Re:Zero Arc 5 Chapter 39 [Knightliness And The Man Who Was Late] (Part 1/3)

Note from TranslationChicken:

I originally intended this as an April Fools joke, but I was so tired from the jet lag… >_<

I’ve been bombarded with requests for Arc 5 and this chapter, so here you go, gees, now stop pestering me!!
Just know that I only read what I translate, so I don’t have any idea what’s going on with the plot here except from the wiki summary I read years ago before the anime ended. I literally have no context so please let me know without spoiling me if anything sounds weird.

I’ll work on this chapter when I have time, and I might continue with these if you guys are interested.

Just please be respectful and do not post spoilers or Arc 5 discussion outside of these chapters ❤

 

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

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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/356/

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ARC 5

THE HISTORY-ENGRAVING STARS

Chapter 39

[Knightliness And The Man Who Was Late]

 

After the conversation in which they renewed their resolve, Subaru and Anastasia headed down the stairs of the City Hall.
The large room where Subaru had been laid down was on the third floor―― exactly halfway up the five-storied building, which apparently, was once a meeting room.

[Anastasia: Since the top floor’s been burned up by dragon’s breath, the fourth floor is the top floor now. All the victims of Lust are assembled and waitin’ there]

[Subaru: ……If the top floor has been burned, what happened to the broadcasting device?]

[Anastasia: That thing’s safe. It’s been taken down and put away. The arcane device itself is shaped like a big metal box so it can be carried on a mount. Apparently, the sounds collected in the box would get picked up by other devices installed in the city]

Like an antenna, or more like a speaker?
A metal box plus speaker: something like a set-of-two arcane device. The fact that they’ve safely retrieved both the hostages and the arcane device was some sorely-needed good news.

[Subaru: You said the affected victims are all gathered on the fourth floor, right?]

[Anastasia: Despite bein’ turned into fruit flies and dragons, they still retained their human awareness. So they can understand us and follow our instructions. ……Though I can’t say if that’s a good thing or bad thing]

[Subaru: …………]

Retaining one’s awareness through all this, Subaru couldn’t say for sure whether he’d consider it fortunate, either.
Consciously being turned into an insect from head to toe and becoming a completely different lifeform isn’t something “depressing” could sufficiently describe. Surely, it would entail the loss of one’s “self” as well.
Losing one’s body, and continuing on as something else entirely, would it really be possible not to lose one’s identity as well? Perhaps, only those who had actually experienced it could answer that question.

[Anastasia: They can still move their bodies. So thankfully, no one’s killed themselves. Everything happened so quickly, there’re some who still haven’t accepted the situation. ……I’d be glad if we can keep them safe until everything’s settled down]

[Subaru: Kill themselves…… you mean suicide? That’s……]

[Anastasia: You don’t think it’s somethin’ to worry about?]

[Subaru: ――――]

It wasn’t a question Subaru could answer lightly.
It was just that, compared to Subaru, Anastasia seemed to be far more comfortable with calmly considering countermeasures in the face of these extraordinary circumstances.

[Anastasia: There’s hope as long as they’re alive. Though, even while the body lives, if the heart dies, hope will collapse as well. So just staying alive isn’t enough. They must also have the will to live, no matter what]

Keeping his eyes forward as he walked, Subaru heard Anastasia say this without seeing her face.
But, in terms of her resilient view on life and death, Subaru wholeheartedly agreed.
And so, to that end,

[???: Anastasia-sama]

Downstairs, seeing Subaru and Anastasia walking down to the first floor, Julius, who was the first to notice their arrival, called out the name of his master.
To Subaru, the first-floor reception lobby was just a place he had briefly passed through. But, even to him, the marks of the desperate battle that had been carved into the lobby struck him with such a deep impression that he could vividly sense the fierce struggle that had taken place here.

The desks and chairs, and even the wall were littered with sword strikes and magical spells, while, all over the floor, bloodstains scraped by footprints asserted their existence.
Though regrettably, Julius had let “Gluttony” escape, all these signs showed that it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

[Julius: How was the conversation with Subaru?]

[Anastasia: It did drag on a bit, but it ended quite well, I guess. Same as us, Natsuki-kun is pumped full of motivation too, so……]

Playfully nodding to Julius’ question, Anastasia turned her gaze to the back of the room.
Opposite from the stairs Subaru and Anastasia had just come down from, at the lobby entrance was Ricardo, heaving his gigantic figure. Just as Anastasia had ordered, he had been outside trying to make contact with other survivors.

[Anastasia: Welcome back, Ricardo. How’s the situation outside?]

[Ricardo: Ya sure look like yer in pretty good spirits, miss. It’s bad as it gets. It’ll probably get worse with time, too. Those bastards sure got some talent for messin’ with people]

Frowning in disgust, Ricardo snorted at the fruitless result of the search.
He roughly scratched his canine head and gestured to the members of the “Iron Fang” crowding around him, instructing several of them to head out again while telling the others to rest in a corner.

[Subaru: How is the Witch Cult messing with people? No, I mean, I know there’s already nothing more messed up than this situation we’re in, but are you talking about something else?]

[????: Th’broadcast, gen’ral. Talkin’ ‘bout those fuckers’ broadcasts]

Emerging from the side of the stairs, Garfiel answered Subaru’s query.
Listening to Garfiel clacking his fangs in frustration, Subaru asked, [Broadcast?]

[Subaru: You mean the one where they transmitted their demands? Aside from that, did they say anything else?]

[Julius: Nothing over the top. Just announcing that all forces attempting to retake the City Hall have been dealt with. The Sin Archbishop of Lust must be the one making them. Their words were truly despicable]

[Ricardo: Thanks ta her, the people in the few refuge-shelters I showed up at all have barely any spirit left. Won’t be easy, convincin’ them to rise up t’ take back their city]

Julius firmly closed his eyes, while Ricardo scrunched up his nose.
Hearing their answers, Subaru more or less understood what that remark about “messing with people” meant.

Along with her demands, Capella had announced the defeat of Subaru’s forces upon occupying the City Hall.
Naturally, for the citizens who couldn’t even lift a sword, news of the defeat must have shattered their hopes, while those who did have the strength to fight would soon realize the importance of the assault on the City Hall, and the reason Subaru and the others had committed to this early attack.
At the same time, they would realize that such an assault required considerable forces, and that, even with such forces, it had failed nonetheless.

In other words, regardless of whether the people in the refuge-shelters had any strength to resist or not, Capella’s broadcasts were set to break their spirits.

[Ricardo: From the City Hall records, we already know the location all the refuge-shelters. But still, after visiting the nearby shelters one by one…… well you can guess what the result is]

Ricardo swung out his arms and directly confirmed Subaru’s fears.
It was only human nature. There was no point in blaming Ricardo for failing to convince them. When it came to depravity, the Witch Cultists had no equal.

[Anastasia: No strength to fight, no courage to resist. In that case, what comes next’ll be even more dangerous]

Beside the rueful Subaru, Anastasia touched her chin, muttering.
Seeing Subaru raise his head at her voice, Anastasia tilted her head with [Right?]

[Anastasia: “You can’t win even if you fight”, once a person believes this, they’ll lose their will to fight. So then, what do you think people’ll do next?]

[Subaru: Fall into despair and feel scared… that’s not the answer you were looking for, is it?]

[Anastasia: Well it’d be cute if they just held their knees crying. But, it won’t be like that. Even if they lose the will to fight, they haven’t lost the will to live. In that case, what choice is left to them?]

[Subaru: ……You don’t mean]

Subaru was starting to catch the drift of what Anastasia was saying.
At the same time, an unbearable disgust at the Witch Cult’s machinations rose up inside him.

As if to confirm the conclusion in Subaru’s shuddering mind, Anastasia clapped her hands together.
And,

[Anastasia: The conditions for their survival were already presented to them. In the form of demands, too. So, it stands to reason that there’ll be some who’d try to meet those demands out of desperation. The “Artificial Spirits” and the owner of “The Book of Wisdom”, even the “Sacrificial lovers and couples” wouldn’t be out of the question, you know]

[Subaru: There’s no way people could turn that extreme, right!?]

[Anastasia: Maybe not. Maybe there’ll be those who refuse to sacrifice others just so they can survive. Or those who’d try to escape the city at all costs…… either way, the ensuing chaos is inevitable]

Once panic is allowed to fester, this precarious balance would come crashing down in an instant.
It was too frightening to imagine what the Witch Cultists would do to this city once that happens. They’d be granted the ultimate authority to erase everything that everyone had worked for.
Like some tyrant’s switch that could cast it all to the wind with a finger’s flick.

 

 

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Next Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2018/04/11/rezero-arc-5-chapter-39-knightliness-and-the-man-who-was-late-part-2-3/

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(The incredible fan art is by @HaruSabin!!)

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I originally intended this as an April Fools joke, but I was so tired from the jet lag… >_<

I’ve been bombarded with requests for Arc 5 and this chapter, so here you go, gees, now stop pestering me!!
Just know that I only read what I translate, so I don’t have any idea what’s going on with the plot here except from the wiki summary I read years ago before the anime ended. I literally have no context so please let me know without spoiling me if anything sounds weird.

I’ll work on this chapter when I have time, and I might continue with these if you guys are interested.

Just please be respectful and do not post spoilers or Arc 5 discussion outside of these chapters ❤

-Translationchicken

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Next Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2018/04/11/rezero-arc-5-chapter-39-knightliness-and-the-man-who-was-late-part-2-3/

97 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 5 Chapter 39 [Knightliness And The Man Who Was Late] (Part 1/3)

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      1. Thank you so much for this chapter and hopefully more of Arc 5 from here on out. I really can’t thank you enough besides throwing a few dollars your way.

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  1. Once I found out about zerotranslations I stopped reading yours and switched to his but I kept notifications on for your posts because I didn’t feel like turning them off and thank goodness I didn’t thanks a ton for this chicken

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  2. OMG I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BRO! When you were on chapter 56 I stopped reading yours and finished Arc 4 with Zerotranslations. But then he randomly stopped on chapter 38 of arc 5 like a month ago. Thank you so so so so much for doing this. I was begginging to regret going to Zero if he was just gonna stop.
    Are you going to release arc 5 now too? It’d be awesome.

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  3. I was thinking that i’m crazy. Arc 5. Lol. So i read the comments and see zerotranslation. I’m going to finish arc 4 because i’m impatient and curious, but i will read chincken sama translations too. Your chapters always made my day.

    A fan from brazil here. Sorry for my bad english.

    WE ALL LOVE THE HOLY CHINCKEN.

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  4. I’m crazy arc 5. Lol. Just see now about zero translationa now. I’m a fiel holy chicken believer. But i will check arc 4. Too impatiente and curious. But i will read chicken-sama chapters too. Your chapters always made my day. Specially the ❤ Dona-time❤. Thank you chicken-sama.

    A fan from brazil here. Sorry for my bad english.

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    1. arc 4 has 136 chapters + interlude.
      people requested this chapter of arc 5 because someone did Arc 4 but when they got to arc 5 stopped at ch.38

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  5. Thanks a ton for this! And sorry about the people bugging you. Being a translator in the Re:ZERO community really is tough, haha. Take all the time you need with this!

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  6. Hey TransChick, thank you for all your hard work! Will you answer my simple question? How many chapters until book 5? Or in other words how many chapters left in book 4?

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    1. 130 + interlude it’s the longest arc so far
      think i mistakingly thought 136 by adding in the interlude chapters, my bad
      the total arc 4 is just over 636,000 words. As for chicken he has about 300,000 words left for arc 4 roughly

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  7. Finally Chicken. Tbh since its seems like zerotranslation stopped without notice, you should take his arc 4 and up to this chapter, use it as blueprints to speed up your translations to this point. Will give you also a bigger audience since tons of ppl are already in arc 5 because of zerotranslation. Finally chapter 39..jeez ive been dying since febuary 20th..

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    1. The one who finished up arc 4 wasn’t zerotranslation. It was a randon anon. He just put them there to save and keeping the link from disappeared. His actual work started from arc 5. You can see the differences in quality between those arc 4 and his arc 5.

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    2. Im not Chicken nor know his feelings about your comment, but I have to state mine. What you are suggesting to him is, in my opinion, disgusting and just the worst. Im already disgusted enough by people spamming Chicken for Arc 5 just cuz Zerotranslations stopped, but this proposal is the top. Taking some other translators work, even if its just as an blueprint, to speed up your own translations just for greedy *insult please*who cant show some patience. I can totally understand why Zero stopped, his community is terrible toxic, in my opinion. I dont wanna attack anyone personally, thus this all could just look to me like that, but Im seriously disappointed in nearly everyone here. I lt makes me sick

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      1. Than i hope you will never gonna start a Buisness, cause it will go straight into a wall. Chicken is able to this at his current speed, because he gets revenue out of it. Thats something ppl like you seem to forget nor do they understand that side. Even at Chicken’s speed, it will take at least 2 1/2 years to catch up to the english translations which are already out there. How many ppl will he loose along the way, what do you think? Not even talking about the risk of someone smart enough with the will to do the work, to do exactly that what i just suggested. And how many ppl do you smarta** think chicken could gain for his community and the buisness he runs with his translations by doing so? You call me toxic? Ppl like you are the toxic ones, who dont give a single f*** about the buisness side of chicken’s work, but just take it for granted and go around spouting nonsense and insulting other ppl because they cant think further than their own 2 greedy feets! And im sure Anon didnt quit because anything was toxic, but because he wasnt blessed to be able to support himself finacially with his translations and just burned himself out with the speed at which he worked on it in his free time without getting anything in return.

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        1. 1st, you underestimate Chicken’s work.
          2nd, you underestimate this community loyalty.
          3rd, you’re not Chicken’s financial consultant.

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          1. 3rd, So youre his personal laywer? Or community Manager? Pls think before you speak, seriously. You point that sh** out as i dont have the right to state my opinions because i dont yield a certain position and on the other side you think you have the right to do so without having that position.
            2nd, you underestimate human nature.
            1st, you overestimate Chicken’s work on the scale of 2+ years doing work thats already out there.

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    3. I thought about removing this argument because it is really getting a bit mean-spirited. But I want to say my part in all this:

      I first started translating a few days before the last anime episode aired, and I did it because I loved the series, and loved the experience of diving deep into the story, dissecting every sentence and every word, writing it in my favorite language, and then sharing it with others who also enjoy it.

      The support I received along the way was more than I could have hoped for, but at the heart of it, I do it because I enjoy it. If I didn’t enjoy doing it, I would never have kept going for so long.

      I have kept my own pace all the way up to now, and I do not think it’s fair that just because other rushed translations have overtaken me that I should let it interfere or stop me from doing what I am doing. I can’t control other people’s actions but I want to be able to choose my own.

      Now please stop arguing… I don’t think anyone was trying to insult anyone.

      ❤, TC

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      1. This. You have the rights. No one is able to judge you. Let dramas be dramas, even when there is no popcorn to accompany us.

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  8. I’m TORN!!! so there’s zerotranslations, I want arc IV, but I reading from chicken-sama and waiting for updates every weel is already part of my life now. guess I’ll stick to you chicken

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  9. This is absurd. People should stop pestering chicken. The more logical thing is for chicken to actually caught up to the story first before began translating.

    What i am scared the most will be chicken will just do chapter 39 and then back to arc 4 without even touching arc 5 again. That will be a good punch to those impatient people.

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    1. 100% agree with you. People should be more patiently waiting for their preferable chapter. More so if it’s to continue what other translator left behind.

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  10. I really feel bad for chicken. Arc 5 is currently the most epic full packaged war arc in re zero. Not reading it from the start is destroying the fun. But then again, reading arc 5 before finishing arc 4 is also bad for the mismatched informations.

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      1. Trust me, japanese people really love seeing subaru dies multiple times LOL. While in arc 5, he likes… died only 2… or 3 times? I can’t remember.

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      2. Huh? Arc 5 is popular. It’s 2nd or 3rd most liked arc. There no arc in Re:Zero that hated either. Stop spreading misinformation.

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  11. I’m only commenting here haven’t read the chapter and probably won’t right now,
    but why are people in a hurry, if everything goes well and steady, eventually Chicken will get to Arc 5 after Arc 4, instead of reading a random chapter and spoil your selves, unless you’re already spoiled
    but still thanks for your hard work chicken and we reach this point in the story this part of the chapter will be already done

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    1. It’s not random, there is a translation for 38 chapters of arc 5 translated by another anon, but he left at that and people were stuck at chapter 38 for over a month, and that is really painful for some of us.

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  12. Isn’t it beautiful, how a simple 1/3 of a chapter can cure the depression of so many? I am dying to see Subaru’s reunion with Emilia. Thank you for this from the bottom of my heart.

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  13. I did go through zerotranslations to finish arc 4, but am back here since the best part of the story is coming so very soon, and I do really prefer Chicken’s translation for clarity and quality. Pleasantly surprised to see the chapter following where zerotrans stopped.

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  14. I’d like to thank you chicken I was checking zerotranslations when I read a comment that linked to this chapter and no lie and jumped and screamed YESSS 2 months without and update was hell. Originally I found out about your translations first but when I causght up to the newest chapters I really couldnt wait for the next 1/3 of a chapter and that’s when I found zerotranslations and I read all of Arc 4 in about @ week . Point is I LOVE Rezero And Emilia and literally felt like I had nothing to live for (not exaggerating ) when I checked every day and the next chapter wasn’t up. I actually reread the whole thing up to arc 5 chp 38 in the past 2 months..This made my day and I won’t feel anxiety now knowing that hopefully there will be a new arc 5 chapter and not have to be disappointed when I checked zeros website literally every 3-5 hours. If I weren’t a broke kid in highschool I’d donate to you but for now all I can say is thanks . THANK YOU SO MUCH .❤️❤️❤️💓🐓🐔❤️❤️💓

    PS. I will be taking Japanese Over the Summer at my community College .. Yes that’s how powerful Rezero is

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  15. Hm? Correct me if i’m wrong, but, Chicken translated this particular chapter because some people who read on another translator were pestering him to continue their works…?

    This is somehow doesn’t feel right with me….

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      1. The other translator randomly disappeared and it was tough for some of us going from two chapters a week to radio silence (I wasn’t one of the people pestering chicken but I can’t blame them for wanting more re:zero I legit think I have an addiction to Re:Zero)

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  16. Damn, I didn’t expect it, I’m glad I kept the notifications on here xP
    I missed reading re:zero so much, thanks a lot dai-chicken sama

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  17. DO NOT TRANSLATE ARC 5 UNTIL YOU FINISH ARC 4.
    AND DO NOT START AT LIKE THE MIDDLE EITHER THIS IS JUST A MESS AND YOU LL HAVE EVEN LESS TIME TO TRANSLATE OTHER CHAPTERS

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  18. Tbh, i really hope that you wont continue translating this arc 5 thing for now, since i will be the one who left out T_T

    I mean, i really have no idea what’s going on in the story at this point, and i dont feel like to read that zero translation site too

    But off course, it’s up to you to do whatever you want. I’ll respect whatever your decision is

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      1. I always know that you’re the best ❤
        Just dont push yourself too hard. Sometimes, we all need to take a break and watch cat videos xD

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        1. Idk what kind of cat videos chicken usually watch, but the cat i watch is the one with human body and cute girl face ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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        1. LOL

          I have to apologize. I thought that you are just selfish like many people in this comment section and only want chapters without caring if chicken spoils himself or not.

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          1. I was ready to take him up on his offer even if it would be bad for the people who hadn’t read Arc 4 yet but I straight up forgot that he still hadn’t read the damn arc himself lol

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  19. I’m pleased and equally angry that they pushed this request without first following proper etiquettes. I get it, people need their fix, but it’s not a free pass to demand or pester others for someone else’s work. I’m really sorry that you even bothered to appease them by releasing the newest Arc 5 chapter. I’m still happy to read the whole arc from the beginning and exercise patient until such a time you’ve reached the point where others can continue to enjoy re:zero for what it is.

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    1. true and it makes others wait longer so selfish the only good thing about this is once we catch up we have a flood of content to read. worst when pl want to rush the anime and it becomes a mess.

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  20. I’m very sorry for the people who were pestering you, but I hope you can continue translating since this part of the novel.
    And people who read re zero only here, try to understand us, it was over a month without new chapters, you can continue arc 4 in zero’s site, we didn’t have choice until chicken complete arc 4 and half of arc 5 or learning japanese, so we are in a big debt to chicken who considered us over the pestering

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    1. That’s just selfish. Why should chicken spoil himself and ruin one of the best arcs?! I am so sorry for chicken tbh. The great thing about Re Zero is its mystery.

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  21. Thank you so much for this, The entire month of waiting almost killed me ❤
    Just a suggestion: Garfield calling Subaru “general” sounds a bit weird, that word in the English language is almost exclusively used in the context of an army (that’s what I think at least, could be wrong). Zerotranslations used the word “Captain” but there are other possible synonyms that make sense and sound equally normal (i.e. commander)

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  22. I found a tiny bit of correction with Anastasia’s phrase:
    [Anastasia: Well it’d be cute if they just held their knees crying.]
    As I prefer, I guess her line should have been properly stated as:
    [Anastasia: Well, it’d be cute if they could just hold their knees as they cry.]

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  23. You’re a hero dude. I thought this would never get translated. you just earned yourself a new patreon subscriber; keep up the good work

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  24. I am one of your fans chicken-sama and I really love your work and your dedication to it, tbh I went and read arc IV and arc V til chapter 38 but I am still waiting for you to finish this arc so I read it all over again because you have put so much time into translating it so you give us this beautiful translation and I would like to always read from your translation, so as a request can you put the chapter in a pdf so I can read them all easily please?

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