"Good morning"? It's already the afternoon. Don't tell me you're just getting to school now!
Oh, should I have said "good day" instead?
That's not the issue! How could you have possibly been this late to class!?
Ah, about that... I went outside the academy yesterday evening to take care of something... And I happened to get involved in a little hostage situation.
Yeah, I was the hostage. It was pretty hectic. But anyway, I just got back now.
Wh-What an outrageous experience...
Ahaha...yeah, it was sort of a hassle.
I apologize for scolding you. I will reflect on my actions!
Don't worry about it. You were just doing your job as the Ultimate Moral Compass, right? Stopping that talent from shining...is impossible.
Hold on! There's one thing I want to correct! I am not talented! I got where I am by putting in effort every day!
Huh? But you've been accepted as someone talented enough to be an Ultimate, right?
That is because my repeated effort was evaluated and acknowledged! I was acknowledged as an Ultimate for working hard. I want the world to work the same way.
You're going to change the world so that those who work hard can succeed... From the perspective of scum like me... You're someone with an amazing talent.
Gh... So you still value natural talent over hard work...
However, it should be that those who work hard can win and those with talent aren't relied on!
Amazing...with your talent and your will, you'll create a world filled with hope!
... I'm starting to think we're not having the same discussion here...
Sorry...it's unforgivable for scum like me to waste a talented person's time like that.
Today is the sports festival... You're in the middle runner in the relay! But you dropped the baton before you could pass it! How will you recover?
I must focus! Run faster!
I can't let it affect me now! Yaaahhh!!!
Finally, I passed the baton!
You're an incredible runner, Kiyotaka! I thought you were gonna overtake me!
But I still couldn't surpass you, Rantaro!
Well, yeah, that's how it ended up... But you fought for your team, never gave up. That's why your teammates are working so hard right now. Don't you think so?
Ahhh! Th-Thank you, Rantaro! I am honored to have you as a rival!
Uh, hey, I didn't say anything special... I don't know what to do when you cry like that.
You made a mistake, but you were touched by Rantaro's kindness!
I must get the baton to the next runner!
Take the baton!
Taka...don't worry about the baton. It is my duty to lead this team to victory. Any failure on your part is simply my failure as a leader. I won't have you blaming yourself.
I will take this baton you've passed to me...and reach the goal! In the name of my family!
B-Byakuya...th-this honor... I don't deserve it!
But I'm so moved! Moved by your determination!
You teared up a little as you watched Byakuya run off!
I must reflect on my failures later!
I ran as hard as I could...but due to my failures, my team has fallen!
No, no, no!
I'm so pathetic! If only I had tried harder! I can't believe I failed! I should have practiced! Polished my skills!
P-Please, leave me in my sorrow!
Ummm... Keep your chin up! You ran your best and recovered! It was a heated match...and your teammates aren't even mad at you!
So...please don't be hard on yourself. Love...loooooove...
Monomi's words of encouragement touched your heart...
Today is the school festival... You are giving a speech about meritocracy! You gave a passionate speech. Why not talk to some of the people in attendance?
I am so glad you listened to my speech!
I just happened to stop by, so don't get too happy about it.
Oh, I am honored either way! I would like to hear your opinion!
...It wasn't bad. I think the world could become a better place if we saw it your way.
I see! So you agree with me!
Although...there are things that can't be changed with only effort.
What do you mean?
No matter how much you change the world, there are some things that can never change...
You shouldn't talk like that! You are raising a generation of children...
Well, I don't hate your idealism... Just do your best.
Maki walked away, her expression difficult to read...
I did not expect you to come...
Oh, surprised? Now, I'm saaaad. I love you so much, Taka.
S-Sorry, I...didn't think you'd be interested in my talk about effort...
No, your ideals aren't boring! They're exactly what a leader of evil would wanna destroy!
What!? What are you talking about!?
Doesn't sound like a bad ideal, y'know? It's easier to exact justice when there's evil. If I ruin society and you fix it...then you'd be able to change the world much faster, right?
D-Don't say such things! I've had enough! There's a lot I need to lecture you on! I'll make sure you listen!
Huuuh, you're not gonna take the offer? Man, it'd be so much fun, though.
Well, if you're not gonna play with me, then whatevs. See yaaaaaa.
You exhausted yourself chasing after Kokichi...
I've never seen you before! I'm glad you came!
A world that rewards effort...where those with talent are not relied upon. That is your ideal.
Correct! Talent alone is not enough to secure a good and just society!
In that case...I am your enemy.
I have many talents. Nearly every talent you could think of...
What? Impossible! There's no way someone like that exists...
Don't waste your time doubting my words. There's only one thing I want to say to you. Even if you were to create your ideal world...it would crumble before someone like me. Human beings without talent always latch on to their superiors and live off them...like ticks. Still...are you going to preach the value of effort to me, the embodiment of talent itself?
D-Don't mess around with me!
I don't know what kind of man you are, but you should not underestimate the world! Nothing good will come of you abusing others! I cannot abide a man like you!
Fighting against the truth on your own will not move all the talentless humans in the world.
But I am not alone! Many people know the value of hard work! Even with talent...you are just one man. You make mistakes...and then you die.
Hmm... So you carry the shadow of a dead genius on your back. How boring...
The mysterious man spoke harshly to you, but it only strengthened your determination!
Your last winter at the academy... You must cherish these last few days! It's the morning of the closing ceremony, and you have some free time...
I will challenge Celeste to shogi!
...A draw? Until this match...I've only managed to lose pathetically against Celeste...
Luck comes in waves... If you continue to challenge me, it's possible you'll have a draw with me at least once.
For example...like a computer glitch appearing only once out of ten thousand times.
No, that's not it...
If you are as lucky as me, a victory cannot be shaken by some waves... It seems today might be your lucky day, Taka.
That's not it! That's not it, Celeste! It is all my studying, all of my practicing, all of my effort that finally reached you!
If you'd like to think that way, go ahead. Everyone wants to believe in their fantasies.
It's no fantasy! Perhaps, in the near future... I will actually manage to win!
No...this may be unfortunate for you to hear, but I most likely will not lose. Our life in this academy is almost over... You won't be able to challenge me whenever you want.
If you wish to challenge me after the graduation, let us meet in an underground gambling hall. I will gladly accept if you are willing to bet your fortune.
Well, I'm sure someone as earnest as you would never agree to such a match. That is why, our matches will end once we graduate.
No... Not yet.
It's not over yet!
What do you mean?
I am going to build a true meritocracy. A society that rewards valiant effort!
In that way...I will have truly won against you!
Hmhmhm...quite an interesting quibble. Well then, I shall gamble on when you fall and make a mistake.
Yes! Watch, as I change society for the better!
It seems your greatest battle has yet to begin!
I will have a passionate talk with my bro!
Bro! Let's talk!
Sounds good, bro!
What did you want to talk about today? We can talk about the coming graduation...or talk about my Bro's favorite bike!
Huh? That reminds me...I never did talk to you about my career path...
Oh, Bro! We're going to discuss *that*!? You've surprised me yet again!
Fine. Let us talk about our career paths! I, of course, will work hard to create a society that rewards effort... What are you gonna do, Bro? You can't stay in a motorcycle gang forever.
Yeah, I gotta graduate from that too.
I personally believe that is a good thing, but...
Hey, you can be happy for me. To be honest, I've been thinking...about life after the gang.
Really!? Please, tell me about it!
...I'm going to work, Bro. I want to become a carpenter.
Surprised? Yeah, I know, I'd be starting with grunt work, but...
Oh Bro... How...
Stop, really, you're too excited...
Am I!? You've lived your whole life with your talent, and now you want to work hard for a new life! How can I not be touched!? I will support you with all my heart!
Heh, thanks. I'll be the best carpenter in the whole world. I'll build your house, Bro.
Yes! I am looking forward to it! I am...so glad that I met you!
You encouraged Mondo passionately!
I will exercise in front of the school!
Good morning! I see you are here early as well, Kirumi!
Oh, good morning, Taka... You are awake quite early as well.
It's nothing! I have a duty as a role model!
What a wonderful way of thinking. It is my duty to help someone like you. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to make a request of me.
I appreciate your words! Your help is worth that of a hundred people! Of course a well-connected student like you would be an excellent role model! Having a person like you in this academy...is truly inspiring!
You continue to be amazed at all the geniuses this academy brings together...
Appearances in Seasonal Events for Other Characters
Today is the summer sports festival, but...running and sweating doesn't suit you! Instead, let's place bets with other students over the results of boys basketball! As you are gathering participants, someone catches your eye. Who do you see?
Someone troublesome caught me in the act
C-Celeste! What on Earth are you...?
Kiyotaka? Why are you so angry?
I am furious with you right now! You're placing bets on everyone while they're working so hard... Such indignity!
I am a gambler. This is what I do. It is my way of honing my talent. It is my way of performing my best.
Gah! A-Are you serious?
Even though Taka is against gambling, you were somehow able to coax him!
Your last winter at the academy... The Monokubs have suggested that you all clean the school. You will be especially busy today. Where will you start first?
Before that...the hallway seems to be noisy
The hell'd you say!? Oh, it's on!
You have some nerve, bro! Let's debate this thoroughly!
What is happening? I had assumed you two were quite amicable with each other.
He's a guy I respect, so there's some shit I can't let fly. You stay outta this!
Hey, bro! I can't overlook you yelling at someone who's not even involved!
Kirumi...it's just how it looks. I apologize, but could you leave us to settle this?
No...this is my business as well. Do you mind hearing my advice?
Wha-!? What'd you say!?
First...Taka, you are a hall monitor and I expect you to take command of this huge cleanup. I understand you may have forgotten your duties when you were distracted. You will regret it if you do not take care of the problem, so please be rational.
Gh... I-It's just as you say...
And Mondo... You should already be aware of how much Taka takes pride in his duties. Even if you do lose patience with him, you two have already accepted each other as brothers. If that is the case, then you should help Taka.
Gh... A man shouldn't tarnish his bro's pride...
Kirumi...I'm sorry. It seems I forgot myself there for a moment.
Sorry I yelled...
Please accept my apology for overstepping my boundaries. I sincerely hope that I can help mediate this dispute.
Bro...let's cool our heads and calmly talk this over.
Heh... You don't gotta be so proper. I forgot why we were fighting anyway.
You helped the two reconcile with each other, and cleaned the hallway!
Today is the fall school festival... A pop star, a fashionista, a swordsmaster, martial artists... Girls excelling in entertainment and sports are hosting a fashion show! You're in the fashion show, but now you're nervous. Maybe you should walk around the gym?
I'll keep watch at the gym's entrance
Grrr... A degenerate male like you has a lot of nerve showing up here... Normally, I would destroy you and your ulterior motives without hesitation...
I have no ulterior motives! If you will recall, I *am* on the public morals committee! I would never allow such a disarray of public morals as ulterior motives at a school event!
Wh-What's wrong, Tenko!? Does your stomach hurt?
Taka...your ideals are correct. But...but...!
...I can't! I can't accept any degenerate male, so please just go back!
What!? A-Are you saying...you won't accept my opinion, no matter how legitimate, because I am male!?
I'm sorry, but I must refuse all degenerate males!
Th-That's...something that can't be changed, no matter how hard I work at it!
Wait, I have an idea... How about you just work hard to become a girl instead!?
...UWAAAAAAAH! What on earth are you telling me to do!?
You felt a little guilty about how upset you made Taka...