Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 7 [The Experimental Grounds] (Part 1/2)

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

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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/173/

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ARC 4

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

 

 Chapter 7 [The Experimental Grounds]

 

The moment the punk pressed his foot into the ground, Subaru felt the illusion as if the world had tilted.

Of course, in reality, such a thing could not possibly happen. Even the largest human could not hope to disturb the foundations of the world with a simple stamp of the foot, and the sheer weight of the earth would not budge so easily.

So, the tilting of the world can only be Subaru’s illusion.

What had actually happened, was that starting from the point where Garfiel’s placed down his foot, a wave spread out in the ground, and like flipping a piece of tatami, it tossed the dragon carriage into the air as it passed.

[Subaru: Impossible―― Uwah!?]

Like on the end of a see-saw, the sensation of upward momentum reached its peak, and then, as if floating, the dragon carriage glided through the air. Along with the ground dragons Patrasche and Furufu, just about exceeding one ton in weight combined, they were all blown flying. Inside the carriage, Subaru only held Emilia close within in his embrace.

Then, just like that, the dragon carriage slammed onto the ground, the sheer force of the impact sent its entire frame, inside and out, gnashing and creaking against itself. It was a high-quality dragon carriage. Its luxury did not stop at its glamorous appearance, for its quality was evidenced both in terms of comfort and durability, and this was demonstrated perfectly by the fact that it managed to avert total destruction just now. But still, in the half rolled over dragon carriage, there was no way to immediately escape.

In other words, since escape is no longer an option, the only choice remaining is to stand and fight.

[Subaru: Damn it, what was th――]

Shaking his head, which was still hanging out of the window to the coachman’s platform, Subaru held a hand to his aching forehead. He had struck his head on the way down, but fortunately, other than the pain, there was no lesion or bleeding. Suddenly remembering, he looked down, and saw, lying in his arms, Emilia was unharmed.

A surge of relief washed over him, but this emotion was soon replaced by the anxiety of being reminded that the culprit who caused this was still outside.
Quickly lifting up his head, the dreaded sight that met Subaru’s gaze was——

[Subaru: Patrasche——!!]

Screeching, fangs bared, the enormous jet-black ground dragon leapt toward the scrawny figure.

Making use of the loosened connection to the dragon carriage, with a twist of her body, Patrasche broke free and with rapid movements she set off against the assailant for a counter-attack.

With pointed fangs as sharp as blades, the power of her jaw can slice through human flesh and crush through bone and still have strength to spare. With speed like the wind, she aimed for Garfiel’s neck, about to tear it to shred without a single question asked.

[Garfiel: Excitin’ choice. Good groun’dragon…… No, yer a good girl, aren’t ya. Hell, “the sound o’breaking bones’ a sign o’love” astheysay]

[————!]

Lodged in her closing jaws, was the front end of an outstretched arm that should by all accounts have been completely shredded.

Garfiel had held out his right arm against Patrasche’s bite. And the ground dragon, zeroing in on the target, chomped down on the wrist, ripping the forearm arm clean off, and then fell upon the torso… or at least, that was what should have happened.

But instead, Patrasche froze in place. Not only her body, but even her jaw clamping on the arm lodged inside stopped moving completely.

Was some special ability being used, or was it caused by magic?

This question turned in Subaru’s mind, but soon, Garfiel’s action answered his doubts. Expanding the muscles of his lodged arm, it completely overpowered the force of Patrasche’s jaw, stretching it open wider and wider.

[Garfiel: G’job, you. Got goin’ right away, and still not givin’ up, even better. Y’passed!]

[————!]

The jet-black ground dragon lowered her body, still clenching with her mouth she twisted her waist. The strength of her jaw sealed on the man’s right wrist, she swung her tail whooshing upwards to swipe him flying. Subaru took a blow from her tail once, but, watching Patrasche’s movements now, it’s immediately obvious how much she had been holding back that time.

Literally putting her whole body behind the blow, she directed all her hostility into striking the body that was left completely open. But even so, it was casually stopped in its tracks by Garfiel’s left hand.

A dry cracking sound rang out, and after the shock dissipated, all that remained was a hand grabbing onto the end of a tail. His right hand in her jaws, his left hand holding her tail, Garfiel smiled, revealing his beast-like fangs.

[Garfiel: Won’t hurt ya. Sleep tight]

Making a wide swing with his arm, like some kind of joke, the circular trajectory of its motion carried Patrasche’s massive body gliding through the air. Then, all of a sudden laterally spinning with an inconceivable sensation of weightlessness, Patrasche’s eyes filled with confusion as she was gently tossed to the ground.

Her massive body barely bounced as it landed, and then silence: Patrasche had been defeated. In front of this scene, Subaru’s parched throat let out a groan of disbelief,

[Subaru: H, he threw Patrasche?]

[Garfiel: Such’a loyal nature. Tossed y’out gently, shouldn’t hurt. Let’s finish this before ya get up!]

Disregarding the stunned Subaru, Garfiel lifted up his face and hopped onto the coachman’s stand. Lying on the slanted coachman’s stand was Otto, in a broken-looking posture, and he tried to stand up as the attacker leaped over.

[Otto: Guh…… but, don’t underestimate me! I am a traveling merchant you know! I am totally prepared for getting mugged by thugs on the road during my business. So come on, but if you rather not fall victim to the “Suwen-Family-Ryu-Thug-Repulsion-Technique” I suggest you surrender now…… Hoowah!]

[Garfiel: Shut up, ham. What d’ya think yer doin with yer weakass skills, takin me on? Go take’a nap]

Right after striking a fighting pose, full of spirit, Otto instantly crumbled when Garfiel, suddenly coming up to him, gave him a flick in the forehead.

The flick —— or more accurately, the close-range middle finger strike, with what sounded like tremendous force, sent Otto’s wiry body flying off of the coachman’s platform. Holding his forehead in what looked like agony, he passed out without a word. Regardless of whether he was dead or alive, he was no longer an obstacle.

[Garfiel: Now, by th’looks of it, yer the only one left]

Snorting, the punk turned with a sharp look that could cut a man in half, murmuring.

Standing on the coachman’s platform, the distance between him and Subaru was only about four paces —— but considering the way he had instantly closed his distance with Otto, there might as well be no distance between them at all.

Gasping down his breath, Subaru racked his brain but could not think of a single plan to break through. The only fighting force that might have been able to resist this man, Emilia, was still unconscious after her inexplicable collapse. But no matter what happens, he must protect her.

[Subaru: I’m……]

[Garfiel: “Flip it this way or that yer skin’s still blue”, I don’t wanna hear it――!]

With the sound of a light tap on the floor, in the blink of an eye, Garfiel’s short figure appeared in front of Subaru’s face. Above, the raised arm had its five fingers spread open, and it was easy to imagine the future where the claws would swing down, ripping his stunned body apart.

And in the face of that future where his limbs would be ripped apart, there was only one thing Subaru could think to do: to prevent the damage from reaching Emilia in his arms, and to protect her with his life.

[————!]

——A few seconds passed, or perhaps it was longer.

His eyes tightly shut, shielding Emilia with his entire body, the time Subaru spent waiting for the shock to come dragged on to the point of confusion. Then, hesitantly opening his eyes, he found the five fingers spread out motionless in front of his face. Behind it, there was a perplexed look in the punk’s eyes.

Keeping his gaze on Subaru, who could not help but hold his breath, he twisted his own head from side to side, making loud cracking noises with the bones in his neck.

[Garfiel: Instead of striking back y’prioritized protectin’ the girl, the hell was that. After yer dead she’ll be next anyway. Wasn’t that a terrible decision?]

Being hit with a sound argument that he really didn’t want to hear, Subaru, going through all sorts of reasons, couldn’t come up with a reply. The silence making him even more displeased, Garfiel waved his sharp-clawed hand.

[Garfiel: Well, yer too slow anyway. Make a move or not, there probably wasn’t much hope. You’re all pretty useless either way]

[Subaru: Y, you are……]

[Garfiel: Hah?]

Remarking on their ineptitude, Garfiel gave out his merciless assessment. And as Subaru was trying to move his frozen throat, attempting to squeeze out a question, Garfiel’s vicious-looking face twisted up with displeasure, and moved in even closer to Subaru’s face.

[Garfiel: You’re whisperin, gotta speak up. C’mon]

[Subaru: You are Garfiel…… correct? You are acquainted with Roswaal and Frederica?]

[Garfiel: ——Frederica?]

Confirming Subaru’s word, for the first time, Garfiel’s expression lost its aggression. Looking astounded, like a carnivorous beast that had lost the scent of blood, for an instant, he seemed almost cute and tame, but, immediately concealing it again with a bitter expression,

[Garfiel: Why d’ya know that name …… No, wait. That woman you’re holdin’, is the silver haired…… Half-Witch?]

[Subaru: She’s a Half-Elf. Don’t you dare use that name in front of her]

[Garfiel: ——Hyah. Whatsthiswhatsthis, y’got some spirit got allofasudden]

Glancing down at Emilia, Subaru suddenly exploded back at the utterance of that derogatory name. The fear of moments before all disappeared in the face of pure rage, and Garfiel, hearing this, clicked his fangs together noisily, full of glee.

[Garfiel: Say, isntshe that rumored Emilia-sama? Now, a “Half-Witch” showing up around here could only have everything to do with Roswaal]

[Subaru: Son of a……]

Ignoring Subaru’s previous words, Garfiel said “Half-Witch” again with special emphasis. Hearing this, Subaru stood up, but was immediately stopped by Garfiel’s hand.

[Garfiel: “The dumbass who bites on molten iron only gets hurt” right. You don have a chance against me. Look at the difference in strength eh? ――I don’t want you to get hurt, y’know?]

Making a fist with his outstretched hand, he cracked his knuckle-bones as a warning. Their respective strengths are obvious, without knowing his intentions, it’s better not to make things any worse by resisting. To press down his anger and wait for another chance to get his revenge, would be the wisest course of action.

That’s why,

[Subaru: …Eat shit]

[Garfiel: Hah?]

[Subaru: I don’t want to get hurt. And you’ll beat me up pretty easily I guess. But. ――I can’t stand by while you continue to say things that will make this girl sad]

Gently laying Emilia down on the luggage stand, lightly touching the hair on her forehead, Subaru stood up staring at Garfiel at a distance so close that their foreheads almost touched. A distance within each other’s breaths, a distance within each other’s reach.

[Subaru: Take back that bullshit name… and never use it again]

[Garfiel: ……You want me to do what you say? But you don’t got what it takes, do you? Your face, your gut, your shin, you want them all to get wrecked, yeah?]

[Subaru: Go ahead and try. But don’t expect me to go down for free, though… If you punch my face I’ll bite you, if you strike my gut I’ll grab you, if you hit my shin I’ll spit on you, and I will be paying you back tooth for tooth]

Responding to intimidation with intimidation, Subaru was carried up by the surge passion burning in his chest. In front of him, the hostile aura quietly emanating from Garfiel sent shivers circling all over his body. Quite literally, Subaru could be flicked away in a second if Garfiel wanted to. Judging from his offense and defense so far, this was all too obvious.

Of the strongest people Subaru had met in this Parallel World up to now, Garfiel might easily hold a place among them. Perhaps without reaching the level of Reinhardt at the pinnacle, he could, nevertheless, conceivably take on Wilhelm or Julius.

So even as Subaru’s words took back a little bit of ground, the probability of him actually retaliating was really equal to zero.

But still, Subaru and Garfiel stared squarely into each other’s eyes.

Even knowing he will lose, he refused to back down… because the reason he cannot back down was just behind him…

[Garfiel: ――Hihaha]

[Subaru: ――Hah?]

…It was an unexpected voice that sounded completely out of place.
In the middle of their standoff, Garfiel’s laugh leaked out, cutting into the space between them. Subaru let out a confused groan, and Garfiel responded with his action,

[Garfiel: Hiyahahaha! Yer prettygood with words eh. Y’reallydiditdidntyer!]

[Subaru: Wha…… Ow! Hey, wha wait, ow, st-, ow that really hurts!]

Breaking out into a wide laugh that shook his shoulders, Garfiel heartily patted Subaru in the shoulder. But even without the slightest hint of hostility or intention to attack, and even as he was holding back, the gesture, purely seeking friendly contact, was nevertheless cutting down Subaru’s health points in large chunks at a time.

Next Part 2/2: https://translationchicken.com/2016/11/14/rezero-arc-4-chapter-7-the-trial-grounds-part-22/keqlbwe27xt3uyh6jve3wjbfxa3in2kv6u_zfakoafy

(Image by @sisumayo https://twitter.com/sisumayo/)

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I hope this chapter was ok! I ended up staying up until 9am this morning to get it good enough before I have to spend time on my studies in the next few days.

Tynkerd is working on Chapter 8 right now, and should be done around the time when I finish part 2/2 in a few days!

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***Note 2016 Dec 23rd: “Trial Grounds” is too easily confused with “Trials”, so it’s changed to “Experimental Grounds”***

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Next Part 2/2: https://translationchicken.com/2016/11/14/rezero-arc-4-chapter-7-the-trial-grounds-part-22/

120 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 7 [The Experimental Grounds] (Part 1/2)

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  1. I literally just thought to myself “I’ll refresh the pages before I go to bed, just for the sake of it.” and then this was right in front of me. I may have been delayed to bed by 10 mins, but I’m satisfied with the reason for it! 😉

    Thank you once again Chicken-Sama

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  2. Thank you again Chicken! This chapter was just what I needed tonight. Oh, very interesting! I was thinking something like this could happen. Wonder why Emillia fainted though, if it was because of the sheer pressure then Subaru would’ve gone down as well. Perhaps she’s sensitive to magic powers? Hm… and why does Subaru put Reinhard a level above Willhelm? I know he is insanely strong, but the old man has shown more skill so far… When you take it into account, not much happened in this part.

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  3. Never really got to express some kind of gratitude for your work but your taking your time to translate this for us purely out of kindness….

    Just sayin.. Really apreciated man!

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  4. Thanks for the treat, Chicken ! Very interesting chapter, with more Garfiel greatness about how strong he is, how he feels towards Frederica is just awesome :3, and Half-Witch hype !

    Can’t wait for what’s to come !

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  5. Good stuff, thanks again man! I was about to go to bed too…

    Sorry for a nitpick but in the first sentence I’m guessing “as if the world had tiled” should be “as if the world had tilted”

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  6. I don’t need to refresh every single time the site…. I just wait ’til my loud alarm tells me there’s new content hahaha, thanks guys, you are awesome as always

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  7. interesting chapter, wonder where will this lead the emilia faction
    thank you very much for the effort chicken. please dont overwork yourself, your meat wont be as tasty 😦

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  8. Hhhh when t get the email if the new chapter from all the joy I felt it seems like i won a million $ thanks fir ut effort as always 😘👍🏻

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  9. OMG, ty soooo much chicken, I knew that garfiel would be an awesome character I feel sad for patrache though 😦
    But as long as Garfiel becomes a member of emilias faction ill forgive him X3

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  10. Who is not GAR for Garfiel?

    Great quality as always, Chicken! Been waiting for Subaru to get rekt again but hey, he can still hold his ground. Guess if Rem was there as well he’d try and choke the guy regardless of circumstances.

    Glory to the Chicken&Co!

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  11. Thank you you are great chicken 🙂
    I already like Garfiel, but i can imagine the way he speak is a pain in the ass to translate XD

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  12. It’s the first time i write here and i usually don’t comment on anything, but i felt the need to thank you for all the work and time you’re putting on this project.
    Reading the translation is very fluid and easy, and i’m not a native english speaker, so i commend all the team for the good work.
    I always wait in trepidation for a new chapter (or a chunk of it for what it counts XD), i check at least two times a day, but i’ll never rush you to have them sooner, because i know the time it takes and you’re already fast enough.
    Thank you again.

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  13. Thank you so much for the translations! I am full of joy to read the new chapter today:) All the best for your studies in the meantime!

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  14. It’s good to have you doing this for us tl-chicken, this would literally force me to learn Japanese otherwise, especially if my doubts for a S2 are right. T_T

    The translations are even fast, enjoyable to read, and nicely formatted with the pictures and periodic character art. Keep up the good work, arigato~

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  15. hell yeah! subaru still getting rekt every here and there. but i can’t believe that garfiel is as strong as wilhelm and julius tho, kinda strange that human’s elite army is as strong as random boy (well not really random, but still…) subaru really needs rem on his side. wake her up again tappei you bastard! as usual, thanks for translating

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  16. Well done chicken.

    Don’t tire yourself out too much. Get sleep.

    I’m fine with 1 part of a chapter each week.

    You don’t need to do this much.

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  17. [Garfiel: “The dumbass who bites on molten iron only gets hurt” right. You *don* have a chance against me. Look at the difference in strength eh? ――I don’t want you to get hurt, y’know?]

    Spelling wrong

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  18. Thanks again for the translations Chicken-sama!!! I believe you forgot an “of”:

    “Responding to intimidation with intimidation, Subaru was carried up by the surge passion burning in his chest. “

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  19. Thank you sooooo muuuch for the translation, the quality is always so high, i don’t know how you manage to hold it, still, don’t overwork yourselves, we won’t be mad if you need to take some days for your stuff

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  20. Typos:
    Patrasche is wrongly spelled the first time in this chapter as “Patrashe”
    Reinhard was also wrongly spelled as “Reinhardt”

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  21. Congratulations, you are now subscribed to the site TranslationChicken (http://translationchicken.com) and will receive an email notification when a new post is made.

    LoL
    Now, i don’t need “refresh” thing every hour.
    Hahahaha…

    Thank to oneeyedkaneki

    Thanks chicken
    And all of the Team..

    Ps: waiting ring.tone from my Mail. Haha..

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  22. I guess Garfield -became a man- let the lasanga behind and got buff, truly inspirational.
    I can’t stop wondering why Emiliana decided to take a nap right there, something with the ofrest maybe?
    Anyways, thank you Chicken-senpai for making time in between studies (And whatever the lovely people in this proyect do) to give us this translation. I bet writing Garfield dialogues isn’t easy.
    Good vibrations!

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  23. Thank you mighty Chicken ! *w*
    Great chapter.
    And i got to say subaru tha’t how you defend your girl ! even when you know that there’s no way you’ll win.

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  24. OwO what’s this? “half-witch” instead of “half-devil?” That’s interesting. Emilia supposedly got the title half-devil because she was half elf but Satella was also half elf as well so what does it mean if Garfiel is calling Emilia a half-witch if the witch herself was also a half-devil? ugh so many implications! my brain is trembling!

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    1. Hey Melon!

      “Half-Devil” is an alternate translation of the same word.

      It’s a good thing you pointed this out! I guess while in Japanese the “Half-Witch” interpretation isn’t weird, I can imagine it being weird in English when it comes up again in the future.
      After thinking about it, I might change it to Half-Devil considering the potential future uses of this phrase. :3

      Aaaaaah but then I’m agonizing over it now

      I asked Safin for a second opinion, and “emilia is hanma半魔 but not witch of envy because she is the “ma” itself”.

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  25. Hey um can someone help me with a couple of questions?
    1) so is the Light novel further into the story or the web novel
    2)I have read all of the web novel so far that has been translated into english yet i saw on some RE:zero wiki that Subaru has met all the witches of sin in arc 4 isn’t that where we are?
    3)I have watched all 25 episodes of the anime and started reading translationchicken’s translation of the web novel from arc 3 interlude (which i thank you so much for doing this by the way!) i believe so what have i missed cause i’m looking around on the internet to learn more and i just feel like i am missing a lot!!

    If you can answer these questions i’d appreciate it very much.

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    1. WN is far ahead of the LN. I think the LN is only a wee bit further on than the anime (someone correct me if I’m wrong). I guess the LN is like a refinement of the WN. Only the first volume of the LN had been translated into English. The second volume is due next week I think. The first volume covers events from Subaru’s first arrival up to the point at which he finally survives events in the loot store. I’m guessing the next volume will cover events in Roswaal’s mansion.

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      1. Yeah from what I know volume 9 of the LN covers up to and including the ‘Lets Eat’ chapter (the one where Greed and Gluttony showed up), and then there’s another volume after that so far.

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  26. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Reading this story helps me ease the pain of depression I have and you providing us the continuation is huge for me thank you so much ❤

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  27. So, I started reading today right after finishing the anime… And after reading all the chapters available until now I just want to say a BIG thank you to the translator. Thanks for your hard work! We, the readers, TEALLY appreciate what you’re doing 😉

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  28. Thank you so very much for doing this!
    As someone who likes to translate a little bit from time to time (I’ve done 38 pages in about 1 year… yay!), I cannot claim to truly understand how hard it is (especially with such two different languages), but I do know a little bit about it, and that knowledge makes me greatly admire you.
    I wish you all the best!

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  29. Chicken sry fr rushing u, but its almost a week. I can’t wait any longer, please update.. It would be good if u update a chapter a week.. Once again sry fr rushing u…

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    1. Yeah we’re all feeling a mixture of wanting it yet at the same time not wanting it to be rushed – quality over quantity, particularly with Chicken studying. Hope you can get it done soon Chicken 🙂

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    2. I’d understand if it had been months and we’re all wondering if he’s still alive, but as of today it’s been just one week people. Honestly, anyone who can’t wait this long should just go read the wiki synopsis already.

      From the wiki I’ve got a general understanding of what’s coming up to arc 6, but I’d still like to know in full detail and we’ll all be kinda screwed on that if people keep nagging him while he’s already balancing this with what he needs to do in his life, all for free…

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