I like this idea, so I’m joining in on the speculation. I think xxxxx-chan and old Kino escape together and travel the world. After a long time (at least a couple of years), old Kino either retires or most probably dies. He is gone forever and ever, in some way or other. Then xxxxx-chan becomes the new Kino. The reason I think old Kino will stick around for a good long while is that in the last chapter, if I haven’t got things wrong… I think it was during the fight with the sniper rifle兼sub machine-gun-lady… Kino was talking to herself, but addressing it to “師匠” saying that it will be difficult to get through this without having to kill. I think this 師匠 is old Kino. So it’s a nice superhero story. There is a batman and robin situation going on for a while. And when the time comes, xxxxx-chan becomes the new batman… or the phantom or what have you.
Replying to lend credibility to you guys’ important discussion.
Considering I miraculously finished chapter 5 today (thanks for the motivation, @Kyasurin! ), it’s interesting to read theories on what’s going on. I shall refrain from joining in, though.
Anyone mind just doing both parts of chapter 5 this week?
My reading did spill a little bit onward, so I know… things… but I’ll also refrain from talking about that until the next thread is available
Now all your walls of spoilered text and your mysterious remarks got me really curious, and I will finally start reading the chapter
Do it! And then join us in building a wall…
Chapter 5 was a really nice change of pace for me. Hope you enjoy it!
I’m in the club that finished the whole chapter. I had a flight and was pretty happy to complete it in two-and-a-half hours. I had less than twenty words to look up, though this was my first in a long time relying on Google translate’s offline feature … not recommended.
For a good laugh, clearly something is wrong with the Japanese-English translations.
It almost got 鞭 right, just added a “whis” to mess it up for whatever reason
主旋律 is pretty decent, though.
I also ended up reading all the way to the end of chapter 5. This chapter was too good to stop on the 謝罪しろ cliffhanger. I’ve enjoyed these last two chapters a lot more than the first part of the book. I like that there seems to be more character development rather than just in-your-face parables. The vocabulary seemed pretty easy too, but that may be because it is from Kino’s point of view as a young girl (and there was a distinct lack of guns).
Seems pretty on point to me.
I think that’s a huge part of what I like about them too! Chapter 5 especially was. Ice because of the change in tone and writing style, too. I was very pleasantly surprised to find it written in first person at first, but of course that mean the big reveal of identities was not that surprising after all. still very pleasant to read how it went down, though.
stamps ‘I love Kino’ on forehead
I finished this chapter by mistake and I love this book so much, it’s challenging for me, but I’m enjoying it more than I enjoyed the last novel I read in Japanese (‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’ when the Beginner book club was covering it, but despite it being the beginner book, I’m also finding Kino easier to read).
I thought things were too quiet this week. Forgot to track the thread.
I’m just starting the reading now and all of these spoilers are getting me curious about what happens in this chapter.
Glad I wasn’t the only one who read all of this chapter early.
I’m only 5 pages in, but I appreciate how ｘｘｘｘｘちゃん used 直, while キノ used 治. Some nice kanji subtlety right there.
This chapter is much more pleasant to read so far compared to last chapter.
I noticed and liked that as well
Also, that one sentence where キノ used a difficult word, and I was like, nah, too lazy to look it up, and then the next sentence ｘｘｘｘｘちゃん asked (in Hiragana) what that word means
You’ll learn that word on level 37.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all dialogue was by a well-spoken 11 year-old and a relatively well-spoken individual using simpler language for said 11 year-old?
Kino has really been a journey…
I also ended up reading the whole chapter this week. It was probably my favorite one so far. I don’t think there was a single gun or gun description! Coincidence?
I’ll save the second half comments for the next thread but I guess I’m slow because I didn’t figure out who the narrator was in the first half despite thinking about it and really not having any options other than who it ended up being….
Was anyone else disappointed there weren’t more details about the operation? I was hoping to find out how it turned people into adults and if there was anything else to it.
I like how everyone’s just finishing next week’s reading.
I don’t think so… sometimes less is more, after all.
I agree it could have been interesting to find out more about it. But since it’s written from the perspective of a kid who has no actual detailed knowledge about the operation outside of its desires effect - no wonder, considering she’s not yet 12 even and has not thought about it much due to indoctrination, I’d say - it would have disrupted the flow a bit? I don’t think any of the characters (outside of Kino maybe) were all that interested in the details, so it might have been difficult to put anywhere without it being forced.
(Sort of spoilers for part two of the chapter below)
Well, based on how all of the ちゃんとした大人 reacted similarly and aggressively (and some other stuff I don’t specifically remember), I assume the surgery is a kind of lobotomy.