Is it Tough Being a Friend?

Is it Tough Being a Friend? v2 Epilogue


Once the final battle ended, I was brought to the hospital once more, like in part one.

After seeing a doctor, I was told that I was “perfectly fine, except for a hairline crack in the left arm.” Of course, that was Kurogame’s doing.

As usual, while Kyouka was resting at her own home, I had to stay at the hospital for the night so that they could inspect for other injuries. I wonder what the doctor thinks about a boy who’s constantly being carried to the hospital by beauties, only to stay for a short while.

(*sigh*, I’m beat…Anyways, I think I’ll take it easy and rest for today.)

Ryuuga and the heroines who were there the whole time reluctantly left after visiting hours had ended.

I felt guilty that the heroines were attending to me despite probably being worn out themselves. However, even in the hospital room, Aogasaki was few of words.

(At the very least, my issue has basically been settled.)

…A lot of things had happened, but it’s finally over.

Part two, which had Kobayashi Ichirou as the final boss, is over and I’m able to return to Ryuuga now. The amount of mystery involved remains consistent with part one as well.

(One way or another, you’ve done well, Taotie. Yup, as expected of my ‘Evil Spirit.’)

Taotie hasn’t spoken at all since I entered the hospital. He withdrew after saying “Let me nap for two or three days.”

Though Ryuuga ended up going easy on him with that joint attack, and though he barely avoided a direct hit, it seems that he still exhausted a great deal of energy.

Thanks to that, I would be able to sleep soundly until the morning…or at least, I thought I could.

“Ichirou, are you awake still…?”

Late at night, the three princesses sneaked into the hospital room through the window.

It seems that they were worried about my condition and in the end, came to see me. However, there’s a long distance from the ground to this room.

“Huh?! Taotie’s in good health?”

“Ah, what a relief…In that case, we can still be by your side, Ichirou.”

“We’ll prepare a celebration at home!”

“Alright, let’s go on a splurge tomorrow. Let’s get a whole sea bream.”

“Of course, we’ll make sashimi out of it and serve it on top of my body, right?”

“Meat is better. You’re a heron, so you keep buying just fish.”

So, the three princesses quickly left to my home, declaring that they would continue being freeloaders.

How should I explain this when my parents come home…?

The next morning, I was inspected once more, and was diagnosed as having “no other abnormalities,” so I put on my outfit in order to quickly leave the hospital.

There wasn’t a naked girl sleeping beside me today, so I got up feeling invigorated. My left arm didn’t hurt as long as I didn’t move it violently. It probably won’t be a hindrance.

(Now then, I wonder where to go from here…)

I’ve definitely been liberated from my role as the final boss. However, some post-event matters still remained.

I need to tell Ryuuga that Taotie has been “converted,” and that he’s harmless now.

(How should I bring it up…? I need to portray Tie in as positive of a light as possible. Should I have him wear a suit, part his hair to the side, have him carry sweets around…and make a business card?)

While I was working it out, the door to the hospital room suddenly opened, and in came Ryuuga.

“Oh, Ichirou. You’re going home already?”

Ryuuga spoke in a refreshing manner, but as soon as she realized that I was the only one in the room, she undid her boy mode.

She then lunged at me, as if to tackle me, and gave me a peck on the cheek, of all things. There were four beds in the room, but unfortunately, there were no other patients there to stop her.

“Hey, stop! At this point, this doesn’t count as practice anymore!”

“Isn’t it fine to do these kinds of things from time to time? You were really cold to me yesterday, Ichirou. You hurt my feelings an awful lot.”

Puffing her cheeks, Ryuuga reproachfully glared at me.

It didn’t look like she was actually angry, but it seemed that she more or less had some kind of grudge against me. Unfortunately, there’s little hope of being demoted from the status of a semi-boyfriend in this situation.

“I, I feel bad about it, of course. All those cruel things I said to you because of the ‘Evil Spirit’…”

“To make it up to me, spend the rest of the summer vacation with me each day. Adding to that, say ‘I love you, Ryuuga,’ to me at least twenty times.”

“No, all of that happened because of the ‘Evil Spirit’…”

“Say, what did happen to that ‘Evil Spirit’? I feel that…he’s not asleep.”

“Yeah. Though, I think that he doesn’t have enough power to control my mind. He’ll soon ‘convert’ and kneel before you.”

“Ahaha. As expected of you, Ichirou. Though, there something I’m worried about.”

“W, what is it?”

For the time being, I sat on the bed to listen. Ryuuga did so as well, but as to be expected, she sat on my lap.

The sky was clear outside the window, and cicadas fluttered while making a noisy chorus once again today.

“I wonder how I should explain this to my father…If he knows that my boyfriend is a vessel of the ‘Evil Spirit,’ he might oppose our marriage…”

“I see, indeed…it’s possible that someone who has an ‘Evil Spirit’ dwell within them won’t be accepted into the Hinomori family! Now that it’s come to this, there’s no choice but for us to return to being friends! Right?!”

I appreciated this lifesaver, but Ryuuga’s intentions didn’t change.

“No, I won’t give up. I’ll definitely persuade him. There’s something I’ve realized after this event. It’s about how important you are to me, Ichirou.”

In a twist, Ryuuga’s mentality had strengthened after overcoming yesterday’s fight.

“W, wait, Ryuga! I need to confirm this once more, you’re just doing ‘lovers training’ with me, right? If I had to say it, then I’m more like a coach, right?”

“Even my sister is a vessel. So it shouldn’t be a problem if my husband is a vessel too.”

“The Hinomori household is probably going to be in chaos! I mean, isn’t it too early to think about marriage between──”

It was at that moment.

The cellphone in Ryuuga’s pocket rang. Since it soon ended, it seemed that she had received a message.

“Ah, sorry, Ichirou.”

After tapping my nose with her index finger, Ryuuga checked her cellphone. She muttered “Oh, it’s from Rei,” and not longer after──her jaw dropped.

“Wha…w, what does this mean?”

Ryuuga seemed greatly upset by whatever was written there. Suddenly, Aogasaki’s awfully grim look from yesterday popped up in my mind.

Despite our conversation of marriage not ending yet, I asked about what was happening.

“What did Aogasaki say?”

“Rei…is getting married…”


While Ryuuga was on my lap, my jaw dropped as well.

The post-event matters regarding Taotie haven’t finished yet.

It’s also unclear when the “Evil Spirit” of part three will appear.

A weird side story is about to begin.

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42 thoughts on “Is it Tough Being a Friend? v2 Epilogue”

  1. It’s quite obvious from the poll that “Is It Tough Being a Friend Volume 3” has won. So, I’ll be doing that next.
    I will eventually do something about that other novel, though, as long as nobody picks it up before then.

    1. RIP, I guess I won’t find out how that story turns out. I wish the group doing the teaser for the manga would continue it.

      I wonder if I can find the raws somewhere, because even an edited Google translate version is better than none.

    2. I really like all the novels you picked up, I’ll wait for the other one to be translated at some point too, all the best to you and keep it up!

    3. I’m happy with that, generally more happy to see things continued than new things started, but remember to ignore public opinion and do whatever you want if you’re feeling burnt out on something. I seem to like your taste anyway

  2. Oh man that cliffhanger aogasaki get married

    Go ichirou save your waif* errrgh i mean save your protagonist friend

    1. Oh, God……I’m getting Konosuba flashbacks…………’s hoping this wraps up in a SLIGHTLY more dignified manner than that did…………

      1. Please don’t remind me of that piece of shit novel. I plead guilty to have, once upon a time, greatly enjoyed the f*ck out of the first and second seasons of the konosuba anime and read the novel until around volume 10 before wanting to strangle the author, but I really can’t handle that crap anymore. I feel annoyed just thinking about it.

        A mc that is so utterly pathetic it’s quite honestly amazing, humor that got old after 1 volume, stupid characters and a failure of a harem novel which doesn’t actually end in a harem but rather he teams up with the most annoying little twit who has sh*t for brains. I’ve never read another novel where I dislike almost all of the girls and where I hate the mc at the same time as I feel like strangling the author for making it into such a shitstain of a novel. Seriously.

        It had so much potential… Too bad the author wasn’t skilled enough to even slightly utilize it.

        1. honestly if you want to see a “proper harem” ending for that series I would advise you check out

          the launch code 30106.

          Wink wink. Cough, cough.

        2. It’s not that bad. Most of those are just opinions man. You can’t bash the author just because it wasn’t a genre tat you want. It just had many women in it. That doesn’t automatically make it harem. It also has quite good comedy not every joke lands but it’s still pretty good.

  3. What’s with all these novels I like updating on my Birthday? well… thanks for the unintentional birthday present.

    Wait… someone’s getting married? I think we might have found the next fiend?

    1. Operation Amnesia has gone completely FUBAR. Stand down! I repeat…stand down! Retreat to Point Bravo.Echo.Alpha for extraction.

      1. All extraction points have been destroyed
        There is no retreat
        Last order from the high command…
        Fight to the last man, and never let yourself get caught…

  4. Thanks for the chapter, so who will be the new fiance, ichirou or Ryouga, go friend character is time to face the Heroe once again in the field of Love!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Thanks for the translation!
    This is easy to predict. The fiance will be a complete douchbag who is marrying Aoi for politcal reasons or likes her looks or both. He’ll try to force her to be his idea of an ideal wife which is a cross between a slave and servant who only does what shes told and will look down on her swordsmanship and hobbies. End result will be her or Ichirou sending him flying with one punch and Aoi falling completely in love with Ichirou for defending her. High probability of starting to show her affections in school by clinging to him so his arm is embraced between her breasts, making a bento for him, and wearing an accessory or two he recommended or bought her. This might cause Ryuuga to confess cares about Ichirou in school too and try to flirt while still pretending to be a boy. Slight chance of other two confessing to Ichirou as well to his and classmates astonishment. Three princesses will complicate situation even further in some way and third spirit may or may not show up.

      1. Think the twist should be the fiance turns out to be another host for an evil spirit but turns out to be even worse once Ryuuga and the others beat the spirit into submission and was actually nicer while controlled?
        Btw, link for illustrations in Novelupdates is saying nothing found although was working first thing this morning before whole site became unfound. Thanks for fixing issue with connecting to site.

    1. 2Slow2Late mentioned would be translating next volume for Otome World Tough for Mob but not immediately after it comes out. Will probably be sometime after finish V3 of Being a Friend. So earliest is probably mid April at a guess but depends how long takes to translate Being a Friend V3.

  6. Btw, the sentence “Ryuuga and the heroines who were there the whole time reluctantly left after meeting times had closed.” In a hospital instead of meeting times the times people can visit patients is usually referred to as visiting hours. Might want to change it to “Ryuuga and the heroines who were there the whole time reluctantly left after visiting hours had ended.”
    Considering Kurogame cracked his arm can’t Shiori or Ryuuga heal it since he’s leaving the hospital? Surprised his face isn’t all puffy from all the super powered slaps he got.

  7. Need a boyfriend for hire?? I’m free and I don’t charge my customer. Guhehehe

    Welp promotion/joke aside I wonder which route will be taken up here? The boyfriend for hire route or the already pregnant route or the konosuba route? Well let’s find out in the next volume of Is it Tough to be a Friend?

  8. Since the mc knows that their setting is really cliche. Ima make a guess that the mc will make a guess that the fiance is the 3rd evil spirit!

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