Young Magician, by Narushima Yuri
Volume One Translation, by Sumeragi
italics - thoughts, unspoken
(name) - person speaking in thoughts
< > - actions
Everybody, one by one, is born separately
Everybody, one by one, is a heretic
Save me... Save me, I don't want to die---!!
Hong Kong in the year 1997 transferred from America to China with the end of the lease contract
There were various reactions from the people
Perhaps the reality is that there were numerous attempts by people to perceive the near future.
<Shaded forms of a man and boy standing together, dipping in blood>
Find your way to the previous tragedy---
Hong Kong Jack the Ripper
<The woman from above is dead, her intestines pulled out>
In this way, while the change in occupation ends
There's still a dark corner in this town where light can't shine
There are demons that are coming fast---
1996 Hong Kong
It's like an overturned toy chest with the bustle of the city, but it's like peeping into a jewel box while watching at night
An all night city---
Beautiful Hong Kong
I am Roselette, Roselette Guino
My brothers, can you hear me?
You haven't blood nor flesh, but are bound by an oath of the spirit
I call the Guino family's brothers
Thank you for listening to my request
Please, release that boy to me
--- Roselette, we excel at aeromanser
The reason for your request, to help you against that person
However, he is---
Much too inexperienced!! Too much of a fool!!
We will help, but it is important that unheard of disgrace never fall onto our family!!
No--- No, that boy
The youngest boy will certainly take action
<A teenaged boy appears in a magic circle and starts to open his eyes>
Because he is a really "cool" boy
No need to worry!!
<There are sounds of the building shaking>
<A wall of the apartment blows outward onto the street>
He is acting in his sleep, again
Fuueahuoh ? (Meaning uncertain)
Karuno! Wake up Karuno!!
<Rose floats through the ceiling to Karuno>
Yeesh, how could have the sleeping spell on him weaken
The "spread" is complete, Karuno. Turn around and see Hong Kong!!
Get a hold of yourself
You have arrived in your battlefield, Karuno Guino
"Hong Kong Jack the Ripper"
Because he is a strong enemy!
<Elsewhere, a woman is reading the paper as her housekeeper Monica does dishes>
"Jack the Ripper has appeared again" it says
He is targeting young women. You better be careful as well, Monica
Jack the Ripper what is that? Ma'am
<Sumeragi's note: Monica isn't speaking her first language, thus the reason for the katakana; very annoying to translate>
Let's see wait
There could be a description here---
"Jack the Ripper"
"A hundred years ago, a killing demon appeared in London committing horrible murders"
"On the morning of August 8, 1888, it is said that the murdered body of a prostitute was discovered on the street in the poor section of town"
"The woman's corpse had a slashed throat and a torn stomach--- "
"Soon after, there was a similar killing in a corner of a small town near the Thames river"
"These cases were most mysterious, happening in front of the police and vigilance organizations"
"At some point, the murdered women were exposed in merciless poses"
"With the poses of the corpses, they began to intensify the unraveling of the mystery that sent shudders through London"
"The police suddenly declared to call of the search (reasons unclear)"
"Shrouded in mystery, this case was called a puzzle within a puzzle"
"Only the name "Jack the Ripper" is engraved into history"
"The victims of this case, the five confirmed and supposed six people, are of little note"
"In other words, the serial killer became famous throughout the world because of his numerous victims"
Now, in Hong Kong, there are killings happening in the same way
Throats cut, stomachs ripped open--- intestines wrapped around the shoulders
How awful. Why would someone do it
A person born from the darkness and then disappeared into the darkness
Truly it gives me the chills
Who would cut like that to cause pain
<Back to the twosome on the roof>
There's a night sky over the city, but the clouds are still light
It is because of the building lights reflecting back
And so that vomitus bastard of a betrayer is somewhere in this city
I was brought here to kill him? Roselette?
You haven't changed, you hopeless boy
I said nothing about killing, and it wouldn't be that simple
You didn't call me for that purpose?
Have you kill someone?
You misunderstand. I called you because you are always an overacting, screw up magician
You should've studied harder ©
Wa wait a moment ? I'm a screw up ?
That is, you are a screw up magician of the screw ups
"The King of Screw Ups"
You should've tried harder
Of screw ups
By pulling off his arms, ripping off his legs
Then slicing the bottom of his body into eighths
I can make that vomitus bastard into a human octopus
<Karuno envisions his "human taco-san">
Let me tell you, slicing into eighths
Is one of this Karuno's most enjoyable skills
Blood, blood, blood, blood ©
If it's a magician, this might be refreshing
There are many things you don't know about this case
The women Jack the Ripper has killed
Has only been five according to the news, but in reality there were six people
--- The latest victim was eliminated. By the way, all the girls have been normal
I don't understand how the enemy is choosing his sacrifices
Despite the girls he has killed
He probably hasn't achieved his goal--- those girls
I am sure there is some method or reasoning behind his choices
By the way, Karuno
--- There is a fish
<Karuno looks into the dark sky, seeing nothing>
Is he a guy that uses magic
You can surely see for yourself
Can you see it?
A magic user, you ask. Currently, he is one kind of ectoplasm
His other self is a spirit body
Can you possibly see it?
In what form?
What kind of fish?
That's not even a fish!! Can't you see anything!?
Yeesh, that's why you're a screw up
Screw up, screw up, screw up---
<Elsewhere, a man sits in the dark>
You have returned ?
<Something goes into his cup, and an image of a goldfish appears>
<He drinks the contents of the cup>
Indeed, I haven't seen him. I expected someone of the Holy Knights would be sent
Unbelievable that the Guino family has been commissioned by the Knights
I didn't expect them to send a beauty
These several hundred years I've been collecting, I've known of this group that has trained warriors for a long time
Oh, oh more and more so, this is a pathetic person
A rather beautiful one, but trained just three years
Pretty young to be thrown into the deep waters of black magic
What does he desire, this young magician
<At a McDonalds>
A Big Mac and fillet of fish and
Orange juice and---
Thank you very much
Say, that boy just now
He had a rather strange appearance
Uun he was distressed about ordering, but
Since he had a nice face, I think he was alright
<Karuno eats in the park, remembering childhood days>
(Roselette) The origin of the name comes from the Greek words "Arial" and "Mandeil"
(Roselette) In other words, it reads the flowing of air
(Roselette) We see shapes in the air currents and clouds
(Roselette) There we find the hidden spirits
(Roselette) We tell the future with the wind and borrow the wind's power
(Roselette) --- That is aeromanser
So she said It's always in my thoughts
I don't understand this business whatsoever
(Roselette) That's why there is a difference between "elemental" and "ancestor spirit"
(Roselette) "Elemental" comes from the will of your body---
(Roselette) Use your imagination
(Roselette) What can you see in that cloud
(Young Karuno) underwear
(Young Karuno) Oneechan, didn't you want me to use my imagination
(Roselette) I am a Spartan
(Roselette) Karuno, you escaped and bought that stuff again!!
(Roselette) Don't you know it is bad for your body!?
<Karuno sees a young woman (Monica) walking in the park>
What is with him
He seems like a strange boy
He is looking over here?
<Karuno bows European style to her>
How are you doing
All night long, Roselette was gathering the wind
Around here, we will meet the enemy we've searched for
E-eto excuse me
You will be next
No doubt about it
It has been polluted by this city
<Karuno gets close to her, holding his wrapped Big Mac on her cheek>
You will be killed by Jack the Ripper
It really does hurt
When your intestines are pulled out
<He takes a deep bite into his burger>
What is it!?
<Karuno has disappeared from sight>
That boy just now
Even though it's only afternoon, it's nice that more police is on alert
It is because they are on advance watch for that demon of a murderer
Seems they lost a corpse after five minutes of finding it
Where did he attack from, since you don't know where he ran to---
(Karuno) You are next
(Karuno) To be killed by Jack the Ripper
<Rose and Karuno hide behind some bushes, the bishonen still eating>
You disgust me
Why did you harass her?
I was just frightening her. She shouldn't be walking by herself, anyway
Even though you were in truth bullying her
What have you been eating, anyway
They had hot water at the Hong Kong McDonalds
<Rose punches Karuno in the head>
Anyhow, you also noticed something unusual about that girl
That hurt, Neesan
You know that as people live ordinary lives, their bodies little by little get "dirtied," right?
It gathers in the atmosphere, in the food, therefore a magician mustn't be mistaken about what he eats
I'll say it right out, that girl can't get dirtier than you
As women come of age, on average after four to five years, it's impossible to be purified
It'll be okay if I protect her
Since that vomitus bastard uses magic
I want to protect her
Isn't that why Roselette called for me
For over twelve years, with an Aeromanser candidacy, you still can't communicate with the ancestor spirits
I can do other things
You'll do it?
I'll do it
I'll do it
Even now, in this world, the little changes in things are still hidden within history
Even so, they continuously inherit the several black arts out there
Nature and the supernatural have come to conflict
With science, a completely different system to explain the mysteries of the world
And so, this magic has also continuously passed down through people
Like in my family, the Guino Clan
And then, that day
Karuno had come
For several decades, I waited for a new little brother
--- He had memories from before his five years of age
Also, he held a strong will, and a recklessness
<A young Karuno fights with a snake several times larger than himself, and assumedly beats it>
In truth, he surprised me
Although he was a child
Once he said he'd do something
He was a child that would certainly do it
(Karuno) Wouldn't you call me cool ?
Since Karuno told me he'd do this
It will be okay, although he is excessive
This Karuno Guino
If he says he will do it, it will certainly be done
He will protect that woman
Let's do this, human octopus-san winner!!
<At the police station>
--- All right, so the face you remember isn't among these pictures ?
The person who threatened me isn't here
Are you certain?
This boy was talking about that criminal serial killer, and we don't have many suspects
Well we have too few numbers to put someone everyplace we want---
This was probably part of a string of pranks
With the media is making a ruckus with Jack the Ripper, he would be an idiot to appear
Was that a prank I saw---
It's okay, there's a lot being said on the television
Call it an abnormal event, and the media will appear with interest in the female victim of the criminal
It seems the victim and criminal are both foreigners. Where are you from---
Didn't she say American?
I'm not worried about this girl
Was it really a prank--- ?
<The police take Monica back to her home>
Why are the police !! What's happening here
You are okay, right, since the husband and I can't take time off from work for housework?
We called you and all you are concerned about is the protection of your job?
After this, I may have to report it as mistreatment of your Philippine woman
What are you say, how rude!
--- I'll hurry and make dinner
I'll accept that. The children are also hungry
He was a disgusting, inferior man. Don't go out again, Monica
<Monica attempts to read a newspaper>
The case of Jack the Ripper---
The first of the victims
--- e-eto, central of e-eto
The grammar is difficult
In present day Hong Kong---
Approximately 120,000 Philippines live there
The majority are called nurses, women that work as live-in housekeepers
Different from Japan, in Hong Kong there are primarily two-income families, so leaving the home to the housekeeper is sensible
It's easiest to work for loaned money, so the Philippine nurses call this a necessity for surviving
Uhn, from the college graduate with the good head downstairs I've learned various things on the weekends
I don't understand the newspaper
I don't get what happened today but
But this city is a good place for me
Compared to my country, I can earn lots and lots of money here by working hard
This is also a good family
Working here, I could make good money
I will work hard here, with this family
Then, someday, I can return home---
My, it seems you had a rough time today
Mo-na, turn up the cooler
It's still hot, isn't it even the Japanese customers complained about it
People of Hong Kong are knows worldwide for their air conditioners, clanging from overuse
But with this hear, we can't stop using the cooler
This new one sounds good
<Elsewhere, a ghost of a man talks to himself, then to his young male servant, Sherlock>
That boy has also hurried to contact with the person of "possessing divine"
That is--- doesn't yet have the divine, but she is a child that may still be purified
Well, how should we handle this fumu?
However, there are plenty of other candidates that could possess the divine
If we find the girl for her hide, will this boy come and fight us ?
Soon, I also want to see the power of this Guino magician
You are my only attendant. I don't want to lose you from a mistake
I promise not to scold you. It's okay to run from this obvious danger
Your words pain my heart. This wouldn't be the first time master has scolded me
Further, you don't know what kind of magic the Guino magician uses
I lack talent; my incompleteness I know well
If there is something to fear, I will certainly escape and come here
At that time, please shelter me
<Something comes from Mystery Man's mouth into Sherlock's eye>
Your eye is
Yes, use the eye as I leave
<At the apartment, Monica is awakened by a voice>
Isn't it hard to sleep with this heat
Just now what was that voice
<Monica leaves her room to discover the apartment door open>
Why is the door open? Who opened it !?
I should shut it
It's it's dangerous. Anyone could enter
<She hesitates closing the door>
Perhaps someone has already come inside
Would it be right to shut the door ?
Monica, what are you doing?
Shut the door
<The wife appears in just underwear and her flesh melting off>
I think the cooler needs to be turned up
Can't help it with this heat
This city is really hot
You're wearing rather thick clothing
Take them off. You can't sleep wearing that
<The rest of the family appears, their flesh melting off, too>
Want some help ?
<Terrified, Monica runs away and opens the door to go outside>
I just opened the door--- !?
But, but the door was already open !!
<Sherlock appears, knife in hand>
Thank you for opening the door
You can't go back
<Sherlock gets Monica back inside. The family is asleep on the floor, their bodies back to normal>
Despite how it seems, we are the ones awake
Certainly, this is strange to you
This magic isn't all powerful
Over a hundred times I have done what is called Doryuado, taking control of the spirit, achieving a contract with the spirit
We put those to sleep and show them a dream
With this jewel, our power is amplified
<Sherlock holds a sphere stone over the family members, controlling their movements. He gives one a knife>
Sleeping people can be controlled---
However, I also, we also aren't all powerful
The effect of control depends on the place, time, and the spirit strength of the opponent
More than anything, we are held back be naively closed doors and windows
We are usually elated to expose the hidden parts of the human heart---
And give them dreams and illusions to see
Compel them to do things within their hearts that they don't do
--- We can't open doors or kill people
<The man comes closer with the knife>
Is it necessary to question reason at the time of death
Magic is the truth
But that doesn't answer why
The awaking of the phenomenon is the important thing
In actuality, I am bound by my promise. We
Truthfully, I don't know about "Doryuado"
It's a great feeling when they listen to me
Even though the locked door hindered us
It was simple to give you a dream to see
Aren't you lonely ?
In a foreign country, surrounded by strangers in order to make a living
Truly, there is fear somewhere in your heart
That's why in your dream, the people of this family scared you
With the dream, you opened the door
Never will you leave from here
Like the princess locked up by the evil witch---
You won't return home someday---
<The door starts shaking>
Is that you, the Guino magician
<The door is dented inward by some invisible force>
<Suddenly the carpet is ripped from the floor and lifted upwards>
The carpet is
Wh what is this
<Wrapped in the carpet, Monica is knocked against the wall and falls unconscious>
Wh what happened
What kind of magic is this!?
<Across the street on the roof, Karuno seems satisfied>
I knocked the girl into the window
He's such the idiot. My head hurts
In this world, he enjoys being a bully to any girl as well as this girl
Since I know your way is violent, I'll overlook this as a special case
However, if you harass her anymore, I won't forgive you
Wasn't it a promise, Karuno?
<Karuno gets out his slingshot, pulling back>
Let's go killing
<Karuno fires at the apartment, windows exploding apart>
Wa wait, that was an explosive
If you're going to long jump, please ride the wind
You know it is only permissive to harass the enemy!?
<Karuno jumps across the street to the apartment building>
I'm allowed to bully the enemy, right?
<Inside the apartment, Sherlock is a bit shaken up as he stares at the broken glass>
An explosion ?
Is he something like a repressed terrorist
Dealing with people while outside. What a rude guy
should I run for it
<Sherlock heads for outside the apartment>
Anyhow, I haven't determined what kind of magic he uses
The main thing is how that barbarian attacked a public building like that
I can't play around with this opponent
The door is bent out of shape
Does he only have that power
Won't he attack me directly--- ?
<Directly outside the apartment, Sherlock comes face to face with Karuno>
There isn't time
Where is that vomitus bastard?
--- Who is that?
I don't know anyone by that vulgar name
"Ernest Ram Guino"---
--- Is the name Jack the Ripper better?
Anyhow, the traitorous, vomitus bastard
I know some about the Guino family
I was born is this city---
My blood isn't of this country, however
I am a part of this city
This birth place is in a time of upheaval---
To know the future of this city, I will take as many stomachs of women as needed
Tell me what is wrong with that !!
<Karuno pulls out his slingshot>
That a guy wants to divine the future is bad enough to digust me!
<The fluid from before starts to drip from Sherlock's eye>
Even now, the magicians words joke---
<The focus goes to inside the apartment with Rose and Monica, where they can hear Karuno outside>
Gi-i-i-i-ah-ah-ah. What is that, it's grossing me out!!
Will that boy be okay
<Monica sits up, still dazed>
You were to be used as a tool to foresee the future
--- Since long ago
There are many methods to predict the future
By cards, the stars, ice, fire, wind--- from all of these, humans can read the future
In this future, there are certainly frightening things
Ram in ancient times studied the magic of Etoruria
From that he divined in Rome, he gained interest in inheriting one form of fortune telling
And so, in his education, he finished this lost method
Now, he has awakened in Hong Kong. Only by accident does he resemble the infamous name of a hundred years passed
One could say he is a serial killer, but it's really different
<During her talk, Karuno is fighting both Sherlock and the glob that came from his eye>
The secret of reading a country's future using the entrails of the sacrifice---
Ram's is a poor soul when you think about it
<Rose blasts open the air conditioner, revealing a magic circle inside>
I see, this is it
Everyday with the breeze blowing through, a human body is purified
And so he could divine the future from you, if he had taken you
To steal the high blood of the Guino family---
To use this thing--- ?
Come with me, young lady
Three days. After three days, we will return you to this dead-end job
Until then, we will give you protection
Something the police or anyone else cannot do
There is a limit to our interference in this world as a secret family
That man broke the vow by trying to use your body to foresee the future of Hong Kong
Without us, you can't be protected
True, me and
<Sherlock runs from Karuno>
A-ah, hey you bastard
Don't run away
And that boy, alone---
<Karuno chants, producing a wind that encircles him and then causes buildings nearby to fall apart>
What's--- happening--- ?
I don't understand---
<Overwhelmed, Monica falls back unconscious>
<Monica awakens in a bed that has flowers on it. Thumps come from another room>
A nice smell
<Monica leaves her room to find Karuno practicing with his slingshot>
Y Y !
Despite what I did, it's no good
<He brushes flower petals off the frightened woman>
With the smell of those, a restless person can get sleep
<Little angels with Rose's face circle Karuno's head calling him a screw up>
Sorry for being a screw up
Who--- Who are you---?
<He leaves the room towards the dining room, Monica following behind>
Wh where is this ?
Um Why am I ---
The people at the apartment ?
That wasn't a dream?
a strange boy came---
Was that me?
No not you No ! Not that !!
What is this? Really, who are you--- ?
Perhaps there was a young girl
That was my older sister
In truth, I don't even know her age
Since I was a child, she's looked that old
It was strange with me being raised in an organization which everyone was born into
That spirit brought me into the organization
In a world of violent abilities, in which an ordinary person can't exist
Who knows how long that organization has existed either
Somehow, they were born far from the ordinary, like that scout who appeared
Since he can't come unless suitable different, the chosen guy was certainly not of an ordinary level
Th that boy seemed..?
Was he normal?
--- don't know
At the beginning, it wasn't to scout, but to kill as I was told
As a child, I was locked up
Among them, as a wealthy person I could've escaped, but now I can't run away towards freedom
So, to speak frankly, a guy who says he is normal really isn't that kind of guy
There is too much I don't know
Don't understand at all
You, either And the boy
Everything what can I say about everything !?
Those people will kill you
I and my sister won't kill you
They as well as us
In your point of view, which isn't much different from a monster?
It's okay to remember that one difference
You were born in normalcy with nothing to worry about
Shortly, you won't have to be concerned with people like us
---My sister was tired, so she went to sleep
We probably won't leave here
Eat some of this grass for food and get some sleep
I have a request
After I eat this, is it okay to wash out the blood ?
Since there's nothing I can do and I can't calm down
You can't sit back and relax, can you
When Roselette wakes up, she'll be upset with me, so could you keep this talk to yourself
It's just garbage, afterall
<Karuno starts walking away and stops>
Say, can you also cook ?
But but have hidden meat
can you cook this?
Can you make a lot?
Un I could do that
You've really saved me
What'd you know
Even though he called himself a monster
Even though he is scary
Uh un ?
Anyhow, what kind of flavor would he like ?
<Karuno walks happily away singing "dinner, dinner, meat, meat, meat". He stops when he hears coughing>
<In her room, Rose is coughing up something>
About two days and a half, it seems
<He leans against the wall>
--- There is only you for me, Roselette
Among the group, I don't like anyone
There is no one else---
What do I see in that girl?
The time when I was asleep, she wasn't allowed near me
Onwards to Volume 1, part 2
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