The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?

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The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?
Hachinantte Sore wa Inai Deshō! light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
八男って、 それはないでしょう!
(Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou!)
GenreFantasy, Harem, Isekai[1]
Novel series
Written byY.A
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runJune 2013March 2017
Light novel
Written byY.A.
Illustrated byFuzichoco
Published byMedia Factory
ImprintMF Books
DemographicMale
Original runApril 2014 – present
Volumes20 (List of volumes)
Manga
Illustrated byHiroki Kusumoto
Published byKadokawa Shoten
ImprintMF Comics
MagazineComicWalker
DemographicSeinen
Original run2015 – present
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuo Miura
Written byTakeshi Miyamoto
Music byMinako Seki
StudioShin-Ei Animation
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, AT-X
Original run April 2, 2020 June 18, 2020
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? (Japanese: 八男って、 それはないでしょう!, Hepburn: Hachinan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!) is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Y.A. and illustrated by Fuzichoco. It was serialized online between June 2013 and March 2017 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Media Factory, who published the first light novel volume in April 2014 under their MF Books imprint. Twenty volumes have been released as of July 2020. A manga adaptation with art by Hiroki Kusumoto has been serialized online via Kadokawa Shoten's ComicWalker website since 2015. It has been collected in seven tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Shin-Ei Animation aired from April 2 to June 18, 2020, with an English dubbed Crunchyroll debut on May 14.

Plot[edit]

Shingo Ichinomiya was once a single Japanese salaryman until the day he fell asleep and woke up in a magical fantasy world as a young boy named Wendelin von Benno Baumeister, the eighth son of the noble Baumeister family. Due to his family being poor, Wendelin is unlikely to inherit anything from his father as the family's noble title, wealth and possessions will go to his eldest brother Kurt while the rest of his brothers leave the succession to find income by other means. He looks through his father's library and finds a magic testing orb which glows with rainbow colours when he activates it, proving he has an ability to use magic. Alfred, a former court wizard turned restless undead, senses his magical prowess and decides to teach Wendelin everything he knows about magic. Thanks to Alfred, Wendelin becomes a skilled swordsman and mage, leading him to become a famous adventurer known throughout the kingdom.

Characters[edit]

Wendelin (ヴェンデリン, Venderin/Vell)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (drama CD), Junya Enoki (anime),[2] Shizuka Ishigami (young, anime)[3] (Japanese); Benjamin Diskin[4] (English)
Wendelin von Benno Baumeister is the main protagonist of the series. He was once a salaryman named Shingo Ichinomiya (一宮 慎吾, Ichinomiya Shingo) until he is reborn into a highly aristocratic and polygamic (for the nobles) fantasy world as the eighth son of Artur von Benno Baumeister. Wendelin is at first worried about his well being since he is unlikely to inherit anything from his family as the youngest and 8th son until he discovers he has magic and meets Alfred Rainford, a former court wizard turned undead spirit who teaches him how to use his magic and makes him a skilled mage. As the series progress, he forms an adventurer party with his former classmates and friends and becomes famous not only for his powerful magic but also for finding lost magical ruins and defeating powerful monsters, especially dragons. Eventually, he is rewarded for his accomplishments by the King of Helmut who grants him the rank of Earl (Count in the anime and the web novel, which is the same thing) and his own lands to rule. Wendelin eventually marries five of his female companions and later his former sister-in-law.
Elise (エリーゼ, Erīse)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (drama CD), Asuka Nishi (anime)[2] (Japanese); Reba Buhr[4] (English)
Elise Katharina von Hohenheim, is a priestess and one of Wendelin's party members. Nicknamed the "Saint" by the people due to her kindness, healing powers and being the granddaughter of the Cardinal of the kingdom's church. Her grandfather arranges a political marriage between Elise and Wendelin, hoping to secure an alliance between the upcoming popular noble and the church. Despite their arranged engagement, Elise genuinely falls in love with Wendelin as they both understand the burden of being in the spotlight. She later marries Wendelin as the head wife of their family.
Erwin (エルヴィン, Eruvin/El)
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (drama CD), Hiro Shimono (anime)[3] (Japanese); Billy Kametz (English)
Erwin von Alnim is a knight and one of Wendelin's party members. A classmate of Wendelin during their days in the academy, Erwin wishes to find fame and fortune for himself rather than rely on his noble family. After Wendelin becomes an Earl, Erwin pledges loyalty to his best friend as his first retainer and personal guard and later becomes engaged to one of his teammates, Haruka Fujibayashi, a citizen of the semi-independent country of the Count of Mizuho in the Holy Roman Empire.
Louise (ルイーゼ, Ruīze/Luise)
Voiced by: Asami Imai (drama CD), Yuuna Mimura (anime)[5] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh[4] (English)
Louise Yorande Aorelia Oufelbeik is a martial artist and one of Wendelin's party members. Skilled in channeling magic into physical combat, she became an adventurer after her family kicked her out for possessing excessive mana capacity. She fell in love with Wendelin but due to being a commoner she at first believes she cannot legally marry him but be his mistress instead. She is also in competition with her best friend Iina, who is also in love with Wendelin. However, Wendelin reveals he loves them both and wants them both to be his wives instead. Thanks to the party's fame and service to the kingdom, the King raises Louise to the rank of nobility, allowing her to marry Wendelin as one of his wives.
Iina (イーナ, Īna/Ena)
Voiced by: Eriko Matsui (drama CD), Mikako Komatsu (anime)[5] (Japanese); Erica Mendez[4] (English)
Iina Suzane Hirenbrant is a spearwoman and one of Wendelin's party members. The daughter of a family of spear practitioners, she became an adventurer after her family forced her to leave after she defeated and humiliated her older brothers in spear combat. She fell in love with Wendelin since they were classmates but due to her family being vassals, she at first believes she cannot legally marry him but be his mistress instead. She is also in competition with her best friend Louise, who is also in love with Wendelin. However, Wendelin reveals he loves them both and would rather make them both his wives instead. Thanks to the party's fame and service to the kingdom, the King raises Iina to the rank of nobility, allowing her to marry Wendelin as one of his wives.
Inū (イヌー)
Voiced by: Yū Sanada (drama CD)
Wilma (ヴィルマ, Viruma/Vilma)
Voiced by: M.A.O (anime)[5] (Japanese); Veronica Taylor[4] (English)
Wilma Etol von Asgahan is an axe wielding hunter and one of Wendelin's party members. She was formerly a hunter serving the Asgahan family until the head of the family, Lord Marshall Edgar Asgahan, adopted her as his daughter as part of his plan to protect Wendelin from jealous nobles by presenting her as a possible fiance. Wilma was born with a rare condition called Hero's Syndrome, which multiplied her metabolism many times over but also constantly channels her mana into physical prowess many times more efficiently compared to other mages. Due to her condition, she became a hunter out of necessity to feed her high metabolism and agrees to her adopted father's plan since Wendelin, a famous monster hunter and rich noble, will allow her to eat various kinds of monster meat and other foods. She later also becomes one of Wendelin's wives.
Roderich (ローデリヒ, Rōderihi)
Voiced by: Tomohito Takatsuka (anime)[3] (Japanese); Xander Mobus (English)
A former spearman warrior who serves Wendelin as his chamberlain. Roderich tried to get Wendelin to notice hire him as a retainer for years. Roderich comes from a merchant family and has numerous connections with merchants. In the web novel, Roderich is referred to as a majordomo.
Amalie (アマーリエ, Amārie)
Voiced by: Yukana (anime)[3]
Amalie is Kurt's wife, the mother of his two sons and Wendelin's sister-in-law. After Kurt's death, she begins a relationship with Wendelin and teaches him how to properly make love with his wives before their wedding. Later, both Amalie and Wendelin genuinely fall in love with each other and she becomes his mistress.
Katherine (Katharina/Catalina)
She is a headstrong (former) noble with a competitive streak who has a strong belief in the traditions of the nobility. As such, she has a tendency to be overly concerned with "keeping up appearances" in accordance to her perceived status. At some point prior to meeting Wend, she also became very hostile and provocative towards others, due to her always being singled out by those who wished to take advantage of her. This caused Wend to initially peg her as having a "loner" type personality.She is also easily embarrassed, to the point of stereo-typically crying into Elise's lap when Wend "accidentally" saw her naked, and turning beet-red when she confessed/proposed to him. She also becomes one of Wendelin's wives.
Therese Sigrid von Philip (Therese/Terese)
A candidate for emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, she is a very stubborn person who is well respected within her own domain after going through various circumstances. She is also quite fond of Earl Baumeister to the point of openly flirting and teasing him in front of his wives. She genuinely ends up in love with Wendelin even though he rebukes her every time.
Kurt (クルト, Kuruto)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (anime)[3] (Japanese); Chris Hackney (English)
Kurt Baumeister is Wendelin's eldest brother and heir to the Baumeister family knightdom. Proud and arrogant of being the heir, he grows jealous of his youngest brother after Wendelin's fame as an adventurer grows. Wanting his brother's riches and assets, he joins a conspiracy with a group of nobles who are also jealous of Wendelin and want him assassinated. However, the conspiracy fails and Kurt himself is killed.
Alfred Rainford (アルフレッド, Arufureddo)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (anime)[3] (Japanese); Kaiji Tang (English)
Alfred Rainford was a former court wizard and Wendelin's master. He was a famous mage who was believed to have been killed during a failed campaign to exterminate dangerous monsters in the Enchanted Forest in the Baumeister domain, but was revealed to have survive as a Whispering Dead, a sentient undead doomed to eventually become a mindless zombie. Sensing Wendelin's great potential i before passing away peacefully. Rainford's assets and wealth are later inherited by Wendelin as his successor.
Brantack Lyngstad (ブランターク・リングスタット, Burantāku Ringusutatto)
Voiced by: Yusaku Yara (anime)[3] (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English)
A retired adventurer and around 50 years old, Brantack is Alfred Rainford's former magic teacher and later mentor to Wendelin and his party. He is currently in the employ of Lord Bleichröder.
Klimt Kristoff von Armstrong (クリムト・クリストフ・フォン・アームストロング, Kurimuto Kurisutofu fon Āmusutorongu)
Voiced by: Masashi Yamane (anime)[3]
The King's court wizard, proficient in physical enhancing magic, and Alfred Rainford's best friend. He later teaches Louise and Wendelein after the noble's tournament and becomes their guru. He is Elise's uncle.
Artur Baumeister (アルトゥールビルダー, Aruto~ūrubirudā)
Voiced by: Dai Matsumoto
A poor nobleman and Wendelin's father who rules a small farmland. He has eight sons and two daughters, from his wife Johanna and mistress Leila.
Cardinal Hohenheim (枢機卿ホーエンハイム, Sūkikyō Hōenhaimu)
Voiced by: Junpei Asashina
Leader of the kingdom's church and Elise's grandfather. He wanted Wendelin under his influence to increase the church's political power, so he tricked a still young and naïve Wendelin into agreeing to marry Elise, becoming Wendelin's grandfather in law.
Amadeus Freytag von Bleichröder
Voiced by: Hironori Kondou
The noble in charge of the southern part of the Kingdom of Helmut, which includes the lands of the Knight of Baumeister. In the anime, he is a Duke. In the web novel he his a Margrave. His father was the leader of the troops, with Alfred Rainford as his wizard, that perished and became undead, while trying to subdue the Devil Forest.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Hachinan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō! is written by Y.A. and illustrated by Fuzichoco. The light novels has been published by Media Factory, under their MF Books imprint.

No. Release date ISBN
1 April 25, 2014[6]978-4-04-066719-5
2 July 25, 2014[7]978-4-04-066924-3
3 October 24, 2014[8]978-4-04-067133-8
4 January 23, 2015[9]978-4-04-067356-1
5 June 25, 2015[10]978-4-04-067696-8
6 September 25, 2015[11]978-4-04-067785-9
7 December 25, 2015[12]978-4-04-068020-0
8 April 25, 2016[13]978-4-04-068183-2
9 August 25, 2016[14]978-4-04-068461-1
10 February 25, 2017[15]978-4-04-069087-2
11 June 24, 2017[16]978-4-04-069274-6
12 December 25, 2017[17]978-4-04-069599-0
13 April 25, 2018[18]978-4-04-069868-7
14 August 25, 2018[19]978-4-04-065131-6
15 December 25, 2018[20]978-4-04-065389-1
16 March 25, 2019[21]978-4-04-065636-6
17 July 25, 2019[22]978-4-04-065907-7
18 December 25, 2019[23]978-4-04-064270-3
19 March 25, 2020[24]978-4-04-064539-1
20 July 20, 2020[25]978-4-04-064799-9
21 November 25, 2020[26]978-4-04-680010-7
22 April 24, 2021[27]978-4-04-680392-4

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation with art by Hiroki Kusumoto has been published online by Kadokawa Shoten's ComicWalker since 2015. As of May 27, 2021, it has been collected in nine tankōbon volumes.[28]

No. Release date ISBN
1 September 19, 2015[29]978-4-04-067796-5
2 March 22, 2016[30]978-4-04-068150-4
3 November 21, 2016[31]978-4-04-068664-6
4 June 22, 2017[32]978-4-04-069257-9
5 March 22, 2018[33]978-4-04-069696-6
6 January 21, 2019[34]978-4-04-065197-2
7 December 23, 2019[35]978-4-04-064207-9
8 April 23, 2020[36]978-4-04-064468-4
9 January 22, 2021[28]978-4-04-680049-7

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of the series was announced by Media Factory on December 14, 2018.[1][37] The anime was later confirmed to be a television series, which aired from April 2 to June 18, 2020 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and AT-X.[38][39] The series is animated by Shin-Ei Animation, with assistance by SynergySP, and is directed by Tatsuo Miura, featuring series composition by Takeshi Miyamoto and character designs by Keiji Tanabe.[40] Minako Sato is composing the series' music.[41] The opening theme is "Jikū no Mayoi Hito" (時空の迷い人, "Space-Time of the Hesitant Person") performed by Demon Kakka and Arika Takarano, while the ending theme is "Tsukiakari Monologue" (月明りのMonologue, "Moonlight Monologue") performed by Akino Arai x AKINO from Bless4.[39] The series' English dub premiered on Crunchyroll on May 14, 2020.

No. Title[42][a] Original air date English air date
1"The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: 八男って、 それはないでしょう!)
April 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)May 14, 2020
A Japanese salaryman falls asleep before waking up and finding himself in the body of a five year old noble boy named Wendelin von Benno Baumeister, during the wedding of his oldest brother Kurt and his wife Amalie. Despite being nobles, Wendelin discovers the Baumeisters are poor and only own a small knightdom of farmlands which will be inherited by Kurt while the rest of his six older brothers have either married into other families, or found work as government officials or soldiers, leaving him nothing to inherit. After finding a book on magic in his father's library, Wendelin later discovers he has the ability to use magic. While searching for firewood in the nearby Enchanted Forest for his family, Wendelin meets a sorcerer named Alfred Rainford, who detected the boy's magic, saving him from a wild boar and vows to teach him how to use magic.
2"A Succession Dispute? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Oie Sōdō tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: お家騒動って、 それはないでしょう!)
April 9, 2020 (2020-04-09)May 21, 2020
Wendelin decides to keep his magic secret after learning it would move him ahead of Kurt to inherit the lordship, risking possible assassination by Kurt. Alfred discovers Wendelin has an extraordinarily high magic capacity. As the training continues, Alfred displays unusual symptoms: cold skin, no sense of taste and bouts of pain. Wendelin’s strange behaviour draws Kurt’s attention until Wendelin announces he wants to be an adventurer, making Kurt less suspicious. The kingdom's Adventurers Academy is expensive, so Wendelin decides to work to pay his own tuition. To help with traveling, Alfred teaches Wendelin flight magic. Wendelin’s father hears a rumour of a Whispering Dead nearby, a sentient corpse doomed to become a mindless zombie. Wendelin realizes that he means Alfred and confronts him. Alfred admits he is dead due to a failed expedition but came back as a Whispering Dead to pass on his knowledge to an apprentice. Having done so, he teaches Wendelin holy magic to purge him and let him pass to the afterlife. Years later Wendelin leaves his family to become an adventurer.
3"A Loner? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Botchi tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: ボッチって、 それはないでしょう!)
April 16, 2020 (2020-04-16)May 28, 2020
At Adventurers Academy, Wendelin tries to make friends but due to his lack of communications skills, high level of magic, and incredible actions, the rest of the students are too afraid to approach him. Three students, Erwin, Louise and Iina, share a bond over being the youngest children of lower class families. Wanting to gain Wendelin's recognition to form a party with him, they attempt to hunt a large pack of wolves but are overwhelmed until Wendelin rescues them. Due to a misunderstanding, the three believe Wendelin sees them as a burden when in reality he wants to be friends with them. Their class attend a party hosted by Duke Bleichroder who takes an interest in Wendelin as Wendelin's father is a vassal of Bleichroder. Wendelin asks Erwin, Louise and Iina to join him much to their surprise. They learn Bleichroder brought them to meet his court wizard, Brantack Lyngstad, Alfred's former teacher, who confirms his suspicions that Alfred passed his knowledge to Wendelin. Realizing that Wendelin is the same as them, Erwin, Louise and Iina agree to be Wendelin's friends and form an adventuring party. For returning Alfred's possessions and the expedition's resources to Bleichroder, Wendelin is rewarded a thousand gold coins and inherits Alfred's estate much to everyone's surprise.
4"Obligations? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Shigarami tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: しがらみって、 それはないでしょう!)
April 23, 2020 (2020-04-23)June 4, 2020
Wendelin and his friends are invited to his brother Erich’s wedding in the kingdom's capital. An undead bone dragon attacks their airship so Brantack has Wendelin purge the dragon with holy magic before collecting the valuable bones and crystal heart. In the capital city of Stuttburg, Brantack leaves them with his merchant friend Aruterio Marchen. Soldiers take Wendelin to meet the king, who rewards him for defeating the bone dragon with the Twin Dragon medal and the noble rank of Baronet, making Wendelin one of the nobles of the robe. Erich worries as their father is only a knight, meaning Wendelin will be removed from their family tree to become head of his own noble family. Several officials begin arguing how much to pay Wendelin for the bones and heart. Aruterio explains that Cardinal Hohenheim wants Wendelin under the church's influence, Lord Marshall Edgar wants him for the military, and Lord Commissioner Ruckner wants to save money. In the end Wendelin is paid 150,000 gold. Wendelin attends Erich’s wedding but finds his family are so poor they cannot provide a suitable wedding present, embarrassing themselves and their lord, Duke Bleichroder, so Wendelin buys the presents. Aruterio manages to find Wendelin the kome-kouji he had been looking for to make miso, which he uses to make dinner for his family and friends. Cardinal Hohenheim informs his granddaughter, "Saint" Elise Hohenheim, he has found her a suitable husband.
5"Political Marriage? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Seiryaku Kekkon tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: 政略結婚って、 それはないでしょう!)
April 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)June 11, 2020
Hohenheim introduces Wendelin to Elise then, due to his naiveté, tricks Wendelin into forming a political marriage with Elise. Wendelin panics at the idea of marrying a woman he doesn’t love, but is later assured by Erich that nobles rarely meet their betrothed until the wedding. As he is swarmed by unemployed adventurers every time he leaves his home, he hires a grateful Erwin as his retainer. Wendelin sneaks into Hohenheim’s estate to talk to Elise and is relieved that she is at least not against marrying him. When Louise and Lina find Erwin is Wendelin’s retainer they decide to outdo him by becoming Wendelin’s mistresses after he marries Elise. Wendelin is invited to dinner with Elise where the butler suggests Wendelin provide Elise an engagement ring. Wendelin takes Elise shopping, but rather than a showy ring Wendelin purchases a much plainer ring that suits Elise better, learning afterwards it is made from a magic storing crystal, making it perfect for Elise’s healing magic. Wendelin tells her he is worried about living up to his dragon slaying reputation when he is still unsure of himself. Elise begins to develop a crush on him. The butler reports to Hohenheim that Wendelin is an unusual noble and he has no idea what his thoughts are. Meanwhile it is shown the only thing on Wendelin’s mind is how much he misses Japanese soy sauce.
6"A Bullet Tour? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Dangan Deba tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: 弾丸出張って、 それはないでしょう!)
May 7, 2020 (2020-05-07)June 18, 2020
Elize visits Louise, Lina and Erwin to learn exactly what sort of man Wendelin is, while The King asks Wendelin and Brantack to slay an ancient dragon, Greigorland, as the kingdom needs his territory for farmland. He also sends Klimt Kristoff von Armstrong, his enthusiastic and brawny court wizard. Meanwhile, as the death of Greigorland could cause nearby monsters to grow bolder, Erwin, Louise and Lina hire the unemployed adventurers to help guard the area with Elise and the Church's clergy as their healers. Wendelin and Armstrong defeat Greigorland and Wendelin collects the valuable body. Sensing Greigorland's death, the monsters attack the soldiers, forcing Wendelin and his friends to join the battle. Elize, knowing Wendelin considers himself cowardly but joins the battle anyway, is relieved he is a truly good man and finally passes out from exhaustion after he returns safely. Wendelin looks after her until she awakens, only to learn Armstrong is her uncle. The next day Elise asks if Louise and Lina are also his fiancés, since they all live in the same house, which Wendelin is surprised to learn she does not mind if he has concubines. Both Louise and Lina announce they want to be his concubines and with Elise’s support, Wendelin nervously agrees. Note, Wedndolin is referred to as "Baron" when he is facing the dragon, indicating he has earned a promotion.
7"No Magic? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Mahō Kinshi tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: 魔法禁止って、 それはないでしょう!)
May 14, 2020 (2020-05-14)June 25, 2020
At the wedding of his brother, Helmut, Wendelin learns he is expected to participate in a martial arts tournament, but as a noble he must use a sword instead of magic. Louise and Lina decide to participate as well. Erwin is convinced to participate by Brantack. Wendelin obtains permission from Hohenheim to add Elize to their party. Erwin decides he wants to become champion, until realising the previous champion, Warren, Commander of the Royal Knights, is participating again, and snaps at Louise and Lina due to his bitterness of having no magic. The next day he learns Elise has also been training, believing her lack of physical ability makes her a hindrance. Realising everyone has some weaknesses, Erwin apologises. During the preliminary matches Wendelin faces Warren and loses instantly. Louise is defeated in the semi-finals. Lina goes up against Roderich, an annoyingly stubborn spear user obsessed with being hired by Wendelin, and loses against him. Erwin must face Warren and worries if he loses Wendelin will remove him from their party, so Louise shows him an inspirational lunch Wendelin made, proving Wendelin values him for more than his fighting skills. Though it is implied Erwin lost against Warren, Warren agrees to become Erwin’s trainer until he reaches 15 and becomes a full time adventurer. Lina also finds a spear trainer while Louise introduces Wendelin to her martial arts trainer, Armstrong, who offers to train them until they reach 15.
8"Presumed Dead? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Shibōsetsu tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: 死亡説って、それはないでしょう!)
May 21, 2020 (2020-05-21)July 2, 2020
Three years later Kurt, Wendelin’s eldest brother, receives a letter from Head Auditor Ruckner, Lord Commissioner Ruckner's brother, that Wendelin has died. Five days previously, Wendelin finally turns 15 and registers their adventurer party as the Dragon Busters, so the King sends them to investigate ancient ruins. Brantack explains the ruins were discovered in Greigorland’s territory and many high ranking adventurers have disappeared. Upon entering they accidentally activate a magic circle that transports them to the bottom floor, meaning they must fight their way to the surface past an army of golems. Five days later Head Auditor Ruckner spreads rumours Wendelin has died and as part of his plot to replace his brother as Lord Commissioner, he suggests Kurt’s sons inherit Wendelin’s title of Baron. Still unsure how far they have to climb Elise tells Wendelin she hopes they survive or she will regret not having married him. They encounter a dragon golem with mythril scales. Brantack runs out of magic and collapses so Elise grants Wendelin the spell Miracle’s Light through a kiss and Wendelin defeats the dragon. Brantack learns the ruins were built by the ancient mage Count Ichelberg, famous for his work creating magic items. They also discover a vast library and a hangar filled with priceless ancient airships. Erwin opens the hangar doors showing they have made it to the surface.
9"People Hate Me? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Kirawaresha tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: 嫌われ者って、それはないでしょう!)
May 28, 2020 (2020-05-28)July 9, 2020
For the ruins' treasures the King pays the Dragon Busters ten million gold. Wendelin decides to move their home to Breichburg to set up their adventuring careers but Armstrong reveals the rumours about Wendelin’s death, causing him to realise their success has attracted enemies. High Auditor Ruckner and his allies begin planning Wendelin’s assassination. Wendelin hires Roderich as his butler to handle the estate in the capital while a pink haired girl named Wilma begins following Wendelin. Wendelin meets the Magic Guild's leader, Lucas Gotz Beckenbauer, and borrows an artifact that summons any item. Wendelin throws a party for his friends and family, and important nobles and serves them his summoned tuna sushi with soy sauce. Roderich tells Wendelin about Ruckner, including his attempt to include Kurt in his plot, but assures Wendelin he has arranged for Ruckner to be summoned by the King for questioning while also admitting he is Ruckner’s illegitimate son, but hates him for his cruelty. Wilma bursts into the party for the tuna and Lord Marshall Edgar reveals Wilma is his adopted daughter and she suffers from Hero Syndrome which, according to Brantack, constantly overpowers her muscles, resulting in a vast appetite. Edgar offers Wendelin Wilma as a bodyguard or even a wife if he wants. Duke Bleichroder asks Wendelin to take on a job hunting monsters. Meanwhile, Kurt receives the fake news about Wendelin’s death and laughs with joy at inheriting Wendelin’s wealth, only for Wendelin and all his friends to teleport outside, revealing Wendelin’s survival.
10"Toxic? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Kurēmā tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: クレーマーって、それはないでしょう!)
June 4, 2020 (2020-06-04)July 16, 2020
Brantack explains to Wendelin’s father, Sir Artur, that the deceased expedition army, which Alfred Rainford was part of, are now zombies. As the zombies are on their land, Artur is entitled to 30% of any profit gained from the zombies' materials, but Kurt greedily demands 50% and tries to insist the zombies and their belongings be left in the forest instead of being given proper funerals. Wendelin realizes Kurt’s animosity and jealousy towards his success and is hated by the servants and villagers, who would prefer Wendelin inherit the lordship. Wendelin and his friends purify the zombies, including Duke Bleichroder’s father and even the lich grandfather of Marlene, the wife of Wendelin’s brother Herrman. Wendelin assures her grandfather Marlene has a happy life so he gratefully allows Elise to purify him. Wendelin returns the armour of the villager’s relatives to them for funerals but then Kurt demands the armour be melted down and reused. Wendelin provides new iron so the villagers can keep the armour, though this only angers Kurt. Duke Bleichroder surprises Wendelin by insisting he stay with his family for a while, though it is clear he is plotting something. Wendelin attends the soldier’s funerals whereas Kurt insults the villagers by remaining absent. Klaus, the village chief, secretly asks Wendelin to replace Kurt, and Brantack agrees, pointing out that through Bleichroder’s insistence Wendelin stay with his family, the entire royal court, including the King, implicitly want Wendelin to replace Kurt.
11"Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Are You Kidding Me?"
Transcription: "Itabasami tte, Sore wa Nai Deshō!" (Japanese: 板挟みって、それはないでしょう!)
June 11, 2020 (2020-06-11)July 23, 2020
Brantack explains the King wants to develop the surrounding land but is unable due to the current land owning and low ranking lords, like Sir Artur. Instead, the royal court has been secretly driving Kurt mad with jealousy over Wendelin, so that when he snaps he will be removed as heir. Wendelin refuses to participate as it would also mean disinheriting his nephews. Klaus warns Brantack to be wary of Amalie, Kurt’s wife, who will try to protect her sons at all costs. Wendelin learns Kurt will be assassinated after Wendelin becomes lord to prevent him causing trouble in the future. Wendelin tries to offer Kurt a proposal that would allow Kurt to become lord while allowing Wendelin to develop the land but Kurt is blinded by jealousy and refuses. With no other option Wendelin decides to become lord, though warns his friends he is planning to resist the royal court by making sure that no one dies as a result. Wendelin opens a bazaar to provide the villagers with better resources and then bribes Kurt’s shop owning allies with advanced training in their various crafts to improve their businesses, breaking their reliance on Kurt. He also buys a house in the capital for Amalie and his nephews to keep them safe and hopes to have Kurt banished to a monastery by Cardinal Hohenheim so the court will have no reason to assassinate him. With no allies left Kurt finally goes mad and plans to kill Wendelin. One of High Auditor Ruckner’s men provides Kurt a magical weapon called the Dragon’s Flute.
12"The 8th Son? I Guess That's Not So Bad!"
Transcription: "Hachi-nan tte, Sore mo Ari Deshō!" (Japanese: 八男って、それもありでしょう!)
June 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)July 30, 2020
With the magical Dragon's Flute that will summon a horde of dragons, Kurt lures Wendelin and company to an empty clearing in a forest in the undeveloped land. Kurt, after mocking Wendelin and Brantack's failed attempt to stop him, plays the flute to kill the party and punish the entire region, including his own family, for betraying him. It quickly becomes apparent to the companions the flute is not summoning a horde of dragons, but instead channeling all the malice of the land into Kurt, turning him into an massive undead. Initially shocked by the thought of killing his brother, Wendelin reluctantly helps Elise purify Kurt. With his body's destruction, the small remaining piece of Kurt's malice searches for the nobles who were responsible for his death and kills them and their families, including Head Auditor Ruckner. Having completed the kingdom's quest to fix the trouble lands, the king saddles Wendelin with developing the land, and offers Wendelin a reward. Wendelin, having grown fed up with nobles using him without consequences, takes a chance to rob them by asking for 2 of the 12 titles that were vacated with the deaths caused by Kurt's malice. After a short argument between the officials of who should get the titles and who's right it is to bestow titles, the King allows Wendelin to bestow two titles to whom he chooses and even raises his rank to Count, the fifth rank of the kingdom (bypassing the rank of Viscount). Returning to the land he informs Amalie that when his nephews come of age, he will bestow to each of them the titles should they need them. She in turns lets Wendelin know that the boys will come to realize that Kurt's death was of his own choosing and not Wendelin's fault. Eventually, development of the southern land begins with Wendelin being overworked by his party, and yet still enjoying his new life with them.

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  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

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