[Shuumatsu] V5 C4 In This Twilight World, Even Now P3

That Morning

At that moment, Naigrat was faced with a decision of extreme gravity, the likes of which she had only come across less than ten times in her entire life: a sandwich with thickly sliced bacon, or a milk stew with chamo cow liver. Which one should she choose for her breakfast?

She already knew that the bacon sandwich here was top notch, but the problem lied in the fact that she had never heard of a chamo cow. Liver tended to differ greatly from restaurant to restaurant, so, in essence, ordering the stew would be a bit of an adventure.

Eating is living. Choosing what to eat is equivalent to choosing how to live.

“Ughhh…”

With a dead serious face, Naigrat glared at the breakfast menu.


At that moment, Lantolq was deep in thought. Spacing out with her eyes on her Dug Weapon, she thought and thought in attempt to resolve her adolescent troubles. What were they? Where did they come from, and where did they go? And once gone, that cycle repeated over and over again naturally. What should they do?

Suddenly being told that they were fragments of a god, she of course found it hard to believe yet, at the same time, for some reason, also extremely persuasive. Rather than gaining new knowledge, she felt as if something which had been lurking at the bottom of her stomach for many years had been translated into words. She couldn’t deny it, but, what in the world should she do?

I wanted to be like Kutori, Lantolq thought for the first time. Kutori threw away things like the reason she was born as a Leprechaun or the reason she had lived so far and held her own reason to live on. She found that reason and lived a proper life. Lantolq knew it wasn’t something to casually aspire after, but, still, she couldn’t help but be envious of that strength.


At that moment, Aiseia was reading a book. To be specific, she was reading a cheap fiction novel, not related in any way to the important books stored in the Grand Library. She bought it at a bookstore in town just the other day. The new brand new seventh volume of “The Torn Triangle”, it, like its prequels, told of people devoting their hearts to cheating and adultery in the name of true love.

But it was exactly in times like these, reading such exaggeratingly comical stories, that she could really look at herself and the other fairies objectively — that’s what was running through Aiseia’s head. Almost all of the romantic relationships appearing in the book ended in disaster. A love in which finding happiness is forbidden ends in a way where no one finds happiness. She felt a strange sense of closeness with that theme.

“Haha.”

The main female character found her sixth adultery partner, counting from the first volume. He happened to be a junior to her third partner and, perhaps trying to make a personality for himself, always stuck a strange ending onto everything he said.

“Sixth guy, huh…” she murmured with a laugh. “If there was little more time, maybe I could’ve slipped in too…”


At that moment, Grick was on the west coast of the 13th Floating Island, in the harbor district of the Elpis Mercantile Federation. On the surface, he was there as a pilot hired by an influential merchant from Collinadiluche, and, in secret, he was there to gather intelligence on the various merchant groups and large movements of money within the country. Someone high up in the Winged Guard, apparently even higher than Baroni Makish, had requested him to do the job. Since the gray haired young lady, Nephren, said that she was fine alone, he didn’t need to forcefully stay by her side, so he accepted.

“I don’t think I’m very suited for this though…”

After all, why should a salvager who dedicated his heart to the treasures of the land have to be stuck observing some stranger’s back up in the sky? He had complaints, but, of course, no man abandons work he already accepted.

Sighing internally and taking a look around, he spotted a few curious faces. A few wealthy merchants hailing from Elpis but residing in Collinadiluche were coming into the 13th Island, all separately.

Could there be some kind of big conference? No, if that were the case, merchants from other islands would be here too. Why are a bunch of merchants all from the same city coming here as if they planned to meet beforehand… or maybe they did plan beforehand.

The merchants almost seemed like birds escaping from a sinking ship.

“… no, it can’t be…”

Grick got a bad feeling.

At that moment, Nephren was aboard an airship bound for the 2nd Floating Island.

“I met your friend,” an old man said without the least bit of a smile.

At the meeting with Naigrat earlier, the man called himself an advisor to the Winged Guard. In truth, though, he was none other than the Great Sage Suwon Candel, the creator of Regul Aire and its eternal guardian. Upon some consideration, Nephren realized how amazing it was to meet face to face with a legendary figure. However, feelings of admiration did not stir inside her as much as she expected. That was probably, or actually most definitely, because of Willem. After being around him for so long, she had gotten used to the non-amazingness of amazing people and the amazingness of non-amazing people.

“Friend?” she asked.

“I didn’t get her name. She had long blue hair, and seemed strong on the inside.”

“Ah.” Nephren quickly understood that it had to be Ran.

“She was a good girl. She was trying to live with all her might.”

“?”
Nephren didn’t understand what the old man was saying. Obviously, a living being lives with all its might. The Leprechauns were no different, despite not technically being alive.

She heard that many more of her friends besides Naigrat were currently in Collinadiluche. However, she ended up here on this airship without seeing any of them.

“I suppose you wanted to meet her?” the old man asked.

“Of course. But I understand why you don’t want to let me.”

Now that the fairy warehouse had gathered so much attention, if Nephren went anywhere near it, her irregular existence would be discovered by multiple parties. That spill of information presented a great risk which would no doubt negatively affect future developments. If she really insisted on meeting them, she probably could have gone in secret. However, setting aside Lan and Aiseia, Tiat and Lakish really didn’t seem like they would be able to keep quiet about Nephren forever. And, even if they did, she didn’t want to force them to carry such a heavy secret.

“If they’re doing fine, then that’s good enough,” Nephren said.

“Ahh, how strong… I think I might cry.”

Nephren swatted away the floating fish who suddenly decided to appear.

Outside the window, far in the distance, Nephren spotted a giant flower pot made of black quartz floating through the air.

“… could that interesting object be the 2nd Floating Island?”

“That’s right.”

“The person you want me to meet is there?”

“That’s right. He’s not a person though.”

Nephren once read in a book about one of the few secluded regions left in Regul Aire. Called the Heart of the World Tree, it supposedly hid great secrets within.

“Oh my, what a nostalgic presence. I see he’s holed himself up in another rather grand place.”

Nephren swatted away the floating fish once again.


At that moment, Willem and Elq were out grocery shopping.

The hustle and bustle of morning started very early in the city of Collinadiluche. The morning grocery market served as one of the main causes of this. Numerous stalls packed tightly into a few plazas, all displaying fresh goods in front: beans, vegetables, salad, meat, potatoes, eggs, bread, ice, chicken, spices. And lastly, of course, there were the hordes of customers, overflowing with energy.

Willem looked down at his shopping list. Today, he needed to buy a bit more ingredients than usual, so taking a moment to think first seemed like it would be much more efficient than simply wandering around the stalls without a plan.

“Hey, hey Willem! What’s that? Is it food?” Elq tugged at his sleeve, pointing to a stall with stones of various colors out for display.

“Not a food, more like a utensil. Some Reptrace put that in their stomachs to grind down their food instead of chewing with their teeths.

“Ohh…” Elq stared with sparkling eyes, as if the stones had precious gems.

“Don’t get any funny ideas. When it comes to bodily functions, the race wall is mercilessly thick.”

“Aww…”

Elq looked disappointed, but, no matter how much she begged, this was one thing that Willem could never let her try. At the very least, it would lead to a rather upset stomach. At worst, it could lead to death.

“Then… oh, what’s that? What is it? Can I try too?”

“That’s exactly what it looks like: wood. Doesn’t go too well with your stomach or mine.”

“Aww…”

Her voice sounded disappointed again, but her eyes soon began darting around the market, searching for the next interesting object. Willem figured it would be best to finish up their business before she found anything too weird.

“Ah.”

“Hm?”

However, right after that thought passed through Willem’s head, Elq’s eyes stopped. Their gaze focused on not a stall in the market but a regular shop beyond, an old hat shop. Following her gaze closer, Willem saw that the thing which captured her attention was a large brimmed hat displayed through the window.

“Hm? You want that?” he asked.

The clothes Elq now wore were apparently those worn by Astaltus’ daughter at a young age. At the moment, she had also borrowed a hat whose color matched her outfit. Willem thought her clothes looked perfectly fine on her, but, if Elq wanted to be more fashionable, then he didn’t want to stop her.

“Eh… n-no–”

“No need to hold back. It’s not that expensive, I’ll get it for you. Since I don’t spend too much usually, I have quite a bit saved up.”

“No, I don’t want it. Really, it’s something else!” Elq shook her head rapidly.

“I see.” It was a bit unfortunate, but he had no choice but to give up after hearing her deny so much. “In that case, I guess we’ll finish up our shopping without any detours.”

“O… kay.”

Once again, he set out amongst the sea of people. Elq followed close behind, but once every few seconds she turned around. She obviously still had interest in that hat. Maybe I should buy it in secret and give it as a present, Willem thought. It might be hard to find time to go buy it without Elq noticing, but he figured it was worth a shot.

Then, one moment, for no real reason, Willem looked up at the sky. He spotted a single middle sized airship leisurely hovering above. By itself, that didn’t present a very unusual scene. After all, Collinadiluche originally developed as a trading town, so many airships constantly flew in and out of the harbor district. At any given time, day or night, not finding anything at all flying through the sky would probably be more rare.

Despite that, Willem got a strange feeling about that airship hovering above. Something just felt… off. He couldn’t explain it very well. To raise an example, its altitude was oddly low, not low enough that it risked crashing into any buildings, but still low enough that Willem could make out the organization name written on the ship’s hull. In addition, that name gave off a rather strange impression: The Order of Annihilation Service History.

The name sounded so much like a joke that Willem couldn’t help but read it over and over again. Also, for some reason, he felt like he had heard it before. He began to feel his head hurting a tiny bit as well. Could it have some connection to his past? He wanted to believe that he never belonged to an organization with such an embarrassing name.

“Willem? What’s wrong?”

A tug on the sleeve pulled Willem out of his thoughts and back into reality. “Ah, it’s nothing.” He returned his gaze from the sky back to earth. “Let’s get going. If we don’t hurry up, we’ll miss all the good meat, and Astaltus will probably be disappointed.”

“No doubt about that.”

The two of them laughed.

Boom.

“Huh?”

Instinctively, Willem returned his gaze to the sky. He spotted black smoke gushing out of the bottom of that airship, from the area near the burning spell reactor. After a moment’s delay, someone let out a scream, then, after another moment, a collective scream rose up from the crowd. Within seconds, a panic broke out. The airship lost its balance, its ability to keep afloat clearly damaged. From the eyes of anyone at the scene, it was obvious that the ship would soon fall completely.

In the midst of the chaos, the waves of people threatened to sweep Elq away.

“Stay close!”

“O-Okay!”

Willem stretched out his hand. Their fingertips touched, connecting them as they tried to reel each other in.

Then, once more, he looked up at the sky. The column of black smoke only grew thicker, the airship tilted downward at an accelerating rate, and the ship body began to warp as it failed to support the weight, all while the screams coming from the ground grew ever louder.

Next, Willem saw it. Towards the back of the airship, where stabilizing ballast would usually be piled up, a large rupture had opened, and, out from there, something, obviously not gravel or burlap sacks, poured into the sky.

What is that?

Due to the sun, he couldn’t see it very well, but he could make out a faint silhouette. Overall, the objects took the shape of ribbons, or, to make a comparison, large snakes. However, instead of scales, countless hair like protrusions grew out from their bodies. They were strange animals. Or rather, they were strange things which he didn’t know if he could call animals or not. And, for some reason, their name popped into his head, as if it had welled up from the bottom of his stomach.

“No… they can’t be…”

Apparently, Elq had seen the same thing and arrived at the same possibility. Willem knew those things very well. They had given him memories he would never forget. Even with his memory sealed, his mind and entire body were trying to recall them, those things that once, in a faraway dream, stole everything and anything he held dear.

“Aurora…” he muttered, standing frozen in shock.

 

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52 thoughts on “[Shuumatsu] V5 C4 In This Twilight World, Even Now P3

  1. Your speed never ceases to amaze me. Even though you keep saying translation will be slower due to RL – which is completely understandable, you still manage to pump these out at ridiculous speeds!

    Thanks again for your translations!

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  2. Awesome! I had the impression that parts came out in about 2 weeks, but part 3 quickly followed part 2!

    That’s some impressively quick translating! can’t wait for part 4!

    keep up the great work mate!

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  3. Thank you for the chapter!Not another peaceful chapter ruined… But THE BEAsTS HAVE COME. CRAP. Would this lead Willem to gain his memories back, since he has to fight? Or would he encounter the girls, and then regain his memories? And they are going to meet Ebony Candle, huh.. Aisea, that book must have sucked a lot. And lemme guess… Was that hat the Kutori hat? Now I miss her even more.

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  4. You’re the best. I know I don’t have the right to ask anything of you and please believe I super appreciate the work you have already done, but please keep these coming. Few things make me so happy as another chapter notification in my inbox.

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  5. Thank you for the translation as usual! I can’t convey just how important what you’re doing is to the general fandom. I hope you continue to do well both irl and in translating this series.

    Shameless plug. A couple of friends and I made a discord server for sukasuka. If it interests anyone here then please, do join. We are still new and small, but we accept everyone who would like to join. So if chatting about sukasuka with others sounds like your kind of thing, then please consider joining.

    Link here: https://discord.gg/yeh7JDJ

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  6. Thanks for the translation and your efforts !!!
    He knows that peaceful days will not last forever, I hope Willem can have a thread of hope in the end of the story.

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  7. Thanks,
    I read this in spanish thanks to google translate,
    But you traduce it so perfectly that its easily readable even after a second translation,
    I love it!

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  8. What the hell the ship triggered flags using its name.

    I guess without a common enemy they can start killing each other. Ironically with said common enemy.

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  9. Hello, do you think the anime adaptations’s ending was stupid ?

    – Big logic hole: Chtolly could have flown Willem back to the safety of airship and let Nephren undergo the inevitable venom explosion, which would have wiped out the teimerre beasts on the surface. Instead she put N. to sleep like a dog and fought herself to death against the teimerre, while leaving W. on the surface. Makes no sense any way.

    – Does anybody know why the anime made Willem proposed to Chtholly not once, but TWICE (end of ep.10 and beginning of ep.11), considering the studio knew she’s a goner? It makes mockery of the proposal’s institution, which is seen as even stronger and protected than the marriage wov itself in many societies, including Europe and Japan.

    – The pedofil re-incarnation ending scene was beyond disturbing. Are they really suggesting the surviving beast-ized or souwon-ized Willem would groom a blue haired infant girl for 15 years to end up with a Chtolly lookalike for waifu? (*) A similarly sick storyline was in the Usagi Drop manga, but at least it’s anime adaptation had the decency to skip that controversial second story arc.

    (* She will be a poor imitation at best, as Chtolly Nota herself is not coming back, here is it from the horse’s mouth:
    “After a brief moment, the girl’s consciousness terminated, never to return again … In the room behind them was the thing which used to be Kutori. Whether she had been crushed, hacked, pierced, scratched, or perhaps all of them, no would would ever know, but innumerable wounds had mutilated her body to the point where it hardly resembled its original shape.”)

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    • The anime adaptation was a let down. IMO the anime is no where near the books of SukaSuka. Quite a bunch of detail was left put and extra was added to the anime, which really annoys me. Especially the end.

      The ‘plot hole’ you speak of in the anime was again due to deviation from the book. Although I must say, I doubt Ctholly would just leave Nephren down there to blow up and save Willem o.0.
      -I’d suggest you read the book for that part since it makes more sense as to why Ctholly fought to her death.

      Why the anime proposed twice? I guess its again for the audience… and emphasis on the tragic part of their relationship.

      Regarding the reincarnation of Ctholly, Quite sure they reason why they showed it was for SukaMoka XD.

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      • @ShuVi

        “Regarding the reincarnation of Ctholly, Quite sure they reason why they showed it was for SukaMoka XD.”

        Kutori/Chtholly is dead and gone-The last scene of the anime is adapted from volume 3 chapter 5(her birth).

        Spoiler ahead—

        Chtholly died as a human brave,so she is very much dead as in no more Chtholly.

        The fragment of Elq’s soul,of which Chtholly, does go on to be reincarnated into another blue haired fairy.
        And that young fairy happens upon a certain dark haired boy BUT the girl is Riel,a girl with her own sense of self and will.

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      • the msot annoying think that isort of idont understand exactly why kutori had to fight the tiemere .. she just needed to mtake nephrem and willem to the freaking ship 😛 the only thing that i understood that she probably lost all her memories and feelings the moment she touched the kalyon ..

        based on the anime .. : maybe because she fall in lvoe wih an idiot that wanted to fight even though he was in no freaking position to do it?

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    • @angaratosurion

      Her memory loss has nothing to do with the kalyon she’s holding. She was already losing memory due to encroachment, and at that point there wasn’t anything she remembered – not even who Willem is – except her desire to protect. I’d hardly think it’s possible to perform complex actions like carrying someone back to the ship (Or is this even possible? We’ve never even seen Leprechauns carrying people in flight).

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      • @Germs & Spices i dotn believe we will ever shee any leprechauns to carry anyone or anything except their weapons .. even if they were considered soldiers isntead of weapons.. They belong ( are part of ) an army .. And in army you havent order to do something you are not supposed to do .. Individual desigons if they dont have a beneficial outcome to battle are not necesarily welcome .. and havinf lepreachauns to carry people it isnt ..

        yeah probably she lost memories because she was waking up all the time … or they have annnoying time bomb … called the memories of a dead child are coming back 😛

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    • @William Gringas

      For some reason many did not notice this within the book, but that part where the girl(who many think is now Riel) was born, it starts with “Long ago, when a certain girl was born…”
      So to my understanding, it cant really be the reincarnation of Ctholly then, instead, it is Ctholly’s past when she was ‘born’. Not sure if anyone else agrees with me on this…

      And well, reason why I said anime used it as a SukaMoka foreshadowing in a sense was cause they did not add the long ago part so that made the audience assume it was Ctholly reincarnation and thus this whole loli situation which ‘DearDropest’ wanted to know

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      • *Sigh*, Just to remove all those dumb confusion:

        *MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD*

        Chtholly’s birth – Found by two fairy soldiers.
        Riel’s birth – Found by a fairy soldier and a certain young man.

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    • The problems with the anime is that it change a lot of small details, sometimes it make no sense at all.
      – “why she didn’t carry Willem back”: it just left out some details, in the LN Willem know that he have beyond saving, all of his bones and muscles have been broke, he can die any moment, as a soldier Kutori should know that and she decide to protect his last moment.
      – “the re-incarnation”: it’s just when Kutori was born, she have gone for good so there will be nothing like a reborn.
      – there’s other thing can be seen as plot hole is in the fighting scenes, Willem blow up the beast with his bare hand, multiple times, it contradict with what he said (in ep3) about Emnetwyte was the weakest race and they take advantage of enermy’s power to fight with Kaliyon (dug weapon), in the Ln he can barely push a beast over the edge of the ship.
      – also there’re a lot of nice scenes was change in the anime, like the propose scene. In the Ln he do it in a small room with terrible stench, where he can’t even do a full maintenance because of the limit space, but in the anime it was a very simple, a wide, cleaned room, nothing worth mention.
      – the battle in the anime seem very relaxing, at least compare to the Ln version. In the Ln they barely escape even when they takeoff immediately but in the anime they can even have time to fix the ship and wait a few hours. It feel like they decide to add some decide to make the scenes more thrilling but the result is opposite with what they expect.

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  10. i somehow find the best way for the author of the light novel to trol land get on the nerves of any sukasuka fan 😛 justend the whole series with the idea that the whole story was a dream/nighmare and nothign of this actually happened

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  11. Have you seen the new official Hatsune Miku music video, Planet of Sand?

    I think it may have a loose connection with the recent SukaSuka anime. Here are some similarities: blue-haired heroines Chtholly and Miku are somewhat similar to each other in age and looks. Both planets where the stories take place are entirely covered in ashen sand and old ruins and the populations consist of beast-featured humanoids (horns, antlers,etc.). The “leit-motif” of cake features strongly in both story: Chtholly fights just to be able to return and eat that promised butter cake and then dies, while Planet of Sand’s somber tone implies that Miku’s demise may not be far after eating her 10th birthday cake, which is shown both as a sweet and as a giant iron cage. (Some theorize Crypton Co. will announce end of Miku’s development at the upcoming Magical Mirai 2017, due to ever steeper collapse of fan population.)

    [It bit me a bit to see the music video, since I’ve thought about the possibility of creating an alternative SukaSuka anime ending using MMD. Not just Miku, but some supporting characters are somewhat similar to certain Vocaloids available in MMD, like Nyghllato Megurine Luka is a dead ringer, Willem Kmetsch Kaito Shion, Nephren Miss Monochrome, etc. Nowadays MMD is really advanced, e.g. someone recreated an entire Tom ‘n’ Jerry episode in it frame by frame, using Touhou characters instead of mouse, cat and dog then put it on YT/NND, so it is doable, as that 6min cartoon probably has more moving frame than an average 20min anime episode.]

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  12. If anybody visited the recent Comiket-92 fair in Tokyo, have you see SukaSuka / SukaMoka related items there, like cosplayers, merchandise, doujin, etc.? (Hopefully only of the SFW kind.)

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