Reika-sama – 118

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“It seems that recently a certain 2nd year has been getting ahead of herself,” began the President of the Pivoine.

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After Wakaba-chan made 1st place, the way certain students treated her became noticeably more harsh.

I thought it was completely pointless, seeing as she made it there through ability. I hoped that I could make 1st place one day. First place… How nice…

No, even just the Top 5 would be great…

No, even 10th place… If I ever made 10th I’d be so besides myself with joy that I’d break into a belly dance.

Getting back to the point though, Kaburagi and Enjou were considered the pride of the more ‘pure bred’ Suiran students. That Wakaba-chan had threatened their places even as far back as 1st year was something many of them couldn’t endure.

Plenty of other External Students did really well too, but Wakaba-chan was probably targeted because of her appearance. She looked like a total commoner. Not only that but sometimes she’d stare into space with her mouth hanging, like some kind of simpleton.

Thanks to that, plenty of people made comments like,

That’s supposed to be who beat them?”

“Are you sure she didn’t cheat?”

And the fact that she was a girl that Enjou and Kaburagi spoke to made everything even worse. And Enjou was one thing, but Kaburagi almost never spoke to girls. For him to speak to her of his own volition stirred up some incredible jealousy.

Some of the girls in my group weren’t too fond of her either.

Actually, sometimes they’d give me weird encouragements like, “Do your best, Reika-sama!”. What exactly was I supposed to be doing my best in?

And you know, I did do my best for the mid-terms but even now none of them had noticed.

Next to the great 3-way struggle between ‘Takamichi’, ‘Kaburagi’ and ‘Enjou’, nobody had any attention to spare on the story of ‘Kisshouin Reika, 29th place’. In the end the rankings notice was taken down without anybody noticing…

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I tried so hard but nobody even praised me. Nobody noticed. That was so sad…

Which is why I decided to plan a little farce for myself.

I made sure to time it so that my results were casually lying around the living room when Oniisama came home. Of course, just having it lying around on its own was a little too obvious, so I made sure to have exercise printouts and stationery and textbooks and stuff as well. I was totally just looking through my bag for something when my results just happened to fall out.

Oh? That’s weird. Oniisama wasn’t home yet?

In the end I was forced to put the stationery back into my bag and wait. I took it out again.

…He wasn’t coming.

I put it back in. Then took it all out.

After repeating this again and again, Oniisama finally appeared.

“Welcome home, Oniisama!”

“I’m back. What’s all this on the table, Reika?”

“I was simply looking for something…”

I rustled my hand in my more-or-less empty bag. Oniisama! Look! Your little sister’s grades are right there!

To stall for time, I took out the contents of my pencilcase one by one.

Oniisama! Right there! Right in front of you!

“Hm? Oh, are these your grades?”

Oniisama finally noticed and picked it up.

“Goodness~ Oniisama! Stop! How embarrassing~”

Oh my~ With my bag in my hands, I was completely unable to stop Oniisama from picking it up~

“Wow! You made it to 29th place this time. You really did your best, Reika!”

“Ehh~ You exaggerate~”

“29th place in high school means your name was put up, right? You’re amazing. After trying so hard, I think you deserve a present, don’t you?”

“Ehh~ 29th place is nothing so deserving~”

“I don’t think that’s true. It’s a reward for all your effort.”

With that, Oniisama smiled and stroked my head.

Oniisamaaa~!!

I really did my best, you know? But nobody noticed.

…Hahh, it finally, finally paid off.

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Ichinokura-san brought me out to eat in celebration of the end of exams. This time Mao-chan was absent.

We were going to be eating at an Italian place he recommended. Not one of the fancy expensive places, but like a small trattoria.

The moment we stepped inside, I could already smell the scent of roasted garlic.

I went with a bolognaise pasta.

On the other hand, Ichinokura-san decided on a pescatore.

We were also ordering a pizza margherita.

“You’ll have the bruschetta, obviously.”

“Well, yes.”

“Maybe we should get some salad too. What kind of salad do you like, Reika-san?”

“Caprese salad would be nice.”

“Then we’ll get that. Ah, but won’t that be a bit too much tomato? I’ll change my pasta order then. What should I get…”

I used to worry about whether or not to keep faking my eating habits, but ever since that night with the kamameshi I stopped with all pretences.

Ichinokura-san said that it was more fun to dine out with people who could eat a lot anyhow.

The food came one after another, so much that it felt like I was at an eating competition. Bring it all out!

Yummmyyy! The bolognaise was delicious. And the flat pasta was just the best! And the cheese on the margherita just stretched out!

Actually, god, why were Italian tomato dishes all so delicious? Apparently tomatoes were good for burning fat too. Delicious and good for dieting? It was too good for words!

Even I was full after all of that. But I ordered some tiramisu for dessert.

When Ichinokura-san asked me how my exams went, I modestly told him that they were acceptable.

“Mao tells me that you’re quite impressive at school.”

“She misunderstands. I think she overestimates me.”

“I hope you’ll help her with her studies too.”

Uhuhu, leave it to me. I, rank 29th Kisshouin Reika, can do primary school homework with my eyes closed.

When it was time to leave, Ichinokura-san bought some sweets to take back to Mao-chan since she couldn’t come today. That’s why I asked to pay for that instead. After being treated to so many meals, I wanted to at least do this. And I ate quite a bit, too…

I eventually convinced him. When I went to pay at the register though, I spotted some amaretti so I bought it to bring home for myself.

“Thank you for the sweets. I’ll make sure to tell Mao that it was from you.”

“Thank you for always treating me. Today’s food was just delicious. The caprese salad was one of the best three I have ever had.”

“Really? I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. That place is really picky about tomatos.”

“No wonder it was so delicious then. But the cheese was wonderful too.”

“The cheese? Then how about I take you to a risotto place next time? There’s this blue cheese risotto you just have to try.”

“Risotto!? I love risotto.”

“Then that settles it.”

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When I returned home from a great dinner with Ichinokura-san, I saw Oniisama reading a travel magazine. Was he planning on going somewhere?

I entered my room and then had just one of the amaretti. Yummy…

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Tsuruhana-san’s group tried to trip Wakaba-chan in the hallway, but Wakaba-chan vaulted over each one like an athlete doing hurdles.

And in her gym class, only Wakaba-chan was forced to play dodgeball during a basketball game…

I was starting to worry about her a little, but she still seemed totally unaffected, so I hoped she could get through this.

As bad as I felt about it, if the President of the Pivoine really had it out for her, there wasn’t much I could do.

Tsk. I was shifting responsibilities now, but what the heck was Kaburagi doing.

What happened to his destiny?


 

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95 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 118”

    1. *is waiting eagerly for Wakaba to fall into Reika route as well*

      Come on, Reika, you are not as stupid as Bakarina but surely you have enough to manage nagging a heroine :P XD

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  1. Yay! Takateru noticed! Hooray for Reika-sama, 29th placer! But seriously you’re eating too much. I graciously volunteer to eat the tiramisu in your stead. Go burn the calories by practicing the belly dance so you’ll be ready for when you enter the top ten.

    Uh-oh, will Reika-sama, 29th placer, come to the rescue of Wakaba, 1st placer, when things get too rough? Or will Kaburagi, 2nd place(?), retire his spot in the FAV?

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      1. So long as you don’t ends up forcing a friend to build an Italian restaurant out of your desire for Italian food, it’s fine.

        -YesIt’sASpoilerNotReika’stho

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  2. Hahaha. Lol. Reika doing a belly dance if she was jn top 10? Hahahaha. She’s so adorable! She wants her oniisama to praise her.
    Eventually she’ll have to help wakaba. So excited when they meet each other in chapter 150++++ the original manga romance is almost non existent.

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  3. She’s being delusional. Not that it’s the first time though XD and I pretty much think Oniisama “noticed” because of her “natural” behavior (gosh, could you be more obvious?) looool

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  4. Meatbun delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    *quickly goes to buy a bolognaise sauce and spaghetti noodle to cook*
    I should’ve eaten before reading this chapter.. Q.Q

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      1. *ahem*
        Keith is a sister-con, thank you very much.
        Katarina is her own woman. A black hole, like you will. Reality warps around her, not the other way around.

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  5. lol
    Looks like Oniisama is preparing for the next trip with Reika again. It seems that he is going to pull something again with Ichinokura like the time with Tomoe-senpai. And Reika will have a heart-broken soon.
    Btw, my airhead Reika-sama finally is praised for the 29th, good for you. One word of Oniisama weights ten times ones of others fufufufu

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  6. Thanks for the chapter!

    Reika-sama fishing for compliments is so cute.
    I feel like the Ichinokura route is the gourmet route.

    Wakaba, no wonder she is giving a bad impresion if she is staring into space with her mouth hanging.

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    1. That’s because she’s visiting the Velvet Room and fusing Personas. Doing a lot of confirm-cancel bitching. You know how that’s like.

      Gotta keep on those Social Links too, so she can fuse those ultimate Persona. She still hasn’t unlocked the Empress arcana though.

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      1. Empress arcana is soooo hard to unlock you know!! I’ve been at it for like 4 game plays already!! (well the first two was like me being stupid to do the save mah persona to the velvet residents)

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        1. You’re grinding Academics too hard and not getting enough of the high-return increases in Charm and Courage.

          [You placed first on exams!]
          [The glare of the surrounding girls is painful.]
          [It seems your Courage isn’t high enough.]

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      2. If Reika-sama is the Empress arcana, then Kaburagi is the Emperor arcana, Enjou then is the Devil or theMagician, and Wakaba is the Fool?

        I only have played Persona 4 golden.

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        1. I wrote a long thing, deleted and basically decided to keep it simple.
          Tarot is bullshit.

          Slightly longer version:
          Tarot were originally just playing decks that varied depending on region and preference before occultists made specialized decks for the purposes of storytelling. Basically, the deck you’re used to playing poker or blackjack with are just a kind of tarot deck.

          Still Carl Jung was really into wishy-washy spiritualism and Persona is modeled after Jungian ideas of psychology. That and the Tarot deck nicely symbolizes the Hero’s Journey. So it’s fitting for the franchise.

          The reason I say “it’s bullshit” is not just because fortune-telling is bullshit (though it is) but because even within the same deck format, meanings are vague and open to interpretation and also vary depending on any given occultist’s own pet interpretation.

          Either way, those two problems tend to be inter-related:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnum_effect

          Basically, I can think of any of a dozen life situations that could fit Kaburagi into, say, Emperor, Devil, Chariot, Death and so on. It also does not help that you can hypothetically have a female character who would fit both the Empress AND Priestess. And you can even make a very strong case that Enjou is an archetypal Empress.

          That said, Atlus likes to reuse certain themes and character archetypes.

          Wakaba is a classic Atlus Priestess since all three girls from 3, 4 and 5 are academically smart girls and mostly already self-actualized and mature individuals that start out naive and insecure. But since she’s the protagonist, she’d be the Fool.

          The Magician tends to be male-bro sidekick characters who are enthusiastic about having these cool new superpowers and going on the adventure. (Junpei, Yousuke and Morgana. Although Morgana also has a more pragmatic and personal reason to push you into the adventure.)

          So that Magician would have to be one of Wakaba’s friends who is the (maybe overenthusiastic) sidekick. Basically the one friend who would revel in having a secret life of high adventure that none of these snobby stuck-up ojousamas know about. Hell, maybe their lives are in existential peril from Shadows or whatever and they all unwittingly owe their lives to them.

          Reika and Kaburagi would have to be Empress and Emperor, because eh, at least it’s cosmetically satisfying to pigeon-hole them into those roles. Reika does have a more nurturing lowkey side to “management” as it were where Kaburagi is assertive if not outright oppressive in his use of the people around him.

          Anyway, gonna stop there, because I’m not about to write out a whole Reika-Persona slashfic.

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          1. That is an interesting thing.
            Enjou as the Empress arcana, it’s really fitting, like him going after Bakaburagi in his suicide spots tour.

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  7. Maybe YOU’RE Wakaba-chan’s destiny, Reika-sama. Embrace your fate and go help the poor girl out (and if that leaves Bakaburagi the new Forever Alone Village, then so be it).

    …Oniisama’s foresight is unparalleled.

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      1. To be Bakarina you need vast amount of density so as to attract EVERYBODY (excepting your own mother). For better or worse, Reika is not that level

        … maybe it will improve if she’s fed more? :P

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      2. I dunno, Reika’s mom at least like her and didn’t give up on her, but her tactic is different from Bakarina, which to finish all of their death flags before going to the death flag that never happened, Reika’s is more like ‘I don’t want any troublesome things=EnjouXKaburagi, so she decides to go on easy going siscon pace’

        P.S. Don’t hate me for making my opinions, this is just my POV…. For the moment

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  8. LOL.

    I’m betting it was so obvious that Reika wanted to show off to her Oniisama and wanted to be praised. It is known she has a no poker face around him.

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  9. Thanks for the new chapter! I wonder how things will develop with Ichinokura. All the food pics make me so hungry. *drool*. I’m kinda expecting Reika will be forced to assist Wakaba with all that harassment. Idk if that will happen though.

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  10. Onii-sama! You should know that your sister is rather close with a man older than her! Who’s probably around your age?? He seems nice but there’s seems like something strange about him! Please look around for clues if he’s okay or not lol
    Thank you for the new chapter!

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    1. I’m sure he is doing something about it. Either the travel mag is for Reika’s next friend-zoned trip or Oniisama is searching for a place to dump Ichinokura’s corpse…

      Thanks for the chapter, Este-sama. I am tortured by the food images but all is well bc Reika sama is adoooraaableeee!!!

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  11. I think I am now going to try and see Reika in a third-person perspective.

    In the scene with the Pivoine conference, I see her doing a kind of cross-legged thinker’s pose, looking pouty and annoyed, like she’s thinking, “Hmmph, how stupid.” Depending on the looker’s interpretation, she either is being aloof and utterly disinterested in the conversation at hand or pissed at Wakaba.

    In the scene with Takateru, she’s overly excited to see her brother and he sees the imaginary “tail wagging” with her eyes lighting up at the sight of him. She’s a dog wanting extra attention. As she’s “unpacking” her pencil case, her eyes keep flitting to the printout with the test scores.

    I’m still trying to work out how a dainty ojousama with perfect manners would look like as a really big eater.

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      1. Somehow, I see this as Enjou doing backseat therapy.
        Not with the express intent of getting at Reika or even shipping Wakaba off to Kaburagi.

        I just think he’s reached the same conclusion I have, which is that Kaburagi needs distractions to keep him from moping around. Wakaba is competition and Kaburagi can’t pass up a good competition. So Enjou is going to quietly support Wakaba so that she’s in good shape to keep scoring #1.

        It sounds like a typically Enjou plan to me. It’s that right combination of altruistic yet manipulative that he’s fond of.

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        1. Basically, he kills three birds with one stone. He helps, Wakaba *and* Kaburagi *and* puts Wakaba in his pocket for later use. He gets her gratitude or at least some honor-debt from her that he can later use to rope her into some other scheme.

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  12. The pastas looked sooo delicious. *drools* 🤤 Anyways, I’m reaaally really worried for Reika-sa A’s weight!! Y’know and we all do know that whenever she’s in a love love mode she tend to forget her weight control and how it was always too late when she notices it.

    Glad, that her Onii-sama gave her a nadenade in the head. And Bakaburagi…I srsly don’t think he’d end up with wakaba like there’s this weird thought that I can’t really put through words but somehow it feels like he won’t end up with her.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE UPDATE!!

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  13. it would be possible to assume that, like oscar the fateless (darksouls) she needs to kick-start the bullying so that the wheels of fate would turn and kaburagi would fall for wakaba or something?

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  14. Thanks for the chapter! At least now Reika won’t have to worry about their route as much, since new villains appeared lol. It’s fun to read about Reika’s food date but what if Ichinokura friendzone her eventually? They need to go to other places too

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  15. Thanks so much for the double release! You’re too awesome! XDXDXD

    Poor Reika. Good thing Oniisama is there, right? He really is pretty great. (Although, I wonder if he noticed that she planned that…)

    So was I right about Ichinokura? Does Reika have a new type of spring? Food lovers~ but too much pasta isn’t good for dieting… -_-|||

    And hopefully Bakaburagi little faux pas (because HE should know better!) doesn’t mean more trouble for Reika. But poor Wakaba. Kids are vicious.

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  16. XD Thank you for the chapter~~
    I wonder is her Onii-Sama actually came home earlier and was watching (and laughing) at Reika’s antics. After all he’s known to play with emotions XD.

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  17. I think that Reika has to worry more about destiny than Bakaragi. Take the hikes for example. Is it coincidence that their trips involve mountain climbing? Or are they there to trip the villainess in favor of the heroine?

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  18. Is it just me or did Wakaba go from shoujo protag to shounen protag… If she had charisma on the same level as her academics and athletics she would become a Sakamoto.

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  19. This romance with Ichinokura is probably going to bomb out. There is waaay too much time spend on it, meaning that the relationship between Ichinokura and Reika is the current arc conflict. Otherwise, it would happen a lot more gradually, like with Wakaba.

    With how things are going I can’t imagine that Ichinokura can friend-zone her. I guess he could be trying to woo her dishonesty but that seems kind of dangerous. And he really does seem to love Mao so I have trouble believing he is a bad person.

    I’m waiting for the inevitable foot to drop with weight. Also, despite what she thinks I’m sure that everyone is aware of her love for food.

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  20. The way how enthusiastic they talked about their meals made me think that Ichinoruka is probably not as shady as expected but rather already taken or simply doesn’t see her as anything else than Mao-chan’s Onee-sama/a foodie friend…
    Either way… forever village chief Reika-dono. Lomg may she lead us lone horses!

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