Chapter 3 – Talk of Unfinished Dreams

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LEVEL 3: Even the Best Laid Plans go Awry, but Such is This World

Chapter 3: Talk of Unfinished Dreams



What the hell!? What happened?! An accident!? Fire!? Hurricane!? Earthquake!? An… an elbow? Stupid retarded Ranta had elbowed him in the chest, smack on the breastbone, jolting him awake.

“What the hell, Ranta!?” Haruhiro raged. “Quit doing dumb shit and leave me the hell alone! I’ve had enough of your stupid antics!”

“No need to get so pissed off!” Ranta said. “You were sleeping like the dead and I had no idea when you were gonna get your ass outta bed, so I did you a favor and politely woke you up!”

“I couldn’t fall asleep last night so I was up late!” Haruhiro roared. “What’s wrong with me sleeping in!?”

“So even you admit you’re wrong!”

“How the hell did I admit that!?”

“You’re wrong to sleep like sleeping beauty when I went through all the trouble of getting the information early so I can tell you!”

“Um… Ranta…” Mogzo interjected hesitantly.

“Shut up, Mogzo!” Ranta yelled. “This is between me and Haruhiro! You stay out of it! Neither of us can move on with our lives until this problem is solved, so this is what’ll determine who’s the real man! You got that, Haruhiro!? We’ll finish it here and now!”

“Finish what!?” Haruhiro demanded.

“What do you mean, ‘what’!? That, you idiot! THAT! In other words… what was that again?”

“Like I would know!”

Haruhiro let out a heavy sigh and sat up. Above his head was the same lodge ceiling as always, and because he slept on the top bunk, the bed creaked when he moved.

“So,” Haruhiro turned reluctantly to look at Ranta. “What’s this information you’ve got?”

“It’s—!” Ranta grinned fiendishly.

The expression on Ranta’s face annoyed Haruhiro to no end. How the hell Ranta could piss someone off just by grinning, Haruhiro didn’t know, but it pissed him off. It must be another one of Ranta’s “special” talents; the talents of the lowest of low-lives.

“Since you decided to sleep in,” Ranta continued. “And Mogzo said something dumb about waiting until you were up, I got super hungry, so I went to the bakery by myself. B-A-K-E-R-Y. Got it? That cheap but good one right outside of Nishimachi, Tattan Bakery. There just happened to be a couple of Crimson Moon people hanging around and they were talking about it. So I asked what they were talking about, and… hold on! Everything’s got a sequence, order, progression. Just like dating girls, yeah? Whoa, whoa, Haruhiro… it’s waaaaaaay too early for you. No reason to get pissed off about it. ‘Cause you’re still a virgin, right? Not me! I’m the Fucking King. Fuck is my middle name. Experienced in all the positions. Got it? The grandeur of my manhood gets all the female tigers to dance in wild ecstasy for me…”

“And… how long are you going to make me listen to you spouting shit?” Haruhiro casually inquired.

“I’m not shit talking! Everything that comes out of this mouth is nothing but the truth! The facts!” Ranta exclaimed.

“Fine. And the information?”

“First, you get down from there. I don’t like it when you’re looking down at me, like you’re high and mighty. It’s ridiculously stupid.”

The bunk beds weren’t that high. The top bunk was just about the height of Ranta’s shoulder when he was standing. And Haruhiro wasn’t even standing; he was sitting up on his bunk. He didn’t feel particularly good about looking down on Ranta, and it wasn’t from all that high up, but it wasn’t a bad feeling either.

“I’m staying right here,” Haruhiro stated.

“You got a death wish or something!? Want me to kill you!?” Ranta shouted.

“You’re a pain in the ass.”

“What? Did you say something to me?”

“Yeah, I did. I said that you’re like a parasite. No, I’m sorry. Not ‘like’. I said you ARE a parasite.”

“Idiot! I’m not a parasite, I’m a worker bee!”

“So you’re okay with being an insect?”

“Wait, what?”

Not wanting to continue the annoying and pointless exchange, Haruhiro climbed down from his bunk and sat down on the bottom bed.

“Just get to the point already and tell me what that information is,” Haruhiro demanded.

“Quit making fun of me! I’m not some senile old retard!”

That made Mogzo chuckle, which in turn caused Ranta to grin from ear-to-ear.

“Unlike Haruhiro, Mogzo knows where I’m coming from!” Ranta said. “Mogzo can appreciate a good joke! Haruhiro sucks. He doesn’t get anything ‘cause he doesn’t have even a shred of a sense of humor!”

Haruhiro felt his thoughts becoming darker and darker but strived to keep his head clear and temper in check.

“The information, Ranta,” he prompted again.

“Hey, don’t go blaming me for your shortcomings, Haruuuuuhirooooo…”

“Ranta. The information.”

“Whoa. Here we go again. Persistent, aren’t we?”

“Goddamn it!” Haruhiro lunged at Ranta and began to choke the life out of him. “Spit it out! I’ve had enough of you so quit messing around!”

“E-enough!? W-wait… C-c-can’t… breathe… you trying to… k-kill me!? F-fine! I’ll t-tell you… Crimson Moon… directive…”

“Crimson Moon directive?” Haruhiro repeated, exchanging glances with Mogzo.

Mogzo, or rather his stomach, replied with a loud grumble, and his face turned red with embarrassment.

“S-sorry… I’m kind of hungry…” Mogzo explained.

“No need to apologize, Mogzo,” Haruhiro said. “It’s not like you can help it. Ah, there’s some bread over there. Why not have some of that?”

“That’s MY bread!” Ranta shouted. “I’m the one who bought it at Tattan’s cheap but good bakery just outside of Nishimachi! I bought it, it’s MINE, and I’m NOT sharing!!!”

Since Ranta was being such a selfish greedy-guts, Haruhiro and Mogzo decided to go into town together to grab breakfast somewhere else. Not wanting to be left out, Ranta tagged along with them, ostentatiously eating the bread he had bought while they walked and haughtily explaining the Crimson Moon directive to them.

Apparently, a directive was a set of orders given to the members of Crimson Moon’s Altana branch. At least, they were called a “set of orders”, but compliance was not enforced. It remained up to the individual members themselves whether or not to respond to the directive. However, those who were capable of carrying out the mission given but chose not to do so without a good reason tended to lose respect amongst their fellow Crimson Moon members.

That basically meant that if it was a reasonable directive, everyone was expected to just carry it out without complaining too much. And there was also another incentive for agreeing to participate in missions.

Monetary compensation.

A portion of the payment was given in advance when they signed up and the rest was paid upon successful completion of the mission. If someone were to accept the advance payment but not do the work, a monetary penalty would be applied. If it was judged that the person had acted with malicious intent, they would also be summoned to appear at Crimson Moon’s Headquarters. Failure to obey the summons would result in a bounty being placed on their heads.

Bounties were also considered directives and were placed on criminals or dishonest merchants. Some Crimson Moon members actually liked collecting this sort of prize money and made a living out of it. They were aptly called Bounty Hunters.

Compensation for taking on a directive wasn’t paid in cash, but rather a thin bronze coin that served as a payment certificate of sorts. The coin could be exchanged for cash at Yorozu’s or any financial institution contracted with either the regular army or Crimson Moon.

Haruhiro and Mogzo decided to stop for breakfast at a food stand in Laborer’s Alley that specialized in a noodle dish called sorruz. The food stands in the area were packed with workers since early morning, and it was much livelier here at this time of day than the marketplace in the Altana’s northern sector.

Sorruz was a dish with yellow-colored wheat noodles and broiled meat in a salty broth. Haruhiro didn’t think it was all that good when he first tried it, but it reminded him of something faintly familiar, so he ended up coming here to eat every now and then. “Every now and then” soon became habit and in the end, he developed a fondness for the dish.

Haruhiro and Mogzo blew on the hot broth as they ate, slurping the noodles vigorously. Even as he munched on his bread, Ranta couldn’t stand just watching them eat and ended up ordering himself a bowl of noodles too.

“Man, this is awesome! Sooooooooo good! Sorruz is the best!” Ranta declared.

“Quit making a scene. And your runny nose is dripping snot into your bowl,” Haruhiro admonished.

“I can’t help it! It’s running like crazy! Haruhiro! You just don’t get how good sorruz is!”

“Sorruz is really good,” Mogzo agreed, working on his second order of noodles already. Or not…

“Mogzo, that couldn’t be your third bowl already?” Haruhiro asked.

“W-well… yes,” Mogzo admitted. “It’s so good I can’t help it…”

“Damn Mogzo!” Ranta exclaimed. “You’re a worthy rival, alright! But I’m not gonna lose!” He turned to the middle-aged cook. “Hey mister! Another order of sorruz!”

“Coming right up!” the cook confirmed.

“Heh,” Haruhiro grunted, taking his time bringing the noodles to his mouth with the wooden fork. Yeah, it was good, but he couldn’t stuff himself full this early in the morning. His stomach couldn’t take it.

“But you know, Mogzo,” Ranta continued. “Good as this is, couldn’t we make it ourselves if we tried?”

“Err…” Mogzo hesitated. “Uh… y-yes, I suppose we could… maybe? But the broth is…”

“Nah, we definitely could,” Ranta insisted. “The soup’s just throwing stuff in a pot and boiling it ’till it looks done and tasty. Yep, no problem!”

“I… don’t think it’s that simple…”

“Really? Doesn’t seem all that complicated… what’s in the soup anyways?”

“Umm… let’s see,” Mogzo mused. “Probably chicken stock with some pork lard and meat. Vegetables, like onions and carrots…”

“Whoa,” Ranta replied, impressed. “You’re pretty pro at this, Mogzo. I couldn’t even begin to guess.”

Haruhiro wanted to say that knowing the ingredients didn’t mean they could replicate the taste, but decided to let it go. Yeah, he didn’t need to say anything.

Mogzo lifted the bowl up to his mouth and took another sip of the broth. “Yes, and garlic too. If they added a little ginger, it might make the flavor even bolder…”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa! Mogzo, you can do it! Once we save up enough money, let’s open another sorruz stand!” Ranta proposed.

Mogzo laughed good-naturedly and replied, “But I’m a soldier for Crimson Moon.”

“Don’t be dumb! That doesn’t matter! If we can make enough money, it doesn’t matter what sort of work we do! Who says we gotta keep doing this hack-and-slash stuff our entire lives? We can retire someday and start second careers! Get what that means? It means… uhh… a number two career!”

“You can’t define a phrase with the same phrase,” Haruhiro sighed.

“Shut up, Haruhiro!” Ranta replied sharply. “I mean it! I’m having a super important talk with Mogzo so shut up and go away!” He turned back to Mogzo. “So, Mogzo, how about it? You and me! We’ll call it ‘Sorruz Stand: Ranta & Mogzo’. We can split the profits, seventy percent for me, thirty for you—but okay fine, fine, fifty-fifty. We’ll start trying to figure out the recipe now so that everything will be ready to go afterwards! What do you say!?”

“A shop, huh…” Mogzo’s expression was thoughtful as if he didn’t think it was a bad idea at all. “That might be nice. Seems more enjoyable than fighting, too. I’ll think about it.”

“Right! You do that! Way to think positive, Mogzo!” Ranta said. “Let’s get rich! Wildly rich! We can even start up a chain! Ten shops in Altana and then seventeen hundred stores throughout Grimgar! If it’s you and me, we can do it! Eventually!”

Ranta practically inhaled the rest of his soup then exhaled deeply in satisfaction. Then he continued, “Anyways, about this directive thing. You guys ready to hear it!? Ready to hear what I got to say!? Are you!? Really? You guys really ready!? Because once you hear it, I won’t take no for an answer, got it!?”

“Ranta, you’re already beyond excessively loud and annoying so just say it,” Haruhiro said.

“Haaaaaaaruhiroooooooo… you’re one to talk ‘cause you’re a hundred times louder and more annoying than me! No, wait! A thousand times! Ten-thousand times! No, five billion times more annoying! Just admit it, dumbass!”

“Okay, sure.”

“Say okay sure a hundred times!”

“Okay sure a hundred times.”

“Hey! Quit treating me like an idiot! I see what you did there! ‘Cause I can outsmart you any day! Bow down to Lord Ranta!”

“At least Mogzo’s getting a laugh out of this…” Haruhiro sighed.

“S-sorry… I just thought that just now was pretty funny…” Mogzo said.

“Moggggggzoooooo! ‘Just now’? What do you mean by ‘just now’? I’m always funny! I’m always awesome! I’m the Comedian King Rantaman! If you doubt my one outta one hundred comedic genius, future business partner or not, I’ll kick your ass!”

“I don’t think one in one hundred is all that rare,” Haruhiro quipped.

“Hey! Haruhiro!” Ranta shouted.

“What are you shouting for?” Haruhiro asked. “It’s kinda irritating.”

“I meant one outta a hundred thousand! Not a hundred! Got it!?”

“Okay, sure,” Haruhiro said. “Now talk about the directive. We haven’t gotten anywhere on that topic yet.”

“AND WHOSE FAULT IS THAT!?” Ranta yelled. “YOURS!!!”

“Why are you so pissed? I’m the one who should be pissed off at you.”

“‘Cause it’s my turn to be pissed!”

“Whatever. Just tell us about the directive.”

“Hahaha! Wait ‘till you hear what I gotta say, you guys are gonna flip your shit!” Ranta suddenly stood up, twisted his arms around each other and fashioned his fingers on both hands in the shape of a… snake? Or something resembling one. “This, guys! THIS!”

“I don’t get it. You’re gonna have to give me more than that.”

“It’s a twin-headed snake! Get it!?” Ranta made his right-hand snake head say hello to his left-hand snake head. “The offensive to retake Capomorti Fortress and Steelbone Stronghold, codenamed ‘Operation Twin-Headed Snake’! The directive is apparently aimed at covering up something about the operation. Signups for the Steelbone front is already over, but that was meant for highly experienced warriors anyway. If we participate, we’ll be part of the forces going to Capomorti. The compensation is twenty silvers in advance with eighty more after the completion of the mission. That’s one whole gold! And entire gold! One per person! Awesome, ain’t it!?”

Mogzo’s eyes went wide even as his jaw dropped.

“A gold…” Haruhiro breathed.

It was no small amount to him either. Haruhiro suddenly remembered the time right after they had lost Manato. Renji had given them a gold coin saying, “My condolences. Take it.” And he also recalled his surprise at Renji causally tossing around such a huge amount.

“If Capomorti Fortress,” Ranta sat down again and pointed to a spot on the table. “Is around here… or is here better? Maybe here instead…”

“Does it really matter where?” Haruhiro asked.

“Okay, whatever. It’s about four miles north of Altana and occupied by orcs. Four miles is like nothing, right? Super close. So of course Altana’s attacked it a number of times and managed to drive the orcs out too. But no matter how many times we attack and win, we’re never able to keep hold of it for long. The orcs always take it back. You know why?”

“Uh…” Mogzo crossed his arms over his chest and tilted his head a little. “Not enough… patience? Or something like that?”

“Of course… NOT! No way! The correct answer is… here.” Ranta pointed with the index finger of his other hand to a different spot near the edge of the table. “Steelbone Stronghold. It’s about twenty-five miles west of Capomorti, by the side of the Great Funryuu River. If you follow the river upstream, you’ll soon enter into what remains of the Nananka Kingdom. You guys know that what means? Probably not. The Nananka Kingdom. It’s orc territory now. The entire kingdom’s been taken over by the orcs. They use ships on the river for transportation. Commodities, soldiers, you name it. Capomorti is a super small fortress, but when it gets attacked, the orcs send some sort of message upriver. Then Steelbone sends reinforcements back.”

Haruhiro’s brows furrowed in thought. “But it’s twenty-five miles away…”

“The orcs have a special type of unit called a ‘dragoon’.” Ranta said, striking a strange pose. It looked like some kind of animal… an octopus, maybe? “But they’re not dragons or anything, just huge lizard-like beasts called dragon-horses and apparently they run ridiculously fast. At top speed, it only takes them about an hour to cover the distance between Steelbone and Capomorti.”

“I see…” Mogzo smacked his right fist into his left palm. “That’s why we’re attacking both sites simultaneously this time.”

“Right on! I knew you had the brains to be my business partner!” Ranta snapped his finger, or attempted to but no sound came out. He tried several times but had to give up in the end. “Stupid dry skin.”

Haruhiro sighed. “Blaming it on dry skin, huh?”

“What do you have against me saying my own skin is bad!? You my evil mother-in-law or something!?”

“Uhh… what?”

“Quit pretending! You wanna fight me!?”

“Isn’t attacking Steelbone and Capomorti at the same time pretty much the same as declaring open war on the orcs?” Haruhiro asked instead.

“Oh, so you’re ignoring me now, eh. And didn’t you know? We humans are already in a state of war against the orcs and undead. Have been since forever ago.”

“Yeah, I got the idea, but it’s just been skirmishes here and there. Nothing really huge,” Haruhiro pointed out.

“We attack each other whenever we get the chance, if that’s what you mean by skirmish. Orcs attacked Altana a while back, didn’t they?” Ranta said.

“Oh yeah… Ishh Dogrann? I think was his name. The guy Renji killed.”

“Yeah. This operation is probably partially in retaliation for that attack. At least originally. But this time, it’s not just some casual poke to annoy them, Altana’s army is serious about retaking and holding the fortress. They already failed to hold the fortress a number of times so I guess they’ve decided to stop repeating the same mistake.”

Ranta laughed haughtily as if he was some sort of master strategist, schooled in the military practices of Altana’s regular army. The more Ranta explained though, the more it seemed like open war to Haruhiro.

“Sounds like a pretty dangerous move. It’s not just Crimson Moon that’ll be attacking the fortress, right?” Haruhiro asked.

“Nah. Of course the regular army will be there too. They’re the main force; we reserve force members are just supporting them. Are you retarded or something Haruhiro? Use your head a little. Quit looking sleepy all the time and wake up, Haru-Heroine.”

“Quit making fun of my looks or I’ll backstab you. And what the hell is a Haru-Heroine?”

“You just don’t get my jokes, do you, Haru-Helium.”

“Ranta, I swear I’m gonna…”

“Um…” Mogzo interrupted. “How many? I mean… how many people are participating in the operation?”

“How many?” Ranta stroked his chin. “Let’s see… about five or six hundred from the regular army plus a hundred to a hundred fifty from Crimson Moon for Capomorti. The fighting looks like it’s going to be tougher at Steelbone so I heard that Souma’s Daybreakers, the Red Devils, Dak’s Berserkers, Taiman Max’s Iron Knuckles, and Shinohara’s Orion clans will all be over there. Crazy, ain’t it? It’s almost like they’re saying small fry aren’t needed there because we’d just get in the way and die.”

Why Ranta just had to add that last bit of information even though it was completely superfluous, Haruhiro could guess. Ranta was thinking that the tough fight was going to be at Steelbone, while Capomorti would be taken down with ease. He probably even thought that maybe Capomorti would surrender as soon as Altana’s army and Crimson Moon marched up to the gates.

“Anyways!” Ranta had his arms twisted together again and was making his snake head hands snap at each other. “An entire gold! It’s decided then! We’re gonna do it! Let’s go get ourselves signed up right now! There’s only three more days before the deadline so gotta strike while the iron’s hot or some phrase like that. Whatever! Let’s head over to headquarters!”

“H-hold on…” Mogzo beat Haruhiro to it. “Shouldn’t we at least ask the others?”

“Whaaaaaaaat!? WHY!? Who cares about them? About that? The convo’s gonna be, ‘We gonna do it?’ ‘Yeah, let’s do it’ ‘Okay go’ and everyone’s gonna agree so no worries! They’re just girls, too!”

“No, you can’t just assume that,” Haruhiro said, rubbing the back of his neck. “Let’s get everyone together tonight and talk it over. Besides, we’ve still got plenty of time before the deadline.”

Ranta frowned, exhaling noisily through his nose. “Fiiine. Whatever.”

The next time he says inconsiderate things like that, I’m going to reply by punching him in the face, Haruhiro decided.

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70 thoughts on “Chapter 3 – Talk of Unfinished Dreams

      • > what’s annoying about them

        Well, I am not him, but I think Haru is more annoying too. He is too self righteous, and seems to only act tough with Ranta, whom he knows is not really going to retaliate at all. Meanwhile Yume seems a little bit mentally challenged at times. Not trying to joke or dismiss people with handicaps, but I really do mean that she seems dimwitted to say the least, and at times it gets annoying, although not much for me.

        Ranta at least tries to take it easy and stay true to himself on a land that is anything but easy to live in, while knowing full well that others might never like him for whom he is. That’s almost too ideal to be truth, humans in real life tend to care too much about what other people think to actually try to stay true to themselves.


      • I don’t under stand how anybody can say the actually like Ranta, or not list him as the #1 disliked character. With lines like “Hey! Quit treating me like an idiot! I see what you did there! ‘Cause I can outsmart you any day! Bow down to Lord Ranta!” and “‘Cause it’s my turn to be pissed!” Ranta is a damn brat. He acts like that and then in one of the previous chapters he was trying to justify what he saying something like “staying true to myself” or some bullshit. One of the first thing you learn growing up is “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Or the Golden Rule. If he was an actual person everybody would hate him. The loud obnoxious person who seems like he wants to fight.

        God Ranta is just a shitty character.


      • >nop whole discourse.

        You have to be really silly not to be able to take the kind of things Ranta says as they are. I know what people don’t like him though, most readers are like Haruhiro, they care so much about what other people think they would take as unthinkable the possibility of talking shit and taking things easy like Ranta does.

        It very simple, the author made his character not that monodimensional, still not realistic human but no monodimensional at all. He like to be loud mouth, he must probably think that’s cool, that’s just about it, doesn’t mean that defines his whole character, although it does mean, and we actually were told this on the novel and all, that he is not somebody that would bend backwards to do as others want him to do, or that would restrain himself not to offend others.

        If anything, I take him as a breath of fresh air as opposed as the perpetually perfect characters that often end up being the side cast, like the loner that always knows just the answer, or the silent dude that only talks when it really matters. Too chunni.


      • I think the issue with Ranta is that he seems to try too hard to play the fool sometimes. I mean, we’ve seen things from his perspective, so we know that he actually thinks things through (sometimes) and he wants to become accepted by people, or at least his party. I’m not saying that he should bend over backwards or however the phrase goes, but what’s the point in antagonizing everyone at pretty much every opportunity he gets?


      • I can see why pp find Haruhiro annoying but tbh I think Ranta is alot more annoying. He dragged out an entire morning of pointless conversation before telling the important information that they are asking about and then says “AND WHOSE FAULT IS THAT!?”. The way he treats the girls especially Yume also seems annoying to me, and I am not sure how those girls put up with it. If it were me I would have beat the shit out of that runt along time ago. Well this is just my opinion. I would not be able to put up with Ranta. Haruhiro can be annoying but he admits that he has shortcomings and I can accept that. Ranta last chapter was cool and I like how he was about to see his faults and I thought he would change and be alittle bit more cooperative but he came back the same old.


      • People say that Ranta tries too hard to looks stupid but some of us remember the story is told from Haruhiro’s perspective and those are just Haruhiro’s views sure most of the other people in the party have the same views but all of them pretending to be perfect too. Haruhiro and Ranta give about equal amounts of suggestions before Manato dies more than Manato himself who goes only goes along with what Haruhiro or Ranta suggests and Ranta makes the second most calls behind Haruhiro after Manto dies. When ever they go to the tavern Ranta is a hit while the rest of them in a cocoon. Shihoru does less than anyone else up until that day they try to escape the Siren Mines when she finally looks like she is trying to pull her own weight. The whole party had no qualms about killing sleeping goblins in Dammrow’s Old City but when they get to the Siren Mines and Ranta suggests killing sleeping kobalds the rest show disgust for Ranta the Hypocrisy is real when he doesnt work extra hard to take off kobalds talismans its not like they are in a dangerous area where enemies can show up any time. Ranta comes up with stratagies good combos sometimes while actively trying to get better and challenge himself. If anything i think Ranta may get in with a party either better or that he can get past Haruhiro’s party with but mostly depended on if Manato comes back which looks likely with that extra cave chapter.


    • I don’t wanna go through Ranta almost dying again. I mean Yeah I hate the guy but if he’s gonna end up as a tragic hero again, then I’ll hate myself for wishing he was dead, “again”. So no.


      • to the guy that said ranta is a shitty character….its just the opposit…when it comes to character construction he is the most complex of them all, with a very rich personality


    • Ranta is by far the best character, he plays the devil’s advocate so that instead of the group fighting amongst themselves they focus their aggression all on him. He’s also a major distraction, what do characters like haruhiro do when they aren’t getting bothered by ranta, they whine and moan like the little b@#hes they are. You can forget about the bleak world you live in, the life and death battles you have to go through everyday, for a little while when you have ranta refusing to give up and shouting in your face. And he does this all conscously, he knows what the group needs and does it, even though it means hes hated. He is actually the most mature, well developed character. Not to mention the fact that everyone would be dead without him, he is the impetus behind getting people to actualy strive to do something, and the best in combat. He’s also the only one who isn’t a pussy. Idk how anyone could not like ranta, and like haruhiro the biggest downer in this.


      • Ranta isn’t that rich. His is very simple as stated in the previous volume. He wants to be accepted by others. The only thing that this guy is rich at is his personality. But it’s annoying. He himself is aware that everyone looks at him like that and he still continues to be a brat. Yeah he desires to be accepted but his actions imply otherwise. Yeah he’s staying true to himself but it’s not like the others are faking their personalities. Everyone is on character.

        Also, he’s using the “staying true to myself” and “I am me” excuse to ignore that he doesn’t simply want to change. FOR THE BETTER and stay shitty. I mean honestly, he’s got nothing going for him except for the fact that he could actually fight. But as much as that is an asset to the team, it is negated by the fact that he actually stresses and wears down everyone especially Haruhiro and Yume. Not to mention that his recklessness has put them in a lot of compromising situations as well.

        Yeah, Haruhiro is a pussy. But it’s his responsibility to be one. He needs to be mindful of everything because he’s the leader. He needs to put everyone’s safety on top priority or else, trying to earn money would be useless. He needs to be a control freak just as Ranta is mindlessly reckless and impulsive.

        Yume on the other hand is anoying to some readers but it doesn’t matter. Everyone in the team is fond of her and she doesn’t do anything that puts the team on compromise. She talks weird and is probably dimwitted but she actually boosts the morale of everyone when they feel down especially Haruhiro’s and Shihoru’s.


      • Ranta pushes people, Haruhiro especially forward when he gets off track or thinking about things that could lead to disaster on the battle field Yume is basically useless on the battle field and is pretty much used for distracting the enemy until Ranta or Moguzo can kill an enemy. Ranta was a brat in the beginning cause he ran from everything and couldn’t hold his own since then he pushed far forward the only ones in the party actively pushing the party forward was Manato and Ranta the rest of them were fine with sitting aside scraping the bottom of the barrel until they couldnt use their old hunting grounds anymore cause it became dangerous now once again Ranta is the one urging for a change that will push them forward. Haruhiro Mary and Shihoru are the Epitome of fit in or else mentality. When he over exadurate it very clear but other than that Ranta is even more honest than Abe. If we go by work done on the team Ranta and Moguzo neck in neck if Moguzo isn’t slightly higher then is Mary and Haruhiro and at the bottom of team is Yume then Shihoru before the day of the fall of Death Patches and on that day and i assume after Shihoru does just about as much if not more than Yume. So what if everything you say doesnt make everyone feel good does that mean you don’t say it. they were a mess with out Ranta when he was trapped in level 4 of the mines


    • I am surprised to read Ranta’s character here. His character in the anime is not described to be as annoying as this book.
      I agree that he is annoying, but hitting him hard on the face is enough. No need to kill him, in my opinion, suince he is a good info hatherer somehow.


  1. New girl for the flag raising ceremony, or some relatives. I wonder who choco is, and i think they gonna meet again in the mission given by the guild


    Really annoying brat Ranta, took him half a chapter to tell us what the hell his news were…

    P.s: Thanks for the translation guys! Keep up the good works!!!

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  3. thanks guys it was an amazing chapter, i hope you soon translate the next, i and a lot of people appreciate the work that you to to bring us this amazing history, so please continue doing this great translate from this great novel.
    thanks guys🙂

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      • lol, no one said that. who said that? the light novel has not been licensed. something like Amagi Brilliant Park had its anime and we still translate it. Same with Rokka no Yuusha, Maoyuu, Saekano, Kure-nai, Sasami-san, etc. A lot of our projects have anime.


      • i hope you’ll right n.n but being honest, seeing the rythm of anime, i think that the anime will take only lv1 and lv2, lv 3 and lv4 are maybe to a second season, so being objective, we can continue enjoying the good work of translators🙂 that continue posting the chapters and let us met more about the amazing world of grimgar🙂


  4. Ranta sure is annoying. You shouldn’t treat signing up for a potential war campaign as some casual thing.

    Fighting against a monster army is vastly different than fighting monsters in small groups.

    And the orcs sound highly intelligent and they have Cavalry as well.

    I doubt Ranta fought a monster atop of a steed before. He also shouldn’t be so cocky against orcs that have managed to retake a fortress multiple times against humans even before he was sent to this world.


  5. I know this is a bit late but setting up a hierarchy between classmates and separating them is pretty messed up but since every one of them lost their memories it can’t be helped… They would be able to live better if they all worked together.
    For once I agree with Ranta thinking about settling down and I really think Mogzo could do it. He was probably a cook in Japan so it might had stayed with him subconsciously. Fighting was pretty much forced on them. Its really sad how things started but thats what made epic and a awesome story.
    A golden coin was nothing but pocket change but to them it was a lot Lol. The true definition of poor!!


  6. haru-heroine made me laugh, anyways I am reading this in Japanese and it is crazy how much of the little details I miss with how poor my Japanese is


  7. Haruhiro lunged at Ranta and began to choke the life out of him.

    Can’t wait to see this on the anime.

    As for the operation, i’d say it’s way too much for them and Mogzo just had to activate his own death flag…


  8. Let hope the author not think about kill all males characters in MC team and make him the sole male but I think that is a good ideal too.


    • Hey if that mans him up a bit i wouldn’t mind if they all died except him and Mary or Yume. I love Mary she’s the cool beauty type but Yume is adorable one too lol…is Mary even a resident of this world?


  9. Has Ranta forgotten he can’t leave his guild? How’s he gonna open a business with Mogzo? Guess Harihiro was just couldn’t be bothered to point that out.
    Btw thanks for chapter. Have always prefered to read the novels as they tend to have more details


      • Oh, sorry, I replied to the wrong comment. This was actually in response to your comment that said “Not sure if you’re aware of this but the “Next Page” links direct back to the grimgal wordpress, not the grimgar wordpress.”, over on Chapter 1, Volume 3. I’ll do that eventually, but this particular problem is now fixed.


  10. I find no character more annoying in this story than Ranta I don’t care if he’s being himself and not trying to hide what he Is, I just don’t like him much but I can deal with it for now.


  11. not to anger anybody but before hating on ranta, think it through: haru is as annoying as ranta in his own hateful way. He is a pussy beyond pussies, he won’t grow a pair and even try, try to be the mature leader he cries and moans all the time to be, heck he won’t even be mature enough to acknowledge his feelings for Mary, let alone be an example like Manato to put ranta in his place without falling to ranta’s level all the freaking time!

    also here is the thing, to argue whether or not Ranta is the best character in this LN, indicates how much of an impact he is in this LN, what I mean is, without Ranta this LN would only be half as good as it is, simply because he is the heart of the party, on the other hand… Haru can be replaced with any low self steemed random character X…sadly.

    don’t get me wrong, haru is the one I cheer on since volume 1 chapter 1 but… sometimes he makes me think this LN loops in circles solely because of him, based on he as the MC…

    Lastly thanks a lot for the good work guys! thank you really!


    • You’re so honestly wrong that I don’t where to start. He still isn’t an expert leader, but Haruhiro is making all the right calls lately, like going back for Ranta but prioritizing their group who was already safe, or deciding someone distracting Deathpatch was the only chance for ANYONE to escape successfully. Being a leader is a huge and tiresome responsability, so it’s obvious someone like Haruhiro would bemoan about it, even though he never decides to just drop it all and run, or give it to someone that would do a much worse work, meaning all the team except most likely Mary.

      Also, that comment goes both ways. We only need a boisterous loud-mouth who actually does his job and we can replace Ranta in 2 seconds. And if you HONESTLY think any low self-esteem dude can fill the role, I really wanna see how this novel would progress out with Shinji Ikari as the main. Surely, there wouldn’t be any difference.


      • I don’t think so. I’m not wrong, also I can’t say you are, that would be stupid to point out. The fact that my point is something you didn’t get and your arguments are nothing but fanboyism tells me everything. Also go ahead and replace Haru with Shinji Ikari (dunno why him though) and see how everything will be the same. He still remains a generic character (Haru) only shielded by the plot.


    • Nothing but fanboyism? Wow, you are gonna go there?

      Fine, think so if you like. Try and ask anyone if they think the decisions he takes aren’t rational. Don’t let me tell it to you, find out yourself. You can also go see Beast666, Bennnymann and Morlock’s comments in chapter 16 of this same volume. If you think the points I make are fanboying, then they must be die-hard delusional fans to you.

      Also, I used Shinji since apparently he is the poster boy for pussy MC that can’t accomplish anything by himself though there are multiple other examples. And sadly, your opinion is still wrong n the fundamental level. You somehow put Ranta as a special existence that compliments the LN as a whole while saying any pussy generic MC protected by plot would fill in his shoes easily. Sad thing is, any character adequate enough would surely fill Haru’s, Ranta’s, Mary’s, Shihoru’s, Mogzo’s, Yume’s, Souma’s, Renji’s, etc… roles without a problem, that’s why they are characters. Ranta is no more special than Haru or Mogzo, he’s just Ranta like how Haru is just Haru.

      And you’re getting yourself confused here. Plot armour is more obvious in stories where surviving is ”pure luck”, ”wow, his case was one in a million”, or the like. In their situation, however, they themselves avoided the obviously dangerous boss of the place. Rather, the ones who would have died would have been Haru’s party, while Haru himself could have stealthily escaped as Deadpatch massacred everyone since he wasn’t even looking at him when he shook him off. You talk about it like he decided to confront Deadpatch like he was a lightweight, got screwed over, then awakened his *Insert nameless superpower up* and then won even though he was an idiot. The same way, Ranta escaping that tide of Kobolds and somehow finding a way up seems quite convenient after the group as a whole had such problems, but that doesn’t count apparently. Haru wasn’t shielded by the plot, the WHOLE group was, if that’s your definition of plot armor.


  12. I don’t get why everyone is so annoyed with Ranta… If u ask me, Haru is equally annoying with how he’s always against Ranta… I feel like u need a character that sprout nonsense once in a while… but maybe Ranta do kinda say stupid stuff way too much…


  13. About Ranta, I think a lot of people, like Haruhiro, are confusing his justifications with his reasons. For most people, there’s no reason to be a jerk and a goof-off because it’s just easier, and generally more socially successful, to be polite. But for Ranta, he’s formed his identity around being funny and confident and powerful. At the same time, he knows he is not. It seems clear to me that his way of acting is partly to cover for some deep-seated insecurity and partly because he doesn’t quite know how to be different. Oddly, I think Haruhiro especially is annoyed for the same reason Ranta is annoying. Haruhiro tries to be responsible and serious all the time, hoping to earn the respect of others, but feels he isn’t very good at it just like Ranta knows he’s… well, not very well-liked. So Ranta doesn’t take Haruhiro (or anything) seriously, and Haruhiro hates Ranta. Everything they do tears right at each other’s insecurities, so they keep trying to tear each other down in a cycle of retaliation, and justify it in their own ways. To Haruhiro, Ranta is an annoying, insensitive, goofy little jerk who’s incapable of being serious or mature, and, to Ranta, Haruhiro is a self-important, over-serious stick-in-the-mud who’s entirely without a sense of humor, and needs to lighten up before he kills himself. In their own ways, they’re both very compelling and very human characters.


  14. Let me give you an example. In a game of Dota or LOL or Cs or any team game. Your team wins, and a guy says, you guys are useless. We won because of ME. Thn when lose he says, you guys sucks! And when there is no enemy, he throws a flashbang in your face claiming its a joke. That’s ranta🙂


  15. Nah screw Ranta. The whole page would be shorter by 3/4th if Ranta wouldn’t derail into meaningless banter. It’s a pain to read when everything could be said in two sentences and the plot can carry on. Nah I am bored with Ranta’s stupid antics. Fuck if it were real life in Grimgar I wouldn’t tolerate someone like him in my party. Bringing morale down is more dangerous than weak fighters.

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