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white: A 34-page one-shot by Natsume Yoshinori!!
black: A man running through the dark city... just who is he?!
1: Dammit... he got away!!
3: Where are you running to? You've got nowhere to hide!
black: Togari vol. 8 is now on sale!!
white center: Sadder... and gentler than anyone...
bottom right white: Natsume Yoshinori
bottom left black: A truly skilled author pounds out another action one-shot!!
1: Nooo! Stop it, Hiroshi, not here!
2: What's the big deal? No one else is arou... nnd?!
3: Wh-what the?
4: U... Uwaaaahh!!
2: a monster!!
2: Where did you go?
5: Get over here, Jiro! You can't go off by yourself...
6: Watch out!!
3: We need to
4: treat your wounds...
1: You really banged yourself up.
2: There, all better.
3: Thanks for earlier.
4: For saving Jiro...
5: I'm Aya.
6: You... have really gentle eyes.
1: See, even Jiro can tell.
2: Wait, you shouldn't move your body yet. One of your wounds might open up.
1: That's the place.
2: No jumping out like that again,
3: OK, Jiro?
5: What's wrong, Jiro?
6: Wh-who's there?!
1: The monster came here, right?
2: I don't know what you're talking about.
4: it really feels like he was here.
5: Where did Orochi go?!
4: How could you do such a thing?!
5: He's still incomplete... we need to hurry, or else we may run out of time.
6: Now tell me!!
7: Where is he?
8: The monster...
1: is right in front of my eyes right now...
2: It's you!!
3: Bring her.
side: [From Natsume Yoshinori] Long time no see. This is the first manga I drew in a year. Over that period, I've still experienced a lot of inspiration, but it seems like now it's harder to make decisions, and I worry over more. But in the end, you just got to keep drawing, so I'm going to work hard to keep creating manga for you all to read. I'm waiting for your thoughts and letters!
2: You think you can win me over with something like this?
3: The least you could do is buy me a brand accessory or something!
2: Auu... auuuuu...
1: You saw him, didn't you?
2: You saw how ugly he was!
3: He isn't human anymore.
4: He's a weapon that we created!!
5: His mind and body are still unstable... and there's a possibility that he may evolve even further...
6: He's a violent, dangerous creature.
7: Wh-why do you keep saying those horrible things
8: about him?
9: Horrible things?
10: We're the ones who gave him a purpose.
1: We gave a reason to live...
2: to a being that had none.
3: A reason called destruction!!
4: In exchange, he received that ugly body.
5: He isn't ugly...
6: He saved Jiro...
7: He's gentle... and his eyes looked sad...
8: I've seen the horrible things you people do...
9: And you're all way uglier than him!!
1: I thought we could use you as bait to lure him out, but...
2: Use the moonlight to aim.
1: So you caught our scent, eh, Orochi?!
1: Kill him before he gets any stronger! We can just take him back as a corpse!!
1: Get it now, girl?
2: He's a monster! That's right...
1: A monster... just like me!!
1: What's wrong, Orochi?! Why won't you fight?!
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2: Look at that girl's eyes! She despises us!!
3: There's no turning back for you now!!
4: If you don't want her to see your ugliness,
5: then I'll just have to make it so that you can fight without any reservations!!
1: You idiot! Why are you protecting her?!
2: Did you fall in love with her or something?!
3: You, with that grotesque body...
4: What a joke!!
1: No one...
2: could ever love you!!
2: So... you WANT her to see you, huh? You want her to see how brutal you are?
3: That's right...
4: Only someone like me, who bears the same fate,
5: could ever understand you!!
1: The only mercy I can give you...
2: is to free you from your suffering.
3: Along with that womaaaaan!!
1: Orochi... it's futile...
2: No matter who you protect...
3: We will never be loved...
4: That's right... no one...
5: well ever...
1: And so, Orochi returns to the darkness of the city... look forward to Natsume Yoshinori's next piece!
Orochi - END
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