Downfall of the Strongest
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Box: Seiryou Academy
Text: Volume 8 is on sale now!!
Text: With the chaos in Kyoto resolved, Shinkurou's peaceful days return...
Announcement: Sorry for the interruption...
Announcement: but we have an announcement.
Announcement: Kurenai Shinkurou-kun of Year 1 Class 1...
Announcement: is to immediately report to the headmaster's office.
Sign: Headmaster's Office
Murasaki: You should be glad!
Murasaki: Today I came to see you!
Text: A flower of evil blooming in the ugly darkness!!!
Title: Chapter 48 Downfall of the Strongest
Original Work: Katayama Kentarou
(Shueisha: Super Dash Bunko)
Manga: Yamamoto Yamato
Script: Koyasu Hideaki
Continuity Organization: Furuya Daisuke
Shinkurou: Oh, so that's why!
Shinkurou: Lin-san is being released from the hospital...
Murasaki: I'm sure she'll be happy if you go too.
Sign: All sweets 20% off
Murasaki: What is that!!?
Shinkurou: What do you mean?
Shinkurou: It's just Santa Claus.
Shinkurou: Surely you know what Christmas is, right?
SFX: Shake shake
Box: That's right.
Box: Murasaki was born and raised in the Inner Sanctuary.
Box: She was kept from any knowledge deemed "unnecessary"...
Box: I guess that included Santa Claus and Christmas.
Box: She doesn't even know of those small joys...
Box: that even kindergarteners know about.
Shinkurou: Every year, there is an event in December known as Christmas.
Murasaki: An event?
Shinkurou: Yes, it's sort of like a small festival.
Sign: Lin Cheng-Shin
Murasaki: I see...
Murasaki: So if I stay up late, will I be able to meet this Santa Claus?
SFX: Quick action
Murasaki: Lin, did you know that on a day called Christmas this old man flies through the sky using magic and...
Lin: P-please wait while I put on some clothes...
Lin: You, don't look!!
Lin: Face the other way!!
Shinkurou: I-I'm sorry!
Shinkurou: A flower arrangement?
Murasaki: Kirihiko brought it!
Shinkurou: Kirihiko-chan did...?
Murasaki: There's a Christmas tree here, too!
Murasaki: Santa Claus flies around to all these, right!?
SFX: Run run
Shinkurou: About Kirihiko-chan...
Lin: Don't look at me like that.
Lin: I have no desire for revenge.
Lin: I challenged her and lost.
Lin: That is all.
Lin: And since she saved Murasaki-sama in Kyoto...
Lin: I truly have no reason to turn my sword on her.
Text: The next day
Yuuno: Now then, Shinkurou-san.
Yuuno: Thank you for the explanation.
Shinkurou: About how you came and saved me at the hospital...
Shinkurou: Sorry it's taken me so long to properly thank you for tha-
Yuuno: I hear you...
Yuuno: went there with Murakami-san.
Shinkurou: Um, yes...
Shinkurou: Oh, but that was...
Yuuno: I do not want to hear any excuses.
Yuuno: Why did you not tell me anything about this?
Yuuno: Don't tell me you find Murakami-san to be more-
Shinkurou: N-no, that's not it at all!!
Yuuno: Of course not.
Yuuno: You would be much happier going on a trip with me.
Yuuno: We used to live together, so we could just stay in the same room.
Yuuno: And then who knows what would happen between us.
Yuuno: Oh, maybe even that...
Shinkurou: I was thinking of spending Christmas here with the Houzuki family.
Yuuno: In that case, we need to go have a planning meeting in the main building!!
Shinkurou: Eh? But what about practice?
SFX: Run run run
Yuuno: Okay, listen up.
On paper: Christmas
Yuuno: From what has happened in the past...
Yuuno: it is clear that there are a few barriers we must overcome to spend Christmas together.
Yuuno: First of all, there is Murasaki-chan.
Shinkurou: She has to go to some grand party with a punch of VIPs.
Shinkurou: I need to give her her present afterwards.
Yuuno: What about Murakami-san?
Shinkurou: She has to help with the restaurant.
Shinkurou: It's the same every year.
Yuuno: You really will be spending Christmas...
Shinkurou: I used to do that every year when I was staying here...
Shinkurou: But I was thinking it might not be the best idea now...
Shinkurou: since it would be like I was moving back in.
Yuuno: Not at all!!
Yuuno: We'd love to have you!
Mother: Yuuno, you have another call.
Mother: It's Aragaki-kun from the third year.
Mother: Oh, am I interrupting?
Yuuno: I'll be right back.
Mother: She really doesn't have to take these so seriously.
Mother: They're just asking her out on a Christmas date.
SFX: Step step
Mother: Feel free to stay over at our place on Christmas.
Mother: And of course, you can stay in her room!
Shinkurou: Wait, what...?
Mother: It's perfectly okay.
Mother: I won't interrupt, so feel free to go all out...
Mother: and have lots of sex.
Chizuru: What's sex?
Shinkurou: That's something you'll learn about when you're older...
Shinkurou: I guess...
Chizuru: Then when Chizuru grows up...
Chizuru: you can teach me, onii-chan!
Text: Eh heh heh
Shinkurou: Um, okay...
Shinkurou: I wonder what it is...
Shinkurou: she has to tell me in such a hurry.
Dad: Oh, Shin-chan, you're here!
Dad: Sorry, but she's still working on her "other" job.
Dad: She's seemed really enthusiastic ever since she got her grandfather's notebook.
Dad: She might get mad if you interrupted her.
Dad: Well, you can just go take a bath...
Dad: and wait a bit!
Shinkurou: I can't believe this. She's the one that called me over.
Shinkurou: And I even rushed over...
Shinkurou: But a house with a bath sure is nice.
Shinkurou: Um, hi...
Ginko: You did this, didn't you!?
Dad: C'mon, I'm sure with that trip to Kyoto, you already-
Ginko: Shut up, you human garbage!!
Ginko: You trash!!
Shinkurou: So she didn't have anything to tell me after all...
Shinkurou: I feel like...
Shinkurou: I'm just being manipulated by everyone around me.
Shinkurou: This would never happen...
Shinkurou: to her.
Box: One year ago
Text: United States of America - Manhattan
Text: Just once before beginning his work as a dispute mediator, Kurenai Shinkurou accompanied Juuzawa Benika on one of her jobs.
Man: Our objective is world peace!!
Man: But this country's president has no plan that will achieve that!
Man: Only one man can pull it off and he is none other than me!!
Man: Appoint me as the president right this instant!!
Man: If you don't I will begin killing the hostages, one by one!!
Police: Damn him!!
Police: We've discovered the identity of the criminal group.
Police: It is a new religious group established a few years ago.
Police: A great number of the believers are active soldiers.
Police: Who are you?
SFX: Step out
Benika: Who's in charge here?
Benika: Call him here.
Police: Wait!! Who are you!?
Chief: I am the one in charge.
Chief: Who are you?
Benika: Juuzawa Benika.
Man: Who is that woman?
Chief: Wait a second!
Chief: You can't seriously be planning to head in there alone!
Chief: There are dozens of them and they have around 100 hostages!
Chief: Also, they have already killed three hostages, all children!
Chief: They're completely insane!
Benika: This is the front line.
Benika: Are you scared?
Benika: You are about to start the same job as me, correct?
Woman: Help me! Mamaaa!!
Benika: Hand me that megaphone.
Benika: Hey, you bastards!!!
Benika: I'm coming up there to kick your asses, so prepare yourselves!!!
Box: the case was resolved.
Box: A few minutes after Benika-san entered the building...
Box: the criminal group had been defeated.
Box: Her loyal subordinate, Inuzuka Yayoi, had gotten her the information she needed about what was going on inside...
Box: and Juuzawa Benika had used that information to "mediate" the issue.
Box: Benika-san gave me a firsthand example...
Box: of the ideal form of someone heading down the path...
Box: I was about to start down.
Box: I wonder if I...
Box: will ever be able to become like her.
Text: Meanwhile in Hong Kong.
Zena: Ah ha ha ha ha ha!!
Zena: I finally defeated...
Zena: Juuzawa Benika!!!
Bottom: To be continued in the March Issue
Text: Benika is dead!? A new life-or-death battle begins!!
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