#5. The Book of Kasose (2)
Flames are Like the Wind #5
tl by danluffey
#5. The Book of Kasose (2)
1: Kiriba Clan Leader - Tsujitani Muneyuki
1: I received word from a servant of Kinoshita Hideyoshi that his lordship will be traveling down from the capital in mid-May.
2: In order to stop the Asai clan?
3: It's about time...
4: Yojirou, I leave the rest to you. First, dispatch Onizou to Oumi.
5: For scouting? Understood.
6: With this, Oda's fate will determine the Kiriba clan's fate.
7: In this next war, failure will not be an option!
8: This will be the moment of truth for us ninja.
9: We must band together as a clan and make sure we come out on top,
10: so that we may live on forever...
1: Soujin, where is Mitsuyu?
2: I believe she went to Mt. Ro.
3: Gathering herbs again? She's really getting carried away with that pastime of hers.
4: Lady Mitsuyu has earned a great amount of trust from the people, though. And I believe we may need that field...
5: She's only doing it out of spite towards me. She's a woman, and yet she's so stubborn...
6: Incidentally, how is it faring with the recruit you brought from Ise? Is he usable?
7: He will be, in a little more time... hopefully within the year.
8: Well, hurry!
9: We're going to need as many bodies as we can for the war in May.
10: Yes, my lord.
11: He's got potential that you don't see too often... he should serve as good stimulation for the others.
12: You seem to have high hopes for him.
13: Would you like to see him?
1: Today, we're going to split into two groups and have a practice war!
2: Remember, this isn't a solo battle. If you hurry to try and grab too much glory for yourself, you'll break the formation, and become unable to complete your mission.
3: Burn that into your minds... now, begin!!
2: Oww... What's the big idea, Shirou?!
side: *A ninja weapon that consists of poison needles hung on strings along pathways. (Go read some of Shirato Sanpei's manga!)
3: A mosquito curtain?!
4: But using poison is against the rules...
1: He did say it'd be a war...
2: Hey, you guys, this isn't funny! What are you...
3: Outta the way!!
1: Grr! Where'd he go?!
2: Wait until the smoke clears. We don't want to hit one of our own guys.
3: Idiots! You think I'll still be here by then?!
4: Graaah! You cocky little brat!
5: No, wait, you idiot!
2: This is bad!
3: What should we do?
4: What's going on down there?!
5: ...you again?
1: Thanks to you, we had to cancel the entire practice.
2: What were you thinking?
4: They were the ones who...
1: Your insistence on doing things your own way and not cooperating is what started this!
2: Don't you get that?!
3: If this had been a team mission, what would have happened? To ninja, failure means death!
4: All of your teammates would have died because of you!!
1: Shirou, don't take it personal. You can get them back for it later.
2: What's wrong? It's not like you to get all bent out of shape over something like this...
1: But you'll get hungry, Shirou!
2: Hey, take me with you! I promise I'll come in handy!
3: Shirou, it's a war! Time to make some money again!
4: We got a huge haul this time! Keehee heehee!
7: I know you'll grow up to become a great man... which means you need to work hard enough for all of us as well.
1: A lost horse?
2: He looks like a good one! But damn, is he dirty!
3: A little clean-up, and he's sure to shine!
4: OK, I'm gonna make him mine!
5: What? that's not fair!
1: Me next!
2: OK, whoever stays on him can have him!
1: This horse is something else! No one's going to be able to ride him!
2: Should we kill him?
1: You survived!
2: And you came this far looking for me?!
3: You've gotten so dirty...
4: I'm so glad we're together again... so glad...
1: Shirou, this is your horse?
2: Y-yes. We got split up in Ise...
3: So the horse came here looking for him? I don't believe it!
4: Besides, Shirou doesn't have the right to own a horse yet.
5: But you just said that whoever stays on him can have him, right?
6: Then Kazanagi's...
1: Either way, it seems like he'll only let you on him. You need to take full care of him, though!
2: Yes sir!!
4: What a waste!
5: Lord Soujin goes too easy on Shirou...
1: The sky...
1: Now that I think about it, I haven't taken a good look at the sky since I got here.
2: OK! We're going to make this "Shirou's spot."
3: Remember it, Kazanagi!
4: Now let's run one more lap!!
1: Get that horse out of here!!
2: We've been working hard to cultivate this field! How dare you stomp over it with that horse?!
1: Leave at once!!
2: Right now!!
3: Sheesh, who does she think she is?
4: I feel like I've met her somewhere before... maybe it's just me.
5: Lady Mitsuyuuu!!
1: Please, you must stop working out here in the fields!
2: You're the princess of the Kiriba clan! You can't be out here getting dirty and wearing the same clothes as these baseborn women...
3: And besides, his lordship said there will be an important meeting today, so you must return to the main estate.
5: Please listen to me!
7: Look at how tall the shepherd's-purses have grown, Yoshino. I imagine your blood pressure will rise this year as well, so please keep drinking my medicine.
9: We're almost there, everyone! Let's aim to harvest it all today!
1: Let's both sleep here tonight.
2: That tickles!
3: No one's ever gonna separate us again...
4: Oh my...
1: What do you want?
2: Sensei, please tell me the truth. Will staying here truly make me strong?
1: Follow me.
2: Come at me.
3: Well? You needn't hold back.
2: You express yourself too much.
3: The innermost secret of ninja technique is "wazaogi" ... hiding yourself and deceiving the enemy.
4: That's what holds everything else together.
1: What's wrong? Are you blind?!
3: You want to be strong, yet you can't even fight me? Don't make me laugh!!
1: I heard that recently, Lord Soujin's been training Shirou personally.
2: Well, Lord Soujin is the one who brought him here, so I guess Shirou's his responsibility.
3: But does he really need to treat that brat like he's so special?
4: He might float up the ranks quicker than I thought. I'll have to keep my guard up...
1: You keep getting more and more wounds.
2: Training has just been so hard, day after day. I can barely keep up.
3: It's way more fun than before, though.
4: Ninja training is fun, isn't it? You know, thinking about how to outsmart your opponent and stuff...
5: Is Shirou here?
6: Oh, sensei!!
7: Gohei, sorry for making you look after him.
8: It's nothing, Lord Soujin...
9: Shirou, I have a job for you.
10: Tomorrow, I want you to start working at Princess Mitsuyu's estate in the west.
1: Princess... Mitsuyu?
2: Tomorrow morning, I'm leaving for Gifu.
3: I know we haven't finished your training yet, but there's nothing we can do. You'll have to complete it on your own.
5: All you lack now is education.
6: Princess Mitsuyu is in charge of the village's medicine, so while she is a woman, she's highly educated. While you help her out in your work, you should learn how to read, write, and prepare medicine.
7: Umm... and how long will this be until...
8: Hm? I'm not sure. Just make sure you're capable of reading a book before I get back.
9: I'm looking forward to seeing how much you've grown.
1: I don't believe this... my first job...
2: is being some woman's helper...
3: I don't believe my ears.
4: Lord Soujin is giving you special treatment here!
5: But our training was just starting to get fun!!
6: Now I have to learn from some woman?!
7: I just wanna get strong! I don't care about stupid books!!
8: Fool! You think you can survive in this world without reading a single book?
9: Just go and see what it's like. The princess is a very gracious, beautiful woman, so if you change your mind...
10: Oh, that's right.
11: Sit there, Shirou!!
13: I'm going to teach you proper manners. We can't have you insulting the princess, after all.
15: First, we'll practice proper thanking. Here, put your hands together...
1: The princess has arrived.
3: Wh-what are you doing?! Bow your head!
1: Princess Mitsuyu has arrived.
2: I... I'm Shirou.
3: I... um... thank you very much for... umm...
4: How did it go again?
5: You can skip the formalities. After all, we've already met each other, haven't we?
6: My jobs are taking care of the herbs and providing medical care. There are three fields like the one you saw on Mt. Ro.
1: We don't have enough people to handle all the harvesting and mixing we do in one year.
2: Spring is especially busy, so please try to remember as much as you can while working with us.
3: You help with the work too?
4: This is a ninja village, not some samurai lord's mansion.
5: Medicine is an extremely important part of a ninja's life. If I were you, I'd do my best to learn as much as possible, as it'll all certainly come in handy.
SFX: TEE HEE
8: Rumor has it that you're a wild, untamed beast...
9: That all you ever do is fight with the others, instead of doing any training, so much that even Lord Soujin didn't know what to do with you. And yet, this whole time...
SFX: TEE HEE
10: you've been so docile and obedient!
1: Hey, Shirouuu!!
2: Shirou, you're working for the princess?!
3: Woah! I'm so jealous! Why does the good stuff always happen to you? It's not fair!
4: What are you talking about?! I'm just working with medicine! Medicine!! There's nothing fun about it!
5: But you get to be with the princess the entire time, right?
6: There isn't a guy in the village who doesn't love the princess! She's beautiful AND gentle!
7: Hey, let us know if something happens! No, wait, if something happens, we'll kill you!
8: But if you find something on the ground, pick it up! Hair, a fingernail, whatever!
9: Got it?!
10: Shut up! Why are you making such a big deal...
11: out of that stupid woman?!
1: Shirou, where are you? We're already filled up!
5: When you're finished with that, hurry over to the shade-dry area.
6: It's a nice day today, so there's lots of work to do!
7: Ninja training was way better than this!
9: You good-for-nothing lout! It's time to study! The princess is calling for you!!
10: According to the master...
11: Ac... cording to the master...
12: Sit up straight and read it again!
13: Beautiful and gentle? The real her is nothing like she appears!
14: She's a monster!!
15: Who is?
16: According to the master!!
17: Once more!
1: You really have strange tastes. Now you're looking after a trainee?
3: That Shirou boy's the one that Soujin was fond of...
4: Can such an uncouth boy truly become a proper ninja?
6: Up until recently, that boy lived a completely free life. Then, all of a sudden, he was placed into ninja society with its rules...
7: He's simply at a loss. If he can overcome this bewilderment, then I'm sure he can grow into a fine ninja.
8: Oh? Good, then.
9: I was afraid you might just be doing this to try and cause problems for me again...
10: But I see that was a father's unjust suspicion. Ignore it
11: ...As you say, father.
1: Princess... do you really believe that Shirou will become a proper ninja?
2: Yes. He will.
3: He has something that we lack...
4: If he grows, I'm sure he'll serve the Kiriba clan well...
5: Don't you think so, Kozue?
6: Umm... well,
7: I trust you, Princess, so...
8(small): Thank you
1: Awwww! I stink like medicine now! Wonder what she's gonna make me do tomorrow...
2: Kazanagi, run as fast as you can! No slacking off!!
3: Waah, that's cold!
4: Evening dew...
(*Note: Mitsuyu's name means 'Beautiful dew.')
1: I guess her face fits her name, at least.
2: Have some mercy, sun!
3: It's your fault that I have to do all this work!!
4: Shirou, the princess said that's enough for now.
5: Nooo, please, tell her that I looove working outside!!
6: You don't have to study today. Instead, she's going to show you a dance.
7: A dance?
1: That was "Atsumori." It actually isn't a woman's dance, so...
2: Shirou, I want you to give it a try.
4(small): Here we go again!
5: B-but I can't dance...
6: This is another necessary skill.
7: Now stand!
1(small): He's good!
3: He's as agile as I expected he would be, and he's got bounce in his hips...
6: This is a Noh dance, so he needs a proper costume.
7: Oh, true!
8: Good idea!!
10: Hey, wait!
11: Quit it, you maniacs!!
1: What the... these are women's clothes!
2: Well, of course, silly! Only women live here!
3: And here's your tate-eboshi hat.
4: And your kawahori fan!!
5: So cuuute!!
SFX: CLAP CLAP CLAP
SFX: SQUEAL SQUEAL OOOH
6: It looks so good on you!!
7: Th-this is ridiculous! You expect me to do this?!
1: Even his dancing is wild!
2: Sh-Shirou, are you OK?
3: Some ninja trainee he is!
4: Enough already!!
5: How much do you have to make fun of me before you're satisfied?!
6: I'm done with this! I'm completely done with this place!
2: Wait, Shirou!
3: I didn't intend for things to go that far. But you were just so...
4: No, I'm sorry. I won't let it happen again.
1: Do you... still want to quit? Are you really done working here?
2: Well, not exactly... if you'll give me proper work, that is...
3: Oh, god.
4: You've got quite a short temper, though. Usually everyone lasts at least three days. You aren't anything like a proper ninja...
5: And you aren't anything like a proper princess!
6: Oh my!
1: Shirou, you're up early!
2: Morning, gramps!
3: I'm on herb gathering duty today!
4: He's really gotten used to things...
1: You made such big fields, but it's still not enough?
2: It's very hard to raise certain types of herbs... and we can't manage all of them with our small numbers.
3: Perhaps it's because they brave the strong wind and rain,
4: surviving up here with the other plants,
5: that these herbs are capable of giving people the power to live on.
6: If plants are like cows or horses... then herbs are like wild boars and wolves.
7: That's what my mother always told me.
1: You're a quick learner. Hard to believe this is your first time up here.
2: I'm surprised too...
3: You walked up this mountain faster than I did.
4: Like I said before, I'm just a girl from a ninja village.
5: Whew... I'm thirsty.
SFX: PITTER PATTER
1: Your turn, Shirou...
2: Oh... o-okay!
SFX: PITTER PATTER
4: When I met you in the field, you seemed really scary.
5: But you're the one who always appears all of a sudden and scared me.
6: Just like the first time we met...
7: Maybe you don't remember, but we met once during summer of last year. You were being chased by farmers...
3: Wh-who goes there?!
4: Oh, so that was you...
5: Do you remember now?
6: For some reason, when I saw you back then...
7: you seemed very free.
9: Yeah, I guess I woke up whenever I wanted, and stole whatever I wanted.
10: I ate what I wanted, slept where I wanted...
11: Oh my.
12: And you had friends back then, didn't you?
13: Yeah, about 20 little shrimps. We were all kids!
15: We lived in an old temple in the woods, and the villagers were kinda scared of us.
16: But the difference between us and bandits is that we didn't steal girls!
17: Oh my!
1: I had a lot of different friends... Kurizou, Mamekichi, Kanta, Heiroku... they were small, but they had a lot of guts! Heigo was silent but strong, and great at carpentry.
2: Himushi was a bit of a thug, but was the second strongest beside me. Fighting was like second nature to him and Mukade! They always teamed up together!
3: Jousuke wasn't good at fighting, but he was smart and had a big heart.
4: They were really reliable, too. They all took care of whatever I couldn't!
5: That sounds like so much fun. Where are they all now?
7: They... all died in Ise.
8: They got caught up in the war... and only I...
9: Only I survived.
2: Kids always suffer...
3: They get killed without ever having a chance to do anything.
5: I don't want to end up like that!
6: I'm gonna get strong, and...
1: You suffered a great loss...
2: But people have to live for the now...
3: I hope that your coming here
4: ends being good for both you and the Kiriba clan.
1: I don't believe this! How could I have said done so embarrassing in front of a girl?!
2: Let's go back...
4: The sun just rose! We've still got time.
5: Uh... OK.
6: Wanna see my spot?!
7: Your spot?
1: Oh.. is this Kazanagi?!
2: Here, get on!
3: Are you scared of horses?
1: Here we are!
2: What a beautiful view...
1: I never knew this place existed...
2: Feels great, doesn't it?!
3: Whenever I lay here, it feels like I can grab the entire sky with my hands!
4: Like I can just toss everything away!
5: Grab the sky...?
6: Hey, Kazanagi!
7: If only you could fly,
8: like one of those clouds!
9: Fly! C'mon, you can do it!
11: like the wind...
1: He really is...
2: just like the wind...
3: Blue wind, like the sky... red wind, like a flame...
4: Nice, isn't it?
5: What a strange boy...
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