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22 February 2011 @ 21:19
Links and a translation of The Meeting from All That Weiss.  
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Because one person asked for it...! A quick translation of "The Meeting" from the official artbook "All That Weiss". Please note that there is some strong language in this piece. Japanese version follows afterwards because I can't translate for crap. I'm better than nothing, but probably not better than Babelfish. :)

***

All for the sake of results.

Humanity will go to extraordinary lengths for the best results. Ideas churn over in their mind; they’ll endure tragedy and work themselves into the ground.

On occasion they’ll even risk their own lives.

But there can’t always be a happy ending under these conditions. Sorrowful tears and angry howls are the real result.

These four men cannot reveal the truth. Only they know of their secret. They burden themselves with the sin of deception and live in darkness in rejection of the light.

In a town without pity, you can believe in Weiss.

Weiss -- The endlessly clear white.

Somewhere in Tokyo, there's a certain flowershop known as the “Koneko no Sumu Ie”. It’s here you can find four seemingly-ordinary men. At first glance, they have nothing in common. Their ages and upbringing differ wildly.

They share just one thing – hearts filled with darkness.

Our first is Hidaka Ken. A child at heart, he’s a gentle soul with a strong belief in justice. He was once the youngest player to join the J League and an excellent goalkeeper. He was admired by young soccer fans everywhere until the day he was thrown into hell. As children’s dreams were crushed and the trust his closest friends had in him was destroyed, he became one of the damned.

The next is Kudou Youji, who is somewhat superficial and overly protective of women while being cold towards men. He was once involved in the world of private investigation, but got caught up in the wrong case and became one of the damned.

Tsukiyono Omi is a fresh-faced boy with a cheerful smile. As a high school student, he’s the youngest member of Weiss. Although young, he is a decisive multitasker. He excels at persuasion and making sales, which means he has lots of friends, but the darkness hidden in his heart runs the deepest.

Finally, their leader, Aya. His name was Fujimiya Ran, but that life was snatched away, along with anything else he once had. Whatever mission he’s faced with, he’ll accept it with grim determination, which has earned him the title of ‘the man who abandoned happiness’.

This is the day. The day on which these men first received these orders.

“Go to the 'Koneko no Sumu Ie' flowershop in Tokyo. There, await further instructions.”

***

“Woah, who’d expect a high-tech set-up like this in a basement of a flowershop?” Ken looked around the room with wide eyes.

“I’m Omi,” said a voice. “Did the boss call you too?”

“Yeah, I guess. I had to come all the way from Kagoshima.”

“So, what’s your name?”

“All these fucking questions! Do we really need to hand over our names? I’m here to do a job. When it’s done, I’m gone. You don’t need my fucking name!”

Omi held Ken’s gaze and tried to choke back the tears.

“Um… Hey… Okay, fine. It’s Ken. My name is Ken.”

“Ken-kun? I’m Omi.”

At that point, one more person appeared. Like Ken, he looked around the basement in surprise. Omi called out to him.

“Hello! I’m Omi. This is Ken-kun. How about you?”

“The name given to me in Tokyo by Kritiker was Aizaki Gonzaemon. That will suffice.”

“Tokyo? Too bad, I had to come all the way from Kagoshima,” said Ken.

“I came from Matsuyama,” said Omi.

The man thought for a moment. “So we were all summoned here, it seems. I get it now. I came from Kobe and the name’s Youji. It looks like we’re going to be working together for long time, so -- although I don’t like men – I’m gonna be relyin’ on you, Omi-chan!♥”

Youji winked and Omi felt his face glow.

“We’re doing what for a long time? With this smarmy asshole?” Ken looked disgusted.

“What did you say, you fuckin’ dumbass?”

“Dumbass...?”

“Yeah, ‘cause you don’t understand the situation and you can’t figure out what’s goin’ on around you, so that makes you a fuckin’ dumbass!”

“You bastard, if you say that once more…!”

Youji and Ken lunged at each other as the fourth man appeared.

“What the hell’s going on? There’s an old lady upstairs trying to have a nap.”

“That’s the saleswoman for this flowershop,” explained Omi. “Her name’s Momoe-san and her love, Tomokazu-san, is here too. She’s still got some life in her, you know. Anyway, she’s an ordinary person who doesn’t know anything about all this.”

“And who might you be?” enquired Youji, looking at the man who had just arrived.

“My codename is Abyssinian. You may call me Aya.”

“Pretty straight-forward, ain’t ya?” Ken tried to hold back his laughter.

“From now on, we’re a team… somehow. If we don’t know anything about each other beyond our names, it’s going to be impossible to work together. We need to try and get along.”

“A team?” Ken yelped, his eyes wide.

“Yeah, thought so,” said Youji.

“What kind of team?” asked Omi.

“You don’t know?” replied Aya without hesitation. “We’ve been chosen. Chosen from members of Kritiker scattered across the country. Chosen to carry out the highest form of judgement.”

Youji nodded. “And this must be our new place of work. We’re not working as Kritiker anymore, but as dark executioners with this place as our base.”

“Dark… executioners?”

“That’s right. From now on, we’re the dark executioners ‘Weiss’.”

“Weiss…”

In each man’s soul, memories whispered to them.

***

These four men have different backgrounds and each one lives in their own darkness. The team was, perhaps, formed not by chance but out of necessity. The flame which brought them together burns brightly inside each member.

They are the dark executioners.

And so Ken yells out.

“I don’t care if those that saved me are demons or angels! I won’t waste this life you gave me! I’ll uncover the truth! Thank you for waiting for me, Kouichirou and Chiho. Thank you for waiting until the day I cast these monsters through the gates of hell!”

Youji chokes out these words into the darkness.

“I’ll expose and destroy every prostitution ring across the world! Wait for me Asuka. I’ll find you. And I, Youji, will save you with my own two hands. Because an enemy of women is an enemy of mine.”

Aya whispers into the silence.

“I won’t forgive them. Those who wield their authority to trample the weak. Those whom they say the law cannot punish. I, Aya, will punish them. Even if I’m cursed, even if the demons of hell consume me, I’ll abandon happiness and my sense of pity and march onwards without fear. I’m neither demon nor shinigami -- I’m just a murderer.”

And then there’s Omi, who stares into space.

“There’s nobody to talk to me... I can’t talk to anyone... Who... Who am I...?”

Memories whisper to these four men and so the legend begins. The threads of destiny pull at them...




すべては、結果のための過程である。
人は最良の結果を得るために思いを巡らせ、歯を食いしばり、切磋琢磨し、時には命をかける。だが、そうしてもたらさせる結果も、常にハッピーエンドとは限らない。
悲嘆の涙と怒りの鳴咽・・・・・・彼らの成し得た結果には、いつもそんな光景があった。
真実は語られない、それを知るのは彼らだけ。そして彼らは偽りの罪を背負い、光の潰えた闇に生きる。
やさしさを忘れたこの街のどこかにある、「Weiβ」を信じて。
「Weiβ」--それは、限りなく澄んだ、「白」。
東京のとある街にある花屋「子猫の住む家」。そこに4人の男たちがいる。見た目も年齢も育ってきた境遇も全てバラバラの彼らに共通するのはただ一つ、「心の闇」。
ひとりは飛鷹健といった。ガキ大将がそのまま大きくなったような、正義感が強く純粋な心の持ち主だ。元最年少Jリーガーにして正ゴールキーパー。サッカー少年たちの憧れだった彼はある日、地獄に落とされた。子供たちの夢を踏みにじり、親友の信頼を失ったまま、彼は死に人となった。
そしてひとりは工藤耀爾という。ちょっとキザで女にめっぽう優しく男に厳しい彼は、かつて探偵業を営んでいた。だが、彼もまたある事件に巻き込まれ、やはり世間的には死に人になるほかはなかった。
明るい笑顔とさわやかな印象を持つ少年の名は月夜野臣。ヴァイスでは一番年下の現役高校生だ。年が若いながらも個性的な面々をまとめるしっかり者でもある。商売上手でおねだり上手なゆえに友達も多いが、その心には誰よりも深い闇と厚い壁がある。
そして彼らのリーダーがアヤ。元の名を藤宮蘭という。名も、過去も、全てを奪われ、全てを捨てた男。どんな仕事に対しても決して熱くならない「笑顔を捨てた男」だ。
そして、ある日。この4人の男たちの元に指令が下された。
「東京の花屋『子猫の住む家』に行け。そこで次の指令を待て」

「すげーな、オシャレな花屋さんの地下室にこんなハイテク装備の部屋があるなんて」
ケンは物珍しそうに辺りを見回した。と、ひとりの少年が彼に声をかけた。
「僕はオミ。キミもボスに呼ばれて?」
「ああ、まあな。鹿児島からわざわざね」
「ねぇ、キミ、名前は?」
「キミキミうるせーな!別に名乗る必要なんかねぇだろ!こっちは仕事で来たんだ。終わればまた帰る。名乗る必要はない」
でも・・・・・・とオミが潤んだ目でケンを見た。
「・・・・・・あ~あ~わかった。ケン、ケンだよ」
「ケンくんか、僕はオミ」
その時、またもうひとり、男が姿を現した。ケン同様、物珍しそうに地下室に下りてきた男に再びオミが声をかけた。
「こんにちは。僕はオミ。こちらはケンくん。あなたは?」
「相崎ごんざえもん。東京のクリティカァに名乗る名前はごんざえもんで充分だ」
「悪いな、俺は鹿児島だ」
ケンが言った。
「僕も松山です」
そう言ったのオミだ。
「・・・・・・てことは、お前たちも呼び出されたってことか。なるほどな。俺は神戸だ。ヨージでいい。男は嫌いだが長いつきあいになりそうだ、まっ、よろしく頼むわオミちゃん♥
そう言ってウィンクするヨージに、思わずオミは照れてしまう。
「なにが長いつきあいだ。調子のいいヤツ。好きになれねぇタイプだぜ」
ケンが気持ち悪そうに毒づいた。
「何か言ったか単細胞!」
「単細胞だと―!」
「状況判断、情報処理能力のないヤツのことをそう言うんだよ、単細胞!」
「てめー、言わしておけば・・・・・・」
二人が今にもつかみかからんとしたその時、4人目の男が姿を現した。
「婆さんが昼寝してたがあれはなんだ」
「この花屋の店番のおばあちゃんです。百恵さんと言うらしいです。なんでも友和さんという愛人がいるんですって。まだまだ若いですよねー。もちろん百恵さんは普通の人です。何も知りません」
「おたくは?」
男にヨージが問いかけた
「コードネームはアビシニアンだが、アヤと呼んでくれていい」
「ずいぶん素直なんだな」
ケンがからかうように言った。
「まがりなりにもこれからチームを組むんだ。名前ぐらい知っておかないと仕事がしずらいだろ。もっとも仲良くするつもりはないが」
「チームだぁ?」
ケンが驚きの声をあげた。
「やっぱりな」
さらりとそういったのヨージだ。
「どういうことですか?」
オミが尋ねた。
「知らないのか?えらばれたんだよ俺たちは。全国に散らばっているクリティカァの中から最も優秀だと判断されてね」
アヤもまたさらりとこたえる。その言葉にヨージが補足を加えた。
「で、ここが俺たちの新しい仕事場。クリティカァとしてではなく、闇の処刑人としての秘密の隠れ家ってワケさ」
「闇の・・・・・・処刑人?」
「そうだ。俺たちは今日から闇の処刑人『ヴァイス』だ」
「ヴァイス・・・・・・」
4人がそれぞれの思いを胸につぶやいた。

それぞれに事情を抱え、それぞれに影をかけえた4人の男たち。彼らがこうして集まったのはおそらく偶然ではなく必然であったのだろう。彼らの内に静かに燃える炎が互いを呼び寄せ―彼らは闇の処刑人となった。
ケンが呼ぶ
「俺を助けてくれたヤツらが悪魔だろうと天使だろうとそんなことはかまわねぇ!お前達が俺にくれたこの命、決して無駄にはしない!必ず真実を突き止め断罪してやる!待っていてくれ幸一郎、千帆、悪党を地獄門に叩き落すその日まで」
ヨージが絞り出すようにつぶやく。
「巨大売春組織。お前らがどんなに酷い事をしてるか必ず暴いて叩き潰してやる!待ってろ明日香、きっと探し出して助けてやる。この俺の手で!女の敵は俺の敵だ!」
アヤが静かに言葉を紡ぐ。
「許さない、決して。権力を振りかざし弱い者を踏みにじる。・・・・・・法で裁けないと言うなら、この俺が裁く。呪われようとも、地獄の亡者に食われようとも、笑顔を捨て優しさを捨てた俺には、何も恐れるものはない。俺は、悪魔でも死神でもない、ただ人殺しさ」
そしてオミは・・・・・・宙を見つめていた。
「僕には語るものがない・・・・・・語れないだ・・・・・・僕は・・・・・・僕は誰だ・・・・・・」
それぞれの思いを胸に彼らの物語が始まる。運命の糸に操られ・・・・・・
 
 
 
That's Not My Cat.: Still The Prettiestpuddingcat on 22nd February 2011 10:08 (UTC)
OMG, is that *another* version of the "How Weiss Was Formed" story?

I don't get how Aya is referred to as the leader - surely that's Omi?
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd February 2011 10:33 (UTC)
Yup, as found in All That Weiss. He might not be described as the leader elsewhere, but he's certainly described that way in this version. :)

How the sentence breaks down:

そして彼らのリーダーがアヤ。
Soshite karera no leader ga Aya.
(and then)(they [usu. male])(possessive)(leader)(is)(Aya)
Lit: And then their leader, Aya.
^_^ /*white_cross_b on 22nd February 2011 11:01 (UTC)
Thank you so, so much for the translation! And here it sounds like Yohji thinks Asuka is alive somewhere? Interesting.

Okay, I have to ask because I'm dying to know ... is there anything in any of the books that mentions Yohji's past before Asuka? Like parents or siblings or anything? I know everyone's family backgrounds but his.
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd February 2011 11:18 (UTC)
You're welcome! Hm, I don't think it does since these are all supposed to be said within the timeframe of the tv series. Omi doesn't know his past yet and Ken still seems to trust Kase.

I don't recall having seen that, no.
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ext_254817 on 22nd February 2011 11:32 (UTC)
Am ridiculously entertained by this, given that I've written fic in which Ken takes Kaoru to his grandpa's old house on Kyushu and have also been trying to place him in Kobe with Youji. Kagoshima isn't Taketa but it's close enough dammit! I shall now claim the entire thing was Inspired by Canon.

Williamgenkischuldich on 26th February 2011 07:04 (UTC)
Thanks for reading. Glad it didn't destroy all the canon you've been building up of your own. :)
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Williamgenkischuldich on 26th February 2011 07:06 (UTC)
Thanks! I'm not sure if it really makes any difference since you could already read it in both Japanese and Russian!

Yeah, it's fine to link wherever. If not, I'd lock it. :)
indelicate ink: wk - schuldig & crawfordindelicateink on 22nd February 2011 14:49 (UTC)
Very interesting! Thanks for translating and sharing this!
Williamgenkischuldich on 26th February 2011 07:07 (UTC)
You're welcome!
panipani_ on 23rd February 2011 06:48 (UTC)
Thanks for translating/sharing.

Youji is always so flirtatious with Omi. And has to fight with Ken...it's like reading a Fanfiktion.
Williamgenkischuldich on 26th February 2011 07:07 (UTC)
Glad to be of help!
菖蒲eye_ame on 23rd February 2011 09:06 (UTC)
You rule! ♥ And special thanks for the Japanese version ;)
Williamgenkischuldich on 26th February 2011 07:09 (UTC)
But...but I was under the impression you already had a Russian version? You're welcome to take the Japanese version for your website if you don't have it though.
(Anonymous) on 10th March 2011 05:32 (UTC)
Thanks for sharing!
My friend told me about this translation. It's very interesting. And Eye_ame comment about that thing about Omi being a "teambuilder"... First it was "Aya is the leader", then "Omi is the leader", in the end it seems that "Aya is the leader" XD Nice to have this cleared up by canon itself!

Momoe-san's love, Tomokazu-san...? Is it the name of her cat? XD

Thank you for translating!
Williamgenkischuldich on 10th March 2011 06:34 (UTC)
Re: Thanks for sharing!
You're welcome!

Momoe's love is her partner... I wrote (translated) a bit about them both here.
(Anonymous) on 21st March 2011 10:55 (UTC)
Thanks so much for translating this! I just learnt a few days ago this story exists, had no idea about it!! O_o How cool it is to learn something new so many years after the series ended?? Real cool!! :3

I am sorry if it's not alright to ask... Maybe could you translate this?
http://www.marine-e.co.jp/Gluhen/history/index.htm
I found the link a few days ago on ff.net, someone wrote it's the official chronology, and that this story is a part of it... Something like that, can't find the comment anymore O_o No problem if you don't want to or don't have the time! I tried to read it with online translator, then asked my friend who knows a little bit of Japanese (and also is very curious about this thing!) but we couldn't understand much...
Williamgenkischuldich on 8th May 2011 06:21 (UTC)
I did that a few years ago, actually. I think someone did a more recent translation though.
weisskreuzfan85 on 6th May 2011 13:59 (UTC)
I was pretty much out of Weiss Kreuz until I learnt about this new translation and the official chronology. The series looks interesting again, it all feels so "fresh" now. I prefer this version over the manga, makes much more sense to me. I am surprised no one translated it before. It's very important, isn't it? Are there any other important things that aren't translated yet? Some information that only those who can read Japanese know? Thanks so very much for translating!
Williamgenkischuldich on 8th May 2011 06:19 (UTC)
There's still a lot more stuff to hear, particularly in terms of drama CDs. I think the manga is an alternate version, just because the timeline is a little different (particularly in terms of how Aya's sister ends up in a coma).

I'm not sure there are any particularly important details to be revealed yet -- but there are a few elements to characters' background that aren't well-known. Things like Saijou's twin bodyguards (Sano and Uno), etc.
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^_^ /*white_cross_b on 5th July 2012 12:05 (UTC)
Hey, I have a quick question ... I'm trying to add a Weiss Kreuz section to my Side B site that I've had for several years so that all of the Weiss stuff isn't lost forever. Would you mind if I published your translations of things like this? If not, would you mind if I linked to your LJ entires? If not, that's totally cool. Your translations are a rare treat that I personally can't do without.
William: Weiß: Tentoumushigenkischuldich on 7th July 2012 06:05 (UTC)
Glad you like them -- sure, go ahead.