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(name) - spoken in a flashback
Chapter 228: Story of the Past ~ Ouka's Chapters ~ One
Princess Sakura and Koheita
The true form of Kurei's cursed flame is---
[You have already seen it.]
That flame can change into the form of the person's soul it possesses!!
In Hokage's written history, there is no precedent!
It's called a special type of flame!!
Perhaps...the flame takes the soul of the first soul, despite the many other souls brought within the flame...
Thus, this flame has changed, born into the shape of a young woman!!
...The Hokage ninja destroyed in the 4th year of Tenshou, over 400 years ago. In that time...
The damned madougu Tendoujigoku was sealed, and now Mori Kouran has that strong magic,
Various items from the past, the madougu must be used for fighting.
I understand why two flame masters, why you two were born at that time.
Recca...you must decide!!
Sever yourself from the cursed Hokage fate!!!
Throughout the years, times change...
Old things are discarded as new things are used...
In better times, it is not necessary for the Hokage to continue!
But evil is also born!!
Actions of evil are tragic!!
Nobody can stop it!!
Then there is you!!
Hokage ninja, seventh generation leader, Hanabishi Recca!!!
And...Hokage's last leader!
There won't be an eighth?
There are people I have to fight.
There are those who will fight with me.
There is a person I have to defend!!!
I'll protect her!!
That's the girl you pledged your devotion to?
Recca...I must tell you that girl is related to the Hokage.
When I was human, I met that girl.
I'm not feverish! I'm not feverish!!
Oyaji, that would be a person over 400 years old!! Hime is just 16!!
You haven't heard everything! Idiot!!
[The story you heard from Kagerou was just a part of the whole story!!]
[I would call it..."a turning point".]
...The story from this point on---
Before Recca was born, before Kurei was born
Also before the story of the past about Hokage's ruin
11th year, Eiroku (1568)
The instigator of Hokage's destruction eight years later, Oda Nobunaga of Owari, was Shougun at the time, [???]
The period changed from the Sengoku Jidou (Warring Countries Period) to the Azuchi Momoyama Period (Peaceful something-or-other Period)
The setting, Tenkidouitsu, a distant, small fortress...
Today a messenger has come from Takasugi-dono.
"Princess Sakura, I invite you to Sokushitsu"...
"Give a reply."
This letter was from six days ago.
This is difficult.
Takasugi knows the stronger, larger country wins in battle!!
[For various reasons, this political marriage is a good match!!]
Don't you understand what will happen if you refuse!?
I know there are things to worry about...
Is it proper...
I'm glad you came! What shall we do today?
I've come to look at your countenance...
No more than that.
There are still talks of my marriage with Takasugi-dono?
[No!! Takasugi is the leader of a large country, but he's a lustful belligerent! He seems a suspicious man!!]
I'll commit suicide rather than marrying him!!
The one I love is you...
[I have my feelings...]
The one I want to marry is you...
People...will see us...
In this period
In order for a country to strengthen itself...For a country to protect itself, there were usually political marriages
[Of course, for the royal princess, she did not want to be far from the vassal she loved]
The time was 11th year of Eiroku
Sakura Hime of Shoukokou---
At this time, 16 years old...
Chapter 229: Story of the Past ~ Ouka's Chapters ~ Two
Ouka of Hokage
11th year of Eiroku (1568)
The setting is a small country without a name---
In the home of "Sakura" Hime of Sawaki clan, a talk was taking place...
Shimizu Koheita Takamitsu!
Do you love Sakura?
Heaven forbid!! I understand my position...
Tell the truth.
It is for that purpose I cleared the room.
[I'll tell you what is within my heart, Yakata-sama!]
[It is disgraceful, but I in fact believe Sakura Hime-sama to be my love!]
But I am the vassal to the Sawaki royal family!! [I believe in the family!]
I object to Sakura Hime-sama's marriage to Takasugi!
As for me, Takamitsu---
[I thought it would be good for you to be Sakura's husband.]
[After all, I favored you when you were a boy.]
[But I had difficulties seeing you as the successor when you seemed more like a brother.]
In this warring world, to live peacefully, the political marriage is not necessary for out clan to be larger.
But Takasugi is a problem...
[I have to think of how to get him to withdrawal!]
Takasugi Jyuugorou Masakane
[As the heir of the Takasugi clan's small country, he killed his father, and made the country larger through war]
[When he is interested in a person, his chief vassal gets her as the royal concubine, and later kills her]
Sakura has seemed to have caught his eye...
I have a good plan using another person.
You have connections with "Hokage"?
Ouka-sama---!! There's a messenger from the Sawaki clan!!
Sign: Kagerou (age 14)
It's been a while, Ouka-dono
I, Shimizu Takamitsu, have come from the ruler of Sawaki!
What's the reason for this?
Oh, nothing, Wah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!
It's sweat!! I just now ran eight miles!!
That's just a good way to catch a cold.
Before you talk, quickly put this on!
Sign: Reina (age 15)
You're too generous, Reina!!
You never change, Ouka-dono...
But...that man is also---
A known man of the known ninja clan, leader of "Hokage"!!
Ouka of Hokage!!
I know this man's fierceness well from a pervious favor!
I have something you may enjoy doing!
---You are the head of Hokage, Ouka?!
You heard the story from Takamitsu?
We received a letter saying "Sawaki will be attacked or give me Sakura"
There is a second option! To prevent a decisive battle for Sakura!...That is...
...to possibly kill Takasugi Masakane...
[The enemy is many, but Takasugi can be targeted]
[But taking this job represents this time period]
I am a ninja
I have a request to make of you
I will see if this person is worth serving---
If she is not, I won't take the job
Hime-sama! Sakura Hime-sama!
[Are you a happy beauty?]
...Just now, a guest?
At your will!
[I just came to be with the new princess...]
You hurt yourself...
The scratch...you healed it!?
It's "Healing Power". I was born with the ability.
Why, I don't really know...
I was born with a special power, too!!
Amusing! Interesting!! I want to produce a flame, too~~~!!
...It's rather unreasonable, Hime...
I told you it was an ability, not a technique
Showing her a ninja's power, I was also being unreasonable...
But you can use this...
It's called "Nisebi"
Tell it, "create a flame".
Impossible!! Wasn't that madougu built to be strong!?
What caused it to break!?
[How could she...could it be---]
Due to what I saw earlier---
Her healing power!!?
Hou. Call me Ouka!
Unexpected! Call me Sakura, as well!!
We've shared each other's secrets!
I'll speak plainly, Hime-sama!!
There is one thing...that I wish to hear.
[Right now, this country is preparing for war.]
[It doesn't just mean destruction.]
Many of your people...women...children will die.
This must be entirely avoided. That could mean using a human sacrifice!!
[Either repeated massacre, or you go to that man and be wed to him!!]
Which...do you choose?
There is another choice!!
I will kill Takasugi even if I die!!
Wah-ha-ha-ha-ha!! I like that!! Very amusing!!
Why are you laughing, Ouka!!
The leader of Hokage, Ouka left to report that he would take the job himself
The target for assassination was Takasugi Jyuugorou Masakane---
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