[Shuumatsu] V5 C1 Who Is That Bravery for?

The long journey took a heavy toll on their memories. Their homeland grew farther and farther away, and their recollections of it grew fainter and fainter. The eons passing by no longer held any meaningful sense of time to them.

They set out on their journey because of some war or disaster, the details of which they could only vaguely recall. Driven out of their homeland, they set sail through the myriad stars on a boat. They visited many worlds along the way, only to leave them soon after.

Eventually, they realized that they had lost sight of the way back home. Looking behind only revealed a vast sea of darkness, with no trace of their ship’s wake. And the very moment that grave truth settled in, their desire to return home swelled up in their hearts for the first time. But that desire, having no path to realization, soon became no more than a wild fantasy.

All they could do was simply continue to reminisce, hope, and pray. They no longer had any memories of their hometown. To make up for it, they read and reread the ancient records carved into the walls of their ship and yearned for the visions inspired by those words.

Their lives did not know the end known as death. After an eternity of wandering, they finally gave up on finding their home. Instead, they built a miniature garden modeled after their homeland to sleep in for the next eternity.

And thus ended one story, but another began.

Those voyagers of the stars later became known as the Visitors.


Leila Asprey had prepared herself beforehand, but listening to her master’s talk proved to be far more painful than she expected.

“So this is the true creation story of the world? This sounds like some kind of delusional fantasy a teenage boy would make up! Come on, don’t you think you’re a little old for this, master?”

“Is that the kind of attitude the current Regal Brave should have? In the first place, I never tell a lie.”

“I know I know, it’s just kinda hard to listen to that with a straight face.”

With a faint smile, Leila took a big sip of mead.

The two were sitting in a cheap bar located in some sketchy corner of the 6th District of the Imperial Capital. Despite it being deep into the night, the bar’s lamps blazed bright as ever, and the cigarettes and sizzling meat produced enough smoke to cloud Leila’s vision. The place could not get any farther away from cleanliness and elegance, but the food itself more than satisfied her stomach. For his choice of eatery, Leila added one point to her master’s reputation in her mind.

“So anyways, according to your story, the Visitors all buried their souls in this miniature garden world that they created? The word ‘soul’ seems rather fishy and occult-like to me, but I’ll leave that alone for now.

After that, only two Visitors were left alive. One of them is Elq Harksten, the one we’re going to kill tomorrow. And the other–” Leila pointed her fork straight ahead, at her master sitting across the table. “– is our very own ‘foreigner’ Nils.”

“Don’t point at people with utensils. It’s rude.”

“Well, you’re a god, not a person.”

“Don’t point at gods with utensils either. It’s still rude.”

Leila turned her fork around and stuffed the meat still stuck onto the prongs into her mouth. The overflowing juices and bitter burn marks on the surface combined to produce a truly otherworldly taste. Turning around, she yelled to the kitchen, “This is good, old man! One more plate!”

“Besides, I’m completely different from Harksten and the others. Our homelands and the journeys we embarked on were different. I just happened to drift here to the same world as them.”

“As a normal human of this world, that doesn’t seem like much of a difference.”

“I’m not as god-like as Harksten and them. I’m not all knowing or all powerful. I do have foreign magic, but it comes with strict usage limits. Two more times and I’ll have to part with this world. Now, it’s true that I’m special. I’m super strong, super smart, and super handsome. But I can’t be anymore than that.”

I thought you never told a lie, Leila thought about saying, but decided to keep it to herself. Unfortunately, her master, Nils D Foreigner, really was quite strong and smart. She couldn’t really comment on the last part, but, well, maybe some people saw him that way. After all, beauty takes many forms, and Leila wasn’t one to judge.

“So I’m afraid I can’t be of much help in you guys’ upcoming battle. I’ll let you Braves take the spotlight while I clean up some boring stuff backstage.”

“… I see.” Leila munched on some vegetables. “Is that boring stuff related to True World?”

“Yeah, something like that,” Nils answered vaguely, then emptied the bottle of beer in front of him. “You know, at first, I created it as a secret society whose sole purpose was to protect humanity. I even spent two years carefully thinking of a good name.”

“Huh?” Two years? Two years for that!?

“But then I leave it alone for just eighty years and look what a mess it’s become.”

“Huhhh?” Just eighty years!? I guess that’s immortals for you…

“After doing this and that for too long, time’s started to really run out. Humanity’s destruction is approaching on the scale of seconds now. But as if the group wasn’t already enough of a mess, there’s been an internal split and we’re being forced to work in secrecy. We can’t do much in this state, but I contacted the leaders and gave them some orders directly. The clues that lead you to me were probably from that time.” Nils paused and narrowed his eyes. “Leila. Do you believe me up to this point?”

“Well, I don’t really want to believe it, but you’re not lying, right?” A nod. “In that case, there are two possibilities. Either you’re neck deep in your crazy delusions, or everything you said is true… personally, I’d really prefer the former, but…” Leila sighed. “If I do that, you’ll probably cry, and that would be pretty annoying too.”

“That way of talking… you and Willem really are alike.”

“That’s just because we’re both like you, master. You’re responsible for tainting our young, innocent minds.”

“Hey, you’re the one that wanted to be my disciple, I didn’t invite you,” Nils complained, but Leila didn’t seem to be listening. “Well, putting that aside.” After stuffing a chunk of something, whether it was meat or fat he couldn’t tell, into his mouth, Nils stiffened his expression. “Leila. Don’t go to tomorrow’s battle.”

“Don’t talk with food in your mouth.”

“Nn? Ah.” Nils paused to swallow. “Leila. Don’t go to tomorrow’s battle,” he repeated. “Elq Harksten is still young. She doesn’t have the knowledge to declare a purge of humanity by herself. One of the Poteau must be behind their offensive… I’m guessing Jade Nail.”

“How do you know?”

“I’ve known him for about as long as humans have existed.”

Eeeh?

“I also haven’t seen him for about as long as humans have existed.”

Eeeeh?

“The destruction of the world is near,” Nils continued as he started on a new bottle of beer. Leila felt his drinking was a bit faster than usual, but apparently, having a body immune to all poisons, he couldn’t get drunk. “To stop it, we need the corpse of a Visitor. Or more accurately, its soul. After that we need the knowledge and skills to process the soul and stabilize the original curse. If we don’t get everything ready soon, humanity will devastate this world in the not too distant future.”

“Why?”

“It’ll take too long to explain. Just accept it for now. So anyways, the Poteau’s reasoning is quite simple. They don’t want anyone to harm their precious Elq’s soul, so they’re going to crush humanity first.”

“Wait a second,” Leila cut her master off. “This sounds like a lose-lose situation. If we live, the world gets destroyed. If we die, then of course humanity is done for.”

“Not necessarily. I have the knowledge and skills to work the curse. We’ve already finished secretly building facilities to process the soul underneath some city. All that’s left is one Visitor soul…”

“I refuse,” Leila said sharply.

“… I haven’t finished talking yet.”

“I can tell where this is heading. If I can kill Elq then everything works out. Either you’ve talked with the Church, or one of our comrades is with True World. Either way, you retrieve the soul and do whatever with that curse. I’m guessing that was the original plan.

But since you told me to run away, that means you’re now planning to get the soul from somewhere else. Probably because I happened to show up tonight and your emotions got in the way.” Leila snatched Nils’ beer bottle and drained it. “You’re going to use your own soul, aren’t you? Since that wasn’t the original plan, I’m guessing the chances of success aren’t very high.”

No response. “I won’t let that happen. As the Regal Brave, it’s my job to sacrifice myself for the world.”

“Leila…”

“I know. I won’t be able to defeat the Visitors without using Seniolis at its full strength. Killing them probably won’t be a problem, but the probability of me returning home safely is close to zero.” Leila smiled. She had confidence in her acting ability. “But most importantly, if I go all out, I can definitely win. My life and determination won’t go to waste.”

“There’s no reason for you to fight so hard,” Nils said with a bitter face. Leila fondly remembered hearing that once before, from a certain talentless fellow disciple on some battlefield years ago. “You carry the sorrow of losing your hometown, but you have no anger. You didn’t take on the fate of a Brave or the weight of a Kaliyon by your own desire.”

“That’s true.” Exactly like the previous time, Leila nodded in agreement, but her next words were different. “But there’s nothing I can do about it. If I run away, Willem will still insist on fighting, even if just by himself. And he really would go off alone, you know?”

Leila grabbed a fried potato and threw it in her mouth. While chewing, she began to state what she had realized some time ago.

“The Regal Braves are strong. No martial techniques nor spells can touch them. No monster can match them. So if they fight, they always win. Why is that?” Nils kept silent. “All the Regal Braves have a similar tragic background. They carry similar oaths, and similar wishes. Without those, one cannot become a Regal Brave. Only those with a storylike background can achieve storylike certain victory. I don’t know the reasoning behind any of this. I’m simply stating my impressions of the Regal Braves, but I’m pretty confident that I’m right–

Basically, Regal Braves are no more than copies of the life of a prototype hero who once existed.”

Nils still remained silent.

“We aren’t living our own lives. We’re just following someone whose life happened to be convenient for everyone else, with minor modifications. To defeat an enemy that only a ‘hero’ can defeat, all they need is someone who lived a life similar to a ‘hero’.

So we, as fellow ‘hero’ look alikes, wield greater power than anyone else, just like the ‘hero’ once did. Just like him, when we fight, we always win. And…”

Oh no. Leila felt danger approaching: her eyes were becoming warmer. She decided that she would no longer cry. She decided that she would always hide her true emotions, that she would always be that annoying girl who never opens up to anyone. She swore to herself, but… but… she couldn’t stop it.

“Just like the ‘hero’ used to… we’ll never be able to save the people we truly want to save… we’ll never be able to return home to the place we long for… isn’t that right, 18th Generation Regal Brave, Nils Didek Foreigner?”

Nils, the man sitting across the table from her, who lived a far more complicated and troublesome life than Leila, averted his eyes. “It’s not exactly a rule or anything.”

“You just said that earlier, you know?” Leila managed a vague smile. “Even though it’s not a clearly stated rule, you still can’t deny that things usually turn out that way.”

No response.

“Well, I’m glad. My determination wasn’t in vain. It’s true that I don’t feel any rage at having my home country and parents stolen from me, and I don’t think of my fate as one chosen by a Kaliyon to be that important, but, still, it’s not like I don’t have any reason to throw away my life fighting.”

It reached the point where she could no longer try to hide them, so Leila used her fingers to lightly wipe her tears away. Then, slightly amused at her own unfitting behavior, she let out a quiet laugh.

“Willem has a place he wants to return home to. He has people he wants to save. I’m different. And I think you are too, master.” With a quivering voice, Leila proudly declared, “I’ll never let Willem become a Regal Brave. That’s enough of a reason for me to fight. I carry on the title of Regal Brave for that purpose alone, and, tomorrow, I’ll defeat the Visitors for that purpose alone.”

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68 thoughts on “[Shuumatsu] V5 C1 Who Is That Bravery for?

  1. It’s still holy week, got all the time I need to read err suffer from feels.

    Episode 1 of the anime also hurt a bit knowing impending feels.

    Thank you for the chapter.

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  2. Funny that Willem’s dream was to become a Regal Brave. Wherein you carry a twisted and painful tragic life as a requisite.

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  3. Just wanna say my thanks for bringing thus wonderful series. Thank you.
    I just started watching the first episode if the anime and i must say i love it.
    Also the commenters made me want to read the source so here i am.
    Wish i can catch up soon.

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  4. Amazing. This author really amazing.
    I still feel pain from vol. 4. Then reading this at started, I’m laughing reading the conversation between Leila and Nils. And when reached the lower half of this chapter, the pain come again…

    Damn it, at least give us some time to heal!!!
    That’s too soon to feel the pain again!!!

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  5. Thank you for the chapter …. I gulped 4 volume in 2 days because i’m so interested in the anime …. Too impatient to wait for next episode …..
    And , what to say , the feels in this series is not for human to take ….

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  6. i see.. so, they need to sacrifice this lo- uh Elq – for the sake of restoring humanity’s curse?
    I… I… *sigh* will we see another Kutori’s death… Like a single death aint hurt enuf…

    Thank you Fgilan-sama~
    seriously, get some rest..

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  7. Here we go Vol5! Thanks for the release as always, working hard to keep the tears coming hard and fast huh…

    As expected of the last volume, this prologue chapter marks the closure of many of the mysteries of the past while bringing up what should be a final host of questions about it. During the Beasts appearance, Navrutri died in the Gomag facility. But there’s still a part missing before we figure out exactly what happened, about Leila who was recuperating in the capital at that time, and this plan of Nils’ to renew the curse. Why didn’t it work? I’m guessing it has something to do with Jade Nail, who seems like he was the only one of the Poteau and Elq camp who won his part of the fight back then. What happened to the immortal Nils since then?

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like bashing Willem over the head for not grilling Suwon over all these details. It seems to me that even if Willem had stuck around simply leaving peacefully, he would have eventually just turned into a Beast anyway as the Visitors’ spell wore out, albeit belatedly. Why would Suwon and Ebon Candle not have discussed that possibility at all?

    Lastly…the Three Poteau-bros: Jade Nail, Ebon Candle and Elq’s Fishie?
    Looking forward to seeing our newly awakened Visitor finally act. Maybe she’ll end up meeting the fairies.

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  8. I love how the author keeps dropping these complete bombshells that somehow make so much sense. Leila really was worthy of all Elq’s admiration, wow. And yes, what did happen to Nils? He can’t have attempted to replace Elq after that talk, surely.

    Thank you for the chapter.

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  9. Oh, I didn’t realize i could still feel the pain… huh. I feel that this fits the story.:
    “We could hardly believe that after so many ordeals, after all the trials of modern skepticism, there was still so much left in our souls to destroy”.
    Alexander Herzen

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  10. Thank you for the chapter! The moment they were talking about needing a hero, I knew they were talking about WIllem. And this is still in the dream? Or was this also in the past, right before Willem was petrified? And so Willem’s master was a Visitor. TBH, I knew something was up with him, but I wasn’t sure.

    Is the anime going to be 24 or 12 eps long?

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  11. This is my theory: Leila go on a fight with Elq and defeated her with the cost of her own life. But as we all know, Elq’s soul still exists which mean something must have happened in the process, might be Jade interfered. And thus Nils sacrifice himself to make the curse work which explains why he is not around anymore. And with the appearance of the Beast we can be sure that the curse has failed and all those people died for nothing. Anyway thanks for the chapter.

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  12. This whole thing is a messy contradiction. Holy lord.

    Elq and Nils is a Visitor, humanity needs a Visitor’s soul to stabilize the curse (dont turn into beast). The problem is, why the rules is like that ? Visitors created the world and humans ( or to be exact a curse ), did they sacrifice their own kin when they make the world ?

    Because no matter how much i admire Leila’s attitude, killing an innocent Visitor is just not right. And Elq herself said that she admired Leila while leila is tasked to kill her for humanity, so this is just too sickening. I dont know what’s right anymore, honestly.

    Thanks for the translations.

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    • When the Visitors created humanity, they spread their souls among them. But humans reproduced too fast and the souls spread too thin, so they need to kinda refill them in a way.

      It’s like if you give 100 coins to one guy, then he passes it on to his two kids, so they each have 50 coins. Then each kid has two kids, so now there are four people with 25 coins each. Eventually each person will be basically bankrupt.

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      • I see. That explains why they said humans are the Visitor’s biggest mistakes. Theres no right thing to do, it’s simply a matter of survival. But still though, in the end they killed Elq right ? Did something happened that the humans didn’t have time to process her soul or something like that ?

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  13. I’m still hope that this volume is a happy ending before we go to the sequel.

    But , but …. Vol 5 just started , and this is already hurt my feelings…………….. You’re amazing , Kareno-sensei…

    Thanks for the Chapter !

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  14. Thank you for the chapter.

    wow i just relised how loved Willem is:
    Almaria waited for 528 years for him.
    Kutori sacrificed herself to save him.
    Ren held on to him even when he was turning into a beast “so he woudn’t break”(i wonder if he can be turned back thanks to that).
    Naigrat really cares about him.
    Leila, well it should be obvious from this chapter.
    no wonder Willem never fit the tragic hero criteria to be regal brave he is way too loved.

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  15. A Damn sad story.
    I like it.
    It has been written by an inexperienced author. It has many gaps: different people talk with same words and in the same style,
    young people talking as psychological doctors. Most likely it has been written on a base of pure intuition, without any plan. (I call it non-mechanical way of writing) The author probably didn’t know what would be in the next chapter till he actually got there. Sometimes that make such story better than the one written with some a plan.

    STILL! It has a huge emotional core in it. And it excuses everything. Great story. I am delighted. I learn English reading it because I am a fiction author and want to translate my stories into English, at least it was my purpose, to begin with. When I had started to read it.
    “And somewhere along the line, this goal became secondary. I love Saber…”
    I love Kutori.)))

    Thanks, fgilan, and curse you. Your intention to translate that kind of sad story just took my … no… ripped out the heart from my chest. Violently. (You see how I improved my English thanks to you?))
    Thanks. Seriously.

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  16. Something I realize reading it. Willem has no qualification to become Regal Brave. That’s means he’s not guaranteed to never come home. Granted, it’s not a guarantee that he can either but that’s means he has hope, and I can’t help but thinking regardless how small thing that is, that’s an idea that would have meant the world for many people in this story.

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  17. Well this is kinda sad for me, Willem will have to choose one girl who will he end up with and it will be suck for other girls that love him and had done a lot for his sake, typical of harem story.
    Anyway thanks for the translation

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    • So far all the girls that love him are dying faster than he can figure out what 2 do with them so I guess the question will be who s left and not who he will choose

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  18. Now I see something real similar yet different between Willem and Leila. Leila want to just die after doing her job assigned only for her. She indeed love Willem but she did not embrace her feelings like Kutori. Willem want to protect every people he love (as a friend, a father figure, and so on). Willem also love his “daughters” and other people including Leila but not grasping his feelings. Both Willem and Leila are the same, differing only in hope.

    I think how Kutori died with happy last words are because of her and Willem’s choice to grasp hope since they are both connected through love. This last arc, I believe, is all about Leila facing hope and love, be she grasp them or not we’ll see. Seeing Leila has Kutori’s memories, I think she will end up loving someone (probably Willem) and also hoping for the future. Well, I doubt this is going to happen though.

    I suspect the ending of this series resemble a much darker version of Romeo x Juliet anime, whose ending is also about the end of humanity. Maybe surprisingly, Romeo x Juliet’s setting is also at floating island, though without any monster lurking below. But I also doubt it since SukaSuka has much more aspects than Romeo x Juliet, since this series change my whole perspective about fantasy genre like no others. This is like a whole new mixture of Narcissu.

    Btw about Jade Nail, I wonder who he/she is. Can someone illuminate me about this guy?

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  19. Something I just realized

    Leila fights to protect Willem … and because of that fight, there could be Lephrecauns, without which Regul Aire may have been for the worse, without which there will be no one to find and de-petrify Willem, …and without which there will neither Kutori nor Nephren for Willem to meet.

    She got her wish. She didn’t failed. Her determination wasn’t in vain. In a way, that determination is still protecting Willem through the ripples of her deed. Even when WIllem no longer have his home to return to however, he managed to find a new one, and that is because of the inspiration Leila gave to Elq.

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  20. Ok, a few chapters ago I said Solinus is powered by Emo. However, after this chapter I can’t shake the following image out of my head.
    Leila unsheathing Solinus and in a dramatic series of poses she yells.
    Tsundere! Tsundere! TSUNDERE CATS HO!!!
    the image is now burned in my brain along with some really catchy music.

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