I really found this chapter hard going, I was very pleased to finish it! This last part of the chapter was probably the easiest especially once all the fighting was over! No more gun vocabulary!! (I guessed who Shizu might be while I was reading too, and also what Kino what Kino was aiming to achieve
I really loved the next chapter - finally we get to understand a bit more about Kino’s past
I guess I just don’t use the word “diagonal” like that in English.
Now that I think about it, I wonder how often I use the word “diagonal” at all, outside of talking about geometry. I think in the non-geometry usages, I might only use it adverbially (e.g. “diagonally to the right”).
Well, there’s a に, so it would be translated as an adverb in both case anyway
I guess I would also not use “diagonally” anyway in that situation either. That being said, I don’t really know what I would actually say. “To the side” maybe? But it doesn’t really carry the sense that the bullet is still moving in a straight line.
I still have a few pages left but I see what you mean…
That description didn’t help much either and was pretty detailed. I half expected something like that to happen from the beginning although not so suddenly or so graphically.
Did they mention a pane of glass or any other barrier earlier in the chapter and did it only protect the king’s section or everyone? They must have mentioned it but this whole time I was wondering how none of these bullets were hitting any of the spectators. I do recall a line from one of the guards about no one minding if the spectators got hurt though which I thought was foreshadowing something like this.
Edit: Oops. Didn’t realize spoilers don’t work across paragraphs. Hope no one ended up seeing that during the few seconds it wasn’t tagged properly. Also found the preview button on mobile.
Yes, they mentioned the glass at the beginning of the first fight. It’s only for the VIP booth.
About this week’s reading, I was also shocked by the rule Kino comes up with, since it will obviously create a bloodshed. What’s the point of not killing anyone so far? Or is Kino’s sense of ethics not affected by second-hand killing?
I obviously expected her to come up with something to completely change the country but that’s not what I had in mind at all. Doesn’t seem to fit with her character as I imagined it so far. I’m even a little surprised by her killing the king but that at least makes more sense given the circumstances. I’ll have to finish the chapter tonight/tomorrow to see if she explains any of the reasoning behind coming up with a rule like that as opposed to one that would somehow end the fighting peacefully.
My interpretation is that the crowd is clearly bloodthirsty, which makes sense since the way to become a citizen is my killing several people in the games. Pitting these people against one another seems like an efficient way to have them destroy themselves. End result is another kingdom of one, in keeping with other chapters.
I also wondered about the morality/ immorality/ amorality of Kino. So far Kino appears to visit and observe each country without openly passing judgment on their rules and customs and seems happy to leave the citizens to the consequences of the rules of the society in which they live.