“I didn’t think you’d jump and avoid that one, I thought it would cost you an arm… honestly, I’m surprised you could react.”

Melty crackled a smile and gave a compliment.

Sukuna was thankful that she made small talk since if there had been an immediate follow-up attack, her decision to go upward would prove to be fatal.

(That attack just now… almost forcing me to show my hand.)

Still, that one move hand sent Sukuna’s alert meter to full.

It was not the skill or talent, it was simply an overwhelming ability parameter.

As a result of her confidence that she had sharpened her concentration to the maximum, she made a poor move that did not lead to her next move.

And even now, Sukuna was still deeply surprised that she had misjudged the order of magnitude of Melty’s existence.

(It was her whim that she didn’t die.
I can’t see the upper limit at all.)

If this is the scale of elementary-level magic.
All the magic that will pour down from here on will exceed that.

If Sukuna doesn’t continue to find the best solution, she will die instantly.
No, it depends on luck whether she can survive or not, even after she has come up with the optimum solution.

This battle will be such an unreasonable battle.

(No, no good… I’m getting excited….)

Feeling a total hair-raising feeling at the difference in ability and, at the same time, a thrill at the hopelessness of the situation.

The result of using all the power Sukuna could muster at the moment is the feeling of despair that she only managed to avoid the weakest magic by a hair’s breadth.

That despair is the ultimate spice for Sukuna.


A laugh that would have been unpleasant to listen to from the side leaked out unintentionally.

Sukuna was happy.
What she ever hoped for was this kind of battle that she could not possibly win.

Sukuna’s body has a tendency to improve itself in order to overcome any obstacle it encounters, adapting quickly and finding a way through.
It is not always flawless in doing so, but it compensates for its flaws and strives for perfection.

This limitless capacity for growth is the reason why ‘Futayado Nanaka’ is a monster.

And just like in RPG, when we wanted to raise this most powerful creature in the most efficient way, it was very effective to keep hitting it with opponents of the same or slightly higher rank.

Similar to that situation, the current polished Sukuna has finally reached her limit, forcing her to take one more step before she could break through.

From now on, she needs to prepare for that level of situation constantly.
And once she adapts, she needs to find a new stimulant to raise her level further.

Before, she was doing it with Rin’s guidance, simple chance, and good fortune.

And, whether she wished it or not, Sukuna was in an ideal environment from the start of her WLO career.

Her fighting instincts, which had completely rusted from her part-time life, were awakened by Aria the Red Wolf.

An attack by Rou forced her to fight against another human for the first time in several years.

She challenged to a deadly barrage of projectiles just to give a punch to the true dragon Apocalypse.

She persevered through the monster traps in the Devil’s Forest until the very last minute.

And in the battle against Kohaku, she was reminded of the absolute difference in status unique to the game.

The dungeon event loosened the key to her sealed emotions.

In the battle against the golden knight Gold, she became aware of the unconscious limitations of her five senses.

In the battle to destroy the apostles, she unlocked her sealed memory and emotion.

She refined her sense of killing at the Takajou’s house.

In the battle against the moon wolves, she defeated a far superior enemy together with her friends with the biggest cards in her hand that she had at the moment.

Based on the experience she gained through the WLO, she was able to take full control of the [current Futayado Nanaka] throughout the entire period of her time in BATTLER.

Steady and surely, Sukuna has become stronger, even though sometimes mixed with unrelenting setbacks.

(I don’t think “getting stronger” is quite accurate, my physical ability itself has not changed much in the past few months.)

Yes, not exactly getting stronger or growing.

All these specs lay dormant in her body from the beginning.

It could be said that she had finally polished her own talents to perfection, which were so rusted that they were of little use to her when she started WLO.

In other words, this is the time of her true [growth] in the truest sense of the word.

This is a battle to improve oneself, not to rehabilitate her idle phase.

Now that she has reached 100%, Sukuna can finally hold a thought in her heart that she had never even wished for due to her excessive talent.

[I want to be stronger.]

This is a thirst for growth that naturally everyone has.

What she wanted was to challenge herself to do something that she could never do with her current abilities.

Not a battle to test her strength but a challenge to overcome despair.

Sukuna wants the walls to be as high as they can go as long as it is a challenge to know how far one can go to become stronger.

That is why even though Sukuna knew that she could not win, she still went and challenged herself and asked for this fight in order to know how close she was to the world’s strongest, Melty.

(And, to my surprise, she is many orders of magnitude stronger than I had anticipated.)

Sukuna knew Melty was strong, but she didn’t expect that the difference would be this much.

The range of Fire’s attack earlier is still burned into Sukuna’s mind, and her instincts continue to ring tremendous alarm bells.

(If the all-out effort I have now isn’t enough, I’ll just have to push myself.
I hope this time they don’t force me to log out again.)

If Sukuna can’t catch Melty’s actions even with all her senses’ maximum output, then all she can do was to go beyond the maximum.

The only issue is that if she puts too much strain on herself, she may be forced to log out, as was the case with [Furious Rage] and MHKS.

The moment when she switched her consciousness, Sukuna’s atmosphere changed drastically.

The vision was the first thing she focused on, to the point that it made her focus uncontrollable.
But she knew that if her eyes didn’t catch up first, nothing would get done.

Melty was the only one here who noticed the change.

She saw that the quality of the information in Sukuna’s red eyes had exploded.

You’ve really got a good eye.
Now that you’re feeling motivated, I’ll test you with a little stronger magic.”

Melty snapped her fingers, and over a hundred shadows formed on the ground.

It is, of course, a magic shadow floating in the air.

It was [Ranbu – Freezing Pillar Icicle], which is advanced magic with the Annihilation Ice{Hyoumetsu} Attribute.

Normally, this magic would only shoot out 15 icicles at most, but with Melty’s power, even without chanting, it could easily produce 20 times that amount.

“Now, let me see you go through this first, shall we?”

If the change is what Melty thinks it is, she should be able to easily handle this much.

As if to say, “This is where the real work begins,” 300 ice spears struck toward Sukuna.


Sukuna’s desire to become stronger is similar to Frieza-sama training for the first time to become Golden Frieza-sama.

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