Part 16: Super High-school Level Update #14
CHAPTER 01 - LIVES CUT / Abnormal Days part
When I opened my eyes, I saw a wide ceiling.
Somehow, it felt live Ive seen this ceiling before.
When I tried moving my body, faces appeared before me.
Somehow, it felt like I knew those faces...
Ah! He finally woke up! Are you okay?
This is not the time for sleeping... Just get up already.
...Naegi-chi, you lost your consciousness, right? We had to carry you over here.
Be that as it may, I do not find fault with you. With all that had happened.
All that... happened...?
Naegi... are you really okay...?
...It wasnt a dream?
...wasnt... a dream...?
Sayaka Maizono is... dead.
A thick wave of despair swelled up inside my body, and then exploded all at once.
I leaped up from the floor, and started running.
Where do you think youre going...?
Isnt it obvious?! I have to!!... have to!!... have to!!... Maizono-san!!
We already checked it thoroughly. Sayaka Maizono is undeniably dead.
I wont believe it!! Im going!!
Just do as youre told and stay still!! If you run away, who knows what will happen!
Whats the sense in staying here!? Speaking of which --
Why are we even all here in the gym at a time like this?!
Your classmate... Maizono-san...
Died. The moment the word left my own mouth I finally managed to get a hold on reality...
It wasnt our own idea to be here in the gymnasium.
Why do you think? It was Monobear. He told us to gather here...
Of course, we didnt want to come here...
This is no time for assemblies, right after that horrible thing that happened to Maizono-kun...
I suggested to everyone that we should do as he tells us.
Were prisoners, arent we? Resisting him thoughtlessly is not the best course of action...
We dont want to increase the number of victims here.
Why... should we listen to anything he has to say...?
Even though... even though its obvious it was him who killed Maizono-san...!
I wouldnt do such a thing! If you can believe anything, believe that!
As long as you dont break the school rules, I will not lay a hand on you.
Going against the schools spirit like that is just not my style!
Even back at the zoo, they couldnt shut me up about the importance of rules!!
So... who killed Maizono-san...?
Oh, Im sure you all know!
Sayaka Maizonos killer is someone among yourselves!
Hearing those words, we became completely silent.
Maizono-sans killer is... one of us...?
I... cant believe it...
Huh? Whats wrong? You look as if a pigeon ate your Gatling gun.
Isnt it just like I told you all from the very beginning?
Its very simple. In order to graduate this school, someone in your group killed Maizono-san!
Arent those our rules? Its not such a bad thing!
Youre... lying, arent you?
Of course hes lying!! Who else couldve killed her except for him!!
Nope. The killer is one of you.
As Im sure the person in question knows very well.
I instinctively looked around at everyones faces.
And everyone else did the same...
The room overflowed with faces full of doubt mixed with fear and confusion.
Is it... really true...?
Someone here... someone here is a killer...!
Honestly... So there really is someone among us who can do such an unbelievable thing...
Hey, wait...! Dont buy so easily into everything he says...!
There is something I want to confirm with this stuffed toy first.
If one of us really is the killer, will that person now graduate the school...?
Dont act dumb. Thats what the rules say, dont they? Someone who kills can graduate...
...Whats with the explosive laugh?
Upupu... Im laughing because, you see...
Naive! Youre all too naive!
You think its so easy to graduate? That all you have to do is kill someone?
Thats extremely naive! Violently naive! Almightily naive!!
I mean, the main event is just now starting!!
Well, then. Let me explain the supplementary rules regarding graduation!!
The fact that someone who kills another can graduate the school remains unchanged, but...
There is one more clause to that rule that must be checked, right?
Youre talking about the second part of rule 6, arent you?
However, they must not let any other student know they are the culprit...
...is that what youre talking about?
Exactly. Its no good just killing someone. You must hide what youve from everyone else!
And so, the system to judge whether that was accomplished or not...
...is a school trial session we will enact a short time after a killing occurs!
This school trial will commence a few hours after murder takes place!
It will be a battle between the culprit who committed murder...
And the innocents - the rest of you students!!
The original terminology here is "kuro" (literally, "black") vs. "shiro" (lit, "white"). Kuro is a term often used in works like this to designate the hidden criminal or the unknown mastermind. I went with the more orthodox "culprit" vs. "innocents" for the translation.
During trial, you will get a chance to debate who among us is the hidden killer among yourselves.
The result will be decided by vote, held at the end of the trial session.
And then, if the answer you reach is the correct one...
The culprit who disrupted public order will be punished, and the rest can go on living our schools communal lifestyle.
On the other hand, if the wrong person is voted for as the culprit...
The real culprit who committed the crime stays alive, but all the innocents will be punished.
If that happens, that will also be the end of our communal lifestyle, of course!
Those are the rules of the school trial!!
Um, by the way... Whats this punishment you keep talking about...?
Oh...? If I may speak bluntly...
Im talking about execution, of course!
What do you mean... by execution...?
Execution means execution. Eh-kse-kyu-shon.
Zap-zap in the electric chair! Choke-choke from poison gas! Maybe Ill tear your body up in a hurricane storm!
So what youre saying...
If we can finger the culprit, they alone are killed... but if we make the wrong choice...
We will all be executed?
Youre a clever chimpanzee, arent you? Its a good trick to know, how to subtly push the blame on someone else.
To summarize, our court is set just like the outside worlds jury system.
It is up to you to decide who is the culprit.
But judging people is a duty not to be taken lightly. Your very lives depend on it!
I have taken the liberty to add everything I just said to the list of school rules. Please check them when you have time!
System message posted:
The list of school rules have been updated. They can be checked from the ID Menu screen.
H...hey, wait just a minute!!
What youre saying... its all so demented!!
Whats up with this... school trial thing?!
I dont wanna take part in anything like that...!
Isnt it obvious...!
Why do I have to try to figure out who the culprit is? Isnt that all messed up?
So what are you saying? Youre not going to cooperate? If you dont, I will have to penalize you!
Maybe Ill... lock you up in a dark scary cell...
Just shut the fuck up!! I dont care what you say, Ill never go on with something like this!
Its your body. Do as you please!
Isnt it you who always do as you please?!! Telling us to kill each other! I dont want anything to do with it!!
Seeing such overwhelming determination... its truly exciting! Nevertheless...
I will not bend the rules for your sake. Im a bear of high principles, you know.
If you try to sway me...
Ill get you first!!
As he was saying those words, Monobear came charging at Enoshima-san.
There, are you satisfied now?
I should ask you the same thing.
Violence against the headmaster is forbidden. Its against the school rules...
I have no choice but invoking my summoning magic! Save me! Gungnir the Spear!!
Isnt.... that....... strange.....?
Why...... was.... I........?
Enoshima-san opened her eyes wide one last time...
And then... didnt move anymore.
Y...y...youre kidding, right?
I take my promises very seriously.
I didnt think I would have to produce a dead body myself, but...
I guess you needed someone to serve as a lesson after all. Oh! The power of promises!!
I hope you all understand now?
I am a very serious bear.
Whoever disobeys me gets thrown into the bee nest, a bomb pushed down their throat, buried alive, dissolved in acid... etc etc.
If you dont want to end up that way... You must follow the school rules to the letter!!
Enoshimas body, pierced by several long spears...
A large amount of flowing from of it...
That was the first time I ever saw the moment of someones death.
The scene before my eyes was perfectly clear. Enoshima-san, who just a few minutes ago was our classmate...
...was dead. Killed. Breathed her last breath.
It was as simple as that.
Thats... what a human beings death is like.
Dont act so surprised.
Its only death. Simple death.
Everyone knows one day mankind will fall into ruin...
Its a fact of nature that the world will end one day.
We arent living in a shonen manga story. There is no such thing as dying without dying.
This is reality!!
Shonen Manga, as I'm sure most of you know, are Japanese comics aimed at boys in their early teens. Many are adventure stories, and just like in American superhero comic books (or daytime soap operas, for that matter), death is rarely permanent.
...Why did you kill her? Didnt you say you were going to lock her in a cell?
I changed my mind.
You were grasping for a chance to kill someone from the very beginning, didnt you?
Grasping...? I think youve made a grave mistake...
Im a bear! I dont even have opposable thumbs!
Well, lets leave that conversation aside for now...
Isnt it time you start your investigation into who the culprit is?
This is a file Ive written, containing details about the body. Its name is...
...The Monobear File!!
It didnt escape me that Im dealing with a bunch of amateurs here and theres a limit to what you can learn from examining the body...
So instead, I gathered up technical details like the circumstances and cause of death for you. Isnt that handy?!
Arent you dying to know how I know the cause of death?
I saw the whole thing happen through the surveillance cameras! Im a first-hand witness!!
So, you know who did it? Who the culprit who killed Sayaka Maizono is...?
Of course I do!!
If I didnt, I wouldnt be a very good fit to hand down justice as our school trials judge, would I?
Thats right, a judge hands down justice. Im a little relieved, hearing that from you...
Anyways, good luck with your investigation!
Its not like you have any choice!
Well then, Ill see you in a bit at the school trial!
And with that, Monobear disappeared.
Leaving us in a state of confusion...
...and with Enoshima-sans lifeless body.
For a short while no one could even speak.
Maizono-san and Enoshima-sans deaths were, of course, a shock to all of us...
But it wasnt just that.
Someone in our group was a killer. That was reality.
In addition, if we dont find out who that killer is, we will all be executed...
Everyone looked suspiciously around them.
It was the worst possible situation to be in.
But... even in this situation that defies normal reactions...
That girl... didnt lose her cool composure.
This is not the time to relax.
...That said, I dont think blindly distrusting everyone is the right choice.
Its exactly the same as blindly trusting everyone. It only leads to unwanted results.
We need to cooperate.
Who you trust and who you dont... is up for each and everyone to decide for themselves, of course.
Shes right. We cant just waste time staying here staring at a corpse.
I warned her several times. Anyone who cant adapt will die...
Not knowing how to adapt. Resisting change. Thats the same as death.
She was just reaping what she sowed...
Wait a second, thats too cruel! Take it back, right now!
Right now we should put our priorities on finding who the culprit is.
If we dont, we could all find our deaths here.
...shes right. Lets start looking for our culprit immediately.
One way or the other, we have no escape route. We have no choice but to proceed.
We really... have no choice...
Whats with this execution business...? He thinks he can just kill us...!
Shit... Well show him...!
We have no choice...
Everyone whispered those words to themselves...
...as if to rouse their fighting spirit...
Thats right... we have no choice...
Even if we dont want to, we have no choice...
If thats the only way to stay alive, we have no choice...!
And in addition, I must know...
Why was... Maizono-san killed...
Why did... she had to die...
The truth may be scary, and yet I must know.
If I dont... then I cant accept Maizono-sans death...
And thats why...
I have no choice...!