What sways the heart that does not cry?
“If this continues, you will destroy yourself, boy – and without even fighting Fate Averruncus.”
New chapter, same kicking of ass administered by Eva.
This time, though, Negi managed to slowly bring himself back from demon form by bringing out his Pactio Cards…
Fate thinks back on Rakan’s words:
“Truth”? “Meaning”? That crap ain’t got a thing to do with my life.
…But it’s been fun, right? So let me just have a little more fun.
Tsukuyomi walks up and nonchalantly drives her sword next to his throat. Fate answers in similar fashion:
“…Was there something you needed, Tsukuyomi-san?”
interested worried because Fate seems to have changed after his fight with Rakan:
“Even though Fate-han never seems interested in anything… did the words of a puppet sway your heart?”
She attacks what turned out to be a stone statue decoy, while Fate appears behind her:
“…I am a puppet, just like him. A piece only meant for carrying out the plan.
I have no heart.”
Tsukuyomi thinks differently:
“I’ve never seen that expression on your face before, you know? The swaying of the heart which I love so… haven’t you noticed it yourself?
For the first time… I’m interested in you, Fate-han.
It’s pointless to cut up a wooden puppet. But a human being is different.
The way you are now, you are worth drawing my blade…♡”
(Now that is a horrible place for a heart. Thank you, Tsukuyomi.)
Fate makes the first move with flying steel blades… which is pretty pointless considering Shinmeiryuu has sword techniques specifically for use against steel. Tsukuyomi says as much:
“Shinmeiryuu is capable of cleaving even steel. Don’t you think your affinity for ‘stone’ is a poor match against me?”
“I am Averruncus of the Earth. Don’t assume that the stone element is my only specialty.”
Fate attacks with highly concentrated clouds of sand. Akamatsu noted the destructive power of sand-based magic (a “shotgun-like effect”, as I recall) almost ten volumes ago… which reminds me, I really need to get that translation back up.
“But, it does look like you’ve gotten just a bit annoyed… that’s not like the you I know at all. ‘Don’t have a heart’, you say…?”
Fate, ever tsundere, tries to dodge the issue:
“Geez… aren’t you having fun today, Tsukuyomi-san…”
“…Is it because of him (Negi-kun)?”
Fate’s blades catch Tsukuyomi, only for it to have been a paper puppet… and Fate loses an arm one frame later.
“Well~ looks like I was right, hm?
Zanmaken Ni no Tachi… before my sword, sand and magic barriers however thick have no meaning.
…There’s also no meaning in trying to hide your infatuation. I can’t possibly miss the one thing I love most.”
Fate apparently doesn’t understand, so Tsukuyomi goes one step further:
“I’ll be taking him. You don’t mind, do you?”
“…Tsukuyomi-san. That is unacceptable.
…I will fight him.”
(No sir, I see no Foe Yay here, nope.)
Tsukuyomi leaves after “curing” his moodiness (‘cowardice’, in her words) and Fate’s girls show up wondering what all the explosions were about.
Fate. Body part gags. Oh god I lol’d.
Koyomi flashback time… like the other girls, she was saved by Fate. However, when Fate handed her an application for studying at Ariadne, Koyomi refuses to leave his side.
Back to the present, Fate thanks all his girls for their troubles, and asks them all the same question:
“As we have seized Princess Asuna, the plan is accelerating towards fruition.
Do none of you have any regrets?”
“With all due respect, to be chosen by Fate-sama, given a noble purpose, is a blessing that we can call miraculous.
The burden on our backs are the unrepayable souls of thousands and tens of thousands!”
Fate goes off for some alone time:
“No… there are no doubts. I am a tool meant only for realising the dream of my master. Nothing more than a puppet.
But, Tsukuyomi-san, perhaps you were correct. Right now, Negi-kun, only you…
Only my battle with you, is something I wish for myself!”
Wordy chapter was wordy. Very interesting development on Fate (he is building up to be one of my favourite manga villains) and one notable part is where Koyomi describes Fate as someone “going with the flow” or “random”… the exact same words usually used to describe Rakan.
There’s some interesting contrast between Fate and Rakan. Rakan is detached from the world – someone who has achieved nirvana, a perfect, boundless state of mind, standing at the end of the world free from all negative emotions.
Which sounds a bit like the goal Fate is working on, but unlike Rakan, Fate claims he has no will. He is building a world of perpetuity because it is the task he was given. Rakan achieved enlightenment for his own sake, Fate thinks he is achieving it for others – which for him is good enough reason to name himself after the ambiguously-malignant Roman God of averting harm. But what does he think of all this?
Well, I’ll cut this off for now.