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#10. Kuhou Master

PHANTOM STREET #10

tl by danluffey

4)
Mizusawa Yuusuke

Phantom Street

5)
Cast of Characters

Maki Hyousuke

The 17th-generation "Mugen," and current owner of Mugen's Puppet Shop. He uses the "kuhou" skills he learned from his grandfather to do side work as a shaman. Currently he can only use three "kuhou" skills properly: flight, superhuman strength, and razor wind.

"Kuhou"

In the world of Japanese mysticism, tengu are known as creatures that consist purely of energy, who live alongside nature, yet are beyond what our human bodies can physically recognize. Normally, tengu are born from natural energy, but humans can also become tengu if they train themselves properly. This method of training is known as kuhou. Tengu possess the following abilities: flight, superhuman strength, telekinesis, mind-reading, invisibility, clairvoyance, water-walking, razor wind, spirit waves, and illusionary arts.

6)
Maki Genzou

Hyousuke's grandfather. Several years ago, his soul was transplanted into this head. He taught Hyousuke both in puppetry and kuhou. Genzou possesses the abilities of clairvoyance, mind-reading, and illusionary arts, but he also has a few other tricks up his sleeve.

Shiragami Jin

A sealist who can manipulate powered seals called "jufu." He makes his living by taking any sort of paying job he can get his hands on. He's been connected to Hyousuke for several years.

Chiba Reiko

The girl from the liquor shop next door who helps Hyousuke out part-time at his shop. She's in love with him.

The kids from the neighborhood

From the right - Ma-kun, Kazu-chan, Kawapyon, Micchan, Biwarin, Kenbou.

7)
Table of Contents

#10. Kuhou Master
#11. Izuna
#12. Puppet Master
#13. Phantom Blade
#14. Blade Monster

8)
#10. Kuhou Master

9)
SFX: FSSH
1: Saiki... Miya, right?

10)
1: Heheheh...
2: Sorry, lady...
3: but you're gonna have to come with us for a little bit.
4: Wh...
5: Who are you people?
6: I'm only going to warn you once. Lay even one finger on me,
7: and you'll regret it.
8: Heheh!
9: Oh yeah?
10: I'll be the judge of that!
11: C'mon!
SFX: FWAAH
SFX: GYAAAAAHH

11)
1: Gh...
2: Gah...
3: Gohh...
SFX: TWITCH
4: See,
5: what did I tell you?
6: Ggh...!
7: B...
8: Bitch!

12)
SFX: BWOOM
SFX: WHAM
1: Sh...
2: Shit!
SFX: FWICK
3: Uoohh!!
SFX: FWOOSH

13)
SFX: SLICE

14)
1: H...
2: Hiiiieee!!
3: H... heeelp!
4: Sh... she's gonna kill meeee!
5: Hmph...
6: Idiots.
7: Tch... I thought so.
8: Small fries like them are no match for her.
9: Ah well...
10: It'll cost me a bit, but I guess I'll have to give that guy a call...

15)
SIGN: Mugen's Puppet Shop
1: Ahh...
2: So hungry...
3: Hey, Hyou-chan, what are you doing?
4: Reiko-oneechan told us to tell you that she made lunch for you!!
5: What?! But it's already 2!
6: It takes her a while to finish!
7: Are you sure you're alright, Hyou-chan?
SFX: GROWWWL

16)
1: Sorry to keep you waiting!
2: Mmm... this tastes really good!
3: You can have as much as you want!
4: Eat up, eat up!
5: You're really good at cooking, Reiko-chan!
6: Whaaat? Reaaaally?
SFX: HAHA...
SFX: WAAH
7: I'll make lunch for you next Sunday too, then,
8: DROP
9: boss!
SFX: BRRRRING
10: Hello! Mugen's Puppet Shop!
11: Huh? Oh, yes, that's right!
SFX: SNIFF
12: (It's alright!
13: Boss! You've got a call from someone named Unkai-san.

17)
1: It's been a while since I've seen this place.
2: Hmmm...
3: It really hasn't changed one bit...
SFX: FSSH...

18)
1: Puhah
2: Well, I'm just glad to see you're doing well.
3: Thank you! It's been so long, Unkai-san!
4: You've really grown up, Hyousuke!
5: You used to be this small! Just like a little girl!
6: Oh yeah...?
7: And you, Genzou...
8: you sure have shrunk!
9: Leave me alone!

19)
1: Fu...
2: Really brings back memories of our training in the mountains!
3: Do you still make puppets, Unkai-san?
4: Mrrmm... lately, I've been having a lot of trouble getting myself around, you see...
5: Ke hee hee hee...
6: So not even the great puppet master Unkai Shigen can beat old age, eh?
7: Fufu...
8: I sure can't do all the things I could before.
9: So, Shigen... what did you call us all the way out here for?
10: Mm, yes...
11: It actually concerns Miya.
12: I need to ask a favor of you.
13: Miya? Ohh, your granddaughter! That little tomboy!
14: She became a detective, didn't she? How's she doing?
15: Oh, she's doing well, but...
16: The truth is...

20)
1: Someone wants to kill her?!
2: Someone wants to kill Miya-chan?!
3: Yes.
4: I got this news from a very reliable informant.
5: Of course, I told Miya about it,
6: but you know how she is... she won't mind me one bit!
7: Yeah, I can imagine...
8: That's why I want you to act as her bodyguard, Hyousuke!
9: What?!
10: Me?!
11: She may be rambunctious, but she's still my granddaughter.
12: Can I ask you this favor?
13: She's still a woman deep down, after all, so I figure she'll listen to what you say.
SFX: HYO HYO HYO

21)
SIGN: Saiki Detective Office
1: Man...
2: I can't believe I got myself into this...
3: What are you so down for, Hyousuke? It's been a while since you've seen her. Aren't you excited?
4: Uh, er...
5: Well... hmm...
6: /The thing is, I don't have
7: /that many GOOD memories of her...
8: CLICK
9: Here's her office,
10: Ryuudou-san.

22)
1: Saiki Miya, age 27.
2: Owner of the Saiki Detective Office, huh...?
3: She's pretty hot.
4: Don't let her looks fool you! She's no mere woman!
5: Thanks to her,
6: I had to spent eight whole years in the slammer!
7: Seems like she can use some weird abilities.
8: I did as much research on her as I could.
9: Apparently she trained in the mountains with her grandfather when she was a kid and mastered something called "Kuhou."
10: Hoh...
11: Kuhou?

23)
1: You know of it?!
2: Yes. Several years ago, I heard about it from a shugendou monk.
3: It's one of the old Japanese mystical arts...
4: It allows people to become tengu. Or, at least, use the abilities of tengu.
5: T... tengu?
6: There are 11* different paths to master in Kuhou.
7: Mastering each one grants the user a special ability.
8: A special ability?!
9: Flight, superhuman strength, telekinesis, mind-reading, invisibility, clairvoyance, water-walking, razor wind, spirit waves, and illusionary arts.
10: Of course, no one can master them all. Which abilities are awakened in a kuhou master are determined by their natural talents and how they've trained themselves.
*: Sunlight training, hot water training, fasting training, cold training, hot iron training, still training, wood training, flame training, night training, guard training, and snow training.

24)
1: I don't know how many abilities she can use,
2: but I'm almost positive it's only a few.
3: So, will you...
4: take the job?
5: Sure.
6: Why not?
7: No matter what she's capable of,
8: there's no way she could defeat me.
9: And besides,
10: I have a trump card...
11: Fufu...
12: Just leave everything to me.

25)
SIGN: Saiki Detective Office
1: KNOCK KNOCK
2: Come on in!
SFX: CLICK
3: Huh?
SFX: SLIP
4: Waahh!
SFX: SLAM

26)
1: Ahahahaha...
2: Long time no see, Hyousuke!
3: Ah!
4: Sorry about that.
5: I just thought I'd try and surprise you.
6: Haha...
7: Well, you did...
8: How did you know I was coming, though?
9: I just got a call from grandpa. "Your fiance is coming to see you today," he said.
10: Fiance?!
11: Oh?
12: Don't you remember?

27)
1: /Back when we were training in the mountains
2: /with our grandfathers...
3: Mi...
4: Miya-chaaan!
5: Wait up!
6: Hey! Miya-chan!
7: Oh, come on...
8: Hyousuke, you're a boy, aren't you?! Start acting like one!
9: B...
10: But...
SFX: CLATTER
11: /Falling rocks!

28)
1: Watch out, Hyousuke!!
2: Huh?!
SFX: WHAM
SFX: BOUNCE
3: Ah!
SFX: KYAAAAAA
SFX: CLATTER
4-7: Hyousuke!!
8: Hyousukeeeee!!

29)
1: And as I cried,
2: I told you that I'd promise to marry you, as long as you didn't die...
3: It's such a beautiful memory...
SFX: SIGH
4: I was in critical condition for three days, though...
5: Well, not like it matters! We were just little kids then!
6: Hahaha! Yeah, we sure were!
SFX: AHAHAHA
7: But...
8: I wouldn't mind marrying you...
9: if I really had to.

30)
1: Ah!
SFX: FWIP
2: I just remembered something.
3: Wait!
4: I was just kidding! You actually think I'm interested in younger men?
5: D... don't scare me like that!
6: I thought my heart was going to stop.
7: OK, now you're going too far!
8: Oh, right.
9: Now I remember why I came here...
10: Have you ever seen this man before?
11: Who's this?
12: His name is Minamidani Shuuzou. He was arrested for attacking you in the street eight years ago.
13: Oh, yeah! I think I remember that happening!

31)
1: A month ago, Minamidani escaped from jail, and hasn't been caught yet, of course.
2: So, what? He's coming after me for revenge or something?
3: Yes, but he's probably hired someone else to do it.
4: Have you noticed anything strange lately that could be connected to this?
5: Hmmm...
6: Oh, now that you mention it... maybe those three guys were sent by him.
7: Geez...
8: I was afraid this would happen.
9: It's OK for you to be confident in your abilities, but you need to be more careful!
10: Hah! What do you know? You're younger than me!
11: I can use almost every Kuhou ability there is, you know!
12: Uuu...
13: You think I need to be guarded by someone who can only use THREE? Thanks a lot, but I can protect myself!

32)
1: What should we do,
2: sensei?
3: Hmm...
4: Well, I figured things would end this way.
5: We'll just have to guard her from the shadows,
6: and make sure that silly tomboy doesn't notice us.

33)
SFX: SLIP

34)
1: Oh no! We fell right for it!
SFX: SKRITCH
2: Ufufufu.
3: Sorry, Hyousuke,
4: but I don't like
5: being followed.
6: Oh? Well then, allow me to apologize.

35)
1: And who...
2: might you be?
3: Ryuudou...
4: Genichirou...
5: I want sent to fetch you by someone who really wants to see you.
6: I'd appreciate it if you came along quietly...

36)
1: Hmph... unfortunately,
2: I'm rather busy at the moment.
3: Sorry...
4: but you'll just have to give up.
5: In that case...
6: I suppose I'll have to force you to come with me.
7: You really think
8: you can do that?
SFX: LEAP

37)
SFX: WHAP
SFX: SLAM
SFX: WHOOSH
SFX: SHAAH

38)
SFX: GRAB
SFX: SMACK
SFX: BWOOM
SFX: THUD
1: Guohh!!
SFX: FWAP

39)
SFX: BWISH
SFX: THUD
SFX: FWOOOOM
SFX: THUD

40)
SFX: SHAAAH
SFX: BWOOM
SFX: WHIFF
SFX: WHAM
SFX: FWOOM

41)
SFX: PWISH
SFX: SLICE
1: Wha...?!
SFX: SLIDE
2: Looks like
3: I win.

42)
1: Wrong...
2: I win.
3: Wha...
SFX: FWISH
4: What?!
5: ON
SFX: SHOO
SFX: KYAAAA...

43)
SFX: VWOOM
1: Uu...
2: Ah...
3: Aah...
4: /M-my body...
5: /I can't move my body?!

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