[The Story So Far: Negi, revived from the threshold of life and death, pulverises the Averruncus of Fire with overwhelming strength! And now Fate, in fierce combat with the lightning Averruncus, seeks an “answer” to the fighting, questioning himself again and again.]
(Text) In a battle with the world at stake, an unfavourable omen appears…?!
(Poyo) Have you noticed?
(Poyo) It seems that Negi-sensei has revived from the demonic encroachment -poyo.
(Poyo) Truly astounding -poyo.
(Mana) That’s… it can’t be…!
(Poyo) It may be too late,
(Poyo) To save the world -poyo.
(Takamichi) Damn… Adding up the big and small ones, there are over five hundred thousand.
(Takamichi) Sorry… I’m sorry, Negi-kun! I can’t come and help you!
(Takamichi) Kurt, when’s the limit?!
(Kurt) We’re at…
(Kurt) Twenty-nine minutes until the Rewrite!
(Kurt) Though the rate of mana accretion had decreased for a moment!!
(Takamichi) What about them?!
(Kurt) We don’t know…
(Kurt) Just now, we confirmed an exoatmospheric attack by who we believe is Negi-kun’s comrade!
(Kurt) But the ritual was not halted! We think…
(Assistant) Governor Gödel!
(Assistant) Incoming telepathic communication from M.M.!
(Kurt) What is it?!
(Assistant) There’s an outbreak of powerful mana storms all over the Confederacy –
(Assistant) It’s unconfirmed, but it says that everything that touched these storms… um…
(Assistant) They were dispersed like dust……!
(Takamichi) What…? But that’s…!
(Kurt) It seems that it has started –
(Kurt) The destruction of the Magic World…!
(Text-aside-right) We’re receiving similar reports from the Empire!
(Text-aside-left) Eyewitness reports of a colossal tornado emerging in Megalo Bay…
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(Title) Period 317 – Countdown to the Collapse!
(Text-left) Megalo-Mesembria, Megalo Bay Coast
(Text-bottom) Soon… it will all return to nothingness –
(Crowd) Hey, what is that?
(Crowd) Never seen a spout like that before.
(Crowd) It’s huge…
(Crowd) Is it the Empire’s new magic weapon or something?
(Broadcast) All citizens, please follow the instructions of the government and evacuate to the wartime air-raid shelters as soon as possible…
(Crowd) S-Shouldn’t we run?
(Crowd) It’ll be fine.
(Donette) This… This can’t be…
(Girl) Hey, is it really okay for us to not run?
(Guy) I said it’ll be fine. The M.M. military is here.
(Guy) The army’s arrived.
(Guy) See? They’ll protect these streets from any kind of natural disasters.
(Crowd) What just…
(Crowd) H-Hey, we should…
(Crowd) Look… the Gateport…!
(Donette) There’s no mistake, this is…!
(Donette) The collapse of this God-created spirit world from mana depletion!!
(Donette) There’s a desolate wasteland on the other side of the tornado…!!
(Donette) The Magic World ‘skin’ is being ripped away and revealing the vessel, Mars!
[“Vessel” is not the literal translation.
依代 yorishiro is a Shinto concept and refers to things that the gods are attracted to and can possess, giving them a physical form (becoming a ‘divine entity’, or in some cases, a ‘divine place’). Wikipedia article. An anime example would be Jin’s wooden sculpture from Kannagi (in fact, kannagi or kamunagi are literally ‘those who serve by communicating with or being possessed by the gods’.)]
(Text) Elysium Continent, Great Cerberus Forest
(Animal) Gii –
(Text) Free Trade City, Granicus
(Text) Magic Academy City, Ariadne
(Text) Megalo-Mesembria Trust Territories, Neo Ostia
(Setsuna) Hng… Ah,
(Konoka) Wow~ We’re going so fast! Ako, your Artifact’s amazing ♪
(Akira) It really hurt, though…
(Ako) Eheheh, really?
(Chisame) And you even let Ku recover – that helped.
(Konoka) But is it okay for us to slip out…? (offset) Though we did leave the mystery girl to take care of it by herself.
(Chamo) We won’t ever have enough lives to get involved in any infighting between those monsters.
(Chamo) She told us to go, so hell, let’s go!
(Chisame) And we don’t know what’s going on above us.
(Chisame) If they’re in trouble, we need to head out and link up with them.
(Ku) – Hm? That’s…
(Anya) …old it – !
(Anya) Stop… sto…
(Anya) I said ‘stop’, damn it!!
(Girls) Waah – ?!
(Chisame) The hell was the explosion for – !
(Anya) At that speed, you would’ve just rushed past me! What else could I do – ?!
(Konoka) Oh, Anya-chan! Why’re you in a place like this – ? (offset) You’re okay –
(Anya) There’s no ‘why’ – ! Just listen – !!
(Anya) They left me behind and told me to be in a safe place because I’m a kid – !
(Anya) What’s with that – ! If we’re talking age, Negi’s even one year younger than me – ! They’re making fun of me – !!
(Chisame) Calm down – !
(Chisame) So, you were watching, right? How did the operation go?
(Chisame) What happened to everyone?
(Anya) Um… well…
(Anya) It… It looked like the operation went well,
(Anya) But a new Fate model or something came out,
(Anya) And he got everyone…!
(Chisame) I knew it. One showed up there too, huh.
(Anya) I don’t know, but there was some sort of infighting…
(Anya) Anyway, we have to go help them!
(Ako) Makie… Yuuna…
(Ku) All right, let’s go.
(Ku) I don’t know how much help we’ll be,
(Ku) But Konoka’s healing techniques will definitely be useful.
(Fate) Wake up, Shirabe-san.
(Shirabe) Ah – !
(Shirabe) M-My apologies, Fate-sama!
(Shirabe) Fate-sama, what is that wound?
(Fate) Everything’s been settled. Please move the Imperial Princess to the designated location.
(Shirabe) Those two… Just what had happened after that…
(Fate) 「Adjutor Solitarius」 [jp: Lonely Stagehand],
(Fate) And 「Diarium Ejus」 [jp: Picture Diary of the Id], huh.
(Fate) Good grief…
(Fate) To have assembled such rare Artifacts –
(Fate) You girls surprise me.
(Fate) – But this is the end.
(Nodoka) Even without my Artifact,
(Nodoka) I know what you’re thinking about, at least –
(Nodoka) Bothered by Negi-sensei, aren’t you…?
(Natsumi) Ah – !
(Nodoka) Sensei is always on your mind.
(Nodoka) You’ve been thinking about the meaning of his words, haven’t you?
(Nodoka) It didn’t take long to figure that out – because otherwise,
(Nodoka) There would be no way to explain your actions, like the infighting.
(Fate) …Miyazaki Nodoka.
(Nodoka) Didn’t Sensei say this?
(Nodoka) Want to be friends with him [jp: Fate].”
(Nodoka) I think that’s… very amazing, and it’s a good thing.
(Nodoka) I… really don’t think,
(Nodoka) That you are bad people.
(Nodoka) You… You like coffee, right?
(Nodoka) Then please… please come to Mahora Academy.
(Nodoka) I know a shop with very good coffee…
(Fate) Hey there.
(Nodoka) Sensei – !
(Fate) I was getting tired of waiting,
(Fate) Negi Springfield.
(Text) Will the battle contain an 「answer」?!! At last, the clash of two great rivals!!!
[両雄 ryouyuu means “two great men/rivals” and is literally read as “two heroes”, from an old saying that “two heroes cannot coexist” – basically, ‘the world isn’t big enough for both of us, so one will have to go’.]