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#8. Jugondou

PHANTOM STREET #8

tl by danluffey

112)
#8. Jugondou

113)
1: It was about two months ago
2: when I first started to notice the changes in his body.
3: Of course, we took him to a doctor,
4: but he could do nothing.
5: What kind of a condition is he in now?
6: By all means, take a look.

114)
1: Go ahead.
SFX: SLIP
2: Wh...
3: at...

115)
1: Father...
2: Yo...
3: Yoshiharu...?
SFX: HYUUUU
4: So?
5: What do you think?
6: He must have fallen prey to some sort of strange curse...
7: Can you fix him?
8: Well, I'll have to do some research first. I honestly can't give you a solid answer just yet.

116)
1: But one thing's for sure -- my seals will only be able to prolong the inevitable.
2: So it's impossible?
3: Hmm... well, if we were to catch the person who cursed him,
4: that would be a different story.
5: I already know who did it. I hired a pro in that area, and he's currently hunting the man down.
6: I think we'll be able to bring him here soon.
7: At the latest...
8: within the next few days.
SIGN: Mugen's Puppet Shop

117)
1: Huh?
2: Kitties?
3: Yeah! They were born at Kawapyon's house, but he said he can't deal with any more.
4: Can you take care of them for us, Hyou-chan?
SFX: MEW
5: No way! I'm done with animals! Got it?!
6: Kyaaa!
7: It's a widdle kittyyyyy!
8: Awwww! So cuuuute!
SFX: MEW
9: Hey, boss!
10: NOOOO!
11: Listen up! Real animals aren't like toys or stuffed animals! You have to take very close care of them, and no one should be allowed to get a pet unless they've made the proper preparations!

118)
1: Are you even listening to me?
2: Hey!
SFX: YAAY KYA KYA
3: C'mon, boss, pleaaase? What's the big deal?
4: Yeah! C'mon, Hyou-chan!
SFX: RUB
5: Hey... stop it!
6: Pleaaase! Pretty pleaaase?
7: Boooss!
8: Grrr...
9: I said nooo!
10: And no means no!
11: DING
SFX: MEW
12: Uuu... why does it always end up like this?
13: (Coochie coo...
SFX: MEW
SFX: ROLL
14: Boss!
15: You got a letter!
16: A letter?

119)
1: Takamura Senshuu?
2: You know this guy?
3: Ah, I haven't heard that name in years. What does the letter say?
4: "I would like to meet with you as soon as possible."
5: That's all it says.
6: What kind of a person
7: is this guy?
8: He's a master of "jugondou." When I was young, he saved my life twice.
9: An exorcist?

120)
1: Jugondou is an art that extends from Taoism, and was most popular during the Nara Period. It was most widely used as a means of defense and spiritual medicine, but with time, it developed into an art that specialized in cursing.
2: Masters of jugondou are called "Jugonji."
3: At the end of the Nara Period, jugondou disappeared from the face of the earth, along with the many scrolls that kept its secrets.
4: Senshuu is one of the few people who has inherited the secrets of jugondou.
5: Alright, pause the history for a second -- how do we even know this guy's actually out here?
6: I'd hate to have come all this way just to find out he's not home.
7: Oh, he'll be here... probably.
8: I hope you're right...

122)
SFX: FSSSSH
SFX: FSSH...
1: Geez.
2: Can't I ever get a break?
SFX: WHOOSH

123)
SFX: SLICE
1: That's some way to say hello to someone.
2: Hohoh.
3: A prohibited* leaf...
4: Kee hee hee hee... not bad!
*: The word used when jugundou is used to compel an object

124)
1: You seem awful relaxed. Aren't you going to do anything about this?
2: Don't tell me you think you're just going to sit there and laugh!
3: Kee hee hee. This is a good chance for you...
4: Why don't you play with him?
5: Here he comes!
SFX: FSSSH
SFX: FWOOOM
6: Dwaaahh!!
SFX: SKID
SFX: THUD

125)
SFX: FWAH
1: H-hey!
2: Wait...
SFX: FWOOSH

126)
SFX: THUD
SFX: BWOOOM

127)
1: Wh...
2: What the?!
3: Kee hee hee hee... it was just a simple illusion.
4: You fell right for it, Housuke!
5: There?!

128)
SFX: FWICK
SFX: SLICE

129)
1: Hohoh... so you can use Fuujin...
2: Are you related to Maki Genzou, perchance?
3: Ohhh! Senshuu!
4: Long time no see!
5: What?!
6: That voice...
7: Genzou?!

130)
1: Hohoh! So you're
2: Genzou's grandson...
3: You resemble him in some ways, and others, not so much -- like your good looks.
4: Hah! You're one to talk!
5: My name is Maki Hyousuke.
6: I have to say, I'm surprised. I never thought that one day you'd be a floating head...
7: Three years ago, on my deathbed,
8: I had a soul transplant done. And that's why I look like this... kee hee hee!
9: Hyousuke-kun, was it?
10: Sorry for surprising you earlier.

131)
1: It's fine.
2: I knew you weren't serious from the beginning.
3: Hohoh...
4: You really do take after your grandfather.
5: More importantly, Senshuu, what did you send that letter for?
6: Oh... no reason.
7: I just thought it'd be nice to share a bottle with you for once in a while.
8: Ke hee hee hee...
9: You never change!
10: I figured that might be the case, so I brought some with me!
11: Let's drink it up tonight!
12: You should join us, Hyousuke.
13: Uh... me?
14: Yes! Let's see how much of a man you are!

132)
SFX: FSSSSH
SFX: STOMP
1: Uooohh! No mooore!
SFX: SWAGGER
2: Hic
3: Pathetic...
4: Fufu...
5: So, Senshuu...
6: How about telling us why you really called us here?

133)
1: I want you to take care of some things after I die.
2: You're the only one I can entrust this to.
3: Hmph... what are you acting so weak for all of a sudden?
4: That reminds me, though... you have a daughter, don't you?
5: ...she died.
6: Three years ago. She was sick.
7: All she left behind
8: was a girl named Aki.
9: ...Mmm ...
10: I see...
11: And you aren't currently living with your granddaughter?
12: Mm...
13: About that...

134)
1: Do you sense that?
2: Yes.
3: From out front.
4: Three... no...
5: four.
6: And one of them has a gun.
7: But there isn't bloodlust emanating from them.
8: They don't plan to kill you.
9: Fu... looks like
10: they've finally caught up to me.
11: Who are
12: they?
13: Men hired by the Imperial Railroad Group.
14: What?!
15: The Imperial Railroad Group?!

135)
1: The Imperial Railroad Group
2: is one of the five biggest corporations in Eastern Japan.
3: Hmm... well, I don't know what you did,
4: but the question is... what are you going to do now?
5: I expect you could clean them up rather easily if you wanted to.
6: Sorry, but...
7: would you mind lending me a hand?
8: Looks like there's more to this than meets the eye.
9: Yes, you could say that.
10: Fine...

136)
1: Don't move!!
SFX: FWAM
2: Guooohhh!!
3: What...?
4: Guess he drunk himself to sleep.
5: Hah! Less work for us.
6: Let's get him out of here.

137)
SFX: HYOOOO

138)
SFX: LIFT
SFX: GRAB
1: Gggh
SFX: SHOOOO...
2: Uoohhh!
3: Gh...
4: Oh...
5: Gaaahh!!

139)
1: So?
2: How is my father doing?
3: Not...
4: very well.
5: Currently, my seals are keeping his transformation from proceeding.
6: But we need to hurry up and catch the guy who hurt him, or else there's no telling what'll happen.
7: We just caught him, finally. I just got a report that he's on his way.
8: Oh?
9: So,
10: who is he?

140)
1: His name is Takamura Senshuu,
2: a fortuneteller who used to work for my father.
SFX: THUD
3: Senshuu, I presume.
4: Hmph... and you're Juuzou's son, I take it?
5: What in the hell
6: did you do to my father?

141)
1: Fufu... I have no idea what you're talking about.
2: Don't play dumb with me!!
3: Fine...
4: I'll get you to explain everything to me later.
5: Throw him into the prison!
6: Yes sir!
7: Hey, who's that?!
8: Well...
9: We found him with Senshuu, so we brought him with us...
10: Who
11: are you?!
12: Mrrrm...
SFX: RUB
13: Hyousuke!
14: It's Hyousuke!!

142)
1: Shiragami?!
2: What are you doing here?!
3: I'd like to know the answer myself...
4: Er... umm...
5: This is a friend of yours, Shiragami-san?
6: Yeah.
7: We work in the same industry.
8: C'mon, let's talk in here.
9: Sh... Shiragami-san?!
10: You don't need to worry. We can trust this guy.
11: B... but!
12: What, then?

143)
1: Are you saying you can't
2: trust me?
3: Um...
4: No...
5: I understand.
6: But on one condition.
7: I don't want him to leave until everything is settled. Is that alright?
8: I see.
9: So you haven't heard anything from that Senshuu guy?
10: What about you?
11: Well, I heard that Tachikawa Juuzou, the leader of the Imperial Railroad Group, had been cursed and was on his deathbed, so I took the job.
12: Three days ago.

144)
1: A curse?!
2: Yeah, and it's a bad one. Hair's growing out from his entire body...
3: Honestly, I can't believe a single curse could change someone that much.
4: And you think Senshuu-san did it?
5: Yeah. Dunno how, though.
6: But you don't need to worry about him.
7: I already told them that it's not the kind of curse that will just disappear if the caster's killed.
8: I don't think they'll kill him... for now.
9: Who was that man?
10: His son, Yoshiharu.
11: He's the heir, but he's nothing more than a spoiled little brat. He's pretty slimy, if you ask me.

145)
1: He even told me this: 'I want you to save my father, but if it turns out that's impossible,'
2: 'then just get rid of him.'
3: Gh...
4: Gahah!
5: Hey, go easy on him. Can't have him dying on us just yet.
6: Yes sir!
7: Now do you feel like talking?
8: Fu...
9: Fufufu...

146)
1: What kind of shape... is Juuzou in now?
2: What?!
3: I doubt he even looks human by this point.
4: You need to hurry up and finish him off, or else you might end up being his dinner.
5: Fufufu...
6: Wh...
7: What the hell did you do to my father?!
8: Fufufu...
9: Soon, he will no longer be one of us...

147)
1: And then no one
SFX: FSSSH
2: will be able to stop him.
SFX: FZZZ
3: Sir!
4: Sir!!
5: But... how...
6: Where is he?

148)
1: Uu...
2: Aah...

149)
SFX: RUMBLE
SFX: HYOOO

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