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Birdman: Do you want to die... Or do you want to live... // What is your answer?
Text: The overwhelming fear to die---! Overwhelmed by despair… right in front of them appeared THE BIRDMAN!!
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Chapter 5 flight003 BLACK OUT
Text: I want to LIVE… I don’t want to DIE yet…
Rei: I want to live. // There are still many things I haven’t seen yet.
Eishi: I want to live. // Like I’ll accept this fate.
Tsubame: I want to live. // I’m not going to die here.
Kamoda: I want to live. // I don’t want to die…!
Text: EACH of their desires are MINGLED together…!!
Artist: Tanabe Yellow
Horizontal Text: The “Birdman” was right next to them…!! The identity of Takayama, the mysterious boy will be revealed!!
Eishi: That’s why he is always alone.
Eishi: I’ve never seen him with anyone else. // I also don’t know what kind of person he is. // I’ve been observing him all day, but…
Kamoda: But he’s in the same class as you.
Eishi: (Only since this year.) You can only learn so much in a month.
Eishi: I had this unsettling impression he had some axe to grind---- // To be honest, I actually talked to him once.
Eishi: Because // he was also always by himself, looking at the sky.
Rei: This is something I heard, but… // It seems that a girl from class C confessed her love to Takayama-kun, but // then he…
Takayama: You’d better stay away from me…
Rei: That’s what he said. // So, it’s clear he’s deliberately avoiding other people.
Eishi: That bastard… Even though he hasn’t even been here for 6 months yet…
Kamoda: Ei-chan, I never had a girl confess to me…
Eishi: Shut up. If you say it out loud, I’ll feel even more miserable.
Eishi: Oh, well… // Kamoda, did you bring the weapons?
Eishi: We’re up against the birdman. It would be foolish to meet him unarmed. // There are brass knuckles and plenty of other stuff he took from some Yankees.
Eishi: Here, you take something too.
Rei: I wonder if it’d be of any help…
Eishi: As I thought, walking around the city with a spiked bat really stands out. // This kind of stick is pretty…
Eishi: What’s that… (a priest’s staff?)
Kamoda: I found it in the warehouse. (It looks useful, right?)
Rei: I want this one!!
Eishi: You really seem to like that staff a bit too much, // but well, I guess it is physically a weapon. // It’s not some mysterious object of the Orient.
Eishi: Incantations and prayers are only good for emotional support. // He should at least have brought a survival knife.
Eishi: Because he bothered to save our lives // I don’t think he’ll actually try to kill us, but // he isn’t normal.
Eishi: A contract to become his comrades?
Eishi: In case he demands something unreasonable, // I want to have the power to refuse him.
Eishi: Even though refusing would already be meaningless at this point.
Takayama: Where’s the girl?
Rei: She goes to school in Yokohama. // She’ll be late.
Takayama: This way.
Eishi: Hey, is it alright to enter this place?
Eishi: This place is covered in stuff that could be used as a weapon…
Takayama: This factory will be demolished next month.
Takayama: It’s outside the residential areas, so there are very few people passing by here . // And even if we destroy it a little, it’ll be fine.
Box: Munecipal Tenkuudai middle school 3 year class B // Takayama Sou (14)
Kamoda: Ei-chan, // I…can take him.
Eishi: Idiot, violence is a last resort. // We’re here to negotiate. I’ll go first.
Eishi: Err, Takayama… // We gathered here, because we wanted to talk to you… you got that, right?
Eishi: Alright, first question! // Are you the birdman?
Eishi: Hey, hey. He simply admitted it.
Rei: Karasuma-kun, you didn’t understand him?
Eishi: I’m just a little shocked!// The real problem starts here, should we be firm or friendly…
Eishi: Since he coolly answer that question, he’s probably tough…
Rei: He just said the truth, right?
Kamoda: The first to attack will win!!
Rei: Hold it, we owe our lives to him, right?
Eishi: But he never told us we’d grow wings, right!?
Rei: Anyway, I want to see his wings.
Kamoda: You can’t. // He can fly! We’d better prevent him from moving. // Ei-chan, your brought a rope, right?
Rei: He didn’t try anything, we can’t use violence…
Kamoda: He did a lot! (We have plenty of reason to tie him up.)
Rei: (Kamoda-kun, you don’t remember anything, do you!?)
Eishi: Wait, wait, wait! We need to stay calm…
Eishi: I have a feeling this won’t work, but let’s first of all try to find out more about the current situation… // Alright, next question. // You know what happened with our bodies, right? // Why did you do something like this to us?
Takayama: You said: “I want to live.”, right?
Eishi: Even if I said so, that’s not the point, // I believe that anyone who would be involved in a bus accident, left unable to move would say that. // I want to know if you knew // that this------that we’d become like this.
Takayama: I didn’t… // know of any other means. // And I was short on time.
Takayama: The time until your death…
Eishi: Are you trying to say there weren’t any other options!? // Then why did you abandon the bus driver?
Takayama: That man… already died. // I can’t save those who have already died.
Eishi: What do you think?
Rei: He sounds unruffled, but // he used the word “save”, so I think it was well-meant.
Eishi: No, I think that’s just weird. // What should we do? It would be dangerous to just believe in his innate goodness.
Kamoda: What’s innate goodness?
Rei: He’s a good person. He’s even patiently waiting while we ignore him, right?
Eishi: We are in a crisis, // but doesn’t have a reason to hurry.
Kamoda: So, he’s taking his time to do away with us!?
Eishi: Let’s get some more information, before we jump to conclusions. // Right now I really just want to know if we can still live our daily lives and if it’s possible to become human again.
Takayama: If you watch out a little, you’ll be able to live a normal life. // I don’t know how to become human again.
Kamoda: Damn, he doesn’t know!
Rei: He’s really useless…
Takayama: I can hear you.
Takayama: My ears… if I increase their sensitivity…
Kamoda: He’s a… superhuman!?
Eishi: I see, // that’s it! My eyesight improved!
Kamodo: Ah, // now that you say it…
Rei: I’m no longer allergic to house dust.
Kamoda: My digestion has never been better…
Kamoda: Damn, we are also superhuman!?
Eishi: In that case we are also birdman? // In short, our wounds from the accident healed because…
Rei: By the way, why are we still whispering?
Takayama: I didn’t really… intend to involve myself with you all. // But… since you’ll have to face quite a lot of trouble until you get used to this body------
Takayama: I thought I should help you out a little…
Kamoda: Maybe he isn’t that bad…?
Kamoda: So, to put it blunt… // are you our friend or foe?
Kamoda: He paused for a moment.
Eishi: Moreover, it was a question?
Rei: Hey, this isn’t going to get us anywhere, right?
Eishi: It’s too early to trust him, but------
Eishi: Hmmm, but well. If he really intended to blackmail us, it would have been easier if he put on airs, while pretending “I know a way to become human again” and also apply a huge load factor on us by telling us all kinds of frightening stuff, huh?
Kamoda: That’s Ei-chan for you, your way of thinking is gaudy!
Eishi: This is------
Eishi: Without a doubt…
Rei: If all five of us are together, we’re just like a Royal Street Flush!
Eishi: What is that for example… // I don’t want to be the 10.
Eishi: Guess he was telling the truth… But he also has a pretty firm build… // Looks like I’m the weakest here…
Takayama: Did you only grow wings until now?
Takayama: You’d better perfect your transformation as soon as possible. // Also, there’s flying practice.
Kamoda: Amazing!! // So we can really fly with those!?
Rei: I would be useless to have wings if your can’t fly! // Takayama-kun, you’ll teach us how to fly, right!?
Rei: How does it feel to fly?
Kamoda: I often fly in my dreams!
Eishi: To live our daily life, we just need to know how to suppress these wings, right? // Why do we need to learn how to fly?
Eishi: And why “as soon as possible”?
Takayama: Because you said “I want to live”, right?
Takayama: At that time I appeared before you all, // because you were calling out to me.
Kamoda: We called for you?
Eishi: Sure enough, this guy was looking for the birdman, but…
Eishi: Ah, // like you knew we were calling for you yesterday…
Takayama: That’s different.
Takayama: I can still hear your “voices”.
Takayama: I can’t hear the “voice” of a normal person… unless they are in danger. // For example, a life-threatening situation…
Eishi: I see, the story of that boy of Shimane------
Text: When a young boy played in the water / no matter how well he could swim / he drifted further and further away from the shore./ He got scared. When he inevitably cried: "Someone / a winged person appeared and pulled him out // When he regained consciousness,
Text: he drifted further and further away from the shore. / He got scared. When he inevitably cried: "Someone help me!" from the bottom of his heart, / a winged person appeared and pulled him out of the water.
Rei: Ah, that’s why the birdman saves those who are in need…
Eishi: No, wait! // Wait, wait, wait!!!
Eishi: No kidding! You turned us in some knights of justice who rescue people!? // Can we also hear those voices!? Is that the price for being saved!? Is it our duty!? // What happens if we don’t obey!?
Takayama: Your wings… // strongly wish to “respond”. // I guess… // it’s a necessity, if you wish to live with these wings.
Eishi: No, no, no, no! // How can you be so calm, I don’t get it at all!!
Takayama: You’ll understand someday. // Moreover…
Takayama: There’s also the black out----- // You’ll have to be prepared.
Eishi: Black out?
Eishi: What’s a black out…
Eishi: Oh? I felt something behind us…
Eishi: My back is…
Takayama: Strange… // Too early...
Tsubame: What just… // Anemia?
Tsubame: No, my sight is going black… // Did I run too fast…
Tsubame: I wonder where everyone is…
Eishi: What was that shock…
Takayama: It’s not here…
Takayama: At that girl’s place…?
Eishi: Wait, Takayama!
Rei: What just happened!?
Eishi: That guy… // He said “At that girl’s place?”…
Eishi: Let’s follow him!!
Kamoda: Wait, Ei-chan!! // Let’s grow our wings!!!!
Kamoda: Wouldn’t it be better to grow our wings now…?
Eishi: Like I know! // It’s not we can fly yet, right!?
Eishi: We’re going ahead!
Tsubame: What… // This…
Tsubame: No way…
Rei: It’s useless, Tsubame isn’t answering!
Eishi: Damn! // It can’t be helped, we should find a high spot…
Kamoda: Shikifu ikuu, kuufu ishiki…
Kamoda: Shikisoku zekuu, kuusoku zeshiki!
Rei: I wonder where Takayama-kun went…
Eishi: Shut up!!!
T/N: “Shikifu ikuu, Kuufu ishiki” (All is the same as vanity, Vanity is the same as all.) Shikisoku zekuu, kuusoku zeshiki” (All is vanity, vanity is all.) is a part of a Buddhist sutra.
Kamoda: This way!
Rei: She’s really here!
Rei: Tsubame! // Why are you up there!!
Eishi: What the hell is that!?
Text: a sudden transformation… and an unbelievable sight!!
Chapter 5 - END
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