Thanks to quigonkenny for the idea.
It burns with awesome power.
Based on the Friday spoilers. Updated for full chapter.)
There’s more than just one future!
Picking up from 297… or rather, 295, Chisame and Makie are apparently the only ones still standing, everyone else being unconscious and trapped within Kosmo Entelekheia.
“You’re supposed to be the professional one here, damn it! Wake up!”
The more dissatisfaction one has – the larger the hole in one’s heart is – the more impossible it becomes to escape from this sweet dream… ‘Kosmo Entelekheia.'”
“This… this is Kosmo Entelekheia…?”
“It is not the true ritual -pyo. The true ritual will take even the flesh into a spirit world, and bestow upon it eternity.
By the way, because of the mentioned characteristic, the ritual is ineffective against those who lead real, productive lives.
Yes, Chisame, self-professed shut-in, is goes all wtf at this.
“…It’s a slang to denote people whose real life is fulfilling. Typically, that means people whose lives are filled with relationships with lovers, family members and friends; people who have rich lives outside of the Net. Well, the definition is pretty vague –
– and I don’t know about Sasaki, but I’m different, right?! Everyday, I shut myself in and turn into the perfect netizen who never leaves her monitor! I represent ‘unproductive life’!”
“…Only you yourself believes so. Don’t you find your life surprisingly fulfilling -pyo?”
“No… no way… me, on the same level as Sasaki… that can’t be right… this has been a trap…”
“H-Heey, Chisame-chan? Is it that much of a shock? What she said? And that was kind of rude…“
A breakdown in negotiations:
She’s not the real Zazie Rainyday – right?!
(King’s Sceptre of Power)!”
“Hell, we can’t do this! The two of us just isn’t enough!”
“My ribbon is really handy, you know!”
“Oh, is that right!”
Of course, the girls believe that a certain someone will definitely come save them…
“Sorry to keep you waiting.
Nice to meet you… Zazie-san’s sister.”
The ensuing explosions bring them back to the Palace, and Zazie’s “old acquaintance” is particularly surprised:
“Negi Springfield…? How… even if it was just a replica, how did he break out of Kosmo Entelekheia…?”
(You know, the more I look at him… I guess it’s him? – the more ‘he’ resembles Zecht. Especially that close-up that shows the inside of his hood.)
Back to Zazie:
“I see… that sister of mine guided you, Negi-sensei, didn’t she -pyo?”
“Yes, it was thanks to Zazie-san. And I… no matter what, I have to meet with him. Fate Averruncus.”
The battle between Zazie and Negi continues:
“…Why do I have to be stopped?”
“This world will be destroyed eventually -pyo. You know this.
Much of the 1,200,000,000 citizens of the Magic World, caught in its collapse, will perish. Even those who somehow survive, left behind on the barren wastes, will throw themselves into a centuries-long conflict with the humans of Earth, for the sake of their own survival -pyo. A tragedy, is it not -pyo?
For the sake of averting this tragedy, there is no other way but to follow Fate’s plan, and seal this entire world within Kosmo Entelekheia.
I am neither from the Magic World nor the Old World -pyo. But, as is the duty of the strong, I cannot simply watch this unprecedented danger unfold -pyo.
I had monitored you, praying that the son of the hero who saved this world would not attempt such reckless behaviour, but… how unfortunate -pyo.”
(Makie: Not from either worlds…? Who are you, Zazie-san…?)
Why must you assume that that is the only future there can be?”
“…What are you saying -pyo? (…) That is the one, true, unavoidable future -pyo. According to the calculations of my research institute, the collapse will begin in nine years and six months at the soonest -pyo.”
“That’s good to hear.
The only problem was time. And nine years and six months is more than enough.”
“Fate Averruncus! You’re watching, aren’t you?! Listen to me! I will fight you just as you wished! But for now, listen!
Are you hearing me, Fate? The reason for all this is the future of what is supposed to be the unavoidable ‘collapse of the Magic World’.
have the means to stop it.
So just wait where you are, Fate. I will make you understand, even if I have to do it by force!”
And Fate’s reply…
You disappoint me… with your nonsense, Negi-kun.“
Did Negi just proclaim his intent to befriend?
And did he just totally piss Fate off by rejecting his reality and substituting his own?
Well, anyway. Other stuff…
I think this chapter implicitly concludes that Zazie really is a demon, considering she is not from the Old or New World.
Of course, the tangled mess that is Zazie and her ‘sister’ is still intact, now with the added string of some sort of “research institute”…?
And finally… what the hell is Negi talking about?