Chapter 2: The Tip of the Blade
The war began at last with the dawning of the night. The commanders of each army attacked Motonari and the others one after another.
In order to fight fire with fire, Motonari and the others unsheathed their swords…
[MOTOHARU]: “It’s the signal. —Everyone, advance!”
[MOTOHARU]: “Cut down everyone who obstructs our path!”
Under Motoharu’s command the soldiers cried out and ran towards the battlefield in succession.
[MOTOHARU]: “Don’t be careless! A moment’s chance will take your life!”
[MOTOHARU]: “You won’t stop me with that— hmph!”
[MOTOHARU]: “Continue to advance like this! Follow me!!”
[MOTOHARU]: “… Heh, so our enemies are to this degree. This is lacking too much for any competition.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Is there no one stronger around?”
As Motoharu plunged forward, cutting down enemies, some conspicuous men entered his vision.
[???]: “Come on, come on, come on! Is that all you guys got!?”
[???]: “Fuhaha! Good, Masakage. Just like that!”
[MASAKAGE]: “It’s because I can’t lose to you Nobuharu-san!”
[MOTOHARU]: “Oh? They seem to have a backbone. If I am to fight in any case then—“
[MASAKAGE]: “—Jeez, is there no one worth fighting here!?”
[MOTOHARU]: “I shall introduce myself then.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Who the heck are you. I haven’t seen you before. Whose army are you from?”
[SHINGEN]: “! Those horns… It can’t be that he’s—“
[MOTOHARU]: “I am the Mouri army’s Kikkawa Motoharu. Takeda commander, I’ll have you be my opponent for a match.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Mouri army—“
[MOTOHARU]: “If It was possible, I would not want to target everyone when they were weakened, but these are the orders of Motonari-sama. I have no choice.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hmph, don’t look down on us!”
[MOTOHARU]: “What are you so angered about? Compared to us oni, you all are far more inferior.”
[MOTOHARU]: “That is a fact which cannot be overturned.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… What’d you say?! Our strength… I’ll make you realize it!”
[SHINGEN]: “Wait, Masakage—!”
[MOTOHARU]: “Hn, over all too quick. Boring.”
[MASAKAGE]: “—Ggh, not… yet…!”
[MOTOHARU]: “Oh? You appear to have spirit. I don’t dislike those people—“
[MOTOHARU]: “But I have my orders… Do not blame me.”
Motoharu tried to finish him off, but Nobuharu prevented that.
[MOTOHARU]: “Someone with a backbone appeared.”
[NOBUHARU]: “… Che, as expected of an oni. Your strength is just as rumored.”
In that moment, a war flag from somewhere entered the corner of his vision.
[MOTOHARU]: (That banner is Uesugi… the army I was told to make my opponent. I should pull out from here and move onto the next—)
[NOBUHARU]: “… Don’t think you have room to look away!”
[MOTOHARU]: “Ngh!… Nice blow for an enemy.”
[MOTOHARU]: “I wish we could continue our contest here but… unfortunately, I still have things I must do.”
[MOTOHARU]: “If we are to meet again, I’d like to have a proper battle.”
Motoharu, who brushed aside Nobuharu, approached close to the war flag and found a commander whose position looked high. He cut him down in a flash.
Right before Motoharu dealt the finishing blow two commanders ran over.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… F…… Fa… ther……”
[MOTOHARU]: “So he wasn’t the general.”
[???]: “You are—“
[MOTOHARU]: “Kikkawa Motoharu. A commander of the Mouri territory you and everyone are aiming for.”