Narration: “My voice cannot communicate like this.. *Nakaba cries as she struggles to say something within the Arcana* Obviously, he is always with me. Obviously, he always accompanies me. But, I didn’t know of his loneliness. And, I’m the one who amplified his loneliness.” In the real world, Emilia trembles that it worried her brother. Emilia starts to mutter Nakaba’s name and tell Nakaba not to have that kind of sadness and hurt feeling. Ceasar asks Emilia what’s going on. Emilia tearfully says that Nakaba is crying and she doesn’t know this kind of pain. This made Caesar frantically hug Nakaba and call her name. Within the Arcana, Nakaba thinks that the one who locked the doors is Loki. She recalls Loki telling her that he has secrets that he cannot tell anyone so please don’t pursue it further until everything becomes clear. Then, Nakaba hears the sound of doors unlocking. Nakaba cries again for it is because Loki is dead. She calls out to him and sees Loki approaching her then appearing behind her. She faces him and he disappears. Then, he re-appears before her. He is holding a knife. Nakaba asks him to kill her and give to her, all of his loneliness and hatred. She urges him to kill her. Back in the real world, Caesar tells Nakaba that guy told him to heal her pain but he thinks that it is impossible because that guy’s existence is quite huge in her heart but even if it is impossible, he won’t give up in healing her. He begs her to quickly open her eyes. He calls out her name and this made Nakaba grab the knife that Loki is holding. She starts to apologize to Loki for she cannot do this. Then, Loki disappears. She looks at her hand and the knife is also gone. Then, a wolf stands in front of her. The wolf walks away. Nakaba chases after it and calls it Loki. The wolf enters a door and Nakaba follows it. Inside, at the Senan throne room, Lito called Loki an idiot for why would he still separate the country for it is rare for them to defeat the bad royalty and obviously, it would be good if everyone live together. Loki told him that even if there are laws and rules, to make the two clans, that hate each other, suddenly to get along is also of no use. Loki said that mutual hatred will cause war and in the end, only pain. Lito said is that so. To Loki’s surprise, Lito said that he always felt that it seems that Loki has changed into someone else. Loki asks is that so, and this is the real him. Lito says that he is obviously a dog, acting like a cat. Loki says no, he’s a wolf. Lito said that if Nakaba saw this, she will be disillusioned. Loki laughed and asked if she would see it. Lito sadly said that Loki looked lonely when obviously this is what he looked forward to.
Loki told him that a bit of time is needed for everyone to notice that they needed each other because there are things that humans cannot do and there are things that Ajin-s cannot do. “..I also had all sorts of thoughts. I also want to rebel [against fate?]. But..things turned out this way.” Lito asked if he’ll still be able to see Nakaba again. Loki paused and muttered, “..who knows..” Nakaba is puzzled by his response. Nakaba starts running at the hallway of doors and wondered what Loki is thinking for he mentioned ‘a bit of time is needed’. She thinks that he ought to hate humans and her, right? “But like this, it is simply like..” She goes into a door and sees Loki standing in a snowy land in front of the mountains. She approaches him and Loki collapsed. While lying down, Loki said, “Papa, mama ..I’m back.” Nakaba realizes that this is where their village is located. Nakaba is stunned when Loki cried and muttered, “..I’m sorry. I’ve obviously promised. Obviously..wanted to protect Nakaba.. Because of my selfishness, I’ve always hurt her.” Nakaba starts running towards him and shouts to Loki that he did protected her. Thinking that she hurt him, crying Nakaba kept on apologizing. She thinks that even if it is already too late, even if her voice can no longer be conveyed to him, despite that, she still wanted to tell him. Nakaba mutters, “I’m sorry..” Nakaba freezes when Loki slightly smiles and said, “Don’t cry, Nakaba. You don’t know anything. There are times when I really hate the you who don’t know anything but in the end, I still love you. (It’s that kind of loving you) *Nakaba heard someone calling her name* Quickly.. go back.. to his side..” Nakaba thinks that is right, he is always calling her, Caesar. She opens her eyes and sits up. She thinks that her feelings for Caesar connected her back to reality. Nakaba cries and hugs Caesar. Later on, Nakaba reads the letter from Loki. Loki is giving Senan back to Nakaba. Afterwards, the royal couple addresses their subjects by the balcony regarding their island that was once one split into two would become two countries turned into one. Caesar announces that they will put to an end to the human and Ajin-s status gap. While the people are muttering, Nakaba walks forward and says that they must take this step forward in order for people to move forward. The people agree and cheer them on. The royal couple is happy over their reaction. Nakaba welcomes Leo and Gadi. Lala is reunited with Theo. Lito helps Adele in carrying his things. And, the last scene is pregnant Nakaba with Caesar. Narration: “Loki, your hatred and love is like that step. I wish that this step would lead us toward the dawn of time.” The End.
Comment: Finally, it is out. Usually, if it takes a long time for me to read the continuation, I tend to lose interest. And well, that death scene really moved me to tears starting from Loki’s monologue to their parents that he’s back. That is so sad. In a way, Loki is conflicted over his emotions whether towards Nakaba or humans but in the end, it seems that his love/like for them won over him that he led the way to give them a happy ending. It is understandable that at first Nakaba wants to commit suicide as retribution for Loki’s unhappiness but it does seem a bit corny to me. Well, maybe cliché that Caesar is calling her back to reality and for her to snap out of those suicidal thoughts. Somehow, for me, Loki’s death scene overshadowed the rest of the chapter’s contents. I find it hard to be happy for the couple and their future since I’m a bit depressed over the earlier death scene. ^^;; It makes me think that part was somewhat rushed even if it is inevitable. Hehe, maybe, it is because I like Loki’s character. ^^; Anyway, overall, the series is quite good and it has that epic feel to it even if I think the concept could have been developed further to give it some depth. Maybe more details on politics and background to make it really like an epic story. There are many characters who were introduced that ended up as bystanders or totally disappear and I don’t quite care either since I don’t know much about them. I guess a reason why the mangaka opted for it to be this way because there is more focus on the love story than the different aspects of the story. I mentioned that because in Akatsuki no Yona, those were dealt with but the love story takes a backseat. Even so, the tragedies and irony in this series are also quite good and very realistic. ^^ As for the characters, they are all quite good though I’m a bit disappointed with Nakaba since she tends to be a ‘damsel in distress’ most of the time and always cries when I thought she would be a stronger female lead based on the first few chapters. In a way, it seems that among the three, she didn’t sacrifice heavily as the two in terms of dirtying her hands for them to reach this point. Hehe, I think the mangaka feels sorry for Loki that she ‘reincarnated’ him to be a character in her new series, Rokka Melt. There, the Loki-look-a-like is born from a snow country and seems to be the male lead. =P Anyway, thanks for reading this series. ^_^ This is one of the series that I’ve summarized from chapter 1 at pitas though I skipped some chapters...so, thanks again to those who had been reading my summaries for this series ^-^ Scans by 红莲汉化组
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