SNB Takeda ~ Chapter 2.5 ~

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Chapter 2: Good Medicine Tastes Bitter

Everyone returned home to the castle… for a brief moment. Shingen immediately went out to exterminate monsters called “yakuma”.

When she was worried about his body…

Chapter 2.5

One day, several days after the yakuma extermination–

[YUZUKI]: (Erm… the room Shingen-san’s in is…)

[SHINGEN]: “Haa~, in the end my own house is the best. It feels even more relaxing after being on the verge of death.”

.[MASAKAGE]: “Shingen-sama, are your fits of coughing okay already?”

[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. I’ve rested properly and I’m feeling much better. Don’t worry.”

[NOBUHARU]: “That is good. We still need you to work hard as the general, Shingen.”

[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad. It sounds like he’s completely fine now.)

I placed my hand on the sliding screen and then breathed in deeply.

[YUZUKI]: (It’ll be okay. He should be pleased.)

Having “something” in my hands to hand to Shingen-san, I opened the sliding screen to the main hall.

[YUZUKI]: “Excuse me. Um, Shingen-san, do you have some time?”

[SHINGEN]: “Oh! It’s you. There’s no need to be so humble. Here, come over and relax with us.”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay. But, before that, I have something I want to give you.”

[SHINGEN]: “Hm?… H-Hey now, this is…”

[MASAKAGE]: “… Pills!? Why do you have these!?”

[NOBUHARU]: “They aren’t things a layman should be able to make through self-studies…”

[MASANOBU]: “Yes, that’s right.”

[MASANOBU]: “That’s why we taught her how to make pills. She came and lowered her head desperately wanting to be some kind of strength for Shingen-sama, you know?”

[MASATOYO]: “Moreover, she catches on very quickly. I’m sure it is due to her passion of wanting to help Shingen-sama.”

[SHINGEN]: “… Is that how it is. You would go that far for my body…”

[MASANOBU]: “Now, Shingen-sama, this is a present a woman made with all her heart. Please down it right here.”

[SHINGEN]: “Er… even if you say that. In the end, pills are, uh…”

[NOBUHARU]: “These are pills for your sake. If you do not swallow them, I doubt the wisdom of that.”

[MASAKAGE]: “Don’t worry, Nobuharu-san! Shingen-sama is a person with a deep sense of moral obligations and empathy, so there’s no way he won’t take those!”

[MASANOBU]: “Yes, yes. If it’s Shingen-sama, he should swallow it in one gulp without hesitation.”

[SHINGEN]: “You guys… you’re absolutely enjoying this, aren’t you?”

While everyone was laughing happily, I was the only one nervous.

Shingen-san, noticing that gaze of mine, showed a wry smile.

[SHINGEN]: “… Geez, I got it. Then I’ll swallow these thaaaaankfully… nom!”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah…!… H-How is it…”

[SHINGEN]: “…… Mmgh!? W-What is this! It’s super sweet!? It’s way different from my usual pills!”

[MASAKAGE]: “Huh, sweet pills?”

[YUZUKI]: “Erm… actually I mixed the pills with a bit of honey.”

[YUZUKI]: “I hear that honey is good for the body and thought that if it’s sweet it’ll be easier for Shingen-san to swallow too.”

[MASAKAGE]: “What, are you familiar with medicine?”

[YUZUKI]: “N-Not exactly… I just tried to arrange and adapt the pills Masnaobu-san and Masatoyo-san taught me.”

[YUZUKI]: “And I’ve made sweets before in my home economics classes.”

[MASAKAGE]: “Ah-rein.. -jee? Home economics? What the heck are those?”

While Masakage-san gaped at me and tilted his head, Shingen-san finished taking his pills completely and grinned broadly.

[SHINGEN]: “Haha. You got me with this. Anyway, it’s delicious! If it’s these pills, I could take any number of them.”

[SHINGEN]: “Thanks. To think you’d make sweet pills for me.”

[YUZUKI]: “If I was even a little helpful then I’m glad!”

[NOBUHARU]: “Hmm… your importance is increasing more and more.”

[MASANOBU]: “That’s true… Hey, Yuzuki.”

[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes… what is it?”

[MASANOBU]: “If you’d like, why don’t you become Shingen-sama’s– herbalist?”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh? H-Herbalist…?”

[MASATOYO]: “That’s a good idea. If it’s about making pills, we can teach her the fundamentals…”

[MASATOYO]: “Most importantly, we were just in want of a dedicated herbalist.”

[MASANOBU]: “Yes. On top of that, your tender consideration on making it easier for Shingen-sama to swallow it…”

[MASANOBU]: “Is why you are exactly perfect to be Shingen-san’s herbalist.”

[YUZUKI]: “Thank you! I’m really happy, but…”

[YUZUKI]: (I wonder what Shingen-san thinks…)

When I became worried and peeked over at his reaction, Shingen-san was smiling widely.

[SHINGEN]: “I’m going to ask this of you too. There’s no possible herbalist for me besides you.”

[YUZUKI]: “I-Is it really okay? Really…!”

[SHINGEN]: “Yeah.”

[YUZUKI]: “Thank you so much! I’ll give it everything I have and work hard!”

[SHINGEN]: “Great! From today onwards, you are the Takeda Army’s and my exclusive herbalist.”

[SHINGEN]: “You can rely on us without hesitation, so keep that in mind, alright?”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes! Shingen-san, everyone, I look forward to working with you!”

[SHINGEN]: “Same, I’ll be counting on you.”

Looking at Shingen-san’s beaming smile, I felt like I finally found my own place in this world.

(T/N: Oh man, all my thanks to Garden for suggesting “herbalist” for MC’s title because pharmacist sounded too modern and weird but I was drawing a blank.)

15 thoughts on “SNB Takeda ~ Chapter 2.5 ~

    Bluesheep said:
    May 29, 2018 at 22:22

    It looks like the heroine has a role in each route:

    Oda-vassal in training with Mitsuhide as a tutor (who wouldn’t want him as one he’s such sweetheart)
    Toyotomi-supposed fiancee a rather one-sided one
    Date-part of the fam to eventual strategist
    Uesugi-assistant but mostly a protectorate (kidnapped twice by two different armies in one route is quite a record)
    Sanada-go out on a limb and say babysitter because of the trio
    Mouri-no clue yet, special guest for now

    Going off tangent, Shingen seems kinda tall in game, do they ever give specifics on character heights? Yuzuki would have to climb him like a tree, punny thing is that’s how they coincidentally met was her up a tree of all places she could be transported to.

      Ilinox responded:
      May 29, 2018 at 22:53

      It looks so cool laid out like that |D I still feel like Oda’s MC is the most level-headed and well-rounded. She gets trained by Mitsuhide in letters and general knowledge, physical strength with Katsuie, tactics with Nagahide.

      They haven’t given specifics on character heights or age :( so we don’t know. But seeing drawings of the characters beside each other, Shingen is REALLY tall LOL (he’s like a head taller than Kenshin) and probably the tallest though Motonari might be a close call (excluding the horns?). And all descriptions have the girl looking up at the guys so they’re probably easily 6 feet. I think Hideyoshi is the shortest though /o\, close to Yukimura and Masamune.

    Candy said:
    May 29, 2018 at 03:54

    So as someone who has some ideas about pharmacy, I think it’s a bad idea to meddle with medicine when you don’t even know how exactly it interacts with the body and with the honey :”””””D especially the honey. Some really bad stuff can happen with extra ingredients mixed in. I hope she just gets a basic education about pill making, because she would not want to make medicine research on her own, I doubt that… And even then, the title of a pharmacist still bothers me when it’s someone who has literally no idea or education about this.
    But I shall close my eye on this matter. It’s otome world! *spreads sparkles and confetti*

      Faura said:
      May 29, 2018 at 04:58

      I agree. I don’t have a background with medicine too, but I do know that things can… happen if you’re not careful. Especially with medicine. Reminds me of the ‘eternal’ elixir the first emperor of China took. Anyone remember that story or know of it? Of course, all she did was put honey into the medicine and it’s not poisonous, but still the caution is still there…

      leohikarusora said:
      May 29, 2018 at 06:51

      Hmm… When I read from Wikipedia (thanks Wikipedia), some people research or review that honey helps people for cough’s treatment, controlling the side effect of chemotherapy, and many more… So I think in addiction become natural sweetener, honey can also become cough medicine as well…

      Maybe this can help…

        Candy said:
        May 29, 2018 at 11:10

        That’s pretty interesting!

        Actually, I’m not particularly worried about Shingen here (but I guess asking him if he has some honey allergy might have been good, I know I am just taking things too seriously xD).
        Nothing against honey, but I doubt that our heroine has wikipedia at her side.
        Some components better not be mixed together, (I’m just saying, grapefruit juice) xD

        Ilinox responded:
        May 29, 2018 at 21:39

        In general, as far as I know and understand, honey has beneficial effects (unless you try to eat like gallons of it probably, but that goes for everything) so I wasn’t too worried. It’s probably like adding vitamin C to anything you consume. It’ll probably have beneficial effects and a low chance of interacting with something that’ll suddenly create arsenic or cyanide or something LOL but still, it’s true, randomly mixing and coating medicine is a bit hmmmmm although back then herbal medicines were all made out of natural ingredients that probably… wouldn’t explode as much?? It’s not like we’re mixing singular chemicals |D;; and creating new compounds.

        Omg, asking for allergies should definitely have been the first step though. Imagine if he was allergic ACK HAHA instant doom. I bet stuff like that was folklore she heard which could go either way. *stares out the window as I recall my mother telling me to eat tons of carrots to “improve my eyes”*.

        I struggled a bit over her title actually ;;; she’s really kinda his… personal doctor? But that sounded weird because she’s not treating anything else for him? LOL It’s like she knows general first aid and is just in charge of getting him his pills kinda. So like… medicinist? Druggist? Pill-maker? LOL.

        garden said:
        May 29, 2018 at 22:15

        I just call her an herbalist, btw. Medic too, perhaps?

        Ilinox responded:
        May 29, 2018 at 22:42

        GARDEN YOU ARE A GENIUS LMAO. Wow, I hate it whenever I get stuck in translation hell and just forget English words like that. Herbalist sounds so good!

      Mouse said:
      May 29, 2018 at 09:08

      So, I didn’t go much into Pharm-tech when in school before changing, but I do have a history minor, lol. But I’m pretty sure neither Masanobu or Masatoyo are actually doctors really either… that said, it wouldn’t be unusual at that time period for the medicines to usually be herbal (medical practices didn’t really change until the Edo Period under Ieyasu Tokugawa). Doctors/Pharmacists then weren’t like today, they tried something and if it worked good and if not… well oops.

    waterinegirl said:
    May 29, 2018 at 00:31

    [SHINGEN]: “You guys… you’re absolutely enjoying this, aren’t you?”

    i am also enjoying these.

    [MASAKAGE]: “Ah-rein.. -jee? Home economics? What the heck are those?”

    didnt yuzuki mention she came from other world? wait?! was it shingen?

    [SHINGEN]: “Great! From today onwards, you are the Takeda Army’s and my exclusive pharmacist.”

    pharmacist? seriously? i mean i dont have any background. i’ll rather be a maid.

      leohikarusora said:
      May 29, 2018 at 06:57

      Now you mention it… I’m also enjoying this lolololol XD
      And about mentioning Yuzuki from another world, hmm… Don’t really remember it, but I think it was Shingen who mention it…

        Ilinox responded:
        May 29, 2018 at 22:50

        I don’t think it’s been revealed that she came from another world yet… then again I’m getting confused since Takeda is our 5th army and sooner or later they all find out that she came from another world |D;; but I believe, as of right now, they only know that she’s a bit odd and she woke up in a tree. Takeda doesn’t even know about Imari yet.

        They’ll give her training! Personally it sounds like a much more interesting job or something to study, haha, but I’ve always been interested in medicine. Plus, imagine combining those herbs with her blood! It’s always bothered me that the heroine doesn’t try experiments with her blood lmao.

    garden said:
    May 29, 2018 at 00:17

    so if Masanobu (and the boys) knows for a fact that Shingen is bad with bitter pills, I’ve always wondered why it never occured for him, or anyone else, to try to make them a little easier for consumption? it’s not that hard of a solution to think of either and if it were for me, I’d put a lot of thought of it like, IDK, change from dry swallowing/chewing to taken with water etc. especially when there is a risk that the patient has a tendency to not take his meds because of the bitterness.
    —- me, getting in too deep with a plot to an otome game.

      Ilinox responded:
      May 29, 2018 at 22:47

      They might have been too busy since they did mention they were looking for an exclusive herbalist / doctor for their army and Shingen ;;; or they were also stuck in the traditional idea that “bitter medicine = good medicine” so there wasn’t any point in changing it, maybe? IIRC doesn’t the heroine gives him a sweet pill now but then she goes back to giving him bitter pills because she didn’t want to diminish the effects of his actual medicine or something?

      But yeah, if I was the herbalist in an army I’d definitely start doing mad scientist research into making an easier-to-consume pill |D;;

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