Chapter 287: Research Result

Chapter 287: Research Result

“… Good of you to come all the way here. Perhaps the result of the war has already been decided, but I will not step down here.” (Atlas)
“Atlas, just give up already!” (Fohl)

Just in front of my lab’s final line of defense, Atlas, Firo, and Kiel waited for the fake party.
And Fohl screamed at Atlas.

“Onii-sama? No matter what sort of disadvantage they face, the Hakuko race is not permitted to run. That’s something I thought you of all people would understand.” (Atlas)
“… I see. Then Atlas, for your sake, I will harden my heart and discipline you.” (Fohl)
“Kiel-kun, Firo. When this is over, I’m going to give a hell of a lecture to Naofumi-sama, so you’d better be prepared.” (Raphtalia)
“I’ll be the one to protect Niichan!” (Kiel)
“I definitely won’t lose.” (Firo)

The person to make the first move is Atlas.

“TeEEEEEEEEEEI!” (Atlas)

Atlas uses her hand like a sword to slash at Fohl and the fake, and Firo rushes at Ren and Motoyasu in the style she’s accustomed to.
Finally, Kiel closes in on Itsuki and Rishia with an irregular step pattern and begins her assault.

“Fast!”
“Atlas-san… we fight every time, but it seems you’re progressively getting stronger.” (Raphtalia)
“I need strength… Getting stronger is my greatest desire. I still… need to become stronger to defend Naofumi-sama!” (Atlas)
“Atlas… You’ve grown up well… But still, I won’t accept that man as he is right now!” (Fohl)

Atlas presses the fake and Fohl with questions as she keeps a low stance. She dodges and parries their blows waiting for an opportunity to strike.
The battle is so tense, that you don’t get the feeling she’s at a disadvantage, even when it’s two on one.
In that regard, Firo’s battle is the same… no, Firo’s at a greater disadvantage.
Her opponents are two heroes and three Filo Rials.

「High Quick!」 (Firo)
「Spiral Strike!」 (Firo)

Her battle experience and actual level are high, and she has gotten an understanding of both magic and Chi. She casts acceleration magic and hits Motoyasu’s groupies, sending them spiraling off.

“Gu… Over this week, I’ve fought you a couple times. But once more, I must say you’re quite an amazing child.” (Ren)
“Firo-tan! Amazing! Even though I used the strengthening methods, you can push me back this far!” (Motoyasu)

Without dodging, Ren and Motoyasu lift their weapons and block the blows of Firo’s onslaught.

“Atlas-chan is the same, but why do so many fighting geniuses gather around Naofumi?” (Ren)
“Because Firo is the one who will protect master!” (Firo)

The effects of High Quick wear off. Firo flaps her wings and releases traces of magic as she hovers to the ceiling, kicks off it, and sends her foot on a straight course for Ren.
Ren narrowly dodges it, and he swings his sword at her as she passes, but Firo kicks the flat of the blade, redirecting its path.
Aiming for that moment, Motoyasu lets loose a skill. The spear in his hand changes to… Sadina’s harpoon.
Perhaps he borrowed it from her and made a copy.

「Triaina!」 (TL: It’s trident, just not in English)

A single bolt of Lightning flies at Firo, and shockwaves course through her plumage.

“KYAN! … No, I won’t fall.” (Firo)

She is blown away by Motoyasu’s skill, but she rolls before hitting the ground and recovers her stance.

“Woof woof! Rishia-oneechan, prepare yourself!” (Kiel)

Kiel continually assaults Rishia and Itsuki in her Kielberus form.

“FUEeE! Kiel-kun, just give it up already!” (Rishia)
“No way! Niichan is… even if it’s just us, we’ll always protect Niichan!” (Kiel)
“… Kiel-kun, I’ll apologize beforehand. I’m sorry, but you’ll be sleeping for a bit.” (Itsuki)

Itsuki… aims a skill at Kiel. He pulls his bow fully and creates an arrow of light.

“As if an attack like that can hit!” (Kiel)

With a grand gesture, Kiel dodges Itsuki’s arrow… or she should have, but as soon as it passes her, it turns around and returns, as if connected by some invisible wire.
Kiel frantically sweeps away the returning arrow with her tail.
… But…

“Splash Arrow… ability, Sleep Arrow.” (Itsuki)

When the arrow comes into contact with Kiel’s tail, it bursts open.

“Kyan! Uu… not yet…” (Kiel)
“No, unfortunately… you’re done for.” (Itsuki)
“Eh… Ah…” (Kiel)

Kiel’s expression turns blank. Eventually, the whites of her eyes reveal themselves, and she collapses on the ground.

“As I guessed you would dodge like that from the beginning, I shot a Splash Arrow with a sleep effect. For a while, your conscience will not return…” (Itsuki)
“Kiel-kun… You really cared for Naofumi-san, didn’t you.” (Rishia)
“Well then, the battle still goes on. Let’s assist.” (Itsuki)
“Yes!” (Rishia)

Itsuki and Rishia set their aims on Atlas and Firo and each unleash their own skills.

“Kyah… No, I’m still standing.” (Atlas)
“GYAN! Uu… Firo can’t lose!” (Firo)

Even though they are sent flying and take various attacks, Firo and Atlas refuse to admit defeat. They continue fighting even when blood starts erupting from their mouths

“Atlas, just stay down.” (Raphtalia)
“I- I still have fight left in me!” (Atlas)
“I see…” (Fohl)

Fohl clenches his fist and thrusts it into Atlas’s abdomen.
Up ‘til now, Atlas had been easily avoiding his attacks by bending backwards and spinning. She had gotten here with minimum damage.
But this time, the attack lands exactly on mark. Atlas cries out and goes limp.

“Atlas… this time, it’s my victory. Your brother is full of nothing but praise for you.” (Fohl)

Holding the unconscious Atlas, Fohl mutters in an emotionless voice.
Last is Firo…
At this point, I activate my final weapon.
We’re outnumbered. With just Firo, we have no chance to grasp victory.
They’ll arrive in the next room soon enough.
I’d like to see this battle through to the end, but I need to use the last bit of energy left.
I’m sorry Firo. Please buy me just a little bit of time.

Eventually, my weapon begins its activation.

“Rafu~”

I drain the liquid out of a large tank. What emerges is a fully armed, battle-ready body controlled by Rat’s monster, Mii-kun.
Not only is his body bigger than the last one I made, I also bestowed various abilities unto him.
In the worst case, I’ve given him a self-evolving function, so perhaps he will become an Eighth Generation Raph. I’ve buried my research reports somewhere around his core.
After I die, perhaps someone will pick up my research. If they only follow my notes, Raphtalia will revive.

This one has done quite a bit in the battles up until now.
Of course, due to my own failure in tuning him, he’s gone berserk numerous times. This time, we have no time for something like that.
The battle data I loaded onto him is a compilation of that of all the Raphs I’ve made until now, and I’ve even given him the ability to change to liquid in case of emergency.
If the core piece gets damaged, it will endlessly regenerate. With this monster, I can force the fake party into an endless battle.

I guess a weakness is that its aerial abilities are below Firo’s.
By sending magic to its tail, he can float, but it’s only a able to carry him for short amounts of time.

“You get it, right? You are the last line of defense. Wait for the fakes in front of the protective equipment in the next room and defeat them!” (Naofumi)
“Rafu~!”

A large sound echoes with every step, and Miikun exits the laboratory room.
Next is… I’ll just have to accept what happens.
After activating Mii-kun, I used the energy that recovered to observe Firo’s situation.
… As I thought, Firo was beaten as well.
She’s been captured by the fakes, and is lying on the ground.
And… the Fakes confront my last defenseive mechanism: Mii-kun.

“Rafu~!”
“T-this child is…”

Hmm? Rat joined them while I wasn’t watching.
They’ve met numerous times, but besides his first breakdown, they’ve fought without much problem.
Even if they encounter each other now, I doubt anything will change.

“Rafu~!”

Now! Annihilate the Fake and her Heroes!

“Rafu~”

Mii-kun beckons them forward with his hand and surrenders the road to the fakes.

“What the hell!” (Naofumi)

He kindly destroys the defensive devices for them, forcefully opens the door, and even begins guiding them around the building.

“Um… what is this child doing?” (Raphtalia)
“Ah… Mii-kun. Could it be that you were using the Marquis, and you were waiting for an opportunity to join our side from the beginning?” (Rat)
“Rafu~”

He nods and gives a bright smile at Rat.
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMNNNNN IT AAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!
I thought he was working diligently, but he was using me from the beginning!?
I won’t forgive this one!

Just in case something bad happened, I made it so I could modify him remotely.
How lucky.
I use a stone tablet and activate my ability from a distance.

“Rafu~”

Mii-kun spits out the remote control core I implanted and stomps on it.
Ku… Perhaps giving it the ability to turn parts of its body to liquid was my error. I didn’t properly manage the parts his core could control.

DamnitDamnitDamnitDamnit! Sadina, Gaelion, and you all had no intention of serving me!
This isn’t even a joke anymore.
I guess it’s time to activate the self-destruct function.
However, there are still a few slaves in this facility that have yet to evacuate.

… For an emergency escape, there isn’t enough energy.
The reason is that I put too much of it towards making the eighth generation.
I could use the portal to run alone, but after destroying the defensive armaments, Gaelion cast his Dragon Sanctuary, making that impossible.

At this point, I have no regrets.
That means there’s only one thing I must do.

“I’ve finally found you, Naofumi-sama!” (Raphtalia)

The fake bursts into my lab with her heroes and various others she picked up along the way.
Hmm? Motoyasu’s spear’s shape has also changed.

“How good of you all to come and visit me, fakers.” (Naofumi)

I activate my second final weapon.
It’s something I made out of Bioplant. A vehicle form Plant Golem.
The ground rumbles, and the Golem appears under my feet. I settle into the cockpit and begin controlling it.
It has a skull motif, and I’ve granted it a flight ability as well.

I clear away the lab’s walls and rise to the ceiling. I unload my main armaments on them.
I haven’t tested the firepower, so that factor is an unknown.
Though I did set it to be something quite formidable.

“Now shall we start our final battle, fakes?” (Naofumi)
“Ah… Raphtalia-san, what should we do?”
“Let’s destroy all of the defenses devices protecting him. If we don’t, I doubt he’ll even listen to anything we say.” (Raphtalia)

The heroes all charge their various skills with EP and SP.

「Gravity Blade!」
「Triaina, new form Brionac!」
「Splash Arrow!」
「Tornado Throw!」
“Uguuuuu…”

The window in front of me notified me of the damage to various parts of the body.
I truly am outnumbered.
Losing even the ability to float, my Plant Golem falls to the ground. I move it to prepare for ground battle.

“Naofumi-sama, grit your teeth.” (Raphtalia)
“Who would ever grit their teeth for a fake!” (Naofumi)
“… I’m at the limit of my patience. Even though you may be Naofumi-sama, I’m going to get a little bit violent.” (Raphtalia)

The fake quickly approaches me while brandishing her sword.

“Take this!” (Raphtalia)

I move my Shield to take on her sword.
A foreboding snapping sound rings out.
At the same time, pain raced through my head.

And… I feel something passing through my body.

“…?”

With a perplexed expression on her face, the fake thrusts her sword at me again, and again.
Her speed has dropped considerably from the first blow.
However, every time, something within me… I feel Chi coursing through my body with every strike.
Manipulating Chi, was it? I can’t remember how I was able to do that.

“Naofumi-sama, could it be…” (Raphtalia)

With her unarmed hand, the fake slaps my cheek.
It isn’t a hard blow, but my body contorts quite a bit.

“UGUHAAH!”

I taste blood inside of my mouth.
This is bad. Did something in me break?

“As I thought.” (Raphtalia)
“What’s up?” (Ren)
“This Naofumi-sama has absolutely no defense. If any one of us were to seriously attack him, he’d die.” (Raphtalia)
“W-what!?”

Ku… She saw through me.
That’s right. As she stated before, my current Defense stat is… 0.
In exchange for all of its splendid abilities, this is the price for the New Seven Sin Series. It has absolutely no defense.
Or else there’s no way I would stay holed up in my base the entire time.

“Why is his defense so pitiably low?”
“It may be due to his curse.”
“Uwah… that’s no joke.”
“Rafu~”
“Marquis… isn’t it time for you to surrender already?”
“Fu, who the hell would surrender!? I will continue fighting until I succeed in reviving the real Raphtalia.”

At this point, I’m simply desperate.
After I beat these fakes, I’m going to rule the world. There are plenty of curse skills I haven’t dared testing yet. I can’t go out here.
If I use a Curse Skill on the Castle Plant… right, I’ll make those who oppose me into fertilizer for my base.

Curse Skill-

“I won’t let you!” (Raphtalia)

Before I can even begin chanting a spell, the fake grabs me by the collar, choking me.

“Owowowowow.” (Naofumi)

The pain prevents me from collecting my thoughts.

“Naofumi-sama, please surrender. If you do so, we’ll be able to think of a way to free you from that cursed shield on your arm.” (Raphtalia)
“Hmph, I refuse! You false idol!” (Naofumi)
“Naofumi-sama!” (Raphtalia)

She shakes my collar violently, and I break free.
I prepare to use a Curse Skill again.

“Naofumi-sama! Please just quit it already!” (Raphtalia)

With teary eyes, the fake leaps at me.
She pushes my head to her breasts.

“Please remember. Naofumi-sama, I said this before, right?” (Raphtalia)

The imposter takes a deep breath.

“Please believe. I know that Naofumi-sama never commited any crimes. He shared his precious medicine and saved my life. He’s the Hero of the Shield-sama, the man who taught me how to live, and how to fight… I am his sword, no matter what path he chooses to tread down, I will accompany him… For me, and everyone else who chose to follow him, could you please let him come back home?” (Raphtalia)

Eh?
Eh?
EEH?
What? These words are… I am… I am…

“Firo, Atlas-chan, and Kiel-kun. I understand why they chose to serve you. Even when under a curse, your base nature did not change. However, I… want you to turn back.” (Raphtalia)

A familiar rhythm beats out near my ear.
And the warmth of this chest…
But how could I accept this.
If this is so, then my… reason for existence… everything I strived for… gu…

“The Naofumi-sama I believe in is quiet and unsociable. Because he has a trauma regarding women, he is incapable of loving someone else. He laughs at other’s misfortune. While he’s kind, he’s also strict. Yet there are many parts of him I have yet to come across.” (Raphtalia)

‘Ku… Let me go! Don’t touch me anymore!’
Is what I want to say, but I cannot speak.

“You are definitely one of those sides of Naofumi-sama. You lamented so much over my loss. I can tell by looking at the monsters you made. I understand just how much you trusted me. That’s why I must offer my words of gratitude.” (Raphtalia)

In front of me, the… fake…

“Thank you. Because you came out, I was able to understand yet another part of Naofumi-sama’s heart.” (Raphtalia)

Her face is red as she gently looks over mine.
After speaking, she takes something out of the bag hanging on her waist.
It’s a ball made out of balloon skin and a small flag.

“I brought these to make Naofumi-sama remember. To him, perhaps these were merely cheap goods, but for the current me, they are priceless treasures.” (Raphtalia)

And… the fake… no, Raphtalia puts her lips to my cheek.

“I really don’t want him to return to his original world! However… more so than this world that does nothing but hurt him, I think it would be better for him if he went back.” (Raphtalia)

At that moment.
Something shattered. The outside of my shield falls to pieces, and the New Deadly Sin tree disappeared.
And then I blacked out for a second.

… I see.
From the start, I was never Naofumi Iwatani. I was merely a personality created by the New Seven Deadly Sins series. Merely a false identity made with his mind as the base. A false mind with false aspirations.

“UGGUUUUAAAAAAHHH…!”

Along with my scream, I feel my sense of self disappearing.
No, I’m merely returning. As part of the mass known as Naofumi Iwatani.

That may be… for the best.
I am… already satisfied.
I no longer care about the fate of the world.

Raphtalia is alive. She’s living here. She’s thanking me.
That’s enough.

The ground shakes, as the Castle Plant begins to collapse.
The Castle is controlled by my Shield–my Shield is its centerpiece.
With a normal shield equipped, there’s no way it can maintain its form.

“Rafu~!”

Mii-kun signals everyone to evacuate.

“Raphtalia-san.”
“I know!”

Raphtalia starts to run, carrying me on her back.
It’s… already time for me to go, it seems.
If the world grants me one last wish, then I wish that Raphtalia and the others get out of this laboratory safely. I wish with all of my heart.

Hey, that is the Hero of the Shield. The real Naofumi Iwatani.
You are… you should realize your true feelings already.

Otherwise… you will definitely regret it.

Now, I’m going to become one part of your heart again… the part of your heart that loves the girl named Raphtalia.

But still, I do regret it.
For me to call her a fake this entire time, yet be a fake myself.
There’s little time left until the next wave.
Was this a complete waste of time…?

“I see… so that’s it…”

With my fading consciousness, I come to a single conclusion.
Based on my brief eight days of existence, I realize that the waves are a fight for_______.
This pointless phenomenon will perhaps ________, but the world will ________.
I remember my enemy’s words.

Why is he with Raphtalia…?

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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388 Responses to Chapter 287: Research Result

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  2. Mark says:

    *applause* that was an exciting arc. Now I’m anxious of what will happen when Naofumi regains his conscious… hmmm he’ll likely write it as some bad dream while everyone is telling him it was real.

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    • Yazeth says:

      Idk, I felt that the series started to become more and more lackluster as time passes. Well, it’s not like the series is bad or anything. Can’t wait for the next arc.

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    • blank says:

      well at least he is now partly consuious he loves raphatalia i hope he remembers or i will kill that GOD of density

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  3. chendu says:

    Thnaks for the chapter yorai-kun ^^

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  4. konrad says:

    … The hell? If I was Naofumi, I would not forgive them easily. For pointing their swords towards him, denying him wholeheartedly and mostly for all these betrayals during this battle. I mean, it’s possible that they would betray him later again for whatever reason. For me, I would not trust them again. I would force them to leave village or leave myself. Somehow I lost all sympathy towards them.
    BTW, great arc IMHO the best so far. Too bad it ended so fast.

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  5. Sant4 says:

    Thanks.
    Though the last line only confuses me

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  6. metable says:

    Thank you for the chapter once again!

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  7. Intsik11 says:

    I really wanted the evil Naofumi to win, but I guess that ain’t happening

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    • kaivin says:

      I was hoping that after everyone betrayed him he would unlock Wrath 4 or even 5 from the insane rage. Guess its just wishful thinking.

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  8. seihaikun says:

    NOoooo!!! Gil-kunnnn!!!

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  9. DimensionDrifter says:

    “It has a skull motif, and I’ve granted it a flight ability as well.”
    Does this seem like a….Dr. Wily Reference? I mean he’s got the mad scientist part down pretty good.

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  10. Weed says:

    Thanks for the chapter

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  11. adsaasd says:

    ceh.maji kayo.yowaii sugiru.his attachment to raphtalia make him weak. I thought his new sins make him smart.but his cunning and military ability are soo god damn low.

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  12. Wow. This arc was pretty good.

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  13. Brandon Heat says:

    So what we learned is that the curse series doesn’t actually change the hero but bring out the personality inside them, the one thing I don’t understand from this chapter is the last part.

    “Why is he with Raphtalia…?”

    Does the personality meant it to the real Naofumi and jealous of him or did he mean it literally that there’s someone there with Raphtalia?

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    • Krad dark says:

      You remember how Atlas was by him the whole time, I think when the fake personality was talking,I think that means the fake him started to love her, or love someone else all together

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    • Falinmer says:

      I don’t think that it brings out a new personality or anything, but rather amplifies specific parts that are already there that correspond to the curse. The only reason that Maofumi came to be is because the new curse series was the most balanced of the curse series not having just 1 aspect, so a whole personality was capable of being drawn out.

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    • Darth-Fumi vs Raphtalia Skywalker says:

      i think this darthfumi is the part of him that loves raphtalia, and in his last moments hw understood the waves, and saw the true enemy beside raphtalia. Maybe the truth about her race is what explains the waves.

      Darth-Fumi vs Raphtalia Skywalker:
      -Raphtalia i am your father.
      -Noooooo, i want you as my lover….
      -What? Where’s the real Raphtalia fake?

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    • DimensionDrifter says:

      From how I understood this, it was something like a vision as his conscientiousness was fading. Seeing how the alter ego Naofumi is fading out and the original one is fading in, the original is catching hazy glimpses of alter egos memories / visions / dreams (whatever word would best fit this….your choice).
      This is a foreshadow for things to come (which goes without saying). Whether this shadowy figure is someone we already know or don’t know is a mystery.

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  14. sacred light says:

    I would like to know how ended last sentences:
    I realize that the waves are a fight for_______.
    This pointless phenomenon will perhaps ________, but the world will ________.

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  15. NiggawithWaifu says:

    Thank god, it ended. This arc is so unbearable. I know the plot writing in this WN is pretty forced, but this arc cross the line.

    Next wave arc please

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  16. DrBaldhead says:

    The last few lines sort of don’t make sense. Was Naofumi just talking to himself?
    Still, at least he finally accepted his feelings for Raphtalia. I hope he won’t go back to being dense next chapter.

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    • admiralen says:

      the naofumi who was “evil” overlord was just a fake personality created by the shield, it wasnt naofumi, thus it considered things at the end

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      • Ninza says:

        Well he not really a fake…he is some personalities that normal Naofumi/momfumi locked inside himself because of his hatred of that world. The curse shield used that to make a core of a new Naofumi, well basically PERSONA !!!

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    • GabrielTDO says:

      Pretty sure that the lines were blank in places because Moafumi was fading away.

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  18. roka says:

    really great arc specially the foreshadowing, what bothered me though was whenever raph race was mentioned, the tanuki from gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun always pops into my head, i would like to insert an image, but i don’t know how

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  19. Vin says:

    “Why was he with Raphtalia?” Does this have to do with her parents/lineage?

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  20. White says:

    Right back at ya MadFumi!!! Even monster betrays you in the end lol, anyways thanks for the translation Yoraikun ^^

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  21. KiraKiller says:

    Nooooo Maou-fumiiiiiiii !!!!
    Well it seems that Maoufumi isn’t that dense. And he discovered the truth behind the waves… but he’s disappearing !!!
    And… what do you think the rebound will be this time? Pheraps getting 0 defense for a month? or losing memories/emotions for a while? well, if this curse was about a boost on int i think he will become an idiot for a while…

    Yoraikun thanks as always

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    • IamMe says:

      The rebound happens when you use the special power of the curse series, not when you use the normal powers. It requires an Aria be spoken and Raphtalia made sure that he never got the chance to activate any of those abilites. Since its the 7 sins curse it seems he had 7 powers available.

      Being under the effect of a curse does have a side effect, but its normally fairly minor compared to the huge cost of using the special attacks.

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      • KiraKiller says:

        “In exchange for all of its splendid abilities, this is the price for the New Seven Sin Series”
        ok, no aria spoken. but now the curse series is gone, right? how to change back Sadina without gene modification of seven deadly sins curse? lol Sadina is a monster now…

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    • Yoraikun says:

      He never used a curse skill, so no rebound

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  22. wen2jia1wei3 says:

    Yoraikun doesn’t like Disgaea :v

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  23. Elk says:

    I realized that Maoufumi would have killed himself with the self-destruction feature if it weren’t for the retreating slaves…
    That would have been sudden ending lol

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  24. Is it just me or is Raphtalia contradicting herself?
    ‘I am your sword, no matter what path you choose to tread down, I will accompany you.’
    This quote shows that whether Naofumi is good or bad Raphtalia would always follow him and be with him, right?
    If this was true wouldn’t she joined the cursed Naofumi in trying to conquer the world?
    Therefore I think she’s contradicting herself in this statement.

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    • Yoraikun says:

      No, as all parties admit that the demon lord isn’t Iwatani Naofumi. She thanks him as a seperate person, not as her love.

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    • Ninza says:

      You should read other comments first b4 do this comment…u say the same thing as others, there are already replys to this. Well he can not use the slave seals mean that he is not the real Naofumi. He just a part of him that the CURSE shield force out to become the core of a new one—–>PERSONA. Raphtalia want to follow him any path he choose but only with the real him not under any effects of drugs/curse etc…Will u follow someone that not himself/herself and u know he/she under curse/drug effect?

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      • wen2jia1wei3 says:

        If the Persona series has taught me anything, its that personas make up our existence and that they are a part of us. You can’t just reject a part of him. Besides, arguments could be made that the Naofumi you’re talking about is under influence of the shield, and the real Naofumi is the one that came out when Naofumi lost his wrath shield, the one that everyone called creepy.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          But you also can’t claim that single part to be the same as the whole.

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          Yes, I agree and never did. It’s like a drop of paint does not make up the Mona Lisa. But, if you reject that paint, then you are rejecting the Mona Lisa, which is why I don’t like Raphtalia’s actions. You have to accept it in its entirety. The painting without that drop is a different painting.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          But what Raphtalia wanted was for that pain to rejoin the Monalisa, so the Monalisa could be whole once more.

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          But I’m not quite sure that paint ever left the painting. Naofumi was always whole, just a different part of him was at the forefront.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          And the rest of him was locked in the cellar.

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        • O_O says:

          Oh shit, our main site editor made a typo. Everyone, run for your lives!

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          orz even though I changed it immediately, it was noticed. G_G

          @Yoraikun,
          I don’t think it was locked since it only took a hug to bring the other side of Naofumi.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          And that’s why she needed to give him that hug. And Slap.

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          Huh? I dont get it.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          The mad scientist was a pitiful existence. The sole reason the Shield created him into the world was world domination, but with Naofumi at the base, it couldn’t help but care for Raphtalia. Eventually, his love for Raphtalia outweighed his own directive, and he could do nothing but mourn and call for her.
          He wasn’t weak. The reason that hug destroyed him was that it granted him his final wishes. Raphtalia was right next to him, and he could feel her warmth. He had long forgotten his original purpose, and the only thing keeping him in the world was his desire to bring back his lost love. He had nothing left to do, and now he could sleep peacefully.

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        • Wandering Noob says:

          You have to except it in its entirety.
          ->
          You have to accept it in its entirety.

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        • Ninza says:

          Well creepy fumi = 50% naofumi only have positive emotions, mad scientist naofumi roughly the same 30-40%, Momfumi around 70-90%(locked love).I think if u truly like someone u rather have the one with the most him even if that one do not like u?

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          Ohh, Wandering Noob, lol I totally didn’t even notice I did that lol😛

          Ninza, those percentages are arbitrary. We don’t know what percentage of Naofumi is what. Also, those percentages are assuming that there are multiple Naofumis. Naofumi is 100% Naofumi. In which case, your percentages have to add up to 100. Also, since Naofumi is Naofumi, if you truly love him, you should accept all 100% of Naofumi, not just a part of him.

          @Yoraikun
          I get that, but we’re talking about Raphtalia here and whether or not her actions were okay. Let’s look over what we’ve said so far.
          -Since Raphtalia says she’ll follow Naofumi no matter where, her actions are Right if this Naofumi is not actually Naofumi, and her actions are Wrong if this is actually Naofumi.
          -The Maou Naofumi is a part of Naofumi. Not the whole, just a part.
          -However, to reject a part is to reject the whole, since the parts comprise the whole.

          That brings up the question whether or not Maou Naofumi is a part. If he is a part, then to reject him is to reject the whole, and Raphtalia is Wrong. If he is not a part, then rejecting is not rejecting Naofumi, and Raphtalia is Right. Back to the analogy, we were trying to figure out if Maou Naofumi is like the paint making up the painting, just at the forefront, or whether or not he was like a bucket of black paint thrown over the painting, obscuring and locking away the whole.

          -I think that he is a part, just on the forefront in this case.
          -You think that he is not, since he locked up other parts in a cellar.
          -I contend that he did not lock up the other parts, since it took a hug to free the other Naofumi. All of this fighting, though it was epic, was unnecessary since Raphtalia could have just as easily brought Naofumi to his senses if she had followed him than if she hadn’t.

          Let’s go from there.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          I think that accepting a part that denies the whole is the same as fundamentally denying the whole. What Raphtalia wanted to accept was the whole painting, but as long as the object of Maoufumi, a creature created by the shield, with Naofumi at the base, existed, as he exists in the heart of all Chuunibyous out there, that would be impossible. Each and every part of our personality, when strained out and purified, becomes a seperate individual. If you tooks someone’s kindness or sarcasm, or grief, and made that into someone else, they would be a completely different person altogether. The same goes for Maoufumi. He was originally but a concept in Naofumi’s heart, and now he’s back to represent a greater portion. In the end, she did not deny him. She begged him to return her Naofumi to her. If he instead surrendered, then they would have all sat in a circle, talked, and found a way to either accept this man, or save him from destruction. But he persisted to resist. Since Raphtalia became and fulfilled all of Maoufumi’s wishes in life, he no longer feels that he was rejected by her, but accepted.

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        • Ninza says:

          I think u should not focus on right and wrong….it just the choose Raphtalia make (real life also like that no?) what the best for Naofumi the one she love. Like this sentence
          “I really don’t want him to return to his original world! However… more so than this world that does nothing but hurt him, I think it would be better for him if he went back.”

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          Very good point Yoraikun. Let me think about that…

          And you’re right Ninza. The choice that Raphtalia should make is the one that’s the best for Naofumi.

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        • Ninza says:

          I feel like im butt in u guys conversation …<.< my bad.

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          It’s okay Ninza ^_^ I think the last comment you said about not thinking about right and wrong is a good idea.

          Okay Yoraikun, I’ve thought about it, and I think we’ve said enough that conclusions can be drawn. But first:
          Do you think Raphtalia is even interested in the whole Naofumi? Or perhaps is she just interested in a certain part of him? Because if it’s the latter, I think we can make some sense of the situation–Conclusions:

          -Normal Naofumi (Momfumi?) was the one who met and ‘saved’ Raphtalia originally.
          -When she said “I am your sword, no matter what path you choose to tread down, I will accompany you,” she actually meant, “I am Momfumi’s sword, no matter what path Momfumi chooses to tread down, I will accompany Momfumi.”
          -Therefore, Raphtalia fell in love with that part, and only that part, of Naofumi. She does not care about the whole
          -In this situation, because Raphtalia never had any interest in the whole Naofumi in the first place, she rightfully followed her love and pursued that side of Naofumi in this incident.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          My turn again. Once the curse is over, the Heroes get permanent personality changes from what we’ve seen. Motoyasu and his birds, Ren and his hotbloodness, Itsuki… …
          So Naofumi’s Momfumi stage was not a form that his curse dragged out. It was a personality influences by both his curse and his betrayal, but it’s still the real Naofumi.
          Unlike with this curse, he didn’t get a sudden personality override. He grew dark with experience.
          So I believe the one she loves is Naofumi as a whole. Even if I’m wrong, humans are selfish beings, and I don’t see anything wrong with her wanting the Naofumi she loves. Everyone here was just trying to protect what they wanted to protect, be it his smile, his food, his bed, or her love.

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          I dont think we can safely conclude that the Momfumi stage is The Real Naofumi. As we’ve said, the part makes up the whole but is not the whole. Also, since you said that Momfumi isnt something his curse dragged out, how do you explain the event where Naofumi lost his wrath and became the innocent Naofumi that everyone called creepy? I think the Innocent Naofumi, the Momfumi, and the Maoufumi are all parts that make up the existence known as Naofumi, but Raphtalia only loves the Momfumi.

          And you’re right, there is nothing wrong with her wanting the part of Naofumi she loves. But remember, the original comment we replied to talked about whether or not Raphtalia was contradicting herself when she said ‘I am your sword, no matter what path you choose to tread down, I will accompany you.’ Our discussion so far has been about whether or not Raphtalia has been actually accompanying Naofumi, whether her actions were right or wrong in light of her vow.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          Ah, when everything was dragged out? Of course if EVERY NEGATIVE THING INSIDE OF YOUR HEAD IS FORCEFULLY SUCKED INTO A DRAGON, your personality is going to change. That Naofumi could literally only see the beautiful things in life i.e. the Harem he never noticed before. It wasn’t his original personality. Human life is built upon experience, even without curse magic. If they suck out all negative emotions and experiences, he’s a completely different person.

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          So here’s conclusion 3 again since this is what we’re disagreeing on:
          -Therefore, Raphtalia fell in love with that part, and only that part, of Naofumi. She does not care about the whole

          Dont forget though that though he’s a different person, he’s still Naofumi.
          If the color green was sucked out of the Mona Lisa. It’d look completely different, but it’s still the Mona Lisa, just a different version. Similarly, having the Momfumi part and everything negative sucked out of him changed him, but he’s still Naofumi.

          Since Raphtalia liked him before getting drained but disliked him after, wouldn’t that suggest that Raphtalia only liked the part of him that’s somewhere in the drained portion?

          By the way, how do you define ‘Real Naofumi?’ It seems that is where we are disagreeing. I defined it as ‘The being comprised of Innocent Naofumi, Momfumi, and Maoufumi.’ What about you?

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        • yabaibunni says:

          I kinda want to enter this now, since I love debates. Naofumi at the beginning was original a carefree guy, since he was relaxed and happy when he was summed to another world. Of course, he did have anger, as you could see Naofumi getting a bit worried/upset that he was stuck with only his ‘worthless’ shield. Now, we also seen him struck by beauty, since he called Witch beautiful and didn’t suspect her that much. Another think that was pointed out in the start, is his greed and did have some awareness. He stored some money in his shield, just in case he got robbed. So these aspects we saw with Naofumi make up his multiple personalities(or fragments); Pure-fumi, Wrath-fumi, and Carefree-fumi. Darth-fumi we never got a hint of it in the beginning, since he never was into taking over the world or had a love goal as he did with Raph. So I’ll consider Darth-fumi a personality that was supposedly trying to convey true Naofumi’s feelings. So I guess this means I don’t believe Darth-fumi to be part of him fully, for he was just there to love Raph and Raph only. prehaps his a emotion thats stuck behind his Wrath? Anyways, I believe Raph rejected his love, even if that wasn’t the ‘true’ Naofumi. Which means she was being contradicting herself, and much worse, rejecting his own love for her. (Daughterzoning herself, lol.)

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          Hi Badass-bunny🙂 I can see your reasoning. I realize now that all version of Naofumi had something in common–love for Raphtalia, and I agree with how you reached your conclusion. You know, I won’t think any less of Raphtalia if she did contradict herself. I just wanted to know if she actually did.

          Just one question though: if Darth-fumi was not part of him fully, what does that make Darth-fumi? A personality of the shield? A twisted version of some other version of Naofumi?

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        • Random Anon says:

          Raphtalia only likes just the tip of Naofumi :3

          edit: if you no wut I mean😉 wink wink

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        • KebecMaslow says:

          Imagine you think to yourself “I must make a better world even if I have to kill thousands”, normally, you would just cast that idea away… But instead, that idea gains its own ego and takes control over your mind, that’s what happened to Naofumi so you can say that he is the same person yet a different one but that’s enough for Raphtalia to stop him in order to help him to regain himself.

          And about Raphtalia loving only his shieldbro’s personality… She met him when he possessed by the wrath, so she doesn’t know his original personality, for her (and the other girls around him), shieldbro is the original Naofumi and the other personalities are weird things possessing him.

          And about creepyfumi, my theory is that his own sexual desire filled the void left by Gaellion extracting his wrath, so he counts as another personality as well.

          P.s Excuse my engrish😄

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        • Lorhen says:

          Mmmm so basically she wants the naofumi that she had lived with for the past couple months. The one who she had built a bond with

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        • AsianOtakuGuy says:

          I vote that we all say Raphtalia is best waifu😀
          The End

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        • above says:

          Actually, raphtalia rejects naofumi cz she saw weird aura that emvelops him, and she thinks that naofumi`s way of thinking were altered by the curse series. go see the earlier chapter of this arc.

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        • Lorhen says:

          raphtalia couldn’t see the aura, that’s why she asked atlas to look, the only thing she noticed was that he wanted to dominate to world, and the naofumi she knew didn’t give two shits about the world other than the people he is with.

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      • yabaibunni says:

        @wen2jia1wei3 I believe him to be an emotion of love he has for Raph. He’s not a complete personality of him, because a personality is something a certain person does or acts. A emotion, is something everyone feels. Darth-fumi is an emotion that was locked up by Wrath curse series, and was opened up and turned as a core for the new 7 curse series shield. Once it turned into the core for it, it was strengthened, creating a emotion that acted as a personality of Naofumi in order to create a world for Raph and fully give her love that Naofumi, most likely, kept inside him.

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        • wen2jia1wei3 says:

          Ohh, that makes sense! It would explain why all of a sudden we see Naofumi trying to actualize his love for Raphtalia, when before, he never saw her as a love interest. Good explanation :O

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        • Ninza says:

          hm u can say it simple wraith >—< love… wraith natural block/deny love (and some other emotion to some extend that why he did not awake other sins). After he heard Witch is dead,his wraith lessen so other curse creep in. The new curse used love emotions (other side of wraith to block wraith) make up new persona Naofumi around it.

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    • masterless homonculus says:

      Ra….. ah screw it ill stop doing the animals sounds, ill need to find a new name soon. answering the question, technically, Naofumi did not “choose” to be seven sins darth/mad/maoh fumi. it was sudden and the result of a curse, at the beginning of the arc, he fell unconscious as he felt the curse series taking over, whereas for the wrath, he has accepted his twisted personality, enjoying the misfortune of others, “receiving” payment from theives, etc. so The Fa…. I mean Raphtalia did not contradict herself.
      On another note, and ive been wondering for a while now. when he got the new curse series did he unlock multiple shields or just the seven sins shield? or is it that the seven sins shield is an aggregation(fusion)/evolved form of the multiple shields. like how justice bow changed form(assuming changed to justice2/3/etc.) or how instead of having a lust spear and envy spear seperately Motoyasu has lustenvy spear(assume both spears combined and thus removed the individual potential spears)

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      • IamMe says:

        He unlocked 1 shield that he could not switch from. Its implied that he had access to multiply curse powers and everything started unlocked and at max power possible. Truely an OP shield. Just like the Wrath shield has Blutofur, the 7 Sins shield had several abilites using Aria to activate. Maofumi never used them as they were of unknown power and effect, he did not want to accidentally kill his followers or have the rebound from it make him unable to work. Raphtalia also stopped him each time he thought of trying to use an Aria to trigger a power.

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  25. kvgoodkairuguddoin says:

    Thanks for the chapter! Those blank spaces, though!!! Wahhhhhh. ;-;

    I-I-I’m not crying, though.. there’s something in my eyes.

    Naofumi x Raphtalia ftw

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  26. zer says:

    need more…..

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  27. Pac-Muffin says:

    I’m happy they stopped maou-fumi but I got mixed feelings about them turning on him. I know it was needed, it just erks me that they rebelled against him after all hes done.

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  28. Hannibal says:

    Man, I have so much ch respect for raphtalia right now

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  29. Windago says:

    So many speaches it’s like reading shake spear without the iambic pentameter

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  30. kingk says:

    Well this tells me two things 1 naofumi loves raphtalia 2 the naofumi we’ve been with before the 7 sin cures has been nothing more than a personality made by the wrath curse it didn’t just block out his emotions that naofumi and the original are to different people with the same name I wonder if the original is ever going to take over the body and cause drama.

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    • Yoraikun says:

      No, the one the wrath dragged out is the kill everyone, I don’t care who around me gets hurt personality. It fades when he’s not using the Wrath Shield, but its residual effects still remain. And he still keeps his traumas.

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    • Doominator10 says:

      No, the wrath curse didn’t really manifest until Naofumi instagibbed the Pope. He was that cynical, paranoid, sonuvabitch that we know and love ever since Witch and Trash deceived him. The original, naive Naofumi made a cameo appearance when Galieon took ALL his wrath from him, not just from the wrath shield. (I think).

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      • Ninza says:

        Nope the one after Gaelion took all his wraith plus other negative emotions(50%) is creepy naofumi which only have only positive emotions ( 50%), the original Naofumi is the one in the begin till b4 the wraith shield unlocked (zombie dragon).

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  31. xSweetPea says:

    What if Naofumi awakens the shield of LUST after Raphtalia shoved his head to her boobs..

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  32. Seven Inch Hazard says:

    Damn the feels man. >holding back the tears<

    Huhuhu.

    Thank you very much Yoraikun. More power.

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  33. Kid says:

    It took me a while to realize that the last line is the fake naofumi’s being jealous of the real one.

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  34. excaliburhero13 says:

    is the next chapter going to take longer too?

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  35. Normaldude says:

    Thank you for the chapter. It was very touching and I felt the need for a plushy when Raphtalia gave her speech.

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  36. RamdonFanBoy says:

    survival perish survive ?

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  37. I see a win-win. says:

    Love at it finest. He love her so much that she became his purpose and reason for existence.
    I wonder what would have happen if Darth fumi have not freak out and saculed himself.
    ………………………………………….😕
    If you are fumi would you choose to make the world for raphy or destroy all that might harm raphy or other?

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    • I see a win-win. says:

      As for me, I would keep her with me if I can and only if she desire too, which she will.(Mahayana Bahamanian)(I got this from auto correct when I try evil luagh)

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  38. wawachan says:

    yorai-kun please take a break.

    the comment seem fun. I need more time to read them all

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  39. raftalia is no waifu says:

    Raftalia really sounds like a hypocrite with her little speech. She very obviously will not follow naofumi no matter what, so why does she think saying she will has any meaning?

    This entire side story gave me a bad taste in my mouth with the amount of betrayal.

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    • Yoraikun says:

      But the man she’s opposing is not Iwatani Naofumi

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      • raftalia is no waifu says:

        It clearly was. He was influenced by the curse series, but that’s a matter of degree and not of type, since wrath is obviously influencing his ‘normal’ personality.

        So raftalia’s declaration has hidden riders. She’ll follow him anywhere…except if he’s using the curse series. Makes one wonder what other exceptions are not stated.

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        • Ninza says:

          Are u not answer your own question? He is heave effect by the curse this time, there are not his normal actions unless u did not know him from b4. The normal him already change after bitch betray, he only under wraith influence after the zombie dragon arc. With Raph and Firo around the wraith effect is at minimal, it is only effect his love aspect. He only heavy effect whenever he using wraith shield —-> kill them all. The one where he got wraith drain out is not normal, that guy is free of wraith and dark thought. No normal people can live without wraith/dark thought .

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        • GAO says:

          I’m sleepy…

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    • Ninza says:

      Betrayals? So someone u know do bad things or act abnormal thinking bad stuff, u will blindly follow him/her ? The choice is up to u but normal people would agree that they should help/fix that one who they care doing bad/strange things.

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  40. Lothien says:

    What is with you people? This Naofumi is a cross between Adolf Hitler, Josef Mengela and Mister Rogers, he deserved to be betrayed.

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  41. OMG THINKY STUFFS says:

    Ok First, thank you Yoraikun for the chapter.
    Secondly, a persons personality is the sum of their persoal beliefs & convictions divided by life experiences. Good experiences make one have more belief in themselves, while negative ones can cause changes. Life can be hard. Being carefree and eternally optimistic after having been ground into the dirt multiple times only happens with idiots(people who lack common sense and/or critical thinking skills).

    Naofumi became a cynical pragmatist. He is not “evil”. He has demonstrated empathy multiple times. Also he would not be building up his slave army if he was evil. He would have headed for the hills.

    If i understood the chapter where this curse series manifested. He came into quite a bit of money and was thinking of ways to speed up preparations for the next wave. He had already dabbled in the new 7ds and i believe when the shield saw his thinking it took his pragmatism into account and went hogwild.

    Weather we want to classify it as an uploaded personality or some heavy psychotic drug effect it caused an INSTANT and fundamentally different and semi incomprehensible (to the other characters) personality.
    With the manner of onset, I believe it would be better to compare it to a psychotic break. If youve ever seen or experienced one, its not mentally healthy for the subject or anyone around them. The best thing you can do is try to get them the help they need to get back to “normal”.

    Sorry for being so wordy, but I’m glad Raphtalia got thru to him so that he can get back to work without anyone else getting hurt.

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  42. Anon says:

    Anyone else think of Roxas telling Sora that his summer was over?

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  44. nzpieface says:

    Feel’s like that last bit is Cards against humanity.😄

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  45. Heliel says:

    Bull whit ithink was fun novel but turns out To be a crap … We are all friend … I cannot find a replace To overlord LN… Was promising until now .
    Well i dont dislike ur translate work is just , that fary tail put me on the bad si de of me

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