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#4. The Book of Kasose (1)

Flames are Like the Wind #4

tl by danluffey

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#4. The Book of Kasose (1)
#5. The Book of Kasose (2)
#6. The Book of Kasose (3)

4)
1: Deep in the Hida Mountains...
2: Kiriba Village
SFX: CLACK!
SFX: TINK
SFX: BASH
SFX: TONK
SFX: WHACK!
1: Yaaah!!
SFX: TWINK

5)
1: Hey, Shirou!
2: Enough already! Are you serious about this or not?!

6)
1: Sure I am!
2: It's just, practicing with people weaker than me
3: won't make me any stronger, so...
4: What?!
5: Keh! You sure can talk... but I know you're not as tough
SFX: BWOOM
6: as you think you are!!

7)
1: Who's not as tough as they think they are?
SFX: GRR...
2: I came here to get stronger.
3: But instead, day after day, I've been clunking sticks around with you weaklings, or running in circles around the forest. I'm sick of all this crap!!
4: Y-you...
5: You need to learn your place, you fool! You used to be nothing more than a beggar...
6: Take that back, or we'll make you regret it!!
7: Wait!!
8: What happened to your training?
9: Jitoumaru!
10: B-but he was...
11: It appears you're unsatisfied with your training, Shirou.
12: Shall I take you on?

8)
1: Wha...
2: Sure.
3: Let's spar!!
SFX: CLACK!
4: Keh! Cocky little shrimp...
5: I hope he gets beaten to a pulp!

9)
SFX: WHAM
1: What? Is that all you've got?
SFX: BLECH
2: Heh, heheh... nice kick.
3: That's what I'm talking about!!
SFX: LEAP
SFX: CLACK

10)
1: After my friends all died,
2: I came here in order to get stronger.
3: So that I can survive without relying on anyone.
4: If I'm strong, my stomach will always be full!
5: I won't have to live in fear!
6: I'm not going to die!
7: And I'm not going to lose to anyone!
8: Those who want to die can just go and die!
9: I'm going to get strong!
10: I'm going to survive!!

11)
Flames are Like the Wind

#4. The Book of Kasose (1)

12)
1: In the Warring States Period, ninja were a very important tool. They lived in ninja villages all around the country, but were mostly collected in the villages of Iga and Kouga, and belonged to their own secret societies.
2: Just like how hamlets comprised of lumberjacks and hunters existed, ninja villages survived off the work of the ninja and their special techniques.
3: On the surface, they looked like typical rural villages.
4: The ninja made their own farms, harvested their own crops, kept their own chickens...

13)
1: But whenever they received a mission, they would transform into black wind.
2: Every child born in these villages would come to be connected to ninja society in some way.
3: While some would train as normal ninja, others would become informants and travel the land in the shadows,
4: while others would devote themselves to creating ninja weapons... there were many roles to be filled.
5: To the villagers, the most important thing was not their own survival, but the survival of their "clan."
6: Therefore, they rarely admitted outsiders...
7: But due to the severity of ninja tutelage,
8: it wasn't uncommon for many young ninja to lose their lives in training.

14)
1: As a result, it gradually became more common to scout for new recruits like Shirou.
2: Of course, once inside, releasing any information outside the village was absolutely forbidden.
3: But because the members of the clans were tightly bound by a deep trust in one another, those problems rarely happened.
4: It also contributed to their reliability in their work.
5: They were proud of their skill and techniques... and more than anything,
6: the fact that they were all members of the Kiriba clan.

15)
SFX: CHATTER
1: Hey!
SFX: GRIN
2(small): AHHH, I'M SO TIRED!
SFX: GRIN
3: Whew, that was a good sweat!
4: I can't wait to get strong enough that I can zip around like sensei!
5: Sensei? You mean Lord Soujin?
6: The guy who brought me here! You know him, right, Jitoumaru? He's so cool!
7: You know, I don't care if you go around acting like you're the strongest guy in the world,
8: but if you really want to get strong, you need to practice the basics more,
9: or else you'll regret it later!
10: OK, OK!
11: Now hurry up and wash yourself already!
12: Oww, that stings!

16)
1: Hey, outta the way! It's Jakimaru's turn!
2: Move it!
3: Hey kid, scram!
4: Hey! Didn't you hear me?!
SFX: SPLASH
5: Waaah!
SFX: WAHH
6: Oops, sorry.
7: I didn't see you there.

17)
1: Y-you did that on purpose, didn't you?!
2: Just who do you think I am?!
3: I don't know.
4: You don't know?!
5: You can't tell me you've never heard of Jakimaru, one of the Kirija brothers!!
6: First I've heard of 'em.
7: What, does he have a screw loose or something?
8: Enough, Jakimaru.
9: Shirou has only been here since New Year's, and you rarely come out to the training grounds, right?
10: It's no wonder he doesn't know you.
11: Oh, so he's a newbie? Tell him who I am!
12: Hey, newbie! This man is the one of the pure-blooded descendants of the main Kiriba line, and he's slated to become the next leader of the clan!
13: Got it?! Then bow down your head and introduce yourself!!
SFX: FWIP

18)
1: Who cares about his blood? Soujin said that the only thing that matters with ninja is skill!
2: Which means that no ninja has to bow down to someone who's weaker than him!
SFX: BURN
SFX: WHISPER
3: Y-you think I'm weaker than you?
4: Wanna find out?
SFX: FWIP
5: Stop it!
6: Shirou! Don't get too cocky now!
7: You too, Jakimaru!
SFX: TWITCH
8: Shirou's right. Skill is all that matters!
9: If you go too easy on yourself and shirk your training, someone will surely surpass you!!
10: Shirou, was it?
11: I'll remember you.
12: Good.

19)
1: You need to study up a little more on how hierarchy works in our clan, Shirou.
2: I know how it works.
3: No you don't.
4: Even Lord Soujin himself is an elite. He's a younger brother-in-law to the current head. I don't care if you're just making casual conversation, you need to be careful about dropping his name like that!
5: Oh yeah? Well, I believe it, considering how strong he is.
6: That makes me look up to him even more.
7: Like I said, you can't get too comfortable!
SFX: HYAAH
8: I know, I know!

20)
1: Jitoumaru...
2: I could sense that he was special from the moment I met him.
3: At first, he reminded me of Jousuke... but they're completely different.
4: Usually he's gentle and considerate, but when it comes to training, his eyes change.
5: Sparring with him is so fun.
6: Heeey!
7: Jitoumaru, the boss is calling for you! We've got a job!
8: OK, I'm coming!
SFX: DASH
9: Later, Shirou!
10: Bye.

21)
1: And he's already working, despite his age.
2: Everyone here has got their eyes on Jitoumaru.
3: I can't beat him now... but soon, I'm going to surpass him and become the strongest ninja here!
4: Just like Soujin!!
5: He's got potential... and he has a tendency to stick out.
6: His seniors take good care of him, but his peers hate him.
7: Heheheh... those kids grew up on beds of roses, so it should be good medicine for them.
8: Seems like Jitoumaru's taken a liking to him.
9: I see...
10: This may erase his beast-like nature, but in return, he'll come to possess sophisticated techniques and strength. It should be exciting to watch.
11: Yeah, true...

22)
1: He's definitely worth training.
2: Make sure you work him hard.
3: By the way, apparently Yoshiaki teamed up with Mitsuyoshi and Matsunaga. Lord Nobunaga's going to be in for a tough fight.
4: Mmm. I heard that Shingen is preparing to move to the capital as well.
5: We'll need to act as quickly as possible...
SFX: RUSTLE

25)
SFX: CLUNK
SFX: CLUNK
SFX: CLUNK
SFX: GWOOSH
SFX: GWOOSH
SFX: CLUNK
SFX: CLUNK
SFX: RATTLE
SFX: CLINK
SFX: CLUNK
1: Oh, you're back?
2: Heheh... can I watch?
3: You really find it that entertaining?
4: Yeah>
SFX: FSSSSH...

26)
1: A young kid like you shouldn't be in this gloomy hut watching an old blacksmith like me day after day...
SFX: CLUNK
SFX: CLUNK
2: Why don't you go play with your friends?
3: They're no fun.
SFX: CLUNK
4: I guess not, huh?
5: Hey, Gohei, don't you do ninja work?
6: Have you always been a blacksmith?
SFX: FSHOOOO
7: I used to travel around the battlefields as a low-ranking ninja...
8: But no one can stop from aging. That's why I do this work every now and then...
SFX: BWOOOOSH
9: I'm thankful for it.

27)
SFX: GWOOOOOSH...

28)
1: Wanna try?
SFX: CLUNK
2: You're just like this red-hot clump of metal right now.
SFX: CLUNK

29)
1: You've got to keep tempering yourself until you become a blade.
SFX: CLUNK
SFX: CLUNK
2: Wonder what kind of blade you'll turn into?
SFX: CLUNK

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