Date A Live Volume 6 Chapter 5
Chapter 5: Azure Flash
“Wizards, 6——-dolls, 5…………..”
Counting the readings shown on the sensor projected on her retina, Origami quietly muttered.
Targets, 11 remaining. By calculations 2/3 of the original value has been dropped.
Moments ago, the side of her view caught the dolls remaining she shot down falling to the ground, she exhaled.
The body frame of the slender body, and the massive arms. Knee joints opposite to humans. The head that looks like a smooth full face helmet. And, numerous parts of the CR-unit installed onto the body’s important parts.
She was familiar with that mechanical human doll.
The month before the last. It happened when she went to an island called Arubi Island during her school trip. It obstructed Origami’s road when she was about to go and chase Shidou who went out into the storm but, it was the same model type as these robots.
That doll——–the so called
A mechanical doll that can use the Realizer which will not operate unless it was connected to the human brain.
—she thought perhaps because it was from a very unusually state-of- the-art but, as expected it looks like it was something from the DEM industries. Like this, she was convinced of the reason why, the dolls appeared during the school trip before and the reason why there was absolutely no counter measures discussed even after the higher ups was reported about its existence.
“……………….I won’t let you lay even a finger on, Shidou”
She clenched the back of her teeth and made an order to her brain.
She determined the wizard and doll targets in her sights and made a limited release on the fixed point Territory. The precision was low due to parallel activations of over 10 Territory’s but, even so it was possible to stop their legs for an instant. The containers from number 5 to 8 immediately made a full activation, and missiles were launched towards the targets.
All the wizards broke free from the restriction and managed to evade in a paper thin difference but, 2
“Damn it, damn it, what on earth are you!”
Naturally, the remaining wizards on the spot starting from Jessica aimed at Origami and fired laser cannons or launched missiles at her. But, Origami was not such a nice person to receive that many times. She operated the high-output thrusters installed under the lower part of the weapon container, and dash into the sky with an unthinkable speed from
She would deploy fixed point Territory’s on the predicted courses on attacks she can’t avoid, or deploy a defense type Territory on the impact point to defend herself.
Origami could not do anything to the
Not learning from experience, the Wizards launched a barrage. The huge number of ammo launched covered her entire view entirely and was heading towards Origami.
As expected, this number can’t be avoided. Origami instantly made a judgment and activate the specialize defense Realizer around her body. It was not such a great power.
If it is in a level like this, getting some hits won’t——-
The moment she thought that, Origami’s sights turned wobbly.
Her Territory distorted for an instant and several ammo exploded on
After Origami slightly frowns her face, she activated the thrusters and temporarily escapes from that spot. After stopping the remaining Wizards inside the range of her sights, she rearranged her breathing.
Looking at Origami’s suspicious movements, Jessica twitched her eyebrows.
“Ah——aha. Hahahahahaha! I see, it’s about that”
Even though her face was pale until now, after Jessica made a sudden happy laugh, she pointed at Origami.
“Looks like it’s almost the time limit. Miss amazing Wizard-san”
Origami narrowed her eyes at Jessica’s words. At that moment, a slimy-like feeling was formed around her mouth.
While not letting the enemies off her sights, she tried wiping it off with her hands. She found out blood was sticking onto the palm of her hands. It looks like blood came out from her nose.
For an instant, she thought it was because of that attack but………….wrong.
Next, an intense headache and sleepiness hit Origami while she said it like a groan.
This was not the first time she felt this. ——–it was the activation limit.
“Fu…………..hahaha! Too bad. Very regrettable. But, it’s already the end when it turns into that”
At the same time with Jessica laughing, in the sky behind her, several silhouette appeared. It was the
Those bodies completely do not look damaged at all. It would seem it was not the ones Origami shot down but rather reinforcements that were sent from somewhere.
Maybe she confirmed that, Jessica made a further boastful winning smile.
Inside the intense headache and gradually hazy sights, Origami clenched her teeth together.
In the Tenguu square central, the performers for the first-day lined up.
Everyone had nervous expressions and gulping down while waiting for the ceremony master’s voice.
That was supposed to be so. Right now, all the stage performance as well as the voting ended, and were currently in the middle of announcing the top ranking high schools.
“Third place for the Stage performance division——-Senjou University’s high school division”
The moment the name of the school was announced from the speaker, applauses and cheers filled nearby and Senjou University’s performers that were on stage, raised happy voices.
It was the club that performed jazz just before Shidou and the group. Shidou *clap**clap* clapped his hands.
Being chosen as third place means they were quite good. The reason why his impression was so vague and simple was because…………..from the stage wing, he was able to hear the performance from that closest spot to the performers but, since he was nervous most of it didn’t remain inside his ears.
And, as if to control the cheers, the announcement once again echoed.
In reality, the thing the audiences were attentive was from here on out. The hall that was filled with voices, applause and whistling turned quiet. Inside everyone’s mind, there was no mistake 2 schools were floating in it.
The best stage performance shown by the Invincible Rindouji’s active idol, Izayoi Miku.
Showing a miracle happening at the very last minute, the Raizen’s stage performance.
Maybe they had auras that Spirit holds. From anyone eyes, both of them were extraordinary.
After putting up in a somewhat nervous state, the ceremony master took a breath before continuing.
“——Slightly inferior! The Raizen high school!”
The moment that name echoed out from the speaker and the result was shown out on the big monitor installed on the stage, for an instant, he felt as if time stopped.
After a beat, when he opened his eyes inside the ringing echoes of applauses, cheers and a small some commotion, *smile* the face of Miku’s lip distorting entered his view.
That was only natural. Shidou and the group being second place would mean——-
“And, taking the laurels of first place for the stage performance division!”
The announcement echoed throughout, and at the same time! *Kaa!* the spotlights were collecting on Miku.
“The expectedly strong! The King. Rindouji Academy for Girls!!”
The loud cheer was causing a strong shaking in the hall’s atmosphere.
When Shidou was being absentminded, Tohka let out her voice while bringing her sights towards the monitor showing the rankings. Her expression was dyed with uneasiness, and her fingertips were slightly shaking.
“D,did we lose……………? B-because I sang……..”
“! N-no! It’s not Tohka’s fault!”
Even when Shidou swung his head, Tohka’s almost crying face didn’t clear up. It was like; she didn’t heard what Shidou said.
When Tohka was making weak voices, coming from behind, Miku’s giggling could be heard.
“Look. Isn’t it exactly like what I said? This happens when you rely on something like comrades—”
Still continuing, having the ceremony master’s announcement as BGM, Miku was smiling while coming closer to him.
And, Miku who walked closer until she was right in front of Shidou, *kui*, lifted Shidou’s chin up.
“At any rate, a promise is a promise. Shiori-san and all 5 Spirit-san’s that have their Reiryoku’s sealed by Shiori-san, will now be mine from today onwards”
“Ufufu—-, please don’t be that afraid. I will properly spoil you nicely so——”
In the middle of Miku’s words, the ceremony master raised the loudest voice yet.
“—-and, with that! Summing it all up, taking first place for day 1 of the Tennou festival has been decided to be Raizen highschoolllllllllllllllll!”
Dumbfounded, Miku opened her eyes wide.
It was the same for Shidou and the group too. Honestly, it was like they didn’t hear the ceremony masters talk at all.
As if to answer the question Shidou and the rest have, the ceremony master continued talking.
“It turned out into a very unexpected result. Rindouji’s overwhelming performance that others couldn’t get close to managed to nab first place in the stage performance division but, it seems this year their exhibition division and refreshment booth division was dull”
Miku swung her face left and right in a state where she didn’t get it.
“Using this opportunity, Raizen which has taken second place in the stage performance managed to get the push. Especially the votes for the maid café in the refreshment booth division were amazing! This would bring controversy during the reviews but, the executive member’s enthusiastic push succeeded in taking shape!”
Shidou laughed powerlessly.
He never would have thought they were going to be saved by Ai Mai and Mii in a setting like this.
Tohka’s expression completely changed and jumped at him. After that, late by a beat, from left and right Kaguya and Yuzuru both did the same thing by moving their hands around his neck; it somehow turned into something big.
“Kakaka! This is obvious! Something like this will be simple if we help out!”
“Agree. That is absolutely right. There is no one that can match against us”
When he was being jostled like this, Shidou finally felt the reality expanding in his chest.
We really won.
Against Miku. Against Rindouji.
“—–Well then, we will now proceed to the awarding. All representatives, please come in front”
The ceremony master said that, and prompts the 3 performer groups in front.
“…………….Please do not joke with me. What is this——-”
From behind, Miku’s shaking voice could be heard.
“Isn’t this strange…………….? There is no way I would lose—–…………….”
Even when the ceremony master called her, Miku didn’t reply and in a wobbly manner she walked forward.
“I——I am Izayoi Miku you know? I am………I am……………”
Shidou suppressed his heart rate by putting his hands on his chest before, quietly calling out to her, and walking to her.
But, at that moment, Miku twitched her body.
“Stop it………..I-I won…………I won properly! Those girls………….it’s because those girls didn’t do it properly!”
“…………don’t say something like that. The Rindouji students should have done their best”
“I-I don’t know! I don’t know about something like that! I………………even though I won………!”
Hearing Miku’s words, Shidou scratched his cheeks a little embarrassed.
After that, despite being self-aware of himself being stinky, he said those words.
“How should I put this…………..it’s thanks to my comrades………….something like that?”
Miku muttered that with detest, and made a sullen face. Shidou nodded exaggeratedly.
“Yeah. We certainly can’t match with you in singing……………but, whether it’s the maid café, or the other students that prepared the exhibitions, they will fill in the part we are lacking in”
“Wha, what……….is that. Please do not joke with me……….comrade……..? haha, for mere humans, there is no way they are that useful………”
“But, even for those mere humans, when their bonds are connected, they won against you”
Miku choked her voice. Shidou continued talking.
“Hey. Humans………..are interesting right. That’s why, Miku, you too——”
He couldn’t hear Miku’s words and asked her again.
“Comrade? Bonds…….? That is unthinkable. That kind of thing, is meaningless in front of me………!”
After that, Miku immediately raised her hanging head, and make a big spread with both her hands.
When he thought Miku raised a loud shout echo across the whole hall, in the next instant, round ripples started expanding on the space under her legs.
As if to respond to Miku’s voice, coming from the middle part of the ripple, an odd giant lump of metal gradually rise up onto the stage.
It had a weird form, from the slow-witted main body; several long and narrow silver cylinders grew out and were standing in a row. That was like, something that makes one thinks of a giant pipe organ installed in churches.
It seems the audiences also notice that was not some sort of performance. Commotion was stirring up in the vicinity.
But, Miku completely ignored that, and swung down her right hands from left to right. When she did that, as if drawing something out from the traces of her hand, a light sash emitting a dim glow appeared from there.
No, calling that a sash might be a misleading way to put it. Miku’s body had several small lines running on the curve covering her body; it then became a piano or an organ’s keyboard.
He doesn’t know what intentions she had for calling that angel. But that caused him to conjure a simple image of a destructive situation formed towards the humans that were in the area.
“Miku! Wait! Listen to what I have to say! I am——-”
“Sing, sing, sing——-
However, Miku couldn’t bear listening to him and spreads the fingers in her hands; she then hit on the light keyboard expanded around her surroundings.
In that moment, the giant angel standing behind Miku, started making an incredible sound.
Systematically, several layers of sound echoed from inside the lined up silver cylinders, and was scattered around the surroundings. The hall’s atmosphere shook, and the vibration was transmitted into his body.
He held his ears in reflex.
But, that was not an action to resist again the intense volume.
The sound that passed through the atmosphere and shook Shidou’s eardrum, was soaking into the core of Shidou’s head as if it was eroding it. —–yes, it felt like Miku’s [request] was strengthen several times over.
After ten seconds. Running about in the hall like a storm,
Timidly, he removed the hands covering his ears. There was still a light shriek ringing in his ears but, there was no other kind of changes that can be seen on his body.
But, he immediately noticed the abnormalities.
Even when the buzzing in his ears disappeared, he could not hear any sound coming from around him.
Even though the hall was crowded with this many people, there was not even a slight commotion or footsteps.
Perhaps, they had their sense of hearing taken away from the attack just now…………..? That concern passed through Shidou’s mind. The Angel Spirit holds are [Miracles that holds shape]. It shouldn’t be weird if something like that could be done.
However, that wasn’t the case. Sending to his ears, Shidou properly heard the dismay he let out while looking around.
Towards that very weird scenery, he gasped unintentionally.
Inside the hall there were still around 1000 people in the audiences.
But even so, all of the audience, was uniformly standing up straight without even one person left out, and without making the slightest of movements while being expressionless, they were all sending their sights up towards the stage.
It will not turn out like this unless it’s an army that has taken enough training. It felt like slipping into a mannequin factory.
“Miku, you, don’t tell me…………”
He shouted and sends his sights towards Miku.
“fu………..fufu………….fu, comrade……………right? Beautiful, wonderful”
*kara**kara*Miku laughed like a broken doll.
“—–to think they would break so easily”
After saying that, Miku once again played the light keyboard and as if to respond to the sound, the audiences made a “At ease” posture at once.
“Fufu,ufufu, with this, all of your comrade-san is allll mine you know? Nee Shiori-san, the bond or something you said, just turned useless by just one of my fingertips”
When Shidou made an anguish expression, Miku played the keyboard with a fun smile.
When she did that, the performers on stage surrounded Shidou from behind, and restrained both of Shidou’s arms.
“Wha……….., you, let go!”
Even when he struggled, the performers didn’t move an inch.
Staring at him with satisfaction, Miku split the light keyboard and leisurely walked towards Shidou.
“The match does not matter. The promise does not matter. In this world, things that don’t go my way must not happen”
After making an attractive smile while saying that, Miku used her fingers and *Tsu**tsu*…………..crawled it on Shidou’s body.
“Fufu, Shiori-san, Spirit-san, all of that, belongs to me——–”
While talking feverishly and touching Shidou’s body, Miku stopped her movements perfectly when she touched Shidou’s lower part.
After tilting her head she retreated one step back from that spot, and for some reason was opening and closing the hand she used to touch Shidou just now.
“That feeling just now…………n,no way, that’s impossible………..”
Miku raised her eyebrows in doubt and once again rang her fingers.
And then 2 new students that remained on stage, appeared on Shidou’s both sides, and flipped up the skirt of his maid uniform while being expressionless. The zero sex appeal short pants he was wearing underneath got exposed.
“Uwah………….!? Wha, what are you………..!”
Even though Shidou’s face unintentionally turned red and he shouted, it didn’t end at there. Again, when he thought another girl student from that spot walked out, this time; she then lowered Shidou’s short pants together with his underwear.
He shouted and flapped his hands and legs. When he did that, the girl students restraining him finally let their hands go. In panic he returned his, underwear, short pants, and skirt to its prescribed place.
But…………now wasn’t the time to rest.
Before he noticed, Miku who quickly stood up to run away from Shidou, made a face as if the world ended and directed her shaking fingers and wide opened eyes towards Shidou.
“Shi…………..ShiShiShiShiori………….san, you’re…………..a,a mamamamama,n……………”
Miku’s eyes shook and her face turned completely pale.
“Mi,Miku!, Calm down! I’m——”
Shidou somehow managed to raise a voice to calm Miku down but——it was no good.
After Miku shouted, the light keyboard that was floating on empty space returned back to Miku. Miku once again started performing.
But, Shidou didn’t have the time to fall in love hearing her song.
The moment Miku started performing, the remaining ceremony master and the performers on stage, and the audiences in the hall, all of them ran towards Shidou at once.
“Well then, regret this! For tricking me………!”
Slipping into the sound of footsteps and roars, Miku’s voice echoed.
Shidou raised his eyebrows and gripped his fist. There was no place to run. After a few seconds, there was no mistake Shidou will be engulfed into the wave of audiences.
Now that it has turned to this——–there was only one way left.
When Shidou made up his mind——he started running straight towards Miku.
Yes. He was going to hit Miku who was controlling everyone. It was extremely faint of hopes but, that was the only way.
Shidou raised his dismayed voice. Just before he closed in on Miku, the same time he thought the surrounding temperature suddenly dropped, an ice wall appeared as if to separate Shidou and Miku, and blocked Shidou’s course.
“This is…………..don’t tell me!”
When Shidou opened his eyes wide in shock, he heard a familiar voice from behind.
“Hnn–,fufu–. That was dangerous. You shouldn’t do something like that you know?”
“O…………onee-sama, I…………will protect”
He looked towards the direction of the voice. There was a giant rabbit doll echoing its mumbling voice there and Yoshino in her limit release AstralDress form attached on its back.
“Yoshino!? You, why——-”
He said that and suddenly noticed. The name Yoshino put in her mouth…………[Onee-sama]. That was the same thing the Rindouji Miku female fan students, and Ai who was [Requested] by Miku say.
“Don’t tell me, you……………”
The worst thought scratched Shidou’s mind.
And, in the next moment, a torrent of intense wind blew violently inside the hall, and made a big fan towards Shidou’s body.
From the sudden matter, he unintentionally fell on the ground against his butt.
At the same time with that, a fearless voice echoed from above.
“Kuku…………..foolish. Defying our Aneue-sama was plain foolishness on our part”
“Affirmative. It was an imprudent yet reckless action. We won’t let you lay a finger on Onee-sama”
While saying that, Kaguya and Yuzuru easily flew to the sky and stood still on the sky above Miku.
On both sides, their bodies were fastened with restricting tools AstralDresses manifested in their limit release, Kaguya was holding a large lance, while Yuzuru was holding a pendulum-like weapon and both of them were holding it with one hand.
“E,even you girls………….!?”
Shidou felt despair and groaned. It would seems, that the [sound] released from Miku’s Angel has placed the Spirits that had their Reiryoku sealed away under her control.
“Fu………….fufu, ahahahaha…………! Whaat is, this!”
And, Miku’s laughter could be heard.
“Aren’t you a horrible person, Shiori-san. To think there was this many Spirits in the hall! What’s more, every one of them is my type! Aah……..this is nice, this is the best!”
She said that and, twisted in a manner it was okay to turn crazy.
“Well then…………now that it has turned to this, finally I have no use for you anymore. Let’s end this quickly, and play with the Spirit-sans—–well, get him!”
Miku hit the light keyboard stronger. When she did that, Yoshino and the Yamai sisters faced towards Shidou and looked at him with gazes filled with hostility.
On top of that, to make matters worse.
Inside the performers, *wobbly*………, limit release and in AstralDress form Tohka same as Yoshino the rest walked out.
“Do,don’t tell me, even Tohka too………….this is a joke right……….? Stop——–”
But, completely not lending their ears to Shidou’s words, Yoshino used torrents of clumps of cold air, while the Yamai sisters used clusters of air pressure and shot it at him.
He lowered his body and braced for impact.
But———–the next thing that attacked Shidou’s body was not cold pain or is it crushing wind pressure, but rather it was a weird floating feeling.
By the time he let out an idiotic voice, Shidou’s view moved from the top of the stage to the top of the catwalk that was extending parallel to the ceiling.
“Shidou, what is going on………..?”
He heard a familiar voice. When he looked over, there was Tohka in her limit release AstralDress form there. It would seem, just before Shidou was swallowed into the wave of audiences, she carried Shidou and jumped away until she reached ceiling.
…………rather, Shidou was right now being carried easily by Tohka. Putting it directly, he was in a [Princess carry] posture.
A save was a save but, it somehow turned into a complex feeling and Shidou twitched his cheeks.
But, now was not that time to be worried about something like that. After Shidou dropped and stand on top the catwalk, he brought his voice to Tohka.
“Thanks, you saved me. But, Tohka………..you, why are you okay? Yoshino and the rest were controlled by Miku and yet…………..”
When Shidou said that, Tohka tilted her head in wonder before, [ooh] and hit her hands together as if she remembered something before reaching out to both her ears. And then, *Pon*, she plucked out the ear monitor plugged inside. It would seems, she had been wearing it the whole time from the performance.
“Umu, the balance was kind of bad if it was only in one side, I felt I can’t take the rhythm if it’s like this”
He thought for an instant that this much equipment was not needed for a Tambourine but, he left it at that.
“Aah…………most likely, everyone is being controlled by Miku”
Hearing Shidou’s words, Tohka looked downwards toward Miku on stage.
After Miku glared at Shidou who escaped to the cat walk in detest, she changed the movement of the fingers she was playing with on the keyboard, and changed
When she did that, the audiences diverted their course and entered the stage wing. Most probably, she was planning to make them ascend to the catwalk by climbing the stairs from the back. Don’t know what they were thinking, some of them tried to climbing the hall’s wall towards Shidou’s direction. But the most problematic ones were Yoshino and the Yamai sisters. 3 of them were still, sending sharp glares towards Shidou and Tohka as if to protect Miku. As long as those girls are there, they will probably not be able to get close to Miku.
Shidou frowned his face, and hit his incam.
He knows fundamental methods won’t fix the matter. He also knows he can’t leave this situation alone too. But, there is no choice but to retreat for now. That’s because their opponents were 4 spirits with clear hostility. Even if Tohka is here, there was no way they could win.
He will have Tohka cut open the hall’s wall, and retreat to the sky, they’ll then be picked up by
Not long after, he could hear a familiar voice from the Incam.
“Yes, is something wrong?”
She should have known about the dangerous situation from the automated camera but, he raised his eyebrows from Kotori’s somehow completely un-nervous voice.
“Kotori……………? It turned into a bad situation. We will go outside so, collect us using the
The doubt then transformed into further despair in an instant.
“——What are you saying? You idiot who defied our
, get minced over there”
Shidou could only call his sister’s name dumbfounded.
“……………..this is………what on”
The moment Reine who has returned to the
She got contacted to perform further analysis regarding Miku’s mental state after seeing Shidou and the group’s stage performance, and left Yoshino to the other mechanic department members before returning to
“Ahahahahaha! Idiot! It’s only natural to repent by death for deceiving Miku onee-sama right? Die! Hurry up and die there!”
She was clearly directing that to the main monitor showing Shidou who was facing a dangerous situation, from the commander seat………………not, Kotori was saying and laughing while sitting on Kannazuki who was on all four.
The other crew members were acting similarly and were showing middle fingers or giving thumbs down while, insulting Shidou.
“Ana, analyst officer Murasame ”
“Please save me! Everyone turned crazy…….!”
“I-I don’t know! When I was checking the stage performance tone, then everyone suddenly……..!”
After Reine made a small groan, she brought her eyes to the main monitor.
Over there right now, were Shidou and Tohka cornered on the side of the hall, Miku who has manifested an Angel-like thing on the stage, seemingly following her orders, the audiences, Yoshino and the Yamai sisters could be seen on it.
It would seem, there was no mistake Miku has done something. It might turn into something terrible if she doesn’t save Shidou and Tohka soon. And, at that moment.
Reine and Shiizaki brought their eyebrows together at the same time. Suddenly inside the ship, a loud alarm started ringing.
What’s more, it was not an announcement about the Spirit’s displeasure or an enemy is getting closer. This is——
“——-Basic Realiser parallel activation. Commence Maryoku charge. Prepare convergence cannon
A robotic announcement was broadcasted from the speaker. Reine and Shiizaki again at the same time looked towards Kotori who was *Kara**Kara* laughing while facing the console and Kannazuki who was being sat down on while making an ecstatic face.
“Co,commander! What are you doing………!?”
Shiizaki shouted in confusion.
However, Kotori was swinging her hands frivolously in a manner that makes one not think she activated a destructive program just now.
“Ahaha, what are you saying Shiizaki. There is a lot of foolish people who deceived Onee-sama gathered over there you know? Then isn’t it better to just vaporize everything in one go”
“What are you saying…………! Vi,vice commander too, stop being a chair and stop her!”
When Shiizaki shouted, Kannazuki stiffened his face for an instant.
“You two, what are you saying. I finally found it, my utopia is here”
“Actually you are sane right!?”
But, she probably guessed it wasn’t the time to be saying that, Shiizaki went to attempt operating the commander seat’s console so she kicked the floor.
But, she was grappled by Kawagoe who jumped out from the left side, and fell on the spot.
“Ouch! Ka,Kawagoe-san!? What are you doing, let go of me!”
“That is my line Shiizaki-san. You are also one of the people that deceived Miku-sama you know? Shouldn’t you be reflecting on this together?”
“Wha………..what are you saying……….”
Shiizaki looked back at Kawagoe with eyes as if she saw an unknown object. But Kawagoe, was only making an ecstatic smile.
As expected she couldn’t leave it alone. Reine also, tried to step forward to stop Kotori. But, didn’t know from when she went behind, Minowa swiftly took both Reine’s hands and bound her hands behind her back.
“Where are you going, aaaanalyst officer Murasame. It’s no good to obstruct you know”
“…………..kuh, I don’t know what happened to you but, get back your sanity”
“Sanity? Ahahahaha, I’m sane you know. Completely sane”
Like that, she made a smile filled with madness while having eyes that clearly weren’t focused.
At that moment, Kotori probably noticed Reine and Shiizaki were seized. After sending her sights to them, she once again looked back at the console.
*Nii* the side of her lips distorted and she erected one finger.
“———-Set complete. Now the only thing left is to press the button then—–DOON!”
Kotori spreads her arms to make an impression of an explosion, and shouted. Due to that very innocent posture, Shiizaki’s face turning pale could be seen.
“Thi,this is a joke……….right?”
“Ahaha, you say interesting things Shiizaki. Isn’t it obvious I’m serious”
Saying as if she was joking, Kotori raised her arms high.
Reine took a glance at Minowa behind, before looking at Shiizaki who was grappled.
If this goes on, Kotori will seriously fire the
And. In Reine’s ear who immersed herself in her thoughts for an instant, she could hear a certain sound.
The sound of the bridge’s door opening. The sound of the floor being kicked. And also——
Suddenly hit in the solar plexus by the human figure that appeared, Kotori’s fainting voice.
The human figure that has her fist thrust onto Kotori’s stomach, supported Kotori’s falling body before making Kannazuki faint by stepping on the back of his head and scratched her head with a troublesome manner while saying it out.
“……….seriously, what is with this alarm. When someone is finally taking a rest, will you people keep it quiet a bit more?”
With a voice made of a characteristic tone.
That person over there was one girl.
Her age was probably similar to Kotori’s. Having one tied up hair, she was a girl with a characteristic mole under her left eye. For some reason, she had looks similar to Shidou’s when he is cross-dressing.
Takamiya Mana. ———AST’s second lieutenant and DEM’s executive member. And also……………the girl that calls herself Shidou’s real sister.
“………….so. From the things I heard from outside the door, it looks like Kotori-san and the rest had gone mad so I gave her a single attack calling………….was it okay?”
Mana made a comical posture and tilted her head. Reine [………..aah] nodded like that.
“………………its fine play. If possible, I would be thankful if you make the crew members other than us faint”
“Well that I really don’t mind”
After Mana said that, she dropped Kotori’s body on the floor and made all of the crew members in the bridge faint in a flash.
“Fuu…………this is about it”
*Pan**Pan, she swept her hands, and Mana send her sights towards Reine.
“………….I am still not sure but most likely, they received an attack from the Spirit. Putting Reiryoku inside [sound], it’s a type of controlling opponents who hears it.”
“Ha—–………….that’s another troublesome thing”
And, saying that as if she was fed up while bringing her eyes to the monitor, Mana made a small gasp.
It would seem, she was too absorbed in the bridge’s condition that she didn’t notice the situation inside the monitor. She approached the monitor and *Dan**Dan* stomped on the floor.
“Wha,what is the meaning of this! Why is Nii-sama in such a dangerous place!”
“……………right now the opponent they are dealing with is that Spirit that controls sound. ——it is not a good situation there. We have to hurry and save Shin and Tohka…….”
After Reine made a simple explanation of the current situation, Mana quietly shook her throat.
“——–In this ship, there was a CR-unit loaded in it right?”
—in the sky, a rain of bullets was falling.
Maryoku generated 30mm bullets and missiles granted by the Realizer approached her from all directions, and in an instant Origami view was filled.
Withstanding an intense headache while sending orders with her brain, the weapon container was deployed. A barrage was spread and it intercepted. But, it could not prevent all of the attack. Few shots of missiles passed the smoke and head towards Origami.
She made her sights sharp and changed the Territory properties to defensive——–even when she tried that, an intense pain attacked her brain, and made Origami’s consciousness cloudy.
In the next moment, few numbers of missiles landed on the almost defenceless
“Hahahahahaha! Even though you came worked up, how unsightly!”
Jessica’s loud laughter turned into an intense pain and echoed loudly in her tormented brain.
Origami frowned and send her sights to the left. Responding to that,
She moved her sights towards the enemy. 5 Wizards. For the
To that overwhelming difference, it was a great damage to the craft. What’s more serious was, the damage on Origami’s brain from continuous usage of the annihilation armor. It was very clear that she could no longer fight properly anymore.
No——-rather than that, if she continues activating
But, if Origami retreats here, it will be the same meaning as Shidou being abducted by the DEM Company and——-it’s hard to think that harsh Jessica will quietly let Origami run away. As if to prove that, the Wizards and
“Fufu. You were rampaging throughout but, this is the end. Actually I wanted to tease you more but, we have work pushed onto us so, hurry up and get shot down——”
And, at that moment, Jessica stopped her words.
No, to be precise it was a little different. Her word was erased by the sudden loud voice coming from below.
“What is it!?”
Jessica raised her eyebrows doubtfully while shouting.
Origami didn’t lower her guard and prepared herself from her surroundings while————taking a glance below to the Tenguu square.
Although she strengthens her sights using the Territory, in her current condition it might be hard to see the far away structure in detail but she was worried about it.
But, she immediately noticed the abnormality by one glance.
That’s because, a giant hole was opened up on the ceiling of the Tenguu square central stage, and a strong wind blew out from it.
In the next moment, together with the sound of *Pi**Pi, a new report was shown on her retina sensor.
A strong spirit wave reading was coming from the Tenguu square. Origami made a small gasp.
She doesn’t know what happened in the central stage. But, there was no mistake there was a possibility it was the reason why Shidou is in danger. She changed her course in panic, and activated her thrusters and tried heading downwards.
But, there was no way Jessica and her group will let her do that. Several
“It looks like something happened down there…………..it might be a good idea to hurry. Let’s clean this up immediately”
After saying that, she pointed her fingers to Origami.
Responding to that, the
Even though she tried to take evasive measures in panic, her brain was at its limits. Her sights were dyed red and her consciousness was getting hazy.
In the end………….it was no different from the month before the last. Origami’s brain was getting filled with powerlessness.
Even when she used the Realizer, even when she used the strongest equipment
—Power. If I had more power.
If I had power that won’t lose to anyone.
“Now, do it”
Responding to Jessica’s voice, the
But, at that moment.
When Origami thought something passed through her hazy view, the gun barrel of the laser cannons pointed towards Origami was severed beautifully. The generated maryoku in loading phase when firing lost its destination causing the gun barrel to explode, and the pieces of metal was scattered nearby. It was not like it was shocked or their eyes were burned but, probably trying to sense the abnormal situation, the
“Wha…………what is it!?”
“I-I don’t know, the
It would seem Jessica’s subordinate also noticed the situation late by one beat. She raised her voice in panic.
However, the situation did not end at there. When Origami thought a blue silhouette passed through her again, in the next instant, the heads of the
Together with Jessica’s confusion, few units of the
“This is…………what is……….”
Origami placed her hands on the side of her head to withstand the headache while shaking her throat.
When she did that, a human wearing a blue mechanical armor appeared in front of Origami as if to respond to her.
It was a CR-unit she has never seen before. That person was holding a sword in her right hand and a characteristic wolf jaw weapon equipped in her left hand.
She then looked at the person wearing that——–Origami gasped in reflex.
“Long time no see, Master sergeant Tobiichi”
The girl wearing the blue CR-unit turned her head, and directed her sights towards Origami.
It was unmistakably the AST member that fought together with Origami against Spirit and also Shidou’s sister, second lieutenant Takamiya Mana in person.
After losing the fight against Tokisaki Kurumi and receiving serious injuries, hospitalized before disappearing, Origami heard her whereabouts has been unknown the whole time but——–
“Why…………are you in a place like this. And that equipment is……..”
When Origami asked, Mana swung her hands in a “Don’t mind it” manner.
“Leave the small talk for later. Saving Nii-sama right now is first priority right?”
Origami opened her bloodshot eyes wide before, making a nod.
After Mana made a satisfied smile after looking at that, she brought her sights to the dumbfounded Jessica.
“Oya Oya, when I thought who it was, isn’t it Jessica. Why are you in a place like Japan?”
Jessica let out a voice filled with shock.
“You, why are you——–no, more importantly, do you know what you are currently doing!?”
“That is my line. Going against one person with this big number, didn’t your methods turned cheap during the time I didn’t see you?”
“That is not the problem! Why are you attacking us! Answer me—–Adeptus 2!”
Jessica shouted with a shrill voice. Mana shrugs her shoulders as if she given up.
“Will you please stop calling me by my old call sign?”
“Old……..you, don’t tell me”
“Yes, it’s a good chance so tell this to the president for me. I’m sorry but I’m leaving DEM.
Hearing Mana’s words, the other Wizards choked on their voice.
“What are you saying!? Are you planning to betray Westcott-sama!? Even in the glorious Adeptus number, your name links next after chief executive Mathers, You!”
“Well, putting frankly in words, that’s about it”
Mana pointed the weird weapon equipped on her left hand towards Jessica.
“It will be the best ideal pattern if you all withdraw from this place being scared of me but, so how about it?”
“………..….! Don’t screw with me! You should already know! Something like going against Westcott-sama’s order is——”
“Well, that’s true. But,”
The moment she said that, Mana’s figure vanished like a heat haze.
After appearing behind Jessica who was opening her eyes wide in shock, she slashed down with the sword equipped in her right hand.
Even when Jessica twisted her body—-it was too late. Mana’s sword sliced Jessica’s unit and thrusters like butter. It would seem the surface of the blade has a thin laser edge made by generated Maryoku wriggling on it. Although it looks something similar to a sword but the structure looks more similar to a chainsaw.
Jessica had her balance greatly destroyed, however without losing her fighting spirit after she pulled out a laser blade from her waist, she swing it towards Mana.
But sadly, her battle skills and unit’s performance is too different. Mana stopped Jessica’s strike using her sword before shooting a cluster of Maryoku from the weapon on her left hand towards Jessica’s stomach.
Together with a short and anguish groan, Jessica fainted. At the same time, her Realizer probably was deactivated so the connection to the whole body’s equipped unit was unlocked and fell towards the ground.
“—-That line might sound cool if you win against me even once in a practice match”
Mana supported Jessica’s limp body with her other hand while making a sigh.
Next off, she looked towards the 4 remaining Wizards.
“Now then, your boss is just as you can see. If you are DEM wizards then, you should know whether you can win against me after that battle just now”
Hearing Mana’s words, the Wizards made a nervous expression. After Mana once again moved behind the remaining Wizards in an instant, she simply threw Jessica’s unconscious body.
The Wizard, who was suddenly entrusted with Jessica’s body, operated her Territory while in panic and supported that body.
After confirming that, Mana continued her words.
“I am saying I am letting you all off. This is my last warning. Take her along and disappear from here”
However, it would seem these Wizards aren’t that good in understanding, that they will store their lance from such a warning. *Kii* they sharpen their sights and started surrounding Mana.
“Yare Yare…………….what an expected reaction”
Mana *haa* made a sigh and spreads both her arms as if to deal with the whole direction.
“Sto——–Stop! Yoshino! Kaguya and Yuzuru too! Turn back to normal!”
Even when Shidou shouted, Yoshino and the Yamai sisters would not stop their attack towards Tohka.
“What…………are you saying? Shidou-san and………….Tohka-san too, why are you two…………so mean to Onee-sama?”
“Yeah–, Aren’t you two the ones at wrong—-. It looks like a little scolding won’t fix this—”
“Kuku…………..it looks like Shidou has been pushed to do something capricious, Yuzuru”
“Surpise. Does he not have a conscience I wonder”
From every mouth of Yoshino and [Yoshinon] who turned to
Judging by their speech and conduct, it’s not like they have forgotten about Shidou and Tohka or their personality has changed at all. But, Izayoi Miku’s existence was printed as the highest priority in their valuation system.
“What………should I do……..”
Shidou distorted his face in a feeling of despair.
The situation was at its worst.
In the Central stage there was Miku who manifested an Angel, the controlled Yoshino and Yamai sisters, and the about 1000 audience members. All of them were attacking Shidou and Tohka.
Adding on, Kotori who was in
Tohka was somehow doing her best to stop Miku but, thanks to Yoshino and the Yamai sisters blocking her, she could not even get close,
However, Tohka didn’t give up and grabbed the manifested sword——-
Accompanied by a shout filled with energy, the slash released midair was extending towards Miku.
But that attack was blocked by an ice wall constructed by Yoshino just before it reached Miku. Next off, a strong clump of wind was shot from two directions towards Tohka.
Even when she defended it with her sword in an instant, it could not match with the wind pressure and cancel it. Tohka’s body was blown away easily, the stage building was smashed opened and she was thrown outside just like that.
Even when he shouted, Shidou couldn’t do anything. Tohka’s body disappeared from the building and her voice immediately could not be heard.
What Shidou let out, was not a sunken in confusion or despair, it was a doubtful groan.
The reason was simple. It was extremely soft but *Kan**Kan* a sound like that, could be heard from the upward direction of the hall.
In the next instant,
Together with that shout, the ceiling just above where Miku was standing was sliced apart and, Tohka was falling down with extreme speed with the tip of
It would seem after she was blown outside, she went to the stage ceiling from outside.
Miku’s confusion echoed inside the hall.
Even when Yoshino, Kaguya and Yuzuru turned around at once, it was too late. Tohka was splitting the wind with
But, the moment
Miku made a loud voice.
The giant sound wave that could not compare to the voice when Shidou first met her was rampaging inside the air sealed hall.
She was bathed with that sound wave in point-blank distance. Even if she is a Spirit who has manifested a limit release AstralDress, she does not stand a chance.
Making an anguish sound, Tohka was blown away by the sound with mass and was thrown towards the wall right beside Shidou.
He shouted and approached her, Tohka coughed painfully and used
“……………….That was dangerous. But, it’s useless”
After saying that, Miku glared at Shidou with eyes filled with anger from the stage.
And at the same time, coming from the Catwalk entrance connecting to the backstage stairs, several people from the audience rushed out. In a zombie like behavior, they slowly approached Shidou.
There was nothing more that can be done. Shidou’s body stiffened.
And, at that moment.
Shidou raised his eyebrows and looked up the sky. The stage ceiling was sliced in a cross, and coming from there, a girl covered in mechanical armor entered the hall.
For an instant, he thought help was sent from
He had memories of that figure. She was a thin and slender girl, wearing a silver CR-unit around her whole body. Her silky pale blonde hair was swaying as if it was playing with the wind inside the Territory.
“Bayley and the rest failed in the end. ……………..well that’s okay, it’s within expectations”
While narrowing her deep green rust eyes, that girl ——–Ellen Mathers said that with a quiet tone.
Shidou gasped. He remembers this girl. During that time at his school trip, she was the boss of the
“Wha……………..why is that person in a place like this…………”
Tohka probably noticed Ellen. She distorted her face painfully, and makes a stance with
“——-Target, Yatogami Tohka and……………….a female student with Itsuka Shidou’s reading spotted. I will now commence capture”
Not looking at Miku and the others, Ellen then head towards Shidou and Tohka in one straight line. Tohka gasped and grabbed Shidou’s arm.
“! Run away, Shidou!”
“Ev,even if you tell me to run away, just how am I…………”
When they were doing that, Ellen was getting closer.
After Tohka shook her throat in impatience, she grabbed Shidou’s arm even harder and threw Shidou’s body at the hole opened in the wall from just now.
Even though she was in limit release form, a Spirit’s physical strength far surpasses those of a human.
Shidou’s body was easily thrown out the building.
The same time with Mana disappearing, the scream of the remaining Wizards in the sky echoed.
After Origami placed her hands on her painful head while directing her sights over, there were Wizards with their CR-unit around their whole body destroyed in an instant.
Next off, when she thought the
No matter from whose eyes, she was overwhelming. The enemy had the higher number of head counts but, they completely could not compare to her. Origami has already experiencing Mana’s strength with her own body. But………….this was some kind of level of abnormality. Not only Mana’s ability, the performance of the blue CR-unit’s worn on her body which she never seen before was also holds a standard that could not be compared with the ones in the AST.
—In the end, the match was concluded not even taking 5 minutes.
“…………..Seriously, you all sure made me take my time”
*Pan**Pan* Mana dust her hand, and made a sigh.
There were no more Wizards and
Though the Wizards worn wiring suit has anti-shock and emergency safety device placed in it. Even when they fall from this spot, well as long as their luck isn’t extremely bad they would not die.
“Are you okay, Master sergeant Tobiichi”
Mana looked towards Origami. Origami withstood the headache while replying.
“……….yo,u….what, are…………you, doing here………”
In an instant, blood flowed out from her nose and eyes, and her dyed red view shook.
Mana hurried and flew over to Origami, she then supported her body.
However, Origami could no longer maintain her Territory any longer.
“…………It looks like you forced yourself quite a lot, Master sergeant Tobiichi……………..fumu, this is a problem. I have to go save Onii-sama but, I can’t leave you alone like this too…………..”
At that point, Mana unexpectedly raised her eyebrows.
“…………….no, nothing.————I just felt a little bad feeling”
Even though she said that, on her expression.
It felt the same as the time when she felt the presence of the bitter enemy known as the worst Spirit.
That’s because, just an instant before Ellen got closer, she threw Itsuka Shidou (…………….who was thought to have the same comparative results just in case. Probably) out of the hall to let him escape. She most likely has guessed Ellen’s point of view and course to her target, and made an excellent move for a decision in an instant.
But even so…………Yatogami Tohka and Itsuka Shidou both of them were Ellen’s capture target and that action was unmistakably annoying to her.
“A calm decision. I will give you praise”
“Fun……..! I won’t be happy even if a bastard like you praises me!”
After Ellen said that shortly, she revised herself and looked around to confirm the situation in the stage.
It was extremely rare for this many Spirits to gather. How many people will it take if she was unable to capture Itsuka Shidou……………..such thought scratched her mind but, Ellen swung her head and reconsidered.
“……………..no, let’s stop that. Self-conceit is an enemy”
In her mind, the memories of that nightmarish failure that happen in the month before the last resurfaced. Yes, if everything was lost after lusting for it, then its manifold better to accurately achieving the goal.
“——-the one I have business is with you, Yatogami Tohka”
Ellen narrowed her eyes and directed her sights towards Tohka.
It looks like she has no time to chase after Itsuka Shidou who has escaped outside the stage. If that’s the case, then what Ellen should do right now was determined.
Luckily, the others were unable to guess Ellen’s intention, or were unable to deal with the sudden situation, they were only just sending their sights to her. It was probably better to finish the job before those girls do something.
“I’ll have you come with me today,
“D—–don’t screw with me!”
Yatogami Tohka swings the Angel in her hands towards her. At the same time, a strong sword pressure was aimed towards Ellen.
However Ellen pulled out the big laser blade she was holding in her back without panicking and easily stop the sword strike, dispersing it.
“Ohh…………..did your attack turned lighter compared to that time in Arubi island?”
She lifted her chin, and pointed her sword towards Tohka.
“This is convenient. I can’t take my time here. I’ll end this in an instant”
After saying that, she re-fixes her grip on the handle and———-Ellen advanced from the sky.
“U……….ah, cough, cough”
Thrown from the hall, Shidou who fell on the ground after crashing to the trees growing nearby, had his whole body etched with tormenting pain and a violent impact.
It seems he was out cold for a few minutes. He looked around relentlessly and confirmed the situation.
The place where Shidou was thrown to was in the corner of a park nearby Tenguu square. Thanks to many trees and soft bushes, he was able to go off with minor injuries. After taking a glance at the Asphalt-type parking lot behind him, Shidou’s face turned pale.
Shidou gained regenerative abilities thanks to Kotori’s protection. For example he probably would not die even when he falls on concrete but (rather, Tohka probably took this method because she knew about this), a tormenting pain in his whole body means nothing. Shidou thanked his luck and Tohka’s control.
“Oh yeah, Tohka………..!”
At that moment, his cloudy consciousness turned clear and remembered the situation he was in.
Yes. Right now Tohka alone was still left in the hall.
He raised his body which was suffering from a dull pain, and brought his eyes towards the stage direction. No matter if Tohka’s Reiryoku was in its limit release, there was no way she would end up safe in that state.
And——by the time Shidou raised his upper body, he saw something flying out from the ceiling of the Tenguu square central raising in front of his sights.
Looking at that, he opened his eyes wide unintentionally.
The blonde girl wearing a silver CR-unit flew out to the sky carrying Tohka with her AstralDress released.
Tohka was probably unconscious, since she was limp and didn’t move at all.
Ellen carrying Tohka like that turned her head around as if to confirm the situation around there before disappearing somewhere bringing Tohka along.
Left over there, Shidou was dumbfounded for some time, while staring at Ellen disappears to the sky.
That unrealistic incident that happened in an instant, gradually soaked into his brain and shook Shidou’s consciousness.
Even when he shouted——–his voice only echoed across the blank sky.
Tohka was kidnapped.
He couldn’t——do anything.
That reality, made Shidou’s powerless feeling stronger.
But. Shidou was not given the time to fall on his knees.
The reason was simple. When he thought the Tenguu square’s front entrance gate opened, a large number of people were slowly stepping forward. —it’s like, they were searching for someone.
Most likely, they are a group sent out to find Shidou following Miku’s order.
If Shidou were to get captured here, then Tohka’s effort will be in vain. Shidou somehow managed to stand up by encouraging his even now painful body, and dragged his feet while running away.
—After that, how much time has passed.
The setting sun has descended and it’s about time the surroundings start to fill with darkness. Shidou who has managed to escape from the stage thanks to Tohka, was hiding himself in a room inside a building in the outskirts of Tenguu city.
As expected, it would be hard to walk if he were to continue wearing the maid uniform, what’s more because it attracts attention, he bought male clothing in the free market held in the plaza along the way, and finished changing. Naturally, since he removed the voice changing machine of his throat, Shidou completely reverted back to himself from Shiori mode.
He looked towards the mobile phone placed on top of the shelf.
On the screen, the channel live-broadcasting the reason unknown big riot occurring in the Tenguu city was being shown. The high-angle shooting of around ten thousand citizens walking around in the city was being taken from the helicopter.
The commentator was properly spreading theories, and was trying to find out the reason for the riot but, that was of no use.
No one could probably imagine this. These tens of thousands of people were going around searching for Shidou under orders from Miku.
Shidou glared at the screen while clenching his teeth. ———clearly, the number of people have increased.
It would seems, Miku wasn’t satisfied with only the stage audience and continued gradually increasing the number of vanguards. He does not know how much power
What’s more, it looks like
He groaned resentfully, and thrust his harden fist to the floor.
“Now isn’t the time to be doing this……. I have——”
Yes. Miku was not the only problem he has to solve no matter what. He has to take Tohka who was kidnapped from the DEM wizard back as fast as possible. Shidou does not know that much about the company known as DEM. But, they are an organization that takes killing Spirits as their highest priority and provide Realizers to police groups and armies of many nations but, it was impossible to think they were treating Tohka politely.
He hit the Incam in detest. But, not only couldn’t he hear anything but no one would reply him.
“What on earth………should I do from now on…………”
After Shidou made a face filled with suffering, he once again thrust his fist to the floor.
——there were heaps of problems.
Miku was targeting Shidou.
What’s more Yoshino, Kaguya and Yuzuru were controlled.
The swarm of people filling Tenguu city.
Even now he couldn’t contact
And also———DEM industry which kidnapped Tohka.
He was insufficient with just about everything, in order to deal with all that.
He has no time.
He has no equipment.
He has no battle strength.
And more importantly——Shidou doesn’t have power.
He gritted his teeth.
The moment the powerless feeling lurking inside Shidou’s body turned to his voice and spilled out.
He twitched his shoulders and immediately lifts his face.
For an instant, he thought the residents controlled by Miku found his hiding spot but……………there was no one nearby.
But, he identified the real face of the owner of that voice.
—the Shadow was.
When he thought the shadows filled inside the dark room squirmed around, one girl crawled out from there.
A dress with blood red and darkness black configuration. Hair that was tied up unevenly in left and right.
Her left eye has the dial of a clock and a needle that carves time by the seconds systematically.
That graceful visage that can only be thought to be man-made was making a lively smile that can take on a joyful or scornful smile.
“Ufufu, quite a dark face you are making right now”
Shidou opened his eye wide in shock and called out that name.
Yes. It was.
The [Worst Spirit] that once appeared in front of Shidou. There was no mistake it was Tokisaki Kurumi.
He tilted his body by reflex and glared at Kurumi without lowering his guard. But, it was apparent that he was just bluffing. Not only is Shidou unable to do anything about Kurumi alone, it was also difficult for him to escape.
Probably knowing that, Kurumi smiled charmingly.
And then——she quietly opened her lips.
“It looks like you are in a trouble.——nee, Shidou-san. Can we have a talk?”
To be continued.
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