Special : Hijikata Toshizou Hen Part 2
I labelled it wrong and this is actually part 2 of Hijikata's story, not Heisuke's story. Sorry for my silly mistake. >_<
Kondou: What's going on?!
Hijikata: We’re surrounded by the new government army!
Box: Hijikata and the others are surrounded by enemies!
Hijikata: There are two or three hundred of them… // We could do something if there weren’t hundreds of them.
Text 1: A bloodstained mark remains.
Text 2: In that mark
Text 3: is a handful of memories.
Hijikata: Tch… // Anyway, I’ll hold them back! // You two leave through the back entrance and meet up with the troops in Ichigawa right away!
Chizuru: No…that’s impossible alone!
Hijikata: I won’t know if I don’t try! // We can’t let all of us get caught here.
Kondou: Toshi // I’ll go to their stronghold.
Kondou: Of course, I won’t say that I’m Kondou from the Shinsengumi. / I’ll pretend to be someone else, it’ll buy some time for you guys to run away easily.
Hijikata: What are you saying?!
Hijikata: You’ll be found out right away!
Kondou: Even if I’m found out, I’ve been given the rank of daimyo by my superiors, so I won’t be refused like that.
Hijikata: That’s worth nothing to them! // Hey… / You’re joking, right? Kondou-san // Do you think we’d let you go knowing you’d be killed?
Kondou: Sorry, Toshi… // But I’ve already decided.
Chizuru: This is the first time I’ve seen them like this… // But why, Kondou-san?
Text: Surrendering now would be like going to be killed…
Hijikata: Don’t… // be ridiculous! // The Shinsengumi is nothing without its general! / You’ll come with us, even if it means dragging you!
Kondou: In that case, it’s an order. // Vice Captain Hijikata // Take Yukimura-kun and meet up with the troops in Ichigawa!
Hijikata: You’re… // giving me an order?
Kondou: The chief’s order is absolute. // Isn’t that right, Toshi? // Hey, Toshi… // Isn’t it about time you relaxed? // You’ve had a fierce look in your eyes, supporting me…the Shinsengumi and you’re all worn out… // It honestly hurts me to see you that way.
Kondou: I’m not a man you need to make that much effort for…
Hijikata: No! // I don’t care about that. // It’s because…I thought both of us would be happy. / That’s all it was…
Kondou: Yes… // I completely understand. // But that’s enough. // That’s enough, Toshi. // I’m really sorry for everything until now.
Kondou: And… // Thank you.
Text 1: Then…
Text 2: We left Kondou-san behind and broke free from the enemy’s siege.
Box 1: As the other soldiers left Kanekotei, / I could only think “Isn’t there a better way?”
Box 2: However, Hijikata-san kept going forward.
Text: It was as if he was severing his doubts.
Hijikata: Hey! / Are you okay? // Pull yourself together! Can you stand?
Chizuru: Yes, I’m okay. // Anyway, let’s hurry on ahead. // For Kondou-san too, he went to the trouble of helping us escape… / Ah…
Hijikata: Let’s go!
Hijikata: This is… // for Kondou-san? // Then what were the things I did before? // Greater than any military commander he respects… / I believed we could be like that if we were together…
Hijikata: Then why did I // hand him over to the enemy?! // I left Kondou-san behind and only saved you! // Isn’t that just the same as what the Tokugawa lords have done to us?!
Hijikata: That’s not what a courageous warrior does! / I’m just a coward!
Chizuuru: Kondou-san said this… // When I told him “It’ll be okay if we leave it to Hijikata-san”, // he told me that was cruel… // I think he did that because he thinks you’re important! // It definitely doesn’t mean this was anyone’s fault!
Text 1: Listen…
Hijikata: If that’s the case… // Now that the Shinsengumi’s Isami Kondou isn’t here, how should I live? // Pushing him to the top was my reason for living. // If he’s not here, // aren’t I just an empty shell?!
Text 2: No!
Text 3: You’re still alive, you see.
Text 4: I’m sure the Shinsengumi can continue as long as Hijikata-san is here!
Text 1: But…
Text 2: Whatever I say probably won’t get through to him…
Text 3: If Hijikata-san could turn around, then I’m sure…
Hijikata: Jeez… // Kondou-san / You’re always getting me into dangerous situations. // I’m not a jack-of-all-trades…
Box 1: Then…
Box 2: We met up with the troops in Ichigawa and headed to Edo at once.
Box 3: In Edo, Hijikata-san appealed for Kondou-san’s life to be spared, but the former Shogunate were slow to respond.
Box 4: On the other hand, even Edo Castle had been surrendered to the new government.
Box 5: Even though the Tokugawa Shogunate has collapsed, the former Shogunate army have not given up.
Box 6: Whilst we were on our way to Aizu after meeting the Denshuutai, Utsunomiya Castle was attacked.
[TN: Denshuutai - a group of elite soldiers belonging to the Tokugawa Shogunate.]
Box 7: Hijikata-san, a member of the advance guard, fought like a demon god.
Box 8: When it was thought to be only a matter of time before the castle fell…
Chikage: Ah… // You’re finally here. // I’ve been waiting for you, Hijikata!
Chizuru: Chikage Kazama! / What’s he doing here?!
Hijikata: Well, well… / I can’t say that I wanted to see you…you lazy demon!
Chikage: You’re all talk! // I’ll have revenge for the way you disgraced me right here!
Hijikata: You seem to want to experience pain again! // As you wish, I’ll cut you to pieces! // Tch…!
Chikage: What’s the matter? / Is that all you’ve got? // Ah… / Your powers are weakened during the day, aren’t they?
Chikage: How pathetic! / This is all a fake could do to begin with!
Text: His wounds aren’t healing?!
Chikage: Hahaha! // How does it feel to taste the treasured blade of the Kazama family? // “Doujikiri Yasutsuna” is a legendary blade that is said to have killed the demon “Shuten Douji”. // A sword used to kill a real demon is definitely sharp enough to kill a fake!
Chikage: The look on your face is amazing… // But it’s not enough! // Cry out! / Beg for your life!
Text 1: No…Hijikata-san!
Text 2: Hijikata-san is going to die!
Soldiers: It’s a fire! // The government forces have set fire to the inside of the castle! // Run!
[sfx] huff [x2]
Chikage: Tch… / It’ll be meaningless if the escape route is cut off. // I’ve got no choice…I’ll leave this fight. / Be prepared to lose your head at any time!
[sfx] huff [x3]
Chizuru: Hijikata-san! // Hijikata-san!
Text 1: Before long,
Text 2: Utsunomiya Castle fell as a result of Hijikata-san’s furious efforts.
Box: However, four days later, / a 20,000 strong reinforcement army arrived and the castle was taken back in the blink of an eye.
Text 1: While the former Shogunate were targeting Aizu,
Text 2: Hijikata-san, who had been heavily wounded, was recovering in Nikko.
Chizuru: Hijikata-san / It’s time to change your bandages… // Ah! / What are you doing?!
Hijikata: I’ll be done writing soon!
Chizuru: No! // You only just managed to get up and you’re already overdoing it!
Hijikata: It’s okay, this is just a scratch.
Chizuru: How is that just a scratch?!
Hijikata: Alright, I get it! // Jeez…!
Chizuru: Everyone’s waiting for Hijikata-san to get back. // Me too, of course… // Anyway… / When you’re done writing that document, rest right away! // Even a little cold will affect an injury.
Hijikata: I’m sorry…
Hijikata: When I think about it, I’ve caused you quite a lot of trouble.
Hijikata: But you always stay by my side. // I’m grateful for that… // Thank you.
Hijikata: Hmm? / What’s wrong? // Is there something on my face?
Chizuru: No! [It’s not like that!]
Text 1: I feel so happy.
Text 2: Just by hearing those words!
Chizuru: Hijikata-san / I don’t need anything else. // Just being by your side…
Box 1: Hijikata-san recovered and joined Saitou-san at Aizu, where they suffered an overwhelming defeat.
Box 2: Saitou-san said he wanted to see Aizu’s fate, so we parted ways.
Box 3: Then,
Box 4: We were informed that Okita-san had died and Kondou-san had been executed…
Box 5: At Sendai, even further north, / what awaited us was a sorrowful parting with Sannan-san and Heisuke-kun, who had become Rasetsu.
Text 1: However, unlike before, there was no hesitation in Hijikata-san’s eyes.
Box 1: The life and feelings entrusted to me…
Text 2: He only looked straight ahead.
Text 3: What he carried on his back was not sadness, but everyone’s feelings.
Text 4: The Shinsengumi would continue existing with him…
Box 2: End