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Signs of the Radical Faction
Saturday, December 5
Higashihongan Sanae was in a great mood.
She flew in circles above Koutarou and the others while
laughing loudly. Her recently nonstop smile was shining
brighter than ever.
In contrast, Theiamillis Gre Forthorthe was in a bad mood.
Her sharp glare revealed her poor mood.
Sanae landed down in front of Koutarou while making a V
"Amazing, good job."
Koutarou patted a happy Sanae on the head.
"Sanae-sama is so strong at tennis.”
"Fufuh, Papa and Mama have trained me since I was small
Sanae proudly responded to Ruth's statement as she circled
around to Koutarou's back.
"Hmm, then Sanae-chan's parents must be really good.”
Having had her parents praised, Sanae was delighted. She
clung onto Koutarou's back as always.
"Well then, let's go home before it gets cold!"
The time was now 3PM, so there was still some time before it
got dark. However, since it was now December and winter
had already begun, once it got dark it got cold right away.
Today, Koutarou and the others had used their Saturday to go
to a sports park and play tennis. The participants were
Koutarou, Sanae, Shizuka and the princess and assistant from
Forthorthe; for a total of five people. Aside from Ruth, the rest
of them were all athletic.
Koutarou, being a man on top of being athletic, was obviously
good at tennis, but surprisingly enough, the strongest at
tennis amongst the girls was Sanae.
Even as they headed home, Sanae was still in a good mood.
There was quite a distance between the sports park and
Corona House, but Sanae's excitement lasted throughout the
"Praise me more, you bastardi’”
"Splendid, my lady."
“It was not a big deal."
Sanae kicked her legs in an adorable fashion fitting for her
age as Koutarou continued along the sidewalk.
“Splendid or not, Koutarou was the amazing one."
However, Theia was still in a bad mood. She couldn't accept
that she had lost to Sanae.
“Your highness... fufufu..."
Seeing Theia like that, Ruth gently smiled as if watching over
a younger sister.
“Don't be such a sore loser Theia. The body might have been
Koutarou's, but I was the one moving it. So it was my
victory i , “
“If I could do the same, I wouldn't have lost!”
What Theia couldn't accept was that Sanae had possessed
Koutarou and used his body to play against her.
Similar to when they had played Jenga, Sanae had borrowed
Koutarou's body to play. She could use her spiritual powers to
control the racket, but it tired her and her accuracy would
drop. A ghost's telekinesis, or poltergeist, had a wide range of
use, but it wasn't suited for use over a long period of time.
Because of that, Sanae had possessed Koutarou. Doing that,
she remained undefeated, resulting in her being in such a
However, it could be said that the reason that she won was
Sanae's experience and Koutarou's athletic abilities.
If, for example, Sanae had played against Shizuka or Theia
before she became a ghost, there was a possibility that she
wouldn't stand a chance. That was why Theia was in such a
“That might be true, but that means that this victory was
thanks to the bond between me and Koutarou! Right,
“Yes, yes, that's true."
But what bothered Theia even more was Sanae and
Sanae was able to manipulate Koutarou's body quite freely,
and that was because Koutarou had accepted Sanae into his
heart. If he had resisted, she probably wouldn't have been
able to control him. Even if she could, the movements would
come out as awkward. Playing an active sport in that
condition would be impossible. Since she could, it meant that
Koutarou was really trusting of Sanae.
So seeing how well they got along, Theia couldn't calm down.
If I was a ghost, would Koutarou let me do the same as Sanae?
“Koutarou, say it in a more loving fashion.”
“How would I do that- hey, what's wrong Theia?”
A nearby voice rang out. Surprised by the close proximity of
the voice, Theia looked up and saw Koutarou staring at her
face with a worried look.
“You don't look so good, are you tired?”
“Ah, uhm, no, that's not it. I-I'm fine!”
Koutarou nodded but he kept staring atTheia's face. Being
stared at with that earnest look, Theia was unable to calm
down for a different reason. And as if to escape from his
glance, she looked down.
As I thought, she seems to be feeling down...
Having looked at Theia for a while, that's what Koutarou
decided in the end.
At that point, Koutarou presented his right hand to Theia.
Not understanding the reason for the right hand, Theia looked
at Koutarou and his hand.
During that time, Theia's brain was working as hard is it could
to find an answer.
Eventually, Theia reached a conclusion and took action. She
reached out with both of her hands and grabbed onto
Koutarou's right hand.
T-This is really what he means...
Theia could feel Koutarou's warmth through his hand. It felt
like the parts touching were burning hot. However, Theia
showed no signs of letting go; instead she grabbed on even
'Theia, what are you doing?”
Having had his hand grabbed all of a sudden, Koutarou
looked at Theia with a confused look. The action Theia had
taken was different from his intentions.
“Your luggage. If you're tired, I'll carry it for you, so hand it
It looked like Theia was tired, so Koutarou decided to carry
her luggage for her.
That was when Theia finally realized.
She understood why Koutarou had presented his right hand,
that she was grabbing onto his hand, that it was her own
misunderstanding and that this situation was confusing
"Uwawa, t-this is, uhm, this is!!"
Having understood everything, Theia panicked and hurriedly
released Koutarou's hand.
“W-Wait, Koutarou! You're wrong, that's not what I meant!"
Theia tried to smooth things over and desperately began to
make excuses. She was desperate to hide that she had
misunderstood the situation.
"Hm? Aren't you tired?"
“T-That's not it- well, I am tired, but-! But-!"
Theia was so embarrassed she couldn't look at Koutarou. She
desperately kept talking while staring down on the ground.
“In that case, here."
And almost as if he had planned for it, Koutarou's hand enters
At that moment, Theia recalled the sensation of Koutarou's
hand. Remembering that feeling, her face began to heat up.
"N-No more, I... I-!"
Just as Theia was about to say something, Shizuka opened
“Satomi-kun, Satomi-kun, isn't that Kiriha-san?"
“...Ah, you're right!"
As Koutarou turned around, Theia could see his big back and
Sanae clinging onto him.
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As she saw that, she cooled down instantly.
“Over there, Koutarou."
“I got it, that's certainly Kiriha-san."
Between Koutarou and Theia was Sanae, and their distances
to Koutarou easily extinguished Theia's burning emotions.
Theia mortifyingly bit her lip and a new feeling began
springing up from inside.
Just what am I so discouraged with... ? What is leaving me so unsatisfied... ?
Theia was deeply discouraged. She couldn't even care less
about Kiriha's appearance.
However, unlike her master, Ruth was smiling.
Her highness will realize her own feelings any moment now...
Up until now, Theia had never let any stranger near her. She
had never opened herself up to anyone but Ruth. That Theia
now desired someone else. Ruth had always been waiting for
Unaware of the complex feelings the master and servant
from Forthorthe were feeling, Koutarou, Sanae and Shizuka
stared at Kiriha.
“What's she doing?"
“Looks like she's... cleaning?"
Kiriha was in front of the city hall. There, a lot of people from
the neighborhood had gathered, and Kiriha was mixed in with
She was wearing her native kimono that she wore in private,
in the middle of sorting large plastic bags. The bags were full
of garbage that had been picked up and gathered throughout
In other words, she was helping the neighborhood association
But why is she picking up garbage? And why is she wearing that outfit in
front of people?
Koutarou felt something was odd with Kiriha today.
For starters, he didn't understand the reason why Kiriha was
helping clean the city. He couldn't think of a reason she had
to; after all, she was an invader.
On top of that, her outfit was another problem. Normally,
when Kiriha went outside, she would wear her high school
uniform or some fashionable clothing from the surface. That
was in order to blend in, but for some reason, she wasn't
disguising herself today. She was wearing her native outfit
and announcing her presence.
“Look, Satomi-kun, there are other people wearing the same
outfit as Kiriha.”
At that moment, several girls exited the city hall. Although
the specific details were different, they were indeed wearing
similar outfits to Kiriha.
They grouped up with Kiriha and began talking about
something before joining up with the neighborhood
association to help carry the garbage bags.
“Which means, they're all Kiriha-san's allies?”
Seeing them together like that, Koutarou assumed they were
all allies, but his words made Sanae's face turn pale.
“This is bad, Koutarou! If they're Kiriha's allies, they're all
from the underground, right!? They're here to invade the
Kiriha's goal was to invade the surface, she said so herself.
And now that her allies had appeared, it must mean their
goal to invade the surface was starting. Sanae panicked at
However, that line of thinking didn't seem right to Koutarou.
He tilted his head as he looked at Kiriha and her allies.
“What's wrong, Koutarou!? If we don't hurry and do
something about them, our home and this city will be in
Irritated by Koutarou, Sanae pointed her finger at Kiriha and
the others and repeated herself. But Koutarou kept tilting his
“Is that really so...?”
“What are you hesitating for!?”
“Now, now, just calm down Sanae.”
“As if I could calm down in this situation!? The invasion has
“...I don't think it's started though.”
Koutarou remained calm because he didn't think the surface
invasion had begun.
“That can't be it! They're definitely invading!”
“But, Kiriha-san and the others are only cleaning, you know?”
That was the primary reason for Koutarou to assume they
weren't invading. No matter how you cut it, Kiriha and her
allies were volunteers, helping to clean the city. The only
special thing about them was their outfits, and they were
working in harmony with the neighborhood association.
'They're only trying to make it look like they're cleaning,
behind the scenes they're definitely—"
Sanae was still persistent, but...
...even to Sanae it looked like they were only cleaning. Her
voice dropped and she stopped mid-sentence. Not even
Sanae could believe that filling bags with garbage was for the
sake of invading the surface.
"Yeah... Hey Koutarou."
"Why are they cleaning?”
"I don't know either.”
"Really... why are they cleaning..."
He knew that it wasn't to invade the surface, but even then,
Koutarou didn't know why they were helping clean the city.
That night, after breakfast...
Koutarou would feel too anxious to leave his question
unanswered, so he decided to flat out ask Kiriha.
"Fufun, you're ten years too young to try and beat me!”
"Curse youuuu, in that case, Yurika, let's combine!"
"No way! I'd rather lose than be possessed!"
Fortunately, Yurika, Theia and Sanae were glued to the TV
playing games, leaving only Kiriha and Ruth by the tea table.
With the three noisy ones occupied, this was his chance.
Ruth put down three cups and began pouring tea. While
listening to that sound, Koutarou mentioned the topic on his
mind. Fie didn't think it was that much of a deal, so he sensed
no danger and asked in a casual tone of voice.
"On our way back from tennis we saw you and some other
girls. You were cleaning by the city hall, right?"
"If you were looking you could have just come up and said
Kiriha didn't deny it; instead, she smiled at Koutarou.
Ruth put down the tea cups in front of Koutarou and Kiriha.
After saying her thanks, Kiriha picked up her cup. Koutarou
picked up his own cup and continued talking.
"I'll do that next time. So, Kiriha-san, why did you volunteer
to help clean?”
"Does it bother you?”
Kiriha smiled as she said that and placed her lips on the cup.
After that, Kiriha suddenly looked at Ruth with surprise.
"Ruth, this isn't the tea we usually get. What's happened?"
"Actually, when I went shopping yesterday, I got this as a
"You mean that teahouse... hmm, let's get this from now on.”
As Kiriha stared at the tea cup in her hand with a delighted
expression, Koutarou's doubt began growing.
Does Kiriha-san really intend to invade the surface?
Koutarou couldn't imagine the cleaning or the tea topic being
words from an invader.
"Well yeah, it bothers me. You're from the underground but
you're bringing your allies up to clean the city. Anyone would
wonder the same thing."
"Fufufu, now that you mention it, that might be the case."
Kiriha smiled lightly and tilted her head.
"Lately, I've almost been forgetting that I'm an invader."
Koutarou found that feminine gesture preferable.
“Then forget I said anything."
“I can't do that. Actually, Koutarou. That cleaning is part of
With those unexpected words leaving Kiriha's gently smiling
lips, Koutarou instinctively spat out the tea in his mouth.
Ruth also looked on in surprise. She was also unable to hide
“You're kidding, right!? What would cleaning have to do with
Right now, Koutarou felt both surprise and disappointment.
That's weird. Why am I disappointed... ?
While Koutarou still doubted Kiriha, he was puzzled by the
fact that he was disappointed that her invasion had begun,
even though he knew from the start that Kiriha's goal was to
invade the surface.
“Could it be that you're only pretending to be cleaning so you
could poison the water supply!?"
“Of course not. That's undoubtedly cleaning."
Koutarou was confused, his mouth was wide open. Kiriha
could easily tell that he was dumbfounded.
“Fufufu, look at your own expression, Koutarou. Is it really
that strange that I would volunteer to clean the city?”
Kiriha cheerfully laughed as she looked at Koutarou's
confused expression and revealed a healthy, feminine smile.
"Ah, no, that's not it... I just can't connect invasion and
"Well, they are connected, Koutarou. Actually, that kind of
thing is the most important."
As Kiriha wiped away a tear of joy from her eye, she began
explaining to Koutarou.
"You can't just use violence and force your way when you
Koutarou was confused. In his head, invasion was done
through the use of powerful weapons.
"In fiction, they certainly use force. But reality is different.
Even if you rule through power, the natives will eventually
"...If I'm not mistaken, several decades ago a country called
Germany began several invasions, but the countries that had
been invaded still had very active resistances, right?"
Ruth, who had kept quiet up until this point, spoke up. Eight
months had now passed since she first arrived at Earth.
Thanks to that, she had begun to get a grasp of Earth's
"That's correct. They were unable to earn the support of the
people they had invaded, and those people eventually
rebelled. The result of which, need not be said."
In the end, the resistance cooperated with the allied forces
and regained their freedom by repelling the German army.
The moral of the story is that if you try to rule through force,
resistance will be born.
“So there's a limit to how long you can control things through
“Yes. Especially for the minority like ourselves, it won't be
easy to maintain rule through power. That method won't
“So that's why you were helping clean the city?"
“That's right. If we don't become familiar with the locals and
get close, we'll never be able to invade, in the true meaning
of the word. We have nothing to fall back on so we have to
The People of the Earth were unable to stop their decline in
population. Because of that, they planned to appear on the
surface and spread their influence. Kiriha was proceeding
with the safest way of invasion.
“What we fear the most is that you surface dwellers will label
us as a dangerous group, like terrorists or guerillas. If that
happens, the invasion will get prolonged, and we will be
ruined underground. That would be bad."
Once labeled as a terrorist or guerrilla group, it would take
several decades to rid themselves of that reputation. During
those several decades, the People of the Earth would only
decline even further. In that case, spending a little more time
to build a harmonious relationship with the surface dwellers
would be better.
“Hmm, so there are several kinds of invasions..."
“We've examined the history on the surface up until now, so
we've had a lot to think of.”
In reality, anti-government guerillas that create hospitals,
schools or wells for the populace are extremely troublesome.
Because the locals cover them, they are near impossible to
completely wipe out.
Taking that into account, Kiriha decided against the use of
force and instead focused on getting along with the locals.
The volunteer job from before was the first step for that.
“Well, that's troublesome.”
Having understood everything, Koutarou let out a heavy sigh.
Even though he had gotten a solid understanding of the
situation he was still perplexed.
“What's so troublesome?”
Kiriha cheerfully smiled. She already knew what Koutarou was
“Even though your invasion has already begun, I can't stop
you. You're not doing anything bad after all.”
“Koutarou, that's what a true invasion is. If you could tell it
was an invasion from first glance, that would just be simple
As Kiriha said that, she filled her mouth with the tea from her
cup. She nodded approvingly as she presented the cup to
“Ruth. Excuse me, but may I have another cup?”
“Yes, right away.”
Ruth began preparing another cup of tea right away. While
looking at Ruth, Koutarou thought to himself.
IfKiriha told me to hand over the room now, what would I say?
Eight months ago, Koutarou completely refused her demands.
But what if she had done the same now?
Koutarou didn't have the confidence that he could refuse as
confidently as he had back then.
Below Corona House was a secret base that Kiriha had built.
If you flipped over the tatami mat closest to the entrance of
the room, you would find a tunnel leading towards it.
The tunnel had been completely paved with concrete, and
there was no soil in sight. There were lights at regular
intervals, illuminating the tunnel. It was so well made it could
be confused with an underground shopping center.
Kiriha was passing through that tunnel, heading for her secret
base. It was now almost midnight. She planned on returning
to her room and going to bed.
The sound of Kiriha's shoes echoed throughout the tunnel,
creating a jarring noise. The biggest flaw of the tunnel would
be the sounds of her footsteps.
The length of the tunnel was roughly 50 meters. After turning
a couple of corners and climbing down two sets of stairs, she
had arrived at the entrance of her base, a metallic door.
Kiriha opened the door in an accustomed manner and
Inside was a clean and orderly room. It was roughly three
times the size of Koutarou's room. Inside were three doors:
one led to room 106, another led to Kiriha's underground
hometown and the last door led to her private room. The
other things in this room included a device used for
maintenance on her haniwas, a weapons depot and several
Once Kiriha entered the room, the haniwas headed for the
maintenance device right away.
“Ho-! Good night Ho-!“
“H 0 H 0 -! See you tomorrow, nee-san!"
Amongst the things inside the room, the maintenance device
was the largest. Although it was used for maintenance on the
two small haniwas, it was also large enough to allow freedom
of movement inside. The haniwas didn't just enter the device
to go sleep, but it also served as a repair station. The
haniwas pressed a switch to open a hatch and entered the
“Good night, Karama, Korama."
After watching the tempered glass hatch shut, Kiriha headed
towards the computers. On her way, she passed by the
The weapons depot held different armaments for Kiriha and
various attachments for the haniwas. The last time Kiriha had
opened the depot was when she had fought against Theia. In
order to break through Theia's powerful shield, she had to
equip the haniwas with spiritual energy weaponry. However,
after that incident, she had never opened the depot since.
She hadn't even touched the weapons intended for her.
Although she looked like she was the most set on invasion, in
reality, she was the most peaceful amongst the residents of
room 106, possibly even more so than Koutarou.
Because of that, she passed by the weapons depot without
even looking at it.
Apart from monitoring the base and controlling the
maintenance device, the computers could be used to
communicate with her hometown and more. Before going to
sleep, she was going to confirm that there were no
"Hmm, a message.”
As she took a look at the monitor, Kiriha saw a message
notification. She touched the notification and opened up the
"From the Chief, huh."
The Chief wasn't just her boss, but also her father. Ever since
she had been selected as the commander for the surface
invasion, she had started calling him Chief.
Kiriha read through the message. In it said to contact him
directly and give him a status report.
Kiriha revealed a small smile. Whenever her father wanted to
see his daughter's face, he would leave a message like this.
Ever since Kiriha's mother passed away ten years ago, her
father had raised her on his own. Because of that, Kiriha
knew that he was worrying about her. She smiled and opened
up a program on the computer and called him.
The ringtone only lasted for a few seconds before a middle
aged man's face appeared on the screen. Although he was
wearing a beard and had a dignified appearance, his eyes
shone like that of a child's. Fie was Kiriha's father, and the
chief of the clan: Kurano Daiha.
"It has been a while, Chief.”
Kiriha revealed a mischievous and happy smile, one that she
rarely showed to the residents of room 106.
Judging from how short the wait was, Kiriha determined that
he had been waiting for her call.
“Again with the Chief... you can just call me father. It's just
the two of us talking after all."
“However, the message was to deliver a status report. This
isn't a private conversation."
Kiriha continued while withholding her laughter. Her
expression was something she would only show to someone
she truly trusted. Seeing that, Daiha frowned exaggeratedly.
“Lately you've started to not only look like her, but also act
like her. Even the parts you don't need to. You know what I
mean, you bully..."
“Then let's get our business over with."
Daiha stopped acting like a child, corrected his posture and
put on a serious expression. His glance was sharp and gave
off the impression of a man with a strong will. That was the
expression of a Chief. Following suit, Kiriha put on a serious
expression. From here on they weren't family, but Chief and
“So, what's your status?"
“Plan A is progressing smoothly, and stage one is complete.
We've begun on stage two. We're building up our trust with
the surface dwellers."
Kiriha had come up with two major plans for a surface
invasion, plan A and plan B. Plan B involved Kiriha overseeing
the problematic room 106 directly. And plan A was being
carried on separate from that.
Plan A had been divided up into several stages.
The first stage was securing a base. In order for the
underground people to get up to the surface, they needed to
secure a place of dwelling. Selling off the rare metal Kiriha
and the others were hoarding, they had bought up a lot of
real estates in the city. And since they reached their target
amount the other day, they had begun on stage two.
The second stage was getting along with the surface
dwellers. Kiriha and the others had begun participating in
events and volunteered to help the city. They were showing
off that they were good neighbors. This was the trickiest part
of Kiriha's plan; a single misstep could risk the entire plan. So
they proceeded carefully. That's what Kiriha had been doing
when Koutarou and the others had found her cleaning.
“And what response have the surface dwellers given?”
“Great, for the most part. The people that found employment
in the local industries seem to have had a large influence.”
Infiltration of local industries was part of the second stage for
plan A. There were plenty of people that had found
employment within agriculture, fishing, welfare and the likes.
Once they had infiltrated those industries and become a key
part of it, they would at least be able to avoid ruin should
something unexpected happen.
“I see, so it's progressing smoothly.”
“Yes. At this rate, we'll be able to spread our influence
through this entire city within ten years.”
Next, they were planning to advance up the social hierarchy
of political and financial circles. If they didn't secure a
foothold within those circles, they would have trouble
acquiring any real power. They needed to integrate into the
region even more. However, Kiriha wasn't pessimistic; the
response to them was gradually changing. If nothing major
happened, the People of the Earth would be able to survive
on the surface. That's what Kiriha had begun feeling as of
"And what about plan B?"
"That's proceeding smoothly as well- or that's what I'd like to
say. But the situation is going back and forth as usual."
"It seems to be a complex situation."
"Yes. Apart from us, there are several other factions targeting
Plan B was about occupying Corona House's room 106.
If they were able to gain control of room 106, they would be
able to rebuild their ancestors' altar. Since the altar also
served as an efficient place to gather spiritual energy, they
would be able to mass produce spiritual energy weapons like
Karama and Korama.
"That said, with plan A proceeding smoothly, I don't believe
there is any reason to worry about the delays in plan B."
In the end, plan B was just an insurance. It was only intended
to be used if the peaceful integration of plan A failed, that is,
in case the army on the surface attacked them. Because of
that, since plan A was proceeding without a hitch, there was
no need to rush plan B. Instead, rushing along with plan A
might only cause more damage.
“I am of the same opinion. However, Kiriha, the radical
faction has begun moving lately.”
"As we feared, they're making their move then?”
Daiha nodded with a frown.
The People of the Earth were not united as one. There were
several clans that held power, but they not were completely
unified. Amongst the clans were those that wished to use
force to invade the surface swiftly, a radical faction. To them,
Kiriha's methods were too naive.
"If we can't hold them back, we might need to abandon plan
A. In that case—”
"Plan B would be a necessity.”
"That's right. We'll try to restrain the radical faction's
movement from here, but you should keep an eye out as
well. There might be those that would target you directly."
While Kiriha nodded at Daiha, she understood why he wanted
her to contact him with this timing. He didn't just want to see
his daughter's face but he was also worried about her safety.
In the worst case scenario, I might need to defeat those people...
The faces of the residents of room 106 popped up in Kiriha's
head. Sanae, Theia, Ruth, Yurika and Koutarou. If the radical
faction caused a scene, they would need to reconstruct the
altar as soon as possible. With their inferior numbers, they
would need a large amount of spiritual energy weapons or
they would face ruin. Because of that, there might arise the
need to defeat and dispose of Koutarou and the others.
But could I do that... ?
They had spent a lot of precious time together during these
past eight months, and that troubled Kiriha. She couldn't
imagine pointing a weapon at Koutarou and the others.
At this moment, Daiha's expression loosened up. It wasn't the
expression of a Chief, but of a caring father.
Sensing that, Kiriha returned to herself.
"Won't you come back and take a groom?"
"A groom... Are you telling me to get married?”
"Yes. If you do that, our support will strengthen and the
influence of the radicals will wane. You'll be safe and you
won't have to fight against opponents you don't want to fight
Daiha's idea was simple. He wanted to restrain the radical
faction through a political marriage.
It didn't matter if she married someone from the radical
faction or any other influential person. If Kiriha's influence
grew, the radicals would lose their power.
But in the end that was just a front. Front and foremost,
Daiha didn't want his daughter in any danger.
However, despite understanding all of that, Kiriha shook her
“You've become as stubborn as your mother as well."
“That's not... but father, if I leave the surface now, I won't be
able to restrain the radical faction. We need to avoid that no
Even if she were to take a groom, it wouldn't resolve the
situation right away. They would need to lay down the
groundwork and adjust the schedule, even more so because
it would be a political marriage. During that time, the radical
faction might make a move while Kiriha was away. There
would be no point in marrying if the radical faction caused a
scene before the marriage.
“Hmm... even if you were to marry, if we can't stop the
Seeing Daiha's response, Kiriha let out a small sigh of relief.
She took out a single card from her pocket. It was an aging
card with a metallic sheen.
Kiriha had one more reason for why she couldn't get married.
And that was this card. Before she could accomplish the
desires this card held, she didn't have the option of getting
Dawn, 7AM. The Sunday morning in room 106 starts, as
expected, with Ruth.
Although the days started later in the winter, at 7AM the sun
began shining into room 106. However, even with that, it
wasn't enough to warm up the room, and it was cold enough
for Ruth to see her breath as she entered the room.
The first thing Ruth did was search the room for Koutarou.
Since his sleeping habits were so poor, he would often lie
next to the gate leading to the Blue Knight, and Ruth and
Theia would then step on him as they entered the room.
”Ah, good, he's sleeping over there.”
She only put her head through the gate to look for Koutarou.
After confirming his location, she stepped out of the gate,
careful to not make a sound. Although not even loud sounds
would wake up Koutarou, the proper Ruth valued manners
"If you sleep in a place like that you'll catch a cold, Satomi-
Koutarou always laid out his futon in the center of the room,
but right now he was sleeping in front of the wardrobe. Of
course he had no quilt and was lying on his back in his
Ruth's second job was to put a quilt over Koutarou.
However, Ruth almost let out a scream.
"...I'll never get used to seeing this...”
Holding her scream in, Ruth smiled wryly as she covered him
from chest and down.
Sanae's blissful looking sleeping face was sticking out of
Koutarou's chest. It was almost as if Koutarou's pajamas had
an image of Sanae printed on them, but it was in fact the real
Sanae, wearing a nightcap. She was sleeping inside of
Koutarou's body. It was this scene that almost made Ruth
Koutarou and Sanae's snores rang out in a strange harmony.
Lately, Sanae had been complaining about feeling cold, and
often slept inside of Koutarou. Apparently, the inside of
Koutarou's body was comfortable to sleep in. And ever since
she first tried it, it had become her favorite sleeping spot.
Although Sanae liked it, her new sleeping spot was unpopular
with the others. The only thing sticking out from Koutarou's
body was her face, and her limbs would fall out every now
and then. It was an appalling sight that made it look like
Koutarou had grown female limbs. Koutarou himself would
often be surprised and would complain to Sanae. Of course,
Sanae showed no signs of listening to his complaints, and
whenever she saw an opening she would enter his body to
“Today's better than normal, but this is bad for my heart..."
Having finished putting a quilt over Koutarou and Sanae, Ruth
smiled wryly and headed towards the kitchen.
Normally, shortly after Ruth arrived, Kiriha would appear and
the two of them would prepare breakfast together. However,
for some reason, she showed no signs of showing up today.
Ruth ended up preparing breakfast on her own.
“Hmm... So you made breakfast alone today? It looks
“Thank you very much, Sanae-sama."
Receiving praise, Ruth smiled and put down the breakfast on
the tea table. Rice, miso soup, broiled fish and natto, they
were Sanae and Koutarou's favorites.
“That said, Sanae, get out from there."
Even though it was time for breakfast, Sanae refused to leave
Koutarou's body. She cheerfully laughed with her face sticking
through Koutarou's chest.
“If you really hate it then chase me out. Come on, try it."
Sanae reached her arm out from Koutarou's body and poked
Sanae was able to enter Koutarou's body after the two of
them started getting along. So if he really hated it, she
wouldn't be able to stay inside of his body. Knowing that,
Sanae was stubborn.
Hehehe, Koutarou loves me after all!
If Koutarou accepted her, then she would go all out. Sanae's
actions were an expression of her love.
“That's right, Sanae. Can't you at least stop it during
breakfast? Seeing you like that makes me lose my appetite."
“Sanae-chan, at least give us a break with the supernatural
phenomenon in the morning."
However, Sanae's expression of love was also unpopular with
Theia and Yurika. The sight of someone's face sticking out
from someone else's body wasn't very appetizing.
“That's right, Sanae. Do you want me to feel sick while
“Ugh, that would be a problem."
It wasn't enough for Koutarou to chase Sanae out, but this
sight was enough to remove any urge to eat.
And since Sanae always shared her senses with Koutarou,
having him eating while feeling sick wouldn't be very fun for
“So come out."
Sanae reluctantly came out from Koutarou's body. She easily
left his body and in a matter of seconds, she appeared behind
“Sorry for making a fuss during breakfast."
Saying that, Sanae clung onto Koutarou's back, like she
normally did during meals.
Sleeping aside, I think I prefer this normally...
That's what Sanae thought as she clung onto Koutarou. It was
comfortable enough inside of Koutarou, but if she stayed
there, she couldn't do anything for him. She would rather
stick onto Koutarou and mess around with him.
After Sanae got onto Koutarou's back, Yurika's stomach began
growling. With the supernatural phenomenon behind them,
her appetite had returned.
“You really are easy going, Yurika..."
Hearing that, Koutarou pointed at Yurika and laughed.
“T-That's because it's morning, I'm hungry... it can't be
Yurika blushed and desperately made excuses.
“You're just a glutton."
“l-lt's true that it can't be helped but, you... buhahaha."
“S-Sorry for you keeping you waiting, Yurika-sama."
Stifling her laughter, Ruth put down breakfast in front of
Yurika. However, despite the food in front of her, Yurika was
“You're all terrible, treating me like some starved animal."
“W-Well, you know. If you're hungry, eat. You can take as
many extra helpings you'd like today."
Hearing Koutarou's words, Yurika's eyes lit up. Her pouting
expression immediately changed into a smile.
“See, she's just gluttonous."
“Y-Yurika-sama, w-would you like a large portion?”
Koutarou laughed loudly, Sanae grinned behind him and Ruth
stopped moving her hands as she tried to hold her laughter
in. The wooden spoon in her hand trembled slightly.
“T-There's no reason to laugh that much! I'm not gluttonous,
I'm just in my growing phase!"
Yurika had tears in her eyes as she desperately made
excuses. Room 106 was as noisy as always.
Watching that commotion in the corner of her eye, Theia
continued eating her breakfast. In the eight months that had
passed since she first came to Earth, she had gotten skilled
at using chopsticks. She gracefully moved her chopsticks and
put the food in her mouth.
"T-Then there's no need to hold back, grow all you like!
Wa ha ha ha!”
"Ah, that expression tells me you don't believe me!"
"Koutarou, I'm in my growing phase too, I want to eat."
"R-Ruth-san, I'm in my growing phase as well, give me an
extra large portion."
"Of course, right away. Fufufu..."
However, Theia couldn't tell what the breakfast tasted like.
Ever since Sanae had clung onto Koutarou's back, she had
been focused solely on them.
Theia imagined herself clinging onto Koutarou's back. In that
fantasy, she was smiling cheerfully while entrusting her
defenseless body to Koutarou. The moment she thought of
that, Theia was overcome with feelings of impatience.
J-Just what I am thinking... ?
She returned to her senses and looked down. She couldn't
believe she had been thinking about doing the same thing
Sanae was doing.
He's just a vassal! I only need him to swear loyalty for my trial! No more, no
Ever since the second princess's, Clan's, attack, Theia's
feelings had begun changing.
When she first arrived on Earth, she only thought of Koutarou
as some neanderthal on a backwater planet. She just wanted
him to swear his loyalty so she could hurry on back to
However, as time passed, she began wanting to make
Koutarou a true vassal. Because of that, she began smiling at
But now, Koutarou was beginning to exceed the role of a
vassal in her mind. Even if he wasn't her vassal, he would
definitely come to her side when needed. She was certain of
that. But that's why she was confused. She no longer knew
what she wanted from Koutarou.
Theia only returned to the world when one of the tatami mats
suddenly began moving. Just where she had been looking, a
tatami mat slowly rose up, and a person appeared.
Coming out from under the tatami was none other than
Kiriha, Theia just happened to be looking at the tatami that
led to Kiriha's secret base.
“Good morning... That said, you're awfully late today."
Theia's line of thinking stopped alongside the appearance of
Kiriha, and she called out to her in a small voice.
“Actually, I've been working since this morning."
Kiriha flipped over the mat and entered room 106 with a light
step. Shortly after, the two haniwas appeared from behind
“Ho-! Good morning Ho-!"
“How is everyone doing Ho-!"
The haniwas cheerfully greeted everyone as they returned
the tatami mat to its former spot. Since they did the same
thing every morning, they had gotten quite used to this.
“Good morning, Kiriha-san."
Noticing Kiriha's presence, Koutarou greeted her. After she
had greeted everyone, she sat down by the open space in
front of the tea table.
“Ruth, sorry for being late."
“Not at all. It was a good opportunity to try out my cooking
“But why were you late today? You didn't oversleep did you?"
If Yurika had been the one late, Sanae wouldn't have asked
the same question. However, since this was Kiriha, who had
never once overslept, Sanae wasn't the only one interested.
In fact, everyone except Yurika stopped eating and looked at
“Actually, there was some trouble in my hometown, so I
spent the morning dealing with that."
Kiriha had been late because she was formulating
countermeasures for the radical faction she was talking with
her father about. There was a lot for her to do, like contacting
the surface branch and giving orders to her direct
“By hometown, you mean the underground empire, right?"
“Calling it an empire would be misleading... but yes, that's
While receiving a teacup from Ruth, Kiriha nodded at
“By trouble, did something bad happen?"
Even if he asked for details, Koutarou probably wouldn't
understand, and Kiriha probably wouldn't tell anyways. So
Koutarou asked a vague question. When he did, Kiriha
responded with a smile.
“Would you like to know?"
“Well, yes. If it's trouble regarding the underground empire,
I'm not completely unrelated."
Koutarou nodded repeatedly and slightly dropped his
She seems a bit down...
That's what Koutarou felt as he was talking to Kiriha. It looked
to him like she was feeling tired.
“I do think it's unrelated to you however.”
“Kiriha-san, did you forget that you're a part of the
“Ah, that's right."
That's right. I'm one of the People of the Earth, and I'm trying to take this
room from Koutarou...
Kiriha had been frantically trying to stop the radical faction
from moving, so much so that she had partly forgotten that
she was an invader. So it was just as Koutarou said, trouble in
the underground empire could affect Koutarou as well.
“There's no need to worry, Koutarou. Nothing will happen."
“Then that's good."
Kiriha smiled, but Koutarou felt it was different from normal.
Her usual smile was more mischievous than that.
I wonder what's going on...
In truth, Koutarou wasn't all that worried about the
underground empire. He was more worried about Kiriha's
somewhat gloomy expression.
I just hope nothing bad is happening...
Finding it strange that he was worrying about Kiriha, Koutarou
couldn't just leave her be.
For several days, Kiriha seemed very busy.
She would often not show up for breakfast, and sometimes
she wouldn't even go to school. Since she wouldn't explain
the situation, Koutarou could only watch from the sidelines.
Muffler and Part-Time Job
Thursday, December 10
That day, Koutarou was awakened by the familiar sound of a
kitchen knife against a cutting board, and the fragrance of
If I'm not mistaken, this is...
When Koutarou opened his eyes, a window was in front of
him. He had grabbed hold of his pillow and rolled in front of
“Kiriha-sama, it seems we've run out of natto.”
“I understand. I'll buy some later, on my way back.”
Koutarou could hear Ruth and Kiriha's voices coming from the
kitchen, the kitchen knife and miso soup came from those
I see, it's Kiriha-san...
When he turned his head around, he could see the two girls.
These past few days, Ruth had been preparing breakfast on
her own. Kiriha had only been absent for a week, but he was
for some reason relieved.
“By the way, I finished copying the notes you took while I was
away. I'll return them to you later. Thank you.”
“There's no need for thanks, Kiriha-sama.”
Seems like that trouble is over...
Kiriha was just standing in the kitchen, but that's how
Koutarou interpreted it. She was where she had always been,
that alone was enough for him.
“Koutarou... breakfast already...?”
At that moment, Sanae appeared in front of Koutarou. She
was still sleepy and rubbed her eyes.
“No, not yet. You can sleep a bit more.”
Sanae spread her hands and sunk into Koutarou's body.
However just before she completely vanished, she whispered.
“Could you keep that mood up for a while? It feels so
“...Yeah, I'll try.”
After that, Sanae sank into Koutarou's body, as if she was
I see, warm and comfortable...
When Sanae said that, Koutarou realized he was welcoming
the normal Kiriha back.
Yurika was surprisingly sensitive and had a hard time falling
asleep. Having allowed a cockroach to invade the wardrobe
had left her traumatized.
However once she had fallen asleep, she wouldn't wake up
easily. She would keep on sleeping as everyone else headed
She had a hard time falling asleep, and a hard time waking
To her roommates, she was the troublesome type.
"Zzzzz... Zzzzz... Zzzzz..."
"What to do..."
Koutarou showed a bitter expression as he confronted Yurika,
sleeping with her mouth wide open. He was going to wake
her up for breakfast, but no matter how much he shook or
poked her, she showed no signs of waking up.
"Why don't you just leave her be? She's sleeping because she
"No can do. She been late to school enough as it is. At this
rate, she'll be have to repeat a year."
Up until now Koutarou had ignored Yurika's tardiness, but
after hearing from the teacher that she might be forced to
repeat a year, he had made it a habit to wake her up before
"I guess it can't be helped... So how are you going to wake
her up this time, Koutarou? Are you going to slap her again?”
Koutarou began thinking.
So far, he had literally slapped her awake, but Yurika had
complained and forbade him from waking her up with
violence. She cried, telling him that he'd need to marry her if
her face ended up distorted, which caused Koutarou to back
"However, if hitting her is out the question, I have no way of
waking her up."
"I think so too.”
"Zzzzz... Zzzz... Zzzz..."
Unaware of Koutarou's plight, Yurika kept care freely sleeping
while curled up. Then, Theia who was peeking inside the
wardrobe next to Koutarou poked his face with a fan.
"Koutarou, at least now you understand just how hard it is for
us to wake you up in the morning."
"Shut up, Theia!! You have no problem stepping on me with
"Obviously! If I don't, you'd never wake up! Besides, a knight
being woken up by a princess is unheard of! You'd be better
of thanking me!!”
"Who are you calling a knight!?"
"With this loud of an argument next to someone, they'd
normally wake up..."
“Haa~h, l-l can't eat anymore.... Zzzz... Zzzz..."
Yurika was unfazed, despite Koutarou and Theia's arguing.
She kept sleeping with a happy look on her face.
“So what are you going to do, Koutarou."
“Zzzz... Zzzz... l-l'm so full, it feels painful..."
“Painful, right... that's it!!"
Having come up with an idea, Koutarou reached his hand out
“What are you going to do?"
“Just wait and see."
Sanae looked on in confusion as Koutarou touched Yurika's
face. Of course, just having her face touched didn't faze her
“You do this."
Koutarou used his left hand to block her nose, and his right to
close her mouth.
“Good plan! This might just work!"
“I don't think this is that much different from being stepped
on by high heels though..."
“Mhm, mmmh, mhhmmmmm!"
Unable to breathe, Yurika began struggling for air. Her
expression turned into one of pain, and her face was starting
to turn blue. But even then, Yurika wasn't waking up.
“She's not waking up..."
“Wake up Yurika! You'll be late!"
“At this rate, she'll literally never wake up."
After keeping that up for several tens of seconds-
Yurika's eyes open wide, and at the same time her arms and
legs began swinging.
“Woah, don't swing your arms around like that, hurry and
wake up Yurika, you'll be late!"
“Koutarou. Could it be that she's already awake?"
“You think? Are you sure? If she was awake, she'd say
“Let's keep it up a while longer, just in case."
After this event, choking was also banned when waking
“Besides, Satomi-san, you have no sympathy!"
“I'm sorry. I didn't think you couldn't speak because your
mouth was blocked."
“Can't you please notice that right away!?"
Yurika slammed her fists down on her desk. Normally, she
was timid and gentle, but with her life at stake she couldn't
help but get worked up. Yurika's angry voice echoed out
through the classroom, and a lot of their classmates
wondered what was going on as they stared at Koutarou and
“Then wake up more easily."
“Can't you just find any other way!?"
“I can't, that's why I did that. Or would you rather be late?"
That's when Yurika's protests stopped. She wasn't sure if
she'd rather be late or be unable to breathe.
“If you miss more classes, you might have to repeat a year,
T-That's unfair, Satomi-san is unfair!
Yurika understood that Koutarou was worried about her.
He couldn't remember but, in the past, Koutarou had said he
wanted to graduate alongside Yurika. He wasn't lying when
he said that.
That's why she knew that Koutarou was without a doubt,
worried about her. The only problem was that his methods
"Satomi-san, no matter how worried about me you are, there
are some things you just can't do! That was just too much!”
Recently, the feelings that Yurika threw at Koutarou had
begun changing. In the past she would voice complaints and
be selfish, but now there was a different feeling mixed in.
Satomi-san you really aren't being honest! Even though you're more kind
than anyone else!
She was dissatisfied by Koutarou always hiding his true
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry.”
"I'm not saying you should apologize! I just want you to be
Koutarou and Yurika's loud argument continued. Watching the
two from afar, Kenji asked Shizuka who happened to be near
"Kasagi-san, what'd Kou do this time?”
"Well, you see. Satomi-kun and the others were worried
about Yurika's tardiness, and Satomi-kun blocked her mouth
and nose in order to wake her up...”
Shizuka neglected to mention that Koutarou and Yurika lived
in the same apartment and bent the truth slightly.
Thinking about it, it's strange that nothing obscene has happened... Well, I
guess that's just like Satomi-kun...
Shizuka looked at the two arguing and smiled.
“He really doesn't change, does he..."
Having understood the situation, Kenji recalled the school trip
back in junior high school. There, Koutarou woke up in the
middle of the night and played pranks on his classmates.
Apart from choking his classmates, he would draw on their
faces or strip them. In the end he'd roll around the room,
eventually causing a large-scale war.
“Then how am I supposed to wake you up?”
“I can't hit you, I can't choke you, all that's left is pour a
bucket of ice cold water over you.”
“Wouldn't boiling water work? Kiriha and Ruth boil water
when they're making breakfast anyways, we could just use
“At least let it be ice cold water! Anything but boiling water!”
“You sure are picky, geez...”
Koutarou looked at Yurika with an unpleasant expression, she
had begun crying.
Putting down the cell phone in her pocket, Kiriha approached
“There's something I'd like to ask you to do."
“I don't mind."
“W-What is it?”
Seeing his chance, Koutarou jumped at Kiriha's offer.
Meanwhile, Yurika rubbed her eyes to hide her tears from
“Actually, on Sunday, two days from now I was wondering if
you could help me with a part-time job.”
“A part-time job?”
Kiriha's offer was, unexpectedly, a part-time job.
The youth department of the neighborhood association were
planning a hero show, starring the local heroes Harukaze-
man and Kishou-lady. The show was one of the events they
were holding for the anniversary of the Harukaze preschool.
However, lots of people were required for them to hold a hero
show. There were lots of things to do, such as creating the
stage, outfits and props, managers and more. Because of
that, the youth department alone weren't enough, so they
were looking for volunteers.
That led them to Kiriha, who had been actively helping the
community as of late. The youth department ended up asking
Kiriha for help. They had heard that Kiriha had participated in
a play during the culture festival so to them, she was a
godsend. And since Kiriha wanted to integrate into the
society, she happily accepted their offer.
However, since there were only two days, Kiriha couldn't
gather enough of the underground people stationed on the
surface, and asked Koutarou and the others for help.
“So you're telling us to appear at a hero show?"
“Yes. I've asked my acquaintances, but most of them have no
stage experience... In that respect, you and the others have
some experience from the culture festival..."
Kiriha had an apologetic look on her face. She felt sorry for
springing something so sudden on them.
“I see. Yurika in particular acts like she's living inside of a
hero show; she's perfect for the job."
Shizuka agreed and nodded repeatedly.
Before Koutarou had realized, the usual group had gathered
On top of Sanae, Yurika and Kiriha, Theia, Ruth, Shizuka and
Kenji appeared. They all listened to what Kiriha had to say.
“Alright, I understand! Kiriha, just leave it to us!"
Theia's eyes lit up and she pounded her chest. Although it
might have been a hero show for kids, a play is a play. It was
the perfect chance for her to train Koutarou some more.
“I and Koutarou will leave those children speechless with our
“J-Just wait a moment, Theia, you're joining in too!?"
“Rejoice, Koutarou. We'll be having some special training
Theia's eyes sparkled as she looked at Koutarou. Seeing that,
he remembered his hardships from the culture festival.
“Special training!? Do I have to relive that nightmare again!?"
He would wake up to Theia's face every morning. With only
the toilet as his sanctuary, his life was controlled entirely by
Theia. Not allowed to even rest for a moment, he would
spend the entire day being hounded by Theia's shouts, until
he passed his limits and passed out. Theia stayed with him
from the moment he awoke to the moment he passed out.
Theia's special training was so harsh, it made even the
athletic Koutarou think of it as a nightmare come true.
“There's no need to worry, Koutarou."
Theia had an angelic smile. It was a kind smile that
enveloped the frightful Koutarou. However, that smile only
lasted for a moment. It then changed to that of a demon.
“Even if you're a gentle soul or evil incarnate, I will personally
train you! You'll blow away everyone at that stage, two days
“I don't want to! I'll be blown away before then!"
“There's no need to be scared..."
With her eyes sparkling Theia approached Koutarou, step by
step. Her fingers were wiggling, planning on grabbing a hold
“I'm not helping with the show!"
“I won't let you refuse!"
Koutarou shook his head, but Theia refused to let him back
“I don't want to! I'll be knitting instead!"
“I just said I won't let you refuse!”
Theia's powerful will overpowered and erased Koutarou's
protests. Her wiggling fingers finally grabbed a hold of him.
”1 won't let you go until you've spilled your last drop of blood!
I won't accept any protests!! You won't have a day of rest
until you step onto the stage as the Blue Knight once more!!”
Forthorthe Galactic Empire's seventh princess, Theiamillis Gre
Forthorthe was laughing in a manner befitting of royalty fit to
rule over countless stars. Everyone there was overwhelmed
by her majestic presence.
"...If she could just be honest with herself, it would be much
However, Ruth who had grown up alongside Theia was, for
some reason, looking at the two with a cheerful smile.
As Koutarou pushed the button two, three times, a red flame
rose inside the old oil kerosene heater.
This aged heater had been used for several years in the
knitting society, and compared to the more modern versions,
it had terrible performance. But it was more than enough for
a small society consisting of only two people. Since it was
starting to get colder, it was a necessity to continue club
Koutarou turned a dial on the heater to adjust the output. As
he did, the flame's color changed from red to blue, and the
amount of smoke reduced drastically. After making sure that
it was enough, he returned to his seat.
“Thank you, Satomi-kun."
“It sure is cold today."
“It really is. Recently the mornings have gotten a lot colder
Koutarou and Harumi smiled at each other. The two were
sitting close together in front of the heater. In the cold, their
fingers would become less flexible, so the two of them
naturally got closer in order to heat up in front of the heater.
“You sound like an old lady, senpai."
Harumi moved her knitting needles and happily smiled.
Although she was uncomfortable around men, if it was
Koutarou, she had no problems being this close to him.
Harumi wasn't just close to him in person, but she also felt
like they had gotten closer, relationship wise.
“Besides, we're knitting after all."
“That's true, there's nothing youthful about this. Fufufu."
The two of them showed each other their knittings and
laughed. With the cold of December, the surrounding cultural
clubs had calmed down, and the two's laughter echoed
throughout the club building.
Having finished laughing, Harumi started at Koutarou's
“Now that I think about it, that muffler has gotten quite a bit
Koutarou was hard at work, knitting a muffler. At first he had
just been knitting it for practice, but once it reached a certain
length, Harumi suggested he should make it into muffler.
“This is all thanks to you."
“Would you mind showing it to me?"
“I don't mind."
Koutarou stopped moving his knitting needles and presented
her with a bag containing most of the muffler.
“It might be a bit too long for a person to use."
Harumi pulled out the muffler from the bag and spread it out
on a desk. As she said, the muffler was considerably long. He
had been working on it since spring, and it was now reaching
“That's because most of it is so poorly made."
However, the quality of the muffler varied. Since he was
continuing from his practice work, the first part of it had been
made from all kinds of knitting techniques. Koutarou's
crafting skills had been quite poor in the beginning, making
the muffler stand out in a negative way.
“Only the last part of it could be used as a muffler."
That said, having been knitting for eight months, even the
clumsy Koutarou had begun improving, and the last meter
was quite beautifully made.
“Oh, that's not true."
Koutarou didn't think highly of the craftsmanship of his
muffler, but Harumi thought otherwise.
"I love this first part.”
Harumi smiled as she gently patted the first part of the
"This part shows, more than anything, just how hard you've
The first part was from when Koutarou had just begun
knitting. He moved the knitting needles in an awkward
fashion and desperately tried to knit. Harumi who had been
watching him from the side, couldn't imagine that part of the
muffler being worthless. Instead, she felt the opposite; that
first part held the most value.
"You're the only one who would say that, Sakuraba-senpai.”
"Fufu, when it comes to effort, I think that's true in most
That's right, I'm the only one who understands the value of this muffler. This
muffler holds mine and Satomi-kun's memories...
The reason Harumi valued the muffler so highly was because
of the several month's worth of memories that had been
imprinted in it.
Just by looking at a specific part of the muffler, she could
remember what happened at that time.
Looking at the very first part made her remember her
meeting with Koutarou and when he was just starting out in
the knitting society. She remembered that she was so happy
having found a companion.
When she touched the next part, she remembered the sports
festival. She had participated alongside Koutarou, and
The next part was during the summer vacation. She recalled
having met Koutarou at the sea by accident. At that point,
Harumi had begun developing feelings for Koutarou.
At the next part, Koutarou's skills had increased, and he had
tried out various techniques. By then the culture festival was
close and they had stood on top of the stage together. That
was when Harumi became certain of how much Koutarou
meant to her. Just a few days ago, she had Yurika help and
went out to play with Koutarou.
To Harumi, this muffler was proof of her time with Koutarou.
“Mackenzie keeps telling me this is disgraceful for a man."
“Well, it is true most normal men can't quite understand."
Koutarou dropped his shoulders mortifyingly and Harumi
“...Does that mean I'm not a normal man?"
“No, that's not what I meant, really..."
I understand, Satomi-kun...
While finding it humorous that Koutarou's best friend couldn't
understand him, Harumi took pride in that only she knew the
true value of his muffler.
“In that case, I'll harass Mackenzie by giving him this first
part as a Christmas present."
"Y-You can't, Satomi-kun! That would be such a waste!”
Koutarou and Harumi's laughter rang out from the knitting
society's club room. The distance between them had
shortened by the length of the muffler.
After having laughed for a while, Koutarou began moving his
knitting needles once more, Harumi also began working on
her own knitting. However, the two of them continued
“And then, Yurika started crying."
“Nijino-san wanted to play a different role during the play
Back then in spring, Koutarou couldn't knit and talk at the
same time. However after a couple of months, thanks to his
skills improving, he became able to talk during his club
activities. At the same time, Harumi had gotten used to being
alone with Koutarou and often spoke as well.
“That said, she was really good as a horse..."
“Fufufu, not having her desires and talents line up is quite
unfortunate of her."
They were now talking about the part-time job offer that
Kiriha had brought up. Yurika was their common friend, so
talking about her naturally carried on to the part-time job.
In the end, those related to room 106 and Kenji ended up
participating in the hero show. Since the youth department
were obsessed about the star of the show, Harukaze-man,
they had hired a professional to act as him. Koutarou and the
others would be filling in the other roles.
Kiriha, who had brought up the offer, would be playing the
evil executive, Black Rose. Because of her tall stature and
good looks, she was thought to be perfect for the role.
Koutarou would be playing her subordinate, Baron Demon. He
was a charismatic, invincible man committing cruelties with
all of his might alongside his partner, Jet Black King. With the
only men being Koutarou and Kenji, Koutarou was chosen for
the baron role because of his larger body.
And in charge of his partner in crime, Jet Black King, was
Yurika. Her acting of a horse's rear was already at the level of
a master. She appealed to get a different role but since there
was no one else for the role, she ended up getting it. Her
acting during the Blue Knight's play was being praised, but
Yurika was crying.
Theia would be playing the role of Princess Devil. She was the
mastermind behind Baron Demon and the personification of
evil, plotting world domination. Since the Baron Demon swore
his loyalty to her, Koutarou protested this casting. He wanted
Shizuka and Theia to trade roles, but since it would hard to
replace Shizuka, his request was denied.
Shizuka was in charge of Harukaze-man's partner, Kishou-
lady. Since she had experience with martial arts, she had
been chosen as the most suitable for that role. Because of
that, she couldn't be switched out, and Theia ended up
playing Devil Princess. Koutarou cried.
Ruth would be playing a random civilian. At first glance, it
looked to be an easy role, but since she had to let out a
powerful scream with the appearance of Baron Demon, and
then give the crowd an accurate line to fire up the crowd for
Harukaze-man's appearance, it turned out to be quite the
technical role. Since the role required carefulness and
politeness, Ruth was picked.
Kenji would be playing the host. The reason he was picked for
this was because his gentle figure would be better received
amongst the children and mothers, and his opinion that
Koutarou would never be able to play a host. Adapting to the
circumstances and firing up the crowd was something Kenji
was good at. Koutarou complained about this as well, but
As a ghost, Sanae would be in charge of special effects and
helping Koutarou with his lines. Since nobody could see or
hear her, she was perfect as a prompter. And she was the
perfect partner for Koutarou who had a hard time
remembering his lines.
“So what role did you get, Satomi-kun? The lead again?"
“No, this time I'm a villain. I'm playing a heartless villain
called Baron Demon."
Koutarou pulled out a manuscript from his bag and flipped
through the pages.
“Satomi-kun as a heartless villain..."
Harumi tilted her head. In her mind, she couldn't see
Koutarou as a villain. He was a bit mischievous, but she
couldn't connect Koutarou and misdeeds. Because of that,
she got interested in the hero show.
“I'm free on Sunday, so maybe I should go look."
“You're welcome. Everyone's—"
Koutarou was about to welcome her, but halfway through he
noticed something, and revealed a mischievous smile.
“That's right, Sakuraba-senpai, why don't you participate in
the hero show too?"
Harumi was shocked by the unexpected proposal.
"Yes. We actually have too few people, and the script
apparently needs to be rewritten. But if you join in, we should
In the original version, there was one more character. The
civilian that Ruth was playing had a boyfriend. Because they
were lacking people, Kenji had to act as the host, leaving the
boyfriend role empty. Because of that, the script was being
However, if Harumi were to join in, there would be no need to
adjust the script. Harumi and Kenji would be the civilian
couple, and Ruth would become the host. By doing that, they
could use the original version.
"E-Even if you say that... just springing that so suddenly on
me is troubling.”
Harumi, who was normally shy, was perplexed by the sudden
offer to appear on stage. During the culture festival she had
only managed because she was acting with Koutarou.
"You'll be fine. We all just heard about it today too. And if I'm
not mistaken, your role wasn't that hard, Sakuraba-senpai."
Leaving Harumi's perplexed expression aside, Koutarou
cheerfully flipped through the manuscript.
In the original version, the civilian woman's main job was just
to let out a scream as she was abducted. It wasn't that
complex of a role. However, without the boyfriend, all of the
lines spoken between them had to be done by the woman,
increasing the difficulty of the role. Because of that, Koutarou
wasn't all that worried.
"B-But... I don't know if I could do it...”
However, Harumi couldn't imagine being abducted and
screaming. Because of that she was worried she might end
up unable to say any of her lines on stage.
"What is this popular actress saying?"
Koutarou laughed at the hesitating Harumi.
After the culture festival, Harumi's reputation skyrocketed.
She was thought of as cute, but after her masterful acting on
top of the stage she was now becoming a celebrity at
Kitsushouharukaze High School. Since she wasn't that fond of
getting attention, her life was becoming a little harder.
Koutarou who played the lead alongside Harumi was
obscured by her fame, and so his life continued on as normal.
"At the start you flirt with Mackenzie, after that you'll be
abducted by me. You only need to scream from time to time."
"Screaming after being abducted by Satomi-kun..."
After hearing that Koutarou would abduct her, Harumi began
"Gahahahaha, what a good woman. I'll make you my wife!"
"Nooooooooo! Someone save meeee!”
Wearing a pitch black, spiky outfit, Koutarou would abduct
her while laughing out loud.
That sounds a bit fun...
Having hesitated up until now, Harumi began thinking it
would be fun after that fantasy. If it was by Koutarou, she
didn't mind being abducted. Besides, she would often read
books to the children at the hospital, so performing a hero
show at the preschool would fulfill her desires.
“If that's all, then I should be able to..."
“Really? Please help us out!"
As Harumi agreed, Koutarou jumped out his chair in
excitement. He then pulled out his cell phone from his pocket
and called Kiriha. He was going to report that Harumi was
going to be helping out right away.
“A hero show, huh... fufufu..."
While staring at Koutarou who began talking on his phone,
Just a while ago she had been hesitant about what to do, but
now she was looking forward to the hero show, two days from
The Intentions Behind the Invasion
Sunday, December 13
The Sunday weather this morning was clear, and the
anniversary event at Harukaze pre-school had started.
The events scheduled during the anniversary included class
visits and a game tournament. During the tournament, they
would be holding a hero show as entertainment. Therefore,
Koutarou and the others wouldn't appear until the afternoon.
“Now then everyone, it's time for what you've been waiting
Ruth's voice sounded out from the speakers. But there was
still no one standing on top of the stage the youth
department spent an entire night building.
“Let's all call for him together! Haaaruuukaaazeeemaaan!"
Guided by Ruth, the children called out for Harukaze-man.
The next moment, small explosions occurred on each side of
the stage, filling it with smoke. Once the smoke cleared,
there were three people standing on top of the stage. Those
were Koutarou, Theia and Kiriha; the three of them wearing
Koutarou was wearing a pitch black, spiky armor. Theia was
wearing a black formal dress with bat wings on her back.
Kiriha wore a kimono similar to what she always wore, except
it had flashy black roses on it and her hair ornament imitated
the thorns of a rose.
All of the outfits were from the high school's cosplay society,
and they had been designed with the villains in mind.
Theia stood in the center of the stage, crossing her arms and
cockily throwing her head back, while Koutarou and Kiriha
stood on each side of her.
The children of the pre-school had been impatiently waiting
for their hero, but what had appeared instead were those
three mysterious people. The children stared at amazement
with their jaws wide open.
Theia grinned as she looked over the children and waved
around a long cane while shouting in a loud voice.
“That's too bad, kids! Your beloved Harukaze-man won't be
coming! That's because we, the Earth Empire, defeated him!"
After hearing Theia's loud voice, the children were shaken.
Their hero had been defeated.
To them, that was unheard of. They wanted to believe it was
a lie, but in front of them where their hero was supposed to
be were the evil trio. Because of that, the children panicked,
and quite a few began crying.
“You're lying! That's definitely a lie!"
However, one courageous boy stood up. With tears in his
eyes, he pointed at Theia and shouted.
“I won't fall for a lie from some tiny little shrimp like you!”
"What did you just say, you bastard!!”
Hearing that phrase, Theia lost sight of herself and got angry
for real. Since she minded her height and sex appeal, even if
the opponent was a preschooler, those words were
humiliating to her.
"Do you know who you're saying those words to!?”
Theia shook her hair violently and threatened the boy with an
aggressive glare. The boy, who was the target of her
aggressive attitude, froze and swallowed his saliva.
"This is bad, Koutarou, that's not acting!”
"...What are you doing, it's just a kid..."
Having been warned by Sanae, who had memorized
everyone's lines, Koutarou lightly pulled on Theia's dress
while whispered to her.
"...Calm down, Theia."
However, having completely lost it, she ignored Koutarou and
swatted his hand away. Her attention was now focused on the
"I'll show that impolite little brat—"
"...Once we get back, I'll play games with you for as many
hours you want."
Fortunately, Theia reacted to Koutarou's second attempt, and
stopped moving. She then slowly turned towards him.
"...Y-You better not be lying."
"Of course not."
Just how mortified were you...
Tears had begun forming in Theia's eyes. Seeing that,
Koutarou deeply felt that it would be best to do as she
"I understand. You better not go back on your word."
Theia held her anger in and returned to normal. Sensing that,
Kiriha added in an ad-libbed dialog to adjust the play.
"Princess Devil, leave this to I, Black Rose, and Baron Demon.
We'll show this kid that there is no hero."
"Very well, I'll leave it to you."
"Understood. Go, Baron Demon! Make these kids understand
that Harukaze-man has lost!"
"Leave it to me, Princess Devil, Black Rose-sama!"
Thanks to Kiriha's quick wit, the show that was about to
derail returned to normal. Koutarou let out a sigh of relief and
jumped off the stage in accordance to the script, and
approached the seats reserved for the children's guardians.
"You there, come with me!"
He grabbed onto Harumi's arm, who was sitting there, and
pulled her off her seat.
Harumi let out a terrified scream, but she looked at Koutarou
with joy in her eyes.
"Harumi-chan!? Let go of my girlfriend you bastard!!”
As he pulled Harumi away, Kenji who was sitting next to her
came flying at Koutarou. At the exact timing they had
practiced several times-
Koutarou threw his large mantle around. When he did, Kenji
was sent flying and landed on his rear. Koutarou and Kenji's
coordination was perfect; they moved just as they had done
"Wahahaha, too bad youngster! This cute girl will become my
Even though she knew that was just a line in the manuscript,
Harumi couldn't stop herself from blushing. She was
embarrassed but happy; her heart was pounding loudly in her
"Damnit, is there no justice in this world!?”
"That's too bad, justice died alongside Harukaze-manM
Come, Jet Black King!!”
While impersonating a black horse, Yurika came running in
from the side-stage while neighing. This horse was the Baron
Demon's partner, Jet Black King. Yurika's acting was perfect,
and to the kids she looked like a real horse.
“From today on, the age of evil will begin! Harukaze-man is a
man of the past!"
“Save meee~, Kenji-kuuu~n!!"
“Jet Black King, to the wedding hall!"
“How cruel! This atrocious injustice! Can this really be
allowed!? Did justice, did Harukaze-man really die!?"
Ruth's voice echoed throughout the preschool, the children
were sweating and holding their breaths.
From here on, Harukaze-man who supposedly died would
appear and defeat Koutarou and the others. That was the plot
of this show.
However, for some reason, the hero that appeared wasn't
“Let go of that woman, underground people!"
That voice rang out from behind the auditorium. It was a
powerful voice supported by well-trained abs. It carried
through the audience and reached Koutarou and the others
on the stage.
Here he comes, Harukaze-man. — Wait, what?
Since the voice had come from a different place, Koutarou
“Koutarou, something's wrong, look."
According to the manuscript, Harukaze-man was supposed to
appear alongside fireworks while Koutarou was abducting
“As expected from the underground people, you have quite
the unique outfits...”
“Do you have any good looking, manly executives!?”
“It looks like there's a young one, nee-chan.”
“Is there anything delicious around?”
“Why don't you get some of that candy they're handing out
And what's this? There's five of them...
What confused Koutarou even more was the number of
supposed heroes that appeared. According to the plan, only
two were supposed to confront them onstage: the man from
the youth department acting as Harukaze-man, and Shizuka
acting as Kishou-lady. The supposedly defeated Harukaze-
man borrowed Kishou-lady's power to revive. However, what
had appeared weren't two people, but five. Not to mention,
what they were wearing weren't hero outfits, but uniforms
similar to a police officer's.
“...Satomi-kun, who are those people?”
Harumi was confused as well and whispered her doubts to
“Let me try asking."
Koutarou whispered back, and then shouted out.
“Who goes there!?"
In the original scene, this was where Koutarou was supposed
to ask for their identity.
“We have no name to give for the likes that would attack a
preschool! Let's go everyone!"
However, the five declined to answer and rushed toward the
“Even though it's our first battle, there's no need to fear!
Justice lies with us!"
“Senpai, I don't really get it, but they seem to be heroes."
Based on their behavior, Koutarou concluded that the five
were heroes. Their lines and actions lined up perfectly with
how heroes behaved.
“I wonder, is this some kind of surprise?"
“Or maybe there was some trouble, and they called in for
Koutarou and Harumi embraced and stared at each other.
Normally they would be blushing, but in this situation they
didn't even mind it.
“This is not in script."
When Koutarou looked up at the stage, he saw that both
Theia and Kiriha were just as confused as he was. He then
looked at the host Ruth, who should have been told
beforehand, but she looked at Koutarou and shrugged her
Ruth-san doesn't know either. Yurika... obviously wouldn't know... Well,
should we continue?
In the end, Koutarou decided to proceed with the show.
He couldn't imagine the heroes arriving with this timing being
unrelated, and if heroes and villains were gathered, there
should be no problems continuing the show. Whether it was a
surprise or trouble, carelessly cancelling the show would only
disappoint the children.
“Alright, let's continue, Sakuraba-senpai."
Koutarou nodded at Harumi and winked at Theia and Kiriha
on top of the stage. Understanding his intentions, the two of
“I know, leave it to me.”
Koutarou was about to signal Ruth and Kenji as well, but the
two of them had already taken action.
“Justice hasn't died! Look everyone, evil will never prosper!”
“With the absence of Harukaze-man, this mysterious group of
five have appeared! Are they messengers of justice, or have
they only gotten ahead of themselves!? Either way, let's all
cheer for them!!”
Kenji and Ruth fired up the spectating children. As they did,
the children overcame the shock of Harukaze-man being
defeated and cheered at the new heroes.
“You can do it!"
“Beat up those bad guys!"
“Leave it to us, justice always wins!"
As the group of five ran through the center of the auditorium,
they were showered with cheers left and right.
As they got closer, differentiating their figures became easier.
“I'm all fired up!!"
The person running at the front was a short-haired young
man. Based on his appearance, he looked like an athletic
type, similar to Koutarou.
“Let the games begin!!"
Behind him was a short boy. He might have been even
younger than Koutarou and the others. His round face and
large glasses gave him the impression of a young boy.
“Where are the handsome executives!?"
The third was the only woman in the group. She gave off the
impression of having a strong will with her long black hair and
“This candy isn't all that good."
The fourth was a fat man. Not unlike his appearance, he was
a man with a vigorous appetite. Even now he was holding
onto a bag of candy. It was the candy that was being handed
out to the children during this event.
“So this is a fight!"
The last one was a man with long hair and shades. However,
his hairstyle and shades seem to have come from the past.
He looked like an overly motivated teacher that would appear
a long time ago in shoujo mangas.
“...They all seem to be old fashioned characters, but I guess
that's just right for a hero show."
“Did you say something, Satomi-kun?"
“No, senpai, let's get up on the stage too. You too, Yurika."
Koutarou and the others hurried back onto the stage. If they
weren't on the stage before the group of five got there, it
could become a problem during the dialog.
The group of five climbed up the stage in a theatrical fashion.
Koutarou used Harumi as a shield and shouted clearly at the
“Wahahaha, it doesn't matter how many of you there are!
There's nothing for us to fear now that Harukaze-man has
“Noooooo, somebody save meeee!"
Harumi screamed out with perfect timing. She didn't really
want someone to save her. But personal desires and stage
acting were different.
“Curse you, let go of that woman!"
“Very well. I would rather not use my wife as shield either."
Koutarou followed the script and chained Harumi's legs and
bound her to a nearby pillar. Harumi then tugged on the
chains repeatedly to show that she had no way of escaping.
“More importantly, I have no need for hostages! I defeated
Harukaze-man with ability alone!"
The overconfident enemy relinquishes his hostage; it was the
necessary element required for the heroes to turn things
I'll leave the rest to you, heroes.
The preparations had all been made. All that was left was for
the heroes to shine.
“Go, Baron Demon! Crush this impudent bunch!"
“Baron Demon, let us present their heads to Princess Devil!"
“Yes my liege!"
In accordance to Theia and Kiriha's signaling, Koutarou and
Kiriha stepped up while Theia stayed behind and smiled
confidently. The decisive battle was about to start.
“Alright everyone, let's transform!"
The group of five seemed to know the drill as well and began
their transformation sequence.
"Hmm... so they're going to transform here...”
Sanae's words of admiration reached Koutarou's ears.
Unlike in a TV show, transforming live on a stage was
difficult; they would need to use a smoke screen, or cleverly
use their set pieces for the actors to get changed. It also took
quite a bit of coordination and people to pull it off. In reality
(that is, in this Harukaze-man show), there weren't enough
people to do so, and Harukaze-man would appear on stage,
already transformed. Despite that, this group was going to
transform on stage. This impressed Sanae.
"Maybe the ones helping out are real actors...”
"That might be it."
Similarly impressed themselves, Koutarou and Kiriha stared
at the group of five raising their right hands in the air.
They brandished their right hands in the air while using their
left hands to push a button on their belt. From there they
moved both their hands together, drawing a large arc and
finally ending their motion, pointing to the right.
It was a transformation pose so skillfully done that it amazed
Koutarou. Even though he was considerably fond of
transforming heroes, he had nothing to complain about after
seeing that perfect pose.
The group's bodies were covered by white smoke. Inside the
smoke, their unique silhouettes could be seen moving. Once
the smoke cleared, the five warriors wearing round helmets
appeared. It looked like their outfits were completely different
from before. It wasn't just some clever change, but as if they
had changed outfits. It was a splendid transformation for a
However, there was one big problem with their
"All together we are The Sun Squad, Sun Rangers!"
For some reason, the group of five posing with background
music and fireworks were all red.
"Wherever there is love, there is justice! In this world—"
"Quit messing around!!”
The moment he saw them, Koutarou ignored the show and
dashed forward. His face was dyed red by rage and he
smacked the head of the Red Shine standing in the center.
"W-What are you doing, Baron Demon-san!?"
"I don't care! How can you do everything so well and then
trip up at the very end!?"
"J-Just wait a moment, Baron-san, what are you so angry
"As if I'd wait!! Is that it!? Are you the same as Yurika!?"
"What do you mean by the same as me!?”
Koutarou was, of course, angry about the group's costumes.
It was an unspoken rule, or common sense that for a kids'
show, the costumes should differ by color. Because of that,
Koutarou couldn't hide his intense rage when the group of
five had ignored that rule, even more so when everything
leading up to the transformation had been so well done.
"Why would you ruin all of our hard work like that!! Are you
"S-Sorry, Baron-san, I can't quite understand why you're so
angry, this is our first time!!"
"As if I could forgive you because of that!!"
"Oh no, this is not good! All five Sun Rangers are wearing red
"That's it, Kenichi! Baron-san is angry about these suits!"
Hearing Ruth's narrative, the feminine Red Shine whispered
to the center Red Shine. He finally understood the reason
behind Koutarou's anger.
The kids in the audience felt the same way and gave the Sun
Rangers a sceptic look.
"Sensei, why are those Sun Rangers all red?"
“Which one is which?”
“Maybe there's only one real and the rest are fakes?”
“It's just the worst when you wear the same as someone
All of the voices raised negatives points, and the Sun Rangers
were losing their support.
“What do we do, Koutarou? The show's turning into a mess.”
“I don't know. If you want to complain, do it to those idiots!”
Koutarou's rage continued. Having grown up watching hero
shows on TV, he couldn't forgive them for cutting corners(?).
Although he knew that doing a show live on a stage required
you to cut some corners, this was one part you should never
miss out on. He couldn't accept the all-red Sun Rangers.
“...Despite everything you say, you're quite picky when it
comes to cosplay, Satomi-san...”
Yurika gave Koutarou a cold glance from inside the papier-
mache horse, Jet Black King. However that was just for a
moment; she soon began smiling.
“But, but, it looks like Satomi-san might cosplay together with
us if it's from hero shows. I have to tell everyone in the
Yurika and the cosplay society's relation had been improving
In order to graduate from high school, she had to hide her
identity as a magical girl and once she calmed down and
thought about it, it wasn't like she hated what they were
doing. Because of that, Yurika had begun changing her mind
“It looks like we should be tempting him with an ancient hero
Despite everyone around her being confused, Yurika was
“Get lost! I can't fight with failures like you!"
“Eeeeh!? Y-You won't fight us!?"
Koutarou's harsh words shook the five Sun Rangers.
“I don't even want to talk to you! Go away!"
Shaking with anger, Koutarou turned around after saying
that. As he did, the middle Red Shine desperately tried to
“P-Please wait, Baron-san! We only formed a year ago and
this is our first sortie! If there's anything wrong, we'll work
hard to fix it!”
“Then go home and fix your suits! Red is the color of the
leader! We have our pride as villains. We won't fight a failure
squad like you!"
“But, we can't fix our suits right now!"
Amidst the confusion on the stage, small laughter could be
heard. The laughs spread throughout the crowd and soon
everyone was laughing.
“Sun Rangers, hurry and change! With the wedding looming,
Baron Demon is very impatient!"
Sensing the change in the crowd, Ruth decided to push
through the situation as if it was a comedy. She strung words
together in rapid succession and fired up the crowd.
“Everyone! Let's cheer for the Sun Rangers! It's only a matter
of time before the Baron Demon loses his temper
“You can do it, Sun Rangers!"
“Hurry up and change!"
“I don't know which one's the old man with sunglasses, but
you can do it, old man!"
“Shut up, who are you calling an old man!? I'm still only 20!”
A Red Shine reminiscent of the long haired man in shades
shouted at the kids. As he did, the child began crying out
“Waaaaaah, the Sun Rangers... The Sun Rangers...!!”
“Oh, that's not good, Sun Rangers. You can't fight with a
Koutarou swung his fist towards the tall Red Shine who made
a child cry.
“You guys don't understand anything! You're scum, below
even third-rate heroes! Why would you make children cry!?
Are you trying to destroy their dreams!? You don't have the
right to call yourselves heroes!"
Koutarou had reached his limit. He recalled his own childhood
and his admiration for heroes, so he couldn't forgive the Sun
Rangers who didn't act like heroes at all.
"Baron-san, please wait!!”
"Geez, it's all your fault he got so angry again old man.”
"I'm not an old man, Kotarou.”
"...Wonderful, Baron Demon-sama, wonderful!!”
"It looks like Megu-chan's sickness has started again,
Seeing the Sun Rangers struggling so hard, Yurika began
feeling a sense of closeness for some reason.
I wonder what this feeling is...
Having been yelled at by Koutarou for making kids cry, the
Sun Rangers no longer looked anything like heroes, and the
negative aura around them called out to Yurika. However,
having become more positive as of late, Yurika didn't notice
that was the spirit of a loser.
"Children in the crowd, answer me this!! Are these the heroes
you wanted!? Or is it someone else!?”
Koutarou's mantle fluttered and he shouted out to the
children in the audience.
"Is this all that justice has to offer!? Tell me, children!! Who
should I be fighting!?”
Then a small child stood up to answer Koutarou's question.
"Harukaze-maaa~n!! Help us, Harukaze-maaa~n!!”
Despite the child's small size, his shout was full of courage,
and it encouraged the other children in the preschool to join
“Hurry up and save that lady, please, Harukaze-man!!”
“The Sun Rangers are no good, Harukaze-man!!”
The children screamed in succession, and filled the stage.
And that's when it happened.
Fireworks exploded on the stage, and inside the smoke, two
silhouettes appeared. They posed inside the smoke and
introduced themselves loudly.
“Courage! That is the power of hope within a person!”
“Love! That is an indestructible heart that supports courage!”
“We are soldiers of courage and love!”
A gust of wind blew away the smoke surrounding the two
“Evil will never prosper while we still stand!!”
Two heroes, a man and a woman, appeared, wearing suits
that were quite obviously handmade. The suits they were
wearing had been made by the youth department and were
of lower quality when compared to the Sun Rangers' suits.
However, the children cheered for them, screaming at the top
of their lungs. Their cheers were several times louder than
when the Sun Rangers had appeared. For a true hero, looks
were not a problem.
"It looks like you've been having your way, Baron Demon!”
"Wahahaha, did you come to get done in again, Harukaze-
And with a true hero, evil could shine. Koutarou returned to
his role and turned towards the new heroes.
"I have returned from hell to defeat you! This time you'll be
"Wahahaha, telling a demon to go to hell is a fun joke! It
seems that you still have a way with words after reviving,
With the appearance of Harukaze-man and Kishou-lady, the
show returned to normal. And it ended as a complete
“Thank you, Harukaze-man, Kishou-lady!"
Carried away by their parents, the last child waved his hand
and left the stage. The man playing Harukaze-man, and
Shizuka playing Kishou-lady waved and saw the child off.
“Well, this was a big success thanks to you, Kiriha-san,
Once the children had left, the neighborhood association
member in charge of the show called out to them. Koutarou
and the others had taken off the outfits and removed their
make-up, but it wasn't a topic that could be brought up in
front of the children.
“I wasn't sure what would happen when Harukaze-man
couldn't show up, but you managed to keep it up really well,
you were a huge help."
“Why did it take so long until you showed up?"
“It's a bit embarrassing but, it's almost like the suit was
cursed. When we were just about to appear, we noticed that
the suit had torn."
The man playing Harukaze-man dropped his shoulders. He
then pulled off the chest piece and showed the backside of it
to Koutarou. It had been taped back together, a desperate
solution to say the least. Just before they were about to
appear on stage, they noticed the tear, rendering Harukaze-
man and Kishou-lady unable to appear just yet.
Kiriha who had looked at the tear alongside Koutarou, smiled
“But that wasn't thanks to us, but rather thanks to the
substitutes you sent up."
“Yeah. Those Sun Rangers really helped out...”
Koutarou nodded to Kiriha's words. They had only been able
to buy enough time for Harukaze-man to appear thanks to
the Sun Rangers. In the end, Koutarou and the others were
amateurs, and they wouldn't have been able to buy so much
time on their own.
The man playing Harukaze-man looked dumbfounded.
“Weren't those Sun Rangers your friends?”
“We were certain that you had called your friends over to
“Didn't the neighborhood association prepare them?”
Koutarou and the neighborhood association had a difference
in recognition regarding the Sun Rangers.
Koutarou and the others had assumed that the neighborhood
association had prepared substitutes in the case that
something happened. Meanwhile, the neighborhood
association assumed that Koutarou and the others had asked
their friends to help them.
They were convinced that the other party had prepared the
“What does this mean?"
“Your highness, wouldn't it be best if we asked them
Koutarou and the others went looking for the Sun Rangers,
but they couldn't find the group in question.
“Mackenzie, do you know where they went?"
Once Harukaze-man appeared, Kenji's role had nothing to do.
So Koutarou asked Kenji if he had seen where the Sun
Rangers had gone.
“The last time I saw them, they were sneaking off the stage
so they wouldn't get in the way of Harukaze-man and Kishou-
lady's fight. I don't know where they went after that."
However, Kenji shook his head. After his role was finished, he
enjoyed the hero show alongside the children.
“What about you, Sakuraba-senpai?"
“I don't know either. Sorry."
Harumi shook her head while blushing slightly. She had been
staring at Koutarou fighting, so it didn't even register to her
that the Sun Rangers had left.
“Just who were those people?"
Everyone began scratching their heads as Kiriha asked that.
They were all equally confused.
Meanwhile, the Sun Rangers in question were in the middle of
an evaluation meeting. They were sorting out the problems
they encountered during this sortie.
“First off, I believe the biggest failure this time was
completely trusting a preschooler."
The old man with a white beard and lab coat wrote what he
had just said on a whiteboard. The whiteboard had been
borrowed from somewhere and put in the small office, where
inside were the old man and a group of five. That group was
of course the Sun Rangers. They were sitting down by their
desks and were looking at the whiteboard and old man with
“As a result, we ended up intruding on a hero show that had
nothing to do with the underground people."
The old man encircled the words 'hero show 1 with a red pen.
That's right. It might be hard to believe, but these Sun
Rangers were true heroes, intended to fight against the
The Sun Squad, Sun Rangers had been established as a
precaution for unknown foreign threats, but with the
appearance of the threat known as the underground people,
they stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
By the way, this professor was known as Roppongi. Although
the Sun Rangers were a secret battle squad, he had been
designated as their commander because of a principle
demanding civilian control.
“But professor, the detector showed an underground people
The shortest amongst the five showed a device similar to a
handheld game to the old man. This member's name was
Kotarou. He was the youngest of the group.
“About that, this detector doesn't work on underground
people, but the technology they use. Because of that, there is
a rare chance that it can detect something completely
unrelated to them."
“Which means that we blindly trusted in a preschooler and
the detector was, unfortunately, wrong?"
Another member continued where Kotarou left off. His name
was Kenichi, his short haircut and sharp glance gave off the
impression of a healthy young man. He was also the first Red
Shine that Koutarou hit.
“Precisely. It looks like we better reconsider the accuracy of
our information and of our detector."
Roppongi nodded at Kenichi while touching the detector.
“However, regarding the detector, its utility has been proven
in other districts. Even though there's a chance for a
mistaken reading, we should continue using it."
In truth, there were more squads other than the Sun Rangers
that were established to deal with unknown foreign threats.
They were the ones in charge of this region, but there were
several other squads placed all over the country.
In the other regions, the detector was producing results and
they had been able to suppress attacks from the
underground people. However, they hadn't reported any
mistaken readings, and the only ones currently with this
problem was the Sun Rangers.
“Professor, can't we solve both of those problems with the
“What do you mean, Hayato-kun?"
The man that Roppongi called out to, Hayato, was a tall
young man with long hair and shades. As one could guess
based on the fact that he was wearing glasses despite being
in a dimly lit room, he was a bit of a narcissist.
He smiled slightly and spread out his arms as he answered
“...Instead of believing blindly in a child's words or in the
detector's result, we confirm their identity using a different
“I see, that's a reasonable opinion. Very well. In the future,
let's double and triple check our results to be certain."
The group of five nodded at Roppongi's words. Seeing that,
Roppongi erased the words he had written on the whiteboard.
He was planning on moving onto the next topic.
“Now then, as for the next topic—"
“Baron Demon-samaM It's about Baron Demon-sama, right!?"
The only woman in the room interrupted Roppongi. Her name
was Megumi. She was a girl in her late teens. Megumi stood
out with her long black hair, thick eyebrows and gave off the
impression of having a strong will. However, right now she
was showing none of that strong will. She twined her fingers
as she clasped her hands while her eyes sparkled.
“T-That's true but..."
“Ahh, I want to meet that person again! I want him to scold
As Roppongi was confused by Megumi staring at the nothing
while getting excited, the last of the five that had been quiet
up until now spoke up.
“Professor, it's Megu-chan's sickness again. It seems like that
villain at that show was just her type..."
After finishing his explanation he put a curry chip in his
mouth. His name was Daisaku. He was the largest member of
the Sun Rangers. That said, since he was always eating
something, his body hadn't grown in height, but rather in
“Even if you say that, despite Baron-sama's cool appearance,
he had a fire burning inside of him, and even though he was
a villain he was refreshingly reasonable!"
Megumi recalled her meeting with Baron Demon. She recalled
his intense anger while hitting the Red Shine and when he
severely scolded the Red Shine that made a child cry.
The memories were beautified, and an image completely
different from the original Baron Demon was burned into her
memory. What appeared in her mind was a scene where lots
of roses bloomed behind the Baron, while he smiled at her
with his shiny teeth.
“...Honestly, I can't keep up with Megumi when she's like
“Same here. But fortunately, she's not the only woman on
“That's true. Thank god...”
Kenichi and Hayato shared the same opinion. They looked at
Megumi with cold glances and nodded at each other.
“Can't we just leave nee-chan to Daisaku-oniichan?”
Kotarou pointed to Daisaku, who was in the middle of handing
a handkerchief to Megumi.
“Aaa~h, I wish I was abducted and forced into marriage!!”
“Megu-chan, your nose is bleeding.”
“Thank you, Daisaku-kun.”
Megumi received the handkerchief from Daisaku and blew her
nose. She had gotten too excited and gotten a nose bleed.
“Do you love Baron-san that much, Megu-chan?”
“Of course! There are not that many good men like that left!”
Megumi began explaining all the good parts about Baron
Demon while blowing her nose while Daisaku just smiled and
listened to her, not voicing any complaints.
“Daisaku is good at taking care of others...”
“He's the type of person that would lose out on being too
Kenichi and Hayato looked at Daisaku with pity in their eyes.
He continued to earnestly listen to Megumi. Pleased by that
fact, Megumi's expression brightened up and she continued
"Unexpectedly enough, I think those two would get along well
"Do you think so...?”
Kotarou believed that Megumi and Daisuke would make for a
good combination, but unfortunately enough, nobody else
agreed with him.
The next topic Roppongi wrote on the whiteboard wasn't
directly about Baron Demon. The Sun Rangers were painfully
aware that it was just a show. So Roppongi was bringing up
the problems that Baron Demon had pointed out.
"Holding back on the costs and getting restless regarding the
underground people's appearance and hurrying up the
completion of the suits was a mistake."
"The problem regarding the coloring of the suits.”
The next topic Roppongi had brought up was the problem
that had gotten Baron Demon so angry: the color of the
The Sun Squad, Sun Rangers' battle suits had been made by
gathering the most cutting edge technology available. Just by
wearing it, the user's strength was increased fivefold. They
would able to run as fast as a beast, and its durability
equaled to that of steel. It was a new era of personal
equipment superior to all kinds of bulletproof vests.
However, because of its performance, it took quite a bit of
time and money to create. The suits had only reached the
Sun Rangers just before their first sortie. Because of that,
they didn't have enough time to color them, so they had to
depart while all of the suits were red.
Those were the circumstances behind all five of them being
Red Shine. When Baron Demon pointed it out, the problem
came to light.
“Thinking about it, with everyone wearing the same thing, it
becomes hard telling everyone apart.”
After the professor had put his pen down, Kenichi, who had
been seriously thinking about the problem, voiced his
opinion. Hayato nodded, showing that he agreed with Kenichi.
“That's true, everyone looks the same. If for example,
someone got into trouble, it would be hard to tell who needed
help at first glance.”
Since they were government issued outfits, all five suits had
the same design. And because of the suits functions, they
were required to wear full face helmets. Because of that, the
five would be unable to tell each other apart when wearing
The only one they could tell from first glance was Daisaku's
with his large body. Kenichi and Hayato had a similar build, so
it was hard to tell them apart, and Kotarou and Megumi were
almost the same height.
There was a possibility that not being able to tell each other
apart during an important battle could become a big
“Why can't you notice something like that from the start!?”
Finished with her fantasies, Megumi returned to her normal
self. She raised her thick eyebrows and voice.
“You didn't notice either, nee-chan."
“Megu-chan, you were only able to meet Baron-san because
we were all wearing red."
“Ah yes, that's truei’"
However, thanks to Daisaku, Megumi's expression changed.
Her anger disappeared and she vanished into her own private
“...Well, leaving Megumi-kun aside. Would anyone be against
coloring the suits to tell them apart?"
“It should be fine. Baron-san and the children said it would be
better and easier to understand too."
“That's true. Thinking of the future, it would be easier if the
children cheered for us."
Countries with powerful police forces were all trying to
improve the image of their officers. If the occupation was
always amongst the top jobs that kids want to become
someday, it would be easier for them to move about. It
meant that their desire to protect the peace would be
respected. Although they weren't police officers, the same
could be said for the Sun Rangers.
“But professor, if we can't tell each other apart, the same is
true for the underground people, right? Wouldn't it be
dangerous to change the colors?"
“I see, that's a possible problem. You're clever, Kotarou."
Kenichi was impressed by Kotarou, and Kotarou laughed
If everyone could be differentiated by color, there could be
counter measures put into action to deal with them.
Differentiating the colors to be able to identify one another
would work as an advantage for the enemy as well.
“How about this? We change the color from time to time.
That way, it wouldn't matter how many plans they made."
However, Hayato easily solved that problem. By changing
their colors when necessary, they wouldn't have to worry
about the enemy taking data about them. It was a simple but
“Yes, let's go with that, Hayato-kun. It's a good method where
only we would gain an advantage."
And just like that, it was decided that the Sun Rangers would
be colored differently.
“Now then, all that's left is to discuss who gets what color."
The only problem left was the coloring itself: who would get
“If I'm not mistaken, Baron-san said that red is the leader's
“Which means that I'm red."
“Wait, Hayato, I should be red."
Kenichi and Hayato's opinions began clashing. Both of them
wanted to be the leader, Kenichi, because he was hot-
blooded and it was in his nature to lead, and Hayato, because
it was cool.
“What are you saying!? It's important to remain calm during
a fight, Kenichi, and that's impossible for a hot-blooded idiot
“And you're calm!? Now I want to know what you're saying!!
Did you forget that during that show you made a child cry
and made Baron-san angry!?”
That said, neither of them had any characteristics of a leader.
They kept on arguing, never reaching an agreement.
“I didn't forget! That's why I won't make the same mistake
again! I'll show you that I'd be a splendid leader that even
Baron-san would recognize!”
“I wouldn't even make that mistake to begin with! You're a
narcissist! All you can think about is yourself!”
As Kenichi and Hayato continued arguing, Kotarou let out a
small sigh. Normally Kenichi and Hayato got along well, but
once they didn't see eye to eye to something, they would
never agree with each other. And with the position as leader
at stake, Kotarou couldn't imagine either of them backing
down anytime soon. So Kotarou looked for help from the one
with most common sense, Megumi.
“Megumi-neechan, say something to stop them.”
“The forbidden love between a heroine of justice and an
executive of evil! Good, so very good! And in the end, having
been woken up by the power of love, Baron-sama would
become an ally of justice!”
"Megu-chan, you're drooling.”
"And then, Baron-sama would say 'Megumi, you're so cute'.
However, betraying his expectations, Kotarou wasn't able to
get any help from Megumi.
"Megu-chan, you're a girl, so you should at least worry about
your appearance a little."
"...This is useless.”
"What to do..."
At this point, Kotarou and Roppongi felt that Daisaku would
be good enough as a leader.
Once they had finished cleaning up, Sanae and Yurika dashed
out from the preschool.
“Come on, Yurika, hurry, hurry! If we don't hurry, Magical Girl
Love Love Heart is going to start without us!"
“Even if you tell me to hurry, I'm not that good at running."
If they rushed home now, they would be able to see an anime
that started at six in the evening. However, since Yurika
wasn't a fast runner, they weren't certain if they would make
it in time for the opening theme.
“If you want I can possess you and force you to run faster."
“N-Noooooo! Anything but that!!"
“...So you CAN run faster if you get motivated."
However, for some reason, Yurika's running speed increased
dramatically and shortly thereafter, Koutarou, who was
seeing them off, lost sight of them.
“I just hope Yurika doesn't get hit by a car on her way
Seeing Yurika's overly desperate expression as she turned a
corner, Koutarou felt a little worried.
“Satomi-sama, good work today."
“Yeah, you too."
Theia and Ruth approach him. The two of them noticed that
Sanae and Yurika were gone and looked around the area.
"Satomi-sama, I can't seem to find Sanae-sama and Yurika-
"Those two already went home. They said something about
watching an anime."
"...I see, so those two aren't here."
Theia glanced over at the direction to Corona House before
turning towards Koutarou.
Koutarou is alone...
Recently, either Sanae or Yurika had always been at
Koutarou's side. Sanae had been like that for a while, but now
Yurika had gotten a lot closer to Koutarou as well. Yurika's
feelings seemed to have changed, and Theia had been
wondering about the sudden change of heart.
Because of those circumstances, it was rare to see Koutarou
"...Once we get home you'll be playing games with me for
Theia recalled the words Koutarou had said during the show.
As she did, she began losing her composure.
I-If things go well, Koutarou and I would be playing g-games all alone...
Theia had been envious of Sanae and Yurika who had gotten
a lot closer to Koutarou, so she had no intention of letting this
chance slip by. In this situation without Sanae or Yurika, she
would be alone with Koutarou. Just the thought of it made her
heart pound wildly.
But w-what should I say in this situation? How could I express my feelings
without inviting a misunderstanding!?
However, Theia hadn't fully understood her romantic feelings
for Koutarou yet, and was uncertain on what she should do.
She was only vaguely thinking about how to get along with
him. Thinking that it was all for the trial, she was getting in
the way of her own feelings. Because her goal was so vague,
her methods were equally so.
Noticing that Theia was panicking and desperately thinking of
what to do, Ruth revealed a small smile and decided to lend a
“Maybe you should play games onboard the Blue Knight, your
Theia, who had been deep in thought, opened her eyes wide.
Surprised by the sudden voice, she had completely failed to
hear what Ruth had said. Seeing that, Ruth's smile grew
“Since Sanae-sama and Yurika-sama are using the TV, you
wouldn't be able to play games on it, so you should just play
games in your room onboard the Blue Knight instead."
Since Sanae and Yurika were occupying the TV in room 106, if
they wanted to play video games, they had no choice but to
do so in Theia's room onboard the Blue Knight. However,
Theia didn't understand why Ruth had brought that up.
Despite her hesitation, pushed on by Ruth's smile, Theia
Noticing Theia's glance, Ruth nodded back and looked at
Koutarou for a brief moment. Theia followed suit and looked
“Alright. When I've finished buying food, I'll come over."
Having heard their discussion, Koutarou thought for a
moment before responding. If he was going to be playing
games with Theia, and she was aboard the Blue Knight, then
he had no choice but to go there as well. Besides, having
trained onboard for the show, he had been on the ship
countless times, so he didn't really have any reluctance about
Theia then finally noticed Ruth's intentions. When she hurried
to look towards her, she found Ruth smiling gently at her.
As is expected of Satomi-sama. He makes sure to keep his promises...
Ruth thanked Koutarou repeatedly on the inside. If she put it
like that, Koutarou was sure to come onboard the Blue Knight.
That's what Ruth believed, but she was very happy that he
had responded to her expectations. Ruth was from the
famous family of knights, Pardomshiha, so she valued
promises and oaths above all else. And her love for her
precious princess was bursting through her smile.
If he goes along with her highness, I'm sure he'll be able to protect her...
Looking at Koutarou as a knight, he still had a long way to go.
He hadn't finished learning all the proper manners or
techniques. However, when it came to promises and oaths,
Koutarou valued those more than any knight Ruth had seen.
Even if a knight's sword was to break, it wouldn't matter as
long as the oath sworn upon it hadn't. That was a proverb
from Forthorthe. Ruth believed that the saying didn't just
apply to swords, but to people as well. Even if the person
wasn't very knightly, it didn't matter as long as the oath or
promise was real. A person could just be trained to become a
knight later, but an oath or promise couldn't be trained.
Satomi-sama, please accept her highness...
Ruth's wish wasn't just for Theia's sake, but also for her own.
“In that case, I'm going to go on back now."
“Theia, you really do love games."
“Not 'you'! It's Princess Theiamillis!"
“Yes, yes, dear Princess Theiamillis.
The image of Koutarou and Theia sitting next to each other
playing games appeared in Ruth's mind. At times they would
swear at one another, and at other times they would get in
the way of the other by messing with their controller. Ruth
wished that she had a place next to them.
Kiriha and Harumi arrived next to Koutarou a few minutes
after Theia and Ruth had returned to the Blue Knight.
“Oh? Where's landlord-san?"
Since Koutarou was planning on going home together with
Kiriha and Shizuka, he looked around the area for her. Seeing
that, Harumi explained the circumstances to Koutarou.
“Satomi-kun, it seems like Kasagi-san was offered another
"A part-time job?”
At that moment, Koutarou spotted Shizuka in the preschool's
office. She was talking with a person from the youth
department and a man he hadn't seen before. That man was
the one that had offered Shizuka a new part-time job.
"It seems like a pro was watching today's show.”
Kiriha replaced Harumi and explained in more detail.
Today's show was very enjoyable, even in the eyes of a
professional. What impressed the professional the most was
Shizuka's movements as Kishou-lady. Knowing martial arts,
Shizuka pulled off some very intense moves, despite her
feminine looks. Thus, she had been offered to try a part-time
job, which also served as her audition.
"Hmm, that's amazing, landlord-san...”
"If everything goes well, she'll be an action star.”
After hearing the circumstances, Koutarou was impressed.
Harumi shadow punched twice before smiling at Koutarou.
"Action is probably impossible for you, senpai.”
"I have a knight to defend me, so I don't need to fight."
"Leave it to me, princess Alaia.”
"Anyways, that's why Kasagi-san told us to go on without
"I see. I guess it can't be helped.”
As he laughed together with Harumi, Koutarou looked
towards the office once more after listening to Kiriha.
He didn't need a lot of imagination to guess that it would take
some time before they're done, if they were talking about a
part-time job. That said, since he had to stop by the mall on
his way home, he couldn't just sit here and wait.
"Alright. Senpai, Kiriha-san, let's go home."
Koutarou and the others left the preschool and headed home.
"Well, Satomi-kun, Kurano-san, I'll be taking my leave here."
Just before the mall, Harumi separated with Koutarou and
Kiriha. Her home was in a different direction, so this was as
far as she could go.
"Okay, I'll see you tomorrow at school."
"Goodbye, you two."
Harumi smiled at the two and walked down a different street.
Koutarou and Kiriha saw her off, after she waved at them
once more and turned around a corner, they began walking
"Kiriha-san, what should we buy today?”
"Eggs, natto that's on sale, transparent garbage bags and
Once it was just the two of them, Kiriha began acting like
normal. Seeing that, Koutarou felt slightly relieved. It just
didn't feel right to him when she acted like someone else and
pretended to be an honors student.
Kiriha was normally more formal and strict. When she was
acting like an honors student, she was a whole lot friendlier.
But even so, Koutarou preferred Kiriha this way. He felt more
warmth from her that way. Because of that, Koutarou
unconsciously spoke a lot more to Kiriha when she was acting
like herself. The same was true this time; he got quite a bit
"That's right, vegetables. Yurika's skin has been getting rough
lately, so let's feed her lots of vegetables."
"That's because she eats a lot of instant noodles.”
"I know. And when there's meat on the table, she only eats
"Fufufu, then let's try a trick to make sure she eats her
The same was true for Kiriha. Once Harumi had left, her
expressions became more natural and rich. There were only a
few people on the surface she could talk to without hiding her
true self. You could say it was only the residents of room 106.
She couldn't show weakness to her subordinates, and she
couldn't be honest with the surface dwellers. Oddly enough,
she might only have been able to show her true self to
Koutarou and the others because they were her "rivals."
And there was one more that Kiriha could show her true self
to. That was the children. They were one of the few that
Kiriha could show her true face to, thanks to their innocence.
“Today's Harukaze-man was amazing!!"
“Thank you. I'm glad you liked it."
Kiriha squatted and patted the girl running towards her on
the head. She was the greengrocer!!! working in this mall's
only child. Her father was part of the youth department and
had met Kiriha through volunteer work. She was also one of
the children at the preschool they had performed at today.
“I kept it a secret from everybody! That Kiriha-oneechan is
part of the evil secret society!"
“Fufufu, if you tell anyone the truth I'll eat you up."
“Ahaha, you're so funny!"
The girl and Kiriha talked cheerfully. Seeing that, Koutarou's
doubts grew even bigger.
Did this person really come here to invade the surface?
However, the next moment, the girl looked at Koutarou.
“Hey, hey, onee-chan, who is he?"
Because of that, Koutarou stopped his train of thought and
squatted down next to Kiriha and smiled at the girl.
“Now, who might I be?"
Do I look like it?”
The girl smiled and declared that, then she began laughing.
Meanwhile, Kiriha glanced over at Koutarou and made a
"However, he really is my boyfriend."
Kiriha grabbed Koutarou's arm and rested her head on his
shoulder. As she did, the smell of fresh flowers tickled
Koutarou's nose. It was a distinct smell of the scented oil
Kiriha used on her hair.
The girl, though young, was still a girl and the mere mention
of the word boyfriend made her eyes sparkle. And Koutarou,
who had caught on from Kiriha's smile, calmly nodded at the
“It's true. Amazing, isn't it?”
"Yeah! Onee-chan's compromising is amazing!"
As Koutarou was stunned, the girl nodded.
"Onee-chan is this beautiful, so why did you compromise with
this uncool onii-chan!? Is this volunteer work too!?"
"You've got a good head on you..."
Koutarou smiled wryly from the girl's harsh appraisal and
patted her on the head. Kiriha, who evidently looked happy,
cleared her throat.
"Fufu, it's neither compromising or volunteering. Once you
become an adult you'll understand."
"You sure are an adult, onee-chan."
"At least somewhat more than you."
Kiriha patted the girl with a smile as she stood up. Since
Kiriha was still holding onto Koutarou's arm, he naturally got
up as well.
"Are you shopping, onee-chan?"
The girl scratched her head. Kiriha nodded at the girl and
pointed towards the mall with her free hand.
"Yes. We need to buy ingredients for dinner."
"Hmm. Then come buy something at us! We'll give you a
"That's what I planned on doing.”
"Alright! Then hurry up you two! Our limited time sale is
about to start!”
"You really have a good head on you...”
The girl then pulled on Koutarou and Kiriha's hands, leading
them into the mall.
As of late, it had been Kiriha and Ruth's job to do the
shopping, so it had been a while since Koutarou last went
shopping with Kiriha.
“Oh, Kiriha-chan, you brought your boyfriend with you this
“Kiriha-san, we just stocked some nice tea. If you don't mind
samples, take some with you.”
“Today's hero show was great!”
“Don't look at her like that dear! Sorry about that, Kiriha-
“That's right! Let those young ones that came with you on
the volunteer work know that I'm looking forward to working
with them again!”
As Koutarou walked alongside Kiriha, various people called
out to her. When he had gone with her shopping in the past,
he hadn't seen these kinds of reactions.
“Thank you very much.”
Kiriha bowed politely to each and everyone. It looked to
Koutarou like Kiriha welcomed this change as well.
Koutarou watched over her, with a mysterious feeling
The people calling out to her were proof that she was
blending in well on the surface. Thanks to her participation in
the area, she became more and more needed. If things
continued like this, Kiriha might someday reveal her true
intentions to them.
Kiriha had called it her method of invasion. However,
Koutarou tried nothing to stop her invasion. No, more
importantly, he was doubting whether or not this was even
Does she really intend to invade the surface?
Koutarou's doubts resurfaced.
It only looked to him like Kiriha was peacefully emigrating to
the surface. For that reason, Kiriha legally obtained a
dwelling, bonded with the locals and formed harmonious
relationships with others.
However, when they had first met, she neglected to mention
that and instead hinted about an invasion through force; that
she would secure their shrine and mass produce weapons like
her haniwas. That's why Koutarou had objected to begin with.
If she had told him this is what she was planning from the
start, he might even have cooperated with her.
And I'm not even sure if she actually wants that shrine or not...
The biggest doubt in Koutarou's mind was that Kiriha hadn't
seized room 106 yet.
Kiriha was smart enough to easily outwit Koutarou. There
probably weren't any girls as clever as her around. If that girl
put her mind to it, she should be able to wrap up the fighting
for room 106 in an instant. It was probably easy for her to roll
over Koutarou, Sanae and Yurika, and since Theia was
simplistic in her approach, there were plenty of ways to take
advantage of her. Whether if she would fight fair and square
or scheme her way through it, Koutarou felt it odd for her not
to have been victorious yet.
Kiriha was for some reason not taking it seriously. In fact, she
would even help Koutarou and the others. That was the case
when Sanae had been captured by the ghost hunters or when
Theia had been attacked by Clan. Kiriha had said that she
knew the pain of having something stolen from you, but not
only did she assist her enemies, she even went out of her
way to help them.
"I was just about to throw away the unsold stuff. Feel free to
take it with you.”
"Thank you very much."
"Rather than throwing it away, I'd prefer it if a beautiful girl
like yourself ate it! See you later, miss!”
"Koutarou, I got some takoyaki. But we still haven't had
dinner, so could you eat half of it?"
"Yeah, thank you, Kiriha-san."
Kiriha smiled and presented the paper plate full of takoyaki
she had just gotten to Koutarou. He accepted it and thought
She really doesn't have any intentions of invading the surface...
What made Koutarou doubt more than anything was her
smile. He couldn't imagine the smile she was showing the
children and the people working at the mall as being fake. So
he couldn't see Kiriha attack them with weapons.
Koutarou decided to ask her. If he seriously asked her, she
would definitely answer. During these eight months,
Koutarou's trust in Kiriha had grown enough for him to
“There's something that's been bothering me, do you mind if
Kiriha, who was walking next to Koutarou, stuffed her mouth
with takoyaki. When she looked up at Koutarou, her smile was
“...That depends on what, but I'll answer as much as I can.”
Since she was sensitive to other people's feelings, she
noticed that Koutarou was about to ask something serious.
“I see. Then I'll ask but...”
Koutarou showed a serious expression.
“...You never really intended to invade the surface from the
Surprised, Kiriha wasn't even able to say Koutarou's name.
Her eyes were then stood wide open for a while before she
slowly began smiling.
“...That's quite the thing to say all of a sudden, Koutarou. To
say that I don't wish to invade the surface...”
As Kiriha said that, she reached into her pocket with her
white, supple hand.
“You don't really wish for it, right?"
“What makes you think that?"
Kiriha pulled her hand out from her pocket, holding a small
card. The card was aged and torn; it was a metallic card that
looked like it was an extra that came with candy.
If I'm not mistaken, that's the card I saw at the beach...
Koutarou responded to Kiriha's question while staring at the
card she had pulled out.
“You're far too nice to invade us."
Kiriha was nice. She was nice to anyone. She would try to
hide it using words, but in the end she wouldn't hurt others.
Kiriha was speechless. And after glancing at the card in her
hand she stared at Koutarou.
“...What makes you think that I'm not just acting that way to
earn your trust?"
Kiriha then laughed. However, Koutarou could see the
feelings he had never seen before deep inside of her eyes. He
couldn't imagine what kind of feelings those eyes held, but
he answered her question without hesitation.
“I feel like I've been fooled by those words several times
before. You would say that from time to time to scare me off.
I'm an idiot, so I kept falling for it."
Koutarou smiled wryly.
“...Could it be that it would be bad for you to earn my trust?"
Koutarou didn't have any reason to believe what he had said.
He wasn't that clever. Instead, those words came from his
intuition. But it was an intuition based on his observations of
Kiriha these past eight months. Koutarou believed in his own
Kiriha's expression vanished and she didn't answer
Koutarou's words. While silent, she stared at her card for a
while. Koutarou didn't try forcing an answer out of her either.
The two of them then continued walking silently.
Once they passed by the arcade and the stars above them
had appeared. She finally opened her mouth.
“Can I have some of your time the next time you're free?”
Countless stars twinkled in the beautiful winter sky.
“...There's a place I'd like to show you.”
Lit up by those stars, Kiriha's smile shone.
Translator's Notes and References
• Someone who makes a living selling vegetables and
Recollection (Part 1)
Saturday, December 19
Today was blessed with clear weather and no wind. Thanks to
that, it felt warm, despite it being winter. It was an indian
"Koutarou, what about your coat?”
”1 don't need it. It's hard to move in, and besides, it's warm
Because of that, Koutarou shook his head at Kiriha who had
her hand on his coat. He then picked up a nearby jacket. He
was planning on going out in some more comfortable clothes.
”1 see. Then I'll do the same.”
As she helped Koutarou put on his jacket, Kiriha smiled
Today was Saturday, and school was closed. Because of their
previous promise, Koutarou and Kiriha would be going out
Five pair of eyes stared at Koutarou and Kiriha. They
belonged to Sanae, Yurika, Theia and Ruth, and Shizuka who
had come over to play.
Sanae, Yurika and Theia sat in front of the TV playing games.
However, they weren't focused on the game, but rather on
Koutarou and Kiriha. They would glance at the two from time
Ruth and Shizuka sat down facing each other, drinking tea by
the tea table. However, Ruth seemed to be in a bad mood,
and her cheeks were slightly puffed up. In contrast, Shizuka
was in a great mood. Her eyes were sparkling as she
pretended to drink tea and stared at Koutarou and Kiriha.
“Alright. Then let's go, Kiriha-san."
“Yes. Well then everyone, we'll be going out."
Having finished their preparations, Koutarou and Kiriha
moved towards the front door. However, none of the
remaining five moved. Normally, Sanae would have made a
fuss and ask to come with, but instead was still sitting in front
of the TV.
“Kiriha-san, do you need the shoehorn?"
“Thank you. Fufufu, Koutarou, the area around your heel has
“That's why I won't need the shoe horn."
However, once they had confirmed that Koutarou and Kiriha
had reached the front door, all five girls began moving at
once. They gathered around the hall leading to the front door
and stared at the two by the front door. Their heads peeked
around the corner, above one another. From the top it was
Sanae, Shizuka, Yurika, Ruth and finally Theia. They looked
almost like a totem pole.
"Koutarou, you haven't forgotten anything have you?”
"You gave me my cell phone, handkerchief and wallet
yourself just a moment ago."
"Right, my bad. It was just a habit.”
"I feel like you're telling me I'm unreliable in a roundabout
What entered the group of five's vision was the sight of
Koutarou and Kiriha getting along. Seeing that, four of the
five glared at them.
The next moment, all five hurriedly pulled their heads back.
That was because Koutarou put his hand on the door.
"See you later.”
Koutarou and Kiriha turned around and said goodbye to the
five girls. If they hadn't pulled their heads back when they
did, they would have been noticed.
The five girls spoke in harmony. Koutarou and Kiriha then
turned their backs to the room. If they had listened more
carefully, they would have noticed that the five girls sounded
a bit obvious.
Their heads then appeared in the same totem pole fashion.
They stared at Koutarou and Kiriha's backs as they left the
The 25-year-old door creaked as it shut. With their view
obstructed, the five girls lost sight of Koutarou and Kiriha.
However, they remained motionless for a moment.
“...That's a date, there's no mistake about it!"
The first one to speak was Shizuka, the only one smiling of
the five. Since she was a girl of age, she had an interest in
this kind of thing, and she didn't even try to hide it. Her eyes
were sparkling with excitement.
“When did they get so close!? I really want to know!!"
“I won't forgive him for this betrayal when he has Sakuraba-
senpai! This is a betrayal towards Sakuraba-senpai and I!"
Just below Shizuka, Yurika was shaking with anger. The gentle
Yurika was unusually angry as she clenched her fists.
“He's going on a date with the wrong person! Satomi-san
should be going out to play with Sakuraba-senpai and me!"
Yurika felt that if Koutarou was to date someone, it should be
Harumi. However for some reason, when Yurika imagined
Koutarou and Harumi on a date, she was with them for some
reason. Yurika failed to notice that, and didn't understand half
of the reason for why she was so angry.
“Koutarou, you stupid idiot!! Why can't you notice that it's all
part of that woman's trap!"
Sanae was also angry that Koutarou had gone out with Kiriha,
but the reason for that was that she simply worried about his
safety. She was worried that Koutarou had fallen for her
“Now that it's come to this I'll have to reveal that woman's
true colors and protect Koutarou!"
The reason Sanae hadn't gone with Koutarou was because if
she had, Kiriha wouldn't have shown her true colors. She
didn't want to avert this disaster but solve the problem once
and for all.
“Ruth, can you track them?"
“I already am. I'm tracking them with the Blue Knight's
firearm control system."
The two bottom heads of the totem pole had already swung
into action. They were using the Blue Knight's monitoring
system to follow after Koutarou and Kiriha.
“What's their current location?"
“They've left Corona House and are heading east. I believe
they're heading towards the station."
Theia, who normally went overboard, aside, this time Ruth
was just as eager. Normally, she would say it's an invasion of
privacy and prevent Theia from doing anything rash, but this
time was different.
“Her highness's knight is meeting with a woman in secret...
This kind of scandal cannot be allowed!"
Ruth's eyes were bloodshot and she gave command after
command to the Blue Knight.
Koutarou had to be Theia's knight. He had to be a noble,
strong, just and true hero. Of course, problems with women
would get in the way of that. To Ruth, the most important
thing was setting Koutarou back on the right path. For his
sake, privacy was hardly a problem.
“Cursed Koutarou, collaboration with the enemy is a serious
crime!! Does he even understand!?"
Theia said that, but in reality she didn't think that Koutarou
was collaborating with the enemy. He wasn't that kind of
man, Theia knew that more anyone.
You're acting too much like a knight! Disregard some people's unhappiness
once in a while!
That was Theia's hunch. A while before, she vaguely felt that
Kiriha was wrestling with some kind of problem. At the same
time, that Koutarou was getting involved with her.
If Kiriha had a problem, Koutarou would never just ignore it.
That was her hunch as a princess, and her desire as a
“The fool! He really is a fool!"
Worry and a bit of jealousy tugged at Theia's heart. However,
above all else, she was happy with his willingness to help.
“Koutarou and Kiriha are heading towards the station, right?
They must be planning on jumping on a train and going
“Taking the train from here, you'd either get to the city or the
beach. Which way are they going I wonder?"
If they were planning on shopping, bowling or any other city-
centered entertainment, the fastest way would be to cut
through the prefecture.
On the other hand, if they headed towards the sea, there
were various sea-side resorts and large-scale entertainment
venues. Since it was now winter, it was unlikely that they
were heading for a sea-side resort, but there was still the
chance that they were heading towards the aquarium or
Because of that, based on what train they took, they would
be able to narrow down Koutarou's and Kiriha's destination.
“Nothing will come from waiting here! Let's head for the
“Here we go!"
“W-Wait for meee!”
Theia dashed out of the room. Sanae quickly followed suit.
Yurika panicked and followed behind them.
“Then I shall go too."
Ruth hurriedly stood up and headed towards the entrance.
She had to give Theia backup.
Shizuka stared at Ruth's back and spoke those parting words.
She sighed and her tone of voice sounded sad. Hearing that,
Ruth stopped moving after she had put her hand on the door
“Aren't you coming along, Shizuka-sama?"
“Well, I have that part-time job."
“Ah, you did mention that you would be helping out at a show
Shizuka was also interested in Koutarou and Kiriha, and she
wanted to join the pursuit party by any means. However,
since she had the part-time job she had been offered last
week, she couldn't do that. She was going to work this
weekend. So she had to get ready to go to her part-time job
in a while.
"Aaah, if I knew this was going to happen I wouldn't have
accepted that job!”
Shizuka was mortifyingly grinding her teeth. In response,
Ruth smiled wryly.
"I'll report what happened to you afterwards.”
"Yes, leave it to me.”
Ruth smiled at Shizuka as she sighed.
"Ruth, what are you doing?”
"Yes, right away!... Very well then, Shizuka-sama, I will take
And with that, Theia and the party left Shizuka behind and
exited room 106 to chase after Koutarou and Kiriha.
Koutarou and Kiriha had gotten on the train headed towards
the sea. Seeing that, Theia and the others got on the
following express train to chase after them. Because of that,
Theia and the others had arrived at the station they assumed
Koutarou and Kiriha were going to get off of ahead of time.
“Your highness, as we expected, Satomi-sama and Kiriha-
sama got off on this station."
“I thought so..."
Hearing Ruth's report, Theia nodded.
“This is a definitely a date."
“Grrrrr, if we don't do something fast, Koutarou will fall prey
Theia, Ruth, Yurika and Sanae hid in a small alley while
keeping an eye on the entrance to the station.
“However, the two of them entered a paid area with a roof, so
the unmanned aircraft lost track of them."
While the four of them were moving, they had an unmanned
aircraft from the Blue Knight follow Koutarou and Kiriha from
above. However, since Koutarou and Kiriha entered a paid
area with a roof after getting off the train, it became
impossible to track them from the sky.
“No problems. They'll have to leave eventually."
“But, with that many people how can we spot Satomi-san?"
Yurika pointed her finger at an endless crowd. Since it was
the weekend, there were a lot of people out to play. Even if
Koutarou and Kiriha appeared, they wouldn't see them in this
“Fufufu, leave this to Sanae-chan!”
That was when Sanae stepped forward, full of confidence.
She stood in front of everyone and squinted with her eyes.
“There's a special bond between I, Sanae-chan, and
Sanae was looking for the spiritual energy that Koutarou was
emitting. Since she always clung onto him, she was
especially sensitive to his aura. Thanks to that, Sanae was
able to find Koutarou and Kiriha without any problems.
“I found them, they're over there!”
“I've got a lock on them! The unmanned aircraft is following
Thanks to Sanae, the unmanned aircraft began chasing after
Koutarou and Kiriha once more. With this, Theia and the
others would no longer lose Koutarou and Kiriha.
“Sanae-chan, that's amazing.”
“Praise me some more you bastardi’”
Sanae boasted proudly as Yurika praised her. However, she
didn't get patted on the head like with Koutarou so she didn't
feel as fulfilled.
“Satomi-sama and Kiriha-sama have begun moving.”
“Where are they headed?"
“...According to the map, there's a zoo in the direction they're
Once Koutarou and Kiriha got out of the station, they began
moving straight forward. In the direction they were heading
to was the Harukaze Zoo. It was the largest zoo in the
By the way, to the right of it there was an amusement park,
and to the left was an aquarium. This area was so crowded
because all of those attractions were so tightly grouped up.
“Alright, let's keep a safe distance and follow them."
“Don't we need to get a little closer?"
“There's barely anywhere with a roof in the zoo, so we should
be fine, right?"
“Ahh!? H-How could this be!?”
As Theia and the others began moving to follow after
Koutarou and Kiriha, Ruth let out a loud voice akin to a
“The two of them are holding hands!!"
In the center of the footage captured by the unmanned
aircraft were Koutarou and Kiriha holding hands as they
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"Satomi-san!? Are you serious!?”
"You're being fooled, you're being fooled, KoutarouM"
In reality, Koutarou and Kiriha were only holding hands so
they wouldn't lose each other in this crowd, but to the others,
that wasn't what it looked like.
"We're going to close in! I want to know what they're talking
"I'm glad we followed them... I never imagined it would turn
out like this..."
"Once we get home he'll be punished. This behavior is
shameful and unworthy of a knight."
Having splendidly misunderstood Koutarou and Kiriha's
relationship, the four girls hurriedly chased after the two.
Although there was a large crowd on the outside, once they
got inside the zoo, the crowd began to disperse, so there was
no longer any risk of losing sight of each other. Koutarou and
Kiriha let go of each other's hands.
"Koutarou, there's a giraffe over there."
And because Kiriha headed off on her own, there wasn't even
a chance to hold hands.
"...What's up with her today?”
Following after Kiriha, Koutarou scratched his head.
Normally Kiriha gave off the appearance of being a mature.
She was the most mature of the residents of room 106.
"Koutarou, is it true that giraffes sleep standing up?”
"Supposedly. I hear they have no problems with sleeping
while standing up for a short moment.”
"I see, so it's true.”
However, as she stared at the animals, she had none of that
mature appeal. In fact, it was the opposite; at the moment,
she seemed like an innocent child.
The answer to that question might be around here...
When Koutarou had asked about Kiriha's intentions regarding
the surface invasion, she had said there was some place she
wanted to go with him. And here, she showed a different side
of herself that she hadn't showed before. Koutarou didn't
imagine that this was irrelevant to that.
"Koutarou, where are the penguins?”
"The penguins should be at the aquarium.”
She had an honest smile, her eyes jumped back and forth
looking at unusual animals, she spoke quicker than normal
and she was clasping her hands like a child.
I guess I'll play along for a while...
Seeing Kiriha like that, Koutarou was overcome with a feeling
of gentleness. He wanted to let her do as she pleased.
“Even though the flamingos are here?"
“Even then, they're still in the aquarium. The polar bears
should be at the aquarium as well."
“I see... their classifications are surprisingly vague..."
“Do you want to go the aquarium later?"
“Please! I want to go by all means!"
This was the first time Koutarou felt like Kiriha was from the
same era as he was.
“I see, so this is how it tastes.”
Kiriha had a satisfied look on her face as she bit down on her
red candied apple. Next to her sat Koutarou. The two of them
were sitting on a bench, eating lunch.
"Is this your first time?"
Koutarou stopped eating his yakisoba and looked at Kiriha.
She nodded in response as she munched on the candied
"Yes, this is my first time eating one. I saw them once in the
past, and ever since then I've been interested in trying one."
Koutarou and Kiriha were in a resting area located in one of
the corners of the zoo. In that place, there were snack shops,
stalls and candy shops lined up, giving off the aura of a
festival being held. They had bought the candied apple Kiriha
was eating there.
"Hmm. So how is it? Is it as good as you thought? Or was it
"If it's just one, it's delicious."
"Hahaha, that's true for most stall foods."
"That yakisoba too?"
Kiriha looked at what Koutarou was holding as he laughed.
"Yeah. Want a taste?”
“Please, I'm quite interested."
Kiriha had an interested look on her face as she received
Koutarou's chopsticks and carried the yakisoba to her mouth.
After chewing on it for a while, she looked back at Koutarou.
“...It's persistent and greasy. It's not very good."
“Yeah. You can't eat too much of this."
“Fufufu, I think I can understand."
The yakisoba had been altered in order to make it cool
slower, and so that the taste would remain unchanged even if
it did get cold. Because of the large amount of grease and
having been cooked in a lower temperature, the yakisoba
rarely got dry, and because of the grease the taste got
thicker. It was fundamentally different from yakisoba that had
been made to be eaten when it was the most delicious.
Because of that, the fate of this kind of food was that you
wouldn't be able to eat much of it.
“So it's only meant to be eaten at special times."
Kiriha smiled and went back to eating her candied apple
again. Meanwhile, Koutarou nodded and carried some
noodles to his mouth.
“Mind your manners, Koutarou."
“Ith's fhine at thimes like this."
Kiriha took a bite of her candied apple.
“Fufufu, thath's thrue."
As Koutarou and Kiriha were laughing-
“I found you, underground people!”
A familiar sounding manly voice echoed throughout the
"Koutarou, over there.”
Koutarou looked up from his yakisoba and in front of him was
a lone man wearing a red outfit.
"Fate brought us together here today! This time—”
The man in red was in the middle of his speech, but he
stopped half way through.
"Wait a minute, isn't that guy..."
"Oh? You're from that time..."
Through the visor of the man's helmet, Koutarou and the
man's eyes met, and the two spoke at the same time.
"Baron Demon-san and Black Rose-san?”
"You're the Sun Ranger, right?”
It was the Sun Squad, Sun Rangers, the five-man hero group
Koutarou and the others met at the Harukaze-man hero show
"I am terribly sorry for intruding on your hero show last
After noticing Koutarou, Red Shine bowed deeply.
Remembering that he had angered Koutarou on top of the
stage, Red Shine used this chance to apologize.
“No, no, you were hardly intruding."
Because of the man's gentlemanly and proper apology,
Koutarou and Kiriha hurriedly stood up and bowed their
“At that time, Harukaze-man had gotten in some trouble, so it
really helped that you appeared to help buy some time.
“It helps hearing that. I'm still very sorry for leaving without
saying anything that time."
Having both been raised to respect their superiors, Koutarou
and Red Shine connected and smiled at each other.
“By the way, Baron-san, Black Rose-san, based on your
appearance, are you enjoying some private time?"
“Yes. We wanted to talk some things out."
Koutarou and Kiriha were wearing casual clothes. Seeing that,
Red Shine assumed that they had come to the zoo to play.
“And are you in the middle of work?"
“Hahaha, I'm afraid so."
Red Shine was wearing his red suit. Seeing that, Koutarou
assumed they were holding a hero show in the zoo.
“But it seems this sortie was for naught."
Red Shine smiled wryly as he shook and hit a small device
that looked like a handheld console.
So that show wasn't a hit...
That was how Koutarou interpreted what Red Shine was
saying. That they had held a hero show in the zoo, but the
reaction had been cold.
“Well, if underground people really were to appear that would
be a problem too, Ahahaha!"
“That's just how it is for heroes."
Red Shine and Koutarou laughed together. Their conversation
wasn't quite matching up, but neither of them noticed that.
Did he say underground people? And that device... last week that group
mentioned underground people as well, could it be...
Only Kiriha realized what Red Shine had said.
Two more Sun Rangers appeared from behind an animal's
cage: a woman and a fat man. Koutarou remembered seeing
those two as well.
Seeing those two, Koutarou's eyes began sparkling.
“Hey, Red Shine!"
“That's right, Baron-san!"
Red Shine boasted proudly as he saw Koutarou getting
“Pink and Yellow! They've gotten different colors!”
The two Sun Rangers running towards them were, unlike last
time, not Red Shine. Their suits were Pink and Yellow
“So you can do it if you try, Sun Rangers!”
Getting excited, Koutarou forgot his manners and began
acting similar to Baron Demon's character as he slapped Red
Shine on the back.
“Yes! We took what you had said into account and had gotten
different colors to make it easier for the kids to tell us apart!”
Pink for the girl, yellow for the curry lover. Their colors fit
their personalities perfectly.
“That's right, that's the idea! Now I'm sorry for those harsh
words last week, Sun Rangers!”
“No, this is all thanks to your guidance, Baron-san.”
“Damn, I wish I had my outfit too!”
This is it! This is how heroes should be!
Compared to last week, their heroism had grown
exponentially, and Koutarou got even more excited.
“Wait, no way!? Daisaku-kun, isn't that Baron-sama!?”
“Looks like it... Oh? Is that girl next to him holding some
yakisoba? I want to eat some too...”
The next moment, Pink and Yellow noticed Koutarou and
Kiriha and sped towards them.
"Baron-sama! No long time no see!”
Pink ran towards Koutarou at full speed, while Yellow ran up
to Red. The two of them then began speaking in between
"Look, Baron-sama!! I've gotten cuter, right!?"
"Gwahahaha, you've gotten more heroic, Pink Shine.
However, all that's changed is your appearance. Without your
allies, you will only fall prey to my powers."
She spun around in front of Koutarou and showed off her suit.
Seeing that, Koutarou complimented her in a fashion similar
to that of a villain's.
"How wonderful! I'm prepared for anything you'll do to me!"
Pink's pupils turned into hearts and she wiggled her body.
Normally, Yellow would tell her to not be so shameless but he
was too occupied to notice her.
"Kenichi! I want to eat yakisoba too!"
"Yeah! That girl is holding some, right? They must be selling it
around here somewhere!"
Yellow pressed against Red as he pointed towards the
yakisoba that Kiriha was holding. Red answered Yellow while
pushing back his gigantic body.
"C-Calm down, Daisaku! There doesn't seem to be any
enemies here, so you can go buy some!”
Hearing those words, Yellow moved away from Red and
began searching through the area around him. He was
looking for the stalls that were selling yakisoba.
With Yellow backing off, Red dropped his shoulders in relief.
Yellow's hand appeared in front of him while Yellow still
scanned through the area.
"The wallet, the wallet!”
"I'll see you later!”
"Don't forget the receipt!”
After receiving the wallet that Red pulled out from his pocket,
Yellow ran off to a nearby snack shop.
"What a troublesome bunch...”
Red couldn't hide his uneasiness as he looked at Pink
wiggling her body in front of Koutarou and Yellow who
disappeared into the snack shop.
"Oh well, there doesn't seem to be any enemies anyways..."
"Nii-chan, is it true that there are no enemies?”
While Red was sighing and rubbing his shoulders, the fourth
Sun Ranger came over. The suit he was wearing was green.
Although he didn't stand out because of his short height and
green color, he himself had wanted that color, because to
him, not standing out was safer.
“So about there not being any enemies-"
“That's right. I came all this way chasing a reaction on the
detector, but there's no underground people to be seen here.
As you can see, it's the very definition of peaceful."
“You're right. The reaction is pointing to somewhere around
here, but there only seems to be guests in the zoo around."
Green Shine pulled out his own handheld console looking
device and looked at its screen, while scratching his head. It
was indeed showing a reaction to the machines the
underground people used, but the enemies they were looking
for was nowhere to be seen.
“Surprisingly, the only ones I found were Baron Demon-san
and Black Rose-san. They have today off and came to play."
The only ones at the location the detector had reacted to
were different families and Koutarou and Kiriha that they had
met the other week.
So they really are...
Staring at Red and Green, Kiriha understood the situation.
This Sun Squad, Run Rangers were not staging hero shows for
children, they were in fact a real battle squad. On top of that,
they were working to prevent a surface invasion by the
underground people. It also seemed like they had a device
capable of detecting the technology the underground people
Maybe I should try them now...
Kiriha's expression returned to that of a leader of the People
of the Earth, and made a swift decision. She looked down
slightly, hiding her face from the Sun Rangers and whispered.
"Karama, Korama, Class II stealth mode.”
"Ho-! Understood Ho-!”
As she whispered, she got a response from Karama and
Korama, who were hiding, right away. They whispered loud
enough so that only Kiriha could hear.
Normally what Karama and Korama were using to hide was a
function called Class I stealth mode. This hid electromagnetic
radiation and visible light, making them invisible to radar and
the human eye.
Compared to that, the Class II stealth mode that Kiriha
ordered them to use not only did the above but also hid their
spiritual energy. By doing that, the haniwas blocked the
spiritual energy the generator was emitting and could no
longer be tracked by spiritual energy sensors. Normally, this
function was only required when dealing with other People of
the Earth, so she's never had the chance to use it until now.
And in this state, Karama and Korama's performance dropped
dramatically, to about 10% of what they were using while in
Class I stealth mode.
"Ah, it vanished, nii-chan."
At the same time Karama and Korama changed their stealth
mod, the reaction on the screens Red and Green were looking
at also vanished.
“I'm starting to doubt this device is actually working.”
”lt was suspicious from the start.”
As I thought, they're detecting spiritual energy. Did our technology leak to
them for some reason ? No, the accuracy of the detector is too poor for that.
Either they produced their own spiritual energy technology or they analyze
and reproduced ours...
Based on Red's and Green's reactions, Kiriha could imagine
what had happened. The technology they were using was still
far away from the level Kiriha and the underground people
had. Even though this was Class II stealth mode, being
unable to detect Karama and Korama from this close, that
was obvious. Regardless of whether they developed the
technology on their own or if they had analyzed and
reproduced it, they were still only taking their first steps into
spiritual energy technology.
However, she couldn't let her guard down. If they had
analyzed and reproduced the People of the Earth's
technology, this could prove to be problematic. It would mean
that the Sun Rangers or another part of the organization had
come into contact and engaged in combat with the People of
I just hope the radical faction hasn't sped up their movements...
Kiriha was worried the most about the part of the People of
the Earth that wanted to invade the surface using force. It
wouldn't be strange for them to have appeared and fought on
the surface. And using that presumption, the worst case
scenario would be that their technology had been leaked to
the surface side. If they had been marked by the surface
dwellers as enemies, and their technology had begun leaking
to the surface, Kiriha's peaceful invasion plan was at risk of
“Oh yeah, where's Hayato?"
“He's still not here? He left chasing after the reaction before I
No, I'm just overthinking it... I've been a bit too suspicious lately...
In the end, Kiriha decided that she was worrying too much.
Seeing how casual the Sun Rangers were acting, she didn't
think they felt all that much danger.
“Sorry for keeping you waiting! Kenichiii!"
At that moment, a manly voice rang out from above Koutarou
and the others. It was a cool and deep voice, coming from on
top of a nearby cage.
“Hayato-niichan climbed up someplace like that..."
“That idiot, what's he doing over there...?”
On top of that cage stood was a lone person.
“Is he one of your friends?”
“That's right, Baron-samai’ Hayato loves to stand outi’"
Koutarou couldn't really make it out because of the position
of the sun, but based on the silhouette, he was almost certain
it was a Sun Ranger.
That person jumped and flew towards Koutarou and the
others. Thanks to the amazing help of the suit, he jumped
close to ten meters in an instant and landed in front of
Koutarou. On top of that, his posture wasn't ruined by his
“The heaven calls! The earth calls! The people calls! They all
call for me to protect the planet!"
He then swung his arm around and posed.
“I am the son of the Sun! I am flame incarnate!"
He thrust his hands overhead as if to grasp the sun. He must
have practiced it countless times. His appearance was manly
At the same time as his shout, his red suit shone in the sun.
“Quit messing around!!"
However, Koutarou's axe kick was far more powerful than his
Receiving Koutarou's powerful blow, the second Red Shine
was thrown to the concrete ground of the zoo. Because of the
all too powerful kick, the second Red Shine rebounded and
turned around before landing on his back.
“O-Ow, just what... why..."
“No what's or why's! Damnit, it was going so well too, why
would you ruin it at the end!?"
“Don't give me an 'Eh!? Baron-san!?'!! Do you understand
what you just did you bastard!?"
Because of Koutarou's shout, the second Red Shine finally
noticed him. And while flinching from Koutarou's attitude, he
gets up and desperately tried to protest.
“Just wait a moment! Why are you so angry, Baron-san!? We
colored ourselves after our roles!"
“Then why are there two Reds!?"
“Please, calm down, Baron-san!!"
Still overly excited, Koutarou was about to axe kick the
second Red Shine once more, so the first Red Shine hurriedly
In reality, another commotion was occurring behind
“That ferocious sound voice!! Power that would be
unstoppable unless wearing this suit!! Those evil looking eyes
on fire!! Kyaaaan, I want to be scorched by that glare!!"
“Calm down, Megumi-neechan!"
Seeing Koutarou burning with rage, Pink Shine's excitement
exceeded its limit. Green Shine desperately stopped her from
unsteadily walking towards Koutarou. If Pink Shine got
involved in this, she would only fan the flames of Koutarou's
“Daisaku-niichan, help me stop nee-chan!!"
As his last remaining hope, Green asked Yellow for help.
“Hm?Just wait a while longer until I finish eating this
"Baron-sama, your Pink is over here!”
”W-What can I even do!!”
However, reality is cruel. No one came to back up Green as
he desperately tried all he could. Pink dragged Green with
her as she gradually approached Koutarou.
This is bad! Baron-san is going to kill us!
Green looked forward towards Koutarou who was enraged as
"Are you doing this on purpose!? Is it that fun making me this
"You're wrong! That's not what we're trying to do! Please
"As if I could calm down!!”
"We still haven't officially decided on who's the leader!! So
we decided to keep the two candidates in red!!”
"Quit messing around!! There's only one leader!! The only
time when there would ever be two leaders would be in the
movies or around episode 26 when the leader changes!!"
"S-So that really was the case...”
"What was that!? Did you do this on purpose!?"
"You idiot, HayatoM You had to say something stupid!"
"Baaaron-samaaa-! Please mess me up with your power
"Uwah, it's no useee-M"
"...This yakisoba is delicious. I'll get one more on our way
Since they were a government sponsored battle squad, the
Sun Squad, Sun Rangers were strong. They were trained, and
their suits were durable and powerful.
"Dieeeeee! Pay for you sins with your deaths!!"
However, the enraged Koutarou was even stronger than all
five of them combined.
Translator's Notes and References
1.Refers to unseasonably warm weather
Recollection (Part 2)
Sunday, December 20
Sunday, the following day. Koutarou and Kiriha were riding
the same train as yesterday. Their destination this time was
the amusement park. Koutarou was tagging along with Kiriha
today as well.
“Damn those Sun Rangers... yesterday was a mess..."
Koutarou's expression distorted as the zoo comes into view.
The zoo was still far away, but as he got closer, he
remembered the Sun Rangers from yesterday, and his mood
“I'm sorry, Koutarou."
Kiriha smiled wryly and apologized to Koutarou with an
apologetic look on her face.
In truth, they were supposed to visit the amusement park
yesterday. However, because of the trouble with the Sun
Rangers, they ran out of time. That was why Kiriha was
“Kiriha-san, there's no need for you to apologize. They're the
ones at fault."
“That might be true. But... I'm sorry, Koutarou."
Kiriha's hair fluttered slightly as she tilted her head, and her
smile changed. It was a happy smile, rather than an
“...You're quite the woman you know...”
Her smile changed and her head tilted slightly. The words she
was saying were the same, but all negative emotions left
Koutarou, and he returned to his cheerful self.
“I'll take that as a compliment.”
This time Koutarou smiled wryly.
This would happen from time to time. Kiriha's rare, refreshing
smile. Up until now, Koutarou had always tried to ignore
those smiles, to keep himself from being fooled. However, he
didn't think she was trying to fool him now. So her smile sunk
into the deepest parts of him.
You really are quite impressive...
And that's why Koutarou began doubting. He was wondering
why Kiriha would purposefully make moves that would make
him doubt her. Was she going to reveal her true intentions? If
she did, and smiled at Koutarou like that, Koutarou would
probably easily obey her.
“You're quite the man too.”
“Is that a compliment?”
“Fufufu, what do you think?”
“You really are quite the woman..."
As Koutarou and Kiriha swayed inside the train, they happily
“I found them! They just came through the entrance!”
“Good job, Sanae. Ruth, have the unmanned aircraft continue
“Understood, your highness."
“I found them too!"
Theia, Ruth, Sanae and Yurika were following after Koutarou
and Kiriha today as well. They were waiting by some alley for
Koutarou and Kiriha to come out.
“10:10; They begin moving towards the amusement park."
After giving out commands to the unmanned aircraft, Ruth
recorded Koutarou and Kiriha's moves using her armband for
Shizuka's sake as she had left for her part-time job. Shizuka
wanted to know about Koutarou and Kiriha. However, unlike
the other four girls, she was just curious, as a girl of age.
“But it's still suspicious. Both today and yesterday, Satomi-
san and Kiriha-san are completely different from normal."
“Koutarou's definitely being fooled by her sex appeal."
“Koutarou's an idiot and honest to a fault!"
“There are countless knights that have lost their ways
because of woman-related problems. Satomi-sama is lacking
Koutarou and Kiriha were cheerfully walking towards the
amusement park. However, the four girls secretly watching
over them were restless.
Similar to yesterday, Koutarou and Kiriha looked closer than
ever. The four girls all had comments about Koutarou's
relation with women, so they couldn't remain calm as they
watched over them.
"Let's go, your highness."
"Yes, it would be problematic if we lost sight of them. Let's
chase after them right away."
Like yesterday, the four girls followed after Koutarou and
The first thing Kiriha did after they had entered the
amusement park was to take Koutarou to a small movie
theater. They showed various movies related to events, and
right now it was being used to campaign a newly started
“Is still really okay?”
“Yes. This is fine.”
After Koutarou bought tickets and pamphlets, Kiriha happily
nodded. She received her pamphlet from Koutarou and
stroked the cover. It looked similar to patting a child's head,
and Koutarou believed she was feeling nostalgic.
She might really be feeling nostalgic...
Koutarou looked through his own pamphlet. The king of
beetles, Kabutonga - Theatrical version' was written on it
with large letters.
The movie was the theatrical version of an anime that aired
ten years ago, and it was being screened again as a
promotion for the newly airing work: 'The king of beetles,
Kabutonga - Second Impact'. Another event promoting
Second Impact was being held in parallel.
Kiriha hadn't said much to Koutarou during the two days he
had spent with her, but he had noticed that when she did,
she would sometimes mention the terms 'in the past' and 'ten
years ago'. So Koutarou began thinking that all the places
they had been to these past two days were related to her
If that was true, then this movie might be the same. That's
the reason behind why Koutarou believed that Kiriha was
At that moment, a brand new metallic card was presented to
Kabutonga No. 1 - Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle.
Below those words was a hero, wearing an outfit designed
after the beetle, posing. The card was a trading card that
could be found as an extra when buying snacks, and it was
very popular with the kids at the time. It had been reprinted
and added as an extra with the pamphlet.
This is... Kiriha-san’s...
Koutarou remembered seeing that card. The last time he saw
it, it wasn't brand-new. It was aged and torn. And it had been
“Kiriha-san, isn't this..."
Kiriha's smile looked bright; innocent, but at the same time,
nostalgic. It was the best smile she had shown Koutarou
today. Seeing that, Koutarou was convinced.
So that really is the case. Which means...
In Koutarou's mind, Kiriha's behavior these past eight months
and the events these past two days lined up in accordance to
a certain rule. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, it pointed towards a
single answer. However, it wasn't enough to remove
Koutarou's doubts. To solve all of his doubts, one more
answer was required.
“You're surprisingly feminine."
That was all Koutarou understood right now.
“That's unexpected. I've been trying to act like a woman all
this time though..."
“You're doing it on purpose, aren't you?"
Koutarou lightly tapped Kiriha on the forehead with his fist.
“That hurts, Koutarou. What are you doing, hurting a
Using exaggerated gestures, she put pressure on her
forehead and glared at Koutarou. Seeing that, Koutarou
“Stop fooling around, and let's go. The movie's starting."
“That would be a problem."
However, that was just for a moment.
The two of them began smiling right away, and entered the
theater filled with children.
“A theater, huh..."
“This is bad."
“Yes, this is bad. Very bad."
Seeing Koutarou and Kiriha enter the theater, Sanae and
Theia looked at each other with a severe expression and
nodded at each other. The two of them had noticed the
“Why? C-Could it be that Satomi-san would take advantage of
the darkness to make a move on Kiriha-san!?”
Unaware of the danger, Yurika was worried about something
“Of course not! There are kids all around them!”
“The problem is not with those two.”
“Then, what is it?”
Yurika had a confused look on her face as she stared at Sanae
and Theia. The two of them then looked back at the same
“Satomi-sama and Kiriha-sama have entered the theater.
Putting the unmanned aircraft on standby above it.”
The two of them looked at Ruth who was giving out
commands to the unmanned aircraft. Following their glance,
Yurika realized that they were talking about Ruth.
However, Yurika didn't understand. She couldn't understand
what Koutarou and Kiriha going in to a theater had to do with
Ruth. She whispered to Theia and Sanae so that Ruth
“...That's right. Or rather, she has problems with where they
“...Yurika take a good look at the sign by the theater.
However, don't raise your voice no matter what you see.”
Theia and Sanae whisper back in response. The two of them
were worried that Ruth would notice the sign and had
casually moved in front of Ruth to obstruct it.
Yurika blinked, not understanding what was going on before
she looked towards the theater. She then noticed what was
written on the sign.
She blocked her own mouth to prevent her scream. However,
that might not have been needed because she had been so
surprised that she couldn't scream any more than that.
'A special project to commemorate the broadcasting of "The
king of beetles, Kabutonga - Second Impact", a rescreening
of the masterpiece "The king of beetles, Kabutonga -
Theatrical version"! Parents and children, please enjoy it
"A-As if anyone could enjoy it!!!"
Since this movie was made ten years ago, it had been
produced using hand-drawn animation, unlike the modern
anime industry that relied on a lot of CG. Yurika couldn't help
but feel hatred coming from the hero's smile. To Yurika, he
looked like a demon that had crawled up from hell as he held
the metallic beetle carapace used to transform in his hand.
"Ah, idiot, you're too loud!"
"Hmmp, Mhhhm, Hmmhmm!!"
Theia and Sanae pounced on Yurika as she began making
noises. Ruth had constantly been looking through the
unmanned aircrafts point of view, so she didn't know what
was written on the sign. However, if the commotion
continued, she would eventually notice. So Theia and Sanae
“...Quit messing around!! Do you understand the situation!?"
“...Hmm Hmm Hmm."
“...If you make a fuss again, you know what's going to
“...Hmm! Hmm! Hmm!"
Sanae and Theia quietly threatened Yurika, and Yurika
hurriedly nodded her head.
The two of them were serious. If their positions had been
reversed, Yurika felt like she would have been serious too, so
she understood them.
“Is there something wrong?"
Noticing the commotion, Ruth turned around. Having been
left out, Ruth looked at the three in confusion. The three of
them then hurriedly separated and began covering the sign
“l-lt's nothing, Ruth! It looked like Yurika had a small pebble
on the bottom of her shoe! So I was just thinking of getting it
“Yeah! Right, Yurika!?”
Theia was planning on surviving this situation by pretending
that Yurika had run into a minor problem. Sanae quickly
picked up on that and joined in.
“Eh? Was that why?”
Yurika, however, misunderstood Theia and looked at the back
of her shoes. And of course, she couldn't find any pebbles
“I don't see any pe—”
“...There is. In the pattern by the heel.”
"l-ls that so?”
Having received a blow to her head, Yurika looked at Ruth
with a questioning look and tears in her eyes. However,
before Ruth could say anything else, Theia walked up to her,
grabbed her hand and walked in the opposite direction of the
“Let's go, Ruth.”
“Your highness? Are you fine with leaving Satomi-sama and
Trying to tear Ruth away from the theater, Theia continued
walking. At the same time, she put some distance between
them and Yurika.
“I don't mind. Just leave the unmanned aircraft on standby
until Koutarou comes out. The movie will probably last for
over an hour, I don't intend to just sit here wait for that.”
“But what if they do something—”
“That won't happen. Did you forget that they will be
surrounded by kids?”
“Now that you mention it..."
“Koutarou might look unreliable, but he won't do anything to
ruin the dreams of children."
“I see, that makes a lot of sense."
Ruth was bothered about just leaving, but after hearing what
Theia had to say she was satisfied and soon walked alongside
“...Would you give it a break."
“I'm sorry, I didn't mean to."
“If you try to do something like that, I'll possess you and
forcibly close your mouth."
“Anything but that!!"
Sanae and Yurika followed after Theia and Ruth. Although it
might just have been an excuse that Theia came up with on
the spot, they couldn't just sit outside the theater for over an
“Hey, everyone, why don't we all go see the haunted
mansion since we have the time. I hear it's really scary."
“I don't really mind."
“That does sound like fun."
“I absolutely refuse! I'm always with a ghost, so why would I
need to go see a haunted mansion!?"
Having separated from Koutarou and Kiriha, the four girls
were all ready to enjoy the amusement park. There were still
about two hours left until the movie ended, so they had
plenty of time to enjoy.
However, none of them knew.
None of them had any idea what event was being held in
front of the haunted mansion.
It was a tragedy they could have avoided if they had paid
more attention to the sign by the theater, but since the
hurriedly left, they didn't have the time to do so.
Meanwhile, Shizuka who had gone alone to her part-time job
was standing on a stage wearing a full body suit.
Shizuka's athleticism during last week's hero show had
caught the eyes of a professional and she had been
introduced to this part-time job. Of course, it was related to a
“Poison powder doesn't affect me! Have you forgotten that
my body is made out of metal!? Absorbing Madame
Butterfly's ability backfired, Scarab King!”
Shizuka moved her body in accordance to the hero's voice
flowing out from the speakers.
The acting should be overdone...
Even though she had been told to overact in a play when she
was practicing for the Blue Knight's play in November, the
hero show required even more over the top acting. Since the
helmet covered her face, she had to make even bigger, more
dramatic gestures to make it easier to understand.
She pointed powerfully at the large beetle costume in front of
her. As if waiting for that cue, the deep voice of a man flowed
through the speakers.
“What about it, Kabutonga No. 1!! Even if it doesn't work on
you, what about the humans around you!?”
As the voice was sounding out from the speakers, the beetle
- Scarab King continued moving his limbs. Moving your body
while someone was speaking was one of the important jobs
for both heroes and villains during the show.
“Oh no, that was your goal!?"
As she acted as if she was overly surprised, female extras
began surrounding her. They were civilians being controlled
by Scarab King's poison powder.
“Damnit, you coward! Fight me fair and square!"
“I refuse!! The term 'fair and square 1 is only used an excuse
to give yourself an advantage!! That, if anything, is true
cowardice, Kabutonga No. 1!!"
“Curse you, Scarab King! You're only skilled in strategy and
The extras closed in and began putting pressure on
Kabutonga No. 1. Kabutonga No. 1 was a hero of justice, so
he couldn't just attack the manipulated women.
“Don't worry No. 1!"
“Just leave those women to us!"
That was when new Kabutongas appeared on the stage. Thei
large horns and bodies were bigger than No. 1. They were
Kabutonga No. l's allies, Kabutonga Hercules and Kabutonga
“So you've come, Hercules! Atlas!”
Kabutonga No. 1 that Shizuka was acting as had been
designed using the Japanese rhinoceros beetle as a motif.
Because of that, it had a smaller body compared to Hercules
and Atlas, which meant that it required a smaller actor.
Shizuka had been chosen because of her small body and
because of the way she had showed off her moves in the
“Stag-man created an antidote for the poison powder. So just
leave this to us!"
“No. 1, you go get Scarab King!”
“Sorry, please do! Hoooo!”
Following the script, Shizuka slipped through the women and
closed in on Scarab King. Before Shizuka, they couldn't find
anyone who could have been able to pull off this swift kind of
move. In that sense, she was living up to the stage
“Damn you, Stag-man! That traitor again!?”
“Scarab King, your ambition ends here!”
Using the momentum from her running, Shizuka jumped. In
reality, there was a trampoline hidden there that couldn't be
seen from below the stage. She used the trampoline well and
made a big jump, flying towards the Scarab King, with feet
Just before the kick actually connected, fireworks and smoke
went off on the stage. Using the light and smoke as cover,
Scarab King dodged the kick and Shizuka landed on a cushion
right behind him. It would be dangerous for both of the actors
if she actually landed her kick.
The children cheered. To them, it looked like the Kabutonga
Kick connected and caused Scarab King to explode.
“Good job, Shizuka-chan.”
"Ahaha, thank you very much!”
Scarab King called out to Shizuka as he quickly got up and
got into his position. He held his hands on his chest and
squatted down, while Shizuka moved to stand in front of him.
After a few seconds, the smoke cleared and the two could be
”D-Damn, well done Kabutonga No. 1... However, you didn't
win using your own power! I lost to Stag-man- no, I lost to our
"That's where you're wrong, Scarab King!”
Shizuka swung her right hand around with a wide gesture and
put her hand on her chest.
"You simply lost to the justice budding inside of Stag-man's
"Justice... I won't accept it... I won't accept this... that kind of
Scarab King slowly collapsed.
"I won't be destroyed..."
The hand he reached out towards Kabutonga No. 1 fell to the
ground before it could reach. It was the last moments of a
great evil after being vanquished. It was some splendid
acting from a veteran that had played villains for several
"I will return... as many times as it takes... Kabutonga, all
you've done... was for nothing...
Scarab King's laughter grew weaker, until it eventually faded
away as he died. The women were saved by the antidote, and
the story got a happy ending.
However, that was when something unexpected happened.
"W-What's with this girl!?”
Atlas's and Hercules's actors screamed out all of a sudden.
Since voice actors stood in for the voices in the show, the
physical actors were forbidden to actually scream or talk.
When Shizuka turned around, she saw Kabutonga Atlas flying
through the air.
Atlas's actor was large, and the costume he was wearing was
big and heavy. As he slammed into the stage floor, the sound
reached further than expected. It was a heavy sound that
even made the children worry. Atlas didn't move a muscle
"So that's where you were... Hercules-cha~n...”
A lone girl carrying a large flyswatter had been the one that
sent Atlas flying.
"I was getting worried since I hadn't seen you for so long...”
That girl's name was Ruthkania Nye Pardomshiha, a girl that
Shizuka got along really well with.
"...worried that you might be out breeding somewhere!!”
Ruth's eyes looked the same as those of a dangerous
predator. She had caught her prey with her eyes and held her
large flyswatter using both her hands. Her next prey was
Kabutonga Hercules. Ruth had come on top of the stage to rid
the world of the evil (?) beetles.
“As I thought you increased your numbers, Hercules-chan!!
And you even got this big!!”
Unable to swallow the situation, Kabutonga Hercules
remained motionless. He thought that Ruth was just an extra,
and that he had forgotten his part of the script. So he looked
out towards the stage manager, as if asking for help.
Not missing that opening, Ruth rushed forwards.
“How foolish! To give me an opening yourself!”
Shizuka hurriedly ran forwards. She was planning on stopping
I knew this would happen if I went into any details about my work, so why is
Ruth here! ?
When faced with beetles, the normally peaceful and calm
Ruth's personality turned incredibly violent. That was
because she had some tragic memories regarding them.
Those memories left a scar in her heart and she would lose
her sanity whenever she was faced with beetles.
Knowing that, Shizuka hid the details around her work from
Koutarou and the others. If she had said that she was going
to appear in a show about beetles, it was obvious what Ruth
would do. The safest option had been to not tell her.
Despite that, Ruth was now here, targeting Hercules.
Regardless of the circumstances, she had to do something
now, or Hercules's life was in danger.
Shizuka pushed Hercules to the side and faced Ruth.
Hercules's actor didn't know how dangerous Ruth was when
she was like this. At this rate, he would be done in before he
realized. So the only way to protect him was for Shizuka to
face Ruth personally.
“Fu, Fufu, another new beetle appears... fufufu, to think you'd
come out on your own...”
“Ruth-san, return to your senses! It's me, Shizuka!”
“I am sane. I'm only doing what Pardomshiha's honor and
tradition demands me to do.”
Ruth swung down the flyswatter.
“It demands me to destroy you beetles!”
Shizuka caught the grip of the flyswatter with her left arm. It
wasn't the top of the flyswatter, and Shizuka's thick costume
dispersed the power. But even then, Ruth's strike had a
“This is bad No. 1! It seems like the antidote isn't working on
that girl! You need to somehow knock her out without hurting
Hercules's voice rang out from the speakers.
The antidote didn't work on Ruth and she was obeying Scarab
King's orders by attacking the Kabutongas. The stage
manager had decided to continue the show in order to
survive the situation. And he was asking for Shizuka to win.
“You make it sound so easy!”
Shizuka complained as she continued to block Ruth's attacks.
Using her flyswatter, elbows, kicks and backhands, Ruth was
attacking Shizuka with unimaginably sharp moves. Her
rampant mind had gained complete control of her body, and
she had turned into a vicious battle machine.
All Shizuka could do was block Ruth's attacks. She attacked
swiftly through sheer instinct, on top of that, Shizuka was
wearing Kabtuonga's outfit, making it hard to move and
attack. It would be a miracle to knock Ruth out without
harming her in this situation.
“Please stop moving, I'll make it easy for you!”
Ruth's flyswatter swung right below Shizuka's nose. The
attack was on the verge of hitting, and a chill ran down her
“It's impossible to like this! I'll go all out, Ruth-san! Don't hate
"Hate!? Of course I do! My chest burns with its hatred for
Ruth continued with her sharp attacks, while Shizuka dodged
her attacks and changed her stance. That wasn't the stance
of Kabutonga, but Shizuka's own stance.
"Quit moving around!!”
"Satomi-kun, you better buy me something later!!”
Shizuka exhaled and closed the distance to Ruth.
"Do you want to seduce my Satomi-sama that badly!?”
Hearing those words, Ruth recalled her tragic memories.
She recalled how she had felt when Koutarou had embraced
her, and then when he had whispered the beetle's name. She
had felt a deep sense of discouragement, similar to despair.
I won't allow Satomi-sama to choose beetles over me again! I definitely won't
Ruth couldn't process the oddity that Kabutonga No. 1 had
uttered Koutarou's name. She was just desperately protecting
to keep her precious things from being stolen from her.
Ruth shouted out with all her might and swung down the
flyswatter. The flyswatter cut through the air and roared. It
had the most power out of all of her attacks she had made
"This is!? But!!”
However, Shizuka deflected the blow to the left at the very
last second and used the momentum of her move to tackle
Ruth with her right shoulder.
The blow hit Ruth in her stomach, expelled the air she had in
her lungs and caused her body to stiffen up.
She could feel the hit go through. Certain of her victory,
Shizuka stopped moving. Ruth's body then began leaning
"C-Curse you, b-beetles...”
Shortly thereafter, Ruth fainted. However, her grudge for
beetles continued until the very end. After confirming that
Ruth had lost her consciousness, Shizuka was finally able to
"Phew... if Satomi-kun doesn't buy me a cake or two, this
won't have been worth the effort..."
Holding on to Ruth, Shizuka smiled wryly inside her helmet.
Having finished eating lunch after watching the movie,
Koutarou and Kiriha visited the attractions at the park. The
merry-go-round, the spinning coffee cups, the haunted
mansion and the house of mirrors. The attractions that Kiriha
took Koutarou to were all for children. However, having
vaguely begun to understand, Koutarou didn't voice a single
Rather than thinking of her as a girl of the same age, I would probably be
better off thinking of her like a child...
That's how Koutarou saw Kiriha today, and he wasn't
mistaken. Kiriha had a very childlike smile as she visited the
various attractions. Yesterday, he had hesitated because of
that, but today he laughed loudly with her. That's because he
knew that there was something precious to Kiriha on the
other side of that smile.
“Koutarou, let's ride that next!"
“The Ferris wheel, huh. Alright, let's go."
By the time Kiriha had pointed out the Ferris wheel, Koutarou
had already begun running. Kiriha quickly followed after him.
Today, Koutarou was acting as childish as Kiriha. The two of
them raced towards the Ferris wheel and by the time they
reached the platform, the line had just emptied.
The two smiled and nodded at each other. They passed under
the gate and approached the Ferris wheel.
The Ferris wheel in this amusement park was big. It was the
largest in the prefecture when the park had been established
ten years ago. So by the time the two of them reached the
gondola, just looking up at it required them to twist their
“I have gotten much taller..."
Kiriha had a nostalgic look as she looked up on the Ferris
wheel. In the past, when she had stood here, she had been
unable to see the top. Flowever as time passed, Kiriha had
grown and she was now able to do so now.
Flearing Koutarou's voice, Kiriha looked down, and there she
saw him calling for her in front of the slow moving gondola.
Behind him was the clerk in charge, holding the door open,
waiting for them.
Kiriha ran towards Koutarou and the clerk as she apologized.
Now that I think about it, the same thing happened that time.
Kiriha recalled her past self. She was looking up towards the
Ferris wheel, with her eyes sparkling, as the boy she was with
called for her.
"Sorry, I'm coming /”
The boy had been the same age as she was now. Since she
had been so young then, she couldn't remember his face.
However, she could clearly remember that she loved him,
As Kiriha had approached the boy she pulled his hand
towards her and hopped into the gondola. Remembering that,
Kiriha smiled like a mischievous child as she stared at
Spurred on by her memories, she grabbed Koutarou's hand
and jumped on the gondola.
At that moment, the voice of Koutarou and the boy from her
memories voice overlapped. The boy and Koutarou had
scolded her the same way.
Her ten-year-old memories turned to tears and flowed out
through her eyes.
"Fu, fufu, fu... I'm sorry...”
The clerk outside closed the door and locked it. The well
maintained gondola then rose up without making a sound.
However, Koutarou was distracted by Kiriha and didn't notice
any of that.
Tears streamed down Kiriha's cheek. The gentle sun light
shining through the window caused the tears to sparkle.
Seeing that, Koutarou was rendered speechless by the beauty
of those tears.
Kiriha grabbed at her chest with both hands. Feelings kept
flowing out from the bottom of her heart.
I really do still love that person...
Having spent both yesterday and today going to those
memorable spots, Kiriha finally reached a conclusion. She felt
that she needed to tell Koutarou about her conclusion.
“Koutarou, there's something I want to tell you.”
Still holding on to her chest with her left hand, she wiped her
tears away with her right. But even then, the tears continued
streaming down her cheeks. Kiriha gave up on wiping her
tears and smiled at Koutarou.
“It's fine, you don't need to tell me.”
Kiriha was about to talk to Koutarou about what she had been
thinking about for the past week. However, having tagged
along Kiriha yesterday and today, Koutarou felt like he didn't
need to hear what she had to say. During these two days,
Koutarou was convinced that Kiriha would never do
“With all that's happened, I feel like it doesn't matter.”
Koutarou was smiling, he already understood. Even though
Kiriha might invade the surface, he knew that she would
never do it in a cruel way.
The reason for that was because of her past. It was probably
related to the spots they had visited these two days. But
since they were special, precious memories, Koutarou didn't
want to force it out of her.
“No, please listen. You have that right."
However, Kiriha shook her head and stared right at him.
“And most of all, I want you to listen. You're my only friend
here on the surface; I want you to know my wish."
Kiriha's words had weight behind them. That might have had
something to do with the light residing deep inside her eyes,
showing her trust and friendship for the first time. That
greatly shook Koutarou's feelings, and he created a spot for
her inside of his heart.
“If you call me a friend, I have no choice but to listen."
“...Thank you, Koutarou..."
Eight months had passed since Koutarou first met Kiriha.
The two of them had finally become friends.
“Where should I start..."
As she said that, Kiriha wiped away her tears again. By now
her tears had stopped and the last traces of them were wiped
from her cheeks.
“From anywhere's fine, isn't it? It's not like we're in a hurry."
“That's true. Then let's start from the beginning."
Looking straight at Koutarou, Kiriha slowly began talking.
Koutarou corrected his pose and faced her.
The gondola was slowly rising and had now reached halfway
up to the top. At this height, they could see past the
buildings; the distant scenery came into sight. Since the day
was coming to an end, the scenery left quite an impression.
“Ten years ago, I got into a fight with my father and ran to
“A fight? I can't imagine you getting into a fight."
Even though she had said that she had gotten into a fight
with her father, Koutarou couldn't imagine Kiriha getting
emotional. He had never seen that happen during these eight
“Ten years ago, I was a child. It's not like I was an adult in the
body of a child."
“Now that you say it, that's true."
Although she was very mature now, Kiriha was once a child
too. Although that was supposed to be obvious, Koutarou felt
that it was strange. As Koutarou laughed, a smile formed on
Kiriha's lips. As a result, the stiff atmosphere between them
“Most of all, ten years ago was when my mother passed
away, so it was an unstable time for me. I got into a fight with
my father over something trivial and ran away from home."
“I understand how you must have felt."
“That's right... you lost your mother too."
Both Koutarou and Kiriha had lost their mother, so each could
understand how the other felt. Now that they considered
each other friends, they understood it even more.
“...Anyway, having run away from home, I went to the place
where I had been forbidden to go to: the surface."
Though Kiriha was staring at Koutarou, she was also looking
at her past, ten years ago when she had run away from
“And that's when I met that person."
“It was a boy the same age around same age as we are now. I
don't remember his name. I'm sure he told me, but all I can
remember is calling him onii-chan."
The most important thing for Kiriha in particular was her
meeting with a boy on the surface.
“Ahaha, so even you had a cute side back then."
Koutarou couldn't imagine Kiriha using the term 'onii-chan'
today. Koutarou found it funny and burst out laughing.
“You say that like I'm not cute now."
“Yes, that's what I thought up until yesterday."
“What about today?"
“You still have a surprisingly cute side to you."
“You don't need to call it surprising."
Kiriha pouted, slightly dissatisfied. Since that pout was
surprisingly adorable, Koutarou started laughing even more.
Kiriha exhaled slightly and returned to normal.
“That person was a bit childish, he was gentle, had a sense of
humor, and he would even properly listen to a child like me."
Feeling nostalgic and happy, Kiriha continued talking. From
the way she described him, it seemed like she really loved
that boy. Koutarou felt a little bit jealous.
“Fie was similar to you, Koutarou."
“Well, aren't I being thought of highly."
“If you weren't, I probably wouldn't have told you."
“Don't say that straight to my face.."
Koutarou felt embarrassed and his cheeks turned red. Fie
couldn't quite calm down when a woman complimented him
to his face.
“If I didn't, you wouldn't feel troubled, would you?"
“So that was your goal."
Koutarou smiled. He was always being teased by Kiriha, but
for some reason, he didn't seem to mind today.
“...And I then spent a few days with that person. As a child I
was selfish, so all I did was cause trouble for him."
“You being selfish hasn't changed from back then."
“I can't help but sympathize with the guy."
Having been teased by Kiriha every now and then, Koutarou
found it strange that she would say that she was selfish as a
child. If she wasn't selfish now, just how selfish was she back
“I'm not feeling like myself... why today of all days..."
Kiriha smiled wryly. Normally, she would dance circles around
Koutarou as usual, but today their roles had been reversed. It
was the norm for Kiriha to trouble Koutarou, but now it was
Koutarou who was troubling Kiriha.
But there's no need to mind. It's not like it's unpleasant...
This change had happened because both Koutarou and Kiriha
had accepted one another in the deepest part of their hearts,
but Kiriha still wasn't aware of that. She wasn't aware, but
she didn't feel unpleasant, so she decided not to mind. In
fact, she felt happy.
“I went to all kinds of places with that person. We'd play in
the park, or go shop in the city. He even brought me along to
the zoo and amusement park.”
Kiriha looked through the window at the amusement park and
zoo. As she did, she remembered the events of today and
yesterday, and her memories a decade ago overlapped with
"The zoo and the amusement park, so you really...”
"That's right, Koutarou. I had you tag along to the places I
went with that person.”
Kiriha nodded at Koutarou and pulled out a card from her
pocket. The aged trading card had been scribbled on by a
permanent marker. Seeing that, Koutarou pulled out the card
he had gotten from the pamphlet. It was the same card as
Kiriha's. However, unlike hers, it was brand-new and shining.
"I got this card from that person. Getting this made me really
happy... so I had him go to the movies with me too...”
Kiriha looked at the card. She was gently gazing at the
someone on the other side of the card.
The card had been an extra when buying snacks in
combination of the screening of the movie ten years ago. She
had been treasuring it for these past ten years, because she
had gently been staring at the person on the other side of
"... You loved him, right?”
Koutarou remembered Kiriha saying that back at the sea
during their summer vacation. That she had gotten it from
the person she loved a long time ago.
“Yes. He was my first love."
Kiriha slowly traced the surface of the card with her finger.
Of course it'd be precious if you got it from your first love...
Seeing Kiriha gently stroking the card, Koutarou understood
the meaning behind the gentle smile she would show from
time to time.
Back at the sea, he didn't quite understand the meaning
behind Kiriha's love. However, now he fully understood. It
was the type of love you'd feel for someone you harbored
romantic feelings for.
“However, those fun days didn't last for long."
Kiriha's smile vanished and she sadly dropped her shoulders.
“They came to pick me up. I ran away from home after all."
“Oh yeah, you were the daughter of a distinguished family."
Kiriha was the daughter of the chief. Her running away from
home caused the entire clan to go out and look for her. As a
result, she was taken back to the underground. Torn away
from her beloved boy.
“That's how I parted with that person. Ever since then, I
wasn't allowed to go to the surface, so I couldn't meet him
“You wanted to though, right?"
“Of course. I may have been young, but I was serious about
wanting to marry him."
Still looking sad, Kiriha laughed slightly.
Kiriha's first love that occurred when she ran away from
home ended at the same time she was taken back. Ten years
had passed since that short while, but Kiriha still hadn't
forgotten about it, even for a day. And her feelings had been
poured into the card she held in her hand.
“That's why I applied to become the commander when it was
decided that we would invade the surface."
When he heard her next words, Koutarou's eyes opened wide.
Having heard that, even he could understand the real reason
for why Kiriha had come to the surface, and it left him
“So you invaded the surface just so you could meet with your
Kiriha nodded. Koutarou's guess was spot on.
“That's why this invasion needs to happen peacefully. I
couldn't bring myself to fan the flames of war in the city that
person lived in."
Kiriha had invaded the surface to find her first love. That's
because if she didn't have the goal of an invasion, she
wouldn't have been let up on the surface. And of course, if
she got into trouble with the people on the surface, her
meeting with her first love would only end in tragedy. That's
why she had to invade peacefully.
“Wait a minute. When you first arrived, didn't you say to hand
over room 106 to you so you could mass produce weapons?"
When Koutarou had first met Kiriha, she had said that she
wanted to construct a shrine in room 106 so she could mass
produce spiritual energy weapons like Karama and Korama.
That obviously contradicted what she had just said.
“In reality, that was a gamble of sorts."
“If I put it like that, I was hoping that you would resist."
“I see, so that's why!"
Koutarou had always felt doubts about if Kiriha actually
wanted to steal room 106. That hadn't been his
misunderstanding at all, but the truth.
“I needed you to resist. If the altar was completed in the
early stages, the radical faction would push to invade using
force. War against the surface had to be avoided at all costs.
Nothing good would have come out from obtaining room 106
The biggest obstacle for Kiriha, who wanted to invade
peacefully, was the radical faction that wanted to invade
through force. And if room 106 was obtained early on, there
was a chance that they would run out of control. In order to
prevent that, she had to create a situation that made it
difficult for her to obtain the room.
“That's why you kept fueling my unease, but did nothing?"
“I'm sorry, Koutarou. I couldn't win or lose the battle for room
106. If I won, the radical faction would mass produce
weapons and march onto the surface. If I lost, they would still
move to take room 106 by force. Either way, a war with the
surface would erupt."
“And if war happened, your wish would never come true..."
Kiriha was a pacifist to begin with, so she didn't wish for a
military invasion. On top of that, she wanted to meet with her
first love once more.
In order to satisfy those desires and peacefully invade, there
was a need for the ownership of room 106 to remain in a
The doubts that Koutarou had felt had appeared because of
“Really, if you had just said something I would have
cooperated with you from the start...”
Koutarou scratched his head and smiled wryly. Kiriha's goal
was rational after all; she didn't want to start a war and she
wanted to meet her first love.
“Koutarou, it's just as you say. Thinking back to it, I should
have asked for your cooperation from the start. But at that
time I had nothing to fall back on, and I couldn't truly trust
“Well, I guess it can't be helped, we had just met after all...”
Having only just met, neither of them knew if they could trust
the other. However, after these eight months, they were
certain that they could do so now. That's why Kiriha had
revealed everything to Koutarou, and why he had believed
“I'm really sorry, Koutarou.”
“I'm sorry for deceiving you all this time. I want to apologize
Kiriha had used a lot of methods to keep Koutarou from
trusting her, like using simple lies or inducement, trying to
seduce or provoke him, earning his trust and then making
him put his guard up. Although it was necessary, she still felt
bad about it.
“It's fine, really. But... as a young man in puberty, I'm a bit
Hearing Kiriha's apology, Koutarou smiled wryly and dropped
his shoulders. He looked sad, just like he had said.
Koutarou wasn't angry at Kiriha for everything that had
happened up until now. If it was in order to prevent
something even bigger, he could forgive her. And she had
helped on more occasions than one. However, there was still
something he felt was sad.
"If you were serious about your tempting me, I would feel
more like a man."
Koutarou was a healthy boy of age.
Kiriha had been taken back by Koutarou's words, however,
the next moment she began laughing energetically.
The sun that had begun to set lit up Kiriha's profile. However,
her smile was bright enough to challenge the sun's light. That
was probably the first time Koutarou had seen her smile from
the bottom of her heart.
“You don't have to laugh that much. I'm young so it's only
Obviously being laughed at, Koutarou crossed his arm,
slightly irritated. However, Kiriha wasn't laughing for the
reason he was thinking.
“Fufufufu, I feel proud as a woman if those words are true.”
Kiriha believed him; that Satomi Koutarou was not a man that
would fall for such cheap tricks.
Having gotten off the Ferris wheel, Koutarou and Kiriha
headed towards another attraction. There was one more
place that she wanted to go.
“By the way, Kiriha-san, are you having any luck finding your
“No, not quite. It was ten years ago after all. There're
extremely few clues to go after.”
Kiriha shook her head bitterly next to Koutarou. Her face was
dyed red by the setting sun. The time was now approaching
evening, and the shadows trailing behind them had grown
“Well, if the only clue you have is a card, it'd be hard.”
“There is one more clue, but I don't know if he still has it or
The first time Koutarou had heard about Kiriha's first love was
at their trip to the sea during their summer vacation. A
couple of months had passed since then, but she still hadn't
found any clues about her first love's whereabouts.
“There are far too few traces left. Nobody remembers him;
not even I remember his face. Even if I were to find him
somehow, how would I know it's him?”
“I guess you'd have to check every man in this city closing in
on his thirties, huh?”
Kiriha had met the boy ten years ago. At that time he looked
like he was a high school student, so right now he should be
close to his thirties. However, there were far too many men
that fit the bill.
“He might not even be in this city any more. Even if he was,
would he even remember meeting me?”
“But even then, you can't help but look...”
Kiriha nodded and looked up overhead. The blue winter sky
was perfectly clear.
“You love him that much?”
“Yes. Having spent these past two days visiting these
memorable places, I have reaffirmed that. Even now I am
love with that person.”
Kiriha's feelings were perfectly clear, just like the sky. She
would find him no matter what. Her determination had
remained unshaken by these past ten years.
“That's why I want to meet him. I'm well aware that even if
we meet, he might not accept my feelings. But if we don't, I
can't move forward.”
They had only been together for a few days, but even then,
Kiriha felt something for the boy.
The boy had grown into an adult, and might have forgotten
about Kiriha. He might even have married and built a family
of his own. Even if that was the case, Kiriha wanted to see
him. But she didn't want to ruin his current life. She just
wanted to meet him and tell him her feelings for him; that's
what she had wanted to do for these past ten years. She
didn't mind even if he didn't reciprocate her feelings. If she
didn't, she could probably never forget about him and fall in
love with someone else. She had to confess to him if she
wanted to move forward with her life.
“I want to meet him, tell him how I feel and put an end to
this. Of course, if he were to accept me, I wouldn't be
Kiriha smiled a refreshingly straight smile. Up until now,
Kiriha had never talked about this to anyone else. So this
smile was proof that she really thought of Koutarou as her
"So you can't continue half-assed. Hehe, I like it."
Having heard what Kiriha had to say, Koutarou grinned
Koutarou loved this kind of topic: wanting to put an end to
something, regardless of the results. That's because that
awkward way of living was something Koutarou was familiar
with. So he really understood how she felt, and he felt much
closer to her than ever.
"Kiriha-san, I'll help you too, so let's find him."
That's why Koutarou felt like helping Kiriha. He felt like he
was looking for his own first love, that's just how close he felt
Kiriha's eyes opened wide in surprise by Koutarou's
unexpected offer. She never expected him to want to help.
"I just felt like seeing the face of the guy that would make a
woman like you feel that way.”
Kiriha instinctively grasped at her chest, with her eyes
That's right... that's the kind of man you are...
Kiriha then recalled why she had come to trust Koutarou. He
was clumsy and awkward, but earnest and kind. That's why
she had revealed everything to him. Having remembered
that, Kiriha was happy for his feelings.
"And besides, now that I've heard this much, I want to see
what happens next."
"...Thank you, Koutarou..."
Kiriha smiled happily, and bowed deeply with her hand at her
chest. That was the best way for her to show her gratitude.
"Stop it, don't worry about that. We're friends, right?"
Kiriha slowly looked up. By that time, Kiriha's smile had fully
"That said, watching someone else's love life makes you feel
a bit envious."
"That's true. I understand how you feel."
After blinking a couple of times, Kiriha began cheerfully
laughing and smiling. It was a special smile that really served
as a proof of her friendship with Koutarou.
“That's why, after your matter has been settled, introduce me
to some cute underground girls."
“I got it, I'll try my hardest."
“Alright, then we have a deal!"
Koutarou nodded and began laughing and smiling alongside
It was the same kind of smile he'd show to Kenji. Koutarou
also thought of Kiriha as a precious friend.
“With that in mind, let's hurry up and find him. For my
future's sake as well."
“That's right, I need to push some girl from a distinguished
family onto you so I can use you as a foothold for the surface
Kiriha smiled mischievously and began running away from
Koutarou. Her long black hair sparkled in as it was bathed in
She's surprisingly childish. But that makes sense. Since she's a leader of the
underground people, she can't really show that side to anyone...
Koutarou chased after Kiriha as he thought that.
“Hey, wait up!"
Ignoring Koutarou's calls, Kiriha skipped away from him.
Looking at her from behind, Koutarou couldn't see any of her
normal calm and composed attitude. She looked just like a
Kiriha made one last leap and landed by planting both of her
feet into the ground. As she did, her hair fluttered in the air,
and as it was still floating she spun around just as Koutarou
came running up.
“Is tag already over?"
“Yes. This is where I wanted to go.”
Kiriha nodded and showed what was behind her using one of
“Something unlike you once more I see.”
“Is that so?”
Kiriha cheerfully smiled.
She had taken Koutarou in front of a roller coaster. Like the
Ferris wheel, this roller coaster was the largest in the
prefecture when it was made. It had given up the top spot for
another roller coaster, but the size was still huge. Boasting a
height of 70 meters and a drop of 65, the attraction spread
out in front of Koutarou and Kiriha.
“...Actually, it might be just like you.”
These past two days, Koutarou had begun understand just
what kind of girl Kiriha was. She normally looked calm and
composed, but she hid her childish fervor inside. With that in
mind, it was a very Kiriha-like choice.
“It sounds like you're calling me a tomboy, and it's very
“Yes, that's what I meant."
“That's mean, Koutarou."
Laughing, Kiriha approached the entrance to the roller
“Oh yeah, do you have any memories with this roller
Koutarou followed after her. Kiriha then stopped in front of
the sign next to the entrance.
“Yeah. Ten years ago, I couldn't get on this ride."
Kiriha smiled wryly as she turned around and said that.
“You couldn't ride it? Was there too long of a line?"
Past the entrance to the terminal was an orderly line. Seeing
that, Koutarou assumed that Kiriha couldn't ride the
attraction because of a long line. At the time, since it was the
largest roller coaster in the prefecture, the line to the ride
stretched quite a bit.
“No, that wasn't it. Look here, Koutarou."
“Let's see... 'You must be at least 140 centimeters to ride this
On the sign was an illustration of a child and the number 140
had been written by it.
On this roller coaster, there was a height requirement of 140
centimeters for safety reasons.
“The tomboy ten years ago was short you see. So I couldn't
“I see, so this is another regret of yours.”
Koutarou imagined a small Kiriha ten years ago selfishly
saying she wanted to get on, with the boy and clerk trying to
"Kukuku, that was misfortunate...”
Finding his own imagination funny, Koutarou began laughing.
”1 don't like the way you said it, but yes that's right. So I
couldn't get on it.”
"You're surprisingly persistent.”
"Of course. I'm a woman who's still in love with a man she
met ten years ago, you know?”
Koutarou and Kiriha laughed out together. The two then
began walking towards the end of the line. The queue wasn't
very long, so they would probably be able to ride it if they
waited for ten minutes.
As they reached the end of the line, Kiriha muttered those
words. Hearing her voice, Koutarou looked towards her while
she was looking around the area, deep in thought. To
Koutarou it looked like she was reminiscing.
However to Koutarou, Kiriha's expression looked lonely. It
didn't look like the expression of someone about to
accomplish and get over one of their regrets.
Could it be that —
Staring at Kiriha's profile, Koutarou looked like he was about
to reach a conclusion.
That was when the ground started shaking intensely.
Sunday, December 20
At first, Koutarou assumed the vibrations he could feel were
from the roller coaster passing by. But the shaking was too
intense for that to be the case, and it showed no signs of
dying down anytime soon. He also felt like the shaking was
coming from below. It would be unnatural for vibrations from
the roller coaster to come from there.
“What is this?”
While Koutarou was confused, the shaking started growing in
intensity. At first it was just a small shaking, but now it felt
like small impacts kept assaulting the bottom of Koutarou's
Koutarou wasn't the only one confused; the other visitors
around him were as well. The sudden earthquake clouded
their expression, even more so since they were about to get
on a roller coaster.
“Could this be!?”
However, Kiriha's expression clouded over even more. The
moment she felt the shake, her expression regained its
normal sharpness. She had a guess regarding the vibrations.
Kiriha quickly called out for her two haniwas. The next
moment, they appeared by her side. Without even hearing
her order, they had taken action.
“Yes Ho-, nee-san! We can detect it from our side too Ho-!“
“Analyzing the vibration pattern, reaction of a spiritual power
generator detected. Analyzation complete, there's a 97%
certainty that it's an underground submergence boat Ho-!“
In a hurry, they reported a lot of information. Hearing their
reports, Kiriha's expression turned even more severe.
“I thought so! What's the situation!?"
“It's at a depth of 20 meters and surfacing!"
“They're planning on coming up to the surface Ho-! Their
predicted surface point is 50 meters to the south-southwest!"
“Preposterous! In a place like this!?"
Kiriha jumped over the fence of the terminal and headed
outside, running towards the predicted surface point.
If the haniwas' information was correct, this vibration came
from a vehicle that the People of the Earth use to get to the
surface, the underground submergence boat, or submarine.
And that was now about to appear on the surface, in the
middle of this crowded amusement park.
“Kiriha-san!? What's wrong!?"
Koutarou ran after Kiriha, calling out to her repeatedly.
“This is bad... if it was just a scouting force, it wouldn't
appear in a place like this!”
Koutarou's words didn't reach Kiriha's ears as she was
panicking. What caused her to panic was that an Earth
Empire's submergence boat was about to appear.
Kiriha's direct subordinates didn't use an underground
submergence boat. Since they wanted to peacefully invade,
they had no reason to use one to begin with. If they were to
carelessly use a submergence boat, it would definitely stand
out. So there was no way they would appear here of all
The only time she could imagine it happening would be in the
case of an emergency, but in that case, she would be
contacted ahead of time. Since that hadn't happened, there
was only one possibility left.
"Such a reckless action!”
Kiriha ground her teeth.
There was only one reason for an underground submergence
boat to appear. The radical faction, or a part of it, had
decided to recklessly appear on the surface and use military
force. Since their purpose was to show off their power, they
didn't care if they stood out. If anything, they would choose a
place with lots of people on purpose. The submergence boat
was surfacing to attack the people here.
"What's wrong, Kiriha-san!?”
"Ho-! There's an attack Ho-!”
The two haniwas responded to Koutarou's question. They
floated next to him and chased after Kiriha.
"An attack!? What do you mean!?”
“The people that don't approve of nee-san's way of doing
things are coming to the surface to attack people Ho-!"
“I see, so it's that radical faction Kiriha-san mentioned!”
Since there was a faction that wanted to invade the surface
using force, Kiriha couldn't seize room 106. Nor could she fail
at seizing it.
Hearing what Karama had to say, Koutarou remembered
Kiriha saying that a while ago.
“That's right Ho-! So nee-san is planning on stopping them
“So that's what she's doing!”
Having understood the situation, Koutarou chased after
As a pacifist looking for her first love, Kiriha couldn't overlook
the radical faction's reckless actions. Trying to stop their
attack, she was hurrying to their predicted surface point.
“But this is dangerous Ho-! At this rate, nee-san will be killed
“The radical faction only thinks of nee-san as a nuisance
“Then hurry up and contact your allies! Get them to do
something about this situation!”
The radical faction despised Kiriha, who hated the use of
military force. The chance of them listening to Kiriha was low,
and in this situation, there was a chance that they would kill
her and make it look like an accident.
“I won't forgive them! I definitely won't forgive them for
attacking the surface!”
Even though she knew that, Kiriha still had to go. If she
didn't, she wouldn't be able to protect what was precious to
At that moment, the asphalt in front of Kiriha cracked, and a
giant something appeared. It was a black cylindrical
structure, several meters long and made out of metal. It
broke through the ground and towered vertically, looking like
something similar to a chimney.
Shizuka and Yurika carried an unconscious Ruth, lending her a
shoulder each. They were headed towards the medical office
inside the amusement park, planning to lay her down on a
bed until she woke up.
"Nijino-san, keep it together.”
"But, it's heavyyy!”
However, since Yurika was weak, her walking was pace
slowed down considerably. Losing to Ruth's weight, her body
"Yurika, you can do it! Show us your cosplay spirit!"
"Even if you say that...!"
In reality, Theia was stronger than Yurika, but because of her
height, she couldn't work together with Shizuka to carry Ruth.
"Do you want me to help you?"
"Absolutely not, anything but that!"
Sanae offered to help, but because of her fear of ghosts,
Yurika refused. Even if she got stronger, she didn't want to be
possessed. In that case, Sanae could only help using her
poltergeist. But since her abilities weren't intended to be
used over a long period of time, it wasn't that much of a help.
"Then give it your all!”
“I think it's cruel to expect that from Yurika."
“Satomi-saaa~n, save meee~!”
Yurika was once again in trouble with something that didn't
matter. And once she got into trouble, she relied on others,
just like always.
At that moment, they heard a large sound coming from the
left. It was a loud sound similar to an explosion, alongside it
was the sound of things breaking.
“Calm down, Nijino-san, Ruth-san will fall!"
“What, what just happened!?"
“Theia, over there!"
Surprised by the loud sound, the four girls looked towards the
direction of where it came from. When they did, they saw a
cylindrical pillar appearing behind the buildings. The black
cylindrical structure stood out from the other fairytale like
“What is that!? Ruth!... is still unconscious...!"
Sensing that something bad was happening, Theia used her
own armband to gather information and sent the unmanned
aircraft towards the pillar.
“That's Koutarou and Kiriha! And who are those guys!?"
Through the screen projected from her armband, Theia could
see Koutarou and Kiriha, and a man facing them. From inside
the pillar came several more men and women carrying
weapons, protecting the mysterious man.
“Is it some kind of event?"
“What kind of event would tear through the ground!?"
“Well, that's true..."
The men facing Koutarou and Kiriha had come through the
pillar sticking up through the hole in the ground. But who
could imagine an event that required tearing a hole in the
ground? It was more reasonable to imagine something else
“Then that would be bad!! Does that mean that Satomi-kun
and Kurano-san are facing off against people with weapons!?"
By the time Shizuka shouted that out, Theia had already
begun running. She had left the others behind and ran as fast
as she could.
I have a bad feeling about this!
Theia had noticed that Kiriha was hiding some troubles and
that Koutarou was getting involved in it. Once she saw the
mysterious man, she sensed the danger Koutarou and Kiriha
was in faster than anyone else.
Please be alright, Koutarou!
The princess was rushing to the site where her vassal was in
danger. It was an action that was unusual for a royal princess,
but Theia couldn't help herself. She couldn't think of anything
“I'm coming too!”
Still not understanding the situation, Sanae sensed the
severity of it all from Theia's behavior and quickly pursued
To Sanae, Koutarou wasn't just a roommate. While the 'Family
Safety' charm was still hanging from her neck, she had a
reason to rush to Koutarou's aid.
“Ah, wait, you two!!"
Shizuka's voice didn't reach Theia. Sanae heard her but she
was planning on going along with Theia to meet up with
Koutarou. Seeing that, Shizuka decided that she was going to
head towards Koutarou and Kiriha as well.
“Nijino-san, let's take Ruth-san to that bench over there!"
Urging Yurika, Shizuka laid Ruth down on a nearby bench. She
was planning to keep her here until she got back.
“Nijino-san, please take care of Ruth-san! I'm worried about
those two going alone so I'm going too!"
“I'm counting on you!"
Shizuka ran after Theia and Sanae while listening to Yurika's
response. She couldn't leave those two alone if they had
flown off the handle.
Yurika looked back and forth between the sleeping Ruth and
the three girls running.
If I just leave them be, I feel like there'll be a big commotion...
Yurika began growing more and more anxious.
Unlike normally, there were lots of people here. And if Theia
or Kiriha were to bring out their weapons, there would be
repercussions. There might be people that would get hurt,
and even if there wasn't, the situation would become messy.
"...I should go too.”
Yurika pulled herself together and nodded once, full of
To prepare before any possible battles, she would raise a
ward to keep people away and keep people safe while
avoiding being seen. It was a job only Yurika could do.
"If Satomi-san was arrested, I would be troubled."
For the sake of the people coming here to play, for the sake
of Harumi and for the sake of graduating together with
Koutarou, Yurika determined to go to battle at her own
"Come, Angel Halo!”
Her very first job was to cast a protective barrier on the
"...I'm sorry, Ruth-san. Just wait here for a while."
Whispering those words into Ruth's ear, Yurika held the cane
that appeared in her hand above her head and started
Shijima Tayuma was an extreme man, even within the radical
He was extraordinarily proud of being of the People of the
Earth, and he had always found the thought of his people
being driven underground incredibly provoking. In the recent
years, he had gotten even more provoked and irritated by the
large amount of People of the Earth admiring the culture on
Since that's the kind of man he was, when the leader of the
People of the Earth, Kurano Daiha, had decided to invade the
surface, he had been happy enough to break into dance. He
was certain that he would finally be able to regain his
nation's glory. However, shortly thereafter he was horribly
disappointed. The surface invader's commander, Kurano
Kiriha's suggest plan of invasion was the complete opposite
of what he had wanted.
To Tayuma, Kiriha's peaceful invasion seemed like she was
selling off the nation's pride and glory. He believed that using
force to regain what had been stolen was justice. What Kiriha
had been so scared of was that difference in justice, but
Tayuma was so sure of his justice that he didn't bother
listening to Kiriha. He disregarded them as the words of a
loser that had lost courage.
What further fueled this difference in view was the clan
Tayuma was a part of. The Shijima clan was a warrior clan
that had earned their reputation through bravery. Even if a
harsh war awaited them should a military invasion happen,
Tayuma didn't mind as it would only be a chance to show off
his own courage and justice.
His pride as a People of the Earth, his pride as a member of a
warrior clan, his ambition to make a name for himself in a
war and the anger he felt when his hopes for a military
invasion had been betrayed all worked together to make him
suddenly take reckless actions. Roughly a year had passed
since Daiha had decided to invade the surface. Tayuma's
patience was now at its limit.
So Tayuma led his own men to the surface. Their goal was to
show the world that the People of the Earth existed through
the use of military force. By doing that, they would be
declared enemies by the surface dwellers and the People of
the Earth would be forced to use a military invasion. That was
However, Kiriha wouldn't allow that. If she did, it would be the
same as pulling the trigger on a conflict that would last for
several decades. If that happened, the People of the Earth
would be ruined before they could take over the surface. So
Kiriha stood in Tayuma's way, with resolute determination.
“Just what is the meaning of this, Shijima Tayuma!"
Kiriha glared at Tayuma, several in front of him and scolded
him in a cold voice.
“Well, it looked like you were having trouble with your
invasion, so I came to help. I'd prefer it if you thanked me."
Despite Kiriha scolding him, Tayuma still had a confident look
on his face. Tayuma was a man that had passed his forties, so
he considered Kiriha, who wasn't even in her twenties, as a
little girl only skilled with words.
He had a big body, and wore clothes similar to a chief Shinto
priest. The eight subordinates behind him were wearing
similar clothes, but theirs looked easier to move in. The
subordinates were wearing a military uniform while Tayuma
was wearing a formal uniform.
“Pull your troops back, Tayuma! Do that and I'll overlook you
taking the underground submergence boat!"
“I can't just do that. The time to reclaim our stolen glory has
Tayuma completely refused Kiriha's orders. He showed no
hesitation whatsoever. Tayuma had come here after making
up his mind.
Reclaiming their stolen glory... ?
Standing next to Kiriha's side so as to make sure he wouldn't
get in the way, Koutarou remembered that he had heard
those words before. They were words that Kiriha had said
when they had first met. She had probably just said those
words to alert him, but seeing her reject those words now
made him feel at ease.
“Do you even understand, Tayuma!? Just showing the
underground submergence boat to the people on the surface
is dangerous enough! Taking military action on top of that will
only create a war!"
“That is just my wish! I'll dispel this long-held grudge in a war
and show the world the power of the Shijima clan and reclaim
this bountiful surface!"
Kiriha's role had been changed. In the past, Koutarou had
obstructed Kiriha from getting her way, but now, it was Kiriha
who was obstructing Tayuma to keep him from getting his
Kiriha-san is serious...
Kiriha trying to wisely persuade Tayuma was proof that what
she had said before was true. Koutarou believed in her, but
seeing her take action like this made him happy.
“Ridiculous! Are you so obsessed with fighting with the
surface dwellers that you'd bring ruin upon the People of the
“We only need to win before that happens! And if we don't, it
would still be an honor! Rather than living as dogs, the People
of the Earth would be better off dying prideful deaths as
“It's not like wolves are always fighting! You are just a mad
“You impudent little girl!”
Angered by being called a mad dog, Tayuma raised his right
As he did, the eight men and women surrounding him raised
their weapons. The weapons looked different from modern
weaponry, and more like ceramic, similar to Karama and
Korama. The weapons weren't just similar to Karama and
Korama, but they were also spiritual energy weapons made
by the same technology.
“It's okay, Koutarou.”
Koutarou began panicking when Kiriha had guns pointed
towards her. If they were just going to talk, he wasn't
planning on interfering, but if it turned into a battle, he
couldn't just sit still. He couldn't just stay quiet and wait for
the triggered to be pulled. However, Kiriha was calmly staring
"...Tayuma, do you know what pointing guns at me means?”
"I'll just report to Daiha-dono that the commander was
betrayed and killed by the surface dwellers.”
"So you really did have it all planned out from the start.”
Tayuma had been planning to kill Kiriha from the start. That's
why he had appeared where she was. If he reported that the
peaceful Kiriha had been killed by surface dwellers, the
People of the Earth would call for a military invasion. It was
all going according to plan.
"That said, just killing you right now wouldn't be fun. First
However, before Tayuma could move on to the next part of
his plan, a familiar voice entered Koutarou's and Kiriha's ears.
"I've found you, underground people! Get away from those
"Who goes there!?”
Surprised by the voice, Tayuma hurriedly turned around. The
voice came from the roof of a nearby attraction.
“All together we are The Sun Squad, Sun Rangers!"
Wearing colorful suits, the group of five posed, it was the
heroes of justice.
“Wherever there is love, there is justice! In this world—"
While the Sun Rangers were still introducing themselves,
Tayuma ordered his men to fire. As he did, the eight soldiers
pointed their weapons towards the Sun Rangers and pulled
What came out of the guns weren't bullets, but focused
spiritual energy. They were spiritual energy beam rifles. The
beam had the same effect as when Sanae used her
poltergeist to attack directly. However, since the beam was
focused, it held far more power than Sanae's attacks.
“Aaaaghh, we were still introducing ourselves!!”
A large explosion occurred around the Sun Rangers. The
rifles' power was overwhelming, and eight shots hitting
caused a large explosion and the Sun Rangers were easily
blown away by it.
“We just came and this is what we geee~t!?"
“Even though I came wearing blueee-M"
“Ahh, my baked potatooo-M"
“...It turned into charcoal."
The Sun Rangers drew a beautiful parabola as they were
blown away. Although they had been sent flying the moment
they appeared, thanks to the strength of their suits, they
survived without suffering any serious injuries.
“What did they even come here to do...?"
Watching the five fly off, Koutarou sighed.
The Sun Rangers had appeared after their sensor had
detected the underground submarine. They had actually
done the same yesterday; in the end, they had detected
Kiriha's haniwas, but what they first picked up was the
submergence boat searching for Kiriha.
“Tayuma-sama, I believe they're the reported hindrances."
“I see. So they noticed our movement and came here to get
in our way. Quite admirable hard workers, aren't they?
Tayuma had his subordinates investigate the surface in
preparation for a military invasion. A different battle squad
from the Sun Rangers had then successfully obstructed the
scouting party. The Sun Rangers had been misfortunate to
face the underground's army, rather than a scouting party.
“Karama, Korama, full power to the spiritual energy field! Use
elemental attacks as your weaponry and focus the rest of the
energy into the field!"
The Sun Rangers' appearance hadn't been for naught. Taking
advantage of the eight soldiers attacking the Sun Rangers,
Kiriha called over her haniwas and prepared for battle. The
two haniwas floated next to her and enveloped themselves,
Kiriha and Koutarou in a yellow light. The spiritual energy
shield the two haniwas had created was thick. With this, they
would be able to endure an attack from eight people.
Following up on the shield, fire and electricity that would be
used for attacking began running through the haniwas
“Oh, the automatons the Kuranos are so proud of? However,
unlike those things designed for defense, ours are for
A clay doll about a meter in height floated up next to Tayuma.
The clay doll looked like it was made from ceramics, like
Karama and Korama, but its shape was more of a square, and
the design was very aggressive. The clay doll was a robot
weapon just like Kiriha's haniwas.
“First, you attack with numbers and now with force? Shijima's
bravery must be very cheap."
“Say whatever you want. That's just how war is! Jakko!
Activate the spiritual energy field neutralizer!”
Receiving Tayuma's orders, the clay doll roars and began
emitting an orange glow. The clay doll then slowly
approached the haniwas.
“Nee-san! He's begun eroding our spiritual energy field!"
“This is bad Ho-! We're losing in generator output Ho-!"
As the clay doll got closer, the yellow light enveloping
Koutarou and the others grew weaker. This was due to the
ability the clay doll had that allowed it to break through
spiritual energy shields.
With one side trying to create a barrier and the other trying
to destroy it, the side with the most power would win out. In
this scenario, Karama and Korama were at a disadvantage.
The haniwas were only about 30 centimeters tall, compared
to the clay doll's one meter height. Because of their large
size difference, even together, they had less power than the
clay doll. At this rate, their shield would be peeled off in no
"Tayuma, are you saying you won't stop fighting no matter
"A foolish question! Now that we've come up to the surface,
we can't return with nothing to show for it!"
"I understand. In that case, I'll prepare myself as well."
Before Kiriha could finish speaking, she shook and gripped
her left hand. Before anyone could realize, it was now
covered by a blue gauntlet. This was a weapon from Kiriha's
armory in her secret base.
"I definitely won't let you steal anything!"
Having never held a weapon up until now, Kiriha was now
brandishing one of her own. Since she sought a peaceful
resolution, she had taken up arms to prevent a war from
breaking out, no matter what.
"Wa ha ha ha, how are you going to defend it all on your
Tayuma sneered at Kiriha. Convinced of his victory, he was
now looking down on her.
"There's no one on this surface who would ally with you! The
ones you're trying to protect won't protect you! Just sit there
on the sidelines and watch as the future you fought for meets
a tragic end!"
Tayuma raised his own weapon and pointed the barrel at the
"Curse you, Tayuma! I won't let you attack the surface!"
With Tayuma pointing his barrel towards the roller coaster,
even the cool headed Kiriha began panicking. The
amusement park was important to Kiriha, and amongst the
attractions, the roller coaster was extra important. Kiriha
then pointed her left hand, clad in a blue gauntlet, towards
However, Tayuma's subordinates stood in the way, blocking
Kiriha. They were all pointing their guns at Kiriha and
because of that, she couldn't attack Tayuma.
With Karama's and Korama's spiritual energy field being
eroded by the clay doll, Tayuma's subordinates might be able
to penetrate it. So Kiriha couldn't just attack and give the
subordinates a chance to counterattack.
"Kukukuku, how whimsical of you to try and protect this scrap
Tayuma slowly aimed in on the roller coaster as if showing off
“Stop it, Tayuma!"
“Your voice is starting to sound much better. I wonder what
kind of sound you'll make when your beloved scrap heap
Tayuma ridiculed Kiriha as he put his finger on the trigger.
However, before he could pull it, someone swung a fist
“Quit messing around you bastard!"
The fist belonged to Koutarou, who Tayuma had completely
forgotten. But it was only obvious for him to forget; nobody
would expect an unarmed surface dweller to do anything. The
same was true for Kiriha; her eyes were opened wide in
“There're things you just can't do!"
Koutarou yelled at Tayuma who had fallen over. He was
unbelievably angry. He had completely forgotten who his
opponent was and that his opponent was armed. He only
remembered one thing, and that was that he definitely
couldn't forgive Tayuma's actions.
“This is a place where everyone makes memories!"
“That's laughable!! What about it!? We don't care about
Tayuma wiped his mouth as he stood up. Having been
punched by Koutarou, it was now bleeding. Tayuma's pride
didn't allow him to accept that a younger man had hit and
injured him. He glared at Koutarou as his anger grew in
“I could never let someone that calls this place laughable
invade the surface! Kiriha-san would never call this place
"Quit your howling, brat! In that case, I'll kill you first!”
Koutarou came swinging against Tayuma again. To fend him
off, Tayuma pointed his gun at Koutarou. Because of their
short distance, Tayuma barely had to aim to hit Koutarou.
However, Tayuma's gun didn't fire once more. All of a sudden,
several laser beams came pouring down from the sky and
penetrated his gun. The attack destroyed his weapon and
scattered the electronic system inside all over the ground.
"Good job, Theia!!”
Koutarou then swung his fist.
His fist struck the surprised Tayuma directly in the face.
Having been punched in the face again, Tayuma fell down.
"It's not 'Good job, Theia', it's 'You saved me, my princess'!"
Theia's voice rang out from above Koutarou. The next
moment, a one meter long, sturdy and compact aircraft¬
looking machine descended next to him. It was the small
fighter that Theia had used to follow after Koutarou and Kiriha
yesterday and today.
“You saved me, my princess."
“You're always so reckless, really..."
Theia's amazed voice could be heard from the small fighter.
The fighter had been left on standby above Koutarou and
Kiriha and would protect them if things got dangerous.
Theia had given a sign only Koutarou would notice and looked
out for a chance to attack together. In the end, Koutarou had
gotten so angry that he went swinging at Tayuma before
Theia could attack, but it did work out as planned.
“Theia, stop prattling and hand over the sword!"
“That's not it; you say 'Please give me the sword, Princess'!"
With Tayuma being attacked, his subordinates wouldn't just
stand by and do nothing.
Half of the eight subordinates changed their aim from Kiriha
to Koutarou. But by that time, Koutarou was already prepared
to fight. He had pulled out a sword from a black hole that had
opened up in the air and held it with both hands and took a
stance. It was the treasure sword, Saguratin, and it had
Theia's golden flower crest engraved in it. The stance was an
old Forthorthe sword fighting stance.
As Theia spoke up, white smoke covered Koutarou. The
smoke was being produced by a globe the small fighter had
launched. With a fast chemical reaction, a large amount of
smoke was created and almost instantly robbed the enemy of
“You idiot! I can't see anything either!!"
Koutarou lowered his posture and complained toTheia. While
Tayuma's subordinates couldn't see through the smoke, the
same was true for Koutarou.
“Calm down, Koutarou! It's all according to plan!"
The next moment, Koutarou felt a familiar presence around
“Is that you, Sanae!?”
He then heard Sanae's voice next to his ear. Sanae and found
Koutarou in the smoke and was hanging off his back like
“I'll find the enemies for you!”
At the same time Sanae said that, Koutarou could see several
glowing things inside the white smoke. The lights all had the
shapes of people, moving carefully through the smoke.
“What is this!?”
“It's the opposite of when I can taste what you eat! I'm
showing you what I can see!”
“I see, that's convenient!”
Having understood the situation, Koutarou began running.
The moving lights were all people. He could tell Kiriha apart
from the rest since she had haniwas, and that meant the rest
were Tayuma's subordinates. He couldn't give up this
“You better compliment me lots after all of this is doneJ’”
“I know, I know!"
Using his sword, Koutarou destroyed the subordinates'
weapons one after the other. Koutarou and Sanae didn't have
any memory of it, but this was the second time they had
done this. Because of that, Koutarou was more easily able to
accept the situation.
“This is not the kind of fighting a knight should be doing
“No, you're a genius, Theia!”
Koutarou then used the flat of his sword to knock the
unarmed subordinates unconscious. Having suddenly been
blinded, they had no way of preventing Koutarou's ambush.
They panicked and fired their guns at random, but that
wasn't enough to recover from this situation.
“R-Really? You really think so?”
“Yeah, I owe you one.”
It was true that this kind of one sided fight wasn't something
praisable for a knight. But Koutarou was thankful he didn't
have to fight to the death. Since Koutarou knew of Kiriha's
wish, he was even more so. Which was why Koutarou was
extra thankful forTheia's plan.
“Koutarou, the smoke is clearing.”
After Koutarou had knocked out the four subordinates
targeting him, the effect of the smoke-producing globe cut
out and the smoke cleared. Since the amusement park was
near the sea, the winds began blowing during the evening.
Once the smoke stopped being produced, it disappeared
“So you've cleared things up over there too. Good job,
Once the smoke cleared, Tayuma's four other subordinates
were all lying on the ground. Instead, Shizuka stood where
they were standing wearing large goggles. She had taken
advantage of the smoke to sneak in and dispatch the four
subordinates targeting Kiriha.
“Glad to see you safe, Shizuka."
“As a martial artist, this wasn't a worthy fight when using this
kind of goggles. It should be done using the mind's eye."
Talking to Theia's voice coming out from the unmanned
fighter, Shizuka took off her goggles. The goggles allowed the
user to see infrared light, which let her see through the
“D-Damn, to think you had that kind of ambush lying in
Tayuma that had been knocked down by Koutarou a second
time stood up. As he did, the clay doll separated from Karama
and Korama and headed over to Tayuma to protect him.
“So what will you do now, Tayuma? Are you still planning on
Kiriha approached Tayuma still wearing her blue gauntlet on
her left hand. She was determined to use it if she had to.
Despite his disadvantage, Tayuma gave Kiriha a cold glare
and boldly responded.
“That goes without question! If I can turn you into a sacrifice
here, the People of the Earth will choose war!"
Even if Tayuma and his group were defeated here, as long as
Kiriha died, the other members of the radical faction would
manipulate the truth and agitate the People of the Earth. By
doing that, the result would turn out the way Tayuma wanted.
He only had to ignore whether he personally won or lost.
“Do you think you can do that in this situation?"
Kiriha, Koutarou and the others surrounded Tayuma. Even he
knew that killing Kiriha would be difficult. Despite that he still
“However, the sacrifice doesn't have to be you!"
Tayuma smiled triumphantly. It was almost as if he had
predicted this outcome.
“I see, your aim isn't me, it's—"
At that moment, Kiriha realized Tayuma's aim.
“Jakko, release the safety device!"
“Karama, Korama! Focus the spiritual energy field around
that automaton! Full power! I won't mind if you burn out your
circuits! Block it no matter the what!"
“You're too late! Jakko, self destruct!"
Kiriha and Tayuma gave orders at the same time. But since
his order was shorter, Tayuma finished faster. Karama and
Korama would not make it in time. Even if they did, having
being weakened by the erosion, it wasn't a sure thing that
they could block the explosion.
"Kukukukuku, Hahahahahaha, I win!”
Convinced of his victory, Tayuma burst out laughing. It all
went according to plan.
Tayuma's strategy had two kinds of goals.
The primary goal was to assassinate Kiriha with his own
hands. Once this goal became impossible, he started on his
The secondary goal was to self destruct the clay doll and turn
himself into a sacrifice. Although they might not have had the
influence of the Kurano clan, the Shijima clan still had
considerable influence. If they just made it out so that
Tayuma had been attacked by the surface dwellers and his
automaton exploded in the process, they could then turn
Tayuma into a martyr that was a victim of the cruel surface
dwellers. And if the self destruct managed to get Kiriha
involved as well, it would be the best possible outcome.
The reason behind the several scouting parties was to drag
out the surface's battle squads. By doing that, they could put
the blame on them instead. In reality, the Sun Rangers had
appeared, which was why Tayuma hadn't attacked Kiriha until
Once the Sun Rangers had appeared, all they had to do was
destroy Karama and Korama that held detailed records of the
events. The reason Tayuma had brought out a clay doll with
the ability to nullify spiritual energy fields was to make
absolutely sure that Karama and Korama would be destroyed.
All he had done after that was to buy time for the field to get
Failing that, he would self destruct the clay doll and become a
sacrifice himself. And if possible, the best outcome would be
to kill Kiriha as well, but at worst all he had to do was destroy
Karama and Korama. Kiriha's testimony alone couldn't
overturn the radical faction's combined testimony. Which
meant that if just Tayuma died, it would be enough to shake
the People of the Earth's opinion of the surface dwellers.
“With this, the People of the Earth can reclaim their glory!
And I'll stand alongside the heroes of history!"
It was Tayuma's victory. The clay doll would explode and
Tayuma would die. At the same time, the haniwas would be
destroyed, leaving no evidence behind. Making use of this
situation, the radical faction would call out for the destruction
of the surface dwellers. The age of war that Tayuma hoped
for would begin.
The clay doll exploded. Tayuma's laughter didn't stop.
Until the explosion was blocked by Karama's and Korama's
spiritual energy field, who weren't supposed to be able to put
up the field in time.
“That's impossible! How!?”
The field was supposed to have been just a moment too late.
Tayuma's order had been faster. And even if they had made
it, the field had been eroded by the clay doll. Either way, they
shouldn't have been able to block the explosion.
“It seems like the explosion was smaller than I thought."
Not missing her chance while Tayuma was astonished, Kiriha
closed in the distance between her and him. He noticed that
Kiriha was closing in, but because of the large shock of his
plan failing, he was unable to move.
“Quit messing around, as if that could happen! This is some
kind of mistake!"
Tayuma couldn't accept the situation. The clay doll had more
then enough power to kill him. Since he had confirmed that
countless times in simulations, there was no mistaking it.
Karama and Korama weren't supposed to be able to block it.
But the explosion had been blocked, and Kiriha was now
“Then you were simply hated by the goddess of creation!"
The gauntlet on Kiriha's left hand began glowing. The
gauntlet worked by turning the wearer's spiritual energy into
fire and electricity. At this time, Kiriha's spiritual energy was
being turned into electricity.
“War will begin! I will become a hero! The People of the
Earth's history will—"
“Allow me to advise you on something."
Kiriha's left fist sunk into Tayuma's body while he was yelling.
At that moment, the electricity around Kiriha's fist flowed
through Tayuma's body.
Through precise control, the electricity knocked Tayuma out
without killing him.
“...Next time, don't skip out on the prayers. For your own
Tayuma lost his consciousness and fell down on the spot.
Seeing that, Kiriha had a somewhat sorrowful look on her.
“Ah, it looks like it ended safely."
Someone was watching over Kiriha's and Tayuma's fight from
afar. However, that wasn't the goddess of creation that Kiriha
had mentioned, but a girl wearing a frilly pink costume. That
girl was none other than our magical girl, Rainbow Yurika.
“Now I can finally climb down."
Suppressing her fears, she had climbed up a tall pillar and
watched over Koutarou and the others battle from afar and
supported with her magic if necessary.
“I feel like I've gotten good at using my magic in secret."
She had set up a ward to keep people from gathering,
reduced the falling speed of the blown away Sun Rangers to
keep them alive and protected the amusement park and its
visitors when Tayuma's subordinates had begun firing at
“I'm so glad everything worked out."
And to top it off, she had contained the clay doll's explosion.
Yurika had cast a defensive spell on the inside of Karama's
and Korama's spiritual energy field. The explosions power had
been terrific, but thanks to the two layered barrier of magic
and spiritual energy, they somehow managed to contain it.
They had almost not made it in time, but Yurika had
somehow managed to pull it off. Nobody else knew it, but
today's hero was Yurika.
“Now all I need to do is head back to Ruth-san and everything
will be fine."
However, unlike every time up until now, she felt like it was a
good thing that nobody knew. Problems should be resolved
using your own power. Knowing that they would be helped
through magic, a lot of people would stop trying. This was
another sign that Yurika had grown.
And this was also for Yurika's sake. She wanted to stay as a
normal girl for as long as possible.
“...But how do I get down from here...?"
Having used magic to her heart's content, Yurika had
temporarily used up all of her magic power. Because of that
she was unable to climb down from the pillar she was on.
“Save meee~, Satomi-saaa~n!!“
To Yurika, rather than having everyone know she had helped,
she was more concerned with surviving this crisis.
A few days later, another evaluation meeting was being held
in the Sun Rangers' base. They had finally decided on their
five individual colors, but today they were all wearing white.
The damage they had suffered from the explosion and
following crash had not been insubstantial. They were all
wrapped up in bandages.
“All of our past problems have been solved, and we've
confirmed that the enemy is being active in this region as
well, but now we have discovered new problems."
Like last time, Professor Roppongi was writing on the
“...And that's that we're all terribly weak."
“We didn't even stand a chance."
The White Shine with hair sticking out from under the
bandages dropped his shoulders. As he did, the small White
Shine next to him continued talking.
“Besides, in the other regions they would run as soon as they
saw our allies, but here they came charging at us."
“Yeah. They shot at us without hesitation. Not to mention,
their weapons had a lot of punch behind them."
The White Shine wearing shades spoke bitterly. He was
confident in his firearms-handling ability, so he was quite
dissatisfied with this defeat.
“Still, we were saved by the strength of these suits. It's
almost a mystery that we survived.”
”1 was sure I would die when Megu-chan came falling down at
"Daisaku-kun, you don't need to put it like that!”
When the fat White Shine had been blown away, he had
become the female White Shine's landing pad. Thanks to
that, his injuries were just that much more serious. The
female White Shine felt bad about it, but since she had a
stubborn side to her, she protested.
"On the other hand, the underground people were defeated
by citizens that happened to be on the site.”
"Which means that their weapons are powerful, but the
soldiers themselves aren't all that strong?"
"Most likely. They might just have been recruits as well.”
"I see... so the situation was the same for both of us, but we
lost due to the difference in firepower...”
"If my prediction is correct."
Roppongi and the short-cut White Shine nodded at each
other. However, the mini White Shine that had listened to
them had a different opinion.
"But it might be that the citizens that defeated them are just
special. It was Baron Demon-san and the others that did it,
"That's right! Baron-sama is strong!”
Once Baron Demon's name came up, the female White
Shine's eyes started shining. In her head, Baron Demon was
already a deity. After hearing of his victory, it was like she
"Noo~, I want to be captured and tortured by Baron-sama as
soon as possible! Ufu, ufu, ufufufufu...”
"...Megu-chan's opinion aside, if normal people could win,
won't things work out if we try harder?”
The large man covered in plastic casts summarized the topic.
If Baron Demon could overcome the difference in firepower
with ability, they should be able to do the same as long as
they worked harder. If anything, they had a higher chance of
doing so than Baron since they had their suits.
"Daisaku-niichan, do you mean that we should practice on
our moves and come up with strategies?”
"Practice, huh, that's my specialty."
"Strategies... Hey, I've been thinking, but shouldn't we just
stealthily snipe them? We even have detectors."
"Stupid, do you want to be scolded by Baron-sama again?"
"Then if we increase our numbers—”
"Quit messing around!! Hayato, you really don't get it!! Didn't
you listen to a word of what Baron-sama said!?”
"T-That's not it, but..."
The discussion got complicated once more. Their first battle
might have been a loss, but their morale was still high. They
wanted to be able to produce results the next them they were
sortied. All members shared that same wish.
They had finally been able to get to do their job since their
demotion, so a failure or two wasn't worth considering.
Whether they lost or were made fun off, they would get up as
many times as they had to. At least in that aspect, they could
be called heroes.
The Sun Squad, Sun Rangers' battle had only just begun.
Monday, December 21
Since Kiriha had apprehended Shijima Tayuma, his plan had
completely failed. Karama's and Korama's records served as
proof that backed up Kiriha's testimony. He was now awaiting
investigation and trial.
And with Tayuma's plan exposed to the world, Kiriha's
political rivals, the radical faction, temporarily stepped out of
the spotlight. Since the underground people's opinion had
changed, nothing they did would work out well. Even if Kiriha
was to die now, the radical faction would be blamed. They
had to wait out the storm before they could make any further
As a result, Kiriha's surroundings became peaceful again.
As for Kiriha who had survived the crisis, she used the winter
vacation and headed to the amusement park together with
Koutarou once more in order to thank him.
“You don't really need to thank me."
However, to Koutarou, he hadn't done anything that required
thanking. Since he had become friends with Kiriha, it was
only obvious that he would help her.
“Don't say that. I love this place. There're lots of rides I
haven't tried yet.”
However, showing her thanks was most likely just an excuse.
In reality, Koutarou was just a bonus, what she really wanted
to do was ride the roller coaster. Since Tayuma had appeared,
she had missed her chance of riding it. She had decided that
she would definitely ride it today, and had been enthusiastic
since the morning.
“Well, in that case...”
“Good. I'll be happy if you enjoy it alongside me.”
“Leave it to me. Playing around is my specialty.”
The two were walking through the park heading towards the
roller coaster. However, just before it, Koutarou stopped for
some reason. Noticing that, Kiriha stopped too and called out
“Over there. I was just thinking that the hole is already fixed.”
Koutarou moved his face a little to point towards the area he
was looking. He was looking at the place where Tayuma had
appeared on the underground submergence boat, creating a
big hole in the ground. There were several workers that were
working on fixing the pavement after filling up the hole.
“Koutarou, having a big hole like that here would be boring.”
“As long as there are happy memories being made here,
everything is fine, right?”
“And now you want to some happy memories regarding the
Giggling to each other, the two of them begin walking
through the roller coaster again.
Thanks to Yurika's magic, the events regarding that incident
had finished up quickly. Having cast a ward to keep people
away at the same time as the Sun Rangers appeared, no one
could see their fighting. And the event was covered up as a
mysterious sinkhole suddenly appearing.
Koutarou and Kiriha had no idea what Yurika had done, so
Koutarou just figured they had been lucky. Kiriha had
assumed that the surface government had regulated the
information. They had a difference in assumption, but they
were both happy that the incident had been safely resolved.
“As long as happy memories are being made, huh... Koutarou
are you happy being here with me?"
Walking next to Koutarou, Kiriha suspiciously looked at him.
They were closer than ever. So while he would normally panic
from this situation, today there was no sign of that reaction
as he instead smiled and nodded.
“Yeah. With you right now, it's not that bad. I don't have to
worry about any weird intentions, since I already know what
you really want."
Up until now, Koutarou had been panicking because he didn't
know her intentions. For example, in the past when she had
been trying to seduce him, he didn't know if she was kidding
or if she was serious. But things were different now. Knowing
that Kiriha had someone she loved, it was obvious that she
wasn't serious about her seduction. In fact, Kiriha would be
troubled if Koutarou took her seduction seriously.
On top of that, Koutarou completely trusted in Kiriha. She
might play jokes, but he believed that she didn't play around
with people. So even if he was with Kiriha, he wasn't anxious.
Like with Kenji, he was able to enjoy Kiriha's words and
“It sounds like you're calling me a flimsy woman though."
“If it sounds like it, it's probably the truth. But I like that kind
“Fufufu, then I'll take it as a compliment."
“Yeah. If you hadn't chosen a man you'd want to be with, I
would like to make a move on you."
“Quit your lying, Satomi Koutarou. That's far too
The two headed towards the roller coaster while joking
around. This was a refreshing sight for those two. Everything
up until today had led to a change in their relationship.
A man she wants to be with huh...
Once the roller coaster was right in front of them, Koutarou
stopped moving once more, he repeated his own words on in
his mind. He then looked over to the sign near the roller
'You must be at least 140 centimeters to ride this attraction.'
Koutarou then looked up towards the cars running on the
Hmm, something just feels wrong...
Imagining himself and Kiriha riding the rollercoaster
together, he felt like something didn't quite click.
So Koutarou stopped Kiriha as she was about to cross the
entrance to the ride.
Kiriha quickly turned around. Her eyes were sparkling, like a
child really looking forward to riding the roller coaster.
"We should probably not ride it."
Kiriha's expression clouded instantly. Since she had been so
excited for today, she was very disappointed.
"Why would you stop now that we've come this far?”
"Hmm... how could I put this..."
'It doesn't feel right' wouldn't work as an explanation.
Thinking about what to say, Koutarou racked his brain, before
explaining to Kiriha.
"I really think you should ride it with your first love."
At that moment Kiriha became aware of her own feelings,
and her eyes opened wide in surprise.
Am I confusing Koutarou and that person... ?
Until Koutarou had pointed it out, Kiriha had felt like she was
about to ride the roller coaster with her first love. That's why
she noticed that she was confusing Koutarou with her first
Taken aback by her own feelings, Kiriha looked up at the
roller coaster. The complexly intertwining railroads looked like
her own feelings to her.
"Either way, no matter what happens, that way would be for
the best. Since you've waited this long, there's no need to
Koutarou lined up next to Kiriha and looked up at the roller
coaster with her. But unlike Kiriha, Koutarou had no
"I'll help you look for him, so let's find that person."
"...Yeah, thank you, Koutarou."
Looking at Koutarou's smiling face, Kiriha noticed another
No... It might not be that I'm confusing Koutarou with that person, but rather
However, Kiriha couldn't reach a conclusion yet. To her, both
possibilities seemed correct but at the same time wrong. Her
feelings at the moment were very complex.
However there was one thing she knew for certain.
"What if we couldn't find that person, even then?”
Kiriha wanted to ride the roller coaster with Koutarou. She
wanted some memorable experiences with her new found
friend. So Kiriha couldn't stop herself asking that.
“Then ride with me. I'm actually very interested in roller
coasters as well."
“...I got it. Then I'll endure for today."
Satisfied by Koutarou's answer, Kiriha agreed with him.
Regardless of who I ride this with in the future, I just hope my feelings are
clear by that time...
Kiriha didn't know what would happen in the future, but she
was mysteriously cheerful.
“Right then, what to ride next..."
Leaving the roller coaster behind them Kiriha walked around
the amusement park looking for the next attraction.
Attractions she'd been on, attractions she hadn't and
attractions she'd been on but wanted to get on again. There
were a ton of attractions that attracted Kiriha's attention.
Oh yeah, there was something I had to say...
Looking at Kiriha look around the area, Koutarou remembered
that there was something he needed to tell her. It was
something he had been thinking about since he had seen
Kiriha fight Tayuma.
As Koutarou called out to Kiriha, she continued moving
around the area while looking back at him. She moved
around, almost as if Koutarou himself was one of the
“There's something I want to apologize about.”
“Apologize? What for?”
Kiriha tilted her head. She couldn't remember Koutarou
having anything to apologize about. She could come up with
a lot of things that she could apologize for, but nothing that
“When we first met, I said some horrible things to you, right?"
Koutarou wanted to apologize for what he had said when they
had first met. Having no way of knowing her intentions, he
had called her an idiot amongst other things. But having
learned of her intentions, Koutarou noticed that what he had
said probably hurt her.
“Of course you did. I'm an invader after all."
Kiriha smiled as if saying that there was no need to
apologize. She was prepared for the consequences since she
wanted Koutarou to resist.
“That might be true, but still, I'm sorry, Kiriha-san."
But even then Koutarou apologized. When he had apologized,
he felt a weight drop off his shoulders. It wasn't just for
Kiriha's sake, but also for his own.
“That sounds like you want to be invaded to me."
Kiriha smiled mischievously. Koutarou had been so harsh with
Kiriha because he wanted to prevent an invasion. By
apologizing, it was the same as if he was allowing the
invasion, both of room 106 and the surface.
However, Koutarou's glance remained calm, even after
seeing that smile. He had absolute faith in Kiriha.
“Feel free to invade if you want. The surface, or that room."
“If you seriously want to that is."
Hearing Koutarou's response, Kiriha noticed how happy she
So you won't mind if I invade... Koutarou...
Kiriha was unbearably happy. Deep joy filled her heart, and it
felt like it would burst at any moment.
She was so happy that Koutarou had accepted her as a true
friend. That was also the answer she sought for in her
invasion. It was as if his answer affirmed her goal and
actions. She had gotten what she had wished for. The joy of
that was deep yet intense, so the normally calm Kiriha was
barely able to hold back her tears.
“...Koutarou, in reality you don't want me to find that person,
As Kiriha said that, she wiped the corners of her eyes. Even
with her strong will, she hadn't been able to keep herself
from tearing up.
“Hm? What do you mean?"
Koutarou didn't notice her tears, and just smiled while looking
“No, it's nothing."
Kiriha grabbed Koutarou's hand while he tilted his head in
confusion and began pulling on it as she started walking. If
she had continued to face him, she would probably have
“Let's go, Koutarou!"
Kiriha continued walking, heading for attractions she had
never ridden with anyone before.
To make memories with the first real friend she had ever
made on the surface.
As the end of the year approached, even if the days were
warm, the evenings turned cold in a hurry. So to Koutarou,
who had gotten another part-time job because of the winter
vacation, this was a rough period.
“How about a cake for Christmas!? At the Harukaze Bakery,
we're accepting reservations for Christmas cakes!"
Koutarou's new part time was handing out flyers dressed as
Since the bakery by the station at the mall was selling
Christmas cakes, Koutarou was in charge of the advertising.
Today was December 22, and Christmas Eve was right around
the corner. When it came to selling Christmas cakes, it had to
be done today or tomorrow.
The most important time for advertising was when people
were shopping or heading home. It was cold, but he had to
“How about a cake for Christmas!? At the Harukaze Bakery,
we're accepting reservations for Christmas cakes!"
Handing out flyers to the people passing through the mall,
Koutarou raised his voice.
A lot of necessities were required for the end of the year, so
his part-time job excavating ruins wasn't quite enough.
Because of Yurika, the food cost had risen, and because Theia
was playing so many games, the electricity bill had also risen.
And in the winter, the heating bill had increased, putting even
more pressure on Koutarou.
Everything could work out if he relied on his father, but for
him to acknowledge himself as an independent adult man he
wanted to solve this with his own power.
“How about a cake for Christmas!? At the Harukaze Bakery,
we're accepting reservations for Christmas cakes!"
There were a lot of people passing through. However,
everyone looked busy, and only a few showed interest in
Koutarou's flyers. He politely handed over flyers to those who
would accept them. Amongst the people that accepted the
flyers, only a few were actually interested in buying a cake.
But it was important to think of everyone accepting the flyer
as a customer.
After Koutarou had been struggling for a while, he heard an
“Good evening, Santa."
Harumi had called out to Koutarou. When he turned to the
direction of the voice, he saw Harumi smiling in the cold
winds raging through the mall. That smile felt like the spring
sun to him. It was a welcome meeting that let him forget
about the cold.
“Fufu, I think I've been a good child this year, so may I have
Smiling, Harumi was holding out her hands as if she asking
for a present.
Long time no see. It's the author, Takehaya.
The heat this summer has been overwhelming and I wrote
this novel in the middle of that summer. It's now October and
it's gradually getting colder, so I think I'll be able to catch up
on the sleeping I missed during the summer.
This sixth volume focused around Kiriha. The circumstances
for why she took command of the surface invasion force are
With this, all of the four invaders' stories have begun. Thanks
to that, I bet your impression of the each character has
changed from when the story first began. Having come this
far, we're finally at the starting point. I'm really glad the
series has gotten on the right track. This is all thanks to you
readers, thank you very much, and I hope you will continue to
support me in the future.
And regarding that anime preview, it should have reached
the hands of all those who requested it by the time this novel
is released... It did reach you, right?
Two points regarding this preview surprised me.
The first was that it has now been voiced. Since it was going
to be used by Hobbyjapan's production department as a
promotion, it was only planned to have video and music.
However, the anime studio, SilverLink, that had been hired to
produce it showed their motivation and created a short story
and added voice actors to it. Since it had been different from
what they had been asked to do, I was surprised when I saw
The second point was that a portion of the lines are wrong.
Since there were no lines planned for this preview, SilverLink
had shown some goodwill when they made it. Because of
this, there were no detailed character settings that existed,
leading to a natural mistake. So I hope you could just laugh it
off and forgive them. And if this novel really got adapted into
an anime, this kind of mistake wouldn't happen, so it's quite
the rare scenario.
I would greatly appreciate it if those who received the
preview enjoyed it. And for those of who you didn't receive it,
a portion of it is being showed on Hobbyjapan's website, so
please feel free to take a look over there.
To me, it's like I'm looking at my younger sister's sport's
meet; I'm half having fun, half nervous. Could this also be an
author's fate? Personally, I found Karama and Korama cuter
than I had imagined them. I wanted to see them move
around more restlessly. Ho-, H 0 H 0 -!
With the preview complete, project 'Rokujouma no
Shinryakusha' has swung into full gear. This is the crucial
period for determining if this work gets an anime or not. I
hope for even more support from my readers.
And now for my recent situation.
Recently when I go out to eat, I will encounter a cat from time
to time. It seems like it lives in one of the houses I pass by,
but for some reason it begins meowing whenever it sees me.
When I paid attention, I noticed that the cat wouldn't do
anything when other people passed by. It's almost as if it's
trying to tell me something. I'm not sure if it's because it
really likes me or really dislikes me. So when I met it next
time, I'll try to establish contact. Will it let me pat it or will it
scratch me? I'm anxiously awaiting our next meeting, cat.
On another note, I had more air conditioner running the
entire summer. Since I use my computer for work during the
day, it just has to be on. And during the warm nights, it has to
be on for me to be able to sleep. Thanks to that, my jaw
dropped when I saw the electric bill; it was almost twice as
expensive as normal. Even though it's required for my work, I
got to thinking about ecologies. However, by the time the
novel is released it should be cooler, so I guess I'm safe for
The other day I saw a certain movie. That said, I didn't see it
at the theater, rather, I bought the BD. The title of the movie
was 'Moon'. It was a low-budget film but it was interesting
with all the ingenious tricks they used. This was more my
type of movie, and I preferred over 'District 9' that I bought at
the same time. I want to try making a work set in space some
day. I don't know when that day will come though.
I still have lots of things I can write in this afterword, but I
think I'll stop it here.
And finally, I'd like to thank everyone at the editorial
department, Poco-san who always draws cute illustrations for
me, everyone at SilverLink who helped make the preview, my
friends who would give me advice and all of you readers who
bought this novel.
Then let us meet again in the afterword of the seventh
In the case of a relationship being report to Kasagi Shizuka (Landlord of Corona House,
residing in room 206 ), it may be permitted.