Reika-sama – 210

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Yang Yuhuan , often known as Yang Guifei (literally: “Imperial Consort Yang”), was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. Yang was known for having a full and voluptuous figure, which was a much sought-after quality at the time. She was often compared and contrasted with Empress Zhao Feiyan, the wife of Emperor Cheng of Han, because Yang was known for her full build while Empress Zhao was slender.

Lychee was a favorite fruit for Yang Guifei, and the emperor had the fruit, which was only grown in southern China, delivered by the imperial courier’s fast horses, whose riders would take shifts day and night in a Pony Express-like manner, to the capital.

Also Aoyama is a rich people place.


The new middle school 1st years had their first tea party with us today.

As the president, Kaburagi gave a brief greeting, before the new faces began introducing themselves.

After that we all just had desserts while chatting about our spring breaks.

Speaking of the dessert, it was ispahan macarons today.

The ispahan macaron is a mix of rose cream, lychee, and fresh raspberries sandwiched between two macaron shells, created by Pierre Hermé, a patissier reknowned around the world.

The rose, and raspberry, and lychees came together like the dreams of a maiden made manifest.

It was one of my favourite desserts.

Aah! It was so precious and cute that I could hardly bear to eat it.

Truly, a dessert fit for I, the Rococo Queen!

Mmhu!

I was sitting in my usual seat on my own and enjoying the dessert.

Of course, that was when my unworthy new disciple traipsed along.

“I’ll report what happened first.”

Not even a ‘hello’?

Well whatever.

Hm!?

Oi, disciple, you’re going to sit next to your master without invitation?

What is the meaning of this?!

“Coro was a girl.”

I know.

Aah~

The tartness of these raspberries was to die for.

And they looked as lovely as they tasted.

Rapsberries were the best.

“Oi, are you listening?”

“I certainly am. Please continue at your leisure.”

And lychees brought to mind Yang Guifei, didn’t they~?

I didn’t think I liked them as much as she did though.

She liked them enough to have them brought over the Silk Road, after all~

If I was Yang Guifei, I wonder which food would be my equivalent to lychees.

“I mentioned her friend Gorou-chan to her, just like you said. She laughed and said that it was Coro-chan, not Gorou-chan.”

I think I like cherries.

I wish it was cherry season already.

“She’s a girl, and Coro is her nickname. What a false alarm.”

But when you’re eating cherries, it’s a bit scary, isn’t it?

There’s that old wives’ tale about swallowing seeds and appendicitis.

I know it’s fake, but it’s still a bit nervewracking, isn’t it~

“Oi.”

“I am listening. She is a girl, and Coro is her nickname, you said. And then?”

Kaburagi looked at me in dissatisfaction for a while, but he said “Just listen,” in defeat and continued.

“On the last day of spring break, I invited Takamichi to the library.”

“I see.”

I discreetly surveyed the room.

Somebody was playing the piano right now, and nobody was in our immediate surroundings.

Given how quiet he was being, I probably didn’t need to worry.

“Apparently she’d been going there to study almost every day of the holiday. Since that was the case, I casually suggested we go together.”

“Well good for you, then.”

“It was, up til that point.”

Kaburagi’s expression turned bitter from reminiscence.

“When we arrived at the library that she recommended, of all people Mizusaki was there!”

“Mizusaki-kun!?” I exclaimed.

“Yeah. He was surprised to see us too. But it turns out that he was the one who told her about the place to begin with. And that’s not all! Apparently the two of them had already studied together a bunch of times!”

“Aahh~”

Wakaba-chan did mention something like that.

“Well what happened then?” I asked.

“The three of us studied together. Aside from a short break at the café there, the rest was just studying. That wasn’t a date; that was a study group!”

“My~”

“To be honest I was planning on inviting her to dinner after that, but when it was closing time for the library she said she had to help out around the house and that was it. I didn’t even have a chance to ask her.”

“Dinner, is it? Did you not arrange it with her beforehand?”

“Yeah, I guess I didn’t.”

What on earth was he doing?

“I mentioned last time that you should be asking her what her plans are first. Where were you planning on taking her, anyhow?”

“A French place in Aoyama.”

“Are you a dumbass!?”

“Aah!?”

Oh!

I accidentally voiced what I was thinking.

“You. Just now you called me a dumbass, didn’t you?” he accused me angrily.

Oh dear…

“Heavens, no! I asked if it was Le Café Dumas. You must have misheard me,” I insisted.

He was still looking at me in suspicion, so I continued the conversation to distract him.

“You know, Kaburagi-sama, if you suddenly invite a girl to dinner at a French restaurant then she is more likely to be troubled than glad.”

“How come?” he asked, clueless.

This guy really was a dumbass…

“Some casual restaurant would be a different story. But a French restaurant, especially a high class one at Aoyama? Suddenly bringing her along in whatever she’s wearing is basically a form of torture. A girl wants to look her best when she visits a place like that!”

Looking fashionable is a girl’s weapon and armour, you know!

And choosing her outfit in anticipation is just part of the enjoyment.

To be taken there in your casual clothes…

And worse than just lunch, it was dinner.

Looking at all the gorgeously dressed adults around you, and then looking back at yourself.

Would any girl want to stay there?

“It’s not a place with a dress code, you know. I go there in casual dress all the time.”

Your casual clothes blow the casual clothes of a normal high school girl out of the water, you know!

Plus, even if someone like Kaburagi wore rougher clothing, the natural grace would still shine through.

Far from being criticised, girls would squeal over how unpretentious and dreamy he was.

An Emperor like him couldn’t understand the feelings of a commoner.

“You really do not understand…” I sighed.

Kaburagi was peeved.

“What don’t I understand?” he demanded.

“Anything…”

For the sake of Wakaba-chan, I realised I’d have to give it to him straight.

“The way you are going about it is just going to cause her trouble! You have neglected a number of things to begin with. That you need to set a time and date with her beforehand. That you need to explain to her what exactly you even plan to be doing. That you need to respect that she has her own life and schedule. If that is not clear enough, then for example, you should have invited her to a place she would normally visit on her own if you were planning on casually inviting her. If you really wanted to bring her to a fancy French restaurant, then at least let her know in advance!”

Kaburagi stared at me wide-eyed.

I was familiar with what Wakaba-chan liked to wear.

Her casual outfits were cute, normal clothing that you’d find with any regular high school girl.

If she was heading to a library a bit further away, then maybe something just a little more stylish.

Being suddenly dragged to a French restaurant while she still had her bag full of textbooks would just trouble her.

Kaburagi sunk into thought.

He stood there, looking like he was solving a difficult problem for a while, but eventually he nodded.

“I get it. From now on I’ll do my best to accomodate for her.”

Oh!

He gave in!

Was this the power of love!?

*

*

*

“Kisshouin, what is love?” he whispered to me.

It was the next day, and we had just happened to pass each other in the hallway.

“Hah?”

“What is love, Kisshouin?”

What was this guy on about?

‘What is love’?

Was this some koan now?

Love, love…

Oh. Right…

“A star, enshrouded in mist.”

“Good answer,” he nodded.

Satisfied that I had the correct answer, he walked off.

Annoying…

I wasn’t sure I’d be able to stand it if he was going to drop these stupid pop quizzes in the future.

I had to quickly find an elegant solution to deal with that poem anthology, or else…


The poem above was probably translated wrong into Japanese.

Du fragst mich, Kind, was Liebe ist?
Ein stern in einem Haufen Mist.

You ask me, child, what is love?
A star mired in dung.

I guess they thought Mist was the same as in English.


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106 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 210”

  1. >> Of course, that was when my unworthy new disciple traipsed along.
    >> Oi, disciple, you’re going to sit next to your master without her permission?

    Disciple? Hahaha. Reika is having fun.

    >> That wasn’t a date; that was a study group!”
    >> “My~”

    Wahahahaha.

    >> “Heavens, no! I asked if it was Le Café Dumas. You must have misheard me,” I insisted.

    God. Reika is the best.

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  2. Pfft. Reika’s gotten pretty friendly with Bakaburagi. But Bakaburagi, as usual, is an idiot. I would have called him an iredeemable idiot if he doesn’t listen to Reika’s advice every now and then.

    Rich people. Bringing a normal high school girl to a french restaurant is more likely to make her awkward and uncomfortable!

    Pfft. I bet Fellow Stalking Horse was like ‘Why is this guy here?’ But oh well, and they all judt opened up their books to study.

    Perhaps Bakaburagi… Might be using Yurie as a reference when approaching Wakaba? If so. Well… …

    I really wanna eat desserts right now. Thank you for the update!!!

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    1. Even if girls doesn’t like going to high class places, it bring shame to go into casual clothes. Bakaburagi is in another class of his own, of course he’d be okay is causal clothes there! If you want a date, make it sweet after the study session! His lack of common sense if cringe worthy!

      Fellow Stalking Horse… I nearly forgot his real name after all this time… is the guy I’m rooting for!

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  3. You are naive young boy!
    Your strongest love rival is not him!
    It’s the woman you seek help from, that’s right, your own master…

    Now tell me, do you think- no, do you all think you can win!?
    Against the Goddess of love herself!!???

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  4. I’m sure someone else has already said it, but…
    “Kisshouin, what is love?”
    “Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me. No more.”
    Also, I am astounded by the power of love. To make *that* Bakaburagi listen to common sense… What a truly mysterious thing.

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  5. Thx for the chapter o/
    the beginning was confusing until i realized who this “disciple” was… good for you Reika-sama, you are conquering your fears ^^

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  6. I am so slow in this ‘First!’ game… *sigh* whatever Coro-chan knows so much about Wakaba, I want to imagine this leads to a yuri route but yeah let me be have my dreams

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    1. Easy there young padawan. I used to be the reigning champion in this “First!” game. All you need is practise (and a lot of free time). Do not be afraid to fail! Champions know no fear!

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  7. maybe she already knows that it is dung and is hoping kaburagi doesnt actually find out the actual wording
    … its funnier to me that way anyway

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  8. That macaron!! Yum! Reika as the love goddess is gold, but I am craving for a bit more about her own love interest. Thanks for the chapter!

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  9. Thanks for the chapter!

    Oh, 5th Holy Sheeprabbit, Kilimanjaro Estelion Sharlulu Asheel Vinchance Celenalia di ef Falufiluu’Luufilaafee (The 35th) da ne! -yup, copypasted it- I fell in love with one of the header pics! can you let me into your pic database? pleaaaaase?

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    1. I am fascinated, yet do not comprehend what is happening in this comic. Something about Reika offering a cornet to a kitten and then it gaining a curly mane?

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  10. i started reading, then saw the macaron pic…and stayed there for a good 5 minutes straight just STARING at it and imagining how it would taste. then i continued to read and was confused until I remembered that Reika was the one that was eating said macaron. lol Estelion, you’re so dangerous for my waistline! haha

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  11. This chapter is really bad for my stomach…. Kaburagi’s idiocy and Reika’s uncaring side is really the best comedy routine.

    “What is love, Kisshounin”
    //I explode

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    1. Reika has completely forgotten her fear of Kaburagi. It’s amazing to see.

      Just as people who get close to her realize she’s a dork, those who get close to Kaburagi realize he’s, well, also a dork.

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  12. I’m currently on a trip to Japan and staying in a hostel with a bunch of travellers. When Reika-sama covered up her mistake by saying “Le Café Dumas”, I snorted way too loudly. It’s 2am here.

    Also, I’m quite curious how those 3 studying in a library looked like. What an image.

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  13. Bakaragi : what is love?
    Reika : something that some girl nicknamed Coro ruined your chance to learn about …
    Bakaragi : That Coro again, i don’t remember about meeting her but why she must alway mess up with my love life?
    Coro : O.k your master is tired, back with your self study season. (your dumbass self were the one forced this plain old lone Queen into your stupid love life)

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  14. thnx for the chapter

    and again our reika just admit that she is a queen lol, but well at least she can be a little more honest with masaya, she could just abuse him more under the pretense of love training.

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  15. Bwhahaha! Le Cafe Dumas…….. BWAHAHAHA! u fucking dumbass baka!! oh she was all up in his grill!.. you go gurl! ahhaaa snap!

    She totally regards baka and creep completely differently :D BWAHAHAHA! :P

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  16. Lolol Reika’s tongue slipped XD Should have just went with it..

    “Who am I?” “Hahh??” “I’M YOUR MASTER IN LOVE! If you’re not going to listen to me, then begone from my sight you dumbass!”

    Many thankss

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  17. I find it hilarious that Reika is more focused on eating than listening to Kaburagi.
    *sniff* She used to be afraid of him. Now she’s all grown up.

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  18. “Kaburagi sunk into thought.

    He stood there, looking like he was solving a difficult problem for a while, but eventually he nodded.”

    On nice. When Kaburagi obsesses on shit, things get done. He’s single-minded in his focus when he wants to be.

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  19. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Le Cafe Dumas…
    What was the original? Unless Reika called Kaburagi a dumbass in English.
    Sure I probably won’t understand the original Japanese, but I’m curious.

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    1. No. My Japanese is very weak, but that’s a matter of adapting the cultural context or something. I mean, I wouldn’t have translated it like that, but I have to focus on the words themselves to translate it, and tend to do that too literally. When I stop to think, I can’t disagree with a more loose translation, but I wouldn’t have thought of it if I was reading the original myself.

      I’m on a phone, so I’m going off memory, but basically it was like, “idiot(regional/crude variation)!” “did your honorable self have the words “idiot” escape your lips?” “No, certainly not. The words you heard were something different.”

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    2. “Aho ka?” became “Are you a dumbass!?” From there it became a (bit of a stretched) play on Aoyama:
      私は青山って言ったのですわ.
      Watashi wa Aoyama’tte itta no desuwa.
      Or roughly: ‘At Aoyama’ was really what I said.

      My Japanese is not good, but I was curious about it, too.

      Estelion made the joke zip.

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  20. Bakaburagi joined the Kali sect…the newcomer should learn to be more grateful to his master’s benevolence >[

    I would like to give credit to Reika for learning the skill of casual listening and condemn Bakaburagi for being a predictable conversationalist. As well as condemn his self-absorb obliviousness.

    But it seems Reika’s guards are coming down around him and she’s starting to voice her real opinions out loud hahaha XDXD

    “A star mired in dung” -classy

    Thank you for this update! It was a Bakaburagi chapter but I suppose he can be amusing sometimes~ ^^

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  21. Could you imagine the reaction from Reika’s followers (or anyone at school) if they learned that not only is she giving Bakaragi love advise for another women, it’s for Wakaba. Also I get the feeling that when Bakaragi starts courting her in a more sensible way it won’t take long for Wakaba to trace the reason back to Reika.

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  22. Ah, after dealing with a lot of stressful crap and stressful people recently, reading this chapter was both fun and refreshing! Thank you este!

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  23. Lol, Calling someone dumbass… i remembered a story like this one… the guy always ask for his master(female) for an advise and she always tell him his a dubmass and then just to end up having more time and memories with the master than the one he’s suppose to be courting.. End eventually a drama happened between the guy, the girl and the master. I remembered the girl and the master is also best friends…

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  24. Great…now I have to find that macaron (it looks too delicious)…

    But Reika, the fact that you can answer Bakaburagi’s pop quiz means that you read that poem anthology right? XD

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  25. That moment when you saw the small scroll bar thinking “WOW what a long chapter!” then you realized 3/4 of the entire page is the comment section *Sob*

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  26. Reika is too awesome and hilarious. I’m amazed she as the ability to eat and think about those desserts with a blissful face and still be able to listen :D

    Kaburagi really is clueless. He’s gotta be one of the most self-absorbed but not a jerk about it (generally) characters I’ve ever seen. I hope the lecture from Reika-shishou is enough for him to start getting a clue. He’s going to need it if he wants any type of chance.

    Wrong, Reika. The correct response is ‘baby, don’t hurt me, no more.’ XD
    I’m surprised she even gave the book of poems the time of day.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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