The crew surveys the orchestra venue in advance of the concert tour. After watching rehearsal, they enjoy a talk with Nobiyo and Novei.
The Sky Philharmonic Orchestra is the most influential of all the musical ensembles in the sky.
(Captain) and company are providing security for the orchestra during its 100th anniversary concert tour.
Narita: There are four entrances into the venue: the main and side entrance, and two more in the back.
The crew is being shown around by Narita. He's a disciple of the orchestra's music director and conductor emeritus, Nobiyo.
Vyrn: So we just need to man these four entrances!
Lyria: Hmm... I think we can pull this off if we all work together!
Narita: The back entrances are only for staff, but it wouldn't hurt to play it safe.
Narita: Ah, that reminds me! The rehearsal's about to begin. Would you like to have a look?
Vyrn: Sure, that sounds fun!
Lyria: Ooh, I want to see it too!
Narita: Great! Please follow me.
Narita leads them to the seats with the clearest view of the entire stage.
Orchestra members buzz around onstage prepping for rehearsal.
Vyrn: (Ooh, they're about to start!)
Lyria: (Wow, that's a lot of people!)
Narita: That's Novei. She leads the first violin section as the concertmaster.
Narita points to a girl giving instructions to the others onstage.
Novei: Is everyone ready?
Augusta: Haha, you won't last during the real performance if you're already nervous at rehearsal.
Pamela: Ah... Uh, okay!
Augusta: Well, that's not much different, is it? C'mon, relax, Pamela.
Cecile: I've been ready.
Robertina: How about a snack, then?
Cecile: Hm? Sure, I'll take it.
Novei: Ahem, one last thing before we start.
The others straighten their posture at her serious tone.
Novei: Our performance the other day went well. It was our first time performing under the new system, but we've been getting fantastic reviews thanks to everyone's best efforts.
Novei: The big 100th anniversary concert is next, so let's up the ante and give them a truly unforgettable experience!
Novei: Now, please begin tuning.
The sound of instruments tuning harmoniously fills the tranquil concert hall.
Just then, an imposing figure appears before the performers.
Narita: That's Nobiyo, the conductor emeritus of our orchestra.
Vyrn: Hey, he seems like a really nice guy!
Lyria: I thought it would be someone really scary.
Nobiyo's ears perk up at the sounds of the orchestra warming up.
However, the tuning stops when the members notice Nobiyo.
Nobiyo: It's fine, keep playing.
Novei: Um, well, I thought you would be leading...
Nobiyo: Oh? Is it my turn?
Novei: If you would do the honors.
Nobiyo clears his throat.
Nobiyo: Well, if you insist. Let me hear your melody.
Nobiyo flashes a smile at Novei.
Nobiyo: All set?
Nobiyo gets into position on the podium and checks with Novei.
Novei lets out a deep breath and begins playing at the exact moment Nobiyo begins waving his baton.
The entire orchestra begins playing in perfect unison, enveloping (Captain) and company in a glorious homophony.
The dynamic sounds from Novei's violin serve as a guidepost for the other members.
The gentle and warm accompaniment from Augusta's cello embraces Novei's melody.
Cecile holds a commanding presence with her piercing high notes.
Pamela, on the other hand, fills the concert hall with a soft, pleasant treble.
Robertina supports the others with a rich, deep bass that elevates the performance to heavenly heights.
Absorbed in the beautiful harmony, the rehearsal comes to a close all too soon.
(Captain) and company remain speechless for a few moments, astounded by the breathtaking performance.
Vyrn: Whoa! That was amazing... I don't know much about music, but you guys rock!
Lyria: Wow... Wasn't that incredible, (Captain)? I loved it, Narita!
Narita: Ah, why, thank you!
Nobiyo hasn't moved an inch from the podium.
Novei: Um, Nobiyo?
Nobiyo: Good work, everyone. That'll be it for today.
Novei: Thank you.
Nobiyo: Ah, right. Come see me later, Novei.
Nobiyo walks off the stage with an upbeat smile.
Novei: Great job, everyone.
Novei: All section leaders meet up later backstage.
Cecile: Well, I'll see you guys soon.
Augusta: Today's rehearsal ended pretty fast.
Robertina: My shoulders are stiff.
Pamela: Will you be okay?
Robertina: Yeah, it always gets like this.
One by one, they clear the stage of their instruments and leave the premises.
Narita: Um, do you guys have some time after this?
Vyrn: Hm? Sure, but what for?
Narita: Well, I was thinking of introducing you all to the orchestra members.
Lyria: Yes, I'd love to talk to everyone!
Narita: Very well, I'll introduce you once they're done.
Narita gives the orchestra members some time to rest before bringing in (Captain) and company.
Meanwhile, the section leaders meet up backstage to reflect on the day's events.
Novei: Again, great job today.
Cecile: You too, Novei.
Robertina: I can have one of those snacks, right?
Augusta: Go for it! I'll grab one too!
Novei: So does anyone have anything to say about today's performance?
Pamela timidly speaks up.
Pamela: Um, not to be a wet blanket, but...
Pamela: Well, I was wondering if we'd really be okay going on like this...
Cecile: What do you mean by that? Our performance today was no different than usual.
Pamela: I don't know how to say this...
Novei: It's okay. Speak your mind.
Augusta: Pamela can be really perceptive.
Augusta: Did you notice something we didn't?
Robertina: You know, I'm not really in the mood for snacks after all...
Augusta: Yeah, you barely touched anything on your plate, Tina.
Cecile: Enough about the snacks.
Cecile: Pamela, tell us what you're thinking. Take all the time you need.
Pamela: Thank you, Cecile.
Pamela: We're rehearsing for a concert tour to celebrate the founding of this orchestra. That's a far cry from our usual performances.
Pamela: I'm really feeling the pressure, more so than ever.
Pamela: Also, it's going be the legendary Nobiyo who'll be conducting us, not Narita like we're used to.
Pamela: I'm kind of scared how this might go. Or maybe, I'm just feeling impatient.
Cecile: Well... The orchestra did feel a little different today.
Augusta: Now that you mention it, the cellos in my section did seem a bit stiff.
Robertina: Ah, no wonder there are so many snacks left over.
Novei is entrenched in deep thought.
Novei: Thank you, Pamela.
Novei: I know how you feel, Pamela. Touring the skies with Nobiyo has always been my dream.
Novei: We have to do absolutely everything we can to make it turn out well.
Novei: My heart's been racing, telling me we have to surpass our current selves—
Just then, they hear a knock on the door followed by Narita and the crew walking in.
Narita: Oh, sorry. Were you in the middle of a meeting?
Novei: No, it's all right.
Novei: Who are those people behind you?
Narita: (Captain) here leads a brilliant crew of skyfarers.
Narita: They've been assigned to protect us on our concert tour across the skies.
Narita proceeds with the introductions.
Lyria: We watched your rehearsal just now!
Lyria: And it was incredible!
Vyrn: It was so good it brought tears to my eyes!
(Captain) nods in agreement.
Novei: Haha, I'm glad to hear that. Thanks.
Novei: I'm Novei, concertmaster of this orchestra. It's nice to meet you.
Cecile: Greetings, Captain. I'm Cecile and I play the trumpet.
Augusta: Augusta here. I play the cello.
Augusta: It's impressive seeing so many youths as skyfarers!
Pamela: Um, I'm Pamela. I play the flute. It's a pleasure to meet you.
Robertina: My name's Robertina. I play the tuba and love snacks of all kind.
Lyria: Yay! I love snacks too!
Robertina: Really? Would you like one of these then?
Lyria: Hurray! Thank you so much!
Vyrn: Haha, looks like you have a new snacking buddy, Lyria!
Lyria: Yes! We'll do our best to support everyone and make the tour a success!
The crew and orchestra members finish exchanging greetings.
Novei: Do you girls have any plans after this?
Cecile: I'm going straight home. See you all tomorrow.
Robertina: I have something to take care of. Bye.
Augusta: Well, if everyone's leaving, I guess I'm leaving too.
Pamela: Um, I'm going to stay and practice.
Novei: All right, good night everyone. See you here tomorrow.
Narita: Thanks for visiting today, (Captain). Feel free to walk around the premises as you please.
Vyrn: Well, what should we do now, (Captain)?
Choose: Follow Novei.
- Follow Novei.
Novei: Hm? I'm off to see Nobiyo though...
Narita: That's perfect!
Narita: Can you introduce them to Nobiyo for me?
Novei: Ah, yes! Of course!Choose: Leave.
Novei: Um, do you have a moment?
Vyrn: Hm, what for?
Novei: If you have some time, I'd like to introduce you to Nobiyo.
Lyria: Really? I'd love to meet Nobiyo!
Narita: You know, that would be perfect!
Narita: Well, I'm leaving it in your hands then!
Novei: You can count on me.Continue 1
Novei: Please follow me, everyone!
Novei heads for the greenroom with the crew following closely behind.
(Captain) and company enter to find a surprised Nobiyo who gives them a curious glance.
Nobiyo: Oh? Who do we have here?
Novei: These are the skyfarers Narita appointed to protect us during our concert tour.
Novei introduces the crew to Nobiyo.
Vyrn: Everything'll be A-OK with us along for the ride! You can rest easy!
Lyria: I was so moved just listening to the rehearsal!
Lyria: We're lucky to be able to support such a lovely orchestra!
Nobiyo: Hahaha... I should be thanking you, actually.
Novei: Is something the matter?
Nobiyo: Oh no, Lyria just reminds me of yourself when you were still a child.
Vyrn: Do Lyria and Novei really resemble each other?
Nobiyo: Yes, the resemblance is striking! I still remember the first time Novei heard my music...
Nobiyo: She came up to me, chatting away like Lyria's doing now.
Novei: Yes, I remember now...
Novei: I'll never forget the emotions I felt that day.
Lyria: What happened back then?
Nobiyo: It's a bit of a long story if you're willing to listen.
Lyria: Yes, of course!
Nobiyo: I was a conductor for a concert that toured around the skies many years ago.
Nobiyo: Unfortunately, disaster fell upon one of the concert sites.
Nobiyo: We figured it was no time to be holding a concert, and aided the relief efforts.
Nobiyo: But then one member proposed that the situation called for our musical talent—something that only we could deliver.
Nobiyo: After much reflection, I decided to hold a memorial concert.
Lyria: So that's what happened...
Nobiyo: Yes. Some unfamiliar with the details accused us of insensitivity.
Nobiyo: But the people there with us in person fully supported our endeavor.
Nobiyo: And it was at that memorial concert that Novei first heard my music.
Novei: That performance changed my life.
Novei: I learned to smile again after hearing Nobiyo's performance.
Novei: If not for that, I would not be standing here today.
Novei: I play the violin so that others can feel what I felt that day.
Vyrn: So that's how Novei got started...
Lyria: We'll support you all the way, Novei!
Novei: Thank you, Lyria.
Novei: Ah, I need to get going!
Vyrn: You still have work after this?
Novei: Haha, I can't just leave an orchestra member to practice on her own.
Lyria: Oh, that's right!
Novei: I'll see you all tomorrow, then!
Lyria: Yeah, see you tomorrow!
Vyrn: Good luck!
Novei runs off.
Vyrn: Huh, what's so funny?
Nobiyo: Thanks to you guys, I've recalled the single most important thing to a musician.
Nobiyo: Thank you, (Captain). Now I know what to do.
There appears to be some significance behind Nobiyo's grin.
Nobiyo: I'll be heading out. How about you guys?
Vyrn: We should get going too!
Nobiyo: Then I'll walk you to the entrance. Will you be coming tomorrow as well?
Lyria: Yes! If it's okay, of course!
Nobiyo: Sure. I'll ask Narita to guide you again tomorrow.
And thus, the first day of rehearsal comes to a close.
(Captain) and company return to the Grandcypher, eager to hear the music awaiting them on the following day.
Ode to Joy
Driven by Nobiyo to recall the emotions that led her onto the path of a musician, Novei heads out to a certain location with the crew's help.
(Captain) and company once again visit the concert hall to watch the orchestra rehearse.
The crew and Narita watch the proceedings from the auditorium seats.
Novei: All right, let's give it our all today, everyone.
Cecile: (Ugh, my head hurts. I should've gone to bed earlier...)
Augusta: (Haha, yesterday was a blast!)
Robertina: (Ouch, my muscles are still sore. I must've strained myself...)
Pamela: (All that practice came in handy and I'll show it today!)
Nobiyo appears before the orchestra members.
Novei: Good morning.
Novei: We've finished warming up. We can begin at any moment.
Nobiyo: Good, thanks.
Nobiyo stands on the podium, and after taking a long look at all the faces onstage, begins speaking.
Nobiyo: All of you seated here today possess extraordinary talent.
Nobiyo: You were chosen because you are the cream of the crop.
Nobiyo: But you know, music is a strange thing. Even if the performance is awful, it can still touch the hearts of the listeners.
Nobiyo: Why do you think that is?
Nobiyo gazes into the eyes of each member in the orchestra.
Nobiyo: It all comes down to emotion. There's emotion in every beat of music, and that is what touches us.
Nobiyo: I believe that when it all comes together as an unrelenting cascade of emotion...
Nobiyo: That, is when the most sublime of music is born.
Nobiyo: Which is why I'm going to ask you all to try to remember the emotions that led you on to the path of a musician.
Nobiyo: I want you all to seize the emotions that exist in each and every one of you, and create the most magnificent music you possibly can.
An ineffable silence fills the concert hall.
Nobiyo: I'm sorry to throw this on you so soon before the tour.
Nobiyo: But I get the feeling this is precisely what we're in need of right now.
Nobiyo: Well, that's it for today's rehearsal.
Nobiyo: Narita, I'll leave the rest to you.
Narita: Of course!
Nobiyo bows to (Captain) and company on his way out.
Nobiyo: I'm sorry to drag you guys into this, but...
Nobiyo: If it's not too much to ask, will you support them in this endeavor?
(Captain) nods reassuringly.
Nobiyo: Thank you.
Nobiyo continues his way out of the concert hall.
The orchestra members are bewildered at the sudden development.
Narita: I'll send everyone further details as we go on, but you're dismissed for now.
Narita: And I need the section leaders to gather backstage.
Novei: Okay, let's clear the stage!
A weighty atmosphere fills the room backstage as the section leaders enter.
Novei: The emotions we felt when we first decided to pursue this path?
Cecile: So basically, we just have to remember and seize whatever that was?
Cecile: Seems like a hassle, but we'll just have to step it up.
Augusta: I'll have to visit my parents at their shop.
Pamela: I want to see what my parents think too...
Cecile: So you two are going to see your parents. Come to think of it, I got into music through my family too...
Robertina: Then I'm going to go meet the gods.
Cecile: The gods? What's that supposed to mean?
Robertina: Heehee, I just need to meet the tuba god.
Robertina speaks with a fearless smile.
Cecile: Heh, I dunno about that. It sounds like something you'd say though.
Cecile: As for me, I suppose I'll be taking a trip back to the countryside.
Cecile: I'm sure you've got a plan, Novei.
Novei: Yes, there's a place I'll have to visit too. Thank you, Cecile.
Cecile: Nah, I didn't do anything special.
Cecile: It's just that I'd hate it if I wasn't able to help any of you succeed.
Cecile: Here's the deal: failure is not an option. Always get back up if you fall. That's what I believe.
Cecile: It's all-or-nothing, girls.
The others smile at Cecile's little motivational speech.
Meanwhile, an apologetic Narita appears before the crew.
Narita: I hate to ask for so many favors, but I have to stay here to handle preparations for the concert tour.
Narita: (Captain), would it be possible for you to help the girls on their journey?
Vyrn: You bet! We travel everywhere and we'll have no trouble getting them around!
Novei: Thank you so much, (Captain).
Lyria: Let's go then, (Captain)!
The crew accompanies the girls on their journey.
Lyria: So... What's next, Novei?
Novei: There's a place I need to go to.
Novei: (Captain), will you please take me there?
(Captain) gently nods in response.
Vyrn: All right, time for takeoff!
Ode to Joy: Scene 2
Novei first decided to pursue music when she came across a memorial concert at a disaster site. And now, here she is holding a memorial concert of her own, bringing smiles to the afflicted.
Novei wishes to visit a region hit by a natural disaster not too long ago.
The crew lands in the urban area where reconstruction efforts continue.
Novei: Thank you so much for bringing me out here.
Vyrn: No sweat, it was nothing!
Novei: This place has been on my mind for a while now, but I didn't have the chance to come in person until now.
Novei: All I could do was send supplies from safety and comfort.
Novei surveys the nearby surroundings.
Novei: Looks like repairs on the main road are going well.
Lyria: So why did you want to come here?
Novei: I've been wanting to hold a memorial concert here.
Novei: Hearing Nobiyo's memorial concert in the midst of tragedy is what got me into music.
Novei: Ever since then, I've been thinking of how I can pay it forward.
Looking down at an alleyway that branches from the main road, the sense of destruction is all too real.
Novei: But I'm still afraid... I can't pretend that I'm not.
Novei: I don't think I can pull it off even though you brought me all the way here...
Vyrn: Aw, don't worry about it. There's no need to push yourself so hard.
Just then, kids humming along to a tune show up from the alleyway.
Innocent Child: Hey, what's the instrument for?
Carefree Child: Do you know how to play it?
Innocent Child: Really? Wow! Try playing something!
Novei: You really want to hear it?
Carefree Child: Yeah! We'd love to hear it!
Innocent Child: C'mon, play something, play something! Pleeeaaase!
Novei: (Captain), I...
(Captain) looks straight into Novei's eyes and gives her an encouraging nod.
Novei suddenly feels a strong drive within her.
Novei: Okay, I'll give it a shot.
With a beaming smile, Novei lithely prepares her violin.
The childrens' eyes are fixed on her graceful movements.
Novei: This is for you, kids. Here I go!
The moment her bow makes contact with the string, a beautiful sound reverberates through the air.
The nearby adults absorbed in their work set their tools down to enjoy the music.
Novei: (I hope my music reaches everyone!)
The music, imbued with her overflowing emotions, paint the surroundings in a gentle hue.
Lyria: Novei, this is amazing!
Vyrn: I can almost see the music!
Carefree Child: Wow!
Innocent Child: Incredible!
Drawn by her beautiful music, people gather around to watch.
Novei is overwhelmed by applause the instant she finishes playing.
Innocent Child: That was awesome! I've never seen anything like that!
Carefree Child: It was beautiful! Can you play some more? Please, please!
Vyrn: Wow, look at all the people drawn to Novei's music!
Lyria: Haha, Novei must be enjoying herself.
Novei: Thank you so much, everyone.
Novei bows gracefully to the crowd.
Novei: (Even if I can't save people with my music...)
Novei: (I can still make them smile.)
Novei: (That's what I promised myself.)
Novei: I really appreciate this, everyone.
Novei: Now, for my next song...
Novei's beautiful melody puts a smile on everyone's faces, encouraging them to push forward.
And thus, Novei recalls the emotions she felt when she first decided to become a musician.
The applause never stops that day as Novei continues performing to her heart's content.
Ode to Joy: Scene 3
All members of the Sky Philharmonic Orchestra return from their mini-adventures just in time for opening day of the 100th anniversary concert tour. They each perform with renewed passion, signifying a rebirth of the orchestra.
It's a full house on the opening day of the Sky Philharmonic Orchestra's 100th anniversary concert tour.
Narita: We're about to start and our section leaders have not returned. This is unprecedented!
Nobiyo: Oh relax. It'll be fine, since it's those kids.
Narita: How can you say it's fine! There's only ten minutes left!
Nobiyo: If worst comes to worst, we'll just have to step in and keep the crowd entertained.
Narita: What? But we've never prepared for anything like that!
Nobiyo: Well, I did kind of lord it over them.
Nobiyo: It's only fair that I take some responsibility, you know?
Narita: Sigh, I just hope this doesn't backfire.
Nobiyo: Well then, shall we get in there and warm up the crowd with an impromptu act?
Narita: We have our hands full with conducting; how are we going to pull off an impromptu act!
Just as Nobiyo tries to drag Narita onstage, a clamor suddenly arises from the crowd.
The two look out into the audience to see the orchestra section leaders and the crew, out of breath, cutting across the auditorium seats.
Novei: Sorry, passing through!
Augusta: Hey, hey! Make way, please!
Robertina: Phew, I'm tired from running.
Augusta: How about I carry you there, Tina?
Robertina: No thanks. I'm not a kid, you know.
Pamela: Ah! Tina, you dropped your snacks!
Cecile: Pamela! Are you okay?
Cecile immediately lifts Pamela up in her arms.
Pamela: Thanks, Cecile...
Vyrn: Go, go, go, the stage is right there! We can do this!
Lyria: I wonder if it was okay for us to come along like this, (Captain).
(Captain) grabs her arm and leaps on to the stage.
Nobiyo: Hahaha, this is too good!
Nobiyo: It's as if we've already reached the crescendo!
Narita: Whew, talk about a close one! I guess I was worried for nothing.
The section leaders find their seats.
(Captain) and company spot Nobiyo and Narita on the stage wing and rush over to them.
Narita: (Captain)! How is everyone?
Lyria: They're ready to go!
Nobiyo: Haha, I could already tell from your faces!
Vyrn: They did their best out there! You'll hear it in their performances!
The crew has felt for themselves the emotions that led the section leaders down the path of music.
They wish for the audience to experience those very same emotions.
Nobiyo: Well, it looks like they've finished tuning. I'd better get up there.
Narita: We've kept the fans waiting long enough!
Narita: Go get 'em, Nobiyo!
Nobiyo: Well, let's get this show on the road!
A thunderous applause shakes the concert hall the moment Nobiyo appears onstage.
Narita looks on with admiration at the world-renowned Nobiyo.
Vyrn: Hey, Narita. Why did you decide to study under Nobiyo?
Narita: Hmm, well...
Narita chooses his words carefully.
Narita: I guess it's because Nobiyo is someone who truly believes music can change the world for the better.
Lyria: Hm, change the world with music...?
Narita: Yes. Anyone who's ever attended a performance conducted by Nobiyo would say the same thing.
Narita: Music transports us to another world—it takes us on an unforgettable journey that stays with us.
Narita: Even when we return to our normal lives, we find ourselves more optimistic than before.
Narita: It's almost like a magic spell that never wears off.
Lyria: How fantastic! He's like a wizard of music!
On stage, Nobiyo makes eye contact with each member of the orchestra.
Nobiyo: (Well then, are we ready to play the most incredible music the audience has ever heard?)
Novei: (Absolutely! Let's do this, everyone!)
Pamela: (I'm ready to go!)
Augusta: (100th anniversaries don't come all that often. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts!)
Robertina: (I'm gonna party all night with snacks when this is over.)
Cecile: (I was born ready! Let's totally knock their socks off!)
Nobiyo gets into position on the podium and checks with Novei.
Novei lets out a deep breath and begins playing at the exact moment Nobiyo begins waving his baton.
The entire orchestra begins playing in perfect unison, enveloping the audience in a glorious homophony.
The indescribably transcendent music stirs emotions deep within the audience.
Individual undertones from each member begin to stand out, filling the concert hall with a dreamlike quality.
On this day, the Sky Philharmonic Orchestra is reborn upon the stage.