Chapter 162: The conclusion outside the castle

Translator Note:

Noo! Re:zero is gone! Best anime of the year has now concluded T^T, now I know what I will be binge reading in my boring flight.

On another note, anyone that wants to volunteer, please send the email to reigokai@gmail.com. And please put something that can proof your translating skills. Can’t go randomly letting my important child in anyone’s care, right?


(Tch)

Shiki made a heartfelt click of tongue because, even if this was within anticipation, it was still heading at a considerably bad direction.

The true swords that Lancer was creating improvised, were already calculated by Shiki.

It depended on the situation of the surroundings, but he has already inputted the fact that Lancer’s fighting potential increases at random.

But that performance was quite high.

The real body itself has skills that Shiki had to revise his own evaluation quite a bit.

The reason was easy to understand.

Because in this capital, there’s the elite army that Io led, and the adventurers that came from Tsige.

As if each sword held a will of its own, Shiki was unable to differentiate between which sword was attacking him.

But still, among those, there are times when a sword made from a hero as material was mixed in the group, and its power surpassed that of the rest. Shiki was suffering.

From an outside perspective, it looked like Shiki was at an overwhelming advantage.

Even Lancer who was holding his ground, has fallen in shock at this situation and has already lost his composure.

Just as Shiki planned.

 

But the truth is different.

Shiki had already controlled the flow of the battle and taken the initiative, not showing a single restraint and charging forward.

To the point that the saying: ‘No need to think of later’, was quite fitting.

That’s why it looked like the fight was overwhelming.

(Even so, I won’t let it even smell like a hard fight and kill him. This Mitsurugi alone, as long as I have named myself as the servant of Waka-sama, I can’t show an unsightly performance) (Shiki)

The difference in ability between Shiki and Lancer wasn’t that much.

If Lancer was a simple superior dragon, that is.

He offsetted the darkness that Shiki emitted, spouted out quite the powerful flames, weakened the effect of the poisons that he was afflicted with, and at times even completely neutralizing them, Lancer was, frankly speaking, too much of an opponent for Shiki.

In terms of instantaneous fighting power, Shiki would be able to rival him.

But even with this, it wasn’t an advantage that can win him the fight.

Because he would only be lining up by doing his maximum in an instant after all.

 

Truly an all out.

 

Lancer’s sword and spells, his special tactics; Shiki was shutting them out with the countermeasures he had thought out in advance.

At times increasing his power to the very limits at the last moment, he dealt with it without showing any agitation.

Attacks with crazy might that would certainly turn the flow of the battle, were being deflected in the midst of this sword dance with a nonchalant face.

The blaze that came out from Lancer’s mouth was a high density flame that Shiki didn’t expect as a threat, but even so, he immediately coped with it.

An attack that even if it hit, it would still be possible to continue battle, but he didn’t even let those kind of attacks go through.

 

Shiki did all that and had overwhelmed Lancer in all senses.

This wasn’t a feat that could be done unless you habitually fight with opponents stronger than yourself.

Shiki has evaluated his master Makoto as stronger than Lancer.

It is true that Lancer has grown slightly stronger since the time he battled with Makoto.

Because with the varied fighting methods and judgment Shiki has, he would be able to fight in quite the advantage against opponents with the same ability.

However, with the current Lancer that has the power of other superior dragons like Sofia, the story is different.

As a result, the words of Makoto were off, but because of Shiki’s fine play, in terms of result, this situation is the most favorable.

In other words…

It would be one thing if it were within expectations, but Shiki has to finish this before something out of expectations happens, or he won’t have any chance of winning.

The poison of Ascalon is slowly eating into the body of Lancer.

It must have surpassed his healing and curing powers.

A part of his right hand has turned into stone, and there were spots in his body that were visibly dark red.

He was certainly cornering Lancer.

(Please don’t notice. Just like this, die!!) (Shiki)

It is simple luck that Lancer has still not noticed yet. Shiki understood this.

“It would be one thing if it were the Devil itself, but for his mere servant!!” (Lancer)

Lancer was also desperate.

The number of swords was innumerable, and aside from swinging, there were also others who were used simply as piercing projectile weapons.

His ability to control all of those at once is also plenty monstrous.

Shiki’s sword clashes with Lancer’s.

Shiki’s spells clashes with Lancer’s spells.

They respectively clashed.

Sword and spell.

In a few, Shiki had an edge.

That’s why the equilibrium broke, and the one who ended up wounded was Lancer.

Even in swordsmanship, Lancer was also the one being crushed.

The battle was slowly drawing to a conclusion.

“Ooooh!!”

Gu–gin!

A horizontal slash. What Ascalon caught was not the abdomen, but the leg.

It cut off the leg of Lancer that was jumping.

Shiki was going to decide the battle here, but because of the voice that came from the back, he stopped his charge.

He must have read wrong, is what Shiki thought for a moment.

Slowly turning…

“No well, it seems that wasn’t the case. Looks like luck is still on my side” (Shiki)

It was a matter of chance.

‘If Lancer were to notice it’, that kind of probability.

Shiki won the gamble.

A male stretched his arm and moved his mouth to tell something to Shiki.

The adventurer of Tsige.

He probably was an acquaintance of Tomoe and Mio at some point, but for Shiki, it was the first time meeting him.

However, there was too much distance.

The words that were his testament were unable to reach Shiki.

His body was pierced by the light swords.

The barrier was destroyed.

And maybe she was pushed away, the Lorel Priestess Chiya was on the ground.

(He covered for her huh. I appreciate it, adventurer. If that girl or the hero were to turn into swords, I would have lost) (Shiki)

The new barrier that Chiya created, Shiki disguised it so it looked as if he himself had created that barrier.

He made it look like the barrier that has been repelling all the light swords of Lancer.

In truth, the barrier that Chiya spread didn’t have the defensive power to continuously block the light swords.

If the attacks were to concentrate, it wouldn’t even last for one minute before being destroyed.

If it is from a physical sword, it might even break in one attack.

But if it’s something Shiki has spread, it would be a different story.

And in truth, it has been able to block the attack of 3 physical swords at the same time.

After showing this to Lancer, Shiki dissolved the barrier he made.

Against Lancer, he had no leeway to create a firm barrier that is not for his use.

He cut one of his cards to grab the attention of Lancer and made it seem as if the barrier Chiya created was the same as the ones he has been creating until now.

It was a trivial thing similar to an amulet, but it seems like Hibiki and the others understood its meaning, they didn’t make any mention of it and were somehow able to properly convey the plan of Shiki.

After that, Lancer’s physical swords were practically all gathered towards Shiki, and a situation where Hibiki and the others were attacked and become the power of Lancer, was avoided.

The hero and the priestess.

For Shiki, these two turning into swords would be the worst scenario.

He doesn’t know how much power that would give Lancer.

Moreover, one of them was left in his hands by Makoto, so it is a scenario that must be avoided at any cost.

From what Shiki has seen of Hibiki, she is not a girl that would be so easily defeated, but when he actually heard her scream, he felt insecure of this.

Luck is at my side, is what Shiki confirms as the safety of the hero and the priestess were reflected in his eyes.

At the same time, he once again felt the strong need to decide the battle this moment.

“Tch!! I missed! But with this guy I will!!” (Lancer)

Lancer didn’t show even a single shred of remorse at the fact that he tried to assassinate a young girl.

It seems like he lost his ability to regenerate his leg, he was using a sword as substitute for a cane.

The adventurer was wrapped in light and was taken in by the swords. As he himself turned into a new sword, it turned and flies at high speed towards Shiki.

From Lancer’s back, several tens of swords float and turn towards Shiki.

Moreover, as if surrounding Shiki, physical swords and light swords appeared.

“… Hoh~ so even you can tell huh? That this is the decisive moment” (Shiki)

“I have never been this cornered since the time with Sofia. Turn into a good sword and serve under me!!” (Lancer)

“Who would serve under someone like you. I have already found someone to serve!!!” (Shiki)

Shiki who had Ascalon thrusted out, fired off several spells as he charged against Lancer.

Lancer and the many swords meet that attack.

Two shadows overlap.

A shockwave and a sword rain blew violently, destroying the surroundings.

“A mutual defeat?”

“No, Larva-dono’s lost… eh?”

After the instantaneous-like destruction, Bredda muttered mutual defeat, but Hibiki denied it.

But soon after, words of doubt leaked out.

From the scene she and the others see… there’s a man that is missing one leg, and a Lich standing just in front of him.

The Lich has an innumerable amount of swords piercing his body and remained standing with an abnormal appearance.

That’s right. Just like Hibiki stated, it looked like Larva lost.

The reason it doesn’t look like a mutual defeat is because Ascalon is not piercing Lancer.

But that Ascalon is also the reason Hibiki was in doubt.

There nothing held at the Lich’s hands.

“Kukukuku! Did you see that, servant of the Devil?! This is the reason the dragons rule, this is why they rule the world of the stron—” (Lancer)

It seems like Lancer was unable to see Ascalon.

Looking at the Lich that had lost the light in his eyes, he must have felt certain of his victory. He voiced out triumphantly…

And became the last words of Lancer.

 

“!!!”

 

From Hibiki’s eyes, the giant sword was reflected.

Ascalon.

The falling body of Lancer indicated that the sword had fulfilled its task.

What that girl saw at the back of Lancer, there, the shadow of a person with long red hair was there.

Not even knowing about his existence until now, Hibiki saw a young slender man holding a black great sword.

“Who… are you?”

“… Pathetic. But right now this is my all huh. ‘Sword Emperor Possession’ cancel” (Shiki)

While looking down at the body of Lancer that was dispersing like dust, Shiki mutters.

It was at a volume that couldn’t be heard.

While exposing this body, Shiki walks towards the location of Hibiki and the others.

The black great sword Ascalon had returned to being a black staff with few decoration.

This exterior appearance that was disguised with the form of a Lich.

Using the short distance teleportation that he never showed Lancer not even once, he made a direct hit with Ascalon.

For Shiki, it was a paper-thin victory.

Instantly blaming his own lack of power, Shiki returned to where Hibiki and the others are.

“Are you… Larva-dono?” (Hibiki)

“What?!”

“Eh, are you kidding?”

The doubtful words that Hibiki said, made Bredda and Chiya react.

For this mysterious person to be the same as the Lich, in the common sense of this world, it was hard to believe.

The line of the living and the undead is not something that can be crossed at will after all.

Even if he is holding the same weapon, for the common sense of hyumans, it would be impossible to imagine.

It is because Hibiki basically still had the way of thinking of her previous world that she was able to notice.

(An otherworlder huh. A hero is troublesome) (Shiki)

While thinking this way at Hibiki who easily connected his identity, Shiki returns to where Hibiki and the others are.

‘So you can return to your previous form’ is what his master said in the past, so he is the same as her. Shiki was surprised that this people have quite the extraordinary conception.

For Shiki, this is like putting on a substitute for armor, so if he were asked if he is actually back to the living, in essence, it is different.

But this also can’t be considered at the level of clothes.

And there’s no problem in having his master think that he can return.

Shiki thought that there’s no need to unnecessarily explain those details.

“Normally, it isn’t something that can be so easily noticed though. Honestly, counting the disgrace from just now and this, my head is even hurting” (Shiki)

Shiki regrets the fact that he had to expose this appearance.

“You were a hyuman huh” (Hibiki)

“Fuh~ in a distant past that is. Priestess, move aside. I will keep my promise” (Shiki)

“Eh? Ah, okay” (Chiya)

“Fifth step ‘Keto’ release. At worst, if at the very least his soul is still floating around here, something can still be managed. ‘Silver Arm, Agat Arm’, Supplement my healing” (Shiki)

A new ring is fit onto Shiki’s finger.

A yellow colored light overflowed from the ground and envelops Wudi.

Hibiki and the others reflexively gulp their breath.

With Chiya’s healing, the hole had closed, but the color of his skin that showed no signs of recovering, turned from ashen to a normal color.

Shortly after, his chest clearly went up and down and returned into calm breathing.

“It should be fine with this. After this, just make sure he reposes” (Shiki)

Chiya nods at Shiki’s words.

“You saved us, Larva-dono. I will give my thanks at a future date” (Bredda)

“I will consider it” (Shiki)

“… Servant of the Devil, those words… should I take those words in literal meaning?” (Hibiki)

“So you heard what Lancer said. Forget those words” (Shiki)

“Don’t ask for the impossible” (Hibiki)

“In this terrible scene, even if few in numbers, there are voices asking for help. Residents that evacuated, that are holding uneasiness. Instead of being concerned about me, you should have many other things to do, right?” (Shiki)

(Kugh, as expected, I have used the rings a bit too much huh. That damn Lancer, he really did give me a hard time. With this, even if I return to Waka-sama, I would only serve as an hindrance. I have to rest for a bit) (Shiki)

“This time you won’t stop us?” (Hibiki)

“I won’t help you either though” (Shiki)

In this situation, the only thing that could be a threat for Hibiki would be Sofia, is how Shiki thinks.

And his master Misumi Makoto is there.

At this terrible scene of the capital that has made both armies unable to continue battle because of the rain of light swords, and on top of that, Lancer and Shiki fought; no matter if it’s to find any survivors or to escape, there would be no one who would blame Hibiki, is what Shiki has concluded.

“This is something Bredda said as well but, I will definitely give my gratitude in the future” (Hibiki)

“Fumu. Then, I will be keeping that in mind” (Shiki)

“Hibiki, first let’s find a place for Wudi to rest. At the outside of the town, there’s already several camps being set. That place should work” (Bredda)

Bredda shoulders Wudi.

Hibiki glanced at Shiki once, but without turning back a second time, she left running.

(The last words of the man that was turned into a sword. And the previous words of him when he said ‘that person resembles those people’. It feels like it associates with Tsige. Also, the swordsmanship of the devil’s servant named Larva, the sword was different, but his style was similar to my sensei. To a level that I can’t think of it as a coincidence. Also, the devil, that white person wearing a special effect hero suit. There’s a high chance that Larva and the Devil have some sort of connection with an otherworlder. Tsige, otherworlder, and that abnormal strength. Maybe… Kuzunoha Company is related to this? Then is that white guy, Raidou? But Mio-san was not there. The other close aide called Tomoe-san was not there either. A name like Kuzunoha only exists in Lorel so, it slightly bothers me… I don’t think that it is completely unrelated though) (Hibiki)

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0 thoughts on “Chapter 162: The conclusion outside the castle

  1. Woah, give Hibiki her cookie, she nailed it. Is so refreshing the way the author protrays Shiki figths and makes ot a close one when everyone seeing it think diferently. You are rigth Regokai sensei you can’t let any bastard take away your baby and mess it up. But I have seen a couple of people interested.

  2. Im kinda liking how the story is being planned out right now. So since Makoto isnt planning to ykno take off his facade and meet the senpai properly, she’ll be taking the initiative of meeting her kouhai. But lets see, if Makoto talks to Mio and Tomoe about Hibiki, maybe Mio wont treat Hibiki like a companion no more because in previous chapters she seemed disgusted by the mere fact that the “Hibiki” she knows could be the hero and that she is more suited to be a chef. So even if Hibiki is to go to Tsige and visit the Kuzunoha store over there maybe she’ll get cockblocked again lol who knows. I just wonder how long we’ll be waiting for a proper reunion between the two or more like the reaction of Hibiki kek

  3. First mind Thank you Kai- sama the chapter was a great meal,
    According to that no one comment on something I am in doubt if lancer died Sofia loses its pact with the powers lacer ?
    If this happens I’m very sorry for her.

  4. Wow, that was amazing Shiki! And Hibiki is having good suspicions there.

    Thank you for the chapter! Good travel! Good luck finding a baby-sitter! LOL

  5. Good work as always and ty for the chapter

    I guess that’s the end of chapter burst release huh..? 🙁 well, the arc is concluding so that’s fine too?
    Rip in piss lancer, you won’t be missed.

    Meanwhile, Tomoe’s still digging trench somewhere near kaleneon

  6. Thanks for the hard work in translating reikogai-dono.
    4 days left before you’re going hiatus huh. Will it be 1 chap a day before this 23rd sept or a chap in 2 days or so… Well, whatsoever, we love you for your hard work.
    Thank you too for azumi kei-sensei for the novel.
    ありがとう ございます

  7. Have you tried asking one of the translator superpowers or experts to uhh andle it? Since its just 2 months and its not like they’d have to do alot like 1 a day. 1 a week is fine with me. Btw i here setsuna86 is looking for something to do.

  8. thanks for the chapter!

    ‘Fifth step ‘Keto’ release. ‘Silver Arm, Agat Arm’, Supplement my healing’

    Dian Cecht (or Cainte) an the irish god of healing
    he made a silver arm for king nuada
    Moss agate is a stone that is said to have healing power and can grow healing herb if used by a gardener.

    1. ok, I will change something
      thee king nuada is called Nuada Airgetlám (Airgeadlámh) that mean ‘silver arm’
      so I think the correct spell would be:

      Fifth step ‘(Dian) Cecht’ release. ‘Silver Arm, Airgetlám’, Supplement my healing

  9. Hibiki is scary. Really scary. She’s very keen. With just a few clues, she’s able to make conclusion that is close to the truth. I wonder what will she do when she finally found out that Raidou is her kouhai?

  10. Thanks for the chapter. The author made Hibiki much smarter and now she is connecting things together. But it will probably be while before she has any clue on the true identity of Makoto.

  11. Great fight and even greater finishing move there, Shiki!
    And, as DS has taught me, backstabs from a Claymore freaking hurts!
    Now about Hibiki… Will she finally expose Makoto and then maybe join him? (and maybe even join his harem??)

      1. Well if she tries to pick a fight with Makoto she’ll end up being fucked in the ass by Lime, Mondo, Beren, Mist Lizards, Highland Orcs, etc.

      2. I’d like to think the author is also going to equalize Hibiki to other characters and get her a flaw or two but right now she’s an orthodox hero possessing armor plot and absolute justice.

      3. if thats the case you’ll see how will Mio will reform hibiki from hero to a cook then serve makoto in her life (im imagining naked apron student council president holy f*ck!)

        if the reverse im imagining go tsundere style on makoto(wtf!)

  12. So long Re:zero, you will always stay with us, especially as we will be praying for a new season on a tri-daily basis.

    Love this period of rapid releases, too bad it will be followed by a period of suffocating hiatus. I need my fix man, you can’t just up the dose and then force a cold turkey on me!

  13. Alright, I just got caught up with the last 5 or so chapters.

    Sofia will be really broken down by the end of the battle if she’s not killed. She lost her companion Leo, she’s been abandoned by her allies, She tried to emotionally harm Makoto and ending up eating shit for it.

    Sofia seemed charmed. I thought it was weird that she was super-gentle to him and his companions when Leo said earlier they usually kill without hesitation. Looks like her resistance wasn’t tough enough. It’s almost pathetic how dearly she’s holding onto these artificial feelings of love… even knowing they’re fake, that tomoki is scum, that he would only use her as a pawn/harem girl (#6?), she’s ok with these warm-fuzzy feelings because she likely deluded herself into thinking something more would come of it. When Makoto crushed them, it really, really emotionally broke her.

    I assumed Sofia’s place in the harem was confirmed when she put makoto’s head between her boobs and flew into the sky. Seems like the author’s pushing her to be Tomoki’s harem-mate since she’ll probably hate makoto with a passion. It really is all her fault, she brought this hell onto herself. I’m guessing she’ll know this, but still end up blaming makoto anyway.

    Also, what is Hibiki’s power now? How would it work on Raido for instance?

      1. I read the chapters at my college, then I drove home from college to get to my computer, then I played some games and read a little manga, then recalled the recent chapters before posting my comment. Lancer is a pretty forgettable character to me.

    1. I assume you’re talking about Hibiki unlocking her “black rank” inner power, in which case it seems to just be a general stat boost. We don’t know how much power she’ll get from it, but it’s safe to assume it won’t have much bearing on Makoto himself.

      Hibiki does have some sort of charisma trait, but I’m not sure how much that’s a skill so much a heroic character trait.

    2. to be honest i wanted sofia in the harem, even more after she said that she will give herself if you beat her (or something like that) and i tough makoto wins and she is in, but after lancer`s death i can see her coming out alive from this, also i think sofia got mad not because she treauseres her feelings for tomoki, but for the fact that she got charmed and makoto had the leeway to offer to dispel the charm, i think she got mad after her pride got hurt or something like that, but that just the way i understood it xD, if she had real feelings for tomoki ill get really desapointed at her.

      1. That might be a better interpretation considering, what I based much of it on was when he said “you don’t have the heart to [dispel] it yourself…” I recall reading it but could be wrong…. So I assumed she came to treasure those feelings makoto dumped on.

        She didn’t seem to get progressively angry when he was having a casual conversation with Rona so I assumed she was deeply emotionally hurt when she realized her blooming feelings were false.

      2. after i read your comment i got curious so i went to the chapter, i think you might have misinterpreted when you read the chapter as there is no “you don’t have the heart to [dispel] it yourself…” line in the chapter, what it actually says it goes as follows:
        “And it seems like it is already something you can’t do by yourself after all. Even if you wait, it won’t turn into an advantageous development for you, you know?” (Makoto)
        but still im not sure if she was actually defending her feelings for tomoki or getting irritated at makoto`s actitud that thought so little of his fight with her that he even offered to help her solve the problem that came from her blunder.

      3. Hmm… maybe when he said that he meant she doesn’t have a dispel strong enough to remove it. Good point, I’m really not sure whether my initial interpretation was correct or this one. I mean she can remove radiation and beat down tomoki with only 5% of her strength so I thought it wouldn’t be hard for her to dispel that charm.

  14. A bit out of nowhere, but in order of how much you folks personally like them or want to see more of them, how would you rank Makoto’s close allies? I’m mostly talking about the Asora crowd(Sorry Rembrant, Eva, and Jin.) with Tomoe, Mio, Shiki, Ema, the Forest Oni, Zwei etc. It’s unfortunate that we only have the rest as a race.

    My personal ranking goes: Shiki, Mio, Ema, Tomoe, the Mist Lizards group, Komoe, the Arkes, Lime, and the named Forest Oni equally. The rest, well…are somewhat in the back of my mind and I’m indifferent

    I don’t *think* I’m forgetting anyone but…

    1. ill go with Mio, Tomoe, the lizards, shiki, the arkes, the medusas, mondo and the crew, lime, ema, and the rest nonspecific. but most of all i want to see makoto doing more and expresing more.

    2. Who I want to see more of Makoto>Mio>Tomoe>Rembrant family>Denizens of Asora (idk why i just dont like the forest onis so ill exclude them here)>Root>Sofia

      I prolly missed someone and will think about swapping a couple of them.

  15. I read this in a random forum online about the the Superior Dragons; their ranking is the following (from weakest to strongest):
    7) Superior Blade Dragon Mitsurugi (Lancer)
    6) Superior Water Dragon Waterfall Bakufu
    5) Superior Earth Dragon Sandwave Sazanami
    4) Superior Fire Dragon Crimson Light Akari
    3) Superior Shadow Dragon Night Clad Yomatoi
    2) Superior Mist Dragon Invincible Shen (Tomoe)
    1) Supreme Dragon Myriad Colors Root

    This is based on the abilities they possessed as dragons. It doesn’t consider the boost in abilities Root, Tomoe and Lancer gained from the contracts they’ve made with their respective partners past (in Roots case) or present.

  16. Shiki is a badass too 🙂
    Remember that Shiki had an ability to possess other peoples so maybe he can still do it. Maybe he creates that lich body with magic and then he possesses it. Then he can just exit from it if he wants.
    That lich body is probably also part of his body/powers like the swords Lancer created are part of him or how Tomoe created Komoe from her own body.

    Also i think Shiki’s fighting style is similar to Ainz from Overlord. Shiki can enhance his body and he can turn into a warrior with his Sword Emperor Possession but he can still use spells during it. Maybe he literally calls a spirit of a great swordsman to fight and creates a separat consciousness with it. That one moves his body and fights with a sword so he can concentrate on casting spells.
    This one reminds me of Shiro’s (from Kumo desu ga) Body-in-charge and other parallel wills she created to help her use spells and fight.

    Thanks for the chapters 🙂

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