Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 265

Is it better for the Demon King to be a carefree idle bum? I guess it depends on whether you consider the person to be an ally or not.

265 – The Demon King is a NEET but not a shut-in

「Then, let’s get going!」

As for the Demon King who says that with a huge smile, first of all I’ll kick her to the ground.

「Meanie! You’ve got this beautiful girl visiting you, and yet your welcome response is a kick of all things!」
「I didn’t call you. Leave.」

To the Demon King who is rather deliberately cowering on the floor with her hand covering her face in sad pose, I repeatedly kick her over until she’s driven out from the room. I shut the door and take a breath. What did she come for anyway?

「Okay, okay. This time I’m seriously asking you to bring me along. You’re just about to go to the Divine Word Religion, right?」

Opening the door I had just closed, the Demon King re-enters while spouting that nonsense.

「It’s not the sort of place I can take a NEET to.」

The Demon King is taken aback, so much so that I can almost hear a “kadoom” sound effect.

「Even Shiro-chan is denouncing me as a NEET huh……」

You practically are a NEET though, aren’t you. Balto is doing almost all the work after all.

「If it comes to that, then I’ll have to destroy the world by myself!」
「Quit it.」

If the Demon King got serious she pretty much could do so after all. Even for a joke that’s no joke.

「Well, putting the joke to the side, bring me along.」
「Eh?」
「Eh?」

The Demon King freezes for a short while.

「It couldn’t possibly be, that Shiro-chan seriously thinks of me as a useless NEET, right? Right?」

It seems that she has real tears in her eyes, but what am I going to do about her now? Seeking some assistance I glance at Felmina-chan, but she’s organising some documents while giving off an “I’m in the middle of work” vibe. I get a strong feeling that she doesn’t want anything to do with this. I kinda get the impression that this girl has gotten a bit impudent lately.

「Oh? That’s the girl that you picked up, Shiro-chan?」

The Demon King noticed my glance, and locks onto Felmina-chan. The locked on Felmina-chan raises her head and makes eye contact with the Demon King.

「Pleased to meet you. I am called Felmina. I do not have a family name.」

Despite having kept up that “no concern of mine” attitude until a moment ago, she gives a polite greeting without showing any reluctance on her face. Just what you’d expect of an ex-noble. She has no family name because she’s an “ex”. Though she has none, she has a perfect iron wall cultivated behind that ladylike greeting. However, I bet on the inside she thinks that this is a bother, no doubt.

「Hiya. Thanks for your consideration. I’m Ariel. The Demon King.」

At the Demon King’s self-introduction, Femina-chan’s movement instantly stops. She glances towards me, so I give a slight nod.

Yup. This is the first time Felmina-chan’s seen the Demon King after all. Or rather, I think there’s hardly anybody who knows that the Demon King is the Demon King. I’m sure she wouldn’t have realised that this thing is the Demon King. She’s desperately keeping up a neutral expression, but wouldn’t she freely be breaking into a cold sweat on the inside I wonder? The proof of that, is that I hear her heartbeat becoming wild.

「So, what did you come for?」

In order to stop the Demon King from noticing, I address her. Worrying about her subordinate’s heart, I’m such a kind boss. Yet despite that, Felmina-chan’s heartbeat speeds up even further. Incomprehensible.

「No no no! Shiro-chan, I’ve already been asking since earlier, right? If you’re going over to the Divine Word Religion’s place then I’m coming too okay – I’m pretty sure I’ve said it many times already though!?」

Ah, that wasn’t a joke but genuinely seriously honestly then huh. I’d been convinced that this NEET wouldn’t want to work. So-o-o sorry. However, to think that this NEET would actually be willing to work, perhaps this is an omen that the end of the world is nigh? Oi, what the hell is Gyurigyuri doing!? The world is in crisis!

「Hey, you better not thinking something incredibly rude okay?」

Nothing of the sort. Even if what I really was thinking was rude she wouldn’t be able to realise it. Well, I guess there’s no problem in bringing the Demon King along too. I bet she wouldn’t work even if I left her behind. She’s a NEET ya know.

No help for it then but to add the NEET as another member to our Divine Word Religion attack squad. When I had tentatively asked vampire girl and oni-kun they had both indicated that they would be able to go. When I asked Felmina-chan if she was coming just in case, she gave a Japanese-like humble refusal of “Unfortunately I’m wouldn’t be of much use”, indicating that she had no intention of going. I somehow felt that it could be rather interesting to forcibly bring her along, so after a nod I condemned her with “I’m sure that’s not the case so let’s go”. Condemned to death by coercion. You can only answer “yes” or “yes, sir”. You have no right of veto! I’m sure it’s just my imagination that behind the iron wall her ladylike smile is twitching.

Thus, bringing the Demon King and Felmina-chan along we leave to pick up vampire girl and oni-kun. In the process, we ran into Balto’s younger brother the hoodlum. This guy shouldn’t normally be in the castle, but why do I keep running into him so frequently? It seems he noticed us as well and he looks at me. He probably doesn’t intend to, but since he has an unpleasant look in his eyes by nature it feels like he’s seriously glaring at me so I wish he’d stop that. As if granting my wish, the hoodling shifts his gaze from me to fasten onto the Demon King beside me. His expression becomes grimmer. It seems like he wasn’t really glaring at me after all. The gaze he has focused on the Demon King could certainly be called a real glare.

「Bitch, where do you think you’re going?」

The hoodlum has started a eyeballing match!

「Surely it’s my choice to go wherever I want?」

The Demon King doesn’t waver!

「Aniki is working without even time to sleep, yet you’re on a carefree stroll huh?」

Almost as if I can hear a “breaking” sound effect, I can tell that the hoodlum has snapped. I can almost see a vein popping on his forehead.

The place we’re about to go to is certainly not for playing, but even if we said so the hoodlum wouldn’t accept that huh. On the contrary, even if we told the truth it would probably cause a needless misunderstanding. After all, we’re basically going right to the center of the enemy camp.

「Eek, scary-y-y! Save me Shiro-chan!」

While demanding to be saved the Demon King clings to me without even the merest hint of fear in her voice. Bug off. However, I don’t have any spare time either so I can’t waste time arguing with the hoodlum here.

「Hey, there’s no need for you to stay under someone like this. If you’re annoyed then clearly say that you’re annoyed.」
「Annoyed.」

It burns me to do as the hoodlum says, but I hate being clinged to so I tear away from her after saying that.

「Kadoom!」

Well, whatever. Maybe I should leave this thing behind after all. It’s gotten annoying in all sorts of ways, so I ignore both the Demon King and the hoodlum and walk off.

「Oi, wait a sec!」
「Wait up, Shiro-chan!」

Ignore, ignore. I guess the hoodlum gave up and doesn’t follow, but the damn Demon King grabs around my waist while following. Hey, my spine will break. I’m a bit irritated so I kick her to the ground. I seriously thought about just leaving her here, but it can’t be helped so I grab her by the scruff of the neck and drag her along. It hasn’t even gotten to the main event yet, so why do I have to be so worn out like this? I can tell that it’s going to be a gruelling day.


 

Translation notes:

You can only answer “yes” or “yes, sir” – this is about the closest equivalent in English. In Japanese the two options given are literally はい (hai, yes in Japanese) or イエス (iesu, which is the phonetic spelling of “yes” in Japanese).

It’s onomatopoeia theatre today with two direct references to specific sound effects. First up is “gaan” (kadoom) which is used to express shock or despair, generally with a comical undertone:

Next is “bikibiki” which is normally quite general purpose for something grinding, scraping or breaking but here it’s more for someone’s temper breaking:

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Desaurido
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I think “Yes, sir” could fit well instead of “Hai”. Since “Hai” is also used in military, specially when a superior orders you something that you can’t refuse, I think it fits here. “You can only say yes or yes sir” sounds funny.

It’s easier to understand why Baito’s brother thinks the demon king is so useless after seeing Shiro treat her like that haha. Poor guy, if he knew that the useless demon king has two gods working under her he would go crazy.

gianoria7
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And one of those gods is his crush :p

CrispyNoodle
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haha what a pitiful demon king trolol xD
aah shiro-chan <3

Metazoxan
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I really wonder what she was like before merging with Shiro.

Metazoxan
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Correction: Merging with a part of Shiro’s soul… Why does this comment section lack an edit feature?

nothing
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before she was just a NEET. Now she is also a pitful Demon King

Fender
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Plus, it was a part that belonged to Shiro back when she was incomplete, when she still honestly thought of herself as Wakaba Hiiro. The memories, knowledge and a large part of the personality that belonged to that piece of soul were things specifically chosen by D before Kumo’s reincarnation.

gianoria7
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Worse than that.
It was Body-in-charge.

ModoTheGreat
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But body-in-charge was a hard worker, it doesn’t make sense! RIP, scale peeling split consciousness ;(

But it’s quite something that Maou Shoujo Ariel-chan is working less as Main Body, huh. Although Shiro’s been working hard since birth when you think of it.

Metazoxan
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No it does make sense. Remember before merging with Body in charge Ariel completely avoided the duties of demon king back then as well to the point she was never even in the castle really.

Not to mention all those centuries just watching the world fall to pieces along with Kuro instead of doing anything to stop it.

In other words Ariel was always a NEET. It’s just that Shiro’s influence has made her more playful and outgoing so instead of her never at all being around she’s now around but still not doing work either way.

Anonymous
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No you’re wrong.Before the Demon King merged with Shiro,she didn’t know the State of the world,plus,she cant do anything with it though.
After Shiro Officially became god,she followed along AND BY THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP…wait…i mean,what she intend to do.But after come to Demon Territory..she just…don’t know what to do.
Centuries passed away,first time she doing the Demon King work,she got confused, DUH

Sancturil
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No, you are the wrong one. She originally used her Ruler skill influence to make it so that she wouldn’t become the Demon King, and she stopped doing that a bit before the beginning of the series specifically BECAUSE she could allow herself to stay back doing nothing any further. She was always aware of the situation of the world. She was staying with the Goddess(Sariel). She knew the world was gradually crumbling, but just Kuro she did nothing because Sariel didn’t want them to go and kill the elves and go kill people to refill the energy of the… Read more »
Anonymous
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thanks for the chapter!

kirindas
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Thanks for the new chapter!

Hakurei06
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Shiracchi: Oh grandma, where did I go wrong in raising y- no this is somewhat backwards..

Katshu
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no one understand ariel-chan ;-;

Its okay ariel-chan you graduated from being body in charge after all

You can do it if you try!

Metazoxan
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No Ariel herself isn’t body in charge. She won is the soul tug of war with Body in charge and absorbed her instead of the other way around.

But even if she maintained her sense of self she was still heavily influenced from body in charge who was a fragment of Shiro’s soul.

Anonymous
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yes she is not body in charge and she is no longer the tyrant ariel she is maou shoujo ariel-chan!

superdbgtfan
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specifically everyone’s favorite maou shoujo.

Peridoritoblog
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Thanks for the chapter! It was so funny with the Demon King :3 she’s best grill :v I can’t wait to see how the pope will react to her and even Shiro together (and with the other two nukes (Sophia and Oni) with them) poor Felmina she has to deal with those monsters(literally)

John Christianson
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Shiro needs to treat her grandmother better (after all its her fault she got like that)

Caudyr
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Eh, it’s also Ariel’s fault…because she was trying to Kin Dominate Shiro back when she was just Kumo-chan, through the Queen Taratect. Shiro was acting in self-preservation, though that was also the case for Ariel after she’d started. It ultimately ended in a tie on that front, but in the end Shiro got what she wanted anyway (whatwith becoming an Administrator)…and with Body-In-Charge no longer trying to take over Ariel (even before that, because she’d consumed Body-In-Charge), she no longer had a reason to actually KILL Shiro, so…yeah. This Ariel is probably better anyway, though…cause it gives comedic relief and… Read more »
Past One/Hikari to Kage
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Past One/Hikari to Kage

Thanks

lesstea
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“Excuse me, Shiraori-sama, may I ask who’s that young girl beside you?”

“The Demon King.”

“………” **sweating nervously**

Nematoda
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before merging with part of Shiro soul… she’s Heartless Badass…. with perfect Poker Face… now after merging…. oh my…. she become like this… always get kicked… got bullied…. miserable… NEET…
damn…. the change after merging is like heaven and earth…

Anonymous
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Now we need to asked Shiro-chan take Responsible for what she have done…

nothing
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Naiwa. Ariel-chan is not only pitful demon king but also a NEET in Shiro’s eyes. Give her some love Shiro. You have to take responsibility for what you’ve done

Mesaphrom
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“Yo-you have to take responsibi-” “I refuse” “Wait Shiro-chan!”

Sancturil
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Except that Ariel even before merging with Body-in-charge was always a NEET. Staying away from the events of the world for thousands of years, watching things crumbled and the situation of the world crumble along with Kuro. Only starting to try and take action(by finally becoming the Demon King when things were at their worst, but even then she only ruled by force and didn’t actually do any work. The only one who knew she was the new Demon King being Balto… who was back then too doing all the work. And then, she sensed Shiro’s soul corruption and moved… Read more »
Sodemas
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NAI WA~ this novel is just to good

IcyClaw
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nai wa~

libraryrocker
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I was extremely entertained by the comedy duo.

Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!!

RennasS
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I still remember the DK debut, she’s so badass.
“Let the 2nd(?) army be foundation of the world”
I miss that chill and cruel DK.

fareastern
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That was still in the future great war, so i guess ariel still has some serious mode somewhere?

Her image was already ruined when she panicked after shiro fainted from not getting the fruit though lol

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter,
Poor pope

Anto
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Oh! Kumoko chan dose of the month is here!
Thank you for the chapter!

AnimeLover
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Ah the first time they meet the Demon King! Hehehe. I think the Demon King is similar to Shiro in a way. D created Shiro. Well that spider in the classroom. Shiro in a way also made the Demon King what she is. With her new soul and all

KuRuuRuu
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Thank you!!! Thank you thank you thank you for bringing us this chapter!!! \(>w<)/

Shiro-chan, Blow's gaze at you can't be called a glare, you know~ It's called a passionate love gaze , tsundere version ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Anonymous
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Thanks for the chapter!!

GonZ555
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Meatbun Delivery~
Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

Poor neet *cough* i mean ariel-chan..

NZPIEFACE
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….Shiro-kaa-san.

That’s my impression of her now.

Oni is that kid who thinks he’s an adult.
Vampire is the bitchy teenager.
Felmina is a good girl.
Maou…… the one she wants to disown.

nothing
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Maou… the grandmother who is a NEET

superdbgtfan
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Wrath sees Shiro come up to get him caring Ariel like a cat. Who is that? The demon king.

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

Shiro’s babysitting journey pt2.

deadtoxic
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Demon King (LOL)’s character has been on the decline lately XD
Thanks for the Chapter 🙂

J Guy
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Shiro was so BADASS at the end of this chapter. I liked it. A lot.

ModoTheGreat
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Shiro has way too high specs for a little spider with a fragment of D plugged in. She can negotiate normally (clone super computer mode), or use violence depending on what the situation calls for.

She’s come up with a productive solution to this world’s current set of problems when the older gods and superior entities aren’t getting anything done.

She’s beautiful and (surprisingly) tsundere caring.

Her information gathering skills are at God class.

She’s an adorable drun-

Story over! Nothing to see here! Shoo, shoo!

SubZole
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Poor Ariel is always bullied by Shiro XD

Thanks for the chapter!

Sarcze
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Thanks for the Chapter!

Setsuyume Edenfault
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Nooooooooooooo! I have actually caught up?! Damn! So, first and foremost, thank you for translating this amazing series! Are you keeping up with the raws / what’s the release pace?

Radhel
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To imagine the funny scenes Ariel appears, i always use Aqua’s dramatic act from Konnosuba. It’s a perfect fit. An example for you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLQCGsv2_cE

Boo
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The comedy in this series is always fresh, great job Karinosugata2!

Nai Waaa
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karinosugata2 do you know when the next raw will be released? The build up to the second conference is just too juicy~ gotta make sure to free up my schedule if possible.

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