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  1. /001
  2.  
  3. Zerozaki Soushiki's
  4. Human Exam
  5.  
  6. The story so far
  7.  
  8.         One day, high school girl Mutoh Iori ends up unconsciously stabbing her classmate to death. The one who appears in front of a puzzled Iori refers to himself as the eldest son of the cutthroat murdering "Zerozaki family", Zerozaki Soushiki. Soushiki points out Iori's disposition as a cutthroat murderer, and invites her to become his "younger sister" of her own will.
  9.         Furthermore, Naguma Sawarabi slaughters all of Iori's family, putting Iori in quite the predicament. The who saved her from this was of course, Soushiki.
  10.         As an older brother protecting both his new "younger sister" and the family, he begin to conduct his "test" on Sawarabi. That was without question, a violent "fight to the death"-----------.
  11.         The outcome seemed to have been decided by Soushiki's single brilliant attack, but Naguma narrowly escapes. To get rid of those accomplices of the Sawarabi who target his family, and to search for his younger brother, Soushiki begins to move--------.
  12.  
  13. Character Introductions
  14.  
  15. Mutoh Iori
  16.  
  17. A high school girl, troubled over her life path and family. At first she was wary of Soushiki who approached her and claimed to be a "Zerozaki", but in the end found the resolve to face him.
  18.  
  19. Zerozaki Soushiki
  20.  
  21. Eldest son of the cutthroat murdering "Zerozaki family". He wields the large scissors "Suicidal Tendencies" with his wireframe-like body. Searching for his younger brother. A pervert?
  22.  
  23. Mutoh Kengo (Deceased)
  24.  
  25. Iori's older brother. He was strict with Iori because she refused to face herself, but actually worried about her more than anyone else. Killed by Naguma.
  26.  
  27. Sawarabi Naguma
  28.  
  29. Second son of the three Sawarabi siblings. Halberd user. Part of a branch family of the "Niounomiya" hitmen. To seek revenge on the "Zerozaki" who killed his younger sister, he approaches Iori.
  30.  
  31. A brief period of rest greets the siblings who have just met. Chapter 5 starts on the next page!
  32.  
  33.  
  34. /002
  35. >Left side
  36. Zerozaki Soushiki's Human Exam
  37.  
  38. The "family" that surrounded his "little sister". That warmth was taken away, so easily.
  39.  
  40. >ZS
  41. Now, just how
  42.  
  43. should I assess all of you?
  44.  
  45. /003
  46. >Far right
  47. Zerozaki Soushiki's Human Exam
  48.  
  49. >ZS Right
  50. There is a family related by blood.
  51.  
  52. >ZS Left
  53. There is a faimly related by bloodshed.
  54.  
  55. >Top left
  56. Original work: Nishio Ishin (from the Kodansha novels "Zerozaki Soushiki's Human Exam)
  57.  
  58. Manga: Shiomiya Iruka
  59.  
  60. Original Characters: Take
  61.  
  62. /004
  63. >Left
  64. Human Exam Question 5 Start
  65.  
  66. >IM
  67. Aah...
  68.  
  69. /005
  70. >IM
  71. I decided to face things without running away, but
  72.  
  73. what should I do now...
  74.  
  75. >ZS
  76. How are you feeling,
  77. Iori-chan
  78.  
  79. Have you calmed down?
  80.  
  81. >IM
  82. Yeah,
  83. um......
  84.  
  85. Thanks to you...
  86.  
  87. /006
  88. >IM
  89. Uh...
  90. Um,
  91.  
  92. Soushiki.......
  93. san.....
  94.  
  95. >ZS
  96. If you were to call me "big brother", I wouldn't mind one-
  97. >IM
  98. I'm good, thanks.
  99.  
  100. Um...
  101. well...
  102.  
  103. Why did you help me, and invite me into your family....?
  104.  
  105. Was it because I...
  106.  
  107. had a *diposition* for killing people...?
  108.  
  109. /007
  110. >IM
  111. Why did
  112.  
  113. cutthroat murderers make a family?
  114.  
  115. >ZS
  116. Loneliness.
  117.  
  118. >IM
  119. Huh?
  120.  
  121. >ZS
  122. The existence of a "cutthroat murderer"
  123.  
  124. is essentially a lonely one, you see.
  125.  
  126. /008
  127. >ZS
  128. Cutthroat murderers can't make
  129. friends, close or otherwise-
  130.  
  131. and lovers are out of the question.
  132.  
  133.  
  134. Worthy opponents,
  135. mentors,
  136.  
  137. not even people that understand them exist.
  138.  
  139.  
  140. No matter where they go, they're always alone.
  141.  
  142. If it's the same whether they're there or not,
  143.  
  144. it's no longer loneliness but a
  145. rejection of their existence.
  146.  
  147.  
  148. It's because of this reason
  149. that we-----
  150.  
  151. /009
  152. >ZS
  153. sought something to protect in this world of our own.
  154.  
  155. That is what "family" means to us cutthroat murderers.
  156. That-----
  157.  
  158. is origin of the cutthroat murderer group, the Zerozaki family.
  159.  
  160. /010
  161. >ZS
  162. People who are conscious of their genuine loneliness can't go on living.
  163.  
  164. Even for solitary cutthroat murderers, a "family" is necessary.
  165.  
  166. You understand, right?
  167.  
  168.  
  169. Our family might be full of eccentric people,
  170. but everyone is full of affection for each other.
  171.  
  172. Well,
  173. my younger brother might be
  174. a bit of an exception though.
  175.  
  176. /11
  177. >IM
  178. Younger brother...
  179.  
  180. Could he be the one mentioned who has a *tattoo on his face*
  181. ....?
  182.  
  183. >ZS
  184. Yes yes,
  185. a bit of a wandering spirit you see-
  186. even I have trouble dealing with him.
  187.  
  188. To be honest,
  189. I came here originally searching for him but...
  190.  
  191. Oh yes,
  192. Iori-chan.
  193. Have you seen or met my little brother?
  194.  
  195. >IM
  196. Huh?
  197.  
  198. A tattoo on his face....?
  199. SFX: H~~~m
  200.  
  201. Does he have any other characteristics?
  202.  
  203. >ZS
  204. Other...?
  205.  
  206. Let me see-
  207.  
  208. /12
  209. >Top to bottom
  210. >ZS
  211. About 150 cm tall
  212. Died hair, tied up in the back
  213.  
  214. In place of an earring on his pierced ear, a cell phone strap
  215.  
  216. Might be wearing sunglasses
  217.  
  218. Also might be trying to look sharp,
  219.  
  220. but he's actually got knives all over his body.
  221.  
  222. /13
  223. >IM
  224. If I met someone like that,
  225. I'd run away as quickly as I could...
  226.  
  227. >ZS
  228. Heh heh
  229.  
  230. That's fine,
  231.  
  232. *becasue if you had ended up meeting him now,
  233. those murderous urges inside you would have undoubtedly accelerated.*
  234.  
  235. >IM
  236. ?
  237. Did you say something?
  238.  
  239. >ZS
  240. No no,
  241. just talking to myself.
  242.  
  243. >IM
  244. I see...
  245.  
  246. Soushiki-san,
  247. does that mean----
  248.  
  249. /14
  250. >IM
  251. you had some sort of business with that younger brother?
  252.  
  253. >ZS
  254. What?
  255.  
  256. >IM
  257. Huh?
  258.  
  259. >ZS
  260. You ask some odd things don't you, Iori-chan.
  261.  
  262. >IM
  263. Wha?
  264. Did I say something weird?
  265.  
  266. >ZS
  267. Do I need any reason to see my family?
  268.  
  269. /15
  270. >IM
  271. Is that...how it is...
  272. I don't know...
  273.  
  274. Our family didn't really get along so...
  275.  
  276. Especially when I didn't have any reason,
  277. I didn't go out of my way to
  278. talk to my brother.
  279.  
  280. At the time, he told me *not to run away*,
  281.  
  282. but I hated that, and we ended up fighting a lot.
  283.  
  284. /16
  285. >IM
  286. I'm just a girl who was always on the run from my family...
  287. especially from my brother-
  288.  
  289. I couldn't even be a good younger sister.
  290.  
  291. That's why even when they were manipulated into attacking me...
  292.  
  293. >ZS
  294. Hm?
  295.  
  296. Is something the matter?
  297.  
  298. >IM
  299. N...No,
  300. it's just...
  301.  
  302. My thoughts were all hazy at the time,
  303.  
  304. so I might be mistaken but--
  305.  
  306. while he was strangling me....
  307.  
  308. /17
  309. >IM
  310. he was...crying.
  311.  
  312. /18
  313. >IM
  314. Ah! no I mean-
  315. I'm sure I was just my misunderstanding-
  316.  
  317. >ZS
  318. Iori-chan.
  319.  
  320. >IM
  321. Um!
  322. Yes?!
  323.  
  324. >ZS
  325. There's one thing I've confirmed from this talk with you.
  326.  
  327. >IM
  328. Wha....what could that be?...
  329.  
  330. >ZS
  331. It's just as I thought, wearing spats under a skirt is a travesty.
  332.  
  333. /19
  334. >IM
  335. What have you been listening to up until now!?
  336.  
  337. >ZS
  338. Oh-
  339. that's right.
  340. I have a little something I need to do,
  341.  
  342. so when you're done getting ready go on ahead and wait outside for me.
  343.  
  344. >IM
  345. That guy really is...
  346.  
  347. just a pervert....
  348.  
  349. /20
  350. /21
  351.  
  352. /22
  353. >ZS
  354. Iori-chan's
  355. father, mother,
  356. sister, and brother,
  357.  
  358. I am in awe of all of you.
  359.  
  360. It's because she lived here surrounded by a family like you,
  361.  
  362. that she was able to live soundly for 17 years
  363. without her killing intent manifesting itself.
  364.  
  365. /23
  366. >ZS
  367. Without a doubt, you
  368.  
  369. /24
  370. >ZS
  371. "pass" with a perfect score.
  372.  
  373. Thank you for protecting her until now.
  374.  
  375. From now on--
  376.  
  377. /25
  378. >ZS
  379. I will be the one
  380.  
  381. to protect *my little sister*.
  382.  
  383. /26
  384. >IM
  385. Wow...
  386.  
  387. It's so bright...
  388.  
  389. But...
  390. It's like a renewed blessing for Iori-chan to leave her home.
  391.  
  392. >Zombie
  393. You're a Zerozaki aren't you
  394.  
  395. /27
  396. Yeah...
  397. It's me.
  398.  
  399. There's some information that I want.
  400.  
  401. Delivery will be done via the usual method.
  402. ....yeah,
  403.  
  404. I'm counting on you.
  405.  
  406. /28
  407. >IM
  408. Ha-
  409.  
  410. Haaa-
  411.  
  412. Whoa-
  413.  
  414. hold it-
  415.  
  416. What is this,
  417. this feeling of deja-vu....!
  418.  
  419. I don't know whether you're leftovers from yesterday or whatever,
  420.  
  421. but I'm not yesterday's Iori-chan anymore you know...!
  422.  
  423. /29
  424. >IM
  425. With my hidden cutthroat murdering power(?)-
  426.  
  427. That's what I thought,
  428. I can't!!
  429.  
  430. Wha-!? (lit. una-!?)
  431.  
  432. /30
  433. >IM
  434. Owwww
  435.  
  436. Oh...
  437.  
  438. Oh no....
  439.  
  440. /31
  441. /32
  442.  
  443. /33
  444. >Schoolboy
  445. That was a close one.
  446.  
  447. >IM
  448. Whew-
  449.  
  450. You...
  451. you saved me,
  452. soushiki-sa---
  453. Hm?
  454.  
  455. /34
  456. >Schoolboy
  457. Are you alright?
  458.  
  459. /35
  460. >Schoolboy
  461. Goodness,
  462. First dolls, now *ordinary people*.....?
  463.  
  464. That's not smart at all.
  465.  
  466. >IM
  467. SFX: Dumbstruck (lit. poka--n)
  468.  
  469. >Schoolboy
  470. Hm?
  471.  
  472. /36 Either onee-chan or big sis, I'm pretty indifferent
  473. >Kojika
  474. Hmmm?
  475.  
  476. Well now,
  477. well now....
  478.  
  479. >IM
  480. Wha...
  481. What is it?....
  482.  
  483. >Kojika
  484. Heheh
  485.  
  486. I like you, onee-chan.
  487.  
  488. I'm Hanamaki Kojika
  489.  
  490. Onee-chan----------
  491.  
  492. /37
  493. >Kojika
  494. Be a part of my family!
  495.  
  496. >IM
  497. Another weird one.....
  498.  
  499. >Right
  500. ------Warning, glasses.
  501.  
  502. Human Exam, Question 5 Completed
  503. To be continued in April's issue
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