MANGA: Shi ni Itaru Aka, Chapter 18 (English)

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Somehow I managed to order the wrong issue of Young GanGan… again… but was still able to order the right one and get it delivered the same day. Yay! So, here’s my translation of the chapter! It’s quite a good one! Not what I was expecting, but still great. There are some interesting revelations in here. 😀

Read the chapter here.

  • Eir_Beaumont

    Ah damn so she did end up being a Fake One. Hm interesting bit about somr elves being able to control red-eyes. If that applies in the original timeline then no wonder Inuart would’ve thought the Elf village to be a safe place for Furiae. The elves would’ve in theory been able to easily repel the Empire’s dragons and land soldiers easily with that kind of ability. I have to wonder what exactly is the nature of Nero’s brand. Is it something like a contract where the more he draws on it the more it consumes him and what if it’s the very thing keeping him alive? Kind of like forcefully keeping his flesh together, etc. like a Lich or traditional depictions of Draugs/Draugar/Dreygur (again-walkers).

    • Yeah, I was very pleasantly surprised to read more about Nero’s magic usage. I think this is the first basic explanation we’ve had for it, so there’s probably more info that will come later, but my initial thought was something along the lines of Voodoo. I imagined those little hex dolls where people would insert pins to inflict pain on an enemy, but this would be a sort of SACRIFICE needed to create or use magic… so it’s sort of like a contract, yet very different. I could be totally wrong, but I imagined Nero first inserted a spike or blade somewhere on his body (I need to choose a consistent word for this, ideas? I liked the visual and verbal contrast between brand/blade) as a sort of blood contract/sacrifice that would initiate the magic spell, the blade disappears but forms a sort of brand on the skin (a tattoo). When the spell ends or the magic user uses too much energy, the brand reverts back to its original form, the blade.

      It was interesting when even being in close proximity of someone else using the same magic would affect the status of Nero’s own magic. So maybe that’s why Nero’s forehead started bleeding suddenly when he was captured and put into a cage. He knew that there was another elf nearby. Kinda sad we didn’t get an all-out battle between Nero & M!One but… just imagine how INSANE M!One is going to be in the next chapter! It’s going to be AWESOME!!

  • Eir_Beaumont

    Good catch with the cage+blood thing! I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get as all out a M!One vs. Nero thing either but as soon as I saw the backstabbing, I pretty much knew that conflict was going to be delayed at the very least.

    Next chapter M!One’s ragemeter probably going to be cranked up to 11 at some point. He’ll literally be insane with rage and definitely resort to the power of song (galdr is what I personally think of it as).

    Thing that’s really holding my attention is this the mechanism of the magic. I’d really like to know why the sister can use her magic without reprecussions and Nero can’t.

    Oh and the blade/brand contrasts good. >.< It'd be really difficult choosing optimal terms since we hardly know anything about the nature of his magic.

    • Thing that’s really holding my attention is this the mechanism of the magic. I’d really like to know why the sister can use her magic without reprecussions and Nero can’t.

      Well, she did say that she stole that power from the chief of their village, something that Nero was thinking about doing himself but never did. So I assume, whatever power the chief had was already hugely powerful…and adding it to herself, makes her way stronger magically than Nero. I think the sheer size of her brand makes for a good comparison with Nero’s little forehead brand. Of course, we can’t see the brand on his back, except for the huge spikes coming out in that one still, but I think she’s totally out of his league. M!One will have to resort to using Song to finish her…and he will be INSANE with RAGE. Can’t wait for that…but I worry about the consequences after…

      As far as characters go, I really like the development of M!One so far. He’s actually seems to have a pretty good heart and is trying to deal with being the only surviving Utahime/Utaoji… Actually, I’d go even further to say that he might even have it worse than Zero did, not to say that her childhood was good. But, M!One has lived the longest, has gone through more rough moments throughout the years… You can’t help but feel sorry for him and want him to succeed in whatever he’s trying to do.

  • Eir_Beaumont

    I definitely agree that M!One had it worse than Zero. F!One did as well since when you really consider that Zero (okay this is somewhat delving into head canon) had grown up desensitized to being and having others accosted and maltreated to say the least (even if on some very primeval level inside I really think she doesn’t want it to be this way). That same crap would be alot more damaging on a psyche like F!One’s. M!One’s really pushing his sanity to recouncil his paradoxical morality and identity as an intoner. I can’t imagine how much cognitive dissonance he deals with daily from trying to act morally but, regardless of intentions always having everything he does end in tragedy and misfortune. I guess stuff like these contradictions between nature and intent+actions that Taro loves sprinkling around in his brain child games are why they’ve stood out so much to me. It’s almost unbearably human to see characters like these with their own bundle of contradictions.

    • I can’t imagine how much cognitive dissonance he deals with daily from trying to act morally but, regardless of intentions always having everything he does end in tragedy and misfortune. I guess stuff like these contradictions between nature and intent+actions that Taro loves sprinkling around in his brain child games are why they’ve stood out so much to me. It’s almost unbearably human to see characters like these with their own bundle of contradictions.

      And this is a huge reason why I love this series. Very traditionally, my favorite character is usually always the leader or main character, but which such, often comes the most damanged and or tormented being, and yet they press on. No matter what tragedy, pain, loss, sorrow might come their way, I always love to see how or often why they find the strength to move on. I’ve always liked that saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. So for semi-immortal beings, what gives them the strength to move on–what is their purpose? I love this theme so much and I think M!One carries this so well. I’m really excited for him to conquer his origins and past to find his ultimate purpose, whatever that may be. Although he’s a pretty F’ed up character himself, I hope Nero will be there to help him along the way!

      Speaking of Nero and his…relations with Shirley, do you think much of that stemmed from Elf-Human racism? Nero could very well be a complete sex addict and that’s it, but…but I’d like to think there’s something more behind his insatiable sex drive. I wonder if the absence of the Utahime girls, whose sex drive were quite profound, has caused a sort of imbalance in others, especially those with innate magical abilities. It would be interesting if there *is* a connection between Nero’s higher magical ability and his crazy need for sex.

      • Eir_Beaumont

        Nero probably would’ve been on the licentious side of the spectrum anyway even without whatever character defining trauma he’s had up to this point. I’m almost certain something really fucked up happened between him and his family. I’d take a stab that the insatiable libido is there partially as an out for frustration and stress, like why I smoke occassionally. It just takes his mind off of whatever it is bothering him and/or lets him actually focus on something.

        I bet something is destabilized by our lovely Utahime girls. The angelic script in DoD3 game corresponds perfectly with the way actual DNA bases pair up when they haven’t in all the other DoDs and Nier. There’s pretty much no way a detail like this would be there just for the sake of being there, at least when it comes to Nier and Drakengard 3. Nier in particular seems to use small details like that to reinforce a sense of chaos. What when something as basic, and primitive as DNA pairings are screwed up on a macroscale on top of all the other muddled things that have happened like the Gestalt project and surreal phenomena like WCS, that’s one really unhinged, absurd world these people live in.