Chiharu 1 All 1 All 2 E1 Chiharu &
Shizuka 1
All 4 All 5 All 6
Sunao 1 Chiharu 2 Chiharu 3 Chiharu 4 Chiharu 5 Chiharu 6 Sunao 2 Chiharu &
Shizuka 2
All 3 All 7 E2
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Shizuka 1 Chiharu 7 Chiharu &
Shizuka 3
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Shizuka 4
Chiharu &
Shizuka 8
Sunao 3 ───── Chiharu &
Shizuka 5
Shizuka 2 Chiharu 9 Chiharu 10 Chiharu &
Shizuka 6 INT'
Chiharu 8 E3 Chiharu &
Shizuka 7 E4

Chiharu 1

- Chiharu -
I asked about my family on the way there.
- Chiharu -
It seemed that long, long ago,
our Hiroe family
had consisted of people who left Tokime Village.
- Chiharu -
And females in the Hiroe family had been told
to be wary of the Tokime Clan.
- Chiharu -
Apparently, my mom had been frightened while on the phone
because the Tokime head family had gotten hold of our address,
and because the legends had been true all along.
- Chiharu -
The whole thing certainly does feel mysterious.
- Chiharu -
They say we moved out of the village generations ago,
and I have no idea why we were summoned.
- Chiharu -
But despite all that,
I felt as if our feet had just naturally carried us
to this little recess in the mountains.

Chiharu
Haah—! This place really is amazing—!
Chiharu
There's plants and insects everywhere, and the air is so fresh! This feels AWESOME!
Chiharu
Every time I take a breath, my lungs feel that much cleaner—!
Ahahaha! Glad to hear that you like the place so much.
Chiharu's mother
We're sorry for making you guide us such a long way...
Aw, it's nothing.
Lady Mikoshiba called you here, so it's just common courtesy to welcome you.
Plus, it'd be dangerous for you two to walk here alone.

You must be tired after the long trip.
Please feel free to use this house during your stay.
Chiharu
Huh... How many generations old IS this place...?
Chiharu's mother
Hey, Chiharu...!
Yep, that's about what all our new visitors say.
There's no radio reception, we hardly ever watch TV...
We do bring in new technology from time to time, but life here is still very rustic on the whole.
Well, go on now! Step inside.
Lady Mikoshiba is waiting to greet you, after all.
Chiharu
Who's that...?
The village's head priestess. She's the most important person here!
Chiharu
Hmm?
And with that, I'll be taking my leave. Do excuse me.
Chiharu's mother
Thank you for helping us.
Chiharu
Thanks for guiding us, sir!
Any time! See you 'round, little lady.
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
If this were a Todoroki Kouichi story... this village is exactly where an incident would occur...!
Chiharu's mother
Zip it! You're going to jinx us at this rate...

Chiharu's mother
Excuse us.
Chiharu
'Scuuuse us!
???
Ah, ye've arrived?
???
My apologies for making you come such a long way.
Chiharu
Oh, you're the one who called us?
Mikoshiba
Ye must have heard from the villagers. I am the priestess, Mikoshiba.
Mikoshiba
Well, ye two must be tired. Please, sit down and have yourself a seat.
Chiharu's mother
A—all right, thank you.
Mikoshiba
Would you like any snacks, Chiharu-chan?
Chiharu
Can I!? For sure, for sure~
Chiharu's mother
Sorry about all this...
Mikoshiba
Ahh, think nothing of it. I'm the one who summoned you, after all.
Mikoshiba
How do ye feel?
Mikoshiba
It's an empty little place, our village, but it's still got its own charm, no?
Chiharu
Yeah! The air is so fresh. I think I'm really going to like this.
Mikoshiba
It's because we have coexisted with the Land of the Rising Sun for hundreds and thousands of years,
Mikoshiba
because we have offered up our souls and preserved our traditions,
Mikoshiba
that this village remaineth till today.
Chiharu
Sounds amazing—?
Chiharu's mother
............
Mikoshiba
Indeed, isn't it?
Mikoshiba
Thus hath the Tokime persevered. Unlike the Hiroes, who left.
Chiharu's mother
—!?
Chiharu's mother
Um, by that, do you mean...?
Mikoshiba
Thou know thyself well, mother of Hiroe. My apologies, but let me say this frankly.
Chiharu's mother
............
Mikoshiba
I summoned ye two here...
Mikoshiba
Well, to be precise, I summoned Chiharu here for just one reason.
Chiharu
*Munch munch munch*
Chiharu's mother
That is...
- Mikoshiba -
"I ask that ye offer up your soul,
for the sake of our clan and the Land of the Rising Sun."
Chiharu
Hm?
Chiharu's mother
Offer up... her soul...? What are you going to do with Chiharu...?
Mikoshiba
Ah, sorry. Perhaps that was a bad choice of words on my part.
Mikoshiba
I'm certainly not asking you to die, of course.
Chiharu's mother
But, what you said just now...
Mikoshiba
To "offer up one's soul" is to swear an oath.
Mikoshiba
That is to say, I want Chiharu to swear an oath to our god,
Mikoshiba
and become a Diviner.
Chiharu
A Diviner? What's that?
Mikoshiba
A magnificent being that helpeth people— no, the entire nation.
Chiharu
A magnificent being that helps people...
Chiharu
You mean like a superhero!?
Mikoshiba
A superhero?
Chiharu
A really awesome person who helps everyone!
Mikoshiba
I suppose so!
Chiharu
Like Todoroki Kouichi!
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu, calm down.
Chiharu's mother
Offering her soul as a vow to a god, becoming a Diviner...
Chiharu's mother
As her mother, I can't agree to any of this without knowing what it all really entails.
Mikoshiba
All of which are perfectly understandable concerns, o mother of Hiroe.
Mikoshiba
I won't ask ye to decide right away.
Mikoshiba
Tomorrow, I shall send two Diviners to meet you, so ye may ask them whatever you like.

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Chiharu
All done! That meal was great.
Chiharu's mother
My pleasure!
Chiharu's mother
The vegetables they gave us were so delicious.
Chiharu
The green peppers were bitter, though.
Chiharu's mother
That could just go to show how nutritious they are, you know?
*knock-knock*
- ??? -
"Excuse us—?"
Chiharu
Is that the Diviners they mentioned yesterday?
Chiharu's mother
...I assume so.
Chiharu
Yes, hello—!
???
Oh, are you Chiharu-chan?
Chiharu
Yep, that's me!
Shizuka
Nice to meet you. I am Tokime Shizuka, the Diviner of this village.
Chiharu
Nice to meet you, too. I'm Hiroe Chiha... Ah.
Chiharu
Tokime!?
Shizuka
Yep, the same as the village's name. And we happen to be the Tokime clan's head family.
Chiharu
Wow, that's awesome!
Chiharu
Was it the same for you? Called out here by ol' Granny?
Shizuka
Hm? Granny...? Do you perhaps mean Lady Mikoshiba?
Chiharu
Yeah, that old grandma!
Shizuka
Pfft!
Shizuka
Sunao, did you hear that? She called Lady Mikoshiba "granny".
???
I've certainly never heard anyone call her that before.
Chiharu
Woah, you're both here!
???
Nice to meet you; my name is Toki Sunao. Best regards.
Chiharu
Are you a Diviner too?
???
Yes. I am a Diviner living in Lady Mikoshiba's home.
???
I come from the town down at the mountain's base, you see, but I'm from a Tokime branch family as well.
Chiharu's mother
We're very thankful for your time today...
Chiharu
Mom...
Shizuka
I may not know exactly what 'Granny' has told you so far,
Shizuka
but please don't be nervous. We're simply here to explain what Diviners are.
Chiharu's mother
Y-yes.
Chiharu
Don't worry, mom.
Chiharu
We're just going to go for a stroll and chat for a bit!
Shizuka
We can give you a tour of the village along the way, too!

Shizuka
See, over here we have a fishing spot!
Chiharu
I wanna fiiiish!

Sunao
And around here is the village's public meeting place.
Chiharu
Looks like a dojo—!

Shizuka
And, if you climb up this way, you'll see the village's shrine.
Chiharu
Man! There might not be much here, but there's still so many exciting new things!
Sunao
The village has hardly interacted with the outside world since ancient times, so they really cherish everything old here.
Sunao
I myself was astounded at first, seeing as there weren't any smartphones or computers here.
Chiharu
I was surprised to see that my phone was out of service, too!
Shizuka
I've never even seen a real phone.
Chiharu
Hoeh—!

Shizuka
Phew... We've walked a long way—.
Sunao
Indeed.
Chiharu
That was so much fun!
Shizuka
Well, that's what counts!
Shizuka
So, now that we're all good and relaxed,
Shizuka
let's get into the main topic.
Chiharu
Ah, the stuff Granny said.
Shizuka
Yeah, the stuff Granny said!
Sunao
It seems that Chiharu-san's "Granny"...
Sunao
has infected Shizuka too.
Shizuka
You're saying it too, Sunao.
Chiharu
"Granny Mikoshiba!"
Shizuka
It has a nice ring to it!
Sunao
Haha.
Shizuka
So, on that note. Has Granny Mikoshiba at least told you the general summary?
Chiharu
Uh... About offering my soul...?
Shizuka
Not that part.
Chiharu
............?
Shizuka
The part about how we're "beings that help people and our nation."
Chiharu
Ah, she said that! The same thing you just said.
Shizuka
Well, that's not a metaphor. It's all literally true.
Shizuka
We have the power to grant wishes, for the salvation of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Shizuka
Once our wish is granted, we become Diviners, who wield the power to fight against Devils.
Chiharu
Wishes...? Devils...?
Sunao
Our wishes are a divine force that can turn our words into reality, thereby improving the Land of the Rising Sun for all.
Sunao
And Devils, as the word literally means, are evil spirits. We must defeat them for the sake of people's happiness.
Sunao
Though invisible to normal people, they can badly hurt people if ignored.
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
Can you two really use some divine power
Chiharu
to fight against something so dangerous...?
Chiharu
I mean, you're no older than I am, right...?
Shizuka
Chiharu.
Shizuka
It's not whether we "can". We've already been doing it for a long time.
Sunao
And it's something that can only happen at our age.
Chiharu
...That's SUPER cool!
Chiharu
Well, that's what I'd like to say, but I honestly don't know about all this...
Sunao
Huh...?
Chiharu
I mean, you've called me all the way out here, so I'd like to believe it.
Chiharu
And I really admire people like that, you know?
Chiharu
But I have no idea how you could prove that to me...
Sunao
In that case...
Shizuka
Yeah, let's do it.
Chiharu
—!?
Sunao
Yah!
Shizuka
Hah!!
Chiharu
Eh... eh...?
Shizuka
This is the power we gained by wishing for the divine.
Sunao
The power to vanquish Devils.
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
(What should I do...? My heart's beating so fast...!)
Chiharu
(But not from fear... This heartbeat is one of admiration...!)
Sunao
Will you join us...?
Chiharu
—!?
Shizuka
As a fellow Diviner?

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Chiharu
Um, well...
Chiharu
I've always looked up to people like that, you know?
Chiharu
Heroes who save people, like policemen and detectives.
Shizuka
Then that's perfect, isn't it?
Shizuka
We have the power to help our nation and its people.
Chiharu
I know that. But...
Sunao
You can't...?
Chiharu
Yeah...
Sunao
Though it seemed that Lady Mikoshiba had some expectations for you...
Chiharu
It's just, hearing all this stuff so suddenly, it still feels a bit too surreal...
Chiharu
I'm sorry. Even though you've been so nice to us...
Sunao
I see...
Chiharu
But I'm still proud to know that there's awesome people like you out there!
Chiharu
So―
- Chiharu -
"Eh...?"

BAD END (1)

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- Chiharu -
I've admired them for so long.
- Chiharu -
Heroes who can save people,
like policemen and detectives...
- Chiharu -
And right now,
the chance is right before my eyes!
- Chiharu -
...Well, probably.
- Chiharu -
The whole thing's still very mysterious,
and even my mom is frightened by it.
But...
Both Shizuka-chan and Sunao-chan seem like good people.
- Chiharu -
Plus, after being shown such amazing power...
Chiharu
............
Shizuka
So? Have you decided...?
Chiharu
Mmm... I'm not surrre...
Sunao
You can't...?
Chiharu
MmmmMMMMmmmm...
Shizuka
It's hard to decide that easily, of course...
Sunao
——!?
Sunao
Shizuka, this reaction...!
Shizuka
Yeah, I felt it too.
Chiharu
Eh, what, what's up!?
Shizuka
There's a Devil outside the village...
Chiharu
Hweeh!?
Sunao
...Shizuka, this is perfect timing.
Sunao
A chance like this doesn't come often, so let's show her the bravery of Diviners.
Shizuka
Are you sure that's not too dangerous, Sunao?
Sunao
Not to worry. Either of us could easily take down a Devil alone.
Sunao
Even if we split up to take care of the Devil and Chiharu,
Sunao
we'll be able to handle things just fine.
Shizuka
...Right.
Shizuka
Chiharu, want to take a look at how we fight against Devils?
Shizuka
What the real power to protect something is-- no mirrors, no strings attached?
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
Okay, let me have a look! Shizuka-chan, Sunao-chan!
Shizuka
Then, let's go.

Chiharu
Is there a Devil here...?
Shizuka
There is. They usually don't show themselves in front of us.
Shizuka
They attack people from places of hiding, like this.
Sunao
Let's go inside.
Chiharu
Okay...!
GI...GAGA...
Chiharu
Huh?
CHIKICHIKICHIKI...KI...
Chiharu
...Uwaaaa!
Chiharu
What is this thing?! It's disgusting!
Shizuka
Chiharu, calm down! We'll defeat it!
Sunao
Yes!
Sunao
Leave the enemy to Shizuka. Chiharu, follow me!!
Chiharu
O—okay!!

Chiharu 2

BO—N BOBO—N BO—N
Shizuka
Hmph. One last desperate attempt, I see.
Shizuka
It's useless!
Shizuka
This is the finishing blow!!
GIGI——↑ KICHIKICHI...↓

Shizuka
Whew... Well, that was hardly difficult.
Sunao
Just what we'd expect from the head family's daughter.
Shizuka
Ehehe.
Shizuka
How's that, Chiharu? This is our power.
Chiharu
............
Shizuka
Chiharu?
Chiharu
............
Sunao
Chiharu-saaan?
Chiharu
—!?
Chiharu
Um, yeah, it's amazing...
Chiharu
Normal people could never jump around like that...
Shizuka
It's very normal for Diviners. Because it's the power to protect someone.
Chiharu
That's, true.

Chiharu
I'm back—!
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu! Welcome back!
Chiharu's mother
I was worried about you! It's late, you know!?
Chiharu
S—sorry...
Shizuka
I really must apologize...
Shizuka
We just intended to talk for a while,
Shizuka
but we sensed a Devil along the way...
Chiharu's mother
A Devil...?
Chiharu
I saw the whole thing, Mom!
Chiharu
I saw the two of them fighting as Diviners! The moment they thwarted the evils of mankind!
Chiharu's mother
............
Chiharu
............
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu, are you really...?
Chiharu
Yeah. I want to become a Diviner.
Chiharu's mother
Why...?!
Chiharu
When they first told me about it, I couldn't believe it either.
Chiharu
But when they showed me how they looked as Diviners, how they actually fought,
Chiharu
I wanted to help them too!
Chiharu
Well, assuming I'm actually qualified to become a Diviner...
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu... This isn't something you should become just out of admiration...
Shizuka
Ms. Hiroe, I imagine you're still concerned about what Lady Mikoshiba said.
Shizuka
But Sunao and I have long since become Diviners.
Shizuka
We offered up our souls to our god, but as you can see, we're still alive and healthy.
Shizuka
Therefore, please rest assured.
Chiharu's mother
I can't be sure about this, just hearing from people directly connected...
Mikoshiba
Hast thou decided?
Chiharu's mother
—!?
Chiharu
Granny!
Mikoshiba
Granny!?
Sunao
Chiharu-san!
Mikoshiba
Hoh-hoh! This is the first time I've ever been called that.
Chiharu
Sorry...
Mikoshiba
No, I quite like it! Feel free.
Mikoshiba
So, thine answer is?
Chiharu
...I will! I'll become a Diviner!
Mikoshiba
Yes, that's the spirit.
Mikoshiba
We're already preparing for the ceremony, so I ask that ye come to the shrine tomorrow night.
Chiharu
Yeah. Understood.
Sunao
So, Lady Mikoshiba... what will Chiharu-san's wish be?
Mikoshiba
Yes, here it is.
Mikoshiba
Read this carefully and commit it to memory.
Chiharu
............
*Flip*
To uncover the evidence
being concealed by the National Police Agency
concerning the crimes of Ministry of Defense officials.
Chiharu
This is...

"Today's Parliament is focusing on the case of crimes by Ministry of Defense officials
that have been concealed by the Metropolitan Police Department.
Angry rebukes from both sides continue to escalate in the Houses of Parliament."
Chiharu
How can there be bad guys in the police? They're supposed to be heroes...

Mikoshiba
The dark side of today's Land of the Rising Sun.
Mikoshiba
It's a wish that must be granted, for the sake of protecting our nation and its people.
Mikoshiba
...Even among the allies of justice, there are still evildoers that nest inside justice.
Chiharu
I'll never forgive that!
Mikoshiba
Therefore, thou shall use thy power to guide them in the right direction.
Mikoshiba
Understand?
Chiharu
Yeah.
Mikoshiba
Then, Shizuka and Sunao, can ye two go to the shrine?
Mikoshiba
The dancers are preparing for tomorrow. Go help them.
Shizuka
Ah, understood.
Sunao
Yes, madam.
Sunao
Then, Chiharu-san, see you tomorrow.
Shizuka
Chiharu, let's practice at noon tomorrow! I think my mom will help you out.
Chiharu
Eh? Ah, yeah.
Mikoshiba
Also, mother of Hiroe. May I speak with ye a moment?

Chiharu's mother
I'm back.
Chiharu
Ah, welcome back.
Chiharu's mother
............
Chiharu
Mom...?
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu... Are you really going to become a Diviner...?
Chiharu's mother
Curiosity kills the cat. Mr. Todoroki said that too, right...?
Chiharu
Yeah...
Chiharu
But he also said that while some truths may be bizarre, they should be accepted just the same.
Chiharu's mother
...True.
Chiharu
I'm sorry.
Chiharu's mother
It's okay. I already heard it from Lady Mikoshiba, so I've braced myself for whatever happens...

Chiharu 3

Chiharu's mother
I'm Hiroe Chiharu's mother. Thank you for your time today.
Shizuka's mother
Thank you for your politeness. I am Tokime Shizuka's mother.
Shizuka's mother
As a fellow mother of a Diviner, I very much look forward to working with you.
Chiharu's mother
Okay...
Shizuka's mother
I know you're worried, but it'll be alright. Those daughters of ours are strong.
Chiharu
I was wondering what the practice would be, but it's FIGHTING practice!?
Shizuka
As you saw yesterday, improving your senses is necessary to fight against Devils.
Chiharu
But... Why Shizuka's mom?
Shizuka
My mother is a master of Tokime Isshin Style.
[Note] 時女一心流 (Toime-isshin-ryuu). Isshin (lit.: one-hearted) can mean concentrated or devoted here.
Shizuka
Even if a whole group of men attacked her, she's strong enough to scatter them all with a kick!
Chiharu
Woah—!
Sunao
And she's got a solid grasp of the fundamentals, which will let her help you bolster your technique.
Chiharu
Shizuka's mom is awesome...!
Shizuka's mother
Well then, I think that's enough of a greeting. Are you ready to begin, Hiroe Chiharu?
Chiharu
Ye—yes!
Shizuka's mother
Then, first, try striking me however you like with this bamboo sword.
Shizuka's mother
You don't have to hold anything back.
- Chiharu -
"Yah!"
- Chiharu -
"Eeeeei!"
- Chiharu -
"Nnaaaaah————!"
Chiharu
Hah... hah... hah... I can't hit her at all...
Shizuka's mother
Are you out of stamina...?
Chiharu
Yeah, I'm tired...
Shizuka's mother
Then, let's do it once again.
Chiharu
Eh!?
Shizuka
My mother's very harsh.
Shizuka's mother
Hahaha, just kidding. Rest for a while.
Chiharu
Great...
Sunao
How did Chiharu-san do?
Shizuka's mother
Well...
Shizuka's mother
Her courage to leap in is first-rate, but apart from that? Terribly.
Chiharu
Terribly...!?
Chiharu
Noooo...
Sunao
Don't lose heart, Chiharu-san. If you shine in just one area, that's enough.
Shizuka
Yeah, exactly. I got zero points at the beginning, if you can believe it.
Chiharu
Seriously?
Shizuka's mother
Indeed.
Shizuka's mother
Also, courage is very important.
Shizuka's mother
Strength and technique are one thing, but changing your heart is much more difficult.
Chiharu
I see...
Shizuka's mother
So right now, we'll start by practicing the fundamentals.
Chiharu
Got it!
Shizuka's mother
First, let's start by adjusting the axis of your body, while reducing unnecessary movements.

Chiharu
Hah... hah...
Shizuka's mother
Good work, Chiharu-chan. You've made progress within just half a day!
Chiharu
Really!?
Shizuka's mother
Yep! You just might beat my daughter at this rate.
Shizuka
That's a shame to hear said about me...
Shizuka's mother
Haha.
Shizuka's mother
So keep that courage in your heart, and head to the ceremony with confidence.
Shizuka's mother
Because that will to protect something, deep inside of you,
Shizuka's mother
will undoubtedly lead you to protect the nation and save people.
Chiharu
Yes! Thank you so much!
Ah, girls! So this is where you were.
Chiharu
Ah, the man who led the way for us!
I take it that the head family's mother already put you through the wringer?
Shizuka's mother
Oh, stop. It sounds awful when you put it like that.
Gahaha, sorry.
Shizuka
Is something the matter?
I'm here to tell y'all that things are ready up at the shrine.
'Course, we still have some time. Feel free to drop by once you've all had dinner.
Shizuka
Understood.
Chiharu
............
Chiharu's mother
The time's finally come, Chiharu.
Chiharu
Yeah, I'll be okay. I've gained tons of confidence!

Chiharu 4

- Chiharu -
We suddenly got a phone call while I was watching TV.
- Chiharu -
We arrived at Tokime Village without any explanation,
and I was suddenly asked to offer up my soul.
Both my mom and I were bewildered...
- Chiharu -
But now, I've already made up my mind.
- Chiharu -
Because I met Shizuka-chan and Sunao-chan,
heard about what Diviners are from them,
and saw how they actually fight.
- Chiharu -
Because I'd always wanted to be a hero
who could help somebody else.
And now, I was sure that it'd come true.
- Chiharu -
I know what I'm going to wish
for with this divine power.
- Chiharu -
I'm gonna punish those bad people in the police,
who've been ruining the heroes I looked up to.
- Chiharu -
Because-- like Granny said too--
that's what will protect people,
and make the whole country better.
- Chiharu -
And I was even praised by Shizuka's mother.
She said I had enough courage, and to be confident in myself.
So I'm going to become a Diviner.
- Chiharu -
To accept this bizarre truth,
just like Todoroki Kouichi said...
Chiharu
............
Shizuka
............
Sunao
............
Chiharu's mother
............
Shizuka's mother
............
Chiharu
(It was bustling until just now, but everybody's gone quiet...)
Chiharu
(It's like when we went to my grandpa's funeral back then...)
Chiharu
(Ah—... What am I even thinking about...?)
Mikoshiba
Chiharu.
Chiharu
Ye, yes.
Mikoshiba
Go to the front of the stage.
Chiharu
Yes...
-Chiharu-
(It all feels so grave now...)
-Chiharu-
(Did I really just lose
to my curiosity...?)
-Chiharu-
(Or was I deceived by how cheerful everyone was...?)
-Chiharu-
...
-Chiharu-
Mom...
Chiharu's mother
............
-Chiharu-
(No... It'll be alright...)
-Chiharu-
(Because I'm much more worried
about my mom than about myself.)
-Chiharu-
(But my mom...)

Chiharu's mother
It's okay. I already heard it from Lady Mikoshiba, so I've braced myself for whatever happens...

-Chiharu-
(That's what she said...)
-Chiharu-
(So calm down, and have confidence in yourself...)
-Mikoshiba-
Now...
-Mikoshiba-
We shall commence the Kagura of the of Nation's Guard,
and with it, the Diviner's Ceremony.
[Note] Kagura is a type of Shinto ritual dance dedicated to a god.

Chiharu 5

Mikoshiba
Now...
Mikoshiba
We shall commence the Kagura of the of Nation's Guard,
and with it, the Diviner's Ceremony.
PO~, POH~o~
DUNG, DUNG
HSIAN, HSIAN
Chiharu
(Usually, I'd think something like this was awesome and exciting...)
Chiharu
(But this is overwhelming... I feel like I'm frozen where I'm standing...)
Chiharu
(It's hot...)
Chiharu
(I didn't feel anything until just now...)
Chiharu
(But all the torches around me feel burning hot...!)
- Chiharu -
What should I do? I want this to be over soon.
- Chiharu -
I never imagined that
it would make me so nervous...
- Chiharu -
Because, this...
-Chiharu-
It really does feel
-Chiharu-
like I'm sacrificing my soul to the god...
DUNG DUNG!!
-Chiharu-
——!?
-Chiharu-
............There's something there...
-???-
I'm surprised that the Tokime would call me again.
I could swear that they'd only just called me recently.
-???-
Are you perhaps
the girl who wants a wish granted?
-Chiharu-
It's talking...!
Mikoshiba
That is Kyūbē-sama, our god's envoy.
[Note] Spelt with the kanji 久兵衛 (kyūbē).
Mikoshiba
None of us are able to see him.
Mikoshiba
But as thou art qualified to become a Diviner, thou shouldst be able to speak with him.
Mikoshiba
Have him grant thine wish.
-Chiharu-
Are you the god's envoy?
-Kyūbē-
The Tokime have called me that
for quite a long time, yes.
-Kyūbē-
I suppose it's fitting enough, considering how many wishes
were granted to quell floods and famines.
-Chiharu-
Then can you really grant my wish,
and turn me into a Diviner...?
-Kyūbē-
Indeed.
I can easily make you into a Diviner, as you call them.
-Kyūbē-
And it seems that you have enough potential
for your wish to be granted.
-Kyūbē-
Since you've summoned me like this,
I take it that you want to become a Diviner?
-Chiharu-
Y-yeah.
-Kyūbē-
In that case, I shall grant your wish.
What wish are you going to make?
-Chiharu-
I...

Sunao
So, Lady Mikoshiba... what will Chiharu-san's wish be?
Mikoshiba
Yes, here it is.
Mikoshiba
Read this carefully and commit it to memory.
Sunao
............
*Flip*

Mikoshiba
............
Chiharu
To uncover...
Kyūbē
Yes.
- Chiharu -
"To uncover the evidence
being concealed by the National Police Agency
concerning the crimes of Ministry of Defense officials."
Chiharu
Uwah...!
Kyūbē
Your wish has overcome entropy.
Kyūbē
And this is your new form for battle.

Chiharu
This is me... as a Diviner...

Chiharu 6

Chiharu's mother
Chiharu... Are you really alright...?
Chiharu
Yeah, I'm totally alright.
Chiharu
In fact, I feel even better than before!
Shizuka
I think that's only natural.
Shizuka
Because now, Chiharu, you've gained the power to fight against Devils.
Sunao
Congratulations. Now we've become a trio!
Shizuka
Yep!
Chiharu
Y-yeah.
Shizuka
...That's an odd reaction. Is something wrong...?
Chiharu
Huh!? Not at all! I'm in super-good shape! Probably!
Sunao
Then, what's the matter?
Chiharu
I dunno? It just somehow feels unreal... Like, was my wish granted...?
Sunao
Is that so?
Shizuka
You'll know that soon, for sure.
Sunao
Yeah.
Chiharu
...?
*Chirp, chirp-chirp*
*knock-knock*
Excuse meee.
Chiharu's mother
Oh, that sounds like—
Chiharu
The man from before!
Chiharu
Good morniiiing!
Good morning, Chiharu-chan.
Chiharu's mother
Good morning.
Good morning to you too.
Chiharu
What's up?
Here. Lady Mikoshiba asked me to show this to the two of you.
It's today's morning post.
Chiharu
The newspaper?
Yeah. Mind looking at the front page?
Chiharu's mother
—!?
Chiharu's mother
Is this real...?
Sudden Backpedal: Remarks Confirming Internal Information
Chiharu
Does this mean I protected them...?
Chiharu
I did it! I protected the country, and a whole bunch of people—!
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan and Sunao-chan were right! I found out right away!
Chiharu
So that divine power was REAL! And the power to beat Devils too, I bet!
Chiharu
Mooooom!
Chiharu's mother
Wha, what!?
Chiharu
I'm gonna go do some more training with Shizuka's mom!
Chiharu's mother
Wait, Chiharu!
Chiharu's mother
It's too early! You're going to bother them! At least finish your breakfast first!

Chiharu & Shizuka 1

Shizuka's mother
Still no good, Charu! You're relying too much on your Diviner powers.
Chiharu
Nrrrrgh!
Chiharu
Heck—!
Shizuka's mother
Phew...
Shizuka's mother
See? Whenever you lose your cool, you just rush straight forward.
Shizuka's mother
Right now, even a Devil could predict your movement.
Chiharu
URYAAA!
Shizuka's mother
Wait!
Shizuka's mother
Don't go all-out! I can't hold my own against that!
Chiharu
Uwaaa, sorry!

Shizuka's mother
Let's take a quick break.
Chiharu
Whew...
Shizuka's mother
Keep in mind that practice is just practice, all right?
Shizuka's mother
Being a Diviner, you might just put this old lady in the ground if you're not careful...
Chiharu
Yes...
Shizuka
However, after a week of thorough training, your movement has become much better.
Sunao
And her sense was good to begin with.
Shizuka's mother
You may say that, but you three have just been playing this whole time, haven't you?
Shizuka
Guh...
Chiharu
They taught me how to fish, and told me the names of so many flowers!
Shizuka
Shh, don't tell her that much...!
Chiharu
By the way, I was thinking about something while we were talking.
Chiharu
You don't know anything about the world outside the village, do you, Shizuka-chan?
Shizuka
W-well, yeah. I've never really gone out.
Sunao
In Shizuka's case, she hasn't even watched TV. The outside world is pure fantasy to you, right?
Shizuka
Yeah. I've seen cars, but I've only ever seen trains in pictures.
Shizuka
Isn't everyone in the village the same way?
Sunao
Well, I'm an exception to begin with, true.
Shizuka
Yeah, you're the only ones who've come in from outside.
Chiharu
Huh, I see. That's not inconvenient for you guys?
Shizuka
Nope, not at all! Here in the village, we don't need any of that.
Shizuka's mother
There wasn't much cultural separation at first, apparently.
Shizuka's mother
Though that was a very long time ago, before we cut off interaction with other villages.
Shizuka
I've never heard that! When was that?
Shizuka's mother
Who knows? Perhaps hundreds of years ago.
Shizuka
Sounds dubious...
Shizuka's mother
Also, it's not as if the village is completely free of modern technology.
Shizuka's mother
I wouldn't know where the exact cutoff point is, though.
Chiharu
I smell something!
Shizuka
Wait, it's not me, okay!?
Chiharu
Not that. I mean the smell of an incident...!
Shizuka
Eeh...?
Shizuka
You've been saying that every day since you became a Diviner.
Chiharu
I'm telling the truth! I get this weird rustling feeling...
Sunao
Charu's weapon is a jitte. Perhaps she she received powers similar to a policeman or detective?
[Note] A jitte (十手) is a short metal truncheon used by a policeman in feudal Japan.
Shizuka's mother
That's very well put.
Shizuka's mother
If so, you might be reacting to a quarrel or something in the village.
Chiharu
Mmm, I hope so. But it still feels kinda weird...
Shizuka's mother
Well, dwelling on it won't get you anywhere.
Shizuka's mother
Let's rest for a little bit longer, then start practicing again.
Shizuka's mother
Starting around tomorrow, you three should go outside to get some more practical experience.
Shizuka's mother
I'm sure you'll benefit greatly from it!
Chiharu
Okay, got it!

All 4

Shizuka
Alright! Today, let's go through the whole routine of finding a Devil and defeating it.
Chiharu
Okay—!
Chiharu
So all three of us are gonna beat one of the things that you two beat before.
Sunao
Right. You be sure to make an effort too, okay, Charu?
Chiharu
Of course! I've gotten tons of training from Shizuka's mother.
Chiharu
By the way...
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan has always been in the village, right?
Shizuka
Yep. I was born and raised here my whole life.
Chiharu
So are you aaalllways gonna fight as a Diviner here from now on?
Shizuka
From now on? ...I don't think so.
Chiharu
Why?
Shizuka
It's my mission to defeat Devils around the village, of course.
Shizuka
But a Diviner's true mission has always been to defeat Devils throughout the entire Land of the Rising Sun.
Shizuka
So, as long as we're fighting within the village, we're still immature.
Shizuka
We all have to venture outside some day.
Chiharu
I see... so Shizuka-chan will...
Shizuka
Why do you seem to be worried?
Chiharu
'Cause you hardly know anything about the outside!
Sunao
Haha.
Shizuka
Wait, Sunao, don't laugh.
Sunao
I'm sorry. It was just a little bit funny to imagine.
Shizuka
Hrmph... well, yes, I know little about the world.
Shizuka
However, Sunao, Chiharu. I really am going to leave.
Shizuka
And it'll be soon. There's been fewer and fewer Devils nearby lately...
Chiharu
Sunao-chan too?
Sunao
I come from the town down below, so I'm not as closely tied to this place.
Sunao
The same is true for you, Charu.
Chiharu
But we'll have to say goodbye, even though we've been getting along so well...
Sunao
It's all right.
Sunao
Even if we are separated, as long as we fight against Devils in the Land of the Rising Sun,
Sunao
we will be able to meet again.
Chiharu
Yeah.
Shizuka
Anyway! What's more important right now is whether you can handle things on your own.
Chiharu
Right! Sorry for getting worried about weird stuff.

All 5

Shizuka
............
Sunao
............
Shizuka
Sunao, this is...
Sunao
Yes...
Sunao
We should probably find a different location...
Chiharu
............
Sunao
Charu?
Chiharu
I found it!
Sunao
—!?
Sunao
You felt the presence of a Devil?
Chiharu
Yeah, this reaction feels different from Shizuka-chan's and Sunao-chan's.
Chiharu
I think it's probably a Devil.
Shizuka
Which direction did you feel the reaction from?
Chiharu
Further ahead this way!
Shizuka
In that case, we should give up on that one for today.
Sunao
Right. Let's search for a Devil again somewhere else.
Chiharu
But why!? We worked so hard to find it.
Shizuka
The one over in that direction is the Wavering Deity...
[Note] "Yurayura-sama" - "yurayura" is onomatopoeia for wavering
Chiharu
The Wavering Deity...? So it isn't a Devil...?
Sunao
It is a Devil.
Sunao
But it's a being that we're not allowed to harm.
Chiharu
Eh... That's weird...
Shizuka
It's a wandering Devil spoken of in ancient legends.
Shizuka
It's the only one of its kind that's a holy being.
Chiharu
Hmn—...
Shizuka
Well, we should at least go and have a look. It'll be good for Charu to know about it too.
-Chiharu-
This is...
-Sunao-
Yes. A mysterious Devil that drifts in circles
around the village, never going anywhere else.
-Sunao-
It's also said to be Tokime's guardian god.
-Chiharu-
Even though it's a Devil?
-Sunao-
Yes. That's why we
should never harm it.
-Chiharu-
Mmm...

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Chiharu
I'm still kind of unsatisfied...
Chiharu
But yeah, we should stop.
Chiharu
I don't want either of you to get in trouble because of me, after all.
Sunao
Yes, I think that's a wise choice.
Shizuka
Let's change locations, then.
Shizuka
We've pretty much hunted all the Devils around here already.
Chiharu
Yeah! Here's hoping we can find another one!
Chiharu
Wait, huh? Isn't it better if we don't find any?
Shizuka
Practically speaking, yes.

Shizuka
We finally found one....
Sunao
Somehow or another...
Chiharu
I'm tired...
Sunao
Don't lose focus, Charu. We're about to engage in battle.
Chiharu
But we've been walking around on the mountain aaaall daaay...
Shizuka
That just goes to show how few Devils there are near the village.
Chiharu
Proof that things are peaceful!
Shizuka
Exactly!
Chiharu
Alright, let's give it our all to make it even more peaceful!
Sunao
That's the spirit.
Shizuka
This is your first battle as a Diviner. Are you physically and mentally prepared?
Chiharu
Yeah... I'm ready to roll!
Shizuka
Very well! Let's dash into the battlefield!
Shizuka
............
Sunao
...Shizuka, our opponent has yet to notice us.
Chiharu
So it'd be better if we didn't startle it by going on the offensive?
Shizuka
Yes. It'd be dangerous if the Devil's Underlings swarmed us.
Shizuka
Let's press onward all the way to the core in one go.
Chiharu
Alrighty!

All 7

Chiharu
Hmn—
Chiharu
Even with all that said, I can't accept that!
Chiharu
Even if you say it's protecting the village, a Devil is a Devil, right?
Shizuka
Well, when you put it like that...
Sunao
Shizuka, don't yield to her!
Chiharu
Alright, fine...!
Sunao
Charu?
Chiharu
I'm gonna go see whether it really is a divine Devil!
Shizuka
Wait!
Sunao
Chase after her!

―Chiharu―
The Wavering Deity ought to be
somewhere around there...
―Chiharu―
So the entrance to the Labyrinth...
Chiharu
Might be around here!
Chiharu
Is what Sunao-chan and Shizuka-chan said true...?
Chiharu
I've got to check this out myself.
Chiharu
Wha-- who's there!?
- Chiharu -
"Uwaaaa!!"

BAD END (2)

Chiharu & Shizuka 2

ZARIZARI…☆…◇…!?!?
Shizuka
Okay, our opponent's been knocked off balance.
Shizuka
Charu!
Chiharu
Yeah!
Chiharu
Here I go! You're under arreeeesst—!
ZUSHAA★○□▼!?!?
Chiharu
I did it...! Sunao-chan, I tied it up!
Chiharu
Hit it while you still can!
Sunao
Yes!
Sunao
Be wrapped in this crystal's brilliance... and be purified!
ZARIZARIZARI…
Sunao
Yes! We defeated it!
Chiharu
Wooooo! That was perfect—!
Shizuka
Yeah. You did a great job of binding it, Charu.
Shizuka
I'd say your training with my mother is really paying off, wouldn't you?
Chiharu
Might be!

Shizuka
Here's your reward for your first victory, Charu. Take it.
Chiharu
This is...?
Shizuka
It's the Soul of the Devil we beat.
Chiharu
Ew, why would I want that...?
Shizuka
Don't be quick to judge.
Shizuka
By using these Souls, we can restore our power.
Chiharu
How, exactly?
Sunao
You received a jewel when you became a Diviner, I imagine?
Sunao
Your power as a Diviner is stored within it.
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
...Mine's kind of grubby.
Sunao
That is the proof that you used your power, which you now need to purify.
Shizuka
And Souls are what we use for that.
Shizuka
As far as we can tell, bad energies have a tendency to accumulate in bad places.
Shizuka
So if you do this...
Chiharu
—!?
Chiharu
It became clear!
Shizuka
See?
Shizuka
I think this one's got one or two more uses in it, so you can keep it.
Chiharu
And when I can't use it any more?
Sunao
Please hand over it to Lady Mikoshiba.
Sunao
She is the priestess, so she ought to lay it to rest properly.
Chiharu
Okay, got it!
Chiharu
Thank you, Shizuka-chan, Sunao-chan.
Sunao
You're welcome.
Sunao
Oh? Yours is fairly tainted too, Shizuka.
Sunao
Are you going to be alright, what with the recent lack of Devils?
Shizuka
Yeah, I think I'm good for now. Thanks for your concern.
Chiharu
But what d'you think happens if it gets completely tainted?
Shizuka
Hm?
Chiharu
Like, I was just wondering if you'd lose your powers or something...
Shizuka
Hmn—…
Shizuka
I suppose I'd just have to replenish it by getting a Devil's Soul from someone else.
Shizuka
Has yours ever been tainted completely, Sunao?
Sunao
No. Mine hasn't either.
Chiharu
Hmm. I dunno, the whole thing feels really mysterious...
Shizuka
Is the topic making you that uncomfortable...?
Sunao
Ah, I know.
Sunao
I'll be heading back down to my town for several days starting now, so I'll collect Souls for us while I'm gone.
Sunao
We've defeated almost all the Devils around the village,
Sunao
but I expect that my town's had an increase in Devils while I've been away.
Chiharu
That's a relief, then!
Shizuka
But don't push yourself too hard, okay?
Sunao
Yes. I'll be on my own, after all.

Shizuka 1

Chiharu
But what d'you think happens if it gets completely tainted?
Shizuka
Hm?
Chiharu
Like, I was just wondering if you'd lose your powers or something...

Shizuka
(I never thought that deeply about it...)
Shizuka
(What exactly happens to us when our power becomes completely tainted...?)
Shizuka
(I want to know how to deal with it, so I'd better make sure just for good measure.)

Shizuka
Excuse me—.
Shizuka
............
Yes, who's there?
Ah, you're the head family's daughter.
Shizuka
Yes, I am Shizuka. I would like to speak with Lady Mikoshiba.
Please wait a moment.
Shizuka
(Well, it's not like it's a secret, so I guess it's alright to ask...)
Shizuka
............
Thanks for waiting. Please, come in.
Shizuka
Thank you.

Mikoshiba
Oho. What happens when thy power is completely tainted?
Shizuka
Yes.
Shizuka
Er, if it's not something I should be asking, then that's all right.
Mikoshiba
No, no, it's not as if it's anything to be kept secret.
Mikoshiba
I suppose it's about time to tell thee, as well.
Shizuka
Thank you very much...
Mikoshiba
Here. Wouldst thou show me thy jewel a moment?
Shizuka
...Here you go.
Mikoshiba
............Hum.
Mikoshiba
Quite severely tainted by now, I see.
Shizuka
Yes. There's been fewer Devils near the village as of late...
Mikoshiba
In that case, I suppose ye'll soon be seeking your independence.
Mikoshiba
S'pose things will get a little lonelier around here...
Shizuka
Eh, independence?
Mikoshiba
Oh, I do beg pardon.
Mikoshiba
Y'see, when the power of your jewel there becomes completely tainted,
Mikoshiba
it's essentially your coming-of-age ritual as a Diviner. You'll have officially become an adult.
Mikoshiba
In other words, it'll be time for ye to venture outside as a full-fledged Diviner.
Shizuka
...I'd heard as much from my mother. But that whole story is true, then?
Mikoshiba
Is it that surprising?
Shizuka
Well, I knew that my time would come too, before long.
Shizuka
But I didn't think it was so closely related to this jewel.
Mikoshiba
I am sorry for telling thee so late.
Shizuka
No, I'm glad that you were so kind as to tell me about it.
Shizuka
With this, I'll be able to serve the Land of the Rising Sun as a full-fledged Diviner.
Mikoshiba
Here, let's have ourselves a teensy celebration in advance.
Mikoshiba
We received some delicious snacks just recently! Fancy having some?
Shizuka
Can I?
Mikoshiba
It's just an old lady's way of killing time. Humor me a moment, eh?
Mikoshiba
I've also been wanting to ask ye about the Hiroe daughter, if you don't mind.
Shizuka
Charu? Ask me anything you like!

Chiharu 7

- Chiharu -
*Sniff sniff sniff*
- Chiharu -
*Sniff sniff sniff*
- Chiharu -
*Sniff sniff sniff sniff, sniff sniff*
Chiharu
Hmph. It does smell...
Chiharu
(I've decided not to mention it to Shizuka-chan or the others much,)
Chiharu
(but ever since I became a Diviner, I feel like I've been smelling an incident brewing...)
Chiharu
What do you think, Mr. Todoroki?

- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
Your sense of smell is sharp, Miss Hiroe.
- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
I myself was just thinking
that something must be hiding in this village.
- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
I'm glad to have such an excellent assistant.

Chiharu
Ehehe.
Chiharu
So, since Mr. Todoroki gave a positive response too,
Chiharu
it's time for Hiroe Chiharu to begin her investigation.

Chiharu
Hm?
Chiharu
(I feel like the smell's gotten stronger...)
Chiharu
(Why would that be...?)
Chiharu
—!?
Chiharu
Maybe there's bad guys in the village somewhere. Like bandits...!
Chiharu
(I saw something like that on the news once.)
Chiharu
(About those people who got arrested for growing grass out in the mountains!)
Chiharu
(But is it really okay to go in there?)
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
(Well, this is where I became a Diviner...)
Chiharu
(If there are people working for the shrine inside, I can probably ask them about the jewel impurities too!)
Chiharu
Yeah, two birds with one stone!
Chiharu
Let's press onward with enough force to knock some birds outta the sky!
Chiharu
...!
Chiharu
Ugh, urgh... I suddenly feel so gross...!
Chiharu
(Geeze, my heart's suddenly beating so fast...)
Chiharu
Because I tried to go further ahead...?
Chiharu
M-maybe I should go back...

Chiharu & Shizuka 3

- Chiharu -
If I want to turn back, now's the time.
- Chiharu -
But I really am curious...
- Chiharu -
If I don't turn around right now, it's gonna be bad!
- Chiharu -
But I'm a Diviner, so if something
bad is happening, I have to know...!
- Chiharu -
Even though it could be really dangerous?
- Chiharu -
But, but, but...
Chiharu
But, I came anyway...
Don't you dare!
Chiharu
Uwaaaa! Shi—, Shi— Shi— Shi—, Shizuka-chan!?
Shizuka
I picked up your signal nearby, so I came over here to see...
Shizuka
But you're actually climbing up here...?
Chiharu
I shouldn't have, huh...?
Shizuka
You are going to get a huge scolding if you go in any further.
Chiharu
Oh, I see...
Chiharu
But, but! It smelled so terrible!
Chiharu
From behind that stage, enough to make me sick...
Shizuka
The smell of an incident?
Chiharu
Yeah.
Shizuka
Even so, you can't.
Shizuka
This is the central shrine. It only opens during really big ceremonies or emergencies.
Shizuka
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Follow the village's rules, okay?
Chiharu
...Got it.
Shizuka
Great, there you go.
Chiharu
But still!
Shizuka
But what?
Chiharu
I became a Diviner here, so I thought I could find out some secret...
Chiharu
Like what happens when your jewel gets completely tainted...
Shizuka
You were worried for me?
Chiharu
Yeah, just a bit.
Shizuka
Just a bit...?
Shizuka
Haha. That's nice to hear, though. Thanks.
Shizuka
However, you don't have to be worried about that.
Chiharu
Eh?
Shizuka
I made sure to go ask Granny about what'll happen.
Chiharu
Oh, phew! I guess that's one thing less to worry about.

Chiharu 8

Chiharu
Hahh... well, here I am...
Chiharu
(The only thing here is a building even more worn-out than the stage...)
Chiharu
...Mm.
Chiharu
I've gotten used to it by now,
Chiharu
but it still feels so gross...
Chiharu
It's supposed to be a sacred place, but the atmosphere's kinda bad...
Chiharu
(...That building's suspicious.)
Chiharu
Wouldn't be surprised if it's cursed...
Chiharu
(If I said that to Shizuka-chan, she'd probably scold me about how the god's gonna smite me for it.)
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
A Devil...?
Chiharu
No... Who's there...!?
Chiharu
—!?
Chiharu
I'm... being attacked...?
Chiharu
I'm sorry! If I'm doing anything wrong, I'll stop now!
Chiharu
Uwa!
Chiharu
(I've gotta get out of here...)
Chiharu
Hah... Hah...
Chiharu
(Here it comes again... I've gotta get away...!)
*CRUNCH*...
Chiharu
Nuh!
Chiharu
(Why'd I have to trip there?!)
Chiharu
Ah...
- Chiharu -
"Aaaah!!"

BAD END (3)

Chiharu & Shizuka 4

Shizuka
In short, a completely tainted jewel symbolizes a Diviner's coming of age.
Shizuka
It means you've done a great job for the village up until now!
Chiharu
But if you can't fight any more, are you going to have to graduate from being a Diviner...?
Chiharu
You won't be able to beat the Devils out in the Land of the Rising Sun, then!
Shizuka
It's true that I won't be able to use my power.
Shizuka
So I'll just have to obtain Souls from somewhere else, she said.
Shizuka
Also, it seems that right before I depart, Granny will help to purify it.
Chiharu
Oh, I see. That's good!
Chiharu
I was worried that you were gonna die or something.
Shizuka
A groundless fear, in the end.
Chiharu
But if you're going to come of age and leave...
Shizuka
............
Chiharu
Do we have to say goodbye soon?
Shizuka
I just meant it in a general sense before, but it seems like that day really is close.
Chiharu
...It's gonna be lonely.
Chiharu
I know it hasn't been long, but we got along so well.
Shizuka
I feel the same too, Charu.
Shizuka
I'm very glad that I met you. You're always so bright and cheerful.
Chiharu
Same here!
Shizuka
Don't worry, though.
Shizuka
The coming-of-age ceremony won't be for a while now, and I can still fight for some time.
Shizuka
So let's work together up until that moment comes, Charu.
Chiharu
Yeah, Shizuka-chan.
Shizuka
Well, I'm headed off this way.
Chiharu
Okay—, see you tomorrow—.
Chiharu
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Chiharu
(Wah—, it's still early... it's still early, but I already feel sad...)
Chiharu
(Even though we can still meet each other after Shizuka-chan goes outside...)
Chiharu
Gah! Why! Am I getting all weepy over this!
Chiharu
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Chiharu
I'm happy right now...
Chiharu
But I've got to bounce back from this and give her a proper send-off...
Chiharu
Yeah.
Chiharu
A-a Devil...
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Chiharu
Huh? It's not in a Labyrinth...
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...
Chiharu
Huh? Whaaat...!?
Chiharu
Here, there... There's so many of them...!
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan... Sunao-chan...!
............!
Chiharu
I did well yesterday...
Chiharu
And these are just Underlings, anyway, so even I can beat them!
...!!
Chiharu
You gonna come at me!?
Chiharu
Yaaaaah!
............!?
Chiharu
(This is tougher than the one before...)
Chiharu
(But...)
...!!
Chiharu
Even if I'm alone, I can do this!
............!?!?
Chiharu
Phew...
Chiharu
It'll be alright... It'll be alright...
Chiharu
No way...!?
............!
............!
Chiharu
Oh, geeze...
Shizuka's voice
Haaaaah!!
...!?!?
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan!
Shizuka
I knew I was right to come back. I felt something lurking around.
Chiharu
Thank you.
Shizuka
More importantly, where's their Labyrinth...?
Chiharu
I don't know. They just popped up all of a sudden!
Chiharu
Is this your first time seeing them too, Shizuka-chan?
Shizuka
Yeah, I've never heard about this happening...

Chiharu & Shizuka 5

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Chiharu
Urgh... Whew... Just a little more...
Shizuka
Yes, just a bit more! Keep your feet steady!
Chiharu
Yeah...!
............!!
Chiharu
Agh!
Shizuka
Charu!
Shizuka
Geeze... Enough! Give up already!
Shizuka
—!?
Shizuka
Ugh...

Shizuka
H-huh? My power...

Chiharu
Shizuka-chan!
...!!
Shizuka
Ah...
Shizuka
Aaagh!!
Chiharu
! Noooo———!!!
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Chiharu
Hah... Hah... Hah... Hah...
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan...?
Shizuka
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Chiharu
Shizuka-chan...!
Shizuka
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Chiharu
She's bleeding...
Chiharu
No, no, why... it won't stop...!
Shizuka
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Chiharu
Stop already... Stop...!
Chiharu
Hah... Hah...
Chiharu
If I don't take her back...
Chiharu
She's gonna bleed out soon...
Chiharu
I'm gonna take you back home! Right now...!
Shizuka
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Chiharu
Ah.
*Splash*...
Chiharu
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Shizuka
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Chiharu
Uuh...Uuuh...!
Chiharu
Mom————!!

Chiharu's mother
...Chiharu?

Hey! It's on the outskirts of the village! We need some people over here, now!
Ah, Ms. Hiroe.
Chiharu's mother
I heard Chiharu yelling just now...
We're gathering people to go to confirm the situation.
Chiharu's mother
I'll go too...

Chiharu's mother
Hah... Hah... Hah...
Don't move her recklessly!
That ought to be an empty house over there! Take down a door and use it as a stretcher!
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu...
Chiharu
Mom! Shizuka-chan, she's!
Shizuka's mother
Shizuka!
Chiharu's mother
――!?
Chiharu's mother
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Chiharu's mother
(My acquaintance's daughter was just hurt...)
Chiharu's mother
(What am I doing, feeling relieved...?)

Shizuka 2

- Chiharu -
The rain showed no sign of stopping...
- Chiharu -
Fsshh, fsshhh...
As if the sky itself was weeping.
- Chiharu -
Shizuka-chan...
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
(I couldn't fall asleep at all...)
Chiharu
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Mikoshiba
Awake, are ye?
Chiharu
Eh... Granny...
Mikoshiba
Hm...
Mikoshiba
Your mother did a good job patching the girl up.
Chiharu
Yeah... That's because she used to be a nurse...
Chiharu
How is Shizuka-chan?
Mikoshiba
She woke up just a moment ago.
Chiharu
Really...? Even though her injuries were that bad...?
Mikoshiba
What do you think a Diviner is? You're beings that fight against Devils.
Mikoshiba
She wouldn't go kickin' the bucket that easy.
Chiharu
That's great... That's great~...
Mikoshiba
Oh, oh, don't cry.
Mikoshiba
She survived, after all! Ye should smile for her.
Chiharu
*Sniff*.
Chiharu
Yeah.
Mikoshiba
So, shall we visit Tokime's head daughter together?
Chiharu
Is it okay for me to go too? Is she able to meet people now?
Mikoshiba
Yes, it's fine.

Chiharu
Shizuka-chan!!
Shizuka
Charu!
Chiharu
Thank goodness. I'm sorry! You were protecting me...!
Shizuka
Don't blame yourself, Charu.
Shizuka
It was my fault, overexerting myself when my power is so exhausted.
Chiharu
But...
Shizuka
And look, see? I can already move now.
Shizuka
Ou— ouch...
Shizuka's mother
C'mon, don't force yourself... You almost made my blood freeze out there.
Shizuka's mother
Thank you, Ms. Hiroe. You tended to her very well...
Chiharu's mother
Oh, it's nothing. I was just trying to do what I could.
Chiharu's mother
But it surprised me that the injury wasn't as serious as I had imagined.
Shizuka's mother
A Diviner who fights against Devils is strong, after all.
Chiharu
So, once she's all better in a few days,
Chiharu
can we play together again? Can we fight Devils a little longer?
Shizuka
Charu...
Shizuka's mother
............
Chiharu
W-what...?
Mikoshiba
Y'see, dearie, I asked you to come here so you could give your last farewell..
Chiharu
Farewell!?
Shizuka
It seems that I consumed quite a lot of power to heal this injury.
Shizuka
...You'll see if you take a look.
Chiharu
Your jewel's almost completely black...
Chiharu
Then, Shizuka-chan... you're leaving the village...?
Shizuka
...Yeah.
Shizuka
I'm sorry. I thought I could stay with you just a little while longer...
Shizuka
But it turns out that I can't...
Chiharu
You don't need to apologize! It's all because of me...!
Mikoshiba
Anyhow, there isn't much time left.
Mikoshiba
I must apologize to all of ye, but we'll be holding the coming-of-age ceremony tomorrow.
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan...
Shizuka
It'll be alright. I'll meet you again outside, Charu!
Chiharu
Yeah, promise!
Chiharu
And you should bid farewell to Sunao-chan too.
Mikoshiba
I'm afraid she won't be able to come in time.
Chiharu
No way...
Shizuka
So tell her that I'll meet her outside, alright?
Chiharu
............Okay.

Chiharu 9

Chiharu
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Chiharu
This is where the Devil attacked her, huh...?
Chiharu
The blood's all been washed away in the rain...
Chiharu
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Chiharu
(Shizuka-chan is having her coming-of-age ceremony right around now...)
Chiharu
(I made our last greeting with a smile, since I told myself I'd see her off with one...)
Chiharu
(But why am I so unhappy...?)
Chiharu
Mr. Todoroki... Why am I feeling this way...?

- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
I'm afraid I'm not a psychologist, Miss Hiroe,
so I can't answer that question.

Chiharu
...Some help you are.
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
...I'm sorry...
Chiharu
(Feelings always have a reason behind them, though... If that's the case...)
Chiharu
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Chiharu
(My honest feelings are telling me that I'm not satisfied yet...)
Chiharu
I want to see Shizuka-chan off properly...
Chiharu
No...!
Chiharu
Actually...
Chiharu
(I can't rest assured, because something about this village still smells...)
Chiharu
(This reaction's from Shizuka-chan's power...)
Chiharu
Just a little... I'll watch from far away, and that'll be enough......

Chiharu
The other side of the village... It's the side that old shrine is on...

Chiharu
Please... I have to get there in time...
Chiharu
I want to see her departing safely...
Chiharu
Because I don't feel okay about this...
Chiharu
I can't feel okay about it with this smell filling the whole place...

Chiharu
Hah... Hah...
Chiharu
I found them...

Chiharu 10

Chiharu
Shizuka-chan...
Chiharu
What's she talking about with Granny...?
Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Chiharu
(Something doesn't seem right about them... Is this really a ceremony...?)
Chiharu
(It just looks like they're talking to each other, though...)
Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Chiharu
(Shizuka-chan's... crying...)
Chiharu
(This stinks. What's going to happen...? I don't know... What's wrong...?)
Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Chiharu
(Wait, she's smiling again...? Was the ceremony just that hard?)
Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
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Shizuka
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Mikoshiba
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Mikoshiba
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Shizuka
―!!
Shizuka
MIKOSHIBAAAAAA—――!!
Chiharu
——!?
- Mikoshiba -
"My apologies..."
WHAM!
Shizuka
Ah...
*Splash*...
Chiharu
Shizuka-chaaaan!
Mikoshiba
——!?
Mikoshiba
The Hiroe girl...
Chiharu
Why...!?
*Splash*...

- Chiharu -
It's cold... I can't breathe...
The current's shoving me around...
- Chiharu -
What direction am I facing right now...?
Up? Down? Right? Left?
- Chiharu -
Round and round and round,
getting jostled every which way...
what am I doing?
- Chiharu -
............
- Chiharu -
I have to help Shizuka-chan!
Chiharu
Where... Shizuka-chan... Where are you?
Chiharu
—!?
Chiharu
A piece of cloth...?
Chiharu
It's soft...
Chiharu
I'm falling...!

Chiharu & Shizuka 6

*Splash*...

-Chiharu-
(Thank goodness, it really was Shizuka-chan...)
-Shizuka-
(Charu...?)
-Chiharu-
(Shizuka-chan's jewel has become pitch-black...)

Shizuka
Here's your reward for your first victory, Charu. Take it.

-Chiharu-
(Thank goodness, it's still here...)
-Shizuka-
(Thank you... Chiharu...)
-Shizuka-
—!?
-Chiharu-
(Shizuka-chan...?)
-Chiharu-
—!?
-Chiharu-
(W-what are these...?)
-Shizuka-
These... are Diviners...
-Chiharu-
(Shizuka-chan's voice just now...)
- Chiharu -
I'm drifting away again...
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...

Chiharu
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Shizuka
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Sunao
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Sunao
Please don't make me do this...
Sunao
Charu... You acquired such a troublesome power...
Sunao
Shizuka, you tried to protect Charu too much...
Sunao
I know it's just hearsay...
Sunao
But if I don't do this, I'll...!
Shizuka
...I'm going to be another corpse down in those waters.
Sunao
Huh...?
Sunao
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Next: Part 2

Chiharu & Shizuka 7

*Splash*...
Chiharu
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Shizuka
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Sunao
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Sunao
I never thought Charu would actually come to help...
Chiharu
............
Sunao
Without you, Shizuka would have sunk to the bottom of the water...
Sunao
But you helped her...
Sunao
If so, if so, I... I have to do this...
Sunao
Please don't make me do this...
Shizuka
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Chiharu
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Sunao
Charu... You acquired such a troublesome power...
Sunao
Shizuka, you tried to protect Charu too much...
Sunao
Thank you for being with me so far...
Sunao
I wanted to keep being your friend, too...

BAD END (4)

Sunao 1

- Sunao -
I never wanted to do any of this.
I'd simply been forced to...
- Sunao -
At that time,
if Shizuka hadn't said what she did,
I would have already killed Charu...

Chiharu
I'm sorry. Even though you've been so nice to us...
Sunao
I see...
Chiharu
But I'm still proud to know that there's awesome people like you out there!
Chiharu
So―
- Chiharu -
"Eh...?"
Shizuka
Wait, Sunao!
Sunao
Wha— what's wrong, Shizuka!?
Sunao
Ah. Is this a Devil...?
Shizuka
This is perfect timing, really.
Shizuka
A chance like this might not come again, so let's show her the power of Diviners.
Shizuka
I'm aware that it'll be dangerous, of course...
Sunao
(Indeed, that might've been a hasty decision on my part. It's not time to judge yet...)
Sunao
...I think it'll be alright.
Sunao
Not to worry. Either of us could easily take down a Devil alone.
Sunao
Even if we split up to take care of the Devil and Chiharu,
Sunao
we'll be able to handle things just fine.
Shizuka
Yeah, exactly.
GI...GAGA...
Chiharu
Huh?
CHIKICHIKICHIKI...KI...
Chiharu
...Uwaaaa! What is this thing?! It's disgusting!
Shizuka
Chiharu, calm down! We'll defeat it!
Sunao
Yes!
Sunao
Leave the enemy to Shizuka. Chiharu, follow me!!
Chiharu
O—okay!!

Next: Chiharu 2

Sunao 2

- Sunao -
I never wanted to do any of this.
I'd simply been forced to...
- Sunao -
At that time,
if Shizuka hadn't used her magic first,
I would have already killed Charu...

Chiharu
Is what Sunao-chan and Shizuka-chan said true...?
Chiharu
I've got to see whether it's a good Devil or not for myself!
Chiharu
Who's there!?
- Chiharu -
"Eeeek!"
Shizuka
Stop!
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan!
Shizuka
See that? A flashing fake-out attack using a Diviner's power!
Chiharu
Yeah... that was a surprise...
Shizuka
Sunao, you should have stopped her properly...
Sunao
I'm sorry. Charu ran too fast...
Shizuka
So, are you going to give up now?
Chiharu
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Chiharu
What if I don't give up?
Shizuka
You might be punished more harshly than you can imagine.
Chiharu
—!?
Chiharu
Like kneeling on something like a washboard and piling giant rocks on my legs!?
Shizuka
Stone-holding? Is that what you want?
[Note] An ancient form of torture called stone-holding (石抱).
Chiharu
No way.
Shizuka
Give it up, then.
Chiharu
Mmm, fine. I'm still kind of unsatisfied, but I'll stop.
Shizuka
Great! Good girl.
Sunao
Let's try searching for a Devil again, just a little more patiently.
Sunao
It might be a painstaking search, though.
Shizuka
That'll still make for some good experience.
Shizuka
Let's search this place top to bottom, and see if your training's been paying off!

Chiharu & Shizuka 8

- Sunao -
I never wanted to do any of this.
I'd simply been forced to...
- Sunao -
At that time,
if I hadn't caught a glimpse of Shizuka,
I would have already killed Charu...

Chiharu
(Here it comes again... I've gotta get away...!)
*CRUNCH*...
Chiharu
Nuh!
Chiharu
(Why'd I have to trip there?!)
Chiharu
Ah...
- Chiharu -
"Aaaah!!"
Chiharu
Wh—, what...? I'm fine?
Shizuka
Hey, Charu. Would you mind getting off of me?
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan...!?
Shizuka
That was a close one.
Shizuka
You were about to take a huge spill, so I caught you all of a sudden.
Chiharu
A spill? That was nowhere near "a spill!"
Shizuka
Hm?
Chiharu
I was attacked!
Chiharu
Attacked out of nowhere by I-don't-even-know-who!
Shizuka
...From where I was standing, it just looked like you tripped...
Chiharu
*Sniff*...
Shizuka
...Are you totally sure that's what happened?
Chiharu
Yeah, yeah...
Dancer
Hey!
Chiharu
Eek!
Shizuka
Oh geeze, it's one of the dancers...
Dancer
Don't you know that this place is off limits except during festivals or emergencies!?
Shizuka
Y-yes, I'm aware!
Shizuka
This girl just wandered in here without knowing, so I'm trying to take her back...
Chiharu
Miss Dancer, do you know anything?! Someone attacked me!
Dancer
I haven't the slightest idea...
Dancer
You probably angered our god, not got attacked.
Dancer
Because you entered without permission...
Chiharu
Muu... Okay...
Chiharu
I don't even want to be somewhere that smells this bad! I'm leaving!
Shizuka
My apologies. We'll be going now.

Shizuka
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Shizuka
Follow the village's rules from now on, okay?
Chiharu
...Got it.
Shizuka
Great, there you go.
Chiharu
But still!
Shizuka
But what?
Chiharu
I became a Diviner here, so I thought I could find out some secret...
Chiharu
Like what happens when your jewel gets completely tainted...
Shizuka
You were worried for me?
Chiharu
Yeah, just a bit.
Shizuka
Just a bit...?
Shizuka
Haha. That's nice to hear, though. Thanks.

Sunao 3

Mikoshiba
I heard from the daughter of the head family, though.
Mikoshiba
It seems that the Hiroe girl gained a very troublesome power...
Sunao
Yes...
Mikoshiba
You. Toki girl...
Mikoshiba
I'd like to request this of you, but if you've gotten attached to them, you won't be of any use.
Mikoshiba
You're just some young girl, after all.
Sunao
...But.
Sunao
Then, how are we going to eliminate Hiroe Chiharu...?
Mikoshiba
If we simply leave her alone, the shadows ought to devour her.
Mikoshiba
But if the daughter of the head family steps in to protect her again...
Mikoshiba
Then that's it. You shall have to eliminate them both...
Sunao
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