Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 273

There’s more to life than living.

273 – War Observations

Via my clones I simultaneously follow the scenes of all the battlefields. Argnar’s 1st Army is having a close fight. Of all the places being attacked it’s most difficult one anyway, so it can’t be helped. Rather, that it’s not worse than a close fight shows how great Argnar’s command skills are. If it was me then I’d have lost long ago.

The 2nd Army, is unbelievably a monkey army. Yep. Those monkeys that I fought with in the past on the lower layer of the Elro Great Labyrinth, they were instigated to attack the fort, and the army itself was able to make the human fort fall without taking any injuries. Those monkeys are seriously tenacious about going after anyone who kills a member of their tribe, making them a real nuisance to others. Because of that, when I fought them in the lower layer, that’s why they kept on attacking until they were annihilated you see. On top of that, they breed after a fixed interval and multiply, and it’s said that when those descend on human populations there’s nothing more troublesome.

As far as I can see through my clones, the fort that the 2nd Army was responsible for is being held by monkeys. The number of monkeys is staggering. The vast number of monkeys is incomparable to the amount that I fought and are crammed into the fort. A tidal wave of monkeys. Woah, I sure feel for the humans who were in the fort after all that. The boobian who set that up, sure is something huh. Well, I’m sure that was something she came up with as self-protection because she didn’t want to be killed by the Demon King though.

For the 3rd Army, the idiot giant charged at the castle walls himself and smashed them. From there he gained control of the fort like an avalanche. What a crazy feat of strength. What’s with the general going at the very front of the attack?

The 4th Army, Mera’s place, had an unexpected defeat. Two reincarnators also participated in the war, and on top of that a surprisingly strong magician woman was also there. Not even Mera could handle all three together and was forced to retreat. By ignoring the damage to the army, I’m sure that Mera would have won if he’d continued to fight though. But since Mera’s gotten all serious about being a general of the demon army, he could only choose to retreat. It’s not like killing the reincarnators was allowed either.

For the 5th Army, it’s becoming a close fight like with the 1st Army. Their opponents are weaker than the 1st Army’s, but they’re still being pressed. In the areas of quality of soldiers and quality of the general, the 1st Army is far superior after all I guess. When all’s said and done, Argnar is excellent.

For the 6th Army, pitiful shota. I had thought that the enemy general looked rather familiar, and it turned out to be the ossan who came to me in the past to apply for an apprenticeship. At that time he was an ossan who was a step from being an old man, but now he’s totally a jijii. In spite of being a jijii he was really hustling, and shot the shota to death. Somehow, it seems like this ojii-san has gotten stronger since I last saw him, huh? I had thought that his magic ability was pretty high for a human before, but now it seems that he’s improved still further.

The 8th Army, oni-kun’s place is, erm, well, do your best soldier boys. Oni-kun is a brute. Well, he’s an oni after all. I’ve got no place saying this, but that’s really cruel, okay.

That’s the basic progress of the battles from each place, but there was another important battle, at a secret place. The elves got caught in the intelligence that I spread. The elves are rather persistent about the reincarnators, so I wondered whether or not they would bite if I spread some intelligence saying “vampire girl is here!”, but the results were better than expected. What vampire girl crushed, was a body possessed by Potimas. One converted to a cyborg even.

I knew that the elves had technology from the old civilisation, but how far it had developed was a mystery. Even for my clones that I inserted into the elf village, they’ve not been able to gain entry into the facility where such things are likely kept. I had been thinking that maybe they have one, two or even three worthless weapons hidden there, but I actually managed to lure one to come waltzing out. The body of Cyborg Poti was collected by vampire girl and Felmina-chan, so I’ll try to analyse it later. Depending on that, I might be able to figure out the technology level of the elves.

Still, for something like that to come out, that shows just how much Potimas wanted to deal with vampire girl I guess. Somehow, I’ve got a bad feeling. Why are they so persistent about the reincarnators? Why are they being kept caged up? There must be something. My clones are secretly keeping watch over the reincarnators who are in the elf village, so if somebody tries something I can protect them. It seems that I better be careful.

「Shiro. Don’t get involved.」

While following the other battlefields, a voice to the side calls out to me. Ah, the Hero will reach here soon, huh. It seems that the hoodlum plans to meet with him.

Hrm. To be honest, if I go and do it myself it would be the fastest way though. But his face is filled with such determination. There’s no stopping him.

「10th Army, do not interfere before it’s over.」

While seeing the hoodlum off as he steps forwards in front of the Hero, I give an order to the 10th Army.

「Are you sure?」

The one advising such, was Waldo-kun. With vampire girl being elsewhere this time, he became my assistant. Waldo-kun knows about my strength indirectly. At any rate, his beloved vampire girl should have explained to him that she’s no match for me. Which is why, he knows that I can even beat the Hero. However.

「His pride?」
「Eh?」
「Then what about his pride?」

It seems that he couldn’t understand my question. Waldo-kun makes a puzzled expression.

The hoodlum has a huge amount riding on this battle. I can certainly beat the Hero. However, if I then defeat the Hero and save the hoodlum, the hoodlum’s pride will be damaged.

There’s no point in merely living. Without pride, life has no meaning. There was a time once when I was desperate just to stay alive, and didn’t even have the luxury to have pride. However, a life without pride, is empty.

The old me merely wanted to live. After all, I had nothing except for my life. My memories, my soul, everything was fake. Except for my life, I had nothing to protect. However, My Home was burned, and that first time when I experienced a sense of failure, I realised it. That, there’s no point in merely living.

I can save the hoodlum’s life. However, at the same time that is a deed that will stain the hoodlum’s pride. It’s up to each person which one to choose, but I choose to take pride. Even if the hoodlum dies as a result. Even though we’re the ones who have been trampling on his hopes to date.

The peace that the hoodlum desires, the respect he has for his elder brother Balto. I am not able to grant those. The Demon King and I, can’t allow it. We are the ones trampling on the hoodlum’s pride. For this reason, I want to protect his self-respect in his last moments. A one-on-one duel to the death with the Hero. I won’t do something so boorish as to intervene.

As a result, he died.

Against an opponent that he couldn’t beat, again and again he was overwhelmed. But even then, until his last moments, he stood up again and again without giving up. As though, it was his will, and his pride, that allowed him to.

Thank you for everything. I pray that you will be able to find happiness in the next life, Blow.


 

Translation notes:

Shiro uses several different words to refer to Ronant, so just to recap: ossan means “uncle” or “middle aged man” though is a rather rude term, jijii means “grandfather” or “old man” and is also rather rude, with ojii-san being a politer equivalent.

“Oni-kun is a brute. Well, he’s an oni after all” – this is a play on words since the word for “brute” includes the kanji character for “oni”. So it’s rather like saying “Demon-kun is demonic. Well, he’s a demon after all”.

In case you’ve forgotten, “My Home” refers to the large nests that Shiro built as a spider.

“Thank you for everything” – in Japanese, this is a phrase used to thank someone for the work they’ve done – eg, on a project, or for the day. You could say that it implies that the person is going to get some rest now.

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Blow
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Katshu
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you know, i knew he would die, but still……….

I kinda wanted shiro-chan to save him.,…………..

CountryMage
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Wonder what would have happened if she realized he was trying to set up for a badass confession to her, would she still have spared his pride, would he still die?

Long Nguyễn Bá
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what ? when did he mention a confession?

Anonymous
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He never mentioned a confession, if anything he was in a juvenile state of denial.

Katshu
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he would still die, shiro-chan was a ruler of pride after all……….

and mostly all of the sins…………

Northz
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Well he died as expected, Shiro and co. are on the path of ruin in order to save the world after all.

Sasuga former ruler of pride.

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter,
Thanks for your hard work, Blow!
You’ll be accompanied by your killer soon enough

Nematoda
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at the end… Shiro finally say his name…. not Hoodlum…. but “Blow”

Anonymous
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Shiro senpai noticed!!!

tylerh129
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Now I understand why Shiro was able to become the ruler of pride.

IamMe
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Thanks for the work.

I wonder if the next one will have Shiro vaphing the Heros party.

Anonymous
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Poor Blow.

Much thanks.

Ebrie
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Thanks for the chapter! I sort of understand Shiro’s reasoning here. It’s just sad he died without telling her how he felt.

Anonymous
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but it seems that shiro acknowledged him at his last moments and that’s plenty, you can count the amount of times that happened on one hand.

NZPIEFACE
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Twice? Once for the Dragon, and once for Blow.

ModoTheGreat
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She also acknowledged Ariel, whose soul is apparently ragged enough to be doomed when the System falls. I believe that counts as three.

SpiralBaka
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thank you.

overpalada
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Thanks for the chapter , you can be proud of yourself Blow the Senpai noticed you in the end

AnimeLover
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Shiro is so kind! I feel so sad for her. I’m sure D is still hiding something about her from her

Sodemas
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Blow: Shiro sempai noticied me?! doushio~
now joking aside, great chapter and great development in many aspects of the story, as of late all chapter been great and gave a new wind that we needed, Thx Karino san and all who helped o/

IcyClaw
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nai wa~

poor Blow

Setsuyume Edenfault
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Wow, I thought Shiro had killed hiim? Well, he won’t be missed. He was a hoodlum after all lol

Setsuyume Edenfault
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Wow, I thought Shiro had killed hiim? Well, he won’t be missed. He was a hoodlum after all lol

Kisato
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The amount of commenters mourning his death says otherwise.

Jeg
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I think Potimas is trying to launch another attack at Wakaba and he plans to use the reincarnators as batteries just like what he did to the previous hero and demon king.

Nell
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Wakaba should be dead in Oka’s student list. I don’t think Poti knows about shiro existence yet.

ModoTheGreat
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He wouldn’t even know “Wakaba” = “D”. If he’s gathering the Reincarnators on assumption that one is the High Admin revived, he would be trying to obtain the lot.

IB
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Much good it would done him?

– I caught you, a hidden administrator bitch. MWA-HA-HA!
– “Khrrhrrraaaah…” Ojou-sama please stop playing and get back to your duties, now that I eliminated the pest.

I imagine 🙂

K
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Thanks for the update

Anto
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I guess for shiro pride’s important huh. Thank you for the chapter!

Mashiro
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Shiro had the Ruler of Pride title/ Pride skill for a reason. ~-~

RIP: Hoodlum.

NZPIEFACE
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“Oni-kun is a brute. Well, he’s an oni after all”

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

RennasS
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It’s not pride, Shiro-chan, it’s love that drive Blow.
Love for his demon citizens, his bro and you, Shiro-chan.

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

Blow, Shiro sempai noticed you.

KuRuuRuu
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Thank you for the chapter…
I cried during the last sentences (。•́︿•̀。)
Blow, although she doesn’t realize your feeling for her, at least Shiro knows your pride and she finally call your name!
Rest in peace, Blow!

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

Shiro-Senpai noticed him.. nee nee blow-kun, shiro noticed your cool side you know~

lygarx
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I guess it is time to save the Hero’s soul

Anonymous
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What’s with the translation, leaving in shit like jijii and

Nolzi
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What’s with the translation, leaving shit like jijii and ossan? Don’t be such a weeb and translate normally.

IB
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Please speak for yourself.
I hate it when translaters just drop -chan -kun and such.
Not knowing who “ossan” or “oyaji” is, after all LNs are part of otaku culture so think worth just learning these. 🙂

Anon
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Leaving jap terms like ossan and jiji breaks the narrative flow in this case. Tl notes helped but flat out not translating terms hinders more then helping the readers in this instance.

AKA
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Speak for urself cause it doesnt break anything for me. If u want a perfect western translation then ur barking up the wrong tree. Its the translator’s choice on whether to leave it as it is or translate it directly.
But it doesnt matter since everyone reading this is technically a weeb and knows wat it means(in fact i be more surprised if someone reading this novel doesnt know their meaning).

libraryrocker
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Shiro-chan really was a ruler of pride…. Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!!

haazhell
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thanks for the chapter

Anonymous
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Back then I thought that Shiro was so damn cold, watching him die just like that. But now that I read it from her point of view, it’s actually the opposite of that.

Pride; take them out and there will be nothing left of her.
No wonder she’s the Ruler of Pride.

Duke
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I say this pride scene in Bleach…
Though I thought it was stupid as the guy did not need to die or fight much as he still had a younger brother that mourned him a lot…

Gippett0
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Thank you for the chapter and all the hard work!

Magnolia
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his words killed him lol

Peridoritoblog
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Well,the third time makes it just even sadder…thanks for the feels! Again ;-;

Zypex117
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No matter how many POVs I see Blow’s death from, I always feel sad.

Anonymous
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Shiro, your arguments are invalid.
He had the right to know why all this happened before he died.
Just like everyone else.

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