セーラー服と機関銃🏫🌺 (IBC) - Week 16

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Week 16 1 June 2024
End page 262
End point (kindle) 3243
End phrase End of 第三章
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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
Izumi’s family
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
マユミ - mysterious woman in Izumi’s apartment 348
土田恒美 つちだつねみ Tsunemi, real name of the woman pretending to be Mayumi 1,827
岡崎真由美 おかざきまゆみ The real name of Mayumi, friend of Izumi’s father, photographer. 2,549
Classmates
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
和子 かずこ classmate, 433
Schoolteachers
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
Yakuza
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
浜口 はまぐち Hamaguchi, local Yakuza chief 1,034
関根 せきね Sekine, head of the Matsunoki clan 2,141
げん Gen, Yakuza henchman in the Matsunoki clan 2,306
つよし Tsuyoshi, yakuza henchman in the Matsunoki clan 2,306
萩原 はぎわら Hagiwara, messenger from a ‘big fish’ 3,211
Other characters
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
野田代議士 のだだいぎし Representative Noda, politician, waiting for Hamaguchi 1,064
岩田 いわた Night watchman at Izumi’s apartment block 1665
関根正明 せきねまさあき Son of Sekine, the head of the Matsunoki clan 2,073
円谷重治 つぶらやしげはる Shigeharu, left name on business card at Izumi’s apartment 2,665
マクシム - Maxim’s [I presume this is a reference to the famous Parisian restaurant] 2,480

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Interesting how 泉 got captured right after leaving 浜口’s place. It doesn’t look like 佐久間 has any clue regarding the existence/whereabouts of the package, but I wonder if he’ll be able to figure something out.

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I had one highlighted question from this week’s reading.

But first

, Hamaguchi says

あれで少しアルコールを入れれば眠り込む。あとは思いのままだったのに」

I had to read this a few times. Did he really just say what I thought he said?
I knew that I didn’t trust him, but I had way underestimated his depth of sleaziness. (Obviously Izumi did too, and when she realised that in the very next section, it became clear that Hamaguchi’s intentions were quite as dishonourable as they appeared to be).

A kitten

Izumi has belated realisation of her near miss. She realises what it usually means when a girl stays over at a guys house. But then there is reference to a boy staying at his mum’s house and a female cat, and I got lost…

メス猫を置いとくとかというのとは、ちょっと違うのだ。

any help here?

And a theory about Izumi's father, Kuroki and Mayumi (possible spoiler, but then I might be wrong)

I’m coming to think that I was off the mark in my guess that the package wasn’t drugs.
But it doesn’t make any sense at all that Izumi’s father would be a drug courier. But it has occurred to me this week that perhaps he was undercover. I wonder if Kuroki was his handler and Mayumi was a co-worker of some kind.
That might explain the letter from Izumi’s father (he mentions something about Mayumi being able to put everything in a different light/offer a different perspective on everything…)

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Finally finished this week’s section, just in time for the next week.

Hamaguchi

I think you’re right. I was also not that sure of the details here, but it does sound ultra sleezy. Especially when he follows it up later with
ああいう子供っぽいのもそれなりにいいものさ。
Yikes.
Izumi herself and Sakuma also think he’s sus, so we’re all in agreement here.

Unfortunately, I also couldn’t figure out the part with the cat.

Rest of the chapter

So, “Mayumi” gave herself away to Tomoo and another group enters the chat. Since it’s already Saturday, I guess I’ll just keep reading instead of speculating about any of it.

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Cat analogy

I can’t say for sure, but I understood that Izumi is trying to compare the situation where she would stay over at Hamaguchi’s to other situations and just saying it’s not the same. So it’s not like a child-parent relationship (since he’s much older). And he is probably not treating her like a female cat, meaning that he’s not treating her like a cute pet or something you take care of - rather, he was planning to treat her “as a woman” (and sexually abuse her in this case). So that’s what she means by ちょっと違う. That’s my interpretation at least.

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Hamaguchi

WOWWW after his previous interactions with medakagumi and Izumi, even after the bizarre kiss, I wasn’t at all expecting Hamaguchi to be a rapist. Big yikes. And then I was throwing my hands up over Sakuma being all “well maybe I shouldn’t have let her go because Hamaguchi is a playboy”— bro, are you not like a 40 year old gangster who sees this girl as a daughter? Why are you so naïve that you didn’t even tell her!?

cat thing

I, too, struggled to understand the thing about cats. I did a couple google searches and found a reference to an old story in goo jisho— a french novel about a sort of love triangle between a guy, his wife, and the cat he dotes on called ‘La Chatte’. No idea if there’s actually a connection or not but I think it supports @snowwater’s interpretation :woman_shrugging:

Mayumi

Cameraman Mayumi is a fake after all! Another ‘Kuroki is actually a baddie’ point to go with the others.

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Running a bit late because of my interruptions of the past few weeks but caught up to this chapter today.

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