Ren's acting test is about to begin. With his entire future hanging in the balance, so far all he's managed to do is make his leading lady Itsumi mad at him. Rather than confront him directly, Itsumi decides to hit him where it hurts: the scene they're about to perform. Will she sabotage his test? Or will Ren be able to get it together and use his legendary acting ability to lead even a recalcitrant costar through the scene?
This volume contains the chapters:
- Act 73. "DARK MOON" note
- Act 74. "The Drama Trick" note
- Act 75. "Climax Concerto" note
- Act 76. "Love Phantom" note
- Act 77. "Access to the Blue" note
- Act 78. "The Fairy's Magic" note
Chapters in this volume provide examples of:
- Duet Bonding: Ren deliberately invokes this while playing the role of Katsuki during his acting test. As Katsuki, he asks Mizuki to play something for him on the piano. He knows full well that Itsumi, the actress who plays Mizuki, can only play a single, childish song, and that it isn't something appropriate for Mizuki to play for Katsuki. He approaches the piano and begins to play the song himself, inviting her to join in and creating an opportunity for their characters to display their relationship.
- Extremely Short Timespan: All five chapters in the volume take place in the space of a day. Really, in a span of a morning, lunch break, and the early afternoon if you want to get technical about it.
- Fanservice Cover: Overlaps with Covers Always Lie - at no point in the volume does Kyoko appear in a bathing suit or wield a Parasol of Prettiness.
- Flower Motifs: It's a shoujo managa after all - the cover shows Kyoko wearing flower bracelets (and not much else), and most chapters have a few instances of panel backgrounds filling with unexplained flowers.
- Kissed Keepsake: Ren kisses the "Corn" stone when Kyoko lets him borrow it. Kyoko believes that his kiss imbues it with an extra-special power (and she later attempts to use it to drive away someone she considers a "demon").
- The Power of Acting: Ren uses his out-of-this-world acting skills to get Itsumi to react the way he wants when he goes off-script during the scene between Katsuki and Mizuki. Compounding the difficulty of this feat was the fact that Itsumi was tired of having to re-do the scene and furious at Ren for assuming she'd go along with his improvisation so easily. She gets over herself once she has time to cool down and reflect on her attitude, but by then Ren's already played her like a piano.
- Show Within a Show: Dark Moon is a type 1 example, with "characters involved in the production of the show."