SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 5.1 ~

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Chapter 5: Steel Tempered One Hundred Times

The location of a “sacred treasure”, which was once held by those who were permitted an audience with Himemiko, was confirmed.

Finally, she thought she would know the whereabouts of Himemiko, but…

Chapter 5.1

Although it might be accompanied by danger, there was something they wanted my help with in order to grasp the whereabouts of Himemiko.

Kagemochi-san said that and Kageie-san, me, and Imari-kun, were taken to Kenshin-san’s room.

When we entered the room, everyone from the Uesugi Army was already there.

[YUZUKI]: (For some reason… the atmosphere is heavy. Is the help they want from me that dangerous…?)

[KANETSUGU]: “What are you standing around for. Look, there’s space beside me so hurry and sit.”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah, right, sorry.”

Cautioned by Kanetsugu-san, I hurriedly lowered myself down.

[KENSHIN]: “… Everyone appears to have assembled. Then, let us enter the main topic.”

[KENSHIN]: “As a result of the deciphered texts, we have confirmed the means to determine Himemiko’s whereabouts.”

There was a stir in the room at Kenshin-san’s words.

[KAGEIE]: “Kenshin-sama, is this true!?”

[KAGEKATSU]: “… To know Himemiko’s location, that’s amazing…”

[YUZUKI]: “… Um, Kanetsugu-san, why is everyone so excited?”

[YUZUKI]: (I might be able to return to my old world so it’s happy news to me, but that’s not a reason for everyone in the Uesugi Army to be excited, right…?)

[KANETSUGU]: “Obviously, we’d be excited. Because if we find Himemiko, we’ll be able to unify “Shinga”.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh!? Really?”

[KAGEKATSU]: “… Mm… no one is a match for the army that has Himemiko’s power.”

[YUZUKI]: (So it’s not just a problem of whether or not I can return to my old world…)

[YUZUKI]: (If Himemiko-sama is found it will shake this world…)

[KAGEMOCHI]: “According to the old documents… a noble weapon called a “sacred treasure” was once handed down in the Uesugi clan.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “And those who possessed this sacred treasure were permitted an audience with Himemiko.”

[IMARI]: “I’m certain I’ve heard something about that in the past too!”

[IMARI]: “That the sacred treasures summon those who are qualified to Himemiko-sama.”

[IMARI]: “But, ever since the sacred treasures were lost, it’s said that nobody has seen them.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes. But, as a matter of fact, just now there was a report from the investigation unit who discovered the old documents.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “In the place they discovered the old documents they also found something that has the same shape as what is drawn in the books… and that it is most likely the sacred treasure.”

Listening up to that point, Kageie-san raised a hand and stopped the conversation.

[KAGEIE]: “Then why didn’t they bring that back to the castle?”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Because no one could approach it.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “They said it was almost as if they were deterred by an unseen wall… and they could not even touch the sacred treasure.”

[KENSHIN]: “Nothing will be done with us continuing to discuss it here. If it is said to be in the place where the texts were discovered, then it is worth heading there.”

[KENSHIN]: “Is there anyone who objects to my idea–“

There was not a single person in the room who raised an objection at Kenshin-san’s words.

[KENSHIN]: “Our next move is decided with this then… This discussion is concluded. Everyone, begin your preparations.”

[EVERYONE]: “Understood.”

Exiting Kenshin-san’s room, everyone returned to their respective rooms but I was called to a stop by Kagemochi-san.

[KAGEMOCHI]: “You will, of course, be going together with us to search for the sacred treasure, right…?”

When I was about to answer Kagemochi-san’s question, a hand suddenly stretched out and tugged at the sleeve of my kimono.

[YUZUKI]: “… Kagekatsu-kun? What’s wrong?”

[KAGEKATSU]: “… Refuse.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh?”

[KAGEKATSU]: “You can’t… go to get the sacred treasure.”

[YUZUKI]: “But without that Himemiko-sama–“

[KAGEKATSU]: “The place with the sacred treasure is on the border with Takeda…”

[KAGEKATSU]: “You going to get the sacred treasure means… you have to go to the front lines of the war…”

[KAGEKATSU]: “It’s too dangerous so… you absolutely… can’t go…”

[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun…”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “It will be fine and there is no need for concern.”

When I looked up suddenly noticing him, Kagemochi-san, who had been in front of me just now, was standing beside me and gently placed both hands on my shoulders, as if enveloping me.

[KAGEMOCHI]: “We will protect you.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Moreover, Kenshin-sama has also spoken of his expectations for you.”

[KAGEKATSU]: “Kagemochi-san… who can guarantee… whether we can protect her or not…?”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “… This is for the Uesugi clan, Kagekatsu-sama.”

Without answering Kagekatsu-kun’s question, Kagemochi-san said that and smiled as he left.

–Only a faint warmth was left behind on my shoulders.

(T/N: This is the ugliest chapter title in the world. Anyway, the meaning of this idiom is basically that to become an outstanding person requires a ton of strict training and education, much like how forging steel requires a lot of tempering.)

24 thoughts on “SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 5.1 ~

    MiracleHeart said:
    October 11, 2019 at 05:39

    I was reading through and notice that it said that Kagekatsu pulled the sleeve of her kimono. When was she given the kimono?

      Ilinox responded:
      October 11, 2019 at 14:53

      Even though the CGs only ever has her in her modern clothes, I think we’re supposed to assume that she gets a change of clothes when she’s with them LOL.

    1_chan said:
    June 21, 2018 at 02:50

    Lolol. Skimmed thru the previous comments a bit and hah~ //wipes sweat off forehead. I guess I’ll be in for a wild ride? Should I prepare tissues xDD ? Uesugi boys are doing so well with conquering my heart. I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for the drama foretold haha ;; 7 ;; ))) Gotta buckle up to see what comes next! Thanks for the chapters!

    P.S. I’m still rolling about just thinking of Kagemochi’s awakening scene oml orz. Ahhhh can’t sleep rn. Mind’s in too much of a tizzy and the uesegi plot is just getting more exciting! Tho…I must pace myself and practice self-discipline haha xD

      Ilinox responded:
      June 21, 2018 at 23:41

      *flicks the light on and off* WELCOME TO HELL WELCOME TO HELL WELCOME TO HELL– hahahaha Uesugi chapters are a crazy ride, please enjoy your trip :’)).

      Heehee, it must be so nice to just binge all the chapters like this!

        1_chan said:
        June 22, 2018 at 17:38

        Definitely! I’m just reading through, and my mind is in a haze of “What’s next? What’s next!”

    Reggie said:
    April 1, 2018 at 06:44

    Happy Easter Sunday and April fools day 😆👯
    Kagekatsu, stop stealing spotlights, I’m going to fall for you 💞

      Ilinox responded:
      April 1, 2018 at 10:17

      Aw, thank you!! Happy Easter and April Fools’ Day to you too :3 I’m surprised you haven’t fallen for him after his awakening– hahahaha

        Reggie said:
        April 2, 2018 at 17:01

        I’m a Kenshin loyalist ✨lol Jk
        It just as the chapters goes on, his affectionate grows on my heart.

    Cey said:
    March 29, 2018 at 14:54

    Thanks for another chapter!
    Aww, Kagekatsu is so cute.

    “(T/N: This is the ugliest chapter title in the world…)”
    Actually, I like this title a lot. I don’t know anything about wisdom, and I don’t care much about poetry. But this… This is something I can relate to. =)

      Ilinox responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 12:05

      You’re welcome <3!

      Oh, haha, I didn't mean in the sense of meaning but how weird and clunky it sounds in English. Steel Tempered a Hundred Times, bleh, it's such a mouthful. Meanwhile the 4 kanji idioms are so minimalist and pretty looking since the kanji carries the concept of what they're trying to convey. It's literally like "Hundred Tempering Steel Creation" LOL.

    seiggy said:
    March 29, 2018 at 06:39

    ALL ABOARD THE KENSHIN FEELS TRAIN! *choo choo* But seriously, after this chapter/ Chapter 6, my whole outlook on Uesugi main story changed (especially with the ruse cruise of a later chapter, haha). I really hope Kenshin succeeds, but the stuff that happens later is really enjoyable. Probably because he’s like Arthur Pendragon, and the character development he goes through is nice. Hopefully, the writing staff for Uesugi won’t disappoint as we get into double-digit chapters.

      Ilinox responded:
      March 29, 2018 at 15:57

      THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE ENTIRE UESUGI ROUTE!! Finally!! Now I’ll be able to drag more people down into the hell of this type of character + their conflicts, muahaha.

      SAME SO HARD! I didn’t mind Uesugi up to this point but I kept thinking “man they are so lawful good I’m surprised the game didn’t make them automatic protagonists and ofc there’s no conflict because Kenshin is just so mighty and great and ju–” and then all the crap hit the fan and they WENT THERE in bringing up the thorny path he has to walk and just… *clenches fist* it’s so good.

      I really really hope they actually let the army we read about win at the expense of the others, otherwise what’s the point in giving us 6 other armies to read about? I don’t want to just have a shallow “everyone gets a happy end but clearly heroine has bonded with [army you’re reading] over everyone else so they get slightly more personable interactions”. Give me the other armies being ruined!! It’ll break my heart but I’d honestly love to see Nobunaga and Kenshin clash.

        seiggy said:
        March 29, 2018 at 16:54

        LOL IKR. At this point, I’m just tapping my foot and waiting for someone to die. Let’s not make it something where everyone lives happily all under Uesugi lmao. GET THOSE HIGH STAKE CONSEQUENCES AND IMPACTFUL DEATHS. Like, obviously for Uesugi we gotta save Shingen for last because epic final showdown between two rivals ;’D (though I’d be interested if something else happened instead). I always joke with a friend that near the end to make Kenshin go for another loop, MC is gonna be forced into this self-sacrificing role (I dunno, maybe we find out being Himemiko slowly drains the life out of the person but it prevents the yakuma from coming back or something else) that forces Kenshin’s hand. So he has to choose his ideals at the cost of this girl he’s vowed to protect (and maybe another conflict where MC is willing to accept this fate which hurts Kenshin because “do I respect her wishes vs my desires don’t want her to leave me”), or protect the girl at the expense of fulfilling what he’s been fighting for this entire time.

        Ilinox responded:
        March 30, 2018 at 12:02

        I like where you’re taking this “dark future” hahaha. But same same! I keep thinking that Himemiko probably sacrificed herself to seal away something, or something something? Maybe her blood grew corrupted or actually did bad things to the military government/her honor guards that were closest to her (and who look like they’re the ground zero for yakuma in the past). On one hand, I’d love to see Kenshin suffer more on the other hand we got a really good heart-to-heart talk and closure after the latest shenanigans in like Chapter 7? 8?

        seiggy said:
        March 30, 2018 at 15:22

        “Being Kenshin is suffering” should be the next SNB meme lol. But yeah, there’s closure and a little lull period before we’re getting another large conflict? So I’m kinda curious how the writers are going to have Kenshin and his ideals get rekt’d again pfft.

    Candy said:
    March 29, 2018 at 04:55

    *happy sigh*
    I can’t wait to read more of the drama this will be soo goooood. Its certainly a treat when I don’t have to spend hours for translation myself :>
    I did not care for Kenshin much before I started the Uesugi story but everybody grew on me. <3 Now I hope they will add more game chapters sometime soon.
    Out of despair I started collecting Kenshin's dialogues/skits and found some that I really liked. I wonder if I might hop over to Kagemochi sometime, too. Your love for him certainly makes me want to hahaha~

      Ilinox responded:
      March 29, 2018 at 15:51

      Ehehe, I can only hope I’m doing the original Japanese text justice though because some times the poetry is just A++ there. Hopefully I’m conveying the right mood in English.

      Same same LOL I was actually side-eyeing the SNB quiz on their main site for constantly matching me with Uesugi because preferred Oda, Toyotomi, and Date before any of these other ones. But once the drama happened in Ch6, oh boy… I absolutely love those kind of stories. I feel like they’re calming down again into a lull since the alliance was just struck but *rubs hands gleefully* everyone’s stepping onto the world stage so I certainly hope there’s some major consequences and losses (I don’t want a happy harem end!! Give me brutality!! Give me hard choices!!).

      Despite preferring a few characters over Kenshin, I actually might like his skits over everyone else’s. They’re just so thoughtful and an interesting insight into his character (probably because everything else is so dramatic and serious in his route). But like while Nobunaga’s skits showed his childish side and Hideyoshi’s was just teasing everywhere, Kenshin’s just has this really chill and mature feeling.

      Kagemochi’s is fun though :’3 he’s really affectionate, heehee.

        Candy said:
        March 30, 2018 at 01:45

        Yesss, give us all the drama!

        For me it was hard to forgive Kagemochi for trying to get rid of the MC because of suspicions, and right behind Kenshin’s back. (because I would have at least done it in a place where it would not dirty the tatami mats! jkjk.) But even he grew on me and if not his character then at the very least his voice. :> It was easier to love him when I realized that I could call him a Sweet Mochi if I butcher his name, hehe. This is pretty random but your blog wallpaper always reminds me of his shirt pattern.

        These guys aren’t so bad after they get used to mc. Can’t wait until we get to Shingen in this route though, hehehe~

        Honestly, when I see Kenshin and MC my head just keeps chanting “marry already ok?”. The affectionate skits make me go all aww. Hideyoshi’s and Nobu’s skits are quite entertaining but they are a bit far from making me think “ok this, the ultimate husband!”, hahaha. Especially when I think about Hideyoshi’s love for wasting money.

        Ilinox responded:
        March 30, 2018 at 12:00

        LOL I only recently noticed my background looks like Kagemochi’s shirt pattern. Totally unintentional (not to mention mine came first!!).

        Also, omg I’m cracking up because I feel the same way for Hideyoshi. Like I love love his type of personality and I think the Toyotomi army is fun but the excessive spending of money makes me so nervous and legit gives me anxiety just thinking about it (I’M SURE THEY HAVE A BOTTOM LINE THEY DON’T CROSS especially with Mitsunari being there to hold them back, but I’m still like… wincing).

    waterinegirl said:
    March 29, 2018 at 02:40

    wow. another chapter.

    i didnt expect you’re going to post another chapter since its maundy thursday here in the philippines

    i still have not recovered from Kagemochi awakening so i was a little bit looking forward more of him in this chapter and more chapters to come

      Ilinox responded:
      March 29, 2018 at 15:45

      Time zones are so odd |D;; I try to queue up chapters for midnight my time but I’m in PST which I think is one of the slowest time zones (apart from Hawaii lol).

      :’D I think you’ll get some more Kagemochi here IIRC but we’re going to be heading heavily into Kenshin territory. I have plans to translate some Kagemochi card stories so you’ll see him around again though!

    yukihime03 said:
    March 29, 2018 at 00:19

    Da*n you, Hideyoshi!
    Now I cannot read sacred treasures without giggling!!

    Now finally, the plot is moving on!
    The little confrontation between Kagemochi and Kagekatsu at the end is certainly interesting….

      Ilinox responded:
      March 29, 2018 at 15:43

      Gotta go hunting for some “sacred treasures” iykwim ;)) HAHA I’m sure Hideyoshi will be proud to have such a lasting impression/impact on you with his words. I was actually intrigued by Kagemochi’s words here because he uses a really fancy way of saying “noble weapon” that I’d never seen before, it’s literally “treasure tool” and also apparently what they call Noble Phantasms in Japanese for Fate/Stay.

      We’re reaching what I will argue is the best part of Uesugi >:D ARE YOU READY!!

      Same same! I think I was reading too fast when I went through this the first time because I don’t remember this tense standoff and the weird tone Kagemochi had. It was like kinda soft but kinda ironic? It actually made Kagemochi seem a bit villainous lmao because Kagekatsu is clearly worried about the heroine’s safety but Kagemochi is impressing the fact that it’s for the “greater good” or more like “good of Uesugi” and reminding Kagekatsu of his position…

        yukihime03 said:
        April 1, 2018 at 22:01

        Probably because “Green River” cannot move on from Fate //bricked.
        (I do not know if you have seen or know about that extra eps of Fate/Zero where Irisviel refers to Midorikawa as Green River. It’s a hella hilarious scene.)

        They don’t interact much, I think? Since Kagekatsu is glued to Kanetsugu and Kagemochi is glued to Kenshin. So one gets to wonder how Kagemochi actually thinks of the rather-naive Kagekatsu…

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