Hey there. Someone posted their translation of cute fish girls doing cute things, so that requires TL-checking and editing. If anyone is up to doing either, it would be appreciated.
>Fish people have been welcomed to the town where the human girl Wakasa Otomi lives, and they are integrating well. The fish people can be identified by the physical marks of their fish species, though they take medicine to keep their lower bodies human rather than a fish tail. Otomi loves fish people, and is eager to meet as many as she can! One day, she meets a new transfer student, a lantern fish girl named Tsutsumi Anko. Anko is a bit self-conscious about being a deep sea fish, with a tail that is not cute like some other fish girls. At school, she and Anko deal with various fish problems that intersect with issues an ordinary human high-schooler would face.
nothing = text that is enclosed in speech or thought bubbles
[ ] = text that is enclosed in rectangular narrative boxes OR information in the margins
* * = sfx, signs, and dialog that is not enclosed in speech/thought bubbles (I didn't do all the sfx but I tried to get all the dialog and signs)
( ) = notes, most can be safely ignored
(?) = means 'not sure if i translated this part right'
in general, a new line indicates a new speech/thought bubble, and a skipped line indicates a new panel. But I may not have been consistent in this.
I changed proper names to western order.
I left senpai and kouhai as is, and sometimes sensei and honorifics as well. I figure people who don't know can just google it.
Scientific names: The original Japanese lists the order, family, genus, and species of newly introduced fish characters. Sometimes it also includes suborders, subfamilies, subgenera, and common names. If this takes up too much space in English, it would probably be fine to just put the genus and species, e.g. Himantolophus groenlandicus. Whatever you decide, make sure you italicize properly, or the scientific community will laugh at you! I generally tried to use the common name of a fish in normal dialog, if one exists. I tried to steer clear of localizing fish puns.
episode 1: i am a deep sea fish
episode 2: from eel with love
episode 3: Anko-san Needle-ss Fight! (pun: it's soudatsusen with datsu spelled like needlefish, i attempted to localize it... never again)
episode 4: Rest in Mola.
episode 5: lonely toxic transfer student (wordplay: there are two kodoku's in japanese, one means solitude and the other means poisoning. this takes the ko from the former and the doku from the latter, forming what is essentially a nonsense word for most other contexts but i think it works really well for this kind of thing)
episode 6: MERMAID MORNING
episode 7: TROPICAL FISH ASSAULT
episode 8: carnivorous fish blues
episode 8.5: Samejima After
episode 1: i am a deep sea fish
that girl's a mermaid, how cute...
there are more of them this year than ever before
I think my school is already about one-tenth mermaid
human, high school student]
[in my town, mermaids are well received.]
[there are a lot of mermaids living right alongside humans.]
[their everyday appearance is not very different from that of humans,
but there are a lot of different kinds]
[i am a mermaid enthusiast]
i wonder what that girl's tail fin is like...
[even when they're on foot it's somehow fun]
I welcome this increase in the population of mermaids.
Species: H. groenlandicus] (atlantic footballfish)
when I had just moved here, i chased it away too
it seems you've mostly gotten used to this place
what did you see...
well, i just happened to witness that scene with your amazing glow stick shining back there
[illicium = shiny lure]
I hope I'll get a chance to see your tail fin soon!
to mermaids that's sexual harrassment.
no one would care to see the tail of an atlantic footballfish
oh it's here it's here
wakasa, did you see the mermaid in this week's gravure?
i want to know your opinion as a mermaid enthusiast!
alriiight, let me see! (that's an enthusiastic alright, not an annoyed alright)
no... i'm fine
*the position of her adipose fin*
*the way her scales shine*
if you're interested, why don't you go look with them?
or perhaps your inferiority complex is keeping you from looking,
miss deep sea fish?
Species: B. splendens
Betta aka Fighting fish]
oh, it's just bettako
what's with that reaction! Don't call me bettako!
ahh what do i care. deep sea creatures are such glum, introverted things with bad communication skills after all.
you should try to be more sociable like us tropical fish.
flaring up at people whenever you get a chance is a sad way to live
as expected from a betta, your personality's a complete cliche. (pun, betta and cliche are homonyms in japanese) why don't you go fight yourself in a mirror.
[betta are highly aggressive. they even consider their reflections to be enemies.]
touna, just drop it already.
yeah you're right... to think that this social outcast of a deep sea fish ever came onto dry land in the first place-
....huff (?) (it's just a solitary sokuon, i think it just indicates there's something she's thinking that she's not saying out loud but idk how to translate it)
fuck off already,
*my eyes, my eyesss*
what...? you got in another fight with bettako chan? are you alright?
yeah, same as always
i forgot to bring
it's blinking yellow?
something must be wrong...
*are you ok?*
ah, the blinking is speeding up...
wha- red light!?
*i'm fi(crossed out)*
*meds wearing off*
Yomi-chan! I've got a sick person here!
what... why is it so dark? it's calming though
oh, this must be your first time to the infirmary. yomi-chan is a deep sea fish too
I think she's an A. galatheae
EH! they're from the hadopelagic zone!
Enough of that now!
Could you please be quiet in the infirmary...?
Species: A. galatheae
holds the record for the deepest living fish of all fishkind.] (i think a. galatheae has no common name)
[found at a depth of 8,370 meters]
You're the new deep sea fish transfer student, aren't you?
Oh, your mermeds' effects are wearing out, you'll be fine
wow, her skin is so fair
yomichan, what's mermeds?
it's a drug that changes the tailfin into human legs. it can be bought at most drug stores.
hold it anymore
this stupid tailfin of mine isn't cute at all
and even though I had determined
never to let anyone see it...!
it's very pretty. I think it's nice!
you can't be...
I can tell that you tend to your tailfin every day, don't you? I think that's the most important thing for a mermaid
they come in all different shapes and sizes
yeah, anko's cute...
it...kind of takes my breath away
w-what are you saying (awwww)
one more thing before you go
speaking as a senpai
since there's always a fixed demand for deep sea fish,
don't worry and you'll be fine. <3
how about just this once
i'll show you mine as well?
Tsutsumi's thing during class probably had to do with mermeds
to put it into words... that quiet suffering... (?)
though that might be a bit of an overstatement
I'm coming in!!
HOW VERY INDECENT!!
THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW! DEEP SEA FISH ARE A MORAL HAZARD!!
episode 2: from eel with love
[Hello. I'm Otomi Wakasa.]
Hey hey, Anko-
[mermaid enthusiast high school student, Otomi Wakasa]
[In my town,]
[Atlantic footballfish mermaid Anko Tsutsumi]
[humans and mermaids cohabit]
I want to see your tail fin, just one more time <3
[Among mermaids like her, physical features vary greatly]
Huh? Not a chance.
I keep telling you, to a mermaid that's sexual harrassment
[as a mermaid enthusiast, every day I look forward to encounters with new mermaids.]
is that the one?
yeah, that thing on her head... there's no mistaking it
hey una, let's go
UM EXCUSE ME
ARE YOU ANKO TSUTSUMI!?
PLEASED TO MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE
I'M UNA KABAYAGI! AN EEL MERMAID FROM YEAR 1 CLASS 5!! (ok i'm done with caps lock)
Species: A. japonica
Una Kabayagi]?(surname is pun on kabayaki, una is obvious)
It's an honor to meet you
I'd like to get your advice on some things...
I'm sorry! I must have surprised you. The truth is...
I... Whenever I get nervous or excited, I become extremely slippery
when I'm with a person I l-like
my entire body becomes slimy and sticky with mucus...
Have I said something wrong!?
y-you're too loud...
a-anyway, please continue...
HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!!
Good day to you! (idk just choose some self-important sounding greeting)
Your social status won't be changing today either!
oh here we go...
[Gorgeous Betta mermaid
Here's a fresh face. First year...?
I'm Kabayagi from year one class five, um...
I'll break your light bulb...
so, what do you need?
I have heard your tale! when my kouhai is troubled, there should be no reason for me to turn a deaf ear to her.
If it's advice you need, why don't you consult this elegant mermaid, Touna Suzuki?
If you consult a deep sea fish, you'll receive nothing but negative responses...
Perhaps she even intended to seduce her poor kouhai with her lure?
Anyway, you're not good enough
You should just go home!
close your eyes for a bit...
I see, so in order to confess to the boy you like
I need to improve my physical constitution!
but, why me?
Oh, that's because...
it's well known that deep sea fish have muciferous constitutions
*<eelpout> gelatinous body*
*<hagfish> defends themselves with large amounts of mucus*
I just thought I should ask a mucus pro about mucus matters.
You're not wrong, but it's kind of painful, this recognition...
In my situation, the mermeds repress that to some extent, so... (part of it is covered up, but this translation is probably pretty complete)
*my advice wouldn't be of much...*
LEAVE IT TO US!
Deep sea fish sempai can solve anything!
Those lines in the bottom left panel in the boxes are her saying that for someone like her who likes mermaids, just walking around town is exciting/fun.
Other than that, the translation seems great so far.
um, also try...
maybe some breathing techniques
Somehow... I feel like this isn't quite right...
you could also try washing yourself in cold, salty water
or was that part of a recipe...
write "fish" on the palm of your hand and swallow hard (as far as i can tell, this is a charm performed to relieve nervousness. one writes the kanji for "person" on one's palm with one's finger and swallows. there are different variations though. i think it comes from a kind of pun involving an alternate definition of the verb nomu; to drink/swallow, or to think nothing of/not be bothered by an adversary or opponent. i think the closest thing in english would be the figure of speech, 'to swallow your fears.' Anyway, back to the translation)
oh shoot... i have no idea what i'm talking about
Thank you, deep sea fish sempai!!
I somehow get the feeling that I can do this confession now
well, sorry... good luck
ah, to be young
you were down the whole time...
Una, Kawaguchi-kun is here
Una? Are you ok?
suck suck gulp (I'm pretty sure the sa-sa- is her drawing up saliva to swallow)
and then, salt!!
*drip drip* (sfx)
*table salt* (thing she's holding)
What's up, Kabayagi? You suddenly called me over here...
Everyone else has already gone home...
There's... something I want to talk about
...I can see through her shirt!?
It's nothing important...
I was just wondering if there was anyone you liked...
and maybe if there isn't anyone
it's all over...
farewell, my first love...
Can you stand?
That sounded really bad just now!
Whew, pasted all of the translations. Guess I should get a Mediafire link up.
Forget it. Sorry for calling you over. I'm going home...
It was really nothing
You can use that, it's new
and... about what you said, I feel the same way about you... (?) (he really beats around the bush)
It'll be here whenever it's finished (few minutes).
[The next day]
deep sea fish senpai,
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Good for you! Seems like everything went swimmingly.
Well, even though your slime didn't go away.
S-sorry, I wasn't able to help you
Don't be! Everything turned out alright in the end!
Thanks to you two, my happiness level is skyrocketing!!(joke: unaginobori = skyrocketing, maybe i could say 'flying like an eel' or 'unr-eel' or something)
So in return, I've made some broiled eel for you!
Rather, is it really okay for you to do that!?
Well then, I'll be off now!
That's great, anko! Looks tasty!
We didn't have anything to do with that
never again will I do something...
I-I'm Kana Deme, first year class 2! (her name uses the same characters as demekin, the name of a breed of telescope eye goldfish)
I heard there was a deep sea fish senpai here who gives guidance to little lost fish...
Raws for v2 are also up, so I'll post that as well.
Episode 3: Anko-san Needle-ss Fight!
...? What is it?
It's so pretty, your... um, lantern!
What's with this all of a sudden...
Well... Once again, I found myself staring at it intently.
Anglerfish use an illicium as a lure to attract their prey.]
It's somehow as if I'm being drawn toward it...
hmm... well, that is what it was originally for...
I think you shouldn't stare at it too much.
That's how you're casually enticing other mermaid girls
Even though you already have me
What are you talking about...
This thing actually isn't very enticing to mermaids...
*dadadaadada*(running sound obv)
*do-* (idk, this either represents her jump or the sound of her hands smacking together)
W-what? What's this about?
*zoom, she whent zoom-*
Are you alright?
You aren't hurt or anything?
Species: S. anastomella
(Note: this is a Pacific Needlefish. In Japan it's called a datsu.)
(Another thing: her surname is the two kanji for datsu in reverse order. The kanji for 'Shi' in her given name is an unconventional choice; it means thorn, pierce, stab, etc.)
...you landed a mermaid (the verb used is catch / lure, as in fishing)
aah-... I'm Shiori Tsuda, a pacific needlefish mermaid.
I'm really sorry, I just couldn't fight my instincts...
Yeah... it's the light
I rush in reaction to lights.
We're known to stab into divers at sea, so we're to be feared more than sharks
Dangerous Sea Creature
Speed 70 km/h
Stabs and Rotates (?) (this might be referring to the beak breaking off inside)
Has Caused Fatalities
Wouldn't you say this is no joking matter!?
But when I come out onto dry land
I should be able to keep it under control...
*twitch* (her hair)
flap flap (her ears/fins)
If I keep staring like this I'll end up charging at you again. You should hurry up and get away from me...
wah, it's almost like I have chuunibyou syndrome...!
W-well then, we'll be on our way now...
Wow, there sure are a lot of different kinds of mermaids!
There are numerous and interesting weird ones.
What do you mean weird...
and why are you looking at me?
That really scared me back there (lit. shortened my lifespan)
I never thought there could be such a dangerous mermaid here.
...My heart's still pounding a little
I've never been that excited before...
That does nothing at all for me though
There has to be something special about that girl...
It's doubtful, so I should properly confirm it soon...
flap flap flap (her ear-fins)
*quiver quiver quiver*
I don't mind, but I would just stick to cleaning for the next couple of hours and then check on this thread for any TL-checks later. Thanks.
*woosh* (sound of something slicing through the air)
you only aiming for my butt...
...s-see, it's easier ... to penetrate
*a bit difficult to stab*
uu... I'm finished
WAS THIS YOUR DOING, TSUDA!!
THAT HOLE IN THE WALL!?
But I would never harm you,
You don't excite me at all!
I don't quite understand! Though I may not look like it now, I was quite the BMOC in my youth!!(he uses some weird slang to say that he was popular, this is my attempt at localization)
Besides, a man's charm has to do with...
Anko... are you ok?
I was nearly deprived of my chastity...
...and my life
What do I do... (i think she is about to say doushitara ii no)
Why don't you go back to the sea?
Now listen here, even if you didn't mean to, you're the one who landed that girl, right? (again, the verb used in this sentence is tsuru, as in fishing or angling)
Your... thing's power of attraction is stronger than you thought. Even to me sometimes...
Eeeh, you too, Bettako-chan?
Shut up, Wakasa!!
If you act like a dead fish, teasing you will be no fun!
s-so... Just get it together!
She's right... Staying like this won't solve anything.
I'll go have a talk with her, since I'm partially responsible for this situation...
if she reacts the same way again, your chastity will be-!
I have a plan.
*student counseling room*
uu... Even though it wasn't something I could control... (lit. even though it was an irresistible force)
The teacher's lecture was mostly boasting about his popularity.
What the hell is BMOC anyway? (referring to the weird slang he used earlier)
Since I was the cause of all that
I thought I should apologise to you
So I've left it like this for the meantime
Ah, when I look I feel
nothing at all...
I'm sorry. So I thought of a solution.... (second part is small)
[In that instant, a vision of her death]
[flashed vividly through Anko's mind]
[a marvellous thing occured!]
[With Anko's survival instinct pushed to its utmost limit,]
[the true form of her usually suppressed illicium was revealed!!]
*bloop* (i just made that up, it probably isn't the same as bloop)
[Esca: the swollen, malformed part at the tip of the illicium]
[Skin flaps: mutated skin thingies]
I wonder how Anko's doing?
She's probably skewered by now
ah, ow ow
*She's landed her...?and so much more!!*(?)
(again using the fishing verb)(and so much more: "x nante reberu janai" is an expression meaning that x may have been a good description of a situation at some point but now far understates it. I think.)
Cut it out~
Go ahead, eat me up~
twitch twitch (ear fins)
Otomi Wakasa! I willingly give myself in sacrifice! (she uses a kind of formal expression, kind of sounds like she's swearing herself in or offering fealty)
[For the first time since Anko set foot on dry land]
[The true horror of her power has been made known.]
Aah~ not P.E.
Even thought you're a human... How do you think it is for us who aren't used to running around on two legs...
just hurry up and get changed...
Same old pitiful, gloomy girl with no figure!!
I thought there was a grade schooler among us!!!
No sex appeal to be found, either. I wonder what you've been eating to end up like that?
My... Aren't we looking grown-up today?
Grr... There's no good comeback. Bettako's got a pretty good figure...
Come on, say something... Kyah
H-hey, resorting to physical violence is...
Hey, you two!
Don't you know class is starting!?
Grr... This one too...!!
She's on a rampage...
... Hmm... Sex appeal, huh...
*suck* (sucking in her tummy)
*don* (just means that she's shocked by what she's seeing, doesn't represent a sound)
*various sexy sfx indicating bouncy breasts and swooshy skirt and tight shirt etc*
Yeah, I know of her
That's Mitsufusa from class 3.
She's an ocean sunfish mermaid.
How to put it... she's an incredible one
Yeah... She's got a criminally hot bod
Her sexuality is formidable
An erotic aura exudes from her entire body
She's no ordinary person...
... You guys are sick...
Wh- what's that!!
Deriding me, and after I let you use my mermaid database!!
You're no different from us!! Wakasaaa!!
There she is...!
Species: M. mola
Madoka Mitsufusa] (the first character of her surname means 'fullness, satisfaction' etc. and the character for madoka means round... it's a pretty sexy name)
*o ooh* (she's probably about to say ookii, they're big)
It's an anglerfish!
I've heard of anglerfish~ How cute~!
I-I'm Anko Tsutsumi...
May I touch you?
She seems really laid-back~ so big...
did you come here just to see me~?
Eeh, that is, the truth is
There's something I want to ask you about...
In that case, we can talk it over during lunch~ I'll be waiting for you on the roof at lunch break <3
Anko, let's go eat
I have a prior engagement today...
The roof, huh... This is my first time going up there
...I wonder if Mitsufusa-san is here yet...!!
*The... The birds-!!?*
*coo coo caw caw*
Eh... what's going on
What should I do?
*flap flap flap*
They were cleaning my body ~ (star)
BUT YOU'RE ALL BEAT UP!?
I thought they might've been eating you...
I was sunbathing~
[This is how sunfish disinfect themselves in the sun's rays. It's also believed that sea fowl help to remove their parasites.]
And this way I won't have to wash up on the beach and die
It sure is nice to be a mermaid!
*<How Ocean Sunfish Die>
-Get beached and die
-Get pecked too much by birds and die
-Jump out of the water and smack into the ocean's surface and die
So sunfish risk their lives just to sunbathe...
...to put it plainly
Why are you dressed like that...!!
S-she took off her skirt...
Because it feels good~? It feels so freeing!
I'm being drawn in by this girl's laid-back manner...!
Remember the reason you came here, me!!
Come sunbathe with me, Angler-chan!
This sensation and volume... What a great tailfin...!
Uhuhu... (sensual laugh?)
Say, why don't you let out your tailfin too!
EH- my tailfin's a little...
It's ok, nobody's going to see it! It's just us mermaids here~<3
Even though I definitely didn't come here for this...
maybe it's just what the sea doctor ordered
[THE SEA DOCTOR
The ocean sunfish distributes certain kinds of antibiotics from its body.
Though unverivied, it's thought that wounded fish gather to them for healing.]
You're so small and cute, Angler-chan. Your tailfin is squishy and wonderful too~ <3
The truth is, that's what I wanted to ask you about...
It's nice of you to say that... but I'm so short... and my body and tailfin are shaped like this...
So... I wondered if there was a way I could be...
you know.. more voluptuous, like you...
As for me,
I didn't do aaanything at all
Floating along leisurely, I just lived in a way that's honest and true.
You shouldn't worry so much.
This life of floating along isn't so bad.
True to myself... huh...
Ah, that's right
Whenever you've produced eggs lately,
how many have there been?
What kind of question is that...
Yesterday was crazy for me. Fish like me can produce up to three hundred million at a time.
[said to be the most for a vertebrate]
We mermaids make eggs, don't we? So maybe once you've produced a lot you'll be more womanly~ just kidding <3
There were so many that I had to take pictures. Look
YOU TOOOK PICTURES!? ....Incredible...
Let's sunbathe together again sometime <3
I didn't end up learning anything from her
but I somehow feel much better now
I'll do my best in the afternoon classes...
What's with that face... and those binoculars
...Don't tell me
Well... I didn't originally intend to spy
I'M SORRY!! IT WAS MARVELLOUS!!
By the way, Anko
About those mermaid eggs...
Episode 5: Lonely Toxic Transfer Student
Me of all people...
Even in such a place as this, "their" assassins are...
Keh... Disagreeable beast...!
Species: T. chrysops (aka red-eyed puffer)
Akame Fukuda] (akamefugu is the japanese species name and obv, akame is the name of the character, with different kanji.)
Glad you're enjoying it. v3 comes out in October.
Wah, amazing outfit...
And a scene I feel like I've witnessed before...
She's really scared of cats... I wonder if she's a mermaid?
*Depart from me!*
Close your eyes!
*Pya* (I think this is supposed to be the cat's scream?)
...It's gone now. Are you ok?
There are a lot of cats around here...
Um... Is something wrong?
Ku ku... Ku ku ku (evil laughter, obv)
I can see that you... are also a possessor of "The Power" (furigana is more like a definition than a pronunciation)
I am in your debt....That uniform... Mayhaps we shall meet again!
[The next day]
(omission) ...that we might meet again sometime.
Really? that's nice.
I wonder if she lives in the area?
Maybe I'll see her too..
Alright, take your seats
Today a new student will be joining us.
Come on in, Akame Fukuda.
Woah, it's a girl. Good job!!
Ah, check out her ears... She's a mermaid?
Fukuda's a puffer fish mermaid.
Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My name is "Scarlet Reaver." (ok i get it, she thinks dorky fantasy names are cool, kinda like DQN names... not sure, but i think this is really pronounced 'higan he sasou akame,' scarlet eyeballs that beckon one to nirvana)
I am one who possesses "The Power." Well met, humans...
Mayhaps I was led here by my guardian angel.
Thank you for yesterday,
"Lightbringer."?(koumyou no hakobite, bearer of light)
Eh... Light... WHO?
Hey hey, Fukuda-san
What was that scarlet-whatsit from earlier?
Those red eyes! They're so pretty! Why are you wearing gloves?
Ku ku... Humans who do not possess "The Power" should not delve too deeply.
I do not intend to involve unrelated persons.
However, I do have a question to ask you.
It's about a mermaid... the other "Power Wielder" in this class.
Are you referring to me?
Welcome to this class! Miss transfer student! I am Touna Suzuki, a betta mermaid!!
Be grateful that your mermaid senpai, id est I, will be showing you the ropes here!
Yeah... You can always count on Suzuki to involve herself!
But what an overbearing manner she has...! Is this another trait of betta fish!?
Hmm... So this class had another mermaid. But unfortunately, you are not the one I require.
W-WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY!!
Suzuki is FLARING!!
She intends to put her in her place by any means!!
Threatening behavior of betta fish.
They shake their bodies to fan out their fins and opercula.]
The transfer student falters slightly!!
SHE'S PUFFED UP!! THE TRANSFER STUDENT HAS PUFFED HERSELF UP!!
EXPECT NO LESS FROM A PUFFER FISH MERMAID!!
WHAT A STANDOFF... NEITHER PARTY IS YIELDING AN INCH!
IS THERE NOTHING WE HUMANS CAN DO!?
Ku ku... It seems that ordinary methods won't suffice this time...
THE TRANSFER STUDENT HAS DEFLATED... IS SHE ABOUT TO ADMIT DEFEAT?
I'll show you
"Toxic Catastrophe"!!!?(moudoku no shuuen, demise of deadly poison)
W-what just happened!?
Just... What are you trying... gasp! My body is...!?
IT'S PUFFER POISON!!
[Which parts are poisonous depends on the type of puffer fish. For the red-eyed puffer it's the skin, liver, ovary, etc.]
How do you like it?... My tetto... tetro... to
she can't say it
she can't say it
...My poison's flavor!
A deadly poison that inhibits neurotransmission, causing paralysis]
[Puffer poison is incredibly dangerous. Please do not under any circumstances imitate the actions of Miss Fukuda.]?(?)(not exact but close enough i think)
Rest easy. Her dose was weak enough to confer only light paralysis.
Sink into the eternal darkness!
Oooh, it's finally lunch time
Let's go buy some food
Thus even here am I enveloped in solitude.
This is the fate of those who possess "The Power"...
I'm used to it... It seems I would have encountered that girl sooner or later anyway
I'm Otomi Wakasa! Let's eat lunch together!!
I'm Anko Tsutsumi
What was that... light-whatever from this morning?
She's been constantly fidgeting since this morning...
That's becauseeeee- it's a NEW mermaid!? NEW mermaid!
You saw me use "The Power," didn't you?
It's a deadly poison that's even been called "Godslayer"...
Because of "The Power" wherever I go I'm forced into a state of solitude
Before I knew it, the books of dry land had become my "friends"... They showed me the way
This is the destiny of the Chosen One... The trial my guardian angel has given me!
ah, there she goes again...
So now you must understand
Are you not terrified of me?
For this girl curiosity probably wins out over fear...
It's said that curiosity killed the cat...
It didn't kill that cat yesterday though
... I can't touch anything that scary...
Hmmm... But in reality...
I don't think I'm the only one who's not afraid of you.
You could've at least timed your greeting better, like us
You jumped the gun...
Any plans for tomorrow?
Ah, Bettako's on her feet again...
I won't leave it at this...
I guess we've gotten used to how weird all the students are in this school
...why are you looking at me when you say that...
...Well, when I first transfered here I was insecure about my appearance...
But this girl... Wakasa introduced herself to me... so I've gotten along somehow
Yaaay, all thanks to me!
Hey.... don't get a big head about it
You should know that it's reckless
Are you worthy of fighting alongside me?...?By your leave, I will ascertain it.
Pleased to meet you, "Lightbringer"
... and human servant...
To seal the contract with a kiss... (furikanji says dokumi, poison tasting)
JUST A LITTLE! JUST LET ME LICK A LITTLE!
This is crossing the border of perversion...
*beep beep beep beep beep*
*buzz buzz buzz*
*rattle rattle rattle*
*beep beep beep beep beep...*
Episode 6: Mermaid Morning
*Obire` for medicinal use*
(the brand names are interesting: Obire of course means tailfin. Ashi means legs.)
Big sis, big sis
Mom is washing the moisturizing bags, so hurry and take it off and bring it here
Wait... I don't have my legs yet...
Just bring it as you are then!
I have day duty, so I'm leaving now!
Anko! Hurry up and eat your breakfast!
Hey! The food's on the table already!
Eating nothing but childish foods like that is why you're not growing
...I EAT OTHER THINGS TOO!
I'm going now!
Anko! Your bento!
I put a lot of effort into it, so you mustn't forget it~
Isn't it kind of bigger than usual...?
Woooow, Anko's bento is amazing!
... My dad made it for me...
*I want to <3 fuse with you* (the lower part of the bento)
You fuse, Anko!?
I DO NOT!! ...but my relatives mumble mumble...
Even so, just what is up with my mom's desire for fusion... (?)
*this is so embarassing*
[Finding a breeding partner is difficult in the deep sea. In some species of the footballfish family (Himantolophidae), the male becomes parasitic with the female in order to miss no oportunities. The male fuses, then loses its internal organs except for its gonads, which continue to develop, to concentrate resources on producing offspring.]
Why do I have to go home wih you guys!
I don't know... we just happen to be going in the same direction
If you don't like it why don't you walk faster?
...You're so tactless...
Try to learn by my example
I wonder what Bettako-chan's place is like~
I can't wait to see it, Akame-chan
Wakasa! Why are you following me all the way to my house!!
Me too. I wonder if they'll give me apple juice (kindan no akaki seisui, forbidden red holy water)
YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF NERVE!!
Is that a no?
What else could it be!!
For goodness sake... My aloof image would be...
Hee hee... It's ben a while (this is 'hee' with english phonetic pronunciation, like a giggle)
How have you been?
(oh gosh... from the right)
Species: P. gibbiceps] (apparently has no common name?)
Species: S. aequifasciatus] (aka blue discus)
[Ran Kanetou (last name is rich-sounding, as befitting a goldfish)
Ranchu ] (Species name is not given; ranchu is the name of a breed of goldfish)
Wow... Some amazing people appeared
! That uniform...
Do you recognize it, Wakasa?
Yeah... That's the uniform of Aqua Private Academy
A school for super rich young ladies, where only elite mermaids attend!!
The mermaids from chosen family lines who have attended there in pursuit of beauty spanning many generations
are to mer-mania the most admirable of people!!
And to think that I'm seeing them in a place like this
I'll be taking pictures later!
Hee hee, it's just as you say!
You are well informed, for a mere human!!
Ohh... A contemptful remark toward humans! Fascinating!!
I see... A noble aura hangs about them
What's their relation to you, Bettako-chan?
We were together until middle school
Yet, you haven't changed at all
Your height, and your chest
Shut up! It's called transistor glamour!!
Transistor glamour... Small and sophisticated... BUHUH-!! (She's reading straight from japanese wikipedia)
Enough of your impudence. This is where you meet your doom.
Today we'll settle this once and for all!!
Transistor... lo... Loli big-boobs!? k...kuhuhuh... (she's quoting the nicovideo dictionary article on transistor glamour, which compares the term to loli kyonyuu)
Settle what... I have no clue what you're talking about
D-don't tell me you've forgotten!!
Since my childhood, ever since setting foot on dry land, I've experienced countless humiliations because of you...
until that unforgettable winter of the third year! (ninth grade)
*Brazilian elodea observation diary*
Touna!! I got accepted into Aqua Academy!!
This time I'll win for sure...
but I didn't apply there. It's too stuffy.
I won't allow you to
quit while you're ahead!!
She's got problems...
And Bettako-chan... What a cliched past... (again with the pun on beta, see CCF_0007)
But... Things are different now
As anyone can see
You schoolmates too...
The difference in our splendor!!
*Ah, she's being rude again...*
It seems life in the algae-covered fish tank has stolen your charm!
Hey, are you guys alright with her talking like that?
IT'S NO USE...!!
Been cleaning for a tiny bit.
Do people prefer the original 300dpi, or is going to 96 fine?
In commercial work I've been moving things to 96 for web, but remembered that people will probably download the chapter.
Suppose I'll move back and leave it at 300 unless people have qualms about either
Hee hee... chalk one up for me
I can do it... I can wih this!!
I've waited so long...!!
Surrender! You're mine, body and soul!
Aahh... My milk is coming out!!
The discus secretes mucus from its body, on which it raises its children.]
Suzume seems happy doesn't she
*milk is coming out..*
Even at school, that girl is all she talks about
Now for round 2!!
Even if you meet the specs of being a true elite, you have to have popularity as well!!
Let's try to ask our friends, to what extent have we captured their hearts!!
Hmmm... She's cute when she's not talking I guess...
YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO COMPLIMENT ME!!
She's got transistor glamour.. PUHU!
DROP IT ALREADY!!
You set yourself up for that... (lit you dug your own grave)
Now then... It's my turn
You guys! I'm counting on you!
I reckon I haven't known her long enough to form an opinion
Well then, Anko will represent all her friends!
EH, Why me!?
...Um... Bettako is overbearing and sharp tongued
There are times when she acts without thinking and hurts people's feelings... but...
HEY! NONE OF THAT WAS PRAISE!!
That'll be a draw, no, I suppose I win by a slim margin
By what criteria...
Anyway, now it's two-zero...
OH NO! LOOK!!
What's the matter?
Look, over there!
The cat's being carried away!!
What is a cat doing in there!?
How should I know!
W-what should we do...
It can't be helped, guess I'll have to-
Nonsense!! Aren't you afraid of cats? Your voice is already shaking!!
The river's swollen with yesterday's rain
It's a dangerous dive, even for a mermaid
But we have to hurry
and rescue it!
Are, are you alright?
That was amazing Bettako-chan!
Bettako-chan's fine with cats! Please look into the camera!!
...what are youlooking at?
Y-you've got it all wrong...
I wasn't really admiring you or anything...
I would never...
Your milk is a bit bitter today. The flavor of defeat...
*tears welling up*
There, there. I'll treat you to some discus hamburger, alright?
Hamburger made for discus fish. It's nutritious and it brings out their color.]
This isn't over yet. Just you wait!!
Sorry for troubling you kay?
Huuu, that sucked...
You were so cool!!
Good job... Actually, what I was going to say before is, you don't abandon people when they are in trouble
That's ... kind of cool... in my opinion
...Then say it
in front of everyone, in a loud voice
Because of you guys, my nickname is Transistor now! I will be avenged!
She recovered fast...
Even though I'm the one who spread it...
Episode 8: Carnivorous Fish Blues
Anko-san of the Deep Sea Fish
When I walk through these halls I always think
I wonder if I'll have a beautiful encounter with
a mermaid I don't know!
There's no way you think that every... UWAH
Ah, excuse me...
WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING!
knock it off
N-Nee-san!? (or, boss)
Species: C. carcharias] (great white shark)
S-sorry about that
That was scaryyy!!
That person was a mermaid, right? Her eyes were very expressive...
My instincts told me she was dangerous...
Let's do a little investigating about her!
CURIOSITY'S WINNING OUT IN THIS SITUATION!?
"Cherish the encounters" is my motto!!
Let the investigation begin!!
Hm? Ah, you're talking about Samejima-senpai from third year...
I heard she sends her enemies into cardiac arrest just by scowling
I heard it makes them explode... (her scowl that is)
Samejima-senpai? I've heard about her...
I heard she collects the teeth of policemen she's beat up. She's seriously bad news...
Attracted by the smell of blood, she intruded on a motorcycle gang altercation.
Both sides were literally "gnawed asunder" and destroyed. She's a living legend...
That's how it is...
*This is the
She seems to be famous around here... (?) (not sure about meaning of sono suji in this context)
Makes me want to... meet her again...
Wakasa, don't overdo it. Let's leave off meddling anymore...?
*jump with surprise*
Wow, she's pretty...
Um... Who might you be?
...Can't you tell?
W-what do you want from us?...
Please don't act so scared...!
Sorry for giving you such a fright earlier...
I finally happened to see you, so I thought I should apologise... Want some fried chicken?
But at school, you seemed very out-of-sorts...? (lit. "compared to (when we met) at school your mood is considerably...")
Ah... I can't see well without my glasses, so it looks like I'm glaring... And if I don't wear a mask everyone gets scared
*Dry land's conveniences are amazing* (she's referring to corrective lens technology)
So that's how it is
[Most sharks have poor eyesight]
...It's just how I look
I've heard what they say
The rumors about me...
*bones and all...*
Another tooth came out. That's the third one today...
*that was her own tooth*
Ah, I'm slowly beginning to see the truth, senpai
Lost relatively easily and replaced quickly. It's said that they go through 20,000 in a lifetime.]
So, the story about how you singlehandedly beat up the motorcycle gangs is...
Ahh... I have no idea about that. I mean, that it progressed that far... it was a bit surpising. Being a girl... (?)
Nee-saaan, we're baaack
We bought you something to drink
Excuse me for a minute
*can't see shit*
Thanks for your help.
Huh? Bullying the kouhais again?
What do you mean "again"? Don't lump me in with you. (she's talking in a much less polite way than before)
Anyway, you guys can go home for today.
Eeeeh, what's with you? On your period?
Do what I say! We're trying to talk about girl stuff here!!
Hii! Your eyes are scary, Nee-san!!
... So, yeah
Whatcha wanna do?
Go eat somethin?
All those rumors spread from that eye squinting
Before I realized it, some hot-blooded kids had gathered under me...
-But you know, boys who admire strength are very genuine and supportive
I've slowly developed a sense of duty, so at least in front of them... you know.
*they're not bad kids you know*
Even though we just met, we talked about something strange
Now that you know how it is, please don't act so afraid. See you later
I'm deeply moved!
Considering your kouhais even when faced with adversity, you're truly a model senpai!!
No... it's nothing so significant...
IT IS SIGNIFICANT!!
However... for you to go on alone pushing yourself like this is too much.
I want the scary people to see the real you as well... I'm sure they'll understand...
But... If we did something like that, they might be disappointed
It'll be fine!!
I have a good idea
You're beautiful, so it will go great!!
The important thing is impact!!
[Several days later]
Isn't this unusual? Being called out by Nee-san like this
I'm kinda scared...
Something's up, Nee-san's not here ...Hm?
That's who Nee-san was talkin with a while back
*Underling party* (party meaning group, not party as in party hard)
...How do you read that?
Yo, lady, you know where Nee-san is?
PRETTY!? Wh- Who is that!?
Idiot... That's Nee-san!!
Nee-san!? Your eye expression isn't threatening as usual!?
...But now that I'm seeing her ike this... Her teeth are super straight...
Her skin is amazingly white... GULP...
H-how is it...Ddaya think!? (first she uses a polite copula then switches to informal)
Her personalities are mixed up!!
WOOOOOAAAAAAHHHHHH NEE-SAN!! YOU'RE THE BEST!!
GUREITO HOWAITO SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKU!
[Gureito Howaito Shaaku
English for great white shark]
Nee-san... You're really just a normal girl aren't you...
Sorry we went and put you on a pedestal like that
from now on (she's about to ask what they'll do from this point)
WE'LL CHEER YOU ON AS A MERMAID IDOL!!
WHAT THE HECK!! where'd you get that stuff!
*Samejima for life*
*I <3 Samejima*
However I interpret it, it's not good... (?)
B-but, a normal girl isn't something to idolize, is it?
It's often said, "I want to go back to being a normal girl!" and such.
You idiot. Isn't it the opposite?
...What does Nee-san want to be anyway...?
You guys just go home already...
I somehow feel we just made things worse...
But now you don't need to pretend anymore!
Boys are such straightforward creatures...
I also think "I wonder what I'd like to be" sometimes!
Could it be that she's undecided!?
...By the way Wakasa...
What about that brand new dress?
? It's for me!
Episode 8.5: Samejima After
It got completely dark out
I totally didn't expect you to have that kind of dress...
Really? I thought it fit my image perfectly though
You should try it on some time too
Why should I... Such a thing wouldn't suit me
Yes it would, you'd probably look like Rusalka
What's that... Is that supposed to be a compliment?
Water goddess of Slavic mythology]
You're so negative, Anko!
There are a lot of good things!
First and foremost... Walking home safely at night!!
Well... It is dangerous
You're attracting a lot of attention
Because people passing by will surely do a double-take
Against their will... (?)(?)(?)
Your size is small and cute!
Your twinkling light is cute!
And... Your tailfin is cute!!
Th-that's all your opinion though
I have a complex about all of that...
Your complex could also be seen as an advantage!! ... Ah!
Your light has taken on a pink hue!!
Cute!! What is it? Why?
Are you getting embarrassed!?
You can't fool me like that!
With you, every day is fun!
I'm glad I became friends with you, Anko!
I hope your light will
always be there to illuminate me
Officer, there they are
That bright flash a while back...
What were you two up to?
Would you mind following me to the police box?
[End of Volume 1]
Hello, this is Inuinu.
I began this work without knowing right from left, but thanks to everyone encouraging me I was able to see it through to book form. (fuck it, i'm not translating the rest)
>oh it's here it's here
If you don't just have this on dump and are actually still around: proofreading a bit as I typeset here and there.
Should this be "Oh, she's here, she's here!"?
Assuming the speaker has Wakasa as the subject, it would make more sense.
Unless the speaker is referring to the arrival magazine itself, or the location/discovery of said gravure idol in the magazine.
Also took the liberty of changing
to "Flash" as it seems a flash would be more effective in scaring off an animal
Changed that to "No way in hell", but that's a bit localized (and has been translated as such in some of my previous projects), so it depends on taste, I guess.
Original translator here, you're probably right about that "she's here"
I'm just so used to kita being used as a meme expression on the internet, a la
that I treated it as a generic exclamation and neglected to consider context.