WM – Chapter 208: Takatsuki Makoto heads to the remnants

“Hey, Makoto, is there a need to listen to the request for assistance from the Pope?” (Lucy)

“That’s right! It is the guy that tried to do something terrible to Fu-chan! Like in ero doujins!” (Aya)

“…What are ero doujins?” (Furiae)

“Ah! I know! It is the ones that go ‘Kuh! Kill me!’.” (Lucy)

“Lu-chan…where did you get that knowledge? By the way, the one who would fit the ‘Kuh! Kill me!’ bill would be Saki-chan, I guess.” (Aya)

“I don’t understand what you two are talking about at all.” (Furiae)

Lucy, Sa-san, and Furiae-san were talking noisily. 

Right now we are at a place a little further away from the capital of Highland, at the ghost town.

It is apparently a town that fell from a monster stampede several decades ago. 

It was uninhabited for some time, but there’s rumours that it is being used as a hideout for the Snake Church.

We came here in order to confirm the authenticity of those rumors.

The objective is to investigate the remnants of the Snake Church by the request of the Pope.

“It can’t be helped. Princess Sofia was troubled.” (Makoto)

I answered the question of Lucy.

Rozes doesn’t have many templars.

In this world, templars serve as policemen. 

An existence that one can’t be without in order to maintain public order.

Templars are affiliated with the Goddess Church, and Rozes is compensating for its lack of personnel with the knights that the Sun Country dispatches.

In other words, if the Pope were to say ‘we will be withdrawing the templars from Rozes in order to prepare for the battle against the Great Demon Lord’, it would be incredibly problematic.

Of course, it normally wouldn’t end up that way, but they might use our refusal as an excuse to demand Furiae-san.

We decided to listen to them.

“So, is the Snake Church here?” (Furiae)

Furiae-san was looking around restlessly while grabbing the sleeve of Sa-san.

That’s normally my role as her Guardian Knight, but I decided to have her be close to Sa-san who is the safest to be with.

“[Detection].” (Makoto)

I walk around the ghost town and search for the presence of enemies.

But there’s no reaction at all.

My Detection has a radius of around 100 meters…

But I have a party member that is better than me in searching for enemies.

“Lucy, how’s it?” (Makoto)

“Hmm, nothing. Don’t hear anything.” (Lucy)

The senses of Lucy have a wider range and higher accuracy than my Detection.

That even she doesn’t hear anything must mean that…

“Fake information?” (Makoto)

“What do we do, Takatsuki-kun? Go back?” (Aya)

“Hmmm…” (Makoto)

If there’s no one, we have nothing to do.

Or maybe they have just left temporarily. 

Let’s try persisting for a bit more. 

“Let’s wait for a bit, and if they still don’t show up, we leave.” (Makoto)

“Okay~.” (Aya)

“Hmph, even though we went through the trouble of coming all the way here.” (Furiae)

“There’s nothing bad in it being safe, Furi.” (Lucy)

The tension lessened slightly, and we decided to stay on standby in the shadows.

There’s no reaction from Detection.

Lucy is on alert. 

Don’t think we will be caught by a surprise attack with this.

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Around 30 minutes after arriving at the ghost town…

A voice resonated in my head.

(This…bad…Mako…! That…is…)

Noah-sama?

Hm? Her voice sounds far away.

Noah-sama, what’s the matter? 

(……)

No response.

What was that?

At that moment…

*Pang*

Someone landed on the ground making a light sound.

They must have come using flying magic.

I didn’t notice their approach at all.

They approached us with fearsome silence and speed. 

My hair stood on end.

The one standing in front of us is a man with white armor and the crest of the Goddess.

A templar. 

And yet…why didn’t Detection react?

The one there is the Sun Hero Alexander that we met not that long ago. 

“Hey there, what a coincidence.” (Alex)

The man said shamelessly. 

His face was showing a slight grin.

…Coincidence?

Who is going to believe that when we meet at a ghost town?

“““…”””

I silently take stance with my dagger.

Lucy held her staff up, and Sa-san stood in front of Furiae-san.

Furiae-san was glaring at the Sun Hero with suspicion.

The man in front of us said this with a wide grin on his face.

“I will have you hand over the Moon Oracle there.” (Alex)

“I refuse.” (Makoto)

I responded without hesitation.

That answer must have been what he expected, he didn’t show much surprise.

“No no, you have no right to refuse.” (Alex)

The Sun Hero Alexander shrugged his shoulders. 

“Pope’s orders?” (Makoto)

“No, I am doing this on my own volition. It will be taken as the Pope not being involved in this.” (Alex)

The Sun Hero speaks out even what he doesn’t need to say with a carefree smile.

Looks like it was the trap of the Pope. 

…It was a mistake to have come.

“Sa-san.” (Makoto)

“Yeah, I will protect Fu-chan!” (Aya)

I decided to leave Furiae-san to Sa-san.

I call the Spirits and have Lucy prepare her mana in order to be able to use magic at any moment. 

But the Sun Hero in front of us was just grinning and didn’t do anything.

“Oi oi, there’s no point in resisting. It is for your sake to give her up before you get hurt.” (Alex)

Looks like for him, Furiae-san getting kidnapped is already a settled thing.

He plans on proceeding even if it is by using forceful means.

“Haah…I don’t really take pride in bullying the weak though… Hm?” (Alex)

The Sun Hero was about to say something, but he cut off his words in the middle, and looked up.

I do the same, and there was something falling at astounding speed.

“Furiae!” 

“Takatsuki-kun! Aya-chan!” 

The ones who showed up were Yokoyama-san and Sakurai-kun on a pegasus.

Sakurai-kun jumped off the pegasus and stood in front of us.

That’s a relief. 

With Sakurai-kun here, there’s nothing to worry about.

“Princess Noel told me that the Pope was making plans to kidnap Furiae.” (Sakurai)

“Aah, even the Light Hero-kun is here, huh… I was told that you shouldn’t be hurt.” (Alex)

Even when Sakurai-kun arrived, the Sun Hero wasn’t erasing his carefree smile.

I glance at the sky, and I see that even though it is slightly cloudy, the sky is clear. 

It is different from the time against the Demon Lord.

It is the Light Hero Sakurai-kun in perfect form.

And yet, why is he looking so carefree…?

“Move aside, Light Hero-kun.” (Alex)

The Sun Hero demands arrogantly. 

“I refuse.” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun unsheathes his sword and takes a stance.

Lucy, Yokoyama-san, and I prepare ourselves to assist him.

Compared to us, the Sun Hero was showing no signs of being worked up.

“Haah…what a pain.” (Alex)

The Sun Hero sighed heavily.

The next instant…

*Whoom!*

A squall blew.

A massive aura rages around the Sun Hero.

A warm light covers the area as if protecting us from that violent aura. 

Sakurai-kun had his magic sword in hand and his body and blade were shining lightly. 

It is a gentle light, but it is a massive aura that doesn’t fall short to the Sun Hero’s one.

“Sun Hero Alex, this is not the time for us to be fighting each other. Withdraw.” (Sakurai)

“Of course, I also have no intentions of fighting you.” (Alex)

“Then…” (Sakurai)

“As long as I get that Moon Oracle there.” (Alex)

“I can’t allow that.” (Sakurai)

“Negotiation failed then.” (Alex)

That was no negotiation! 

After his one-sided demand, the Sun Hero slowly walks over here. 

“Don’t get any closer.” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun’s voice was firm.

“Ryosuke…” (Furiae)

Furiae-san mutters uneasy. 

The Light Hero should be the strongest. 

It should be okay…right?

The Sun Hero isn’t stopping his steps and isn’t erasing his smile.

With a grin still on his face, he continues approaching us.

“I will hold back. Nothing personal.” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun says this and hits the Sun Hero with the back of the sword.

The blunt side.

The Sun Hero grabbed the magic sword of Sakurai-kun with his hand.

“No way!” (Saki)

Yokoyama-san let out her voice in shock.

“Oi oi, what were you trying to achieve with such a soft swing?” (Alex)

He makes a fist with the hand that’s not holding the sword.

A punch that was like a flash brushed close to the face of Sakurai-kun.

“Kuh!” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun takes distance.

“Ooh, you managed to avoid that. Looks like the great me held back too much as well. Just give up the pointless struggle and hand over the Moon Oracle.” (Alex)

The Sun Hero still had a bold smile.

“Got it, I will be serious on the next one.” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun’s body and magic sword were showing the same light as the time when he defeated the Beast King.

Sakurai-kun blurred out. 

“Light Sword: [Flash].” (Sakurai)

I heard that voice.

A small explosion and flash.

After that, a violent wind raged, and dust flew. 

I saw something flying away.

It seemed like a person.

“…Eh?”

I heard someone mutter that in blank disbelief.

The one who was sent flying away was Sakurai-kun who was now knocked out. 

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106 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 208: Takatsuki Makoto heads to the remnants

  1. Thanks for the chapter~

    Oh shit, even Sakurai is knocked up. I can’t think that Aya could at least hurt Alex too. And what does he mean with his own volition? What does he have towards Furiae? He seems quite all the time and don’t have anything personal towards the devil / demon so far!

    Damn Makoto, how would you get out of this situation? Alex is too mysterious to be faced on unprepared like this

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    1. If we eliminate the sinister reasons that Alex is like this, we still have at least one really bad “Good” reason, he could be one of those converted souls, like what was done to the Demon Makoto offered up to Eir….

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    2. He’s just saying that it’s his own volition. It’s still the Pope’s orders just, he’s just saying he is doing itself to remove himself from the Pope’s connection. Even if they reported it, it would just be taken as a knight acting on his own, so they’ll give him a minor slap on the wrist

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    3. Uh I think you mean Sakurai is “knocked out”. “Knocked up” changes this story’s genre to something completely different… >.>

      Anyways what he means by his own volition is just that that’s the excuse Alex and the pope will give to the alliance.

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    1. That would be impossible in this case because
      1. He the guardian knight of Destiny Goddess, so Ira would know it.
      2. If he is really snake church guy (issaac) then he’s priorities would be to kill the moon oracle and sakurai since they are treat to GDK. Or makoto and his party that keep getting in his plan.
      3. He said capture and he don’t wanna hurt sakurai or kill him so, being the snake church is out of option.
      4. Is obvious that he is after The moon oracle under the order of the pope

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      1. He’s the Sun Knight, Ira is Goddess of Fortune, and based in a different country. I think he’s supposed to be a knight from the Church of Althena, though Ira may have screwed him up trying to better hide herself.

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      2. If he’s not then why would he listen to Esther (Ira), only. But he listen to Esther, even thou the pope and others stop him ( in the recognition about Esther first appearance in the chapter where he reveals makoto identity about being a Evil gorld believer and tried to restrain him) that would be obvious to me, that he’s a guardian Knight, just like makoto where he always listen to Furie( well i think, sometimes ). And second only to the pope, which he listened to/ take order.🤔 This just my analysis thou.

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  2. Thanks for the chapter!
    even if it sucked,
    durrrrr we HAVE to walk into the obvious trap cause the water country CANT AFFORD POLICE
    should it even exist then???
    also obvious plot twist is obvious.
    just…..ugh. The faster the demon king revives the better

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  3. Okay, Alexander is way too strong. How can he beat the Light Hero in one hit?

    As expected, it was a trap of the Pope. When everything is over, they should execute him or something like that.

    On a sidenote, why does Lucy know about ero doujins ? Who teached her about that stuff ? Fujiwara ? Kawakita ?The contents of their conversation were too funny.

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    1. The ero doujin thing was the best part of the chapter :l
      And I know theres gonna be some excuse about how the divinity effected him or he still has some or something but like…
      It honestly feels like he can cause the author decided he needed to be able to to move the plot forward :l
      (that or the power of the light hero has been massively overstated)

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      1. It’s definitely going to be the fault of either altena or Ira. and considering what we know about how Ira does things. it’s probably her fault.

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  4. Ok, it’s clear that he still have divinity, if that’s the case and considering that he can think, then is possible that he spend most of the charged divinity that surpressed his thought, so the amount left make him powerful enough without lost conscious.

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  5. Now how are the Goddesses gonna deal with this situation?
    And how is Makoto gonna deal with the Sun Hero?
    Maybe a surprise Rosalie appearance? Or perhaps a surprise Demon Lord appearance.
    Actually, could the Sun Hero be the one who stabs Sakurai in the back?

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      1. Yeah, that’s would be great do all according to plan of noah overthrowing the holy gods, if it turn a all war both sides because of this kidnapping incident. 😂

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    1. I expect the Goddesses to offer a half-assed apology only when all is said and done. Or they might surprise us and actually get rid of the Pope. Makoto will either synchronize with Furiae to summon Undine, or he might do something crazy like try to change more parts of his body into a Spirit for more power. As for Alex stabbing Sakurai, I don’t think that will happen since there’s no indication that his future can’t be seen like Makoto and Furiae.

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      1. Hmm, I don’t know if call him demigod, I think is more like Ira-chan give him the excess od divinity when she is here, and he probably used most of it when defeating the Snake Church, so he can stay conscious with the amount of divinity left.

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      2. @expectro, that would be a plot hole because, it stated that holy gods can not give a divinity beside divine protection, in the last chapters. If they break it, they would have a war. So I don’t think Ira that would be stupid enough to break it the law in god realm. Last since Alex create a popularity of exterminating snake church so the powerful beings are watching him so the gods or other beings are not blind unless they be stupid enough not to know it. Then that’s leads to conclusion that in order use a divinity without breaking a law is he have to be a human at same time a god. Like the story in our where Zues have a son in human world to save it, rather than him. My suspicion will go towards Jupiter since he a 1000 wives and still finding another one. I think he the son of it. Well that’s my evidence of alex a demi – god. 😁

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      3. It’s a good point, but, Ira-chan already bresaked the rules with constant possession, and even do that no one of the god noticed, so that say 1. she is stupid enough to do that, 2. she do something with his power so the other don’t realize it, if to that is added that Alex was like a zombi before and only followed the words of Ira-chan is not absurd to think that.

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      4. That would be explain that gods and devils didn’t notice as stated, even Eri because she lowered her divinity to human level. Unless just like Eri who use her eyes it only takes a seconds to know that’s Ira doing constant Descent. But in this case they didn’t notice it.
        1. The the gods are too arrogant and didn’t inspect carefully because its a weak power.
        2. Eri notice it because she look carefully. Well she didn’t expect that her sister would be lower realm because she looking in divine realm.( Eri on the other hand, likes get in trouble so she let esther do want she wants😑.)
        3. if She did do something on Alex. The gods would know it because, just in 1. They have there eyes on alex who’s power surpasses a hero, unless they didn’t do anything to him because he didn’t break the law. 🤔🤯🤯

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    1. Your not alone, but that would be impossible because holy gods are watching in and out even his mind so makoto would be eliminated if that’s the case

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    2. Not Evelisse, or Iblis as of new variant. At least that Vampire Demon Lord hi ted him being someone another(not yet explained who), discarded his though moment later though. Problem is his hostility the moment of his thought, excludes him being Iblis. And that “someone” who was waiting for Abel-the-Savior, for whom he left behind his thirsty saintess to “elope”

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  7. Man, I’m worried. Even Noel was worried about this Alex guy. I’m currently thinking that Makoto loses, Fury gets kidnapped, then a training montage and Fury getting rescued, then finally the tsundere oracle finally falls.

    B-but… Where is my Prince Leonard arc

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  8. Makoto should kill him then throw his body infront of the pope and he should said, “what’s the meaning of this?”

    Or maybe he should use the the technique he used from the immortal demon lord so that his soul can be recycled, he is a headache of the story along with this Pope!

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    1. It’s on the pope’s orders. He then gives Makoto the planned excuse that he did this on his own volition to not connect this with the pope so that he doesn’t also get in trouble.

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  9. Is it Ira again? Maybe he’s some kind of angels brought by Ira for backup plan for fighting Demon King if Light Hero died and because she can’t descend again the pope taking control of him.

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  10. I wouldn’t doubt Alexanders divinity came from Ira when she was in her long Descent. Remember how even Eir and the other Goddesses didn’t know Ira was descended and then Eir couldn’t figure out how Ira hid her Divinity while descended

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  11. This was the day when the ideas of first ero-doujins came in this world. Why does Lucy knows about the bondage/r*pe/ntr tagline?
    Hmmmmmm…… Interesting. Could it be that due to Alex’s divinity of he had some skill or magic tool which works like total reflection/reversal? I still think that Issac is either in league with Alex and the goddesses never knew because of his divinity of that he received that divinity from Naia.
    Anyways, thanks for the chapter!

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  12. Wait, Makoto seriously didn’t know it was a trap? C’mon how stupid can you be? It was painfully obvious it was a trap. I thought he went because of a Gamer Brain moment where Makoto would be all like, “OK this is a trap but we gotta go so the main questline will move forward.” But no, he seriously didn’t think it was a trap and waited there for half an hour.

    Also they seriously could have easily ignored the pope’s request. So what if he threatens to order the templars to pull out of Rozes. Who are the templars going to listen too? An old man or the Saint and next queen of Highland? Obviously the Saint Noel. Even if they did follow the pope’s orders, others can be sent to patrol Rozes. Janet has already worked out a deal with Sofia to send part of her Pegasus Knights to patrol Rozes and I’m sure the rest of the Valentine family would also send their forces too. Plus Great Keith already sends some of their forces their too and they would be more than happy to send more since that’s where their savior Makoto lives along with their Country Designated Hero Sa-san too.

    Once this is over they damn well better decapitate that shitty old geezer and go display his head to the public like the Snake Church members. See how he likes it.

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    1. Well you see he has to go because-
      …..because……..
      *sigh*
      Because the author decided this is happening.
      I can pray they at least try to explain it a little with “losing his emotions has reduced his fear so much hes stupid” but I really don’t feel like the author even remembers that anymore.
      Now we can only hope this doesn’t end up taking too long.

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    2. Well I expected it was a trap since its a request from the Pope, but I did not expect it to be this blatant. I was kind of expecting the Pope to use some cardinal to issue the request and feign ignorance, but even so in broad daylight and near the Sun Country’s capital? I was expecting assassins that were more discreet and the incident being at night or afternoon.

      Oh well, this is one of the flaws with Makoto being dense and airheaded. He lacks a sense of danger unlike everyone else. These guys underestimated the Pope by a long shot. Alex should be a demigod too.

      Ether way, this incident is not excusable at all with the Light Hero and other heroes here. This could impact relations seriously with everyone from Wood Country, Fire Country, Water Country, and Noel’s faction, and Eir as well as Ira.

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      1. Not only was the trap blatant but it was poorly executed. Alex wasn’t even there from the beginning. I had expected that they’d be surrounded or ambushed the minute they arrived. Instead Makoto had to wait around for 30 minutes before Alex even showed up. The trap would’ve gone to shit if Makoto just left after seeing there was nobody. All he needed to do was scan for people with his and Sa-san’s abilities for like 5 minutes, go all, “Welp there’s nobody here. Guess it was a false alarm. Let’s go home.” and then just leave. What would Alex do then? He wouldn’t show up until later and by then Makoto would be back in Symphonia -since the ghost town they went to was literally just on the capital’s outskirts- giving a report that he found nobody.

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  13. hmm, will Makoto Go Berserk Again this time. that most best solution to beat Alex as far i can know..
    Mix Water Pressure and kissing Lucy to make it Super Hot too. (mix of Water and Fire Spirit)

    i think what ppl say about might be right. he has Divinity from Ira.
    if Makoto Kill Alex By mistake i wonder what will happen as he is currently a divine, will he become God Slayer?

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  14. I guess the Sun Hero Alex is like an old god like the titans that belongs to other factions.
    He was descended front he god realms because he was being ordered to.
    I think the god need to take away Furi-san because she is literally an aberrant being in that world in which they cannot control or se her future actions and influence in that world…

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  15. What a surprise *monotone*

    This guy’s perpetual smile is pretty annoying. The fact that he knocked Sakurai out is kinda bullshit too. Probably divinity. Hope we can, like, tattle on him or something. Either to higher-ups in the world, or one of the gods.

    Beat his ass, Takki!
    I wonder if this is actually gonna be a case of Furiae being taken and the drama of her rescue pushing things over the edge, though?

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  16. Well I expected it was a trap since its a request from the Pope, but I did not expect it to be this blatant. I was kind of expecting the Pope to use some cardinal to issue the request and feign ignorance, but even so in broad daylight and near the Sun Country’s capital? I was expecting assassins that were more discreet and the incident being at night or afternoon.

    Oh well, this is one of the flaws with Makoto being dense and airheaded. He lacks a sense of danger unlike everyone else.

    Speaking of which, in the myths Alexander was supposed to be a kid that Zeus fathered. So he’s probably a demigod with divinity and why he listened to Ira. But why the heck is he following the Pope’s orders? Ira would probably scold him and isn’t his existence basically taboo? That’s like direct interference by gods to upgrade their pieces on the chessboard illegally.

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  17. Thanks for the chapter. As expected, it was a trap after all, but I expected something a bit more elaborate other than Alex charging in alone. But since he was able to take down Sakurai with ease, I’m leaning towards the theory that he’s a demigod. Let’s see how the heroes will get out of this jam.

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      1. It’s 4:00 am where I’m at
        It’s Sunday anyway.
        A life of gaming, watching anime and reading novels and manga is the best XD.
        If it wasn’t because I also have to work it would be perfect.
        My role model is Itami from gate

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  18. Thanks for the chapter.

    “Let’s wait for a bit, and if they still don’t show up, we leave.” (Makoto)

    The worst choice of his life…

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  19. thanks for chap
    baka mc walked into a trap and even waited ,i always felt the alex guy was an enemy and strong one at that.looks to be really bad for mc this time

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  20. Who would have guessed it was a trap, right? After all it was just someone who TOTALLY antagonize you telling you to go to a TOTALLY desolated location. What could go wrong?

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  21. By his own volition means it’s a bald-faced lie of course. It’s what he’s going to tell anyone. Can’t have the Pope be disobedient to the goddess he supposedly serve, but a loose cannon hero is nothing new. And yet, I get the feeling that she’s watching pretty closely. Seriously, trying to sneak around higher entities with good surveillance? Most likely gonna get you nominated for Darwin Award.

    Sure Pope, it’s a smart idea to be inciting an infighting when the Great Demon Lord is about to resurrect. Even better if you get Makoto killed while at it. It’s not like Sakurai isn’t going to just BSOD after that. Or maybe even contemplate fighting on the other team. Nope, not gonna happen.

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