Chapter 220: Trap

There are some words you need to understand to understand Otaku Culture The word used for the title is Otoko no Ko, or the English Equivalent, Trap.

Chapter 220:  Trap
(TL: The one that warrants Hououin Kyouma going, ‘Daga Otoko’ in the background. Not the Admiral Akbar type.)

Eventually night falls, and I invite Ren and Motoyasu to my house. I want to see how earnestly they’ve been studying.
I used this country’s language to make up a test.
Though I don’t know why the study hating me is acting like a teacher.

… Well the past few days have been pretty much like this.
Though Motoyasu starts today.

“Motoyaasu, if you’re here to play with Filo Rials, then leave!” (Naofumi)

Motoyasu pats his Filo Rial followers as he looks over the questions.

“You can’t! If I don’t have them, how do you expect me to study in this room that stinks of pigs!?” (Motoyasu)
“… *Sigh” (Naofumi)

According to Motoyasu, my entire village stinks of Pigs, and he can’t stand being in it.
The only way he can handle it is if he’s surrounded by Filo Rials.
I ignore Motoyasu and go check over Ren’s work.

“There are a few grammatical errors, but it seems you’ve gotten a grasp of the language.” (Naofumi)
“That’s because Naofumi diligently teaches me every night.” (Ren)

He learning quite fast, while I took quite a while.
Of course learning from a chart is much easier than learning from scratch.
It was really difficult for me, who only ever managed to get average scores in English.
Learning a new language will always be quite tough.
Though it was an essential for my life, so I have been able to become quite fluent in it.

“So, Motoyasu, how are you doing?” (Naofumi)

I look at Motoyasu’s paper.
… His scores are higher than anticipated.
They’re just elementary problems, but he has around 80% correct.
He was quite a Realer (TL: Riaju) in his own world. He may be smarter than me.
I don’t know why such a man got hooked on Net Games, but it seems that it is no longer possible to get such information from the individual, and I don’t really want to.

“All is for Firo-tan. I am working hard.” (Motoyasu)
“… I see.” (Naofumi)

So he’s learning fast because they’re the letters of Firo’s world.
I guess this is what they call the determination of an idiot.
It seems that he’s highly motivated.

“Do you understand why I’m having you learn the letters of this world?” (Naofumi)
“… To help in your peddling?” (Ren)

After thinking for a while, Ren answers.
If he had said ‘In order to learn magic’, then I would have stopped his lessons. I guess he gets passing marks.
It may be an essential skill to learn magic, but if he answered as such, that would mean that he was still lusting for power as he had been before.

“That’s also a reason. Though I’m not sure if you’re saying your true opinion.” (Naofumi)

He seems to have some desire to save the world. I’ll leave it at that.
I understand that I’m acting stuck up. But originally, this is a skill he should have picked up on his own.
He should be grateful that I’m even teaching him.

“Well, Ren’s been busy with his sword training recently, so should we end studies here?” (Naofumi)
“About that…” (Ren)
“Hm?” (Naofumi)

Ren doesn’t make eye contact. He stumbles over his words.

“Could I, like Naofumi… Be given a job?” (Ren)

He seems to be trying hard as not to be put under suspicion.  He looks straight at me and stops talking.
It seems… He is motivated at least.
Though I don’t know his prowess.

“A job… Do you mean like my compounding?” (Naofumi)
“Since I’ve come to this village, I’ve heard that Naofumi’s been doing a lot. Cooking, and compounding, making accessories, and even dabbling in alchemy. That’s why I… want to learn to do something.” (Ren)
“My dream is to become a Filo Rial herder.” (Motoyasu)
“Motoyasu, be quiet for a second.” (Ren)

I see… So Ren has gotten an interest in manufacturing.
Ah, is that why he’s been so earnest in learning the sword?
As he’s a Hero, if he unlocks the required weapons, then he should be able to gain manufacturing skills like mine.
If he really wants to, I don’t see why I shouldn’t…

“I see your enthusiasm. So you want to become a person who makes things.” (Naofumi)

Because of the Curse of Greed, Ren can’t touch money, and his monster drops are all bad.
I think it will take a month to recover. Though when coupled with Gluttony, I don’t know.
It’s only been a week and a half since he’s gotten here, so it’ll be a while.

“T-that’s true… but when I see this village’s children, I get the feeling that I can’t continue doing nothing.” (Ren)
“Fumu…” (Naofumi)

I see where he’s coming from.
A majority of the villagers are good with their hands. They make goods to be peddled.
So he got such an impression.

“When your curse lessens, I’ll leave it to you.” (Naofumi)
“Got it.” (Ren)

… Doesn’t the Onsen at Cal Mira have Curse reducing effects?
Though you can’t do anything else while recuperating.
I remember my curse, which was supposed to take a month, being dispelled faster while I was there.
Though I used Blutopfer again shortly afterwards, so my stats fell again.

Since we have a teleportation skill, I should probably look into it.
Should I go check it out tonight… Even though it’s for treatment purposes, it sounds a little fun.
Can the other heroes warp there?
Though the island isn’t really far or anything.

“Hey, can either of you warp to Cal Mira Island?” (Naofumi)
“Hm? Ah, it’s a place I haven’t set. The Island Activation prevented teleportation skills.” (Ren)
“How about now?” (Naofumi)
“It’s the off season. We won’t know unless we try.” (Ren)

Then it might not be so bad to visit for the onsens.
I’ll send the nuisance Motoyasu away to check it out, and wait for his return.
I can leave it to Ren as well.
I wonder if Heroes are able to teleport each other.

“The next thing I need to ask is whether or not Heroes can teleport each other if they’re in the same party.” (Naofumi)
“That is… I never tried so I don’t know.” (Ren)

I guess I’ll have to experiment.
I’ll try teleporting somewhere with Motoyasu later.

“Mo-kun, are you still studying~?” (Filo Rial)
“I am, Marin-chan. I need to work hard to get Father-in-Law to approve of my marriage.” (Motoyasu)
“Muuuu!” (Filo Rials)

Upon hearing that, Red and Green punch him simultaneously.
By the way, I wouldn’t let them in my house unless they took on human form.
They made the same promise as Firo.
If they break it, I have punishment in store.

“Marin-chan?” (Ren)
“Don’t get involved, Ren.” (Naofumi)
“Well, I’m not really sure, but having a conversation partner is important, right? That’s what I’ve been thinking recently.” (Ren)

So he’s speaking from experience.
It’s not like he’s wrong, but he should consider who he’s speaking to.
Motoyasu’s a landmine. You should steer clear of him.

“I’m glad you asked!” (Motoyasu)

Motoyasu’s eyes sparkles as he loudly proclaims this.
Ah, you stirred up the hornet’s nest.
Motoyasu joyfully proceeds into a speech I have no interest in.

“First, this Red child’s name is Kuu-chan. The origin of this is Crimson. Next, the Blue one’s name is Marin-chan. Her name comes from Aquamarine. Finally, we have Midori. Her name is just as it sounds.” (Motoyasu)
(TL: Crimson = Kurimuson, so Ku. Aquamarine = Akuamarin. Green = Midori)
“Nice to meet you!” (Filo Rials)

The three quickly lower their heads.
But their eyes are different when they look at me than when they look at Ren.
These birds…
Including Witch, Motoyasu always had three women tagging along with him. Even when he became a pervert, he still continued to be surrounded by women.
But it seems that this time they actually like him.

“I-is that so?” (Ren)
“Motoyasu-san, is this how it’s done?” (Midori)

Midori picks up Motoyasu’s question sheet, and starts doodling all over it.
Now that I take a closer look, she got all the answers correct.
Was she cheating?
No, I was watching over Motoyasu when he filled it out, so that shouldn’t be the case.

“Midori, you’re smart.” (Motoyasu)
“Mu!” (Marin and Ku)

Red and Blue let out discontent voices.
They each seem to have different personalities… but I don’t care.

“Ehehe…” (Midori)

The emerald colored one seems to be the smart one of the group.

“Ah right. That one doesn’t fight in monster form, right?” (Noafumi)
“Yeah, she says that angel form is easier.” (Motoyasu)
“I see…” (Naofumi)

I see the other two’s monster forms all the time, but I’ve never seen the emerald one.
Does a ranking system exist among these three…?
The red one seems a little cold.

Is it my imagination?
I do hate red. I can’t help but associate it with that woman.
I get the feeling that red things are strong-willed.

“It’s because my legs aren’t as powerful as Kuu or Marin.” (Midori) (TL: Uses Boku)
“I see…” (Naofumi)

So she’s of a Filo Rial race that isn’t good at kicks?
Yet in human form, she wields a heavy-looking battle axe.
I might look into this.
It seems that there are many types of Filo Rial.

“Instead, Midori is good at identifying poisons, medicines and other things.” (Motoyasu)
“I see.” (Naofumi)
“Master has mean eyes, and is worse at interaction than Motoyasu-san. But don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you.” (Midori)
“What was that!?” (Naofumi)

Firo has been wishing to spit poison for a long time.
This one is toxic in another way… But I won’t say that.

“It’s something a child said. Don’t mind it Father-in-Law.” (Motoyasu)
“I mind it. Send her out! A mouth like that will bring disaster.” (Naofumi)
“I see… I’m sorry Midori, please go home.” (Motoyasu)
“Y-you can’t! Motoyasu-san! Let me back in! As I thought, I’m…” (Midori)

Motoyasu swiftly transports the emerald one outside of the room.
Amazing! Are my orders truly absolute?
It’s not like I’ll order to him to kill or anything.
but it’s good that he knows who’s boss.

“There’s… something off.” (Ren)

Ren looks over that exchange with a strange look on his face.
He seems to have caught onto something.

“Ah, Midori is the only male among the first angels that hatched. Could that be it?” (Motoyasu)

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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109 Responses to Chapter 220: Trap

  1. Mark says:

    *blinks for a minute like a moron*


  2. jdnylire says:

    Thank you, Yoraikun.

    And, WHAT THE FUCK. So that’s what “Trap” mean. lol


  3. Seven Inch Hazard says:

    Thank You. And more power. Happy New Year


  4. Grr says:

    Hmm …. midori x moyatsu ….. i kinda want to read that … Even if i am not into that stuff. It will be more like “what? Go away Midori” “NO!”


  5. gerson says:

    gracias por el capitulo y que pases un feliz año


  6. Firo's Ahoge says:

    Idk why, but I kind of always knew Midori was the male. Yoraikun’s boku TL note gave it away.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Boredom says:

    Does anyone think that the seven star heroes are some of the characters we know. I was rereading the light novel and the old man, and the slave dealer seems a bit likely to be one of the seven star heroes. The old man not wanting to talk about his adventurer days and the Slave dealer’s political powers.


  8. i am yaoi!?
    I don’t understand the meaning of the words of ren, motoyasu, and midori…


  9. nyan says:

    thanks for the update :)


  10. TurtleBeech says:

    Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!



  11. meeowwoof says:

    finally we know which 1 is the male, although i already have a feeling its the green \*^*/ hatoken,yoraikun,kookiedreamer and other translators, tnx very much for all the works until now, merry christmas and happy new year~


  12. aristo999999999 says:

    Thank you for the translation.


  13. Trugeo says:

    I’m beginning to miss Rafatalia, hope she finishes training soon.


  14. Tammma says:

    So, the title “Trap” here is refered to the ‘male’ filorial that always with Motoyasu?? I never thought one of that filorial is a male…..(-__-“)


  15. Exa says:

    Otoko no ko indeed =.=


  16. Burban says:

    Thanks for the chapter as always!!! And…



  17. AlamaK says:

    Yeah! Novel is good, Translation quality is awesome! Thx for your hard work! Happy New Year from Russia XD


  18. eis says:

    Btw anyone here read the manga for tate 10.5? Kiel dont look like a otoko no ko at all. Heck he doesnt even look ko


    • AlamaK says:

      Well he look like an ordinary boy with animal ears. Btw on mangafox there are only first 10 chapters and then comes 10.5 but this stroies are from different periods of time. Maybe someone know where can we read manga right after time when Naofumi won the race in the village?


      • eis says:

        Yeah thats the point didnt naofumi say he was those pretty boy even guys would fall in love with lol. Its not out yet from what i know the manga only got translated like 3 months or so ago. 10.5 is a flashback. I am hoping the manga follows the book novel then we can see whats different.

        Btw… alamak? Not malaysia?


        • AlamaK says:

          I hope malaysia is not a fat political joke) Alamak – in english its Almach its a star in the constellation of Andromeda.


  19. DizDragonFly says:

    Traps bring in the new year it shall be the year of traps.


  20. """" says:

    “That’s because Naofumi diligently teaches me every night.” (Ren)
    wht do you think of this sentence?

    and thanks yorai


  21. thanks for the chapter, happy new year


  22. Anonipink says:

    “My dream is to becom a Filo Rial herder” – Motoyasu. Idk why but i cracked up here :/


  23. mage says:



  24. Alex says:

    It’s been really quiet for a week. Any idea when the next chapter may come? Not pushing it just asking if there is a schedule =D


  25. Eka says:

    What anime is the video at the beginning from?


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