Chapter 7: Past Mistakes and Resolve for the Future
Nobunaga, who obtained a sacred treasure, set up a meeting with Toyotomi as his next move.
Chosen as the emissary, Mitsuhide headed to the Toyotomi territory prepared for death in order to settle the past, but……
[IMARI]: “Huh, what’s wrong…?”
Deep in the night I sat up from my futon and Imari-kun, who was sleeping beside me, called out.
[YUZUKI]: “Mmm…… it’s nothing. I just can’t sleep.”
.[IMARI]: “I see… that’s not a surprise since tomorrow is finally the day you set out to Toyotomi territory.”
[IMARI]: “Um…… I’m sorry. I’d really like to go with you too but when I think about the possibility of the commanders finding me……”
[IMARI]: “…… In exchange, I’ll gather lots of information on Himemiko-sama, so please look forward to it!”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Haha, okay. Let’s both work hard.”
After promising that with Imari-kun I told him I was going to enjoy some air and left the room.
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, it’s Nagahide-san. He’s staring hard outside. Is there something there……?)
Following Nagahide-san’s gaze, there standing alone in the courtyard and looking up at the night sky was Mitsuhide-san.
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder what Mitsuhide-san’s doing… also, is Nagahide-san not going to say anything…?)
[YUZUKI]: “…… Nagahide-san.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Wha……! When did you……”
[YUZUKI]: “Just a little while ago. I couldn’t sleep for some reason…… Um, what are you doing, Nagahide-san?”
[YUZUKI]: “Do you have some business with Mitsuhide-san……?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… None. I just happened to pass by, that’s all.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… And don’t ever tell that guy I was here.”
Nagahide-san said only that and then turned his back on me and quickly walked away. I’m sure it was a lie when he said he was passing through……
[YUZUKI]: (But it’s probably best not to question him… also, I’m curious about Mitsuhide-san. He seems to be acting strange……)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Mitsuhide-sa……”
Coming out to the courtyard, I tried calling out to Mitsuhide-san as he stood there, but then my breath caught.
Because I saw, when Mitsuhide-san turned around, a tear trickling down his cheek.
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Ah!”
Mitsuhide-san, who noticed me, hurriedly wiped away the tear.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… Mitsuhide-san… sorry, I just……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… I’ve shown you an unbecoming sight, haven’t I.”
[YUZUKI]: “No… it’s not unbecoming at all……”
[YUZUKI]: (This is the first time I’ve seen Mitsuhide-san crying. But, why on earth……?)
When I tried thinking about the reason for his tears, I immediately thought of the talk we had a few days ago.
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… by any chance, does this have to do with the “my misconduct” you said at that time……”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, I’m sorry! Nevermind that……!”
Having spoken, I realized upon reconsideration that it wasn’t something to be carelessly asked about and apologized in a panic, but Mitsuhide-san quietly shook his head and looked at me.
[MITSUHIDE]: “I do not mind…… I think you also have a right to know.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Because, in any case, it concerns this dangerous mission and you as an emissary. We cannot have you being anxious about the future.”
Mitsuhide-san said that and then looked up at the sky before starting to talk haltingly.
[MITSUHIDE]: “It was around the time when Hideyoshi was still one of Nobunaga-sama’s retainers that I committed my “misconduct”.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “During this period of time, there was a surge of damage caused by the yakuma in the Oda territory.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “However, we kept the casualties down as much as possible, working hard daily to suppress the yakuma……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “At that time, Nobunaga-sama handed a secret mission to Hideyoshi.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “He was to appropriate the land of those in the Oda territory…… especially those who lived in the mountains.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Appropriate?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “A decree to confiscate the land.”
[YUZUKI]: “So, in other words…… forcibly drive out the people who lived there?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Correct. It was widespread to the people that Nounaga-sama was an inhuman warlord who would do anything for his goals. Everyone was compelled to accept the situation and cursed this untouchable god.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “I thought this was excessive and asked Nobunaga-sama the reason for this appropriation, but……”
[YUZUKI]: “…… He didn’t tell you, huh.”
Even I knew full well that Nobunaga-san did not express his own thoughts easily. Rather, it was more unusual for him to answer my questions.
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Yes, and so I tried consulting Nagahide. However……”
[NAGAHIDE]: “There’s no mistake it was an order from Nobunaga-sama, right? Then there’s no room for doubt.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… is what he said, and he did not respond properly.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “When I think on it now, I should have believed in Nobunaga-sama’s thoughts like Nagahide.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… However, with the possibility that the people would riot, aggravated by this appropriation, and……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “When I thought about how Nobunaga-sama’s ill repute – if it continued to stand – could effect the rule of the Oda territory, I could not remain still.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “And so I…… raised a rebellion in order to confirm Nobunaga-sama’s true intentions.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “In the Oda Army…… the one who betrayed Nobunaga-sama first was me.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha, you, Mitsuhide-san……!?”
[YUZUKI]: (Now that it’s mentioned, even in the history of my old world, it was said Akechi Mitsuhide rebelled against Oda Nobunaga……)
[YUZUKI]: (But then, in that case, Hideyoshi-san didn’t hate Nobunaga-san and rebel…… No, putting that aside, the one who seriously cared about Nobunaga-san was……)
[YUZUKI]: “And, um, what happened……?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Lying about a field investigation, I brought Nobunaga-sama out of the castle, and pointed a blade at him.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “I thought that if I did not do that, I would not hear an answer from Nobunaga-sama.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “And, in the event of receiving an answer I could understand, I intended to slash my stomach and apologize for my distrust with my life.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… However, in the moment of whether I would hear an answer or not, an unforeseen situation occurred.”
[YUZUKI]: “Unforeseen situation……?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Hideyoshi appeared.”
(T/N: READY FOR SOME HISTORY LESSONS!? Okay, so because I’m not too familiar with the Sengoku Period, and I was also curious about the real reason Mitsuhide betrayed Nobunaga, I looked into it only to find that no one really knows for sure. They chalk it up to ambition but not what that ambition was. Anyway, here’s the Wikipedia on his betrayal and this neat historian answer that debunks a few of the wiki ones.
I gotta admit I cracked up on the personal grudge section in the wiki about Nobunaga kicking Mitsuhide and destroying his priceless dinnerware. NOBUNAGA WHY Σ(Д｀|||ノ)ノ!! ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LOVE TEA SETS IN THIS GAME!!
I think the game used a blend of reasons, specifically these points from the wiki: 1) Mitsuhide felt Nobunaga was becoming too ruthless and so decided to confront him, and 2) Nobunaga had a habit of not expressing himself clearly (because of spies and traitors; and he acted this way because his generals knew him best and were thus able to understand his will) so the uncertainty in the situation created doubts in Mitsuhide.
Interesting stuff, eh? I couldn’t get to it in time but Mitsuhide has a potion interaction in the game where he specifically says Nobunaga is the army’s “everything”. Even if it’s a clear day, if Nobunaga said it was raining then it was raining. His words are absolute. Also, these things once again reaffirm how Nagahide is Nobunaga’s best man LOL (though Ranmaru was super close to Nobunaga too… in more ways than one iykwim.))