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translation: novel 11, chapter 8
by 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
at January 19th, 2010 (05:39 pm)
current mood: accomplished

By request, the coffin scene! Heheh... Yes, that would be the coffin scene that Sara stole away from Conrad in the anime. This one.

This is a rough translation of the last chapter of novel 11. There are probably a bunch of mistakes here, eep! I just continued on after the coffin part because it was so interesting. I haven't read the rest of the novel, so there are few plot things that won't make sense and that I can't explain yet. (Though I'll try my best to clear up stuff if you have questions.) Basically, Yuuri passed out in the previous chapter, and he wakes up in the coffin with Conrad. They're making an escape, but Conrad is still with Dai Shimaron at this point.

There's also another ConYuu-ish scene toward the end, and overall it's got some...very interesting dynamics between Josak, Conrad, and Yuuri. The kind of dynamics that make me want to scream "Aw yeah, threesome!" really loudly.



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My throat and the back of my eyes really hurt.

It's just like, right before you come down with the flu, one of the symptoms is that the pressure in your eyes increases. My mother says that it's because too much blood is flowing in the capillaries around the eyes that it feels like there's smoke in them and you can't stop tearing up. At this time, it'll hurt too much to open my eyes, but I can't keep them closed, either. If I keep my eyelids shut like this, I'll definitely fall asleep.

That's why I've made up my mind to open my eyes.

I had no idea it would be darkness all around, or that the ceiling would be unusually low. It kind of feels like there's not enough air in here.

My right hand is still a little numb; I can't feel anything when I try to wiggle my fingers, as if it's not my own hand. When I could lift it with great difficulty, I hit a wooden board. The impact caused some joints to creak, but luckily it doesn't seem as if there's anything wrong with my bones. If I had broken them, I probably couldn't even move a centimeter. This is considered great luck in the middle of really bad luck.

"Are you awake?"

Perhaps he felt me moving around, but there was suddenly someone next to me, speaking softly. I was just thinking that I should say that, though it's a bit of a tight squeeze in here, it's also quite warm, so there must be someone leaning against me. Looks like I don't have to worry about being the only person in this cramped place.

"...Conrad?"

"Yes."

"What is this place?"

"Inside a coffin."

"Oh, no! I've kicked the bucket!"

"No."

The shaking of his abdominal muscles hits my elbow, so I immediately know that he's holding back his laughter.

"So that's why the ceiling is so low, and I'm sharing a coffin with you... How did this happen? What - aren't there enough coffins in the world anymore?"

"It's not like that; you're not dead!"

Then why am I in a coffin... Before I can even speak, the back of my head smacked against the wall. Our wooden crate is swaying a lot. Could it be that we're being transported somewhere? I almost bit my tongue.

"Why is it swaying?"

"Don't speak."

I can hear the dialogue coming through from the other side of the wooden boards - it's Seisakoku's language. A man with an extremely arrogant, loud tone is blaming another person.

"That's probably a guard on patrol. It's also possible that he's here on an inspection. If the coffin is opened, please try to play dead."

"Got it, I'll try to play dead. Whoooooa, that's not right. Even if that's what you say, the problem here is that this is a coffin designed for one person, and there are two people in it. How can that look normal?"

"Josak is in the coffin before us, so it'll be all right. Shh! Don't speak!"

Right now, I can hear rustling cloth and hinges creaking. The coffin in front, where Josak is lying in, is being opened. Good luck, Josak!

The quieter it is, the more I want to sneeze. Luckily, I don't have allergies, and there aren't any flies or mosquitoes buzzing around in this tiny space. But, what's giving me trouble is that I'm going to hiccup. Even if I want to hold my mouth shut with my hand, that's not possible because I can't move my hands. Just as I couldn't hold it in anymore, a palm that wasn't mine pressed against my throat and mouth. The coolness of the touch suppressed the urge to hiccup.

As I hold my breath, I finally hear the sound of the neighboring coffin being firmly shut, and the cloth covering the coffin is put back in place. Now there's a loud wailing coming from outside, but I know that it's just the sound of the examiner puking his guts out after he saw the corpse. Suddenly, I want to laugh instead of hiccup.

They saw Josak pretending to be dead. How depressing was his expression as he laid in the coffin? It looks like Gurrier is truly a star actress.

After a while, as the cargo carriage started to slow down, we both let out a long sigh of relief at the same time.

"Good, it looks like they fell for it."

"How in the world did this happen? Why are we together in... Didn't I fall from the balcony?"

When that last thought came to me, everything gradually fell into place in my mind like a chain reaction. I also remembered that I'm not on polite terms with Lord Weller.

"I'm strangely uninjured after falling out of a window and onto the stones of the courtyard. That's way too lucky."

"You fell into this freight car! You just made it into a bale of hay."

What, so I don't get to rank among the people in the exceptional narrow escapes TV program?

"Gurrier and I jumped down soon after. Fortunately, we found you before the city guards, but because there was nowhere to run..."

"That time, was your sleeve rolled up by any chance, so that your arm... What's going on? Since when were you the type to get a tattoo just because it's fashionable?"

"That's not it!"

According to Conrad, as soon as the owner of this carriage saw the scar on my left hand, he drove us, along with the straw, to an inconspicuous place. Then, at that place, we met up with a funeral services organization and they took over, pretending to transport the deceased out to the countryside.

The young woman who said the name Benila as she carved a hexagon into me with her short nails - it couldn't have been some kind of passport, could it? I never expected that it would serve that kind of purpose. Anyway, the shape of it kind of looks like a diamond.

Like before, when we were preparing to embark from the castle, in the courtyard there was a boy drawing on the ground. He was also loudly singing a familiar song. What song was that? What's the name of that song? Josak hadn't heard it before, but Conrad and I had an impression of it.

"That's right, Conrad, that song..."

"Because there were only two coffins, but three of us, we had to share. Do you feel uncomfortable? However, if it was me and Josak, we wouldn't even fit... What were you saying just now?"

"No, it's nothing."

"Moreover, if Your Majesty tried to share a coffin with Josak, the coffin lid wouldn't fit correctly because of his biceps. Although Josak was opposed to it, we finally decided on this."

At this point, a soft knock came from the other coffin. It was the sound of someone using a finger to tap the inside of the coffin. I also hit the board to my right to respond - don't worry, I'm all right.

"Your Majesty?"

Lord Weller's voice sounded very surprised. Because it's pitch black inside and I can't even see his face, I can only use his tone of voice and body temperature to guess.

"Is there something you wish to say to me?"

"I was only wondering if you were going to kill me."

The other's breath immediately stopped.

"Josak and I were both thinking the same thing."

The heartbeat under my arm starts to get faster.

"Something like that actually happened out at sea, so..."

"It's all right now."

In a voice that was so quiet that I couldn't tell if it he was breathing or speaking, he continued to say:

"There's no exit here, I won't push you."

"Exit?"

"Never mind, it's nothing. Anyway, I know this is not the time to invite domestic troubles."

"Ah, domestic troubles..."

Before these domestic troubles, I didn't know whether I could consider him my comrade. We're Shin Makoku's representatives; Lord Weller is an emissary from Dai Shimaron. Not only that, but not long ago, he was even protecting Saralegui, who had been separated from his trusted subordinate.

His nationality and his stance regarding Shou Shimaron's King Saralegui and the Emperor of Seisakoku's little brother Yelsi, both are different from ours now.

"Perhaps you don't consider me to be your comrade."

Hearing Conrad murmur these words, I thought to myself, "Ah~ That's actually not wrong." From the time he wouldn't take the hand I held out for him, I had already prepared my heart to accept that he will never return to my side. So, for me, the words that he's saying are really unexpected.

"Listening to the manner in which Saralegui speaks, it appears that he wants to keep you by his side. No matter how he thinks, he's still a seventeen year old young man. Traveling with you, someone who's not only the same age, but also shares the same position, must feel good. He appreciates you very much."

"Appreciates... When I almost died at his hand?!"

If we're talking about winning someone's friendship, that's a horrible way to do things.

"Because he was waiting, waiting for you to kneel before him and beg for forgiveness."

"As if I would become someone like that."

He chuckles, but then immediately recovers and adopts a solemn tone.

"Please promise me one thing."

"Promise you something? Depends on what it is. I won't do it if it's an unreasonable request."

Conrad shakes his head. His bangs keep rubbing against my cheek.

"This has to do with your safety. If those brothers have you trapped..."

He paused, and the rhythm of his heartbeat sped up to four beats per measure.

"Please do whatever you want to do. Don't hold back because of me or Gurrier. That guy won't kill you, he definitely won't. Although he looks at others as if they were nothing but insects, he's different with you. He won't want your life - Sara won't harm you."

"Because he appreciates me? Oh, that's rich!"

I close my eyes to reduce the pain. I keep blinking - tears are slowly trickling out around my eyelids.

"If he appreciates me, then shouldn't he also appreciate you? Not long ago, you were responsible for looking after me, and in that bedroom you were even acting as his living coat hanger! How could he hate Lord Weller, huh?"

"But I know too much now."

I didn't ask him about what he knew.

Shou Shimaron's King Saralegui plans to make contracts between Seisakoku and Shin Makoku that will be favorable to himself, and then he'll use that huge combined force to take control of the world. In his grand plan, there is no Dai Shimaron. Rather, he considers Belal's Dai Shimaron to be an enemy nation.

So, in regards to Dai Shimaron, Shou Shimaron already has domestic troubles. The situation is very urgent.

"So that's how it is. Saralegui plans to betray Dai Shimaron. But wait, knowing of this, you..."

"I'm sure Saralegui does not intend to let me go back alive."

"Won't let you...live... Ah, that hurts!"

A severe shake almost made me bite my tongue, but then the carriage stopped on some soft ground. Looks like this is the place where the funeral services guys open the coffins. I close my eyes first so the bright light won't blind me, but I guess it wasn't necessary. It turns out that it was already night.

"Andrew-- Poggi Poggina--"

"Oh~ So there it is, there's the tomb."

"Take a stroll, Benila, take a stroll."

Benila is a guidebook?!1 Seisakoku's language is really hard to understand.

"Young master, it's good to see you well! Really, you've been so rash even since you were a child."

Josak gets off the carriage and hugs me tightly. Although I'm being flung back and forth by him like a shotput, I can still hear Conrad step onto the soft, wet ground and speak.

"We've finally escaped. It hasn't come to being buried in this graveyard."

He looks at the toes of his boots, then lifts his head to look around at all the gravestones. The cemetery is full of mold, and the wind blows mercilessly over our hair and cheeks.

I don't have any adjectives in my mind that are suitable for this situation, so I just couldn't help but say, "Really? You must feel very empty, Lord Weller."

"What?"

Josak lets out a surprised sound.

"Isn't that right? Not long ago, you two were still so close. Didn't you even bathe and sleep together2... I didn't see it, so I'm just guessing. And he's so pretty and cute, too. Today you've suddenly become a different person... How can I understand what you're thinking? You've done a total 180! I also... Why do you guys have that kind of expression?"

Josak and Conrad are both looking at me like they've just been punched in the stomach and had the wind knocked out of them. Gurrier's mouth is even partly open.

And after I especially expressed concern for them, they really have no manners.

"But anyway, here I'm the only king."

I toed the soft ground.

"It's okay if you call me Your Majesty sometimes."

...If I keep kicking, I'll probably dig up some bones.

Lord Weller still hasn't returned to his previous self? To return to how things were in the past, simple and happy, is most likely impossible. But at least now in Seisakoku, the three of us are comrades.

I don't need to guess; I suspect I've hurt him.

But what made me even more surprised, when I discovered the reason, was that my mind is a lot more relaxed than I had thought.

Suddenly, a dog's bark sounded in the distance, and the indistinct light of nearby torches appeared. Is it the soldiers tailing us? Or is it a guard on patrol who noticed something strange? Whatever it is, we can't stay here long. We have to find a way out; run somewhere to hide.

"Hurry, light the torch..."

"If we light it, we'll be discovered."

"Your Majesty, look!"

Josak points at the sky.

"Don't we also have the moonlight?"

I don't know what to do. A shadow darker than night flitted across my vision. In this cemetary, so quiet that you could hear a pin drop, there are other people besides us.

"Over here!"

The shadow gave a brief, piercing whistle to the pack of dogs, making them even more excited.

"Hurry!"

That shadow lifted up its right hand as we passed by. Was that a signal to the dogs? We don't even have time to hesitate; we can only follow them. The leader is entirely shrouded in a cloak, but judging from the petite figure, I think it's very likely that this is a woman. If that's the case, then in this pitch black graveyard, we've met a life-saving goddess.

When we, because we climbed a wall, jumped over a ditch and ran for our lives until we couldn't catch a breath anymore, the goddess finally stopped moving. This is a place that stinks to high heaven, like a bog of some sort. Although there are two or three temporary dwellings set up, no matter how I look at it, this is uninhabitable.

There's light coming from the little huts.

Illuminated under the flame, I can finally see the appearance of our savior. Hidden under the leather cloak is the old lady who we met in the palace at dusk.

"I hear you're looking for Benila?"

She lifts up my sleeve, taking a look at the hexagonal mark that the girl on the freight carriage carved into me, then gave a satisfied grunt.

"I don't know who gave you this, but this is the symbol of the resistance. I am Benila!"

She says she's Benila?!

That's the important noun that was in Jason and Freddy's letter, and also the name that the girl on the carriage told us. I never thought that we would have met by chance, or actually that I would ever meet what I couldn't even figure out was a person or a place.

We're really lucky. I want to forget how I almost died a few minutes ago, and just raise up my hands in joy. If it wasn't for the fact that this is the woman we met before, I would run over and give her a hug.

However, with that face and filthy gray hair peeking out of the cloak, it really looks like the old lady rolled around in a cart full of manure. Did Jason and Freddy want to tell me that for some reason or other, this old person is in danger?

Benila...hope. The letter said, "Benila hope."

"Old lady...sorry. Ma'am, you're Benila?"

Hearing me correct myself, she let out a laugh that was bolder than most women.

"It's fine! Young people, it's fine if you call me an old lady. No matter how you look at it, I'll never be a wholesome young lass, just a dirty old person. And weren't you the ones who rescued our comrade's child? Thank you. You have my gratitude. You are truly good people."

Josak's face hasn't looked so good for a while now. He just keeps scratching his head, not adding anything to our conversation. Why is he like that? What we've said should have touched some subjects that were enough to provoke some interest in the unmatched sex-related way his mind works, right?

"Your appearance is obviously that of foreigners, but you've unexpectedly turned up here. But unless you have official status, or are dependent on bribes, there's no way you can leave this island to go inland. There's no way you could be..."

As the old lady takes off her cloak, she vigorously puts her hands on her hips. She turns and cracks he joints so loudly that it scares the three of us witless. Just seeing that petite body stretch, she's actually not humpbacked. It was only the outfit that made her look that way. But if I assumed she was young just by that, I would be wrong.

Because her face, neck, and arms are all full of wrinkles that are so deep they look like they were carved in with a knife. Judging by her face, she should be around 70-something years old, but with the brisk pace at which she walks, and the lively way she speaks, she doesn't seem like an old person at all. Also, she runs very fast. Where in the world can we find a 70-something granny who easily jumps over tall walls?

"The rumored Maou's group of people?"

"How did you know about this?"

"What are you asking me?"

Benila gave me and Conrad a mischievous wink.

"Even if it's a trash heap or a toilet, they're all places where one can hear the latest gossip! And what's more, I have contacts in the palace -- our parents were all slaves. Oh, right, right!"

She used extremely bony fingers to feel around in the bag by her waist, very carefully taking something out. From its shadow, it looks to be about as big as a 500 yen coin.

"First, to return the thing you dropped. This demon stone pendant is yours, isn't it?"

On her thin, wrinkly fingers hangs a leather cord, and she raises it to let me see the blue demon stone. That stone, bluer than the sky, is glittering before me.

"Ha! Found it! This is great! I thought I'd never find it again, and it's here!"

"Of course it is~ After all, it's an important thing. It must return to its true owner! 'Letting all things return to their original ownership, moreover, to their owners' hands' was my job in the past. But the me now, is just a lowly cart-pulling old woman..."

"Return to their owners' hands..."

I thought it over for a while, and was preparing to hand the demon stone over to Lord Weller. But before my hand could even move, Conrad already had his hand folded firmly over mine, and was gently shaking his head.

"Ah-- That's right."

Josak skillfully cleared his throat to interrupt us. However, his speech was not aimed at Benila, but at me.

"Young master, you're speaking in that foreign language that I can't understand again. What language is that? Old Calorian? If it's no trouble, would you translate it so Gurrier can understand? And what the stiff-backed old madam said, too, can you translate that?"

"Eh? We were just talking like normal, weren't we, Conrad?"

Lord Weller, who had become silent, just briefly said, "Hazel..."

It's another person's name. He scrunches the scarred eyebrow, and the space between his eyebrows wrinkles exactly like his older brother. Josak and I, who have nothing to do with that name, can only stand to the side and watch.




"Hazel Graves, how can you still be here?"



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Assorted Notes and Thoughts:

1) "Take a stroll" is apparently the name of a series of tourist guidebooks.

2) Ahem. This line originally confused me to no end, but now I believe it's referring to Conrad and Sara. O_O; Oh, Yuuri... You're growing up so fast... Well, while he literally says "sleep together", that's kind of ambiguous. I don't know if Yuuri meant it as in "sleep together" or "sleep together as in doing the funky monkey".


...Hey, did anyone else notice how Yuuri seemed jealous of Sara? It almost seemed like part of his hostility was because he felt that Sara had stolen Conrad away from him. Or am I imagining things? (Nah, Yuuri is soooo jealous. 'Cuz Sara's so "cute" and "pretty", right? That comment was directed at Sara, right? I thought it was Josak for a while, but that didn't make much sense, haha.)

I should really start at the beginning of this novel, but what's here is really interesting. Josak seems to have been completely absorbed into the harem, now. Yuuri isn't creeped out by his crossdressing anymore, has gotten really close to him - much closer than we see in the anime. I guess his wonder-biceps just took some time to get used to, but Josak is now definitely a potential love interest?

Meanwhile, Conrad and Yuuri? Teee~nsion. Aaa~wkward. But still with that undercurrent of luff.

Comments

Posted by: [ sore wa himitsu desu ] (boukun_rashiku )
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
yuuri's shy hug

Conrad somehow felt that Yuuri was going to hiccup!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA seeing them so awkward is so sad though. And Yuuri is totally jealous of Sara! Give him back his Conrad!! ;A;

THANK YOU FOR TRANSLATING THIS LOVELY BIT OF YUMMY. #*w*#

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)

Haha! Thanks! LOL. I just noticed that the "cute" and "pretty" comments were probably directed at Sara. First, I was like, WTF JOSAK??? And now it makes more sense. But that just makes Yuuri even more jealous of Sara!!!

Give Conrad back~ Damn you, Sara!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)

Postcardprince-

WHA??????????? Okay, well I'm just a little thrown for a loop. I really don't understand the whole Sara thing. Why did Conrad go to Sara in the first place? Is Belal still alive in the manga? Like, thriving and kickin' it??
Yuuri jealous... AHAH. God his mouth is dripping with sarcasm! I love it.
Are there more novels after this? Jesus... and are they still going? I hope so :/ I can't take this tension with Conrad and Yuuri!!butiloveitsomuchatthesametime.
THANKYOU!

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)

The plot is really different from the second + third seasons of the anime. Sara was introduced much sooner, and since he's Sara, he causes a boatload of trouble. Sara also has a twin brother, Yelsi, who is in Seisakoku. So 2 Saras making Yuuri's life hell...?

But yeah, you know in the third season when Day Shimaron sends representatives to Shou Shimaron? Conrad's one of those guys, or something like that. Belal lent him to Sara, maybe?

ROAR. Come back, Conrad! You're making Yuuri cry-for-you-but-pretend-his-eyes-just-hurt.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 21st, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)

postcard prince-

Agh, so it's true that Conrad never came back to Shin Makoku with the whole box/betrayal incident. So wait, is the reason why he left still the same? Did he lose his arm/shinnou told him to/etc?
GAH!!?!? I like the novels a hell of a lot more than the anime or manga, but this is driving me nuts!

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 21st, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)

Eeeeh... I don't know. Something must have happened with the arm, as seen in this pic from the 5th novel... (Conrad's expression there is uber-creepy, but understandable since he only has one freakin' arm and it must hurt like hell.)

I hear that the novels start to get different after novel 8, which I should totally get to reading one of these days. Yeeeeah, since I read too slowly to be able to make it through all of them. But maybe I'll hunt down the arm thing to see if it's the same.

Posted by: kafuka fuura (pseudonym) (parikala )
Posted at: January 21st, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)

azurelle (who had read parts of the novels in Japanese) and I used to theorize about the reason Conrad left (and wow, it's been years, haha) since it seems to be entirely different than the reason the anime provided.

We wondered if Conrad left because he knew he was the target (as opposed to Yuuri being the target of the church scene) and that if he stayed with Yuuri, Yuuri would be in constant danger because of him. Why he was targeted is still a big ???? though, but doesn't Conrad have that weird-ass genealogy or something? I can't remember anymore because it's been years (literally; sometime between 06-07) and my logs for out chats were wiped with the reboot of our computer.

Will comment properly on the translation in a bit! Thanks!

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 21st, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)

Oh gawd, you reminded me of Conrad's funky geneology. And, like, Lanzhil wanting to assassinate him in the third season because Conrad is the heir to Dai Shimaron. And then I went and furiously scribbled down a fic long-hand and BAWLED ALL OVER IT AND I AM BLAMING YOU. UGHH!!

Yes, KKM has turned me into a wussy crybaby :D

Posted by: Jarta (jarta89 )
Posted at: January 22nd, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)

"...Conrad?"
"Yes."
"What is this place?"
"Inside a coffin."
"Oh, no! I've kicked the bucket!"



"So that's why the ceiling is so low, and I'm sharing a coffin with you... How did this happen? What - aren't there enough coffins in the world anymore?"

LOL XD I really love Yuuri ~<3


They saw Josak pretending to be dead. How depressing was his expression as he laid in the coffin? It looks like Gurrier is truly a star actress.

I love Josak~<3 XD


I still can't get over the fact that Yuuri got jealous OVER Conrad ;D
And I really want to know the reason why Conrad left Yuuri's side if it's different from the anime. >.<

Thanks for translating! :D

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 22nd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)

Oh god... Yuuri is definitely my favorite character in the novels. This is SO WEIRD, you know? I came in shipping ConYuu for the relationship, not because either of them were my favorites, but now they are. HAHA.

Posted by: ジェイ (nuvamana )
Posted at: January 22nd, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)

Guuuuuuh!!! Makes me want to continue buying the novels!! I have the kumahachi special and the first and last gaiden that came out + the first 4 novels. THAT'S ALL!

I forgot how awesome novel!Yuuri is. Love him to bits and pieces.

Kinda wished they stayed longer together in that coffin =D;;; I seriously want to give them both big hugs for all they've been going through in the novels! *cries in corner*

Btw, I noticed something possibly tragic happens concerning Jozak in the last 5 novels or so with PDK's scans. Makes me tear when I look at them ;__;

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 22nd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)

Aaaaaah!! You've read them in Japanese? Uuuuuh... If you do get the other novels, please tell me if I've made a horrible translation error somewhere.

But YES, novel Yuuri! He's so squishy! A lot more badass, but still so so so squishy!

And Josak... *cries* I hope nothing bad happens, but I've been hearing stuff about that, too.

Posted by: silky_girl1987 (silky_girl1987 )
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
sankyuuuu........

Thank you pyrrhic_victoly!!! You've just made my day by this translation. Finally I got to know what happened with that scandalous scene. Based from the drama cd Ura Ma DX, Conrad betrayed Yuuri and co and joined Dai Shimaron in order to protect Yuuri and friends. When they were attacked in novel book 5 (when Conrad lost his arm), the target was actually Conrad (esp his arm) and not Yuuri. After Conrad lost his arm, he talked to Shinou and asked him to give the 'true key'. But Shinou warned him that if he got the true key, the possibility of being targeted would be increased and it woukd endangered not only Conrad but also people around him. Conrad said that he wouldn't let such thing happened so he left Shin Makoku and joined Dai Simaron.

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: sankyuuuu........

Thanks for the info! (Ah, Conrad... So stupidly noble...)

Posted by: Patrick (byakuya_chan )
Posted at: February 7th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)

...novel? Plz explain.

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: February 7th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)

KKM was a series of novels before it was adapted into anime. The plot in the novels is really different. For example, Conrad's gone for a loooong time. The "arm thing" happens in the 5th novel, and Conrad finally comes back in the latest novel. (The 17th, so he's with Dai Shimaron for more than 10 volumes!!) There are a bunch of other differences, too. There are characters that were never introduced in the anime, the tone is darker, Yuuri is a lot more badass, etc.

Some volumes of the novels have been translated - would you like some links? The manga, though it's really far behind, seems to be following very closely to the novel rather than the anime, if you've read that...

Posted by: Patrick (byakuya_chan )
Posted at: February 7th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)

...and the manga?

[links would be wicked]

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: February 7th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)

The manga came after the anime. Both the novels and manga are still ongoing. The manga's also been licensed by Tokyopop, and there are 4 volumes on sale now, though there are also scanlations available.

Links:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 8

Manga

There are also extra novels that are usually collections of short stories or centered on side characters. I've translated 2 of the Conrad/Yuuri short stories.

The Name of the Star
Losing One's Most Important Person

Happy reading :)

Posted by: silky_girl1987 (silky_girl1987 )
Posted at: February 8th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)

in the drama cd, this scene was made softly and more brightly so the nuance felt very different from the novel.

Posted by: taugeh_city (taugeh_city )
Posted at: February 21st, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)

oh you are lovely, you really are. I love anything with ConYuu interaction, but it was so watered down in the anime it's bordering on depressing. I like ConYuu interaction because it feels mature, sensual almost, at times, which is weird considering what a blockhead Yuuri is.

So im ecstatic that he's showing some form of jealousy over conrad and sara. I reread the 'sleep together" line because i was like "huuuhhhh WTF" and it didnt hit me as jealousy until a few seconds later, haha. So im very happy.

apparently the staff were joking about this scene and were adding in comic lines with conrad saying things like, "My baby is in there...." lol. Im not sure where i heard this from though.

Gosh, I love conyuu- im hoping for more translations from you- if possible. in anycase, thank you sooo much- this is striking gold.

Im not sure how apparent ConYuu is in the novels though- could you let me in a little on that one? : )

Thank you very much!

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: February 21st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)

♥ Sensual is a good way of putting it, especially when they get all dark and angsty. YESSS! The jealousy is so cute, and I was also like, "durrrr what does this all mean?!" and had to read it five or six times to get it D:

Actually, I'm not too sure how apparent the ConYuu is in the novels... They seem to get more fanservice than the other pairings, but all the pairings are hinted at more strongly than they are in the anime. (Or so I hear. I really haven't read much since I'm so slow.) There's probably a lot of ConYuu because Conrad is the second main character and they spend a lot of time together.

I've also heard from some people that the author said in an interview that Conrad and Yuuri were not meant to have a romantic relationship. I have no clue why she would say that when the series was obviously designed to be a harem, and when half of the "dubiously romantic" illustrations are ConYuu... Chances are, that's just a rumor or misinterpretation, but it's another take on the situation that seems to be prevalent among Yuuram fans.

Eh... In short, it's apparent if you want it to be?

LOL. Anyway! Thanks for reading! It's always awesome to see more ConYuu fans!

Posted by: taugeh_city (taugeh_city )
Posted at: February 21st, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)



"When that last thought came to me, everything gradually fell into place in my mind like a chain reaction. I also remembered that I'm not on polite terms with Lord Weller."

Um by the way, I was wondering what this meant? Was Conrad and Yuuri fighting before this? I hope you can explain, thank you very much! <3


Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: February 21st, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)

At this point in the novels, Conrad is still the "enemy" since he's with Dai Shimaron. There was also something that happened on a ship in the 9th novel. I'm not too clear on that situation, but Yuuri thought Conrad was trying to kill him then. My guess is that Yuuri is conflicted because he's not supposed to be friendly to a traitor, but he still wants to believe in Conrad.

Hope that helps! <3

Posted by: taugeh_city (taugeh_city )
Posted at: February 22nd, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)

Hello, yes, thank you for explaining :)
Aww, regarding the "Conrad and Yuuri not supposed to be romantic"- personally I think that they have a lot to be romantic about, ahah. I think that at most- it was a smart answer to avoid uproar amongst fans- because they are well aware that being a harem- they can't explicitly say that "so and so" are meant to be 'romantic'- because they know that their word would be taken as canon by fans. And they wouldn't want to risk angering fans of the Yuuram franchise either, I'm sure, which make up a huge part of the fanbase. Unless they explicitly stated that Conrad and Yuuri are meant to have brotherly love- they are nevertheless giving us room to speculate as well. The anime makes it subtly clear that ConYuu is probable.

For Conrad, I view words such as "I offer you my life, body, and soul" as romantic. Conrad is meant to be Yuuri's knight, in shining armor. And if it was meant to be completely non-romantic, it was certainly a strange move on the writer's part to have Julia's soul reincarnated in Yuuri. I thought that there was a lot of strong romantic undercurrents between Julia and Conrad- he loved her, in a very deep way which transcends mere "romance". It was pure love. And when Julia died- Conrad clung onto the pendant, initially with the intentions of keeping Julia alive in his heart- but I'm betting that he wasn't expecting Yuuri to win him over, in a completely Yuuri way. And the fact that Yuuri reciprocates, it makes this pairing all the more win for me.



By the way, my love for ConYuu was rekindled when I watched S3 of Kyou Kara Maou- and I'm paying extra attention to any ConYuu moments. I'm not done yet, only in the first few episodes- but there was a major ConYuu moment in episode 3- where Yuuri was conflicted as to whether he should stay as King or live a normal life, to which Yuuri asked Conrad, "What if I wanted to be free?" and Conrad said something like, "I would take you and carry you away to freedom-even if I were barefoot"- Yuuri began laughing because he thought it sounded funny- but the camera pans up to Conrad's usually smiling face and it was completely serious. Later at a ball, where Conrad bumps into Yuuri again, he says something which suspiciously sounds like flirting to Yuuri, "Ah, it looks like I don't need to carry you and run anymore. What a dissapointment- I was really serious about it too." Yuuri laughs in an embarrassed manner in response.

There was another ConYuu moment in Episode 6- where Murata and Conrad travel off to Dai Shimaron together without informing Yuuri. Murata writes a note to Yuuri, informing him that he'll be "borrowing Conrad for a while-" to which Yuuri responds what can be interpreted as jealousy-"Whhat? You can't just borrow him like that~!" He spends the whole day wondering about Murata and Conrad, and then he decides that he would follow them no matter what, lol- while cooking up some half assed excuse about how traveling with companions strengthens bonds.

Anyway, thought I'd share these moments with a fellow ConYuu fan. I'm still hoping for more moments as I watch the anime- haha. The reason I bought S3 was FOR ConYuu. :)

Hmmm, tempted to write a ship-manifesto now, haha.

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: February 22nd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)

That makes sense, but then I've also heard it mentioned that they were supposed to have a father-son relationship. That I'm pretty sure was a misinterpretation. I don't know any other father-son duos who stare into each other's eyes quite as much XD

With the Julia thing, it would also be a weird move to have both incarnations be engaged to someone else and then hint-hint-Conrad's-pining-over-here. HA HA SO CRUEL. They totally wanted us to make that star-crossed lovers connection.

YES YES YES! That part where Conrad wants to carry Yuuri to freedom is like my favorite part of season 3. I forgot about the moment in ep. 6, though. Or maybe I never caught it? I'm bad at seeing possible romantic scenes unless they smack me in the face like the pan-to-Conrad's-face-oh-shit-he's-serious thing.

...Ship manifesto? We has it. But you're welcome to add more stuff to it! :D

Posted by: l_lawliet1989 (l_lawliet1989 )
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)

I'm a SaraYuu fan for one. So everything Sara does to Yuuri..just spurs that on. Um...can i ask? Does Sara have a twin or did i read that wrong? Or a sibling or something? Also do you know where i can find the japanese RAWS of the Seisakoku arc. It would take me some time but i would like to read those.

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)

Yes, Sara has a twin brother. His name is Yelsi - they're identical twins, but Yelsi has shoulder length hair and I don't think he wears glasses like Sara does. I'm also not sure of his personality, but it's interesting image to have two Saras surrounding Yuuri :D

Ah...I wouldn't know about Japanese raws. I work from the Chinese version. You might have to buy the books, sorry ^^;

Posted by: l_lawliet1989 (l_lawliet1989 )
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)

I saw some where else that Sara's brother's name is Ierushii? IDK!! And does Sara not have houryoku in the novels. I also saw mention of that. That's why Alazon gave him up..?

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)

Romanization difference. I've also seen his name spelled as Yelsy. Dunno much about Sara in the novels... I haven't heard that mentioned x_x

Posted by: l_lawliet1989 (l_lawliet1989 )
Posted at: June 4th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)

GAH!! I need to read these so badly now. I want to read about Sara torturing Yuuri.

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: June 5th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)

Haha... There used to be a wiki group that was going to do some translations, and they had a few raw chapters up, but then the site was hacked, I think. It had been inactive for a while before, anyway.

If you need your Sara fix, there are tons of pics at PDK. I'm sure there's also a lot of fanart on Pixiv if you search for SaraYuu (whatever it is in kana).

Posted by: megusagara (megusagara )
Posted at: August 5th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)

I have to say thanks again to you. I ever want to read some part of the novel when Yuuri says someting about the relationship whit Conrart after he betray him. I knew the plot in the novel was a lot diferent than the anime, and all that thing of the betray was to much diferent of the perspective of Yuuri xD. I'm really suprised whit the comment of Yuuri to Josak and Conrart, the boy is really sarcastic or a lot more direct than the anime. The best part is see that he know he say someting that hurt but don't repent of that, he feel releved. That's because I like a lot the Yuuri of the novel than the stupid in the anime xDDD

Ah, and I read your comment about 'sleep togheter' and at first think like you, I don't understand if he was talking about sex or only share a bed. But, when I read a little more I see that he comments that Josak is whit a serious face and say someting about sex:

"Josak's face hasn't looked so good for a while now. He just keeps scratching his head, not adding anything to our conversation. Why is he like that? What we've said should have touched some subjects that were enough to provoke some interest in the unmatched sex-related way his mind works, right?"

Well, my english is not so good enough for understand all what I read somethimes, but that's is about the things Yuuri said before? XD I know Josak don't understand because Yuuri talk whit Hazel in other languaje, but Yuuri don't know that yet.

:D thanks for your traslations!!!
You say me riruyu is going to traslate to spanish, this fragment too? I'll like to read this in spanish a lot <3

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: August 6th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)

Ah, I think that the comment about Josak was just saying that Josak usually jumps in and makes jokes about sex, so it doesn't have anything to do with Yuuri's thoughts on Conrad and Sara "sleeping together". (Personally, I think Yuuri's jumping to conclusions, LOL!) Yuuri is confused because Josak's not entering their conversation with a sex joke. The truth is that Josak couldn't understand them, but Yuuri didn't know that.

BTW, someone told me that it was later revealed that the "other language" was English. Hazel was originally from Earth; Yuuri and Conrad slipped into English while speaking with her. Yuuri speaks English like a little kid because he lived in Boston for a few years. Conrad speaks "textbook English" that he learned from Rodriguez.

riruyu hasn't asked to translate this part, so I don't know if it's coming up. It doesn't make much sense on its own, and I actually need to clean this up, do some editing... So maybe not this part, but the short stories are definitely being translated into Spanish.

Thanks for reading! <3

Posted by: megusagara (megusagara )
Posted at: August 6th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)

Oh I understand that about the 'sex' theme xD, I think that maybe was something like that about josak haha, but I wasn't sure. And I know something about Hazel for the novel 14, I read some chapters of that, I was thinking in english but I don't know how much can speak Yuuri XDDDDD but now you give me my answer haha. But Conrart's english is good or not? I know Rodrigez use a 'sleeping metod' (well I don't know how to say that....) for teach english to him, I supose that was good english at all xD...or better than Yuuri maybe?

Do you mind if I save it for a pseudo-traslation in to spanish for discuss in [Unknown LJ tag]'s forum? We talked a lot about the perspective of Yuuri about all the theme of the betray, and whi this maybe we can discuss a little more xD but not all the users can read english. I'will be glad making one for the forum if you don't mind. (and for my LJ too if it's posible, I like to have in that place all I do for KKM fandom xD, but not for the comms, is only for my friends).

Posted by: ClavelSangrante (clavelsangrante )
Posted at: January 24th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)

You are making me like conyuu stories~

Goad, he´s jealousy! Can I translate it into spanish please?

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 24th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
toaster oven!

Mwahahahaha! Join usssss... Come to the dark side...

LOL @ Yuuri. I can just imagine him pouting while he kicks at the dirt and telling Conrad that he's the only king around here. Yuuri's such a cutie :3

I'm pretty lenient about translations, so I guess if you'd like to, yeah, feel free to give it a shot. I just have to say, though, that this one is really rough. I'm not sure if I got everything right since I just jumped to the end of the novel. You might also want to check with

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Mwahahahaha! Join usssss... Come to the dark side...

LOL @ Yuuri. I can just imagine him pouting while he kicks at the dirt and telling Conrad that he's the only king around here. Yuuri's such a cutie :3

I'm pretty lenient about translations, so I guess if you'd like to, yeah, feel free to give it a shot. I just have to say, though, that this one is really rough. I'm not sure if I got everything right since I just jumped to the end of the novel. You might also want to check with <lj-user="bluwim"> and <lj-user="redglasses_girl">, who are also doing Spanish translations.

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 24th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)

D'oh! I code-failed there, sorry.

I meant to point you to bluwim and redglasses_girl

Posted by: ClavelSangrante (clavelsangrante )
Posted at: January 24th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks you~! Yes, I know them.

God, and the gaiden you´re translating is so conyuu-ish too, god, and the last chapter is sooooo~ Argghhhhh....And "The name of the star" *.* Goshh, there is some kind of tension~ between Yuuri and Conrad. And the fact that Yuuri "is" or "was" Juliah~ But wolf...

You confused me, definetely.

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: January 25th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)

Yeah, I was honestly surprised at how much ConYuu fanservice there was, but it totally makes sense now that I think about it. I mean, considering the Julia thing and how they struggle to define their changing relationship after the betrayal...

Confused? You can always ship both, heheh... I like Wolf, too, but that pairing just has a different sort of vibe to it. I'll admit that sometimes I feel really bad for Wolfram because his feelings are so unrequited, and maybe it's not just because Yuuri's dense. Yuuri... seems to think that ignoring whatever's between them will make it all go away and they can just be friends.

Posted by: ClavelSangrante (clavelsangrante )
Posted at: January 28th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)

So, I´ll ship both of them~! Goshhhhhh, but I´ll always be a Yuuram//Wolfyuu fan!
^^

Wow! is there even more Conyuu fanservie?

Posted by: silvery_storm (silvery_storm )
Posted at: April 8th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)

HUH??? Oh my I never knew how different the novels were from the anime! T_T *sobs* How can Conrad be with Big Shimaron for almost 10 novels? He's my favourite character so I was already dying during the anime arc with his "betrayal"...

And who's Hazel?

Man I wish I had the novels in English. >

Posted by: 凱 (pyrrhic_victoly )
Posted at: April 8th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)

Hey~ Yeah, they're really different, aren't they? I'd love to do more translating when I have time, but I've been on hiatus for so long now, haha... ^^;

Anyway, Hazel was one of the main characters in Gaiden 2, which took place on Earth during WWII, I believe. She was a young woman then, and a treasure hunter going after one of the boxes. Her partner was a guy who looked a *lot* like Conrad - he might have been related somehow, but I can't remember. I think Yuuri also makes friends with Hazel's granddaughter April back on Earth.

Posted by: silvery_storm (silvery_storm )
Posted at: April 11th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)

Yeah... :| Makes me want to stick to the anime where it's light and happy lol!

Ah, I see. o: Thanks for the information! The novels are really different from the anime, huh.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 12th, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)

Conrad's gone for TEN books??? But then who the hell is protecting Yuuri???
It's so sad how Yuuri isn't sure about Conrad's allegiance....and it's nice how much closer he is to Yozak than in the anime.
I really really want Conrad back soon. Stupid Sara, don't you see Yuuri and Conrad are not supposed to be separated??. :(
Another thing I find creepy is that Conrad falls in love with the same soul twice,but once it's a beautiful woman engaged to another man, and now it's a cute boy engaged to none other than his gorgeous younger brother! It's like Conrad has to spend the whole of his long demon life without love. :/
I so need to learn Japanese just so I can read the KKM novels...

Thank you so much for your hard work!!

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