実力が違いすぎる / Jitsuryoku ga Chigai sugiru / The Difference in Strength Is Too Great
1 Day to Complete / 280 “Kizuna” Points
[Prerequisite: “We Want to Get Stronger, Too!”]
[late at night on the outdoor basketball court]
Fukuda: Get ready, Kagami!
Furihata: The three of us are gonna stop you, no matter what!
Kawahara: You’re not getting past us!
Kagami: (There’s no question that their triple team really puts on the pressure.) But aren’t you guys forgetting about somebody? [passes to Kuroko]
Kuroko: ………! [passes back to Kagami]
Kawahara: Crap! Where’d Kuroko come from?!
Kagami: Got it!
[Kagami drives to the basket for a dunk]
Furihata: Shit—! That’s another loss for us!
Kawahara: Yeah, even though we tried to cut off Kuroko’s pass…
Kuroko: But this time, it was really anyone’s game.
Kagami: That’s for sure. You guys’ve been giving us a run for our money lately. You’ve got some skills.
Fukuda: Well, we’ve started to get a handle on your movements, but…it’s the three of us against just the two of you, right? And yet we’re still losing…
Furihata: Besides, it takes all three of us to just barely keep Kagami in check.
Kagami: But that triple team of yours was intense. I’d better get serious next time, or I might not be able to break through it.
Furihata: Wha—? “Serious”…?
Fukuda: No way, Kagami. You mean you can still take it up another level?
Kagami: Hm? Yeah, well, pretty much. Wanna give it a go?
Kagami: [inhales deeply] ………
Kawahara: (Wh-what’s going on…? Kagami’s got this really intimidating aura.)
Furihata: (He looks…extremely focused?)
Fukuda: (It’s like…his expression has a totally different vibe than it did just a second ago…)
Kagami: …get ready. [drives past Fukuda, Kawahara, and Furihata at breakneck speed]
Kawahara: So fast…!
Furihata: I can’t react quickly enough—!
[Kagami dunks the ball]
Kawahara: Wh-what was that, just now…? We didn’t even stand a chance.
Fukuda: I mean, that drive was incredibly fast and agile.
Furihata: Is this Kagami’s true strength…?
Kagami: Haaa… Haaa… Haaa…
Kuroko: Are you alright?
Kagami: Doing that after practice ain’t easy… Well, I figured as much, but… Whew.
Kuroko: I’m not surprised. Coach’s practice regimen is demanding enough on its own.
Kawahara: Sorry about that. I guess we made you push yourself too hard.
Kagami: What’re you talking about? You guys spent all day practicing, same as us.
Kawahara: Yeah, but…
Kagami: Well, I’m totally worn out, so I know I’m gonna sleep like a log tonight. It’s getting late, so let’s head back to the boardinghouse.
Furihata: Um…yeah… ………
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くだらないポジション / Kudaranai Pojishon / A Pathetic Position
4 Days to Complete / 170 “Kizuna” Points
[at dinner in the dining hall]
Hyuuga: Coach isn’t here yet?
Koganei: She said she’d be late, but that we should go ahead and start without her.
Kiyoshi: Really, Koga? ………that’s suspicious.
Hyuuga: Why’s that?
Kiyoshi: Because there’s a high probability that the criminal will be the last eyewitness to leave the scene of a crime.
Hyuuga: What the hell?! What d’ya mean, “criminal”?!
Kiyoshi: These types of places are prone to incidents, right? You know, like the “Steamy Onsen Murder Case” or something.
Hyuuga: Don’t confuse what you see on TV with reality! And that’s rude to the boardinghouse!
Koganei: Hmm… If we had to cast a drama like that, I’d say Tsucchi’s perfect for the role of the victim.
Tsuchida: Me?! What? Why?
Koganei: So people ask themselves, “Why would the killer murder someone who’s impossible to hold a grudge against?” And that’s how the mystery begins.
Tsuchida: You mean I get knocked off at the very beginning?!
Koganei: Y’know, ‘cause good people make the best victims!
Tsuchida: …am I supposed to take that as a compliment?
Hyuuga: How did we get onto this ridiculous subject…?
Koganei: Hyuuga, you don’t really give off the right vibe to be the first victim.
Hyuuga: ‘Course I don’t. I wouldn’t let myself get killed that easily.
Koganei: You’d die about halfway through the show.
Hyuuga: So I kick the bucket after all?!
Izuki: “There’s no way I’m staying in the same room as the killer! I’m going back to my own room.” You’d say something along those lines, then go off on your own and get whacked.
Hyuuga: Why are you so sure about that?
Kiyoshi: “Hey, Hyuuga, get out here! It’s dangerous to go off on your own! Wait, the door’s…unlocked?”
Hyuuga: Heeeey!! Of course I’d be dead, then!! That setup raises every red flag in the book!
Kiyoshi: So the positions are pretty much decided. Tsuchida’s the first victim, and Hyuuga is the second.
Hyuuga: I do not approve of this!
Koganei: Ooh, ooh, pick me! I wanna be the detective!
Kiyoshi: Since you can provide some comic relief, you’d be the detective’s assistant.
Koganei: The assistant, huh…? I guess I can see that! ‘Cause a lot of times, one of the assistant’s offhand remarks helps solves the whole case! If I’m the assistant, then maybe Coach could be the detective’s rival crack police inspector or something?
Izuki: I think Coach might actually be a good fit for the killer. In the last scene, she could break down crying on a cliff overlooking the sea.
Hyuuga: So Tsuchida and I get done in by Coach…?
Kiyoshi: What should we do about Kuroko?
Koganei: Wouldn’t Kuroko have to be…a “tree in the forest”?
Mitobe: …! …!
Koganei: Oh! Mitobe, were you gunning for the part of the tree, too?!
Hyuuga: What the heck is a “tree in the forest” supposed to be?! That sounds like a role in some school play!
Kuroko: More importantly, who is going to be the detective? At this rate, the crime is going to remain unsolved.
Kagami: Why don’t you do it, Kuroko? You can use your lack of presence to solve the whole thing.
Hyuuga: That’s too avant-garde. I mean, how’s he supposed to solve the case, anyway?
Kagami: He could, you know…hide at the scene of the crime.
Hyuuga: So he saw the crime happen?! Then what d’we need him to solve it for?!
Riko: Sorry, sorry! I got held up. Did you all wait for me?
Hyuuga: We got all caught up in talking about something stupid… Alright, let’s hurry up and start dinner.
Riko: Right! Thanks for the meal!
Koganei: …anyway, about Kuroko’s position—
Hyuuga: You’re still going on about that?! Forget about “positions” and all that crap…
Riko: Wait, how can you say that? Positions are very important, you know. Feel free to discuss them as much as you like. If you’ve thought up new positions, why don’t we decrease the amount of fundamentals we do and practice those instead?
Kiyoshi: Are you sure? Riko, you realize that makes you the detective’s rival crack police inspector who turns out to be the killer, right?
Izuki: And like I said, Coach, at the climax, you have to break down crying on a cliff overlooking the sea!
Hyuuga: I told you it was something stupid…
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となりのお風呂場が気になる / Tonari no Ofuroba ga Ki ni Naru / The Allure of the Bath Next Door
2 Days to Complete / 290 “Kizuna” Points
[in the onsen at night]
Koganei: Just think—this thin, wooden wall is all that’s separating us from the delightful flower garden that might await on the other side!
Koganei: Come on, Mitobe. You, too! No need to be shy!
Hyuuga: Alright, Izuki! Use your eagle eye!
Izuki: No, no way. That’s not what it’s for.
Hyuuga: You can see a three-dimensional view of the court, right?
Izuki: There aren’t any walls on the court!
Hyuuga: Okay, Kagami! Time for one of your super jumps!
Kagami: Not happening! …um, sir! Anyway, even if I did jump up there, I’d be the only one who could peep.
Hyuuga: You’re right! And I’d be stuck down here, jealous of you! Alright, you’re up, Kuroko! Use your misdirection to infiltrate the other side!
Kuroko: I respectfully refuse. Besides, even if I were to infiltrate the other side, you wouldn’t be able to peep, senpai.
Hyuuga: Dammit! Another no go, huh?! Meanwhile, you two lucky bastards get to peep to your hearts’ content!
Kuroko: Please don’t say things that could easily be misinterpreted.
Hyuuga: If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself! There’s gotta be a gap somewhere! Look for a gap in the boards!
Koganei: Oh!! There’s a crack in the boards over here! We might be able to see the other side!
[Hyuuga rushes over]
Hyuuga: Yes! Get outta my way!
Koganei: But I found it first!
Kuroko: Our senpai seem very desperate.
Kagami: …they sure do.
Koganei: I can see! I can see the other sideeeee!!
Hyuuga: And there’s even somebody in there! Woohoo! Over here! Turn this way, please! Yes, she turned arounnnnd! —wait, Kiyoshi?!
Kiyoshi: That sounds like Hyuuga’s voice. Maybe he’s making some kind of announcement?
Hyuuga: No, dumbass! We’re next door! What the hell’re you doing in the women’s bath?!
Kiyoshi: What?! The women’s bath?! That’s impossible!
Hyuuga: You’re the impossible one!
Kiyoshi: But Riko and I walked to the baths together and then went our separate ways at the entrance.
Hyuuga: Huh? What’s that supposed to…
[Riko rushes in (still dressed)]
Riko: You…you guys!! What on earth do you think you’re doing?! This is the women’s bath!
Riko: Get out of there this instant! I need to take care of this before it gets out of hand! It’ll be no laughing matter if we get caught and labeled the “Seirin Basketball Club of Perverts”! Come on, make it snappy! You’ve got three times the amount of practice to look forward to tomorrow!
[everyone rushes out of the bath]
[later, in a hallway at the boardinghouse]
Izuki: That was very nearly the end of our basketball careers. And it would’ve been for the most pathetic of pathetic reasons…
Hyuuga: Who was it…? Who was the first guy who went into the women’s bath? I bet everybody else just followed him in.
Koganei: It was Kagami. I know ‘cause I was right behind him.
Kagami: W-why are you using me as a scapegoat?! Besides, why didn’t anyone else notice?
Hyuuga: What the matter, Kuroko? Are you trying to cover for Kagami?
Kuroko: No…there isn’t a sign hung over the entrance to the women’s bath.
Hyuuga: N-no kidding! But there’s one over the entrance to the men’s bath!
Kuroko: Perhaps one of the staff forgot to hang up the sign?
Hyuuga: That makes sense. And that explains why Kagami would’ve gone in there by mistake…
Kuroko: I wonder…if Coach will reconsider making us do three times the amount of practice…
Hyuuga: Based on previous experience, even if we clear our names, I think the best we can hope for is twice as much…
Kuroko: …let’s all do our best tomorrow.
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にぎやかな風呂 / Nigiyaka na Furou / A Lively Bath
2 Days to Complete / 200 “Kizuna” Points
[at night in the onsen]
Takao: Oh, we’re sharing the bath with Seirin? Thanks for making room for us.
Hyuuga: Hm? Oh, it’s Shuutoku.
Takao: A pleasure. Sorry it’s a little crowded in here now.
Hyuuga: Nah, don’t worry about it. Let’s just kick back and relax.
Koganei: That’s right! The more the merrier, don’t ya think?
Takao: I couldn’t agree more! There’re a lot of straight-laced people on my team, so I don’t get many chances to just let loose and have some fun.
Koganei: Yeaaah… I’d be more than a little surprised to see Midorima partying it up…
Kiyoshi: Oops, excuse me. You must be…Shuutoku’s eagle-eyed Takao, right?
Takao: …um, no, I’m the one with the hawk eye.
Kiyoshi: Hm? Oh, so then Izuki’s the one with the eagle eye? …I mean, what’s the difference between the “eagle eye” and the “hawk eye”, anyway?
Izuki: We can both change our point of view in our mind’s eye and get a bird’s-eye view of the court. But I’m fairly certain that Takao has a wider view of the court than I do.
Kiyoshi: Hmm. Yeah, that’s not ringing any bells… Ah! He’s got the hawk eye ‘cause he’s got the kanji for “hawk” in his name, right?!
Izuki: Oh…! It’s like Takao’s got a bird’s-eye view from the crow’s nest……!! Kiyoshi, thanks for the joke!
Takao: (I can’t join the conversation… Actually, I’d rather make a run for it…)
Kimura: Man, it must be tough being captain as a second year. I bet you have to deal with a lot of stuff.
Hyuuga: Well, honestly, I don’t think I’m really cut out for a leadership position. So that’s why I’m doing everything I can to be able to lead the team with my plays on the court.
Miyaji: Then those three-pointers of yours are the result of all that hard work? And I guess Midorima’s threes are motivated by something entirely different. So the whole team is counting on you, huh…
Hyuuga: (Yeah, they’re countin’ on me, alright… Not just the team, but a bunch of Sengoku general figures, as well…)
Kimura: I wonder what we’d do without our captain…?
Miyaji: What if Midorima was the second-year captain of our team…?
Kimura: …never in a million years. I mean, I wouldn’t stand for it.
Miyaji: I know I’m the one who said it, but yeah, there’s no way! There’s no way I’d let him be captain!
Tsuchida: I wonder if this spot’s open? Here we go.
Ootsubo: Excuse me. Mind if I sit next to you?
Tsuchida: Please, go right ahead.
Ootsubo: Really, I think the fact that our schools ended up at the same training camp again means Seirin and Shuutoku must be linked by fate.
Tsuchida: That’s for sure. What a crazy coincidence. We were just as surprised as you were.
Ootsubo: I know my team can be kind of noisy, but I’d appreciate it if you could overlook it.
Tsuchida: Oh, not at all! The more the merrier. …huh? I guess I’m out of shampoo.
Kuroko: You can use some of my shampoo, if you like.
Ootsubo: How long have you been there?!
Tsuchida: And you’re sitting right between us!
Kuroko: I’ve been here the whole time. Somehow I ended up sandwiched between you.
Ootsubo: Sorry about that. (So he erases his presence habitually, even off the court?! That means he hones his skills as a part of everyday life. I’d expect nothing less of him.)
Koganei: Hey, c’mere, Kagami! Wanna see something funny?
Kagami: What do you mean, “something funny”? Are you talking about Mitobe-senpai and Midorima?
Midorima: Goodness. What a noisy bunch. Don’t you agree, Takao?
Midorima: When it’s this noisy, it’s a complete waste of a chance to soak in the onsen and relive our fatigue from practice.
Midorima: Oh, Takao, don’t take that to mean that you shouldn’t talk.
Kagami: Haha! That Midorima, he’s mistaking Mitobe-senpai for somebody else!
Koganei: Looks like he can’t tell people apart when he’s not wearing his glasses!
Kagami: How can he not notice?! Ahahahaha!
Koganei: Hey, Kagami! You’re laughing too loudly! It’ll be game over if he hears us!
Kagami: I can’t help it! I can’t stop laughing!
Midorima: Still, Takao, you’re awfully subdued today.
Midorima: Could it be that…you’re not feeling well?
Kagami: [in the background] Bwahahahahahahahahaha!
Midorima: Hmph. Is that Kagami’s voice? Good grief. He really doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut.
Ootsubo: Alright, it’s about time to head in.
Midorima: We should get out, as well, Takao.
Takao: Yeah. Maaan…I’m, like, incredibly exhausted.
Midorima: I suspected as much. Takao, are you feeling quite alright?
Takao: Huh? Me? Yeah, it’s nothing to worry about.
Midorima: I see… Well, don’t push yourself too hard.
[Midorima gets out of the bath]
Takao: …huh? Did I tell him I felt sick or something?
Takao: What gives? Did something funny happen?
Kagami: Well, Midorima was having a conversation with one of my senpai, thinking he was you. And he kept talkin’ at him the whole time and never even noticed. It was hilarious.
Takao: Duuude! I can’t believe I missed that! You’ve gotta let me in on it next time!
Kagami: Sure! I’ll call ya over next time!
Takao: Damn—! Now I’m looking forward to sharing the bath with Seirin!
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