Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 285

No Christmas special this year, but instead we get a proper chapter.

285 – No matter how you look at it, he’s the heroine

Yamada-kun and co have taken refuge in a hiding place prepared by the third prince. Well, though it’s called a hiding place, because I overheard it, it’s not hidden at all. I’ve now arranged for a raid to be made on this hiding place. The one in command of the unit, is Ooshima-kun. I wonder how Yamada-kun will react when he finds out that the person who has always been beside him and supporting him since their previous lives has been brainwashed and is betraying him.

The reason why I’ve contrived such a tasteless plan, has nothing to do with wanting to bully Yamada-kun. While Natsume-kun seems extremely likely to do such a thing, I’m not that cruel at least. I’m not, okay?

My objective for having Ooshima-kun attack Yamada-kun, is to check the limits of the poorly understood Divine Protection of Heaven skill that Yamada-kun has. Divine Protection of Heaven. That’s the inherent skill that Yamada-kun has, which I found out from the brainwashed Ooshima-kun and Hasebe-san. Yamada-kun has talked about his inherent skill to his fellow reincarnators without trying to conceal it, it seems. Because of that I was able to confirm the existence of this skill without difficulty. It seems that the effect of the skill is to make it easier to achieve the desired result regardless of the situation. While many of the skills received as a reincarnation perk are unique skills, even amongst those this is a distinctive skill.

Just from hearing the effects you’d think that this is a cheat-like ability. Taking it to the extreme, it’s an opportunistic skill where if Yamada-kun thinks “I want this!”, then that could actually happen. Well, it only makes it easier to achieve the desired result though, so it probably doesn’t mean that the desired result will be achieved with certainty. If the desired result could be achieved with certainty, then it would exceed a certain dragon from somewhere that grants wishes when seven balls are gathered. That would totally be a cheat-of-cheats. A patch is required. Please update quickly.

Yamada-kun possesses such an opportunistic skill. But, Yamada-kun possesses yet another opportunistic ability on top of that. That is, the Hero title. The Hero title is so that humans can compete with demons on a level playing field, having several opportunistic hidden abilities. In the situation where that generation’s Demon King is so overpowering that the balance is broken, as if they were a desperate cornered protagonist, the Hero will gain a power-up.

「There is no way that I can lose here! YAHHHH!!!」
「Impossible! Where have you gotten such power from!?」
「This is for the sake of saving the world, the power of the Hero!」

Such cliched developments could actually occur, with this. Well, the Demon King is typically selected from the demons after all, and since demons live longer than humans they have higher status values by nature, so naturally it’s easy for them to be stronger than the Hero. So the title has a relief measure to keep the balance. It’s the Demon Kings who have to suffer from being affected by that. Even though the current Demon King is overpoweringly strong she would still get dragged into this matter. If the Demon King and Yamada-kun fought, then Yamada-kun would definitely gain a super power-up, with this.

The skill’s opportunism and the title’s opportunism. Yamada-kun possesses these two opportunism inducing factors. His own abilities are nothing special. Yet, with these uncertain factors he could be. Which is why it’s necessary to ascertain just to what degree will Yamada-kun’s opportunistic factors manifest.

If Ooshima-kun stands in his way, since they had a strong relationship even in their previous lives as well, then Yamada-kun should want Ooshima-kun’s brainwashing to be cancelled. Just what will result from that? Based on that I’ll estimate just how far Yamada-kun’s opportunism will go. Will it be possible to defeat the brainwashing from the broken skill of the Seven Deadly Sins series? If that can actually be done, then it means that Yamada-kun’s skill is more troublesome than a Seven Deadly Sins series skill.

Thus, while I’m watching over them, Yamada-kun and Ooshima-kun fought each other.

To summarise the results: normies, go explode. I doubt you understand what I’m saying, but this is my unfiltered impression!

「The heck? I wish they’d just go explode.」

Beside me, vampire girl mutters the same impression as me. Yep. You’d want to say that right?

The result went beyond my expectations. As if anyone could expect this! Amazingly enough, Ooshima-kun threw off Natsume-kun’s brainwashing by himself. Even so, without being able to completely remove the power of the brainwashing, he stopped himself by self-destructing. His proficiency as the heroine is incredible! For the sake of the hero, and without concern for injuring himself, he actually self-destructed with all his power!

What followed on from that was also amazing. The self-destructing Ooshima-kun was healed by Yamada-kun. As a side effect of self-destructing, Ooshima-kun completely threw off Natsume-kun’s brainwashing and returned to sanity. Yamada-kun made a beautiful retreat while holding Ooshima-kun in a princess carry. “P R I N C E S S C A R R Y! P R I N C E S S C A R R Y!” Ooshima-kun had a heart-throbbing face expressing that before he fell unconscious. Yeah, he’s fallen in love. He’s completely fallen in love. No matter how you look at it, he’s the heroine. Thank you very much.

Conclusion: this is a rom-com? Er, no, no. Not that. Conclusion: Yamada-kun’s skill is quite dangerous. Regarding Ooshima-kun throwing off the brainwashing – while his strength of will and so on might have been part of it, I can’t believe that was enough to create such a dramatic development by itself. There should have been some influence from Yamada-kun’s skill. Considering that, it means that Yamada-kun’s skill is more troublesome than the Seven Deadly Sins series skills.

However, the third prince who stayed behind as the rear guard to allow Yamada-kun to escape was able to be captured without any problems. If everything had gone according to Yamada-kun’s wishes, then it would be strange for the third prince to not be able to escape as well. Which means that there’s also limits to Yamada-kun’s skill. Maybe there’s no influence unless Yamada-kun is nearby, for example. Hmm-mm. It’s hard to see the influence of the effect itself – I have absolutely no idea how far the power of Yamada-kun’s skill goes. I’ll be vigilant about it, but it might be hard to deal with it.

At any rate, isn’t the Ruler skill that Yamada-kun possesses breaking the rules? The healing that Yamada-kun performed on Ooshima-kun wasn’t any ordinary healing. After all, even if it was just for an instant, Ooshima-kun was dead. Ordinary healing magic will never be able to revive the dead. What made that possible, was the Ruler skill of Kindness that Yamada-kun possesses. The effect of that is resurrection from death. Using that power, Yamada-kun was able to revive Ooshima-kun who had died from self-destruction.

To be honest, I panicked a bit when Ooshima-kun self-destructed. That was clearly a fatal wound after all. Unsurprisingly, Ooshima-kun then died. If Yamada-kun had been even a second slower in applying resurrection, I would probably have rushed over there with teleportation. The moment that Ooshima-kun self-destructed, I had unconsciously stood up as well. Even though I knew that Yamada-kun possessed Kindness, I still panicked a bit.

However, this might be a chance instead. As compensation for using the Kindness skill, the level of Taboo rises. The Kindness skill makes resurrection from death possible, something virtually impossible to do within the System of this world. However, by continuing to revive the dead, what lies ahead is Taboo, which informs you about the truth of the System. Once he knows that, there’s no way he wouldn’t realise just what it means to resurrect the dead.

D’s work is as nasty as ever. It could fucking break one’s heart. However, I shall make use of that.

I’ll lay bait for Yamada-kun and cause people to die before his eyes. Yamada-kun would surely then perform resurrection of the dead. Which will cause his Taboo level to rise. Then when Taboo reaches the maximum, it will result in Yamada-kun learning about the other side of this world.

When that happens, Yamada-kun will be forced to choose. Whether to oppose us. Or otherwise, whether to join forces with us. Well, it’s also possible that he’ll choose to turn a blind eye to it all. The fate of the world is such a heavy responsibility that a normal person would not be able to shoulder it.

If he decides to oppose us, then I’ll crush him with all my might. However, I don’t think Yamada-kun will be able to do that. After all, he’s from an ordinary background. Although he actually became the Hero, originally he was an ordinary boy you could find anywhere. Which is why he surely wouldn’t be able to shoulder the fate of the world. I’ll have him learn the truth as soon as possible and induce him to stand down.


Author’s note: This covers “K2 The last obstinacy of a man”.


 

Translation notes:

“No matter how you look at it, he’s the heroine” – the use of “he” is intentional. In Japanese third person pronouns (such as “he” or “him”) are generally not used but it’s more or less unavoidable in English. So when Shiro has a line like the title or “he stopped himself by self-destructing” when referring to Ooshima-kun, it’s actually gender neutral in Japanese even though “Ooshima-kun” is currently Katia, ie female. I’m using male pronouns in the translation because Shiro uses -kun, which somewhat implies that the person being referred to is male. This does get a bit odd when Shiro also refers to Ooshima-kun as the “heroine” (ie being like the female lead character in a story), but please endure this for now. Maybe Shiro will change how she refers to Ooshima-kun, in which case I’ll probably use female pronouns in the translation.

“normies, go explode” – this is similar to the “Death to Normies” phrase that came up in the 2015 Christmas special. It’s more or less a literal translation of the phrase リア充爆発しろ.

“For the sake of the hero” – here, “hero” is deliberately not capitalised. It’s not referring to the Hero title that Shun has but as if Shun was a character in a story. Ie Shun would be the “hero” (the main male character) and Katia / Ooshima-kun would be the “heroine” (the main female character and typically the love interest).

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EmileLouis Jolie
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Whoo new chap’ ! Thanks a lot !

Niereal
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Shiro : Normies, go explode
moment later the exploding occured

I B
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In fact it was other way around though 🙁
Explosion – Resurrection – Embrace – HATE

Anonymous
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Shiro, that’s a flag. The Hero will choose to shoulder the world if you say that!
You must learn from Yu Ilhan!

Anonymous
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I think Shiro might be forgetting the effect that the kindness skill has on Shu’s personality which I believe may be influenced by the goddess own kindness.

Lowlightt
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Yes but just like shiro when taboo maxes out Shun will know with out a shred of doubt that his mind and personality are being influenced and his actions forced by “kindness”

Guest
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What really scares me is that Shun is a harem protagonist. The majority of Kumoko’s group are female and almost none of them have the social skills to beat down an impassioned heroic monologue. Even Wrath could be vulnerable to a “friendship = redemption” ploy…

ADE
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this story is turning into that, isn’t it?

Demon Lord is the final boss. Then appears the true final boss, the giant space flea(spider) from nowhere.

And as with any good game, there’s another hidden superboss, D.

NeroZeroes
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what majority? haha, there’s only 3 people with shiro, ariel, sophia, wrath, ariel are demon king, there’s no way shun can sway her, impassioned heroic monologue and friendly attitude would only piss sophia off, and for wrath, there no way sophism from some one like shun that born royalty and always in peace with loving little sister and BFF turn beautiful lover and never know how cruel that world is can shake his conviction hell in wrath case, he is the exact opposite of shun, getting enslaved, forced to kill his entire family, forced to eat his own sister, running… Read more »
Niereal
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he or should i say she is not a tomboy, you can see in the Katia side story that she became attracted to cute things and became rather girly. She is also not trap, that is very clear. In conclusion, we should say Katia is genderbent

chaoton
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I’ve refreshed tons of times everyday ever since the raw came out. Thanks Karinosugata2!

Both Sophia and Shiro-chan thought the same, like mother, like daughter.

Yurika Hime
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Well they are both a slave of their desires after all…

I B
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I know Sophia is single now, but her regressing to Hiroko is surprising.

PS.
Sophia & Wrath hating each other guts. Could it be instinctive tsundere on both parts?

Lotus
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It’s possible it’s instinctive, but there’s also the specifics like how Wrath, while living in a new world as a monster still retains a number of his old world values, and also despises those who use mind control type skills based on his experience in this world. Sophia on the other hand has adapted her way of thinking closer to this new world, she’s embraced her vampire self, and is also extremely jealous with regards to others relationships with Shiro. Having Shiro trust Wrath with various things, having Wrath understand a lot of the things she says, giving him clothes… Read more »
NZPIEFACE
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>285 – No matter how you look at it, he’s the heroine

kek

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

The killing part is definitely her reaction from the romcom isn’t it..

NZPIEFACE
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>The effect of that is resurrection from death.

Now that we’ve learned of the system… GG FOR FUCKING WASTING MA ENERGY

>However, I don’t think Yamada-kun will be able to do that. After all, he’s from an ordinary background. Although he actually became the Hero, originally he was an ordinary boy you could find anywhere. Which is why he surely wouldn’t be able to shoulder the fate of the world.

Not genre savvy enough, Shiro. That’s a flag

Fender
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She’s a spider. She didn’t know how to read, before changing worlds. Giver her a break.

I B
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I bet D read a ton of LNs though

NeroZeroes
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the naively kind yamada that ressurect people lwft and right are on to a rude awakening, and i’m really waiting for that~

though, i’ll waste all MA Energy anytime if it mean saving katia~ yep~ precious girl is precious~

Anonymous
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Conclusion: this is a rom-com?

xD

Yurika Hime
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Sophia and shiro are really starting to have the same wavelength…

to the point that it smells yurish… well It may just be my imaganation that sophia strongly admires shiro and wants to be with her forever despite always being bullied by shiro… and maybe if by some reason she reaches the level of admin’s or a least close enough she will probably ask shiro again if she can stay with her….. haaaaah! haaaaah! haaaah! my Flower Field inside my brain are blooming(Yuri/Lily Fields)…

I B
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Discussed a thousand times here.
Add here a Stockholm syndrome from being licked naked and eaten alive (sexual connotations as hell for me).

I B
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PS.
and then Shiro’s surprised her adopted girl grown perverted, huh

Krabbe
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“The result went beyond my expectations. As if anyone could expect this! Amazingly enough, Ooshima-kun threw off Natsume-kun’s brainwashing by himself. Even so, without being able to completely remove the power of the brainwashing, he stopped himself by self-destructing. His proficiency as the heroine is incredible! For the sake of the hero, and without concern for injuring himself, he actually self-destructed with all his power! What followed on from that was also amazing. The self-destructing Ooshima-kun was healed by Yamada-kun. As a side effect of self-destructing, Ooshima-kun completely threw off Natsume-kun’s brainwashing and returned to sanity. Yamada-kun made a beautiful… Read more »
triopsate
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Try reading it like a korean e-sports commentator xD

accountmadeforants
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Aside from the whole “Yeah, of course he’s gonna shoulder the world.” flag because this is a story and Shiro always has some bullshit she has to resolve… it seems like she’s forgotten about the way the Sins/Virtues warp the user’s mind. There’s no way he wouldn’t want to save the world after being affected by Kindness for so long. Also, I’m very, very glad they’re finally addressing the protection from the heavens skill. I’ll once again state my theory that the reason Sariel worked against Shiro and gave Shun the Hero title was because of that skill, instead of… Read more »
Krabbe
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Btw, happy new year tomorrow (maybe a bit after or today depending on time zones)

Random Internet User (tm)
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Random Internet User (tm)

Thank you kindly for the chapter!

Stelvis
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Ty for the chapter^^
Finally we catch the side story (^0^)/

Setsuyume Edenfault
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FINALLY! THANK YOU!

The heroine, huh? LOL

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

Yeah, there is no gender neutral pronouns for people in English. Some people are trying to invent one, but none of them has had widespread acceptance. “Zhe”, “s/he”, “zher, “shi”/”hir” and “zhim”, and a singular “they”.

Guest
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They/their has been singular since, like, forever. Don’t go lumping it in with all that new weirdness.

Anonymous
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People have been incorrectly using it since, like, forever. In any formal paper it doesn’t fly. That’s why people are trying to invent an accepted one. If one must use something, “one” can be used, but it’s not considered good form either.

Sodemas
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Thx fir the chapter o/
I MISSED THIS!!!! NAY WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY~~

Hitsugi Hime
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Hnggggggggggggg

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter

Elhessan
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Ehhh… I really miss shiro-sama… Thanks

Aito
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now w8ting for new chapter OwO

I B
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Thank you for the all the amazing work!
Happy New Year!

Anonymous
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thanks

Anonymous
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I love shun x katia and hope they will get together somehow

Yamikage
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Thank you for the chapter!

Zeth
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Thank you!!

libraryrocker
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AHAHAHA!!!

Thanks so much for all your hard work and I hope your New Year is great!!!!!

Faust Voncleave
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I missed this

KuRuuRuu
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Yayyy thank you for the chapter~
When Shun and Katia is struggling with their lives, Shiro-chan is watching them as if it’s a romantic drama film 😂

Twi
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I always had this lingering thought that Shun maxing Taboo was Sariel’s plan and when he gets the world knowledge, she would also send a message and how to go against Shiro. Now seeing how Shiro is aware of his maxing and doesn’t seem all that concerned, I guess I was just over thinking it.

NeroZeroes
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Shiro aren’t simply “aware”, after Katia, she purposely killing all people that close to Yamada so he have no choice but resurrect them, that in turn would increase his taboo, and when it hit max, he would understand what it means to resurrect people, that’s gonna be one hell of a rough awakening

anyway, i need more story about Katia, damn

I B
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Given Kumoko maxed Taboo even before transforming to a goddess.
Don’t quite get you?

Twi
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Well, it’s become clear how Sariel is manipulating the system against Shiro’s plan. So what would be the best person and the best way to deliver a message/ info dump? I can only think of taboos affect of vast forbidden knowledge, and Sariel slipping in some extra info along with it…
Makes sense now?

SomeAnon
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Yamada is turning into bi

lol

ModoTheGreat
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From Kumo(D) perspective, Yamada never had particular interest in girls and was rumored to be gay, a situation he escaped from by putting on a show of confessing to the #1 unattainable girl in school (D again). This Shun thingy could be his first love, in which case he’s (ironically) straight.

Niereal
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the one who confessed to D is Ooshima/Katia

ModoTheGreat
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Oops, haha!

ModoTheGreat
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…Riajuu, bakuhatsu shiro!

No, seriously. I pity Shiro and Sophia for being stuck with the responsibility to watch over that scene. Even if Sophia’s experienced an otome game period and still maintains one lover-cum-servant from that set.

Also, Shiro makes an extremely valid point on the nasty synergy between Shun’s cheat skills. No matter how hard it is to imagine, Ariel-chan probably stands no chance if Shun-kun manages to fight her. I hope for our poor Maou shoujo that she’ll at least be allowed to live out her soul’s final stretch!

chaoton
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Image that the Crew later told Katia that they’ve watched her rom-com scene the whole time.

NeroZeroes
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# shun & Katia in some kind of romantic scene

shiro: (uaahh…, Riaju go explode)
sophia: “uaahh…, godamn Riaju go explode!!
shiro: (ueeh… she saying that out loud) “aren’t you used to have a reverse harem yourself?”
sophia: “Master! you don’t have to remind me about that! uwaaaaaaa” ε≡≡ヘ( ´Д`)ノ

Guest
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Lol, nothing is more O.P. than the harem protagonist.

Anonymous
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When Shiro maxed out Taboo, we were never told what exactly that she learned, right? I’m still curious as to what Taboo Lv. 10 does to you.

RandomDude
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I feel like Yamada’s skill is going to make Kuro fight Shiro

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