What Kind Of Partner Will My Niece Marry In The Future? - V1 Chapter 3.2
That night. It was past 20:30.
As I came out of the bath, I found Eri relaxing on the sofa.
The TV in the living room was turned off even though it was prime time.
Yet, Eri burst out laughing. On top of that, I heard a voice from Eri’s phone.
I often heard that the interests of young people these days have shifted to YouTube instead of television, but it was only now that I realized it was true.
Eri, as usual, was glued to the YouTube video she was watching on her smartphone.
I mean, if someone is this close to you and you didn’t even notice, aren’t you being way too focused?
I decided to surprise her, definitely not as revenge for the evening’s teasing.
“What are you looking at?”
“Gosh! You startled me.”
When I peeked at her from behind, she jumped to the side. I did it.
“Oji-san, I hate you. You shouldn’t snoop around on a lady’s phone…”
“No, I would never do that to a stranger. I did this because it was you, Eri.”
I replied with the same logic that Eri had used in the evening.
“Hmph…” Perhaps she couldn’t say anything back, so she huffed.
“What’s that? Oh, it’s SUGASHUN.”
A man with a familiar face appeared on her phone as he playfully opened a product and displayed it.
This is one of the so-called “unboxing videos,” a type of entertainment and review material that is a staple among SUGASHUN’s videos, and one that tends to get a lot of views.
“That’s right. I’ve subscribed to his channel and watch his videos every day.”
Eri said that, but kept her eyes glued to the phone.
But then she suddenly let out an “Ah” and scrolled down to the description column with her fingertips.
“I’ve been paying attention to the description lately.”
The displayed text read, “Video Editor: Yuji Shibai.”
Eri laughed, making a blatant show of it.
“Maybe you forgot that it was me who edited it, or you were concerned about it.”
“Well, yeah, something like that. But it makes me proud to know that there is someone around me who can edit such an impressive video.”
It tickles me to hear you say that.
“It’s nice of you to say so, but what makes this video so interesting is SUGASHUN’s creativity. He came up with the concept, the layout, and camera angles himself. He is also the one who funnily opened the package. All I did was take that top-notch material and edit it as per the guidelines [on his behalf].”
Guidelines are the points of caution and rules put together by the distributor when requesting video editing.
They are necessary to ensure consistency in the finished video when entrusting the editing work to multiple subcontractors.
So basically, I’m just editing according to the guidelines prepared by Shun.
Of course, some details are not specified, and I may make arrangements based on my intuition.
Some of them may be rejected, while others may be appreciated for their better quality.
But the root of what makes a video “interesting” is the concept.
I just took the top-notch ingredients that were prepared for me and carefully cooked them according to a recipe that anyone can do, with a few adjustments of my own.
And the result was a first-class dish… That was it.
But that process is irrelevant to the viewer. This is because what the viewer sees is only the [finished video].
It is easy to see how the food is prepared, but it is not always that easy to pay attention to the process.
“That makes it all the more awesome.”
Eri announced a little proudly.
“I’m only a viewer, so I don’t know much about it. No matter how many top-notch materials and guidelines you have, it’s the editor who makes the content more interesting, right? You have to be creative in terms of the tempo of sequencing the cuts, the direction, and so on, so that everyone can enjoy it.”
To be honest, I was surprised.
Eri was right. That’s exactly what I do.
I was surprised that there was someone so close to me who was willing to look into such things.
“Something like… behind the scenes artists, maybe a God is of finest details? I don’t know, but it is still amazing. I think some people also noticed.”
Eri’s words had a strange appeal to me.
Maybe it’s because Eri was the one who noticed it.
She was as proud of me as I was of her.
“So I think you’re amazing and I’m proud of you, Oji-san.”
A video, a piece of art, exists because of the viewers.
Most of the creators in the world, not just me, are aware of this.
And they are constantly thinking about how to make their work more enjoyable.
Normally, it would be better if the viewers do not notice our hardships. I think a true professional should be something like that.
But even so, the audience’s —Eri’s —honest opinion is worth hearing.
“Look at you, speaking like you know everything.”
“Uwa, whaa! Please stop messing up my hair!”
I roughly ruffled Eri’s hair.
Her hair, which had been shiny and well-groomed, spread out in a mess.
She looked at me warily as she carefully combed her hair back.
I managed to look like an adult, but honestly, I didn’t want to be looked at too much.
Because it was quite difficult to keep my mouth straight, which had become loose out of happiness.
“… Me, too, someday.”
As she fiddled with her hair and fixed it, Eri continued,
“I wonder if I can make a career out of something that I and someone else can be proud of.”
The somewhat sad tone bothered me, so I sat down next to Eri.
“Isn’t there anything you want to do? A dream, a goal?”
Eri, with her arms crossed, deliberately tilted her head left and right.
Every time she tipped to my side, her head bumped against my shoulder.
“There are some, and there are none… I’m not sure. I don’t know if I can be with you like this forever or not.”
“That’s not exactly what I was asking.”
Laughing a little in disbelief, Eri puffed her cheeks.
“It’s not, but it’s what I want to do.”
“…I guess so. If that’s what you think, I believe that’s a good start.”
After a pause, I continued.
“I don’t think you can find the job, the dream, or the goal you want just by thinking about it. In some cases, you can only find them when you have a chance and the will to take action. Sometimes they’re already in front of you, and you just need to find them.”
That’s exactly what happened to me with my video editing job.
There were other things I wanted to do.
But because of unexpected twists and turns, and the experience I had, I jumped into the world of editing and realized that it was something I could do, and found it worthwhile.
“So there’s no need to rush. You can search for it at your own pace. You’re still in high school.”
I look into Eri’s eyes. They have a beautiful color with a slight brownish hue.
Her eyes flickered slightly as she stared back at me.
“When I find it, will you support me, Oji-san?”
I answered immediately. I didn’t need to worry about it.
“I’ll support you in whatever goal you find, whatever dream you want to achieve.”
She nodded with a cute shy smile.
I’m willing to sacrifice myself for her smile.
It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s the kind of smile that makes me want to protect her.