セーラー服と機関銃🏫🌺 (IBC) - Week 7

せーラー服と機関銃
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Week 7 30 March 2024
End page 113
End point (kindle) 1410
End phrase ゆっくりダイヤルを回した…… (end of 第二章 section 1)
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Proper Nouns

Name Hiragana reading Notes Kindle location first mentioned
赤川次郎 あかがわじろう the author cover
尾田医師 おだいし Doctor Oda 24
目高組 めだかぐみ Medaka clan 86
星泉 ほしいずみ main character, Izumi 170
酒井好子 さかいよしこ aunt Yoshiko 172
星貴志 ほしたかし main character’s father, Takashi 179
酒井呈一 さかいていいち Uncle (Yoshiko’s husband) 201
知子 ともこ Tomoko (?Izumi’s mother) 211
奥沢哲夫 おくざわてつお Classmate of Izumi, Tetsuo (son of an executive, smart dresser, family expect him home for dinner on time) 251
渡辺周平 わたなべしゅうへい Classmate of Izumi, Shuhei (stocky, bowlegged, loves Judo) 251
竹内智生 たけうちともお Classmate of Izumi, Tomo. (Smart, heading for Tokyo university, wears glasses) 261
マユミ - mysterious woman in Izumi’s apartment 348
三浦久子 みうらひさこ Miss Miura, teacher 357
保科校長 ほしなこうちょう Headteacher Hoshina 368
和子 かずこ classmate, 433
健次 けんじ Kenji, Medaka gang member, short, unbalanced (brought the doctor in the car in the prologue), chews gum 555
英樹 ひでき Hideki, Medaka gang member, skinny and unhealthy looking, wears thick glasses 556
たけし Takeshi, Medaka gang member, stocky and overweight 558
佐久間 さくま Sakuma, Medaka second in command, unusually tall (‘beanpole’), in 50s 558
黒木 くろき detective, head of the S section 870
浜口物産 はまぐちぶっさん Hamaguchi trading company 936
浜口 はまぐち Hamaguchi, local Yakuza chief 1,034
野田代議士 のだだいぎし Representative Noda, politician, waiting for Hamaguchi 1,064

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week 7 thoughts

I said in last week’s thread that medakagumi might have been collecting protection money, but after thinking through this week’s reading, now believe that’s probably not the case. I’ve been trying to measure them against my expectations for yakuza when when they seem to be yakuza in the same way that the straw hats from One Piece are pirates. Which isn’t bad—I freakin’ love One Piece! But now I think I have a better idea of what to expect, and running a protection racket isn’t it :smiley:

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Yeah…I’m still not sure what they actually do, and what Izumi’s job as their boss is going to be.

First half of this week

So, Kuroki cleaned up well. I was quite surprised when Izumi just straight up told him that she’s boss of a Yakuza group now and he didn’t bat an eyelash. I guess the Medaka group was really harmless…or maybe it’s a sign that he’s a crooked cop who just wants the mystery parcel after all? Not sure at all yet.

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Yes, that surprised me too. There goes the secret identity…

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the confession

I was surprised about that too, although I can sort of understand why Izumi confessed. She’d probably be desperate to help with the investigation into her father’s death, and the family criminal ties could’ve been relevant. Plus, it’s not like she really wants the job or is taking it seriously in the first place.

I guess it’s also hard to take a yakuza group seriously when they’re alright with having a clueless high school girl as their boss :sweat_smile:

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This week

Yeah, I think that’s the most likely explanation regarding Izumi’s motives.

As for Kuroki’s lack of reaction - judging from what we learned about the structure of organized crime in this city in this chapter and the last, it looks like there are several smaller groups working under Hamaguchi, who seems extremely well-connected (after all, he goes to parties with major political figures and has a legitimate business office in a fancy 50 story glass tower). It seems likely that Hamaguchi has the police in his pockets, so that individual policemen like Kuroki know it’s pointless to mess with any of his underlings.

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Last scene

RIP Mayumi…or is it too early to say that? In this kind of story, I’m always hesitant to declare someone dead before we’ve seen the body.

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  1. I was surprised, because it seemed like there was more to learn about her, and I didn’t see this coming.
  2. But then Akagawa seems to be relaxed about killing off characters…
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