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Box: A few hours earlier
Ninja: It appears that someone is spreading sleeping gas throughout the school.
Ninja: Please take this medicine right away.
Hiromu: ...Shiina's doing, huh.
Ninja: Utsuki-dono was already put to sleep on the rooftop, though...
Hiromu: That's fine.
Hiromu: Even if she woke up, this would only be hard on her.
(Shiwasu): I think you're afraid of Shiina Haruhiko.
Hiromu: What is Shiwasu talking about?
Hiromu: Just what about that guy would I have to be af...
Hiromu: I see... so that's what you meant, huh...
Hiromu: It all makes perfect sense, now...
Hiromu: Ninjas specialize in manipulating information... how could I not have realized it before?!
(Hiromu): No... I might have been vaguely aware of it...
Hiromu: That damn Shiwasu...
Hiromu: Devote half our manpower to
Hiromu: Completely blockading the perimeter of the school! Make it so Shiina can't possibly get away!
Hiromu: I'm afraid of Shiina?
Hiromu: Not even close, Shiwasu!
Hiromu: Rather, this is a chance I've only ever dreamed about!!
Box: Chapter 24: You will always regret it
(Yayoi): Juunigesshu ninja arts
Mina: I'll bring down
Mina: this muscle-head just like I did last time!!
Retsu: Long time no see, Minazuki!
Retsu: Why are you with a guy like that again...
Retsu: He's a Shidou, y'know?!
Retsu: Weren't you devoted to your principles?
Mina: Haz... no, Retsu, huh...
Mina: It's only natural that influence lies with those who have power!!
Retsu: Well, if you're satisfied with that, then so be it.
Retsu: I definitely won't lose!!
Mina: Is that really something that someone of your ability should be saying?
Hiromu: Looks like you've gotten somewhat stronger.
(black sfx): Clack
Satsuki: Fuo fuo fuo.
Satsuki: So close.
Hiromu: This is not a war you can win by just growing a little stronger.
Retsu: What insane numbers!!
Rin: Oh my, you're only worried about the numbers?
(Rin): Anma Ninjutsu
(roughly: Demon Massage Technique, Night-Blooming Cereus)
Rin: Motivation's at an all-time high, too~♡
Yayoi: Here they come!! Brace yourselves and stay focused!
Hiromu: Don't get careless, now.
Hiromu: Were more likely to let our guard down by mistake, since we have the upper hand.
Yayoi: You idiot!!
Yayoi: I told
you to focus, Shiina Haruhiko!
Yayoi: All the pieces are right here, right now, so this is where the master of Tsuki no Sato will be decided.
Yayoi: If we lose, it's all over!!
Yayoi: It doesn't really matter to me, but...
Yayoi: You've really worked hard for this day, right?!
Yayoi: You only have one opponent...
Yayoi: You just stand there unperturbed and wait, like he is.
Yayoi: I'll create a pathway for you.
Retsu: Oh man, you're really confessing at a time like this?
Naga: Love is strictly prohibited in the Juunigesshu, you know?!
Naga: I mean, even I'm...!!
Yayoi: That's not it at all!!
Fumi: What was it you were planning to do in this battle?
Fumi: You think a damn greenhorn like you can do anything?
Fumi: Don't get so full of yourself!!
Fumi: Take this!!
(Fumi): Juunigesshuu Ninja Arts
Mutsuki: Do you really think someone who wears pants like those, shouts, and is all about appearances,
Mutsuki: would be able to perform Mubyoushi, Fumizuki?
Ninja: Mutsuki's... on Shiina's side?!
Ninja: Why is the Juunigesshu's strongest shinobi siding with him?!
???: Don't lose your heads.
???: You guys are disgraceful!
Kan: It's more like "former" strongest, right?
Kami: His strength's just like Cinderella~
Kami: Time's already up.
Kami: Say your prayers!!
Kan: Get that bloody arse of yours cured already!!
Mutsuki: Don't get the wrong idea, you brats.
Mutsuki: There's a reason why
Mutsuki: I'm on my knees.
(Mutsuki): Full recovery!!!
Ninja: Mutsuki and Shimotsuki...!! What a monstrous tag-team!!
Mutsuki: I remember those eyes.
Mutsuki: So you're the assassin from back then...
Shizuka: Come to think of it, I haven't gotten to fight you yet, now have I.
Mutsuki: Does a woman who lost to Utsuki
Mutsuki: truly believe she can win against me?
Shizuka: Keep the past and present separate, won't you?
Shizuka: those are certainly some big words, coming from someone who the Shidou Financial Group threw out with the trash.
Mutsuki: On that topic...
Mutsuki: why are the Shidou once again
involved in this conflict?
Shiwasu: What a
Shiwasu: twist of fate this is...
Shiwasu: The previous winner... was a man who went by the name "Shidou."
Shiwasu: He was an elusive man of few words, but
Shiwasu: he had quite the greedy mentality and a strange sort of charisma.
Shiwasu: Placing our trust in such a man, we made this town grow...
Shiwasu: We believed we had found the best possible master.
Shiwasu: However, we of Tsuki no Sato were the only ones who thought as such.
(???): I have no need for a system that remains shackled to old traditions.
(???): Get rid of them.
Shiwasu: More than half of the Tsuki no Sato shinobi were killed, and the rest driven out of the town...
Shiwasu: Gradually, they rebuilt and once again began the search for a master, but
Shiwasu: the remaining candidates were of his bloodline.
Shiwasu: I wonder if those two have realized it yet.
Hiromu: I once had an older twin brother.
Hiromu: I really looked up to him.
Hiromu: No matter who he was up against, he wouldn't cower or draw back... I can vouch for that.
Hiromu: I was proud to have a brother like that,
Hiromu: for the longest time, I'd believed he was dead.
Haru: ...I'm sorry.
Hiromu: You're sorry?
Hiromu: That's it?
Hiromu: Because you disappeared, that person
put me through the strict training expected of a Shidou!!
Hiromu: You think those two words are enough?!
Hiromu: What were you doing?!
Hiromu: You just forgot about us and were living a normal, carefree life, right?!
Hiromu: Am I wrong?!
Hiromu: But I'm not particularly bitter about it.
Hiromu: Rather, now I'm grateful!!
(Hiromu): Could I have your name...
(???): These two will serve as your personal bodyguards.
(???): Shizuka and
(???): Hiromu, you'll be placed under Shizuka's protection.
(Hiromu): I was still very young and had neither the right nor the courage to object.
(Hiromu): I'd thought I would never see her again...
Hiromu: I'd thought
Hiromu: that Utsuki was seeing the shadow of my dead brother in you...
Hiromu: But that wasn't it! You hadn't died, you'd just become someone else!!
Hiromu: You have my thanks.
Hiromu: This will settle everything!!
Hiromu: I won't be going easy on you anymore!
Mutsuki: Don't lose your head,
Mutsuki: We're already doing what we can.
Mutsuki: You've done what you could for him.
Mutsuki: Just concentrate on the enemy in front of you now.
Mutsuki: What's the matter? Weren't you going to come at me again?
Mutsuki: The longer you wait, the better my physical condition will become, you know.
(Utsuki): The sleepiness has worn off, but... my body... won't move...!!
Hiromu: A substitution technique, huh.
Hiromu: So you've come far enough in half a year to pull this off...
Hiromu: I keep telling you, though.
Hiromu: There's no way you can win against me.
(Haru): He's fast!!
Hiromu: I'll say this first, but
Hiromu: you don't have the right to be chosen by Utsuki.
Hiromu: You will always regret running away
Hiromu: from the Shidou name.
Mutsuki: The frightening thing about Shiina Haruhiko
Mutsuki: is how he never backs down.
Mutsuki: If he has a reason to succeed,
Mutsuki: that is...
Shizuka: Do you really think... he can win on emotion alone?!
Mutsuki: Do I look like such a romantic to you?
Mutsuki: I'm simply speaking logically.
Mutsuki: Don't you know?
Mutsuki: He's the man who
Mutsuki: single-handedly mobilized all the shinobi of Tsuki no Sato 7 years ago.
Mutsuki: Even I only realized it recently, but...
Mutsuki: I don't think he'll lose to a rich young master who's only
Mutsuki: done what he's been told.
(Haru): My vision's... hazy.
(Haru): No! I can't black out...
sfx bubble: Huff
sfx bubble: Huff
(Haru): Power, speed... any way you cut it, I can't beat Hiromu-kun in either of them...
(Haru): What can I best him in?
(Haru): What can I...
(Mutsuki): You must be able to move your feet quickly, or using Mubyoushi will be out of the question.
(Mutsuki): Try starting with stealthy footsteps.
sfx bubble: Clench
(Mutsuki): You've become able to do it to an extent, but...
(Mutsuki): not all that well. If you were to use Mubyoushi the way you are now...
(Mutsuki): It would have an irrepairable effect on your body.
Utsuki: We're finally reaching the conclusion!