|This Food Soul has not been released yet! More details will be added once it has.|
|“||My hope is everyone can have their happiness.||”|
A weak girl with an abnormal amount of strength. She is afraid to engage with strangers, and is extremely vigilant around everything. As she is kind of timid, she would hide inside any resealable, box-like containers if there is one lying around her surroundings. Although Rakugan's strength is strong enough to break rocks with just her bare hands, she never notices that and always believed she is weak.
Rakugan spread to Japan during the Muromachi era and is developed from a Chinese dessert in the Yuan dynasty called "Ruanluogan". It is made by mixing rice powder with mizuame and sugar, and then putting them in a mold. Thereafter, the mixture is then cooled. With a taste akin to cloud cake, a dessert from China. Rakugan is also usually used as an offering in rituals in Japan.
How to Acquire
blue = lvl 1red = max lvl
|Contract||S-Sorry... for showing up in front of Master Attendant suddenly, did I scared you...|
|Log In||Ehh... Master Attendant... I'm here... Are you looking for me?|
|Ice Arena||This... this looks so dangerous...|
|Skills||Sorry... It might be hurt... Sorry!|
|Ascend||Thank you for trusting me...|
|Fatigue||Master Attendant, I... might gonna disappear for a while, please don't be looking for me in boxes...|
|Recovering||Need to take a good rest this time too...|
|Team Formation||Is it... okay... to leave this to me?|
|Knockout||Did I... cause trouble for everyone again...|
|Notice||Done, Master Attendant, try some? Don't know if it fits your taste.|
|Idle 1||Don't scare, little cat, stay in this box won't get wet in the rain...|
|Idle 2||Huh? Did I just fall asleep? Master Attendant isn't back yet, then just stay for a while more...|
|Idle 3||Everyone looks busy, anything that I could help with?|
|Interaction 1||Hehe... Master Attendant, you found me...|
|Interaction 2||Staying in an enclosed space makes me feel secure, Master Attendant you wanna come inside too?|
|Interaction 3||If you can touch my head, I think... I wouldn't be so scared.|
|Pledge||I always let Master Attendant look around for me for a long time, and never said anything that makes everyone happy... Can I still stay by your side forever? Can I really have happiness?|
|Intimacy 1||Now the most comfortable place for me is by Master Attendant's side.|
|Intimacy 2||I like you, Master Attendant. I like you the most.|
|Intimacy 3||I... I will definitely protect Master Attendant in safe! Hah—— Ma...Ma...Master Attendant... It doesn't move anymore...|
|Victory||H-How could it be... I just knocked them lightly... How come it become like this...|
|Defeat||I gotta... let everyone hide in somewhere...|
|Feeding||Thank you, didn't expect that Master Attendant know my taste...|
|Contents of this page has been fan-translated by 50m37h1n9 and may not be completely accurate.|
Official translations will be added whenever it's available.
A long time ago, there was a torii that appeared in a small village. The torii’s appearance was odd, everyone said it is the miracle of God.
People believed that, and saw it as the “entrance of God’s land”. Sure enough, the villagers were living more peacefully than before, they even said, God is living in the untouchable God’s land behind the torii. Everyone never wanted to leave there, until that huge thing destroyed everything.
This is the story that Master Attendant told me many times. She was one of the villagers, she believes in God, even now she can’t move due to disease.
“Although I’m worried about letting you go out by yourself, Rakugan, can you help me to send the offerings to worship God?”
This is the first request from Master Attendant since she is bedridden, I can’t hesitate anymore now. —— Even though I'd barely gone out since I was summoned, I’m the only one beside Master Attendant now, I must be her stand-by.
“Yes, Master Attendant.”
I’d been there with Master Attendant once. A huge, red torii with a little washitsu. That is the “residence of God” that Master Attendant mentioned, but certainly, it is not as gorgeous as Master Attendant said. And of course, we didn’t see the God lady with black hair and white dress of the myth.
Although that place is not far from here, still, I’m gonna meet a lot of people on the way… I look at the offerings that I packed and consider silently. Then just wait until midnight, after Master Attendant sleeps… And I won’t meet too many people.
So I go out after midnight. In the night with a bright moon and few stars, the summer wind is cooler at night.
The path seems to be longer than I remembered, perhaps it’s because Master Attendant is not by my side now. But I can already see the torii.
When I wanna keep going, I suddenly heard a rustling sound. I look at it, a white figure floats in front of me.
—— Ghost?! Is that a ghost?!
The sudden situation makes me flustered. When I calm down and start observing, I already hide in the large box of offerings. Surrounded by enclosed darkness makes me relax. Phew—— Fortunately I brought a large box today too. The rustling sound keeps approaching and becoming clearer, don't know if it is the wind blowing the leaves or made by the ghost. The worry makes my heartbeat strong like a drum.
Knock—— Knock knock—— There is something knocking the box cover lightly just like it is probing.
Then there is a lady’s voice like a silver bell, with a charming smile.
“Umm—— Is it someone who left this here? Should I ask Sanma~?
That voice says that, but there is a beam of light coming from a gap, don't know when. When I notice, it is already too late.
“Uhh… H-Hello.” “Hehe, hi~ I’ve met a very cute girl~”
The kind smile makes me put down my guard. I examine the girl in front of me.
Pure white kimono, long, black hair. Look the same as the myth, makes me guess if I saw God. But she told me… her name is Saya, she is not a God, just someone who lived around.
The God in myth isn’t her? Right, it isn’t that easy to meet God…
“… Umm… Your name is Rakugan? Then Rakugan, why did you come?” “Hmm, I’m going to worship God instead of my Master Attendant.” “Did something happen to your Master Attendant?” “Yeah, Master Attendant is old, she can’t go out now. “Ah…… so that’s the case, then shouldn’t you stay next to her?” “Umm… Master Attendant always believes in the story of the God in the torii… She doesn’t wanna slight God… So she let me come.” “I see… It would be nice if we saw it!”
Saya looked happy when she heard the story.
“Ah, your stuff must be heavy, let me call someone to help you!” “It’s fine, I can do it.” “…”
I hold the box up above my head, and I notice that Saya looking at me with surprise.
“Rakugan, you are strong… This box must be heavy, right!”
“Heavy? Perhaps because… I’m a Food Soul…” “Is it… No matter what, Rakugan you are so strong!”
I talk with Saya a lot on the way. Soon, we have arrived at the place of God in the myth. There is a little shrine next to the little washitsu but it has already run out of offerings.
“Although it is desolated now, it was pretty crowded before…” I open the box and take out the offerings, listen to Saya talking about the past…
She said there were many people living here, they always held festivals almost every few months. She said, there were always many fireworks in the sky at night. At the end of the festival, someone would dance to worship God. She said…
The history told by Saya was the same as what Master Attendant said.
The immersive narrations just like she and Master Attendant had experienced.
“Saya, you know so much…” “Yeah! Because that’s my favorite view, I… really can’t forget that…”
Don’t know why, Saya was smiling as before, but looks like she is also crying too.
“Saya… Do you… wanna see my Master Attendant?”
I put all the offerings on the shrine, then mustered up my courage and asked Saya. I’m not sure if Saya the God that Master Attendant said. But I also can’t prove that she is not…
Even just for Master Attendant… I… wanna try.
“Okay… I promise.”
“Master Attendant, this is Saya, she is…” “I’m Rakugan’s friend, Saya, Rakugan had mentioned you before.” “Friend… friend… Good, good, I’ve lived for so long, this is the first time I’m happy like this…”
Master Attendant looks at Saya who is next to me, her eyes with wrinkles already have tears around.
“Granny, you need to take a good rest.” Saya said, she put her hand on Master Attendant’s hand lightly. “It would be great if I can reduce your illness…”
The words that Saya mumbled herself went into my ears, Master Attendant didn’t say anything anymore, just looking at Saya with kindness. Now I can’t tell Saya that Master Attendant is happy because of her.
Just like what has been said, Saya and I have become friends. Although most of the time, it was Saya visiting Master Attendant. But sometimes I went to Saya’s place to worship God as I promised to Master Attendant.
That day, I was going to tell Saya that there will be a fireworks festival soon. I was thinking that Saya must want to see her favorite view again.
It was also that day, I met—— “Excuse me, I wanna ask, is this the place where God lived?” “…” “I pretty wanna see the God of the myth~ Lady, can you bring me there?”
!!! Who is he?! Why does he appear behind me suddenly!?
“Ah… Don’t be afraid, I’m Minazuki, I’m here because I heard the myth… Ah! You hide in…”
Master Attendant said, people who grinning like this are the most suspicious, absolutely can’t let them get close!
“That’s no way… Hey—— Wouldn’t it be stuffy inside? I’m really not a bad guy…”
It's really the same as what Master Attendant said! These kinds of people won’t admit that they’re bad guys! Why does this guy won’t leave! It’s so scary! And he keeps asking about the torii, is he gonna mess with Saya? No way, I must let him leave. In the dark, I hold the wooden bat in the box that I prepare for defending, when I open a gap for the box, I close my eyes and swing the bat to him hard.
He… he's gonna dodge, right! He must!
After an unexpected feeling, I open my eyes and see that he already falls on the ground, his head even colored in red. Looking at the bat that is also colored in red, I just noticed something went wrong.
“W-What should I do… S-Sorry, I’m not meaning to harm you… Ah, though I can’t say I’m not mean to… Ahhh sorry, w-w-why didn’t you dodge….” All of a sudden, I panic and don’t know what to do.
“Hss—— Calm down… Tsk, as a lady, your attack is pretty hard.” “S-Sorry. Are you okay…” “Do I look okay? Hehe~ Alright, help me put this on…”
He looks joking, he still grins and hands me an ointment. “I can’t see the wound where you hit me.”
Oh… He wants me to help him put on the ointment.
“Hey, fortunately, it was me that you hit, if it was someone else, they already boarded the boat towards Sanzu River.
He isn't mad because of what I did, but just keeps joking like this. “Okay, can you now calm down and listen to me?
“You… You wanna find God here?” “So you’d listen to me, then that’s easy, I’m just curious because of the myth, that’s why I came. “Really?” “Of course.”
“Rakugan, are you okay? I saw you haven’t come yet… Eh? This is???” At this time, Saya shows up. When I’m gonna tell Saya why am I late, the guy who called Minazuki blocks my way.
“Master… Miko…?” “Huh???” What is this guy saying? Ah… Saya looks confused too. “Saya, don’t mind, he’s probably joking again…”
“Hi, my name is Minazuki. Although it’s kinda weird, may I ask if you have a brother?”
Right now, Minazuki looks so serious, unlike when he was joking with me.
“No! I don’t have a brother… Did you confuse me with someone else?” “Hmm, yeah, you look so alike to him, so…” “Is it your friend?” “Hehe… Kinda, though I can’t see him anymore.”
Minazuki’s gentle voice suddenly became lower, he sighs softly and raised his tone again.
“Then, may I bother both of you to take me to the God’s land of the myth?’
“Sure, Rakugan and I are going now.” “Oh? Then that’s great.”
Ah… It still ends up like this… I’m kinda faint, but this guy looks like… not some bad guy, right…
IV. The Promised Night
But… I was wrong…
“Rakugan, why do you always like to hide in a box? Are you a cat?” The comfortable night disturbed again.
Minazuki seems to like to find me in boxes.
“I’m not a cat… Please d-don’t find me like that.” “That’s no way, if I don’t do that, how can I find you, here, this is the medicine for Granny today. Go give it to Granny.”
After that day, Minazuki just stays here. It seems he knows pharmacology, and he often makes medicine for Master Attendant.
But he is strange, he already saw God’s land as he wanted, he still didn’t leave. And he uses hurt by me and needs a place to rest as a reason to stay…
“Right, the fireworks festival that you told Saya is on the day after tomorrow right?” “Huh?! How did you know?” “You talked so loud that day, it’s hard to not hear it. Did you two appoint a place to meet?” “We did, it’s a secret place… that we discovered together.”
Soon it’s the promised day, the night becomes darker as my expectancy becomes higher.
Minazuki followed me to this high ground, the sky wasn't covered by the dense trees. Hugh———— The light like a shooting star explodes from down to up.
“Ah!! The fireworks have already begun!” “Isn’t you come out so late.”
Our conversation can’t stop the fireworks blooming.
“Is this the secret place you said?” “Yeah. Saya said she will bring a friend with her, but I haven’t told her that…” I’m trying to tell Minazuki to wait until I tell Saya that he has come, but he suddenly raised his tone.
“Ah! Look, Saya is right there!” Minazuki grabs my arm naturally, I can’t react in a sudden. He’s trying to walk, but then he suddenly stops.
“What happen?” I push Minazuki who blocks in front of me, but I notice that Saya in my eyes starts appearing with light dots. Under the gorgeous firelight, the light dots of Saya are unremarkable like fireflies’ light, but it seems it can erode herself. And the teen with a katana standing next to her didn’t notice yet…
“Saya————” I’m calling Saya’s name and running to her, but suddenly my body feels extremely painful. H-How… I know what this feeling means, but why is it so sudden… The contract between me and Master Attendant has broken… She even smiled at me before I left…
Tears filling my eyes, and I was liked losing all my strength. “Are you okay… Com’on, taking care of Attendant for all day and all night still needs to take some rest too, see, you are passing out now.”
Granny… Saya… I… Am I becoming alone now…
Minazuki is still joking as always, and my sight is covering by darkness.
“Hey!! Hey, how are you!!!”
Since Rakugan was summoned, she barely communicated with others. She is really timid, she can stay in an enclosed box all day. Whenever there is some movement around, she will be scared and hide in a box. And her Attendant will come and pat the box, speaked with a smile. “Rakugan, don’t be scared, it’s just wind hitting the window.”
Her gentle voice always calms Rakugan down. Now, She couldn’t hear that gentle voice anymore. Rakugan buried her Attendant, but her tears started dropping. She is missing the gentle hands that braided her hair, missing the eyes with kindness… Her Attendant taught her a lot, but never taught her what to do next.
At the night of the fireworks, she not only lost her most important Attendant, she also lost her only friend that she had finally gotten. Rakugan didn’t know why would this happened, she felt empty, until——
“Do you wanna come with me?” “Come? To where?” “Don't you always like being in darkness alone? Then I have a good place for you!”
Rakugan looking at the hand in front of her, she hesitated. Finally, she still grabbed it.
Minazuki brought Rakugan to a forest named “Lightless”. As Minazuki said, there is no light.
“Minazuki, who are you bringing back?” In the darkness, a fire burned slowly, and there was a youth sitting right there.
“Since Boss you didn’t do anything when we entered the forest, that means this person doesn’t make you feel bad.” Minazuki approached him slowly while speaking, and the youth didn’t say more, he just turned his head impatiently. “Ah, Boss, don't be so childish.” “Don’t come!”
“Hello, I’m Rakugan. A-Although I don’t have special strength, but I’m good at doing chores.” Don’t know if it is because of the ambience, Rakugan talked in a low voice.
“See, isn't it good to let her take care of you? And don’t look at her like that, her strength is actually pretty strong…” “…”
Although Yokan was already getting used to Minazuki’s cheer, he still had nothing to say to this insensitive guy.
“Okay, our Boss has agreed!” “Eh? But…” “Okay okay, there’s no but or what. From now on, taking care of this childe is counting on you.” “Yes.”
With this, although Rakugan was kind of worried at the beginning, she still stayed in “Lightless”.
- 软落甘, lit. 'soft tumbling sweetness'
- Similar to Styx, the river to the dead land