Re:Zero Arc 3 Interlude III [To Each, Their Oaths](4/6)

Start Reading from Interlude II after Episode 25: https://translationchicken.com/2016/09/12/rezero-arc-3-interlude-ii-lets-eat-12/

Continued from Part 3/6: https://translationchicken.com/2016/09/19/rezero-arc-3-interlude-iii-to-each-their-oaths36/

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The atmosphere in the lounge froze. Only Subaru’s mind was heating up.

Taking in those words, he pondered a moment, quietly licking his lips.

[Subaru: Dissolve the Alliance? What are you trying to say?]

[Ferris: Exactly what it sounds like nyan. As things are right now, our Alliance will not be mutually beneficial nyan]

Perhaps because Subaru kept his composure, Ferris’ expression revealed a touch of admiration.

Rather annoyed by Ferris’ expression, Subaru wondered if Ferris was setting up the Alliance as a bargaining chip to gain an advantage in the negotiation. The more he thought, the more he commanded himself to keep calm. But even so, his head was nearly boiling.

[Subaru: Mining rights aside, we coordinated our efforts to defeat the White Whale, and after everything is done, now you want to back out after reaping the benefits? That’s a bit scandalous no matter how you look at it]

[Ferris: More detriment than benefits, Subaru-kyun]

[Subaru: Ah?]

Compared to Subaru’s aggressive attitude, Ferris went on casually, wagging a finger.

[Ferris: Nyan? “Gluttony” and “Greed” appearing together, for starters. After killing “Sloth”, an Alliance with Emilia-sama’s camp will only make us targeted by the Witch Cult… Considering what happened to Crusch-sama… do you still believe it’s in our interest to form an Alliance right now?]

[Subaru: That is…]

Glancing toward the completely different Crusch, Subaru hesitated to counter Ferris’ argument. Because deep in his heart, he was carrying the same wounds.

This time, it wasn’t Subaru who refuted Ferris’ words.

[Wilhelm: I disagree, Ferris]

Leaning forward in his seat, Wilhelm’s stern gaze stared into Ferris’ eyes. Ferris, eyelids narrowed, let out an [Eh-?] with a thin smile.

[Ferris: What do you mean nyan? After what Gluttony did to Crusch-sama, what do you think is the benefit of an Alliance that will draw the Witch Cult to us?]

[Wilhelm: To kill “Gluttony”…  An opportunity to avenge our master]

[Ferris: Vengeance? Is that more important to you than Crusch-sama’s life!?]

Against Wilhelm, Ferris refused to give ground.

Weighing heavily on both their minds, were thoughts of their master.

[Ferris: If we continue to deal with the Witch Cult this disaster will only repeat again!  Crusch-sama right now can’t even protect herself! When that day comes… If it’s physical wound or emotional wound, Ferris can heal you… But if you die it’s all over isn’t it!?]

[Wilhelm: But we cannot remain idle while the offender roams free. Crusch-sama’s memories, when we defeat the Sin Archbishop, there is a chance they will return. To give up this early, is far too rash]

[Ferris: Defeating that bastard will bring the memories back? I say, Wilhelm, to think lost memories can be brought back by killing the thing that ate it… are you daydreaming or do you think this is some kind of fairy tale w—]

[Wilhelm: —Felix!!]

With an ear-splitting roar, the swordsman’s aura resounded in the room. As if a gust of wind had swept in – was the sensation felt by everyone present.

All wincing from the shock, only Wilhelm’s keen gaze remained intact.

[Wilhelm: Felix… What you said just now. Never utter it again in front of Subaru-dono]

[Ferris: ……I’m sorry]

…Called by his true name, twice, Ferris closed his eyes with grief and remorse.

The others turned their eyes to Subaru, who was already sitting once more. His hands clenched tightly, faintly trembling, blood seeped through the gaps between his fingers, as if about to cover them whole.

[Subaru: ……Emilia-tan]

[Emilia: Don’t worry…… I won’t say anything like “I understand” or “it’s alright”… Even though I want to understand how you feel… that forgotten child… because I don’t understand anything, no matter what I say, it won’t be fair to you…]

Subaru looked up, into Emilia’s violet pupils that flickered with sadness.

In her eyes he saw a reflection of himself, in all his weakness… is that the Natsuki Subaru she sees?

…As if saved by that tender regard, Subaru shook his head.

[Subaru: To say something like “it’s alright”… even if I rip my mouth apart right now I won’t be able say it. But I am fine. Ferris, don’t worry about it. I… will not give up, as long as there is the tiniest fragment of hope left]

[Ferris: Really nyan… Subaru-kyun sure doesn’t like to give up…]

Watching Subaru trying to act like he was fine, Ferris’ countenance broke down into a smile. But his position remained unchanged.

[Ferris: As for Ferris nyan, I don’t agree that we should continue the Alliance. I will return Crusch-sama to herself, just watch. So something like vengeance against “Gluttony” we should just set that aside for nyan]

[Wilhelm: What we should do, and how… Crusch-sama, you must decide. It is not in our position to do it]

In the end, it all falls on her.

Both their eyes focused upon her, and Crusch, as if understanding, nodded.

[Crusch: There is still plenty that I do not know. And what I was before, I cannot remember. I want to tell you now, that it will be disorienting, being around me… But even so, I thank you for placing in me your esteem, and trust. And if I could, I want to live up to that expectation. For that, I shall try my best]

Despite losing her memory, it seemed her strength of character remained.

Just what is the core essence of a person? Seeing Crusch like this once more, even after forgetting everything she knew, Subaru could not help but ask himself that question.

But as to the Alliance, there is no better choice than to put the negotiations on hold for now.

[Ferris: In any case, if the one who holds all the key information concerning Emilia-sama’s faction… Margrave Roswaal isn’t present, then there is nothing we can do nyan. So for our next negotiation, let’s hold it on the condition that the Margrave be in attendance]

[Crusch: Yes, that is for the best. Then this meeting…]

[Ferris: Will be a secret —  So pretend it was about something other than an Alliance nyan]

Ferris shot a sharp glance at Subaru, saying this in an unusually low voice.

Subaru swallowed, but seeing no reason to disagree, he nodded. From their perspective, this decision made sense. If Crusch’s current condition is known to the public, her status as the most competent candidate will vanish.

In fact, the repercussions of Crusch’s amnesia becoming public knowledge is of the same magnitude as the prestige of slaying the White Whale. It is for precisely this reason that Anastasia wasn’t invited to this meeting.

[Ferris: Regardless of Julius, Anastasia will certainly use this information to her advantage. Good thing Crusch-sama’s condition hasn’t been seen by those kids of hers]

[Crusch: ….She will be present at the victor’s negotiations, what do we do about that?]

[Ferris: We can make an excuse and say you’re unwell. Ferris will think of something. As for Subaru-kyun, your side just need to keep this secret, understood?]

Requesting only silence, Ferris would not allow any further entanglement between their two factions. Subaru, noticing this, only nodded.

In the end, the meeting concluded without any progress whatsoever.

Acknowledging the desperation of their situations, more than anything else, the two factions are aligned in the uncertainty of their futures.

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Next Part 5/6: https://translationchicken.com/2016/09/21/rezero-arc-3-interlude-iii-to-each-their-oaths56/

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Oh my… That was a hell of a difficult chapter to translate!

It felt like Ferris, Wilhelm, and Subaru’s motivations are all intertwining in a complex knot. For the longest time I couldn’t sort them all out and the translation just read horribly. I had to re read this section over and over to make sense of it all. Totally a headache for the first 7 hours!! I hope it’s better now.

As I understand it, Ferris was actually very traumatized when he found out Crusch had been attacked. The fear of Crusch actually dying is overwhelming for him. To Ferris, the alliance is more trouble than it’s worth, especially now that the Crusch army had been decimated and Crusch herself is unable to fight. I think Ferris believes that if the current Crusch just learned everything over again, she can become the same Crusch as she was before.

Wilhelm misses the old Crusch, who he is indebted to. Perhaps he believes that the old Crusch would want her memories to be restored, even if it meant being placed in danger.

So I think Wilhelm is thinking about what Crusch would have wanted, while Ferris is thinking about what is “best” for Crusch regardless of her wishes…

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Next Part 5/6 will be ready tomorrow, Sept.21st!

Next Arc 4 Chapter 1: https://translationchicken.com/2016/09/26/rezero-arc-4-chapter-1-the-place-they-returned-to1/

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      1. Considering what happened >>>to?<<< Crusch-sama…

        Also, some commas. Like before "isn't it?", but I cant be confident in my english punctuation myself, guess it's much different from russian, lol. Disregard that.

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        1. Thanks! Fixed it!
          I’m being a bit free with the commas hah. The Felix’s “isn’t it” I wanted him to be talking quickly there since he’s emotional at the thought of his friend dying.
          Not all of them are intentional though D:

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  1. Finally!! I have been checking your web about ten times since i woke up. The situation looks so tense. I somehow feel subaru’s anger when wilhelm shouted to felix. As usual, thanks for translating!!

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  2. Ferris… I can’t help but see suddenly dissolving the alliance because the witch cult might target them too as being cowardly. Very disappointed in him. Thanks for the translation! Tappei is so good at writing realistic characters.

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    1. Sometimes being cowardly is right. He lost the guidance of his master, he himself does not have any offensive capabilities and if the alliance goes on, the Karlstein house cannot protect itself from the cult – without Subaru’s help, that is. He is playing it safe, keeping a cool head. The only other choice is asking protection from Emilia party – and that is not what his master would’ve agreed on.

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      1. I’m not sure I view him here as keeping a cool head but rather being too emotional (understandably) and not really thinking things through what with some of the remarks he makes.

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  3. Someone shared me your website, and I must thank you for all your hard work! You’re doing an amazing job, and I think your translations are doing a wonderful job at capturing the emotion in these chapters. I’ve been sharing this with other Re:zero fans, and they’re all grateful as well.

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  4. First of all, PRAISE THE CHICKEN!!
    I am so thankful that someone as literate as you are is doing such an amazing job of the translations! I was in re:zero addiction withdrawal after the last episode ended and you’re keeping alive. Thanks so much!

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  5. Wilhelm is such a badass! he told Ferris what’s up. I can understand Ferris’s situation and how messed up he must be but he’s been acting like a total dick to Subaru throughout these last few chapters, it seems so out of character from how he was portrayed in the anime.

    Anyway, thanks chicken you’ve done it again! Can’t believe you’re keeping to a daily release schedule, it gives me something to look forward to each day. Thank you!

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    1. It appeared to me since 20-21eps. of anime, that Wilhelm is what you get out of a typical shonen protagonist if he gets old enough. He acts upon his beliefs and his honor, sticking to his guns to the bitter end. Strategic thinking is not his strong suit, tho, but with his combat expertise, his stubborness is not really his problem.

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  6. (Imitating anime scene of Wilhelm thanking Subaru)
    Holy chicken-sama, I thank you. I thank you. I thank you with all I am!

    Seriously you are fantastic for doing this. It’s likely much harder than you make it look but do keep up the great work.

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  7. Thanks for translating this for us! it’s great that i don’t have to wait for a few years or so before i can continue the story.
    seriously why didn’t they end the season on the part you started at? that cliff hanger would have given season 2 an immense amount of hype lol.

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    1. I don’t understand their decision either! Even a post-credit scene for a few seconds would’ve made it explode!
      Maybe there will be an OVA coming? Subaru started to say something at the last scene maybe that was a hint!

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  8. Thank you so much chicken for the translation, on behalf of myself and I’m sure many of your other followers, we are truly grateful that you are taking the time and the effort to translate all this! So awesome to have something to fill in the void left by the end of the anime! Keep up the good work and take care!

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  9. Ferris’s current behaviour reminds me of the way Subaru has been (and to an extent, still is) trying to protect Emilia. They only look at the immediate threats and ways to avoid them entirely, they’re not aiming to truly improve the situation, they just don’t want it to go wrong. (The difference being that Subaru knew exactly how things would go wrong, whereas Ferris is just making assumptions.)

    It’s not necessarily a bad way of thinking, but it also completely disregards their respective masters agency and potential for growth.

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  10. Anime ended. Next volume of the English light novel is not getting released until mid November. Couldn’t understand the original web novel. My life felt so empty… then I discovered this website and you, Chicken-sama had filled up this emptiness. I can’t express how happy I am now.

    Really appreciated your hardwork!

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  11. I am sooooooo excited for the entire Web Novel to be translated, you are my saving grace in these moments of craving for more Re:Zero as a non-Japanese speaker!

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    1. This one was late even in my timezone! It was almost closer to midnight than afternoon hah.

      I am in the PST timezone.
      It won’t be the same time every day, but I’ll try to release something new every 24 hours or 48 hours.

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  12. I love this! I’ve been reading this for a while and I’m super thankful that you’ve translated this! I’m learning Japanese myself- this sort of thing makes me want to hurry up and get fluent so I can help you out! I’m also a massive grammarian, so if you’d like, I can proofread your stuff if you’d like (nothing against you- just offering my services). Again, thanks so much for this! I can tell it takes a long time to translate this sort of thing, so props to you!

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      1. Sure thing! When I get done with things today, I’ll look over what you’ve done and let you know! The changes may just help to make the story flow slightly better- you’ve done 99% of the work as it is

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  13. Hey theholychicken 🙂 iIve been on this website right just after the anime ended (when you just released the translation of Let’s eat 2/2) You’ve done an amazing job so far. Making a free translation of it and with such a good quality, you’re the real man dude 😛

    Btw, where do you live in America ?If you don’t mind, I’d like to know ’cause when you notify people at the end of a chapter about when the next part might be released, from where I live, the schedule isn’t the same ^^

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    1. I live in Vancouver Canada.
      I ran behind my prediction though, it was more like midnight than afternoon this time 🙂
      It will probably be a different release time every day since it depends on when I finish it. But I’ll aim for 1 release per day except days when I work/life preventing me!

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  14. One more thanks from me for translating ^_^ I can’t keep myself waiting for possible season 2 for sure. Minor fix: “Good thing Crusch-sama’s condition hasn’t BEEN seen by those kids of hers…”

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  15. Thanks again dude, i love you for that.
    it read perfect imo.
    I hope you keep it up, because i’d die without it now.
    But you need to rest and chill a bit. Don’t overdo it and take your time 🙂

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  16. Why… Wilhelm why… Why u gave us a hope…
    [Wilhelm: But we cannot remain idle while the offender roams free. Crusch-sama’s memories, when we defeat the Sin Archbishop, there is a chance they will return.
    If that will be a “real” way to get back their memories… That will kill all the fck drama.
    I hate Happy end

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    1. Felix was mocking the idea of returning memories by killing the thing that “ate them.” And since Rem is currently forgotten by everyone besides Subaru, this hurts him because he’s banking on the hope that if he kills Greed everyone will remember Rem again.

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      1. Felix was mocking the idea of returning memories by killing the thing that “ate them.” And since Rem is currently forgotten by everyone besides Subaru, this hurts him because he’s banking on the hope that if he kills Gluttony everyone will remember Rem again.

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    2. Subaru’s only hope to revive Rem was to kill Ley Batenkaitos and return her memories. But Ferris is saying this is impossible, that the notion of returning lost memory is unheard of in this world.

      The thought of Rem never recovering is extremely distressing to Subaru.

      Wilhelm saw Subaru’s hands clenched so hard that they’re bleeding, and told Ferris to stop.

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    3. I thought Wilhelm was mad about that too – but I also thought maybe perhaps, there was something significant in Felix saying the words fairy tale? Dun dun dun…considering that this is a fantasy world that Subaru fell into, perhaps the other characters know something. D:

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  17. holy chicken what happen in the ending of the anime? , what emilia and subaru said to each other after the anime ends? , i cant really see that scene being cut like that and going straight to where rem and crush are talking , you said in previous comments that by the end of this arc we will understand everything that happen in interlude I but i want to know it now , sorry for bothering you 😦 , great translation so far , my main language is not english and even i find it very easy to read and understand , keep it up holy chicken 😀

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    1. Interlude II is a flashback so it’s supposed to be disconnected at first glance. Think of it like a prologue.
      Interlude III ties everything together from the end of the anime.

      Subaru and Emilia talking at the anime’s ending was supposed to be inside a dragon carriage back to the Capital in the novels. What happened when Subaru opened his mouth right after the ending of the Anime is he mentioned Rem. Emilia responded with “Who is Rem?” and Interlude I ends there.

      I felt that that chapter only served to build up a cliffhanger without much content of its own, and so was more suited as an ending than a beginning.

      Unlike Interlude II which narrates Rem’s side of the story, which everyone wants to know after she left a few episodes ago, Interlude I doesn’t draw in the reader’s interest at all since it was entirely composed of relaxed banter except the last line.

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  18. Thank you as always, waiting hype for more.
    It’s true even if the manage to kill greed there’s a big chance that the memories will not como back.
    And… even if they defeat him and try to negotiate or to torture him in orde tu return the memories he’ll not do that.

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  19. Thanks so much for doing this, especially every day.

    It honestly is one of the few joys I have in my life right now, thank you so much for doing this… From the bottom of my heart..

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  20. “are you daydreaming or do you think this is some kind of fairy tale w—”

    Oh man why is no one commenting on this!!! This just made me jitter for the rest of it

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  21. Another excellent translation! I think you nailed the various feelings and motivations of the translation pretty well. Thank you very much for translating this as always!

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      1. Ah, you’re right. Now that I have re-read part 3/6 she really did not know about the cult.

        Anyway thanks for doing god’s work, dude.
        I love how dedicated and quick your translations are but don’t push yourself. Take your time on doing it.

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  22. Felix the cat, you moron…Subaru lost his light when Rem falls to coma…i think he feels incomplete without her…and i think Rem will not be like that forever…so as Crusch though i can see a future where Crusch will fall for Subaru too…

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  23. How did Emilia-tan forget about the witch. Did the same thing that happen to Crush-sama happened to her???😯Maybe Gluttony ate her memories???😯😯😯

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  24. Ohhhh…I see now that you’re mentioning it. In the anime, Emilia-tan never said anything about the Witch Cult. She only knows the Witch but not her cult. Thank you!😯

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  25. Oh yeah.. That was heavy… Felix’s point was good, he’s just thinking of protecting his master from any more harm, but on the other hand Wilhelm wants risk to that slim chance to get Crush’s memories back.
    Such good, loyal servants/comrades.. And thanks Wilhelm. Felix really went overboard there..crushing any small hopes.
    Wilhelm the hero here.

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  26. Oh man this was an awesome chapter. I have a question though, while it’s obvious that Crush’s memories are gone what about her arm? Previous chapters mention it was cut off. Is she still missing it or did Felix manage to use magic to fix it?

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  27. Tzzzz I can just hope he’ll do or at least think about suicide/resurrection in the next chapter/partchapter because the stupidity of this whole bs is killing me. It’s like he totally forgot how many times he resetted already and doesn’t even think once about it as if that wasn’t an option.

    It’s fucking stupid is what it is, typical LN bullshit where any logic gets conveniently thrown out of the window for cheap drama purposes.

    I could understand( again only partly because so far he has no way on controlling When he resets) if this whole nonsense was for gathering intelligence about the situation but so far the whole demeanor and description doesn’t give Any indication for that.

    Of course that didn’t stop any LN-author so far to give a “shocking” twist of behavior like he walks out and says ok time to kill myself but well, I can only hope it actually happens instead of this bullshit now.

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  28. I said it throughout the anime, and I’ll say it throughout this…

    @$!% Re:Zero!

    I love it so much, but at the same time it gives nothing but pain. The anime ended perfectly, and then it’s right back into this. It pains me greatly.

    Anyways, thank you for the translation, I’ll love to continue reading it.

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