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tl by molokidan
top black: The Slave Arc (Part 1) reaches its climax in this chapter!
A hall in Asgard, the land of the gods, owned by the chief God of Scandinavian mythology, Odin. Great warriors' souls are collected there after death, where they spend their days training to become vanguards for the gods in the prophesied final war between the gods and the giants, Ragnarok. To enter Valhalla was thought to be a symbol of honor as a warrior.
Chapter 71 - Oath
black: At the end of his personal fight with the servants, Thorfinn wanders into the nightmare that has kept him tossing and turning.
sfx: ugeh hahaha gyaaah gehhh hahaha
1: ...they're laughing...
3(2b): Haha! You're still hanging there, Thorfinn?
1(2b): Hey. Long time no see.
2(2b): You never learn either, you know? Here you are, back here again.
3(2b): ...what is this place?! Askeladd! Is it...Valhalla?
4(2b): Huh? Valhalla?
5(2b): You asking me if this is the world that people go to when they die? Don't make me laugh. That's a much better place.
6: Look closely.
7: This is the material world.
1(2b): This is a garbage dump for all the shitsmears. The place where warriors go last...
2(2b): The ultimate state of war. A war with no victory, no loss, and no end.
3: Here, everyone is your enemy.
3: Do you remember, Thorfinn?
4: You used to live here once yourself.
5(2b): Whether you were happy or unhappy, your "self" once became completely empty.
6: That's how you were able to get out of here.
1(2b): As the main culprit who pulled you in here, I shouldn't be saying this, but you're lucky.
2: There aren't many who are able to get out.
3: But the vessel inside you, which was filled with the "warrior," was all emptied out.
4: What's inside it now? Thorfinn.
5(2b): still...the "warrior"...
1(2b): I let anger take over my body, and hit a person. That's why...I came back here again.
2: I'm still an inhabitant here.
3(2b): Even now...my hands feel like they're reaching their limits.
4(2b): I'm...pathetic...I'm a human who can never really grow.
6: "Iiiiii, Iiiiii?" Oh boy.
8: You can introspect all you want, but at least open your eyes. There's something crazy rising up to you.
1: Woah, woah, you're gonna kick them? That's mean.
2: Don't you think it'd be proper to at least hear out one of their grudges?
4(2b): That's right. Look carefully. There should be some faces you recognize.
5(2b): They're aaaaall humans you killed.
2: who are you, where are you from...I don't know...
1(2b): When...where...did I kill you...?
2: I can't remember...
3: I bet...you didn't want to die...
1: I'm sorry...!
1(2b): Ahh, gimme a break. Unrefined bastards.
2: Hey! You don't have time to be sniffling!
3: You don't wanna fall down here again, do you?!
1: Then leave them dangling on you!
2: And climb!
4: That is your battle to fight!
1: Go!! And take the ones you killed with you!!
2: Fight a real battle!!
1: Become a real warrior!! Thorfinn!!
1: A dream...
2: Become a real warrior!!
3: A real...
2(2b): Einar!! Hey!! Are you alive?!
like I fell asleep at some point...
5: Is your head alright, Thorfinn?
6: We won
7: the fight.
2: We're at the bottom of the bottom now.
3: The wheat's been ruined, our bodies are in tatters, our debt's going to be increased.
4: And to top it all off, we have the punishment for fighting waiting for us.
5(2b): Yeah, but I really felt a weight lift off my chest when you punched that asshole.
1: What's wrong? Does it hurt?
2(2b): Einar...up until now...I've been living in violence.
3: Without any hope...I've killed a great number of men with my hands...
1(2b): People whose names I didn't know, people I bore no grudges toward...
2: A great number...
3(2b): And again, today, I hit someone.
4: Even though hitting him wouldn't solve anything...
5: This is it.
1: I will never hurt anyone ever again.
2(2b): Today, I am parting with violence.
1: I'm going to be reborn.
2(2b): Start a new life, and atone...!
3(2b): I'm going to fight a real...a true
5: Oh...I see.
6(2b): I don't really understand, but OK.
1(2b): Let's be reborn. We'll start new lives...!
bottom: The warrior experiences life as a slave in order to become a true warrior. Here, a new battle begins--!!
Next issue there will be no VS. The next chapter will be out on March 25.