Nanaki from Today Onwards
The world is beautiful, Mother has told me that. Mother told me that I must not hate the world, she told me to become a human that can affirm the world.
Taking those words to heart, I have worked hard even in this world where Mother is gone. I have worked extraordinarily hard. Treating unreasonable things as food and overcoming difficulty, I have grown. But even so, it seems it is not enough. The current me can no longer see my path.
“We beg you Nanaki-sama!! Please!! Please release your armaments!!”
Please, could you grant this foolish daughter guidance?
I have worked hard to affirm the world. I have obtained the strength to be able to affirm the world. But that seemed to all be a misunderstanding. The things I believed in, my own pride, were they all fakes?
“Ha, have the Five Emperors not arrived yet!? There is no way just us alone can stop Nanaki-sama……guaaa!?”
“Why is Nanaki-sama, one of the Five Emperors, going on such a rampage!? Please tell us!!”
What did I do wrong? The current me knows nothing.
not your fault
Mother has said this too, Nanaki is a special human. So help a lot of people. A short time after Mother passed away, I have also become aware that I am special. And so, in order to help even more people, I have wielded my power in this capital.
The citizens were happy. I was loved by my countrymen.
And yet, why——————
why did it become like this
“You have fallen to depravity, Lightning Empress Nanaki.”
Why would they, who were my comrades, point their swords at me?
“I am, depraved? Sword Emperor Silver”
“Look by your feet. There is no way that path made of the corpses of your countrymen is the path of a human.”
“No, this is a human’s path, Silver. This is the result of each of us advancing down our paths and colliding. They were just, weak.”
“Your heart is corrupted”
Ah, Sword Emperor Silver, Martial Emperor Raicou, Flame Empress Envy, Sky Empress Salia. Why must I confront them, those who were known as the Five Emperors with me, us who have stood together and watched each other’s backs?
“The prophecy was right. You will die here, Lightning Empress Nanaki.”
Within their hearts, I no longer exist.
It made me doubt Mother’s words about the world being beautiful. What exactly did I do? I devoted myself to the capital, eliminated the enemies of the capital. And yet, and yet because of some prophecy, with that one vague sentence my world was changed.
just because of some prophecy
“Don’t let your guard down Silver. Even if she is a child, she is the same as us, one of the Five Emperors.”
“I know, it’s shameful to go against a brat of sixteen with four but……this one is a monster.”
“She defeated the Ice Emperor at the age of twelve in a duel after all. If we underestimate her we will lose.”
“Envy, that wasn’t a duel. That was a slaughter, that Ice Emperor was killed by a mere twelve year old child without being able to do anything.”
you have become strong
Is this world overflowing with hostility really so beautiful? Could it be that the world is denying me because I am unable to affirm the world? Ah, Mother. Even your warmth has already become a faint thing. I can’t recall it, the happiness from that time.
you have done well
I have already worked hard enough.
Mother, please forgive this unworthy daughter. From the start, I have not liked this world which took away beloved Mother. I have been covering it up all along, I have not been able to erase this dark feeling burning in me. I cannot love this world.
Have I disappointed you?
But, just for a bit longer, let me stay as Mother’s daughter. Please, just one more time. From that place where my strength cannot reach, please watch over your unsightly struggling daughter, Nanaki.
I cannot love the same world as them. So I will change it, I will change my own world. I am finally able to realise that what is necessary is farewells. Goodbye, world that I wanted to like. Since it seems that I am hated, I will go, to find a world I can love.
Let us sing our farewells together. And then please congratulate this foolish Nanaki.
I heard Silver’s bellow. He is enraged. With the unparalleled strength that led him to be hailed as a Five Emperor, he closed in on me with a speed that can be called godspeed to defeat me, and he swung the sword that is said to cut everything at me. I liked his kind strength that came from his love of the capital. But I must say my farewells.
“Guh!? I didn’t make it!!??”
“Back off Silver!!”
“Making a god descend in the middle of the capital……!! What have you done……”
“That’s not armament manifestation……She called down the real body!!”
Lightning of Legend, Ilveng=Nazgul. The jet black lightning god gently embraced me. Come to think of it, you comforted me that day too. Even though I was the one that defeated you.
It’s okay now
“This is……the Lightning of Legend……!?”
“It’s a monster that killed a hundred gods during the age of the god world war, all of us will be needed to take it down!!”
“To defeat such a monster alone……Nanaki is……”
“Unless you do that you can’t make the contract. This is her full strength huh……this girl, she’s really been hiding her real strength.”
physical but emotional?
It is just that there was no opponent against whon I could go all out. After all, the Five Emperors were comrades. But now it has become a situation where we have to fight each other. These four people are really strong, so to make it hard to find me, I have to use my full strength.
shall we go?
“Let’s go, Ilveng=Nazgul”
Nanaki will go on a journey. Could you pray for me? For this unworthy daughter? Nanaki wants to try taking a look too, at the beautiful world Mother spoke of. Lacking in strength, I could not affirm the world that Mother loved. So I will go to search.
“I have been in your care until now, Silver.”
“Please convey this to the emepror and everyone else, ‘Please take care of yourselves’.”
“That’s just a threat to not come chasing after you……”
“It is my true feelings.”
I returned the cloak of the imperial knights by gently draping it over Silver. Like this, I have become just Nanaki. When I looked up at the sky, a blue bird flew like it was calling for me. Happiness might be to the west.
journey to the west
From today onwards, the world will be reborn.
from the ashes?
No, the one that is to be reborn is probably Nanaki.
a new life
And so, everyone from the world I could not love, everyone from the world I want to love, the you over there, the you over there too and everyone looking at me from afar too, please, applaud.
And please celebrate with me.
“——Happy Birthday, Nanaki.”
Hecate’s new series, hopefully it can be kept up ( also I couldn’t find anyone else working on this, but if there is someone please tell me )
Also please just ignore these texts, just my random thoughts as i translte
Edited (10/3/2017): corrected so many things….was I that careless? Or should I just take it as having improved since then?
coming back to read these thoughts is embarassing even for myself….
Edit(1/9/2017): Corrected more stuff, but this round of edit is more of a slight retranslation, before I translated Nanaki’s narrative with mainly first person pronoun of ‘I’ except for where ‘Nanaki’ was clearly used as a first person pronoun. (Nanaki tends to refer to herself as Nanaki a lot, rather than talking about herself in third person, it’s more like she just uses her name in place of ‘I’ as a pronoun) I’m changing it to mostly using Nanaki as pronoun except where she clearly uses “I”, which tends to be during more serious parts, like this chapter.
This is only a problem because of how Japanese can get through so much without putting in a single pronoun when from first person view, but English cannot. ==