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  • Eromanga-Sensei Volume 10: Senju Muramasa and Culture Festival of Love Epilogue and Author's note.

    Epilogue: One day after the cultural festival, Monday morning. Muramasa-senpai's father, Umezono Rintarou, called me: "Yes, this is Izumi." The person who called me had some important business. I took precautions and responded: "This... what kind of important business?" [No, it's nothing. I thought I should tell you about the circumstances of the novel my daughter wrote. - Doesn't anyone else know about it?] "That's it. Please." A new romance novel by Senjyu Muramasa. I was the first person to read it - Looks like they finally decided not to publish it. "That Kagurazaka-san won't give up so easily. She seemed very attached to it." [She's been like this since she was a child. But, even if that happens, neither she nor I could do anything.] "What?" [That novel no longer exists in this world.] He said Muramasa-senpai had burned it with her own hands. I was about to drop my phone. As usual, her actions were very ridiculous. But. "That's Muramasa-senpai. There's nothing we can do about it." [Right? Kukuku... the only person in this world who could read that novel was you, Izumi-kun] Oh, is that so? That masterpiece no longer exists in this world. It only exists in my heart. It was burned in the fire of that day. "You called me to ask me what the story was like?" [Listening, the story is not the same as reading the novel.] "It's true... so, Senpai, how is she?" [Well, would you like to see for yourself?] …………………………… He seemed to know the circumstances of this issue. "Yes, I'm worried. She's my favorite senpai. - Do you have any complaints?" [No. - I'm tired of watching her cry herself to sleep. It's very annoying to be having hard times in my family.] He had an exhausted voice. [I tried to comfort my daughter as her father, I told her:] [It's okay, Hana-chan. Youthful relationships are good because they end early. Well, I ended up marrying a childhood friend I was dating.] That wasn't good at all. That was an example of successful first love. [And then 'Waaaa! Idiot dad! Go away!' - That was your fault.] "Your choice of words was really bad! ...Are you really a great novelist?" [Even though you're a writer, you're still a slave to your tongue.] He said frankly. I think he's right. Because, if I could say things better like those light novel protagonists, things would have turned out better, right? Well, no matter where I go, I'm still me, that's something I could only think about. [I assure you. My daughter will get up and start writing soon.] "I know." That's Senjyu Muramasa. [I warn you - I don't know what I'll do now.] "I know." That girl is Umezono Hana. [This is not the end. I will continue to trouble you - well, thank you.] "Thank you." After all, I like that person. [Well, that's it - Ah, right, Izumi-kun, just tell me one thing.] "What thing?" [How was it?] I laughed and answered: "That was the most interesting novel in the world, it was the best youth novel I've ever read." Author's Note: I'm Tsukasa Fushimi. Thank you for reading volume 10 of Eromanga-sensei. The cover of this volume was Muramasa wearing a uniform. The wounds on her fingers are healed and that's why she doesn't use bandages anymore. Did you notice? I think it's a nice illustration that is perfect for the story! And...thank you for reading on without abandoning the story, after it was quiet for more than a year after the publication of volume 9. The manuscript had been completed by the end of 2017, but due to various reasons, it was postponed. Sorry to keep you waiting. Now, it was thanks to all of you who waited patiently for us to reach the publication date. I'll be happy to know if you enjoyed it after a year. About Eromanga-sensei's OVA: The manuscript was finished just the other day. Not only were the activities of the beautiful heroines included, but also ideas that surprised Takeshita, it's going to be a lot of fun. Please wait for it! Now news about the manga: There will be a spin-off manga by Yamada Elf, at the Dengeki Daioh. "Eromanga-sensei: Yamada Elf Daisensei no koisuru junshin gohan (*10)" It will begin its serialization. The art will be by Suzu Yuuki. The first chapter is published in the September issue of the Dengeki Daioh, released on July 27th, please read it. (TL Note: *10: Eromanga-sensei: Pure Love Meals by the Great Writer Yamada Elf.) And the seventh volume of Eromanga-sensei's comic book was published on June 9. Notice how close the author of this book is! Niconico Douga - Tsukasa Fushimi, has celebrated his first anniversary. Thank you to all who have seen it so far! There are currently several projects underway, and I think it will become even more interesting with the release of new and exciting information in the future. You can also watch past videos, so please register. ( About the eleventh volume of Eromanga-sensei: The eleventh volume, which is a continuation of this one, should also be announced soon. By the time you have this book in your hands, it should be finished. Special thanks to Fujinami Tomoyuki-sensei and Shirakawa Uichiro-sensei, for the sub-stories and part of the main story. Among those production members, what I did was 'create some super nice heroines'. But those who read, 'Eromanga-sensei' and 'Ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai', will be satisfied, please wait for them. At the end of volume 9, I wrote that 'I promise to continue writing at full speed until the publication date of volume 10 of Eromanga-sensei is announced'. And I will continue to work at full speed! - May 2018, Tsukasa Fushimi.

  • Eromanga-Sensei Volume 10: Senju Muramasa and Culture Festival of Love Chapter 1-2

    Chapter 1: My name is Izumi Masamune. The second-year high school student. Sixteen years old. I’m a novelist even though I’m still going to school. My pen name is Izumi Masamune. For a lot of reasons, two years ago, I began to live together with my hikikomori little sister. But one year ago, something big happened. I found out about her 'secret'. My novel’s illustrator, 'Eromanga-sensei' is also my little sister, Izumi Sagiri. After that, many things happened --- It’s now in September. Our novel, 'The Cutest Little Sister in the World', is being made into an anime. 'Have Sagiri come out of her room and we watch our anime together'. That was our dream. It’s becoming reality. There are about seven months until it’s finished. Slowly, day by day…our dream – is coming. By our own two hands. Every day has been so busy. By the way --- I forgot to tell you about the most important detail. We became a couple. We got engaged. “….Ehehe.” Sitting on the sofa in the living room, Sagiri looked at her engagement ring and laughed happily. Seeing her like that made me feel so surreal. Our happiness is just that simple. I was thinking about what happened after I proposed. But as it turned out, it didn’t go as smoothly as in a light novel. Well, it’s not like my story began in a normal way anyway. From a novelist’s point of view, I’d say my situation is near the climax. If we were in a light novel, I think the author must be out of ideas. Like, he doesn’t know what to write next. Ahaha….well, just, you know. Who cares anyway? As long as everything is okay. Because Sagiri is waiting for me. That’s enough. I’m not a character in someone’s story. Even if I were, I wouldn’t just do as he likes. Right…If I have to write my own story --- then it would continue as a normal, happy, romantic comedy story. Yes, my wish – is just that Sagiri is happy. Summer break is over… There are seven months and one more day until “The cutest little sister in the world” is finished. “I’m home.” I returned from school. Sagiri came out of the living room and ran toward me. “Welcome back, Nii-san.” “Oh ya.” I hugged her small body and repeated myself: “I’m home, Sagiri.” “Ehehe.” She laughed. Her smell made my heart race. “What’s up?” “It’s nothing.” “Is that so?” I let go of her. I don’t want to, but I can’t enter the house at this rate. Then, she took something out of her pocket and gave it to me. “It’s for you, Nii-san.” “Um?” Wh..what is this? A delivery notice? From AmuAmu, 'Demon Blade figure'. “Wow, you pretended that there was no one home again? I feel pity for the delivery man.” “Because I can’t come out…” “Well, but…” Can’t be helped… While Sagiri did improve a lot, she still can’t go out of the house. She did manage to do so a few days back, but that was an emergency. Now, even if I am in the house, she can come downstairs. Recently, we could even eat meals together. It was such an amazing improvement --- And that’s all. For now, that’s Sagiri’s limit. No need to rush. We can take it slow. Even she said it herself, that she 'wants to go to school in the future'. “So, Nii-san --- make sure to call him again.” “….I’m so embarrassed. I bet he already noticed that you just pretend not to be home.” “Tell him to come tomorrow night, when you are home. I can’t come out and take it.” “Yeah yeah, I know.” I lead her back to the living room. I used to go straight back to my room as soon as I returned home, but recently I usually take a detour into the living room. -- Together with my lover. I put my bag on the sofa. “What did you do today, Sagiri?” “Um, a lot. I have a rough stretch of a new character.” “Can I take a look?” “…Do you want to see it? Eh ~ what should I do ~?” “I want to. Please.” “ --- Sure. Here.” “Ah ~ nice! So cute! I already have a new idea for her.” “Really? That soon?” “Ahaha, no need to rush. Oh, by the way, I planned to go shopping after I finished changing. Is there anything you want for dinner?” “…Anything, as long as it’s something you want to eat.” By the way, Sagiri still calls me 'Nii-san' instead of 'Masamune'. She said she felt more comfortable that way. I do understand how she feels, and it does save me a lot of headaches. But…what if she still calls me 'Nii-san' after we get married? No! I like it! I feel very happy! Yes! That’s how I feel! But others probably wouldn’t take it well… -- Masamune, you let your wife call you 'Nii-san'? -- Ugh…I can’t believe it…what a siscon. I wonder what Elf’s gang would say. No, I was getting distracted. “'Something I want to eat?' so, you are asking me to cook something that I like?” “Yes...We promised, didn’t we? That you will teach me how to cook.” “Ah…” Indeed, we did. “Then let’s do it today – cook something that I like.” “Un! Ehehe…cooking with Nii-san…would be a precious memory.” Recently, we are just like this. We are very happy – like we are living inside a romantic story. By the way, after I bought ingredients for my favorite 'Garlic Chives Hotpot', Sagiri had a weird look on her face. What’s with her? The next day, Sunday, we planned to hold a hotpot party. Someone called me early in the morning. It came from Muramasa-senpai’s landline. I thought it came from Senjyu Muramasa – real name Umezono Hana, so I took it with a cheerful heart. “Yes, Muramasa-senpai?” But I didn’t hear her voice. Instead, it was a low, male voice. “It’s me.” “Eh….eh…you, you are…?” “I’m Umezono Rintarou. This must be Izumi Masamune-sensei’s phone number.” “--------------“ I froze, swallowed hard, and shook my head. Then, I managed to understand the situation. Crap crap crap ~~~!! Umezono Rintarou is Senjyu Muramasa-sensei’s father, and he is also the famous novelist 'Umezono Rintarou'. “U, Umenozo-sensei! It’s been a long time! How are you?” “Hm, you don’t have to call me sensei.” “Then…. Muramasa-senpai….’s father?” “Huh? Step-father?” “No no, the other kanji!” Please don’t make that simple mistake! “You have no reason to call me father. I don’t care what kanji you used – use something else. You can use Umenozo-san, Rintarou-san, or even Rin-chan.” Rin-chan is too much! “….Why are you calling me, Umenozo-san?” “It’s something important – come here now.” He must mean his home…that’s very far. “…..Right, right now?” “Right now.” “Actually, I’m very busy….” “I know. Come here. Now.” He isn’t even going to explain. I gave up and said: “…I understand. May I ask something?” “What is it?” “….Are you angry right now?” “I’m very angry right now.” “I knew it! Now I really don’t want to go!” “Stop messing around and come here.” “Yes yes! I will come as soon as possible!” And so… I was called by an angry novelist and rushed to the Umenozo household. A few hours later, I have arrived at the Umenozo household. It is a samurai’s settler, which gave it an ancient atmosphere. I stopped in front of the main door, which doesn’t have a doorbell or an intercom. -- Really, what would a delivery man do in this case? Thinking back about the last time I came here, I shouted: “Anybody home –--!?” It’d be great if Muramasa-senpai opened the door. A few minutes later, the door opened…. Contrary to my hopes, a man in a kimono appeared. A dignified appearance, a face covered in wrinkles, a pair of sharp eyes. That is Umezono Rintarou. He is Muramasa-senpai’s father, and also the one that called me here. He looked at me for a moment, then said: “Come in.” He turned and left without waiting for a reply. I had no choice but to follow him. Then, we stopped in the living room. “Sit down.” “Yes yes….” I sat down in front of him. There was no chessboard, but it felt like we were going to play a game. He didn’t bring me any tea. That was expected: he did say that he was 'very angry'. The man in front of me, for some unknown reason, is very angry with me. That’s why he called me to his place. Of course, I had no idea what I did that pissed him off so much. It’d be great if it was just some kind of misunderstanding. Ah, I’m so nervous. The tension is so thick that I could cut it with a knife. My stomach began to hurt. “So, er…” I couldn’t stand it anymore and opened my mouth. “Eto…by the way, Muramasa-senpai is…” “She went to the editorial department. That’s why I called you today. I don’t want you to see my daughter.” “I, I see…” He doesn’t want me to see Muramasa-senpai? So, whatever the reason is, it must be related to Muramasa-senpai in some way. By the way, why did she go to the editorial department? She never went there before….Wait; I remember Kagurazaka-san said that Muramasa-senpai met her at work once not long ago… She didn’t speak more about it, though. Did Muramasa-senpai meet Kagurazaka-san for 'something aside from work'? Why? --- While I was trying to ignore reality, suddenly Rintarou-san said, “Um” loudly. I hastily recollected myself in a panic. “So, the reason I called you here…” Here we go… “Do you know about Hana-chan’s newest novel?” The 'Hana-chan' that he spoke of is Muramasa-senpai “Huh? No…this is the first time that I have heard about it.” “Is that so? I only found out about it yesterday. Last night -- Ayame-chan -- no, my daughter's editor, Kagurazaka-kun called us. She said she wanted to publish Senjyu Muramasa’s newest big hit, and that it will be a best-seller. I see. While Muramasa-senpai is a famous novelist, she is still a middle school girl. Of course, she would need her guardian's permission to publish something. Just like me and Sagiri. Besides, I heard that Kagurazaka-san is his savior's daughter…that's how she could read Muramasa-senpai's script before anyone. But "big hit"? What exactly is it? Even for Muramasa-senpai, claiming it will be a best-seller at this point was unusual. Where did Kagurazaka-san's confidence come from? Rintarou-san continued: "I told her that I can't give her an answer without reading the manuscript. Bring it to me. " Ah, so he has read it too, huh. With a *swoop*, he showed me a stack of paper. Not hand-written, but printed on A4-sized paper. Because senpai never uses a computer when writing, it must have been typed by the editorial department. "This is the one. They brought it to me yesterday." "Ha ha…and…have you…read Muramasa-senpai's newest novel?" "I did. It only has about a hundred pages. Clearly she hasn’t finished it." "What is it…about?" I'm afraid that THIS is the reason that he is angry with me. "Before I answer your question, Izumi Masamune-sensei, I have a question for you --- what is the relationship between you and my daughter?" "E? Eto….partner, senpai and kouhai, good friends…?" "That's all?" He glared daggers at me. "That…is all." There is no way I could tell him that your daughter confessed to me, but I rejected her. "..What are you…trying to say?" Rintarou-san lowered his voice: "I will be blunt. Are you my daughter’s love or not? Did you two do something impure?" "No, of course not!" What the heck is he talking about!? Even though I'm a high school student, what he said is the same thing as sexual harassment. "Is that so? But I have a reason to doubt you, Izumi Masamune-sensei. If you have any proof you can show me, now is the time." "I am engaged! I will not do anything with other girls!" "….HMMMM." …Crap? His eyes clearly changed when he heard me mention my { Engagement } This is bad… I'm trying to explain myself, what the hell? Facing the ice-cold glare of Rintarou-san, I slowly gave him my cell phone. Its wallpaper was a picture of Sagiri. It was taken not long ago when she was wearing an apron and making a meal. "This is my proof! She is my fiancée! She is very cute! If, if that's still not enough, I could call her and have her speak with you!" Rintarou-san's only reaction was a "this guy is disgusting" expression. "There is no need for that. I believe you. You have cute fiancée -- is that so? I see." "Wh…what is with your reaction…?" This is terrifying. "By the way, in my daughter's newest novel…the main character is a first-year high school student." -- Ah, that means Muramasa-senpai used herself as the base for that character. "The story is about a love between that character and an older man who already has a fiancée - a forbidden love." "Senpai ---!" What the heck did you write? No wonder he is mad at me! "It, it it it is a misunderstanding!" "I haven't finished yet." "I totally understand it now! I know why you are mad, Umezono-san! Why did you call me here!?" "Hm, it's good that you understood so quickly. Then, go die." "Kyahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! When did you prepare that sword? That's illegal!" "I was joking. It's just a copy of a real sword." "But the blade looks very sharp! And…your eyes weren't laughing at all!" "It was a joke…for now at least." "Don’t add that afterward!" "Don’t yell. We can't talk that way." The great novelist returned his blade to the scabbard. Then, like a swordsman, he put it near his hip and continued: "Well…you said you understand, but I highly doubt it. So, take a look. Read it; then you will understand what I meant." "Sure, sure…" He gave me the manuscript. Doesn’t look like I have any other choice. -- Senjyu Muramasa's novel. No name. I swallowed hard and began to read. The only sound in the room was the sound of the moving paper. With my eyes, I began to read Senjyu Muramasa's words. "------------------------" Until I finished reading, I said nothing. Even after I put it down, my eyes still stared into empty space. It felt like I had just watched a wonderful movie. I recovered and asked: "the next part…" "There isn’t one. I told you she hasn’t finished it." "But, but the editorial department brought it here last night, right? If it was Muramasa-senpai, then she must have finished writing it by now -- the finished manuscript must be hidden somewhere…" "Looks like you think it's interesting." "…!" I was taken aback for a moment. It took me a few seconds before I could reply. "Yes, it is." That's how Senjyu Muramasa's story should be. "But…but…I feel very conflicted. I don’t know how to say it…" I wanted to say what I thought about this novel, but I couldn’t find the right words. The great novelist said in my place: "It's no good." It's very strange to hear it. But I totally agree. "Yes! It's no good! I can't believe it!" Why am I having such a stupid conversation with Umezono Rintarou? But that was all I could say. Because the newest novel of Senjyu Muramasa -- is totally no good. In short, it's not a light novel. It's also not a romantic story. It's an abomination. "……….." "………" The room became silent again. After some time, Rintarou-san said: "I want to hear your opinion. There is no need to mince words. Just tell me what you think as a simple reader, not as a novelist." "…It's super erotic." That was the first thing that came to mind. "…I…when I was learning how to write, I read a lot…But this is still the first time that I have read such an erotic story…To think she could write such a detailed description of…that steamy part…I have to say…the author of this novel must be a huge pervert!" "Ha ha ha, the author is my daughter. Do you not want to live, kid?" "But you told me to not mince words?" "There is a limit to everything!" "But this is something only a huge pervert could write! Like, I want to sit down on the same chair as the one I like!" "I don’t deny it, but can you not compare my daughter to Japan’s number one pervert? And? Now, do you understand why I am angry?" "Yes." I was about to have a nosebleed! In this novel, the female protagonist was based on Muramasa-senpai and the male protagonist was based on me, and they both love each other…. So they did a lot of erotic stuff! Not to mention she wrote it in a super erotic way! I have a fiancée already -- but even I have to admit that reading her story made me blush. I can totally understand the character's feelings. It felt like they were my own feelings. Ohhhhhhhh…..So dangerous. "… I don’t believe that after reading this, you will believe me…" No wonder he misunderstood. If I were a father and my middle-school-aged daughter wrote something like that….I would tear the boy apart with my bare hands. As long as I am alive, Rintarou-san will be mad. "But…my relationship with senpai is not the same as the one in this novel." "Is that so…Then I believe you. Seems like I misunderstood." "Huh?" "What? Did you think that I wouldn’t believe you?" "…Er…Actually, yes." Rintarou-san sighed. "I know how good my daughter is as a novelist. That story just now was written totally based on her imagination. Plus, seeing your reaction confirmed that. I just wanted to make sure. Now, I'm at ease. Looks like I won’t have to spend the rest of my life in prison." "………Phew." I'm relieved. In short…I won't die…yet. "However." "Ho, however?" Are you kidding me? Do you want me to scare to death? "The content of this story is just her imagination. But there is another problem." "………….." "The male protagonist of this story --- is based on you, correct?" "……………." I broke into a cold sweat. "…Yes. I believe that is true." "Hm. I see. Then…." Then? What do you have in mind? "…Maybe I shouldn’t let her publish it." Is that all you have to say? I almost said it aloud. Still, our conversation continued. "By the way…did Kagurazaka-san really plan to publish this novel? So that kids can read it?" "So you are against it?" What a difficult problem. Such a good novel: it's wasteful to not publish it. But… "Recently, I have seen many people that gave bad reviews to light novels…I thought it was because they were not well-written.” But this is unacceptable. It was too much. Not only teenagers, even adults -- would be badly affected. This is totally against Japan’s morals. "I know what you want to say. This story is very interesting…but it will affect the readers too much. It will change their way of thinking, leading them to think that forbidden love is beautiful. Sooner or later, this power won't be controlled by Umezono Hana anymore. In short…this story will brainwash the readers." "Brainwash…. I think all light novels are the same." "It's the same for any commercial product. Brainwashing the consumer and make them think the same as the in-story character --- from a certain point of view, it's just like that." This great novelist was so blunt: he didn’t mince words at all. I think he should look on the bright side a bit. Like…how I was saved by Yamada Elf-sensei's light novel. That novel is one of those stories that have a good effect on the reader. In that novel, I could see the author's hidden message. She said "I hope my readers can feel better after reading my story. I hope my readers can laugh out loud." Of course, I wouldn’t deny that she wanted her readers to keep buying her novels, but considering my situation back then, her story allowed me to recover. I don’t want to call it brainwashing. Rintarou-san had asked my opinion. He wanted to know if he should allow Senjyu Muramasa's newest novel to be published, knowing that it will badly affect the readers. But then he said, "This novel does lead the readers to a bad moral ground, but I think that is also the proof of its value. There is no reason to refuse to publish it. I bet it will be a big hit. Maybe it could even win a prize." "But…" "What you are worried about won't happen. I take my previous words back: its power is not as great as you think. While it can affect some readers, and it can cause chaos, and maybe it will be remembered for a long time; there will be only one person that has a change of heart because of it." "…Me, huh." "Yes, you. This novel was written by Hana-chan to brainwash you only." That's why he called it brainwashing. "You are the one she wrote it to. You are the one that she was trying to brainwash. Other readers won't have that experience when reading that story." But this is still a great novel. "That's why I said it's fine to publish it. But…" Suddenly, with a *creak*, the door opened. "Ma, Masamune-kun." Black-haired beauty appeared. She was Senjyu Muramasa, real name Umezono Hana, daughter of Umezono Rintarou. The next person was her editor, Kagurazaka-san. Did they both come back from the editorial department? "Sen, senpai…?" "…Ah! That manuscript!!!" Seeing what I had in my hand, Muramasa-senpai panicked. The reason is as clear as day. She -- likes me. "Ahh….ah….." To her, the current situation is the one I like is reading my erotic novel (which has the main characters based on us). She immediately blushed, trembled, and rushed into the room, yelling "DON’T READ IT!!!" A few minutes later, inside the Umezono household's living room, Muramasa-senpai was crying and holding the manuscript firmly. There was only me and Rintarou-san present. Kagurazaka-san was waiting in another room. "…Oh…oh…." With cautious eyes, she took a look around. I couldn’t take it anymore and ask: "Eto…Muramasa-senpai?" "…Read it?" "Eh..?" "This novel…have you read it?" "Ah….I…yes, I did." "….Oh…oh…" She blushed even harder. Understandable, considering that she wrote an erotic novel with a female lead based on herself. …The atmosphere was unreal. My head automatically replayed the scenes in the novel I had just read and merged it with the girl in front of me. "…Gulp." Looks like she understood just from seeing my reaction: She yelled at me. "Wh, what impure things are you thinking about!" "But, but I can't help it! After reading something like this…! I can't help but imagine a girl based on you and a man based on me …doing THAT kind of stuff." "Ah…ah! Don't say it ~~~~! She hugged her manuscript tighter and waved her hand. Rintarou-san added: "Hey kiddo, you are very brave, aren't you? You dare to say that in front of me?" "But, but I didn’t say anything wrong? By the way, I'm the victim here! This is sexual harassment from a senpai!" "I, I didn’t plan to let you read it yet!" Said the sexual harasser, crying the whole time. "And, and why are you here! And why did you read my secret novel!?” She was totally in at-home mode. Her normal, strict persona isn't fake, but I have a feeling that when she is at home, sometimes she likes to get spoiled. I explained: "Umezono-san -- your father, I mean -- called me here. He seemed to have a misunderstanding regarding our relationship due to your strange novel…then I read it too…And…well, you know." "Papa!" Senpai turned to her father. "But as your father, I'm worried." "Senpai, anyone who read that novel would think the same." "Oh…." Muramasa-senpai facepalmed. I want to do the same too. "By the way, I think Kagurazaka-san is at fault too." "Yes. If she didn’t ask me to publish it, then I wouldn’t have called Izumi Masamune here today." "Um…Umezono-san…can you please change how you address me?" "Then I'll call you Izumi-kun. Or do you want to be called Masamune-kun, just like Hana-chan?" "Izumi-kun is fine. Thank you." While Muramasa-senpai is still flushed, both Rintarou-san and I have recovered. To get a clearer picture, I asked: "Eto…senpai. It's hard to say this, but may I ask…why did you decide to write that story?" "In…in front of…my father?" I could understand her hesitation. But... "Hana-chan…sorry, but I want to hear your reason too. As the guardian of Senjyu Muramasa, father of Umezono Hana, I can’t act like I haven't seen your story." That's right. "Senpai, sorry, but…" "…I, I understand." Muramasa-senpai nodded. Then, she looked at the manuscript in her hand and began to speak. "…Where should I begin…right…my aim…Masamune-kun, this novel was written for you only." "…………" Senjyu Muramasa is a novelist who writes only for herself. She didn’t plan to publish anything, nor does she care about her fans. But this novel was written for Izumi Masamune to read. "Before I finished, I didn’t plan to let anyone read it. And I certainly didn't expect you to read my unfinished manuscript.” Senpai once said a sneak attack was too low for her. Seeing how she is still in her at home-persona, I couldn’t help but notice that she is really cute. "Wait for a second, senpai. If that story was meant for me…in other words…" She was still talking, but I have to ask: "Muramasa-senpai, you want…to do THAT…with me?" "Mwuuuwuuuw!?" Steam came out of her ears. At the same time, a fist slammed onto my head. "Ouch!?" "You perverted kid! Don’t forget that I'm right here!" Rintarou-san is clearly mad. But I have to say something back: "But this is very important! It's true that what Muramasa-senpai is about to say is important too, but there are some things that she won't say unless people ask her. If I don’t ask, she could avoid that topic entirely!" "True. There are many details that I wanted to ask about myself." "I know, right. For example…" I glanced at Muramasa-senpai. She was hiding behind her hands. At first glance, she looked just like an innocent girl, but I won't be fooled. She was the one who wrote the most erotic story in Japan. "…Oh…Uhg…" Seeing Muramasa-senpai trembling in embarrassment, my voice became harder. "Ah…for example…um…it's hard to put it into words…well….what the girl said to the boy in those H scenes… should I say that you are very knowledgeable…or is that your special skill?" I said again. I carefully picked my words In her story, there are some strange words that I have never seen before (which only appeared in the ecchi scenes). Like Mozuotoshi or Kamaitachi. See? What does that mean? Of course, I would want to know. Rintarou-san said in a very calm tone: "You call that carefully picked words? You really want to die, don’t you?" "But but, I have never seen them, either in ecchi manga or anime." Just like Eromanga-sensei, the way she described that kind of information for me is very un-academic, so I couldn’t understand. But unlike Eromanga-sensei, Muramasa-senpai …she looked like a pure, introverted girl…but somehow, ever since middle school, she knew about many things that even a boy in high school didn’t know… "Worry not, Izumi-kun. I have lived for more than 40 years, but even I haven't seen those words." "How could it be? She is even more knowledgeable than a great novelist?" "Made up!" Hearing my conversation with Rintarou-san, Muramasa-senpai turned to me and shouted. "I made them up! Do you have a problem with that?" "….No, I don’t." No need for a special skill in an ecchi novel - I thought. Seeing something she totally made up, I didn’t know how to react. If I continued my relationship with her, maybe someday I will encounter Mozuotoshi too…crap, now I was becoming stupid. Like she could read my mind, Muramasa-senpai knocked on my head, and said; "I, idiot." Just like Sagiri. "What an insult! Did you have to ask if I want to do this with Masamune-kun? I can't answer that right now! I can't. Just listen to me carefully." "…Sure." She coughed: "An, anyway, for the moment, an answer to your question why did I decide to write this novel." "Yes." "This…is because of my argument with Elf." "Huh?" That was unexpected. But Elf did mention it before. I had an argument with Muramasa. Because of you. She also said: While this girl probably has a plan, I do not plan to act for now. I will do it my own way. So because of that argument, Muramasa-senpai wrote a novel for Izumi Masamune to read. "I didn’t plan to do anything to Masamune-kun and Sagiri, but Elf seemed to be worried about how I would act -- she said that unless we act, we had no chance of winning." Muramasa-senpai smiled, likely because she was remembering her friend. "Strange, right? I should be her rival. But she always helps me out: Because she wants both of us to be free of regret." If she loses, she will cry a lot. She will probably regret that she poked into other's business. Elf herself knew it. Yet, she still helped her rival. Yamada Elf is a cool idiot like that. "That's why Masamune-kun. I will follow Elf's footsteps. I did consider doing nothing…but she helped me a lot, so I couldn’t just do anything." Muramasa-senpai looked at her manuscript. "All I could do was write. This is what I could do in order to closer to you. So…I wrote my story that you will love." So, in the end, she apologized to me. There was a time when she wrote a novel based on herself in order to confess to me. Looks like she did that again. However… "This is not the same as before. Back then…in the { World Light novel tournament }, what I wrote was a story that I liked. But now, my aim was to write something you can love - that's why I wrote it." She stopped, looked at me with a knowing look, and muttered: "I haven't finished writing it…but you have read it, yes?" "Er…" "How is it? Did your heart…race?" "…………" Crap… This…is…unexpected. Thankfully I have only read an unfinished story. If I read the finished novel…I can't predict how things would turn out. When I imagine the girl in front of me as the girl in the novel…my heart feels like someone grabbed it. Right now…I was facing the same destructive power that Elf once used. "Senpai,…I…" "I understand, you don’t have to say it. But -- it worked, didn’t it?" She laughed. What a witch: everything I did was within her calculations. And the scary part is she did that all without a plan. She had her own way of declaring her love. By attacking me in both rational and emotional methods, she is on the same level as Elf. I couldn’t keep looking at her -- so I averted my eyes. "Masamune-kun, after I finish this novel…will you read it again?" "…………" The reason I didn’t give a reply immediately was that I don’t want to read it. But my answer is already set in stone. "Of course I will." I have someone I like, so I can’t return her feelings. That's why I have to give her a proper answer. That's what I thought. "That's good to hear. I knew that you would say that." "I'm looking forward to it…Even without the other unnecessary details, that novel is still very interesting. It's hard not to read it till the end." She blushed in embarrassment when I secretly pushed her to write more. "…I'm so happy. But…in order for me to continue writing... there is a problem." "Problem?" "Yes, actually…." Right before she told me the problem, the door opened. Kagurazaka-san appeared. "Everyone, the meal is ready! It's time for lunch!" We still sat in the Umezono household's living room, surrounding a table. I sat in front of Rintarou-san; next to him was Muramasa-senpai. Next to me was Kagurazaka-san. There was a very delicious-looking sushi dish on the table. "By the way…why are you here, Kagurazaka-san?" Since this wasn’t an important matter, I waited until now to ask that question. Kagurazaka Ayame, the editor for me and Muramasa-senpai. It seemed like she is Rintarou-san's savior's daughter. At the moment, she was eating happily. She swallowed, took a sip of tea, and answered me: "Good question, Izumi-sensei. Actually, I was giving Muramasa-sensei a lesson in love." "Kagurazaka-san….I told you to keep it a secret." Senpai yelled. "Well, it's better to let the cat out of the bag now; don’t you think Muramasa-sensei? Do you remember, Izumi-sensei, during the congratulations party of the { World Tournament light novel }, you asked me please tell me how to contact Muramasa-sensei--" "Yes, I did." Back then, for some reason, senpai was right next to Kagurazaka-san and took the phone very quickly. I was thinking that was strange... could it be... "You have probably guessed, but she came to have a lesson in love with me." -- I see. A secret that was hidden for a year was finally revealed. "By the way, if it wasn’t because of that, Muramasa-senpai wouldn't come to the editorial department. You helped me a lot. I used that lesson in love as bait to trick her into coming and working." Do you have to say it aloud? I really think you shouldn’t have. "Today we met for the same reason, but I talked with her about publishing a hard-cover novel." "Hardcover novel?" "Yes, it's rare to have such an opportunity. Besides, this is no normal light novel." Yeah, that story is no light novel. Even Rintarou-san said it might win an award. -- I think it really might win an award. "And then, we came here to get her father's permission." Maybe because the food was good, Kagurazaka-san was in a good mood. "About that …" Raitarou-san said, "I'm against the publishing decision." "Eh? Why? It'll be a big hit! Umezono-sensei, didn’t you say no problem, publish it a little while ago?" For the first time, Kagurazaka-san panicked. Raitarou-san just folded his arms and stared back. He told me before: -- I don’t mind publishing it. But… Now was the time for the second part. "..I can't let the whole world see my daughter's love letter." This is not the opinion of a novelist, but the opinion of a father. "That makes it even more interesting! This is literature! I can't believe you would say that, Umezono-sensei!" She was bold. She never showed that much passion when my work was at risk. "Listen, Umezono-sensei! This novel ---" Suddenly, Kagurazaka-san stood up and thrust her finger at Muramasa-senpai's face. "In the near future, this novel, which tells the sad story of a girl with an unfulfilled love, will become Senjyu Muramasa's best story!" "Kagurazaka-san! What did you just say? I can't accept that!" Muramasa-senpai retorted I see… Love itself will have a negative effect on the story, but the pain from a failed love will become a novelist's source of power -- because Kagurazaka-san thinks so, she agreed to meet with Muramasa-senpai. In other words -- that woman firmly believes that Muramasa-senpai will lose in love. That's why she accepted Muramasa-senpai's request. She knew that she had nothing to fear. Very correct decision. Because I already like someone else. As long as Sagiri is still around, Muramasasenpai's love will go unfulfilled. Kagurazaka-san knew that. Maybe even better than we did. -- I felt that there was a fire burning in my heart. "What do you mean, Kagurazaka-san? Didn’t you agree to help me!? That's why I let you read the novel meant for Masamune-kun." "Of course I'm helping you! I'm a novelist's friend! I'm your friend, Muramasa-sensei!" Kagurazaka-san answered immediately, "Just now I picked the wrong words, don’t pay it any mind… Still, right now Muramasa-sensei is, indeed, on the losing side." "……………" Muramasa-senpai didn’t look like she could agree to it. Kagurazaka-san continued: "That's why! In order to turn the tables around, you have to publish this novel!" We have been working together for years, so I knew that she had a habit of using this forceful tone to end the discussion. Rintarou-san still maintained a clear mind, so he said, "I don’t understand you that's why part. I understand if Izumi-kun wants to read my daughter's story because that's her wish. I want to respect that wish too. But I don’t think there is a need to publish it. A love letter should be for Izumi-Kun's eyes only." "Kuh…it's so hard…If this was Izumi-sensei he would have taken the bait." Am I that easy to lead? "Then, then! At least after Muramasa-sensei's story is finished, Umezono-sensei, please read it too!" "…I have read part of it, but I'm not very comfortable reading my daughter's love letter." "But you want to know too, right? A love letter for such a plain boy!" Hey, I can't let that slide. I'm standing right here! "…Of course, I want to know." "Then you must read it! You will change your mind after reading it! You can't just seal it away like that! It will be this century's big hit!" "..I still won't change my mind. Just wait until it is finished and maybe we can discuss it again. "I got it. Let's stop here for today." Kagurazaka-san sat down. "However, there is something else." "Something else?" "Yes. Thankfully, Izumi-sensei is here too. This is not about Umezono-sense it's about Izumi-sensei." "Huh? Me?" I pointed at my face. Then, Muramasa-senpai said: "Let me tell you about it. I haven't told you that -- while I'm writing, there is a big problem." She coughed and blushed. "I want to write a romantic story…but I…have never…dated a boy before." "Ah…" I understand. If there were a hero who had dated Muramasa-senpai and then broke up with her -- he would no longer be in this world. That's the price he would have to pay. “Masamune-kun, I know what you are about to say. It’s because I have no dating experience that I was able to write such an unreal love story – something like that. Just like how in the past, you wrote romantic comedy stories even when you had never dated a girl before.” “It’s not the same!” I could write it even without real experience! That’s why I’m an author! “But listen, Masamune-kun. What I wanted to write is an imaginary love and real love. I planned to write the first half as an imaginary love while the second half, with the climax, is real love.” “…I see.” The part that I read was the first half, so no wonder it has so many made-up words: including Mozuotoshi. “My current self is the only one who can write the first half, while my future self is the only one who can write the second half. I could only write this kind of story once in my lifetime.” Muramasa-senpai was talking, but her breathing was getting hard. She put a hand over her chest and tried to calm her breathing. Then she said this: “I want to convey this feeling to my readers. I, and my future self, will cooperate – to write the only love story of my life.” Her passion shocked me to the core. My soul was almost taken by her The novelist with a precious goal, Senjyu Muramasa. The girl in love, Umezono Hana. Both of them will give me their most powerful attack. What I felt right now was just their preparation. It’s just their power leaking, not their real attack. I wonder what would happen to me if I was hit by the real attack. “………” I want to read it, but I also fear the power of her love. I was caught in a pincer attack. “……….Looks like….it will be a very good novel.” I barely managed to speak it aloud. The truth is: there wasn’t anything else that I could say. The novel that Senjyu Muramasa will only write once in her life. Maybe…for her…this is 「the most interesting novel in the world 」. “…Masamune-kun, can you help me write it?” “You mean…doing ecchi things with you?” “You aren’t married yet, are you?” “But it’s still ecchi.” It’s against my morals. “…….” This is a chance for Muramasa-senpai to fulfill her wishes. But… “I will say this beforehand, even playing make-believe is a no. I’m going out with Sagiri, and we are engaged.” That’s all I could tell her. Instead of getting hurt, she just smiled and shook her head. “That wasn’t what I planned to say…but I do have a request. If you can do it, I’m sure that I could write a wonderful novel.” “As long as it’s something I can do.” I can’t do anything that will harm Sagiri’s happiness. That’s what I meant. She nodded. “I know. My request is ---“ Her request – which will allow her to write a once-in-a-lifetime novel. “ – A festival is coming up. Can you go there with me?” A very girlish request. Just like a romantic comedy story. But… “…Is that all?” I thought she would ask for something more. How should I put it…I was a bit…disappointed. Going on a 「 date 」 …will it really allows her to get her references? Based on this experience – will she really be able to write it? “That’s all…please, Masamune-kun.” “Got it, senpai. I will do my best.” If that’s what she said, then I have no reason to refuse. Chapter 2: "- And that's why they're going to a festival together ~hmmmm!" The same day I visited the Umezono Residence: that night. In the living room, I told my little sister everything. We sat opposite each other on the sofa. Recently that's how we talked. " don't have to say it like that..." "But... Muramasa-chan asked you because it was important to her. But you already have a fiancée! Me! We're in love with each other... And yet she wrote that...novel...uhhhh~~" Sagiri's appeal as my fiancée is so wonderful! On the other hand, I had already told her the contents of Muramasa-senpai's novel. "I don't think she was lying when she said it was for her novel... but I bet she was hiding something." There was a Mont Blanc cake on the table, which Sagiri was eating furiously. She took another bite and said: "You knew I wouldn't like it, so you tried to calm me down with cake, didn't you? I won't be fooled!" “………………” ".......I want to....go to the festival with you too..." As my little sister, my lover, my fiancée, Sagiri seemed to be against the decision I made at the Umezono Residence. No, it's not that. If our roles were reversed and Sagiri accepted a man's invitation to go to the festival with him - I wouldn't be okay with it. Of course, you wouldn't. Because we're lovers. Although I told Muramasa-senpai. "That's it?", for Sagiri it was too much. I was very naive. As a man, I was too careless. I deserve her anger. "Really... you're so careless..." I looked at Sagiri again and realized my mistake. I sincerely apologized. "I'm sorry, Sagiri." "Ah..." She recovered. Her anger subsided quickly. "No, I'm not that angry..." Noticing that her voice was still uncomfortable, I told her again. "I'm sorry." She looked down and said: "...I'm not really angry. I know what Muramasa-chan was thinking... I also understand what was going through your mind when you heard her request..." We were both aware of each other's problems. We were both trying to understand each other. "So, I forgive you." She said exactly what she thought I'd want to hear. Even though she must hate it when her lover takes another girl to the festival. "Let's talk about that later." "Sure, thanks." And then... "How about you let me read that story too?" "Er?" Now that was something I didn't want to hear. "...That story... you mean... the one about Muramasa-senpai...?" "Yes, the erotic story." ...what a pain in the ass. "That erotic story is interesting, right? And the main characters are based on Muramasa-chan and Nii-san! Maybe there's another one based on me!" "Well, but..." On the other hand, there was no character based on Sagiri. The main character had a fiancée, but that person was completely different from her. Not a Hikikomori or an illustrator, much better a half-sister who loved to wear pyjamas all day. Because making a character based on Sagiri would take a long time, I think Senpai just left it at that because it seemed unnecessary. If senpai made a character exactly like Sagiri then the female lead wouldn't have a chance of winning - of course, she might be overthinking things on my part. Anyway, apart from senpai's novel, for me, Sagiri is the strongest female protagonist. And now her eyes were sparkling. "AND THIS ONE! IT'S! ONE! NOVEL! EROTIC!" “…………” Why am I blushing while I'm talking to her? As I expected from Eromanga-sensei. She raised her hand and announced: "I want to read it! I have to read it!" "...I have to say this in advance, this is an extremely erotic novel even by my standards. Do you still want to read it?" "That's exactly why I want to read it! Wahhh!!" She closed her eyes and began to imagine it. "An erotic novel by Muramasa-chan must be super erotic!" "Sometimes I wonder if you're really a girl. How can you have the mentality of an adult human being?" "How rude! It's normal for an illustrator to be interested in erotic things!" "Even if it's something you didn't draw?" "No problem. I can't describe it exactly... but I have to see a lot of erotic things... otherwise I won't be able to draw anything erotic." She said seriously. Oh, that's great. At least, as a fellow creator, I can understand her reasoning. But why do I get the feeling that Eromanga-sensei was telling me that to hide the fact that she's also a pervert? Sagiri held out her hand. "Then, let me take a look at her. At the erotic story of Muramasa-chan." "The erotic part is not the main focus of the story, okay? I don't think Muramasa-senpai would be happy to hear that." "Just give it to me! I want to - read - Muramasa-chan's erotic novel!" "Really..." Even when Sagiri approaches me in her Eromanga-sensei mode, I still do not want to give her the story. I brought the printed version with me, so if I'm going to do that I might as well give it to her right away. But the content is... She only wrote half the book, but I have a hunch it'll be a best-seller. However, this is not something Sagiri should read. It's just like what Rintarou-shi said earlier. If I allow this novel to be published, it's not like the world will say it's just an erotic story. It could become a famous novel. The best novel by the young genius, Senjyu Muramasa. A story of forbidden love! Something like that. Or, in some cases, it could get a place in a school library, becoming common reading material. In which case, I must admit, it would be hundreds of times worse than just a typical light erotic novel. Anyway, I was getting off-topic. All my judgments aside, I think the story of Muramasa-senpai is too bad an influence to let Sagiri read it. - I slowly closed my eyes for a moment. The moment I opened them again... "Huh... the atmosphere is quite different from reality." "I can't let my guard down with you." She took the book on her own when she wasn't paying attention and started reading it. Just like it happened with the doujinshi. As expected from Eromanga-sensei, to think you were worried about it... Well, all right. It won't be my fault if the Japan Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (*2) gets involved in this. (TL Note: *2: An organization that is responsible for "improving" the ethical quality of programs broadcast in Japan by ensuring freedom of expression, i.e. censorship) "Ohhhhh... Wahhhh..." She let out those strange sounds. Now even I couldn't take the manuscript back. "Hoo... Ohhhhhh..." I really wanted to get out of here now... but that was impossible. I had to stay. How many times have I seen her reading? The first time was when I was struggling with Yamada Elf. That's what originally led me to write Sekaimo. She was reading my love letter in embarrassment. I was very nervous back then. I'm nervous now, too. But for a different reason. "Wahhhhhh...ya....." She sounded like a high school kid who suddenly found a dirty magazine. "Phew!" I had a strange feeling. Is it okay for me to see this? "~~So, that's how it is." Sometimes she showed a very disappointed expression while reading. How should I put it? If that were my book, I'd be very happy. About half an hour later, Sagiri looked up suddenly. "Nii-san! I have finished reading it!" "Ah... I see." Now, what should I say? I prepared myself a bit... but it was still difficult because my little sister had just read an erotic novel. It's troublesome, but I had to say it: "So, how was it?" "Ummmmmmmmmm ~~" Sagiri hesitated. On the other hand, from my point of view, since the protagonist was based on me, all I could think was, 'super erotic'. But what would Sagiri think? Her character didn't show up, but will she imagine herself as a character in the story? "I see... the female lead is based on Muramasa-chan and the male lead is an older brother... clearly based on us..." I waited for my fiancée to finish reading it. If she was hurt by it, then I needed to comfort her. She - "Wah, it's super erotic! I'm so turned on!" "Huh?" She was saying something strange. I didn't expect it at all. "Uff... Uff... Wahh...!" Sagiri suddenly jumped up on the couch, then shouted with a vengeance: "...This...what is this feeling!? An erotic scene between Nii-san and another girl, I should feel hurt...but still...I feel so excited! What is this feeling!?" "Sagiri! Stop! You won't be able to come back!" I told you, it was a bad influence. It's all Muramasa-senpai's fault. Because of her... Sagiri... she... has awakened a strange phobia! "Ah... I didn't expect to get an erotic lesson from Muramasa-chan...Wah... To think that Senjyu Muramasa is such a great novelist... What a genius..." Sagiri was shaken. Now I can say that she considers Senjyu Muramasa as her 'NTR Master'. "From now on I'll have to call her 'Master Muramasa'! No, Goddess Muramasa! "Stop, I'm going to cry!" I doubted very much that she had written this novel with THAT in mind. Or that she wanted to use an erotic start to trap the reader. She said to herself - that she wanted Izumi Masamune to love her story. Umezono Rintarou said - the aim of this novel is to brainwash the reader, to make sure that they can fully experience the characters' feelings. I will say it again: Sagiri could be considered another character, not just a reader, so she will be affected by the author's influence. And the result? For Sagiri, Senjyu Muramasa-sensei is the mentor who showed her another way. Now she had awakened an NTR fever. She suddenly lowered her voice: "Just now it was only my opinion as an erotic illustrator." Is that so? That means, it follows Sagiri's personal opinion. She got serious. "This novel is a declaration of war by Muramasa-chan." Wow, wow... a little too serious... "Of course I don't think she's noticed. This novel - it must be what Muramasa thinks of when she faces love." She closed her eyes. ...Beauty with a fearful expression looks quite threatening... "Uhh, Sagiri... I don't think what's written here is the same as what the author thinks..." Sometimes I do this to myself, but I don't think Muramasa-senpai will let her characters speak for her. Especially on this battlefield of love. "I said it's a declaration of war... but Muramasa-chan never treated me as her opponent. That's what I thought after reading this story. Her female character only thought about the male character - that's the rest of the characters, she wasn't interested." "Isn't that... a little too much?" Despite what I said, I somehow agreed with Sagiri. - Are the drawbacks really that bad? I reviewed my memories of her actions and noticed that she had never treated Sagiri as a major obstacle. - I like Sagiri. That's all. The one she noticed wasn't Sagiri. - When I had an argument with Elf. Elf, who was pushing her and was her competition. - Do you, still, like me? She asked me if I liked her. She kept moving for 'her love'. "...Um, so, Muramasa-chan must...think of me as her friend, and she probably likes me - but didn't she ever think about the fact that she was trying to steal you from me, or that she should step back for her friend?" "Yeah, she didn't do it." She did everything for her target. Stand up straight and aim for her dream. On the way she didn't care if she ended up being hated or if her actions destroyed the world. After achieving her dream, that would be the time for her to think about something else. That's who she is. Should I say she's more like a hero or the last boss of an RPG? Between winning and living without regret. That's how most opponents work. On the other hand... "Elf said that she 'would make me happy'." - I like them both, Masamune, Sagiri. - I want to have both of you. - I'll be sure to make you both happy. "Yes... Senpai and Elf... are complete opposites." From the way they love someone to the way they live. No wonder they always argue. It's a small miracle that they became friends. "That's why she's my enemy. Both Elf and Muramasa-chan...although their methods are different, they...still give their best. I don't want to lose anyone... I don't want to let you go either... But I definitely don't want to lose to Muramasa-chan - Definitely not!" Sagiri said the same words she had spoken some time before. "Um, um, I said it..." She suddenly sat on my lap. Like a child begging to be spoiled. "Sagiri?" She looked at me. Our eyes met. She said in a low voice: "I want to make Nii-san love me even more. I do not care how charming Muramasa-chan is or how desperate her attacks will become. I won't let her win." This is the first time she's tried to love me. Since we became lovers...and engaged...although we have spent a lot of time together, this is the first time she is actively trying to love me. Of course, all she did was sit on her fiancé's lap. This is actually very normal among siblings with good relationships, so calling it loving was too much. It was more like she was bothering me. It wasn't very erotic. This was the first time Sagiri had summoned up all her courage... to love me. From an outside point of view, she was a little clumsy. But not to my eyes. “…………” The feel of her skin, the smell of her body... almost makes me lose consciousness. I felt my head become unconscious. She... doesn't know how destructive her love was to me! 'I want you to like me even more' or 'I want my fiancé to spoil me' - She did that without thinking! How innocent, she's helpless! "Sa, Sagiri...! Apar...tate...!" Her smell under my nose... her skin on my body... "I don't want to. I told you, I want Nii-san... to love me even more." "My affection for you has already reached its peak! It cannot increase any further no matter what!" "Nope. Nii-san has to love me even more." "Stop moving in my lap!" I'm going to die! My affection for Sagiri will break the limits! "Neeee, Nii-san! Are you acting like this because I'm being erotic?" "Will you continue to claim that you are not? You are now Eromanga-sensei, in mind, body, and soul!" "I don't know anyone with that name! On the other hand, when will we talk about that festival?" "Are you going to talk in this state?" "Muramasa-chan is showing her cards, I can't let her go so easily." "I like Sagiri. She has no connection with senpai showing her hand!" "Kuh... I trust you, but..." "But?" "I'm worried..." She muttered and blushed. "...I'm worried that Nii-san will be targeted during the festival and then I'll get an erotic video..." "You don't trust me at all!" How untrustworthy do you think I am? And what the hell are you expecting from Muramasa-senpai? After THAT conversation, Sagiri suddenly became serious: "I trust you anyway." "Really? You were dreaming of an NTR scene just now." "I trust you, but I have to prepare for the worst possible scenario!" Looks like you're serious. "Now, let's begin our 'Muramasa-chan countermeasure strategy session'." "Good." Sagiri said happily (still in my lap). Do as you wish. I don't care anymore. "About the fact that Nii-san has to go to the festival with Muramasa-chan." "Actually... I accepted your invitation, but I planned to retract it later." "It's okay if you want to go." "May I?" What if you get an erotic video? "Yes. On... one condition." "Condition?" "Yeah... After reading that novel... There's no way I can let you go to a festival like everything's normal." She looked down and with a calm voice said: "Besides... after knowing Muramasa-chan's request... I'm jealous... then... do you understand?" She asked me: "Let's go to the festival... with everyone." "You mean Elf - and Megumi?" "Um. Is it okay?" "...Well, we'll see..." Well, from the beginning there was no way I could ignore Sagiri's request. "Sagiri... you said... with everyone, what do you mean...?" "So do I." "Outside?" "I can't." I see. You must mean it's going through my tablet. Going to the festival on a Tablet... it's a little bit unreal, but I want to let Sagiri experience the atmosphere of a festival. Sagiri... wanted to go to the festival too. Well, it's just a school activity, of course, she'd want to go. With her friends. With her lover. Of course, she might also want to make sure that Muramasa-senpai doesn't spend time alone with me. So... "I think... Muramasa-chan wants to experience the festival with 'everyone', so she can write the rest of the novel." The novel is a reflection of the author's mind. Having an experience altogether - like a normal girl. Even if it's only for one day. "I want to read the next part of Muramasa-chan's novel, and she's my friend... I... I can't leave things as unnecessary as she does." Unlike Elf, Sagiri could not simply ignore her enemy. But unlike Muramasa-senpai, she could not simply push herself ahead. "I can't let you go... but I want to help her to write. I want to have 'a youthful experience'. I can't go to the festival on my long as we all go'll be enough." "Is it really enough?" Old Sagiri would never have said that. Not because she ignored 'unnecessary things'. But because she never thought from another person's point of view. I smiled: "I see. Then I'll tell everyone." "Um." Sagiri nodded happily. "Nii-san, Muramasa-chan said I could use this as a reference." So she didn't want to just keep reading, huh? With no other option, I accepted her request and called Muramasa-senpai. - Go to the festival with everyone. This will probably be a difficult request for her. Of course, I knew that forcing it would put her in a difficult situation. "It's okay. Since I was planning to go during the weekend, everyone can come too." Still, she accepted it without a problem. "Is that okay, senpai?" "Of course. I think Sagiri's request is reasonable. Although it's a pain that I have to give up on going alone with you." "I'm sorry. I accepted your request first and still changed my mind." "Don't worry. But... if you do care, can I make another request?" "Of course. As long as it's something I can do." "I see. Thank you, Masamune-kun." What I wanted to say was: 'That I can do as long as Sagiri doesn't hate it. Senpai added: "The festival will last three days and will be open to the public starting from the second day. I would like to go with everyone at that time when there will be many activities. Even though we can't spend time alone, I will still be able to experience many feelings. Not only happiness but also darkness and depression. I think this is the youthful experience Sagiri was talking about. I want to experience that, so I can write my story." The story you can only write once in your life. The story of a 'young love'. I could feel her passion through the phone. If she had met her before Sagiri, I'd fallen for her. "After the second day, I'll finish writing my novel. I think I'll skip at least half of the third day. "In other words, before the third day is over, you will have finished writing." "That's right. Then, Masamune-kun, could you wait for me at school at the end of the third day? I want you to read my novel there. That's all I request. You don't have to tell me what you think of it, you don't have to tell me that you love me. Just read my story in front of me." Muramasa-senpai asked. "Got it." I responded immediately. I didn't even wait for Sagiri's confirmation. It's not like I don't have to think about it. But Sagiri will accept. This is not something I can refuse. That's what I thought. "I'll be waiting for it. Both the festival and your novel, senpai." "I see." I could feel her smile. The festival would be held in October. I should call you all beforehand. It's September now, but I think it's better to do it earlier than later. I don't want to forget it by accident. After I finished my call with Senpai, I sent a message to everyone. In less than ten seconds, Megumi responded: [Of course, I want to go ♪] Jinno Megumi. Classmate and student representative of Sagiri's class. She made a lot of friends as soon as she entered the school An upper-class girl, a riajuu (*3). No wonder she responded so quickly. (TL Note: *3: The opposite term from otakus, someone who is interested in the real thing rather than fiction and has an active social life). The second person who responded was Elf. [Sounds interesting. I'll go! Thank you for inviting me!] Yamada Elf, my famous neighboring novelist. An important friend of mine and Sagiri's. Although our relationship became a bit complicated after I started dating Sagiri... her message showed no distance between us. Elf is like the gods. She's that kind of girl. As someone who's had experience doing anime, she also gave me some advice [Don't relax just because you have as much work as before!] "Got it, Elf-sensei." The next day, as usual, I had a meeting with the anime team. *Clang! * "This is the promotional illustration for 'The World's Cutest Little Sister'!" Kagurazaka-san showed an image of the projector. "Oh, is that it?" On the screen were the siblings we created standing side by side. This striking cartoon seemed to have been created exclusively for anime. - This is very important to us. The little sister was standing in the most conspicuous place. It felt like she was saying 'what are you looking at'. - Um, not bad. That's what I thought. Yes! This is the expression Sagiri usually has! This is it! Looking around just old faces - the anime director, the producer, etc... Apart from screenwriter Aoi Makina, everyone was here. - It's seven months until the anime airs. After we finished the script - which was the most difficult part of all, normally the author, me, would have a short break. But Elf told me not to let my guard down. I still have a lot of supervisory work to do, I have to participate in all kinds of related activities. For an entertainer, now comes the hard part. I looked at the plan again and nodded. "Good!" I cannot lose to Eromanga-sensei. I can't let the animation team do everything. As the author, I have to give my best too. "You... seem motivated, Izumi-sensei." "Yes..." The one who had just spoken to me was a woman with glasses - Director Amamiya. Although she's a young lady, she already has years of experience. I was quite surprised when I tried to investigate her. It turns out that many famous anime I saw as a child had come through her. I looked around again. Almost everyone besides me was a legend. The memories of the anime 'Stardust ☆ Witch Meruru', which was made by director Amamiya and Makina-san, were still fresh in my mind. That anime was like a miracle. It was a great honor to work with people like that. "...You can relax a little..." That 'Legend' told me sensing my nerves. Director Amamiya is not a person of words, but somehow she spoke to me a lot today. Before I could imagine what she meant - "Izumi-sensei... it's a little late, but congratulations on your engagement." "Ackkk!!" I got caught in my spit. So that's what I wanted to say. "Er, thank you very much! This, on the other hand... who told you?" "Makina-chan... Aoi-sensei." Oh shit! I accepted her demands, which she kept asking me to tell her about any developments in our relationship. Seeing how flushed she was, the director smiled and added: "...If possible...please also invite us to the wedding." "Of course! Well, I can only say this here, but I plan to show Sekaimo's anime during our wedding on the main screen! I want to ask you to go on stage and say something too!" "...What a scary thing. Maybe it's better that I don't go." "Is this rude rejection?" "...Well, half of it was a joke anyway. Still...we can't afford to lose now, our product will be connected to the bride and groom. We should make sure the audience... is moved to tears." The producer Amamiya smiled. I don't know if Sekaimo's romantic comedy could move the audience to tears, but her words gave me courage. Shizue Amamiya. Although her name (and her characteristics) sounded like a calm and caring person, she sometimes showed the face of a hidden schoolmaster. That's our Headmistress. "...On the other hand, you said half of it was a joke..." "Yes. Only half. If we're really going to do this we'll need to have a proper conversation later." She reminded me seriously. Suddenly - "Hello, everyone - thank you for your hard work -" The culprit, Makina-san, had just arrived. Aoi Makina. Today she had a baggy shirt and her normal glasses. You probably already know this, but this girl is Sekaimo's scriptwriter. In the past, she was known as 'the writer who doesn't work'. For many reasons, now, from my point of view (as an author), she's the most reliable person on the animation team. She walked up to the director and asked: "Director, what are you talking about with Masamune-san? It's strange." "We're discussing Izumi-sensei's... wedding plans." "Wedding?" Makina-san's eyes opened wide and she looked at me: "Are you already planning the wedding? I knew you were engaged, but what about your age... Isn't your wife still in high school?" Isn't your wife in high school? Even in manga this wasn't something you could easily find. Well, but calling my fiancée 'wife' is quite normal. Even if I wasn't a high school student, it would still be a very dangerous thing to say. "We're talking about the future, Makina-san." "Oh, I see. So, am I invited?" "If the anime goes well." "Wow, one condition, huh. Sure, then I'll do my best." Makina-san replied. Good, good, now the guest list is slowly filling up. So... the anime should be fine, right? The director didn't seem very happy, but there was nothing I could do. "On the other hand, Makina-san. In October, Senjyu Muramasa-sensei's school will have a festival." "Hm? Sounds good." "I plan to invite you all. Would you like to join me?" "Really? A school festival, ah, how nostalgic. I'll come too." She seemed to be interested in my invitation. Someone else chose this moment to say: "Aoi-sensei. Before you plan to have fun, please give us the script plan for today's meeting." It was Akasaka Touko - the producer. Today she wore a black outfit with western style. It's clear she doesn't trust Makina-san, but it's okay. I said with a smile. "Don't worry, Akasaka-san. Makina is not the same useless writer as before." "Izumi-sensei..." "Masamune-san! To think you trust me so much...!" Not really. I still think you're a hopeless, useless person. But for the moment I can trust her. Because she was trying to beat her opponent, she came to my house with maximum motivation. I don't need to push her, she'll do her best. "You're so naive, Izumi-sensei." "Huh?" "This is how Aoi-sensei has always acted. She makes you think she's trustworthy and then ignores her work." Is she a demon? "No way! That's impossible!" Makina-san! I trust you! I laughed and then turned to her. And... she put a hand on her head. "Ahem." She didn't write anything. She really didn't write anything! Are you kidding?! "I can't believe it! Give me back my confidence!" "No, no! I mean, because my motivation is at its peak, I want to do my best! That's why I couldn't write it in time." In the end, because of her, our meeting had to end early. We decided that she could only go to the festival if her attitude to work improved. After the meeting, I met some unexpected people in the elevator. "Oh, is that Izumi-kun?" "Hello, Izumi-kun." They were Kusanagi-senpai and Shidou-kun. Kusanagi Ryuuki is a comedy/love author, who has blond hair and wears a black shirt. Kunimitsu Shidou is my Kouhai, even though he's older than me, who seems to be in college. His story focuses on food and a little bit of cooking... recently, he is also writing a lolis novel. His new story will be published next month. "How was the meeting, anime novelist?" Kusanagi-senpai joked. I responded with annoyance: "Good. What are you two doing?" "I'm having a meeting about my new novel." "Oh? Are you writing something new?" "Something like that. Anime is finished and there are no plans for a second season, so I was thinking about what to do next." His tone was flat, but I felt a hint of sadness. "Is that so?" I didn't say anything else. But when I looked at them I noticed that Shidou-kun, who should be happy, seemed a certain amount lost. Seeing that I was looking at him, he said: "I came to talk to Kagurazaka-san about the third volume of my story, but she didn't come." In other words, he had finished writing volume two. I looked at the meeting room she had just come out of. "Kagurazaka-san is having a conversation with my producer." "I hope she gets here as soon as that meeting is over." "On the other hand... Shidou-kun, do you look a little lost?" "Did you notice?" "Yes." He looked very tired...but I doubt it was only because 'Kagurazaka-san was very slow'. "Listen to me, Izumi. This guy's interview was leaked on the Internet today. It's about Shidou-sensei's taste for lolis." "Ah, so the ugly news got out, huh?" "Don't call them ugly!" Shidou-kun was about to cry. "I was so embarrassed after that interview leaked out on the Internet." He covered his ears in despair and continued: "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Why did I accept that interview without changing my nickname! I want to erase the past! Why didn't either of you stops me?" "Kusanagi-senpai said it was interesting." "Hey, don't pass me the Izumi ball. You were very happy about it." "You're the worst, Izumi-kun, Kusanagi-senpai!" "Don't cry. On the other hand, I think you did well with that interview. You trust your story, don't you?" Kusanagi-senpai comforted his Kouhai. "It's true that there are some ugly interviews on the internet, but I think those things exist because the person interviewed became one with his story. If you keep your distance, you might not reveal your interests, but then no one would know you." "Would you please stop talking about it?" He said, hoping we'd consider his feelings. "That's because I'm confident that this innocent and loving interview will increase your fame. No matter what results in it brings, you'll be famous." "That's not comforting to hear." Kusanagi-senpai touched his fist to Shidou-Kun's chest. "Pissing light novels would be boring without some incident. Keep writing, lolicon." "...You don't have to say it that way." Shidou-kun smiled in a strange way. It seems he was getting better. He joked again: "On the other hand, Lolicon Kusanagi-senpai, how's the relationship between you and your apprentice going?" "Thank you very much for bringing this up! Nah, there's nothing special. We just chatted on Line about writing." "I'm so jealous. Talking to a girl on Line is illegal." No, it's not. Now, this guy's talking nonsense. You may have forgotten, so let me remind you: For various reasons, Kusanagi-senpai took Aya-chan (who is a primary school girl) under his power. Just like in a light novel (*4). (TL Note *4: Ryuuou no Oshigoto!) Before the conversation went too far in a dangerous direction, I interrupted: "What do you mean talking about writing? Did he hand over to you a manuscript?" "No, she couldn't write a good manuscript. That's why she was sad and wanted to talk to me." "You evil bastard! Admit it! Where did you take her?" "I didn't even ask her out or anything! Shut up, for now, Shidou - what would you do in my position, Izumi?" "Hm? What would I do if someone asked me how to fix their sadness? I can't answer without knowing the reason. If I couldn't write...then I would think 'even if you can't write, you must'. I can't stop writing just because I'm sad. "On the other hand, that's how I recovered too. Even if I can't heal, I have to keep writing. I thought of those words on my own. But she got angry and said 'I don't understand'. I don't understand her." "She must be thinking that unless she fixes it, she can't keep writing. Even though she can't fix it." "She clearly can't." Both Kusanagi-senpai and I agreed. You should not wait for your sadness to pass, you should actively discard that emotion. It would be great if she could follow Shidou-Kun's example. "...Wait, wait, what are you two talking about?" Shidou-kun asked. "Izumi, 'a man who claims to understand women' is asking for our advice." "Don't call me by that evil nickname - It must be that Aya-chan didn't just want to escape from sadness, she must have wanted to talk to Kusanagi-senpai. But because you only told her how to make her sadness better, that's why she said she didn't understand it when she was angry." "Give me a break, a secret meaning? What a brat - besides, where did you get that idea, Shidou?" "From your novel, senpai." “……………………” Kusanagi-senpai said nothing. "...Let's stop talking about me. Izumi, say something interesting." "Huh?" He changed the subject too quickly. What a guy! "Well, actually, Muramasa-senpai school is having a school festival. I was planning to ask everyone to join in, what do you say?" Shidou-kun and Kusanagi-senpai looked at each other, then at me. "I'll go." "I'll try to go." After that, I finished my work at the publishing company and returned home. It was 11:00 p.m. when I finally returned. "...That took longer than expected." He used to work a lot and that made Sagiri worried. So I wasn't planning on working anymore tonight and would just go to bed right away. "I'm a little hungry, but there's no time for dinner." I wonder if Sagiri ate properly. Has she gone to bed yet? Those thoughts passed through my mind when I opened the door and saw Sagiri waiting for me in an apron. "Ahem, welcome home, Nii-san." Since we started dating, Sagiri always greets me at the door like this. In the past... every time I opened this door I had to deal with the empty hallway. That scared me. My only hope was the sounds my little sister Hikikomori made when she hit the floor. - I'm not alone anymore. "I'm home, Sagiri. Haven't you gone to sleep? Didn't I tell you I might be a little late and you should go to bed early?" "Um." She smiled embarrassingly and said: "Um... dinner... I'll make dinner for you." "You... made it?" "Yes. You taught me." Yes. Sagiri asked me to teach her how to make dinner. My home kitchen was made at the request of my mother, who was a food critic. Even Elf admitted that it felt like a queen's castle. So, in a way, this was my mother's memorial. In the past, Sagiri had never entered this room. Only recently, after I started teaching her to cook, she come in. So this shouldn't be anything special... but... - I'm very happy. I'm very, very happy. "No, don't wait too long, okay? I can only do simple things... you know, Nii-san?" "Anything made by Sagiri will be fine!" "...Even though I made many mistakes while practicing." "That was in the past, now it' s today - let me taste it." "Um, sure, this way. I've taken care of the arrangements, you can eat soon." Sagiri took me into the living room. I felt so unreal. "Haha." Love will have a negative influence on work. That's what my editor said, but this sweet feeling is only for me, no one else can prove this. Of course, I don't think that the quality of the work comes only from the author's experience, but with our love, surely I can write something that is only for me, for us. That's what I thought. I opened the door of the room and then I went in. "Welcome home, Masamune." Waiting for me in the room was a cold-looking young lady. "I'm home, Kyouka-san." Izumi Kyouka, our guardian, and our relative. She was wearing nightgowns and looking at me. “———————“ She seemed to be in a bad mood - but that was not the case. Or rather... she was trying to smile. Recently I think I can understand her expressions better. Of course, she seemed to have an easier job getting through mine. "Are you surprised that I'm here, Masamune? We're living together, this is normal, right? Izumi Masamune, Izumi Sagiri, Izumi Kyouka Now the three of us were living together. Recently Sagiri's Hikikomori state had improved a lot, so she could go downstairs when a 'trusted relative' was at home. After that, we attempted to eat together as many times as possible. But I had arrived home late today, so I asked them to eat without waiting for me. "Not really. I thought you'd have gone to bed by now." "...How could I. Today is the first time I can eat something prepared by Sagiri. Besides, I have the day off tomorrow." I thought he was feeling happy. "Is that so? I'm sorry, it took much longer than expected." "You've already called me, so it's okay. Or not, actually. I think as a student you shouldn't put so much pressure on yourself at work, Masamune... But... well, I'll consider some other options..." Kyouka-san said nothing more. She was a little worried. What other options was she planning? She already has to do her job, I don't want to bother her anymore. Suddenly - "Nii-san, Kyouka-chan, dinner is ready." During our conversation, a good aroma came from the kitchen. - It was the smell of our family's favorite food, special rice omelet. It happens a lot in anime, right? Nah, who cares? I left my backpack and headed towards Kyouka-san. "Then -" "Let's give her a little help." We went to the kitchen. Although we didn't do much, it all turned out well. At the table, besides the rice omelet, there was a salad with vinegar and salt. It didn't really look like dinner, but considering the afternoon it was we were very happy anyway. There wasn't enough food for everyone. It seemed that Sagiri cooked based on how much she ate. We sat down and put our hands together. "Itadakimasu." "P... Please." I could only dream of scenes that were happening in front of my eyes. I took a tablespoon of the omelet. Sagiri looked at me with a little fear in her eyes. "How is it?" "Um, it's good." "It's all right, Sagiri." "Phew." Sagiri also took a bite, then nodded. "Just as I had practiced. But... Nii-san's rice omelet is still better." "Of course. My rice omelet is made with 'my love for you'." "You... you haven't stopped saying embarrassing things recently." "Recently"? I think it's been that way from the beginning." Kyouka-san added. "Maybe." Sagiri said. Then we shared a peaceful moment. We talked about our days, our work, about a school - just typical things of the day. It was a family conversation. Suddenly... a silence fell over us. My chest hurt. My heart was beating very fast. What is this feeling? Why... And then... "...Ah." "Kyouka-chan?" Both Sagiri and I noticed it. "...Yes?" Only Kyouka-san couldn't do it. There were tears on her face. "Ah...ah...this." She wiped away her tears and tried to smile. But she failed, she didn't fool anyone. All she could do was stop crying. "...No, I can't help it... I'm sorry! You...I had an allergy to... I can't... sneeze." It was a clumsy explanation, but it was nice. Both Sagiri and I laughed. I got my handkerchief from my second mother. "It seems we... also have an allergic reaction." In such a short time, we laugh and cry. After a happy moment in the kitchen, we took a break in the living room. "On the other hand, you two," Kyouka-san asked suddenly. "What are you planning to do?" “………………” Silence. My eyes met Sagiri's, then we turned back to Kyouka-san. "What... do you mean?" "The Engagement between Masamune and Sagiri begins, right? Even without my permission." “……………………” What a difficult question. Completely different from just now. No wonder she's easily misunderstood. If you could understand her - then you could see that she was just like a nice big sister. I thought for a moment and said: "Well... everything's fine. For now, at least." Based on my experience, Kyouka-san would now go to the main topic. "Masamune. I'll say it again, we're still not allowing you two to go out together." "Okay." We. Us - includes Kyouka-san and our parents. We decided that after Sekaimo's anime airs and we achieve our dream, we would tell our parents at the graves. - Don't start going out before then. Is that what you meant? I can't be sure. Especially when it comes to Kyouka-san, I need to finish listening to her and think things through carefully. Otherwise, I'll make a mistake. Kyouka-san was the one who misunderstood that - the little sister (romantic comedy character) was equivalent to little sister (woman). "But I don't plan to stop them from going out." See? I was laughing. "Masamune, Sagiri. Until I tell my brother everything, I won't let you all go out. But I'll turn a blind eye." "Kyouka-chan... thank you." Too soon, Sagiri. This is Kyouka-san. We need to hear it all the way through. "But I have one condition." See? "Condition?" "Yeah. Of course, it's not a big deal. It's a very simple thing." "Before you tell my brother and sister, please keep your relationship pure." “————————“ That was unexpected. Both Sagiri and I froze to death. Then we both blushed immediately. "...Pu...Pu...Pure..." "Why, why, why are you talking about it, Kyouka-san!!" I screamed. Sagiri was shaking her hands in shock. "Kyouka-chan is a pervert! Ecchi! Hentai Onee-chan!" "I am not!!" Sagiri made Kyouka-san red as well. "You're a pervert! You wore an erotic sailor's uniform! You shot the Eromanga Flash!" "Weren't you the one who told me to do it?" When she was reminded of those bad memories, Kyouka-san's eyes were shaped like >.<. She coughed. "Please don't change the topic. I'm serious." "........................I'm sorry." Sagiri gently apologized and sat down with me. Kyouka-san recovered and said: "Listen to me well, anyway, my condition is, until you're legally married... no, it'll be fine as long as it's after I talk to your parents, but don't cross the line like high school kids." Well, that's how Kyouka-san looked after Sagiri. She was still in high school after all. Of course, we were embarrassed, our faces were turning red. "........Oh." At my side, Sagiri was so embarrassed that she kept her head down as she shivered. Anyway, I understood what she was saying. In short - Before we talk to our parents and are officially married, don't do erotic things. That was it. I looked down. "Got it, Kyouka-san. It's okay. I think it was too early to talk about this, too." "...Good to know." She agreed. She seemed to be in a good mood now that this embarrassing matter was resolved. She looked directly at us. "Masamune, Sagiri. Then... please take care of yourselves." “………………” Sagiri nodded. Late at night, the same day, I was inside my bed feeling refreshed. In the morning I finished my work. I went to school, I went to the meeting at the publishing company... and I didn't have to work at home. I did my best today. Everything went well... Even something good happened just now. I should sleep until morning and do my best tomorrow too. I closed my eyes and waited to fall asleep. Suddenly... There was a very faint sound. My bedroom door was opened. Huh...? I opened my eyes... inside the darkness was the figure of a girl... "Sagiri?" She was wearing her pajamas, holding her favorite pillow. - A dream? That's what I thought. So I didn't act. I usually think of Sagiri before I go to sleep. Because I promised not to do erotic things, did I go to bed thinking about it? - Wait, is that why Sagiri showed up in my sex dream? I have my own erotic imagination like any normal high school student. But this time it seemed very real. "Huh?" I rubbed my eyes and confirmed when I saw her breasts. If this were a dream then Sagiri's breasts would look great. But nope. There was nothing. Conclusion - This is a reality. "Sagiri!?" I almost jumped out of bed. Luckily I didn't tell her anything weird thinking it was just a dream. "Wh-What?" "Nii-san, today... can we... sleep together?" "Ahhhhh?" I could feel a lot of blood running through my head. It's a sex dream, right? Right? "No, no, no... we're far apart because we can't sleep together." Yes. Until recently we slept in the same room. Sagiri said - that we're living 'together'. But after we started dating that situation wasn't good. That's why we split up again. That's why I'm surprised. Sagiri walked towards me and said silently. "I know... but... can we?" “——————“ I froze. I couldn't even breathe. Sagiri came closer. "Don't you want to?" "No, I want to. But!" "Shhhhh!!! Kyouka-chan will hear us." "Oh!" Sagiri covered my mouth. There was another person inside the house. It was our guardian, our family, Kyouka-san. It would be bad if she knew. Especially after that conversation we had. No! Sagiri mustn't come here for that very reason! Sagiri took her hand out of my mouth. "...Yes...we have to keep it a secret from Kyouka-chan... do you want to sleep together?" "Er....." It's not like I refuse to sleep together because I don't want to upset Kyouka-san. Rather, before we became lovers, there were many times when I almost lost against my instincts. Now, when we already know each other's feelings, if I sleep next to Sagiri... There's no way I can stop myself! "...Oh..." I don't know how I can tell you. I could just tell her, but it's embarrassing. And if she hates me because of that... "Phew." "Wait for a second, Sagiri!?" Don't just walk into my bed without my permission. "Ahem, I'm in." "You..." Oh shit. I'm about to pass out. "If you come, I'll scream for Kyouka-chan's help." "Are you kidding? But, but everyone can see you're having a night attack on me! This is my room!" "Night attack? Don't say something perverted! We're just going to sleep together!" I really think there's no other word more appropriate to describe it. "Besides, Kyouka-chan trusts me." "Shit, she's so attached to you." What should I do...wah...what should I do... I was acting calm, but really, my mind was reaching its limit. (sighs): "Okay. So... let's talk a little. After that, you'll go back to your room, okay?" I said tried to be gentle. In bed, Sagiri let out a "hmm" sigh of discomfort. Then she hugged me tightly. "Shit, shit, shit!!!" Think rationally! Think rationally! "Sagiri! Stop!!" I managed to get her out of the way. She said in a confused tone: "Why?" "It's not that I don't want to." "So what is it?" "Well... that - actually, more importantly, Sagiri, what are you trying to do?" I have to know the reason why she' s acting this way before I do anything else. "Nii-san is my fiancé - so he should be close to me." “———————“ Suddenly, I felt powerless. "You want us to get close... but because we have worked... we can't... is that why you suggest we sleep together?" Ah... I see... In that case, I really can't say no. So that's what you think. I put my hand on your head. "Today, Sagiri was acting weird, so I was a little confused." "What? What? Weird?" " were so...mature...and...charming." "...........I see." She smiled. Damn, she's cute. I said 'lovely' but her charm is not like that of an adult. Tonight, Sagiri was innocent and erotic. Like a little demon - "-- Sagiri. Did someone give you this plan?" "Er... why are you asking that?" "I see. I think it's Megumi who gave you this idea." I've noticed it before. Tonight, Sagiri - she was acting like Megumi. "-- Yes. After we talked she gave me this plan." "What did you talk to her about?" "I want to sleep with you." “………………” What a big misunderstanding! Wow ~ Sagiri-chan is so bold! I could almost see Megumi's happy expression. "Nii-san, why are you acting so mean? Are you worried that Kyouka-chan will get angry?" "...Not really." "So why?" The previous problem I was avoiding came back. "...Can I please not tell?" "No. You have to answer me truthfully." She said with a hint of fear in her voice. "...All right. Good." I should know better. Unless I told you this would happen again. Besides, she already told me what she really thought. "Sagiri, the reason why I'm against sleeping with you..." "Hm, hm, what is it?" "It's because I'll think about doing erotic things with you." “……………………” For a second Sagiri was cold - "Wahhhhhhhh--!" And then she blushed wildly. "Things... ero... erotic... you mean..." "How to kiss... and undress... and touch." “~~~~~~~~~~~~” "Also..." "I didn't ask you that much!" "Oh, what did you mean by that?" ………………… …………………………… Our embarrassment has gone away. The room was totally silent. I was still in my bed and Sagiri was embracing me badly. Her body was very warm. Our bodies were getting hotter and hotter. I was starting to sweat. I didn't know what I was thinking, but I couldn't take it anymore. It was hard to stay conscious. My mind was on edge. Suddenly, she let me go and then said in a terrified voice: "...Nii-san." "Yes?" "...I'm...I'm worried. Am I a I have any girlish charm?" "This..." Even before we started dating, every time we met I told her how cute she was. "Because... both Muramasa-chan and Elf-chan... are very erotic... and charming... I can't beat them. I know it won't happen, but after I start dating... I'm afraid that Nii-san will hate me, that he'll leave...that he'll slowly lose interest in me..." "How could that happen?!" Why are you talking nonsense now? "...Really?" She looked at me with some tears in her eyes. "You really... won't reject me because you hate me? You don't hate... touching me?" "No! Actually, well - um...I want to...well because I like you, so I don't know if I can stop...I'm worried about being touched by you..." "It's... it's like this..." She breathed a sigh of relief. Then she put her head on my chest. “………………” This time, I won't do anything. This time, Sagiri should be able to understand my feelings. I really... Come to think of it, I was about to say something embarrassing. But it's okay. As long as Sagiri can feel better, she could swallow my pride. "Nii-san." "Yes, Sagiri?" I asked. She hugged me even harder. "...Just do a's okay." I thought I was struck by lightning. "Uh...uh...just now...what?" My body could hardly move. Sagiri repeated what she had said in a simpler manner. "...Doing...a little...erotic stuff with fine." “……………………” Limit broken. Something's broken. My pent-up passion was released. I approached her lips - *? Crack? "Masamune, is Sagiri here?" Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! What a miracle, I didn't scream. Something big appeared - Kyouka-san opened the door to my room. Izumi Kyouka - my young aunt, our guardian. She was wearing green pyjamas that showed her adult charm. "Huh? Ky, ky, ky, Kyouka-san, wh, what, what do you need?" I asked how a suspicious person would do it. Under my blanket, Sagiri began to tremble. She probably couldn't see us... right? Like an 'Ice Queen', Kyouka-san, still standing at the door... "Tonight... I wanted to sleep with Sagiri, so I went to her room..." She relaxed a bit. She seemed embarrassed. Kyouka-san was very happy to be in our family. Normally you would not be able to see it, but unlike her appearance, she is a beautiful woman who can get along with just about anyone. That's why she wants to get close to Sagiri by trying to sleep with her tonight. But why? Why tonight? "I can't find her anywhere. The only place I haven't looked at here." "Masamune, is Sagiri here?" She repeated. - Shit, I can't lie to her. If I tell her no then it would be chaos. I told her, abandoning all hope. " She' s here." I pulled my blanket. Kyouka-san's eyes suddenly narrowed. "...Sagiri. Masamune. Remember our discussion just now?" ...This time... she's really angry. "Yes." "Yes." We both kneel on the floor. Our erotic fantasy was gone long ago. Kyouka-san was looking at us, her aura was like a storm. "...The two of us are still children. Even though they're already working as adults, it's too early to be doing this - as their guardian, I can't close my eyes to this!" "Ky, Kyouka-san, but..." "...Yes... It's hard to hide your emotions with reasonable thought. I've experienced that." She said. "So..." "So?" Kyouka-san raised her hand - which was holding a pillow - and showed a small smile. "Today, let's all sleep together." And so - The three of us slept side by side and slept together. For me, Sagiri and Kyouka-san, this must be like a dream. A happy dream. But, let me ask you something: Sagiri was sleeping helplessly next to me, but Kyouka-san was right here staring at me. Isn't that cruel?

  • Eromanga-Sensei Volume 9: Sagiri's New Married Life Epilogue and Author's Note

    Epilogue: In the evening after what happened to Kyouka-san, we all gathered in Sagiri's room. "...Many things have happened today." "...Ahh, yes." I agreed with Sagiri's words. Although we managed to get Kyouka-san to stay with us, this was immediately surrounded by a short period of chaos. Sagiri looked like a vampire in the sun, and she looked down. Kyouka-san would not stop crying. Even after everything we said, in the end, neither our marriage nor our relationship got her blessing. We had a conversation after Kyouka-san finished her crying. "I still can't give you my blessing." "Still... not?" "That's right. Shouldn't you -- should you tell your parents before you tell me? Don't make that mistake." "Eh...? You mean...?" "I'll ask them with you too... come on, all three of us, just like Sagiri." Oh, right. I understood what Kyouka-san was saying. "If that's the case... as soon as Sagiri can get out properly..." "Yes. Will you be ready for next summer?" "That's what I had planned." Our dream - it should come true in the spring of April. "Then, we can't get married until you are able to leave." About our relationship, we have permission until then. "I'll try my best." Sagiri was pulling out her biceps as a sign of strength. Of course, she couldn't, but she looked pretty. "Ah, since that was a miracle, I don't think you can do it again in the near future." "I know. I won't push myself." If you collapse again I'll be in trouble. “………………” “………………” There was silence between us, for a moment. Actually, there's a subject I want to finish and now is a good time. - Wonderful, Onii-san. Do it. Remember? ...When I consulted with Megumi about something. "...This, Sagiri?" "What? Nii-san." "Oh, she's back. The way you call me." "It's because it's easier this way." "I see. Then you can do it." "Is she okay?" "Ah..." "Doesn't it feel like our relationship has gone back to the way it was before...?" "No, no. It's not strange... uh... what I should do... I've been thinking about the words, but I've already forgotten them." “You're acting strange, Nii-san." Sagiri bowed her head. I was increasing my nervousness. "Ah- this... that... Yes!" The sooner the better. I gave Sagiri what I was hiding. "Sagiri, please accept this!" In my hand was a small box. "Ni, Nii-san... this, this... is." "An engagement ring." My beloved's face turned completely red. I was so nervous and shy, it's probably as red as an apple. "Do you accept it?" “……………………………” Sagiri was in the clouds. I looked away. She eventually took the box from my hands. "I accept." And so. Izumi Masamune and Izumi Sagiri, this time, are officially engaged. Author's Note: I'm Fushimi Tsukasa. Thank you for reading Eromanga-sensei's Volume 9. It is April at the time I am writing these notes, but Eromanga-sensei's anime is on the air. What impression is the anime giving you? I really want to know. I could see only until chapter 3, I am waiting for the next chapter to be broadcasted, not only as its original author but also as a fan. We say 'we did our best, let's hope for the best'. But how blessed are we if we can say 'we did it' after giving our all in the work? Isn't it strange? I've been feeling this for ten years. What I want to say to the readers is that Eromanga-sensei's anime was performed in a privileged environment. It's good to say that all the production staff gave their best in anime. I would be happy if we could see together what kind of anime it is until the end. Let me write what I think of anime for a moment. This is the first time I'm revealing it, but the place where 'Eromanga-sensei' takes place is modelled after where I lived 20 years ago. Of course, in the real world, after 20 years that place changed a lot, but Eromanga-sensei's village is based on my memories. I haven't told this story to Director Takeshita, because of how the whole animation staff changed the setting to fit more closely with reality, but it was quite close to 'My Memory Town'. I think it's a coincidence... but I felt a nostalgic feeling when I saw the first episode of the anime. Although it's the scenario for the story, some parts of the original version were changed. In the anime, unlike the original version, Masamune and Tomoe go to school by crossing the bridge from the Arawaka Riverbank to Senju Shinbashi. When I heard this proposal from Director Takeshita I was resisting it for several reasons, but I trusted his words of "It will definitely make a good impression" and "Let's go". I think it turned out to be a good scene on the way to school. Trusting his words was a good decision. Thank you, Director Takeshita! I was surprised to see Tomoe going to school looking like a bride, more than I imagined... But she's cute, all right - Also, the number of volumes and copies sold of Masamune's favourite sweets were changed... Actually, I took several sweets that 'Masamune would like' to the script meeting and let the director taste them, and these were the ones that were changed. The production of the anime was a lot of fun. Although my schedule was very difficult at the time, I saved my job because I enjoy it. And it's not just Eromanga-sensei's anime that was blessed. Eromanga-sensei's manga is also doing well, the compilation and anthology books are great works. I don't give names because it's embarrassing but, as I'm a fan of a certain manga artist, it's becoming a family tradition. There were many announcements in conjunction with the anime, including Fushimi Tsukasa's 10th-anniversary event. Again, let me tell you the main ones. First things first, I started a 'Fushimi Tsukasa Channel'. You can find it at the following address: ( There is already content such as the 'Niconico live broadcast meetings' and the 'Channel blog (Blomanga-sensei)'. There are plans like Aragaki Ayase's interactive AI project, 'My wife (Ayase) can't be that pretty', which will be launched in the future. If you don't mind, please join us. As the second piece of news. The launch of the book 'My little sister can't be that pretty IF' is being planned. It's a script I wrote for the PSP game 'My Little Sister Can't Be That Pretty Portable', but I plan to release a revised version of 'Ayase's Road' which will be published by Dengeki Bunko. What about the other game scripts I wrote? What about the other scripts for 'Ore no imouto P' that I wrote? I hope they will be released. But that depends on the reception of Ayase's route, although because of my strong motivation to write them, expect news about them. I'm sorry to tell you this before being confirmed, but... the 'Kuroneko's route' not detailed in the game, is being planned to become a light novel with the full story. As the third piece of news. I made an extra addition to 'Eromanga-sensei's BD&DVD. The first volume contains a short story I wrote entitled 'Eromanga-sensei if Advanced Trial Version'. There are three editions, Elf, Muramasa and a Megumi Bonus, and the content is 'Masamune is married to OO' are sweet stories in if edition. By 'Advanced Trial Version' I mean that there are dates for writing such stories in original light novels. From the second disc onwards the extra contents are CD Dramas. There are several contents, but I will list them: 1) 'Collaboration CD - Eromanga-sensei x Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai'. 2) CD Drama - Eromanga-sensei if Lives of newlyweds of the heroines'. 3) CD Drama - Living with Sagiri'. Something like that. And since they were also elaborate works, I hope you enjoy them. Please check the name of each extra on the official anime page. There's some extra content that's not written here, please go check it out. And as the fourth piece of news. About the works I've been doing with the tenth anniversary, half of them are in progress. I can't give you details, but... I think it will be ready before my 'Ore no Imouto if'. It's scheduled for spring, please wait for it. Many projects at the same time... and many of them unfinished and with a busy schedule. I apologize for keeping you waiting. Although it will be slower than usual, I swear I will continue to work at full speed until Eromanga-sensei's volume 10 release date is announced. - April 2018, Tsukasa Fushimi.

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