Episode 1: Cooking Duty
Masamune: Verily, I am the one in charge of cooking this evening.
Masamune: But pray, do not expect too much. I am best with a sword, not a kitchen knife.
Masamune: Hmm... This is quite a vexing task.
Masamune: What is the matter, my Liege? You have been watching me for some time now.
Masamune (thought bubble): I had thought cooking would give relief from battle, but even here I struggle...
Masamune: T-Trouble yourself not, my Liege! Please, be seated for the coming feast!
Masamune: The one who trained me was an expert on the battlefield and in the kitchen!
Masamune: I have honed my skills to follow their example... Like so!
Masamune: Now I have senses keen enough to spot where to cut, and how. There!
Masamune: Fine mincing for thinner, tastier slices! Chop evenly for perfect portions!
Masamune: See?! Trouble yourself not, I can handle anything, it shall all be fine!
Though she tried to seem confident, Masamune's boasting sounded a bit forced.
Episode 2: The Essence of Food
Masamune: Slicing and chopping are arts well known, but there are other methods as well.
Masamune: Like halving! Quartering! Round, fanned, triangular, and Julienne slices!
Masamune: And for fish, my finesse in filleting means I can make as many fillets as I may need!
Masamune: Ah, but I mustn't prattle so, it leaves my hands idle.
Masamune: I am not acting like myself? Whatever do you mean?
"What's bothering you?"
Masamune: Wh-What? Whatever possessed you to ask that?
"You seem...off today."
Masamune: I-I'm fine, perfectly fine!
"There's food everywhere."
Masamune: You think I am misapplying my force?
Masamune (thought bubble): You see right through me. To have failed so...I must train harder, ever harder!
Masamune: What? No, my Liege! I could never trouble you with my paltry concerns!
Masamune: You ask not as my lord, but as a friend?
Masamune: ...Well, to speak the truth...
With that, Masamune finally opened up.
Episode 2: Thousand Slash
Masamune: As of late, my strikes have oft missed their mark.
Masamune: Not only do I struggle to keep pace with others, but am oft covered for instead.
Masamune: It was not always so. I used to be the one leading the charge on the front lines!
Masamune: But now...
Masamune: I sought relief in cooking, but to no avail. It was no use, I am no use.
Masamune: Relax? Now that you mention it, I could be overexerting myself.
"You've just lost focus."
Masamune: I have lost my focus? I suppose an even hand would better wield a blade.
"Stop worrying, cooking should be fun!"
Masamune: Fun? Yes, fun! That would chase away my idle thoughts!
Masamune: Do not lose sight of yourself, Masamune! Be more calm, more natural.
Masamune: Cut along the grain, that is all you need to do. Yes, that is all!
Masamune: Yes, yes! It is almost like the vegetables are cutting themselves!
Masamune: Who knew such secrets lay beyond a tranquil blade?
Masamune: I shall name this secret skill the "Thousand Slash"!
Masamune has discovered a new sword skill through cooking.
Masamune: I had become so concerned with trifles light as air.
Masamune: Surely this was born of vanity. Being too sure of my strength dulled my skill.
Masamune: Keeping a limber heart is what matters, calm as clouds drifting across the sky!
Masamune: My Liege...No, my friend. I hope this meal conveys the gratitude words could not.
Masamune: There is plenty enough food here, so please take your fill! Bon appetit!
There were many dishes, all seasoned lightly. Meaning it was a little bland...
Masamune: I told you not to expect too much, did I not?
Masamune was beaming proudly, even if her cooking was a bit iffy.