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The Sky's Call
Though he wants to reach the other side of the sky, Tsubasa hates airships because of an accident that took his parents' lives. At Mr. Bertrand's recommendation, the conflicted Tsubasa decides to take an educational voyage on the Grandcypher. Once on board, the young man is moved by Rackam's resolve and the sprawling sky.
Tsubasa: Heh, purring nice and easy today!
This young man's name is Tsubasa. He's a student in the remedial class at the Mysteria Academy of Magic—or, as many would say, a delinquent.
He leads the Red Wings, a gang made up of others like him.
Tsubasa has one great wish: to see a place beyond the world he knows.
To reach the other side of the sky.
Tsubasa: C'mon, baby! Turn up for me!
The recipient of this encouragement is Tsubasa's beloved gearcycle.
The gearcycle is a form of two-wheeled transportation that advances when its pedals are pumped.
Its rear-mounted fire-magic engine, known as a Turbine Reactor, produces a powerful forward thrust and a roaring exhaust.
Tsubasa often fondly refers to his gearcycle as his beast.
He straddles his gearcycle again today in hopes of reaching the other side of the sky.
Tsubasa and Vyrn became close during a period of inter-gang conflict at the Mysteria Academy of Magic.
As the two ride down the nighttime road, Tsubasa nonchalantly reveals his truest thoughts.
Vyrn: The other side... of the sky?
Vyrn: If you wanna go far away, you should come aboard our airship.
Tsubasa: (This beast's the pair of wings that'll take me far away.)
Tsubasa: Heh, I'm not about to take a lift from no one else.
Tsubasa: If you don't get there on your own, what's the point of going?
Past events have brought Tsubasa to loathe airships.
But this leaves him conflicted: without an airship, navigating the sky is impossible.
Tsubasa: (I'm gonna get to the other side of the sky Tsubasa-style. I don't need no ship.)
Tsubasa: (But what other way is there?)
Tsubasa: (I hear there's a way to fly. But supposedly you gotta be a born genius to use it.)
Tsubasa: (The hell am I supposed to do? Damn sky...)
During their visit to the academy the following day, Tsubasa, Taiga, and Rintaro are summoned to the staff room.
Mr. Bertrand: I'm sorry for calling you here on such short notice. There's a matter I simply have to talk with you about.
His name is Mr. Bertrand, and he's a teacher at the Mysteria Academy of Magic.
Tsubasa: Talk with me about? You sure you don't mean talk at me about?
Tsubasa: And how come all y'all are here?
Tsubasa glances over to (Captain) and the crew, who are seated nearby.
Vyrn: I don't know. We got called here for a little talk.
Mr. Bertrand: I thought that it would be simplest to discuss matters with (Captain) and the others here.
Mr. Bertrand: Tsubasa, you are feeling a bit adrift now, aren't you? About your past and your dreams?
Mr. Bertrand: Hohoho... Judging from your reaction, that does seem to be the case.
Mr. Bertrand: Your dislike of airships is perfectly understandable in light of the tragedy you experienced.
Mr. Bertrand: You've come face-to-face with some harsh realities. But in order to find a solution to them, you have to move beyond the past.
Tsubasa: Yeah, so what are you saying?
Mr. Bertrand: As a matter of fact, I have an idea.
Mr. Bertrand smiles meaningfully and then lays out his proposal.
Mr. Bertrand: What if you were to study aboard the Grandcypher? Study, that is, in the same way that Vyrn did at our school?
Tsubasa: Huh! Me?
Mr. Bertrand: You'll surely derive some benefit from the experience of seeing the wider world.
Mr. Bertrand: Taiga and Rintaro, what do you think?
Killa Taiga: Huh? 'S'all good to me, my man.
This young man's name is Killa Taiga. He is the little dog—the second in command—of the Red Wings and Tsubasa's trusted friend.
Yung Rintaro: Mr. Bertrand. Teach. If Tsubasa's outta here, you gotta let us pack it in too.
And this is Yung Rintaro, the gang member who declared himself Tsubasa's younger brother.
Mr. Bertrand: Our role as teachers is to watch our students soar off into new worlds. I'll gladly give you a push onwards.
Yung Rintaro: For reals, yo? You're the man, Teach!
Mr. Bertrand: However, this is all assuming that (Captain) agrees.
Vyrn: We'd love to have you. Isn't that right, (Captain)?
Choose: You're in like Flynn.
- You're in like Flynn.
- We're all squad as it is.
Vyrn: Hehe, you already sound like one of the squad!Choose: We're all squad as it is.
Vyrn: Yeah! My squad is (Captain)'s squad.Continue 1
Mr. Bertrand: Thank you. I'm truly grateful for this.
Mr. Bertrand: Haha! So then, (Captain), please take good care of them.
Killa Taiga: Tsubasa, man. If there was something on your mind, you shoulda just told me. We're squad, nah?
Yung Rintaro: Yeah, Tsubasa! Real talk—that's what we want from you!
Tsubasa: Shut up... These problems are mine to deal with. How wack would it be to dump them on y'all?
Tsubasa: Just chill already, yeah? Don't go getting ahead of yourselves.
Tsubasa: I never even said I was getting aboard that—
Vyrn: Hey, don't sweat it! You taught me all about your world.
Vyrn: So now it's time to show our world to you, Tsubasa.
Vyrn: I know how you feel, Tsubasa...
Vyrn: But there's stuff that you won't get until you board the ship for yourself. It can't all be bad.
Tsubasa: I guess... Maybe what you're saying ain't so bogus.
Vyrn: Studying is all about trying things out, right?
Vyrn: If you really can't stand it out there, you can always come back to Mysteria.
Killa Taiga: Tsubasa, man, peep what your squad's saying. We gotta fly!
Tsubasa: When I say to let me off, you let me off ASAP. You give me that, and I'll ride.
Vyrn: Hehe! That's more like it!
Yung Rintaro: Tsubasa! This is fresh horizons for the Red Wings. C'mon, c'mon!
Killa Taiga: You never say how you really feel, son. Don't worry, I'll break the news to the rest of the Wings for ya.
Vyrn: Looks like things are sorted! Let's get shaking—
Tsubasa: Wait, yo!
Vyrn: Huh? What is it? Don't want to ride after all?
Tsubasa: Gimme a li'l bit. If I'm leaving Mysteria, I gotta talk to my grandma.
Vyrn: Sure! We'll be ready whenever you are!
Tsubasa leaves (Captain) and the others for a bit to head home.
Tsubasa: Yo, Grandma, it's me!
Grandma: Oh, welcome home, dear.
Tsubasa: Sorry for springing this on you, Grandma, but you and me gotta talk.
Though initially hesitant, Tsubasa slowly begins explaining the situation to his grandmother.
Tsubasa: Imma be real with you. I don't know what to do.
Tsubasa: There's the whole thing with the accident, and besides... I don't want to leave you alone.
Grandma: Hehe, you're a very kind young man.
Grandma: What do you have to worry about? This is the first step toward making your dream come true, isn't it?
Grandma: You're going to be a great mage someday. Isn't that what you promised me?
Tsubasa: Well, yeah, but...
Grandma: Watching you grow up makes me happier than anything else.
Grandma: So don't you fret about your old Gram Gram. Just go where your dreams take you, and let me see you grow up right.
Tsubasa: You're right. I don't have anything to worry about.
Tsubasa: I got you! I'm gonna be a real man when I come back.
Grandma: Take care till I see you again.
Tsubasa: Hey, thanks for sitting tight.
Vyrn: Oh, are you ready?
Tsubasa: Yeah, let's peace out.
Tsubasa: (I'll catch you later, Grandma.)
As Tsubasa boards the Grandcypher, determination wells in his chest.
Tsubasa: (Now that I'm here on board, my whole body's shaking. It's pathetic.)
Tsubasa: (Damn, what is it I'm even afraid of?)
Tsubasa: (I just made a promise to be a man!)
Just then, as if propelled by Tsubasa's determination, the Grandcypher takes off.
Killa Taiga: Whoa-ho! Check it out. This thing's flying! It's flying, yo!
Yung Rintaro: Turn up, my men! It's time to bounce!
Killa Taiga: Gwahaha! Rintaro, comin' outta your mouth, it just makes me laugh!
Tsubasa: Damn it...
As the Mysterian townscape grows smaller and more distant, Tsubasa realizes that there's no going back. He folds his hands behind his head and slides down onto the deck.
Vyrn: Hm... He doesn't seem very happy. Were we too pushy?
(Captain) and the others consider how to approach the sullen Tsubasa.
One is quicker to decide than the others.
Elmott: Huh? So you decided to hitch a ride?
This man's name is Elmott. He temporarily served as a teacher at the Mysteria Academy of Magic.
Elmott: Pfft. I thought you were startin' to open up a bit, but this is a surprise.
Tsubasa: Tsk, it's not like that.
Tsubasa awkwardly averts his eyes. There is a reason for his discomfort.
Tsubasa was faced with expulsion from the Mysteria Academy of Magic. The ones pushing for his removal were the school board, an organization meant to provide educational support to students.
But on account of Elmott's efforts, Tsubasa was able to avoid expulsion.
Elmott's forceful advocacy on Tsubasa's behalf that day moved Tsubasa to tears, and he has had a difficult time facing the teacher ever since.
Tsubasa: I'm gonna take a walk over there.
Yung Rintaro: All right then. Me too!
Yung Rintaro: Whoooa!
Tsubasa cries out and takes off by himself.
Killa Taiga: Aw no... He is seriously bugging out.
Yung Rintaro: Thought I was about to get iced.
Yung Rintaro: Maybe he's all hot and bothered 'cause we forced him to come here.
Elmott: He's facing his past now. Don't worry about it—it's not your fault.
Vyrn: Hm... What should we do to make him feel better?
Tsubasa: (This is seriously wack. Looks like I'm running away or something...)
Now all alone, Tsubasa recalls Elmott's face and grits his teeth.
Tsubasa: (I'll just go back. No reason to start getting all embarrassed now.)
The young man attempts to retrace his steps, but he soon loses his bearings.
Tsubasa: Why'd they have to make this ship so big? I don't know where's where.
Tsubasa: Ah, damn it!
Tsubasa is winding up to kick a wall out of irritation when a voice calls to him from behind.
???: Hold up. That's my baby right there. I'm not about to stand by while you hurt it.
Tsubasa: Huh? Who are you?
Rackam: Rackam. Ship's helmsman.
Tsubasa's eyes fill with hatred the instant he hears the word.
Rackam: Hey, that's enough! The look in your eyes is putting me on edge.
Rackam: I heard it all from (Captain). How you lost your parents to an airship accident.
Rackam: And so you hate airships to death. Am I right?
Tsubasa: I don't see a big difference between airships and any other assassin's tool...
Rackam: I get where you're coming from. Accidents can kill.
Rackam: But this thing didn't come into the world to hurt anyone.
Rackam: Think of a knife. What counts is how you use it.
Tsubasa: Lecture me some more...
Rackam: I crashed this thing back in the day. If there's anyone who knows what you're saying, it's me.
Rackam: And you're right on the money. One wrong turn of the rudder's all it takes to put someone six feet under.
Rackam: See, that's why I helm like my life depends on it. Because I'm not about to let anyone die.
Rackam: And any skyfarer I've met feels the same way.
Rackam: I'm no different. Because I don't want the Grandcypher taking anyone's life.
Rackam's firm, sincere stare takes Tsubasa's breath away.
Tsubasa: (This guy really gets it.)
Tsubasa: (He's an OG skyfarer, way different from everyone I know.)
The hostility in Tsubasa's eyes dissipates, and as he notices this, Rackam lets a smile slip.
Rackam: All right then, Tsubasa? You're new on board, so let me show you something good.
Tsubasa: Something good?
Rackam: The seat of honor.
Tsubasa follows Rackam toward the ship's bow.
There stands (Captain). To the side are Taiga and Rintaro, who are fooling around like children.
Vyrn: Oh, Tsubasa! You made it!
Vyrn: Yeah... While you were gone, we talked about how we'd been all pushy.
Vyrn: Sorry! Please don't be mad!
Tsubasa: Don't sweat it. In the end it was my decision.
Tsubasa: I let myself get too irritated. Sorry.
Killa Taiga: Hey! You feeling like yourself again, man?
Yung Rintaro: Heh, this is a true bromance, folks! Right before your eyes!
Tsubasa: You two can apologize some more though.
Taiga & Rintaro: Eek!
Rackam: Haha, you guys sure get along well.
Rackam: Hey, look.
Rackam gestures toward the bow with his chin, and Tsubasa follows its invisible path.
Beyond is the great, measureless sky.
Tsubasa: (So this... is the sky realm.)
Tsubasa's heart is taken by the sight before his eyes. He loses himself for a few moments before Rackam's voice brings him to.
Rackam: How about it? Best view ever or what?
Tsubasa: Heh... It ain't so bad.
Tsubasa's curt response belies how impressed he is by the spectacle before his eyes and by Rackam's unshakable resolve.
This glimpse of another world fills Tsubasa with hope for the future.
Wideness of the World
During a supply run Tsubasa, Killa Taiga, and Yung Rintaro enjoy a gearcycle ride and a meal. In the diner where they eat, a male customer intimidates a waitress by loudly refusing to pay. Tsubasa intervenes and forces the man to leave.
Tsubasa: It's time to bounce, men!
The crew visits a town to procure supplies.
Tsubasa is free, so he takes Taiga and Rintaro out for a ride on their beasts.
Tsubasa: C'mon, c'mon! Turn up!
Killa Taiga: Yeeeah-hoo! This wind is off the hook!
Yung Rintaro: We ain't been out riding like this in forever!
Tsubasa: Let's fly in style, men!
Tsubasa and the others speed through the wind, roaring down the road with no particular destination.
After riding for a while, the trio grow hungry and roll up to a local diner.
Tsubasa: Heh! Ain't no food tastier than what you eat after a ride.
Killa Taiga: Hell naw!
Killa Taiga: Hey, Rintaro, you feeding your face too?
Yung Rintaro: You know it, bro.
Yung Rintaro: Tsubasa, yo, lemme H-2-O you.
The group relish their food and joke merrily.
Suddenly, however, the sound of someone smacking a table sounds throughout the restaurant, and the customers fall silent.
Ruffian: Did you just order me to pay! What way is that to thank yer customers for their business? Huh?
Waitress: Well, sir, it's, um...
Customer: What is he doing?
Intimidated by the combative man, the surrounding customers remain hushed. None dare to intervene.
Yung Rintaro: He ain't gonna pay? Damn, what a bum...
As everyone watches the scene unfold, Tsubasa stands up with a sigh and approaches the man.
Killa Taiga: Hey, Tsubasa!
Ruffian: Huh? What is it? You got a problem, boy?
Before the man has a chance to speak any further, Tsubasa sends him flying with a kick.
Tsubasa: That's it, yo! I'm sick of your mouth. You're ruinin' my meal.
Ruffian: Don't you know who I am, you little dirtwad?
Tsubasa: Sorry, bro. Not sure I care either.
Ruffian: Awright, boy, step outside!
Tsubasa's provocation infuriates the man, and the customers' critical gazes only act as salt in the wound.
Customer: My goodness—threatening violence against a child...
Ruffian: Dammit! This ain't over!
The man delivers his parting shot and storms out of the diner.
Killa Taiga: Bro was hella wack...
Tsubasa: Yeah, but how 'bout we chow down already?
Waitress: I'm very sorry about the disturbance.
Killa Taiga: 'Sall good, 'sall good. If anyone was outta line, it's that dude who was fronting.
Killa Taiga: More importantly, though—you are smokin'! How 'bout you roll with us after work?
Killa Taiga: You can just hop on behind me. Ahaha... I mean... just kiddin'...
Waitress: Huh! I, uh...
Tsubasa: Hey, Taiga... Give the macking a rest...
Killa Taiga: Haha, sorry, man, sorry!
Staring into the diner window from outside, the troublemaker chews his lip in frustration.
Ruffian: That kid won't get away with this!
Glaring at Tsubasa and the others, he grows hungrier for revenge.
Wideness of the World: Scene 2
At day's end Tsubasa and the others once again cross paths with the waitress, who invites Taiga on a date in the woods. The curious Rintaro trails Taiga and the waitress from a distance, only to see the unruly customer from earlier lying in wait among the trees. The man knocks both Taiga and Rintaro unconscious and carries them off.
Having filled their bellies, Tsubasa and company ride on until the last light of day.
Tsubasa: So what do you say we head back?
Killa Taiga: Sure, man. I was gonna roll a bit more, but you got it.
As Tsubasa and the others are about to return to the Grandcypher, a lone silhouette draws near.
Waitress: Um, excuse me!
Tsubasa: Huh? Aren't you the—
Killa Taiga: Oh, how 'bout that! Couldn't get enough of me, huh?
The waitress blushes in response to Taiga's teasing.
Waitress: Could we talk somewhere more private?
Killa Taiga: Huh? For reals?
Taiga is dumbfounded by the unexpected invitation, and together with the waitress he vanishes into the woods that border the town.
Rintaro looks on and smiles mischievously.
Yung Rintaro: Awww yeah! First comes love, then comes marriage—
Yung Rintaro: We totally gotta follow them. Ain't that right, Tsubasa?
Tsubasa: Nah, son, nah. You know he's gonna get friendzoned, and he'll be back in a flash.
Too excited to take heed of Tsubasa's advice, Rintaro tags along behind the pair.
Yung Rintaro: I gotta watch those two strollin' down the tunnel of love!
Tsubasa: And he's gone... Oh well...
Tsubasa lets out a sigh and waits for his two friends to return.
This unexpected date has put an exceptional spring in Taiga's step.
Walking into the secluded woods alongside the diner's waitress, his imagination blazes.
Killa Taiga: (Heh-heh, I totally have a shot here.)
Rintaro peeks out from the bushes and sees Taiga grinning.
Yung Rintaro: (Aw, damn. She'll see right through you, bro.)
Yung Rintaro: (Nah! Did you just go in for the hand hold! Ain't wastin' no time, are you, Taiga?)
Yung Rintaro: Whoa, she dodged it slick as hell! Guess he put the moves on too heavy. And just think—it was her who macked on him...
???: Relax. She didn't ever like him.
Yung Rintaro: Huh?
Yung Rintaro: Oof!
Killa Taiga: Wha!
The loud thud gets Taiga's attention. He looks back and is stunned to notice Rintaro lying unconscious on the other side of the brush.
Killa Taiga: Yo, man! What are you doing here! What's going on!
Taiga tries to go to his friend's aid.
Killa Taiga: Gweh!
Ruffian: Heh-heh! You lousy kids!
Waitress: You're done with me now, right?
Ruffian: Yeah. That was a nice little show you put on. Good work.
Waitress: They aren't dead, are they?
The waitress gives the unconscious Taiga and Rintaro a concerned glance; the man, on the other hand, lets out a vulgar laugh.
Ruffian: Course they ain't. I plan on hurtin' 'em nice and slow.
Waitress: What! That's not what you told me!
Ruffian: Shut your damn hole, bus girl!
Ruffian: You let that boy with the freaky do know I'm waiting for him in the warehouse on the outskirts of town.
The man looks down at the woman he knocked down and laughs heartily.
He ties up Taiga and Rintaro, and then heads out triumphantly.
Wideness of the World: Scene 3
While Tsubasa is waiting for his friends just outside town, the waitress appears and explains how she was coerced into helping abduct Taiga and Rintaro to a warehouse. Tsubasa heads to the warehouse and then battles their captor.
After parting with Taiga and Rintaro, Tsubasa waits for the pair near the entrance to the town.
But, come nighttime, the two haven't returned, and Tsubasa grows irritated.
Tsubasa: (It's hella late... Guess they aren't coming back for a while, huh...)
Just as he is about to head back, a figure comes running from the woods.
Tsubasa: Heh, so you're finally back.
Waitress: Huff... huff...
But when he notices that it's neither Taiga nor Rintaro, Tsubasa furrows his brow.
Tsubasa: Huh? What are you doing here? I mean, what about Taiga and Rintaro?
Waitress: Sob, sob...
Tsubasa's eyes turn to saucers when he sees the woman break down in tears.
Tsubasa: Hey! Hey, what is it? Did Taiga get carried away?
Waitress: No... I did something terrible...
Tsubasa: What happened?
Tsubasa helps the sobbing waitress to dry her tears before asking for more information.
Waitress: That man threatened me. He said I had to lure your friend out...
Holding back her tears, the waitress tells him the whole story of how Taiga and Rintaro were abducted.
Tsubasa: That sleazeball... Those dirty tricks!
Waitress: I'm the one to blame... If only I didn't do what he told me to...
Tsubasa: No, this isn't your fault. Don't worry—I'll take things from here.
Tsubasa jumps astride his gearcycle and lets it roar as if to vent his anger.
Tsubasa: Hold on, Taiga! Rintaro!
Tsubasa: Hey! I came here just like you said. Now come the hell out!
Tsubasa burned rubber all the way to the remote warehouse.
Ruffian: You sure took your time. I figured you ran away with your tail between your legs.
Tsubasa: Where are my men?
Ruffian: Right over there.
The man gestures with his chin.
There Tsubasa sees that Taiga and Rintaro are bound to a metal pole and covered in bruises.
Taiga & Rintaro: Urgh...
Tsubasa: You slimewad!
???: Don't get your shirt in a knot, kid.
Tsubasa turns back in the direction of the voice to see a man dressed in black from head to toe.
Tsubasa: Who the hell are you?
Boss: You can think of me as that gentleman's father and employer.
Boss: Hell, I didn't think we'd be taking hostages from some kid fresh out of diapers.
Tsubasa: Bunch of grown men don't have anything better to do? Y'all are a bunch of never-was burnouts.
Tsubasa: It's me you're after, ain't it? Then why didn't you come for me from the get-go?
Boss: Because seeing your friends like this lets you know what a little jabroni you are.
Boss: I was only aiming for the big guy, but I guess I got two for the price of one.
The man laughs, which fans the flames of Tsubasa's rage.
Tsubasa: You scumbags!
Tsubasa: I'm about to go guano on you!
Boss: All right. Now that I've taken care of the heavy lifting, you clean up the rest.
Ruffian: You got it, boss!
Tsubasa: Eat this!
Wideness of the World: Scene 4
Tsubasa defeats the man, whose boss then steps in to unleash deadly force on Tsubasa. Elmott, however, is able to persuade the man to stop. Tsubasa falls unconscious under the weight of his wounds. When Tsubasa awakens two days later, he realizes he is only one small part of a vast world.
Tsubasa punches the man with all his might, knocking him unconscious.
Tsubasa: Heh, you stupid dillhole!
Boss: Well, damn... Wrecked by one little brat.
Boss: Oh well. Guess I gotta deal with you myself.
The boss kicks the unconscious man into the wall and saunters toward Tsubasa.
Boss: What, are you about to chicken out? I'm ready anytime.
Tsubasa: If I was you, I wouldn't be talking so big right now.
Tsubasa stomps one foot forward and then slams the boss in the face.
Boss: Watch it now.
The boss stops Tsubasa's punch one-handed, as if it were nothing.
Boss: Don't tell me you thought I couldn't do any better than that little moron.
Without missing a beat, the boss slams a leaden fist into Tsubasa's sternum.
Tsubasa: Gwah... Ha...
Boss: Hey, hey! Is that the best you can do?
The man seems to suddenly spring to life, and he batters Tsubasa with a storm of merciless blows.
Boss: I'm only warming up, boy.
Boss: On your feet! I'm gonna tie you in a knot and twist till you spit out your lungs!
Tsubasa: (Hell, he's strong. Way stronger than his lackey.)
Tsubasa: (Damn it! If this keeps up, I'm gonna...)
Tsubasa prepares to die. But just then he hears a familiar voice.
???: You mind cutting it out?
Tsubasa: Teach? What are you doing here?
Elmott glances over at Tsubasa then fixes a piercing gaze on the thug's boss.
Boss: Who the hell are you? I don't remember inviting any guests.
Elmott: I'm in charge of educating the little brat that you're bullying.
Boss: Bullying? Nah, you've got me all wrong. I'm just teaching him a lesson. A lesson, get it?
Boss: About what it's like living in the grown-up world. I'm teaching him what you couldn't.
Elmott: Are you trying to get a rise out of me? Just quit it then. I didn't come to fight.
Elmott: Besides, if people find out that you laid into some kids like this, your little gang's reputation's gonna tank.
Boss: Humph, you sure have a way of putting it.
Boss: Oh well. I'll take it easy on him this time.
Boss: Give that little snot a piece of your mind for me.
The boss takes hold of his underling and walks away.
Tsubasa: (Hold up! I didn't lose yet...)
Tsubasa: (Damn... My voice is shot...)
Tsubasa strains to speak, but the words seem to vanish before they ever reach his tongue. His sight grows blurry.
Tsubasa awakens in his quarters on the Grandcypher.
As his eyes attempt to focus, he notices someone peering at him.
Elmott: So you finally decided to rise and shine.
Elmott: They say sleep does a body good, but you ought to be perfect now. You've been sleeping for the past two days.
Elmott: Oh, and first of all, your pals are okay. They got up earlier, and they're as healthy as horses now.
Tsubasa: How come you knew where we were?
Elmott: You were late coming back so I went lookin' for ya in town. That's where I ran into a woman who'd been crying.
Elmott: She told me she'd met you, and so I hurried after you.
Elmott: Oh, and while you were gettin' your beauty sleep, I put the dude in black in his place.
Elmott: Turns out those guys had been making trouble for that diner for a while. Your instincts about that thug hassling the waitress were right.
Tsubasa: Guess I owe you another solid.
Elmott: Look at you, actin' all grown up.
Tsubasa: Got a problem with that?
Elmott: Heh heh. I dunno.
Elmott grins and, having confirmed that Tsubasa is well, turns away from the young man.
Elmott: You're lucky that you were okay this time. But next time, well, you never know.
Elmott: Don't let yourself get carried away.
Elmott pauses in the doorway.
Elmott: It's a big world out there, isn't it?
And the door closes. Though the room falls silent, Elmott's words seem to linger on.
Tsubasa silently repeats them as if to make them more real.
Tsubasa: (Sometimes fighting can only get you so far.)
Tsubasa: (Damn! I thought I was hot stuff, but I was nothing.)
Although Tsubasa's actions put his friends in great danger, what he gained from the experience was equally great.
Tsubasa swears to himself that he'll become stronger... and also grow up right.
Suframare volunteers to teach Tsubasa and his academy friends the finer points of ice magic, using the topic of gearcycle improvement as a means of engaging her students. Add in Elmott's tough-love teaching style, and these students are on their way to bright futures.
Tsubasa and his motley friends from Mysteria Academy sit down to a class with Suframare.
Suframare: Class is now in session!
Tsubasa: Let's do this!
Suframare has volunteered to take charge of these students while they're on a study-abroad trip.
Suframare: Hehe, that's the spirit! I can tell you're all ready to stuff your brains with knowledge!
Elmott: Heh, it'd suck if their grades fell because of this trip, especially on your watch.
Suframare: My lesson plan is totally ready! When eyes burning with curiosity are on me, I get fired up!
Suframare: Okay! Today we're going to start off with ice spells! Does everyone have their staves?
The students wave their implements in earnest, copying Suframare, but the results are dismal.
Tsubasa: Oh, come on. How come I'm not getting any ice?
Killa Taiga: The hell! Not even a single snowflake!
Killa Taiga: Yo, what's the deal? Staff's busted or somethin'?
Yung Rintaro: Man. There's, like, all these little things you gotta remember. Gettin' wrecked here...
Suframare: Hehe. Even if it's all classified as magic, the rudiments change depending on the element. An astute observation!
Suframare: Understanding this point will surely be useful to you in the future. Give it your best!
Suframare: All right, follow my lead now. Wave your staff like this to chill the air around you.
Tsubasa: Son of a... Screwed up the casting order again!
Yung Rintaro: Say what? The staff's angle is all bent outta wack? Are you screwin' with me?
Yung Rintaro: Ugh... If Tsubasa can't do it, we don't stand a chance!
The students strain to pull off techniques they've never done before.
The enthusiasm they had at the beginning is steadily fading away.
Yung Rintaro: Pfft... Lame... No wonder we're such flunk-outs...
Killa Taiga: Sniff... I can't let Akina see me fail like this. Can't even pull off a stupid magic trick...
Yung Rintaro: Haha, that's all you ever think about.
Tsubasa: Tch! This sucks!
Elmott: Hm? Gimme a break. Where'd your fire go? Burned out already?
Tsubasa: I dare you to say that again! You're gettin' on my nerves, Teach. How 'bout stayin' out of my way?
Suframare: Wait a minute, Elmott! I'm sure you didn't mean to say it like that!
Elmott: Haha, sorry. My tongue has a sarcastic mind of its own sometimes.
Tsubasa: (Sigh... But seriously, this isn't gonna work. Guess I'm just a joke too, huh?)
Tsubasa: I'm gonna be a mage that Mysteria Academy can be proud of!
Tsubasa: (Tch... Falling apart after the tough guy act ain't exactly gonna help though.)
Suframare picks up on the mood of the students and grows concerned.
Suframare: Hm... So be it! Let's take a brief recess. It's not good to overstrain oneself.
Tsubasa and the others sit down with a thud and let out a collective sigh.
Suframare: By the way, you guys are better at fire magic, is that right?
Tsubasa: Yep. Can't rip it up on a gearcycle without fire.
Suframare: Hm-hm... A gearcycle, you say. Do you mind showing me what kind of ride it is?
Three pairs of eyes light up in an instant.
Tsubasa: Haha! How you like these apples, Teach! Meet our babies.
Tsubasa and his buddies beam with pride, the roars of exhaust that come from the vehicles matching the roars of pride in their chests.
Suframare: Oh my! You weren't kidding about running them on magic! Lovely!
Tsubasa: Heh. The rear wheel's connected to the turbine reactor which runs on fire.
Killa Taiga: Gyahaha! Strap on a ridiculous thing like that and pedalin' ain't no thang!
The boys can't stop telling Suframare about their beloved gearcycles.
Suframare: Incredible! To think that you've mastered such complex maneuvers!
Killa Taiga: Hehehe. We'd be in the dumps if we couldn't ride like the wind anymore!
Yung Rintaro: Hell yeah! We live by the flames burning inside these gearcycles!
Suframare: I see. That's why you worked so hard on fire magic.
Tsubasa: Yeah, 'cause of that, we get Fs in everything else.
Suframare: I see... Have you ever considered adding cold to your gearcycles instead?
Tsubasa: Huh? Like, freeze it? Nah, never done that before.
Killa Taiga: Weren't you listenin'? We said the reactor takes fire magic.
Yung Rintaro: Yeah, geez. Coolin' it down after gettin' it all nice and hot doesn't make sense.
Tsubasa: Hold up. The more I think about it, the reactor's not the only thing that can be chilled.
Tsubasa: Our wheels get shredded by heat while we're riding, right?
Taiga & Rintaro: ...
Yung Rintaro: Definitely. Plus all the wear and tear we put on the brakes from clashes and junk makes 'em less responsive.
Killa Taiga: Haha. Hate to say this, but one time I juiced the reactor so hard it warped from the heat.
Tsubasa: We're not made out of cash, and retooling scrap only works so many times.
Tsubasa: Think we could ice our parts to keep the temperature constant?
Suframare: Hehe. See? Ice magic has its uses.
Tsubasa: Yeah, seems like it. That way the parts we're already using can motor on for a bit longer.
Yung Rintaro: Sweet! Let's test it out. Which should we cool though, wheels or brakes?
Yung Rintaro: Eh, guess it doesn't really matter since we still can't use ice magic yet...
Killa Taiga: Wait. If we chill the gearcycles during a ride, they won't be able to run anymore.
Suframare: So the wheels have to get hot first before they can be cooled.
Tsubasa: How are we supposed to make the gearcycles run that way? Never heard of magic that can do that.
Suframare: Actually, I believe some imperial weapons employ such magics, but I don't know the details.
Tsubasa: Man... Wish we could score some classified info.
And so a discussion commences.
The crew wrestles with the question of how to infuse recycled components with magic in order to improve the efficiency of the gearcycles.
It's a hotly debated topic with little consensus. For each idea given, another conflicts.
Nothing concrete comes out of the discussion. Some ideas are too complex while others have a low chance of success.
Tsubasa: Damn it! This idea is so good, but we just can't break through...
Elmott: Eh, it's not a total loss. You're finally putting that empty head of yours to good use.
Suframare: Excuse me! I won't allow any fighting!
Suframare: Elmott, please. Can't you find a different way to express yourself?
Suframare: Listen, everyone. Even if you can't think of anything now, you can't give up. Keep learning, and it'll come to you.
Tsubasa: Yeah. Using my hands is more interesting anyway. Gonna go tinker around a bit.
Elmott: Hehehe... Best of luck, kid.
Tsubasa: Yuk it up. I'll wipe that smirk off your face.
Elmott: Hahaha! That's rich. How's this? I'll whip up a better gearcycle before you even finish yours.
Tsubasa: Tch! Still treatin' us like kids.
Suframare: Elmott... I thought I made myself clear not to provoke our pupils.
Tsubasa: I'll show you. I ain't gonna lose when it comes to soupin' up gearcycles!
As Suframare observes Tsubasa and the others getting to work, she has a few words with Elmott.
Suframare: Why are you being so abrasive, Elmott? I thought you were getting along with them.
Elmott: What? You're the one who's the rah-rah type. You even put up with annoying stuff. That's not my style.
Suframare: Geez. It's no wonder you're always getting into it with others given that attitude of yours.
Elmott: Urk! That's not fair! Look, I—
Vyrn's Voice: Whoa! I just saw some ice come out from your staff, Tsubasa!
Suframare & Elmott: ...!
The teachers turn to see Tsubasa staring at the tip of his staff, white frost forming around it.
Tsubasa: (Phew! Check it out, Teach! I got this!)
With his face beet red, Tsubasa focuses his eyes on the staff and lets out a shout.
Tsubasa's Voice: Aaargh!
A huge clump of ice bursts forth.
It envelops Tsubasa's front bangs, causing Suframare to panic.
Suframare: Oh no! This is bad! Was he too forceful with his casting?
Suframare: I can't believe he conjured ice of that size! I should've hammered in the basics so an accident like this would never happen!
Elmott mutters to himself as he watches Suframare run off to save Tsubasa.
Elmott: Sigh... It's not just one or two adults who bust their butts to teach you right from wrong.
Elmott: Eh, you brats are better off learning the stuff I can't teach from other people anyway.
Elmott: But still. Was I out of line with what I said?
Suframare: Wake up, Elmott! You're good at suppressing magic, aren't you? I bet you have lots of tips to offer.
Elmott: What the! H-hey, I—
Suframare: Hehe! Could you please drop the act and teach like you mean it? Surely it won't kill you, right, Elmott?
Elmott: (Tch... Completely forgot how stubborn she can be...)
Tsubasa: Hm? 'Sup, Teach. Need something?
Elmott: Hehehe... Thought you could use some personal tutoring from yours truly.
Tsubasa: Yeah, right! I don't remember beggin' for help for any—
Suframare: Enough! I'm not putting up with this anymore! You two will play nice, got it?
Tsubasa & Elmott: ...!
Suframare continues to hold lessons from time to time while Tsubasa and his buds are on their study-abroad trip.
Through Suframare's mentorship—among others'—Tsubasa and his friends will grow from experience.
While Tsubasa waits for the Grandcypher to be resupplied, he goes for a gearcycle ride and ends up helping Rosine with her shopping along the way. They then enjoy a drive around the island, capping off the joyride with snacks and homey conversation atop a scenic hill.
The Grandcypher is docked on an island for a resupply. Tsubasa, looking for a change of pace, takes his gearcycle out for a spin.
Tsubasa: Heh. Feel that wind, baby!
Tsubasa: Hm? Isn't that...
Tsubasa spots a familiar face sitting by the side of the road. He rolls his gearcycle to a stop.
Rosine: My goodness. Still halfway to go.
Tsubasa: Figured it was you, Rosine. Whatcha doin' way out here?
Rosine: Oh, hello there, Tsubasa. I was in the middle of a shopping trip, but this tired body of mine needed a small break.
Tsubasa: Ah, that would explain it. Let me give you a lift. I've got room for one more!
Rosine: That's okay, dearie. Do you really want to waste your time in the company of an old biddy?
Tsubasa: Haha, like I'd care about that! I ain't about to ride off without helpin' my elders. 'Sides, I got all the time in the world.
Rosine: Hehe. How can I refuse when you put it that way?
Tsubasa helps Rosine onto the back seat of the gearcycle.
Tsubasa: I'll be on my best riding behavior, but hold on tight anyway!
With Tsubasa's help, Rosine gets her shopping done sooner than she expected.
Rosine: Thank you, dearie. You didn't have to carry all my bags for me.
Tsubasa: Haha, nothin' to it! It was like carryin' pillows.
Tsubasa: So is that everything? I can help you out with other errands if you got 'em.
Rosine: Let me see...
Rosine thinks for a bit. Her eyes light up when they fall on the gearcycle.
Rosine: No, that's all I had planned for today, but... Could I take another ride on your chaircircle?
Tsubasa: My what? Oh, you mean my road buddy? Sure. Got a place in mind?
Rosine: Zooming along any road will do just fine. It's not often I get to experience the great outdoors with my creaky bones.
Rosine: I want to feel the roar of the wind whipping past me... Hm, am I asking for too much?
Tsubasa: Hahaha! I know exactly what you mean! Cool, I gotcha covered. One "velocity special" comin' right up!
Rosine is all smiles from her perch on the back seat, her arms wrapped around Tsubasa's waist.
Rosine: Heehee, I can't wait.
Tsubasa: Let's burn rubber!
After a refreshing course winding through the island, Tsubasa and Rosine rest atop a hill overlooking the countryside.
Tsubasa: Man... Nothing beats a killer view after a ride on the beast.
Rosine: Thanks for putting up with an old lady's request. Who knew not acting your age could be so exciting?
Tsubasa: Hah! That's what I like to hear!
Rosine: Hehe. A good boy deserves some fresh senbei.
Rosine takes out her flat iron and starts toasting crispy crackers. It's the perfect mood for a picnic.
Tsubasa: Whoa, that huge thingy must weigh a ton. Here, let me hold it for ya.
Rosine: Oh my, if you insist. In that case I'll get a fire started.
Tsubasa: Nah, I've got that too. Nobody's better at startin' fires than me!
Rosine: Well, aren't you a diligent young man? I won't argue then. That'll give me time to prepare the dipping sauce.
Rosine gazes warmly at the helpful Tsubasa.
Rosine: This is so nice, you know? It's like having a grandson of my own.
Tsubasa: Hehe, glad to hear it.
Tsubasa: My nana raised me as a kid, so I guess I'm a big nana's boy.
Tsubasa: She always used to say this to me.
Tsubasa: "If you ever see someone in trouble, be sure to lend a helping hand. That's the kind of person you need to be."
Tsubasa: When I told her I wanted to see the world, I knew she'd be lonely, but she still saw me off with a smile.
Tsubasa: So I made a promise to myself. That I would come home a man my nana could be proud of!
Rosine: That's a wonderful promise to work toward. Any grandmother would be counting her blessings to have a grandson like you.
Tsubasa: Heh, let's not get all mushy here. That's just how I roll.
Tsubasa: Aw geez, things kinda got real for a sec, huh? Speaking of gettin' mushy, looks like the senbei turned out that way too.
Tsubasa lets out a chagrined laugh as Rosine shows him the finer points of how to make the perfect senbei.
Tsubasa: Nice! Fresh off the iron!
Rosine: Hehe, let's toast with toasted crackers.
Tsubasa and Rosine share the senbei together, whiling away the time in contented peace.
Some say blood is thicker than water. But from the laughter exchanged on this picturesque hilltop, one could argue that familial bonds transcend blood ties.