Kenkyo Kenjitsu: The Reika-sama Chronicles 239

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The Chinese word for four (四, pinyin: sì, jyutping: sei3), sounds quite similar to the word for death (死, pinyin: sǐ, jyutping: sei2), in many varieties of Chinese. Similarly, the Sino-Japanese, Sino-Korean and Sino-Vietnamese words for four, shi (し, Japanese) and sa (사, Korean), sound similar or identical to death in each language (see Korean numerals, Japanese numerals, Vietnamese numerals).

My mid-terms were finally starting tomorrow, so it was time to get some last minute cramming in.

I spent a bit of time doing exercises. When I went to grab a rubber to rub out some of my mistakes the Zui’ran University brochure, sandwiched between some textbooks, happened to catch my eye.

Maybe it was time for a break.

I flopped onto my bed and thought about my future as I stared at it.

There was a dream I’d had since I was a kid. Specifically the dream of a successful get rich quick scheme.

In preparation for a future of destitution, starting in primary school I slowly saved up money little by little so that I could go to university and ultimately land a job (preferably in government) with nice employee benefits.

On the other hand I’d also always dreamed of a life of easy money.

Haaah~ Wouldn’t that be nice?

If I earned enough money to never worry about it again, I could spend the rest of my life cruising along. Haaah.

That said, my dream wasn’t to suddenly win the lottery, or to save some random grandpa who’d bequeath his legacy onto me or anything. I’m not crazy.

If you were wondering what exactly a perfectly grounded person like me was dreaming about then, the answer was inventions.

Just like those housewives who invented hit products like those washing machine nets for catching lint, or those toe-only slippers for toning your calves, I, too, would one day invent something that would bring me an income without having to work!

With that royalty-funded lifestyle in mind, I was thinking of going to university to learn about patents and stuff. The competition would be rough though. And honestly, if I was going to university anyhow, I might as well become a lawyer and file my own patents, right?

In my other plan I’d need to be nationally qualified anyhow, so it was killing two birds with one stone. I’m sure I left the book on qualifications somewhere…

Ah, let’s see… Hm hm… Maybe I’d start with the certification exam first.

I’d like to start off by inventing something useful for everyday life like those housewives do, but ideally I’d eventually invent something that would take the world by storm. And then I’d end up being chosen by American magazines as one of the hundred most influential people in the world.


I gleefully kicked my bed as I pictured my photogenic smile on the cover of a magazine.

Hmm, what should I invent as the first step towards my ambitions?

I guess if I was to follow my predecessors it’d be a product for the kitchen, or maybe for dieting? ‘As long as you have this, a diet is a cinch’ or something like that.


Like maybe something that could press your pressure points just by wearing it, so you’d lose weight without any effort. But for something like that to work, the material would need to be fairly stiff.

Something hard then. Maybe metal?

Right, what about chainmail?

‘Diet Neo-Chainmail’.

It’d be avant garde despite the conservative design, so as an undergarment you could wear it anywhere.

You could treat it as a fashion accessory too, because you’d show glimpses of it at the neckline. Wouldn’t that be splendid?

I could sell it on those infomercials that they play late at night.

And then I’d make hundreds of millions of Yen in the first hour.

“Uhyoh hyoh hyoh!”

Maybe before long some fashion designer would ask to collaborate! And then we’d go global! Maybe we’d even build a chainmail palace in the most expensive location in the city!

“Uhyoh hyoh hyoh hyoh hyoh hyoh hyoh!”

There was no stopping this laughter…!

First off was establishing a company.

Besides that, what if I took advantage of the oil hype and released a hair serum with fish oil? ‘The lustre of the black carp for your hair’ or something.

Ça Va & Briller‘ or something.

…Yeah, this could definitely sell!

Aah, the ideas were just coming to me one after another! Maybe we could even own our own headquarters building in the CBD!

I could almost taste the money already!

“Hyoh hyoh hyoh hyoh hyoh!”

I heard a knocking at my door.

“Reika, it’s late so go to sleep.”

“All right, Oniisama.”

Oops. Got a little too excited there.

Well, since I did get a break in the end, I suppose it was back to studying.


You’re joking. Just that little break was over an hour long!?

Where did all that time go!?

I frantically chugged down an energy drink and went back to my desk to make up lost time.

Looks like it was going to be an all-nighter! I had to give it my all if I wanted to make my dream a reality!




Although some things happened along the way, I held out until the day of the tests.

No sooner had we finished the last did Kaburagi invite Wakaba-chan out on a studying date. Where did he get that stamina?

I was barely awake after all the late nights I’d pulled. In fact my immediate plans were to head home and take a 10-hour nap.

Later on I found out through a phone call with Wakaba-chan that he’d apparently taken her to a famous chocolatier store.

“And you see? There was this chocolate parfait that they were selling limited numbers of each day, right? It was so delicious. The chocolate ice cream in it was so creamy and rich that it totally revolutionised my idea of a parfait!” she said.

A parfait in the sense of a dessert served in a tall glass, usually comprising ice cream, fruits, cream, buttercream, chocolate sauce, or nuts etc. In France, where it originated, it refers to a “frozen dessert made from a base of sugar syrup, egg, and cream”. When it came to America it more extra, and then it got super extra in Japan.

From what she was telling me, that date he’d been agonising over had gone quite well. Of all things, apparently he’d even extracted a promise of a next date from her, because then she said,

“And the place we stopped by after that had these ammonites embedded in the walls. When I mentioned that the marble used at Zui’ran also had quite a few fossils in them, Kaburagi told me that he liked paleontology too, and which walls they were specifically. He even knew more about it than me!” she gushed. “We just kept talking and talking. And so we’re going to see some dinosaurs when we have a chance.”

…Seeing dinosaurs as a date was a little unique, but Wakaba-chan seemed to be looking forward to it, and this did fit with what Enjou said about moulding your date to the interests of your partner.

Not bad, Kaburagi.




A few days later, the results were finally out.

“Reika-sama, it seems that the results of our mid-terms are out.”

“Oh, so they are.”

I was a little―no, very confident this time.

I was affecting an air of nonchalance about it like usual, but I suggested we all check the results together.

Just in case, I added, “Unfortunately I had little chance to study this time. I was just so tired from the class trip.”

When we arrived it was a sea of people surrounding the board.

It was time.

Come to me, top 10!


“My! It looks like Kaburagi-sama’s number one again.”

“As expected of Kaburagi-sama.”

The girls were chatting about the results but I didn’t have the composure for that.

It wasn’t there… My… Name… Wasn’t… There…!

To be sure, I looked up and down the ranking board time and time again.

It wasn’t there…

This couldn’t be.

After all that time he spent worrying about romance Kaburagi still made #1, while I studied butt off every day and didn’t even make the ranking board!?



Nearby, I could hear Wakaba-chan and Fellow Stalking Horse praising each other for their efforts.

“Damn. Looks like I lost to you again, Takamichi,” said Fellow Stalking Horse.

“I studied pretty darn hard, after all~ But you still made 3rd place,” Wakaba-chan pointed out.

“I guess. I’ll beat you next time for sure. Anyway, congratulations on 2nd place.”

“Ehehe~ Thanks. Congrats to you too.”


So Wakaba-chan tried pretty hard then? Incidentally I studied pretty hard too, though…

It was a little awkward saying this, but Wakaba-chan was busy with her work at the Student Council, and spent her free time with me, while Kaburagi was daydreaming about romance and didn’t study at all, right!?

So what the heck was this huge difference in results? What was this huge difference between us!?

I gave up almost all my sleep time in the lead-up to these tests.

I don’t even remember how many energy drinks I went through.

I was suffering from breakouts. I was even getting stomach aches.

That was when Enjou and Kaburagi appeared, parting the sea of people like Moses.

Kaburagi looked thoroughly uninterested as the people around him congratulated him endlessly. He really couldn’t seem to care less.

Then he raised an eyebrow and turned to Enjou.

“Bad day, Shuusuke?”

Enjou gave a helpless smile.

Right, Kaburagi was 1st place, Wakaba-chan was 2nd place, Fellow Stalking Horse was 3rd, and Enjou was 4th.

4th huh…

I wasn’t sure how to feel about that being a ‘bad day’ for him, but thinking about it Enjou had always been in the top 3.

I guess it was kind of surprising to see him fall out of there.

That said, 4th place was more than respectable.

4th place.

…I suppose the number 4 was a little unlucky.

Maybe my curse worked after all?

Kaburagi seemed to sense my gaze because he turned to me and our eyes met.

Then he broke his gaze to look up and down the ranking board before turning back to me.



Please stop.

Stop looking at me like that.

Before he could make this worse by opening his mouth, I left for my classroom with the girls.

“Hey, don’t you think Kaburagi-sama was really staring at Reika-sama just now?” chirped Kikuno-chan.

“You noticed too, Kikuno-san?” replied Serika-chan.

The girls started happily gossiping about it but they couldn’t be more off the mark.

That stare was saying ‘You kept going on about cram school and tutoring like a massive nerd, but you don’t even have the grades to be one’!


I shouldn’t have kept using studying as my excuse to refuse him!

I was so embarrassed that I could die…!

When we got our report cards after that, I sneaaaakily took a look.

…Oh gosh! How foreboding! I was rank 44!

I’d dropped in rankings so much that I had a mini panic attack. Maybe I should start going to cram school more days of the week…



I didn’t snap out of my shock for the rest of the day.

After school I was just wordlessly sipping tea in the Salon.

“You seem listless. Does something trouble you?” Fuyuko-sama asked me softly. “Please let me help. The truth is, at Lady Lyuleiah’s encouragement, I’ve been undergoing training to become a miko.”

“Training to become a miko…?”

And who was Lady Lyu-, ah. It was that self-proclaimed mystic healer that she introduced me to last time, wasn’t it?

And becoming a shrine maiden? Fuyuko-sama was doing something strange again…

“Indeed. We miko are tasked by the heavens to help those in need of it. Reika-sama, please take my hand. First of all I’m going to inject my qi into you and heal and purify your heart.”

“I see…”

“See? Do you feel that warmth? It is the qi circulating inside you.”

Err, I don’t feel anything.

Suddenly, Fuyuko-sama began throat-singing like a Mongolian.


“Erm, F-Fuyuko-sama?”

“The angels are descending. Uuiiiiiiii~”

“Stop, please stop.”

I’m begging you, there are people here.

“What is that, someone’s mobile?”

“I think it’s a cicada…?”

A few people had already noticed the strange sound and were looking around the room.

“I may just be an apprentice miko, but I shall do my best to guide you. If I manage to guide five people, I will be acknowledged as a full miko. If I guide ten people, I become an intermediate miko, and if I manage to guide twenty then I’ll be recognised as a high-ranking miko…”

“…Fuyuko-sama, that…”

That’s a pyramid scheme, Fuyuko-sama!

Using cooking pots and detergent as an example, I thoroughly lectured Fuyuko-sama on the dangers of pyramid schemes.

Far from relieving me of my worries, I felt like had more things to worry about now…

This is my first time embedding an audio file as a reference.

I didn’t even know it was possible. How fun!

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42 thoughts on “Kenkyo Kenjitsu: The Reika-sama Chronicles 239”

  1. Thanks for the chapter! I snapped out of my sleep haze when I saw the notification update

    Laughed my ass off reading this chapter

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  2. Thanks for the chapter! Poor Reika, with all her peers effortlessly getting top marks. She should try studying with Wakaba, that’d probably help her! And her ideas… : / I great for the future.

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    1. Yeah, this chapter actually gives you an example of why Reika doesn’t get better grades. She spent an hour daydreaming about inventions.

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  3. Five Guys! Super duper good! 😍

    Aaahh, wait, I’m not trying to brag how great it is. But you’ve just reminded me how long it’s been since I went there since this whole quarantine thing has happened.

    Thanks for the chapter! 😘 Really missed you while you were gone!

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      1. It’d be kind of weird for them to, honestly. A lot of what makes Five Guys work is that they pretty much depend on the American agriculture to source all their ingredients cheaply. Every state claims beef as a specialty, which doesn’t make it much of a specialty anymore.,meal%20is%20about%20%248%20AUD.

        Well shit, no wonder. If your McDonald’s are $8 Aussie. That’s some kind of sick joke for such low quality food.

        It’s probably $9 to $13 USD to eat at Five Guys, depending on whatever portions you order. I skip beverages for water, since I don’t really like most fountain drinks served here (too corn syrupy and the tea is of poorer quality than I can make myself).

        Fortunately, most places accept orders for curbside pickup now, and suddenly I’m in the mood . . .

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        1. But hey, at least you have healthcare and one of your parties isn’t openly fascist. So *shrugs.*

          [eagle scree]


          1. To be fair, I think I might be wayyyy overthinking this and am a bit embarrassed as a result. It seems prices of the average meal are fairly comparable between Australia and the United State upon further examination. There’s cheaper meals on the McD dollar menu but it really does seem a Big Mac + Fries can easily run you upwards of $8 USD. It’s not really Switzerland I’m comparing this to.

            That said, it really is run by five brothers who took their father’s money to run a business instead of going to college. So I think they found a niche they’re happy in and I have a hard time seeing them wanting to go international, since that’s more of a thing greedy investors care about.

            Never say never though, since their business strategy really is simple as hell — to the point of elegance really. A restaurant has no business doing a worse job flipping burgers than your dad does in the back yard. And it’s nice to see that the workers there aren’t miserable, as you’d expect fast food workers to typically be.

            Probably somebody over there could make a killing just doing a knock-off of the same business plan.

            I managed to offend a ton of people on the internet by saying that McD’s isn’t real food. I still maintain it isn’t, not especially when places like Panera exist. I also have a fairly good local grocery chain in my area.



        2. A friend went to a Polish McD’s years ago and said that the food was local. When she ordered chicken nuggets, she basically got tenders. The Australian McD may be of much higher quality that the U.S. Ones.

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          1. Maybe. I think our staff are higher quality at least, since the minimum wage (even with local cost of living and fx taken into exchange) is a lot higher.


            1. Oh yeah, I remember a study or something to that effect. That forcing employers to pay higher wages doesn’t actually increase the cost of the service that much.

              That’s because a large majority of the costs actually go to ingredients, utilities and other overheads. So wages actually make up a much smaller percentage of the overhead.

              Just another way in which the system is screwing us.


  4. Stupid Baka love disciple…you suck dude you’ve done nothing to help her flab or brains but you dare glare at her for failing!!! You got closer to wakaba coz of Reika you damn user!!

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  5. Thanks for the chapter!!
    Its nice reading Reika’s plana for the future
    I wonder if the universe Is scheming to make her a villainess. It was so frustrating that she didnt even make It to the ranks and all the top 5 showing off…even the heroine Wakaba…T-T.

    Well,at east Reika might save her friend Fuyuko from an evil cult deceiving an ojou-sama

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  6. Thank you so much for translating again! I missed this story. Reika is such a baka with her future plans, i laughed so much about that Scene. Poor Oniichan is worried about her again xD
    And poor Reika, she is just so unlucky with her grades T-T and she always tries so hard!
    And what ever happened to let Enjou drop rank?

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  7. You have returned!! How I missed you and our Reika-sama!!!
    Thank you for your hard work as always! I love you <3 <3 <3
    Oh, poor Reika, you tried so much and yet… I think all the time you spent daydreaming was a part of the reason your score dropped =v= Keep trying your best, Reika ~

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  8. Reika-sama: Lecturing others on pyramid schemes while she herself is dreaming of a quick-rich scheme

    While I don’t think that Reika-sama did badly (44/??), all those cramming and all-nighters right before the exams has got to have an effect on her rankings. Imagine taking an exam where you fall into a 10-hr nap after.

    “That stare was saying ‘You kept going on about cram school and tutoring like a massive nerd, but you don’t even have the grades to be one’!”
    – There you have it Reika-sama. You have the golden ticket to run away from Kaburagi, albeit in the pretense of more studying. Though I think that using that reason will just get you some tutoring from Kaburagi himself.

    Thank you very much for the chapter!!

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  9. > There was a dream I’d had since I was a kid. Specifically the dream of a successful get rich quick scheme.
    Oh no.

    > Right, what about chainmail?
    > ‘Diet Neo-Chainmail’.
    > It’d be avant garde despite the conservative design, so as an undergarment you could wear it anywhere.

    > Kaburagi seemed to sense my gaze because he turned to me and our eyes met.
    > Then he broke his gaze to look up and down the ranking board before turning back to me.
    > “…”
    > “…”
    > Please stop.
    > Stop looking at me like that.
    Tears? What tears? My eyes are just sweating.

    Somehow I’m imaging them both as Minecraft characters while doing this.

    > …Oh gosh! How foreboding! I was rank 44!
    Reika getting low grades (compared to what she wants) despite how hard she (secretly) works is probably the most tragic thing in the story.

    I genuinely feel sorry for her. Unlike with dieting, there is rarely any indication that her grades are due to her slacking off.

    Actually, Reika’s struggle to maintain her grades is probably the biggest, recurring storyline…

    > “I see…”
    > “See? Do you feel that warmth? It is the qi circulating inside you.”
    > Err, I don’t feel anything.
    Alright, now I’m imaging Reika in a Xianxia world.


  10. As an American, I have a Five Guys near my place.
    Simple, but good. I’ve mentioned that I wouldn’t ever eat at McDonald’s before and Five Guy is one of the major reasons why.

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  11. An update finally!!!
    Always scroll to check updates for this series first when I’m on novelupdates😭
    Reika is such a breath of fresh air

    Wonder how many original chapters are left considering author dropped it… but I’m still enjoying the translated ones

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  12. Is this novel popular at japan? I mean we got plenty anime adaptation recently but i still did’t see any news about it, i did’nt even know reika sama have manga adaptation or not. Personally i think this one better than bakarina


  13. I kind of teared up for Reika when her name wasn’t in the ranking. She goes to cram school since primary up to present… and she has a tutor. She stays up late in the night to study. She does her best, but her effort doesn’t show like she hopes it would. Bruh, it hurts.
    I wonder what Kaburagi thought when he didn’t find Reika’s name on the list, and there’s Enjou getting fourth rank.

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