Rouge et Noir

RN Kurusu ~ 2019 Birthday ~

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Mikado wrote some cute tweets celebrating Kurusu’s birthday, so I decided to translate that as well. There were other small skits celebrating the release of the other characters and stuff, but they’re a bit OOC so I’m not going to bother translating those.


— July 7th, in the inner offices of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare —

[MAKABE]: “It’s rare for you to come into work on Sunday.”

[KURUSU]: “It’s really awful, isn’t it? It’s even my birthday too.”

[MAKABE]: “I thought you’d say that, so there’s a present prepared for you in your lab from everyone in SCID.”

[KURUSU]: “Huh, what’s with this strange turn of events? Oh well, thanks.”

— Several minutes later in Kurusu’s lab —

[KURUSU]: “… Aah, I really am greatly loved by everyone.” (He said this while looking at a mountain of appraisal requests)

Happy Birthday Kurusu

Rouge et Noir ~ Implied Odds ~

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Kurusu Rei (来栖 玲)
CV: 佐和真中

Rouge et Noir ~ Implied Odds ~

It been about a year since the flood of the new drug, Rouge et Noir. Due to the weakening of the crime syndicate, House, a series of events is heading to being resolved.

In the midst of this, you are a narcotics officer belonging to the Special Criminal Investigations Department (also known as SCID) and in Los Angeles together with Kurusu Rei, a forensic officer belonging to the forensic department, to participate in an information exchange conference that is routinely held between the Narcotics Control Division of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare and the DEA (the American Narcotics Control Division). However, the drug sample that was to be presented at the conference was stolen by the hands of someone.

You and Kurusu recovered the drug sample, but the whereabouts of a “certain someone” became clear from the belongings of the criminal who was secured—

R18 content warning. Thank you to the anonymous commissioner for their second request!

Here is a timeline for those confused since I’ve jumped around the series: Under the Gun > Check in the Dark > Double Down > Eye in the Sky > Pure Bluff > Second Barrel > Implied Odds > Maximum Bet > All In. Jacks or Better occurs somewhere after Double Down and before Maximum Bet. Makabe’s VR edition is also a side story.

Implied Odds is a term for calculating how much you expect to win after taking into consideration the amount you paid to get in and the current pot amount. For example, if you paid 10$ to win $50 then apparently you average $1.74 for every call you make. There’s a formula for calculating this out there.

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Rouge et Noir ~ Pure Bluff ~

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Kashiwagi Senna (柏木 セナ)
CV: 四ツ谷サイダー

Rouge et Noir ~ Pure Bluff ~

The criminal syndicate, House, which has been distributing the new drug, Rouge et Noir, was gradually losing its momentum after having an important base crushed by the Narcotics Control Division of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare.

During this, as a new narcotics officer, you were appointed by Chief Eiji Suou of the Special Criminal Investigations Department (also known as the SCID), which you belonged in, to be the liaison of the informant Senna Kashiwagi. It was to protect Senna, who had gotten involved in trouble for certain reasons, and to have him continue to cooperate with the SCID’s investigation.

You came and went from the SCID and Senna’s hideout, which was for planning House’s destruction behind-the-scenes, while being pushed around by Senna’s overly whimsical actions but—.

R18 content warning. Enormous thank you to the anonymous commissioner for this and their patience while I did the first three volumes. Senna’s volume concludes the first season of Rouge et Noir, which is also what the ODF contains.

Here is a timeline for those confused since I’ve jumped around the series: Under the Gun > Check in the Dark > Double Down > Eye in the Sky > Pure Bluff > Second Barrel > Implied Odds > Maximum Bet > All In. Jacks or Better occurs somewhere after Double Down and before Maximum Bet. Makabe’s VR edition is also a side story.

Pure Bluff is a bet that’s made with a weak hand that would, in all probability lose. Basically, you have no grounds on which to stand on but you’re going to bluff to try and get the other person to fold.

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RN Arlen ~ Official Data File: Character Profile ~

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Rouge et Noir OFFICIAL DATA FILE

Everyone also gets character profiles in the ODF, where they’re interviewed by the other characters. In Arlen’s case, he gets interviewed by Suou with a cameo by Senna.

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RN Arlen ~ Official Data File: Fan Q&A ~

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Rouge et Noir OFFICIAL DATA FILE

I wouldn’t be taking advantage of my Japanese understanding if I didn’t spoil my biases—

Like I mentioned for Gilles, when this ODF was being prepared, they asked the fans to send questions and they picked a few of them for the guys to answer.

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RN Arlen ~ Official Data File: Dolce Vita ~

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Rouge et Noir OFFICIAL DATA FILE

Back again with more Arlen content, heheh. This time, it’s a short side story during, or after, the events of their CD. Each guy gets one.

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RN Arlen ~ Official Data File: Prologue ~

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Rouge et Noir OFFICIAL DATA FILE

Everyone gets short stories that are set just before their CD’s events. Most of them talk about the guys’ past actually, but Arlen gets this really fun one where it explains just how he knew the MC was an undercover agent. It also shows that the MC wasn’t just an inexperienced rookie, and it’s just unfortunate she went up against Arlen.

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RN Arlen ~ Official Data File: Phantom Pain ~

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Rouge et Noir OFFICIAL DATA FILE

There’s three special stories in the Data File that talks about everyone’s pasts: Makabe and Kurusu are paired, then Suou and Sena, and then Arlen alone. I translated Arlen’s story here because it is so well written and critical to his character (gets me like no tomorrow too). Please enjoy!

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Rouge et Noir ~ Double Down ~

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Arlen Clive (アーレン クライヴ)
CV: テトラポット登

Rouge et Noir ~ Double Down ~

The Narcotics Control Division of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare continued to be pressed for a response to the new drug, Rouge et Noir.

You were assigned to the Special Criminal Investigations Department (also known as SCID) in this urgent race against time and, because of your excellent grades hammered out through a training program and that you were one of the few female narcotics officers, you were given an extremely unusual mission as a newcomer.

It was to make contact with Arlen Clive, an executive leader of “House” the criminal syndicate which was distributing Rouge et Noir, and infiltrate House alone.

In the bar that Arlen frequented, according to eyewitness information, you caught his interest and you ended up constantly nestled close to him as his lover.

However, as you spend time together, you were gradually drawn to the mysterious and gentlemanly Arlen—.

R18 content warning. Finally caught up with the old releases too, so now I can work on the actual commission. Thank you everyone for your patience (and enduring my obsessive complex that made me want to translate all the previous ones for my collection).

Here is a timeline for those confused since I’ve jumped around the series: Under the Gun > Check in the Dark > Double Down > Eye in the Sky > Pure Bluff > Second Barrel > Implied Odds > Maximum Bet > All In. Jacks or Better occurs somewhere after Double Down and before Maximum Bet. Makabe’s VR edition is also a side story.

Double Down seems to be something more done in blackjack than poker, but basically you double your bet in exchange for receiving only just one more card and then you’re forced to play it or show your hand. So, it’s a big gamble for big rewards.

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Rouge et Noir ~ Check in the Dark ~

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Kurusu Rei (来栖 玲)
CV: 佐和真中

Rouge et Noir ~ Check in the Dark ~

Due to the flood of a new type of drug, Rouge et Noir, the Narcotics Control Division of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare was pressed to deal with that every day.

The Special Criminal Investigations Department (also known as SCID), which was suffering from a serious shortage of hands, requested the forensic officer, Kurusu Rei, who belonged to the Forensic Department, to assist temporarily with the investigation. You, a new narcotics officer, were selected out of many people to persuade Kurusu, who had expressed his disapproval.

Kurusu was interested in how you were partnered with Makabe Ryo, a narcotics officer belonging to the SCID, and agreed to assist with the investigation on the condition that he would have a date with you. Somehow, you began the investigation while being toyed with by Kurusu, who didn’t show his true feelings.

However, due to Kurusu’s meeting with a “certain someone”, the situation began to move in an unexpected direction—.

R18 content warning.

Here is a timeline for those confused since I’ve jumped around the series: Under the Gun > Check in the Dark > Double Down > Eye in the Sky > Pure Bluff > Second Barrel > Implied Odds > Maximum Bet > All In. Jacks or Better occurs somewhere after Double Down and before Maximum Bet. Makabe’s VR edition is also a side story.

Check in the dark is a lot like betting in the dark (mentioned below) but with a check. Basically, it means that before the cards for the next round are dealt you will have announced to everyone that you’re going to check without looking at them. Checking means to pass the action to the next person without making a bet. You can only check if no bets have been made.

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RN Kurusu ~ Kiss Day ~

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May 23rd was Japan’s Kiss Day so Mikado wrote some cute short stories for all the Rouge et Noir men. Huge thank you to the anonymous commissioner again for this! Mikado’s original is HERE.

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RN Arlen ~ Kiss Day ~

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May 23rd was Japan’s Kiss Day so Mikado wrote some cute short stories for all the Rouge et Noir men. Huge thank you to an anonymous commissioner for this! Mikado’s original is HERE.

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Rouge et Noir ~ Under the Gun ~

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Makabe Ryo (真壁 亮)
CV: 河村眞人

Rouge et Noir ~ Under the Gun ~

Due to a new type of drug, Rouge et Noir, there’s been a sudden increase in drug contamination spreading through the port city, Kaasa.

The Narcotics Control Division of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare handed down a mission to Makabe Ryo, a narcotics officer belonging to the Special Criminal Investigations Department, and you, a new narcotics officer in the same division.

Make contact with a dealer from the crime syndicate, House, who is spreading Rouge et Noir, and obtain a drug sample.

In accordance with the mission, you and Makabe join together as “buddies” and start a dangerous undercover investigation, disguised as a couple.

(Gotta give a mention to NightHunterHime for the Stellaworth tokuten commission way back in the past. As to why I’m translating this, I’m completing my Rouge et Noir collection of my own accord, but also with the gracious patience of my current commissioner, who has asked for the rest of the series. R18 content warning.)

Here is a timeline for those confused since I’ve jumped around the series: Under the Gun > Check in the Dark > Double Down > Eye in the Sky > Pure Bluff > Second Barrel > Implied Odds > Maximum Bet > All In. Jacks or Better occurs somewhere after Double Down and before Maximum Bet. Makabe’s VR edition is also a side story.

“Under the Gun” is the person who sits to the left of the “Big Blind” and so they’re the person who gets to act first after the blind bets are set. For a refresher, the “Big Blind” is the person who sits two to the left of the dealer’s position and who has to make the larger of two bets (with the “Small Blind”) at the start of a poker game. These forced bets are basically joining fees for people who play a variant of poker that lets them fold without betting.

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RN Gilles ~ Kiss Day ~

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May 23rd was Japan’s Kiss Day so we got some cute shorts for all the Rouge et Noir men, and since Gilles is the only one whose content I have fully translated (by cheating because he just has one volume… LOL) I decided to translate his short story too! Mikado’s original is HERE.

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RN Gilles ~ Official Data File: Fan Q&A ~

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Rouge et Noir OFFICIAL DATA FILE

LOOK, I’m just excited I can finally translate things from the Official Data File because, again, I finished translating all of Gilles’ volumes, ohohoho. The only reason I haven’t done it for the other men is because I want to spoil Arlen first, but every time I look at Arlen I burst into tears so I can’t get anywhere LOL.

Anyway, when they were preparing this ODF, they asked the fans to send questions and they picked a few of them to answer in the ODF. Surprisingly, Gilles was so popular that even though we knew nothing about him at the time (the ODF was released just after the first season) he still got a section. Even Mikado is touched at how Gilles, who started off as a nobody with just a name in Arlen’s Double Down CD, ended up becoming a whole character.

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