Little Busters! SS Vol. 2 - Little Busters Observation Diary

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Little Busters! SS - Vol. 2
Little Busters Observation Diary
Planning ・ Scenario : Key
Artwork : Itaru Hinoue ・ Na-Ga
Music : Shinji Orito ・ Jun Maeda ・ Magome Togoshi ・ PMMK ・ Manabu Miwa

Story synopsis:
The second official short story from the famous VN Little Busters!
The story is centered around Komari and her merry life with other LitBus heroines. This time, Komari - who aims to be a story writer - is not satisfied with her current skill. With the way she is now, she doesn't think she can come any closer to her dream. Then, she notices that there's something lacking within her writings, and it is.... "suspense"....


artwork by Itaru Hinoue

Word count roughly 3000 words.
One day, on lunch break.
I look up at the sky.
A bright blue sky.
The weather is nice today as well.
Though, the sun is a bit too strong. The top of my head is getting hot.
There's not much shade on the rooftop, so it could be tough to spend the time here.



Nishizono
"So that's why you came here, Kamikita-san?"

Komari
"Yeah. It feels so nice under the shade of tree, right~"

Nishizono
"Yes. It's refreshing and comfortable."

That's why I decided to have lunch with Mio-chan, under the comfortable shade of tree in the courtyard.
While eating her sandwich, she tears the crusts to small bits and gives them to the pigeons around.
The pigeons are eating the bread crusts so vigorously. That's cute.

Nishizono
"Come to think of it..."

Mio-chan takes a notebook beside her.
That's my notebook. I draw a lot of rough drafts for my picture books inside.

Nishizono
"I took my time and had a good look of it in my room."

Komari
"Ah, y- yeah. Thank you. H- how was that?"

...I'm always nervous when I ask for an evaluation.

Nishizono
"It feels very Kamikita-san. I like it."

Komari
"I- I see. Hmmm...."

After I got that reply, I thought for a moment.

Nishizono
"Kamikita-san? What is it?"

Komari
"Actually I'm a little troubled..."

Nishizono
"Troubled? If you don't mind telling me, I'd be glad to listen."

Komari
"Y-Yea..."

Something I've been worrying about. It's...about the dream I've been having since long ago.
Everyone who already saw my works always praises me, but.... If I don't write something much, much better, I think I won't come any close to my dream.

Komari
"That's the problem, but I'm not sure what I'm gonna do."

Nishizono
"I see. You are troubled about your creation. I think it's not something you should worry too much about..."

Mio-chan puts a thought of it again.

Nishizono
"Then, let's do something new. What if you challenge yourself to write something totally different?"

Komari
"T- Totally different??"

Nishizono
"For an example.... I like mystery genre. It's completely different from fairy tales, but when you struggle about it, maybe you can grasp something entirely new from it. Even if it's not related at all, it's practically useful."

Komari
"Hmm... Is that so...."

Nishizono
"...that said, when I think about Kamikita-san writing mystery...."

Mio-chan seems to be lost in thought.

Nishizono
"...a heartwarming mystery.... A completely new genre.... There's a chance for a handsome young man to intervene..."

Komari
"Fue?"

Nishizono
"Gasp."

After muttering something while being lost in her own thought, Mio-chan looks up, startled.

Nishizono
"M- My apologies.... I was thinking too deeply about it in spite of myself."

...then.
Drips.

Komari
"Howaa!?"

There is something cold and wet touching my nape.

Komari
"Hyaaaa!? Whawhawhaaat!?"

Then I try to run away. I jump into the flock of pigeons spontaneously.
Brrrssshh. The pigeons flew away together at the same time.

Kurugaya
"Um."

Nishizono
"...Kurugaya-san."

With her usual tone and voice, Mio-chan looked over her shoulder.
Behind me was Yui-chan wiping her hands with handkerchief.


Komari
"It- It's just Yui-chan.... I was surprised~"

Kurugaya
"I already told you to stop calling me Yui-chan..."

Nishizono
"Do you plan to stay in the courtyard too, Kurugaya-san?"

Kurugaya
"What? I'm just halfway to the vending machine."

Komari
(I- I didn't notice her at all....)

Yui-chan often appears behind me with no one noticing it.
It seems that it's her hobby to surprise people.

Kurugaya
"Well, there you have it. I don't know what you were talking about, but if you have some problem, you can always consult to Onee-san."

Yui-chan went away laughing.

Komari
"Uhhmm."

As always, Yui-chan is always hard to understand.

Nishizono
"It's suspense."

Komari
"Fue?"

I put a thought on what Mio-chan just said.

Nishizono
"Why don't you collect the data around Kurugaya-san?"

Komari
"Around Yui-chan?"

Nishizono
"Suspense is giving the readers tension and anxiety.... Your creations lack suspense, Komari-san."

Komari
"Hmm... Suspense, huh...?"

Nishizono
"By tailing Kurugaya-san, you might be able to get the feel.
Making a reference from real person, that's a rising mystery of real-life.
Which means... In this case, it's necessary to observe without being noticed."

Komari
"I see~"

Nishizono
"Well, that said.... Please make it suitable for fairy tale."

Komari
"I get it."

I stood up.

Komari
"For now, I'll try my best. Thank you, Mio-chan~"

Nishizono
"Well.... I'm not sure what are you getting at, but please do your best."

Komari
"Yeah~! Then, as a gratitude, have some marshmallow."

Nishizono
"...I'll gladly have it."

After giving her the marshmallow for her help, I returned to classroom.

☆ ☆ ☆

Classroom, the next day.
Once the fourth period ends, everyone in class begin to move in unison.
The people eating at the cafeteria, the people buying bread, the people eating boxed lunch together.
It seems there are various ways to spend lunch break.

In order to observe Yui-chan, I try to follow her stealthily.
...or, that is what I am supposed to do.

Komari
(S- She's not here...)

Yui-chan disappeared somewhere, almost at the same time as the lunch break chime.
...I had no other choice. I try to go out from the classroom.
I have no idea where she might be, but perhaps I can find her if I look around.
Once I'm in the hallway, I take a look on the nearby classroom first.

Komari
(Umm....)

It seems she's not in any nearby classrooms. This time, I have to look in empty classrooms.

Komari
"Ah."

Found her. She was about to enter an empty classroom.
After I'm sure she has already closed the door, I try to peek into the classroom.
What's that? It seems that she's preparing a radio cassette player.
Is she trying to connect the cord to the power outlet?
Click. She left it on the teacher's desk and switched it on.
I can't hear it very well. The volume isn't very loud.
I try placing my ear to the door.

Komari
(Y- Yosakoi music....?)[1]

Why is Yui-chan listening to Yosakoi music in an empty classroom...?

When I was just thinking so,

[One Two!! One Two!!]

Woosh!! Woosh!!

Komari
(Eeh!? Now Yui-chan is starting rhythm boxing with the Yosakoi music!?)

[Earth is in danger!! Earth is in danger!!]

Komari
(Yui-chan is rhythm boxing along with Yosakoi music and shouting "Earth is in danger!!" !?)

It doesn't make any sense at all...!!
While I was still confused, the melody stopped. Yui-chan breathed in satisfaction, and started to tidy up the radio cassette.

Komari
(F- For now I have to escape...)

If I came out at the same time with her, I might bump at her and there's no point in secretly spying on her. I decided to leave the place and hide in the corner of the hallway for the time being.
Done hiding myself, I write everything in my note about what happened earlier.

Yui-chan Observation Diary
Month 〇 Day X Lunch break.
Yui-chan was rhythm boxing along with Yosakoi music while shouting that the earth is in danger.

Komari
"......"

Even I don't understand what I just wrote....!!

Komari
"Gasp! Don't tell me, this is what they call suspense...."

Haruka
"Ta-daaaah! I didn't see any maid! Well that's because I was sleeping!!"

Komari
"Howaa!!"

I was surprised so I turned around. There was Haruka-chan.



Haruka
"Komarin, what are you doing? Did you find anything interesting?"

Komari
"Ah, umm... That's...."

Haru-chan is in good terms with Yui-chan.
If I got caught by Haru-chan, I can't continue to spy on Yui-chan anymore.

Komari
(I have to deceive her somehow....)

That's what I thought, but I couldn't come up with anything.
I'm really really bad at lying.

Haruka
"Oosh, this is the time for Clearmind Calmcompost [2] Haru-chin's brilliant brain cells to show their work!! Eerrmm...."

Haru-chan started to think.
I couldn't care less about it, but isn't that "composed" instead of "compost"?

Komari
(Though, I guess "compost" sounds funny, like "riposte"...)[3]

Gasp.
It's not the time to think about something like that....

Komari
(Right. If I just nod to whatever the theory she comes up with, isn't that just okay?)

I guess she won't just come up with anything close to the truth. Well, then I don't have to think about how to deceive her.
Yeah, so be it.

Haruka
"On lunch break you asked for opinions about your fairy tale to Mio-chin, and she suggested to make reference on real-life person and event, and after that you just went "I guess I gotta spy on Yui-chan~" or something, and you're currently in the middle of that but for now you're writing down everything up until now, is that it!?"

Komari
"Yeah, that's absolutely right."
.....

Komari
(A- And she suddenly just spat out the truth...!!)

Haruka
"Seriously? Well, well. Haru-chin's brain cells are truly pink!!"[4]

Komari
"A- Aau~....."

I became speechless that instant....

Haruka
"Yeah, like that would happen. You don't have that much free time, aren't you Komari-chan?"

Komari
"F- Fue?"

I don't really get it, but somehow I just deceived her.

Haruka
"Well then, adieu~"

Excusing herself just like that, Haru-chan dashed away.

Komari
"Y- Yea...."

The things I got for today -which I had just written on my notepad- are nothing but a randomness....

☆ ☆ ☆

The next day, I try to follow Yui-chan again on lunch break.
I tried searching in empty classrooms, but Yui-chan was nowhere to be found.
Which is why I left the school building and look in the courtyard instead.
I change my shoes and leave the building from the entrance.
When I walk around the courtyard for a while...

Komari
"Ah."

I saw Yui-chan's figure from behind.
I hide behind the tree immediately.
As I thought, she's heading to the vending machine.
I keep myself hidden and follow her just like that.

When she's about to reach the backyard, she stops in her tracks.

Komari
(Eh? Kuu-chan?)

It seems that she's talking to Kuu-chan. Kuu-chan is getting turned round and round like always.
Her voice saying "Wafuu!" reached me.
Then, leaving Kuu-chan dizzy like that, Yui-chan walked away.
......What were they talking about? I tried talking to the dizzy Kuu-chan.

Komari
"Kuu-chan!"

Kud
"...vya~?"

Komari
"Aau~ A- Are you alright?"

Kud
"Uuh.... I'm okay, somehow.... Hallo, Komari-san...."

Her face is really pale.

Kud
".....hav a narrory eskeeip fromu deth... is it.....?"

Komari
"Kuu-chan, the correct one is have a narrow escape from death...."

Kud
"It's a very valuable lesson... for... me...."

Stagger.

Komari
"Howaaaa! K- Kuu-chan!!"

Kud
"Feika is... the keipa...."

Komari
"Fueee! Caper is 1: to jump around. 2: crime/ evil. Which one is it!?"

Kud
"The latter it is~..... Gahk."

Bam!!

Komari
"K- Kuu-chaaaaaan!!"

Thus, that day ended with me taking Kuu-chan to the infirmary.
For now, I write down everything happened today.

Yui-chan Observation Diary
Month 〇 Day △ Lunch break. Yui-chan turned Kuu-chan round and round.
With her eyes remained rolling, Kuu-chan left me with the words "The faker is the caper".

Komari
"Uhm...."

It seems that the mystery has thickened....

☆ ☆ ☆

And the next day.
I follow Yui-chan again this day. This time she came across Rin-chan on the hallway.
I wonder if Rin-chan got caught and got the back of her ears rubbed again?

Rin
"Stop it, dimwit!!"

I can hear Rin-chan's voice.

Komari
(I- I have to save her....)

..when I was thinking about it,

Rin
"Hiss!"

Rin-chan easily slipped away and fled over here, after raising her voice like that.

Komari
(Hmm.... But she usually can't even slip away and stays struggling....)

Interesting. For now I try asking Rin-chan.

Komari
"Rin-chan~"

Rin
"Ko- Komari-chan!?"

When I called out to her, her face flushed in bright red.

Komari
"E- Ermm, it's about Yui-chan..."

Rin
"Whaat? Y- You saw that?"

Komari
"Fue? Yea."

Rin
"I- I was not fooled. It's the way around. I fooled her."

Komari
"H- Huh? What's that about?"

Rin
"Uuh....."

Dash.

Rin-chan dashed away from the corridor with her bright-red face.

Komari
"G- Gaan.... She ran away from me...."

Yui-chan Observation Diary
Month 〇 Day △ Lunch break.
Yui-chan caught Rin-chan.
Being embarrassed she is, Rin-chan was not fooled it seems.

Komari
"Hmm.... However I look at it, the mystery is getting even deeper."

I tried to look back to my notes for yesterday.
Faker means impostor.
And today, Rin-chan said that she was not fooled.

Komari
"Somehow this leads me to some sort of plot...."

☆ ☆ ☆

On the lunch break for the next day as well, I follow Yui-chan.
It seems that today she's walking around on the courtyard.
Seems that she noticed something, suddenly she walked out the sidewalk and headed to the lawn.

Komari
(Ah, around there must be....)

Under the shade of tree she's heading to, it seems that Mio-chan is reading book as usual.
Yui-chan approached her from behind so stealthily.
And,

Slap!!

Komari
"Eeeeh!?"

...Mio-chan hit Yui-chan's head with the paper fan she was holding, and she didn't even turn her back!!

Komari
(T- This is weird!! Yui-chan got noticed....)

Yui-chan fell down holding her head.

Komari
"Y- Yui-chan.... So uncool...."

After she stood up, it seems that the two of them were arguing back and forth for a while.
For the meantime, I'll take a note for that.
Yui-chan Observation Diary
Month 〇 Day ◇ Lunch break.
Yui-chan got smacked by Mio-chan's paper fan.

Then,

Slap!!

Komari
"Howaa~!?"

Mio-chan hit Yui-chan again with the paper fan in her hand!!

Komari
(T- This is not Yui-chan~!!)

Kurugaya
"Hm? What is it, Ms. Kamikita?"

Komari
"Yui-chan is not Yui-chan!!"

Kurugaya
"....hoh, you're right. For now, stop calling me Yui-chan."

Komari
"Fue? Howaa!"

When I turned around, Yui-chan was behind me.

Komari
"Eeh!?"

When I look in my front again, there's also Yui-chan there with Mio-chan.

Komari
"There are two Yui-chan....!?"

Kurugaya
"No. If you seriously think so, I'd have to change your job class from 'Ditz' to 'Retard'."[5]

Komari
"Fuee?"

Nishizono
"...Kamikita-san."

Seems to be noticing me over here, Mio-chan calls out.

Komari
"Ah, Mio-chaan, wh- what is going on here~?"

Nishizono
"Sigh...."

Komari
"Eh, what?"

The Yui-chan who was talking to Mio-chan looks over here.

Komari
"Aah!?"

....when I look closely, she's not quite Yui-chan.

Kurugaya?
"Yahaha, Komari-kun. Seems that you finally saw through me!! Ha ha ha!!"

Komari
"U, ummm? I still don't understand what's happening here...."

Nishizono
"Well... if I must...."

Mio-chan reaches that Yui-chan's head, and
Slip.

Haruka
"Ah, my Anego hair!"

Under Yui-chan's wig, Haru-chan's head popped out.

Kurugaya
"Well, there you have it."

Komari
"G- Gaaahn...."

So it was Haru-chan under disguise.....

Komari
"Eh? T- Then, all the weird things Yui-chan did up until this time were actually Haru-chan's doing?"

Haruka
"Yeah. I was told to go according to Anego's order."

Haru-chan showed me a text message.

[Go to an empty classroom under disguise as me, and then start rhythm boxing along with Yosakoi music and shout "Earth is in danger!!". That's all.]

In other words, Haru-chan was just doing everything according to Yui-chan's texts.

Nishizono
"By the way, this paper fan was given by Kurugaya-san for some reason."

Haruka
"I don't really get it, but it seems that I was getting too absorbed into this. I just wanted to have fun like Anego, 'coz I really like this appearance."

Nishizono
"If I must say, you're the only one who would pull that. Also, your disguise is too obvious."

Mio-chan calmly retorts the boasting Haru-chan.

Haruka
"Nah, nah. Both Kud-kou and Rin-chan completely fell on it!! Even Akechi Kogorou and The Fiend with Twenty Faces would bow down to my disguising skill!!"[6]

Nishizono
"......"

Mio-chan stares at Haru-chan with cold eyes.

Haruka
"Mmph, what's with that reaction, Mio-chin? If you have anything to say, well say it!"

Nishizono
"The "chanchara" in "chanchara okashii"[7], what does it imply?"

Haruka
"Whaaat? You're subtly making fun of me, aren't ya!?
If this keeps going on, harumaki-don[8] has to break out between us!!"

Nishizono
"It's Armageddon[8]."

Haruka
"Oh, I see.... By the way, my lunch today was tuna flakes and asparagus spring roll.
But somehow it tastes more summery than spring..."

Haruka
"Wait, then it's not spring roll!!"

Nishizono
"No one is asking about it."

I could only watch their usual exchange wordlessly.

Kurugaya
"Then, Ms. Kamikita."

Komari
"F- Fue?"

Kurugaya
"Has it became a good reference, the mystery solving?"

Komari
"Y- Yeah?"

Kurugaya
"That is what it means to have suspense."

Komari
"......?"

I don't really understand her words.

Nishizono
"In other words, by using Saigusa-san, Kurugaya-san taught you about suspense."

Kurugaya
"That's right. Mystery is always a indispensable part of suspense after all."

Haruka
"As expected from Anego!! Anego's awesome ☆ Anego's great ♪ Anego's goodest!!"

Kurugaya
"Um, you don't have to yell it out over and over."

Nishizono
"By the way, the last part is totally wrong."

...In other words, they're all cooperating to help me collecting materials.

Komari
"Is that so.... Thank you, Yui-chan~"

Nishizono
"...so, to put it bluntly, Kurugaya-san doesn't like to be tailed and observed, and thus she was just using Saigusa-san, is that right?"

Kurugaya
"Well, that is not wrong."

Komari
"Umm, but it was a good reference. Thank you~"

Kurugaya
"Ha ha ha. Well begun is half done. It doesn't hurt to try, isn't it?"

Haruka
"With this, even Komari-chan gets good material to write down, eh? Good luck~"

Komari
"Yeah! I'll do my best!"

I nod as I shout out. The purpose has changed from what it was originally meant to be, but somehow I got really motivated.

Komari
(I have to do my best.)

I nodded once again.

☆ ☆ ☆

Once the days off end, there comes Monday.

Komari
"So, how is it?"

I tried to write a new story and had Mio-chan to look at it. This time I'm using the last incident as reference, so it feels slightly mystery-like.

Nishizono
"It definitely has a flavor of mystery."

Komari
"Yeah! Solving the mystery by disguising himself and dancing Yosakoi, Mr. Raccoon is truly the great detective of the forest!!"

Nishizono
"......"

Komari
"......"

Nishizono
"...You better stop using Saigusa-san as reference..."

Komari
"F-Fuee?"

Nishizono
"The protagonist, Mr. Racoon has no logic at all.
Dancing with Yosakoi music will solve nothing.
And the mystery will remain as mystery for that.
I'll give it only 30 points for this kind of mystery.

Komari
"G- Gaaahn.... Depressed...."

Nishizono
"...I think it's better for Komari-san to stay as you are."

I think it's still far away for me to write something greater....


Translator notes:

[1] Yosakoi music
Follow this link to wikipedia. You really should try watching examples of Yosakoi dance in youtube. Or, you can try watching HaNaYaMaTa. Obviously, rhythm boxing and yelling "Earth is in danger!" in Yosakoi totally doesn't make any sense. Although maybe they do burn around the same amount of calorie.[^]

[2] Clearmind Calmcompost
The original nickname Haruka bestowed upon herself is ズノーメイセキ・レイセイキンチャク (rougly read like "Znowmaysakey Raysaykinchuck" I guess?). The first being 頭脳明晰 (zunou meiseki) meaning having clear, brilliant head, and the last being the corruption of 冷静沈着 (reisei chinchaku) meaning calm and composed. Haruka said it wrongly, instead of reisei chinchaku she said reisei kinchaku = calm and money pouch. Haruka said (or wrote) it in katakana, making it try to sounds like foreign name. So there I had the name butchered.[^]

[3]"Compost" and "riposte"
This one, following Haruka's silly (and maybe intentional) misnaming, was butchered to fit into English as well. Originally for Komari, kinchaku reminds her to isoginchaku (sea anemone) and she finds that cute. A little Japanese lesson here, the ginchaku part is indeed written with the same kanji with kinchaku. 巾着 and 磯巾着. If we break down the kanji for isoginchaku, it roughly means "seashore pouch".
I had hard time finding a replacement for this pun, and only this I could come up with.[^]

[4] Pink brain cells
This is obviously a reference to Agatha Christie's character, Hercule Poirot who often makes remarks of his little grey cells.[^]

[5] From Ditz to Retard.
For Kurugaya, Komari was ドジっ子 (dojikko) and she considered to change Komari's job class into 頭弱い子 = "slow-witted girl". I changed it to "Retard" just because... reasons. "Job class" is, well, you know, RPG things. Just think of it as embarrassing nicknames in LB! Battle mini-game.[^]

[6] Akechi Kogorou and The Fiend with Twenty Faces
Akechi Kogorou is a fictional detective hero in Edogawa Ranpo's novels. He's also a master of disguise. While The Fiend with Twenty Faces is the antagonist on Edogawa Ranpo's novels. A gentlemanly thief who steal only to show off his skills, and also the archenemy of Akechi Kogorou. You can guess by his name that he is also a master of disguise.[^]

[7] Chanchara okashii
ちゃんちゃらおかしい (Chanchara okashii) means "totally absurd / ridiculous" but "chanchara" itself doesn't have any real meaning. It said that the "chanchara" part is from "charachara"meaning "chattering / joking around" and the "chan" part is something like emphasis. Unfortunately I can't find a good replacement for this in English. Maybe something like the "duper" in "super-duper". If you're up for any good pun or anything, tell me.[^]

[8]Harumaki-don
Harumaki-don is, literally word-to-word, spring roll bowl. Following that with Mio's statement, Armageddon. Japanese do mishear Armageddon (harumagedon) as harumakidon, huh? Well, it's only one Japanese letter difference, so it's quite legit, I guess.... [^]