Chapter 1 – Skill Hunt ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ (Part 1)
Return the time, soon after the end of the B-Rank Adventurer Selection Exam’s Second Examination.
ーーa red-haired girl suddenly appearing in front of Junpei and left like a storm.
While looking at the direction where she left to, Junpei whispered to himself.
「Dragon species……what the heck in the world are they……that loli granny……」
When he noticed it, the headache that he had disappeared as if it never appeared.
Release of part of the memories……huh.
I thought of the announce that came inside my brain earlier.
Thinking of it normally, it should literally mean that I should remember something that is very important, but……
「U〜n……I have no idea at all」
That’s right. Even though he was told that a part of his memories would resurrect, he cannot feel anything about it at all right now.
He cannot remember anything.
“For example……”, Junpei thought.
Let us say that I had remembered 500-1000 English words in my high school life before. Even if I remembered that word on some kind of timing, would I be like “Damn, I finally remembered that word! Shit! I’m so cool!”.
Most probably, no.
Meaning, there is the possibility that I had remembered it, but I don’t know about it specifically.
……well, I should find out about it later on
Junpei thought like that with a sigh, and turned his thought to the next matter in question.
ーーExtreme Skill【Trash Box】.
Gaining this made it possible for him to freely throw away the skills that he loaded.
Up until now, both outside of the labyrinth and inside, Junpei had killed monsters and humans that have skills.
And every time, he had seen many kinds of skill cards.
For example, normally thinking, the skills of the group of S-Rank Adventurers that he met inside the labyrinth is something that most would wish for.
-Dragonoid Transformation (Master Class) ーーーーー boosts the defense powers by four times in an instant.
-Swordsmanship (Master Class)ーーーーーonly about mastering attacks that seem to be after the opponent’s but reacting first (後の先)
-God’s Protection (Master Class)ーーーーー passive skill that makes the defense power and attack power x1.5 during battle.
However, that hellish labyrinth cannot be conquered by normal means. On top of that, his status was originally shitty, so if he had used his skill slots with proper skills……that would really be The End. That’s why he gave up and threw them away.
However, if he would be able to have a selection or choice, the story would be completely different.
He felt bad for the skills that he threw away up until now……but he let go of those thoughts.
There’s nothing that can be done thinking of the past.
It was very important for him to use the perfect means that is needed for the situation.
After all, after a few months, Junpei would once again be thrown into that labyrinth of despair.
ーーthere are so many people in the outside world that possess useful skills.
For example, S-Rank Adventurers. Or maybe, Demon King-class monsters.
“Honestly speaking……”, Junpei made a sly smile.
ーーevery one of them is just ridiculous small fries.
If so, hunting a lot of skills is possible.
“I should hurry up and have an advanced job and use the rest of the time to steal skills……”, Junpei’s lips curved.
Fortunately, the ability of the skill hunt had increased, and he is now able to get the skill cards with just neutralizing the enemies without killing them.
Thinking of the recent case, kicking his enemies’ asses and binding them tightly with a rope would be enough to steal their skills.
If so, there would be no need for him to receive useless damage from killing people for his own good.
Well, he didn’t want to become such a low-life.
Normal skills are very precious because it would be gained as the result of unimaginable training and effort.
For example, exchanging a swordsmanship skill from a sword saint who have lived all his life only for the sword with a thank you note would make his heart ache after all.
That’s why, Junpei plans on choosing the people who he would steal the skills from.
And fortunately for him, the people in this world was normally scums.
「If that is so……I could get all that I want huh. Well, anyways, that’s great for me」
After he whispered that, Junpei rolled his eyes and laughed.
「To think that the day that I would be thankful for this dumb shit world would come」
“Although……”, Junpei thought.
The words “repeating life and death” that the dragon species girl left.
And, the announcement inside his head saying that a part of his memories was revived.
He could not make anything out of it, but the situation didn’t change.
“Leaving that on the side”, Junpei regained himself and made a huge nod.
「At the least, gaining the extreme skill makes a drastic change in the situation. Since I gained a skill like this……I can do all that I want in the outside world. After a few months, even gathering all of the S-Rank adventurers, they might not be my match」
After letting out a light sigh, Junpei returned to the shade of the tree where he was sitting on earlier.
He sat leaning his back to the tree, and took the paper bag that fell sideways.
And then, he took out the remaining sandwich in the bag, and opened his mouthーーーーhowever, he should his head lightly.
He was starving, but cannot feel hunger.
Well, having that kind of thing happening in an instant, he cannot be blamed……
And when he just thought of that, a cheerful voice called out to him.
「Ohh〜! Isn’t that a delicious looking sandwich?」
The same age with Junpei. A short black-haired girl wearing leather shorts and tank-top that shows a lot of skin.
「……yeah, not only looks, but it’s really delicious. It can’t be compared with the proper bread shops in our world before……but it’s still even with those lined up in the convenience stores」
Well-trimmed brows, and light make-up. Excluding nobles and prostitutes, she could be described as well groomed in this world.
「Eh?! Are you serious?」
Meeting her in the second examination, the teleporter that came through a different route with Junpei and the othersーーSakaguchi Ami let out a dumbfounded voice with the words “even with those lined up in the convenient stores” that Junpei used.
「Yeah, I’m serious alright?」
「You, if you’re really saying that it’s even with the convenience stores……that’s very well a miracle in this world you know?」
“Well, that should be the case”, Junpei thought.
The pepper and spices that were carelessly lined up in Japan could be traded in this world with the same weight as gold.
In this world, the description of “delicious in the level of convenience store food” is in fact, the best kind of compliment in this world.
「Well, the food made by the female owner where I’m staying at is actually miraculously delicious after all」
Ami opened her mouth with wistful eyes.
「And then, so, why are you putting that sandwich that is super delicious……inside that bag? Are you full?」
「Yeah, I’m full, or you could say, I’m not hungry. That’s why right now, I’m actually putting it back inside the bag」
「No, you, from how the conversation went, shouldn’t you ask me something like “Then, if you want, would you like to have it?” right around now?」
Bending her brows in the shape of へ, Ami made a frowning face.
Looking at that face, Junpei snickered.
「Then, it’s half-eaten, but if you really want it?」
After putting the sandwich in the paper bag, he hands it to Ami.
Nodding her head very quickly, Ami received the paper bag.
She opened the bag, and Ami happily ate the sandwich.
「I mean, it’s really my leftovers though……you didn’t had any hesitations. You’re quite a glutton huh……」
Ami raised her thumb towards Junpei who was rolling his eyes while making a dazzling smile.
「If you start worrying about such a useless thing in this world, you won’t survive you know……I mean, this……it’s really delicious」
「Didn’t I say that, Okami-san’s food is really delicious」
「I see. If that is so, take me to your inn next time. I would really like to eat different dishes」
「Ah〜……if you’d only told me earlier, I could’ve just ordered food, but, the inn I’m staying at is quite expensive you know?」
“That, well”, Ami then said while smiling.
「Isn’t it normal for a guy, to treat a girl?」
Junpei couldn’t help but make a wry smile.
「Okay〜. If the two of us passes successfully, I’ll take you there for celebration」
「Eh? I said it as a joke though……in the first place, you don’t have any reasons to treat me」
Towards Ami who made a surprised face, Junpei shrugged.
「Let’s not then?」
*BunBun*, Ami shook her head.
「No, my motto in this world is take everything that I could get even if it’s garbage after all!」
Junpei stared intently at that expression of Ami.
「By the way……」
「You……you didn’t fix your make-up or anything right?」
「When did I get the time to do that?」
「Well, that’s true though……」
In the next instant, Junpei, unconsciouslyーーsaid some strange words.
「Hey, you……were you really……this beautiful?」
Originally, Ami’s facial features were very good.
There’s no doubt that she is a beauty……but when they had first met, that was all of the impression Junpei had on her.
“However……”, Junpei thought. For some reason, he could see her as a matchless beauty right now.
He doubted that it might be the kind of skill like【Mimicry】or【Charm】, but that is impossible in this situation.
If there were a difference before or after lunch, it would be the chance meeting with the dragon species, gaining an extreme skill, and release of a part of his memory.
ーーrelease of a part of memory?
Junpei felt that he was catching on something in his headーーhowever, Junpei could only click his tongue, unable to reach what it was.
On the other hand, Ami’s reaction was, her eyes widened, and her cheeks flushed with red.
ーーwhat a slip of the tongue. Why did I say something like that. T-This is bad……
Although Junpei thought like that, he could not come up with words to say.
With her cheeks red as an apple, Ami agitatedly said.
「……what are you saying?」
Junpei scratched his cheek with a finger.
「No, don’t mind it」
「No, I really mind it?」
「……no, that’s why I’m saying, forget what I said just now」
「……no, that’s why I’m saying, I can’t forget what you said?」
While shaking his head, Junpei made a bitter expression.
「It was just a slip of the tongue. A shocking thing just happen earlier……so my spirit was just a little unbalanced」
Junpei stood up as if to brush it off.
「Well then, the lunch break will end soon……let’s go?」
“Un”, she nodded, and Ami stood up.
「……why are you holding my hand?」
「Although I’m like this……I’m quite, an active type you know?」
After mischievously smiling, Ami shows her activeness by tightly gripping Junpei’s hand.
「……please, just don’t mind what I said earlier」
“Yareyare”, Junpei shrugged his shoulders, and took off his hand from Ami’s.
thanks for the chapter
what memory did he forget ?
and by looking at the cover of volume 5
his childhood friend didn’t get killed in this volume……..
“Romance” he forgot how to love i guess? well anyway volume 4 has a chapter called honeymoon so he might meet ami’s younger sister? well i’ve got the feeling that ami might be lying and be that slut of a woman that betrayed junpei… hmm who knows?
Might be “normal” human interaction in general though
so you saying she use mimicry to change her looks to get close to him wouldnt he see through it and something been bothering why did he not kill her the first time he saw her after he leave the dungeon vol 3 chapter 4 part 1
so you saying she use mimicry to change her looks to get close to him wouldnt he see through it and something been bothering why did he not kill her the first time he saw her after he leave the dungeon vol 3 chapter 4 part 1.
in volume 5 illustr ami is still alive. So our junpeis youth coming. volume 4 is full of romance i hope. And some spoiler!! junpei lost his virginity in v4
Тулгаа Б where did you find vol 5 illustration?
your saying she use mimicry to change her looks to get close to him wouldnt he see through it and something been bothering why did he not kill her the first time he saw her after he leave the dungeon vol 3 chapter 4 part 1
Remember the girl who cut off and took his “Right arm of the devil”, the one who placed a cursed on him / the one who he placed a curse on, she seems to be this girl’s sister.
Maybe it has something to do with that?
Wasn’t that girl from the front lines are n conquering the dungeon?
No, when she confronts that S-ranked adventurer she clearly calls the Dragon Claw Troupe as “they”, and doesn’t seem to be part of them. Also from v3 prologue her name seems to be Sakaguchi Nazuna.
This girl is Sakaguchi Ami and says she has a sister called Sakaguchi Nazuna who was 8 when they were sent to this world four years ago making her 12 now.
But the girl he meets at the cockroach floor which is 99% the same girl is the same age as him (17). And adding in the fact that in the outside world 4-5 years have passed even though for Junpei atleast according to what he can still remember only a few months should have passed.
This also means they might have been sent here at roughly the same time
Some timey-wimey stuff going on over there.
I’m assuming she finds her beautiful because she looks similar to her sister?
I have no idea what all this is pointing to though. v4 epilogue is titled Sakaguchi Sisters so we might find out there
A flag for Party is raised. Somehow I have a feeling that Junpei has actually time travel to the past
A female ship that might not die after 2-3 chapter. That’s some development indeed.
So that girl will betrayed him too huh, and that girl will die.
Or possibly killed in someone’s cross hair while aiming at Junpei or accidental death from Junpei himself, prob wait and see this match out (but then again, might the tried and true betrayal we all seen so far, but luckily not everyone betrayed him (namely those he saved like the Knight in the Kraken’s lair or the assistant scientist that worked for Medusa) ).
And you realize that assistant died too.xD
step one: present a possible main heroine – done
step two: present multiples sweets, funny and hard moments with the protagonist – in process
step three: make the girl betray him – in process
step four: the protagonist kill the girl and continue saying this world is trash – in process
I know it is gonna happen, but can we just dream for a little while…? XD
I guess it’s the memories of “how to interact like a normal human”. After all tightrope-walking on the border of death alone probably numbed those not-so-useful memories.
and Thanks for the chapter, now one way or another ami is gonna die.
Is it something like a shard of the Devil’s mirror in Junpei’s heart?
Most likely esp with the way the Dragon species treated him in the previous volume and the prologue and his ability from the torture chamber chapter was the right hand of the Devil.
what’s a shard of the devils mirror?
Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow queen. The devil (technically a troll who called himself the devil) made a mirror that made reflected only ugliness; it broke into shards and lodged itself into the hearts and eyes of a great many people, freezing their hearts and blinding them to the good in the world.
Thanks for the chapter. It would be interesting that this girl is childhood friend in disguise. Since, he has trouble remember something, maybe it is revenge? We soon find out.
Now, I wonder how will Junpei kill this girl. Or what would be the reason for killing her. Can’t wait.
Some information from previous chapters to keep in mind with what you’ve read so far
(Volume 2 epilogue)
“The girl took distance from Junpei with a backstep for a few meters.
She drew the Japanese katana from the belt on her waist, and spat out.
「Well, whatever. It’s not like there are no replacements……」”
(Volume 3 prologue)
“It probably feels like this inside the womb.
Dark, red, and muddy sight.
Lukewarm, and wet feeling.
As if an ejaculation continuing eternally, good feeling that is hard to describe and sense of unease.
Within that strange feeling, memories from faraway, thoughts of a certain girl when she was still small.
(More Volume 3 prologue, honestly just reread the whole thing now)
“No, in the first place. The one who put on a curse on her is meーーit is Takeda Junpei.
ーーThat’s right. That is why.
Even if my head was cut by herーーSakaguchi Nazuna, I need to continue going down towards the deepest parts.
“Fuu”, I took a light sigh there.
It started to become very noisy outside. And together with that, I knew that my ability to think and memories was being lost very quickly.
ーーit looks like it’s time to wake up.”
Seems to me like the reason Junpei finds Ami so beautiful is because of the relationship he’s had with her older sister Sakaguchi Nazuna. Judging from what we know so far its quite obvious that Junpei is constantly dying (literally had his head sliced off on one occasion) and is swapping consciousness with the replacement body (mentioned by Nazuna) in whatever vessel is being described in the beginning of the V3 prologue. What’s unclear now however is this talk of a curse, the curse the dragon suspects is placed on Junpei, the curse that Junpei put on Nazuna, and the curse that most likely Nazuna placed on Junpei somehow when Junpei mentioned “How I was going to reach the end of the labyrinth, it was promised by the curse that she put on me.” The curse most likely constantly gives the two skill hunters (I assume) an alternative to death, given that their memories are sealed every time (Which would invalidate the alternate words/timelines theory or rick and morty concept)
Also the thesaurus point system is weird, almost robotic in nature with sound effects (“Pikon“) ringing in his head and a voice that he must somehow recognize delivering all of this information straight to his head, extremely gamelike in nature.
Seeing as how he’s been confirmed as a prisoner of time like shota god, it only make sense that to keep his sanity in check his memories are being gated by thesaurus points, which call into question why would be gaining portions of them back every time his points reach 0 if not to keep him somehow safe until he became strong enough or handle the information properly.
But keep in mind that the wizard leading the group in the labyrinth (on the last floor now WOW) Has lived for what, 90 million years? The witch said that you go crazy after 400 so how was he able to remain sane enough to lead a dungeon group all the way that far?!
Hilariously I ended up with more questions by the end of this comment than when I started xD Looking forward to the next translation!
I was also thinking something along similar lines
Nazuna is the younger sister not the older sister btw
Also since it has been mentioned many times that the probability of clearing, no matter how small must be greater than 0, the curse is making use of that somehow?
It also seems likely the others can’t notice the letters left by Ossan. The S-rank group didn’t notice neither the witch’s assistant.
He can’t be returning to a save point because the monsters or inhabitants would have noticed. It also takes monsters 6 months to respawn
I just can’t think of anything which fits in with none of the labyrinth monsters/ inhabitants noticing going on.
Temporal mechanics 101…..should be a high school curriculum lol
Thanks for the chapter.:)
So his detachment and cool temperament is not the result of the tragedies and traumas that he’s experienced, you know, like a human being which is completely understandable in his case; but is instead the result of magic memory lapse? That’s a shame. I prefer the cynical cold-hearted Junpei, not this springtime puppy love nancy.
Thanks for the chapter!
Oh I didn’t cut were I’ve eaten.
But what the hell. He gave her a half eaten sandwitch. Doesn’t that mean he poisoned her? wtf?
That’s what I was wondering. His entire being is poisonous, and he should have got some saliva on that sandwich when eating it. It was powerful enough to immobilize a mythic class beast and kill S-rank adventurers in a matter of moments. SO unless she has complete poison immunity, or he managed to eat the sandwich without even getting a single drop of saliva on it, she should be dead pretty soon.
Yeah, I think we’re all just waiting for when she betrays him and gets killed at this point (lol).