Kenkyo Kenjitsu: The Reika-sama Chronicles 228

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Este: I really did translate and type-set this. Go back and re-read it with this in mind, but this time take a shot whenever the term ‘KAGEYOWSI’ appears.


Coorururu…

I opened my eyes to the sounds of pigeons──

Apparently after being stopped by the barrier of roses on my balcony, they took nest in my stomach instead. To give them their punishment I quickly changed and headed for food.

Today was looking to be a fine day.

Breakfast had been yummy, too. In the morning you just had to have rice!

*

*

At Zui’ran, here and there you could spot the inhabitants of the Fulfilling Romance village making themselves known. It was still early in the morning and yet I could already see their members strutting about.

These I-Have-Experience villagers, these I-Suddenly-Got-A-Lover villagers, all absolutely unbelievable!

Ever since the class trip I was feeling a sense of crisis from the sudden depopulation of the Forever Alone village. Perhaps I ought to introduce the Gonin Gumi system so that we would all police each other…

As the village chief I couldn’t tolerate any more deserters. A severe warning was required here.

Ah!? Those two over there were holding hands and gazing at each other! What an indecent…!

Wait, don’t tell me that Zui’ran allowed relationships!? I had to find out.

Where was my student handbook!?

“Ah-, Kisshouin-san. Good morning. I was just looking for you.”

I was in the middle of peering into the dark swamp of hatred that was my heart when Class Rep called out to me.

“Good morning, Class Rep. Did you need me?”

“Mmn, could I talk to you for just a bit?”

“Of course.”

Class Rep took my sleeve and led me into a corner. He began to talk in a hushed voice.

“The truth is, during the free hours of our class trip I went around with Honda-san and the others.”

“…I see. I do recall you telling me at the British Museum. A cruise of the Seine river, was it?”

“You remembered? Mhm. We went on a cruise together. I had such a good time… When we were getting on it was a little rocky, so I, I lent Honda-san my hand and…”

Flushed with happiness, he continued recounting his experience to me.

To think there was another new member of the Fulfilling Romance village… I had to do something about my village’s depopulation problem, and soon.

“I see. So you enjoyed holding her hand. You have come to report to me your ulterior motives, then?”

“Ehh!? I-I didn’t have any ulterior motives! I wasn’t thinking like that at all, Kisshouin-san!”

“Hmmm~”

I wonder about that. Did he really not intend that?

After all, those boats had had handrails. Handrails that I had held myself while I was cruising alone.

“Well?”

“Ummm, Kisshouin-san, it feels like you’re kind of in a bad mood… I mean, it’s fine if I’m wrong but… Ah, anyway, since Nonose-san was feeling cold, Iwamuro-kun lent his jacket to her. I think they had a good atmosphere going on.”

“Ohhh~?”

For warmth, I had been forced to huddle up Ayame-chan and the other girls like a bunch of hamsters though? My, friendship between girls is a beautiful thing!

“I had actually wanted to put a padlock on the Pont des Arts with her, but I was too embarrassed to ask. I just thought it would be nice if we could do that one day… Ah! This is a secret, okay!?”

The Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge which crosses the River Seine, linking the Institut de France and the Louvre. Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.

In other words, it would be nice if they could go to Paris together, one day. That’s quite the proposal, Class Rep.

And although he didn’t get to place a padlock on lover’s bridge, he went on to tell me that he did throw two coins into the Trevi Fountain to spend his life with his love though. I see, I see.

Incidentally I threw two coins in as well. Not that I had a love yet! Ha ha!

They had even promised to go hang out once we were back in Japan, the four of them. My, that sounds like so much fun. I simply must recommend that they go on a boat tour of Inokashira Park.

What are my intentions, you ask? Goodness, I meant nothing malicious by it.

It is said that, if you ride the boats on Inokashira Park's pond with a girlfriend, you will surely break up soon.
It is said that, if you ride the boats on Inokashira Park’s pond with a girlfriend, you will surely break up soon.

Class Rep, may you be sacrificed to appease this dark swamp of hatred──

The sacrificial maiden, knowing nothing of my thoughts, continued to smile as he talked to me. Pitiful thing.

“And so to thank you, Iwamuro-kun and I… Ah, look, it’s Iwamuro-kun. Heeey~ Iwamuro-kuuun!”

To thank me? What was this about?

Iwamuro-kun noticed Class Rep’s waving from down the hallway and took large strides towards us. Good morning.

“Iwamuro-kun, I was just telling Kisshouin-san about our time on the trip. Anyway, how about we give her the present we got her?”

“Good idea.”

From his bag, Class Rep produced a bundle in adorable wrapping.

“This is a thank you from the two of us,” Class Rep explained. “For always being there to give us advice.”

“Thank you, Master,” Iwamuro-kun nodded.

“…”

Oh my god.

I was ashamed of myself. I can’t believe my jealousy had made me wish for something so cruel to happen to such good people.

I wasn’t qualified to be a God of Fulfilling Romance.

Uuuu… Thank goodness I hadn’t recommended Inokashira Park yet…

“Thank you. I am overwhelmed,” I said, hugging the present close.

“We got you oil and hair treatment products from France. It’s our way of wishing that your locks of fortune will always stay beautiful. Iwamuro-kun was the one who picked it, actually,” explained Class Rep.

“I really admire your hair, Master. I just hope you’ll like it…”

As expected of the kind of maiden who was into beauty care. Even his choice of presents was maidenly and thoughtful.

Even though his hair was cut short, it was lustrous and glossy. I could see the effort he put in every day to take care of it. As his teacher in beauty care, it made me proud to see.

It was thanks to the generosity of these two that I managed to, just a little, find it in my heart to forgive the members of the Fulfilling Romance Village.

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After school I went to give the kids their souvenirs. That was how I found myself heading to the Petit Salon with presents in both hands.

While I was on my way I received a number of text messages from Kaburagi but I ignored them all.

I had zero interest in subjecting myself to his gushing over his Roman date with Wakaba-chan.

Keh! Before the prospect of a date with the Petit’s soothing angels, his little stories were no better than trash!

As I opened the door I was met with Mao-chan who was nothing but smiles.

“Reika-oneesama, gokigen’yoh!”

“Gokigen’yoh, Mao-chan.”

Upon entering the room I was greeted one by one by smiling children. So cute. I was already relaxing~

Distributing the souvenirs──chocolates, and french jelly they call pâte de fruit──was met with a cute cheer from the children. ‘Reika-oneesama! Reika-oneesama!’ I was thus surrounded by bundles of adoring children.

My, my, I’m not going anywhere, so please don’t fight over me like that~

Haah, how I wish a time slip could make me these childrens’ classmate… I was born a little too early.

If I had been their classmates then just imagine what a fulfilling life I’d be leading right now.

This was a false paradise…

“Good afternoon, Reika-oneesan.”

“Yukino-kun!”

And here came the boy who would have been the prince charming of that time slip scenario! Aah… I was really born too soon.

After I was done handing out the treats, I was ushered out of the ring of children towards the sofa.

Sitting next to me was Yukino-kun. In front of me was Mao-chan and Yuuri-kun.

“Well then, it is time for your souvenirs,” I said.

Besides the sweets from earlier, for these three I also had foreign picture books and coloured pencils. The pencils that I bought were supposedly world-reknowned, and were even used in the colouring for famous picture books. You could use them to produce lovely soft colours.

The faces of my adorable little friends blossomed into smiles.

“Also Mao-chan, could I trouble you to hand this to Ichinokura-sama?”

I had been treated to meals by her uncle countless times, so for him I got cheese, black tea, as well as a glass cat paperweight since I thought of his pet cat Alice.

Maybe this was a bit much for Mao-chan to bring home, but she was going by car so it was fine, right?

“I understand. I’ll pass it to Haruto-niisama, right? Oh, that reminds me, Reika-oneesama. Listen to this. Actually, while you were overseas I wanted to thank Akimi-san for her cooking lessons so I got Haruto-niisama to bring the two of us to eat!” she beamed.

“Eh? Really?” I asked, surprised.

“Yes. I’m sorry for not speaking to you first. But the two of us just happened to both be free that day, so…”

“Well, I hardly mind, but… Anyhow, did you enjoy yourself then?”

“Uhuhu. I asked Haruto-niisama to pick somewhere wonderful for us, and it turned out that the food was delicious and Akimi-san seemed to enjoy it too. See, the two of them both love eating, right? They seemed to have a lot to talk about, so I was thinking that maybe just the two of them could go next time~”

“My…”

Oh my god.

Without my knowledge, the adorable Mao-chan had transformed into a cunning matchmaker aunty!

Without a doubt, this was her way of trying to get rid of Erika-san and replace her with Akimi-san, wasn’t it…?

Yuuri-kun who was oblivious to her hidden motives simply smiled and said, “That’s great to hear, Mao.”

Why were boys so…? No, of course. It was better that they didn’t realise. They’d live happier that way…

While this was happening, Yukino-kun was enraptured by the Mother Goose collection.

Hmm hmm, what’s this you’re reading~?

Mmn. Yukino-kun, how about we read something more pleasant? You might not be able to fall asleep at night, you know?

The four of us spent the next while chatting, comparing the souvenir books, or talking about my trip. It was only interrupted when I heard the door opening to the squeals of the girls. Together we turned to the source of the commotion and… Geh!

“Oh? It’s Niisama.”

In the middle of the uproar was Yukino’s brother, Enjou, as well as Emperor Kaburagi. What had he even come to the Petit Salon for?

“Niisama, what are you guys doing here?” Yukino-kun asked blankly. The two of them had walked over to us.

Enjou gave a helpless smile as Kaburagi stood with his arms crossed.

“Masaya over here has business with Kisshouin-san.”

Eh-? Business with me?

I had an incredibly bad feeling about this…

Kaburagi nodded grimly and turned to me with a frown.

“You. I’ve sent you so many messages already, and you still haven’t noticed? Honestly, you’re hopeless. I had to come all the way myself.”

“…”

…I knew it.

Since I didn’t reply, he decided to come in person? What a born stalker…

The Natural-Born Stalker Kaburagi.

That’d make for a good ring name if he ever got into pro wrestling, actually.

“My sincere apologies,” I said to Natural-Born Stalker. “My phone was in my bag and I had not thought to check.”

It was a reasonable explanation.

I looked to up find Enjou smirking at me. Tsk.

The two interlopers took the opportunity to join us at the table.

“Yukino, what are you reading?”

“Reika-oneesan gave it to me. It’s a souvenir from her trip,” he replied.

“From Kisshouin-san? I see. Thank you for going out of your way for my brother,” Enjou said.

“Not at all. It was but a trifle, so please do not mind it,” I replied politely.

From the side, Kaburagi peered at it in curiosity. “What’s it about?”

“It’s Mother Goose’s collection,” answered Yukino.

“Mother Goose? Ah, right, we’ve got that in my family’s library too,” Kaburagi mused. “Come to think of it, the talk about rhymes reminds me. We used to have ten little Indian dolls lying around the house, but I found one of them mysteriously broken. I think it was at the end of 1st Year…” he finished in a mutter.

At the end of 1st Year? Wasn’t that when he had his big heartbreak over Yurie-sama…?

A cursed Indian doll that broke because of his broken heart?

‘And then there were none…’

Scaryyy~!

While I was lost in my own ominous delusions, the kids had begun asking them about their time on the trip. The conversation turned to the soccer match they saw in England, which really interested Yuuri-kun.

The chat picked up to a swell, and we had just about finished the tea when Enjou’s phone rang.

He excused himself, and after a chat from a small distance away, he came back and let Yukino-kun it was time to go.

“It looks like our ride is here. Let’s go home, Yukino.”

“Ehhh…? But I still want to talk more…”

“There’ll be another time. Come on, they’re waiting for us downstairs.”

Yukino-kun looked dissatisfied, but Enjou rubbed his head as he chided him, and so Yukino-kun reluctantly left his seat.

Apparently Kaburagi planned to stay though. Nobody asked him to stay…

“Yukino-kun seems to want to talk more, so how about you go together, Kaburagi-sama?” I tried. Unfortunately, Enjou denied it to me with his next words.

“Sorry, but I’ve got plans after this.”

Cheh. Is that so?

“Well then, we’ll be heading off first,” he finished. “See you tomorrow, Kisshouin-san.”

“Gokigen’yoh, Enjou-sama. Let us speak again, Yukino-kun.”

“Bye, Reika-oneesan. Thank you for the book and pencils. And the sweets too!”

“Huhu, you are very welcome.”

The soothing angel left us, and as I mourned that fact, somebody tapped my shoulder as a shadow loomed from behind me.

“Well then. Let’s go somewhere else. I’ve got heaps of stuff I want to talk to you about.”

I wonder if he couldn’t give me a report with just the main points summarised. I promise I’d read it when I had time.


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69 thoughts on “Kenkyo Kenjitsu: The Reika-sama Chronicles 228”

  1. >> “I see. And you were happy to hold hands. You have come to report to me your ulterior motives, then?”

    DEATH PENALTY FOR DEFOULING THAT PURE GIRL

    >> “We got you oil and hair treatment products from France. It’s our way of wishing that your locks of fortune will always stay beautiful. Iwamuro-kun was the one who picked it, actually,” explained Class Rep.

    More offerings than presents.

    >> Haah, how I wish a time slip could make these childrens’ classmate… I was born a little too early.

    Instead, she got Kaburagi and Enjou…

    >> “My sincere apologies,” I said to Natural-Born Stalker. “My phone was in my bag and I had not thought to check.”

    … is that going to be his new name from now like? Like with Fellow Stalking Horse.

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    1. I hope you know that if we get an april fools release next year, I’m going to remember this post and give it a serious side-eyed glare. Why invite calamity like this? (*゚ロ゚).

      But yeah, I almost thought the same with the scans at the top. ^^; I almost thought I clicked on the wrong link at first, then thought it was a prank until I scrolled down. Thank goodness XDD

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  2. Natural born stalker bakaburagi strikes again!! Reika, you’ll never escape. Never.

    As for being matchmaker, Mao-chan, I think you might actually succeed. Haruto x Akimi! Stop saying you love girls who eat lots when your gf’s a slim as heck model who eats so little! That chapter triggered me back then I couldn’t help flipping my table over LOLOLOL!!!

    I wonder when the Great Onii-sama woukd make an appearance again…

    Thank you for translating!!

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  3. WASHAOW KAGEYOWSI~
    (΄◉◞౪◟◉`)
    Aaaaah~ my dose of Reika-sama is here 🙌 I really thought April fool’s is gonna nuke me 😂Thanks for the chapter~ and lol Reika-sama sure has a lot of love counselling sessions.

    the biggest patron she has is definitely Stalker-kun aaaah~ and The fact that Yukino-kun sat besides Reika-sama. Uwaaah. How adorable. 💕 and Why do I feel like one of these days he’ll ask Mao-chan for tips on how to get your onii-san to hook up with another girl —cough—like—cough—-Reika-sama— (΄◞ิ౪◟ิ‵)
    well ships aside I feel you Reika-sama!! Like just last night I was on the phone with my friend who keeps on feeding me dog food of her date-trip FOR 5 HOURS, UNTIL 2 in morning!! And I had exams today. 🤦‍♀️ It’s torture!! Why can’t they just send it to me in a presentation report, bullet form or something

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    1. Ugh~ Couples. The worst thing about them is that they gain the ability to siphon off the tolerance of their friends with all that lovey-dovey-ness and inability to hold themselves back. Why must they expand their insanity onto others!?

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  4. Really? So antagonistic is her view on pigeons that she associates all grievances to their likeness, huh. Oh Reika…

    Good on you, Class Rep. I thought you were going to be sacrificed brutally to appease the angry goddess, but you came up to her prepared! Class Rep saved all those death/love-seeking FAV deserters who joined the FRV. By the by, I’m always impressed by Reika’s vast knowledge of love-related superstitions. Too bad they don’t help her though XDD But, her goddess of love status does not disappoint. She even inducted Mao-chan as an apprentice-disciple! Watch out, Akimi~

    I want to say that I’m sorry to all the Yukino-is-secretly-a-little-devil believers. I was high-key skeptical and didn’t take you all seriously, but this chapter finally has me questioning his character (that Mother Goose choice… -_-|||).

    About those Indian dolls though, if their maintenance is correlated with Bakaburagi’s love life, does that mean that the baka stalk-, er, emperor is destined to experience 9 more heartbreaks?

    Thanks so much for the newest chapter! And awesome job with the scanlation! And congrats on 1000 posts!

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  5. Two typos:
    1st one
    I can’t my jealousy had made me wish for something so cruel to happen to such good people.
    —>
    I can’t ‘believe’ my jealousy had made me wish for something so cruel to happen to such good people.

    2nd one
    he came back and let Yukino-kun it was time to go.
    —->
    He came back and let Yukino-kun ‘know’ it was time to go.

    This would make the flow of the sentences and meaning more clear, without it it would be somewhat awkward in meaning. Just something along those lines, can always change to a better word to clear up the understanding.

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  6. I thought it was an April fool released.. Finally an update 😢😢 thank god. I wonder when will this end..

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        1. Imagine if you would, a dainty ojousama. Her cheeks are packed full and the head of a pigeon protrudes out of her mouth. It has little beady eyes and it croons. Enjou looks on in shock and surprise. Kaburagi in disgust.

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  7. I really expected an April fool’s joke! To my surprise, Reika-sama even gave her blessing to the deserters of Forever Alone Village . Can’t wait to hear what curses our Goddess will throw at Bakaragi.

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      1. Oh. We couldn’t tell, because of your usually low quality of translation and editing.

        Everything is always in comic sans. You can’t seem to get enough of that font.

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  8. Thanks for the chapter
    Oh man I really missed a chapter of Reika-sama.
    I also think its such a waste that yukino-kun wasnt her prince…I wished she gets cryogenical frosted and wake her up when yukino-kun remaches her age xD too bad they are about to end school…oh man.

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      1. Yeah, had got that on the rest, but bathroom goddess was so good I believed it out of sheer desire to have more of it…

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  9. Thanks for the chapter!
    Is that Agatha Christie reference from the RAW as well? The author is a man of culture, I see.

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      1. Yeah, I realized it when Reika is talking about the little indian doll. But then isn’t Reika said “And then there were none”?

        >That said, she’s hardly unknown over there.
        With Conan so highly popular in there, I’m not surprised considering he talks about Poirot ever tens of chapters.

        >There’s an eroge where she stars at the protagonist, actually.
        And now I’m intrigued. What’s the name of the eroge?

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  10. While I was on my way I received a number of text messages from Kaburagi but I ignored them all.
    ……
    In the middle of the uproar was Yukino’s brother, Enjou, as well as Emperor Kaburagi. What had he even come to the Petit Salon for?

    “Niisama, what are you guys doing here?” Yukino-kun asked blankly. The two of them had walked over to us.

    Enjou gave a helpless smile as Kaburagi stood with his arms crossed.

    “Masaya over here has business with Kisshouin-san.”

    > So Enjou knew where to find Reika?! She didn’t tell anybody that she was going to the Petit Salon! And since Enjou answered Yukino’s question like that, it means Kaburagi went to Enjou to ask/look for Reika (or he was complaining incessantly to Enjou until Enjou caved and decided to show him where Reika was), AND that Enjou knew where to find her! Not to mention this also implies that Kaburagi (possibly) knows that Enjou knows Reika’s whereabouts.

    Either Reika is super predictable and/or Enjou has been super keenly observant of Reika. (I’d say both tho considering their history. lol) Enjou Shuusuke x Reika ship fodder! (I know, scraping the bottom of the barrel here, but still…!)

    Also, on NovelUpdates, it says the next chapter 299 is the last one before Kenkyo goes on hiatus?!? Este, is this true?! 😭

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    1. I go with Reika being super-predictable.
      How many times has Reika hung around Yukino by now?

      At this point, it isn’t hard to figure out that Reika always buys gifts on a trip and that she’ll inevitably drop them off on the children.

      So your friend Kaburagi bothers you about how Reika is ignoring his calls. Which only means she’s in maybe one of a few places at this time of day. The salon, her club, homeroom or with your little brother.

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  11. Thanks for the chapter!!!
    FYI, that bridge in Paris now bans those padlocks, because sometime ago one of the barriers of the bridge collapsed and fell off due to the sheer weight of all the padlocks. So, nope, no padlock-ing anymore on that bridge now…

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  12. Kaburagi could definitely rule the Young Lions branch of New Japan Wrestling as The Emperor. His finisher, the Cavalry Charge, would be in hot demand and never get kicked out of. He should consider it the next time his pure heart gets broken by a girl.

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  13. “We chat picked up to a swell” –> “The chat picked up to a swell” I think? Or something?

    Tyvm for the chapter!! Haha that old translation was entertaining, come a loooong way huh :O

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  14. Thank you for the chapter! I was Reika-sama deprived. Last time I tried to read the raws, I was depressed at chapter 285 because the last chapter is 299 and it hasn’t been updated since 2017….
    Thank you for reawakening my love for Reika, love your translations and those reference images! Lastly, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD have Yukino-kun steal her away because Enjou is taking too long.

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  15. Thanks for the chapter. This is hands down my favorite slice-of-life reincarnation novel. It is impressive that it keeps its charm after so many chapters. It’s got to be the characters, they’re all great!

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