an English translation of the novel

Page 189-190

Another mystery surrounding minoshiro is that it’s not mentioned in most ancient texts. Even though many of the texts from over a thousand years ago are off-limits, the word “minoshiro” is still nowhere to be found in available texts. That means that minoshiro were discovered within the past couple hundred years, but an entirely new creature evolving within such a short timespan is unthinkable.

Actually it’s not just minoshiro. In the years between civilization from a thousand years ago and today, there was a mass extinction of fauna. That past species all went extinct is unusual but not completely unexpected, what was surprising was the sudden appearance of minoshiro and hundreds of other species as if they had come out of thin air.

One hypothesis that seeks to explain this phenomenon has been garnering attention lately. It says that their evolution was driven by the collective human unconscious.

But that seems a bit extreme. Just recently, it was determined that minoshiro descended directly from a species of sea slug called the indica nudibranch that lives around the Boso region. Although it’s hard to imagine a 30-centimeter long sea slug evolving into something as big as a minoshiro, when you look at the {raincoat-like protruding gills} you have to admit that there is a definite resemblance. If the sea slug is really the ancestor of the minoshiro, and they share the same name1, then that is supporting evidence for the first two theories that were mentioned earlier. But I think more research is still needed.

The reason I’m mentioning all this is that in order to understand what I’m talking about when I get to the part about meeting the false minoshiro during summer camp, you need to know what a real minoshiro is.

Since minoshiro didn’t exist a thousand years ago, it’s possible that they might not exist a thousand years from now. So even though there is already literature on minoshiro, I still want to explain it again here.

Their length ranges from tens of centimeters to one meter, the smallest are about the size of a hornworm, while the big ones are as long as a millipede. They have a big Y shaped antenna on their head, and two smaller pairs of feelers on the end of them. Their eyes are small and covered by skin, so it is assumed that they can only detect light and darkness. Minoshiro have short legs like a hornworm’s or millipede’s (this feature makes them unlike gastropods such as the sea slug), and can walk at a good speed. The movement of their numerous legs is reminiscent of a military march. There are colored, half-transparent quills on their back that glow at the tips.

1The sea slug has the same “mino” kanji as minoshiro, meaning ‘straw cape’
I think the straw raincoat/cape description is probably hard to understand, so this is what it looks like.

2 Responses to Page 189-190

  1. Thanx alot for the translation
    And the updates are really fast :D
    Thnx again =3

  2. Keep going. If not you, who does it?


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