よつばと! Vol 8 Discussion Thread (Yotsuba&! Reading Club)

I disagree, but I can see your point.
Btw, congrats on the 60. :clap:


Wow, thank you again so much Kazzeon for all your wonderful, clear, detailed replies to all my questions! I don’t know how I’d ever be able to read this at all without you. Thank you so much! Really, much appreciated! Thank you!

And yes, congratulations Belthazar on that gold medal you have there! Superb! Nice one!


Page 155 - どうなるの - this looks like “how” + “become” + question, ie, “how will it become?” or, perhaps, “what will happen?”. I suppose the best translation is just “what is it?” or “what is it used for?”. Any ideas?

Page 156 (first frame) - こうしたら頭がよくなる - “if you do it like this, your head becomes good”, “it good for your head if you do this”. “Head” as in “brains”.

Page 156 (final frame) - 今日はどんなに大声出しても怒られない日だ
今日は - today + は
どんなに - how, how much
大声 - loud voice
出して - produce (a sound) - definition 6
も - even (acting as “no matter” in this sentence)
怒られない - (1) to get angry, (2) to tell someone off - in passive negative form
日 - day
だ - copula
“Today is the day that no matter how much noise you make, you won’t get told off”
No question, just pleased with myself for working it out! Lol!

Page 157 - よーいやさー - Perhaps this is just a sound and has no meaning. But I have “ready” for よーい, any ideas for やさー?

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Aye, that sounds about right.

Remember 頭がいい = smart. This is the adverbial form.

It’s just a chant. Like わっしょい.


Oh, of course! Silly me! Thank you Belthazar for those!

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Discussion of Chapter 55 starts here. :eyes:

Remember you (I) can always ask questions about (the two) previous chapters. :stuck_out_tongue:

Last chapter! :smiley:
It has been a great volume. :slight_smile:

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What? How?

I feel like Koiwai has a ridiculous amount of faith in just handing Yotsuba the Tabasco bottle. I mean, aside from the obvious, what if she gets it in her eyes?

Think I’ve eaten pretty much everything that Yotsuba got in her lolly bag.


Ok, where did I stop reading… :thinking:

Apparently at 53, yeah. :sweat_smile:

Page 114:
Just confirming, he’s saying, “I will not run nor hide!” :stuck_out_tongue:

Page 115:
Yotsuba’s drawing is apparently an Allosaurus. :smiley:

I really like Yanda’s design. :open_mouth:


Janbo is also pretty slim. :open_mouth:

Ok! That’s chapter 53 done. n_n


Chapter 54 now! :smiley:

Yotsuba looks so cute with baggy clothes. :blush:

Finally some emotion from Ena. :stuck_out_tongue:

HAHA! This chapter is so good. :joy:

F とーちゃん :cry:


Oh, man. This chapter feels like it’s some sort of ending, with all the previous characters making an appearance. :stuck_out_tongue: It’s also so long!

よかったな! :grin:

This chapter was a lot simpler than it should’ve been thanks to your questions, @marcusp! :smiley:

I’m also finally back on schedule! Trying to cut back on the distractions. :sweat_smile:


Oh, she so does. Just wait until we reach winter.

I actually thought the current chapter felt a little bit like an ending. Like, a “the adventure continues!” type ending.


The adventure always continues. (I hope.)


It’s only been 4 days since I read the 2 previous chapters, and it feels like forever! :sweat_smile:
If I have to suffer with my brain coming up with songs every time I try to write something, then you guys suffer with me.

Also, since there’s not really a place to talk, I’ll just do it here:
@marcusp, I saw your recent instagram photos, and they’re pretty cool! Also the one with the library, it looks comfortable even from the outside. :stuck_out_tongue:

In the meantime, I’m reading the latest chapter of Yotsuba (online), so that’s 99/103, and it’s so good! :joy: It has everything!

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Thank you Kazzeon!

Thank you for the nice comments on the pics. And sorry I haven’t been reading. You’d think that I would have plenty of time over this 10-day Golden Week, but I’ve been working (giving tours of Tokyo) and of course visiting family, so I’ve had less time than I expected. And I’m back to doing some teaching tomorrow.

It may look like I have plenty of time from my Instagram pics, what with all the gunpla, but I actually do very little of that. I just do an hour now and then to relax, so it actually takes me a month to do what most people would produce in a day or two!

But the biggest problem is not time at all. It is motivation and ability. Ability is simple - I have none. Go a day without Japanese and I forget literally everything. If I tried the N5 again now, I’d fail miserably. As for motivation, I never actually need to use any Japanese and have no one to practice it with, and spend most of my time homesick for England.

The only things that keep me connected in any way to Japanese is reading Yotsuba (which I can only do with lots of time and all the great help you supply and which I feel guilty about) and watching Gundam (understanding nothing as I do so). Some of us are just naturally not language learners!

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I almost forgot this week’s chapter! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
Time to read that.

I see the Tabasco sauce part now.
I love some Tabasco on my shark fin (imitation) soup, but the bottles are known for barely getting sauce out, so unless she pointed it straight into her eyes and shook it like there’s no tomorrow (which honestly could still happen), I’d say it’s pretty improbable. :stuck_out_tongue:

I’ve only had うまいぼs and probably a few other Japanese candies, so I’m not really knowledgeable about that. /:

I imagine Page 199 is this https://jisho.org/word/精 right?

Page 207:
I was going to ask what he meant here, because I wasn’t reading it properly.
I tend to confuse the までもs. :sweat_smile:

Good chapter, a little on the easy side, and a good volume. :blush:

What’s the plan next? :chestnut:

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She could get it on her hands and then rub her eyes. Number one cause of chili-in-eyes syndrome.

Volume nine. :stuck_out_tongue:


I’m sure it has happened before, so Yotsuba must’ve learned her lesson by now. :stuck_out_tongue:

Right away, though?

  • Yes
  • No

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:ballot_box_with_check: I’d like to say “yes” but am not completely sure whether we can go straight on…

Aye. In fact, it’s 精が出る.


I’m still way back in the middle of volume 8. I will finish it, I’ll hopefully do some reading tomorrow in fact, and if you go on to volume 9 I’ll also be there too. But way behind. Sorry.


I love that none of us voted in the poll xD
I’m behind, but likely to stay that way for a bit, and I don’t want to make Belthazar wait for me in two bookclubs. xD When I actually have time to read, I don’t think it’ll be too hard for me to get caught up, even if you guys go on. But if you guys could take like…a tiny break? Like one week? I probably won’t catch up in that time, but it’ll make it just a little bit easier for me to catch up later :rofl:


I’d say we can take a tiny break, and I wouldn’t mind, that’s why I asked. :stuck_out_tongue:

A 1-week break every 7 weeks doesn’t sound too bad. :slight_smile: