Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukokusaikenki

Chapter 2 – First Let’s Begin from ×× D

«AN: This starts with a different person’s POV. Apologies»

Thirty minutes have passed since the King declared a recess and now the award ceremony was resumed.
This is the little Mystic Wolf girl’s turn to receive his compliments.
I watched that scene together with the other prize winners.

“Your talent. Please use them for the sake of our country”
“H, hyesh! Undershtood!”

….. she stuttered, how cute.
I wonder what that cute little girl said to make ‘the King’s expression change and declare a recess’. She was also the only one called out to during recess. It’s indubitably something important for sure, but the me right now has no way of knowing it.

Ever since I arrived here I had been observing ‘that’ King.
He looked commonplace. The rumors say he was summoned as a hero, but the air he had around him was just like a common person on the streets. He wore no crown, held no cane, and wore casual clothes, though the design is unfamiliar. He did not look like a King even when standing before the throne. But then his eyes would shine with a kingly glint every now and again, a very elusive personage.

His actions as a King until now gets a passing mark, I guess.
He showed open-mindedness when taking the Dark Elf warrior’s request and also revealed a solution to the problem she’s been having without even aiming to. He showed consideration to the people with the Lorelei songstress’ case, overlooked my ‘deliberately insolent attitude’, and furthermore considered what I might have wanted and granted me that. Seeing the little Mystic Wolf girl’s case he seems to be good at ad-libbing. He does have some unrefined points but well, he gets a passing mark with this much.

However, the real test comes now.

I looked in the direction of the plump man sweating maybe cold sweat or greasy sweat next to me. It’s his turn to get a reward next. I’ve heard what his talent was from the man himself. Then as far as I can tell, his talent is ‘the talent this country needs the most’.
I wonder how the young King would see and judge him.

Will he show contempt to the man for his unsightly appearance, with his perfectly round belly and double chin.
Or maybe he will make him a laughing stock in front of the whole country.
Or maybe he won’t go that far but still disregard the importance of his talent.

If he did any of that then I can’t help but consider him to have no worth as a King. I don’t feel like working myself to the bone for an unworthy ruler. If that happens I think I’ll lock myself as a librarian and a bookworm in the Royal Library like he recommended.

“Let us continue, Poncho Pannacotta-dono of Potte village, step forward!”
“Y, yes!”


As the Prime Minister Markus-sama called out, the plump man called Poncho waddled forward with his round belly wobbling. There were snickers coming from the audience looking at such a comical sight. making Poncho’s round face even redder. Even the Princess Liecia leaked a smile like she just saw something funny. Then I looked towards the King, and he had put on a ‘serious face’. Not a laughing or dissatisfied one, just a serious look at Poncho’s face.

“This may be easy to see but this man’s talent is that of ‘eating’. During our current recruitment there were many people putting forward their [Big Eater] talent but none prevailed against this man. Also, his love towards food is out of the ordinary, he had walked the four corners of the world sampling the local products and delicacies, the person himself claimed to have [eaten mostly everything that can be eaten]. Save for the fact that he had spent all of his assets for his culinary travels …. ahem. In any case, this is a talent that can be said to have no equal in this country ….”
“I’ve been waiting for this!”

The King moved before Markus-sama finished reading.
He then stood in front of Poncho and took his hands with a gleeful look in his face.

“I’m glad that you’ve accepted my appeal! I’ve wanted a capable person like you!”
“He…. ah….. eh?”

Poncho became flustered. His brain couldn’t catch up to the King’s words.
When he finally did understand, his face cramped.

“Y, Your Highness, you were waiting for me!?”
“That’s right! This talent search was held in part for the purpose of looking for personnel like you! You are the person who will save this country! Rather than any other talented person, I’m more happy that you’ve come. I’m glad I told the officials to recommend people like you if they saw you”
“T, to go that far… is my talent really that important?”
“Yes, the knowledge you gained sampling the local products and delicacies is the key to the country’s salvation”

Being told that by the King, Poncho became flooded in tears and sweat.

“I …. everyone called me a fatty and a pig … they said I was wasting my money on food … I only travelled because I wanted to eat, and I knew they were correct … can this gluttony of mine really be useful for the country?”

The King gave the crying Poncho a pat on the shoulder.

“Let the haters say what they like. Even doing a stupid thing can become a proper talent if you do it thoroughly! Your gluttony at all expense will save this country! So please lend me your knowledge!”

Being appealed so earnestly by the King, Poncho wiped his tears with his sleeve.

“Y, yes! If my¹ … no, my² knowledge can be of use please use it in any way”
¹ «TN: Oira»
² «TN: Watashime»

He replied energetically.
Looking around, almost everyone couldn’t grasp the situation and were flabbergasted. The only ones who remained composed were Markus-dono who was showing self-restraint cultivated through his duties and the Dark Elf Aisha-dono who strangely had complete faith in the King, and also Gyna Dorma-dono who somehow was looking at the King with appraising eyes.
The King turned back towards the throne and said to Markus-dono.

“Prime Minister! There is a custom where the King grants a “name” to a retainer who shows promise, right?”
“…. ah, yes. There is, but …”
“Then Poncho. I will grant you the name [Ishidzuka]. It’s the name of an ‘Insatiable food-searching evangelist’. Be proud and work under that name”
“Y …. yessir! Thank you very much!”

That was the moment Poncho Ishidzuka Pannacotta was born.

The first retainer King Soma employed for himself was the plump high-appetite Poncho.
I wanted to shout in joy.
Good performance! This King knows where his priorities lie!
It was a test for the King whether he would employ Poncho or not. Even if he didn’t realize his worth but still employed him because he might be useful in the future he would have passed, and I consider him failed if he rejected him just by his appearance, but I never thought he would welcome him to this extent. This is a happy miscalculation.

He might just be able to save this country.
At least he is a worthy lord to serve under.
I felt excitement simmering from within myself.
…. Looks like I can’t let myself be just a bookworm.

“O King, may I have your ear?”

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“O King, may I have your ear?”

After all the rewards have been handed and I was just about to declare the end of the ceremony, the black-clothed young man Hakuya Kwonmin stepped forward and knelt. His sleepy eyes were now open wide. I was amazed at how the atmosphere around him had changed so much.
I had a hunch and asked Hakuya.

“You have something to say as well?”
“Yes. This is impolite of me but I have been recommended by someone else for this matter, but I want to make a self-recommendation”

Self-recommendation. He wants to promote himself?

“Hm …… I’ve granted you the position of the Librarian of the Royal Archives, right? By self-recommendation you mean that’s not enough? What do you wish for?”
“If I may, then I’d like to work under Your Highness”
“Not as a librarian?”
“Yes. I believe that my knowledge can support Your Highness’s hegemony if you will allow it”
“Ha ha ha”

He grandly said ‘hegemony’, and he said he can support it with his knowledge, what is he thinking, I wonder. A strategist supporting military and diplomacy, or a prime minister³ supporting internal affairs, maybe … or maybe even a [Prime Minister⁴] supporting everything like Zhuge Liang or Cao Cao. I looked Hakuya straight in the face.
³ «TN: Saishou / 宰相»
⁴ «TN: Joushou / 丞相»

“This is interesting, but do you have the talent for that?”
“I believe I do”
“Not just reciting the law?”
“Excuse me but I believe I said [I’ve read many books about Law, Culture, and The Arts⁵]. I have driven various fields of study into this head, from Astronomy above to Geology below”
⁵ «TN: AKA Engineering»

Somehow he says stuff like Toyotomi Hideyoshi, huh… but this makes the feeling of discomfort I had earlier clear. I was stuck on the ‘reading every book’ part even though he could recite law. In other words his talent did not come from only studying law. For him, being able to recite law was merely one fragment of the knowledge he had studied.

“Why did you hide your talent earlier”
“Because I wanted to make sure the lord I serve is worthy”
“Why do you reveal your talent now”
“Because I have made sure the lord I serve is worthy”

So full of confidence. Is he just all talk or does he have something to show for it.
…… I still couldn’t judge either way right now.

“I’ll leave you to Markus! I’ll place this person in a rank that befits his abilities”
“Thank you very much”

Markus and Hakuya gave a simultaneous bow.
Several days later Markus would come rushing into my office in tears saying “My King! Did you tell me to teach you how to ride a flying dragon!”, but there was no way I could know that right now. This was my chance meeting with the man who would later be called [Elfrieden’s Black Eminence⁶]
⁶ «TN: 黒衣 can be “black clothes” or “one who pulls the strings behind the stage” after the kabuki stagehands that took this role who are dressed in black»

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In history there are scenes that would easily be turned into plays in later eras. The requirements for those are
One, it has to be the turning point of an age.
Two, there has to be a star appropriate for a play.
These are the two requirements.

In the history of Elfrieden, the event that would be reenacted in dramas in later eras the most was [King Soma’s Personnel Gathering].

This scene is said to have three leading actors.
From Soma’s point of view, this scene was just another one of his exploits, but from the point of view of Hakuya Kwonmin who would come to be called the [Black Eminence], it was the [turning point of an era], and from a certain person’s point of view, it was a Cinderella story that turned their life upside down.

But opinions are divided as to who the third person is.
There are those who put the spotlight on the Dark Elf from the forest who pledged allegiance to a her master, the East Wind Warrior who would always stand guard beside the King, the [East Wind Warrior Princess] Aisha Woodgard.
There are those who put the spotlight on the person discovered by the King learning the songs of the country, who brought forth the concept of [Lorelei], Elfrieden’s [Idols], the [Prima Lorelei] loved by the King and the People, Gyna Dorma.
There are those who put the spotlight on the refugee to whom King Soma and Queen Liecia fell in love with at first sight, the one ushered in as the pair’s stepsister, who would later be called the [Virtuous Wolf Princess], Tomoe Inui.

But to say who was reenacted the most, that would probably be Poncho Ishidzuka Pannacotta.
The way of the man who was ridiculed by the people around him as a fatso and boringly eat large amounts of food took the [King’s Personnel Search] as a chance and was able to turn his life around, would rouse the people, weary with the burdens of everyday life, into full vigor and be reenacted in dramas time and time again. Although being called a Cinderella story despite being a plump man might not be apropos, he was not hated but loved, and they would say it was just right for him.

Also, because the fact that the King accepted Poncho was passed on throughout the kingdom, it had the unforeseen secondary effect where talented people gathered in Elfrieden saying “If even he was appointed then I can too …” In later years, a proverb meaning “if we has to start somewhere then let’s do something within reach”, would be coined out of these historic events:

[First let’s begin from Ishidzuka]

◇ ◇ ◇

“Hey Soma, ever thought of returning to your country?”

That night, after the dinner party with the award-winners after the award ceremony.
Liecia and I were having tea in the royal office that had already became my private room⁷. It’s surprisingly convenient since it would be waste of money to deliberately make a room for my private use, and this way I can get to work straight after waking up. Though I think that way of thinking is somewhat workaholic-ish….
As we were taking a breather, Liecia asked me that question.
⁷ I usually sleep on the bed set on a corner of the room.

“What’s this all of a sudden, and we’ve just reached a good milestone by getting money and personnel, too”
“I asked precisely because we’re at a milestone …. I’ve been curious about it”

Liecia said while tracing the rim of her cup with her finger and having her eyes downcast.

“Soma was called out of our own convenience and worked more than we expected. … and yet we who called you over don’t know of any way to send you back. We’re the worst, huh”
“If I were in your shoes I think I’d be mad. So it wouldn’t be strange if you’re angry, either”

Liecia raised her face and looked me straight in the eyes.

“If you have any complaints then tell me. I’ll do anything if it will make up for it. So please, I hope you don’t come to hate this country, the country that you rule over”
“…….. A girl shouldn’t say something like that so easily”

I plopped my hand on Liecia’s head.
Sheesh … why do you have to look like you’re going to cry.

“When a girl says something like that to me I feel like giving in to my lust”
“Um …. If I may then please spare me the torture devices …”
“What kind of person do you think I am!”

I don’t have that kind of hobby …. maybe, I think.

“If I were pressed to ask then I’d like a miniskirt maid course, I guess”
“……. if you will it”
“If we have the money for that I’d rather put it in the budget,” I said and smiled.
“Besides, I don’t feel like going back to my world all that much. There’s nobody waiting for me over there, too….”
“You mean…”
“I don’t have family. My foster parent – my grandfather just recently….”

Both my parents seem to have passed away before I was aware of the world. I was raised in my paternal grandparents’ house ever since, but grandma went when I was in high school, and grandpa continued on as if making sure that I successfully graduated from university with his own eyes. One of the reasons I had a preference for stability was because I had the handicap of never experiencing having parents, and I wanted to give grandfather and grandmother some peace of mind. Which is why my only regret was that I could not show them that I gained a stable job.

“Um … sorry”
“No need to say sorry. … rather than finding a way to send me back, I’d prefer having you bring my family’s graves here, I guess. I don’t want the graves of the grandfather who took care of me left unattended”
“I will absolutely help you on that”

Looking at Liecia gripping her hand tightly into a fist, I unintentionally leaked a bitter smile.

◇ ◇ ◇

[Character Sketch: Markus Hatov]
A half-elf whose service spanned the two reigns of Elfrieden’s 13th King Alberto and 14th King Soma. In Alberto’s time he served as prime minister, giving counsel to the King, and in Soma’s time he yielded his post after the [Black Eminence], Hakuya Kwonmin, distingished himself and he became the [Shichuu⁸], busy in charge of assembling the Royal Court. He gently passed Alberto’s reign and was busy during Soma’s reign, and because his work changed when the reigning King changes, he went on to be called the [Water of the Royal Palace].
⁸ «TN : Shizhong / 侍中 »

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70 thoughts on “Chapter 2 – First Let’s Begin from ×× D

      1. Sherrynity, I wonder why everytimes I saw your profile pict. I always end up finding myself open up hidden folder on my PC and start reading himekemono no musume -_-

      2. No! I can’t do that!! Luxiria my Life and Superbia my Way. You better remember that!!! *extremely pround*

  1. Minding building continues! But I’ve got my eyes on himekishi Leicia right now haha. Soma scored big x.x

    But I do wonder wtf he needs the eater for.

    Thanks for the translation!

    1. My guess i he’s going to be the first famous food critic. Soma already started the process with the sweets bit, but he’s gonna have Pancho go around sampling at restaurants and stuff. Pancho brings publicity to them, both inside and outside the kingdom, by passing judgment as the Royal Taster. This drives up tourism and food exports by encouraging the culinary industry within the country, spawning a wave of new restaurants, recipes, local delicacies, and specialty menus.

      It sounds stupid from the outside until you realize this is the kind of “quiet” economic reform that a neighboring military power might well ignore until it’s too late, and by then their populace would revolt if they tried to invade (out of fear they’d irreparably damage some or all parts of the process that brings them the food they’re now used to).

    2. Culinary advancement/Taste Tester as Poncho probably has like a heightened taste bud (lol I am thinking of shougeki no soma Erina) which allows him to pick up the most delicate flavours. With that ability he can easily spot on what food taste good or bad. Also with funding and assistance from the King Poncho could conjure up some food menus likely influenced from Soma’s world and that will cause a food revolution to that country. The after effects of this will bring interests of business, status/fame and tourism which all will bring profit to the kingdom.

    3. what the country right now are how to raise they national budget and get food to feed they own citizen, the best way to do it is have good manufactured and someone who have knowledge about food, since Ishidzuka have traveling the world as gourmet he is the perfect person in this area as he can give pointer what kind food they need that have perfect efficiency (less raw ingredient but still good and quite large quantity) need to remember even Soma able to raise the budget the main problem about shortage food still become main problem more over soma isnt local (not from that world) so he didnt know what the best food to have to solve the Hungry Mobs (citizen) th only one who can rivaled Ishudzuka right now maybe only the Black PM guys since he have broad knowledge about that world. this maybe seen as joke in rich country who don’t have any shortage in food

      1. Not just that. Poncho know about geography as well as local specialty is a must, because he can recommend policy best suited to take advantage of natural bounty. This is a necessity because they can only make use of that with their level of medieval technology. The other guys knowledge come from some personal experience and mostly hearsay, but Poncho visit the places personally and eat the stuffs personally, so he has direct knowledge.

        It’s like everyone know Jamaican coffee are the best, but only actual visitors know which provinces are better, and actual, slightly crazed gourmets know which plantation is the best.

    4. easy … as someone who has tasted all there is to be eaten, Soma can consult with him on which food stuff would be ideal be invested for the kingdom and which ones would be for importation . . .
      remember, at the moment the kingdom is facing food shortage and Soma has now planned on using the excess plot of lands (previously used for cotton farming) for food farming

    5. He traveled the world, knows the specialties of other lands, as well as their market values, there may be more, but that’s what I got out of that.

    6. Added to that, Poncho traveled the whole world, he would be familiar with their politics (layman level at least), economic development level, language, geography, hell, literally almost everything! Mr Man in Black may have the book knowledge but Poncho actually went to the places before.

  2. now the question i have about what the Main actor about drama in beginning this chapter have been answered , so every people have they own drama eh :v but i think Ishidzuka guy and Inumimi Loli kinda overlapped as Cinderella story, maybe it more no Ishidzuka because Cinderella refereed beautiful girl who is “ugly” (since her cloth are dirty and her face covered by ash and dust)

  3. Thanks for the update. Nice work from Soma in utilising both compassion and a professional stance he has the fine makings of becoming a true king. Hmm Larvyde is there is any fight scenes involving Soma in this I am just curious.

  4. AAAAaah~ when I see the title (Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki) I don’t recognise it at first. But I had guess right it this story…..sorry I was thinking it was drop :s
    Awesome jobs anyway, thank you.

  5. please make this story as main project.

      1. nah I’m prongs the one and only…

  6. It’s been bugging me for a while, the title is in Japanese/English. they’re so many story to read I forget which is which. So when I go to the project page and don’t see what I’m looking for, its all in English.

  7. This really IS a breath of fresh air….
    its smart, AND funny… no pointless harems…or pathetic shouneny and battle shouneny bits and power ups type of thing..

    straight up shows…weak guy…but smart… use his smarts to solve issues..rather than really stupid random op abilities in battles tha dont matter( well i still like to read them..but it gets stale quick cuz of temlpates)..yay … its like Maou Yuu …lite… a very light hearted version of the same stuff…..

    So …. if you can PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE..with a cherry on top make this a main proj….

    aside from that…. thanx for the chap…
    thanx for the good work

  8. Thanks for the chapter and for your hardwork..
    And please make this as high priority main project..
    I really like the story.. It’s similar to Maoyuu..

    1. Seeing my translation rate, I think you might finish the three chapters before I could do the interlude..😀

  9. Several days later Markus would come rushing into my office in tears saying “My King! Did you tell me to teach you how to ride a flying dragon!”, but there was no way I could know that right now.

    Maybe “Did you tell me to teach a dragon how to fly!” more fit to context. It’s like teaching someone who is more capable than you do, in this case Soma asked Markus to teach Hakuya who is far more capable than Markus ever was.

    Also, thank you very much for the chapter🙂

  10. I had an inkling it was the chubby guy however because it said Cinderella i completely took him out😄

  11. This is impolite of me but I have been recommended by someone else for this matter, but I want to make a self-recommendation” <==
    This is impolite of me since I have been recommended by someone else for this matter, but I want to make a self-recommendation.”
    Prime Minister in Black <=== Black Eminence

    The term come from the french term Eminence grise, a secondmost powerful man in the court. the Gray Eminence is point to du Tremblay, a contemporary of the Red Eminence, Cardinal Richelieu.

  12. “Several days later Markus would come rushing into my office in tears saying “My King! Did you tell me to teach you how to ride a flying dragon!”, but there was no way I could know that right now”. I don’t understand this part. Looking at the paragraph this was supposed to have relation with hakuya’s situation.

    1. I believe the implication is that Hakuya’s skills are at such a high level that “making proper use” of him is akin to trying to learn how to ride a giant flying monster. It’s also likely a reference to Zhuge Liang, who was often referred to as the “sleeping dragon”, and in Romance of the Three Kingdoms… was basically a genius on the level of practically being prescient.

      It’s arguable how much influence he actually had on many of the things he’s claimed to have done in the story, but nonetheless, he’s remembered as one of the greatest strategists ever.

      1. nay, proper sentence from raw is roughly:”king! did you told me to teach a flying dragon how to fly?”
        the implications is he is told to teach something to someone who more capable than the teacher himself about the thing he told to teach, which is reason why markus came crying in later date

  13. One thing for sure , he would not be fat any longer since the king will work him to the bone. Reason is being fat reduce his lifespan and capacity so it is for the kingdoms benefit that he would be in shape.

  14. This is probably the most interesting web novel you’re doing right now.
    Hope you’ll make it a main project.

  15. Well that must have been the most inspiring “Haters gonna hate” encouragement I’ve ever heard. Good on Soma for getting many useful, and more importantly loyal/wise, subordinates.

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