Reika-sama – 219

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Conbini, or Japanese convenience stores, are a lot more convenient than those elsewhere in the world.

From a wide selection of foods both hot and cold, to make-up or domestic goods, or even ATMs, they are closer to ubiquitous and fun-sized supermarkets than anything else.

Like, they are actually convenient. You could probably live on just conbini purchases for a month or two if you weren’t too fussed about your health.

Famiresu, or Japanese family-friendly restaurants, are casual restaurant chains that provide a wide selection of cheap-ish but decent meals, somewhere between the pricing of fast food and a regular restaurant.

Saizeriya in Shibuya. It is an Italian food family restaurant chain.

“The truth is a bitter pill to swallow.”

That was the first thing Kaburagi said to me after calling me to the usual conference room.

“Pardon me?”

“What you said to me that day. They were too painful and harsh for me to accept on the spot.”

“I see…”

Well, he did seem to have suffered quite a blow.

I mean, I even started to feel a bit guilty about it.

Mentally, I was just a squishy blancmange, but perhaps Kaburagi wasn’t much better.

Blancmange is a sweet dessert commonly made with milk or cream and sugar thickened with gelatin, cornstarch or Irish moss (a source of carrageenan), and often flavoured with almonds.

“But as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t in all honesty deny it… After a night of thinking about it, I was forced to accept that you were completely right. I’ll admit it. I’ve been using Yurie as the basis for my decisions.”

“I see…”

So he spent the whole night thinking in that state…?

I’m sorry.

Even though I was the one who said that to you, I was fast asleep around that time.

But I was really impressed that he managed to acknowledge his own faults.

That was his only good point for you; being earnest and honest.

“I’ve spent my whole life with Yurie… I haven’t ever looked at any girls besides her, so I don’t know anything about them. I think Aira might be the only exception, but the two of them have basically the same taste to begin with. That’s probably why.”

“Right.”

“Since Yurie liked it, Takamichi would probably like it too. That was the way I was thinking.”

“Yes…”

Kaburagi hung his face in shamed frustration for a moment, but quickly lifted his head.

“But Kisshouin.” He met my eyes with a serious gaze. “The one I love right now is without a doubt Takamichi.”

“…!”

Y-Yeah.

Even though it wasn’t me he was talking about, being stared at like that and hearing things like ‘the one I love’ was setting my heart off like a jackhammer.

In the end I had to avert my eyes in a panic.

That was too much stimulation for a person from the Forever Alone Village.

Guh, one day even I would have something like…!

“Kisshouin. She and I have completely different ideas of normal high school life, don’t we?”

“I believe so. She attended public schools until she entered high school. That upbringing is completely different to what a Pivoine member would experience.”

“So that’s how it is…” he nodded. “Then in that case, I’ll learn about her way of life and her way of thinking.”

“I certainly do not see why not.”

That was basically the first thing anybody did. Learning more about the person they liked, I mean.

“But there’s a problem.”

“Yes?”

“I have no idea what this ‘normal high school life’ is supposed to be to her.”

That’s where we had to begin?

I suppose it made sense.

He was His Majesty the Emperor, after all.

As if he had any idea where to even begin learning about the way a commoner lived.

Actually, I wondered how much he even knew about how regular people lived.

“Kaburagi-sama, have you ever been to a conbini?” I asked him tentatively.

“Don’t take me for an idiot.” He grew a little sullen. “I’ve obviously done at least that much.”

“Then have you ever been to a fast food joint?”

“Fast food? I’ve… never tried any…”

“What about a family restaurant?”

“…I haven’t.”

A sheltered rich boy, as expected.

Apparently the look I gave him had illustrated what I thought of that, because he suddenly snapped at me.

“What!” he demanded. “Have you ever been to one!?”

What was this guy saying? Of course I had.

Just who did he think he was talking to?

Reika’s Cheeseburger Rankings was a thing, you know.

Some people thought of ‘cheeseburgers’ as all the same, but the actual burger could vary wildly from shop to shop.

Cheeseburgers. They can vary wildly from shop to shop (lol).

Otherwise I wouldn’t have had to spend so many days in the field investigating.

“I’ve almost never eaten junk food.”

I see.

Junk food is an old friend to most commoners, you know?

And standing in front of you is the Junk Food Queen!

“Weren’t you raised pretty much the same way? How come you’ve been to those kinds of places before?”

“Because everything is valuable life experience,” I answered.

Good joke, me.

The real reason was just because I liked them~

“Then Takamichi’s been to eat fast food too?”

“I would certainly think so.”

She didn’t seem like the type to fastidiously avoid it, meaning that she probably did have it sometimes.

“Is that so. Alright then. In that case, please take me to a fast food joint right away!”

“Hah!? Right now!?”

“Yeah. Let’s strike while the iron is hot. I need to know right now. Come on, let’s go.”

Eh!? Why did I have to…!?

“Could you not simply ask somebody else? Why me?”

“You’re the only one I know that’s ever been to one of those places.”

“You must be joking. It is just fast food; you definitely know others who have been. Actually, Takamichi-san certainly qualifies. Why not use this opportunity to have her take you? A little date of sorts. A perfect fit for a normal high schooler.”

“No. I don’t want her to know that I’ve never been before. If I ever go with her, I want to be able to smoothly lead.”

What the heck kind of stupid pride was that?

“Does she really need somebody to lead her in a fast food store?”

“Just trust me. I’ve got to scout the location before a date. Let’s go.”

“I actually have cram school today…”

“Then we just have to hurry before your cram school starts. Hurry up and get ready.”

This guy…

This was the same guy who promised earlier to be more considerate, right?

On the other hand, he didn’t look like he’d be easily convinced to back down.

Were we going to be going in our uniforms like this?

I was worried we’d stand out.

And what if somebody we knew saw us?

“Then we should at least pick somewhere further away where we will not bump into classmates.”

“Why?”

“The rules say that we are only to go to lessons or cram school right after school, you know?”

“…And who exactly would stop us?”

Yeah~ Good point.

I couldn’t imagine anybody with the guts to tell off the Emperor of Zui’ran just for stopping by a fast food place after school.

Besides, plenty of other people couldn’t be bothered to go home and change before going shopping or eating anyway.

“It would not be good for others to know that the daughter of the Kisshouin family has been to a fast food restaurant! And our uniforms are too eye-catching!”

Did he have any idea how much care I’d taken not to get caught all this time!?

As if I was going to let all my efforts go to nothing thanks to this stupid disciple!

Plus, the biggest problem was that being seen with him would start weird rumours!

“Hmm… Alright.”

“And please avoid telling anybody else about this.”

“Fine.”

He had better mean it.

I wouldn’t allow anyone to get in my way.

Still, I supposed I could go with him for today. After all, I was a bit harsh to him that day.

And that was how I ended up getting in his car to head to a far away fast food joint.

*

*

We had ourselves dropped off near a train station, and walked into a nearby fast food restaurant.

All over the place were students from other schools.

“Oi, Kisshouin! Teach me how to order!” he whispered to me.

“You simply line up at the counter and tell them what you want when it is your turn.”

“I see.”

Kaburagi complied and lined up in a queue.

He seemed to be standing there rather arrogantly, but a closer inspection revealed that he was actually staring at the menu up top.

Gosh, did this guy stand out.

Everybody was looking at us.

Some of the girls were taken with Kaburagi and began whispering furiously, but the guy himself paid them no heed and kept his gaze nailed to the menu.

It was normal for Kaburagi to ignore the girls around him, but this time it seemed to be out of a genuine focus on the menu.

Eventually it was our turn.

Kaburagi ordered an iced coffee and a hamburger.

“Would you like fries with that? It would upgrade your order to this meal set,” suggested the employee.

Kaburagi’s eyes swam about, suddenly overwhelmed.

I tugged on his sleeve to snap him out of it.

“Since we are already here, why not?” I suggested to him.

“Good idea,” he immediately agreed.

In the end I got a cheeseburger meal as well.

Trays in hand, the two of us went to find somewhere to sit on the second floor.

“This was cheaper than expected…” Kaburagi muttered to himself in awe.

Well yeah.

But when he took a sip of the iced coffee, he grimaced.

“This is really watered down,” he said.

“That is how they are,” I replied.

There was no use in expecting anything out of the drinks from these places.

I took a sip myself of my oolong tea and unwrapped my burger.

After watching me, Kaburagi copied my actions before taking a bite.

“I see.”

He seemed to come to some sort of realisation before nodding to himself in admiration.

Kaburagi looked around.

“There are a lot of high schoolers here…” he muttered.

“It is the right price for a small snack after school,” I explained. “It is also another chance to spend more time with your friends.”

“I see…”

“If you feel a little more hungry than that, usually you would head to a family restaurant instead, or if you are a boy, then perhaps a ramen stall.”

“I see…”

Kaburagi went back to his chips.

French fries were good stuff~

I never went to a fast food place without ordering chips, you know?

Naturally there was a Reika’s Chips Ranking as well.

French fries were my favourite.

I took a mouthful of fries as well.

Oops, nearly forgot.

I opened up my tomato sauce.

Tomato sauce was essential to french fries, after all.

Kaburagi’s eyes widened.

“Oi! What the heck is that!?” he demanded.

“Tomato sauce,” I answered primly.

After dipping a chip in, I carried it into my mouth.

Kaburagi began searching his own tray.

“Why? Why doesn’t my tray have done!?”

“If you do not ask while ordering, they will not give you any.”

“Why didn’t you say it for me!? I didn’t hear anything about this!”

“Oh, did you want some?”

Kaburagi glared at me in vexation.

Huhu.

I paid him no mind and continued to eat my sauce-covered french fries.

Yummyy~

Tomato-sauce covered french fries are so good.

“…Let me borrow that.”

“Out of the question.”

If he used some too, there wouldn’t be enough for me.

I was one of those types who had to have tomato sauce with her chips.

“Then couldn’t you go get some for me too?”

“No. Why do you not go yourself?”

Going up and down those stairs was a pain.

“…I still haven’t had enough experience with fast food restaurants to go by myself.”

“What in heavens are you talking about?”

“…There are so many people lining up. Should I really join the queue just for tomato sauce?”

“You can simply ask from the side of the counter.”

“But the staff are so busy. It’s too hard for me,” he shook his head.

Then just give up.

“Aren’t you a bit too cold?”

“A painful mistake is the best lesson. From now on, will you ever forget to order tomato sauce again? This is a learning experience.”

Isn’t that great, Kaburagi?

You’ve learnt something else about fast food chains.

Kaburagi just looked at me bitterly as he chewed on his hamburger.

It occurred to me again that His Imperial Majesty Emperor Kaburagi was sitting next to me, chewing on a cheeseburger from a fast food joint.

This was beyond the wildest dreams of anybody from Zui’ran.

And to think that he’d be so lost in here too.

“Anyway, I think I’ve mostly grasped how these fast food joints work.”

“How naïve.”

“What?”

I took a sip of my tea before replying.

“Unlike this store where your food is mostly prepared beforehand, there are fast food places where they begin cooking after you order.”

“What did you say!?”

“In those cases, they give you a ticket and you have to wait until the cooking is done.”

“Is such a thing even possible…!?”

“They may all be ‘fast food’ stores, but each one has their own characteristics, and most importantly, their own menus. You would be making a grave mistake if you thought today was all there was to it.”

Kaburagi looked thunderstruck by my revelation.

Fwohfwohfwoh! The commoner’s way of life has profound depths!

After we finished our meals, we stood up from our seats.

Oi, Kaburagi.

This guy was actually just going to up and leave.

Your throw your own rubbish away here, dude.

This isn’t the time to be going “I see…” and nodding to yourself.

You better take notes on everything you remember from today.

Because I’m not going to teach you again, okay!?

“Next is the family restaurant,” he announced.

Go by yourself!


Amazing burger advertisement.


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97 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 219”

    1. Years of being made hungry by Japanese, French, and sometimes Chinese cuisine. To think we’ve finally reached the point owhere estelle is showing a picture of a cheeseburger is making my body react violently. It seems Reika’s conditioning has turned me into a pit of gluttony…

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  1. >> Even though I was the one who said that to you, I was fast asleep around that time.

    *thumbs up*

    >> Guh, one day even I would have something like…!

    T_T

    >> Reika’s Cheeseburger Rankings was a thing, you know.

    Really?

    >> “Because everything is valuable life experience,” I answered.
    >> Good joke, me.

    Hah.

    >> “No. I don’t want her to know that I’ve never been before. If I ever go with her, I want to be able to smoothly lead.”

    Lead… a fast food resturance isn’t a dance

    >> Did he have any idea how much care I’d taken not to get caught all this time!?

    So stealthy she even managed to avoid the narrative until now

    >> Naturally there was a Reika’s Chips Ranking as well.

    Amazing.

    >> Go by yourself!

    Please.

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  2. Eh… couple translation things I’d change:
    Tomato sauce –> Ketchup/Catsup
    *Tomato sauce is something else, not usually used for french fries
    Chips French Fries
    *American: French Fries, British: Chips. Don’t switch back and forth, just pick one.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. 1. In Australia, tomato sauce and ketchup are the same thing. We tend to use the former term.
      The ‘tomato sauce’ you’re thinking of is what we call tomato paste.

      2. In Australia, ‘chips’ refers to not only the thinly cut ‘crisps’, but also both the french fries you get in McDonalds, as well as the more common thick-cut fried potato. All of them are what we’d call ‘chips’.

      ^ Chips

      ^ French-fry cut chips

      ^ Chips

      3. In the context of McDonalds though, we almost always use the term ‘fries’ because that’s what it says on the menu.
      Chips of the same type (i.e. the very skinny ones) we also often use the term ‘french fries’ for, because that is how they are usually marketed, even for Australian brands.
      Chips that are larger cut, like the ones at KFC, we would not.

      tldr; I’m Australian, not British or American, so you can go fuck yourself.

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    2. If it pleases you, I can direct you to an Australian supermarket catalogue so you know just exactly how hard and deep to fuck yourself.

      https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/230519/woolworths-tomato-sauce-squeeze
      ^ This is the condiment. Not the ingredient used in cooking.

      https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/429361/bell-farms-french-fries
      ^ Bag of “french fries”.

      https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/429362/bell-farms-frozen-chips-steak-cut
      ^ Same company. Uses the term ‘chips’.

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  3. Kaburagi really did waste a good chance to go on a date with Wakaba, I think the first thing that needs to be curbed if he wants that relationship to even happen is his pride.

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  4. I can’t wait to see the reactions of innocent Zuiran student or Reika’s friends who coincidentally see both of them together
    I hope that boy from Reika’s extracurricular see this and to scared to tell anyone

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  5. Reika…you might want to brag, but you’re just digging yourself a deeper hole y’know? Now he’ll NEVER leave you alone.

    I wonder if/when Bakaburagi does get together with Wakaba, he’ll still go on these “trial dates” with Reika. Might lead to some hilarious misunderstandings.

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    1. Also could lead up to Reika being Bakaragi’s shield if his parents want him to avoid a common girl.Reika’s manga alterego got his parents’ approval d on that before her downfall.

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  6. ‘Oi, gimme some ketchup.’
    ‘Out of the question.’
    REJECTED LMAO LOLOLOLOLOL
    Reika imparting her commoner knowledge to Bakaburagi. Its time for the Emperor and Queen to start their commoner food tours in Japan lols. And probably drag Enjou into it too hahaha

    I happen to love chilli sauce with my fries, but I recently found out that Korea doesn’t serve chilli sauce with fries, only ketchup. Was in shock lololol, but I love ketchup too haha

    Thank you for the update!!!

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    1. True!! That’s why when I went to SK I brought my own chili sauce there and my friend was looking at me weirdly. I…mean they do have spicy dishes and condiments like gochujang and stuff but it’s just not the same 🌚🙈😂

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      1. McDonald’s fries are awful grade sticks. I love thicker fries that still have skin on them, and proudly show that they’re potatoes. (Waffle fries are good, too.)

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    2. >”Out of the question.”

      What I like even more is how prim and proper Reika’s dialogue is. In this place where they both stand out, Kaburagi is actually the rough-speaking ruffian who could fit in. Reika is still – despite her inner monologue, self-image, and past-life memories – an ojou-sama through and through.

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  7. He thinks he can go his entire life fooling Wakaba into thinking he’s perfect at everything?
    I can already imagine after 5 years of marriage Kaburagi would still be secretly meeting Reika for lessons on how to act like a normal person.
    OH! Then it can be like, Wakaba thinks he’s cheating on her, and Kaburagi is sweating bullets because he has to admit to being an idiot.
    He’d rather blame Reika for seducing him than admit it though~

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  8. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    Haha XD! I must say that it’s really amusing how Reika-sama is teaching Kaburagi, lol, and his reactions.!! Woohoo!

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  9. Uwaaah. What a torture to see food pictures not just on the chapter itself but on the comment section as well. Kuuuh….What am I going to do with this growing impulse within me to throw away my *cough*diet*cough* plans and just dash towards the nearest burger place_| ̄|○ (´༎ຶོρ༎ຶོ`)

    And lol Bakaburagi’s great adventure to a fast food place I feel like he’ll just one day go and drag Enjou there and be like “HA!! Ore-sama will show you how it’s done” only to have Enjou stab him out of annoyance 😂😂😂😂🌚

    Btw Japanese ads are seriously amazing and weird, I’ve watched this nagaaaai gummy commercial, which was like a mini story connected with each other and at one point my mom taught I was watching R-18 stuff😌

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  10. Thanks for the chapter!

    The most likely classmate to see them together would actually be Wakaba. I don’t recall Wakaba telling Reika which restaurant she worked at, so Bakaragi might home in on her like a doom-seeking missile.

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  11. She’s making flags left and right with this guy, I’m on my toes wondering if they’ll actually grow closer and cuck takamichi lol
    Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. Reika accidental flag raise on Kaburagi. These trial dates turn out to reveal Reika’s real depths to Kaburagi, who falls madly in love with her instead.
      Reika harem ending.

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  12. Reika Reika Reika. Don’t you realize that this look. Like a date? Idiot bakaragi needs to realize that he’s wasting first date moments he could be having with the girl he actually likes.

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  13. Hehehehehe Rumors will pop up if they keep going around to restaurants together. And Wakaba’s going to hear how Reika and Kaburagui are ‘dating’. and and jealousy! CAUSE Reika is her friend who she feeds ‘commoner’ food it! XD
    Many thankss

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  14. NOOOOO!

    Why the change to Zui’ran! Suiran was just fine!

    Gonna have to find one of them browser extensions that allow you to swap one word for another because this is very jarring to me…

    Regardless thanks for the chapter, I bet Wakaba-chan will spot the both of them on an incognito date and think they’re dating.

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      1. Well, I can understand making executive decisions that not everyone will like, that’s realpolitik for you.

        Deep down inside, it’ll always be Suiran in my heart though.

        And that’s all that counts for me.

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  15. I can totally see Kaburagi Very. Seriously. explaining to Wakaba-chan that she should never make the mistake of not ordering ketchup.

    I get 5 packets of ketchup with a small fry btw.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING AWESOME! ! ! ! !

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  16. “Why?”

    “The rules say that we are only to go to lessons or cram school right after school, you know?”

    “…And who exactly would stop us?”

    Yeah~ Good point.

    ===

    I find this exchange mightily amusing for some reason. If anything Kaburagi and Reika being spotted would just fan the flames on some more stupid rumors.

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  17. Ok, though I’ve definitely been to plenty of fast food places, I actually really empathize with Kaburagi here….ordering food (or really anything) in a new environment is sometimes pretty stressful. Especially when you think you have your order and then the employee asks you a question and you’re like ??? Are we still speaking the same language.

    Kaburagi’s eyes swam about, suddenly overwhelmed.

    Same dude same. Once you go to one place once you kind of get it but like Reika said every place is different so sometimes there’s ketchup dispensers and sometimes you have to ask, and whatnot. Food ordering is no joke ._. Kaburagi you should thank Reika for taking her precious time to help teach you hmph.

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      1. Non fast food can be scarier. My sister -in-laws described her father’s experience in Nepal in his youth. He was the only one in a small eatery. After ordering chicken, he expected to be served relatively soon. After a half of an hour or not seeing anyone be sent to the back to see the proprietor plucking the chicken.

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    1. A friend of mine told me about his first experience going to a Starbucks… it sounded traumatic. He just wanted a cup of coffee. All their different cup sizes pretty much mean big, and coffee isn’t an acceptable thing to order….it’s all fancy names and types.

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  18. Thank you for the chapter!
    Who would have thought that the cheeky little brat in the elementary school arc would one day be taking lessons from Reika-sama on fast food joints. XD

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  19. THANK YOU FOR THE CHAPTER!!!!

    But, considering the content of the chapter I thought there would be one of those amazing fanfics on the comments… I mean, Bakaragi in a fatfood place for the first time, his pv would be realy amusing. Don’t you think?

    Again, thank you very much for the awesome translation work!!

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  20. Hahaha, Reika is feeling the love vicariously. The village chief can’t handle itttt!

    Reika’s cheeseburger rankings. Really. And OBVIOUSLY he doesn’t know, and that’s the way she wanted it. Rofl
    This is starting to feel suspiciously like a romantic tryst.. yuck.

    Overwhelmed by fast food. Dude, it’s not rocket science. The description of him bumbling his way around is way too good, though :D

    Reika is savage when it comes to her food. I can’t believe Bakaburagi is being timid because fast food, of all things. Normally his lack of awareness can’t be touched.

    ‘Go by yourself!’ Ope, there’s that lack of awareness!

    Thanks for the chapter.

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