

...!!!!!!!!!!!

When he turns around, I'm so shocked I forget to breathe.

Haruka Nanami

Ha- HAY- Haya- HAYATO-SAMA?!!

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Hm...?

Haruka Nanami

Um, uh, ummm...!

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Will you please lend me a hand?

Haruka Nanami

Y-yes!!

He looks exactly like HAYATO-sama….

Those cool eyes. That intense, direct gaze. That silky hair.

His hard expression was a little different from the cheerful and energetic HAYATO-sama's usual aura, but….

His eyes and lashes, his straight nose and the shape of his ears were so alike that I couldn’t completely believe that he was a different person.

Ack! Now's not the time to be staring! We've got to find that key....

Oh—I saw something sparkle at the base of the tree. Maybe there...?

Haruka Nanami

I knew it...!

I picked up the key and held it out to its owner.

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Thank you very much.

Even his voice... sounds just like HAYATO-sama's. The tone is a lot calmer than HAYATO-sama's, but it's still a very beautiful, charismatic voice.

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Hm? Is something the matter?

Haruka Nanami

Ah, um... would you happen to be... HAYATO-sama...?

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Oh, him... HAYATO is my elder twin brother.

Haruka Nanami

Your... older brother?

I didn't know HAYATO-sama had a younger brother....

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Being mistaken for him is a regular problem. My name is Tokiya Ichinose. You are?

Haruka Nanami

Huh? Um... are you really someone else?

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Hahhh.... You don't believe me? This IS a school for aspiring idols, remember?

Haruka Nanami

... Right.

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Why would HAYATO, who is currently working as an idol, attend a school like this?

Is there any reason for an idol who has already debuted in the entertainment industry to aim for a debut?

Haruka Nanami

... Um... but... um....

I wind up in a panic.

Even after Ichinose-san's explanation that he is not HAYATO-sama, the words ”May I please have your autograph?!” keep ringing in my head.

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Let's get going before we're late.

Haruka Nanami

Um... o-okay....

Unable to throw away the thought that he really is HAYATO-sama, I follow after Ichinose-san.

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Hup! ... Damn it...! ... Why—can't—I—reach—?!

In front of the auditorium where the entrance ceremony is being held, a boy is jumping beneath a sakura tree.

What a cute little boy. Judging by the fact that his height is about the same as mine, maybe he's a middle schooler?

Wow, such a stylish hairstyle—and those bobby pins are adorable! Middle schoolers these days are quite fashionable, huh?

Even those round, intense eyes are adorable, and I find myself wanting to help him out.

What should I do? Should I call out to him?

Haruka Nanami

Oh...!

I see, his hat is stuck in a tree branch and he can’t reach….

As I approach the boy, a breeze picks up and blows the hat out of the tree, right to me.

I catch the hat and plop it back onto the boy's head. There we go.

Haruka Nanami

Be careful not to lose this again, little boy.

As soon as I say that, a vein pops in the boy’s forehead. I wonder why?

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Who're you callin' a little boy?! Listen up, I'm the great Syo Kurusu!

I'm the man who's gonna stand at the peak of Japan's entertainment industry as the number one genius idol! SYO KU-RU-SU-SAMA!

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........

Haruka Nanami

Ohhh, really? That's amazing!

Saotome Academy is a one-year school, and applicants must be at least 15 years old.

I wonder if he's the younger brother of a new student?

Maybe he got lost, in which case his older brother or sister will certainly be worried.

I should help him find them.

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... You're making fun of me, aren't you?

Haruka Nanami

I am not. I really think it's an amazing goal when you're still so small, Syo-kun!

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Don't call me small! ... I'm 15, seriously....

Haruka Nanami

... You're what?

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I am 15 years old and a student of S Claaaaaaass!!

......... Whaaaaat?! I thought for sure he was in middle school, or maybe even elementary school...!

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Aha, there you are, Lady. That was awful of you, disappearing on me like that.

All of a sudden I hear Jinguji-san's voice from behind me.

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So you're a student here after all. It was pretty easy to tell by your uniform, Haruka Nanami-chan.

Jinguji-san grins at me as he says that.

Haruka Nanami

How... how did you know my name?

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How indeed, I wonder?

In a smooth motion, he wraps his arm around my shoulders and his face draws near mine.

Haruka Nanami

U-um, I, uh...!

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You dropped your handkerchief, didn't you? These days not many people have their names printed on their handkerchiefs.

Subsequently, he withdraws a handkerchief from his blazer pocket and holds it out to me.

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Your shampoo smells lovely. The pure, cute fragrance suits you.

Eek!! He blew on my ear!

It's ticklish and makes me blush and I'm unsure of how to react.

Haruka Nanami

...!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ren, you shouldn't pick on someone whom you've just met so much.

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T-that's right! Don't get so full of yourself just 'cause you're a little tall!

Haruka Nanami

Um... are you all acquainted?

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Yes, somewhat. We met at the school briefing.

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Yep, we're all in S Class. That makes us the cream of the crop.

If they're all in S Class then... we're all in the same class...!

Ichinose-san, who looks identical to HAYATO-sama. Jinguji-san, who is as attractive as a model. Syo-kun, who is small and cute.

Each one of them fits right into S Class.

Incredible... I get to spend a whole year with these people!

Aaaall right! I'm going to work harder than anyone else!

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