Ototsukai wa Shi to Odoru – Chapter 5

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Chapter 5: The Sound of a Different Everyday

 

 

 

 

The next day, I got out of bed.

It was my own bed.

 

Yesterday, after the Boss released me from that white room, I returned straight home and fell asleep the next instant. I got home at about 3.

 

Like the Boss said, they pulled some strings and solved the problem of my parents and the school.

 

They contacted my school and told them that I wasn’t feeling well.

Concerning my parents, they somehow made it look like I never left the house.

I wondered how though……I couldn’t help but feel a little scared, but when they told me how they did it, it wasn’t really as difficult as I imagined.

 

Both my parents leave the house early in the morning, and we don’t usually get much into contact by that time anyway.

Because of the incident from two days ago one would expect something from my parents’ part, but everything was pretty normal after they came back from work.

My bicycle’s flat tyre was also repaired, and when my parents saw it in the usual spot they didn’t think of anything suspicious.

 

Anyway, Anonymous cleaned up pretty well after that incident, that I had nothing to complain about.

Rather, I felt gratitude towards them.

 

Also, I got a message yesterday from my best friend Tsurugi, who was worried because of the so-called illness, but I replied to him that I was in fact skipping school out of laziness, and acted like my true self.

With this, it was flawless.

 

……..However, now that I’m part of an evil organization, I must think more about my everyday life and how I spend it.

 

 

I chewed some toasted bread while thinking about that.

I always ate breakfast alone.

 

I finished eating then took my bag.

I have to leave any moment now, otherwise I’d be late.

 

I put back on the suppression ring.

Thanks to this ring, I can live my life almost the same way as before.

Still, if I manage to restrain my powers on my own and invoke them whenever I want, I wouldn’t need this suppression ring anymore.

Right now, with my own restraint and the ring it feels just right.

 

 

I left the house and locked the door.

Wait a second…If I start wearing a ring all of a sudden, everyone at school will think that I got carried away or something. The teachers will more likely get angry too.

Could I wear this ring on my toe? Will it work then?

 

……..For today, I’ll try as much as possible to keep my hand in the pocket.

 

I thought about a useless counter-plan as I walked towards the school.

I saw an abandoned building on the right. There’s an entrance to our secret base underneath it as well.

However, unless it’s an emergency, I was told to always enter the secret base from the outskirts café.

 

 

“Ooi, Kazato!”

 

Right then, someone called my name from behind and started running towards me. Of course, it was Tsurugi.

I stopped in place and turned around.

 

“Hey.”

 

“So you came today.”

 

“Well, yeah. I just couldn’t wake up in time yesterday.”

 

I actually couldn’t return in time.

 

“Wake up next time!

Oh yeah, by the way, there’s a transfer student coming today. That’s what the teacher said yesterday.”
“Eh? Really? In our class?”

 

“Yeah.”
A transfer student?

That’s quite unusual. I wonder if it’s a girl. Or maybe it’s a guy.

I actually hope it’s a guy.

If it’s a girl, she can’t escape the Tsurugi harem.

 

“Tsu~rugi!”

 

As always, Oohashi showed up suddenly and hugged Tsurugi from behind.

And only after that, she realized I was around too and greeted me, at which I, as always, answered her, then we started walking again.

 

 

 

We entered the classroom and everyone was already talking about the new transfer student. It was a hot topic.

 

The words flying about in the classroom were something along this line.

Blond hair. Foreigner. Slender figure. Cute. Slant-eyes.

 

It appears that someone saw the transfer student inside the staff room.

 

Honestly, at this point I tilted my head to the side.

For a very short moment I had a déjà vu.

 

 

“Everyone, be quiet!”

 

The classroom door burst open and the homeroom teacher entered.

The class grew quiet instantly.

 

“Good. Then, I introduce you today your new colleague.

Please come in.”

 

Again, the door burst open.

The one who entered was a lovely girl with blond hair that stretched to her chest area and smart looking, emerald eyes.

But never mind that! As I thought, the transfer student was Roll.

 

A slight cheer could be heard.

‘This might be dangerous even for Oohashi Hitomi, the school’s madonna’ and similar voices could be heard too.

 

 

Roll turned her back on us for a moment to write her name on the blackboard then she introduced herself.

 

“I’m Shinjou 1 Roll. I’m a half, born and raised in Japan.

Please treat me well.”

 

She made a quick bow and her golden hair hanged down. When she raised her head back up, she elegantly combed it upwards with her hand.

 

Her extremely polite greeting astonished me.

It seems she’s really good when it comes to this.

And her gestures are, somehow, refined………

 

“Then, Shinjou, go sit in the back seat over there.

Everyone, make sure to get along well with her.”

 

I was still staring at her in mute amazement, and didn’t even realize that the homeroom teacher had left the classroom.

Even though the class was due to start soon, everyone gathered immediately around Roll.

 

Why did she even come here?

I glanced at her for a short moment, but I couldn’t meet her eyes.

 

Roll answered all the barrage of questions coming from her neighborhood with a smile on her face.

Really now, why is she here…………?

 

While I was thinking about that, Tsurugi started talking to me.

 

“She’s cute, isn’t she? It’s really rare for you to be so captivated.”

 

“Oh, well……”

 

I’m not captivated.

And I also don’t think it’s that rare……

 

“So cute……. She’s my new rival…….”

 

“Yup…….”

 

Hitomi and Rin were talking too.

 

“I’ll support you, Kazato, and your love.”

 

You……. Don’t you even remember how many relationships you already destroyed…….?

Also, I’m sorry to say, but I’m not in love.

It’s true that I think that Roll is cute, but she doesn’t make my heart flutter.

Maybe it’s because my first impression of her was a bad one.

 

 

The homeroom teacher returned and everyone went to their seats.

The lesson started.

 

 

_______

 

 

 

Roll came into contact with me during lunch break.

But her way of doing that was fairly wicked.

Actually, it was extremely evil.

 

As for what exactly happened, the answer is we knocked into each other.

But that was still all right. We would’ve drawn the attention of few others, but with an apology from my part, everything would’ve been resolved.

 

However, at that time, Roll intentionally left her lunch box fall on the floor.

 

‘Ah!’ Everyone turned to look towards me.

‘He bumped into her and she dropped her lunch box’….I’m sure you can imagine how I was abused by their cold looks.

Furthermore, she was the new transfer student.

 

‘What are you going to do about this?’…..The classroom was filled with an oppressive atmosphere.

At such times, it’s a burden to be able to accurately hear all the whispered conversations around you.

 

 

“Ah! S…sorry……..”

 

Inside my mind I muttered ‘You framed me’….

 

However, I know that she intentionally bumped into me.

And why is that? It’s because I saw her smile right before it happened.

 

The classroom fell silent, all the attention gathered on us.

Roll stood dumbfounded for a moment (she was most likely acting), and when she seemed to realize the reactions of everyone around us, she started to pick up the scattered contents of her lunch.

 

“It’s all right. I wasn’t paying attention……! It is I who should say sorry!”

 

She said with a smile on her face.

I see. She plans to go with this character while she’s at school.

 

I hurried to clean the floor too. I couldn’t allow myself to stand upright at this moment.

 

That’s because I started to hear everyone around us talking about how “Roll-chan seems such a good girl………”

 

Anyway, because it’s now my fault for bumping into Roll and ruining her lunch, I must apology to her in some way.

 

Then I gradually started to see what Roll’s aim was.

Her plan was to create a chance for us to come in contact with each other in a natural manner.

Because I was flustered, I didn’t realize this earlier.

In this case, I have to join her play.

 

She was really evil, to harass me in such a manner.

 

“I’m really sorry, Shinjou-san……..”

 

“Don’t say that! It was my carelessness! I wasn’t look ahead……”

 

Because I knew the real Roll, the way she talked now was a little uncomfortable.

Well, even though I said I knew the real Roll, in reality I only knew a little about her.

 

“No, it’s my fault. I’ll treat you to lunch in the cafeteria.

Or maybe you want some bread or pastries.”

 

“This is too much……! I can buy my own lunch anyway”

 

 

 

We continued the farce for a little while, but in the end it was decided that I would treat Roll to lunch in the cafeteria.

 

My male colleagues stared at me with envy looks.

They will most likely tell me later that it wasn’t fair to steal a march on them in such a way.

 

 

 

 

 

We were now eating our lunch. Roll ordered a fried chicken set menu and I bought a bento box 2 from the convenience store.

Since Roll was staying next to me, not on the opposite side, I could smell a slightly pleasant scent coming from her.

 

I paid attention to my surroundings and continued the farce as I sat down. The first thing I said then was this.

 

“So you’re still growing!”

 

Nobody could hear what I said, for I gently whispered it.

However, Roll’s face stiffened for a moment.

 

That’s when two guys from my class approached us and sat down on the opposite side, in order to check on my attitude or something.

The farce had to start again.

 

“I somehow feel bad……. You ended up paying for my lunch……”

 

“It’s all right.”

 

“Errr……Will you tell me your name…….?”

 

“Kamiya Kazato”

 

“Kamiya-san. I look forward to working with you.”

 

“Ah……Me too.”

 

Roll’s last sentence was referred to our partnership most likely.

 

 

___________

 

 

After school, Roll managed to skillfully avoid being trapped by the club joining invitations, and returned home very quickly.

After I saw that, I too returned home for a moment.

 

And now, I am going towards the hideout.

I don’t have the obligation to go to the hideout every day, but since Roll didn’t explain me anything after all, I had to go see her.

 

I showed the café’s shop manager the ‘signal’ and walked towards the elevator that went underground.

After I arrived at the secret base, I walked straight to Roll’s room.

 

The Anonymous members who passed by me sent me strange looks.

Most of the times I nodded, but in case they started talking to me, I made a short self-introduction.

Some of them ignored me completely.

 

I finally got to Roll’s room.

I unlocked the door and hurried inside the room.

 

“Roll!”

 

“Wha……! Hey!”

 

What I saw was Roll’s transparent, white skin.

And some pink silk cloth.

 

She was changing clothes.

I froze then uttered a short “Sorry”. I closed the door after that.

 

I heard her speaking from inside.

 

“Next time knock, okay? I’ll forgive you this once.”

 

 

 

 

“You can come in now.”

 

After a short time, I heard her voice again. I opened the door slowly.

 

“Here, catch this.”

 

Right when I entered the room, Roll threw something at me. I caught it and realized it was a cell phone, and a latest model one.

 

“This is your work phone. The mail addresses of almost all Anonymous members are already registered in it.”

 

“Ah, thank you.”

 

“I have to give you my personal address too. You might need it from now on.”

 

“By the way, Roll……!”

 

I recalled my real goal and approached her.

She stopped me with her hand.

 

“I know already. I’ll explain you now.”

 

Explain.

As I thought, she came to my school for a reason.

 

“For now, consider this our first mission as a pair.

We were assigned to a long term mission.”

 

“A long term mission……What kind?”

 

“From now on, you will slowly start to manifest your ability, and after 1 year and a half you will enlist in the SDF. I will mainly act as your support.”

 

“Eh? What do you mean?”

 

To begin with, I already manifested my ability.

 

“To make it easy to understand, you will make things look like your ability gradually bloomed in the last 1 year and a half.

In short, you will deceive everyone.

Your ability will not be sound, but something derived from it. It’s up to you precisely what it’ll be like. Your ability’s scope is pretty vast so I’m not sure what you can actually do, but we’ll decide upon something little by little.”

 

Oh, I see.

And then, they want me to enter the SDF as a spy.

 

My school…….Or perhaps I should say pretty much all schools have a recommendation board for the SDF.

Only the highest ranking ability users in the school ever manage to get a recommendation.

 

I nodded to her in sign of understanding, and Roll continued.

 

“You get it now, right?

For this long mission, your enlistment in the SDF is very meaningful.

I know that 1 year and a half is a short period of time for all this, but with me by your side, things won’t get too complicated.

But…….”

 

“Entering the SDF as a spy is a difficult job, right?”

 

“Right.

Well, we still have 1 and a half year for you to manage to handle your ability fair and square.

And I think that the job of a spy will not be too difficult for you with your ability.”

 

Indeed.

However, isn’t this job dangerous for her?

Wait? I don’t even know her ability.

 

“By the way, Roll, what ability do you have?”

 

“You’ll see it eventually.

Anyway, we must polish our team work too during this 1 year and a half. I’m planning to take on a lot of normal and long term missions for us to complete, so make sure to not drag me down, all right?”

 

“Roger.”

 

She didn’t tell me about her powers.

Well, it’s true that I’ll sooner or later see her use them anyway. Other than that, I really have to work hard not to drag her down.

 

“Still, when I think about it.

Why didn’t you tell me this beforehand? I was astonished to see you as a transfer student.”

 

“Ha? That’s because I wanted to surprise you, ain’t it obvious?

But well, your ad lib was quite good. I praise you for that.”

 

Roll smiled slightly and she looked like a little devil.

 

“It wasn’t pleasant at all. When you dropped your lunch box my heart really started to jump up and down.

For the time being, I asked what I wanted to ask, so I’ll go back now.”

 

The third day after my manifestation, my everyday life changed completely.

Will I be able to make a living like this?

No, I will have to.

 

Thinking about that, I walked towards the room’s entranceway, when Roll called out to me from behind.

 

“Shion!”

 

“What?”

 

“Errr…….Is it really obvious that I am still growing?”

 

Ah! As I thought, she does care about her height.

I answered with “Pretty much” and left Roll’s room.

 


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Translation: Nana
Other stuff: Mockii


 

  1. 新城 shinjou, with 新 shin meaning ‘new’ and 城 shiro/jou meaning ‘castle’
  2. Supermarket Bento Boxes Pic

15 thoughts on “Ototsukai wa Shi to Odoru – Chapter 5

  1. Shion is a Bastard for messing up with her like that hahahaha, now what does Hitomi and Rin mean when they said arrival has appeared, do they assume that Roll will fall for Tsurugi or there is a MAJOR missunderstading in the group dynamics

    1. It’s the former. Tsurugi is the harem protagonist in this work and in works like that when a cute western looking transfer student arrives, she inevitably falls for the protag and joins his harem. They’re just anticipating what previous experience has taught them is inevitable, plus with that girls’s specs they wouldn’t be able to keep her at a distance with their superior specs like they do with the rest of his admirers.
      Of course, Roll is going to give them a big surprise.

  2. This is an interesting development. I was expecting him to just live a double life, going on missions until he discovers his friend’s true identity with the SDF and reaching a climax when they discover him being in anonymous.
    But now we have a long term plan to infiltrate the SDF. Which raises all sorts of interesting possibilities. Though it being meant to take place a year later and him taking missions to gain experience before then, there’s no telling if that mission will go ahead as planned or if things will change.
    Still, it’ll be fun to see what kind of ability he pretends to have as his powers ’emerge’. He could pretend to have super hearing alone, but doing that would make people wary of being overheard which would be counterproductive to spy work, So a simple attack power? The ability to amplify and focus his voice into a sonic attack? Hold back his strength so he seems powerful enough to enter the SDF, but not to raise him to the top of the ranks and make them too alert of him? I can’t wait to see it.

    Thanks Nana, this translation deserves a lot more attention than it seems to be getting.

    1. If he’s going to be a spy, I think it would be easier for him to pretend he has a support type ability. For instance, something like echo-location, that lets him map out the surrounding area, and the location of people and monsters (I forgot, do they have those in this story?).

      If he goes for a combat ability, there’s a higher risk of finding himself in a though spot where he might have to use more of his abilities than he intended to show.

      Since he’d have to devote most of his attention to the fight at hand, there’s a higher chance that he’ll let something slip by accident.

      Being in a support role will let him see the bigger picture, and often even put him close to those in charge.

      If he pretends to be a walking sensor, and with a considerable range at that, he can stay out of the fighting, and easily listen in on all the conversations.

      1. I thought the same thing, but any kind of sensory power will make the SDF a but more careful about putting him near anywhere sensitive info can be found, in case he accidentally stumbled over it. Plus if they discover they have a leak, checking sensory types who could have gathered that info would be the first place they look
        While a simple blast power with the strength suppressed to levels at around the average SDF member, would make him seem simple as easy to understand. Just put him in front of an enemy and let him shoot. Measure his destructive power and know you’ve got plenty of people with abilities that can oppose it, and you won’t worry about him turning against you.
        And yes, if all they want him to do is gather information, then having in a support role would let him see the big picture and gather info easier. But what if they actually want him in the field to take action at the critical moment? To sabotage efforts to terminate out of control abiltity users or step in when a member of Anonymous is in a tight situation? Sure from the rear he can find out info to help other Anonymous members intervene instead, but in the rear you’re usually part of a whole support team so it’s hard to contact outsiders without anyone noticing and being suspicious. He can’t use their systems and if he brings devices from outside, it’ll be veeeeeery risky. And what if Anonymous don’t have anyone on the scene or in range? He may be the only one able to find out as soon as the SDF do and go there in person to help out, even if it’s as their own personel.
        No, I think keeping the fact he’s got incredible surveillance powers a secret can only make him a better spy, even if he didn’t reveal the full scope of those abilities.

      2. My counter-argument would be that he could pretend his sensory ability is only limited to a certain frequency range, and outside that his hearing is the same as any other humans. That would make them feel safer about his lack of ability to overhear conversations.

        He could even say that he doesn’t really understand the sounds he’s getting, and that he simply understands the end result as an instinctive knowledge of the area, like when you always know where your arm is in relation to the rest of your body, even if you don’t look at it, that’s how he’d know where objects and people are located.

        I also doubt Anonymous would want to risk an asset like him by making him a front-line grunt in SDF, or have him risk exposure by taking any action against SDF.

        Anonymous seem to have quite a lot of strong people. Ones better suited for such risky assignments.

        In this case, his overwhelming strength makes it difficult to actually use him. On one hand he can be a trump card that can overturn a bad situation. On the other hand, the more you use him, the more chances for something to happen to him, costing you an irreplaceable asset (inferring from the leader’s own words).

        Remember, he’s actually very rare as far as the power level of abilities goes, mainly thanks to SDF killing off people like him.

        Besides, people tend to overlook support types. The front-liners get the glory, and therefore the attention, while the ones working behind the scenes are rarely seen. And with attention comes scrutiny, so attention is what he should want the least.

        But, sensory type was just one example.

        There are manufacturing processes that use sounds (or at least which could be done with sound), so he could be a crafter of sorts.

        Sounds can also be used to essentially (de)buff people, either making them feel very uncomfortable, and even disorient or incapacitate them (without being strong enough to cause physical harm), or they could be used to make people feel better.

        That opens a lot of positions for him. From prisoner transport, to prison warden, councilor (for their own personnel), and even interrogator.

        I think if he worked as an interrogator for SDF, eventually that could land him in their version of internal affairs, which would grant him a lot of access to personnel files, ongoing operations and such (after all, it would then be part of his job to monitor the rest of SDF, which just so happens to align with his role as a spy).

        He could also restrict his ability to hearing people’s bodily functions, but only at a close range, that would make him a good lie detector, so while that would be good for an interrogator, it would also be great from an aide to one of the higher-ups. Their own personal lie detector.

        Besides lie detector, it would also be good for a diagnostician, both a medical one and one who repairs equipment.

        He could literally hear what’s wrong. He just has to make very sure everyone thinks it only works at very close distances, so they won’t suspect him of being able to overhear them in another room.

        Basically hiding the tree in the forest. Outright say you actually can hear very well, but for some reason it only works at a very short range. That will stop most people from dwelling on that possibility.

      3. You raise some interesting points and I don’t really intend to counter each and every one. It just seems a lot of the roles you’re describing are very specialised, so he’s unlikely to get access to any info not related to the area he’s focused on. Also, some of your examples require very fine control he’s unlikely to be capable of for the near future and soon he’s supposed to put on a show of his ability starting to manifest gradually, so he has to decide what it’s going to be, so it’ll have to be something he can do right now. So simple is best.
        Plus the SDF seems to be a combat focused force, so combat achievements do seem the simplest method to advance smoothly.
        I also highly doubt they’ll put him in a position with access to critical information, unless he’s been with them long enough and is proven trustworthy. It might be possible to get such a position, but he’d have to focus on it for years before he’d be in a position to do any real help for Anonymous. Simply having the right ability alone isn’t enough. While people in the field often need important info to do their jobs or are reporting that same info themselves.
        As for Anonymous risking him, they seem to be a group that value’s individual freedom very highly, with them choosing their own missions and their own risks, so I’m very sceptical they’re not going to send him into danger. For that matter, no matter how much training he does, without practical experience he’ll lack the ability to apply his skills in a combat situation. On the contrary, so long as he’s fighting beasts (what did they call them again?) and actual criminals, rather than innocents who have simply lost control of their abilities, they might see it as two birds with one stone, with the SDF providing him with combat experience to refine his abilities further, and earning achievements to raise his rank at the same time.

        There’s lots of reasons, but the most compelling argument is it would be hard to write an interesting story where he spends all his time in the back lines when stuff is going on somewhere else. Plus it just seems to be the direction the story is heading in. Particularly with the irony of him being disillusioned with the SDF who came to kill him, he’ll end up wearing the exact same uniform and doing the exact same work those guys did (save for killing people like him that it). It would also put him working right alongside Tsurugi as well, which would also make for a lot of interesting events.
        Well this is just how I feel it’s going. We could argue back and forth about it forever.

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