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Chapter Two for "Shinsekai no Kamigami" is UP! 
24th-Sep-2011 10:11 pm
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Go, go, go! Read it HERE!

How cruel... this chapter is so short in comparison to the debut last month *tear* The art seems a little better though, at least in my opinion. 

So, the chapter starts where it left off with the mysterious letter. Loki's questioning the validity of the request, seeing as it mentions a witch. Moreover, he's suspicious because the sender didn't leave their name with the letter. All the while, Mayura is as antsy as ever to go inside the house.

Loki being Loki, suggests that they should turn back, but Mayura doesn't hesitate to put her foot down. She asks if Loki has the money to pay the fare going back — knowing all too well that he doesn't — and as such, it's implied that Mayura's the one who paid money to get them there, LOL. Of course, it was Mayura's idea to go there in the first place (Loki didn't want to go for the aforementioned reasons of the letter), but that's irrelevant (to Mayura, at least). She tells him that he has to fulfill the request so that he can get paid and pay her back her savings... which I'm assuming she's been spending on him, seeing as he hasn't been working, hahaha.

Then a strange woman appears, asking if he's also here to search for the witch. She notices that he's quite handsome and asks if he wants to team up with her (Mayura seems pretty shocked by her boldness, lol). That being said, the woman escorts them in to reveal that there are others who have also been called upon request; however, the client is nowhere to be seen. They're all suspicious, but as it can obviously seen by the decor of the house and the table set up, the client is quite rich which gives ample reason for everyone to stay. So it seems it's going to be a kind of race to see who can find the witch first.

Loki takes his time, as per usual, and decides to help himself to tea, but like always, Mayura's impatient and decides that she'll solve the case on her own. Loki tries to tell her it's dangerous, but before he can finish, she's already gone. This scenario is quite familiar, isn't it? Loki thinks so, too, and reminisces about days past. "Everyday there was a mystery / and various people came." He even thinks to himself, "Well... the other's are gods, so they're probably doing fine." 

There's a pause and he also thinks of someone? "Only one—" he thinks, "Where did she come from, and where did she go to?" (I'm assuming he's thinking about Spica, but I could be wrong).

Anyhoo, he decides to get a move on himself when there's a scream from outside his door. He goes to see and finds one of the people he previously met. She's dead, and he wonders if she just fell from the stairs or if she was pushed. Lo and behold, there's a note with her body, and it reads, "If you don't hurry, everyone will disappear." Loki questions if it was the client who killed her, or if it was one of the others. No matter, he sets off to warn everyone and look for Mayura.

On his way through the mansion, he goes through many rooms until he comes across a bathroom (and he seems pretty happy about it — LOL, I figure it's because he hasn't been able to relax and take a nice bath in a while? *shrug* — but he talks himself out of taking a bath, remembering the current situation). He goes in to check for anyone, only to find another body.

AAAAND that's it for now, folks. Dun dun dun, tune in next month for another chapter? 

EDIT: I wonder if Loki was thinking about Reiya instead of Spica, seeing as her picture is right there next to his thought on the "only one." I mean, we all know that Spica ended up with Utgard Loki, but we don't really know what happened to Reiya after Freya returned to Asgard. Hmmm.

25th-Sep-2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for the summary!!!
25th-Sep-2011 03:53 am (UTC)
My pleasure. ;D
25th-Sep-2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Seems like she'll upload a new chapter on every 25th of the month?
25th-Sep-2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, it seems like that's the way it's going to be. Kind of like a monthly manga magazine, except online. :)
25th-Sep-2011 04:26 am (UTC)
loki's wearing a grown-up version of his kid outfit! ahahaha, too cute.

also, なくなっちゃう does mean disappear, but could also mean that they'll die, which makes it a little more ominous. :D
25th-Sep-2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Haha, sorry if that bugged you. ^^;;

Believe it or not, I actually had a conversation with my mom about that very word as I was typing the summary out, lol. I was going to translate it as death, seeing as two characters were already killed off, but I went with the literal translation instead. :)

That's one of the things that makes translating hard, you know? There's so much behind words, implications and feelings and whatnot. It's hard to decide what would be the best way to translate something without losing the original meaning behind it. I never know whether to go with my gut as a native speaker, or to translate it literally so I'm not replacing the actual words in the manga (dear god, some people used to give me grief about it when I helped translate for scanlation groups, lol).

Anyway, long response short: Yeee, doesn't Loki look like his young self when he's sipping on his tea? LOL.
25th-Sep-2011 09:02 am (UTC)
ah, no, nothing like that - i just thought it might be nice to acknowledge that ambiguity, especially since the lack of kanji on the page facilitates that ambiguity. obviously, if it was a scanlation, you'd just have to pick one meaning and run with it. ^_^;; and yeah, the literal vs 'natural' translation is a tricky debate!
27th-Sep-2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
I suppose that's where the Translator's Notes could come in handy, too. ;P
25th-Sep-2011 09:04 am (UTC)
also, hang on, i thought reiya was basically like kid!loki, in that she was basically an 'unawakened' freya? so reiya just doesn't exist anymore, now that freya is, well, herself. it's true that the page layout makes it seem that he was thinking of reiya, though. kinoshita-sensei, why so cryptic~?
27th-Sep-2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I really have to re-read the manga again. It's been too long... I thought Reiya was originally a person already in existence, but Freya took her form (or maybe I'm confusing the manga with the anime scenario). Whatever the case is, I know that at the very end, when Freya returns to Asgard to wait for Loki, she says goodbye to him in both forms... so you'd think that they were always one in the same, but maybe Sakura Kinoshita has other plans? Hm.
25th-Sep-2011 10:13 am (UTC)
The lack of kanji does make it even trickier. But hey, how about using "be gone"? At least to me, it feels like an expression that could also mean either "disappear" or "die", so it'd sort of match the ambiguity of the original word.
27th-Sep-2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that would work too, but essentially the expression to be gone/disappear are more similar than be killed/to die. Ahh, it's hard deciding what to go with when translating, huh? What's important is the fine thread linking all those words together, the feeling of something being taken away, and that's what's emphasized in Japanese, but it loses its impact when translated into English. I wonder why that is?
25th-Sep-2011 09:32 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing and for the summary of course ^__^
25th-Sep-2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing, so that site (official) shares new chapters when they are out?
25th-Sep-2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Nevermind, I read that it's limited time release.
27th-Sep-2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think what you're referring to is the fact that they're re-selling the MLR comics (the original 12 volumes) in celebration of this Web release for a limited time on Amazon.com. I'm pretty sure all of the chapters will be available online like the rest of their online comics. If anything, I'm sure that they'll stop releasing it online if they put it in print (EG: moving it over to their monthly magazine, or print it as volumes to be sold). :)
25th-Sep-2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting the link and the summary!
25th-Sep-2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re finding the bathroom, I think what happens is he hears the water running, so he figures someone is in there (and since all the people he's seen around are girls...) so at first he thinks he shouldn't go in but then he thinks why would they suddenly be taking a shower so he goes back.

I also thought he was talking about Reiya since her picture is so big there, but who knows.

Agree that the chapter was frustratingly short. I mean, before we could get through one of these mystery arcs in a chapter or two. It's feeling pretty dragged out right now. =/
27th-Sep-2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link and the summary!
27th-Sep-2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link and summary ^_^

I'm so happy that the art seems to be better now XD! Mayura finally looks like Mayura~ >w<
Sad that it's such a short chapter though DX
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