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A veritable 山田のファン reporting in! 癒しの中毒者. But I also really like 田山…
When reading this manga, pay close attention to backgrounds – there is often very meaningful handwritten text in there, which a quick reader could easily skip. I certainly accidentally skipped some on my first read, and it’s been a joy to take it slower and really let each panel sink in. I’ll follow up with an example in the first spoiler section.
This is the first book club I have ever joined, so my pace is probably going to be a bit slow and I’m going to have a lot of questions. I hope everyone will be patient with me! Having said that I have two questions already.
My best attempt at translating this is: Should I give some provisions (gifts?) to Ms. Yamada?
However, what does the でも mean in there? Does it mean ‘or something’?
I think I understand the gist of this, but I feel like I may be missing something important because I’m unsure aboutと at the end. Is it acting as ‘and’ before 殺ーー?
Also thanks so much to eagleflo! Both your website and the vocabulary sheet have been a huge help!
Based on the dictionary entry “refreshments” might work? (Although the whole dictionary entry for 差し入れ seems weird here. What’s the task she’s carrying out? Working?)
Your translation is missing the してみる: “try to do x”.
And it’s missing the “might as well” (I think that’s what the いっそ means here) - although @eagleflo seems to disagree judging by the vocab list entry.
I’d translate it as “Might as well try to give it to Ms. Yamada as refreshments or something, hmmm…”
Page 5 (not quite sure about that one; corrections are extra welcome)
I’m not quite sure here. I don’t think と can act as an “and” between sentence fragments, but the best I got is that it’s “when”. So something like…
“When we have a meeting that is this long, and in the end nothing is decided…”
I’m equally unsure of how it continues. I can see two possibilities:
The “then” part of the sentence that would follow is completely omitted and up to anyone’s speculation. Afterwards, 殺ーー starts a new sentence. (“I’ll kill him… not!” - yeah, it works a bit better in Japanese.)
Or 殺 could be something like 殺したい, so “…then I want to kill (him).”
Btw, there’s no need to put anything into spoiler tags inside “Page X” detail tags.
I’m not quite certain how いっそ should be read here. I personally read this as something like “Wouldn’t it be better if I tried to give some 差し入れ to Ms. Yamada”.
Just to tie it into context, in the previous bubble he was thinking about how he was visiting the supermarket too often without real need and buying too much – so rather than hauling everything back home, maybe just give something to his favorite cashier?
With the definite undertone that he is talking himself into it, he wants to do it.
In this way I think our translations are very close.
I’m not 100% on how 差し入れ should be translated, but based on the three definitions we have in JMdict / jisho.org the “supply of refreshments” one is clearly the closest It’s like when you bring doughnuts or cake to the office, as a token of gratitude for all the hard work people around you are doing. (What’s that called in English?)
I think と in this case is a conditional conjunctive – と4 for those who are reading A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, also featured in a blog post from Tofugu.
It’s summarized as “a subordinate conjunction which marks a condition that brings about an uncontrollable event or state”. So, in this case, due to the meeting dragging out so late and still nothing being decided, there is an uncontrollable and inevitable causal link to 殺ーー.
This is my first book club and I instantly got so addicted that I had to buy ロジカとラッカセイ and start a retro read for the last book club to keep myself from binging through this one too fast.
Yeah, this is what had me most confused - it didn’t seem plausible to have those bangs without actually cutting her hair.
I tried this with my own hair and I suppose it might be possible if you got a narrow, oval face and a high forehead. The hairs on the far side of the bangs have to be long enough to be pulled all the way to the opposite side and fixed with a hair clasp to hide the ends under the longer strands of hair at the side.
In the second panel of this page, I have a hard time parsing Sasaki’s explanation for why he always uses Yamada’s register (It’s not the boobs! Honestly! It’s just that…).
The gist of this seems to be that he’s impressed by the energetic way that Yamada does her work, I guess? But since the verb is 貰う, I was wondering who exactly is receiving what.