I Favor the Villainess 240

Verdict

“That was the beginning of everything.”

With those words from the apostle, we returned to ourselves.

It was like seeing a video on a revolving lantern.
No, it was nothing that simple.
I experienced five senses, memories, and even emotions, so even calling it virtual reality wouldn’t cut it.
As the apostle said, it was reliving the experience of those lives.

“That’s… the beginning of everything…? I and Rei were…?”
“That’s right.”

Claire-sama muttered to herself, looking dumbfounded.
She probably didn’t fully understand it, but what she understood must’ve been way too shocking.

“I understand that it’s shocking, but everything I just showed is true.”

The apostle indifferently said.
After seeing that, I was half-convinced.

“Then, Apostle. Your identity is–”
“Indeed. I’m a terminal of the control unit of the Loop System, the artificial intelligence TAIM.”

As expected.

“Could you confirm something for me too? Rei was Oohashi Rei in her previous life, and Claire is the Claire François that we saw, right? Since reincarnation is repeated with this technology called quantum or whatever.”

Manaria-sama asked the apostle.

“It’s a little different. You’re right about Claire François, but Rei Taylor right here is a different individual from Oohashi Rei who became the Demon Queen.”
“… Eh?”

I couldn’t understand what the apostle said.
Because, I have memories of Oohashi Rei–

“Rei Taylor. You have memories of being an OL, but none of being an administrator, right?”
“… Ah…”

Certainly.
If I was the person who had created the loop system, it would be strange that I didn’t have memories of that.
In the footage shown to us, as an administrator, Rei had erased her memories each time she lived in a civilization. But in that case, it was unnatural that I had memories from the corporate OL era.
What in the world does it mean?

“Rei Taylor. You are a piece whom I prepared. Another Oohashi Rei created from Oohashi Rei’s quantum data.”
“!?”

I’m… not the real Oohashi Rei…?

“As you can see, the real Oohashi Rei abandoned her duty as the administrator as is trying to end the history of mankind as the Demon Queen. I had to stop it.”

“My raison d’être is the survival of mankind,” added the apostle – TAIM.

“However, I exist to be used by people. I can’t operate without an administrator. So I had to secretly prepare a new administrator to replace Oohashi Rei.”

“That’s you, Rei Taylor,” the apostle emphasized.

“I expected this to happen, so from a few loops ago, I’ve been trying to create an individual with strong powers to oppose the Demon Queen. The people who have the same face as you in this world are remnants of those failed works.”

So both Irie and the pope were those.

“However, I finally succeeded in producing a strong individual. That’s you, born in the last scientific civilization.”
“Then… the time I spent with Misaki and others…”
“You certainly experienced that.”

I see, then it’s fine.
Even if I’m not someone like the administrator, it’s fine as long as the days I spend with Misaki and others aren’t fake.
The previous life from my memories definitely existed.

“Your soul from scientific civilization was recovered, given as much power as my authority allowed, and reincarnated in this world. However, due to something known as soul capacity, you’ve lost memory of a certain amount of time before reincarnating. The process of memory restoration also took some time, which caused an unnatural interruption in your memory.”
So that’s why it felt like I was playing a game after work and then suddenly came to an academy classroom.
Come to think of it, Misha said that I’d suddenly changed, so Rei Taylor had also existed before I came to.
Not everything was fake.

Anyway–

“Hey, TAIM. Be a little more careful with your words.”

Claire-sama spoke sharply as if she spoke for my feelings.

“A piece, created, Oohashi Rei’s replacement, how can you say such things? What do you think a person is – a person’s dignity is?”

Claire-sama got angry.
She understood.
For a moment, I was about to lose my identity because of TAIM’s story.

“I apologize for offending your feelings. Even after hundreds of millions of years, I still don’t seem to be able to understand the subtleties of human emotions.”
“So it seems. Understand? Rei who is here is not anyone’s substitute. She’s my one and only irreplaceable partner.”
“Claire-sama…”

My tear glands inadvertently loosened.
Ahh, I’m really glad to be her partner.
Even if I was no more than a piece to achieve the apostle’s objective, the fact that I and Claire-sama fell in love and got together remains unchanged.
As long as she needs me, I can live.

“Hum… Please let me put it in order. TAIM, if anything is different, point it out. First of all, mankind made a civilization called scientific, and it reached a dead end.”
“That’s right.”

TAIM affirmed what Dor-sama said.
Mankind was about to meet its demise due to environmental destruction it caused.

“Researchers called Oohashi Rei and Claire François performed research to ensure survival of humanity and created the loop system.”
“That’s the official reason, but it seems Rei’s true intention was eternal romance with Claire François.”

Really, what was I (strictly speaking, it wasn’t me though) thinking?

“Then, the system was activated and humanity alternated between scientific and magical civilizations, with Rei maintaining the system as its administrator.”
“While enjoying romance with Claire François.”

But, it didn’t last forever.

“After going through too many loops, Rei’s feelings for Claire eventually wore down, so she decided to end the loop before they disappear completely.”
“That’s right. It’s a very selfish decision. I suggested adjusting her memory to delete Claire François from it, but the Demon Queen didn’t listen at all, so I gave up on her.”

Selfish – I think so too.
I still couldn’t really understand Oohashi Rei’s – the Demon Queen’s feelings, even after experiencing it myself.

Right now, I was madly in love with Claire-sama.
I couldn’t even imagine my feelings for her fading.
However, the Demon Queen has spent an unbelievably long time alone.
For her, Claire-sama was one of the few – or perhaps even the only one hope in the infinite loop.

Just how much fear and anguish must she have felt when those feelings wore out and disappeared?

“Wait a moment.”

While I was lost in thought, I heard a voice that disrupted the flow of the conversation.

“What is it, Rodd Bauer?”
“Even if you tell me this was how everything all began, I’m still not going to believe you that easily.”

Rodd-sama shrugged as he continued.

“A previous life? A repeating world? And on top of that, all of this was because of Rei? Hey now, come on. Everything we’ve heard so far has only come from a single source. Do you have any evidence for everything?”

Come to think of it, he was right.
Since we were shown everything through virtual reality, we were convinced quite easily. However, when I thought about it, we couldn’t be sure of whether or not TAIM was really telling the truth.
After all, there used to be a well-known saying in regards to entrepreneurs. “He who controls information, controls the world”, was it?

“You were shown everything just now, and I am the very system standing before you. Isn’t that proof enough?”
“You can’t really call that proof. And besides, you look just like the person that was once controlled by Salas’ hypnosis. I’m not going to believe you that easily.”

It seemed that Rodd-sama was distrustful of TAIM.
Well, I also felt like there was something amiss.

“Besides, I don’t like how you’re shoving all of the blame onto Claire and Rei.”
“It’s the truth, after all.”
“Is that so? Doesn’t that seem awfully convenient for you?”

Rodd-sama spoke provokingly, but TAIM only responded with a smile.
Rodd-sama let out a sigh before continuing.

“The Demon Queen is the enemy. That much is the truth, so that’s enough talk about who’s responsible for everything. ―― So, are you supposed to be our ally?”
“…… I doubt you will believe me no matter what I say.”

TAIM said as she shrugged her shoulders.

“…… So? What do you want us to do?”

Sein-sama posed the question to TAIM.
TAIM smiled while still wearing Lily-sama’s face and said,

“Defeat the Demon Queen, and then take her administrator rights away from her.”
“Eh? Do you think we can accomplish that?”

Philine was the one who expressed her doubts.

“Well, you know, the Demon Queen is still the administrator at the moment, right? In other words, she’s basically the creator of this whole world, isn’t she? I can’t even begin to imagine how we’d be able to defeat her and take the administrative rights away from her……”

Philine spoke with a weak tone, but I thought she had a valid point.
In reality, the Demon Queen that we were fighting off against was ridiculously strong.
The mysterious magic that Rodd had prepared barely managed to get through to her, but other than that, nothing else worked.
And to begin with, how were we going to take away something as ambiguous as administrator privileges away from her?

“It’s true that the Demon Queen is incredibly powerful, but she has numerous weaknesses to her.”
“Ohh? I’d like to hear about them, then.”

William-sama, seeming deeply interested, urged her to continue.

“First of all, she can’t bring herself to do anything to Claire François directly. If she could do something like that, humanity would’ve been long gone by now.”
“Are you saying we should use Claire-sama as a human shield?!”

I inadvertently raised my voice.
No matter how you looked at it, the idea sounded completely outrageous.

“That’s a rough way to put it, but that is the idea. The Demon Queen could wipe out entire mountain ranges if she wanted to, but as long as Claire François is involved, she won’t be able to lift a finger.”
“You――!”
“Wait a moment, Rei. TAIM, so what you’re saying is, as long as I’m there, the Demon Queen will be handicapped?”
“Claire-sama?!”
“I’m glad you catch on quickly, Claire François.”

Claire-sama continued as she paid no mind to my panicked state.

“That’ll be fine for our defenses, but what about our offensive side? The magical barrier that the Demon Queen uses has been completely immune to all of our attacks, you know?”
“Rodd Bauer will be able to take care of that front. Isn’t that right?”

TAIM directed our attention towards Rodd-sama.

“You really don’t hesitate to use me. Well, it just means I’m so reliable, huh? Fine, leave it to me.”

As usual, Rodd-sama casually took it in stride.

“Rodd-niisan, what exactly is that magic anyway?”
“It’s a large-scale technique that I developed. It uses quite a bit of magic, and the procedure to activate it is quite complicated, but its strength and quality is authentic, you know? You’ve seen how it managed to penetrate the Demon Queen’s barrier, right?”

Rodd-sama flashed a smile full of self-confidence in response to Yuu-sama’s question.

“I’d like it if you could tell me the details about it. I know it’s probably a military secret, but right now, we’re on the brink of mass extinction. I expect you to make a decision while thinking of the bigger picture here.”

Manaria-sama said to Rodd-sama.

“It can’t be helped, huh. I really wanted to save this for our rematch, though.”
“No matter how you look at it, that’s not something you should be using on an individual, right?”

Rodd-sama and Manaria-sama smiled at each other.

At that moment――

『―― Here’s a message for you all.』

There was a terrifying voice that echoed in my mind.

“This is――”
“I feel a strong magical energy! This is probably a telepathic message from the Demon Queen!”

While Philine was still bewildered, Hilda speculated what was going on.
The emotionless voice continued.

『I have a message for all of humanity. I am the Demon Queen – the one who will put an end to all of human history.』

From how she was speaking, this voice was probably being transmitted to all of humanity.
For some people, this was probably their first time experiencing telepathy, so hopefully, no cities were sent in a panic.

『I will destroy the world. However, I will grant you one temporary saving grace.』
“She’s just doing whatever she wants――!”

Claire-sama spoke, full of indignation.
However, the Demon Queen’s next words completely drained the color from Claire-sama’s face.

『Hand Claire François over to me. Otherwise, we will destroy every single country in the world each day, one by one.』


This marks the end of chapter 17 (“The Truth of the World“)!

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163 thoughts on “I Favor the Villainess 240

  1. Rei is not the OG Rei. Im not surprised but still… (。╯︵╰。)

    Because the flashbacks only focused on Claire and Rei, we didnt get to see the other characters for a while but after knowing their reactions, especially Rodd’s, and the explanation of apostle, Im now highly suspicious of TAIM.

    Also Claire, for the love yuri gods dont go to the demon queen!

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    1. She’ll go and she’ll break the Demon Queen mind in a flash. If I remember correctly, at the end of this season is a small paragraph describes Demon Queer ahegao face. :))

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  2. I don’t know but now I feel like the relationship between Claire and (fake rei) is a bit uncomfortable now even though my wish has come true but now I don’t want to read this story again. I hope my thoughts will be exchanged in the next Acr. Anyway, this story is getting hotter for new readers and becoming contemptuous of old readers, who are very attached to MC Rei and Claire, am I two-faced right?

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    1. Demon Rei= Original Rei/pratically god who administrates humanity- wants to finish off humanity since she discovers that her love for Claire is wearing off. MC Rei= someone the AI created to overthrow Demon Rei to save humanity- in love with Claire. Claire= the same Claire Demon Re fell in love with on loop1(same soul, at least) now in love with MC Rei. Claire created the AI (aka TAIM or apostle) in loop1. Now MC Rei and Claire is teaming up to defeat Demon Rei and take her administrative rights to save humanity. I hope that makes it at least a bit better

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  3. So 1 of the questions that I have is She is just a copy of rei oshashi like Rei Taylor does exist before right? That she is real but why does she remember that she is Rei Ohashi

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  4. If u think about it the rei demon queen’s story is depressing and sad….losing her feelings to Claire…..and to know that the original rei is just a replacement….This whole story is making me cry whoever wrote this is a genius to think like this inori-sensei thank you so much!

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        1. Because if she could make an ending that lives up with fans expectation (especially fans from this place), I don’t know what is what anymore. Scare is not enough to describe the feeling of fans in post ending chaos.

          Well, no matter what happens. A good fan should brace themselves to secure Inori-sensei for a greater good.

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            1. Hahah It will be nice if Inori make Claire A Top sometime Im looking forward for it XD damn imagination Claire being the dominant and Rei being the submissive one

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                    1. Nope it’s their fault cause leave me alone and too busy with their stupid work, so I have the right to spend all that money as I want it is fair after all

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    1. I don’t thing so since quantum physics doesn’t allow us to make a copy. Therefore, the Rei we knew is actually not fake nor real, she is a different person. That means no same data to sync.

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    1. You know I asked Inori directly if she ever watch Black Mirror. Here’s her respond:

      To those who replied to me about Black Mirror.I had never heard of it before, but after a quick Google search, I found out that it is a TV drama series based on science fiction. I've never seen it, but it looks very interesting.ヾ(๑╹◡╹)ノ"— いのり。@わたおし漫画化@百合姫 (@inori_narou) December 11, 2020

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      1. Hello everyone, a question in which chapter Irie’s name appears. I understand about the Pope but Irie is also a clone of Ooashi Rei but I don’t remember the chapter makes its appearance
        Please someone to enlighten me if it is not too much trouble

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        1. you are not only people who have promblem in literature, i have left many lessons about this subject at school so now I think my grammar isn’t even that of a middle school student LOL. ( I haven’t studied any thing for my tomorrow Grammar test…)

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      1. I wish I could. i really want to support Inori. But I don’t have much money. However, I do make sure to put her on the list so I can buy her goods when I get pay check.

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      1. Threesome, NRT (honestly, I do not really get it well), ahegao, creamy on a great pair of pudding, homura subaru, toys, a lot of toys, collar, bondage, reverse, 69, scissor, cum swap, sharing climax, etc.

        You’re welcome.

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  5. Rae Taylor’s soul might’ve been artificially created but her experiences are genuine just like everyone else’s. This does explain a lot about the Spirit Church and why they recruit Rae look alikes though. Since the other Raes (who are also all still their own people) are most similar OG Rei, they’re the closest people to “God” as it were. At least physically, mentally also probably similar minded but not crazy obsessed like the OG.

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  6. One other thing I feel I should mention is there’s such a big difference between Rae and Rei in that our Rae actually has attachments outside of Claire. Claire is obviously still her number 1, but at the very least you have the daughters, Misaki and his group, Rae cares about other LGBTQ+ people like Joel, Yu, and Lily. Meanwhile Rei’s single and sole attachment is the *idea* of loving Claire(‘s soul).

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    1. That’s right. She may be “created” from fragments of the original, but she has her own value that rivals or probably exceed, that of the original. She developed her own consciousness, her own morals, through her life experiences. It’s disappointing that she wasn’t the Rei that first love Claire or the Rei that made all this possible, but at least she has given Claire and their friends the experience of a lifetime by dragging them to shit ton of problems and solving them together. They even defy the written outcome of some events (ie Bauer’s execution of nobles, Philine going down the Claire route, saving the whole kingdom and other people). The original Rei may not be able to do something like this (yet) as she is only focus on Claire and romancing her. So yes, we still root for MC Rei!

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  7. Wipe og Rei’s memories, make a different Claire, and send em off to have a nice life.

    You know actually hold up how do Mei and Alea fit into this? It’s been mentioned before that they both have a curse that causes their blood to make magical crystals when it touches something, but that was never really explained even though Rei and Claire said they’d cure them. Or the fact that Mei is a quad caster but Alea has no magic? If magic crystals are made out of radioactive waste then are they just radioactive children?

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    1. If I remember correctly they still haven’t cure Mei and Alea’s curse. They used Tears of the Moon before but it didn’t work. The best thing they can do is to neutralized(?) their curse with the help of Relaire (water slime adopted baby). How does that work was not explained very well. Apostle once said their powers were meant to rival Dorothea before but I dont know now.

      Also calling them radioactive children is… that’s dangerous. What would Marie Curie say if she’s reading this 😂😂

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    1. I wonder well there is a lot of things that we still need to know well yea whatever the ending is imma just accept it and I’m gonna plan to write some fanfics for Rei & Claire huahua

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        1. Now my brain is full of some inappropriate things 👀🤦🏻‍♀️ about Rei & Claire like Claire being a Top ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) oh gash forgive me Claude & Rei

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  8. To think that it was actually Rei that is a copy and not Claire. Dagnabbit, Inori-sensei. My poor heart is bleeding. Nevertheless, she might be a copy, but her experiences are real. She might be an artificial soul, but she is still her own person and her feelings for Claire are genuine. I wonder what Claire thinks of OG Rei now?

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  9. There is a nice guy from deep web revealed to me the ending of this season. It is expected to have at least 3 ending and yet he do not know which ending Inori will release. However he suspects that manga and novel might have a slightly different ending.

    Does anyone curious? :3

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    1. Please take me the link and everything you know about that or may be you can ask him how to hack Inoris’ computer than tell me then i will make next path by myself

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                1. I think almost every questions have answered in this Arc but the mysterious epidemic Claire contracted has not yet been explained so i think may be in the end Claire may be will get it and Rei has to save her again Lol( i did that!!! my first theory!!!)

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                  1. I agree that almost all questions were answered (although new questions arose) but that epidemic thingy.. Sorry mate but I have to debunk it. Claire will only get sick in the scientific loop and that if they live in the late part of 21st century. Currently they live in the magical civilization and at the beginning of 21st century, so unless she get killed she will live a long life and become a wrinkled granny.

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                    1. I disagree with you two. There are still a lot mystery around the story. I think Inori is trying to setup materials for next season.

                      Also, since Inori loves twist. I think the end maybe really shock 😱.

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                    2. No I was referring to the questions about demon queen’s identity and the truth of the world. Also, iirc Inori said she plan to have a story in Claire’s pov, if it is a new season (story) or just a retelling of the events told in Claire’s view im not sure/can’t recall.

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                    3. if its just a story will tell from Claire’s point of view and nothing new, i don’t think it will be attractive fan as the first one so i think it will be an ova for the main story. ( OhHHH i am so exciting)

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                    4. Let me ask what chapter Rei uses absolute zero for the first time? I’m trying to reread this series from the start but I still can’t see Rei using it

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  10. Thank you very much for the chapters!

    … I certainly did not expect this whole AI thing… Wow, talk about amazing~

    I’m looking forward to the ending~

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  11. Welp, didn’t expect the AI affair and this series turning into a scienfic all of the sudden(and here I thought I was just reading some good ol’ classic fantasy-isekai light novel) ❤ for Inori-sensei for writing such a cool story, and ❤ for the translators and their hard work. (I scrolled thru the comment section and where's neko?!)

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    1. She’s at the top comments XD well yeah is it just me that this chapter has a lot of pov or comments unlike from the previous chapters haha

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  12. Hello
    Spoiler alert notice

    I have managed to hack inori’s computer it was not easy but I succeeded in the end

    This message is for that guy called yurota.
    who said that in the deep web there is a guy who did the same as me and notice that there are 3 possible endings let me tell you it’s true. here I will summarize some of the endings
    Here it goes

    Everyone on the battlefield fights with Oosashi rei (the demon queen) Clearie upon seeing the whole storm of war launches a cry to the sky demanding that the demon queen stop that she wants to talk to her alone to stop
    At first the demon queen is reluctant to do it but later agrees but warns her that nothing will change
    Rei taylor tells her not to go alone … and to allow her to accompany her and claire accepts
    When the demon queen sees Rei Taylor with Claire, she becomes jealous but Claire tells her that they are both the ones who want to be face to face to tell oosashi everything and if she does not do it, she will commit suicide …
    After that she asks Taim a favor to bring back the memories of her original self from the first loop …
    Then comes the exciting thing, at first she gets angry because of the path she is choosing and that she thanks him for everything he has done for her and that thanks to that he has a wife who loves him and two beautiful daughters and then she starts crying a little. two argue in a crazy way until they insult and slap each other
    But in the end he cannot convince her to the demon queen and he asks her seriously that you are sure of what he is going to choose and the demon queen says yes and that there is no going back …
    Then claire imposes a condition on him … that it is fine but that it does not destroy the souls of this world that each life is precious
    Then Claire hugs him and gives the demon queen and rei taylor a deep kiss as a way of farewell.
    Here comes the climax
    claire tells the demon queen that she is going to die but not in the way she wants but that oosashi rei himself does it if she is willing to do anything and not let others do the dirty work
    Claire with a strong determination tells him to kill her that if she is no longer interested or feels love for her. at that moment rei taylor gets scared and tells her not to do it and if she is going to do that they prefer to die with her, then they tell dor-sama to take care of her daughters and then she starts saying goodbye to everyone
    The demon queen creates a huge spear of darkness. And that’s when oosahi rei begins to remember all her past so far
    Then he fires the spear but it fails and Claire replies that she doesn’t have the courage to do it
    The demon queen starts crying that she doesn’t want to end things this way either.
    That if there was a way to love claire again to go back to exactly how she was and then express her jealousy of the other rei taylor that she can what she cannot do that she has always been alone that whenever the people she loves die like It happened to her friend who died and then with Claire and that you really loved me at first I was afraid that Claire would break her heart and but the relationship lasted 5 years (first loop) and there I knew that Claire loves her but at the repeating the same things her mind deteriorated and then she approaches claire and kisses her so many times to show her that she is afraid that someone will help her
    At that moment, taim appears but not in a physical body but in a spiritual form and tells him that he has a solution and that is for Oosahi Rei and Rei Taylor to do the same thing again.
    And everyone is surprised what the hell it means
    Here comes the revelation there is a subject in this group who said that it is impossible to create a copy of the original with quantum physics that is why the other rei taylor failed and let me say it is true
    Taim had divided her soul into 2 when she came back from the loops and Oosashi Rei tells her how she could do it and she has the rights of administrator that how she could do it .. there Taima tells her that there is a clause in her programming and that is yes the administrator causes failures, the system can intervene and that is how he overstepped his authority and every time he returned from the loop she stole some of his soul data and transplanted it into another body known as the rei taylor we know

    And all remain wtf I liked how inori made this novel

    Here comes the tipping of the plot
    Chambers seizes administrative rights
    Now how will the end be, very soon we get over it
    I’m not going to ruin my readers addicted to yuri in that

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  13. I still have doubts, if TAIM can create a replica of Oohashi Rei, it is not impossible that TAIM can also make a replica of Claire François …
    and I felt that the real Claire François was dead at that time (in chapter 237)

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  14. if the story continued like this, the ending would have ended like this:

    – Oohashi Rei died (either killed or killed himself)
    – or Oohashi Rei & Rei Taylor became one existence (the same as the otome game novels I’ve read)
    – Rei Taylor & Claire become the new administrators, because they together will definitely not be lonely, unlike Oohashi Rei who is alone (this is almost the same as the ending of the novel I’ve read)

    if the ending is like this it will be boring because it is predictable

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  15. I know this is ridiculous but is it possible that the humanity survive what I mean they came back to their real life to their real bodies, and Claire might be the author of the book she’s writing the whole story like that she became a famous author then Rei is gone, Claire did not marry somebody bcuz she loves rei even rei is already dead? And until she grows old and waits for her death so she can be with rei?

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  16. I binged through the chapters expecting cute yuri shenanigans. Well, I got that, plus some commentary about real life, pretty good plot and world building. I wasn’t expecting this to be deep, and was thinking it’ll be a light fun read, but here we are lol.

    Rei and the world, as revealed by TAIM (if what they’re saying is true, because Rodd has a point in having doubts about this whole reveal), now gives me some Tales of the Abyss + Star Ocean: Till the End of Time combo vibes.

    At first I was queasy, I thought that everything that happened so far, all of their experiences, was fabricated or pre-ordained, just programmed by OG Rei and Claire. That they didn’t really have choices. And this took away their agency. I already grew attached to the characters, especially our fave girls Rei and Claire, so I’d be pretty pissed if it’s all fake.

    Good thing that isn’t the case. They may be going through loops, but their lives are real, their experiences are real, their choices are theirs. So much so that loops aren’t complete repeats of previous loops and their choices have impact and change the course of the loop. I’m not quite sure if the loops take place in a virtual space, but their consciousness and soul are real.

    Now about Rei, she may be a replica, but her experiences are separate from OG Rei, and she’s her own person. I’m happy they touched on this and I’m happy how this went down:

    [“Hey, TAIM. Be a little more careful with your words.”

    Claire-sama spoke sharply as if she spoke for my feelings.

    “A piece, created, Oohashi Rei’s replacement, how can you say such things? What do you think a person is – a person’s dignity is?”

    Claire-sama got angry.
    She understood.
    For a moment, I was about to lose my identity because of TAIM’s story.]

    Being told you’re a copy would be a huge hit on anyone’s psyche. I’m happy that Claire is so in tune with Rei and is quick to defend her.

    OG Rei and Claire was a damn tragedy tho. Fingers crossed for MC Rei and current Claire’s happy ending!

    Now here are some questions:
    -Why didn’t OG Rei just order TAIM to stop the loops? She’s the admin with the power to override TAIM. Did OG Claire make a failsafe to make sure TAIM never sways from their original function, which is to preserve humanity?

    -Will all the Reis eventually merge into one? Not sure I want this because then, whose consciousness will prevail? Now this gives me some RWBY vibes as well.

    So excited for more chapters! Thank you for translating for us non-Japanese readers. I’ll be sure to buy the official English release to support Inori-sensei. 🙂

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    1. [Why didn’t OG Rei just order TAIM to stop the loops? She’s the admin with the power to override TAIM. Did OG Claire make a failsafe to make sure TAIM never sways from their original function, which is to preserve humanity?]

      – Because even if she order TAIM to stop the loop the final say will still come from OG Rei. It’s like when you’re deleting files and then there will be a pop up asking “are you sure you want to delete this file?”. And because stopping the loop will result the end of mankind, that means including Claire, she cant bring herself to just do it. So she had to make a way to kill Claire without involving herself directly first, and then destroying the world. TAIM is an ai built and programmed to save humanity, it is just being true to its function. Through the years it also acquired knowledge and empathy(?) to better understand humans. But it’s actions up until this point is still questionable and doubtful for me coz like what Rodd said it was all one sided.

      [Will all the Reis eventually merge into one? Not sure I want this because then, whose consciousness will prevail? Now this gives me some RWBY vibes as well.]
      – I dont think they will merge. I cannot explain it well but the reason that we have 3 Reis (MC Rei, Pope, Irie) is because TAIM experimented to make a copy that is strong enough to rival/replace OG Rei as an admin. Experiment resulted in MC Rei as the strongest, the others are just remnants. Also they came from one soul but they developed different values so merging all of them may not result in creating a “true” OG Rei copy.

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      1. Oh right! I can’t believe I overlooked that one since it’s so important and TAIM straight up pointed it out as OG Rei’s weakness. OG Rei can’t bring herself to end Claire, so something/someone else must kill her first. Thanks for explaining.

        As for the second, I hope you’re right that they won’t merge. As you’ve said, the different Reis have different values. They’re different people despite sharing the same face. And I just really like MC Rei, with us having gone through the novel in her POV the vast majority of the time. So if they merge, the MC Rei we know will be no more.

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    1. Happy day and there are almost 2 weeks left for the last part of the web novel I will really miss I Favor the villaniess if God really exists I ask you to listen to my prayers and make a final third part
      It is as the saying goes that a work must be finished in three acts …
      And if by chance my wish is fulfilled, I promise not to hack into Inori-sensei’s computer again to make spoilers ever again.

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    1. U mean that Demon Queen Rei Will Fell in love to Lily? Welp Can’t wait to see that! U have a good prediction again Yurota Sensei

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