Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sword Art Online - Chromatic Colors (short story)

Chromatic Colors is a short story by Reki Kawahara, included with abec’s art book, published on 20 January 2016.

It is 6 pages long, separated into 3 chapters. The main character is abec’s illustrated original character, Ceba. When the game SAO: Hollow Fragment was collecting character designs on the internet, abec submitted this character design and earned a special prize.

Ceba is present in Hollow Fragment, and you can even add her into your party.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sword Art Online Volume 17 - Alicization Awakening

Chapter 20 – Each of Their Battles

7 July 2026 / Eighth Day of the Eleventh Month of the Human Empire Calendar, 380

5:00 a.m.


More than 3,000 players gathered in a great dome in the World Tree that stood in the heart of Alne City, at the center of the world of ALfheim Online.

The winged knight monsters defending the dome’s roof gate had been removed. Instead, the nine fairy races now used this space to meet and negotiate, or as a venue for events.

Only four players were facing the roughly 3,000 other players who had been gathered to this large, inconvenient meeting.

The hulking Gnome Agil, Salamander samurai Klein, Cait Sith beast tamer Silica, and Leprechaun blacksmith Lisbeth — partners of the «Black Swordsman» Kirito, who was still diving in «Underworld», yet to awaken.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Masou Gakuen H×H Volume 9

Prologue

That place was an oasis in the middle of a desert.

Greenery was spreading at the vicinity of a large river. People gathered, creating a city. The town made one imagine such a procession.

There was no wall around the city, but trees with tall height were planted, starting the city leniently. There was no external enemy that the city had to be vigilant towards. The bright light of the sun was reflected, by the buildings built from brick and stone of beige color that were standing in rows.

“……Is that the place?”

A girl covered in a mantle attached with a hood was staring at that city. Standing on the sand, her hood was deeply lowered to evade the bright sunlight.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Shunkashuutou

Prologue

Satomi Koutarou was extremely bad at getting up in the mornings. Even if he had an important event in the day, that wouldn’t change. That’s how Koutarou had lived until now, sleeping without regard to the surroundings or issues around him. So the sight of Koutarou and Sanae sleeping together in
room 106 was a common one that put those who saw it in a pleasant mood.

“…Hey, Koutarou, wake up.”

However, there was an exception to every rule, seeing Koutarou spread-eagled, sleeping without a care was aggravating to someone who was tense in anticipation of an important event. Especially so when Koutarou was central to the event.

“Koutarou! Can’t you understand I’m telling you to wake up!? Honestly…”

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 16

To the Underground World 

Sunday, July 4

To the five Sun Rangers, the Forthorthe weapons they had been loaned were complete mysteries. While they had only been issued with non-lethal weapons to keep the conflict from growing larger, they were still far more excellent than any of the weapons on Earth. The five could not do anything but be amazed.

“What the heck is this... I've never seen a taser gun that fires bullets”
“Hayato-niichan, this looks like a bazooka, but is it seriously non-lethal?”

“Kenichi, wouldn't this suit you? Supposedly it's a shock sword”
”You're right. Daisaku, could you spar with me a little?”

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 15

Kiriha's Now

Friday, July 2

The girl known as Kurano Kiriha has a domestic and tolerant atmosphere to her. However, that's not all there is to her. She had another side to her, namely, the commander of the underground people's invasion force.

That said, Kiriha and the others’ invasion of the surface was a peaceful one.

Apart from their registrations being fake, almost all of their invasion is done through legal means. They also take part in the local community, actively communicating with the locals. In other words, Kiriha and the others’ invasion is intended to cause as few problems as possible for the locals.

The biggest reason as to why they chose to go with such a roundabout way to invade is because they don't like being forceful. They had been unjustly chased away from their homes in the past, but they had no intentions of doing the same to the people of the present. That’s because of their pride and stubbornness. The tribe that Kiriha and the others are a part of, the People of the Earth, is a very prideful tribe.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 14

Shizuka's 'Path of the Dragon'

As the date approached the middle of June, the summer began setting in properly. But despite the change in season, the landlord for Corona House was feeling a little sad.

“This season is back again...”

Staring at the calendar on the wall, a deep love, sadness and loneliness resonated in Shizuka's eyes. One of the days on the calendar had been circled with a red pen, and Shizuka was gazing at that date.

“It's already been almost five years since that day...”

Shizuka peeled her eyes off of the calendar and picked up a photo placed on the top shelf of her bookshelf. On the photo was an elementary school girl wearing a karate' dougi and holding a trophy, together with her parents.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 13

Homecoming

April 25, Sunday

Even on Sundays, the mornings are early in room 106. The reason for that is Koutarou and Ruth's daily morning training. While everyone else are still sleeping, they would go out with just the two of them. That was a scenery that had been repeated these past several months.

But Ruth didn't appear today. And if she didn't appear, there was no one to wake Koutarou up. As a result, Koutarou was still lying down on the floor, leaning on one of the walls in the room.

The sound of unreserved footsteps could be heard passing by Koutarou. And the owner of those footsteps sat down in front of the TV and used the remote to turn it on. Because there were a lot of anime being aired on Sunday mornings, this was an important time for this anime loving person.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 12

Everyone's Weekend

Friday, April 23

The Higashihongan family has been protecting the Higashihongan shrine as the head priests for many generations. With a long lasting history, the branch shrine that is the Higashihongan shrine has existed for over 500 years. And the main shrine, the Hongan shrine, has existed for longer than there exists records of it.

Because of their long history, the Higashihongan family owns vast lands and assets, and they are one of the few distinct families in Harukaze city. Thanks to that, their land is the size of a baseball stadium, with a large and luxurious Japanese-styled mansion on it and a garden that has been devised in such a way that all four seasons can be enjoyed to their fullest within their land.

“I-I've come to a helluva place...”

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 11

Tulip

March 16, Tuesday

As March begins, clubs have an important job to do. And that is to recruit new members.

As a public school, Kitsushouharukaze has entrance exams on two different dates, and those results are announced on the 5th and 20th of March. Since club activities are so active in the school, none of the clubs have the time to wait for the entrance ceremony, and instead the intense battle to recruit
promising new students start on the days that the results of the entrance exams are announced.

Of course, both Koutarou and Harumi of the knitting society will be taking part in this recruiting battle. In preparation for that day, they had come to the mall to purchase some things. The two were quite motivated and weren't just ready to use the remaining club funds, but also their own money.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 10

Shooting Star and Runaway Daughter

A mother's death held unfathomable meaning for a young girl who was just barely six years old.

At this age, children are always with their mother, whether they're playing, eating, or sleeping. Even when they're leaving and coming back from kindergarten, they are always by their mother's side. That is as obvious as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.

“Dad, you meanie! Can't you just listen a little!?”

Of course, the same was true for this young girl. Just after she had turned six,her mother passed away from a sickness. It was as if the sun had stopped rising all of a sudden. Having become mentally unstable, the girl would fight with her father over even the smallest things.

“I will definitely go watch the Kabutonga movie.”

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 09

Training  

February 8, Monday

Koutarou and Ruth's morning started early. By five in the morning, they had already woken up and had headed out for their daily run.

On their running course, they ran towards the river from Corona House, and then they continued along the flow of the river on the promenade that had recently been maintained.

The physical training Ruth had started with during the later half of last year had shown very promising results as they entered February, and her fitness had completely changed since she began.

Her daily exercise that she never skipped out on had let her understand the trick in how to move her body. As a result, Ruth didn't end in the same sorrow state as Yurika.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 08.5

The Reborn Forthorthe Army  

In the northern parts of Mastir territory, close to Pardomshiha territory, lies a great plain called Raustor.

The name Raustor stood for “the goddess's resting place”. With most of Mastir consisting of mountains, there was a myth that Goddess of Dawn rested her legs here.

Since it was a plain within a mountainous region, it naturally became a transport hub. As a result, a large amount of towns that focused on trade were established, and an army to defend them was
stationed there.

Because of that, the reborn Forthorthe army ended up clashing with the coup d'état army in Raustor. It was an unavoidable battle if they were to march on to the capital, Fornorn.

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 08

The Witches Scheme  

Sunday, January 31

Several months had passed since Maki had come to Kitsushouharukaze city.

During that time, she had been using a room in an apartment house.

Though she had been using that room for months, it still didn't feel like someone was living there. There was little to no furniture, and nothing that a girl her age would normally have was anywhere to
be seen. There was only a simple table and chair and a bed to sleep in. It was a dull room, almost like a prison cell.

“Come, Nightwalker!”

Rokujouma no Shinryakusha Volume 07.5

Outside of Reason  

Space and time flows in a similar fashion as to a river.

The river starts at a small source, and as the volume of water increased, flowing from heights to lows, it splits for one reason or another. At the same time, two split rivers might reunite once more.
By repeating the cycle, the river spreads through the earth and moistens it.

Space and time are similar to that. At one point there was only one universe, but as time passed, it split into multiple universes. By flipping a coin, the universe could split simply by the outcome. If that coin was used to pick what team starts off in a football game, it could then possess the ability to largely influence said game. That split would then create a parallel universe. At the same time, it's possible for those split universes to rejoin. If that tossed coin had landed into a wishing well, the outcome wouldn't matter. The result would be buried by countless other coins and lose its meaning as it vanished into the quantum theory of probability. It is common for a universe to converge after a minute chance such as that, just like with a river. Even if a large rock blocked the flow, the river would just split up and reunite shortly thereafter. As the universe splits and reunites, history is knitted together. And we live in one of the strings of that knitted history.