SNB Date ~ Chapter 6.4 ~

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Chapter 6: The Path To Take Should be Ours–

A direct showdown with Yukimura!

The moment the contest was thought to be ended…… yakuma appeared in the shrine.

Who was it that obtained the “sacred treasure”…!?

Chapter 6.4

Masamune-san and Yukimura-san met the unidentified group.

Yukimura-san, while holding the “sacred treasure” in his left hand, wielded his spear skillfully and cut down the enemies one after another.

[YUKIMURA]: “Masamune! I’m leaving the left side to you!”

At Yukimura-san’s words, Masamune-san–

[MASAMUNE]: “Why should I lend a hand?”

Sheathing his sword, he stood quite a way behind Yukimura-san and crossed his arms.

[YUZUKI]: (Huh… Masamune-san isn’t helping Yukimura-san……!?)

[YUKIMURA]: “Hey, what are you doing, Masamune! Behind! Enemies are coming!”

[MASAMUNE]: “Behind?”

Masamune-san tilted his head acting like he didn’t notice the enemies behind him–

And then, in the next instant, he drew his sword and cut down all the enemies pressing in on his back.

[MASAMUNE]: “The enemies are coming, aren’t they. I’m letting them come.”

[YUKIMURA]: “What are you saying. They’re aiming at you because you’re wide open.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. The enemies aren’t idiots. If there’s an opening, or a place easy to target, they’ll come slashing.”

[MASAMUNE]: “In that case…… if I create an opening where it’s easy to attack me, they’ll come to get cut down.”

[YUKIMURA]: “You don’t have to do that if you fight from the front……”

[MASAMUNE]: “Fair and square, you mean? And then you would get tripped up. The enemy is attacking openings. For example–“

Masamune-san slashed down the enemies who came at Yukimura-san’s blind spot.

[MASAMUNE]: “Your left hand holding the “sacred treasure”. They’re aiming at that……”

[YUKIMURA]: “…… Geez. I don’t want to admit it, but it’s easy to fight together with you.”

Yukimura-san, in return, cut down the enemies who approached Masamune-san.

[YUZUKI]: (Both their personalities don’t match at all and yet… when they’re fighting, they’re perfectly in sync……)

Perhaps thinking he was no match for those two, a single soldier raised his weapon and came at me.

[YUZUKI]: “Wah……”

[YUKIMURA]: “Do they mean to take her as a hostage!?”

[MASAMUNE]: “As if I’d let them!”

Yukimura-san stabbed at the enemy and, while the enemy defended himself against the thrust spear, Masamune-san went around behind him in a smooth motion.

[MASAMUNE]: “Your back is wide open.”

In a single slash Masamune-san cut down the enemy.

[YUKIMURA]: “Haha! If we formed an alliance, we might be able to take Shinga immediately.”

[MASAMUNE]: “I don’t plan to share Shinga with anyone.”

[YUKIMURA]: “That’s what I thought you’d say.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Hmph, naturally.”

Yukimura-san smiled innocently while Masamune-san snorted and turned his head away.

[MASAMUNE]: “It seems like the enemy is targeting the “sacred treasure”.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah. That’s probably why they’ve just been aiming at me since a while ago.”

[MASAMUNE]: “But these guys are also trying to run off with this girl.”

[YUKIMURA]: “It can’t be that they… know about the connection between the “sacred treasure” and her!?”

[MASAMUNE]: “The moment the sacred treasure and her were together, they attacked, so that line of thought is consistent.”

[MASAMUNE]: “If that’s the case… Yukimura, let’s make it one thing that we need to protect.”

[YUKIMURA]: “What do you mean?”

[MASAMUNE]: “Hand the “sacred treasure” over here. If we put together what the enemy is targeting, then it’ll be easy to meet them.”

[YUKIMURA]: “I see… Got it. Here!”

[MASAMUNE]: “Wait. If you make her hold it then it might shine again and stand out.”

The moment Masamune-san said that I had already taken the long sword from Yukimura-san.

[YUZUKI]: “It looks… okay…?”

It seemed like the dazzling light at the time I pulled out the “sacred treasure” in the shrine was currently gone.

[YUKIMURA]: “Anyway, I think there’ll be even more enemies coming after you, but don’t worry. We’ll definitely protect you!”

Masamune-san and Yukimura-san were vigilant on their surroundings, as if to protect me and Imari-kun.

[MASAMUNE]: “…… This is bad, Yukimura. The enemy has cavalry. There are horses here too. Lend me one.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Aa, got it!”

Yukimura-san whistled through his fingers and a horse came rushing over. When it came, Masamune-san sheathed his sword, placed me and Imari-kun on it, and then straddled it himself.

[YUZUKI]: “Eh? Huh? Why me too…?”

[MASAMUNE]: “We’re going to run at full speed. Put your hands around my waist tightly.”

I wrapped my arms around Masamune-san’s waist while being confused.

[MASAMUNE]: “Good. Now…… I’m leaving the rest to you, Yukimura!”

Yukimura-san, who had been cutting down the enemies alone, looked back and upon seeing us his eyes widened.

[YUKIMURA]: “Huh? Hey, Masamune! Where are you taking her!?”

[MASAMUNE]: “If I have this girl and the “sacred treasure”, I don’t have any more business with you. I’m running!”

[YUKIMURA]: “No way!?”

[MASAMUNE]: “Do your best to delay the enemies.”

Leaving behind a dumbfounded Yukimura-san, Masamune-san made the horse gallop and in a flash we had withdrawn from the battlefield.

[YUKIMURA]: “Did Masamune really run? That guy… just how much of a coward is he…”

Shigezane-san, who watched Masamune and the others run and Yukimura who was left behind, clapped Kojuurou on the shoulder.

[SHIGEZANE]: “Kojuurou, Masamune ran away. Is that……”

[KOJUUROU]: “Hm…? Aah, again… Good gracious, that man……”

Kojuurou sighed and then ran over to Yukimura.

[KOJUUROU]: “Hey, Sanada Yukimura.”

[YUKIMURA]: “Huh…? If I’m not mistaken, you’re Date Army’s…… uhhh.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Whoever I am doesn’t matter. More importantly, I have something to say. Lend me your ear.”

Kojuurou brought his lips to Yukimura’s ear and whispered something secretly.

[YUKIMURA]: “…… Ohh, I see. That’s how it is.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t fall.”

[YUZUKI]: “Um…… Masamune-san, is it really okay to run? Didn’t you jump into the battlefield to help Yukimura-san……?”

[MASAMUNE]: “Hn, even with us helping there’s, at most, three people who can fight. We’re not much help…… but look.”

Masamune-san looked behind him. Following his gaze, I turned around.

When I did, the unidentified group was separating from the Sanada Army and chasing after us.

[IMARI]: “Hiiieee!? T-This is bad! Everyone’s coming here!”

[YUZUKI]: “Oh… because their target is the “sacred treasure” and me, they’re chasing us……!”

[YUZUKI]: “If we run then we can pull away the enemy from the Sanada Army……!”

[MASAMUNE]: “It looks like you’ve come to understand a little bit of strategy.”

[IMARI]: “But if that many catch up to us then won’t we be done in for immediately……?”

[MASAMUNE]: “Those guys won’t catch up to us.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Unlike us with just a single horse and being light, if the enemy has calvary then they’ll also have heavy infantry.”

[MASAMUNE]: “If they try to make their pace uniform then they can’t catch us, but if they try to catch up then their formation will collapse.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Apparently, it looks like they’ve chosen to chase us even if it means collapsing their formation…… but, because of that, they’ve lost the advantage of being a group.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Right now, even if they catch up to us, they won’t be able to stop us with their numbers. They can easily be cut down.”

[YUZUKI]: “So this is also a clever plan, huh.”

[MASAMUNE]: “Exactly.”

Saying that, Masamune-san kicked the horse’s flank and increased our speed.

[YUZUKI]: “…… By the way, Masamune-san, why did you go and help Yukimura-san?”

[MASAMUNE]: “I said it, didn’t I. It was to take the “sacred treasure”.”

[YUZUKI]: “But if you just wanted the “sacred treasure”…… wouldn’t it have been more reliable to watch for an opening and rob it from Yukimura-san who was being attacked by the enemy……?”

At my words, Masamune-san went awkwardly quiet and then–

[MASAMUNE]: “…… You seem to be able to understand war too now.”

He said that in a voice that was embarrassed somewhere.

[YUZUKI]: “…… Is it because you became friends with Yukimura-san?”

[MASAMUNE]: “That is definitely not it.”

[YUZUKI]: “But I can’t find another reason……”

[MASAMUNE]: “Shut up and be quiet. Do you want to be thrown off the horse?”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh… but if I’m thrown off then wouldn’t you be troubled too, Masamune-san……?”

[MASAMUNE]: “That’s……”

Masamune-san seemed to have lost his words and went quiet for a while before–

[MASAMUNE]: “…… If I’m always cowardly then you won’t be able to hold your head high.”

[YUZUKI]: “…… Huh?”

[MASAMUNE]: “I just thought that since you chose me and not Yukimura then I’d try to be a warlord you didn’t regret.”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah……”

On that note Masamune-san became silent as if saying that he didn’t plan on speaking anymore.

After we ran for a while, Masamune-san suddenly stopped the horse.

[MASAMUNE]: “It’s about time.”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh, is it okay if we don’t run?”

[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. There’s no need anymore.”

[YUZUKI]: “…… But the enemy is still chasing us, you know?”

[MASAMUNE]: “For now, yes. However, their formation has completely collapsed. And, if the Sanada Army attacks from the side, they will be easily destroyed.”

[YUZUKI]: “…… Won’t they be cautious?”

[MASAMUNE]: “There’s no need. They think I betrayed Sanada and ran.”

[MASAMUNE]: “They would never dream of something like the Sanada Army assisting us.”

[YUZUKI]: “I see…! You arranged that much with Yukimura-san and then left the battlefield, huh!”

Wow, Masamune-san really was amazing…! Is what I thought but Masamune-san tilted his head dubiously.

[MASAMUNE]: “I put into action something I thought of on the moment. Things shouldn’t have been arranged.”

[YUZUKI]: “Wha…… um, hold on. Then the Sanada Army won’t be coming to help……?”

However, Masamune-san smirked boldly and leisurely waited for the pursuing enemy army.

[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t worry. Kojuurou and Shigezane are there.”

Masamune-san’s voice was confident about victory.

[MASAMUNE]: “I come up with clever schemes, Kojuurou changes that into a feasible strategy, and Shigezane accomplishes it. That’s how we’ve always done things up to now.”

[MASAMUNE]: “–At this point, there’s no need to arrange things.”


The instant Masamune-san’s words ended, Shigezane-san’s voice resounded.

A large force of the Sanada Army, led by Shigezane-san, attacked the enemy’s broken formation from the side.

The enemy could not even counterattack this unexpected ambush and, in the blink of an eye, they were routed and they retreated.

[MASAMUNE]: “This is our way of doing things.”

[YUZUKI]: (Wow…… this is something that can’t be done unless they trusted each other a lot……!)

[YUZUKI]: (This is the bond of the Date Army……!)

10 thoughts on “SNB Date ~ Chapter 6.4 ~

    1_chan said:
    January 3, 2018 at 23:20

    Ahhhhhaaahhaa~ This is good. Very good! Yuzuki actually does learn quite a bit about military tactics in the Date army, and tho the Date are smol, they are fierce! Huzzah! Not to mention…our Masamune is finding himself unable to hide for our mc in this situation~ how cute xD. Thanks for the chapter!

      Ilinox responded:
      January 5, 2018 at 12:09

      I love that |D small but fierce! The new Date slogan! But yeah!! I really like how Yuzuki is portrayed in the Date army! Not only did she have the guts to help stitch up wounded soldiers when she was thrown in jail but she tried to escape and now she’s thinking sneaky like Masamune and teasing him :’D she finally knows how to call him out on his bluffs!

    Bluesheep said:
    January 3, 2018 at 10:57

    The trio demonstrates the benefits of having small numbers, resulting in everyone knowing each other so well that they are well verse in each team mate’s strengths and compliment it well enough to stay in the game. Masamune “to the point” stance explains his plan well enough where anyone can follow. It’s nice to see Yuzuki holding her own in the conversation in figuring out the reasoning of the plan from logical standpoints that are plausible with the readers general line of thoughts, enough so that it prompts Masamune to confess his reason for doing so was done partially for her.

    It’s kind funny how his pride poking through even when he is capable of being sincere and if Yuzuki can work around his pride she can probably influence him into the kind of person she is willing to support in the conflict.

      Ilinox responded:
      January 5, 2018 at 12:35

      I love how much this chapter shows. Like you said, Date army is tenacious and still in the game because of how well they work with each other. But it also makes me wonder what hard situations they’ve been in to train them into having such an instinctual understanding of each other (I mean sure they grew up but they must have been through so many war situations together like this to know how each person fights/acts).

      Yuzuki being able to follow his train of thought and simple strategies makes me grin too. It really feels like she’s somewhat military-inclined in Nobunaga and Masamune’s route, haha, which is super cool. In Takeda she learns to be a medicine specialist so that’s neat too. But, while I do enjoy all the other routes, I’m still wondering what she does in Toyotomi, Uesugi, Sanada, and Mouri (still early here though). Not that she needs to do anything (I’m all for support characters!) but…

      I have to admit that I was making a frown-y face the first time I read this because I felt like it was a cop out for Masamune to feel ashamed enough to want to change himself for her. But on this second read through, it comes off as more being a compromise. He’s still going to be a sneaky dude who lies to get his way, but I think he’s establishing principles that he won’t cross in order to have Yuzuki comfortable with him, so that’s pretty cute ;w;/.

    yukihime03 said:
    January 3, 2018 at 06:10

    D’awww Masamune~ Why so cute…
    This onee-san really wants to hug you~~~

    Btw, I’m curious as to what Kojurou said to Yukimura…
    Did he say something about leaving the love birds alone? Lol.

      Ilinox responded:
      January 5, 2018 at 12:08

      Heehee, every time Masamune shows his insecurities it’s just so *clenches fist* IS THIS THE POWER OF A TSUNDERE. When they turn dere or embarrassed you just wanna melt.

      LOL. I think he told Yukimura what Masamune was planning so that Shigezane could lead the charge like he’s doing at the end |D. That’d be hilarious though. When I was reading this for the first time I actually was super confused and worried like MC was and thinking “??? Did Masamune just ditch Kojuu and Shigezane? LOL”. The look of utter exasperation on Kojuurou’s face cracks me up.

        yukihime03 said:
        January 5, 2018 at 23:44

        Floppy-eared tsun like Masamune just turns on my sadistic side. Heehee~
        I wanna do all things to him just to see his reaction.
        I. JUST. HAVE. THIS. URGE. TO. TEASE. (pls don’t judge me :P)

        Ah, I see. But it really is more interesting if Kojuurou mentions love birds and stuffs. I really wanna see Kojuurou teasing Masamune but I think it’s unlikely to happen since Kojuurou is a rather serious person? But just imagine though? Kojuurou teasing Masamune with a straight face… XD

        Ilinox responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 21:36

        Absolutely no judgement here!! Some people like to tease and others want to be teased~ haha.

        Oh man, that’d be hilarious if Kojuurou ever decided to start teasing Masamune. Especially since Shigezane does it already so if they both ganged up on him, haha, poor boy!

    Reggie said:
    January 3, 2018 at 01:00

    About the mysterious army, 3 questions pop-out on my head. First isn’t Mouri army, Takeda or new army again maybe Tokugawa because they have connections to Sanada and Date when it comes to our world. Maybe I look forward to the next chapter to reveal the truth ( if still unidentified maybe Mouri or new army)

    BTW, I’m proud of you Yuzuki, this is my first time seeing you talk back and make Masamune speechless in his tsun-tsun mode 👏

      Ilinox responded:
      January 5, 2018 at 12:06

      Unfortunately, they still haven’t revealed this mystery army yet so ;w; I’M REALLY CURIOUS! I keep thinking it can’t be Mouri because of how peaceful they sound but omg what if the Mouri story ends up coming here? That’d be really neat.

      AND YEAH!! I love this part and MC in general in Masamune and Nobunaga’s stories because I feel like she becomes a little more sly and thoughtful? I wouldn’t say stronger but almost like spunkier because she has to deal with men who are painted in awful lights by all the other armies LOL. Nobunaga is constantly being called coldhearted and the Demon King while Masamune is being called a coward with no honor, haha.

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