The Grimoire of Usami/Afterword by Sumireko Usami

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あとがき Afterword
いつからだろう、幼かったころは家族と行くのが好きだった花火大会も、次第に人混みと虫刺されが嫌で面倒くさく思うようになっていた。家で一人でスマホを弄っているほうが、楽しくて有意義な時間の使い方だと思うことさえあった。しかし、今回の花火大会はそんなことを思う余地はなかった。幻想郷にはシニカルな人間は少なく、みんな真剣にお祭り騒ぎと向き合っていたからなのかも知れない。 When did it begin? As a kid, I used to love going to the fireworks festival with my family, but gradually I started to hate the crowds and bug bites and generally began thinking of it as a pain. I've even thought that staying home by myself playing with my phone was a more fun and productive use of my time. But at this fireworks contest, there was no room for such thoughts. Maybe it's because there are fewer cynics in Gensokyo, so they all earnestly faced the festivities head on.
私のスマホに残っていた弾幕写真から始まった花火大会は、乱入者によって危険な弾幕大会へと変わってしまったが、特に怪我人も無く終了した。今思い返してみても花火大会が最後まで盛り上がったのは、乱入者とそれに対して臨機応変に対応したスタッフ達のお陰である。 The fireworks festival instigated by the danmaku pictures on my phone was crashed by intruders partway through and changed into something more dangerous, but luckily no one was really hurt. Thinking back, while it stayed exciting all the way to the end, that was thanks to the staff's quick thinking in adapting to the intruders and playing it by ear.
本書は、最初はただの幻想郷の妖怪アルバムみたいなものを作るつもりだったのだが、結果不思議な花火大会の記録とともに、幻想郷の人間、妖怪の行動原理が如何に素晴らしいのかを記録した本になった。彼女らは常に子供みたいに花火を楽しみ、生死をかけた危険でさえ全力で自分の役割を演じ、全力で楽しんでいたのだ。現実に戻ってみると、それが如何に不自然なことなのか思い知らされる。 While I meant this book to just be an album of Gensokyo's youkai, in the end it became a record of this mysterious fireworks festival, along with the somehow wonderful behavior of Gensokyo's humans and youkai. When things were going as planned, these girls honestly enjoyed the fireworks like children, and even when their lives were on the line still managed to play their parts to the fullest, and to enjoy themselves to the fullest. When I returned to reality, it only made me realize just how weirdly unnatural everything was.
さて、どうでも良いことだが、やはり気になるのでここに記しておく。この花火大会の優勝者は……結局、豊聡耳神子さんでした。確かに派手で圧倒的な輝き、それに安全さもあり(更に言うと一人だけ何回も参加していた)彼女に勝る者は居なかった。というか、途中から審査もなくなってうやむやになっていたのにも関わらず、優勝に固執していたのも彼女くらいだし、その気迫に押されたところもある。まあ審査員に別の者を優勝させる勇気が無かったとも言えるが……。 Now, it doesn't really matter, but I'm sure you're curious so I'll jot it down. The winner of the fireworks contest was... Miss Toyosatomimi no Miko. Certainly, no one could beat her in the flashy, overwhelming brilliance of her danmaku, nor in how safe she made it (not to mention how many times she entered). I mean, we kind of stopped judging partway through so it gets a little murky, but even so, if anyone was going to win, it'd pretty much have to be her. She can also be a little... pushy. Well, I guess you could say the judges weren't brave enough to give the win to anyone else.
ちなみに最後に出てきた稀神サグメだが、いつの間にか審査員席に座っていた紫さんによると「彼女は混乱に陥った花火大会を、平和で退屈な花火大会に変える能力を持っている」らしく、万が一のために声をかけていたそうだ。幻想郷には、ニッチで使い道のない能力を持っている者もいるのだと思った次第である。 By the way, Sagume Kishin showed up at the end, but according to Yukari, who ended up in the judges' seats somewhere along the way, she was invited on the one in a million chance that we'd need her "power to peacefully change this fireworks contest that had fallen into chaos back into a boring one." I suppose in Gensokyo there are even people with such niche and unusable powers.
さてさて、本書は貴重な秘封倶楽部の資料として残しておきたいと思う。正直言って、幻想郷の写真はSNSに載せてもイイネどころか、炎上すらしない。SNSで一番大切なのは共感であり、次に羨望である。秘封倶楽部の活動は、人に共感されないし、羨まれることも必要としないので、この資料が人々に広まるようなことはないだろう。しかし、一切の共感を持たれなかろうと、弾幕は私にとって紛れもなく現実なのだ。 Anyway, I think I'd like to leave this book as a reference for the all-important Secret Sealing Club. To be honest, even if I upload pictures of Gensokyo to social media, I don't even get any flames, let alone likes. What's most important on social media is understanding, and second is jealousy. No one's going to understand the Secret Sealing Club activities, and there's nothing they need to be jealous of either, so I doubt this is the sort of material that would spread. But I don't care if nobody else understands. Danmaku is undoubtedly real to me.
秘封倶楽部初代会長 宇佐見菫子 First President of the Secret Sealing Club, Sumireko Usami
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