SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 5.2 ~

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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 5.2

I returned to my own room and absently thought back to the conversation a while ago.

[YUZUKI]: (If I can get the sacred treasure and find Himemiko-sama too then I might be able to return to my old world, right?)

[YUZUKI]: (If Himemiko-sama is there, it’ll be good for the Uesugi Army too. But…)

.[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]: (It’s probably really dangerous to go and get the sacred treasure if Kagekatsu-kun is saying that…)

I couldn’t say… I wasn’t scared. During the time I was involved in a battle with the Takeda Army I was terrified I was going to die.

[YUZUKI]: (But if I don’t go then nothing will change… I won’t be helpful to everyone either…)

At that time, Imari-kun popped his head up to peer into my face.

[IMARI]: “… Are you okay? Ever since we came back to your room you look like you’ve been thinking…”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah… M-Mm, I’m okay.”

[YUZUKI]: “… Hey, I’d like to ask something. Do you want to meet Himemiko-sama, Imari-kun?”

[IMARI]: “Of course, I obviously want to see her!”

[YUZUKI]: “Haha, that’s true.”

Hearing Imari-kun’s words, my decision was solidified.

[YUZUKI]: “Sorry for asking something weird.”

[IMARI]: “Wah… ehehe, being petted tickles!”

As Imari-kun was giggling the sliding screen was suddenly opened with great force.

[KAGEIE]: “I’m coming in!”

[YUZUKI]: “Kageie-san!? You surprised me… what with coming in suddenly without a greeting.”

[YUZUKI]: (Well, I know that’s what he always does though…)

However, the moment Kageie-san heard my words, he panicked unusually, flailing about.

[KAGEIE]: “Mgh! S-Sorry! That’s right, come to think of it, it’s lacking in manners to enter a woman’s room without a greeting.”

[KAGEIE]: “I’ll be careful next time!”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Um… okay.”

Kageie-san nodded greatly, regardless of how I was thinking it odd that Kageie-san’s attitude was more gentle compared with before–

After he entered the room, he dumped a large number of armor and arms that he had been carrying on the floor.

[YUZUKI]: “Kageie-san… what’s with these?”

[KAGEIE]: “Listen up, you’re gonna try them on!”

[YUZUKI]: “Excuse me…?”

[KAGEIE]: “This is a breastplate! And this is a helmet and headplate to protect your head!”

[KAGEIE]: “You didn’t answer when Kagemochi asked, but you’re going with us, right?”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes, that’s what I was planning.”

[KAGEIE]: “But the place with the sacred treasure is dangerous so we need to think about the worst case scenario!”

[KAGEIE]: “Come on! Put them on quickly!”

[YUZUKI]: “I’m grateful for your feelings but… if I put this on my whole body I think I probably wouldn’t be able to move.”

[KAGEIE]: “Bear with this little bit of weight! It’s better than getting hurt! Come on!”

Kageie-san said that and forced the helmet onto my head.

[YUZUKI]: “Wah! Kageie-san, please don’t suddenly– ah.”

[KAGEIE]: “Woah!?”

Unable to bear the heavy weight, I started to topple over backwards and Kageie-san hurriedly caught me.

[KAGEIE]: “Geez, that was dangerous! You can’t even wear one helmet!?”

[YUZUKI]: (I don’t think there’s a girl who normally wears these…)

[KAGEIE]: “This is a problem. Your body’s small and light too…”

Before Kageie-san finished speaking, he had an expression of sudden realization, and then his cheeks turned red.

[KAGEIE]: “Ah, n-no! I didn’t mean it in a strange way just now, okay!?”

[YUZUKI]: “Uh, umm…”

[KAGEIE]: “This armor might be too heavy for your body… is all I meant!”

Kageie-san released his hands from me and then sighed like he was troubled.

[KAGEIE]: “… Nothing can be done. If this is the case, then you don’t have to wear armor.”

[KAGEIE]: “However, when we’re going to get the sacred treasure you need to be sure to never leave our side. Absolutely, okay!?”

[YUZUKI]: “O-Okay…”

[KAGEIE]: “After this Kagemochi and I are going to head out as the advance party and kick out all the enemies that look like they’ll get in our way.”

[KAGEIE]: “After the surroundings are safe, you can come.”

[KAGEIE]: “So you don’t need to worry about anything and just follow us carefully!”

[YUZUKI]: “In the end, which is it!”

Not quite understanding what Kageie-san was saying, I unintentionally quipped at him.

[YUZUKI]: “… But thank you for worrying about me. I’ll be careful.”

[KAGEIE]: “Great, it never hurts to be cautious!”

[KAGEIE]: “Well then, we’re going! You can come slowly later!”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “We will await your arrival.”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay. Please take care, you two!”

My shoulder was suddenly tapped as I saw off Kageie-san and Kagemochi-san’s backs.

Wondering what it was, when I turned around someone’s finger poked my cheek.

[YUZUKI]: “Kanetsugu-san? Um… what is it?”

[KANETSUGU]: “Slow.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh?”

[KANETSUGU]: “In the battlefield, your lack of attention will cost you your life, you know?”

[KANETSUGU]: “You’ll be cut down by the enemy soldiers in no time being so laidback like that. Be a little more nervous.”

[YUZUKI]: “Sorry…”

When I lowered my head, Kanetsugu-san snorted and then abruptly grabbed my arm.

[YUZUKI]: “Wha, Kanetsugu-san!?”

[KANETSUGU]: “Come. It’ll be superficial but I’ll give you some basic training. Even a little bit will raise your chances of survival.”

At that moment, when it seemed like I was about to get dragged off like that, Kagekatsu-kun came with a look of agitation.

[KAGEKATSU]: “Wait, Kanetsugu… it’s still not decided… whether she’s going…”

[KANETSUGU]: “What are you saying. Didn’t you hear at the war council back there? It’s for the Uesugi clan so obviously she’s going.”


[KENSHIN]: “Kagekatsu is correct.”

[KANETSUGU]: “!? K-Kenshin-sama!”

Kanetsugu-san hurriedly straightened his posture at Kenshin-san’s words.

After glancing at Kanetsugu-san, Kenshin-san directed his gaze to me.

[KENSHIN]: “… As Kagekatsu warned, the location with the sacred treasure is along the border with Takeda– in other words, the forefront of the war.”

[YUZUKI]: “Right. So, like the battle before there’ll–“

[KENSHIN]: “No. It will be a much more severe battle than before.”

[KENSHIN]: “Shingen could not have missed our movements. We will be plunging into a thoroughly prepared Takeda army.”

[YUZUKI]: “… No way.”

[YUZUKI]: (In the previous battle, I might have died if Kagekatsu-kun and Kenshin-san weren’t there… and it’s going to be harder than that?)

[KENSHIN]: “… I will do my utmost to protect you. The other commanders are the same. Even if we must exchange our lives, we are resolved to protect you.”

[KENSHIN]: “However… I cannot guarantee your life. Nevertheless, will you go to take the sacred treasure?”

[YUZUKI]: “I…”

[KANETSUGU]: “Please wait, Kenshin-sama. We should be acquiring the sacred treasure no matter what. And yet, you’re turning to her decision–“

[KENSHIN]: “I do not intend to force her. This is her decision.”

Kenshin-san’s eyes were sharper and more serious than usual. I unconsciously clenched my hands.

[YUZUKI]: (Kenshin-san is always respecting my feelings and trusting in me. Ever since that day he saved my life, and onwards…)

In truth, he was in a good position to coerce me to go whether I wanted to or not, and yet he’s never done such a thing, not once.

That’s why.

[YUZUKI]: (I want to help Kenshin-san– I want to help him.)

[YUZUKI]: (I absolutely don’t want to do something that’ll make everyone, who is doing their best to protect me, doubt me.)

[KENSHIN]: “Your decision?”

[YUZUKI]: “I… will go.”

[KENSHIN]: “… I see.”

Having heard my answer, Kenshin-san’s mouth abruptly showed a slight smile–

[KENSHIN]: “Then I swear, upon the honor of someone who bears the responsibility of Uesugi, to protect you without exception.”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes, I’ll believe in and follow you, Kenshin-san.”

[YUZUKI]: “… Kagekatsu-kun. I’m sorry, when you even gave me a warning.”

[YUZUKI]: “But I have to go.”

[KAGEKATSU]: “… If that’s what you’ve decided then it’s fine… so, I’ll swear the same thing as my father.”

Saying that, Kagekatsu-kun gripped my shoulders strongly.

[KAGEKATSU]: “… This time I’ll protect you without fail. I absolutely… won’t let you die.”

8 thoughts on “SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 5.2 ~

    Cey said:
    March 30, 2018 at 15:14

    “Unable to bear the heavy weight, I started to topple over backwards and Kageie-san hurriedly caught me.”

    I hate that writers keep making MC’s like that. Come on!!! Even if the helmet weighted 5 or 6 lb you won’t get dragged by it. (Of course it may hurt your neck, since you’re not used to the weight, but that’s different.)
    Sorry. Hehehe. I had to take that off my chest.

    I feel sorry for Kagekatsu. He still hasn’t gotten over that time when he couldn’t protect Yuzuki. (But he did protect her! He doesn’t have to feel guilty about that.)

      Ilinox responded:
      March 31, 2018 at 13:02

      LOL no that’s very true. It makes the MCs sound and feel like they’ll get blown over by a strong breeze. Like you said at most it might just give them a really bad headache or pressure on their shoulders/neck but toppling over? Hmmmmmm.

      Kagekatsu gives himself way too much pressure because of the expectations he feels like he needs to live up to ;w; it’s kind of ironic that he’s the only one really putting that much pressure on himself too because Kenshin is content to let Kagekatsu mature and learn at his own pace (while providing opportunities). I mean the rest of the human vassals might say something but honestly who cares about them (I’ll never forgive the ones that bullied Yuzuki for a dumbass reason. seriously, how were their actions going to benefit Uesugi as a whole?! they were literally sabotaging themselves and Kenshin, the person they hold up as god basically LOL).

    Candy said:
    March 30, 2018 at 14:02

    I feel like the chapter is cruel to the heroine since there is absolutely no way for her not to go. She would feel intense guilt otherwise and it might worsen her relationship with some of the guys. It’s nice of Kenshin to give her a choice, but in the end it’s more of a formality… (Not to Kenshin, maybe, but overall…)

    But then again, we get all the “fun” stuff later on, and I am looking forward to the drama!
    Let’s see how you can protect her, Kenshin-san >:D

      Ilinox responded:
      March 31, 2018 at 12:59

      I FELT THE SAME WAY. Like points to Kenshin for saying that and I’m sure, like you said, he means that truly but there’s a lot of implicit pressure there. Especially given what we know of the heroine’s personality already and how she feels like she needs to pay them back. There’s no way she wouldn’t go (even if she really didn’t want to) because of this. Although, Kenshin and Kagekatsu probably wouldn’t be disappointed because they value the heroine’s choices. It’s mostly Kageie, Kagemochi, and Kanetsugu probably.

      LOL I love how we’re all fans of Kenshin and suffering here.

        Candy said:
        March 31, 2018 at 14:13

        Essentially it’s all about pushing the responsibility of death to the heroine. As nice as it sounds when Kenshin says that she has the choice, but he also kind of frees himself of some possible guilt (we know he would not but just technically speaking…). It’s like, okay you chose to go, it’s your fault now that you might die.
        I am being too harsh but it’s true??? :”D

        I am all for collective suffering, count me in <3

    seiggy said:
    March 30, 2018 at 01:11

    Aww, that’s cute seeing Kagekatsu and Kenshin making the same vow (but then retrospectively, *nervous laughter*)
    A little off-topic, but LOL FATE COLLAB. I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN. (BUT WHY NOT FATE/PROTOTYPE FRAGMENTS OF BLUE AND SIVLER FOR ARTHUR–//bricked) Interesting to see Nobunaga wear some Gilgamesh-esque clothing.
    Seeing the two remidned me of this song, haha. Actually, I guess it would make sense? Like Gil hates modern humanity and is disgusted by current times but it’s because he feels humanity isn’t reaching their full potential. (Which justifies why he doesn’t take seriously most of the time and etc.) And uh, Nobunaga is sort of similar in terms of lol that arrogance? Then there’s Karna who’s literally called the “Hero of Charity.” He’s cute though!
    He’s voiced by Yusa Kouji, and is pretty monotone imo?
    (Oh, idk if you already heard Arthur’s voice lines so I’ll just put them there. You can also find Artoria’s too)
    Fun fact, Karna’s rival and half-brother (and super chuuni) Arjuna is voiced by Shimazaki Nobunaga who voices Mitsuhide LOL.

      Ilinox responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 19:04

      I already forgot minor details like them making these kind of vows but then now seeing it again, and knowing what’s coming up… *shares your nervous laughter*. I’m pretty sure when I saw this for the first time I just treated it as the standard otome flirty line. Now it just reeks of heavy flag raising and foreshadowing.

      I LEGIT STARTED LAUGHING OUT LOUD WHEN I SAW THE FATE COLLAB especially because we’ve been talking so much about Kenshin being a servant and parallels between him and Arthur. PERFECT. I wonder if they’re gonna put Arthur/Artoria in there and have those two interact because it’d be perfect! I’m totally getting my popcorn ready for Gilgamesh/Nobunaga though. They’re either gonna rip each other’s throats out or be super amused at how cocky/pretentious/arrogant the other is being. (I actually have that dumb meme image in my mind where two guys are like “same hat. same hat! same hat!!” to each other but with Gilgamesh and Nobunaga and their personalities).

      I have to admit I don’t know anything about Karna and Arjuna but I’ve always seen tons of art on them and they’re really ~aesthetic~. But because I didn’t know anything somehow it’s a huge shock to hear that Arjuna is a big chuuni? LOL HE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THAT!! For some reason I assumed he was super majime and Karna was the more dorky one. Also that does not look like a Yusa Kouji character, but huh…

      (I TRY TO AVOID ARTHUR’S LINES BC SAKURAI’S VOICE MAKES ME WANT TO DIEEEEEE. Speaking of Sakurai I’m eyeing you Senbura and wondering why you haven’t gotten Sakurai in!! I demand a Tokugawa rivalry with Nobunaga for Sakurai so Sakurai and Morikawa can fulfill their destinies of getting rival roles the majority of the time–).

        seiggy said:
        March 30, 2018 at 19:58

        I almost wanted to spittake when I saw the announcement LOL. Well, Artoria is female and uh closer? to Kenshin in terms of the idealism going on (and we dunno how much money Otomate spent just to get Gil and Karna…) Sadly, Arthur isn’t in Fate/Extella :C He’s from Fate/Prototype and its prequel Fate Prototype: Fragments of Blue and Silver. LOL Sakurai also voices the male Merlin who serves Artoria, and the seiyuu for Artoria voices the female Merlin who serves Arthur.
        If they announce more servants, there’s Gawain at least? And EMIYA voiced by Suwabe (who I’m waiting to be dragged into Senbura hell anyway with everyone else). Karna’s personality is literally “neutral” because he accepts everything as it is for the most part. He’s also a literal lie detector, haha. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had Karna/Mitsuhide interact and Karna notes how Mitsuhide almost sounding like Arjuna because they share the same seiyuu.
        Simply put, Arjuna is pretty chuuni (his default pose in FGO has him with a hand covering part of his face LMAO). Really, his personality is kinda complicated. He has a separate personality going on? (And is willing to murder anyone who sees this other side because he’s also ashamed of it) You can check his article on the TYPE-MOON wiki/FGO wiki for those details :’D.
        I’m also pretty curious about Gil’s attitude? Aside from all the arrogance and smugness, his Fate/Extella iteration is uh “the most stable” compared to his other versions LOL. Literally how moody he is depends on the era he’s summoned. Actually, I’m curious if there’s going to be fighting. Maybe we can find out how strong Gekkazoku are? Though, there’s magic shenanigans which Shinga lacks completely so…
        I wonder if they’re gonna enter an entirely different world, Gil/Karna land in Shinga, or the boys find themselves in the Fate world?

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