Friday, July 2
The girl known as Kurano Kiriha has a domestic and tolerant
atmosphere to her. However, that's not all there is to her. She had
another side to her, namely, the commander of the underground
people's invasion force.
That said, Kiriha and the others' invasion of the surface was a
peaceful one. Apart from their registrations being fake, almost all of
their invasion is done through legal means. They also take part in
the local community, actively communicating with the locals. In
other words, Kiriha and the others' invasion is intended to cause as
few problems as possible for the locals.
The biggest reason as to why they chose to go with such a
roundabout way to invade is because they don’t like being forceful.
They had been unjustly chased away from their homes in the past,
but they had no intentions of doing the same to the people of the
present. That's because of their pride and stubbornness. The tribe
that Kiriha and the others are a part of, the People of the Earth, is a
very prideful tribe.
There was also one more reason as to why they were avoiding an
invasion through force. The underground people's population was
in decline, and there wouldn't be enough time to redo their
invasion. That's why they had to pull it off the first time without
fail. And as a result, Kiriha's peaceful invasion was necessary.
If they invaded through force, they would probably be able to
secure some territory. They had enough power for that at least.
However, territorial conflicts between the different people would
occur, labelling Kiriha and the others as terrorists and forcing them
into a long-term battle. If that happened, without any base on the
surface, they would gradually lose power and population.
Defending their pride would only lead to ruin.
However, the People of the Earth were not united, and apart from
the conservative faction that Kiriha and the others belonged to,
there was also a radical faction that sought to invade the surface
Why did they have to bow down to the people that had chased
them away from their own homes? Especially since they were far
more advanced. Retaking their homes through military force was
only just and being ruled by the superior People of the Earth would
be what's best for the surface dwellers. Or so the radical faction sees
it. The radical faction consisted of dangerous people who had
gathered because of their grudge from the past, befit of the evil
persona one might attach to invaders from underground.
Fortunately, the conservative faction had far more numbers than the
radical faction, leaving them in the majority. As a result, the radical
faction could never get the initiative in the politics. But if the radical
faction was to perform a large scale military action on the surface,
the people on the surface would counterattack, unable to
distinguish between the conservative and radical factions. If that
happened, everything would go the way the radical faction wanted.
That's why Kiriha and the others always kept an eye on any
movement from the radicals.
Kiriha was currently in her own room underneath room 106, facing
her computer. On the screen was her father, Kurano Daiha. She was
in the middle of talking with him and exchanging information.
"... that's the report I've received. Kiriha, it seems like what you've
said before is becoming a reality, and there's not much time. We
might have been too slow to notice."
"Who could have suspected that magicians like from out of a fairy
tale exist and that they're working with the radical faction?"
The information Daiha had all supported what Kiriha had
The radical faction had been operating under the surface for a while
now. They began to rapidly gather talent and capital, causing the
conservative faction to suspect that they were up to something. But
they couldn't tell what it was that they were planning. Every time
they tried investigating, the information disappeared somewhere
along the way for some reason. As the tribe chief, Daiha had quite
the capability to gather information, yet not even he could find the
truth behind this. As a result, while it was obvious that the radicals
were up to something, the conservatives couldn't find any leads.
"And based on the fact that Chief has failed to collect any
information, it is very plausible that a magician is intervening."
"Hmm... there is certainly enough circumstantial evidence... and it
would also mean that top-secret information is being shared with
the magicians. I find it hard to believe that information is the only
thing they'd share."
The fact that they couldn't find any leads despite something big
going on was circumstantial proof in itself. Even the best of
information networks wouldn't be able to intercept a magician's
means of transmitting information. The fact that important
information was being entrusted to magicians showed how strong
their cooperation was. The underground radical faction and the
magicians were working together to do battle against their own
enemies. That was no longer something that could be doubted.
"It is believed that top level spiritual technology has been leaked to
"I don't want to believe it but... it seems like a product model of that
test model that you brought with you is being mass-produced."
There was also one more hint to be found. It was the artificial arm
that had been left behind during their last battle with Maya. The
arm was brought back underground and left to scientists from the
conservative faction for analysis. From there, they analyzed the
capabilities of the test model and got an estimate on the specs of a
potential product model. They estimated the amount that could be
produced through funding from an unknown party and the
strength of a military force equipped with it. The very imagination
of it seemed like a nightmare.
"On top of that, it can be expected that the product model is being
shared with the magicians, and in return they gain magic weapons
on the same level. That would be fatal for us as we have no
protection against magic."
"So robotic soldiers powered by spiritual energy would attack us
using magical weapons, huh..."
"The conservative faction is attempting to contact magicians as well,
but there's no time. We should assume that we will have to deal
with this alone."
"We noticed it too late... it can't be helped. Kiriha, it seems like the
People of the Earth may be forced to consider a large-scale battle,
no, a war, with one another."
Daiha seemed mortified.
Daiha and the others of the conservative faction would prepare for
battle. That was a major logical contradiction. In one way, it was the
same as admitting defeat.
"Chief, can't war be avoided?"
Kiriha had reached the same conclusion as Daiha had, but even then
she wanted to avoid having her people harm each other.
"We will attempt to avoid battle, but considering the situation, war
can't be disregarded. Just preparing for battle might be enough to
"I understand what you are saying, but the chance for
communication must never be closed."
Kiriha understood the meaning behind Daiha preparing for war,
and that it was necessary. But she wanted to reach a conclusion
through conversation. She wanted to leave the possibility to end
this peacefully open. That was Kiriha's painful wish, something she
had wished for ever since she strived for the surface.
"You're right. I will try to keep it that way."
Hearing Kiriha's powerful words and her expression, Daiha could
feel his daughter had grown.
All of a sudden, the Kii that used to only cry... is just like her mother...
That was both reassuring and lonely. Any father wanted for their
daughter to always remain as such. But Daiha also wanted to sit
down with just the two of them so they could talk about how Kiriha
had gotten so strong, once everything had become peaceful.
"Kiriha, I will send more personnel to you as well. You will need to
strengthen your own defenses."
"That won't be necessary, we have enough here. Please use all of
them at your end. In order to avert war, you would surely need as
many people as possible."
"I'm not sending them because I'm your father. They're needed for
you to avoid war as well. I can't afford to lose you."
"Then instead of personnel, please send over the heavy combat
module that were being developed for Karama and Korama."
"If it works as designed, then it would indeed be more than enough
for you to protect yourself... but it's incomplete, the spiritual energy
necessary to move it is unrealistic. Even if I send it over, you won't
be able to make use of it."
"I have an idea for the spiritual energy required on my end. I
should be able to get it activated."
"I understand. We won't be able to finish it in time anyways, so I
will send it over to you."
"Thank you very much. Chief."
There, their discussion stopped, the information exchange was over.
Daiha's expression loosened up and returned to that of a father's as
he smiled at Kiriha.
"... Do not under any circumstances die."
Even now as Daiha remembered his wife's funeral, he felt a pain in
his chest. He didn't want to feel the same way for his daughter. If
possible, he wanted her by his side, but he didn't have a
commander more capable than her, leaving him with a feeling of
"I am not alone anymore. That's why, I'll be fine, father..."
Kiriha understood how Daiha felt, she was an intelligent girl
capable of that. That's why she smiled one last time as his daughter.
Normally after returning to room 106, Kiriha's confident smile
would remain unchanged, but today her smile was stiff. She
couldn't remain cheerful after hearing that the radical faction was
on the verge of exploding. She couldn't help but imagine the worst,
which showed on her face. While she was a good girl, she was still a
girl in her teens.
"... What are you doing, Satomi Koutarou?"
Koutarou was playing with Kiriha's cheeks.
"Nothing in particular... I just wanted to see your weird face."
He would pull on them or push them together, creating one weird
face after another.
"Yeah, the more beautiful the face the funnier it looks doing this."
"... Kiriha-san, you can do everything on your own, but don't try to
carry all of the burden yourself. If you need to, you can rely on us.
Your beautiful face is going to waste."
Koutarou was playing around with Kiriha's face because he was
worried for her, as she was always one to smile, keeping her
feelings bottled up. If she was showing a serious expression, it must
mean that there was a serious problem, which of course Koutarou
wasn't happy to hear. He wanted her to smile all the time. He didn't
care if it was a teasing smile or a pure and earnest one. Because he
knew that it was something both he and the girls needed.
"...If you're going to be so kind, I might just break down and cry
right here and now."
Koutarou's feelings were conveyed to Kiriha and her expression
eased up a little. She was happy that there was someone that
understood her. Even more so since it was the person she loved.
"That's fine. As long as the normal you return afterwards."
"Those are big words, Koutarou."
Kiriha's smiled turned into a teasing smile. She looked like she
might actually start crying depending on Koutarou's words.
"How do I put this... I can't calm down if you and the others aren't...
you know... yourselves."
Koutarou honestly spoke about how he felt, though he was
embarrassed knowing that this wasn't something he would
Ever since he had talked to Mackenzie, the presence of the girls of
room 106 had become much clearer. The girls being happy was an
absolute minimum requirement in order for Koutarou to be happy.
He was embarrassed, but he could clearly understand that now.
"I love you, Kiriha!"
That was when Sanae abruptly hugged Kiriha. She hugged her from
behind with her arms around her neck like she normally did with
Koutarou. She of course also had the same happy smile she does
"What now, all of a sudden, Sanae?"
Since Sanae was behind her, instead of looking at Sanae, Kiriha
gently stroked Sanae's arms as she asked her question.
"Nothing, I just wanted to properly let you know."
That alone was enough for Sanae to understand. Kiriha's warmth
and presence gently wrapped around Sanae, and in return she
hugged Kiriha even harder.
"Thank you, Sanae. I love you too."
"Ehehehe. Love is all."
"That's true, you're right."
"If you're ever in trouble you can rely on this angel of love, Sanae-
"Fufu, I'll do just that."
Sanae's simple and straightforward feelings were easily conveyed to
Kiriha. Thanks to that, she seemed to return to her usual self.
There's no longer any need for me to step up to the plate...
Koutarou flashed a small smile and decided to leave the rest to
Sanae. Koutarou was troubled if Kiriha wasn't herself, but the same
was true for the other girls too. That's why there was no need for
Koutarou to cheer up Kiriha all alone. He could rely on the other
girls as well.
"Here you go, Satomi-kun."
"Thank you very much, Sakuraba-senpai."
A cup of tea was put down in front of Koutarou, on the table.
Looking at Koutarou and the others go back and forth, Harumi
figured that the tea would be needed soon.
"Still, I'm impressed you noticed that Kiriha-san was feeling down."
Harumi sipped on her own tea as she smiled at Koutarou, feeling
admiration for him. He had been far quicker to notice how Harumi
was feeling than she was.
"Kiriha-san is normally so calm, so seeing her show a different
expression shows just how down she was feeling."
"I see... that might be another side to it."
Harumi nodded satisfied and her smile grew brighter. Harumi
loved people who could be kind to anyone, so this was something
she greatly respected.
"You're wrong, Sakuraba-senpai."
However, Yurika who was sitting next to Koutarou objected. She
pouted and stared at Koutarou with grudge in her eyes.
"Satomi-san just favors Kiriha-san."
"That's not my intention."
"You're lying. Because you never show me any consideration."
"That's not true."
Hearing Yurika's protest, Koutarou sprung into action right away.
Koutarou forcibly pulled Yurika to him, and began playing with her
cheeks like he had with Kiriha. As a result, the puffed-up cheeks
withered in his hands.
"I'll do it to you too. There, take that."
"S-See, you're just playing with me! Do it when I'm feeling down
"Even if you say that, you only feel down about trivial stuff. Like
forgetting to buy a manga or breaking a plate. I can't comfort you
"They're important problems to me!"
"I don't care."
Yurika showed her dissatisfaction, but Koutarou continued playing
with her cheeks.
The truth is, this is your fault too, Yurika. You alzoays try to solve your
real problems yourself...
In contrast to his words, Koutarou treasured Yurika. He was only
playing around with her cheeks as a sign of that.
"Geez! Satomi-san is always bullying me! You only do the painful
stuff to me!"
Yurika continued to frown with dissatisfaction.
Can't you be a little kinder, geez!
The truth is that Yurika knew that Koutarou was treasuring her as
well. But her outlook on men and women was a bit old-fashioned so
she had complaints about how she was being treasured.
"Oh, are you sure you should get so aggressive, Yurika?"
"You're not going to fool me anymore!"
"I see. What a shame-... I even got you new cup noodles-"
However, her anger didn't last for long.
"I-I won't be fooled by a single cup."
That said, she at least tried to resist. But the way she would sneak
glances at Koutarou let him know that she had already been moved.
"It's not just one. Since you've been working so hard on your
studies lately, I bought all three new flavors."
"... Satomi-san you bully... Why didn't you just say so from the
Yurika pouted once more.
As a reward for her efforts, Koutarou had bought three flavors of
her favorite food. Though the question whether cup noodles was a
fitting present or not remained, if he had just said that from the start
then everything would have played out the way Yurika imagined it.
Yet he had been very vague about it on purpose and teased her.
Why doesn't Satomi-san act more like a lover... eh, a l-lover?!
Yurika was at a loss for words when she realized what she wanted
"Hm? What's wrong?"
Yurika turned red and started to violently struggle.
T-This is a k-ki... aaahhhl!
An unimaginable thought popped into her head and she became
desperate to escape.
Yurika didn't calm down until a while after she had gotten the bag
with cup noodles in it from Koutarou. She was now facing a wall,
closely hugging the bag of cup noodles and mumbling about
"What's up with her...?"
"Just leave her be for a while, Satomi-kun."
Koutarou was perplexed by Yurika's actions while Shizuka
cheerfully watched the two.
Shizuka knew of Yurika's feelings and wanted to continue listening
to their carefree and warm conversation. But at the same time, she
would feel bad if she let Yurika get cornered any further, so she
decided to stop Koutarou.
"You should study up on a woman's emotions some more."
"I am aware of that."
Koutarou obediently returned to the tea table. He had heard what
Shizuka said from his best friend, Kenji, several times in the past, so
he was able to accept that he had made some kind of mistake.
Having returned to the table, Koutarou picked up his cup to sip on
some tea, but it was empty. So Koutarou called out to Ruth so he
could get seconds.
"Ruth-san, can I have some more tea?"
Since Ruth was getting more tea for Theia, he figured he could have
her get some for him as well.
However, Ruth didn't respond. The room was small and she was
right in front of him, so she should have heard him, yet she
remained silent. She silently continued to pour tea without turning
to look at Koutarou. She was quite clearly ignoring him. Shizuka,
who had noticed the same thing, snickered and poked Koutarou
with her elbow.
"Satomi-kun, isn't it that thing again?"
Once Shizuka pointed that out, Koutarou understood and
reluctantly called out to Ruth again.
"... Lord Ruthkania Nye Pardomshiha, vice captain of the Satomi
band of knights, pour me another cup of tea."
"Yes, as you wish. Master! I will prepare it right away!"
As he did, Ruth who had been ignoring him just a moment ago
cheerfully complied with his request. Her eyes were sparkling as
she joyfully prepared more tea. She even brought snacks despite not
having been told to do so.
"Things sure have gotten confusing..."
Koutarou felt a headache coming on and held his head.
Ever since the band of knights had been formed, Ruth would want
Koutarou to call her by her official position from time to time. She
also tried to get him to give her orders. In other words, she was
happy that she had been made the vice captain of the band of
"Oh, you came back at a good time, Koutarou."
That was when Theia approached Koutarou. After sitting down
next to him, she presented him with a small paper bag.
"Here, it's today's salary. You may gratefully receive it."
Inside the bag was money, and a pretty sum at that. This act of
Theia's was equally as headache inducing as Ruth's behavior.
"Theia, I don't need a salary."
Just like Ruth wanted a clear order from Koutarou, Theia wanted to
pay Koutarou as his princess. But Koutarou would be on Theia's
side even if there was no money involved. In fact, he didn't want
money to get in the way of their relationship. That's why he was
reluctant to accept the bag filled with his salary.
"I won't take orders from you! When I pay you your salary, I am
very princess-like! Let me act like a princess every once in awhile!"
Theia normally built a relationship with Koutarou as a normal girl.
But from time to time, she wanted to feel like a princess and pay
Koutarou his salary. The act of paying his salary was more
important to her than the money itself.
"Besides, there is no inconvenience if you hold onto my money."
Theia thought of herself, Koutarou, and Ruth as one in mind and
flesh. So she didn't find it inconvenient if money moved between
them. She simply enjoyed the act of paying a salary.
"Ah, then that aside... why not do it at the end of each month
instead? It must be a pain doing this daily for you too."
Theia wanted to play 'knight and princess'. Once that was made
clear to Koutarou, he gave up on objecting. It was the truth that they
were in a master and servant relationship after all. The only
remaining problem was the pain of receiving his salary every day.
"No! I don't want to!"
However, Theia adamantly rejected this. Her beautiful golden hair
was disheveled as she shook her head.
"I want to pay you every day! I want to feel like a princess every
She was like a child pleading for a toy.
Seeing that, Koutarou lost all motivation.
"... You're an idiot aren't you?"
"That's 'Are you an idiot, my beloved princess Theiamillis?'"
"So you're admitting to being an idiot."
"Yes. This is my hobby."
"... Okay, okay, you really are a pain... I will gratefully accept,
"Ohohoho, very good, my knight!"
Koutarou gave up and took the paper bag. As he did, Theia covered
her mouth and laughed elegantly.
"Well, it's not like I don't understand how you feel..."
Koutarou smiled wryly as Theia was in a great mood. He had a
hobby that dumbfounded others as well, namely beetle hunting, so
he couldn't blame her too much. He also believed that Theia had
one more goal in mind.
Koutarou looked over the lovely, small, paper bag in his hand.
"Here, Aika-san, I'm counting on you."
He then handed it over to Maki.
Since the band of knights was formed, Maki had been in charge of
finances. That's why handling the salary received from Theia was
Maki's job. Koutarou believed that Theia giving him salary was also
partially so that she could give Maki something to do.
However, Maki wasn't accepting the bag for some reason. She was
holding an accounting book and was quietly watching Koutarou.
Her eyes were filled with expectation as if she was appealing to
Koutarou could tell what she wanted right away, and he reluctantly
lived up to her expectations.
"...Lord Aika Maki, Indigo Knight of Satomi's band of knights, do
the accounting on today's salary."
"Understood, Master- J'"
Maki seemed quite content as she showed a bright smile, accepted
the bag from Koutarou and opened her accounting book. Seeing
Maki like that made Koutarou happy too, but he felt a complex
emotion as well.
"That looks like a lot of work, Satomi-kun."
"... I don’t understand women's emotions."
Like that, Koutarou's shoulders slumped as he answered Shizuka.
Beetles and Sun Rangers
Saturday, July 3
When Koutarou had invited Yurika to join them for some beetle
hunting, she immediately declined. She didn't like exercising and
she hated exhausting herself. Yet on the day they left, Yurika was in
the group for some reason. With her lack of stamina, she was
already out of breath shortly after they started climbing up the
mountain path, and she was muttering complaints as she lazily
walked in the back of the line.
"W-Why do, I have to, go as well?"
"You're already severely lacking in training, and ever since you
started studying you rarely go outside. If you don't move your body
every now and then you'll lose your mind, you know."
"I'd rather, finish reading, my manga, than train."
"Quit complaining and follow me."
Yurika had been unable to hide her dissatisfaction, but the words
Koutarou had nonchalantly spoken erased it completely.
Shut up and follow me.... I will follow you, S at omi-san... forever...
Those words weren't meant in the way Yurika imagined, but they
were words she wanted to hear so she completely cheered up.
"Oh Satomi-san, despite what you say, you can't bear being without
Yurika put her hands on her cheek and began fidgeting. However,
Koutarou left her behind as he continued walking. Yurika wasn't
the only one he was worried about.
"You too. Clan. You're about as untrained as Yurika and you keep
locking yourself up in your laboratory. You're not allowed to fly
Koutarou was equally worried about Clan's health as he was for
Like Yurika, Clan tended to only do what she wanted. While she
had been showing consideration towards others as of late, she was
lacking in consideration for herself. That's why Koutarou felt that it
was his job to pay attention to her.
Like Yurika, Clan was also out of breath. The clothes that were easy
to move in and the insect catching net she was carrying looked quite
nice on her. But even then she was still a sheltered princess; she was
out of stamina before they even reached their intended destination.
"In return, once you can't walk anymore, I'll carry you like before.
Go ahead and use up your stamina."
"Once again you tease like that!"
Hearing Koutarou's words. Clan felt like she was being made fun
of. However, Koutarou was serious.
"I'm not teasing you. I was the one who invited you. I'll take
"... Y-You better mean it..."
Clan imagined herself being carried like in the past and blushed.
But because she was exhausted and out of breath, Koutarou didn't
"When you put it like that, I feel a little sorry."
That was when Harumi who was walking in front of Koutarou and
the other two slowed down and walked next to them, joining their
"It's okay for you, Sakuraba-senpai."
"But I'm the only one who has it so easy... I feel sorry."
Harumi had an apologetic look on her face. She was actually
wearing a special device and was using its power to climb the
mountain. It's effects were amazing, as she effortlessly climbed up
the mountain without using any stamina. That's why she felt bad
for Clan despite she herself having it so easy.
"Being bom with a weak constitution is different from being
untrained. Using a device to make life easier doesn't count."
"H-He's right... you should conserve your strength, and only use
your own power when doing something you really want to do."
But Koutarou and Clan thought that was for the best. If it wasn't for
that device, Harumi wouldn't be able to join today's beetle hunting.
"Thank you very much. Then I'll do just that."
Moved by their words, tears formed in Harumi's eyes as she bowed
deeply. That was when Clan who still wasn't used to being thanked
opened her mouth in order to hide her embarrassment.
"S-So how does the PAF feel?!"
PAF, or Power Assist Field, was the name of the device Harumi was
using. This device was a new invention Clan had created for
The PAF was based on the personal barriers that Clan and Theia
used for self-defense. More specifically, it covered Harumi's body
with a weaker barrier, and as she moved, it altered its shape in real
time to assist with her movement. As a result, Harumi was several
times stronger than normal and was able to move so lightly, it was
as if she had sprouted wings. Thanks to the barrier's support, she
barely used any stamina.
To put it simply, it was like a recreation of the power assist in
Koutarou's armor, only it made use of a barrier instead. Of course,
since it was replicated using a barrier, its capabilities were far
inferior to Koutarou's armor. The output was weaker and the real
time transformation of the barrier was slow because of the
complicated program it required. However, the PAF had a feature
that clearly distinguished it from Koutarou's armor.
The main body of the PAF, the modified barrier generation device,
was so small it could be attached to Harumi's belt. Because of that, it
could always be used, unlike Koutarou's armor. It could also be
easily operated through an on and off switch. On top of that, with
its weak output, it could be used for an entire day without any fear
of running out of energy. Its most outstanding feature was that
regardless of whether the PAF was being used or not, there was no
change in Harumi's appearance. In order for the barrier not to stand
out, it had been altered to be made transparent. Thanks to that, it
could be used in everyday life.
The PAF had been created using ordinary technology, but its use
was anything but ordinary. The technology blended in perfectly
with everyday life.
"It's wonderful. My body is light, and I don't feel tired at all. Even
my strength, look!"
Harumi casually hugged Koutarou and easily lifted his body up.
"I can barely feel Satomi-kun's weight. It's amazing."
"... I'm embarrassed."
Harumi had been acting innocently, but Koutarou's words were
enough to cause her eyes to shoot wide open.
"Uhm... this is..."
It was now that Harumi realized that she was hugging Koutarou,
and her face gradually turned red.
"I-I-I'm sorry! I was so happy it just kind of happened!"
"No... I don't really mind..."
Harumi hurriedly let go of Koutarou and looked down on the
ground with embarrassment. Harumi's feelings towards Koutarou
had taken form, but she was still not good with direct expressions of
"I'm glad there, aren't any problems. If there's something bothering
you, let me know, right away. There's always, room for
Clan showed a slight smile as she gave Harumi a helping hand.
Clan had already regained enough calm to do so, but she was still
out of breath as always.
"Okay, thank you very much."
Harumi regained her smile. Seeing that, Koutarou felt relieved. He
felt like he was bullying Harumi when she had been acting so
bashful. That's why to leave Harumi be for a moment, he turned to
look at Clan again.
"What was the device that Sakuraba-senpai is using called again?"
"I see, about that PAF. You should put some proper research into it
and sell it in Forthorthe."
Clan opened her eyes wide. She had never had the idea of selling
one of her inventions before. She would research what she wanted
and use it as she pleased, she would also beat others to the punch.
That was how Clan used to operate. That's why she was puzzled by
"Yeah, that way you can help not only people with weak bodies like
Sakuraba-senpai, but the elderly and handicapped as well."
"I can, help others..."
Since Clan had always been alone, she couldn't properly imagine
helping many others. This was another way in which she was
"That's right. You'd greatly contribute to society. Just like your
But by the time Koutarou mentioned her grandmother, Clan had
made up her mind.
A decade or so ago when Clan's grandmother had died, she had
arranged it so that her entire inheritance was given to charities.
Feeling like she could do something similar. Clan of course started
wanting to put more research into PAF.
"That's a wonderful idea! I will help as a test subject, Clan-san!"
As Clan made up her mind, Harumi, who had recovered from her
embarrassment, offered her assistance. Having had a weak
constitution since she was a child, Harumi could imagine just how
many people would be helped if PAF could be put to practical use.
She also believed that it would be even better if many people
worked together, rather than relying on Clan alone.
"Harumi... thank you. I'll be counting on you..."
With Harumi offering her help. Clan was greatly moved. As a
supporter, Harumi didn't have that much influence. Based on Clan'
status, Harumi's assistance might be miniscule, but even then, that
was enough for Clan. She felt reassured just knowing that Harumi
"However, you don't have much common sense when it comes to
money, so don't sell it at too high a price."
"I already know that!"
"As long as you don't, you're sure to get a ton of support. You'd be
one step closer to empress."
Clan's eyes opened wide. She couldn't believe what Koutarou had
just said. That's why she asked him in a fluster.
"Bertorion, you don't mind if I become empress instead of
Koutarou was Theia's vassal. That's why he should be wishing for
Theia to become empress.
Yet, he didn't sound like he did, which Clan couldn't believe.
"The life of the people should be given priority right? That's why
the most suitable person should become empress. Compared to
that, it doesn't matter who I serve."
That was only natural to Koutarou. While it was true that he had
become Theia's vassal, he had no intention of confusing that with
Theia's quality as an empress. If Theia became the empress, yet she
lacked the necessary qualities, the people would be unhappy. What
was important was the people's happiness, not who was empress.
"The future will decide if you or Theia is the most suited to be
"... As expected of the Blue Knight, you're strict."
Clan sighed and smiled wryly.
Koutarou would correct mistakes and show the right way, even if it
was his lord that erred; that was his loyalty. Not accepting mistakes
and always showing the righteous path. The embodiment of Alaia's
ideals. He was a vassal far tougher than your average enemy.
"The Blue Knight's got nothing to do with it."
"I wonder how many knights there are in this age that could declare
Clan was amazed by Koutarou's unhesitant knightly behavior, but
she was secretly very pleased.
Bertorion wishes for me to be a worthy princess...
The most worthy one between Theia and Clan should become
empress. But looking at it from a different perspective, it meant that
Koutarou wanted Clan to become a worthy princess fit to become
Many people were positive towards Harumi using PAF, but there
was one who showed a discouraged expression.
"... Unfair, Harumi always gets the fun stuff. Hey, hey, glasses make
me something like that too!"
That person was Sanae. She didn't have any complaints about
Harumi using the PAF, but it looked fun and she wanted to try too.
So with her eyes sparkling she sidled up to Clan.
"S-Sanae, you don't need it."
While Clan was being pressured by Sanae, she managed to shake
"What does it matter? Don't be so stingy and make one for me too."
"But you can do it yourself right?"
"Eh? What do you mean?"
"You could just do the same with your spiritual powers. You cover
your body with spiritual energy and use your powers to move it."
"Ah, I see! Glasses, you're smart! I'll give it a try!"
After being taught how the PAF worked, Sanae smiled and held her
Sanae struck a heroic transformation pose. To her, the PAF was just
a tool to transform into a hero.
"Amazing, Sanae-chan is glowing!"
"This is the power of a maiden!"
Sanae proudly puffed up her chest. A faint glow, similar to a firefly
was emitting from her body. It was the gathered spiritual energy.
"Sanae, hold back your powers a little more so you don't glow.
You're standing out like a sore thumb."
"Ah, right. Like this?"
"Yes, that looks good."
As Sanae restricted her spiritual energy, the glow faded away.
However, the spiritual energy was still enveloping her body.
"Kyaa Kyaa Kyaa?!"
Sanae hugged the nearby Yurika and lifted her up. While she was a
girl and light, she was still weighing close to 50 kilos when adding
in her clothes and accessories. Yet Sanae easily lifted Yurika up,
something unthinkable considering Sanae's physique.
"Satomi-kun, did you, see that?"
"Y-Yeah... Sanae, you..."
Seeing Sanae like that, Shizuka and Koutarou were at a loss for
words. They hadn't been surprised about Sanae being able to lift
Yurika, but rather by the spiritual energy she had emitted just
Normally, people couldn't see spiritual energy. Just like you can't
see ghosts, only those with talent like Koutarou or Shizuka could
see it. So if normal people like Yurika and Clan could see it, it meant
that so much spiritual energy had gathered that part of it had been
converted into light. In other words, the spiritual energy that Sanae
had focused in that moment bent the very laws of physics.
Since Koutarou and Shizuka could see spiritual energy, they could
see Sanae control it with their very eyes. That was what had
"Ah, sorry, Yurika. I didn't think there would be branches above."
"Please look before you lift me up!!"
"Does it hurt?"
Sanae had accomplished something astounding, yet she was
completely unaware of the fact and casually chatted away with
"So this is what it means to misuse your power..."
"That's not what it means!"
"Kabutonga Sanae's sudden betrayal."
"You were just being careless!!"
Looking at Sanae and Yurika partially in surprise, partially in
amazement, Koutarou caught a glimpse of something flash in the
comer of his eye.
As he turned to look that way, he saw Kiriha standing there. She
was staring at a card in her hand. It was the card that had flashed.
Noticing that Kiriha was looking at her card, Koutarou approached
"You're still carrying that thing around?"
"This is my— ,no, this is Kii's treasure after all."
A lot of people were focused on Sanae and Yurika. Nobody was
looking at Koutarou and Kiriha. That's why Kiriha responded with
her personality from ten years ago, though more accurately it was
now eleven years ago.
"Then keep it tucked away somewhere safe."
"Are you embarrassed?"
With a slight blush, Koutarou nodded. In response, Kiriha
"Because when I'm looking at this card, it's like I'm saying I'm in
love with Onii-chan after all."
Koutarou felt precisely the way Kiriha had said.
He had been told that the silvery card was one of Kiriha's precious
mementos from long ago, he had even heard the detailed
circumstances around it. But it wasn't until this year that he learned
that it was actually he himself who had given that card to Kiriha
during his travels to the past.
As a result, he was well aware what kind of emotions Kiriha was
feeling as she stared at the card. That's why the pubescent boy part
of Koutarou couldn't help but feel embarrassed.
"If you get it then put it away."
"Okay. I'm a good woman, so I won't do anything that would
While Kiriha happily looked at the troubled Koutarou's expression,
she pushed the card in her hand back into her pocket. She then
turned the gaze she had when staring at the card to Koutarou.
Kiriha no longer needed to pour her emotions into that card since
the person they were directed towards was right in front of her.
Kiriha didn't hesitate to redirect those feelings right at him. That
gaze full of love and trust troubled Koutarou even more than
What should I do with her... well, I guess I should call the end results
Koutarou had brought Kiriha with him on this beetle hunt because
she hadn't been able to get any rest lately as problems in the
underground was taking all of her time. He wanted her to forget
about all those problems for today and just take it easy.
"By the way, we walked in the forest just the two of us ten years ago
"That's true. But we're looking for beetles today, not stars."
"I'm sure we'll find lots of them. We found the star too after all."
"I hope so..."
Kiriha smiled like she did ten years ago, and held hands with
Koutarou like she had back then. Koutarou was embarrassed by
that, but when he thought of it as a compensation for her smile, he
quietly held her hand back.
From his experience as a kid, Koutarou knew where lots of beetles
could be found. It was a secret place that the local children had
inherited from the older children. It seemed like they were working
hard at breeding this year as well, and within just a few minutes of
arriving they had already caught their first beetle.
"Looks like they really are around here."
Koutarou was holding the newly caught beetle and happily looked
around the area. The forest was lit up by the bright summer sun and
gave off a very green impression. The wind passed by the trees,
rustling their branches, giving off the distinct smell of a forest. The
forest that Koutarou had grown so accustomed to during his youth
welcomed him in this year as well.
"Alright, now to the next one."
Koutarou sprang into action looking for his next catch. But after
taking two, three steps he realized he should probably put away the
beetle he just captured.
As if waiting for this moment to come, the insect cage that Koutarou
called Henrietta appeared before him.
"You need this right?"
Maki was the one who had presented the cage to Koutarou. She had
opened the cage and was waiting for Koutarou to put the beetle
"Thank you, Aika-san."
After Koutarou put the beetle inside, Maki swiftly closed the lid,
and after hanging the cage off her shoulders, she reached into her
"Aika-san, the insect—"
As Koutarou was about to enter the thick of the forest, he wanted
the insect repellent. However, before he could finish what he was
saying, Maki had already pulled the spray bottle out of her pocket.
It was as if she knew what he was going to ask for from the very
"... Aika-san, you get what I want to do, don't you."
Koutarou felt admiration for Maki as he accepted the spray from
her. In the past, Maki had anticipated what Koutarou would do and
stayed a step ahead of him. But now, the contract between them had
been annulled, and there was no longer a mental connection created
by magic between them. Normally, things wouldn't develop like
they did before.
"I've started to know again recently. I wonder why?"
Maki didn't have a clear understanding of the reason, she simply
knew what Koutarou was going to do. It was as if the contract had
But I'm kind of happy about this...
There were two reasons as to why Maki had been able to anticipate
Koutarou's actions again.
The first was because they were very compatible with one another
to begin with. Maki was capable of loving Koutarou even without
the contract. That was just how compatible they were.
What had thrown that compatibility out of whack was the unease
that Maki had. Who was she, and was she really allowed to be here?
Questions like that blinded Maki and made her unable to anticipate
Koutarou's actions. And that unease having been resolved was the
What removed her unease was the recent establishment of the
Satomi band of knights. This provided Maki with a clear sense of
who she was and allowed her to accept this as the place she
belonged. As a result, she had returned to her normal self and was
able to anticipate Koutarou's actions once again.
This is probably what it's like with your destined person...
However, Maki hadn't noticed that. She was simply wondering why
so many happy things were happening.
"It's probably because I'm so simple."
"Please don't ruin my dream. I prefer a more romantic reason."
"But I don't understand romance."
Koutarou smiled wryly and dropped his shoulders.
"You really don't understand?"
Maki giggled and quietly looked up at Koutarou. Seeing those eyes,
Koutarou's hand moved by reflex.
"I don't. I don't get it at all."
As Koutarou said that, he placed his hand on top of Maki's head
and gently patted her.
"You really do get it, geez..."
Koutarou claimed he didn't understand, but this was exactly what
Maki wished for. Maki felt happy as she felt that their hearts were
properly reaching one another. She was so happy that she felt like
her mind and body would melt from the warmth emitting from
Koutarou's hand on her head.
In total, there were eight people joining the beetle hunt. They were
Koutarou, Sanae, Kiriha, Yurika, Harumi, Clan, Maki and Shizuka.
The two that weren't present, Theia and Ruth, were out by the
station. They supposedly had some important business to attend to.
A total of 24 beetles had been caught, which meant three beetles per
person. Three hours had elapsed since they started, from morning
to noon, and it was quite the haul. Of course not everyone had
caught the same amount; the most a single person had caught was
seven, whilst the least was zero. The group was currently in the
middle of showing off their results.
"I-I couldn't even catch a single one..."
"Ho ho ho, there is no need to feel so down, Yurika. I will give you
my Kabutonga #2."
"That's not what I meant, that's not... auu..."
Yurika hadn't caught a single beetle. If she had used magic, she
could have caught as many as she wanted, but the results from
attempting to capture beetles with her own strength was a big fat
Sanae, who was consoling Yurika, had caught five. She had caught
the most among the girls. Since she was able to detect the unique
auras of beetles, she could find beetle after beetle. If she had caught
every single one she had found, she would have caught the most by
"Harumi, how did the controls feel when catching the bugs?"
"It was a little difficult. Because of the barrier, it was like my fingers
had gotten thicker."
"Hmm... In order to perform any delicate work, the barrier might
need to vary in thickness."
"Ah, that would help. I think it would be very helpful when doing
stuff like housework."
Harumi and Clan had caught one and two beetles respectively. But
they were more interested in performing an experiment with PAF
than capturing beetles. As a result, more of the time was spent
performing adjustments and discussing. Combined, they had
caught three beetles between them, so the result wasn't all that bad.
Together with their experiment you could say it was a big success.
"Kasagi-san, I'm amazed you can pluck flying beetles out of the
"I can manage as long as they're not female."
"Why not female?"
"Without the horn, don't you think they look like cockroaches?
Especially when they're flying."
"Ahaha, I can kind of understand."
Using her physical strength, Shizuka could catch beetles where the
other girls couldn't. The most impressive catch she had made was
by jumping and catching a flying beetle mid-air, that feat was
applauded by everyone. She had caught four in total.
Meanwhile, Maki had caught two. She had always been supporting
Koutarou, more precisely she had two beetles in the cage.
Considering that she was helping out Koutarou all the time, it
wasn't a poor result.
"To think you'd catch seven, as expected from my Onii-chan."
"Kii, how many did you get?"
"Three. I really can't catch them like you can."
"Catching three using that method is very well done."
"Is it that great?"
"Yeah. It is."
Koutarou had caught seven, the most amongst everyone in the
group. Combined with Maki it was nine, so on average they lost to
Sanae. On top of that, Sanae was letting the others know where
beetles were, so Koutarou felt like Sanae was the true victor.
Finally, Kiriha had caught three beetles. This was the average of
everyone's haul, so it was neither good nor bad. Using her sharp
observation skills, she captured all the beetles that the others had let
"Alright, this one looks good."
"What are you going to do with that beetle?"
"This one is the largest, so I figured I'll give it to Clan."
"You're giving it to Onee-chan? Why?"
"She wants to show Earth's beetles to the kids on the spaceship. In
that case, the bigger the better."
"Hmm, that's wonderful. Then I'll contribute this female beetle, it's
the biggest one after all."
"That sounds good. I'm sure Clan and the kids will love it."
Smiling and nodding at each other, Koutarou and Kiriha
In the end, Koutarou and the others released most of the beetles.
They only needed some beetles for Clan to show the children and
some for Koutarou to keep. In total, they kept four beetles, two pairs
of a male and a female. After taking a picture of the rest, the
remaining 20 were set free for the local children that would be
visiting the forest.
"... If we sold them we'd at least get some money..."
Yurika shed tears as she stared at the beetles flying away. To her,
the beetles looked like 500 yen coins flying into the forest.
"Nijino Yurika, are you really that poor?"
"There's so many mangas I want... Ahh... the money is flying
"How pitiable, to think this is one of Rainbow Heart's arc
Maki, who was by Yurika's side, was troubled. Her rival's pathetic
appearance hurt her sense of values as a magical girl. Yurika's
predecessor, Nana, was someone who Maki could respect as an
"Yurika-chan, in that case, why don't you join Satomi-kun's band of
Shizuka thought of Koutarou as Yurika's legal guardian. With
Yurika's personality, there wasn't anyone else who could handle
her. And to Koutarou, having a troublesome younger sister would
be a big plus. That's why she felt it was necessary for both parties.
"That's right. You'll get a salary and you can use that to buy
Yurika had her salary as a magical girl deducted to pay for repairs
on a building she had destroyed in the past, which Sanae had no
sympathies for. But Sanae didn't want to see her friend skimping on
food to buy manga, only to eventually starve to death. She believed
that Koutarou would do something and pushed for Yurika to join
the band of knights. She had no consideration for the quality or
dignity of the band of knights dropping.
"... But, but, if I rely anymore on Satomi-san, he won't be able to
think of me as a proper girl..."
"It's okay, Koutarou never thought of you as a proper girl from the
"That's not okay at all!!"
Yurika and the others were talking about something completely
unrelated to beetles. Koutarou was looking at them from a distance,
but he suddenly remembered there was something he wanted to
"Clan, do you have a moment?"
"What is it?"
Koutarou called out to Clan. She was currently looking into the cage
containing the large beetles, smiling as she imagined what kind of
reactions the children on the spaceship would show, but when
Koutarou spoke her name she looked up right away.
"Is it something serious?"
As they looked at each other, their expressions turned serious. One
could tell the importance of what was about to be discussed from
that. As a result, Kiriha and Harumi who were with them wondered
what was going on and looked at each other.
"... I want you to tell me about Theia's father."
In that moment. Clan's expression turned stiff. Koutarou was
talking about something far more serious than she had expected.
"Elle said he died in an accident, but was it really an accident?"
A while back, Elfaria had told Koutarou that Theia's father had died
in an accident. Back then, Koutarou had simply assumed that was
the case, but when he thought back on it, he felt like that wasn't all
there was to it.
Elfaria was proclaiming disarmament, and her fiance had died
before their wedding. Considering her situation 20 years ago and
the timing of the 'accident', Koutarou couldn't shake this bad feeling
he was having.
If he asked Elfaria directly, she would probably laugh it off saying
that he was overthinking it. That's why he wanted to ask Clan,
someone who belonged to a different political faction.
Fortunately, neither Theia nor Ruth were near. The only ones next
to them were the tight-lipped Kiriha and Harumi. This was the
perfect timing to ask Clan about the details.
Harumi who had listened in opened her eyes wide. Because she was
so kind, just learning that Theia had lost her father was enough for
her to feel pain.
With Harumi like that, Kiriha wordlessly put her hand on Harumi's
shoulder. Feeling that, Harumi collected herself. Koutarou wanting
Harumi and Kiriha to listen probably meant something important.
That's why she couldn't remain shaken up, she had to properly
"In regards to that, I don't have all the information. My guesses will
be mixed in, would you be okay with that?"
Clan spoke with a serious expression. It was an expression she
rarely showed recently, the expression of a princess facing
"Yeah, please tell me. It's important."
Koutarou was the same. He didn't have the expression of a high
school student, but of the Blue Knight. It was something that was
"... From the information the Schweiger family has, the military
were very active before and after the accident."
In the past, Theia and Elfaria were Clan's rivals. That's why she had
a lot of information about them. Amongst that information was also
information about Elfaria's fiance.
"Back then, Elfaria-san's proclamation of disarmament was starting
to achieve some results just as she ascended the throne. The public
opinion was on her side, and she was about to take the
disarmament to the next step. Elfaria-san would marry a big shot
from the financial world that kept away from the military to make
her position clear. At the same time, she was trying to establish a
stronger influence in the financial world."
"So two people that were for the disarmament would marry and
amplify each other's influence..."
"At the very least, that's what we believe. In order to stop the
military from going out of control, going that far was necessary.
Elfaria never had the time to find her own happiness..."
"Just like empress Alaia..."
Clan looked down sadly. Since they were both women, she
understood how Elfaria felt about marriage. Clan in particular knew
who Elfaria truly felt for, so she was painfully aware of how she felt.
"However, that should have been inconvenient for the military."
There, Kiriha entered the conversation. She urged the conversation
forward as Koutarou and Clan stopped as Alaia was brought up.
Since this was something they didn't want Yurika and the others to
hear, they needed to hurry along. That's why Clan continued right
"Yes. That's why they tried intervening using all kinds of methods.
They would bribe her fiance's subordinates, expose scandals
regarding those related... regardless of whether or not they were
true. The media seemed to enjoy writing their articles."
"Ridiculous... that's not how the Forthorthe's imperial army should
Koutarou grinded his teeth. He was unusually angry. He had a hard
time accepting that the imperial army that he had fought alongside
with 2,000 years had distorted into something like this.
"... That must be why empress Elfaria was proclaiming
disarmament. To return the military to the military you remember,
Harumi instinctively shed tears. She had inherited Alaia's
memories, so she couldn't treat this as someone else's problem. Her
tears wouldn't stop as she thought of how Elfaria and Alaia felt.
"And that was when the traffic accident in question happened."
"Which means... Clan, that accident was..."
"... The Schweiger family sees it as a plot by the military."
Clan's Schweiger family was different from Theia and Elfaria's
Mastir family, and they had different channels for information.
Analyzing the information they had gotten through their channels,
the Schweiger family reached a conclusion. Elfaria's fiance's death
was an assassination orchestrated by the military and disguised as a
At the time, Elfaria's disarmament was seeing some success, and the
populous thought highly of their empress. If the military let Elfaria
run free any longer, they would be limited even further and
connections with various industries would be cut. To the military
who had absorbed part of the industrial world and were developing
on their own, this was unacceptable. So they used all kinds of
methods to get in Elfaria's way, but even then they couldn't stop
her. Regardless of how much they obstructed her, Elfaria didn't stop
her attempts to return the military to its original state.
Unable to stop Elfaria, the military finally took to using strong
measures, which was the assassination of Elfaria's fiance. If they
couldn't stop Elfaria directly, they would destroy her weaker link.
Their prime target was her fiance. He was a civilian and he had a
naive outlook on his physical and political safety. On top of that,
they could stop the two great powers of the disarmament factions
from uniting. He was an easy and effective target for the military.
"While there is not enough information to confirm this, the
Schweiger family has operated on the assumption that it's the truth
ever since the incident."
"And considering that you haven't come into conflict yet, that
assumption is not wrong."
Kiriha continued where Clan left off, and Clan nodded in response.
"That's right, Kii. There's no real evidence, only circumstantial ones.
But the circumstantial evidence built up for all these years quite
obviously point towards an assassination."
Harumi struggled to find words. In the play and in Alaia's
memories, similar scenes had repeatedly happened near her. It
caused Harumi great grief and a silent anger as to why something
so unjust could be allowed.
"That's all I needed to hear about the accident. Next, why did Elle
give birth to Theia through artificial insemination?"
Koutarou was equally angry. A fierce rage burned in his eyes and
he felt a duty to keep the military from doing as they pleased. The
Blue Knight resting within Koutarou was about to awaken.
"This is just a guess, but... I believe it was a counter against an
assassination. And in fact, ever since then there were no more
incidents that are believed to be assassination attempts. She also
maintained her connection with the financial world."
The Schweiger family figured there were two primary reasons as to
why Elfaria gave birth to Theia.
The first reason was an expression of will to show that
assassinations are useless. With fertilized eggs being preserved,
even repeated assassinations would have no use. There was also no
point in targeting related parties, the only one to target was Elfaria
herself. And even if they did target Elfaria, the Mastir family
wouldn't die out. The Schweiger family believed one of the reasons
Theia was bom was to let the military know that fact. Whether it
had an effect or not remained unclear, but ever since then there had
been no more incidents that were believed to be attempted
The second reason was to strengthen the connection to the
disarmament faction in the financial world. Originally that was
supposed to have been done through marriage, but the fiance was
killed in an accident. But if Elfaria gave birth to a child with her
fiance's genes, it would work as a strong appeal to the disarmament
faction. And with Theia's birth, both sides worked together more
than ever and stood against the military.
This also had a secondary, unexpected effect. The fact that Elfaria
had stayed in chastity after losing her fiance and gave birth to Theia
through artificial insemination was very positively seen by the
citizens. As a result, the public opinion sided with Elfaria even
further. Her already high approval rate skyrocketed.
Because of the complex elements intertwined, Elfaria's momentum
increased despite the military's plans. In that kind of situation, the
military couldn't go against Elfaria's words, nor could the media.
Because of this result, the military would need to lay low for a long
time before they could take action again.
"Elle couldn't hold back the military even after doing all of that..."
Elfaria had to make use of marriage as a political tool, and she
hadn't given birth to Theia out of love.
She knew that what she was doing wasn't right. The girl Koutarou
had met in the past hadn't been that foolish. But Forthorthe's
military had grown so powerful that she had no choice but to go
that far. Elfaria who continued to fight never had a choice.
"Then after almost two decades, the heat around the military had
cooled down enough that they were able to take action again. The
military is probably this active because they had been waiting all
"She only managed to buy a couple of years..."
"Elfaria-san should have traversed quite the dangerous path up
until now. So dangerous her own marriage didn't even matter."
Clan looked down once more. A year ago she had felt nothing for
this truth, yet now she was taken aback by a heavy sorrow. The
current Clan knew how painful a journey that must have been, and
how much she had to sacrifice to get here.
"...So she had to do this to keep the country from turning rotten,
"In the end, she is the same as Alaia-san. She had no choice but to
continue fighting, without any concern for her own happiness."
"... And that has continued for 20 years, huh..."
The problems around Theia and Elfaria were deeply rooted. On top
of that, they were currently chased away from their country, living
on the outskirts of space. It was only a matter of time before the
military framed them for some crime.
I have to protect them... Theia... Elle... and Forthorthe...
But Koutarou had no intention of backing away. Despite the many
hardships ahead, he was planning on forcing through it all.
He wanted to see the girls live their lives happily.
That was why Koutarou was standing here. The reason why he had
parted ways with Alaia and returned to the present age.
Koutarou and the others left the mountain during the day. While
summer had just started, it still got hot during the afternoon.
Calling it a day before it becomes too much was an iron rule when it
came to fun beetle hunting.
"Sanae, it's hot."
"It’s not hot."
"Then, it's heavy."
"It's not heavy."
"Get off. You don't have to do that after we've been beetle hunting,
"That's why our love is being tested. If you really don't like it then
try putting me down."
"Guess it can't be helped..."
Koutarou was climbing down the mountain while carrying one of
the girls. The original plan was to have Clan get a piggyback, but
for some reason, Sanae got on his back like it was the natural thing
to do. She didn't seem to mind the heat and clung onto his back.
Koutarou didn't have any intention of forcibly put her down either,
so he let her do as she pleased.
"... I am a little envious of that honesty..."
Harumi was mumbling to herself as she looked at Koutarou and
Sanae from behind. She wasn't good at showing her feelings to
others, that's why she felt a little envious of Sanae. That was when
Kiriha who was nearby replied to Harumi's mumbling.
"Sanae has done that ever since they met, it's sort of her privilege.
It's nothing we can imitate."
"I heard that she did that ever since she was a ghost."
"Indeed. However, Sanae isn't the only one with such a privilege,
Kiriha smiled as she said. Kiriha's privilege was a single card. The
bonds and feelings reflected in that card showed Kiriha and
Koutarou's strong bond.
"Sakuraba-senpai's case would be the knitting society, right?"
That was where Yurika joined in. She had on a cheerful smile and
gently poked Harumi with her shoulder. She knew that the knitting
society was a special place to Harumi where she could be alone
"There's no need to be embarrassed. Everyone already knows."
"But in that case, Yurika-chan is at the top."
"Huh? I am?"
Yurika blinked in confusion as Shizuka pointed that out. After
giggling a little, Shizuka told her why.
"Whenever Satomi-kun is about to start something, he always
invites Yurika-chan first."
"And I always suffer for it! It's not a privilege at all!"
"It's a luxury, Nijino Yurika."
"Even Maki-chan! You're wrong! A privilege is something warmer
and kinder! Painful stuff is not a privilege!"
"I understand how you feel, Yurika."
Koutarou and the others were descending from the mountain in a
harmonious atmosphere. It was just another summer day. However,
Koutarou and the others knew how valuable that was, and they
prayed that days like this would come forever.
However, there were those who were trying to destroy that peace.
The first ones to notice it were the two haniwas that served Kiriha.
"Ho! Ho Ho-! This is bad Ho-!"
"Ane-san, sorry for intruding on your fun Ho!"
Karama and Korama had been using camouflage to keep
themselves hidden up until now, but as they sensed someone
approaching, they appeared in front of Koutarou and the others. If
what approached them were normal people they wouldn't have
said anything, but sadly, the people were not normal.
"We have detected something on our spiritual energy sensor Ho!
The reaction is weak, it is most likely a sensor that they are using
"The distance is 200 meters ahead! It seems they are climbing up the
mountain path Ho!"
The approaching people was using spiritual energy technology. In
other words, they were People of the Earth, or those related to them.
They weren't normal, and a quick reaction was necessary.
"Karama, Korama, class II stealth mode. Depending on the
situation, we might use sleep mode."
Kiriha swiftly gave Karama and Korama the order to conceal
themselves. At this point, Kiriha suspected that it was likely that the
ones approaching were hostile. The reason for that is because Kiriha
had forbidden her subordinates that had come to the surface with
her from using spiritual energy technology. Because of that, since
the ones closing in were using spiritual energy technology, there
was a high chance of the ones approaching being from the radical
"Nee-san, this is strange Ho! Their spiritual energy is too unstable.
Even if it's a sensor, the resolution would be too weak Ho!"
"I remember this spiritual pattern Ho-! With a 90% probability, it's
that fun group of five we've met before Ho!"
However, Kiriha's expectations had been betrayed. The ones
approaching were neither ally nor foes.
They were from a third faction.
Koutarou and the others had been on edge since Karama and
Korama's warning, but once the five in question appeared, that
tension easily dissolved. While they weren't close, they were people
that they had met before.
"What, it's just them..."
"What? Do you know them?"
The only ones who hadn't were Maki and Clan. They hadn't seen
them before so they looked at the group of five with confused
"We met them when we were helping out at a hero show a while
"Ah, I've heard Kii mention that before."
"Then they're actors?"
As Koutarou was explaining the circumstances to the two, the
group if five noticed Koutarou and the others.
"Ah, Kenichi-niichan, aren't those people..."
"They are!! What an unusual place to meet again..."
"No way?! Isn't that Baron-sama and the others?! Damn, if I knew
about this. I'd put some more makeup on!!"
"There it is, Megumi's sickness is acting up again."
"Megu-chan, you're beautiful the way you are."
Noticing Koutarou and the others, the group of five ran up to them.
Their expressions were friendly as if they were meeting with old
friends. Koutarou and the others were the same and approached
them with short steps.
"Long time no see, everyone!"
The healthy looking young man in the front was Kenichi, the leader
of the five.
"Thank you very much for your guidance last year!"
Following him was the shortest of the five, a young boy by the
name of Kotarou. Fie was younger than Kenichi, but the smartest of
the group. His hobby was games.
"Ba~ron-samaaa~! You are as manly as always!"
Behind them was the only girl of the group, Megumi, smiling. She
easily fell in love with others.
"Megu-chan, you're drooling! Baron-san will hate you if you're like
The giant chasing after Megumi with a handkerchief was Daisaku.
He was a man who ate a lot, but he was surprisingly quite sensitive
and often covered for the others when they might go out of control.
In other words, the leader in name was Kenichi, while the actual
leader was Daisaku.
"Don't get too excited, you guys. They'll take you for country
The man sending cold glances at the other four was Hayato. He
liked to act cool, but things often didn't go as planned thanks to his
showy personality. By the way, he was from a village in the
mountains, and was the biggest country bumpkin of the five.
These five were always together as they formed a five-man team.
The team's name was the Sun Squad, Sun Rangers. They were
heroes who had their start two years ago.
"They're still the same... hmm?"
Koutarou was feeling nostalgic as he saw the Sun Rangers acting
the same as last year, but he felt like something was off as he looked
at them running.
What's with this sensation?
Koutarou gave the five another look. As he did, he soon found out
what was so off. Their appearance as they ran was a lot steadier
than it had been last year.
"It looks like they've trained quite a bit since then. It's like they're
completely different people."
Shizuka had noticed the same thing and was also impressed. That
was just how big the Sun Rangers' change had been. There was a
stability in their running form and an appropriate position for their
center of gravity which were supported by well-trained muscles.
They were clearly different from last year. It was proof of their hard
And it's not just their movements, they're not showing any openings.
They're also paying attention to their allies. Their teamwork has improved
considerably. Did they do a lot of training for actual combat?
Koutarou's intuition told him that they had put up with a lot of
unprecedented training for action actors. They seemingly improved
their capabilities as soldiers, even though that wasn't something an
actor needed. As a result, just the sight of them running was enough
to persuade others that they were heroes. Koutarou was surprised
by their ambition.
"Long time no see you guys. It looks like you've trained yourself
quite a bit."
"You can tell?!"
Koutarou honestly mentioned that he was impressed, which caused
Kenichi's eyes to sparkle with excitement.
"Yeah, you look completely different. You've gotten quite a bit
"It's an honor! We tried our hardest to get even one step closer to
"But still, Kenichi-niichan, Baron-san really is exceptional. I can tell
now that we're standing here face to face."
"Of course! Don't lump Baron-sama in with other men! We
wouldn't be a match for Baron-sama just from training a little!
Ahh~, I want to hurry up and get beaten to a pulp by Baron-sama!!"
"... Daisaku, it seems like Megumi's sickness is worse than usual
today, what's going on?"
"This is from before. Ever since the day we went to Baron-san's
play, her symptoms have gotten worse."
The Sun Rangers were unable to hide their excitement from meeting
Koutarou in such an unexpected place. But Koutarou wasn't sure
what was going on.
"... So, Sun Rangers, what are you doing here? Is it work? Or are
Troubled, Koutarou asked Kenichi for their circumstances. As he
did, the Sun Rangers excitement died down a little as Kenichi
answered for the group.
"Well, I can't go into details, but we are looking for something in
The Sun Rangers was a secret organization created by the
government to combat invaders. They had come here today on a
mission. Their mission was to find the invaders' base. However,
they couldn't reveal that to civilians like Koutarou and the others.
"I see. You sure have it hard."
However, Koutarou didn't think much of it. He figured they were
only looking for a place to record for their hero show. Being obliged
to keep secrets because of a contract was common sense for work.
They're searching the area with a spiritual energy sensor... Could the
radical faction be planning something on the surface? Or... though I don't
want to believe it, could they already have a base here?
Only Kiriha's expression changed after hearing what the Sun
Rangers said. Only she had noticed who the Sun Rangers really
were. But unless something major happened, Kiriha wouldn't make
contact with them. If possible, she didn't want them to find out
"... Karama, maintain stealth mode and follow them. I want to know
"... Understood Ho-"
Kiriha ordered one of her haniwas to follow the Sun Rangers. The
chances were high that their movements were related to the
underground people. She couldn't leave them alone. In contrast to
Kiriha's complex emotions, Koutarou and the Sun Rangers were
care freely chatting away.
"B-By the way, why is Baron-sama here?!"
"Megu-chan, calm down a little."
"But, but! We finally meet again!"
"We're here for this."
"Yeah. We want to show Japanese beetles to the children from
Clan's country. Clan is that girl in glasses over there."
"That's wonderful. You've caught some big beetles too."
"Yeah, amazing isn't it?"
Hearing that Koutarou was out capturing beetles for children from
a foreign country, Kenichi's expression brightened up. The battle
between the Sun Rangers and invaders could be called a battle
against foreign countries. In that regard, one could say that
Koutarou was improving their relations with a foreign country and
preemptively stopping battles. In other words, they shared the same
goal, but Koutarou was one step ahead. That's why Kenichi thought
it was wonderful.
We should strive to be like this as well... for that end, we have to give it our
In order for them to become like Koutarou, they had to complete
their own mission. Determination burnt fiercely in Kenichi's eyes.
"Niichan, it's about time we..."
"You're right. Everyone, we're returning to work."
"Eeeeh?! I finally reunited with Baron-sama, but it's going to end
without me being beaten up to a pulp?!"
"Let's bear with it, Megu-chan. If you abandon work, Baron-san will
"We don't have much time. We can't just sit here celebrating our
It wasn't just Kenichi who had renewed his determination. The
other four... the other three shared that feeling.
"That's right. Can I ask you one last thing, Baron-san?"
"What is it. Red Shine?"
"Did you see any strange place, thing, or person over where you
were capturing beetles? I don't mind even if it's something minor."
"I... didn't really see anything that stood out. How about you
Koutarou didn't have any recollection of anything strange, and
when he checked with the girls, all seven shook their heads.
"No one else has either, huh. Sorry, Red Shine, we're of no help."
"No, that's not true."
Kenichi didn't get the information he wanted, but he didn't seem
discouraged. The Sun Rangers hadn't just trained their bodies, but
also their minds.
"I appreciate your cooperation. I am also glad we could meet
"Then we must be going!"
Kenichi and his four allies saluted in an orderly fashion and left.
They looked completely different from before; they looked like
Sanae climbed up Koutarou's back and muttered.
"Those guys are strange as always, but... I'm sure a lot of things
happened to them too."
Just like Koutarou and the others had grown, so too had the Sun
Rangers, and visibly so. The backs of the group of five were
dignified and powerful.
The Underground and the Surface
Saturday, July 3
Once the Sun Rangers could no longer be seen, Koutarou and the
others began climbing down the mountain again. While they were
tired from the beetle hunting, the unexpected meeting left everyone
in a bright mood.
"Sakuraba-senpai, how is your body holding up?"
"Thank you for worrying, Nijino-san. Thanks to Clan-san's
invention, I can still go on. Thanks to you too, Clan-san."
"W-We can't be too overconfident. It's still just at the prototype
"Don't get so embarrassed, glasses. It's at times like this that you
"By the way, Aika-san, did you leave the band of knight's uniform
to Theia-chan and Ruth-san?"
"Yes, I don't know Forthorthe's style. In fact, I thought it would be
best that way."
"We're talking about Theia and Ruth-san, I can't tell what will come
out, but it won't be anything useful."
However, amongst them, only Kiriha's expression remained dark.
To her, the meeting with the Sun Rangers wasn't just a reunion. The
fact that the Sun Rangers, the surface defence force, was moving
was proof that the radical faction was making moves. She couldn't
simply smile and enjoy the reunion. As a result, she now had the
expression of a commander.
"Nee-san, I've gotten a message from Karama Ho. The Sun Rangers
are moving past where we were hunting beetles and heading
deeper into the forest Ho."
"Have Karama continue following them."
Kiriha was using the haniwas to follow the Sun Rangers and
planned for the future.
Since they were using a close range spiritual energy sensor, they should
have an idea of where to look. They either pursued them after a battle, or
they had a clue from the start...
Kiriha predicted that the Sun Rangers had information that her
enemies, the radical faction, were hiding in this area. The basis for
Kiriha's line of thinking was because of the accuracy of their sensor.
The accuracy of their sensor was far lower than the sensor built into
the haniwas; trying to find them without any leads with that sensor
was like searching for a needle in a haystack. It was more likely that
they had a clue that lead them here rather than them just happening
to search this area.
In that case, there was a point in following the Sun Rangers.
Karama, who had a more accurate sensor, might be able to find the
radical faction before the Sun Rangers did. With the radicals making
moves underground as well, Kiriha couldn't pass up on this chance.
"I need to find something and make the first move..."
Kiriha normally didn't like fighting, yet she had to actively obstruct
the radical faction. The situation was beginning to turn that bad that
she had to accept that contradiction. If the radical faction had built a
base on the surface, or if they were in the middle of a large-scale
operation, the policy for dealing with them might need a major
"Nee-san, this is bad Ho!"
"What is it?!"
And that danger turned even more real by the news from Korama.
"An emergency message from Chief Daiha Ho! Shijima Tayuma has
Shijima Tayuma, a young member of the radical faction. Among the
People of the Earth, he was especially elitist and harbored a lot of
hate towards the surface dwellers. Last year, Tayuma fought Kiriha
and lost, and was sent to a prison underground. Yet now he had
escaped. Kiriha knew just what that meant.
Kiriha's battle had right at this moment begun.
The ones who had broken Tayuma out of prison was a man and
woman rarely seen underground. The young man was tall and
blonde, wore a suit and had a foreign atmosphere to him. The
woman had a sharp glance and wore an exposing dark indigo
colored outfit. Since the underground people had a simplistic look,
Tayuma looked very plain next to the two.
Having broken out of prison with the two's help, Tayuma was
currently on the run with them. Tayuma and the others were still
underground, so the prison break wasn't a complete success yet.
Currently they were hiding in the basement of a certain building. A
vehicle to escape in was going to be meeting them in a few minutes,
so they needed to standby there. Though the basement was dim and
dirty, this was the first time since the breakout that they had been
able to rest.
"... It's been awhile since we last met face to face, indigo soldier."
"Well, getting into contact has been difficult lately."
Tayuma began by talking to the woman. Her name was Maya, and
the two had been cooperating for over ten years. Normally, Tayuma
hated the surface dwellers, however Maya was an exception. She
was from the the seventh tribe of the People of the Earth, mentioned
in the legends. In other words, she was technically from the People
of the Earth. That's why they could cooperate without Tayuma's
pride being hurt.
"So Maya, who is this man?"
However, that wasn't the case for the man with Maya. Since
Tayuma believed that the People of the Earth were superior, being
saved by a surface dweller harmed his pride.
"He is Elexis. We became partners a while back ago. I can't go into
details, but I can guarantee that he is not Japanese."
"My name is Elexis. It's a pleasure meeting you, your Excellency
Elexis elegantly bowed. He was used to having people shower him
with hostility, having lived in the business world. He wasn't shaken
in the slightest.
"I understand that it's hard to accept, but please look at the reality.
It is because of him that we are able to mass produce weapons. Isn't
it obvious that he is not a normal person?"
"That's true... but..."
Maya and Tayuma, with the radical faction backing them, were
only able to enter the final stages of their plan because of Elexis's
cooperation. The worker machines that Elexis had brought in were
far superior to both that of the machines on the surface and of the
People of the Earth.
Thanks to that, they were able to overcome the technological wall in
their way and were able to considerably shorten the time their plan
"And he is my partner. If you insult him, it is the same as insulting
"... I understand. I am sorry, Elexis. I formally apologize. I am also
grateful for your cooperation."
"Your words are too good for me."
In the end, Tayuma broke. To him, Maya was of the People of the
Earth and held a strong power. Insulting his countryman was the
same as insulting himself. Besides, Elexis was a foreigner, and the
technology he had was far superior. He was clearly quite different
from the Japanese that had chased the People of the Earth
underground. Tayuma and the other's goals were to fight the
surface dwellers of Japan. That’s why, with Maya's guarantee, there
was no point in pursuing who Elexis was.
"By the way, how is the factory progressing?"
With the matter of Elexis settled, Tayuma got back on track. In the
end, the war on the surface was more important to him.
"It is operating smoothly. 95% of the scheduled production has
already been completed... Well, that's why we came to pick you
"That is much faster than what we expected."
"We'll go over the details when we arrive at our destination. It
would be better if you see for yourself."
"Which means that our destination is the factory on the surface."
"That's correct. The invincible army awaits you, their commander,
Listening to Maya's report, Tayuma showed a twisted smile. It was
a cruel and ugly smile filled with grudge and envy.
Having escaped from the prison, the three headed towards
mountains by the suburbs of Kitsushou Harukaze city. That was the
base that Elexis had erected when he first came to Earth, and the
simple production he had brought with him had been left there.
And in order for the radical faction to make use of that facility, they
created a large-scale factory. Tayuma's first impression of the
factory was satisfaction.
"Seeing it in person, I must say, it's quite a masterpiece! So this is
In the warehouse of the factory were mechanical soldiers making
use of the same technology used for Maya's body, though it was
nowhere near as human-like. Since they were currently in the
process of being moved to a different base, there was less than half
of their original number, but there was still over 1000 soldiers.
"We have already moved our portion, so these are without a doubt
"So these will be equipped with your clan's techniques, I think you
called it magic. I can't keep myself from laughing just imagining the
sight of them advancing. So this is the masterpiece of the People of
the Earth! Fuahahaha!!"
"Regarding that, the trailers used for transporting the soldiers to
our base will return with our weapons."
Once the production of the weapons, including the mechanical
soldiers, reached 95% completion. Darkness Rainbow's portion had
been completed. After sending that portion to her own base, Maya
headed out to rescue Tayuma. She was being cautious so that in the
case of something unexpected happening, she wouldn't suffer any
losses. The same could be said about the magical weapons that
Darkness Rainbow would share with Tayuma and the radicals.
Under the pretext that obtaining a mode of transport was difficult,
the spiritual energy weapons were transported first. On the way
back, the magical weapons would be transported. While Maya and
Tayuma appeared to be cooperating on the surface, they were
protecting their own profits first.
"Once the trailers returns, all preparations will be complete. Maguz -
sama will be pleased."
There, Tayuma mentioned the name Maguz. That Maguz was the
leader of the radical faction, but rarely showed themselves in public,
as they controlled everything from the shadows. As a result, even
though the conservatives caught radicals, they didn't get any leads.
All they knew of was the codename Maguz.
"By the way, Tayuma, it was that person who requested your
"So it really was Maguz-sama. I better send my thanks later."
"While you're at it, let them know that it was a good deal."
"I understand... Then I will go report and send my thanks to
Maguz-sama right away."
He had safely arrived at his base and confirmed the condition of the
factory. It was about time Tayuma returned to work. A large-scale
attack on the surface would soon be carried out.
"Elexis and I will go perform the final adjustments on that."
"It's already complete?!"
"That is also around 95% complete. That's why we're making the
"I see, then I'll leave—"
That was when a jarring alarm rang out throughout the factory.
"Intruder alert! I repeat, intruder alert! It is believed that someone
has broken past the eastern fence and entered the site! The defenses
are to find and dispose of this intruder right away!"
"So they reached this place... The surface dwellers aren't just all
idiots as well!"
Tayuma, Maya, and Elexis left their reports for later and headed
towards the operation room.
There was no longer any time to casually chat away.
They needed to find the intruders as quickly as possible and
prevent information from being leaked.
The Sun Rangers had been able to find the factory largely by chance.
But their efforts had allowed them to be at the right place at the
right time. This was a fortune their efforts had delivered.
"We did it! There really was a base! It's just like you said, Kotarou!"
"I thought it was strange. They're underground people, yet recently
they were flying in the sky."
The Sun Rangers had fought against the underground people on
several occasions. However, they weren't attacks made public as
they were small-scale attacks like sabotage of communal facilities.
And after a minor skirmish, the underground people would
However, as of late a change had occurred when the underground
people escaped. In the past they would escape towards the
underground, but now there were times that they escaped into the
sky. And the direction they would fly away in had a regularity to it.
There, the Sun Rangers thoroughly searched that direction.
With their low accuracy sensor, they had not found anything after
looking for several days, but today was different. As they
persevered in their search, they discovered a dot on the screen of
their sensor. Since that dot was moving swiftly, they hurriedly gave
chase so they wouldn't lose it.
They had no way of knowing, but that reaction was the vehicle that
Tayuma and the others had used to escape. Having focused on
losing their underground pursuers, they sped up once they reached
the surface. Since the engine used spiritual energy, by raising the
speed, they increased the output, allowing the Sun Rangers sensor
to detect them.
Tayuma and the others had made three mistakes. They
underestimated the accuracy of the accuracy of the surface dwellers'
sensors; they didn't consider the possibility that the surface dwellers
might be investigating nearby and they had been in too much of a
The sensor's quality didn't matter when they were that close.
Increasing their speed caused them to use up a lot of spiritual
energy, making them stand out. Effort, carelessness, coincidence,
and haste. All of these elements intertwined, allowing the Sun
Rangers to find Tayuma's factory, the enemy's base.
"But what do we do now, Kenichi? This is definitely not a normal
base. They're making something on a large scale."
Hayato was wearing a blue battle suit and looked through the scope
of his rifle. On the other end of his scope was what was believed to
be the enemy base. It definitely had the feel of a military base, but it
also looked like a factory. It was taking in a lot of water from the
river and several chimneys could be seen, with several power plants
on the inside. It was clear that something was being made inside.
"That said, it's too big for just the five of us to attack."
"I think so too. If we try to attack, we're only going to end up
Megumi, wearing a pink suit, and Daisaku, wearing a yellow suit,
both wanted to play it safe. The base was too big, and an attack
wouldn't work with just the five of them. They believed calling for
reinforcements would be best.
"So we're just going to leave without doing anything? They are
definitely up to no good."
"I agree with Hayato. We can't return empty-handed. Remember
what professor Roppongi said the other day? A large-scale battle
might be close."
The blue Hayato and red Kenichi had a more active opinion.
Having found the enemy base, they wanted to at least cause some
damage to it. With a large-scale battle possibly around the corner,
they might end up at a disadvantage if they left without doing
anything. It wasn't like they wanted to charge in without a plan.
"Then it's two against two.... Kotarou, what do you think?"
Kotarou wearing a green suit scratched his head as Kenichi asked
him. After thinking for a while, he eventually slapped his hands
"That's right. Kenichi-niichan, what if we approach it using the
middle ground of both opinions."
"Middle ground? What do you mean?"
"We'll take a look inside the factory, we'll check what they're up to
and then withdraw. With that, we won't have to force ourselves to
attack, and we won't return without anything to show for it."
"Kotarou, you've been on a roll lately."
Kotarou proudly puffed up his chest having been praised by
Kenichi. He was a small boy, but he looked a little larger now.
"Everyone, I'm thinking of going with Kotarou's idea. Do you
Kenichi looked at the group to confirm their intentions. There were
no objections as everyone nodded their heads. Kotarou's opinion
"With that decided, let's go everyone!"
With Kenichi at the front, the Sun Rangers carefully approached the
factory. Since they didn't want to be found before they could scout
it out, they needed to make slow and deliberate moves.
"It's just that this isn't very hero-like. Baron-san might get angry if
he saw us now."
"Kotarou, Baron-san would understand. This is for the sake of the
"Yeah, you're right."
Like Kotarou said, sneaking wasn't very hero-like. If anything, it
was more villainous. However, their spirits shone on heroically.
Around the factory was an electrified fence. Carelessly touching it
would shock you, yet if they cut it, they would be found by the
enemy shortly thereafter.
"Alright. Everyone, you can cross over now."
However, that was where the giant, Daisaku, showed off his talent.
Using a cable to reroute the electricity, they could pass without
cutting the fence. At first glance, he looked to be the clumsiest of the
bunch, but in reality he was the most dexterous of them all.
"Thank you, Daisaku-kun. Thanks for all your work."
Megumi smiled as she helped put away Daisaku's tools.
"It's not as difficult as it looks, Megu-chan."
Unfamiliar with machinery, Megumi held quite a bit of respect for
Daisaku. Partially thanks to that, Daisaku was the man she favored
the most, not including her sickness. However, she herself was not
aware of this, and it would probably take quite a while before love
"I'll go first. Give me some space before you follow."
"Be careful, Kenichi."
Kenichi lightly waved at Hayato before passing through the hole
opened up in the fence.
It was the job of the leader, Kenichi, to jump into danger first. The
vice leader, Hayato brought up the rear. If the enemy appeared
front or back, the leader or vice leader would be able to deal with it.
It was a formation that had naturally formed over these past few
Having passed through the fence, Kenichi hid in the shadow of a
nearby container and waved his allies over. The Sun Rangers passed
through the fence one at a time, and after three seconds they were
all by Kenichi's side.
"This is where it gets difficult."
After confirming that everyone was here, Kenichi poked his face out
from the container to take a look. There were no places to hide
further up ahead. They would need to rush all the way up to the
building. Since he could see armed underground people patrolling,
they needed to time it right.
However, they didn't get a chance to time it, as all of a sudden a
loud siren sounded throughout the entire factory, causing the
soldiers' movement to become hurried.
"Intruder alert! I repeat, intruder alert! It is believed that someone
has broken past the eastern fence and entered the site! The defenses
are to find and dispose of this intruder right away!"
"They found us?!"
"Calm down, Kenichi! Judging from the alert, they've only found
out about the fence!"
Kenichi turned pale, but Hayato calmed him down. Neither the
contents of the alert nor the underground people's movements
indicated that the Sun Rangers had been found.
"Niichan, they might have cameras checking the fence regularly. It's
much cheaper than randomly increasing the security devices."
"What do we do, Kenichi-kun? It's going to be hard to scout out the
"Daisaku-kun is right! We can't scout while dealing with that many
The enemies were steadily increasing. The Sun Rangers had gotten
far stronger compared to last year, but even then they couldn't deal
with several dozen enemies. Doing what they had originally
planned would be dangerous.
"Alright, here's what we do. Me, Hayato, and Kotarou will attract
their attention. During that time, Megumi and Daisaku will take
pictures of the inside of the factory. Once that's over, escape right
away! We'll escape while attracting attention!"
Since the underground people didn't know how many the Sun
Rangers were, they should be able to fool them with just the three of
them. Besides, there was less risk with them escaping that way.
"Okay, be careful, Kenichi-kun!"
"You too! Let's go, Hayato, Kotarou!"
With their meeting done, Kenichi and the other two jumped out
from the shadow of the container. Once there was some distance
between them, Daisaku and Megumi headed in the opposite
direction. On their way, they saw a lot of underground people
heading towards Kenichi and the others.
"I hope they'll be okay..."
"Don't worry, Megu-chan. Let's just focus on our own job."
Megumi was worried, but Daisaku made her switch gears.
"You're right, sorry, Daisaku-kun. Let's do our best, the two of us."
They didn't have the time to worry about Kenichi and the others.
They had their own dangers to overcome.
While they had acted all cool, the moment Kenichi and the others
left the container, they immediately got pushed back hard.
"They're shooting! They're not even asking questions!"
"Kenichi-niichan, there's more coming from the left too!"
"Kenichi, Kotarou! Don't go to the right, a different squad is
While there was still some distance between them, there were
underground people everywhere. On top of that, the underground
people were armed with rifles and were mercilessly firing at the
three. Because of the endlessly appearing underground people and
their repeated firing, the three were being cornered, little by little.
"Hayato, where do we run?!"
"Just focus on running forward!"
The three continued running forward while shots screeched past
their ears. All they could do right now was run around. They had to
buy time for Megumi and Daisaku to fulfill their mission.
"Niichan, something's strange!"
It was then that Kotarou noticed something odd about the situation.
"It's their guns, they're—"
"Are you okay, Kotarou?!"
"I-I'm fine! It only hit my helmet! But you understand now right?!
The guns they're using aren't firing the usual mysterious beam!"
"You're right... I wonder why they're using normal guns today."
The abnormality that Kotarou had noticed was the weapons the
underground people were using.
There was no doubt that the enemies were underground people,
one could tell from their shinto priest like clothes, which they wore
body armor on top of. It was a style they had seen before.
Up until now, the weapon that the underground people used had
been spiritual energy beam rifles. It was a powerful beam rifle that
gathered and focused spiritual energy before releasing it. Normally,
there might be a different weapon amongst the troops they fought,
but the beam rifle was their primary weapon.
Yet today, the underground people were using rifles that fired
bullets. While they had changed into a more commonly seen
weapon, it was still suspicious.
"But those aren't normal guns!"
"What do you mean, Hayato?!"
"The fired bullets are curving to chase after us! They're like magic
Hayato used a rifle to fight. That's why he was the first to notice the
abnormality with the enemies' weapons. He first noticed that the
direction the rifle was pointed at, and the bullets impact point were
different. At first he assumed he had missed something, but when
the same thing happened time after time again, he understood that
wasn't the case.
It was bizarre, but the bullets fired would change their trajectory
after being fired.
While the change wasn't large, accurate fire was possible even on
the run. Hayato thought back to the trajectory of the bullet fired in
the assassination of a certain president. While it was just slight, it
was far from realistic that a bullet would change direction.
"It seems like it's their new weapon!"
"So their power has lowered, but it's gotten easier to hit, huh?"
"If they get any closer with those weapons, we'll get hit in no time!
Hayato, Kotarou, don't stop running no matter what!"
Since the enemy had an overwhelming number, Kenichi and the
others had no intention of fighting them up front, yet just running
around the factory site was getting hard.
Who knows how long we'll last...
As a strong anxiety started taking root in Kenichi, Megumi's voice
entered his helmet through the built-in communications device.
"Kenichi, we're done on our end! We're withdrawing!"
"Understood! We'll withdraw as well! I'll contact you about the
meeting point later!"
After reporting only what needed to be reported right away,
Megumi's communication ended. She didn't have the room to go
into details either. But the good news raised the three's morale.
"Niichan, let’s hurry up and get out of here!"
"Hayato, use the grenade on your rifle to blow a hole in the fence
"Leave it to me!"
Hayato readied his rifle and fired at the fence.
Along with a light recoil and some spewed out fire, the underslung
grenade launcher fired.
The grenade hit the fence where Hayato had aimed and blew open a
large hole. The three sprinted straight towards the hole. It was their
only escape path.
"Hayato, you go first! Kotarou, goes next!"
"What about you, Niichan?!"
"I'll go last! Just in— hah?!"
Kenichi's precaution of going last while watching their backs paid
off as he barely managed to prevent the surprise attack from an
assailant not making any sound.
"I won't go down that easily!!"
Kenichi swung the single handed sword in his right hand and
repeatedly fired the handgun in his left at the assailant. But the
assailant elegantly jumped backwards and dodged the bullets.
"W-What's with this guy?!"
The assailant had a mechanical appearance, overall it had a
humanoid shape. It was about as tall as an average grown man.
However, looking at it closely, the limbs were too thin, as if they
were just bones. On top of that, the hands and feet were equipped
with large claws, making it look quite inhuman. Thanks to the
metallic sheen one could tell it was a machine, but it was quite
different from the humanoid robots that Japanese corporations
"The underground people's killer robot huh... damn it."
Kenichi frowned and held his side with his left hand. There was a
large wound there; the assailant, the underground people's
mechanical soldier, had cut him up as it jumped away. Despite its
bony appearance, it was strong and quick. Kenichi believed he had
prevented the attack, but the mechanical soldier was one step
ahead. If it wasn't for his combat suit, the wound would have been
fatal, though the wound was still deep and he spilled a lot of blood.
Not good... I can't escape like this... I'll have to-
Kenichi jumped back and stood with his back facing the hole in the
"Kenichi, what are you doing?! Hurry up!"
"Hayato, Kotarou, you two go! I'll buy you time!"
Kenichi figured that at this rate they would be wiped out. Even if
the three of them fought together, it would take time to defeat the
mechanical soldier. During that time, the underground people
would arrive. That said, he didn't want to endure attacks from the
enemy giving chase and have them target the five as they grouped
up. In order to prevent that, somebody needed to stay behind and
slow down the mechanical soldier. Kenichi believed that since he
had been injured, he was the most suitable for the job.
"You can't, Kenichi-niichan!"
"If I don't, nobody will return! Quit your yappering and go! Return
to base with as much information as possible!"
As Kenichi said that, the mechanical soldier attacked. While Kenichi
did his best with his sword and gun, he was clearly at a
disadvantage. Kenichi's was repeatedly wounded from the
mechanical soldier's claws.
Hayato and Kotarou began running, however, it wasn't because
they were obeying Kenichi's orders. Instead they were running
towards Kenichi. They passed through the hole in the fence and
entered the factory site once more.
"You idiots, what are you doing?!"
"I won't let you hog all the spotlight, Kenichi! Being cool is my job!"
"Daisaku-niichan and Megumi-neechan will bring the information
"Do you understand what you're doing?!"
"We know. We just can't leave you behind!"
"Niichan, we all came this far together. Let's stay together until the
However, regardless of how much of an advantage they gained
against the mechanical soldier, it was just a win on the surface.
Before they could defeat it, they would be surrounded by the
"... Guess it can't be helped. In that case, let's give it our all.
Depending on our efforts, the incoming fight will become easier."
"That's good. That's more like Red Shine."
"I wish Baron-san would have heard Niichan's lines. He definitely
would have praised you."
At this point, the three knew that there was no turning back. They
desperately steeled themselves, ready to take as many enemies as
possible with them. That was their duty. They were soldiers who
protected the peace. They were completely different from what they
had been in the past. They took pride in their job.
"You're absolutely right! Well said. Red Shine!"
That voice belonged to neither Kenichi, Hayato, nor Kotarou. It
wasn't Daisaku's nor Megumi's neither. The moment they heard
that voice, the mechanical soldier in front of Kenichi was cut in half.
As the mechanical soldier's two pieces fell, a boy wielding a large
sword and wearing a beautiful blue armor appeared.
"It looks like you've become real heroes in just a few months."
The boy that cut the enemy in half was Koutarou. Surprised by his
sudden appearance, Kenichi was at a loss for words and remained
motionless. He was surprised both by Koutarou and the fact that he
had easily cut the soldier in half. As Kenichi remained motionless,
the underground people rained fire down upon him. That was
where the black haired girl, Kiriha, who was standing next to
Koutarou, quickly gave an order.
"Karama, Korama, Spiritual Energy Field to maximum output!!"
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"Leave it to us Ho-!"
In the next moment, two haniwas floated up in front of Kenichi. The
haniwas created a shield made from yellow light and protected
"This is bad, Koutarou! These attacks aren't based on spiritual
However, that shield of light, that barrier, was already starting to
collapse. That was partially because of the amount of bullets, but
also because the haniwas' barrier was the most effective against
spiritual energy-based attacks. Since the weapons used this time
weren't based on spiritual energy, the barrier wouldn't last for long.
"It's okay, leave it to me!"
Next up was a girl with silver hair, Harumi. She closed her eyes,
held her hands in front of her chest spoke mysterious words as if
they were song. This was ancient Forthorthe, used in the activation
"Gather, spirits of water! Dance, spirits of wind! Combine these two
powers and appear, spirits of lightning!"
As her incantation progressed, the white light enveloping Harumi
grew stronger. As if resonating with that, Koutarou's sword began
emitting the same colored light.
"Like a coiled snake, like a rising tornado, show yourself! Whirl!
Having finished her incantation, Harumi opened her eyes wide and
thrust her hands forward. As she did, a giant coil several meters in
diameter that was made from red light appeared from her stretched
out hands. The red coil that had suddenly appeared had a powerful
electromagnetic current, and it twisted the trajectory of the
oncoming bullets through electromagnetic induction. As a result,
the bullets didn't even reach the haniwas' barrier.
"What is this?!"
Kenichi was in a fluster as odd events happened one after another.
"Now's not the time to be surprised! Run away!"
However, Kenichi remembered the situation as Koutarou roared at
him. The enemy was right in front of him. Figuring out just who
Koutarou is could wait for later. There, Kenichi hurriedly gave his
"Hayato, Kotarou, we're leaving!"
"I don't really understand, but thank you, Baron-san!"
His allies seemed to be equally confused as he was, but they
obediently followed Kenichi's orders. The two passed through the
hole in the fence and left the factory site.
"Red Shine, I'll lend you a hand."
The wounded Kenichi borrowed Shizuka's shoulder and chased
after his allies.
"You've been beaten up quite a bit. Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'm okay."
Sanae joined the two and used her spiritual powers to perform
some emergency treatment on Kenichi.
"Clan, give me a smoke screen!"
"Smoke grenade fired!"
"Yurika, stop the enemy from moving!"
"Okay! Ice Burn - Modifier - Effective Area Large!"
"Orb of Fire!!"
Koutarou and the others then followed after the others after
obstructing the enemy as much as they could.
It hadn't been a coincidence that Koutarou and the other appeared
as Kenichi and the others were in danger. A while after Kiriha had
received a report that Tayuma had escaped from his prison,
Karama, who was following the Sun Rangers, caught something on
his spiritual energy sensor. Kiriha believed that there was a high
chance that the reaction was from Tayuma, considering the timing,
and she began chasing after the Sun Rangers.
The Sun Rangers didn't know that there was a conservative faction
of the underground people, nor did they know that the radical
faction had a connection with magical power. Connection or not,
they didn't even know of magical powers to begin with. Leaving the
normal radicals aside, with a core member of the radical faction
leading this group of radicals, there was a high chance that they
were equipped with magical weapons. On top of that, the timing
was bad as the radical faction had gotten more active lately. If left
alone, the Sun Rangers would be wiped out by unknown weapons
that went by the name of magic.
Seeing the Sun Rangers sacrifice themselves and that the enemy
preventing them from escaping, this was quite clearly different
from a small skirmish. There was a considerable chance that this
might be the trigger to start the battle between the surface dwellers
and the underground people. If that happened, it would be the
worst case scenario that Kiriha feared. There, Kiriha decided to save
the Sun Rangers, well aware that her identity might be exposed.
In the conference room of the Sun Rangers' secret base were
Koutarou and the others, the Sun Rangers, and the Sun Rangers'
commander, professor Roppongi. In total there were 14 of them;
that was quite a number, but unlike room 106 this room was quite
large, so there was no cramped feeling.
"...I see, so the underground people are currently split up into the
conservative faction and the radical faction. I never put much
thought into that, but in the end you're human like us. Just like we
aren't united, neither were the underground people."
Despite Kiriha explaining the circumstances, professor Roppongi
didn't seem very surprised. He stroked his beard while nodding
Looking at the history of Earth, he found no reason to doubt
Kiriha's words. While the question of whether Kiriha really
belonged to the conservative faction or not remained. The fact that
the conservative faction itself existed was a natural thing to
"There are two problems. The first is that the radical faction are not
representing the intentions of the People of the Earth. The other is
that the radical faction are rushing to get results."
"So the minority that is the radical faction is trying to force a war
with the surface that the majority does not desire is it."
"So they'd die for their pride... as expected of radicals."
The radical faction's ideas made them appear as a terrorist
organization on the surface. In the end, humanity's enemy was
itself. Whether they were from the surface or from underground,
the situation never changed.
"Us conservative have chosen to move to the surface without the
surface dwellers finding out and eventually merging together with
the local people and disappearing. The radical faction can't accept
"So if they face ruin either way, they'd rather be ruined through
The conservatives had decided to migrate to the surface. They hated
conflicts between the surface and underground; as a result, once
those that had migrated to the surface obtained a means to live on
their own, the People of the Earth's government would be
abandoned. While an organization for social aid might remain,
there would no longer be any large-scale activities. In other words,
while the People of the Earth's lineage would remain, the nation
itself would be ruined. This was something the radicals wouldn't
forgive under any circumstances.
What the conservative faction was trying to protect was their
lineage, or their people. But the radical faction wanted to protect
their nation, their pride and traditions. Since what they valued the
most was different, no amount of discussion could resolve their
"I understand the circumstances. It seems like it would be for the
best if you and we work together. Though sadly it would be
"I understand your circumstances as well. I appreciate your offer
"I see. Then I will speak with the higher-ups."
The Japanese government probably wouldn't accept the
conservative faction's methods. Systematic immigration from a
nation they had no diplomatic relationship with was the same as
illegal immigration. The government's standpoint on that was clear,
and they wouldn't allow it.
But realistically speaking, they would want to cooperate with the
conservative faction to combat the radicals. So their cooperation
would become unofficial and on a smale scale. In exchange, the
People of the Earth would be 'forgotten' once the problems were
resolved. If they carelessly aggravated the conservative faction, they
might create another radical faction. Looking at it from another
viewpoint, the People of the Earth were in Japan, so they could be
considered inhabitants the government previously had no
knowledge of. In that sense, there were less problems leaving the
conservative faction alone than there were in aggravating them.
The People of the Earth's technology far surpassed Japan's, and
their existence was sort of a grey zone. It would be more convenient
for the Japanese government to leave the People of the Earth alone
and let them vanish.
Like that, the future policy was that they would work together, but
that shook some people. Mainly the five Sun Rangers.
"... Things have taken a strange turn."
"Are you not satisfied, Hayato?"
"That's not it... but I'm confused."
"I understand how you feel, Hayato-niichan. We considered all
underground people to be evil just a while ago, and now that has
suddenly changed. Of course that's strange."
Hayato and Kotarou were confused. Just a while ago, they had
fought against the underground people under the belief that they
were all evil. Yet now that viewpoint had suddenly collapsed,
bringing about a new sense of values. The underground people
were split into two factions. They would work together with the
conservative faction, while fighting against the radical faction. The
two were still unable to adapt to that change in values.
"Kenichi, are you fine?"
"I'm... relieved actually."
The Sun Rangers' leader, Kenichi, had a different viewpoint from
the two. While he was a little confused, he was pleased by the
"Say we defeat the evil underground people and reach their
empire... what then? Do we kill their children? Their women? Their
"By working together with the underground people's conservative
faction. I'm finally able to see our goal. We only have to fight
against the invaders, we don't have to do anything else."
Before, Kenichi had not seen an end to their battle.
Up until now, the Sun Rangers had only been dealing with the
symptoms of the underground people's invasion rather than the
actual cause. They had been unable to find the underground
people's stronghold and had no choice but to obstruct their
invasion. Kenichi couldn't see a bright future as he considered how
things were going.
However, even if they had found the underground people's
stronghold, what then? Would they kill everyone that lived there?
There should be civilians and children amongst the underground
people as well. Would they have to kill them all? Or would they
capture everyone and keep them somewhere isolated, like at a
concentration camp not unlike those from the war? As he imagined
futures like that, Kenichi was reluctant to reach an end of their
battle with the underground people.
If their battle continued the way it did now, a sad future was all that
waited for them. However, if they worked together with the
conservative faction and defeated the radical faction, the battle
would end. They would be able to avoid the sad futures. That's why
Kenichi welcomed the cooperation with the conservative faction. He
wanted to believe in the future where as many people as possible
"Kenichi-niichan, did you eat something strange?"
"You don't have to put it like that! I can be serious at times as
"That's not what I meant. It's just that what you're saying is correct,
so we're just surprised. Right, Hayato-niichan?"
"... Yeah. Kenichi, you're correct. We never even thought about
When they heard what Kenichi had to say, both Hayato's and
Kotarou's confusion disappeared. They had never thought of things
from Kenichi's perspective. And when they did, they found that he
If the battle ended at an early stage, they wouldn't have to see their
teammates hurt, and they wouldn't hold a grudge against the
underground people. It was indeed the ideal conclusion.
"Kenichi, you really are the Sun Rangers' leader."
"Oh, you finally admitted it, Hayato-niichan."
"I just realized that a leader shouldn't be chosen purely based on
"You sore loser. But I think so too."
Kenichi teared up a little. His teammates thought the same way he
did. Kenichi renewed his determination to see this fight through to
the end with his teammates.
"Silly Hayato and KotarouJ'. It was clear that we should be friendly
with the underground people the moment my Baron-sama had an
underground person as his allyJ'. You're all overthinking iti 1 "
"I'm sure the underground people have delicious food too so I'm
glad if we don't have to fight them."
"You get it Daisaku-kunJ'. Ufufufu, I wonder what kind of
wonderful underground people there are, aaahhh-, I can’t waitJ 1 "
The remaining two, Daisaku and Megumi weren't shaken
whatsoever. They believed in cooperation with the underground
people before professor Roppongi even made his decision. Their
attitude didn't change in the slightest after his decision.
"You're the same as always, Megumi, Daisaku..."
"... I'm envious of that simplicity."
"Shhh, Neechan will hear you, Hayato-niichan."
The Sun Rangers had been slightly shook up by the decision that
they would cooperate with the underground people's conservative
faction. However in the end, their resolve was strengthened.
The Sun Rangers was a secret organization created by the
government. Since they were made by the government, there had to
be a reason for it.
The truth was that there was once another faction apart from the
underground people's conservative and radical factions. It was a
faction that strived after harmony with the surface even more than
the conservative faction. They were people that were actively
proclaiming that the People of the Earth should be dismantled.
This third faction, the dismantlement faction, was simple. Once the
twentieth century arrived, the surface dwellers' development was
clear. The dismantlement faction was very attracted by the surface's
lifestyle and culture and began requesting that the People of the
Earth be dismantled so they could live on the surface.
However, both the conservative and the radical faction objected.
The radicals denounced them as dismantlement was the same as
abandoning their pride. The conservative faction thought that
dismantling was rushing ahead of it and distanced themselves from
the dismantlement faction. As a result, the faction was isolated
amongst the People of the Earth.
Isolated, the conservative faction decided that they should migrate
to the surface alone. Just then. World War II broke out, and a small
amount of the dismantlement faction took advantage of the
confusion and migrated. As the migration took place, the
dismantlement faction threw away their identity as People of the
Earth and began living as surface dwellers.
This early migration from the dismantlement faction could be said
to have changed the fate of the People of the Earth. Those living on
the surface would sometimes bring culture from the surface down
underground, and they would speak of their experience on the
surface. As a result, the people who admired the surface grew, and
the population gradually started to leave. As the outflow of people
increased, the conservative faction accepted that the People of the
Earth were in decline. The leader, Kurano Daiha took this
opportunity to change their policy on migration.
However, this was far from welcome to the radical faction, and they
began considering the dismantlement faction as enemies, as traitors.
Of course, the dismantlement faction sensed that and realized that
the radical faction might eventually attack the surface. If that
happened, the dismantlement faction who loved the surface's
culture and lifestyle would be troubled in two ways. They couldn't
stand to see the surface destroyed, but they would also be caught
between the surface and the underground in the conflict. There,
they decided to make the first move and created an insurance of
Their insurance was secretly contacting the surface government and
giving them technology that had been taken from underground. By
doing that, they would let the government know that there were
some with advanced technology in a roundabout way. In the case
that the surface and underground came into conflict, it would also
be convenient for them to have that technology.
As a result, the surface government began their research on
underground technology. The Sun Rangers was formed based on
their results. In other words, all of the equipment the Sun Rangers
were using were products from their research on underground
people's technology, their combat suits and sensors included. That's
why their technology was so inferior to Kiriha's. The technology
that the dismantlement faction had brought to the surface was
technology used around the time of World War II.
From there, time passed and the radical faction began their invasion
on the surface. The dormant Sun Rangers organization was brought
online and faced the brunt of the invasion. Those were the
circumstances around the Sun Rangers.
"These are roughly the reasons for why we're fighting."
"So they're copies of old technology. No wonder we couldn't win..."
"We've been training so hard so we can win, Megu-chan."
"... Professor, does that mean that we've been allies with the
peaceful underground people from the very beginning?"
"If you call the enemy of your enemy your ally, then that would be
the case, yes. There was no clear cooperation between us. It's more
of a give-and-take kind of relationship."
"You should have just said so from the start."
"Hayato, would we have believed that a year ago?"
"It's just as Kenichi-kun says. The underground invaders' existence
only became apparent as of late. Who would believe it even if their
technology was laid down in front of us?"
With Roppongi's words, Kenichi and the others thought back to
themselves a year back. When they did, they found that Roppongi's
words were quite correct.
"However, with this we can get a grasp of the overall flow. Kiriha-
san and the others were more of a middle ground."
As Kenichi and the others fell silent, Koutarou began talking.
Having listened in on what was said, Koutarou had gotten grasp of
the overall problems surrounding the underground world.
"Yes. Us conservatives are like our name suggests; gathered around
the premise of peace. That said, we didn't first wish to go as far as
dismantling the People of the Earth. The reason why we've chosen
that now is because the situation has changed."
Kiriha had a satisfied expression. She had been curious regarding
the inferior spiritual energy technology that the Sun Rangers were
using, but that problem had been solved by Roppongi's explanation.
"All that's left is how we suppress the radical faction."
Harumi wrapped up the discussion so far. When considering the
conveniences of the surface and underground, the radical faction
becomes an obstacle.
The surface wanted to avoid a full-scale war with the advanced
People of the Earth. Even if they won, there would be considerable
losses. Again, the People of the Earth had fewer numbers, so they
too wanted to avoid war with the surface. Short-term aside, looking
at it long-term, victory was unimaginable.
Neither side desired war, but the radical faction was trying to start
one. They had to be stopped no matter what.
"Uhm, Satomi-san, can I say something?"
That was when Yurika, who had stayed mostly quiet raised her
hand and asked to be allowed to speak.
That was when Koutarou had a bad feeling. Yurika's expression
was that of a magical girl that fought for justice, something
Koutarou didn't want Yurika to show right now.
"... Say it."
Koutarou held back his anxiety and urged her to continue.
"Yes. Uhm, uhm, about this gun..."
Upon receiving Koutarou's permission, Yurika put one of the rifles
on the table.
The rifle weighed several kilos. The heavy sound as the rifle was
placed on the table instilled anxiety in a lot of people.
"The truth is, there is a magical reaction coming from this gun."
That was the reason for Yurika's expression.
When Koutarou and the others were saving the Sun Rangers,
Yurika felt the presence of magic scattered across the battlefield.
The majority of it was from the weapons the underground people
were using. There, Yurika picked up a weapon from those defeated
and brought it back. That was the rifle she had put on the desk.
"This rifle itself doesn't have magic cast on it, instead it's the bullets
that have a spell cast on them. It looks like the bullets adjust their
trajectory based on what their user is targeting."
Yurika had been examining the rifle up until now. As a result, she
realized that the situation was worse than she thought and
interrupted the discussion.
"I don't understand magic, but this lady is correct. The bullets fired
from their guns changes direction while flying."
Hayato backed up Yurika's claims. Since Hayato preferred using
guns, he had realized the abnormality of the guns the underground
people were using at the factory.
"Just where is the radical faction getting enchanted bullets from?"
"They are probably gaining them through Maya-sama. Maya-sama's
body was made from spiritual energy technology, so they are
probably sharing technology."
Maya, the previous Dark Navy and also Maki's master. In a
previous battle, Maya had suffered serious injuries and lost her
ability to fight. However, she had gained a mechanical body and
returned to the battlefield. The new body was made using spiritual
energy technology. And if she was using that, then it wasn't
unlikely that the radical faction would have access to magic. This
gun was proof to back up that suspicion.
"Magical weapons are being used to invade the surface. This is
clearly a misuse of magic... this is my job."
Even if it wasn't Darkness Rainbow, the misuse of magic had to be
stopped. That was the duty of the magical girl. Rainbow Yurika.
Her expression was more serious than ever because this wasn't just
for the sake of a friend, but also because this was her original duty.
"... If we're making a move, we should do so soon. Looking at this
gun, the radical faction has made careful preparations."
Clan had a severe expression. Both Clan and Yurika had
investigated the gun, but her scientific knowledge had made the
radical faction's intentions clear.
"What do you mean?"
"This gun has a very high processing precision. I've only
investigated it with the measuring instruments at hand, but it has
been made using technology that far exceeds the technology of the
"Well of course, it's made by the underground people."
The underground people had advanced technology. On top of that,
the production machinery probably had spells cast on them to
increase their precision. It wasn't strange for their precision to be so
"That's not the problem. While the precision of the parts that affects
the shooting of the rifle are very high, the precision of the parts
consumed during use isn't that high."
"What do you mean?"
Koutarou tilted his head in confusion. There, Hayato who was
knowledgeable in guns explained.
"In other words, the rifle is designed so that the consumable parts
can be reproduced on the surface. That's bad, this is indeed
troublesome. They're making weapons taking into consideration
what happens after they've attacked the surface."
"I believe it's the same reason for why the guns themselves don't
use magic. They're working under the assumption that the supply
of magic won't make it in time as the battlefield expands."
When making weapons used during short term and long term, the
design needed was almost completely different.
For weapons used in short term, they could simply be made using
high quality parts.
The weapons used during raids by a small number of elite forces
were most likely these kind of weapons.
However, in a long war, that would lead to problems. If the soldiers
used high quality weapons that they themselves couldn't maintain,
the weapons would be unusable after a few days. The same goes for
specific parts imbued with magic. If the supply of parts couldn't
keep up as the battlefield expanded, the weapons would once again
That's why for long wars, weapons needed to be designed for easy
maintenance. They also wouldn't need special parts, but could be
reproduced in the occupied territories. The guns were then made to
fire standard bullets, while keeping the enchanted bullets in reserve
for when they were needed.
Weapons couldn't just be made using high quality parts. They
needed to be designed with their purpose in mind. And these guns
were made with the invasion of the surface in mind. That was the
reason as to why Clan had said that the radical faction had made
"Looking at this gun from an industrial and strategic point of view,
it has a correct design. It's hard to believe that this was made by
only thinking of the first attack on the surface. The radical faction is
without a doubt taking a long war into consideration."
"Which means that once they begin moving, it'll be hard to stop
"I know. Let's take action as soon as we can."
The radical faction couldn't be underestimated. It was clear that
they were more dangerous than imagined. Knowing that, they
couldn't be left to their own devices. Koutarou and the others no
longer had time to spare.
As a result of examining possible measures, it was decided that the
factory should be infiltrated and investigated. The primary reason
for that was to investigate what was being produced at the factory
and get a grasp of the radical faction's plans. They knew that
weapons were being produced thanks to Daisaku and Megumi’s
photos, but they wanted more details. And, if possible, they wanted
to sabotage the manufacturing.
Once the measure had been decided on, Theia and Ruth who had
been at the station joined the group. The situation was currently
being explained to them.
"I see, those Sun Rangers did... What a strange turn of events."
"So what will you do. Master?"
"I will guard Kiriha-san and infiltrate the factory."
There would be two groups infiltrating the factory. The majority
would serve as a diversion while a select few enter. The members of
the small group were Koutarou, Kiriha, Clan and Harumi. Kiriha
was knowledgeable about the People of the Earth, Clan was
knowledgeable in science, and Harumi was careful and could use
magic. Koutarou would guard the three.
"What should we do?"
"Please join Yurika and the others and divert the enemy's attention
to the main entrance. The ones in charge of the diversion will have a
fierce fight on their hands. We need people that can push them
"Leave it to me. That is my specialty. I will splendidly perform my
Theia agreed to the plan right away, but Ruth clasped her hands in
front of her chest and looked up at Koutarou. The moment he
looked into her eyes, he understood what she wanted.
"... Lord Ruthkania Nye Pardomshiha, vice captain of the Satomi
band of knights, accompany princess Theiamillis and divert the
"I will do so with my life!"
Receiving orders from Koutarou, Ruth's eyes shone and she replied
with a Porthorthe-style salute.
Theia and Ruth had left for the station both to go shopping and to
pick a certain something up. The something was the band of knights
uniform that Theia and Ruth had designed.
"Maki-sama, how does it fit?"
"It doesn't get in the way of your movements does it?"
"Don't worry, it's easy to move in. But Ruth-san... could you stop it
with that Maki-sama?"
"You are the vice captain, and I'm your subordinate, so..."
"Ufufufu, you're surprisingly nitpicky."
"What are you saying when you're the one who prepared these
"Aha, that's true."
Ruth and Maki were wearing matching uniforms. These uniforms
were somewhat resembling of Koutarou's armor, but the design in
its entirety was closer to a school uniform. It was a girlish and cute
design. The colors were blue and white, based on the Blue Knight
and Alaia, and then each person's personal color was added in.
Ruth's color was yellow, and Maki's was indigo. It was a wonderful
design filled with Theia's and Ruth's maiden dreams.
"...Why is it just Ruth and Maki?"
Sanae who was watching was dissatisfied. Since she hadn't officially
joined the band of knights, she couldn't wear this cute uniform. This
displeased her and she had a frown on her face. Then, Harumi
called out to Sanae.
"Higashihongan-san, you can wear one once this fight is over."
"Yes. Once the problem with the underground people is resolved,
there won't be any reason to maintain the standstill."
At the moment, Sanae had to maintain her position as an invader to
keep the People of the Earth from exploding. However, since the
People of the Earth had made their move, once this was resolved,
there was no worry about the People of the Earth running amok any
more. Once that happened, Sanae could freely join the band of
knights and wear the uniform.
"Koutarou, Koutarou! Once this is over will you let me join the
band of knights?! I'll be in charge of the chores!!"
"I get it, I get it, so calm down a little."
"Alright! Then I'll do my best!"
"Keep it in moderation."
Sanae's mood had completely recovered and she hung onto
Koutarou's back like always. She looked like a child, but the
spiritual energy in her body was stronger than ever, and the
overflowing spiritual energy formed a faint halo. Sanae had plenty
In contrast to Sanae, Yurika was low-spirited. She was holding her
cane, Angel Halo, while quietly thinking about something.
A dull thud rang out.
Having noticed Yurika's appearance, Koutarou casually bonked her
on her forehead.
"W-What are you doing, Satomi-san?!"
Yurika held her forehead and complained to Koutarou. Her serious
expression had vanished in an instant.
"I just accidently hit you because you were showing a face so unlike
"Why can't you be more gentle? Geez!"
"If I'm gentle now, you'd cry, right."
However, Yurika didn't complain for long. Koutarou's words had
drained the strength from her and she looked away, embarrassed.
"Tha.... That... might be true, but..."
"Don't get so eager just because this is related to magic. You're not
fighting on your own anymore, we're all with you."
Yurika took a deep breath and loosened up her expression.
"I feel a little better. Thank you, Satomi-san."
"I only hit you."
"... I'll leave it at that."
With some tension leaving her body, Yurika flashed a smile. But at
the same time, she wiped away some tears that were forming in her
eyes. In the end, she cried a little.
"Satomi-kun really gets Yurika-chan."
Shizuka laughed as she looked at Koutarou and Yurika. Koutarou
responded by smiling wryly.
"For better or for worse, she is a handful. If you spend more than a
year together, you'll understand, like it or not."
Koutarou dropped his shoulders as he said that. Both Koutarou
himself and the girls around knew that he was just hiding his
"Geez~ Satomi-san, if you love me then you should just say so.
You're so shy."
Another dull thud rang out.
"... S-Sorry. I got too full of myself..."
"By the way, Satomi-kun, don't you have any of that consideration
"You mean you want me to hit you?"
Koutarou waved his fist around and turned to Shizuka.
"No. Don't you have any words of encouragement or good luck
charms for this unfortunate landlord dragged into this fight?
There're so many things you could do, like taking me to a movie."
"Then... how about this?"
Koutarou placed the hand he had been waving around on top of
Shizuka's head and gently patted her. Shizuka smiled and showed a
"Hmm... well, it works."
"I am glad I could be of help."
Normally Shizuka would never complain, but Koutarou paid no
heed to that and smiled.
Well , anyone would get anxious...
While all of the girls here held strong powers, they were still girls in
their teens. When faced with a battle that would decide the future of
the underground people, there was no way they could stay calm.
The results of this battle would affect room 106's future. Koutarou
had gotten enough of a grasp of the female heart to understand that.
"Then could you do it for one more?"
"Koutarou, this way."
As Koutarou was confused by Shizuka's words, Sanae forcibly
turned his head towards Kiriha who was studying a map with a
Koutarou could see the card in Kiriha's hand, and he knew what
that meant. Like Shizuka said, there was one more he had to do
"She's been emitting a strange aura for a while now. I've tried doing
some stuff... but nothing really works. So Koutarou, please."
"Sanae... Okay, I'll give it a shot."
"Yeah, please do."
After hugging Koutarou once, Sanae climbed off his back.
"That said, what should I tell her?"
Koutarou thought for a while. Kiriha was a leader of the People of
the Earth, she was in the center of this problem. Some thoughtless
attempts at comforting her might have the opposite effect. There,
Harumi gave Koutarou some counseling.
"Satomi-kun, you only have to act like you do normally. What you
convey to her isn't just some decorated words, right?"
Harumi's words were filled with conviction and her eyes were as
gentle as possible.
Your majesty Alaia...
Her appearance reminded him of a girl he had met in the past. He
knew they were different people, but as of late, they would
seemingly overlap from time to time. Harumi had begun emanating
a dignified aura like that girl's.
"Right now, Kurano-san is your princess. So please go to her side at
once, sir knight."
Harumi called Kiriha a princess, but to Koutarou, the calmly
smiling Harumi looked like a real princess.
As Koutarou headed towards Kiriha, the remaining girls naturally
followed him with their eyes. They watched over, full of curiosity,
wondering how Koutarou would deal with her.
"He's talking to her."
"Well. That's the appropriate way to start."
Having approached Kiriha, Koutarou started by chatting with her.
Since Kiriha would glance down at her hand from time to time, they
were probably talking about her card.
"I wonder what the card is."
"R-Ruth-san, it seems to be a character card from an old anime. But
it seems to mean a lot to her, so you normally wouldn't ask too
much, right? That's why we don't know much either."
"I see. So Shizuka-sama, what charac—"
"Pardomshiha, have a look at Bertorion!"
As the girls discussion was about to enter a dangerous topic,
Koutarou took his next step. They were still talking, but Koutarou
had placed his hand on Kiriha's head and he gently began patting
"I love that."
Looking at Koutarou patting Kiriha's head, Maki blushed a little
and her eyes moistened. When she thought back to when Koutarou
had done the same to her, she understood how Kiriha felt.
"Kiriha-san is crying."
"Kiriha can't rely on a person whenever she likes to like you."
"I see, in Kiriha's case it's just Koutarou."
"She'd be fine if she could take a defiant attitude like her highness."
"Ruth, are you picking a fight with me?"
"Of course not."
As Kiriha was having her head patted, tears streamed down from
Kiriha's eyes. They were proof that she was a normal girl. It was her
true appearance that she only showed Koutarou. Koutarou reached
out towards Kiriha's cheek and wiped her tears away.
"Koutarou's hands are really warm you know. That's why I'm
always rubbing my face against them."
"I've experienced it too... It was the first time since my dad did it, so
"Satomi-kun has a part of him that craves the warmth of others... so
when he's doing that, he might feel the same way we do."
"Sakuraba-senpai, you make it sound like you're Satomi-san's
"That wasn't my intention... I-I just meant it as a general rule!"
All of the girls watching over Koutarou and Kiriha had some form of
remembrance of the scene playing out in front of them. That's why they
could understand Kiriha's feelings, and were able to objectively see their
own. And all of them reaffirmed that they need Koutarou, and the ones
around them as well. That's why they felt it was only natural for the deeply
moved Kiriha to be hugging Koutarou.
“Of course she'd hug him... I think about it every day.”
“I think about it from time to time. That maybe Koutarou was sent by the
Goddess of Dawn to save us.”
“Your highness, if you're going to say that, it's not just Master.”
“You're right. We are all saving another in one way or another.”
Eventually Koutarou hugged Kiriha back. As he did, Kiriha clung on to
him and began crying even harder.
“It was because he hugged me like that, that I was able to leave Darkness
Rainbow. If it's him, we could support each other...”
“In my case, I annulled an engagement, but... I don't regret it.”
“Your fiance was an enemy, wasn't he?”
“When Satomi-kun protects you, you get this feeling of wanting to protect
him too. But I think that's what happiness is. A one-sided relationship is
lonely, isn't it?”
Many had experienced the embrace of Koutarou's powerful arms. Many
had felt the sensation that Kiriha was feeling now. That's why the other
girls teared up as well. This wasn't someone else's business to them.
“... I can't accept it.”
Amongst them was one girl who was unhappy. It was Clan, who had a
frown and a look of dissatisfaction in her eyes behind her glasses.
“I've never had him to do that to me, not even once.”
“Ah, me too. I've only done it during the play...”
“In Harumi's case, it was practically real, right? It doesn't count as not
having experienced it!”
Clan was the only one who hadn't been hugged by Koutarou. Strictly
speaking, Harumi hadn't experienced it either; the only thing she had was
being able to be close to Koutarou during their club activities. However,
since Harumi had Alaia's memories intertwining with her memories of the
play, it was practically inseparable from reality.
“But, but, Clan-san, Satomi-san is always saying how much he loves you.”
“He only says that when he's working me hard!”
“He’s never said that to me when he works me hard...”
However, Clan's anger didn't last for long. It was as Yurika said. While she
had never been hugged, Clan had memories on she shared with Koutarou.
It was too rash to judge their relation based on whether she had been
hugged or not.
“Ah, Kiriha is smiling.”
“How good. She looks like she'll be fine.”
Having been hugged by Koutarou for a while, Kiriha eventually separated
herself from him and smiled. She had probably been able to get her
feelings in order through her talk with Koutarou, the girls watching were
rejoiced as if it was they themselves.
That was when Harumi sighed and mumbled under her breath.
“What can we do... to keep Satomi-kun the same always...”
Koutarou needed Harumi and the others. That's why he had returned from
the past. And if possible, Harumi wanted that to continue forever. She
didn't want him going somewhere far out of her reach ever again. That
wasn't something only Harumi wanted, but all of the girls did too.
Saturday, July 3
While the Sun Rangers had been able to sneak into the underground
people's factory, they were now obviously a lot more alert. The
soldiers would patrol more often, and they were clearly armed.
They didn't want to allow any more intruders.
"I'm really glad we hurried."
Kiriha observed the factory on the other end of the forest through
her digital binoculars and let out a small sigh of relief. Confused by
Kiriha's reaction, Koutarou who was watching the factory next to
her asked her for her reason.
"Why? Isn't it more problematic if there are more guards?"
"While it is problematic, it means there is still something left to be
"I see, so it would actually be worse for us if it wasn't as guarded."
The fact that the guards had increased around the factory meant
that the radical faction still needed it. Since Koutarou and the others
wanted to find out what they were doing, the fact that the guards
had increased meant that the evidence they wanted was still inside
the factory. A decreased guard meant that the factory was no longer
producing anything, and it would be too late even if Koutarou and
the others infiltrated it. While more enemies was troublesome, it
wasn't all bad news.
"There's also one more reason I'm glad we hurried."
"And that is?"
"The fact that the guard is so obviously armed means that it won't
be long until the factory won't be needed anymore."
"You mean that they no longer need to worry about being seen?"
The factory guards were quite obviously more armed than a general
corporations guard. The factory guards weren't even trying to hide
their weapons as they patrolled the factory site. In Japan there were
practically no factory were the guards were armed with guns. That's
why if they were spotted by someone, they would easily be able to
tell that something is wrong. At this rate it was only a matter of time
before they were reported for engaging in terrorism.
But what if they wouldn't be for long?
Before the police or mass media could reach the factory, it would
have outlived its purpose. Or, they might already have begun their
attack on the surface. If that was the situation, it didn't matter if the
general population spotted them. The primary risk was having the
enemy infiltrate them once more.
"Satomi-san, don't go too far ahead. You'll step out of the area of the
"Ah, sorry, Yurika."
Koutarou and the others were approaching the factory while being
protected by Yurika and Maki's spells. While there was still some
distance, magic was perfect for closing in as the radical faction still
hadn't noticed them. However, they should have access to magic as
well, so they couldn't be careless.
"Baron-san, it's about time we split up."
"You're right. Red Shine, take care of my friends."
From here, they would split into the diversion team and the
infiltration team as planned.
Kiriha was the leader for the infiltration team, and it would consist
of her, Koutarou, Clan, and Harumi. The diversion team consisted
of the remaining people with its leader being Red Shine, Kenichi.
The diversion team would distract the enemy, to allow for the
infiltration team to sneak into the factory and gather information,
and if possible, sabotage the factory.
"Then we're going."
"See you later everyone."
"Theiamillis-san, don't mess up."
"You're the ones more likely to be in danger. Be careful."
After saying their farewells, the infiltration team disappeared into
the woods. The remaining diversion team remained on the spot
until they could no longer see the others.
"...By the way everyone, can I ask you something?"
Once Koutarou and the others couldn't be seen, Kenichi asked the
remaining girls of room 106. It was something he hadn't asked, but
"I don't mind. What is it?"
Theia represented the group and answered. As she did, Kenichi
"I've been wondering, but what relationship do you all have? Your
group is so rich in variety that I can't even imagine."
Kiriha was from the underground and the remaining members were
helping her, that much he knew. However, he had no idea as to
why they began working together.
A leader of the underground people, Kiriha. Theia, Ruth, and Clan
who had extremely advanced technology. Yurika, Maki, and
Harumi who could use magic. Sanae who had spiritual powers.
Shizuka who was overwhelmingly strong with martial arts. And
finally Koutarou who brought them together.
Kenichi couldn't fathom why such a varied group had gathered in
Theia was about to instinctively answer that they were invaders, but
she stopped to think before she said it. She had doubts whether that
word was apt to describe them now. That's why after thinking for a
moment, she gave a different answer.
"... We are sort of like a family. Like you said, because we are rich in
variety, we were often in conflict at first. However, those conflicts
are now what supports us. We hold each other's hands, knowing
each other's good and bad sides."
"That's quite a deep relationship."
Theia's answer was slightly different from what Kenichi wanted to
hear, but he was able to guess the circumstances from it. They had
gathered together, by fate or by chance, and after repeated conflicts,
they eventually took each other's hands. That was how Kenichi
understood Theia's story.
"That's why you will be fine too. I'm sure you'll be able to coexist
with the underground people."
"I hope so."
If Theia and the others could, then surely they could too.
Holding on to that hope, Kenichi headed for his battleground.
Having separated from the others, Koutarou and the others in the
infiltration team were hurrying through the forest. Since the
diversion team would attack the front gate, the infiltration would
attempt to sneak in from the back. The distance from the infiltration
point to the factory building was the shortest from that position,
bringing with it the lowest risk of being spotted by the enemy.
When Koutarou and the others got into position, the diversion team
would begin their attack, so they wanted to get there as quickly as
"Clan. You're falling behind. Hurry up."
"E-Even if you, say that, running is, not my specialty!"
Amongst them. Clan was falling behind. Koutarou was wearing
armor, Harumi was using the PAF, and Kiriha was well-trained.
However, Clan who had below average stamina was already out of
"Guess it can't be helped."
There, Koutarou caught Clan and lifted her up in his arms before
continuing to run. With Koutarou's powered armor, running while
carrying Clan was no problems.
"Bertorion, I can—"
—fly on my own, is what Clan was about to say when she
remembered what she and the girls had talked about before. As a
result, she swallowed her next words.
"What is it?"
"I-I just stopped being stubborn. I'm counting on you for a while."
Clan could fly through the sky through her own inventions, but she
had chosen not to do so. Instead, she swung her arms around
Koutarou's neck and embraced him.
It's a bit different from being hugged... but this is nice in its own way...
This wasn't a situation where a girl of age should be glad, but she
instinctively poured strength into her arms. Her appearance was
awfully cute and Harumi who was next to them instinctively
"Fufu, not being stubborn is the best, Clan-san."
"W-Well, it's better for my own pride to be hurt than for me to slow
down everyone else."
"It'd be dangerous if you fell, so don't force yourself too much and
hold on tight."
"... I think... I'll do just that..."
Clan blushed as she drew her cheek closer to Koutarou. From that
proximity, she could feel Koutarou's warmth and breath, and with
that. Clan's mind turned blank.
However, Koutarou himself couldn't tell how Clan was doing
because she was too close. What he was more interested right now
"Sakuraba-senpai, don't force yourself either."
"I'm fine, Satomi-kun. That's why I'm on this side."
Since they would infiltrate after the enemy was distracted, it should
be a lot safer being on the infiltration team than the diversion team.
That said, Koutarou followed them as a guard, just in case.
"And besides, Clan-san's invention is covering for my body's
"Then that's fine..."
Koutarou reluctantly nodded. Harumi's words were logical, but
Koutarou had a strong objection against dragging her onto a
Even though she was in a safer position, having her handicap
alleviated through PAF, and held a strong power she had inherited
from Alaia, to Koutarou, Harumi was still herself. Like Yurika, he
didn't want to see her on a battlefield.
"But even then. I'm reluctant to have you fight, Sakuraba-senpai."
"If you're going to say that, I don't want you fighting either, Satomi-
kun. You're not someone who should normally be on a battlefield."
Harumi understood how Koutarou felt. To her, Koutarou wasn't
someone who should fight. Koutarou, who had lost a family
member and was looking for warmth, shouldn't be a weapon that
hurt others. There was only one reason as to why he fought.
"But even then, you fight. For everyone, and their future. That's
why I am the same. I want to stay by your side and do the same."
"Of course, I know I'm not suited for fighting. That's why I want to
help as best as I can without getting in the way."
Harumi's feelings hadn't changed since the day she learned of
Koutarou and the others' secret. She wanted to walk down the same
path they did. That was it. And she was sure that the other girl
inside of her felt the same way.
"Give it up, Satomi Koutarou. Harumi is correct."
"... Okay, okay. In that case, let's get this over with quick. That'd be
for the best."
Koutarou gave up as Kiriha called out to him.
If Harumi didn't have a reason to fight, the same could be said for
Koutarou. There was no reason that allowed Koutarou to fight but
not Harumi. In that case, their best bet was to complete their
mission as quickly as possible in order to avoid any fighting.
And it's not just senpai or Yurika. It's the same for Kiriha-san, Clan, and
everyone else too. They're all strong, but they're definitely better off not
having to fight...
Koutarou wanted all of the girls of room 106 to live happily. It
wasn't just Harumi he wanted to keep out of the fighting. Koutarou
was determined to do his best for the girls.
The report that the infiltration team had reached their position came
in ten minutes after the groups had split up. At that time, the girls
of room 106 and the Sun Rangers had reached the front gate of the
"A laser message from Master. They have reached their assigned
"Send him a message telling him not to mess up... Well then, let's
Theia stood at the front with her arms on her hips. That was when
the night wind blew at her golden hair. It was like a waving flag.
Her apparent confidence and the unwavering will in her eyes was
so great and beautiful it made one forget about her small size.
"Maki-san, this will be the first battle for our band of knights.
Perform your best to not sully the Satomi family name."
"As you wish, vice captain! I will protect her highness in place of
Ruth and Maki wore their band of knight uniforms and stood next
to Theia in order to protect her. However they were wearing their
own arms on top of their uniforms. Ruth was wearing armor and
was equipped with two beam swords. Maki wore an indigo robe
and held her magical cane. While their birthplace and looks were
different, the two held the same emotions in their eyes.
Behind those three were Sanae and Shizuka.
"Alright, I'll give it my all today!"
"You sure are getting into it Sanae-chan."
"I'll take all the spotlight and make Koutarou invite me to the band
"Maybe I'll do the same."
"That's more like it Shizuka! Have the monster uncle work too!"
"No thank you!"
" Don't be so cold, Shizuka."
"But if I bring out uncle Alu my weight will increase! I'll finish this
today without having to bring him out!"
"... It's not like your weight actually increases..."
"I don't really get it, but you can do it Shizuka!"
Neither Sanae nor Shizuka had any armor or weapons, but instead
they were enveloped in spiritual energy. Sanae was clad in her own
spiritual energy, while Shizuka wore the spiritual energy of the
dragon inside of her. Thanks to that, the two were stronger than the
armed soldiers. To these two, weapons or armor only got in the
"... Nana-san... I'll do my best today..."
Behind them was Yurika. The atmosphere around her was different
from normal. There was a clear distinction between today's enemy
compared to what she had gone up against until now. They were an
organized enemy that misused magic, a clear enemy of Rainbow
Heart. At the same time, the battle with this enemy would have a
major effect on Kiriha's future. This was both her duty and for the
sake of her friend. That's why she had a more serious expression
"I'm still nowhere near as good as Nana-san is, but I will definitely
Yurika tightly gripped her cane, Angel Halo.
It was her expression as a magical girl that she had shown from
time to time. That expression was now clearly showing on the
surface. The current Yurika was now magical girl. Rainbow Yurika
in the truest sense. She was like a completely different person when
compared to when she had first come to room 106.
"Baron-san's friends are all amazing people... We still have a long
way to go..."
"We've become able to tell that just by looking, so we've made
"Kotarou is right, Kenichi. Nothing good will come from
"Yeah. Just being able to tell how amazing Baron-sama is, that's
already a huge step forward!"
"... Sadly, that part of Megu-chan hasn't made any progress."
In the back were the five Sun Rangers. They were wearing their
usual combat uniforms. However during these months, the combat
uniforms had all kinds of scratches and damages. They were proof
of their growth, proof that they were first-rate soldiers. They were
no longer a disorderly mob like they had been when they first met
Koutarou. Like Yurika, it was like they were completely different
There were six girls from room 106 and five Sun Rangers. In total
there were eleven of them. They were boldly approaching the
factory from the front. As they did, the spotlights around the factory
focused on them. When they had approached to within ten meters
of the gate, a speaker attached to the gate gave of a warning in a
"This is a privately owned area! If you approach any further we will
remove you by force!"
It was a conventional warning. However it was clear that it was just
a formality. The soldiers who served as guards had already aimed
their weapons and were waiting for the order to fire. They were
well aware that the people in front of them were those that had
appeared during daytime.
"Do it if you can! I'll show you who you're barking at!"
Theia fearlessly stood at the front as the enemy warned, or more
precisely threatened her. The unyielding strength she had been bom
with revealed itself in her eyes.
"Blue Knight, raise the flag!"
"As you wish, my princess."
On Theia's orders, a large flag several meters wide spread out
behind the group. This wasn't a physical flag, but one drawn using
lasers. In the center of the flag was a golden flower. It was the flag
raised when Theia herself went to the front.
The flag drawn from lasers stood out even from afar. It could even
be seen by Koutarou and the others on the opposite end of the
"So it's started."
Once the flag was raised and a golden light was emitted, the factory
guards' attention was naturally drawn towards it. As a result, the
guards began swarming in that direction. As planned, the guard
around the rear of the factory was relaxed.
While Theia's flag was meant to draw the enemy's attention, it was
also a signal for Koutarou's group to begin moving. As the
diversion team's battle begun, Koutarou and the others began their
infiltration of the factory.
"The preparations are already done. The surveillance cameras on
our route are already being fed dummy footage and the sensors'
positions have been confirmed. I will guide us into the factory
The infiltration would begin under Clan's guidance. As her ship
was specialized in stealth functions, she had excellent techniques for
concealing oneself. While the People of the Earth had more
advanced detection methods than those found on the surface, they
were but rudimentary sensors to Clan.
"Kii, you will have to do something about the spiritual energy
"Karama, Korama, activate the spiritual energy sensors and detect
the location of their sensors."
"Got it, Nee-san!"
"Karama-chan, let's show them our gallant figure Ho!"
"Don't fall for us Ho!"
"I won't fall for you!"
The only thing Clan couldn't do anything about was the devices
made using spiritual energy technology. Since it was something
based on a completely different technology, there was nothing she
could do about these. Kiriha and her haniwas would need to deal
"Senpai, could you keep an eye out for spells just in case?"
"I understand. I'll be careful."
Since magicians needed to cast spells manually, one at a time, the
chances that they were being used at a large site like a factory was
low. However, there was still a chance that they might be used in a
smaller area. It was important to have Harumi stay alert.
During their infiltration. Clan was in charge of science, Kiriha of
spiritual energy and Harumi of magic. Koutarou would guard the
three. The infiltration team inevitably became these four when
taking into account everyone's abilities and their personalities.
"Alright, let's go everyone."
The three girls responded to Koutarou in harmony. The four passed
through the fence and infiltrated the factory site. Neither their
voices nor teamwork showed any disorder.
They would have liked to advance straight towards the factory, but
there were too many sensors in the way. Koutarou and the others
followed Clan's directions, slowly but surely closing in on the
"Next stay low and approach that comer. Bertorion, you need to
stay extra careful because you're so tall."
"Got it. I'll be careful."
They would sneak from shadow to shadow, sometimes they would
stay low and crawl, slowly approaching the factory building. While
they wanted to approach as quickly as possible, they would be
found by the enemy if they did. In order for them to get as much
information as possible, they needed to remain patient for now.
Koutarou and the others slowly infiltrated for several minutes.
Fortunately their efforts paid off and they reached the factory
building without being detected.
"Geez, we finally reached it."
"Well done. Clan. You really are good at these kind of cowardly
"Are you praising me or taking a stab at me?"
"I'm praising you, really."
"I can't believe it, geez."
"It's okay, Clan-san. Satomi-kun is always singing praise of you
when you aren't around."
"Ah, hey, Sakuraba-senpai?!"
"I-Is that true?!"
Koutarou and the others hid by the building and rested for a
moment. Being freed from the tension that had been building up for
a while, Koutarou and the others showed a smile of relief. The
words they exchanged were carried with light tones. However, they
could only remain like that for a short while.
A group of soldiers passed right by the place where Koutarou and
the others were hiding. They were reinforcements for the battle
going on at the front gate. Waiting until the soldiers were far
enough away, Kiriha opened her mouth.
"We can't take this too easily. Koutarou, let's enter the building as
soon as possible."
"You're right. I'm sure the other group is having problems."
The sounds of gunfire and explosions reached even Koutarou's
group. It was clear that the diversion team was in the middle of a
fierce battle and there was no time for Koutarou and the others to
take it easy.
"Nee-san, we should stop before the service entrance over there
"An active spiritual energy sensor has been set up in that area Ho!
We'll be detected even using class II stealth mode Ho!"
However, the factory's security was tight. It would be difficult to
use the entrance the soldiers used.
"I want to hurry, but we should probably refrain from forcibly
breaking through with these numbers."
"We should look for another entrance. Clan, can you find one?"
"Please wait a moment... uhm..."
Clan operated her bracelet and sent orders to her small unmanned
scout. This scout had been gathering information for a while and
had already made a rough sketch of the outside of the factory. Clan
called up that information and analyzed it again, selecting a
different infiltration route.
"... Let's see. Just a bit away from here is an exhaust vent where the
heat from the factory is being exhausted. I tried following the heat
signature and it seems to reach quite a way into the factory."
Clan suggested that they infiltrate the factory from the exhaust port,
but Kiriha quickly shook her head.
"... Since this is heat exhaust from weapons productions, it must be
quite a considerable temperature. Koutarou aside, none of us would
probably be able to get through."
When processing metal for weapons production, the heat exhausted
is massive. One could imagine it as a scorching hot wind. That was
no problem for Koutarou, whose armor was designed for space use,
but the other three wouldn't be able to pass through it. That's why
Kiriha couldn't imagine it as a realistic path. While Kiriha liked Clan
and wanted to respect her opinion to its utmost, this time she had to
"I've already thought of that, Kii."
Since that response was within her expectations. Clan smiled. She
had already thought of a countermeasure.
"Considering the data I have, we should be able to pass without any
problems using Harumi's magic."
Clan's data had been accumulated from both Alaia's and Harumi's
magic. That data showed that with Harumi's defensive and cooling
spells, they should be able to endure the factory's heat exhaust.
"I see, that might work."
"Of course, it would only last for a short while... There are also
other merits to it. In the heat exhaust vent, there should be less
Even if they had a tight security, they most likely wouldn't watch
over an area that required a spacesuit to pass through. The guard
around the exhaust should be less guarded than the entrance from
"We're counting on you, Harumi."
"Please leave it to me. I came with you for these kinds of
Harumi didn't flinch from the sudden job thrown onto her; instead
she nodded powerfully as her beautiful long hair started shining
The infiltration from the exhaust port was progressing smoothly.
Harumi was controlling the magical power from Signaltin and
protected Koutarou and the others from the scorching hot wind. As
a result, the group could casually take a walk through the winds
over 100 degrees Celsius. After walking through the exhaust vent
for a while, the group found a maintenance hatch that they
managed to pry open and infiltrated the factory. As expected, the
heat exhaust was poorly guarded, and nobody had detected them.
"Koutarou, your hand."
Koutarou was the last to pass through the maintenance, and in front
of him was a ladder going up. Above him was Kiriha's hand,
waiting to pull him up.
"Thanks. But that's no good, Kiriha-san. The armor is still heated up
"I don't mind."
Koutarou regrettably smiled wryly and shook his head.
The maintenance hatch was heated by the exhaust, so Koutarou
who was wearing an armor was in charge of opening and shutting
it, but the heat from the hatch transmitted to Koutarou's armor.
While the armor had a cooling function, it still hadn't fully cooled. If
Koutarou grabbed her hand, she probably wouldn't get burnt, but
her hand would most likely turn red from the heat. That's why
Koutarou climbed up the ladder on his own.
"... Onii-chan doesn't understand the feelings of a girl who wants to
be of help to the person she loves."
Kiriha whispered so only Koutarou could hear and pouted. Kiriha,
or rather Kii, wanted to be of help to Koutarou. She didn't mind if
her hand heated up a little.
"... What can I do, you're important, Kii."
"... Ahaha, then I guess it can't be helped."
However, she was only able to remain childlike for a few seconds.
They were in the middle of a battle, and tension soon returned to
her expression. The same went for Koutarou, and when he opened
his mouth again, he had the face of a knight.
"By the way, Kiriha-san, what kind of place is this?"
"This is an area with blast furnaces and pressing machines. An area
filled with equipment that emit a large amount of heat. There
should be another area where armor is attached to the weapons. I
want to take a look at that first."
Koutarou couldn't even imagine what kind of machinery was
around him, but they were for large-scale metalwork. The metal
was melted in the blast furnaces and molded into rough shapes. The
shapes were processed in the press and cut into parts. To Kiriha, it
looked like armor for the weapons being made here.
While armor was being made, since several parts were being
produced it would be hard to get a grasp of the overall shape by
examining this area. They would be better off heading for the area
where the armor was put together. And if possible, she wanted to
head to the control room where the production was overseen.
"Clan-san, where should we head?"
Harumi felt like this was an incredibly odd place, even more so than
Koutarou. That was only obvious for a girl who wasn't good with
technology. Troubled by this, she sought Clan's help.
"Well, if this factory's layout is logical then we should head in the
direction of the front gate."
Clan answered without hesitation. Since she wasn't a normal girl,
she had the most accurate grasp of this place. A functionally-
arranged factory was a world she was more in line of her kind of
world than the city was.
"Because transporting in and out would be easier that way. It's the
most logical to place the start and finish of the production line
"I see. Then they'd be able to produce as efficiently as possible."
A transport would drop off the material and leave after being
loaded up with the finished product. In that case, it was natural for
production to start and end by the entrance. While there were some
exceptions, a well-placed production line had its start and finish at
the same place.
"Which means that we only need to head that way."
"Let's hurry. The battle outside is still ongoing."
Koutarou and the others headed in the direction Clan had pointed
out to examine the factory.
Everyone, stay safe...
Despite having entered the factory, they could still hear the sounds
of battle. Koutarou prayed for the girls' safety while pumping
himself up to complete his mission as quickly as possible.
The diversion operation couldn't simply focus on defeating the
enemy. If the battle progressed too one-sidedly then the enemy
might retreat under the assumption that they can't win. If that
happened, there would have been no point in a diversion. They
needed to make the enemy believe that they could win. As a result,
Theia and the others couldn't make any major attacks, such as
bombarding the area using the Blue Knight. Instead, they were
fighting against the soldiers directly.
"Blue Knight! Anti-personnel smart gun!"
"Please select your desired bullet."
"Use paralysis bullets, fire away at will!"
"As you wish, my princess."
Theia summoned an anti-personnel weapon from the Blue Knight
and fired down on the soldiers.
The weapon Theia was using was a large machine gun that one
would often find attached to a vehicle. The gun fired out nearly
1000 bullets per second and the sound was like the rumbling of the
"Kya kya kya?!"
The bullets didn't just assault the enemy, but also Yurika who was
near them. Since the Blue Knight was aiming automatically, almost
no bullets hit her, but she didn't feel happy about being shot at by
her own ally. Yurika was already in tears.
"Theia-chan, please just shoot the enemy!"
"The shots are properly calculated, you're all right after all."
The bullets Theia was using had the effect of paralyzing the enemy.
The lethality of these bullets was low and they didn't have the
power to break through the defensive spells on Yurika. On top of
that, the Blue Knight's automated aim was very accurate and only a
very limited few stray bullets headed for Theia's allies. While things
might change when firing a large quantity of bullets, the chances
were next to none if it were just a few. Theia had determined that
using a weapon with low power would allow her to defeat only her
enemies in a melee. While Theia didn't say it out loud, she trusted in
The results were as Theia had expected as the underground people
fell one after another. But Yurika wasn't happy at getting shot even
though she might be safe.
"Don't shoot at me just because it's safe!!"
"Yurika-chan, if you don't like it, then you just have to not get hit."
Shizuka who was with Yurika showed a confident smile. She could
sense Theia's intention to attack and moved out of the line of fire.
As a result, not a single bullet hit her.
"Please don't lump me together with a superhuman like yourself,
"You can do it too if you put your heart in it. Or can't you muster
any motivation without Satomi-kun with you?"
Shizuka made small talk as she beat up a nearby soldier. From a
light left jab into a right straight, and as her body was moving, she
poured the momentum into a roundhouse kick. The soldier hit by
the brilliant combo fell to the ground. The power from her attacks
was great and the soldier stopped moving after collapsing. Since
Shizuka was avoiding vital points, the soldier merely lost
consciousness rather than die. The girls had a reason for not
wanting to kill the enemy.
While they might be enemies, the radical faction were from the
same place as Kiriha was. In order to avoid grudges from the Peopl
of the Earth, they wanted to keep the fatalities to a minimum. So it
was only natural for Theia to use non-lethal weapons and for
Shizuka to avoid vital points. Of course, the fact that they hated
killing also played a big role in it.
"T-That's not it, but..."
"Yurika, quit spacing out and get to work! They're coming out in
Sanae shot an enemy using a bow and arrow created from her own
spiritual energy. Dodging her arrow that split into 16 smaller
arrows midair was difficult, and the soldiers was hit by several of
the smaller arrows and fell. These soldiers were actually after
Yurika. Yurika who was incredibly adaptable was seen as a big
threat amongst the soldiers.
"S-Sorry, Sanae-chan! Fog Cloud - Modifier - Effective Time
Yurika cast a spell to block the field of view of the approaching
enemies. The enemy was attacking even while she was protesting.
Now wasn't the time for her to whine.
"Yurika-sama, get behind us!"
"Nijino Yurika, you support us from the back! The band of knights
will take the front!"
There were other enemies approaching Yurika, but these were
stopped by Ruth and Maki. Ruth wore a mechanical looking armor
and was armed with beam swords, and Maki had created a large
blade stretching out from the top of her cane. The two stood in front
of the enemy and prevented them from getting any closer to the
"Maki-san, be careful not to get too far out! Please keep our allies
position in mind at all times!"
Ruth made full use of her armor's defensive function, breaking up
the enemy waves. The output of her barrier was considerably high,
and by expanding it further out, she could effectively block attacks
against her allies. As she did that, Ruth attacked the enemies
designated as high priority by her armor's artificial intelligence one
after another with her beam swords set to paralysis mode.
"Understood, vice captain!"
Maki's role was more offensive than Ruth's. Using her large blade,
she effectively attacked enemies that showed an opening. Ruth
prevented the enemy from advancing while Maki thinned their
numbers. The two had split into effective roles and stopped the
That said, since their band of knights had only just recently been
formed, their teamwork was still somewhat lacking. Maki especially
had little experience fighting with others as during her time in
Darkness Rainbow she had been fighting alone. As such, she had a
tendency not to consider her allies. Koutarou alone was one thing,
but she had a hard time paying attention to all of her allies.
"Aika-san, wipe those guys out! I will protect you!"
"Kasagi-san?! Then please do!!"
However, while Maki struggled to work together with her allies,
her allies protecting her was another example of teamwork. Since
this way of fighting was completely different from what Maki was
used to, she had a lot of hesitation. However, she firmly believed
that this was her true appearance and that she was far stronger than
Like that, the unique teamwork of the girls of room 106 was
demonstrated and the diversion team's battle was progressing in
their favor. But when it came to teamwork, the Sun Rangers weren't
"Let's go, Daisaku!"
"Yeah. After I charge in, please back me up, Hayato-kun!"
In the past, they had been a disordered mob, but now the five had
clearly divided up their roles.
In the front was the large man skilled in martial arts. Yellow Shine,
Daisaku. He dealt with the enemy's vanguard. Pink Shine, Megumi,
used an automatic gun to restrain the rear of the enemy formation.
Defeating the enemy was the job of the skilled shooter. Blue Shine,
Hayato, who used a rifle to pick off the enemies one by one. The job
of Green Shine, Kotarou, was to throw the enemy into disarray. He
used explosives as his weapon of choice for this. And finally,
holding a sword in his right hand and a gun in his left was Red
Shine, Kenichi. He adapted to the situation and provided backup
where it was needed.
"Calm down, Daisaku, Hayato! Our job isn't to defeat the enemy!"
"Kenichi is right! We need to buy time for Baron-sama and the
Their teamwork was splendid and they no longer carelessly took
action like they did in the past.
The Sun Rangers hadn't rolled their thumbs and done nothing these
past few months. They trained to get strong, and through battle
they dug up their problems, and through their efforts they had
acquired adequate ability, mentality, and teamwork.
Under the command of Kenichi, the five fought a splendid battle.
That said, there was a difference in equipment and their results
were nowhere near that of Theia and the others. However, it was
clear to anyone that they were more skilled than your average
"But Kenichi-niichan, something's strange."
"What do you mean?"
"Take a good look. The weapons that Daisaku-niichan and
Megumi-neechan photographed aren't coming to attack at all. And
that robot that attacked when we were escaping isn't here either."
"Now that you mention it..."
The experience they had piled up until today told that them there
was something unnatural about this fight. This was supposedly a
weapons production facility, yet none of those weapons were
anywhere to be seen, despite several weapons being caught on
photograph earlier in the day, nor was the robot that had attacked
them shown itself. The enemy consisted solely of underground
people, and their weapons were just the ones they were carrying.
The Sun Rangers who had prepared themselves for a fierce fight felt
like they lost their momentum.
"... If you'd like, I can tell you the reason for that."
That was when the cold and sharp voice of a woman cut through
the noise of the fierce battle. The moment that voice rang out both
friend and foe stopped fighting.
"It's been a while, Maki."
The voice belonged to the previous Darkness Navy, Maya. She was
Maki's master. Maya, who had approached in a grand manner,
stopped and faced Maki from a few meters away.
Maya-sama... she means business...
When she faced her master, a cold shiver ran down Maki's spine.
Maya crossed her arms as if showing off her large bosom. She
seemed defenseless despite her provoking behavior. However,
Maki couldn't seem to find a single opening. To Maki, Maya looked
like a ferocious beast that could rip her opponent's head off in the
blink of an eye.
Maki stared at Maya with a sharp glance, looking for openings,
while readying her large blade. Her stance was slightly smaller than
it had been up until now. Maki knew that she wouldn't catch Maya
with any large attacks better than anyone else.
"Oh, scary. Maki, you don't need to be so scared. I only came
because I wanted to see your face for the first time in a while. I'll
leave after playing with you for a little while."
Maya didn't seem shaken in the slightest despite her apprentice
pointing a weapon towards her. Maya knew that the current Maki
couldn't win against her. She showed a confident expression and
her white teeth could be seen peeking out from under her lips. It
was a feminine smile from a beautiful adult woman. However, what
could be felt from her smile was more akin to a beast baring her
"And if you're gonna make such a scary face, you'll give away your
act of being caught by the enemy. Fufufu."
Maki was shaken up by what Maya pointed out. Since Maya had
appeared so suddenly, Maki had forgotten her own supposed
standpoint. She would have needed a more self-controlled reaction.
"Don't worry, Maki. I don't really care whose side you are on. Not
up until now nor from now on..."
However, Maya's next words shook Maki up even more. Maya had
more or less understood Maki's betrayal and left her alone until
"But, Maki, I don't hate your current self."
Maya showed a truly happy smile. As her master, or maybe as one
of her few comrades. It was a pure smile void of any evil, though it
only lasted for a few seconds.
"Realize your wish with your own powers. That is the kind of life
you're living now. It wasn't until you parted with Darkness
Rainbow that you finally embodied the ideal of the organization.
When Maki was in Darkness Rainbow, she desired others to be
sincere. The reason for that was because she had been betrayed by
those close to her in her youth. But there was no perfect human.
Every person lied in some way or another. That's why Maki always
felt an irritation towards her surroundings.
Maya didn't like that part of Maki. She believed that Maki shouldn't
restrain her irritation, but rather act as she pleased. In other words,
she should use magic to force people to be sincere. Changing the
world to something more convenient for yourself was Darkness
However, after parting with Darkness Rainbow, Maki had been
freed from her irritation. That was because what Maki truly wanted
wasn't people's sincerity, but what lay beyond. Love. Creating love
using magic was sad. All she would get was a false love, something
Maki hated. That's why the power of magic couldn't change Maki's
Maki was now using the power of magic to prevent what she had
gotten from being stolen from her. The sight of Maki being honest
about her feelings, even if those were feelings of love, was more
prefered by Maya. Since Maki parted with Darkness Rainbow, she
had started acting more like a proper member of Darkness
On top of that, the relationship between the members of Darkness
Rainbow was shallow and using your allies was common place.
That's why Maya didn't care if Maki had betrayed them. That was
only obvious. In fact, she was pleased that Maki had become a full-
fledged member of Darkness Rainbow. As a result, she never told
anyone of Maki's betrayal.
Good and evil didn't matter to Maya. Creating a world more
suitable for yourself through magic was the embodiment of
Darkness Rainbow's ideals.
"Then you should understand, Maya-sama. Even if I'm going up
against you, I will defeat you."
Maki pointed the tip of her blade towards Maya. Her hands were
trembling slightly from her tension and sweat was sliding down her
forehead. If she let her guard down by even a little, she would be
taken out in an instant. Since Maya knew Maki's hand, she was
close to her worst possible opponent.
"That's right, that's what it should be like. However—"
As Maya spoke, a blade popped out of her artificial arms.
"—I will kill anyone who opposes me, even if it's you, Maki!"
As Maya finished speaking she moved. Her movements were so fast
that most people struggled just tracking her with their eyes.
"Nightwalker! Recall - Precast - Category Alpha!"
One of the few that didn't was Maki. Instead, she released ten or so spells
that she prepared beforehand to drastically increase her physical abilities.
Maya's blade came into contact with the blade that had popped out from
Maya's right arm. Having drastically increased her physical abilities, Maki
was barely able to keep up with Maya.
“Well done stopping it, that's my number one apprentice!”
Yet despite having her attack stopped, Maya seemed happy. She was glad
seeing the growth of her apprentice.
“But you're too naive!”
Even then, Maya didn't stop her attack. Even if it was her apprentice, an
enemy was an enemy. While Maya was happy to see her apprentice’s
growth, she would kill her without mercy.
Maya had the upper hand when it came to both weight and power, and she
forcibly pushed Maki back and unleashed a kick towards Maki's head.
Since Maya's body was supported by a strong frame of alloy, a kick to the
head would cause major damage.
Maki's senses told her that she wouldn't be able to dodge the kick
normally. So instead, she released the magical power in her cane. The
magical blade formed on top of Maki's cane required a large quantity of
magical power, and by releasing that, she could create a small explosion.
“You're as reckless as always, Maki!”
The shock wave from the explosion threw Maya's kick off track, but Maki
herself was also hurt by it. Compared to Maya who had a mechanical body,
Maki who had a body made of flesh obviously took more damage. Maki
believed that the damage from the explosion was less than getting hit by
the kick, but it was still reckless like Maya had said.
My master isn't someone you can beat through normal means.”
While staggering from the explosion, Maki readied her cane once more.
Her eyes were unwavering and she was still desperate to beat Maya.
“I'm glad to hear you say that.”
However, for some reason, Maya retracted the blades extended from her
Since Maya had the advantage, this action confused Maki. Since she was
her apprentice, Maki knew better than anyone that Maya couldn't be
“I told you. I only came to see your face today.”
Maya noticed Maki's confusion. While her battle with Maki was fun,
seeing Maki confused like this was also fun. She smiled as if her
excitement from before had been a lie.
“If I'm going to fight you, I will prepare a more suitable stage. Not at a
place like this where people will get in the way.”
Maya had several reasons for stopping, but the biggest reason was because
she hated interruptions. While Maya would have been able to overwhelm
her opponents for a while after a surprise attack, Theia and the others
wouldn't stay quiet afterwards. In fact, Shizuka was almost at Maki's side
already. If she had continued, Maya probably would have been in danger.
The current Maki wasn't alone anymore.
“Besides, I just received word that our boy has been found over there.”
“Boy... you mean Satomi-kun?!”
Maya and the others’ target was Koutarou. Everything else was just a
bonus. Even her apprentice, Maki. Maya had come here because they didn't
know where Koutarou was. While they had quickly figured out that Maki
and the others were a diversion, they didn't know if Koutarou was taking
part in the infiltration or the diversion. Since their strategy would change
depending on where Koutarou was, Maya had to visit the site to confirm it
with her own eyes.
And she hadn't found Koutarou amongst the diversion team. Next, she
received a message from inside the factory, letting her know that Koutarou
was infiltrating it. Knowing that, Maya no longer had any reason to remain
“That’s right... Koutarou, my dear beloved boy... and that's the reason why
our main forces haven't come here. I'm sure the boy and his friends are
This was also the reason why the weapons in the factory hadn't appeared.
Maya and the others had placed their main force inside, preparing a trap.
And as they had expected, Koutarou had appeared. In other words, the
underground people dealing with Theia's and the others’ diversion was yet
another diversion to conceal their main force.
“Well then, good bye Maki. Let's meet again.”
After casually saying her farewell as if speaking to a friend, Maya turned
her back towards Maki.
“Maya-sama?! W-Wait, Maya-sama!!”
Maki wanted to chase after Maya, but the People of the Earth soldiers got
in her away, leaving her unable to follow. While the soldiers were keeping
Maki busy, all she could do was watch as Maya walked away.
“Still... it's been a while since I played with the boy... Fufu, I can't wait.”
Maya's steps were light. She was like a woman about to reunite with her
Saturday, July 3
A little bit before Maya appeared in front of Maki, Koutarou and the
others had reached the loading dock of the factory.
They had to evade soldiers patrolling the area while making their
way here, but fortunately, thanks to the powers of science, magic
and spiritual energy, Koutarou and the others succeeded in making
it past them.
While making their way here, Koutarou and the others had taken a
look at the production line. As a result, they had gotten a grasp of
what was being made in the factory. All that was left was finding
out how they were being used, so they continued their
"...It looks like they're carrying them out on those trailers."
Koutarou peeked out from a small crane in the comer of the loading
dock. The loading dock was large with space for several trailers,
and containers filled with the weapons being produced were being
loaded in one after another. There were guns, bullets, small combat
vehicles, large-scale ordnance and even mechanical soldiers. They
were merciless weapons made only to kill people.
Looking at the containers filled with weapons, Koutarou
instinctively grabbed a hold of Kiriha's hand.
Kiriha-san gave it her all to avoid this... this is completely different from
Kiriha-san 's invasion...
The invasion in front of him was violence itself. A nightmare that
would spread death. It was the complete opposite of Kiriha's
peaceful invasion. Compared to this, the path that Kiriha and the
conservative faction had chosen was far more prideful. As far as
Koutarou knew, Kiriha's weapons of invasion were brooms and
This invasion had to be stopped no matter what, and Kiriha's
peaceful invasion had to be continued. It was those feelings that
caused Koutarou to squeeze Kiriha's hand even harder.
"...Looks like it."
Kiriha only responded to Koutarou's words. However, Koutarou's
feelings had been conveyed to her as well. That's why Kiriha
squeezed Koutarou's hand back just as hard. Their fingers
intertwined and their hands were interlocked. However, their
hearts were even more strongly interlinked.
"Then how about we destroy those trailers, Bertorion?"
Clan proposed an attack on the trailers. If they destroyed the trailers
with a properly timed attack the weapons wouldn't be carried
away. This might be a good chance at reduce the radical faction's
"No, it would be better to let it go. I want to find out where the
weapons are being carried."
Koutarou basically agreed with Clan's idea, but he believed it
would be a better idea to leave it be so they could find the enemy's
"But Satomi-kun, are you okay with letting that many weapons fall
into the hands of radical people?"
Harumi furrowed her brows and showed a concerned expression.
The amount of weapons put into the containers was abnormal. If
left be it was clear that the lives of many would be in danger.
Wouldn't it be bad to leave it be. That was an obvious doubt.
Kiriha gave answer to Harumi's doubts.
"Harumi, sadly, considering the scale of this factory, that is just a
fraction of the weapons. Even if we destroy all the weapons in the
trailers it would hardly influence the situation. And if that is the
case then it's better letting the trailers go and locating the enemy
base. If we can prevent a battle from breaking out, it would have
more of an effect then destroying the trailers. We want to bet on
Kiriha explained what Koutarou was thinking even more
accurately. As a result, Harumi understood the complicated
circumstances. It was hard for Kiriha herself to allow for those
weapons to be spread out, but if she didn't it would lead to an even
bigger tragedy. It was for the best to endure it and find out where
the trailers were headed.
"Clan, do you have a transmitter of some sort?"
"I do. Please wait a moment."
Clan shoved her hand into her bag and rustled through its contents.
Harumi smiled cheerfully upon seeing Clan's appearance.
"Fufufu, Clan-san, you have everything don't you?"
"When it comes to shady things, feel free to leave it to Clan."
"You better remember that Bertorion, once we get back you're going
to get it... and, here it is."
Clan pulled out a small capsule device from her bag and placed it
on Koutarou's palm. It was the kind of transmitter the Schweiger
family prefered using.
"Once you attach this to a surface is will automatically activate and
transmit a signal."
"But wouldn't it be noticed if it started transmitting a signal now?"
"There are no problems. It's possible to put it on a standby mode so
it won't send out a signal for a set amount of time. It's also possible
to set it to activate when it no longer detects a specific signal."
Clan operated her bracelet and changed the settings of the
The transmitter would be first be set on standby mode for an hour.
And during that hour the unmanned scout in the sky would track
the trailers with its camera. Once an hour passed or the unmanned
scout could no longer track it, the transmitter would begin emitting
a signal. Doing this should lower the risk of the enemy noticing.
"Got it? All that's left is attaching them to the trailers."
"Thank you Clan, you're a lifesaver."
Koutarou grasped the transmitter with his right hand and tapped
Clan's shoulder with his left hand two, three times. While it may
have been a bit too violent of expression of gratitude towards a
princess, everyone knew that a more violent expression of gratitude
was closer to Koutarou's true self. That's why, while Clan was
frowning she was secretly happy.
"Geez, you're so violent..."
"Well then. I'll be right back. Everyone wait here."
"Satomi-kun, please wait. I'll cast a spell that will make it harder to
Koutarou carefully approached the trailers to attach the transmitter
after having Harumi cast the camouflage spell on him.
The loading dock was large with lots of places to hide. On top of
that, the soldiers were busy with work and therefore weren't paying
much attention to their surroundings. Only the few soldiers
patrolling the area was a problem, but with Koutarou's careful
actions and Harumi's spell, he was able to make it past them. As a
result, a few minutes after setting out, Koutarou had attached five
"It seems he's attached the fifth one."
Clan observed Koutarou through her binoculars. After attaching a
transmitter underneath the fifth trailer, Koutarou signaled Clan
with his hands. One could gather that he hadn't bumped into any
problems attaching the transmitters from his appearance.
"Kurano-san, Satomi-kun is on his way back."
"I see, thank you, Harumi."
After Harumi reported Clan's words to Kiriha, Kiriha looked up
from her hand and let out a sigh of relief. She had been looking
down because she had been praying for Koutarou's safety. Harumi
smiled and looked down at Kiriha's hands.
"You look at that card from time to time... is it something
In Kiriha's hands was a silver card. On it was a hero based on a
beetle, posing. It was a strange belonging for one of the more
feminine of the girls of room 106. That's why Harumi figured that it
might hold a special meaning to Kiriha.
"This is... something I was given by my first love. It was from ten
years ago, no, it's already eleven years now."
Kiriha showed a nostalgic smile and turned to look at Koutarou
who was returning. In her eyes was a deep love, the same kind of
look she had given her card. That's why Harumi understood the
circumstances right away.
Satomi-kun said he had met with a young Kiriha-san on his way back from
the past... so this is from that time... and Kiriha-san has always felt for
Satomi-kun since then. She really loves him...
Harumi had first met Koutarou a year and a few months ago. Since
Harumi had Alaia's memories it felt like two years however. That's
why Harumi knew how Kiriha felt. The feeling of wanting to stay
by Koutarou's side, the feeling of wanting to be needed by him were
bursting out from her chest. They were fierce yet gentle feelings.
The other girls of room 106 probably shared these feelings.
"Then it's a very important memory."
"That's right. I've given my all with this as my support."
"Bertorion is only ever kind to Kii. He'll take her out to play and
give her presents. He only ever uses me as someone convenient."
"..I do what?"
That was where Koutarou returned. Unaware of the topic the girls
were talking about, he was confused as to why Harumi and Kiriha
were smiling but Clan was sulking.
"We were talking about how you were always relying on Clan-san."
"Well, Clan is good at what I'm bad at. It's a big help."
"But Clan is terrible at housework... speaking of which. I'll be
coming to clean up your lab again soon. You've probably made a
"Cleaning... fufufu, why Clan-san, you are being treated kindly
"What are you talking about?"
"N-No, no no!! Don't say anymore Harumi!!"
Clan shook her head and interrupted Harumi. She then attempted
to change the topic while she was at it.
"Bertorion, it's about time we move on!"
"Hm? Yeah, you're right, let's move on."
While he was interested in what Harumi had to say, they weren't in
a situation where they could casually chat. Koutarou obediently
agreed with Clan.
"So, what do we do next?"
Koutarou urged Clan ahead, but she was stumbling for words.
Since she had only brought it up to change the topic, she hadn't put
any thought into where to go. That was when Kiriha saved Clan
from her situation.
"Koutarou, I think we should head towards this factory's control
"Control room? Why?"
"If we examine the computers in the control room we can find out
how many weapons have been made and where they've been sent. I
want to see the whole image of the enemy."
Kiriha hadn't spoken out just to help Clan. She had originally
wanted to head to the control room. They had found out what kind
of weapons had been produced from the production line, that was
left was how many had been made and where they are.
"Got it. So Clan, where is that control room?"
"If it's been placed logically, then it should be placed where it can
easily access all of the production line. In that case, it should be in
the center of the factory."
At this time. Clan had regained her usual composure. While
speaking. Clan pointed towards the center of the factory. While they
were hugging a wall and couldn't see it. Clan's intuition told her
that the control room was in that direction.
Like Clan had suspected, the control room was at the center of the
factory. As a result, they reached the control room without ever
really getting lost on the way.
"It was just like you said. Clan. Well done."
"Clan-san is amazing."
"You won't get anything from praising me."
Clan slightly blushed from Koutarou and Harumi praising her.
However, Kiriha alone had a serious expression, and noticing that,
Koutarou asked Kiriha about it.
"What's wrong, Kiriha-san. You've got a stem face."
"It's... I felt like something was strange."
"Strange? What is?"
"The design of the factory is very logical. As a result we were able
to come here without ever getting lost. However, it's too logical. Not
even their factory's underground are this logical."
Kiriha was bothered by the fact that this factory had an awfully
different atmosphere to it when compared to the factories
While the People of the Earth had more advanced technology than
the people on the surface, they didn't need to mass produce a lot
due to their low population. That's why when it came to productive
techniques, they fell behind the surface dwellers. The narrow
underground world was an environment where it was difficult to
obtain the knowhow to make an effective factory.
Yet, this factory had been made incredibly logically. Upon seeing
this factory, Kiriha felt like she was watching at a design on a
completely different league.
"The magicians are working with the radical faction, maybe they
brought with them people that are skilled in production."
Clan simply thought that someone well versed in production on the
surface had been brought in to help. With the evil magicians on
their side, it wasn't something that hard.
"I hope that's all..."
However, Kiriha's line of thinking didn't match up with Clan's. It
was hard for her to imagine that those that sought to make the
People of the Earth the supreme race would use surface dwellers,
even though it was needed. It was a completely different situation
from accepting the magicians who came from a different world.
That said, the weapons the enemy soldiers were using was another
cause for worry, poking at Kiriha.
"Kiriha-san, nothing will come from worrying about that here. Let's
investigate the control room to find out the reason."
"...You're right. Let's try entering."
Temporarily shelving their doubts, Koutarou and the others
decided to enter the control room. However, the door to the control
room had an electronic lock on it. It was Clan's turn once more.
"Please wait a moment."
Clan opened up the cover to the electronic lock and connected it to
her bracelet with a cable. Once she did, she ran a program to
analyze the lock. The code needed to open the lock was 16
characters long and the bracelet revealed the characters one after
"...Alright, I'm done."
With the code needed to undo the electronic lock revealed. Clan
entered it on the panel. As she did, the door slid open sideways
with almost no sound, showing how precise even this door had
Once the door opened, Koutarou and Harumi charged into the
control room. If there were enemies inside the control room, they
needed to be incapacitated right away. In that case, it was Harumi's
time to shine as she could use magic. And it was Koutarou's duty to
"There's... no one here."
However, going against their expectations, the control room was
unmanned. All that was there were large monitors displaying the
factory and various computers. There was noone around operating
"That's strange. It's hard to believe that they'd send the people in
here to deal with the diversion as well."
Next, Kiriha entered, but stopped and tilted her head in confusion.
She had a bad feeling she couldn't shake.
"Regardless of the reason, we'll still need to investigate this room."
Clan pushed Kiriha forward along with her into the control room.
Kiriha didn't resist and was pushed to the very center of the room.
While she thought it was strange, she still had to investigate.
"Clan, you may take care of that administrator's computer over
there. I will examine the main computer right here."
"I got it, Kii. Let's finish this quickly."
The two skilled with computers, Kiriha and Clan, immediately
began collecting information. While copying the data they took a
look for any noticable data. In this situation, Koutarou and Harumi
who were bad at technology were simple observers.
"...Satomi-kun, it's a good thing it wasn't just the two of us that
"Who knows what would have happened if Kiriha-san and Clan
While Koutarou and Harumi were unable to do anything, Kiriha's
and Clan's investigation was progressing smoothly. A while after
their investigation began, both of them had found data that stood
"Koutarou, this is bad!"
The first one to speak was Kiriha who was investigating the main
"What is it?!"
Koutarou hurriedly rushed over to Kiriha upon hearing her
panicked voice and seeing her anxious and tense expression.
"Take a look at this! It appears to be the blueprint for a large-scale
"What the heck is this?!"
On the screen of the computer that Kiriha was investigating was a
huge structure reaching over ten meters. It seemed to be a weapon
like she had said, but it was just so big it looked like a building.
"I can't tell you any details until I look into it more, but it appears
that this is a weapon that can cause a massive earthquake over a
"You're saying that they're planning on using this to randomly
attack the surface?!"
As it was a massive weapon, it's blueprint took up a large amount
of data. Having noticed it, Kiriha casually opened it up, but its
contents came as a huge surprise.
This weapon would stimulate the spiritual energy running through
the planet, known as ley lines, at a certain point and disrupt the
flow of energy. That disruption would spread through the earth's
crust and cause a massive earthquake. If left alone, Japan would be
struck by a natural disaster with an unprecedented scale. The cities
would cease to function and the coastline region would be swept
away by tsunamis.
"Kiriha-san, if they use this something unimaginable will happen to
"It won't just be the surface! An earthquake of this scale wouldn't
leave my hometown unscathed either! No, maybe that's their
Living underground, the People of the Earth were easily affected by
earthquakes. As they were producing an earthquake inducing
weapon, the radical faction must have noticed these risks.
The radical faction's goals were options. There were mainly two of
First they would attack using a method that the people of the
surface wouldn't realize was an attack. The surface dwellers don't
know that earthquakes can be caused artificially. They would
simply assume it was a natural disaster. After destroying the
surface they would march forward with their army and occupy the
city. Since this would happen after a massive earthquake and
tsunami, there was no way to prevent this invasion.
Their other goal was to destroy the hometown of the People of the
Earth. By robbing them of their homes, they would force them into a
situation where they had to rise to the surface. If the surface
dwellers found out that the People of the Earth had caused the
earthquake they wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the
conservative and the radical faction and would attempt to
annihilate the entirety of their race. That's why by threatening to
disclose information would force the conservatives that had lost
their homes to cooperate with the radical faction.
"How can the radical faction do something like this?! They would
attack even the home they grew up in?!"
Harumi who had heard the conversation let out a scream-like voice.
She couldn't believe what she was hearing. It was the same as she
destroying the city she grew up in. She couldn't believe this was
something a sane person would do.
"While the underground is the home to us in the conservative
faction, the radical faction only thinks of it as a humiliating prison!
They wouldn't hesitate to destroy their prison to reclaim their true
The conservative faction had accepted the underground as their
home. Having lived there for so long they thought of it as their own
country filled with memories and history. But since their decline
could no longer be avoided, they had steeled themselves to
abandon their home.
However, the radical faction didn't feel that way. They didn't think
of the underground as their home. They felt like they had been
robbed of their true home and forced underground. Unable to
forget that unfortunate history they spent their days teeming with
hatred. That's why they probably wouldn't hesitate to destroy the
underground. To them, it was a false history, something that should
never have happened.
"But that's too much!!"
"Calm down, Sakuraba-senpai! We only have to prevent that from
Harumi had fallen into confusion for a moment, but Koutarou's
powerful words snapped her out of it.
Satomi-kun really is strong, regardless of how many years pass... He'll
protect everyone just like he did in the past... I should stop crying and
think about something I can do...
Harumi wiped away the tears forming in her eyes and changed
gears. She began thinking of something that she could do.
"Kiriha-san, is that weapon here?!"
Koutarou's idea was clear. If there was something that dangerous, it
should be destroyed, and as quickly as possible. If it was in this
place, it should be destroyed right now.
"It seems like they only made the core of this weapon here. It seems
like the weapon itself is being made somewhere else."
"They're not making all of it here?! Then where?!"
"There's a record on this computer here!"
As for where the earthquake weapon in question was. Clan had
found a record on the computer she was investigating. Since she
was investigating the administrator's computer, she had
information of how much of what was being made and where it
was being taken.
"Since it's a secret, it seems like the accurate location and name of
the place are being kept hidden, but it seems to be on one of the
islands off the coast of Kitsushouharukaze city. The word island is
being used frequently."
"So that's why they only made their core here!"
"What do you mean, Kiriha-san?"
"If they're using an earthquake inducing weapon then it would be
more efficient to place it near the borders of a plate rather than
inland. If they want to avoid being seen by the public, an
uninhabited island off the coast would be the best choice. But the
problem with an uninhabited island is securing water. Large
quantities of water is usually required when manufacturing
advanced products. When it comes to an uninhabited island, you'd
either need to use seawater and thoroughly filter out the saline and
impurities or dig for water underground. Since both would take a
lot of time, the core itself was made in this factory."
Since this was the core of a weapon capable of inducing
earthquakes, it required an extremely accurate and advanced
processing technology. One thing that was common in the
production of precise electronic equipment was garbage on the
particle scale. Particle scaled garbage primarily came from air or
water. That's why factories producing precise electronics gathered
around cities near rivers with clean air.
"Clan, can you tell what island it is?"
"I've only given it a rough look, but it seems that it's being
completely covered up..."
"Then I guess we have to check everything. Clan, pick up all the
Off the shore of Kitsushouharukaze city were several islands and
Koutarou believed that they would have to check all of them. In that
case, they would be better off going now as there was no guarantee
that they would find the earthquake weapon right away.
Koutarou was about to head off to investigate the islands, but that
was when Harumi stopped him.
"What's the matter, Sakuraba-senpai?"
"Won't one of those trailers from before head to the island?"
There was a good chance that one of the five trailers that had gotten
transmitters attached to them would head towards the island in
question. The radical faction would have to protect the weapon
"Great idea, Sakuraba-senpai! Clan!"
"There's a record on the computer! One of the trailers will be
heading to the island in question!"
"Don't lose sight of that one! If you do, you'll be punished!"
"What a stupid request! Just who do you think I am?!"
"I'm counting on you, princess. Our future is depending on you."
"...Leave it to me. If Bertorion is going to call me princess and you
are calling me oneechan, then I shall let you win!"
Clan's eyes behind her glasses shone as she nodded and began
busily operating her bracelet, sending orders to the Cradle that's on
standby in the sky. The People of the Earth's and Koutarou and the
others' fate rested on the unmanned scouts that would track the
After finishing their information gathering, Koutarou and the others
headed towards the exit of the control room. Using their obtained
information as their basis, there was a ton of things that needed to
"Kii, I've sent Theiamillis-san and the others the sign to withdraw
through the Cradle."
"Thank you. After grouping up with Theia-dono and the rest we
should head straight towards the island. There's no time to lose."
"Sakuraba-senpai, how's your body holding up?"
"I'm feeling just fine."
"I see... then let's go."
Waiting for the four to gather by the door, Koutarou opened the
door. Just like when they had entered, the door slid to the side to
open. However, the scenery on the other side was different from
when they had entered.
Past the door was a large passage, over ten meters wide. It was a
passage that looked like it could house several lanes of traffic. And
in the passage was a man that Koutarou and Kiriha had seen before.
"It's been a while, Kurano's daughter, and the brat."
"Tayuma! As expected, you were here!"
Kiriha glared at the man, Shijima Tayuma. However, Tayuma had a
grin and look that was looking down on her.
"As expected is my line. As expected, you fell into my trap,
Upon hearing the word trap, Koutarou's expression changed, and
Tayuma showed Koutarou a condescending smile.
"You're slow as always, brat. You think we'd leave the control room
unmanned for no reason?"
"...You used it as a trap."
Koutarou began understanding the situation. The moment the
diversion team appeared, Tayuma and the other expected that there
would be another team that would infiltrate. And if a second team
existed they would without fail head towards the control room
filled with secrets. There, they would all be all swept up. The
control room had only one entrance. Once they had been lured in
their path of retreat would be cut off and they would be trapped.
"Then the factory's security on the inside was lax for the same
"Fufun, at least Kurano's daughter is quick on the draw. That's
correct. Why would we waste soldiers if we didn't know where
you'd enter. All we had to do was place our soldiers in an ambush
around the area you were guaranteed to go to, the control room,
just like this."
Radical faction soldiers appeared from the darkness of the passage.
There were twelve of the robots that had appeared during the
daytime. On the opposite side of them were four large machines
guns, moved by wheels that would automatically track their targets.
Both were weapons that had been produced in this factory.
"So your target was Kiriha-san from the very beginning."
"That's right. If we stimulate her sense for danger, Kurano's
daughter would have no choice but to appear in hopes to find
information. Just like Maguz-sama planned."
"Maguz...? I see, so he's the mastermind..."
Koutarou lightly grinded his teeth. Koutarou knew that Tayuma
wasn't all there was to tthe radical faction, so he wasn't all that
surprised. ITowever, he didn't think it would be easy to defeat
someone that had planned this far ahead. ITe couldn't help but
imagine how severe the future battle would be.
"Mastermind? Not at all. Maguz-sama is our supreme leader that
will bring us People of the Earth a great future."
Tayuma smiled proudly. Fie was fiercely loyal to Maguz.
"Despite that, you failed last year."
"The outcome of that didn't matter. In truth. All the attention was
gathered on me, allowing us to prepare for the war."
Maguz had been pulling the strings behind Tayuma's attack last
Tayuma's goal back then was to have Kiriha or Tayuma himself
killed by surface dwellers, which would draw the public opinion of
the People of the Earth towards war. But having that fail gave the
radical faction a reason to stay low.
In the foreground they were staying low, but in the background
they were preparing for a large-scale war. If the radical faction
became more inactive for no reason, there would be some that
would question it. But with Tayuma defeated, there was no one that
questioned their inactivity. They were able to earn several valuable
If Tayuma had succeeded the public opinion would sway. If he
failed he would buy time for the radical faction to prepare for war.
It was because he understood that, that Maguz listened to Tayuma's
selfish demands and sent him to the surface.
"Maguz-sama is a great, broad minded person who even takes what
someone as insignificant as me says into consideration. He is not
someone the likes of you could ever defeat!"
Tayuma had a wide smile. Koutarou and the others were already in
the middle of his trap. It was a smile of conviction.
"I won't let things go as you plan, Tayuma! I will capture you here,
and Maguz right after!"
Kiriha sent a sharp glance and words at Tayuma.
I don't like that face... then!
Koutarou preferred Kiriha's normally gentle expression. Just like
how he didn't want Yurika to be a magical girl, he didn't want
Kiriha to be a commander in a battle. He wanted her to be her
normal kind self and he wanted Kii to be her innocent self.
If Kiriha would have this expression as long as she had enemies,
then those enemies needed to be defeated as swiftly as possible.
Koutarou once more made up his mind and clenched his fist.
"Fuahaha. Sadly I can't agree to your demands. I will take my leave
However, Tayuma turned his back to Koutarou and the others. He
had no intentions of fighting himself. The crowd of weapons moved
and protected his back.
"Kurano's daughter, if you wish to fight against me you'll first
needed to defeat these. Well, neither Maguz-sama and I care if you
die or survive this."
Tayuma didn't listen to Kiriha and calmly left the passage.
Koutarou and the others wanted to rush up and catch him, but the
16 weapons stood in their way. They couldn't do anything else until
they destroyed these.
"...I'm sorry, Koutarou. And to you too. Clan, Harumi. The enemy is
more troublesome than I thought."
Tayuma calmly walked down the passage and disappeared behind
a comer. After seeing that, Kiriha grinded her teeth in frustration.
She realized how naive she had been.
"Don't sweat it."
Koutarou smiled at Kiriha. When she looked into his eyes she
noticed that they were different from normal. They held a strong
determination in them.
"Once this is all over. I'll be satisfied as long as you give me a kiss
with a smile."
Those words alone caused Kiriha's strength to leave his shoulders.
That's right... this is the kind of person Onii-chan has always been...
Some of the anxiety she felt from her blunders was replaced with
courage. Kiriha placed her hand above the card inside her clothes
and smiled as she thought of feelings placed in it.
"Fufu... now you've said it. Then let's hurry up and end this so I can
rain kisses down upon you."
"I'll look forward to it... Blue Knight, give me my sword."
"As you wish, my lord."
Kiriha felt that no matter how strong he was, holding a weapon just
didn't suit Koutarou. And for that reason as well, she wanted to
reach a conclusion as quickly as possible.
The enemies attacked at the same time that Koutarou readied
Signaltin. Because of that, the enemies attacks were slightly faster.
Immediately the shrill sound of motors, the four machine guns
opened fire at the same time. They each had their own target and a
rain of bullets rained down upon all of the members of the
"Deploy the distortion field over a wider area!"
"Karama, Korama, Spiritual Energy Field to maximum output!"
However, before the bullets could hit two barriers stood in their
way. It was Clan's personal barrier and the spiritual energy barrier
created by the two haniwas. But these two sturdy barriers were
spread over a wide area, and only managed to slow the bullets.
"Come, spirits of wind! Dance around and become a whirl, show
your great powers capable of traversing the world! Blow it all away!
However, the slightly delayed third barrier completely stopped the
slowed bullets. The third barrier was a spell created by Harumi
using ancient magic.
"Everyone, focus on the machine guns first! We can't have them
moving around freely!"
Koutarou gave orders behind the three and swung his sword at the
mechanical soldiers. It was his job to slow down as many of the
mechanical soldiers as possible.
I won't lose to these one on one, but...
But going up against twelve was troublesome. These had been
made by the same technology as Maya's body, and while they
couldn't move as fast as her, they were still quick. On top of that,
they cooperated well during their attacks. While their cooperation
wasn't as good as the Motor Knights that Elexis had used, combined
with their speed it was a handful. And most of all there were a lot of
them. While Koutarou could read their movements as they were
powered by spiritual energy, it was difficult dealing with twelve of
them at once. As a result, four of them slipped past Koutarou and
attacked the girls behind him.
"Kii, use this!"
The ones to deal with the oncoming four machines were Clan and
Kiriha. The two were using weapons that Clan had summoned and
squared down with the four mechanical soldiers.
Kiriha was using a naginata with a blade generating an intense heat.
Well versed in military arts, Kiriha dexterously swung the naginata
around and blocked the mechanical soldiers large claws.
"Keep it up, Kii!!"
Clan held a beam cannon in both hands and repeatedly shot at the
mechanical soldier that had made contact with Kiriha. Since Clan
was bad at melee combat, Kiriha naturally had to defend with the
naginata while Clan use her beam cannon to attack.
While the Clan and Kiriha formed the second line of defense,
Harumi aimed for the machine guns with her spell. While the
barrier might block the machine guns' fire it didn't block the
mechanical soldiers that had come up close. The machine guns
needed to be destroyed as quickly as possible so the barriers could
"Gather, spirits of water! Dance, spirits of wind! Combine these two
powers and appear, spirits of lightning! Oh dragon-like dark cloud,
open your jaws and destroy!"
Harumi's hair shone with silver and chanted a spell as if it was a
song. As her incantation continued a powerful electric charge
gathered around her and shone as dazzlingly as lightning.
"Roar of Thunder!"
Upon finishing her incantation, Harumi opened her closed eyes and
stared at the machine guns in front of her. As she did, the electric
charge that had floated around her split into four and assaulted the
With a loud roar, the lightning struck so close, it was like a massive
hammer had slammed down on something. The roar echoed
repeatedly off the walls of the passage. Since attack spells required
the use of multiple elements at the same time, they were considered
top level spells. Their effect were tremendous and a direct hit
wouldn't leave one unscathed.
"It didn’t work?! Why?!"
However, the machine guns were still functional. While they
weren't completely unharmed they were still firing. Since she had
attacked Elexis' Motor Knights with this same spell, Harumi had no
idea why it hadn't worked.
"Harumi-chan, it's barriers Ho!"
"They have Spiritual Energy Fields as well Ho! Elemental based
attacks won't work Ho!"
Karama and Korama who also functioned on spiritual energy
understood what had happened. The moment before the electricity
had hit, the machine guns had activated their barriers and protected
themselves. They made up for their slower moments with a sturdier
"What should I do, Karama-chan, Korama-chan?!"
"Earth, water, fire, wind and the higher-ranking spirits won't work
Ho! It's what Spiritual Energy Fields specialize in Ho!"
"You can't convert the spirits' power Ho! You need to attack with
pure power or magical power itself Ho!"
"Thank you. I'll give it a try!"
The spirits that the ancient magic of Forthorthe used where spirits
that naturally resided in the world. That's why converting magical
power into the spirits' power made it easier for the spiritual energy
barriers to block. The compatibility between the two were the worst.
"To think they could withstand Sakuraba-senpai's magic."
Koutarou was panicking a little from the unexpected development.
Koutarou knew very well how powerful her spells were. While
their barriers might specialize in guarding against it, they had
enough power to endure the attack. They were dangerous
opponents that shouldn't be taken lightly.
"Nothing will come from complaining! Harumi will surely pull it
"You're right. Let's believe in Sakuraba-senpai!"
Koutarou pushed aside his surprise after listening to Kiriha and
focused on his own battle. While he had done some damage to
them, the eight mechanical soldiers in front of him were still all
present. If he lost his focus when dealing with these swift soldiers,
he'd pay for it.
"Kii, we'll need to hold down the fort!"
"No problems. As long as it's just blocking, I should be able to do
Clan and Kiriha were holding back the enemy as well. Their
primary focus was keeping the enemy away from Harumi who
would be in charge of the counteroffensive.
"This time... it will work..."
Harumi clasped her hands in front of her chest. Her friends were
still fighting hard, and her judgment and actions would sway this
battle. Harumi was nervous.
I can't attack using the spirits’ powers... in that case!
Harumi mustered up her courage and began incanting once more.
"Oh great power that guards all, oh light of hope that shone in the
beginning! Gather in front of me and become a sword to cut my
Harumi's hair turned completely silver and her entire body was
wrapped in a white light. Before long that light began gathering in
her extended right hand. The gathered light grew brighter, and
began extending forward from her hand. The extended light grew
longer, thicker and brighter. It was a large sword of light bom from
Harumi's magical power.
"Cut them down! Royal Silver Sword!"
Finishing her incantation, Harumi swung her right hand. The light
that had gathered in her hand followed her movement and swung
with her. As the tip of the sword had pierced through the ceiling, it
cut through the ceiling as the sword was brought down.
Koutarou was captivated by the pure-white light that passed by his side. It
was such a shocking light that Koutarou forgot about his battle for an
Without sound, the sword cut the machine gun on the right in half. Harumi
then lightly flicked her wrist to the side and the sword of light cut down the
other three as well. The light began disappearing there, but it also cut down
two of the mechanical soldiers before completely vanishing.
“...Phew... it worked...”
After the light had disappeared Harumi looked down at her right hand and
let out a small sigh. She didn't have any real confidence that this attack
The spell Ham mi had used gathered Signaltin's powers and discharged it
directly. Since it was a rough move that only discharged pure magical
power, Harumi didn't know if she could properly control it or not.
But fortunately it all worked out well. Since it was Signaltin's magical
power, using it as a sword suited it well, and Alaia's feelings surely helped
as well. That was what Harumi felt as she felt a huge relief.
“...Sakuraba-senpai is starting to look more and more like empress Alaia...”
Koutarou couldn't hide his surprise. Harumi had been playing Alaia's role
on the scene, but lately she hadn't just been taking on the role of Alaia on
stage, but also in real life. Alaia's memories, her beautiful silver hair, her
control of Signaltin and its excess magical power through the use of
ancient magic. The Silver Princess, Alaia, was in the process of reviving in
the modern age using the normal girl Harumi, as her base.
No, this might her majesty Alaia's wish itself...
There, Koutarou realized that Harumi was Alaia's ideal itself.
Alaia had spent her life as a royalty of Forthorthe until her very last
moment. But she had to throw away her own freedom and happiness for it.
In contrast, Harumi was a normal girl who had inherited Alaia's
appearance, powers and memories. In other words, the current Harumi
should be incredibly close to what Alaia had been if she had been born as a
normal girl. Koutarou also believed that Harumi's personality hadn't
changed for the same reason.
Her majesty wouldn't take over someone else's life. Especially if that
someone is her ideal itself...
As Koutarou was distracted by Harumi for an instant, the mechanical
soldiers attacked. They were trying to tear him apart with their large claws.
Having been distracted, Koutarou's reaction was a little bit delayed. As a
result, he exposed an opening for the soldiers to exploit.
However, the mechanical soldiers' claws were stopped by Kiriha's naginata
the moment before they hit.
“This battle isn't over yet, don't let your guard down, Koutarou!”
From there, Kiriha used the naginata's blade and handle to unleash a flurry
“Sorry. You saved me, Kiriha-san!”
Koutarou readied his sword again and attacked a nearby soldiers. With the
machine guns destroyed, the battle had begun progressing in Koutarou's
and the others' favor. With the barriers that had been used to block the
machine guns freed up, they could make more bold attacks and the
mechanical soldiers that outnumbered them began being pushed back.
“At this rate, I won't have any time to shine.”
“That's not true. It's because of Clan-san that we are here.”
“...You're good at flattering others, Harumi.”
“Flattering... but it's the truth.”
Next, Clan and Harumi began supporting, disrupting the mechanical
soldiers cooperation, allowing for Koutarou and Kiriha to defeat the
soldiers one after another. It didn't take many minutes for all of the
mechanical soldiers to be destroyed. Looking at the result, the moment
Harumi destroyed the four machine guns, their victory was assured.
Saturday, July 3
While they had gathered the information they needed and everyone
had safely returned to room 106, Kiriha's gloomy expression
remained the same. Koutarou understood Kiriha's feelings, there
were mountains of doubts.
"...Why didn't Tayuma try killing us?"
That was the biggest doubt in Koutarou's mind.
If more of the weapons produced in the factory had been sent at
Koutarou and the others in the control room, they might have been
killed as they had been trapped. But for some reason Tayuma hadn't
done so and Koutarou couldn't understand why.
That was where Kiriha answered his doubts, having thought about
it hard, she had already found the reason.
"He probably planned on killing the intruders at first. That was
why he placed a trap by the control room."
The information the intruders would want is gathered in the control
room, and a trap was placed around the room with only one
entrance. Kiriha believed that the original plan was to kill the
intruders on the spot.
"But on the way, they noticed that the intruders were us and
changed their policy."
"What kind of policy would that be?"
"I can think of two reasons. The first is that Tayuma and the others
want to learn of our abilities."
If the intruders had been the Sun Rangers, they would have been
wiped out. But it had been Kiriha and the others that came. That's
why Tayuma changed his policy.
To Tayuma, Koutarou and the others were unknown enemies that
had given him a hard time in the past, and there was a high chance
that they would appear during the battle with the surface dwellers.
With only a portion of them arriving at the control room, it would
be better to find out about their abilities rather than trying to use
For that they threw a standard combat unit at Koutarou and the
others. From the data taken on that, they would send in a force that
would definitely win next time. That's why Tayuma had left full of
confidence. There was no reason why they had to be defeated there.
"It should also be to give the People of the Earth information about
the earthquake weapon."
The other reason was believed to leak the knowledge of the
earthquake weapon to the People of the Earth.
If the conservative faction left the earthquake weapon be, they
would lose their home and be forced up to the surface and dragged
into a battle. That said, even if they found out about it, there was no
guarantee that the People of the Earth would believe it. There,
decisive evidence was given to them through a definite route. The
most definite route would be through the Kurano family leading the
People of the Earth. If someone from that family were to find
evidence in the enemy base it would become very convincing. In
other words, Kiriha was being used as a messenger to deliver this
information to the conservative faction.
This could be considered a highly efficient method. In fact, having
seen the information around the earthquake weapon with her own
eyes, she was now moving to take measures against it. It was only a
question of time before all of the conservative faction did the same.
"Damnit, so we're all moving in accordance to Tayuma's... no
Koutarou grinded his teeth in mortification. Their opponent was
always one step ahead of them. With that in mind, the chances are
that it would stay that way in the future as well.
"So Kiriha, what will you do?"
Theia directed a severe glance, rarely seen in room 106 these days,
at Kiriha. As she thought of what would happen next, she couldn't
help but show the expression of a princess. Theia believed that
battle was no longer anything that could be avoided.
"...I can't find one... a way to settle things without anyone getting
But Kiriha still hadn't reached a conclusion. She could see several
choices in front of her, but regardless of her choice, there would be
casualties. That's why she didn't choose something she could see,
but desperately sought after a different choice.
"There might be a choice where nobody gets hurt. But there's no
time to find it. Kiriha, you need to take action right away."
"I know... but..."
Kiriha bit her lip in frustration. In truth she actually knew that as
well. In fact she had spoken to her father, Daiha, about the coming
battle just the other day. Even though she knew, she couldn't accept
that choice when faced with it.
Kiriha's actions were always based on kindness. Intelligent as she
was, she always tried to stay on step ahead of others and made sure
that problems never happened. Whether it was in politics or in
private, she always strived for a conclusion where no one was hurt.
"My thoughts are that when your choices are limited and casualties
can't be avoided, then the choice that will cause the least casualties
"But... hurting the surface dwellers or having them become enemies
of the People of the Earth is something I can't accept."
But because of that, she couldn't help but hesitate when faced with a
decision that would cause casualties. She was completely different
from Theia who acted just. Even though she knew she had no other
choice, she couldn't make her mind up. Kiriha was at a loss. Her
expression distorted with frustration and she strongly grasped her
That was where Koutarou reached his hand out to Kiriha. He undid
her clenched fist and held it.
Unable to understand his intentions, Kiriha stared at Koutarou. She
had the expression of a child looking to her parents for answers, it
was an expression that reminded Koutarou of how she had looked
eleven years ago. That's why Koutarou smiled with all his might
and talked to her in a gentle tone.
"If Kiriha-san and Kii-chan say they need me, then I will help in any
way I can."
When she was just a young girl, Kiriha had been too understanding.
That's why if Koutarou had told her to what path to take, she likely
would. However, Koutarou believed that wasn't good enough.
While she might pretend to understand everything on the outside,
she was deeply hurt inside.
"And if we fail even then, then I'll regret it together with you for as
many decades as it takes."
What Kiriha and Kii needed wasn't someone who told them what
was right. Being smart, she already knew that. What she needed
was just one thing. To be able wholly accept what she didn't want to
"So tell me. What is it that Kiriha-san needs right now? What
should I do?"
Koutarou knew that was the kind of girl she was, in the past and in
the present. And he was going to accept anything she said. With
that strong desire in his mind, he held Kiriha's hand.
Kiriha was taken by surprise by Koutarou's words. He was saying
that he would disregard good and evil, and side with Kiriha. Those
words reminded her of eleven years ago. Of Koutarou who had
cried because of his own helplessness, and of herself, desperately
trying to save him. Kiriha noticed that Koutarou was saying the
same things she had back then, that he was accepting her weakness.
"...Thank you, Koutarou..."
That's why Kiriha squeezed Koutarou's hand back. In response to
that, Koutarou squeezed her hand harder. Kiriha used her free hand
to wipe away the tears that had started to fall. She was happy for
Koutarou's feelings, but she had no time to cry. Right now she
needed to take action before anything else.
"Please listen, Koutarou, and everyone else too."
After wiping away her tears, Kiriha raised her head. Not even the
faintest trace of weakness could be felt from her anymore. Her
expression had returned to that of a calm commander.
"From here on, we, the People of the Earth, will use armed force the
stop the out of control radical faction."
As a member of the conservative faction, Kiriha herself was a
pacifist. The fact that she had steeled herself for battle was a heavy
one. That was how far the situation had progressed. And that was
conveyed to the girls of room 106. Their connection ran deep.
"While it is deeply regrettable for the People of the Earth to fight
against each other, we can't leave them be. we will capture the
leaders of the radical faction, stop the use of the earthquake weapon
and protect both the surface and the underground. For that end, we
need your power!"
The radical faction were still People of the Earth. If possible, Kiriha
didn't want to hurt them. In order to avoid that, she had desperately
struggled until now. But she had now finally made up her mind. If
she didn't, she wouldn't be able to protect anything. She couldn't sit
and roll her thumbs while her hometown was brought to ruin.
"Please, lend me your power! The enemy is far to great for us alone
The radical faction was strong. They had gathered huge funds
without being noticed, had the help of magicians and were mass
producing weapons. Their actions were also quick, and had brought
the situation to this point. While the conservative faction had the
number advantage, it would be hard to turn this situation around.
That's why Kiriha needed the help of Koutarou and the other girls
of room 106. While she didn't like involving them with her battle,
she had no option choice.
"Fufun, I've been waiting for those words, Kiriha! You are my rival!
I'll kick those radicals to the curb so we can return to our original
"Theia is right, Kiriha! We'll beat them up with a smash and bang
and go play somewhere again! The summer vacation is almost
"I will help too! Magic is being misused, so this is my job!"
"I'll go too. I can't let this be since Maya-sama is involved in this."
"Kii, just leave this to me. You can relax and rely on me."
"Master, what will the band of knights do?"
"The Satomi band of knights will all sorties. We are going to
support the People of the Earth's conservative faction."
"As you wish, my lord. I will stake my life to do so."
"What will you do, Sakuraba-senpai."
"I will help too of course. Kurano-san is my friend after all. What
about you, Kasagi-san?"
"Me too. A landlord and tenant share mind and body. Right,
"That's right. I shall help too. I'm also interested in the underground
The girls offer their help one after another. Not a single one was
against it. There was not a single person in this place with a
relationship so shallow they could abandon Kiriha in her
"Everyone... thank you..."
Kiriha's chest grew hot and she was moved to tears. As she looked
at the girls of room 106 she felt truly glad that she came to the
surface. She also wanted to spread this relationship to the surface
dwellers and the People of the Earth. With that in mind she had to
stop the radical faction no matter what.
What Koutarou and the others were calling the earthquake weapon
had been given the name of Earth Dragon. In the People of the
Earth's culture, the spiritual energy running underground was
likened to a dragon. The name was taken from that. The dragon of
the earth was stirred up to create earthquakes.
Elexis who was in the control room quite liked the name. The
enterprise he managed himself also had dragon in its name after all.
Elexis was currently facing a brand-new computer, performing the
final adjustments to Earth Dragon. This very advanced product was
very delicate, and not only did have to harmonize with spiritual
energy technology, but even with the help of magic, it would be
difficult for it to reach its designed power. As a result, Elexis had
been nailed down in this room for days with scarce change.
"Ah, welcome back, Maya."
It was Maya that brought change to his life. When she came
unexpected things happened one after another. Having completely
lost to Koutarou, Elexis remained on Earth because he liked that
"How did it look?"
"They're a nonsense bunch as always. I think they've gotten even
stronger than before."
"What about Koutarou-kun?"
"Especially the boy... Here, you should take a look for yourself."
"Thank you, Maya. I'm looking forward to it."
Maya handed Elexis a memory card. Inside it was combat data
about Koutarou and the others, retrieved from the weapons and
information from the sensors placed around the factory. With this,
Koutarou's and the girls' of room 106 combat capabilities should be
properly measured. It was information that Elexis and Maya
"Elexis, that's quite the attitude when you have a beauty like me in
front of you."
"Hm? What's that supposed to mean?"
"You've got an expression like you've gotten a love letter from your
"I guess I can't dismiss calling Koutarou-kun my lover. Isn't that the
same for you?"
"Fufufu.... we're quite twisted, aren't we?"
Maya and Elexis smiled at each other. This kind of situation would often
happen lately. Looking at it broadly, the two thought similarly, so they
didn't need to pay attention to other. But when it came to details, they
could enjoy themselves as the other had ideas they themselves would never
“There's that, and it's partially a reaction to something that I don't like.”
“Are you stuck in your work?”
It was rare for Maya to bother with someone else's feelings. She would
walk down her own path regardless of what others thought.
“No, that's not it. While it takes time, work is proceeding smoothly.”
“Then what is it?”
“Honestly speaking, I can't say I like this situation. I understand their
goals, but their means are weapons of mass destruction and kidnapping.”
The same was true for Elexis. He rarely complained about others. That
became a natural part of him as he was someone who stood above others.
But ever since Maya's appearance, that part of him was gradually
“Fufu, Then I guess we both have a guilty conscience about it.”
“I'm not rejecting the method itself. It's something I might use myself.
However that kind of method needs to be limited and controlled. Yet they
are giving priority to their feelings.”
While Maya and Elexis were working together with him, they didn't hold
positive feelings for Tayuma. Both of them prioritized their goal, but
Tayuma was too excessive. The two didn't like that.
“Evil has it own way of blooming.”
“That's right... In that regard, you are truly beautiful, Maya.”
“I can't obediently feel happy about being called an evil woman.”
“Hahaha, an evil woman, huh! I see, that's certainly what it would mean!”
“Gee... so shameless...”
The two were in the process of building their relationship as partners.
However, then realization to the fact that they had built a relationship with
an equal was slow, and it was questionable if they were seeing it or not.
“...Jokes aside, what is that Tayuma doing?”
“That would be kidnapping . He has gone with Maguz to go capture
“So it's finally starting.”
“Yes. The People of the Earth's civil war is about to begin.”
“...Leaving my standpoint aside, I would like to see Koutarou-kun and his
friends shine. That way would be more elegant.”
“It's not I don't understand how you feel... do your best. Maki...”
The two’s goal was far off. It's first step was cooperating with the People of
the Earth's radical faction. What they got in return brought them closer to
their goal. That's why it was still unclear how the two would influence the
People of the Earth's future.
Long time no see everyone, it's the author Takehaya.
This 15th volume goes on sale in March. That makes it just about
five years since the first volume was released. And on this fifth year
anniversary I have a major announcement to make. You may have
seen or heard rumors about this before but—
Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? is getting an anime!
This is all thanks to you readers who have supported me through
these 17 volumes, including the side stories. I would like to thank
you from the bottom of my heart.
Now then, the anime is set to be broadcast on the summer season,
and preparations for it are rapidly advancing. I also regularly
participate in scenario conferences.
As for the content itself, it is believed that it will be accurately
adapted. Of course, the restrictions are more severe than on a novel,
so it's not easy work. You can't make an anime just by splitting it up
into 30 minute intervals.
On the other side of the hardship are points that will be
strengthened by an anime. Such as characters gestures and cuteness,
or Yurika's uselessness. I believe it will be portrayed in a way that
you can clearly understand just by looking at it. Up until now, this
had to be left up to everyone's imagination, so I believe it will work
out as a major plus.
That's why after adding and subtracting the good and bad sides of
anime, I can only pray that it will work out as a plus for everyone.
While everyone will perceive it differently, I can only hope that as
many readers can enjoy it.
Now that I think about it, an anime was first brought up around the
fifth volume. Since then about three years have passed. I am
personally grateful for it to be brought up again now. When making
an anime there are a lot of things that has to be determined. Like for
example that person that appears in the ruins of the first volume. If
that character had to be strictly defined three years ago, the
development from there on would be very restrained. But now
we're up to the 15th volume. The development from this point has
already been determined. From this point, there wouldn't be any
problems if the previously undefined development was
determined. That's why I believe the anime will be able to
accurately portray that person in the ruins. Since novels and anime
have such differences, I believe you will find a different
entertainment if you chose to watch the anime.
This is about all the space I have for the afterword this time around.
It was all centered around the anime, but it can't be helped this time
around. That's just how big this news is.
Well then finally, I would like to thank the editorial department
who are helping with both the novel and now the anime, the
respective companies involved, Poco-san for always drawing me
cute characters and finally to all those of you who have bought this
Then let us meet again in the afterword of volume 16.
January, 2014 Takehaya
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