Shanghai Alice Correspondence Three Fairies Version/Volume 8

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上海アリス通信 三精版 ~第7号~ [sic]

Shanghai Alice Correspondence Three Fairies Version - volume 7 [sic]

【迷いの竹林と幸運の兎】 "Bamboo Forest of the Lost and the Lucky Rabbit"
 幻想郷には迷いの竹林と呼ばれる、広くて竹の密度の高い場所がある。迷いの竹林は、目印となる物が殆ど無く、さらに霧の立ちこめやすく見通しも悪い。その名の通り、慣れた人間でも道に迷いやすい場所である。 There's a vast, dense bamboo thicket called the "Bamboo Forest of the Lost" in Gensokyo. There are very few objects which can be used as landmarks, and it's hard to see anything because of the mist that permeates it. Just as the name suggests, this is a type of place even people familiar with it can get lost in.
 この竹林の何処かに、永遠亭と呼ばれる落ち着いた感じの屋敷が建っているという。永遠亭には不思議な人間と不思議な妖怪が住んでいて、時には迷い込んだ人間の案内をしたり、時には人間の里まで来て自作の薬を配ったりしている。一見親切そうに見えるが、目的の判らない親切さ程、不気味な物は無い。さらに不気味さを助長させるのは、同様の行為を人間だけでなく、妖怪にも行っているという事だ。 Somewhere inside the forest, there's a quiet mansion called Eientei. Strange people and strange youkai live there. Sometimes they help guide lost people, sometimes they visit the Human Village to distribute the medicine they make. This seems like a kind act at first sight, but everyone knows that people who do good for no apparent reason are bad. Further feeding their ominousness is the fact that they not only treat humans like that, but youkai as well.
 そんな永遠亭に住む正体不明の人間と妖怪は、人間や妖怪に配る薬を作り、医学の心得も持ち合わせた人間、八意永琳(やごころえいりん)と、その弟子である妖怪兎の鈴仙・優曇華院・イナバ(れいせん・うどんげいん・いなば)、さらに竹林の兎のリーダーである同じく妖怪兎の因幡てゐ(いなばてゐ)、最後に人前に出てくる事の少なく謎に包まれた人間、蓬莱山輝夜(ほうらいさんかぐや)である。 These are the humans and youkai of Eientei who create and deliver medicine to humans and youkai: medical expert Yagokoro Eirin (a human), her apprentice Reisen Udongein Inaba (a youkai rabbit), leader of the rabbits living in bamboo forest Tewi Inaba (a youkai rabbit) and, finally, Kaguya Houraisan (a human), who rarely shows herself and is shrouded in mystery.
 今回初登場の鈴仙は、狂気を操る程度の能力を持つ。漫画ではサニーと同じ様な能力と言う事になっているが、錯覚を見せるのは能力のほんの一部でしか無く、実際にはサニーは鈴仙の能力の足元にも及ばない。サニーは光の進行方向を変える程度だが、鈴仙の能力は光のみならず、物体が持つ波動、精神が持つ波動、電磁波、全てを操る。さらには方向だけではなく、波長、位相、振幅を操る事が出来、彼女の赤い眼を見ると人間妖怪問わず全てがその能力の影響を受けてしまう。 Reisen, who had her first appearance in this chapter, possesses an ability to control madness. In the comic, it's said that this ability is similar to that of Sunny's, but it is not limited to just optical illusions, so in practice, Sunny's ability is no match for Reisen's. Sunny can only manipulate the direction of light rays, but Reisen's power covers that, physical waves, electromagnetic waves and any other kind of wave. Also, she's not limited with just the direction of the waves, she can also manipulate their length, phase and amplitude. It doesn't matter if you're human or youkai, if you look into her red eyes, you will be affected by her.
 漫画では殆ど出て来てないが、もうひとりの妖怪兎が因幡てゐである。彼女の能力は幸運を与える事であり、人間の間では密かに人気が高い。 While she wasn't featured much in the comic, there's yet another youkai rabbit: Tewi Inaba. Her ability is to grant good luck and she's really popular among humans.
 さらに彼女は、迷いの竹林の兎を統べるリーダーであり、彼女の一声で全ての兎が動くと言われている。だが性格は狡猾かつ、人を騙す事に抵抗を感じていない。ある程度距離を持っている時は人気が高く、親密になればなる程、嫌いになるタイプである。 Aside from that, she's also the leader and commander of the rabbits of the Bamboo Forest of the Lost. It is said that all rabbits obey her every order. However, she has a sly personality and can't resist tricking humans. She's the type that is likable from a distance, but you dislike her more and more as you get to know her.
 なお、永遠亭の残りの2人は、滅多に永遠亭から出る事はなく、謎に包まれている。不老不死の人間であるとも言われているが……。 There are also two other residents in Eientei, but they're almost never seen outside of it, so they're shrouded in mystery. Some even say they are immortal...


【天声神語】

"The divine voice of the heavens"

 割とお久しぶりです。ZUNです。 It's been a comparatively long time. I'm ZUN.
 リニューアルしてから三話目ですので、もう気付いている方もいるかと思いますが、三話は順番に紅魔郷、妖々夢、永夜抄のキャラ紹介になっています。と言うのも、登場キャラを増やさないと三妖精だけでは話が作りにくい事に気付いたから……ではなくその方が話が作りやすいからです(同じ事)。 This is the third chapter since the renewal of the series, and I think some people have noticed that already, but the series introduced EoSD, PCB and IN characters in that order. If you think it's because it's too hard to make a good story with just the three fairies... you'd be wrong, it's because it's easier (the same).
 となると、次回はあの辺の話になりそうですが……。それはさておき、永夜抄のキャラは重すぎて他の作品と絡ませ難いです。どうしても、妖怪兎の2人が中心の話になってしまいます。 With that said, it looks like the next chapter will be about that place... But enough about that. Eientei characters are so serious that it's hard to have them interact with other characters. In the end, the chapter mainly focused on the two youkai rabbits.
 月の兎である鈴仙と、地上の兎のてゐの二人は、余り上手く行っているとは言えないようです。てゐを使い、竹林の兎を有効に使いたい鈴仙と、兎を統べる力を持っているが、その力を使おうとしないてゐ。 You can't say that Reisen the Moon rabbit and Tewi the Earth rabbit get along well. Reisen wants to control the forest rabbits by using Tewi, but Tewi is reluctant to use that power, even for herself.
 月は高い所に在るからか、月に住む者は地上に住む者を見下す傾向が有ります。てゐはそれを感じ取って、素直になれないのかもしれません。ただ、永遠亭に住む者も、永夜異変をきっかけに変わりつつあります。人間と上手くやっていける様になるのも、そう遠くないでしょう。 The Moon is high up there, and people who came from it tend to look down on Earth residents. Maybe Tewi feels that and that's why she won't be honest. However, the residents of Eientei have started to change after the Imperishable Night Incident. Maybe the day when they coexist with humans isn't too far away.
      博麗神主 Hakurei Head Priest.