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#15. Soul Replacement

PHANTOM STREET #15

tl by danluffey

4)
Phantom Street [4]

Mizusawa Yuusuke

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.

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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.

Saiki Miya

A childhood friend of Hyousuke's who trained with him in the mountains when they were children. She's a master of Kuhou who can use almost all of the possible abilities, and also runs a detective office. To Hyousuke, she's like an older sister.

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.

Unkai Shigen

Miya's grandfather, and a puppeteer who can control the puppets he makes. Currently, he lives in a remote region of the mountains.

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Table of Contents

#15. Soul Replacement
#16. Shugenja
#17. Corpse Reversion
#18. Yukinko
#19. Nightmare

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#15. Soul Replacement

10)
1: ZANZ ZAN SARA SOWA KA BA ZARA DA TO BAN
2: NARI MARA SA MAN DA BA ON A MIO TA TEI ZEI
3: BA SARA ARA TANNU ON TARAKU ZAN DAN KAN SOWA KA KA RA UN
4: ARA TANNO ON TARAKU ZAN SAKU SOWA KA BA SARA DAN KAN RA HA SHA NO
5: ON TEI ZEI KA RA MAKU SA MANDA SAN

11)
1: Waa
2: choo!
3: You alright, Hyou-chan?
4: Errrmm... seems like I'm catching a cold or something.
5: Hey, don't forget that you promised to take us fishing next week!
6: Don't worry,
7: I'll make sure I'm all better by then!
8: You have to take us, no matter what, Hyou-chan!
9: Huh?
10: If you break a promise, you have to swallow a thousand needles!
11: Eh?

12)
SIGN: Mugen's Puppet Shop
1: I'm back!
2: Oh, boss!
3: Welcome back!
4: Wow, your face looks really red! Do you have a fever?
5: Oh, really?
6: Guess I did catch a cold...
SFX: BRRRRING
7: Hello?
8: (Now scream! Shoo, shoo!)
9: This is Mugen's Puppet Shop.
10: (Tch!)
11: Yes, uh-huh.
SFX: MEW
12: Yes, this is him speaking.
13: What? Right now?

13)
1: Um... are you Maki Hyousuke-san?

14)
1: Yes, I am. Who are you?
2: Oh, I'm the person that called you. Miyauchi Miho.
3: I'm sorry it took me so long to find you.
4: You look completely different from how I imagined you'd be...
5: Where did you hear about me?
6: From a friend of mine who does spiritual work...
7: Maki-san, I have a request for you.
8: I want you... to help my grandfather.
9: What happened to him?
10: Can you tell me... any details?
11: Yes. The truth is...

15)
1: What's wrong?
2: Oh, nothing.
3: Do you know those men?
SFX: STAND
4: Maki-san?!

16)
1: Let's go outside.
2: We won't be able to relax here, will we?
SFX: DASH

17)
1: Wha...
2: Wh... where did they go?
3: We're right here.
4: Seems like you've followed her all the way from the station.
5: Who are you?

18)
1: Miho-sama...
2: Please return to our leader's side.
3: Hiroaki-sama is worried about you as well.
4: I knew it...
5: My father sent you here to bring me back, didn't he?
6: I'm not a child anymore!
7: I'm making my own decisions from now on!!
8: We don't want to get rough with you...
9: but Hiroaki-sama ordered us to bring you back no matter what.
10: So you're going to come with us, even if it's by force.
11: M... Maki-san...

19)
1: This is a problem...
2: Guess I need to shoo them away, huh?
3: I don't know who you are, but you certainly seem confident in your abilities.
4: Just let me say this. I'm a ni-dan in full contact karate. And my partner here is a san-dan.
SFX: GRIN
5: Asshole!!

20)
SFX: FSSH...
SFX: LEAP
1: Gyaaaahhh
2: Someoooone!
3: Someone!!
4: Murdererrrs!

21)
1: They're going to kill meeee!
2: Hiiiieee!!
3: Someooone!
4: Heeeelp!
5: Fu...
6: They weren't so tough after all.
7: See? They're gone now,
8: Miyauchi-san.
9: Huh? What's wrong?

22)
1: Those two are disciples
2: from the Seitokukai.
3: The Seitokukai?!
4: The Seitokukai is a religious organization that was started by my grandfather,
5: Miyauchi Taikan.
6: It's a new religion?
7: Yes.

23)
1: The Seitokukai has tens of thousands of followers, with five headquarters all over the nation.
2: It started out as a small group,
3: but rose to prominence
4: due to my grandfather's powerful human charisma, which drew in countless people.
5: That's the environment I was raised n...
6: Ever since I was a child, I've helped my grandfather in his work.
7: But then, one day...
8: Miho-sama!!
9: Miho-sama, you must come at once!
10: What's wrong?
11: The leader! The leader has collapsed!

24)
1: Father!!
2: What happened to grandfather?!
3: His time has come...
4: B...
5: But...
6: He had always had a weak heart,
7: and his heart attack was so sudden that by the time the doctors arrived,
8: he was gone.

25)
1: However...
2: Huh?
3: What... did you just say?
4: Don't tell anyone that your grandfather died.
5: I already explained to the people who were present that we managed to save his life.
6: Just act like nothing happened.
7: What?!
8: Listen to me, Miho.
9: Listen very carefully.
10: This is a very vital time for the Seitokukai.
11: We've been gaining more and more followers, and the day when we could be officially registered as a religious corporation is drawing nearer.

26)
1: Imagine if people found out that our leader passed away. The Seitokukai would be finished!
2: But!
3: There's no way this will work! No matter what you say, unless people see grandfather...
4: they'll find out sooner or later!
5: Heh... it's alright. You don't need to worry about anything like that.
6: I've already
7: taken care of things.
8: My father said he took my grandfather's body to a shaman named Tendou Kumao,
9: and had a soul replacement done.
10: A soul replacement?!

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1: Soul replacement, or the "hangon no hou," uses a special type of incense called hangonkou. After lighting it, and invoking a curse, a dead soul can be returned to its body.
2: This technique is also called "mitamagaeshi" or "tamayobi no hou."
3: Of course,
4: I didn't completely believe what my father said at first.
5: I thought he was probably shocked by my grandfather's sudden death,
6: and became mentally unstable, which is why he was talking about such nonsense.
7: But...
8: It wasn't nonsense, was it?
9: No...

28)
1: One week later,
2: my grandfather reappeared before me.
3: And he looked the same as before?
4: No.
5: He wasn't my grandfather anymore.
6: He didn't speak, and he had an awkward way of walking.
7: He didn't even look human.
8: He just looked like a puppet that had been painted to look like my grandfather.
9: Soon, I just couldn't bear to look at him like that anymore...
10: Please, Maki-san.
11: Please... you have to save my grandfather!

29)
1: Please...
2: let him rest in peace.
3: What do you think, sensei?
4: Hmm...
5: It's a bit hard to believe, honestly.
6: If we could meet with the man in question, we might be able to figure out some sort of solution, but I doubt things will be that easy.
7: Perhaps first, we'll need to go and meet with Tendou Kumao, the one who performed the ceremony.

30)
1: [Seitokukai Headquarters
2: You still haven't found Miho yet?
3: No, sir...
4: I'm very sorry...
5: We've been searching everywhere, but...
6: Oh dear...
7: What a little troublemaker.

31)
1: If only you had tried to survive for a little bit longer,
2: you could have saved me from all this hassle.

32)
1: Go...
2: Gah... ghih.
3: Hmph...
4: Stupid puppet...
5: You are not to let that incense run out,
6: no matter what!!
7: Yes, sir.

33)
1: Hiiii, Hyousuke!
2: Miya-chan!
3: Here are
4: the documents you asked for.
5: I did this one pro bono, so you'd better be thankful!
6: Thanks! I really appreciate it!

34)
1: This is Tendou Kumao.
2: The photograph itself is from seven years ago, though.
3: He's a shugenja, a master of shugendou, mountain shamanism that incorporates Shinto and Buddhist concepts.
4: The details are all written in the document. He's a mysterious guy, that's for sure.
5: Until several years ago, he was training at a shugen dojo on Mt. Takao, traveling around the peaks of Okutama.
6: Then, all of a sudden he opened a dojo in the city and started working as a shaman.
7: He even built an altar where people could make special prayers in exchange for donations.

35)
1: And where...
2: is he now?
3: Dunno.
4: What do you mean you don't know?!
5: Until last week, he was apparently at his dojo.
6: But no one knows where he is now.
7: I tried tracking him with the photograph, but it seems like he's reaaally far away. I can't trace him with my power alone.
8: He probably went back to Mt. Takao to do some training or something.
9: Probably...? I see you've really given this a lot of thought...
10: If you've got any complaints, then why don't you try tracking him yourself, huh?!
SFX: RUB
11: Waaah! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!

36)
1: [Mt. Takao
SFX: FSSSH

37)
SFX: SPLOOSH
SFX: SKRITCH

38)
1: Waa
2: choo!
3: You alright, Hyousuke?
4: Yes,
5: I'm fine...
6: So, where do you think that Tendou Kumao person is?
7: Can you sense him?
8: Hmmm... the spiritual energy on this mountain is too powerful.
9: I can only detect his general area.
SFX: FSSH...

39)
SFX: RUMBLE
1: Sir,
2: I've brought in your meal.
3: Umm...
4: sir?

40)
SFX: CLANG
1: Oh... no...
2: I'm very sorry.
3: It was an accident...
SFX: RUMBLE
SFX: FLASH
4: S... sir...?
5: S...

41)
SFX: GYAAAAAHH
SFX: WHAM
1: Hey, what's going on?!
2: Th-the incense!
3: The hangonkou!!
4: No... this...
5: This can't be...

42)
1: Wha...
2: No... this can't
3: be happening...
SFX: GRAB
4: H... hey... y-you're kidding me... right?
5: Father...
6: Fatherrr!!
SFX: CRACKLE

43)
SFX: SPLAT
SFX: RUMBLE
1: Guh... gah...
2: Geh...

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