日常 - nichijou, Arawi Keiichi


Several weeks later.

The principal slowly walks up to the podium in front of a yard full of high school students. He looks somewhat comical because of his neck brace and his head bandages, but his expression is dead serious.

Misato looks around nervously. The air is really tense for some reason.

The principal taps the microphone and clears his throat. "It has come to my attention that there has been an unprecedented amount of injuries lately."

There are some murmurings.

Misato looks to her right and spots the weird first-year who had drawn that sine function. That girl now has a band-aid on her left cheek. Misato also notices a blonde girl with a huge red ribbon standing not too far from the weird girl. Probably in the same class. The blonde has a medical eye patch over her right eye. Also, the guy standing next to the blonde has bandages wrapped all around the top of his head.

Misato lets her eyes wander and notices that many other people are injured as well. To her right, a male blue-haired second-year is wearing a leg cast, and leaning on crutches. There's a male brown-haired second-year with a wrist splint. There's a female blonde first-year with a square white bandage on her forehead.

The principal clears his throat. "In response to this, we will be taking greater measures to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in this school. We will be having an assembly on safety and accident prevention later this week. We have also arranged for a few local policemen and firemen to volunteer their time and come to each class one by one for further safety discussion."

Misato looks at the front and notices that even some teachers have gotten injured. Takasaki-sensei's hand is bandaged, and there's a bruise on his cheek. The science teacher, Nakamura-sensei, seems really badly injured. Her left arm is in a sling, both of her legs are completely wrapped up in bandages, her right foot is in a walking brace, and there are bandages wrapping around her forehead and left eye.

Misato sweats. Uh…Did I miss something major? When did so many people get injured!?

"In the meantime, please take extra caution and care, at home and at school. We would very much like to prevent any further injuries from occurring. Do not do anything foolish or reckless. I had thought that there had been plenty of common sense ingrained in the minds of this generation, but these past several of weeks have proven me very wrong. I have seen incidents of students blatantly disregarding a teacher's safety warnings, falling down staircases, jaywalking across a roadway with fast moving cars—"

Misato flushes.

"—not to mention jumping through a window in broad daylight, and right in front of my eyes, no less. What's wrong with you people!?"

Misato smiles nervously. Wow, he's starting to get ranty.

"Do you have any idea how dangerous that was? To be honest, it's a miracle that you weren't immediately sliced to ribbons by the sharp debris."

Misato notices that the blue-haired first-year girl is looking really sheepish now.

"And this warning doesn't just apply to students, but to teachers and faculty members as well." The principal looks back and forth among the teachers. "Though sports accidents do occur, safety should be the first thing in the staff member's mind. These things can be prevented if you're not careless and reckless. Please be responsible."

The principal shoots a cold glare at the teachers. "In addition, I have been receiving repeated inquiries about a faculty member inflicting physical harm upon students."

Misato stares. Was there really something like that happening in their school?

"Of course, I'd like to think that this sort of thing would never occur intentionally. Nevertheless, this needs to stop. NOW. I hope I'm clear on that."

Misato shudders involuntarily.

The principal continues. "In addition, during the safety investigation, we discovered that when the fire alarm last went off seven months ago, the evacuation of the school was performed in a less than satisfactory manner. Thus, at some point during the following week, we will be undergoing a fire drill as well."

Misato blinks. Whoa. They hadn't done anything like that last year.

"Your teachers will go over the proper procedures in more detail during class, but I'll go over the basics now. When the bell rings, you are to immediately proceed towards the appropriate exits in a CALM and ORDERLY fashion. You are to head out to the FAR END of the field, away from the school, and line up with your classes there so that attendance can be taken. Just to be clear, misuse of the fire alarm is a criminal offence and may result in heavy fines..."


The students are slowly filing into the school to begin the day.

Weboshi rubs the back of her head. "Wow, who knew our principal could be such a scary dude?"

"It just means that he's taking his job very seriously," says Fecchan.

"And here I thought he was just some timid old man."

Fecchan shrugs, smiling.

Misato walks alongside Weboshi and Fecchan, deep in thought.

It's 8:25 am.


日常 - nichijou, Arawi Keiichi