The Girl Who Ate a Death God

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What happens when one eats Death?

Personally, I don’t really know. What I do know is merely one thing.

I’m hungry.

Therefore, I’ll take the heads of these guys and deliver them to my superiors.

Surely, I’ll be able to eat delicious food.

Come, if preparations are in order, we depart.

Associated Names
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Shinigami wo Tabeta Shoujo
死神を食べた少女
Related Series
The Girl Who Bore the Flame Ring (Shared Universe)
Yuusha, Aruiwa Bakemono to Yobareta Shoujo (Shared Universe)
The Girl Who Fell from the Polar Star (Shared Universe)
The Girl Who Ate a Death God (LN) (Light Novel)
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03/09/17 Asian Hobbyist ss 2
03/03/17 Asian Hobbyist ss 1 part 2
02/10/17 Asian Hobbyist ss 1 part 1
05/30/16 DistractedTranslations c34
05/24/16 DistractedTranslations c33
04/19/16 DistractedTranslations c32
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JerryHatrick
JerryHatrick rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: --
I absolutely hate detailed r*pe. It's a fact it happens, and hearing about it happening is more than bad enough, but I refuse to read about it when they describe in minute detail. So, during the first chapter, when a certain situation seemed inevitable, it was with great relief that it didn't happen. Instead, something quite interesting happened.

What follows is a girl (bottomless pit), on her journey for revenge (even though she doesn't quite remember exactly why). Slowly climbing through the ranks in the army as she carves her own... more>> path (literally), we get to see the different local food specialties that she consumes (three adult sized portions worth) as she is deployed to various locations.

The main character is a somewhat small, malnourished girl wielding a large, black scythe. The war, how it is carried out, the characters, progression and tactics/strategy seem to be fairly believable. I haven't come across anything that breaks the story... Assuming you keep the girl with the scythe in your blind spot.

Backing up this interesting story is a translator/translation team who seem to know what they're doing. A good quality translation is always a pleasure to read. <<less
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buddhapest
buddhapest
January 15, 2017
Status: c34
FYI, for those who have not read the full c34, the full novel is hosted on madokami for download in epub and pdf formats. That's all I initially wanted to say, but I might as well throw in a review here while I'm at it:

Story: 9/10
Characters: 8.5/10
Writing/TL: 20/10*** (see end of review for more details)

Possible my favourite novel I've ever read. It's not perfect, and it definitely has its downsides:
- somewhat complicated explanations of military formations and movements on the battlefield; these are quite lengthy in... more>> later chapters, and were difficult to visualize and thus comprehend imho
- leaves you with an unsatisfied feeling at the end (might be a good thing), as if alluding to MC's 'hunger'

But, there are so many good things I have to say about this novel. It draws you into its universe and the mysterious, fantastical nature of our MC. This novel begins with her first encounter with Death as her village is attacked and burned to the ground by nameless ruffians. Faced with imminent Death, she is driven by her hunger to 'eat' Death. That's right. Don't ask me how or why - that's part of the mystery. This unbelievable feat grants her immense strength and a characteristic weapon - a Reaper's scythe - but, in return, each waking moment of her life thereon is haunted by a bottomless hunger. As she seeks to sate this hunger, she embarks on a blood-filled journey, climbing the ranks of her country's military with ungodly speed. Though her wit and strength quickly amass for her many achievements on the battlefield and the attention of higher-ups all over the land, her unknown background and quirky attitude set us readers up for both comedy and drama. Soon, she is embroiled in an intense military struggle. Despite having incompetent superiors, scheming politicians, and numerous other disadvantages against her, Schera overcomes the odds time and time again, overwhelming opponents on the battlefield as if a Death god incarnate. Like so, she gains a sizable number of subordinates loyal to the extent of eeriness. I just love this novel for, in the midst of a dark, disparaging world replete with bloodshed and cruelty, we have Schera - a victim of said cruelty, yet manages to overcome the injustices of the world to rise up with just her absurd strength and insatiable hunger. A long novel, but well worth the read. It's a great metaphor for various aspects of society, and will definitely leave a bitter aftertaste accompanied by several deep, open-ended questions. ***
Extraordinary translation work done by TL-sama (forgot his/her name, sorry, it's been a while since I read this!). Incredibly faithful to the mood and style of the original text. IMO, this is the BEST translation that I've seen done on this site. Though the original TL site itself is down, I recall TL-sama had a very admirable attitude regarding copyright, so please respect this and read as much as possible on MBC or the pdf on madokami for the last chapter. Cheers! <<less
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SODTranslations
SODTranslations rated it
March 11, 2017
Status: Completed
First of all, don't let the vomit of words from the first chapters discourage you - this novel is every little bit worth it. Though I said that, it's easy to lose sight of who's who.

Story: 4.9/5 - I appreciate the detail on the latter part but it was hard to care for the factions on the first chapters. It also shows a harsh but absolutely accurate depiction of parties involved in a war.
Characters: 5/5 - Complex. Consistent and yet they evolve through a believable pace. Not only for... more>> the protagonist but even for her enemies.
Delivery: 4.5/5 - This isn't a story where their personalities are fed to you. Sure, the MC is described as a voracious eater (lawl, another boring Japanese food trope) but LOOK CLOSELY and you'll see that every meal she takes has a meaning. That isn't explained but it later comes to a point where I cry every time she eats.

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Schera, later having the last name Zade pushed on her, was from a poor farming village. Her whole village was driven to desperation, to the point that they would abandon a child (Schera) since they cannot even feed themselves. The (1) Kingdom's taxes were high due to it's war against the (2) Liberation Army/rebel army - both sides having complex characters who are corrupt, pure, apathetic, and everything in between. The Liberation Army was supported by the enemy (3) Empire. To top off the heavy taxation, the Liberation Army disguises themselves as Kingdom soldiers and attacks farming villages for their meager resources in order to finance themselves. Before Schera was r*ped and killed, she saw death on the man who was about to do her and she... ate him.

Schera signed up as a soldier for the Kingdom, along with her scythe that she inexplicably got from somewhere. Her main motivation is food and I have to give the story additional points for her motivations to evolve over time. Although she does her best as a normal soldier, Major, and lastly Colonel, she isn't really loyal to the Kingdom. It just so happens that the Kingdom helps her achieve her 3 objectives: 1, kill as many rebel army people as possible; 2, food and money to buy food; 3, eat together with others (something that she never told anyone).

She directs her troops through instinct, and tactics is entwined with supernatural elements - beautiful, goosebumps-inducing details. Serious business is undercut with her "This is boring. I'm tired. Hungry" mindset and the way all her subordinates have this sudden urge to feed her SOMETHING. Now, this isn't your usual Japanese food trope where everything that the MC makes is delicious and to die for.

There are times when I thought "that doesn't sound yummy" when Schera eats with all her cheerfulness but her taste is directly affected with her emotions. She thinks that shitty military food is delicious because they offered it to her. This is not said in the story but the taste of the food is a direct representation of the circumstances in which they were given: for example there was one guy who made her choose a bean marked with X, that means she will break into safety and he will sacrifice himself and his troops (she did it first on a previous battle). The other bean was also marked with X, they both knew it and he swallowed it down before she could verify. But a promise was a promise and it tasted bitter and astringent.

She doesn't show much and only gets angry if you interrupt her meals but this changes when the best parts of the story are the scenes where she eats with everyone. She's a glutton that never gets full, she'll kill you if you take her food.

Which is why it was absolutely heartbreaking when she stubbornly refused to be served more food (on account of her being a high-rank official), compared to her subordinates. They would offer her their own rations during that siege but she'd rather die than take away the pitiful amount of food from the soldiers and do what the Liberation Army had done. All the while saying that it was delicious.

These all came to a tragic end BUT that's why you'll cheer for the horror genre when they could all, living and dead, eat with each other again. Death keeps her promises.

A special mention to the pale horse that carries Death on its back. That screwed me up.

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Mizura
Mizura rated it
October 11, 2016
Status: c34
I'll be honest: at first, large chunks of this story felt very dry to me. Although the parts with the MC were always entertaining, the rest essentially described a war between the Corrupt & Incompetent, and The Hypocrites led by a naive puppet leader ignorant of what her own army was up to. The story went out of the way to not provide these other characters with a shred of likeability, and hammered in that the battles were lost because of sheer incompetence. It felt Really hard to feel emotionally... more>> attached to the story at those points, and to make things worse, the extremely long chapters made the thing felt like it was being dragged out. I really felt like rating the story a 4/5.

This changed though. Perhaps the author got better at writing. Perhaps it was because the stakes are higher. Certainly, it was also because the ongoing battles washed away the arrogance and incompetence (as well as cowards and deserters), exposing heroism and comraderie underneath. Even in the parts without Schera, the conflict became increasingly interesting, until at the end, I was hanging on every word. In the middle of all this is Schera, bringing death on the battlefield when paradoxically, what makes her the happiest is just to share a meal with her comrades.

At some point, it hit me. Schera's hunger was perhaps a metaphor for something bigger. Wouldn't it be nice if everybody could share a meal together? Alas, that was not possible, since precious food would be stolen away, either from the excessive taxation by the corrupt, or the pillaging by the so-called liberators. Schera, who is most honest about what matters to her, becomes a rallying point for an increasing number of comrades, however temporarily.

Is it somewhat dry at first? Yes. Is it worth it in the end if you continue reading? Definitely yes. <<less
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Simple As It
Simple As It rated it
April 19, 2016
Status: --
When you read this, at first you will think this is some kind of happy-go-lucky story BUT! as the story progress, you will see the depth of every character progress here.

this is my new favorite, truly satisfying! magnificent! Sigh~ Too bad it will ended soon, but it's okay, its better ended like this rather than prolonged repetitive story.

Good start, great plot, magnificent story execution! and Amazing work of translator... Thank you for bring us this amazing piece of story, once again thank you.

Spread the world about the death god schera!
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viper764
viper764 rated it
May 30, 2016
Status: c34
A contender for the best LN on this site.

Unlike many other LNs or WNs, you can TELL that the writer of this story knows her craft, is capable of writing excellent dialogue and plot. There are times when a character says something and I'll go "oh, that was clever." That rarely, if ever, happens when reading most other stories here.

In particularly, the characterization is nuanced... not everything is black and white. Our protagonist is not a hero, or fully a villain. What she is... is engaging, entertaining, and delightful to... more>> read about.

The plot is the classic war story with the evil empire and the righteous rebellion. Except our protagonist is on the wrong side. Throughout the story you get this sinking feeling of inevitability, because you know how the story ends. And you don't particularly want her side to win, but you don't want HER to lose.

It's rather unique.

It helps that the translation does the original work justice, and reads like one you'd pick up at the bookstore.

All in all... if you're into great protagonists and war (and even if you aren't) give it a try.

5/5. <<less
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nEoQuIcKsiLvEr
nEoQuIcKsiLvEr rated it
June 1, 2016
Status: c37
What a great story. This story is about the horrible elements around War. How the people suffer through death, injury and starvation. It includes the nastiness of politics and how inept leadership becomes because of it. This novel while it does have many heroic moments and feats does well to include the other side. This novel has a LOT of tragic moments and much suffering especially near the end. Please understand when reading this, war is horrible.

The setting for this novel is very simple. A kingdom under civil war with... more>> a rebellion against a tyrannical government. But not everything is simple as it seems. The rebellion isn't as righteous as they make themselves out to be. The surrounding countries look at the inner dispute with greedy eyes and hands.

The heroine is the product of War. She came to being because she was always hungry and in poverty. She joined the military for a simple reason, to eat and kill rebels. Schera gets a lot of friends and many enemies. Some try to pull her to their political struggle, others wish for her to fall in combat. She doesn't care about any of that as all she wants to do is eat delicious food with her comrades.

The novel is completely translated, 34 chapters + Epilogue + 2 side chapters = 37 chapters total (Much thanks to the translator and all in the credits) and the author's other works exist in near the same timeline and the same universe. The Sequel to this novel is "The Girl called Hero" <<less
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Aryzcw
Aryzcw
October 21, 2018
Status: Completed
One of the best novel I've read! Wished the ending would be different but hey, It is what it is and it won't change the fact that this novel is Magnificent!.

Schera really grew on me throughout the series.

LONG LIVE TO THE DEATH'S CAVALRY!

THERE IS NO DEFEAT IN UNDER HER BANNER!
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YoriMei
YoriMei rated it
May 26, 2018
Status: Completed
Very well written, engaging plot and quite detailed. Author does foreshadow/gives small spoilers for certain battle outcomes and such in a sort of "history-book" like anecdotes. Main character is quite enjoyable and while powerful, never feels like an OP character that could simply take on all the fights by herself and makes the rest of the army redundant. Rather, she feels more like a "key part" of the army forces. Everyone else might be a sword, but she's the grenade launcher. Side characters are abundant, but still very enjoy, with... more>> my personal favorite being sidamo. The "low fantasy" setting is refreshing. There are no extreme, flashy battles with moves called out nor any mythical creatures besides the titic ular death gods. MC's strength is handled well, as she can decimate a good portion of the enemies army but she can't win the whole war alone. Magic is present, but it's never overtly abundant in any scene. The grim atmosphere of both the strain of the kingdom and war is very well done. (Severe spoilers so don't click the reveal unless you're like me and like spoiling yourself.)

I also love how the ending is quite realistic as the grey moral actions people took leaves
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the kingdoms problems remain and even more problems arise in the wake of the rebellion.

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. Overall; this story is fantastic and a great read. It doesn't lend itself well to binge reading due to the amount of details prevalent so make sure to pace yourself. I also enjoyed the brief side story with Hero, the protagonist of another series from the author. <<less
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Kellhus
Kellhus rated it
January 13, 2018
Status: css 2
Well, I could come up with pleanty of smart talk, but I think the ones commenting before me have said everything there is to say. If you are still reading the comments, then you are just wasting your time, go read the novel, it's well worth it.
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HazeOfMisery
HazeOfMisery rated it
May 29, 2016
Status: c33
Amazing. Thats pretty much the word that sums up the entire story for me.

I admit, the summary seems a little lackluster but the story itself blew me away. The other reviews pretty much explain the characters and the plot so I won't get into that myself.

However, be prepared for the Feelz train later on. I consider it the best LN I have ever read. Even better than Overlord.
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Termineitor244
Termineitor244 rated it
January 11, 2019
Status: ss 1 part2
I was searching for something to read, akin to the genre of Overlord, I was searching for a good story, something with political fights, bittersweet chapthers and feelings in it, and I´m very happy to say that I found it, a 10/10.

Shinigami wo Tabeta Shoujo, or "The Girl Who Ate a Death God" is a magnificent literary piece that I would recommend to anyone who reads this kind of things.
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Twilight Fox
Twilight Fox rated it
May 26, 2016
Status: c33
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This is probably one of the best novels I have seen. I really want a sequel or another 30 chapters, but it looks like only 36 chapters exist, but a sequel is totally possible right. Nothing to outlandish happens in it but I really want some more magic added to it. For example right now on chapter 33 at the end shes about to die, can she turn into a lich or something and raise her undead soldiers, its not impossible right... right

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Niralam
Niralam rated it
April 3, 2019
Status: Completed
My favorite novel yet on this website. Half of the last chapter isn't included in here. To read it go into chapter 34, go into comments and somebody there posted a link to a epub of the novel. The epub contains the missing last part and the entire novel. Just read the whole novel there. It doesn't include the last three side chapters though. In my opinion this book starts at a decent level. And it keeps on ramping up as it goes. My attitude to the first few chapters... more>> was probably a 3.5/5 or a 4/5. But midway through it reached a 5/5 and it still kept on going higher somehow. I loved the ending, "Death, keeps her promises". In general this not a happy novel. It has a depressing start, a depressing middle and a depressing finish (Though the very last few pages that were in the missing half chapter were a bit more happy). Schera Zade is on the loosing side of a war and despite her impressive achievements, she is just one person and can't change everything. Both sides of the war are messed up and there is no real "bad" side, but Schera Zade's side is slightly more messed up, incompetent and villainous. Characters die left and right, from the most insignificant soldier to various generals and leaders, and the brunt of the deaths happen on her side. But it's all masterfully done. Schera has a very interesting personality and you learn more and more about how her brain works as the series goes on. There are a plethora of interesting side characters from despotic politicians to a tragic but competent general. I definitely recommend this novel. <<less
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bidoblob
bidoblob rated it
February 7, 2017
Status: c37
I really loved the novel, the main character is lovable and a bit pitiful and the story feels very original and most parts of the story are enjoyable. The only boring/uninteresting were usually something that felt more or less necessary for the story to progress. It really moved me to tears at the end, and I'm not easily moved to tears (by neither reality nor fiction), which to me proves that I really liked this. ... more>>
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I was starting to fear that she would die in the end, and I really didn't want her to die so I was really glad when she survived, I wonder if that guy that saved her was someone special or if he was just repeating her words that he had heard her say to the group sometime.

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The link to chapter 34 here is just to the first half, and the second half is the conclusion we've all been waiting for... <<less
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sixhundrednineteenth
sixhundrednineteenth rated it
May 30, 2016
Status: --
Bery unique MC and realistic novel (except for the fact that the MC (Schera) is strong and her subordinates are crazy monsters). The side characters including support and antagonists are very detailed and varied regarding their traits, personalities and their motivations in their every actions, like you can totally visualize what they look like even without descriptions. The battle tactics and strategy is very legit, even I can imagine it.

Story is dark but refreshing at the same time. Great translation.

I wish there's a sequel to this~
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AnarchyDev
AnarchyDev rated it
March 18, 2016
Status: --
You don't need a complicated powerup system or some serious story for a story to be successful.

This story is as simple as swinging a huge scythe to kill people while trying to think which food to eat and which one tastes good for the MC. Though it doesn't mean that this novel is all about food and killing, there's a war going on in the background but is shown as the main plot line while the MC just does her job...

So.... I don't even know why I like... more>> this novel since it's so simple but still can't stop reading it.

The main thing is the chapters to the end of the story... So short that we might be able to finish reading it withing few months going according to the translators speed. Thanks translator. <<less
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VBS
VBS rated it
October 6, 2019
Status: Completed
Before I go any further, I urge everyone to read the prologue.

While the events of the story to follow will nothing like it, you'll get to experience a taste of the author's writing and the overall feel of the series. I was hooked from the start.


This is nothing like the lighthearted and fun adventure stories I usually read.

At it's heart, this is a war story. It follows the lives of soldiers and documents their battles. It also follows the evil and/or selfish schemes of those in leadership who only... more>> care for their own political ambitions. This is not something you read to feel good. There is no happiness to be had here; only death and destruction, bloodshed and betrayal.

This is the type of story I'd normally never read, but it was decently entertaining and seriously addictive. I just couldn't stop reading. It consumed all my free time until I got to the end.

The story is very well written. The translations (of the main story, at least) are decent leave nothing to be desired. With the exception of the extras (craptacular hobbyist translations), it makes for a good read in English.

There are only 34 chapters (+3 after-story extra chapters), but they're fairly long - each taking around 30min to read. Overall, that made it short enough to be worth investing the time to read something out of my comfort zone, while also being long enough to offer plenty of substance.

I can only consider this novel as worthy of a 10/10 when I can't stop reading despite being something that I normally wouldn't enjoy.


Now for the story itself: We mainly follow the titular character - The Girl Who Ate a Death God.

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In the prologue, we learn about Schera's miserable life before eating a death god and the events that lead to her eating the death god.

Thereafter, the "you are what you eat" concept taker root as she displays unmatched prowess at slaughtering her enemies with the scythe belonging to her one-time meal.

We come to learn that food is her ultimate motivation:

  • Starved and on the verge of death, desiring nothing more than food, the death god that came to reap her soul ended up becoming her meal.
  • She thought he looked delicious and, afterwards, still considers the death god to be the most delicious thing she's ever eaten.
  • She joined the military because she wanted to be able to eat until full - something she never had the a chance to experience in her entire life before.
  • Her other motivation - her hatred for the rebels - was because one of their men stole her last meal just before she was about to meet her end - it was the only decent food she had ever managed to get her hands on. She wall absolutely never forgive anyone who takes away her food.
  • She raids enemy supplies for surplus dinner.
  • She's always snacking - even at inappropriate times.
  • She cares for people who give her food or eat with her and scorns those who would interrupt a meal.
  • She cares more for the celebratory meal than her promotion - unlike all the others in the military.

All that aside, she's the most capable fighter in the series and her unit is the most competent at disproportionately spilling enemy blood. It's ironically appropriate that she will come to be feared as a death god and labelled as such as a result of her achievements.

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It also gives us snippets of an inside view into other characters from all factions. It's frustrating at times to see leaders make incompetent decisions while thinking about their reputation or promotion instead of the most efficient way to use their men. Some will betray for the sake of their own survival. Some will betray for the sake of their political standing. Some will commit evil acts are committed for the greater good. Honorable people will die - let down by their selfish and incompetent allies. The people who act the most righteous are the most evil inside.

It's that kind of story.

Schera fights an uphill battle for the losing team. She's the only one raking up achievements when the odds are against her. She will absolutely spill the blood of her enemies and return alive to do it again.

When it appears she'll finally meet her end at the end of the story...
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For Schera, it's finally another opportunity to eat another delicious death god.

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kenocastro
kenocastro rated it
April 26, 2019
Status: --
Well this was a good novel. it was the quite a ride.

Characters are developed in a pleasing direction. its story is smooth and flowing. easy to read that you will binge on it. it doesn't leave an after taste, which is good compared to other novels because it leave you satisfied. it is logical that just traps you in agreeing to what is told in the story...i could not have a better story than what the author had written.
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HamsterOverlord-sama
HamsterOverlord-sama rated it
April 17, 2019
Status: Completed
Sooo, first of all, the translation (as wonderful as it may be) is not fully posted on the site. The last chapter is only half-complete. I believe there should be a link to the full version in the e-pub formate in the comment section of ch34. As for the story? Well, it's good, really good but I think the other readers left their opinions and analyzed it better than me.

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