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Qualia the Purple


Alt Names: alt 紫色のクオリアalt 紫色的Qualiaalt Murasakiiro no Qualiaalt Purple-colored Qualiaalt Qualia Púrpuro
Author: Ueo Hisamitsu
Artist: Tsunashima Shirou
Genres: Drama DramaMystery MysteryPsychological PsychologicalSci-fi Sci-fiShoujo Ai Shoujo AiSupernatural Supernatural
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Hatou Manabu (nicknamed Gaku) has a very odd friend at school named Marii Yukari. Yukari has purple eyes and a bizarre way of looking at the world: she sees all living things as robots. This has not always worked out well for Yukari, even costing her a best friend when she was younger. However, Yukari insists that the things she says she sees is true, and her vision seems to give her insight into the abilities of others.

Gaku thinks she's just weird, but she soon realizes that Yukari has unexpected talents. It seems she can fix anything, and even the police come to hear her insights. It turns out that Yukari's purple eyes are not unique in the world! However, there is one important distinction among those who see humans as other objects. Do humans appear as unimportant as objects, or do those objects appear as important as human beings?
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Ch.13: Episode 13
Tenko tsumori 13 September 2013 - 04:50 PM
Vol.3 Ch.13: episódio: 13
Anarchy Scans KoumaSMS 23 December 2013 - 12:51 AM
Ch.12: Episode 12
Tenko tsumori 12 July 2013 - 10:41 AM
Vol.3 Ch.12: episódio: 12v2
Anarchy Scans KoumaSMS 23 December 2013 - 01:01 AM
Ch.11: Episode 11
Tenko burucchi 30 June 2013 - 05:21 PM
Vol.2 Ch.11: episódio 11
Anarchy Scans KoumaSMS 24 November 2013 - 03:12 AM
Ch.10: Episode 10
Tenko burucchi 30 June 2013 - 03:30 AM
Vol.2 Ch.10: episódio 10
Anarchy Scans KoumaSMS 06 September 2013 - 12:08 AM
Ch.9: Episode 9
Tenko burucchi 30 June 2013 - 03:27 AM
Vol.2 Ch.9: episódio 09
Anarchy Scans KoumaSMS 05 September 2013 - 11:54 PM
Ch.8: Episode 8
Tenko burucchi 24 June 2013 - 02:02 AM
Vol.2 Ch.8: episódio: 08
Anarchy Scans KoumaSMS 12 August 2013 - 03:45 AM
Ch.7: Episode 7
Tenko burucchi 18 June 2013 - 01:37 AM
Vol.2 Ch.7: episódio 07
Shirogatari KoumaSMS 12 July 2013 - 11:41 PM
Ch.6: Episode 6
Tenko burucchi 08 June 2013 - 11:58 PM
Vol.1 Ch.6: episódio 06
Shirogatari KoumaSMS 21 June 2013 - 12:13 AM
Ch.5: Episode 5
Tenko burucchi 06 June 2013 - 12:32 AM
Vol.1 Ch.5: episódio 05
Shirogatari KoumaSMS 14 June 2013 - 12:45 AM
Ch.4: Episode 4
Tenko burucchi 05 June 2013 - 01:57 AM
Vol.1 Ch.4: episódio 04
Shirogatari KoumaSMS 14 June 2013 - 12:39 AM
Ch.3: Episode 3
Tenko burucchi 22 May 2013 - 09:52 PM
Vol.1 Ch.3: episódio 03
Shirogatari KoumaSMS 06 June 2013 - 11:51 PM
Ch.2: Episode 2
Tenko burucchi 21 May 2013 - 01:54 AM
Vol.1 Ch.2: episódio 02
Shirogatari KoumaSMS 30 May 2013 - 09:24 PM
Ch.1: Episode 1
Tenko burucchi 20 May 2013 - 12:59 AM
Vol.1 Ch.1: episódio 01
Shirogatari KoumaSMS 23 May 2013 - 11:03 PM


195 Comments

Whoa! this is pretty interesting!

So, does Yukari have the ability to see that Manabu has the capability to kill others now, just as she saw for the other girl?

this is soo heaaavyyy....my head...uuurgh...

Tanko Raw for volume 03: http://www.sendspace.com/file/wy6d9i

Is Tenko still working on / going to work on this?

If Jaunt never existed, then the whole point where she had to keep go back wouldn't exist by default wouldn't it? It'd be like the author just ended the manga saying '...and it was all a dream. She went to school the next day and ate some bread.'
The author has never shown her being able to go to a save point where a pre-existing condition changed, like 'her family is rich'. She's only able to change her own characteristics, not the world as a whole. That's what I'm taking from this story, otherwise she'd be God and would've already done something with the shenanigans.

 

exactly, this point is more, where all begin, when she got the "quantum cellphone" and in this point Jaunt already existed, so there is no point, as the same there is no point in her disappearing because Alice (or some other Jaunt agent) will come for her, but I think why not try telling Marii what's happening or trying to make her stronger at least to protect herself (well it would be harder, because she sees others as robots, so she can't modify herself as she is the only human)

 

Also I don't think how they tell about the Schrodinger's Cat is bad, because they're trying to explain in a simply way, the part about her capable of sharing her memories it is harder and unexplained (that's the magical part), the other part about the modifications of her and nanami is more on the plain of phylosophy and psychology.

 

PS= I think the tag for shoujo ai is bad, this is more like seinen or josei manga.

Honestly, you might as well just skim the science terms, since they're getting it wrong.  I started skimming them when I realized it was leading up to yet another hilariously bad misinterpretation of Schrödinger's cat.  Just accept that it's an inexplicable magical power with vague thematics related to pop-culture misinterpretation of quantum mechanics and leave it at that.

 

(Mind you, the story is still good.  But they're wasting time trying to justify their magical powers with ridiculous technobabble.)

They get props for actually pointing out that Schroedinger used it as a rhetorical scenario, to illustrate how he thought superposition was logically flawed. (which I think is the common misinterpretation you were referring to? If so you jumped the gun)
 
Also it completely misses the point of sci fi as a whole to think it actually in anyway attempts to justify it's story with science. Sci fi is fantastic scenarios extrapolated loosely from the broader philosophical/existential/societal implications of scientific discoveries. While in reality they might only touch on these implications in a limited, theoretical, or extremely specific sense, it's more of a glorified analogy than a legitimate justification. A lot of people don't even consider scenarios like these without some sort of scientific concept for them to use as context, so they aren't unnecessary.
 
The focus is more on Qualia anyway, which is the broader concept behind all these scientific "what ifs", and are inherently outside the realms of science. They use quantum mechanics as a general idea of how more abstract, theoretical Qualia might be applied.
 
Also, aside from the whole "quantum mechanics = superpowers" stuff, is the science they cite in and of itself accurate? I'm interested in knowing.

For those interested, an excellent, active translation of the LN:

http://translation-blog.tumblr.com/post/62897397512/project-page-murasakiiro-no-qualia-purple-qualia

I was upset with the quality of the scans at first - but the last page - the low-quality of the images make them about a hundred times as creepy.

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At this rate her personality will just fall apart as she goes completely insane trying to change something that seems to refuse to budge.

 

Can't wait to see how far she will go.

Or maybe find a world where Jaunt doesn't exist.

 

Or maybe a world where her family is rich and powerful. Especially since she can make "the results guide the cause and effect".

If Jaunt never existed, then the whole point where she had to keep go back wouldn't exist by default wouldn't it? It'd be like the author just ended the manga saying '...and it was all a dream. She went to school the next day and ate some bread.'
The author has never shown her being able to go to a save point where a pre-existing condition changed, like 'her family is rich'. She's only able to change her own characteristics, not the world as a whole. That's what I'm taking from this story, otherwise she'd be God and would've already done something with the shenanigans.

The problem with Gaku is that she is too narrow minded. She should have explored more about Yukari's original death and what Jaunt was doing with her. Or maybe infiltrate Jaunt all the way up to the top and find out everything about it: from its motive, to its source of income, to its movers, and all their secrets combined. She could definitely do something about Jaunt if she knew all of that.

 

Or maybe find a world where Jaunt doesn't exist.

 

Or maybe a world where her family is rich and powerful. Especially since she can make "the results guide the cause and effect".

Honestly, you might as well just skim the science terms, since they're getting it wrong. 

^ that's all I understood of that XD but I did skim through that part, I do love the story though~

No fair~ you're one of the lucky people who can understand the complex stuff, I'm not saying the TL isn't easy to understand, it's really well tl'd but all the science terms throw me off, cuz I have no idea what they mean... damn my slowness T.T

Honestly, you might as well just skim the science terms, since they're getting it wrong.  I started skimming them when I realized it was leading up to yet another hilariously bad misinterpretation of Schrödinger's cat.  Just accept that it's an inexplicable magical power with vague thematics related to pop-culture misinterpretation of quantum mechanics and leave it at that.

 

(Mind you, the story is still good.  But they're wasting time trying to justify their magical powers with ridiculous technobabble.)

Awesome chapter - thanks Tenko.

 

And while I'm here - you've apparently done a tremendous job translating this, and kudos for that.  Pretty much every time I try to read a really complex manga, it's made just that much more complex by a poor translation.  This one, however, actually makes sense, so I can only assume that the translation is accurate and complete, and that just makes it that much more enjoyable.  Thanks.

No fair~ you're one of the lucky people who can understand the complex stuff, I'm not saying the TL isn't easy to understand, it's really well tl'd but all the science terms throw me off, cuz I have no idea what they mean... damn my slowness T.T

so something along the line of madoka combining with stein gate?

Pretty much.

- Gaku should openly talk about it with Yukari, and humbly ask for her to mod her body even more.

So far, all her abilities come from one cellphone in her hand, okay ? What if she was added a powerful intel processor in the nape, and a pair of rechargable batteries in the other hand, stuff like that ?

 

Rechargeable batteries and a intel CPU....

 

She needs to steal some titanium to upgrade her frame.

 

Add in a railgun, high cal guns, and depleted uranium ammunition.

 

Next would be upgrading her further to nuclear powered.

 

Wonder if this would grant her immortality...

My take :

 

- Gaku should spend a few lives letting Yukari die, and enter Jaunt, learning every secret of the agency, in order to be able to guess its course of action and change it as soon as she starts a new timeline

 

- Gaku should openly talk about it with Yukari, and humbly ask for her to mod her body even more.

So far, all her abilities come from one cellphone in her hand, okay ? What if she was added a powerful intel processor in the nape, and a pair of rechargable batteries in the other hand, stuff like that ?

What I think is that

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I just realised something while reading the comments: The reason that she can only call herself when nobody else is listening is probably because the 2 different possibilities of Gaku cannot exists at the same time (and communicate) unless there's no (sentient?) observer! If there is another observer then only one possibility of Gaku can exist for that observer. (I've not studied quantum mechanics to anything more than high school physics so don't chew on me if I got anything wrong)

Yes, she's like a Schrödinger's cat herself. While there is no outside observer she can link her existence to a quantum state.

I don't think that it's Gaku herself that is existing as quanta, as every time someone saw any iteration of "her", all the other possibilities would collapse and cease to exist, only to be born again when she isn't being observed; also, she doesn't share the knowledge instantly, but only when she makes a link with another "possibility".

Although if that's what is happening, it would explain why she can never connect to the same "Gaku" twice, as they all come into and out of existence in planck intervals (because out of every possibility, there should be always one that is being observed).

That means that it's not always the same "possibilities" that are existing, just that her quality of being infinite means that in every planck interval, there are some Gakus that share basically the same characteristics and development.

Huh.  I notice she hasn't tried

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To those who continue to comment on the 'science':

Don't mix 'irl' with stories please. There's manga and games that depict long-dead famous people, but that doesn't mean that the manga version and the real-dead person are one and the same.

Again, to those who are talking about the 'injustice' done to science. Think more rationally (ironically) and remember that authors shift some things so that the story is interesting and flows. The only reason it won't flow for you is because of your personal merits so calm down.

I buy your last paragraph--it's true that almost all science fiction and most fiction fiddle with reality in one way or another where reality would make it more boring.

 

But the idea that critiquing for realism is completely wrong--no, sorry, people are always saying this and they're wrong.  Allow me to rant mildly:

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Which isn't to say that I think physics-based criticism of this manga is very useful.  I think the quantum-physics handwaving in this manga is very interesting and goes the extra mile, but ultimately what the MC has is a superpower as in superhero comics, not a technological advance.  Of course it's not actually possible and so of course the science has to be a bit off.  I think it's admirable that it talks enough about real science to give readers some science to think about (and makes us all actually care enough to argue about it), but the quantum stuff remains a frame to tell the story in, not an explanation for something that could happen.

you have created a monster and it will destroy you

Fucking qualias how do they work?

 

Anyways, she mentioned that there were infinite versions of herself, right? Then how come, in all those infinite versions of herself, not a single one claimed that Yukari was alive in her timeline/parallel world? I could think of two theories for this.

One would be:

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The other would be:

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So, does it sound stupid or plausible? I think the manga would probably end with either of those endings. Or maybe I'm just crazy or stupid.

I like the second one, that's clever.

I'm thinking it might be a smaller problem than it seems.  I mean, she has access to "infinite" versions of herself, sure.  But that's not the same as "all" versions of herself.  You could get "infinite" pretty quick once you start splitting at every quantum-level different-state branch.

In the particular case, I might tell the story that she only has access to all versions of herself that split off since her first communication with herself (which was future-past rather than alternative selves), and since that communication was in response to the death of Yukari, that implies all of her come from a reality space where Yukari died.  So in this version there may be alternative "her" from realities further afield where Yukari is just fine, but they didn't get that call and aren't in the com net.  Hey, it's as good a hand-wave as any.


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