Nostalgic Samurai Sword
Friend became lively.
Ilveng=Nazgul is back!
Thank you for protecting Nanaki yesterday, thanks to that Nanaki is healthy. What? Protecting a lady is the duty of a gentleman? As expected of Nanaki’s Friend, you are a manly god. But sometimes I think despite being strict on humans you are more human than humans. Owow, stop, don’t hit me.
He got angry because I wasn’t respectful enough. Good manners even between friends.
(T/N: A Japanese saying(?), meaning is exactly as it says)
“We have arrived.”
Hearing the voice of the driver uncle, I quickly descended the carriage and opened the door. Devotedly escort my master. The first day Nanaki escorted master as a maid is nostalgic. By now of people sending contemptuous gazes at Nanaki and master has decreased a lot. Of course it is not zero. But it has definitely decreased, so this is progress.
My master is definitely advancing down the path to glory. The conduct and expression already has no trace of back when he was weak, there is only a figure of the strong. Walking dignifiedly with your chest high is unexpectedly difficult. It’s because for some reason people fear shame. It is because of that that you must be able to be proud about yourself.
any friends though?
Have the resolve to accept everything, in order to affirm the world.
“Yo Zean. I’ve been waiting.”
“……morning, Vilmott. A new attendant?”
Of course I will accept you too, Vilmott Arkahn.
and similar idiots
“Ah, that’s right. You know what I want to say right?”
sry I dont understand idiots
He is plotting his comeback, to not have his heart break and rot in this situation is worthy of praise. No matter who the opponent, what should be recognised must be recognised. Nanaki has a more favourable view of Vilmott Arkahn than those classmates that draw closer without apologising for their past rudeness.
a determined idiot can be admirable
Ignoring his personality, it seems he has the pride of an aristocrat. It seems to be of a different vector though.
nobles have pride?
“——to think there was someone other than me to have inherited eastern blood…….”
Vilmott Arkahn’s new servant let out that whisper as she looked at Nanaki. Same black hair as Nanaki. Similar skin colour. Her brown eyes are looking at Nanaki. Nice to meet you, I’m Nanaki.
“Vilmott-sama. This person seems to be a maid.”
“Are you telling me to fight an unarmed opponent?”
Even as she spoke with Vilmott Arkahn, her eyes looked only at Nanaki. Her strength is not average, but it falls short of Nanaki. With that said, I have no intention of being conceited. Nanaki shall be your opponent if you point that strange weapon here.
don’t point weapons randomly
But if possible I want to get along. Friendly nanakismile.
the first steep to relationship building is to be friendly
“Don’t be fooled by her appearance! This maid is a monster!”
Regretfully, I am used to being treated as monster. Friendly monstersmile.
important to keep smiling
“I’m not interested in fighting the same race, but if you tell me to fight I will fight. But is it okay?”
“If I just fight like that, you will taste defeat again. If you want to triumph, you must know your opponent.”
know thine opponent
What a refreshing person. I can feel pride in her movements. I think this really is a person with a personality fitting of her skill. For Nanaki, that can be said to be likeable. But it cannot yet be said that I like her.
don’t judge too early
“And with that, I’m Akiha Shinohara. Let’s get along.”
Nanaki likes this person.
like at first sight
“My name is Nana Nana. I will be in your care.”
I immediately took the hand that was extended. Ah, Shiel-sama. Thank you for having granted Nanaki an opportunity to create a fake name. As expected I think you really are a wonderful person. Your heart is.
Again, why are you laughing, my master.
When the masters are in the middle of lessons, there is nothing for the servants to do. Thus it can be said that it is natural to use this chance to deepen our friendship. Akiha-san seemed to have the same thoughts and we ended up talking on the roof of the school building. No matter where master is or what happens, Nanaki is able to come running. The preparedness of a master maid.
how about the male toilets?
“……are you curious? About this weapon called a katana?”
Katana. A familiar name. An ancient weapon recorded in a very old book back in the capital. A thin blade and almost no durability. Yet if an expert handles it there is nothing it cannot cut and it will not break. It should have had another name.
not a very practical sword….
“It’s the legendary samurai sword.”
“Well, yes. This is not the real thing but something made accounting for the present age though.”
Made. If I remember correctly, according to that book the creation of a samurai sword is extremely difficult and those methods have been lost. If those methods are not lost, then Akiha-san might be an important existence in history. She might revive lost arts in the present.
I personally think katanas are horrible swords
“Does Nana-san know about the race known as the Japanese?”
“As expected. It’s about yourself. That black hair and looks are from the east.”
and the chinese and the korean and the thais etcetc
Jappenise. In truth, since Nanaki spent her childhood in mother nature, I am not familiar with history. Due to Envy’s efforts, I have gained enough knowledge to roughly answer most things if asked, but I don’t know about ‘jappenise’. In any case it’s something from more than a thousand years ago, I had been thinking of learning more only if I had the chance.
(T/N: In Nanaki’s thoughts it’s in katakana (ニッポンジン) instead of kanji (日本人) like when Akiha pronounces it. Basically that means Nanaki’s pronunciation is off.)
She has said it was a race. It is true Nanaki has not seen anyone else with this black hair other than Mother. Could it be that the jappenise are rare? Nanaki was a rarity? As expected of Nanaki, a special human.
“The ancestral homeland of us Japanese seemed to have sunk in the god world war.”
“Sunk……? A continent?”
“Since you were born on a continent, I get that you would think that. But our ancestral homeland seems to have been an island country. I’ve head it was a small but still quite a strong country.”
national pride is great
So that would mean that during the god world war, Nanaki’s ancestors moved from that island country to the continent, something like that? In that violent age when gods were warring, an island or two would have sunk.
but sometimes the japanese view that Japanese people are so special is irritating ==
“It seems the asian people that abandoned their home country and fled to the continent couldn’t fit in. They received severe discrimination and their numbers were reduced. Well by now with the numbers reduced the discrimination has naturally disappeared.”
death of a race
Nanaki really is a rarity.
“In order not to forget the pride of the Japanese, my family has passed down that spirit through the generations. The country of the rising sun, it seemed to have been a very beautiful country.”
well that one is true
Envy might be a jappenise too.
doesn’t she have red hair…?
“This is the first time I’ve met someone of the same race outside of my family. It makes me very happy.”
“I have unexpectedly learnt about my own roots. Thank you very much, Akiha-san.”
“Our masters are, or more like my master is one-sidedly, fighting. Even if we have to have a duel one day, I want to have a good relationship that will not end with that.”
so formal though
Maybe this could be called a friend. This is amazing, Mother. Nanaki has made a new friend. Please be surprised, she’s a jappenise. She seems to be the same race as Mother and Nanaki. The ancestral homeland seems to be gone, so I am thinking of hearing about more of it from Akiha-san.
There is a bad bug above Akiha-san’s head. It is a type of insect that stings people. This is not good, Nanaki must protect Nanaki’s friend. What? ‘I am your first friend’? Of course Friend. No matter what happens in the future, the relationship between Nanaki and you will not change.
first friend advantage
Now then, harmful insect extermination——was what I was thinking when the bug was cut in two.
It hasn’t quite reached godspeed. She is not a transcended being so that is obvious. But that speed can be said to have reached a certain limit for humans. An instant sword draw with the objective of slicing. That brilliant series of movements contains an ability that is not inferior to that of imperial knights.
akiha too stronk
“It’s a technique called ‘iai'”
“Is it okay to show your hand before the duel?”
“It’s not an opponent that would work on anyway.”
(T/N: iai , have to admit is impressive…but needs so much training and skill)
That is pretty smile. Nanaki also has confidence in her smile. Glorious nanakismile. Reach the world, Nanaki’s smile.
“A cute smile.”
“Thank you very much.”
Let’s keep it secret that Nanaki was aiming for a pretty smile.
Hecate’s rant: one thing that triggers me about Japanese stories are when they have some part about Japanese being ‘superior’ or something. Like “I’m Japanese so I have to be kind and care for others”. No, even the Chinese, Americans, Europeans can do the same thing. If it is a trait special to Japanese people then fine, but when they take basic stuff like that and make it sound like only Japanese people have that trait and foreigners are barbarians which don’t it kind of triggers me.