Chapter 119: Strategic Countermeasures

Naofumi pulls a motivational speech out of nowhere. Even he agrees it is BS. On a side note, I seem to be getting stuck with the political chapters.

Chapter 119: Strategic Countermeasures

“As expected, this is quite tough.”

I have returned to base, and am resting with the rest of my party. I head to the Strategy Meeting taking place between the leaders of multiple countries.

“Ah, The Hero of the Shield.” (Someone)

“Please, save the world.” (Someone else)

“I beg you, because of that, our country is…” (Someone else entirely)

The faces of the country leaders are quite pale.

The situation is quite grim. There will be no hope if I run here.

But… The difference in their treatment of me now is annoying.

Well, these people are from different countries. They may not know about my false crimes.

“We were watching from the back line. For it to have regeneration power to that extent…” (Queen)

The Queen speaks up with a worried face.

Trash… Doesn’t seem to be present.

But I think he would be a nuisance if he was here, anyways.

“I thought we had a chance of victory… but I guess we will have to defeat it in accordance with the legend.” (Naofumi)

“Yes… But the problem seems to be how to get you onto that giant.” (Queen)

“Now that you mention it, I have been seeing dragons flying around for a while.” (Naofumi)

On the way here, I saw many soldiers preparing and riding on dragons.

I guess they were making preparations to infiltrate the turtle’s insides.

“Will it be possible?” (Naofumi)

“The problem is the monsters that accompany the beast. It will be nearly impossible to break through a swarm of monsters that dense, and make it to the Turtle’s back.” (Queen)

“Fumu…” (Naofumi)

An impenetrable defense…

If it is just my party, we might be able to break through. But we have no idea how to seal the heart.

“Just to make sure, but you do have personnel capable of putting a seal on the heart?” (Naofumi)

“Yes, we have investigated the matter and have found a method we are certain will work.” (Queen)

“Is it something that my party will be able to perform?” (Naofumi)

“That is…” (Queen)

The Queen stays silent.

It seems we will not be able to do it alone.

It’s not that convenient, I guess.

“I see…” (Naofumi)

“It’s something we’ll need an entire platoon of magicians to perform.” (Queen)

“So we will need to infiltrate the Turtle with an entire army, and somehow reach the heart with minimal casualties?” (Naofumi)

“…Yes” (Queen)

If only the spell was long range, our lives would be so much easier.

So we need to buy enough time for an entire platoon to enter the body.

I look at the map on the table. It shows the location of the Turtle and near-by cities.

It’s getting very close, If we don’t hurry, more cities will be destroyed.

“Have you completed the evacuation procedures?” (Naofumi)

“That has been… Difficult.” (Queen)

“I see.” (Naofumi)

Just by getting close, this monster causes large-scale earthquakes. The fissures themselves can collapse buildings and block off escape routes. This is very bad.

And this monster is proceeding with clear purpose and direction.

Now that I think about it, it hasn’t shot out that powerful attack yet.

“What was that large scale attack that thing released on my party?” (Naofumi)

“We are currently investigating it. It has not released one since.” (Queen)

“Fumu…” (Naofumi)

It seems that it will take time before he can use such a large-scale attack again.

Or that it has yet to find another opponent worthy of firing it at.

Regardless, I will have to buy time for the Magician army to infiltrate the body.

And I need to help evacuate the populace…

“How far have evacuations progressed?” (Naofumi)

“It doesn’t seem we will make it before the Turtle arrives.” (Queen)

So this event will result in a really large amount of deaths.

What should I do.

I could try attacking it head on, while trying to destroy the heart, but there is a possibility that the result will be the same as when we destroyed the head.

It might be impossible to kill this monster.

“Why is it attacking densely populated areas, anyways?” (Naofumi)

“This is just from our investigations, but it doesn’t seem to be searching for food or resources.” (Queen)

So it isn’t trying to sustain itself.

So it is attacking of its own will.

I can’t think of a reason.

“Moreover, we have observed that it is not heading for the areas with the highest human populations.” (Queen)

“What do you mean?” (Naofumi)

“It also seems to be heading towards area with the highest monster populations.” (Queen)

So is it like an animal that enjoys going after ants’ nests, and that wants to make sure that no bugs build homes on its territory?

It’s not only attacking humans.

A monster like this…

I direct my gaze to Firo, who is resting outside.

This Filo Rial Queen may be able to attack it head-on and win.

Though I don’t know exactly how strong either of them are.

But I guess I shouldn’t try to test that.

“Will the ground troops be able to somehow board the Spirit Turtle’s back?” (Naofumi)

“It’s taking all of their manpower just to hold back the subordinate monsters. The flying unit may stand a chance, but breaking through the wall of monsters will be difficult.” (Queen)

The plan isn’t perfect, but there’s no choice.

“If I stall the Lesser Monsters and the Spirit Turtle, will the Army be able to get on its back?” (Naofumi)

If I can take on its strongest attack, then stalling might not be impossible.

When it was fighting my party and me, I was able to draw its attention, and its advanced slowed.

Worse comes to worst, I can just stall it until evacuation measures are complete.

Though I don’t know if I can stand that attack consecutively.

“Well, I’ll need a bit of back-line support.” (Naofumi)

“… Please wait for a second.” (Queen)

The Queen and the leaders from the other countries begin to discuss the plan.

“How is it? Taking an all or nothing chance?” (Someone)

“We’re acting too fast! If we are to go with that plan, it is better to wait for the 7 Star Heroes’ Arrival” (Leader Person)

“But at this rate, several cities and castles will become sacrifices before they arrive.” (Person)

“You’re only saying that because your country has yet to face any casualties! This monster needs to be defeated as soon as possible.” (Another Person)

This is getting quite heated.

Right now, the integrity of the four summoned heroes is in question, so I can’t really say anything.

Or course there are objections, and the counterarguments are understandable. Such is politics.

“That’s right, if we let that man defeat it, we can reduce the casualties to an absolute minimum.” (Someone)

“But he is the cause of this tragedy is he not?! One of the four heroes!” (Person I do not like)

“Let me ask you, what is a hero?” (Naofumi)

It does not seem I can remain silent for much longer.

I am supposed to be the Shield Hero, the one who will save the world.

Even if I don’t want to.

“T-that is…” (Person I do not like)

In response to my question, some people begin stammering out answers.

“A hero is a strong person who uses his power for just cause. It is someone with courage” (Queen)

The Queen presents this answer.

Good, if this person understands, then we may be able to proceed as planned.

“Heroes are all about Heart. No matter how hopeless the situation, they can never give up. Heroes must possess a will to protect the people!” (Naofumi)

What the hell am I trying to say.

Even though I’m the one who said it, I feel disgusted.

And anyways, I’m not that good of a person to begin with.

But don’t these things appeal to everyone?

Things like Courage, Justice, Will and Heart?

“If the people stationed here do not have enough power, then I will become their shield and protect them”. (Naofumi)

“Hero of the Shield…” (Person)

It seems I have left an impression on these people.

I spoke quite loudly. I bet my voice reached quite a few people outside as well…

“Hero of the Shield. Please forgive our previous words of cowardice.” (Person I didn’t like)

“Don’t mind it. I am used to being hated by the people. Let me take on the hate the people have for the four heroes.” (Naofumi)

I hold out my hand to the person who looks like a Shogun from another country.

“So for now, I want all of you to lend me your power. Let’s work together and defeat this monster.” (Naofumi)

“YES!” (Shogun)

The Shogun-like person firmly grasps my hand and exclaims loudly.

How simple. (TL: Just as Keikaku)

And so the plan to defeat the Spirit Turtle was finalized.

And it seems I raised the morale of the leaders.

We’ll work together to defeat the monster, and I will fight as a hero of justice.

“Now to return to topic, let us find a way to reduce the amount of casualties.” (Queen)

…The Queen is staring at me with a complicated expression.

Well, she knows that I’m not this sort of person.

The Queen restarts the meeting.

“Even though the Seven Heroes have yet to arrive, do we have enough soldiers capable of using the sealing spell?” (Queen)

“That is.. As long as they learn it by the time we are ready…” (Someone)

“Then do you think they will be able to proceed without issue? The army will be advancing regardless of whether they learn it or not.” (Queen)

“But to safely reach the heart, we need to…” (Someone)

“But that will only result in more damage. The best course of action is to seal the beast as fast as possible. Do you think the Hero of the Shield can hold out until the Seven Heroes get here?” (Queen)

…The leaders exchange some more words.

That’s right. The 3 heroes that caused all of this are currently missing. Even if we amass the seven heroes, it is not certain that we will attain victory.

As the shield, I am probably the only one capable of restraining the Spirit Turtle.

“Iwatani, please protect the Magical Platoon as they proceed towards the heart.” (Queen)

“I had that intention from the beginning. But once the platoon has infiltrated the turtle, I’ll only hold them back. My job is to decrease casualties. I’ll definitely buy those people enough time to complete their mission.” (Naofumi)

“Understood. Does anyone have any objections?” (Queen)

“…”

No one spoke up. There was no way that they could.

There is a strong feeling of unity present in the room.

All that’s left is to snatch victory.

“Well then, the mission will commence after all the preparations have been carried out.” (Queen)

The meeting is adjourned, and I leave the tent. I take a deep sigh, and Rafatalia calls out to me.

“Naofumi-sama, did you do something again?” (Rafatalia)

I had purposely raised my voice so people outside could hear.

But by her reaction, it does not seem that she was listening.

“Yep, it was the same as what happened back at Cal Mira.” (Naofumi)

“*Sigh*… I don’t understand what you are saying, but I guess that’s alright.” (Rafatalia)

“Oneechan, Master said that he would protect-” (Firo)

“Silence Bird.” (Naofumi)

If Rafatalia did not hear, then it’s fine as it is.

Truthfully, she will probably just sigh and look at me strange

?

Rishia is staring at me with admiration.

Why are her eyes sparkling like that?

“I’m inspired! It’s scary, but I’ll do my best!” (Rishia)

So both Firo and Rishia heard my speech.

Why is Rafatalia the only one left out?

I later found out that she had gone out to fetch water.

Replenishing the water supply is also important.

By the time she had returned, the camp was already astir with the trouble I had caused.

Most of the things I have caused so far have been no good, so there’s no helping it if she thinks I did something wrong.

“Now then, I’ll tell you the decision reached by the meeting.” (Naofumi)

“Yes” (Rafatalia)

“It’s been decided that I will stall the Spirit Turtle to give the army an opportunity to infiltrate it. Rafatalia and Rishia will be helping out that squadron. Firo, help me fight on the outside.” (Naofumi)

“Yay~!” (Firo)

“I understand, but will Naofumi-sama be alright fighting that beast without us?” (Rafatalia)

“I can’t even feel the attacks of the lesser monsters, and after the army has succeeded in its infiltration, I will follow on Firo.” (Naofumi)

If all else fails, I can use the Shield of Wrath to hold off the Monster.

I haven’t tried to use it yet as I was testing my Soul Eater Shield. The Wrath Shield will probably be able to take the Spirit Turtle’s attacks.

But I’m not sure if I can control my feelings.

Last time, Firo helped me get through it. I guess I’ll have to count on her again.

“Rishia, don’t be afraid. There is a possibility you might find Itsuki inside of the Turtle.” (Naofumi)

“Yes! I’ll try my hardest!” (Rishia)

This girl is more energetic than usual.

“And fix that talking habit of yours.” (Naofumi)

“Fue…” (Rishia)

“Yeah, that. Every time you feel uncertain,you let out that sound. Listening to it is annoying.” (Naofumi)

“Fueee!?” (Rishia)

“Hey, are you picking a fight or something?” (Naofumi)

“I-I’ll work on it…” (Rishia)

If she gets over it, she will mature mentally.

The first thing she must change is her own heart.

Rafatalia was like this at the beginning as well. It’s fine if she just progresses slowly.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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146 Responses to Chapter 119: Strategic Countermeasures

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yay new chapter!! thank you yoraikun!!

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  2. Phoenix says:

    Thanks for the chapter! Wasn’t expecting another one tonight

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  3. Phoenix says:

    And this monster is proceeding wit clear purpose and direction.

    Wit should be with

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  4. Bakahisa~ says:

    Thanks again for the chapter!
    BTW : “It’s been decided that I will stall the Spirit Turtle to give the army an opportunity to infiltrate it. Rafatalia and Firo will be helping out that squadron. Firo, help me fight on the outside.”
    I believe 2nd sentence it should be “rafatalia and rishia” by what it says on the follow up dialogue.

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  5. anon07 says:

    Thank you very much!!!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    That last part Naofumi said what i was thinking the whole time i was working on 118. That Fuee is annoying. 90% of her speech was her making that sound during the recon battle.

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  7. GodAtom28 says:

    I hereby invoke *spoiler alert* the Ass-kicking Equals Authority trope, where all characters in major positions of powers can kick some serious ass (Malty, you are the exception to this, u suck)

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  8. lazingkingoftheeast says:

    arigatougozaimasu

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  9. ratbunuts says:

    Thanks for the chapter

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  10. Zeb says:

    “Heroes are all about Heart. No matter how hopeless the situation, they can never give up. Heroes must protect a will to protect the hero!” (Naofumi)

    Is that supposed to be ” heroes must protect a will to protect the people/world”?

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  11. fateturns says:

    well… that wasnt really a speech persay – but its something.

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  12. goshinj says:

    Thank you 😁

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  13. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the chapter! Laughing at how Rishia’s “Fuee…” saying was suddenly brought up. XD

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  14. Lifariz says:

    “I understand, but will Naofumi-sama be alright fighting that beast without use?” (Rafatalia)

    use -> us

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  15. Magatsu says:

    “I understand, but will Naofumi-sama be alright fighting that beast without use?” i think it’s “us” not “use”
    hahaha..naofumi shouldn’t comment on rishia ‘fuee’ trademark. thats one of her charm point.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Yoraikun for this nice chapter ^^

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  17. Anonymous says:

    thanks

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  18. Anonymous says:

    I should’ve gotten a counter for how many times I’ve refreshed the page.

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  19. Hell Satan says:

    tthanks for the chapter

    I agree about Naofumi about Risha fuee getting anoying at first I thought it was cute now its just freaking disturbing anybody else think so or is it just me.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    thank you so much

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  21. danielcabeza59 says:

    So, did the other heroes got eat by the turtle or what? not that i don’t like that idea

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    • Anonymous says:

      ***SPOILER***
      woman2 and the companions of ren and itsuky are dead.

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      • danielcabeza59 says:

        just them or the other heroes too

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      • danielcabeza59 says:

        nah, sorry i read it wrong, so what happen to motoyatsu

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      • Hell Satan says:

        its ok since woman2 is a bimbo and Itsuki’s companions are assholes anyway what chapter did you find that from

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      • madmann135 says:

        That is …harsh. Looks like Rishia left Itsuki’s group at an opportune time.
        I actually like Woman1, though she put on airs to stay in Kitamura Motoyasu’s group she knows the dangers, her grinding with Shield probably paid off in the long run.
        Amaki Ren’s companions were a nice group but their teamwork was lacking.
        Honestly I would feel bad for the three but they were asking for it.

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      • simpleotaku says:

        Thats a shame about Ren’s companions (I guess). For some reason I feel like Itsuki will demand a companion from Naofumi (out of desperation), probably look to Rishia and then hopefully she will truly get over that brat.

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        • danielcabeza59 says:

          spoiler
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          nop, she won’t get over him. If you read the raw, you will get one of the biggest face palm because rishia becomes itsuki’s wife.

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        • disqus says:

          well if you read christmas chapter its no surprise. therir party changed considerably so i already expect the rest got killed

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        • simpleotaku says:

          @danielcabeza59 Well f**k her then, also (as long as you’re spoiling) is there a female knight that joins Naofumi or is she one of the 7 heroes. On another note while I feel glad that there are other heroes to rely on I feel like they’re each potentially going to be as equally irksome, especially because Naofumi is sorta getting more normal as a character. If he was the dark tactician type (not just cynical) then I wouldn’t be as worried but hes really not, although I feel that (for the author) he should have been like that since his weapon is a shield. .

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        • OMG, thats a biggest face palm i make with my both hand….
          To think rishia become itsuki wife….it just a little to much….

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        • Mario says:

          But if you think about it, if Itsuki made Rishia leave it was because he know what will happen (not that much…everyone die)…he guess it will be to much to Rishia and made her leave…so in a way he was worry for her safety.
          It is anoying to know Rishia will marry Itsuki but at least i think now he is not a jerk just a big idiot…it is almost the same, but a little better.

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        • Anonymous says:

          name again the companions that die in this arc again

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      • Anomymus :o) says:

        haha.. so that‘s what happened..
        this is in my thought when i read itsuki companion die XD
        itsuki companion must spouting a lot crap (like justice bla bla bla justice) and got stomped…
        i wonder how the other died… XP

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        • Anomymus :o) says:

          hum.. i wonder if they‘re gonna try to bring the corpse to church and perform some revival ritual…. or maybe they gonna try to bring some revival item that it‘s effect actually making zombie XP

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      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry, but not all of itsuki’s companions are dead… Armor is alive xD and he takes important part in laters plot.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I wonder why no one pointed out that this isn’t completely right…

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  22. madmann135 says:

    I am pleasantly surprised at this chapter, two chapter releases today is a good thing.

    Naofumi goes out of character, acting like a hero when he is in reality a merchant. If Rafatalia herd his speech I would have fell out of my chair laughing.
    I will admit, even though he is a part time hero Naofumi is probably the best “hero” for the job.
    7 chapters of combat against a legendary creature to go.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    “And fix that talking habbit of yours.” (Naofumi)

    Should be [“And fix that talking habit of yours.” (Naofumi),] right?

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  24. R says:

    Thank you for the new chapter. Great job!

    English is not my first language, but I think you may want to change the [use] to [us].
    “I understand, but will Naofumi-sama be alright fighting that beast without use?” (Rafatalia)

    Can’t wait for the next chapter.

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  25. Uz3r013 says:

    “On a side note, I seem to be getting stuck with the political chapters.”
    Well maybe you should translate 120 right now… it feels like it will be action packed *wink* *wink*
    (Unless Bakahou is doing it, I sad cause he hasn’t released in a LONG time! (a long time being 3 days :P)

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  26. lozlo says:

    I’m sure Bakahou would switch with you if you want to start doing evens instead, lol. According to Murphy’s law, you’ll still end up with the political chapters though. ;p

    Thanks for the release. Should be interesting when we finally hear what happened to the other heroes. I wonder if they got trapped inside the turtle when they released it or something.

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  27. Bakahou says:

    Reblogged this on Bakahou and commented:
    Chapter 119 by Yoraikun.

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  28. k says:

    thank for the update

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  29. Carl says:

    Thanks for the chapter dude

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  30. Ingro says:

    Thank you for the chapter

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  31. cloudmcleod says:

    Thanks for The chapter yoraikun!

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  32. MiKi says:

    fast and well delivered thank yoraikun :)

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  33. Yao says:

    Thank you, thank you! *bows*

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  34. TyrannoRexaur says:

    I like where this is going.
    The other heroes are most likely inside the turtle but are wounded and tired.
    btw, it would have been nice to get some of that Spirit Turtle’s severed head but I know it was impossibñe in the middle of the battle.

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  35. Mad says:

    For those who are complaining on how Rishia is speaking, she is only staying in character, after all she is wearing the Filo Rial kigurumi suit.

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  36. Dude says:

    “This is getting quite headed.” Uh heated ?

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  37. Zeke says:

    Heroes have the will to protect your chastity! hahahaha jokine nice chapter!

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  38. Anonymous says:

    Thx~ plz keep on the good work :)

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  39. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  40. Anonymous says:

    So if Risha is going to become Itsuki’s wife then why is ch. 130 called Level reset?

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

    Also with so many comments I thought I had much more to read :(

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  42. Anonymous says:

    “Hey, are you picking a fight or something?”
    i lol’d xD

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  43. unknown says:

    this is like a narchotics. u give us a chapter and we enjoy. u give us more we enjoy more but we want even more after that dose… ;)

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  44. roslanalif says:

    thanks man..
    very goood job…
    ^_^

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  45. Anomymus :o) says:

    the tortoise must be not using his finisher move when he fighting with the other hero just naofumi that he using that crazy BEEEAMMM *_*

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  46. Anomymus :o) says:

    the tortoise must be not using his finisher move when he fighting with the other hero just naofumi that he using that crazy BEEEAMMM *_*
    The other hero companion must be all dead because got stomp XD

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  47. whome says:

    Thanks for the chapters, all of you!

    I suspect entering the back of the turtle causes time to slow for the visitors, just like the legend. That would explain why the 3 heroes haven’t answered, they have no idea how much time has passed.

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  48. tsukiotoko says:

    Bro, It is a tortoise that carries Mt Penglai, not a turtle. And for mythological references, it is taken from China, not japan. It is turtle for japan but tortoise for china.

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  49. Sodemas says:

    Thx Yorai-san, i quiet like the “political” chapter, but i guess for translating it would be nice a change of pace…

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