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Chapter 72 is titled “MY HERO WILL COME!” and the tagline on the front page says “No matter when, if I think of you, I can be strong.” The chapter starts off with Teru kneeling in front of the closed doors of the elevator that Akira disappeared down at the end of the last chapter, crying because she couldn’t stop him and she can’t possibly encrypt the code herself that will open the door. In her thoughts she cries out to Kurosaki to help her, to tell her what to do. Then Teru recalls Akira’s cryptic words (that he doesn’t even remember “gramps” ‘s face anymore, only “the promise” and that if that isn’t true he’s got nothing left) and she gets angry at him for being so stubborn and not listening to reason. She runs off somewhere, and while running wonders why she lets him make her so angry. Teru comes to a room with a window in it and is cheered up a bit to find that it’s light outside now. She starts thinking that if this is the facility connected to “The Will of M” then Kurosaki and them already know its location and they’ll surely come for her, and that what she needs to do now instead of crying is do whatever she can to help them. She grabs a lantern and starts looking around for some kind of hint that might help them break the code and get into the elevator Akira disappeared into. Looking for some useful documents, she wanders into what appears to be an old library, with all its books missing and discovers a desk covered in what appears to be dried blood. Teru concludes someone must have died there, and picks up a photograph sitting on the desk to see if it might have a name on the back. There’s no name, but instead an SD card taped to the back!
The scene switches over to Kurosaki and Master (I thought Master got left behind in the last chapter?! I guess not…) who have just landed on the island. Also, the pilot was Shibayama. Master tells Shibayama to take the helicopter off the island for the time being. Shibayama responds that he’ll take the helicopter to the next closest helicopter port to refuel and wait for further instructions, and warns Master and Kurosaki that because the next closest helicopter port is far away, it will take him almost an hour to return for them once they call him. Then Shibayama addresses Kurosaki directly and tells him that he’ll apologize to him for everything later, so come back safely, with Teru and Akira wit him, so he gets the chance to do that. Then Shibayama tells them he’ll be waiting for their call, and takes off. Once they’re alone Master is relieved they can finally start making some progress, and asks Kurosaki if he sees anything through his binoculars. Kurosaki spots the facility and, announcing that Teru must be in there, takes off running towards it recklessly. Before Kurosaki disappears from site, Master yells at him not to charge right in the front door because there are sure to be traps, and not to run so fast that he doesn’t even watch where he’s stepping. Kurosaki gives an aye-aye and disappears from sight. Master is a bit frustrated but says to himself that he understands how Kurosaki feels, so he’ll take on the tedious job of recognizance and securing the escape route. Just then, Master hears a noise and is about to put out his knife for self-defense, but it’s only a rabbit… Or so he thinks! There’s a really scary looking figure standing right behind him, and a splatter of blood as the scene changes.
Back inside the abandoned church, Teru is examining the pulpit-turned-computer for an SD card slot, but unfortunately there isn’t one. She also speculates about what the numbers counting down on the screen might mean—There are 3 hours, 24 minutes and 37 seconds until something happens. Suddenly a huge clatter rings out somewhere in the facility and Teru starts to panic, thinking it might be Antora, Kouno or some other bad guy. But then she hears Kurosaki calling her name from far off, saying he came to save her. She calls out to him too, and he follows her voice into the church. They embrace passionately, and Kurosaki asks her if she’s the real Teru. She says she is, and starts to apologize for getting kidnapped, when he cuts her off by kissing her! After a minute, Teru tells him to stop, let go, hold on a minute, but Kurosaki says he won’t, and kisses her again. At some point, Kurosaki pushes Teru down on her back right there on the floor in the church, all the while still kissing her. When he finally stops, he asks if she’s hurt anywhere (literally he says “Is your body strange anywhere?”) and if anyone did anything bad to her. She punches him in the gut and tells him he did, just now. Battering Kurosaki all over with punches, she tells him he made her body feel really strange and limp all over, and reminds him that she’s still a newbie at kissing and demands to know “what was with that technique?!” He apologizes, and the two of them smile at eachother and bump their foreheads together adorably, happy to be reunited. Then they both get off the floor and get back to business. Teru tells Kurosaki that Akira already got there the night before, and that he already encrypted the code in the pulpit-computer and went on ahead. Kurosaki checks the code out and says that this was also mentioned in the “key” code they decrypted a few chapters ago, and that between him and Master, they should be able to figure it out in time. Kurosaki asks how Akira looked and Teru tells him that Akira looked worn-out, and the she’d tried to convince him that “The Will of M” is a trap but he wouldn’t listen. Next Kurosaki asks about the “Entrance to the Will of M” and Teru tells him about the subterranean elevator that appears behind the altar, but he doesn’t seem to believe her and asks “What do you think this is, a manga??” Just then a figure appears behind them… Teru doesn’t notice it and starts to tell Kurosaki about the SD card she found, but Kurosaki notices at the last minute and yells at Teru to get down, and leaps on her knocking Teru to the ground just as the person fires a gun at them. Teru asks Kurosaki what’s going on and he tells her he doesn’t know, but don’t raise her head. The assassin(?) lady praises their quick dodge and cocks her gun for another shot, but is drop-kicked by Master. Kurosaki and Teru are sure happy to see him, but Master tells them not to come out just yet, and claims that the lady assassin is actually Chiharu. Chiharu starts appealing to Kurosaki not to let Master hurt her and neither Master nor Kurosaki are falling for it until Chiharu reveals that when she attacked Master earlier, she only managed to scratch him with her knife, but it was dipped in the same type of poison that was used on Teru earlier, and Chiharu is holding the only antidote. Chiharu reveals that she knows that Master is a former special-ops agent and that she was only able to get a hit on him at all because she somehow found out a secret—Master’s a bit weaker on his right side. It’s only because Master is exceptionally physically fit that he managed to resist the poison this long, and if he keeps pushing himself his respiratory system will be paralyzed and he really will die. Master falls to one knee, and Kurosaki comes forward to stand in front of him. Master chokes out “Tasuku…” and Kurosaki tells him “I know. Leave it to me.” Daisy asks Chiharu what she wants, and Chiharu says nothing, really, because her aim is already achieved: they will be running away with their tails between their legs, turning a blind eye to what will happen. Kurosaki asks what that is, and Chiharu reveals that the plan for “The Will of M” will be complete in as little as 1 or, or at most 3 hours: the island with mysteriously explode, wiping Akira and anyone else still there off the face of the Earth. Chiharu speculates that as they speak, Akira is one-by-one decrypting and unlocking the gates, and if he makes good time he’ll reach the final gate in about an hour. Kurosaki interrupts and says he won’t let Akira reach the final gate. However Chiharu tells Kurosaki that it won’t matter—even if the final seal isn’t lifted, once the “Entrance to the Will of M” was opened, it triggered the countdown, which will forcibly activate “The Will of M” after 3 hours and some odd minutes from now, if Akira doesn’t do it first. This is news to Kurosaki’s team, because, as Chiharu explains, this feature was added after Professor Midorikawa’s death, and therefore couldn’t have been included in his video to them. Chiharu also speculates that there’s probably a program hidden somewhere in the facility that will add extra minutes to the countdown, but unfortunately (she’s not sorry at all!) there’s no time to look for it and no time to analyze it. And, Chiharu continues, even if Kurosaki were able to succeed in decrypting all the codes and unlocking all the gates, the only person strong enough to drag a kicking and screaming Akira out of the facility is Master, and Chiharu has already neutralized him. Kurosaki can’t believe how far Chiharu is willing to go to destroy Akira, but she tells him that it’s “our duty, and the ones who found and raised him.” Chiharu justifies it, saying that countless people’s lives have been destroyed (literally she says their lives have been ‘driven insane/off-course’) and that as long as Akira’s alive he’ll continue to be targeted by evil people who want to use him. Chiharu actually seems a bit sad, or maybe just tired, when she says that with the completion of “The Will of M,” Akira will finally be erased, and they can finally forget him. Kurosaki accuses Chiharu of being on the side of those who planned to destroy Akira, and working together with Antora. Chiharu confirms that she is on the side of those who planned to destroy Akira, but says that Antora is not. Then she catches herself and says she’s said too much. Then Chiharu breaks through a wall and as she’s leaving apologizes for getting them caught up in “The Will of M” and suggests that they hurry up and call their helicopter and escape too. Teru calls out to Chiharu and starts to ask her “Do you really ________ Akira?” Chiharu doesn’t answer, but tosses the antidote to Master’s poison back to Kurosaki, and then disappears. While Master’s injecting the antidote, the countdown beeps to announce the “3 Hours Remaining” marker, and Master starts to say that they have no choice but to give up, when Teru interrupts and gives Kurosaki the SD card she found earlier. Kurosaki’s hope is renewed and he states that this has got to be the program to add extra minutes to the countdown that Chiharu was talking about, if only he can analyze it in time… Both his and Teru’s faces look a little bit crazy here. Master protests that it might take longer than an hour just to analyze the SD card, and Akira might reach the final seal before that, but Kurosaki says that if there’s even one more hand to play, he can’t not play it; they might not make it in time, but they might: does master want to give up when they’ve come this far? Master says that’s not what he’s saying, but he suggests going after Akira first, and even if they can’t persuade him to go home with them, if they can “stop” him that buys 3 hours for Kurosaki to analyze the add-extra-minutes program. Then Kurosaki starts arguing with Master, telling him he can’t go after Akira in the condition he’s in, since the antidote hasn’t even full kicked in yet, and Master yells that he doesn’t want to give up yet. The Teru cuts in and says that she’ll go after Akira, and asks Kurosaki and Master to let her go, to buy them all some time. The chapter ends on this dramatic high note with the tagline “Everyone’s hopes are entrusted to Teru…!! Each of them are doing what only they can…!!”
Next Chapter: August 10th