Chapter 3: Decisive Battle, Counter Attack Plan at the Castle!
A large horde of yakuma advanced on the castle!
These weren’t opponents they could fight directly, but in order to get through this pinch they carried out a strategy!
[YUKIMURA]: “Now then, in some way or another, the castle’s repairs are done. Everyone, great work.”
[SASUKE]: “Haa~, we’re done~! Food time, food~!”
[SAIZOU]: “Kamanosuke, you worked unusually hard as well. Heh, I praise you.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m already dead tired… So sleepy…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Sorry to bring this up while everyone’s tired, but there’s something I’d like to talk about. Everyone, stay behind in the main hall after dinner.”
Soon after we finished cleaning up after dinner, Nobuyuki-san began to talk.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Now, it’s fortunate that the castle repairs are finished, but we’re still in a situation where we cannot be careless.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Because it would not be strange at all for the yakuma horde to appear soon again.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “So, I would like to discuss countermeasures towards future yakuma.”
[SASUKE]: “Hrmm, it’s true that recently the yakuma numbers seems to have grown a lot.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah, I’ve never seen such a yakuma horde up to now.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Until now, we’ve just taken out the yakuma that appeared close to towns and villages, but…”
[YUKIMURA]: “If they continue to increase in numbers at this rate, we might not be able to handle it soon.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… do we not know the reason why the numbers of yakuma have grown?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “We have absolutely no idea, because we know nearly nothing about yakuma.”
[SAIZOU]: “Yes. Reason being that those disgusting creatures were never here in the past. I believe they suddenly appeared a short while ago…”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “And then lately they’ve suddenly grown in numbers, huh… Fuuah~… I wonder why.”
[SASUKE]: “Hey, Kamanosuke, don’t yawn in the middle of a meeting.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… That’s because it’s annoying though. We don’t know the reason the yakuma are growing in numbers even if we think about it.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… The increasing numbers of yakuma and that reason, huh.”
[YUKIMURA]: “We might be better off searching for their nest… How about that?”
[YUKIMURA]: “If we know their home, we might be able to get some clue on their way of life.”
[SASUKE]: “I know what you’re saying, Yukimura, but how are we gonna search for a yakuma nest? We don’t even know yet if they have that.”
[SAIZOU]: “It’s reasonable to eradicate them at the source. However, seeing that we do not know their numbers or strength, it is a dangerous path.”
[YUKIMURA]: “On the other hand, leaving things like this might bring harm to the villagers and townspeople next time.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… That’s the only thing we need to absolutely avoid.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… But, in the end, if we don’t know then we don’t know even if we think about it.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “That’s right… so long as we have no information on yakuma, it is difficult for us to deal with them…”
Unable to continue the discussion, the room became deathly silent. Even though I was only listening to them talk, everyone’s frustration was painfully felt.
What broke that heavy silence was… a young and bright voice.
[???]: “Excuse me, everyone! Please listen to what I have to say!”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? This voice, no way…)
[YUKIMURA]: “Hm, who? Did someone just talk?”
[SASUKE]: “The only person who talks about himself like that is Kamanosuke.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Ehh~… that wasn’t me.”
[IMARI]: “Yes, it’s me! I spoke.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Wha!? T-This thing is…”
[SASUKE]: “A tanuki!?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “It spoke…?”
[YUZUKI]: (Whaaat. What’s going on? Is it okay for him to appear in front of everyone!?)
(T/N: Yay, more lost in translation stuff maybe |D but basically Imari uses the pronoun “boku” to refer to himself and Kamanosuke is the only other one that does that in the Sanada army, which is why Sasuke mentions that.)