I remember that this was an insane read and I'm miserable I can't find it.

Essentially, the lead is an ocean god? She comes to land (looks like a girl) and doesn't have all her powers.

She tricks a demon into thinking that she still has them, as they sometimes briefly return, but the parameters for this are unknown.

The story sometimes clips to the hero party who are really confused about why weird things keep happening (the fault of the main character). She gave me Tanya vibes, in the sense of a slightly psychotic girl.

Her hair was light blue - and I remember it started with her trying to find food because she was flat broke. The art wasn't in the typical anime style, it was a bit more muted I think but really nice to look at.

  • Hi. Do you recall the hair colour of the main character? Commented Jan 1 at 19:19
  • Hi! Gosh thank you for replying. I'm pretty sure she had blue hair! A light blue. Or could be a bluey gray.
    – librorum4
    Commented Jan 1 at 19:27
  • "The art wasn't in the typical animal style"? Did you mean anime style? Commented Jan 1 at 19:39
  • Yes, sorry it must have autocorrected! I can try dig up another manhua with a similar style?
    – librorum4
    Commented Jan 1 at 19:47

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This is One Step for the Dark Lord, or Even The Demon King, One Step At A Time.

This is… No different from Villager A… There can’t be a stronger being in this world! To become the strongest, Yuria, the sea king (or queen), came down in search of the strongest demon king. BUT… looking at the mirror, a face of a kid…? In exchange for legs she have lost all her powers… even then, still aiming to become the strongest, the painful journey of Yuria begins!

The protagonist is Yuria, the queen of the deep sea. After hearing about the battles taking place on land, she desires to go to the surface and check the place out. This requires putting on a holy relic that gives her legs and seals her powers. Her powers do return at various points in the story by consuming the gems on the necklace, but if they're all removed she will die.

Yuria's hair is red, not blue, but the demon you mentioned has blue hair, so maybe you just got them mixed up.

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After emerging from the ocean, Yuria is powerless, penniless, and in a child's body. She picks a fight with some weak monsters expecting to crush them before discovering her powers were sealed by the necklace. She spends some time fighting weak monsters near a village and bartering for meals.

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After hearing some adventures discuss potential riches, she follows them into a cave in order to try to steal some for herself and escape poverty. While in there, the adventurers encounter a demon and it kills Yuria, then easily defeats the humans. This releases her power - the activation isn't exactly unknown, as it's tied to her coming close to death. With her powers unsealed, she easily crushes the demons, but is unable to finish it off before her powers are sealed again. She lies and depicts this as letting him live, forcing him into servitude and sealing his powers, except when Yuria is in danger.

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