Ototsukai wa Shi to Odoru – Chapter 15

This is it….the big showdown for Roll and Shion! This is also the chapter that made me chose Ototsukai as that one special novel that I definitely want to translate…… I hope you’ll love it as much as I did and let me hear your opinions in the comment section!
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Chapter 15: The Sound of Rescue

 

 

 

 

The one who moved next was Roll.

She shortened the distance between her and Shiranui in several seconds. However, when she was on the verge of touching his face, Shiranui ‘disappeared’.

 

Then, his voice materialized somewhere behind our backs.

 

“The Rolling Cat, huh? If I’m not mistaken, if you get to touch someone it’s over. You have such a dreadful ability.”

 

As I thought, it’s not the sound that moves.

It’s some sort of ability.

Teleportation or something?

It’s impossible for me not to follow a sound.

 

“Well, well, I came to help and found such an unthinkable harvest.

The Rolling Cat and the above-the-norm boy. Two blessings at once, isn’t it?”

 

Damn it. So, the SDF called for reinforcements as well……!

There’s won’t be higher classes than colonels, how much of a bullshit could you utter, Boss……!

 

“Shion, can you stand?”

 

“Ah, yeah……”

 

I somehow managed to raise my hurting body and I stood up.

 

“……Trouble arrived.

I don’t know if I can win.”

 

“……You’re joking, right?”

 

“I’m not. Lieutenant general Shiranui is an outstanding Teleporter, famous in the entire world.

Don’t look away.

You only listen to the sound.”

 

Roll didn’t afford to look away either.

As I thought, he’s a Teleporter.

I have no idea how to deal with a Teleporter, and I guess there is no way to deal with it in the first place.

At any rate, it was the worst situation possible.

 

Shiranui didn’t move and looked at us as he let out a faint laugh.

I couldn’t move carelessly either.

If I were to distance myself even a tiny bit from Roll, who is invincible in close range combat, he would hunt me down.

The reason why he isn’t attacking me right now is thanks to Roll’s presence.

And because Roll knows that, she’s intentionally creating a space between us and him.

 

“Shion. If it gets extremely dangerous, don’t mind me and use your full power.”

 

Roll didn’t take her eyes off Shiranui.

She’s checking him out.

 

“Un…understood.”

 

The moment I answered this, Shiranui opened his mouth.

 

“Hmm. If you don’t come at me……. For the time being, let me collect that box of yours.”

 

“……!!”

 

Shiranui’s laughter disappeared into the night sky.

I hurriedly turned around towards the Sadinta, where the box was stacked.

 

“Roll!”

 

The box is in danger.

 

“Shion, hold on tight!”

 

However, Roll said this and grabbed me.

Then, she started running in the exact opposite direction of the Sadinta.

 

“Where are you going!? The box!”

 

“The mission is a failure! For the time being, think only about getting away from this guy!”

 

Roll entered a back alley from the main road, running through a dim street.

 

She was sprinting at full speed.

 

She ran in zig-zag through the back alleys.

A full power dash. I was shaking violently, holding on Roll’s shoulder.

 

After we ran through the back alleys for a while, we finally stopped and she let me down on the ground.

 

“Haa……haaa…… for now, we must blow up the Sadinta……

Shion, you pay attention to our surroundings.”

 

As Roll tried to steady her breathing, she took out the car phone from her pocket and touched its screen.

Instantly, the sound of an explosion echoed from far away.

She blew up the Sadinta. That’s because there was various info about our organization left in there.

 

But, leaving that aside……

 

“……Roll, did we fail our mission?”

 

I timidly asked her, as she stared at the terminal phone.

 

“Yeah. Since that guy came, all we can do is run.

What mustn’t happen now is us getting caught by them.”

 

These words shocked me.

 

“Missions failed…..?”

 

I bet they’ll get angry.

How should I put it……. I didn’t really have any feelings towards doing missions……. but, experiencing failure and knowing the current situation was quite shocking.

More than shocking, I was afraid we did something that cannot be undone.

Which reminds me that the box contained a ‘broken thing’, the Anonymous’ Development Department’s secret clump.

Now that this thing is in the SDF’s hands, they’ll be more than pissed off.

We did it.

 

“There’s nothing for you to worry about, Shion.

This time, it was the Boss’ judgement error, or, better say, it was the fault of the branch office guy who got caught.

From now on we have to be able to cover for ourselves.

At any rate, don’t think about this now. We better concentrate on running away.”

 

Roll gripped the terminal phone as she spoke.

Her voice was clear but I wondered what her innermost thoughts were.

I can’t grasp her facial expression behind the mask.

 

“…….Yeah.”

 

“I conveyed the current situation to the reinforcement team.

Since we can’t escape this town on ourselves, I requested a rescue team.

They said they’ll arrive in about 10 minutes.”

 

“Understood.”

 

After I replied, I noticed a sound that seemed to be getting close to us.

 

It was him…..!

 

“Roll, he’s approaching us…….!”

 

The sound was irregular and scattered, but without any doubt it was getting closer to us.

Our location was exposed.

I guess they have an ability user with scouting powers in their logistical support team.

 

“That was fast. Let’s run away.”

 

Roll grabbed me quickly and started running again.

She cut the wind, running through the alleys.

 

She jumped over a blue garbage box, kicked the wall and changed directions.

Her speed was tremendous.

 

The enhancement type Stray Cat.

This kind of terrain was Roll’s playground.

Now, the sounds coming from that guy were going far off…… Or so was supposed to be.

 

“Yo!”

 

“Wha!?”

 

All of a sudden, Shiranui appeared in front of us and Roll immediately turned around.

However, at that speed she couldn’t turn around fast enough and Shiranui closed the distance between us in an instant.

 

“Kuh!”

 

Roll couldn’t fight with me in her arms.

She kicked the ground with great power and jumped over Shiranui’s head.

She changed directions again.

 

Then, she continued to run uninterruptedly.

 

We passed through an alley and got out on the illuminated main street.

At the exact same moment, Roll let out a shriek.

 

“Gaah!”

 

Roll tumbled down and dropped me.

 

“Roll!”

 

I stood up instantly and rushed over to Roll.

Having done so, I saw a knife stuck into her back.

Her delicate back started to pour out blood.

 

“Hey! Roll! Are you okay? Hey!”

 

“……Guh… This isn’t much for me, so I’m all right……! Run away first!”

 

“Damn it!”

 

I somehow managed to grab the injured Roll and started to run, while carrying her along.

Still, Shiranui immediately blocked my way.

 

“Who would’ve thought that the Rolling Kitten will be brought down so easily. It’s thanks to you.”

 

“……..!”

 

I thought about turning around and running away again.

But it was no good.

Even Roll got caught by him. There’s no way I’m getting away.

Damn it…… What should I do!?

 

“Shion….. Don’t mind me and use your power!”

 

Roll said, her breathing rough.

Yet, that was truly our last resort.

Because that would end up killing Roll.

And that is……no good.

 

Damn, what should I do……!?

 

I know, I have to buy some time.

I decided to buy time. When the comrades from the headquarters arrive, we still have a chance of winning.

 

However, how do I buy time?

 

As I thought about that, Shiranui’s body blurred. He disappeared.

The next moment, the scenery I was looking at changed completely.

Roll’s weight vanished.

And I felt a strange floating sensation.

 

I discovered Roll about 10 meters ahead, laying on the ground.

Down was the ground.

And a sound behind my back.

 

I understood in an instant.

My position was changed.

 

“Well now, above-the-norm boy. Let’s talk a bit.”

 

Coincident with the beginning of our fall, I heard this coming from Shiranui, from behind my back.

When we were close to the ground, the scenery changed again.

 

This time, we went higher than before.

 

“As a result of our analysis, we found out that you manifested a dominant ability. It’s a magnificent ability you have there.”

 

After the fall, we changed places again.

He was rising higher and higher.

 

“Offensive ability, spying ability, high perception. No matter how you look at it, you have a top-class ability. If you train it, you’ll become an unbelievable ability user.

It’s rather dreadful, since you’re an enemy.”

 

The scenery was changing, changing, changing.

He moved places repeatedly, and I ascending rapidly together with Shiranui.

Before one knows, I saw Roll standing up and starting to chase after us, climbing a skyscraper’s wall.

However, she couldn’t catch up with Shiranui’s teleportation speed.

 

“Now. I’m thinking about giving you the chance to atone for your sins. You must take the extenuating circumstances into consideration.

After taking your situation into account, I understand that you didn’t have anything else to do but join the Anonymous.

The SDF must’ve dealt with you differently too, maybe try to protect you by any means.”

 

I saw the skyscraper’s rooftop.

An unthinkable altitude.

If I fall down from this height, I’ll certainly die.

 

“Do you want to join the SDF?

Depending on your answer, I’ll decide whether your life ends or starts anew.”

 

The annoying noise coming from Shiranui from a while ago.

A very convenient mumbo jumbo.

The reason why I’m alive right now is thanks to the Boss.

You tried to kill me, remember!?

 

I guess I can survive if I switch sides to the SDF.

Speaking of my real intention, I would’ve liked to do so if possible.

But that was before that incident.

Being able to live is enough for me.

This manner of thinking hasn’t changed, but I still have my pride.

I could also lie in order to continue living.

But, instead of living because of that, I’d rather break myself down in this situation.

 

“Let me hear your answer.”

 

I answered Shiranui’s question.

 

“Bite me.”

 

“I see. Then, you’ll have to die.”

 

He trampled down my back strongly and I started to fall at great speed.

Roll was running up the skyscraper when she entered my view.

However, Shiranui teleported right next to her.

 

I see. Because there was nothing I could do right now, he went to hold her down. The end, huh?

 

Impossible. I’ll do something myself.

 

I took out the wire emitter from a side holder and held it firmly.

 

I took a deep breath.

Then, I shot the wire.

 

The shot wire got stuck in a fence on the skyscraper’s rooftop.

Good.

 

I can do it!

 

I pressed the emitter’s button lightly and stopped the reeling wire.

All that’s left for me now is to somehow stick to the building’s wall.

 

However, without warning, a knife was thrown and hit me directly in the hand.

Together with a small blood splash, I was separated from my wire emitter.

 

“Damn it……..!”

 

I turned my head around.

I saw Shiranui fighting Roll. He most likely threw a knife towards me during their fight.

 

“Fuck!”

 

It’s useless.

I’m falling down…….!

 

I closed my eyes, halfway to giving up.

My life…. I spent it while living in vain……

As I thought about this, I took a small breath and heard Roll’s voice.

 

“Shion! Shion!”

 

I turned around and saw her running up the skyscraper’s wall, while dodging all the knives coming at her.

 

She’s already up there.

 

Roll kicked the wall powerfully and jumped towards my falling self.

She then splendidly caught me.

 

However, the ground was getting closer.

It’s great that she caught me, but how does she intend to get over this critical situation!?

She dodged the oncoming knives by twisting her body.

 

“Shion! Get ready for the impact!”

 

Roll’s shout made me realize how close the ground was now.

Roll fixed me in her embrace, and prepared for landing.

Don’t tell she’s trying to……..!

 

“Oi!! Stop……! Don’t do it!!”

 

My cry came late, because we already landed.

Still, calling that a landing was doubtful.

It felt like I landed on one cushion as I stroke the ground.

But the sound I heard at that moment wasn’t the sound of my own body receiving the impact.

The detestable creaking sound came from Roll’s legs.

 

She vomited blood and collapsed to the ground.

Because of the impact, I couldn’t find my voice, but I dragged my body and crawled to where Roll fell senseless.

 

“………..O…i,……Ro……ll……..!”

 

Roll held me in her arms and undertook all the impact of our fall.

There’s no way she’s all right.

However, I can still hear her heartbeat.

She’s unconscious.

The bones all throughout her body are most likely shattered.

 

“Futile struggle. You’re going to die anyway.”

 

“Da….mn…..it……”

 

Shiranui looked down on us, and I barely managed to voice those words.

 

I realized that more of the SDF’s reinforcements arrived there.

 

There was nothing more that could be done.

 

Our best chance was for me to use my ability.

But that would kill Roll.

Roll would die and I would survive.

This was the best strategy as partners as well.

 

But there’s no meaning to it if I can’t save Roll.

 

I can still stand, right?

 

“Oh. That’s amazing. You still want to continue, huh?

You’re such a regrettable man of talent. Yet, you don’t get a second chance.

Be quiet and die now.”

 

Shiranui gripped the knife lightly.

 

 

 

 

It happened the next instant.

 

 

 

 

“Haaa…….”

 

A person appeared together with that sigh.

 

A black suit.

Their frank face exposed, and an Anonymous mask in one of their black gloved hands.

At any rate, with a listless expression that person approached us.

Perhaps……That person is the aforementioned Tameiki-san.

They coincide with the description I heard from Roll.

That presence, walking slowly but imposingly right in the middle of the main street, was approaching us.

 

 

“……It seems that your comrades arrived.

And in addition to that, it’s ‘Gravity’ 1

 

Tameiki-san was releasing an overwhelming intimidating air, making even lieutenant general Shiranui become extremely vigilant.

 

The battle was bound to start immediately.

One SDF soldier concealed himself behind a building.

I didn’t know his rank, but he was someone who managed to survive my previous attack, so he was rather skilled. He was about to attack Tameiki-san.

 

However, the battle didn’t start.

Or, more accurately, it already ended.

In an instant.

He couldn’t even touch Tameiki-san because he turned into a cherry tomato crushed underfoot before he could realize it. He decorated the ground in a beautiful shade of red.

He was crushed flat.

 

“It seems that if I don’t get serious right now it might get rather dangerous……”

 

After Shiranui’s muttering, I heard another sigh.

 

“Haaa…….”

 

The next instant. The sound of a splat!

Blood splashed on my Anonymous mask.

 

Timidly, I turned around to look next to me.

 

Having done so, I saw a bloodbath spreading far away.

 

“Eh?”

 

If I’m not mistaken, that’s where Shiranui was standing a moment ago.

I was in a state of confusion when I heard another long sigh. I looked up and Tameiki-san turned around.

 

It’s…..it’s over…………?

 

Flabbergasted, I couldn’t comprehend what just happened, when one woman appeared right next to me all of a sudden.

This woman was Shidou-san.

 

“Shion-kun, you did great.”

 

I was astonished by her sudden appearance, but then I remembered Shidou-san’s ability.

‘Distancer’

Shidou-san can temporarily put under her control the very notion of distance.

 

Shidou-san brushed my head gently.

 

“Shidou….san……..Ro, Roll……”

 

“I know that. Poor thing.

This is awful……. But we can still save her.

Chiyaku is in the helicopter, so let’s return there as quickly as possible.”

 

We can still save her.

Those words brought me relief, and I lost consciousness the next instant.

 

 

And so, our missions ended with the word ‘failure’.

 


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Translation: Nana


 

  1. The author used Gravity to translate the Japanese characters, which actually mean ‘heavy sigh’. I’ll also use the author’s choice.

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

  1. Thanks for the translation Nana. It really was a good chapter.
    I guess this is what separates it from typical light novels where the protag always unlocks his hidden potential in the critical moment and either wins or at least puts up and fight and comes off looking cool, or the cheat protagonist novels where the protag uses his OPness to cruise through every critical situation with ease, overwhelming the opposition and walking away smelling of roses.
    But this is different. Here despite having an overwhelming ability, it’s still mostly untrained and the protag is still only a few steps away from a common civilian highschooler. When someone shows up they can’t handle, they end up failing the mission, the heroine ends up in critical condition keeping him alive and the cavalry barely shows up in time to save them, with the protag having accomplished almost nothing. He doesn’t get to look cool, doesn’t get to put up a fight. The only things that can be said for him is that he refused to betray those who saved him, refused to sacrifice his partner to save himself, and kept together in the face of certain death without panicking and persisting in looking for a way for them to survive. Which considering his level of experience, training and his starting point as a common teenager from a peaceful nation, is actually pretty good. Realistically, a typical teenager, regardless of gender would have lost to the fight or flight response, running away blindly, or lashing out in a panic to kill everyone, including Roll. So Shion actually did pretty good.
    It’s nice to see a believable development from villager A to badass main character. A slow and painful struggle that definitely won’t happen overnight. Though we can be sure the feeling of helplessness and frustration he experienced with this incident will improve his motivation to strengthen himself by a fair bit. Increases in direct power and in strength of personality should always come step by step.
    Of course, the readers who want their cheap thrills and don’t want to identify with a protag who ever looks lame or weak will probably shun it. Their loss though.

    1. I am one of those looking for a cheap thrill, but in this case, I feel he is just pathetic because the author made him need to be a failure for this scenario. Did he do nothing for a month while in Anonymous. Seriously did he never have any curiously as to how to use his power beside using it as sonar and blast waves? Did it never occur to him to feel out sound waves? Did he ever try to research the mechanic and physics of sound? What in the goddamn hell have he been doing this pass month?

      His opponent was teleporter, if he had five or an elemental ability or even spacial ability like space crush it would make sense for him to be defeated. But for a sound user? can he just sent two powerful area sound blast at different interval to knock him out?

      He is just not suit for this ability in general.

      Seriously why does the MC suddenly get a power that is more suit for a blind person? or even better, a person that can actually listen to his superiors.

      I feel like he is more suited for a growth type power and a release type power that is already maxed out.

      1. They seem to be assuming that it’ll take some time for him to gain enough control to make his power useful and are focusing all their efforts on trying to train a completely inexperience teenage student into a capable combatant. According to the more recently translated training arc, it would have been about a year before he even learned to properly switch his powers on and off, with them currently being stuck in the on state and surpressed by the Ring to keep them managable. Being able to switch it on and off is apparently the first real step to proper control over them. At this point his offensive powers are limited to full blast, kill everything in the vicinity, or snap your fingers and amplify it enough to knock the enemy out. The former would kill Roll and the latter is very unlikely to work on a seasoned and powerful SDF officer.

        But believe what you like. It’s not like there are a shortage of web novels where the protag always seems to be able to use his OPness to best effect and always manages to end up looking cool. Nobody is forcing you to keep reading this.

      2. I’m not saying he have to master his powers immediately nor use it well, heck just using it smartly for a single moment, but getting reck the next would show he has potential to be competent and that his opponent was truly much more skilled then him no matter what ploy he used. Also I had expected more of him because few MC would be willing to kill a normal person with a knife directly even though that person was begging him with tears for the first time. I thought he was a natural born Sociopath that just awakened and was sure he could try and sacrifice his partner as well if it meant he could save his own life that was in danger, but apparently I was wrong.

        He isn’t very different then any of those power up MC.

      3. All I can say is that it’s one thing to kill a complete stranger you know nothing about for your own benefit, or to kill someone who’s threatening your life. To kill someone you know and care about to save yourself is completely different.

        The way I understood it, Shion is like a normal person in that he cares about himself and those he’s knows and is close to, and not so much about strangers. The difference is that most normal people might not care about that stranger, but wouldn’t have the stomach to actually sacrifice them with their own hands. Shion on the other hand, does have that capacity.

      4. Really? How much does he know Roll? He only known her for a couple of months or just one, he barely know her past, she only just show him her ability recently and it is not like they are living together. They maybe partners, but they are not always together and sleep in the same place. He just have a little crush that is beginning to bud and that’s it, hardly worth sacrificing the life that he value so much to if he values it enough to be willing to be okay with murder, mass murder, and human experimentation as a part of his organization daily activity.

        So what is there in stopping him to kill her with the enemy beside being a bit more familiar with her compare to the enemy?

        Heck, I am sure she rather died then to allow another member of her organization to be killed in front of her because she was there in the way. As she cares far more about the organization due to her being there for a lot longer and getting familiar with its ideal. However, he was only there for a month or two, he just know two guys that is friendly and the other that once tried to kill him. While he try to kill that guy in return due to him valuing his own life even at the expense of disobeying the bosses order. So I am sure he hasn’t embrace the ideal of her organization as much as her right now even if he is willing.

        So what is stopping him from protecting his own life over hers in the face of danger?

        If he had a year or at least six to three months time spending with her and learning more about her to the point his love for her grow to a point. I can understand his capacity as a normal person of not giving a shit to strangers lives and valuing those close to him. But when he is still fresh with the fear of death after his awakening, it would be far more normal to lash out without regards to the consequences in order to protect his own life even if it means to sacrifice a person you are more familiar with in order to live.

        However, since the moment he join such an evil organization only for his reason to survive, he is no longer a normal person, he is just a criminal trying to justify himself for his action of killing. Even if he only cares for himself and his close ones safety while okay with mass murder or just murdering innocent life in general if he needs to, there is no need for us readers to justify him by saying this is normal. If this is normal behavior, then all those Xianxia and Xuanhuan protagonist is normal in the head as well. Since you know, they care about there family and themselves even if it means wiping out entire clans just because of a few bad apples, raping his perpetrator if they are a girl then murdering them. But I am sure this protagonist won’t stoop that low since he is Japanese.

        I also can like a sociopath, psychopath, and mass murder of millions MC just fine and without any need for justification to defend their actions if they follow their own ideal to the core. Just look at my Avatar? She is a MC who kill far more lives and more ruthlessly, even if they are soldiers, while causing more bloodshed in the world just for two simple goals. To spite God by living an ordinary life after retirement from the military despite her hands covered in enough blood to turn rivers crimson.

        However, this MC can’t even follow his one goal of surviving despite knowing pain and death first hand after awakening. It is rather disappointing, he could have been the first MC to have legitimate reasoning of self justification to kill a heroine.

      5. That whole wall of text is a bit hard to respond to.
        All I can say is, it sounds like you were really hoping to see him turn into a ruthless sociopath who will sacrifice anyone or anything for his own goals, with a twisted smile on his face just like Tanya and think it would have been pretty badass if he just sacrificed her to save himself with no care for the fact that he’s spent near every waking hour with her since they met and that she got in that condition due to trying to fight while protecting him.
        I’ve not got a problem with characters like Tanya, I even think a story with a real villain as the protagonist can be quite interesting too. But I don’t think that development would have made sense in this story or was where it has been heading. If he killed an innocent man in cold blood, you can explain it in all sorts of ways, such as him disassociating himself from the act, rationalising it to himself somehow, or simply having resolved himself fully to be a part of Anonymous without flinching, even if it damns him. Jumping straight to him being a heartless sociopath sounds like you seeing what you wanted to see.
        But believe what you want. I can’t be bothered investing in a long debate.

      1. Yeah, but Roll was already running and he could have used the cylinder thing. Even if the ending is the same, he could have killed the guy.

  2. Thank you for the chapter! Wait… Isn’t this a web novel? How can this be so great? I mean, everything had been already said by the dude above. Ship failed. He failed. He correctly assessed what his powers could do, and didn’t use them because it would also do considerable damage to Roll. He didn’t magically figure out how to narrow the effects to a certain target, which even though it would be BS, is still more realistic than all other BS protag awakenings. No, he failed, failed to complete the mission or save Roll, and the only reason he lived was because the higher ups came. And it wasn’t an epic battle either. The author used gravity as an extremely powerful move, by crushing enemies instantly. That usually won’t be remarkable, but most stories even when the characters have no limits, avoid doing what this guy did, even if they have no qualms killing.

    Again, and this is supposed to be a web novel? Reminds me of Shuumatsu no Isogei, another LN that doesn’t fall into crappy cliches.

  3. Thank you for the translation. This thing is wow. It is more like a good book than just a novel. There is actual character developement and it is not something that happens often nowadays. I’m really thankful you are translating this.

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