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#25. Mermaid

PHANTOM STREET #25

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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#25. Mermaid
#26. Iso-onna
#27. Anshi
#28. Inugami Master
#29. Spirit Switching

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#25. Mermaid

9)
1: See you tomorrow, boss.
2: Take care, now!
3: Alrighty then...
4: Time to go pop open a cold one...
5: Heheh...
SFX: FWISH
6: Gyaaahh!!
7: What?!
8: Hey, Nabe, what happened?!

10)
SFX: SPLURT
SFX: THUD
1: Nabe!!

11)
1: Blood...
2: Give me... blood...
3: Give me...
4: your blood...
SFX: FSSH

12)
SIGN: Mugen's Puppet Shop
1: Finished...
2: Finally... finished...
3: I'm so sleepy...
SFX: THUD
4: And hungry...
5: Hyou-chan? You alright?
6: I've just been so busy lately...
7: It's such a relief to know I've caught up with everything...
8: Enough already!!

13)
1: Wh...
2: What's going on?
3: What's wrong, Reiko-chan?
4: Aaahh!
5: Boss! Stay baaack!!
SFX: KYAAAA
6: Woah!
7: What the?!
8: Come on!
SFX: KYAA
9: I told you to stay back, boss!!

14)
1 I don't believe them!
SFX: SWAT
2: Don't they know when to give up?
3: What were all those girls doing out there, anyway?
4: Apparently, they're YOUR fans.
5: Fans?
6: Remember this?!
7: Oh, the magazine that came to interview me!
TEXT: A puppet master who continues to challenge himself
8: They keep asking me to let them meet you!
9: They're only middle schoolers, and they're already trying to seduce men!
10: They think you're some teen idol or something!

15)
1: Don't worry, though!
2: I'll guard you with my life! I won't let them lay a finger on you!
3: Uhh, you don't need to go that far...
4: It'd be nice to have some more customers, after all...
5: No! Absolutely not!
6: All you need to do is be a tiny little bit nice, and those POSERS will get completely full of themselves!
7: You can't let your guard down, even for a second!
8: Okaaay...
9: Oh, that reminds me, Reiko-chan.
10: I forgot to tell you, but I'm leaving on a trip tomorrow.
11: Huh?
12: Where are you going?
13: To a village out in the country.
14: I need to deliver some puppets.
15: Whaaat?! You're delivering them yourself?!

16)
1: Why don't you just send them by mail?
2: Well, I can't.
3: I just have to deliver these ones in person. They specifically asked me to.
4: The lady who ordered them owns an inn, and she promised me I could stay there for a week for free.
5: It'll be kind of like a vacation.
6: Whaaat?! A whole week?!
7: Take care of the shop while I'm gone!
8: That goes for the
SFX: MEW
9: kitties, too!
10: Please come back as soon as you can!
11: Haha!
12: Yeah, I know. A week is a bit much.
13: I'll probably be back in two or three days.

17)
SFX: FSSSH...
1: Hmmm...
2: Huh?
3: That's weird...
4: I thought I was going the right way...

18)
1: What? You got lost already? You never really did have a sense of direction...
2: Um... do you even know what you're saying?
3: For your information, if I've got no sense of direction, then I got it from YOU, grandpa!
4: Who are you calling grandpa?! I'm your sensei! Your sensei!!
5: Hey... leave me alone!!
SFX: SKRITCH
SFX: FWIP

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1: You think you can eat and run and get away with it?
2: I... but... 200,000 yen just for beer and some snacks is highway robbery!
3: Oh, so you're gonna argue with us now?
4: H-hold on...
5: Just so you know, I happen to be a san-dan in karate!
6: N-now, unless you wanna get hurt...
7: then beat it!!
SFX: STOMP
8: Uuu...
9: Just give us all you've got.

20)
1: Ummm...
2: Excuse me,
3: is there a problem?
4: Wh-who the hell are you?!
5: Uwaaahh!!
SFX: WHAM
6: Gah...

21)
SFX: WHAM
1: Hiiieee!!
2: Huh?
SFX: THUD

22)
1: Phew, that was scary...
SFX: HUFF
2: Are you alright?
3: You're pretty strong! You surprised me!
4: Oh no, I'm nothing special...
5: I'm actually quite timid. If you hadn't appeared, they probably would have made off with my whole wallet!
6: Nishikami Inn?! That's where I'm staying!
7: Wow, really?!
8: You really saved my skin! I was totally lost back there.
9: Haha... what a coincidence.
10: Well?
11: How about having a drink with me tonight to commemorate this new friendship?
12: The only other people at that inn are old folks, you know.
13: I sure could use someone to talk to!
14: Oh...

23)
SIGN: Nishikami Inn
SFX: SLIP
1: Sorry to keep you waiting!

24)
1: I'm Shiho, the owner of this inn. Nice to meet you.
2: Oh,
3: the pleasure's all mine.
SFX: STAAARE
4: Um... is there something on my face?
5: Oh, I'm sorry...
6: So these are the puppets?
7: I'm so sorry for making you come all the way out here.
8: You must be tired. Please let me guide you to your room so you may get some rest.

25)
1: You're single, aren't you, Mugen-san?
2: Um, yes...
3: Do you have a lover?
4: Huh?!
5: Oh, I'm sorry.
6: I shouldn't have asked that.
7: Haha...
8: I'm afraid I don't have much luck with women...
9: Oh... is that so?
10: For some reason, I find that hard to believe.
SFX: SNICKER
11: Please make yourself at home.
12: Thanks!

26)
SFX: THUD
1: Uuuuu, I'm so tired...
SFX: FWUMP
2: Hey, Hyousuke! What are you trying to do, kill me?!
3: Oh, sorry!
4: Hoooo!
5: Since she owns this place, I was expecting her to be much older... but she's pretty young, and pretty pretty to boot!
6: Yes indeed.
7: Hey, where are you going, Hyousuke?!
8: To the bath!
9: I'm here, so I might as well
10: take advantage of the facilities, right?

27)
1: He looks...
2: so much like him...
3-4: /Just like him...

28)
1: Ahhh, I can feel the life flowing back into my veins!
SIGN: Lockers
SFX: FWSSH

29)
SFX: FWAAAH
SFX: SPLISH
1: Sh... Sh... Shiho-san?!
SFX: SPLAHS
2: Kyaa!
3: Wh-what...
4: What is this, a mixed bath?!
5: Oh, I'm sorry!
6: I didn't think anyone would be in here right now...

30)
1: Umm... Mugen-san...
2: There's something
3: I'd like to talk to you about...
4: Would you mind if I moved over there?
SFX: SWOON
SFX: RATTLE
SFX: STOMP
5: Yaaawn...

31)
1: Hm?!
2: Huh?
3: Aren't you...
4: Ah...
SFX: BLEEHHH
5: Oh no!
6: Hey, someone!
7: Someone, this guy needs help!
8: Hoo...

32)
1: I can't believe you actually let yourself faint in the bath. What happened?
2: Umm, nothing...
SFX: KNOCK
3: How are you?
4: Oh... thanks for your help!
5: I feel much better now, thanks to you. I'm really sorry for all the trouble I caused.
6: Oh, it was nothing! I'm just glad it was nothing serious.
7: Oh, that's right! I haven't introduced myself, have I?
8: Here's my card...
TEXT: Jissensha Inc.
Reporter for the Monthly Pharoah
Tomoda Jun
9: The Monthly Pharoah?
10: It's an occult magazine.
11: I heard about some mermaid sightings around these parts,
12: so I came to draft up a report.
13: Mermaid sightings?

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1: Japanese legends concerning mermaids are a bit different than their Western counterparts. In the "Nihon Shoki," an ancient historical record of happenings in Japan, there's an account of a Japanese mermaid who was caught in a fisherman's net.
2: There are over 50 existing accounts of mermaids that were sighted up to the Edo Period, located mostly around the Japan Sea.
3: Most people think of beautiful women when they hear the word mermaid,
4: but according to the ancient records, mermaids are actually hideous creatures.
5: Have you heard the tale of Yaobikuni?
6: No...
7: It took place about 1500 years ago, in the year 484.
8: A man named Gondayuu of Wakasa traveled to Sado, and happened to acquire the corpse of a mermaid from a foreigner there.
9: Then, when he wasn't looking, his daughter cut some meat off the mermaid and ate it.
10: After that, many years passed, but his daughter never aged.
11: She stayed young and beautiful forever.
12: Eventually, she went on to become a nun, and lived on for 800 years.

34)
1: Apparently, mermaid meat makes people immortal if they eat it.
2: But it's just a fairy tale, right?
3: I guess.
4: A lot of similar legends exist all over Japan, though.
5: And you can find a lot of mummified mermaids if you know where to look.
6: Of course, most of them were made from connecting wolf and fish corpses together.
7: I heard that there wass one enshrined in a temple nearby, so I went there to check up on it today. It was pretty grotesque.
8: What was?
9: Well, apparently the monk there takes the mummy outside to get some air once per year.
10: But when he does, the villagers come and steal parts of it to boil and drink.
11: Who knows what really happens, but it was definitely a mess. There's no way to tell what it was originally.
12: It just reminded me of how twisted humans can be, you know?

35)
1: That guy sure can talk. He was here for two whole hours!
2: If you hadn't stopped him, I bet he would have kept talking until the sun came up!
3: There are nothing but old people resting here, so I bet he was really happy to find someone he could talk to.
SFX: HAHA...
4: Poor guy...
5: Can't say what he was talking about wasn't interesting, though.
6: You mean about the mermaid?
7: It's just a fairy tale, right?
8: Not necessarily...
9: Well, even if there are mermaids, there's no way their meat could actually make people immortal.
10: It's just too in line with what a person would dream up.
11: Hyousuke, if you had the choice, would you become immortal?

36)
1: Me...?!
2: Haha... no way.
3: I don't believe
4: in eternal life.
5: Then I'd have to watch all the people I live
6: die before I do... it'd bring me nothing but sadness.
SFX: FLASH

37)
1: Uu...
2: Aah...
3: Ggh... gah...
4: Aah... aahh!
5: Gh... no... not now...
6: Another fit?!
7: Gh...
8: Gah...
9: Gaaaahh!!
SFX: FSSSH
SFX: FSSSSSH
SFX: RUSTLE...

38)
1: Geez...
2: Today was a total bust.
3: Yo, Shige!
4: How long are you gonna keep pissing for? Hurry it up!
5: Ggh...
6: Aaah...!!
7: Hey, what's wrong?
8: Hey... hey!!
9: Wh-what the hell happened?!

39)
1: Blood... give me blood...
2: Give me...
3: your blood...

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