Rouge et Noir
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.
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.
Gilles Lagrene (ジル ラグレーン)
You just managed to graduate from the Academy somehow with barely passing marks and entered the FBI.
However, after only a few months of being assigned to the New York branch as a new investigator, you were suddenly given a solo mission.
It was to monitor Gilles Lagrene, a quasi-executive of the criminal syndicate, House.
You infiltrated House as a dealer and succeeded in getting close to your target, Gilles, but—
Everyone thank Hina again for making me come back to this series!! Or more like I’m always obsessed about this series, but I’m lazy about translating it until someone kicks me in the bum. R18 content warning but nothing else because Gilles is just a romping puppy, heheh.
“Jacks or Better” is a type of poker game! There’s a simple video game version where you play by yourself in a five-card draw and you win by having at least a pair of Jacks, or a better hand (hence its name). In actual poker, when you’re playing this type, you can only open the betting if you have a pair of jacks or better.
Suou Eiji (周防 衛士)
The circulation of the new type of drug, Rouge et Noir, and the battle between the Narcotics Control Division of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare and the crime syndicate, House, which was distributing the drugs, continued.
However, the struggle for supremacy began to collapse due to a tear that opened up within House. Suou Eiji, of the Special Criminal Investigations Department (also known as SCID), saw this as a great opportunity and personally set out on an investigation to destroy House.
As a new narcotics officer belonging to the SCID, you gradually build a relationship of trust with the highhanded Suou while opposing the means of his investigation.
(Thank you so much to Hina for another translation commission!! At this rate, I might end up with a complete collection LOL which is the dream, to be honest. This is the 4th volume in the series.)
“Eye in the sky” isn’t a poker term but it is a casino term! It refers to the security cameras that are set up to monitor the seats, tables, hallways, restaurants, and even elevators. It’s to help the casino catch anyone who is cheating or counting cards (a type of cheating) or committing crimes.
Makabe Ryo (真壁 亮)
It’s been about one year after the flood of the new strain of drug, Rouge et Noir. The crime syndicate, House, has lost the majority of its active bases as a result of the investigation from the Narcotics Control Division of the Port and Harbour Ministry of Welfare, and that series of events is heading to an end.
During this, Makabe Ryo, a narcotics officer belonging to the Special Criminal Investigations Department (also known as SCID), and you, a narcotics officer in the same division and the “buddy” of Makabe, seize unexpected drugs in a separate investigation. It is a liquid variant of Rouge et Noir, known as Second Barrel.
You and Makabe obtain information that the seized Second Barrel is being sold at the headquarters of the Chinese mafia, Xiang Mao, and so you two infiltrate an underground casino in Macau in order to expose this, but–.
(Thank you to kay for the translation commission!! This is the 6th volume in the Rouge et Noir series so we’re going back in time and things are out of order, but shhh. WARNING: This is R18.)
Second Barrel, or more commonly known as Double Barrel, is a bluffing or semi-bluffing move. Sorry, we’re going to have to dive into some more poker knowledge here. There are many variants of poker but a very popular one among casinos is Texas Hold’em (which I’m sure Makabe’s CD is based off of because of the terms), where players are dealt two cards and then there’s 5 community cards face-down on the table. The goal is to create the strongest 5-card hand using your two cards + the 5 on the table. The community cards are revealed after turns in the order of “flop” (3 cards), “turn” (4th card), and “river” (5th and last card).
Now, the game opens when a person makes a bet. Then others can either fold to exit out, call to match that bet, or raise to increase the bet. Now, bear with me, the person who raises in this round is called the “pre-flop raiser” (or original raiser in Arlen’s CD). And then, once the flop happens and 3 cards are revealed, this person bets again to do a “continuation bet”. And then, once the turn happens and the 4th card is revealed, this person bets again to become the “Second Barrel”.
Basically, the whole point of this is to actually bully the other players into folding because they’re scared of how aggressive you are LOL and they think you have a strong hand. But the Second Barrel is doing this regardless of whether they’ve made a hand on the table or not. Hence, a bluffing or semi-bluffing move since you could very well end up with a strong hand.
Arlen Clive (アーレン クライヴ)
It has been about a year since the overflow of the new strain of drug, Rouge et Noir. As that series of events head to an end, due to the weakening of the crime syndicate, House, you spend vexing days just concentrating on treatment from the aftereffects you suffered because of your deep cover operation a year ago, staying in the Special Criminal Investigations Department (also known as SCID) as a narcotics officer.
But the fugitive, Arlen Clive, a top executive of House, suddenly appears in front of you. You are cautious as Arlen approachs you with a temporary partnership.
Although mutual interests coincide, Arlen’s real intention cannot be seen.
You are at a loss as to whether you should take that extended hand or not, but–.
(First, a huge thank you for the translation commission by Hina. This is the 8th volume in the Rouge et Noir series, so if you’re interested in the others… well ;) there’s a way to get them translated– ahaha, sorry sorry. But seriously, this series is so good when listened to in order. WARNING: This is R18.)
Just to keep things consistent. The title “Maximum Bet” refers to the maximum a person can bet at a gambling table, because sometimes there’s limits. Of course, there’s also a no-limit poker.
04OCT2018: Added Animate/Official tokuten.
30SEP2018: Added Mikado-sensei’s teaser letters from Arlen to count down to the release of his CD.