Chapter 17 – Aries, Get!

Chapter 17 Aries, Get!

Chapter link: http://ncode.syosetu.com/n2211cx/18/ (2015/10/16)

Translation: twomorefreethoughts / TpstT (2018/11/18)

Editor: Keii (2020/01/27)

Translation link: https://twomorefreethoughts.wordpress.com/awlba-c017/

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TL Introduction: Hello fellow readers, Tp here! I read “A Wild Last Boss Appeared” sometime last year and really enjoyed the series as a whole; I particularly liked how it was succinct with 192 chapters plus an epilogue, yet still managed to tell a story that was wild enough while managing to keep plot holes to a minimum. Since I have some free time during the New Year’s break, I thought I would like to share this wild experience with others.

Disclaimer: I’m just another fan trying to translate a series that I enjoyed. I don’t have any experience in translating anything, nor am I great at either English or Japanese (I’ve only studied a little bit of Japanese in the past). If anything, I plan to use this translation project to try and improve my English itself. I DON’T use machine translation but will probably be using a fair chunk of the dictionary here and there to figure out the kanji. If there are any puns, jokes or slang used by the author, I’m afraid I will probably not be able to bring out the effect that the author intended.

I will try and stick with the literal translation as much as possible, only changing it a little bit if the literal translation will not make sense. If there is anything I don’t understand, I will do my best to try and figure it out, or leave a (Japanese text) after the translated version of what I took it to mean. If there is an error in the translation, website or even in my sentence structures themselves (or anything else for that matter), please let me know in the comments below or DM me on discord and I will try my best to fix them.

Extra: I currently don’t have a release schedule but if I ever come up with one I’ll let you know. Many readers continuing from Shurim’s high-quality translations might be disappointed in my version but I hope you will give me support! – I assume by now you guys skipped this stupidly long introduction so let’s get into the translation.

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I unclasped my overcoat and spread my wings, instantly feeling a sense of freedom. I don’t think I could ever come to like the feeling of restraining myself with my own wings. Then again, I suppose anyone who enjoyed doing that would be a weirdo.

Now then, something was making a lot of noise while mucking around me so I ended up punching the punk, but is this thing “that guy in the background controlling Aries” that Megrez was talking about?

Honestly, he wasn’t really that strong so I couldn’t be sure it was him, but I guess even a small-fry could instigate a conflict.

… ahh…, he referred to himself as one of the 7 Luminaries, didn’t he?[1]

 

“The 7 Luminaries, huh? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them before.”

“Let me explain!”

While I was wondering out loud, Dina teleported in as if she was just waiting for the cue.

Hmm, you know, what is it…? I really appreciate it, but isn’t explaining things becoming your hobby lately?

 

“The 7 Luminaries are the seven generals of the demonkin. They were appointed 80 years ago. Currently, excluding the Demon King and his son, calling them the most powerful of the demonkin wouldn’t be an overstatement.”

“… With just this? From what I’m seeing, they’re only around level 300.”

“It just means that the quality of demons is also dropping. Sure, humanoids lost against the Demon King, but demons didn’t come out unscathed either. They also lost most of their capable individuals. Otherwise, the world would already have been destroyed, you know.”

 

Ah, that made sense. One of my doubts were dispelled. I had been previously thinking, “How is the balance being maintained?” but if I thought about it properly, my assumption that the strength of the demons was the same as it was before, was in itself, wrong.

Assuming that all of the high-level players, as well as the average level players, existed in this world, and there was a battle that could wipe them all out, I suppose it wasn’t all that strange that the other side also suffered significantly.

…. Hmm? Could it be that…?

Perhaps, currently in this world, the Demon King-san is the only one that would be able to fight evenly with me?

 

“By the way, Ruphas-sama, aren’t you going to finish them off? It seems like you didn’t even kill a single monster.”

“Hmm? Ahh…. Regarding that, I don’t have a taste for killing off monsters for no reason when they were just being used by others. My enemies, after all, are only the demons.”[2]

 

As I said that, I slightly moved my finger. When I did, the countless swords which were lying on the ground after I had previously scattered the monsters all disappeared at once. I suppose you could call what I did as decomposing the products of alchemy. 

“What are you going to do with the monsters? Now that they’ve lost their master, you can return them to the wild but there’s no guarantee that they won’t attack people.”

“I’ve thought about that as well…. [Capture]!”

I activated the most basic unique skill of the monster tamer class, [Capture]. The effect of the skill gave me a chance to tame any monster whose HP was under a certain threshold or otherwise knocked out and place them under my control.[3]

The number of monsters I could capture at once and the chance of success were based on the level of the class, and at my level, I could capture about 10 at once. With this number, I would usually have to repeat it over 50 times, but there was something else that I wanted to test out. It was a loophole that was definitely impossible in the game, yet at the same time, it was something that the NPCs (Non-playable Character/enemy characters) were doing as if it were common sense.[4]

This guy called Mars should have also been controlling the monsters using the monster tamer skill just like me. That being the case, if he could do it then there was no reason I could not. This was no longer a game, so the concept of “it’s game-breaking so only the NPCs can use it” should not exist.

In other words… I could think of the monsters not as “individual monsters” but as a single horde!

 

[Horde of Monsters]

Level: **

Species: **

HP: ****

SP: ****

STR (Strength/Attack Power): ***

DEX (Dexterity): ***

VIT (Vitality): ***

INT (Intelligence): ***

AGI (Agility/Speed): ***

MND (Mind power): ***

LUK (Luck): ***

 

… It was possible, but what the hell is this? All of the displays seemed like they were bugged. I wonder if the numbers were just not showing because the stats were different for each individual monster. With this, I couldn’t really figure out the precise strength of the horde.

But [Capture] succeeded normally and I felt all of the defeated monsters being placed under my control. All I had to do now was to order all these monsters to not randomly attack people and send them back to where they came from.

As a side note, I didn’t plan to take them around with me. If I walked around with this many monsters, it would be too eye-catching.

 

“Well then, all that’s remaining is you – Aries”

I moved my line of sight a little… towards Aries who was staring in my direction. What I saw was an expression of shock and disbelief. It was the face of someone who couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Well, it wasn’t like I couldn’t understand why.

Someone who was supposed to have been dead for the past 200 years just waltzed in. If it were me, I would have wanted to say, “After all that, you still have the guts to show up?” But I acted as if I didn’t notice, and walked towards Aries.

“What happened, Aries? Can you not believe what you’re seeing with your own eyes? Or are you doubting what you see because it might be someone with a cunning resemblance?”

“…R… u… a…s…!”

 

Now then, I wondered how Aries would react. If he would quiet down with just this, it would be fine. If he said something like “You’re a fake!” it would be a bit troublesome. Honestly, I wasn’t too good at persuading others by talking to them.

Even if my status’s INT (Intelligence) was high, it, in fact, represented my memory and ability to learn and such. It did not represent my wit or ability to argue.

In other words, I might have been intelligent enough to have what would be similar to photographic memory and thus be able to remember things easily, but that didn’t mean I became any wittier than I was before.

“No way… Ruphas-sama is, should be dead…! Suddenly, to try and deceive…!”[5]

 “I’m not trying to fool you.”

Well, there was a small doubt as to whether I was truly Ruphas herself though. But this body was without a doubt Ruphas’s, and her will still remained within it.

So I must be Ruphas Mafahl. I had no conviction about it but I felt something that suggested it to be so. So I said this.

“I am, without a doubt, Ruphas Mafahl herself. I’m not someone that’s a look-a-like nor a doppelganger. This is neither a hallucination or an apparition nor is this a dream. If you still can’t believe me after all that – how about it, do you want to find out using your body?”

As I said that, I cracked my joints. The clearest proof of Ruphas being Ruphas. That is, she was strong. Her appearance, her wings, her speech patterns, everything could be learnt and mimicked. But her “strength” alone was something that could not be copied, something that could not be mimicked. I curled my finger as I provoked Aries.

 

“Come, Aries. I shall test whether you have grown or not over the past 200 years myself. And you shall learn to believe. That I am in fact, without a doubt, me myself.”

“Uwoooooooooooooooooooooo!!”

Aries made a roar that was filled with intent, as if he was making a spirited and motivated war cry.[6] With just that roar, the air shook in a way that made one’s skin tingle. I was by no means a battle junkie. In truth, I had never even properly fought with anyone else.

Ahh, but the elation was there. At that moment, I was definitely feeling the high, the happiness. For the first time since coming to this world, I had the feeling that I could have a real fight.

 

“Uwoooo!”

 

Aries, utilising the weight of his body, charged at me. It was a scene where I should normally have been shaking in fear. Yet, I felt myself smile. It was as if a lost puppy had finally found its owner and was jumping into its embrace… I felt that sense from Aries. As such, there was only one action that I could take.

“Hmm, even after 200 years you still have a habit of wanting to be spoiled. That’s fine too, I shall give you the hug that you want.”

I flew up and raised one of my arms in front of me, stopping Aries’s charge. The charge had a fair amount of force behind it though. There was a loud sound as if there was an explosion, and my body was pushed backwards. Not even I could completely stop his charge without my feet on the ground, but the air was the true battlefield of the Flugel species.

I spread my wings and pushed forward. With just this, not only was Aries stopped, but I was also able to push back and put both of my hands on his head.

 

“What a cute thing.”

It was a strange feeling. I could not see this monstrous sheep that was bigger than 100m as anything other than a puppy trying to act cute for attention. Or would it be closer to still doting on it after it had grown up? Either way, it seemed like I could not come to dislike him.

Having said that, there was still the size issue. It couldn’t be helped that this skinship felt a little stuffy.

“And there!”

I put some strength into my arms and lifted Aries up.

I lifted him up above my head as if he was a pet and lightly threw him. The giant sheep danced in the air. He then slammed into the ground, making a crater which greatly shook the surroundings.

This isn’t the end. You’re not finished with just this. Isn’t that right, Aries?

“Your move Aries. You don’t have to hold back, come at me without any reservations.”

As I provoked him, Aries gestured back with a roar. The wool on his body stood on end, and his body became covered in rainbow-coloured flames. This was his ultimate skill, [Mesarthim], which he had used to torture Levia.

It would be easy to block it…. But I felt like taking it head-on.

“Ba a a a a a a a ahh h hh!!”

 

Using his burning body which had become an embodiment of flames, Aries charged at me. This time, I used both hands from the very beginning to stop him. Suddenly, the palms of my hands felt warm, as if a midsummer heat suddenly attacked me.

Hmm, I see now. Even if I took this embodiment of flame head-on, it merely felt like the warmth of a summer heat.

Even I felt like I was a cheap cheater.

Having said that, what’s hot is hot. There was barely any damage but, if this continued for a long period of time, then perhaps I might end up having something like a heat stroke. I guess I should just let go of him.

“Take this.”

Again, I threw Aries and slammed him into the ground. Now that that was done, it was my turn. Aries was still donning flames all over his body, but for me, it was no different from the summer heat. And it wasn’t hot to the degree where I couldn’t move my body. If anything, it was the perfect temperature for a workout. In other words, there was almost no problem at all.

“I guess…. I should give him a pat every once in a while.”

 

I flew above his head and I gave his enormous head a “pat”. With this, Aries’s head slammed into the ground and bounced back up with excessive vigour. Next, as if to stroke him, I tapped his chin, flinging him up into the air. Following that, I grabbed Aries and spun him around me, then stroked his belly. Well, I say stroked, but I used just enough force to shatter the ground below his back.

“So, what do you think? Can you still not believe that it’s me, Aries?”

“U, u u, u….”

 

As I said that to Aries while he got up on his feet, he started making a low rumbling sound.

Maybe I need to give him some more love and attention?

As I was thinking that, I was given a surprise attack out of nowhere.

Aries suddenly became small and human-shaped and jumped into my chest, sobbing.

“I’m sorry Ruphas-samaaaaaaa!!!”

Aries(?) suddenly started hugging me and sobbing like a baby while I was frozen in confusion. From my estimate, the height was probably around 155-160cm. He had long hair going all the way to his waist and its colour…. What the hell is this? Looking from a different angle gives me a different colour. Is this even real?

He had thin limbs and was wearing a white robe. No, it was more accurate to say, it seemed like the moment he became human-shaped, he seemed to be naked, but Dina instantaneously appeared behind him and seemed to put a white robe on him in an instant.

Now that I looked at Dina, she was making what looked to be a very satisfied face whilst giving a thumbs up.

You…. Aren’t you actually faster than the 12 Heavenly Stars?

 

Anyways… this is…

I seemed to recall that the tamer class had a skill that was able to give a human form to their monsters. And I recalled giving Aries a human form.

– Mizar was telling me “The current trend is TRAP” or something along those lines. I ended up going with the flow and edited Aries’s physical appearance to be that of a girl’s.

As a result, Aries’s human form ended up becoming a trap.

It’s one of my regrets from the past. Damn you Mizar.

 

Or more like, didn’t Aries’s personality change too much? The pressure you were giving off up until a moment ago suddenly disappeared. Or is it that this is your actual personality, and the previous you was the one that was off. Anyways, I’ll get him off me and…. Ugh… what the! There’s snot all over me!?

“Hey, stop crying. You, even after 200 years, you’re still a crybaby?”

“B, bu, but…. *cry*, *cry*…. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!”

“Aaaaaaaahhhh! I get it, I get it! I’m sorry I made you worried!”

 

In the end, I ended up having to calm down this crying child and had to wait over 20 minutes before Aries stopped crying. As a side note, after 5 minutes, Dina got bored and ended up disappearing somewhere else.

And you still call yourself an adviser?

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Extra: by the Author (TLN: Author adds something extra at the end of every chapter – think of it as a skit)

(TLN2: After flicking through them/reading them…. Honestly… I don’t know if I’m going to be translating these because these are mostly jokes or skits and I can’t understand them, let alone translate them. If I ever have free time I might attempt them but otherwise, I’m sorry but… I can’t translate what I can’t understand >.<)

 

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[1] 7 Luminaries: “7曜”. Which literally means 7 days (of the week) e.g. Monday, Tuesday, etc, and each day of the week has a corresponding planet (well, except for the moon).

[2] The word for “My” here is “余” so it’s slightly different from the normal “my”. I can’t think of an English equivalent for this word, but if you imagine how a member of the royalty would talk and the way they would address themselves, it’d be something similar to that.

[3] Both this part and the title is a reference to Pokemon.

[4] NPC (Non Playable Character) is pretty much a gaming term for characters in the game who are controlled by the AI or the game itself, or in other words, not controlled by another player in real life.

[5] Imagine a robot speaking just the keywords, or inputting only the keywords into a search engine.

[6] Like the roar scene from the Lion King.

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17 thoughts on “Chapter 17 – Aries, Get!

  1. So, in regards to this part:

    As I say that, I slightly moved my finger. When I did, countless swords which were lying on the floor after I previously scattered the monsters all disappeared at once. Disassembly that really doesn’t help, I guess. (TL: I’m not sure about this line, it doesn’t seem to make sense in the context. If anyone knows what it means please lmk “練成ならぬ分解、てとこかな。”)

    I think that basically what he’s trying to say is, “I removed all the swords to make things less messy. But considering how messy the battlefield still was it didn’t really help.”

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    1. That ‘among others’ is referring to it also being the case in many other languages.

      Realized the subject of the statement was ambiguous.

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    2. -TLDL: at the bottom-
      Thank you for the suggestion. I’ll add a brief explanation and a question at the start of the chapter to see what people prefer.
      I actually considered using we, but I thought it wasn’t quite at that level yet (sorry, even though I analogised to the emperor’s speech), There’s so many “I” in Japanese, it can be quite confusing to match up everything.

      Commonly used ones;
      Watashi / Watakushi = Common, more soft-spoken, more feminine but can be used gender-neutrally, go-to-word for women, used in business/formal aspect by both gender etc
      Atashi = Slightly altered version of Watashi, I’ve only ever heard this used by adolescent girls in school.
      Boku = Common, more soft-spoken, polite version of “I” that the male gender use. Go-to-word for younger boys, as well as an adult male is trying not to step out of line (though, often Watashi in a gender-neutral form is used instead)
      Ore = Common, masculine version of “I”. A bit more haughty than 3 so far. Go-to-word for most older male (honestly probably starting like primary school when “cooler boys” start wanting to look cool) It’s probably the most common “I” for male imo (don’t quote me on that). This is the version MC use to refer to himself when thinking.
      Washi / Wa: You often see this used by older generations, maybe like 3 or 4 generations back, especially by older (great-)grandfathers. Often used in theatrical plays or young children trying to show they’re acting like their old (great-)grandparents.

      -few others in between-

      Relating to the current context:
      Warawa (Ware) : a haughty version of female “I”, a user places themselves at the very top and sees others to be below them. (Boa Hancock, the Sea Empress from One Piece uses this version) -edit- apparently it was also used in a humbling way by the wives of a samurai.
      Yo: The “I” that’s used by MC when he’s speaking as Ruphas. The male counterpart of Warawa. Moreso than a King, it’s a form that is used to show their high position. The aristocratic system is a Western system but if there were Kings, Dukes, Earls, Counts, Marquis or those fictional haughty evil fat conglomerate merchants (*v*), I imagine Japanese translation would most likely use this one.

      This was the main reason I had mentioned I couldn’t find an English equivalent, but instead to imagine a way the Kings and Emperors speak.

      -TLDR-
      It’s something that could be used by the Emperors and the Kings but it’s also something that could be used by other individuals who put themselves above others.
      I don’t mean to justify my own translation but that’s exactly what it’s going to sound like when I say… In the context, I thought MC wasn’t using it to signify a position of an emperor but moreso in a way to portray the character to be greater than others in the surrounding. So I was little reluctant on using “We” or “Our”.

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    3. Woah! Thanks for the in dept explaination.

      I expected that it might be so, them not being quite equivalent, but thought it couldn’t hurt to direct you towards ‘royal we’ in case reading up on it would help your decision.

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  2. Two comments:

    1) Way too many translation notes. Please reserve them for when you need to explain something the audience might not understand, not for justifying your translation choices or for commentary. Also, if you need to write a translation note to explain something, take another look at what you’re explaining to see if you could write or translate it in a different way such that it doesn’t require a note. For example, the translation note that says “Imagine a robot speaking” just tells me that you need to rewrite the sentence such that the concept of a robot speaking is conveyed. And if it isn’t conveyed perfectly, in this case it didn’t really need a translation note in the first place because you’re not explaining some meaning.

    2) It’s better to keep names and terms consistent with the existing translation, especially when you’re picking it up several chapters in. This doesn’t just apply to the “Planetary” thing (which has pluralization issues) but serves as general advice. In that specific case, pick one of the two existing terms, don’t introduce a third.

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    1. 1) I’ll keep that in mind. I try my best to give the best meaning in the context but because neither English nor Japanese is my first language I sometime can’t come up with a better way to write things (I’m sorry about that).
      As for the robot context, you’re right I could probably have written it differently but I ended up sticking with a literal translation of what Aries said. It gives off a more robotic tone, whilst still being animatic in Japanese but unfortunately, I couldn’t convey that when I translated it.

      2) I’ll also keep this in mind. While I was translating, I cross-checked all the names, terms and categories from Shurim’s translation and the manga. I tried to stick with the version that already existed for the names and 12 Heavenly Stars. Unless there are others that I missed, I think the only change was the Planetary. I don’t want to give spoilers since there’s a lot of people that haven’t read raw so I won’t explain why I used that but since there is a vote towards Luminaries I will be changing it to that in a while.

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