Magic, Mechanics, Shuraba Volume 1 Chapter 5 – Frolicking Around on the Train

Hey guys, this is just a quick rant and heads up about Chinese honorifics. As you guys have read thus so far, we’ve been using “Bro” a lot in the past few chapters. The “correct” term if translated would be “elder brother” for 哥, or “younger brother” for 弟. However, along the way, I’ve decided that they were too formal for my taste and converted them all into “Bro”. MMS is set in a more modern type of setting so the conversation is much more casual. The other reason why I’ve converted 哥 into “Bro” is because both are one syllable each. This means that any tone of voice a character uses whilst saying 哥 could be used on the converted “Bro” much more smoothly than “Brother” or “Elder brother”…

If anyone does not like this conversion, feel free to come up with a better word or wording for this term! Let me know, for I admit that I’m pretty bad at naming things and the like.

Without further ado, I would like to introduce our new translator to our team of growing translators! He is known as a superpotatosama and he’s the one who translated this chapter for you all! I’m a bit concerned that he calls himself a superpotatosama though, because I am an avid lvl 0 Potato Digger. I guess that means I dig him (pun intended). Let’s all dig thank him for this chapter! Chapter has been touched by alyschu.

Time flew by and after the blink of an eye, the end of August had already arrived. Because of the long distance, the siblings departed a few days in advance towards Augustus Academy, which was located at the capital.

On their day of departure, all of the villagers turned up to send them on their journey. In the midst of loud drumming and blessings, Ouyang Tao and Ouyang Xue embarked on a journey for knowledge.

On the train that was bound for the capital, Ouyang Xue was a little excited, because Augustus Academy students who showed their ID could ride transportation vehicle for free. Because of that, Ouyang Xue naturally chose the first class seats for their softness and freshness.

Unlike before, where they were packed together like sardines as they only bought standing tickets to save money, the first class cabin was beautifully decorated, with a constant, cool temperature.

The siblings chose a large, two person compartment. To each side was a folding bed, and towards the window was a nightstand and folding table, with a button to call room service right above it. Next to the door, there was a small refrigerator, and a TV was mounted on the wall. The facilities were very complete. It even had a small showering room.

Entering the room, Ouyang Xue immediately took off her shoes, lunged onto a bed, and began to roll. Upon finding the bed was quite soft, Ouyang Xue soon began to happily jump up and down on the bed. “Wow! Bro, this bed is so soft and springy!”

Hehe, look how happy you are.” Upon seeing his sister’s expression that was full of vitality, Ouyang Tao was secretly very satisfied. He put away the luggage, and quietly sat down, as he smiled at his sister.

After jumping on the bed some more, Ouyang Xue opened up the nightstand, and upon seeing that there was nothing in there, her interest shifted towards the small refrigerator next to the door: “Brother, there’re a lot of beverages in here, may I drink one?”

“Mn, but you have to take note, only the ones that don’t have the price tags on them are free.”

“Oh, understood.” Ouyang Xue took a while before making her decision. “I want the orange juice. What about you, brother?”

“Chocolate milk.”

Afterwards, Ouyang Xue quieted down for a bit. While watching the scenery pass by, she sat on the side of the bed, humming a song as she cheerfully swung her legs to and fro while sipping the bottled fruit juice.

For Ouyang Xue, this was her second time leaving the village, but her mood was drastically different than the first time when she was under the pressure of having to take a test. This time around, she could appreciate and take in the new and magical world outside the village; a view that many villagers could not see.

In comparison, Ouyang Tao’s expression was much calmer, because although he doesn’t recall any of his past identity or experiences, he could faintly feel that he had once gone through these experiences before.

How was he like in the past? How did this accident happen? If there was no accident, what would his living conditions be right now? His lost memories may never recover, but this did not stop Ouyang Tao from thinking about his past.

“Bro, what happened? Are you unhappy?”

The Ouyang Tao who was almost lost in his own thoughts, quickly turned his attention back to reality: “Mm? No, it’s just that … hehe, it’s just that I never would have thought that I would be admitted, and can continue to be together with Ah Xue.”

“Hehe, you’re right, I would never have thought that it would happen either.” Ouyang Xue blissfully smiled as she lowered her head. In her heart, “being admitted into Augustus Academy” and “staying together with Brother” were of equal importance. She once hesitated to no end over whether or not she should separate from her brother.

It’s a mystery as to which sibling heaven had favored, as Ouyang Xue would never have dreamed that she would be able to stay together with her brother like this.

Suddenly, the room quieted down as the siblings were immersed within a quiet and delicate atmosphere.

But at this time, Ouyang Tao spoke a sentence that shattered the mood. “However, it is impossible for Ah Xue to be with me together.”

Ouyang Xue started at him blankly for a moment, then blinked a few times in surprise. “Ah? Why?”

“Because sooner or later, Ah Xue will get married in the future, heh-heh.”

“What! Bro, what nonsense are you spouting? I would never just casually marry someone! No way!” Ouyang Xue’s face suddenly flushed red as she shook her head fiercely in denial and incessantly shook her hands.

Originally, he merely wanted to tease his sister, but he didn’t imagine that she would have such a huge reaction. He couldn’t help but follow the joke until the end: “Alright, alright, well even if Ah Xue doesn’t marry, your brother here would eventually take a bride.”

“What… Bro, you… No! I… So annoying! Humph!”


Originally it was meant to come out as just a joke, yet Ouyang Xue seemed to be very irritated. Her mood suddenly became very agitated, and her speech incoherent. Finally in frustration, she threw her empty bottle in Ouyang Tao’s face, buried herself underneath the covers, and refused to come out

“Uh… it seems like the joke went too far…” Ouyang Tao bitterly smiled. Whenever she buried her head within the covers wordlessly and soundlessly, it was a sign that she was angry.

Although to outsiders looking on, Ouyang Xue seemed like a girl that was strong of character with the aura of a genius female magician, but intrinsically, she was like any other ordinary girl. She also had times where she would get angry, and times when she wanted to be spoiled or be loved.

After waiting for a while, Ouyang Tao guessed that his sister’s emotions had settled down a bit, and then approached her: “Ah Xue, are you still angry?”

“Humph!” There was no reply, only a muffled “humph” came out from under the covers.

“Well, it was just a joke. I admit I was wrong, ok?”

“Humph! As if I’ll believe you.”

After the coaxing had little effect on her, Ouyang Tao put on a slightly harsher tone: “If you don’t come out, I’ll get angry.”

“Guu…” After staying silent for a while, Ouyang Xue finally spoke up. “So what if you get angry, I … I’m not afraid of you.”

“Is that really so? I’ll count to three; if you don’t come out, I’ll start spanking.”

“You… you dare!”

“One, two, –“

“Ah, fine, fine, I give in.” Ouyang Xue quickly crawled out from underneath the covers, and then meekly sat there, but her mouth still showed the vestiges of a pout; she was clearly still somewhat angry. “So annoying, it’s the same trick every time…”

To Ouyang Tao, as long as his sister came out from underneath the covers, then the situation had turned for the better: “Hehe, well, don’t be so angry, it was my fault for making such an insensitive joke. Ah Xue is a reasonable person, so you’ll forgive your brother, right?”

“Uuu… I’m reluctant… but I’ll forgive you.” In fact, Ouyang Xue at most was only thirty percent angry, the rest was just her acting spoiled in front of her brother. After seeing her brother apologize so seriously, she instead felt embarrassed. “However, as compensation, you have to treat me to some good food!”

Ouyang Tao readily agreed to her request: “Alright. At noon, I’ll treat you to a great feast, is that OK?”

“Mn, Bro’s the best!”

Upon seeing a lively smile once again grace his sister’s face, Ouyang Tao felt very satisfied. Each time this occurred, he would always think that perhaps the memories from the decade past was not important as long as he held onto the present.

However, he still could not discern the true reason why his sister became angry.

“There’s obviously no blood relation…” Ouyang Xue whispered quietly.

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29 Responses to Magic, Mechanics, Shuraba Volume 1 Chapter 5 – Frolicking Around on the Train

  1. iamsleepless says:



  2. plusikplus says:



  3. TT_TT

    An update….another one….thank you! *cry*

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  4. Azneccentric says:

    Brocon all the way for the sister ._.


    • Vivec says:

      It’s not her fault that her blatantly not blood related brother happens to be incredibly appealing to her. I don’t really have a problem with any relationship in a story regardless of blood relation or not as long as it feels like it wasn’t unnatural. As long as the story doesn’t forget what it is it’s fine. I just don’t want to see more stories like Arifureta which basically ignore the previous feel of the characters and the story as soon as the harem/romance in general starts.

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    • Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
      similarity as one can guess the brother is no ordinary person
      lol if he wanted to he can build a gundam as long as there is enough materials around..
      If that is normal then I have no further comment


  5. junior says:

    Even more thanks for you aly, oh and a suggestion you could also use lil bro, or big bro because those do sound more modern if that’s what your looking for. 🙂


    • alyschu says:

      I did think about that but there was no big or little in the raws. Also, they may even be a big bro and little bro in the future raws, which was why I was hesitant and just stuck with “Bro”


      • junior says:

        So it just says bro? Is it because they don’t have his exact age? Well I guess it’s fine as is anyway, thanks again. 🙂


    • No age as of yet, but we can infer from China’s education system that he is approximately 14 or 15 years old (China only has 3 years of high school, as opposed to 4 in the US, and Augustus Academy is a high school of sorts). As for which sibling is the older one, your guess is as good as mine. No clues has been given about their age except for the fact that they’re close to each other, though from this chapter, it seems that Ouyang Tao is the older one. I’m sure we’ll find out the specifics as the story develops though 😀

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  6. GonZ555 says:

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂


  7. Dew404 says:

    why is it that this novel is getting more updates than ATG


    • alyschu says:

      see homepage

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    • It’s not that mms is getting more chapters then AtG, it’s just that I am not caught up with AtG yet, and so as my very first chapter, it would be easier for me. Also, I am a bit interested in MMS despite it containing some of the more “meta” concepts in light novels (aka school life, bro con, etc.). In the future I will probably jump into AtG and juggle both novels.


  8. ELl says:

    “Ouyang Xue readily agreed to her request: “Alright. At noon, I’ll treat you to a great feast, is that OK?””

    shouldnt it be “Tao”?

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  9. Reblogged this on Super Potato Translations and commented:
    My first chapter ahhh if there’s anything that you guys think I can improve pear lemme know. Many thanks to alyschu for proof reading and picking out the bad potat- … errors.

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  10. Hik5 says:

    hm.. somehow i prefer seeing ‘ge’ tho.. maybe because i read storys using this as well as in korean and jap. ones using nee and ni for example o,o well.. maybe reading bro just sounds a bit weird for me *cough*


  11. RKain says:

    I started reading this because of the idea of a protagonist who was an engineer appealed to me (I prefer builder / thinker type MC’s over fighters). I’m prepared to be disappointed in that regard, but perhaps it’ll be good nonetheless? Time will tell, I suppose.

    My thanks to you for the translation.


  12. KLJY says:

    Is it just me or the plot clearly a bit same as Mahouka?


    • Cupcake Ninja says:

      Plot? Dont think so. The characters’ personality isnt very similar either, but perhaps you mean something more along the lines of their roles? For example, both this story and Mahouka have MCs who lack mainstream magic abilitys but specialize in other areas of magic and are great at engineering. And both MCs have a little sister (in this case *little* is used because the MC here seems more mature. Age not specified ) who excel at magic and are serious brocons. This is probably what gave you the feeling of MMS being similar to Mahouka, correct?


  13. TheFrostDude says:

    Thanks for the new chapter!
    What is the underline meaning in his last sentence?


  14. Resdan says:

    FFS they know that they are not related by blood and the idiot is dumb enough to not notice that her love him.
    tipic novel of forbbiden love (supposedly), and they never end together.Sad as fuck i say!


  15. junior says:

    Hey hey, this isn’t mahouka, that probably won’t happen?


  16. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei I feel like reading another of this hahaha
    the best feeling -_-


  17. jacobpaige says:

    How dense to you have to be to not understand? and if you don’t understand, then why would you react the way that he did?


  18. For some reason I imagine Tao like Soma Schicksal from God Eater


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