Two Great Men Collide
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Table of Contents
Vol. 30 Two Great Men Collide
Vol. 31 Killing Space
Vol. 32 The Oda Army Prepares for Battle
Vol. 33 The Scramble For Takekurabe in Sakata
Vol. 34 Mere Desire
Vol. 35 The Night Before the Stratagem
Vol. 36 Stratagem
Vol. 37 The Burning of the Odani Castle Town
Vol. 38 The Reinforcements Strategy
Vol. 39 Jirou-saburou Ieyasu
Txt: Akechi Juubei Mitsuhide
Mitsuhide: Good morning, Kinoshita-dono........
Txt: Kinoshita Toukichirou Hideyoshi
HY: Akechi Juubei?... This is like meeting the Buddha in hell.
SG: An..an ally
SG: The sun rises in hell too
Txt: Akechi Juubei Mitsuhide-sama... It might be because of the morning sun, but he's shining like a living Buddha...
Txt: In the major historical documents, Akechi Mitsuhide's name does not appear in connection with the "Retreat from Kanegasaki," but.....
Box: The "Buge Unsen" says: "Nobunaga, aided by Niwa Nagahide, created the following plan: Kinoshita Toukichirou Hideyoshi and Akechi Juubei Mitsuhide, and others, would be left at Kanegasaki Castle.
Txt: Vol. 30 Two Great Men Collide
Box: The Kinoshita Brigade was not the only unit guarding the retreat from Kanegasaki. Akechi Mitsuhide's brigade had also been fighting all the way through a blazingly violent retreat.
Txt: The encouraging appearance of an allied army—Yet, suspicion showed on the faces of a few as they beheld this meeting of two great men.
Note: "Buge Unsen": A collection of letters written from Isshiki Fujinaga, a general from Tango (northern section of Kyoto) to Hatano Hideharu a noble living in Tanba (middle section of Kyoto) (Translator's note: The name translates to something like Epistles of a Samurai)
Hori: We're joining forces, but the Akechi Brigade's way of fighting is totally different. Which one of them will be the commander? ...
Txt: Hori Kyuutarou Hidemasa
Txt: Kani Saizou Yoshinaga
Kani: So the monkey and the dog of the Oda clan have bumped into each other in hell?
(Translator's note: In Japanese culture, monkeys and dogs are said to be enemies, like cats and dogs in English-speaking countries)
Sakai: Just please let there not be trouble....
Txt: Sakai Kyuuzou
Txt: Kinoshita Koichirou Hidenaga
Cut-and-pasted panel: HY: He works harder than me, he's cleverer than me, and he even makes our lord laugh...
Txt: Kinoshita Toukichirou Hideyoshi
HY: Really I can't stand that Akechi bastard
Koichi: He is the only one who can laugh with Lord Nobunaga, that's how well their sensibilities match...
Txt: Kinoshita Koichirou Hidenaga
Txt: Akechi Juubei Mitsuhide, come to think of it, is of a lineage which traces its roots to the Toki Minamoto clan, which formerly ruled the province of Mino. He was also a retainer of the Ashikaga Shogunate.
Txt: If times had not changed, he would be like someone above the clouds to our Kinoshita Brigade..... However, he became a wanderer, and now is a newcomer to the Oda clan.
Txt: On the other hand, my older brother Toukichirou was originally a nameless commoner.... But Nobunaga-sama discovered him, in the midst of the mud, and now he has crawled up to here....
Txt: And in comparison to the newcomer Akechi-dono, my elder brother has served as an officer in this army for fifteen years. Now he has a higher position than Akechi-dono.
Txt: In the end, who will take command of this army?
?: Anyway, even though they've come through hell, the Akechi brigade looks pretty clean...
?: They're looking down on our Kinoshita Brigade.
?: Did those guys get the easy part, while we got stuck holding the bag?
SG: How the heck does the Akechi Brigade fight?
Txt: Miyake Kura-no-suke Hidesuke
Miyake: Ex...excuse me
Miyake: My.....lord..... I apologize....
MH: Take off his armor!
?: Wh..what's that?
?: Miyake-dono of the Akechi Brigade is still standing after being shot that much?
Sakai: My wounds are nothing compared to that!
SG: Quick.... get him some help!
Miyake: Pl...please kill me..... I....can... no longer walk
Miyake: Rather than being a burden, I wish to sustain you, Mitsuhide-sama...
Miyake: Then, my lord... our Akechi clan... please let it shine once again....
MH: Now, everyone make merry. Taste the blood. Inscribe it onto yourselves.
MH: His blood shall give us the strength to live on in hell.
HY: Mitsuhide..... He was one of your retainers, so I'm not grumbling, but isn't that a bit much....
MH: This person has served the Akechi clan since the time of my father.... When I became a wanderer, he walked with me....
MH: When there are wounded, then it becomes necessary for others to carry them. Then, the wounded can aid the entire brigade through their own deaths.... That is how we have survived.
MH: It is different from how the Kinoshita Brigade has survived.
HY: Cause of that, the Akechi Brigade is few in number, but they're brimming with energy...
Sakai: If...if we go with these guys, then I'll be killed!
?: The Akechi brigade is scary
HY: Somehow, it looks like I can't take command... It may be better to act separately from the Akechi Brigade..
HY: But if we don't merge here, then neither of us will survive... Mitsuhide should know this too. So it's a question of saving face. What we need is an opportunity to...
SG: Wh..what should I do?
SG: We've found allies in hell
SG: But... I have no idea whether Akechi-sama's way of doing things is right or not...
SG: Somehow we've got to be able to join forces....
HY: What're you doing?!
SG: Even when I think it over in my head, I don't know which way is the right one.
SG: So I'm going to try doing it Akechi-sama's way as much as I can.
Txt: That's...that's it! First you lower guys are showing you're ready to fight along with the Akechi Brigade!!
MH: Hah hah
MH: Looks like there's someone lacking brains here....
MH: These foolish ways of acting....
MH: Are they a declaration of your will to fight alongside us?
MH: Or is this stupid behavior the reason this many of the Kinoshita Brigade have survived?
MH: Though your bodies have weakened, they're full of spirit.
MH: It's really illogical—However, the fact is, you've got a stronger will to live than we...
Txt: Hmph..... So you're also a performer, Mitsuhide..
HY: ...of course...
HY: I'll have you work under my command, Mitsuhide
MH: As you say, Kinoshita-dono
Txt: Fifth day of the retreat
Kinoshita Rear Guard: 450
Akechi Rear Guard: 60
Here they merge
Kinoshita-Akechi Merged Unit: 510 in all!
MH: Well then
MH: To start things off, please watch how we fight.
MH: Our tactic, the "Killing Space" wreaks total destruction on the enemy.
MH: This is the Akechi clan's sure-kill tactic.
HY: What's that... this "Killing Space"?...
MH: Ha ha ha. You can see it for yourself in the next battle.
MH: First we need someone to act as a decoy.
MH: Wasn't there that young warrior lacking in brains earlier?
MH: Before you said that you would try to do things our way, as much as possible.
MH: Will you play the role in battle that he did?
Txt: The role of a corpse?.....
HY: A decoy...what...
SG: I believe.... I believe in the light I saw in Akechi-sama
SG: I'll do it!