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Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red/Scarlet Devil Mansion

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Scarlet Devil Mansion
幻想郷にはそこそこ大きく深い湖が存在する。その湖の辺に目に優しくない色が一際目立つ紅い洋館がある。紅魔館と呼ばれている吸血鬼の館だ。建物の中も紅色を基調に、きつい色で構成されている。だが、窓が少なく建物の中は案外暗い為、そのきつい紅色はそんなに気にならない。ただ、建物全体から滲み出る落ち着きの無さは、何処かしら子供っぽく感じるだろう。それもそのはず、主人の吸血鬼はまだ子供なのである。 In Gensokyo, there's a fairly large and deep lake. Near this lake stands a western-style mansion painted in a conspicuous scarlet. This building is called the Scarlet Devil Mansion, for the vampire who resides there. The gaudy interior design is also focused on stark hues of red. However, the mansion has few windows so the inside is rather dark, keeping it from being too hard on the eyes. Even so, the restless atmosphere from the whole mansion gives it a childish feel. But that is only to be expected, given how the vampire mistress is still a child.
この洋館では、度々変わった催し物が開催されている。ただ、その殆どが事前に告知がないため、関係者以外に知られる事は少ない。それでも、メイドの数も多く、紅魔館内部の者だけでも十分盛り上がっているようである。こういった催し物が開催されると言うのは、建物の色に似た落ち着きのない主人の性格を良く表している気がする。 They always hold various events on the mansion grounds. Most of them aren't announced in advance, however, so few other people are even aware of them other than the residents. However, there are a lot of maids. The amount of staff alone is enough to ensure a lively gathering. Holding such events shows the restless character of the mistress, well-suited to her dwelling.
いつからそこに有ったのか判らないが、そんなに昔から有った訳では無い筈だ。確かに建物は新しくはないが、恐らく元々外の世界に建っていた建物だろう。建物が外の世界から失われるとき、幻想の建物になることもある。外の世界には既に、こういう古風な洋館は建っていないのかも知れない。建っていたとしてもそれは見せ物の為で、実際には住むことの無い架空の建物なのだろう。 No one knows when it arrived, but it seems unlikely for it to have been there for too long. As the building seems old, it may have once stood in the outside world in the past. If a building loses its existence in the outside world, it can sometimes become an illusionary one. Perhaps such old-fashioned mansion houses may not exist there any longer. Even if they exist, they may be imaginary buildings; just for display, and not for living in.
建物の中には吸血鬼やそれに仕えるメイドが住んでいる。こうやって建物ごと幻想郷にあると言うことは、吸血鬼もメイドも既に外の世界には居ない幻想の生き物なのかも知れない。そうやって外の世界のことを想いつつ、改めてこの洋館を眺めて見るのはいかがだろうか。 The vampire and the maids serving her live inside the mansion. The existence of the whole mansion in Gensokyo may show that the vampire and maid are the illusionary beings that do not exist in the outer world anymore. While thinking about the outside world in this manner, how about trying to look at this mansion once again in a new light.
(射命丸 文) (Aya Shameimaru)

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