Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses, Martial Arts, Precognition, Reactive Evolution (The same move doesn't work on him twice), Can harm intangible beings like ghosts, and also can't be hurt by ghosts, Can move even if his hearts stops, and also restart his stopped heart, Durability Negation (His attacks cause his targets internal organs to burst), Perception Manipulation (Can make use of gaps in his opponent's perception to attack without them even being aware of him attacking), Plot Manipulation (Yuichi can manipulate the plot to make it so there is always a chance he can win, and as a result will always win), Resistance to Plot Manipulation (Ryouma's Plot Manipulation which was supposed to make Yuichi die had no affect on him) and Power Absorption (The Evil God's Skill Eater which was supposed to steal all his skills had no affect on him)
Attack Potency: Wall level (Can fight bears, punch through tree trunks, and fought evenly with Kiryu who can crack the ground just by stomping on it)
Speed: At least Supersonic (Can easily dodge and deflect bullets, stomped the Evil God who could move and perceive things at supersonic speeds)
Lifting Strength: Athletic Human (Has a 200 kg grip strength, can swim with a 100 kg of weights on him), Superhuman with Furakami (Exceeds human limitations)
Striking Strength: Wall Class (Can fight bears and punch through tree trunks)
Durability: Wall level (Can take hits from motorcycles and still be fine, can survive falls off cliffs and school buildings. Tanked being punched into a wall)
Stamina: High (Fought 1000 opponents non-stop without taking any damage for an entire night)
Range: Standard melee range, Planetary with Plot Manipulation (His plot manipulation encompasses the entire world, which makes him invincible as long as his opponents don't exceed that scale)
Intelligence: Above Average (Can easily memorize large amounts of information, has in depth knowledge of the body which allows him to instinctively know what's wrong and how to fix it, and is very knowledgeable in various martial arts)
Soul Reader: An ability which allows Yuichi to be able to see people's positions in the world, such as being a vampire, oni etc, and even allows him to be able to see ghosts. He loses this ability around the 7th volume of the series but it overall had no affect on him, he lost the ability to see labels over people's heads, but he could still see ghosts.
Furakami: A technique which lets Yuichi temporarily exceed human limitations. And also allows him to be able to sever all sensation of pain in his body.
Martial Arts: Yuichi knows many martial arts styles such as Chinese martial arts, tai chi, judo, Bajiquan etc.
Scorpion: An attack which makes use of extreme flexibility to send a kick over his own back in a mimicry of a scorpion’s sting.
Type 0 Extreme Defense: A move in which Yuichi focuses his opponent’s power and his own body weight into torque, all against a single joint.
Tai Jin: Chinese martial arts which gives him the ability to detect his opponent’s movements before they happen. It allows him to be able to feel shifts in balance and tensing of muscle instinctively.
Reactive Evolution: Due to Yuichi's worldview, the same move doesn't work twice on him. Worldview's are the idea that everyone lives in their own world, and there were as many worlds as there were people. Worldview's refers to the laws governing a given world, in Yuichi's Worldview, the same move doesn't work on him twice, with this he has been able to negate abilities like Makina's sealed room game which affects all sentient life in a closed space and allows her to impose rules in that space that must be followed such as if you move, you die. Basically everyone is apart of a story and in that story there are laws which govern them, in Yuichi's story, the same move doesn't work on him twice. It is later revealed that Yuichi's worldview overpowers any worldviews it encounters, and allows him to always beat his opponents.
Willpower: Due to his sheer willpower Yuichi is able to hit ghosts, which he does by imagining the instant he hits them, that they are real, and by imagining that their attacks aren't real, ghost are unable to hurt him. His willpower is really just a function of his plot manipulation, the reason he is able to hit ghost among other things is because he is manipulating the plot.
Tontian Po: A move from Bajiquan, which is used to hit someone’s jaw from below.
Ultimate Strike: An invisible attack even capable of piercing through force fields, and killing outers who are outside of destiny, and as such can't die, as long as there is a chance they will survive.
Plot Manipulation: Yuichi's worldview is a worldview that fuses with the worldviews of others, creating new worldviews, with his worldview absorbing the others worldview. In Yuichi's worldview he is invincible as there will always be a chance that he can win, and as long as there is a chance he can win, he will always win. Yuichi is The Last One Standing: Humanity’s Line of Defense, Guardian of the human-centric world we currently live in, Yuichi fights against those who attempt to upend the world order and rework it to be centered around gods and mythical creatures, as such his world view encompasses the entirety of humanity. Even Ryoma who was protagonist, and could enter any worldview and become the protagonist of that worldview and as such the plot would always favor him, leading him to gain convenient power ups or his opponents committing CIS (character induced stupidity), was easily defeated by Yuichi due to Yuichi's role in his story being greater than Ryoma's. The ability is passive as it fuses with and overpowers any worldview of the people that he encounters, and Yuichi isn't even aware of his ability.
"This is all just what I was told, so I don’t know all the details, but the point is, every person has their own world,” Tomomi said. “And while every person has their own world, the broad outlines are predetermined, and there are central figures who are like the personification of a given worldview. Those people are called Worldview Holders.”
“And they decide the rules of the world?” Yuichi asked. It all sounded pretty absurd to Yuichi. People like that would basically be called gods.
“They aren’t necessarily doing it consciously,” Tomomi said. “But the worldviews of the people around the Holder are strongly influenced by the Holder’s own. As a result, the world around a Holder will cohere into one the Holder recognizes. Of course, there are a lot of Holders out there, which means you sometimes wind up with conflicting worldviews coming into contact. When that happens, it’s called a World Conflict, and the weaker world is integrated into the stronger one.”
“I know a fair bit.” Yuichi had heard a lot about worldviews and Worldview Holders from his classmate Tomomi. The idea was that everyone lived in their own world, and there were as many worlds as there were people. “Worldview” referred to the laws governing a given world.
While there were billions of worlds out there, they were fundamentally the same in most regards, which was why they could all come together to make a single, consistent world, despite minor differences.
But some worlds went far beyond “minor” differences. Those highly divergent worlds all had a central figure — that world’s personification — known as the Worldview Holder.
Yuichi had stopped, and the next thing she knew, the killer was on the ground. She had no idea what had just happened.
“That’s furukami! It’s a technique you see a lot in old martial arts! It lets you temporarily exceed human limitations! Dopamine secretion, pain perception inhibiting, limiter release, et cetera et cetera. Yu pushed the muscles of his left leg past their limits, propelling him faster than his opponent’s eye could perceive. Then he used a double axe kick! If the left one had hit, it would just cause him pain, so he used that as a decoy for the real axe, the right leg!”
“Huh?!” Natsuki’s eyes opened wide. She fired two more shots in quick succession, but neither even left a scratch. Yuichi dodged them all with the slightest of movements.
“What’s going on?!” Natsuki asked, her dismay unguarded.
“I thought you you were going to use some kind of superpower, but you just shoot people, huh? That’s a relief.”
It wasn’t that she was missing on purpose. She had taken aim at his chest to ensure a direct hit. He was about ten meters away — more than close enough — and her bullet had gone exactly where she’d aimed it. Yuichi just wasn’t there.
“It’s not that surprising, is it? Bullets fly in a straight line from the barrel. They’re the easiest things in the world to read,” he said.
Yuichi using type 0 extreme defense technique against a vampire.
The next instant, he realized that he was the one falling over.
Everything was moving in slow-motion.
The pain in his arm and leg registered simultaneously.
Kyoya suddenly realized that he was missing a hand, and that his left leg was twisted at a bizarre angle from the knee down.
His memory of how things had come to this were blurry. What had happened? Who had it done this to him? He couldn’t even begin to piece it together. All he could do was feel time passing.
“What even was that?” Natsuki burst out.
“What? Oh, the thing at the start? That’s the Type 0 Extreme Defense Technique, ‘Fukuro’! It’s a move when you focus your opponent’s power and your own body weight into torque, all against a single joint... and wow, I know joint locks can be powerful, but I wasn’t expecting him to tear it right off!”
“I thought he couldn’t move...” Natsuki stated in disbelief.
“That kind of thing is all about the mood, though. Even a robot that’s out of fuel can move if you shout at it enough!”
“He didn’t do any of this when he fought me... What does it mean? Wasn’t he fighting me seriously?” Natsuki’s face screwed up in frustration.
“Well, he’s removed another of his limiters,” Mutsuko explained. “The furukami removes the limiters on his body. But there’s also a limiter on the mind. I mentioned it before, remember? Humans generally can’t kill other humans, and any attacks against another human will have an inherent resistance built in. If you remove that resistance, things can get pretty scary! In other words, Yu is currently attacking with intent to kill. That’s the difference between this and his battle with you!”
Yuichi using a spear as a hidden weapon with a martial arts technique.
“Okie-doke! Allow me to explain!” Mutsuko said cheerfully. “First, Yu used the spear as an ‘anqi,’ a hidden weapon. It’s a fundamental martial arts technique for keeping your opponent from noticing your weapon until the very last second!”
“Huh? Um, but Sakaki was clearly holding the spear the whole time!” Aiko protested.
“From our point of view, sure. But he was holding it behind himself. The enemy was in front of him, so it couldn’t see it!”
Even if it hadn’t been able to see the weapon, there was a chance his opponent could have told there was something off about his balance. That was why it was important, in that technique, for the wielder to mask his center of gravity.
Yuichi has a high level of perception when it comes to battle.
That was a vague way of putting it, but it was the only way of expressing it. Yuichi had guessed its weak point via an instinct — on a hunch. He had been able to tell what his opponent didn’t want him to do through observation and intuition. He could unconsciously process all the information he’d taken in, then make a snap judgment based on that.
This passage shows how a giant rips off a truck door and throws it through a wall later on Yuichi beats the hell out of him.
The giant’s hand grabbed the truck’s warped door, and in a split second, tore it free from its hinges. It had been an effortless move, like ripping a sheet of paper. It didn’t feel real.
Yuichi quickly hoisted Monika up under his arm and started to run.
The giant threw the steel door.
It flew at them with a roar, making the hole in the cafe wall bigger as it flew out the other side.
There was a scream.
Yuichi sprinted out of the cafe, casting a glance back at the blood-stained tragedy. A rubbernecker who had stopped to get a picture of the incident had been reduced to a bloody pulp. It was an incredible tragedy, but Yuichi couldn’t afford to think about it right now.
These are the passages where he beats the hell out of him and explains that Yuichi has a form of precognition.
Yuichi grabbed the man’s fist just before it hit his face.
Without moving a step from where he was, he caught the fist with only his outstretched left hand.
Yuichi was annoyed.
There had been the attack with the truck, the people he had killed in town, and the indifferent way with which he had crushed that girl’s head. The man’s arrogance was intolerable.
That was why he decided to meet him head-on.
Match strength against strength, speed against speed, skill against skill. That was what Mutsuko had taught him.
Using skill to deal with strength was something Mutsuko thought was narrow-minded, and her way of thinking fit the competitive Yuichi perfectly.
The man froze up, agape, as if not quite sure what was going on. He was wide open. But Yuichi waited for the man to move.
The first thing the man tried to do was pull back his caught fist, so Yuichi began crushing it with his own finely honed grip strength.
The man’s face contorted in agony as his right fist was crushed. He unleashed a sort of hook with his left.
Yuichi closed in, stepped on the man’s left foot, caught his left knee between both of his own, struck his jaw with his palm, and launched his elbow into the man’s solar plexus. It all happened almost simultaneously; the man couldn’t even process what was happening. He was confused by the various pains that were suddenly coursing through his body.
As the man’s right fist healed, he launched out with another strike.
Yuichi arrested the hand down at his side, broke the man’s right elbow, then let out a strike of his own to break his nose. At the same time, he aimed a kick at the man’s crotch.
If this man could see the future, as he claimed, then right now he must be witnessing his own helpless defeat.
Out of all this man’s abilities, Yuichi had realized his future sight was not the one to be worried about. Even Yuichi could do what he did; predicting his opponent’s actions was something he did all the time.
In Chinese martial arts, it was known as “ting jin” — listening energy — the ability to detect your opponent’s movements before they came. To feel shifts in balance and tensing of muscle instinctively... it was, effectively, a form of future sight.
Yuichi broke Makinas rule and his heart stopped but he is able to start it up again and due to reactive evolution Makina ability does not work on him anymore and he uses ultimate strike to beat her.
Yuichi set his left leg into the tower. If he left the corridor, he would die. Yuichi didn’t care. He pulled his dragging right leg into the tower, too.
That instant, Yuichi’s heart stopped.
Makina watched it all happen, dumbfounded.
At first, she couldn’t tell exactly what had just happened. She had to sort out the order of events in her mind.
Yuichi had entered the tower, and his heart had stopped. Then he had pounded his right fist into his chest.
“Uh?” Makina grunted now, slack-jawed, in a voice she almost didn’t recognize as her own.
“I was wondering how it would come. Is that all it is?” Yuichi continued walking towards Makina, completely unfazed.
“How did you...”
“You think a person dies just because their heart stops beating?” Yuichi asked. “Give me a break.”
“What are you talking about?!” she exclaimed.
If someone’s heart stopped, they died. They just stopped moving. She considered that a fundamental law of the universe. The idea of something happening to contradict that had never entered her mind.
“With proper training, you can keep moving for a little while even after your heart stops,” Yuichi said. “And if you can move, you can get your heart started again. It’s pretty simple.”
Yuichi stated this so matter-of-factly, Makina actually began to find it plausible. But... no, surely it wasn’t possible. There was no way a person could restart their own heart.
“Yuichi Sakaki! If you move from that spot, you will die!” she commanded, setting a new rule for her closed space.
In a typical death game thriller, ridiculous rules were enforced onto the participants, but they were neutral and impartial. The story wouldn’t work if they weren’t; there was nothing interesting about a story where the rules kept changing on the fly.
But in Makina’s case, such principles were self-imposed. She only employed them for her own amusement, which meant that if she felt like it, she could always change the rules at any time.
Makina waited for the power of her words to activate. But Yuichi kept walking forward.
This time, he didn’t even act like his heart had stopped. He just kept walking towards Makina. “Impossible...” she whispered. Why hadn’t it worked?
Yuichi answered, as if he’d read her mind. “The same move won’t work twice.”
“Ah...” How could he claim that? Yet, Makina realized, there might be worldviews where such rules were in place. Yuichi Sakaki seemed to believe it as a fundamental law of the universe. For him, it went without saying. He didn’t have a moment’s doubt.
Makina was like a deer in the headlights. Yet, she remembered, she still had one final sanctuary.
Inviolable Domain, her protective barrier. Yuichi had already acknowledged its existence, so he shouldn’t be able to break through it now.
Makina’s confidence returned. This series of irregular events had almost caused her to lose her cool. But Makina was an Outer, a being who existed outside of destiny. She was not bound by a natural lifespan; if there was ever any chance for her to survive, no matter how slight, she would.
“You think you can’t die?” Yuichi asked, reading her mind once again.
The way he kept doing that sent a chill up her spine. But once again, she reminded herself that it didn’t matter. No matter what he said, he was still powerless against an immortal like her.
“I’m going to hit you with my ultimate strike,” Yuichi said. “You can’t dodge it. You can’t block it. It’s going to hit, and you’re going to die. Which means you’re at the end of your rope.”
Surely, it’s a bluff, Makina told herself. There was no move that powerful. No such technique existed within her vast storehouse of knowledge, especially since Yuichi had shown no sign of being able to defy her defensive rule.
Yuichi just stood there. He wasn’t even in a fighting stance.
It snapped into place. If there was really an “ultimate strike,” then naturally, it wouldn’t have any special stance.
She suddenly remembered the name of the feeling that had been monopolizing her heart all this time: the fear of death. That emotion she had forgotten for so long had now taken her as its prisoner.
Makina was terrified.
Yuichi Sakaki was just standing there, with arms at his sides, yet this terrified her from the bottom of her heart. Once she remembered the name of that feeling, it was like plunging backwards into an abyss.
Her legs trembled. Her heart pounded an alarm. Her breath grew short. Her eyes darted about.
It felt as if time had stopped.
Her entire body was on high alert, her every sense focused on detecting some sign of what Yuichi was about to do.
“Plea—” Even she wasn’t sure what she was trying to say, yet the instant she opened her mouth, the words were cut off.
Yuichi’s right fist was buried in her torso.
An invisible strike. He had not telegraphed it in any way, nor had she perceived the movement itself. It had pierced through her defensive membrane, eliminated any chance of dodging, broken her ribs, and buried itself deep in her trunk.
There was not a fragment of waste in the application of power. It was a direction of force almost bizarre in its straightforwardness, produced for no purpose but to deal a fatal blow.
A blow sufficient to take the life of Makina, of an Outer.
She couldn’t escape.
Any possible chance of survival seemed to fly from her.
That lone strike would send Makina plummeting into the ravine of death.
If he was going to run, it would have to be up. He just had to get past her and run up the stairs.
But Yuichi opted to strike back. He could catch her if he wanted to, but he refused to be so kind.
Yuichi dropped his hips, stepped forward with his left leg, and struck up with his left fist.
It was a tontian pao, a move from Bajiquan, more commonly known as an uppercut. It was generally used to hit someone’s jaw from below, rather than to counterattack against a fat person jumping down at you. Still, it could be useful in this situation.
Yuichi’s fist hit Chiharu’s side. He then unleashed his next move, pulling back his left hand and kicking up with his right leg. The recoil of the kick brought his right leg down, and he then kicked up with his left.
It was lian huan tui, another Bajiquan technique. Her fleshy mass finally lost its momentum and went flying back. Chiharu collided with the ceiling, then fell flat against the staircase.
Yuichi had won
Yuichi faces off against 1000 opponents with various weapons and he hardly breaks a sweat.
Despite the late hour, the track was currently lit up and lined with people. There must have been a thousand of them, all of them King’s personal henchmen.
It was said that King could mobilize a thousand men with one word, and it seemed the rumors were true. They were all dressed in different outfits, and held a variety of weapons in hand: from wooden swords, metal pipes, bats with nails in them, and other easily improvised weapons to katanas, crossbows, and pistols.
Yuichi had established a defense line with about a four-meter radius. No one who entered that zone could ever make it out unharmed. Past that, it was just an issue of stamina, which also wasn’t a problem for Yuichi. Fighting a thousand men was well within the scope of what his sister had trained him for.
There were screams and shouts. Bones were broken, flesh rent, and blood sprayed as man after man fell.
“Bloodbath” was the only way to describe what had just occurred. But from Yuichi’s point of view, it had all been boring, dispassionate work.
Yuichi now walked, illuminated by the early morning sun. He approached the last man standing, King himself. There was no question of who he was, since the label above his head read “King.”
King turned his gun to Yuichi and fired it without hesitation.
Yuichi dodged the three rapid shots without slowing down, then whacked the gun away the moment it was in the spear’s range. “It’s easy to rely on violence because it’s simple and efficient, but its simplicity means it can be surpassed through greater violence. We’re civilized people, aren’t we? We have more intelligent ways of doing things. Can’t we find some sort of compromise?”
The spirit’s manner didn’t change. It continued walking towards them at the same pace as before, hands outstretched.
Yuichi took a step forward.
He slapped down the ghost’s outstretched left palm and pulled her down, simultaneously striking up with his right fist from below.
The fist slammed right into the spirit’s jaw and sent her flying.
The color of the sky immediately returned to normal, and they could hear sounds from the athletic fields below — the barrier-like thing must have been cutting off sounds, too.
“Huh? What happened? What did you do?” Aiko asked in confusion.
“I punched it,” he replied.
“You can punch it?!” she shouted back.
Mutsuko’s method for fighting spirits was known in martial arts as tan shou, “Seeking Fist.”
“It’s a training method where you paint a detailed picture in your mind of a hypothetical enemy — how they’ll move and react to your movements — and work out the optimal solution for fighting them,” Yuichi explained. “Apparently it applies here, too.”
He’d painted a detailed image in his mind of his enemy going flying after he punched them. A ghost was an unreal thing, little more than an illusion, so if you imagined something hard enough, the ghost could get sucked into your fantasy. This was the totally reckless logic that Mutsuko had advocated, but it seemed to have worked in this case.
“And if they can be punched, there’s not much to be afraid of,” Yuichi added.
Yuichi fighting specters and winning and showing how spirits can’t harm him.
“What on earth? This is crazy...” Aiko said in disbelief.
She was used to seeing Yuichi in brawls, but watching him pound the hell out of those specter things with his bare fists had still spurred her to comment.
They were watching the battle on the screen of Mutsuko’s tablet on one corner of the roof.
“Yeah! It’s a shame I can’t see it. I can see the weird ruined parallel world, but not the specters!” Mutsuko cried in chagrin.
Aiko’s eyes could see the specters, though, even through the display, so she explained to Mutsuko what she was seeing.
“The key is imagination,” Mutsuko said. In other words, you picture your opponent in your mind and imagine punching them and twisting them and sending them flying! If you can do this, you can even fight spirits, no problem. And generally speaking, living beings will be stronger than incorporeal ones.”
“So it’s all about the mindset?” Aiko asked.
“Yes! It’s a battle of wills, and Yu can never lose a battle of wills! He might look flighty, but he hates to lose, and he’s overconfident, and cocky, too! The thought of losing never enters his mind!”
It was a horrible thing for his own sister to say, but Aiko sympathized a bit.
“Um, I understand why he can punch them, but why do the ghosts’ attacks just pass through him in return?” Aiko wondered. She could see that Yuichi’s attacks were effective, but not why the specters’ at tacks weren’t.
“That’s an imagination thing, too,” explained Mutsuko. “In other words, you’ve gotta think, ‘These attacks won’t hurt me! There’s no such thing as ghosts!’ Then they won’t hurt you.”
“Um, am I the only one who thinks that’s... kind of cheating?” Aiko said.
In other words, in the instant Yuichi hit them, he was imagining that the ghost existed, but when the ghost attacked him, he negated the attack by denying its existence.
“Well, it’s usually the other way around!” Mutsuko declared. “I think it’s good for the ghosts to get a taste of their own medicine!”
Yuichi showing he can hurt someone whose speed and though process exceed the speed of sound.
No matter how excellent his techniques, though, there were limits to human reaction times. He would be helpless in the face of speed that exceeded that. Nergal could move faster than the speed of sound, and think and perceive things at the same speed. No human could ever hope to challenge him, no matter how well-trained they may be.
That was why his claim that he wouldn’t use his hands wasn’t actually a handicap. He could still hit the boy with the lightest of kicks, and deal crushing damage with that alone.
However, he had no intention of ending things that quickly. He had no intention of attacking, or even of running around. Nergal would stand right where he was and dodge until the time limit ran out.
The boy had walked up to Nergal, and now stood before him. His posture was a natural one, his hands hanging at his sides.
Nergal watched him expectantly, interested in how he might begin.
His vision went white.
For a moment, he wasn’t sure what had happened.
He was looking at the dome’s ceiling, which, he realized a moment later, meant that his face was turned upwards.
He looked forward again, quickly, and saw that the boy was standing there, an arm raised in front of his face. His fingers were outstretched, the back of his hand visible, the elbow slightly bent.
Something slick touched Nergal’s lip. As it dripped onto the floor, he realized it was blood, and then he realized he was in pain.
There was an ache in the center of his face. He was bleeding, slowly, from his nostrils.
What did he do to me? Nergal thought, stunned.
The boy’s posture suggested he had just finished an attack.
“Just what I said. Even when you’re fighting a magic user or someone with superpowers, you can predict any attack they’re about to use, and pinpoint their weak points and stuff. I don’t know how it works exactly, but I bet that same instinct is telling you that I’m completely harmless.”
Ende was right about that. Yuichi could anticipate anything, even magic he’d never seen before. He could read intent from his opponents, and any attack, even magic and superpowers, was presaged by in tent. Some sign of what they were about to do would always show itself somewhere on their body in a way that told him that something was coming.
Ende an outer explains to Yuichi how a protagonist is sheltered to an absurd degree in a world view to the point that even if she wanted to use an atomic bomb or poison gas on him it wouldn’t work.
“Huh? He’ll be the protagonist. Don’t you find that threatening at all?” Ende’s eyes widened. She seemed surprised by his reaction. “Fighting a protagonist makes things pretty grim. Things always conspire to make sure the protagonist wins in the end, after all. That’s why I didn’t go with the atomic bomb or poison gas I mentioned earlier.”
“I think you just can’t actually arrange that kind of stuff,” he said.
“No, it’s because you’re a protagonist. Protagonists are sheltered to an absurd degree. Villains can’t use attacks that are totally inescapable, because no matter how bad things get, the protagonist needs to preserve some chance of winning. Even if it’s absurd. That’s why villains tend to be idiots who never even consider their most efficient options. Don’t you think that’s unfair?”
Another passage that shows that attacks that exceed the speed of sound are no problem for Yuichi.
Alberta didn’t even glance at Ende as she swung her whip directly at Natsuki.
But the whip didn’t reach her. Yuichi had grabbed the tip.
“Huh?” Alberta asked, agape. She seemed to have great confidence in her skill with the whip, and likely hadn’t been expecting the first attack to be stopped.
“Sakaki, you can catch whips?” Natsuki asked.
“Yeah, I’m used to it.”
There were theories that a whip’s attacks could exceed the speed of sound. In reality, it was dubious that any whip meant for attacking could exceed the speed of sound, but naturally, the fantastical concept appealed greatly to Mutsuko. Because of that, Mutsuko had developed a whip that really did exceed the speed of sound, and had used it on Yuichi many times before. Thanks to that, he’d learned how to cope with even the most unpredictable high-speed attacks.
These passages will show that Yuichi has resistance to plot manipulation. Ryoma uses his plot manipulation to try and kill Yuichi but fails miserably and mind you Ryoma is a protagonist.
Ryoma made a move. He threw one of the cards he was holding into the air.
Yuichi braced for an attack, but the card merely flew upwards, then vanished into light.
“Event: Someone precious to Ryoma was killed by Alberta and Yuichi Sakaki. Ryoma fights Yuichi, wins, and gains even greater power.”
The voice that spoke those words seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere at once.
It didn’t seem to be an attack, and what the voice had said had seemed like total nonsense. Yet Yuichi felt a sinking feeling in his gut.
It reminded him too much of the words of power that Makina Shikitani had used.
As Yuichi began thinking about how best to deal with him, he heard Ende speak up excitedly from close by.
“This is what he is now. He’s totally nuts, but he’s still a protagonist. Anything he does will be run through a righteousness filter, fudging the details of what actually happened.”
“You mean that voice from before?” Yuichi asked.
“Yeah. He can use his event cards to determine what happens next. Of course, it can’t completely twist a person’s free will, but it’s possible that if you lose to him here, what it said will become true. His power can even overwrite things that have already happened. In other words, you’ll be retroactively turned into the killer.”
“That’s... strange,” Ryoma murmured. “It wasn’t supposed to go that way... you were supposed to die as part of a demonstration of the power I awakened as a result of the death of someone close to me. I’m the protagonist... how could this happen?”
Saying that much must have been considerably painful for Ryoma, and Yuichi couldn’t understand why he’d bothered. He really must have found it all utterly inconceivable.
“Whoever said a protagonist can’t lose?” Yuichi snapped. “There are plenty of bad-end stories out there.”
Yuichi wasn’t sure whether Ryoma had accepted that explanation or not, but either way, the man fell unconscious directly afterwards.
Yuichi looked over at Ende, who was sitting in a seat some distance away. He thought she would be frustrated, but she seemed as fascinated by the proceedings as ever. She even applauded Yuichi.
“Wow, I guess a protagonist won’t work either. I had a feeling that might be the case, of course... but overturning something like that really took a lot of power.”
This passage shows that even without soul reader he can still see spirits.
The classroom within had been full of specters. He had defeated a lot of them, but probably not all of them. When it came right down to it, he wasn’t sure if he could fight specters without Soul Reader.
“Heya, Yuichi!” a cheery voice addressed him from behind.
He turned around to see a translucent image of a girl waving to him cheerfully.
“Why can I see you?” Yuichi asked.
It was the specter Chie Amatsu. She had led the specter invasion of Seishin High, and even after it’d been resolved, she had apparently failed to move on, so now she just hung around the school.
Yuichi had assumed Soul Reader was the reason he could see the ghosts, but it seemed it was unrelated.
“I’m starting to think that losing Soul Reader hasn’t changed anything at all...” Yuichi muttered, beginning to feel extremely depressed about his future.
This passage shows that’s the evil god skill eater ability was useless against Yuichi.
They had tested their defensive prowess earlier; no matter how many times they were attacked, they shouldn’t even be able to feel pain. Yet Hiromichi’s body, as part of the Evil God, staggered in pain.
“What the hell is a ‘skill,’ exactly? If you’re talking about a technique, that’s not something you can take from a person,” Yuichi said, answering the question in the Evil God’s mind.
These passages show Yuichi beating the hell out of the evil god.
Even if they had taken on vulgar priorities from their blending with Hiromichi, a god was still a god. They couldn’t possibly be beaten by a human. Yet the Evil God couldn’t keep up with Yuichi’s movements.
They formed a fist with Hiromichi’s broken fingers and swung as hard as they could. It was a powerful enough blow to knock a person’s head off. Once it hit, it would be over.
But Yuichi didn’t dodge it. He stepped straight forward and struck with his fingers straight out, a piercing blow.
Yuichi’s arm moved forward, past Hiromichi’s strike, and kept going.
Hiromichi’s knees buckled; just making contact with Yuichi had thrown him off balance.
Yuichi plunged his outstretched fingers into Hiromichi’s chest. Breaking through the breastbone, his fingers dug into the body’s heart and snatched out the core that lay within.
“Not this one, huh?” Yuichi said, crushing the core before immediately disappearing from Hiromichi’s sight.
The flagstones shattered with an explosive sound.
The Evil God tried to use the snake-woman’s pit organ to seek out Yuichi’s location, but it was no use.
The snake-woman had already been cleaved in half, the core inside her stomach sliced through.
The Evil God looked at Yuichi through the winged man’s eyes.
Yuichi had already made his attack.
A sharp blade was protruding from the winged man’s back. A blade that had sprung out from Yuichi’s elbow had speared him through the heart. It had skewered the true core that controlled the trinity.
This passage explain Yuichi world view basically his plot manipulation.
The worldview of a Worldview Holder was greatly influenced by that person’s thoughts and wishes. This was probably why Mutsuko’s worldview was “An Unforgiving World That Rewards Only Effort.”
“I can’t accept it!” Ende burst out. “‘Natural talent’ beat the ‘Protagonist’ of a story? It defeated an evil god who’s been around since the dawn of civilization?!” “Actually, you can use Soul Reader, right?” Mutsuko said. “What did it say when you looked at Yu?”
“It just said ‘Yu’! It didn’t mean anything!”
“That’s how you see him when I’m the central figure, right? What about from other points of view?”
Ende activated Soul Reader and looked at Yuichi, who was walking ahead of them. Unlike Yuichi’s Soul Reader, Ende’s was complete. She could turn it on and off freely, and see more detailed information.
The words over Yuichi’s head now said: “The Last One Standing: Humanity’s Line of Defense. Guardian of the human-centric world we currently live in. He fights against those who attempt to upend the world order and rework it to be centered around gods and mythical creatures.”
“That’s way too big! What the heck?!” Ende exclaimed.
“Gods, yokai, monsters, fantasy world people... those are all impossible daydreams created by the imaginations of totally ordinary humans,” Mutsuko said. “They wouldn’t exist if there were no humans around. In their own mythologies, they existed before humans did... but could they continue to exist if humans went away? Are they really that stable?”
“So Yuichi has the power to deny their existence?” Ende asked.
“It’s not anything quite that grand, I don’t think. Say there’s a world where people can use magic, and one where people can’t. What happens if the two bump into each other?”
“You end up with a world conflict. The two fuse, with the weaker world absorbed by the stronger. In most cases, the more special world is more powerful. So if that happened, the magic world would overwrite the normal one.”
“Yeah. It might seem that way at a glance, and Yu doesn’t deny the existence of gods, yokai, or magic either. But it’s not all as one-way as you’d think. Fusion means the two worlds mix together to create a new world. And Yu doesn’t think for a second that there could ever be an enemy he can’t beat.”
“You mean... Yuichi Sakaki has created a world where he’s invincible?”
“Not quite that far,” Mutsuko said. “But he can make sure there’s always a chance that he can win. And if there’s a chance that he can win, he will win!” Mutsuko’s confidence seemed to be eternal and absolute.
Post by Coming on the Clouds on Apr 1, 2018 21:34:53 GMT
At first I was like aw man this is cool I could put him up against a couple of people (as I skipped the first section). Then I got Reactive Evolution and I was like, okay that makes things much harder, then I got to Plot Manipulation and lost hope, then I got to the last sentence and understood why this was the case.
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT