In the first place, the piercing bee is a technique that is used to ready herself for the next attack.

“[Tsurugi-ryu – Lion Slash]” {Shishiodoshi}

Arthur aimed to clash her sword against the Kokuyo’s gladius.

At the moment of the collision, an exceptionally high-pitched metallic sound rang out.
Even considering they were both putting a lot of power into it, the sound it made was still unnaturally loud.

At that moment, a shock far beyond what was expected struck Kokuyo’s hand.

(What the ……!? Don’t tell me this is a technique that transmits the shock to the handle itself!)

Kokuyo almost loses her grip on the gladius, but she forces herself to regain it with all her strength.

But that brief moment creates a fatal gap.

“[Tsurugi Ryu – Thousand Mystical Flower]” { Sen-pen ban ka }


A sword is never a weapon to decapitate.
Its true potential lies in slicing.

The slash that danced like a blooming flower ran through Kokuyo’s entire body.

(It’s as hard as cutting through a steel wall.
…No, It’s more like cutting something dense.
I’m not one to speak for others, but with a body of this size yet to have such density, it again reminds me that this is a world where strength is determined by level and status.)

I’m not sure if you can call it status violence, but even with the help of the God of Swords, Arthur can’t help but laugh at the fact that no matter how hard she slashes, she still can’t feel good response.

The overwhelming wall of physical status.
Arthur, who hadn’t heard Kokuyo’s level, could only imagine how high her level is, but it wasn’t hard to imagine that the difference was in the hundreds.

Tsurugi-Ryu is a sword art she practiced in her birthplace in the real world.
Since it is just a pure sword art that Arthur is recreating in this world and not a skill art, it did not consume her SP, but it has no power multiplier or attribute.

Its execution is perfect; alas, it didn’t do much damage to Kokuyo.

(I’ll have to raise it one more time!)

Because by the time Kokuyo regained her balance, Arthur’s defeat was as good as confirmed.

So Arthur unleashes the next level of her [Sword Saint] skill.

“Kenshin Hyoi – Second Form”.

Along with the activation, Arthur’s red lotus aura explodes.

Further buffs will force Arthur’s status to jump up and unlock the depths of the Tsurugi-Ryu style, which her real-world physical abilities cannot handle.

“[Tsurugi-ryu – Flash]!” { Okugi }

This technique allows you to release the limiter in your brain forcibly.
Arthur stomp on the ground with a leg power that the human body can never produce and travel with a speed almost like a flash of light.

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This is a self-destructive move that would normally result in torn muscles and broken legs, but you can do something like that with no risk in the game.

However, Flash is only a movement technique.
Naturally, its main mission is to fire slashes as it moves.

For the sake of unleashing the strongest power that she could produce, she selected an art not from the [Sword Saint] skill, but the last arts of the [One-Handed Sword] skill, which should be a common skill.


“That art is ……!”

As the name of the art was announced, Arthur’s sword clads in pale white light.

This is not an offensive art but a buffing art that gives an additional effect that is limited to the [One-Handed Sword] skill.

It has a long cooldown, but it’s easy to use since it is supposed to be used with other arts.

And the next technique Arthur chooses is the most powerful part of the [One-Handed Sword] skill.

The glow of the starlight of doom clung to Arthur’s sword.

“Meteor Slash!”


The slash that he swung down with both hands was slammed into Kokuyo’s body, which had been knocked off its balance by Thousand Mystical Flower.

The slash marks from its downward slash glowed the moment Arthur completed her arts, causing an explosion of energy to burst from within.

Arts [Meteor Slash] is the most powerful part of the [One-Handed Sword] skill, which performs an ultra-powerful slash and a follow-up attack with non-attribute defense-ignoring damage from the slash marks.

She took it all in, and even though he was hit with a defense-ignoring attack, she still didn’t fall.
And immediately after the power of the follow-up attack was gone, another slash mark that looked like a mirror image of the earlier [Meteor Slash] was once again etched on Kokuyo’s body.

This is the effect of [Re-Slash], a support art that give “a follows up with exact same damage” when the [One-Handed Sword] skill is used immediately after it.

In other words, it simply doubles the power of all the arts.

“Hah…hah…” (I’m on the verge of running out of SP from using so many big arts in a row.)

After receiving the first hit, Arthur continued to press her attack.

She was able to hit her with the most powerful arts at the perfect timing.

But still.

Kokuyo won’t fall.

“This is the first time in my life that I’ve been attacked in such a one-sided manner.”

A ring broke from Kokuyo’s hand.

It was the accessory that had been limiting her status.

Kokuyo snapped her neck lightly and swung her arm.
And with just that movement, a wind pressure was created that cleared out the dust in the surrounding area.

“That was brilliant.
I didn’t expect to suffer so much from such a counterattack while in that precarious position.
You almost destroyed the substitute doll.”

“If I can’t destroy it, then it’s no use.”

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“fufu, don’t be that stiff.”

There’s no point in being stiff just because you can’t get the desired result.
In Arthur’s eyes, this match already ended with her loss. 

Looking at their gap, Arthur knows she’s not being underestimated.
And now, Arthur, whose SP is about to run out, could have easily been killed by Kokuyo only using brute force.

While Arthur bites her teeth in frustration, Kokuyo puts her gladius away with a satisfied look on her face.

“Now, I must give my thanks to both Arthur and Sukuna for showing me something so beautiful.”


That’s why, I will show you the secrets of the oni.
I hope you can learn something from it.”

Kokuyo took out a white iron fan from nowhere and began her gentle dance.

The name of the dance was [Oni no Mai].

The first form is, Rasetsu no Mai

The second form is, Moroha no Mai.

The third form is, Mikagami no Mai

The Fourth Form is, Kikoku no Mai.

The Fifth Form is, Douji no Mai.

{from 1-5: Rakshasa, Double-Edged, Water Mirror, Wailing, Douji}

It lasts for a few seconds, and after the dance ends, five buffs dwell inside Kokuyo’s body.

“Oni no Mai – Ougi”.
{Secret Move}

–Closing Ceremony , Kokuyo no Mai.
{Kokuyo’s Dance}

 With Kokuyo’s gentle declaration, the curtain of night fell.

Tl Note:

Kishin – Oni God

Kenshin – Sword God

Majin – Demon God.
This one is not clear, so I leave it like that for now.
Looking back how much this author likes to play with kanji, I prefer to play it safe.

Kenshin Hyoi : Sword God possession.

Iai – I translate it as [Quick Draw] but that’s not the actual meaning of it, I just need you all to be aware that I made compromise in this part.
Well, but the literal meaning is pretty much correct, it’s a quick draw art in Japanese swordsmanship.

Changing End Ceremony to Closing Ceremony.

Kokuyo name also can be read as Dark Day, which also her final dance true form.

And damn this author, I stumbled so much in this chapter because I finally realized how the dance supposed to be written.
It’s involved some wordplay (kanji) which not too obvious at first glance.
Did it create an impact on the whole meaning of translation? to be honest, it’s not, it’s just sound more poetic with Japanese Pronunciation.

What a chapter… I need to make many translations decision, which I personally did not confident about.
Such as, replacing Sword God terms with Kenshin.
Because it will contradict with Kensei, which I translate as Sword Saint.
But in the end, I think its fitting, since I already use Kishin for Oni God.

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