Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 58 [Grandma] (Part 1/3)

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank you  Aaron, Roanz, Kizarat, Zazorok, Nair, Thomas for helping me with proofreading on the Live Draft! <3)

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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/224/

Previous Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2017/12/17/rezero-arc-4-chapter-57-an-experiment-in-immortality-part-1-2-2/

ARC 4

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

 Chapter 58 [Grandma]

 

Coming out of the remote residence alongside Lewes and Pico, Subaru noticed a sliver of dawn beginning to creep onto the eastern sky, and felt sleepy for the first time that night.

[Subaru: Woah, the sun’ll be up soon…… a whole lot’s happened tonight, huh]

It didn’t feel like it, but the night had begun with Emilia’s first Trial, followed by Subaru’s intervention, a Return by Death, an after-Trial meeting, a run-in with Garfiel, and, after that, him uncovering a secret facility before spending the rest of the night learning the Sanctuary’s secrets from Lewes.
This dense use of time and the hyper-speed developments had left him dazed and out of breath. And, unlike his mind, he couldn’t quite hide the toll on his body, which had been running non-stop until now. One could say that the subtle imbalance of mental and physical fatigue was just one of the downsides of Return by Death.

[Subaru: Honestly, I kinda wanna go back to the Cathedral and sleep till noon……]

[Lewes: No one would mind if you do. I plan on taking a nice long rest as well after I pass things on to the next Lewes]

[Subaru: While I sort of envy the kind of shift-rotations you have, I’m running out of time, so there’s no helping it…]

Six days―― or actually, only five, since a day had already passed. And considering that he’d have to spend a whole day’s travel time to get to and from the Mansion, there was really only three days he could use.
Wasting a precious half of a day sleeping wasn’t something he could afford, but, while Echidona already knew that Subaru could see the future, he was still hesitant about whether he should tell Lewes.

[Subaru: It might make the Witch of Envy show up, so better not just yet……]

Sweat popped up on his forehead the moment the shadowy, Sanctuary-devouring Witch flashed across his mind.
Somehow he just knew that the devastation was a result of him running his mouth in Echidona’s Citadel. Spilling forbidden knowledge out of reach of the Witch’s constraints, he had invited her wrath as well as everything that followed.
So, he’d consider it lucky if the Witch only dealt him the usual punishment in the real world, where she could directly lay her hands on him――

[Subaru: I do wanna try, but out of concern for other people’s lives… better not]

Deciding this in a deflated mumble, Subaru looked down at the dopey-looking Pico, standing there holding his left hand. On the receiving end of his gaze, as if in anticipation of another command, the girl’s round eyes grew even rounder.
It seems that Subaru’s first command had made her more aware of the transfer of command-authority. And now, Pico was like a baby bird looking up to its parent.

[Lewes: So, what does Su-bo plan to do next?]

[Subaru: Probably get back to the Mansion for now. There’s someone there I need to get some answers from…… and I’ll see Frederica while I’m at it. There’s a whole bunch of things she could clear up for me]

[Lewes: Frederica, huh……]

Mentioning the name of the hulking maid who popped into his mind, he saw a furrow in Lewes’ brows, as if there was some significance in hearing Subaru mention this name. After all, it wasn’t like Lewes to react this way.

[Subaru: Did that remind you of something? About Frederica?]

[Lewes: ……No, it’s nothing important]

[Subaru: Lewes-san, I’d rather not use my command authority if possible… I really don’t want to have to order Lewes-san to tell me]

Subaru shrinked up his shoulders, imploring her to tell him. But, underneath the words, his eyes sharpened as if clearly saying, “I’ll use it if I have to”. Seeing this, Lewes let out a sigh.

[Lewes: It was just that, ever since Frederica left, little by little, it feels like the Sanctuary’s gears have been slipping out of place]

[Subaru: Slipping out of place?]

[Lewes: The way it was, though I’m not sure if you could call it healthy…… hm, whether it was the residents, the Lewes Meyer replicants, or Gar-bo, none of them were as on edge as they are now]

[Subaru: …………]

[Lewes: You know, Su-bo, I have great expectations of you]

As Subaru fell silent, Lewes looked up and said this.
“Expectations”. He felt a tug on his chest as he heard it. Because the word reminded him of――

[Lewes: For the longest time, the Sanctuary had been awkwardly serving a purpose which it had already lost. That obstinance is now creating holes all over. That’s why I have great expectations of you, Su-bo]

[Subaru: What, could I……]

[Lewes: The Witch’s obsession, the reasons for the Sanctuary’s continued existence, and Lewes Meyer’s wish. I look forward to seeing you bring about a conclusion that fulfills everyone’s hopes in the end]

A far-too-heavy burden of bearing everyone’s expectations on his shoulders.
Subaru had the urge to immediately say “Can’t do it”. But, sensing Lewes’ solemn gaze,

[Subaru: ――――]

The words just stuck in his throat.

[Lewes: This is good. For now… it’s good enough]

Seeing Subaru’s hesitation and reluctance, as if understanding it all, Lewes nodded her head.
Her appearance was no older than a child’s, but it was in moments like this that Subaru understood that she possessed qualities befitting her age.

[Lewes: It seems, my time is almost up]

Leaving these words with a tinge of regret, Lewes’ body began to glow with a faint light.
It reminded him of a spirit on the verge of vanishing, he thought, as he reached out his fingers to her, but,

[Lewes: Don’t worry. I’m not returning to mana just yet. I’m just going to sleep for a while until I save up the expended mana again. There will be a Lewes to replace me soon]

[Subaru: But… even if your face and voice are all the same, you won’t be the same, right?]

[Lewes: I suppose you’re right. The looks and tone and personality are meant to be similar…… but we’re still different people. So, only this old self chatting with Su-bo right now is actually me. Does that make you feel lonely?]

[Subaru: It’s not whether I feel lonely or not. Lewes-san…… Lewes-san don’t you feel sad? Aren’t you upset that there are four people taking turns pretending to be Lewes Meyer? Don’t you ever wonder where your own life……]

Caught mid-sentence, Subaru realized just how cruel his questions were.
Even if Lewes herself thought this way, even if she truly suffered and grieved over her circumstances, Subaru knew full well that there was nothing he could do about it.

He had no grasp of arcane principles, detailed knowledge of mana, or even the most superficial understanding of magical algorithms. So what was the point of reaching out to these unreachable regrets?
Lewes seemed to understand his conflicting thoughts. She gave him a faint smile as her pink hair swayed in the wind, tinted by the colors of dawn.

[Lewes: What do you think, Su-bo?]

[Subaru: ――huh?]

[Lewes: The answer to that question… is just another one of the things I will eagerly expect from you]

Leaving this behind, like a thin haze, Lewes’ body melted into the morning light.
No different from a scattering mist, impossible to believe even with the warning beforehand, it was like a scene pulled straight from a dream. A living person simply vanished into the dawn.
Although she told him that she wouldn’t cease to exist, he found it hard to take her at her word.
But, in that same instant, the shape of another person appeared where Lewes had vanished. Whether it was stature or appearance, every last detail was identical to the Lewes who disappeared.
She shook her head once and looked up at Subaru,

[Lewes: I shouldn’t think I need to reintroduce myself, Su-bo. The previous “me” has filled me in all about you]

As if to clear up Subaru’s doubts, with that, the new Lewes updated their mutual understanding. And, at the very end, the girl tilted her head,

[Lewes: So, Su-bo…… what will you do first?]

[Subaru: Ah, right……]

He lifted his head.
Watching the light of dawn erode away the night’s sky, his thoughts slipped to the time that had passed, as well as the time that still remained to him.
Then his eyes dropped to Lewes and Pico, and,

[Subaru: First thing is to get out of the Sanctuary. I’ll need some help from Lewes-sans for that]

And just like this, Subaru submitted his request.

 

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Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2017/12/23/rezero-arc-4-chapter-58-grandma-part-2-3/

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Sorry I was so vague and got you guys wishing me happy birthday all week… >_< my birthday’s actually tomorrow ❤

I cannot begin to express how happy I am to have you guys with me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

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As always let me know if you see any typos!

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Chapter 58 Live Draft:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-58-15938268

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Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2017/12/23/rezero-arc-4-chapter-58-grandma-part-2-3/

 

113 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 58 [Grandma] (Part 1/3)

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  1. Subaru could use self destructing Lewes’s to beat Elsa, or possibly the Gr8 Rabbit, but will he have what it takes to sacrifice them???

    As Always Super fast and nice job Chicken ❤

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  2. I cannot begin to express how happy I am to have you guys with me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you (heart)

    No, Chicken. Thank /you/ for letting us help improve the quality of the reading for everyone. It’s you and your decisions that have allowed us to help you and ourselves. I’m glad to help, and I’m planning on sticking around until you finish translating the whole story! The journey will be long but it’ll be good. Looking forward to (probably) many more years of collaboration between translator and readers

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  3. Happy birthday chicken 🙂 I’ve been following you for a while now and I really do appreciate your constant updates! Looking forward to reading more in the future, cheers!

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  4. “[Lewes: What do you think, Su-bo?]

    [Subaru: ――huh?]

    [Lewes: The answer to that question… is just another one of the things I will eagerly expect from you]”

    I absolutely loved this part! One of the best lines from this arc IMO.

    Also, Happy birthday Chicken!

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  5. Happy birthday chicken! I just caught up with al your work. The last 3 days I’ve been reading your translations straight. And I have nothing but respect for what you’re doing. Keep going! Love from the netherlands

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  6. The previous “me” has filled me in all about you]

    I do believe, though I might be mistaken, that it ought to run in this way…:
    The previous”me has filled me in on all about you
    (E.g. = fill somebody in on something.)

    Nevertheless though, great job as always and happy birthday!

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  7. Happy Birthday!!

    This is getting super interesting. You could call me a shounen guy (pun not intended) so I’m loving that there is the introduction of a new “power” for Subaru, to have command over the Lewes clones. Hoping that we can get to the next checkpoint in this life or just for it to not be too drawn out and for him to get killed by Garfiel or Elsa for the millionth time.

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  8. Happy birthday,

    say isnt someone interested in the fact that subaru once told bety that he want her to protect him and she accepted? and she was doing it because it was standing in her gospel. so doesnt that mean that even if it was in another timeline, that she has to accept that aggain?

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    1. You’re on to something.
      Subo already met Beatrice’s contract conditions before.

      However, because it hasn’t happened yet no strings have been tide.

      This hasn’t occurred to Subo yet but, just wait, a certain someone is going to show Mr protagonist a movie.

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    2. Ooh interesting… I’m not sure if Betty’s is a perfect Gospel, or if only Roswaal and Echidona has perfect Gospels.

      My theory is that the imperfect ones the Witch Cultists have can change depending on the loop while the perfect ones only describes the perfect route, but that would only make sense if Betty’s Gospel is imperfect since she follows different instructions each loop.

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      1. Or maybe she’s just plain lying about following every word of gospel, maybe when it comes to it, she does things that are not mentioned in gospel. I mean she was certainly crying after Subaru bit his own tongue and did say “please don’t leave me alone”.
        Having said that, I recall archbishop of sin saying something along the lines “even if you’ve forgotten about me, I’ll always remember what you did for me” about the witch, so it makes me wonder if Subaru is following the same path after Emilia, if you get my gist =)
        I wouldn’t be too surprised if Emilia turned out to be actual witch of envy who fell in love with Subaru in this timeline and went back past for some reason (possibly to save Subaru from something) and then not knowing where Subaru was, kept looking for him until realizing he was from a parallel world and then summoning and then the rest of the story proceeds as it has.

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      2. I thought only echidona has a perfected gospel, which was the book of wisdom that tells all. Or is perfect gospel just something she made to describe the route she wants the world to go to?

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    1. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see a fellow countryman dedicated to anime to such an extent to read the novel following the anime here on a blog o.O
      Maybe it’s just me, but I certainly haven’t come across someone like that so far in real life at least.

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  9. Aw Aw that ending was kind of sweet : ) I’m glad Subaru is now good friends with all the current Lewes’s.

    Thank you Chicken. Happy Birthday and if you don’t post anything all after, Happy Holidays

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  10. Happy birthday chicken!! I know it’s late, but better late than never 😀 here’s a dancing toaster for you ❤
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    Happy birthday (again, sorry for being late) love you and your work, you are the best, thanks to you I can read this amazing novel, seriously, thank you for your work ❤ my best wishes,
    A normal reader ❤ gracias gallina sagrada (thank you holy chicken in spanish xD)

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  11. Happy birthday chiken! Thanks for your hard work!

    And also i found a typo “Subaru noticed a sliver of dawn beginning to creep onto the eastern sky”

    Once again, thankyou fir your hard work chiken 😊

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  12. Oh no, Im so confused ;w; Idk how but I missed the notification for this chapter, didnt even get one and now you’re saying that your having bday today or yesterday, Idk. Im having vacation so dont except from me that I know what date or day we have xD Great Chapter again tho! I reallly love the part where Subaru realizes how cruel his question to Lewes-san was. Brilliant retardness, I guess. But w/e, it’s also just Subo. Probably this won’t be the last Return for the Sanctuary, atleast that would be my guess. The preset isn’t in my favor atm. Hope your having/had a nice birthday chicken-sama c: Hopefully we are going to see us again at the next chapter cx

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  13. I read all of it in last few days following the ending of anime here and while I haven’t commented ever before, that’d be because I’m truly slothful. That aside, I’ve caught up to it now and decided that I should finally comment after my binge reading. I’m really reallu grateful for all the effort you guys put into translating and editing this story. Even though I might not end up commenting every other post here, I still look forward to the next chapter.

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