July 25, 2020

Hills of Silver Ruins (1/11)

Taiki's journey to Ren is described in "Winter Splendor," published in Dreaming of Paradise.

A meishoku is a small shoku triggered by a kirin in distress. Natural shoku occur almost imperceptibly. Otherwise, even small shoku have destructive side effects. Kirin and shirei can travel back and forth to Japan and China without causing a shoku. But bringing a human being with them will trigger a massive shoku.

Esui is an invented word that combines the kanji for "contamination" (穢) and "fatigue" (瘁). In Taiki's case, the primary cause was consuming animal products, especially food containing blood, while in Japan. Kirin are strict vegetarians. Being a strict vegetarian in Japan is surprisingly difficult.

Kyouryou is an introvert in an extrovert's world. I can identify.

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# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
7/25/2020 12:11 PM   
Thank you so much for the new chapter :)
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
7/26/2020 9:26 AM   
I too, identify with the introvert. Speaking of which, Would Taiki also be considered as an introvert as well, though?
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
7/27/2020 3:25 AM   
Thank you so much for the translation! I've been looking forward to it since news about the new book broke last year but hadn't realised you'd already started translating it until now.
# posted by Blogger Eugene
7/29/2020 3:22 PM   
I'd call Taiki an introvert, though he is far less meek than outward appearances suggest. He is quite willing, as we will see in an upcoming story arc (and as his past history with Risai already suggests), to dig in his heels and even prevaricate to get what he wants.