Nine-Tailed Fox

九尾の狐


[on a battlefield]

Dr. Roman:

The enemy is a demon type. It’s a pretty big one, so watch out!

Fou:

Foh, foh!

Mash:

Acknowledged! Let’s go, Master! Be careful, Tamamo!

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Yes, yes. Right you are, Shield Girl!

Mash:

Shield Girl!?

[battle]

Mash:

Phew… That was tough.

Tamamo-no-Mae:

……

Mash:

What’s wrong, Tamamo?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Ah, no, nothing at all! Let’s mop up the rest of the enemies!

  1. …?

[battle]

Fou:

Foh!!

Mash:

Oh, that’s Tamamo. What’s she up to?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

*sigh*…

  1. What’s wrong?
  2. Is there a reason you’re sighing?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Master… I apologize. I’m embarrassing myself in front of you.
The truth is… well, I’m sure you’ve noticed. It’s my body.

Mash:

Your body!? S-Senpai, what’s the meaning of this!?

  1. R-Relax!
  2. Deep breaths, deep breaths.

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Maybe you’ve noticed too, Shield Girl. Lately, I’ve become a burden to you.

Mash:

What did you do to her, Senpai-
Wait, a burden? You, Tamamo?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Indeed. Due to… certain circumstances, I’m unable to use my full power.

Mash:

It really doesn’t seem that way to me…

Tamamo-no-Mae:

The problem is mine. I know myself best, after all…
Long ago, I had nine fluffy tails. I sowed chaos through the land, living as I pleased. Well, that was the passion of my  youth.
I’m getting away from the point, but I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on my terrible mistakes.
I sealed eight of my evil tails… and became the meek fox you see here.

Dr. Roman:

The famous legend of the nine-tailed fox. This is the first I’ve heard of you going back to a single tail, though.

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Yes. I’d like to become stronger and more useful to you, Master…

Mash:

Is there a problem with that?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Yes. If I become stronger, my tails increase. That said, how should I put it…
After I’ve gained more tails, I’ll become someone far removed from the person I am now…
Yes, to put it bluntly, I’d be a great monster that’s said to destroy three thousand worlds or somesuch.

Dr. Roman:

Seriously?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Yes, it’s no metaphor. It would approach one of the Three Great Calamities, a monster of apocalyptic proportions.

  1. Really…
  2. So?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

When I imagine my Master seeing me in such a state, I lose all motivation to gain more tails…
But as a fluffy-tailed fox priestess, I’m useless to you…
…It would be like a disaster on the same level as the cause for these Holy Grail Wars.
It pains me to even imagine it.

Mash:

So you’re at odds with your past self…

Dr. Roman:

Oh, sorry to interrupt again, but I’m seeing more monsters- Whoa, it’s huge!
It’s even bigger than the demon you fought earlier!

Fou:

Foh!!

Mash:

Senpai, leave this to me and see to Tamamo!

Tamamo-no-Mae:

If I could at least regain one tail, I could use a teeny tiny bit of the monster’s power…
Ah, how regretful that I must seal my own power!

  1. You’re still Tamamo even if you have more tails, right?
  2. It’s not like I mind, though.

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Indeed, indeed, I’m sure your love for me has run- Mikooon!?
M-Master!? What did you just say?

  1. I really don’t mind.
  2. Tamamo, you’ll still be Tamamo.

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Say what!? S-So even if I recovered all nine tails and was like, “wow, this sucks,” you’d still approach me like you always do!?

  1. Yep.
  2. That’s right.

Tamamo-no-Mae:

How wonderful! To think this Master, whom my soul meandered through space and time to encounter by chance, this personage with whom I surely must have shared a bond with in a past life to form a contract with — to think you would be the owner of such a handsome soul! Though, you’d still lose to my soul mate.

All right! Get hype! Time to kick my Serious Level up another notch!

If the worst should come to pass, I implore you to restrain my darkness, scold me, and bring me back to the rightful path!

Mash:

…Ah, erm, so what are you saying?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

I’m sorry to have worried you, Shield Girl! Today, right here, Tamamo-no-Mae…
Is Tamamo-no-Mae Reborn! That’s right! Henceforth I shall serve you as New Tamamocchi!

Come! Come, come, come, come, come! Master! Behold your adorable Casko-chan’s brilliant performance!

Now, may my sound reach distant enemies, and bewitch the foes before me!
I am the guardian of the golden capital, an umbral conduit of destiny from the Kunlun!
I am the mirror surface of the water that reflects the sun’s golden radiance!
Sunlit Varuna meets your challenge!

[battle]

Tamamo-no-Mae:

stunning victory for Tamamo-chan!! I’m at the top of my game! The very top!

  1. By the way, I don’t see any new tails.
  2. Did you get a power-up?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Oh, my tails? Let me think… To recover another one, I think you’d need about another 50,000 experience points? Let’s just settle with one for now.

Mash:

Eh? But what was all that about increasing your tails…

Tamamo-no-Mae:

Well, I’m such a worrier, you know. I’m the type to fret about something endlessly like you saw earlier.
But it’ll be okay. I have no weaknesses, now that I’ve gained the trust of my Master!

Dr. Roman:

I don’t think anything’s really changed from the earlier battles…

Mash:

Yeah, what was the point of all that?

Dr. Roman:

Well, they say sickness comes from the spirit, right?

Fou:

Foh?

Tamamo-no-Mae:

The floating world is but a transient dream, and people’s lives are like the morning dew…
Yet, our pact is more resolute than the Killing Stone. Henceforth, I shall endeavor to serve you with all my heart, Master.♪

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