Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 31 [Maid・Maid・Maid] (Part 1/3)

 

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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/197/

Previous Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2017/06/12/rezero-arc-4-chapter-30-incongruities-on-the-road-back-homepart-22/

ARC 4

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

 Chapter 31 [Maid・Maid・Maid]

 

――For Subaru, this would be the second time returning to Roswaal’s Mansion from the Sanctuary.

[Subaru: Although it was just a painful experience the first time……]

Subaru scratched his cheeks mumbling this, and jumped down from Patrasche’s back outside the gate.
After bidding farewell to Lewes, Subaru and the refugees returned to Arlam village safe and sound. Although, since they had already done so in the last loop, and having his trusted Patrasche to guide the way, there was nothing he had to worry about.

[Subaru: The villagers are rejoicing, and Otto’s staying behind in the village like last time. I was originally hoping to bring Otto along as a meat shield though……]

Actually, Subaru hesitated about dragging Otto along to the mansion. After all, there was a good chance it could get genuinely dangerous, and bringing Otto, who doesn’t last well in intense situations, along probably wasn’t a good idea.
In terms of a straight-up brawl, Subaru couldn’t win against Otto, but Otto wasn’t exactly a god-like martial artist. Subaru wasn’t particularly looking forward to seeing his organs in front of the Bowel Hunter.

[Subaru: I hope nothing happened……]

Last time, Subaru returned to the Mansion six days after the beginning of the Trials. This time, it was three. ――Compared to before, he still had three days of leeway.
Presumably, the Mansion was attacked on the same night Subaru was killed. Taking all the factors into consideration, that much should be certain. The problem was,

[Subaru: Three days left…… in other words, I’d have to get the information out of Frederica and head back to the Sanctuary, fix the problems in the Sanctuary, and then force march back to the Mansion with Garfiel. Just looking at time alone, it’s not impossible, but……]

There were tremendous hurdles to overcome before he could turn these empty theories to reality.
It takes 8 hours just to clear the one-way route from the Sanctuary to the Mansion. Going back and forth once would already take up almost a day in travel time. Counting the loss of time in between as well, the amount of usable time available to Subaru becomes all the more severe.

[Subaru: There are backup plans for solving the problem as well…… If I choose the optimal plan, it will be an arduous route even in the most optimistic cases…… ]

Knowing ahead of time when Elsa will attack, the optimal solution for Subaru would be to repel the assassin. This way, they wouldn’t need to be constantly looking over their shoulders and be frightened by every shadow. In other words, he was hoping for complete victory, if possible.
To accomplish this, they must exceed Elsa in combat strength, which would require having either Roswaal or Garfiel. But at the moment, the likelihood of bringing either of them back to the Mansion was not looking high.

[Subaru: So in the end, there’s no choice but to go for the second-best option…… huh]

While Subaru was muttering this despondently and scratching at his head, Patrasche brought her nose over. Smiling awkwardly at the face of the ground dragon that was nudging against his shoulder, Subaru rubbed his palm over her hard scaly skin, and patted her on the head,

[Subaru: The rewards match the risks, but we aren’t ready to bring nearly enough winning chances to counterbalance the risk. Which pretty much just leaves us with the turn tail and run and scatter like a bunch of baby spiders battle-plan]

At the time of his battle with the Witch Cult, this was a conclusion that had crossed his mind.
But while this was possible due to the number of pieces he had last time, this time, there weren’t as many hands he could play. Even with prior knowledge of the incoming attack, he would be more than satisfied if they could just manage to escape.
But, there were problems with that as well.

[Subaru: Everyone in the Mansion. Rem, Petra, Frederica…… and Beako, I don’t know if they’ll all cooperate with evacuation. Honestly, if I just piggyback Rem and hold Petra’s hand I’ll be able to bring them along, but I’ll probably break a few bones before I could convince the other two]

Of course, if it ever comes down to it, he would drag everyone into the dragon carriage by force and abduct them away if he had to. He didn’t think he’d be able to beat them in a fight, but if he kept yanking on their arms and wouldn’t let go, he might just manage it somehow. No, he definitely will.

[Subaru: ――Huu]

Exhaling a small sigh, Subaru felt the weight of the responsibility on his shoulders.
How many people’s fates were resting on his words, his actions, and his resolve. On the night before the battle with the White Whale, he had felt this way as well.

[Subaru: It won’t do any good to procrastinate outside the gates forever. I still don’t know if anything happened inside. Better make sure everyone’s fine first……]

[???: And after that?]

[Subaru: After that, I’ll think about how to persuade them. Oh yeah, I got it, since they won’t know anyway, I’ll just lie and tell them that it’s Roswaal’s instructions or something……]

[???: Woaa. You’re so bad~, Subaru]

[Subaru: Just call me DIRTYWILD, I’m still at an age to aspire towards this kind of bad-boy image, you know…… wh]

In the middle of his sentence, Subaru heard the sound of giggling coming from behind and turned around. And, in the Mansion’s front gardens on the other side of the gate, there was a little maid―― the familiar little girl, Petra, standing there.
In front of the surprised-looking Subaru raising his brows, she shook her chestnut-colored hair and adorably tilted her head,

[Petra: Welcome back, Subaru-sama. Your return has come earlier than I thought]

[Subaru: Yeah, I’m back…… looks like I just caught a glimpse of the results of Frederica’s education for the gifted. Thanks for the reception]

At the sight of Petra picking up the hems of her skirt in a curtsy, Subaru loosened his cheeks in relief, before softly pushing open the gate and stepping inside. As he went on leading Patrasche toward the ground dragon stables, Subaru looked down at Petra walking alongside him.

[Petra: ――?]

Seeing Subaru looking at her, she made a strange expression and hurriedly turned her back and began cleaning up her hair and smoothing out her dress. After she seemed satisfied with all that, [O-K], she turned back to Subaru with a nod,

[Petra: What is it, Subaru-sama?]

And, with a smile even more radiant than before, she showed him her adorable smile.
Merging the cuteness of a little girl, and a promise of future beauty, it was a smile that, in spite of its youth, carried a fiendish power to abduct the hearts of the opposite sex.
It was a perfect smile calculated with a complete understanding of how it would be perceived by others. Presented with such a smile, Subaru had to suck in a bit of air,

[Subaru: Aaaahhh, that! Isn’t that just way too adorable, youuu!]

[Petra: Wa, waaah!?]

Completely oblivious to her underlying intentions, Subaru wrapped the little girl in a hug as if that was the reaction she requested and started affectionately rubbing her head with a variety of complex petting techniques without any regard for restraint. Petra squeaked out a confused cry at the sudden action, but,

[Subaru: You don’t even know half of what I’m feeling right now. Youuu, youuu! Aaahhh, damn I’m so happy to see you again!!]

[Petra: Wha what, what’s going on!? Wah, wait, Subaru…… it’s too early for me to……]

[Subaru: Really, I’m so glad……]

[Petra: ――Subaru?]

Her face all blushing, struggling in his arms, Petra’s expression changed. She settled in his arms, and looked up at Subaru who had lowered his voice, and, gradually, the at-once embarrassed and delighted expression disappeared from her face.

[Petra: Are you, hurting somewhere……?]

Worried, she extended out a finger and touched his trembling cheeks. Then, a palm pressed against her fingers, and with [I’m alright], Subaru shook his head.
He inhaled a deep breath through his nostrils, and paused for a second. And then, opening his eyes once more,

[Subaru: I’m just seriously, from the bottom of my heart, relieved. ――I’m home, Petra]

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(Thumbnail image from @Rezero_official Twitter)

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I’ll be working on Arc 6 for the rest of today

Part 2/3 will be out tomorrow!

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Chapter 31 Live Draft:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-31-11719615

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Next Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2017/06/14/rezero-arc-4-chapter-31-maid%E3%83%BBmaid%E3%83%BBmaid-part-23/

59 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 31 [Maid・Maid・Maid] (Part 1/3)

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  1. omg I thought Elsa was already there, got spooked.

    Really looking forward to Garfiel and Frederica vs Elsa, hopefully! I think that’s the route Subaru will go, anyways.

    Thanks for the translation!

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    1. I only use the ones that are publicly available on Twitter, and there’s not too many of them.

      Garfiel art has been really hard to find, there’s a very good one by HaruSabin that I’m saving for later but that’s it.

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          1. It might’ve been a fan art, and i’m not sure if it’ll happen so i think we’re safe. I’ll send it through twitter when i find it, and it would be awesome if you could use the one fan art i’ve been doing for a picture of a chapter!! 😆

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  2. Hi Chicken-sama! loving the translation speed as always! Just wanted to point this out to you. “Presumably, the Mansion was attacked ON SAME THE NIGHT Subaru was killed.” think it should be “ON THE SAME NIGHT” 🙂

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  3. He didn’t think he’d be able beat them in a fight, but if he kept yanking on their arms and wouldn’t let go

    Should be “be able to beat them”
    Thx for The translation 🙂

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  4. Hello,
    Greetings all the way from Jordan. Love your work.
    A small suggestion though, it would be nice if you use the images avaliable on the wikia when possible. For example for this chapter, there is a perfect image for Perta’s smile. It is not colored, but it really gets the image across.

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  5. I love this illusion of Fredericka and Petra, it is so cute 🙂 with garfiel have you seen the new cower art on twitter yet both Garfiel and Otto is on it, i think it could be useful in the future ^^

    and thanks for the chapter part

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  6. Not sure if that is illustration of Petra or little chitoge.

    No matter how cute Petra is, Rem still the best girl. Looking for her in the next part

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  7. Reading and imagining Subaru hugging Petra like that, and remembering the death scenes of the children in the anime, makes me wanna cry both tears of happiness and sadness :’)

    Thanks for the wonderful translations Chicken.
    And though you warned us about the major spoilers of the latest arc 6 chapters you’ve translated, well, hehe, couldn’t resist to skim a little, but it was worth the spoil ^^

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    1. Thanks again!
      I kind of want to keep the while out. Like “I drove around talking on the phone”, the while isn’t necessary, right?
      The commas change the pace at some places, so I change the use of them based on feelings while editing. Do they interfere with reading?

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  8. Petra is such a sweet heart. That mystery voice responding to Subaru though is super creepy. My guess is that its Echidna because even though they’re out of the sanctuary it sounds like something she would do. Either way it gave me chills. : o Thanks agian for the translation and I can’t wait for tomorrow.

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  9. Thank you chicken-sama for your glorious work on this. I have just one question, with the layout of your page going in order of release, it looks nice and organized, but the latest chapters just mingling with them feels off. would you consider making a separate folder that just says (ARC 6)? that way it will just be in a state that will be easier for you to upload and read? Not to be rude, but the pictures and the titles are really spoiling and i know im not the only one who feels this way
    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR DILIGENCE

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    1. Don’t worry, the titles and pictures are quite aren’t necessarily spoilers. And I wouldn’t put a major spoiler in the arc 6 picture, only something you’d understand if you read the chapter.
      If the chapter title says something that is actually spoiling I would not put it in the post title.

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  10. This is not related to this particular chapter, but I was wondering how many chapters is there between this one (Arc 4 ch. 31) and the most recent (Arc 6 ch. 40-something). It can’t be only 10 right? I can’t picture this arc finishing and having another whole arc in barely 10 chapters… so how does it work?

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    1. The Arc 6 chapter is released about 4 years after this chapter, and about 200 chapters after this one.
      I am starting there because I theorize that due to the latest development, something I cannot bear to miss is going to happen. If it does happen in a few months, I would recommend everyone to screw the spoilers and read it right away. I personally would.

      But it’s only my theory. It is also very exciting to be reading the absolute latest chapter Tappei-sama has released.

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  11. gosh, another chapter. Thank you.
    That pic you used for the chapter is so adorable, I feel my heart strings tightening. I’m choking, …now bleeding. I’ma call the ambulance.

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  12. Chicken: The commas change the pace at some places, so I change the use of them based on feelings while editing. Do they interfere with reading?

    That’s mostly the reason I suggest comma corrections: to try and keep the pacing smooth. Sometimes it’s grammar, sometimes it’s just the pacing of reading the story

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  13. “He didn’t think he’d be able to beat them in a fight, but if he kept yanking on their arms and wouldn’t let go, he might just manage it somehow.”

    Chicken, I think here it should be: “but if he kept yanking on their arms and didn’t let go” or “but if kept yanking on their arms and not letting it go”.

    “Actually, Subaru hesitated about dragging Otto along to the mansion. After all, there was a good chance it could get genuinely dangerous, and bringing Otto, who doesn’t last well in intense situations, along probably wasn’t a good idea.”

    I think the comma and grammar here is wrong in the last section, it should be: “and bringing Otto, who doesn’t last well in situations along, probably wouldn’t be a good idea”.

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  14. Hey chicken have you ever considered adding a subscription part to your website where subscribers would have access to all the live drafts and where you would release the chapter by parts before releasing the whole chapter for free onto the blog in the current format. I am saying this, because since you left your job I feel that now more than ever would be a good idea to try and make money from all the long and quality hours that you selflessly invest in this project. I for one, would be more than willing to invest in a yearly subscription which I think by the amount of subscribers even if only 1/3 would go along with the subscription it would probably make a significant difference for you and maybe you’ll be able to higher people to help and release daily XD. Though there would probably be some royalty to give to the original author due to legal constraint, but that could be something worth thinking about. Maybe doing a poll to see who would be willing to pay. Obviously since there is only Re;zero content I was thinking something around $2 US a month or $20US a year which is still 20K if a bit more than 1/3 of your followers subscribe. IDK, I just feel like you should be rewarded for all the hard and amazing work that you do! Started reading these a week or two ago and now I need to slow down or Ill burn through all your chapters AHAHA ^^ good work mate! I’ll be sure to look into donating to you.

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