Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 63 [An Empathy Towards Death] (Part 2/3)

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank you Kizarat, Rodolfo, Roanz, Aaron, Kam 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/229/

Previous Part 1/3: https://translationchicken.com/2018/01/19/rezero-arc-4-chapter-63-an-empathy-towards-death-part-1-3/

 

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[???: ……It’s about time you woke up, I suppose]

With the sound of a dry slap against his cheek, Subaru’s consciousness was pulled back to reality.
He blinked, and groaned at the dazzling brightness piercing his returning vision. Hearing this, the pain that woke him slapped his cheeks again. Left and then right, once on each side.

[Subaru: Hey, you don’t have to keep hitting me!]

[Beatrice: Just wanted to make sure you’re awake. As for the second time, I don’t know why, but it might’ve been reflex, I suppose]

Beatrice tossed him a cursory glance and gave him this disdainful reply, and only then did Subaru realize that he was lying on the floor.
Propping himself up, he checked over his body just to be sure. A sharp pain was throbbing in his right shoulder. Inadvertently looking towards its source, he saw the fresh wound asserting its existence with blood streaming from the gash.

[Subaru: Aaghh, hurts…… couldn’t you’ve kept a bit of that Shamac for me?]

[Beatrice: It’s not that I couldn’t, but that’d only make you temporarily forget the wound, even though it’s still there. Moving it around without actually healing it usually results in death from loss of blood, I suppose]

Listening to Beatrice spell out that grisly possibility, Subaru pressed a hand over the wound and narrowed his eyes, saying [More importantly……], as if having remembered something,

[Subaru: What happened to Elsa? Since you look so relaxed about it… did you get her to retreat?]

[Beatrice: What’re you talking about, I suppose?]

[Subaru: What do you mean what am I talking about? If she’s still around, we can’t be dawdling like this. I mean, sure, your Shamac was way more powerful than mine, but just with that……]

[Beatrice: If you’re really that blind, then I kind of feel sorry for you]

Subaru anxiously furrowed his brows at Beatrice’s baffled remark.
Beatrice might seem optimistic, but that was because she didn’t know Elsa well enough to be afraid. If she only knew that murderer’s depravity, she’d probably be as wary as Subaru.

Reading the thoughts written all over Subaru’s face, this time, Beatrice let out a sigh as though she was truly astounded.
Seeing Subaru grow even more confused, Beatrice took a step to the side,

[Beatrice: If you still don’t understand, just see for yourself, I suppose]

[Subaru: ――u, oah?]

The scene uncovered before his eyes as Beatrice moved out of the way. Taking it in, he let out an involuntary groan.

[Beatrice: You were asking what happened to our terrifying opponent?]

Listening to Beatrice’s triumphant boast, Subaru couldn’t utter a word in reply.

Because, behind her―― hanging from her limbs impaled by violet spears, crucified on the corridor wall, was Elsa’s corpse with an amethyst stake driven through her heart like a vanquished vampire of old.
Corpse――yes, there was no doubt about it. It was a corpse.

[Subaru: She’s…… dead?]

[Beatrice: There’s a hole in her chest, and with that many injuries, if she’s still alive…… she’d be something other than a human]

With a shake of his head, weighed down by fatigue, Subaru got onto his feet.
The moment he stood, he was struck by an intense dizziness as his body tottered. But a hand reached out and gently stopped him from falling.

[Subaru: S-sorry……]

[Beatrice: It’s fine……]

Beatrice turned away, and did not look at him. Consigning some of his weight onto her palm, he dragged his feet towards Elsa’s body.
Elsa’s head hung limply, and her braid had been cut in half by a spear. Seeing her elbows and knees pinned to the wall, the brutality of the sight made him want to avert his eyes. But he still moved closer nonetheless, close enough to feel her breath, so he could check for himself if the murderer had truly breathed her last.

She wasn’t breathing. He reached out his hand and touched her motionless body. It was still warm, but lacked any response unique to living beings. He touched her neck, but there wasn’t the slightest pulse.
And, most importantly, despite being up close against the defenseless Subaru, she didn’t make any attempt to strike.

[Subaru: S-she’s… really dead, then……?]

[Beatrice: How many times are you going to ask that, I suppose]

[Subaru: Knowing what she’s capable of… I can’t breathe easy just like that, you know…… It’s hard to believe… we actually did it……]

Standing in front of Elsa’s lifeless corpse, Subaru stared stupidly at their mirthless victory.
He had always thought of her as an enemy he would need to defeat, but he had never expected Beatrice to take her down single-handedly. Up to now, he had thought that it’d be impossible without Garfiel’s help.

[Subaru: Even Puck and Emilia together couldn’t defeat her…]

[Beatrice: ……If Nii-cha was serious about it, she would’ve been no match for him. And Betty, in this perfect state, couldn’t possibly lose to the likes of a Human, I suppose]

If Puck was serious――that would probably mean turning into that giant lion thing. Indeed, if he had turned into something that could freeze over the world just by existing, even Elsa wouldn’t stand a chance. On top of that, it would seem that Beatrice was a spirit possessing similar powers.
To have lived for four hundred years――there were simply far too many lifetimes between them.

[Subaru: Ri, ght. Rem!]

Now that Elsa’s death was confirmed, Subaru suddenly jolted back towards the bedroom. Even now, Frederica’s body was still fixed to the door.
Carefully taking down her rigid body, Subaru placed his hand on the bloodstained doorknob. He drew in a breath, and gathered the courage to look inside.
Then,

[Subaru: ――Rem]

The girl did not respond to his call.
But, lying on the bed, he could see that Rem was sleeping, her rhythmic breathing unaffected by the carnage that had taken place outside.

Elsa never set foot into this room.
No doubt, it was proof that in guarding this room with her life, Frederica’s persistence had been even greater than the depravity of that murderer.

[Subaru: ……I’m so sorry I doubted you… Frederica…]

Caressing the lovely, sleeping girl’s forehead, Subaru apologized to the woman lying in the hallway once more.
Although, her soul had already departed this world, and Subaru’s words would never reach her.

[Beatrice: So, what now, I suppose?]

[Subaru: We can’t just leave Rem here. And Frederica, and Petra…… we can only ask the Arlam villagers to take care of them]

[Beatrice: You won’t do it yourself? It’d make that girl happier too, I suppose]

[Subaru: If I’m in a position where I could look after Rem myself, I would. But, I can’t. I…… have to take you to the Sanctuary]

Turning around from Rem’s bedside, Subaru met Beatrice’s gaze at the door. The girl gave a light snort,

[Beatrice: And what gave you that idea? Our conversation may have been interrupted, but there’s still the issue to settle between us]

[Subaru: I know. Then my answer is this: ――I’ll never agree to kill you, and I’ll drag you out of this Mansion if I have to. That’s already decided]

[Beatrice: How arrogant. You would ignore Betty’s say in the matter, and just carry out your own intentions. ――Who do you think you are, to make such ludicrous proclamations, I suppose]

[Subaru: If what you told me is what you truly wanted… then I would have considered it]

[Beatrice: ――What’s that supposed to mean]

Beatrice’s voice was quiet, but an intimidating aura pulsed from her words as she spoke. Subaru felt goosebumps racing up his skin, but he quickly shook his head.

[Subaru: I don’t know the details either. But I just feel like there’s still a lot more to what you’re really thinking inside]

[Beatrice: ――Don’t, I suppose]

[Subaru: I’m still in the dark about your relationship to the Sanctuary. What does Echidona’s experimental grounds have to do with you? ……Honestly, I have nothing but bad feelings about this]

[Beatrice: Will you just stop prying?]

[Subaru: I won’t. ……Aside from me, who else is going to bother figuring you out? You’ve only ever shut yourself in that room…]

As if her throat had clogged up, Beatrice lost her words.
Seeing this, Subaru lifted Rem from the bed. He would bring her to Arlam village, and once she’s settled there, he would head to the Sanctuary with Beatrice.
If she could agree to assist him with Door Crossing, that would save them a lot of time, but it was not like he could force her. In that case, it would just be half a day’s journey on Patrasche.

[Subaru: Even if you won’t come to the Sanctuary with me, I’ll ask Roswaal and Lewes-san about you. If possible, I’d like to ask the big-shot herself as well]

As long as Subaru held a genuine yearning in his heart to “know”, the Witch of Greed would answer his call.
This time, he already had far more information than he did before, along with quite a few theories as well. With all the new questions that came with it, he was sure that he’d be accepted into the Dream Citadel.
And when that time comes, he would pry open the secrets of the Sanctuary that everyone had sealed their lips about.

[Subaru: Sooner or later, it’s only a matter of time. Though I can understand why you’d want to delay it as much as you can]

[Beatrice: Just how long do you plan to continue toying with people, I suppose……!]

[Subaru: Toying? I’ve no such……]

[Beatrice: You callously trample on grounds people don’t wish to be trampled on, and even as you throw them into disarray you spew this selfish drivel. There’s a limit to how much of your farce I will tolerate, I suppose. Two people are dead, and you are just going to leave like nothing happened?]

[Subaru: ――――I]

At the end of Beatrice’s rebuke, a look of unbearable pain emerged on Subaru’s face.
Seeing this, Beatrice hesitated for a moment, wondering if she had gone too far. But that doubt was soon replaced by an expression of feigned indifference.

[Subaru: Petra and Frederica…… once I’ve handed Rem to the villagers, I’ll be sure to properly mourn them. And with Petra I… it’s not like I can just stay silent]

He realized as well that these were only excuses, but, turning away so that Beatrice would not see his face, Subaru started walking.

Beatrice’s words had pierced straight into his heart.

Petra and Frederica’s deaths had only strengthened Subaru’s resolve to reset this world. Even with the defeat of Elsa, that achievement came with far too heavy a price. It would simply be too painful to go on in this world.
Here he was, the one telling Beatrice “Not to die”, and yet, what right did he have to say it? You can’t, but I could―― it was truly selfish to the extreme.

[Subaru: Whether you’ll come to the Sanctuary with me or not, let’s just sort out everything at the Mansion first. Then we can pick it up after that]

Passing Beatrice at the doorway, he continued down the hall. Beatrice looked on silently, but quietly indicated that she would follow him.
Since she was forbidden from taking her own life, Beatrice needed someone else to bring about her end. She couldn’t force his hand, and though he had made his intentions clear, she could only follow close behind him.
What a cruel man he was, to knowingly act this way. The thought of it filled him with guilt.

[Subaru: ――oa?]

While wallowing in this self loathing, suddenly, Subaru let out a grunt.
The reason was a light impact. As if a hand pushed on his back, Subaru stumbled forward with Rem in his arms.
Turning around after taking a few steps to regain his balance, he saw that it was Beatrice. Was it revenge for what he had said earlier? But just as he was about to furrow his brows and protest――

[Beatrice: ――a]

The girl softly cried, with a dull gleam jutting out of her chest.

 

 

 

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Next Part 3/3: https://translationchicken.com/2018/01/21/rezero-arc-4-chapter-63-an-empathy-towards-death-part-3-3/

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Nooo… Betty…… ;-;

I haven’t read the rest of the chapter yet, don’t spoil it >_<

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(The amazing thumbnail fan art is by @INOKI!)

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Let me know if you find any typos ❤

I’ll start on part 3 in a couple hours!

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Chapter 63 Live Draft:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-63-16431742

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Next Part 3/3: https://translationchicken.com/2018/01/21/rezero-arc-4-chapter-63-an-empathy-towards-death-part-3-3/

86 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 63 [An Empathy Towards Death] (Part 2/3)

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    1. I kinda had this feeling once Beatrice was almost smug to Subaru about having *REALLY* killed their foe. Subaru was acting way too suspicious and unsure and Betty was acting way too nonchalant and “you know I did that!”, haha.

      That said, I wonder if when we get this part of the series animated it’s going to show Betty royally pummeling Elsa or it will be more on the vague end like the WN is… Hmm. I tend to think the WN is normally fairly light on details and that sort of stuff gets fleshed out as needed into other mediums but I’m still pretty curious about how they’ll sell this loop.

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          1. There is a summary of the differences between the WN and the LN. (Forgot the name)

            But [spoiler -tc] in the LN. Because of that almost everything changes. But the core things stay the same. (Deaths, important things like the lewes meyer crystal, etc.)

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          2. Yeah but this loop got changed a lot. The spoiler thing does appear later maybe (I just know the differences till your latest translations). But the spoiler thing does not appear in the WN. In the LN it does and the fight scenes are different etc.

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  1. ~Sigh. I’m so tired of Elsa and her managing to escape death, *Every,* Single, Time! And Subaru needs to stop being a pansy azs. He just needs to let his inner Betelgeuse loose and this wouldn’t be an issue.!
    *Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu*
    (Mental Pause.)
    ~Anyway,
    Thank you Chicken-Dono for the wonderful chicklations. Pft.
    Sorry I’ll go.. ❤

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    1. He said he had enough anger to still have some left over after using it as fuel to kill Elsa 1,000,000 times… Where was all of that anger when he had her crucified to the wall? I was hoping for Subaru to beat a dead horse a bit, although that’s super morbid. I guess now that we know she’s incredibly hard to kill or keep dead maybe that will reduce the insane shock factor of Subaru dismembering a corpse? Sorry, morbid, I know!

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    1. Honestly, I’m sorta glad it ended this way. I don’t really want to see Subaru in a loop that bears no more fruit. That would be more painful, to me, than a bunch of failed loops with only very vague information gleaned through each.

      Watching Subaru drag someone else (like poor Betty) down a loop like that along with him while she can’t understand his gung ho yet scaredy-cat ways that tend to change on the drop of a dime. Watching him, with no real physical or magical power to speak of, declare proudly that he’s going to take on Roswaal, Echidona, The Sanctuary, The Witches Cult, and on and on must have Subaru marked down as, “Insane, I suppose”, in Beatrice’s personal journal.

      I’m also glad we had this loop end with Betty (seeming to) dying first because I’ve had this slight suspicion that Subaru will use a failed loop, in the future, to test out what happens to Betty if he does indeed fulfill her wish by killing her and thus releasing her from her contract…

      Lots of grim, dark stuff lately in Re:Zero, eh? AS ALWAYS: Chicken I ❤ you! Thanks 😉

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  2. Elsa is finally gone! It was a piece of cake for Beako. Petra and Frederica have lost the life because of Elsa but I’m glad Rem was’t harm.

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  3. Since Elsa’s body was still warm, I think she has self healing powers like that of wolverine (Logan)
    ” The girl softly cried, with a dull gleam jutting out of her chest” ,I think Elsa had stabbed her

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  4. When he says that he’ll get started on the next chapter in a few hours and four hours later there isn’t even a word put down. 😉

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  5. You’re going to love what’s going to happen next, Chicken! I’m not gonna tell you what’s going to happen but just look forward to it! >.< ❤

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  6. “are you sure?”
    “im sure”
    “are you sure your sure?”
    “yeah”
    “are you sure your sure your sure your sure your sure?”
    “YEAH SHES DEAD”
    *gets impaled*

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  7. Nooo! Betty! Hmmm.. Maybe Elsa is immortal in a sense? Or they just need to fully incinerate her entire body to ashes just to be sure that she won’t get back up again? Oooh really loving this villain more n more!~ Hehehe

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    1. She’s prolly a demon or something, or a mana based organism. She can live as long as mana exists in the sorroundings or something.

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  8. I just cannot thank you enough for these wonderful translations Chicken-sama and a thank to those who help him proof read as well Re:Zero has become one of my all time favorite series and I’m glad that you are helping those who like it and cannot read the original source material continue to enjoy it while its not currently running as an anime or a manga and those who cannot afford the light novels. Seriously though thank you and your helpers so much.
    Sincerely,
    Just some guy who enjoys Re:Zero

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  9. God I love Elsa as a character. We know so little about her and her motivation but that almost makes her more terrifying of a villain. I’m eagerly awaiting part 3 😀

    Thanks as always for the great work Chicken!

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    1. It’s like being afraid of the dark. And i think one of the seven sins’ apostle employed her, or she is one of the seven sins’ apostle. Maybe.

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  10. While everyone suspects Elsa being alive, i think this is more of a spirit thing. She’s fulfilled a condition or something and dont know what happens next. If Beatrice aka best loli would be attacked from behind I’m sure she wouldnt have the time to cry. Re:zero is fucked up for sure but if you have a hole in your chest, thats a little lot of an injury that a healing power can heal, I suppose

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    1. Maybe spirits die slowly. We’ve never seen a spirit die (from what i can remeber) and I’m really starting to suspect elsa has a power of one of the seven sins.

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  11. I’m 100 % sure Elsa is not a normal human. Maybe a vampire? There’s no way a human can survive a fight with the Sword Saint and being impaled with a magic spear.

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  12. Maybe it’s a reanimation spell… Or Elsa has another enchanted item that revives. Whoever hired her really got a bang for their buck, I’m impressed

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    1. I thought it was explained in the anime that great spirit formed from little dot that we saw Emilia had to talk to every morning. Given time they turn into Julius little dot thingy and finally into Beako and Puck.

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  13. Bruh she refuses to die…….
    *inhales sharply*
    She is unkillable she is permanently in the story thee sadistic bae you should pray to.
    *walks out the room*
    I’ve given up🎶

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  14. NOOOOO! Betty! If what happened to her what I think happened this loop is just PAIN : (

    Thanks agian Chicken! Dispite all the pain its one of the best chapters in arc 4 so far.

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  15. (start a sad song)
    Why… Did this… Happen??
    She was… Dead. Why did she come back?! I…hate….her!!
    And now that this loop is over by the death of everyone….maby its better just to restart…maybe.

    Thnks chicken-dono for this fast chapter. Hope the next part come out as soon as this!

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  16. Noooo. Betty 😦
    On the other hand , Elsa surviving is a good thing. Killing her would probably have updated the checkpoint for return by death, which would leave petra and frederica as permanent casualties.

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    1. If you remember on the previous chapters there was sth attacking the Sanctuary .

      Most likely Subaru will have to stop that as well before the checkpoint can change .

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  17. Yeah, Beako is right. Subaru has gotten creepy in his way of thinking for outside people, but he know he can reset everything.
    So this is the end of this loop, I suppose.
    Thanks for the work!

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