PART 21: The Story of the Kuroda Family Edit
PART 21: The Story of the Kuroda Family (黒田家の話)
You're drinking again. If it weren't for master's orders, I would slay you right here and now.
Talk about lowly swords getting conceited by riding on their master's coattails. 1
We share the same master now, don't forget that.
: Nihongou used to be an Imperial Treasure that held senior court rank, however during their time in the Kuroda family, Nihongou's master was a retainer to Heshikiri's master, so their standings were reversed. Here, Nihongou is provoking Heshikiri by implying that Heshikiri is looking down on him since his master has a higher standing.
PART 22: The Story of the Kuroda Family - Aftermath Edit
PART 22: The Story of the Kuroda Family - Aftermath (黒田家の話・その後)
*Grunt* Drink on~ drink on~ 1
Man, you're depressing as always. ...You're always going on about Ufu-sama, why don't you talk about the Kuroda family? 2
I don't want to talk about that.
I see. Well that's fine and all. Sometimes, when I look at you I get an urge to snap you in two. You see, I have an obligation to the Kuroda family.
...Nagamasa-sama was a good lord. If an afterlife existed for Tsukumogami, I would have gone with him. However it's not possible. Compared to humans, we remain much longer in this world. That's why I chose to forget. 3
He truly was a good person... but our current master is the most important! You'd better keep that in mind!
: Nihongou is singing the folk song Kuroda Bushi (黒田節) in which the first verse tells the story of how the Kuroda family obtained Nihongou from a drinking bet.
↑ 1 : Ufu-sama (右府さま) here refers to Oda Nobunaga (織田信長). Literally meaning Minister of the Right, Nobunaga was often referred to by his title after he assumed the position.
: Refers to Kuroda Nagamasa (黒田長政). There are several theories of how Heshikiri landed in the Kuroda family, the most widely known one being Oda Nobunaga had gifted the sword to Kuroda Kanbei (黒田官兵衛) who later on passed it to his son, Nagamasa.
PART 23: Fortunate Swords Edit
PART 23: Fortunate Swords (幸運の刀)
Alright, I'll bring good fortune today as well!
If by fortune you mean not dying, it's pretty likely you will.
Um, did I say something wrong...
It's nothing. I was just thinking that humans are always looking out for their own interests.
That is good. If they don't look out for themselves, humans will instantly die.
PART 24: The Treasured Swords of the Minamoto Clan Edit
PART 24: The Treasured Swords of the Minamoto Clan (源氏の宝剣)
The Minamoto clan was an Imperial household to begin with. But why did they plot a war against the Imperial Court, I wonder?
It's just like you said, elder brother. But since there was infighting even within the Minamoto clan itself, it isn't entirely impossible.
How we should conduct ourselves as Minamoto's treasured swords would be quite tricky.
In the first place, even if you're a Minamoto, depending on which branch you hailed from, people would treat you as different as night and day...
Ah, I guess such trifles don't really matter. Let's not be nitpicky. All hail the Minamoto clan!
PART 25: Grief and Consolation Edit
PART 25: Grief and Consolation (悲しみと、なぐさめ)
Calm down. We're no longer able to do anything for him.
You! You don't care about what happens to Nobunaga-sama...!
I don't. Unlike you, I was thrown away. I only think he got what he deserved.
...I'm an idiot, thinking I could talk to you...
From our perspective, human lives are only but an instant in the passage of history. All who are born will die someday. Oda Nobunaga was no exception.
...Maybe you should've always stayed there, at Nobunaga-sama's side.
Haha! Never again. My only Master is our current Master.
PART 26: The Monk and the Ascetic Edit
PART 26: The Monk and the Ascetic (僧と山伏)
Kakaka! There's another fellow who has the same appearance as I.
Are you saying you can understand me just from my appearance?
Your profession, whether you are rich or poor, what your goals are. I can understand many things.
I see. You can look at things from that viewpoint, too.
Kakaka, the way of the Buddha is not only one. Even if your eyes are open, you can decide for yourself.
Thank you for your teachings.
PART 27: To Sekigahara... Edit
PART 27: To Sekigahara... (関ヶ原へは・・・・・)
The decisive Sekigahara ! Isn't this great! 1
Well, we weren't on either side.
Your previous master who also got involved in other people's fights was though.
I guess. So, what about Sekigahara?
Ah--. Well, it's famous, right?
: In addition to being the name of the battlefield, 'Sekigahara' has a secondary meaning of 'decisive battle'. This was where Tokugawa Ieyasu's Eastern Army defeated Toyotomi Hideyori's Western Army and gained control over Japan, beginning the Tokugawa shogunate.
PART 28: Spiritual Defense of The Shogunate Edit
PART 28: Spiritual Defense of The Shogunate (幕府の霊的な守り)
The spiritual defense of the shogunate...
...Is our responsibility.
...That is if we want to destroy this era.
If we had been more spiritually powerful...
Perhaps the Edo Shogunate would've continued, huh.
PART 29: The Replicas' Sorrow Edit
PART 29: The Replicas's Sorrow (写しの悲哀)
Isn't it okay to be a copy?
It doesn't matter if you begin as a copy. What matters is afterwards... The story that serves as the evidence of your life.
You need to make your own story.
PART 30: The Story of the Maeda Family Edit
PART 30: The Story of the Maeda Family (前田家の話)
How did you like being with the Maeda clan?
...Well, it was peaceful. If you didn't include the trivial things.
I see. One's health is a priority. The same goes for Oodenta-san!
...Haha. Yes. The same is even more true for living.