Chapter 10: At the End of Schemes, Hope is Connected–
Utilizing the seal case discovered in the destroyed town to make use of other armies, Masamune plans to aim at Mouri territory.
Furthermore, as if seeing an opportunity, a messenger arrives from the Uesugi Army. This also appears to be Masamune’s scheme…
When we went to the main hall to participate in the war council, everyone had already gathered. It looked like we were the very last ones.
[YUZUKI]: “Sorry for being late.”
[KOJUUROU]: “No, not at all. We had also just gathered here.”
[IMARI]: “I’m glad we seemed to have made it in time!”
.[YUZUKI]: “Mhm, looks like it.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Hurry and sit, we’re starting.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, okay!”
After confirming that Imari-kun and I were sitting in empty seats, Masamune-san opened his mouth.
[MASAMUNE]: “Our next mark is decided… We’re going to Mouri territory.”
Everyone in the room, including me, widened their eyes in surprise at Masamune-san’s astounding proposal.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Why’re we going to Mouri! Weren’t you the one who said the seal case wasn’t evidence that Mouri was at the capital?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. Even if we run the risk and head to Mouri, we might not obtain any information related to Himemiko.”
[YUZUKI]: “… And that’s why we’re doing it, right?”
When I glanced at Masamune-san’s face, he was looking at me with a somewhat offended expression.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh, did I say something I shouldn’t have…?)
[MASAMUNE]: “What, you have a problem?”
[YUZUKI]: “No… I just thought it was you being you as usual, Masamune-san.”
Masamune-san turned his head away from me and continued talking.
[MASAMUNE]: “… I’m not just choosing this path because it’s the worst choice.”
[YUZUKI]: “What do you mean…?”
[MASAMUNE]: “In order to move the other armies at our will, we ourselves need to move.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Even though we’re spreading rumors about the Mouri Army holding a clue to Himemiko–“
[MASAMUNE]: “If we don’t head to Mouri, there’ll be no credibility.”
[KOJUUROU]: “… But, Masamune, supposing our objective is Mouri, how are we to proceed from there?”
Shigezane-san, hearing Kojuurou-san’s words, hummed while tracing the map of Shinga that was spread out on the floor with a finger.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Let’s seee, to get to Mouri we need to…?”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s necessary to cross Oda and Toyotomi. However, as might be expected, if we oppose a number of armies we cannot attack from the front.”
[KOJUUROU]: “If we make a poor move, we will be destroyed in no time.”
[MASAMUNE]: “No, there’s no need to invade from the front.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Then what’re we gonna do?”
Masamune-san opened his mouth, full of confidence, at Shigezane-san’s words–
[MASAMUNE]: “First, we’ll move Uesugi.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Huh? Uesugi?”
[MASAMUNE]: “That’s right. Before long, Uesugi will come to probe our state of affairs.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Because I took measures to ensure that they’d do that.”
[KOJUUROU]: “I see. Certainly, when you consider how we made such a fuss to see their territory and then returned home so easily…”
[KOJUUROU]: “They would think we finished our task in Uesugi.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Wait, hold on, Masamune.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I get that the Uesugi Army is going to come searching us out, but what’re you going to do from there?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Heh, just watch.”
Shigezane-san didn’t seem convinced by Masamune-san’s smirk and his words.
I also didn’t understand Masamune-san’s intentions very well and just as I tilted my head with Shigezane-san–
[DATE ARMY SOLDIER]: “Masamune-sama, excuse my intrusion during your war council!”
[MASAMUNE]: “What’s the matter?”
[DATE ARMY SOLDIER]: “Reporting. In fact… a messenger from Uesugi came!”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s sudden…?)
Looking at the messenger who came rushing in a hurry, everyone in the room glanced at each other–
[MASAMUNE]: “I see. Good work, you’re dismissed.”
[DATE ARMY SOLDIER]: “Yes, my lord! Excuse me!”
[MASAMUNE]: “… So they came, huh.”
Only Masamune-san, who said this and smiled, seemed to know that this would happen.
(T/N: I’m translating as I read these so once again I’m in the dark with everyone. Oh how I missed Masamune’s ruthless schemes :’) and it warms my heart to see the Date!Heroine being on the same wavelength as Masamune LOL she gets him. In other (sad) news though, Umehara – Masamune’s seiyuu – was recently hospitalized with ADEM which is extremely serious sounding ;;;;; and I hope everyone can keep him in their thoughts and send him good vibes for a speedy recovery.)