Reserved for Revolution Team!
Real Account ch 1
A new series set in the near future.
right text: Is this true love?
left text: Everyday life is collapsing...
upper blue strip contains news headlines
lower blue strip contains weather forecasts
box with girl: Wah, I'm too short...?
text: If you die here
text: you will die in the real world...
upper text: A new generation of death game starts, by connecting to a SNS (social network service)
yellow/white text: Scattered aspirations
orange bubble: Winning work of the 'brainy battle' competition!
for the next public competition, go to page 14!
Chapter 1 : Opening
pink text: My life
white title: Real Account
script: Okushou x artwork: Shizumu Watanabe
small text: 'Kono Kanojo wa Fiction desu.' 'CHIMES'
'Shishunki no Iron Maiden.' 'Kigurumi' [TN: these are previous and current works of the artist.]
pink text: Until today, I thought I was always connected.
text: The year 20xx, april 25 - 17:00
girl: Pff, it's over!
teacher: Be careful on your way home!
sfx: chatter chatter
?: Oh, I got a text from my girlfriend.
girl1: There's a new game on re-aca. [TN: rearu acaunto is shortened to rea-aka, I went for re-aca, because in English 'real' has only one vowel sound.]
girl2: Eh, show me!
guy: About that...
guy: Ataru, are you not on re-aca?
sfx Ataru: surprise
text: Kashwagi Ataru - 2nd year high school
Ataru: Ah... no, I don't use my phone that much...
guy: Then what are you always doing with it?
Ataru: N-nothing special, really.
??: Look, my re-aca has got more than 500 followers!
??: For real? That's awesome, I've got like 200.
??: Just a start, I've got 600!
??: Huh, really?
??: Amazing, how?
box: Everyone's obsessed by it.
left text: Please enjoy the colour pages! The death game that questions human bonds 'Real Account'!
box: Re-aca, or 'Real Account'.
bubbles: community, games, chat, blog, profile, messages
text mascot: official mascot character: Marble
box: The largest Social Network Service in the country.
in between text: A type of website that allows people to connect to each other with a supportive community-style. [TN: basically an explanation of a social network site]
box: It has integrated all previously existing social networks into one.
marble box: Marble: Thank you for over 50 million users!
box: Basically, through registration under your real name it provides an enhanced link to reality.
box: It received state support and registration rate is growing.
box: And now has become an essential need in modern life.
box (ataru): Of course I have one
but I hide it from everyone...
??: Hey, I'm hungry, let's go to a famires! [TN: short for Family Restaurant, a restaurant with a cheap variety of food - but not junkfood.]
??: Oh! There's a discount coupon on re-aka!
??: Cool, let's go!
Ataru: Ah, sorry, I've got other plans.
??: Whaaat, he is so distant when it comes to this.
??: Hm, girlfriend, maybe?
Ataru: Well... actually I don't have any plans...
Ataru: I'm home, Yuri!
Yuri: Welcome back big bro!
text: Kashiwagi Yuri - 3rd year middle school
Yuri: Dinner's ready!
Ataru: Oh, the miso soup tastes good today!
Yuri: Thank you! I bought new miso paste.
Ataru: At which supermarket?
Yuri: Eh... at A-store... [TN: ooh, avoiding store names xD]
Ataru: What? B-store is much better! They do a weekly sale on Wednesdays during one hour starting from 16h and from 18h they have half-price discounts!
Yuri: S-sorry... w-why do you remember all that?
Yuri: By the way, big bro... you don't have to eat dinner at home all the time.
You can go eat out with friends or something...
Ataru: Nah, we don't have money for that...
But I won't tell anyone that we're poor...
Yuri: Huh? Really?
Ataru: Of course! It's too shameful to admit.
Yuri: You know
it sounds like you're bluffing...
Yuri: Maybe you don't have friends?
Yuri: I've never seen you hang out with them,
you're always alone, grinning while you're on your phone...
You don't have friends, do you?
Ataru: H-hey now...
Ataru: I do have some
Yuri: Really! Sorry then.
Introduce me next time, ok?
Ataru: Thanks for the meal...
Yuri: Ignoring me now?
Ataru: didn't we decide to always have dinner together.?
Ever since mom and dad passed away in that accident...
sfx: clatter clatter
left text: Are you really needed as a human? A modern-age death game starts on a social network site.
right text: Watanabe Shizumu's 'Shishunki no Iron Maiden' series is still running in Young GanGan.
text: Yuri is right... I am bluffing.
I just can't trust people or open up to them.
text: On real account, I'm bluffing as well.
profile text: Profile: this is how your profile is displayed to other users.
name: Kashiwagi Ataru
place: not public
relationship status: in a relationship
following: 564 - followers
text: Like this I pile lies upon lies... I've never even had a girlfriend...
display text: Followers 1540
text: There are
box: They are the users who take interest in me, Kashiwagi Ataru, and follow me.
The number of followers you have on re-aca gives you some sort of status.
(some names; the blonde guy : Sakuragi Yuu, the lady, Mori Riko and of course, Kashiwagi Yuri)
text: 1540 people
Ataru: I'm back! ^-^
reactions: welcome back! (in variations), Hey!!, You're back! Good to see you!
text: Even though I don't have any friends in real life, I have many in re-aca.
Here, I can at least open up a bit...
text: I do think that I should change in real life as well, but I'm not getting anywhere.
I wonder why... playing cool for no reason... I truly just want to have a normal life...
text: I'm grateful for re-aca since it distracts me from that loneliness.
Kashiwagi Ataru: My plans got cancelled, bored now! Someone, help! >_<
Sakuragi Yuu to Kashiwagi Ataru: Sure! Let's talk!!
Yamakawa Miki to Kashiwagi Ataru: What happened?
text: Here, a lot of 'followers' care about me...
sfx: taptaptap (typing sounds)
Ataru: I'll just play a bit before work starts.
screen: Congratulations! Your rank is - nationwide 4th place!
Ataru: I'm becoming like a game otaku huh...
always playing at school or work cause it's a free game...
??: And now...
??: it is complete.
??: The game
Yuri: Hm? Big bro, what's that game?
Ataru: This? It's called 'No Answer'... it's pretty fun.
Yuri: Eh?! Nationwide 4th place? How much do you play?
Ataru : Uh... hehehe
Ataru: You should try it, it's good.
Yuri: Hmm, it looks difficult...
screen: the game be
Ataru: H-hey, what the hell?
text: the game begins
Ataru: Wha... what just happened...?
It's... dark?! Hey... Yuri?!
to the world of Real Account!
what's going on?!
text: This... this looks familiar...
but... it can't be... it's...!
sfx bubble: pling!
sfx bubble2: blink
Marble: Did you notice already?
Marble: Hello! I'm the mascot character you all know, Marble!
Simply put, that is.
Marble: Everyone who is seriously into re-aca
now has their brains locked inside Real Account!
The hell, like we'd believe that!
Let me out! Quick!
small bubbles: shocked
guy1: Impossible... must be a dream.
guy2: I guess I gamed too much
sfx marble: grin
Marble: Alright then, let's try something.
So, today is the 25th, right?
Marble: Everyone, you should have a number on your arm.
Ataru: nr 410
Marble: The person with nr 25!
right text: The author, Okushou, is a university student and script-writer! The desperate game 'Real Account' displays his genius!
Marble: Now look at the screen.
Marble: This is you in the real world.
Marble: And this is your re-aca profile.
profile: name: Horiuchi
occupation: university student
relationship status: in a relationship
follows: 226, followers 520
[TN: incomplete, but you get the idea:
self introduction: I like music very much, mainly non-mainstream, I started playing the guitar...]
Marble: Hm, 520 followers, quite a bit huh.
Horiuchi: What is your point?!
Marble: Well, actually
Marble: Okay, okay, be quiet now.
Marble: Please observe...
just like this
If you die here, you will die in the real world as well...
Marble: What do you think? You all get it now?
people: As if! What's going on?!
Right! Explain properly!
Marble: When you die
your followers will die mysterious deaths with you!!
Marble: From now on I'll have you play my game.
Marble: Only the person who 'clears' it completely
will be allowed to return to the real world.
Ataru: G-game? Clear...?
What is he talking about?!
everything that happens here
text (marble): will be live broadcast
all over the country.
Yuri: Big brother...!
Marble: So, each and every move, everything you do
will be watched. Be careful!
people: What's the whole goal of this thing anyway?
Yeah! Answer us!
Marble: I have no obligation to tell you.
guy: I'm out of here! Waaah!
Marble: You cannot escape. On top of that, because of him
his 302 followers also died~
text (marble): The 10.000 people here were gathered for a certain reason or goal.
I wonder who'll be able to clear the game?
text (ataru): A certain reason...or goal...
What...is going to happen here?
Marble: Wel, this concludes our opening ceremony.
Let's play an easy game! It's called...
text: True Follower Diagnosis
Marble: The rules are very simple
There's no need for all of you to do anything.
Marble: The ones playing are those who are watching this broadcast.
Now, dear audience, from now on these 10.000 people here will die one by one.
Marble: And you, their followers, will consequently die as well.
I'm sure you'd hate that.
Marble: That's why!
Marble: For only 3 minutes
you are allowed to un-follow people!
Marble: Now, go ahead and save yourself! As for the people in here
Marble: this means that your followers will break their bonds with you.
Marble: For those 'in a relationship',
do you believe your partner will stay with you?
Marble: Those who have their family members follow them, no worries!
I'm sure they're worried about you and keep following you!
Marble: Oh, before I forget. In your case,
if your follower count drops to 0,
unfortunately it's Game Over for you.
text (ataru): Huh... but then
I don't have a girlfriend, or family
text: Well, there's Yuri but... no, I don't want her to be in danger...
There's no guarantee I can clear this...
I need some to stay...
text (ataru): Otherwise
text: Is there someone you can truly reach out to?
Marble: By the way, just like the people in the real world you can check out your situation
on your mobile phone.
text: Do you have someone's 'trust'?
text (ataru): My online friends are always nice to me...
How many... will I have left...
guy: Hehe... I've got over 1500 followers so...
guy: What the hell!
What's going on?!
screen text: followers
Marble: During this time only
you can freely call or message people in the real world.
guy: Oi, Kanako! Help me out...
Kanako: I'm sorry.
Kanako: I don't want to risk dying...
text: Are you 'truly' loved?
guy: Oh, Satoko, I love you, ...
stx ataru's phone: bip
guy: Hey, don't leave me! I'll die!
text: Is that 'love' for real?
Ataru: No way...
screen messages:1: I don't want to get involved, I'm out.
2: Miyajima to Kashiwagi Ataru: Dying? No thanks!
3: Mori Riko to Kashiwagi Ataru: Sorry, I'm out.
4: Yamakawa Miki to Kashiwagi Ataru: Goodbye! Do your best!
5: Sasami Takahiro to Kashiwagi Ataru: Sorry mate, I'm out.
Ataru: They were
box: The real world.
??: Is this for real?
??: Yeah man, I saw some die from involvement.
??: This is bad, bad!
guy1: If we unfollow him, he'll die right?
guy2: I guess so.
guy1: But... y'know
guy1: There will be someone left.
mom: Satoshi... oh, what should I do?
You'll be fine cause you've got dad...
screen: Unfollow this person? Yes - No
girl: No! I'll protect him!
guy: I don't wanna die for someone else...
[from right to left]
girl: I'm sorry!
I'm sorry, please forgive me! I'm sorry!
??: Please, you're the last one!
??: Mama is still there
so it's fine, right?
girl: Make sure you get back...
I'll stick with you...
guy1: We were only online friends, so it doesn't really matter.
guy2: Yeah, true.
man: He was a worthless son,
it's no big deal.
guys: We need to protect our Sayaka, our idol!
Marble: Oooooh, one after another is being cast aside by both lovers and family?!
no, no, noooo!
screen: followers : 0
Marble: After all
Marble: that is what humans are like!
Only socialising for appearances!
Marble: Whether it's for money,
humans are such shallow creatures!
Ataru: Ah Ah Ah
screen: followers: 1
text (ataru): This... one left...
it must be...
Ataru: Yuri! Are you alright?!
Yuri: What about you!?
Yuri: I'm perfectly fine...
Yuri: I won't unfollow you, ever!
You'll be fine, right big bro?
Yuri, unfollow me.
sfx bubbles: piri
Yuri: What are you saying!
I've lost papa and mama,
I don't want to lose you too, big bro!!
Ataru: You've got no choice!
You can only unfollow me within this time limit!
I don't want you getting involved, I alone will...
Yuri: No! You can't!
You have to come back! I mean...
Yuri: You promised...
we would always eat dinner together!
Yuri: That's why... you must come back.
Yuri: Big brother?
Ataru: I can't have you involved after all...
Ataru: If you won't unfollow me...
Yuri: Big bro, what are you...
screen: Kashiwagi Yuri
Do you want to block this user?
block - cancel
Yuri: No way!!
Yuri: No! Stop! Big brother!!
text: If I block her...
I'll be at 0...
Ataru: Father... Mother
sfx: big brother!!
screen: You bocked Kashiwagi Yuri.
Ataru: thanks for everything...
Marble: Time's up!
text: It didn't go down?
Yuri: Big brother... why
why did you block me?!
text (Ataru): It's not yuri?
text (Ataru): Someone else...
saved my life??
Marble: Now then, from the initial 10.000, we are down to
Marble: In short
Marble: the amount followers you have left now
Marble: is the number of people who truly care about you more than they fear death.
Marble: Isn't that great.
Marble: About half of you over huh? Conversely, you could say that the 5316 others
were not needed by anyone at all!!
Marble: The result of your everyday behaviour
Marble: But but, those who unfollowed are also crying...
even though they actually killed them! Fools!!
those who got to 0 followers and died are in the way.
text (ataru): What...
have I been doing all the time up till now?
text (ataru): Deceiving myself... running from reality...
sfx (bubble): Nooo!
sfx bubbles: dokun
text: As long as there's someone who needs me
I'll have to live.
text (ataru): For that,
I'll have to change.
Ataru: I'll survive for sure
so I can knock you off your feet!
try if you can.
Marble: Now... let's move on
to the main battle.
text (ataru): I'll definitely...
definitely return alive!
Marble: In our main battle
the first game is
-to be continued -
text: Next issue - clash!