Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Tagawa Kunihiko

The “golden pair” meet a true monster (?) for the first time.

The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Tagawa Kunihiko

Author’s note: The point of view of reincarnator Tagawa Kunihiko. If you’re wondering who this guy is, you might recall him appearing in the elf village timeframe, hopefully.


I had thought that I was in luck. To be reborn in another world, like that from a light novel. Not only that, but beside me is the girl who was also my childhood friend in the previous world. I even have a cheat-like ability. Hey, isn’t this an easy win in life – is what I had thought.

It’s not like I hated the previous world. However, I definitely had the feeling that something was lacking. I wanted more excitement. I wanted to go on an adventure like in a movie or light novel. When that wish came true in practice, what I felt was more of a sense of expectation rather than a sense of loss. I’m aware that I’m not normal anyway, and compared to Asaka who was in the same situation as me, I couldn’t be normal like her and weep for some time. I was fortunate to be unable to think of the environment I was born into as being suspect.

Asaka and I were born in the same mercenary group, at the same time. Mysteriously enough, the instant I saw Asaka, even though her appearance was completely different, I could tell that she was Asaka. It seems that was the same for Asaka too, so I thought that it must be fate.

Asaka and I in the previous world, were just childhood friends. It’s not like we were dating or anything, it just that we hung out together whether we liked it or not. However, somehow or other, I vaguely figured that in future we’d probably get together. While it seems that Asaka also felt that way, it felt like it would take a bit more time until we would become intimate. Then, because we went through the unbelieveable experience of actually being reincarnated in another world, the sense of distance between us instantly changed. I think that after we were reincarnated in another world our relationship changed to one where we both depended upon each other.

Asaka was afraid that she would probably lose sight of herself if I wasn’t there. And if I hadn’t had Asaka, then after being thrown into a strange and different world all alone, I doubt I would have been able to say optimistic things like “adventure time!” and stuff.

As for the mercenary group we were born into, they set up a village close to the border with the demons, and made a living by repulsing demons who invaded, or conversely to invade the demon territory to attack demons. To put it in a positive way, they were a defense force that protected the humans from demon invasions. To put in a negative way, they were a bandit group that repeatedly pillaged the demons. That’s the type of bunch they were.

Asaka was disgusted by such a village, and was fully determined to leave the village once she grew up. I was also in favour of leaving the village, as I had the desire to become an adventurer and travel the world. In order to build up my strength a little, I was taught how to fight from the other mercenaries starting with my father.

However, it turned out that Asaka and I would leave the village far earlier than we had assumed. Because the village was no longer there.

I will surely never forget what happened then. The troop of demons who attacked us. The familiar mercenaries who opposed them. Both my father and Asaka’s father were amongst them. Those lives were taken, all too easily, all too quickly, as if they were mere bugs being crushed.

「Merazofis! Are there no survivors remaining?」
「Yeah. Let’s go back.」

Despite that, when I had challenged him and got beaten in return, he overlooked me who had been reduced to a tattered heap on the ground. He even went so far as to conceal us from his fellow demons. Asaka and I, survived due to his pity.

 

「At last.」

Countless demons. With both humans and demons fighting while jumbled together on this battlefield, I am participating as adventurer. I wonder just how much time has passed since the battle began – while fighting constantly, even my sense of time is missed up. After killing 10s, 100s of demons, and breaking through, I finally caught sight of that figure. That figure that I couldn’t forget even if I wanted to.

「I never expected you’d be a big shot demon commander.」

There was only one demon from back then that I had any awareness of. However, I could clearly remember his name and face. It then appeared in the intelligence that the scouts brought back while risking their lives, the name of that demon commander. I was delighted when that name matched the one in my memory.

「I shall claim my vengeance!」

And so, I challenged Merazofis, that demon commander.

After I lost the village I was born and raised in to a demon raid, Asaka and I made a living as adventurers, travelling to many different places. At first there were many things that went badly. Since Asaka and I are reincarnators, we might be more mature than the average kid, but that was only on the inside. With us looking like children, we were always treated as children. The adults took the profitable jobs, and due to the rules we could only get minor work such as gathering medicinal herbs or capturing small animals. If Asaka hadn’t been able to improve our evaluation so reliably and steadily, I might have given up in a sulk. Asaka dragged me into stability orientated jobs that I had no enthusiasm for, without thought to gaining ranks. When I think of those days, I was no match for her.

Eventually we were able to conduct monster subjugations, and from there things sped up. By defeating monsters experience points can be gained. By gaining enough experience points your level rises, and you can then fight with stronger monsters. Once that happens, you can take on a wider range of requests. Our fame quickly spread, and we were able to obtain the abilities of first-class adventurers at such a young age. To be frank, Asaka and I are already outstandingly strong amongst the humans. Even compared to our S rank seniors, Asaka and I are surely stronger. That’s why, we participated in this war with the demons. In order to avenge our village. Since even against demons, I was certain that we couldn’t lose.

And yet, is this some kind of joke?

「Huff! Huff! Hah!」

I can’t even manage my breathing. If I foolishly tried to take a rest, this guy wouldn’t miss that opportunity.

I guard against the approaching sword with my blade. As for the magic that flew at me at the same time, Asaka shot it down for me. That was dangerous. If not for Asaka’s support just now I would have taken that completely. I want to give Asaka my thanks, but I have no time to spare. All I can manage to do is to prepare for the next strike.

This demon called Merazofis, is outrageously strong. In swords, in magic, in precision. Instead of having some simple strong point, everything is at a high level. By sticking to the basics, he’s as good as flawless. Asaka and I together, are purely defending.

How pathetic. Why the heck was I saying that we couldn’t lose even against demons. I want to go back to before the battle and punch the me who dared to think that we might be fortunate enough to get revenge in person. Against a monster like this, nobody else would even stand a chance.

That’s right. The only ones who can handle him, are Asaka and I alone. Precisely because Asaka and I have been able to hold back this guy, the humans are winning this battle. However, if he wasn’t held up, this guy alone could turn the tide of battle. Like how Asaka and I together were routing the demons and raided the demon headquarters, this guy alone could trample down the humans. Thinking that, gives me another reason not to lose.

I can’t hear any sounds from the battlefield despite how noisy it should be. Due to concentrating to the limit, it seems that I’ve shut out all sounds from the surroundings. Even with the surroundings seeming to be in slow motion, Merazofis’s movements are still fast. Despite having my thoughts accelerated, I still can’t keep up with Merazofis’s movements. I can just barely follow him with my eyes. Saying it another way, because I can follow with my eyes, I can still fight. If I couldn’t follow him with my eyes either, then it would be completely hopeless. However, that will be the situation before long.

The accumulated fatigue is dulling my movements. Glancing at Asaka, I can tell that she’s about as exhausted as me. The dropoff in my movements, is slight. However, even that slight amount, could be fatal against this guy. I’m bleakly fighting while wondering when my head will be sent flying off after all.

I desperately strike with my blade. Asaka’s magic is easily repelled, and a follow-up strike heads towards me. At the same time, the ground shakes, and my exhausted legs buckle and I fall. Fortunately, the tip of his blade passes before my eyes as I fall onto my backside. If I had still been standing, I would surely have been cut. However, that’s as far as my luck goes. Right now, I’m defenselessly sitting on my backside after all.

As I get up in a panic, there’s no pursuit. When I look, Merazofis is standing still. Ignoring us, he is gazing over the battlefield. There, I notice for the first time that the demon forces are in tatters.

「I guess this is an opportunity.」

He idly mutters that.

「Retreat!」

Followed by, a shout.

We have no scope to chase after that adept retreat. Since rather than us overlooking him, it was him who was overlooking us. Again, Asaka and I, were overlooked.


 

Translation notes:

Back in 234 – The demon of Envy and the demon of Wrath, Shiro mentions that she sent Mera to save the adventurer duo from an elite demon group.

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 272
Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Kushitani Asaka and Aurel
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Arnold Jayeola
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Demon lord merazofis

Arnold Jayeola
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Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?
And I’m sure if you take Ariel out of the picture he is your average Demon Lord if not stronger

chaoton
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While the boy ranting demon this, demon that, he isn’t even a demon in the first place.

Ark
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He is (not) a vampire! (*insert Vlad intro of Magika2)

Arnold Jayeola
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Vampires are demons

Sancturil
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No, they’re not demons.

Ketheres
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In this series vampires are closer to monsters than to demons, and demons are closer to humans than to vampires (if I remember correctly)

Moff
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Nope. In this universe, Vampires are sort of a subspecies. Check chapter 159 on Turb0’s site. Appraisal says Sophia is a Human Vampire.

Arnold Jayeola
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Sophia is special since he was born a vampire

Moff
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Why is it important that Sophia is born human? More specifically, what makes you think being a human vampire is extra special? Mera was a human before being bitten. Did his appraisal results change to Demon Vampire? Why would it be important that it change to demon for Mera but not for Sophia? Ariel, who is the Demon King, isn’t even a demon. As far as the system is concerned she’s the Original Taratect. I’m rereading the chapters and can’t find any basis for the claim that vampirism changes your race to Demon. Remember we’re talking about in-universe demons and… Read more »
Anonymous
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No no, in the first place ur all missing the fact that this was translated from japanese. In Japanese vampires are Oni. Thats why in the vampire vs oni chapters it was called oni vs oni. In japanese vampires are literally translated into bloodsucking Oni. Oni in japanese is not demon. Now to the point, Sophia is considered a vampire. A true ancestor. She isn’t human. Mera had a race change from Human to vampire. Vampires are their own race. Back when wrath and sophia were fighting in shiro’s room shiro said to Wrath, Because ur non human. and then… Read more »
Moff
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Just gonna copy-paste part of my previous response:
“Remember we’re talking about in-universe demons and vampires. In the real world vampires may be considered demons but in this world the 2 terms are completely separate artificial constructs by the system.”

When characters in this series talk about demons, they’re not talking about the same demons we think of. In the strictest sense, Mera is not a demon, regardless of what the japanese word for vampire is.

chaoton
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Newer know that my ( try to be ) witty comment was going to spark such a long explanation.

Well, agreed with all your sentences.

HapUgMata
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thanks for the chapter…

IcyClaw
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nai wa~

close friends that end up reincarnating together to remain as close friends. i blame D! Merazofis sure is kind though

Jeg
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You know how neets are. How much more for a neet God.

Metazoxan
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Yeah while some may have been left to chance it’s clear D specifically picked where some of the class reincarnated to and how. Like a certain gender bender we all know.

Sodemas
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or spider…

Dutchwonder
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And certainly picked abilities fitting for them and their personalities. I have heavy suspicion about how Shun’s Divine Aegis ability works and its relation to how this average white knight picked up a harem at no effort or reason of his own. Especially with how his twin sister(who has been exposed to him from the beginning) basically treats him like teh god emprah himself.

ModoTheGreat
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Well, D -did- go out of her way to create formerly non-existent skills for some of them, so of course they’re going to be a good fit.

Albedo\'s Ahoge
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Its not that he is kind, but he has instructions from Shiro to not harm them~

After all, Shiro has been tracking them for long so she knows exactly whats going on there.

mikan
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being overlooked is better than being dead.

xacual
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Based on what he said there, I assume Mera knows the secret plan too? He expended his forces and then retreated perfectly.

IamMe
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He has probably been given instructions by Shiro. Shiro has used him before for her personal matters after all. (see TN note)

accountmadeforants
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Regardless of whether he knows about the secret plan, Mera deeply respects Shiro, so he probably follows her commands unconditionally. He listened to her drunken rambling a while ago and gained the strength to carry on, after all. (Though that drunken rambling may well have included her secret plan.)

Nikko Anderson
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Mera is a ‘monster’ 😡

IamMe
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Thanks for the chapter.

The TN note at the end with references to chapters that are related is nice to job the memory. It’s been a long time since I read some of the earlier chapters.

JFSaucisse
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What a capable underling.

Jeg
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More like an excellent subordinate.

Sancturil
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What do you mean by “more like?” It’s the same thing.

Sarcze
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1. Capable means that they can do their job right. Excellent means that they can do their job extremly good.

2. Underling means that they obey someone. Usually Underling is used for Stupid Muscleheads. Subordinate means that they obey someone of higher rank in an organization. In a way Subordinate is better than an Underling.

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter

Ebrie
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Thanks for the chapter! It’s a shame Mera is represented as evil to the kid when he is the only reason the two reincarnators are alive. I hope the elf village battle allows him the chance to explain his actions.

Northz
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Mera is a strong non reincarnator with many skills, I’m sure Shiro and Sophia realizes this and Shiro should know how important Mera is to Sophia.

I’m anxious to see how this will turn out and somehow I hope Ariel will be saved too but those are just wishy washy feelings.

IamMe
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Shiro is well aware of how important Mera is to Sophia. Shiro is also probably the reason Mera has so many skills and abilities, he was with them when Shiro was training Sophia.

AnimeLover
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Well the Demon King and Shiro did train him!

Anonymous
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He might be strong, but Shiro’s standards are insane. Her 10th army are strong enough to take on lesser drakes singlehandedly, but Shiro complains that “they only amount to that much…” I also think that Felmina is strong enough to give him a run for his money.

AnimeLover
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Your right. I’ve completely forgotten the levelings. But I also think Shiro standards are in the right track since she’s experienced so much she could see the levels in a broader perspective.

Anonymous
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Ariel will most likely die. It is rather dull to let her live with all the flags risen

AnimeLover
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No its not because of pity! Its because he was ordered too lol

Sucks him and his girl are probably the only few who are strong in the group of reincarnarors but compare to the Demons like Oni and Sophia who’ve lived harsher lives they are still weak!

KuRuuRuu
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Thanks for the updates~
Lol I never thought Mera would suddenly have an important role like that 😂

Sodemas
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Thx for the chapter o/
Man your memory is a wonder~
also, good to see a diferent point of view fron the usual ones

Anonymous
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Will vampire girl have to kill Merazofis herself before the system breaks or will Merazofis be protected as well? I’m worried for many of the cast!

AnimeLover
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He’s probably included in the list to save…I can only hope

chaoton
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And the old man Ronant as well. At least we know that Shiro-chan care Ronant enough to help him in the incoming elf-village war.

Kvetha
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Thank you very much for the chapter!

Arnold Jayeola
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Guys are we forgetting that he also kicked their asses during daytime and Broad sunlight?

NZPIEFACE
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Since when did vampire in THIS novel need to be afraid of anything that wasn’t a god?

Arnold Jayeola
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Vampires are weakened by sunlight in this

Anonymous
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Oh yeah, I forgot the resistance to sunlight only applied to Sophia being a “True Vampire,” and Mera is just a regular vampire. A vampire that probably can take on a mid-level dragon, but still regular vampire.

Anonymous
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I was just exaggerating when I said mid-level dragon, but I read back of some earlier chapters and the Earth Dragon Alaba, aka the last opponent that gave Kumoko any real trouble other than Ariel, only had an average stat of 4400. So Mera really can take on a mid-level dragon…

negatempest
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Translator-sama! I need a website that will let me catch onto names. Cause that near half year hiatus had me forget names….

Anto
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Well they’re not in the category of OP like oni and vampire so it’s actuall uite nice that we even see their summary at all.
I guess we’ll see this until their capture by the elves or something?
Thank you for the chapter!

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

Is D playing cupid by pairing these two since birth?

chaoton
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Would love to see thing novel in every character’s view. It must be fun to know how and why everything happen then watch the confused character in the midst of those chaos. Just like when Shun and Kanata meet Shiro-chan’s children, the remnants of nightmare.

k
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thank for the update

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

Mera-chan is such a big softie..

Yami
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Gonz are you on discord ?

haazhell
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thanks again for your translation

D.O.G
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Thanks for the chapter!

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