CV: Moriya Satomi (森谷 里美)
Sawa has known Lin since their high school days and they’ve been good friends since then. She’s a very bubbly and excited girl although she comes off as a bit oblivious sometimes. This route also involves some gossiping about Kent and Toma in a girls party.
In the New World, Lin has lost her memories and the only thing she remembers is promising someone to see the fireflies again. She is childhood friend with Shin and Toma, and works at the Maid and Butler Cafe with her four co-workers; Ikki, Kent, Mine, and Sawa. Ukyo, who is a known photographer, enters the shop one day and shows everyone the pictures he took of fireflies.
Waka, the owner of the Maid and Butler Cafe, decides to make this a company trip and everyone ends up having to buy a yukata for themselves. Unfortunately, on the night of the trip, they cannot seem to find any fireflies and so everyone splits up to either hang out or look for them together.
Lin decides to look for the three girls, specifically Sawa, who looks confused when she sees Lin coming over. She points out that the group of boys over there are fidgeting restlessly and wanting to call out to her. Orion replies that this was the reason why they ran over here. They may have a romantic relationship with one of the boys but right now they don’t know and it would be a problem if they responded wrong.
Sawa eyes her suspiciously but ends up shrugging it off and deciding that it doesn’t hurt to have the chance for some girl’s talk. She mentions how it’s a shame that they weren’t able to see the fireflies. But if they find the fireflies here then it would have made it unnecessary for everyone to come out. She thinks the result of today is good. She reminisces about the summer of last year and how fun it was.
They had to prepare themselves for taking entrance exams but everyone was lively in the summer of their last year in high school. They went to the summer festival, low-budget trips, amusement park, and even the sea. Sawa admits that she had wondered if they would lose contact after Lin entered university, but that didn’t happen. She feels a bit chagrined for worrying that much.
In the end they ended up together here this year searching for fireflies and she wonders if they can have fun together next year again. It makes her wonder how long they’ve been friends. Three years? Four years? She’s pretty certain that it’s been around three years. The first time they spoke to each other was around the second year of their high school. She grimaces as she remembers the reason as to how they started talking to each other.
She dropped her report card in the locker room and Lin picked it up to return it to her. Lin had told her with a serious expression that she only looked at the name and class information and not inside. They hadn’t spoken to each other before that and it was what acted as the occasion for their first talk. She winces again since that was the time she got her worst grades. She was so embarrassed she wanted to die as she wondered if Lin had taken a look at her grades.
Sawa giggles as she admits that it also helped her realize nothing else mattered if Lin had already seen her most embarrassing thing. She wonders if it was a good thing to have talked about committing suicide at that time. She admits that it was embarrassing but she’s glad that the one who picked it up was Lin; she thinks that even now. But now she thinks they’re a point where she can ask this question… did Lin ever look inside the report card?
Orion is startled at this sudden question. He thought they would be able to continue peacefully through this conversation. Sawa begs her to answer the question since three years has passed now. Did she or not!? Orion panics and asks Lin what she wants to respond with. Lin apologizes and answers that she looked. Sawa groans loudly and then yells out that she thought that was the case!
After all, the report card at their school has their last name written on the inside. It would be impossible to know who owns the report card if they didn’t look inside…She slumps dejectedly before suddenly grasping Lin and asking her how she can be friends with someone who, in a school of 320 people, ranked at 318. I’M CRYING THAT MEANS SHE PLACED 3RD LAST. Orion winces at that and thinks that the last two people had the flu or were on break… which means Sawa is the lowest rank.
But Sawa regains her smile and adds that because she dropped her report card she ended up becoming a hard worker so that she could have grades where she wouldn’t be embarrassed if it were picked up. Thanks to that she ended up being able to get grades that allowed her to safely pass into university. Suddenly, Mine shouts out that she’s found them! Sawa startles but acknowledges that they’ve been found.
Rika, who was right behind Mine, explains that she had noticed them missing and it turns out that these two managed to run away here. Sawa claims that they didn’t run away and they were just talking to each other. She asks Rika if it is okay for her to leave Ikki’s side. Rika answers that Ikki and Kent are in the middle of a stone skipping war. Sawa raises her eyebrows and asks if they are comparing the amount of skips one can do.
Mine adds that the other gathered around them too and it looks to be evolving into a state of war. Sawa sighs at how all of them are kids. Rika corrects her sharply to say that Ikki just has the heart of a young boy but anyway, because that is the situation, she decided to get out of their way. At any rate, she suggests that they walk around together searching for fireflies. Mine pouts at it just being the girls but she doesn’t dislike talking so she’s fine.
Sawa decides to call this a girls-only gathering then and then asks them if they would like a real one later on. She thinks it’s fun to have days where it’s just the girls. Rika finds that nice and suggests that they discuss the details as they walk. Sawa leads the way!
*** GIRLS PARTY ***
Orion comments on how today is the promised day. It is the day that they agreed on for a girls-only party while they were trying to catch fireflies. He thinks it’s extremely cute to imagine girls gathered together and having their girl talk but he thinks that they can use this chance to learn about various things, especially the people around her. He wants her to ask about the men and not the girls. It’s not a disadvantage to gather some information. He is sure that Sawa, Mine, and Rika are close to certain people and Lin should ask about those. Let’s go!
The doorbell rings after he says this and Lin goes to welcome the girls into her house. Sawa, Rika, and Mine say their greetings as they enter. Sawa feels a bit bad for hosting the party at Lin’s house though and asks if she’s okay with it. Rika brought some iced tea for them, although it’s in bottles. Mine is surprised that Rika can drink tea from plastic bottles. Sawa agrees and recalls how strange it felt to see her do that when they were at the convenience store together.
Rika raises an eyebrow and answers that she uses the convenience store and supermarkets like anyone else, otherwise it’d be inconvenient. Mine points out that Rika doesn’t have the image of living normally and seems more suited to living in a castle. Rika doesn’t really understand why they think that and tells them that she’s from a normal household. She uses hundred-yen stores and supermarkets, and also buys things in volume at convenience stores. Sawa squints her eyes and says that there’s still an awkward feeling.
At any rate, Mine volunteers to get some glasses for them so they can pour the tea. Sawa informs them that she bought pastries to go along with the tea after she bumped into Toma and Kent at the Maid and Butler Cafe. She bought their recommended cookies and purin. Rika is surprised to hear that there is purin in the Maid and Butler Cafe. Sawa explains that it’s an experiment and they’re actually sweet potato purins.
Rika is puzzled to hear this since sweet potatoes are fall vegetables. Sawa points out that it’s been so cold lately that they are able to be harvested now. On the other hand, she hasn’t been seeing any summer vegetables this year. Rika recalls that, every year, her mother usually brings her a large amount of eggplants but there were none this year. Sawa’s eyes widen when she hears the phrase “mother’s house”.
And so Rika explains that her mother runs a farming business and her father is in forestry. Her great-grandfather is in the fishing industry and her great-grandmother is in the silkworm industry. Her uncle and aunt have a pig farming and chicken farming business. Sawa is struck by how unusual Rika is… suddenly…
Mine returns with the tea and sets them on the table before asking what they were just talking about right now. Sawa tells her that they were talking about Rika’s family business. Mine is surprised to hear that and then asks Rika if she isn’t from noble birth. YOU KNOW… I THOUGHT THAT TOO LMAO. Orion closes his eyes in frustration because, while this conversation is asking to be commented on, at this rate they won’t be able to collect information.
Orion suggests that she ask about one of the guys before they really get started on talking about miscellaneous things. He thinks that anyone at this point can work and Lin should just pick a person to drill down on. For example, Kent and Toma were brought up and so she should ask about them! He suggests that she just say something vague like “I wonder what kind of a person Kent is…” and let the conversation flow naturally from there. He asks her which one she wants to ask about first.
ASK ABOUT KENT. Mine is surprised to hear that name while Sawa ponders on the question. Rika tells them that she doesn’t have any specific information on him but she can tell them about generalities. Sawa recalls that Kent is Ikki’s friend and so it’s not unusual for her to know much about him. Mine is excited at hearing the basic information.
Rika tells them that first, he is 190 cm. His birth date is September 23. He’s a Libra and blood type is B. Sawa is shocked by how tall he is. Mine points out that all the men they know are actually quite tall and if they were to be lined up… they would be like a wall. Sawa agrees and recalls that it gets quite crowded when they all gather in the office. Rika thinks they would do well in basketball or volleyball where height is an advantage.
Mine actually said that to Kent once and he told her that, in high school, his club activity was just going home. Sawa thinks that is a waste. Mine informs them that Kent hung around his father’s research in middle school. Apparently, his father liked to create puzzles for him and he played by solving those. Rika recalls that Kent has a hobby of making puzzles and thinks that his experience with them is the origin of that.
Sawa cringes at that awful hobby. Rika tells her that Kent has other hobbies like planting and observing humans. Mine is grinning as she points out that both involves observing things. Sawa recalls that Kent said once that he enjoyed aquariums because they weren’t noisy and didn’t stink. He was also quite interested in the diverse evolution of them. Mine points out that aquariums also involve observing things… but Kent doesn’t look like he’d deal well with cats or dogs.
This just makes Sawa state that he seems very robotic. Does he not have something that he really enjoys? Rika admits that she’s never asked that. Mine thinks he’s quite fastidious with his clothes but… Sawa asks them if he has any favorite foods. There has to be something! For example, someone who likes ramen to the point of death. Mine thinks it’d be cute to see Kent in a line for ramen. Sawa agrees with a wide grin.
Rika shakes her head and tells them that Kent’s favorite food is minestrone and this is because it is an efficient way to intake vegetables. Sawa cringes at how that just encourages his robotic character even more. Mine asks if that means the food that he dislikes are things like crabs, chestnuts, and grilled fish. Sawa asks her why she thinks that. Mine points out that it takes time to eat those… is she wrong?
But Rika tells her that she’s correct. She doesn’t know about the grilled fish but Kent hates chestnuts and crabs. !!!! WE CAN’T BE FRIENDS THEN KENT. I LOVE CRABS. If they are already peeled then he doesn’t have a preference but he doesn’t want to waste time peeling them. Sawa disapproves since those are delicious. Mine… doesn’t know what to say to that but, in a sense, Kent is someone easily understood. Rika agrees and thinks that, in general, there isn’t anything bad about him.
Orion notes that this seems to be all that they can get from the girls. In the end, they learned about quite a few things and they should write a memo afterwards so they don’t forget it. Now, they can relax and just enjoy the rest of this girls party.
THEY FORGOT TO MENTION THAT HE’S 25 YEARS OLD. ALSO, HIS FAVORITE ANIMAL IS EVERYTHING (BUT ONLY IN TERMS OF OBSERVING THEM).
ASK ABOUT TOMA. Sawa is surprised to hear that and points out that Lin is the one who knows him best. Orion laughs awkwardly because he realizes that’s true. Mine points out that, lately, they haven’t been meeting each other in private and so there are things that even Lin doesn’t know, huh. Sawa hums thoughtfully but ends up saying that they still don’t know that much about him.
Mine informs everyone that she knows his birth date! He told her it was April 12 and that, on that day, they threw a birthday party for a kid at the Maid and Butler Cafe. Toma commented absentmindedly on why he had to congratulate another person on his own birthday. Sawa giggles because she remembers that day but notes that Toma really likes children. Mine points out that he’s great with them too.
In fact, at the party, he played with all the children together and looked like he was having a lot of fun. Rika comments on how someone who likes children and animals can’t be a bad person. Orion wonders about that. Sawa wonders what his horoscope is with that birth date. Mine answers that it’s Aries and he told her that his blood type was B. Rika informs everyone that she knows his height because she talked with Ikki about it before.
Apparently, in a conversation about who is taller, Toma said that he was 181 cm. OTOME GUYS ARE ALWAYS SO FREAKISHLY TALL. I’M ONLY LIKE 165 CM… Sawa also gapes at how tall he is although one doesn’t think so when he’s beside Kent. Mine tells them that, even so, his club activities in high school involved broadcasting. Sawa is surprised to hear that because she was told that he did soccer and archery.
Rika recalls being told that he was a member of the newspaper club. Sawa, Mine, and Rika fall silent before Sawa hesitantly recalls Toma saying that he’s a jack-of-all-trades. He told her that he showed up briefly once at a soccer match. Mine was told that he was a veteran in the broadcasting club because it would be more advantageous for him when he went onto university.
Sawa is surprised to hear that there are veterans in a broadcasting club but realizes that they must have their own meetings. Rika was told that his friend created the newspaper club and that, while he was a member, he hardly ever showed. Sawa feels like Toma never had just one club activity that he was serious about… which is actually very characteristic of Toma when she thinks about it.
Mine asks if this applies to his hobbies as well and that he’d just have an extensive range of them. Sawa thinks so too because she asked about his hobbies once and there were many. Rika asks for an elaboration. Sawa lists basketball, cycling, playful sports, and video games. He also enjoys reading books, surfing the web, and cooking! Rika is impressed by his wide variety of hobbies.
Sawa informs them that he has an even more extraordinary hobby; he enjoys playing card games with Shin and shopping with Lin. Mine can only stare in surprise at Sawa while Rika comments on how she doesn’t know if this means he has a tendency for weak attachments or strong attachments. Mine changes the subject and tells them that he has clear likes and dislikes for food though.
Toma enjoys spicy food but he hates raw fruits like mandarin oranges, apples, or strawberries. !!! WE CAN’T BE FRIENDS TOMA. I LOVE STRAWBERRIES AND ORANGES. Sawa recalls him eating jam and tarts, so he must be okay with processed food. She can sympathize since raw fruits are sour. Mine thinks that is what makes them tasty but the fact that Toma dislikes mandarin oranges makes him seem like a cat.
Speaking of cats, Mine is reminded of a conversation they had before about their favorite animals. And, between the people who either liked dogs or cats, Toma was the only one who said that 『動物だったら人間が好き』(If we’re talking about animals, then I like humans). YOU GUYS CAN’T SEE MY EXPRESSION BUT I’M LITERALLY LIKE “……..”. Rika admits hesitantly that humans are animals but… that answer is missing the point a bit.
Sawa isn’t sure what to say about the conversation but thinks they should leave it at that. Rika comments on how he seems like a good person when you glance at him but he’s actually quite complicated. Orion thinks that this is all the information they’re going to get. But they learned quite a bit and they should write this in a memo afterwards so they don’t forget. And now they can relax and enjoy the rest of the girls party.
ONCE AGAIN THEY FORGOT HIS AGE. TOMA IS 20 YEARS OLD. I’M CRYING AT HOW THEY LIST “HUMAN” AS HIS FAVORITE ANIMAL.