Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 44 [Forbidden] (Part 1/3)


Translator: TranslationChicken


Editor: TranslationChicken



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 Chapter 44 [Forbidden]


――His body was formed anew.

His devoured flesh, his peeled skin, his gnawed bones, his chewed nerves, his slurped up blood, and his soul, trampled and ravaged with the utmost gluttonous relish―― returned to their original shapes.

A sensation came from his fingertips, and with this as the starting point, his whole body began to jolt and convulse.
Kicking up dust, writhing on the cold, hard ground, he groaned as white foam flowed from the corner of his mouth.
There was no pain. Nor sense of loss. His four limbs were still attached to his torso, and no physical damage had been incurred by his head and body. Yet his thoughts were vague as though he had just woken from sleep, and instead of clearing in a matter of seconds, Subaru’s body and mind continued to reject the homecoming of reality.
Such was the horror of the events preceding his Return.

Could anyone say that they’ve experienced being invaded through the mouth and having their intestines shredded and devoured from inside? Or ever had the feeling of having their skins peeled off like it were a competition, exposing their dark red flesh and allowing their pink fat to be licked away by unruly tongues?
His brain refused to feel that pain, and as though it was happening to someone else’s body and not his own, he objectively recognized the truth that he was being “Eaten”, like in a waking nightmare.

[Subaru: Bgh, bgh, bgh……]

A nauseating sensation rushed up, and only yellow bile was retched from his dried-up stomach. The foam blowing from his mouth mixed with the acidic liquid, as Subaru continued to convulse, collapsed on his side.
Like a person having a seizure, or a fish flopping on land, the rejection of reality was not by Subaru’s own volition, but by the choice of his very soul.
For who would gladly assent to their own existence being devoured and eaten? And who could blame Subaru for interpreting the reality of his being devoured in such a way?

What had he done to deserve it, whose will was behind it, and was there no alternative to that wretched end?

[Subaru: ――――]

His consciousness flashed and flickered.
Were his eyes open or shut? No control over his body returned to him.
His very soul refused to live in reality. Far from allowing him to choose awareness, his soul did not even present him with the choice.
Only, overwhelmed by the “Loss of its own existence”, Subaru’s body continued to drown in that sense of despair.


If there was a single definite word within Subaru’s mind, it would be that one.


What the hell happened? What was that? Why did that happen? Why did that have to happen? What was happening to him now? Was there something that must happen to him now? What was he supposed to do now?

――Why, why, why, why, why.

Presented with no answers, while even the question itself was uncertain, there was only the shrieking of his soul.

――Why! Why! Why!

He continued to throw out the question which was without an answer, an unsightly figure who doesn’t know when to give up.
Drowning in reality, tormented by a nightmare, one who had lost sight of the path of life, a figure asking “Why”.
And, it was then――

{You have once again acquired the qualifications}

A voice whispered in the ears of the shivering Subaru.
High, and exalted. A voice which, even if the present Subaru heard it, he could not decipher its meaning. Nonetheless, the terrible voice echoed into Subaru’s interior――

{You are invited――to the Witch’s tea party}

In the next instant, Subaru’s only-just-returned consciousness once again lost all reality.


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Next Part 2/3:


Part 2 and 3 are a lot longer than Part 1, I’m only cutting it here at the chapter’s own divider so I could use an amazing thumbnail for Part 2.

This chapter is quite important, so while I plan to finish Part 2/3 it tonight I’ll only release it if I’m satisfied with the quality. Otherwise, I will release it tomorrow morning.


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63 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 44 [Forbidden] (Part 1/3)

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  1. How much time on average do you use translating and polishing each chapter before releasing? Want to know so that I know roughly when an entire chapter (or at least a few parts of it) is finished.


    1. Each page on the draft takes about an hour to translate, and then every 5-7 pages takes about 2-3 hours to completely edit at the end. Before translating, I also spend 3-4 hours deep reading the parts on the days before translating.
      Some chapters are 17 pages and some are about 12, so it depends on the length as well. It’s about 24-30 hours for each chapter.

      There will always be a new chapter every week unless something unexpected happens.

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      1. You are doing a really great job with the translations. Appreciate your concern for quality and typos, not many fan translators care that much about that. Good luck finishing off the rest of the novel.


  2. I was wincing at every syllable while reading this. It so hevey and intense! I mean POOR SUBARU : ( But now I have a feeling everyones favorite witch is waiting for Subaru with a nice hot cup of tea to “cheer” him up.

    Another great translation for another great read! ; ) Thanks for all your hard work and I CAN’T WAIT for part 2.

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  3. Just a heads up, the “previous chapter” link is to the wrong chapter (42, it should be 43) and 43 is missing the link to the next chapter.


    This part does an excellent job communicating Subaru’s despair. I can’t wait for the next parts!

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  4. Been a year or so now since you started, wish I had been reading that long. Love that you’re doing this brightens my day a little every time I see a new chapter. Keep at it Chicken.


  5. Hi chicken!
    Love your work,can’t thank you enough for your time and dedication.
    Have to point out something you wrote”The continued to throw out the question ”
    Is it” they” instead of “the”?
    Well anyways love the work and thank you so much!


  6. So we are finally having some more Dona-tea. :3
    I was waiting for this and although I already know what will happen up to where arc 6 stopped because of the summaries, it’s still pretty exciting to actually see the dialog and the characters reactions specially Barusu’s reactions.

    Thanks for the chapter! ^^


  7. Thnx a lot bro.hopeing to get more chapter soon. On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, TranslationChicken wrote: > theholychicken posted: “********** Translator: TranslationChicken ********** Editor: TranslationChicken ********** 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: ” >


  8. Wait wait wait wait wait so those rabbits were what was supposed to be his 2nd trial?? Ehhh??? But the previous loop he died from being eaten so…??? And whoa another witch tea party as if the previous one wasn’t enough xD Lmao I need more closure in the next chapter xDD

    Thanks for the translation chicken sama \(-ㅂ-)/ ♥ ♥ ♥ love ya ( ˘ ³˘)♥


    1. nah, the rabbits were most likely real. the events in the previous chapter are plausible. it’d make sense for garfiel wanting to kill subaru, especially since he’s got the witches’ scent.


  9. Wow… those descriptions of what Subaru experienced..are truly intense and heavy.. They’ve even gave me goosebumps when reading…Oooooohh… Poor Subaru..that was one dark and horrible way to die… Well at least, he’s been invited to another tea party of Echidnona’s. Am hoping that she will console him there, even just for a bit. Just no mind wipe this time please.

    Thanks for the translations, Chicken! Really loving those heavy, intense moments, even though they make me wince a couple of times. Hehe


  10. Bro this might be out of subject but I really wanna read “Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon” light novel for free. Where can I read it? If u know pls tell me chicken sama


  11. Can’t wait till Subaru can use spirits or something, I really want him to have some skill, because it does hint he has an affinity to them.


  12. Thanks for the chapter chicken sama At last I catch up with the live drafts of your translation I’ve been reading ypur translation for weeks straight up and Finally I react the final (mostly the Live draft) keep up the good work Chicken Sensei Arigato ❤


  13. Ah-ha! Short part just to enjoy the sensation of leaving us to a cliffhanger, huh? Naughty Chicken.
    Thanks for the efforts.


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