Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – We have a few friends

「I have a strange feeling of a full stomach…..it’s pretty scary….」(Sakura)

「That’s not really a problem. In fact, isn’t it better this way?」(Bell)

「I wonder about that….」(Sakura)

She was in shock….that enormous mass was in her stomach…she didn’t believe that was strictly true, but she felt like she had ingested some type of energy. Are there really no adverse affects from eating a demonic being’s energy?

However since Bell had said「No problem」, she had no choice but to believe him.

「Then shall we return? You have no more use here right?」(Bell)

With that said, Bell broke the barrier.

The fallen trees began to change like a mirage, returning to their original state. The sight of all this was so miraculous, Sakura unintentionally let out a voice of admiration.

It was a magical world that she didn’t even know about until yesterday. She knew that it wasn’t all great, but she still wanted to immerse herself in this dream like world. She thought so.

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「—Even so, teleportation is really convenient. It’s magical to be able to appear in any place you wish!」(Tsugumi)

「I guess that’s true for you humans. Originally transportation means such as teleportation could only be used by high-ranking people who had been assigned special roles. Now that you have this skill, you should cry at your good fortune」(Bell)

After returning home and undoing the transformation, Tsugumi gave his impressions of the teleportation to Bell, who naturally returned these words.

It was okay because Tsugumi didn’t care that much, but was Bell like this with other humans too?

「I was a little worried, but if I didn’t have this teleportation skill, how would I be able to get to the demonic beasts?」(Tsugumi)

It was a simple question.

Unless you had a special skill like teleportation, it would be impossible to arrive at the demonic beast location within five minutes.

「At that time, I would have set up a teleportation gate in your room. However setting up the correct coordinates is troublesome and it has quite a burden, so can’t be heavily used」(Bell)

「What do you mean burden?」(Bell)

「Fumu. Specifically, 10 years of your lifespan would be consumed each time you teleport」(Bell)

「……I’m really glad my unique skill is teleportation, truly….」(Tsugumi)

He felt like he had been told something outrageous, what does Bell think of a person’s lifespan?

However it was true that Tsugumi was extremely fortunate. After what Bell had said, he really felt like crying due to his fortunes.

Whilst he was thinking that way, the chime of his doorbell rang.

「Has Yukitaka come? It’s still only three o’clock」(Tsugumi)

After all, it was currently time for afternoon class.

Tsugumi had a reason to be absent from school, but was it okay for Yukitaka not to attend? Well, he didn’t think that his cunning friend would drop credits though.

「Bell-sama, it looks like my friend has come. I will go meet him for a little while…..umm, will you not show your face please?」(Tsugumi)

「Idiot. Why would I appear in front of people? go quickly」(Bell)

Tsugumi felt like it would be troublesome if he showed himself, but he replied this way.

—Certainly when you think about it, he wondered why this high-ranking God didn’t want to be involved with people. Perhaps if he knew the answer, he would be stunned again. With those thoughts in mind, he walked to the front door.

He examined the other party using a monitor near the door.

The person who stood there, was just as he imagined.

「Yo, Tsugumi-chan, you’re looking well」(Yukitaka)

Yukitaka said as he waved his right hand.

「…..Maa, you’re here early. Did something happen at school again?」(Tsugumi)

「No, today I just skipped. There was no Tsugumi-chan, so I had nothing to do after school and my classmates were so noisy and annoying」(Yukitaka)

With that said, Yukitaka had a dissatisfied expression on his face.

Tsugumi was sure that his classmates had entangled him in something annoying, it was truly troublesome.

「Yes, this is the book you asked for—If you weren’t Tsugumi-chan, I wouldn’t forgive you for breaking your promise and running away. I don’t know what you were doing, but this debt is expensive, expensive」(Yukitaka)

「Ah, thank you, it really helps….I’ll pay you back」(Tsugumi)

Tsugumi had known that Yukitaka would notice it was a fake illness, so he was grateful that he didn’t ask any more questions about it.

Receiving the bag containing the book from Yukitaka, he checked the contents and confirmed it was the book he was looking for.

He took a quick look at the contents, but couldn’t see any noticeable stains or missing pages, it was a good quality. It would make a great gift.

But near the end of the book he noticed something.

「Eh? What is this envelope?」(Tsugumi)

On the last page of the book, there was a beautiful envelope with a golden border. What the hell is it?

When Tsugumi took out the envelope in confusion, Yukitaka opened his mouth happily, as if he had just succeeded in a prank.

「Ah, that’s my present for Tsugumi-chan, why don’t you open it?」(Yukitaka)

「Fuun? The contents are—a hot spring trip? Moreover, it’s 2 nights and 3 days, is this really okay? It seems super expensive」(Tsugumi)

「Not really. It was given to me, so I didn’t really spend any money」(Yukitaka)

The trip ticket said『Hakone bus tour, luxury hot spring sightseeing trip!』

The departure date was in the second half of december, three months later. It was around the time when school entered winter vacation.

「Heh, it’s a pair ticket so I can go with Chidori right? That is….」(Tsugumi)

「What’s wrong?」(Yukitaka)

Yukitaka was looking curious as he tilted his head. Tsugumi showed the ticket to him and pointed out the small sentence below. Seeing that, Yukitaka read it out loud.

「Etto, what is it, what?『This is a woman only pair ticket! We will be checking your ID on the day of the event, so please don’t forget it!』….Ah well, this was a gift for Chidori-chan! she can invite her friends!」(Yukitaka)

Ehe, Yukitaka tried to laugh it off, but it was painful to see.

「No, it’s not like I’m complaining. But I’m wondering how you got a hold of this….?」(Tsugumi)

Who was the person who gave this woman-only ticket to Yukitaka? Tsugumi was concerned that he was being harassed by someone.

「Well it was given by an acquaintance who said 『I’ll give it to you since I don’t need it』I only saw the part about the trip to Hakone, I’m sorry」(Yukitaka)

Perhaps he felt this was a little unfair to Tsugumi, he was bowing his head.

「I’m happy enough that you wanted to celebrate it. Thank you Yukitaka, I’ll get Chidori to thank you later」(Tsugumi)

That said, Tsugumi laughed.

Although it wasn’t as bad as Yukitaka, Tsugumi didn’t have many friends. Of these friends, Yukitaka was the only one who would come and celebrate with him. He sometimes complains about him, but to Tsugumi, Yukitaka was an important friend.

「I see. Then please say hello to Chidori-chan—I’m also here today because there’s a place nearby that I had to stop at」(Yukitaka)

「Ah, thanks for your help. Be careful on your way–see you next week at school」(Tsugumi)

「Un, see ya」(Yukitaka)

With that said, Yukitaka left.

Tsugumi exhaled as he saw Yukitaka off, a smile naturally formed.

—It was a good day today, I’m so glad I didn’t die yesterday.

『Being alive』is really wonderful, he thought that because he has experienced the edge of death before.

Tsugumi carefully held the book bag to his chest and returned to the room where Bell was.

「I’m back Bell-sama」(Tsugumi)

「Ah….what is with your face? your cheeks have loosened?」(Bell)

Bell frowned as he said that, as if he had seen something strange.

…..Was it really strange? Tsugumi didn’t intend to show such a face.

「Ano, I need to consult you on something. Can I be free tomorrow afternoon? there is something I have to do」(Tsugumi)

Bell had promised that he would consider allowing Tsugumi to live a normal life. However as much as possible, Tsugumi wanted to act in line with Bell’s wishes. That was the only repayment he could give him.

But only tomorrow afternoon was a different story. He wanted to spend the afternoon as the family of Nanase Chidori, not the servant of Bell.

「I don’t mind, we can’t hunt demonic beasts every day. However for you to say this, is it a really important matter?」(Bell)

「…..It’s mine and my sister, Chidori’s birthday. At our age a『Birthday Party』might seem ridiculous to Bell-sama, but for me my sister is my only family, so I want to do something」(Tsugumi)

「Birthday? Hmm, the ancient people used to celebrate the turn of the new year, but now they celebrate individually? Hey, is the day you were born tomorrow?」(Bell)

「That should be the case, but due to an accident my sister’s memory and my memory is very vague, so it might not be accurate. Regardless, our current family register says so」(Tsugumi)

「Did you even say anything? You don’t know how to reply to me at all do you?」(Bell)

Since the other person is a God, it would be best to properly tell the truth. That’s what Tsugumi thought, but Bell didn’t seem interested. Well, he had thought as much.

「Fumu, it’s the duty of a contractor to look after his servants–Oi」(Bell)

Bell thoughtfully put his paw on his chin and called out to Tsugumi.

「What is it?」(Tsugumi)

「You are free tomorrow afternoon, but go along with me in the morning」(Bell)

To those words, Tsugumi stroked his chest. It looks like he was safe for the time being.

….But what exactly were they doing in the morning?

「That’s okay, but tomorrow we aren’t hunting a demonic beast right? Then what are we doing?」(Tsugumi)

When Bell heard that, he began to grin.

「What—let’s call it a『Date』」(Bell)

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Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Chapter 6

TLN: In this chapter, I will be referring to her as “Sakura” and using female pronouns when transformed and “Tsugumi” and male pronouns when not. So don’t forget that Sakura is Tsugumi and vice-versa!

Chapter 6 – A feelings problem

—The demonic beast was furious.

It does not know right from wrong, it only has it’s pure desire for destruction.

The demonic beast was, so to speak, a conceptual body that acts as a terminal for a real body existing in another world. Demonic beasts gather energy by destroying things, harming people and exhausting the land. After performing their sabotage, they disappear in a mist to return the energy they have gathered to the main body.

For demonic beasts, destruction was the act of satisfying one’s own desires–similar to eating a meal. The『Magical Girls』who attempt to stop this are the first obstacle to be overcome.

Besides, a『Magical Girl』is also a mass of high-density energy. Killing one magical girl is far more efficient that 100 ordinary humans. Either way, killing remains a high priority.

The woman who had escaped the tree–the magical girl, had not been found yet.

No, in truth she had been found. But every time the demonic beast attacks the position she’s in, her presence disappears for some reason. It was extremely annoying.

Low-ranking demonic beasts aren’t very intelligent, this is because their energy isn’t focused on getting smarter. Therefore the boar just repeatedly rushes at the tree where the woman is, however those pointless attacks are about to come to an end.

—Ah, found you.

The demonic beast had finally discovered the figure of the woman. Perhaps she had decided to stop hiding and come out.

The woman stood calmly on a tree that had fallen sideways, pointing her index finger as if to provoke the demonic beast. Her reddish-brown eyes were seemingly shooting through the it.

The demonic beast noticed that the woman was trying to do something, but it didn’t care about it.

—It put strength into it’s hind legs, in an instant it was surrounded by a silver light.

A shock wave was produced from the rapid increase in fighting spirit–this was the only attack the demonic beast could use. There was no strategy for low-ranking demonic beasts, they just tried to kill, that was all.

The woman didn’t run away, she just slowly turned her hand that was pointed towards the beast, upwards.

The demonic beast started sprinting.

It launched itself like a bullet, moving above the speed of sound. The giant beast was like a cannonball that destroys everything it hits. No matter how strong a magical girl was, if this attack hit her, she would not survive.

—Got you!! 

At the moment when the demonic beast was convinced of that, the woman swung her arm down as if wearing a kasaya. (TLN: A kasaya is a Buddhist monk’s robe)

—It’s field of vision blurred.

The demonic beast suddenly rolled on the ground for some reason and was looking up at the woman before it knew it.

It stood up and tried to attack, but it’s limbs wouldn’t move. Why?

The woman’s face distorted as she looked down on the demonic beast, her expression was as if she was enduring pain. Why does she look like that when she hasn’t suffered any injuries? the demonic beast didn’t know the answer to that question.

—Ah, but.

—Within it’s blurry consciousness, the demonic beast thinks of something.

—It felt like it’s stomach was full.

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「What’s up with your face? Everything went well」(Bell)

Bell asked in confusion.

Whilst looking down at the demonic beast whose limbs had been amputated, Sakura clicked her tongue.

「Ah, I feel sick」(Sakura)

Whilst saying so Sakura held up her right hand, innumerable threads were entwined there.

The knowledge of the skill thread manipulation had been given to Sakura. It was a versatile skill that could be used for attack, defense and sometimes intelligence gathering. As a weapon, it may be inferior to magical girls with large-scale annihilation skills like fire and thunder, but it was still an excellent skill.

Firstly, the thread was hidden with【Invisibility】then the delicate finger movements and swinging of her arm had easily cut off the legs of the demonic beast that had shot towards her like a bullet. Then, by instantly creating a wall of woven thread, she was able to receive the charge of the demonic beast.

As for Bell’s feelings, it must have been satisfying to watch for him. However he was annoyed at Sakura’s attitude, and spoke sarcastically to her.

「Feel? Are you saying that you’re not good with blood? Even though you’re not a pure innocent girl, you say such delicate things」(Bell)

「No, a pure innocent girl?….it’s not that, rather it’s a matter of ethics, I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong, but it’s the first time I’ve killed anything even animal-shaped, so I was thinking a little about it」(Sakura)

Sakura gently stroked her right hand. She could easily kill a creature with her power. That fact can be very scary, depending on how you think about it.

Well there was no room for ideas like that, so it wasn’t that serious.

「Well, you can’t quit now. Your fate is to be my possession–don’t forget that」(Bell)

In a strong tone, Bell rebukes Sakura.

In front of Bell, it would be difficult for Sakura to say「I quit」knowing how he feels.

—But that worry is meaningless.

「Don’t worry I won’t say I’ll quit. What I don’t like is the fact that I didn’t feel anything from what I did. I just felt a little sick at my heartlessness. Ah, is this the effect of the【Optimization】skill」(Sakura)

With that said, Sakura tilted her head.

If so, she felt that it was a very useful skill for a magical girl.

Normally, feeling remorse from your conscience is a demerit that was ridiculous. If you can instead get rid of monster happily with a smile on your face, that would be better.

However, although there was no way for her to know, the【Optimization】skill is originally a skill to assist with motion, it has no effect on mental state.

She doesn’t feel anything, so she feels bad. How amazing is that?

Even though hundreds of magical girls mentally break down and quit every year, Sakura doesn’t know how good her talent is. She likely won’t notice unless someone points it out.

「—But I’m sure that if I’m in this condition, I can be a magical girl」(Sakura)

With that said, Sakura looked at Bell and smiled. Her face had returned to a normal color.

Anyway, there is no choice but to continue as a magical girl. She’s died once already, so if she cares about these small details, it would negatively impact her life.

Sakura thought that continuing to work without hesitation wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Looking at Sakura, Bell smiled with satisfaction.

—He may have picked up a good thing.

Thinking like that, Bell squinted his eyes. if this girl continues to be an easy-to-use toy for him, he may soon become attached. That’s when things would become fun.

「By the way, how should I use the other skill【Gluttony】? It’s written that you should use it after the battle is over, so should I use it now?」(Sakura)

「…Who knows? Why don’t you try declaring it now?」(Bell)

【Gluttony】was a word quite familiar to Bell, but he had no intentions of telling Sakura that. It was a pretty unexpected event for Bell too.

「Fuun~ Then, activate skill【Gluttony】!」(Sakura)

The moment Sakura shouted that, the space around the demonic beast shook slightly. Then many large beast-like mouths appeared from the ground and ate the corpse of the demonic beast.

Honestly, for Bell it looked a little ugly. When he glanced at Sakura, she was covering her mouth with a deep blue face….she was more expressive now then when she had defeated the demonic beast.

The beast’s mouths that had appeared, had subsequently disappeared with satisfaction after eating all but the core of the demonic beast and the silver fangs.

At the moment, he was not sure about the effects of the skill, but he had felt the vessel of Sakura had increased in strength a little which was probably the effect.

Sakura slowly opened her mouth whilst rubbing her stomach with anxiety.

「Bell-sama, I might want to quit being a magical girl…」(Sakura)

「….It’s useless」(Bell)

「That’s right…haa」(Sakura)

As she said that, Sakura lowered her shoulders in disappointment. Her black hair that hadn’t been tied back, fell down.

Bell stared at Sakura’s figure. He hadn’t paid much attention to her until now, but she didn’t look bad.

—The way this magical girl defeats demonic beasts both gracefully and cruelly will surely be a spectacle to behold.

Thinking so, Bell laughed in satisfaction.

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Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Chapter 5

TLN: I will be releasing Loner Otaku today as I was resting over the weekend. My illness is pretty much gone and didn’t require hospitalization luckily, but I was still told to rest.

Chapter 5 – First Battle

The response of magical girls to demonic beasts is generally controlled by the government.

The government also handles selection–those who become magical girls after so-called auditions come under the control of the government. From there, they are directed and dispatched to subjugate demonic beasts of a suitable level for them.

—So, how does a magical girl like Tsugumi, who does not belong to the government, subjugate demonic beasts?

Bell provides the answer to Tsugumi’s question.

「Do you know that demonic beasts have grades? they are classified according to the amount of magical energy contained within them. They are brought into this world by creating a Yorishiro containing the exact same amount of energy. Because of this, the time of energy observation and the time of appearance are different. Well, this much is common sense」(Bell) (TLN: Yorishiro is an object representative of a divine spirit)

「Ah, I know that much. That’s why the estimated appearance time changes based on the grade」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

There are 5 grades that classify demonic beasts, from E at the bottom to A all the way at the top.

The government has a machine for predicting the appearance of demonic beasts called『Yata no Kagami()』. The map projected onto a mirror is capable of predicting the time and location of demonic beasts with high accuracy. (TLN: Yata no Kagami is also known as the Eight-Span Mirror, read more here)

Class A demonic beasts take 5 hours to appear.

Class B take 3 hours.

Class C, 2 hours.

Class D, 1 hour.

As for class E, there is a time lag between prediction and appearance, but it is generally 30 minutes.

Magical girls are also ranked according to the class of demonic beast they are capable of defeating.

According to that, the current class of Tsugumi—no, the current class of Hagakure Sakura was class F.

「Taking class E for example, they take about 30 minutes to appear. During the first 5 minutes, the government will contact the person closest to the scene amongst the magical girls on standby and send them to the scene. The system is not so different to the fire department」(Bell)

「Etto, then isn’t there no chance for someone not involved with the government to subjugate demonic beasts? If I get in their way, they’d be annoyed」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

「There is a loophole. Since you have the ability of transfer, it’s easy to do. In your case, in those 5 minutes after a prediction where the government is deciding on which magical girl to send, you arrive on scene and declare to the government that you will handle it. That way you automatically get the right to subjugate the demonic beast」(Bell)

「Is that really okay?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

「There’s no problem. All the other strays and those with high aspirations within the government are doing the same thing–think about it, in this country there are over 100 demonic beasts appearing a day right? If there are people who move voluntarily, it would immensely helpful for them」(Bell) 

「Well, that’s true」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

In addition, depending on where the magical girls are waiting on standby in comparison to the appearance location, the city could be damaged in the meantime. It would certainly be of benefit to the government to have magical girls who can move at any time and immediately subjugate demonic beasts.

The number of demonic beasts appearing every year numbers 30,000. In other words, an average of 160 demonic beasts appear in Japan every single day. It would be difficult to deal with on their own.

30 years ago, only a few appearances were confirmed every day. However over the next decade, the numbers gradually increased until it settled down with the current number. The number of appearances has been the same for the last 20 years, so it shouldn’t change anytime soon.

On the other hand, the total number of magical girls is just under 3000. The quota can be approximately reached if every magical girl fights an average of 10 times a year.

—However the issue is the retirement rate of magical girls, as well as the amount lost in the line of duty.

There are 500 retirees and 500 deaths in the line of duty every year for magical girls….more than 30% of the personnel have to be replaced every year. Despite the illustrious social status and fancy name, it can be said to be a tough profession. It was scary for Tsugumi to think that he’s joined them, but when he thinks to deeply about it, his head starts aching, so he decided not to care about it much.

「—Then, the enemy will appear in 3 more minutes….」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Tsugumi muttered.

Tsugumi was currently standing in the woods, on the outskirts of Kanto. According to Bell, a class E demonic beast was to appear in this place.

For the record, the government had been contacted in advance by Bell, so there was no problem on that end. Tsugumi felt it was okay if he told them himself, but Bell refused saying「they’ll throw you out」–but he didn’t believe it would go that far.

「…but is it okay? It’s a thread you know? Do I sneak up on the enemy and strangle it?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Whilst waiting, he was trying to figure out how to use his skill【Thread】however roughly speaking, he had only gotten the hang of『putting out a thread』

A thin thread like Tegusu, a thick thread like rope. He was able to output most threads he could imagine. As for strength, he could make it hard enough that a knife couldn’t cut it. (TLN: Tegusu is a Japanese thread used for jewellery, similar to Nylon)

He hadn’t verified how far it could be stretched, but if it was a thin thread, he could stretch it to an extent that it covered the entire forest.

However, the color of the thread was fixed as red for some reason, so it may not be possible to do surprise attacks with it.

When Tsugumi complained, Bell looked at him as if he was looking at something annoying and replied as a matter of course.

「Fuun~ when it comes to battle, you will naturally know how to use it. That’s just how unique skills are」(Bell)

「I hope that’s right」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

As he continued to talk as if to deceive his anxiety, he suddenly felt a feeling as if numerous small needles were piercing his back. He instinctively looked up.

「The sky is distorting」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

「Ah, it’s coming. Get ready」(Bell)

He had wanted to take a deep breath, but in the next second it was blown away. He honestly hadn’t prepared his heart much.

—But well it can’t be helped, he could think about the details later. Tsugumi had always been like that, so it should work out this time as well.

In front of him, a black mist began to gather in a circle, before slowly turning into a sphere. Without warning–it suddenly split into two.

「Uwaa, it’s big–」(Tsugami [Sakura])

What stood there was a 3 meters tall wild boar. It looked exactly like a normal wild boar, except it was 3 meters tall and it’s fangs were shining silver.

「Don’t be afraid idiot!–activate the barrier!」(Bell)

Bell kicked the back of Tsugumi who had retreated slightly due to the appearance of the demonic beast. He shouted at him as he erected the barrier.

Originally it was the magical girl’s job to activate the barrier, but since Tsugumi is a special existence, some techniques are done by Bell instead so that no problems will occur.

With that declaration, the barrier spread out like an umbrella covering the entire forest. Tsugumi could feel the sound of gears clicking in his head, he was sure that this was the feeling of the barrier being completed.

Now then, what should I do?–the moment he thought that, the wild boar suddenly charged at him with frightening speed. Too fast!

「—U, uwaaaa!」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Tsugumi reflexively jumped onto a tree whilst involuntarily screaming.

Using the branches as a foothold, he climbed up the thick trunk in order to take a breather somewhere safe. The wild boar approached the base of the tree and grunted at Tsugumi in anger.

「….there’s a lot I want to say, but within the barrier, magical girls can move so well, like a ninja」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Moreover, his body moved before he even thought about it. Even he was surprised by the potential of the existences known as Magical Girls. As expected, the people who protect Japan on the front lines are different.

「Oi, don’t run away! If my contractor is seen doing this, my reputation will go down!」(Bell)

Bell flapped his bat wings and flew to the side of Tsugumi, shouting at him angrily. He knew how he was feeling, but he was hoping that he would be allowed some mistakes since it was his first time.

「No no, this is a strategic retreat…just in case, I thought I should check my other skills first. Is that okay?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

He forcibly tried to deceive Bell. However checking his skills was important, he wanted to confirm them in advance since they had been unlocked recently.

「I see, hurry then」(Bell)

Saying that, Bell quickly handed over the status board to Tsugumi. He felt like if they didn’t hurry, the boar at the base of the tree would do something bad.

「Thanks, Bell-sama…huh? Is only the name of the skill written here?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

In the passive skill column,【Optimization】and【Physical Enhancement】were written. A step down from that, there was the skill【Thread Manipulation】printed there. No further information was given. Perhaps the above 2 skills are ones that all magical girls have in advance, the thread manipulation skill is probably related to Tsugumi’s unique skill【Thread】

On the active skill column, the skills【Invisibility/15 minutes】and【Gluttony/After the battle is over】were written with a brief explanation. He understood invisibility, but what did gluttony mean?

As he was thinking whilst tilting his head, Bell called out to him.

「You’re watching it carefully, but is it okay?–it’s coming」(Bell)

Bell said and dexterously stroked his chin. With those words, Tsugumi looked towards the base of the tree.

The first thing he saw was a twinkling light–that silver-white colored light was surrounding the boar completely.

That wild boar then put a large amount of strength into it’s hind legs and seemed to want to ram into the tree Tsugumi was standing on.

….This is bad. The moment Tsugumi thought so, the boar disappeared.

Bekibaki-!!! A terrible noise was produced as a large portion of the tree was gouged out. As a matter of course, the aftermath of the strike caused the trees in the surroundings to collapse and break one after another, changing the landscape of the forest in an instant.

「….I’m really glad I have the【Transfer】skill」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Whilst watching the destruction of nature from the top of a tree on the other side, he muttered so. He had decided to use transfer as soon as the boar disappeared, that decision turned out to be correct.

Even so, were class E demonic beasts always this strong? On the special feature programs on TV, he had always thought they were just big versions of existing creatures, he didn’t know they could use this type of technique.

The wild board was currently destroying the surrounding trees whilst screaming「Bumooooooo!!!!」from it’s ferocious scream, it seemed to be looking for Tsugumi.

Whilst paying attention to the movements of the wild boar, Tsugumi decided to try another unique skill. If he couldn’t come up with any countermeasures, he would just keep escaping using transfer until it was no longer possible to do so. At that point, he could only wait for death.

Impatience bloomed in his heart. He tried to deny it, but the pressure from Bell next to him was too great.

Fuu, he exhaled slightly–it was time for his decision.

He created threads between the palms of his hands as if praying. At that moment, information flowed into his head.

「【Thread】and【Thread Manipulation】–I see, that’s what is is」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

This is probably why Bell said「you’ll understand when you use it」

What to do was imprinted into his mind.

「Have you finished preparing? I’m getting bored」(Bell)

Bell was rushing him, but he put down the irritation in his heart.

「Ah, mou. It’s fine –I’m beginning my counterattack now」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

With that said, Tsugumi laughed fearlessly.

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Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Chapter 4

TLN: Whenever Tsugumi turns into a girl, I will be using Tsugumi [Sakura] next to the speech boxes to let you know that he is transformed. If this reads a bit strange, I’ll look into changing pronouns and stuff.

Also I was surprised when I saw what type of skills he got as that particular fighting style is very rare in web novels.

Chapter 4 – Unique Skill

—The next day, Tsugumi and Bell stood facing each other in the living room of his house. This was because Tsugumi insisted on practicing transforming first before fighting a demonic beast.

He had told Chidori in advance that he would be absent from school and asked her to inform his teacher. He felt bad for Suzune-sensei who was worried for him, but he couldn’t go to school given his current situation.

Of course, his plans after school with Yukitaka were also cancelled, but it was strange that Yukitaka accepted that so easily. On the contrary, he even offered to collect the book from the antique bookstore in Tsugumi’s place. This is what it meant to have a good friend.

—But how did Yukitaka know he hadn’t collected the book yet?

Well, he must have guessed that Tsugumi had forgotten to collect the book.

「So, what do you think?」(Bell)

「How do I say it, it’s amazing…even my voice has changed」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

With that said, Tsugumi gently touched his throat. The feeling of incongruity was amazing…he was wondering what was going on under his clothes, but judging by the feeling, everything had changed.

–That’s right, Tsugumi had transformed into a girl.

As for the her height, she was probably less than 170 centimeters. She was thin and had a slender figure overall.

…It was easy to change into this body with a simple thought. Along with surprise, he felt awe that this was clearly the work of a God, that no ordinary human could do.

Bell laughed with satisfaction when he looked at Tsugumi.

「The contract tool I gave you is a special one I made. There will be a small sense of incongruity, but it should go away in time」(Bell)

「Despite being such a small ring….the power of the God’s is really crazy」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Contract tools were needed to transform into a magical girl. Tsugumi had received a ring with a round, green stone embedded in it. An obscure emblem was engraved on the stone. It was a design that tickled his male heart.

「So the outfit is a black skirt and a collared jacket. It’s basically similar to the outfit I always wear」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

It felt as if the men’s school uniform he always wore had turned into female style clothing. There was a danger because of how plain it looked.

However when he thought about it calmly, wearing a knee-length skirt was kind of embarrassing. It was so cold, do women really wear this type of thing?

「No, the clothes of a magical girl differ according to the imagination of the person. Other than your appearance, the only thing that hasn’t changed much is your poor imagination」(Bell)

「Then should I think about the glittery, shiny clothes magical girls usually wear?….I don’t think I can do it」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

From the so called gothic lolita clothes, to the idol-like clothes and even fancy dress like costumes. Tsugumi had thought that the clothing would be automatically chosen to best fit the user, but it seems that it’s the user who chooses instead.

「Fuun~ You’re too soft, tomorrow I’ll fix the contract tool and change your clothing. I’ll dress you up instead」(Bell)


「What do you have a complaint?」(Bell)

「No, un…..that’s okay」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

To be honest, he was afraid of the final product. He wouldn’t know how to react if was full of frills or something.

However, considering the design of the ring, he felt like the finished product would be of good quality. He decided to believe in Bell here.

Or rather, there was something more concerning than that.

「Can I look in the mirror for a moment? I’m wondering what my face looks like right now」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Speaking of the transformation, it would be amazing if he had become an outrageously beautiful girl.

When Tsugumi said that, Bell sighed as if amazed.

「Humans always care about their faces—it’s just a piece of skin」(Bell)

「Don’t say that. Etto, where is it. Where where?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

As he looked in the mirror, he saw his reflection–

「This is, me—? I don’t seem to have changed too much?」(Tsugumi [Sakura]) (TLN: He uses Ore here, but the furigana above it is Watashi. Watashi is feminine for “I” and Ore is masculine for “I”)

Tsugumi said so and looked at Bell in dissatisfaction.

From the appearance of the girl in the reflection, straight black hair extended to her shoulder blades, her eyes were pale with a light hue. Her features were very similar to Tsugumi’s. It was as if he had a younger sister who had a similar face to him.

He considered himself someone with a level-head, so he didn’t feel too strange about becoming a woman, instead he felt disappointed.

「People will know me by my face….」(Tsugumi)

「At that time, you can pretend to be ignorant, besides no-one would normally think that a man could become a magical girl. Well, if someone says anything you can say you’re a long-lost sister」(Bell)

「Don’t say it like it’s easy. I don’t even know what the other magical girls look like and there’s lots of things I don’t know….」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

He wasn’t familiar with the magical girl industry, so he has no point of reference. However there is no problem if Bell, who is more familiar with Magical Girls than Tsugumi, says it’s ok.

But the long-lost sibling setting is really bad. It’s a known fact that Tsugumi and Chidori have no knowledge of their past, so someone with good intentions might try and put『Hagakure Sakura』and them together.

「But you can’t change your facial appearance anymore as there is no more capacity for further transformations」(Bell)

「…Then it can’t be helped. Is there no choice but to wear glasses and protect my identity like that?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

He couldn’t help but complain.

「By the way, what kind of state is『Magical Girl』? I don’t feel any different than usual?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

「Stupid. The function of strengthening a magical girl can only be done within the space between worlds. Don’t you even know that?」(Bell)

「Is that so? I’ve never heard about that?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

When Tsugumi answered like that, Bell frowned with an annoyed expression.

「…so that’s it. It’s kept secret to protect the magical girls? If a little girl can’t use her power as a magical girl, she could be easily dealt with」(Bell)

「But that would make everyday life dangerous wouldn’t it? When they sell their names, numerous people with bad intentions would be come out of the woodwork」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

「To prevent that from happening, magical girls can use two unique skills without transforming. Unless they deliberately lose, a normal person can’t beat them. The issue is organizational-level foreign agents, if you are surrounded by a group of people wielding firearms, you won’t be able to do anything」(Bell)

Foreign agents? Japan has been isolated for a long time, but a limited number of diplomatic officials are allowed to enter the country. Staying for more than a week is not permissible under law, but there’s no guarantee that abductions or other acts weren’t committed during that time.

Currently Japan is attracting attention from all around the world. The demon cores of the『Demonic Beasts』seem exactly like a miracle from God. Japan who monopolizes them, has become the target of jealousy from the other countries.

「I guess there’s no choice but to be careful then?…so what are these unique skills? Is it like a game? Where status is displayed as numeric values?」(Tsugami [Sakura])

When he asked Bell about that, he was looked at with disdain. Bell also flew above the line of sight of Tsugumi to look down on him.

「In the first place, the efficiency of the use of divine power, the permissible range and the type of technique vary depending on the person. It’s not just quantifiable information that is useful, this is why idiots are troublesome」(Bell)

Bell laughed through his nose, whilst shrugging his shoulders. Well in retrospect it was certainly a strange thing to say. It was rude to consider it a game when magical girls are fighting for their lives every day. Tsugumi decided to reflect on that.

「There is only this『Skill Sheet』Why don’t you take a look」(Bell)

With a mechanical sound, something resembling thin shining board appeared in Bell’s hands.

Tsugumi was initially afraid to receive the board, but when he did, he found that it wasn’t heavy at all and felt as if he was holding onto nothing but air.

It acted like a touch screen where you could scroll down the page, Tsugumi began to read the information on the board.

「…..ano」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

「What is it?」(Bell)

「To humans we would instinctively call this a status board」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Tsugumi squeezed those words out in a small voice.

There was a pie chart displaying remaining divine power, as well as consumption. Skills were recorded as well as their relevant levels. There were even columns for the number of defeated monsters and frequency of battles. It was a status board by all means.

「I didn’t say there was no indication of status, I just said there was no numerical representation of your strength」(Bell)

「In the future it may be necessary for us to share opinions to ensure mutual understanding」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

Tsugumi said in a serious tone. If they weren’t on the same page, it would certainly cause problems later and it would be Tsugumi who would suffer the effects of it. No matter what, he wanted to avoid going in a bad direction.

「Etto, this skill sheet? According to it, my unique skills are—【Transfer】and【Thread】. Thread?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

He could understand transfer. It was the ability to teleport himself or other things to a place. At least, that was what was written in his skill introduction column. But what kind of effect does【Thread】have? In the skill introduction column, it only says「create and manipulate threads」

In addition to the unique skill column, there were also columns for passive skills and active skills, but they were currently filled in black. Perhaps he’ll only be able to confirm those once he’s within a barrier.

「I’m glad. That skill【Transfer】is a hit. As a result of my investigation, I discovered that there are only a few people working for the government who have that skill. From our point of view, it would help us move about unseen. Accept my praise」(Bell)

「Then what is this【Thread】skill…?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

「Dunno. I’ve heard that the first skill is always random, but the second skill comes from the person’s individual characteristics. If you don’t know, then I don’t know」(Bell)

Bell was the only thing Tsugumi could rely on right now, but he had no idea. He felt like grabbing his head, what should he do?

A skill that depends on Tsugumi’s characteristics….could he manipulate thread..? Honestly, he doesn’t remember at all.

「…..I’ve been thinking about this since a while ago, but who came up with『Unique Skills』and『Skill Sheet』? It’s easy to understand, but it somehow doesn’t feel real」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

He had thought since earlier that this system was similar to a『Game System』that young people were familiar with nowadays. From Bell’s words, he could infer that this system was available to all magical girls. Tsugumi had a hard time believing that the government would make such a playful thing.

「I don’t know the details, but it seems your Sun God Amaterasu created it as part of her hobby. The government were the ones to come up with the name though. I think it was made this way so that even people with empty heads like you could understand it. The reason why unique skills became random and dependent on inherent qualities were because people would attempt to come up with their own skill combinations, which would sometimes end up destroying them」(Bell)

「I, is that right?」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

He wanted to accept it, but it made him have a subtle feeling that he was dancing on the palm of the government.

Those who self-destructed when creating their skills must have misread their limits. There is a time during puberty when all kids think like that.

He felt that he was lucky to some extent to have become a magical girl after the current system was implemented.

Tsugumi dropped his shoulders and sighed.

「—I wonder if I’ll be able to survive in the future」(Tsugumi [Sakura])

It was a terribly depressing feeling.

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Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Chapter 3

TLN: Just realized a pun with Chidori and Tsugumi’s names. Tsugumi’s name is 鶫 which means “Thrush” as in the bird. Chidori’s name is 千鳥, which means “Thousand Birds”

The next chapter he actually transforms and I was struggling with how to refer to him when he’s transformed. Do I use his pseudonym next to the speech to make it clear he’s transformed? rather than “he gently touched his throat” should is be “she gently touched her throat”?

I’ve rewritten it so many times because it sounds a little weird to change to female pronouns midway through.

Chapter 3 – Someone called Hagakure

—Even if Tsugumi stops here, he will likely get caught up in the battle and die.

He supported himself with his hand against a battered wall nearby, attempting to move to a place where he could escape from the aftereffects of the battle, even if just a little. However, it was difficult for him to navigate past the rubble due to his hazy vision.

The severe pain that previously spread across his entire body, gradually turned into a dull pain. It may be due to his senses becoming numb.

Inevitably Tsugumi continued walking. Then, when the sounds of battle faded away somewhat, he ducked into an alley so that the enemy couldn’t find him.

「…Haha, I can’t stop trembling」(Tsugumi)

As he says that, he laughs as if to mock himself.

…He can’t move anymore, but at least he was able to move away from the center of the battle. Whilst crouching down, he had no other choice but to wait for the battle to end, he had to endure.

—But no matter how much he encouraged himself, he knew that the calm part of his mind no longer had control of his body.

His eyes were dyed red, for some reason his heart was feeling uncomfortably hot.

He suddenly coughed up blood and closed his eyes. Through his closed eyelids, he could see a red light fluttering around. He felt that if he fell asleep here, he would never wake up.

「…I’m sorry」(Tsugumi)

He muttered, almost like a sigh.

He doesn’t want to die, but there’s nothing else he can do anymore. If this was a manga, he could survive on guts alone, but if wounds could be healed by thoughts, then there would be no need for doctors in this world.

He opened his blurry eyes, the blood dripping from his limbs looked like red string. If there was a God of Death nearby they might say something like「you are entangled with the string of death」

Even though he was lightly joking around in his heart, he didn’t have the energy to actually say it. He couldn’t even lift a finger.

—If he wanted to change his fate of death, he could only pray for a miracle. Yes, the type that a God could provide.

Thinking of that, Tsugumi smiled dryly.

—Miracles weren’t that common.

Tsugumi wasn’t a brilliant man full of talent, he was just mediocre. A God wouldn’t help such an insignificant existence.

Reaching out to a dying person is more the work of a devil, someone who takes advantage of human weakness.

….But he would be happy even if it was a devil. It didn’t matter to him who came to save him now, as long as he could live.

As such, this encounter–was surely not a miracle.

Instead it must have been fate.

「—Young one, do you want to be saved?」(???)

Suddenly, these words were spoken to Tsugumi by a black shadow in front of him.

When Tsugumi slowly raised his head, the shadow revealed itself to be a black cat. The cat repeated the words again whilst looking at Tsugumi with his golden eyes.

「Do you want to survive? or will you die as you are?」(???)

—Depending on your reply, I may not help you. The cat added on with a laugh.

Those words held an irresistible charm to Tsugumi. He felt a strange feeling from the cat, it was a feeling of sacredness that made you want to cling to it and disgust that made you want to turn away, all mixed together. Still there was some level of attraction.

—This was surely a『Devil’s Deal』

…It was clear to Tsugumi that the cat was not a good thing.

The barrier created by Amaterasu-Ōmikami was by no means all-purpose. The current situation in front of Tsugumi was a good example, sometimes even bad things can slip through.

Despite that, he didn’t see anything wrong with the fact that the being in front of him might be a devil. If he had to suffer an unreasonable contract, he felt that it was still ok. It was much better than dying here in a place that no-one knew.

He grabbed the black cat’s forefoot with a dark, blood-stained hand. He no longer had the energy to speak–so he nodded in affirmation instead.

Seeing that, the black cat laughed. It’s mouth then stretched into a grin, which should be impossible with a Cat’s skeletal structure.

The black cat gently put his face close to Tsugumi’s ear and spoke mockingly.

「I see —Then I’ll haunt (save) you」(???) (TLN: This is a pun on “Save” because there is a 1 character difference between “Save” (Sukuwa) and “Haunt” (Sukutte))

—Then, the black cat thrust his fangs into Tsugumi’s neck.

◆ ◆ ◆

「Tsugumi! You’re going to get a cold you know!?」(Chidori)


Suddenly a loud voice caused Tsugumi to involuntarily scream. Due to the sudden awakening, his heart was beating rapidly.

He couldn’t help but look around in surprise.

He thought he was lying in rubble, but instead he was somewhere he was very familiar with–or rather, he was outside his front door.

…Not just the rubble, his wounds had also disappeared. He tried touching his side and his legs, but he couldn’t find any abnormalities.

—Was that a dream? such thoughts occupied his mind.

Chidori opened her mouth to speak, staring worryingly at the behavior of Tsugumi.

「Mou, I had already taken a break from club activities and came back early because I was contacted by Amari-kun, but I never expected I would find Tsugumi collapsed at the entrance. I thought my heart would stop…hey, are you really okay?」(Chidori)

With that said, Chidori looked at Tsugumi’s face with concern. Anxiety was visible in her eyes,

「Eh, ah, sorry….my memory is a little vague…」(Tsugumi)

「Did you catch a cold after all?」(Chidori)

Chidori gently brushed Tsugumi’s bangs aside and placed her forehead against his. The warmth of her skin was gradually transmitted to him.

However with the beautiful face of Chidori so close, it made him feel uncomfortable, as if he was doing something wrong.

Chidori, who had no idea about the complicated feelings of Tsugumi, exhaled after releasing their foreheads.

「That’s good, you don’t have a fever. But just in case, you should rest for today. If you’re hungry I’ll make porridge later」(Chidori)

「Sorry for making you worry…」(Tsugumi)

Seeing the smiling face of Chidori, his body suddenly lost power.

Ah, that’s good. She can keep smiling today too–it’s really great.

「…I’m sorry, I’m feeling sleepy today so I’ll skip dinner, I’ll get something tomorrow」(Tsugumi)

「Is that so? if there’s anything wrong please tell me, Tsugumi always acts so reckless at times」(Chidori)

He laughed to reassure her that she had nothing to worry about, then returned to his room.

He closed the door with a bang, then leaned against the wall, eventually sliding down into a sitting position. His head was hurting.

He had managed to stimulate his hazy memory–but no matter how much he thought about it, the situation was strange.

Seeing his school uniform without and rips or tears caused him to frown.

He couldn’t explain it properly, but the injury he sustained was definitely real. He thought he would die. However when he looked at his clothes and his side, there was no damage or pain.

If it was a dream, then there was a contradiction. He doesn’t remember returning from the station to his house on his own. Which part was the dream and which was reality? perhaps he has already died and is now just dreaming.

…Even when he thought deeply about it, he couldn’t come up with a conclusion. Regardless, he decided to get checked up at the hospital tomorrow at once.

「–That cat, I wonder what was up with it?」(Tsugumi)

He mumbled to himself that the events that occurred were a bit extreme to be called a dream.

Tsugumi stood up and laid down on his bed. Surely if this was a dream, it would be better to end it as a dream. Tsugumi was already satisfied, that was what was most important.

In that way in the end Tsugumi could say–ah, I’m glad I had that dream.

As he closed his eyes in relief, he suddenly heard a voice above his head.

「—What are you dreaming about?」(???)

He reflexively raised his upper body.


「What a dumb expression you have. Since your master has turned up like this, you should be rubbing your face on the ground and prostrating yourself」(???)

A black cat with four thin wings like a dragonfly said so, whilst floating in front of Tsugumi.

Tsugumi stared at the creature with his mouth wide open, as if he couldn’t grasp the situation.


「That’s why I’m saying don’t hold your head up so high!!!」(Black Cat)

As the black cat yelled, he slapped Tsugumi furiously with his forefoot. Puni Puni~


Contrary to his elegant appearance, his attacks were fierce.

Due to the momentum of being hit, Tsugumi fell back onto his bed. His cheeks felt dull and painful.

「Fuun~ Idiot. I finally got you to bow your head」(Black Cat)

—No, you just hit me until I fell over. He thought so in his heart, but did not say it, this proved to be a wise decision.

「Yo….no, who are you?」(Tsugumi) (TLN: He uses Omae initially, then switches to the more polite Anata)

Despite being confused by the situation, Tsugumi managed to ask that.

「What? do you not remember anything? are you that incompetent, or just pretending to have forgotten?」(Black Cat)

The black cat’s relentless insults made him silent, he couldn’t think of any words to rebuke him…

He vaguely remembered that he was dying. He experienced pain as if his body was breaking apart–then, he heard the words of his savior.

『Do you want to be saved?』

Tsugumi certainly remembered nodding to those words. Then this cat is–

With confident eyes, Tsugumi stared at the black cat.

「Did you save me?」(Tsugumi)

「Ha, you finally remember」(Black Cat)

The black cat threw out a sigh as he laughed sarcastically, sitting down on the bed.

「I am your god, your king, your master–rejoice servant, you have been chosen as my time-killing toy, you will dance for me and hopefully you don’t break too quickly」(Black Cat)

「Toy? Dance? What on Earth are you going to do to me?」(Tsugumi)

At the mocking words of the black cat, an indescribable chill ran up his spine. He remembered this feeling. Yes, it was the same feeling he got when he was dragged into the evil plans of Yukitaka.

「You saved my life, but I’m sorry, I refuse to break the law at your command. I also don’t want to cause problems for anyone. I know I’m being selfish, but if you can’t accept my conditions, then please return my wounds to me」(Tsugumi)

His life was saved, but he refuses to cause harm to his family. He didn’t want to die, but it was better than causing trouble for Chidori. It won’t be a pretty death, but it would be better than being killed in a battle between a magical girl and a demonic beast.

However, the black cat—the God’s reaction was different than Tsugumi expected.

「Don’t be an idiot brat. Do you think that I could do evil things with a human like you!? My former subordinates would laugh at me!!」(Black Cat)

—The god had gotten angry in a completely different way than Tsugumi expected.

「Etto, so I can take that to mean that you won’t make me cause trouble for my family or commit criminal acts?」(Tsugumi)

「Fuun~ that’s right, I’m not interested in your family」(Black Cat)

「Then, what do you need me to do?」(Tsugumi)

It must be something and ordinary human can do, but Tsugumi had no confidence in being able to satisfy a God.

When the God heard that, he stared at Tsugumi with his beautiful golden eyes and began to laugh. He then said something outrageous.

「In this amusement park, you have toys called『Magical Girls』right? —I want you to become a magical girl. I’d be crazy not to participate in such a fun event. I’m going to enjoy it to the fullest」(Black Cat)

「Wa, wait a minute! you said magical girl, but I’m a guy right!? I don’t have any aptitude nor right to be one!」(Tsugumi)

「Shut up. You have no right to veto this. If I say you are going to do it, then you’re going to do it. End of discussion」(Black cat)

The black cat spoke in an intimidating voice, silencing Tsugumi.

「—However, I have no intention of getting involved with that Sun God. You will have to move inconspicuously within the scope of the rules, so I’ll treat you as a general toy」(Black Cat)

「But, as I said I’m a man. I don’t know the details, but there’s no precedent of a man becoming a magical girl. Males don’t seem to have suitable vessels to accept the power of God or something? I’ll definitely stand out」(Tsugumi)

「You don’t have to worry about that, I’ll use my authority to transform you. I can do whatever I want with the vessel after all–I noticed after signing a contract with you, you have a better affinity for divine power than most. Did you train as a shrine maiden before?」(Black Cat)

「I don’t think….that’s the case….」(Tsugumi)

He doesn’t think it’s possible, but then again he doesn’t remember his childhood at all. His family records were burnt to ash in the catastrophe ten years ago and all the data crashed, so he no longer knew his roots.

「Well, tomorrow I will have you transform and fight a demonic beast. You’ll find out then, so stop concerning yourself with it」(Black Cat)

Although he wanted to advocate for a clearer explanation, he knew that he had no power in these discussions. So, he swallowed what he was going to say and nodded quietly. However, that doesn’t mean that he had no questions to ask.

「I’m really grateful for your help and I’ll pay you back in anyway I can—but why did you choose me? You seem to be a high-ranking God, you could have had your pick of any girl at all, so why me?」(Tsugumi)

In Japan, the main deity was Amaterasu, a Goddess. That was the reason why women were seen as being closer to God. That’s also why there was a public perception that “God favors women” and as such there was no need to choose Tsugumi, who is a man.

However, the black cat distorted his expression and Tsugumi’s question and his response was completely out of his expectations.

「Unlike the other trashy shitty Gods, I don’t like women that sell themselves」(Black Cat)

「Tr, trashy….so in essence, etto, you hate women?」(Tsugumi)

Despite being shocked by the words of the God, Tsugumi still asked his question.

「I went to see a couple of girls selected by the Government, but I couldn’t even speak to them. They sneak around to gain any advantage, then hide their rotten personalities behind fake smiles—they looked like religious men who had gained a little power, it was sickening」(Black Cat)

God spits out those words so easily, perhaps he has a trauma due to religious people?

「Not all of them are like that, there are many girls all over Japan who want to be magical girls, some of them are bound to be pure-hearted kids」(Tsugumi)

From that criteria, Chidori had a passing score. No, he forbid her from becoming a magical girl.

When Tsugumi said that, the black cat looked at him like he was looking at a crushed insect. Tsugumi was surprised that a cat’s expressions could be so varied.

「Unfortunately, I can only contract with girls after they have exceeded 12 years old…..I tried to compromise and go older, but they weren’t innocent enough. Then I thought about doing it with a reckless guy instead」(Black Cat)

「….God wanted little girls….」(Tsugumi)

When Tsugumi tried to comment on the God’s hobby, a tail was ruthlessly swung and smashed into his face.

「You’re a fool who can only talk about creepy things!! I have plenty of tolerance!!」(Black Cat)

「…..I, is that right」(Tsugumi)

—-Was that really something to be proud of? he wanted to say, but kept it in his heart. Silence is golden after all.

「That’s why I compromised and went with someone like you. Feel free to thank me with tears in your eyes」(Black Cat)

「….yes, thank you very much」(Tsugumi)

In other words, this God wanted to sign a contract with a girl, but because women over the age of 12 were out of his strike zone he compromised with the dying Tsugumi after seizing his weakness? It seems like a rushed decision.

…In any case, Tsugumi can’t escape from a God. After all, the contract has already been made, he could tell instinctively that this black cat was now his master.

The black cat smiled looking at the silent Tsugumi.

「You’re looking forward to it aren’t you? That’s right my miserable contractor」(Black Cat)

「Before that, can I ask one thing?」(Tsugumi)

「….Just as I thought earlier, you’re rude. Well I’m a generous God and we will have a long relationship, so I’ll forgive some indiscretions with my big heart. So, what is it?」(Black Cat)

「What should I call you?」(Tsugumi)

To that question, the God opened his eyes wide and tilted his head.

「Un? I haven’t told you yet? My name–that’s right, you can call me『Bell』」(Bell)


—Was there a God or devil with such a name? At least Tsugumi didn’t remember one.

「Attach -sama, a bastard like you should show courtesy to the one you serve」(Bell)

「Ano, I have a name, Tsugumi….」(Tsugumi) (TLN: Bell has been calling him “Kisama” which is a super derogatory version of “you” )

「Why would I use that? –Ah, I forgot to mention, I used a pseudonym when registering you as a magical girl. Since you haven’t been collared by the government, but are instead a stray, they were flexible with the naming. Because of this as long as you aren’t seen transforming, no-one will know you’re a magical girl」(Bell)

Tsugumi felt somewhat depressed at the words that Bell had replied with almost instantly…..no, he abandoned those thoughts as he had something more important to ask.

「A pseudonym? What kind of name is it?」(Tsugumi)

What would he do if it was an embarrassing, sparkly name that he would be ashamed to call himself? He anxiously awaited Bell’s reply.

「—Hagakure Sakura, it’s a good name I came up with right?」(Bell)

Tsugumi nodded which caused Bell to laugh proudly.

「Did you take the name from the bushido? It’s pretty obscure now, but it’s from the『Hagakure Kikigaki』right? It’s appropriate because I’ve already died once」(Tsugumi) (TLN: TLDR, it’s a book on bushido (warrior’s code) where it asserts that bushido is really the “way of dying”)

There’s a line in the book that is often misunderstood which is 『The way of the warrior is death』to mean that bushido is the art of dying, however in actual fact it teaches the reader to be conscious of death instead.

The original meaning was that if you go into battle with the state of mind that you are already dead, you will produce better results. Tsugumi never thought that a seemingly foreign God like bell would have such a deep understanding of Japan.

When Tsugumi was impressed and complimented Bell, Bell tilted his head in response.

「No, I just thought it was cool」(Bell)


「Oi, say something」(Bell)

「….No! It’s the coolest name! God’s naming sense is outstanding!」(Tsugumi)

Tsugumi raised his voice to deceive Bell. He would be ashamed to have to receive an angry lecture from him.

「Ah, that’s correct! Praise me more!」(Bell)

Whilst sending compliments to the God, Tsugumi stroked his chest in relief. It seems that the God was a better person that he originally thought–he may be a good God.


「What is it, servant?」(Bell)

「—Please look after me from now on」(Tsugumi)

「Umu. Work hard for me」(Bell)

As usual, the God held a dignified figure. There was no strangeness of disgust when looking at it.

—This was the second encounter between Tsugumi and the『Devil』Bell—as well as the beginning of everything.

This is the tale of a boy saved by a God.

As well as the story of Hagakure Sakura, the magical girl eaten by the devil.

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Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Chapter 2

TLN: I’m changing the barrier name to it’s romanji variant because the English translation sounds weird. So it’s now 『Amano Iwato』which is the barrier set up my Amaterasu.

Chapter 2 – Creeping Shadow

As he left school and walked along a road with low-traffic, Tsugumi tilted his head in confusion. He was concerned with the appearance of Suzune at that time.

「—I don’t really understand that person」(Tsugumi)

The woman named Suzune Nagisa was a little unreliable as a teacher, but her personality as an adult was reliable. If you consult with her on an issue, she will be friendly and cooperative and never say anything unreasonable. Perhaps because of this kindness, she was oddly accepted by Tsugumi’s class which was only filled with strange people.

—However, she was unstable on her feet most of the time. It was if she was looking where she was going, but at the same time not. There were times when Tsugumi felt that way.

—In addition, there were various rumors circulating about the teacher named Suzune Nagisa, that she was involved in the occult.

There were various variations of the rumor, from her being a retired magical girl, to being an heir to a famous shrine, to being a powerful psychic with great skill.

Recently, there was even talk in class of her predicting someone’s death, who later died in an accident, but since it was something that Yukitaka explained whilst joking around, Tsugumi didn’t take it seriously.

As a matter of fact, there were rumors since a long time ago that Saegami High School, which Tsugumi attends, had been haunted by ghosts. In fact, he still often hears stories of people seeing things in the middle of the night.

Although Tsugumi himself has never experienced such things, his sister Chidori often said that she had a strange feeling sometimes at school. Tsugumi doesn’t believe it and thinks that it’s all likely in her head, but he can’t say anything as he can’t disprove the existence of ghosts.

—Well regardless, it’s still best to be careful.

Whilst lost in his thoughts, Tsugumi slowly walked to the station in order to go straight home, when suddenly, he felt like he had forgotten something.

「….Ah, that’s right. I have to buy a book」(Tsugumi)

He suddenly remembered that the owner of the antiques store had contacted him to inform him that the book he had ordered a month ago had arrived.

Chidori, Tsugumi’s sister, had a habit of collecting foreign literature and children’s books. On her days off from school and club activities, she would often visit second-hand bookstores. Tsugumi had finally gotten his hands on a book that she had been wanting for a long time.

It was an old foreign book that was quite difficult to obtain now, Tsugumi was having difficulty finding a store that stocked it. He only managed to find this store because Yukitaka found it for him.

「Chidor’s birthday is the day after tomorrow. I have plans with Yukitaka after school tomorrow, so it would be more convenient to get it today…」(Tsugumi)

The day after tomorrow was the 17th birthday of both Tsugumi and Chidori. They don’t hold a special event every year, but on their birthday, it was customary for them to bring food and cakes and exchange gifts with one another.

—He could go home early, but the devil in his heart was whispering to tempt him to take a small detour.

He had originally been told to leave early by his homeroom teacher, normally the detour would end up with him getting home late, however now was the most convenient time to get the book. Fortunately, the store itself was within walking distance of the nearest station, there should be no problem.

「Well, I’m sure it’ll be okay」(Tsugumi)

—Sorry, Suzune-sensei.

In his heart, Tsugumi apologized to Suzune. Such detours were rare and far between.

As a matter of fact, his physical condition wasn’t that bad, so even if he heard an alarm he was confident he could evacuate and avoid encountering any demonic beasts. In addition, Tsugumi’s mobile phone was fitted with an alarm terminal, so it would be unlikely that he would miss an alarm.

The alarm usually rings 30 minutes before a demonic beast appears. So even if you miss the first alarm, you will still have enough time to leave the effective area that the demonic beast would spawn in. Tsugumi was feeling optimistic, so he broke the promise with Suzune and proceeded to the other side of the station.

—Without knowing that the choice he just made who lead to future life-shaking events.

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—Holding onto his side in an attempt to stop the bleeding. He knew it was fruitless, but it was better than doing nothing.

Through the rubble, dragging one leg that could no longer move after being hid with flying debris, he hid within the shade of a building that had not yet collapsed. The pain almost caused him to lose consciousness.

「Why did this happen….?」(Tsugumi)

Tsugumi thought back on what had happened to him.

When he broke his promise with Suzune and went to the antique shop behind the station, he had a strange feeling.

He believed it was caused by a cold, so he moved forward anxiously with that thought in mind. However the cause of his discomfort soon became clear.

—aren’t there too few people out?

It was as if everyone had evacuated, but that was strange. His alarm didn’t ring and until just a few moments ago, there were many people walking by here and there.

Suddenly there are no people? It’s not the Mary Celeste, so what was happening here?

—No that’s not it, there’s an even bigger problem.

—Just where is this place?

The location of the antique shop should have been along a straight road from the station to a nearby shrine. He had visited the store many times, so it was unlikely that he had made a mistake, and yet the place he was standing in now, was a place that he had never been to before.

Feeling anxious, Tsugumi hurried back the way he came. He wasn’t sure why, but he felt uncomfortable staying there.

—At that moment, he heard the sound of something like a bomb exploding above him. He thought it wasn’t possible, so he looked into the sky. There, he saw something incredible.

A magical girl and a giant gargoyle like creature were engaged in an aerial battle at dizzying speeds. It was the type of battle you would usually never see throughout your entire life.

「It, it’s a lie!? Why am I within the barrier!?」(Tsugumi)

The barrier was an isolated space magical girls set up before a battle. By trapping demonic beasts within it, they could prevent damage to buildings and harm to those who were late to escape.

—There would be no point in fighting if you destroy the city every time you defeat a demonic beast. The first magical girl appealed to Yatagarasu about this.

For the demonic beasts that appeared thirty years ago, only magical girls blessed by the Gods could fight them. However every time they fought, they would cause terrible damage to the city and the people who live there.

—Upon receiving the report from Yatagarasu, Amaterasu added a system to create an isolated space within the barrier of『Amano Iwato』. This way, whenever magical girls create a barrier, they move themselves and the demonic beast to『Another World』so to speak.

The the help of the God contracted to the magical girl, the demonic beast moves to this mirror space. By doing so, they reduce the damage to reality.

Objects destroyed by the demonic beast from within the barrier, are returned to their original state once the demonic beast is defeated. In this way the damage caused can be reduced to almost zero.

—So no matter how flashily they fight within the barrier, no matter how much of the city they destroy, it doesn’t matter.

However, the seemingly all-purpose barrier has a fatal flaw.

The barrier created by the magical girl won’t be released until either the demonic beast or the magical girl die.

Moreover, if the magical girl dies and not the demonic beast, the damage inflicted to the buildings will be fed back into reality after the barrier disappears. For that reason, evacuation is recommended whenever a demonic beast appears, to avoid any potential damages.

—That’s why magical girls are not allowed to retreat. Will they win or die? They can only choose one option.

But it’s not without it’s exceptions, if another magical girl re-establishes the barrier during the slightest time delay before the barrier dissipates, they can postpone the feedback into reality.

In the past, there was a lot of damage to the cities and towns as the magical girls didn’t receive much support, however now, since the movements of the magical girls has been organized significantly in the past decade, it was rare for damage to be caused.

….The explanation was long, but the current situation for Tsugumi was a different story.

The battles of the magical girls can be seen on monitors all over Japan, but what exactly is the spectacle Tsugumi is seeing right now?

Naturally, no ordinary human can enter this isolated space–that was one of the functions of the barrier.

He had never heard of another case where an ordinary person had walked into the barrier of a magical girl. It was certain that something unusual was happening to Tsugumi.

「Stop joking with me! What am I supposed to do here!?」(Tsugumi)

He shouted involuntarily, but he knew it was wrong to get angry in this situation.

…It seems that Sensei’s『Bad Feeling』had hit the mark in the worst way possible.

—For the time being, he had to leave the area. If he ended up getting involved in the battle, there wouldn’t be a scrap of him left.

Then, just as Tsugumi was about to escape, the magical girl who was fighting in the sky was blown away by the thick, rock-like arm of the demonic beast. A cold sweat flowed down his back.

—Ah, danger. By the time he thought that, it was already too late.

—The demonic beast was staring at Tsugumi standing on the road.

….His memory of how he escaped to the back alley was hazy after that.

Tsugumi supported his weight against the concrete wall as he tried to adjust his rough breathing. To be honest, he no longer had the energy to stand anymore.

He couldn’t move, and above all he was bleeding heavily. If he didn’t try his best to stay awake, he would lose consciousness as is.

—He regretted not taking Suzune-sensei’s advice more seriously, but he never thought he would encounter a situation like this. If he ever gets home alive, he wanted to ask her what she meant. Yes, if he gets home alive.

Tsugumi bit his lips. The worst possibility flashed through his mind, he was going to die in a place like this.

Why didn’t the alarm sound in the first place? and where exactly is this? He felt like he was in a strange world.

「—damn it」(Tsugumi)

There was nothing he could do about, even if he cursed his fate. This was the barrier of a magical girl, isolated from the outside world. Unless their battle reached a conclusion, Tsugumi couldn’t escape from the battle zone.

If he hadn’t been injured, he could have at least escaped from the center of the battle, but unfortunately he was attacked by the demonic beast and fragments of the building it had smashed into in the aftermath had pierced his legs and side.

Power gradually left his body as he slumped down onto the ground. Little by little, he found his surroundings growing hazy.

—He couldn’t think straight anymore.

Now that dozens of demonic beasts appear randomly throughout the day, it was not unusual to be rescued just in time by a magical girl after being attacked by a low-ranked demonic beast. In other words, it was not much different to the number of serious injuries caused by car accidents.

Although Tsugumi’s situation was a rare case, the result doesn’t change.

….In retrospect he felt like he had lived a short, but good life. He wondered what it was that made him want to look back on his life this way.

—Nanase had no memory before seven years old. His earliest memory was his sister, covered in ash, pulling his hand as they ran through a sea of flames.

A catastrophe caused by a special A-class demonic beast had occurred ten years ago. One of the few survivors that had survived the annihilation of the city, were Tsugumi and his sister Chidori.

Neither Tsugumi nor Chidori remember anything about it themselves, but they knew with certainty that they were a family. The two were taken in by an old man for protection and had lived their lives as brother and sister, supporting each other.

—What would Chidori think if he died?

Would she be sad? or would she be happy that her troublesome brother was gone?….he laughed to himself bitterly as he wondered if she would cry.

「—not…yet, I won’t die」(Tsugumi)

—Because when he dies, his sister Chidori would be left all alone. Thinking of her crying by herself in that large house, the thought was too sad.

Furthermore if Tsugumi dies in such a inexplicable way, she would be sure to find out eventually. When he thinks that she might try to become a magical girl in the process, a shiver ran down his spine. Fighting didn’t suit her.

—But what could he do? How could he survive this situation?

From the sounds of battle he could hear above, it was clear that the fight between the magical girl and demon would not end soon. Tsugami’s physical strength wouldn’t be able to hold out until the battle was settled.

He scratched his nails against the ground, feeling sick at his own helplessness.

But still, he can’t die, he refuses to die.

Because–he hasn’t been able to repay the favor to his sister yet.

—Ten years ago, she desperately pulled the hand of Tsugumi, who was crying within the ruins of the burning city. She should have been scared as well, but she continued to smile to put his mind at ease.

To Tsugumi, that strength of hers was more precious than anything else.

His sister stayed with him throughout everything, both the good and the hard times. Yet Tsugumi hadn’t given anything back to her. If he died like this, he would regret it forever. He hated that idea.

Whilst embracing such a thought, Tsugumi squeezed out a voice.

「I’ll live—in an unknown place like this, I won’t die…!」(Tsugumi)

Forcibly raising his weak body, he tried to support himself on trembling legs. It can’t be helped, his uniform had absorbed his blood and become very heavy. The ground on which he was standing was already covered in blood. But he was still alive.

The situation was awful and he didn’t know when he would be affected by the aftermath of the battle again. Even though the current situation was the worst, Tsugumi still smiled. It was an expression that showed his determination not to give up on anything.

—There was a black shadow staring at Tsugumi as he tried to walk with his body full of wounds.

The black shadow shook it’s lustrous tail, as if it had seen something interesting.

「—This is why humans are stupid」(???)

But that’s part of the fun right? With that said, the black shadow slowly began to move towards Tsugumi.

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Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Chapter 1

TLN: This chapter is insanely long and complicated. It has many references to JP mythology and some JP parables.

I’ll apologize in advance for the large amount of translator notes. I don’t mean to ruin the reading experience, but there’s so much to explain in this chapter.

Chapter 1 – The first day

–it was September when『her』 fate was twisted. Two months before the young girl was attacked by demonic beasts.

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The event occurred on his way home.

Against the backdrop of the sound of a distant explosion, Nanase Tsugumi held onto his side where blood was dripping down. His uniform was torn and his white shirt had been dyed red with blood.

「What is this…..」(Tsugumi)

—When he thought back on it, it all began in the morning.

With that in mind, Tsugumi hazily remembered what had happened this morning.

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On that day, he was met with bad luck all morning.

His alarm clock didn’t ring for some reason and since his twin sister didn’t wake him up, he was left behind. Also the train he had got on with the expectation of being late encountered mechanical issues and got stuck. In addition, at the end of the short road from the station to the school, there was a guerilla rainstorm, soaking him like a wet rat. It was as if he was being kicked whilst he was down. (TLN: Guerilla rainstorms are short, localized downpours of 100mm an hour of rain)

「It’s strange when you think about it. If it was just one thing, then that would be normal, but it’s not normal for bad luck to overlap is it? Thanks to that I arrived at school during lunch break. I feel like I’ve wasted the day…」(Tsugumi)

When Tsugumi, who was annoyed, began complaining out loud about what happened this morning, a friend listening to him looked up and replied in a surprised manner.

「—Well there are days like that. Is Tsugumi-chan’s daily routine bad?」(Friend)

「Don’t say it like that. Besides I’m not doing anything strange…and I don’t want to tell you what I do on a daily basis」(Tsugumi)

When Tsugumi made an annoyed face and said so, his friend, Amari Yukitaka replied in surprise.

「Eh, I wasn’t really thinking of anything」(Yukitaka)

Yukitaka rebukes as if he had never thought of such a thing. From his expression, you might think that he legitimately has no idea at all.

….I wonder which mouth can thing of such a thing. Tsugumi sighed as if exhausted.

「Speaking of which, you were hit on by a junior girl again on your way home yesterday. Did you do it again?」(Tsugumi)

「Eh, Tsugumi-chan? How do you know that when you went home before me yesterday?」(Yukitaka)

「There was a video sent to me with added commentary. Want to see it?」(Tsugumi)

Yukitaka couldn’t help but shout after looking at the video, the contents of which showed a fantastic angle of him getting slapped in a flashy manner.

「How cruel! Who sent the video!?」(Yukitaka)

「Mebuki-senpai and his delightful friends from our class」(Tsugumi)

Tsugumi replied with the sender’s name without hesitation. Rather, there was no point in hiding it because the people themselves were quietly spreading the information.

「That black-belly, glasses idiot…..just because I’m popular with girls, he goes and does this insidious thing」(Yukitaka) (TLN: Black belly means jealous)

「Ah, un. I know you’re popular, but this and that are different matters」(Tsugumi)

—It was not for any kind of reason like jealousy, it’s just that he was hated by those people.

Looking away from the depressed Yukitaka, Tsugumi gently pressed his stomach and began to think without saying anything.

「Then what? Is it because I exposed the scandals of their favorite magical girls online? Or is it because I stole his friend’s girlfriend because I was better?」(Yukitaka)

「….wait a minute, I’ve never heard about that」(Tsugumi)

「Eh, does it matter? If you get angry at something as small as this, I’ll hate you」(Yukitaka)

「…..I think you’re the type of guy that when interviewed after being stabbed to death, would say something like『I thought this would happen someday』」(Tsugumi)

「Ahaha, I’m not that crazy!」(Yukitaka)

When Tsugumi said so, Yukitaka lightly laughed. There was a sense of fearfulness in that carefree appearance. However, probably because of this type of appearance, he had a charm that Tsugumi didn’t particularly hate, despite his broken personality.

…..his friend was very good-looking. He was the epitome of the word bishounen.

His face wasn’t bad, and his words and actions themselves were friendly and likeable. Well, if we only speak of the contents, there was nothing praiseworthy.

『I love people’s expressions when they hate something or get angry!』this friend professes that without hesitation naturally has many enemies. To be honest, it would be more difficult to find someone he is close to.

Many girls are attracted to his appearance, but none can stand his personality and become disillusioned, leaving him after a few days. On the other hand, some girls become weirdly obsessed with him, but it’s best not to talk about them too much. There were some things Tsugumi didn’t want to know about his friend.

「Keep it in moderation. I don’t want a murder to occur in the neighborhood is possible. I’ll likely get involved and injured」(Tsugumi)

When Tsugumi told him that, Yukitaka laughed strangely.

「Ahaha, it’s just like Tsugumi-chan to not say something like『I’m worried about you』」(Yukitaka)

「Because even if I do, you never listen to my advice right? How long do you think we’ve been friends? I naturally know this much about you」(Tsugumi)

From his long relationship with Yukitaka, he knew how to handle him.

…..he doesn’t know why, but he always seems to draw the short straw. Tsugumi grabbed his aching head as he remembered the turmoil Yukitaka was involved in last year.

「Anyway Tsugumi-chan’s timing is really bad, I’m taking the day off today」(Yukitaka)

「What do you mean? I was late due to various reason, but are you skipping class? If I don’t go to afternoon class, I wonder what Chidori would say later…..?」(Tsugumi)

Saying that, Tsugumi has a bitter look on his face. Chidori was the twin sister of Tsugumi…if that honor student of a sister knew that he had skipped class, he had no idea what she would do to him.

When Tsugumi told him that, Yukitaka shrugged and stopped talking about it.

「Tsugumi-chan, you might not know because you missed the morning assembly, but afternoon classes have been changed to a whole school rally. You know there was a pretty famous magical girl in the 3rd year right? Satona something-san. it seems that she died yesterday, so we’ll be holding a farewell party for her. But I suppose Tsugumi-chan isn’t interested in that?」(Yukitaka)

「….in other words, I don’t have to worry about class?」(Tsugumi)

–Satona hmm, what was it? It was a name like Michiko or something, seemed to be a famous senior. However since Tsugumi’s friendship circle was so small, she only made a faint impression on him.

Tsugumi quickly looked around and then whispered to Yukitaka as if muttering to himself.

「Even so, was it martyrdom? –I can’t speak too loudly, but you know don’t you?」(Tsugumi)

「Well I guess. It has been 5 years since she became a magical girl, so she was better than most」(Yukitaka)

—Magical Girl is a really cute name, but the reality is much more murderous.

They are, so to speak, human weapons that have signed a contract with a so-called『God』in order to fight demonic beasts.

—It was thirty years ago when monsters called demonic beasts appeared all around Japan. They killed people and destroyed buildings, eventually Japan stopped functioning as a country.

Their lifeline was cut off by the demonic beasts and people began to lose hope–that was when a『Magical Girl』appeared.

Her name was, Sakura Akane. She became a magical girl carrying the absolute hope of the people, until her battle with a powerful demonic beast eight years later.

Appearing like a comet, she wore a shrine maiden outfit and walked across many battlefields—all to drive out the demonic beasts from her country.

The effect of her presence was dramatic.

「—there seems to be a girl defeating the demonic beasts」

At first it was nothing more than a trivial rumor. But eventually the number of witnesses increased as more and more people were saved by her. How must she have looked to those who only knew fear?

—No matter how desperate the situation was, she would surely come to help. Just thinking that way helped most people survive tomorrow. If you look at it objectively, she was treated as an idol, which at the time was far more useful than some poor religion.

Strangely, with the birth of a『Magical Girl』a new hope came to light. The surviving government officials contacted Sakura Akane and even succeeded in talking to her contractor, Yatagarasu. (TLN: Yatagarasu is a three-legged crow in JP mythology. If I remember right, it is said that those who are unworthy and try to look upon him, will have their eyes crushed)

In that encounter, Yatagarasu started talking about an existence above him—named Amaterasu. (TLN: Amaterasu is the goddess of the sun in JP mythology)

The details of the discussion were classified as a state secret and have not been disclosed to the public, but to put it simply, if we return control of the country back to the god, Amaterasu-Ōmikami, then she will protect us.

The government accepted the deal, because she had promised to do her best to protect the country.

According to Yatagarasu, who stood at the negotiation table, these『Demonic Beasts』seem to be a concept-like life form that gains energy from the bad feelings of living creatures. These conceptual beings live in a distant dimension, feeding off of the colorless energy that pours out of the dimensional crack. They had descended to feed on the despair of humans. That was the true identity of the demonic beasts.

The reason they had appeared in Japan, was due to the crack in the sky.

However, Yatagarasu did not explain why the sky broke, he just said「It’s a horrible thing」

—Just what that『Horrible Thing』is has not yet been established.

In addition to this, after a huge number of trades, Amaterasu created a barrier called『Gate of the Heavenly Rock Cave​』to counter the demonic beasts. The barrier covered the entirety of Japan, and Amaterasu used her own connections to approach existences similar to herself in order to create more soldiers to use to protect the country. (TLN: Heavenly Rock Cave -> Amano Iwato, long explanation but you can read the story here. Basically it’s a cave Amaterasu hid in because of Susano’o, who is a God of storms)

—The result was the system known as『Magical Girl』

According to Amaterasu, they are so-called spirits who have manifested themselves in the real world due to the pure energy leaking from the rift in the heavens. Among them, Amaterasu-Ōmikami was the first to emerge.

—Originally, Ancient Gods could not interact with mortals. This was the result of the decreased in belief on the mortal side, as well as the emergence of new religions.

If they try and interfere with the mortal world, it’s possible their entire existence would be shaken. If they were really unlucky, there’s a chance that they could lose their divine power and fade out of existence entirely.

It was an unwritten rule for the Gods, never to interfere with the existence known as humans.

–But the existence of the energy from the rift turned that common sense upside down.

If you can manipulate the colorless energy well, you can create a spirit with a certain amount of power at no risk.

—What do you think would happen if the Gods, who essentially have nothing to do, suddenly find a way to come to the mortal world?

—Naturally they would come over to see everything.

Amaterasu who first noticed this sent her subordinate Yatagarasu to the lower world, who then made a contract with a human, leading to her becoming the legitimate owner of the land. On top of that, she carved into the Earth a technique to deflect the God’s who had malicious intent. That was one of the effects of the 『Gate of the Heavenly Rock Cave​』barrier.

After finishing her preparations, she approached the God’s who were curious about Japan.

『—Why don’t you do something more fun?』she said.

The result was the birth of the『Magical Girl』

The Gods who had descended as spirits had the right to interfere with the world by creating contracts with emotionally sensitive girls. As compensation the girls were given the power to kill the demonic beasts.

From the human’s perspective, becoming a magical girl was the equivalent of transforming into a prestigious warrior and from the God’s it was like an easy training game. (TLN: Imagine a game where you train a character to fight monsters, that’s how the Gods thought of it)

Human beings were striving to survive, but the Gods only offered their strength for their own enjoyment.

The system known as『Magical Girl』was created by making new rules and adjusting existing ones so that everyone profits.

Well, the initial contract that the God’s formed became a little inconvenient as their freedom of movement was reduced as time went by, despite the fact that they still had their form. But in the end it didn’t matter, the merit of being able to move to this world was far too tempting for the Gods.

In addition, polytheism was originally the standard for Japan. In this country the ara-mitama and the nigi-mitama were the same, there was no inferiority or superiority there. (TLN: Really complex explanations for these, basically ara-mitama can be thought of as “rude soul” and nigi-mitama as “harmonious soul”. The theory is that both gods and humans consist of 1 spirit and 4 souls. Read more here)

With such a unique sense of religion, even Old Gods, who had been driven to remote regions by the other religions, began to co-operate. On the condition that they were worshiped again.

—As the magical girls controlled by the government began to appear on the front lines, Japan’s domestic situation gradually began to calm down.

Meanwhile, a method of converting the bio-energy released when a demonic beast is defeated into a solid substance was created. A method was then created to draw that core energy out as substitute for oil in generating electricity. Also, drugs with various effects were created one after another.

In less than a decade after the sky had cracked, commonly known as『The day of creation』Japan rebuilt it’s country in a magnificent way.

It is often said that humans are like the horses of the old man Sai, but it was rarely the case that good luck and bad luck are reversed that much. (TLN: It’s an old Asian parable, you can read it here. Basically in the story the man lost his horse (bad luck), but it returned with some strong barbarian horses (good luck), he rode one and broke his leg (bad luck), but because he was resting his leg he survived a bandit attack (good luck) )

As Japan started to improve for the better, other countries applied to re-open diplomatic channels, but the current Government rejected all applications.

Of course there were criticisms from other countries, saying that one country can’t afford to do everything, but those criticisms made little sense.

Since people left all the hard battles to the magical girls, through their sacrifice, peace was returned to Japan.

For the record, the age at which a girl can become a magical girl is 12 years old, but it is said that few survive more than 10 years. It sounds good, but being a magical girl is a dangerous profession with dozens of deaths every month. Most magical girls end up retiring alive after 5 years of service.

—However, if you survive long enough, you can enjoy status, honor, and money. The exact definition of high risk, high return.

Recently, famous magical girls are treated as idols. But they are too busy protecting Japan to deal with things like popularity votes.

Because of that, someone like Tsugumi who wasn’t there at the beginning, doesn’t have a good impression of『Magical Girls』

He knows they are heroes, but he doesn’t trust them.

….However he did feel that it was unlucky for that senior, who had been doing her best in such fierce battlefields, to have died.

「Isn’t it just a rally? It seems really troublesome…」(Tsugumi)

When Tsugumi said that with a hint of boredom in his voice, Yukitaka squinted as if seeing something interesting.

「Tsugumi-chan, you just don’t like crowds」(Yukitaka)

「It feels like I’m being pushed into a shelter, it’s suffocating. There’s nothing I can do about it」(Tsugumi)

As Yukitaka said, since there’s no class, so it would be fine to go home alone. Thinking so, Tsugumi loosened his cheeks.

「I wonder if I should go home too, Chidori knows that I’m not good with crowds , so she shouldn’t get angry…」(Tsugumi)

「What’s wrong?」(Yukitaka)

「No, I was going to contact Chidori, but I forgot that my phone was out of charge. Sorry, can you contact her instead?」(Tsugumi)

「Un, it’s fine, I’ll handle it」(Yukitaka)

When Yukitaka said that, he quickly pointed his phone at Tsugumi and snapped a photo. Then made some edits to the photo and presented it to Tsugumi. The screen showed Tsugumi with a pale face.

「Un, it’s edited nicely, I’ll sent it to Chidori-chan with the message『He went home because he looked pale』」(Yukitaka)

「…..ah, un…..thanks, you really saved me」(Tsugumi)

….should he get angry at him for sending doctored photos? or thank him for not angering his sister? With some hesitation, he finally thanked Yukitaka. He probably meant no harm. Probably.

After Tsugumi had thanked him, Yukitaka began to pack up the things on his desk without any particular concern. Once he had finished packing away his useless accessories like a girl, he turned to Tsugumi.

「Then I’ll be going. Please be careful on your way home too. Well we have alarms, so we should be ok—ah, if you meet Nagisa-chan, tell her I left early」(Yukitaka)

When Yukitaka said that he tapped Tsugumi’s shoulder, then waved his hand as he walked out of the classroom. He was a really carefree guy.

When Tsugumi looked around, more than half of his classmates had already disappeared….it was terrible, though to be fair it won’t affect their grades. However the 2nd grade F-class, of which Tsugumi belongs, is a gathering of problem children. Though to be fair, there was rarely anyone who attended school meetings. (TLN: 2nd grade senior high school puts his age at about 16-17)

Tsugumi shrugged his shoulders as he raised himself from his chair, he stared into the blue sky as the rain began to lash against the windows. It was a clear and refreshing day, completely offsetting the events of this morning. There was even a beautiful rainbow.

Feeling somewhat annoyed, Tsugumi glared bitterly at the sky for a moment, before sighing as if he had given up and picking up his school bag. No matter how much he hates this natural phenomena, he can’t do anything about it.

When Tsugumi opened the classroom door, he almost collided with someone who was trying to enter from the outside.

Tsugumi quickly supported the person who was staggering in front of him. A sweet scent filled his nostrils.

「A, ara? sorry, Sensei was a little careless」(Sensei)

「Suzune-sensei, didn’t you say that in the past after nearly falling down the stairs? Please be more careful」(Tsugumi)

When Tsugumi said that, the teacher–Suzune Nagisa’s cheeks grew red. He removed his hands from her in amazement.

—She was in charge of Tsugumi’s class, but there was a risk that she wouldn’t reach old age with the way she was going. As such, it would be dangerous to keep your eyes off her. Because of this, even though it was a class filled with problem children, she was treated as a clumsy mascot and not shunned by them.

The person herself seems dissatisfied with that treatment, but considering that she was the first one to get lost during orientation in April, it was the correct treatment.

By the way at the time, even the delinquent students in class went looking for the lost teacher. Thanks to that, class F, which is filled with problem children, had a certain sense of cohesion.

At one point, Tsugumi wondered if this was her aim, but looking at her daily appearance, he felt a little uncomfortable at thinking that wasn’t the case. After all, is it okay for a 26 year old to act like this?

Despite such worries, Tsugumi began to sweat inwardly as he thought about the current situation.

Suzune’s gaze wandered over the classroom filled with only a few people. No matter how bad you were at reading the mood, you’d be able to notice the strangeness of the atmosphere.

「…I wonder if the kids who aren’t here have already left」(Suzune)

「Ah, that is, probably right」(Tsugumi)

「Eh, no way, how cruel…」(Suzune)

Suzune said in a quiet voice as tears filled her eyes.

—Ah, this is bad he thought, but he was too late.

From Suzune’s eyes, bit glittering drops fell under the force of gravity. Classmates who were looking at this situation were grinning in a joyful manner.

「Ah-! Nanase is making Nagisa-chan cry」(Classmate)

「Oi oi, what are you doing? Isn’t Nagisa-chan too pitiful?」(Classmate)

Whilst laughing, the remaining classmates begin to heckle Tsugumi one after another–despite being introverted, Tsugumi turned to speak to his classmates.

「It’s not my fault. Complain to those who left early」(Tsugumi)

Tsugumi who was dissatisfied, complained to his classmates as he lightly patted Suzune’s back to comfort her.

「But you’re going home too right? Then you’re the same」(Classmate)

「Guh! That’s….right」(Tsugumi)

What his classmate said was justified.

He had intended to go home secretly, but since he met his homeroom teacher along the way, he would have to tell her he was leaving early. However it was a little difficult to tell her when she was shedding tears.

Even so, more than half of his classmates had already disappeared, if the whole school rally was held in such a state, it would be inevitable that she would be blamed by the other teachers later.

…Just when he was worried that he might have to stay due to feeling sorry for her, he noticed that Suzune was staring at him with wet eyes.

「Sensei? What’s wrong?」(Tsugumi)

Maybe she was going to blame him for trying to go home, that’s what Tsugumi thought, but instead Suzune said something unexpected.

「—Nanase-kun, are you okay?」(Suzune)


It was a voice filled with concern. He couldn’t understand why she was asking him that, so he asked again.

「What is it?」(Tsugumi)

When he asked that, Suzune hesitantly opened her mouth, as if it was difficult to say.

「Well if you’re feeling sick, you don’t have to overdo it. I’ll explain your situation to the head of year…」(Suzune)

Usually when a classmate tried to relax or leave early, she’ll stop them with a sad look on her face, so what kind of play was this now? Whilst tilting his head at Suzune’s words, he replied.

「Etto, do I look sick?」(Tsugumi)

「…Nanase-kun, don’t think I’m unaware of it, your complexion isn’t very good. No matter how much I want people to stay, I can’t force a sick kid to remain here」(Suzune)

When Suzune said that, the classmates who were listening in on them suddenly called out to Tsugumi.

「Eh, what is it? Are you feeling sick Nanase?」(Classmate)

「No that’s not the case, but is his complexion bad…?」(Classmate)

「Hmm, I don’t get it」(Classmate)

Other classmates listening in started commenting on how he didn’t look like he was ill.

「Nagisa-chan is misunderstanding it. After all, idiots don’t get colds」(Classmate)

Tsugumi shouted back at them as they were joking around with each other.

No matter how sick he looks, was this the way you would treat a sick person?

「Come on you guys, show some concern. Besides I’m not an idiot okay!?」(Tsugumi)

「What, so you’re fine after all」(Classmate)

「Tsugumin isn’t angry at that heavenly bastard, but he yells at us?」(Classmate)

「Oi, don’t call me Tsugumin, it’s embarrassing」(Tsugumi)

—Ignoring his dissatisfied classmates, Tsugumi tried to leave with his bag. After all, Suzune-sensei had given permission so there was no problem with it.

As he left the classroom after saying bye to everyone, he heard the sound of footsteps approaching him from behind. When he turned around, he saw someone rushing towards him.

「W, wait, Nanase-kun」(Suzune)


「Haa, haa, I’m glad, I got here in time」(Suzune)

Perhaps she ran down the hallway, her shoulders were shaking and her breathing was ragged. But why did she do that? maybe she had forgotten to say something.

「Etto, are you okay?」(Suzune)

Tsugumi asked, looking anxiously at the out of breath Suzune-sensei who was leaning over and coughing. She suddenly produced something and handed it to him.

「Take this」(Suzune)

「This is…a talisman? I can’t accept such a precious thing」(Tsugumi)

Tsugumi shook his head and refused after looking at the talisman, it was in the form of a black bag with a flower design sewed onto it with red thread, exuding a sense of majesty. He wasn’t sure why, but he felt afraid to take it.

「It’s fine」(Suzune)

Suzune seemed adamant that he take it, and practically forced it into his hands. The unexpected desperation surprised Tsugumi and he opened his eyes wide. He had never seen Suzune act so forcefully before.

「I have a bad feeling….can you bring this talisman with you and think of it as Sensei?」(Suzune)

「….eh, what is this? it’s a little scary」(Tsugumi)

Although Tsugumi was curious, Suzune just shook her head and refused to provide more detailed information. Whilst pushing his thoughts into the back of his mind, he placed it within the chest pocket of his blazer. There was no particular problem in carrying it with him.

「Sorry. I said something strange」(Suzune)

「Well, if Sensei is happy with this then it’s fine」(Tsugumi)

「Really, be careful on your way home」(Suzune)

To Suzune who repeated the same sentence over and over, Tsugumi just nodded, half asleep. He felt that there was no need to say the same thing over and over, he wasn’t a young child anymore so there was no need to worry.

「It’ll be fine, I’m not sick or anything」(Tsugumi)

「….that’s, right」(Suzune)

Suzune still turned an anxious and worried gaze to Tsugumi, even after he reassured her.

When he thought she was going to open her mouth to say something, she instead closed her eyes and seemingly hesitated, before smiling gently as if regaining her state of mind.

「—well then, see you tomorrow. Come to school tomorrow without being late」(Suzune)

「….Ahaha. See you later, Suzune-sensei」(Tsugumi)

Then he turned his back on Suzune and walked towards the front door.

However, without even noticing it, Suzune was staring deeply at his back–

◆ ◆ ◆ 

When she finally couldn’t see Tsugumi anymore, she quietly muttered to herself in a voice that no-one could hear.

「….that kid, his whole body was bright red」(Suzune)

Although Suzune had said that, if any of her students heard this, they would say that Tsugumi looked just as he usually does.

—What on Earth could Suzune see?

「He’s probably already….no, that’s why…」(Suzune)

Suzune quietly put her hands together to pray whilst lowering her gaze.

「I can only pray, please–don’t die」(Suzune)

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Hagakure Sakura does not lament – Prologue

TLN: This is a novel I’m fairly enthusiastic about (based on synopsis and reviews only). It’s a dark, magical girl, gender bender novel. Also it’s currently in the process of being published in a light novel, so once it’s published I’ll buy it and add images to the chapters I’ve done.

Also it’s been regularly updated since 2019! It’s most recent update was 3 days ago!

The chapters are kind of long and it was hard to get the write sounding sentences, hopefully there are no glaring issues here.


『Magical Girl』

What exactly do people associate with that name?

The princess of a magical world who casts spells towards a hand mirror?

An apprentice witch training within a town of ordinary humans?

Or brave girls who fight bad guys in the name of justice?

None of those are particularly wrong, but the circumstances are a little different for the girls of this world.

National Defense Mage Contract Candidates–also known as 『Magical Girls』they are the『Guardians of the Country』that choose to fight, in order to counter the infinitely spawning demonic beasts.

Some have status.

Some have ideals.

Some have hope.

Some prayed for peace and thus chose this path.

What awaits those who have become『Magical Girls』are days upon days of death. A meritocratic society in which only one’s own talent speaks.

In such a lonely battle–retreating is not allowed.

Naturally they must win. Losing means death.

—this is the story of a girl or a boy who is entangled with such a fate.

—this is the story of Hagakure Sakura.

◆ ◆ ◆

Middle of the night, 2am. There was a young girl on the street of a residential area in the middle of the night. The girl, wearing floral pajamas, was wandering down the street with her hands against the wall. It seemed as if she was sick, her breathing was rough and ragged.

『Time remaining until demonic beasts appear, 5 minutes. Please evacuate to the northwest』

A mechanical voice flowed from the girl’s phone.

「Quickly, I have to get away from here…」(???)

The girl muttered painfully. Biting her lips as if to reprimand herself, she put strength into her trembling legs.

—how long has it been since the alarm was first issued? If you don’t set off immediately, you’ll never make it in time.

Keho~ The girl coughed. Maybe because she has a cold, her temperature is high and she’s feeling dizzy. There was a good reason why the girl was outside in such a state.

That’s right–the demonic beasts are coming.

『–the prediction of the occurrence of an E-class demonic beast has been confirmed. There are 3 minutes until it appears. If you are in the area near the marker, please evacuate to the designated place immediately』

She certainly heard such an alarm in the middle of the night within her blurred consciousness. However she was not sure as her memories were hazy, likely from her deep sleep due to her high body temperature.

–E-class demonic beast. Judging from the map on her mobile phone, the government predicted that the demonic beast would appear within a radius of 200 meters from the young girl’s home.

At this distance, she would usually have been able to evacuate with her parents. However the girl’s parents were away for a funeral of one of their relatives and won’t return until tomorrow night. Therefore the girl could only escape alone in her bad condition.

In this age, it’s not unusual for demonic beasts to kill people. A certain number of people are killed each year–just like with car accidents.

However although death by demonic beast is not uncommon–it’s the nature of human beings to not want to be caught up in it.

…and yet, even as early as a few decades ago, the girl’s grandmother was saying how demonic beasts didn’t exist.

Demonic Beasts)

It was like a bad joke that suddenly began to erode into reality.

–it started three decades ago, around 2pm on the 7th of July.

People who looked up into the sky suddenly screamed.

The sky was cracked.

The crack, or at least it can only be said to be a crack, was so large that you couldn’t see the end of it just by looking up. It spread over the entire Japanese Archipelago.

Just as people were wondering how this mysterious phenomenon had happened, the cracks that had appeared soon melted into the blue sky and disappeared. In the news for that day, it seems that they were reporting that it was an out of season aurora.

–that’s right, the people of that day had no idea that that was the beginning of everything.

The day after the sky broke, in the streets between the urban buildings during the morning commuting rush—that thing appeared without warning.

The beast, which seemed like a large bear, but even more vicious, caused a total of ten casualties before being shot dead by riot police hours later…..if that was the only incident, it would have easily faded from people’s memories as being a rogue violent beast attacking people.

–but that didn’t happen.

From that day on, beast-like creatures kept appearing, each with different shapes and each in different locations throughout the Japanese Archipelago, at a pace of around several incidents a day.

The mysterious beasts were compelled to destroy and then after a certain amount of time, they would melt into the air and disappear like mist, of course the demon beasts were naturally referred to as unknown invaders. Anxiety and fear gradually spread, most people still couldn’t admit that the world was changing.

A day after the beginning of the incident, a psychic spoke out about the government that had yet to reach a resolution『This is due to yesterday’s aurora. Bad things are entering Japan through the crack』which was then spread rapidly via SNS.

At first most people mocked the psychic’s words, but gradually those voices got smaller…there was no room to care about such a thing anymore.

The foreign media initially reported the incidents like a bad monster movie, but over time their reports gradually turned into something much more somber.

「Modern Hell」

「The end of atheism」(TLN: Jisho won’t show me anything for 無神教 so I’m taking the google translate version)

「The country abandoned by God」

「Those demonic beasts are not demons」(TLN: 魔獣 -> Majuu is used for demonic beasts, whereas 悪魔 -> Akuma is used for demons. The report is saying that Majuu aren’t Akuma)

「–if you get involved with a country infested with those things, your country will be ruined as well!」

…..despite the mystery and existence of God fading, becoming nothing but a shadow of it’s former self, religion was still deeply rooted in the world. It was natural to connect an unknown fear to a known existence.

The biggest misfortune for Japan, was that the other countries weren’t involved with the incidents. This is because the demonic beasts only appeared in Japan for yet unknown reasons.

Many countries felt that if they helped out Japan and it went poorly, the beasts would jump to their country as well.

The foreign response was fast, the US, Russian, EU and the other Asian countries all closed their embassies within 3 months of the first incidents. Some countries even placed an immigration ban on the Japanese people.

3 months, in just that small amount of time, Japan was forced into isolation.

…..it may seem ruthless, but for other countries demonic beasts had become a symbol of horror. There may have been pressure on these large countries to cut off Japan, but there were some small island countries that were far removed from foreign politics, who cut themselves off saying that is was inevitable that they would try to save themselves.

Japan was forced into a state of seclusion forcibly, as such it began to fall into destruction. Frightened by the horror of the demonic beasts attacking them day or night, the people living in Japan became exhausted.

On the other hand, the wealthy upper-class fled abroad long ago and those with foreign nationalities who were in Japan, quickly fled back to their homelands. Only those who could not escape were left behind in Japan.

…..thirty years have passed since that nightmare. Miracles after miracles have occurred since then. Although the current situation in Japan has improved significantly, there was still a danger to life.

–because the demonic beasts haven’t disappeared yet.


Suddenly the girl’s legs got tangled and she collapsed on the spot. Her view was distorted by the impact of the fall.

Due to her high fever, she was not feeling well. If you add fear and impatience to the mix, it’s not unusual that she couldn’t walk properly. However she couldn’t avoid to stay in this position.

The girl squeezed out the last of her energy and attempted to stand up

–but as if to ridicule that determination, a loud noise rang out from her phone.

『Warning. Warning. Leave that area immediately. Repeat. Leave that area immediately. The predicted spawn location is 20 meters from your current position. Repeat. Leave–』

「Eh, it’s a lie….this should have been a safe place on the map!」

She checked the map on her phone in a hurry, but her expectations were dashed. The display showed her current location was in a red warning zone, painted with an emergency alert.

「Wh, why? Why is this map that’s displayed different than the first? I’ve never heard of such a problem before….!」

–must run, must run, must run!

When the girl tried to ignore the pain in her body and begin running, she felt a chill run down her spine, different than the chill brought about by the cold she was suffering with.

「A, ah, no way…」

Whilst leaking a strange noise, she could see the shadow of something odd approaching from an alley at the side of the road. She immediately knew what it was.

—she wants to run away but her legs won’t move, as if they’re frozen. The girl trembled as she slowly turned to the side.

It had a silhouette like a large man, however it had one decisive factor different than a normal man.

「Gururururu. Gaaaaaaa!!!」

Carrying the light of the full moon on it’s back–a demonic beast with the face of a wolf was exuding a murderous aura.

She tried to scream, but no sound came out.

A terribly intense feeling of horror dominated the girl’s thoughts. She wanted to run away from this place right now, but she couldn’t escape the beast’s eyes.

—Ah, no way, it’s a lie, it’s impossible.

She had seen many demonic beasts, but they were always portrayed unrealistically through TV or books. Even a hunter would be shocked to encounter a wild bear, so wouldn’t a young girl be shocked to encounter a demonic beast? It’s easy to understand without thinking about it.

「Uu, uuuu」

Tears spilled uncontrollably from both eyes, she could no longer endure it and started sobbing. The absolute fear of death, the girl couldn’t help but find the monster in front of her terrifying.

Looking at the girl, the demonic beast stretched it’s big mouth into a grin. It looked like it was having fun at finding a new toy to play with. It’s expression was telling of the future treatment the girl would be subjected to.

—it’s over now, her life will end here, being ripped to shreds by a werewolf.

When the girl was about to give up, she felt something touch her shoulder.

「Close your eyes」

The voice surprisingly reached the girl and she closed her eyes just as she was told, she felt like she had to do that so for some reason.

The sound of a sharp breeze, followed by the sound of a heavy object hitting the ground, then the sound of something wet impacting something else reached her ears and she involuntarily shivered, but still didn’t open her eyes.

Silently, the girl fell onto her knees. As she was shaking with her hands covering her face, she could hear the sounds of splashing, as if something was walking towards her through a large puddle. The footsteps slowly approached the girl.

A shiver ran down her spine. Just what was approaching her right now? If she raised her head and opened her eyes, she would know what it is, but the girl was terrified and couldn’t do it.

—what if there was another demonic beast in front of her?

If that was the case, then she had no confidence that she could keep her sanity, she thought she would be much happier to die if her eyes were closed.

As the girl quivered in fear, something touched her shoulder.


She was so surprised her body jumped—scary, scary ,scary, If this is a nightmare she wants to wake up. Whilst wishing so, the girl gave up. However her expectations were betrayed.

「…are you ok? are you injured anywhere?」

—it was an extremely clear voice, but it felt somewhat nostalgic and the girl even felt a sense of relief.

The girl who was hyperventilating due to agitation, had her back gently stroked until her breathing returned to normal. The owner of the mysterious voice kept hugging her until she calmed down.

—who is this person?

The girl who had now calmed down, opened her eyes and raised her head. In front of her, there was a woman with a worried expression, seemingly a few years older than the girl. (TLN: The author uses Josei for the woman and Shoujo for the ill girl)

She had a slender figure, with cool eyes. There was an impression that she was boyish, but at the same time vaguely beautiful.

Seeing her, the girl quickly knew who she was—no, she knew the generic name for her『Existence』

「Magical, girl?」(Girl)

The woman nods to her question.

–after the demonic beasts appeared in this world, another existence appeared following them,『Magical Girls』

In order to counter the demonic beasts, girls of the same age as her made a miraculous contract. The girl in front of her was one of them.

–Ah, I was saved.

The moment she realized that, the strength drained from her body which now felt as heavy as lead.

Whilst gently supporting the fallen girl, the woman checked the girl’s condition and said「looks like she’s not injured」

「But next time if you get an alert and you’re not feeling well, call the emergency department. There’s no need to overdo it by yourself」(Woman)


When she said that, the girl suddenly remembered the existence of the ambulance service. Due to her fever, her mind was occupied with the thought of running away, she didn’t think of calling for help at all.

「You have a high fever, so I’ll send you to the hospital as you are. I hope you’ll get some rest」(Woman)

She said so and gently put her right hand on the girl’s forehead. The temperature of her cool hand was comfortable for the girl. As she began to feel slightly sleepy, she muttered as if she had suddenly thought of something.

「Onee-san, what’s your name?」(Girl)

—the girl was sure she would never forget what had happened today. That’s why, she wanted to know the name of her benefactor who saved her from the depths of fear.

In response, the woman smiled gently and softly whispered her name.

「—my name is Hagakure Sakura. You don’t have to remember it, it’s a trivial name anyway」(Sakura)

「Hagakure, Sakura」(Girl)

–that was all the girl could remember.

Before she had realized it, she was in a hospital bed receiving an IV drip. Her mother rushed in and hugged her with tears in her eyes. It seems that the woman–Hagakure Sakura, had taken the girl to the hospital.

According to the doctor, she was unconscious for about a week because her cold had worsened and had developed into pneumonia, likely since she moved around outside too much. She was also told that if she had arrived at the hospital even just a little later, her illness would have become extremely dangerous.

Apparently, when the woman carrying the unconscious girl on her back handed her to the doctor, she suddenly disappeared somewhere.

The girl squinted and laughed as she looked at the doctor who was concerned that the women didn’t give her name. She vaguely thought that it was kind of like something that person would do.

The girl remembered that night whilst calming her mother who was crying after finding out she was safe. She was terrified, but more than that, she wanted someone to hear about her strange experience.

「Hey, Okaa-san—a magical girl saved me!」(Girl)

◆ ◆ ◆

–a few months after the girl was attacked by a demonic beast.

When the young girl, who was finally well enough again to leave the hospital, walked on the platform of the station whilst chatting with her friends, she suddenly tripped on the stone pavement and bumped into a high school boy who was walking in front of her. The boy quickly supported the staggering girl.

「Ah, that is, sorry!」(Girl)

「No, you don’t have to worry about it. I’m at fault too」(Boy)

It was the girl’s fault for not looking ahead, so she thought he would get angry and quickly tried to apologize, but the boy replied like it was no big deal and walked away.

As she gently stroked her chest whilst staring at his departing back, her friend pulled the sleeves of her clothes whilst grinning.

「Oh, what’s this? Did you fall in love at first sight? He was cool that person. He looked kind」(Girl’s Friend)

「N, no that’s not it! but what is it?」(Girl)

The girl mumbled, holding her chin as if thinking.

「—he felt like someone else」(Girl)

Her friend, as if bored with her reply responded with a「Fuun?」then took the girl’s hand and started walking away, saying that they’ll be late if they don’t hurry up.

So the girl did not pursue the sense of deja vu that she felt at that time, but instead returned to her calm daily life.

Looking back at the girl walking away in the distance, she did not know that the boy had muttered to himself「Above all else, it looks like you’re doing okay」

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