On my way home from the office.
I was heading for the station.
In contrast to the happy couples walking around me, my heart was infinitely sad.
I sighed for the first time today on my way home.
This is seriously unbelievable. It’s really unbelievable…..
The reason I’m depressed, it’s because of what happened earlier in the office—-
“Come on, Ryoga kun, have a seat.”
“Yes, I understand.”
I sat down at the conference room table facing Seki san.
Here are the documents I’m going to give you today. Here……”
W-what’s that sound I just heard……?
The document that Seki san put on the table was as thick as a dictionary.
Phew, looks like it’s going to be a long day.
“–Like that. On this day, there will be another audition one hour after the recording, so I’ll arrange a taxi for you.”
“Yes, roger that.”
I guess that’s almost the end of the explanation.
I’m pretty tired. …..
I find an unexplained document at the end of the table.
“Um, what’s this?”
“Oh, that…… Well, read it.”
Seki san, with a mysterious look on his face, urged me to read the document.
“Let’s see, which one……huh?”
Eh it’s a lie, right?
No, no, no, that can’t be right…….
I rubbed my eyes again and again, thinking that I must be looking at it wrong, but the text on it is still the same.
[Animal Friends ! Blu-ray & DVD release commemorative talk event – Let’s play together ! Yay Animal Festival~”
Himemiya Shiori as Meowko
Ryoga as Mr. Wolf
“What is this? No, eh?”
“Well, how should I put it? I owe the producer of this anime a lot of things. …..Please, I beg you !”
Seki san bowed his head.
No, still, it’s too bad for me to show my face…….
“No, it’s not right for me to show my face. It’s not good…….”
“I know, I know. Ryoga kun, if you go on stage with your real face, it’s going to be a big deal. That’s why instead of accepting the appearance, I also attached a condition. Please turn the page.”
I reluctantly turn the page and read through the contents.
It’s pretty standard stuff.
Meeting time, what to bring, arrangements…..what’s this?
In the “Costume” section, it says “Cosplay (costumes based on character motifs).
“Um, what does it mean by cosplay?”
I asked, and Seki san gave me a smug look.
“Well, it would be bad for you if you showed up with your bare face, right?That’s why I was thinking about it. So I thought, how can I hide Ryoga kun’s real face? And this is the result.”
I see, so that what it means.
“You mean you want me to dress up in costume so that I won’t be recognized?”
“Yeah ! That’s right. Well, it was a spur-of-the-moment idea, but it was a fine play～”
Seki san made his best smug face as if he wanted me to praise him.
No, it was your fault that it turned out like this, you know?
“……Well, I understand–“
“Well, thanks ! I have a meeting later. I’ve completely forgot.”
“Eh, ah, w-wait a minute–“
Seki san disappears from the room in the blink of an eye.
That’s what happened.
Seki san, no, that old man did it. Seriously……
However, once I said yes, there was no going back now.
Then there was only one thing to do.
Tap tap tap
I took my phone out of my pocket and tapped the line icon.
I wonder if anyone is online.
“I mean, of course there’s none…..”
I can only count a few people on my friends list, excluding work-related people.
I’m reminded once again that I’m a “loner” at times like this.
After all, there’s no way I know anyone who has ever cosplayed……
I operated my phone and made a call to a certain person.
[Hello, what’s up Ryoga?]
“Oh, Elena. I’d like to talk to you about something. Have you ever done cosplay? If you have, I’d like you to come to my room now.”
Rumble rumble ！！！！
I-I just heard something…..
“H-hey, are you okay, Elena?”
[C-cosplay ?! It’s a little early for that kind of thing ! B-but. If Ryoga wants to do it, I’m not averse to it…….]
Early? I wonder if she still has some business to attend to.
“I’m sorry, if you have something to do, we can talk about it later.”
“I’m going ! I’ll be there soon! I’ll be right there ! ! ! !]
She hung up the phone.
S-seems like she’s really looking forward to it.
Is she happy to be at my house?
No, that can’t be right. …..
“U-um. Do you have something important to talk about…..?”
A message from Elena.
Well, if I make a mistake at cosplaying and reveal my real face, my voice acting career might be over.
[Yeah, it’s pretty important.]
I replied and turned off my phone.
Phew, I might be able to get by with this…….
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