After defeating the treants in Ajole village, Ash and the Territory Reform Promotion Office embark on a trip to the Sukun region, famous for its hot springs. Maika sees this as the perfect opportunity to confess her feelings for Ash but is beaten to the draw by the boy’s words, “I like you, but my heart lies somewhere else.”
Following her rejection, Maika makes it her mission to change Ash’s mind by participating in the Royal Sword Tournament, where the winner is granted any wish. It’s the same tournament that was once won by her father, Klein, who used his victory to ask for Yuika’s hand in marriage! Thus, Maika prepares to put on a legendary performance in the name of love!
This is the fifth chapter of the story about a young boy who sets out to revolutionize the world in order to rebuild civilization and create his ideal life!
Culmination of the romance sub-plot, well-handled
While the romance sub-plot has been evident through the first five volumes, it has been handled very slowly and carefully as part of the main characters’ development. Even so, the (presumable) finale of that part of the story was unexpectedly well-done. Great kudos to the author. There’s clearly a lot more coming from other threads of the overall story, and I look forward to seeing both the characters and the world continue to develop.