High School DxD:Volume DX3 Extra Life.2
Extra Life.2 Graduation Trip and Vortex Bunch
It was the end of March, right after our end-of-the-year assembly. As soon as the ceremony finished, the new ORC members went straight home and packed our bags for the holiday trip. Yup, that’s right! We were going on Rias and Akeno-san’s graduation trip we had talked about before! Not only that! This plan involved going on a trip from all the way up in Hokkaido to Okinawa to the south using all the time we had during our Spring Break! Everyone was so pumped about this trip as soon as we heard the details! Well, that was to be expected. From the end of last year to until recently, we’d been in battle after battle, so both our bodies and minds were tired. We had decided that we should use this opportunity to go and heal our tired bodies and minds in this trip, so it was no surprise that everyone would be so excited! Being in graduation classes, Rias and Akeno-san had begun their break early. So, after finishing their preparations early, they sat in the living room, drinking tea casually.
“So, our holiday finally starts tomorrow. Has everyone finished their preparations?”
Rias asked everyone in the living room.
Everyone replied in unison! Wow, the energy in here was off the roof!
“I want to go now!”
Asia, Xenovia and Irina had finished their packing last night first. There was no way Asia, who was always meticulous to the utmost, would be careless with preparations, and Xenovia and Irina both had a habit from being warriors (they both travelled a lot back then), so they were used to packing.
“...Local specialities, savouries... Meat, snacks, fish. The first destination Hokkaido is famous for their crabs, fermented fish roe...”
Koneko had also finished her preparations, and was currently focused on a [Must visit restaurants] guide book.
“I need to prepare my mind as the group’s supervisor... Hm, hm.”
Rossweisse-san had also finished her preparations and was reading a tour guide as well. Kuroka looked at the book Koneko was reading from the side.
“Ufufu♪. We’ll join after finishing things with Vali, nyaa.”
Kuroka and Le Fay had both decided to join, but due to their prior arrangements, they’d be joining at a later date. Le Fay lowered her head toward Rias.
“Thank you very much for letting us join in the trip.”
When Le Fay gave her thanks, Rias replied brightly saying ‘There’s no need. Don’t worry about it’. Kiba, Gasper, Valerie and Tosca-chan were all here as well. This time, Valerie and Tosca-chan decided to join as well.
“Ufufu. I’m looking forward to this so much.”
“To go on a trip around Japan, this is like a dream.”
Valerie and Tosca-chan had never been outside the Kuoh area, so they seemed to be super excited about this. Both weren’t used to Japan, but everyone decided to help out with Kiba and Gasper as their primary guardian.
“We’ve been to a lot of places, but we haven’t been to a place as a holiday a lot.”
Kiba said so. Ah~, thinking about that, we’d been to a lot of places to fight our enemies, but we’d never actually gone on a trip with everyone. Gasper then said in a bright voice.
“That’s why I’m really looking forward to this trip where everyone’s joining!”
Yeah, so was I! I put my hand on their shoulders.
“Right! Us three Males of Gremory! Let’s enjoy this trip to the fullest!”
If some kind of event that united us three Males of Gremory were to happen, then it’d be one hell of a trip! Looking at bishoujos around the area we visited wouldn’t be bad either! Actually, no, it’d be amazing if we could do that!
“We’re also celebrating Ise-kun’s promotion to High-class Devil, so it’ll be exciting.”
That Kiba! He was saying something I could agree with! Seriously, even I wanted to treat myself for the promotion! I think I’m gonna treat myself big and get expensive and luxurious stuff during the trip! One thing I was worried about...was Ophis and Lilith. The two Dragon Gods-chan (-Sama?) were fine if we looked after them, but when we were traveling like this, we hadn’t got a clue of what to do. There was no way we could let them go out easily. Just then, a handy and reliable helper opened her mouth.
“Do not worry, I will be looking after your house with Phis-sama while you guys are on holiday!”
Kunou said something so reliable. Kunou, who was starting primary school at Kuoh Academy from April, was already preparing for her homestay since this spring and nearly always showed her face in my house every day. And she just said that she’d look after these two instead of us for a while.
“Thanks, Kunou. We’ll leave those two in your care.”
When I told her that, she puffed her chest and said ‘Leave it to me’ enthusiastically.
“I will help you with Kyoto once your group gets there, so wait for me!”
As Kunou said, we’d be stopping by Kyoto during our trip. And Kunou said she’d be our tour guide during our time there. I said while looking at Ophis and Lilith.
“We’re sorry you guys can’t come with us, so we’ll leave the house to you guys. Don’t worry, we’ll bring lots of gifts.”
Ophis and Lilith opened a tour speciality catalogue and pointed at everything they wanted.
...It looked like the Dragon Gods were entranced by human world food. I patted their heads.
Well, most likely, everyone was going to buy things for these two, so if we added them all up, it was going to be quite a lot of gifts. It was thanks to those two that we won against Qlippoth!
“I’ve finished Ise-sama’s schedule.”
...When we were excited about our trip, Ravel appeared in the living room. After becoming part of my peerage, she had been managing my schedule more tightly than before. She also worked out the schedule around our trip this time. Well, since I, the Chichiyuutei, became a High-class Devil, so not only from the Devils’ side, but people from all over the different factions were contacting me. So my pride and joy, the Bishop Ravel, was working out the schedule for me! At this rate, I wouldn’t be able to lift my head up against Ravel. Ravel spoke to everyone.
“I’ve cleared Ise-sama’s schedule, so there won’t be any important requests during the trip. Now I can enjoy this as well.”
Saying that, Ravel made a huge bright smile! Grrrrrreat! With this, I could fully enjoy my holiday now!
“By the way, after the trip...”
Then, Ravel caught herself in the middle of something. Yeah, after the Graduation trip, my peerage (Me, Asia, Xenovia, Ravel, Rossweisse-san) plus Irina had something to do that we were keeping secret from Rias and the others.
Ravel quickly changed the subject.
“...Ahem. Actually, I heard that some strange unidentified cosplay gang has been causing nuisances all around Japan, so it seems like it’s best to keep alert.”
“Unidentified cosplay gang?”
When I asked, Rossweisse-san remembered something.
“Ah. That’s been gaining attention on the net. I heard that there are some strange people who are causing trouble around the tourist area or the people living in the tourist area.”
Someone then searched for an article on their tablet, and when we found one...it had a picture of people wearing some kind of animal costume, more like a cosplay, who were causing trouble to people at some village. They were making claims against some shops, or violently shaking vending machines, or even stealing money from a kid. They were doing some juvenile things...
“W-Well. Let’s be careful anyway.”
When I said that, everyone else nodded their head in confusion. With a dry cough, Rias grabbed our attention.
“Then, let’s do a final check before the trip. Everyone, take your trip itinerary out.”
Everyone raised their fists and shouted in unison. In our hands were our itineraries (the Church Trio made them for us)! It looked like everyone forgot about those costume people thanks to being excited about the trip.
“As per our schedule, let’s look around Hokkaido first. The first day is individual...”
Like that, we started our final check led by Rias...
Meanwhile, while Ise’s group was making final adjustments...
On an uninhabited island off the coast of Japan where their secret base...their hideout was located. Inside the hall furthest inside the base, there stood combatants dressed from top to bottom in black. Standing in a straight line, they were all looking at the podium at the front of the room. On the podium was an intimidatingly decorated chair, and on that chair sat a person with immense force. The person who was sitting on the chair was a elderly-looking male wearing a helmet resembling a Dragon...the leader of this organisation, Kaiser Vortex. Next to the leader were executives wearing masks and capes. Kaiser Vortex...the leader looked around the members with sharp gaze and triumphantly shouted.
“The prominent figures of the criminal organisation Khaos Brigade have finally been toppled.”
When he shouted that, one of the executive stepped forward.
“Both factions have collapsed, and the following Qlippoth has also been destroyed after the death of their leader.”
They knew about the existence of the Khaos Brigade who was causing terrorism around the Mythological worlds. Not only that, they had somehow received the information about the collapse of Khaos Brigade. Kaiser snickered.
“Fu. They were just another bunch of newcomers at the scene. With their lacking history, they lacked unity.”
Hearing that, everyone laughed darkly. Opening his eyes wide, Kaiser stood up energetically from his chair.
“Listen carefully, you all! Finally, the time has come for our secret society...[Vortex Bunch] to dominate this world!”
When Kaiser shouted that, everyone raised their hands, making a V shape, and shouted in unison.
Their voices filled the room corner to corner. The name of this evil secret society was Vortex Bunch. The shape that the members were making were also the initial V of Vortex Bunch. This organisation was a top-tier organisation that was formed by Kaiser and his most evil henchmen. Their members were demons, criminals, humans with supernatural powers, a wide variety of personnel were gathered. Between them were beings, monsters that Kaiser had modified himself... Suddenly, everyone started to badmouth the Khaos Brigade.
“Fufufu. It made no sense that those idiots at Khaos Brigade, who obviously and shamelessly copied us Vortex Bunch, should be parading around like that.”
“For idiots to go around and disappear after only a year. They were a second, no third-rate organisation, hahaha.”
Everyone there agreed with those sentiments.
“We were the first ones to start all this!”
“What’s up with their Khaos!? It’s obviously copying our Vortex!”
And there are good reasons why they were annoyed with them. This organisation was founded around fifty years ago, and since their inception, they’d been causing numerous troubles around the world in secret. It’d be annoying if they caught the attention of ICPO, so they’d been careful about their works. After a long time, when they finally got enough combatants to take over the entire Japan, thanks to the sudden rise of the Khaos Brigade, they missed their chance. Not only that, their name was very similar in kanji. Time after time, their work had been attributed to their nemesis, and Khaos Brigade’s work had been falsely accused to be caused by them. They were always falsely accused and were always drawing the short straw. ...Every member here was cursing the Khaos Brigade every day. And as if their curse got answered by Heaven, a few days ago, the Khaos Brigade had collapsed. Now everyone here thought to themselves that it was finally their time to shine. Kaiser announced to everyone.
“And now, we Vortex Bunch will commence our Japan takeover with full force. By throwing this country into chaos, we will aim for world domination! For now, we will start with the conquest of the north, Hokkaido!”
Kaiser raised his hand and clenched it into a fist. Behind Kaiser was a flag with an ominous spiral.
“And one day...we will make this place a true Hell.”
When Kaiser announced that with a booming voice, everyone once again made a V sign with their hands and shouted.
...And thus, they combined all their minds into one. With sparks in his eyes, Kaiser called upon a name.
“Monster Salmon. Come forth.”
From between the combatants, the monster appeared.
“Saaaaalmon! You called me, Leader Kaiser Vortex! Leave the first step to world domination, the attack on Hokkaido, to me, the king of all Salmons...[Limit Over Salmon] Salmon King!”
The monster that appeared was a fish(salmon)-headed humanoid monster. On his hand was a harpoon, and he wore a crown on his head. When the Salmon King appeared, murmurs went around the combatants.
“To call King Salmon-sama... Ah no, he hates that name... To call Salmon King-sama from the beginning...Kaiser is really going all in to this plan.”
“Yeah, normally, salmons go back to the river they are born from after six years, but Salmon King-sama is said to fight that instinct and has been swimming in the ocean for thirty years. And earning respect from the Kaiser, he’s a dangerous aquatic monster born from that.”
“This person is someone who easily calls a salmon that goes for more than ¥1,000,000 ‘Trash who lost to their instinct’... Such a scary person...”
While everyone was talking about how scary the Salmon King was, Kaiser gave him an order.
“Then, King S...no, Salmon King. I will leave the attack on Hokkaido to you! Send that land into chaos!”
Kneeling down, Salmon King announced.
“Yes! I, Salmon King, will complete Kaiser-sama’s order!”
Then, standing up, he made a V sign with his hands.
The rest of the members followed him. While Ise’s group was checking their schedule for their trip, a mysterious group started to make their move...
Noon of the day after I, Hyoudou Issei, had arrived at Hokkaido’s New Chitose airport!
“WE HAVE ARRIVED!”
Ahhhhh, I could feel the cold air as soon as we arrived at the airport! As expected, it was the end of March, but it was still freezing here! But maybe because it was our first time here, this coldness still felt good! We’d decided to take the plane to our first destination. But we would be using teleportation circles when we would go to other regions though. It was decided to take the plane first at Rias’s request, and the rest of us agreed as well. First, we decided to separate from the airport. We’d visit the places that we wanted to first, then we’d meet up back at the hotel in Sapporo that we had booked. Not only that, we would be staying two days in Hokkaido.
“I’m thinking of going to Hakodate’s Goryokaku that’s related to the Shinsengumi. Tosca said she wanted to come with me.”
It looked like that was Kiba’s plan tomorrow. And like him, everyone would be traveling freely around during the trip. ...Then, Xenovia took a key out from her pocket. And while spinning her key around her finger, she bragged.
“Fufufu, I’m gonna ride this baby around here.”
I noticed that thing straight away!
“That’s your bike key!”
“Yeah, actually, I got my license, and I bought myself a bike with the money I earned doing my job. I’m going to bring it using a magic circle and ride it around this wide Hokkaido road.”
Really!? That Xenovia, she had been muttering about getting her mid-vehicle license. When did she even apply!? Thinking back, she said she wanted a bike as well! Woah~, I was jealous. I wanted one too!
“And I’m going to ride behind her later.”
Irina said while making a peace sign! Damn it! I wanted to ride it too! Rias smiled saying ‘Maybe Ise should get a license too’ and took a car key from her pocket as well.
“I also got my license, so I’m going to summon my car to drive around later. Actually, I wanted to ride my car on this wide road as well.”
I heard that she got her license before. Rias was interested in getting a license, so she went to driving school both in the Underworld and the human world.
“Ufufu. Actually, I also got mine as well. This is a good chance, so I should also drive my car.”
Ah, Akeno-san also got her license along with Rias. It felt like people around me were all getting their licenses. Timidly raising her hand, Rossweisse-san also said something.
“I’m also thinking of driving with a rental car.”
Ohh, so she was going to drive through Hokkaido as well! It looked like those who got their license wanted to race through Hokkaido’s road. Rias then said to me.
“Ise, let’s go on a drive date later. I’ll drive.”
Oh, Rias gave me such an offer! I also wanted to look around Hokkaido while sitting in a car. They did say it was hard to travel and enjoy Hokkaido without one. I was going to accept her offer...but quickly got denied.
Rossweisse-san flushed her face and boldly raised her hand.
When Rias asked, Rossweisse-san spoke with all the courage she had.
“I-I also want to go on a drive date with Ise-san!”
Ku! Rossweisse-san offered a drive date to me. I was really happy, but... Rias, who gave me her offer first, smiled and looked at me.
“Ara, so bold. I expected this much from my peerage. Ufufu, then, let’s decide using rock-paper-scissors. Winner takes Ise on a drive date, but you have to give him up to the loser next time. This is just for deciding on the order, understood?”
Rossweisse-san nodded her head! And the result was...
“—T-Then, Ise-gun... L-Letts go ‘ave our drive date.” 
Rossweisse-san! She was even using her accent to ask me out!
“Ah, yes. Let’s go.”
Just like that, my first day became a drive date around Hokkaido.
I rode on Rias and Akeno-san’s car part way, but since everyone wanted to go somewhere different, we eventually split up. They were using Rias and Akeno-san’s car to go to where each person wanted. The person whose destination was the same as me and Rossweisse-san was Xenovia on her bike. With Irina behind her, she was riding her bike across the wide, empty road of Hokkaido.
“That Xenovia is speeding quite a bit.”
Wearing a tight rider suit and a full-cover helmet, Xenovia was riding a blue Racer-replica bike. Damn, that fit really well on her! If she started using Durandal while riding that, she’d look so cool! Rossweisse-san, who was driving the car, then commented on her.
“She must be having so much fun since she’s able to ride that brand new bike on the wide Hokkaido road. But she really is speeding quite a bit! I’ll have to give her a lecture as a guardian later!”
Ah, it looked like her teacher-mode was turned on...but suddenly, Rossweisse-san apologised to me.
“Ah, I’m sorry that I’m being too cautious. It’s not that thrilling, right?”
“No, don’t worry about it. I like how I can just relax in the car that you are driving.”
I said that from the bottom of my heart. Rossweisse-san drove very cautiously, so I could enjoy the scenery leisurely. Driving around the road with snowy fields all around us, wow, I could definitely feel I was at Hokkaido.
“A-Actually, driving around with a guy like this has always been my dream...”
Rossweisse-san said bashfully.
“Ah, is that so? But since the guy is just sitting here in the passenger seat, it’s a bit unsightly.”
Maybe it would have been better if I was the one driving. Hearing what I said, Rossweisse-san quickly replied.
“N-No way! I’m...enjoying this as it is very much.”
The blushing Rossweisse-san was really cute.
“I’ll get my license as soon as I graduate from High School, so please, sit next to me in the car I’m driving then.”
Hearing what I said, Rossweisse-san was surprised.
“R-Really?! Y-You want to go on a driving date with me!?”
Being so surprised, she forgot to check where she was going!
“H-Hey, Rossweisse-san, look ahead!!!”
“Ah I’m so sorry! I-I showed you something so embarrassing.”
“Well, if you’re fine with me, then I’ll go on a driving date with you. So I’ll be in your care until then.”
When I lowered my head, she also followed me.
“N-No, I’ll be in your care for eternity!”
E-Eternity? Ah, since she became part of my peerage, we’d be in each other’s care forever. Such an honour. ...Xenovia, who was riding in front of us, slowed down and parked her bike at the side of the road.
“Huh? Xenovia stopped?”
We made a curious face. After stopping our car as well, we joined those two. Xenovia and Irina dismounted from their bike and looked towards the area full of huts.
“Hey, Xenovia, Irina. Why did you stop here?”
Xenovia pointed towards the hut.
“That campsite over there seemed a bit rowdy.”
Looking closely, it looked like people were running away from something, even screaming!
“They operate campsites in March then, but I wonder what that screaming is about?”
Rossweisse-san replied to my question.
“I saw that there’s a campsite that operates during this season at a cheaper rate.”
Hmm, that must be good business then, especially thanks to tourists. Anyway, now that we knew there was something going on there, we couldn’t just ignore it. We looked at each other and headed towards the campsite. When we went there...something very weird was seen. ...Weird people in black attire and...a person in a fish costume?
“Eh? What...are these cosplayers?”
While we were all wondering what was going on, Rossweisse-san said this.
“Maybe they are those people we were talking about before.”
Ah, Ravel did mention about this weird masked group that went around causing mischief, I think?
When we arrived, that guy in the fish costume made a horrendous laugh.
“Saaaalmon! You lowlifes enjoying your time camping here! Your peace is gone now that I, Salmon King, have arrived! I will make this place into a living hell! Let’s see, I’ll make all your barbecue ingredients into salmon!”
When that salmon guy shouted that–
–guys wearing black clothes made a weird pose and shouted something, and then everyone’s barbeque turned into salmon.
“Nooooo! My meat turned into fish!!!”
Getting their barbecue interrupted, all kids started to cry. The guy in the weird costume stole the barbecue from all the kids and shouted at them.
“Eat fish, you brats! You’ll ruin your health if you only eat meat, so we’ll eat all the meat here for you! Saaaaaalmon!”
...U-Umm, what are they doing? W-Well, at least it looked like they were doing something bad. Now, what should we do? We couldn’t just pretend to not see this after coming all the way here.
Just then, Xenovia and Irina, with their overwhelming sense of justice, approached them.
“Oi, you there, you fish...monster? Don’t go around causing trouble at leisure spots.”
“Yeah! Stop right there!”
They weren’t wearing a costume, but...a monster? Anyway, when the opponent saw Xenovia, he just smirked.
“Saaaalmon! Don’t butt in when you’re such a weak little girl! We won’t hold back if you’re thinking of causing trouble for us! I’ll drop you into salmon hell!”
That salmon got a harpoon!? We really couldn’t leave a guy with a weapon here. Xenovia and Irina both summoned their swords from the magic circle and faced off this fish.
“Hmm, it can’t be helped.”
“I don’t think we can avoid a fight like this.”
...No choice, huh. I put on my armour and Rossweisse-san readied her magic circles, and in the middle of all this, we prepared to fight against a salmon...
...A few hours later, after finishing the tour, we came back to our hotel at Sapporo. Ahhh, it was great when we went to the cheese factory at Furano! We all made butter, cheese and ice cream, and we also ate some pizza! We did meet that weird salmon, but the rest was great! Rias, who came before us, looked at us and said.
“Ara, what happened to you guys? I can smell salmon from you.”
It looked like that salmon smell seeped into our clothes. Thinking back, the people at the cheese factory also said something similar...
“Ah, yeah. Something happened. But that’s that. Where are we gonna eat dinner?”
I changed the topic quickly and asked where the location of our dinner was.
“Ufufu. I talked with Koneko, and apparently, there’s this place where you can get unlimited refills on Jingisukan...”
And just like that, our food tour also began.
While Ise’s group was enjoying their time...
At Vortex Bunch’s hideout... The meeting hall had become a scene of a funeral house. On the corner of the podium was...Salmon King’s picture. Salmon King, who has been deployed at Hokkaido, was killed in action by warriors he unfortunately met. Everyone there was silent throughout the afternoon. Kaiser also let out a deep sigh.
“...For King Salmon, a renowned warrior even within Vortex Bunch, to be killed...”
Kaiser said as such, but the members dared not correct Kaiser after he said the Salmon King’s name incorrectly. Just then...the executives at the podium all came forward.
“Fufufu, dear Kaiser. That guy was someone who had not been appointed as one of the [Four Invincible Generals]. Leave the rest to us!”
When one of the executives, the [Four Invincible Generals], said as such, Kaiser also gave a positive attitude.
“Oh, the pride and joy of our Vortex Bunch, the Four Invincible Generals! You say you four will handle the situation!”
One of the executive took his cape off. What showed up was...a person with brown skin who was dressed like a fortune teller, as well as wearing a pentagram on his face.
“Leave the front charge to me, Count Pentagram. Using my fortune telling, I will turn the prime tourist area of Japan, Kyoto, into utter chaos!”
When the man of pentagram, Count Pentagram, stepped forward, everyone got excited again.
“Ooh, the Count is stepping in personally!”
“A foreign born fortuneteller who still uses the name ‘Pentagram’ despite his job ! Not only that, he’s a high social elite, a ‘Count’!”
“But his skills are the real deal...! Thanks to his evil deeds in Kyoto, he was barred from all the shrines there.”
“It’s said that he swapped every fortune into ‘Worst Luck’ and hung up a plaque saying ‘Go die, normies’ on the wishing wall over there...”
While the other combatants were telling the glory of this Count, Kaiser gave him an order.
“...Count Pentagram. Turn the capital of history and culture, Kyoto, into chaos...”
Count kneeled. His mouth formed a cold smirk.
“Leave this to me. Voooooortex!!!”
The next target was decided while all the members made a weird pose.
The third day of the trip! After staying in Hokkaido for two days, my friends and I arrived at our next destination, Kyoto.
“Leave the tour to me, Kunou!”
And as we decided before, we joined up with Kunou and asked her to be our tour guide.
“I’m so sorry to ask you to be our guide every time we come here, Kunou.”
When I told her that, Kunou made a peace sign with her hand and said joyfully.
“No worries! As someone living at the Hyoudou residence, I should be able to do this much at least!”
We were going to spend only a day at Kyoto. While here, we decided to visit places people wanted to see together. Xenovia said that she wanted to visit Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji that gave her such a great impression when she visited here for the school trip. We asked Kunou for the most optimal course route that would satisfy everyone. While we were visiting all the places and eating Kyoto specialities, Kunou suddenly said this.
“It would have been better if Phis-sama were here with us...”
“Phis...and Lilith can’t move outside the house for certain reasons.”
Well, we couldn’t help it, so sorry, Ophis and Lilith. Kunou was with us, but please look after the house for today! Rias then told Kunou to ease her worry.
“Ufufu. We are sending them plenty of delicious food as soon as we find them, so don’t be so worried.”
“If it’s those two, it won’t be weird to imagine them just waiting in front of the circle for food to appear.”
Akeno-san also chimed in. Hehe, I couldn’t help but imagine the scene where those two were just patiently sitting in front of the circle with their mouths filled with saliva, waiting for food to appear. Just imagining that made me feel relieved. Hearing that, Xenovia, Irina and Asia all said in unison.
“But it’s a shame that they couldn’t look around Kyoto.”
“I wanna come here with those two at least once.”
“Yes, let’s do that one day.”
...Agreed. I also wanted to take those two everywhere. I wanted to show them a lot of things. I promised that much as a friend. We also wanted to go travelling with Kunou, who was looking after Ophis and Lilith. ...It was when we arrived at Kiyomizu-dera while talking about that. It looked like there was something going on in the temple.
“Hm, what’s going on? It’s quite noisy, and we’re showing Ise-sama’s group around here...”
When Kunou said that, a fox shrine maiden appeared and explained the situation.
“Dear princess, that is... Some weird person appeared at the temple and is complaining about everything...”
We were worried, so we decided to go towards the noise. Observing the people around the temple...a weirdo wearing a pentagram on his face brought a bunch of people in black clothes and was complaining to the temple manager.
“Fufufu! I have turned every fortune here into ‘WORST LUCK’!”
That Pentagram weirdo shouted while giving a weird laugh.
“D-Dear customer! P-Please hold on!”
The manager seemed to be quite angry. Well, if someone changed the fortune without anyone knowing, then it was to be expected. It was, after all, part of their business. Just right then, one of the employees at the temple pointed at the pentagram weirdo and said.
“Ah! It’s this guy! A weirdo known for getting banned from every shrine and temple in Kyoto!”
...Ah, so it was this guy. Ahhhh, same with that salmon, why did we have such bad luck meeting these weirdos while we were on holiday...? Xenovia and Irina also got angry.
“That’s unacceptable! Irina, you wanna join me and take care of this guy? Those guys from Hokkaido are the same guys as these ones.”
“Let’s go! Even if we teach them a lesson, the Lord surely won’t mind us doing so!”
Unlike that campsite from Hokkaido, there were too many people here, so we would cause a scene if we just released our power. Not only that, if we caused too much trouble, we’d be the ones getting banned.
“K-Kunou. What can we do? Weirdos are causing trouble.”
First, I asked the princess of Youkais here. After making the shrine maiden call somewhere, Kunou said this to us.
“There’s no need for you guys to do anything! It’s as simple as calling the police for those idiots. Now, I’ll lead you to delicious restaurants, so follow me!”
Ah, so they were calling the police... Well, the police could handle things here then, and if they tried something weird, Kunou’s Youkais wouldn’t just stand there doing nothing. After reaching that conclusion, we continued our tour.
After Ise’s group finished enjoying their trip.
At Vortex Bunch’s hideout...
“Unbelievable! You are saying Count Pentagram has lost?!”
The leader...Kaiser Vortex was shocked at his subordinates’ report. They continued their report.
“T-To be exact, he was captured by the police. H-He’s currently under investigation.”
Kaiser stiffened his expression and touched his forehead with his hand.
“...Ku. He better not tell them about this location. Police are bad news.”
Never underestimate the force of Japanese Police; that was one of the warnings given to Vortex Bunch members. At the news of the Count’s capture, the air of uncertainty began to cycle, but...
“Kaiser! Please leave da things ta me, anotha [Four Invincible General]! I will conquer da region o’ Osaka!” 
Just then, everyone heard a strong Kansai accent! And one of the executives threw away his cape and mask. The person that showed up was...the figure of a tiger wearing the uniform of the pro-league baseball team Hanshin Tigers. Unlike his appearance, he was a spirit who was picked as number one [Draft] at a Vortex Bunch meeting. Not only was he the owner of a ‘tough as steel’ body, he was a giant of over two meters.
“Hmph! Coach Tiger! For you to step up by yourself...!”
While Kaiser was perplexed, the tiger...Coach Tiger laughed.
“Nyayaya! No need ter worry! With this Dontobori nails, I will take on da fools!”
Taking his sharp claws out, his laugh was surprisingly cute. Everyone couldn’t contain their excitement!
“Look, it’s Coach Tiger!”
“A true warrior who force-fed countless Kanto people his okonomiyakii meal...!”
“I’ve heard that he knows literally any comedian on the face of the Earth! When asked to recommend a person, it is said that he recognises the person’s sense of humour one hundred percent of the time and recommends them the best match he could give!”
“There’s an unborn legend that says his power increases by a hundredfold when Tigers win!”
After calculating something with his abacus, Coach Tiger once again laughed.
“Nyayaya! I’ll dye Osaka with da colour o’ Vortex Bunch! Voooortex!!!”
When Coach Tiger made the V pose and shouted the chant, everyone followed his example.
However, unfortunately, Tigers did not win this year.
The fourth day! I, Hyoudou Issei, and my friends parted ways with Kunou after entrusting Ophis and Lilith to her, and arrived at the City of all things tasty...Osaka! Xenovia shouted in a loud voice.
“I heard that, in Osaka, you can eat until your wallet gets empty, and you still won’t be able to eat everything here! Asia, Irina! Let’s go and stuff ourselves until we get absolutely stuffed!”
Irina and Asia both raised their fists and replied to her.
“I want to eat original takoyaki!”
Asia was singing about original takoyaki for a while. Since this was my first time, I should also eat until I was stuffed. ...And finally, people who had joined us late opened their mouth.
“Nyahaha! We’ve finally joined, nya. Let’s stuff ourselves, Shirone, Le Fay. Us Nekomata can eat till we die.”
“This is my first time at Osaka. I’m so excited!”
Kuroka and Le Fay said that. Oh, and Kuroka wasn’t wearing her kimono this time. She was clad in a long coat and a skirt instead. It looked like the kimono got in her way while eating. Koneko’s eyes shone at Kuroka’s words.
“Of course. I prepared for this day by not eating a lot during dinner for the past few days.”
That was true. Koneko ate significantly less during Kyoto. It looked like she was preparing for this day. Rias put her hand on Koneko.
“Koneko’s sense of taste is quite reliable at this occasion. We’ll be in your care today, Koneko.”
“Rely on me, Rias-nee-sama. I’m not going to let you sleep tonight.”
Oooh, she was being quite reliable! She did look for every destination’s speciality restaurants before we came.
“Nyahaha! It’s best to prepare yourself when Shirone is in front of food heaven, nya.”
Kuroka seemed like she was enjoying herself as well... I thought she was also going to be quite an eater. After going around the famous Shinsekai, Tsutenakaku and Osaka Castle, we decided to have our meals at the main attraction, Dotonbori. As if trying to stuff everything we saw into our mouths, we filled our bellies with takoyaki, kushiage, okonomiyaki, speciality curry with raw egg, roasted squid and pork manju. These were all good...and it was as if there was a fear in our head like we were going to miss out if we didn’t eat everything here, but...
“The real deal starts from now.”
Koneko and Kuroka seemed like they were still hungry. Were Nekomata stomachs just a black hole!? While we were surprised at the two sisters’ proclamation, we noticed something happening in front of us. People were crowded into one place, and we also heard a loud voice. After scouting what was going on, Xenovia said to Koneko and Kuroka.
“Hey, Koneko, Kuroka. There’s a tiger-type...Nekomata? Cat Youkai? Something’s up there.”
The Nekomata sisters looked at each other in confusion. When we arrived at the origin of the noise...this guy with a tiger head was having a fight with a normal person. Not only that, he was wearing a Hanshin Tigers uniform. And around the tiger guy were...other men in black uniforms!
“What the hell...? Cat...? Tiger spirit? Youkai?”
It looked like even Kuroka was confused. When we got nearer, we realised what was happening. This tiger...spirit was forcing plates of okonomiyaki and white rice at the unfortunate guy.
“Oi, ya Kanto bastard! Eat da rice and okonomiyaki right now! Force it ter ya mouth!”
“What the hell!? How can I eat both rice and Okonomiyaki together!?”
Ιt looked like the guy was from the Kanto region, since he was disgusted at the fact of eating okonomiyaki and rice together. Seeing that reaction, the tiger spirit got mad.
“Wot da fuck did ya just say!? Okonomiyaki is a fine side dish! What part that ya don’t understand!?”
“They are not side dishes! Okonomiyaki, takoyaki, even yaki soba! They’re not side dishes!”
When the guy shouted that, the Kansai people around him were...
“Wot?! Wot’s wrong with eating them as side?”
“This is why Kanto people no nothing about their food!”
...They agreed with the tiger spirit. Oh. so this was what they called Kansai spirit. They found fun in every situation. When the guy’s expression got worse, the tiger made an evil smile and said.
“They got spaghetti in them bento, innit? This is same as that, innit? Once ya get used ter it, this ain’t nothing. Now, why don’t ya try eating this as a side?”
My god, was he really trying to force the Kanto person to eat Okonomiyaki meal!? W-Well, I learned that people from the Kansai region ate like this, but...even I couldn’t do that. Okonomiyaki was definitely not a side dish! Well, maybe yakisoba was an exception to that!
When I was thinking that, Koneko stepped forward. And while protecting the Kanto guy, she said.
“Hey, tiger-san. You shouldn’t bully normal people.”
Then the tiger, unlike his terrible face, laughed like a kitten and said.
“And wot are ya, miss? Ah, Nekomata? Well, that ain’t matter. I’ll feed ya this Okonomiyaki meal as well!”
That tiger thing shoved bowl of rice and Okonomiyaki onto Koneko. With that, Koneko made a overwhelmingly confident smile.
“That’s not even a challenge, but I can’t forgive you for causing trouble here, in the land filled with food.”
While the crowd was shouting ‘Hit him up, missy!’, the fight between a tiger and a cat started...
After Hyoudou Issei’s group enjoyed their fill of tour around Osaka...
Insidethe hideout of Vortex Bunch...there was a picture of Coach Tiger on the one side.
“How unexpected of Coach Tiger to be defeated...!”
As if shocked by the outcome, the leader...Kaiser Vortex covered his face with his hands. Ιt looked like even he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Even the combatants were giving their reports in madness.
“They said two months until full recovery! Damn it! If the Tigers had won the season, then he wouldn’t have been defeated this easily...! Damn it!”
Kaiser then shook his head.
“Don’t say such nonsense. This was his fate. We couldn’t wait for the Tigers to win...!”
In the middle of the heavy mood due to the defeat of two of their executives, laughter filled the hideout.
“Pffft! Both of them are such embarrassments! Let me lead the Fukuoka raid next!”
The third one threw away his cape and the mask. And that person was...a pig monster wearing an attire similar to a Ramen shop owner. His head was that of a pig, and he also had wrapped a towel on his forehead.
“So, it’s you who’s going to go next...Chief Pork Bone.”
Kaiser narrowed his eyes. His expression showed that he realised this was now the time for the third executive to head out. At his deployment, every combatant was terrified.
“S-So, even Chief is getting involved.”
“For a monster that is the best among those Kaiser has created to step in...Fukuoka is as good as destroyed now!”
“He apparently charmed away customers from a ramen shop that only serves their regular customers!”
“...They say that once you step into the shop that chief owns, his special ability activates and you are forced to follow the house rule...! No talking! No phones! Start off by drinking soup!”
“Once you get charmed by its taste, then you start writing on blogs owned by ramen maniacs! Thanks to that, his shop is a crucial source of this organisation’s income!”
“Once his special water draining ability, [Last Pig Drain], gets activated, then Fukuoka is as good as gone!”
While the tensions rose inside the hall, Chief Pork Bone made a cruel smile.
“Pufufu, I will turn Fukuoka’s prized possession, the street stall area, useless with my ramen! I will turn every one of them into my [Vortex Bunch Ramen]! Pufufufufu! Vooooortex!!!”
While every combatant was shocked at this deployment, the invasion of Fukuoka begun...
It was now our fifth day of travelling! We, Hyoudou Issei and friends, had arrived at Fukuoka. After enjoying looking around the area, we decided to go around finding places to eat just like we did in Osaka. Xenovia once again made a bright smile and said.
“We’re gonna eat loads in Fukuoka again! Let’s go, Asia, Irina! We’re gonna go around as many stalls as possible!”
As eating lots of food from all over the places was taking its toll, Asia and Irina grabbed their abdomen, concerned about their weight.
“No doubt I’ve gained weight! But pork broth ramen, triple hot pot, fermented roe, grilled gyoza, chicken skewers...! I feel like they are sending a call to me to eat them!”
“Ise-san! Don’t hate us even when we get fat!”
Don’t worry, I won’t hate you for that. I’ll even help you with your diet! Our eating champions, the Nekomata sisters, were full of energy today as well.
“I’m not going to go easy on you, Nee-sama.”
“Nice. I’m gonna enjoy speciality food here while drinking Fukuoka’s special sake, nya~.”
Even Valerie and Tosca, who were overwhelmed during the entire trip around Japan, were...
“My, my, I’m being satisfied with all these rich foods and not blood, even though I’m a Vampire. Ufufu~.”
“There are so many delicious foods around the world...!”
They were excited and mesmerised about Fukuoka. Since they were sheltered all their lives, rich food would overload their taste buds. Hopefully, we would have more chances like this in the future! Watching this situation, even Rossweisse-san smiled.
“It feels like instead of a graduation trip, it’s quickly becoming a foodie trip.”
Rias also smiled and said.
“Ufufu. Eating each region’s speciality is also part of the fun during a trip.”
“That’s true. Since we can go looking around the region while looking for good places to eat, it’s so convenient.”
Just as Rias and Akeno-san said, this way, we definitely felt like we were on a trip! Going around seeing region-specific things and eating anything that looked good! This was what travelling was all about! We decided to go to Fukuoka’s speciality stall street and look around the food stalls there. But it looked like that general area...was quite noisy.
“Ara, looks like the stall area is quite lively.”
Rias’s expression turned dark while looking forward. She was right. Black curtain stalls were surrounding the area. Having ‘Ramen’ written on their curtain, it seemed like they were selling just that... It seemed like the owners of other shops were having some argument with the employees of these stalls. Ravel walked toward the stall. It looked like she was going out to scout ahead.
“Ravel, what’s going on there?”
When I asked, Ravel touched her forehead with her hand and pointed at them.
“...Ise-sama, everyone. Looks like those black stall people are causing trouble for other stall owners there...”
And when we looked at what she was pointing at, we saw...a pig...spirit that looked like the boss of these stalls directing his employees and starting an argument between the stall owners.
I couldn’t figure out what to say. No, I was dumbfounded. ...It was that black clothes bunch and a weird spirit again! We heard that they’d been causing trouble around the tourist areas, but to meet them this frequently... Ahhhh, this was causing me a headache. In all honesty, weren’t spirits showing themselves in front of normal people too much!? I swear this wouldn’t bode well with the other world. Well, it might just be a doll suit or just bad cosplay though... Ravel followed up.
“...Whatever the case, it looks like these are those [mysterious costume bunch] people we’ve heard about before. I never would have guessed that it would be a monster, not just random cosplayers, who are causing this much trouble.”
We looked at each other and just sighed.
“...Looks like we need to step in just to enjoy our graduation trip. It’s not like we can just ignore these people.”
In order to protect the food and the owners of these stalls, we walked toward the area. Anyway, after this, I needed to get some pork bone ramen.
After Ise and his friends enjoyed their Fukuoka specialities...
At the hideout...Kaiser, filled with rage, kicked his chair over. On the shrine, the picture of Chief Pork Bone was added. Heaving his shoulders, Kaiser shouted.
“This can go on no longer! I will personally step in!”
Being disappointed continuously by his executives, he announced that he would personally step into the fight. Everyone was horrified at that statement.
“What!? Kaiser himself will!?”
“P-Please calm down! I-If leader steps in, t-the world will be devoured in darkness!”
Everyone tried to calm him down, but Kaiser Vortex erupted his rage while emitting thick dark aura from his body.
“Our goal is no longer domination, but destruction! Destruction! After this continual defeat of Vortex Bunch, the only option left is to destroy the known world and start over!”
His voice was enough to shake the entire hideout. In the middle of all that, the voice trying to calm the Kaiser kept coming in.
“Please calm down, lord... It looks like, as the very last [Four Invincible General], only I can protect Kaiser.”
Taking off his mask and cape, the final executive...the fourth [Four Invincible General] stood next to Kaiser. Finally, Kaiser smiled and welcomed the person.
“Oh, you’ve come, master of defense, [Final Death Shisa].”
The final executive revealed himself! The person was... A black-furred lion, no, a dog-sized Shisa was sitting there. The cutest looking Shisa was the final executive. Everyone there, they all welcomed Final Death Shisa and mouthed off his legend.
“T-That legendary person is finally making his move...!”
“He’s a being that is said to protect a household, but instead of protecting anything, he is said to just wander around travelling!”
“It’s that Final Death Shisa-sama who was picked by female members as ‘Someone who we want to protect’ five years in row! And he’s protecting the leader!”
“But after deciding to protect someone, his protection level is so great that even if three of the Four Invincible Generals attack, they won’t be able to get close! Now there is no-one who can touch our Kaiser who has announced world destruction!”
“He’s weak against bishoujos, but...any man will be weak against that!”
“Not only that, he himself is so cute! He’s our mascot character!”
Kaiser put Final Death Shisa on his shoulder and stood in front. Final Death Shisa then cutely laughed and said.
“Then, let’s go and invade my old home, Okinawa. If the news breaks out that I, Shisa, didn’t even protect the citizens of Okinawa and went around destroying the world, the world will plummet into despair.”
At that suggestion, Kaiser nodded.
“Hmm, that’s a good idea. Then, let’s destroy Okinawa as the first step to world destruction! Let’s go, my comrades!”
Then, as Kaiser himself would enter the scene, all the members shouted with a force that couldn’t be compared to before.
...And thus, the final battle of Vortex Bunch begun.
After starting all the way up north at Hokkaido, and after visiting Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, we had finally reached the end of our graduation trip...Okinawa! I, Hyoudou Issei, had finally arrived at the tropical Okinawa! This warmth! It was still March, but it was warm enough for us to take our coats off! After a week of travel, we decided to spend the last two days at Okinawa. And the first day at Okinawa...
We decided to enjoy the beach of Okinawa at the Hotel’s private beach, which was owned by the House of Gremory! Let’s all get changed quickly! Blue sea! Bleach white sandy beach! And...half-naked bishoujos...! Ahhhh, and these bishoujos were my friends! So, it was obvious they’d all be such bishoujos! Akeno-san, Asia, Xenovia, Irina, Ravel and Rossweisse-san were all wearing their bikinis and were playing in the water. Oh, and Kiba was swimming there as well. Koneko and Kuroka were sitting under the parasol and enjoying Okinawa fruits... It looked like these Nekomata sisters weren’t full yet. And next to them was Le Fay, drinking fruit juice with a happy smile on her face. Valerie and Gasper were also playing on the sand beach.
“Ufufu, to build a sand castle on a beach. It’s just like a dream.”
“It’s so fortunate that we’re daylight walkers.”
Man, it was such a heart-warming scene. When I was looking at everyone who was enjoying their Okinawa experience, Xenovia approached me. She was wearing a bikini that was covering virtually nothing! After approaching me with her bouncing breasts, she said something outrageous to me!
“Ise, can you rub oil on me? I think even I should be wary of getting a suntan.”
With a lecherous expression on my face, I hurriedly received the oil from her.
“Of course! I’ll gladly rub oil on you with all my heart into it! Although I thought you wouldn’t really mind about your skin being burnt.”
Then, Xenovia suddenly grabbed my hand and shoved it toward her breasts! While the softness of her breasts was felt by my right hand...Xenovia spoke with a sensual voice.
“I’m in your peerage, right? It’s not an exaggeration to say that both my body and mind are yours, so shouldn’t I try to keep my body as your interest fits? You like white skin, don’t you?”
...!!! ...This Xenovia, where did she learned to say such things!? Both her body and her heart are mine...! Well, I was indeed her King! Xenovia lied down onto the mat and pulled her bikini hook off. Her bare chest and nipples were just simply gorgeous!
“Now, rub it on me. Ah, where are my manners asking such a thing so rudely towards my master...? Ise-sama, please rub oil on my body! ...Maybe that’s better?”
Don’t go around saying such things so cutely! W-Well, don’t mind if I do! Yeah, yeah, I’m gonna rub it on you! Since I’m your King, I’ll rub that oil on your body with all I’ve got!
“Y-Yes! I’ll rub oil on my peerage! This must be one of the King’s duties, right!?”
“Yes, I’ll be in your care, my King.”
As soon as I was about to rub oil onto Xenovia’s body...
“T-Then, as your peerage, I wish you would rub oil on me as well!”
Asia ran up to me and said such a thing! Not only that, even Ravel followed!
“E-Excuse me, since I-I’m in your peerage as well, so umm... It would be an honour if you rubbed oil on me as well, Ise-Sama!”
Asia and Ravel tossed their swimsuits away as well! Oioioioioi, not only Asia, but even Ravel became so bold now! This was a private beach, so no other people were here, but weren’t you guys taking your tops off way too casually!? Well, that was that, but seriously, I was so happy that you two’s breasts were getting bigger during puberty! Those beautiful breasts with little gorgeous nipples on top were so great! Then, after that, everyone else came!
“I-I’m in your peerage, so please rub oil on me too!”
“Darling, you’ll rub oil on me, right? I’m your teammate!”
Those were Rossweisse-san and Irina! Ooh, my peerage’s Rook and Knight both came as well!
“Ara, ara, I’m going to join in as well!”
And then, acting like a final boss, Akeno-san (she had already got the top of her swimsuit off and got ready to join in the battle) joined in! Not only that, Akeno-san hugged me from behind and gently bit my earlobe! And through my back, I felt her ginormous breasts and...that was such a blissful moment in my life!
“O-Oi. I was the first person to ask him to put oil!”
Even Xenovia got up, and while showing her bare chest, grabbed onto me!
“I-I can’t rub oil on everyone at one time! K-Keep to an order!”
!!! Since all these beautiful women were grabbing onto me, there was only so much I could do to stay calm!
!!!!! Right, left, front, and even behind! There were breasts everywhere! God, this was Breast Heaven...! The soft sensation of a female body was pleasuring me! But thinking this couldn’t go any longer, Ravel let go of me and, while letting her large chest bounce, suggested an idea.
“Then I’ve got a suggestion! Let’s choose the order by Toppling Stick!”
So, in order to choose the order in which I would get to rub oil on their bodies, all the girls decided to play Toppling Stick <Ba-Taoshi> on the beach while still exposing their chests, and a tournament-style game at that! ...It looked like this was going to take quite a long time. I just sat there with a dumbfounded expression while holding onto a single bottle of oil. Was I just supposed to sit here and watch them play...? Well, just watching bare-chested girls play in a sand pit was plenty of fun already! Ah~, I just wanted to get this over with and rub oil on their bodies! While I was thinking just that...
“Ufufu, looks like they’re having fun.”
Rias started a conversation with me, and then she asked me a question.
“Ah, Ise. Will you keep your promise with me now?”
Instead of a swimsuit, Rias was wearing a short sleeved t-shirt. She was gazing at something a little bit away from the beach. And there was...a red convertible. Rias asked me again.
“You remember the agreement I had with Rossweisse, right? Let’s go on a drive date with me around Okinawa.”
...Ah right, I went on a drive a date with Rossweisse-san at Hokkaido. In exchange, at the next destination... I smiled brightly and nodded my head.
“Yeah, sure. Let’s go.”
Since it looked like it was going to take a while before the Toppling Stick tournament between the girls finished, I decided to go on a drive date with Rias in the meantime. After changing into my casual clothes, I got into the passenger seat on the convertible. Wow, Rias owned a lot of different cars... At Hokkaido, she was driving a red saloon, and now, she was riding her red convertible. The car that she was driving was currently cruising through the road, and with that, we drove through the seaside road of Okinawa. After driving for a while making small talk...I suddenly said something like this.
“...This is something I thought about when I was on the date with Rossweisse-san earlier, but I think I should get myself a license as well.”
“Ara, so you will take me on a drive date next?”
“Yeah, I want to be the one who drives at least once in the future.”
After getting my license, I wanted to cruise around on a date with my girlfriend. Rias smiled at me. Slicing through the road with her car, her red hair fluttered around beautifully.
“Ufufu, that sounds nice. But it was my dream to take my boyfriend around to a drive date, so I think it’ll be great if we take turns doing that.”
“Ah, that sounds nice too.”
It’d be nice to take turns driving even after I got my license. It looked like Rias had a destination in mind. After driving for about an hour, we arrived at Okinawa’s famous aquarium. They said that this aquarium had multiple whale shark species, and the scene of these creatures swimming was very majestic. After entering the aquarium filled with tourists, we enjoyed ourselves watching many different aquatic creatures. It was a dreamlike scenery inside the aquarium where we saw many whale sharks and gigantic stingrays swimming with many different fish species as if they are flying inside the tanks. I’d seen and experienced many different fantasy-like adventures...but yeah, even in normal life, there existed something so dreamlike. Rias placed her hand on to the glass, and continuously chased after the creatures with her eyes just like a little girl.
“Ise, aren’t they just gorgeous!?”
Rias was enjoying herself to the fullest. She said before that she wanted to come here as soon as we arrived at Okinawa. The scene like this where Rias acted her age still warmed my heart so much. Quickly looking around...I...pulled up all my courage and tried to create a good mood! There were only us two around here! Let’s try to make a good memory here! It wasn’t like we’d be punished for having a quick kiss or something! At times like this, I needed to act like a man! After making my resolve, I was about to take Rias to somewhere with a nice atmosphere...
“Hey, Rias, let’s...”
Just when I was about to ask her...
We heard screams coming from somewhere nearby!
“What’s going on?”
We both looked at each other briefly and ran towards the place where the screams were heard. Once we reached the outside...a certain man wearing a helmet resembling a dragon was laughing while leading the men dressed in black.
“Hahahahahaha! Run! Run! You bunch of ignorant people!”
Looking around, we saw those guys in black were stealing and taking bags from the tourists! That helmet person then announced to everyone over there.
“From now on, this aquarium is under the leadership of I, the leader of Vortex Bunch! All the otter, sea cow, whale sharks, all sorts of fish, I will personally turn all of you into my soldiers!”
And then, the guys in black all shouted something in unison.
That pose they were taking with both their hands above their heads... These had to be the same ones we had kept bumping into! Not only that, this guy just said he was the leader? So the boss had stepped in? Wait, wait, wait, wait... Why the Hell had we been meeting this lot ever since we started at Hokkaido!
Was this on purpose!? Were you guys stalking us or something!? Or was this just bad coincidence? If that was the case, then our luck was utter trash for the past few days... Not only that, this guy was letting out quite a lot of pressure and aura. He wasn’t so weak!
Rias narrowed her eyes and ranted.
“Just like what Ravel said at Fukuoka, these guys seem to be that mysterious costume group thing...”
“Ah~, yeah I guess so...”
All I could do was just agree with her at this point. After exchanging eye contact that seemed to confirm that we had no choice but to step in, we stepped in front of them. I shouted with a voice filled with annoyance at this point.
“Oi, you guys. Stop with all this nonsense.”
Rias also shouted while standing in front of these lot.
“You guys sure are annoying lots of people at the tourist area. I, the Heiress of House of Gremory, and my fiancé Issei will stop you lot.
That was such a Rias-like announcement. Since she said it like it was a Stray Devil extermination job, tension rose... Wait, fiancé!? I-I was honoured, but that was unexpected!
“...I’m correct, right?”
When Rias asked me, I engaged my armour and got into battle position.
“Of course! To become a man that is befitting of your presence, I will continue to work hard!“
Looking at us two, the guy in his helmet smirked.
“Kekeke. Such an enthusiastic boy and his girl. But there is no one who can penetrate the barrier of my guardian. Our guardian that boasts the highest defence characteristic out of everyone in my organisation, Final Death Shisa, will be protecting me! Show your might!”
That guy called upon something, but no-one showed up. Frowning, that guy asked one of the black-clothed guys.
“...Hm? Where did Final Death Shisa go?”
Then, that guy explained the situation to his boss.
“T-That is, maybe he got lost... He hasn’t joined us yet.”
Hearing that, the leader went into shock.
He just barely managed to get those words out of his mouth. It looked like he was so shocked at that news that his energy weakened. ...W-Well, should we attack now?
“...W-We can get rid of them now, right?”
Rias, with a dumbfounded expression on her face, nodded.
“Yeah, looks like they’re bad guys, so let’s quickly wrap this up.”
When I and Rias approached them, that guy in the helmet, as if he was making a final stand, emitted an overwhelming aura from his body!
“Fine! You red-haired girl and red armour boy! We will defeat you! Do not take the leader of Vortex Bunch, Kaiser Vortex, so lightly!!”
That guy then commanded the people to attack us! And just like that, our little weirdo extermination started...
A few minutes later... We defeated that weird group. The guy in the helmet was actually quite strong, so I had to keep my armour active this whole time. But thanks to the combo attack from me and Rias, including those guys in black, their organisation was obliterated. And since it felt weird handing this guy over to the police, we left this case to Ikuse Tobio-san. It looked like they were one of the organisations that he was chasing after, so Ikuse-san came as soon as we called. The House of Gremory also took care of the rest. Soon after leaving the aquarium, we went on a walk around the beach.
“It’s a beautiful beach.”
While walking through this beautiful white beach, we talked. I was interrupted when I wanted to make a good mood between us, but since we ended up being together with just us two, I guess it was all fine? Rias, who was walking just in front of me, turned around and smiled at me.
“Hey, Ise. You know, I want to travel all over the place with you. Not just here on Earth, but also places in the Underworld...”
“Yeah, me too. I don’t know when we will be able to, but I promise to go with you... No, actually, I will take you anywhere you want. Next time, let’s go on a date with my car.”
The lifespan of a Devil was really long, so it was possible to go everywhere we wanted to. We could walk on any soil we wanted... Rias, whose red hair was fluttering with the wind, smiled and looked at the blue sky.
“Yes, I can’t wait. But I want to go on trips with the others as well.”
“That too, let’s go. We’ve got plenty of time left.”
We continued to talk like that. ...Rias, I’ve decided. I had become a High-class Devil, but there were many things I was lacking. So I wanted to learn many things in my life. My life serving you is amazing...but now, I had become a High-class Devil myself. So, by going independent, I wanted to walked into my future with my own two feet. And most of all, I wanted to become a man that could stand next to you, the Heiress of the House of Gremory and a person who wanted to become the Champion of the Rating Game. I would become a man who could proudly stand next to you. Yes, I would become a man that was most befitting of you... Therefore, when this graduation trip finished, I would start my journey... I wanted to enter the International Rating Game where Vail, Sairaorg-san, Cao Cao, Saji, Dulio, Ikuse-san, many Gods and rivals that I hadn’t met were waiting, and I wanted to win against all rivals that had entered the game. Of course, even if the opponent I faced would be Rias, I...
...But Rias, this is what I thought. Until that person, until Azazel-sensei returned, I should strive to become an amazing man. ...Azazel-sensei. During the trip, everyone at one point made a lonely expression on their faces. Most likely, we were still chasing the shadow of our Sensei even unconsciously, that even in the most unlikely situation, he would just randomly turn up and join us in our trip. I...wherever I went, I would look out for Sensei’s shadow.
“Ah! There he is!“
...Just then, I heard the voice of Xenovia. When I turned around, everyone (who had changed their clothes) was chasing after us!
Asia was pouting and was on the verge of crying! Damn, somehow, they had found us! How the hell did they manage that? Actually, if it was these guys, finding us wouldn’t be that hard. They were quite good at sensing where we were!
“Ise-san! Rias-nee-sama! You guys are so mean! What are you doing leaving us alone!?”
Ravel was also chasing after us with a notepad on her hand.
“We’ve decided on the order with that tournament! Let’s start rubbing oil!”
Oh right, oil rubbing! They had finally managed to set an order! Meanwhile, Xenovia showed me and animal (?) she was hugging.
“I caught a Shisa just over there! I’m thinking of keeping it as my familiar!”
Xenovia was holding onto a black Shisa. So they really did exist. Looking at everyone, Rias laughed and pushed my back toward them.
“Ufufu, it looks like skinship between your peerage will be a priority, rookie King-san.”
Ahahaha, it looked like we were ending this with a good mood. With a lecherous face, I raised my fingers and said to the girls.
“Ha! Well, since it came down to this, I’ll rub oil on you guys as much as you want! There’s no point in hiding your breasts now! Show me your breasts with all your might!”
I didn’t manage to have a kiss with Rias! So, as compensation, I would rub oil on everyone here!
“Then, will you rub oil on me once we get back as well?”
Even Rias said something like that! Well, we came this far, so let’s go all the way with this! Hey, Azazel-sensei. I would try my best to become a King, and also a Harem King, so be prepared to listen to my story once you come back!
Translator's Notes and References
- This is supposed to be Hokkaido dialect
- TN Pentagram is related to devil/bad luck, and he’s a fortune teller who still uses that name.
- Osaka accent this time
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