WM – Chapter 67: Takatsuki Makoto and Fuji-yan sally forth to the night city

“Hoh, there’s a pleasure district at the ends of the capital, huh.” (Makoto)

I thought there wouldn’t be those kinds of areas with that uptight-looking princess.

There was a mix of bars and brothels lined up as we passed by.

“There’s the need for a break in everything after all.” (Fujiwara)

Today at dinner, Fuji-yan told me that he had something to talk about, so it is only the two of us.

Fuji-yan seems to be used to the area around here, we advance deeper and deeper.

We arrived at a hideout-like bar with a nice atmosphere. 

When we entered the store, the dim store interior was smoky. 

Tobacco? …No, cigar, maybe?

I am already used to the scent of cigars from the stalls of Makkaren, but the cigars in this establishment have a pretty sweet scent.

“…Takki-dono, let’s not go to this one.” (Fujiwara)

Fuji-yan says this with a frown.

“I don’t really mind the smell of cigarettes though.” (Makoto)

Is he being considerate of me?

“No, it would be best to not stay here.” (Fujiwara)

Fuji-yan didn’t say the reason and just changed the place.

The next one had a similar peaceful atmosphere. 

I didn’t mind the previous one though.

““”Cheers””, we say as we clink our glasses and relax.

We ordered the food, and after a while of chatting and drinking, Fuji-yan says all of a sudden.

“The establishment of before, it had smoke all around, right?” (Fujiwara)

“There were a lot of people smoking cigars.” (Makoto)

“Wasn’t the smell a bit peculiar?” (Fujiwara)

“Yeah, it was kinda sweet.” (Makoto)

I did feel like it wouldn’t go well with the food, but it wasn’t a displeasing smell.

Fuji-yan moved his face closer and whispered in my ear.

“That cigar is called ‘weed’…it is a drug-desu zo.” (Fujiwara)

“Eh?” (Makoto)

I sobered up in an instant.

“I don’t know if it is due to the uneasiness from the impending revival of the Great Demon Lord…they have been getting popular lately.” (Fujiwara)

“…Is that so.” (Makoto)

I didn’t know at all.

“Well, if you get it recommended, please refuse, Takki-dono. The effects it has on the body can be somewhat dealt with using detoxification magic, but the addiction can’t be cured.” (Fujiwara)

“I think I will be okay.” (Makoto)

Honestly speaking, I am not interested, or more like, that’s scary.

I don’t think I will ever be close to that stuff.

“By the way, didn’t you have something to tell me today?” (Makoto)

“R-Right… Actually, it is about Chris-dono and Nina-dono.” (Fujiwara)

“Aah, those two don’t get along, right.” (Makoto)

Moreover, he was proposed to by Chris-san.

“What about just marrying the both of them.” (Makoto)

Polygamy seems to be an accepted practice anyways.

Fuji-yan should also have plenty leeway economically.

“Considering their social standing, I can’t really do that…” (Fujiwara)

Nobles and beastkin apparently don’t get along too well.

Or more like, Fuji-yan, you are not hiding your desire for a harem, huh.

“What are you saying?! That’s the dream of a man, isn’t that right?!” (Fujiwara)

“How manly.” (Makoto)

I am fine with having only one.

“What are you saying?! Aren’t you straight onto the harem route, Takki-dono?!” (Fujiwara)

“…Just asking but, you are talking about Lucy and Sa-san, right?” (Makoto)

Well, I do feel that they have feelings for me though.

“Fufufu, I wanted to have a real good long talk in regards to those kinds of things-desu zo.” (Fujiwara)

“Eeh, weren’t we talking about you, Fuji-yan?” (Makoto)

I am fine with hearing people out, but talking about myself is a bit embarrassing. No, it is pretty embarrassing. 

“Think of this as an act of the alcohol and speak your heart out!” (Fujiwara)

“Well, even if I don’t say it, it will get exposed anyways.” (Makoto)

Let’s give up on hiding things from this friend of mine.

Can’t be helped. Today is a day where I will speak my heart out.

The night is long.

 -Nina POV-

“Haah…”

Goshujin-sama went out with Takatsuki-sama.

They apparently have an important talk between men.

He seemed like he was really looking forward to it.

“Goshujin-sama, are you going to become a noble…?” (Nina)

When I am alone, I remember the talk of Christiana at dinner.

Receiving Goshujin-sama as part of Makkaren.

In order to obtain success as a merchant in the Water Country, you need a certain amount of standing.

Him refusing the peerage from the princess must have been because he plans on obtaining it from Christiana.

When that happens, what will it be of me?

“Will I return to being a gladiator in Great Keith…?” (Nina)

I am feeling heavy… Am I going to return to those wound riddled days?

The Fujiwara Store’s treatment towards beastkin is good.

The beastkin are bad at learning things, so in other stores they are paid 70% of what humans would get.

In terrible stores, I hear that they are paid half.

That’s why the beastkin gathered at the Fujiwara Store, and everyone works with smiles.

This is something that happened in the past, but…

“Nina-dono, the fact that beastkin have beast ears should mean they get double the pay.” (Fujiwara)

“Goshujin-sama, I don’t understand that logic.” (Nina)

This, I stopped.

It would be a problem to have the store go under because of paying too much salary to the beastkin.

However, if Goshujin-sama were to join the nobles of Makkaren, we won’t be able to stay the same as always.

Especially because I am being hated by Christiana.

I won’t have a place anymore…

A sigh came out.

*Knock knock*

Someone knocked on the door.

“Yes yes, who is it?” (Nina)

Did Sasaki-sama come to train martial arts?

Right, if I move my body, I might be able to clear my mind a bit.

“It is Christiana. Nina-san, do you have some time?” (Chris)

“…”

I should have played it as if I wasn’t here.

I can’t do that anymore, so I open the door.

It is not the smile she always shows Goshujin-sama, but an expressionless Christiana.

“What is it?” (Nina)

“There’s something I want to talk about. I am coming in”, she says this and sits on the bed without even asking.

She doesn’t have her guards. Isn’t that a bit too careless?

“Please sit.” (Chris)

I sit at a chair in the room and face the daughter of the feudal lord.

She said right from the start.

“You hate me, right?” (Chris)

“…What about it?” (Nina)

Would it have been better to deny it?

No, there’s no point in doing that after all this time.

“I also hate you.” (Chris)

“I know. So, are you telling me to leave or something?” (Nina)

The woman in front of me didn’t say anything.

She takes a deep breath and slides her way to me.

Her face is close. I don’t like her, but she has a beautiful face.

As I thought, Goshujin-sama would prefer a human rather than a beastkin…

“Nina-san, marry Fujiwara-sama.” (Chris)

“Huh?” 

What is this woman saying?

“But I will be the first wife. You will be the second. I won’t be giving that up.” (Chris)

“Aren’t you trying to say a mistress or a slave?” (Nina)

I haven’t heard of nobles having beastkin as wives.

“Fujiwara-sama wouldn’t accept that. We have to be in equal standings.” (Chris)

“…You will become the laughingstock of the nobles around the country, you know?” (Nina)

Even I, who am not knowledgeable about worldly affairs, can tell this.

A noble like Christiana, and a beastkin like me cannot have the same standing.

However, her face turned desperate at that part.

“At this rate, Fujiwara-sama will obtain a peerage on his own! The only thing I can offer Fujiwara-sama is a position as a noble!” (Chris)

“That’s not true…” (Nina)

The second daughter of the Makkaren feudal lord.

She should have a lot of money and connections.

But Christiana laughed powerlessly.

“Fujiwara-sama is the man that has made new projects one after the other in Makkaren, and is friendly with the coming president of the biggest company of the continent, the Franz Company. My little fortune and connections wouldn’t be of worth…” (Chris)

This is surprising.

I thought she was a woman overflowing with confidence and smiled all the time.

To think she had been so weakened.

“But marrying at the same time is…” (Nina)

“It is not a bad condition, right? There shouldn’t be any demerits for you.” (Chris)

That’s true.

Goshujin-sama will become a noble, and I will be able to stay at the side of the person I love.

There’s no problem at all.

But…

“You who are after the fortune and power of Goshujin-sama…” (Nina)

Marrying a man that you don’t even like, for the sake of the prosperity of your household.

This may be a natural thing for nobles, but it is something that I find hard to accept. 

“That’s it! That’s what I don’t like!”, Chris raised her voice.

“Eh?!” (Nina)

“Why do you deny my love for Fujiwara-sama?” (Chris)

“…Do you seriously love him?” (Nina)

“…Yeah.” (Chris)

I am a beastkin.

Beastkin fall in love with strong men.

Goshujin-sama doesn’t have the strength to fight, but he is the man that has succeeded the most in Makkaren.

At a glance, he looks like a good-natured young man, but the evil merchants that try to approach him to deceive him are all made to run away without a single coin left. 

No matter how ingenious of a con artist they are, or a pitch black villain, Goshujin-sama wouldn’t be deceived.

Completely opposite to his appearance, he is a skilled manager, and is the most successful in Makkaren.

My heart was stolen by this.

However, what did Christiana fall for?

“By the way, what part of him?” (Nina)

Christiana hasn’t been watching Goshujin-sama’s work from that close.

“In my family, our sisters would always be fighting. There’s the family tradition that the one who makes Makkaren flourish the most is the one who will be the successor.” (Chris)

“That’s why there’s the need to show often to the people of the city, get the favor of many people, and get allies.” (Chris)

“But there were a lot of people who would approach me to use me…” (Chris)

“What I disliked the most was the fiancee that my mother prepared.” (Chris)

I have heard about it.

That he is a noble of the Fire Country’s Great Keith, and that he is a second son with a bad personality.

There weren’t any decent people within the nobles of the Fire Country…

“Fujiwara-sama was the one who saved me from that.” (Chris)

“He wiped out the villains that approached me, and reorganized the projects that had been stagnating.” (Chris)

“He offered me his hand when my fiance looked down on me and I was feeling depressed.” (Chris)

“He is my prince!” (Chris)

Christiana was speaking passionately.

“P-Prince?” (Nina)

I opened my mouth wide in surprise.

I haven’t gone as far as to think of Goshujin-sama as a prince.

Doesn’t a prince refer to people like Prince Leonard that we met today?

Well, that one is an actual prince though.

“Got a problem with that?” (Chris)

“…No.” (Nina)

Everyone has a different sense of worth. 

Looks like I was misunderstanding something.

Christiana isn’t an underhanded woman that’s aiming for the fortune of Goshujin-sama.

She was simply a love rival that fell in love with the same man as me. 

Moreover, she is saying that she will accept having a beastkin being in the same standing as her in the marriage.

Those are extraordinary conditions.

I tried speaking out what bothered me.

“But…what if both of us get rejected?” (Nina)

“Uuh…” (Chris)

Christiana flinches.

Honestly speaking, I don’t understand the feelings of Goshujin-sama.

Even when I try to seduce him, he doesn’t follow through at all.

“If we both get rejected…we are drowning in alcohol till morning! You are going to tag along with me, right, Nina-san?!” (Chris)

Hearing this, I ended up laughing.

“Okay, Christiana-sama.” (Nina)

What’s with this noble lady.

This is the first time I have seen a noble like this.

“Call me Chris! Now, we will be waiting for Fujiwara-sama in his room till he returns! We will propose to him at the same time!” (Chris)

“T-Today?!” (Nina)

“These kinds of things are best done as fast as possible!” (Chris)

Wow, this person is incredible.

If it is with this person, it might go well.

That’s how I felt.

-Takatsuki Makoto POV-

Fuji-yan at my side trembled.

“What’s the matter? A cold?” (Makoto)

“…For some reason, chills ran down my spine.” (Fujiwara)

“Let’s go back.” (Makoto)

It is about to get pretty late already.

Today was fun too.

I would learn about what happens later when tomorrow comes.

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48 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 67: Takatsuki Makoto and Fuji-yan sally forth to the night city

  1. Thanks for the chapter! And it seems like our boy Fuji here is gonna be having his wedding soon~ Though this might force Lucy and Aya to also speed up their heart events and push Makoto down, actually I feel like there’s a higher chance of both of them attack Makoto than him taking the led considering that the both of them were stronger than him…. Or maybe we’ll be surprised and Princess Sofia takes the lead, or Princess Noel breaks her engagement for our boy? Still want more story on why Sakurai trusts Makoto so much though

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      1. He doesn’t KNOW, at least not for sure. We found out about the amount of effort Makoto was putting into being dense when Fuji told him about his mind reading ability & harem issues. His response was that would make not noticing impossible. Lol.

        The line
        “I would learn about what happens later when tomorrow comes.”
        Suggests that Fuji was already in a panic about Christiana’s plan when he took Makoto out drinking. And that we aren’t going to hear any of their drunken conversation about their girls.
        Frell.
        Sneaky author.

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  2. Let’s all celebrate for best bro Fuji-yan.
    If Makoto collaborates with Fuji-yan couldn’t they popularize the Titan Gods with the mistreated beastkins?

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  3. i love isekai stories, especially love quarrel part. when i read it, i smile and when I’m done i would scream”NORMIE SHOULD DIE! GO KA-BOOM!!!”

    thanks for your hard work, REIGOKAI-sensei

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  4. Thanks for the chapter! Now i really want to know what happened in fujiyan’s and makotos’s conversation, he likes lucy, sa-san, noah or just see them as friends, can’t wait for the next chapter

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  5. Thanks for the uploads as always! Sooo makoto isn’t actually dense and is just playing the part to try and keep balance if not somewhat delicate. Literally only the second time I’ve seen a harem mc who purposely does that and i loved the first one (eh? Nandatte?) so really high hopes for our boi here.

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      1. the mc from boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai. forgot his name, hasegawa ko- something..

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  6. Riajuus explode!

    Well at least finally Makoto is aware of Lucy and Sa-san’s feelings. And it only took them being incredibly aggressive in their advances for him to realize.

    Anyways best bro Fuji-yan is going to have to plan a double wedding with his two brides. Makoto better watch out that this doesn’t spurn Lucy and Sa-san to just push him down. He’s got no help from the spirits here so resistance would be futile.

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  7. The next morning is gonna be interesting and I must admit I see the princess in a better light so I’m curious how things will develop between them since the prince seems to like Makoto and she seems to be rather protective of him

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  8. Thank you Reigokai-sensei! Your amazing work is, as always, greatly appreciated!

    Wheeew what a chapter! Some awesome bro time although we don’t get to see much of it. Love how Fuji-yan responds so casually to the mental dialogue of Taki-dono and Taki-dono just carries on as though it is the most normal thing in the world! That does make me laugh.

    Then we get development with the relationship between Chris and Nina! The seem to be clearing the air and may well become friends. I must say I did not have the best of impressions of Chris but this really turned it around. She acted first, she acted maturely and she essentially tore down the perceived barriers and preconceived conventions of society to be with the person she loved.

    Fuji-yan if you do not except both of their feelings you will be hunted down and taught a very sharp lesson.

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  9. I’ve read a lot of Isekai, there are only a few that the MC gets busy in the harem route. It’s almost like all the people from Japan don’t know how or aren’t interested. I really get tired of all these herbivores, makes for some humor but not realistic. Only a handful of them, where their character actively goes after the prize or even try to make out. It was a great chapter and thank you for the translation. Could someone explain why they always make Japanese men appear to be slow on getting with women or have severe hangups?

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    1. Based on what I know about the culture and the helpful article Crome Laziness had linked, the base answer is “because Japan’s work culture sucks” + stronger traditional gender roles.

      When you have to overtime at least half the days of every week and work until you might die, there honestly isn’t enough time for romantic prospects. If you spend the 6 hours of free time you have in a day sleeping like a sane man with a passable lifespan, then there’s essentially no time to date at all. There might be holidays, but then you would very much have to expressly go out to meet people-and at the expense of any personal hobbies you might have.

      Coupled with the fact that it’s implicitly expected for women to become housewives and men to support their entire families financially and marriage becomes a pretty unattractive prospect. The trend of “Herbivore men” are many things, but I’m not sure unrealistic is one of them.

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  10. Ooo~ I kinda love this.
    Harems are always a bit annoying by default, so it’s quite nice to see authors go out of their way to work things out a bit more from that baseline. Nina and Christiana both love Fuji-yan so much they’ll put up with each other and risk it all in various ways.
    I’m not sure if you can get over hating each other so quickly, but they’ve definitely closed the gap between them greatly with this heart-to-heart and it bodes well for their future as sister-wives. Getting a peek into their thoughts and fears was also endearing (called it on Christinana’s anxiety, by the way).

    I’m happy for best bro Fuji-yan. Speaking of which…I’ve said this before, but I totally want to read a story starring Fujiwara! Using your mind-reading and savvy to mercilessly wring out every drop of value out of would-be swindlers? Hell yeah, that’s great stuff.

    Things are also looking promising on Takki’s side. We have confirmation that he’s not entirely dense about it and does notice “something” about his party’s attraction to him. He’s just kinda at a loss as well, I assume. Plus he seems focused more on immersing himself in the game’s grind and rescue a goddess main quest. I will be wholly impressed with the author if he commits to getting this subplot past the “will-they won’t-they” stage soon.

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  11. That Fuji-yan is setting a bad example by losing his source of problems just by drinking alcohol. Nice! But…riajuu must die (not literally)!

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  12. I approve of their plan, because first they settled their difference face off. The didnt hide the fact that they hate each other.
    They had the same goal of marrying the one they love. Instead of competing for position for unknown outcome, they agreed and settled the case on their own.

    I think Chris and Nina although they hate each other can be together if they got married to Fujuwara.
    They were sincere to Fujiwara, and most of the time they were not overtaking each other in their own works. They had different role and works to go by and will not be a hindrance to their relationship of just hating each other

    The reason they hate each other was who will get the marriage proposal i think.
    After that, nothing else. Since they settled, they can be both wife and agreed their public positions. Then it showtime!!!!

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  13. HAHAHAHA Thanks for the cbhapter a fun one, well at least is confirmed that Takki-dono is not obvlious to those gials feelings but whats his position will still stay a mystery, I like this type of tease. Fuji, my friend give it up, you are already collared.

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