Chapter 135: When I incidentally look, there are several paths

WARNING: There’s no carnage ahead. Only really humane thinking about consequences and actual thoughts of the future!😮

Oh and btw, first side story chapter has been done.
Here’s the link: Side Story 1


[Both of you, are you fine with that? I will ask once more, you don’t have any regrets right?]

“Of course. The name of Eva and the family name Ansland. If you are saying that’s the price, I will give them to you. Please do as you wish” (Eva)

Eva-san didn’t hesitate and answered my last confirmation immediately.

I thought she would be more adhered to her name. How unexpected.

“I also don’t mind. To begin with, the time I was Ruria Ansland wasn’t that long, so I don’t have any attachment” (Ruria)

Following after her sister, Ruria also agreed.

Her gaze slightly strayed from me and directed it to the stage.

Ah right, Ilumgand was meddling with her.

I think her name has already turned into a name that’s only be called when criticizing her. A name with no worth.

“Raidou-sensei, you also asked Ruria huh. What an evil disposition. What did you intend to do if one of us were to reject it?” (Eva)

“Really. You even told me to keep it a secret from Onee-chan. That kind of thing, I think it is of bad taste” (Ruria)

[If your opinions didn’t match, I would have wanted the two of you to forget that decision. But, I am glad. In a close future, ‘the moment’ will certainly come in some way. Please don’t forget this agreement. It may just be a verbal promise, but if it is broken, remember that your lives will not suffice]

For a second, I remember Rona and add words.

This time, I am the side that’s granting the wish of these girls.

There shouldn’t be much to worry, but just in case.

“AAAEEEOOOOO!!!”

After confirming again that the sisters nod, that cry resounded in the whole competition ground.

The unpleasant voice was from Ilumgand. No, the former Ilumgand.

While enveloped in a sky blue light, he convulses every now and then, and all parts of his body were swelling.

His skin color also turned into an ashen concrete-like color, and was turning into something humanoid.

Currently, he looks like a 2 meter meat ball with legs.

Should I call it, in the midst of transforming?

His neck is stretched in a pretty strange way and it’s quite horrific.

“He is absorbing the magic power of the collapsed ones. From what I can tell, that necklace is a tool that efficiently absorbs magic power of things in a particular state” (Shiki)

Shiki’s calm words.

“Fumu, using emotions as its fishing hook, it ties up magic power and when the main body awakens, it will begin gathering magic power from its surroundings. If it’s able to add to its power, it would make him a monster with the magic power of 6 people. Also, if you scatter people like that around the area and one were to activate, that person can use the others as feed. How interesting-ja na” (Tomoe)

Without showing much interest, Tomoe complements Shiki.

“I wouldn’t want to eat that-desu wa ne. It looks as if he were in a drunken frenzy, and on top of that, he looks unappetizing. And filthy” (Mio)

Mio turns her head away as if treating him like a filthy thing.

Jin hasn’t returned yet.

They left temporarily to get their weapons after all. They will show themselves in time.

“Shiki, I understand how he turned that way now. And then, can he be turned back to normal?” (Makoto)

From what I have heard of Eva-san and Ruria, there are also turned variations infesting the town.

Just in case, depending if there’s a chance to return them to normal, my orders will change.

“That would be difficult. That thing is something similar to a dish that used hyumans as its ingredient. To turn something cooked into ingredients again is… there are times when it is just not possible. Even if it is really possible, it would get increasingly difficult depending on how many were affected, and I think that it would take quite a long amount of time to resolve the situation this way. I wonder if it’s worth enough to do that” (Shiki)

Shiki doesn’t seem to like the idea that much.

But as long as I am not sure if this will be targeted to people close to me, I want to at least leave a counter-measure for it.

Because in basis, we don’t have allies.

When I heard the comparison of turning cooking back to ingredients, the first thing I thought was that it was impossible. So this would be troublesome for Shiki.

“… Understood. Tomoe, call Mondo from Asora. Have him team up with Lime, make them give instructions to Akua and the others, and have them suppress the turmoil in town. I want some of them as samples for Shiki and the Arkes to research, so tell them that it is fine to use the Tree Punishment. Be the supervisor of their transportation as well please” (Makoto)

“As you will” (Tomoe)

After confirming that Tomoe nods and turns back, I tell her in thought transmission to order the standby personnel to suppress the town’s turmoil.

To call Mondo and have them listen to his and Lime’s orders.

The town seems to be in a terrible chaos, but our employees are all composed people.

In this kind of moments, they are truly reliable.

When the thought transmission connected for instructions, they already moved back all the merchandize that was in display, on top of that, they activated a defense barrier around the store and were in standby inside.

“Shiki follow-up for the students. No matter how monstrous Ilumgand turns, Shiki will still be able to handle it right?” (Makoto)

“Of course. Can’t even consider it a warm-up. But, the orders just now, with the current number of people in the company, I think it would be hard to cover the whole town” (Shiki)

Shiki must have noticed that he would end up doing something laborious from the orders I gave to Tomoe and seems to be dejected, but he nods at my question and points out the problem in my order.

“… I see. Then I will call the Mist Lizards too. It would be troublesome if they were mistaken for mamonos, so… after incapacitating Ilumgand, let’s have the students divide in 3 groups and help” (Makoto)

“In 3 groups?” (Shiki)

“Yeah. Later I will be calling the third Mist Lizard the students will be meeting” (Makoto)

“Understood” (Shiki)

“And then, Mio and I will…” (Makoto)

Grasp the number of monsters and their locations, after that, back-up everyone.

After saying all my thoughts, I closed my mouth.

Wait.

What am I doing?

I suddenly remember the bitterness of yesterday and my thoughts get interrupted.

It’s true that Rona got me good.

In her perspective, it is something I didn’t ask, so she didn’t tell me. And from my perspective, I thought we were partners.

In the first place, we are not from the same camp, and making a request as if predicting her future plans, I can’t help but feel stupid.

I don’t think I will be able to easily trust the demon race anymore, and the promise I did with her, has already changed subtly inside me.

But even with that, is there a need for me to mobilize the Kuzunoha Company to suppress this chaos?

It can put Rona in check. And I can also get back at her for deceiving me.

But aside from that, what merit do we gain?

Yeah, think about it.

Not the usual where I concentrate and think by myself, but the thinking method I am familiar with until now.

Maybe because it has been long since I have used the bow alone, I have been thinking about thinks by myself, and most of the time I have reached the conclusion in that way.

But after coming here, probably because of my own limits, things have not gone well.

My field of vision is too narrow.

I should place several things in the balance, think about the future of that decision, and the things I can do.

The way of thinking that the representative talked about, the way of thinking about putting advantages and disadvantages as priority; maybe I should use them as reference.

(Tomoe, sorry. Can you return?) (Makoto)

(Yeah. No problem. Should I have Mondo return to Asora as well?) (Tomoe)

Mondo is already in the company?

No real need to return him.

(No, that’s fine. Just that, please wait for a bit before shifting to action) (Makoto)

This is something that I should probably say in person.

(Then, I will order them to continue in standby and I will be returning) (Tomoe)

(Thanks. There’s something I want to consult about) (Makoto)

Well, this is fine.

“Shiki, the previous order won’t go. You two, there’s something I want to ask you” (Makoto)

Right now, it smells like an emergency situation.

Not for the company, but an emergency situation for the town itself. In other words, it is a crisis for everyone except us.

This is probably quite the chance for us.

There’s the saying ‘burglars in fires’, and this is exactly the fire. <As in, burglars appear in chaos>

Everyone is restless and being attacked by the menace called monsters.

I wasn’t the one who caused it, so the inhumane example of arson to steal is not that accurate though.

There’s absolutely no need for me to hurry.

Because we can get through rough directions after all.

Even if it’s not to the level of theft, I can move in a way where I can take advantage of the situation.

Luckily…

The surroundings are getting spacious.

Because everyone has noticed the abnormality and has escaped from the stage one after the other.

Truly a panic.

If I just deal with the thing that was Ilumgand, this place will turn in a pretty safe place. Well, we are the minority in here though.

Even so, in this kind of situation, Rembrandt-san will probably be looking for me.

I did tell him my seat number, so he should know my approximate location. Depending on the content of the meeting, it could be dangerous.

“Ah, Tomoe. Sorry for changing my opinion. There’s something I want to consult you three. This situation, what do you think we should do? For Kuzunoha Company and us, which action should be the most beneficial? Shiki, what’s your take?” (Makoto)

After waiting for Tomoe’s return, I ask the opinion of Shiki.

The one that knows the most about Rotsgard and Kuzunoha Company is Shiki after all.

“How should we move, is it? Eva and Ruria are here, so I think the first thing we should do is make this place safe. In terms of benefiting the company, I think there’s the option of only moving the minimum possible. Just when needed” (Shiki)

“So, don’t act?” (Makoto)

Eva and Ruria seem to feel relief after hearing Shiki’s words.

About those girls, I don’t mind what they hear from us.

I have established an agreement with those two after all.

Of course, it is not a pact made with magic, but more of a promise.

I have also told them that they should prepare for the consequences if they were to break it.

Those two are free to interpret it in any way they want, but I don’t think they are taking it too lightly.

“Yes. Including the demands of the merchants and several other factors, the more damage this incident causes, the more time it will take for it to happen. I don’t have any guarantees of how well it will go, but there’s the chance that several companies will disappear. No matter which, I think that it benefits us better than suppressing the turmoil promptly and showing our power. If we take the initiative imprudently, the guilds that were in cahoots for trying to bring us down and the major companies might treat us as their private army, and just like how the representative clamored, they might really demand for the 90% of our profits, and to share our transportation method” (Shiki)

I see.

Even if I move through my current emotions of Rona and bring down her plans, it won’t benefit us huh. The thing about keeping the demon lord in check certainly is a dangerous thought.

I still don’t know how the guild would act after all.

I can clearly see that it will not turn into anything good, so that’s why I am here thinking about struggling but…

“Tomoe, what do you think?” (Makoto)

“Right…” (Tomoe)

Tomoe looks like she is pondering.

I thought she would agree with what Shiki said.

These two are the same in the part that they both look at the advantages and disadvantages after all.

“There’s also the choice of suppressing this turmoil anyways. Like a hero of justice” (Tomoe)

“What do you mean?” (Makoto)

A hero of justice you say.

The bad habit of Tomoe came out again?

“It may come with the demerit that the merchants will see our fighting power, but by respecting the hyuman life and not requesting for a reward, not only the store, we would be able to turn the people in this town to our side. No matter how much they try to bite us, if the residents treat us as heroes, they would need the resolve to attack us. Protecting the residents can actually become a wall that protects us from ill will” (Tomoe)

To act the part huh. In that case, it would be indispensable to resolve this in an early stage.

“Then it would be bad if we don’t move as soon as possible, right?” (Makoto)

“No, it’s still too soon. The best time is when there’s a considerable amount of damage and the residents are falling into despair. The direction is important in the play after all. If we just close the lid after 5 minutes, the gratitude would diminish” (Tomoe)

I tried pointing out this suggestion and see, but it seems she had a different opinion.

… I see.

It is true that a hero of justice, instead of coming before the person is attacked, they come after the person has already been attacked and is already in a pinch. If they were to come before the problem occurs, no one would be grateful towards them.

Tomoe is saying that we should aim for that gratitude.

I see. It is better for them to be in a pinch.

In that case, there’s still plenty of time.

Should I wait for a certain percent of the town to be destroyed, or when the defensive forces of the town clash with the monsters? I feel like that might give quite the impact.

Just that, there’s also the possibility that they will hate us for not coming out faster.

If we don’t place a good reason, it might become a double-edged sword.

“Mio, do you have an opinion?” (Makoto)

Honestly, I didn’t expect much when asking her.

She sometimes shows impressive intuitions, but in basis, she is a person that’s more instinct less thinking.

“How about using this chance to kill every hindrance? If it’s now, we can use the chaos to bring down every problematic one. It may bring suspicions if only the merchants interfering with Waka-sama are brought down, but if we kill a decent amount of them, we can cover it up-desu wa” (Mio)

Slaughter everyone that’s a hindrance. She is saying that we should kill everyone that’s close as well huh.

What a straight opinion.

It certainly does have an immediate effect. Just that, this method is more like cutting the weed and leaving the root, so I feel like it won’t resolve the main issue.

This opinion of mine is probably stemming out of my impression from that representative, but I feel like merchants are stubborn towards people that are successful, so even if we take care of the bunch that are bothering us, I don’t think that would be the end of it.

When thinking that way, I can tell how scarce of an existence Rembrandt-san is.

And I don’t know how he was in the past.

“Well then, what does Waka think? If you stopped the order from a while ago, you must have a guideline already, even if it’s vague” (Tomoe)

Tomoe turns the question to me now.

True, I do have something in mind that’s slightly different from the order I gave a while ago.

“… Well, yeah. One is that the even if we don’t do anything, the matter will resolve itself; the other one is how it will affect the future demon lord meeting if I were to save Academy Town” (Makoto)

“Hoh~, a meeting with the demon lord. No matter the form, if you plan on meeting with the Lord of the demon race, suppressing this situation would be a minus” (Tomoe)

It’s just as Tomoe said.

It will obviously not turn into a plus.

Or more like, I have already told you that before so you should know.

Tomoe sometimes schemes things, who knows what she is thinking.

In her answer just now, she might have done it just to increase the amount of options.

Shiki and Mio also gave out different options after all.

Well, right now is not the time to guess the real intentions of Tomoe.

I did feel like negotiating with the demons because they haven’t shown any direct antagonism towards us, and if we were to move now, it might turn the negotiations with them into nothing.

I have ended up defeating a few demons in the wasteland, but no one knows about that event.

What I know is that there were demons that were trying to use Tomoe.

“I at least want the area that Tomoe pointed out, Kaleneon. It is in such an inside part and it isn’t that vast either, moreover, from what Eva-san said, it was a place that didn’t have anything special and it wasn’t as if it was prosperous in resources either. It seems there were also many uncivilized places around the area, so in terms of future worth, I don’t think it is worth much to the demon race. I think it won’t be that hard of a negotiation. But, if it’s a negotiation with a hyuman that has destroyed their plan, I feel like it might become harder to ask for something or to get something. It might even turn into being unable to meet” (Makoto)

“Your guess about Kaleneon is probably right. The castle they were re-utilizing didn’t have that many soldiers, and they weren’t in alert mode. Instead of a military position, it felt more like a base to advance the cultivation of new lands” (Tomoe)

The words of Tomoe make the eyes of Eva and Ruria open wide.

Well, of course they will react like that.

Because Tomoe is talking as if she has seen Kaleneon already.

If it were from a hyuman, this is something hard to believe.

Kaleneon is in a pretty deep part of the demon’s territory, so there’s no one who knows its current state.

And that truth also served as the trigger for the foolish thing I thought of. <Something he thought of before all this happened>

“If we suppress the situation in Academy Town, no matter how well we resolve it, Rona will probably suspect that it was our deed. This would be the case if we were to follow Tomoe and Shiki’s suggestion. And, in the case we use Mio’s suggestion, we would have to totally migrate to the demon race side or there’s the chance it would cause trouble for the store in Rotsgard and Tsige, and also to the people related to me. Well that’s the worst case scenario where we don’t do anything to resolve the situation, moreover, they discover our connection with the demon race though” (Makoto)

The things to consider were steadily extending and it is becoming more difficult to predict the developments. I could tell that my mind was falling into disorder.

But I can still think of things roughly while arranging it.

I don’t want to get talked down like yesterday anymore, so I have to do my best.

Endure, endure.

I can easily reach to a conclusion when alone, and yet, when other people mix in and give out their thoughts, it feels like a foreign substance is trying to blend in and it makes it hard to put together.

In the times when I was in the modern world, I didn’t have to think about anything this seriously.

Even my future, I was the type that just thought: ‘it would be nice if I were able to live by doing only archery’.

“Related to Waka-sama, by that, you mean the Rembrandt Company and the students? Also a few adventurers in Tsige would enter the list as well, right?” (Shiki)

Shiki complements what I said.

In terms of adventurers, Tomoe and Mio are more related to them, but no doubt that it does relate to the Kuzunoha Company.

The only ones I have been directly involved with would be Toa-san and her group.

And my current connection with Lime is more like a connection through Tomoe.

Also, he already knows about Asora, so he is basically on our side.

About Rembrandt-san and the students, what should I do?

From how the representative talked, I think that if I make it as if Rembrandt-san was exploiting me, the criticism from the representative won’t be that much.

As long as the whole hyuman race doesn’t know that I am in the demon race’s side, there shouldn’t be that much to worry about.

No, even so, there’s no telling what might happen.

In the worst case, there might be the need to take them with me.

About the students, well, they are not my employees or anything like that.

Will they get implicated in this?

Even if it is discovered that a temporary teacher has been communicating with the demon race, instead of the students, it feels like the academy itself would be the one receiving the criticism.

It isn’t like I have been using dangerous medicines like that Ilumgand screaming who knows what, and the fruits of Asora underwent examinations beforehand and there were no problems.

… That they weren’t able to detect the use of medicine that transforms people into variants brings out questions as well.

Also Jin and the others did show their abilities. Many people witnessed it.

When taking that into account, there shouldn’t be anyone who would condemn them.

Thinking about how the hyumans have been until now, there should be more people who would want to shelter them and utilize them right?

I think that even if I don’t do anything about the students, they would still be okay.

Thinking about it in loss and gains, their growth may be remarkable, but currently they are still not strong enough to be considerable fighting powers.

In the worst case scenario, I can bring them with me and they will be safe, but nothing good will come out of it.

Right.

If I am prioritizing loss and gains, there’s no need to be concerned about the students.

Actually, if I am going to the demon race, they are a connection I will have to cut.

Reeled in by power, the students took my classes and grew, but in all of that, the truth was that the temporary teacher was actually of bad origins. That could turn into a demerit.

That’s about it.

But…

If we are talking about that, if I do as Mio suggested, it wouldn’t be necessary to continue my relationship with Rembrandt-san either…

Just that, as a human being, I am hesitating.

“Waka, it seems Rembrandt is coming here” (Tomoe)

Rembrandt-san. So he really is coming.

It’s true that at first our connection was just because that’s how it developed.

But I thought I would follow his steps and become a merchant as well.

Now, I am attached too.

Should I abandon all my connections and start over at the demon’s side?

Even if there may not be many, should I treasure the people I have become close to?

My current naivety will get in the way when dealing with people in the future.

Is it okay to wipe everything clean?

I can’t brush off this anxiety.

Damn it.

There’s no time.

I have to make a decision now.

No, that’s also not right.

I can’t hurry this.

The surroundings were making an uproar a few moments ago, but it is beginning to calm down.

It’s not that it has actually calmed down. It’s just that more than half of the audience has escaped already.

First, I will meet with Rembrandt-san and rethink.

Okay.

The Rembrandt couple have found us and hastened their pace. Seeing that, I try to hold down my impatient feelings.

—–

Author Note:

Makoto’s thoughts are jumbled up.

It may be hard to read, but please do pardon me for that.

Translator Note:

Hell yeah it was hard!

You guys may not know, but I usually add things in order for things to connect properly. So yeah, translated may be easy to follow, but it wasn’t in Japanese :`(

And yeah, I know everyone wanted blood, and I was expecting it too. But this actual consideration chapter really struck me. It reminded me of how many crazy Mcs with genocidal tendencies I have read…

Previous Chapter  l  Next Chapter

276 thoughts on “Chapter 135: When I incidentally look, there are several paths

  1. A bloo bloo bloo, I’m not a good businessman and I embarrassed myself, let them die.

    At least he’s trying to think these things through now anyways.

    Like

    1. Dude the thinking of that whole world is a putrid cesspoll where self interest is the main priority, just as almost everyone that isn’t from before the Goddess age has indirectly said:
      FUCK THE WEAK

      Like

      1. Honestly, it doesn’t seem that bad to me. He had some translation difficulties because of the goddess, sure, but that’s hardly the world’s fault. Besides that, what’s wrong with them? They’re all prettier than Makoto? Their military sucks at strategy? Seem like mostly decent folk, honestly.

        Like

      2. You missed the fact that there’s a lot of other races besides HYUMAN and they’re basically treating other races like shit and being extremely arrogant DUE TO GODDESS’ picking side blessing. The goddes is basically “You pretty hyumans I’ll let you do anything as you wish and I’ll even give blessings to you. Ah the other races? Screw them I make them but they’re ugly that I lost interests in them, just oppress them and corner them until the end of the world. Well now they’re retaliating, I will give you 2 heroes so you can annihilate them again, though in the first place the one making them hate hyuman is me lol.”

        Like

      3. Goddess didn’t make the other races, most of them were there before the Goddess arrived. She just modified the Hyumans to suit her taste and ignored or encouraged killing the other races.

        Liked by 1 person

      4. I’m still waiting for Tsukuyomi’s buddies to come and either punish the Bug or join Makoto.

        A god sounds like the perfect addition to Makoto’s band of followers actually.

        Like

      5. If my memory is right she does creates all the race in that world, though if you remember the exact passage or chapter regarding that it will help.

        Well you got that right, even other god and goddess regard this world’s goddess as inept, they do comes later and “punish” her a little bit. And they’re bringing some surprising gifts for Makoto too lol, though it’s still way long to go after this arc ends.

        Like

      6. @Naraseptya Nugraha:
        Your memory is wrong. Bug calls herself a creation god, but the only thing she ever made were the hyumans, a weak copy of humans. She struck a deal with the superior dragons of that world, that’s all.

        Like

      7. Guys, it’s unknown whether she created any race other than the Hyumans. Her religion says that she created the other races as ugly prototypes, but it hasn’t been confirmed afaik. There were definitely some beings already there before she showed up though. Iirc, the demon race was there and the dragons.

        Like

  2. I didn’t like this chapter, the mc felt a bit out of character. You can say he is growing, but growing comes in steps not in leaps rather then a small transition as you would expect from a slow pace story, we get a giant leap this chapter felt out of place.

    Like

    1. Well, he did get like huge culture shocks from not one, but two idiots (fyi the mechant and the demon general), have to agree though, even after i read the spoilers, i would expect more of a whining session from MC and ideas from the trio rather than MC, since when he can scheme and stuff? Imo, whatever, Makoto please just grow out of your typical Jap “denser than Osmium” MC stuff, but dun turn into Hajime of Arifureta.

      Looking forward to him curbstomp the heroes, particularly the doofus dude whose name I cannot bother to remember, unlike Kouki, which stuck to me very nastily.

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Gonna rant at some of the commenters a bit…

        It’s not as if Makoto was an idiot or something before the last couple of chapters. Like he said, he was lulled into complacency by successes in Tsige and the fact he didn’t have to worry about profit made him pretty much neglect the business. The meeting with the dirty adult, aka merchant guild representative, shaved off some of that childish innocence of his and exposed him to the dirty world of adults. Nothing to do with the goddess, other worlds and him being ugly – it is human nature to take advantage of and screw others over. Racism is a thing in real life too, so don’t go blaming the hyumans’ oppression of all non-hyuman races on the goddess either. No, not even with the preferential treatment from the manager of the world. Ethnic cleansing, genocide and religious strife exist in reality too and considering the theme of hyumans being imitations of humans, it makes sense for them to mimic the horrible, awful sides as well as the supposedly-strong sides.

        tl;dr like TL said, this is a realistic outcome of an unprepared child stepping into serious business and getting slapped down. Blaming it on fantasy elements unique to the setting is useless.

        If the author intentionally played on the stereotypical other-world protagonists having things their way mindset and subverted it, my respect for him just rise a healthy notch.

        Liked by 3 people

    2. as someone who has been fucked over hard by people, it’s not a gradual change, it’s a you woke up and are seeing everything for what it is. No one is on your side, and everyone is out for themselves, to what degree is the question.

      This kid just woke up and realized there is no world power he can trust, and a few are actively against him. Personally, I ran through my head immediately everything I could take inventory of, and it killed what group of friends I thought it was gaining once I realised that only one was actually my friend… hell the fact he wasn’t anticipating something happening when he saw all the demons, i want to call him stupid for not putting 2 and 2 together and having a plan ‘in case of’ beforehand.

      It’s amazing what getting dicked over hard does to your outlook on life.

      Liked by 3 people

    3. well humans and hymans grow when they face a something they want to have to suppase. our MC facing something he trying to grow and advance by. someone leaps and bounds the only way to go. more so in a crisis situation.

      Liked by 1 person

    4. I didn’t really felt that.
      makoto reacted his usual way, but though “wait, I fucked up many time. maybe I should listen to other’s opinions” and now he can’t make a quick desision because he is out of his territory.
      that is what I felt reading this chapter.

      Liked by 2 people

    5. it wasn’t out of character. and it wasn’t an abrupt change either. Reread the earlier chapters, even from the beginning, he was being fucked around the entire time. He knew he was being naive since the beginning in fact every time a chapter was released so many makoto haters would diss him from being naive. He is trying to mature himself here.

      Like

  3. because both side are trashes he just need to establish a 3rd faction that accept demons,mamonos or hyumans as equals….
    well I know its not that easy to create even he has too much magic power that he has more than a upper class goddess but considering merits and demerits he spoke of, it is the best decision to up

    Like

    1. Shield Hero Naofumi style~

      I dun think the demons will try and let him live long. Cuz Makoto is a good war asset, and a huge threat to boot (the company at least). To use until no longer useful, then discard. Then there is “the Devil” shit…

      Hyumans are just acting up as usual…. geez the Empire and their stupid demon eye hero the worst… not to mention the church… the otherworldly country… only the Limia seems normallish

      Like

      1. Limia are doomed to be dicks too with the whole “corrupted nobles” seed already planted in their soil. MAYBE that Union/pseudo-japan thing might be okay, we don’t know much about them.

        Like

  4. He could approach the authorities and offer to deal with the problem for a sizeable reward.

    No one completely trusts a mercenary, but they at least know what they’re dealing with. As it is, no outsider actually understands Makoto, so they’ll just keep misunderstanding him based on their own preconceived notions (after all, how could anyone just want to do things fair, he must be up to something).

    He’s worried that the Demon Lord will view him negatively for foiling their plans here, but when he said he’s neutral, it can be taken to mean that he will support both sides, if they pay him enough. And it’s not like Rona ever clued him in on the plan, or even asked him not to interfere, so he can just use his “ignorance” as an excuse (one that all parties know is a lie, but pretend to believe it).

    So if he negotiates for a big reward before acting, the demons will know about it, and may be more open to negotiating with him, since they’ll know he acts for personal profit and not for a cause.

    Like

    1. What really weird is that why does he worried about the demon lord? He has as much power to become the third main power in the war, the one should be worried are the demon and hyuman as they will be cautious as they will be likely to be sandwich by both side according to whom makoto is favored to. His timid way of thinking that make him in current situation. If he still don’t think he is strong enough, he should trust the strength of his people, Mio and tomoe can easily defeat thousands of hyuman and demon army. Their level is enough to make both side run away with tails between their legs.

      Like

      1. But the both sides (Hyuman and Demons) don’t know that Makoto is the Red Devil (If I remember correctly his nickname).
        For me, Makoto is worried about the fact that the demon lord may refuse him his lands. If he can’t obtain his lands then a war may occur.

        Like

      2. that is why i said he is too timid, if he show off a bit of the strength of asura or kuzunoha, he wouldn’t be pushed around like this. Yet, he still want to get to demon lord good side? He is a merchant, being on either side is for the weak, look at the you-know-useless hero’s princess. She’s a schemer yet scared to do anything to kuzunoha due to the uncertainty of Tomoe’s strenght. He need not to show everything, silent threat like tomoe’s done to the princess is more than enough so that both side will think twice to confront them. The devil nickname is not that important, how he silent/confront others so he not being bullied is.

        Like

  5. For me the best decision is to let the chaos take over. Even if they didn’t do something they won’t be blamed. Wait until the demons attack the shop and counter attack. After that give support to restore the town and make deal with demons. The human will respect and grateful (which I think is useless, but he still want to be “kind”), the demons can’t argue and he would still have a bargaining point for demons for cooperating. In the end make a neutral country for demons and humans to kil.. ehm coexist.

    Like

  6. Makoto was confused. Just shoot your arrow to mio so you can relieve from your stress. Its okay, will accmioaccepterything from you because she is an M. Hahahaha

    Like

  7. Hi everybody Im new here. Thank you translator for all your work.

    There are paths
    1- Let Tomoe and Mio have a small contest to see who had got stronger since the last contest.
    2- Kill all the monsters (if some from the merchant guild get killed in the crossfire, it was by accident😉 and sorry Rona-san, i didn’t know the monsters are in the demon side because you tell me that you remove the demons)
    3- Don’t nothing except saving is allies the Rembrandt’s and the students and deal with the aftermath.

    Like

  8. I honestly didnt consider the notion of just abandoning the Hyumans… forgot for a second that he isnt a “Hero of Justice” … But also a bad idea to just join the Demons side, for one they did use/trick him. Proves they arent different than hyuman, a bit of clarity on how they think(same as humans really)… But like i said in a previous chapter, he should do what he wants! if hes attached to the Rembrant family and his students, go ahead and save them. Stick to the promise with the sisters, slaughter the demons after the city gets destroyed a bit. Not just to “save” the hyumans but to show the demons that he shouldnt be taken lightly or used…. Then meet the demon king and not try to get in the (positive side) of the king. Instead it should be the demon king sucking up and obeying our MC…. If they want to continue their war its fine to do as they please as long as they dont interfere with his friends, family, and his company.

    Like

  9. Makoto shows some admirable growth here while still retaining some of his immaturity.

    “It’s true that Rona got me good.
    In her perspective, it is something I didn’t ask, so she didn’t tell me. And from my perspective, I thought we were partners.”

    What an odd definition of partners he has. His method of ‘asking’ was the rough abduction of one of her agents to a literal torture chamber. He apologized for the ‘rough treatment’ but didn’t punish anyone for it. And he used implied threats in a request that even the author put in single quotes to indicate it was more than a polite question. (When the person you’re asking for something is restrained in your torture chamber you’re threatening them.) For that matter even the request to Rona came with an implied threat. You don’t extract concessions from partners with threats and secrets.

    So while I admit I don’t know what context might have been lost in the translation, Makoto is still wrapping himself in sophistry.

    Like

    1. All the while he keeps how many secrets? Rona knows about Shiki and the demihumans in the store, but has never seen Tomoe or Mio, knows nothing of Asora or his supply chain, likely knows nothing about the Asora fruits, and is still just getting a feel for his staff’s loyalty, vulnerability, and competence. just because you were partners in taking down the dark side of the academy doesn’t really mean you’re close friends, especially if you trust them as little as they apparently trust you.

      Though to Makoto’s credit, at least he isn’t handing out drugs to school kids. >_>;

      Like

      1. Well that depends on how you choose to evaluate the fruits and foods grown in Asora. Makoto was using his students as guinea pigs to some degree, even though he appeared to be being careful about it. So it’s probably more like saying at least when Makoto was giving out steroids to school kids he restricted himself 1) to his students, 2) to drugs he was pretty sure didn’t have any negative side effects, and 3) to doing it in a forum where he had expert medical help to keep a close eye on them to respond if anything went wrong.

        Chapter 92: “For the time being I am still accepting students, but I am not really expecting much. As for the students that remained I will do some light “experiments” without permission on a level where their health is not affected, and while at that, have them take the lectures.”

        Chapter 109: “There’s also the experiment results of the effects of Asora’s fruits, so their abilities have increased considerably, but increasing their levels can prove as a good addition” (Shiki)

        Like

  10. many comments in the comment section:
    “-you can’t resolve all your problems by killing the people you don’t like
    -that’s where you are wrong kiddo”

    Like

  11. thank you for the chap and the side story, i think the side story was a good complement to a chapter that left me wanting more🙂

    Like

  12. I don’t really trust the librarian. In one of her first appearances, wasn’t she talking in her mind or something like that in a creepy way about MC? Was it ever revealed what was that about?

    Like

  13. i want to see the MC acting like Hifumi Tonho even just once. Killing anyone/anything here and there as long they obstruct his path on doing whatever he wants.

    Like

  14. You know what? Screw the war and all that! I wanna see (read) when and how Mio corners Makoto and pushes him down. Then is forced to do the same with Tomoe to keep her from pouting (since she’s senior to Mio). Then also with Emma just so she isn’t left out.

    Like

      1. Here’s just a friendly advice, do as you want with it… But, when you said that, I somehow felt a lot of murderous intents. Well, then good luck ! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH !

        Like

  15. Thank for the chappy~
    This arc like a dungeon boss battle in rpg term,at first you do everything okay and kill the mob monster easily,because of that you solo the dungeon,but you got deceived cause the boss level is 2x more than the strongest mob,you keep challenging it alone and lost many time and your exp got decreased,in the end you call your friend to form a party and somehow win the boss battle,when you kill the boss you got more exp to cover the lost

    Like

  16. At first I thought I would skip this but after marathoning Love so Life, I finally finished it after 4yrs since I first read and forgotten about it along the way. I feel rejuvenated. Ahh, youth.

    ehem. Anywho.

    After reading this now. My opinion of it is still the same. This chapter should have been a Side Story instead. Although I commend Makoto for miraculously using his head for once during the middle part where he revoked his orders, it doesn’t change the fact that nothing was accomplished this time around where he could’nt come to a decision despite having four heads with plausible options, and instead will rely on a Hyuman in the end. Why not ask tge Ansland while he’s at it. Sheesh. It was already going in a decent direction enough to wash out the pointless first part of tge chapter… he just made it crash to the ground again.
    It may just be my biased opinion but, he needs to get his priorities straight first and foremost. What the hell was he doing there in the first place. If he just wanted a place he could belong to, just live normaly. Stop bitching around playing leader. If he wants to be Neutral instead, and help people regardless of race, he can literally do it. Obliterate anyone who interferes with the country of your founding. And accomodate all those who just wants to procure your merchandise.

    He need not care about bull things like overthinking a few decision and short circuiting himself in the process leading to a system reboot like now. Even a good decision would sound a wrong one when you overthink things resulting in more branching thoughts and unnecessary options. This fool ends up irritating me just when I thought he was finally getting things done. And weren’t he supposedly avoiding the Goddess radar, or standing out? this fool just can’t make up his damn mind.

    Well, this is still the result of him finally learning from his mistakes but still. I can’t help but think he is going with his stubborn naivety again. He’s not a kid anymore.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    And more importantly,

    Cheers for reverting the comment section to how it was before.

    Like

    1. Proving that he’s not stupidly dense to his followers’ feelings because of racial concerns, but because he has always been denser than concrete even from long ago.

      Don’t you do it, Makoto, don’t you be cliche DENSE MC! You’re better than that, right?!

      Like

  17. So Makoto is changing. It looks like he is really think things through and asking other for their opinion. But he is still some what indecisions. He can Aalways try to contact Root for more information.

    I think they should use the variant to attack their store to make it look like they are also the victims. As will as use them to damage the guild a bit and some of the other merchants. Damage to the merchant guild will make it easier for Makoto but more like Rembrandt to negotiate or push their demands on the guild. Or simple leave town because the store is destroyed.

    However I believe that at he should at least fight in self defense or make it look like its self defense. And that after Company should still sell some medicine even cheaper or give it away for free to build up good will. And help in rebuilding the town. It would look good in the hyumans eyes and they could say it was in self defense to the demons. Or say something that he wanted to test his students’ strength. He could alway support in secret.

    On the “Hero of Justice” idea, maybe he can get someone to dress up in a costume. Something like the black knight or a superhero or something and fight the variants that way.

    Like

    1. well nvm mind i found but i have a question wasnt hasegawa the who confessed to makoto not azuma i read the manga and it was hasegawa who confessed to him so its really confusing

      Like

      1. It was an illusion based on something that happened to him. He was confessed to by both of them but he turned one down and she ran off crying instead of deciding she would fight to increase his affection for her. Its not clear what happen with the other, its possible she was just playing with him and not being serious.

        The illusion he saw of their confessions are how he would have wanted it to go in an idea world, not how it actually went when they actually confessed to him.

        Like

      2. A follow up, if you read the manga illusion scene of Hasegawa confessing to him, the point where she is about to start bawling but instead hardens her resolve and says she will try and turn his attention to her is where in reality she DID start bawling and probably ran off to cry alone somewhere. Makoto even notes that he thought she was going to start crying and was confused when she didn’t.

        Like

  18. Thanks for the chapter desu~

    Makoto! Don’t think too hard about it and just decide already! Just do whatever you want. Follow your heart (save the town), you can still become a merchant if you do that right? So, so, first secure the stage, then save the town. Ah, but, the only one who move to save are only you and Shiki, while the others just wait in the company. I’ll give you four thumb ups if you do that!!! >o<

    Like

  19. When I think about it, what Rona did wasn’t that bad, from her perspective. Actually, her only mistake was not telling Raidou what she was up to. “I hear what you’re saying, but I am afraid I can only comply with the letter of your request, not the spirit.”

    From her perspective, she has been planning this move for months or longer. To take out the leadership of the enemies her race is at war against. To abort the entire operation, just because one person she likes asks her to, would be irresponsible and a waste of resources.

    That isn’t to say that this won’t come back to bite her later, but just that her actions were, though unfortunate, the responsible thing for her to do.

    Like

    1. Tch that fox-woman has totally messed up !

      Actually that’s not about giving up the operation because someone you like asked you to. That’s more something like confirm the strength and intentions of those who may interfere.

      Meet an unknown guy who sells unknown exceptionnal goods, easily sees through her disguise, is followed by two over 1500’s adventurers and who don’t even looks like other hyumans…
      How can she even call herself a strategist ?!

      Hum, that’s decided ! I need to think of another name for her, the former’s outdated now !

      Like

      1. Rona has never or seen Mio and Tomoe, and the times they’ve been in the city Makoto had her pull all of her watching subordinates out of the city. And she couldn’t learn about them via the adventurers guild as Root put the hush on it so only those who spend time at Tsige are really familiar with them, let alone have any idea what country they work for.

        Makoto and his power base are so beyond what the common sense of the world says is possible that it’s ridiculous. Not only is he a third summoned hero, he’s practically a Demi-God, but all of that is a well kept secret and Rona has no way of finding out simply because they won’t let her, and are actively keeping it a secret. Or do you think Rona should be able to outwit the entire Makoto team before she can call herself decent at her job?

        Like

      2. AHAHAHAHAHAHAH !
        Well, what if the Snake is preventing any leak of information from the guild ? Doesn’t she have spies in Tsige ? No spy in such an important town ? Ignorance is bliss they say…

        “Or do you think Rona should be able to outwit the entire Makoto team before she can call herself decent at her job?”… Yes ! Basically the job of a strategist is to think about everything even to the unthinkable. To at least bet on a way and prepare a counter measure.
        Oy, oy did you thought that strategist was an easy job ? Don’t make me laugh ! To be better than the enemy’s head, to predict his action, his previsions and what he didn’t predicted. That’s what it takes to be a strategist !

        Like

      3. Tsige important? Tsige is the absolute farthest from anywhere you can go, including the war front. All that’s out in the wastes are uncooperative monsters. the only reason she would need a presence in Tsige is of she knew a third power landed there, but even then the only place such a thing was seen was a lake in Limia.

        Additionally it’s not like she can move the entire army. A strategist is limited by heir personnel, and she has OUTRIGHT STATED that many of the ones she has to use in Rotsgard are newbies she is training up. You can only expect so much from what you have to work with, so give her some credit. No one is perfect :p

        Like

      4. “All that’s out in the wastes are uncooperative monsters”…and Dragons and Spiders and… Time for some recruitments ! Difficult you say ? Yeah, I know, that’s her job !

        Well, weren’t the demon’s side tried to recruit the orcs at the beginning ? So there’s (was) actually some spies in wasteland ?

        She’s bounded by the pawns she owns ? And then ? Of course she is ! Doing the best with what’s within your reach, that’s a strategist. Just having no limitations on your stock, that’s called a cheater (or a god) !
        That’s why MC-chan is so difficult to deal with. I’m not saying that dealing with him is easy, I’m saying that she choose the wrong option ! And that for such an obvious thing, I’m disappointed !

        You also seems to have forgotten my others points. You can’t deny that she met Raidou, someone who saw through her at first glance and have mysterious products and powers… Also, well, I’m getting bored ! Bye !

        Like

    2. I highly doubt the intended target of this was the nation leaders. It’s a simple terrorist act, one that occurs during a festival to increase the body count in attendance, and one that strikes the soft underbelly of a neutral student/academy city not affiliated with a country that still sits in the safe heart of the human world (far from enemy lines). It’s a disruptive tactic meant to terrify and distract the hyumans and show that they aren’t safe from the war anywhere.

      Like

    3. Based on the flashback chapter for the 2nd son, Ronas plan has probably been going for over a year. At this point it’s not that she decided to not stop it, it was more that she couldn’t. The effect that her drugs and conditioning had was a snowballing effect of building up into an explosion (the transformation). One to two days before the effect would trigger she is asked to pull out but her plans will complete with or without her agents there.

      She probably should have given him a mild heads up of “I’m pulling my agents but things are already in motion and will complete regardless”, instead she led Raidou to believe that she had pulled out all of her agents and nothing would happen during the festival. This results in Raidou losing his trust in her and she seemed to be doing what she could to get him to trust her to try and pull him to her side. That’s really unlikely to happen now.

      Like

  20. i was thinking that probably he could play ‘the devil’s’ role. well, tomoe need to suggest that and explain of course. but this is…. kinda impossible at this time.

    hm.
    if i were him, to continue the relationship with Rembrandt-san, i will protect rembrandt-san family at all costs. protecting one doesn’t mean going against the demon right? then… about the merchant guild, i believe that rembrandt-san would have told them about my power.. so, i will held my action by saying ‘well don’t you want me to get out of this town?’ ahaha as in i don’t want to help you since you hate me. lol. but then if they asked me and gives good preposition to protect the city.. then, i would probably protect the city at the last minute.. as for the demon king’s meeting.. lets play a fool~.

    i would let the demon attack me and hurt me a bit, also my companion (one of them lol). so i will held a ‘self-protection’ card for my actions. ahahaha

    Like

    1. I am kind of interested to know what kind of conversation Rembrandt had with the merchant guild given that the end result was still so terrible.

      Like

  21. Good God! Waiting for makoto to rage out is like waiting for godzilla to show up in his own movie. There a these small moments where you are just like oooh ooooohh here it is here it i-aawwwwww man wtf was that?! I mean the fact that he actually thinks this out instead of ‘all hyumans are evil, all demons are untrustworthy, kill them all’ is kind of irritating if you truly think about it this entire time even he is thinking about playing both sides too. The fact that they implemented this first is unimportant. Yeah he was selling medicine but for every hyuman army soldier he saves with medicine a demon dies and vice versa. Yes he isn’t selling to the military but one way or another it’s gonna get to them. I want him to truly rage out, most people do, BUT! I don’t want him to go the anti-hero route. Anti-heroes are just whiny children who have abilities. They say they hate the actions of the people in power but they are no different,they just have their own agenda. He doesn’t play that card. Instead of raging out and possibly pulling a Gon rage moment (which would be awesome) he thinks to himself how can I use this to my advantage. Yes these last few chapters are stress inducing, but they a exemplary forms of writing. GG! but my heart hurts a lil.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s