Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 32 [1/4] (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/198/

Previous Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2017/06/17/rezero-arc-4-chapter-31-maid%E3%83%BBmaid%E3%83%BBmaid-part-33/

ARC 4

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

 Chapter 32 [1/4]

 

Tilting the steaming teacup to his lips and taking a sip, Subaru opened his ears to Frederica’s words.

[Frederica: The Demihuman War―― To begin with, would Subaru-sama know what kind of dispute this was?]

[Subaru: Like I said, I don’t know the details. Just…… I can kinda imagine what might’ve happened just from the name and the historical background]

[Frederica: My, that’s interesting. May I ask what you imagined it to be?]

Hearing this reply from Subaru, Frederica covered the corner of her lips and smiled.
Covering her mouthful of fangs while smiling seemed to be a deeply ingrained habit of her’s, and Subaru often saw her this way.
It would seem that although she loved to smile, she didn’t want others to see it.

Closing his eyes and scratching at his cheeks, with [Right], Subaru began,

[Subaru: I don’t know how long ago that war took place, but I can imagine it couldn’t have had nothing to do with the Witch of Envy. I’ve seen how Emilia was treated like a tumor in the Capital, and I know that Half-Elves are despised by all sorts of people]

Recorded even in picture-books, the Witch of Envy was universally known as the unparalleled symbol of absolute evil. Being a silver-haired Half-Elf, for having only this one point in common with the Witch, Emilia was treated with this unjust prejudice. So, in the wake of the Witch of Envy―― Subaru could imagine the kind of conflict that might have arisen from even the most insignificant details.

[Subaru: A Half-Elf, would be a child between a Human and an Elf, right? Carrying on from their hatred of Half-Elves…… it’s not too far-fetched that some would believe that Half-Bloods born between humans and other races are also heresy deserving of persecution]

[Frederica: ……Please, do go on]

[Subaru: I’m just pulling this from imagination, but since the persecution of Half-Elves led to the persecution of Half-Bloods by association, if we take this to the extreme, the very existence of the Demihumans who begot the Half-Bloods would also be a threat as well…… that’s probably what some of those guys are thinking]

To the extent of Subaru’s knowledge, the humans are by far the most numerous race in this world. He knew of the existence of Elves, and Beastmen like Anastasia’s triplets, but just based on his observations over the days he spent at the Capital, the absolute number of Demihumans were indeed far fewer than the humans.
And so, solely owing to their majority, they came to believe that they had justice on their side.

[Subaru: I doubt absolutely everyone would’ve taken up this way of thinking, but the loud and obnoxious types are probably the same anywhere. So, compared to hatred of Demihumans…… it’s probably closer to fear, isn’t it. And when that frustration eventually boils over…]

[Frederica: The tension between Humans and Demihumans erupted. The smoldering kindling caught fire, and with ever-gathering momentum, its flames engulfed the whole of Lugnica]

Spilling this in a melancholic voice, Frederica continued on from Subaru’s words.
Closing one of his eyes, Subaru gazed at her downcast expression. And Frederica, with a single nod, turned up her face.

[Frederica: There is almost no need to supplement your conjectures, nor are there any grounds for dispute. ……Have you truly never heard any detailed accounts of the war?]

[Subaru: Nah. If that was essentially correct, it’s just thanks to my power of imagination. Or reading experience…… this kind of stuff shows up in light novels a lot, you know, antagonism between races and stuff]

Although, of course, Subaru never actually paid much mind to these problems in reality.
Even in his Original World, so-called racial discrimination existed. But, to Subaru, they might as well have been taking place a world away. Like problems existing in some Parallel World.
He was himself, and the others were others, he had held this coldly apathetic outlook. And while this was true in a way, in reality, he was only averting his eyes.

[Subaru: It’s just, even if I can imagine how things got the way they are, I’d still have no idea how to fix it. But since you’re saying this in the past-tense, at least that means the Demihuman War had already run its course, right?]

[Frederica: In a sense, yes. But the scars of the war run deep, and the sprouts of prejudice against the offsprings between Humans and Demihumans remain deeply rooted even now]

Perhaps because she herself was born as a target of such prejudice, Frederica’s words carried a certain heaviness that could not have been understood by someone merely listening from the outside.
Subaru wanted to ask what happened next, but hesitated before he could throw these words at her. And, sensing this on his mind, Frederica sighed,

[Frederica: My apologies for making you worried. Let us continue the story]

[Subaru: I kinda wanna say “don’t force yourself”, but these things directly tie into what I need to ask so I can’t really say that. So, do force yourself, please]

[Frederica: My my. You certainly are adept at spurring people on, Subaru-sama]

Favorably interpreting Subaru’s rather selfish remark, Frederica lifted her own cup and let a sip roll over her tongue,

[Frederica: The Demihuman War began approximately fifty years ago. From there, it went on for nearly ten years…… and it was recorded to have concluded forty years ago]

[Subaru: Ten years…… that’s a long time. Although, back home, I think we’ve got a Hundred Years’ War and a Thirty Years’ War or something in our history as well]

Subaru wasn’t so well read when it came to historical novels, so his knowledge of these events didn’t go past glancing over their names in textbooks. But, with names like that, he could more or less guess how long those wars lasted at least.
Thirty years, and a hundred years. It’s a frightening thought, how anyone could hate another person enough to carry on a war for so long.
Even Subaru had only spent about two months in the Parallel world.

[Subaru: That’s just way too exhausting, who can keep on playing Bokosuka Wars for more than ten years?]

[Frederica: Regardless, the war first originated from a dispute between the humans and a Demihuman settlement. Originally, it would only have been a local dispute contained within a small area…… but because of the incident that followed, in a single stroke, the heat of war flared up. And the horrific conflict, in which blood upon blood washed over every corner of the land, began]

[Subaru: The incident that followed?]

[Frederica: Not long after conflict first broke out, the King of Lugnica at the time saw the seriousness of the situation and dispatched his close attendant as an envoy for peace. On the Demihuman side, the chiefs of various races gathered to welcome the envoy and to negotiate for a resolution, but……]

Hearing Frederica’s words trail off, Subaru silently tilted his head, prompting her to continue. Seeing his gesture, Frederica closed her eyes,

[Frederica: Those who attended that conference―― the envoys from the Palace and the Demihuman chiefs alike, were all indiscriminately slaughtered on the spot]

[Subaru: Indiscriminately slaughtered……? But by who, and for what?]

[Frederica: The culprit remains unknown even to this day. But, at the time, both the Humans and the Demihumans were convinced that the other was responsible. And consequently, a small ember became a great devouring fire, and would not be put out for all ten years…… as it so happened]

[Subaru: What were they doing? If they just properly talked it through…… but that’s too idealistic, isn’t it]

Given the emotions of the people at the time, this might be too much of a god-like perspective to take.
The envoy dispatched by the Palace was the King’s personal attendant. Considering the prestige of the envoy murdered at the scene of negotiation, to withdraw the matter without bringing the culprit to justice would have been beneath the dignity of a Kingdom. And, from the Demihumans’ perspective, the fact was that their chiefs had been gathered in one place and massacred. Although it’d be demeaning to count lives this way, in purely numerical terms, the Demihuman side lost more.
Adding to that, was the existence of the Witch of Envy that first laid the foundations of the strife between their races.
It would be difficult enough to even begin to mend their relations, and in this standstill, there was no time to deal with the problems that followed―― further and further behind, unable to stem the tide, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine how this invited the tragedy that resulted.

[Frederica: In the end―― the Demihuman War concluded with the surrender of the Demihumans. Even then, the Demihumans refused to take responsibility for the massacre at the conference, and only acknowledged that it would be senseless to continue the war any further]

[Subaru: Personally, stuck in this kind of quagmire, I think the side that stepped back first was actually the smarter one. Also, this was like a civil war, wasn’t it? There’s no benefit to the country at all]

[Frederica: The truth was precisely that. Lugnica’s power greatly declined over the course of the Demihuman War. It was fortunate that at the time, all the neighboring nations were also dealing with turmoil of their own, otherwise, Lugnica may very well have been replaced by some other kingdom]

It must have been fortune in midst of misfortune that the other three nations were also occupied with internal strife, thus narrowly saving Lugnica from a final deathblow.
Yet, a crisis no less perilous than that era was facing this Kingdom even now.

[Subaru: But, well, it’s still pretty amazing that they managed to put an end to a war that lasted so long. It must’ve taken a whole lot of courage, and the resistance from the hardliners couldn’t have been easy to overcome]

[Frederica: ……It was because humanity had one overwhelming presence among them who bent the pro-war faction’s will. For it was to the unrivaled swordsmanship of the then-Current Generation Sword Saint, Thearesia Van Astrea-sama, that all the Demihumans bowed their heads…… is something the matter?]

[Subaru: No, I was just surprised to hear a name that I know… It’s a small world]

 

Next Part 2/2: https://translationchicken.com/2017/06/21/rezero-arc-4-chapter-32-14-part-22/

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Let me know if you find missing words! ❤

I’ll be back tomorrow to finish the chapter!

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Chapter 32 Live Draft:
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Next Part 2/2: https://translationchicken.com/2017/06/21/rezero-arc-4-chapter-32-14-part-22/

83 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 32 [1/4] (Part 1/2)

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  1. [Frederica: Those who that attended that conference―― the envoys from the Palace and the Demihuman chiefs alike, were all indiscriminately slaughtered on the spot]

    That’s a “that” too much

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  2. Wait so if there’s still a feud between Demihumans and Humans if Subura were to take the trials and complete them as a “Human” would it have more impact on bring the two races together or less than Emilia being the “Half-Elf, Witch lookalike.

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    1. Not really because the origins of the war and strife are still link to the Witch of Envy and the centuries long fear of her. It may bring human relations back to prewar status, but demi-humans and half-bloods were still discriminated even then because something that happened far back. So a if anything a half-blood like Emilia who happens to look dreaded half-elf would do more to heal relations between humans and non-humans because people accepting her existence means that they overcame their fear of Satella.

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      1. And wouldn’t Subaru wining over the demi-human wouldn’t make humans treat them better, which is the other main problem. That’s why Emilia is even more important for this role.

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  3. “It would seem that although she loved to smile, she didnt want other’s’ to see it”

    Its missing the ‘s’

    “Those ‘who’ that attended that conference”

    Take that ‘who’ off

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  4. Too bad it wasn’t Reinhard right . It wouldn’t last that long . 4 days at best so that he can get the message to come .

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  5. I have a theroy/question, So if Subura was granted the trials and had the Witch Gene, Could he be a “half-witch” because of this, or was it like the story said and he was just given the gift?

    If Subura is a “Half-Witch” it would change the entire story in a way.

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    1. There is no “Half-Witch”, you confusing that with half-blood (i.e Half-Elf, Half-Beastman etc). You’re either a Witch or you’re not and what determines that is whether you carry the Witch Genes.

      Technically Subaru is a Witch (or Warlock) at this point for that very fact.

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    1. you can follow translationchicken on twitter. that way you get notified as soon as the chapter comes out. oh and make sure you turn on notifications for twitter ( i’m pretty sure you already knew that lol) 🙂

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  6. seem that although – should be “that((,)) although”

    A Half-Elf, would – extra comma

    extreme, the very – suggestion: “extreme, THAT the”

    compared to hatred – should be “THE hatred”

    Lugnica – I’ve wondered before, but how would this be pronounced?

    from a world away, – suggestion: “from a DIFFERENT WORLD” I feel like this might get the idea across better

    this is true in a way, in reality, he – due to a later tense shift, “this WAS true” (unsure, I don’t know my tenses as well as I could) extra comma after “reality”

    way they are, – should be were (unsure, like last one)

    happened next but – suggestion: “next((,)) but”

    years, and a – extra comma, messes up pacing (to me)

    another person enough – suggestion: “person LONG enough”

    Even Subaru had only spent two months in the Parallel world. – Is that how long he’s been here including or excluding looped time?

    over every corner – idea/suggestion: “over CORNERS UPON CORNERS”

    they just properly – should be(?): “they HAD just”

    dispatched by Palace – should be “by THE [p]alace” [letter] = was uppercase. {letter} was lowercase

    dignity of a Kingdom. – should be “[k]ingdom” not a PROPER noun, same as the last one

    And from the – should be “And((,)) from”

    Though it’d be – suggestion: “ALTHOUGH”

    numerical terms, the – extra comma

    to that, was the – extra comma

    Envy that first – suggestion: “Envy((,)) WHO”

    races, – should be a period

    and in this – should be “and((,))”

    that at the time all – should be “that((,)) at the time((,)) all”

    own, otherwise, Lugnica – should be “own((.)) {O}therwise(extra comma)”

    fortune in midst – should be “in THE midst”

    thus narrowing saving – should be “narrowLY”

    Yet, a crisis no less – extra comma + suggestion: “crisis THAT’S no”

    this Kingdom even – should be “[k]ingdom” not a PROPER noun

    taken whole a lot of – “a” should be BEFORE “whole”

    That’s everything! Gotta love the speed, but the quality may be lacking some due to the speed at which this came out. Can’t wait to hear the rest!

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    1. Thanks for the thorough notes!

      It might be better to seperate out the corrections from suggestions.
      The capitalization is intentional.
      We should get a chance to discuss the commas. They’re usually to match the comma use in Japanese, and match the pacing.

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  7. theholychicken

    It might be better to seperate out the corrections from suggestions.

    That could be tricky… Do you mean one comment for each or
    {
    Suggestions:
    Corrections:
    }
    Format?

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  8. We should get a chance to discuss the commas. They’re usually to match the comma use in Japanese, and match the pacing. Since I have such little knowledge of the Japanese language, I never thought that the comma placement would be based on the Japanese comma placement

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  9. I have a complaint Chicken. I really can’t stand the way you release in parts, it makes the site look cluttered and is generally just annoying. “I wonder if Chicken has released anything today. Oh hey something new! Oh it’s just an incomplete chapter, guess I’ll come back tomorrow…” is generally how it goes for me. I’d much prefer if you picked a day and tried to release 1 full chapter on that day every week instead of the way you do it now. I also feel like that would free you up a little. Like, you could put in a few days hard work and get a chapter or 2 ahead and free up your schedule for a while. I know when I don’t have a specific deadline for something I end up feeling guilty when I take time for myself.

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  10. Looks like we’ll get more revelation about the foreshadowing Theresia fighting scene in episode 20 in the next part. Maybe. Idk. Hopefully..

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  11. As far as I read your translation in Article 4 but this one is far more interest about the Demihuman War and I want to know more about the war and this is the flashback of Wilhelm in the Episode 20 and this is more interesting thanks Chicken-sama for your wonderful translation as always and keep up the good work.😊😊👍👍

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  12. [Frederica: ……It was because humanity had one overwhelming presence among them who bent the pro-war faction’s will. For it was to the unrivaled swordsmanship of the then-Current Generation Sword Saint, Theresia Van Astrea-sama, that all the Demihumans bowed their heads…… is something the matter?]

    Isn’t the name spelt Thearesia van Astrea and not Theresia Van Astrea?

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  13. I have a question ( no spoilers please) What is the crisis referred in this sentence: “Yet, a crisis no less perilous than that era was facing this Kingdom even now.”

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  14. Yes, getting to know more about the demi-human war! Thanks for the translation Chicken-Fried-Sama! ❤ Excellent translation as always!

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  15. When Subaru was first teleported to the parallel world, Almost all background characters was demihuman. In episode 1.

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    1. maybe, but maybe they were just full beasts, like those kids, and that wolf in the ending of the series. got no power to actually check. actually they didnt really bother to describe how they look… maybe they are something like fredrica and garfiel, looking all human but got fangs an teeth, but no other things like ears and so on. dont know about a tail

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  16. Wow. I’m late to the Re:Zero party, but after finishing the anime last week I was extremely excited to have come across your translation of arc 4 and here I am all caught up.

    You’re doing an amazing job. I’ll most certainly be supporting your Patreon.

    Thank you!

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  17. Thank you for translation!
    Anyways, I have a question… Rem is in coma, but… how is she actually surviving without food and water? Cuz there is nothing like hospital in modern world, right? There is just magic, which just heals, am I correct?

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  18. Oh No! Could it have been Emilia who killed all the envoys? If we find out where the meeting took place it may be right? Plot thickens! Thanks for the work on the translation!!

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  19. Hey chicken, thank you for the great translation! I’ve been following this story for a while and I can’t thank you enough for being there to translate it for us.

    Also, I’m not sure if this was intended, but you didn’t leave the link to the next section

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