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#24. Kagehoushi

PHANTOM STREET #24

tl by danluffey

152)
#24. Kagehoushi

153)
1: Just as there is shadow where there is light,
2: there are humans who live in the world of light, and those who dwell in darkness.
3: Kyaaaaa!!

154)
1: But those in the light may never judge those in the shadows...

155)
1: Only those of the dark may pass judgement on one another...
2: Ummm...
3: Are you sure this will be alright?
4: Sure.
5: You don't need to worry. I give you my guarantee!
6: This woman is a bit of a lone wolf, and only takes on unusual jobs...
7: but she's the best detective in this town.
8: What kind of a person
9: is she?
10: Hmmm. Well...

156)
1: She's sent pro wrestlers to hospitals, can take on eight violent men at once in a fight, and even got the jump on a mugger once.
2: She's got quite the list of accomplishments.
3: You heard how the Kyouhou gang recently broke up, right?
4: That was her doing.
5: Every yakuza in the country would move out of the way if they saw her coming.
6: Umm... is she really that scary?
7: Don't worry, don't worry!
8: She won't do anything unless you make her mad.
9: Hey, aren't you the manager of "Sabbath?"

157)
1: What are you doing all the way out here?
2: /Wow! She's so pretty!
3: Oh, perfect timing! I was just about to take this girl to you.
4: Huh? To me?
5: Oh, you know! She has a job for you!
6: She says she wants to hire you for something.
7: Whaaaaat?!
8: H... hey, wait a minute! Don't tell me that she's...
9: That's right.

158)
1: I'm Saiki Miya, the private detective.
2: Nice to meet you.
3: Please follow me.
4: My office is on the third floor.
5: My name is... Kumagaya Megumi.
6: I heard that you're a very skilled detective, so I...
7: What? Are you worried now that you've seen what I look like?
8: No, of course not...
9: The truth is, about two months ago...
10: I saw a woman get killed in the apartment across from mine.

159)
1: I think I remember hearing about that.
2: It was connected to a string of break-in murders. I think the victims were all young women.
3: Did you go to the police?
4: Of course, I called them at once.
5: This is the profile I came up with.
6: Wow... not bad.
7: Of course! She's enrolled at an art school, you know.
8: Then, a man who looked just like this was taken in as a suspect.
9: His name is Kageyama Tokuji.
10: Apparently, he had been seen stalking the woman who died.
11: But for some reason, they let him go.
12: Whaaat?! Why?!

160)
1: He had an alibi.
2: Somehow, he was arrested for speeding at the same time when she was killed. He was arrested pretty far from the apartment, too...
3: Someone mistook him for the criminal, then?
4: I still can't believe it.
5: I mean... he really looked exactly like the criminal.
6: And ever since then, I feel like he's been following me...
7: It's so creepy.
8: I'm really scared! He might come after me next...
9: Please, will you investigate him for me?
10: Hmmm. I see...
11: This sounds interesting.

161)
1: Sure, why not?
SFX: CLICK

162)
1: Hoo...
SFX: FWUMP
2: Yooo...
3: Kyaaa!!
4: B-but... but...
5: How...
6: How... did you get in here...

163)
1: Hee hee hee... I just used a little magic.
2: Special magic... that only I can use.
3: You know, I almost went to jail because of you.
4: It's only right that I pay you back for what you did.
5: I see you even hired a detective. But that won't help...
6: No one can catch me.
7: The last girl died so quickly, I wasn't able to have any fun...
8: I'm gonna make sure I get my kicks in this time.
9: Kuhee...
10: Kuhee hee hee...
SFX: FWAH
11: H...
12: He disappeared...?!

164)
1: Kuhee...
2: Kuhee hee hee...
3: Hee hee hee...
4: Hiaahhhahahah!!

165)
1: Long time no see, Renjou-san!
2: My, my. You've certainly gotten more beautiful since I saw you last,
3: Miya-dono.
4: Hmph...
5: You never change.
6: Informants aren't supposed to compliment their customers, you know.
7: Ahaha...
8: You never miss a beat, Miya-dono.
9: More importantly... did you find out anything
10: about that man?

166)
1: Yes, I did...
2: Quite a bit...
3: Kageyama Tokuji, 35 years old. Currently, he's unemployed. He lives in a cheap apartment building called Yoshino Heights in Ooizumi.
4: He's also known as the "shadow man."
5: Shadow man?
6: He's a practicioner of Western magic, it seems. Black magic, to be more precise.
7: Within the black magic he can use, there exists a "Doppelganger" spell. He used it on himself to gain a special ability.
8: What kind of ability?
9: The ability to create a clone of himself.
10: You know... he's what we call a "kagehoushi."
11: A kagehoushi?!

167)
1: A Kagehoushi is one who has mastered the art of splitting himself in two, or creating a separate clone of himself.
2: This is also thought as a type of "split-soul disease" that people are born with.
3: I see...
4: Things are starting to come together now.
5: Be careful, Miya-dono. Clones aren't the only thing he can conjure up.
6: Thanks. I will.

168)
SIGN: Kageyama Tokuji
SFX: KNOCK
1: Guess he's out...
2: Just gonna take a little peek...
SFX: RUSTLE
SFX: STOMP
3: Woahh...

169)
SFX: SKRITCH
1: What a dump...
2: What's this?
3: A diary?
SFX: FLIP

170)
SFX: STOMP
SFX: CLICK
1: Wh... who are you?!
2: Whoops...
3: Hey, you!
4: Wait!!
SFX: FWAH

171)
1: Wha...
2: D...
3: Dammit!!
SIGN: Saiki Detective Office
4: Saiki-san!!
5: Megumi-san! What's wrong?

172)
1: It was that man...
2: He appeared in my room tonight...
3: I know you won't probably believe me... but he appeared and disappeared, right in front of my eyes.
4: I just got so scared...
5: It's alright. You don't need to worry anymore.
6: I just found proof that he's killed people.
7: What?!
8: This.
9: It's his diary.
10: And not a normal day.
11: It's a record of all the murders he's committed.
12: According to this, he's killed six people so far... all young women. The times and places where they were killed, along with cut-outs of newspaper articles are all in here. Along with pieces of the girls' hair.
13: This is his collection.

173)
1: With this much proof, the police will have no choice but to go after him. It won't matter how many alibis he has!
2: Even if I happened to get a hold of it through illegal means...
3: Or would you rather I use it to extort him?!
4: Huh?!
5: That bitch...
6: How dare she?!
SFX: FWAH

174)
1: We'll have to
2: take out both of 'em.
3: Yeah. Use the spell. We need to get that book back.
4: You sure?
5: If I use that spell, it'll shave five years off our life.
6: I don't care...
7: Just make sure you take them both out! Got it?!

175)
1: We're being followed...
2: What?!
3: Let's...
4: make a pit stop.
5: Hey... how about showing yourself already?
6: You want something from us, don't you?
SFX: RUSTLE
SFX: SKRITCH

176)
1: I didn't know
2: that detectives were thieves...
3: Now how about giving me back what you stole from me.
4: Nopers! If you want it so bad, you'll have to take it from me by force.
5: Fucking bitch...
6: Get back...
SFX: FSSSSH...
7: Are you the real one?
8: Or...
9: the clone?
SFX: GASP

177)
1: Uoohh!!
SFX: WHIP
SFX: SLASH
SFX: FWOOSH

178)
SFX: STAB
1: Heh...
2: Sorry, but that's a miss.
3: No...
4: It's a hit.
5: Uu...
6: M-my body...
7: My body won't move!!

179)
1: I just pinned your shadow.
2: Ggh...
3: It's no use. You won't even be able to flinch now.
4: Kuhee... kuhee hee hee...
5: So, how do you feel now, Ms. detective?
SFX: STOMP
6: Time to give you what you deserve.
7: Hee hee hee...

180)
1: Before that, I have
2: one question for you...
3: Why did you kill
4: so many women?!
5: Kuhee...
6: Kuku... kuhee hee hee...
7: If you got a new weapon, wouldn't you want to try it out?
8: It's no different than that.
9: As long as I send my clone out, I can do anything.
10: I can pop up and invade any place I want. Murder is a cinch!
11: Killing women is especially fun.
12: It really gives me a rush. Hee hee hee...
13: Ku... kukuku...
14: Hyaaaa hahaha!!

181)
1: You're
2: insane.
3: Kuhee hee hee... all I need is an alibi,
4: and not even the police can touch me!
5: Just so you know, I'm the clone.
6: The real me is drinking it up at a bar right now!
7: I hear that when
8: a clone is damaged, so is its host.
9: Heheh...
10: And how exactly are you going to damage me?

182)
1: Hmmm...
SFX: TWITCH
2: I dunno...
SFX: FLICK
SFX: WHOOSH
SFX: CRASH
3: Oh no!
4: The shadow!!

183)
SFX: THUD
1: Guhah...
SFX: SKRITCH

184)
1: Looks like
2: I win.
3: Nah...
4: We're just getting started!
5: Kyaaaah!
SFX: FWAH
SFX: GRAB

185)
1: Ggh... aaahh...!!
2: Kuhee hee hee...
3: You really thought I could
4: only make one clone?
5: Ggh...!
SFX: CLENCH
6: S... Saiki-san!
7: Don't move!!
SFX: TWITCH
8: I'm going to take my time with you later.
9: Kukuku...
10: But I'm gonna start
11: with you, Ms. detective!!
SFX: SLIP

186)
SFX: FWAH
SFX: STAB
1: Wha...

187)
SFX: FWAH
1: Wh...
2: What...
3: Impo...
4: ssible...
SFX: THUD

188)
SFX: FWISH
SFX: FWAH
1: He...
2: disappeared?!
3: It's over now.
4: What?!
5: It's all over...

189)
1: Late last night, a customer drinking at a bar called "Genpei" suddenly started bleeding from his stomach and collapsed.
2: He was immediately taken to a hospital, but had lost too much blood
3: and died shortly thereafter.
4: From his ID the police learned that he was Kageyama Tokuji-san, a 35-year old man. Detectives suspect that he used a knife to commit suicide.
SIGN: Kageyama Tokuji (35)
5: The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow becomes.
6: Fighting with the evil that dwells there is my job.
7: Of course, I'm just like them. I live in the darkness.

Phantom Street [5] / END

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