Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare / Thou Shalt Not Die, Chapter Summaries

Due to my worsening schedule, I was unable to complete any new chapters after Chapter 20 before the series was officially picked up by a Western publisher (I’ve already forgotten the name; please check the release I wrote about it).

In the meantime, though, I was asked to write up a basic plot summary for the remaining chapters. I just started working on this and I meant for it to be pretty brief, but with anything that I do, I tend to make it 10x more difficult for myself… These summaries are a bit longer than I had planned, but hopefully they will be useful. I may also try to add in a couple pictures here and there, too.

As of now, there are a total of 27 chapters… and Chapter 24 begins a sort of side-story related to a bunch of special ability kids in Siberia. Those summaries will come as soon as I can write about them. Stay tuned! I’ll leave a teaser for that below…! haha Continue reading

Kimi Shini Signed Poster by Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke

Big GanGan and Square Enix recently hosted a giveaway for a large signed poster by Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke for their manga series “Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare // Thou Shalt Not Die” that was advertised in this live broadcast:

Toward the end of the broadcast, they introduced a hashtag on twitter to participate in the giveaway, which of course, I did!

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3rd KimiShini Signing Event

Today was the second book signing event in the Tokyo area for the release of Book 4 of Yoko Taro’s manga series “Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare // Thou Shalt Not Die”.

I managed to get a participation ticket back in March and I knew this day was coming for a long time… but my brain is super stupid sometimes, especially when my usual rhythm gets thrown off. I haven’t worked on Saturday in a long time since I’ve been busy with chorus practices and concerts, so for whatever reason, I was thinking that I had today to just lay around the house and do nothing, then tomorrow would be the signing event. Turns out, this was wrong, today was Sunday, and I had already missed the first session that I was scheduled to attend. orz

I read the fine print on the ticket and nothing said that if I missed the time that I would not be able to attend either of the other two sessions, so I threw clothes on quick and ran out the door. orz orz

Luckily enough, I got there just as the 2nd session was beginning and they allowed me to join it. I was taking my seat just as Yoko Taro and Moriyama Daisuke made a very brief greeting before starting the signing event. WHEW!! So, yay!! I was able to get the 4th manga volume signed by both of them! <3

There was also a little time to chat, but… I’m horrible with small talk and I get really nervous sometimes. Hopefully, I didn’t seem too nervous this time, but I still felt a little at a loss of words. We talked a little bit about the stage play…and that I went to every, single show. haha And we talked a little bit about the last manga all-night event and how I’d really love for them to do another one. I told them that I stayed at a hotel that night since I live in Yokohama and the event got out well after the trains stopped for the night. I probably could have just gone to an internet cafe or a family restaurant for a couple hours before the morning trains started, but I already had plans in the early afternoon the following day in Tokyo, so it made more sense for me to stay in town.

ANYWAY, it’s always a pleasure and a joy to meet with my favorite director/creator no matter how brief. I completely, honestly, sincerely hope that he’s not sick of me stalking him to all these events. LOL

Here are a couple photos that I took at the event!

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Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare Chapter 23

Mangaka Moriyama Daisuke just tweeted out a preliminary sketch from the up-coming chapter 23 of Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare and states that we’ll finally get an idea WHY young kids with special abilities were created in the first place. I suggested… THE LEGION!! lol I suppose we shall see!!



Regarding my fan English translation work on this series:

I have been extremely busy since the end of the year last December and things have not changed in the new year. I hope to work on Chapter 21 soon but cannot give a definite date when I can get that chapter out. I have it all ready for translation, though, so it should be a little faster than starting from scratch. 😛

Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare PV Theme “Colorless”

Toward the end of November, Odd Entertainment released a PV video for Yoko Taro’s upcoming stage play based off of his manga series Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare. Along with the video that serves as a great character introduction video is the gorgeous theme song sung by Kuryuu Mina (栗生みな) who plays the character of Botan, a returning character from the manga series.

The official Twitter account for the stage play announced that this song, entitled “Colorless”, is now available for purchase at the following links:

Just the name alone, I think, carries a lot of meaning with it considering all the characters in the play are named after…

COLORS

Whether you’re a fan of Yoko Taro, the manga series, or whatever, this is a freaking kick-ass song that you need to hear at least once. I can easily see myself listening to this on eternal repeat for a good, long while…!

I’m hoping they will release a CD version of the song at the performance of the play so that I can get some official lyrics. I’ll work on my own version (by ear), but here is the opening verse with my adapted English translation:

見上げた空から降る
闇色無数の雫
アスファルト黒く滲む
変わって行く街

look at the sky, there’s something falling
it’s like they’re countless drops of darkness
they stain the ground and everything in sight
forever changing the city

The main part from the refrain is this line:

続けて 真っ直ぐに サヨウナラ

Keep at it Straight ahead Good-bye

……and as it turns out, I couldn’t help but purchase tickets for EVERY show of the stage play. It’s a lot of money, but I kinda feel like this is what my dad would have wanted me to do, to go and enjoy something that I felt really passionate for… And so that’s what I will do. I’m so excited and yet really afraid that these poor performers will think I’m some crazy freak or something… but y’all know part of that’s true, right? lol Nah, I’m just really, really shy by nature, which I really doubt any of that comes through properlly over the Internet. haha

Anyway, it looks like I’m going to be pretty busy on the 22nd when the demo comes out, so I’ll try to get videos and what-not of that out as soon as I can. I hope they’ll have the demo ready for download relatively early in the day… because the first show of the play that day is at 2:00PM…


Source: Odd Stage Blog

Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare ZERO Video Comments

The production company behind the new Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare ZERO stage play just released a bunch of fun videos tonight. The promotional video is nothing special, but it gives us the first taste of what sort of music to possibly expect from it.

PV Song Credits

  • Composition: Mukai Kenji
  • Lyrics: Fujikawa Michiko
  • Vocal: Kuryuu Mina (Botan)

The following are short comments from all of the cast members, asking everybody to come and enjoy the show at the end of December! I can’t wait!!

Special Interview Comments

Sakura

Hakuji

Botan

Usuki

Kuchiba

Mizukaki

Hajizome

Tsutsuji

Sumi

Kouji

Akasumi

Susutake

Kariyasu

Urumi

Kurenai

Chigusa

Togusa

Araigaki

Suou

Shinbashi

Watanabe Kazuhiro

Omori Masashi