Post by CosmicNoirTear on Feb 27, 2016 0:05:49 GMT
“If, after confirming all this, you people still feel that you have to risk your lives to protect that person, I’ll wait for you. The possibilities that humans have, this dream-like thing, I’ll look forward to it for a bit. I’ll take on all your special moves that you exert with full force... And after that, I’ll win.”
Real name William Orwell and born in England, Acqua of the Back like Kanzaki, is one of the fewer than 20 Saints in the world of Index. His entire life being mercenary that specializes in taking down entire enemy strongholds by himself and at one point a Knight of England as well as having fought against another Saint in the past are all testament to the years of combat experience he's acquired. Upon joining God's Right Seat, his hidden ability uniquely his own, Divine Mother's Mercy, is awakened. This combined with the monstrous natural strength typical of a Saint and his alignment with Archangel Gabriel makes Acqua by far one of the most formidable opponents Touma's ever faced.
For starters, Acqua is among one of the most powerful known Saints in the series, dwarfing even Kanzaki in comparison. Thus any feats that apply to her can easily be applied to Acqua.
“You still have the time to worry about others, do you?”
Acqua’s voice covered Kamijou’s shout.
Finally, *BOOM!!* a sound reached Kamijou’s ear. The sound came from within the shadow of Acqua dragging his feet. Like a huge tiger shark leaping out of the surface of the sea, a huge piece of metal came out from within Acqua’s shadow. A 5m-long unknown object; in shape, it looked like a lance that a European knight would use, but that was wrong.
It was like a huge umbrella created from a steel structure used to construct a building.
It was a mace intended for killing.
“I’m coming, my prey.”
Before Kamijou could get into the correct posture, Acqua’s muscles expanded explosively.
(EVADE!!) Before his mind could give an order, the huge mace came slamming down from above.
It was a miracle that he was still alive. Itsuwa’s bag had come flying over and collided with Kamijou’s body, causing him to fall away in a direction completely opposite of what Acqua had anticipated. Because of that, Kamijou was able to keep his life.
The approximately 5 meter-long metal mace missed its target and easily crushed Itsuwa’s bag to bits, afterwards landing on the floor like a guillotine blade.
It was supposed to be a metal bridge reinforced with cement.
But with this heavy and blunt sound, the entire metal bridge shook due to the impact. The screws that held the metal bridge down broke and make lots of noises. The blue lights used to light the place up lost their glow unnaturally. However, Kamijou didn’t have time to notice all of those. Like a meteor colliding with the sea, with Acqua’s mace as the center, a large amount of concrete debris flew all over the place, and some of it hit Kamijou’s body.
Just the aftershock of this attack alone was enough to cause Kamijou to be unable to take a step forward.
Just as Kamijou felt that his legs were both light and floating, his body had already flown back several meters. His back hit one of the metal frames supporting the bridge, finally causing his body to stop moving.
There was a *clack clack* sound.
The small pieces of concrete fragments were falling onto the bridge like rain.
Acqua placed the mace that looked as heavy as a metal frame on his shoulder, moving forward to Kamijou, who was on the floor.
Although it was powder, it looked like a visible battle aura as it surrounded Acqua before being scattered away.
Itsuwa, a combat specialist of the Amakusa Church, is just as hopelessly outmatched as Touma. Touma, even with his reflexes of reacting to lightning and lasers as early as Volume 1, notes he can't hope to get a reading on his movements. All while Acqua is intentionally holding back from actually killing both.
The person who was trying her best to even stand up was Itsuwa. Maybe she had pulled it out before she threw the bag, but Itsuwa had already assembled the Friuli spear that could be dissembled anytime, the cross tip of the spear pointing at Acqua.
But Itsuwa had most likely taken a lot of damage from the initial hit. Red liquid was left on her lips, and her face that had been hit was all red as well. Even so, right now, Itsuwa looked like she might as well go do some casual fishing.
Acqua didn’t even smile.
He just warned, “You have an enemy that even an entire group couldn’t take down, and against such an opponent, you think you have a chance of winning?”
“…Even if it’s me…I have my own determination.”
Now, how much heavy emotion and realizations were put into this one sentence?
In contrast, Acqua just replied, “Is that so?”
Kamijou tried to force his aching body to get between Itsuwa and Acqua. But in stark contrast to his thoughts, his body couldn’t move. During this time, Itsuwa and Acqua began fighting at close range.
Itsuwa’s movements were fast.
However, Acqua was fast to the point that he was basically disappearing. By the time he became aware, the huge metal mace had already sunk deeply into Itsuwa’s flank. After that, Acqua changes where he was facing, and using centrifugal force, he tossed Itsuwa to where Kamijou was.
React, this thought didn’t even appear in Kamijou’s brain.
With the metal mace’s weight and a person’s weight, Kamijou was completely sandwiched in between while his back was still against the metal frame. All the air in his lungs was forced out, and there was even a little smell of rusted metal in it. Several seconds later, the impacted body floated up from the ground, and afterwards, the impact would make one feel that the Earth’s gravity had been increased by numerous folds as it surrounded Kamijou’s body. Kamijou slowly fell onto the ground.
Itsuwa, who was on top of him, didn’t react at all. Though Kamijou wanted to push Itsuwa away, he couldn’t do it.
His vision was slowly becoming blurry, finally catching a glimpse of Acqua with much difficulty.
(The difference…is too great…)
Whether it was Vento of the Front or Terra of the Left, at least he could see their actions. As long as he could react to their attacks and make the suitable counters, at least he could land a few hits on them.
(But what on earth is this guy…) Kamijou wondered.
Acqua's time as a mercenary slowly told more and more by those who witnessed his deeds
Anyway, our Russian Orthodox pursuers were really dangerous. They were true monsters gathered together to fight ghosts and fairies and other things beyond the realm of humanity. Old men who were just helping out couldn’t hope to face them head on. It was overwhelming.
Therefore, us grandpas decided to leave the country. Luckily, they were the Russian Orthodox, and so in other words, it means that we only needed to run away from Russia. It’s terrifying to wish for it, but no matter what, any human would do his utmost to grab onto this little ray of hope.
However, our surroundings were the -50 degrees Celsius of human Hell. It was a tough time. How should I say it, it was no longer a world that could be described through physical pain. Our feet were starting to sink, and we continued to walk on. There were people as old as grandpa and brats that were younger than you, everyone was the same. At that time, you were still in your mother’s womb, and I believe your mum got her shapeshifting ability because of that.
Under this situation, the pursuers should act properly even though they’re the Russian Orthodox, right?
But no, they’re real professional soldiers that were specially trained to move along in the eternal arctic terrain. They were like robots that were made into puppets, moving around in a rhythmic manner, and not only were they top-notch soldiers, their weapons were top notch as well. They had horses made of metal, and those were 8-legged horses, you know.
Oh yes, they had a spiritual item called the Sleipnir3.
The difference in speed between the grandpas and the Russian Orthodox Church was apparent by first glance.
We could see the border in the snowstorm, but everyone knew that our pursuers would catch up to us before we could reach there. It was right in front of us, and we couldn’t reach out and grab it, but after looking back to see our pursuers, we didn’t have any other thought except to give up. Compared to working hard in a futile way, it’s better to give up easily. But then again, we couldn’t do it; the border that represented our hope was there, so how could we give up there?
Then what happened next?
Of course we escaped. Otherwise, how could you be born? Grandpa couldn’t possibly be here telling this story to you. You’re saying that we did something?
Seems like you don’t understand how we escaped from the elites of the Russian Orthodox Church.
“We found out Acqua of the Back’s real name. His name is William Orville, a magic mercenary born in England, and he doesn’t have any affiliation. Of course, when he was born, he wasn’t a Roman Catholic, and there are records indicating that he was baptized in an Anglican church when he was young. As a mercenary, he was a lone wolf, and it seems like he specializes in taking down enemy strongholds.”
To think that he actually specialized in this.
This didn’t just mean that he specialized in ‘taking down enemy bases’, but rather, among all forms of combat, he specialized in taking down bases. But besides that, it didn’t mean that he didn’t excel in other forms of combat. If so, William Orville would have failed a long time ago, and couldn’t possibly be standing here.
“Also, as a magician, William had a magic name. The name engraved on his chest is Flere210.”
A Latin word normally formed half of the magic name, and the meaning of the word Flere was ‘tears’. They may not have known the significance to this name, but William Orville most probably had a reason for engraving it on his chest. Also, to be able to engrave the name on his chest, it showed that he had overwhelming strength.
This one word that signified the absolute difference against him echoed in Tatemiya’s mind.
“So what were William Orville’s accomplishments as a mercenary?”
“Hm, there was an ‘aid to an Astrology group’ in Western Russia, an ‘elimination of the Orleans’ Knights’ in Central France, an ‘England’s third princess Rescue Mission’ near the Straits of Dover…I can’t finish if I’m to name them all.”
This showed that he had participated in a lot of battles, and kept winning. To be able to come back alive from so many battles, this was the best proof of Acqua of the Back’s strength.
Orsola rattled off the list of battles that Acqua had taken part in, and Tatemiya had heard of some of them. No matter which ones they were, everyone knew how intense those battles were. Even if the entire Amakusa was to gather, they might never be competent enough to handle this. Basically, those were Hell-like battlefields.
“One strong enemy…no, he’s our worst enemy.”
“But William Orville isn’t just someone who will settle any problem with just force. For instance, even in the medical facilities within the battle zones, he will impart knowledge of herbs to them to lower the mortality rate, taught poor and hungry villages how to cook … he’s pretty active even outside the battlefield. In some places, they even call him a ‘Sage’.”
These were really things that people could only do when they truly realized the reality on the battlefield.
Some problems couldn’t just be settled by sending large number of forces or donating. One had to truly experience the atmosphere of a battlefield to understand what the people really needed, and thus they could understand that ‘what they could do’ wasn’t just in the short-term, but rather ways to improve their standard of living in the long run. It seemed like Acqua of the Back wasn’t just a battle maniac.
He had a robust body and a softer mentally, he was a wise beast.
“We didn’t find anything that can be classified as a weakness. As a mercenary, he continued to use this attribute of being a Saint to continue to carry out explosive battles.”
“…So after he changed sects, he obtained the strength of a member of God’s Right Seat?”
Yes, all the legends during the mercenary era had happened before William Orville was called ‘Acqua of the Back’. Right now, his power should be a lot stronger than that, and not just that, he had completely mastered a new form of fighting. Tatemiya again recognized how strong this opponent was, and he was likely even scarier than their Priestess-sama.
(With this power, how did he control his powers?)
On first glance, people like Kanzaki seemed like they managed to control their powers naturally, but that wasn’t the case. If an ordinary magician like Tatemiya was to try control that power, they would be completely destroyed by the power.
And the power that Acqua wielded was even stronger than that.
(…So we can’t overcome him with magic, huh?) “Originally, William was supposed to be a Knight of England, but he disappeared a week before he was appointed, so the heraldry that was halfway done was kept in the maker’s house.”
And when he appeared again, he had become an enemy of England. What happened during that time was still a mystery, but they didn’t have time to wonder about this.
“We can’t expect any weaknesses from him. But at least we can find out Acqua’s main fighting methods, right? Like the kinds of weapons he uses, what school of thought he came from.”
“As for school of thought, it seems like he self-taught himself, and he calls it the ‘Mercenary code’. As for weapons, he uses a 5 meter long iron mace that looks like a knight’s lance.”
These were things that Tatemiya already knew having fought against Acqua of the Back first-hand before.
“Also…the way he moves in battle is rather unique, not by running, but it seems like he glides on the floor.”
“…?” At this moment, Tatemiya couldn’t think anymore. It was true that he hadn’t heard anything when he had been approached, and now that Orsola mentioned it, that seemed to be the case. No matter what, the speed at which Acqua of the Back moved, except for the moment he changed directions, made it looked like he was vanishing.
“Seems like he uses a water movement spell. The reason why horse carriages can slide on ice is because of a thin layer of water between the carriage wheels and the ice, right? “
“That means…this guy, before he was called ‘Acqua of the Back’, he knew how to use water spells…”
Vento of the Front, Terra of the Left, Acqua of the Back.
If they each represented the four archangels, then Acqua represented the Power of God, his element was water, and during the last battle, he hadn’t used any water spells because with the abilities of the fighters there, there had been no need to use them.
‘‘(…So what sort of plan should we use?)’’
The intangibles—the number of intangibles that far exceeded their imagination was too many, and Tatemiya couldn’t help but laugh at this.
“The next time I contact you will be when all this is over. As for whether the target will still be alive after that, I’ll tell you later.”
At this moment, a loud sound covered Acqua’s voice.
The reason was due to the air.
Something flashed once in the darkness, it was a small, dim light that an ordinary human was unable to distinguish. Acqua sensed the danger behind it, tucked the cell phone in with his shoulder, and easily jumped over.
The air formed a huge tornado, and the place where Acqua had been standing was ripped up easily.
Seeing this strange phenomenon, Acqua finally made a hypothesis.
(…Scattering some strange particles into the air and then decomposing the contents, huh?)
For people who were familiar with science, they would think of this nano-sized reflective metal codenamed ‘mimosa’. There was no need for any circuits or power, a specific frequency was used to react to some very small particles. The theory behind this was like a wireless remote control, it could distinguish between animal and plant cells one by one. Acqua was wary against some magical hand that he couldn’t distinguish. This time, the giant artificial planetarium screen changed abnormally, letting out a bee like noise and indicating a warning on the screen.
““Third level region-wide alert regarding absence of air. All residents are to evacuate to the designated buildings. All families are to install the designated oxygen flasks. I repeat, third level region-wide alert regarding absence of air.”“
Acqua gave a defiant smile.
“It seems like the opponent has scattered many offensive microbits to force me to be unable to escape.”
“This is really bad.”
“You think so?”
Acqua sounded as if he was reciting something. All the moisture in the air was his friend. With the moisture, he roughly had enough time to understand the movements of the ‘mimosa’ and predict it.
The bushes that were off to the side let out some crisp, ripping sounds. Looking inside, one could see that there were powered suits moving between the trees, their armor reflecting moonlight. Slightly far away, one could hear a mechanical sound. Run on gasoline and electricity, some urban armored vehicles seemed to have been deployed.
Even Acqua’s smile vanished.
“So they’re here to check my battle strength? Then let’s show them how a mercenary fights.”
“Please try not to kill anyone.”
“I’m not sure, but it seems like they’re unmanned. I can’t sense anything that’s humanlike from them, so they managed to get all the way here.”
At this moment, a new explosion could be heard.
Acqua pulled out a 5 meter metal mace from his shadow.
“However, these things from Academy City are really good.”
He easily rested the heavy metal on his shoulder and said,
“It’s nice for them to create a battlefield without any bloodshed, I’m really grateful for that. Nice way to pass the time.”
As if in response to his voice, the enemy started to take action.
In a corner of the park, the numerous shadows around Acqua surrounded him.
Numerous bullets were fired at him.
The ‘mimosa’ that could not be identified with the naked eye came attacking as well.
But these weren’t going to beat Acqua.
He avoided the bullets and blew the ‘mimosa’ away. Even the bullets that used the power of the ‘mimosa’ and deviated from normal trajectory were predicted by Acqua easily and countered.
“(I’m not sure of how the science side works, but there has got to be someone coordinating them from somewhere.)”
Acqua broke through the barricade. The 5 meter-long lance-like metal mace he was holding onto pierced into the side of the armored vehicles. Then ignoring the weight of the armored vehicle, Acqua swung the metal mace, causing even more of these armored vehicles to be crushed and blown up. This caused the movements of the ‘mimosa’ to be restricted. Maybe some special spell was used as among the burning flames, Acqua walked through as if he was taking a stroll.
“(Then, I’ll just have to rip through the powered suits, check the insides and confirm them all one by one!!)”
God’s Right Seat’s Acqua of the Back started to take action.
Sounds of explosion and destruction echoed throughout the place.
A rematch against the Amakusa. Even with the defensive measures Itsuwa applied on her spear to make it increase in durability every second, a spell that redirects any damage to her body she'd suffer to only happen to her clothes, and the rest of her teammates amping up her stats enough to barely keep up with Acqua, she's still outmatched.
As a Saint, Acqua had tremendous power as compared to Itsuwa, an ordinary human, so there was a definite advantage in speed. Acqua moved at a speed that was like vanishing to a human’s naked eye and attacked Itsuwa head on. He let the muscles in his body expand instantly, and the large mace slammed down towards Itsuwa like a guillotine.
In terms of movement, Itsuwa was slower by half a step, and finally managed to move her spear.
Stabbing the spear into Acqua’s attacking trajectory, Itsuwa tried to block his attack.
However, nothing could block this one hit from Acqua.
With the sounds of rocks colliding with each other, Itsuwa’s spear received Acqua’s mace. Normally, Itsuwa’s body would be crushed together with the Friuli Spear and blown away.
“Hehe, I made about 1,500 layers of resin on it.”
The two people’s weapons let out some squeaking sounds as they continued to bite into each other. Itsuwa smiled and said,
“The symbol behind this are the age rings of a tree, and the spell hidden within is the ‘reproductivity that plants possess’—until the spell reaches the end of the world, as time passes on, the hardness will continue to increase. I’ll let you see how much endurance it can gain after every second.”
“Take this power of the ‘scattered grass’,” Itsuwa declared.
“But there are other spells used as well…”
“…Things from ancient times, in all sorts of civilizations, why are things like clothes created? I suppose that I don’t have to tell you the significance behind this spell, right?”
Looking closely, one could see that a patch of clothing on Itsuwa’s abdomen was torn unnaturally, revealing the white skin underneath. It seemed like the damage done to Itsuwa had been transferred there.
“To protect a person’s body… this is the most important significance. But then again, it’s just a spell to weaken the damage; it isn’t one omnipotent spell that can negate all sorts of damage.”
During the last battle, Acqua hadn’t seen such a thing, and right now, they were using these spells without holding back. In other words, the Amakusa members were able to create such efficient spells on the fly.
But what shocked Acqua wasn’t this.
(She matched up well against my speed…?)
Acqua was a Saint, his speed should have been overwhelming, and not something that a human could follow. Normally, Itsuwa should be unable to even flick a finger before she got crushed.
But in reality, this wasn’t the case.
Though she was slower by half a step, Itsuwa had still managed to catch up to him in the end. Though she hadn’t had time to turn defense into attack, she had still managed to defend herself well.
(Why?) Being puzzled, Acqua quickly figured out the catch behind this.
This group of approximately 50 Amakusa members had a certain rule when moving. Instead of just having a different formation to make battling a lot more effective, there was a unique rule behind this. If Itsuwa was the focal point, the focal point would be moved somewhere else. If anyone wanted to pursue the center, the center would be scattered into the crowd and disappear, and just when they prepared to ignore the center, Itsuwa would again be the focal point. It felt like in the group, this thing called the ‘focal point’ had continued to change.
Gathering at the right time, and scattering at the right time. Like sand in an hourglass, each movement had a huge significance.
(A spell that increases visual activity and mobility, huh?)
“Such a little trick…”
This action felt like they were familiar with fighting against Saints, and Acqua frowned uncomfortably. There were only about 20 people with this rare power of being a Saint, thus there were very few people who would actually see a Saint in their entire lives.
(Speaking of which, there’s a Saint like me who exists among the Amakusa-style Remix of Church.)
Because of this, they had probably gotten used to matching up against the speed, arm strength, and reactions. And also, they had the brains of those that had experienced it first-hand, and thus they had managed to come up with this spell to match up against Acqua’s movements.
Acqua brought the mace behind his body, holding it properly again and saw Itsuwa’s expression.
“—However, you’re still too slow.”
Acqua again closed in.
Before the gust struck, the mace had already struck Itsuwa. Itsuwa tried her hardest to block the hit, and her clothes automatically ripped to avoid the magic impact. However, the next attack was coming. Itsuwa wanted to swing her spear to knock the strike away, but the last hit had taken a lot out of Itsuwa just at this moment, as Itsuwa was knocked backwards. Faster than even the initial strike, Acqua’s second hit was barely knocked off course by the old Isahaya, and at this moment, the lady Tsushima grabbed Itsuwa by the neck and pulled her out.
The third strike that Acqua sent out directly hit where Itsuwa had previously stood, crushing the asphalt without any mercy.
The entire metal bridge shook unstably.
Even though they managed to avoid the direct hit, the large amount of debris hit Isahaya’s entire body, blowing him away.
A demonstration of his unique power, Divine Mother's Mercy. It nullifies all punishments and negative effects of any kind his body would receive. Using this, he can even no-sell spells that are otherwise guaranteed kills.
Acqua wanted to continue pursuing Itsuwa, but at this moment, he noticed something shiny mixed into the grey dust.
It was like an infrared laser to allow people to see through smoke.
This thin light came from,
And it was not just one or two.
Carefully discerning this, one could notice that with Itsuwa at center, the 50 Amakusa members all had some extremely thin wires on their fingers. Each person was controlling 7 of these, and in total, this deadly spider web of 350 wires attacked Acqua.
Acqua didn’t even dodge it.
The extremely fine maze of wires ripping through the air instantaneously bound his entire body, and, with the extreme force exerted throughout the wires, was trying to rip and crush his entire body.
Instead of killing him, it couldn’t even stop him from moving forward for even a single second.
Such a tremendous display of power, this was God’s Right Seat Acqua of the Back.
This little voice echoed within Acqua’s ears.
[—You killed me.]
‘‘(I see, so this is the real purpose, huh…!?)’’
That moment Acqua gritted his teeth, something like red mist ripped on the wires. This red mist immediately expanded like it was immersed with this painting called the darkness, and soon, it engulfed Acqua’s entire body.
“…The hidden spell within this is ‘A Punishment of a Killer’.”
Standing on the damaged bridge, Itsuwa muttered, and the red mist suddenly exploded from within.
The Amakusa magic caused a huge expansion of this mist, and after creating an inescapable prison, it exploded within the mist. With this technique, no matter how fast the person was, they couldn’t escape.
“This is a spell that allows each wire to have symbolic features of being a person’s lifeline, and then punish the person that destroyed these wires. This is an ancient thing, a spell that any religions has, no matter the culture…in other words, no matter what kind of defensive spell it belongs, it can’t block this ‘Curses of the Fallen’.”
The red mist box that surrounded Acqua expanded twice or thrice, like a continuous bomb explosion in water. Each explosion triggered another chain of explosions. Each of the explosions continued to chain up, and from who knew when, the exterior of the red mist box had become distorted as a bunch of grapes.
It was impossible to do this with just a person’s strength; this was something that the Amakusa used—the ultimate definition of being ‘one entire unit’.
But Itsuwa and company didn’t look relaxed.
The sure-kill technique exploded from within, and expanded out.
This was an explosion that was larger than what the Amakusa had prepared. It was a shockwave stronger than the explosion the Amakusa used to kill. This shockwave easily ripped through the red prison.
The dust and steam mixed together, making the entire place look like a grey screen.
What came from the other side of the screen was a man’s rough voice.
“Then let me tell you my attributes.”
On the other side of the screen, a gigantic man's shadow was swaying about. There was something like a core supporting this vertical shadow.
“My attribute is the Power of God, who has the distinction of informing the Child’s birth. I can use the spells related to the Divine Mother to a certain extent—in other words, I can use the secret ritual of worship the Divine Mother.”
Only the words continued on,
“The Divine Mother’s Worship’s special attribute is—’to weaken the punishment’.”
Only the voice of God’s Right Seat, Acqua of the Back continued on.
Occupying this entire world.
“The believers get saved, and also, punishing those who don’t obey suitably, that’s another attribute of the Power of God. With this special attribute of weakening this through the worship of the Divine Mother, it’s like helping a woman escape from a monastery, helping her take attendance, and continuing to cheat the watching eyes until the woman comes back.”
Silently, the figure moved.
Ripping through this window that was formed by dust and steam, the human figure moved forward.
“Unlike the Son of God who was born as the Son of Man, God and the Holy Son, the Divine Mother was an ordinary child, but at the same time, she and God have a bond that can’t be separated, it’s this rare existence. Using this logic, the Divine Mother has this attribute of ‘being a middle person that’s able to surpass anyone’s mercy and transfer the suffering of those severely punished to God’.”
The voice echoed throughout the air.
High and mighty, not even trying to hide.
“—Then now, I’ll tell you the conclusion. My attribute is the ‘Divine Mother’s Mercy’ that negates any punishment. Even if they’re strict and just final judgment, they can be overturned. It even directs whether a person is going to Heaven or to Hell. No matter what kind of guilt one has, the punishment will be nullified. To me who has this attribute, your attacks are meaningless. I don’t even need to move a finger to ignore this sin of ‘killing’. And for me, able to even to negate ‘God’s Sin’, do you think you can use this ordinary spell to beat me?”
Acqua's control over Water due to his alignment with Gabriel, the Power of God.
Tatemiya, Itsuwa and the rest slipped through this small space as they set up wires and trap spells all over the place. Though they didn’t feel that they could beat Acqua, they just hoped to delay him for a while.
The real aim of the Amakusa was down below.
As long as Acqua went down from the third level to the fourth level that was full of traps, they would have enough time to prepare the ‘favorite’ spell of theirs.
“Since you have prepared such a nice thing for me to see, I should give something back in response.”
Without knowing when, the deep voice of the man echoed throughout the dark underground space.
The voice seemed to have echoed a few times, so they couldn’t tell where it came from.
“As one with the attribute of Power of God, you should know what I can do.”
They didn’t even have time to respond.
Suddenly, a huge pipe inside this large space of cement broke from within. Greater than 1m in diameter, 5cm thick, the super tube got ripped apart like paper, and debris as large as guitar picks scattered in all directions, causing orange sparks to fly all over the place. The high-velocity metal pieces that flew over collided with the cement, knocking about everywhere.
“Water is something that can change easily; you can even use it to make a bomb if you use it well.”
CLANG!! The pipes everywhere started to explode one after another.
As if they were forced open by water and steam, the large amount of metal pieces ended up being a rain of shotgun rounds. Itsuwa barely managed to react in time as she blocked a piece of metal that was aimed at her face with her spear, but she tripped down due to the impact.
Acqua can utilize ordinary magic, something one normally had to give up to align themselves with Divine Magic as well without worry, again thanks to Divine Mother's Mercy.
Extremely ordinary. As it was too ordinary, it could be considered a very symbolic form of magic.
“This reaction…seems like you learn't something about God’s Right Seat when I sent Terra’s corpse over, right?”
According to the Anglican Church report, as the members of God’s Right Seat had bodies that were more akin to angels, they had the ability to use unique spells, but could not use the ordinary spells that a normal magician could use. This should have been the case…
“But is this really something shocking? Truly, God’s Right Seat can’t use spells that ordinary humans use, but I do have the spell of the Divine Mother’s Worship, which releases me from these limitations, bonds, and constraints.”
Having the two powers of being a Saint and a member of God’s Right Seat at the same time.
He had completely mastered human and Angelic spells.
“Don’t you put me, Acqua of the Back, on the same level as the other members of God’s Right Seat!”
After that, another few pipes broke, and the water turbines that were used to generate electricity exploded as they attacked there. The huge turbine swung about like a rotating blade, and on seeing it slowly coming closer, Itsuwa leapt past the metal handle and jumped down. She used her spear to break through the door on the ground that was like a duct, and quickly got outside. It was the bottom of the third level, near the ceiling of the fourth level.
Even with a 5 meter mace as a weapon, his swings are desrcibed as lightning strikes. Itsuwa had to use a spell involving using her jacket as a decoy to escape one such strike
Wanting to add on with another attack, Itsuwa suddenly realized something and stopped her feet.
At this moment, Acqua’s body was gliding as if he was skating on ice. As if he was aiming for the hole left in Itsuwa’s defense, Acqua raised his mace and aimed at her from a diagonally high position, before swinging it down as if he was trying to crush her skull.
This was a lightning bolt formed by iron.
But this hit missed Itsuwa.
Acqua felt that he missed his attack, and Itsuwa, who was supposed to be within striking distance, vanished. Looking closely, he found that the light-colored sweater that Itsuwa had been wearing was hanging on the tip of the mace. Acqua turned his eyes to the front, and slightly farther away, Itsuwa was standing there. It was unknown what sort of spell she had used; she was still wearing her clothes, and only her sweater was abandoned.
Acqua easily swung the mace and tossed the cloth on it over.
“So you used this as a scapegoat, huh?”
“But I’m unlucky, there’s not many things to use as a scapegoat.”
Itsuwa readied her spear as she said silently.
“Please don’t make me do something too embarrassing.”
Even the Saint Destroyer Spell, which was specifically made to destroy Acqua by using the very powers within him as a catalyst and done with a spear, Acqua effortlessly no-sold once he saw it coming
Without mercy, Itsuwa raised her spear at Acqua and charged forward.
After waiting for so long, this moment had finally come, a hit that was like lightning.
A straight line attack that ripped the air, Acqua did a dodging motion for the first time.
Acqua didn’t dodge to the front, back, left or right, instead choosing to jump. It was alright even if it was on the unstable screen, as Acqua was able to jump about 5m after just one jump. He was now standing on one of the pillar that was hanging the screen.
Even so, Itsuwa didn’t change her position.
She lowered her body, ready to use the Friuli Cross-tip spear and pointed it at Acqua.
“NOW’S THE TIME TO USE OUR ‘FAVORITE’!!”
Itsuwa shouted with her entire body full of strength. The Amakusa members around responded to that call; some were near Itsuwa, some were slightly farther away, but the formation they had now clearly emphasized that Itsuwa was the center this time.
Balancing on the thin pillar, Acqua was looking for a suitable place to land, but at this moment, what he could sense below his eyes was all the willpower and magical power that was gathered on Itsuwa’s body.
This was some sort of foreboding, the first wave of something big that was going to happen.
“(So it’s coming…!)”
Before Acqua could say this, Itsuwa took action.
A huge explosion could be heard.
The moment Acqua realized that this was the sound of a human stepping on the screen,
Itsuwa was ripping the night sky apart like some sort of a rocket or spacecraft. Due to this huge power, some pillars that were hanging off the giant screen were bent. In Itsuwa’s hands that were coming near was a small piece of cloth that was like a wet handkerchief. She used this to hold the handle.
“A tube spear!?”
As the friction between the spear and the palms was reduced, the piercing speed and power of the spear had increased many times.
But Itsuwa’s aim was different.
She used all her strength to send this strike.
If she didn’t do anything to protect her palms, her palms would most likely vanish first while the magic was transferred.
The spear in Itsuwa’s hands exploded.
It was not a metaphor, nor was it a comparison, but rather, Itsuwa’s spear really became lightning. This sharp strike that flew in a straight line hit Acqua right in the abdomen, and without mercy, the bluish white purple electricity passed through his body, spurting out from behind, ripping the darkness of the night apart. This huge friction caused the cloth that had been used to hold the spear to let out black smoke.
With this explosion, a lightning cross appeared from Acqua’s back, and new explosions continued to occur everywhere.
Acqua wanted to say that some valuable and hidden spell was activated.
The spell that Itsuwa—no, all the Amakusa-style Remix of Church members let out, the
As a Saint’s body was similar to the Son of God, based on the Idol Theory, Saints were able to have similar abilities to the Son of God.
On the other hand, it was possible to seal this power that they called the Stigma that a Saint had; by destroying what made these Saints similar to the Son of God, in terms of specific body features through human means.
A Saint who lost this balance didn’t just lose the power so easily. They couldn’t even control their power, and may end up going rampant.
In the past,
The Amakusa-style Remix of Church had lost a Saint.
As she was a gentle Saint, she was afraid that her tremendous power would hurt people around her, and chose to leave her home. In order to allow her to endure that tremendous power, the Amakusa members made a vow.
One day, they wanted to be able to bear this tremendous power with her.
The next time, they had to reach her back, grab her hand and tell her it was alright. They had to be that strong.
And what they worked so hard on was the ‘Saint Destroyer’.
In order to let her, a Saint, stand beside them, they had to correctly understand what kind of existence she was. Then, they had to climb past that wall, and then they must step up to whatever she felt may be a ‘threat’. Based on this theory, the ‘Saint Destroyer’ was born.
A real one.
A successful spell that the Amakusa-style Remix of Church had managed to create.
A special spell that existed to beat a Saint.
(As the magic went rampant inside his body, the time it takes to solidify is about 30 seconds.)
In theory, this was a spell that only worked on Saints and had no offensive effect on other ordinary magicians. Because of this special attribute, there couldn’t possibly be a Saint that would specially come over to be lab mouse. Thus in a certain sense, it was a decisive moment right now.
But the feeling that Itsuwa got from her hands was that they succeeded.
She used that feeling to estimate this effective time.
(Using this time that we have left, let’s cause the ‘just an ordinary person’ Acqua be completely powerless!!)
“Not a bad spell.”
This time, Itsuwa’s expression was frozen.
The Friuli spear that had been converted into lightning had changed back into its original shape from who knew when. Itsuwa hadn’t given any commands, so this meant that an external force had forced the spell to be reversed and negated.
Acqua’s left hand was on his hip.
He was not pressing against any wound, but at the place where his skin nearly got touched, he managed to use his hand to grab the tip of Itsuwa’s spear.
Most likely, before Itsuwa’s spear turned into lightning, Acqua forcefully grabbed the tip of the Friuli spear; and the reason why those special sparks had appeared was likely because he had done something to it before it fired, causing the effect to leak out slightly from the tip of the spear.
“If I were just a Saint, I would most likely have been finished off.”
Acqua’s lips curled in a distorted manner.
This wasn’t a mocking smile, but rather a delighted smile that showed that he had met a strong enemy.
“But that’s too bad.”
His left hand grabbing onto the spear, Acqua slowly moved his right hand.
A 5m+ mace that was completely made of iron.
“—BUT JUST AS I’M A SAINT, I’M A MEMBER OF GOD’S RIGHT SEAT!!”
The battle between Kanzaki and Acqua. Also more of Acqua's control over water.
How could anyone not hear the sound of the Earth breaking?
The sound had already surpassed the level of explosions and sonic booms; it was no longer within acceptable human range. It was the world’s cry of agony. Every single aftermath of this cry was lost in storms or gusts of winds that uprooted the trees along the streets, causing the concrete on the 4th level to tremor and bend the metal handrails like sugar.
Kanzaki Kaori and Acqua of the Back.
On the streets filled with a scientific atmosphere, the two Saints clashed. This was everything that was happening on the observatory in the middle of the night.
A deafening explosion resounded throughout the night in Academy City.
It was not a storm created by fire, but a storm created by water.
The torrent of water being manipulated by Acqua’s magic passed through the ceiling and formed itself into a giant large hammer; Kanzaki mercilessly used her steel wires to quickly slice it into pieces. The machinery-shaped, several-ton block of water instantly dispersed into steam, where it was again controlled by Acqua, formed into diamond-like things.
Acqua did not just control a “hammer”.
The entire two kilometer stretch of the 4th level could be said to be under Acqua’s absolute control. All water flowing through the artificial streams was siphoned out, every single drop floating in the air before becoming fine strings and scattering across the school, forming a complex and unfamiliar magic array.
The water was shaped countless different arrays and continued to interchange, changing shape and form to create various types of arrays for the singular purpose of serving Acqua’s will.
Multiple attacks came at Kanzaki.
Ice spears thirty meters long flew towards her.
Water whips attacked Kanzaki from every direction.
Massive, spherical blocks of ice intercepted paths with one-another.
Among these gaps, Acqua slipped himself in front of Kanzaki.
A single hard blow from him is enough to nearly kill Kanzaki who was barely able to stop most of the attack. Should be noted she had no problem easily overpowering Gabriel's Water Wings that could easily smash through mountains. Aforementioned attack was described like a asteroid striking the earth.
Kanzaki was unable to make a proper retort, and could only swing her sword as forcefully as possible, delivering another strong hit.
Acqua had already vanished.
Kanzaki sensed Acqua’s existence not through sight, but through presence. He was in the air, having jumped roughly twenty meters. It was not something an ordinary person could do, leaping into the air like a rocket. Acqua, nothing more than a dot in the sky, had the satellite of The Power of God, the Moon, directly behind him.
In the most strict sense, that was not true. It was just a display in the sky formed by the planetarium’s image display.
Acqua did a half turn near the ceiling and stepped onto the artificial sky.
Kanzaki wanted to immediately close the distance between them, but the damage she had just taken, coupled with the burden she was placing on her body, slowed her movements. During the temporary lull, Kanzaki felt a cold presence pressing down on all sides. What she was feeling was the boundary of life and death only fighters in the midst of furious battle could feel. The huge wave bearing down upon continued to flow through the entire battlefield.
And as for Acqua, who was above her...
“——The Divine Mother shall remove all evil.”
In response to Acqua’s low voice, the glowing orb behind him gained an explosion-like brightness.
The planetarium screen was wrecked due to overload, and sparks flew to and from every direction, like an unknown countdown was activating countless hidden explosive devices. The real Moon, hidden in the sky far above them, was unable to shine its light in their battlefield, yet an intangible layer of intensive protection could still be felt. An ordinary magician was incapable of such a feat but for Acqua of the Back, member of God’s Right Seat who was also a Saint, such a feat was easily manageable.
He was using the Divine Mother’s Mercy to perform a miracle.
Kanzaki easily deduced the mace surrounded by a bluish-white glow currently possessed a tremendous amount of energy.
“In depicting this power called the Truth of God, LET YOUR MERCY RISE TO THE HEAVENS!”
The moment Acqua roared, he stomped onto the ceiling and quickly descended upon her. Having already been damaged beyond its limits, the fake sky was completely destroyed with this final blow, and the blue silhouette above them became the darkest of blacks once again.
A vertical drop.
A giant mace bore down.
What followed was not a strike, a stab, a shot, an explosion, a break, a split, or even simply a crushing blow.
It was just ordinary pressure.
The sudden charge from above had more than enough destructive power to shatter everything in its path, giving the impression of an asteroid crashing into the Earth.
The world vanished.
Even the sight and sound of the Earth buckling from beneath disappeared.
With the harbinger of this unstoppable blow at the center, everything within a one hundred meter radius of the fourth level of Academy City’s District 22 collapsed. Acqua’s falling impact caused the steel and concrete floor to collapse into dust and leave a massive hole in its wake, a floor with the same hardness as those used in safety shelters.
The world around them collapsed, everything within one-hundred meters falling to the 5th level.
The booms and tremors and dust exploded and scattered everywhere.
The sound of destruction echoed throughout the area.
The water streams and turbine generator were cut off, and the water began to flow downward like a waterfall.
Amidst the shattered aftermath, Kanzaki Kaori lay where she had fallen to the ground.
She had blocked the attack itself using the Shichiten Shichitou, but the ground beneath her feet was ill-suited to withstanding such impact.
Having endured such an unstoppable pressure and falling more than twenty meters,
Kanzaki lay atop a pile of concrete, looking up.
She was thoroughly covered in wounds, and even though it was not a direct hit, the force of Acqua’s most recent blow corroded her body through her weapon. Trapped between the massive mace in Acqua’s hands and the artificial ground beneath her, regardless of whether it was her arms, legs, or torso, a reddish-black liquid gushed out of Kanzaki’s body.
Even this one of less than twenty Saints was now in such a pitiful state.
A while back, that meteor-like destructive power had slammed onto the Earth and defeated Kanzaki in one hit, and even if Kanzaki was at her best condition, she wouldn’t be able to endure it. Besides, the jump this time was twice the height of the previous one, and the entire Amakusa definitely wouldn’t be able to take this hit. The entire 5th level may end up getting destroyed.
Overpowers Kanzaki again and sends her flying hundreds of meters through rubble without stopping.
As Kanzaki used her Shichiten Shichitou to receive the mace, her whole body was sent flying backwards.
Having battled continuously, Kanzaki’s body looked like it was about to crush the hill of rubble as it flew away for a hundred meters without bouncing back. Her body became a cannonball as it destroyed every single hill of rubble and turned every single scrap of concrete into dust.
“Is this the end, Saint of the Far East?”
The feeling hidden within Acqua’s words was disappointment.
But after being buried inside the rubble, Kanzaki was unable to even move her body, let alone respond to him.
Divine Mother's Mercy also applies on physical harm that can happen to his body. It alleviates the normal strain on the body of having both an alignment with Gabriel and the powers of a Saint. He can also fight at full strength non-stop without worry of straining his body, making his stamina endless.
As expected, there would be a problem if she powered up to his level. If she used a similar power to that of Acqua’s. If anyone tried to use the power that Acqua used, at that moment, an ordinary person’s body would have eroded, whether physically or magically.
Normally, the power given to a Saint couldn’t be used entirely.
Since they were people who had similar body characteristics with the Son of God, Saints were those who were said to have inherited his power; even if it was just a part of it, in the end, it was not something that a human could grasp.
They had a part of that power, but trying to grasp a part of that part of power was already tough for a Saint.
This was the real identity of a Saint.
No matter how they built this up, there would be a divide that they couldn’t surpass. If one had to describe it, it would be like finally getting hold of a power only for it to scatter like fog. Thus, there was a limit to using the power created through the Idol Theory with their own willpower.
However, this wasn’t completely bad. If Saints could use such power at 100%, the high pressure would cause the Saint’s body to self-destruct. This was more of a self-defense instinct than magic, since when they were babies, they controlled that power without knowing anything about magic.
(…Acqua, he doesn’t have the limit of being...a Saint…?…That power…has it already overcome what…a human can already control…?)
Needless to say, besides being a Saint, Acqua had the power of God’s Right Seat. The reason for him to be called Acqua of the Back was because he had the element of the Archangel Power of God. Normally, one would think that it was just a natural addition of power, but in reality, this increased power doubled the burden on him.
What was amazing was that Acqua had already controlled 200% of that power and still hadn’t gone amok, his facial expression not changing at all. (…That’s impossible. This isn’t something that can be excused through a word like ‘quality’ or ‘genius’. These two incompatible elements of a Saint and God’s Right Seat are both in the same body. This is already impossible on its own…)
As Kanzaki herself was an ordinary Saint, it was hard for her to imagine that. But if some people had a ‘certain power’ that was higher than that of a Saint or an angel, maybe they had some element of being able to stabilize once they surpassed a limit, like a plane stabilizing after flying at a high velocity.
It was an existence that was even further than a Saint. A high and stable limit. Acqua had the elements of a Saint and the Divine Mother, so unlike the Saints who were stable when they ‘moved at low speed’, he continued to maintain a highly stable state. Thus, he could control the tremendous power that would otherwise have gotten out of control.
After getting pinned down, he receives the Saint Destroyer head on. The over-the-top results is a testament to how much power Acqua had within him. He also faces this certain death without any sign of fear and literally faces it head on.
Facing a shocked Acqua, the bloodied Kamijou spoke, but his words didn’t reach Acqua’s ears. After which, Kamijou slowly fell as if he had gotten hit by the mace, not because he had used up all his strength, but because he sealed up Acqua.
Seeing this, Kanzaki took action.
With just Kamijou alone, it was likely that one sweep from Acqua’s mace would have sent him flying. But the moment Acqua was shocked, Kanzaki used this opportunity, abandoned her Shichiten Shichitou and forcefully grabbed Acqua’s giant mace and shoulder.
Acqua seemed to shout something, but those two weren’t listening.
Thoroughly battered, Kamijou and Kanzaki both looked at the same direction.
In other words, Itsuwa of the Amakusa-style Church.
They were looking at Itsuwa the ordinary magician.
“Leave the rest to me...”
Itsuwa used a handkerchief to wrap the handle of the spear, and the other Amakusa members got ready to prepare it.
“—I WILL DEFINITELY HIT HIM!!”
With this roar, Itsuwa exploded.
Her petite body surrounded by numerous spells, Itsuwa accelerated and rushed at Acqua.
Acqua tried to dodge her attack.
But his own power as a Saint was sealed by Kanzaki, who was also a Saint. Trying to shake her off and use a God’s Right Seat’s spell, he was negated by Kamijou’s right hand.
He couldn’t move for a few seconds.
But with this, it was no problem.
At this moment, Acqua let out a howl.
It was not because of fear.
He knew he couldn’t avoid it, and yet, with an unwavering will, turned around and faced a charging Itsuwa. The moment he took that step forward, he let out a war cry to raise his battle spirit.
Itsuwa’s spear scattered, forming a lightning bolt. This spell that surpassed physical laws controlled the entire space and attacked Acqua.
The air and sounds of the vibrations exploded.
The lightning struck Acqua’s abdomen, flying out from the back, and this time, it really pierced through his entire body.
As Acqua was hit directly, Kamijou and Kanzaki unconsciously let go.
Crosses of light appeared behind Acqua’s back, different from the color of the fireworks, and extended out to both left and right before exploding. However, the middle point of these crosses looked like they pierced and intersected at some point, causing Acqua to fly back with the impact.
Having been hit by the ‘Saint Destroyer’, Acqua’s body bounced off the concrete a few times, and the giant mace left his hands. Acqua ended up in the artificial lake on the 5th level. It seemed like he was a cannonball that was shot into the water as his body vanished completely inside the water, causing a new change at that moment.
The havoc of magic.
Acqua of the Back self-destructed.
The elements of the Saint and the Divine Mother reacted to the ‘Saint Destroyer’ attack, starting to fight each other and causing a chain reaction that the ‘Saint Destroyer’ shouldn’t have been able to do within his body.
The lake in the darkness of the night was surrounded by something like a flash of daylight.
Kamijou and the rest could only see white, and their ears could only hear the sound of a large amount of water being boiled, an uncomfortable sound.
The moment Kanzaki Kaori opened her eyes, Acqua didn’t exist anymore.
However, the water in the artificial lake had boiled off, and the surroundings were a mess, as the pillars of steam that were as big as the surface area of the lake collided with the huge pillars and ceiling before scattering all over the place. It was like a huge 1000 yearold tree that was full of energy, showing how explosive Acqua’s explosion had been.
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