Chapter 344: Soul Eater

Chapter 344: Soul Eater


Witch and her women leisurely walk forward.

Ah, she’s definitely under the impression that she won’t be executed.
I mean, she’s definitely looking towards me, trying to provoke me.
Should I kill her here and now?
Well, I know what’s in the program, so I stay silent.

“Malty!” (Tact)

The gag on Tact’s mouth is lifted.

“Oh, my. If it isn’t the fake. ‘Tis a pity your women were killed off.” (Witch)
“M-Malty!?” (Tact)
“Don’t call my name so easily!” (Witch)

Witch plants a kick in Tact’s face.

“Fugu- W-what are you-” (Tact)
“Because you deceived me, just how much grief do you think I suffered!?” (Malty)

The other woman follow suit, offering blows to his head, appendages, and nether regions while laughing.
It’s truly the worst sight of all.
The one who thought of this one must be completely insane.

“I-I see! As long as you beat me up, then you guys will be…” (Tact)
“I’m telling you to stay quiet, you foul man!” (Witch)

Watching Witch kick him so seriously, even Tact can’t seem to hide his doubt.
And Tact’s doubt isn’t wrong.
Maybe around half of it isn’t.

“Ma… lty?” (Tact)
“And didn’t I say it? Someone as low as you shouldn’t be speaking to me.  My papa is now the head of the world’s strongest army, you know. And what about you, you fake? The leader of a ruined country. Do you get the difference?” (Witch)
“T-this can’t be.” (Tact)

Witch glances over at Trash and speaks.

“How dare you trick me.” (Witch)
“When you’re just a fake, you acted so high and mighty…” (Woman)
“Everyone died because they believed in you!” (Another Woman)
“You pretended to care about the world, when you were only ever working for yourself! You heartless bastard!” (Woman)
“Pervert! Fiend!” (Another)
“Because of you, how many people died?” (Witch)

I don’t want to hear that from you, Witch!
A sudden urge to shout out wells up within me.
The woman continue to throw abusive words at Tact.
Since I know what comes next, even I feel some discomfort.

“We were merely tricked by you. So… we hold no crimes on our heads. As evidence, here we are rebuking you.” (Witch)

Witch laughs to herself as she and several of Tact’s other followers continue to torture him.
They order the executioner to break his fingers one by one and laugh like madmen.
You damn garbage.

“Gu… ii… you devil… when I… you…” (Tact)

Tact seems to understand Witch is coming at him for real. His eyes are dead in a different way than before.

“T-this must be…”

Ah… I think I know what he’s trying to say.
This must be a dream. And he glares at me having gotten caught up in that possibility.
And he cries out.

“This wasn’t how it was supposed to be! There’s no way this could ever happen. It has to be a dream! If it isn’t then… Oy! You’re listening, right!? I demand a redo! I’ll definitely be born anew and deliver revenge on these bastards!” (Tact)

All the heroes look upon the execution grounds. As Trash, Glass, and I expected, Tact proclaims this loudly.
… It’s about time.

“Unfortunately, even if you die, there will be nothing left for you.”

Glass stands up and speaks.

“What?” (Tact)
“I haven’t the slightest idea what sort of person your God is. But my side will be troubled if you and your companions were to be recycled by him.” (Glass)

The way Glass speaks seems to change by the situation.
But that doesn’t matter.

It’s time.
I gave instructions to those below the platform.
Carrying the chain of a certain monster in hand, an executioner from Glass’s world comes forth.

The monster’s name was Soul Eater. (TL: If you remember, it’s the second wave boss)

Just as the name implies, it’s a monster that feasts on souls.
In Glass’s world, where the concept of the transmigration of souls is believed in, it is used to prevent the process. It’s a vicious beast that eats souls, though this one has been domesticated.

If we fought it and lost, our souls would have been eaten.
That’s a bit of a scary thought.
I never fought it directly, but according to Ren, its face was blue.
This seems to be a different species than the Soul Eater they fought in the Wave.

“GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” (Soul Eater)

By the way, there are several Soul Eaters within this area.
And their orders are to eat the souls of anyone killed within the execution grounds.

“If you die and get your soul eaten by this monster… will you be able to reincarnate?” (Glass)

Tact’s expression gets paler and paler.
I mean, it’s natural.
This must be a dream. If not, I can do it over again. Or perhaps I can meet God and get the power to deliver vengeance on those people. His thoughts were too naïve.
But what will happen if we use him as food for this monster that devours souls?
It destroys his hope that there’s a second chance.

“Now then.” (Glass)
“S-stop!” (Tact)

It’s finally Tact’s turn. For real this time.
U, what was it again? Sustain his life with healing magic, as he goes through the execution of all the women before him.
Just how much do these people want him to suffer?
But as I lynched him, I can’t really say anything.

It’s no longer my revenge alone.
There’s the Allied Army, who had its forces disappear against Houou without any reason.
There’s the Hero of Zeltburg and his honor that he killed.
There’s the many Heroes he killed, whose names I don’t even know, and the people who supported them. The countries he destroyed.

“GYAAAAAAAAAAH! UGUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaa!”

And Tact’s execution begins.
After he had been beaten to a pitiful state, the Soul Eater closes in on him. Like a fish, it floats and circles the air above him.

“Good bye. I am but a little thankful for having met you, but you treated people as property, and you were much too condescending. Because you gave such a fate to the women around you, it was all wasted.” (Witch)

For some reason, Witch is wrapping things up.
What a waste.
The little pity I had for him after seeing his end has all disappeared.

“Aaaaa…”

He can no longer form words, and his eyes are dilated. Finally, the priests of the Four Hero Church activate their ritual magic, and Tact departs from the world.

“Good Bye.”

It was the ritual magic 『Judgement』 and 『Baptism by Flames』. Tact disappears from the world without leaving a single trace behind.

“Now then, where is that Faker’s soul?” (Naofumi)

If I equipped the Soul Eater Shield, I think I could see it, but I ask Glass anyways.

“Over there.” (Glass)

Where Glass points, the Soul Eaters converge. They seem to be greedily devouring something.
Hmm… so that’s where it is.
But even his soul became monster food. This world is scary.

“And now I assisted in dealing with that fake. Hurry and release me!”

As soon as that was over, Witch and her women cry out.

“Yeah, I guess you’re right. .. do it!” (Naofumi)

As I call out, Witch is singled out from the women, and surrounded by a rain of magic arrows.

“KYAAAAAAAA!”
“Wha, what are you doing?” (Witch)
“Oy, Bitch… did you seriously believe your existence would be forgiven before my eyes?” (Naofumi)

Right, as for why Witch betrayed Tact, we have to go a bit back.
A few hours before the Execution, we gathered all of Tact’s Harem in one place and asked:

“Were all of you really in good relations with the Fake who called himself a Hero, Tact?”

All of his loyal women nodded at once. Others gave vague responses.
It’s not like all of those beside Tact were blindly obedient to him.

“I wasn’t!”

The first one to break her allegiance was the bitch called Witch.

“My mama was… killed by that fake. And my papa was the one who was able to destroy all of his new weapons, the great King of Wisdom!” (Witch)
“You traitor!” (Woman)
“Know you no shame!?” (Woman)
“You repay his good will with scorn!” (Woman)

Witch was alienated from the group.
Of course, I was shown this scene later.
Her way of living truly is the lowest, this Witch.

“Hmm… then, you merely have to declare that when your time for execution comes about. If you’re not his comrade, then perhaps you’ll live.”

The executioner stated what was asked of him, word for word.
At first, the women spoke ill of Witch, but a few of them sided with her to protect themselves. They spoke ill of Tact to preserve their lives.
The ones who were executed before were the ones who never betrayed to the end.

“Papa! I’m not bad. I was merely being used! Just when I thought I had been freed from that accursed Pig King, that fiendish fake Hero apprehended me. That’s all!” (Witch)

Witch puts on an act and lets loose crocodile tears. She makes a play towards Trash.
Trash overlooks the scene with heartrending emotions. His hands begin to shake.

If we did something like sparing her here, nothing good will come of it.
None of those who have been involved with the battles surrounding her can forgive this wench.
And more importantly, I cannot forgive her.

This time, we won’t let her escape.
Unlike with the Pig King, we won’t be negligent.
In front of all of our eyes, we will promptly confirm Witch’s demise.

He seems to have mustered up his resolve. He stands.

“Kill that shameless woman at once! That one speaks praise of our late beloved Queen, yet sides with the man who killed her! She is but a traitor we cannot forgive!” (Trash)

Trash utters his last words of farewell.
Witch is held down by the executioners and is crucified on a large cross. Below her, a bonfire is built.

“No, it’s hot. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Gradually, the fire grows larger, and Witch bears the brunt of its force. She cries out.
Fu… this was quite an unsettling event, but Witch’s screams make me feel refreshed.
This must be the proof of my own madness.

Witch’s body is burned away, and her soul is offered to the Soul Eaters.

And like that, before my very eyes, Witch utters her true final breath.

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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198 Responses to Chapter 344: Soul Eater

  1. cloudytama says:

    R.I.P Tact and his compa-.Wait, how you can rest in peace inside the monster stomach?

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  2. k says:

    Thank for the update

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  3. Seriously this is one historical moment!
    I mean all of us want witch to die!
    can’t be help if some (like me) aren’t satisfied of witch death..
    We want more torture before killing her..

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    • Seishiro says:

      I have a feeling it’s not the end of Witch. She’s like cockroach after all.

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      • triopsate says:

        She’s worse than a cockroach😐 At least cockroaches die when you kill them, she just comes back from the grave and continues being a bitch.

        Shirou was lying when he said people die if they are killed.

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        • Yoraikun says:

          Just because you’re right, doesn’t mean you’re correct!

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        • svnhddbst says:

          let’s remember “people” die when they are killed, witch wasn’t a person.

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        • AH! FELLOW UBW FANS!

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        • GradationAir says:

          Out of context line that isn’t originally wasn’t even said out loud by Shirou, it was a monlogue of Shirou thinking that he shouldn’t have had Avalon’s power in the first place because he was a normal human and should give up that immortality.

          Only person that really said it out loud was Rin.

          Now another shitty adaptation(with more fanservice and fireworks) that shafts Shirou once again by making him a generic protag and altering his ideals, on top of that shitty sub that mistranslates a Visual Novel non-existent line (which means your correctness is just only one answer) into “Just because you’re right, doesn’t mean you’re correct”. Just in case there isn’t enough hate.

          “2/5 Shirou not derpy enough.” ~ anonymous youtuber

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        • Yoraikun says:

          The new version doesn’t actually have any fanservice, and the animation quality is beautiful. The quality of the line isn’t actually that bad, as the Japanese had the connotation of something like, ‘While you’re correct,that’s all you are. I don’t need your empty righteousness,’ and they translated it as ‘While you’re right, that doesn’t mean you’re correct. I don’t need that!’ Are slights against the fansubber supposed to be slights against the series as a whole?
          By Fanservice, do you perhaps mean animation quality porn? The fights are well choreographed, and the effects well done. Most of all, Rin’s reactions are greatly portrayed.
          I don’t get why you’re complaining about an improvement in animation quality, and I think they translated the VN to the silver screen quite well (Yes, I played it). I mean the point of the story was Shirou’s search for who he is, and what he wants to do. If he doesn’t start out as a Shonen protagonist, what’s the point? Shirou has to find himself. he has to become a Hero for himself, and that’s what it all is about.

          That was Yoraikun’s 50 cents.

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      • yariel says:


        What if … the “God” make the Witch get reincarnated ?
        (her soul escape)

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        • Subsinexus says:

          What if…ah, no. No matter how much I want to spoil you, no matter how good this setup is, I won’t.

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    • Argos says:

      Originally, I was thinking the author made a mistake in naming Bitch, “Witch” since the former is so much more suitable… With this ending though…

      Burning the Witch at the stake~~~

      Although it’s a cross…

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      • you do know that the cross is a symbol of death and torture

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      • mithos says:

        I’m fairly sure that “witch” is supposed to be a combination of “whore” and “bitch” that were initially given to her as name and adventurer’s name.

        Later, Naofumi combines the two.

        Many people knowing their japanese stated that the combination was supposed to be even more insulting, but the translation couldn’t really combine the two names in the same way, resulting in a more tame name.

        Now, I don’t know enough japanese to read the original materials, so that part is just based on what I read other people say, and we all know that not everything on the internet is true,but it does make sense.

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        • odyssey says:

          I thought it was intended to be Witch as in the evil kind found in western culture…… green skin “ill get you my pretty and your little dog too kind of witch”.

          Either way I am happy with this execution. The way I see it all past offenses were “paid” for with the Pig King so now only the crime of world war, killing her mother and betraying Tact at the end needed to be paid for. So what do you do with a wicked witch…..you burn them at the stake oh and for good measure you have their soul consumed by a soul eater…..PRICELESS

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        • Amuris says:

          I remember it being an upgrade she got from betraying spearbro. She became the Zwei Bitch -> zwitch -> witch.

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    • Anono says:

      I have a felling that’s not it. She is at the level of team Rocket survival rate. Before the finale i won’t believe she’s dead, maybe she is even the End boss…

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      • 4 pencils says:

        Well, if team rocket gets electrocuted and turns into a sizzling, burning corpse (10kilovolts is a lot), parents around the world are going to go on strike against the Pokemon franchise. Here, there’s no restriction on the author.
        so…yea.

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      • shira says:

        maybe she will trick the soul eater next time?
        well, what i learn from Witch is, Never trust a woman, but trust a girl.🙂

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      • odyssey says:

        her soul is so toxic I wouldn’t be surprised if the Soul Eater spits her soul out or worse……her soul takes over the beast and she comes back as that.

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    • Mark says:

      I’d be more satisfied if her death was slower, agonizing, and more detailed… with a touch of Soul Eater violating her before consuming her black wretched soul.

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      • Yoraikun says:

        They just wanted her dead already, and while it wasn’t described in detail, being burned to death starting with kindling is a slow and painful death. First, the flame just licks you, and slowly your legs are gone. You stay alive as it eats away you body, bit by bit, all while smelling the scent of your own burning flesh.

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        • odyssey says:

          depends more often the “victim” dies from CO2 poisoning before real dmg from the flames kick in. However if she was crucified in the manner as the ancient romans then normal breathing would be rather difficult so chances of death by CO2 is lowered. However if the flames stayed low too long she could have died from hypovolemia (shock)

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        • Mark says:

          Hmmmm good to know. Wish I heard the thoughts of her last moments… MUAHAHAHAHAHAH

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        • lazypioneer says:

          @odyssey damn torturing is hard
          need to study more to torture better

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        • 4 pencils says:

          well, there’s that, and if I’m not wrong, your respiratory system also faces a state of inflammation when breathing in the hot gas, then you suffocate

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        • odyssey says:

          @4 pencils, it will however its minor compared to what else is happening, before the flames even get to you, your already in a state of mild heat stroke. As soon as the flames start to get to the victim what little bit of water left in their system is used for “boils”

          @lazypioneer technically this is a form of execution with the intent of causing as much pain as possible before death. There are forms to prolong suffering while waiting to die. And if you want true torture (inflicting pain while maintaining the victims life) look towards the Brits. Those guys have a vast and varied repertoire of torture techniques
          that they have developed over the centuries.

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      • shira says:

        maybe they already doing it, in spirit form of course

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    • tyizor says:

      Be at ease. Death by fire is one of the worst possible ways to go in itself. You need to burn through the layer of fat first.

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    • Bloody Sorcerer says:

      Have you ever been burned before? I believe this execution suits her much more than her former, and this time there’ll be nothing left of her to revive.

      Excessive torture serves only to feed the wicked heart, of both the torturer and, mainly, the tortured.

      No, the only thing she deserves is to die and be forgotten. Her torture by that pig, was what brought forth this whole situation with Tact, in the first place. If not, Queen would’ve survived and quite possibly Atlas, as well.

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  4. Mikan says:

    at least.

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  5. JohnyXD says:

    I understand wishing for revenge. But what happened was they declared all related people guilty. Be it friends or families, they killed them all. This is quite dark. I guess war is hell, even after it ends…

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    • Emait says:

      Well, at least everyone around him is not entirely innocent because they didn’t stop him. And now they are the followers of a defeated party.
      And the story’s setting is similar to the Medieval period, when public execution is a form of entertainment.

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    • lazypioneer says:

      Well in real middle age war, they execute all seed of revenge.

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    • Mark says:

      It’s known as victor’s right. Had Tact won the war, no doubt he would’ve done the exact same. Though probably just out right kill anyone that opposed him and those related to those that opposed him.

      Kill with the resolve to be killed.

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  6. Santa says:

    50bucks she is somehow still alive!
    Thanks~

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  7. Mario says:

    Oh, just for asking, but Redeus is still fighting Hitogami in the other novel?

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    • rudeus die before the fight between orsted and hitogami at his 74 years old.
      even if hito is still alive at the end of the novel it was , in fact, the best ending for him.

      he die been old and with all his family and friends around him, still at the end he see the future when hito is sealed be orsted and co. but now he is dead is turn of hitogami of broke down his dead flag (or so he says).

      now como Akihito the new MC of the series the boyfriend of nanohashi.

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  8. Yep yep the climax is very near~

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  9. Zixacunx says:

    Finally… It is all over….

    That witch was beyond !@#$!

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  10. Mark says:

    Excellent chapter. Thus finally the Bitch is dead. Vengeance… a dish truly best served cold… and in a heap of souls.

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  11. wow just wow…….. I mean realy bitch…….I swear the one day when all the bitch stars had alined and one the peaks of mount bitchmor malty was born makeing the lives of everyone around her a living hell.

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  12. The Witch was executed by being burned alive. How fitting.

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  13. finally!!!! but i don’t feel satisfied. wonder??

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    • ardent_wombat says:

      If you think about it he executed both after allowing them to feel a bit of the betrayal he felt. In fact, Nao gave Bitch hope via a third party’s words just so he could destroy it using her own father. Then slow roasted her to let her soak in it.

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  14. GonZ555 says:

    Thank you for the chapter Yoraikun🙂
    yay a certain pig got killed❤❤ … i dont know why i'm happy seeing a pig got burned.. mmMMm.. smoked pork..

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  15. gguk says:

    good job naofumi. even he know that executing them is bad hes still do the job needed. knowing fully well his own sense of value and choose the best thing to do make him one of the best mc.

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  16. Volksgeist says:

    Wait if this Witch is a homonculus doesn’t that mean it’s possible to have more homonculi hidden somewhere? I mean sure the scientist girl is dead but if they already made a dozen copies of Witch or the scientist herself.

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  17. Ninza says:

    Thank for double chapter!!!

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  18. katoshuu says:

    so refreshing 😀
    though i want more scenes or details 😆

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  19. bladeraind says:

    Well, now. Tact and his companions exit the stage at last. In RL, I hold villains in contempt, in fictional stories, I hold them in honor and regard. Tact simply fulfilled his role splendidly. He gave the heroes a difficult struggle and was fitting as a villain. You did well, all of you did is what I believe for them. Besides, even if it says their souls were devoured, it isn’t really true. After all, their nothing more than characters and admirable ones at that. Still, the author is brutal in erasing characters. At least the author of SAO had his heroes and villains fall in a more noble fashion.

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  20. cclark777 says:

    Thanks for the chapter. Also the faces on your web site banner where chasing me across a golf course in my dream last night…. might as well call it a nightmare.

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  21. aristo999999999 says:

    Thank you for the chapter!

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  22. Hero of the light says:

    This is just plain edgy, why can we get a decent hero?

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    • Pandamonius says:

      We had one. Then Witch and Trash accused him of rape and turned the entire kingdom against him. (or tried to at least).

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  23. Erenz Glenz says:

    Most Funny Chapter, Evil Laugh >D

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  24. CHAD says:

    The Witch died really??? No, Witch turns into a Zombie, she’s toooooooooooooo extremely, incomparable, over the top evil to be placed on hell hehe. Hell yeah!!!!!

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  25. nyan says:

    wow that was refreshing to read❤

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  26. seihaikun says:

    A little bit too much for Tact harem and family execution(torture).
    Almost alright with Tact.
    And yeah too soft for this Witch way to die.
    Anyway thankyou Yoraikun.

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    • Pandamonius says:

      That’s what I was thinking too, but then I remembered that this was Tact. He probably killed off his father himself to get a little Oedipus action going, and his mom and sister were probably firmly in his corner.

      That being said, I’m forcing myself to envision his imouto as being almost his age and thoroughly corrupt, like Witch. Too hard to picture her being the younger innocent type.

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      • odyssey says:

        you do realize Oedipus didn’t actively seek out his mom with the intent of siring children? He was a stranger in a strange land that happened to have killed the king as was asked to marry the queen. (hell he didn’t know it was his mom tell after she killed herself)

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  27. ynphenno says:

    are those soul eater form harry p*****
    series?
    And it may be the right choice of executed all of tact follower to prevent the future revenge, but i think our naofumi had wasted a lot of real talent there
    and thank you for there (cruel) chapters
    1 last quote: you reap what you sood

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  28. lol says:

    Mlg get rekt bitch.

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  29. yengadam says:

    Wow, just imagine if they created an anime of this? I wonder how this scene would look?

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  30. suzakurenzan says:

    That means the little sister wont reincarnate? QAQ

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  31. madscientist says:

    i want to make confession.i actually like the ending,witch burned to ash

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  32. Aldorith says:

    God Damn with this chapter. It’s super morbid but the worst thing is it doesn’t really bothered at all :O

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  33. Load Vel says:

    the last two chapter doesn’t good for my soul.
    mom, i want to sleep early tonight, i have read ‘something’.

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  34. Psychronia says:

    What I’m most concerned about, actually, the validity of these “Soul Eaters”. How do we really know that it’s souls they’re eating?

    Now maybe Glass’s world has some kind of history with this.but as far as we know, they’re just eating an invisible “something”. It may very well just be residual life energy or something similar. Not even people who have died like Tact know about the nature of reincarnation and what actually passes on, so….I’m worried.

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  35. Lazarus the undead says:

    May the people from the last chapter sleep well, unfortunately they cannot rejoin the stream of souls. May they’re suffering at least be minimal.

    However may witch and the traitors suffer in the depth of the soul eater, may they’re pain be long, drawn out and painfully.

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  36. LordofEagles BringerofTacos says:

    ding dong the witch is dead

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  37. uchiha says:

    Damn… witch is been thru quite a lot of crazy punishments in her lifetime… feel sad for her again…😦

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