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Chiharu
Ng... Ngg...
Chiharu
Hah...
Chiharu
...Where am I!?
Shizuka
Charu, you woke up?
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan! Thank goodness you're safe!
Shizuka
Given what you just said, I suppose all of that was real.
Shizuka
How I almost sank to the bottom of the water, how you purified my jewel...
*Pinch*
Chiharu
Does that hurt?
Shizuka
Ihhur's...
Chiharu
Then this is real. That's the rule, after all!
Shizuka
Seems so.
Chiharu
But, where are we...?
Shizuka
I don't know either. I'm sure that we're alive, though...
Chiharu
This is a girl's room, right?
Shizuka
It could also be an afterlife that's simply disguised as a girl's room?
Chiharu
Noooo, no way! C'mon, let's at least agree that we're alive.
Sunao
You are both alive.
Shizuka
Sunao.
Chiharu
It's Sunao-chan!
Sunao
And this is my home.
Chiharu
So Sunao-chan must have saved us!
Sunao
...Yes, I did.
Chiharu
Thank you!
Shizuka
I would like to express my gratitude too. Thank you very much.
Sunao
Mm-hm...
Shizuka
Sunao, you're acting a little weird...
Sunao
I could say the same of you two. You came floating down the river, of all places.
Shizuka
If you put it that way...
Sunao
............
Sunao
I'm sorry. I didn't. I haven't saved you at all...
Sunao
In fact, I attempted to kill you...
Shizuka
Huh? What are you talking about...?
Sunao
For now, could we just take a moment to talk things over?
Sunao
I have quite a lot to tell you, and quite a lot I'd like to ask.
Sunao
I've prepared breakfast as well.
Shizuka
I don't feel like eating anything...
Chiharu
...Sunao-chan was going to...?

Chiharu
Sunao-chan...
Chiharu
Is what you said a few minutes ago true...?
Sunao
Yes...
Sunao
It's true that I attempted to kill you both.
Chiharu
But why...? I don't understand!
Sunao
My role is to eliminate anyone who goes against the village's will...
Sunao
Therefore, I was attempting to kill you. Mainly... Charu...
Chiharu
Me...
Sunao
If Charu wavered over the contract or said she wanted to go back...
Sunao
Tried to eliminate the holy Wavering Deity...
Sunao
Or went deep into the shrine's central building...
Chiharu
――!?
Sunao
I certainly didn't expect you to come floating down the river with Shizuka,
Sunao
but there were many times when you met the conditions that Lady Mikoshiba gave me.
Sunao
But Charu narrowly escaped from those moments.
Sunao
Because of Shizuka's intervention...
Shizuka
In short, Sunao is Mikoshiba's pawn...
Shizuka
An assassin that executes those who go against her will.
Shizuka
So you targeted Charu, because she went against Mikoshiba's expectations, and me, because I tried to protect her.
Sunao
Yes...
Shizuka
So you were her hunting dog...? I can't bring myself to believe this...
Sunao
But, it's the truth...
Sunao
I didn't want to do it either.
Sunao
I thought of the two of you as friends, so I swear I didn't want to hurt you.
Sunao
But something unexpected happened...
Sunao
Charu became sensitive to some sort of mysterious scent,
Sunao
and Shizuka tried to protect her, which raised Lady Mikoshiba's suspicions...
Chiharu
But you didn't kill us.
Sunao
............
Chiharu
You didn't. You helped us, Sunao-chan.
Shizuka
Why is that...?
Sunao
I heard what Shizuka said beside the river, and that stopped me from going through with it...
Shizuka
What did I say...?
Sunao
You said... "I'm going to be another corpse down in those waters."

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Shizuka
What did I say...?
Sunao
You said... "I'm going to be another corpse down in those waters."
Shizuka
Why would that sentence make you reconsider...?
Sunao
...As you said, I am a pawn.
Sunao
All I know about myself is that I'm meant to aid the Land of the Rising Sun and its people,
Sunao
and that I've been ordered to deal with situations that threaten the village.
Sunao
I didn't know what would happen when I no longer fought as a Diviner...
Sunao
Or rather, I had doubts about it, but I put them out of my mind...
Chiharu
Doubts...?
Sunao
Yes...
Sunao
I did know that Diviners have to leave someday.
Sunao
But even though I live outside the village... in the closest town to the village...
Sunao
I had never seen another Diviner...
Shizuka
And so my words...
Sunao
Yes. An awful scene suddenly flashed through my mind...
Sunao
Could all the Diviners who "left" be those corpses down in the water...?
Shizuka
That's the reason you saved us...
Sunao
Yes. I needed to ask you directly about what happened...
Shizuka
Then, it's my turn to talk... About what I heard during the coming-of-age ceremony.
Chiharu
You mean that conversation I saw...?
Shizuka
Yeah. Mikoshiba said this to me, without an ounce of shame...

Mikoshiba
Let me tell thee the truth before thy departure.
Shizuka
The... truth?
Mikoshiba
Indeed. The truth about ye Diviners.
Shizuka
...Please tell me.
Mikoshiba
Diviners are the beings that shatter Devils.
Shizuka
Yes.
Mikoshiba
Yet at the same time, they are the beings that will become Devils in the future as well.
Shizuka
――!?
Shizuka
Eh, that means...
Mikoshiba
It's quite literal. Ye will all transform into Devils one day.
Shizuka
You... must be joking, right?
Shizuka
If that's true, why did you withhold something so important?
Mikoshiba
I'm sure you're aware that such a harsh topic can't be discussed easily.
Shizuka
...Does my mother or anyone in the village know this?
Shizuka
Did they know this, and still make us into Diviners?
Mikoshiba
Nay. This knowledge is limited to myself as the head priestess, and the dancers.
Shizuka
I don't understand...
Shizuka
If we, who shatter Devils, are going to become Devils...
Shizuka
Then that's just a vicious cycle. There's no point in us becoming Diviners.
Mikoshiba
However, the fact remains that you can grant wishes to save the Land of the Rising Sun.
Shizuka
――!?
Shizuka
So what are we after that...!?
Mikoshiba
Used-up dregs.
Shizuka
............This is too cruel...
Shizuka
We just literally sacrificed our souls, didn't we...?!
Mikoshiba
Exactly.
Shizuka
............
Shizuka
Yeah... No... This isn't the time to cry...!
Shizuka
If I literally sacrificed my soul to the Land of the Rising Sun...
Shizuka
My honor can be maintained...!
Shizuka
Even if I become a Devil, it won't erase anything that I've achieved.
Shizuka
I can be proud of that, and so I can fight till I eventually fall...!
Shizuka
So that's what the last ceremony was about. Acknowledging this truth, and enduring it...
Mikoshiba
No.
Shizuka
――!?
Shizuka
Then why did you tell me that truth?!
Mikoshiba
Thou shalt become a Devil very soon.
Mikoshiba
Why? Because it occurs when thy jewel loses its shine.
Shizuka
............Wait...
Shizuka
What is this "coming-of-age ceremony"...?
Mikoshiba
Discarding a Diviner who already fulfilled her wish and protected the village, and turning her into a Devil.
Mikoshiba
No Diviner hath ever left the village.
Shizuka
-!!
Shizuka
MIKOSHIBAAAAAA—――!!
- Mikoshiba -
"My apologies..."
WHAM!
Shizuka
Ah...
Mikoshiba
Go on, now. Sink in the waterfall basin, struggle in agony... and become feed for the next Diviner.

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Sunao
............
Shizuka
That's all of what I heard...
Shizuka
I've told you what you want to know, Sunao.
Shizuka
Just as you feared, no one has ever gone outside.
Shizuka
They've all been trapped beneath the water to this day...
Shizuka
Now that you've heard this... Will you kill me?
Sunao
...I don't want to.
Sunao
I don't want to be a pawn, either, having everything hidden from me...
Shizuka
Then, join us.
Sunao
But Mikoshiba might kill Dad and Mom!
Shizuka
What...? You mean she's blackmailing you...?
Sunao
Mm-hm...
Sunao
So I had to choose who to kill...
Sunao
Shizuka and Charu... Or Dad and Mom...
Sunao
I moved into Mikoshiba's house and tried searching through it, hoping to find some weak point I could use against her...
Sunao
Some kind of documentation, a passbook somewhere,
Sunao
absolutely anything that I could use to threaten her back...
Sunao
But I couldn't find anything...
Shizuka
I knew you couldn't kill me. I know how kind you are, Sunao...
Shizuka
Factually speaking, you haven't killed anyone. And I wouldn't know anything about whether you tried to or not.
Chiharu
Yeah! The only Sunao-chan I know is our kind friend, too!
Sunao
I'm sorry, Shizuka... Charu...
Chiharu
Plus, us Diviners would've gotten killed at some point anyway, right!?
Chiharu
So let's launch a preemptive strike!
Sunao
Charu?
Chiharu
Granny doesn't know that Shizuka-chan and I are alive, right?
Chiharu
So let's sneak back up there and give 'er a piece of our mind!
Chiharu
And then we'll get her to cough up everything!
Chiharu
About Diviners and Devils, why she's been drowning Diviners,
Chiharu
and about Sunao-chan! Everything!
Chiharu
Presto! We'll have saved everyone!
Sunao
...Straight to the point. But that's only if she doesn't know...
Shizuka
Wait. I agree that we should give her a piece of our mind,
Shizuka
but this time, I think the full picture is a bit more complex.
Chiharu
How so...?
Shizuka
Charu, do you remember those Underlings we fought...?
Chiharu
Yeah. The ones without a Labyrinth, right?
Sunao
Without a Labyrinth...?
Shizuka
Right. That's what I thought they were during our previous battle...
Shizuka
But now I think it's the opposite. They might have had a Labyrinth after all.
Chiharu
They didn't have one, but they did...?
Chiharu
...Ah.

- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
Because that little thing called 'truth' may be lying somewhere much closer than you expect.

Chiharu
Somewhere very close by...
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan... You mean the whole village is a Labyrinth...?
Sunao
That's impossible...!!
Shizuka
No, Charu's exactly right.
Shizuka
At some point, a Devil swallowed the entirety of Tokime Village,
Shizuka
and it's been feeding off of us Diviners' power while influencing Mikoshiba and the others...
Shizuka
I think that would explain everything. The setup where we're all killed eventually,
Shizuka
the villainous acts of blackmailing Sunao and eliminating anyone undesirable,
Shizuka
and how Underlings could appear without a Labyrinth.
Sunao
...Indeed, it does explain everything.
Sunao
But if that's the case, the smart thing to do would be to keep the cycle contained within the village...
Sunao
Luring in people who're unfamiliar with the conventions, like Charu and I,
Sunao
is exactly what would cause unexpected incidents like the one happening now.
Shizuka
We could chalk that up to the Devil not being intelligent enough,
Shizuka
or perhaps it becoming impatient for some reason.
Shizuka
Of course, it's all no more than guesswork...
Chiharu
Look at this, though! I think this gives us more evidence that the village is a Labyrinth!
Shizuka
What's this plate?
Chiharu
My smartphone.
Shizuka
So this is one of those "telephones" I've heard about...
Chiharu
See, this is a map, but Tokime Village doesn't show up on any of the photos.
Sunao
So that means the village really has fallen into a Devil's hands...?
Chiharu
Yeah, there must be an enemy to defeat!
Shizuka
I don't entirely understand the smartphone part, but if you two believe it, then so do I.
Shizuka
Let's hurry...!
Shizuka
You're with us too, right, Sunao?
Sunao
Yeah...!
Sunao
We don't know what'll happen once it detects our powers and realizes we're alive...
Chiharu
Yeah! Let's go beat the village's Devil before anyone else gets involved!
Shizuka
Right, let's hurry to the village.
Sunao
I'll tell my Dad and Mom that they should escape, too.

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Chiharu
Shizuka-chan, Sunao-chan, the Devil's reaction is getting stronger...
Sunao
Perhaps Shizuka's theory is correct...
Sunao
Is everyone else alright...?
Chiharu
Like my mom, the man from the village...
Shizuka
And my mother...
Sunao
Devils are beings that eat humans, by nature. Now that we've betrayed its expectations...
Shizuka
We should go confirm the village's situation first...
Sunao
True...
Shizuka
............

Shizuka
No sign of any people...
Chiharu
Yeah...
Shizuka
Maybe it took care of everyone here...
Shizuka
before information about the village could leak to the outside...?
Chiharu
The Devil's still here, though, so we can't say for sure whether it hurt anyone!
Sunao
I agree.
Sunao
This place would have been useless if it had already finished feeding.
Sunao
Let's stop thinking pessimistically.
Chiharu
Also, do you think it might be waiting for us?
Sunao
...Thinking about it from the Devil's perspective,
Sunao
feeding off of the Diviners by manipulating them would be more appealing to it,
Sunao
so it might be trying to do away with us here and reset the situation...
Chiharu
Yeah, it already anticipated that we'd come back...!
Shizuka
If only a few of the people involved disappeared, it wouldn't pose any problem for the Devil...
Shizuka
If so, it'd benefit from leaving everyone alive to maintain the village...
Chiharu
We're not gonna get any answers just by thinking about it, though...
Shizuka
Unfortunately, the only facts that we know...
Shizuka
Are that the Devil is still alive, and that the villagers' situation remains unknown...
Sunao
............
Shizuka
What's wrong, Sunao?
Sunao
Oh, it's just-- I still feel like something's amiss, somehow.

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Sunao
(I'm probably just anxious because of how tense this situation is...)
Sunao
(I'm overthinking it...)
Shizuka
This is...!
Sunao
You felt it too, Shizuka!?
Shizuka
Yeah, I did... But where'd it come from...?
Shizuka
What about you, Charu?
Chiharu
No clue... but I can tell that it's somewhere nearby!
Sunao
Nearby...
Chiharu
Nearby...
Shizuka
Nearby...
Shizuka
—!?
Shizuka
Charu!!
Chiharu
What?
Shizuka
Behind you!
...!!
Chiharu
Aaaah!!
Shizuka
Charu—!
Chiharu
............
Shizuka
There's more Underlings coming from the shadows...
Shizuka
Sunao, quick! Charu's gonna—!
Sunao
............
Shizuka
Sunao!
Sunao
............
Shizuka
Sunao!
- Sunao -
I should have known this, but why...?

BAD END (5)

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Sunao
(That reminds me. Mikoshiba said...)

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.

Sunao
—!?
Sunao
Shizuka, Charu! Our shadows!
Shizuka
Charu, behind you!!
...!!
Chiharu
Hrragh!
............
Chiharu
I missed...!!
Sunao
This hit had better land!
...!?
Chiharu
Sorry, Sunao-chan. I didn't think I'd miss like that...
Sunao
I didn't recall it until just now either.
Shizuka
Still, good job realizing that they'd come from our shadows.
Sunao
I remembered something Mikoshiba said.
Sunao
She said the shadows would devour Charu...
Chiharu
Yeah, those were the same Underlings that I fought with Shizuka-chan...!
Shizuka
They came out at night before, so they didn't have to bother with shadows...
Shizuka
But if Mikoshiba knew about that...
Sunao
She's the center of the village, so the Devil's manipulation must run deep...
Chiharu
More importantly, we've gotta do something before nightfall, right?
Shizuka
Yeah, but we don't even know the Devil's location at this point...
Shizuka
So, let's go check if everyone is safe first.
Shizuka
We might be able to sense the Devil's power while we're moving around.
Chiharu
Yeah, got it!
Sunao
I'll be going to Mikoshiba's house, then...
Chiharu
Won't that be dangerous...?
Sunao
There might still be some information I can collect.
Sunao
And as she's the center of the village, the Devil could very well be in her own home.
Shizuka
...Just make sure not to do anything reckless.
Sunao
Yes.
Shizuka
Then, Charu.
Shizuka
This may be dangerous for us too, but let's go separately.
Shizuka
We need every second we can get before sunset.
Chiharu
Agreed!
Shizuka
Then, let me teach you how to use telepathy.
[Note] Here, Shizuka uses the Japanese word 念話 (nenwa) rather than the usual loanword テレパシー (terepashī).
Shizuka
That's the technique that we Diviners can use to transmit what we think.
Chiharu
Ah.
Chiharu
(So that's why I could hear her voice back in the waterfall basin.)

Chiharu 11

Chiharu
(Did everyone escape...?)
Chiharu
(Or did the Devil kill them...?)
Chiharu
(If so, my mom would be in big trouble too!)
Chiharu
Nah—! No way no way no way!
Chiharu
(Something still feels weird about all this...)
Chiharu
(If Devils are beings that hurt people, and if there's one manipulating the village,)
Chiharu
(then the whole "wishing for the Land of the Rising Sun" narrative doesn't sit right.)
Chiharu
(Yeah, it feels contradictory.)
Chiharu
(Plus, if it wants to eat Diviners, it can just do that. Like, chomp!)
Chiharu
(Instead, it made all these detailed rules like the coming-of-age, the ceremonies...)
Chiharu
(And it even made a phone call to our house...)
Chiharu
Hm——... Hmmm?
Chiharu
No, Granny made the phone call...?
Chiharu
Gah, enough! My head's spinning already!
Chiharu
How would Todoroki Kouichi think in this situation...?

- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
You need to accept bizarre truths.

Chiharu
That's his iconic line after closing a case, though, so right now it just sounds like "welp, anything goes"...
Chiharu
(But there's something bizarre mixed in here...)
Chiharu
(What's important is to figure out how far-reaching that 'something' is...!)
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
Phew... maybe it's pointless to keep searching this way.
Chiharu
I've checked everywhere I know, so they must've escaped. Yeah.
Chiharu
(This... isn't a Devil's Underling...)
Chiharu
(It's that smell of a weird case, coming from the shrine's direction...?)
Chiharu
(It seems stronger than before...)
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
Ahh, no no no!
Chiharu
I can't stand around getting distracted by stuff like that.
Chiharu
Hm!
Chiharu
...More of the Devil's Underlings up next, huh!?
............!!
Chiharu
Bring it on!
Chiharu
I am gonna drag ALL of you down to the station!

Chiharu 12

............
Chiharu
Hah! You're wide open!
...!!
Chiharu's voice
I pronounce ye GUILTY!
............!?!?
Chiharu
Yes, yes! This is going great.
*Thump*
Chiharu
Hm?
Dancer
............
Chiharu
Uwawa... A-are you okay...!?
Chiharu
This is, um-- her! Yeah! One of the girls who did the dance!
Dancer
............
Chiharu
(Is it just me, or did she collapse at the same time as I beat that Underling...?)
Chiharu
(No, wait, Shizuka-chan's mother said that Devils can manipulate people...)
Chiharu
What was it, again...?
Chiharu
(Someone being manipulated should have...)
Chiharu
Right. She's got a Devil's Brand on her.
Dancer
............
Chiharu
Sorry, but I have to go...
Dancer
............
Chiharu
Hmm—? Wait, it looks like... she doesn't?
Chiharu
(So she's one of the evacuees, after all?)
Chiharu
(I thought there was nobody left, but I guess there's people who were slower to escape...)
Chiharu
(Again...!?)
*Shuffle, shuffle*...
Chiharu
............
*Step*...
Chiharu
PREPARE THYSELF!
Shizuka's mother
Ms. Hiroe, this way! It's easier to fight in an open field!
Chiharu's mother
What do you mean "easier," Ms. Tokime!? That sword's not going to do anything!
Shizuka's mother
We still have no choice but to do this ourselves!
Chiharu
It's Mom and Shizuka's mom!
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu!?
Shizuka's mother
Chiharu-chan!?
...!!
Shizuka's mother
Before that...
Shizuka's mother
Tokime Isshin Style... Meter-Leap Decapitation!!
Chiharu
Meter-Leap Decapitation—!?
............
Shizuka's mother
Ah, the sword...
............!!!
Chiharu
Aah, it's okay! I'll defeat it!!
Chiharu
After that, we should contact Shizuka-chan and Sunao-chan!!

Chiharu 13

...!?
Chiharu
Mom, are you okay!? What about Shizuka's mother?
Chiharu's mother
Yeah, I'm fine. Thanks, Chiharu...
Shizuka's mother
That's a Diviner for you... I don't think I'll ever be able to close that gap.
Chiharu
No, you did an awesome job just now!
Shizuka's mother
Ha, thanks.
Chiharu
Haven't you both escaped?
Chiharu
I searched all over the place, but didn't find anyone else.
Chiharu's mother
Of course, we evacuated with the others...
Chiharu's mother
But those monsters came out of our shadows on the way,
Chiharu's mother
and then we were left behind.
Shizuka's mother
Though we have no idea why they chose to target us...
Chiharu's mother
So, Chiharu.
Chiharu
Hm?
Chiharu's mother
Don't "hm?" me! Where on EARTH did you go?!
Chiharu
Eek!
Chiharu's mother
You just vanished all of a sudden, and never came back!
Chiharu's mother
And now there's monsters popping up! Do you have any idea how worried I was...!?
Chiharu
Um... I'm sorry...
Chiharu
I was worried about the coming-of-age ceremony, so I went to see.
Chiharu
Then Shizuka-chan and I got pushed into the waterfall basin...
Chiharu's mother
Into the waterfall basin...!?
Chiharu's mother
Who would do that...!? Are you hurt at all...!?
Chiharu
I'm fine! Physically. You saw me take out those Underlings, right?
Shizuka's mother
Er, do you mean to say you got pushed during the ceremony...?
Chiharu
...Yeah.
Chiharu
It's like, the coming-of-age ceremony was a Diviner-killing ceremony...
Chiharu
And we get turned into Devils...
Shizuka's mother
This-- is all a little much for me to process. Shizuka's alright, yes?
Shizuka's mother
She said she would contact me...
Chiharu
Yeah, we came back together.
Shizuka's mother
...Just leave the details until we evacuate to the house.
Chiharu
Then we'd better take the dancer I saw just now, too.
Shizuka's mother
Dancer?
Chiharu
Yeah, she collapsed just a minute ago...
Shizuka's mother
Nobody's there, though...?
Chiharu
Huh...?
Chiharu
You're right...
Chiharu's mother
Was there actually anyone...?
Chiharu
Uh, YEAH!
Shizuka's mother
Into thin air, huh...?
Shizuka's mother
That's certainly strange, but we've got another strange thing to deal with...
Chiharu
............
...!!
Chiharu
Why do they keep tracking us like this?
Shizuka's mother
Right. That.
Shizuka
You'll be able to take it a little easier from now on, though.
Sunao
Yes. We're here, too.
Shizuka's mother
Shizuka...!
Shizuka
I'm back, Mother. We'll tell you the details in a moment.
Shizuka's mother
We were just talking about that!

Shizuka 3

Shizuka
There's a Devil nesting in my hometown.
Shizuka
(Even as I say that to myself, I find myself growing even more confused...)
Shizuka
(The customs we've maintained thus far, the wishes we made for the Land of the Rising Sun...)
Shizuka
(Just by finding out that there's a Devil lurking here, I don't know whether I can still trust them or not...)
Shizuka
(And the part about how we become Devils-- is that because it wants to kill us in a nefarious manner...?)
Shizuka
(Is that why it kept all that a secret...?)
Shizuka
(No, that whole story might be made up too, for all I know...)
Shizuka
............
Shizuka
(I've always loved this place.)
Shizuka
(But now, everything about my beloved hometown seems completely fake...)
Shizuka
(In that fake world, I was bound by rules meant to eat Diviners...)
Shizuka
............
Shizuka
(No, I can't... I can't think negatively...)
Shizuka
(Even if I was born and raised in a fake world...)
Shizuka
My mother's existence is real...
Shizuka
So the same must be true of the others... there's no way they could be fake!
Shizuka
—!?
Shizuka
The lights are on in that house...!

Shizuka 4

Shizuka
Is anyone in here!?
Woah! Hooray, everyone!
Our Diviner is back!
"Waa—!!"
Welcome back, Shizuka-chan!
Thank you, thank you! You did so well, coming back...!
We thought we might never see you again, what with the ceremony being over.
Shizuka
Um...
Shizuka
Charu and Sunao came back with me, too. We thought something might have happened?
All three of you?
Then we'll be saved nice and soon, I take it!
Shizuka
But why are you all gathered here?
Lady Mikoshiba came over all of a sudden,
saying that monsters were showing up, and told us to hide until things cooled down.
Shizuka
(She noticed that we were back, and ordered the villagers to evacuate...?)
Shizuka
(Just as we thought, it's trying to wipe us out and revert to how things were...)
Shizuka
............
Shizuka-chan, what's the matter...?
Shizuka
(Everyone could be fake, though... Underlings in disguise, for instance...)
Shizuka
...You're all real, right...?
Real...?
Shizuka
I—I'm sorry!
Shizuka
I just felt a little uneasy, since I've never seen the village like this.
Oh, it's all right. After all, you've always been protecting us, Shizuka-chan.
We understand how you might feel anxious. Especially with that injury before, good heavens.
But we all believe in the three of you! So please, try to feel at ease.
Shizuka
(They're probably real... I think it's safe to assume that.)
Shizuka
Yes, I'll be fine. Thank you, ma'am.

`

Shizuka 5

Shizuka
Okay! My worries are gone, and I'm feeling fine!
Shizuka
I'm going to go defeat the Devil!
Sorry for leaning on you so hard at a time like this. But do your best out there!
Shizuka
Certainly.
Shizuka
We Diviners exist precisely for times like these!
Shizuka
By the way, have all the villagers gathered here?
Shizuka
It's an emergency, so has anyone evacuated elsewhere? The Grand Shrine, for instance?
No, everyone ought to be here.
Shizuka
...Then even if anything happens here, I suppose my mother ought to keep you safe...
Ah, yes. With a head family member here, we'll be safe and sound.
Shizuka
Can anyone call my mother?
No, wait... I haven't seen anyone from the head family so far.
Shizuka
Eh... Nobody saw her...!?
I haven't...
Shizuka
You're kidding...
Shizuka
Also, right... Where's Chiharu's mother!?
The woman who volunteered as your nurse?
Shizuka
Yes, the one who treated my wounds!
Sorry, I haven't seen her...
Shizuka
But what about when you were evacuating!?
We should have been together till then.
Yes, I saw that too.
But I don't think I ever saw her since we evacuated to this house...
Shizuka
...I'll go look!

Shizuka
How can only my and Chiharu's mothers not have evacuated...?
Shizuka
The only explanation I can come up with is they got targeted...
Shizuka
(But, why...?)

Sunao
...Thinking about it from the Devil's perspective,
Sunao
feeding off of the Diviners by manipulating them would be more appealing to it,
Sunao
so it might be trying to do away with us here and reset the situation...

Shizuka
So it's trying to kill all the relatives involved...?
Shizuka
—!?
Shizuka
Telepathy... From Sunao...?

Sunao branch unlocked
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Sunao 4

Sunao
............
Sunao
(It might be my fault that the situation's gotten so complicated...)
Sunao
(Because I became a Diviner without Mikoshiba's permission...)
Sunao
(And I was punished by being forced to kill someone...)

Mikoshiba
What!? She already became a Diviner!?
Sunao's father
It's not Sunao's fault, though, we swear!
Sunao's father
We're the ones to blame for not telling her about Diviners...!
Mikoshiba
A grave crime...
Mikoshiba
Have ye forgotten that your family was born of a Tokime branch family!?
Sunao's father
We are fully aware of that...!
Mikoshiba
If so, things should never have gotten to this point.
Mikoshiba
Your awareness of the clan may be weak, certainly, but you have a daughter entering the age of menarche!
Mikoshiba
You kept this from her on purpose for some reason, didn't ye...?
Sunao's mother
............
Sunao's mother
We didn't want her to develop an interest in them. In Diviners...
Mikoshiba
Ye fool!
Sunao
No!
Sunao
Mom and Dad did nothing wrong!
Sunao
It was me. I made a wish and became a Magical Girl on my own.
Mikoshiba
Is that what they're called out there, these days?
Mikoshiba
Then, what did thou wish for?
Sunao
...For Mom and Dad's sake.
Mikoshiba
Trivial... Wasteful...
Sunao
How is that trivial...!?
Sunao
Is it so bad to make a wish for the people you love!?
Mikoshiba
I'm saying that one of the Tokime bloodline must not make such a wish.
Mikoshiba
...Come. Listen to me a moment.
Sunao
Wh-what...?
- Mikoshiba -
"Thou must atone for thine and thy parents' crime
with thy own behavior."
- Mikoshiba -
"Even if thou hast become a Diviner wastefully,
there are mountains of things thou canst do in the village."
- Mikoshiba -
"If anyone who disobeys our will doth appear,
thou shalt kill that person."
- Mikoshiba -
"Thou cannot refuse."
- Mikoshiba -
"Kill others to atone for your crime,
or thy parents die to atone for your crime.
Two choices, but in essence, only one."

Sunao
(I'm still afraid...)
Sunao
(But if we take care of the Devil fast enough, maybe I can save Mom and Dad too...)
Sunao
............
Sunao
If Mikoshiba's there, I take her into custody, and question her after the Devil is defeated...
Sunao
Once she's in her right mind, I'll ask her what she was thinking...
............!!
Sunao
Move aside! I have business in this house!

Sunao 5

*Ka-chak*...
Sunao
Lady Mikoshiba...?
Sunao
............
Sunao
She evacuated with the other villagers, surely...?
Sunao
(That, or she's working as an agent of the Devil...)
Sunao
............
Sunao
Not here...
Sunao
(I'll take this chance to search the shelves that I couldn't when Mikoshiba was here...)
Sunao
(...A gap in the wardrobe.)
Sunao
—!?
Sunao
(There's a faint light...)
Sunao
............
Sunao
...This is an old laptop...
Sunao
(There shouldn't be anything like this in the village...!)
Sunao
............
Sunao
It's usable...
Sunao
Password...
Sunao
............
Sunao
Oh no!
............
Sunao
Several Underlings in this room... and outside, too...
Sunao
This is Mikoshiba's home, after all...
Sunao
It only makes sense that the Underlings would welcome me with large numbers...
Sunao
(For now, I need to request aid from Shizuka...)
Sunao
And defend this computer with my life.

Sunao 6

Sunao
Take this-- and vanish!
............!?!?
Sunao
Hah... Hah...
Sunao
Though I've left the room in quite a mess...
Sunao
The computer... seems... intact...
Sunao
Whew...
Sunao
(The password...)
Sunao
............
Sunao
(1234...)
Sunao
(Of course it isn't...)
Sunao
(Still, there's got to be a limit to what she can remember at her age...)
Sunao
(Since she's using a computer this old, I expect that her knowledge and common sense about them would be fairly outdated too...)
Sunao
(It's just a hunch, but I don't think it should be that complex...)
Sunao
............
Sunao
(The information that I've gathered in hopes of getting revenge someday...)
Sunao
(There's got to be something seemingly-complex that she'd still be able to remember somewhere... A word, a number...)
Sunao
(How about her safe combination...?)
Sunao
—!?
Sunao
It worked...!
Sunao
(There's hardly any files at all...)
*Click, click click*...
Sunao
(It's got an internet connection...)
Sunao
(The e-mail...)
*Click*...
Sunao
(...is empty. Nothing in the recycle bin, either...)
Sunao
............
*Click*
Sunao
(But something's taking up some disk space.)
Sunao
(Commonly accessed folders...)
*Click*
Sunao
Ah...
Sunao
(A lot of audio files...)
*Click*
Sunao
............It's muted?
Sunao
Ah, the earphones...
Sunao
............
Sunao
This is...!

Shizuka
I'm sorry, Sunao! I ran into some Underlings on the way too!
Sunao
Don't worry, I'm alright. I already defeated them, as you can see...
Shizuka
...You don't look well, though?
Sunao
I had a bit of difficulty, that's all.
Shizuka
Are you hurt...?
Sunao
I'm fine.
Sunao
(Is this something that I can tell her that easily...?)
Sunao
............
Shizuka
Sorry, but can you help me out with a search after this...?
Sunao
Search?
Shizuka
Yeah.
Shizuka
My and Charu's mothers are missing...
Sunao
Both of yours, on top of everything else...
Sunao
Do you have any idea where to search, though...?
Shizuka
That's the main issue...
Shizuka
—!?
Shizuka
Wait, Charu's calling me...
Sunao
(I have to take this... to the grave...)

Next: Sunao 7 (Unlocked after clearing All 21)

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Chiharu's mother
............*Sigh*.
Shizuka's mother
Ms. Hiroe...
Chiharu's mother
First the Diviners and the Tokime Clan, now this... my suspension of disbelief was already stretched pretty thin.
Shizuka's mother
...I understand how you feel.
Shizuka's mother
It's hard for me to imagine that the whole village lies inside a Labyrinth...
Chiharu
Sorry for dumping this on you so suddenly...
Chiharu's mother
Don't apologise, Chiharu. We're just a little surprised.
Chiharu's mother
I told you, I'd already prepared myself for whatever would happen when you became a Diviner.
Chiharu's mother
I can bend my own common sense enough to accept this.
Shizuka's mother
Really, I'm sure it was far harder for you Diviners to hear this...
Shizuka
However, we still have no idea about how much of it was true...
Shizuka
It's clear to us that I was almost killed by Mikoshiba,
Shizuka
that Mikoshiba threatened Sunao into becoming an assassin,
Shizuka
and that Underlings are suddenly emerging from nowhere in the village...
Sunao
And the part about... how we Diviners become Devils...?
Shizuka
Mikoshiba might have been lying in order to kill me in a more horrible way...
Shizuka
That possibility's still open, so I'm not taking it as fact just yet.
Shizuka
............
Shizuka's mother
What's wrong, Shizuka...?
Shizuka
...A little while ago, I had a thought that scared me.
Shizuka
If, hypothetically, the village really is a Devil's Labyrinth,
Shizuka
then all the scenery and people I've seen might be no more than illusions, too...
Chiharu
My mom came with me from outside, so I can guarantee that she's real!
Chiharu
And Shizuka-chan's mother was attacked by Underlings, too,
Chiharu
so she can't be fake either!
Shizuka
Charu...
Shizuka's mother
Who do you think gave birth to you, anyway?
Shizuka
That's...
Sunao
Try not to overthink it all like that. Let's just focus on the here and now.
Shizuka
Yeah, sorry.
Chiharu
At any rate, we're 100% sure that there's a Devil here.
Chiharu
Let's beat the stuffing out of it and find Granny!
Chiharu
We can't interrogate her without finding her, after all.
Shizuka
Though if the Devil's been manipulating her, she might not have any memory of it.
Sunao
Ah, that's...
Shizuka's mother
...I think the three of you should hurry things up.
Chiharu
It's evening already...!
Chiharu
If we don't defeat it before thsunset, it'll be just like that night last time!
Shizuka
Right. When darkness falls, the Devil will have free reign...
Chiharu
What's gonna happen to our moms if we leave, though!? Will they be okay!?
Shizuka's mother
Don't worry. I can take out a few Underlings myself.
Chiharu
Even though your sword broke!?
Shizuka's mother
So I want you to do me a quick favor before leaving.
Chiharu
What...?
Bang!!
Chiharu
—!?
Chiharu
A ton of swords... In the wardrobe...
Shizuka's mother
Can you infuse these swords with your Diviner powers?
Shizuka
I see.
Chiharu
See what?
Shizuka
A Diviner can apply her power to various objects.
Shizuka
And if you infuse your power into weapons like these,
Shizuka
they become weapons that can be used to fight Devils.
Chiharu
Ama—zing!
Shizuka's mother
So, sorry to ask this of you, but come over and infuse these before you go.
Shizuka's mother
Us old folks may have technique, but not your power.
Chiharu
Gotcha! We'll top these things right off!
Shizuka
Sunao, you come help too!
Sunao
O—okay!
Shizuka
The only question left is where to find the Devil...
Sunao
Um, there's still one sword left over.
Shizuka's mother
That's our ace in the hole, so could you leave that one alone?
Shizuka
They say that the Tokime Diviners have each been adding their power to it for generations.
Sunao
That's something precious indeed. Understood.
Shizuka's mother
About that sword though, Shizuka.
Shizuka's mother
I might have to tell you the rest of the story about it when you come back.
Shizuka
Aw. What's with that half-finished feeling...?
Shizuka's mother
Just keep it in mind.
Shizuka
...Okay, I understand.

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Shizuka
So, got any idea after you both patrolled around the village...?
Chiharu
Nothing at all here...
Chiharu
The shrine still smells as weird as ever, but that's about it.
Sunao
I went to Mikoshiba's house, but didn't find anything particularly amiss...
Shizuka
Same here, actually.
Shizuka
I patrolled over there while double-checking that everyone was safe, but found nothing worth mentioning...
Shizuka
Did we all really not feel anything...?
Sunao
I can sense a Devil's presence.
Sunao
But, how should I say this... it feels flat, even...
Sunao
There's slight changes every so often, but the intensity of the reaction remains the same...
Chiharu
I think I'm feeling the same thing?
Chiharu
I was just searching around for everybody, thinking "wow, it sure hasn't changed much."
Chiharu
What about Shizuka-chan?
Shizuka
The same as you two, unfortunately...
Shizuka
Even an idea about whether it's approaching or leaving would be good...
Chiharu
Maybe it's constantly moving and keeping a set distance from us?
Sunao
Wouldn't it be impossible to keep the same distance from all three of us...?
Chiharu
Hmn, right...
Sunao
Perhaps the response is changing slightly because it's hiding somewhere...?
Chiharu
Hiding something, being hidden... hmm, you might be on to something.
Sunao
............?
Chiharu
At times like these, I ask Todoroki Kouichi!
Shizuka
Who?
Sunao
Ah, the character from that drama?
Chiharu
You know him, Sunao-chan!?
Sunao
Just the name, not much else.
Chiharu
I see...
Shizuka
So, what can this Mr. Todoroki do?
Chiharu
I put myself in the shoes of Mr. Todoroki as he's solving a case, and ask him!
Chiharu
Hmnーーー
Chiharu
Mr. Todoroki, the reaction remains the same no matter how much we move.
Chiharu
What should we do at a time like this!?

- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
If you're absolutely sure that the culprit
is lurking nearby, try taking a moment
to remove the map from your mind.
- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
You should realize that the world you perceived
as a flat plain is actually composed of three
dimensions, with its own mountains and sky.
- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
Think carefully, with that in mind.
- Todoroki (Chiharu) -
In today's world, that little thing
called 'truth' may be lying somewhere
much closer than you expect.

Chiharu
Phew... That's what Mr. Todoroki told me.
Shizuka
"Told"...? You were just talking to yourself in a funny voice...
Chiharu
Playing the part makes me feel like I've gotten smarter...!
Sunao
I agree that it's a perspective we've largely ignored so far, though...
Sunao
Considering the differences between two and three dimensions...
Shizuka
Got any idea...?
Sunao
Yes...
Sunao
To make matters quick, I think it's underground.
Shizuka
Underground...?
Sunao
If you think about it from a two-dimensional perspective,
Sunao
the distance from us to the Devil should have been shrinking, eventually approaching zero meters.
Sunao
But if it were somewhere 200 meters below ground,
Sunao
the difference in the reaction as we moved, if any, wouldn't feel very significant.
Chiharu
The sky looks pretty empty to me, so if it's anywhere, I bet it'd be underground!
Shizuka
But is there anywhere to hide beneath the village...?
Shizuka
——!?
Sunao
Do you know a place...?
Shizuka
Yeah... Just one...!

Shizuka
By the way, have all the villagers gathered here?
Shizuka
It's an emergency, so has anyone evacuated elsewhere? The Grand Shrine, for instance?
No, everyone ought to be here.

Shizuka
The Grand Shrine...!
Chiharu
Where's that?
Shizuka
It's behind the kagura stage that Charu went past. In the same place as that old shrine building...
Chiharu
The awful-smelling place...!
Shizuka
Charu might have been sensing it from the very beginning...
Shizuka
That little thing called 'truth' might be lying somewhere much closer than we expect.
Chiharu
Exactly!
Sunao
Then, let's go.
Shizuka
Yeah. We're almost out of time, after all-- let's hurry to the Grand Shrine.

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Chiharu
The smell definitely feels stronger than before...
Shizuka
I assume that by 'smell,' you mean a sort of incident-related feeling?
Shizuka
Like the power you feel from Devils, for example. Is it unconnected to that?
Chiharu
Yeah... It's not like power, exactly.
Chiharu
It's this feeling that something bad's about to happen. Like I've got this awful, queasy feeling in my chest.
Shizuka
And you've been feeling it from here the whole time...
Sunao
We can't know what it really is until we go inside...
Chiharu
Yeah...
Chiharu
By the way, what's the Grand Shrine that Shizuka-chan mentioned...?
Shizuka
The Grand Shrine is where our gods are venerated.
Shizuka
Like Kyūbē-sama, who grants our wishes,
Shizuka
and all the Diviners who fought for the Land of the Rising Sun before us.
Sunao
Have you ever gone inside?
Shizuka
Nope...
Shizuka
Trainee dancers have been summoned in,
Shizuka
but I don't think most people have been there.
Shizuka
Though it was designated as an emergency shelter, we've never had an emergency until today...
Sunao
I see...

Shizuka
We've arrived. Once you enter the shrine building, there should be a path down.
Chiharu
...
Shizuka
Charu?
Chiharu
Uwegh... It's so gross...
Sunao
Wait, are you all right!?
Chiharu
Sorry... But I think I'll be able to get used to it in a minute...
Chiharu
I don't understand... What is this...? ...It's malice, probably.
Sunao
Malice?
Chiharu
You get this gross feeling when you see a person doing something bad, right?
Chiharu
It sorta feels like that...
Shizuka
If it's not reacting to the Devil, perhaps there's someone that you need to arrest...?
Sunao
We might find Mikoshiba down there too, not just the Devil...
Chiharu
...Alright. I'm okay now.
Sunao
Then, let's start descending...?
Chiharu
Okay...
Shizuka
You felt that reaction right as we arrived at the stairway.
Chiharu
We did it. This is the right place...

*Step, step, step*...
*Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle*...
*Clonk, clonk, clonk*...
Sunao
How far down should we go...?
Shizuka
I don't know... This is my first time in here too, after all...
Sunao
So there's a lot of things that even the head Tokime family doesn't know...
Shizuka
Really, the only one who knows everything is Mikoshiba...
Chiharu
Our enemy might be manipulating Granny, too,
Chiharu
so I bet it's real tough.
Sunao
True, we must be prepared...
Shizuka
If we die, everything will be buried in darkness...
Shizuka
It's our duty to go back alive and expose everything under the sun's rays.
Chiharu
...I can see a light.
Sunao
*Inhale*...
Chiharu
...Strong malice...
Shizuka
...and a Devil's strong power...

Chiharu
............What is this place...?
Shizuka
Such a magnificent place... built without anyone knowing...
Shizuka
Mikoshiba...
Mikoshiba
Little girls... Ye did well, figuring out I was here...
Shizuka
Charu seems to have felt the smell for a long time, though.
Mikoshiba
My, how pesky.
Mikoshiba
It was a blunder on my part not to kill ye earlier.
Shizuka
Don't you dare talk so casually about killing her.
Shizuka
You're going to tell us everything that's happened until now! Not a single omission!
Mikoshiba
Thou needn't order me to. I shall tell thee as a last parting gift.
Mikoshiba
Come, now. Why not come and play with the Devil to liven up the conversation?
Sunao
The Devil!
Sunao
Shizuka, Charu! It's behind Mikoshiba!
衆倒令專 方界諸聞 若持後佛
Mikoshiba
Bury them for me, o Devil...!
Mikoshiba
And then it will be their parents' turn!

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Chiharu
Granny's controlling the Devil...!?
Sunao
It may look that way, but there's no way she could pull off a feat like that...
Shizuka
This is the head Tokime priestess we're talking about.
Shizuka
It hardly seems strange when Diviners already exist.
Chiharu
But... It's still possible that it's the one manipulating her.
Mikoshiba
Go, crush them!
出佛爲應!!
Shizuka
Ghh...! It's certainly powerful enough to envelop a whole village...
Shizuka
However!
衆大因非!?!?
Shizuka
I hit it...
得是喜德
Shizuka
But not fatally...
Mikoshiba
Ho ho!
Mikoshiba
I've been raising this Devil for years! You're just inexperienced young girls!
Mikoshiba
You're generations behind. Go and melt them all together...!
沮名量趣 當南紫一!
Sunao
What's with that water...!?
Shizuka
Sunao, step back!
者肩金等 其興方利 出一故藐
Chiharu
It keeps closing in on us!
Chiharu
If we get up higher...!
Shizuka
Alongside the wall...
Sunao
Kick off the wall, and leap all the way to the Devil...
Shizuka
If we do that, we'll hit the water the moment we fall!
Mikoshiba
How pleasant it is to hear the cries of you annoying little girls!
歡光吼生
Shizuka
Kh!
喜汝諸勒
Shizuka
I'll use my power to stop it now...
Shizuka
CEASE!!
Sunao
The water flow stopped...!
Shizuka
Sunao! Escape up above while you still can!
Sunao
But Shizuka, you can't move, can you!?
Shizuka
Get up while I'm holding it back!
Chiharu's voice
Shizuka-chan! Sunao-chan!
Shizuka
Huh--? There's a rope wrapped around me...
Sunao
With a jitte on the end...
Chiharu
I'm gonna pull you upーーーー!!
Chiharu
Raaaーーーgh!!
Shizuka
Uwa!
Sunao
Kya!
Chiharu
Success!
Shizuka
Thanks, you saved us.
Sunao
I hardly expected something that quick-witted.
Chiharu
Hee hee hee.
Mikoshiba
Petty tricks...
Chiharu
The stage where we'll fight is up here!
Chiharu
If we occupy the top of the shrine, oncoming water is nothing to fear!
Sunao
Right. Let's attack from here!
Shizuka
We just narrowly escaped from death.
Mikoshiba
It's useless to scurry around like that.
Mikoshiba
O, Devil!
Mikoshiba
Worry not about destroying the shrine! Eliminate them at any cost!
顛不十敎 德威生舍 土空當佛!

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Chiharu
Suffer thyself to be bound!
佛當舌斯!?
Shizuka
She's succeded in binding it...
Shizuka
Thanks, Charu!
Shizuka
Tear into this Devil, O Sevenfold Swords!
願合者愍!?!?
Shizuka's voice
Finish it off, Sunao!
Sunao
If you want to melt us, we will in turn purify you!
Sunao
With this light!
得十佛下!?!?
Mikoshiba
Ough... Ngh...
Mikoshiba
What, can't thou move!? Art thou no more of a Devil than that!?
Mikoshiba
Can'st thou show me thy true power?!!
............!!
Chiharu
You're going to pop a blood vessel in your head, getting that angry...
Mikoshiba
You loathesome little Hiroe girl...
Shizuka
............
Shizuka
Granny... Wake up.
Shizuka
You might not be controlling that Devil. It could really be controlling you!
Shizuka
If that's the case, you've been ending lives for no reason...
Mikoshiba
Stop talking nonsense, Tokime girl.
Mikoshiba
As if I could ever be manipulated.
Mikoshiba
Everything I've done is in accordance with our traditions of divine offspring.
[Note] 御子神 (mikogami): IRL Shinto term referring to gods that are children of other gods
Mikoshiba
All of it is true.
Mikoshiba
My control over this Devil, the fact that ye wretches shall become Devils...
Mikoshiba
Furthermore,
Mikoshiba
the acts of discarding those who leave, and killing those who come from outside...
Mikoshiba
They are committed out of necessity for this village... Nothing more and nothing less.
Mikoshiba
All this is necessary for this place to continue serving as the Land of the Rising Sun's shadow.
Shizuka
So that whole story is true...?
Shizuka
How we're just used-up dregs after our wishes were granted...
Shizuka
...and so we're killed to get rid of us? Is that the village's tradition?
Mikoshiba
Precisely.
Mikoshiba
For that reason, ye should be buried.
Mikoshiba
To ensure that the existence of Tokime is never exposed under broad daylight!
生是目謗 授弗達長 往法當輩!
Chiharu
There's no getting through to her right now...
Shizuka
Yeah... But I still have hope.
Shizuka
She'll return to normal after we slay the Devil...
Shizuka
Though Mikoshiba might be an awful old granny, there were times when she was kind...
Sunao
Shizuka, stop...
Sunao
Don't hold out that kind of hope for her.
Shizuka
...Don't worry. It really is just a faint hope.
Mikoshiba
This is thy last chance, Devil! Don't you dare fail this time...
忍行實相 稱光三汝 生受門須
Shizuka
Sunao, Charu, let's make this next one the finishing blow.

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佛色佛諸 應故至貧 以諸靡乃
彼地如國 意聞淨佛 如甚修覆
Chiharu
W—we beat it... Victoryyy...
Sunao
We consumed quite a lot of energy...
Sunao
But it dropped its Soul, so I believe we'll be fine...
Shizuka
What about Mikoshiba...?
Mikoshiba
Ough... Ng...h...
Mikoshiba
............
Shizuka
Don't tell me...
Chiharu
Is Granny okay...?
Shizuka
We can't have her dying on us down here.
Sunao
Yes. It'd leave mountains of questions unanswered...
Mikoshiba
............
Shizuka
...Seems she's just fainted.

Shizuka
Mother!
Chiharu
Mom!
Chiharu's mother
——!?
Chiharu's mother
Chiharu! Shizuka-chan! Sunao-chan!
Shizuka's mother
You defeated the Devil, yes?
Shizuka's mother
I assumed as much, given how the Underlings suddenly vanished.
Chiharu
It was SUPER tough, but we all worked hard and managed to beat it!
Sunao
It was nice teamwork.
Shizuka
Yeah. What about the two of you...?
Shizuka's mother
Exhausted, as you can see...
Shizuka's mother
We only had sword left. Another second, and everything would have been over...
Shizuka
Thank goodness we made it in time...
Shizuka's mother
Now, about Lady Mikoshiba-- was she with the Devil...?
Sunao
She was manipulating the Devil...
Shizuka's mother
In other words, she was in league with it...?
Chiharu
We're still not sure.
Chiharu
It looked that way, but it's possible that she was actually being manipulated.
Shizuka
Chiharu, let's talk about that later.
Shizuka
We just have to ask Mikoshiba after she wakes up.
Chiharu
Yeah...
Chiharu's mother
Then, let's go back to our house for now...
Shizuka's mother
May we also stay at the house you're renting, Ms. Hiroe?
Chiharu's mother
Yes. Yours is in shambles now, after all...
Shizuka
Huh...!?

Mikoshiba
Mu... uuh...
Shizuka
So you're finally awake...
Chiharu
Granny, are you okay...?
Mikoshiba
............
Mikoshiba
...Ye're the Diviner girl.
Chiharu's mother
As far as I can tell, you're uninjured, but do you feel unwell at all?
Shizuka's mother
Ms. Hiroe, you don't have to worry about her that much.
Mikoshiba
The Tokime and Hiroe mothers...
Mikoshiba
Ah, is that it? Did I get hurt somehow, an' pass out?
Chiharu
...Don't you remember anything?
Mikoshiba
Sorry, dear... Everything lately seems t' be a bit of a blur...
Chiharu
Huh...? Is this for real...?
Shizuka
People who receive a Devil's Brand do tend to forget what happened...
Mikoshiba
I received one? From a Devil...?
Sunao
...But if anything, it looked like you were manipulating said Devil...
Mikoshiba
I'm so sorry... I can't remember a thing...
Mikoshiba
But it's true that ye saved me, right?
Mikoshiba
I must express my gratitude to ye three Diviners. Thank ye, truly.
Shizuka
Still... We have things that we want to ask you...
Mikoshiba
...About what?
Shizuka
It's fine if your memory's hazy. We still want to hear what you have to say.
Shizuka
About us Diviners...

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Mikoshiba
...And I really did say all of that, correct...?
Shizuka
Yeah, you did.
Shizuka
At the coming-of-age ceremony, you said that Diviners inevitably become Devils.
Shizuka
You also said that Diviners can never be allowed outside, so the village can continue being the Land of the Rising Sun's shadow...
Mikoshiba
I've never heard of any of that...
Mikoshiba
But I hardly think that ye'd be a dishonest girl...
Mikoshiba
So please, allow me to at least make an apology.
Shizuka
Well, alright...
Chiharu
Granny, you're lying...
Mikoshiba
Ah, that's a shame...
Mikoshiba
Considering what I did, it's natural for ye to say so...
Chiharu
It still smells...!
Sunao
............
Sunao
Enough. I can't take this anymore...
Mikoshiba
Toki girl...?
Sunao
I thought things might be all right if you'd just admit to all of it, but I've heard enough...
Sunao
I didn't want to say this, because I knew Shizuka and Charu would be hurt by it...
Sunao
I thought that if Mikoshiba were punished, I should take this to the grave.
Sunao
But-- but I can't, any more!
Mikoshiba
W—what are ye talking about...?
Shizuka
Yeah, what is it? What's so bad that we can't hear it?
Sunao
...!
Sunao
I went to Mikoshiba's house, right?
Sunao
Of course, I couldn't find her there at the time.
Mikoshiba
Oh, that's right. Where was I...?
Sunao
At the Grand Shrine...
Mikoshiba
There, of all places...?! Unbelievable! I was by a Devil's side in such a holy place!?
Sunao
Don't change the subject!
Sunao
I take it you don't remember threatening to kill my parents?
Mikoshiba
I'm afraid not...
Chiharu's mother
Then, you shouldn't remember threatening me into coming here either...
Mikoshiba
That's... true...
Sunao
How far back did this go...? When did your memories become blurred?
Mikoshiba
............
Mikoshiba
It was... yes, I believe it was since Sunao's case.
Mikoshiba
One year... Perhaps even two, at most...?
Sunao
Then you were at least in your right mind during that case...
Mikoshiba
That... case...?
Chiharu
Sunao-chan... What are you talking about...?

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Sunao
I went to Mikoshiba's house, and I found something...
Mikoshiba
............
Sunao
A computer, which shouldn't be here in this village...
Mikoshiba
............
Sunao
I entered the same number as your safe combination, and logged in to it.
Sunao
Then, I found some audio files...
Mikoshiba
...So what?
Sunao
Several of the files were at least 2 years old...
Mikoshiba
...And you listened to them?
Sunao
Yes... Clearly, with my own ears...
Mikoshiba
............
Mikoshiba
I see. I see... So you heard them...
Sunao
What was that...!? Tell me...!!
Mikoshiba
Ye're better off not knowing.
Mikoshiba
Ignorance is bliss.
Sunao
This is not something you can get away with!
Mikoshiba
...Yes, I should never have allowed people in from outside...
Mikoshiba
I'll tell ye this. There's no written documentation.
Mikoshiba
Leaving any would risk other villagers reading about it.
Sunao
Mikoshiba...!
*Crick*...
Sunao
Huh...?
Mikoshiba
Ough...
Sunao
Mikoshiba...!?
Chiharu
Granny!
Shizuka
Wait, what's happening...!?
Chiharu
Mom!
Chiharu's mother
Girls, leave the room!

Chiharu
Granny's dead? Really...?
Shizuka's mother
Yes...
Shizuka's mother
She had poison tucked into her back tooth.
Shizuka's mother
Perhaps she intended to escape into the underworld, in the end.
Chiharu
She didn't have to do that...
Chiharu's mother
Charu...
Sunao
That means she admitted them... Her wrongdoings...
Chiharu
But... but... He said that any bad guy can have another chance...
Chiharu
Mr. Todoroki said so...
Shizuka
It's quite possible that there's some people who can't...
Chiharu
............
Sunao
I can't forgive her...
Sunao
Doing as many awful things as she likes, and then dying to cover them all up...!
Sunao
I'm sorry... I shouldn't have brought it up...
Sunao
I should've gotten more out of Mikoshiba first... I could've waited...!
Shizuka's mother
Sunao-chan, calm down...
Shizuka
I'd probably have doubled down on her even if you didn't, Sunao...
Shizuka
Because I saw more bodies in the waterfall basin than could've accumulated within a couple of years.
Shizuka
The Devil had nothing to do with it.
Shizuka
She'd been killing Diviners of her own accord... The entire time...
Shizuka
...So, Sunao. What did you hear from the computer...?
Sunao
...I don't even want to talk about it.
Shizuka
It's something to do with me and Charu, right...?
Shizuka
Let us hear about it...
Sunao
No. You're guaranteed to regret it!
Shizuka
But it's about us, right?
Shizuka
It's not fair of you to take it to your grave.
Chiharu
Yeah, Sunao-chan.
Chiharu
We want to know about ourselves. So let us carry it, too.
Sunao
............
Sunao
What I heard... what I heard was...
Sunao
...!
Sunao
The prices of Diviners' lives...

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Sunao 7

Sunao
(A lot of audio files...)
Click
Sunao
............It's muted?
Sunao
Ah, the earphones...
Sunao
............
Sunao
This is...!
- Mikoshiba -
"It's me."
'So, about the one who'll enact the miracle.
Have you finished preparations yet?'
- Mikoshiba -
"Just hold yer horses a little while longer.
I'll be able to ensure it within a few more days."
'I must ask you to work slightly faster, or we'll have
a problem on our hands. If all goes well, this incident
could easily shift the political landscape.'
- Mikoshiba -
"Believe me, I'm aware of yer circumstances.
How long do you think I've been doing business with all of you?
This isn't the first time you've made use of us."
'Well, I simply received your contact information
from Sensei. Whether I can really trust you or not
will depend on how this case turns out.'
- Mikoshiba -
"Your political rival has also contacted me,
but the price you put forth was much more favorable.
As such, you can rest easy."
'Just don't leave it too late, whatever you do.
The payment for the wish is already complete, you know.'
- Mikoshiba -
"I already told ye. Just have patience for a few more days."
- Mikoshiba -
"When the time comes, you'll receive
a satisfying result for your payment,
and you too will be thankful to Sensei."
'We're counting on you.'
- Mikoshiba -
"Also, I'm sure you understand this already,
but all of our conversations are recorded as evidence.
We'll have each other over a barrel from now on."
- Mikoshiba -
"Do not ever let that slip your mind.
It may very well end your political career."
'Of course.'

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Chiharu
Prices of lives...?
Shizuka
Which means, the price for my and Chiharu's lives...?
Sunao
...Yes.
Sunao
There was a recording of a conversation with an unknown man...
Sunao
Though it was hard to understand at first,
Sunao
I gradually realized that they were talking about a wish made upon becoming a Diviner...
Chiharu
Who was on the other side...?
Sunao
At least for the file I listened to, I only heard his voice. No name or anything...
Sunao
But I'm sure he was someone very high-ranking...
Sunao
She was talking to him about the price of the wish... and the time frame for it...
Shizuka
In short, our wishes... Our lives were sold...
Shizuka
*Sigh*...
Shizuka
Sorry for asking about it like that... You were holding on harder than I thought...
Chiharu
............
Sunao
...U-uu...
Chiharu
So we didn't wish for the Land of the Rising Sun...?
Sunao
...That fact doesn't change.
Chiharu
But, Granny made us make our wishes so she'd get money for it...
Chiharu
I...
Chiharu
I didn't sacrifice my life to a god...
Chiharu
My life was just sold to some faceless man...
Chiharu
...What was my wish, in the end...?
Shizuka
Yes, it might've been sold. Even so... Even so, Charu...
Shizuka
Your wish did come true, and foiled the evil nesting within justice...
Chiharu
Shizuka-chan...
Shizuka
So, it did come true... It did, Charu...!
Chiharu
Yeah...
Chiharu
By the way, Sunao-chan... How much was I worth...?
Chiharu's mother
Charu, stop... You don't need to hear about that...
Sunao
Yeah. You don't have any price.
Chiharu
Liar...
Sunao
I'd never put a price on my friends.
Sunao
This doesn't change anything about either of you. You're the greatest people I know.
Sunao
Who cares... about some price...?
Chiharu
Sunao-chaaan...
Shizuka
Thank you...
Shizuka
I'm sorry for making you bear that... You're the greatest person I know, too...
Sunao
Even though I tried to kill you...?
Shizuka
Of course.

Shizuka
............
Shizuka
So in the end, Mikoshiba knew everything, and was even controlling the Devil...
Shizuka
And this village has been selling people's lives since ancient times...
Shizuka's mother
Shizuka, that's not true...
Shizuka's mother
This village belongs to us Tokime. We don't know what it was like before Mikoshiba's clan came...
Shizuka's mother
Though we can't ask her any more, of course. Dead men tell no tales...
Chiharu
............
Chiharu
*Sniff*...

Chiharu
At this point... at this point, I'll do whatever I have to...!
Chiharu's mother
Charu, what are you doing!? Stop!
Shizuka's mother
Yes, listen to your mother! It doesn't matter how evil she was-- a dead person's dead!
Chiharu
That's not it...!
Chiharu
I said it still smells just a minute ago, didn't I!?
Chiharu
Granny might be dead, but there's still a villain's smell coming from her!
Chiharu's mother
But what can we do about that?
Chiharu
That thing called 'truth' always lies much closer than you expect.
Chiharu
If she left that data in the computer Sunao-chan found,
Chiharu
then she might have carried the really important things with her, right?
Chiharu's mother
I see... Here, I'll try searching...
Mikoshiba
............
Chiharu's mother
...Excuse me.
Chiharu's mother
............
Chiharu
Is there... anything there...?
Chiharu's mother
Something in her pocket...
Chiharu
There was...
Chiharu's mother
...This is...?
Shizuka
A book...? What's this weird script...?
Sunao
I don't know...
Shizuka's mother
If it's unreadable, I suppose it's another dead end...
Chiharu
This is...!

Chiharu's mother
If you want to be Mr. Todoroki, you'll need brains as well.
Chiharu's mother
So you'd better study up on your classic literature, like you promised!
Chiharu
Errgh. Why's it have to be classics, of all things?
Chiharu's mother
You have to! It's the Hiroe family tradition.
Chiharu
A tradition that'll end with my generation, if I have anything to say about it...

Chiharu
Mom!!
Chiharu's mother
We... can read it...!
Shizuka
No way...
Chiharu
It's always been our family rule that we have to learn this script...
Chiharu's mother
But we never expected to see it here, of all places...
Shizuka
You... can decipher it?
Chiharu
I bet we can...!
Shizuka's mother
We'll leave the deciphering to you, then. We're going to go call everyone else.
Shizuka's mother
All the villagers are still taking shelter.
Shizuka's mother
We ought to lay Mikoshiba down in her own house, too...
Sunao
Understood...
Shizuka
Then, Charu... Please...
Chiharu
Yeah, I'll do my best! Let's read it, Mom.
Chiharu's mother
Right. I expect we'll be up all night with this...

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Shizuka
Thanks for your hard work, Charu.
Sunao
Yes, thank you.
Chiharu
That was my first time staying up all niiight...
Sunao
It was the same for us, actually.
Chiharu
Were you dealing with stuff the entire time?
Sunao
On account of Mikoshiba's passing, yes...
Shizuka
There was even more of an uproar after the dancers died, too...
Chiharu
So that's why everyone was talking all night...
Shizuka
Perhaps only people linked to the Diviners knew the truth...
Shizuka
They said that Mikoshiba legally adopted each dancer so that they could succeed her, after all.
Sunao
So, how were things on your end, Charu?
Chiharu
Right! We couldn't dig into every detail, but we can give a pretty good explanation.
Chiharu's mother
I really read most of it myself, though.
Chiharu
Urgh... I swear I'm gonna studyyy...
Sunao
But why have we come here?
Chiharu
We figured it was a good place to start, since the Tokime clan's roots are at this shrine.
Chiharu
...Well, not really. It's because the Wavering Deity is nearby.
Shizuka
Why the Wavering Deity?
Chiharu
You'll understand in a minute.
Shizuka's mother
Well then, would you mind starting for us?
Shizuka's mother
This cliffhanger is stressing me out.
Chiharu's mother
Right. The story was divided into two major chapters.
Chiharu
One is about the Mikoshibas, and the other is about the Tokimes.

- Chiharu -
Let's start with the Mikoshiba clan's story.
They used to be warriors sent to protect the Tokimes,
and it seems they seized control over the village
right around an era when there were no Diviners present.
- Chiharu -
From there, the Mikoshibas changed the rules in various ways,
creating rituals like the Kagura of the Nation's Guard,
the Diviner's Ceremony, the coming-of-age ceremony...
- Chiharu -
And gained the power to manipulate Devils thanks to
a wish they had one of the village's girls grant.
- Chiharu -
Then they hid the village
inside that Labyrinth.
- Chiharu -
In short, the Mikoshibas used the Labyrinth to hide
a village that would create Diviners to make money for them,
and in order to maintain control over it, they killed the Diviners
to prevent information from leaking to the outside.

Shizuka
So what Mikoshiba did to me...
Chiharu
Seems to have been tradition for a long time...
Shizuka
Then, the part about us becoming Devils...
Chiharu
Looks like that's true too...
Shizuka
No...
Shizuka
...Well, what's next!?
Chiharu
Right.

- Chiharu -
The next part described
the Wavering Deity.
- Chiharu -
It's a Devil formed from all the discarded Diviners.
It just drifts around in circles,
neither able to leave
nor to return to its hidden village.
- Chiharu -
According to the book, the Wavering Deity
would return to the village once the Mikoshibas
and the Devil's Labyrinth are gone,
- Chiharu -
and after swallowing up the village, it would ultimately
erase all evidence of Diviners existing.

Chiharu's mother
It seemed like an obsession, even. It'll never surrender the Tokimes to anyone else...
Shizuka
Wait...
Shizuka
Then since the Labyrinth covering the village is already gone...!
Chiharu
Yeah, the Wavering Deity must be on its way back...
Chiharu
When it arrives, we've got to defeat it.
Sunao
So right as our ancestors come back, we'll be opening fire on them...
Chiharu
No we won't...
Chiharu
We're going to free the Tokime Diviners who've been suffering all this time...!
Chiharu
Because we've smashed all of Mikoshiba's rules...!
Shizuka
Those ancestors will have been growing over so many years, though...
Shizuka
Can the three of us really defeat them...?
Shizuka
I know we've got no other choice, of course.
Shizuka
Woah!
Chiharu
This reaction... It's the Wavering Deity...
Shizuka
Now I understand why we set up camp all the way out here.
Shizuka
We're going to intercept it here, right?
Shizuka's mother
I know this is awful timing, but can you all come back to my house...?
Shizuka
Mother!?
Shizuka's mother
I'll tell you about the sword I talked about last night on the way.
Shizuka's mother
Whew. This is getting my pulse far higher than it should be at my age!

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Shizuka
So what were you going to tell us?
Shizuka's mother
First, the Hiroe family is undoubtedly descended from the Mikoshibas.
Chiharu
Huh... By Mikoshiba, you mean Granny Mikoshiba?
Shizuka's mother
Exactly.
Chiharu
What!? Why!?
Shizuka's mother
Only people of Mikoshiba can read that script.
Chiharu
Mom did tell me that we came from Tokime Village...
Chiharu's mother
But I never expected us to have come from the Mikoshibas...
Chiharu
Talk about mixed feelings...
Shizuka's mother
Don't say that.
Shizuka's mother
After all, we Tokimes have been waiting for you.
Chiharu
We didn't come because of any reason like that, though?
Shizuka's mother
Even I wasn't aware of it until last night.
Shizuka's mother
But finally, I understood the meaning of the story that the Tokimes have passed down...
Shizuka's mother
'When the ones who can read the Mikoshibas' script appear, the Mikoshibas will meet their end.'
Shizuka's mother
'Up until that end arrives, the Diviners must forge a single sword.'
Shizuka's mother
That's the legend passed down from Tokime to Tokime.

Shizuka
............
Shizuka
We ended up deciphering the book after figuring out the village's whole situation,
Shizuka
but if we could've read that book in the first place, we certainly would've figured out the entire plan...
Shizuka
And once that plan collapsed, we'd have to battle the Wavering Deity...
Sunao
Perhaps Shizuka's and Charu's families were collaborating with each other in the past?
Sunao
But they were banished after being exposed, and lived outside as the Hiroes...
Shizuka
In my family, they continued sharpening the blade...
Chiharu
And in my family, they kept passing down the Mikoshibas' script...
Shizuka's mother
Shizuka! Accept this!
Shizuka's mother
This is the treasured sword which the Tokime Diviners have infused with their power for generations!
Shizuka's mother
Use all the power that's been stored in it over 100, 200, 300 years,
Shizuka's mother
and set the Wavering Deity free.
Shizuka
I hereby accept it.

Sunao
This will be our final battle.
Chiharu
Everyone who infused their emotions into the sword must be wandering as the Wavering Deity.
Shizuka
Let's take these bright feelings they once held, and give them all back.
Chiharu
After who knows how many centuries' time!

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Chiharu
The Wavering Deity's gotten a lot closer...
Sunao
No, it's still far away...
Chiharu
Maybe it's getting excited now that it's seen the village?
Shizuka
After hundreds of years of wandering, they finally found their hometown...
Shizuka
Of course, it might just be their Devils now, and not really them...
Shizuka
But even still, if they've finally found the place where they belong...
Shizuka
I imagine they must be overjoyed.
- Chiharu -
But even if they want to return happily,
they're no more than harmful Devils now.
- Sunao -
We can't surrender Tokime Village
to them as their resting place.
Shizuka
That's why we have to liberate them with our own hands, right?
Chiharu
Yeah, exactly!
Chiharu
Their real destination is Heaven.
[Note] 極楽浄土 - specifically a pleasant afterlife in Buddhism
→→→→!!!
Chiharu
O—kay!
Chiharu
I hereby throw the first spear-- or rather, the first jitte!
→↑↓↑←!?!?
→→→⇒!!
Shizuka
We'll be headed to where your boss is, just like this!
←↓←↑!?!?
→⇒→⇒!!!
Sunao
Keep it up! Press on all the way!
↓↓↓→...!?!?
Chiharu
*Pant, pant*... Hey, Shizuka-chan!
Shizuka
What's up, Charu?
Chiharu
What are we gonna do next? Like, after we free the Wavering Deity!
Sunao
It's a little early for that.
Shizuka
I don't know yet, but the first thing to do will be to help the village recover.
Shizuka
We've got to explain everything that's been going on, all this time.
Shizuka
Everyone's sure to be shocked, just like with the commotion yesterday.
Chiharu
Not that—!
Shizuka
Huh!?
Chiharu
I mean what we should do! As Diviners!
Shizuka
Hmm. I wonder about that...?
Shizuka
Well, there's no way of knowing until we defeat it.
Shizuka
Come on! Focus on our task right now!
Shizuka
We're about to enter the core.
Chiharu
Right.
壷*rカ蟶縺ォ螳ー縺Ы※!!
Sunao
--!?
Chiharu
The Devil's power feels overwhelming...
Shizuka
It's like its very presence... is pushing down on us...
Sunao
...
Chiharu
Sunao-chan!
Sunao
Sorry. It's so strong, I felt faint for a moment...
Chiharu
Seriously, my head... is spinning so much...
Shizuka
Were those Underlings just a bluff...? I can hardly manage to stand...!
繧ゅ@ク縺ェ縺??ェ峨?∫ァ√
Shizuka
AAaaah!!

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If I become a Devil, I'll surely kill someone.
I couldn't be someone who'd save the Land of the Rising Sun.
I want to tell everyone, but I can't do anything more.
Shizuka
*Gasp*...
Shizuka
What's this voice...!?
- ??? -
Though my body may be a Diviner's, to become a Devil is tantamount to death.
Though I may protect one person tomorrow,
I may well kill a hundred the day after.
Shizuka
(The Devil...?)
貞ョ医溽ゥ「繧後◆肴オ!!
Shizuka
Don't look at me...
- ??? -
Thusly tainted, thus stained, thus impure.
Shizuka
Stop... Don't say that...!
- ??? -
In the end, mine body is naught but a subject of appraisal.
Shizuka
(This is...)
- ??? -
One gin, two gin, one ryō, two ryō, thusly price label'd, display'd in shops.
[Note] Ryō and gin: units of Japanese currency
Shizuka
(From within my body...!)
- Shizuka -
Mine life doth not be mine own.
Raised, sold, made a Devil, then to do nothing but sully this hateful mortal shore.
Shizuka
Yeah... Yeah... I have no idea what should come next.
Shizuka
Because we're beings that are guaranteed to become Devils...
Shizuka
We won't do the Land of the Rising Sun any good. That's why it was all set up to kill us.
Shizuka
Even if it meant putting prices on our lives...
Shizuka
What Mikoshiba did might have been right.
Shizuka
I mean, I've been living within these traditions all my life...!
Shizuka
I don't want to think about what comes after defeating it.
Shizuka
Because it's terrifying, isn't it!?
蝨*溷慍‡繧[]貞ョ医l!!
Shizuka
............
Sunao
Ggh...!
Sunao
Putting prices on our lives is wrong...!
Sunao
You told me I was one of the greatest people you knew, Shizuka, and you were right.
Sunao
There's no difference between lives!
Sunao
That's what I want to hear from you. Keep that honor with you, and just do as much as you possibly can.
Sunao
Even if we become Devils someday,
Sunao
all we have to do is fight as hard as we can for the Land of the Rising Sun until then!
Sunao
And at some point along the way, a new path for us...
Sunao
should turn up somewhere, shouldn't it!?
Sunao
Let's find it together, Shizuka!
Sunao
Just as the two of you forgave me,
Sunao
I will continue to heal your heart in return...!
Shizuka
Sunao...
薙Зァ縲∫嚀俶純Лオ縺ヲ!?
Sunao&Shizuka
Guaaagh! Aaah!
Chiharu
*Cough, cough*...
Chiharu
I guess I was too tiny to cushion you guys...
Shizuka
Chiharu...
Sunao
Sorry...
Chiharu
Hey, listen to me...
Chiharu
I didn't tell you what the book said about the Tokimes yet, did I?
Shizuka
--!?

- Chiharu -
See, before the Mikoshibas came...
The Tokime people considered their country's affairs all on their own,
and they decided what wishes they'd grant of their own will.
- Chiharu -
It seems like the Mikoshibas took over during a period
of terrible war, when nobody could be trusted
and there were no Diviners left...
- Chiharu -
But up until then, everyone who came of age
really did venture outside.
- Chiharu -
And they knew about their relationship with Devils.
But this is how the Tokimes came to think about it:
- Chiharu -
"If I offered my soul to the Land of the Rising Sun, my honor can be maintained."
- Chiharu -
"Even if I were to become a Devil, what I have achieved will never be erased."

Shizuka
That's...

Shizuka
If I literally sacrificed my soul to the Land of the Rising Sun...
Shizuka
My honor can be maintained...!
Shizuka
Even if I become a Devil, it won't erase anything that I've achieved.
Shizuka
I can be proud of that, and so I can fight till I eventually fall...!

Shizuka
That's what I said to Mikoshiba...
Chiharu
You did say so...
Chiharu
So, here's what I think:
Chiharu
There's not a spot of Mikoshiba in your soul, Shizuka-chan. The Tokimes have always lived on in you.
Chiharu
So let's do just what Sunao-chan said! Let's find that path together!
Sunao
Shizuka!
Shizuka
Sorry...
Shizuka
I was the one who fell to the Devil's power...
Shizuka
But I've opened my eyes...!
蟆剰ウ「励>滉Ч偵Щ九↑!
Shizuka
All three of us need to get some distance from it!
Chiharu
Okay!

Shizuka
I'm glad it was the three of us.
Shizuka
I want to win with all three of us together, and find our new future!
Shizuka
So!
菫wp*斬翫Лq!!
Shizuka
Let's see our ancestors off together, as we set them free!
Shizuka
*Inhale*...
Shizuka
Sword of Tokime...
Shizuka
Carve the path to our future...!!

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- Chiharu -
After the Wavering Deity was set free,
time in the village passed like a blur.
- Chiharu -
Since we had to tell everyone
the history of the Tokimes and Mikoshibas...
- Chiharu -
As well as search Mikoshiba's home
and investigate everything that went on in the background.
Chiharu
Is your family fine, Sunao-chan?
Sunao
Yes, we're all completely safe.
Sunao
Dad and Mom apologized to me even more than they did before...
Shizuka
I'm so glad they were safe.
Shizuka
Now you've broken away from Mikoshiba's curse, and you're free as a bird!
Sunao
Yes.
Chiharu
But you're gonna stay together with us from now on too, right?
Sunao
Of course. Why wouldn't I?
Shizuka's mother
Ah—, I'm tired, I'm tired...
Chiharu's mother
It feels like things have finally settled down a notch, though.
Shizuka's mother
Honestly, everyone here is so divorced from modern society.
Shizuka's mother
Without you, Ms. Hiroe, we wouldn't have understood a thing.
Chiharu
Welcome back, Mom.
Shizuka
Well done out there.
Shizuka's mother
As far as the current case with Mikoshiba is concerned, everything finally fell into place.
Chiharu
--!?
Chiharu
How'd it go!?
Shizuka's mother
I'll let Ms. Hiroe do the talking.
Chiharu's mother
Huh? Ah, well, okay...

- Chiharu's mother -
The root of the incident does indeed
seem to lie in the village's traditions,
but it seems that the direct trigger was
how Mikoshiba had fallen into heavy debt.
- Chiharu's mother -
Apparently, after a huge investment failed,
she was in dire need of a source of money,
and hurriedly took advantage of the Diviners in response.

Chiharu's mother
Of course, whatever her reasons were, taking advantage of people's children...
Chiharu's mother
I don't think I'll ever forgive her as long as I live...
Chiharu
Mom...
Chiharu's mother
I'd rather not say this in front of my daughter, but this must be what it feels like to curse someone for generations.
Chiharu's mother
Definitely...
Shizuka's mother
Aren't you her family's most recent generation, technically?
Chiharu's mother
...Come on, don't nitpick.
Sunao
Then, the reason she went to the trouble of contacting me and Charu outside...
Chiharu's mother
Sunao-chan becoming a Diviner should've been a surprise to Mikoshiba.
Chiharu's mother
So she turned to us, which led to a domino row of unexpected incidents.
Sunao
So if I'd never become a Diviner, Charu wouldn't have had to bear any of this...
Chiharu
Dooon't even start!
Chiharu
We already decided to stick together. No hand-wringing!
Sunao
O—okay. Got it.
Shizuka
So, how are the other villagers doing? They all seem to have been on edge for a while...
Shizuka's mother
In the end, this village owes its existence to the Diviners' blessing, too.
Shizuka's mother
They've had it easy living here, only ever having to grow crops for themselves.
Shizuka's mother
In short, now that their financial support is gone, all the adults are up to their necks with worry.
Shizuka's mother
I'm no exception, of course.
Shizuka
Please don't say that so casually...
Shizuka's mother
The funds needed to maintain the village could be part of why Mikoshiba was panicked.
Shizuka's mother
It's a very likely possibility.
Shizuka
...Just as we're worrying about our futures as Diviners...
Shizuka
I suppose everyone in the village will have a lot to worry about from now on, too.
Shizuka's mother
That's true.
Shizuka
Did you happen to find anything else?
Shizuka's mother
Hmm. If you mean something interesting, there was a Tokime family tree, at least?
Shizuka's mother
It seems like our bloodline has actually spread out all around the country.
Shizuka's mother
There's blood relatives of ours living up on other mountains, for instance, and even seaside areas!
Shizuka
Woah—.
Chiharu's mother
So, what are you three going to do, Charu? That's my biggest question.
Chiharu
We have a clear answer in our minds.
Chiharu
We know what we'll fight for in our hearts, and what we want to accomplish in life!
Shizuka's mother
My, how very reliable.
Shizuka's mother
Then what's your first step?
Chiharu
First, we'll have a conversation with Kyūbē-sama!
Shizuka's mother
With Kyūbē-sama?
Sunao
Yes. We imagine he might have some information...
Sunao
about a method by which we can avoid becoming Devils.
Shizuka
From there, we'll plan our future according to what we learn.
Chiharu's mother
At the very least, I imagine the three of you are sticking together?
Chiharu
Yeah!
Chiharu
Because we've got to change the fate of us Diviners!

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Sunao
Do you think we can summon him without the dancers?
Shizuka
He's a god, after all. We're not the head priestess, so we might not be able to.
Chiharu
We won't know unless we try!
Shizuka
Yeah.
Chiharu
Then, let's try shouting really loud!
Shizuka
Okay.
Chiharu
One, two,
- All three -
"Kyu———be————sama————!"
Shizuka
............
Sunao
............
Chiharu
............
Shizuka
Guess not, huh?
Kyubey
Hello. You're the ones who called me out, right?
Chiharu
He came!
Shizuka
Then what was the point of the dance...?
Sunao
Perhaps it was a show they put on to make things feel solemn...
Kyubey
Did you call me without any reason?
Shizuka
Ahh, no! We have things we wish to ask you!
Kyubey
I'll answer anything you like, assuming I'm able to.
Kyubey
So, what would you like to ask me, Shizuka?
Shizuka
Um, we found out about how we become Devils...
Shizuka
We were wondering if you knew any method of avoiding that?
Shizuka
A method by which we can continue being Diviners.
Shizuka
We're the ones who fight for the Land of the Rising Sun-- we don't want to make anybody suffer!
Kyubey
I'm sorry to tell you this, but I can't meet that expectation.
Chiharu
You don't know any...?
Kyubey
I don't.
Kyubey
At the very least, I don't know any method of avoiding it.
Kyubey
I haven't seen many successful cases thus far, either.
Chiharu
--!?
Chiharu
You just said "many", didn't you!?
Chiharu
That just means that Kyūbē-sama might not know,
Chiharu
but some method does exist, right!?
Sunao
But Kyūbē-sama can't tell us anything about it, yes...?
Kyubey
True. It would be difficult for me to tell you by myself.
Kyubey
But it's possible for you to see how it works, and obtain it for yourselves.
Sunao
Obtain...?
Kyubey
Would you happen to know a place called Kamihama City?
Chiharu
I don't...
Shizuka
Nor I...
Sunao
Ah, I've heard about it before!
Kyubey
Kamihama City is home to an automatic purification system.
Kyubey
Therefore, if you manage to obtain that system,
Kyubey
I think you will be able to avoid becoming Devils.
Kyubey
Of course, I can't say any of this with certainty.
Shizuka
It's fine! That should be enough...! I can feel a huge surge of hope all at once...!
Shizuka
Guys, let's go! To Kamihama City!
Sunao
Yes. Allow me to take care of the map and guide duties!
Chiharu
I can explain stuff about modern society to Shizuka-chan!
Shizuka
T—that won't be necessary.
Chiharu
Have you ever used an IC card...?
Shizuka
...Haven't even heard the name.
Chiharu
It's decided!
Kyubey
If you plan on going to Kamihama, allow me to explain several things first.
Chiharu
Explain...?
Kyubey
First, there are dozens of girls like you in Kamihama City.
Kyubey
I suggest keeping that in mind.
Kyubey
Second, they have some different terminology.
Chiharu
Huh...?
Kyubey
For example, Tokime territory is the only place...
Kyubey
where girls like you are known as Diviners.
Shizuka
What do they call us, then?
Kyubey
You're known as Magical Girls.

Epilogue

Sunao
Diviner.
Shizuka
"Magical Girl!"
Sunao
Devil.
Shizuka
"Witch!"
Sunao
Devil's Soul.
Chiharu
Mmm... "Grief Seed!"
Sunao
Jewel.
Shizuka
"Soul Jam!"
Sunao
So close!
Chiharu
You've done a good job memorizing them, though!
Shizuka
I'm a little too familiar with the old names.
Shizuka
It's pretty hard to switch away...
Sunao
You've had lots of experience, after all.
Shizuka
Speaking of which, Charu. You haven't smelled anything in the village for a while now?
Chiharu
Nope, it's totally gone! I can breathe way more freely.
Sunao
Huh? So it was literally a smell?
Chiharu
Nah, not literally. It was like my intuition at work, I guess?
Shizuka
It doesn't seem to have anything to do with Witches. I suppose it really is a power specialized for finding crimes.
Chiharu
Yeah, it might sense the malice people have at times like that.
Sunao
I get the feeling that we'll find a lot of use for that power in the future, too.
Chiharu
I'll do my best on that front!
Shizuka
That's reassuring.
Chiharu
This all still feels incredible, though.
Chiharu
It hasn't been long since I met with Shizuka-chan and Sunao-chan,
Chiharu
but the three of us really are setting out on a journey together!
Sunao
Looking back, I couldn't imagine it at all.
Chiharu
It's so exciting!
Shizuka
It's only been a few days since Charu became a Magical Girl.
Shizuka
But it was a really radical change for me, you know?
Sunao
I suppose Shizuka would feel more bewildered than anything.
Shizuka
Actually, no, not that much.
Sunao
Really?
Shizuka
I don't really understand it myself, but I've finally reached the start.
Shizuka
Of my life, that is.

-Chiharu-
We'll get ahold of it some day, right?
The method to avoid becoming Witches!
-Sunao-
And we'll keep fighting.
For the Land of the Rising Sun, until our last breath.
-Shizuka-
That's the honor that we, the Tokime Clan,
have held tight for so long.
-Chiharu-
So to do that, what'll we do first?
-Shizuka-
I've already got the answer.
-Chiharu-
That's our Shizuka-chan!
-Sunao-
And that answer is?
-Shizuka-
We'll look through the family tree that was in Mikoshiba's house,
and contact everyone from the Tokime clan and its branch families.
-Shizuka-
Let's recruit Magical Girls who're willing to join us,
and found a group for the entire Tokime Clan!
-Chiharu-
Oooooh!
-Shizuka-
And once we're fully prepared,
let's see what lies beyond this landscape!
-Sunao-
Yes.
Over the mountain range, to the place beyond it...
-All three-
To Kamihama City!

The End

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