Doubutsu no Kuni 36
Luke's Point of View
Only for use by HWMN.
Okay, just one more for now.
Volume 11 comes out on the 8th by the way.
[Doubutsu no Kuni 36 Translation by Kewl0210]
Title: Word.36 Luke's Point of View
Luke: What are animals?
Animals, humans, and I...
for what reason were we born?
Riemu: Those are some big questions all of a sudden.
I've also struggled when asked "What's it all for?".
Riemu: Is it not enough
to just live life to the fullest?
Then why is it you stool in Giller's and my way
when you're weaker than me?
If you're trying to live, then that should definitely not be something you'd do.
And that man and the animals that came into this tower...
Riemu: You mean Tarouza and the others?
Luke: They're definitely going to die.
Even if they try to fight the Chimeras, the difference in power is obvious.
So why would you do something like go to a place just to die?
That contradicts the idea of "Being born in order to live."
Riemu: Yes, well... That's because there are things about this world we're unsatisfied with.
The idea of the strong preying on the weak.
Luke: The strong preying on the weak.?
Riemu: In order to get rid of that concept,
we came into this tower to find the device that unifies all cries.
We certainly did not come here to die.
Luke: But Riemu, your arm was broken by me.
Riemu: Yes... I was stupid, I guess.
But I couldn't allow my comrades to be insulted.
SFX: ZUKIN ZUKIN
It has nothing to do with you if other animals are insulted, does it?
Riemu: Yes, it does!!
Riemu: They're comrades we've lived together with forever
sharing fun times and painful times together! We're family!!
Luke: What incredible power!
This isn't physical power...... It's something different.
SFX: BIRI BIRI BIRI
Luke: It's so
SFX: WAKU WAKU (Excitement)
SFX: HUU HUU HUU
Luke: What exactly are comrades and family?!
If they're reason enough to abandon living...
SFX: HAA HAA HAA HAA
SFX: ZUKIN ZUKIN ZUKIN
Luke: Hey! What's wrong? Wake up!!
I'm not done talking yet!
Chimpan: Stop it!!
Jeek: Can't you tell that Riemu's injury is getting worse?!!
Luke: I dunno what it is you're crying,
but I'm not done talking...
humans don't heal right away when they get hurt.
She needs to be treated. If she's left as she is, she'll die.
And if she dies, she won't be able to talk to you... isn't that right?
Yeah, I guess.
SFX: SHURU SHURU
Vict: Hey, Riemu. We'll heal your body.
Tell that to this wolf and money.
And that we won't attack you.
SFX: KOKUH (nod)
Kiritobi: How's it going, Tarouza?
Did you find anything?
That was it!!
Guys: An elevator?! That's what this is?
It was written in Kuou's note book.
It's a board that will life us all the way to the upper rooms at once.
Kuro: What?! This place has something that convenient?
Tarou: Yeah. I can read it! You just push the buttons for the floor you want to go to.
So if I push this...
Hey, are we rising?
Tarou: Huh? That's weird.
Is it not going anywhere?
SFX: POCHI POCHI POCHI
Guy: Right now, half of the Tower of Babel is in a sleeping state.
That big elevator needs electricity sent to it or it won't move.
If you want to move that big elevator,
Guy: First use the small elevator next to me
and go to the control room on the floor above.
The passageway is human-sized, so
larger animals can't go in.
But if you want to go higher, the best way to do it would be to listen to me.-----
Guy: WOAAAAH!!! Man, you surprised me!!
That was soo soo~~~~ fast!!
Tarou: What are you?!
A Chimera? An enemy?!!
Guy: Am I a Chimera~~? Maybe I'm not~~ But I'm not a human either~~
It's up to you guys to decide whether I'm your enemy or not.
IT's kinda stupid to be asking us in this tower if we're enemies or allies, ya know~~
Handwritten: You idiot
Tarou: Kiritobi, do you sense any intent to kill or ill will from him?
Guy: Well, you're already here
so it's kinda pointless to check that now.
Tarou: How far does this elevator go?
Guy: It goes pretty close to the top.
Tarou: What?!! That far?!
One of my comrades is captured somewhere on the way.
I really wanna go save her!
Guy: Yeah. That black-haired woman? She's safe.
She was in a lot of danger before, though.
Even though I wasn't nearby, my heart was pou~~nding.
She was pretty lucky. She's safe now.
Guy: You're... a Miracle Child......
Guy: Okay, we're here.
Go on out.
[It's that room from before.]
What is this place.......?
And this one you've brought with you is......
Guy: A human
Tarou: Are you... a Chimera?
SFX: KOKU (Nod)
Tarou: We're animals from the outside.
I guess you want to fight, right?
It's unthinkable to fight in a sacred place such as this.
Sky: The new master has given some odd orders, it seems,
but I still have a portion of my original body.
Sky: The brain.
The regeneration for parts besides the brain is quite intense, so the rest of me is made out of Chimera cells.
But my brain is given the necessary nutrition and 30% of it is still the original.
If you'd like, would you like
to offer flowers and a prayer to our comrades?
Leave the flowers here.
Put your hands together and in your mind, think "Rest in peace...".
Tarou: All humans' names
and souls are here...?
Sky: Yes. The characters carved into the stones around us are all names of humans.
Humans that fought to save a dying species and whose lives ended without much result.
But seeing a human child before my eyes like this,
it seems Kuou's actions went well, didn't they?
That alone brings tears to my eyes...
It may only be joy for a short while, but I'm sure everyone would also...
Vict: I've put the broken bone back to the correct position...
SFX: PIH PIH
The dull pain is......
SFX: GUGUGUGU GUGUGU ZUUUN
Vict: I'm sending in the adhesive liquid.
Riemu: Adhesive liquid?!
SFX: CHUUU CHUUU
Vict: Yes. It's an adhesive liquid for medical use.
It's inserted into the connection points for the bones, is reinforced, and makes the bones stronger.
The adhesive liquid hardens in a few minutes and becomes strong enough to use practically.
After one full month, this adhesive liquid replaces bone structures and become real bone.
Riemu: It's hot...
Vict: It's because the regeneration is fast. It makes the area around it hurt. Your flesh and blood vessels will heal soon.
SFX: PIH PIH PIH
SFX: CHIRAH (Glance)
SFX: PIH PIH PIH PIH PIH PIH PIH
Thing: The strong preying on the weak
SFX: PIH PIH PIH PIH PIH
Vict: He's connecting to the Tower of Babel's database and studying, huh?
I've done that plenty of times, too.
Ah... the swelling's already going down...
Vict: There, all better.
SFX: PIH PIH
Riemu: Incredible! It doesn't hurt at all now! And there aren't even any bruises!!
It's really all better!!
Handwritten: All right!
Riemu: I can't believe I was helped by a Chimera...
Thank you...... You... You...
Oh yeah. What is your name?
Riemu: Might you perhaps...
not have a name?
Then how about I give you a name?
Riemu: Yeah... Let's see...
SFX: GURURURU RURURURU
Riemu: Salad Udon.
Vict: Salad Udon?!
Riemu: Ah! No, I'm sorry! I'm just so hungry.
So I thought of this fish you make with vegetables and noodles you make from Eternity Fruit flour...
Sal: My name is Salad Udon----!!!
Riemu: Are you sure? Are you really okay with that for a name?
Sal: Okay, you guys.
You're hungry, aren't you?
SFX: PETA PETA PETA PETA
Sal: Here. We have Eternity Fruits and water, too.
Eat all you like!
Chimp: WAH! WAH!!
Jeek: Uoh!! Thanks a bunch!!!
Riemu: Aah... My first meal in a day and a half...
Luke: So you're okay now, right?
So we're restarting the conversation with me.
Riemu: This boy......
Sal: Luke, don't you feel bad for them? Let them eat a little.
Think of it as a favor for Salad Udon.
Eat while you're listening to me.
And then stop eating when you talk.
SFX: MOSHA MOSHASHA GAFUH GAFUH
Luke: I investigated a lot when you were resting, Riemu.
Survival of the fittest, and words associated with that. Things regarding animals...
SFX: BABYUN KACHI KACHI
Luke: You said that animals came here because they're unsatisfied with the idea of the strong preying on the weak, but...
SFX: MORI MORI MORI DOSU
Luke: This is certainly strange to me, as well.
Regarding the strong preying on the weak, there's a contradiction on the point of struggling to survive.
Luke: When I looked up the strong preying on the weak, this is the first thing that came up was this diagram.
It shows the relationship of eating and being eaten with animals and their numbers.
I think that if I'm strong, then it doesn't matter what I can do.
I can eat what I want and turn that into blood and flesh. That supports the idea of living out your life.
But, if there is unusual weather occurring on this planet.
and plants and food start to decrease...
Luke: The first ones to be wiped out will be the meat-eating animals located on the top of the pyramid.
The meat-eating animals that are supposed to be strong,
in terms of the struggle to survive, are thus far inferior to plant-eating animals.
The idea that the stronger you are, the more difficult it is for the species to continue to exist is very strange to me.
Don't you think so?
SFX: MORI MORI MORI MORI MORI MORI
SFX: KOKU (nod) MORI MORI MORI
Luke: In that regard, humans have achieved an odd evolution.
For some reason just "one species" as evolved far beyond the rest.
Luke: Fields, breeding animals, language...
There's plenty of other things,
but for some reason, just one species attained these kinds of cultural advancements.
Due to those results, I see humans as "animals that have escaped the pyramid".
If "evolution" is something done by a species to promote itself in the struggle for survival,
you can say that they've achieved an outstanding sort of evolution that has allowed them to escape the pyramid.
SFX: GOKUH GOKUH GOKUH
Both: Despite that, humans fell to ruin.
Sky: why do you think... humans fell to ruin?
Tarou: I don't know...
I saw the remains of a village that humans had left...
Did they make a mistake somewhere?
That's all I can...
Guy: Yes, that's right.
They must have made a mistake somewhere.
Humans, the ones that used tools and science
to escape the ecological pyramid
Sky: in fact caused destruction on this planet's ecology.
If you consider the planet's life span of 1.2 billion years, it progressed at an unbelievable rate.
When humans realized that mistake,
they tested cultural developments that would not destroy nature and the ecosystem, but...
in very many places, it was too late...
What if plants or animals that were destroyed contained the medicine to cure the Zelyda Disease?
What if they destroyed species and parts of the environment needed for animals to survive?
Of course, this is just a guess.
But it is possible.
Kuou said it was not the Zelyda Disease's fault,
Sky: "We were abandoned by this planet".
It was unscientific, but somehow, I agreed with him.
Kuou explained it simply this way.
Kuou: Rather than one species of animal leaving the pyramid,
if all animals have a common cry, they all leave the pyramid at once.
Kuou: Confusion and strife will occur at first,
but eventually there will be a society of give and take, won't there?
The shape it makes would not be a pyramid,
SFX: BIRI BIRI BIRI (Sipping)
Kuou: it would surely be like this.
SFX: GUSHA GUSHA GUGUH
Kuou: I think it would take a round shape.
Tarou: A world without the concept of eat-or-be-eaten, right?
Luke: As you say, Riemu, uniting all cries may be a way to
to promote the continuance of all species.
Since the Eternity Fruits exist, they will no longer need to kill each other to survive.
there is one ineffective thing about this.
Sky: Even if you create that world Kuou desired...
the animals known as humans would not be in it.
Luke: Animals have something called a "smallest sustainable population".
It's the smallest number in a population of a species that can exist without the species dying out, and for it to still be able to sustain itself in the long term.
How many humans currently remain?
Riemu: Five... Tarouza, Capri, Giller and I. And...
I heard there's also a boy named Jyu.
Luke: That's not nearly enough.
Luke: With just five people, whether the Zelyda Disease exists or not,
humans are certain to go extinct in the near future.
Sky: You all came to this world
bearing a burden of destruction.
Allow me to apologize to you in Kuou's place
for calling you to such a world.
Giller: Yes... Destruction is our fate.
SFX: MEKI MEKI MEKI
Giller: I can't believe there are still Chimeras going against oders.
Well... it's only 30% of his brain.
Giller: If it's eroded by Chimera cells, he will soon be my pawn.
Guy: Gu... Aa...
SFX: BOKOH ZUBAH
Deer: Ku... Sky!!!
Giller, you bastard!!!
I knew calling that one was a mistake!!!
SFX: KAKAKAH KAKAKAH
Deer: I can't read what he's thinking at all!!
But with that transmission just now, I know where he is!!
Even if he is a Miracle Child...
SFX: KAKAKAH KAKAKAH KAKAKAH
Deer: This time, his life will end by my hand!!!
SFX: DOKAH DOKAH DOKAH
SFX: ZAZAZAZAH DAH
Deer: You, "again"?!!
Deer: Whenever I try to get to Giller,
this thing always gets in my way...
I don't know what it is, but...
Deer: This time, I will not retreat either!!!
Sky: Tarouza... Hurry, get out of here...
I can tell that a great killing intent towards you is growing in...side... me...
SFX: MEKI MEKI MEKI
Sky: What you are trying to do
will not bring happiness to the species known as humans...
SFX: MEKI MEKI MEKI MEKI MEKI
Sky: So you need only live for the present and enjoy that life you have.
It's your... life...
SFX: MEKI MEKI MEKI
Ridding this world of the strong preying on the weak,
I don't know what Kuou saw beyond that dream...
SFX: BOKOH ZUZU
Sky: But far more than make that dream come true, I don't want to kill Tarouza!!!
Even if we are a dying species, after 10,800 years of time have passed, I am so glad to see you...
SFX: MEKI MEKI MEKI MEKI
Sky: Something I only saw in my dreams.
A human child...
A human child...
Tarou: When they hear that the species can't be sustained,
Riemu and Capri will probably be shocked.
But as for me...
Ever since I was born, I never had time to think about things like that.
Or things like my own happiness... Whether I had any or not...
Ever since I was born
It's been nothing but
and painful things.
With what thoughts have I lived?
What did I seek in my life?
I'm sure it's something no one but me knows.
No one else could understand.
Thank you for taking joy in the fact that I was born.
But now I'm going to kill you
and move forward.
TItle: Omake Page 3
Raiku: Okay, Riku. How about we go for a walk?
Author: Raiku Makoto
SFX: HUU HUU HUU HUU
SFX: TAH TAH TAH TAH TAH
SFX: TAH TAH TAH TAH TAH
Raiku: Walk's all done. That sure was fun, huh?
SFX: SUCHA TATATAH
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