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    Date A Bullet
    Kurumi's spinoff novel "Date a Bullet" will be released on March 18th!
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    • YES!

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    • finally!!

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    • finally

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    • Wonder what that means, since it seems vol 16 will have a Kurumi focus.

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    • 66.189.5.6 wrote: Wonder what that means, since it seems vol 16 will have a Kurumi focus.

      It could mean we can see what she is up to not seen in the main volumes of the Light Novels.

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    • I hope it tells the story about how Kurumi became a spirit, as well as her motivations. Basically, sheding some light on Kurumi, who is by far the most complex character in DaL.

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    • Hajime Tanegashima wrote:
      I hope it tells the story about how Kurumi became a spirit, as well as her motivations. Basically, sheding some light on Kurumi, who is by far the most complex character in DaL.

      Me too, I'd love to see her first meeting with Phantom and the event that lead to her goal of eliminating the First Spirit.

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    • More Kurumi is always good. Though this story seems to have a different author, so no idea how that might work. Well, I just hope this side story doesn't turn into a vague reference in the main LN like what happened with Artemisia and Origami

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    • yeah ^^

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    • Might as well place it here. I wonder if Tsunako is the main artist for the spin off?
      Date A Bullet - Date A Live Fragment
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    • The fact that I can see that Kurumi's design is completely different is the one thing that shines to me right now about the spin-off.

      It's to the point that I'm gonna safely assume that it will be a story of her time before the start of the series or just a completely different side story that tells the story on her own perspective.

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    • I didn't know kurumi has already changed, though the story might be very deep I think

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    • Vizard6991 wrote:
      Might as well place it here. I wonder if Tsunako is the main artist for the spin off?

      NOCO is the one doing the illustration for the spin-off.

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    • Vizard6991 wrote:
      Date A Bullet
      Kurumi's spinoff novel "Date a Bullet" will be released on March 18th!

      Kurumi Giggle

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    • more detail about date a bullet What?? The author isn't koushi tachibana!? Who is that author? Someone can tell me,please?

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    • According the the pages, the author is Yuuichirou Higashide (東出 祐一郎). From what information there is, he is a primarily game scenario writer. His most notable work appears to be Bullet Butlers (wrote both the game scenario and the accompanying light novel).

      The illustrator is NOCO, who is doing the character artwork for the recent Atelier series games, and also one of the games for the Kantai Collection.

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    • Ok, I have few small translations from the pages:

      The long scroll across both pages reads: "さあ-私たちの殺合いれを始めましよう" ("Come on, we have begun to kill" or something similar)

      On the four points on the left page, the heading for the first point is "時崎 狂三" (Tokisaki Kurumi).

      The second heading is "殺し合い" (Killing together" or "Killing each other")

      The third heading is "エンプティ" (Enputei = Empty)

      And the fourth heading is ブレット" (Buretto = Bullet).

      The bottom of the right page are comments by Tachibana, Higashide (spin-off's author) and NOCO (spin-off's illustrator).

      And finally the full writing on the top right page reads:

      時を操り、人をも喰らう少女。 (A girl manipulating time and eating people.)

      時崎 狂三。 (Tokisaki Kurumi.)

      彼女はなにを求め、なにを手にするのか。(What is she asking, and what do you get.)

      紅き最凶の精霊『ナイトメア』による。 (It depends of the evil spirit [Nightmare].)

      "もうひとつ"の戦争(デート)が始まる。("Another" war (date) begins.)

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    • Oh,thank you very much for details

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    • wow, that's a lot, but thanks for posting it, I need to learn more ^^

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    • I'm now interested to see what the spin-off has to offer, both to Kurumi's character and what kind of story it has and how it can tie together with the main series.

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    • First Heading on left-hand side translation (rough):

      "Tokisaki Kurumi" (時崎 狂三)

      最凶最悪の精需 - 時崎狂三。(The worst of the worst spirits - Tokisaki Kurumi.)

      後女の具なる目的は三〇年前に飛ぴ始原の精需を殺し,この世界をなかったことにすること. . . 。(What is the purpose of this young girl's fixation of killing the First Spirit that appeared 30 years ago . . .)

      ひとりの少女には大きすきる便命を背負い銭う強さ,そして折見せる少女としての弱さ。(To one girl, strength is to overwhelm the precognition of fate and weakness is showing herself as simply a girl.)

      誰包まれた時崎狂三の奈紙は『デート・ア・バレット』で,明らかになるのか? (With everyone wrapped up in Tokisaki Kurumi's story in [Date A Bullet], will it become obvious?)

      Notice: This is not an accurate transcription due to certain characters being so small from the source image that it was close to unrecognizable and all characters shown are guesses as to which they were with my best effort.

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    • oh ^^

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    • Second Heading on left-hand side translation (rough):

      "Killing together" (殺し合い)

      これまで一万を始える人を張ってきたといわれる時崎狂三。(Up to now Tokisaki Kurumi is said to have been known to stretch out to one million individuals.)

      空間黑による大風殺人,精需のカを段るった一方的な進殺。(A great murder spree across a large black space, the spirit continues to advance without turning back.)

      どんな理由があるにせよ彼女がこれまで歩んできた道は,尻の上に成り立つている。(For whatever reason she has decided to walk thus far, it lies in this isolated place.)

      殺し合いと呼ばれるほどの発圓をできる存が彼女の前にどれだけいるだろうか? (How much is there to her existence that can be shouted aloud as simply a killer?)

      正体不明,の煙術?(What is this, a smoke act?)

      モれとも同じ精需. . .? (Or is it the same demanding price . . ?)

      Notice: This is not an accurate transcription due to certain characters being so small from the source image that it was close to unrecognizable and all characters shown are guesses as to which they were with my best effort.

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    • Third Heading on left-hand side translation (rough):

      "Empty" (エンプティ)

      とある場所で時崎狂三はひとりの少女と出含う。(In some places Tokisaki Kurumi appears as a girl.)

      名前も記抱もない少女。(A girl with neither a name nor an identity.)

      狂三はその少女にエンプティ(空っぽ)と名付ける。(Kurumi chooses to be empty (like the void).)

      エンプティは狂三を其い,行動をともにするのだが . . .。(Empty will Kurumi be, however she will act in accordance . . .)

      ふたりとも出合つたときに,あんな連命をたどることになるとは,忠いもしなかつたことだろう-。 (When they come together, such a fate to be followed, it is probably not as faithful.)

      しかし出合わなければ物語は始まらない,そして鈴わらない。(But if we do not meet, the story will not start and it will be rushed.)

      Notice: This is not an accurate transcription due to certain characters being so small from the source image that it was close to unrecognizable and all characters shown are guesses as to which they were with my best effort.

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    • Fourth Heading on left-hand side translation (rough):

      "Bullet" (バレット)

      『ライブ』ではなく『バレット』となったスピンオフタイトル。(A spin-off title that instead of [Live] became [Bullet].)

      弾丸という言菓の恵昧するものとは? (What is this sweet confession called a bullet?)

      真っ先に思い浮かぶのは狂三の天使{刻々帝 (ザフキエル)}。(The first thing that comes to mind is Kurumi's Angel {The Emperor of Time (Zaphkiel)}.)

      それぞれの能力をもった一二の弾。(Twelve Bullets each with their own abilities.)

      本故でもまだ明かされていない弾の能力に関係しているのだろうか? (Is this reason related to the abilities of the bullets that have not been revealed as of yet?)

      それとも弾丸か飛び交う酘場の狂三を語示しているのだろうか? (Or are they telling Kurumi to let her bullets go flying?)

      Notice: This is not an accurate transcription due to certain characters being so small from the source image that it was close to unrecognizable and all characters shown are guesses as to which they were with my best effort.

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    • that is a lot of spin-off ^^

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    • I'm getting more and more interested in what the spin-off really has to offer, and not just about Kurumi in it.

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    • nice waiting

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    • I'm getting hyped

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    • OH... MY... GOD...

      THIS WILL HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF A THIRD SEASON

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    • Miguelr19 wrote: OH... MY... GOD...

      THIS WILL HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF A THIRD SEASON

      Sorry dude, but this is about the adventures of Kurumi probably behind the scenes.

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    • I was also thinking that maybe kurumi will get her inverse form in this novel...

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    • ^ I kind of find that hard to imagine.

      If it were to happen, I'd be really surprised that it would happen in the series where Shido probably isn't anywhere near her.

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    • maybe it will happen ^

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    • That's a chance I find interesting if it were to happen at all.

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    • It's been 3 years I want kurumi to have her inverse form.

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    • Let's not forget about the Yamai Twins, Miku, Yoshino, Kotori and Natsumi.

      We've seen/read Tohka's, Origami's and Nia's so far. I have no idea about Muku's since I haven't read Volume 15.

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    • right...thanks for adding it

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    • I'd also like to see if there are other Spirits in the series who aren't a part of the main Tree of Life. If the LN were to go that direction, however.

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    • Vincetick wrote:
      I'd also like to see if there are other Spirits in the series who aren't a part of the main Tree of Life. If the LN were to go that direction, however.

      While I too do not want that route since too many spirits means that the quality and the balancing of characters would have to suffer to accommodate all these new additions.

      However, it is still possible; if you look at the Schemhamphoras, then there are a possible 72 angels with their 72 demon kings already listed out.

      It's ridiculous, but if there are to be more, this is the likely source.

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    • Oooh boy~

      Shido, mah boi... I'm sorry, but if that happens... ya have a lotta more work to do, bruh.

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    • Hey guys!! I have found light novel cover in date a bullet

      Kurumi spoiler cover

      Let's see.... Who is that in behind kurumi? New character!?

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    • Long White-silver hair. Red eyes. Long white dress. There's a choker around her neck with frills. She's also holding a musket in her right hand.

      My first guess is that this might be Phantom (perhaps another disguised form like with Rinne in vol.11)

      I was going to guess based on her attire and the colour of her hair that she might possibly have been the previous spirit no.1 (before Origami), however there was no sign of Metatron anywhere so threw that idea out.

      Apart from those guesses, I can't say it's an existing character.

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    • I was also guessing that it might be phantom

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    • I'd like to throw in a theory that it could be an inverted clone of Kurumi of sorts.

      But then again, that girl possibly being Phantom would be cooler to know. And in all honesty, gosh darn does she look awesome! Not even gonna lie!

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    • Anton0125 wrote:
      I was also guessing that it might be phantom


      It can also be the mysterious Mio

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    • I think she might be that girl from a neighboring world that's mentioned in the summary, possibly that world's version of Kurumi due to how similar the two look.

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    • Sky-Dragoon-Twilight wrote:
      I think she might be that girl from a neighboring world that's mentioned in the summary, possibly that world's version of Kurumi due to how similar the two look.

      It's really awkward to call a girl Empty... Hum let me guess Empty is the real name of Phantom ? It sounds great.

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    • Interesting, she has the same eye color as Kurumi, minus the clock eye.

      I don't think Empty is the name since it is written in Katakana (エンプテ), though then again that's more reserved for foreign names anyway.

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    • It can be Kurumi before she gets her powers, and by extension, her clock eye. With the help of them, she has rewind time to recover after illness. Then she has also gained her black hair. It can explain why she is always restore her time... to don't became again ill and weak.

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    • @Vizard, Empty is a nickname Kurumi gave her and you're right in that foreign names are usually written in kata. The author even provided the Japanese equivalence just in case the reader didn't know the meaning エンプティ(空っぽ). As for the silver haired girl, I'm thinking it's either Phantom or a split personality of Kurumi but it could be an entirely different character.

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    • @Kuratatsu, I don't know about everyone else but I like the nickname Kurumi gave her. "Empty" sounds like an interesting nickname to give someone, more so with a character we've never actually seen or heard of before in the series (unless my speculation that this is Phantom in her, more or less, actual appearance and not in another disguise).

      As for the "split personality" part. I find that an interesting thing to mention. Considering her close resemblance to Kurumi, that could be a possibility and could give more into Kurumi's character. All in all, I really now can't wait for this spin-off. I'm getting all giddy from it just thinking of what it has in store for all of us!

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    • Maybe she IS Kurumi. Like in a potential future, Kurumi succeeds in taking Shidou's power and went to the past to stop Westcott and the others only for it to turn out that SHE was the first spirit. She loses control due to too much spirit energy though and causes the Eurasia Sky Disaster becoming what we know as the first spirit. She survived but lost her power and hair color and SHE ended up causing the spread of the spirit crystals into the world. Now going by the name Empty, she is trying to stop Kurumi from making the same mistake.

      this is just a theory.

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    • ^ That sounds a bit cheap and, to me at least, ruins part of what the series is trying to build up on. I do like the idea, but... story-wise and from what Tachibana has been developing since Volume 1, that kind sounds like an easy way out of the whole "Who the First Spirit is/was" mystery and an all too easy answer to the "why Kurumi is trying to go back 30 years ago" bit.

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    • 30 years ago? wait does that mean kurumi's age was already mentioned?

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    • Anton0125 wrote:
      30 years ago? wait does that mean kurumi's age was already mentioned?

      No. The first spirit showed up 30 years ago, but Kurumi's true age when she became a spirit herself is somewhere between 30 years and present day. Only the spirits who remember that they were once human have confirmed biological ages, while Nia confirmed that she was biologically in her mid-fourties while still retaining her 18-19 year old appearence.

      Kurumi's physical age is 16/17, but she could be biologically older depending on when she first gained her spirit powers.

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    • ^ Speaking of that.

      Off-topic but, I'd be really surprised if somehow Yoshino were to confirm her age that she's "far older" than she looks. That would be really funny in my opinion.

      Now back to the spin-off. I just wanted to add this little question: When does the spin-off take place in? Is it before or is it during the events of the main series? Unless if the summary for the spin-off had somewhat already confirmed when, I wanted to ask this right away because there can be some nice speculation on when this one takes place in.

      Because if it takes place before, which I'm sure is the most obvious, then there can be a lot done for it before Kurumi heard of Shido in the first place and to see her very personality before she made her debut, considering how different her Astral Dress is compared to what it looks like usually, even if it is a different illustrator doing it, wouldn't some of you find it interesting to see her wearing a different variant of her Astral Dress and seeing the kind of attitude Kurumi had/has before the main series?

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    • what was the appearance of kurumi's astral dress before the main series?

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    • ^ Have you not seen the cover of the Date A Bullet spin-off?

      Compare that to her appearance in the main series... you'll get a clue.

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    • ^ Oh, I see it now...but still looks a bit the same in the main series, only a bit.

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    • ^ You can ask yourself if this actually takes place before or during.

      Kurumi's very different attire could be a sign that this is the real Kurumi or it could from just after she got <Zafkiel> or something between those lines.

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    • ^ I think that happened before.

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    • I'll bet that white-haired girl is Phantom. Which would mean we get to know Phantom's real looks after so long. There might also be a relationship with "empty" if Reine is Phantom (which I believe). Let's remember that Reine has the "zero" kanji in her name (her surname's second kanji and her name's first kanji form the "zero" kanji together), which is the number of "nothingness" or "emptiness".

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    • ^ I think I doubted if that was phantom

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    • You never can tell.

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    • Phantom is more mysterious than Kurumi. Although the biggest mystery character-wise, to me at least, has to go to The First Spirit. There has been little to no mentions of her recently... from what I've read at least.

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    • ^ and you're referring to... who, exactly?

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    • ^ I'm referring to phantom, I forgot to mention the name.

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    • Date A Bullet (1 & 3 & 4) and Date A Live vol 16 (second pic): 

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      DAB sample cover
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    • Does that girl in the first picture have spirit eyes? It looks like it, but I can't really tell due to the different art style.

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    • Date a Bullet - 1st picture:

      (『本当に,ありがとう。 お陰で,私は,また強くなれる』) "Truly, thank you. Thanks to that, I can become strong, again."

      (準精霊 - 蒼 (シアン) ) Quasi-spirit - "Cyan" <- The character is "Ao" (Blue), and the katakana is "Shian" (Cyan)

      (『<刻々帝 (ザフキエル)> - [二の弾(ベート)]』) <Emperor of Time (Zaphkiel) - Second Bullet (Bet)

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    • Date a Live V16 - 2nd picture:

      (『わたくしの霊力 (いのち) 以外のすべてを,あなたに,捧げますわ』)  "Everything except my reiryoku (life), I will give it all, to you."

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    • Date a Bullet - 3rd picture:

      (『淑女たるもの,この程度の下着を着こなせないでどうしますか』) "Ladies and Gentlemen, what would you do if I were to lose this underwear" <- I have no idea what this is about or if this is even an accurate translation.

      (精霊 - 時崎 狂三) Spirit - Tokisaki Kurumi

      (『淑女はそういう下着を穿かないと思うんですが 。。。』) "The lady thinks I too should not wear this underwear . . ." <- Again, I have no idea what this is about or if this is even' an accurate translation.'

      (謎の少女 - エンプティ) Mysterious Girl - Empty

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    • ^ This last one about the third picture made me laugh a bit.

      But makes me curious what both of them are trying to convey... apart from obvious fanservice, that is.

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    • not related but why Natsumi's Haniel power is Kaleidoscope? Isn't it English? Others power in Dal Angels are in Hebrew or Latin,....

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    • Tohka's Halvanhelev and Paverschlev are English (Halve "to halve" + Helve "a tool or weapon", and Paves "to strike, to level" +. Helve). Miku's Solo, Rondo, etc. are also English.

      Mukuro's seem on Arabic or a similar language, but I'm unable to find the right connection to back thus assumption since I only have one word to go by thus far (Halas "to solve")

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    • DAF Bullet c01

      『では,私が最初』 ("Well, I was the first")

      準精霊 - 佐賀繰唯 (Quasi-Spirit - Sagakure Yui)

      『- 死んじゃうのよ。戦わないと』 ("It will be dead. I have to fight")

      準精霊 - 指宿パニエ (Quasi-Spirit - Ibuski Panie)

      『後で枚舎衰にツラ貸しな』 ("Later I will lend- (something about a claw and a sheet of paper, but I have no idea where to go with this)")

      準精霊 - 乃木あいあい (Quasi-Spirit - Nogi Aiai)

      『趣味は読書』 ("Reading is a hobby") <- thank you, that was a necessary fact to share

      準精霊 - 武下彩眼 (Quasi-Spirit - Takeshita Ayame)

      『えーと。。。殺した人数でも数える?』 ("Well . . . can you count the number of people killed?")

      準精霊 - シェリ・ムジーカ (Quasi-Spirit - Sheri Musa-kA)

      『皆で ガッシリ斬り合おう!』 ("Let's cut everyone down!")

      準精霊 - 土方イサミ (Quasi-Spirit - Hijikata Isami)

      『。。。』 (". . .")

      準精霊 - フォルス・プロクシ (Quasi-Spirit - False Proxy)

      『わたしが軽く叩いただけで死にますから』 ("Just hit it lightly so it will die")

      準精霊 - 砺波篩絵 (Quasi-Spirit - Tonami Furue)

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    • I'd like to know what "quasi" is supposed to mean on this though.

      I know there's an actual meaning to it that I can just ask Google-senpai about but... I want to know what it is supposed to mean about these particular characters.

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    • AdamantiumBladez wrote:
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      FIxed a bit:

      『では,私が最初』 ("Well then, I'm the first")

      準精霊 - 佐賀繰唯 (Quasi-Spirit - Sagakure Yui)

      『- 死んじゃうのよ。戦わないと』 ("-- I will die, if I don't fight")

      準精霊 - 指宿パニエ (Quasi-Spirit - Ibuski Panie)

      『後で枚舎衰にツラ貸しな』 ("I will lend- (something something) later") <--no idea what 枚舎衰 means

      準精霊 - 乃木あいあい (Quasi-Spirit - Nogi Aiai)

      『趣味は読書』 ("My hobby is reading") 

      準精霊 - 武下彩眼 (Quasi-Spirit - Takeshita Ayame)

      『えーと。。。殺した人数でも数える?』 ("Err . . . can even you count the number of people killed?")

      準精霊 - シェリ・ムジーカ (Quasi-Spirit - Sheri Musa-kA)

      『皆で ガッシリ斬り合おう!』 ("Let's cut everyone down!")

      準精霊 - 土方イサミ (Quasi-Spirit - Hijikata Isami)

      『。。。』 (". . .")

      準精霊 - フォルス・プロクシ (Quasi-Spirit - False Proxy)

      『わたしが軽く叩いただけで死にますから』 ("Because it will die just by me hitting it lightly")

      準精霊 - 砺波篩絵 (Quasi-Spirit - Tonami Furue)

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    • Vincetick wrote: I'd like to know what "quasi" is supposed to mean on this though.

      I know there's an actual meaning to it that I can just ask Google-senpai about but... I want to know what it is supposed to mean about these particular characters.

      It comes from Latin "quasi" (quam "as" + si "if"), meaning "close to, but not quite" meaning that those girls are close to being spirits, but are not really.

      Also thanks Kanon for correcting my translation.

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    • That's a lot of translations

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    • AdamantiumBladez wrote:

      Vincetick wrote: I'd like to know what "quasi" is supposed to mean on this though.

      I know there's an actual meaning to it that I can just ask Google-senpai about but... I want to know what it is supposed to mean about these particular characters.

      It comes from Latin "quasi" (quam "as" + si "if"), meaning "close to, but not quite" meaning that those girls are close to being spirits, but are not really.

      Also thanks Kanon for correcting my translation.

      Ah, alright.

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    • Guys when is the spin off happening it's march 27 and still there is no spin off anime out yet

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    • 23.27.245.174 wrote:
      Guys when is the spin off happening it's march 27 and still there is no spin off anime out yet

      The spin-off novel (not anime (keep playing the waiting game)) already came about a week and a half ago.

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    • TrainLubber wrote:
      23.27.245.174 wrote:
      Guys when is the spin off happening it's march 27 and still there is no spin off anime out yet
      The spin-off novel (not anime (keep playing the waiting game)) already came about a week and a half ago.

      That's... quite the misinterpretation there...

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    • 23.27.245.174 wrote:
      Guys when is the spin off happening it's march 27 and still there is no spin off anime out yet

      It already happened, like on the 18th of March

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    • Long time no see, everyone. I came across the Date A Bullet "Prologue", so I decided to translate it for you. Since it's rather short, I didn't see the need to properly edit it, and I figured it would be more convenient to just post it here. Shout-out to Ger3a for the original Spanish translation.

      <Empty>

      ... ... Asleep as if she were dead; dead as if she were asleep.

       

      The fall was sudden, swift, as if she were falling to hell.

      The impact was soft, quiet, as if she had reached heaven.

      The warm memories, the cold impulses, everything was disappearing, leaving only an empty shell.

      She swayed like a boat thrown to the immense sea.

      Help me! Help me!

      She screamed with all her might. She screamed, but what was expanding in front of her eyes was a raging sea, black waves, a black sky, a black death... ...

      A hole opens at the bottom of the boat. She is dragged towards the sea.

      She can’t breathe. She can’t see. She can’t hear anything.

      She struggles, struggles, struggles... ... But as much as she shakes her hands desperately, she only hits the surface of the water.

      “You have nothing. Because you are hollow. <Empty>”

      She heard an inner whisper...

      Perhaps. Because despite being about to die like this, she can’t remember anything.

      A cold hand holds her right foot.

      She’s abruptly dragged.

      She dies, dies, dies, dies, dies, dies, dies. She lives, lives, lives, lives, lives, lives, lives.

       

      She’s completely <empty>.

      She’s no one.

       

      She sinks, sinks, sinks. She endlessly falls into a space of absolute darkness. Suffering, pain, emptiness, fear, anguish... ... loneliness.

      She suddenly opens her eyes. At the bottom of the sea of darkness she finds something dimly glowing.

      She forgets her fear of sinking, of suffering, of drowning, and starts swimming towards the light. She is somewhat amazed at herself for being able to forget all the pain, all the suffering, just to go towards that light.

      “Hurry, hurry, hurry. If you don’t grab it now, surely you won’t be able to get it ever again”

      That’s right... Said the girl to herself with confidence.

      With her trembling hand she held that light.


      Though weak, no doubt it gave off a light.

      It was a light she did not posses. A light she couldn’t have.

      ♢   

      “If to sleep is to die, then to wake up is to live. And to live is to think”

      That’s what the girl thought.

      “... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Ah”

      That was the connection to this world. She slowly lifted the upper part of her body and stretched. But since the girl was still sleepy she laid down again.

      “Mh mh ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...”

      She let out a charming voice. Or rather, a pretty peculiar groan, the kind that are only allowed during periods of reverie.

      But since she liked, because it sounded like a cat’s meow, she tried to groan one more time. And then she realized a very important fact.

      “... ... Where am I?”

      She opened her eyes and got up in a hurry. She got up and was shocked. No, it would be more accurate to say she was aghast instead of shocked.

      “... ... Who am I?”

       

      And she couldn’t even remember who she was.

      She had shoes. She was wearing clothes. She didn’t have glasses.

      She had breasts.

      These were the only things she knew.

      Good, she knew she was a woman. She also knew she was wearing white clothes. And, besides from that, she didn’t know anything else. She couldn’t remember anything else.

      And, although this is something absolutely trivial, the nameless girl thought that what she said just now was too cliché, and laughed for a while.

      ... ... Alright.

      “I’ve laughed enough. But what should I do?”

      The nameless girl tilted her neck. She tapped her head trying to remember who she was.

      ... ...She felt like being wrapped in a mist. Or like all the things important to her memories had been taken away.

      She looked around.

      It was a clean alley, as if someone had been cleaning it. Well, an alley is usually a dirty place. But in this place there wasn’t even a garbage bag or a speck of dust.

      That, on the contrary, made her even more nervous. It was like that immaculate alley was rejecting her. Being surrounded by white walls all around made her feel imprisoned, but it also made her feel something else.

      “Anyway, I better ask someone”

      It was useless to dwell on it. No sense standing there either. In that case, she could only go forward.

      She started walking.

      She walked away from the alley and out to the front.

      “... ... ... ...”

      She was speechless. It was understandable that she didn’t recognize the streets. But that the crowds of people that always come and go were nowhere to be seen wasn’t something that could be thought of as "understandable".

      It was a desert city. The traffic lights were working. The shops were open. But the people, the actual people, couldn’t be seen. You couldn’t even see a stray cat.

      “Is anyone here?!”

      She shouted in the middle of the street. There was no answer.

      “Hello~! Hola~! Ni hao~!”

      There were no voices.

      No sounds.

      No shadows.

      Had time stopped? Had mankind perished?

      Holding back the gushing anxiety, the nameless girl started walking. But walking wasn’t enough for her. She started running.

      “A~ny~one~he~re~?!”

      She ran until she was out of breath, but she couldn’t find anyone. The only living thing in this city was her... ...

      She got dizzy. She had no memories, but her common sense screamed at her that this was something strange. It was impossible that there were no people in the city.

      This was strange, very strange.

      “What do I do? A dream? This has to be a dream, right?”

      She lost her balance and fell. She was lying in the middle of the street, and even so there was no one to reprehend her.

      The nameless girl endured the desired to laugh. She felt that if she were to laugh in this situation, she will keep laughing until she died.

      This has to be a dream... asked the girl. Because it’s a dream, there are no people. Because it’s a dream, it’s normal for her not to have any memories.

      If she woke up, everything would be alright. She could return to her daily life... ... Although she couldn’t remember how that daily life was.

      The girl on the floor looked up to the sky... ... and when she saw the huge buildings, she suddenly lifted her body.

      “... ...If I look from above... ...!”

      She could see the whole city from the roof of a building. She ran to the nearest tallest building and hurriedly climbed the stairs.

      Everything’s fine. It had to be her imagination. Sometimes it just happens that there’s no one. There must be some festival nearby and that’s why there are no people. Same goes for this building. It really must be just a coincidence that there’s no one inside either.

      If she looked from the rooftop she would see them right away. She would see all the people right away.

      Her breathing was shaky. Her heartbeats accelerated. Since she had just stumbled, her leg hurt badly.

      And since it hurt, this couldn’t be a dream after all.

      She ran with shortness of breath and finally reached the rooftop. She opened the door and saw it was some sort of café, with elegant chairs and tables placed outdoors.

      ... ...There wasn’t a single person.

      “But… ...!”

      She leaned against the gate, looked at the scene unfolding below her eyes... ... and fell into despair.

      There was no one. It was unbelievable. There wasn’t anything alive in this huge city besides from her; not a single person or anything.

      Her heart broke. Would she be trapped inside this dream <reality> for all of eternity... ...?

      She suddenly heard a sound that didn’t come from her.

       

      ... ...In hindsight... ...

      ... ...Maybe the girl should have called it bad luck.

      But for the girl right now, it was a miracle.

      “... ... ... ... Is anyone there?”

       

      The black and red dress <Astral Dress> was so beautiful it made her feel chills.

      Shiny black hair. Bright white skin, like that of a porcelain doll of the highest quality. A fragile figure.

      The girl, lost to such beauty, didn’t notice the abnormality in front of her. She didn’t notice that there’s no human capable of gracefully standing on a chimney.

      Her beauty had something that didn’t make it feel as that much of an abnormality.

      Ah, it really is a shame that there is a blue sky...

      That’s what the girl thought. A dark night illuminated only by a faint moonlight would surely suit her better.

      “... ...cuse me”

      “... ...Excuse me!!”

      When she yelled at her, a sound was heard. An extraordinary air pressure touched her ear.

      “?”

      She tilted her neck in strangeness ... ... Their eyes met.

      She blinked once.

      “I’m sorry”

      A voice like a bell. When she opened her eyes, the girl in black, who had gracefully gotten off the chimney, was close to her. And then she noticed the truly beautiful object the girl possessed.

      ... ...Her eye.

      The girl in black’s left eye marked the time. Tick, tock, tick, tock... The seconds hand was moving. When completing a round, the minutes hand moved with a mechanical sound. And together with it, the hours hand advanced a little, slowly, imperceptibly.

      That object, which worked so exquisitely, was beautiful. And even more so if it were glowing.

      The girl in black put a little smile on her face and spoke.

      “I shot you by accident”

      “Shot?”, asked the girl to herself tilting her neck.

      Shot... Shoot... Shot at...

      She was shot.

      Looking closely, she had an old pistol on her hand. Turning around, one of the café’s tables was shattered.

      “You shot me~?!”

      “I shot you”

      The girl’s legs suddenly gave out. The girl in black laughed with amusement and whispered.

      “... ...I see. So you are alive, huh?”

      Still in a state of stupefaction, the girl asked her.

      “... ...Are you an angel? Or a demon?”

      “Let’s see... If I were to be one or the other, I think I’d be a demon. At least I’d be one to you.”

      The demon laughed amusingly. And certainly, no warmth could be felt in that smile.

      “No. You’re an angel. To me at least.”

      Hearing those words, the demon opened her eyes wide.

      The girl continued her words.

      “... ...I don’t have a name. I’m <empty>. What’s your name?”

      “... ...My name is Kurumi”

       

      The girl in black pronounced that name like praying.

      “My name is Kurumi Tokisaki”

      “I see. So you were lying in the alley, huh, Empty?

      Kurumi’s red eye stared at the nameless girl, like piercing a target.

      “Yes! And, well, where are we?! Who am I?! Why isn’t anyone else here?!”

      Empty (I’ll call her that for convenience; I could not think of anything more appropriate than this name) asked Kurumi a torrent of questions, in whose face floated an expression of surprise.

      “Could you ask me just one question?”

      “Eh~... Uh~... Well then, who am I?!”

      Empty stood before Kurumi, who was gracefully laughing.

      “I haven’t the slightest idea what your name is.”

      “I knew it!”

      “But I do know what you are.”

      “You don’t know who I am, but you know what I am?”

      Empty tilted her neck with an expression of perplexity.

      Kurumi continued speaking.

      “Neither you or I are humans. We are beings called Spirits.”

      “... ...Spirits... ...”

      "Spirits" was what Kurumi said.

      She didn’t know why, but that word, for some reason, convinced her.

      “And among them, you are the type known as Quasi-Spirit.”

      “Quasi... ... Spirit?”

      “You do not possess the huge power of a Spirit, and you are a more ephemeral being than a human, something like an illusion. But since you are not a human, you do not get sick. You do not hunger. You can’t get into traffic accidents. You can fly through the sky. And you can also use some pretty amazing powers.

      “Really?!”

      That was awesome. She could see why they’re called Spirits.”

      “Although since you were just born, this is impossible for you.”

      “What a disappointment!”

      Kurumi laughed gracefully. It looks like she is fond of Empty’s reactions.

      “And this is the world where only Spirits live. Where those who were once human live. Heaven and hell... ... They call it "the other world".

      “... ...The other... ... world... ...”

      Heaven and hell... ... The world where those who were once human live... ... Spirits.

      “Of course, living in this other world is very difficult. You don’t die, but living is very difficult. By the way let me tell you that no one will take care of you. That means that whatever you want, you’ll have to manage on your own”

      “A-are there no tutors or anything like that?”

      “No as far as I know. I’ve never seen an adult behaving as such.”

      “That... ... That... ... This... ... Well... ... Does that... mean that I who remember nothing and have no acquaintances... ...?”

      Is she lost?

      Could this be hell?

      “Good, you have no more questions, right? Then go. I’m busy”

      “You don’t look like it... ...”

      “I’m waiting for someone... ... Look, she’s here”

      She turned around to see who had arrived. There was no one on the door to the rooftop. The moment Empty thought this, a voice was heard from the sky.

      “Which one of you summoned me?”

      The voice resounded from the sky. Empty quickly looked up and saw a girl standing there.

       

      It was a girl dressed in white and blue.

      Her hairstyle was sharp pigtails like the antennae of an insect. Her short waving skirt was tempting. And there’s a point that deserves special attention. The girl was floating in the air.

      “She’s... ... flying... ...”

      “I was the one who summoned you”

      Kurumi stepped forward.

      “I thought so. And who is her? Your helper?”

      “You don’t need to pay attention to her. She’s a newly created <empty>.

      The gil floating in the sky nodded with an "ah" as if she were convinced.

      “I see. Then I can assume it was you the one who summoned me, right?”

      “That’s right. It is as you say, Yume Inui-san”

      The girl called "Yume Inui" put a smile full of confidence on her face and spoke.

      “I have no intention of involving a newly created one. Come to the sky.”

      “Understood”

      Kurumi lightly kicked the concrete floor. Just with that her body softly started floating in the air.

      “Ah... ...”

      Empty let out a voice in reflex. Yume laughed gracefully.

      “She’s got the face of a dog just abandoned by her master.”

      “I’m not her master, and even so she’s taken a liking to me. It saddens me to say this, but I guess she’s a foolish dog.”

      Those were some pretty harsh comments.

      “I still have many questions!”

      “... ...Alright. Well then, wait for me there. I’ll be right back.

      “Yes... Umm... What are you going to do?”

      Hearing that question, both Kurumi and Yume laughed. They laughed and, with an expression that could even be described as melodious, said:

      We are going to kill each other

      Both of them got away flying through the sky as if they were birds.

       

      Empty pressed her face to the gate and tried to focus her sight as much as she could... ... She could somehow see both of them, thought she saw them as a pair of matches.

      Kurumi Tokisaki and Yume Inui were facing each other.

      Empty, who had stood amazed for some time, shrugged his body out of fright when she heard a sudden clash.

      The two girls that had been floating started dancing through the sky towards each other.

      Even so, had it only been just that, it could have been somehow understandable. Flying through the sky and meeting someone in a desert city were both things of fantasy. But what the two girls were doing now was... ...

      “They’re really... ... killing each other... ...”

       

      Shooting a gun.

      Flying through the sky.

      Stabbing the adversary with a sword.

      In other words, that was, no matter how hard you tried to to embellish it, a total slaughter.

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    • Eh, I'm cool with that.

      Also, may I ask if Kurumi's dead? Well, I saw that pic of her getting swarmed by those toys... whatever they are.

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    • The Kurumi we follow throughout the story is a Quasi-Spirit named Hibiki, having stolen Kurumi's memories, powers and identity.

      The real Kurumi is the girl we meet as 'Empty'.

      Neither are dead as far as we know (and we know Empty/Kurumi isn't, as DAB is set before DAL)

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    • 2.30.222.160 wrote:
      The Kurumi we follow throughout the story is a Quasi-Spirit named Hibiki, having stolen Kurumi's memories, powers and identity.

      The real Kurumi is the girl we meet as 'Empty'.

      Neither are dead as far as we know (and we know Empty/Kurumi isn't, as DAB is set before DAL)

      Oh! Thanks a bunch, Anon! Appreciating that!

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    • You're welcome! Glad I could help.

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    • Date A Bullet 2 Cover
      If you look at the details to the top left, we have some information one the new spirit appearing;

      Sephira Type - 9
      Astral Dress - Idol Type
      Weapon - Microphone Type [Amadeus]

      Is this another Quasi-Spirit, or could this be Miku's predecessor? The angel has a different form and name, but the sephria crystal is the same.

      Thoughts?

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    • It's a Quasi-Spirit, the summary confirms that.

      Miku's predacessor would still have had 'Gabriel' since that is Yesod's Angel. Phantom even mentions 'not having given out Metatron yet' in Volume 11 confirming that.

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