Characters: Souma Kanzaki and Anzu
Unlock: (Way of the Katana) Souma Kanzaki
• “Chest” is a shout that Samurai back in the day used when engaging in battle with one another. You can think of it as ‘En garde’, ‘Here I come’, ‘Prepare yourself’ etc. It signals that you’re ready to clash and that there’s nothing else on your mind. Previously, I’ve translated this depending on the context Souma uses it in, but since this whole story is about his katana, I decided to leave it as it is here.
• “Jigen-Ryu” is a martial arts school focusing mainly on swordsmanship.
• “arubaito” means part-time job.
• “Sexagenery Cycle” is an old East-Asian calendar for counting time periods. You’ll be more familiar with its use in the Chinese Zodiac. Apparently, even Souma’s choice of hyperbole is archaic. Bless.
• I took liberty when translating over “I failed not once, but twice”. The phrase is “abuhachi torazu” where you try to do two things at the same time and end up accomplishing neither. The English equivalent would be “between two stools you fall to the ground”.
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End of Souma Kanzaki: ‘Sword Dance’