Translation: “Ao no Exorcist” Chapter 89 Translation Summary (SPOILERS!!)
Here is your translation summary for this month’s chapter of Ao no Exorcist. As usual, I’m writing this up as I read it, so there could be mistakes or typos. I’m also kind of tired right now as I spent most of yesterday on a plane or waiting in airports, but I wanted to get this out asap so I can get caught up. Here it is:
Blue Exorcist 89:
Happy (Merry Christmas) Birthday
The chapter starts out with Rin cooking as Kuro looks on excitedly. Everyone is doing their part to set up the Christmas party and it looks amazing. They all go to get dressed (although Yukio refuses) and Rin puts on some reindeer ears. Shiemi comes back in full Santa costume with a bag of presents and thanks Nii-chan for his hard work. She says she’ll get him some water but then…everything goes wrong. Nii-chan rolls over, which tips the tree, which catches the decorations…etc etc etc. The tree even catches fire. Shiemi falls flat on her face, and the only thing left untouched is the cake. That is, until Konekomaru trips and knocks it over. Everything’s a mess. Shiemi is beside herself, but Rin and everyone else start laughing. “I can’t believe it…in one moment, everything was gone…!!” Rin says some stuff survived (the food), and that they would have a nabe party instead. So, we see everyone cooking up nabe (which is a sort of community hot pot dish). Mephisto, Shura and Lightning show up. Shima gets a call from Juuzo asking him, Suguro and Konekomaru if they are coming back for New Year’s. He tells them that he and Mamushi are having a baby and they want to celebrate. He then puts them on with Mamushi and she asks if they can come, and when Suguro starts to say he can’t, Lightning interrupts and says he’s “sleeping” for now and to go home because family is important. Everyone congratulates them and then they open their presents. Shiemi then says “Oh, I forgot, I have a present for everyone”. It’s a four-leaf clover. She tells everyone good luck on their tests, and Rin gets upset and asks her if she doesn’t want to become an exorcist because she’s dying. She’s shocked, and says that she’s sorry that she can’t tell them the reason, but she’s not dying, and that she’ll be there. “Even though I can’t fight by your side, I’ll be supporting you with equipment and medicine from the exorcist shop!”
Later on, Rin says he’s really worried about Shiemi. Just then Shura comes in and says she drank too much and wants some water. Rin asks if it’s okay that she hasn’t gone home at this hour and she says she lives there on the second floor. Yukio asks “Didn’t you know?” and Rin replies that he didn’t. Shura says “You guys are 16 years old now” and says that she should give them a present since she’s dressed like Santa. Then she drops a bombshell on them by telling them that she met their mother once…and her name was Yuri Egin. Yukio practically yells at her “How did you know her!? And why did you wait until now…” She replies that it wasn’t a big deal and that she only spent a little time with her. She asks them if they want to hear it, and while Yukio is very adamant that he does, Rin agrees in a very disinterested way.
18 years ago, Shirou had brought her to Yuri asking for a favor. He asked her to do something with Shura (because she stank) and that he didn’t know what to do because she was a girl. Yuri gave her a bath and told her that her red hair was beautiful. She found her some clothes while Shirou grumbled about picking her up during his mission and that Mephisto said he was stuck with her since the institution was full. Yuri makes them food and Shirou asks Yuri if she can take care of Shura, and that if she can’t, he’ll have to put her in an asylum. Shura screams “NO!!” and grabs onto him. Yuri laughs and says that he’ll regret it if he lets her go. Shirou is taken aback but then Yuri asks her if she wants to live there with them. “Shirou would be your father, and I would be your mother…doesn’t that sound fun?” Shirou then says “…that doesn’t sound fun. Don’t make such stupid jokes, you perverted woman” (he’s really kind of cruel here). Yuri just says “I guess you’re right, even though it would be wonderful”. Shura says “your mother was a wonderful, kind, beautiful woman” and that she could never match up with her in her entire life. She says that Rin has her eyes, and that Yukio has her facial moles. That’s the entire story, and she tells them happy birthday and leaves.
Later, Yukio asks Rin if he’s awake, and what he thought of the story. He says he’s glad to know her name and what kind of person she was. Yukio then asks him if he wants to know the details of their birth. Yukio says “I want to know how I was born and why it’s a secret”. He then says to Rin “…you still don’t see any need to find out, do you?” and Rin replies “that’s right”. Rin sits up and says “It’s obviously not a happy story, and nothing good will come out of knowing about it. It’s enough for me to find out on our birthday that our mother was a beautiful and kind person.” He then says he has to pee, and Yukio suddenly screams at him “Don’t fuck around!! What birthday! We don’t even know when we were really born!!! Even though you run off as usual without ever thinking, why…why are you so half-hearted! Which one of us is really afraid!!!!”
And that’s the end for this month. Wow, Yukio really loses it in this chapter. Nice to find out some backstory on their mother, although I feel like Shirou and Yuri have some history going on for him to treat her like that. I’m glad that Rin asked Shiemi straight up if she was dying, but that just leaves us with the bigger question on why she’s leaving. That’s it for this month, I may or may not write up a review of this chapter depending on time constraints. Enjoy!