Status Update

Hey all.

I realize it’s been about 3 months since I last posted anything here. Apologies for the lack of updates, status or otherwise.

Bad news: I don’t have anything new. Also, it seems like I’ve misinterpreted the meaning of what the author meant when he said “revival”. Reading his tweet on Dec 2nd, it seems that rather than a continuation of the series, it was just rehosting on the mobile app. Unfortunately, the only new content for Monster x Monster are some omake pages. They use some lossy image format for the online app, so there is a noticeable drop in quality between chapters that were hosted on the Sunday website and the ones on the MANGA ONE app. I’m not aware of any other platform the newer material may be hosted, so there isn’t much I can do about that.

I’ll wrap up the series and do those omake pages once my exams are over. Keep your eyes peeled for content coming SoonTM!

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Monster x Monster Revived!

Copy+Pasted from Batoto

Good news! Monster X Monster will be continuing, at the moment exclusively on a mobile app called MANGA ONE!

I’ll have to read up on the app another time to see if I can stack up on free reads, or if I have to purchase chapters after a certain number of views. If anyone already knows, that’d be helpful too 🙂

He’ll be posting a new chapter every Thursday! It’s starting at the very first chapter though, so it’ll be a couple months until we see Chapter 16.

Guess that means I’ll have to get Chapter 13-15 done sometime in the near future ^_^;

Twitter link here: https://twitter.com/nikiichi_tobita/status/634204990471409667

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Monster x Monster Chapter 12

Took me forever to get started, and then finish, chapter 12, but it’s finally here!

Just finished uploading it onto bato.to and is currently awaiting moderator approval! The link (once it is approved) will be HERE. Click on that and break your F5 key.

I did make a post requesting contributor status so you guys don’t need to wait any longer than you already are for the chapter to get approved, but the mods are as lazy as I am 😛

On another note, and I’m sure almost all of you are aware, but Chapter 14 was posted on the Sunday website! So there should still be a steady supply of raws in the near future. Same message as before for Chapter 15, but I guess they just aren’t promising the exact date the next chapter will be released online.

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Konjiki no Wordmaster Chapter 142: Late Night Conversation

Translations: Caps
Editing: Caps + Sakkun
Proofreading: Caps + Sakkun

Chapter 141 hasn’t been posted yet at this time. If you prefer reading in chronological order, this is not the time

Late Night Conversation

The night grew late, and at a time where everyone else would normally be asleep Aquinas stood alone on the terrace, looking up towards the starry sky while holding a glass of wine in one hand.

After taking a small sip, he lightly closed his eyes.

Aquinas: 「…To think that you would return to this country」

He said as he stood there, as if speaking to himself. Then a small shadow appeared from behind him. Her face, illuminated by the moonlight, could be clearly seen.

Aquinas’s eyes widened slowly, as though he knew about this individual, and spoke.

Aquinas: 「…Liliyn?」

Yes, the one who had appeared was Liliyn.

Liliyn: 「Hmph, I didn’t return because I wanted to」

Aquinas turned to face her. With the way she frowned as she spoke like she was in a bad mood, he could see her as nothing more than a child.

Aquinas: 「Hmph, but I’m surprised. To be together with an individual like that. What kind of strange turn of events brought this on?」
Liliyn: 「Why would that concern you?」
Aquinas: 「What a harsh thing to say to your own brother」
Liliyn: 「Don’t kid me. I’ve never thought of you as my brother」
Aquinas: 「Hmph… You’re the same as always. …Hm?」

Aquinas, as though he had noticed something, focused his gaze behind Liliyn. Liliyn however, as if she already knew about that existence, lightly shrugged her shoulders.

Liliyn: 「It’s fine to show yourself」

The one who appeared from the shadows, obeying his master’s words, was Silva.

Aquinas: 「…It seems like you have a capable guard as well」

Aquinas looked towards Silva with admiration.

Liliyn: 「Hmph, he’s just a worrywart」

Silva, unlike his usual self, kept quiet and stood near Liliyn with a serious expression. It seemed like he had noticed Liliyn leaving her room and followed after her as a guard.

Aquinas: 「…To think you’d come back on your own despite hating this country so much… I guess that goes to show the calibre of the one known as Hiiro」
Liliyn: 「Who knows? Think about it yourself」

Liliyn chuckled as she gave a vague answer. After looking at her, Aquinas smiled kindly.

Aquinas: 「…Hiiro’s gained the attraction of a rather troublesome person」
Liliyn: 「W…W-W-W-W-W-What do you mean by attracted!? W… W-W-W-Why do I have to be a-attracted to a g-guy like that!? No way! Impossible! I demand you take back what you said immediately!」

She pointed and yelled at Aquinas, her face beet red with embarrassment, but Aquinas only looked surprised.

Aquinas: 「This is… I only said it half-jokingly to tease you a little, but it seems like I wasn’t completely wrong」
Liliyn: 「D… D-D-Don’t act like you just understood something! Listen, what you’re thinking of right now is completely impossible without a single doubt!」

Aquinas shrugged as he looked at the girl in front of him shout a barrage of excuses. However, he knew saying anything more than this was pointless so he changed the topic.

Aquinas: 「By the way, I haven’t asked you yet」
Liliyn: 「Haa… Haa… Haa… Ah? About what?」
Aquinas: 「The reason you returned to this country」
Liliyn: 「Hmph, relax. I don’t plan on starting anything in this country. I just had something to do nearby」
Aquinas: 「…You did?」
Liliyn: 「Yeah, if anyone has a reason to be here, then that would be Hiiro」

Liliyn told Aquinas about how Hiiro wanted to read everything that was found in the 《Basement 5》 of the 《Fortuna Grand Library》.

Aquinas: 「I see. So Her Highness was telling the truth」

Aquinas had heard from Eveam that Hiiro wanted an entry permit for the library as compensation for his assistance in the war.

Aquinas thought that Hiiro may have been lying about risking his life just for the sake of reading books, but he was surprised that Hiiro had actually participated with books as compensation.

Aquinas: 「If it’s about the entry permit then it should be issued shortly, so be at ease」
Liliyn: 「Obviously. Because that was the promised reward」

Aquinas smiled at the girl who answered in a manner similar to Hiiro.

Aquinas: 「That’s right. In that case, will you be in this country for a while?」
Liliyn: 「I probably will」

At the very least, she couldn’t leave until Hiiro got bored of reading the books in the library.

Aquinas: 「I see…」

Liliyn glared at Aquinas, who looked like he was thinking of a serious matter.

Liliyn: 「Oi, I don’t know what you’re thinking about, but if you plan on binding Hiiro to this country then you better stop while you’re ahead」
Aquinas: 「…Oh? And why is that?」
Liliyn: 「He’s the kind of person that doesn’t like being restricted, and I can’t think of anything in this country that could be used to bait him」
Aquinas: 「…」
Liliyn: 「If you try to forcibly make him stay in the country, then the country will become his enemy」
Aquinas: 「…」
Liliyn: 「Furthermore…」
Aquinas: 「…?」
Liliyn: 「If you try to do anything like that…」

Liliyn’s red glare intensified.

Liliyn: 「I won’t just stand by quietly. Understand?」

Aquinas eyes slightly widened as Liliyn glared at him with obvious killing intent. He also noticed that Silva behind her was also full of hostility.

Aquinas: 「He really is an interesting person, that Hiiro」

Aquinas was surprised that Liliyn would be so attached to another, and a 『Humas』 at that. Furthermore, he had never seen her defend someone that wasn’t her servant.

Aquinas didn’t show it on his face but he was shocked at how much Liliyn had changed. His interest in Hiiro, who had caused her to change so much, grew even more.

Of course, with his participation in the war, there were many things that Aquinas wanted to know about Hiiro in addition to his character.

He had also noticed that Eveam held feelings towards Hiiro that was stronger than that of a mere friend. It was natural that she would develop an interest in Hiiro, who had already gained Aquinas’s attention despite having met a limited number of times.

Aquinas also understood that from the partners Hiiro brought with him to the audience today. Nikki, despite being so young, stood in front of Hiiro to protect him when Marione glared at him with hostility.

Mikazuki just hid behind Hiiro, but that goes to show how she believed that she would be safe if she was near Hiiro. Plus, the two in front of him.

Aquinas: (Now that I think about it, it seemed like Marione had also accepted Hiiro all of a sudden)

Aquinas began to feel that the existence known as Hiiro attracted those around him merely with his presence.

And despite being a 『Humas』, he had allies that were 『Gabranth』, 『Evila』, and even mixed races.

Aquinas: (This guard also looks like he’s got a few stories to tell)

Aquinas hadn’t noticed that Silva was a 『Pheom』, but he could determine that he was not an average being.

Aquinas: (To gather this many people of different races together… He really is an interesting individual)

As he thought that, he matched gazes with Liliyn who was still glaring at him.

Aquinas: 「Liliyn, let me ask one thing」
Liliyn: 「…What is it?」
Aquinas: 「Have you still… not given up?」

Liliyn folds her arms arrogantly and shouts,

Liliyn: 「Of course I haven’t!」
Aquinas: 「…I see」

After asking that, Aquinas had nothing else to talk about. His expression was one of understanding, but was also sorrowful.

Liliyn also had nothing else to say and so left.

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Monster x Monster Chapter 11

Finally got around to doing Monster x Monster Chapter 11!

Just finished uploading it onto bato.to and is currently awaiting moderator approval! Head over there and break your F5 key 🙂

URGENT (BAD) NEWS
The website which I was getting raw chapters of Monster x Monster (the official website of Club Sunday, the magazine this is published in) will no longer be uploading chapters of Monster x Monster online past Chapter 13! This means that unless I, or one of the readers, finds another source where I can obtain JP raw chapters of Monster x Monster that Chapter 13 will be the last (from me, at least)!

If any of you readers want to help keep this project alive, please keep your eyes peeled for JP raws of Chapter 14 next month!

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Konjiki no Wordmaster Chapter 121: The Transformed King

Translations: Caps
Editing: Caps
Proofreading: LoliQ + Leo

Notes before reading
First and foremost, I apologize for the delay. RL kicked it up a notch and I failed to keep track of the status of the chapters prior to this one. I did say that I would have it done by “at least Saturday“, but it seems like I gave everyone the impression that it would be released on Saturday.

There were posts on my main Konjiki no Wordmaster page critiquing the length of time the translating, editing, and proofreading process takes. Which is good! Dissatisfaction means that we still have room to improve!
I just want to say that the team is aware of how long the editing and proofreading process has taken as of late. It’s been getting difficult recently, not as a team, but as individuals IRL. Everyone has their own responsibilities IRL and they may not be available when we wish they were. However, we do our best to provide translations to you, the readers, in a timely manner and with reasonable quality. We realize we’re performing sub-optimally right now, but hopefully as we get each of our lives straightened out we will be whipping out chapters at a faster pace 🙂

I also apologize for the sloppy dialogue formatting in the previous chapter for mobile readers. There are possible solutions to the formatting problem but I am restricted by the fact that I don’t have a paid WordPress subscription. As such, I cannot format dialogue as I please and have abandoned the idea.

Again, I apologize for the delay and the false expectations.

Now, without further ado, here’s Chapter 121

 
The Transformed King

The 『Gabranth』 laughed heartily as they withdrew their troops and left. Witnessing this, Kiria looked towards Rudolph and asked,

Kiria: 「Is it fine to let them leave? Isn’t he the king of an allied country?」
Rudolf: 「Hmph. Just in name. Besides, even if I said anything to him now, he wouldn’t care enough to listen」

After taking a quick glance towards the Gabranth, Rudolf looked towards Kiria.

Rudolf: 「On another note, there have been far too many irregularities」
Kiria: 「Indeed, I was surprised by Judom Lankars’ actions. It would seem that greater precaution is necessary. There are a lot of things that I need to amend now, thanks to him」

‘Especially that red robed boy’, she thought.

Rudolf: 「…What about the scenario?」
Kiria: 「There is no need to worry. We failed to carry out our primary objective of assassinating the Demon Lord, but…」
Judom: 「Oi, Rudolf」

Judom interrupted their conversation.

Rudolf: 「…So you were still here, Judom」
Judom: 「Just who is this girl? At first it seemed like she was the Demon Lord’s aide, but it’s amazing how she managed to fool Aquinas for so long」

To have kept Aquinas, who Hiiro had accepted as an extraordinary being, fooled for so long meant that Kiria was someone who exceeded even him. At least in espionage.

Kiria: 「That is natural. The one who is usually by her side is not me」
Judom: 「…What?」
Kiria: 「Rather, until we came here it was always another one of myself who was with her」

Kiria said something so ridiculous in such a straight manner that Judom almost thought she was joking.

Judom: 「W-What are you saying?」
Kiria: 「Right now Number 05 is probably with Master」
Judom: 「Zero-five? Now that I think about it, you did refer to yourself as something like that. Which means what? Besides you there are others that are like you?」
Kiria: 「That is correct. Besides me, there are a total of…」
?????: 「You’re saying too much, Number 03」

Everyone suddenly looked towards the voice that was heard. Standing there was someone that looked exactly like Kiria.

Judom: (The same face… Is she the one? It’s like she has no presence…)

Judom increased his vigilance towards this other Kiria who had come near them without him noticing.

?????: 「You are a battle specialized model. Your strength is extraordinary but you lack in strategy. One way to say it would be that you are frank. Or you could say that you are honest to a fault」

She walked until she stood by Kiria’s side.

Kiria 03: 「Number 02, why are you here? What about Number 05?」
Kiria 02: 「She is with Master. As for why I came here, I suspected that because it was you that you might end up honestly leaking information to the enemy if you were asked. Just like I thought, you were about to give information to the enemy」

Kiria 03 glanced towards Judom.

Judom: (Tsk… I thought I could get some more information out of her, but an unexpected visitor just had to come)

Judom was sulking as he looked towards Number 02. Telling them apart by just appearance was practically impossible, but Number 03 had a more air-headed expression, whereas Number 02 looked far more intelligent.

Judom: 「I see, so you’re the ‘other one’. No, from the way she said it earlier, there seem to be more of you?」
Kiria 02: 「Despite looking like a mass of muscle it seems like you’re capable of some intelligent thought. You are correct… is all I will say」

She had a pretty sharp tongue, but Number 03, on the other hand, just silently stood there.

Kiria 02: 「Now let’s hurry back to where Master is, Number 03」
Kiria 03: 「I understand. Then…」

Number 03 nodded and turned to face Rudolf. He met her gaze and tilted his head.

Rudolf: 「…Hm? What is it?」
Kiria 03: 「As I had mentioned earlier, we failed to carry out our primary objective of assassinating the Demon Lord」
Rudolf: 「Y-Yes」
Kiria 03: 「However, that was only a small portion of our objective」
Rudolf: 「…?」

Rudolf, not understanding what she was trying to say, merely blinked.

Kiria 03: 「Also」

Number 03 took something out of her breast pocket. While holding onto it, she stuck her arm out and…

*bushuuuuuu*1

Rudolf: 「Gah!?」
Judom: 「Rudolf!?」

…pierced Rudolf’s chest. She quickly withdrew her hand and said,

Kiria 03: 「This was our other objective」

Number 03 calmly shook the blood off her hands.

Kiria 02: 「Did you put it in?」

Number 02 asked.

Kiria 03: 「Without a doubt」

Number 03 responded in a robotic manner.

Judom: 「What the hell did you guys do!?」

Judom, the soldiers, and Cabinet Minister Dennis all ran towards Rudolf, who was laying on the ground clutching his chest. The Kirias back away a little.

Suddenly, Rudolf’s body started to gradually expand. His skin also started to change into a dark reddish color.

Judom: 「R-Rudolf?」

Judom said with a blank face as he witnessed this change.

Rudolf: 「Guh… Gah… Gigigi…!?」

*bushu!*2

A large, red horn, about 50cm in length, suddenly sprouted from Rudolf’s chest.

His build had also changed, about five, six times greater than before. He easily surpassed five meters in height. He used to look like an average middle-aged man who lazed around all day, but now his appearance was closer to that of a troll. His face became extremely ugly, so much so that one would think he possessed not even a shred of reason.

*thump thump thump*

The red horn was pounding like a heart.

Rudolf: 「Haa haa haa haa… Ahm… hungree…」

His voice was so low that it was impossible to believe he was Rudolf. It sounded like someone who had gotten his throat crushed and was trying to speak with all his might.

Dennis and the soldiers stepped back as they screamed, witnessing their king’s change. Rudolf, as if trying to suppress the pain of the transformation, stood without moving, his face contorted. His muscles were contracting and expanding at an abnormal rate, reforming him into a hulking shape.

Judom: 「You fuckers! What did you do to Rudolf!?」

Judom asked, full of rage. Even though Rudolf had done something stupid at the conference, he was still a close friend. He couldn’t just stay silent as he got turned into some unknown monster. Number 02 answered coolly while looking at Rudolf.

Kiria 02: 「It seems like it was a success. Now he can proudly claim himself to be part of the 『Evila』」
Judom: 「…What do you mean?」
Kiria 02: 「…Let’s see. It would be better if I announced this in a more public place, but you are the famous Judom Lankars. Very well, allow me to teach you a little. In a way that even your little brain can understand」

Judom listened intently to her, while also thinking that she touched a nerve every time she spoke.

Kiria 02: 「This stone… Do you know what it is?」

She took out a small, red stone the size of a ping-pong ball as she asked.

Kiria 02: 「The name of this stone is ‘stone imbued with demonic power’… 《Demon Stone》. Ah, you just thought it was exactly as it says on the tin, didn’t you?」
Judom: 「…Shut up. Hurry up and explain」

He did think that, but it was somewhat embarrassing being inquired about it.

Kiria 02: 「Well, it is really an abbreviation. The proper name for this is called 《Demon Conquering Blood Enchantment Stone》, but it is far too long so I call it 《Demon Stone》 for short」
Judom: 「What about the Demon Stone?」
Kiria 02: 「Number 03 pierced his chest earlier. At that time, Number 03 placed this 《Demon Stone》 inside of him」

Judom understood that what she had pulled out of her breast pocket at that time was a 《Demon Stone》.

Kiria 02: 「This 《Demon Stone》 reacts to magical power. Those that have this placed inside of them… become like that」
Judom: 「…You bitch, aren’t your explanations too vague?」
Kiria 02: 「…Fuuu3, that is because it has become rather bothersome to explain」
Judom: 「Hurry up and explain!」
Kiria 02: 「It can’t be helped. This 《Demon Stone》 is produced using the flesh and blood of a certain 『Evila』」
Judom: 「What…?」
Kiria 02: 「By a certain 『Evila』, I am referring to the currently extinct 『Kupideus』 race」

Judom furrowed his brow as he had never heard of the name before. Number 02, as though sensing what Judom was feeling, said…

Kiria 02: 「It cannot be helped if you haven’t heard of them before. Long ago, a very long time ago, they were a minority group. However, they possessed a certain ability」
Judom: 「Ability?」
Kiria 02: 「Their ability was to literally turn what they ate into their flesh and blood」
Judom: 「Haa? That the same for everybody. Isn’t it obvious that what you eat becomes part of your flesh and blood?」
Kiria 02: 「…Haa4

Judom, who only got a sigh in reply, felt like he was being treated like an idiot.

Kiria 02: 「Do you understand? I said ‘literally’」
Judom: 「L-Like I said」
Kiria 02: 「For example, you」
Judom: 「Ha?」
Kiria 02: 「Yes, if the individual known as Judom Lankars were to be eaten then your body, techniques, magic… It will be reborn into a being that can use all of it」
Judom: 「Wha!?」
Kiria 02: 「Furthermore, let us say that the 『Kupiedeus』 who ate you also ate Number 03 here」
Kiria 03: 「…I don’t want to be eaten by that thing」

Number 03 backed away a little.

Kiria 02: 「Number 03, this is just a hypothetical situation」
Kiria 03: 「…I understand」
Kiria 02: 「Good」

Judom thought ‘What’s with this conversation?’, and Number 02 continued.

Kiria 02: 「If the 『Kupiedeus』 who ate and now looks exactly like you were to then eat Number 03, there is a chance that it would become a being that resembles Number 03. Of course, as a being that possesses both yours and Number 03’s abilities」

Judom thought that if that were true then it was a monster beyond belief. It becomes stronger the more it eats. In other words, it’s potential is unlimited. However, he had a thought. Why did a race that possessed such an incredible ability go extinct?

Kiria 02: 「Why did they… go extinct… is it?」
Judom: 「Urgh…」

A shiver crawled down his spine. He was being read like a book.

Kiria 02: 「The reason why they became extinct. The reason is simple. They were driven to extinction by something even stronger」
Judom: 「…Well, if you think about it normally then yeah, but does something that can fight against an outrageous race like that exist?」
Kiria 02: 「…The name is annoying so I don’t want to say it」
Judom: 「Oi!」
Kiria 02: 「Anyway, they were driven to extinction by something like that」

It seemed like she would refuse to say the name no matter what so Judom put that matter aside and continued listening to her.

Kiria 02: 「However, before everything could be destroyed by that individual, they ended their own lives in a certain ruin」
Judom: 「You mean… Suicide?」
Kiria 02: 「Yes. They entered the eternal sleep known as death in a ruin deep underground, but our Master had discovered it」
Judom: 「…」
Kiria 02: 「Afterwards, he obtained a few of the mummified 『Kupiedeus』. To his surprise there were some that still contained blood, though only a small amount. He asked a certain individual to cultivate it, and the end result is the 《Demon Stone》. Haa, explaining is so tiring」

She gave off a feeling like she had just finished her job, but she failed to answer the most important question.

Judom: 「Wait a minute, so how come they become like that when you implant the Demon Stone inside them!」
Kiria 02: 「…How about you use your brain a little, 《Impact King》? Or shall I change your name to 《Buffoon King》5?」
Judom: 「Don’t make me punch you, bitch…」
Kiria 02: 「Seriously, it cannot be helped. Listen, this 《Demon Stone》 is like a living 『Kupiedeus』. In other words the 《Demon Stone》, which reacts to the magic inside the body it was placed in, will activate and start eating their cells and change shape. The end result is something like that, a fusion between the host body and the 『Kupiedeus』. Oh, by the way, the transformation is accompanied by an extreme pain and your body becomes rigid for a while」

Judom thought, ‘So that’s why Rudolf isn’t moving at all.’

Judom: 「On another note, isn’t there almost no resemblance to Rudolf?」

Indeed, his appearance was beyond monstrous.

Kiria 02: 「Aah, that is because his existence was so weak」
Judom: 「Existence?」
Kiria 02: 「Well, life force, magic power, his will to live, things like that」
Judom: 「…」
Kiria 02: 「If the existence of what it ate was weak, its appearance will remain as the one which had the stronger existence. In the case of the king, he was weak, frail, meager, and of poor constitution, so the original 『Kupiedeus』’s existence was stronger and his appearance became closer to that of the 『Kupiedeus』 race. The fact that his existence was weaker than this small stone is laughable. Well, there are various other reasons, but that is the general idea. Haa, I finally finished」
Judom: 「Not yet!」

Judom looked irritatingly at Number 02.

Kiria 02: 「What is it, Muscles?」
Judom: 「Don’t call me Muscles! The most important thing! How do you turn Rudolf back to normal!?」
Kiria 02: 「…You think he can be changed back?」

Notes

  1. ^ sfx: blood spurting out
  2. ^ sfx: something piercing through
  3. ^ sfx: light sigh
  4. ^ sfx: sigh
  5. ^ This doesn’t really translate into English. The joke is that the characters are different but the pronunciation is the same
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