The following transcript is the backstage story of Sakuya Sakuma SR 【Blooming Trail】.

Part 1
[Theater]
Actor A Okay, that's all for practice today. Thanks, everyone!
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Sakuya
Thank you, too!
Actor B Hey, good job today, Sakuya. Thanks so much for lending us a hand again.
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Sakuya
Oh, it's no problem at all! I hope I can be of help tomorrow, too!
Actor C Sakuya, can I have a moment, please?
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Sakuya
Sure! What's up?
Actor C One of our members is going to be leaving the troupe soon, and we're preparing them a personalized goodbye present, you see.

This sheet will be the backing design for the gift, so we've all written messages on it for them. Would you like to write something down as well?

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Sakuya
Oh, I'd love to, but are you sure it'd be okay for me to? I'm not really a member of the company, after all...
Actor C Nonsense, Of course you can! As our backstage staff, you're just as much a part of our family as our actors!
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Sakuya
Thank you so much for saying that! I'd be happy to write something too, then!
Actor C Awesome! Here, you can choose whatever color pen you'd like to use for it.
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Sakuya
Thanks!
Oh, but, um, could I ask what this backing is for, exactly?
Actor C It's for this tumbler! See how it's clear? Once we put the backing paper in it, our messages will end up being the tumbler's pattern.
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Sakuya
Ooh, cool! I'd never seen this before. I had no idea something like this existed!
A personalized tumbler, huh? What a wonderful gift!
[Timeskip]
[Scene Change: Veludo Way]
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Izumi
Hmm, that makes everything for groceries... I wonder if I'm forgetting anything?
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Sakuya
Oh, Izumi! Fancy running into you here!
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Izumi
Hey, Sakuya! I could say the same. Did you just finish work?
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Sakuya
Yep! I'm guessing you were out shopping?
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Izumi
You guessed right. I just finished getting everything we needed for dinner tonight. We're having hot pot!
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Sakuya
Oh, gosh! I love hot pot! Hang on, let me carry all of that for you! It looks heavy.
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Izumi
Really? I'll take you up on that, then. Thanks, Sakuya!
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Sakuya
You're welcome. All right, I've got everything. Let's head home!
[Mini Timeskip]
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Izumi
The weather forecast said it was going to be a bit chilly today, so that's how Omi and I got started talking about having nabe for dinner tonight.
...Hm?
Wait a second... Sakuya, did you get taller recently?
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Sakuya
Actually, I did! But just a little. I didn't think anyone would notice, though. Hehe.
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Izumi
Huh... It HAS been a year since we met. Of course you would've grown in that time!
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Sakuya
One year... Wow, that's right.
It's hard to believe I've been living and acting alongside you and everyone else in the Mankai Company for an entire year already... Time really does fly!
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Izumi
Right? I didn't even realize it until right no- Achoo!
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Sakuya
Oh! Bless you. Are you okay?
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Izumi
Excuse me! Yeah, I'm fine. My nose was just running a little because of the chill. Brr, nabe was definitely the right choice for tonight!
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Sakuya
If you're feeling cold, why don't we find a vending machine and buy some warm drinks? I bet that'll tide us over until we get home!
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Izumi
Hey, there's a nice idea. Okay, let's do that!
[Mini Timeskip]
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Izumi
Aah... I feel all nice and toasty now!
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Sakuya
Me too! Having a hot drink after a long day of work really hits the spot...
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Izumi
Haha! Definitely.
Drinking warm beverages can be trichy, though. Even if I want to enjoy them slowly, I always feel like I have to hurry before they get cold and gross.
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Sakuya
Oh!
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Izumi
Oh? Did something happen?
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Sakuya
Nope! Nothing at all happened! Hahaha!
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Izumi
That doesn't sound like nothing...but okay.
[To be continued...]
Part 2
[Courtyard]
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Sakuya
Izumi! I was looking for you.
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Izumi
Hey, Sakuya. Did you need me for something?
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Sakuya
Yes, actually.
Um, this is for you! Please have it.
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Izumi
Oh! What a beautifully wrapped box.
I'm not sure why you got me a gift, but I appreciate it. Thank you.
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Sakuya
You're very welcome!
You know how the other day we were walking home together, we talked about how it's been a year since we've met?
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Izumi
I sure do.
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Sakuya
The truth is, I've been trying to think of a way to show my gratitude to you for taking care of me for the past year, even before we had that conversation...
But no matter how hard I thought, I couldn't think of anything that felt like it would be enough.
Luckily for me, I finally got a great idea after chatting with you! Go ahead and open your gift, Izumi.
Sakuya's Tumbler
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Izumi
Wow! What an adorable tumbler! This is really going to come in handy. Thanks so much for this!
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Sakuya
No problem at all! I'm glad you like it!
I thought it would be the perfect gift, since you mentioned how you didn't like how your hot drinks would get cold before you got to finish them.
It was a coincidence, because the troupe I was helping that day was making a personalized tumbler for one of their members, too!
If I hadn't been that, I probably wouldn't have thought to get you one.
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Izumi
So that's how this all happened! I see.
Choice 1: I can't wait to use this. Choice 2: The pattern on it's so cute.
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Izumi
Oh man, I can't wait to use this! What should I use it to drink first? I love the design on this, Sakuya. It's adorable!
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Sakuya
Since it's getting colder now, I think a hot drink would be a good idea! Hot tea or coffee would really warm you up. Thank goodness you like it! There were so many different patterns at the store that I had a really hard time choosing which to get you!
But after thinking long and hard about it, this is the one I thought would suit you the best.
It's so nice and bright and really pretty, you see. It reminded me so much of you, I knew I had to get it for you.
It perfectly matches how cheery and gentle you always are, just like a bouquet of flowers! Just being by you makes all of us feel so happy.
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Izumi
That's true! I bet Homare can recommend some good teas to me. O-oh...! Thank you for those super kind words...
(I'm glad he thinks so highly of me, but I definitely wasn't expecting all of that suddenly! I hope my face isn't too red...!)
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Sakuya
Definitely! Oh, the other day, Omi made this wonderful hot lemon drink. Maybe you could have some of that, too.
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Izumi
That sounds delicious! It's so fun to think of what I can use this tumbler for. I can't wait!
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Sakuya
I'm glad you like it so much, Izumi!
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Sakuya
No, thank you, Izumi.
I'm incredibly greatful I was able to meet you. I'm really looking foward to continuing to work and learn with you from now on!
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Izumi
Oh, Sakuya. You took the words right out of my mouth.
I'm so happy I was able to meet you and everyone else in the Mankai Company as well. I couldn't have asked for anything more, really.
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Sakuya
Remember how it was just you, me, and Matsukawa at the very beginning? And look at us now!
Every day is so fun because I get to act and hang out with everyone all the time. I love it!
I really treasure all of you!
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Izumi
Don't forget you were the catalyst for all of this, Sakuya. It was thanks to you for being brave enough to stand on stage all by yourself that we're here today.
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Sakuya
Ehehe... Thanks for saying that, Izumi. I'll keep working my hardest from now on, too!
[Timeskip]
[Scene Change: Kitchen]
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Izumi
All right! Time to make good use of this tumbler Sakuya gave me! Hmm, what should I have?
...Hm?
(It looks like something's written on the inside of the tumbler... Oh, the paper backing inside it can be taken out.)
Let's see...
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Sakuya
"Please continue to help us bloom!"
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Izumi
This is Sakuya's handwriting... Oh...
Haha... Thank you, Sakuya. I'll do my best as Mankai's director so all of you can fully bloom!
[Story Clear]
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