The Day It All Begins

Who wants to join me and become a school idol?!

Story 1

Chika: *Pant* *Gasp* *Wheeze*

Chika: Almost there... Almost there!

Chika: Ah! I found you! Exclaimationpoint

Chika: Hello! I'm Chika Takami, a second-year student at Uranohoshi High!

Chika: Would you like to join us and become a school idol?! MusicNote

Chika: And that's the story. I'm thrilled you joined us!

You: Huh? So you just brought them to the club room without another word?

Riko: Ha, ha, ha. That's Chika for you. Sweatdrop

Chika: Since I heard we'd found someone to support us, I've been chomping at the bit to get started! MusicNote

Riko: I'm Riko Sakurauchi. Pleased to meet you.

You: I'm You Watanabe! If you've got any questions about ships or marine stuff, I'm your girl! Full speed ahead!

Riko: You, let's keep the discussion to school idols.

You: H-Ha, ha, ha. Sorry! My sailor blood started boiling. Sweatdrop

Chika: We formed a school idol group called Aqours.

Chika: But there's a lot of stuff we just can't handle by ourselves, so we've been looking for support members.

Riko: If you're up for it, would you like to help Aqours with our various club activities?

You: For example, helping us plan out our practices and live shows. We could really use a dedicated helper!

Chika: And of course, we're always happy to have one more person cheering during our shows!

Riko: We should probably start by demonstrating how Live Shows work.

You: Good call! Forget all the details. Let's just sing!

Riko: Rhythm Icons fly out from the center of the screen towards the Member Icons at the edge. when the two icons overlap, tap!

Chika: Okay, let's rock! MusicNote

Story 2

Chika: What do you think? Easy, right?

You: I bet it was like second nature to you!

Riko: The more precisely you time your taps, the more energized our performance will be!

You: Speaking of which, under certain conditions, our special skills will activate!

Chika: Whoa! For real? Exclaimationpoint

Riko: Yup. Some skills recover stamina, some increase your score. Stuff like that.

Chika: Wow... So that's what special skills do!

You: They're like our super attacks! So cool. MusicNote

You: Special skills are the key to successful live shows.

Riko: After every successful show, our Bond with one another will increase slightly.

You: They say failure is the mother of success, but we're all much happier when we succeed!

Chika: We wanna sing lots and lots! So we need lots and lots and LOTS of support! HeartBubble

You: What say we keep up the pace and do some Practice?

Riko: Mm-hmm. Good idea. MusicNote

Chika: Umm... What is Practice, again? QuestionMark

Riko: Practice is how we improve ourselves.

Chika: Yup, yup. Very true!

You: Deciding who'll Practice together is extremely important.

Chika: Oh, I had no idea.

You: It's better to learn by doing. Let's give it a try! MusicNote

Story 3

You: Do you understand how Practice works now?

Chika: I sure do! So that's what Practice is all about.

Riko: Chika, did you really not know any of this until just now?

You: And you call yourself a school idol...

Chika: *Sniff* I'm sorry... Sweatdrop

Riko: We'll improve by meeting and Practicing with other school idols.

Chika: Then we need to get out there and find ourselves other school idols.

Chika: Oh geez, are we gonna have to hop on the train and search the entire country?! QuestionMark

Chika: I seriously doubt there are many school idols just wandering around Uchiura.

You: Heh, heh, heh! No need to worry about that. MusicNote

Riko: You?

You: If you go Scouting, like so, you'll meet new club members easily.

Chika: Whoooooooa! You, you're incredible!

You: You know it! MusicNote

Riko: And if you Scout a member who's already in the club, you can do a Special Practice to change her outfit.

Chika: Really? I want to do a Special Practice and get a new outfit! Exclaimationpoint

Riko: I'm eager to try it, too. Let's both do our best!

Story 4

Chika: Whoa... I'm really impressed! I can't believe Special Practice can get you such cute clothes!

You: I know, right?! By the way, Special Practice further deepens your Bond and opens up all kinds of side stories. MusicNote

Riko: That's right! I hope that over time, we'll grow closer and closer.

Chika: I never knew any of this... But now I think I'll be able to become a full-fledged school idol!

Riko: *Chuckle* Chika, you're always raring to go.

Chika: Hee, hee, hee. I'm just so excited thinking about all the Live Shows we're going to do! MusicNote

Riko: The songs and stages all have different Attributes. I'm excited, too.

Chika: Huh? attributes? You mean like, happy songs, and gloomy songs? QuestionMark

Riko: Uh-uh. Our songs all have one of three Attributes: Smile, Cool, and Pure.

You: Teams can clear a Live Show easier if they have members with Attributes that match the song.

Chika: Neat! So if it's a Cool song, we should have our Cool members do the show, is that right?

Riko: Yeah. Maybe it's because they're able to perform to their full potential! MusicNote

Chika: I see... Do you think I'll ever get to sing a Cool song?

You: Don't overthink it! Just keep the song Attribute in mind during your Team Formation.

Chika: Team... Formation? QuestionMark

Riko: We form teams of nine people to put on a Live Show!

Chika: Oh, I see! Since we've got nine members in Aqours, that works out perfectly. MusicNote

You: Let's go ahead and learn more about Team Formation.

Chika: So that's how you organize your Team before a Live Show.

Riko: I recommend forming separate Smile, Cool, and Pure teams.

You: The member in the Leader position gets to use her special Leader Skill, if she has one. That's important, so don't forget!

Chika: Whoever's in the center stands out the most. They're kind of our representative for the song.

Chika: I'll work extra hard so that I can be in the center one day!

You: *Giggle* It wouldn't be as much fun if everyone weren't competing to be the Leader!

Riko: Healthy competition is fine, but no fighting, okay?

You: Huh? Oh, Riko, you worry too much. We're not gonna get in any fights!

Chika: I'd lose to You in a race, but maybe eating... Can we have a speed-eating contest to see who gets to be the Leader? QuestionMark

You: See?

Riko: *Laughs* Fair enough! MusicNote

Story 5

You: Okay, Chika! Do you understand how to proceed now?

Chika: Uhh... Umm... Live Shows... Exclaimationpoint

Riko: Live Shows, and?

Chika: Practice... Competing to be Leader... with speed-eating? QuestionMark

You: Well, you're not wrong, but you're not exactly right... Sweatdrop

Chika: Oh, geez, what am I supposed to do now?! I should've been taking notes. BlueLines

Riko: Calm down, Chika. We've got you covered.

Chika: This says... Goals?

You: The things we should focus on doing next are all written inside here.

Riko: And after you clear one Goal, a new one will show up!

Chika: Goals, huh? This sounds like homework. Suddenly I feel really depressed. Sweatdrop

You: You're not required to complete Goals. It's all right to just do what you can, when you can.

Chika: Oh, okay. That's a relief. MusicNote

Riko: Limited-time events are held as well. If you see one that interests you, you should participate!

Chika: Boy, I sure learned a lot today. Now I know everything there is to know about supporting a school idol group!

Riko: It may be a bit overwhelming at first, but hopefully you'll get used to everything a little bit at a time.

You: All right, now we're set. Aqours can rest easy!

Mari: Oh, no! You're forgetting the most important part!

Dia: Indeed. There are nine members in Aqours. You haven't introduced the rest of us.

Chika: E-Everyone's here!

Ruby: Eek! I'm too nervous. You don't have to introduce me. Sweatdrop

Hanamaru: Ruby, you can at least say your name.

Riko: I apologize, everyone. I was just so focused on all the different aspects of being a supporter.

Kanan: Hey, it's all good. We've got all the time in the world. You can meet us all at your own pace. MusicNote

Yoshiko: I am the fallen angel, Yohane. I trust you know what a fallen angel is?

Chika: Oh gosh, what do I do? Yoshiko, I'm so sorry, but we're gonna have to start the introductions over!

Yoshiko: Wh... Why... Sweatdrop

Dia: I suppose we've got no choice. It's much too noisy here for proper introductions, Let;s try and set up a time to do them later.

Chika: *Sigh* I thought everything was going great, and it turns out I didn't even introduce everyone. BlueLines

You: *Laughs* To be honest, this pretty much feels like business as usual for Aqours.

Riko: You think? A lively atmosphere is probably more fun than the alternative.

Chika: And there you have it. I and everyone in Aqours are thrilled to have you on board! HeartBubble



Prologue · Chapter 1 · Chapter 2 · Chapter 3 · Chapter 4 · Chapter 5 · Chapter 6 · Chapter 7 · Chapter 8 · Chapter 9 · Chapter 10 · Chapter 11 · Chapter 12 · Chapter 13 · Chapter 14 · Chapter 15 · Chapter 16 · Chapter 17 · Chapter 18 · Chapter 19 · Chapter 20 · Chapter 21 · Chapter 22 · Chapter 23 · Chapter 24 · Chapter 25 · Chapter 26 · Chapter 27 · Chapter 28 · Chapter 29 · Chapter 30 · Chapter 31 · Chapter 32 · Chapter 33 · Chapter 34 · Chapter 35 · Chapter 36 · Chapter 37 · Chapter 38 · Chapter 39 · Chapter 40 · Chapter 41 · Chapter 42 · Chapter 43 · Chapter 44

The Day It All Begins · Aqours Chapter 1 · Aqours Chapter 2 · Aqours Chapter 3 · Aqours Chapter 4 · Aqours Chapter 5 · Aqours Chapter 6 · Aqours Chapter 7 · Aqours Chapter 8 · Aqours Chapter 9 · Aqours Chapter 10 · Aqours Chapter 11 · Aqours Chapter 12 · Aqours Chapter 13 · Aqours Chapter 14 · Aqours Chapter 15 · Aqours Chapter 16 · Aqours Chapter 17 · Aqours Chapter 18 · Aqours Chapter 19 · Aqours Chapter 20 · Aqours Chapter 21 · Aqours Chapter 22 · Aqours Chapter 23 · Aqours Chapter 24 · Aqours Chapter 25 · Aqours Chapter 26