Chapter 254: Interlude, even that is probably a peaceful journey (3)

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The cold night wind brushed my cheeks, and the legs that I definitely told myself not to stop and run at full speed were now unable to properly move.

Without being able to stay even one night at the inn, I was on the verge of being captured.

By the old man that has been taking care of me since infancy, Shougetsu, and my bodyguards.

I am in a far away city that I don’t have a single acquaintance to rely on. Since the very beginning, I had nowhere to run.

That’s why, my only options were to slip into a crowd of people or have the Adventurer Guild give me shelter-desu.

There’s way too much distance between me and the Adventurer Guild, and in order to slip into a crowd of people, I would need to head to the bustling streets.

I decided to do the latter, but the pursuit of Shougetsu and his group was fast and precise.

I was cornered into an alley that few people pass in.

But my unconventional luck still…left me with a path for salvation.

When I thought it was all over, a woman appeared gallantly in front of me.

Tall figure, blue hair waving with the wind, and with two katanas at her waist, she gazed at Shougetsu and the others in a fearless manner.

My bodyguards, Akashi and Yuduki, let out a short scream and fall to the sides of her.

Even though the two are combatants that have received a fitting amount of training for their standing, the woman that had unsheathed the long katana had a cool expression.

She glances at me and says words that sounded as if they came out straight from fairy tales of princes and knights, and she drove away Shougetsu and the others in an instant.

“Are you hurt?”

What a lovely voice.

“Now then, little child, let’s find a safe place to—”

Her gesture of furrowing her brows slightly was also charming.

“Amazing…Amazing-desu! You were like the legendary master swordsman, Iori-na no desu!” (Iroha)

That’s right, the brave man that defeated a hundred dragons alone at the borders of the world.

Like the swordsman, Iori-sama.

Possessing strong power, a strong weapon, and doesn’t forsake the weak.

“Oh, master swordsman. What a nice sounding title-ja no.”

And that daring smile she showed made me stare fascinated.

“Ah, but the old ma—no no! I mean, those hoodlums there, are they okay?” (Iroha)

“Of course, I used the blunt side-ja.”

“Uwaaa~~”

Without killing a single one of them, and not boasting about it.

Just like Haku-san and Ginebia-san, this personage has gained my admiration.

Maybe because she is a swordsman that uses a katana, I could tell that my admiration grew greater.

“Chasing after a child in group, that’s not something that would normally happen. This must be some sort of destiny-ja, if it is okay with you, can you tell me your story? I am Tomoe. A person that has a decent amount of skills-ja yo.” (Tomoe)

“Yes!!”

“What an honest girl-ja na. What’s your name?” (Tomoe)

“Iroha, and…Osaka…Osaka Iroha is my name, Tomoe-sama!” (Iroha)

“Osaka huh. Fumu, well, that’s fine. Then, Iroha, let me introduce them. The one you see there is my master, Raidou, and the one over there is our servant, Mio-ja.” (Tomoe)

At the place where Tomoe-sama turns to, there’s the figure of two people.

One of them is a man of low height, and other one…it is a bit dark so I can’t tell the details well, but it is probably a woman dressed in a kimono and has black hair.

The short one is Tomoe-sama’s master?

It doesn’t click though.

That person held his head as if troubled and tells something to Tomoe-sama and the other woman, and then, turns to where I am.

“Before hearing your story, let’s first go to a calm place. Iroha, come to our inn. That way will be safer, and we can protect you.” (Tomoe)

“The inn of Tomoe-sama…” (Iroha)

It is true that the inn the guild introduced to me was instantly found by Shougetsu, also if something were to happen before reaching morning, I will get caught for sure.

If it’s those skills of Tomoe-sama, as long as I am together with them, no matter who attacks us…

“Looks like you don’t have any objections-ja na. Then, follow us.” (Tomoe)

“Ah, yes!” (Iroha)

This encounter…is it also because of my luck?

Being together with these three, is there some sort of meaning behind it? Will they help me find that special something?

Anyways, I don’t have any other choice.

Right now, I should go with the flow.

At any rate, walking alone and walking together with someone is so different. I feel incredibly safe.

The master that hasn’t turned his face at me much, seems like he is being considerate with me, his walking pace is pretty slow.

The two tall women were frequently talking with him, and his way of responding to them is incredibly natural, it felt like a space that was already well-formed.

From the pieces of conversation I could pick, it gave me the impression that this person called Raidou knows quite a lot about this country’s culture.

But how to say it, it felt like it was old knowledge, or more like, not of the modern era. That mysterious knowledge felt strangely disjointed at some parts.

Hm, isn’t that…

Something was bothering me.

But that threw me into a much bigger question.

The eyes of wonder that were being poured at us–no, not at me, the gazes that were being poured at Raidou-sama who is being courted by the two women.

I can clearly understand the reason, or more like, I am also questioning it myself.

Just what part of this person attracts Tomoe-sama and the other girl to him?

I don’t understand at all.

His appearance is on the low side, and he is not equipped with anything amazing. More like, he is not even armed with anything.

Also, contrary to Tomoe-sama who exudes the aura of a strong person, I don’t feel anything at all from this man.

There’s practically no magic power.

I don’t think his conversation skills are that much to praise, and…there’s not a single trait that would attract the opposite sex.

Why?

…Ah, I thought of a reason.

He might be the same as me.

His pedigree is good. Or maybe he is rich.

Not his name or his individual traits, his standing is the amazing part.

If there’s any appeal in this man called Raidou, it would definitely be on those lines.

But…would a great person like Tomoe-sama be attracted by such a lowly reason as that?

The woman called Mio apparently is a servant, so it is possible that she is trying to get on the good side of her master and obtaining favours that way though.

Even so, looking at it in the standards of Lorel, these two are quite the beauties.

Their ambitions should also be on the higher specs too.

As I thought…I don’t understand at all.

While I was thinking this, we arrive at the inn they are staying in, and was allowed in.

It is a pretty good room-na no desu.

As I thought, this Raidou is quite the wealthy man.

Looks like my guess was correct.

And he is the representative of a foreign company called Kuzunoha Company and they are the top brass.

To my surprise, they revealed that they have obtained the permission of Sairitz-sama and are visiting this country.

The many questions that I had in my mind were heartily answered, and the representative of the Kuzunoha Company, Raidou-sama, was, contrary to his appearance, a really gently person.

And, it seems like my impression of Mio-sama was…a big miss.

I went through a terrible experience I don’t want to remember.

“I-I…!!”

Since there’s the chance that Mio-sama is in the same rank as Tomoe-sama, I can’t ask her to help me with my clothes.

As it was inevitable, the moment we were to enter the bath in the room, I asked Raidou-sama to assist me.

He seemed to be surprised, but if it’s Raidou-sama who is the same ordinary person like me with only his family being the imposing part, it would make me feel slightly at ease, though it might be a bit rude to him.

Asking this to super women that can cut through destiny with their own strength and at times affect the future of others, that would be outrageous.

It would be another story if it is when I have become woman-like, but with this pitiful looking body of mine I have now, that’s just…

Even Raidou-sama probably didn’t find anything good about it.

It has been a while since I haven’t taken a bath, so I ended up being a bit too merry, but that man was easily coming in contact with Tomoe-sama and Mio-sama, so maybe he is unexpectedly used to the body of women.

Even so, I truly felt that I am a princess.

With only a few days of not bathing, I couldn’t take this unpleasant feeling on my body.

I can’t believe that having sweat remain on my body was so unpleasant.

Polishing my skin as long as I want to in the bath can bring my spirit up this much.

Even though commoners wouldn’t have the chance to bath everyday.

While in the bath, I couldn’t contain it any longer and ended up swimming inside the bath even if it that was improper.

And my mind suddenly thought of something, that no matter how close ‘we’ get to the ‘people’…we probably will never be able to intersect.

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The next day.

At the traditional clothes store oriented towards tourists, after being shown a part of the overwhelming assets of the Kuzunoha Company, I asked Raidou-sama to let me drop by the Adventurer Guild, and I asked the receptionist that I will be cancelling my request.

I told them that it was because I have found reliable people myself.

And in truth, I have told Raidou-sama and the others as much as I could of my circumstances and they have promised to assist me.

But for some reason, there’s been no contact with Shougetsu and the others today.

The old man wouldn’t give up with only that one time last night. How strange.

The Kuzunoha Company also doesn’t seem to mind at all about the attack of the old man’s group. This is also strange.

But this was not a big deal at all-desu.

When we were departing from Mizuha, most of the troops garrisoned at the city were lined up to see off the departure of the Kuzunoha Company.

The carriage was a splendid one like the ones big aristocrats use, and the horse was of a first-class breed.

…It seems like it was a gesture from the city.

Raidou-sama said he would definitely return them and was sorry for the trouble, but…honestly speaking, this ‘gesture’ of theirs was definitely not of lending but of gifting.

This was, without doubt, not the behaviour they would have over a normal company.

“I am someone that simple ended up accompanying them because of a course of events but, just what are the people of the Kuzunoha Company?” (Iroha)

I spontaneously asked a person with good standing.

Even for myself, that was a suspicious manner of speaking.

“…I don’t know any more than you who is accompanying them, but if you really don’t know, just have Raidou-sama show you his promissory note.”

“Promissory note… Thanks.” (Iroha)

“…Don’t mind it. Please give my regards to Shougetsu-sama, Iroha-sama.”

“!!!”

“Please rest at ease. Shougetsu-sama and the others won’t be getting in your journey’s way any longer.”

“…T-Then…” (Iroha)

W-What a surprise-desu.

I simply tried talking with what seemed to be an important person within the troops, and yet, that old man…he is unexpectedly a famous person-na no desu.

He was able to locate me easily too.

I feel like things are moving in a place I don’t know of.

“Ah, Iroha-chan, you said you wanted to go to as many villages along the way as possible, right?” (Raidou)

Raidou-sama asks to confirm with me who had already gotten in the carriage.

That’s right-na no desu.

I want to look at the current state of the villages, and confirm if the tax of this year is reasonable.

“Yes. Of course, it is plenty enough to have Raidou-sama and the others accommodate what’s possible so that it doesn’t affect your journey’s plan.” (Iroha)

“That’s fine. But you said you wanted to do land survey, how are you planning on doing that? We won’t be able to stay too long in one village, you know.” (Raidou)

“I don’t think it will take much time-desu.” (Iroha)

“Eh?” (Raidou)

Raidou-sama makes a puzzled expression.

“I know the details of the tax from last year, and as long as I am able to confirm the harvest of this year and the state of the damage caused by the mamonos to the villages, that would be enough. Also, if I could tell the situation with the population, that would be plenty.” (Iroha)

“…Harvest and damage, also, population. I feel like those things take time…” (Raidou)

Raidou-sama tilts his head.

Fufufu, he probably doesn’t know this kind of things in detail.

If it’s those three points, the village chief has a grasp of them all.

That’s why things will be wrapped up by just hearing out the village chief.

“No, it is only listening to what the village chief has to say, Raidou-sama.” (Iroha)

“Eh? Doesn’t that mean…” (Raidou)

“Their duty is to report this information to the feudal lord every year after all. Looking at the village in person, and listening to what they have to say will let me understand more precisely-desu.” (Iroha)

“…I see. That’s how it is… Understood. We will go to as many as possible. Right, being inside the carriage will probably be boring, so how about going to the coachman side with Mio and check out the scenery?” (Raidou)

After showing a surprised expression, Raidou-sama looks as if pensive and stayed silent for a while, then he encouraged me to go to the coachman side.

“But I can’t drive a carriage.” (Iroha)

I haven’t had those kind of chances until now, and I have no skills in controlling horses.

“It is fine. It is not like you will be going there to work. Didn’t I tell you? Go check out the scenery. The horse…well, just look forward to it.” (Raidou)

Well, if that’s what Raidou-sama says…

“Understood. Then, I will take you up on your words-desu.” (Iroha)

“Okay, have a good time.” (Raidou)

In the dim and cool passenger car, I left Tomoe-sama and Raidou-sama, and move to the coachman side.

There, I saw the figure of Mio-sama sitting there with elegance.

In her hand she is holding her folding fan, and at times, she is sending wind to her face.

Her other hand is left at her waist.

She doesn’t seem to mind the horses at all.

“Ara, Iroha. You are coming to this side-desu no?” (Mio)

“Raidou-sama told me to check the scenery at the coachman side.” (Iroha)

“Waka-sama did. How kind of him.” (Mio)

Mio-sama narrows her eyes happily and her mood goes merry.

“U-Uhm, is it okay to not mind the horses?” (Iroha)

“…No problem-desu wa.” (Mio)

“But if we let the horses do as they please, not only will we not arrive at Kannaoi, we won’t even know where we will be heading to.” (Iroha)

“These little ones will go at their properly thought up routes and bring us to Kannaoi. No need to worry. The villages Iroha wants, and the locations with water; they have all been told properly.” (Mio)

“Told…properly?” (Iroha)

By who?

Could it be…to the horses?

“Ahaha, that’s impossible.” (Iroha)

“What’s impossible of that? It wasn’t me you know? It was Waka-sama-desu.” (Mio)

Raidou-sama did?

Ah, I see.

Like hell it is!!

It is not a problem about whether Tomoe-sama, Mio-sama, or Raidou-sama did it!!

“You are a girl with an unexpectedly rich amount of expressions huh. You seemed like you were having quite a lot of fun in last night’s bath as well.” (Mio)

“That was, uhm, it had been a while since I took a bath, so I was a bit uhm…wait, that’s not the issue here! You have to properly hold the reins of the horses or—!” (Iroha)

“Or?” (Mio)

“They will move willfully!” (Iroha)

“Are they moving…willfully?” (Mio)

Eh?

When she says that, I look at the front again.

The horses were moving in a way that discipline could be felt and advancing rhythmically.

That advance felt like they properly had a goal in mind.

Even though no one is holding the reins…

“They are moving properly…” (Iroha)

“Right?” (Mio)

Mio-sama answers as if that was obvious.

“Raidou-sama…can speak with horses? Is he able to do something like that?” (Iroha)

“Yeah. It is Waka-sama, so that’s a given. Iroha, you are misunderstanding Waka-sama, aren’t you?” (Mio)

The eyes of Mio-sama got a bit scary.

“U-Uhm…” (Iroha)

“You are thinking of him as a simple wealthy man of a mercantile house, aren’t you?” (Mio)

“Uh…” (Iroha)

Bullseye.

“Seriously, believing only what your eyes can see is truly pitiful. Listen well, first of all, Waka-sama was able to obtain this fortune in his own lifetime.” (Mio)

“Eh?”

But…you know, isn’t he a *Waka-sama*?

He would have to at least be a second generation or that would be strange… right?

“He is a person that earns more than he can make storages for, you know. By the way, he is also a person that is able to obtain the many raw materials in the border of the world and has a circulation of it in Tsige. At the same time, he is a person that has influence on the authorities of all four major powers, as well as being the strongest in Rotsgard as a temporary teacher.” (Mio)

“…”

“The incident that occurred in Rotsgard, if Waka-sama was not there, who knows what would have happened. It wouldn’t have been strange to have a notice of Academy Town’s destruction-desu wa.” (Mio)

Mio-sama talks indifferently.

The contents are not entering me well.

“Hah…now you are playing the idiot. Hm, this is good timing-desu wa ne. Look there, Iroha.” (Mio)

As the carriage was advancing on the path in the forest, Mio-sama looks at the front and says that this was good timing.

The many shocking words still hadn’t been digested inside of me, so I just followed the words reflexively.

“?!”

There’s a cliff right at our front. It is pretty big.

A profound crevice at the ground.

I thought that my line of vision had gotten bright suddenly, but to think this was the reason…

Left or right; whichever it is, we have to circumvent it.

But what part of this is good timing?

At that moment, one of the horses makes a long neigh.

“Yes, understood.” (Raidou)

From the passenger car, I heard the voice of Raidou-sama.

Understood?

I don’t understand the meaning at all.

But it seems the horses understood it, they looked satisfied and continued onward.

T-There’s a cliff-desu!

At the! Direction we are headed to!

There’s no bridge or anything, only a deep cliff!!

The horses had no fear at all, and Mio-sama didn’t mind at all as if this was natural.

“Mio-sama?! Front, front!” (Iroha)

“Yeah, watch well.” (Mio)

“…”

Watch, you say? I can see the cliff.

That’s the only thing I can see…-na no…desu…

Both ends of the cliff begin to adhere to each other.

Both ends moved as if creating a path in the line we are advancing at.

The light of magic power can be dimly seen on the ground there, but I can’t feel magic power at all.

In the time I blinked, there was a path there, and at both sides, there were supports for it. Guardrails of stone were made…and turned the path into a bridge.

A pretty sturdy-looking bridge.

Without me noticing, the surface of the ground had changed into stone pavings.

“I heard that he was helping out in the reconstruction of Rotsgard, but this is a splendid work. A magnificent bridge-desu wa ne.” (Mio)

The horses were traversing that stone bridge as if nothing happened, and after advancing for a while, this time, the horses made a slightly scared cry.

Did something happen?

The uneasiness of the horses transmitted to me as well, and my chest felt slightly cold.

“There’s a place with water close… time for a break huh. But, I see…it seems like there’s undead coming out from the surroundings.” (Mio)

“Undead! Mio-sama can tell?” (Iroha)

Things like skeletons, ghosts, zombies; that’s the kind of monsters undeads are.

I have not seen them before, but I had the knowledge of it.

“Isn’t that obvious? The stench of undead reaches all the way here after all.” (Mio)

“Mio…the horses are scared, but if it’s a pain, want me to do it?” (Raidou)

“No, Waka-sama! Something like this, I can clean it up.” (Mio)

“I see. Then, I leave it to you!” (Raidou)

“Yes!” (Mio)

“While at it, can you open a path that can serve as a shortcut to the water place? It seems like it would be quite the roundabout way if we didn’t do that after all. Looks like the horses are also tired.” (Raidou)

“Leave it to me. Ei.” (Mio)

‘Ei’, you say, Mio-sama?

What are you going to do by making such a cute sound?

Also, you say ‘leave it to me’ with a gleeful expression as if flowers were to sprout in your vicinity, and that ‘Ei’ as weeelll—?!!

A pitch dark pillar suddenly appeared and swirls around to the point it felt like it could reach the sky.

“Iroha, did you become a goldfish or something? Your mouth is opening and closing. If you are a lady, be careful with your gestures. And so…the water place is over there and the current path is like that, so…if we make way in this line, it would be a shortcut?” (Mio)

When I was surprised with no words to say, Mio-sama cautioned me.

I couldn’t even respond anymore. The place where Mio-sama pointed her folding fan at, there, the trees that were lined up, were being swallowed by a darkness creeping on the ground…and disappeared.

At the other side of the darkness carpet, there was a lake that was sparkling with the light of the sun.

It is probably the water place that they have been talking about for a while now. Yeah.

The horses changed their route, and were joyfully heading to where there’s the presence of water, to the lake.

That darkness pillar probably defeated the undeads, and then, it opened a shortcut to the lake just like this.

Even though it hasn’t been long since we departed from Mizuha, I felt like I had lived several days of journey already. That’s the kind of fatigue I was feeling right now.

“…”

“So you are speechless. Well, did this serve as good seasoning and bleaching? Iroha, from now on, until we arrive at Kannaoi, we will be showing you a lot of the Kuzunoha Company, Waka-sama, and us. Learn. In the future, you will hear the name of the Kuzunoha Company and Waka-sama, and at that time, I hope you will be able to make the correct judgment. Tomoe-san and I won’t be frugal in cooperating with that. Ufufufu.” (Mio)

I have already been shown how a bridge was made in an instant on a cliff, and how they easily create a path in a forest, and yet, there’s more?

I will just empty my head.

I will just honestly get surprised and moved as it happens.

Might as well just be simply Iroha, and not Osakabe Iroha.

I will learn of these group of great people.

This is the time to show your resolve, Iroha.

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Since the very first day Raidou-sama and the others left the city, along the journey, things that I would have never imagined, were occurring, and occurring, and occurring a hell lot.

Is this the doing of that strange title that the staff member of the Adventurer Guild set up?

Before arriving at the villages to hear them out, a good amount of problems happened, no no, at this point in time, I can already say clearly that those can’t be considered problems at all.

Attacks of monsters, a dispute between demi-humans and a village, and then there was a mountain fire and a flood; those kind of obstacles that would even change the topography…there have been so many, I can’t even remember which one occurred where. Even though it has only been a few days, I can’t remember anything in detail anymore.

The word count in my notebook has surpassed any instance.

This notebook, that I was originally planning on using to arrange the talks of the village chiefs from every village, proved useful in an unexpected way.

Of course, this notebook currently lying on my thighs also has the present condition of the villages.

It was practically all thanks to the Kuzunoha Company, but it is proceeding in an unbelievably smooth manner.

“As I thought, all the villages are in a bad state. If we were to increase the tax in this state, in just a few years, it might create irreparable harm.” (Iroha)

Even if I look at their current state, there’s not much bright things to say about the villages.

For some reason, in the timing that we arrived at the villages, big problems grew active, but in those cases, Raidou-sama’s group settled them all.

Even so, settling those big problems only served as small plusses that didn’t solve the root of anything.

“But if I show this to father, he will definitely—!” (Iroha)

“Hey there, Iroha-chan. Are you not going to sleep yet?” (Raidou)

“…Raidou-sama. It is night, but you have prepared a light for me, so sleeping right away would be a waste-desu.” (Iroha)

“…Lack of sleep is not good for children though. It might have been a mistake to prepare a light.” (Raidou)

As if troubled, Raidou-sama kneads his temples.

“That’s not true! It makes me incredibly happy!!” (Iroha)

In the first place, when sleeping outdoors, the most you can have normally is the light of a fire, but Raidou-sama and the others don’t have any fear of things like beasts and mamonos, so even the fire is extinguished and they prepare their own lights as they pass their nighttime.   

When I asked for a light to continue my writing, Raidou-sama easily lighted up a lantern with the light of his magic power, and I have been using it all this time till today.

It lights up on its own when it gets dark, and extinguishes on its own when it is day; a kind light-desu.

The night has already deepened, and yet, it still continues to release a calming light.

“Haha, I see. It must be that, right? In the villages we went to, a lot of things happened and we involved ourselves with it and even meddled in their business. This lantern that I have given to Iroha-chan can be considered a part of this meddling, right? And so, how was your impression after checking the villages?” (Raidou)

“…Not good-desu. As I thought, a tax increase is not something that should be done at this time.” (Iroha)

“From the information you picked up, that’s what you thought?” (Raidou)

“Yes.” (Iroha)

“Then, what did you think…after seeing the actual people of the village, the problems that each village had, the attacks they received, and their behavior in crisis?” (Raidou)

“Eh?” (Iroha)

Instead of saying Raidou-sama wanted an answer, it was more like, he wanted to know about my thoughts of it.

Even if you ask me what I think…

“The people at the villages were incredibly troubled-desu. It was great that Raidou-sama’s group was coincidentally there when things happened, but if that wasn’t the case, a number of villages would have definitely fallen.” (Iroha)

About that, I felt like it was the fault of my title, and that made me feel even worse.

“…About that, well, it might be because of me, so I ended up saving them though.” (Raidou)

“Eh?”

“Ah, well… I see, ‘troubled’, that’s all huh. Iroha-chan is really kind. I am even beginning to think that ‘comparing our answers’ will be a bit cruel.” (Raidou)

“Comparing answers?” (Iroha)

Raidou-sama is the type of person that no matter what kind of out-of-standard things he says, it wouldn’t be strange, but what is this about ‘comparing answers’?

I don’t understand more than normal-na no desu.

At times, from Raidou-sama’s hand, a line of light is shot and flies somewhere. And I have become able to understand that ‘Aah, there was a mamono in our vicinities huh’.

When I asked him what he was doing, he told me he was practicing his magic, but that’s definitely him lying.

Everytime that happened, Mio-sama directed cold eyes towards the direction it flew to, so it was obvious.

And in reality, there hasn’t been a single attack of anything since our journey in this carriage.

A poisonous valley turns into a field of flowers, bridges are made at cliffs, forests turn into paths; in a sense, this felt more of a cheat-like journey than the Spirit Path of Ginebia-san.

Thinking about the villages we have gone to, it would normally take around 1 month.

“Let’s leave it as something to look forward to when arriving at Kannaoi. It won’t take that long after all.” (Raidou)

“As I thought, Raidou-sama is really a Wise-sama-na no desu. The moment I saw the promissory note, more than being surprised, I felt like I could comprehend. A mysterious and amazing person-desu.” (Iroha)

“…Wise huh. I just can’t get used to that way of calling. Also, the Japanese that were here were mostly fooling around, and frankly speaking, being placed in the same category as them would make me so embarrassed I wouldn’t be able to walk outside.” (Raidou)

“Aren’t you happy about the numerous great achievements that they have left behind?” (Iroha)

“I know about a number of bright achievements, but…you see, even with those there, when I look at the practice uniforms being bloomers limited to only women, my respect is blown away to the stratosphere. It seems like there were quite a lot of Japanese from the Heisei era, and yet, why are short pants not good?” (Raidou)

“They are incredibly good, those bloomers. Is that something that would make you lose so much respect?” (Iroha)

I can somewhat imagine what ‘short pants’ are, because of the wording, but I don’t think that would be something that would influence one’s impression of the achievements the Wise-sama have left behind…

“I thought it was a ditch that will never be filled up. Period.” (Raidou)

With a serious face, Raidou-sama mutters as if groaning.

“…And so, what is it that Raidou-sama wanted to say? If you want me to quickly go to sleep, I will go and sleep for today.” (Iroha)

“Ah, that’s not it. I was just speaking with the horses, you see. And so, since I had the chance, I called out to Iroha-chan who was still awake, that’s all.” (Raidou)

“…Now that I think about it, I have never heard stories of Wise-samas that are able to speak with animals. Or more like, Raidou-sama is not only able to speak with animals, you even spoke with demi-humans, mamonos, spirits of dead people…weren’t you? No, if that was just my misunderstanding, that would be a relief-no, I mean, that would be fine.” (Iroha)

“Actually, I can.” (Raidou)

“You can?” (Iroha)

“Yeah.”

“That’s an impressive ability. Admirable-desu.” (Iroha)

Being able to speak with anyone in this world, if that’s true, it is an incredible ability.

And we are talking about Raidou-sama, so it is most likely true-na no desu.

“If possible, keep it a secret along with the things regarding the Kuzunoha Company, okay? I am not forbidding you from telling anyone, so just think of it as a promise between friends.” (Raidou)

“Friends…” (Iroha)

It is a word I am not used to.

I think a promise between friends is quite heavy.

If Raidou-sama is my friend, there would be nothing as reassuring than that.

I now understand that me saying something like ‘we are friends’ would be presumptuous, but as expected, I can’t have Raidou-sama…assist me in my bathing anymore.

In my standards, he is the number one person I shouldn’t have asked to do that.

In this journey, I have learned how to change clothes myself anyways.

“By the way, lately, I have been able to kind of understand things like trees and stones. Haha, after all this time, this really does trouble me.” (Raidou)

“Trees and stones…” (Iroha)

Being able to understand the wills of trees and stones…I feel like there’s no need for it to be a living being anymore.

“Ah, right. Since I have the chance, let me ask you one thing.” (Raidou)

Raidou-sama who has confessed something outrageous, acted normally without any changes and looks straight at my face.

“…If it is something I can answer…” (Iroha)

Might as well just reveal that I am from the Osakabe household.

“It isn’t something to be so tormented about, you know. Uhm, you see…” (Raidou)

“Yes?!” (Iroha)

“Is Iroha-chan…the fiance of Izumo?” (Raidou)

…..

Izu…mo?

“There’s not even the need of hearing the answer, it was a bullseye huh. Mio also said this but, it shows in your face, Iroha-chan. You are like my past self…no, I am still the same as well.” (Raidou)

“R-Ra-Raidou-sama?” (Iroha)

Why is the name of Izumo-sama coming from Raidou-sama?!

“Actually, it is something that I was practically sure of though. Simply confirming.” (Raidou)

“Uhm… I… uhhh….” (Iroha)

“It is fine. I am not blaming you or anything.” (Raidou)

“…Why?! Why do you know?!” (Iroha)

“Ah, so you go for that. You have probably already heard from Tomoe or Mio but, I am a temporary teacher in Rotsgard. To tell you the truth, I am teaching Izumo practical skills.” (Raidou)

“?!! Could it be… you are…” (Iroha)

“Hm?”

With a cool face, he toys around with his students at death’s door, trains them without forgiving them and without letting them die…” (Iroha)

“…”

He would change his behaviour whether the person is male or female, but in the end, what he is doing doesn’t change at all. In a sense, he is an incredibly fair merchant-or more like, an ogre wearing the skin of a merchant.” (Iroha)

“…”

“‘Just knowing him would cause goosebumps, so I will not mention his name’, are you that temporary teacher?!” (Iroha)

The face of Raidou-sama is stiffened.

But I most likely- no, I definitely have a stiffened face too.

“…Seriously, that Izumo does say some troublesome things huh. Ahahaha…” (Raidou)

“Really. Even though you are such a kind person. Geez, that Izumo. Fufufu.” (Iroha)

I don’t think I can do it, but I tried to somehow smooth over the situation.

At any rate, Raidou-sama, and the Kuzunoha Company.

A merchant, a Wise-sama, and on top of that, he is the teacher of Izumo-sama.

This meeting was most likely the guidance of the Spirits.

The Priestess-sama has been outside the country lately, so the words of Spirits have grown scarce, or so I have heard.

But there’s no doubt about it.

Is this because of the antagonism between the Ikusabe and the Osakabe households? Or maybe because of their consideration regarding the instability of the grand labyrinth in Kannaoi?

This is…it has become quite the major incident.

I have probably been appointed as the person who will witness… what this personage and the Kuzunoha Company will achieve in Kannaoi.

This is not the time to be surprised by small things.

My homeland, Kannaoi, is something going to happen there?

I, Osakabe Iroha, will properly witness this with both of my eyes.

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186 thoughts on “Chapter 254: Interlude, even that is probably a peaceful journey (3)

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        Raizu… stop putting words in Spoiler-san’s mouth. The next thing we know, you might mentioned that one person who should be dead returning… crud.

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      2. Oh? So maybe next time he can get vital info on his enemies from just *listening* to their weapons, accessories or even the very clothes they wear!!

        WOW!!😳😳 Mind blowing right?

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      3. I’m being lenient here, but Raizu paid his monthly fee so I’ll let his spoiler be posted for today.

        Don’t worry Raizu, you’re under my protection.

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    1. now he is able to talk to things hmmm that means .
      he will talk with asuza (he’s bow) and that dokodemo door that can be found in shiki lab lol.
      so a lot of things will advance wow.
      but just imagin if you can hear things like doors cars rocks and … toilets .
      and that remind me of MR. Krabs talks to money

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      1. I’m seeing her less as an employee of Kuzunoha so much as a close ally that’s a representative of Lorel Union for Makoto. Something like the next generation of Saritz and Chiya combined.

        ……Oh man! How rich would it be if she received training from Makoto and actually surpassed their precious priestess?

        I’m actually imagining her applying to be one of Raidou’s students in the future, with Izumo tripping over himself in a panicked attempt to spare her his hell.

        Either way. Unless something horrible happens as a result of Makoto’s future conflicts, it’s almost a certainty that the name Osakabe Iroha is going to be a name for the history books.

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      2. Shell be influential, but it might end as Tomoki taking her in the end. We never know how dafaq things will end with makoto. Or in another case with Makotos bad luck and Irohas good luck, shell end up going after raido safely, which will give makoto hell and her literal heaven.

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    1. I think that it would be funny if Makoto tells Izumo the story many years later after he marries Iroha about the time when she asked him to do that. Something along the lines of “your wife was very bold when she was young, she took her clothes off and ask me to help her to take a bath” or “I also saw your wife naked (wink)”.

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      1. Come now. Makoto obviously wouldn’t do that.

        ….Though I wouldn’t put it past Iroha to admit something like that happened, and result in Izumo mentally burning himself out overthinking it all.

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      2. You know what else is funny? That Izumo could get a shitload of „training” for how he described Makoto to Iroha >=D

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  1. She might have unusual good luck, but even with it “selected” his unusual badluck is so much stronger haha! And unlike hers, it affects his surroundings a lot.

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    1. No, her luck is the find out how things really is from early. I mean, she had gotten so much valuable information that many many many others would literally kill for. So with this, she can NEVER misunderstand Mokoto or think of going against him. Not to even betray him or anything of the sorts. So I’ll say her luck really has work well for her.

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      1. At first I thought their luck will neutralise each other, but boy I was so wrong it just as you says her luck and makoto luck will walk side by side, like white and blue lines in pantsu, creating a harmonious mutual symbiotic relationship, she is weak but lucky, he is strong but unlucky. She can trigger a good fortune along the way and Makoto can crush any bad encounter near him. I feel bad to Izumo for saying this but they are what wuxia will call “a match made in heaven”.

        But we all know she won’t raising flag to Makoto, but I can imagine she will walk side by side as close friends and partner in crime in the future.

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      2. I can totally imagine that! But the development that I would like the most is when Iroha become the top brass of lorel, and Makoto will truly have the backing (even though he doesn’t need it) of one of the four major powers! I hope… the problem is… Iroha is quite in the low, influence wise… so it might be quite a stretch, but it sure will be interesting when it happened!

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      3. That comment has me now wondering…

        How far do you think Iroha could go on Makoto’s recommendation alone? How far could anyone, for that matter.

        A statement from Annihilation Merchant Oni-Sensei Raidou Kuzunoha: “Hey, she was a good girl that made very good points. You guys should listen to her input a little more. I hope to see her again in the future!”

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      4. I don’t know about the others (and by others I mean other commenters opinions), but I think Makoto’s recommendation alone won’t be of much help, that is if the situation and balance of the major powers did not change drastically.

        If its someone like Rembrandt (aka someone that have put their trust on Makoto) then maybe he would think and ponder a little then try to accept the recommendation and see where it could bring them. I will put my bet on “Not a single major power will really accept Makoto’s recommendation” why? Because the priestess’ words may inflict hesitation to Limia and Lorel union, they might accept the recommendation on the surface but not utilize the personnel fully due to uncertainty and unknown factors surrounding Makoto. And gritonia being gritonia no way in hell they’re going to accept Makoto’s word. While tsige is a bit of a special case with Makoto studying with Rembrandt and all but there’s a good chance of Makoto’s recommendation being accepted there.

        According to what I have observed so far, no one in Tsuchibiku Isekai Douchuu universe has realize the true extent of Makoto’s influence to the world or perhaps Worlds for that matter and not even his follower and the gods phanteons, at least not entirely. As the god of destruction implied Makoto as of right now has tread the path where no Makotos have ever tread before… the path of the middle. The possibilities are truly endless.

        Well that’s what I think. There’s so many things that I would love to talk about but I just can’t find the words to say because of my limited English, I understand stuff no problem if its reading but writing? Its really hard…

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      5. Well excluding the people that have a good idea of who Makoto is and how impactfull his influence is, then his recommendation will serve no purpose. And even in the case of the people who have a good awareness of him, they migth missunderstand things and want to use her as laverage.

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      6. @piklicave isn’t it reversed?
        Iroha will benefit from Makoto backing IMO
        just imagine it, a nameless politician with backing of demon god, even if it fly just as rumor it will definitely have it use as bargaining chip. At least she can freely request kuzunoha service at will, if Makoto favor her it will be even worse for other party.
        She can request direct protection for her life as employer, and she can ask for advice as a friend, the whole Kuzunoha adore Makoto deeply, they won’t pull anything back if that makes Makoto happy. just imagine if Shiki devise a plan to raise Iroha status, it possible that priestess position are not that far from reach (goodbye Sairitz).
        The problem is Trashmoki (I’m sorry I forgot his name long ago) movement in this region, I can only pray his hero stat correction did not tamper with Iroha luck.

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    2. Well, the one with good luck with fateful encounters wants to see the problems of the country herself so she can convince her father to lighten the taxation, while the one with bad encounter luck wants to avoid trouble and standing out. That they are encountering incidents constantly actually fulfills both their luck tendencies in a way.

      Fortune is highly subjective really . . .

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  2. Thanks for the chapter.
    That was such a perfect reaction when she found out that Makoto (Raidou) Is Izumo’s teacher, also Izumo really knows how to describe him very well doesn’t he. 🙂

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  3. This has got to be one of the most enjoyable chapters in a while for me. The various thoughts and impressions shared throughout were…amazing.

    Iroha was kind of iffy and seemed like little more than a convenient literary device at first, but no, I love the little cinnabun now. Just imagining her apparently very honest expressions makes me snicker.
    Something about her naivete yet earnest attitude that’s quick on the uptake made her the perfect character to play off all three of the Kuzunoha monsters.

    Her every thought about him was precious too, which is naturally topped off with Izumo’s all-too-perfect description of him. I’m imagining him standing up and nailing the poor sap in the butt with a suction cup arrow for that.

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  4. This set of chapters was really nice. Always great seeing Kuzunoha and Makoto from outside, plus Iroha is really great. Making a bridge, without looking, instantly out of nowhere was so Makoto-like.

    Thank you for the translation!

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    1. what’s more, the magic power of the magic used for the bridge was also concealed by sakai. This is the first time we learn of Sakai being able to hide magic power that has already left Makoto’s body/surroundings.

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  5. When are we getting to something exciting? Story is good, but this is boring. Thanks for the chapters, Reigokai.

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  6. So there can be one of two things observed about Makoto’s luck.

    Either it forms this vortex of opportunistic destruction when paired with a wielder of [Owner of Unconventional Luck(Good)] in an unexpected synergy.

    Or it’s just so absurd that it overpowers Iroha’s own luck multiplier(which is the active one of the two mind you) and this shit is just what happens to Makoto off-screen all the damn time.

    Good god, he’d be like one of those really old RPG avatars where you’re jumped by 4 Bandit Wheels/Golden Rat Roaches/Tempest Harmony Gargoyles/Howling Cephalopodic Ivory Tusk Behemoths.

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      1. He reminds me when I (tried to) play Dark Souls
        WHat happened to me ? Mobs were going out of their way to get me, even though they weren’t suppposed to move. My friends were baffled

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      2. Rise… are you sure that you didn’t have the Dark Souls Aggression Mod active? If you don’t know what that is, go look it up. I also recommend watch the playthrough of Dark Souls 1 with that mod(and a few others that make it harder too) by Oroboro and Peeve on Youtube.

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      1. He likely means the dimensional door thing, the name of which I forget. Also, it’s not entirely certain that it’s dead? Shiki has it stowed somewhere for gruesome experiments.

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  7. First off. Thanks for the chappies ^_^

    And it would be funny if he shot an arrow at izumo right then. Since we know he literally could hit him while on vacation.

    So many questions. Iroha is indeed a cute sweet/naive existence.

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  8. Thanks for the chapter, Reigo-senpai.

    Well guys, this isn’t Spoiler-san here. He’s trying to pick fight’s right now because he has a machine gun. Anyway, there’s 20 chapters left if everyone has done their math correctly. I even checked the raws to make sure that the author didn’t do another update behind our backs.

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  9. thank you for the chapter..
    “ogre wearing the skin of a merchant.” ha.. more like “the devil wearing the skin of a merchant”.. ogre is just tooooo weak.. 😀

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  10. After reading this chapter, it makes me wonder if Chiya is still negative abt Makoto.

    I mean, if u look at iroha and izumo, anyone can realize that Makoto is not a bad guy.

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    1. because chiya is the only one that saw who makoto is deep inside, she is the only one that saw how terrifying he is, the part that he still hasn’t show to anyone.

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      1. He has you know ? At least to his follower, remember when he snapped at jamal ? Tomoe and Shiki become serious at once when they saw the face of fully enraged Makoto.

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  11. So Mokoto can talk with just about everything now eh? He had his god like powers before, now its communication. Next if he can make his presence be every or anywhere st once, then he would be a god in the truest sense. As his body doesn’t age right? That was mentioned in some previous chapter yes?

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  12. Did iroha just said “ill get ready to get raped” lolz

    even though its just an interlude, its a nice chapt with many mind breaks lolz, and speaking to trees and stone will only break your bones(common sense), Im seeing makoto as a psycho now lolz

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  13. makoto:hello shiki…let izumo have a practice round with ema, well you know he kinda mistaken me with ogre.
    shiki:understood waka-sama, maybe we still not training him enough so his vision still narrow…can we add serwhale-dono too waka-sama?
    makoto:do as you see fit.

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      1. ….which ofcourse backfire as Izumo would conclude Makoto is much worse. He can kill an ogre while he can’t even flutter Makoto’s clothes.

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    1. Lol, I can see him getting a little payback later when he gets back to the Academy.

      I was a little disappointed though, I kinda hoped that Makoto would step out, take out his bow and one of his play arrows with the suctions on it, and fire it towards the Academy and hit Izumo, or demolishes his room.

      It would be hilarious, and arguably not the most impossible thing we have seen him do so far. The kids at the Academy will have a fit though when they realize it’s really from him and that even across National borders they are within range of his arrows.

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    1. Can totally picturing Makoto reuning the Sempais of his class and going like: Well since you have impressed me so far I decide that you people are worthy to expierence the medium level of dificulty of this course, so far you have only expierence the easy level…..And Izumo since you like to talk so mutch I believe that hard training is in order for you!!!!!!!! XD

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  14. Okay, boys, pack it up. The Bug fucked up big time. Makoto is beginning to understand friggin’ inanimate objects. I won’t be surprised if he is able to talk to the World itself in the future. The World itself might end up rejecting the Goddess.

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  15. No wonder, their journey feel so short. It wasn’t a trouble for him to tell to us, except about bug or u can say calamity class that bother like that gate
    thanks for chap

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  16. HAHAHAHAHAH Couldn’t stop laughing while reading Izumo description of Makoto. He must be feeling quite the shivers in Rostgard at this time. Thanks for the double release Regokai, how is the work on that second series goign, I eager awaiting for the big reveal. If Izumo though that his training was hard till now, the poor bastard hasn’t know what it means been trianing by a hellish Sergeant with a grudge against you HAHAHAHAHAHAhA

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  17. Did his language cheat evolved into a new level to the point he can talk with stones as well!?
    That description of Makoto by Izumo is so funny 😂😂
    Thanks for the chap ~ 2x

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  18. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    So this is the kind of things happening in the background? Since it’s not noteworthy for Makoto and his followers, we never heard of it before.

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  19. “The woman called Mio apparently is a servant, so it is possible that she is trying to get on the good side of her master and obtaining favours that way though.”

    She is actually right in a roundabout manner!

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  20. Thank you for the translation as always, Reigokai-sensei!
    Just some quick question here since I am starting to forget about the old chapters:
    when did Makoto took off his mask?
    Also, outside of the heroes, Tomoe, Mio, Shiki, Touda(?), who else know he is from isekai?
    And I couldn’t quite grasp Makoto’s reaction being treated as a Wise. Is he denying? accepting? or “whatever you say, dude”? Is he giving up his cover as Raidou of the same world and becoming Raidou the Wise?

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    1. If my memory serves me right, it was under Rambrant recommendation, by the time he took the golden path to go to Rostwars (or whatever it was called. I’m talking about the academy city, by the way). I believe he already had took it off by the first time he fought Sophia, so I should be right… probably.

      Besides them, there’s Root, the other superior dragons, and the people in Lorel. No one else should know as far as I can remember. Of course, there are also the other Gods and that mysterious being who gifted Hibiki and Trashmoki their special abilities.

      I believe he feels discontent being called wise, but he doesn’t care enough to ask others to stop calling him that and just put up with it.

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  21. Iroha’s common sense-chan is starting to degrade. it’s a matter of time before she turns into a dog-eared girl who follows whatever goshuji– I mean waka-sama tells her and goes “nanodesu.” Wait, she already goes ‘na no desu!’

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  22. thanks for the chapter!

    ” and the one over there is our servant, Mio-ja.” (Tomoe)”
    You set he up for the lol! you’re not better than Root!

    “But…you know, isn’t he a *Waka-sama*? He would have to at least be a second generation or that would be strange… right?”
    common sense, is that you?

    Remember makoto stopped tomoe from showing her adventurer card because it would be messing with iroha? first thing he does is creating a stone bridge in a few second without coming out from the carriage and that’s only the beginning…

    “With a cool face, he toys around with his students at death’s door, trains them without forgiving them and without letting them die… He would change his behaviour whether the person is male or female, but in the end, what he is doing doesn’t change at all. In a sense, he is an incredibly fair merchant-or more like, an ogre wearing the skin of a merchant Just knowing him would cause goosebumps, so I will not mention his name”
    that some high quality description you got there!
    on a totally unrelated note, Gizmo will have a special training.

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  23. Thanks for the chapter-ja!
    I don’t know-ja.
    Why do I speak like that nano-ja.
    But, rest in pieces Izumo, your description will be 100% true when Makoto goes back to the Acedemy-noja.
    Because of a certain flag raised by Makoto, with the confirmation now by spoiler-san, I already know who he is going to talk to-noja.
    He is…
    *Bang*
    I’m sorry, someone just come and take over for a while. No worries, I’m ok.
    …Noja….
    *Bang**Bang*
    *Mumble*Tsk…the blood…*mumble*
    Anyway, I am feeling complex as I really wanna read the next chapter at the same time… It reminds me, I don’t have much left.
    Anyways, thanks for the chapter again 😄

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  24. Thanks for the double release!
    It gives me a bittersweet feeling, knowing that we’re catching up, I still remember spending a week catching up to the chapter with Makoto’s fourth contractee from the first chapter, that was frantic

    And here, is an example of quality b-plot, the juicy details of Iroha’s mental remodeling. Iroha you sweet, naive girl, now you understand the true sense of the world (hint : not common sense). This past three chapters have been an enjoyable diversion from the main plot, now back to it!

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  25. “He might be the same as me.
    His pedigree is good. Or maybe he is rich.”
    Well, there aren’t many people other than the Bug goddess aware of how distinguished the pedigree of his parents was in this world. He certainly has more wealth then he has storage.
    But the same as me, Title of unusual luck (good) /(bad) you’re probably BOTH causing the incidents in the villages. Lol
    Thx for the chapter 😅

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  26. That difference in the recap of the journey between Iroha and Makoto, shows just how used he is to all the “disasters” that keep happening to him (and how insignificant they are to him)
    Ty 4 the chapter 🙂

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  27. These Interlude chapters really seems to endorse the ‘road trip’ theme.
    I must say that I don’t hate it, it’s funny, even Makoto’s bad luck seems to be the point of the stories. But… he didn’t turn on the bad luck Title right? Was it always passively on?

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    1. Also, the thing about his Blessing fron the Goddess that enables him to master all languages, the ability evolved in the chapter and it is disturbing.
      Talking with animal is understandable. But… He can understand rock and trees now, will that benefit him in any way? Can they help Makoto in any way???

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      1. It will, it the basic thing to have if you want to ascend to be one true god.
        How come you say “you hurting this world” to evil villain if you cannot hear what the world was saying ?

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      2. If the Ents from Lord of the Rings are of any indication… probably not.

        If they can move around and fight like the Ents though then maybe yeah; he can even tell the ones in Asora to protect the animals just in Tamaki does anything suspicious. But if they can’t move then they can’t fight or work for him.

        Also I doubt that a tree or a rock in the middle would have anything worthwhile to say and any information of major ancient events can already be obtained through Tomoe and Root, so I can’t really see how they will be of any use to him.

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    2. The thing is, to obtain a title it seems you have to have fulfilled some sort of requirement related to the title for the system to actually notice and give it to you.

      Meaning that to have the bad luck title at all, Makoto would’ve had to have been unlucky to begin with. So, as I feel like Root had already alluded to, not equipping it wouldn’t actually help you all that much.

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      1. As I understood it, the way it works is this:

        You earn titles like you would achievements in games. After you do, you can equip titles and have them take a bonus effect for you.

        So with Makoto, he had enough natural “Unconventional Luck(Bad)” to earn the title, and even without equipping the title for the bonus bad luck effect, the original luck that triggered it is still in perpetual effect.

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  28. its nice to see Makoto using his powers and talking to animals (feels like theres a huge lack of animal talking, i mean if you have the power use it). though i do think he might have gone overboard with it. turning poison valleys into flower fields, building bridges in seconds, killing huge groups of monsters. slightly overkill for someone that wishes for his powers to remain secret.

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  29. i really like to read where iroha reminisce the word to her about Raidou.. it felt really good.. and i just FINISH MOI POKEDEX!!! USH 721 TOTAL!!! Zzz.. who have ditto safari here need 1.. My Fc 1135-0329-1868..

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  30. Many Thanks to Reigokai-sama for another double update (and to sponsor-dono too)!

    With this, Iroha’s point of view chapters come to an end. Umu. I would have liked to see more of them though… no, rather, I wanted to read more of how she slowly get her common sense broken everytime Makoto does something.

    Oh, well. This also mean that from the next one we return with Makoto as focus, so I can’t complain at all here.

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  31. Godly amount of mana – check.
    Sparring with goddess of war(sic!) – check. [I know, it was a draw, but still. ]
    Having his own religion, where most of asorans worship him as god – check.

    Minor achievments:
    Humiliation of cross dimensional artifact, bitchslaping superior dragons and some ancient elemental spirits,
    humiliation and bitchslaping of griton hero and a lot more…

    So…
    Can somebody explain me, why is this bug goddess still have not being strap-oned by Mio ?!

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  32. I think these Iroha POV chapters are probably my favorite in the entire series.

    I feel like i only made negative comments while reading this series though, for that I apologize.

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    1. Iroha is pretty adorable and likable.

      And there’s plenty to criticize. I don’t particularly agree with most of them, but I can understand where most of them come from and that makes for great discussion.

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