ven if I rounded it up to level 300, Kohaku’s unbuffed agility shouldn’t be far from my agility when I used all my buffs.
However, that meant the speed of Kohaku’s first attack was totally out of place.
Its speed was fast enough that if you told me she had warped, I would have agreed.
But at the very least, I wouldn’t be able to reach those speeds even with all my buffs.
In that case, one conclusion I came to was that it had been a skill, some sort of technique that I didn’t know about.
Considering the initial shock, the explosion, and the shockwave from the attack, Kohaku hadn’t warped at that time.
It had really just been her closing in at super high speeds and punching at me.
It had to have been like in reality, where if you moved faster than sound, a shockwave occured.
Wasn’t it something like that?
With that in mind, using up more than half of your HP and closing the distance between you and your opponent absurdly fast, was that a skill, or maybe an art?
Certainly, it might be a useful skill for Kohaku to have since she had the power to one-hit her opponents, but was there even a skill that you needed to pay such an enormous amount of HP just to close a distance of dozens of meters?
The only other thing that I could come up with was that she just had an agility buff skill.
If it was Kohaku, who certainly had way more skills than I, it was totally possible.
As she had a regen type of skill that was always active, that meant that there were skills that directly reinforced status.
Since NPCs couldn’t freely change skills, then you could also say that this meant that Kohaku’s agility was naturally this high in the first place.
Things like these, I couldn’t understand them as I was now.
It was just that, even if it was like that, there was one more point I was wondering about.
That was why there was a huge crater on the ground where Kohaku had initially stood.
It looked as if a bomb had gone off there.
Properly looking at it, there was also a smaller crater where I had been standing.
Hmm, maybe it was because Kohaku pressed her foot so heavily into the ground that it caved in?
That crazy thought, I thought that it might not have been completely wrong.
After thinking about various things, I stumbled upon the conclusion that the self-inflicted damage was from recoil.
It was also the answer to Kohaku’s high-speed movement from earlier.
It seemed「she attacked the ground and used the recoil to move.」
Before, when I researched 《Ten Point Cherry Blossom (Toezakura)》, I learned that the recoil damage was pitted against Toughness, or rather, the recoil damage changed depending on your physical defense power.
If your combined strength, weapon attack power, and magnifications from arts, and your attack power went over your defense power, then a recoil effect would occur, at least in theory.
Kohaku had all her bonus points in strength.
It was natural, but her stats were set up to have an overwhelming amount of attack power.
No matter what you said about how high the physical abilities of the kijin were, in Kohaku’s case, between her strength and Toughness, there was just too big of a gap.
Of course, if it was just a normal attack then recoil wouldn’t happen, but…..if you thought about the method she used to move, then she would have inevitably taken some recoil damage.
But this was all just a guess.
However, if this hypothesis was correct, then there would be one thing that would become an important point.
Certainly, that attack had been so fast that I couldn’t even react, but on the other hand, as long as Kohaku had her HP reduced by a certain amount, she shouldn’t be able to use that move.
If Kohaku’s second attack had been her normal attack, then the damage she had taken should have been enough to show that I was correct.
In a way, this was a big chance, wasn’t it?
「Fufufu, your look has changed.」
This time, I was going to pay her back.
Seeing me getting fired up, Kohaku happily said that.
「Then I guess I’ll do it like this.」
Continuing on while wearing a bit of teasing grin, she tapped her feet on the ground and ran.
It was terribly fast, but even so, if it was me right now then I could deal with that speed.
Remembering my fight with Aria, what I would be carefully aiming for was a counterattack.
As both of our fists were about to reach each other, evading Kohaku’s fist and about to put all my strength into my blow, I noticed it.
Kohaku’s fist wasn’t aiming for me.
The moment a grin appeared on Kohaku’s face, I understood my mistake.
At that moment, “ZUDDDDOOOOON!!” that sound resounded the same time Kohaku’s foot trampled the ground.
An unbelievable shock travelled through the ground of the arena as it shook.
It was shaking as if a huge earthquake happened, and so strongly that the surrounding barrier had completely crumbled away.
Moreover, being closest to the epicenter, it became difficult for me to even stand properly.
And as the ground shook, just one person, Kohaku, was able to move freely.
While I was faltering from the vibration, suu….with a quiet movement as she pulled back her fist, showing that an art was being used, a blue light started shining from it.
Ah, I was done for.
I’m pulling my punches.」
「You’re absolutely lyin-…..gOOeeeee!!????」
Kohaku, who was smiling as she said that, didn’t even wait for me to finish my words as she put all her weight behind her palm and drove it into my stomach.
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