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Chapter 13 - The Spring Troupe Alum
Isuke profile
Manager
One of the old troupe teaches theater classes these days. Want me to ask him to visit?
He's a busy man, so no promises it'll be any time soon, though.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Please, I'll take what I can get!
[In the practice room]
Izumi profile
Izumi
Sakuya, you're standing in the wrong spot.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Ah, sorry about that.
Citron profile
Citron
No worries!
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
It's all good.
Izumi profile
Izumi
(It isn't. We've started performance rehearsal, but their heads just aren't in the game. I was afraid of this.)
Masumi profile
Masumi
Romeo comes in from stage right.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Ah, sorry!
Citron profile
Citron
No worries!
Itaru profile
Itaru
I'm taking a bathroom break. Be back soon.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
More like a game break.
Izumi profile
Izumi
...
(Yeah, this isn't working. There's no way they're going to be ready for showtime without some intervation.)
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Let's go on a journey together, Julius. We can ditch this cramped town and travel the world.
Izumi profile
Izumi
(I hate to be the villain, but I think it's time to take off the kid gloves and...)
??? The hell kinda lame-ass kindergarten play is this?
Izumi profile
Izumi
Huh?
??? Just watchin' is killin' me.
Izumi profile
Izumi
I'm sorry, who are you? This place isn't open to the public.
??? Oh yeah? Who're YOU, lady? Oh wait, you must be Yukio's

daughter! Well I'll be damned, the snot-nosed lil' pipsqueak's all grown up!

Izumi profile
Izumi
Yukio... ? You know my dad?
??? Matsukawa- Oh, guess he's the manager now. Anyway, he came cryin'

to me, beggin' me to show those newcomers what they're in for.

Izumi profile
Izumi
So you're from the original Spring Troupe?!
??? Yeah. Name's Yuzo Kashima.
Masumi profile
Masumi
Dude's totally a Yakuza thug.
Citron profile
Citron
Ah, the famous Japanese Yakuza!
Kamekichi profile
Kamekichi
Yuzo, old man!
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Hey, Kamekichi. Long time. Still got a smart beak, huh.
Kamekichi profile
Kamekichi
Right back at ya!
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
If Kamekichi knows him, that means he's the real deal. A member of the original Spring Troupe, in the flesh!
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Okay, let's get this over with.You should be grateful. I'm gonna be your first audience.
Izumi profile
Izumi
All right, boys. Take it from the top.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Yes, sir! I mean, yes, ma'am!
[Mini Timeskip]
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
...
Izumi profile
Izumi
What do you think?
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Man, I thought about gettin' up and leavin' 300 times there.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
That's about as many lines as there are in the script...
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Yeah, that's the point. Subjectin' the audience to that many bad line deliveries is physically painful.
First - You there, the foreign guy.
Citron profile
Citron
Yes?
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
If you can't even get five damn lines right, that makes you worse than a kindergartener.
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
If you can't say lines in Japanese, then you got no business speakin' the language or acting in plays in Japan.
Citron profile
Citron
Oof...
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
That's not fair, sir. Citron's here studying abroad and learning the language. He just need more practice, and-
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Language and delievery ain't the same. If the audience has to be patient with a foreigner tryin' his best, that kills their immersion and ruins the whole damn experience.
Next - Mercutio. I get what you're goin' for, but you're not gettin' there. You attached to this script?
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
I wrote it.
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
That explains it. You're fulla yerself. You gotta remember there's an audience you're conveying stuff to, or you're just jerkin' off.
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
Ex-CUSE ME?!
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Next up - Tybalt. I got nothin' for you.
Itaru profile
Itaru
Really?
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
If you don't wanna be here, then get off the stage. That's it.
Itaru profile
Itaru
...
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Next - Julius. You.
Masumi profile
Masumi
...
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
I dunno what your problem is, but you're lettin' yerself get too distracted by Yukio's daughter.
Don't get all cocky when you can't even act. You were borin' me to tears there.
Masumi profile
Masumi
What?
Izumi profile
Izumi
(Yikes, even Masumi isn't spared.)
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
Even Masumi didn't cut it...
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
Brutal, man...
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
You thought you could skate by with him? Drama ain't no joke, you buncha scrubs!
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Last--Romeo.
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Sakuya}
Y-Yes, sir!
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
You're beyond bad. You're supposed to be the lead, but you don't know the first thing about theater. Start over from square one.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
...
Well, that's all from me. I'll come by and check again sometime.
Sakuya profile
Sakuya
...
Tsuzuru profile
Tsuzuru
...
Citron profile
Citron
...
Itaru profile
Itaru
...
Masumi profile
Masumi
Pain in the ass...
Izumi profile
Izumi
(Looks like I got the villain I was looking for. Everyone looks devastated. Maybe that was too harsh...)
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Oh yeah, as for you...
Izumi profile
Izumi
Yes?
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
The sky's the limit for Romeo if you're up for it.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Come again?
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
I'm sayin' that it's up to you whether he trives or dies out. Hell, this whole trainwreck is on you as the director.
You'd better take responsibility.
Izumi profile
Izumi
...
(He's right. The group wouldn't be in such shambles if I'd done a better job of leading them.)
Thanks. I'll buckle down and do what I can.
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Good.
Wish Yukio could see you now.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Huh?
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Ah, nothin'.
Izumi profile
Izumi
Do you know something about my father?
Yuzo profile
Yuzo
Sorry, it ain't for me to say.
Izumi profile
Izumi
...
[To be continued] 
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