Material Collector’s Other World Travel Log Volume 1 Chapter 1 Part2
T/N: Here’s the second part of chapter one! Enjoy~! (๑>•̀๑)ﾃﾍﾍﾟﾛ
“If I didn’t have knowledge from Sci-Fi movies and games, at this point, I’d be wailing ‘send me back’ while screaming in madness.”
⌈— That might have been the case. That’s why you were good enough.⌋
⌈—Although it is not to a great extent, you do have some degree of knowledge, right? In the first place, the movies and games that are loved on Earth, are from us intervening a bit to give information. You might be surprised but, the stories born on Earth, and things called fables, are historical facts in some planet somewhere in the universe.⌋
“Waa! Seriously!? Stuff like s.p.a.ce wars exist?! Like blue-skinned aliens, or a planet of insects, or a warrior race*?!”[*T/N: i think he’s referring to DBZ.. (=^ิω^ิ=)]
“Fairytales too? Like Princess Kaguya and… Akazukin-chan*, too?”[*T/N: referring to j.a.panese fairytale characters.]
⌈—That’s right. And so, this planet called Madeus has a completely different environment from Earth. It is the so-called world of sword and magic that you imagined.⌋
The universe is huge anyhow, so I fantasized that a world like that might exist somewhere out there. If it’s just fantasizing, then anyone would have done it as well, right?
a.s.suming that we set aside the question of whether or not they’ll believe it if they’re told that it exists in reality.
However, to think… that the stories born on Earth were historical facts that exist for real somewhere in some other universe. Somehow, it gets you fired up! Like that movie, or that game, or anime, if you’re told that all of them exist for real, then you would get fired up!!
⌈—Especially for “Vanished Person” candidates, they’re required to have this sort of knowledge. Well, those who hold no interest in it are, of course, taken out of the candidacy, inversely, targets whose desire to go to another world is too strong would also be taken out.⌋
⌈—Because there were precedents where they were sent in, and those worlds were wrecked by them.⌋
So you mean, they tried too hard but it became fruitless effort, huh.
“And so, do I just have to cross that river?”
⌈—That’s just nothing more than your own imagination. That’s not it, I want you to go to Madeus.⌋
“…………… what?”[*T/N: it actually says “yes?” But “what?” has a closer nuance to this context.]
⌈—Yes. I will pour in a drop, that would be you, onto that world. That single drop that falls upon the calm water surface will become a ripple, and with time, it will become a surging wave, big enough to change everything in that world. I will have you become that single drop.⌋
“Ehh. It’s not ‘please become that single drop’?”*[*T/N: I think he’s implying it’s an order and not a request.]
⌈—This is a decided fact, you know? After all, you’ve already died. Suddenly, suddenly died.⌋
“Sudde–….. It doesn’t feel real to me though.”
⌈—Right now, you’re in your spiritual body, after all.⌋
“Can’t I just go with the flow and have fun in paradise?”
⌈— Ahaha. There’s no way that kind of place exists. If you won’t go to Madeus, then that’s where it ends. The individual called ‘you’ will be gone, that’s all. Sayonara*.⌋[*T/N: I felt that using the romaji would have a stronger nuance than the actual translation, “goodbye”]
“No, but, even if you suddenly told me something like that, you see, there’s stuff I’ve left undone.”
⌈— You mean not being able to see the last part of that manga? In the last part of that *beep* became *beep*, and then it ends with *beeeep*.⌋
“Don’t say it so easilyyyy—-!”
⌈— If it’s about your solo travel, wouldn’t it be the same be it on Earth or in Madeus?⌋
“I think it’s quite different!”
⌈— Even on Earth, if you get careless, there’s also a possibility of getting killed, so.. Isn’t this better than welcoming death while fainting of agony, suffering in pain and torment?⌋
Suddenly dying, then being suddenly told to go to another planet (?), I don’t think it would be normal for any human being to just say ‘Yes, yes, I understand.’ That may be the case for those who wished for a trip to another world each and everyday, but I’m different. Even though I was planning to see the pyramids and Niagara Falls.
“Tomorrow, I meant to clean up my piled-up laundry!”
⌈— You’ve died so that’s already unnecessary. Items of deceased people get disposed of.⌋
“……! The stuff inside my closet!”
⌈—That, and that ma.s.sive amount of data in your hard disk drive, I’ve cleared them all.⌋
⌈—This is what they call fate.⌋
What’s with that forcefulness!
⌈—Of course, there’s no way I’ll let you go empty-handed. If I did that, before you could get to a human settlement, you’d get killed by some low-grade monster, after all.⌋
“There are monsters? I have never even been in a fist fight before though!”
⌈—I know. That’s why, I’ll grant you any Gift that you wish for. It’s that thing called blessing, so to speak.⌋
“It suddenly became game-like, didn’t it?”
⌈—It’s easy to understand, right?⌋
Even though I’ve been sentenced to a change in my daily life, I just can’t accept it. However, somewhere within me, I’ve already begun to feel curious about this Madeus. While it’s good to spend my days ordinarily, having that tiny bit of the extraordinary that I wished for within that daily life.
I won’t say I’m not interested in the possibility of living that kind of life.
“As an example, what kinds of these gifts* would you send me?”[T/N: Takeru here uses the j.a.panese word for gifts/presents 贈り物, while Manager-san uses 異能、which means super power/ability, which means super power/ability, topped with the katakana for gift (ギフト) this shows]
⌈—First is language. It should be obvious but, it won’t be j.a.panese, so it would be inconvenient, right? Not only is it inconvenient, but when your words don’t get through, there are cases where you could die, after all.⌋
⌈—Although languages differ for every race, I’ll make it so that you are able to understand all of the languages of any living thing in Madeus that uses spoken words, alright? Of course, you will also be able to read and write letters.⌋
“That would be much appreciated.
⌈—Mmm. After that, let’s improve your physical ability.⌋
“I would be grateful if you could make it so that I don’t easily get sick. I’d be troubled if I end up unable to move due to muscle pain.”
⌈—That’s right. Why don’t we include Poison Resistance, Paralysis Resistance, and all kinds of Immunity? With that, even if you’re inflicted with a serious injury, no after-effects or handicaps will remain.⌋
“Please make it so I don’t get inflicted with a serious injury…..”[*T/N: this guy… (；一_一)]
⌈—Also, Fear Resistance, Immunity. So you don’t run around screaming indiscriminately, and you can keep your mind at peace, let’s increase your calmness, there! This is quite important, you know?⌋
【GIFT】Physical Ability · All types of Immunity · Resistance
“I’ll be troubled about being penniless. Also, I hold some lingering regrets over the money I saved up until now…..”
⌈—I can’t let you bring cash with you. Uhmm, let’s give you an Appraisal skill as well. If you develop Appraisal magic, then use it to search for raw materials, and then sell those to some raw material shop, you can get money out of it after all. Your savings was….. 8 million yen, right? Mmm, I’ll make it so that you’ll find something that costs equivalent to that amount.⌋
“A bag…. or something, are you able to let me bring one? Like something that I can put a variety of things into.”
⌈—Or commonly referred to as ‘Item Box’?⌋
“That one! As much as possible, if it has no limitations, that would be better. A bag with a decent weight and size.”
⌈—Let’s make it look like any other commonly seen bag. You won’t be able to put in living things but, plants should be alright. I’ll make it so that you could store liquids as long as you put it in some sort of container, alright? For food, as long as you put them in tupperware, it won’t go bad.⌋
“There’s tupperware there?”
⌈—Ahh, right. Then, you can just wrap it in something. Like with bread or side dishes, you never physically carry those around right*?⌋[*T/N: I struggled with expressing the meaning of this while trying not to ruin the nuance. The word used literally meant “flesh and blood” but really, what the guy is saying is that you don’t normally put food in your bag without wrapping it up or putting it in a container first.]
“Make it so that it cannot be misused by anyone.”
⌈— I’ll make it so that no one other than you can use it. Even if you lose it, it’s set to return to you.⌋
【GIFT】Appraisal skill · s.p.a.ce Magic · Private Property Security
“Can I use magic?”
⌈— Magic Power Upper Limits*, right? I’ll improve your image materialization so that you could understand it right away. And, so that you could also use the convenient magic commonly used in games. Although there are limits, you could use it to some extent. You could learn from predecessors, but let’s make it so that you could use it after self-study as well. With this, let’s increase intelligence.⌋[*T/N: I struggled with this for a whole week. How can I translate 魔力極限 in RPG-ish terms?]
【GIFT】Magic Power Upper Limits · Materialization Skill · Intelligence and Comprehension Power
“So that I won’t be hated by animals.”
⌈—It’s impossible for bloodthirsty, ferocious monsters,you know? But well, if it’s just to a certain extent, I can make it so that you’ll be liked. As you’d expect, I can’t make you understand their language though.⌋
“I don’t want to become a hero that could subjugate a Demon King. But I want the power to drive away unwanted dangers. Not to the point that I can win against a master swordsman, but just enough to win a fight.”
⌈—Ahaha. There’s no such thing as a hero, so it’s alright. On the contrary, you’re strong enough to instkill those who are on the level of small fry, so be careful.⌋
And then, what else do I need?
I can understand the language, have a convenient bag, can use magic, I can also fight a bit….
“A cute partner!”
⌈—Rather than the weak type that needs protection, would you like to have the type that could protect you?⌋
“Someone who could protect to some extent”
⌈—Yeah. That’s alright. Although there’s no way you could meet them right away, but when the time comes, you will meet.⌋
Ooooh…. To think that I’d be able to encounter a cute girl in another world……
⌈—If you appraise and collect raw materials, and sell them off, you get money out of it. With this, you can spend your daily life well. Magic can be used practically in many different ways, so try it out, okay? Oops, I’ll also attach a bit of good luck. It’s better to have more good luck than bad, right? This is something good, you know?⌋
“Will I become something non-human, or a monster? Me?”
⌈—Mmm. I’ll make it so it’s easy for you to live as a human being in that world.⌋
The young man’s figure was fading.
The Sanzu River was grow-0ing obscure.
⌈—Uhh. Is there anything else? I’ve given you this and that…………. Ah!⌋
⌈—I might have granted you too much with this.⌋
⌈—c.r.a.p. Should I cut down on the good luck? Rather than that the Magic Power….. why did I set it on Upper Limits? Eh? The partner is gonna be like that?……. Will it be alright, I wonder?⌋
⌈—Oh well. He’s st.u.r.dy anyway, so he won’t be easily injured by just anything, this could work, this could work.⌋
Somehow I have a bad feeling about this though——?
⌈—Ah! I even ended up giving him intuition. This is good too, right? Well then, Takeru Kamishiro. You shall travel in Madeus, go around the world, and go see that world. There are no particular restrictions from me but, don’t do any reckless ma.s.sacres, okay? Well, if you have a reason, then I’ll permit it though. But it will be troublesome further down the line, so keep that in mind.⌋
What on earth are you saying!?
⌈—Please give your all in living your life in your own way.⌋
Won’t you even confirm the details* one more time?![*T/N: he says オーダー確認 which means confirming your order. Like when a waiter confirms what you ordered before leaving.]
⌈—It’s alright. If it’s you, it’s gonna be alright.⌋
——END OF CHAPTER——