High School DxD:Volume 9 Life 3

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Life.3 The Group of Heroes has Arrived[edit]

Part 1[edit]

“Good! Continue!”

“Yes!”

It was early morning on the second day of the trip. The sky was just starting to lighten. Asia and I were using the hotel roof for training. To sum it up, we were training basic movements from start to finish. Asia would practice developing reflexes for releasing magical power at close range. On the other hand, I repeatedly practised my reactions and avoiding attacks fired at extremely close range. Along with basic training, these practice sessions will continue until the day of the match. They must be carried out day and night! Training no matter what was something I believed was necessary in order to catch up to Sairaorg and Vali.

—I will become strong! Even if it happened gradually step by step, it was fine. For this constant progression, I had to train!

“I’m sorry for taking up your time to help me train even on the school trip, Asia.”

I spoke as I breathed heavily. Asia shook her head.

“No problem. It makes me happy to be together with Ise-san in Kyoto from early morning.”

Asia gave a radiant smile. Ah, ah, she was such a great girl! Asia-chan is my most, most, most important Asia-chan! I am so proud of her!

“It’s more efficient to have a training partner, right?”

It was Kiba’s voice. Taking a closer look, not only Kiba, but Xenovia was here as well.

“Since I already bought a wooden sword, shouldn’t we train ourselves to the degree of just barely not destroying this place? The upcoming match with the heir of the Great King’s family will be upon us soon.”

Xenovia...I know you are having fun, but are you planning on taking that wooden sword everywhere you go sightseeing? But then again, there seems to be no other way to defend against enemy attacks without destroying the tourist destinations. As I was thinking that, Kiba created a short sword in his hand.

“Xenovia, if anything happens, just use this to fight.”

“Ah, a holy short sword? This will be easy to conceal in a school bag. Thanks.”

Receiving the short sword from Kiba, Xenovia twirled it around in her hands skillfully. When Kiba entered Balance Breaker, he could not only create Demonic Swords, but could also produce Holy Swords of a certain calibre. However, compared to legendary Holy Swords, Kiba’s were still quite lacking...

—However, enemies? As my thoughts reached that point, it made me feel demotivated. Even here, a battle was likely to break out. Was it the power of the Dragon that was attracting all this trouble? ...I hated that possibility. Slapping my face, I renewed my spirits. I had to pull myself together.

“Yes! Let’s have a good spar before the morning roll call!”

And like that, our morning training began once again.

Part 2[edit]

“—So, kids!! Let’s go!”

“ “ “Yes!” ” ”

Kiryuu’s eyes sparkled as she pointed at the bus station, and we boys shouted in response. Though the first day’s incident was unfortunate, since Sensei and the adults had already said so, we must try to enjoy the sightseeing as much as possible. I heard that Saji and his group were also visiting various places today as well. The second day’s activities started with taking a bus from near the Kyoto railway station to the stop at Kiyomizu-dera.[1] We bought a one-day bus pass at the Kyoto station, and then lined up for the bus with the other students. We got on the bus and rode it all the way to Kiyomizu-dera. As we looked out to appreciate the new scenery, the bus reached its destination. After some searching around, we found the sloped path up to Kiyomizu-dera. Oh, those Japanese houses built on both sides looked very interesting.

“I heard this was called the Three Year Slope. If you fall over here, it means you will die in three years, eh?”

Kiryuu revealed.

“Ooohwaaaaaa! So scary!”

Asia was really terrified and hugged my arm. Eh, eh, eh, this was just a legend. Asia was a clumsy child and often fell over, so it was natural for her to be afraid. Grabbing my arm should be a little safer. —But then, Xenovia grabbed my other arm as well.

“W-What is it, Xenovia?”

I asked in surprise, but with an expressionless face, Xenovia muttered to herself.

“...The Japanese sure put some scary spells in their sloped paths.”

She really believed it! Xenovia-san, she actually had such a misunderstanding! However, I think this is one of her cute points. And so it came to be a situation where I was climbing up a slope with two beauties, one on each arm. During this time, I could feel those two bastards glaring at me with pure hatred... Fufufu, the appropriate amount of jealousy sure felt good! At the end of the sloped path, the massive gates appeared! This was Kiyomizu-dera! After passing through the entrance, the Niou gate, we entered Kiyomizu-dera!

“Look, Asia! This temple gathers the essence of pagan culture!”

“Yes, yes! You can feel its history from its appearance!”

“Cheers to pagans!”

In their excitement, the Church Trio were making some very inappropriate comments! Y-You guys, Kami-sama and Buddha-sama are here! I can feel them watching, so don’t act too rudely, OK? This was the stage of Kiyomizu I’ve seen on television! Looking down from there... Yes, though it was very high, for the current me, falling down shouldn’t really be a problem? Why does my mind keep thinking of stuff like that? Not good. Battle-related things seem to have been carved into my bones!

“There seems to be many who fell down and were saved.”

Kiryuu gave that explanation. Eh, so even humans will be fine. By the way, people have fallen down from there? Within the temple, there was a small shrine used for praying for passing grades and love wishes. Might as well put some spare change into the offering box and make a wish. I am a student after all. But since I'm a Devil, I have no idea to what extent Buddha-sama will grant my wishes. But still, I do want to go to university.

“Hyoudou, why don’t you try the love compatibility prediction with Asia?”

At Kiryuu’s urging, Asia and I drew a love prediction... How was the compatibility?

“It says highly favourable and auspicious. Looks like we are very compatible, Asia.”

I summed up the main content of the prediction and explained it to Asia. Her face turned red and she looked very happy.

“Yes! I am so happy... So happy, really...”

Holding the fortune-telling stick with great affection, tears were flowing out of her eyes! Oh, oh, for her to be this happy, it kind of makes me feel embarrassed! But anyway, let me thank Buddha-sama here for guaranteeing the relationship between Asia and me. I am so grateful! I once again worshipped in prostration and paid my respects to the Buddha statue.

“This is great.”

“Eh, eh, it’s wonderful.”

“I feel a bit relieved.”

Xenovia, Irina and Kiryuu were nodding their heads approvingly. Can you guys stop that? It’s very embarrassing.

“...Are we being left out?”

“Don’t cry, Matsuda. Let’s simply beat Ise up when we get back to the hotel.”

Ah, the two boys were sulking gloomily in a dark corner. We made a quick round of the temple, bought some souvenirs, and then walked to the bus station.

“The next stop is Ginkaku-ji[2], the Temple of the Silver Pavilion. If we don’t hurry, time is going to fly away in the blink of an eye.”

Kiryuu led the way as she glanced at her watch. It was true, without us noticing it, it was already ten in the morning. If we were to visit another two destinations, it wouldn’t work unless we hurried as Kiryuu said. Next is the Ginkaku-ji! Boarding the bus towards there, we left Kiyomizu-dera.


“It’s not actually silver!?”

After reaching Ginkaku-ji and seeing the temple, those were Xenovia’s first words. No, well, it’s true that Ginkaku-ji wasn’t silver. Xenovia was unusually disappointed, her mouth gaping wide open.

“...Xenovia-san’s eyes were shining back when she kept saying to herself ‘Ginkaku-ji is made of silver and Kinkaku-ji[3] is made of gold. They must be very dazzling’.”

Asia hugged Xenovia’s trembling shoulders as she explained. I see. She had a great fantasy.

“Rumours abound, such as the death of the monk Ashikaga who was involved in building the temple, or because the Bakufu government ran out of money at the time. Anyway, it’s not silver.”

Kiryuu explained. Man, did this glasses-wearing girl research everything beforehand in order to know so much about all the famous sights? However, this thought had already entered my mind at Fushimi Inari; Kyoto’s autumn scenery with all the mountains and trees was truly a beautiful sight. It’s really great to have the school trip during the autumn. On the other hand, will the winter scenery offer a totally different experience? After making the rounds at Ginkaku-ji, we stopped for lunch nearby and continued to the next destination, Kinkaku-ji. Of course, we also bought related souvenirs at Ginkaku-ji.


“Gold! This time, it really is gold!”

After reaching Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, those were Xenovia’s first words that she screamed. Completely different from just now, she seemed very excited. No, it was extreme happiness.

“It’s really gooooold!”

Xenovia raised both her arms, her face full of radiance. Kinkaku-ji really is shining and golden. It was so bright! Though I’ve seen it on television before, the real thing’s glamour was overwhelming. Other students were also here and everyone was busy taking photos. Matsuda snapped photo after photo as if in a trance. I also took some photos to commemorate. Then, I texted them to the other members of the Occult Research Club back at Kuoh Academy. We toured the place, bought souvenirs, and then stopped at a teahouse for a break.

“Please enjoy.”

The kimono-wearing lady prepared the powdered green tea and served it to us. There were also some Japanese snacks. Tasting the tea—wasn’t as bitter as I imagined. Rather, I should say that savouring the tea along with the Japanese snacks made the taste just right.

“Yes, very good.”

Irina seemed to be enjoying it too.

“It’s a little bitter.”

Asia was a little unaccustomed. However, she still drank it little by little, so it shouldn’t have been too bad for her.

“...It really is gold and shiny.”

Xenovia seemed to be in a dream-like state and was still enamoured by the golden glamour of Kinkaku-ji. Her eyes were shining with splendorous light and she did not even touch her tea. Today’s Xenovia really showed some rare sides I’ve never seen before. It’s so interesting. The one enjoying student life the most could very well be Xenovia.

“Xenovia, let’s have a prayer to commemorate.”

Xenovia nodded at Irina’s suggestion.

“Good idea.”

“Let’s pray!”

Asia joined in, and the three of them went ‘Oh, Lord!’ as the trio prayed towards the heavens. What the heck kind of commemoration is this...? Ah, it was already after two in the afternoon. Though we’ve already toured the sightseeing spots at a rapid pace, once things caught our eyes, time seemed to pass so quickly. Come to think of it, we already went to sound the bell immediately after entering Kinkaku-ji, but I guess the long lines took longer than expected.

“Ah, pervert! Hentai!”

A female voice. With great surprise, I looked around to find a man being restrained by some staff members.

“O-oppai! Give me oppai!”

Even Kinkaku-ji had molesters. Man, it sure ruins the sightseeing mood.

“Another molester. Now that you mention it, the television news this morning also reported about them. There was one at the Sensoji Shrine too. And at the railway station yesterday. There seems to be rather too many molesters.”

To Matsuda’s words, Motohama pushed his glasses up and protested.

“What are you talking about? You’re the one who attacked me on the bullet train yesterday.”

So that’s what happened yesterday.

“No, how should I explain it? At that time, I must have been groggy in my sleep, but I suddenly felt an urge to touch nipples. What was going on with that feeling?”

Matsuda tilted his head, puzzled. Well, I believe that, as a man, wanting to touch breasts is a normal thing.

“This is youth.“

Motohama declared, and Matsuda went ‘The mistakes of youth!’ and nodded. But then again, please give up on the male nipples. As I was about to nod along with them—my mobile phone rang. Ah, it was Akeno-san calling. What was the matter?

“Yes, hello. Is there anything wrong, Akeno-san?”

[Hello, Ise-kun. No, it’s nothing serious... Just now, Koneko-chan brought up some concerns.]

“Concerns?”

[Yes. You just sent those photos, right?]

“Yes, the ones at Kinkaku-ji. Is there a problem?”

Akeno-san replied to my surprised question.

[On that photo, it looks like you caught something.]

“Caught something?”

[Yes, in the background scenery, there seem to be a few fox Youkai. What is going on? Although fox Youkai are not that rare in Kyoto...]

Akeno-san’s voice was somewhat worried. Having received her call, I felt a chill.

“No, we are fine. Ah, Asia seems to be calling me, so let’s talk later.”

[...If anything happens, will you contact me?]

“Yes.”

I hung up after that. ...Being called by Asia was a lie. Checking those photos from just now, they looked just like normal scenery from Kinkaku-ji... I couldn’t see anything. Was it something like those paranormal photos only special people could see? After all, only a Nekomata, Koneko-chan, could see them. Anyway, let me alert Asia and the rest about Akeno-san’s information. Looking back at the teahouse—Matsuda, Motohama and Kiryuu were fast asleep! It can’t be because they were too tired... It’s impossible that they fell asleep within the time I took the call. Asia and the rest were awake, but Xenovia was glaring at the waitress with a scary expression. She had revealed her animal ears and tail... She wasn’t human. Taking a look, more of those animal-eared guys have appeared and all the normal tourists are asleep.

...Hahaha, it was too naive of us to think that they would not attack at a famous sightseeing tourist destination. Was Kinkaku-ji part of Youkai territory? Xenovia quickly extracted the short Holy Sword from her bag and hid Asia behind her. I readied my left hand and was about to summon the gauntlet—

“Please wait.”

Hearing a familiar voice, I glanced over. Appearing there was—Rossweisse-san!

“Rossweisse-san! Why are you here?”

Panting, Rossweisse-san answered.

“Yes, I was called by Azazel-sensei to welcome you guys.”

“Called by Sensei? What happened?”

I asked as I surveyed the surroundings... Thinking about it, there was a lack of enmity. It was different compared to the Youkai who attacked us yesterday.

“A ceasefire. Or, in other words, the misunderstanding has been cleared. The Kyuubi’s daughter wants to apologise to you all.”

Thus answered Rossweisse-san. Ah, a ceasefire? The misunderstanding was cleared? Then, in other words, no more foxes will be attacking? As if responding to my lingering doubts, an animal-eared lady approached and bowed her head deeply.

“I am the fox Youkai who serves the Kyuubi monarch. We are most sorry for last time. Please come with us, as our princess would like to apologise to you all.”

Come with them? To where? Just as I thought that, the fox Youkai onee-sama continued to speak.

“To the Inner Capital where we Kyoto Youkai live. Maou-sama and the Fallen Angel Governor are already there.”

Part 3[edit]

What we stepped into—was a place that could only be described as another world. Like the streets of the Edo period, ancient houses were lined up, and strange creatures revealed their faces from the doors, windows and passageways. We passed through a secluded torii at Kinkaku-ji and entered this different world. A dark space with a unique atmosphere. Those creatures I just mentioned. The many residents welcomed us. ...A single-eyed Youkai with a large face, kappa-like Youkai with dishes on their head, tanuki walking upright and other creatures from legend, everyone was watching us with curiosity. We followed the fox lady towards the princess’ residence. It was rather dark, and the only light source was a lamp moving along the road in front of us.

“Wooshashshasha!”

Wa! It scared me! The lantern suddenly showed eyes and a mouth and began laughing! Was it the legendary lantern beast?

“My apologies. The Youkai here love to play pranks...though I suppose none of them are able to pose a threat to you all...”

The fox lady guiding us apologised as we walked.

“This is the world of the Youkai?”

This was my question, though I realised that this space was connected to Kyoto. Fox onee-sama gave the following answer.

“Yes, this is the place where most Kyoto Youkai live. I remember you Devils have used bounded fields in the Rating Game. So why don’t you think of this space as something created in a similar way? We call this place the ‘backstreets’, or the ‘Inner Capital’, and other names. Of course, just like Devils, there are those who live out there on the surface of Kyoto.”

The Inner Capital? I see. It was something similar to the game fields of the Devils.

“...Are they human?”

“No, I’ve heard that they’re Devils.”

“Devils, eh? How rare to see them here.”

“Is that pretty foreign girl a Devil too?”

“A Dragon, that must be a Dragon’s presence. Devils and Dragons...”

Judging from the gossiping of the Youkai that could be heard around us, Devils must be rare here. True, this was Youkai territory after all, so it was natural. Passing through rows of residences, we entered a forest with a river flowing through it. Venturing deeper, a massive red torii appeared. Before us was a huge mansion, giving off a feeling of ancient majesty. Ah, in front of the torii, Azazel-sensei and Leviathan-sama in a kimono were already there!

“Oh, you have arrived.”

“Ah, hello, everyone!”

Even though they have come to the Youkai world, both of them acted the same. Between them was a blonde girl. She was the one who led the earlier attack. Should I just call her Kyuubi-san? Instead of a priestess outfit this time, she was wearing a fancy feathery kimono like a princess from the warring states era. Ah, she really looked like a little princess.

“Kunou-sama, I have brought everyone here.”

The fox lady reported—and then disappeared in a burst of fire. Was that it? The so-called fox fire? The princess stepped forward and began to speak.

“I am Kunou, the daughter of Yasaka, the administrator of the Youkai living in Inner and Outer Kyoto.”

After her self-introduction, she bowed her head deeply.

“I am really sorry for last time. I attacked you without investigating deeply. Please forgive me.”

So, she is apologising to us... I showed a troubled expression and scratched my face.

“It’s fine. Isn’t it great that the misunderstanding is cleared? I don’t mind as long as we get to enjoy our trip in Kyoto without any further incidents.”

Xenovia said so. She probably had no wish to fight in Kyoto.

“Yes. A heart of forgiveness is very important for Angels. I have no grudge against princess-sama.”

Irina followed up. Asia also spoke, full of smiles.

“Yes, peace is very important.”

Since the three of them already spoke, I had no reason to disagree. By the way, to let everyone else say everything there was to say, that was really shameful for me as a man.

“So, that’s how we feel. I'm fine too. Please lift your head.”

“But, but...”

Hmm, that incident actually troubled her more than us. I knelt down and made eye contact with the young girl—Kunou.

“So, you’re called Kunou, right? I say, Kunou, you’re really worried about your mother, right?”

“Yes, of course.”

“If that’s the case, then making a mistake is understandable. Of course, this could cause problems and make it unpleasant for others. But Kunou, you have already apologised. You apologised because you understand you were mistaken. Is that right?”

“Of course.”

I placed my hand on her shoulder and smiled, continuing.

“If that’s the case, then we won’t blame Kunou.”

After hearing my words, Kunou’s face went red, and she spoke with a timid voice.

“...Thank you.”

OK. Misunderstanding cleared. I stood up, but Azazel-sensei gave me a poke.

“As expected of the Oppai Dragon. You sure have a way with kids.”

“Please don’t joke around. I put a lot of thought into it!”

“Don’t be shy. You’re living up to the name of the Oppai Dragon.”

“Yes, truly the Oppai Dragon! I’m so touched!”

“Really, this guy is so great with kids.”

Towards me who was feeling embarrassed, Xenovia, Asia and Irina were nodding their heads and giving praise.

“You really surprised me there. As a teacher, I am proud of you.”

Even Rossweisse-san’s impression of me has improved a bit... How bad was her initial impression? If I could strike a conversation about 100-yen shops, perhaps her opinion of me will go up...?

“I-I won’t lose! The Oppai Dragon is promoting itself even in such a place! My television show ‘Miracle Levia-tan’ won’t lose!”

Leviathan-sama seemed to be all fired up with some kind of strange oppositional impulse!? Really, these Devils are too peaceful! Looking very embarrassed, Kunou spoke.

“...Though I am very sorry for my mistake...but please, I beg you all! Please lend me your strength to save my mother!”

The painful cry for help from a young girl.


The leader of the Youkai in Kyoto was the Kyuubi[4] Yasaka. She left her house a few days ago to meet with Sakra’s messengers from Mount Meru. However, Yasaka-san failed to show up at the meeting place. The Youkai began to investigate and discovered one of her dying guards, the karasu-tengu. With his last breath, the karasu-tengu told the other Youkai that Yasaka-san had been attacked and kidnapped. It was at that time they started investigating suspicious newcomers and attacked our group. Afterwards, Azazel-sensei and Leviathan-sama negotiated with Kunou, denying Underworld involvement, as well as providing clues that it was likely the work of the Khaos Brigade.

“...Seems like things have become serious.”

After hearing everything about this incident, that was my opinion. We had been taken into the mansion. In the great hall, Kunou had taken her seat.

“Sigh, once the various factions decided to ally, this kind of thing has been happening. Last time with Odin, Loki came, right? This time, the enemies are the terrorists.”

Sensei complained unhappily. Sensei, who hoped for peace, will definitely not forgive these terrorists. I think he must be full of righteous fury.

On Kunou’s side were the fox lady from before and a long-nosed old man. The old man was the leader of the Tengu, and had a deep relationship with the Kyuubi since ancient times. He looked sincerely worried about the kidnapped Yasaka-san, as well as her daughter Kunou.

“Governor-dono, Maou-dono, could you help us find a way to save Yasaka-hime? No matter what, we pledge our full cooperation.”

The old Tengu made such a request. He handed over a portrait for us to look at. A beautiful blonde onee-sama in a priestess outfit! Animal ears upright on her head! C-could it be...?

“This is the portrait of Yasaka-hime.”

Really! Aren’t these breasts massive!? It is something clearly visible despite the miko outfit! What do these terrorists want to do with such a busty fox princess? I-If you do anything shameless, I won’t forgive you all!

“What we can be certain of is that the kidnappers are still in Kyoto.”

Sensei spoke.

“Why do you think so?”

That was my question. Sensei nodded and explained.

“The flow of ki in all the regions of Kyoto is still stable. The nine-tailed fox is an existence responsible for maintaining the balance of ki flowing from the different areas of this land. Kyoto itself can be considered a large-scale force field. If the Kyuubi had left this land or had been killed, then Kyoto would have undergone dramatic changes. Since there are no signs of that, it means Yasaka-hime is still fine, and that the kidnappers are likely still around.”

K-Kyoto was a city like that! These were all surprising revelations. However, if Yasaka-san was fine, then the chances of saving her were quite good.

“Serafall, what level of investigations have the Devils over there been undertaking?”

“I’ve ordered them to investigate in detail. Devils familiar with Kyoto have also been mobilised.”

Sensei shifted his gaze and looked at each of us.

“It looks like you guys will likely be involved this time due to lack of manpower. Especially since you are experienced in fighting strong beings, we will be needing your power against the Hero Faction. It’s a shame, but please be prepared for the worst. I will be responsible for contacting Kiba and the Sitri servants who are not here. Before that, please continue to enjoy your trip, but we will be counting on you in an emergency!”

[Yes!]

We agreed to Sensei’s words. In the end, it was no longer a simple trip. Well, covering all those wonderful destinations was a smart decision. Kunou placed her palms together and bowed her head deeply. The fox lady and the old Tengu also bowed with her.

“...I beg you all. Please...please lend us your power to save my mother... No, please lend your power to me. I beg you.”

Such a young child was bowing her head and begging in tears with a trembling voice. Though she spoke like an upper-class princess, she must still be at an age where she still relied on her mother’s affections. ...The fury in my heart overflowed. These Khaos Brigade bastards, though I don’t know what you are planning, I will get you! To kidnap such a busty onee-sama, that’s unforgivable! And then I thought this! When we save Yasaka-san, she will surely give me some kind of reward!

‘Ufufu, you are the Sekiryuutei? You saved me? Wonderful. Let’s see, how should I reward you...? Hmm, you’re staring at my body... Is that so, you want my body? Ufufufu, no problem. Let me bring you to the utmost ecstasy.’

Drip, drip. As erotic delusions filled my mind, blood flowed from my nose. Seductively opening her kimono, the image of the Kyuubi onee-sama became incredible! Breasts! Breasts!

“...Ise-san, could you be thinking erotic things right now?”

Asia was looking at me with a very displeased expression. Asia-chan, in these areas, your instincts are sometimes very sharp! I shook my head. No way, no way, this is the little princess’ request! With that frame of mind, I renewed my determination and prepared myself for battle during this trip. But then, where have my possibilities escaped to...? There have been no signs of them returning so far. Were they still in Kyoto...? But somehow, they felt like they were not far away...


“Wow, it was such a sumptuous feast.”

That night, I was lying on the sheets in my room, having finished my dinner and taken a bath. Buffets were truly the best. And everything looked so high-class.

...Having experienced the Youkai world, we returned to Kinkaku-ji once again. Waking Matsuda and the rest who were sleeping, we continued our tour while also buying souvenirs. We spent our time in that area until it was time to get back. Upon returning to the hotel, we met up with Kiba and the Sitri servants to plan our next steps. We will continue touring as planned for tomorrow, but will bring along portable versions of transfer magic circles so that we could return to the hotel immediately. Once we received news from our leader, Azazel-sensei, we had to return to the hotel immediately. Honestly, this really kills the sightseeing mood... Tomorrow we were planning on visiting the Storm Mountain, Arashiyama[5], and it looks like Kunou will meet us there as our guide. It seems like Kunou wanted to apologise by being our tour guide. Originally, we were about to decline, but she insisted it was fine. Since she wanted to do it no matter what, we could only accept her offer. However, it was actually Sensei who told us to accept first. He said something about this being the first step in the cooperation of the Underworld with the Youkai. The daughter of the Youkai leader was a super VIP. And so, the mission was handed over to us... Tomorrow, we must make sure nothing embarrassing happens.

...I wonder what Buchou is doing right now? Akeno-san... As well as Koneko-chan... Ah, and Gasper too. I missed the members of the club who stayed behind at Kuoh Academy. They likely never imagined we would get involved with Khaos Brigade. But too bad this incident is still under wraps. ...Mmm, how I miss Buchou’s breasts. When I get back, I must bury myself in her bosom! How should I pass this time before I go to sleep? Matsuda and Motohama seemed to have left, saying something about peeking at the girls’ bathroom... I’m not going this time. But then again, it might be fun to challenge Rossweisse-san and the entire Sitri defence team... Hmm, what should I do? As I pondered whether or not to peek at the girls’ bathroom...

Knock, knock.

Someone was knocking at the door.

“I'm in.”

Answering the door—

“Ise-san, it’s me.”

It was Asia’s voice. What’s up?

“Come in.”

Asia entered. She was wearing just a nightgown.

“So, what’s up, Asia?”

“I came to play. Xenovia-san and Irina-san are coming shortly as well. Kiryuu-san said she was busy gossiping with the girls from other classes, so she’s not coming.”

Really! Three beautiful girls coming to my room to play! This is wonderful! What should we do? Yes, yes! Strip rock-paper-scissors... Hehehe! Those kinds of activities are perfect for these situations! As I made perverted plans—

“Ise!”

“We’re going to be discovered!”

—! It was Matsuda and Motohama’s voices from the corridor! Are they going to enter my room!?

“A-Asia! This way!”

“Eh? I-Ise-san?”

—For some reason, I suddenly didn’t want to be seen by those two bastards, and so I pulled the puzzled Asia into the closet. Closing the sliding door from within, I raised my finger and went ‘shhhh’ in the dim light to tell Asia to be quiet. After a while, Matsuda and Motohama opened the door and their footsteps entering the room could be heard.

“Ah, Ise’s not here.”

“Could it be...that guy knows the same old place we are going to peek at the girls’ bathroom?”

“What!? That’s bad! Is he going to savour the female body before us!?”

“Ah, it must be! Let’s go, Matsuda!”

“Yes!”

Thud, thud. Those were the sounds of rapid and imposing footsteps as they raced out of the room. The two of them seemed to have left. I say! Same old place to peek at the girls’ bathroom!? What was that supposed to be!? That kind of place actually existed... Damn it! I mind very much! What was that about...!? As I wracked my brain over their words just now, Asia suddenly grabbed my arm tightly. I turned back to look at Asia. She looked like she had something to say. And then, she seemed to make a decision and spoke.

“...Ise-san, when you were with Rias onee-sama at the Tokyo railway station platform...you kissed, right?”

—D-Did she see it? Did she realise something, returned to the platform and witnessed it by accident? No matter what, it seemed like Asia saw that scene.

“Ah, it was a goodbye kiss...”

“...I-I see. To kiss so intimately... True, Ise-san and Rias onee-sama are... But I am also—”

Asia looked straight at me. Her expression had a certain seductiveness.

“Can you...give me a kiss too?”

As she finished her words, Asia’s face drew near. The second kiss. Naturally—our lips came together most naturally. With neither lust nor pretense, this kiss only communicated our care for each other. In the instant our lips pressed together, full of tender loving care, a frightening sense of reality surrounded me. That feeling truly impressed upon me how important Asia was to me, how so very precious. Asia. My Asia. We must be together forever. Be it hundreds, thousands, or ten thousand years later, we must be together. As I immersed myself in the romantic atmosphere—the door opened!

“Ahyaya! Umm, Xen-Xenovia, come look quickly!”

Her hair let down and wearing her nightgown, Irina had pulled open the door, and we started staring at each other.

“What is it, Irina? Ooooh, this is Asia’s precious kissing moment. Asia, so this is what you meant by coming to play in Ise’s room. I am impressed.”

The one speaking was Xenovia, who was also in her sleepwear! Asia and I—were kissing right in front of them! What is this!!!!!!!!!!!!!? How did they enter without making a sound!? That’s right, Asia said they were coming shortly! I was too careless! There were too many openings in a moment of impulse! They saw! They saw everything clearly when Asia and I were kissing! I frantically separated my lips from Asia’s. Damn! Saliva is dripping out! What timing! Tongues, our tongues were about to entangle when the closet door opened!

“Looks like it’s not the first time? Hmm... Asia is always ahead of me...”

“Yes, yes! Asia is sometimes very daring, advancing rapidly in this area!”

Xenovia and Irina seemed to be discussing the matter with great interest. They were so excited that their faces were red!

Bang!

Something seems to have exploded! Asia’s face was red to the limit!

“Ah, ahwahahahahahahahah, fuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu...”

Ah! Asia’s eyes were spinning around out of sheer embarrassment, and then she fell down unconscious!

“Asia! Hey, Asia, pull yourself together! You have me to share your embarrassment! However, this is the kind of situation Asia couldn’t possibly withstand!”

“Sorry to disturb.”

“Same here.”

As I attended to Asia—Xenovia and Irina entered the closet as well!!!!!? And then carefully slid the door close from inside!

“Sorry, we came to your room to play, but you seemed to be absent, so we opened the closet.”

Xenovia calmly explained as if it was perfectly reasonable. My room was supposed to be used for emergencies, but who knew this kind of emergency situation would arise! —! Xenovia slowly approached!

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“W-What are you doing, Xenovia?”

Xenovia showed nonchalance at my surprise and replied.

“I am next after Asia. Is it going to be a kiss or something sexier? Next is Irina.”

W-What are you saying!!!!!!!!!!!!? How did it come to this!?

“Eh?! Me too?! You must be joking!”

Irina’s eyes popped out in surprise at Xenovia’s words. She also seemed to have been caught up in something beyond her comprehension.

“This is a great opportunity, Irina. You should use it to understand men.”

“Understand!? Won’t that make me a Fallen Angel!?”

“Well, you must overcome this with spirit. Perhaps you won’t change into one after all.”

“Use spirit!? Yes, yes, it must be like that... B-But i-if I do something vulgar, how can I, as Michael-sama’s Ace...!?”

Softly murmuring to herself, Irina seemed to be struggling with herself.

“Ise is a great choice. He’s a good man, and also the Sekiryuutei. If you bear the child of the legendary Dragon, perhaps it may contribute to Heaven’s battle potential in the future?”

“...Ise-kun’s...Sekiryuutei’s child... Heaven’s battle potential...”

Aaaaaaaah, Irina began to agonise after all! Was that it!? Did the meaning of my existence lie there!?

“OK, how should we do this? In this narrow space, we have one man and three women.”

“Hey, hey, Xenovia! What about the teachers outside?”

Yes, they forbid male to female contact. Who knows what they might do if they discover young men and women alone in one room. The boys and girls’ rooms were separated by floors, and the teachers have been keeping watch strictly. Even during the free activities period before bedtime, they made rounds checking the rooms. It would be bad for them to find a situation like this!

“Ah, you mean the male teachers. We already used our Angel and Devil powers to seal this room in a barrier. Nothing will happen no matter who approaches. No problem. Even if moans come from this room, no-one will enter.”

“I don’t quite understand it, but this space is currently filled with holy and demonic magic!”

Xenovia and Irina were making a thumbs-up sign! Are you idiots!? These children are truly idiots! The Church Duo misplaced their initiative in such matters! As I harshly criticised these two’s crazy antics, Xenovia closed the distance between her and I!

“OK... First...let’s start with kissing?”

...Hmmm, I don’t know why, but Xenovia’s lips are especially sexy today. Perhaps it’s because of the kiss just now with Asia, and my heart hasn’t calmed down?

“Eh!? Xenovia, you’re already going to kiss!?”

Irina seemed unprepared.

“Yes. I have to practice making babies with Ise. Didn’t Kiryuu say that doing this on a trip feels extra special?”

Kiryuu!!!!!!! That damn pervert! Didn’t I tell you not to fill these guys’ brains with such useless information!!!!!!? But then again, thank you! What would happen with Xenovia if this continues!? Will I finally have sex!?

“T-That’s right! This is important! But I am an Angel, as well as Michael-sama’s subordinate...a Christian! T-This kind of thing...”

“Then you can just watch from the side. I will be making babies under the gaze of an Angel. Hohoho, doesn’t this feel like making a child chosen by Heaven? Irina, you can watch the precious scene of Devils making babies. Please grant this scene your holy blessing if you can.”

Xenovia began to strip! Her skin was slowly being revealed... Those perfect curves always steal my heart whenever they appear! We are Devils, so we can see clearly in the dark. It must be like that, since everything is so clear! Hearing Xenovia’s words, Irina revealed her angelic wings and halo. The brightness further intensified the atmosphere! How convenient, the power of Angels!

“—Please leave this to me! I have always wanted to witness, like Gabriel-sama, the mysterious moment when life comes into being! Ah, ah, this also pertains to the Three Factions, to Heaven, and to faith in the Lord!”

Plop!

Xenovia had removed her bra! Uuwaaa! Nosebleed! This damn fellow has breasts, bastard! Xenovia took no notice of the unconscious Asia and embraced me! Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, the feeling of breasts is transmitted to my body! The softness is making my brain go numb!

“This is a rare opportunity. You must also hug her like this when Asia wakes up. Since it’s the first time for you and Asia, it might be tragic if you are unskilled. Learn about women through me, and then embrace Asia with that knowledge. This is for Asia’s safety.”

“Ah, ah, Xenovia! You are so self-sacrificing!”

What the heck are these two saying!? Xenovia removed my clothing while she caressed my body. So stimulating! A-And she’s pressing my hand in between her thighs! That smooth, soft feeling is making my mind go blank.

“...Ahh... Truly, a man’s skin—your skin makes me feel so good. Touching you really makes me feel like a woman.”

Drip, drip.

My nosebleed cannot be stopped. T-This girl can naturally kill men with only words! A-At this rate, what can I do but accept this!? Something huge is going to happen with Xenovia and Asia in this very closet! I swallowed hard, adjusted my breathing, and reached out to embrace Xenovia—

“Oooo, mmmm... Eh, I...”

Asia woke up, sitting up slowly! Just as I was about to lie down with Xenovia, our eyes met! Watching us, Asia’s eyes became wide open!

“Oh, Asia, you’re awake. I was just about to extract some genetic material from Ise here.”

Xenovia was completely nonchalant! G-Genetic material! Y-You, what are you saying!?

“Gene-Gene-Gene-Genetic material...!”

Asia’s voice was shrill.

“Just a little bit. Relax, I won’t take it all. Perhaps I might get pregnant after a few rounds of extraction?”

Xenovia!!!!!!!!!!!!! Speak a little more like a lady, please! Those are some unusual words, you!

“N-No way!!! Ise-san’s... Not allowed!”

Asia pouted tearfully.

“Come on, what’s the matter with sharing a bit with me?”

Xenovia raised an eyebrow, a little angry. The two began to fight!

“N-No, that’s not the issue! But to extract it...t-then you need to do ‘that’ with Ise-san... Not allowed!”

“Asia, you’re surprisingly knowledgeable. You’ve graduated from believing storks deliver babies.”

“Y-You, don’t go looking down on me! I understand everything! If you want it that much, I will announce it right now!”

Hugging me, Asia loudly shouted.

“I want to bear Ise-san’s child!”

...In an instant, Xenovia, Irina and I were all shocked by Asia’s daring declaration. And not to mention she was taking off her nightgown! Skin as white as snow was being revealed! In a second, my nosebleed began flowing audibly. O-Of course! Because Asia actually said she w-w-wants to have my child...! I know my own face must be red to the extreme!

“Amazing... This is the battle between women for genetic material. How amazing...!”

Irina watched us nervously. Shut up! Aren’t you an Angel!?

“Ise-san, since we are to be together forever, isn’t it natural for us to have children?”

Asia asked me. I have lost all judgement, and so I answered weakly.

“I-Is that so...? Is that so...?”

“OK, Xenovia-san, I will have Ise-san’s babies! I will have many, many babies!”

Xenovia grabbed my arm. Her br-breasts are resting on my arm!!!!!!!

“No, if it’s like that, then you must give me a round of genetic material. I want children too. I am a woman as well, and I want the experience of having a child. I also want to experience raising a child.”

W-What kind of development is this...? I am very happy, but what is this suffocating feeling? This closet is not only narrow, but the air is getting thin! The current situation is so similar to Buchou, Asia, Akeno-san and Koneko-chan in my room fighting that night before the trip...! Girls are too incomprehensible!

Xenovia and Asia were glaring at each other. I extracted myself away from them, hoping to distance myself, but hit my head on a wooden panel with a loud sound. Ouch...this is too cramped. What have I bumped into...? As I fell forward—my hand landed on a supremely soft feeling...

“...Wa, I, Ise-kun...”

—In front of my eyes was Irina with her face all red! As I fell upon Irina—my posture was now on top of Irina! I glanced down; her nightgown was open, with her pure white breasts clearly open to view! Wow, so big! Irina’s breasts are quite big! Too amazing! These are an Angel’s nipples! Soft, tender tips expanding! By the way, my hand is currently busy fondling one of her breasts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This happened by accident because the closet space is so small! Irina’s breast was so soft, yet elastic! That feeling of my entire hand sinking into the breast! That soft, quivering, but elastic feeling like a newly set pudding! The softness and tenderness completely rivalled Akeno-san’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ah, her Angel wings were flickering! Was she close to the dangerous edge of falling again?

“...I, this is the first time... So I don't know what to do, Ise-kun... You, do you want me to become a Fallen Angel...?”

Irina’s face was full of uncharacteristic feminine charm! This won’t do! The normally cute and naive Irina showing such an expression is too powerful! It is making massive power fluctuate within my whole body! Plus, her hair was let down, multiplying her seductiveness many times!

“S-sorry!”

I tried to apologise and remove my hand—ouch... I hit my head on the wooden panel again... My face fell down from the impact. Of course, that was where Irina’s breasts were. The sensation of supreme elasticity was passed along to my face... Ah, ah, Irina’s breasts are so large and soft and smooth... Is this how it feels to embrace an Angel? My vision was getting fuzzy, and so was my consciousness... I must have hit my head too hard, plus this unending nosebleed the entire time was...

“Ise-san! Are you OK!? Ise-san!?”

“Hey, getting knocked out by embracing Irina for the first time, I cannot personally accept that—”

“I am going to fall... Ah, ah, Lord, please forgive me—”

The three voices begin to trail off—

The Church Trio’s cooperative battle power was truly a scary sight!

Part 4[edit]

The next day, we set off from the hotel to Kyoto station.

(Ah, last night was just so...)

I felt like I was in a dreamy state and still hadn’t woken up. Last night, I experienced all sorts of erotic things with the Church Trio in the closet. It was an ecstatic situation, but at the same time, quite suffocating... After passing out from massive loss of blood and hitting my head multiple times, I woke up to find myself under the blankets in the morning. Apparently, Rossweisse-san had come along, had sent the Church Trio back to their rooms and had taken care of me. Rossweisse-san sure is great at taking care of people... However, hearing Asia declaring ‘I want babies’ really gave me quite a fright last night. But it really made me happy...from the very depths of my heart. Though it was a complicated feeling, I was truly touched!

But every time something like this happened to me, I would think. How should I put it, I am always faltering at critical moments. I am well aware of it. But I just can’t take the next step forward. ...That traumatic experience in the depths of my heart must be binding me. Every time, I think if taking the next step might make the girls dislike me, and I am deathly afraid. —The current life is the best, which is why I don't want to destroy the current situation. Becoming a Harem king is impossible if this continues! I also know that! ...But if that’s the case, the relationship with Buchou will never... Impossible to reach. Oh well, that is fine. For Buchou, I will always... Perhaps if there is a chance, I might find the courage to take that step forward?

—The next round. If we win against Sairaorg-san, then with Buchou, I can—

“Hey, Ise, why do you look like you’re crying?”

Matsuda poked his face in front of me and questioned.

“Ah, i-it’s nothing... But your and Motohama’s faces are truly terrifying...”

“It’s nothing much.”

“These are wounds of honour.”

Matsuda and Motohama’s faces were swollen and covered with lots of plasters. The two of them went to some so-called same old place to peek at the female bathroom, but the Student Council, the Sitri servants, had already staked out the area. Yet the two of them still tried to force their way in, hence their bruised and battered faces. ...They stood no chance against the Sitri girls. Afterwards, even I became a suspect, but thanks to Rossweisse-san coming to my room, I had proof of absence. But then again, this morning, the Church Trio and I were summoned by Rossweisse-san for a lecture. Rossweisse-san truly was like a great older sister to us. Sorry for bringing you trouble. By the way, how did I get lumped into the activities of those two idiots!? I can’t help it when we are known as the Perverted Trio! Do I have no credibility because I always look so perverted? Anyway, let’s stop these thoughts. I need to pull myself together and continue sightseeing. Today, we are taking on Arashiyama, and the first place is the Heavenly Dragon Temple, Tenryuu-ji.[6]

“How do we get to Tenryuu-ji?”

I asked Kiryuu. She looked at the schedule and replied.

“Yes, take the tram from the Kyoto station towards Arashiyama, and then get off at the closest stop to Arashiyama. Then walk in that direction.”

“Got it. Then we’re going to the station now. Buchou mentioned it before, but there really are buses and trams everywhere.”

“So, all the sightseeing spots are these kinds of places?”

Matsuda heard my comment and spoke. It was true. It was all like this. At Kyoto station, we got on the tram towards Arashiyama and headed to the destination.

“This is it.”

After getting off, we had to walk to Tenryuu-ji. There were signs, so it was impossible to get lost. And so, we finally arrived at Tenryuu-ji. The elegant gates greeted us.

“This is Tenryuu-ji. Does the name have any special significance?”

[Who knows. Perhaps we once fought a battle here, perhaps not.]

Perhaps Ddraig’s memories were fuzzy. Even if they had fought here, it must have been eons ago and the scenery would have been completely different from now. It was probably natural to forget. Just after we had entered the massive gates and were paying the entrance fee—

“Hello, you bunch came along.”

It was the young voice I’d heard before. Turning my head, I saw behind us the blonde girl clad in a priestess outfit, Kunou.

“It’s Kunou.”

“Yes, as agreed, I will be your tour guide for the surroundings of Arashiyama.”

Today, she had her ears and tail hidden. Of course, that was because there were normal humans all around us.

Matsuda and Motohama were surprised to see the cute little blonde loli.

“Wow, what a cute girl! Hey, Ise, you went and hit on a little kid just like that?”

How rude of this baldy. We went through a lot you know. On the other hand, Motohama—

“...So loli, really adorable... Haha...”

His breathing was becoming a little irregular?! I forgot! This guy is an incurable lolicon! Kunou’s type was right up his alley! Motohama’s glasses were giving off a dangerous light. However, someone pushed Motohama aside and hugged Kunou. It was Kiryuu.

“Ah! So cute! Hyoudou, how did you meet her?”

She was hugging her and rubbing their faces together! Kiryuu, you like lolis too?

“L-Let go of me! Don’t act so familiar, you lowly girl!”

Kunou was very reluctant, but Kiryuu got even more excited.

“Protesting while using a princess’ manner of speech is the best! What a perfect image!”

...This glasses girl is hopeless. Sighing, I pulled Kiryuu away from Kunou’s body and continued the conversation.

“This is Kunou. She already knows me and Asia and the others.”

“I am Kunou. Pleased to meet you.”

Kunou was surprisingly serious. What a princess. Her attitude carried a certain air of nonchalance.

“Ah, you know Gremory-senpai? I’ve heard that the hotel is related to the company that Senpai’s parents manage.”

“Something like that.”

Kiryuu’s quick conclusions were useful for once. This way, I don’t have to explain too much.

“So, Kunou, you said you will be our tour guide. What will we be doing?”

Kunou proudly puffed out her chest and spoke with confidence.

“I will accompany you all and tour these famous sights!”

...I see. Then I should be honoured... Whatever, this counted as a kind of cultural interaction after all.

“Then, show us around this Tenryuu-ji first.”

“Of course!”

With that said, Kunou showed a bright and happy smile.


And so, under Kunou’s lead, we toured Tenryuu-ji. Kunou confidently related stories she heard from others and tried very hard to present them to us. It made her extremely adorable. At the same time, it was comforting to see her trying her best to describe the various places in Kyoto. The garden inside the large abbey was very beautiful. Decorated by the red leaves of autumn, the Japanese-style garden’s shades of the autumn season were quite intoxicating. The carp swimming in the pool was an excellent touch that completed this scene.

“This view is extremely good. After all, it’s a World Heritage Site.”

Kunou explained. World Heritage! Amazing! So that’s why it's so pretty. Let me snap a picture with my phone!

After touring the garden, we were taken to the teaching hall. Entering, I lifted my head to look at the ceiling. Instantly, a most spectacular Dragon design came into view. It was an eastern Dragon with a long slender body! The Dragon felt like it was glaring at me with a frightening gaze.

“This is the famous Unryuu-zu, or ‘Image of the Cloud Dragon’. No matter in which direction you stand, you will feel like the Dragon is staring straight at you. It’s the so-called ‘Watching the Six Directions’.”

It was exactly as Kunou described. No matter which way you looked at it, the Dragon was staring straight at us! Amazing! Say, Ddraig, do all eastern Dragons give off such a feeling?

[Yes, they are mostly like that. This reminds me of the Dragon King Yu-Long, the Jade Dragon.]

So the Jade Dragon is like that. Eastern dragons are different from the western ones. Rather than being scary, they have a more mysterious aura to them. Unfortunately, photos were forbidden at the Unryuu-zu, so I couldn’t take one. After touring Tenryuu-ji, we went outside.

“Kunou, where are we going next?”

I asked. Kunou pointed to a good many directions, and happily said.

“Nison-in![7] The Bamboo Path! Jojakko-ji![8] I will take you everywhere!”

Oh, how full of spirit. Now you’re really acting your age. And so, under Kunou’s lead, we continued to tour around Arashiyama.

Part 5[edit]

“Wow, we really visited a lot of places.”

Matsuda let loose a sigh of relief. We were having lunch at a tofu hotpot place recommended by Kunou. After leaving Tenryuu-ji, Kunou took us on a tour around Arashiyama. Seeing Siddhartha Gautama and Amitābha's Buddha statues worshiped at Nison-in, riding the rickshaws through the Bamboo Path, and hearing the sound of wind rushing through the bamboo leaves was all very elegant. It was the first time I rode a rickshaw, so it was very fun. The person who pulled the rickshaw was very talkative and described the scenery as we went along. Watching Arashiyama’s scenery from a rickshaw was one of the best experiences. Ah, it’s really great that autumn came.

“I say, the tofu hotpot here is quite a delicacy.”

Kunou fished tofu out of the pot with her chopsticks and distributed them on to our plates. Haha, even during meals, you like to act like a host. Kunou seemed very happy. This must be her usual smile. Precisely because of this, it was heartbreaking to see her begging us to save her mother. ...If only we could bring your mother back sooner... The tofu Kunou gave to me had to be eaten straight away. Hmm, Kyoto tofu was very fragrant. And this was even better than the hotel! I've heard that tofu is best eaten freshly made. It looks like this was made just now.

“This has a very Japanese flavour. Nice.”

“Yes, it’s different from the usual tofu. Its taste is very fresh and delicious.”

“This tofu is good...”

Xenovia, Asia and Irina’s faces were full of joy. Carelessly, my gaze met with Irina’s—

“...”

Irina’s face went red! This had been happening all day. It was definitely because of last night. It was only natural, since something like that must be a major incident for the Church-affiliated Angel Irina. Since she had always lived in purity, letting her breasts get touched by me must be very serious... ...But the feeling of Irina’s breasts still lingered in my hand. So soft. Soft with elasticity. Feeling like my fingers were being sucked into the breast... The only way to sum it up was—‘the breasts of an Angel’. It sounded like some kind of product, but that was the only way to express it. Irina, thank you very much. Just as I was thanking Irina in my heart—

“Ah, Ise-kun.”

Suddenly, someone called me. This voice was—

“Oh, oh, it’s Kiba. Right, you guys were going to Arashiyama today as well.”

Kiba’s group happened to be having lunch on the neighbouring table.

“Yes. You guys went to Tenryuu-ji already?”

“Yeah, there was a spectacular Dragon on the ceiling.”

“We were planning on visiting Tenryuu-ji after seeing the Togetsukyou[9]. I’m looking forward to it.”

“Ah, the Togetsukyou. We’re going there after we finish eating.”

As we spoke, another familiar voice was heard saying ‘autumn at Arashiyama is really quite elegant’.

“Oh, so you guys are enjoying Arashiyama?”

Azazel-sensei! He was drinking sake in the middle of the day!

“Sensei! Sensei, you came too? But isn’t it bad for teachers to drink during the day?”

Just as I pointed that out, the woman opposite Sensei agreed. It’s Rossweisse-san!

“This person, I don’t know how many times I’ve told him that, but he just won’t listen. I keep telling him not to act so irresponsibly in front of the students...”

Rossweisse-san’s forehead veins were bulging in anger!

“Come on, this is just a short break after investigating Arashiyama.”

Was Sensei really investigating the Khaos Brigade?

“But then again, Rossweisse, you really must learn to act cuter. Isn’t this why you haven’t been able to find a man so far?”

Crash! After hearing Sensei’s comment, Rossweisse-san’s face went red and her fist struck the table!

“T-T-This has nothing to do with boyfriends! Don’t mess with me! If you’re going to drink, then so will I!”

Ah! She grabbed Sensei’s cup and began to drink! Downing it gradually, her drinking posture was very elegant...

“Puwaaa... Shay, your ushual attitude ish no good...”

S-She’s drunk?! That was too fast! She can’t even speak properly!

“Y-You’re drunk from one cup?”

Sensei was shocked, but Rossweisse-san poured another cup and downed it instantly! Her eyes staring straight, Rossweisse-san began to harass Sensei.

“Am not drunk! I’ve been drinking with him ever shinsh I became Odin, that old man’s bodyguard. ...Thissss remindsh me, that old man. I ssssspent so much effort taking care of him during hish tripssss, but like an idiot all he shays is rubbishhhhh like ‘ah, ladiesss! ah, booooooze! ah, breastssssss!’. Completely shhhhhamelessss! All the other Valkyriessssss at Valhalla called me the old man’s ssssservant girl. With my pitiful ssssalary, I even had to shupport his daily life? It’s all hish fault! Thatsssss why I have no boyfriend, no boyfriend, no boyfriend!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ooooooooooh!”

...She was crying a storm...making both us and Azazel-sensei unsure of how to handle things... Sensei scratched his head and said.

“I understand, I understand. I will listen to your complaints, so just let it all out.”

Hearing Sensei’s words, Rossweisse-san suddenly became happy.

“Really? Azazel-ssssensei, I didn’t know you had shum good pointssssh in you. Waiter, ten more bottlesh pleasssssse.”

More!? T-This was getting out of hand... Who knew Rossweisse-san was such a poor drinker?

“You guys, leave as soon as you finish eating. I’ll handle this.”

Sensei sighed as he spoke. Everyone looked at each other and did as they were told. Rapidly finishing our meals, we left the shop.

“100-yen ssshopsssss are the best! Ahahahaha!”

Just as we were stepping out the door, Rossweisse-san’s drunken laughter could be heard.


Leaving the shop, we reached Togetsukyou.

“Rossweisse-chan sure made quite a scene.”

“Yeah, who knew she was such a poor drinker?”

Matsuda and Motohama were most disappointed. Since Rossweisse-san was very popular among both the boys and the girls, it must be very hard for the boys to accept the image they just saw. Even I received quite a shock.

“Don’t be swayed by how young she looks. Rossweisse-chan definitely had a tough life. Following that Azazel-sensei around, anyone would want to spill out their discontent.”

Kiryuu nodded, feeling very sympathetic towards Rossweisse-san. However, it definitely wasn’t just because of Azazel-sensei. Most likely, it was because her original employer was a lecherous old man, plus the fact that she had been mistreated in Valhalla ever since she became old man Odin’s follower... Unexpectedly, it looks like she has been through much hardship.

“You servants seem to have it tough?”

Kunou asked.

“...A-A little.”

I could only answer that way. There were a lot of good people among the Gremory servants, but it was true that some of them had their peculiarities. Anyway, let’s not talk about Rossweisse-san for now. The next stop was Togetsukyou! Leaving the restaurant and walking along the sightseeing streets for a few minutes, the Katsura River appeared in front of us. That traditional-style wooden bridge, full of historical feeling, must be Togetsukyou. By the way, the view of the mountain from here was really great! The red all across the mountain gave a heavy sense of autumn!

“Did you know? It’s said that you shouldn’t turn back in the middle of crossing Togetsukyou.”

Kiryuu said. Asia asked.

“Why is that?”

“Asia, it’s like this. If you look back while crossing the bridge, intelligence granted by the heavens will be taken back. If the pervert trio looks back, it will really be over for them. They will become utter fools.“

“ “ “Shut up!” ” ”

Matsuda, Motohama and I retorted simultaneously. Kiryuu was unfazed, and even continued.

“Another legend says that if you look back, lovers will be separated. Hmm, but this one’s a bit inauspicious—”

“I will never look back!”

Asia interrupted Kiryuu’s explanation and tearfully grabbed my arm.

“I-It’s okay, Asia. It’s just a legend.”

Though I comforted her, Asia shook her head and went ‘unacceptable’, grabbing my arm tighter. So cute! That’s my little Asia! Ah, I am so happy. As we started crossing Togetsukyou, Kiba’s group could be seen not far ahead. While crossing the bridge, Asia was determined not to look back.

“Damn, Ise and little Asia, they totally look like a pair of lovers...!”

“It makes me furious, but it seems like they will soon enter the stage of passionate fools in love.”

Matsuda and Motohama were commenting behind my back. What!? Saying passionate fools in love! I really felt like turning around to give him a punch, but I endured it. Turning back now will make Asia cry!

“I don’t think you need to mind it. The legend about lovers is just superstition.”

Though Kunou said that, Asia is very innocent in these things. We finally finished, and peacefully crossed over to the opposite shore. Asia exhaled deeply, as if very much relieved, but we have to cross again when we go back. Asia’s great adventure had not ended yet! Suddenly, a warm, slippery feeling enveloped my entire body. ...What was that just now...? I thought in surprise and looked around. Other than me, Asia, Xenovia, Irina, Kunou and Kiba over there, everyone else had disappeared. Matsuda, Motohama, Kiryuu and all the other normal tourists were gone! What!? This is!? What happened!? All the other servants were shocked like me, and we prepared ourselves. ...Though we surveyed the surroundings, there were no suspicious characters nearby. After a while, a strange mist seemed to be floating up from under our feet.

“This mist is...”

Upon seeing the mist, Asia was very surprised.

“This feeling, there’s no doubt about it. When I was taken by Diodora, the device deep in the temple that imprisoned me had this kind of mist.”

“...Dimension Lost.”

So said Kiba as he walked over.

“One of the Longinus. Didn’t Sensei and Diodora Astaroth mention it? I fear this is...”

Kiba knelt down and tried to touch the mist with his hand. Longinus... That’s something just as amazing as Vali’s and my Sacred Gear. Something like that was activated here?

“Hey, are you all okay?”

A voice was heard from the sky. Looking up, Azazel-sensei was flying in the sky, flapping his black-feathered wings. He landed where we were and put away his wings as he spoke.

“Everything except us has disappeared completely. Most likely, we were forcefully transferred to an alternate dimension and sealed within it... From the way things look, this is an alternate dimension that is an exact replica of Togetsukyou and its surroundings.”

Really? There were no signs of transfer beforehand. Once I felt that warm feeling, we had already been transferred here.

“So this is made in a way similar to the Devils’ game field?”

I asked Sensei. I couldn’t feel there was anything similar between them.

“Ah, yes. The techniques of our Three Factions were most likely leaked. This place likely applies game field methods. So, the power of the mist should also be transferred to this replicated territory. Can Dimension Lost’s mist transfer anything that it wraps itself around? ...To be able to transfer me and Rias’s servants all together at once to this place without any warning signs, a Longinus truly is terrifying.”

Sensei explained. I see, so this kind of dimension really was an application of the game field technique. Their reproduction of it seemed to be just as good as the Devils’. Beside me, Kunou spoke in a trembling voice.

“...On the verge of death, mother’s dying guard reported that they were also trapped by mist without warning.”

So, this phenomenon was... Besides, the person using this should be... My ominous premonition seemed to have come true. Over at Togetsukyou, the appearance of several new presences could be felt. From the light mist, figures approached and revealed themselves to us.

“Pleased to meet you for the first time, Governor Azazel and the Sekiryuutei.”

The one who greeted us was a black-haired youth wearing a school uniform. Wrapped around the uniform was something resembling Han Chinese clothing. That should be called Han Chinese clothing, right? In middle school, the history teacher was very knowledgeable about Chinese history and explained to us in detail about their clothing. It seemed to be a type of traditional ethnic attire. He was carrying a spear in his hands... The spear gave off a most unpleasant feeling. It was definitely no ordinary spear. The black-haired man was very young. He looked like he was about a year or two older than me? No, it was impossible to tell from appearances alone.

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His companions were also wearing clothes similar to school uniforms. They were a mix of male and female, also around high school age. ...They gave off a strange kind of presence, different from Devils or Dragons. Sensei stepped forward.

“Are you the rumoured Hero Faction?”

The youth in the middle patted the spear on his shoulder as he answered Sensei's question.

“I am Cao Cao, the descendant of the famous Cao Cao, Cao Mengde, who was recorded in the Records of the Three Kingdoms. Something like that.”

Cao Cao...? Eh, Records of the Three Kingdoms!? With a big shock, I hurriedly asked Sensei.

“Sensei, that guy is...?”

Sensei did not take his eyes off his opponent, and said to us.

“Listen well, everyone; be careful of that man’s spear, True Longinus. It's the most powerful Longinus that is said to be able to pierce through God. I have not seen it for a long time, but to think it has now fallen into the hands of the terrorists...”

“—!?”

Sensei's words made everyone terrified. The man himself was intriguing enough, but we all stared with shock at the spear.

“That is the Holy Spear that the Seraphs of Heaven fear...?”

Irina spoke, unable to contain her trembling. Xenovia continued, whispering.

“I also heard about it ever since I was a child. The spear that pierced Jesus. The spear carrying Jesus’ blood. The absolute spear which pierced the body of God!”

W-Was it something so powerful!? I think Buchou seemed to have mentioned about that spear before. It was something about the legendary spear that pierced Christ. C-come to think of it, this is intimately related to the roots of the religion that Irina and Xenovia belong to. To those involved with the Church, perhaps it wouldn’t be wrong to call it the ultimate existence.

“That is the Holy Spear...”

Beside me, Asia’s gaze seemed to be drawn to the spear as if her consciousness was being sucked out, mesmerised—

Clap.

Sensei quickly covered her eyes with his hands.

“Asia, people of faith should not stare at that spear. They will lose their sanity. After all, it is one of the Holy Relics among the True Cross, the Holy Chalice, the Holy Nails and the Shroud of Turin.”

Kunou angrily yelled at the spear-wielding youth, Cao Cao.

“You, boy! I have questions for you!”

“Arara, little princess, what’s the problem? If I can, I will try to answer all your questions.”

Though Cao Cao sounded calm, he clearly knew something.

“Are you the ones who took mother away?”

“That is correct.”

He admitted it so openly. It turned out to be these people after all!

“What are you planning on doing to mother?”

“We wish to have your mother cooperate in our experiment.”

“Experiment? What are you planning to do?”

“To grant the wish of our benefactor. That is the main idea.”

Hearing that, Kunou bared her fangs, extremely angry. Her eyes glimmered with traces of tears. It looked like she was furious. Not only was her mother taken away, but she will be used for some kind of nefarious experiment.

“Benefactor... Is that Ophis? And why have you appeared before us?”

Sensei interrogated sternly.

“No, there is no need to hide anymore. We just decided to say hi before the experiment. Let us cooperate for a bit. I also wished to meet Governor Azazel and the legendary Sekiryuutei.”

...This bastard sure has a way with words. By the way, am I really that famous? Ah, though I did beat that Old Maou leader while under the effects of Juggernaut Drive. Only I don’t really remember much about that scene. Sensei formed a spear of light in his hand.

“Let’s keep this simple. Please return the Kyuubi leader. We are trying hard to join forces with the Youkai.”

Seeing Sensei prepared for battle, everyone gathered into formation and prepared themselves. I also called out Boosted Gear and started the Balance Breaker countdown. And then, I summoned Ascalon—

“Xenovia!”

“Much appreciated!”

Xenovia caught Ascalon and readied her stance. ...By the way, Rossweisse-san wasn’t here.

“Sensei, where’s Rossweisse-san?”

Sensei made a long sigh at my question.

“That fellow was also transferred here, but she is still sleeping at the restaurant. I placed a strong barrier over her, so it should be fine for now.”

S-So that’s what happened... T-True, it would be unthinkable for her to battle in her drunken state. However, Sensei, I will be responsible for support. In contrast to our state of alert, the other side made no signs to prepare. ...Are they that confident? Or do they have some sort of secret weapon? After all, the Hero Faction has gathered many Sacred Gear users. It was such a pain to battle against Sacred Gears. There were all sorts of weird powers which made things very unpredictable. That was the scariest thing. Anyway, we can’t show any signs of weakness! —A short boy stood next to Cao Cao. Cao Cao said to him.

“Leonardo, I’ll let you handle the Devils with your monsters.”

Only one request, but the boy remained expressionless and lightly nodded. Instantly, shadows appeared from under his feet and rapidly expanded. ...I felt a sensation as if something cold was crawling on my back. How should I put it, a certain fearfulness could be felt from the shadows. As the shadows grew, they reached the level of covering the entire Togetsukyou. And then, they expanded and gradually took form! Arms, legs, heads, eyeballs, wide gaping jaws, separating. It wasn't only one, but ten, no, hundreds!

“Guuuu...”

“Chomp!”

“Gobble!”

With a deafening roar, these monsters appeared out of the shadows! ...Shadows with monsters appearing out of them, oh! Rather than appear, perhaps created or ‘made’ was a better description! These monsters had black skin and were standing upright on two legs. Their bodies were solidly built with rough and thick hides. They also had very sharp claws and bared their teeth. These monsters formed a line and stood in the forefront. ...What was this? The boy’s power was...? I couldn’t help making swallowing sounds in my throat as I was shocked by the boy’s power. Sensei spoke softly at this time.

“[Annihilation Maker]...”

Annihilation...? Maker? Maker meant creation...right? Cao Cao laughed in response.

“Correct, this child carries one of the Longinus. A different threat compared to my True Longinus, but a most deadly Sacred Gear nonetheless.”

Longinus... This kid also owned a Longinus. He was a Longinus user...eh? What the heck!? Is this a Longinus free market now!? I basically knew nothing about them other than Vali’s and my own, so all these new developments are just a real pain... And then, the countdown finished and I entered Balance Breaker! The red aura enveloped me and formed into armour. Now I can have a good fight, but...

“S-sensei, there’s something I don’t understand...”

Completely confused, I asked Sensei. Sensei began to explain.

“Like you, that boy possesses one of the Longinus. Currently, there are thirteen confirmed Longinus. Among the Grigori, there are also Longinus possessors. And amongst all these Longinus, the properties of that one over there, in other words, its abilities, are deadlier than Boosted Gear or Divine Dividing’s.”

“S-stronger than me?”

“In terms of pure power, of course your Boosted Gear and Vali’s Divine Dividing are far ahead. However in terms of abilities... Kiba’s Sword Birth can create countless Demonic Swords. This you can understand, right?”

“Y-Yes.”

“Annihilation Maker is the same. It can create countless demonic beasts. For example, those massive fire-breathing monsters over 100m tall you see in movies can be recreated by sheer will. The ability to create monsters from imagination. Isn’t that a disaster? This ability, depending on the user’s capability, can create on the scale of hundreds, or even thousands. Like Dimension Lost, this is one of the worst bugs in the Sacred Gear system. Dimension Lost is also extremely dangerous depending on the user. Once the mist reaches the scale of countries, it can transfer an entire country and its people into the Dimensional Gap to be destroyed.”

—! U-Unthinkable...!

“No matter which one, aren’t they the worst Sacred Gears!?”

Sensei could only force a laugh.

“Well, up to now, none of them have reached such levels, although there were a few close calls in the past. However, it is unprecedented to have gathered three of the four top-tier Longinus, True Longinus, Dimension Lost and Annihilation Maker. From birth, these possessors should have been under surveillance by the Fallen Angels, Angels and Devils... But twenty years have passed, so were we too careless...? Or someone deliberately hid them... Compared to the past, almost all current Longinus possessors have been very difficult to find.”

Sensei looked towards me. ...So basically, I was also one of those who were successively classified as ‘dangerous Sacred Gear, kill him’, and then ‘actually, it’s not’ and finally ‘no, it really is a Longinus!’. Was it related to this? Sensei continued.

“...There must be some kind of cause and effect relationship going on in the current age. It could be said that the first Longinus Sacred Gears were bugs or errors of the system. In turn, these Longinus have their own tumultuous developments beyond our expectations. Though this is just a hopeful, but not far-fetched hypothesis... watching Ise’s development makes one feel like all the current Longinus as a group are undergoing incredible changes... Bugs, errors, no, evolution? No matter what, though it includes me, perhaps those in charge of researching and maintaining the system have been too naive? Eh, Michael, Sirzechs?”

Sensei seemed to have started an endless dialogue with himself... But no matter how you look at it, wasn’t a Sacred Gear to create monsters truly strange and dangerous? And it was described as more dangerous than my Sacred Gear! That is to say, depending on the user, it can create monsters like Tannin-ossan, a Dragon King, and Fenrir, that monstrous wolf, on a mass-produced scale! Annihilation! The world will be annihilated!

“Sensei, what weaknesses do these deadly Sacred Gears have?”

If Boosted Gear and Divine Dividing have weaknesses, then surely...?

"Target the user’s body. Of course, there are also cases where the body is extremely strong, but it still doesn’t compare to the threat of the Sacred Gear. The current Annihilation Maker user is still in a developing phase. If he had already mastered it, then they would have been sending demonic beast armies to every faction by now. The only way to defeat him is to take him out now before he matures.”

Cao Cao laughed wryly as he heard Sensei’s words.

“Arara, it feels like Annihilation Maker has been figured out. It is as you say, Governor of the Fallen Angels. This child still has not matured his imagination or productivity—except that he has focused on one specialty; monsters that target the opponents' weaknesses, the antimonsters. The current demonic beasts are ones which counter Devils.”

Cao Cao pointed his finger at a shop in the area. A monster opened its mouth—

Bzzzzzt!

A beam of light appeared. And in that instant—

Boom...!

The shop was blown away by an intense explosion!

“An attack of light! This fellow is...!”

Amidst the strong wind of the explosion, Sensei snarled angrily.

“Cao Cao, you bastard! You sent assassins to all the major factions to collect data for the antimonsters!”

“You are half-correct. Weren’t there black-clad members among the Sacred Gear users we sent out?”

Yes! Those black combatants! Those hated things which dispersed into mist when hit!

“Those are also monsters created by this child. These things deliberately took on the attacks from the various factions of Angels, Fallen Angels, Devils, Dragons and Gods from all mythologies. Though they were wiped out, they gathered plenty of good data for this child’s Sacred Gear.”

“Those strange black men were for collecting data!”

“Not only did the number of Balance Breaker users increase, but the development of the antimonsters also advanced. Thanks to that, antimonsters targeting Devils, Angels and Dragons have been created. At maximum output, the current anti-Devil antimonsters can produce light equivalent to that of a Mid-class Angel.”

Collecting data to make antimonsters at the same time as increasing the number of Balance Breakers amongst Sacred Gear users. ...Is he trying to show how well-prepared or smart they were? These guys, they are dangerous without bound! Sensei glared with contempt, but immediately began to laugh.

“But Cao Cao, that means you have yet to create God-killing beasts.”

“...”

Cao Cao did not deny Sensei’s words.

“How did you figure it out?”

Sensei replied to me in a tired voice.

“If they could, they would have already done so. And then they would have used them on us as well. There is no reason they wouldn’t attempt it if they have the resources to launch simultaneous attacks at the different factions. And who knows how the world would change if Gods from various mythologies were killed. To this point in time, they still cannot create God-killing demonic beasts. Though this is all we know, it is still important news.”

I see! They don’t have God-killing demonic beasts! Ah, but such a thing does exist. The image of that gigantic wolf flashed in my mind. Cao Cao pointed his spear at us.

“If it’s a God, then I will kill it with this spear. Come, the battle begins—now.”

This was the declaration of war!

"Gobble!"

Making terrifying roars, the antimonsters charged at us! Kiba and Xenovia went and stood in the front-line.

“Kiba, please make me a Holy Sword.”

“Understood. After all, you’re more suited to a two-sword style.”

Kiba quickly created a sword in his hand and tossed it at Xenovia, who had already begun to advance. Catching the Holy Sword in mid-air, Xenovia wielded it along with Ascalon and dived straight into the ranks of the enemies! Slashed by Xenovia’s sweeping attacks, huge numbers of antimonsters were easily vanquished! True to a Power-type Knight, this penetrative power was unbelievable! Ah, a monster opened its mouth to release a beam of light—

Bzzzt!

The beam travelled to just before Xenovia, but Kiba deflected it with his Holy Demonic Sword, sending it into a building in the distance and causing it to collapse.

“If it’s this level of light, it’s fine as long as we don’t get hit.”

What a cool and handsome Knight! That’s right! Possessing god-like speed, there is no problem as long as Kiba doesn’t get hit!

“No, let’s just kill them all before they hit us.”

Slicing and pulverising the monsters with Ascalon and the holy sword, Xenovia answered like that. Though they were both Knights, their battle styles were entirely different! And both their philosophies sounded so right!

“Cao Cao, would you like to be defeated by me?”

Sensei took out the Dragon gem, Fafnir’s jewel, and then his entire body was wrapped in the golden armour of the artificial Sacred Gear. At the same time, he extended his twelve black wings and rushed at Cao Cao with high speed.

“To be able to fight the Fallen Angel Governor recorded in the Bible, that would be a great honour!”

Cao Cao landed on the shore of the Katsura River, his face smiling fearlessly as he raised the Holy Spear. The front portion of True Longinus opened to release a golden aura which shaped itself into the blade of a spear! The instant it opened, it was as if the entire air shook. ...It could only be described as holy and solemn! Just gazing at it made my body feel tense and suffocated! Even for a non-believer, the influence of that spear was that strong!?

Crash...!

As Sensei’s spear of light clashed against Cao Cao’s Holy Spear, violent shockwaves were created! This impact created waves and disturbances in the Katsura River, splashing water everywhere! Water droplets fell upon Togetsukyou like a violent rainstorm. As Sensei and Cao Cao attacked each other and carried out their battle, they gradually moved downstream along the shore of the river.I will leave Cao Cao to Sensei! Let us take care of the rest! The first priority was the key to our group battles; setting up the defensive wall for Asia who was responsible for healing. Normally our team had Buchou commanding, with Akeno-san supporting her and providing suppressive fire, Koneko-chan providing offense and support, and Gasper in the role of scouting and support. Even long-range bombardment from Rossweisse-san was not here. Though we had Sensei and the Angel Irina providing super powerful offence, the balance of the team has been broken by the absence of those five. We needed a new formation. Kunou also needed to be protected at all costs. In this place, she was more important than us. She should be placed behind Asia. Should Xenovia be the vanguard—?

...Think carefully, think carefully, think carefully! Words like ‘I don’t get it’ or ‘I can’t do it’ are unfitting for a future King! If it was Buchou, how would she act? What would she do in a time like this? I’d better think carefully! Oooooh...! At the end of my wits, I finally came up with my strategy!

“Xenovia! You will guard Asia and Kunou! Also, use the holy aura to blow away any enemies who get near!”

I gave orders to Xenovia! Even though I wasn’t Buchou, but please, Xenovia, listen to me!

“Acknowledged!”

Oh, oh! Xenovia answered me, and quickly retreated to protect Asia! Think again! What would Buchou do if she were here? Though it was a sudden encounter, this was a real battle! I had to make full use of the second years here! My pitifully few brain cells began to work rapidly again! Spurt! My nose is bleeding from thinking too hard! ...Eh? Nosebleeds? It was possible to have those in situations unrelated to erotic things!? Our opponents have arranged anti-Devil antimonsters. No matter how we deflect their attacks, damage would be huge if a hit connects. Suddenly, Kiba’s ability flashed in my mind.

“Kiba! You can make those light-devouring Demonic Swords, right?”

“Eh? Yes, I see!”

Kiba quickly understood my question. How impressive, Kiba! Under Kiba’s feet appeared several of those swords of darkness he used against Freed in the battle against Raynare, and he tossed them at his Devil teammates!

“These swords only have a hilt in their normal state! You have to channel demonic power into them to form the blade of darkness!”

Kiba supplemented. At the same time, I continued giving orders.

“Xenovia, in times of danger, use this as a shield to absorb light! Asia, even though you’re not used to swords, hold on to it! It’s better than nothing!”

“Got it, Ise!”

“Y-Yes!”

Xenovia and Asia both answered me! Xenovia put the sword hilt into her skirt pocket. She will use it in emergencies!

I held Kiba’s sword.

“Hey, Ddraig. Let’s apply this sword’s power to the gauntlet.”

[Reckless actions like that could endanger your life... But in this case, it should be fine for a short while. Don’t overdo it.]

“That’s good enough. I’ll plug it into the gauntlet where Ascalon was extracted from!”

I placed the light-devouring sword of darkness into Ascalon’s socket! Immediately, something like a dark shadowy shield appeared over the left gauntlet. It worked! This should provide a fair degree of defence. Next! The Angel Irina! I turned to Irina.

“Irina! Sorry, but could you take Xenovia’s place in the frontlines with Kiba? As an Angel, light isn’t a weakness for you, right?”

“Though Angels can still be hurt by light, it is not a critical weakness like for Devils. Got it! I-I will go! I am Michael-sama’s Ace after all!”

Irina flapped her pure white wings and flew to Xenovia’s former vanguard position. Summoning swords of light, Irina charged left and right from the air, breaking apart the formation of the antimonsters, and then looked for opportunities to slaughter them in one fell swoop. ...Great! Though the tactics were a little complicated, I have given everyone orders! I haven’t wasted my time by Buchou’s side watching her command! Next was me! The position between Kiba’s group of forwards and Asia’s group of defenders, the midfielder position!

“Asia, promote me to Bishop!”

“Yes!”

As I spoke and Asia consented, I became the Bishop! My dismal demonic power limit was raised. The reason I chose the Bishop was to focus on the Dragon Shot! Come taste it! I knew what was well within the abilities of my demonic power; clumsy attacks of pure concentrated magic. In terms of pure power, they weren’t bad at all!

“Let’s go! Dragon Shot unleashed!”

Doooo! Doooooonn! Doooo!

As I used the shield of darkness, I bombarded the antimonsters and the Hero Faction with a barrage of medium-scale masses of demonic power! Though the members of the Hero faction all dodged, many of the antimonsters were hit by my attacks and were destroyed! At the same time, the shield of darkness absorbed the light fired from the enemies! Excellent! A beam of light aimed at Kunou was also deflected by a Dragon Shot.

“Kunou! Please step a bit further back!”

“S-Sorry.”

If the Kyoto princess got hurt, things would be serious. After all, she was just a young girl. It wouldn’t do for her to enter the battle. Xenovia also attacked from the back, using Holy Sword pulses to snipe at the antimonsters in front. Suffering Xenovia’s and my attacks, the antimonster squad rapidly disappeared. However, the shadows stirred beneath that kid and created new monsters again and again. Damn it! Was there no end to this!? But we cannot give up! To mass produce these things, there must be a limit to stamina and concentration! But the rate this kid is going is way too fast! The occasional attack from the antimonsters hit our group, but Asia could heal them instantly, so it wasn’t a problem. Yes, Asia was our life line! Really, Asia-chan is too wonderful!

...Only sending antimonsters against us. Up until now, those Hero Faction bastards have done nothing other than dodging our attacks. It makes me mad! Are they just going to let the monsters fight and just watch? Just as I was thinking that while firing Dragon Shots, a few shadowy figures suddenly advanced towards me! They were uniform-wearing girls. Were those clothes the uniform of the Hero faction?

“Let us handle the Sekiryuutei!”

Spears, as well as swords, flashed with chilling light as they attacked me.

“—Stop. Women cannot win against the Sekiryuutei.”

A gentle-looking man with white hair and several swords hanging at his waist warned them. Hmph, that was right. Girls cannot defeat me! I quickly concentrated magic in my brain. This was one of the few types of magic I could manage...

“Breasts, liberate your words! Pailingual!”

I released magic in the direction of the girls, and instantly, a mysterious space deployed with me as the centre! This technique was too perfect!

“Come, breasts of the ladies! Let me hear your thoughts!”

The breasts began to speak in a voice that could only be heard by me and Ddraig!

[Use a feint to make a mockery of him, and then attack all at once.]

Ah, so they are planning on a joint attack.

[I will attack from the right.]

This one is from the right!

[I will attack straight.]

This one will come at me straight! Muahaha! Hearing the voices of breasts, I had a feeling of omniscience! Hmph, let me read your breasts well!

“Yo! Ho!”

All their attacks were evaded!

“Impossible! How could he know all our movements!?”

One of the girls was very surprised.

“Impossible, how could we have been read!? Our joint attacks should have no openings!”

I showed an extremely bored smile towards these surprised girls.

“Of course it’s possible! Let me reveal it! Your breasts! Go! Dress Break!”

I yelled out the name of the move! Yes, while I dodged their attacks, I had already made contact with their clothes! With the sounds of ‘papaba’, their clothes were blown apart most spectacularly!

“I-iyaaaaaaaah!!”

“He cast a spell on our clothes... They’re all gone!”

The girls screamed as they attempted to hide their naked bodies! Woohoo! Everybody trained well! What golden proportions! Oh, nosebleed... a nosebleed came again...! Overcome with shame, the girls escaped into a nearby house. Hmph, as long as the opponent is a girl, neither my hand nor my delusions will rest! Where else could you find such an exhilarating time defeating enemies with these spectacular godly skills! Pailingual and Dress Break are invincible!

“W-What a vulgar technique! I’ve never seen anything so despicable...”

Kunou was completely shocked by my moves. Described by a little girl that way, I felt a great hit to my self-esteem.

“Truly, it is impossible for females to win against the Sekiryuutei. Unless they have an iron will and the ability to ignore shame...it’s truly difficult for young women. True to the name of the Chichiryutei, I have now witnessed the legendary breast skills. But these are useless against males.”

The elegant gentleman spoke. Even though it was a calm analysis, it still made me feel embarrassed.

“Who would want to use them on men!?”

I retorted forcefully! The man smiled, as if very much amused! He then turned to the rest of the Hero Faction to speak.

“Everyone be careful. He is the least talented Sekiryuutei in all history and is lacking in strength. However, he doesn’t indulge in power and is a dangerous Sekiryuutei who doesn’t lose control. A person who holds great power, but does not fall to arrogance, is one who has nothing to fear. Do not be careless.”

...Really, so much praise is embarrassing.

“...To be described that way by enemies.”

Yes, it was the first time to be praised this way by enemies. No, it wasn’t really praise, but more like a reminder... Still, it was the first time. The man tilted his head slightly upon hearing my words.

“Is that so? Current Sekiryuutei, from our point of view, you are far more dangerous than you realise. Similarly, your companion, Vali, is the same.”

I-It felt like sitting on a pincushion! What is going on? This was the first time! Though Sairaorg-san also praised me, but even for the terrorists to say so... These fellows who don’t look down on me are especially tricky!

“Next, I guess it’s time for me to act.”

The man took a step forward and released his swords from his belt.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you for the first time, Gremory servants. I am Sieg, the descendant of the Hero Siegfried. My companions call me Siegfried. What you choose to call me is up to you.”

The frail looking gentleman, Siegfried’s face made Xenovia realise something as she showed shock and surprise.

“...I felt I’ve seen you before somewhere. It was true after all?”

To Xenovia’s question, Irina nodded.

“Yes, it must be. Judging from the multiple Demonic Swords on his waist, there is no doubt.”

...? What was going on? Since he had white hair, I could only be reminded of that person—Freed.

“What’s going on, you two? You know something about that handsome guy who’s like a White Kiba?”

“White Kiba... That’s going a bit far, Ise-kun.”

Don’t say it like that, Kiba. It’s just an example. Xenovia responded to my query.

“That man is an Exorcist, a former colleague of Irina and mine. He was a top warrior in the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Churches, ‘Demonic Emperor Sieg’. He has the same white hair as Freed because they were trained by the same organization. It seems to be the side effect of some kind of experiment...”

—! Exorcist! Someone related to the Church! By the way, he’s similar to Freed? Thinking of that guy makes me sick.

“Sieg-san! You betrayed the Church, betrayed Heaven!?”

Irina screamed. Siegfried’s lips curled happily.

“I guess you could call it betrayal. I now belong to the Khaos Brigade, that’s why.”

Hearing those words, Irina became angry.

“...Why!? Betraying the Church and joining an evil organization leads to eternal damnation!”

“...This is making my ears hurt.”

Siegfried laughed.

“What’s wrong with that? Even in my absense, the Church still has the strongest warrior. As long as that someone stays, the loss of me and the Durandal user Xenovia can be covered. However, who could have expected that person to become the Joker candidate for the Brave Saints? Anyway, enough of the chitchat. Aren’t you sword wielders very capable? Xenovia, the Durandal user, Shidou Irina, the Ace of Michael, the leader of the Angels, and Kiba Yuuto of the Holy Demonic Sword.”

Challenging the swordsmen, no, the three who were related to the Church, Siegfried’s sword in his hand began to gather demonic power. ...This sword gave off a very unpleasant pulse. Was it a Demonic Sword? It felt quite similar to Kiba’s created swords. —! Suddenly, Kiba’s Holy Demonic Sword slashed with god-like speed. Blocking the Holy Demonic Sword directly, there was no damage at all to the unpleasant demonic power gathered upon Siegfried’s sword.

“Demonic Emperor Sword Gram. For the strongest Demonic Sword, a strike from the Holy Demonic Sword is nothing.”

The two entered close-quartered combat... It has been quite a while since the last time I witnessed Kiba fighting so intensely with someone! The two swiftly retreated and readied their stance. Immediately, they began clashing violently, creating sparks everywhere.

“...A match for Kiba... No!”

Gradually, Kiba was being suppressed, and a rare serious expression could be seen on Kiba’s face! God-speed Kiba’s movements were—being captured! With movements and slashing attacks faster than the eye could follow, the opponent was still keeping up in a composed and matter-of-fact manner. Can he clearly see through that kind of speed...!? Even when he pretended to attack, none of Kiba’s feints were successful in baiting Siegfried! On the other hand, he used the minimum necessary movement to evade Kiba’s attacks. When he thrust the Demonic Sword in his hand, Kiba had to dodge with his full attention. There was no room for counter-attacking! ...Even Kiba in Balance Breaker was being dominated...! One of the Hero Faction members explained to the stupefied me.

“In our organisation, though they reside in separate factions, ‘Holy Royal Sword’ Arthur and ‘Demonic Emperor Sword’ Siegfried are equally renowned. Holy Demonic Sword Kiba is not their match.”

He’s equal to that Arthur!? That guy, who easily toyed with Fenrir’s child!? T-Then Kiba now.... Though I was worried, someone appeared to join in their duel. It was Xenovia. Slashing without hesitation from the side, she began to assist Kiba.

“Xenovia!”

“Kiba! You cannot win alone! Even against your wishes, I have to participate!”

“...Uh, thanks!”

At this moment, Kiba set aside his pride as a swordsman and attacked simultaneously with Xenovia.

“I will join in too!”

From the outskirts, Irina also entered the battle, forming a three-on-one situation. Xenovia’s dual wielding, Kiba’s Holy Demonic Sword, Irina’s sword of light, the three of them attacked at once! It was no longer possible to capture the speeding blade tips with my eyes as the four of them battled with intensity... But even against three opponents, Siegfried only used a single sword! Kiba’s god-speed created afterimages as he repeatedly tried to disrupt Siegfried’s attacks from blind angles. From above, Xenovia was slashing down with a massive holy aura! Furthermore, Irina was gliding through the air rapidly as she thrust her sword of light towards the back of Siegfrie’'s hand! This simultaneous attack—! I was certain of victory. However, Siegfried flipped his hand and casually blocked Irina’s attack without even turning his head back! At the same time, he drew another sword from his waist using his free hand. With a flash of silver—one of Xenovia’s downward slashing swords was broken! That was the Holy Sword Kiba created! With a fantastic sound like that of glass shattering, it was destroyed! Siegfried calmly spoke.

“—Balmung. This is the power of one strike from the Demonic Sword of Norse legends.”

—! Another Demonic Sword! However, Kiba’s dead angle attack still hasn’t ended! There was an opening and it shouldn’t be possible to evade, for both of Siegfried’s arms were already wielding Demonic Swords! With a horizontal flash, Kiba sliced towards his abdomen. In that instant—

Clang...!

The sound of metal. Kiba’s Holy Demonic Sword was just stopped by the Demonic Sword Siegfried drew out from its sheath!

“Nothung. This is also a legendary Demonic Sword.”

The third Demonic Sword! No, what was even more surprising was that Siegfried’s two arms were already wielding swords and couldn’t possibly hold a third sword. His two arms were occupied. However, a third arm had grown from his back to draw that sword, blocking Kiba’s attack! ...W-what was that arm!? An arm covered by things resembling silver scales. It was almost like my left arm when it became the arm of a Dragon’s! This arm grew out from Siegfried’s back! Siegfried laughed at our immense surprise.

“This dragon arm? It’s Twice Critical, a very common Sacred Gear, but mine is a little different, since it’s a subspecies. It grows something like a dragon’s arm from my back.”

—Twice Critical! I’ve heard of it! It’s an inferior Sacred Gear ranking below my Boosted Gear. A Sacred Gear that should be in the shape of a gauntlet... A subspecies! Growing an arm out of one’s back! Siegfried held two Demonic Swords in each hand, with the arm on his back holding a third. ...A three-sword stance! Witnessing this scene, Kiba’s expression became even more serious.

“...We are both Sacred Gear users. However, even ignoring the attributes of his swords, am I unable to surpass him even in the use of the Sacred Gear...?”

“By the way, I haven’t entered Balance Breaker yet.”

—A harsh reminder! Constantly repeating their experiments, members of the Hero Faction could not possibly be unable to use their Balance Breakers. Dominating Kiba, Xenovia and Irina all at once in just his normal state! This guy is too strong! With a rustling thud, Sensei landed in front of us, who were caught in a crisis. At the same time, Cao Cao returned to the centre of the Hero Faction. As their attacks repeated, they circled back to their starting point? I took a glance downstream at where they had come from; the ground had turned into a smoking wasteland! Waaaaaaaah! From a while back, there had been loud crashing noises which made me suspect dramatic occurrences. Arashiyama’s scenery has been entirely destroyed! Sensei knew this was an artificial space, so he mercilessly used his biggest spears of light... A few spots on Sensei’s armour had shattered... The black wings were also in a messy state. Cao Cao’s uniform and Han Chinese attire was also torn in many places... However I find it more amazing that a human did so well against the legendary Fallen Angel Governor! ...Was this the Hero Faction...? Heroes... True Longinus...

“Don’t worry, Ise. Neither of us went all out. We were just testing each other out a bit.”

Sensei’s so-called little testing resulted in the complete destruction of the area downstream! Cao Cao cracked his neck audibly and said.

“What a great Devil servant team. I guess these are the servants of Rias Gremory, well known amongst the new generation of Devils. We intended to have a fight without exerting ourselves, but you guys turned out with a great performance. If my theories are correct, the one who gathered this unnaturally strong group is your power, Hyoudou Issei. Despite your lack of natural talent or demonic powers, I believe your ability to attract others by holding dragon powers is top-notch among all the past Sekiryuutei. Look, isn’t the Dragon gathering power right now? It is truly conspicuous in both good and bad situations, as all kinds of legendary existences attack, and you encounter each of the Dragon Kings, and gather all these Chichiryuutei supporters. These are all evidence of that. Even in the absence of their King, you handled the situation and organised the servants with outstanding calmness. They were naive and flawed arrangements...but nonetheless, you may turn out to be a terrifying opponent if you train well in the future.”

“...”

I had never considered such things. Everything that has happened so far...was because of me?

Cao Cao’s spear was pointed at me.

“That’s why, we don’t intend to make the same mistakes as the Old Maou Faction. We truly believe that, in the future, you will become the most dangerous Sekiryuutei. This applies to the other servants as well. If we eliminate you all now, perhaps we may even gather some useful data for analysis.”

Is that how they saw my, no, our development? It was true that there was a fundamental difference in the way they treated us, unlike the Old Maou Faction, who saw us as a bunch of stupid kids. ...Frustrating! How do I handle opponents like these!? Up until now, I’ve only faced opponents who treated me as a fool, thus providing openings... Sensei questioned Cao Cao.

“One more question. What are the motives of your Hero Faction?”

Cao Cao narrowed his eyes and said.

“Governor of the Fallen Angels. You may find it surprising, but it is incredibly simple; we just want to know the limits of what it means to be ‘human’ and challenge them. Furthermore, humans will be the ones to defeat Devils, Dragons, Fallen Angels and other supernatural races. No, definitely, it is humans who will win.”

“You want to be heroes? After all, you are the descendants of, cough, heroes.”

Cao Cao raised an index finger and pointed to the sky above his head.

“—This is just a little challenge presented by frail humans. Under the heavens, how far can humans go? That is what we wish to try.“

—Humans, eh. ...How far can they go as humans... Was this their objective? No, there must be other motives as well. Sensei sighed and said to me.

“...Ise, do not be too careless. This guy is an enemy worse than the Old Maou Faction and Shalba Beelzebub. All your opponents here are very strong, especially this guy, who is just as dangerous as Vali.”

The same as Vali... Vali also gave off this feeling of having no bottom line. Possessing the ultimate Holy Spear was also quite a threat... As Sensei gathered our group, the Hero Faction also shifted their formation. All this time, they had been endlessly creating more antimonsters. It really seemed limitless. Also, the Hero Faction held back without attacking. However, our opponents seemed to be ready. It looks like the second wave will be the real battle. They have more Sacred Gear users, right? And there were also many who could enter Balance Breaker. I keep getting swept into these crises. Will that goddess show up to save me again? No, it’s not right. I sure don’t want to receive direct protection from the great God of Breasts... Just as I was thinking—

Clap.

Right in between us and the Hero Faction, a shining magic circle appeared... The crest on it had never been seen before.

“—This is.”

Sensei seemed to know. Who? A Fallen Angel? As we watched with surprise at the light before us—an extremely cute foreign girl appeared, dressed like a mage. ...A-A girl? I was shocked. The girl wore a huge hat and a cape. It really was the attire of a mage... Her age looked like a middle schooler’s. Her body was quite slim. The girl turned towards us, who had gathered around in a circle, and deeply bowed her head while smiling radiantly.

“Nice to meet you all for the first time. I am Le Fay, Le Fay Pendragon. I am the mage belonging to Vali’s team. Please take good care of me.”

—! Va-Va-Vali’s team! W-Why would Vali’s teammate come to this place!? Sensei asked the girl, Le Fay.

“...Pendragon? Who are you to Arthur?”

“Yes, Arthur is my elder brother. He always takes care of me.”

She’s that cool gentleman’s younger sister! To think he had such a cute little sister! Sensei scratched his chin and said.

“So, Le Fay. Like that legendary Witch, Morgana Le Fay? It has been said that Morgana and the hero king, Arthur Pendragon, were blood-related...”

There were twinkling stars in Le Fay’s eyes as she looked towards me.

“U-Ummm...”

She walked to me and held out her hand.

“I-I-I am a fan of the Chichiryuutei Oppai Dragon! I-If you’re not too busy, can you shake hands with me!?”

...

Eh, this... I was completely taken by surprise and didn’t know how to react. For something like that to be said in the middle of this tense battle... Still, I went ‘thanks...’ and shook her hand.

“Done!”

She seemed extremely happy... Hmm... What did this child want? Cao Cao’s side was also shocked and puzzling over the matter, looking very much troubled... Finally, it was Cao Cao who scratched his head and asked.

“So, it’s Vali's side. What’s the matter?”

Without any hesistation, Le Fay responded to Cao Cao in all smiles.

"Yes! I came to bring a message from Vali-sama! ‘I thought I told you not to disturb me!’, that’s the message oh♪. You need to be punished for trying to put us under surveillance, oh~~.”

Crash...!

Immediately following Le Fay’s adorable announcement, the ground began to shake violently! What was this shaking!? An earthquake!? It was already hard to keep standing! Asia and Kunou were unable to maintain their balance and fell onto their bottoms.

Crack!

It was the sound of something sliced open! Looking towards there, the ground had swollen up, as if something huge was about to burst through! Tearing the ground apart and creating clouds of dust, what appeared was—!

“Guuuuuuuuuuutz!”

A massive giant-like thing was roaring!

W-W-W-W-W-W-W-W-What was that thing!? That huge...enormous thing like a giant!? Stone? Rock? It wasn’t clear what kind of material it was, but it was definitely constructed out of inorganic material. Its arms and legs were also huge! Its height was at least ten metres! Sensei looked up to the giant and yelled!

“—It’s Gogmagog!”

Le Fay answered Sensei lightly.

“Yes. This is one of the strong characters in our team, Gogmagog or Gogz-kun♪.”

Gogz-kun♪!? There’s such a cute nickname!?

”Sensei, that moving rock giant is...?”

Sensei explained to me. Sorry, Sensei, I keep needing clarifications from you today!

“Gogmagog. It’s something like a golem that was placed in the Dimensional Gap and was floating there in a state of suspension. It seems to be a mass-produced weapon of destruction created by ancient Gods... They should all have been deactivated by now.”

A golem! I see! So that’s why it felt so inorganic!

“That kind of thing exists in the Dimensional Gap!? What deactivated, that guy is moving!”

“Ah, this is the first moving one I have encountered. I have too many questions. Though it was said that they were deactivated and placed in the Dimensional Gap... But to be moving! This makes me so interested...!”

Oh, no, it’s here again. Sensei’s eyes were shining like a child’s... Sensei keeps getting delighted by things like divine creations, ancient weapons and such stuff. However, he immediatly recovered and started muttering to himself.

“I see. Last time, what Vali was checking out when hanging around the Dimensional Gap wasn’t just Great Red...”

Le Fay answered Sensei’s concerns.

“Yes, it was Vali-sama who detected Gogz-kun’s existence. Ophis-sama once mentioned discovering this giant that could move in the Dimensional Gap, so we went there again to search for it.”

“Hey, so what other fellows are in the team...?”

I asked Le Fay about the members other than Bikou, Fenrir, and this golem now. Knowing I will be fighting Vali one day...it really made me feel uneasy.

“Yes... Currently, there’s Vali-sama, Bikou-sama, brother Arthur, Kuroka-san, Fenrir-chan, Gogz-kun, as well as me, seven in total.”

I see. Only seven of them. That was all? But still, it’s too much! That Vali, he keeps gathering all these criminals!

“But Sensei, if Great Red is there, why would the Dimensional Gap have that kind of giant...?”

“The Dimensional Gap is quite troublesome to handle, but there is actually quite a bit of leeway. All Great Red wants to do is swim around freely in the Dimensional Gap and does not pose any real threat. He is a special existence, so none of the factions place Great Red in their rankings and categories. All he cares is swimming freely unhindered in the Dimensional Gap...”

Just as Sensei spoke to this point, the golem raised its giant fists at the Hero Faction.

Roar!!!!!

Accompanied by an incomparably loud sound of smashing, the golem smashed Togetsukyou in one hit! Oh nooooooooooo! That is the famous sight at Arashiyama! Thankfully, this is just a dimension that replicates Arashiyama! The golem’s attack slaughtered massive numbers of antimonsters while the members of the Hero Faction retreated, hiding on the other side of the river.

“Hahahaha! Vali’s angry! It looks like our surveillance was discovered!”

Cao Cao laughed in a loud voice, and pointed his spear at the golem.

“Extend!”

Woosh!

The tip of the spear suddenly extended, piercing the shoulder of the golem! The giant golem lost balance and fell onto the ground! Wow, what an impact! That golem must have been heavy! Just by falling over, it created such a huge shockwave, and everything nearby was shaking! That spear knocked over the giant golem with just one hit! It can extend, and it can also produce an energy blade! It has so many functions! However, the bridge was wrecked. We can only fly across, right? As I considered the next step, a figure entered my view on the shore. In front of the Hero Faction, there was someone shaking and staggering, unable to walk properly. She was a silver-haired woman—Rossweisse-san!

“...Hey. Itsh sssooo noisshy people can’t ssssleep (hic!) properly here!”

—She’s still drunk!? And she’s angry to boot! The arrival of the drunk made the members of the Hero Faction look at one another in puzzlement. However, they intended to attack whether she was affiliated with the Gremory servants or not! T-this is bad! In that drunken state, Rossweisse-san was in danger! I must go over to help! —As I thought that, we all rushed forward. However...

“Whatssh the matter? You want a fight? Sho! I’ll ssshhhow y’all the power of old man Odin’s former bodyguard Valkyrie!”

As Rossweisse-san yelled, an unbelievable number of magic circles appeared all around her. It wasn’t just ten or twenty!

“Tassste my Norssssh magic which countersssss all attributessss, all fairiessss, and all divine exisssstencessss!”

From the terrifying number of magic circles, out spewed a frightening number of magical attacks which filled the sky, changed their trajectories, and finally fell upon the Hero Faction like a heavy rainstorm! W-Woah! This was unbelievable! Fire, light, water, thunder and magical attacks with all sorts of attributes swept everything aside and approached the Hero faction! Whether it was houses, shops, roads or electrical poles, everything turned into dust and disappeared without a trace! ...Though I already knew she was a master in magic, I never thought the great Valkyrie-san could blow away an entire town! Thinking about it, it should have been obvious from the way she took part in the battle against Loki. B-Buchou has really recruited someone powerful... If that’s the case, she will really shine in the Rating Game. Suddenly, mist appeared into view. Though it felt like the magical attacks were about to hit the Hero Faction, a youth wearing a uniform with a feathered cape produced mist from his hand and deflected all the magic! —! That was the mist user! He can defend against that kind of magical attack!? Mist slowly spread from the mist user's hand, eventually covering the entire Hero Faction. Cao Cao spoke from within the mist.

“There are a bit too many interferences. However, it was a fun opening ceremony. Governor Azazel!”

As if enjoying things, that guy announced to us.

“Tonight, we will be using Kyoto’s special leylines and the Kyuubi leader, and turn Nijou Castle[10] into a great massive experiment! In order to stop us, please come and participate!”

The mist thickened. The mist that started out beneath our feet spread to the chests and approached our faces. And then slowly, our entire view was blocked by the mist and everything disappeared.

“Hey, everyone has returned to the original reality! Put away your weapons!”

Sensei reminded us. We were finally back at the real Arashiyama! T-This was bad. I immediately released my armour—

...

In the blink of an eye, the mist disappeared—and we were back at the crowded streets next to Togetsukyou. Other than us, the tourists crossed the bridge as if nothing had happened. ...The bridge was intact. We were back to the original world.

“Hey, Ise, what’s going on? You’re making a super-scary face?”

Matsuda stared at my face. I-I see. We had just crossed Togetsukyou.

“...It’s nothing. Nothing at all.”

Having answered so, I exhaled deeply. All the other servants had serious expressions as well. The battle just now had been far too dangerous. It was impossible to revert our moods so easily. ...Le Fay was gone. It was the same with that giant thing. Did they disappear at the same time as the mist?

Crash!

Sensei angrily struck an electrical pole.

“...Speaking rubbish...! Experimenting on Kyoto...? Don’t underestimate us, kids!”

Wow... Sensei was really mad! I haven’t seen Sensei this angry for a long time.

“...Mother. Mother didn’t do anything...but why...?”

Kunou’s body trembled. I could only stroke her head, unable to do anything else. Cao Cao’s sudden attack, and his announcement of the experiment at Nijou castle.

Buchou, it looks like our school trip has come to a totally unexpected climax.


Translator's Notes and References[edit]

  1. Kiyomizu-dera: Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto.[1]
  2. Ginkaku-ji: a Buddhist Zen temple located in Kyoto. The name means "Temple of the Silver Pavilion" literally. It was named due to initial plans to emulate the "Temple of the Gold Pavilion" and cover it with silver foil.[2]
  3. Kinkaku-ji: a Buddhist Zen temple located in Kyoto. The name means "Temple of the Gold Pavilion" literally.[3]
  4. Kyuubi: Nine-tailed fox
  5. Arashiyama: refers to a district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The mountain, which gave the district its name, acts as backdrop for the scenery in the area. The name means "Storm Mountain" literally.[4]
  6. Tenryuu-ji: located in Kyoto, it is the head temple of the Tenryuu branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. The name means "Heavenly Dragon Temple" literally.[5]
  7. Nison-in: a Tendai Buddhist temple in west Kyoto.[6]
  8. Jojakko-ji: Buddhist temple built on the mountainside, famous for the sight of autumn leaves.[7]
  9. Togetsukyou: Moon Crossing Bridge
  10. Nijou Castle: a flatland castle in Kyoto, it was the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate.[8]


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