Romaji: Ichizu na Kataomoi, Minorasetai Chiisana Shiawase.
English: An Earnest Unrequited Love, Wanting to Make it Bear a Little Happiness.
Concept and Novel by 鳥居羊
Song by うたたＰ (Watch it here)
Illustrations by wogura
Note from descent87: I’m glad to bring you my first full-length novel translation! I’ve wanted to do these for awhile, but with how busy my job is, I had to wait to really improve my Japanese so that I could translate things like this quickly and efficiently without really consulting dictionaries and such because I wouldn’t have the time otherwise. In today’s part of the story we get a pretty ominous prologue followed by an interesting first chapter where we get to learn a little bit about our cute heroine and the strange events that are set in motion around her….(WARNING! This is PG-13+ right from the get go!!)
I hope you enjoy this tongue-in-cheek, yet rather horrifying story from Utata-P, wogura, and toriihituji’s series of “Happiness” songs. Mayu really is the perfect character for this kind of story. Toriihituji-san chose to write this book in a somewhat stream of consciousness, stilted style which I tried to reflect in my translation. However even I had to tone down the punctuation marks and fuse some sentences together to make it flow better in English. Please feel free to enjoy this translation, but don’t forget to buy the novel as thanks on Amazon (full of wogura’s amazing art) and also buy the album here. You can check out all of Utata-P’s translated “happiness” songs on my channels!
Character Profiles (Japanese Style, last names first, pictures from right to left)
[Ichihana Mayu] A middle school girl who is in love with Nijou-kun. She’s very earnest.
[Mimi] A talking, shape-shifting self-styled “Advanced Next Generation Smartphone”
[Nijou-kun] Well-rounded and well-mannered, a cool-looking, popular, and perfect high school student.
[Witoko] Nijou-kun’s pet dog. Very fluffy.
[Shinomiya-senpai] Mayu’s kind and dependable senpai. Sometimes she can be a little scary.
[Secretary Sansui] A member of the Intelligence Department at the Ministry of Defense, Secretary of the Electronics Division, supposedly.
Prologue – 5 Minutes Before! (Page 9)
[Ichihana Mayu] The place where it all began
My one-sided love finally bearing fruit (coming true), it’s just 5 minutes away. As for where we are now, well that’s basically the present. Here alone together in a hidden room. It’s such a wonderful time, but I’m well aware of the ticking of the clock, that hand moving forward little by little. Tick, tock, tick, tock. But wait a little bit more! It’ll be just a bit longer!
Nijou-kun is lying on the bed. Those lustrous bangs of his are just slightly askew. If he’d were to stand up, you’d see that he’s quite tall, but right now he’s sleeping. His eyes hidden behind those eyelashes are clear and kind-looking. He’s actually really kind. Even more than that, his smile is simply lovely, just wonderful…but right now he’s sorta knocked out, so his eyes have gone dim. But that can’t be helped. Lying atop those pure-white sheets, his hands are cuffed, fixed to the pipe that’s running above his head. It’s such a sad sight. But just wait a little bit longer, OK? I’ll help you in just a moment! The only one who can “help” you right now, at this moment, is me and me alone. (Note: The “help“ word she uses is “kaihou” which can mean “release you” and also “care for you”)
<<Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin, Marijuana. Also thiopental (Note: an anesthetic sometimes used as a “truth serum” throughout history). All those things people tried in the past, they were basically all useless. Calling the stuff a “truth serum” is just a big, fat lie. But it’s fine. Please rest easy.>> My rabbit Mimi is at my feet talking happily, almost like he’s humming, explaining away.
<<But as for my special recipe, we add just a tad bit of barbital (a barbiturate) to some LSD…from there it’s just a little matter of properly adjusting the chemical composition in a way I can’t really say. Your beloved Nijou-kun, he’s gonna be in a really good mood with this stuff. So right now you two can share your fated moment together. Then you just have to make him promise. So shall we give it a go?>>