I decided I wanted to try translating this since I thought it was interesting.
I can’t say that this is 100% accurate since this is my first time translating anything and my Japanese proficiency is not that high so please go easy on me and let me know if there are any mistakes.
Anyway, I wonder if this is readable…
Prologue: That time before my reincarnation
My name is Nagi. I enjoyed living my life as is but when I died, it seems like it was quite a simple death.
The cause of death was suffocation. I wasn’t strangled by my lover for cheating or something like that.
I just ate a lot of rice cakes a bit too quickly.
I was eating rice cakes that were sold at the supermarket, baked in a cheap oven toaster and cut into small pieces. Even though I made sure to chew it carefully before swallowing, it still got stuck on my throat. I have to admit that part of it was my my fault since I was eating rice cakes alone so it was probably inevitable. Let’s just give up gracefully. I won’t be able to do anything about it anyway.
Even though I kept my interaction with the neighbors to a minimum, I was at my neighbor’s entryway frantically hitting the doorbell and violently knocking on their door. Unfortunately, my two neighbors were away.
In my panic, I left my phone on top of the table in my room. Was it 119? Or should it have been 110?1 I should have contacted them first before I went to ask my neighbors for help.
In my last-ditch effort, I tried to push out air from my lungs using the apartment corridor’s aluminum handrail.
I got dizzy and collapsed on the corridor. The rice cake won’t come out. I should just give up….
I had a friend who frequently came to my room and I told him to physically destroy my HDD when I die so I don’t have any regrets…I think.
…everything is white. And there’s this strange floaty feeling. There’s also an old man here…
I’m an atheist, so I’d only believe in what I see but it seems like god actually exists.
「Youー, I just happened to see it but, you had a pretty interesting death huh」
There’s an extremely frank old man right in front of me. Because I’m Japanese, I thought that I’d just receive judgment in the netherworld and go to either heaven or hell but, now that I’m actually here, a god-like deity suddenly appeared.
He looks exactly like the character from the chocolate wafer sticker I saw when I was a kid.
Huh? Did that sticker of god ever have a heavenly god-like feel to it? Well…whatever.
「That’s technically correct but, what’s with that long pause?」
I should respond politely right?
「I am a Japanese person so I’m technically a Buddhist but are you not called differently in other regions? I am going to be judged after this, right? Shouldn’t I be heading over there instead?」
I only have these unusually strange details.
「Aren’t you frustrated with the way you died? Because I was able to see something interesting, I’ll let you reincarnate. What do you think?」
This old geezer just proudly said something rude!
「Reincarnating? You mean like those things in SF or fantasy novels?」
「I think that’s a good way of putting it. You won’t be reincarnated on Earth though」
「…this is becoming more and more like the developments in those stories」
「In other words, you’ll be returned to the ground」
What should I do? I’d like to ask some questions and if the conditions are good, it might not be a bad idea to reincarnate. It won’t hurt to ask about some things.
「Can I ask some questions?」
「Would I retain my memories when I reincarnate?」
「I’ll leave it as it is.」
「Will I get favorable treatment and get something like a special ability?」
「You mean something like a cheat system? Well, I’ll give you a somewhat favorable treatment since I’ll be able to tell the other gods that I saw something interesting.」
「What kind of world will I reincarnate to?」
「I think it’s popular in fantasy stories on Earth. It’s a bit similar to the Middle-ages, I guess.」
「I guess? Well, that’s fine. Would I reincarnate into a human?」
「About that, that will depend on the god over there. That guy’s a nonconformist so, you’ll probably not be human.」
「Is it someone you know…?」
「We occasionally go out to drink」
What should I do…… Since I’d have my memories, I can pull the “looks like a child but is actually 30+ inside” which is common in reincarnation fantasy novels. And it might be nice to do things over there with my memories intact.
「Please let me reincarnate, since I’m interested in it.」
「Is it because of those pictures inside your PC. There are a lot of “those” kinds too. 」 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
「Jii-san……Why do you know about that…」
「I was interested so I took a look inside your head」
「It’d be fine to be reborn as a girl right? If you live as a girl, the worst that could happen is that you’ll be raped by an orc or something.」
「Don’t think about it!」
「Well, I’ll tell that to the god over there.」
「Seriously, please don’t!?」
「I understand… I understand so be at ease and enjoy your second life.」
Then I was reincarnated.