09 March 2018

Nihonkoku Shoukan. Volume 1. Chapter 1 Part 7

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Minasan Oidemasu! This is Yukkuri demasu!

Let’s the party begin.

As always,
DISCLAIMER: There is no guarantee that my translation is 100% correct. Please correct me if I was wrong.

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Author:
みのろう (Minorou)
Translator:
Yukkuri Oniisan!
Editor:
Online Grammar Editor



Chapter 1
Upheaval
Part 7


Louria Kingdom. Capital Guard Knight Order. Command Headquarters.

A manacom message from Louria Kingdom’s Eastern Subjugation Navy, We are currently engaged with a ship that is believed to be the enemy main fleet. The enemy ship is big and equipped with a powerful magic weapon. This weapon already sunk one warship of our fleet. We request air support for counterattack.……End of message.
Well-well, so it’s the enemy's main fleet…… Very well, dispatch the entire 250 wyverns.

Patagene’s mouth tip crooked as he gave the order the manacom operator.

Ho-…… However, Sir, we had already assigned 150 wyverns to the vanguard army and since we need 100 wyverns to defend the capital, there will be no more wyverns left for the main army……
Are you not listening? Every wyvern. If it is the enemy’s main fleet, this will be a decisive battle, so we must seriously throw our weight on them. ──What? Do you think the enemy have any capabilities to reach the Capital?
I see, I understand. Informing all Wyvern Squadrons. We received a communication from the Eastern Subjugation Navy at sea west from Maihark. They are engaging the enemy’s main fleet. Every Knight on standby has been ordered to depart and support the navy! I repeat 』」

The Dragoon Knights who were waiting for their turns to shine shouted their cheers.
The 250 wyverns, which had their emergency scramble order, flew to the sky one after another.

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Rodenius Continent - Northern Sea

The Aegis ship’s Combat Information Center (CIC) had already detected them.

This is…… not good, if we do half-baked attacks, it might put our lives at risk.

The flying objects that appeared on the radar were numbered 250 and they could keenly feel that the enemy was not giving up at all.
They must make a swift judgment and so they decided to intercept the flying objects with full power.

Intercept them as soon as we are ready. All hands, prepare for air combat!

An order, that would be unthinkable back on Earth, was given to the entire Qua-Toyne Principality Deployment Force.

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Suddenly, smoke rose one after another from the huge ship 3 km ahead. Something with tails of light passed through the skies above the Lourian Fleet. There were similar things flew from another ship that could barely be seen on the further east direction from that huge ship, which also flew aimed in the same direction.

What kind of trick is this!

Sharkun was surprised but only for a brief moment, those numerous ‘something’ accompanied by light trails, flew from the eastern horizon with frightening speed accompanied with a thunderous roar.
He had a bad feeling about this, but he guessed that this will be gone when the wyverns arrived.

Soon the Wyvern Dragoons from the headquarters will reach this area. All ships, attack!!

Oars protruded from the ships. Together with the sound of the drum, the oars were rowed vigorously, and the fleet accelerated.
The 4399 warship vessels of the Louria Kingdom Eastern Subjugation Navy began to attack the monster-like huge ship

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The Louria Kingdom’s Dragoon Corps had departed to give naval support. This operation with 250 units, the largest one in the Kingdom’s history, overwhelmed those who were on the ground and saw their gallant figures.
Aglameus, the Captain of the Dragoons, had already convinced himself of their victory.
The report from the manacom stated that it is the enemy’s main force, but the Qua-Toyne Principality naval strength would be around 50 vessels at best, even if they are more powerful than this, it would be just about 100 ships at the very most.
The Navy alone was probably enough to destroy it, but perhaps Vice-Admiral Sharkun intended to keep the damage of the Kingdom’s Fleet at the minimum and also showcased the tremendous number and power of the Louria Kingdom’s Army and the Dragoon Corps.
This was the first time so many Wyverns were mobilized for a single combat operation, and with squadrons this big, they could able to defeat even the legendary Magic Emperor Army. There was no way that they would be stopped by something on Qua-Toine Principality level.
Not only Aglameus, but every Dragoon also thought so.

Hmm? What’s that?

Those with a good eyesight noticed it.

「── !!!

The black dots that suddenly appeared, immediately shortened their distance with the Dragoons.

A light ARROW!

The moment he shouted, the Wyvern Squadrons at the front of the flight formation were swallowed by a thunderous roar and exploding flame.
The pieces and ruined remnants of his 23 comrades fell into the sea as chunks of various size. Without both the still living and the already dead understood what had happened, after ten-odd seconds, another 12 Dragoons were attacked by the second wave of light arrows. Several seconds after every Dragoons realized the situation they were into, yet another 18 Dragoons fell down one after another.
Leaving a trail of light like a shooting star, those things were moving like possessing a will and obliterated the glorious Louria Kingdom’s Dragoon Corps one by one. A certain Dragoon was blown without even being able to avoid, while another Dragoon who had an excellent kinetic vision took action to evade the light arrow, but he couldn’t elude the pursuing light arrow and perished in the explosion. Because of the extremely powerful explosion caused flame to engulf the surrounding airspace, even if they had avoided direct hits, there were Dragoons who lost their life, engulfed by the explosion on their comrade.

The hell!? What the hell is going on!!

Aglameus yelled.
It was something that no one could answer. Without knowing what is going on, his comrades who shared joys and sorrows together, his arms brothers, and the Wyvern, which should be the strongest weapon in the world, were all but slaughtered with mechanical precision.
This sort of event never existed even as a single ink spot on the entire history chronicles.

No way!! This can’t be happening!!
I can’t shake ‘em!! I can’t shake ‘em!! Why?? Why?? The light is coming!! UWAAAAAAaaaaa-

The manacom devices were filled with screams.

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By the time the brief storm had passed away, the Wyverns had been reduced from 250 to only 100 units.
The squadrons were disordered and shaken, but finally, they could see the Louria Kingdom Navy Fleet and they reorganized their formation. When the 100 Wyverns reached the skies above the Louria Kingdom Navy, they changed into a really slow flight speed.
In front of the fleet, there was a huge gray ship.

(So that’s the one……?)

The squadrons that had fallen into confusion before regained their composure when they saw enemy. After they reorganized their combat readiness, they made the ship as their objective and started to accelerate again. Just then, the ship shot out light arrows in succession.

Damn you────」

Aglameus’ angry voice, which was filled with hatred echoed in the sky above the Lower Fleet.
The light arrows shot by the ship pierced through to the remaining wyverns without missing a single shot.
The Lourian sailors who seen this sight from their ship deck, finally lost their fighting spirit.
Their allies in the sky…… were falling like raindrops.

Damn you...... !! Damn you all to hell!!

Even when their numbers were depleted one after another, Aglameus and his comrades kept approaching Myoukou.
When they reached the 7 kilometers point to Myoukou, their numbers had been diminished into just 50 wyverns.
Suddenly, the iron rod attached to the ship was firing something. One unit was pierced through by that shot and fell down. The loading was much faster than they thought, furthermore, light arrows rained down from the unseen faraway place.
When their distance approached the 3 kilometers point, which was near the Lourian fleet, the storm of attack ceased.
At this time, including Aglameus, only three units remained.

So they run out of Magic? …… I will avenge my comrade’s grudge!!

Aglameus’ entire body was trembling with rage. The huge formation of 250 wyverns disappeared in a blink of the eyes, only 3 units remained. It will be dissatisfying if he could not exact a revenge for this. It was also unforgivable of how his comrades were turned into such miserable state. Indeed, if he returned back to the country like this, there will be no doubt that he would be branded as incompetent.

Prepare to attack!!

The wyverns rode by Aglameus and his two comrades spread out their wing and extended their neck. They were preparing to shot a concentrated flame shot. Their jaw opened widely as flame ball began to mold inside their mouth.

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On the CIC of the Aegis warship Myoukou, how the approaching large group of enemies was shot down by the ship’s anti-air missile launched from every destroyer ship and the current state of affairs were displayed on the radar.
The enemy’s speed was slow, but their number was tremendous, that the radar operators were tense and concentrated on their duty.
That number was steadily reduced, even by intercepting them with the main gun’s attack, and they managed to reduce them to just 3 units, but those 3 units had approached until the 2-kilometer range.
A few seconds later, the close-in weapon system (CIWS) operated. The self-operating CIWS had already been configured into the anti-wyvern duty configuration and accurately aligned towards the direction of the enemy.

─── Bmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ───!

A bullet storm released by 20mm autocannon with 3,000 rounds per minute firing rate sounded like a beast’s groan as the firing sound was too rapid.

The hundreds flying 20mm tungsten rare-metal bullets easily pierced the wyvern’s strong scale and shred their robust body like a paper. The 2 units were instantly turned into minced meat and fell into the sea as black rain.

Argh──」

The last one…… also followed them afterward.

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NEXT CHAPTER:
I like the smell of burning ship in the morning.
Also, please nerf the helicopters.

50 comments:

  1. Thanks 4 the translation!

    Is body heat enough for heatseeking missiles to work with?

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    1. I think they use the semi-active radar homing type missile.

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    2. Well, maybe wyverns have enough body heat? And scales just keep its inside preventing from cooling?

      Wyverns are lesser cousins of dragon s, which in every setting are originating from reptiles, or reptiles

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    3. No but heatseekers are only used for short range intercepts. Medium to long ranged are usually radar guided.

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    4. All japanese DDG is loaded with SM-2 which is Semi-active radar homing.

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    6. SM-3. SM-2s have long been retired.

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    7. You people are talking something awesome

      And then, here I am...

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  2. Thanks Ainushi for this RAW.
    Oh man i can't wait for the next chapter, i can't wait for Destroyer fleet against 4.400 duel.

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  3. Thank for the chapter, thought to never see you active again Yukkuri Oniisan. Any thought about Our New Word?

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    1. Let's see if I had free time to finish it...
      Work is so unforgiving lately.

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    2. Just quit your work haha

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  4. YEAH BOI!! TASTE THE HUGE LOAD OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY YOU FUCKING BARBARIANS!!!!

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    1. 'Democracy' and 'Freedom' is overrated. lol.

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  5. Hi. If I can help provide raws to you by buying book 2 and book 3 for you, please let me know. Just out of curiosity, how much more is left in book 1 after this? Thank you!

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  6. I knew as soon as they entered in range that they'd be gunned down. Still they sure are packing ammo to down 250 wyverns.

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    2. You know there were 8 ships right? Only Myoukou approach the enemy fleet.

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    3. .....
      Depends. Standard missiles are one per cell. ESSMs are quad packed. I have no idea how you get 3 missiles into one cell unless you forgot one.

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    4. And since Sm-2 has fragmentation it means that atlease 3-4 wyverns arr killed with a single missile.

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    5. SM-3.
      SM-2 is the RIM-67. SM-3 is the RIM-161.

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  7. lol story logic.

    'General, message from Fleet. We see one enemy ship. Must be the main fleet. We have lost 1 ship, need reinforcements' lol
    '....don't they have 4,000 more to handle that ONE ship? Did we hire him from the nursery? He lost one ship out of 4000 and he's crying for help already?'
    'Well, we of the air force are getting bored so we'll sortie every single wryvern we have to kill just one ship'. lol

    So much story logic...

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    1. well their pride is to show off how big is their army, they want to inflict 'terror' with their massive unit but instead it backfired to them

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    2. And you think 4,000 vs 1 isn't it? If 4,000 vs 1 doesn't show a force difference, 250 vs 1 will?

      Not to mention there is NO mention of the 'enemy ship's' statistics or differences, there should have been no reason at all for higher command to even approve the use of air power since they still had 4 THOUSAND ships to throw at the enemy, who at that time only killed ONE.

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    3. It's a common problem - authors want to show the readers something neat without relating it to an actual plot. This is very typical for Light Novels and fanfics.

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    4. I remember the wooden ships cannot catch up with the modern fleets, so they requested air support

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    5. Yeah, but mobilize every wyvern? Never mind that it takes time to assemble, rest and deploy such a scattered force? By the time the wyverns got there the battle may be long over.

      I try not to think about it too much and just move on.

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  8. Thanks for the chapter (/>∆<)/

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  9. The carnage... the utter devastation... all you have is stand before this terrifying creature of Japan and give them a defiant FU :P

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    1. more like terrifying creature of modern world

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  10. we can only say that the enemy is lucky that it is japan that is transported over and not something like Russia or the USA, as that would destroy any and all enemies in a few fights and if they think they cant make landfall they just so happens to have a very good weapon to make that possible, like a nuke or a nuke or a nuke

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    1. if its russia.... why i instally hear the Command and Conquer music with a 'Kirov Reporting' in the background...

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    2. True. Japan was really renovated themselves as pacifism as USA and UN keep them in check in preventing another arm race again like what before WW2.
      If it was Russia transported in there. The motherland itself would be even larger than the so-called Empire in stretched of lands. It'll be another continent on the known East in that world. And Russia is more hostile than US and Japan. The US would prefer liberty itself but at the same time would carried out dirty secret project experiment regarding the world other races and magic.

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  11. It's time for a thought experiment:

    1: Let's give wyverns the same airspeed as eagles (max 120/kph, we're being very generous).

    2: The Otobreda has a range of 30km (let's not include the 100km VOLCANO rounds, we're being very generous). We also won't factor in the ship kiting the wyverns.

    3: The Otobreda has a 40/min fire rate (let's not include the 1/sec rapid fire mode).

    4: It takes the wyverns 15m to cross that 30km killzone, which means 600 shots. Assuming enough ammo, 250 wyverns are nothing.

    Tell me again where using SAMs are needed. I don't even think the CIWS gets a turn.

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    1. SAMs are only useful against air targets, whereas the gun can also be used against surface targets. I think they are saving the gun rounds for clearing the 4k+ surface targets they are about to engage

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    2. They used the mid ranged guns, it was a small burb, but they did use it.

      Personally, I think the usage of the A-gun for anti-air work is for limited cases only, like slow aircraft, helicopters or sub-Mach missiles, things like the Sunburn or Onyx are too tricky to handle with human targeting.

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    3. Was otobreda capable of shooting down aircraft(not just plane)?

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    4. Yes though only for some targets.

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  12. Ammo could be a problem, but there's no reason why the JMSDF couldn't disengage, rearm and re-engage. Then again, there's no reason why the JMSDF couldn't ambush the enemy fleet when camped out at a water source (galley fleet) or load HE-I (wooden ships). Couldn't the naval liason officer suggest something along those lines?

    Wyverns are well inside the gun's target profile, though it can engage missiles as well - that's what the VOLCANO rounds are for.

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    1. Now that I think about it, it might be more in keeping with Japan's humanitarian mindset if they did just that. Wait till the enemy fleet camps out for the night at a water source. Then sneak in under cover of darkness and sink the beached galleys with long range gunfire until the guns are dry. Also plan to do the same during storms and heavy fog. Do this for the next few days and the enemy would definitely have morale issues, assuming they have a fleet left.

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    2. Has there been ANY sale of Vulcano rounds to any Navy? IIRC there has not been a single one. I see it something like the old Metal Storm weapons, nice idea but no one needs or wants it so it stays as Powerpoint.

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    3. They're viewed as needlessly redundant. After all, SAMs work just fine. Even still, that's the entire point of having a naval gun - flexibility.

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    4. Of course, from the translator's 'hint' at the end, we know what's going to happen next. Helo with rocket pod... Though it would be the same sort of 'reasoning' as this chapter when they could have just slowly worked their way through the enemy fleet with the A-gun until the enemy broke.

      Can't be any dumber than the Charge of the Light Wyvern Brigade. Gee, get shot with huge exploding unknown arrows, lets just keep charging forward instead of pulling out of range and probing for information about this new weapon...

      This is about as logical as kids playing armies. Line up everyone in a row, then take turns shooting at each other. No tactics, no strategy just outright butchery.

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    5. Well, yeah. Any competent commander can do the math. After the second or third shot, it should have been glaringly obvious to either naval or wyvern commander they were screwed. But here it doesn't occur to them at all.

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  13. Usually one JMSDF Destroyer carries around 32 to 64 ESSM and 16 to 32 SM-2 in their VLS launcher. Given the situation that Japan as a whole transported into Isekai, These Missile might be considered the government as strategic weapon and used only on emergency situation. (Japan procure these missile from USA, so no further missile can be acquired unless Japan develop these missile domestically)

    It would be foolish to use such missile just to hit slow moving, easy target wyvern. Hell even the ship captain could face court martial for expending those missile.

    Would be more realistic if they only used 20mm Phalanx CIWS as 20mm Ammo is cheap and could easily be produced. even in isekai.

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    1. Thought they retired the SM-2 10 years ago?

      These days, the SM-3 is produced by Mitsubishi under licence. Mitsubishi and Raytheon are rather close, the SM-3 IIA is a collaborative project between Mitsubishi and Raytheon, so in the future they won't need a licence to produce.

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    2. Yes. Modern warfare isn't like the industrialized wars of WW1 or WW2. Stockpiles of parts matter more than factories and raw materials.

      That said, commanders in the field are given Rules of Engagement beforehand, precisely to avoid the scenario you describe.

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    3. To be really fair though, modern factory CNC techniques can ramp up production to levels of efficiency WWII factories can only dream of. The problem is that even with efficiency, it needs time to produce and these days, blitzkrieg and hyperwar is the norm, if you don't have stockpiles, you'll run out even before your factories got to speed.

      The only time manufacturing efficiency would come into play again is another World War scenario, which is possible but very unlikely.

      I have the fortune/misfortune to stay next to a factory manufacturing AFVs, on a casual month they can produce ~30 vehicles per (yes I counted, their vehicle park is visible from my house). If they went all out 24/hrs I would expect them to be able to produce 50-60 vehicles per month. And not the cheap thin skinned MRAPs,I'm talking about tanks.

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  14. Ill await the next chapter. All hail Yukkuri!

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  15. Thanks for the chapter Yukkuri!

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