SNB Date ~ Chapter 5.5 ~

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Chapter 5: In the Darkness, the True Appearance–

They snuck into the Sanada territory, seeking the “sacred treasure”.

By chance, she was saved by the general of the Sanada Army, Sanada Yukimura, in the castle town. He hasn’t seem to noticed their true identity yet but…

Chapter 5.5

[YUZUKI]: (Here is the shrine said to have the “sacred treasure”……)

[YUZUKI]: (There’s a stirring in my chest…… like someone is calling to me……)

In the dark shrine, I followed the backs of the two who were walking ahead. Masamune-san and Yukimura-san were silent for a while. However, suddenly–

[YUKIMURA]: “…… Masamune. What kind of warlord do you think is worthy of governing Shinga?”

[MASAMUNE]: “What’s with this sudden topic.”

[YUKIMURA]: “I want to make it clear between us before leaving the judgment to the “sacred treasure”.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Which one of us is worthy to govern Shinga.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Hmph. That question is meaningless. We don’t need to discuss it, it’s me.”

[YUKIMURA]: “No. Right now, I…… don’t think you are worthy at all.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Even if it was to obtain the “sacred treasure”…… a general who would trade their companion as material is not qualified to govern Shinga.”

I was curious about Masamune-san’s reaction to Yukimura-san declaring that in a strong tone and quietly shifted my gaze over.

[MASAMUNE]: “Qualifications aren’t needed. The only thing needed is winning. Even if I have to use my companions.”

Masamune-san said that indifferently and I couldn’t see his true mind.

[YUKIMURA]: “What’s important is not how you take it. It’s for what reason you take it. I will take Shinga in order to protect my precious companions.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Then, if you had to choose between Shinga or your companions, which one would you choose.”

[YUKIMURA]: “That’s obvious. My companions.”

[MASAMUNE]: “I would choose Shinga without hesitation. There is nothing else in this world I would prioritize over that.”

[MASAMUNE]: “For that, I would use any and every thing. As long as you prioritize something over Shinga, you can never win against me.”

[YUKIMURA]: “I see…… It seems that we are incompatible in all respects.”

[MASAMUNE]: “You only noticed that now?”

On that note, both of them closed their mouths as if there was nothing more they could discuss.

Instead, Yukimura-san relaxed his pace and fell beside me before calling out in a voice softer than the one he faced Masamune-san with.

[YUKIMURA]: “…… Come to think of it, I haven’t heard your name yet. May I ask your name?”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah, sure… I’m Yuzuki.”

[YUKIMURA]: “I see. That’s a nice name.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Hey, you aren’t really Masamune’s wife, right?”

[YUZUKI]: “Umm… yeah. That was a lie Masamune-san came up with on the spot……”

[YUKIMURA]: “Aah… hearing that makes me relieved. In that case, won’t you come to my side?”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh…!?”

[YUKIMURA]: “I will never use you as a tool to unify the country.”

[YUKIMURA]: “If other armies intend to treat you as a tool then…… I’ll protect you with all that I have.”

[YUZUKI]: “Uh, umm…… that’s……”

[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t say whatever you want. Whatever you think, that girl is ours.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Masamune, I wasn’t asking you.”

Yukimura-san said that clearly to Masamune-san before facing me once again.

[YUKIMURA]: “…… Of course, I’m not planning to take you by force. But if you were to ask us for help then–“

[YUKIMURA]: “Even if we have to fight with the Date Army, I will rescue you.”

Yukimura-san looked at me with utmost sincerity.

[YUKIMURA]: “Won’t you tell me your feelings?”

[YUZUKI]: “Uhm, I……”

I glanced at Masamune-san to guess at his response, but Masamune-san was silent and he only looked at me.

It was as if he were waiting on my answer–

[YUZUKI]: (I… how should I answer……)

Lost for words, my eyes started wandering. When they did…… I saw something stuck at the back of the shrine.

[YUZUKI]: “Ah… look at that.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Hm…? That’s…!!”

Masamune-san and Yukimura-san’s eyes widened when they saw the thing stuck at the back of the shrine.

It was a naked long sword that was dazzingly decorated. It was thrusted deeply into a pedestal-like rock.

[YUZUKI]: (I know… that… this sword… has been the one calling me ever since I entered the shrine……)

[MASAMUNE]: “Is that… the “sacred treasure”?”

[YUZUKI]: “…… Yes. I believe so.”

[YUKIMURA]: “You can tell?”

[YUZUKI]: “Somehow…… something’s been humming in my chest, like that sword has been calling me……”

[MASAMUNE]: “I see. If you say so, then it doesn’t seem wrong.”

[YUKIMURA]: “…… In other words, the time has come for an answer.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. It’ll be clear with this. Which one of us is worthy of getting the “sacred treasure”, this girl, and taking Shinga……”

[YUZUKI]: (…… I’ll have to go to the army chosen by the “sacred treasure” here……)

[YUKIMURA]: “Well then, which one of us should pick up the “sacred treasure”?”

[MASAMUNE]: “I’ll turn it over to you.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Are you sure?”

[MASAMUNE]: “If there was a trap, I’d be in trouble.”

[YUKIMURA]: “…………”

After Yukimura-san glared at Masamune-san, he pulled himself together and walked towards the “sacred treasure”. However–

[YUKIMURA]: “Nrgh…… what……?”

[MASAMUNE]: “What’s wrong, are you getting cold feet at this point?”

[YUKIMURA]: “No. I simply can’t go any further than this. It’s like I’m being stopped by an invisible wall……”

[MASAMUNE]: “–Meaning that it seems you weren’t chosen.”

[MASAMUNE]: “…… Then, it’s my turn.”

Saying that, Masamune-san also approached the “sacred treasure” but at the end–

[MASAMUNE]: “…… I see. I can’t move any further than this either.”

[YUKIMURA]: “So that means…… the two of us aren’t qualified?”

[MASAMUNE]: “Seems like that.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Kgh…… that can’t be. We even came this far……”

[MASAMUNE]: “However, that we both weren’t chosen was within range of my expectations.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh……?”

Masamune-san abruptly shoved me hard in the back. As I staggered, I managed to regain my balance.

[YUZUKI]: “Hey, why’d you do that sudden–“

[YUKIMURA]: “Wha…!? You……! How are you going forward!?”

Having been told that, I looked at my feet and there beside me was the “sacred treasure”.

[MASAMUNE]: “It’s as I thought. The one qualified to touch the “sacred treasure” is the one called to by Himemiko…… in other words, you.”

[YUKIMURA]: “No way… this girl……?”

[YUZUKI]: (I’m qualified to pick up the “sacred treasure”……?)

[MASAMUNE]: “Try pulling out the “sacred treasure”.”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay……”

I reached out to the “sacred treasure” as told and the long sword, which should have been stabbed deeply into the rock, slipped out easily when I touched it.

[YUZUKI]: (It came out…… wait, that means……)

When I realized it, Masamune-san and Yukimura-san were looking at me.

[MASAMUNE]: “Hey, look at the “sacred treasure”.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh……?”

As told to by Masamune-san, I dropped my eyes to the “sacred treasure” and saw that the sword blade was overflowing with a dazzingly light.

[YUZUKI]: “It’s bright…!? What’s going on……”

[MASAMUNE]: “The “sacred treasure” is showing a reaction. It shone the moment you touched it.”

[MASAMUNE]: “There’s no doubt that the “sacred treasure” chose you.”

[YUZUKI]: “But… I don’t think I have any qualifications! What should I do……”

[YUKIMURA]: “Then choose.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh……?”

[YUKIMURA]: “Choose the army that’ll protect you, who was chosen by the “sacred treasure”. In other words, the general worthy of taking Shinga…… you’ll decide that.”

Saying that, Yukimura-san held out a hand towards me.

[YUKIMURA]: “I believe that I can protect you. Please, come to us.”

[YUZUKI]: “Yukimura… -san……”

[YUZUKI]: (But… what does Masamune-san think……)

I looked at Masamune-san. But the moment our eyes connected, he suddenly turned his head away.

[MASAMUNE]: “…… You should choose.”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh…? T-That’s……”

[YUZUKI]: (Ever since we met, he’s kept the attitude of having me follow him regardless of my thoughts, yet……)

[YUZUKI]: (Why is he suddenly telling me to choose now……?)

[YUZUKI]: (…… Could it be that Masamune-san doesn’t want me to stay in the Date Army……?)

[MASAMUNE]: “…… Hurry and decide. Whatever path you choose, I won’t stop you.”

Masamune-san said that and wouldn’t meet my eyes in the end. Without knowing Masamune-san’s feelings, I couldn’t find an answer.

[YUKIMURA]: “Please, take my hand.”

[MASAMUNE]: “…………”

[YUZUKI]: “I…”

[YUZUKI]: “I……”

[YUKIMURA]: “Hm……? WATCH OUT!”

[YUZUKI]: “Wha–!?”

When I turned around, taken aback at Yukimura-san’s words, I saw a countless number of yakuma come from the depths of the shrine.

[YUKIMURA]: “Run! Hurry, over here!”

At Yukimura-san’s urging, I ran back to the invisible wall…… to Masamune-san and Yukimura-san.

However, the yakuma closed in on my back at a tremendous speed–

[YUZUKI]: (…… I-It’s no use–! They’re catching up……!)

When Masamune-san and Yukimura-san were right in front of me, I stumbled from the weight of the “sacred treasure” and fell to the ground.

At the same time the long sword rolled across the ground the countless yakuma leapt at me.

[YUZUKI]: “KYAAAAAAAHHHH!”

13 thoughts on “SNB Date ~ Chapter 5.5 ~

    Bluesheep said:
    December 29, 2017 at 23:14

    And it continues with how far both men are on opposite sides of the spectrum in terms of world perspective and ideology lol. Aw Yuzuki is backed into corner, what’s a girl to do? Choosing between a “family” that she has already integrated into or the gentle offer of a sincere commander of the opposing faction is quite the tough spot to get shoved into intentional or not.

    On a side note, how large is that sword she was holding that it knocked her completely off balance with its sheer weight?! I get the image of Yuzuki sliding the sword out without lifting it up with the blade tip dragging against the ground when talking to the two, only attempting to pick it up when she had to make a break for it.

      Ilinox responded:
      December 30, 2017 at 00:23

      I love it so much when they do this. I didn’t think much on how the armies were paired together but when you start seeing them interact like this it gives you an “OHHH MY GODD THEY’RE FOILS!!” I just can’t help but geek out. (imo not so much in the case of Oda and Toyotomi but they have their own great past issues).

      I know at the beginning (cause I went Date first) I was like “WOW GIRL JUST TELL YUKIMURA TO LEAVE!!” but on the second read I can see how charming he is |D;; and how sincere, especially when compared to Masamune who doesn’t ever let her in on what he’s thinking or his plans. It doesn’t help that he’s being completely silent and not even saying anything either!! Though, as a reader, you can totally tell that he’s prioritizing her right now… *clenches fist* this chapter is just. SO GOOD.

      Haha, I never thought much on it other than “I guess swords are pretty heavy” so I took a look at some tachi averages and apparently they’re around 100cm to 105cm, weighing 3.66 pounds or so? I think that’s like carrying around a two-slice toaster? LOL Just imagine one… longer I guess?? But I’m sure swords are surprisingly heavy ;;;; especially for a young girl who hasn’t done any sort of training.

    🐕 said:
    December 29, 2017 at 22:12

    Thanks to you and your translations, I was able to understand the main story <3<3<3 It helped me a lot 😢

      Ilinox responded:
      December 31, 2017 at 08:47

      <3333 I hope you're enjoying it!

    1_chan said:
    December 29, 2017 at 18:49

    O w O ))) …Masamune is going to throw himself at the yakuma? He is, isn’t he? //prays for the safety of the boys and mc. Thanks for the chapter!

      Ilinox responded:
      December 31, 2017 at 08:48

      Dun dun dun, it’s just cliffhangers after cliffhangers here with Masamune |D

    Reggie said:
    December 29, 2017 at 06:58

    Masamune wants to know if she truly happy in the Date army so he let her choose in her will now. This chapter is so tear jerking 😢 so much pain 😢

      Ilinox responded:
      December 31, 2017 at 08:49

      Gods, RIGHT? I love how this chapter shows how much Masamune has changed. At the beginning he was actually super cold and threw her in the dungeons and now look at him!! He’s willing to let her choose :’)) and won’t interfere with any choice she makes. He doesn’t even pressure her or say anything to convince her sOBS.

    yukihime03 said:
    December 29, 2017 at 03:18

    Hi there! ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ
    I’m new here, I want to thank you for the translations!
    Unfortunately, I’m currently juggling many otome games so I don’t have time left to play senbura, but your translations have helped me to at least catch up!

    Anyway, Yukimura is such a good boy, I wanna make him my son! I really want to bear hug this pure kid and spoil him… (I can feel Nobuyuki staring at me disapprovingly though)

    But that part about “long sword that was thrusted into a pedestal-like sword”… lol, Excalibur…? :P

      Ilinox responded:
      December 31, 2017 at 08:52

      Hello hello ♥~(‘▽‘人) new people are always welcome!!

      Haha, I know the feeling of having to juggle wayyy too many things :’)) so I’m glad these help you catch up to the story without having to grind through senbura!

      Knowing how Nobuyuki lets Yukimura do whatever though (and how he steps aside!!) I’m sure you’ll be fine~ but oh gosh I just want to sit Yukimura down and be like “Son!! I am proud of you and your ideals but will you be able to survive in this warring states period?! I am so worried!!” hahaha.

      LOL I was thinking the same thing when I was translating. Missed it the first time because I was oohing and ahhing over everything that was happening but now I’m like “Wait, she literally just pulled a sword from the stone like Excalibur! Quick, someone crown her as King Arthur–“.

        yukihime03 said:
        January 1, 2018 at 03:43

        Thanks for the welcome!

        Haha, I hope I can have the time to play it someday though…

        …. someday. :’).

        But I’m not sure Nobuyuki wants the kid to be more spoiled… I mean, he’s already such a soft boy. (>﹏<) I so agree with you that it is worrying to have him in that era!

        Oh dear, now I kinda want to see a crossover with Fate series…

    ❄ Lynx+Pink ✩B-day: Jan 10🌹 (@CattyFae) said:
    December 29, 2017 at 00:13

    “Thanks, I hate it”

    I jest, but… THIS HURTS
    (I love you, Yukimura-san, you Absolute Sweetheart, aaaaa!!)

      Ilinox responded:
      December 31, 2017 at 08:53

      You don’t know how hard I cackled at seeing that. Date Army chapters for one of the most intense y/n? Clash of complete opposites :’D

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