SNB Takeda ~ Chapter 3.4 ~

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Chapter 3: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

As Shingen’s “herbalist”, she set out to search for a rare medicinal plant along with Masakage.

What was in front of them there was something more troubling than yakuma…!?

Chapter 3.4

I somehow carried Masakage-san, who collapsed fighting the Uesugi commander, to a resting place and waited patiently for Masakage-san to wake up.

[YUZUKI]: (If I had stopped him when we entered Uesugi’s territory…)

[YUZUKI]: (But why would Masakage-san do such a reckless thing…)

.[MASAKAGE]: “… Ugh… ngh.”

[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-san! I’m so glad… you’re awake.”

[MASAKAGE]: “… Where…?”

[YUZUKI]: “Erm, a cabin in the woods. Anyway, I thought I needed to carry you to a place where I could treat you…”

[MASAKAGE]: “… I see, a hunter’s hut.”

[MASAKAGE]: “You carried me all the way here when I collapsed, huh. And even treated me…”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes. I didn’t make enough preparations though so I could only do really simple first aid…”

[MASAKAGE]: “Oh. Well, thanks I gu– kgh!”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah! You shouldn’t get up because your body’s covered in wounds.”

[MASAKAGE]: “… Treating me means that you saw, right?”

[YUZUKI]: “… Uh. Erm… yes. Especially your shoulder, I thought it’d be bad if it wasn’t treated, so I loosened your clothes a bit…”

[MASAKAGE]: “Aah. My shoulder… Dammit, that asshole, he only aimed at where I was hurt.”

[YUZUKI]: “Um… Masakage-san. Your body is covered in wounds.”

[MASAKAGE]: “Huh? Like I said, it’s because I practiced with Nobuharu-san.”

[YUZUKI]: “Um, that’s not it, I’m not asking about those injuries. You have a lot of old wounds…”

[MASAKAGE]: “Ah, those. Well, you might not understand but… old wounds are like the mark of a warrior.”

[YUZUKI]: “Those painful looking scars?”

[MASAKAGE]: “Yeah. The important thing is that there’s no scars on my back. It’s a point of pride that I haven’t turned my back to an enemy and faced them straight on.”

[YUZUKI]: (I wanted to ask him not to be reckless too…)

But I couldn’t say anything more to Masakage-san who was grinning proudly.

[MASAKAGE]: “Hey, what’s with that glum look? Don’t worry about me.”

[MASAKAGE]: “I was only a bit careless back there and fell down, but I’m as healthy as you can see.”

[MASAKAGE]: “Besides, did you see it? What I did back there! I’m sure that guy was scared of my force and ran away! HAHAHAhaha!”

Masakage-san held a fist up and laughed loudly. But–

[YUZUKI]: “……”

I couldn’t say anything. Because I knew immediately that the smile Masakage-san was showing was a fake smile–

[MASAKAGE]: “Haha, hahaha…”

His laughter deflated quickly and the fist he had raised suddenly dropped to cover his face.

[MASAKAGE]: “Ha… haha………”

I couldn’t tell becasue his face was hidden in his arms but something that glistened slid down Masakage-san’s cheeks.

[YUZUKI]: “… Masakage-san.”

[MASAKAGE]: “… kgh, GODDAMMIT!”

[MASAKAGE]: “Dammit, dammit, dammit!!”

[MASAKAGE]: “I… lost! And that doesn’t change even if I act tough!”

[MASAKAGE]: “I need to be strong…! And to lose that quickly… DAMMIT!”

[YUZUKI]: “But… Masakage-san, you’re more than enough…”

[MASAKAGE]: “NO, I’M NOT!”

[MASAKAGE]: “I need to be stronger, much stronger, for Shingen-sama who was the first person to acknowledge me as a warrior!”

[MASAKAGE]: “If I’m not then I’ll just be going back to the time when I was made fun of for being small or like a kid!”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh… things like that were said to you!?”

[MASAKAGE]: “… Well, yeah, because I actually look like a kid. I’m around the same age as Shingen-sama, Masanobu, and Masatoyo. But when I stand beside them, my height is…”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah… that’s true. Shingen-san is especially tall so when you stand beside him it’s a bit hard to look up at his face.”

[MASAKAGE]: “RIGHT!? What the heck is with everyone! How’d they grow like that. It’s not like I’m picky and I eat everything!”

After he spouted that off, Masakage-san seemed to come back to himself with an embarrassed look and looked away.

[MASAKAGE]: “Forget what I said r-right now! Height is… well, it can’t be helped. But… at the very least, I want to be a huge guy.”

[MASAKAGE]: “I want to become a big-hearted guy who is strong enough to protect my comrades in Takeda who accepted me and are like a real family.”

[MASAKAGE]: “Yet… yet, I’m…!”

Masakage-san clenched a fist in frustration and slammed it onto the ground as hard as he could.

[MASAKAGE]: “Goddammit. I can’t believe I’m showing such an uncool side in front of you…”

[MASAKAGE]: “Listen up! Don’t mention this to anyone!”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay, I won’t, because I know those feelings of frustration too…”

[MASAKAGE]: “… You do?”

[YUZUKI]: “Even though I want to help Shingen-san, I can’t fight…”

[YUZUKI]: “But… thinking that I wanted to be of help in any shape or form… I, um, caused a lot of trouble.”

[MASAKAGE]: “… Aah, like following us to the battle without permission, or chasing after Shingen-sama who went to exterminate yakuma?”

[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes…”

[MASAKAGE]: “… I see. That’s what you were thinking at that time.”

[YUZUKI]: “Um… you might get angry at me saying it’s the same, but…”

[YUZUKI]: “Like you, Masakage-san, I might have done some reckless things to be useful to Shingen-san…”

[MASAKAGE]: “……!”

[MASAKAGE]: “I thought w-women didn’t understand anything, but… that doesn’t seem to be true.”

[MASAKAGE]: “You and I might be surprisingly similar. I mean, the part about wanting to work hard for Shingen-sama.”

[YUZUKI]: “You might be right.”

[MASAKAGE]: “… Um, how do I say this. I’m sorry about being cold to you up to now. I guess I can change my opinion about you a bit.”

[MASAKAGE]: “You with your medicine and me with my strength. Let’s do our best to be a strength for Shingen-sama!”

[YUZUKI]: “… Yes!”

[MASAKAGE]: “If that’s decided, let’s go!”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Go, where?”

[MASAKAGE]: “Obviously back to the same place. You need that dream herb, right? We’re definitely gonna find that herb.”

Masakage-san stood up with a body that should still be hurting and placed his hand on the door of the cabin in high spirits.

[MASAKAGE]: “And I’m gonna beat the daylights out of that bastard back there!”

[YUZUKI]: “What! C-Can you not? It’s enough to just find the herb.”

[YUZUKI]: “I’m sure the sun will start to set while we’re searching for the herb, so once we find it we should go home to the castle immediately…”

[MASAKAGE]: “I’m still fired up. As a vassal of Takeda, how can I leave this at a loss! So, once we go back–“

[KAGEMOCHI]: “No, that won’t be necessary.”

(T/N: I love that quote about how scars on a swordsman’s back are a mark of shame and decided to look it up to see where it came from, since I hear it all the time, but it doesn’t actually seem to come from anywhere? LOL I keep getting One Piece references. Anyway, commenting here because I love this scene and Masakage’s confession here is what made my opinion of him do a 180 because SO RELATABLE. Failure is terrifying when you feel like you can’t keep up with the others and wow does his frustration with himself come across so well.)

16 thoughts on “SNB Takeda ~ Chapter 3.4 ~

    Cey said:
    June 11, 2018 at 10:24

    I’m as surprised as everybody about the age of Masakage.

    But the most surprising thing here is that everybody bullies him for never being with a woman… At his age… Really? O_o
    Poor thing.

    But still.. Masakage, grow up already! Stop being a reckless brat!!!!

    Ilinox: Hmm… about the scars on the back… If someone was attacked by several men at the time, he can get an injury in his back and that won’t be a shame…. So I don’t agree with that phrase. No one can judge if they don’t know the circumstances.
    (Also, you can get a scar simply by falling off a tree… Oh, wait, maybe that would be shameful… LOL)

      Ilinox responded:
      June 12, 2018 at 15:17

      I don’t know whether to be surprised at how innocent Masakage is at his age or side-eye the others for how experienced they are at their age LOL. Shingen, man, what are you doing with all that girl experience when you’re leading an army and battling your illness! (Although I guess as a general he might have women throwing themselves at him?? Princesses offered up as alliances??).

      Haha, that’s true! And there’s also the chances of getting backstabbed by something, literally, but then I think if you were to explain the origins of that scar to people it’d be more of a humiliation/disgrace on the person who attacked you unfairly like that rather than you “turning your back” |D.

      LOL m-maybe they can tell if the scar has been made by a blade or just accident… I’m sure you could scar your back hard if you fell from a horse too and like landed on a rock wrong or something. Tumbled off a cliff, etc etc.

    Reggie said:
    June 11, 2018 at 06:02

    [MASAKAGE]: “… Well, yeah, because I actually look like a kid. I’m around the same age as Shingen-sama, Masanobu, and Masatoyo. But when I stand beside them, my height is…”
    So you’re a pomeranian…..
    I’m glad he open up to her earlier than the other tsunderes we know and knows the magic word thank you, sorry etc.
    I guess I take back what I said back there, he’s not a puppy anymore 😂

      Ilinox responded:
      June 12, 2018 at 15:13

      I don’t think he’s furry enough to be a Pomeranian (and no curled tail) :'( maybe something like a Russell Terrier, haha. But yeah! I think Masakage warms up kinda fast to her and it’s hard to get angry at his words because he blushes so easily and runs away, showing just how inexperienced he is with girls. He’s not viciously mean like Kanetsugu |D.

    leohikarusora said:
    June 11, 2018 at 03:18

    Ehh… Whaaaaaatttt!? Masakage was same old as Shingen and Masanobu!!?? *shocked*
    But it’s really fun to teasing you, Masakage…

      leohikarusora said:
      June 11, 2018 at 03:29

      Akh, forgot to add this too…
      But yeah, in Date and Takeda route, Kagemochi really have such a evil yet gentle voice…
      And, played again ch3.5, really really can’t stop laugh until now XD

        Ilinox responded:
        June 11, 2018 at 11:27

        I looooove seeing their brutal sides we don’t get to see when on their route. But it’s also like “oh boy you can be such a nasty person towards your enemies, huh” LOL. It’s still fun to tease him despite his age since he acts like a child ;D

    waterinegirl said:
    June 11, 2018 at 00:46

    [YUZUKI]: “Um, that’s not it, I’m not asking about those injuries. You have a lot of old wounds…”

    this guy!!! how come you can still do daily activities? shouldnt the wound get worse?

    [MASAKAGE]: “If I’m not then I’ll just be going back to the time when I was made fun of for being small or like a kid!”

    i guess more reason to bully him. i dont know but i cant stop my impulse on bullying him. i dont know why im having fun teasing him. maybe its because the way he acts is of a whiny kid.

    [MASAKAGE]: “… Well, yeah, because I actually look like a kid. I’m around the same age as Shingen-sama, Masanobu, and Masatoyo. But when I stand beside them, my height is…”

    dont worry masakage. im 25 years old and yet i still look like in early 20s or look like a student even if im already working as licensed chemical eng

    [MASAKAGE]: “RIGHT!? What the heck is with everyone! How’d they grow like that.

    GENES??? wrong wolf breeding???

    [YUZUKI]: “Okay, I won’t, because I know those feelings of frustration too…”
    [YUZUKI]: “But… thinking that I wanted to be of help in any shape or form… I, um, caused a lot of trouble.”
    [MASAKAGE]: “… Aah, like following us to the battle without permission, or chasing after Shingen-sama who went to exterminate yakuma?”

    good job, yuzuki looks like you raise your bond level to him by 5

    [MASAKAGE]: “I’m still fired up. As a vassal of Takeda, how can I leave this at a loss! So, once we go back–“
    [KAGEMOCHI]: “No, that won’t be necessary.”

    did kagemochi follow us? did he listen to our conversation?

      leohikarusora said:
      June 11, 2018 at 03:35

      About Kagemochi… It’ll explained in next part~
      And about Masakage’s height… Maybe the genes, since the child’s height was came from between the height of his/her parents… But put aside the height, I’m agree with you that it’s fun teasing him, lololol

        Ilinox responded:
        June 11, 2018 at 11:26

        Masakage has to just accept his fate as being the shortest. Hey, small but fierce isn’t such a bad title to have either |D. Hahaha, his age was definitely a surprise though and I forgot they mentioned it her since I thought he was the youngest (I guess he still could be the youngest since he only said he’s roughly the same age as the others but still!! Shocking).

    garden said:
    June 11, 2018 at 00:46

    lol I love that 180 degree change of Masakage as well. little baby monkey all grown up right before my eyes~~

    also. I should mention that Kagemochi in other route is too close to yan territory. it’s both scary and very interesting at the same time.

      Ilinox responded:
      June 11, 2018 at 11:24

      His voice and that scene when he starts off laughing obnoxiously only for it to die away and he starts cursing. UGH my heart.

      LOL that’s an interesting view! Yan… for Kenshin? |D I just find him absolutely ruthless and brutal, which I think we had hints of in Uesugi’s route because of how quick he was to threaten the heroine when she first meets him and just his… general dangerousness when he unleashes his inner beast. But here he doesn’t have to hold back when facing enemies (kind of like how cold Kojuurou was in Uesugi’s).

    yukihime03 said:
    June 11, 2018 at 00:25

    A cabin in the woods. If yakuma appears, the cabin can keep its reputation. (or perhaps Kagemochi is enough? lol)

    But well, nice to see Masakage finally has his mind changed.

    BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, Masakage is as old as Shingen?????? ∑(゚ロ゚〃)
    I thought he’s a shota, but uhhhhhhh.
    I honestly thought Shingen’s in early thirties and Masakage’s around 15, 17 at the most. Masanobu and Masatoyo are the ones who look to be around the same age, like mid-twenties…
    I think it’s not just because of height though….. hmm.

      Ilinox responded:
      June 11, 2018 at 11:19

      If it was night it’d be the perfect setup for a horror story huh |D;; although with Kagemochi just showing up like this, that’s frightening enough.

      L O L now we get to wonder if that means Shingen is young (to fit Masakage’s age) or if Masakage is older than he looks (to fit the rest of their age). I’m sure their personalities affects that but yeah I would definitely put Shingen late twenties to early thirties. Masanobu and Masatoyo are late twenties for me. But Masakage… I can kinda see him being early twenties?? Not any older though LOL.

        Elmemnon said:
        June 11, 2018 at 16:56

        Ilinox you’re probably right regarding their age. Back in those days did they not have shorter life expectancy? Like all anime though they always seem older than they really are. :P every time kagemochi pops up I get transported to his awakening scene. Oof /fans self

        yukihime03 said:
        June 11, 2018 at 17:57

        Now I really want a horror story within Senbura… Is there any yet?
        I bet some of the guys are scaredy cats (or wolves, I guess). |D

        I can relate to Masakage though. Looking a few years younger is flattering I guess, but looking more than 10 years younger can be frustrating when you’re in your 20s or 30s. Once you get to old age though, it’s the reverse. |D
        It doesn’t help that Masakage acts childish sometimes…

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