Hell Teacher Nube
Succubus and Incubus
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For some beings, determining who they are is easy, but it isn't as such for all of them. Such is the case of a young demon who has a peculiar decision it must make...and it may need Nube's class to help it along!
#223: Succubus and Incubus
Voice: I am a demon who lives with a human.
"Demoness": I lovingly married this person and we even had a child. (Darling)
(TN: "Lovingly" actually in Japanese was "Labulabu" or "Love-Love", but that sounded rather silly translated so I just made it "lovingly")
Nube: Um, yeah, so what's your business?
SFX: Muka muka muka
"Demoness": Actually, I want you to take charge of our child.
Mumu: Ni...nice to meet you...I'm Mumu...
(TN: Just a nice note: "Mumu" is the kanji for "dream" twice)
Nube: --So that's the reason. I'm sorry for this but get along with this one.
(TN: There is something I couldn't do here but that will become apparant as the next couple pages go on)
Hiroshi: What, we've had youkai children come here up to now.
Kyouko: That wo--n't be a problem.
Nube: Ye...yes. This could be a big problem.
Hiroshi: How is it? Let's be friends--Mumu-kun.
Kyouko: Let's become friends, Mumu-chan.
(TN: A slight reminder since it will be important: "kun" is an ending that usually is tied to male characters, while "chan" is an ending that usually cutens things and is generally used for females)
Mumu: Ah, I'm not either of those. Well...in brief...
(TN: Weirdly Mumu uses "boku" in katakana, which usually is for males but...)
Mumu: In brief...
Mumu: I can become a boy and
Mumu: I can become a girl.
Everyone: A big problem.
Nube: This child is a "Muma" child. Muma is a demon that comes to do temptation when sleeping at night. For a man, it comes as a succubus, the form of a beautiful woman, but for a woman, it is an incubus, the form of a handsome man.
(TN: As I explained way back in the Supplemental in Vol. 2 (#22), I keep the term "Muma" (Dream Demon) for the description of this being because it does not specifically mention it's gender, merely what it is. The being has a meaning of both "succubus" and "incubus", and therefore calling it one would be a disservice to the other, thus why I merely make of it as "Muma" when referring to the creature)
Nube: However, when succubus and incubus are children, they're hermaphroditic demons like Mumu. When they become about 10, they seem to completely transform into whichever one way, man or woman.
(TN: The term "hermaphroditic" here is actually in Japanese "Ryousei Guyuu", which is "possessive of both sexes". It also has a translation of "androdynous", which could infer the attributes of both sexes, but I thought "hermaphroditic" worked better in the case of someone like Mumu)
Nube: However since Mumu was born and raised in the human world, it doesn't have an indication of which to transform into yet.
Mumu: I must decide whether to become a man or a woman to live in the human world. With that, I want to be taught whether it's good to be a man or whether it's good to be a woman by everyone...
Nube: --That's the reason.
Voice: Is it fine to be male female?
Hiroshi: So then, decide it's better to be male.
Kyouko: Ara, it's better to be female.
Hiroshi: Then, shall we bet on it? Which Mumu-kun will become?
Kyouko: As you wish. The losing side will treat everyone to juice.
Hiroshi: Alright, Mumu-kun, first you''ll be taught the virtue of men.
Mumu: Eh, ah, ju...just a moment...
Hiroshi: Changing Clothes.
SFXL Pikko Pikko Pikko
Katsuya: Changing Clothes
Hiroshi: Men are ultimately about sports.
Hiroshi: Mumu-kun, pass!
Hiroshi: One Shot---
Hiroshi: Well, men are invigorating! Come, let's go drink juice.
Magazine Cover: Monthly Eroero
Katsuya: Look, it's so plump.
Katsuya's Magazine: Sexy Commando.
Hiroshi: It's the special Guam Swimsuit Gravia edition, aha---
Hiroshi's Magazine: Ufun White-Pages
(TN: The "White Pages" refers to the literal translation of the term "hakusho", which usually is a term used for certain books or magazines)
Kaneda: Beast | Guhehe...
Hiroshi: We...well---even men may not be invigorating, just a bit...(Hahaha)
Katsuya: Don't worry about it.
Katsuya: Ah, I'll pee a bit.
Kaneda: Me too.
Assistant: Me too.
Makoto: Me too.
Hiroshi: Let's let it fly--
Hiroshi: Hahaha...cut that out with that being filthy; I haven't taken a bath in three days.
Katsuya: Me neither.
Kaneda: A week for me.
Voice 1: Look, I discovered a huge ground beetle!
Voice 2: There's a huge slug here!
Hiroshi: Here, here!!
Kaneda: Look at this---
Voice: Please, show me it.
Kyouko: It would have been better to be a girl after all.
Hiroshi: Ho...hold on, from here was the best of men...
Kyouko: Changing Clothes.
SFX: Pikko pikko pikko pikko pikko pikko
Hiroshi: Changing Clothes.
Kyouko: Waa--it suits you, it suits you.
Miki: You're a girl after all.
Kyouko: Cooking is fun---
Miki: Kyouko is poor at it but
Kyouko: Hey--being a girl is fun.
Mumu: Yes, extremely (heart)
Noriko: Ara, this is tasty.
Kyouko: Which, which.
Miki: Wow, that's a good flavor.
Noriko: Ah--it's tasty.
Kyouko: Yum, yum.
SFX: Baku baku zuru zuru musha musha
Miki: Ye--s, it's happiness.
SFX: Gatsu gatsu mogu mogu Gefu---
Kyouko: Nga, ngu
Kyouko: We...well then, girls don't particularly stand out as gluttons at all.
Noriko: Ye...yes, yes, girls are extremely graceful.
Matsui: Hey hey, I saw Kazama-kun walking yesterday with Hiroko-san of class 4.
Miki & Shizuka: Eeh~~~
Girl: She's monopolizing that Kazama-kun I've yearned for---enough---
Matsui: Hiroko-san is like that. That flounder-face should be run over by a truck.
Shizuka: She can't do that if she's shameless.
Miki: Let's place a curse where her nose becomes a pig's.
SFX: Doro doro doro
Miki: He~~re, instant efficency.
SFX: Ko--n ko--n
Kyouko: Huh...uh, um there isn't a reason we're always this sodden...
Nube: What's wrong? Have you decided to be a man or a woman? (Devote to it)
Mumu: Ah, teacher.
Mumu: I...don't think I want to be either of them. Its interesting to be both man and woman, and that's what I'll do.
Mumu: I...want to be like this all along.
Nube: Both boys and girls have good things. If you watch over them with a bit more time...
Mumu: I'm fine this way!
Mumu: ...I can't choose to be man or woman...in spite of not worrying this much on deciding which from the start...
Drunk: Are you cosplaying, dear girl...oh well. Big sister...? Big brother? Well, enough. Either is fine. Hand over your game money, you beast.--
Katsuya: Well, wouldn't it be fine even if it was a woman? She would be a beauty and---
Hiroshi: It's regretful that it didn't get to understand the merits of men before then.
Voice: Let go!
Drunk: Isn't--this great---? This--is your curriculum---if you disobey it, I'll peel you down~~hey hey, you're cute somehow.
Mumu: No way---
Hiroshi: Stop that---
Drunk: Th...that brat--! Does he think he can match the power of a high schooler---
Drunk: High School Pu--nch
Drunk: I...I'll remember this---
Hiroshi: Are you alright?
SFX: Doki doki doki
Mumu: Ye...yes, thank you, Hiroshi-kun...
Mumu: Somehow...my heart is throbbing out. That was great. You're too cool.
(TN: Weirdly Mumu says two words that essentially are the same but I had to adjust it slightly. "Kakkoii" is a typical reading for "cool", as well as "attractive" or "stylish", while "Kakkoyo" is also the same "cool". Ultimately, I had to make two different readings for it just to not spoil what happens next)
SFX: Doki doki
Mumu: It's decided! I'll be a man.
Hiroshi: ! Ri...right!
SFX: Doki doki doki
SFX: Doki doki | Muku muku
SFX: Doki doki doki doki doki
(TN: Well they are sexual demons...)
Hiroshi: ...So, you became a woman!?
Mumu: Eh!? Ah!?
Mumu: Return, return...huh, I can't return.
Voice: --So eventually
Kyouko: You became a woman. Great, great.
Shizuka: It's better to be a woman after all---
Miki: But how did you come to decide that?
SFX: Moji moji...
Nube: Even doing so, the throbbing-heart of puberty deciding men and women is...
Nube: Mother, you knew from the start and were silent about it.
Succubus: With this class, I thought there would be child that would take Mumu's heart.
Kyouko: Eh, what, what's going on!?
Nube: To choose yourself whether to be man or woman...
Nube: It may be good
Nube: If that chance was held by all children.
(Useless) SUPPLEMENTAL EXPLANATION
Succubus (likewise "sukyubus") is a Muma who takes the form of a female. With a Latin word with the meaning of "To suck in" as it's etymology, it is said to tempt when it appears in the dreams of men and suck in their life energy. In particular, they easily target young priests who participate in a lifestyle of abstinence. This is said to be for plundering spiritual power for antagonizing Satan by sucking this life energy.
There exists the Incubus (likewise "inkyubus") as a similar ally, but those are male Muma with an etymology of the Latin word of "to ride up".
They both are said to be subordinates of Lilith (likewise Lilit), the Night Queen.
(TN: The alternate readings are all from the original and were made out in a way to keep them somewhat. The "Sukyubus" and "Inkyubus" were the original Japanese readings for both "Succubus" and "Incubus" and were made the alternate to not confuse with the direct reading. Meanwhile, 'Lilit' is an alternate Hebrew reading for "Lillith" and made sense to be the alternate here)
TN: Admission time going in here: gender identity and issues is really something I understand but it is one that I know is going to get me in trouble with what I may say here. There are many men out there who are born women and vice versa, let alone there are no real traditional "roles" that should exist that should be bound by one's gender or gender identity. I know who I am and what I want and sort of understand those who have a different view of what they want from life and who they are. Sure it may not be what I want but I understand those who make this decision and therefore they should live their lives as happily as they can with the identity they forge for themselves. But before I get too far, I need to remind myself: this is a manga script, not a forum for speaking about gender identity so...let's get to the chapter.
The chapter is an interesting one that seems to more or less be bound by some of the traditional roles of gender in Japanese society, but that's sort of what's expected for a magazine that for the most part is for kids. At their age, they have only a bit of comprehension regarding people being born men or women and can't get into the complexities of gender roles or hermaphrodites or transgendered people or whatnot. As it stands, Mumu is born both male and female and, through it's movement through Nube's class, ultimately decides it's gender by the one that stimulates it, becoming the opposite. While one into TG transformations could get a turn-on by the ending of Mumu's final decision (and a clear as day transformation), one could also wonder why this idea of "excitement" would be the means by which the final sexual transformation would occur. It's really hard to determine what was going on in Mumu's head when the final transformation took place, considering that her (well I'm referring to Mumu now as "her" or "she" due to the finale, but it's mostly an "it" for most of the chapter) heart was going in one direction while her mind was speaking out in another. She showed excitement seeing Hiroshi thinking it was cool that he had the abilities to fight back, yet her heart showed this was less about coolness and more a sexual turn-on, perhaps explaining why I had to be careful with some of the words near the end or else give away the ending. (and we wouldn't want that) Obviously arousal wins out over anything the mind comes up with, but of course that just makes Kyouko angry...again...Hiroshi really is a playboy with youkai girls, huh?
Of course, prior to that decision, it was interesting to see that Mumu really did want to forge her own way in defining what she wanted after seeing both the positives and negatives of both sexes. She seemed to like the action of males, but didn't like the grossness; while she liked the feminine traits of being female but didn't like their hiding away their faults in things such as gluttony or obsessive gossip. One could say that maybe Mumu wanted to forge an identity with a bit of both, but it really had probably nothing to do with sexual transformation at all. Mumu liked things about being male, likewise she liked things about being female. She wanted to be a good person, but was drawn away by the faults thus leading to her feelings of wanting to stay as is. You could say many of these things really have nothing to do with gender and it shouldn't play into it, but the series with it's age limit really doesn't want to get into those sorts of things and for the most part just wanted to give her a comprehensive view of both before the final decision. It's tough to say whether this really is part of the superficial concepts of gender but with a society so used to these concepts for so long, it sort of was believed as such...
There I am making mountains out of molehills again. Let's just leave it as such: you could make more out of it but we're limited by the direction the series takes for who it's for and that probably explains why we had what we had. It was a good chapter but you could make way more out of it that could keep you here all day...but with something important and massive coming up, I think we'll just leave it at that.