Shigenobu and Hagisawa reached Lv 15 during this night’s hunt and got their expansion abilities. As expected, Shigenobu got an effect granting ability. From what he’s told me, it’s possible to add effects to weapons using the tools and materials made by Hagisawa. What a convenient ability.
Hagisawa got Collection Improvement. It’s a convenient ability that improves the quality of the materials gathered. Using high quality materials to make tools will significantly improve their effectiveness. Also, there was a synergistic effect when used on the rock ores excavated by Shigenobu. When I saw a high-purity iron ore (almost iron) for the first time, I was truly amazed.
Yukinari: “Say, now that we’ve hunted up to here, shall we end it for today?”
Shigenobu: “Considering what’s to come, it might be better to strengthen our weapons. For now, I’ve strengthened the metal turtle sword.”
Shigenobu has been analyzing the large amount of materials we’ve gathered. The armor feels good enough for fighting mamono, but now we’re at a point where our offense is the issue. Therefore, he strengthened the metal turtle sword.
S or Y: “The metal turtle sword can also cut the magic of mamono.”
Y or S: “Seems like it.”
It was magic thrown by a mamono… it fired a water ball with unavoidable timing. I went to protect Meguru-san, but before I could get in front of her, she flicked her sword and we discovered it could cut magic.
Shigenobu: “It’s a pretty convenient sword.”
Yukinari: “Can’t you make a second one?”
Shigenobu: “Not right now. Strengthening is enough, and the cost was pretty cheap as well. It’s the same for the kitchen knife and the crowbar. More than that, Yukinari has his gloves too?”
Right now, the kitchen knife has also been strengthened. It has reached a point where its sharp enough to cut even without Minori-san filling it with magical power. According to Shigenobu, the kitchen knife is in the same weapon’s performance category as iron swords.
Yukinari: “Haa… well, it’s not that good though.”
Shigenobu: “At any rate, when we return, everyone should leave their weapons in the workshop. I’ll strengthen them later.”
Yukinari: “Got it.”
That day’s hunt ends without any problems.
Meguru: “I’ll be off then, Yukinari-kun.”
Meguru-san waves her hand and exits the workshop.
Yukinari: “Alright, see you later, Meguru-san.”
Shigenobu teases me as I wave.
Shigenobu: “What’s this? Don’t you seem like you’re getting along pretty well with Meguru-san?”
Yukinari: “No… well.”
Is it because of our shared secret? Somehow, my shoulders feel light.
Shigenobu: “Will you tell me about what you shared with Meguru-san someday?”
Yukinari: “Yeah, someday. I get the feeling Meguru-san noticed since we have similar abilities.”
Shigenobu: “Hee… isn’t that good? Meguru-san has been looking at you for a long time.”
Speaking of which, she did say something like that.
Shigenobu: “Meguru-san has also changed. She likes how splendidly wicked you are.”
Yukinari: “Choose your phrasing more carefully.”
I’m keeping a secret while getting along with Shigenobu. We both understand that, but we’re still friends. In fact, the whole matter of my hiding something is obvious. Our friendship has lasted long enough that we can understand when we lie to each other.
Shigenobu: “Through this and that, I heard that Minori-san also heard from Meguru-san that she took a liking to how despite your complaining, you still perform.”
Uwa, was I the only one who didn’t know? Or rather, Shigenobu, are you trying to stick me and Meguru-san together?
Shigenobu: “I too know various thing about you and about human nature. To be honest, I also want to see the true you.”
Yukinari: “The true me…”
Meguru-san said the same thing. Am I that strange?
Shigenobu: “Even though you complain a lot and hold grudges, you’re the kind of person to forgive them in the end, aren’t you? You’re not the kind of character who will forgive the violence of the battle group without a complaint.”
Yukinari: “What kind of character is that? It’s the worst!”
Shigenobu: “Hahaha, a guy can get to know you just by hearing your complaints. Rather, good things can be found from it. So complain all you want, and find a way to survive.”
Shigenobu, so that’s how you thought of me? From now on, it might be best to keep a bit of distance between us. At this point though, this relationship isn’t so shallow that I can just distance myself.
Shigenobu: “Yeah, that vigilant look while trying to distance yourself is such a Yukinari thing to do.”
I feel like I’m dancing in the palm of his hand. Well, I guess it’s fine…
Shigenobu: “Right, right, then how about taking a short break and getting to today’s work… the service work.”
Yukinari: “Ah. We’ll be finished in a bit, the service work.”
Evil smiles appear on both our faces.
That usual everyday… the tomorrow that I see… that it would all break down is something I would never think of even in my wildest dreams.
Yukinari: “Hm? What the?”
In the evening, while sorting out my bag in preparation to return to the other world, I see Shigenobu and the others rush out of the workshop through my visual transfer.
What’s happening? Wondering that, I transfer back early.
The five minute casting time is the bottleneck. Also, with the exception of the workshop, visual transfer is only set up in the forest, so it’s hard to use. As I think about that, I transfer over and calmly exit the workshop.
I can hear Taniizumi’s incredibly angry voice. As I look in the direction of his voice, I see a crowd, everyone is gathered in the center of the village. While wondering what they are doing, I approach and see Taniizumi… in a duel with Ono.
Shigenobu: “Oh? Yukinari.”
Shigenobu calls out to me upon noticing me.
Yukinari: “Why are Taniizumi and Ono fighting?”
Shigenobu: “As soon as the battle group came back, Taniizumi and Ono suddenly started their fight. When I asked the battle group what was going on, they said that Ono had taken some girls and shouted his challenge to Taniizumi’s authority.”
…In other words, according to Taniizumi’s style, if you have any complaints, you’ll have to beat him first. We were planning to do the same but… will Ono beat us to it?
Shigenobu: “If Ono wins, he might change things for the better…”
Yukinari: “Isn’t that impossible?”
Ono doesn’t seem interested in anything other than cute girls, and he’s more likely to make things worse if anything. This is bad… as I think that, Meguru-san, Minori-san, and Hagisawa gather towards us.
Like that, the battle between Taniiuzmi and Ono… ends at the same time that I finish listening to Shigenobu’s explanation.
Taniiuzmi: “Ah!? My fire won’t come out!?”
The flames coiling around Taniizumi suddenly disappear and Ono closes the gap before smashing Taniizumi down with the handle of his sword.
Ono: “It’s my victory.”
…He’s strangely skilled. Was Ono always this strong? Well, it might have been because I never saw him fight before.
Ono: “With this, I’m the ruler of this class.”
“Kyaa – Keisuke-sama, so cool!”
“As expected of Keisuke-sama!”
The three follower girls cheer for Ono. Ruler? Just hearing that word makes me realize that nothing will change.
Anyway, are those the girls that Ono took? What a crazy thing to do. As expected, everyone’s hopes were too optimistic. By the way… Otsuka is one of them. Hm? Did they say, “sama”? Keisuke is Ono’s first name, but, “sama”?
Ono: “Alright, what to do first! What should I say?”
Taniiuzmi: “You! What happened to my flames!?”
Even though he lost, Taniizumi seems flustered… questioning Ono with a strangely urgent expression. What happened to Taniizumi’s flames?
…From his words and what happened earlier, it seems like there was some sort of misfire.
Ono: “Huh? What are you talking about? They’ve already become my flames!”
With a roar… flames coil around Ono. Obviously, he can use it due to his copying ability, but this seems like a different case. Everyone realizes that.
Ono: “Everyone! Listen to me! The Taniizumi group found the exit to this forest a long time ago!”
What? Hearing Ono’s words, everyone of the class turns towards the Taniizumi group.
Taniiuzmi: “Huh? Bastard! Don’t expose me!”
Calmly, with his sword over his shoulder, Ono condescendingly stares at Taniizumi.
Ono: “Wasn’t it decided that I could tell everyone if I proved myself the strongest? Taniizumi… in order to keep everyone under your control, you kept it a secret that you found the exit and instead maintained an environment where the NPC group had to serve you. You were afraid that if we left the forest, you would no longer be able to live so luxuriously.”
…Here we glanced at each other, trying to guess when Taniizumi had found the exit. Perhaps it was when they changed the advance to focus westward. Shigenobu had heard that it was supposedly due to the appearance of powerful mamono. Is Ono saying they had they already found a way to escape the forest then?
1) Teleport objects /Self to Earth
2) Point/yen conversion. (Tells others it’s a shopping catalogue)
3) Remote viewing
4) Bestowal transfer
boxing gloves, strawberry wallaby medal, kangaroo knight medal, kitchen knife
Kangaroo Punching Glove +10 | Effect : Dynamic Vision Up | Wind Punch | Wild Sense
Instant Expansion Ability : Kangaroo Step | Boxer
3) Material transfer (uses pillars of light)
4) Transfer to the other world
Metal turtle sword
Minori Himeno: Has a polite/formal way of speaking
1) Healing/recover mana
2) Charge with mana
3) Repair (doesn’t fix missing pieces/chips)
4) Item box
1) Black Smith
2) Mining Correction
3) Equipment Strengthening
4) Grant Effects
1) Craft things
4) Collection Improvement