Reika-sama – 158

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Kaburagi had never eaten handmade sweets.

Even as far back as primary school, he never once touched the food the girls made in class, or the valentines chocolates that they made him.

That same Kaburagi had eaten the handmade biscuits that some School Festival café had made. Not only that but he had gone out of his way to praise the baker, and even gave a rare smile to a girl.

The shock that this gave Zui’ran was worse than even the time when they had come to school together.

Before this, the only exception that Kaburagi had made to date was food that Yurie-sama had made.

A flood of girls had wondered if perhaps the Emperor had changed his position, and frantically brought him food, but as usual he shot them down.

“I don’t eat handmade food.”

‘Then what was eating that biscuit about!?’ was the natural reaction, intensifying the rumours.

Since nobody could actually ask Kaburagi, some of the girls even started relying on fortune tellers.

Thanks to that, Wakaba-chan was under unnecessary scrutiny once again, making enemies of a bunch of girls once again. Nobody was saying it aloud, but you could tell that they were wondering if Kaburagi had… feelings, for her. I wondered that too, but unlike me, the Kaburagi Fans were pressured by it.

Apparently some girls went to the café just to see what those biscuits were all about and left after leaving a slew of insults.

“This isn’t anything special.”

“Don’t get cocky just because he praised these measly biscuits.”

Stuff like that.

I personally thought they were pretty good myself, though…

But well, it’s not like they came there to actually taste them or anything, I suppose.

Anyway, besides the biscuit incident, there was one other little topic people were discussing. It was about how Enjou treated me to a latte art.

“I heard that even though she didn’t have a ticket, Enjou-sama especially made a latte art for Reika-sama!”

“Gosh! So Enjou-sama really does like…!?”

I could hear comments about it here and there.

What a nuisance.

“Something just for Reika-sama! I’m so envious!”

“And it was such a cute rabbit too.”

Even the girls who came with me were causing a fuss.

“It was surely just some whim of Enjou-sama’s,” I insisted.

“That’s not true. This is Enjou-sama’s way of being a gentleman, Reika-sama.”

Gentleman!? This guy was just trying to use me to draw attention away from what Kaburagi did.

And he chose the rabbit because no doubt he heard about Kaburagi’s crackpot Chinese Zodiac theory and picked it to make fun of me.

That was just the kind of guy Enjou was. You could totally tell from the smile.

And even though he was just some amateur, why was it done so well. I was so frustrated that I ignored everyone’s pleas and messed it up with my spoon.

Completing the Chinese Zodiac? How could I possibly have such a dopey ambition!

Honestly… This School Festival was supposed to be fun, but thanks to those two the first day had turned into a fiasco.




On the second day, the School Festival was open to anybody with a ticket.

Umewaka-kun and co. had wanted to come to last year’s too, but I politely turned them down. After all, I was wearing sheep ears, and I didn’t exactly want him to (good intentions or not) spread word of how I looked just like his beloved dog.

This year though, he helped me out with the Bea-tan doll, and he seemed to be really looking forward to it, so I decided to hand them all tickets. And I very, very carefully warned him not to talk about my similarities to Bea-tan.

Besides their entrance tickets, I had given them a bunch of coupons as well, since none of the attractions were taking real money. It was a system where we instead purchased coupons to use in advance. As a form of contribution to the school, each year the Pivoine would buy these coupons in bulk and then distribute them to its members. I pretty much never spent all of mine.

Since Umewaka-kun and the others were coming this year, I ended up dividing the coupons between the five of them.

Although they were overjoyed to be getting them they were worried that I wasn’t getting enough. That was no issue, of course. After all, besides the bunch that the Pivoine bought on their own, the parents of its members bought a bunch of coupons as their own contribution to the school. If coupons were money, I was as good as a millionaire. If you five don’t have enough, you can always come asking for more, you know? Since you’re coming, you may as well enjoy everything you can.



Since it was open to people outside of just our high school section, Day 2 of the School Festival was crowded beyond measure. Even the Xu Fu café was so badly crowded that the orders never seemed to end. Things were really flourishing, weren’t they.

Anyhow, Mao-chan came to visit too, with Ichinokura-san and Yuuri-kun in tow.


“Welcome, Mao-chan. Yuuri-kun. Ichinokura-san.”

Mao-chan was all dressed up, and I noticed that she was wearing the sparkling glass hair ornament that Imari-sama bought her over the summer. Going on a date with her boyfriend while wearing a present from another man! Mao-chan was such a sinful woman!

“Reika-oneesama, you look so cute in that outfit. Doesn’t she, Yuuri? Haruto-ojisama?””


“She really does, Mao. You look great in it, Reika-san.”

“Goodness, thank you all very much.”

Mao-chan, you’re still calling him Ojisama, aren’t you. Did she think of him that way now?

Mao-chan and Yuuri-kun were happily sharing an annin tofu and black sesame pudding between them. How enviable.

“Thanks to you bringing me to Taiwan, I was able to contribute a little to my class’ café this time. Thank you very much, Ichinokura-san.”

“Ah, Taiwan? That brings back memories. Those xiaolongbao were really good, weren’t they. It’s been lonely recently without you two to go eat with.”

“Because you have Erika-san, Haruto-ojisama.”

Mao-chan turned away with a huff. Ichinokura-san smiled, not quite sure what to do.

“Now, now, Mao-chan,” I said, “Is it not about time that you let him off the ojisama punishment? Ichinokura-san seems a little devastated each time you call him that, you know?”

“But…” pouted Mao-chan.

I couldn’t help but smile at how cute she was.



“You actually love your ‘Haruto-niisama’, no?”

“…Fine. I’ll forgive him. Just this once, since Reika-oneesama asked, Haruto-niisama!”

How are you so cute, Mao-chan! Yuuri-kun rubbed her head with praise, while Ichinokura-san seemed awfully moved that his beloved niece was calling him ‘niisama’ again.

“Thank you, Reika-san. I’m really glad I came today.”

“I see. Oh, Mao-chan. How about you come over to my house again? Oniisama said that he wanted to meet you again too.”

“Waah! I want to see Takateru-niisama too! Haruto-niisama, remember how I told you? Takateru-niisama is super dreamy, you know!”

“Ohh, I see…”

Ichinokura-san’s smile turned a little stiff. Ukeke. Ah! Yuuri-kun was frowning again. Oh no. Sorry, Yuuri-kun.

When the three of them were done, Mao-chan told me that they were off to Ririna’s class next. Given that it was Ririna, I could already see her telling everyone about how Mao-chan was like her little sister.




The next to come and visit me was Sakura-chan and Akizawa-kun.

Sakura-chan had told me that she was going to spend the most time around the 1st year attractions, to let everybody know that she existed, as well as scout out her rivals. Despite her deranged intentions, outside she was still the perfect traditional beauty, neat and proper.

“Reika-san, gokigen’yoh.”

“Welcome, Sakura-chan, Akizawa-kun.”

The people who were familiar with him were completely curious about this girl from another school that he brought along. Despite noticing their stares, Sakura-chan pretended that she didn’t and said cutely,

“I wonder what I should pick, Taku.”

I expected no less from her.

“What would you suggest, Reika-san?” she asked.

“Let me see. Since this is a rare occasion, how about something more exotic, like our flowering teas?”

“Flowering teas?”

“Yes, it is a specially arranged tea that blooms like a flower when-”

“Sakurako-saan!” somebody suddenly interrupted.

It was none other than the travelling musician from the West, Dite.

“Sakurako-san! Who would have thought that I would meet you here! Could it be that you came to listen to my violin!?” he asked, afro swaying as he closed in on her.

Since she was sitting on a chair, the only place she could escape to was Akizawa-kun.

“Eh-, Sakura-chan, you know Dite?” I asked.

“…We’ve met a few times at violin recitals,” she whispered, sounding rather chagrined.

Come to think of it, Sakura-chan had been learning violin since she was little, hadn’t she. Who would have thought that she’d know him thanks to that. And from the way Dite was behaving…

Even when the tea arrived, Dite doggedly kept trying to talk to her. Even when I told him that the musician had to go back and perform, he wouldn’t listen. Mmmm… I mean, pretty much anyone would come to the same conclusion as me, right…?

And even though Akizawa-kun was calmly drinking tea at the start, as time went by his mood worsened. Oh? Akizawa-kun was a gentle person, so it was really rare seeing a frown coming from him, you know? And Sakura-chan seemed to notice too.

“Sakura, it’s about time to go, don’t you think?”


He drained the rest of his tea in one gulp and then brusquely left his chair with Sakura-chan in hand.

“Ah! But Sakurako-san and I were still-”

“Kisshouin-san, thank you for the tea. Let’s go, Sakurako.”

“Y-, Yes. Well then, see you, Reika-san.”

And with that, Sakura-chan was dragged out of the store. Oh ho ho? Don’t tell me he was jealous?

And as Sakura-chan left, I glimpsed a wicked smirk on her face.

“Kisshouin-san! Just what kind of relationship do Sakurako-san and that Akizawa-kun have!?”

This time it was me that Dite pestered. I suppose as of right now, more than childhood friends, but less than a couple? But then thanks to Dite, maybe that was going to change.

Wow, you were a complete stalking horse today, weren’t you, Dite. Could it be that Dite was going to join my Forever Alone village?

Please no. If one of our villagers played violin from morning to night, every day…

Dite returned to his stage and put his feelings into his violin.

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100 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 158”

    1. I’m thinking it’s Gunther, the amazing drummer dinosaur that learned to talk to learn magic in Adventure Time situation.

      He keeps everyone annoyed with his drumming in the crown village from “broke his crown”.

      Your understanding will depend on the amount of free time you have.


  1. Sakura-sama, how devious.. XD
    If Dite ever joins the forever alone village, he would probably be sent on exile by the chief – ahem, Reika.

    And Enjou isn’t getting any better in Reika’s eyes, this cunning fox

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  2. Iyaaa, Akizawa-kun’s dere moeness we never knew of has been seen. That was really a rare sight, Oniisamaaaa power is steong on this chapter, more like this chapter talked a little more about boys, how lewd.

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    1. I-I didnt expect that 😂
      Now I understand why the fanart…
      ……wait. They drew Enjou having a heartache…?
      I-I-Is that fan’s imagination or canon (POV in the future please?!)..??!!


  3. Thanks for the chapter, Este-sama! I never knew I missed Reika-sama this much that I dropped everything and just read.

    I am super excited to see Bea-tan in Suiran. I wonder what the school body would think of the cram school group and the cram school group’s reaction to Suiran’s Reika.

    5 zodiac down, 7 to go?

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    1. If you consider that Enjou is The Dragon to Kaburagi’s Big Bad, that’s one more.
      She’s a Stalking Horse, so one more.
      So we have Sheep, Rat, Rabbit, Dog, Dragon, Horse… That’s quite a few done!
      Maybe she can borrow Katarina’s snake?

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        1. I actually considered that, but I thought it might be too mean… Plus, if she heard about it she might come for me, you know? I’m not sure the fourth wall could stop her…
          I’d sleep with my eyes open if I were you.

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        2. Sakura is definitely the snake. Slowly and methodicly hunting her pre- *cough cough* slithering into the embrace of her loved one

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  4. (shipping glasses-OFF) Wait, did Enjou do that on purpose to stem the rumor mills from the onslaught of Bakaburagi and Wakaba gossip? Th-that’s so devious! O.o Or he was just making fun of Bakaburagi’s misunderstaning…or both.

    Look at Mao setting those boundaries ~and with accesseries. Take that, Foodie-ojisama! Yet then there goes Reika, giving a carrot before delivering a stick. XDD But it’s true, no one can beat Oniisama.
    (but too bad Yuuri had to suffer as collateral -_-|||)

    (shipping glasses-ON) Jealous Akizawa? Sakura is making progress!!! Kyaaa!! XDXDXDXD

    Thanks so much for this chapter. These really keep me going!

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  5. Thx for the chapter o/
    The birth of new stalking horse?! forever alone village keeps growing~~
    I am betting next chapter Bakaburagi and Enjou are gonna visit Reika-samas café, meybe with Yurie and co in tow. I can’t wait for the Akizawa group to visit thou ^^

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  6. Everyone’s love life is blooming except Reika. When will be her turn? Cannot wait. Hopefully will be the best love cos save the best for last.

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  7. Weather has been really bad here but anyways thanks for the update Este!!😊

    I loooove how Reika-sama was like handing out the carrot to Ichinokura on a platter when she told Mao-Chan not to call him ojisama anymore and was sooo quick to give out the stick by mentioning the perfect Taketeru Oniisama✨❣️

    So in the end that rabbit latter art has a purpose of mocking her and using Reika-sama as an escape goat 😂😂😂😂 i could already imagine her, destroying that latte art with so much gustó as she twirls her teaspoon 😂 Besides if you think about how wakaba’s place owns a pastry shop, you can’t really say that it’s not done by pros. 🤔

    And that calculative Yamato nadeshiko, Sakura’s ways are leveling up!! 😂😂😂😂😂 all hail Shishō🙇🏻‍♀️ And gyaaaaah I’m dying what’s gonna happen with Doglover and co. *i can strangely see it already…him immediately forgetting his promise not to mention the Rococo queen Andy Beatan’s similarities and is IT ONLY ME WHOS THINKING THAT IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING IF THEY MEET ENJOU AND BAKABURAGI. 👈The inner desire of my heart rn**😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    1. An amazing update when the skies are all gloomy….✨✨✨✨✨again, Thank you soooo much for the update!! Gokurosama desu yo!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙇🏻‍♀️


  8. The ‘Fro and the Yamato Nadeshiko, or not.

    Looks like Reika’s been scarred enough to have a very negative take on the bunny latte.

    I’m eagerly awaiting the culture shock of her cram school classmates.

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  9. Poor Enjou. Pretty sure he did it as talks for Reika taking care of his bother. Well… I don’t feel that bad for him since I am not on his ship.

    The contrast between the treatment of Reika and Wakaba in regards to the top 2 are as amusing as ever. Especially when it happens within paragraphs of each other.

    Really looking forward to Gaudy Piercings appear, though it probably won’t be that big a deal.

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  10. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    Makes me feel refreshed that Akizawa-kun is getting jealous, I want him to suffer!!! lol, That will be quite impossible with how Sakura-chan is ~_~.


    1. Reika’s judgement (narrative) has a bit of loopholes, inaccuracies and not exactly dependable anymore imo.
      Look at how she is really ignorant about the KaburagixReika rumors before

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  11. ‘ Kaburagi’s crackpot zodia theory’ hahaha. I thought it was yukino rabbit. Eh, I think Forever Alone Village is getting a potential new member~. lol


  12. Dite is the natural foil to Sakura chan.. if she ever gets too uppity with you Reika sic Dite on her! she is not able to fend off that forever alone wannabe!

    Say to Sakura you want to hug her or Dite will come hound her .. blackmail vs blackmail who would win!

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  13. Dem coupons…
    Wakaba-san may have the cookies, but Reika’s got the dough!
    Mao-chan has a sunny disposition, but Reika is making it rain!
    Dite is playing the blues, but Reika is spreading the green!
    Enjou made her a bunny? That’s fine, Reika’s got the money!
    … Okay, I’m out of wordplay.


    1. ….*hesitantly whispered* S-Sakura rejoices her progress, as Reika collects a Bard of Distress? …No?

      B-Bakaburagi is obvious, but Wakaba is oblivious!

      Sakura craves the Couple rank-advancement, whilst Reika is wanting for a pension!

      Damn my bad grasp at english *cries

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  14. Why are they making it so complicated for us to understand Enjou’s intentions?! I think Reika might be right ’cause Enjou is indeed a devil and could’ve plotted the whole thing but still I kinda want to think that even if a part of this was due to his sincere feelings of gratitude or whatnot…. then Reika is being too cruel to him like with her tanuki papa nagging. Thanks a million for the chapter!! Lots of relationship progress this chapter, too sad our Reika-sama is too guarded now~

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    1. Just because you’re scheming doesn’t mean you’re also being insincere. That’s part of why Enjou is such a fun character. He really does look after his classmates out of the kindness of his own heart. If twisting a few arms and soliciting favors makes the job easier, then why not?

      If you were to confront him about the latte art, he probably would smile and blandly tell you that he’s repaying Reika for looking after Yukino. As it so happens, this is technically 100% true. It’s just not the whole story.

      Reika might have the right idea. Enjou just might think that starting a fire elsewhere will take some attention off Wakaba. But honestly, I think he just enjoys the attention and likes seeing Reika squirm. “Repaying” Reika is just the boilerplate.

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      1. I saw Enjou as a pragmatic, practical character. Ohh and my psychology-majored friend described him (yes we went into full debates on fictional characters every single moment we were together, it’s a tradition, luv u sai) as the same. She says “Enjou is practical, pragmatic, prudent, diplomatic, and something something i forgot; something along the line of ENTJ (jung’s? I forgot what is it)” lmao sorry. Just wanna share it because it’s so hilarious everytime I think about how a fiction could turn into serious discussion everytime we met.

        I will preach the importance of understanding how Reika’s pov is very unreliable, especially when it is concerning others’ opinions for her…remember how many years before she knew of The Rumors?

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      2. And then there she is, “destroying” his oh so good (probably not quite) intentions with her spoon😂 That’s why we love her anyway so I guess it’s fine😅


  15. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    Yuuri got backstabbed suddenly.. poor yuuri.. he needs some Vitamin Mao to boost him up~


  16. Pfff this Dite fellow. He’s an “interesting” character.

    Thanks for the chapter!

    “Going on a date with her boyfriend whiel wearing a present from another man! Mao-chan was such a sinful woman!”

    “whiel” should be “while”

    Reika comes to some interesting conclusions. Pfff, she’s just a little kid, it’s not like she’d…

    wait.. she already has a boyfriend…

    man, they sure do grow up fast don’t they.

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  17. Ooohhh reika samaaa, btw you really need to step up the game, the other translator has already translated this to chapter 250+


      1. And we are very thankful for the wonderful work you do! Thank you for bringing us great novels which we might otherwise never be able to read.


          1. Just trying to provide a counterpoint (and suck up to translator-sama. Notice me senpai!). This blog has some of the best translation work I’ve ever seen (at least as far as I, who speak no Japanese, Chinese, or Korean can tell) and I hate to see anyone diss it. Besides, competition between translators is generally terrible for the translators’ peace of mind.


            1. I mean, even though the other guy piggybacked off 130 of my chapters or whatever, I’m not really offended by that. I have no doubt he could have gone from the start and taken over me anyhow.

              What is kind of offensive is some dickhead coming in and telling me I have to step up my game when he has no idea how much, or how little, free time I might have in real life.

              That and people repeatedly advertising it HERE.

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            2. A few weeks back I could translate fast because I was on university break. That meant that I was working 40 hours a week, but it was still a lot of free time at home. Now? 20 hours a week but I have to waste my time studying and doing pointless assignments.

              It’s not that I’ve suddenly lost interest in translating or something. Don’t these people think at all before putting their foot in their mouths?


              1. Rude people abound. In any case, I for one am thankful for all you do and hope that this kind of idiocy doesn’t bother you too much. I’ve been through college and it’s a lot of hard work without factoring in that much translation work. You have my sincere admiration.


                1. Oh, I feel better after all that ranting now. People who say you should hold it in and be polite are silly.

                  What do I care what people think if I feel this good? And thanks!

                  I’m still having a hard time figuring out how I want to go about translating this, and I’m still ambivalent about the whole, ‘past tense narration’ – ‘present tense commentary’ that I’ve decided on for now, but hopefully I’ll figure out something soon.

                  Let me know what you think as I go along!

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                  1. I’ve been pretty happy with how things are right now. This is one of me and my friend’s favorite series, and we always spam each other with hype whenever a new chapter is out.
                    And hey, if ranting on your own blog makes you feel good, no one can stop you! Every blog needs a few rants. I think there’s a law about that somewhere.


                    1. I hope you don’t need to do that. It takes time to find good translations, and you would be sorely missed (until I found you again and had no idea it’s the same person)


                    2. I have found that lashing out at people does little to improve my mood, in the long term. That’s just me, though. You do you.


                    3. Pretty much. Would rather leave annoying things behind. I get by with a little help from my friends.


                  2. thnx for the chapter

                    and i understand you im writing my thesis for my master’s degree and working and trying to get the damn thing done as fast ast posible but things not always go as you want, i advice you to relax a little, ignore the people that just want to bother you, and go on with life at your own pace.

                    have a good day


  18. Congrats Sakura-chan on your and Akizawa-kun’s progress! Congrats Reika…for acquiring a new villager? Might want to invest in a pair of earmuffs tho.

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