SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 3.1 ~

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Chapter 3: Under the Clouds is a Blue Sky

Appointed as Kenshin’s “assistant”, she spent her days managing the internal affairs of the army.

Learning about each other gradually, the distance between her and the commanders gradually shrunk, and the atmosphere in the army also began to change.

Chapter 3.1

On a certain day, after several days had passed since returning to the castle.

I was called by Kenshin-san and went to his room.

[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san, it’s me. Yuzuki.”

[KENSHIN]: “Enter.”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay, excuse me.”

After I opened the sliding screen and entered, Kenshin-san offered me a seat and then began to talk in a calm tone.

[KENSHIN]: “The reason I called you is because I have made a decision on what we spoke about previously.”

[YUZUKI]: “You mean…!”

[KENSHIN]: “Yes. I will assign an official post to you.”

[YUZUKI]: (It’s like I thought…! With this I can help everyone outside of the power of my blood…!)

[YUZUKI]: “Thank you very much! So, what should I be doing?”

[KENSHIN]: “Recently, there has not been enough hands to handle the internal affairs of my army due to the continuous battles with the Takeda Army and the yakuma.”

[KENSHIN]: “Accordingly… I would like you to assist me with my work.”

[YUZUKI]: “Wha…”

Hearing that I’d be Kenshin-san’s assistant I froze on the spot.

[YUZUKI]: (This is a really important job, right?…)

[YUZUKI]: “This seems to be a really difficult job though… Would I be able to do it…?”

[KENSHIN]: “Fret not. You can help me with simple things at the beginning.”

[KENSHIN]: “Moreover, I would not ask someone for something they cannot do.”

[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san…”

[YUZUKI]: (Meaning, Kenshin-san has faith in me and is requesting help with official business, huh.)

[YUZUKI]: (In that case, there’s just one thing for me to do. I need to live up to Kenshin-san’s feelings…!)

[KENSHIN]: “You will undertake this, correct?”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes! I will be happy to help.”

For an instant, when I gave a large nod, Kenshin-san’s mouth showed a faint smile–

But after that, he immediately returned to his normal dignified expression as usual.

[KENSHIN]: “Then, I apologize for the immediacy, but I have something to entrust to you.”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay, what is it?”

[KENSHIN]: “In a few days, a delegation from an allied territory will be visiting.”

[KENSHIN]: “I wish to rely on you for the preparations of our hospitality.”

[YUZUKI]: “Hospitality for the delegation… I understand. But, is it okay for me to have such an important role…?”

[KENSHIN]: “Yes. I want Kanetsugu and you both to arrange everything so that we do not disrespect the delegation.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh, me and Kanetsugu-san…?”

The moment I heard Kenshin-san’s words I felt a little uneasy.

[KENSHIN]: “Diplomacy is Kanetsugu’s field of expertise. If you have any troubles, rely on him.”

[YUZUKI]: “I understand…”

I knew that Kanetsugu-san wasn’t a bad person, but…

[YUZUKI]: (He’s always finding fault in me. Will this be okay…)

[KENSHIN]: “Ah, also, I have one more thing to ask.”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah, yes, what is it?”

[KENSHIN]: “Regarding what we just spoke about–“

[YUZUKI]: (While I’m heading back to my room, please inform Kanetsugu-san about the hospitality for the delegation, huh…)

Kanetsugu-san was probably in his own room.

When I thought about how harsh words were going to be told to me again, I felt a bit depressed as I aimed for Kanetsugu-san’s room but–

[YUZUKI]: (… Ah, Kanetsugu-san and Kagekatsu-kun!)

Contrary to my expectations, Kanetsugu-san was outside of his room and together with Kagekatsu-kun, looking like they were talking about something.

[YUZUKI]: (If Kagekatsu-kun is there maybe the talk about working together will go smoothly…)

[YUZUKI]: “Um, Kanetsu–“

The moment I spoke Kagekatsu-kun looked over at me, quicker than Kanetsugu-san’s reaction, but turned back to Kanetsugu-san to continue talking without mentioning me.

[KAGEKATSU]: “… I just remembered… I have something to do. Bye…”

[KANETSUGU]: “Oh? Alright.”

[YUZUKI]: (Huh…? Kagekatsu-kun left… He seems different from usual though. I wonder what happened?)

[YUZUKI]: (… Oh well, I have to talk to Kanetsugu-san today anyway.)

[YUZUKI]: “Kanetsugu-san, do you have some time right now?”

[KANETSUGU]: “Hah? What’s your business with me?”

[YUZUKI]: “Actually, just now, Kenshin told me to prepare the hospitality for the delegation of an allied territory together with you, Kanetsugu-san.”

[KANETSUGU]: “Hmmn, and?”

[YUZUKI]: “Exactly like his instructions, for the supplies of the materials and preparation of the dishes to be served that day–“

[YUZUKI]: “I was thinking of going around and talking to all the vassals in charge of those…”

[KANETSUGU]: “Doing that is useless.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh…? Why?”

[KANETSUGU]: “Enough. You won’t understand even if it’s explained to you.”

[YUZUKI]: “Wha! Um, Kanetsugu-san, please wait! Kenshin-san told us to do it together…!”

[KANETSUGU]: “I’ve received the orders from Kenshin-sama. So your job is done here.”

[YUZUKI]: “But… I want to help out properly too.”

[KANETSUGU]: “No, that’s enough. Don’t do anything later either. You’ll get in the way.”

[YUZUKI]: “Wha! Aren’t your words–“

[YUZUKI]: (Ah, he left…)

While I watched as Kanetsugu-san left looking unapproachable, I unconsciously let out a sigh.

[YUZUKI]: (It’s already like this at the beginning; I wonder if things will work out well…)

[YUZUKI]: (But Kenshin-san entrusted this to me believing in me, so I need to do my best even if it’s by myself!)

(T/N: Honest to gods, Kenshin, stop it with your idioms!! Okay, so this one basically means as long as you put in the effort to overcome difficulties, wonderful things will await you. AKA. You must not despair and work hard and you will end up seeing a blue sky after the clouds pass. By the way, there’s this neat site that collects 4 kanji idioms and I foresee it being very useful as we continue on LOL. Also, tell me I’m not the only one cracking up at hearing “diplomacy” and “Kanetsugu’s expertise” in the same sentence.)

12 thoughts on “SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 3.1 ~

    Reggie said:
    March 13, 2018 at 06:47

    I was like ” Haa?! Diplomacy is this jerk’s expertise?! Are you sure Kenshin? ” Then I think again, maybe he’s so polite in front of Kenshin so that’s what he sees(?) 😓

      Ilinox responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 22:25

      RIGHT? Although in the next scene you might see something that makes you go “ah, this is why Kanetsugu is good at diplomacy” because he certainly has a way with words, even if they’re super harsh LOL. He kinda reminds me of Masamune at times because they’re so good at hitting people where it hurts.

    garden said:
    March 13, 2018 at 05:38

    yep I expected she’d have to refer to Kagemochi or Kagekatsu instead. they seemed more like a diplomacy/general affairs type of persons. Kanetsugu I assumed would be the same as Kageie: more of a military dudes. maybe writers just want a little excuse for Yuzuki to bond with the local tsun?

    yo that’s a cool website! very interesting. probably would help me remember my kanji if I have more examples to learn how to read them.

      Ilinox responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 22:24

      I never thought much about Kanetsugu’s official role except for like a playmate and/or bodyguard for Kagekatsu? So it is neat to see that he has another side and he handles diplomacy, but yeah I would have totally thought Kagemochi would do that @_@ or maybe Kagemochi handles mostly everything else in the internal affairs kind of like Mitsuhide for Nobunaga. Or… like you said, an excuse to bond with tsun.

      Haha, I’m sure it’ll come in handy one day to bust out and sound super cultured too, in addition to helping you learn kanji (though tbh I was shocked to find out that clouds could be read as “un”… maybe I need to learn more kanji because I’ve only known the “kumo” reading for my entire life–).

        garden said:
        March 14, 2018 at 00:44

        I already heard of ‘clouds’ can also be read as “un” from the word 雲海 (unkai) from many years of reading jpop lyrics lol. really wish there was a formulaic or easier way to remember the many readings one kanji has. other than reading lyrics, I love to guess how to read Japanese names, especially ‘modern’ ones like popular baby names. they made my head spin though lol

        Ilinox responded:
        March 14, 2018 at 11:08

        Japanese names are the WORSE! I’m making my way through the 3rd volume of tatarikon and all of the girls in the guy’s family can have their names read as “Takako” even though it’s using different kanji. It’s insane haha and I don’t know which one is the proper reading if they never say any names out loud!!

        But yeah, I totally agree with wanting an easier way to remember kanji readings apart from just straight up memorization. That’s what I struggled with during the JLPT :’)) they purposefully give you vocab that can be read in 4 different ways and unless you know the word you’re pooched.

    seiggy said:
    March 13, 2018 at 05:16

    PFfft Kanetsugu being good at “diplomacy” when he’s such a prickly cactus. Oh, I hope you’re feeling better! I wasn’t sure if you already saw these stories already, but I recorded the stories for the original 5* cards for Kagemochi and Kenshin, haha:

    and then here’s the little dialogue that would pop up -> Kagemochi: 彼女の待っている場所に戻る。何がなんでも, 戻らなければいけない

    -> Kenshin: 皆の前では口にすることは出来ないが, これが私の本心だ
    Hopefully no one got cut/the audio is fine lol.

      Ilinox responded:
      March 14, 2018 at 11:06

      Maybe his prickly cactus/vicious words is also why he’s good at diplomacy |D you have to be quick with your tongue to negotiate after all, or insult people while remaining within the boundaries of being polite–

      I crashed hard when I got home so I’m feeling much better, thank you <3! And ahhh!! I haven't seen these yet but I'm also resisting the urge to watch so that it can be a nice surprise when I finally pull them |D;; I only look up the card stories of the ones that I've missed and can never get again :')) though it doesn't help the extreme salt, haha.

        seiggy said:
        March 14, 2018 at 16:32

        Oh that’s good! And yeah, I guess that’s true, haha (still doesn’t help he’s near the bottom in terms of favorites for me lol). Well, it’s up to you (and RNG maybe?) on whether you want to watch them? But then again, not all the banners they’re doing has the OG 5* cards, and they’re certainly not in the limited gacha banners. And those less than 1% rates of getting a specific character within the 1% rate of getting a 5* pfft. I mean, they could (should) really do character-specific banners :’D. But we don’t even know their birthdays (unless it’s semi-based in the actual history dates) for a legitimate excuse. Maybe you’ll get your chance when we can finally redeem our tickets from the last battle royale? I ended up getting the entire OG 5* Oda army from the first time when they won the onsen. Though, speaking of which, uh…how would those limited cards look when it was a karuta-theme? Uesugi in kimonos/casual clothes? Unless they find a way to get them shirtless LOL.

    yukihime03 said:
    March 13, 2018 at 03:10

    I wonder what Kagekatsu is trying to pull here…? Hmmmmmm.

    But Kanetsugu though… Ugh.
    I know this is still the beginning, but I sure don’t like his jerkass attitude.
    Fortunately for Kanetsugu, Yuzuki’s such a nice person. *sigh*

    Somehow it’s not that surprising to me that Kanetsugu’s expertise is diplomacy?
    He seems the type to take things really seriously when working, but when it comes to girls like Yuzuki, the tsun takes over…?

      Cey said:
      March 13, 2018 at 11:25

      Hello Yukihime. I agree with you. I have no doubts about him being a diplomat. After all, he has to deal with men exclusively. Yuzuki is (if not women in general) the one who makes him uncomfortable. It’s obvious he wouldn’t want to work with her. =)

      Ilinox: As always, thank you. I’m glad we are back to Uesugi army. =3

        Ilinox responded:
        March 13, 2018 at 22:20

        I hope it isn’t because the heroine called out to Kanetsugu and he felt like a third wheel :’)) after all, knowing how Kanetsugu and her have been getting along doesn’t it seem weird for her to call out to him?

        LOL Kanetsugu… slowly grows on you like mold. He’s gonna be the first to have their awakening translated though so I can get it out of the way and it might turn you off even more (it did for me, oops).

        You both have good points! It’s just really funny since we’ve only seen his angry and mean side so hearing him be the expert in diplomacy made me hiss “you two-faced SNAKE” LOL although tbh Kagemochi comes off like that too what with his pleasant outside but ruthless dark side.

        <33 Thank you both for commenting and it's gonna be smooth sailing through Uesugi because I don't think they'll update the chapters for a while (unless they suddenly drop a ton of Mouri chapters but that won't affect these Uesugi translations).

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