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Halloween Castle (Ch4-6)

Oct 26th, 2020 (edited)
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  1. =====4=====
  2.  
  3. Momoko
  4. .....
  5.  
  6. -Flashback-
  7.  
  8. Kaede
  9. "Sugar skeletons" are...
  10. something we give to Kanagi-san after engraving "how we want to be mourned" on them...
  11.  
  12. -End Flashback-
  13.  
  14. Momoko
  15. (I don't know why, but Kanagi-san...)
  16. (wants to know "how everyone wants to be mourned...")
  17.  
  18. -Flashback-
  19.  
  20. Kaede
  21. But some girls received them from Kanagi-san, too...
  22.  
  23. Momoko
  24. Did she tell them "if you were mourned properly, give them back"...?
  25.  
  26. Rena
  27. ...Now that you mention it, she may have said something like that.
  28.  
  29. Momoko
  30. So, which girls were those?
  31.  
  32. Kaede
  33. I don't know...all of them were girls I'd never seen before...
  34.  
  35. Momoko
  36. (It's the same as Kanae-san, then...)
  37.  
  38.  
  39. Kanae
  40. The lord of the castle said "if you are mourned properly, give it back."
  41. It's what I was told...
  42. But, I don't understand...
  43. Whether it's done properly, or how to give it back...
  44.  
  45. -End Flashback-
  46.  
  47. Momoko
  48. (...Kanae-san was a recipient.)
  49.  
  50. [Kaede said she saw
  51. "unfamiliar girls" receiving them...
  52. ...So is it too much of a stretch
  53. to think that means girls who used to be mahou shoujo?]
  54.  
  55. [But, if that's true,
  56. the girls Kanagi-san gave them to
  57. must have been girls that already died.
  58. It's all I can think of...]
  59.  
  60. [So they're probably supposed to
  61. "give the sugar skeletons back"
  62. if they're being mourned properly, but...?]
  63.  
  64. -Flashback-
  65.  
  66. Ryou
  67. Everything about this is meaningless, it's nonsense!
  68. "Ask the dead whether or not you're mourning them properly." That's insane!
  69.  
  70. -End Flashback-
  71.  
  72. Momoko
  73. (...Well, I guess that's right.)
  74. (Dead people...can't tell you anything...)
  75. (And all the dead girls I've met so far...)
  76. (They seemed somehow wrong, too...)
  77. (I wasn't close with any of those girls, so I can't say for sure...)
  78. (But what I do know for certain...)
  79.  
  80. -Flashback-
  81.  
  82. Rena
  83. Wonder if it's because of the bite... My magic is being taken little by little.
  84. The castle...it seems to need magic power to maintain itself...
  85.  
  86. -End Flashback-
  87.  
  88. Momoko
  89. (...Is that if I don't hurry, everyone is in danger...!)
  90. (Plus the adjustment I received won't last much longer...)
  91. ...Damn...
  92. (To know "how a person wants to be mourned...")
  93. (What you're doing is putting all of your living friends in danger...!)
  94. ...I have to be a little harsh and hit her to snap her out of it.
  95.  
  96. Momoko
  97. Eh...Meru?
  98. She's gone...
  99. .....
  100. Meru...
  101. (There's no mistaking it...)
  102. (If I talk to Meru...I might figure out why they seem wrong...)
  103. Wait up...!
  104.  
  105. ===4.1===
  106.  
  107. Sayuki
  108. Add the sugar~♪ Mix in water~♪ Let's knead~♪
  109.  
  110. Mayu
  111. Make a shape~♪ Decorate it~♪ With a flower~♪
  112.  
  113. Ria
  114. It's a sugar skeleton~♪
  115.  
  116. Manaka
  117. And•now•we•are•done♪
  118.  
  119. Tsumugi
  120. Thanks for the meeeal!
  121.  
  122. Manaka
  123. Please don't eat it!
  124.  
  125. Momoko
  126. (...The Mizuna girls are all fine here I see...)
  127.  
  128. Manaka
  129. It's only made with sugar and water, so it isn't that delicious.
  130.  
  131. Tsumugi
  132. You don't know that unless you eat it!
  133.  
  134. Manaka
  135. They were never for eating in the first place!
  136.  
  137. Tsumugi
  138. Ehhh...
  139.  
  140. Mayu
  141. Huhu...
  142. Once we give these ones to the lord of the castle,
  143. why don't we make "sugar skeletons" that we can deliciously enjoy?
  144.  
  145. Tsumugi
  146. Agreed! If you'd please, Manaka!
  147.  
  148. Manaka
  149. Understood.
  150. I'll make them, so let's engrave first.
  151.  
  152. [In front of my grave,
  153. please serve Manaka's food.
  154. Wakana Tsumugi]
  155.  
  156. Tsumugi
  157. Here, all done!
  158.  
  159. Sayuki
  160. That was so faaast~
  161. Sayuki, can't decide at aaall~
  162.  
  163. Ria
  164. Hu huun! When it comes to speed, I certainly won't lose either!
  165. To be precise...
  166. If I die, thou shalt mourn me spectacularly.
  167.  
  168. [Release a video showcasing my success as a model
  169. and give anyone that brings offerings all the pickup photos
  170. from the magazines that have published my work!
  171. Make one album and distribute it!]
  172.  
  173. Manaka
  174. ...You want to stand out even after you're dead.
  175.  
  176. Ria
  177. Naturally of course! I will always stand out.
  178.  
  179. Momoko
  180. .....
  181. (They won't notice me with all this fussing.)
  182. (Let's get out of here quickly...)
  183.  
  184. Sayuki
  185. Mayu-chan have anythiiing~?
  186.  
  187. Mayu
  188. I...can't really think of anything...
  189. I get scared just thinking about dying...
  190.  
  191. Sayuki
  192. Hau...
  193. You're, right about thaaat~...Sayuki understands how you feel.
  194.  
  195. Mayu
  196. That's why, I really do think Ria-chan is amazing...
  197. To be able to properly accept it and think it through like that...
  198.  
  199. ===4.2===
  200.  
  201. Natsuki
  202. Huu~ I'm safe, I was able to hand it over!
  203.  
  204. Kako
  205. Now the only thing left to do is have fun for Halloween!
  206.  
  207. Natsuki
  208. I'm glad we brought our costumes we used last time!
  209.  
  210. Ayaka
  211. Then~ right here...
  212. One Halloween gag!
  213.  
  214. Shizuku
  215. You're abrupt as usual...
  216.  
  217. Ayaka
  218. Halloween...Halloween...Halloween...
  219. Hallooo! Hallooo! Ween ween weeeen!
  220. WEEN WEEN WEEEEN! HALLO WWE WE WE WE WE WEEEN!
  221.  
  222. Kako
  223. .....
  224.  
  225. Shizuku
  226. .....
  227.  
  228. Ayaka
  229. See, in this gag...
  230. I'm saying "hello" and imitating a robot at the same time.
  231. What do you think?
  232.  
  233. Kako
  234. .....
  235.  
  236. Natsuki
  237. Well...when I was in elementary school,
  238. Onii-chan did something like that, I guess...?
  239.  
  240. Shizuku
  241. ...That is certainly what elementary students would do.
  242.  
  243. Ayaka
  244. Eh! It's a rerun!?
  245. Okay, scratch that! That one doesn't count!
  246. I'll think of another one, just wait!
  247.  
  248. Kako
  249. .....
  250.  
  251. Natsuki
  252. Kako? Heeey, what's wrong?
  253.  
  254. Kako
  255. Ah...! I was trying to figure out how to react...
  256.  
  257. Momoko
  258. .....
  259. (Definitely looks like everyone is finished here.)
  260. .....
  261. (I need to hurry and chase after Meru...)
  262.  
  263. ===4.3===
  264.  
  265. Blue Mahou Shoujo
  266. As I thought, her selfishness hasn't changed...
  267.  
  268. Pink Mahou Shoujo
  269. She hasn't changed since then.
  270.  
  271. Momoko
  272. (One girl who was a mahou shoujo in the east... and one who I don't recognize.)
  273. (Those two girls must also already be dead...)
  274.  
  275. Blue MS
  276. The lord of the castle always thinks she is right.
  277.  
  278. Pink MS
  279. She always thought she was right.
  280. She doesn't know what to do any more, which is why she's doing this.
  281.  
  282. Blue MS
  283. It's true, she was always arrogant and selfish.
  284.  
  285. Pink MS
  286. Is that sooo...? I don't think she's arrogant at aaalll...
  287. Really, I think she's pitiful.
  288.  
  289. Blue MS
  290. Pitiful...?
  291.  
  292. Pink MS
  293. The lord of the castle thought to herself, "my eyes said so..." Huhu...
  294.  
  295. Blue MS
  296. You really think she's "pitiful?" Why do you think that?
  297.  
  298. Pink MS
  299. Who knows...? Maybe the lord of the castle made it all up in her head?
  300. Nobody will ever know the truth now, after all! Not ever!
  301.  
  302. Blue MS
  303. Huhu... She really is selfish after all.
  304.  
  305. Pink MS
  306. Perhaps...aha...huhuhu...
  307.  
  308. Momoko
  309. (Selfish...)
  310. (Who exactly, is thinking that...?)
  311.  
  312. Blue MS
  313. Huh... That girl, she hasn't been bitten...
  314.  
  315. Pink MS
  316. What do we do? Catch her?
  317.  
  318. Blue MS
  319. It can't be helped. Let's catch her and take her...
  320.  
  321. Momoko
  322. ...I was found...
  323.  
  324. ===4.4===
  325.  
  326. Blue & Pink
  327. .....
  328.  
  329. Momoko
  330. (Pray...)
  331. .....
  332.  
  333. Blue MS
  334. .....
  335.  
  336. Momoko
  337. As I thought, they disappeared...
  338. ("My eyes said so...")
  339. (It's as if she's not even talking about herself...)
  340. .....
  341. Anyway, let's look for Meru...
  342.  
  343. ===4.5===
  344.  
  345. Momoko
  346. Meru!
  347.  
  348. Meru
  349. Crap! Momoko-san!
  350.  
  351. Momoko
  352. "Crap"...? That's one heck of a way to greet someone.
  353.  
  354. Meru
  355. Because... now that I've found you,
  356. I have to take you away, don't I?
  357.  
  358. Momoko
  359. ...You mean to Kanagi-san?
  360.  
  361. Meru
  362. That's right!
  363. I can't stand just doing whatever Kanagi-san wants me to.
  364. I was trying not to find you, but it's ruined!
  365.  
  366. Momoko
  367. (...was Meru always like this...?)
  368. (My impression of her was...)
  369.  
  370. -Flashback (Mikazuki Manor)-
  371.  
  372. Momoko
  373. Good afternoooon.
  374.  
  375. Meru
  376. Ah, Momoko-san!
  377. Please listen to this!
  378. At school today there was something really amazing!
  379.  
  380. -End Flashback-
  381.  
  382. Momoko
  383. (She smiled a lot more? Or, like...)
  384. (She was more friendly then...)
  385.  
  386. Meru
  387. What is it? You're staring...
  388.  
  389. Momoko
  390. (But, I can't just say...that this isn't Meru...)
  391. (It is Meru, but...something is different...)
  392. (It's not the Meru I knew and kept in contact with...)
  393.  
  394. Meru
  395. U, umm...please say something.
  396. You're like Kanagi-san five seconds before a lecture, it's scaring me...!
  397.  
  398. Momoko
  399. Ah...
  400.  
  401. -Flashback (Park)-
  402.  
  403. Meru
  404. Crap! Kanagi-san!
  405.  
  406. Kanagi
  407. Saying "crap" the moment you see a person's face isn't a nice greeting, you know?
  408.  
  409. Meru
  410. Momoko-san! You have to hide me!
  411.  
  412. Momoko
  413. No, I think you've been found already.
  414.  
  415. Meru
  416. Ku...what are you doing in a place like this?
  417.  
  418. Kanagi
  419. I was looking for Anna.
  420.  
  421. Meru
  422. ...For me?
  423.  
  424. Kanagi
  425. I heard from the teacher you were skipping lessons.
  426.  
  427. Meru
  428. That teacher's got quite some nerve too, ratting me out to you...
  429.  
  430. Kanagi
  431. You're going back to school and getting lectured on the way.
  432.  
  433. Meru
  434. I HATE IIIT! LEEET MEEE GOOO PLEEASE!
  435.  
  436. -End Flashback-
  437.  
  438. Momoko
  439. (...That's right, this is the Meru that was with Kanagi-san...)
  440. (Meru was always a little more bratty and pouty...)
  441. (with Kanagi-san...)
  442.  
  443. Meru
  444. I hate to do this, but...
  445. Since I found you I'm going to be taking you.
  446.  
  447. Momoko
  448. ...Thanks, but I'll be going on my own.
  449.  
  450. Meru
  451. Unfortunately that won't be happening...
  452. I'll tie you up and bring you to her...!
  453.  
  454. Momoko
  455. .....
  456. Alright...come on!
  457.  
  458. ===4.6===
  459.  
  460. Meru
  461. Ah...ku...
  462. Ha...ahaha... It seems, I lost...
  463.  
  464. Momoko
  465. ...Meru.
  466. Why is Kanagi-san doing this...?
  467. Why does she want to know "how you want to be mourned...?"
  468. This isn't just the influence of a witch...
  469.  
  470. Meru
  471. .....
  472. ...It's because she doesn't know.
  473.  
  474. Momoko
  475. ...?
  476.  
  477. Meru
  478. Even though doing something like this...
  479. Asking the past for an answer... It'll never tell her anything...
  480.  
  481. Momoko
  482. ...The past.
  483.  
  484. Meru
  485. Kanagi-san's also, so stupid...
  486.  
  487. Momoko
  488. (Stupid, huh...)
  489.  
  490. -Flashback (Riverbed)-
  491.  
  492. Meru
  493. Kanagi-san is so stupid! Uhh...stuupid! Stuupid!
  494.  
  495. Kanagi
  496. ...Such foul language. Did you need more lectures?
  497.  
  498. -End Flashback-
  499.  
  500. Momoko
  501. (She couldn't think of anything else and just kept repeating that...)
  502. The reason you're feeling out of place, I understand now.
  503. Right now, the Meru here...is the Meru that Kanagi-san knew.
  504. You're not real, but rather the Meru that's inside of Kanagi-san's memories.
  505. I wonder, maybe that's the case for the other deceased girls...
  506.  
  507. Meru
  508. What makes you think that...?
  509.  
  510. Momoko
  511. The Meru that I remember seeing,
  512. wasn't so bratty and pouty all the time.
  513.  
  514. Meru
  515. .....
  516.  
  517. Momoko
  518. But...
  519. To Kanagi-san, Meru was always bratty and pouting...
  520.  
  521. Meru
  522. Did I really seem that different in Momoko-san's eyes?
  523.  
  524. Momoko
  525. Rather than different...
  526. Compared to what you showed to Kanagi-san,
  527. you showed a slightly different side of yourself when you stayed at Mikazuki Manor.
  528.  
  529. Meru
  530. ...That is the real me.
  531.  
  532. Momoko
  533. No, they're both Meru.
  534. How unexpected, to learn a new side of my friend like this...
  535.  
  536. Meru
  537. .....
  538. Is, that so...
  539.  
  540. Momoko
  541. ...Well then, Meru.
  542.  
  543. Meru
  544. Yes.
  545.  
  546. Momoko
  547. .....
  548. .....
  549. You acted bratty around her because you were so dependent on her.
  550. That's how it looked to me, but... Kanagi-san, did you ever notice, I wonder...
  551. .....
  552. (Next time, Kanagi-san, let's talk about Meru together.)
  553.  
  554.  
  555. =====5=====
  556.  
  557. Momoko
  558. This is...
  559.  
  560. Kanagi
  561. Glad you could join me.
  562.  
  563. Momoko
  564. ...Kanagi-san.
  565. .....
  566. To think that even someone like Kanagi-san would be manipulated by a witch,
  567. and put everyone in danger...!
  568.  
  569. Kanagi
  570. ...Mu? But I haven't become manipulated?
  571.  
  572. Momoko
  573. You imprisoned everyone in this incomprehensible place,
  574. and you're stealing magic from all of them...!!
  575. You did this even while sane...?
  576.  
  577. Kanagi
  578. Mhm.
  579.  
  580. Momoko
  581. ...You're lying.
  582.  
  583. Kanagi
  584. This is the only way to know if we are mourning properly.
  585. Also...
  586. I unfortunately havn't reached it myself...
  587. So, I have no choice but to continue until I can mourn properly.
  588.  
  589. Momoko
  590. Is that, something you had to get everyone involved in?
  591.  
  592. Kanagi
  593. Of course.
  594.  
  595. Momoko
  596. (She's lost her mind after all.)
  597. (She's definitely been influenced by a witch.)
  598. (It might be hard to tell what Kanagi-san's thinking a lot of the time, but...)
  599. You wouldn't put your companions in danger for your own selfish reasons.
  600.  
  601. Kanagi
  602. What are you talking about?
  603.  
  604. Momoko
  605. I'm talking about knocking you down and waking you up!
  606.  
  607. Kanagi
  608. Ho...? You seem quite confident...
  609. In that case...
  610.  
  611. Kanagi
  612. First they will be your opponents.
  613.  
  614. Momoko
  615. Wha...! Even the girls that got their sanity back...!
  616.  
  617. Karin
  618. They were just on a break you see!
  619. It's time to continue the fun fun Halloween...
  620. Togame-senpai will be bitten by the lord of the castle too!
  621.  
  622. Momoko
  623. Karin-chan...
  624. ...No, I've made it this far.
  625. Adjuster entrusted her "prayer power" to me...
  626. No matter how many times it takes, I'll wake you up!
  627. And, next is Kanagi-san!
  628.  
  629. Kanagi
  630. Hm.
  631. If you can handle the rest of these girls, I'll face you.
  632. However, don't be too rough on them.
  633. I don't want to hurt them either.
  634.  
  635. ===5.1===
  636.  
  637. Karin
  638. Uu...
  639.  
  640. Momoko
  641. .....
  642. For now...if I keep this up...
  643. (There's a lot of them, but...they're not as strong as usual.)
  644. (That's helped me out a lot...)
  645. (No...)
  646.  
  647. -Flashback-
  648.  
  649. Kanagi
  650. However, don't be too rough on them.
  651. I don't want to hurt them either.
  652.  
  653. -End Flashback-
  654.  
  655. Momoko
  656. (Was she telling the truth...?)
  657. (What she's doing is full of contradictions, but...)
  658. (She hasn't noticed she's being influenced by a witch...?)
  659.  
  660. Kanagi
  661. You endured, then...
  662.  
  663. Momoko
  664. ...Kanagi-san.
  665. Next I'm knocking sense back into you!
  666. Then...everyone will be saved!
  667.  
  668. Kanagi
  669. Hm. A promise is a promise...
  670. I will be your opponent.
  671.  
  672. ===5.2===
  673.  
  674. Momoko
  675. AAAAHH!
  676.  
  677. Kanagi
  678. Hu.
  679. A half-hearted attack like that won't work.
  680.  
  681. Momoko
  682. I know that!
  683. You'd better not hold anything back,
  684. and come cryin' to me about it later, either...
  685. ALRIGHT!!
  686.  
  687. Kanagi
  688. Your concern is unnecessary. If you think I'm going to lose...
  689. I WON'T!!
  690.  
  691. Momoko
  692. Guaa!?
  693. Haa...haa...
  694. (I know she's strong, but this is more than usual...)
  695. (But...)
  696.  
  697. Kanagi
  698. What's wrong? Surrendering already?
  699.  
  700. Momoko
  701. Ha...just needed to take a little breather.
  702. You're not as unfazed as you look either, right...?
  703.  
  704. Kanagi
  705. Huhu...perhaps...
  706.  
  707. Momoko
  708. (Just as I expected...)
  709. (...I'll have to focus all of my magic into the prayer...)
  710.  
  711. Kanagi
  712. ---!?
  713. Dammit, did I play around too much...!? Before you do that...
  714.  
  715. Momoko
  716. No, it's too late!
  717. With this...RETURN TO NORMAAAAL!!
  718. ...Haa...haa...
  719. Well...? Did I do it...?
  720.  
  721. Kanagi
  722. .....
  723.  
  724. Momoko
  725. I won...
  726. ...Kanagi-san, are you alright...?
  727.  
  728. Kanagi
  729. .....
  730. ...Uu...Togame...
  731.  
  732. Momoko
  733. Kanagi-san...!
  734.  
  735. Kanagi
  736. I am...
  737.  
  738. Momoko
  739. ...You were being manipulated by a witch.
  740. But, it looks like the adjuster's prayer power she gave me worked after all.
  741. I'm glad you're back to normal...
  742.  
  743. Kanagi
  744. Is that so...
  745. ...Uu...
  746.  
  747. Momoko
  748. Kanagi-san...!?
  749.  
  750. Kanagi
  751. Togame...
  752. That power of prayer doesn't seem to work on me.
  753.  
  754. Momoko
  755. Eh...?
  756.  
  757. [*Chomp...*]
  758.  
  759. Momoko
  760. ---!?
  761. (She bit me...!)
  762.  
  763. Kanagi
  764. How unfortunate for you.
  765.  
  766. Momoko
  767. No, way...
  768.  
  769. Kanagi
  770. Come...let's enjoy Halloween together.
  771.  
  772. [No... I was so close...]
  773. [In a place like this...]
  774. [Damn, it...
  775. If this happens...
  776. Ev,eryone will...]
  777.  
  778. =====6=====
  779.  
  780. ???
  781. [I'm, not exactly fond of them...]
  782.  
  783. Momoko
  784. [...Who?]
  785.  
  786. ???
  787. [Anniversaries of friends passing away, Obon... and after that, Halloween too.]
  788.  
  789. Momoko
  790. [...I don't recognize this voice.]
  791.  
  792. Kanagi
  793. [Halloween, too?]
  794.  
  795. Momoko
  796. [This voice, is Kanagi-san...?]
  797.  
  798. ???
  799. [Halloween is another day when the dead return to us... or so I've heard, at least?]
  800.  
  801. Kanagi
  802. [...Is that so?]
  803.  
  804. ???
  805. [Yes.]
  806.  
  807. Kanagi
  808. [...Why do you only come to meet me on those days?]
  809.  
  810. ???
  811. [Because you don't look the slightest bit sad, Kanagi-san. Not at all.]
  812.  
  813. ???
  814. [...Appearances aside, I am at least intending to mourn... Do you mean that my way of mourning is wrong...?]
  815.  
  816. ???
  817. [That's not it... I don't mean that you're not trying to mourn. It's just that "I can't tell that you are"...]
  818.  
  819. ???
  820. [...It's assuring to me.]
  821.  
  822. ???
  823. [It tells me that mourning isn't just about shedding tears. It'd be sad if that's all you did...]
  824.  
  825. ???
  826. [Seeing you helps assure me that I don't have to force myself to cry.]
  827.  
  828. Kanagi
  829. [.....]
  830. [But, in the end...doesn't that mean...]
  831.  
  832. Momoko
  833. That the way I mourn... is wrong?
  834. .....
  835. Just now...was that Kanagi-san's memories...?
  836. Besides, where am I...? This isn't the castle I was in before...?
  837. Is it because I was bitten...?
  838. .....
  839. (No, wait, that's right. The others said that after they were bitten,)
  840. (they were still vaguely conscious...)
  841. (...At the end, did something happen after I used the prayer power...?)
  842. .....
  843. Wa...!?
  844. (Something over there, is bright...)
  845. Let's take a look over there...
  846.  
  847. ===6.1===
  848.  
  849. -Past (School)-
  850.  
  851. Meru
  852. Ah...
  853.  
  854. Kanagi
  855. Why are you, trying to escape after just meeting me.
  856.  
  857. Meru
  858. Because, Kanagi-san is always lecturing me!
  859.  
  860. Kanagi
  861. I imagine that's because you keep citing your fortune-telling results as a reason to skip school...
  862. And then you try to escape from the make-up classes for the days you skipped.
  863.  
  864. Meru
  865. ...U.
  866. But, you see!
  867. That's just how crucial my fortune-telling results are to me!
  868.  
  869. Kanagi
  870. Is it.
  871.  
  872. Meru
  873. It is!
  874.  
  875. Kanagi
  876. .....
  877.  
  878. Meru
  879. What is it? You're looking really closely at me.
  880.  
  881. Kanagi
  882. Today there's no need to lecture you.
  883. I'd like to hear how you're doing every once in a while.
  884.  
  885. Meru
  886. Eh...?
  887. What's wrong?
  888. Did you eat some bad food?
  889.  
  890. Kanagi
  891. No matter where you go, your bad-mouthing never ceases...
  892. I was just curious if you were doing well at Mikazuki Manor.
  893. Even though you were placed in Nanami's care, you're still a mahou shoujo of the east.
  894.  
  895. Meru
  896. .....
  897. Hu hu hu, geeze, Kanagi-san,
  898. if you're worried about me, you can just say so!
  899. It's fine!
  900. I'll talk about Mikazuki Manor as much as you want!
  901.  
  902. Kanagi
  903. [Ahh...]
  904.  
  905. -Present-
  906.  
  907. Momoko
  908. You really do sound happy, talking about Mikazuki Manor.
  909. I'm glad I let them take you in...
  910. .....
  911. Meru and Kanagi-san's memories...
  912. (Really sorry if it looks like I'm peeping...)
  913.  
  914. ===6.2===
  915.  
  916. -Past (Graveyard)-
  917.  
  918. Kanagi
  919. .....
  920. Anna.
  921. You became a witch and died, I heard...
  922. You were protecting Nanami, from the sound of it...
  923. ..........
  924.  
  925. [...Was my judgement at that time correct...?]
  926. [If I had kept her close by... without leaving her to Nanami...]
  927.  
  928. -Present-
  929.  
  930. Momoko
  931. No... I suppose anything I could say now would be pointless...
  932. .....
  933. ..........
  934. Meru...
  935. (I see...)
  936. (Meru was a close companion... to Kanagi-san, too...)
  937. (That's, the truth...)
  938. (Why hadn't I ever thought about that,)
  939. (when it was something so simple?)
  940.  
  941. ===6.3===
  942.  
  943. -Past (Park)-
  944.  
  945. Pink Girl
  946. ...Kanagi-san...I'm sorry, for calling you here so late...
  947.  
  948. Kanagi
  949. No, I told you "I will help any time."
  950. What happened...?
  951.  
  952. Girl
  953. .....
  954. A while ago, the girl from the west that died...she was my friend.
  955.  
  956. Kanagi
  957. She was...?
  958.  
  959. Girl
  960. You didn't know, right...? Because I hid it from you...
  961.  
  962. Kanagi
  963. ......
  964.  
  965. Girl
  966. And on that day too, we were really hunting witches...
  967. In Chuo ward...because it's neutral...
  968. But, while we were chasing it, it fled to the west...
  969. Since there's the territory problem...
  970.  
  971. Kanagi
  972. .....
  973.  
  974. Girl
  975. But, we have to protect everyone in this town...
  976. Since that's the mission of mahou shoujo, she went alone...
  977. I was afraid that people would look at me coldly, just because I'm from the east...
  978. I couldn't go with her...
  979. If I went with her, she...
  980. She wouldn't have died...
  981.  
  982. Kanagi
  983. .....
  984.  
  985. [I couldn't speak.]
  986. ["It's not your fault" is the only thing I could think...]
  987. [But, I couldn't even put that into words...]
  988. ["If these stupid territories didn't exist...!"
  989. "The history of the east and west has nothing to do with us!"
  990. ...As she tearfully said those things,
  991. all I could do was stay by her side until she stopped...]
  992.  
  993. Girl
  994. .....
  995. Thank you so much, for talking and listening to me...
  996.  
  997. Kanagi
  998. No.
  999. .....
  1000. Take this.
  1001.  
  1002. Girl
  1003. ...A grief seed?
  1004.  
  1005. Kanagi
  1006. You must be tired. Right now, you should go rest.
  1007.  
  1008. Girl
  1009. .....Yes.
  1010.  
  1011. [At that time, at the end, why did she smile? I don't know...]
  1012. [What I do know is she became a witch a few days later...]
  1013. [And, I guess she never did use that grief seed...]
  1014. [And, lastly...]
  1015.  
  1016. -Present-
  1017.  
  1018. Momoko
  1019. I know that I was unable to reach her heart and comfort her...
  1020. If only I could've understood her feelings, then.....
  1021. .....
  1022. The reason she smiled at the end, was...
  1023. .....
  1024. Because she knew you were trying to reach her... I'm sure of it...
  1025.  
  1026. ===6.4===
  1027.  
  1028. -Past (Restaurant)-
  1029.  
  1030. Kanagi
  1031. ...Is that so? Yukino-kun really died?
  1032.  
  1033. Yachiyo
  1034. Yeah... I thought I should at least let you know.
  1035.  
  1036. Kanagi
  1037. .....
  1038.  
  1039. [I can't say that I was close to Yukino-kun at all.]
  1040. [From our first encounter... I imagine she couldn't have had a worse view of me.]
  1041. [After all, she had just become a mahou shoujo.
  1042. I saw her as an enemy that was destroying my territory and chased her off...]
  1043. [I only ever talked to Yukino-kun properly after she settled down at Mikazuki Manor.]
  1044. [Including the time when I went to apologize with Nanami as a mediator, I can count our interactions on just my hands.]
  1045.  
  1046. -Past (Mikazuki)-
  1047.  
  1048. Kanagi
  1049. What I did at that time, is most regrettable.
  1050.  
  1051. Kanae
  1052. .....
  1053.  
  1054. Kanagi
  1055. I don't mean to make excuses for myself. I'm sorry.
  1056.  
  1057. Kanae
  1058. .....
  1059. ...Forget it, I really don't care anymore...
  1060.  
  1061. Kanagi
  1062. .....
  1063.  
  1064. Kanae
  1065. Thanks to you, I was able to meet...Yachiyo and the others...
  1066. So...
  1067. Really, stop worrying about it...
  1068.  
  1069. Kanagi
  1070. ...Sorry.
  1071.  
  1072. Kanae
  1073. .....
  1074.  
  1075. -Past (Restaurant)-
  1076.  
  1077. Kanagi
  1078. ...My condolences.
  1079.  
  1080. Yachiyo
  1081. Huh...?
  1082.  
  1083. Kanagi
  1084. I, didn't really know Yukino-kun.
  1085. But... I hope she can be at peace...
  1086.  
  1087. Yachiyo
  1088. Kanagi...thank you.
  1089.  
  1090. Kanagi
  1091. ...Mm?
  1092.  
  1093. Yachiyo
  1094. For mourning her, thank you.
  1095.  
  1096. Kanagi
  1097. .....
  1098.  
  1099. [The only words I could get out were the customary ones, and that's what she said in response.]
  1100.  
  1101. -Present-
  1102.  
  1103. Momoko
  1104. What was the correct way to accept this?
  1105. In the first place, do I even qualify to receive those words...?
  1106. .....
  1107. (There's some things you just can't put into words,)
  1108. (even though you want to convey them more properly...)
  1109.  
  1110. ===6.5===
  1111.  
  1112. -Past (Stores)-
  1113.  
  1114. Girl
  1115. Huh? Kanagi-san, good day.
  1116.  
  1117. Kanagi
  1118. Hm, good day to you.
  1119.  
  1120. Girl
  1121. ...What are you doing with those flowers?
  1122.  
  1123. Kanagi
  1124. It's because today is Ohigan.
  1125. I'm going to go greet the eastern mahou shoujo that passed away.
  1126. Perhaps, if you have the time, would you join me?
  1127.  
  1128. Girl
  1129. ...Umm...that's really nice of you to invite me...
  1130. Sorry.
  1131. I, decided that I'm not going to go visit the graves.
  1132.  
  1133. Kanagi
  1134. ...Why is that?
  1135.  
  1136. Girl
  1137. ...I want to cherish the people that are still alive, rather than those that are gone.
  1138. It's not good to be attached to the dead.
  1139. If I die, instead of coming to my grave,
  1140. I'd rather you enjoy your time with the living.
  1141.  
  1142. Kanagi
  1143. ...Is that so.
  1144.  
  1145. Girl
  1146. Ah, but...
  1147. It's not like visiting graves is a bad thing...
  1148. It's just... my personal belief?
  1149.  
  1150. Kanagi
  1151. ...Every person has their own way of thinking, you know.
  1152.  
  1153. Girl
  1154. Yeah!
  1155. So, I'm really sorry about today...
  1156. Oh but, if you want we can have tea together next time?
  1157. We should chat while we're still alive!
  1158.  
  1159. Kanagi
  1160. Sure. Well then, until next time.
  1161.  
  1162. [With a smile on her face, she left. Now she isn't here anymore...]
  1163. [But...I have never once visited her grave.]
  1164. [I don't think her viewpoint was wrong.]
  1165. [I don't think that, but...]
  1166.  
  1167. -Present-
  1168.  
  1169. Momoko
  1170. I just... couldn't find myself relating to it.
  1171. .....
  1172. ..........
  1173.  
  1174. ===6.6===
  1175.  
  1176. -Past (Graveyard)-
  1177.  
  1178. Girl
  1179. *Hiccup*...*Sniffle*...
  1180.  
  1181. Kanagi
  1182. .....
  1183.  
  1184. [Another mahou shoujo died in the east.]
  1185. [She was usually working in combination with others, but she went into a barrier alone to save people.]
  1186. [Her partner came running to cheer her on...]
  1187. [And, I just happened to be nearby and entered the barrier.]
  1188. [I was already too late...]
  1189.  
  1190. Kanagi
  1191. .....
  1192.  
  1193. Girl
  1194. ...Kanagi-san.
  1195.  
  1196. Kanagi
  1197. ...What.
  1198.  
  1199. Girl
  1200. Right now, I'm...very sad.
  1201. I don't want to move...I don't want to leave...I'm too sad...
  1202.  
  1203. Kanagi
  1204. Yeah.
  1205.  
  1206. [Her words sounded like resentment towards me, for being nearby yet still not making it in time...]
  1207. [Standing and accepting it was the least I could do, as I couldn't protect her despite being leader of the east.]
  1208. [That's what I thought.]
  1209. [However...]
  1210.  
  1211. Girl
  1212. Even though... I'm so sad right now... So sad...
  1213. I'm sure one day I'll forget...
  1214.  
  1215. Kanagi
  1216. .....
  1217.  
  1218. Girl
  1219. I loved her...she was my precious partner...
  1220. This horrible, sad feeling...will shrink away...
  1221. Why is that...?
  1222.  
  1223. Kanagi
  1224. ...That...
  1225. .....
  1226.  
  1227. Girl
  1228. If I also...die...what will happen...?
  1229. You'll feel sad at first too...
  1230. You'll leave behind the fact that you were sad... and you'll leave me...
  1231. ...I don't like that...
  1232. I hate it, why...can't I stay sad...
  1233. I don't want to leave her behind...!
  1234.  
  1235. Kanagi
  1236. .....
  1237.  
  1238. [I couldn't, say a single word...]
  1239. [I couldn't, answer her...]
  1240. [I couldn't even say any baseless words like "it'll be okay"...]
  1241.  
  1242. -Present-
  1243.  
  1244. Momoko
  1245. .....
  1246. ...There's no answer you can give to sadness...
  1247.  
  1248. ===6.7===
  1249.  
  1250. -Past (City Night)-
  1251.  
  1252. Kanagi
  1253. ...Finally, the Halloween party will be the day after tomorrow...
  1254. ---!?
  1255. .....
  1256. What...?
  1257. (Just now, there was a witch's presence...)
  1258. (And, for a moment I was being dragged into a barrier...)
  1259. ...
  1260. Something, on my neck...
  1261.  
  1262. -Present-
  1263.  
  1264. Momoko
  1265. Uwa!?
  1266. W, what...?
  1267. (What I saw, just now...was different from the rest...?)
  1268.  
  1269. ===6.8===
  1270.  
  1271. Momoko
  1272. This is a dead end...
  1273. Wa!?
  1274.  
  1275. -Past (Maid Cafe)-
  1276.  
  1277. Kanagi
  1278. Day of the Dead?
  1279.  
  1280. Manager
  1281. Right!
  1282. I'm thinking we'll give this year's Halloween a bit of a Day of the Dead vibe.
  1283.  
  1284. Momoko
  1285. [This...is also, Kanagi-san's memory...]
  1286.  
  1287. Kanagi
  1288. ...Mm?
  1289. Day of the Dead and Halloween are different?
  1290.  
  1291. Manager
  1292. They're similar, but yeah.
  1293. The Day of the Dead is mainly celebrated in Latin America, but...
  1294. One of its main characteristics is that it doesn't treat "death" as a bad thing.
  1295.  
  1296. Kanagi
  1297. Ohh...
  1298.  
  1299. Manager
  1300. So, the Day of the Dead is a day that both the dead and the living can enjoy.
  1301.  
  1302. Kanagi
  1303. The dead and the living...
  1304. Could you tell me more details about it?
  1305.  
  1306. Manager
  1307. Of course!
  1308.  
  1309. Kanagi
  1310. ...There are still so many cultural values I don't understand...
  1311.  
  1312. Manager
  1313. I know, right? Japanese Obon is also nice, but I like this sort of thing too.
  1314. It's nice to experience things you don't understand, isn't it.
  1315.  
  1316. Kanagi
  1317. ...Hm, I think so too.
  1318.  
  1319. [However...]
  1320. [No, that is why...I don't understand.]
  1321. [There are many ways to face death, and also many ways to accept death.]
  1322. [No one value is right or wrong...]
  1323. [In that case, visiting your grave to mourn and pray...
  1324. On the anniversary of your passing, on Obon, all those days designated to mourn death...]
  1325. [Is that correct?]
  1326. [Isn't it annoying, having people visit your grave over and over?]
  1327. [Is it all just for my sake?]
  1328. [Visiting all these comrades that I didn't protect, who I did nothing for...]
  1329. [Am I just shoving my ego onto them...?]
  1330. [.....]
  1331. [I am...]
  1332.  
  1333. -Present-
  1334.  
  1335. Momoko
  1336. I... know nothing of people's hearts, after all.
  1337. .....
  1338. ...Kanagi-san.
  1339.  
  1340. -Flashback-
  1341.  
  1342. Kanae
  1343. The lord of the castle said "if you are mourned properly, give it back."
  1344. It's what I was told...
  1345.  
  1346. -End Flashback-
  1347.  
  1348. Momoko
  1349. The reason she gave the deceased girls those "sugar skeletons",
  1350. and asked them "have you been mourned correctly..."
  1351. It's because she isn't confident in how she mourns...
  1352. (And she wanted to ask her still-living friends what they would want...)
  1353. (...Just in case.)
  1354. But...
  1355.  
  1356. -Flashback-
  1357.  
  1358. Meru
  1359. Even though doing something like this...
  1360. Asking the past for an answer... It'll never tell her anything...
  1361.  
  1362. -End Flashback-
  1363.  
  1364. Momoko
  1365. Those that are dead aren't coming back...
  1366. Meru and the others...
  1367.  
  1368. [Those I didn't know from long ago,
  1369. those girls from the east that disappeared...]
  1370.  
  1371. Momoko
  1372. Everyone, they're all Kanagi-san's memories...
  1373. (I don't have the answer because I'm not one of them...)
  1374.  
  1375. -Flashback-
  1376.  
  1377. Ryou
  1378. Tell Kanagi-san that she "thinks too much..."
  1379. She really does know... The only answer Kanagi-san's gonna find is inside herself.
  1380.  
  1381. -End Flashback-
  1382.  
  1383. Momoko
  1384. .....
  1385. (I've just had a long association with Kanagi-san.)
  1386. (I'm not close enough that we could talk about what we're scared of, or what we really think...)
  1387. (But, now I do know what to say.)
  1388. I have to go back...
  1389. .....
  1390. .....
  1391. ...Kanagi-san.
  1392.  
  1393. Kanagi
  1394. ...Ohh, how stubborn.
  1395.  
  1396. Momoko
  1397. Why, you asked everyone "how they want to be mourned..."
  1398. I finally understand...
  1399.  
  1400. Kanagi
  1401. .....
  1402.  
  1403. Momoko
  1404. You weren't confident in how you mourn others...
  1405.  
  1406. Kanagi
  1407. ...Hm. By all means, you too...
  1408. tell me "how you want to be mourned."
  1409.  
  1410. Momoko
  1411. I refuse!
  1412.  
  1413. Kanagi
  1414. Mm...?
  1415.  
  1416. Momoko
  1417. Now that I understand I ain't telling you!
  1418.  
  1419. Kanagi
  1420. ...Oh?
  1421.  
  1422. Momoko
  1423. Kanagi-san, this time, I'm returning your sanity.
  1424.  
  1425. Kanagi
  1426. It'll be the same result no matter how many times you try...
  1427.  
  1428. Momoko
  1429. No way! This time I'm not losing.
  1430. Because I have a prayer to give to you, this time!
  1431.  
  1432. ===6.9===
  1433.  
  1434. Kanagi
  1435. Really, you're stubborn... Aren't you, already...at your limit...?
  1436.  
  1437. Momoko
  1438. ...Haa...
  1439. But, there's something I have to...tell you.
  1440. You're "thinking too much...!" Kanagi-san is, thinking too much...!
  1441.  
  1442. Kanagi
  1443. .....
  1444.  
  1445. Momoko
  1446. After all, Kanagi-san, haven't you realized this yourself?
  1447.  
  1448. Kanagi
  1449. What do, you mean...?
  1450.  
  1451. Momoko
  1452. There are many ways to face death, and also many ways to accept death.
  1453. You already realized, didn'tcha?
  1454.  
  1455. Kanagi
  1456. ...Yes. That's why I am trying to mourn properly...
  1457.  
  1458. Momoko
  1459. That's exactly what's wrong...!
  1460.  
  1461. Kanagi
  1462. What...?
  1463.  
  1464. Momoko
  1465. Everyone mourns in their own way.
  1466. So,
  1467. You can mourn in whatever way you want to. That's fine!
  1468.  
  1469. Kanagi
  1470. ---!?
  1471.  
  1472. Momoko
  1473. Praying to the dead is also for the sake of those they left behind.
  1474. It can be a way of comforting yourself! It can be your own ego! Whatever!
  1475.  
  1476. Kanagi
  1477. ...That's, all wrong.
  1478. I couldn't do anything at all. At the very least, I have to mourn in the way they'd...
  1479.  
  1480. Momoko
  1481. It's not wrong!
  1482. The way you mourn, the way you grieve...
  1483. The way Kanagi-san does it is fine.
  1484. You accepted everyone else's way of mourning, of grieving...
  1485. So just accept your own mourning, your grief-- your own prayers to the dead, too!
  1486. Just accept yourself...!
  1487.  
  1488. Kanagi
  1489. .....
  1490. ...Huhu...I'm such a mess, really...how unsightly...
  1491.  
  1492. Momoko
  1493. Someone that faced death, that tried to mourn, is never ugly.
  1494.  
  1495. Kanagi
  1496. .....Hu...
  1497. Is that so...
  1498.  
  1499. Momoko
  1500. Yeah.
  1501.  
  1502. Kanagi
  1503. .....
  1504. ...Togame.
  1505. "Prayer power," was it? Try it one more time.
  1506.  
  1507. Momoko
  1508. On Kanagi-san?
  1509.  
  1510. Kanagi
  1511. Yeah.
  1512. When your 'prayer power' weakens the witch's power, tear the witch off.
  1513.  
  1514. Momoko
  1515. Tear it off...
  1516.  
  1517. Kanagi
  1518. It's small and you can't see it, but it's a small parasite on my neck...
  1519.  
  1520. Momoko
  1521. ...That, will hurt when I pull it off...
  1522.  
  1523. Kanagi
  1524. It's no problem.
  1525. I want to take responsibility for all of my mistakes and end this.
  1526.  
  1527. Momoko
  1528. ...Got it. Here we go.
  1529. (Please...)
  1530. (Having faced the dead with all of her heart, I pray that Kanagi-san's feelings...)
  1531. (will be protected...)
  1532.  
  1533. Kanagi
  1534. u...AAaAAAAHH...!!
  1535.  
  1536. [*Rip...!!*]
  1537.  
  1538. Kanagi
  1539. Haa...Gu...
  1540. Now that it's torn off... it can't do anything, eh...?
  1541. Well then...!!
  1542.  
  1543. Momoko
  1544. You beat it...?
  1545.  
  1546. Kanagi
  1547. There's no sign of it, right?
  1548.  
  1549. Momoko
  1550. .....
  1551. Yeah, nothing.
  1552.  
  1553. Kanagi
  1554. ...You want to escape?
  1555. This space is made up of the witch's and my power combined.
  1556. Now that one part is missing it shouldn't last long.
  1557.  
  1558. Momoko
  1559. That's right, and we should take everyone else, too...
  1560.  
  1561. Kanagi
  1562. Ah...
  1563. .....
  1564.  
  1565. Momoko
  1566. Kanagi-san.
  1567.  
  1568. Kanagi
  1569. Yeah, let's pray...
  1570.  
  1571. Kanagi & Momoko
  1572. .....
  1573. ..........
  1574.  
  1575. Kanagi
  1576. ...Togame, I've been an annoyance but I have one more request.
  1577.  
  1578. Momoko
  1579. What...?
  1580.  
  1581. Kanagi
  1582. I want you to go with me to visit the graves.
  1583. With you, who told me I can mourn in my own way.
  1584. I want you to see me mourn everyone.
  1585.  
  1586. Momoko
  1587. ...Of course.
  1588. Let's get out of here, calm down, and we'll go together.
  1589.  
  1590. Kanagi
  1591. You have my gratitude.
  1592.  
  1593. -Two days later-
  1594.  
  1595. Momoko
  1596. Sorry for the wait.
  1597.  
  1598. Kanagi
  1599. Hm, then shall we go?
  1600.  
  1601. Momoko
  1602. Hold on, before that...
  1603. I know I said what I did back then, but now that you're okay, I want you to hear this.
  1604.  
  1605. Kanagi
  1606. What is it?
  1607.  
  1608. Momoko
  1609. If, by chance...
  1610. I were to die first, I want Kanagi-san to mourn in your own way.
  1611.  
  1612. Kanagi
  1613. ...Hm. I'll remember.
  1614. I would like you to do the same.
  1615.  
  1616. Momoko
  1617. Yeah, I'll remember too.
  1618.  
  1619. Kanagi
  1620. ...Huhu.
  1621.  
  1622. Momoko
  1623. Ahaha.
  1624. Well, finding a way to survive with everyone is still our top priority, though!
  1625.  
  1626. Kanagi
  1627. Hm, without a doubt.
  1628. Then, once again, shall we go?
  1629.  
  1630. Momoko
  1631. Yeah!
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