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Episode 5 - Devil's Cry [3]

METAL BACK #5

tl by danluffey

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Episode 5 - Devil's Cry [3]

137)
SFX: CRACK
SFX: THUD

138)
SFX: WHAM
SFX: FWOM

139)
SFX: THUD
1: CREAK...
SFX: SQUEAK
2: Ri... sa...

140)
1: Riiii...
2: saaa....
3: Why... does it know my name?
4: Experiment XX-01-HS...
5: It can't be...

141)
1: Major! We've picked up signs of the XX-01-HS!!
SFX: VWOOOM
2: He's on Route D-E-7!
3: Route D-E-7! Got it!
4: I'm going down!
SFX: FWAP

142)
SFX: FSSSH
1: Did... he escape?!
2: Are you alright? I'll call a doctor car at once!
3: No...
SFX: VUIII
4: Take me to the Members' HQ!

143)
1: You want to wear your suit even though the repairs aren't finished?! Don't be ridiculous!
2: I've heard about that black HS type! It seems like the US Army's after it too!
SFX: CLICK
3: There's no need for you to go out there too! Hey! Come on!!
4: Gully... you were trained in the US, weren't you?
5: What does it mean when they name a suit with the letter "X?"
6: The same thing it means to the UNM. "X" is used for casualties with MBs... all MBs who agree to donate their bodys to the army after death get an "X" attached to their ID code...

144)
1: What does XX mean, then?
2: That's a dead MB... Silver... are you trying to get information on that black HS?!
3: 16 PC types... and 3 HS types...
4: 19 total soldiers with XX codes...
5: Your leader, Corporal John Lithgow was one of them!
SFX: CLINK

145)
1: Silver! Just don't use Hyper Mode, whatever you do! If your armor falls off, you'll be trapped in the heat of the artificial muscles!
2: You'll be cooked alive!
3: Yeah. I'll just stick to Normal Mode.
4: /That black HS... I can't just let you have it, Hogan!!

146)
SFX: SHOOM
SFX: TOK
SFX: SHOOM
1: Major! I lost all sight of him!
2: Don't worry. I'll follow him with my eyes.
3: /He's using building shadows to cover his movements...
4: /It's like he knows his way around...
5: /Maybe it wasn't just a coincidence that he showed up here!

147)
1: /Something brought him here... something revived the soul he had left at the battlefield...
2: Good work!
3: /Metal Back...
4: /The black MB...
5: /This case is out of my jurisdiction... but...
6: /Ri... sa...

148)
1: /That black MB... why did it know my name?
SFX: CLANK
SFX: CLUNK

149)
1: Silver?!
2: Why...?
3: He's going to come back here!
4: I'm sure of it...

150)
1: How are you sure...?
2: Because...
3: That black MB is...
4: Stop!!
5: Please... just stop!

151)
1: I've been getting a bad feeling... especially since dad never came back after the war...
2: And especially since it seems like you knew him...
3: But that black MB... it... it...
4: I never thought... he would end up being one of the hunted!!
SFX: VWIIIIII

152)
SFX: VWIIIIN
SFX: WHAP

153)
SFX: CLANG
1: You don't intend to stand in my way, do you? Savrai Silver...
2: Unfortunately...
SFX: CSH
3: I don't intend to help you.

154)
SFX: BSSH
SFX: SHOO
SFX: WHAP
SFX: CLANG
SFX: VIIIN

155)
SFX: CRACK
1: So fast! So this is how HS types fight!
SFX: ZAH
SFX: WHAM

156)
SFX: GRAB
1: Corporal... if you recognize me, then please, stop resisting!!
SFX: HYUU
2: Li... sa...
SFX: WHAM
SFX: CRACK

157)
1: Eat this!
SFX: WHACK
2: Tch!

158)
SFX: HWIII
1: Woah!!
SFX: WHAM
SFX: SLICE
SFX: GRAB

159)
SFX: BSSSSHHH
1: I've never told anyone about this before, but...
2: I... was in charge of extracting and collecting battle data from the metal plates that remained in MBs who died in the war.
3: During this period, MB corpses were being used in a top secret experiment to bring them back to life!!

160)
1: I quit working there because I didn't agree with their choice to toy with the bodies of the dead...
2: Ever since I became a Member, and heard the rumors about you and your leader, I remembered something...
3: There was only one HS corpse that was ever experimented on... and it was missing its head...
4: You're... an XX! Corporal Lithgow!!
5: You died in the war!

161)
SFX: BSSH
1: Ggh... my suit's at its limit!!
SFX: BWAH
SFX: HWIIII
SFX: BCCH

162)
SFX: GBAAHH
SFX: VWAH

163)
SFX: CLANK
SFX: HAA
SFX: ZAHH
SFX: CRASH

164)
1: I shattered your metal plate... now no one will ever disturb your slumber again.

165)
1: [And so, what little of the man's soul remained in the metal plate transformed into a tragic ghost...
2: [At that moment, Savrai Silver realized that for Metal Backs, there was no such thing as a gentle death.
SFX: CLINK

166)
1: /When I die... will my soul be able to leave my plate?
SFX: GOOM

Metal Back Vol. 1 / END

167)
AFTERWORD

1: Thank you very much for purchasing Metal Back Vol. 1!
2: I'm Okazaki Tsuguo. It's the first time in ten years I've attempted to draw an SF manga with a handsome hero like this.
3: Many of you may not know this, but a decade ago, I created some similar characters.
4: It brings back memories, and embarrasses me at the same time...
5: I feel like I still haven't finished drawing this guy's story.

168)
1: So, what have I come up with in ten years?
2: Clever readers may have already realized this, but the MB suit design changed a bit after the first couple of chapters.
3: I made those changes after it was decided that this manga would be serialized.
4: I thought about redrawing the first couple of chapters for this volume, but I thought that on the contrary, leaving it like it is would give it some character...
5: You're just being lazy!
6: [Editor
SFX: BOOM
7: N-no I'm not!
8: I swear! I'm not!
9: What are you going to do, then?
10: I'm going to...
11: CONTINUE THIS IN VOLUME 2.

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