To Bakakaba and Frozzen, I’m really, truly sorry for posting this without informing you first. I know it’s rude. But I’ve been putting this off for way too long.
Anyway. I’ve been afk for the last half a year or so, but if you want to know why I’m quitting…there were two reasons I started translating. One was because I liked the series, and the other was to practice my Chinese reading skills and improve my horrendous grades. Unfortunately, the Chinese exams are over for good, and while I still gave some interest in Hidan no Aria, 2018 is the big exam year for me. Y’know, the one that decides whether or not I get into university.
In short, I have (almost) zero time and not much motivation.
Though, I do have something prepared – a parting gift of sorts. Valentine’s Day is coming up, right? Here’s a sneak peek of Volume 17 for you all:
「Today is Valentine’s day, so I’m giving you these chocolate peach buns. I definitely didn’t stay up late making them. Nor did I lose sleep because of that or anything.」
I didn’t even ask, but Aria went ahead and self-destructed like that…..
She probably doesn’t know because she’s a transfer student, but this behaviour was actually against the school rules of Butei High.
「……You made this?」
「……Why are you making such a troubled face?」
「Ah, no, I’m not troubled at all. Thanks, I’m really glad.」
「Un, an honest Kinji is a good Kinji.」
Smiling, Aria raised her head and looked at me……
Who knew I would actually receive chocolate from Aria. It’s really too unexpected.
But, this was a matter of life and death. After all, Aria’s cooking skills are horrible-
「Go on, eat it.」
「Why are you making a face like you’re about to die? If you’re not going to eat it, then I will.」
-I couldn’t let my partner’s life be in danger. So……using the technique for disarming bombs, I cautiously opened the bag.
These are, chocolate peach buns……!
It was lump of dough with a deep brown colour from adding chocolate, which could be called peach bun-shaped if you inspected it closely-
With trembling hands, I put one into my mouth……the outside was sticky, and the inside was grainy……I could see that the bun’s filling also had chocolate inside.
This was made of chocolate, right? Because I could taste aluminium foil that was probably added in by accident during the cooking process.
-It tasted awful!
「Is it good?」
I tried to act sincere and gave a vague answer, but it looked like that wouldn’t satisfy Aria-
Still smiling, she -whoosh- grabbed hold of my jaw.
「Is it good? By the way, my grip is strong enough to crush a billiards ball you know?」
「It’s good! I suddenly feel that it’s good!」
「Then why do you look like you’re about to cry?」
「Because I’ve never eaten something so delicious before, I couldn’t help but feel grief at my past self…..ah……!」
Probably satisfied with my desperate answer, Aria spared my jaw – and even made a coy expression.
Afterwards, while thinking 『eating this much aluminium foil can’t be that bad, right?』 I finished the chocolate peach buns……
「Good. I thought you would decline it since it was against the rules. But Kinji still accepted it.」
……So you actually knew? That Valentine’s Day affairs were prohibited in Butei High.
I do have more of these lying around, but they’re really spoiler-ish and in heavy need of editing. I’ll send those to Bakakaba eventually… Who knows, maybe by then I’ll have had a change of heart and come back to translating. But if I ever do, it’ll be this December, earliest.
Honestly, I’ve been inactive for so long that my disappearance won’t really impact the rate of release. But I felt that I had to at least announce it. From now on, I’ll just be ghosting about the site like usual.
Thanks to all the readers who stuck through the years, and thanks to Bakakaba and Frozzen for just being really nice in general. Hopefully, I’ll be back next year.