Chapter 12: The Cabbage, The Sword, and Special Training


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“Tina, right now I’m going to show you my serious effort.”

My voice reverberates in the kitchen. There’s a knife in my hand and a cabbage on the cutting board.

Obtaining an ability requires an improvement in proficiency. Then, what is a proficiency? It is the amount of experience of conducting an action related to an ability.

My aptitude is sword-aptitude and magic-aptitude. These two have S ranks and, following closely, are archery, cooking, and blacksmith with A ranks. Out of those, there’s nothing important; there are some Bs but the rest are below C. If compared to an ordinary person who’ll have the the capacities below D with a couple of Cs, I must have been really blessed.

I was surprised to have a Cooking Ability as well, with Cooking Ability II on top of that.

A Cooking Ability doesn’t mean any food I make will taste delicious unconditionally. It’s just the ability to correct the nimbleness of my fingers and to see through the condition and flavor of the ingredients. It’s only an assistance to prepare the food at most, but I’m happy with it. I won’t be happy if it’s a Skill that’ll change the taste of my food unnaturally.

“Right now, I’m going to master the swords, because I can’t win against Jörg with spear.”

“Swords?”

I’m tempering myself thoroughly by using a highly versatile Sword Ability. Being able to use sword skills is useful in many things.

“Um, excuse me, Kurt-sama, you’re going to temper yourself in swords right now, right?”

“Naturally.”

As I say that, Tina stares at the knife I’m holding and tilts her neck.

A sword proficiency requires using a sword. Then, with my all-seeing eyes as the side effect of my Recovery Magic, I saw the slim chance.

Supposedly, when someone equips something he thinks of as a sword, the width of his proficiency improvement towards the cutting target will change. That proficiency improvement is caused by the occurrence of an action with stronger emotion than the standard. That emotional strength will become the positive correction.

For example, even if I practice swinging while holding a wooden sword (bokutou), if I think of it as a wooden stick rather than a blade, I won’t improve as a whole. Cutting some materials will also overwhelmingly increase my proficiency improvement width, more than a swinging practice. On top of it, if I cut something organic, my improvement width will increase almost twice compared to cutting inorganic matter, without actually decreasing the emotional value. It even results in raising the emotional value.

“Tina, for the sake of getting stronger in swords, the promptest method is to cross real swords.”

Crossing swords in a fight with real weapons is the most suitable method to improve the proficiency. If I use a real sword, I will have that compulsory awareness towards the sword. I undoubtedly has to practice with an organic matter to move beyond slashing. Moreover, the knowledge that I’m taking a life will largely move my emotion.

“But, Kurt-sama, you’re currently in the kitchen, holding a kitchen knife, you know? Can you do the real sword fight with that?”

“It’s the case of doing frontal attack in a true crossing swords. In my case, real swords fight is impossible, hence this other method.”

“The other method? By not using swords?”

“I’m using the sword properly, though? To a cook, the knife is sword and the pot is shield.”

I regard the knife in my hand as a sword. The all-seeing eyes made me realize that I firmly recognize the knife as sword. I also have a reason why I chose cabbage.

“Look at my sword dance. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” Small, pleasant sound of chopping against the cutting board keeps resounding.

In my previous world, I was working as a pâtissier in a high class restaurant, being responsible for the desserts that worked as the finishing touch of the course.

The restaurant I worked at regarded the desserts as the most important thing. A pâtissier was responsible for the dessert that came out at the end of the course, the number one thing that would leave impression to the customers. Becoming that kind of pâtissier meant I had to be the most skillful one in the restaurant. Also, if I didn’t understand the restaurant’s dish, I wouldn’t be able to make the ultimate marriage of the dish and the dessert. Therefore, the pâtissier had to be able to cook all the restaurant’s dish to perfection. That’s the reason why I mastered cooking dishes other than sweets as well.

Being reincarnated doesn’t change my skill. I carved the movement etched into my soul to this body, again and again.

“Amazing, Kurt-sama, you’re so fast. I can’t even see the knife.” Tina’s eyes becomes round.

I wield the knife to slash three times a second, finely chopping the cabbage. On top of that, with my Cooking Ability, my movement becomes really precise to the point that I can accelerate to slash five times a second if I try.

“This is my power.”

Let’s review the proficient system. I will become more proficient from cutting something than practice swinging. Additionally, using organic target will make the efficacy skyrocket.

I repeat the five-slash-per-second speed from this overwhelmingly efficient organic cutting. In other words, I slash 100 times in 20 seconds, 18,000 times in an hour. I can continue doing this for two hours, or 36,000 times.

I can usually do sword swinging practice only 100 times a day more or less. The tenfold efficiency from cutting an organic matter that results in 36,000 swings means that in just a day, I’ve rivaled a year disciplined training of an ordinary person.

That’s not even counting my S-rank sword aptitude. Moreover, with the one-rank boost from [The Fool’s Desire], I’ve surpassed the S-rank. I obviously will gain some Abilities.

Furthermore, I have Recovery magic. When I feel tired, I can use Recovery. I can repeat this one-year worth of intense training set again and again.

“Uhm, Kurt-sama, this is amazing. Really amazing, but can you get stronger from this?”

“Absolutely. Even now, I can feel I’m rapidly growing my swords skills, but…”

“But?”

“The emotional value isn’t enough. There’s no passion.”

“Well, you did cut through cabbages and just cabbages…”

A problem occurred. With the lack of emotional value, I’m swinging back and forth in the line between improving my proficiency and not. I can’t prevent this efficiency decrements. I have to do something about it.

Thinking about it calmly, if this method can get you stronger, all of the cooks and housewives will become proficient in swords. If they don’t, maybe they don’t think of the knife as sword, or the housewives’ proficiency from low emotional value won’t push them past the line.

It’s important to push out the boiling passionate emotion when finely chopping the cabbage. I thought of a way.

“DIE, YOU CABBAGEEEEEEEEE!!”

I load my killing intent to the cabbage finely chopping action. I don’t finely chop the cabbage, I kill it. I finely chop them with that awareness.

“Ku- Kurt-sama?”

Tina looks at me with baffled, frightened look. It’s the first time I saw this face on her.

“As I thought, this is no good, huh?”

The emotional value more or less increases, but I can’t sustain the killing intent. I’m a cook to begin with. I have a resistance towards pointing my killing intent to the ingredients.

Think, I have to think.
That’s right, if I have a strong emotion, I can apply it to anything. What I turn towards the food shouldn’t be killing intent, but love, right?

I’m making food for the sake of the people who will eat them. I turn my face towards Tina’s smile. The emotional value increases. I’m cooking the most delicious meal for her sake. There’s no way my spirit won’t raise from that.

…However, the emotional value is still not enough. I’ve reached the line of passing the proficiency, but it’s still far from having that positive correction. The idea of raising my killing intent like before is not good, but the way I turn up my voice is good. Let’s raise the voice full of love.

“Be delicious (oishiku nare)! Be delicious!” Yup, by raising my voice, the emotional value also increases.

For Tina’s sake. Bring even more love, more affection. The heightened emotion helps in proficiency climbing.

“Ah, uhm, Kurt-sama. Can you hear me? Kurt-sama? The Kurt-sama today is really weird…”

“Be delicious! Be delicious!” Let’s wield the knife while wholeheartedly letting my voice out! Tina said something beside me, but I’m so full of concentration that I can’t hear her.

But I still lack one step. A step to reach the highest efficacy. Work it up! My love for Tina isn’t just this level!

Ah, is that it? I can’t only show a smile. An obscure emotion is no good. I must clarify my feelings properly. With that I could form the shape of my feeling for the first time.

Tina, what do I think about you?

“Be delicious! Be delicious!”

Her sweet face and figure, somewhat well-proportioned, her gentle and kind face, her fluffy tail, her beautiful pointy rigid fox ears; I really like her outward appearance.

She pretends to be tough, acts like an adult, but sometimes acts really spoiled. Her on the inside is also precious to me.

She loves me, supports me more than anyone else. Tina never ceases to show me her best smile; I’m saved by this gesture of hers.

That’s right. Because she’s that kind of girl, I love Tina with all my heart!

“Be delicious! Be delicious!”

Swelling up to the limit with all about her in my mind, my emotional value finally arrive at its upper limit. The optimal efficacy. Death match with real swords; with the passionate emotion that surpass this stage, I finely cut the cabbage.

“Be delicious! Be delicious!”

After two hours, finally I reach the point of being unable to move my arms. This is my limit. Sweat spurts out all over me. It’s the best two hours with the highest density. I quickly perform the Recovery magic to myself. Let’s do another set.

“Now then, let’s go with this kind of–… Tina?”

I promptly fix my eyes on Tina beside me. She looks at me, somehow covering his mouth with both hands, with tears overflowing from her eyes.

“Kurt-sama, your mind has finally broken….. Forgive me. I never realized it before it came to this. ….Someday, I will return you to normal, I’ll always be with you and protect you. That’s why, you don’t have anything to worry about, Kurt-sama.”

What on earth is she saying? She said that as if I’ve become crippled.

Even though I just want to firmly obtain swords ability with this special training. …..I’ve obtained the Sword Ability I from these past two hours.

The power of love is truly great.

But, there’s still one problem. What should we do with this mountain of cabbage?

….I thought of a good solution. After completing the first phase of special training, let’s provide the food to the reclamation workers. I’ll use these cabbages and make the best afternoon snack.

I’m itching to put my skill to use. Everyone will definitely be happy.


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Translator’s Notes:

“Oishiku nare!” (be delicious) is the common expression you’ll see in a maid cafe. Say you order an omelette rice. The maid will serve you then draw your request with ketchup, then put her “magic” on it sincerely with those words. Imagine Kurt with that sweet voice and face, lol. (With his hands still on that absurd speed.)

If you realize, there’s a term I’ve sorely mistranslated. 熟練度, jyukurendou, is actually “proficiency” where I’ve been translating it as “practice” or “training”. I mistook it for another set of kanji, 鍛錬, which severely changes the context.

Sorry for being confusing, I’m really not proficient (ha!) in action-related terms and somehow misses this. And this appears a LOT in the past chapters, so I need to comb through earlier chapters again. Wish me luck. Maybe I haven’t done that yet when you read this chapter.

I signed up for cooking description, not this fighting weapon mumbo jumbo. //sobs

Hope it’s going to stay this sweet most of the time onwards.

Fun fact: he often uses the terms that, in Japanese, uses the kanji of honey.

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48 thoughts on “Chapter 12: The Cabbage, The Sword, and Special Training

  1. Heya…. Looks like you post wrong link on wordpress.. Lol description ,But wait isnt the tradition must be good with spear and why the reason tina said “will(?) Be normal” ?
    Thx for chap

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      1. wasn’t it originally the house’s tradition was for the lord to be a great fighter to best serve the king in battle like other lords of similar rank, but for this household they prefer if it could be with the spear just like the founder?

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  2. . ∧,_,∧ 
    .(`・ω・)つ━☆・*。
    .⊂   ノ   ・゜+.
    . し’´J  ☆*・ °。。
    .     /\   Thanks!! Nepu!!!
    .    / ★∴ \  Merry X-mas!
    .   (人_人_人)   And A
    .   / ∴∵★ \ Happy Nepu Year!
    .   (_人_人_人_)   ∧ ∧
    .   / .☆∴∵∴. \ ( ´・ω・)
    .  (_人★人☆人_) /  ⌒ヽ
    .     ̄凵   (人___つ_つ

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  3. . ∧,_,∧ 
    .(`・ω・)つ━☆・*。
    .⊂   ノ   ・゜+.
    . し’´J  ☆*・ °。。
    .     /\   Thanks!! Nepu!!!
    .    / ★∴ \  Merry X-mas!
    .   (人_人_人)   And A
    .   / ∴∵★ \ Happy Nepu Year!
    .   (_人_人_人_)   ∧ ∧
    .   / .☆∴∵∴. \ ( ´・ω・)
    .  (_人★人☆人_) /  ⌒ヽ
    .     ̄凵   (人___つ_つ

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  4. Somehow i cant help but think he is doing something wrong, but then again he is doing it for the sake of sweats and a fox girl with cute ears and a fluffy tail so i guess it is all good.

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  5. Pahahahahahagagagagahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahahhahahaha

    XD

    The cabbage seller from Avatar the Last Airbender is crying xD

    Poor cabbages… for tina’s sake and kurt’s sanity… become delicious xD

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  6. …what the Hell did I read lol.

    MC turning cooking training, or rather vegetable cutting into swordsmanship training?

    Apologise to every person who practises sword training!!!

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  7. Yay we get an explanation about the add on with recovery magic :D! And omg… Poor Tina haha I can just see mc’s future full of worried/disappointed folks because of his crazy ways lol.
    Thanks for the new chapter :D!

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  8. I’m really confused. Seems to be humor oriented but this is just not my type.

    Oh well. I think I’ll just have to wait for the next chapter.

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  9. … His mind is broken… Completely un-salvageable… May the cabbage rest in pieces…
    The chant is more of a ‘become delicious’ than a ‘be delicious’ as the nare is become.

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    1. I struggled until the end to choose between “be” and “become”, maybe because in my mind, there’s the directive voice of -re ending, and thus inclining more towards “be”?

      Now that I voiced both choices out though, I’ll change it to “become” to match the syllable count hahaha

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  10. seriously hilarious! Still…is that the way patissiers are in other countries cuz in the US all they do is desserts and they’re usually considered ‘lesser’ than other chefs because they don’t handle ‘real’ food. 9_9 (still can’t wrap my mind around that one…)

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    1. I think it’s the concept in Italian/French cuisine restaurant. My knowledge is limited in this though, mainly from Bambino and Kami no Shizuku manga. xD They don’t really emphasize the patissier to that extent, but from Kurt’s explanation, I imagine it won’t be too far off the mark?

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      1. to be honest here i always thought it was common knowledge that Patissiers would know how to handle normal food too. (Chinese here) seeing as many Asian deserts and pastries include more then just dough and sugar, mainly fruits and vegetables (sometimes even meat), and they would need to know how to cook normal food if they want to correctly handle other ingredients.

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  11. “Be delicious! Be delicious!” 😱
    .
    Ahahahaha you need cabbages from certain other world that can fly and already delicious raw 😆
    .
    Also Tina is obviously already delicious but if you want more… just holdback a few years for the “cabbages” to be perfectly matured…. 😍

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  12. I have a question to Isecai: what’s your favorite snack when translating this novel?
    And question to readers: what’s your favorite snack when reading this novel?
    Mine: dry fruits.

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  13. Thanks for the chapter!
    “Look at my sword dance. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” Small, pleasant sound of chopping against the cutting board keeps resounding. – Made me remember how vegetables got chopped directly into the pan from Chuuka Ichiban

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  14. What’s he going to do with all that cabbage though? And where is all that cabbage coming from? They don’t grow it in the village after all, and he’s not just cutting one or two of them.

    So, why exactly aren’t happy housewives master swordswomen? 😉

    At this point, he should just propose to her. Since he’s not the heir, his father probably won’t oppose it if he marries her before the ceremony 😉

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