Chapter 185: The Lapis Lazuli Volcano

“And so, it is now free time. We have easily received permission to go outside so, what should we do?” (Makoto)

Finishing the extremely tiring audience with the Demon Lord, we return to the room prepared for us and take a break.

I look at Mio and Shiki.

Well~ that was impressive.

It was truly the Demon Lord-sama.

The four children of his had a smiling atmosphere and were throwing me conversation topics, but I felt like they were looking at more than just my answers.

But it wasn’t as if we were faced with a one-sided barrage of questions, they also readily answered our questions, so I managed to get the permission to walk outdoors without having any bodyguards or surveillance.

“For me, I was thinking about having a small talk with Rona.” (Shiki)

“With Rona? Ah, right. Rona is an old acquaintance of yours, right Shiki?” (Makoto)

“Yeah, but well, it is not like I am going to warm up my old friendship though. It seems like she is being overly cautious of us you see. There’s still time for the banquet, so I will be going to solve that ‘misunderstanding’. She most likely already knows about the contents of our audience from the Demon Lord himself, but if that’s the case, it is better to act fast.” (Shiki)

Misunderstanding?

Hm, did Rona do something to make him cautious?

I don’t think she did anything special though.

Maybe it is just that she has the eyes of someone that might do something.

“… I see. Then you won’t be leaving the city, right?” (Makoto)

“Yes. That, I will do later.” (Shiki)

“And Mio?” (Makoto)

“I will immediately head to check the city. There were a number of places that looks interesting after all.” (Mio)

The bouncy words of Mio.

I thought that she had an unconcerned expression at the parade, but she was casually checking the surroundings. That’s impressive.

It makes me remember the words used to calm the nervousness of actors: ‘Think of the audience as if they are potatoes’, or something like that.

To Mio, the gazes and cheers of all those demons and demi-humans were akin to potatoes.

…No, potatoes are food, so maybe she considers them even lower than that?

No matter which, it is a bold spirit I would like to learn from.

At our visit to the Empire, Mio was looking after Asora in place of Tomoe, but this time, she was stubborn about going together with us.

‘Tomoe went last time, so this time you are staying’, is the logic she was using.

‘Is she a child?’, is what I thought.

Since returning from the Empire, Tomoe has been in a good mood, and without a single objection to Mio’s words, she readily consented to house-sitting.

Well, she did say that she had something to do, so she probably didn’t have any intentions of accompanying us anyways.

For me, Shiki is actually the one that pains me to have him accompany me two times in a row.

But he is the one that I can be the most at ease with when coming with me, so I unconsciously end up relying on him.

If I had only left Shiki behind, I think that it would have been possible to continue the classes in Rotsgard without having to cancel it.

I will have to reflect on this.

“An eating trip huh. At night we will be having a banquet, so try not eating too much, okay? Also, I didn’t hear anything about their side putting out bodyguards, but even if someone is following you, try to refrain from doing anything unreasonable.” (Makoto)

“Yes, I know. I will just give them a light tap, Waka-sama. But if you are worried, how about accompanying me?” (Mio)

“Me? I want to go, but since I have the chance, I will be finishing the errand of Root first.” (Makoto)

“Root’s… ah, the egg, was it?” (Mio)

Mio made a slight pondering gesture at the mention of Root, and it seems she remembered something, she clapped her hands together.

Yep, she is correct.

“Yeah, Crimson Red’s egg.” (Makoto)

“Right-desu wa. In that case, I will go together with you–” (Mio)

“Ah, can’t do. It seems like it is close to a place that your past self has done something a long time ago. It wouldn’t be good if anything were to happen.” (Makoto)

“My past self?” (Mio)

“Well, I will go quickly and finish. From what I heard in the audience, it is a place that only takes a few hours to reach.” (Makoto)

“Indeed. They did say that it’s a few days to the north. Looking at it in the same way as the White Sand Sea, Waka-sama would be able to arrive in a few hours, and in the return, it would be enough to just use mist.” (Shiki)

Shiki complements my words.

Maybe the demon side didn’t expect me to make a question about that place, they made a surprised face at my question.

If I mention the name of a place in the demon race territory, it would definitely be strange.

Root’s groundwork this time seems to be with the people that are directly related to the errand, and the demons weren’t really in the know of this.

Different from last time, there’s people who will take the guardian job, so as long as I arrive there, the mission will be completed.

“Then there’s no helping it. It is regrettable, but I will be doing my best in obtaining new recipes-desu wa. Later, I will try searching for souvenirs to gift the residents of Asora.” (Mio)

“That would be nice. Tell me about the nice stores later. About the things that might serve as souvenirs as well.” (Makoto)

“Yes! I will do the eating tour.” (Mio)

“Well then, I am going.” (Makoto)

I open the window of the room and leave to the veranda.

The garden that can be seen below was emitting light making it look illusory, and it was really beautiful.

But I look moderately above.

At the pitch black sky.

“Have a safe trip. Come back soon.” (Shiki)

“Don’t catch a cold, okay?” (Mio)

While receiving the words of the two with my back, I jump from the veranda that was as big as a balcony.

I harden magic power in mid-air and use it as footholds to jump again.

Just like that, I soar up into the sky.

I leave the barrier that envelops the capital, and arrive at the outskirts where wind and snow rule over. Confirming the direction of my objective, I set up a marker at the distance.

I can’t see it with my eyes, but I can feel it.

With this, I won’t lose my way even in this blizzard.

In the room there’s already a mist gate to use for the return.

I just have to dispose of it when I return.

Now then, my objective is the snow field volcano.

It is without doubt a secluded region.

“Lapiz Lazuli Volcano huh. Will it be blue just like its name suggests? It sounds like a beautiful place so it might be worth going to see.” (Makoto)

While holding slight expectations, I jumped into the blizzard.

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If I didn’t have magic, I would have definitely gotten lost. I think this while I’m in this darkness filled snow storm.

The lights of the capital are already too far to be seen.

It must be as hellish of an environment as the White Desert.

There’s differences in hot and cold, and the hot one was filled with traps while this one is more about the fury of nature though.

But Crimson Red is supposed to be the dragon that reigns over fire, and yet, why is it in such a cold place?

No well, it is a volcano, so maybe the place itself won’t be cold though.

The outside is like this.

Thinking about Sofia’s abilities, Crimson Red was probably a dragon that soared the sky and breathed out fire.

But the place I am in doesn’t fit the image.

A dragon that shoots a heat ray like a laser. A dragon that could be considered the symbol of fantasy, moreover, a dragon that seemed to walk the path of the right.

Even if a laser is out of bounds, it is truly a Red Dragon.

I kinda want to see its figure when it was in all its splendor now.

I glance at the bag. Right now it is an egg.

Even if the growth of a dragon is quick, I will probably not be able to see it in the time I am alive.

That damn Sofia, she did something so wasteful.

“Oh, it is that huh. Going by the distance… it should be that, right? But it’s bright red though?” (Makoto)

I thought I saw something dim pink at the distance.

After jumping a number of times more in the sky, I saw a bright red light that didn’t fit this snow field.

It had the shape of a mountain, and when I got closer, I could see that it was shining like a ruby. A mountain remarkably high was there.

“With this, it feels more appropriate to call it Ruby Volcano though. Hmph?” (Makoto)

I don’t think it is an unnamed place.

It stands out, and it gives out a feeling that’s not normal.

For now, I will land.

The ground at my feet is glittery and red.

If this is ruby, it would be amazing.

The billionaire kind of amazing.

If it’s colored glass…no, even that would be amazing.

Yeah, the Lapis Lazuli Volcano(probably), its worth in seeing is plenty.

I should do some harvesting later.

This might be how it feels to go to the south beaches and get an urge of collecting seashells.

I haven’t experienced that though.

It is a thinking that is slightly stemming from greed.

“If this is the place, someone should be living here.” (Makoto)

I change [Sakai] to search and spread it to the whole mountain.

I had to shrink the magic armor slightly, so it can’t be helped that some of my magic power leaks out. Because I still cannot fix the consumption to a point that utilizes the magic power to a 100%.

If I was able to do it, it would be able to stay infinitely after all.

It might serve as a goal.

It works for offensive and defensive, so even if this power is exposed, the demerits are low. If I had to put out a problem, it would be that if I have it deployed in visible mode, the people will probably not get close to me.

If I walked with it visible, I don’t know how many times I would be told every day: ‘You are being haunted’.

Being visible is a pain. I definitely don’t want that.

“There it is. There’s a cave over there huh. I see.” (Makoto)

Around halfway up the mountain, there’s a cave that can be entered.

Inside it, there’s the reaction of less than a hundred life signs.

They are demi-humans, or maybe mamonos.

Okay, let’s go.

There doesn’t seem to be any trap, and mamonos are not coming out.

Comparing this to what it has been until now, I would say this is actually on the safe side.

The only thing that happened was that I encountered a big Frost Dragon because of my carelessness, and I slapped it away. There wasn’t anything that could be called a real fight, and I was able to arrive at the objective practically without obstructions.

But the encounter rate was actually relatively high.

If I dealt with all of them, the amount would be enough to serve as tracks to know exactly what route I took.

Even so, I felt like this place was safe.

The people living here are probably doing their regular patrols and securing safety.

“Oh, heh~” (Makoto)

I arrive at the cave.

Without much hesitation I enter, and the situation changed a bit.

I see.

My voice unconsciously leaked. I stop my feet and look at my surroundings.

“I see, Lapis Lazuli. For the inside to be deep blue…” (Makoto)

The outside is red, and inside is blue.

…Sadly, counting the environment, I wouldn’t want to live in this place.

It may be beautiful, but I would limit it to touring.

“Ah, are they coming to receive me?” (Makoto)

After advancing for a while, I perceive a presence heading this way. I stop my feet.

It’s one person.

It doesn’t seem to be forming any magic, and doesn’t seem to be taking any attack stance.

But it is really blue.

I remember hearing that blue light helps you get a quiet sleep, but with this, I might actually doubt its reliability.

It might have been nonsense.

I can’t calm down.

“…Please tell me your name.”

The one that appeared looks at me and showed slight agitation.

But it spoke out and asked for a self-introduction.

Surprisingly, it was in common language.

“Name is Raidou. I accepted the request of Root, and have brought the egg of the superior dragon Crimson Red…-sama.” (Makoto)

That was close.

I almost forgot to say -sama.

Even though I had resolved myself to be more careful after the incident with Grount, the person that had come out was a bit mysterious and made me almost slip.

Slime?

Well, that half-solid body that seemed to be made up of a blue jell-like substance, has the shape of a hyuman. It seems that it does have a ruggedness resembling that of a face, but how to say it…

Ah, it is a woman.

There’s a portion that seems to be her breast.

She is not wearing clothes, so I am speaking with a naked person.

And it seems like it is a woman.

To my regret, she is totally transparent and I don’t feel any sexual attraction to her.

In an incredibly rude way, I can maintain a gentleman demeanor.

Being sexually attracted to this level of special would take a really special man too.

Even Tomoki might not…no, that guy might actually go for it without any discrimination.

No but…

Wait, what am I even thinking?

Anyways, I am sorry.

And while at it, if Root’s information is correct, the past Mio seems to have cornered them to the brink of extinction; I am sorry for that as well.

I won’t put it in words, but I will at least apologize.

“Is that Azuma-sama?”

Azuma?

I felt like my palpitation jumped up in an instant.

A really nostalgic name.

But for this slime-kin(temporary) to use that name, I don’t think that she is using it while knowing the meaning for me.

I calm down my heart.

Ah, she is looking at the egg.

Could it be…

“…Excuse my rudeness but, is that Crimson Red-sama?”

As I thought, the name of the dragon.

So its name is Azuma.

It gives me a sense of familiarity.

Because it is the same name as a close friend of mine.

Not only is it not Japanese, reacting this much just because of the name is no good.

In the first place, even if the name is Azuma, I heard that the one in this world is male.

I see, so there’s 4 superior dragons that are male, and 3 that are female huh.

…No wait, Root was originally a woman, so there are more female?

But right now he is male, right?

It might not be good for my mental health to think about this, but he spoke about having my child or whatever, so he should be able to turn into a woman as well. In that case…

Yeah, let’s put a middle.

There’s 3 male superior dragons, 3 female, and 1 other.

“Uhm, Raidou-sama?”

“Ah! Yes, this is Crimson Red-sama! Sorry, I was a bit spaced out.” (Makoto)

“You must be tired. It can’t be helped. The journey to this place is rigorous no matter the route taken after all. Later I will bring you to a place where you can rest your body, but first the egg… is that okay?”

I open the bag in a way that the woman can see, and take out the egg.

The moment she saw it, an emotion of awe was visible in the slime-kin.

She can tell even if it’s an egg huh.

As expected of the guardian.

“I have certainly confirmed it. Please forgive me for holding suspicions. Go ahead, I will guide you to the dwelling of the Crimson Red-sama’s guardians, Raidou-sama.”

I’m glad.

It seems like this time will end without anything weird happening.

Ah, right.

This place that is red on the outside and blue on the inside; I will ask these people if I can take a bit of it.

Also, I should ask what Root has told them.

…I won’t dance at the tune of that pervert’s words after all.

I don’t want to end in a pointless fight like the time with Grount.

At the end, Grount-san seemed to have grown timid after all…

Also…right. I have to make it back in time to the capital.

Being in this place feels like my sense of time will go weird.

It might be carefree of me, but I advance slowly.

Safely finishing the second egg’s errand, I felt slight relief while enjoying the scenery of this secluded region.

197 thoughts on “Chapter 185: The Lapis Lazuli Volcano

      1. To be honest, what I’m afraid of is the cliché “arrogant bigshot” character that picks a fight with Makoto just so he has an excuse to show off.

        Since this story has played with tropes with realism and this isn’t a chinese novel, here’s hoping that’s just my fears.

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    1. Lapis lazuli is a blue stone, used as a pigment in primitive paints and such. It sounds nice, and the stone itself is pretty, so people like to name things and characters after it. I can think of two blue haired heroines off the top of my head with the name.

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  1. thank you for ze chapter, well even now makoto already nickname trashmoki into ‘THAT THING’ and slime huh…. i wonder if the cave connect into the world where a certain slime demon lord making his kingdom :v

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      1. Oh, a slime reader huh? If you’ve read all the chapters, maybe you can answer me:

        Does Rim*ru get a gender later on? And, finally, some action? Or is this another virgin-MC-that-for-one-“reason”-or-other-cant-do-anything that frustrates the readers so much?

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      1. Gr…Great Demon Lord !? What the hell, how cool is that !? There is someone who’s called by that wonderful name ?
        If he calls himself Great Demon Lord, then he must be powerful, diabolical, tough as hell scoundrel that no-one minds if I crush with all I have !
        With a name like that I can have some expectations ! I’m all fired up ! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH !
        Where does he come from ?

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      2. It has been updating, I think. Guro, Smoggy, and others have been keeping up with it as far as I know, but no one’s heard from Clown in a while from what I can tell. Rl stuff, I think.

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      3. @lime I know he’s copying veldora-san(and his bitch sister) body and become dragonoid-like but i’m sure his status is still Great demon lord…. idk if there is a change of status display of him.
        By the way after i’m exploring MAL i search on sales of LN… and Slime is way higher than Tsuki ga michibiku…. reaally sad, i (we) really want to see tsuki ga on Anime serialization!!! Tsuki ga sale is low but still on top 10 is there any chance T_T

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    1. Even if they tailed him, they won’t be able to keep up with his speed, so I don’t think there is any eyewitness, except if there is any passerby there, I doubt it tho…

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  2. Being sexually attracted to this level of special would take a really special man too.

    Even Tomoki might not…no, that guy might actually go for it without any discrimination.

    No but…

    Wait, what am I even thinking?

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    Tomoki is really hated 😛

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      1. To Tomoki as long as it’s in the shape of a woman he is OK with it… probably…. like an alchemist I know who collects every and all types of things to have fun with…

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  4. Man, you got the blue light thing totally backwards. Blue light wakes you up.

    It finally occured to me that Makoto’s recent surge of growth and the AU dreams are probably linked. Something like devouring their experiences on a subconscious level? Learn from mistakes he never made in this timeline? Probably.

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  5. Haha! Makoto’s already translating “a few days of travel” into “a couple hours”. That casual takeoff as well. He’s adapting well.

    I dunno if it was confirmed before, but it seems we’ve learned the genders of the superior dragons here now. On the female side, Tomoe and Grount. On the male side, Azuma and Lancer. (And on the “other” side, Root. XD).

    So between the Darkness and Water dragons, we have one male and one female.

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  6. Okay, even Makoto thinks Trashmoki is basically Duke Nukem. As long as it’s a woman, “I’d still hit it” 😛

    Thanks for the translation, Reigo-senpai. I just wish I wasn’t trying to catch up with Destiny’s “The Dawning”. I swear, I get too into video games that I forget to hit F5 😛

    No guys, this isn’t Spoiler-san speaking, he’s still recovering from Christmas.

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  7. Root’s gender is ‘other’ now, huh… I can’t stop laughing when I read this… Thanks for the chapter! Look forward for next ‘massive’ chapter…😆 And what is the Rona’s misunderstanding that Shiki means? Or it never mentioned before? 😕

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  8. Thanks for the chapter! I wonder if the slimes can change their body at will, with Makoto’s upgrade, maybe they can become his staffs for undercover mission?? :3

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  9. I’m not surprised that Makoto is having trouble understanding the sex and genders of the supreme dragons. I’d imagine they view their appearances and sexes as nothing more than a change of clothing, something that is difficult for regular, non-shape shifting mortals to understand.

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      1. just wondering, what’s in it for the dragon that lives inside Rimuru? I don’t think that’s a good end for him cuz he has to stay holed up in a black space with nothing to do as time went by other than seeing the outside world through Rimuru like watching a TV (*assuming that he can see what is going on outside*)

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      2. It’s not that kind of relationship between Rimuru-sama and Veldora-aniki. They’re sworn brothers, and they mutually named one another. That’s all I’m saying, the translation is on circus translations, it’s worth the read.

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      3. —–SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER—-
        —–Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler—-

        he was trapped by magic and couldn’t get out so he let Rimiru eat him and later on Veldora gets released and Veldora could also watch anime when inside rimiru
        plz truck-san don’t run over me

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  10. Generally, an MC will try to make their magic more efficient, so they can use it more. Makoto looks at that kind of MCs with envy, as he tries to make his own magic less efficient, so that it uses up all his magic output.

    Also, will Makoto help repopulate the slime civilization as a form of apology for Mio’s past actions? Slimes usually split/multiply when they gather enough magic power, so someone like Makoto would be the best thing to happen to them. They can suck him to their hearts content and it won’t even faze him.

    And with that last sentence we’re all back in the gutter.

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      1. I just imagined a situation where Root asks Makoto to come over as there’s someone who wants to meet him, and become his follower. So Makoto, Tomoe, Mio and Shiki arrive, and Root (with a huge grin on their face) brings in the individual.

        Once they enter the room, they take one look at Makoto, then jump hug him with a cry of “Papa!”

        At this, Shiki nods his head with a contemplative look on his face. Tomoe looks on with a stiff smile plastered on her face, and a look that says she doesn’t know what to think of this. Root is laughing their ass off. And Mio… well that’s actually too scary so let’s just move on.

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  11. Lapis is the Latin word for “stone” and lazuli is the genitive form of the Medieval Latin lazulum, which is taken from the Arabic لاجورد lājaward, itself from the Persian لاجورد lājavard, which is the name of the stone in Persian and also of a place where lapis lazuli was mined.
    The English word azure, French azur, Italian azzurro, Polish lazur, Romanian azur and azuriu, Portuguese and Spanish azul, and Hungarian azúr all come from the name and color of lapis lazuli.

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  12. “Because I still cannot fix the consumption to a point that utilizes the magic power to a 100%.”

    I think I sorta understood this sentence, but can I get some clarification just in case? Makoto is basically saying he’s unable to use all of his magic power even with the magic shell, right? Or does he mean he can’t keep the power consistent?

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    1. I myself understand it as him still not being able to make his magic armor use all his magic power output, so that there’s still a lot leaking out when he doesn’t use Sakai to suppress it.

      It’s not because the magic armor isn’t as strong at it could be. It’s because it’s already reached its limit and he can’t make it use any more magic power. That’s Makoto’s dilemma. How to make his magic armor more inefficient so that he doesn’t glow from all that extra magic power leaking out of him when he drops his Sakai.

      Again, that’s just my understanding of it.

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      1. when energy is transferred/transformed some of it is lost as heat/sound and when makoto makes the mpa some of his mana is dispersed. imagine filling a bucket under a waterfall some of it wont go into the bucket he wants all of it to go into the bucket

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    2. I’m not sure, but I think Makoto is talking about the efficiency.
      Rona did state that solidifying magic power is incredibly wasteful, so perhaps the magic power that isn’t utilized “leaks out” and can be sensed by others.
      Might also explain why a 100% efficient and stable magic armor can stay on perpetually, like the next sentence says.

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      1. That’s exactly it. Considering his amount of mana, a 100% efficiency armor would last indefinitely. From then on, just adjust the mana output to your liking. I am quite glad Makoto reached this understanding! He overcame a shortcoming with his unique talents!

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      2. Actually, wait. By 100%, what does Makoto refer to? Is it 100% of his magical power, or just 100% of the surplus that ends up leaking out and creaking an illusion of a posse of demon lords?

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      3. It’s like that: Makoto’s armor is basically just mana with a physical/solid property. However, in order to make a single grain of solid mana, a huge amount of normal mana is required (according to rona, all the mana of a normal magician). Makoto’s wants to reduce that amount. The goal is to simply convert a X amount of normal mana to X amount of solid mana, without excessive expenditure.

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      4. Ah, similar to the amount of energy contained within solid matter, yes? It’s been theorized that the amount of energy tied up in a grain of sand could power a city.

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      5. @Setsuyume Edenfault

        That’s a bit different from how I understood it.

        I assumed he meant that, despite the massive magic power cost of maintaining his magic armor, it’s still not enough to consume all 100% of the magic power his body outputs, and what he’s working on, is not making his magic armor more efficient (as in requiring less magic power by reducing the power waste), but actually making it less efficient, in an attempt to make it consume his entire magic power output.

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      6. @ Kortodo

        “I had to shrink the magic armor slightly, so it can’t be helped that some of my magic power leaks out. Because I still cannot fix the consumption to a point that utilizes the magic power to a 100%.

        If I was able to do it, it would be able to stay infinitely after all.

        It might serve as a goal.”

        That is to say: the current MPA still wastes mana. If it didn’t, the activation time would be basically unlimited. Makoto’s goal is not to waste mana, but to put it all to use. If he can make a 100% efficiency armor, he can adjust the mana comsuption without waste.

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      7. @Setsuyume Edenfault

        “I still cannot fix the consumption to a point that utilizes the magic power to a 100%”
        Meaning even sustaining the magic armor does not consume all his MP output.

        Remember. Makoto’s problem since the beginning was his ridiculously huge MP output, to the point where he needed items that would suck all that excess power, and he only keeps making the situation worse by practicing that special bow technique. It was a big help to him when he learned to suppress his power with Sakai, but when he’s doing that, he can’t use Sakai for anything else. So to him, the greatest boon of the MPA is its equally ridiculous MP consumption. But even that is still not enough.

        Efficiency means that as much of the input power as possible is used for “work”. This in turn means being able to perform the work using as little power as possible. In an inefficent system, you need to increase the amount of power you input, in order to compensate for the loss.

        Going by what I mentioned earlier, I’d reason that Makoto’s problem isn’t making his MPA more efficient, so that it requires less MP, but making it more inefficient, so it can consume all the excess MP his body generates.

        “I had to shrink the magic armor slightly, so it can’t be helped that some of my magic power leaks out.”
        Shrinking the magic armor implies that its MP consumption decreases as well. After all, if it’s smaller, it takes less MP to maintain it. For Makoto that’s a problem, because it means that there’s even more of his MP output that’s not being used.

        Where normal MC’s are like MP batteries with an MP collector to recharge. Makoto is like a Fusion reactor. He outclasses anyone in terms of output and the fact that the output is constant, but it’s difficult for him to adjust his output, again because it’s constant. All he can hope for is to attach as many “useless” gadgets to himself as he can, to hopefully use it all up, so it doesn’t radiate away from him. Otherwise, he’s like a very bright beacon to anyone who can perceive MP. Well, at those levels of output, it even has a visible effect, even if you can’t sense MP.

        “If I was able to do it, it would be able to stay infinitely after all.” <— That part is a little vague, in terms of what exactly he's referring to. It could refer to his magic armor having some sort of time limit. Maybe if it said "stay ON indefinitely", that would make it much clearer.

        Though I still find that odd. The way the magic armor was explained before, the only important variable was its constant MP consumption. As long as that is satisfied, it should be able to remain active indefinitely, and Makoto does not have a problem in that department.

        He could be referring to the size of the magic armor. The fact he had to decrease its size, means something of a size that can use up his MP output is inconvenient for general use, so when he's not in a situation that requires his MPA, he has to resort to other methods to mask his MP output.

        "It might serve as a goal."
        His goal could then be to create an MPA that is very thin, but still just as power hungry, so it would be convenient to keep it up 24/7.

        So what's inconvenient about it then? Maybe the fact that an MPA that can cover his MP output is very much visible to everyone around him, and is so thick, it's actually like a suit of armor, which is fine in battle, but not so much when you go shopping.

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      8. “If I was able to do it, it would be able to stay infinitely after all.”

        I think we have opposite interpretations: this part, which you call vague, is clear as day to me. If there is no mana leaking out, that is, going to waste, he’ll be using MPA at 100% capacity/eficiency! If there is no fuel leaking, the car goes further away right? It’s the same principle. That’s why Makoto says “stay infinitely” if he was able to do it. He wants to improve the normal mana => solid mana convertion rate!

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      9. Also: in other to hide his power, he already has sakai and his equipment.

        Remember, Makoto’s goal is to UTILIZE his full mana capacity, not WASTE it. He wants to balance the power/cost relationship of the MPA.

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      10. @Setsuyume Edenfault

        It seems we understood the story differently, because to me Makoto’s main problem was always how to conceal his massive MP, rather than how to use it most efficiently. If there is one thing he does not need to worry about, it is the efficiency in terms of MP cost of whatever he is using/doing.

        Yes, he has Sakai and the specially made items.

        But, the items always had the problem of limited storage capacity. They’re essentially batteries that suck his MP, but they quickly fill up, so he has to change them frequently, which is not convenient. Not to mention the difficulty in creating items that can consume ever increasing amounts MP per second, to keep up with Makoto’s constantly increasing MP output.

        Also, there’s the issue of storing them. They’re like spent radioactive fuel. To Makoto they’re no big deal, but to the inhabitants of Asora (and everyone else), they’re very dangerous items that must be stored and handled with care. He’s trying to find an alternative that will allow him to stop relying on magic items.

        He did take a break from working on his MP output by stopping the special archery technique practice (which meant the magic item development could catch up a little with his needs), since it was a request from Tomoe and Mio, but he started it up again in earnest after the 3 gods paid him a visit and strongly encouraged it.

        As for Sakai, the problem is that he can only do one thing at a time with Sakai. If he’s using it to suppress his magic power, he can’t use it for other things, like sensing his surroundings, healing, defensive barrier, etc.

        Let me repeat. Sakai can only do one thing at a time, and he’d rather not have it tied up to suppressing his magic power.

        The magic armor is his greatest hope to do away with the magic items and Sakai as a means of concealing his MP output from others, but he can’t use the magic armor for that in its current state, because in order for it to completely cover his MP output, he needs to make it very big/thick, which also makes it very much visible, and it probably also gets in the way of doing simple things. That’s why he can’t use the magic armor all the time. It’s inconvenient, and therefore also incomplete.

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  13. Lapis lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense color. Lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan as early as the 7th millennium BC. Lapis was highly valued by the Indus valley civilization (3300–1900 BC), and Shortugai was a major mining and trading colony of the civilization in Afghanistan. Lapis beads have been found at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania. It was used for the eyebrows, among other features, on the funeral mask of Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).

    At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.

    Today mines in northeast Afghanistan and Pakistan are still the major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Italy, Mongolia, the United States and Canada.

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  14. Thanks for the chapter Reigokai!

    He came across a big frost dragon…..and slapped it away. Not even a fight. A monster that could be the final boss of a massive dungeon, just swatted away like a fly….
    Yeeeeeees, this illustrates how absurd Makoto is quite nicely.

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  15. Thx for the chapter Reigo-san o/
    I am looking foward for that MASSIVE chapter ^^
    also is it just me or is Makoto thinking a bit too much about Tomoki?~

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  16. Thank you for the chapter! Not much to say… went to the blue place, met some blue slimes, left the red egg and came back.

    Happy new year! Many donations and happiness to you! And chapters for us, of course! XDDDD

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  17. I think it’s my 1st time seeing Makoto this distracted~ 😀
    He was distracted before, but not to the point that he left his conversation partner hanging… hahah~

    So Beautiful unexpected scenery and Beautiful Slime girl… A combination that left him awestruck.

    I hope he gets a Slime girl companion~ 😀 Wishful thinking~

    Asora Diversity, AHOY!

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  18. Thanks for the chapter Regokai sensei, a good one as always, Tomoki how low have you fall in th MC eyes, and past Mio really a troublesome existence.

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  19. Hum…not much to say about this chapter. Though, I wonder if the slimes had a good taste, for that Spider to bring them near extinction ?

    Thanks for your work !

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    1. What Mio wanted at that point was magical energy. Slimes are more or less masses of magic, making them delicacies to Mio’s starving state. I’m surprised that she stopped before they actually did go extinct.

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      1. Maybe she was prevented by the dragon whose egg Makoto brought? He may have acted as the slimes guardian, and in so doing became the slimes’ object of worship. That is why they now accepted the duty from Root of protecting and raising the hatchling, since it’s the reincarnation of their guardian and savior. And would explain why that slime girl looked at the egg with reverence.

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  20. Thanks for the chapter. The so called appearance of the slim reminds a little of Aqua Current from Accel World. Which it has no physical form but as the shape of a female body.

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  21. Thanks for the chapter and everything before this.
    I started reading a while ago and have finally (though to my great sadness) caught up. Not being able to binge read a couple hours a day anymore leaves me with a slight empty feeling but the ride this far has been great.
    Thank you very much 😀

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    1. I know the feeling and thats not all, before you could spend your time calmly reading, now every chapter is like single drop of water in the desert going like that week after week after week. Ha! such a sad existence but you can’t live with out it.

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  22. “can we have another chapter before the year ends?”
    a selfish wish that will never be granted but still hoping, happy new year reigo ^ω^

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  23. REIGOKAI! Leave the celebrations aside and post next chapter! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Hope you’re having fun, you desserve it 😄

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