Thank you for picking up Volume 7 of Combatants Will be Dispatched! It is I, the author, Natsume Akatsuki.
This is the first new volume in a while.
How long is a while? Well, the last volume came out over a year and a half ago.
I swear it’s not because the author’s been lazy. I’ve been busy writing special bonus stories for the disc release of Combatants and serving as a consulting producer, doing all sorts of things other than writing books.
In the time since the last volume, the Combatants anime ran on the air!
I’ve been involved with anime adaptations for a while now, but it’s still not something that comes naturally for me.
Despite all the problems with production during the COVED pandemic, the anime staff have done a wonderful job. I can definitely recommend it to those who are interested.
Now, as for this volume, as you can see from the cover, it’s a Belial-focused volume.
She’s the Supreme Leader who, though bom and raised as the proper daughter of an established family, ended up with a completely different personality due to her modification surgery.
She hasn’t quite gotten all of her memories and personality back, but things are looking promising.
There’s still quite a bit of mystery surrounding Belial that’s part of her background story. There’s actually a reason why she’s a bit of a workaholic, and I think that'll be revealed in due time.
Lilith, on the other hand, has always just been that way, and I doubt she’s going to change much in the future.
She’ll probably keep snacking on potato chips and reading manga or playing video games and working when she feels like it.
Our heroes ran into the Primordial Dragon in this volume. Turns out the Primordial Dragon’s like a secret RPG boss monster that only shows up in the second playthrough.
So what’ll happen to the world now that it’s been defeated? Hopefully I'll get to explore this in the coming volumes.
Speaking of which, this was a volume where I blew past deadlines again and again and caused lots of problems for a lot of people.
I feel like I spend every afterword apologizing, blit somehow we crossed the finish line thanks to the work of Kakao Lanthanum, my project managers, the designers, my editors, the salespeople, and the other people involved in the production of this volume.
As I close out this afterword, I’d like to express my thanks and sincere apologies to everyone involved in this book and...
Finally, a big, big thanks to all the readers who’ve picked up this book and continue to support this series!