#29. Spirit Switching
PHANTOM STREET #29
tl by danluffey
#29. Spirit Switching
2: St-stop it...
4: Wh... what do you want?!
5: Who are you people...
6: What, have you gone blind?
7: You can't really expect me to believe that you forgot my face, Mikimoto.
8: It may have been an accident, but you still made a big mistake.
9: The boss is livid.
1: H-hold on a second!
2: You've got me confused with someone else!!
3: I'm not Mikimoto...
5: Next time you lie,
6: think up a better story.
7: Take care of the rest. And don't screw things up!
8: Yes sir!
SFX: CHIRP CHIRP
3: It's already past noon! Let's go out and play!
5: I was up all night working!
6: Let me sleep a little longer!
7: Waaaake uuuup!
8: Wake up! Wake up!!
1: Hey, boss! Good morning!
2: G-good morning.
3: I made breakfast! Want some?
4: What? Really?!
5: Thanks for all the hard work, Reiko-chan.
6: Oh, it was nothing!
8: You two look like a mommy and a daddy!
12: Kyaaaaa! What in the world has gotten into you?!
13: I don't believe my ears!
14: You silly little boy!
15: (One, two, three!
2: A customer?
3: Yes, he said he wanted to speak with you.
4: He looks really suspicious, though?
6: Did he come asking me to do part-time work? I suppose it's OK to let him inside.
8: Please, right this way.
9: Excuse me.
10: Nice to meet you. My name is Mikimoto.
11: I'm... not here for any suspicious reasons.
2: what do you want from me?
3: I need you to find someone for me.
5: Sorry, but I'm no good at finding people.
6: Perhaps you should consult a detective...
7: I've tried many other methods,
8: but they haven't gotten me anywhere. Please, just give me your assistance.
9: This is the man I want you to find.
10: Who is he?
1: It all started
2: a month ago.
3: One evening, a strange man approached me at a bar.
4: He called himself Iwabuchi Senkichi.
5: And then, when we both got liquored up...
6: Mikimoto-san, was it?
7: I think you're a pretty good guy, you know. You're young, healthy, and on top of that, you're even handsome.
8: You're popular with the ladies, aren't you?
9: Not very...
1: Hey, Mikimoto-san, I've got an offer for you.
2: How about trading bodies with me?
3: Trading bodies?
5: That's a good one.
6: So, how exactly do you plan to make this trade?
7: Like this.
10: Uoh, aaahhh...
1: When I woke up, he was gone.
2: And when I went into the bathroom to look at my face, I fainted.
3: Look at my face now.
4: I became him.
5: He actually managed to switch our bodies somehow.
6: You may not believe me, but I really am telling the truth!
7: Mugen-san! Please...
8: Find the man who stole my body!!
1: What do you think,
3: Well, it's possible that it's all inside his head...
4: But at the very least, it doesn't seem like he's lying.
5: Is switching souls like that
6: even possible?
7: We used a soul transfer to turn me into this, right?
8: I'd say it's probably possible.
9: Could you track him
10: with this photo?
11: That's a photo of him, but not really him,
12: so I doubt it...
13: I suppose we should hunt down
14: some info on this guy first...
1: Here are
2: the documents you wanted.
3: You already found him?
5: Well, I am a detective, remember?
6: Iwabuchi Senkichi, 45 years old. He's a famous magician in Western Japan!
7: The word on the street is that he used black magic to curse himself and gained special abilities.
8: He did have a complex about his appearance,
9: but I still can't believe he switched bodies with someone.
10: You know him?
11: He asked me out once a long time ago.
12: I turned him down, of course.
13: Here's our real problem, though.
1: Mikimoto Kazuya. He may look like a nice guy, but he's actually a huge slimeball.
2: He's a total scumbag!!
3: He's a gigolo with connections to a yakuza organization called the Irotorikai.
4: He deals drugs too, and I know a number of girls who have become his prey.
5: If what you just told me is true, then you should just let him suffer.
6: Turn him down at once, Hyousuke!
8: But I already accepted the advance payment...
9: Oh really?
10: Then I'll require twice my normal fee for this information.
11: Whaaat?! Are you kidding me?!
12: You wanna argue?
13: I am very happy to do business with you.
1: You're Jinkai-san from the Irotorikai, correct?
2: Who the hell are you?!
1: Mikimoto Kazuya is a friend of yours, isn't he?
2: Would you happen to know
3: where he is right now?
4: Why are you looking for Mikimoto?!
5: Doesn't look like you're a cop...
6: are you a detective?
8: I suppose you could call me that.
9: If you know anything,
10: it could really help me out.
12: but we don't know nothing...
4: Why'd you go and attack me all of a sudden?
2: Kee hee hee hee hee... now then...
3: Look into my eyes!!
1: Where is Mikimoto Kazuya
2: right now?
3: He's dead...
5: He was a womanizer, alright.
6: The worst kind possible.
7: He'd pick up girls and then get them addicted to drugs. That was how he caught 'em.
8: But then, of all things, that idiot mistook the boss' daughter for a girl who had run away from home and shot her full of something. We found out in no time.
9: By now,
10: he's sleeping with the fishes.
1: And that's the whole story.
2: So, as you see, Iwabuchi Senkichi... er, the person who took over your body, has already passed away.
3: I'm sorry, but if you look on the bright side,
4: it means Iwabuchi basically got murdered in place of you.
5: Think of it as getting a second chance,
6: and try to enjoy your new life.
7: My new life, huh?
1: I really am
2: a lucky guy, aren't I?
3: Still need
2: There was one thing I forgot to tell you.
3: The last thing that Iwabuchi Senkichi said to me.
4: He told me I didn't need to worry. That if I didn't like his body, I could always just switch out with someone else...
5: get it?
6: Pretty simple, right?
7: All I need to do now is switch bodies with you.
8: If I can get a handsome body like yours,
9: I'll have no complaints!
10: Just so you know, it's no use trying to run.
2: you must be joking.
4: Heh... sorry, but this ain't no joke.
5: I'm dead serious.
2: This body still has all of his powers inside it.
3: You're not getting away!
3: You're even better looking without your glasses on. Even a guy like me can't help but stop and stare!
4: That reminds me...
5: You have a cute little girl at your shop, don't you?
6: Is she yours?
7: Hee hee... don't worry. I'll love her nice and good, she won't even miss you.
8: She'll get used to my style in no time.
1: Besides, how could a woman ever complain
2: to a guy who's as handsome as you?
3: Heheh... I can just see her now, crying her little eyes out
4: and begging for more dope.
6: Hee hee hee hee...
7: But first things first...
8: I need your body!
5: Miya was right...
6: You really are a total scumbag.
8: What are you?!
1: Go to
1: What a fool he was
2: to anger you like that.
3: There may be no one in this world who can match you when you're angry,
4: eh, Hyousuke?
5: Hey, wake up!
6: Wake up, wake up!!
9: I made two lunches today! How about eating them with me later?
Phantom Street  / END
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