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In Chapter 14 of Strawberry Panic!, ‘The New Star’, the students were delighted to receive Sapphire necklaces from Kusanagi Makoto over dinner at the Ichigo-sha. The fangirls were immediately taken by Makoto-sama’s generosity and her loyal love for St Spica. The fangirls lined up to welcome Makoto’s arrival, Makoto waved back at the fangirls, greeted them and even called out that she loves them, St Spcia’s little stars. [LOL] The fangirls were shierking with joy and calling Makoto, St Spica’s new star.
Suddenly, a fangirl walked out of the crowd and presented Makoto a gift as a return for the Sapphire necklaces she gave to everyone in Ichigo-sha. When the other girls protested, Makoto told them to quiet down and kissed the fangirl on the cheek as thanks for the gift. The others girls were flabbergasted over the display. Makoto then pampered the fangirls by stating that she wanted to give everyone a kiss but this was just the tip of the iceberg and told them to be patient. The fangirls were excited and some hoped that if only Amane-sama were as ‘generous’ as Makoto. Some fangirls protested that the cool expressions and slender feelings of Amane were her good points.
Other fangirls complained that Amane only had eyes for that girl [I’m reckoning it to be Hikari] and never seem to spare a thought for them. They started to agree and said that Makoto treated them better and concerned about them. They started to waver their loyalty in Amane to supporting Makoto. Makoto smirked as she heard them whispering, in her mind she was thinking that this is her way of declaring her battle to Amane and she wants Amane to remember that the person in control is her.
News spread like wildfire as in St Miator, Rokujou-kaichou learnt the appearance of Makoto and the act of giving the Sapphire necklaces had been winning votes of many girls in St Spica. St Miator’s Student Council Secretary, Marikoya Aiko told Rokujou-kaichou that Makoto seemed to be the ‘missing one’ of the Five Stars in St Spica. It appeared to be a thorny problem however Rokujou-sama was hopeful that the internal struggles in St Spica might be an opening for St Miator and prayed that Amane and Hikari would be disqualified during the Second Round of the Etoile Battle.
The notice board had pinned up the starting dates which is next week for the Second Round of the Etoile Battle, called, ‘The Trial Of Love’. The ‘Cadette’ [Younger Sister] will be participating in the item, ‘Faceless Devil’ while the ‘Ainee’ [Older Sister] will be participating in ‘The Temptation Of Return’. [Let me explain, basically the Second Round of the Etoile Battle is to test the ‘Ainee’ and ‘Cadette”s love for each other, hence ‘The Trail Of Love’. The ‘Cadette’ will have to resist the Faceless Devil’s advances while the ‘Ainee’ will have to resist the temptation of meeting their ‘Cadette’. If anyone of them failed in their items, they will be eliminated.]
Meanwhile, Nagisa and Shizuma were probably relishing their time together before the Second Round of the Etoile Battle starts. Shizuma teasingly told Nagisa not to fool around in the two weeks when they were apart lol. Nagisa doesn’t seem to be listening as she’s focused in the fact that she’s apart from Shizuma for two weeks. Nagisa then leaned against Shizuma. Shizuma was probably stunned by the action of Nagisa and asked if she’s lonely or anything? Smiling, Shizuma told Nagisa not to feel upset as it will too affect her. However Shizuma’s happy over the fact that Nagisa likes Shizuma to feel that way.
As Shizuma caressed Nagisa’s cheeks, Nagisa closed her eyes instinctively and in her mind she’s wishing for Shizuma to kiss her. Shizuma probably read her thoughts but decided to tease Nagisa by leaning over to whisper in Nagisa’s ears to treat this ‘refusal’ as patience training for the two weeks when they will be apart. Nagisa blushed and protested that she doesn’t have these thoughts … Shizuma then turned Nagisa in front of her and said that during her ‘absence’, Tamao will be her bodyguard however if Nagisa should be in any danger, she would immediately be by her side. Taking advantage of her position, Shizuma leaned in and kissed Nagisa’s neck after whispering that she too loath not seeing her cute Nagisa till the extent of dying from loneliness.
However, Shizuma added that if she rushed to Nagisa’s side, they will be eliminated from the Etoile Battle. Biting and blowing lightly in Nagisa’s ear, Shizuma told Nagisa not to wander off alone if she doesn’t want to bring any problems to students in St Miator. Nagisa could barely whimper out that she understood. Shizuma cruelly continued her assault on Nagisa’s neck by licking it and asking if it’s okay with Nagisa that she continues ‘doing this’ to her. Nagisa could only moan out with pleasure and whimpering, ‘Shizuma Onee-sama’ …
Elsewhere, Yaya asked if Hikari’s okay with the fact that Amane and her will be apart for two weeks. Hikari said that she’s okay about it as it’s normal for them not to see each other that easily so two weeks of apart is as expected. Yaya added that even so, currently Amane and Hikari were seeing each other everyday … Hikari explained that it’s not like they had promised to meet or anything, it’s just by coincidence. Yaya snorted and said that it can’t be by coincidence, the Amane who was always surrounded by fangirls and thus seldom walks out of her classroom without any apparent reason can’t be loitering outside the Third Year Un* Class [One in French]. [LOL!] Yaya said that it doesn’t seem to be problem to Hikari however, that couldn’t be said same for Amane … lol.
Yaya told Hikari that she wouldn’t let Amane and Hikari be eliminated from the Etoile Battle, but currently there’s this person called Kusanagi Makoto who’s bribing the fangirls with Sapphire necklaces and stirring some unrest. Yaya exclaimed that Makoto must be the ‘Devil’ in disguise trying to get in the Etoile Battle with the ‘Faceless Devil’ item. Yaya then told Hikari to win the Second Round in order not to let Makoto get what she wants and … Yaya turned away and added that it’s NOT like she wants Hikari to be even closer to Amane. Yaya turned back and grasped Hikari’s shoulders telling her not to forget that … she likes her. Hikari merely smiled and said that she likes Yaya too.
Yaya displayed a sorrow expression and murmured that it’s not the same … Hugging Hikari, Yaya yelled out, ‘It’s not the same, my feelings, what I need is not friendship, and not that pure innocent sisterly love … what I want is something stronger, a more passionate desire! …’ Hikari was stunned and could only called out in confusion, ‘Yaya-chan? …’
At the St Lulim side, the Transformation club members were having fun dressing up as Angels, picnicking and picking flowers outside. The girls were praising how Kagome suit the Angel dress she’s in. Looking at the three cute girls having fun and stuff, Chikaru couldn’t help but hope that if only through them that they could bring glory to St Lulim. Chikaru added in her mind that she was right to bring Makoto back from Russia as she had already stirred such a commotion in St Spica. With this, this will go according as planned with the unrest going in the Etoile Battle in time to come. Chuckling in her mind, Chikaru thought to herself that everything’s going according to what’s she expecting … given the current situation … even though she never thought her dream could come true … but now … there’s a high chance … – END –
Compared to her counterpart in the anime, manga Chikaru seemed to be a schemer in this conspiracy in the Etoile Battle. What is Chikaru’s purpose for bring Makoto in to trouble the St Spica’s side, lastly, what is Chikaru’s dream? …
Anyways, have you been searching for the Slow OP1, 少女迷路でつかまえて (Mellow Berry Ballad) of Strawberry Panic? Fear not, it’s included in this album, titled, ‘麻衣＆愛の電撃Ｇ’ｓ ラジオストロベリー・パニック！ お姉様といちごそうどう ｔｈｅ ＣＤ ～卒業 ～舞散る桜は百合の香り’ which will be released on 12/01/2007. Woohooo~!
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