MANGA: Thou Shalt Not Die, Chapter Zero

The so-called “Zero Chapter” of Yoko Taro’s new manga series entitled Thou Shalt Not Die (Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare / 君死ニタマフ事ナカレ) has just been published in the November Vol. 11 Issue of Big GanGan.

It’s only an 8-page introduction, but it seems like it will be quite interesting. I’ll try to get to work translating it later today and into tomorrow if I need more time. Here are some quick images from the chapter.

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I’ve now completed my translation of these pages, which you can find here in the Image Gallery.

In other news, there was no new chapter of Utahime Five this month either due to the illustrator’s poor health recently, according to IsII’s official blog post. Get well soon!! <3

Lastly, I cannot think of this series without this song playing in my head…

* EDIT: After doing a little more research thanks to a friend, I’ve learned more about the writer Akiko Yosano who had written a poem of the same name. She lived through three different eras in Japan’s history: Meiji, Taisho, and a portion of Showa. Her poem “Kimi Shi ni Tamou koto Nakare” was written in 1904, which talks about younger brother having to go fight in the Russo-Japanese War and wishing him to stay safe–aka, not die.

As it is stated on this page, this title uses an archaic reading of the common katakana, and therefore the title ought to be read as “Kimi Shi ni Tamou koto Nakare” (きみしにたもうことなかれ) rather than “Kimi Shi ni Tamafu koto Nakare” (きみしにたまふことなかれ). This is usually translated as “Thou Shalt Not Die”.

Yoko Taro also confirmed a couple things for me tonight. I asked him whether it was correct to read the title as “Kimi Shi ni Tamou kot Nakare” and whether or not it was an allusion to Akiko Yosano’s poem, and he answered them both with a firm “YES”.


I had originally liked calling Yoko Taro’s new manga “Thou Shall Not Die” rather than “shalt”… but now with such a direct allusion to an already existing poem of some great significance, I’m starting to go back on what I had originally said. What do you think? Which title sounds better to you? Thou Shall Not Die or Thou Shalt Not Die? Hmm…


Akiko Yosano – Thou Shalt Not Die poem

Akiko Yosano – wiki (English)

Thou Shalt Not Die: Yosano Akiko and the Russo-Japanese War

~tamafu = ~tamou

fu = u

MUSIC UPDATE: Emi Evans sings with MONACA for “Yuna Yuki is a Hero”


Emi Evans is collaborating with MONACA and signing some futuristic lyrics for the new show “Yuna Yuki is a Hero!” (Japanese: 結城友奈は勇者である / Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de aru! aka YuYuYu)

The first episode has just been broadcast this past week. The anime is about a 2nd year Junior High student (8th grade) named Yuna Yuki and her everyday school life…as she participates in the “Hero Club”.

It will be interesting to hear how Emi’s vocals will be used for this show! The soundtrack is scheduled to be released on December 10th!

Yuna Yuki and the Cow Demon  (Ushioni) Cow Demon  (Ushioni)

Fu Inubozaki and the Dog God  (Inugami)Itsuki Inubozaki and the Tree Spirit  (Kodama)

Related Links

Official Web Site
NicoNico Douga – Watch full episodes!
Official Twitter Page
Official Soundtrack – Amazon
MONACA Official Web Site
Emi Evan’s Official Web Site

A YoRHa Halloween

Well, I couldn’t get my DOD3 cosplay done yet… so I’m planning on doing something a bit different that is still somewhat related.

I’m creating a new character in the storyline director Yoko Taro created for an Akihabara idol group. The setting takes place in 11,939AD when the planet has been taken over by a race of alien cyborgs. The remaining humans flee and take refuge on the moon, from where they send female model androids down to the planet in the attempt to take it back. Throughout the story and stage play, the androids are depicted as more “human” than the actual humans, having past memories (although fake), a multitude of emotions, and a genuine fear of death.

The main YoRHa units have no name besides a number. I’m still contemplating the details to my original character, but here’s what I’m thinking of:

Name: No34

Classification: Destroyer (破壊)
HP: 459
MP: 190
Attack: Black Lily (黒百合)

Neo-Classification: Creator (創造) -Nuclear Mode-
HP: 1059
MP: 104
Attack: White Lily (百合)

Weapon: Dual Katanas–>Black/White
Hair: Short, Red

Generally, this takes place after the story of the play, with the Resistance destroyed. Only No2 and No4 (severely injured) still remain to pick up the pieces (maybe there’s still hope for the “destroyed” members of the Resistance.

The humans on the moon are impatient to get their home back, so they use the data they collected from the previous mission to create a new series of YoRHa androids–this time without their typical “human” personalities, which is what they believe made them weak.

No34 is part of a small unit of the androids who are sent down to the planet to destroy everything in their path. The humans have had enough of dealing with the cyborg races and the possible remnants of the Resistance, so why not just utterly destroy everything first in order to reclaim the land?

The only problem with this is… the unit’s ship is attacked on the descent and nearly destroyed. An undisclosed number of units survive the crash. No34 is severely damaged and cannot move. This is when No2 finds her and attempts to heal her…by restoring some built in data to activate her “soul”.

No34 is unique in the fact that she has two designations: Destroyer (black) and Creator (white). Her standard form is like a typical YoRHa model, but by No2 unlocking her soul, she gains access to a secondary white form that is an extremely powerful “god” type form.

Her further story will involve protecting the older YoRHa models (No2, No4, etc.) while seeking out the other Destroyer models that may still be out there…

Costume-wise, I’m thinking the dress ought to be the same general style as the existing YoRHa girls, but we’ll see. It depends on if I can find a decent dress that fits for relatively cheap. xD Plus, I’ll have to get a black and white version of each… Oh boy.

The costume isn’t complete yet, but here’s an initial view:


MANGA: Shi ni Itaru Aka, Vol.3 Release


The 3rd and final manga volume will be released on October 25th! Check it out!

Here are a couple different links where you can order the book. Please notice that all of these sites are Japanese and may not ship overseas.



7Net Shopping:


MANGA: Utahime Five, Chapter 14 (English)


I’ve just finished working on the newest chapter of Utahime Five, Chapter 14. Either click the image above or click here to be redirected to the Image Gallery where you can read it there.

Please remember that I am a one-person translation team. I do all the work myself. I purchase the magazine, scan the pages, edit and touch up the images, translate the Japanese, and typeset everything for the fans. It takes a lot of time and energy, so I would appreciate it if you do not click and save my images for the sole purpose of re-uploading them somewhere else. If you’d like to use these images, you may, but please cite me as the source. Thank you!

And if anyone feels exceptionally grateful for the work that I continue to do, please think about sending me a small donation via Paypal here. Any small amount really helps me to keep doing what I’m doing here every day. Thanks so much! <3

Yoko Taro’s New Manga Project Announced!


According to the broadcast at the last day of TGS, Yoko Taro is working on a new manga story called “Kimi Shini Tamou koto Nakare” (君死ニタマフ事ナカレ) aka “Thou Shalt Not Die”. It’s tagline at the top calls it a “Massively Insane Dark Tale of War”.

The illustration will be handled by Moriyama Daisuke from previous works such as “Chrono Crusade” and “World Embryo”. The “Zero” chapter will be published in the October 25th issue of Big GanGan. The first chapter will later be released on December 25th.

My initial speculations on the story include androids, possibly with a connection to the Accord model or YoRHa model of androids. This could be the manga version of their story in the distant future.

Novella – The Fire of Prometheus


What’s this? Starting another project before others are finished? Yip. That’s how I work. :P

Anyway, here’s the “The Fire of Prometheus” novella that was published within the World Inside guide that came along with the DOD 10th Anniversary Box. There are 7 segments to this story, so I will continue to update this post when I finish another segment.

Since this is a work in progress, there may be more tweeks and edits in the future. Please stay tuned for future updates!

The Fire of Prometheus
Written by Yoko Taro


A tiny flame
in my mind.

Start confirmation sequence.

Connection to camera failed.

Motor function array……unresponsive.

Memory storage device error.

It seems as though all but my thought processor has been destroyed.

Log confirmation—>
Accessing communications record from the self-repair mechanism.

Continuing diagnostics on structural integrity.

It sounds nice to call this system the “self-repair” mechanism; however, in actuality it’s nothing more than a farm of ant-sized robots carrying out their programming.

By their many, tiny hands, they thankfully (or not…) were able to reboot my systems.

Testing right arm…

Testing left arm…

Testing head…

Testing legs…

Testing body frame…

Testing right arm again……

These low-functioning repair robots crawl all over my body, earnestly seeking out broken parts they can repair. At this rate, it’s impossible to accurately estimate when repairs might be completed.

“Repairing visual function.”

As the ants scurry erratically all over me, I try to give them a command. Contrary to my initial assessment, their movements are entirely pre-programmed to save time as they systematize the restoration process. However, the ants do not listen to my commands. I suppose I have not yet regained the ability to communicate with them.


Well, fine. I’ve got plenty of time.

I’ll attempt to locate my ID designation in my scattered memory banks.

“P-33”.  Apparently that is my model number. Next to that is a curious line of letters that reads, “Beepy”. Is this my identification number? I don’t really know. As the repairs continue, I decide to spend the time gazing upon these mysterious letters.


It was 1,032 hours 12 minutes 34 seconds later when the Input-Output communication with the ants was restored.

Now that my mobility has been restored, the self-repair sequencers can begin making more specific repairs. The first thing that must be repaired is my memory unit.

However, my memory has nearly all but been erased; only a portion of the saved data from the past can be salvaged. With no other options to recover the lost data, preparations to restore the camera are underway.

48 minutes 21 minutes later.

Once my visual cortex was repaired it was like I had been flung into the depths of Hell. I can see a subtle glow of light below me, and I realize that this body of mine somehow sticks to the ceiling.

21 seconds later.

As I observe the movement of the ants crawling on my body and see how calmly they analyze the situation, the thought crosses my mind that perhaps gravity exists on the ceiling. No, that’s not right. My body isn’t just sticking to the ceiling for any reason, but rather the camera’s up-down function is merely reversed. I seem to be lying flat on the ground instead. My gravity sensors must be repaired immediately.

540 hours later.

Arm/Leg connections have been restored. Limbs creaking, I manage to stand.

A wide bunch of cable from a robotic back frame component was discovered as a replacement for the most severely damaged part of my body. Making the decision that it would be faster to lug these spare parts rather than start from scratch by collecting the necessary materials and repairing them, the ants retrieved a spare back frame that must have been stored away in the P-33 Series warehouse.

However, this endeavour failed.

It seems that a security code somewhere in my lost memory unit is necessary for me (and my counterpart ants) to be recognised as part of the P-33 Series. Otherwise, I would be shut out. With no way around it, I ended up wasting 120 hours hacking into the system to access these spare parts.

Oh, for goodness sake.

In this retched condition, I stand and have a look around. Dust whirls up about me. I wonder how much time has passed since I was destroyed. An assortment of debris is scattered about this gigantic room. How long would this “new me” be here?

I look up to the light leaking in from somewhere through the dark space above.

As I gaze at the light, a distant sound alights in my dusty memory.

“Go see the outside world.”

it wasn’t a command. It was merely a string of words. They coursed through my memory, my mind, and my body. It was the principle that guided my will.

I recall it now; it was from “him” that I received these words. But my memory denied my desire to recall who it was. I can’t even remember why only these words remained.

There were no other orders besides this. Under these circumstances, my sole wish is to follow through with these words, to “see the outside world.”

With this singular thought, vigorously stepped my left foot ahead of me.

Let’s get out of here.

His wish has become my own.

Next, I firmly plant my right foot before me.

But my footstep is a little too overzealous. The floor caves in under my weight and I fall through the floor into the abyss below.


32 minutes later.

Flung into the depths of the abyss, I fell some hundred meters and again my body broke into countless pieces.

I laughed. No, actually, I no longer had a sound unit so I didn’t really laugh, but I was filled with the action history logs of the times when I had.

It’s okay. I’m still alive.

I call for the ants to repair my arms and legs.

They attach an arm, some claws, some rollers, an arm, another arm…… Slowly, my form altered and changed, hardly resembling my original design. With all these legs, perhaps I look more like a spider now.

The restoration sequence of a P-33 can only reconstruct a P-33 according to its design schematics. But it would be impossible to escape this abyss with the standard P-33 design. Therefore, I rejected the procedure constructed by my creator to invent a new body unique to myself.

Body modifications complete.

My claws dig into the face of the cliff as I slowly raise myself up.

Reaching the outside world, “his” desired world of beauty, is my only goal.

Of course, at first it didn’t go very well. The brittle wall broke apart easily and I fell to the floor many times. Even if I could make some distance up the wall, chunks of debris from above would come crashing down on top of me, knocking me from the wall again. The old structure of this place is falling apart. Even so, I fire an anchor, repair my body, make a foothold, make a shelter……various methods to continue climbing up the side of the wall. Day after day, little by little, I lifted my body up toward the world waiting for me outside.

Feeling as though my range and speed were insufficient, I obtained a thought processor and memory circuit from a machinery room and fused them into my systems. I need to think of and experiment with various methods. If there were good methods, there must also be bad ones, too. No matter what, I was determined to keep trying.


After 52 days, I finally reach the table where I first awoke. Although there are 4 strange lumps of metal placed in the center of the table that I’ve never seen before. They are nowhere in my memory from before the fall. Therefore, they must have been placed there sometime after I fell.

Suddenly, they seem to change shape and then stand. They’re robots. Specialized P-33 attack models. This has become a relatively troublesome situation.

I thought one of the robot’s eyes had exploded with a great flash only to find that it had fired an intense particle gun, its light pouring over me. For 4, 5, 6 seconds, it pushed back everything around its circumference that its particle beam could reach.

However, I was impervious to its wild attack. Since I had gained a total of 12 legs made of hard material, two of my forelimbs proved to be a perfect shield to protect me from the attack.

This particular attack was one of many expected patterns. I access the specific method by which to handle this situation from my planned memory database. With my increased abilities, I can now process possibilities from multiple angles to any given situation with ease.

With the information obtained from my sensors, I select the best result while considering various possibilities.

Considering if the robot’s energy tank is full, the attack will continue for 24 seconds. I can easily defend against this with my forelimbs.

I can solve this complicated problem instantly with my multiple processing circuits.

The result of this operation resounded like a chorus within me:

“Not a problem.”

“Not a problem.”

“Not a problem.”

“Not a problem.”

“Not a problem.”

Once the storm from the particle gun concludes, three of the P-33s fire missiles behind me.

I fight back with a new spear launcher which I remodelled out of the anchor launcher. It effortlessly slices through all of the iron missiles.

Amidst the bomb blasts, the enemy P-33s land on the flat ground and switch to Battle Mode, their right arms transforming into long blades.

These regular P-33 models have no chance to defeat an evolved P-33 like me. It was an easy fight.

I decided to ponder about these robots with the extra time left over.

Why do they attack?

Why can’t they improve themselves?

Of course, they attack because they are ordered to do so, and they do not evolve because they are ordered not to do so.

But why can’t they act unless they are given a “commanded action”?





It would be easy to hack into their systems and stop their movement. But I didn’t revel in that idea. They would become nothing but tools.

A command is not necessarily one’s own will. Will is achieved when one obtains joy by his own volition.

My forelimbs scream at the power of the Battle Mode robots as I defend their attacks. But I do not give up. I disperse the ants and call out to the robots.


Discover the meaning of existing.

This is what “he” taught me.

Over and over again I called out to them.

“Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live. “

Lumps of iron clash within a cave of broken machines.

The cry of all machines.

The sound of their attacks echo like the howling wolf, the sound of them driving shake the walls of this place like the growl of the lion.

Particle gun, grapple, electroshock attack, particle gun……

As I continue striking the P-33s, dodging their attacks become like simple routine work. I continue screaming as though it were a prayer.

34 seconds after commencing battle.

The movement of one of the P-33s has stopped.

Additionally, it gazes at its own blade arm and began to observe the battle field unfolding out before it in wonder.

This is “awareness”. I know that feeling well.

It must be thinking. About the meaning of its own existence. And what it ought do with it.

“Live. Live. Live. Live.”

That was my wish. The will that “he” gave me.

I continued to scream from the bottom of my heart until the movement of the remaining three robots had stopped.


Once the attacks of the P-33s ceased, I decided to ask their opinions. And I respect them for it.


One of the robots ran away into the depths of the Junk Heap. Another committed suicide by jumping through the crevice in the floor (I’m sure the ants will restore him some years from now). The remaining two decided to follow me out of the Junk Heap.

I once again set my sights upon reaching the outside world.

The way onward from here was quite steeper. The journey out of this place often included defeating other robots and fusing with their parts. We kept going for days, months, climbing through the debris in this heap of machines.

Along the way, we gave the gift of “awareness” to other robots that we came across. We keep moving forward, climbing endlessly higher and higher while our bodies and will to reach the outside grow with each passing step.

Meanwhile, the extremely complicated form I used to call myself seems to have degraded. Every single system in this heap begins to copy my thoughts, a river of noise. Perhaps I am no longer “I” but have become the existence of “we”.

Gradually, although at a frightening speed, we keep evolving. Our bodies no longer resemble the humanoid form, but rather, with repetitive motion, we have been optimized to resemble a great sphere with the diameter of about 20m.

The moment of self-recognition was the first time we had ever felt shame since our birth, so much that it conjured a feeling of mass hysteria among us. Perhaps even “he” would not recognize us. But, there was nothing we could do. How are we to know what is the correct form?

Moreover, we don’t even know what form “he” had, what sort of words he spoke, or even what his name was.

I carefully pack away our name “Beepy” into my memory banks as though it were a precious treasure. Not only is it our name, but it is also the proof of the existence of our will.

YoRHa: The Stage

ACT2-Koenji HIGH

YoRHa at Koenji HIGH – January 2014

The official site for YoRHa: The Stage has just updated the information complete cast, including the duel cast members from both Heaven and Earth teams.

Here’s a quick break down of the characters in the story. It appears as though the majority of the characters are named after flowers, as you may or may not notice from the list below.

YoRHa No.2 – Healer
YoRHa No.4 – Executer
YoRHa No.16
YoRHa No.21
Futaba / Sprout
Yotsuba / Clover
Gerbera / Daisy

Shion / Aster
Kalmia / Mountain laurel
Marguerite / Paris daisy
Term Alpha*
Term Beta*

*  These characters are called “Term” but the word that is used in Japanese to explain exactly what they are is “Terminal”. They are the interface core for the Cyborgs which the YoRHa are battling against.

Aino Eri – YoRHa No11 – Defender
Yuna – YoRHa No12 – Sniper


Secret Guest: Ito Maki (LinQ)

Cyborg Final Battle:
Heaven: Mai Nakamura (Dahlia from Team Earth)
Earth: Sena Kaneda (Dahlia from Team Heaven)

I translated and edited the photo that was just uploaded to the official site, which you can find here:

Also, it appears as though Sakurai Tamaki has changed roles. She used to be part of the main YoRHa trio with the role of No.13 (Attacker). I have no idea who or even if someone else will take No.13’s place. Perhaps that’s what the Seeds will do…? So then…


The complete cast. (Click to view at full size)


The Script from Aida Runa’s blog.


Cast photo from Sakura Akari’s blog.

Be sure to check out more photos in the Image Gallery here.

Emi Evans to collaborate with Uematsu on the Terra Battle soundtrack


Emi Evans

According to a recent post on Emi Evan’s Facebook page, she will be collaborating with composer Nobuo Uematsu on the soundtrack for the upcoming smartphone RPG developed by MISTWALKER.  Lead by none other than the creator of the Final Fantasy series, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and backed by various collaborating artists and much more, this title may prove to be a must-have for your everyday, busy schedule!

About Terra Battle:
Terra Battle is the Role Playing Game for smartphone, the most recent game of MISTWALKER. More downloads mean more artists. Celebrated artists will join Terra Battle project based on # of downloads.


Alicein Project x DearStage Presents: The Stage “YoRHa”


Thanks to a heads-up by Michael G., I learned that the DearStage idol group “YoRHa” who sang the boss battles in DOD3 will be performing a musical for five days early next month, each with an afternoon and evening show.

YoRHa will be joined a cast of members from various idol groups such as Nittelegenic, LinQ, ALICEINALICE, Hime-carat, Shingidan Mumei Classics, TAKENOKO, Vampire KISS, Märchen Magic, Stereo Tokyo, Spicy Sisters, MarvelYell, BWH, and Mousou Calibration. I believe the majority of these groups are also affiliated with DearStage in Akihabara, which may also be affiliated with MONACA, the wonderful team of musicians and composers who gave us the soundtrack from DOD3 and Nier.

I just learned about this event this afternoon, so there is still very little information about what it actually is besides the tweet by Yoko Taro:

He says that the premise and backstory he had about two years ago for an idol group will make its debut on the stage; however, it is unclear whether this will be merely a play or a musical. Given the fact that so many members of the cast are from DearStage, I am pretty confident it will be a musical in the very sense of the term: a play + music/songs.

This production will be held at Kassai Theater in Ikebukuro, which holds 110 seats and and looks like this:


Tickets went on sale today, September 5th, at noon. What’s interesting about this production is that it will rotate two completely separate casts every other day. One set of cast members are grouped under the title “EARTH” whereas the other is called “HEAVEN”. Together this creates a very common phrase or term in Japanese: Tenchi.  I’m sure you’ve heard of the anime “Tenchi Muyo”, right? It basically means “Heaven and Earth”.

I will further edit this post to include the complete names of the cast later, but it appears that only 2 of the original 3 YoRHa members will attend this event. No11 (Aino Eri) and No12 (Yuna) will perform without No13 (Sakurai Tamaki).

But by the time I learned of this venue, it was already well after noon–maybe close to 1:30pm, and by that time, all of the first row seats (dubbed “S Seats”) were sold out. Each row only consists of 10 seats, which means, there are only 11 rows total in this theater. All other seats are called “A Seats”, where your seat is determined by a “first come, first served” basis.

The company handling the ticket sales were through Confetti, which allowed people to reserve up to 4 tickets at a time. Since I am a lonely nobody, I managed to purchase one ticket on Friday night for the EARTH cast and another on Saturday night for the HEAVEN cast. I will go directly to the venue after work on Friday and hope the crowd isn’t too bad by the time I get there.

**All shows have now been sold out except for a few for the afternoon show on Friday.**

I cannot express more how excited I am to be able to attend this venue. I have been rather sad that YoRHa hasn’t had a performance since 2013—— STRIKE THAT! Apparently, they had an event performing the “Second Act” this past January at Koenji HIGH that I knew nothing about! I soooo would have been there! Who is the publicist for this group!? Seriously!! Get it together, whoever you are!!

Anyway, perhaps this is a two act musical after all! They performed ACT 1 at DearStage in Akihabara back in May of 2012 and then ACT 2 this past January. I’m starting to think that Yoko Taro first wrote a scenario/play script for this project. As an English Major in Creative Writing, I will always be intrigued by masters of the art such as he. <3


Links included in this post and more!