Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 56 [The Purpose Of The Sanctuary] (Part 1/2)


Translator: TranslationChicken


Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank you  Roanz, Jeffry, Fox, Nero for helping me with proofreading on the Live Draft! <3)



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 Chapter 56 [The Purpose of the Sanctuary]


The place where Lewes led him was the remote shed where she last invited him for tea.

[Lewes: Anywhere on the bed is fine. I’ll brew us something to drink]

[Subaru: I could brew it if you like? Ram’s trained me pretty well, I think]

[Lewes: While I’d love to see your expertise, it doesn’t look like you’re free at the moment]

Lewes smiled as she pointed out the girl who looked exactly like herself, still tugging on Subaru’s sleeve without any indication of letting go.
While she was probably Lewes’ clone, Subaru wasn’t entirely sure if he should keep calling her that,

[Subaru: Say, why’s Pico still not letting go?]

[Lewes: I don’t know where you got the name Pico from, but, things being as they are, I doubt there’s anything you can do so you should just accept it for now. That’s what happens when you touch things without thinking, you know]

[Subaru: Can’t really argue with that……]

It sounded like Lewes was saying this for his own good, but Subaru still felt a little upset to be blamed for groping things without thinking. Seeing Subaru pouting to indicate his displeasure, Lewes brewed up the tea and came back with the tray in hand.

[Lewes: Here, it’s hot, so let it cool before drinking]

[Subaru: I’m not a little kid anymore… I’m not gonna gulp it down and burn myself]

[Lewes: I have someone around me who never settles down and always has trouble with hot food, so the warning’s gotten to be a habit]

Since Garfiel was the first person Subaru would think of to have trouble with hot food, Lewes was probably talking about him.
Seeing how Garfiel could transform into a giant tiger, the can’t-settle-down and the cat-tongued descriptors were both a match, and having difficulty learning would be in line with Subaru’s preconceptions as well.

Just as Lewes said, the tea was scalding hot. Subaru brought the cup to his lips, took a sip over his parched tongue, and sighed. Come to think of it, this was the first drink he had since Returning by Death and waking up in the Tomb.

[Subaru: Ahh, tastes just like leaves]

[Lewes: Have I just been given an unflattering review, or am I overthinking it]

[Subaru: You’re overthinking it, overthinking it]

Drinking down the rest of the tea, Subaru placed the cup back on the tray with a click.
Lewes casually pulled up a chair beside the bed and sat down facing him.

[Subaru: So, now that we’re settled, let’s start going over the topics]

[Lewes: Hmm. And I have quite a few things I’d like to ask Su-bo as well]

Somewhat relieved by her straightforward reply, Subaru’s mind began to turn.
He had plenty of opportunities to speak with persons of interest like this before, but he still hadn’t gotten any closer to the truth. Part of it was due to intentional concealing of information, but there was another reason before that.

[Subaru: It’s because I haven’t asked the right questions]

The question that would link all the answers into a single thread still eluded him.
And so, all this time, Subaru had been missing the point without realizing it.
Even something as simple as asking what he needed to know from those who knew was out of his reach.

[Subaru: That building…… that facility back there. What exactly is it?]

[Lewes: Hmm…… so that’s the question you’re starting with?]

The first thing that popped into his mind was an inconsequential feint.
A question to gauge just how upfront Lewes intended to be.
Hearing this, Lewes traced her fingers over her chin in a shrewd, seasoned gesture quite ill-suited for her appearance,

[Lewes: If you ask me what that facility is, the answer is that, in a sense, it is the core of the Sanctuary. In other words, it is part of the reason why the Sanctuary exists]

[Subaru: The reason why the Sanctuary exists……!?]

[Lewes: In the first place, Su-bo… who do you think had a need to create the Sanctuary?]

[Subaru: That’d be Rosw……]

Blurting out an almost reflexive answer, Subaru instantly realized that couldn’t be right.
While Roswaal was the current owner and manager of the Sanctuary, the question of who created the Sanctuary was a different story.

[Subaru: The one who created this place…… was the Witch of Greed, Echidona, right?]

[Lewes: Correct. It was the Witch Echidona who created this place. The Witch created the Sanctuary because it was necessary to her. Ultimately, that’s all this place is]

[Subaru: That’s a bit extreme, and skimping way too much in between…… at least give me a few details]

[Lewes: As for its purpose, isn’t the success of her experiments right in front of your eyes?]

Seeing Lewes’ smile as she said this, for a moment, Subaru held his breath.
Lewes’ words were vague, but he understood their meaning.
What she was trying to say was,

[Subaru: The result of this place… was Lewes-san and this girl?]

[Lewes: You are a kind child, Su-bo. Or otherwise, a naive one. ――It’s fine to just say the experimental results]

Subaru hesitated to say this in front of the person herself.
If it was a matter of failing to read the air or simply being obtuse, it’d be a different story. But Subaru was keenly aware that this was not a time for jokes.

[Lewes: There is a girl inside the crystal who looks exactly like me, yes?]

[Subaru: ……Yeah. Exactly identical. So Lewes-san, this girl and her… you guys are triplets, I guess?]

[Lewes: If you’re going to bunch every one of us who looks the same into one big family, calling us triplets would be falling a tad too short]

[Subaru: Just a tad?]

[Lewes: Just a tad]

Lewes’ “tad” might be referring to a missing digit here.
In fact, having seen more than twenty Lewes-clones at once, no one could blame him for thinking this.

Subaru sighed and shook off that thought.
So far, Lewes hadn’t been trying to dodge Subaru’s questions. Perhaps now was the time to stop feeling her out and dive in.

[Subaru: ――The girl in the crystal… what’s her relation to Lewes-san?]

He asked the question directly.
Lewes’ expression was calm. Brushing her fingers through her light-pink hair, she turned a meaningful gaze towards Subaru―― or rather, towards the silent girl at his side.

[Lewes: Not just me. This girl is in the same position as myself]

[Subaru: And the girl in the crystal?]

[Lewes: No, she is different. That girl inside the crystal… is the original]

Unable to instantly take in what he had just been told, Subaru furrowed his brows to show his non-understanding. Standing up from the bed, he chewed over the implications of her words,

[Subaru: The original, would mean that……]

[Lewes: Don’t be in such a hurry. Trawling through memories takes time for the elderly. So get comfortable, and be patient]

[Subaru: Don’t suddenly play the elderly card now. Just looking at this bland flavorless girl beside me I can tell that you’re just trying to add seasoning!]

[Lewes: Hrm, that’s an unfortunate misunderstanding. I consider all the things that make me what I am now, what you might call acquired individuality, to be quite important to me]

[Subaru: Acquired… individuality?]

Hearing something he could not let slide, Subaru repeated the words as a question. Lewes nodded, and with [That’s right], she continued,

[Lewes: Just as you imagined, I am the same as this girl, born as an empty vessel. And through the passing of years, that empty cask was filled to become what I am today]

[Subaru: Wait, waitwaitwait, the story’s moving way too fast. Born? Empty? What’s that supposed to mean? Maybe it’s supposed to be obvious, but what does this have to do with how the girl in the crystal is the original?]

[Lewes: The one inside the crystal is the original. The first Lewes Meyer. All the other Leweses, including myself, are Lewes Meyer’s replicas]

So casually, Lewes told him of her origins. Or actually, Subaru wasn’t even sure if he should continue calling her Lewes.
What Lewes said just now was what Subaru himself vaguely hypothesized upon seeing the Lewes-replicants. He had half-suspected it but could not be entirely convinced, partly because he hated the feeling of knowing that someone he knew was a clone.
If there must be a reason, it would have been Subaru’s own prejudice.

[Lewes: Now that you know I am a replica, does that affect how you see me?]

[Subaru: ……I don’t know. I want to say that it doesn’t. I want to, but……when you put me on the spot like this…]

――He couldn’t say for sure.
Strictly speaking, considering that this is a parallel world, he couldn’t exactly call the Leweses clones, and the way they were created was probably very different from what he imagined.
No doubt, they would have been born through magical rather than scientific means. Such a life shouldn’t be considered superior or inferior: that would have been the appropriate thing to say, but,

[Subaru: I’m not confident enough to say it with a straight face. So I can’t really say I’ll see you the same way]

[Lewes: I suppose I should revise what I said before. Su-bo is kind and naive…… and more than that, overly honest at heart]

Surely, those weren’t words she was happy to hear, but Lewes gave him a satisfied nod nonetheless. While sorting through the emotions in his mind, Subaru turned to the girl sitting beside him――the one he named Pico, who was in the same situation as Lewes.

――Silently holding onto Subaru’s sleeve, Pico was staring blankly across the room. Although her eyes should be seeing the same image as Subaru’s, they harbored nothing that could be considered emotions, and were more like glass beads reflecting the light around her.
Her expression hadn’t changed, and he hadn’t heard her make a single sound.

[Subaru: She’s completely empty inside, is that what you meant……?]

[Lewes: She was born not long ago, a replica who’s only just been given her role. She knows enough to recognize simple instructions, but otherwise, she is no different from a newborn. Although, seeing that she doesn’t cry or need to eat, she is quite a lot less trouble to take care of]

[Subaru: She doesn’t need to eat……?]

[Lewes: Replicating a body isn’t so simple a task. What do you imagine were the principles behind her and my creation?]



Next Part 2/2:


I have no idea what Pico is referencing >_<

Let me now if you spotted any typos! ❤


Chapter 56 Live Draft:


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85 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 56 [The Purpose Of The Sanctuary] (Part 1/2)

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          1. Classic . First anime that comes to mind when someone asks for recommendations .
            Got trolled once myself .


          2. “DONT WATCH BOKU!”

            lol, rly tho.
            Also, how did ludum dare go Chicken? I remeber your game last year was pretty good.


          3. Pico is small. It is a prefix for a very tiny number, and is used as “small” in spanish and latin. Makes sense to me, at least.


          4. I think Pico may refer to Pico from ‘Air’, basically its a little dog which speaks “dog” language but can somehow understand humans, simply replies by saying “pico”. The connection between Pico and the Lewes san doll is that they both dont really speak a understandable language but can understand things said to thrm as if they could speak the same langauge.

            Just my interpretation. The anime is called Air, super sad, made by the same studio that made Clannad. Also Chicken, keep up the hard work my friend, you’re doing great. 😉

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  1. That moment when u get a notification on a light novel and completely goes to another light novel thank you though chicken work has my mind fried can’t imagine what ur going through lol

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  2. [Lewes: I don’t know where you got the name Pico from, but, seeing how things are, I doubt there’s [???] you can do so you should just accept it for now.

    Is there a missing word right there?

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  3. “I don’t know where you got the name Pico from, but, seeing how things are, I doubt there’s **anything** you can do so you should just accept it for now.”

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    1. Hah, I’m late to this, but if youre going to change one you should change the other… Bird of words… Lol… ….


  4. Hey Chicken! How was your event, the ludum dare? Hope it was fun and you learned great things from it and enjoyed. I think event like these are an opportunity to express oneself. Anyway keep doing what you’re doing. This is great stuff. Peace✌!

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  5. [Lewes: If you ask me what that facility is, the answer is that, in a sense, it is the core of the Sanctuary. In other words, it is part of the reason why the Sanctuary exists]

    [Subaru: The reason the why Sanctuary exists……!?]

    It’s probably supposed to be “The reason why the Sanctuary exists….?!”

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  6. So Imma read through later on, just woke up and im still ill since last sunday xd Gotta do some work before reading my favorite light novel, later chicken ❤


  7. Ok, so i read the chapter c: Pretty short but i didnt expect a chapter today in the first place so tyvm chicken! I would love to know what pico’s adressed job is and wether she will stay with Subaru c: Have a nice day, guys and gals ❤


  8. Thank you again for another great translation! I don’t hunt for typos and I normally never see any, but I thought to comment on these.

    [Lewes: Hmm. And I have quite a few thing I’d like to ask Su-bo as well]
    –Add an “s” to thing

    [Subaru: That’s a bit extreme, and skimping way too much in between…… at least give me a few details]
    –Maybe I’m wrong, but I think you should change “skimping” to “skipping”


  9. “If it was a matter of failing to read the air or simply being obtuse, it’d be different story.”

    Missing an “a” between “different story”.


  10. Pico is a relatively common name for torii pet for japanese people… yeah what we call bird, Subaru called her pico cause as you know bird always follow the one they see after birth… what happened to Pico is simply similar, Subaru just happaned to made contact with her coincidencely and that made her think to follow Subaru…

    there you have it folks, I guess that answered why Subaru called her pico since just like a chick following their parent, Pico is doing the same with Subaru


  11. So what I found for “Piko” is that it’s the name of a japanese wrestler known as Command Bolshoi. Maybe it’s linked to the fact that Subaru saw the “clones” fight (like in wrestling) and also the fact that the wrestler mentioned is 4 ft 10″ tall. Then again japanese girls are not known for being tall. But it’s the most fitting reference I could find.


  12. Chicken sama is the real God. Despite his final and game jam, he still translating this awesome chapter for his followers. Thanks Chicken sama. Good luck.


  13. Pico… Piccolo?… Hmmm… Hehhehe if only she had Piccolo’s powers haha xD

    Ok, I think that Lewes (original) is like the Sanctuary’s first guardian or manager of some sorts and knowing that she doesn’t have a long lifespan she volunteered to be the test subject of cloning to Echidona, in order to maintain and manage the Sanctuary. Or maybe the clones were intended to be used against Satella and since Echidona died, the experiment didn’t get any more progress.. well maybe haha


    1. actually, you don’t need spanish for the word pico for pico is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of 10^−12

      it’s just been derived from a spanish word, but it’s quite a common mathematics term 🙂


        1. I’m glad you mentioned that.
          Very few people know English. Except for those summoned.
          So don’t you find it weird how Rem used a term in English? A lone word Zero.

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  14. Pico is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting one trillionth, a factor of 10^−12

    or it is a reference to Boku no Pico? xD xD xD


  15. So.
    The barrier around the sanctuary keeps out/in halfbloods.
    Satella is a halfblood (half elf).
    Emilia, a half elf that looks like Satella has to take “trials” that really screw her up.
    The Lewes Clones can counter the Witch’s shadows…
    It all lines up


  16. Someone told me probably the name Pico is given by saying ‘Copy’ inversely.

    By the way, Saimoe ( a contest voting for the most popular anime character, AKA best girl ) is going to start its final round tomorrow. Emilia is going be competing with Katō Megumi.
    Do you mind if I put a link here for such event? I do wish Re: Zero can win this one.


    1. This should be the correct answer. In the previous sentence in the Japanese version, the word コピー (ko pi i) was used, a common word in Japanese used for the English word ‘copy’. Chicken-sama translated it as ‘clone’ so that’s why it was a bit difficult to figure it out.


  17. I will forever be traumatized by this Pico thing. T_T When I saw that Pico words, what I’m still imagining is Bocu no Pico. T_T Curse that bastard friend of mine for referring that video!


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