おじさまと猫 (Ojisama to Neko) Volume 4 Discussion

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Please feel free to request a particular schedule.

@ChristopherFritz @noko @fray

I almost considered started this today, but went with something else for my daily manga reading.

I did manage to read through the table of contents with minimal look-ups (まみれ, ひとりじめ, 傷, だらけ). Since I almost exclusively read material with furigana, it’s always a nice victory to be able to read something without it (even if I’m still a bit slow at it).

As has come to be expected, chapter lengths vary wildly:

Num Title Pages
39 心はいつも猫まみれ 12
40 優しい声 16
おじいさまは猫先輩 2
君が呼ぶから 10
41 ようこそ猫友 8
42 君が生まれた日 16
幸せのひとりじめ 9
ふくおじ おさかな攻防戦 9
43 陽の下の夜想曲 20
44 綺麗な夜 12
45 私の親友 18
46 最高のライバル 17
47 傷だらけのメインクーン 10

I’m not yet certain what the best scheduling will be.

My initial focus was going to be on looking over the character profile pages, because I got completely lost between who some of the various characters are. But then the e-book decided to do this:

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I could understand if it was a digital release of a manga that originally came out in 1996, but how can a 2020 release of a recent series delivery small, fuzzy furigana? Clearly there is a cat-hater who ended up having to make the character pages, and they decided to try to sabotage the project. No other explanation could possibly fit.

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I’ll try to propose a schedule by the end of this week then lol.

I don’t get that digital quality either as I’m certain Ojisama to Neko is made digitally and not on paper given its origin.

Also, what page is that? I can clarify at least

I can recognize the kanji on there well enough to put the word into a dictionary (幼少期(ようしょうき)), but the pages with the fuzzy furigana are the two character profile pages immediately after the table of contents.

I’ll tackle it another day, but just looking over it briefly has helped me get to know who’s who. It didn’t help that we had a flashback of our energetic young 森山(もりやま) and his brother, and I originally mistook that it was supposed to be a flashback of our おじいさま as a child. And then I later confused the brother in that flashback with our rival pianist as I was trying to recall who’s who. Fuzzy furigana aside, the character profile pages have already been a real life-saver on me and my really bad memory!

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I think it should be fine for me to reshare those pages here as we are in good faith using it strictly as an educational tool. No point in forcing you to unnecessarily strain your eyes.

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Mostly I think I can recognize the kanji, but any clearer images for the character profiles certainly wouldn’t hurt.

I mean, sure, I’m on a computer and therefore can zoom in on it to help see it better, but…

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(I know this one is 母親(ははおや)(ねこ), but if I didn’t know it, zooming in wouldn’t have helped!)

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oh egads, I know that struggle from reading comics on Twitter. When the zoom is negatively helpful…

I’ll share the pages later tonight

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These were a bit harder to take than I expected :flushed:











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Please let me know if anything’s too difficult to read!

These are great. Thanks!

I’ll probably get to reading through them later this week, but I can already tell that they’ve got maximum readability in them.

It almost makes me want a physical copy of the manga, except at my getting-old age, it’d probably be too blurry to read!

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I started volume 2 a few days ago, I’m reading about 1-2 chapters a day. So it might take me 2-3 more weeks to catch up to volume 4. But go ahead with whatever schedule you feel comfortable with.

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