Chapter 87: Wishing that it will go well through all seasons

Even though I slept late, I woke up when the outside is still dim.

It’s been 2 weeks since I began working as a teacher in the academy.

In that period, I went to Gotetsu 10 times. I personally feel like I don’t want Nabe for a while… wait, that’s not it. Let’s leave aside my personal feelings.

Today is the day Kuzunoha will be opening its first store.

For the first store to be a branch office and not in Tsige feels weird, but I decide to just ignore that. In the midst of complicated circumstances, the time to finally open my store has come.

After consulting Tomoe, I had 2 Forest Onis send here. These guys are her personal selection so I believe in them, but the two people were the ones who attacked me, Akua and Eris.

The moment they got send here, I looked at their face and was thinking “change” but they were on the verge of crying and hugged me, so for now I decided not to do it.

I brought them to the outskirts once to test their skills, they have gotten pretty strong. It’s a mystery why they tremble at the mention of Tomoe, Mio and, for some reason, Komoe-chan. They must have passed through tough training.

I explained them about the work details, gave them advance payment and with an incredibly serious face, they swore loyalty.

It seems that the days here are a lot easier than in Asora. So that they don’t slack off, I must discipline them every now and then. We are in a situation where we can’t secure sufficient employers, so I thought I laid out quite the strict conditions though…

The conditions here are that they will be working for 10 hours each day with only one weekly holiday you know? It will be like living-in so even if daily necessities are guaranteed, for them to be this happy, just what kind of life were they leading in Asora? It should be mainly about correcting them, so it shouldn’t be putting that much pressure on them.

They were happy that they would be eating meals before working and at noon and also that they would have free time after finishing work. They cried happily while asking me if it was really fine to eat out. It’s not like they were thrown in an isolated cell at Asora and guarded 24/7. How exaggerated.

Last night at the time when Tomoe, Mio, Shiki and I were doing the closings of our discussion, it turned out that two eldwas will be send as well. These ones seem to have experience as staffs in the small store at Tsige, so I intent to frankly depend on them.

The initial members will be them, me and Shiki. In the end, when I tried asking the guild about interviews and abilities, they told me that the usual is to employ and then teach them. It seems like they don’t seek for abilities beforehand. Not only that, the job offers are something rare and the cases of company’s shopkeeper employing friends and family members are high. It seems like requests for part timers are not usual in this world. With worried faces, they asked me if I wanted to have the guild provide some people, but for now I refused.

And so, our numbers are totally not enough (at least for me), but for the store policy I am aiming for, these members have sufficient capability.

The first forte of this store will be that it will be opening late at night, when the night entertainment people and customers are returning home. When we have gathered people, I plan on having it operate ordinarily. Luckily, in this town there are no policies regarding the time a store that sells medication or miscellaneous goods should open. It’s just that all the stores think about the balance of customer numbers and security, so they close at evening, which in this world is at 18:00. In short, as long as there is enough safety, one is able to open at night and take all the customers in that hour, probably. Also, it would be nice if the miscellaneous stores that sell medicine remember our name.

It’s just that I don’t know how many customers are at night and if I should really go with this opening time, and I have to think if I should aim to be a convenience store. In this world, the people that work until late at night are not as many as I thought. I think it is a special case because it is Academy Town, but even with that.

That’s why, depending on the circumstances, I am thinking about doing direct deliveries at night. In that case, I would have to think about how to receive the orders. We will have to do various test runs, but the thing about opening at night will be done as an experiment to see how it goes.

Ah, that’s right. Now that I think about expectations, I remember that these are not all the members.

Tomoe said something about sending a useful one along with the eldwas. That Tomoe said was useful, so I think I can expect something. She herself has gone to the battlefield I was before to investigate, so she isn’t here and can’t come. Mio seems to have a previous engagement as well and didn’t seem to be so attached to coming to Academy Town. She must be making connections with people aside from me. I am a bit happy.

“It’s a surprise after all”, is what Tomoe said while smiling, so I feel slightly uneasy though…

I finished changing and walk outside the room.

At the indoors of a place where people are not present yet.

I walk down from the second floor where my room is, to the first floor where the store is.

That’s right, since 3 days ago, Shiki and I have already vacated from the inn and been living at the second floor of the store.

The number of rooms at the second floor is 6. Shiki and I have a room each, the forest onis will have one room, eldwas one room and the surprise person will have one room. The storeroom is at the first floor for now, so the second floor is completely a residence area. The forest Onis and eldwas will be changing places and returning to Asora every now and then, so I am not sure if those rooms will actually be used for sleeping though.

Each room is about 4 to 6 tatamis. It’s smaller than the rooms at Asora, but maybe because of Shiki’s interior design reform, the sense of the inside is pretty well done. I also participated in that, but I despaired at my lack of interior design sense in the middle of it and left it in the hands of Shiki. I noticed it when reforming the store as well, but it seems that Shiki has unexpectedly good sense in this. Even though he was a former skeleton.

Pulling myself together, I check the interior of the store that was created by my instructions and Shiki’s sense. Last night, I stayed up until late at night to check the goods line up and confirming the inventory. It felt bad to leave it to someone else, so I unintentionally stayed until late in things like changing the position of the spittoon, confirming that the shelf of the special products doesn’t obstruct the path of the customers…

While thinking that I was doing the same thing, I repeated it several times.

And as I moved my hands with a wry smile, I noticed that a faint light was coming from outside.

Finally huh.

I plan on opening at evening so it is still not the time yet, but even so, seeing the sun rise reaffirms my determination.

For now, I plan on using the medicines Shiki made, the energy drink I suggested, unusual southern fruits (in short, Asora), and also armor repairs by the eldwas. About the armor, I decided that instead of selling armor, we will just accept repair petitions. I received a report saying that people are placing a lot of armor petitions in Tsige and are creating quite the pressure.

Cutting the fruits of Asora in small sizes so that they don’t know what it is and put them in a container to sell, is also one of the reasons for their achievements in Tsige. While the fruit in itself is ‘effective’, we have discovered that there’s a bit of a problem with the seed. That’s why we cut the unusual fruits to make them easier to eat, is what we make them believe and remove the seeds beforehand. The refrigeration installations are easily made with magic and it is so convenient it makes me believe it surpasses science.

Regarding the medicines, we will be selling the wound medication Shiki advertised, generic poison antidotes, fever, pain-killer and cold medicine that works for various purposes, and also a strengthening medication that increases your abilities temporarily. Each one of them has been adjusted and limited into common sense level (probably), so I can have peace of mind.

Thinking about it calmly, I consider that this store, instead of having a lot of customers flowing in the first day, it is more the type that slowly gathers popularity and waits to gain regulars. Today it is fine if we attract people who are interested in the energy drink and the fruits, since it will serve as a seed for the future. If we disperse too many of them, it might create trouble, so I have already decided on the limit we will be selling in a day. It would be nice if it goes well. I can’t help but feel uneasy.

Today I don’t have lectures, so I can stay in the store when it opens. At night I should go to Asora and tell Tomoe and Mio about how the first day went.

I walk outside and look at the sign that’s at the top of the entrance which has written “Kuzunoha”. Writing that only we can read. It may become a minus point, but I unconsciously did it. I don’t regret it. I did add the translation at the top anyways.

I decided on the material of the sign just because I liked the smell of it, but it gives that Japanese feeling and it’s pretty nice. The eldwas also praised the material quality. The Hinoki cypress might be quite the tree.

Looking at the sign that has the name of the store, I resolve myself and returned inside the store.

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The time is morning 10:00 o’clock. While I have the two forest oni girls and Shiki clean the store’s interior, I receive a call from Beren-san which I haven’t received for a long time.

It was to notify me that the two eldwas are ready to be sent. I do as he says and open a gate in the second floor and receive the two eldwas that came.

The person that came from behind them.

It was a person I feel I have seen before. Is he the helper?

But for him to be hyuman, what a surprise.

However, have I met him somewhere?

“Long time no see, boss<danna>”

He seems to know me. That means this sensation of not being able to remember is actually real. But, I don’t remember having a hyuman call me boss.

A bad feeling subtly rises in my mouth. Is that a hint? My body seems to remember.

Anyways, a hyuman huh. In that case, I have to use written communication. What a pain.

“B-Boss? I was instructed to help boss here by sis Tomoe though”

Sis Tomoe? More and more I can’t tell who he is.

Short cut silver hair, high stature and slender arms and legs. Because of that, he gives the impression of thin, but his whole body has proper muscles. His chin is pointed and his eyes are slanted, one can feel a wildness in them. The light that resides in his eyes that transmits composure and gives a cool feeling… cool?

Uhm. For some reason, I feel like I drank something disgusting… Ah, I think I am remembering.

[Could you be, a person I met in Tsige?]

It’s vague, but I ask him with that kind of feeling.

“S-So horrible! Could it be, you forgot about me?!”

[Sorry, there’s been so much lately]

“It’s me, Lyme! Lyme Latte, Boss! The adventurer Boss let go before”

Oh!

Now that he mentions, there was a disgusting name like that! Right right, Lyme Latte. It didn’t feel tasty. Ah~, so it’s him.

“… It seems you have remembered” (Lyme)

[Yeah, I let Tomoe handle this, but why is it that you were sent here?]

That’s right. If I remember correctly, Lyme Latte had his loved dagger broken by Tomoe and on top of that, Mio robbed him, so I had the eldwas create a decent sword and had Tomoe give it to him through the guild.

I thought that was all our connection was about though? Did Tomoe do something?

“After that, I received the sword from Sis Tomoe. It was in a class I have never seen before. I felt like my hips were gonna lose out” (Lyme)

Eh? I told Tomoe to leave it in the hands of the guild and told the eldwas to not make an absurd weapon though?

“Since then, Sis has been keeping an eye on me and in times she even let me accompany her in requests” (Lyme)

I haven’t heard of this… Tomoe.

“She even said something pleasant like “I have capability”” (Lyme)

Lyme scratches his nose happily with his index finger.

“Of course, I still don’t have the skills to use such a great weapon. Even so, I still want to help out Sis and Boss who have expectations of me. I may be undeserving of this, but I have come here to help by the orders of Sis Tomoe!” (Lyme)

… Tomoe, what in the world did you teach him in this few months?

Lyme looks at the katana that is half-drawn and has the length of a short sword, with determined eyes. S-She gave him a katana. That, instead of a dagger…

The vermillion scabbard shines vividly and draws one’s eyes. Because he is holding the scabbard, I can see the hilt perfectly. Around the hilt I can see diamond shaped drawings lined up and in the guard there’s some sort of flower pattern carved. That guard is the same as Tomoe’s one. I have seen it before.

Instead of calling it a coincidence, I think it is more of a move that Tomoe used in order to win him over. How to say it, for a dragon, she is able to read the hearts of hyumans.

“At times I report her the sketchy occurrences in Tsige and at times I receive training. Every day is so fun I can’t help but be elated!” (Lyme)

[I see]

I can clearly tell that the person himself doesn’t regret it at all. Then, isn’t it fine?

“Yes! And so, Sis requested me to help Kuzunoha Company and here I am. Go ahead, you can even use me in frauds if you want, Boss!” (Lyme)

Lyme says in one breath and falls onto one knee, lowering his head deeply.

Tomoe, could it be you… were using him as a spy in Tsige? What a scary person. I’m glad she is an ally.

I still can’t bring myself to trust him completely, but at least he is a person Tomoe can judge safe to bring to Asora. Let’s rely on him.

But this guy, he is the person with the highest level in Tsige, right? Is it okay to take him away?

By the way, in Academy Town there is a main office of the Adventurer Guild, but there is no section where one can accept requests. That’s why, it is hard for adventurers to gain money here. Obviously, the number of adventurers is low.

[I am happy that you say I can use you and I will be relying on you, but you are the number one adventurer in Tsige right? Is it okay to be here?]

“No need to worry. I am already not the number one after all. Right now, the party of Toa is at the top. Also, please refer to me as Lyme with no honorifics” (Lyme)

[I see, right now Toa-san and the others are top huh]

The girl and the others that were sticking like suckerfish onto Tomoe have grown in a way huh. The day they once again step into the inside of the wasteland might be close.

“Yeah, they probably have an objective now. They are frantically aiming for higher heights. I think that’s one would call growing” (Lyme)

[It would be great if that’s the case. As a senpai of the adventurers, I feel like I can believe you]

“… I am no longer a senpai though” (Lyme)

[What do you mean?]

“Yes. The moment I decided to give my life to Sis Tomoe, I reported my retirement at the guild” (Lyme)

[Retire?]

I tried to continue writing calmly, but inside me, I was quite altered. Retired he says. As in quitting as an adventurer?!

“I want to see what Sis and Boss are aiming for. Surprisingly, I am not regretting it at all” (Lyme)

H-He hasn’t been brainwashed right?

What can Tomoe be aiming for aside from Edo? Or more like, regarding me, I am trying to look for the tracks of my parents, hit the Goddess once and do business. Those are the only objective-like things I have you know?

What did she indoctrinate Lyme with? I’m beginning to get scared.

[If you have no regrets, then I won’t say anything more. In this place the only work I have for you is store tending, is that okay?]

I think it is an incredibly wasteful way though. He is a person that would even be useful if I bring him to the Academy after all.

“I don’t mind. Sis also asked me to keep an eye on the town’s rumors and trends though…” (Lyme)

What should I do? Is what Lyme’s eyes are asking me.

She also intends to use him as a spy here huh. I see, it certainly wouldn’t be bad to have him gather information. Inside the Academy I can ask Shiki, but if it’s the whole town, he might be better suited. He looks like he is accustomed already and there’s also the fact that it is a difficult task for the forest onis and eldwas, who are demi-humans.

Right, let’s try leaving it to Akua, Eris and Lyme; I will study. Lyme also temporarily gathered and acted as the head of the adventurers in Tsige. Then, he should have skills in dealing with people.

[Understood. I will leave that to you as well. Just, when there’s a need for money, don’t hesitate to tell me. Before stepping into dangerous information, make sure to report to me first and we will decide. Those type of things are not of my taste]

“Roger. Then, without delay, let’s see the goods while I help cleaning” (Lyme)

It was unexpected, but I have obtained one hyuman. Moreover, he played quite the active role.

After obtaining Lyme Latte, Kuzunoha Company’s opening day was able to finish safely. Thanks to him skillfully moving around, the distinguished people of the merchant guild and the influential people of the land, even when they suddenly appeared; Shiki, Lyme and I were able to somehow manage. It’s the first day of opening, so there will obviously be people coming to greet us. I was totally oblivious. That was a close one.

Regarding the results of our first day, the requests for armor repairing were zero. Even if we take into account the student level armor that they are provided, it is still armor that they entrust their life to, so trust is important. We can’t help the results in this. The fruit cuts that I prepared were gone by early afternoon and the extra ones lined up at evening were instantly sold out. About the medicines, each were sold slowly and at evening the students that Shiki advertised in the lecture came and the medicines’ sells increased in an instant. Maybe I should have restricted the number each person can buy.

Probably because they weren’t familiar with it, the cold medicine didn’t sell that much. Well, when real sick persons appear and the effects begin to show, the situation should change. I wonder how the composite cold medicine works in this world. When Shiki heard the concept from me, he said something about being ground-breaking and went to develop in high spirits, so it is probably the type that he didn’t put that much mind into. He felt down when it showed the lowest effect rank. If I have to translate what he said, it would be that it is an all-powerful medicine against light illnesses, or something like that? All-powerful is quite the exaggerated word, so I am not really sure.

The one that unexpectedly did well was the energy drink. The people that bought medicines, most of them bought a number of energy drinks. Regarding the strengthening medications, there wasn’t a single sell. Thinking about its effect, it is more an item for adventurers, so it might be better to sell this one at Tsige. The armor manufacturing is temporarily stopped, so I was thinking of lining up a new product. Also, I feel like when exams come in the Academy, it might even get restriction order.

Anyways.

Kuzunoha Company has only begun moving.

Business rivals will appear, doubts with the merchandize we handle, and we might even receive pressure from the people.

From now on will be the true company management. I don’t know how far a teenager with an inhuman face like me can go, but I will do my best.

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161 thoughts on “Chapter 87: Wishing that it will go well through all seasons

  1. Thank you Rei.

    Thank God you update this today!
    Had you put it online yesterday, I would’ve lost my bet with Edenfault.
    (Told him yesterday that you won’t post new chapter until 6/3/16 or later, if I lost then my avatar will be Ladybeard).

    Long live Rei-sama our saviour!!!

    P/s – Death Flag chapter 14 is out.

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      1. : )
        Aren’t I lucky though? Nice timing, low risk, and Rei-sama is also a considerate person. I trust in Rei.

        O.K
        Just for lols , let’s have a bet Mario.

        The Bet: The First commentor for next chapter will be Firo or not Firo?

        Chances, 50:50

        The winning conditions:
        1) We will not interfere the First comment in any way. We will not be the First commentor, will not pay and/or force Firo to do so – It is all his own choice, we choose solely based on our speculation and trust on Firo.
        2) Reserving the post for Firo is not accepted as being First.
        3) The Loser will have to change his Avatar or Name into whatever the Winner choose.

        Are you in?
        ; )

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      2. I won’t make a bet about Firo-sama. I have to much respect for Firo-sama and Reigo-senpai to make a bet on who comments first. And if I were to bet, I’d bet on Firo being first regardless. Still, I will refuse this bet out of respect.

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      1. Toa was the older sister of Rinon that looked exactly like his Kohai from the archery club. She was kidnapped and was going to be used as a test subject in the border city but Makoto went dark and ordered Tomoe and Mio to rescue her with all due speed.

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  2. Thanks for the chapter!

    Makoto-san, it is still not within common-sense yet. But I doubt anyone will be complaining. Except maybe the other stores. And the other teachers. And the Academy. And the adventurer’s guild.

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      1. Honestly, this chapter was so full of landmines I don’t know were to step lol.

        The seeds of the fruit were problematic? Didn’t he sell a whole lot of them in his first town? Though the 2 sidekicks did scorch earth the place…

        Adjusted all the medicine?.. except for Shiki’s cold medicine. The “low effect” but “cures everything” one. “Elixir” anyone?🙂

        Eldwas repairing armour?…. “Seems a bit weak, let us reinforce the cracked portion…with dragon bone? Or mitril?”🙂

        “It’s not like they were thrown in an isolated cell at Asora and guarded 24/7. How exaggerated.”
        -Are you sure?🙂

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  3. Thanks for the chapter, Reigo-senpai. It’s been hard to keep quiet about the Lime Latte spoiler, he kinda becomes one of my favorite characters. There’s more spoilers that I must keep quiet about. Especially of the next chapter, though I mentioned it in a comment a long time ago. I bet no one is going to look through the comments of previous chapters just to find it though. Still, great work.

    The only thing that I’m going to say about the next chapter other than mentioning it in the past is that it’s one of my most anticipated ones and one that everyone will not wanna miss. No, it’s not the bug appearing. Just an adventure of a follower and a different character who needs to go die in a fire. Even if you ask me, I cannot tell you due to trying to spoil to a minimum. And trust me, you don’t wanna use Google Translator to read the next chapter (even if you can find the chapter as they are not numbered). You’re all better off waiting on Reigo-senpai’s next translation, trust me. Even though I I was able to understand it, I was barely able to do so.

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    1. Ahaha… You basically spoil a lot there. Well, to me, at least cause I’ve *cough*Googled* somehow read your past comment and still vividly remember it.
      Yes, next chapter will be an Epic. Reeeally awesome allies, truly hateful enemies, some cool OOPArts… battles…

      Waaay better than last arc. Will lead to an epic cliffhanger too.

      Waga will patiently wait for my saviour, Rei-sama’s TL. Won’t even touch the raws, they’re the bane of all novel.

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      1. I’ve warmed against using Google Translator in the past. And my spoilers are so minor that no one even knows what’s gonna happen. The only one guessed was by coincidence was the “The Devil is a Part-timer” reference when Makoto becomes a part-time teacher because come on, people refer to him as the Devil (though they don’t know it’s him specifically). And it was only guessed because I changed my avatar.
        It will be epic and somewhat what everyone’s been waiting for.

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  4. “I don’t know how far a teenager with an inhuman face like me can…”
    I feel he’s getting more and more self deprecating as the story progresses.
    Thanks for the chapter.

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    1. Could be worse, he could have realized that women are drawn to men of power, and him being a demigod should make him irresistable. If he ever figures out that influence, money, or strength can make the ugliest people attractive, he might go on a full on CN MC rampage…

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      1. The Huwahwawa is an ancient Chinese cryptid. It has its roots in the Hwang dynasty when the court of emperor Jien Bei had collective reports of seeing a diminutive female of small stature. Depictions of this being are reported to be similar to Japanese kimonos. Historians attribute the similarities to the proximity of the two countries. The emperor was well know for using narcotics and was said that his private lounge was often filled with a hallucinogenic smoke. One report of the cryptid said that she walked out of the smoke as if it was a doorway to another plane.

        The Huwahwawa found its name when Jien Bei’s son Leiu Bei was reciting the various dynasties but was interrupted by a strange tickling from the strange female. When approached to be apprehended it’s reported that she morphed into a form of a dragon. This accounts are believed to be highly fictionalized.

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      2. No, it’s true! I know someone who’s seen it! We were on the phone when it happened, he described it to me, but then the call was disconnected, and he’s gone missing.

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  5. The moment they got send here, I looked at their face and was thinking “change” but I was on the *verge of crying* and hugged them, so for now I decided not to do it.

    You have the one that was crying backward here. The two Forest Oni are teary eyed and hugging Makoto, as long as they are working at the store they are freed from the training of Tomoe, Mio and Komoe. Considering how spartan the girls were with the Forest Oni, being staff at the main store would be paradise, regardless of what they are asked to do.

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    1. Should read:
      The moment they got send here, I looked at their faces and was thinking “change” but they were on the *verge of crying* and hugging me, so for now I decided not to do it.

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      1. Except the next several sentences are about how they were really happy to be there and him wondering just what kind of hell they were put through by Tomoe and co. They could probably read on his face when he first saw them that he was not happy about them being the ones sent.

        He’s also not that overjoyed to be opening the store that he would cry when meeting a couple of staff members, hes more anxious and nervous about how its going to go. His figiting, cleaning, checking, rechecking and rechecking again his stock and layout is not the sign of someone filled with joy, but of someone nervous if it will work or not.

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    1. As someone who also has a WordPress with their own original web novel, I might want to give you a little advice. You might wanna open up the comment section on your site? I may not get too many comments on my site, but I was sure to do that. Also, your first chapter wasn’t bad. I’ll read the second one soon. I have to finish up chapter 9 on “L.G.D.K.!”, I’ve had too many setbacks on that one (computer needing reprogrammed, issues with extra HDD, addiction to playing Destiny). “SCDK” has potential, but you’re having the same problem I am. That’s getting the word out about your novel. I was lucky that Reigo-senpai helped me by giving a shout out in a chapter of DEH, the viewership increased. The other thing I can tell you is keep writing, but don’t overdo it. Because you never know what problems will arise. Anywho, good luck. I’ll even give a shout out when I post the next chapter of LGDK.

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  6. First: I get Tomoe and Mio, but what the hell did Komoe do to them in their training?😨

    Second: If Tomoe is investigating the battlefield, can we expect Makoto to learn what he did soon?😆

    Thanks for the chap Boss.

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    1. Remember who was Komoe’s “parent”?🙂
      I won’t be surprised after the death of Tomoe’s last clone that she decided this new one should be … a bit… stronger.🙂

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      1. Whoever it is, he’d better take a few steps back from Waka for his own safety, Tomoe looks like she’s about to snap, and who knows how long before Mio gets fed up and eats him.😂

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      2. @coatl: you know people “eating” because they are “fed up” doesn’t make much sense, right? LOL Hahaha, couldn’t pass up on this joke!^^ Did you manage to appease Aimi’s wrath? LOL

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      3. Well, he didn’t take my soul, so that’s a good sign. Although there was a dangerous comment the other day about sacrificing a dragon’s soul the other day.

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      4. Ah, thats probably that other person. They don’t show up for awhile. Can only think of one person that had that kind of response from Tomoe and Mio.

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    1. But it looks like ninjas are only short term goal. I get the feeling that Makoto wants to know what her long term goals are. Honestly, it’s starting to feel like her goals are similar to what Nazarick wants to do for Ainz. And yes, Makoto’s common sense is just as twisted as Satou’s. The latest example of this is in the newest translated chapter. I realized they can always surprise me with the difference between their common sense and ours.

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    1. I mean he can do just as much by being an adventurer coercing ranks then selling marrials from hunts (organic and inorganic). I like the way man picked up by God is developing was hoping for something similar guess not.

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      1. True, but he knows that he’s not a Hero. Being an Adventurer is tough work and not too many people can live long enough to retire. By being a merchant, he can safely go around and make money. Not to mention acquire information as he’s wanting to know more about his parents who were actually from that world. He’s not obligated to save that world like Hibiki and Tomoki are, so he has more freedom.

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      2. i still think adventurer has more freedom. with the merchant role he needs reputation and a background and has to deal with politics guess im bias when it comes to politics. on the other hand adventurer is much more simpler he could just complete quests to rank up regardless of his level. his reputation would grow along with his rank.

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      3. If he were to be an adventurer, he would be getting too much attention. Especially since he wants to avoid being in the war as it would hinder trying to find clues about his heritage. As a merchant… not as much attention. He’s actually been trying to avoid too much attention… but his luck has been bad in that department. Becoming a teacher for one isn’t helping.

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      4. The only way for an adventurer to make more money and get connections for information is to get a reputation and deal with politics. In theory, as a merchant, he could stay quiet and not attract attention as a fighter. But, like Mario said, he has really bad luck with that, and being a teacher isn’t helping.

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      5. It seems the royalty of that world like to try and control adventurers that get too strong that are in the bounds on their influence. This is also true for merchants that become famous, the royalty of their main store will start leaning on them. This is why he is setting up in Academy City, to try and avoid having people tell him what to do.

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  7. man, what a dragging episode. But to be honest it was worth reading after Makoto said “took out the seeds” since he fortunately thought of that. I really thought he would just be oblivious to that as well. I mean, if you plan to be a merchant and keep your Asora safe then first and foremost is to monopolyse your merchandise’ how/where-to. No leakage. Otherwise you’ll just invite more trouble than just “criticism”, now you don’t have to deal with people trying to get inside Asora through you.

    Also, he should really limit how many items is in stock for a day or week.

    Looking forward to the next chapter, and hoping it would actually advance the story for a change… otherwise, I could use a side-story of the “other” heroes for a refresher.

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    1. I think that even with the seeds remaining, the plants won’t grow, the environement is different in Asora, the temperature and the sun exposure, so even if other people try to get the seeds, they probably won’t be able to ‘steal’ the fruits x)
      (Sorry for the borken english x))

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  8. From now on will be the true company management. I don’t know how far a teenager with an “inhuman face” like me can go, but I will do my best.

    You should put an Inhyuman face,🙂 sounds more fun.

    Thanks for the chapter

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  9. wrong translations there.

    二人の顔を見るや否や「チェンジ」と言って人員の変更を考えたけど、本気で涙目になって二人に縋られたので一応思いとどまった。
    (When I saw the two’s faces I had immediately said “change” and meant to take everyone instead, but they honestly cried and clung to me so I refrained.)

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  10. I really enjoy these kinds of stories, but I always feel that the school and merchants stuff can get boring quick.
    Hopefully something interesting happens soon.

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      1. I believe so to. I think once he starts making a reputation with teaching with results from his students and the success with his store. That is might when the hero’s will start to approach him.

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  11. I get the feeling that there is alot of things happening in the back ground, behind Mokoto that he doesn’t know about. Tomeo and Mio are contract companions and allies but they do things that Mokoto is not always aware of off. While this things work out, I don’t think that s good thing because they don’t tell him and it kind of makes him look like lacking.

    Two since Mokoto is in Academy town I want him to study and learn stuff. And I don’t see that happening.

    Also what is Mokoto goal. Not including his position of leadership in Asora. He become an adventure, then a merchant and a instructor now, what it he getting from this and what is does he want from it.

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    1. One of the main things he gained by going to the school was access to the library and all the books in it. He had intended to study under the teachers at the school, but if you look at the viewpoint of the student in the previous chapter you can see that most of the teachers are not really all that good at their job. They have a belief of how they think a mage should fight, as artillery from the back, and they teach only that without much else. They also suggest that you only learn one type of magic and mostly ignore all the others.

      If Makoto had been enrolled as a student, i can’t really see it as being of any help to him. The practical lessons of the basics of how magic works might have been of a little help but he would have had to ignore almost everything he was taught about how to fight, and I can tell you from experience that knowing more then the teacher and trying to help them improve their lesson does not go well. The information he needs is about how to use higher level spells and he can probably find that sort of things in books in the library.

      Most of the teachers for the free classes are just trying to gather up students to earn a living or using their position to increase their status. The fact that some bribe students to enroll in their class is a sign that some of the other classes are truly worthless. If he had been a student he would have been hoping between classes constantly trying to find one with a reasonably instructor.

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      1. There is also the girl with glasses in the library, saying before he left that he might be able to do it (I think). That there might be something in there that he can learn that only he do. Maybe out of some sort of book in the library?

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    2. As to Makotos goal, he just wants to get by in this world without getting caught up in its struggles too much, give the goddess a punch, and maybe try and figure out a way back home. Hes mentioned this a couple of times.

      If he becomes a high rank adventurer the royalty that has control of the city he is based in will try and force him into their army. If he becomes a high rank merchant, the royalty of the city where his main store is will try and force him into becoming a spy for them and spy on the other countries. He set up his shop in Academy Town to avoid the merchant side of the issue and it seems that the adventurers guild in Academy Town does not give out quests so you can’t set up there as your base as an adventurer. So for now he is just trying to laylow and make a bit of a living as a merchant.

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    3. Yeah, Tomoe and Mio are moving on their own, but as long as they have no intention to betray him, that’s not bad. He wants, and needs, servants who can think for themselves and accomplish their missions and personal projects without him micromanaging them, not puppets that mindlessly follow orders. Besides, it can be assumed that all of their side projects are to Makoto’s benefit in the long run.

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  12. ” I am trying to look for the tracks of my parents, hit the Goddess once and do business. Those are the only objective-like things I have you know?”

    At least, he got his priorities straight~

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  13. Watch what you say about your ugly face, you’re a native of this place, naturalized and attuned to Earth’s harsh conditions, you might suddenly turn into an Adonis by the time you reach full maturity.

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