Chapter 187: Gossip – Mind’s eye

At the time when Makoto had met with the two heroes and the Demon Lord, the Kuzunoha Company’s Rotsgard store was really busy.

The reason is simple, there’s not enough hands.

The person that’s basically in charge, Shiki, was absent along with his master, and Lime Latte who handled the order taking and delivery, as well as being in the counter, was also absent because of Tomoe’s order.

The store that has become wider has a reputation that increases and doesn’t decrease.

The employees were unable to handle the customers that arrived.

Of course, there were preparations made beforehand for big transactions, but even so, it was on the borderline of not being able to handle it.

“S-Soon’s time to close. But I can’t take it any longer. I am leaving early…”

“Are you sleep talking, Eris? Actually, increase the amount of doubles. The customers are coming as if it’s the last spurt.”

“Hahaha, Akua, I am already a fallen rag. Even if you wring me out, nothing will drip. If I continue attending the customers in this state, even my cosmos will dry up.” (Eris)

“See, a regular of yours came. Smile smile.” (Akua)

“Hm, welcome~~!! Hah…it has already been deeply ingrained in me!!” (Eris)

One hour before sunset.

The Kuzunoha Company has received a big amount of customers today too, and the two girls with darkish skin were moving their feet as if there were several people existing, and were doing their best in attending their customers.

The tall height Akua and the short Eris.

Both of them were staggering already. There’s Akua who was somehow enduring, and Eris who is despairing at the remaining time.

The sales limit that the shopkeeper Raidou placed was the saving grace of those girls.

Because there’s that, they are able to see a goal.

If they were selling goods with no limit, if they were to sell goods until closing time, the two of them would have probably fallen already.

Raidou’s sense for money as a merchant was dull, but this time, the sell limit he set up before going to the Demon Lord audience had coincidentally been a splendid choice.

It could also be said to be a point that made the employees wring out their stamina to the limit.

“It’s less than one hour now. Fight on, Eris. Even if you are all dried up, wring yourself out as if you were to break. And then, drink. Drink with everyone.” (Akua)

“If Lime were here…if at least Lime were here…” (Eris)

“Because of Tomoe-sama’s orders, he is in Lorel at this moment. Don’t ask for the impossible.” (Akua)

“…I have decided. I will be drinking a lime flavored banana bliss today.” (Eris)

“The cocktail that Lime suggested huh. Even if he looks that way, he is unexpectedly a reliable man after all. About that alcohol, Waka-sama gave it a name, so maybe there’s already a precedent though.” (Akua)

“…In a tankard.” (Eris)

“…It won’t liberate you, you know. But I will accompany in one drink. Then let’s have a drinking party today at Asora. Yeah, let’s do our best.” (Akua)

“So number six was not enough. I have to wake up already. The ultimate cost.” (Eris)

“That’s why I’m telling you to stop sleep talking. Ah, welcome~! Today…yes, that’s right. I really did think that it was a bit fast for the season. Then, how about this one here?” (Akua)

“I am expecting the souvenir to be expensive…damn Lime!!!” (Eris)

The night was only beginning, but it was to the point that closing was in sight already.

The Kuzunoha Company was prosperous.

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“Achoo!”

“Ara Lime, is that a cold?”

“No, someone must have been gossiping about me.” (Lime)

“It would be good if that’s the case though. You are vigorous at night after all. I hope you won’t get stabbed in time.”

“It is a different body from the one I use when acting separately from hero-dono’s party. Don’t worry.” (Lime)

There’s roof tiles and godowns, but in this strange scenery of a town that’s slightly different from that of Japan, there’s a male and female walking.

The man is Lime Latte, a member of Kuzunoha Company, and currently acting together with the hero.

The woman is Otonashi Hibiki.

Entitled as a hero by the Limia Kingdom, and also the existence that serves as the hope of hyumans in the war between hyumans and demons.

The shopkeeper of the Kuzunoha Company, Raidou -or Mizumi Makoto-, was in a relationship of senior and junior with her.

“It is not like I am telling you to stop indulging in women at night. I do think that if you are doing it fairly, I don’t really mind.” (Hibiki)

“Heh~, for a young woman, you are tolerant.” (Lime)

“Wudi has a wife and baby, and he is head-over-heels in love with her. Bredda doesn’t seem to have the spirit to buy prostitutes. Looking at him, I think he doesn’t have experience with women yet. I don’t intend to tell him to play around with women, but I don’t have much opinion of it either.” (Hibiki)

“…There’s still one more thing regarding Bredda, right?” (Lime)

“So you could tell huh. He seems to like me. I am happy to be liked but…I don’t intend to answer his feelings.” (Hibiki)

“How straight. Then I think telling him quickly would be kindness in itself.” (Lime)

“If he confesses to me, I will properly reject him. To reject him because I have noticed his feelings, don’t you think that would leave a bad aftertaste? He also has to properly resolve himself and say it. I think that putting an end to it in this way, will leave less regrets. Aren’t men like that?” (Hibiki)

“…I don’t know if to call you kind or strict. Well, it is not my business. I was the one who threw the conversation, but please do as you please.” (Lime)

Lime lifts his hands up and shrugs his shoulders.

“I will do that. Sorry for having you accompany me today.” (Hibiki)

“Don’t worry. The two are down with an endemic disease, so it can’t be helped.” (Lime)

“Wudi and Bredda are unlucky. Or maybe Lime is the lucky one.” (Hibiki)

“It is without doubt me being lucky. That’s why I am alive, and working at the Kuzunoha Company.” (Lime)

“Can I hear about that?” (Hibiki)

“I don’t mind. Well, there’s a lot I can’t answer though.” (Lime)

“…What’s that. In the first place, why are you in Lorel when you should be doing business at Rotsgard and Tsige?” (Hibiki)

At the location that Hibiki and Lime were walking to, there’s a building bigger than others.

At the end of the long stairs, there’s a temple.

Their steps told that this is their objective.

“Lorel’s big shots are inviting my boss all the time. Telling him if he wants to put a store here. And so, I am doing a preliminary inspection. Being together with you guys was a coincidence, you know?” (Lime)

Lime’s true objective is to investigate the movements of Hibiki and her party.

But in order to have them think otherwise, he gives out a reason that Tomoe properly laid out beforehand.

In that point, there were no holes.

“The big shots huh. The names?” (Hibiki)

“Hey hey, it feels like you are interrogating me. It is someone called Sairitz. You are free to confirm with the other party, but I ask you to keep it a secret that you heard this from me. If they learn that I am here to inspect, there will be a parade of thought transmissions and letters coming to Boss again. You are the senpai of Boss, right? Lending a bit of help to your kohai would be nice.” (Lime)

“Sairitz… Hmph~, understood. I won’t bring out your name.” (Hibiki)

“Counting on that.” (Lime)

“If you are talking about senpai and kohai, I would want some helping hand for the senpai as well.” (Hibiki)

“You are the senpai, so I ask you to be a bit tolerant on that. Boss is filled to the brim busy, and is suffering.” (Lime)

“…What a troublesome kohai.” (Hibiki)

The two walk up the wide stone stairs.

At the center there’s a handrail, and a lot of people are walking up.

It can be seen at one glance that there were a lot of people on their pilgrimage.

“Even so…Lorel is really enthusiastic about their Spirit religion. If I remember correctly, it is a Water Spirit. It is clearly receiving more believers than the Goddess.” (Hibiki)

“For the commoners, they are the ones who have more appearance than the Goddess, and also, the High Spirits are a strong existence, so it is a religion that’s plenty reasonable to direct their belief at. Also, even if I say it is a Spirit religion, Spirits are all serving the Goddess, it is in essence, a religion of the Goddess.” (Lime)

“You seem to be…quite knowledgeable.” (Hibiki)

“To the point that you have a different impression of me now? Then let me add one more thing while at it. In the past, at the time when the demon race made its great march, the Earth and Fire Spirit that lend their help to them were called low Spirits because of it. In truth, the medium Spirits that possess will of their own, there are some that are called High Spirits but…well, regarding these two, there aren’t many hyumans or demons that continue their belief towards them though. Dwarfs are stubborn so they continue their faith towards the Earth Spirit, but because of their proficient arm in smithing, their eyes are not focused on it.” (Lime)

“…Impressive. Are the employees of Kuzunoha Company required to have these amount of knowledge before being allowed to enter?” (Hibiki)

“I wonder. In our place, we have a tendency to excel at one trait, so there’s no real need to know things, as long as you have a specialty, you can manage to enter, probably.” (Lime)

“Then maybe I should enter as well. With the connection of Misumi Makoto.” (Hibiki)

“A connection is not a talent. Is the job of a hero darker than it shows?” (Lime)

“Pitch black. The environment is also close to the worst. Well, what’s more important is if it’s worth doing huh. I can’t stop after all. Can’t I work in the side lines? Even if it’s by connection, I am confident that I will be an employee that can bring you benefits though.” (Hibiki)

“Our place doesn’t accept being a side job. Too bad.” (Lime)

“Ara. Fuh~ we have finally arrived. Seriously, what a long stair. Chiya-chan said she is almost done but, what do you think?” (Hibiki)

“If she can’t handle this much, she would be lacking in training. Even if you ask me what I think, I can’t say anything since I don’t know what that Priestess is doing. I only tagged along with you here.” (Lime)

“…You really don’t know what Chiya-chan is doing?” (Hibiki)

“…Yeah, I don’t.” (Lime)

“Then, I will leave it at that.” (Hibiki)

“I’m not being trusted.” (Lime)

“Fufu.” (Hibiki)

While doing small talk, Hibiki and Lime enter the temple.

After doing a simple check and confirming their identity, they were led into a room inside the temple.

The reason why they came -or more like Hibiki came- was because she was told that her party member, the Priestess Chiya’s training would be finished by today.  

Even if she is young, she is a dependable comrade, and Hibiki herself has come to meet her.

She wanted her party members Wudi and Bredda to come with her, but they are ill right now. That’s why, for some reason, Hibiki came along with Lime, a Kuzunoha Company employee she met at Lorel.

Even Hibiki could only say that she instinctively invited him.

Because she felt that going alone would be dangerous.

Lime didn’t get agitated at the sudden invitation of the hero. He carefreely accepted to go along with her to her destination.

There’s no better distance to accomplish the order of Tomoe to investigate the hero’s movement, so his actions could be said to be obvious.

“And? That Priestess-san, how does she get stronger?” (Lime)

“That’s a secret.” (Hibiki)

“If possible, I would be grateful if she were to grow able to defend herself.” (Lime)

“Grateful? What do you mean by—!!” (Hibiki)

Hibiki’s face showed agitation in one instant.

“So you noticed.” (Lime)

“Something’s strange.” (Hibiki)

“Strange huh. Well, if you are saying this out of instinct, that’s pretty impressive. That, draw it out.” (Lime)

Lime places a hand to the katana at his waist, and looks at the sword at the back of Hibiki.

“An enemy? But Lorel has never received the invasion of the Demon race, not even once.” (Hibiki)

“Who knows. I don’t know about the demons, but for now, it is a matter of fact that they have secluded the space. The place we are in right now could be called a separate space.” (Lime)

“Secluding space? Are you saying a barrier has been activated?” (Hibiki)

“That’s how it is. But it is quite large-scale. I don’t think this is a defensive mechanism of the temple. Someone must have set this up at the shadows of the temple, taking its time. That’s how it feels.” (Lime)

Lime calmly analyzes the situation.

As a spy of the Kuzunoha Company, he didn’t show any signs of being agitated or bewildered.

He detected the abnormality faster than anyone, and had begun to think before anyone else.

“?!! Then, what about Chiya-chan?!” (Hibiki)

“Yeah, there’s a high probability that she is in danger. That’s why I tried asking how strong she has gotten.” (Lime)

“What kind of leisure is that! Lend me a hand. We will immediately go save her!” (Hibiki)

“…Okay, I will lend it. Don’t forget that word.” (Lime)

“Yeah, it is fine to think of it as a debt. I will return it in time.” (Hibiki)

“No no, there’s no need to think of it in such an exaggerated manner. It is fine to just tell me what that Priestess-san was planning on obtaining. I have a nature of wanting to know things that I want to know no matter what, you see.” (Lime)

“Then I will tell you while we move. You are a vanguard, right?” (Hibiki)

Hibiki asks after seeing the katana.

Lime nods.

“Yeah, even if it’s side by side, or back to back, I will do a decent job at it.” (Lime)

*Don*

Hibiki kicks open the wooden door.

The corridor showed a slight fluctuation as if warping, something it didn’t show in the past.

Different from a normal space, it was a scenery that was practically proving they were in an unstable place.

“Then follow me. I will have you do both side and back.” (Hibiki)

“Understood. First, right or left? Hero-dono knows the place where the Priestess-san is, right?” (Lime)

“Right. Also, it is fine to call me Hibiki. Calling me Hero-dono is kind of itchy. For people that stand in the same battlefield, I actually don’t want to be called in that way.” (Hibiki)

“Hibiki huh. If you want me to call you that way, I don’t really mind. Then, let’s go.” (Lime)

“Okay. Horn!” (Hibiki)

“Oh.” (Lime)

Responding to the call of Hibiki, the silver belt that was wrapped around her waist summoned a type of wolf.

“Let’s go to where Chiya-chan is. If you notice something, tell me.” (Hibiki)

The wolf nods at the words of its master.

It seemed like it was able to understand the meaning.

“If you were going to summon, tell me so. I got surprised there.” (Lime)

“Ara, I am sorry. I normally don’t team up with temporary members, so I was indifferent about it.” (Hibiki)

Two people and one animal run.

Just like what Lime said, the temple had become like a dungeon.

There were times when the corridor went a different course, and doors that had no locks couldn’t be opened. Also, there were mamonos appearing in the temple; something that would never happen.

They were all hostile, and mercilessly attacked Hibiki’s group who were trying to hurry.

“You are fighting with quite the leisure!! As I thought, you are not a simple employee!” (Hibiki)

“I just have enough ability to be send to do a preliminary inspection in a foreign country. More importantly, counting that wolf-san over there, you possess power that doesn’t shame the name of hero. I see you in a different light now!” (Lime)

But Hibiki’s group didn’t deal with them. They were all mostly defeated in one hit, and they were actually increasing their speed as time went.

Lime was observing Hibiki at times, nodding at times, and following her perfectly.

He followed Hibiki’s speed without losing breath, moreover, looking at how he swung his sword as if reading her very breath, the phantom of her past companion surfaced in her mind, but she chased it away.

Hibiki told herself: ‘Naval won’t return’.

“Oh, looks like it is here?” (Lime)

“…Wah?” (Hibiki)

(This guy is incredible. His breathing is not affected at all. Moreover, he is acting in a way that doesn’t get in my way. He is really like Naval. No, he is most likely a lot more skilled than her.) (Hibiki)

Even though Hibiki was the one running ahead, she was surprised that she was more tired than Lime who was following from behind, and was also surprised by his movements.

“Should we rest for a bit? It seems the Priestess-san is safe, you know?” (Lime)

“…”

While recovering her breath, Hibiki silently shakes her head.

(Also, it is the same with me. I felt like I was clearly stronger than normal. Is this person, Lime, the one that brought out that power from me? No way, there’s no way that’s the case but…) (Hibiki)

She does a big sigh.

And then, when Hibiki lifts her gaze, there’s the back of Lime.

For some reason, that back of his looked quite big in Hibiki’s eyes.

“But, the heart’s eye? Or was it the mind’s eye? I’m surprised she was able to endure with only that power. She didn’t seem especially strong in fights after all, that Priestess-san.” (Lime)

Lime makes a reference of the new power of the Priestess that he heard from Hibiki in the way. The name of the power that Hibiki told Lime was the mind’s eye. The eye of the heart.

The power to see through the real appearance of the target without exceptions; a power that only the Priestess possesses. But Hibiki was hiding one thing from Lime.

That the mind’s eye is a power akin to a side effect.

The objective of this time’s ceremony was to enhance power in all aspects, and by doing that process, she also ends up obtaining the mind’s eye.

Hibiki didn’t tell Lime about the power enhancement.

“That’s…, no, let’s go!!” (Hibiki)

Hibiki almost told everything to Lime.

But just as she was about to, she stops.

It is certainly true that they cooperating now, but Lime Latte is a member of the Kuzunoha Company.

And in the eyes of Hibiki, the Kuzunoha Company is an incredibly dangerous existence.

She felt it was dangerous to reveal everything.

“Got it.” (Lime)

“!!”

Lime complies, and then opens the big door.

At that place, there’s the figure of Chiya on her knees, both hands put together, and her eyes closed making a prayer.

Then, she saw the strong barrier that was protecting her.

“Demons huh. Why is it, I feel like this doesn’t give off the smell of something planned. It is not good, and it is not like them either.” (Lime)

Lime mutters.

In his eyes, there were reflected three demons surrounding the Priestess’ barrier.

Lime could tell that she was breathing in and forming a spell.

At her surroundings, there’s the corpses of the Priestess’ bodyguards.

From the scenery that was reflected in his eyes, Lime felt some sort of occurrence involved in this ill-preparedness.

“Wait. Right, the mind’s eye huh. Because of her acquiring that ability, she saw things that she didn’t think would see, and that’s why those three got agitated and did this huh. Then this state is also…” (Lime)

“You!!” (Hibiki)

“!!!”

Lime was analyzing the situation from the information.

But it seems he was the only one who was calm.

Lime who heard an angered voice from his right side, looks at the direction where Hibiki should be.

The silver belt suddenly shone and wraps her whole body.

At the same time, Lime felt a strange upsurge of power, and in the next moment, Hibiki’s figure had disappeared.

That’s right, even in the eyes of Lime that were trained by Tomoe, Hibiki looked like she had disappeared.

Lime unconsciously felt something cold at his back.

“Gyaaa!!”

“…Seriously?” (Lime)

Hearing the scream at the front, Lime learned of Hibiki’s whereabouts.

She was at the side of Chiya’s barrier.

And there were three corpses of demons as well.

It wasn’t as if they could react to it.

Luckily, only the third one was able to scream because he ‘hit’ the barrier by reflex. The other two weren’t even able to react at all, and were severed in one strike.

The one who was able to scream as well, it clearly showed that he received a fatal hit from one attack.

It didn’t turn into an instant death, that’s all.

In no time, the demon spat out a large amount of blood and died.

(Good grief. It is the proper practice to let one live and have it spill out the beans. For Hibiki, that Priestess might be a special existence. In that case, if there’s a need to restrain her, that Priestess might be useful. There’s no real need to take her hostage; just by mentioning it to her, her movements would dull. Even so…that was unbelievable speed. Like that, I wouldn’t be able to react. If dealt wrong, I would also be defeated in an instant. I am glad I got to see it…along with that incredible outfit. It is more eye candy than scary. Let’s admire it.) (Lime)

Lime places the entire movements of Hibiki in his head. Counting the Priestess’ existence, the strong barrier she created, and the super speed that might be Hibiki’s ace.

…And also the really high exposure rate outfit she uses when showing that speed.

“Are you okay, Chiya-chan?!” (Hibiki)

“Hibiki-oneechan! You came! You really came~!!” (Chiya)

The barrier crumbles, and Hibiki and Chiya hug each other.

“I’m glad! I’m truly glad I made it in time! It is alright now, I am here.” (Hibiki)

“It was scary, but I believed that you would definitely come rescue me! That’s why I had my barrier up all the time and doing my best!” (Chiya)

Chiya’s way of dealing with the situation was truly childish, and at the same time, it could be said to be truly composed and brave.

Instead of going to a poor offensive, the chances of a mistake are low, and it will assure that she will live longer.

The price is that she wouldn’t be able to eliminate the enemy, so her chances of survival hinged on how much you can rely on someone coming to help.

Chiya betted on the help, and she splendidly won the bet.

“I’m sorry for ruining your heartwarming reunion, but how about returning for now, you two? Watching a child and a young girl hugging each other at a blood filled altar, is a bit unsavory.” (Lime)

“Uh…you are right. Lime, you really helped me out in this occasion. Thanks.” (Hibiki)

“Not really. I did properly get the compensation, so minding it too much will only tire me, please stop it. If it’s not enough to show your gratefulness, invite me a dinner. I will be fine with that. Hm? What’s wrong, Priestess-san?” (Lime)

“…A large tree that raises up a forest. Also…a dragon and welcoming rain.” (Chiya)

Chiya suddenly mutters this with distant eyes as she looks at Lime.

“…Ah?” (Lime)

“Chiya-chan?” (Hibiki)

“A person that gives a lot of peace of mind…” (Chiya)

“Hibiki, it seems the Priestess is quite tired. Quickly finish reporting this and have her rest. No matter the circumstances, she is still a child after all.” (Lime)

“Right, I will do that. Chiya-chan, can you stand?” (Hibiki)

“Yeah, I’m fine. Onee-chan is…Onee-chan. Amazing, nothing changed.” (Chiya)

“…Really?” (Hibiki)

“Yeah!” (Chiya)

Hibiki and Lime look at each other.

Wondering about Chiya-chan who is for some reason laughing happily.

The three leave the abnormal space of the temple’s altar, and head to the temple’s waiting room.

Lime was making a thinking expression as he walked, and suddenly lifted his head.

“Oh right, it might be troublesome if they learn that I am here, so I will be leaving first. See ya, Hibiki, Priestess-san.” (Lime)

“Wait a moment, you are an involved party as well!” (Hibiki)

“Lime-san!!” (Chiya)

“It is fine to just have it as if I wasn’t there and take the credit. Hibiki, don’t forget the dinner. I will be returning to the inn.” (Lime)

Lime says this rapidly, and leaves the two at the waiting room.

“That Priestess-san, it seems the mind’s eye sees something without regards to the other party’s mind protection. I should report this as well. This is bad, it is almost time to submit the report to Sis! I have to go to a place without people and return quickly!!” (Lime)

At the Lorel Union, Lime was involved with Hibiki bit by bit.

He still didn’t notice that this one incident would unexpectedly deepen his friendship with those girls.

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327 thoughts on “Chapter 187: Gossip – Mind’s eye

    1. Hibiki’s scarier than Makoto, Mio and Tomoe because she is “justice” she decides who lives and dies, if Lime joins Hibiki Makoto will feel betrayed and probably erase his memories to protect Asora, but if Hibiki learns about Lime’s objective she will kill him in the name of justice.

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      1. No if he “betray” in one way or another Makoto he will surely die (if we think of it as if they all were living being) because he’ll be hunted down by Mio and Tomoe. If he leave and Hibiki Clash with Asora, he’ll die. I don’t think it will end another way if the hyuman clash with Asora.

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      2. Sadly Hibiki is about as scary as a panda in a zoo, atleast if you put her on the same stage as Tomoe and -especially- Mio. If your enemy is viewed by the masses as justice incarnate, that is scary, no doubt. Usually that is the case, but here we have one guy who could be counted as an equal to the gods themselves, an former superior dragon who got even stronger than her past self, and a former calamity-spider who’ll ask wether justice tastes good or not before she swallows you whole.

        Besides Hibiki is not justice but a symbol of hope for the hyumans, which is even worse in a match-up against Makoto, since he is the hope of demi-humans who have been mistreated by the hyumans for hundreds or maybe even thousands of years. Quite frankly Hibiki’s moral “high”ground is actually situated in the basement, and the worst of the whole deal is that she is actually aware of that fact herself. Nothing is more pathetic than a hero who knows that he’s wrong and still continues with his/her farce as if nothing’s wrong. It is truely pathetic, but still demands respect for going through with it.

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      3. Then a panda with a lot of political power…Maybe at the WWF’s basement ?

        That’s right, she’s seen as Justice by masses, but the point is that she herself believes it.
        I actually respect people who continues in a direction fully knowing that’s not the best decision. Not by stubborness, but by a sense of duty even if that might end badly.

        Do not try to put her at that level. She’s just a girl who cannot face the fact that she’s not at the top this time.
        This is what happens when make a Hero out of a little girl with just a bit of talent.
        I think that’s what makes her dangerous, she’s driven by Fear, mortified by her choices, disguised in Hero and reassured by “Justice”.

        “Nothing is more pathetic than a hero who knows that he’s wrong and still continues with his/her farce as if nothing’s wrong.” There is ! A Hero who’s not even aware of the fact that he’s looking for excuses to cover his fear.

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      4. @n00by_ME
        She is scarier for two reasons:
        1-Makoto wants to live in peace and if he doesn’t obey Hibiki who knows what will she do…, she has the absolute trust of the people charmed by her.
        2-Being a female characters guarantees her innocence, she will never end like Tomoki even if she screws up badly everything will be forgiven with a tehe-pero♩

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    1. From what I can tell, Lime and Hibiki have good compatibility, and usually, I’d ship them, especially if she was a good potential ally. But, Hibiki has already decided to use and destroy Kuzunoha once the war is over, so no, Lime needs to keep in mind that he’s a spy monitoring the movements of a dangerous existence to his boss and family.

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      1. Maybe it’s the sadist in me, but I would actually like if Lime kept getting closer to her.

        Firstly as a reason not to harm Kuzunoha. Secondly to break her heart if she ever does.

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      2. When did she decide to destroy Kuzunoha company? Obviously she’s wary of them even if her kohai is running it but I don’t recall her being hostile to them.

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      3. @SightlierGravy and SightlierGravy

        And it’s not just mere choice/scenario that “maybe” she will take, it’s a scenario that she will “definitely” execute when the war is over.

        Because the existence of Kuzunoha is such an enigma. They are full of mystery, have a lot strong+reliable person such as Lime(even she get anxious when confronting Tomoe), don’t forget that they have elder dwarf who make the sword for Hibiki(excelent craftsmen), sell the best potion with no one knowing how could they get the ingredients and the vormula, they are likely more siding with demi-human(even when Hibiki said that she didn’t mind demi-human she still think less to them than normal hyuman), they have a lot of connection to direct goverment of country(Sairitsu(am i spell the name correctly?), Lily princess, and the crossdressing princess), but the Kuzonoha(or the head exactly) didn’t have/show a desire to power/control.

        Kuzunoha bring a feeling of anxiety/enigmatic to whoever who try to collect information about them, and because Hibiki is “selfing-aware” to herself for her Hero role, she unconsciously being impatient and decide the scenario(try read again the chp when Hibiki meet makoto then Tomoe)

        More Hibiki point of view in the future.

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  1. Lime. Asora’s 007.

    Also, I’ll just throw it out there. I disagree with the numerous comments suggesting Lime was falling for Hibiki in this chapter. To me he seemed like the usual Lime. We might not have seen much of him so far, but that’s the feeling I’m getting.

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    1. I think the implication here was that Hibiki’s the one throwing up flags. She’s been exceedingly indifferent to guys thusfar(Makoto being a potential exception, but that may have just been her fishing for an ally). As she pointed out, her male party members are kinda off the table for her romantically, and Lime has become so incredibly dependable due to Tomoe’s training and his unique ability.
      Heck, Chiya even spotted it with her new power. “A person that gives a lot of piece of mind…..”
      Hibiki could use someone to relax around.

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    2. I like how everyone is analysing the hell out of the chapter and you just throw the 007 pit and now that’s the only thing I can think about. Every time I read about the guy in going to see him as 007

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  2. Thanks for the chapter Reigokai!

    I was worried for a moment that Lime would be caught by Hibiki’s charisma, like Bredda and Illumgand ended up becoming her groupies. Fortunately it seems like he’s got his head and priorities straight.
    At most he might develop some good will towards her and Chiya in the normal way, but I doubt his loyalty to Kuzunoha will waver. At most if he realises she has thought of using them against her enemies, he won’t immediately report it, but will try to make her understand she’s committing suicide.
    Hibiki is a bit of a contridiction though. At times she acts like a decent girl who values her comrades, other’s she acts ruthless and calculating. I guess her blood is red after all (as in “what colour is your blood?!”).
    I guess she was able to manipulate Makoto and plot to use his company for her own ends, because even if he immediately became attached due to homesickness and being happy to meet an acquaintence in another world, to her he’s still just a guy she had seen at school and may even have not spoken to even once (even if she heard about him now and then). Compared to the close comrades she has made in that world and the people of the kingdom she’s dealt with every day, it can be said he’s low priority.

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    1. True. Can’t fault her logic. But from the moment she learned who he is, she’s been playing an angle. Moving closer to him during their conversation was not an accident. I’m certain it was calculated to see how much she could use their senpai-kouhai relationship to her advantage. Now she’s certain she can use him and get away with it. If Makoto was planning to use her in some way similar, then I probably wouldn’t say much, that’s human relations between acquaintances. But he has no intentions of that and even feels that they knew each other enough for their school relationship to mean something. That’s why I don’t approve of her plans.

      Her logic is sound. The context? I’m not so sure.

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      1. Well I’m not approving of what she’s doing, just saying that there is logic in it.
        Plus she isn’t just doing this because it convenient for her, but because her intuition tells her that the Kuzunoha company is very dangerous and rather than have it out there where it could turn on her country and cause a unknown but unacceptable level of damage, she thinks to neutralise it by letting the dangerous element and the enemy wipe each other out. Even the demons were disturbed by the fact that the company isn’t choosing any side and might end up becoming their enemy simply because they unknowingly provoked them. But they at least have some idea of how powerful the company really is, and are leaning towards the direction of using any means to avoid antagonising them and mitigating any damage that does occur, rather than risking provoking them. Hibiki, unfortunately knows they are more powerful than her, but doesn’t know just how big the difference is. So she’s making a mistake.
        Also as far as I know he only knew her as the famous senpai and student council president, and was surprised she instantly recognised him and remembered his name. So their relationship is pretty much schoolmates who hardly know each other. He was just so happy to meet someone he knew from back home that he lowered his guard and slipped right into being a good kouhai, while she has embraced the world she’s come to and longed for a more interesting life, so she didn’t feel the same way. She was simply surprised to see someone who went to her school in that world and discovering he was a person of influence in the dangerous company she planned to investigate, saw him as a connection that was too valuable not to take advantage of. So she was all business, looking to get as much info as possible. She wouldn’t find such a good source on that company anywhere else.
        So yeah, her reasons are all sound. Does it change the fact she’s abusing his trust? Of course not. She probably going to regret it when she realises that having him as a friend and ally would have been the best outcome she could hope for. Which won’t be very likely once he finally understands her real motives.

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      2. Agree with everything you said. In most other circumstances, her play would be the right move. But in this circumstance, if she was the MC, without the insight into Makoto’s thoughts, I think I would still think that the course she’s taking with Kuzunoha would be foolish. I say this because some people do think that if someone else was the MC, then we’d be supporting them and not the current MC.

        The only reason she considers Makoto dangerous is that he dislikes the goddess. That much power and potential in the hands of someone who dislikes the goddess is something she doesn’t like, but he’s already told her that he doesn’t want any part of the war or that kind of politics. In that case, the right thing to do would be to foster a true friendship with him, and make sure she doesn’t provoke the dragon peacefully sleeping in his cave, just like the demons have decided. I said in previous chapters that she has yet to understand that some things can’t be overcome, either in numbers or skill, like Tomoki when he decided he can find a way to overcome Makoto’s strength. The demons understand this, Sophia was forced to understand this. When Makoto realizes that Hibiki has been playing him, he will make her understand as well. Whether or not he kills her will likely depend on the results of her duplicity, but either way, she’ll be shown what it means to wield absolute power.

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      3. The thing with Hibiki is that even though she has an understanding of the power that she, Tomoki and the Demons Generals hold, she can’t conceive something or someone that surpress them other that the Goddes for the rest is just a place she has to work hard to guet there, thats why she believe that she can handle Kuzunoha company and Raidou and so far believe it better to pit him against Tomoki so both will self destroy or end up to waek to properly figth her. Now the Demons realize that the distance between them and the company is to whide and even joining other powers (wich they can’t) is not enough to shorten it giving the cost they will have to incure. Thats the fundamental deviation in both perspective.

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      4. “The only reason she considers Makoto dangerous is that he dislikes the goddess.”

        Not sure where you are getting this from. Before she spoke to Makoto she already considered the company dangerous because she had guessed a connection between Kuzunoha and The Devil/Larva from the last words of the adventurer who died during the battle with Lancer. That’s why she was planning to investigate the company in Rotsgard. Which was why when she realised that Raidou was Makoto, she was eager to use him to get some answers about them. And I don’t think he told her how he felt about the Goddess, he just told her how he ended up in that world, and she deduced that he somehow offended the goddess from her dropping him in the centre of the Wasteland. Worrying about him being disliked by the goddess only added to her concerns about the company, it was hardly the only reason.
        In her mind, Kuzunoha is too strong and too dangerous and isn’t on their side, and their motivations aren’t understood. Therefore for all she knows they could turn on Limia at any time. Even if they stay neutral during the war against the demons, afterwards she also has ambitions to unite the world, and she’s worried about what would happen if they oppose her in that.
        Right now she is probably thinking of them on the same level of power as the demon race, so setting them against each other is a risky move, but one which stands to bear the most profit since it fighting either of them separately would be very costly for them. With her currently limited knowledge, it isn’t as stupid as move as you are saying.
        It seems stupid to us since we know how powerful Makoto and his people are, and know how good their intelligence gathering is, so it’ll be hard for her to fool anyone but Makoto himself and with the others around that won’t last long. But she’s doing the best she can with what she’s got. Doomed as it may be.

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      5. Hibiki’s words sound too much like a modern politician to be trusted, my 2 cents are on megalomania/Messiah complex and the real reason she wants Kuzunoha out is because she can’t control them. Makoto will probably refuse to help her and she will take it really hard, because of the enormous difference in power she won’t be able to attack them and will consider some extreme methods.(Let’s see how many guesses are correct)

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  3. Okay, so after rereading the chapter in a much less hazy condition, two more things come to mind for me.

    Firstly…this incident was caused because Chiya suddenly became capable of seeing through Demon disguises. They had to reinforce her power all around in order to give her an ability that Makoto just passively had. XD

    Secondly, now I want to see what would happen if Kuzunoha decides to pawn off Waka White’s true identity to Lime. Whatever the after effect, it’s certainly going to be an amusing conversation.

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  4. Crazy how Lime has gradually gained a fair amount of importance in the story, from back when he was petty mini-antagonist in the past, and then he leveled up to forgettable side character, to now being a main side character. With all this foreshadowing, who knows, he might be the bridge to connect Hibiki’s faction and Makoto’s faction in the future.

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    1. And we still dont know his wish. It isnt told even in his POV so most likely is going to be important. I think he want to save someone after all he told before that he won time after joining Kuzunoha company.

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  5. Oy, oy, I’m really beginning to hate that little…Tch ! I don’t want to call her a Hero, I’ll need to think of a more befitting name…Bitchiki is great though !
    Even that Trashero, might be better.

    Oy, Pseudo-Spy Lime ! Don’t let yourself charmed by her “Charisma”, or you’ll be punished. Ask that skeleton, to be flayed isn’t pleasure time…Wait, for an actual skeleton, that might be ! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH !
    The return of the sexy cosplay…I don’t like her, but I’ll still enjoy my eyes ! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH !

    Forget the demon’s corpses, the most injured this chapter is surely Bredda !

    Thanks for your work !

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  6. so we are going to the point to really hate Hibiki, im glad about that, im not the only one who despise her, even thrashmoki have a better stance made by Lily…

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    1. Just caught up now.
      Wait.. isn’t Sofia dead? DID SOMEONE REVIVED HER?
      I thought root killed her. Btw after the previous battle i thought that
      the power scaling is just… doesn’t make any sense. Sofia’s is as strong as 3-4 superior dragon ,mio is (prob) 3x stronger than hibiki and definitely stronger than tomoe, makoto is at most 1.5x stronger than hibiki from the start (sakai and physical enhancement excluded, no exact multiplier) so…. how is hibiki and party strugling againts mio and io?
      How strong is makoto now?
      Even if sofia powered up, how strong is she, is it even a equal fight?

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      1. Omg i cut some part out. Dang it u old samsung!
        (Power scaling part and added a little bit)
        So mio is at least 3 times stronger than hibiki when she fought her and 1.15 times stronger than tomoe, a superior dragon. (Mio-Tomoe was based on lv) So hibiki’s strengh was around 38 percent of tomoe, how the heck did makoto beat mio and tomoe!? If makoto had some kind of buff because it’s his homeland or some thing even by twice then hibiki won’t strugle againts mio , lancer or io. I mean the heroes, superior dragons, and makoto, their strength just doesnt even connect some 1 tell me why…….. pls
        I hope it isn’t “because he is MC”.

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      2. Well no…the very idea since the start is that Makoto is inexplicably stronger than everyone else. He has that weird mana-doubling thing going on, an incredible affinity in some places while a complete lack of affinity in others, he’s just sort of an unanswered riddle this whole time.

        I should say though, that you really shouldn’t strictly apply power scaling to that level. Mio is far more than three times stronger than Hibiki and co, but while her level is slightly higher, that doesn’t really mean she can be considered stronger than Tomoe due to the nature of their backgrounds and skills(Mio is higher level because she’s been killing/eating things forever and levels themselves are just inconsequential stats at that level).

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      3. Besides Makoto also has his crazy physical spec aside from his magic, the fact that he can actually puch a superior Dragon bare handed is a statement of his strengh, also remember that the only slave contracted that he actually beated to submission was shiki, Shen surrendered once she saw his memories, and Mio regained her senses once she tasted his magic and blood and feel for him. In those figth he barely survived the second and was pushed to the ropes in the first. Of course he is way stronger now that he was there and he actually has an idea of what he is doing now, those two cases where his first figths in that world so he was trhowing things at random.

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      4. Sophia have Superior dragon blood and her blood thickens then became closer to being a dragon herself after she absorbed the other superior dragon that’s why she became an egg after root killed her

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      5. A little thing, i actually believe that the Hibiki now I prollyas strong as one superior dragon, but not as strong as shen, you gotta remember she was one of the strongest superior dragons, and even tomoe afirmed that after the contract, thx to the flow of mana ( I believe) that became way stronger

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  7. You’ve never heard how pandas fight, have you? Trust me, they aren’t called bears simply because they have the appearance of them.😏 Although I will admit that pandas don’t usually get violent in captivity, probably because nobody’s stupid enough to get too close when they’re taking care of the cub.

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  8. Great work! But someone should make an informal post/list of the relevant characters that show up from time to time like the elf? girls Akua&Eris, those fallen princesses from Kalleon, Hibiki and Tomoki etc. Just from this its plain to see that I dont remember some of the character names/descriptions since this series has been going on for a long time :/

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  9. She’s really fishing for flags for a while now when it comes to Kuzunoha . From using her hero status, the senpai-kouhai relationship, setting up flags to the employees and maybe using seduction in the future(?). Really shows her manipulative side, I’m really hating the Heroes side now.

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  10. “…A large tree that raises up a forest. Also…a dragon and welcoming rain.” (Chiya)

    I think the dragon might refer to Tomoe. The large tree either is Lime supporting/strenghtening others (that is his specialty) or it might be about Mondo “raising” a forest.
    any guess about the “welcoming rain”?

    Thanks for the chapters 🙂

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