Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 2 [Insults and Gratitude] (Part 1/3)

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Translator: Tynkerd

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Editor: TranlsationChicken

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ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO TAPPEI NAGATSUKI, THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF RE:ZERO, THIS IS A TRANSLATION OF THE FREE JAPANESE WEB NOVEL INTO ENGLISH
JAPANESE WEB NOVEL SOURCE: HTTP://NCODE.SYOSETU.COM/N2267BE/168/

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ARC 4

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

 

 Chapter 2 [Insults and Gratitude]

 

Oy, Subaru, dying here would be pretty miserable.

Still muddled, lying there shaking his head, Subaru lifted himself up and looked around.

He was usually good at waking up, but the reason he couldn’t get his thoughts together was simply because he wasn’t exactly “sleeping”. He tried hard to remember what had happened before he lost consciousness, but the first thing that occurred to him was that he was in a very familiar room.

[Subaru: This is the Mansion’s living room… isn’t it?]

[Oh, Subaru, you’re awake?]

A voice mumbled as if trying to make sure, then the door opened and Emilia’s face poked through.

Her silver hair in a braid, she had a slightly bright expression on her face as she walked over to Subaru on the couch, and bending over, she met his gaze.
Being stared at so intently by her wide, round eyes, Subaru shrank down a little.

[Subaru: Uhm, Emilia-tan, what happened?]

[Emilia: As soon as you entered the mansion we heard you scream. Otto and I were really shocked. Then when we ran inside to see…]

[Subaru: I, was sleeping?]

[Emilia: Saying it like that is a little deceiving……but it’s not technically wrong, I suppose?]

Emilia put a finger to her lips, and tilted her head slightly to the side. There was no sense of urgency in her reply.

Scrambling when he just woke up, now seeing her in this relaxed manner, Subaru realized there was no emergency. Yet even so, he couldn’t shake the feeling that something was out of the ordinary.

He was certain that just before he lost consciousness, some kind of animal with sharp fangs had—–

[Miss Emilia, might I have a moment?]

There was a knock on the door from the outside, followed by the sound of a woman’s voice calling out to Emilia. Looking in the direction of the voice, she gave her assent with a small [Sure], and the door opened slowly.

Looking at the door casually opening, Subaru couldn’t help but feel mystified. 

I don’t recall ever hearing that voice before.

His doubt was soon confirmed when he saw what stood just outside the doorway.

[I brought drinks and additional hand towels —Oh, I see you are awake already]

The form of the smiling woman imprinted itself into Subaru’s eyes.

It was a woman with long, almost translucent blonde hair, the lines of her back were in perfect posture. Her appearance and behavior was in every way refined, and in her fluid motions there was not a hint of unnecessary movement.

She was wearing the same familiar outfit as other servants of the Roswaal Mansion —the cute and practical maid’s uniform, with not so much as a crease or wrinkle visible.

The plate in her hands held a water pitcher and hand towels, which she placed softly down on the stand in the center of the room without making a sound. —If she were being scored, she would have passed with flying colors…

…that is, only if you overlooked her ferocious-looking physique and her fiendish smile.

The uniform may be worn perfectly, but the one wearing it was slightly taller than Subaru, with an athletic build similar to his. If she were a he, it would have seemed healthy and strong, but when it was on a female, everything instantly crumbled.

What’s more, the smile at the end of her perfectly fluid motion —was completely ruined by the set of sharp fangs peeking out through the corner of her mouth. Looking even closer, there was something unnatural about the sharpness of her gaze, and her greens pupils seemed to give off a glinting light, like a carnivorous, feline beast eyeing its prey.

[Frederica: It is a pleasure to meet you. I am a servant of the household of Margrave Roswaal L. Mathers, Frederica Baumann…]

[Subaru: Scary face—!?]

Her respectful introduction was interrupted by the overly candor words that slipped out of Subaru’s mouth. Upon hearing this, the woman’s expression congealed, and after her fiendish eyes blinked several times ——tears began to form.

[Frederica: …sniffle, sniffle…]

[Subaru: Wha…?]

[Emilia: Subaru you dunce!!]

Without a word, the woman turned her face away, and even Subaru was shocked. Right after, he was assaulted by both an angry voice, and the painful sensation of having his ear pulled. [Ow, ow!] Letting out a cry and turning to look, he saw Emilia with her usually gentle brows furrowed angrily.

[Emilia: That’s a terrible thing to say to a girl! Frederica did so much to take care of you and you…]

[Frederica: I-I ask that you might let it go, Miss Emilia. It is quite alright. I was…I was the one in the wrong after all. I was so happy to have been called back to the mansion, I got too over-excited…and forgot that my looks are usually unpleasant for many…]

Pulling on the hem of Emilia’s sleeve, she— the woman called Frederica was shaking her head. With her other hand she was covering her mouth.

[Frederica: I apologize for startling you so. More than that, I did something very inappropriate a short while ago. I never thought I would mistake Natsuki Subaru-sama for an intruder]

[Subaru: Intruder….ah, wait a minute. I think I understand what happened now]

Released from Emilia’s chastisement for the moment, Subaru massaged his ear while taking in her words. In fact, he kind of realized the gist of what happened.

Basically, the mysterious figure he ran into right after entering the mansion was—

[Subaru: When I returned to the mansion, Frederica-san thought I was an intruder, and so tried to take me out. Then, Emilia-tan came in after me, and cleared up the misunderstanding, and that brings us to now…right?]

[Frederica: That’s exactly right…you really can process things quickly I see]

[Subaru: There are things I can’t read from just the situation though…no, before that]

Frederica’s agreement confirming his thoughts, Subaru then turned his gaze to Emilia who was now standing behind Frederica, nudging her chin to point in Frederica’s direction. He was painfully aware of the meaning behind Emilia’s action. So Subaru stood up from the couch, and facing Frederica, said

[Subaru: Nice to meet you, I am very sorry for saying something so uncalled for all of a sudden. I know I can’t make excuses like having just woken up, or that I was just joking around and expect to be forgiven. You can decide whether to boil or fry me…though I would be really thankful if there wasn’t much pain involved]

To say he was acting like a man, it was more like Subaru dipped his head while saying this somewhat limp apology.

They definitely started off on the wrong foot, but unlike her, who had only attacked a suspicious intruder, Subaru’s words were just completely rude. So, just as he said, if it would clear up her anger, Subaru would willingly accept any kind of punishment.

Preferably without physical pain, and his hopes were rather leaning towards emotional abuse instead…

That much was the commitment of the man Subaru’s rather effeminate apology.

[Frederica: —-Haha, you really are a funny guy]

With those words, her smile hiding behind the hand covering her mouth, Frederica blew it all away.

At the question mark floating above Subaru’s head, Frederica bowed, the translucent, golden hair flowing around her face.

[Frederica: I should really be the one apologizing. On Miss Emilia’s request, I have been testing you]

[Subaru: Testing?]

At Frederica’s words, both Subaru and Emilia tilted their heads. They had no idea what she was talking about.

It’d be fine if Subaru was confused, but if he were to believe her words, then it would be strange to see Emilia showing the same air of confusion as well. Looking at their synchronous response, Frederica’s smile deepened.

[Frederica: Even though I may have been acting according to my sense of duty to protect the mansion, what I did to Subaru-sama was still rude. I was prepared, or rather left with no other choice, but to be relieved of my position after such an act]

[Subaru: No, I think you jumped to that conclusion way too soon. I’m a guy who will understand if we talk things out, right?]

[Frederica: Then, Miss Emilia asserted herself ever so firmly. She really tried so hard, I thought for sure even my face would turn red from the flowery things she was saying about Subaru…]

[Subaru: Wha!?]

Shocked by what she had just said, Subaru let out a strangled cry, looking towards Emilia. While Emilia was standing there trying so hard to hide her own deep scarlet countenance.

[Emilia: Fre–de–ri–ca–!]

Hands on her hips, Emilia uncharacteristically let out a hysterical voice, glaring sharply at the maid. On the receiving end of all that, Frederica calmly retorted

[Frederica: Oh my, so scary… I see Miss Emilia hasn’t changed, still not cute at all. Normally, whether what I said was true or not, turning red and getting flustered would have been the prettiest response]

[Emilia: Eh, really…? Wait, I’m not going to get tricked today. Even someone like me, always getting tricked, would learn to know better! That’s right, I know when you’re lying, one of your eyes goes lazy!]

[Frederica: I had no idea that was the case. By the way Miss Emilia, did you know that whenever you lie, your ears get a little longer?]

[Emilia: No way!?]

Emilia’s expression of victory, an arm outstretched and a finger pointing towards Frederica, was interrupted when she darted her hands back to grab both her ears. Getting this response, at that point Frederica’s victory was complete.

Still flustered, Emilia seemed not to have realized she lost, but Subaru, who had been watching her intently, let out a sigh and shrugged his shoulders.

[Subaru: Seems like I’ve been completely defeated… My name is Natsuki Subaru and… do I even need to do an introduction?]

[Frederica: Yes, of course. I would love to hear it. Let’s start over and get to know each other properly this time]

With those words, Frederica removed the hand covering her mouth, revealing a smile lined with pointed fangs. This time, seeing her weaponized-smile, all the wind left Subaru’s lungs.

 

Next Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2016/10/04/rezero-arc-4-chapter-2-insults-and-gratitude-part-2/

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(Art from ゆぞうに on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yuzouni)

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This one is translated by Tynkerd! He’s done the draft for the entire Chapter 2 and I’m still in the process of revising through it! (Just the draft is really fun to read! Most of the dialog are straight from the draft it’s so hilarious! :3 Really awesome!)

For those who don’t know, our team is now is me, Tynkerd, Nicholas, and Safin! I can’t properly express how fortunate it is that we got together, at precisely the right time!

We should do an introduction post next time!

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Thank you everyone again for all your encouragement! I still read every single one of your comments! The giant thanks block was getting too big haha, but thank you always from the bottom of my heart, and I wont stop saying this. Thank you!!

This chapter will be split in 3 parts, Part 2 will be coming tomorrow!

Next Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2016/10/04/rezero-arc-4-chapter-2-insults-and-gratitude-part-2/

145 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 2 [Insults and Gratitude] (Part 1/3)

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  1. Thank you for the translation
    All Hail The HolyChicken

    (actually when I hear ‘chicken’ , I want to eat some grilled chicken,as there is no chicken around here…..)

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      1. I know right lol, she’s downright scary to me. Her cute features can’t erase the sharp fangs and the fact that she’s pretty aggressive like totally animal instinct there.

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  2. Okay then HolyChiken-sama
    I won’t eat Chicken anymore

    (well there is no chicken here…….they hate this place after all,only cows and deer meat available here)

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  3. I thought for sure that Subaru had died from that cliffhanger last chapter, I’m so relieved that he didn’t. Thanks for the translation Tynkerd & Chicken! Without you guys we would all have to wait like 2 years for Re:zero season 2, if it even comes at all….

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  4. Wait, is it the same Frederica we saw in Rem’s flashback, ep11? I remember that smile that needs no protection. So she worked in the mansion before… No wonder to see her back, since there’s no way Ram would be able to run the mansion by her lazy self.

    All Glory to the Chiken!

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  5. Suburu isn’t going to start loving this new female too is he? Hope it does not get too haremy. The likelihood of my shipping goes down when more females are involved.

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  6. Oh geezz, the writer had me. I thought we had another death. So we have a new character who’s mischievous and likes to stir-up things. I wonder where Frederica was all this time. Maybe it’ll be revealed on the next part.

    My many thanks Lord Chicken and Company.

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  7. Thank you so much, you are doing us all such a big favour ❤ Also 'Chibi reviews' (the youtuber) has given you a couple shoutouts for you and your teams' hard work in his recent re:zero reviews 😀 Can't wait for the next chapter ^_^

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  8. Hey Chicken IDK about anyone else but I think it would be smarter and better to have less chapter *parts* and just longer post. This will probably make the post times in between chapters longer. In the end tho we get to read a full chapter and not have them in parts with cliffhangers. Cause I find it annoying sometimes when I’m really into it then it just ends. I rather wait longer for a more complete chapter then rather just read a few paragraphs and get left with a deep depression form the cliffhanger. Hope you put this idea to mind and reply to it as well. Great work again today tho thanks again for these chapters! 😀

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  9. Thanks for this.

    Just something that’s been in my mind for a while. Are you going to edit an entire chapter into a single page? Having chapters compiled into a single page would probably be more organized than keeping it in parts. As in, keep it in parts as you edit/translate, then edit one of then into an entire chapter.

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  10. Thank you so much, chicken :)). Your translation made me so happy because I don’t have to wait anime ss2 or Yenpress’s novel anymore. Once again, thanks. It’s helpful.

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  11. Thanks for the awesome translation once more!
    I love that Emilia is so innocent. I want to see more of her character and her story. Hope arc 4 can fulfill that.

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  12. I always wondered who the blonde girl that only appeared in a flashback in the anime was.

    Now we are finally getting to see her!

    Once again, thanks for all your hard work, Chicken. You are a godsend.

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  13. finally a proper introduction for that beast girl in the anime!! i’ve been wondering who the hell is that. now i see the team has been expanded again, so happy. now the updates are getting faster and longer :D, thanks guys, this web always make my morning

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  14. Dude you are the best! Thank you so much for the translations and keep up the awesome work! Btw if you decide to make a twitter account for this please let us know because i for sure would follow you

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      1. Start by memorizing all the katakana and hiragana. Write then until you know them by heart. Shouldn’t take more than a few month, at most. Then find some all-kana children’s stories on the net and start reading, while trying to memorize of couple of new kanji every week. 🙂

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  15. Repeated word:
    ‘Basically, the mysterious figure he ran right after entering the mansion was—’

    Another light hearted chapter, really entertaining, especially the Emilia & Federica Skit.
    Great work as always! d(^_^ )

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  16. Dear Kami-Chicken-sama, sorry that i couldn’t read (and comment) all the released chapters before :c
    I was a little bussy the past few days, but I’m glad to see the translations always have that perfect quality, your translations/editions are helping me expand my vocabulary with the accurate selection of words (english is my third language and I still have a long way to go in order to be fluent).
    From the bottom of my heart (being honest here) really, really thanks a lot for..
    1- Keep doing this project with the best quality in translations that I have ever read so far.
    2- To help my english improve with the additional words which you use to harmonize and balance the WN (you make me consult the dictionary a lot, like in every chapter lol).

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  17. Thanks Chicken!
    Just wondering about this line: “the lines of her back was in perfect posture”
    Would it not make more sense to say “the line ON her back WERE in perfect posture”?
    Anyway, thank you and your team for releasing this 🙂

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  18. So emilia won’t say i love you to Subaru but it seems like shes really close right? She was saying nice things to frederica when he was asleep about him, so we know that she cares alot about him now. It nice to see them back togethor after so long.

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  19. I wasn’t expecting this, not at all and I don’t know how to feel about it. Federica and Emiliana must know each other from the past for sure. Now, the most important thing, where’s Rem ;_;?
    Now that you all are a team should I call you the Chicken team or the Holy team?
    But as always, thank you all for the effort, and sorry for being late today, I’ve failed you, Chicken-senpai.

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    1. Rem = unconscious in carriage read the previous chapters, most likely taken care of by the new maid in one of the mansion’s rooms

      Ram = no idea, still at sanctuary, reread the previous chapter

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  20. Dude! You are awesome! Thanks a lot for all this hard work. I am glad someone like you is willing to do this for us greedy and gluttonous fans. Especially the slothful ones like me who never bother to donate…ok I’ll stop with the sin jokes. But still thanks.

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  21. Thank you so much for the translations , this can keep me from pulling my own hair off while waiting for the novels to be released next year . Appreciate it !

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  22. Waiting for next chapter. Btw, did someone even think about that displot about new maid? I mean, they dont know who Rem is now, but Ram cant work in PH solo, so they go for new maid. So how she did her job solo previous?

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  23. Crazy thought time… I’ve just realised, Betty is totally some kind of greater spirit like Puck.

    Reference is made that she won’t leave the library for any length of time due to her contract.
    She takes promises and contracts more seriously than life and death matters.
    She demonstrates powerful magic including dimensional magic.
    She has an unusual fondness for Puck and a weird affinity with Subaru.

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      1. The implication in the lore that I’ve noted so far indicates the greater spirits like Puck and lesser ones like Julius’s ones aren’t artificial… It seems like they’re closer to a physical manifestation of knowledge or power in the environment itself.
        What was it Emilia said right at the beginning? That the lesser spirits were ones that hadn’t accumulated enough power to become greater spirits like Puck?

        I don’t think magic can be used to create life in Re:Zero’s universe, only convert it to other forms. Like how they remarked that they “raised” the whale rather than “created” it and that it would take a similar amount of time to “raise” a new one.
        Actually, the magic system as a whole seems to maintain a hard conservation of energy rule, but that’s probably a different discussion entirely.

        If Betty is truly an artificial spirit that implies a work of magic significantly more complex and powerful than anything we’ve seen.
        Subaru’s RtD actually implies a ridiculously simplistic bit of magic rooted in quantum mechanics of all things. Powerful and convoluted but not all that complex.

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      2. Hehe, my excuse is that I haven’t actually read ahead… I’m guessing based on putting together the pieces given so far ^_^

        But yes, spoilers are bad *waves around a little blue book*

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  24. I hope you can continue this high quality WN translation and starting new translation project on other great LB/WN that should be shared together with us.Your contribution to Rezero fan community was spectacular. I wish you the best!

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  25. Thank you again for the read! I’ve one question though, one thing that’s been bothering me—

    [ Why are dialogues conveyed like this instead of simply using (Character): ” “? ] Wouldn’t that look better than [ ] with a lack of periods at the end (this in particular has caught my attention)?

    Of course, I’m not complaining or anything. I thank you for taking the time to translate the LN for us fans into something that is enjoyable to read. You’re doing God’s work.

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  26. One thing that really bothers me is that Frederica’s character design from the art doesn’t seem to remotely match her description as being strong and fearsome, plus somewhat muscular. It makes Subaru stating she has a scary face a bit…weird, because her face in the “art” doesn’t seem scary at all. Seriously – she’s super cute, just with fangs. I’m not sure if it’s just because of artist liberties or what counts as the “official” design, but it still is weird to me. Another issue is with *SPOILER* Garfiel’s character design, because while he is described as being easily mistaken for 20 years old in the web novel, his “art” shows him as clearly his actual age (14-15).

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