Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 228

And here’s the second chapter already.

I have a lot more chapters already translated but the need proof reading etc. That’ll have to wait until I get back from work.

228 Whyyy!?


Author’s note: Demon King’s perspective


Meh. Nothing to do. How’d this happen?

At the Demon King’s castle, I should have been beginning my work as the Demon King, and yet while I was travelling I was far busier somehow, right? How strange.

At the Demon King’s castle a typical day goes: get up early and have breakfast, loiter around, have lunch, laze around, have supper, slouch around, sleep.

Oh? Isn’t that, like a NEET? Strange. I’m the Demon King. But what I’m doing is no different to a NEET?

Well, it’s somewhat unavoidable. Yeah, since the disappearance of the previous Demon King, Balto’s been there keeping the demons together the whole time. With me suddenly popping up from nowhere, there’s no need to order others to do this or that. Actually, if I did that it would just result in confusion instead. In short, I just need to convey the general objective. For now that’s to focus on building up the army.

I am referred to as the oldest Divine Beast, yet there’s not much I can do in government. Anyhow, it’s been too long since I got involved with this government stuff. Theoretically I know about it, but I’d have to admit that it may be impossible in practice for me. Even if I tried I’d probably be at the bottom of the pile for years, ending as a good-for-nothing who just messes up the place. Therefore, there’s been nothing for me to do for now.

The King reigns but does not govern. Yeah, I’m the personification of that saying. Day by day I feel that those around me are increasingly giving me the cold shoulder, but I’m surely just imagining it.

Hrm. But, this is boring. If it’s going to be this boring then maybe I should bring Shiro-chan with me? I bet that girl is doing nothing but loafing around the mansion anyway. Ah, better not. The NEETs will just increase then. Crap. It’ll become a blizzard of cold shoulders.

Actually, the eyes of Balto’s little brother Blow have been stabbing daggers at me lately. Blow is the sub-commander of the 4th army. After Balto got tied up with government, it became Blow who commanded the 4th army in practice. He looks like a hoodlum version of Balto. But, contrary to those looks, he only really has the ability to master office work. Perhaps it’s due to looking up to his elder brother continuously organizing the demons, he has proven to be not inferior in excellence to his brother. He has a tendency to over-idolize his elder brother, but that’s okay I reckon! The taboo of siblings in…

So, the current situation where that Blow’s esteemed elder brother is bowing before a mysterious NEET, that would surely rile him up. Mysterious NEET – that’s me. I’m the Demon King that has displaced his esteemed elder brother. From Blow’s point of view it appears that I have undeservedly stolen the throne of the Demon King. Gnnn. It’s urgent that I make him realize my greatness. But, how?

Get working? No deal. It’s a pain, totally bleargh, and like I said earlier if I start crudely intervening in government it’ll have the opposite effect. Balto has the track record of gathering the demons without mishap, so it’s more effective to just leave it all to him.

Shake him down a bit? No deal. If it goes poorly then my image could go from bad to worse. In the sense of making him acknowledge my strength, it’s certainly the fastest. Though if I overdo the lesson and he starts moping around or something it would be unbearable. He obviously has a lot a pride, so it’ll probably take him some time to recover from merely submitting to me. From a long term point of view that seems likely for his personal development, in which case, his chances of recovery would be like 50-50. Most of all, in a critical period like this it’s not good to render a good pawn inoperable.

So what, is left? Nothing? Th, that can’t be. It’s surely possible that there’s an awesome way to make everyone recognize my greatness! Surely it’s possible, right?

While I’m seriously struggling here, there’s a knock on the door. After giving permission, in comes the Balto and Blow brothers.

「Excuse me.」

Bowing his head politely while entering is Balto, and sullenly silent is Blow. Even when Balto glances at him in rebuke, Blow ignores it. Seems like he can’t stand me to the extent of ignoring his esteemed brother’s guidance.

「Maou-sama, I wish to consult with you.」
「On what?」
「Surely you jest. How could you not know, Maou-sama?」

Balto inquires with a wry looking smile. Hm? I don’t get where he’s coming from. Seems like it should be obvious to me what Balto wants to consult about, but I’ve seriously got no clue.

「Sorry. I’m really not following you here, what is it?」

On my frank admission, Balto and Blow turn to each other. It bothers me that Blow has a somewhat triumphant expression.

「Brother, it’s like I said right? She’s so incompetent that she doesn’t even understand what her subordinates are up to.」
「Blow, I apologise.」
「Nah. Let’s get this straight. She’s unfit to be the Demon King.」
「Blow!」

Suddenly I’m being dissed. Why? What’s going on? I’m more confused than angry over this nonsense they’ve brought with them.

「Umm, how about you tell me what you wanted to consult with me about?」
「Certainly.」

While breaking out in a cold sweat, Balto hands me some documents.

「Based on the intelligence that Shiro-dono has gathered, the illegal activities of Warkis the present general of the 7th army has become clear. Furthermore, it has been determined that his secret plans for a coup d’état have advanced and before long would be staging a revolt. There is adequate proof.」

I look at the materials in my hands. Recorded in them is proof of illegal activities from numerous intelligence reports. Er, what are you up to, Shiro-chan?

「By successfully determining their actions at an early stage, I believe we should attack them instead to take decisive action to suppress them before they can launch their coup d’état. For that reason, I wish to seek authorization to deploy the 4th army under Blow’s command.」

Oh, ahh. Let’s see. Erm? Well for now, let’s go with that, yeah.

「I’ll leave it to you.」

That’s the only thing I can say. Though Shiro-chan, seriously, what are you up to? This is obviously top secret internal information you know. So how did you get hold of it then?

To my half-hearted response, Balto nods without batting an eyelid. Blow has a vein about to pop on his forehead, but before he can say anything his head is forced down by Balto.

「Then, we shall proceed as discussed.」

Balto bows his head and at the same time increases the force on Blow’s head to also make him bow. Seems like Blow had to hold himself from almost brushing off that hand. Forcing up his head, he gruffly stomps out of the room. Balto bows his head again, then follows after.

Ah-hah, then, this is why I was thought to be so incompetent that I don’t even understand what my subordinates are up to. On top of that, what Shiro-chan obtained was bumper sized intelligence. An incompetent boss with capable subordinates. That’s how you think of me, huh? Shiro-chan of all people.

Whyyy!? How did this happen!?


 

Translation notes:

When “maou” (demon king) is used as a title I left it as is, eg “maou-sama”.

Balto’s speech patterns are fairly polite, unlike his younger brother who talks quite roughly to everyone.

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Nameless Reader
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bawahahaha shiro an outsider is better than the actual demon king !!
gj shirokumo-chan~~

deadlybell
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stronger too XD even before the whole godhood she was a major pain in maou’s lazy tushi

immapotato
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i’m guessing u forgot half of the current demon king is the former body in charge 😛

Nameless Reader
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the important point is, people from the demon knows shiro works more than demon king

metazoxan
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Note quite. The demon king mostly won the battle against body in charge. Proof is in the fact the wasn’t absorbed during Kumoko’s ascension. It’s true she did absorb Body in charge and it’s true that caused a massive shift in her personality.

But it’s not correct to say she is body in charge as she is still more Ariel (I think that was her name) than Kumoko and she still identifies herself as being herself and not body in charge.

lunate87
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LOL, Shiro is a lesser god the demon king is suppose to be under her, as she was task to supervise her by the great god.

Lazypioneer
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The king is the NEET!?
Didn’t expect that

RoflCat
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She is half Kumoko, remember?
And the original her was already a social recluse to begin with.

Hopefully next time Ariel will get to rekt some faces, that way she’ll goes from “incompetent” boss to “muscle-brain” boss at least.

BloodyHands
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ehh isn’t that when she send out the army? it in balto’s side story no?

naleastie
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Yeah, I think they hoped she would actually shake a pair of legs and deal with them personally to instill trust/fear in her subordinates. But nope. “I’ll leave it to ya” XD

metazoxan
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The Demon King isn’t really a social recluse though and she’s not exactly an intentional NEET. It’s just because she was gone for so long virtually all the duties of the demon king fell to other people long ago and she doesn’t want to screw things up by taking those jobs for herself for no reason. So she’s left with not much to do besides giving general directions. Also given her behavior I honestly feel she’s 1/4 kumoko at best. She acts too differently from the actual Kumoko but at the same time she’s not the cold and ruthless person… Read more »
Kumo
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Nai wa~

Anonymous
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No nepus allowed

deadlybell
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thanks for the chapter~

Shiro doing work? Nai Wa~

Barabarossa (@Arkusar)
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it´s for food xD

Yuncchi
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Thanks Nepu (‘><)

Anonymous
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NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why Nanny, why u do dis?

Yuncchi
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Because nepu is a necessary for every post…. maybe… probably?
And don’t call me Nanny… I hate that nickname

deadlybell
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yeah call Yun a true woman [giggles to myself]

Yuncchi
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Nooo…. i tell you i’m a man(‘△’)

Sodemas
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well, a cat is fine too =’D

cjayr369 | KagoMakoto
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Woah, nee-san… How could we believe that you’re otoko, you don’t even looked like one. Don’t waste that cute face of yours and just accept that you’re a beautiful nee-san. ^_^

Sodemas
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fake~~

hayate90
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thanks for the chapter.

if u need a proofreader, i think i can help, considering the chapter for kumo-chan is not that long. i’ve done a few proofreading before and planning to start again so i guess this one is good as a warm up from being rusty

GonZ555
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hahaha.. i bet Maou is feeling Betrayed.. XD
Thanks Nepu~
(a nepu hi-jack is coming)

Yuncchi
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Meatbun delivery~~
Hijacked for cooking at Atelier Yuncchi>”<

GonZ555
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Meatbun is a finished product! don’t cook Meatbun!

Yuncchi
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Too late..sei-nee had already ordered a Hamburg steak meat bun

Carmeops
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gah, i can’t escape you, you are everywhere at wuxiaworld, now i see you meatbunning here too (O_o)

Sodemas
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he’s long since been around here you know?~~

Carmeops
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well, not me, i’m quite new here on raisingthedead

metazoxan
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Oh hi again. I guess we web novel fans will just go where ever we can find a good read. Be it Wuxia or here.

Carmeops
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it’s also useful that some of those sites use the same login system, so we can spot directly people from other comment sections 🙂

RennasS
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Well, Maou-chan is nothing but cook anyway.

Tobiichi
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Yeah, I agree with you.
Maou shoujo Ariel-chan who work in the kitchen will give a strong blow to Blow…
…huh??

Latreria Falsafaria
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………………..Isn’t that actually a good idea?
When a god do spy work, it’s not weird for a demon lord to be a cook!

Phantom
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if you take into consideration that many gods have onicience they are all spying us (sorry for the poor english it is not my native language)

Oak
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thanks for the chapter

sherrynity
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GODDAMMIT Kumoko on the manga is soooo cuuuteeee—!!!

……..just saying.

Thank you for the chapter btw 🙂

Sodemas
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yeah, i read xD
so many nice images to colect~~
and she even sayed “NAIIIIII WAAAAA”

Barabarossa (@Arkusar)
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Maous mojo got totally killed by Body-in-charge xD

hehaaw
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thank god someone taking over this, and thank you very much translator for the chapters

gianoria7
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Thanks for the chapter 😀
Just a question like that, but what is your (planned) release rate?

Maou shoujo Ariel is incredibly cute in her worry…
Shiro should have let the rebellion happen.
That way, an army would have come to take Ariel’s head.
Which would have made Ariel sigh.
Which would have resulted in a one way slaughter and everyone seeing that the Maou is the strongest (within the system)

metazoxan
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I think Ariel should just put the rebellion down herself.

That way she has a way to kill her boredom as well and show people why they should okay her.

gianoria7
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“I can slaughter the entire army within seconds without even breaking a sweat. So, if you value your life, you should recognise me as the Demon King. Okay? <3 "
I don't think Blow would be okay with that…

Reader
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Thanks for the chapter. Awesome translation that was fun to read through even for me who’s read it in Japanese. I can sense the number of skill points required for you to obtain charity rapidly dropping! Just one easy to miss word choice issue I noticed, “I apologise” “presence (of a god, nobleman, etc.)”.

Reader
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Oops, this blog’s comments cut out the kanji for “omae”.

aze
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> Whyyy!? How did this happen!?

Blow forced Shiro to work for food.

apotropaic
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I literally woke up 15 minutes ago and this is alteady the highlight of my day!

hayate90
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btw, manga ch1 is out, and i gotta say, Kumoko is so darn cute!!
and its funny as hell too.
great job, mangaka-san!

Sodemas
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yeah, chapter 1 was great, and her “mother” desing was preat good too, let’s see how the frog and all the rest end up

Mech@
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lmao. Thanks for the chapters.

Hartesya
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She could’ve just obliterate the traitors on her own to prove her power…
She didn’t think of that?
How much of a useless NEET does she wanna be…
Maou, you baka…

Thanks for the chappie!

Carmeops
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well, they need to kill people to gather the skill’s power anyway, to avoid the system collapse and all, sending an army guarantee more casualties globally.

for the system it’s more efficient that way, ofcourse Maou-sama and Shiro could start personally slaughtering everyone in sight, regardless of sides, but that’s just bothersome and will ensure the demons turn their backs on the demon lord

Hartesya
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I guess when politics and convoluted system requirements are involved, Maou-samas can’t act in the classic shounen style of leveling everything on sight just to prove a trivial point…
It much more logical but less epic though…
I wanna see Maou-sama doing an evil ojou-sama laugh with a background of crimson carnage and fire, looking down her nose at speechless-mouth-wide-open Blow saying, “How do ya like me now, worthless peon!!”..
Then she takes a step towards him wearing a threatening grin on her face and… trips on nothing…

Sodemas
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you do know that Kuro would be pissed at then if they just kill everyone right?

gianoria7
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*Looks back at the Oni chapters*

I don’t think they actually care about Kuro’s opinion…

Seiryuudo
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He was kept for 7 years in there, lotsa time to do some nasty stuff actually

metazoxan
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But they also don’t want to push him so far he makes serious effort to stop them.

They can’t fight Kuro all out as they are and he’s only stepping back partly because of D and partly because he realizes it has to be done.

But if they push him too far he might decide to act even at the risk of angering D.

goblinrou
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Useless Maou?

Nai wa~

kirindas
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Thanks for the new chapter!

linnilalartyr
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LoL! The demon king still pitiful as usaull. >w<

marader
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Thanks alot

Carmeops
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thank you for continuing the translation!

nguyenotacool
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Mysterious NEET – Demonking, i laughed so much!! XD thanks for the chapter!

Anonymous
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Thanks for new chapters!

Rika~
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Ariel evolved from a seclusive maou, to a neet maou! 😀

gianoria7
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Well, it’s not like she was doing anything when she was secluding herself…

Draconic
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Thanks for taking up this project, I thought I will go mad, when the last translator said that he can’t continue working on it the very day, that he caught up to the raws.

Btw, I was waiting for the Demon King to ask how they managed to make Shiro work. Then something like this: “Whaaat? You took away her food?? And you are still alive???”

birisora
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Haha I love this new update. Glad there is a new update, thank you translator!
If only she knew Shiro did all of that just for food, she’d facepalm so hard XD

reagent
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On top off eating habit she also doens’t realize her sleeping and her general conduct become that of kumoko. Body in charge sure leaves a deep scar.
Also that line that she said the NEET would double make me laugh quite hard. If that happen ariel seems only would be seen with pitiful eyes by kumoko.

Seiryuudo
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Very nice translation! In turb0‘s case I had the feeling he’d really had needed a proofreader in looots of cases. I even wondered how someone with that kind of translationspeed could be so lousy with grammar sometimes…

Cryotic
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The kind of people who understand his native language, has average/good english vocabulary, but lacks in remembering the grammatic rules. I know that from my own personal experience.

Vidarr
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Then I remembered maou chan is half body in charge, I was like goddammit Shiro chan.

subzole
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“Get working? No deal. It’s a pain, totally bleargh…”

Poor Ariel-chan XD

Zeth
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Thank you!

D.O.G
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Thanks for the chapter!

Zypex117
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“breakfast, loiter around, have lunch, laze around, have supper, slouch around, sleep”

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