Chapter 20: Conclusion


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Jörg and I, facing each other in the fighting ground.

Father has appeared for five minutes, he should signal the beginning of the selection ceremony soon. The audience is oddly excited, predicting the result of the battle. Most of them has no shred of doubt about Jörg’s victory.

“Brother, I really hate you.”

Jörg stares at me with eyes full of despise. His words are drown out by the noise from the audience, only conveyed to me.

“What a coincidence. I really hate you too.”

Until now, we’ve only ever seen each other with severe displeasure. There’s no way I could like him.

“I always, always envy you, Brother. Since you were small, you could do anything. You could memorize how to read and write letters in two months, while it took me three years. You could learn to do calculations in two days, I needed two years. Within a month, you could memorize the spear forms, while it took me half a year. It has always, always been like that. I could never do the things you could in a blink of an eye. ‘If it were Kurt-sama’… everyone kept saying that, you know?”

It was a nostalgic talk. At that time, there were still some cuteness in this guy. The reason why I haven’t killed this guy until now was probably because I still had the memories of those times.

“Brother, you were loved by everyone. Father, Mother, Eris, Anna, Robert, every single and each one of them only looked at you. There was not a single thing that I could win against you. ….Until my spear talent awakened in me.”

When we were little, I could even win against Jörg in spear plays. It was likely that we were reversed due to the awakening of his spear talent.

“After I won against you in spear, the world was overturned. It felt so good. Everyone came to love me. They didn’t look at you, Brother, but at me. However, Brother, everyone was still gossiping behind my back, you know? How I’m worthless besides my spear, how there’s no future if Arnold family is in my hands… How they wished you would awaken your spear talent!! Nothing ever changed no matter how hard I tried!”

Jörg’s hatred turns into murderous intent. So that was the reason this guy dropped all his efforts, huh?

“Right now, it’s like that too! The Marquis, his daughter, they’re only engrossed in you! Even now, if I take just one step outside Arnold house, someone like me is a shit while everyone seeks for you! Just what do I have to do so that they see me and not you!?”

Jörg screams wildly like a child throwing tantrums. It’s pathetic at this point.

“How should I know? Why do I have to answer someone I hate?”

“How cold, Brother. Also, hating me is a lie, isn’t it? Brother, the only time you ever properly felt something sincere at me was when I attacked that brat inside the stable. Brother never has any interest in me. For you, Brother, I’m nothing but an insect. You’ve only been driving me away when I got close. In the whole territory of Arnold baronetcy, Brother, you’re the one who never notices me the most!”

He can say quite the strangest thing. I’ve just decided to leave my younger brother alone as long as he didn’t inflict more harm.

“What, do you actually want me to care?”

“Maybe I do. I always chased after you, Brother. But that is over now. I will become you. If I can snatch everything you care about, I can become you. I will get your village and your precious woman, and I’ll become you!” While saying this ridiculous thing, Jörg’s eyes show that he’s serious.

I see, he doesn’t seem to be joking. He actually told me all this fantasy-like speech earnestly.

“Jörg, you are you. Even if you take everything from me, you can’t become me.”

Jörg’s face twitches.

Then, I continue my words, “Moreover, I won’t let them be taken away. I will no longer lose against you. I won’t be defeated.”

I take a fighting stance with the naginata……. with Ginsen. When I do so, I can feel Tina’s warmth. In short, my current self is invincible.

“You’re acting strong, in spear! But, the spear is the only thing I won’t lose against you, Brother! Even though you won’t lose if using mana won’t break the rules!”

Jörg also takes a stance with the spear.

“And to begin with, what’s that weird spear, Brother? Is that the source of your confidence? If that’s so, it’s futile. That kind of petty trick won’t make you win!”

“You’ll understand once the fight starts.”

I don’t need to explain further. It will be conveyed in the middle of the fight.

Then, Father appears between me and Jörg who are glaring against each other. He opens his mouth.

“The selection ceremony shall begin soon,” he announces powerfully.

The spectators who have been making ruckus until just now also get silent.

“The first head of Arnold family piled heaps of deeds with nothing but his spear and attained his court rank. With a single spear, he made monsters and mana-wielding soldiers from enemy countries yield before him. Even after attaining his court rank, he continued protecting the people and defeating the enemies. Therefore, the head of Arnold family has to be the most excellent one in martial arts.”

I’ve listened to this tale so many times. I’m so fed up with it that my ears turned red like boiled octopus. For Arnold family, excelling in martial arts without using mana is the thing they boast about. That’s why they have this tendency to be prejudiced against mana. I can feel their aesthetics; they do not rely on it.

Just like how the First did it, you have to continue the practice in the future too.

For me, that kind of thing sounds utterly laughable. It’s better to use all of the power that you have.

“In this place, it will be settled with nothing but their self-trained bodies and their weapons! You will lose if you are unconscious or surrender. Otherwise, in the case where I judge that one of you gets a life-endangering injury, I will announce his defeat.”

Those are the rules. This time, both my naginata and Jörg’s spear will not be wrapped in the fabrics that will seal their lethal property.

“Now, Kurt, Jörg. Are you both ready?”

“I am well prepared.”

“I’m good too, Father.”

Father nods, then raises up his hand.

“Then, let the selection ceremony begin!”

Then he swings his arm down.

☘

The duel of the selection ceremony has now begun. I decided to make the first move.

Jörg’s stance has a gap somewhere. He’s conceited, thinking that he can follow my movements just from looking.

Rather than dealing his hands in order to win, it seems like Jörg has the characteristic to greatly humiliate me. That’s why, in the previous matches, he had nothing planned; even his posture was a mess.

Both of us were taught in the basics by our father. It’s a given that Jörg has the bare minimum of a correct stance.

If I attack that gap, the winner and loser will be decided in an instant.

I step into my full power. The martial arts that I trained for ten years is accelerated with Sword Ability III.

This is just one simple thrust. The starting point of my spear. It’s the exactly why this is the best blow that will decide everything. By this, I can wield my full power without abusing Sword Ability III.

Ginsen travels with the speed that surpasses the wind-cutting sound.

“Jörg, be serious. I’m showing you my real ability.”

The blade of my naginata… of Ginsen, rips a wound in Jörg’s cheek. His blood softly flows.

Jörg cannot respond in the slightest. I ended it just by hitting him in one blow. I return to my stance after swinging my spear back.

“Wh-what was that, y-you disappeared just now, h-huh, what’s with t-that speed.” Jörg looks confused.

To his knowledge, my movements still belong to a mere human. Without spear talent, I can’t surpass the limit of an ordinary man. And yet, he’s now confused because I let him see a thrust that reaches a divine realm.

“I’ll say this one more time. Get serious. This is my real ability. I missed deliberately, but I won’t do it again,” I declare while thrusting Ginsen.

Jörg takes a step back.

There’s a reason why I deliberately made the miss: I won’t allow Jörg to have any excuse later. If I beat him with the previous blow, this guy will cry out that he was caught off guard, that I hid my true power before the actual match, and that his defeat was because he had no chance to show his true power as well.

I won’t forgive that. He will lose with his real ability, without fail. I won’t ever let him think that he doesn’t win because he can’t fight with full power.

“No way, Brother, your speed, y-you… you broke the rules! You must have used your mana. It’s weird! Right? Father!”

Jörg turns to Father, blaming me for breaking rules.

“No, Kurt hasn’t used mana.” Father shakes his head and denies it. He can use mana a little bit too, so he can tell if I use it or not.

As long as Father says that, Jörg has no choice but to believe it. His face turns pale.

“Jörg, you can just surrender. Your abilities are inferior to me; with your speed and weight lacking, do you think you can still win?”

“That was just a fluke. Obviously, just a fluke. Moreover, until now, I haven’t been serious at all. You’ll regret that you didn’t beat me with that blow.”

Jörg’s veins popped, and he clutched his spear forcefully. It’s the first time he ever made a proper-ish posture. But still, it’s a poor one. Indeed, he hasn’t been serious at all until now, but that negligence has only made his spear blunt.

“Yes, come with me with your full power. I will make you yield.”

This time, both Jörg and I run at the same time. I purposely respond to Jörg’s thrust. His spear clashes with Ginsen, then flipped.

I estimate the time when Jörg’s posture’s balance is thrown off, then I grip Ginsen and leave the center of the gravity to the front. In short, I promptly seize the next action.

I step into his territory forcefully. It would be good to ride on the momentum of stepping in, but that might kill him.

Originally, if he enters the interval of his spear, he can mow down or kick away, but Jörg’s ability isn’t high enough to do either. Jörg only becomes flustered, exposing his gaps awkwardly. I turn Ginsen upside down, then with the same posture, I strike Jörg’s torso with the blunt end. It’s a direct hit with a dull sensation.

“Gah!”

Jörg falls to his knees, then vomits. It’s a clean hit to his vital spot. It must be painful.

I distance myself without giving the finishing blow. It’s Jörg, after all, he has no will power whatsoever. He should give up with this.

“B-brother, not yet. It’s not over yet.” Jörg props himself up to his feet by his spear, glaring with a pale face.

“You still want to do it? The discrepancy between our full powers is as clear as the day.”

“Shut up!”

Staggering, Jörg holds his spear while throwing himself at me. I lightly avoid it and make him miss, then hit the back of his neck with the back edge of naginata’s blade. Because it’s katana, the back of the blade is just a blunt weapon.

Jörg pitches forward to fall. This should finally be the end, right? And yet…

“B-brother, where are you, going?”

With a severe attack to his neck, I thought his consciousness would definitely grow dim, but Jörg gets back to his feet.

I was sincerely surprised. He shows will power to this extent.

“You can barely stand, right? Just surrender.”

“As if I’d lose! As if!”

He sends out his spear weakly again and again, but that kind of attack will never reach me. However, Jörg still continues to wield his spear.

“For me, for me, there’s nothing but the spear. If I lose even in the spear, I, I—–!!”

Jörg grits his teeth, still swinging his spear. He grits too strongly that his back teeth starts to crack.

Right now, Jörg is more serious than he’s ever been before. It’s the first time I realize I’ve been underestimating him. I’ve been thinking that he would give up after being shaken off adequately.

“Jörg, sorry. I’ve been looking down on you.”

Jörg’s thrust is repelled by Ginsen from below, turning his body into a banzai posture. Then, I brandish my naginata upwards… This isn’t a posture of wielding a spear.

“You cannot be stopped by a half-hearted blow… so I’ll be serious too.”

Then I swing downwards. Ginsen flashes in silver color like his namesake, making a big diagonal slash on Jörg, like a monk’s robe. Blood splashes around.

“B-brother. I, I always, towards you–”

While the rain of blood falls, Jörg tumbles down with vacant eyes.

“Winner, Kurt!”

Father announces the winner, while a flustered doctor comes running to Jörg’s side. The wound isn’t as deep as it looks, if he can stop the blood on time, he can save Jörg’s life.

When I look into the spectator’s area, a great half is rejoiced by my victory, while those who have been tailing over Jörg until now becomes really pale. I turn around.

“Kurt, go to my room ahead of me. I will follow you soon after checking Jörg’s condition.”

“Yes, Father.”

I bow towards my father and exit the stage. As I step down from the stage, Tina has been lying in wait for me.

“Kurt-samaaa!”

Tears are welling up in her eyes as she jumps at me. I welcome her to my arms. Tina wraps her arms around my back strongly.

“Kurt-sama! I’m glad. I’m so, so glad that you won!”

With tearful voice, Tina tells me how glad she is, over and over again. She’s surprisingly worried over me.

This girl was surely anxious from the bottom of her heart. I’ve spent this one week only by cutting cabbages and awakening my earth magic. Moreover, she must have been anxious because she has been beside me all this time, looking over me repeatedly beaten by Jörg.

“Yes, I won. It’s thanks to Tina. Because you were here, I could win. With this, we can live our lives in that village from now on.”

“Yes, yes!”

Until Tina stops crying, I pat her back and let her do as she wishes.

Marquis Fernandes and Faruno arrives. With a bitter laugh, Marquis Fernandes gestures with his eyes and hand that he will wait for me, while Faruno looks at me and Tina with displeased look.


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Translator’s Notes: 

Alternate title: “Notice Me, Bro”.

I seriously think that if Jörg starts redeeming himself, he’s going to be my favorite character lol. He’s kinda pathetic, but I love flaws in characters as long as they end up good. And, looking at the development in this chapter only, I think it’s safe to say that he will. I’m looking forward to it.

The fight itself is kinda anticlimax with Kurt’s easy win but it’s not strange, considering the build up so far. Yeah, build up, guys, not jinxing/raising the flags for once. (lol)

Feedbacks please? It’s 50% longer than usual chapter, you’d better appreciate it. :T

And damn, it ended with Faruno getting jealous? I’m not sure I like this development…

60 thoughts on “Chapter 20: Conclusion

  1. As i’m not a native english speaker, i can’t comment on your grammar. As long i can read it it’s fine for me. So thanks for all your effort

    Anyway isn’t Tina and Kurt is already like a married couple? The ship has already evolved to a fleet you know Faruno

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    1. Eeek sorry. Feel free to comment as long as it’s correction! Maybe I do have some bad habits too. IDK man, I want to improve, and what I thought decent might be not, so I’ll appreciate your inputs~

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  2. Lel is this harem wn? If so please kurt.. Care full on your step(flag)… Me dont want tina get sidetracked 😉
    Wait dont tell me.. Jorg is actually female and inlove with kurt and (gonna laugh really hard if this happen lol)

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      1. As much as I like Tina, I don’t want to discount Faruno just yet. I mean, she loves to read and learn (which are both amazing traits), she just hasn’t had even half the screen time as Tina quite yet. I think Tina will end up becoming my favorite in the future, depends on how the author handles it.

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  3. You know the difference between and cute brocon lil brother and this piece of shit?

    Effort.

    A cute boy would train toward spear and keep advancing forward ahead of his brother.

    Not this lazy brat. He need a regular thrashing in the name of spear training. I question the father for not giving him that kind of tough love.

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    1. He already made effort, but even then people still talked behind his back, no matter what he did he thought he will never be recognized, and to make it worse the brother didn’t even acknowledge his existence

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      1. Where did he put the effort toward spear?

        Remember, in all those fights with our MC, it’s our MC’s analysis that his form is sloppy. Always sloppy. He only recover thank to the skill correction.
        Once is happenstance
        Twice is concidence
        But Thrice is the Truth.

        The everyday’s effort show in the form, the pose, the handling of the spear~

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      2. The Skill correction itself was proof of the effort, while certainly he did not put in ALL his effort, you can’t just attribute all of that to his potential only,

        Even if he did put in more effort would the people’s attitude towards him change, though?
        What he wanted was not talent in spear, he wanted to be recognized, and he did not see that future from training his spearmanship (proven when nothing changes when he beat his brother, repeatedly, one-sidedly),
        You think he will be a bro-con when once/if he put in effort enough to become the best Spearmaster in history? Not likely,

        If you want to be a bro-con little brother, you have to have a big brother worthy to have complex to, not an omni-genius big brother who refused to see your existence

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  4. Error (?)
    “I’ve listened to this tale so many times and so fed up with it that my ears turned into octopus. ”
    -> “I’ve listened to this tale so many times and I am so fed up with it that my ears turned into octopus.”
    ☆ BTW what does the phrase “turned into octopus” mean? I don’t understand the analogy.

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    1. That’s Japanese term. The part “I’m so fed up” is the actual meaning of “my ears turn into octopus”, and doesn’t actually exist in the actual passage. I put it there to retain the nuance, because in manga, sometimes it’s drawn quite literally lol

      And thanks for the correction! I’ll change it later heheh

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  5. I hope Jorg redeem himself in some way. I mean, Kurt probably gonna stay in his village even after become the head of family to get the best ingridients available for his pastry. In the future Kurt will definetly open his Pastry shop in big city, at that times Jorg still could become Kurt right hand man and deputy who will become proxy head while kurt is away, ONLY IF ! he truly reedem himself. I’m TRULY, DEFINETLY dont want him become some kind of third rate villain of this novel.

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  6. Jorggyyyy wai so cute~~

    Since author redeemed father, hopefully the author will also redeem Jorg. Then I can have a favorite character! Then with a little effort, he can become OP too!

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  7. “B-brother. I, I always, towards you–”
    so Jorg has always love and longing for attention of his Aniue/Onii-sama?
    he always admired his brother to the point of wanting to be him
    I also don’t hate this kind of character and development
    I would bet Jorg would turn into his most loyal dog later on
    instead of MC with full of harem of girls
    i would prefer if there are characters with the same gender who are also close with the MC
    if there is not, it feels like the MC/author has communication disorder
    the marquise and his daughter, its pretty obvious what they are plotting
    i bet its about political marriage, and Tina will became a mistress or a second wife

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      1. That sounds interesting, I suppose the end of vol 2 will explore Tina’s identity, but there’s quite a long journey before then! I suppose

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  8. ~Nepu Delivery ~
       ∧_∧
     ( ´・ω・) ∫ Thanks!
     //\ ̄ ̄旦\  Nepu!!
    // ※…\___\
    \\  ※….  ※ ※ ヽ
      \ヽ—-―――――ヽ

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  9. ~Because I’m on lunch break~
       ∧_∧
     ( ´・ω・) ∫ Thanks!
     //\ ̄ ̄旦\  Nepu!!
    // ※…\___\
    \\  ※….  ※ ※ ヽ
      \ヽ—-―――――ヽ

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  10. Thanks for the translation~

    Hmm… much as I understand Jorg’s resentment… still doesn’t excuse him for being a whiney jerk-ass.

    Besides, its obvious that he never put effort into his spear ability, which is supposedly his one and only advantage, to improve but instead spend his time antagonizing his brother yet he puts the blame on Kurt.

    So… nope, I still won’t be forgiving him… yet.

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  11. Anyone heard of the series maken no daydreamer?(something like that) I’m seeing that a lot in Kurt here. He kindof does treat Jorg like an insect. At least, the emotion we’ve seen so far shows that at some point he completely stopped thinking of Jorg as his brother. Kurt ambitions have never involved his family, which is really strange (if he wasn’t a reincarnator) from a normal perspective. Kindof like the novel Sevens. Kurt is the little sister.

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    1. I have to disagree… Kurt was gifted, yes but he didn’t go out of his way to antagonize Jorg or taunting him about it. If anything, Jorg was the one who went out of his way to antagonize Kurt. Did Kurt care about Jorg? Nope at least not that I can see but does it warrant Jorg’s resentment? Also nope.

      What Jorg is someone who is so filled with envy on what others have but doesn’t want to put his effort to improve. It is apparent when even with his supposedly spear ability, his form and skill was abysmal. Instead, he spend his time antagonising and giving unjust resentment on Kurt using the one thing he is gifted at as excuse.

      The irony is that taking Kurt’s personality into consideration, had Jorg so much as ask for help or guidance from Kurt, none of this disaster would have happened. If anything, Kurt would most likely be his most staunch supporter and advisor to the feudal lord position.

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      1. The only thing Jorg lacked was only a person who truly understood him, not always comparing him to his omni-genius brother, and told him that he was fine as his own self; Much like how Tina was to our MC,
        And indeed, ironically that person could have been our MC but alas he was more interested in his pastries than his brother..

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  12. Yeah, definitely an arranged marriage. I’m almost surprised that she didn’t start yelling about them being so lovey dovey in public/in front of her. I wonder if she’s the sort that’s okay with mistresses so long as he doesn’t flaunt his affairs? Its pretty common in medieval settings.

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  13. I think I’ll like jorg too if the author plays his character growth right too since I’m also a sucker for enemy turned good too x’D. But Falnor ah.. I shouldn’t judge her too harshly yet with how little screen time and the sorely neglected talk she was supposed to have with Kurt but the ending just leaves a sour taste with her x'( hopefully she’ll get some decent screen time so we can see her in a better light but untill then, tina#1waifu.

    Also I think the action was translated quite smoothly! If only this was a more balanced battle then it’d be even more exciting xD
    Thanks for not leaving that cliff hanger for long *u*/

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  14. Thank you for your work!

    Obviously the Father in his infinite ‘wisdom’ of deciding what’s best for his son arranged some kind of ‘arranged marriage’; probably between Kurt and Faruno. Just become Feudal Lord already so your dad-block gets out of the picture already lol.

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  15. I see. So Jorg got severe inferiority complex because being compared with his genius older brother. When his spear skill awoken, and his perfect brother doesn’t has it, also it was the only thing you need to become next lord, he become high over the heels.

    The MC too only cares about his own dreams. I bet he cares about Tina just after beeing outcast.
    At least now the MC knows how it feels when your efforts is futile against geniuses and skill level.

    And all of it because their stupid father that only cares about spear skill. Even he doesn’t do any f*ckin thing to correct Jorg’s attitude/personality. I bet he just spoiling Jorg all this time, making Jorg’s attitude/personality worsen.

    I hope the MC and Jorg could fix their relationship.
    I hope the MC could change that stupid tradition of spear.

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  16. You know, I kinda get a little mushoku tensei vibe from kurt and jorg. The way people talk about jorg and compare him to kurt is like how roxy compared pax shirone to rudeus. In the end, Pax was late in getting a help he needs. I hope jorg doesn’t get the same fate.

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