Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? SS – New Year’s Eve Soba

Normally when you see Earth food being reinvented by reincarnators in a fantasy world it’s an easy way to make money, right? Normally…

Pre-translation note: Soba (or Japanese buckwheat noodles) are eaten both regularly and on special occasions. By itself, “soba” can mean both the plant (buckwheat) and the food in noodle form. Although there are some varieties that are eaten cold, it’s normally considered best to slurp noodles while piping hot using a particular technique.

A tradition exists to eat toshikoshi soba (New Year’s Eve Soba) on New Year’s Eve. The noodles are cut longer than normal to indicate a hope for a long and happy life.

Another variety is wanko soba, or “soba noodles in broth served continuously so that the guest or customer never has an empty bowl” – example video.

Except in the title, I decided to leave the types of soba untranslated.

SS – New Year’s Eve Soba

Author’s note:

Happy New Year. Certainly I said in the update last year that it was “last update of the year”! The reason: there’s people who would see that who wouldn’t read it right at the start of the new year on the 31st.


「Toshikoshi soba, huh.」

Vampire girl’s voice sounds exasperated. I ignore that, slurping the noodles in my bowl. Sitting next to me, the Demon King is also slurping noodles. Though, it seems she’s not able to slurp the noodles well and is struggling hard. Japanese people are practiced at it, but I’ve also heard that foreigners are surprisingly unable to slurp them. For the Demon King who possesses Gluttony to be like that is rather too surprising though.

「It’s just something similar to soba though. It’s a bit different to soba, but it’s quite tasty.」

Oni-kun talks about his impressions of the soba. Indeed, this soba, isn’t really soba. They might look like noodles that were imitating soba, but they’re not actually soba itself. After all, soba doesn’t grow naturally in this world for a start. What we’re currently eating is pseudo-soba that was developed through repeating various experiments until finally something like it was produced. Using my position as army commander to the max and embezzling from the army budget, I sunk money into developing this. Eh? It’s a crime? It’s fine, it’s fine. As long as it’s not exposed then it’s no big deal!

「I’m not talking about that aspect, rather than toshikoshi soba, isn’t this wanko soba?」

The moment I’ve finished eating the noodles in my bowl, a member of the 10th Army in white clothing quickly refills the bowl with additional soba. Wonderful! Perfect timing! All that training was worthwhile.

「Well, it’s still soba either way. Maybe in some regions it could be the case that the locals ate wanko soba for New Year’s Eve?」
「At my place we had normal soba.」

Vampire girl continues to voice complaints while slurping the soba. Behind her Mera is waiting in reserve, ready for the moment to replace the soba held in one hand. Mera should just eat too.

Thus, the cooks in the kitchen in front of us desperately continued to cook the noodles with agonising cries like it was a scene of hell. We’ve got the Demon King of Gluttony here after all. So naturally we gotta have a huge amount of noodles. I pretend not to see that the great pile of bowls stacked up in front of the Demon King exceeds those before me as well.

「By the way, Shiro-chan.」

The Demon King talks while munching the noodles, having given up on slurping them. You mustn’t talk while eating!

「Where did the budget for this come from?」

Gulp! So as not to expose the trembling within my heart, I slurp noodles. The bowl that had become empty, is refilled again with awesome timing.

「It’s so strange. I get the feeling that Shiro-chan’s personal assets wouldn’t be enough to cover this amount. Not even the cost of the materials.」

Chew, chew. Slurp, slurp.

「We’re eating together therefore you’re accomplices.」
「Ah, that’s dirty!」

Kukuku. As soon as we ate together the Demon King, vampire girl and oni-kun were all accomplices! You’ve lost the right to condemn me! Hah-hah-hah-hah!

「I’ll report this to Balto later.」

Sorry Balto. It’s possible that another direct attack to your stomach has already been decided. But despite that my chopsticks won’t stop!


Author’s note: best regards for this year too.


 

Translation notes:

“Kukuku” – an evil laugh.

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Anonymous
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Poor Balto.

Ebrie
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I love that Shiro’s training of the army involved feeding her. It makes so much sense.

Anonymous
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Well it’s either feeding her or being eaten by her…

accountmadeforants
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This was hilarious.

It’s so silly, but so completely in-character. The chapters where they just do stupid stuff are always great.

I especially like how, despite being a goddess, Shiro’s immediate response to anything is still to try to worm herself out of it in the scummiest way. Like when they climbed that mountain, and she had made herself a thick coat while everyone else was freezing.

chaoton
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i like how you choose words. It’s so accurate.

Kisato
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I can slurp! Though, I’m not completely a foreigner either.

Anonymous
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poor Balto, employed of the year.

Moe_Ronn
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RIP Balto.

Much thanks.

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter

magerreader
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Thanks for the chapter.. magerreader

Gwylon
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Thanks for the chapter.
I really think Balto must be the toughest character in this novel, both mentally and physically.
Evidence: he hasn’t died from overwork yet…..

libraryrocker
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I laughed so much.

Thanks so much for all your hard work and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

does spider have puss puss
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does spider have puss puss

Oh my God can we just get back to the plot already Baba… I’m dying here.

Anonymous
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thank you.

GonZ555
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New Year bun Delivery~
Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

accomplice get!
now you cant complain about it~

Doormatt
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I can slurp too, and I’m nothing but a foreigner!!!

superdbgtfan
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Thanks for the chapter and have a happy new year. didn’t get to read this last night.

Sodemas
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thx for the chapter o/
what a great way to begin the year~

Stelvis
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Poor balto… Just leave him alone he would be the one who suffered more in this war!!!!

KuRuuRuu
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Thank you for the soba!! XD
Hahaha I pray that you may rest in peace, Balto…😂

ModoTheGreat
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As if XD

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

Kumo-tan will always be Kumo-tan. Maybe next is the development of stomach medicine for Balto. A strong one.

Anonymous
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thanks!

“Eh? It’s a crime? It’s fine, it’s fine. As long as it’s not exposed then it’s no big deal!”
everything is legal as long as the popo doesn’t find it!

DiabolicalGenius
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Thanks for the chapter.

Our Kumoko’s character is terrible as always. You should at least hesitate to throw other people under the bus Shiro……

Gary of Cards
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I prefer slurping cold soba but cold soba on rainy days is just… cold.

Fearspammer
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Reread the earlier chapters and realised: There’s a skill “Conviction” that cannot be resisted and deal damage proportionally to crimes committed. Somehow … I fear that this might be how our Maou Shoujo meets her end

chaoton
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The author is well known for how he plant hints everywhere in any place and rekt us badly later with them. So I am afraid that this is highly possible as it is a jigsaw piece that was introduced and lay low for far too long.

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