Well, as long as you are here, there’s a “we”. Otherwise it’s just me . No hard feelings if this club just peters out at some point
About chapter 32: I’m not overly familiar with the shape of Mount Fuji, so just checking to be sure: the point of that chapter is that something apparently took a chunk off of the summit at some point in that world, right?
Just finished chapter 36. Not much to comment on so far this volume. There were some nice landscape and cityscape drawings as usual. Looking forward to the next couple of chapters as they seem to feature the 先生 again
I’ve got some things to comment on. Mostly real-world locations.
Chapter 33: Well, apparently Kokone lives in Setagaya, rather than Musashino, according to the address Alpha has, though perhaps the names refer to different areas in the future. In modern-day Japan, at least, Miura and Setagaya are reasonably equidistant from Yokohama, so randomly deciding to just drop by is a fairly significant detour for Alpha. (I’m avoiding tolls and freeways in this calculation, as given the state of the roads, the freeways probably no longer exist.)
Chapter 34: Todoroki Station is here. It’s not (presently) the terminus of the train line like this manga depicts, but Kaminoge station is the next one to the left. It’s the nearest station to the Todoroki Ravine, which is a very nice location in Tokyo. I’ve been there on my most recent trip to Japan. Google’s shortest non-freeway route from Yokohama to Setagaya passes this close to Todoroki Station. Oof.
I vaguely checked if it was possible to see Alpha pottering past on her scooter in the background of the chapter, but I couldn’t spot her.
A language question about the use of 抜けられそう on page 87: if I’m not mistaken, the two capes mentioned in that sentence are the capes on both sides where Tokyo bay opens to the ocean and I feel that the 先生 is saying something about connecting the two, but I don’t see how 抜けられそう would fit… How did you interpret that sentence?
About the text bubbles without text on the pages after that: so it looks like Alpha is talking to the boat and it is talking back to her, right? Too bad we can’t see what they are saying .
And then the connection is severed, it seems. I wonder if she is crying over losing the ship or if she is just moved by the whole experience.
Alpha’s excitement on page 75 and her expression on page 79 made me laugh
Edit: oh, and I also wanted to ask about 口のコレ on page 84: is コレ just これ as in ‘this [thing] in my mouth’ or is it a katakana word for something else, do you think?
Last week I read chapters 39, 40 and 41 but I didn’t get around to posting.
Chapter 39 was a cute chapter with some pretty drawings. I thought the little exchange between マッキ and タカヒロ at the end was funny (ウケねらい and 照れてんの seem pretty much opposites).
Chapter 40 gives us a bus stop sign. Somewhere in Sanbashi, maybe? (That’s 桟橋, right?) Is 元 a prefix for a certain part of town?
If I got it right then the chapter title can be read both as ‘viewing the moonlit night’ (meaning of the kanji) or as ateji for Tsukuyomi, the Shinto moon god. I thought that was nice. I guess most of the chapter titles have some double meaning or hidden joke, but I certainly didn’t catch them all
And chapter 41: another photo! And it was to be expected that they are more than simple photos.
By the way, I only now realised that this volume is longer than the previous volumes! That explains why the chapters just keep coming
It’s somewhere around here. The bus stop sign says it’s on the Kasumigaura bus line bound for Tsuchiura, but that’s the only result I get in the area for Sanbashi in any form. Jorudan lists 88 bus stops with 桟橋 in the name, but none of them have 元 in the name, and none of them (so far as I can spot) are in Ibaraki.
… And now I just learnt that 桟橋 means “wharf”, hence the rather non-specific results I’ve been getting. Well, alrighty then.
Yeah, I think in that context it means “former”. As in, the opposite to 新 as a place-name prefix. Maybe?
I’m almost done with this volume (around page 110), actually, so I may or may not be following again from the next volume.
From the moment アルファ had the dream about kissing ココネ, I have to admit that I was kinda shipping them, but now that ココネ is getting self conscious about “connecting” to others, I am shipping them hard.
Well, more specifically, since アルファ dropped by her place, and I don’t see robots getting any more physical than that, they are pretty much an almost couple (?) in my head canon.
Too bad, タカヒロくん.
I wonder if アルファ will be able to connect to the big ol’ spaceship (-like plane) and/or communicate with the アルファ up there. I mean, we would expect something to happen right, especially since they have the same vehicle connecting ability.