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UQ Holder 2
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[inset, top]: Issue 2 of a new serialization! A huge heaping of 42 pages!!
[inset, side]: Today, too, they vigorously practice!!
Now then. The other four from the village could also handle this much. <small: Could I...? >
How about this?
He leapt himself…!
He really has innate talent at arms, but…
What the hell? Why’d you use that barrier again at the end?!
I never said I would not. / <small: One could call it a counter against physical attacks. >
And heck, even now that we’re traveling, the training menu’s still the same as ever!
Well, I suppose only drilling the basics would grow boring.
Hmm. Perhaps it is time you learned a technique.
/ Shundou is a method of movement that…
I don’t want any of that.
But, you… A boy should want to gobble up something like…
Hmm, well, I’m interested, but I think I’ll pass after all.
/ It’s not like I’m planning on earning my keep by fighting.
/ / Mngh!
I mean, the whole reason I was training was to defeat you and leave the village!
Now I’m out of there, so I figure I’m already OK.
I don’t really care about getting stronger.
My dream’s somethin’ a little more huge than that.
[inset]: For the sake of our dreams, we can only move forwards!!
Stage 2: Being Immortal!
Space is so vast~ <eighth note>
The sun spins, and my head spins~ <eighth note>
Let’s go to the capital!!
/ We’re climbing the tower!!
Wait for me, my space!!
You know, it’s fine that you want to climb the tower and go to space,
/ but what do you intend to do up there?
I’m gonna make a name for myself in business!
What era are you from?
/ I’m glad you’re energetic, but that’s a little too vague.
Leave me be. It’s my promise with them.
A promise between men!
/ Go higher and higher, just like that tower!
We’re competing to see who can go the farthest!
/ It’s an eternal, unending oath the five of us share!!
I’m not giving up on at least this, even though I’ve become an invincible monster.
…….It’s my bond with them.
Hmm… It’s a good story, but it needs to be more concrete.
“Higher”? “Farther”? Is that your “huge” dream?
Hey, don’t make fun of me! I’ve got a real one. Listen up. My dream is…
…Yeah, I’m keeping it secret after all.
You can’t say that much, then keep it a secret.
Gyah! I give! I give!!! <small: I’m snapping! I can hear the sound of something snapping! >
/ So, it’s something embarrassing? Say it. C’mon, say it.
What’s the big deal? I’ve got somethin’ concrete pictured in my mind, so… Ha?!
Huh? Last week… didn’t all that lead to me becoming…
…an invincible vampire?
Wow. It’s kind of embarrassing, saying it out loud.
/ Are you trying to pick a fight with me, who’s been one for 700 years? You are, aren’t you?
-----Can I attend school?
/ You certainly look 12, and you’ve stopped growing…
That is why you’re so tiny.
/ Don’t just lightly tack on “tiny,” you old hag.
Well, it’s not out-of-the-question.
/ I—I see…….
What about my voice…?
/ Will… Will my voice change?
Hm? Your voice?
/ That’s impossible. You’ve stopped growing, remember?
…Will I grow bald?
I’m askin’ if I’m going to go bald!
/ What are you saying?
SFX: Hah Hah
What about getting fat?! Is getting fat impossible?!
/ Yes, it’s impossible, too!!
/ / Will my hair go white?! Will I get old-man stink?! What about wrinkles?!
/ / / That’s all impossible. And aren’t all of those benefits? What are you getting upset about, you kid?
/ / / / What about my height?!
/ / / / / You’ll stay that big forever, you little bean!
/ / / / / / Who are you callin’ a bean?!
/ My voice won’t change, I won’t go bald, and I won’t get fat?
And hell, my height’s stuck, too?!!!
/ What do I do, Yukihime?! Being immortal sucks!!
/ / What are you gonna do about my dream?!
<aside> He’s crying…?
I’m not really sure why that screws up your dream, but… I can sympathize with the height issue…
/ But, well, what of it?
That’s what it means to live as an invulnerable monster.
/ Weren’t you prepared for that?
Luckily, you have talent with weapons.
If I had to say so myself, you’re……Hm?
What’s with him?
Ha… Still, “fucking sucks”?
/ That’s what you call the immortality countless authoritarians, starting from Emperor Qin Shi Huang, have desired…?
I guess that’s like him.
Maybe I was hasty…
So, my dream was broken on the first day I set out…
But there was nothin’ else I could do back then.
A village, huh?
It looks way more rural than mine.
We said, it’s an eyesore!
And we’re telling you, this is our place!
/ Yeah, yeah!
What’s goin’ on?
Besides, it’s not like this hunk of junk’ll ever move!
This is why Leavers are…
What are you doin’, you punks?
Mind if I join in?
/ An Outsider!
What was that, you little?!
You all right?
Please mind your own business.
Huh? What’re you sayin’? You’re cryin’, kid.
You’re a kid, too. And tiny…
/ Maybe, but I’m in eighth grade!
/ What’d you say?!
/ / Hey, wait? Why does everyone keep callin’ me tiny? Am I that tiny? I feel like you guys are seriously hurtin’ me….
/ / / ………Wait.
Wow, is this a bike? That’s cool!
/ I find ones that have been thrown out, sometimes…
Are you fixin’ it? Lemme help.
Do you know how?
Nah, not really.
What the hell? Stop lookin’ at me like I’m a bug!!
/ No, you look more like a bean.
/ / That should be better than a bug, but I’m still pissed!
This goes here.
/ What about this?
Hmm… It goes like… this.
Wow! I thought you said you knew nothing?
I’ve got a friend who’s a genius mechanic.
/ Compared to him, I’m nothing, but I do know a little.
/ / No, you’re amazing!
It looks like it’ll run now.
Hey, why are you and the village guys like that?
It’s because I’m always saying
that I want to head outside and climb the Tower.
Seriously? Wow! You’re just like me!
I know how it is. All the adults in the sticks are cold to “Leavers” and Outsiders.
Yeah. I only left my own village a week ago. I guess that makes me your sempai?
/ No, Bro… No, Big Brother!
/ / Please, let me call you that!
Hm? <small: Big Brother…? >
/ Um, what’s wrong with just “sempai”?
Look, it’s fixed.
What’s with you all?
Get over here.
She’s got skill.
/ Who’re you?
Oh, that was so cool! Really, that was great!
I guess I haven’t introduced myself yet.
/ The name’s Konoe Touta.
I’m Yuuki Shinobu.
/ what do you plan on doing once you leave the village?
For now, do you have no plans beyond climbing the Tower?
I’m not an idiot, thank you. I’ve got everything planned out.
/ have you seen the New Olympics?
Yeah, ‘course I have.
I was so excited last time; I watched them on TV.
At the top of the Tower,
way up high, they have that event once every eight years.
There were 30 million visitors last time!
/ The whole thing lasted half a year!!
It’s the greatest festival in all of human history:
/ the Solar System Olympics!!
And the contest that’s the centerpiece of the whole festival
/ is the Solar System One-Lap Grand Race!!
Oh, I know that one! My mechanic friend’s nuts about it.
Participating in that is… well, m… my dream.
That’s a great dream!
/ It’s huge, and awesome!!
The fact that it sounds almost impossible makes it all the more dreamlike and good!
/ A race, huh? Nice, nice!
/ It’s impossible!
She’s just a braggart.
I won’t let you make fun of her dream!
What a nice coincidence, Shinobu.
My friend’s dream is the New Olympics, too.
with him, it’s----
At the New Olympics’ Closing Ceremony, <Small: Or maybe the opening ceremony? >
in the legendary hall at the top of the Tower,
he’ll sing a song with the earth at his back
and ten million people in front of him.
That’s my friend’s dream.
when that happens, one of my dreams is for him to let me sing behind him when that happens.
/ Bro, that just ain’t happenin’!
The… The Olympics?! Bwahahaha!
/ Ahyahyaha. That’d sure be cool!
No, it’s fine, Shinobu.
My friend’s seriously great, so it doesn’t hurt no matter what they say.
He… He is?
There’s no way you can do that!
That’s even more impossible than Shinobu’s dream.
/ Ain’t the Olympics closing ceremony the top of the world? You sure your head’s on straight?
/ maybe… everyone’s right.
We call it a dream,
/ but it’s normal for 997 out of 1000 people to fail.
If you go to the capital and can’t be one of the top three, they say it's hard to even eat…
I think it’s definitely better to take things easy in the sticks than to live in the hypercompetitive capital…
At least, if you have friends… but…
But what? I figure they’re right, too.
/ But we’re us, and they’re them.
I had an uncle.
My uncle was aiming to be a race pilot while working as a freighter pilot.
I didn’t really fit in well in the village, but he’d come home from time to time and tell me about the outside world.
The villagers all avoided him, but he was precious to me.
Let’s meet again some day, beyond the tower.
I’ll go on ahead and wait for you.
I haven’t heard from him since.
The villagers said he probably died somewhere along the roadside.
/ If you’re that annoyed, why don’t you try singing here?
I bet you’re just all talk.
/ And so’s your friend!
Yeah! Mr. All-Talk!
Why don’t you try saying something?!
Live as if
you were to die
/ as if
you were to live
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
My friend taught me that. They’re the words of a great Indian guy.
Sure, I might have nothin’!!
No schoolin’, no talent, no money, no parents!
/ I don’t even have memories from before I was 12!!
/ because of the four friends and one teacher I respect,
I’ve spent every day these last two years thinkin’ like there’d be no tomorrow and always learnin’ something new.
As someone whose life was saved, I ain’t got nothin’ else.
One of those friends even taught me how to sing nice and proper!
So listen to my song!!
What a beautiful voice.
He sounds almost like an angel…..
Pweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <eighth note>
You’ve got no damn skill!!
/ Why would you sing that song with your voice?!
You’ve got a voice, but you’re tone-deaf!
/ You’re the boss of being all bark!
Shut it! That’s why I’m practicin’.
But this is what I am right now!! Aren’t you in awe-----
Shut up, you stupidheads!
Aside (on the right): Tee-hee…
…You’re a weirdo.
And besides, this song’s not even close to where I want it to be!
Just you wait! Once my voice changes, I’ll be---------------
/ I forgot…..
Now that I’m immortal,
/ my voice won’t….
What’s wrong, bro? Why’d you suddenly collapse?
/ Did you just figure out how dumb your dream was?
What the hell are you doing?!
/ There’s a cliff ahead!
Shinobu?! <small: When did she— >
Hey, are you all right?!
Naw; from this high? They’re dead.
/ What the hell are you sayin’?!
Heht… heh… Damn… it…
/ It still friggin’ hurts.
/ I guess… there’s upsides to being immortal and invincible.
Saving someone’s life is awesome.
/ Though who knows how often chances like this’ll come up.
Hey, Shinobu. You all right?
/ Touta… sempai.
(bottom bubbles): I couldn’t do anything about the bike. Sorry.
/ No, that’s….. *Sigh*.
(top-left bubbles): They’re alive! They’re alive!
/ Seriously?! Damn!
Huh? It’s fine; it’s fine.
/ It doesn’t even hurt anymore.
That song of yours was Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” right?
Back when space development first started, I’ve heard it was the most popular song requested by astronauts for their wake-up call.
You sure know a lot.
If you’ve got at least this much fire in you, you can do anything.
/ No, I can’t; I…
Nah; I’ve got a new view of you.
/ Hell, you’ve got more backbone than me!
Let’s meet again someday beyond the Tower.
I’ll go on ahead and wait for you there.
Hah… You truly are reckless.
/ It would’ve been the end of you, if you weren’t immortal.
Ummm, who might you be? I mean, where’re you from, kid?
Hmph. How pathetic, that you can’t understand.
/ It’s me. Me.
/ / Wh-wh-why do you look like that? Did you shrink?!
By magic, you mean…?!
Indeed. It is my specially-made age-changing magic medicine.
/ I was watching the whole time, Touta.
I’ll definitely see you again!
--------So, what’s the big deal about your voice never changing?
/ If my voice doesn’t change, I’ll never be able to sing in a low and somber voice like Louis Armstrong!
/ / …I see. So then, what’s the dream you mentioned earlier?
My dream, you see, is to pull off something. Then the five of us will pleasantly become old men, look cool and drink beer!
/ …Oh. And what is this “something” you’ll “pull off”?
/ / Somethin’ huge!
/ / / ……….I get it. ….It’s taken me over two years, but I finally get it. You’re an idiot.
/ / / / Huh…? What the hell? I’ve got a perfectly concrete picture of it!
/ / / / / …….
/ / / / / / Huh? Is something funny?
Sidebar: With one more thing now driving him forward, Touta energetically heads towards tomorrow!!
Bottom: To be continued in Issue 41.
(note: minor spelling corrections 9/6)