Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 46 [Locusts] (Part 2/2)

**********

Translator: TranslationChicken

**********

Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank you Roanz, Loris, Kizarat, Soriosh for help with proofreading <3)

**********

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/212/

Previous Part 1/2: https://translationchicken.com/2017/09/25/rezero-arc-4-chapter-46-locusts-part-12/

===

In the end, the only one within the Witch of Envy’s considerations was Subaru himself.
As long as Subaru could overcome the fate of Death, everything else was trivial. She believed that no matter how hopeless the situation became, given infinite retries, Subaru would find a way to survive. Or rather, even if it was hopeless, Subaru would not be allowed to give up.
Because all the conditions of Return by Death were held in the Witch of Envy’s hands.

[Subaru: Alright…… if you got such a thing for me, then I’ve made up my mind as well]

[Echidona: …………]

[Subaru: This gift of Return by Death you’ve given me…… I’ll use it to the end. And at the end, I’ll meet you without having lost a single thing dear to me. Yeah, it’s decided. Already decided. I’ll make sure of it. I’m the greatest in the world at betraying people’s expectations, you know]

If Return by Death was subject to the Witch’s will, then Subaru’s will would decide how it was to be used.
So, he will pile it up, overcome it, and move forward while holding onto everything.

If the Witch’s love would only save Subaru, then Subaru would save everything else.
Only with this, could Natsuki Subaru take a first shot back at the Witch.

[Subaru: Changing the circumstances…… means to break through the problems of the Sanctuary and the problems at the Mansion. If all those are cleared, then regardless of how many victims are sacrificed, the return point of Return by Death will be updated. In other words, holding onto everything while overcoming the problems is the absolute condition]

[Echidona: It may be strange for me to say this, but isn’t that quite an arduous task to take on? You certainly seem to have accepted it easily]

[Subaru: I was just saying something I’ve already been vaguely thinking about out loud. Rather than break me, it’s got my motivation all fired up. My rebellious heart’s all ablaze, you know]

Hearing Subaru’s declaration, Echidona fell speechless.
Taking some small satisfaction in seeing the Witch at a loss for words, Subaru clicked the bones in his neck, and,

[Subaru: There’s nothing else I wanted to ask about Return by Death. Anyways, I’ll keep that in mind, thanks]

[Echidona: ……I’ve also sated my curiosity through a valuable conversation. So let’s call it even. Besides, as opposed to flaunting my knowledge, this was more of me voicing my speculations]

[Subaru: Then, this next one should be properly relying on that knowledge of yours]

Since her knowledge didn’t extend to the topic of Return by Death, there were still many ambiguities involved. But this would not be the case for Subaru’s next question.
This one, he must hear it loud and clear from her own mouth.

[Subaru: This time I Returned by Death…… do you know how I died?]

[Echidona: I haven’t read that part, so no, I don’t. And while I am incredibly interested in discussing the experiences of your various deaths…… you don’t seem to be in the mood right now]

[Subaru: It’s kind of hard to be boasting of wounds and deaths and heroic feats without some alcohol. But since all we got here is Dona-tea, that hope’s pretty much out the window]

[Echidona: That is unfortunate. ……From the looks of your body outside, your death must have been accompanied by considerable mental and physical anguish…… in the end]

It was probably considerate of her to have avoided describing how he died.
Sensing that consideration, Subaru somewhat relaxed his cheeks, before immediately stiffening again with [Aah yeah], nodding,

[Subaru: Just remembering it gives me the shivers…… this time, I was eaten alive]

[Echidona: …………]

[Subaru: And it was by these stupid, tiny little palm-sized rabbits. Omnivores and hungry, apparently. They… ate up my whole body without leaving a scrap]

Although he was understating it with his phrasing, there was no way to properly describe that miserable end with words.
The memory of his whole body being devoured, of his flesh, bones and blood being violated by pointed teeth still insisted on pain in the depths of Subaru’s mind.
Forcibly pushing this down, Subaru somehow managed to keep himself calm. Seeing this, Echidona pressed the back of her hand against her lips,

[Echidona: …….So you encountered the Great Rabbit, I see]

[Subaru: Great Rabbit?]

[Echidona: “Great” not as in “Size”, but in “Multitude”. That meaning was lost in communication over the ages. It is one of the Witch of Gluttony, Daphne’s, inauspicious legacies―― one of three]

[Subaru: The Great Rabbit is……]

Once, he had heard it from Julius. And here, the name of the Mabeast was uttered again by Echidona.
White Whale, Black Serpent, and Great Rabbit. Each and every one were Mabeasts that threatened the world since 400 years ago and subjects of the Witch of Gluttony, Daphne.

[Subaru: Just when I thought I got the White Whale down the Great Rabbit shows up, give me a break…..]

[Echidona: If your adversary is the Great Rabbit, then you are up against a terrible enemy]

In front of Subaru, who was holding his head, Echidona’s expression darkened at the knowledge of the threat which he was facing. Subaru was beginning to feel some apprehension at the sight of her expression,

[Subaru: I felt the same anxiety when I was facing the White Whale…… so which one is worse?]

[Echidona: In terms of pure combat strength, the White Whale is by far the greater of the two. But in terms of which one is harder to destroy, then it is without doubt the Great Rabbit]

[Subaru: Hard to destroy……]

Subaru thought that, just like with the White Whale, there must be a way to slay it. But seeing this reaction from Subaru, Echidona raised up a single finger [Are you listening?],

[Echidona: You may think that it is no different from a regular Mabeast, or that it is simply a little more troublesome]

[Subaru: No, I mean, I’ve at least figured out that they’re not the cute little bastards they look like……]

[Echidona: More accurately, the existence of the Great Rabbit is closer to that of a natural disaster. Always acting as a drove, they move for none other than the instinct of their insatiable appetite. All living creatures are their food, and they set out to do nothing except to devour every last morsel of their feed. Where the Great Rabbit passes, only unpopulated fields remain. Crops and fruits are untouched. The only things they devour are the living]

Listening to Echidona’s description of the Great Rabbit, Subaru gasped and swallowed back a breath.
Watching her stern expression, Subaru realized that she was not exaggerating.

A Sanctuary devoid of people, and the sea of little rabbits that devoured him.
If that was the Great Rabbit, then the fact that the Sanctuary was empty could only be because they had all been eaten by the Mabeast.
Emilia, Ram, Lewes, Roswaal, and even Garfiel who had transformed into a giant tiger.

Locusts―― the word suddenly surfaced in Subaru’s mind.
The phenomenon where a mass outbreak of locusts appears. More specifically, a mass of grasshoppers morphing into locusts, devouring fields of crops into nothing, leaving devastation and famine in its wake.

The Great Rabbit’s behavior was very close to the locusts Subaru knew.
Although, unlike locusts, the Great Rabbit ate living creatures, and so their inexhaustible hunger threatened life far more directly than the locusts.

[Subaru: Can’t we find a way to defeat them?]

[Echidona: Individually, their strengths are not significant, but do not forget that they move in droves. Killing any number of single individuals is completely meaningless, and as soon as they catch sight of prey, they will not stop until it is dead and devoured. They are “Hunger” itself]

[Subaru: Wait wait wait. Yeah but……if the rabbits move in droves, shouldn’t there be a BOSS leading it or something? If we just kill the boss, won’t the whole thing collapse?]

According to the general rules of the human world, killing the leader is usually enough to make a group scatter. Although, in terms of the animal world, the second in command might just take over when that happens.
Then again, Subaru didn’t know much about the natural behavior of Mabeasts, so all he could do was rely on the one who was knowledgeable in this field, Echidona. But there, she shook her head,

[Echidona: You seem to have misunderstood something. The Great Rabbit has no concept of “Bosses”. They are driven only by the instinct of “Hunger”. They consume other life to sate their own hunger, and know no other structure. They reproduce by dividing, and when there is no prey, they cannibalize each other to endure their hunger. There is no sense of companionship between them]

[Subaru: Cannibalize…… wh, why on earth were these monsters created in the first place!?]

[Echidona: Why, that is something only the person who created them would know. At least, Daphne herself isn’t as insistent on her appetite as her rabbits are]

Subaru couldn’t help but shiver at the dreadful nature of those rabbits.
Certainly, by instinct, it is the natural order of all living organisms to consume other life to sustain their own. On this point, there is no difference between humans or animals, or Mabeasts, for that matter.
But, to multiply by dividing themselves without mating or raising their young, and even worse, rather than just dividing to increase their number, the fact that they sate their hunger by consuming individuals spawned from themselves was unnatural to the extreme.

It may just be that the Great Rabbit was the organism to end all living organisms.

[Subaru: Hypothetically…… uh, if I had to destroy the Great Rabbit, what do you think I should do?]

[Echidona: To be honest, I think that question is like asking “How do you evaporate all the raindrops in a pouring rain?”]

“It’s impossible to accomplish,” must be what she meant.
Hearing Echidona’s answer, Subaru held a hand to his forehead, dizzied by the enormity of the hurdle of defeating the Great Rabbit.

[Subaru: If we can kill all of them, then the Great Rabbit will be destroyed, right?]

[Echidona: Yet, that would be far too reckless of a thing to attempt. As far as I know, the only people capable of doing this were Reid Astrea and Sekhmet. Reid could use his overwhelming swordsmanship to slay it to the last one. As for Sekhmet…… with the issue of their affinity, she could destroy them in a second]

[Subaru: I heard they were real monsters… those two……]

Last time, the memory of Sekhmet sitting there hugging her knees surfaced in his mind.
At least, from what Subaru had seen, his impression of her was someone who found everything to be a bother, a Witch entirely appropriate for the title of “Sloth”.

[Subaru: Wait…]

Recalling his encounter with Sekhmet, a light lit up in Subaru’s head.
Although it was faint, and fleeting, it was enough to light the way out of the dead-end he was in. More importantly, this was something he absolutely couldn’t do without Echidona’s help.

[Subaru: Echidona]

[Echidona: What is it? Such a serious expression. ……No, we mustn’t. You are living, and I am dead. This crossing of our fates is only a transitory fantasy, a fleeting dream. So even if you stare at me with such passionate eyes, I……]

[Subaru: No no sorry to put it to you when you’re all worked up but that’s totally not what I was thinking! Seriously, totally not at all!]

Staggering a bit at seeing Echidona looking somewhat disappointed, Subaru quickly veered the conversation back on topic. That is,

[Subaru: Echidona, I want to meet the Witch of Gluttony――Daphne]

[Echidona: …………]

[Subaru: Last time on your tea party, I met the Witches of Pride, Wrath, and Sloth. But that time you did say you kept the fragments of the five other Witches safe]

[Echidona: ……collected them, yes. The traces of who they were in life are indeed kept within me. If I release them from this vessel I am, then it would be possible for them to manifest. It is possible, but…]

Hearing Subaru’s proposal, Echidona furrowed her brows, looking troubled.
Her gaze wandered and even her words grew indistinct, until she looked to Subaru once again,

[Echidona: I really think it would be best if you abandon the idea of meeting Daphne]

[Subaru: Why is that? I know Witches can be a handful, I’ve already gotten a pretty intimate taste of that so I think I’m prepared for it. No matter what happens, I won’t complain or anything]

[Echidona: Before we get to complaints, in my opinion, I think your affinity with Daphne would be extremely terrible. You could even say that it is the worst there can be. Even if you meet her, chances are, you wouldn’t be able to discuss anything useful……]

[Subaru: Won’t know until I try. Trial and error, as you like to say, right?]

Actions in pursuit of answers. Echidona always said she approved of such endeavors.
Hearing Subaru’s words, with an [u…] Echidona showed an expression as if she had just been stabbed in a sore spot. Seeing this from her, Subaru went on, [Besides], scratching his head,

[Subaru: You’re the one who said I don’t have to worry for my life while I’m in here. Not that I’m being optimistic, but, at least, if I don’t have to worry about dying, I figured there’s no harm in taking on the challenge]

[Echidona: Well I never said your mind won’t break and you won’t end up a cripple]

[Subaru: I’ll trust you to pull me back before that happens. So please, Echidona? I’m number one in the world when it comes to relying on others, you know?]

Throwing out a joke along with words of trust, Subaru sparkled his teeth and shot her a thumbs-up.
Seeing Subaru’s frivolous-to-the-end attitude, the colors of resistance gradually faded from Echidona’s eyes,

[Echidona: ……alright. I will let you meet Daphne]

[Subaru: Ohoo, thankyouthankyou]

[Echidona: But, I must warn you. Do not, under any circumstances, undo her bondage. And you are forbidden to make contact with her body. In fact, please avoid making eye contact if possible]

[Subaru: What kind of a creep am I to have to be told to follow all that!]

Besides, there were some words mixed in there that just couldn’t be ignored.
But just as Subaru was about to ask―― Echidona had already completed her preparations.

Just as last time, Echidona had summoned a Witch without any preliminary motion or foreshadowing.
When he blinked and opened his eyes, there was already someone else occupying the space where she had been.

It was all just like last time.
Except――

[Subaru: Oy oy……isn’t this just……]

Faced with what had appeared before his eyes, Subaru whispered as his cheeks stiffened.

In front of his eyes, was the Witch of Gluttony, Daphne.

 

――Set inside a coffin, her entire body restrained by bondage and her eyes sealed behind a thick black blindfold, was the girl who was a Witch.

 

-=Chapter 46 End=-

===

Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2017/10/03/rezero-arc-4-chapter-47-partners-with-bad-affinity/

===

Dona  ❤ >_<

===

I’ll also post an image of Daphne after I finish releasing!

===

 Daphne_Concept_Art_2.jpg
===

Chapter 47 Live Draft:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-47-14643215

===

Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2017/10/03/rezero-arc-4-chapter-47-partners-with-bad-affinity/

90 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 46 [Locusts] (Part 2/2)

Add yours

  1. Must be something seriously wrong with her if she’s going to be bound like that. Suppose creating the holy trinity of evil should have been foreshadowing to her character.
    Also, a question: what light novel does this chapter correlate to?

    Like

    1. She’s the witch of hunger so I bet that she’s hungry. Very hungry.

      Subaru being the naive moron that he is will probably set her free and she’ll eat him.

      We’ll see once the next chapter is out I suppose.

      Like

  2. Thanks chiken for your awesome translations!!

    Im reading evwry chapter just thinking “come on subaru ask her how to save rem!!!!”
    Omg he has wasted so many oportunities to make better questions xD

    Liked by 1 person

    1. she wont help him with rem, coz she doesnt even know about the archibishops.we already know that archibishops who die will infect others with the witche’s gene they had, so thats the best option u got now

      Like

  3. Well there must be a reason why he want to meet the witch of sloth if he has one thing going for him it’s his gathering of information and with that information he forms some kind of plan and his will is one of the strongest of a character I have seen I mean being eaten alive and getting over it so fast in a way he is like a monster who’s will can not give in

    Liked by 1 person

    1. he wants to meet the witch of gluttony, Daphne. the witch of Sloth is Sekhmet.
      probably want to ask something about the rabbits, or something about rem. probably the rabbit coz its what burns right now

      Like

    2. subaru didnt just get over being eaten its because he is in the witches tea party otherwise he would still be seizuring and mentaly broken

      Like

  4. You have a weird knack for both uploading and editing the live drafts while I sleep, Chicken. Unless I missed this one sometime yesterday afternoon

    “and subjects” – should be “and ARE subjects”

    “Rabbits ate living” – should be “Rabbits EAT living”

    “sight of prey” – missing a “their in there

    “human or animals, or Mabeasts” – should be “humanS, animals, or Mabeasts”

    “themselves was unnatural” – should be “is” not “was”

    They are “Hunger” itself] – Suggestion: “Manifest”(or some form of the word) instead of “itself”

    Hey Chicken, can I get my name on the “thanks to” section for this part with this? I’m gonna try my best to help out with every single chapter starting with the first one I came to on the live draft, and having my name up there is more immortal than my comment, which will inevitably be burried

    Liked by 1 person

    1. “Great Rabbits ate living” – should also be “Great Rabbit”

      “sight of prey” is correct

      “human or animals, or Mabeasts” – should be “humans or animals, or Mabeasts”, this is because he doesn’t think of Mabeasts immediately

      “themselves was unnatural” – is/was is interchangeable here

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Sight of, themselves was, I think are fine.
      Humans was missing s.

      The sentence: Each and every one *were* Mabeasts that threatened the world since 400 years ago and subjects of the Witch of Gluttony, Daphne.

      seems to be fine without “are” there. The “Were” already covered it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I meant changing “were” to “are,” but I know see that’s wrong

        Thanks for checking all of them, Chicken
        And really, you do have a weird ability to know when I’m not thinking about the live draft to work on it. It’s spooky

        Like

  5. [Echidona: What is it? Such a serious expression. ……No, we mustn’t. You are living, and I am dead. This crossing of our fates is only a transitory fantasy, a fleeting dream. So even if you stare at me with such passionate eyes, I……]

    Heheh that Echidona ^^ really love it when she lightens the mood by teasing Subaru ~ ❤ …Oh man…reading about the Great Rabbit just gives me the chills. Such a dreadful creation….
    And feeling a bit uneasy about Daphne there, it's like she could break off her restraints and devour you whole.. Good luck Subaru!

    Thank you Chicken! Awesome and dreadful chapter, hehe xD

    Liked by 2 people

  6. [Echidona: What is it? Such a serious expression. ……No, we mustn’t. You are living, and I am dead. This crossing of our fates is only a transitory fantasy, a fleeting dream. So even if you stare at me with such passionate eyes, I…

    hahaha xD
    this…xD

    Echidona sure knows how to flirt…xD

    Liked by 3 people

  7. fast as always thank you very much! i love your work and this novel, even though the novel is all about despair after a damn happy ending.

    Like

  8. I always miss your uploads chicken! I always check before I sleep and here it is !
    Thanks again for your work,echidona has suddenly become my 2nd fav girl!
    First Is Rem obviously! Many might not agree with me maybe 😉

    Like

      1. “At least the author bothers to place women at the top of the hierarchy for some of the strongest characters in the Re:Zero world.”

        Pretty much every single character that stands on the peak of power is a woman. Even the divine dragon is a female. The only exception to this is Mr. Divine blessing for everything.

        Like

    1. It’s because of how the personality of a character or monster can fit into the sin. It’s nice to see how sloth is slothful, because she’s sooo strong that everything seems boring and meaninglessly small. And how gluttony can create monsters that devour memories, existence, and all living things and even themselves if seem fit.

      Like

    2. From each generation the power that the witch gene gives is different.

      For example Echidona is considered one of the weaker ones of the previous generation (i.e. 7 witches).

      While Regulus (archbishop of greed) is the current gen’s strongest…

      Or the opposite:

      Out of the current generation Petelgeuse was the weakest and yet when you look at Sekhmet…

      Like

  9. This is great! I was not expecting Daphne but I can’t wait to read more. I glad to see Subaru develop such a strong resolve.

    Echidona is still my favorite ^^

    Thanks for the translations and I hope that trip you were planning goes well or is going well.

    Like

    1. He has a reason…probably. I mean emilia died but he still didn’t start the [Destroy the world] process…
      He might be unable to help this time.

      Like

  10. “Staggering a bit at seeing Echidona looking somewhat disappointed, ”

    Just possess Emilia’s body. Problem solved

    Tbh that’d be interesting and hilarious if that happened and Dona became Emilia’s split personality that shows up every now and then😂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. What is the meaning about Subaru and Daphne affinity are the worst match up? Is Dona talking about Subaru dark magic affinity or some sort of pride affinity vs sloth affinity?

    Like

    1. Dona is probably referring to their personality or point of view being extreme opposites and considering Daphne is the one that created the 3 great mabeats it wouldn’t be strange if she attacked Subaru, and remember that Dona said he should not release Daphane’s bondage under any circumstance. Also Daphne is gluttony not sloth, Sekhemet is sloth.

      Like

  12. How am i the only one noticing those all the time?
    [Echodiona: I really think it would be best if you abandon the idea of meeting Daphne]
    Her name is Echidona 🙂
    Thanks Chicken

    Liked by 1 person

  13. It’s been bugging me that Subaru doesn’t have a cute nickname for Echidona. I keep expecting him to start referring to her as Ecchi-dono. With the flirtatiousness and the “Dona tea”, it feels appropriate. Very looking forward to the continuation.

    Like

  14. spoilerfree “summary” of the next chapter:

    [Subaru: Y u created dat stupid rabbit and the others fam?]
    [Daphne: Y not bro?]
    [Subaru: Ah…ok…]
    [Echidona: Told ya…bad affinity…]

    Jokes aside…BDSM waifu incoming ❤ .

    Like

  15. And I love when Subaru uses his past experiences to bring people to his side like he did when getting people to fight the white whale and the witches cult he relized that you can’t just tell people this is how it should be you should tell them what they get out of it so they follow you

    Like

  16. That also applies to the real world you have to understand what someone wants and tell them how that would benefit them if they did what you needed them to do

    Like

  17. Great chapter as always.
    It would be quite interesting if Subaru could contract the witches and get a bit of power similiar to the authorities of the archbishops of sin. I’m also curious why Subaru didn’t ask about the mysterious power he was able to use against Garfiel, that seemed to be quite important, considering that it might also be connected to the “Witches gen(e?)”.
    Talking to Sekhmet about Betelgeuse would also be an interesting thing, since he might some information about the authority of Sloth (and maybe due to the fact that he defeated Betelgeuse he might be able to get it too).

    Like

    1. i dont think he can get powers, its the genes role. and about garfiel, from his point of view he doesnt know he activated something, it just happened and he doesnt know why

      Like

  18. In the Chapter where Rem and Crush were attevked by the two Archbishops they said something Like they came to take a Look as their pet(White Wale) got killed… Something Luke that… But now in this Chapter it says the three befasst were created by the with of glutton… Or did i miss something??

    Like

  19. Echidona is crushing her opponents in the race toward best girl ahahaha. I love those little funny exchanges that somewhen are thrown in tough discussion between Subaru and Echidona.
    My God why is Daphne so restricted? Is she, like, crazy as hell? In what does her hunger consist of? And, more importantly, what is our Subaru going to ask her about? I have few ideas… Oh, of course, why is her such a “bad match” for him?
    Thanks for the burden of curiosity, Tappei and Chicken!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: