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Astral Buddy 20

Jun 26th, 2019
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  1. Chapter 20
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  4.  
  5. Top right: Volume 3 goes on sale July 26!!
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  7. Margin: Shokuhou is in a good mood as she speaks with...Kuroko!?
  8.  
  9. Title: Chapter 20
  10. Credit: Author: Kamachi Kazuma
  11. Art: Nogi Yasuhito
  12. Character Designs: Haimura Kiyotaka
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  14. SFX: Grin grin
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  16. Misaki: I can't believe you would contact me.
  17. Misaki: Interested in leaving your Onee-sama and joining me?
  18. Misaki(small): Finally.
  19. Kuroko: No, I am not.
  20. Kuroko(small): That will never happen.
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  24. Kuroko: This is part of my investigation.
  25.  
  26. Misaki: I see.
  27.  
  28. Misaki: About Houjou?
  29.  
  30. Kuroko: I am glad you understand.
  31.  
  32. Kuroko: As you have guessed, I would like you to tell me...
  33. Kuroko: everything you know about her and the Tokiwadai incident.
  34. Kuroko: Shokuhou.
  35. Kuroko: ...-san.
  36. Kuroko: I believe you are a central figure to this case.
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  38. Misaki: Don't bother with honorifics.
  39. Misaki(outside): Let's keep it friendly☆
  40. Kuroko: My apologies.
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  44. Kuroko: Shokuhou Misaki.
  45. Kuroko: I am well aware she is dangerous and she is also Onee-sama's rival.
  46. Kuroko: I hate relying on her.
  47. Kuroko: But this is my duty, so I must.
  48.  
  49. Misaki: So there's the give.
  50. Misaki: But what's my take ability?
  51.  
  52. Kuroko: I was getting to that.
  53.  
  54. Kuroko: But...
  55. Kuroko: information and money...
  56. Kuroko: would not work as bargaining chips with you.
  57. Kuroko(outside): And money is against the rules anyway.
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  59. Kuroko(thought): Roundabout negotiations against the strongest psychological esper would be folly.
  60. Kuroko(thought): I need to be straightforward.
  61. Kuroko: I was honestly unsure what I could offer...
  62. Kuroko: but I did find an answer.
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  66. Kuroko: Myself.
  67.  
  68. Misaki: Hm?
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  70. Kuroko: In exchange for the information you provide...
  71. Kuroko: I will work for you.
  72.  
  73. Misaki: Oh, so you WERE here to join me❤
  74. Misaki(outside): Welcome
  75. Kuroko: ONLY TEMPORARILY.
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  79. Misaki: You'll do anything I ask?
  80. Label: Shoku
  81. Kuroko: Yes.
  82. Label: Kuro
  83.  
  84. SFX: Reach
  85.  
  86. Misaki: That is a unique offer ability...
  87. Misaki: but to be blunt...
  88. Misaki: I can do that myself with this.
  89.  
  90. Kuroko: I will obey you of my own free will.
  91. Kuroko: Doesn't that hold some value to you?
  92.  
  93. Misaki: Oh?
  94. Misaki: So you remembered.
  95.  
  96. Misaki: That was before summer break, wasn't it?
  97. Misaki(flashback): Your rarity ability...
  98. Misaki(flashback): would shine brightest with me.
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  100. Misaki: Not a bad idea.
  101. Misaki: But...
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  105. SFX: Place
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  107. Misaki: I am...
  108. Misaki: serious.
  109.  
  110. Misaki: How about we start out as friends?
  111. Misaki: I want to know more about you.
  112. Kuroko: Huh?
  113.  
  114. Kuroko: Wh-what are you talking about now?
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  118. Misaki: Misaka-san...
  119. Misaki: does not really need you.
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  121. Misaki: Of course.
  122. Misaki: That is not limited to you.
  123.  
  124. Misaki: Misaka Mikoto generally does not rely on others.
  125. Misaki: Part of that is her not wanting to get you involved...
  126. Misaki: but she also thinks it is faster to solve everything on her own.
  127.  
  128. Misaki: And in fact...
  129. Misaki: it is.
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  132.  
  133. Misaki: Meanwhile,
  134. Misaki: my policy ability is different.
  135. Misaki: An individual's true value...
  136. Misaki: shines brightest within a group.
  137.  
  138. Misaki: You have the finest of shines.
  139. Misaki: You are a noble pure white platinum.
  140.  
  141. Misaki: You can frame a diamond like me better than anyone.
  142.  
  143. Misaki: You would be a prize.
  144.  
  145. Misaki: I, Shokuhou Misaki,
  146. Misaki: want you,
  147. Misaki: Shirai Kuroko.
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  150.  
  151. Misaki: Okay?
  152.  
  153. SFX: Whoosh pop
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  155. Misaki: Did I freak you out?
  156. Kuroko: No.
  157. Kuroko(small): That was a reflex.
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  159. Kuroko: I do not need you to tell me...
  160. Kuroko: Onee-sama does not need help.
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  162. Kuroko: She can...
  163. Kuroko: run any distance all on her own.
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  167. Kuroko: But if...
  168. Kuroko: she gets tired while running and sits down to rest...
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  170. Kuroko: I want to nestle up to her.
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  172. Kuroko: Because that is my role and my pride.
  173.  
  174. Kuroko: I took that a little too seriously.
  175. Misaki: Hmm.
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  179. Misaki: Powerful feelings like that...
  180. Misaki: can sometimes summon a miracle.
  181. SFX: Whisper
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  183. Misaki: Nothing can stain platinum.
  184.  
  185. Misaki: Well.
  186. Misaki: I will accept that as a compromise just this once.
  187. Kuroko: Then...
  188.  
  189. Misaki: But do not regret this.
  190. Misaki: When you are working for my clique...
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  194. Misaki: You must call me "Queen"...
  195. Misaki: in front of your Onee-sama❤
  196. Junko: The Queen has found another understander.
  197.  
  198. Misaki: So is it a deal?
  199. Kuroko: What are you-
  200. Misaki: You said you would do anything, didn't you?☆
  201. Kuroko: Gh!?
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  203. Kuroko: I shouldn't have said that.
  204. Misaki: My, how exciting☆ Time for a trial clique experience.
  205. Misaki(outside): I can't wait☆
  206.  
  207. Misaki: And it probably will not be long...
  208. Misaki: before I have you do some work for me.
  209.  
  210. SFX: Crackle
  211. Text: The give-and-take deal has been made despite the great sacrifice involved!!
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  213. Box: To be continued next issue. The September Issue goes on sale Saturday, July 27!!
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