ロジカとラッカセイ ・ Rojica and Rakkasei 🥜 Week 7

Week 7 June 17 2023
Pages 119-151
Chapter 6
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Home Thread ロジカとラッカセイ ・ Rojica and Rakkasei

We’re reading volume 1 of this manga as part of the Beginner Book Club.

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Spoilers and question

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Question: what exactly is the meaning of この指とーまれ Rojika uses when they are playing games? (Page 138, 129)

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Page 129/138

この指とーまれ seems to be a call to gather at the beginning of a game.

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Spoilers

Another chapter that hits right in the feels man :sob: it’s not explicit but I guess by the ending that バクバクpassed away :disappointed: I somehow knew it when he was introduced that… we just wouldn’t get a happy ending.

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Spoilers

Between Rojika’s attempt to save Rakkasei and what Bakubaku did, I must admit I got pretty emotional haha. It’s a shame, I quite liked Bakubaku and was hoping to see more of him though :frowning:

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Whole chapter spoilers

Bakubaku is a real one for that, he lived a pretty sad life, he thought trees were his parents. But in the end it’s because he didn’t have anything going for him, he was able to be content with the small amount Rojika and Rakkasei gave him, letting him feel like he should sacrifice himself.

Though, they’ll never know what he did.

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Spoilers

Another chapter with a sad ending. :cry: I also found Bakubaku an endearing character and would’ve been happy to see more of him.

But I’m glad that at least he got to experience a fun life for a while where he was loved, and it seemed like he passed away peacefully too.

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I think next book club I will slow myself to the pace of the club instead of reading ahead, as tempting as it is. I feel like I drop out of the community a lot more if I’ve already read it in the first week or two.

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Gotta keep 3 or 4 books in your current reading queue, so you physically don’t have the time to read ahead

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Instructions unclear, still read ahead. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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This manga uses some tricky abbreviations sometimes… I’m guessing the ぐに on page 122 is short for ぐにゃぐにゃ? Jisho link

And for anyone wondering the same as me, I think the いるにはいるのですが on page 140 is this grammar point: link to Maggie Sensei (with いる being 要る, I assume).

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I also read ahead, which I largely blame on the chapter that was split into two weeks, since I wasn’t about to read half a chapter. Once I was ahead by a week I stopped caring about the schedule and just read ahead even more.

Now I’m halfway through volume 2 and honestly kind of bored. I think I’d be enjoying it more with the group than on my own.

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何かさびしいね :smiling_face_with_tear:

Page 121

頭からバクリ
Help, what is バクリ?

End of chapter thoughts

Maybe they actually were? In the last panel, he is resting by his “mom” and “dad”, his dad even has his arm around him

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I feel like it’s probably supposed to be ぱくり. At least, that would make sense in the context.

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So, I went into this book club with high hopes and then the weeks of college finals rolled around and I ended up falling behind quite badly which is also why I wasn’t as active the last couple of weeks. Thankfully, catching up wasn’t too bad, and reading the manga was still enjoyable. I’m ready for week 7 now. Also fixed some page numbers from last week that were mixed up, specifically 近年 and 満足 which had the page number as 116, but are actually 110. If I mixed something up, someone correct me, thanks.

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Spoilers

Another great chapter, though a sad one. I wasn’t expecting this manga to have as much depth as it does - these darker chapters really play on my mind, even long after I’ve read them.

Its a shame that Bakubaku won’t be in any more chapters, since I thought he was a sweet character, but there was something lovely about the way he thought back through all the happy memories of their time together, and chose to sacrifice himself to save Rakka. I’m glad he looked so peaceful at the end, it would have made me a lot sadder to think that he had really suffered.

I can confirm, this method works for me too :laughing:

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Spoiler

Man, this was such an emotional chapter for me back when I read it. It’s just so wholesome with Rojica and Rakkasei caring for and befriending this seemingly scary monster (that even asked whether it can eat Rakkasei during their first conversation!). They are so sweet together, and I got attached to Bakubaku really fast… and then, tragedy strikes.

RIP Bakubaku, forever alive in our hearts. :frowning:

As a side note, it’s fascinating to me how sad I got for the death of a character that got introduced in the same chapter that they died in. I literally just met them, but man, would I have loved for them to stay alive longer.

Also Mashu-san proves once more that she’s a really sweet old lady, but the absolute worst at judging the state of other beings.

I know, right? I was really surprised by that to. Especially with the cute artstyle, and the happy-go-lucky fun/absurd first two chapters.

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Sad times

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“NO BAKUBAKU DON’T JUST GO INTO THE NIGHT”
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Time to find out what the second to last chapter brings:

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