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This week’s reading is a straightforward narration of 暦’s childhood without any mention of parallel worlds (perhaps still to come later in the chapter).
I was surprised by 暦’s harsh reaction after his grandfather took his airgun away. After all, he himself thought shortly before that his parents would not allow him to get that airgun for exactly the same reason (being 2 years too young). Of course the proceeding of the grandfather was not very nice but is this really so bad that 暦 wishes his grandfather to die? To me it seems rather unlikely that for 2 years there hasn’t even been an attempt for reconciliation from either side.
Also what kind of treasure box is this that cannot be opened by force?
Yeah, honestly feels like 暦 is a massive ガキ and so far not a very likeable character. Also, so much about the airgun and I am still not sure is it relevant to the narrative at all .
I’m thinking maybe 暦 is thinking like a 8year old brat and doesn’t really consider opening the box by force. Or maybe not yet anyway…
So far I have mixed feelings about the book. The ending at the beginning was to me very unnecessary and it biases the entire narrative. I’m trying to immerse myself into the story, but then keep remembering about the dying old man.
As a mum of a 6 year old boy and a person who loved her grandma very much…I really hate him
Of course the grandpa did a no no thing, since the parents let him take the gun home, in his birthday, and he was so happy to have it…you can sense a major breakdown there … that was an absurd move at that point. Like take away the most desired present to your little boy when he’s so happy and sure to have it, at last. BUT then he went to be really a brat! Wishing the grandpa to die for two years and also after he’s dead only looking for the key? what a nasty little boy. But the mother should have given him a bad time that last day when he went out saying those things about his dying grandpa
I think it’s an ending like that of twilight, have you ever read it? It starts with what seems like the end while Bella was going to die and then proceeds from the beginning of the story.
Even if he’s going to die we don’t know if that’s the end of our story, and in this case how can it be the ending of our story when he’s doing things he didn’t do before like trying to save that child? Only thing we know is that is a terminal patient but we don’t know what he’ll going to do with his life until he die
Is the post at the top supposed to be editable? I wanted to add ユノ as the dog’s name under Proper Nouns.
(I was confused at first when I thought the sentence mentioning ユノ was referring to the Mom before I realized it’s the dog’s name )
Certainly an interesting section. It started off with me constantly wondering if I opened up the wrong book on accident, with the story being so far removed from the last part (or heck, the end of this one even).
The translator I used to double check some stuff kept inserting “calendar” into sentences without me understanding what was going on. Then I realized, that the kids name was using the calendar kanji.
My current theory is that gramps did a universe shift, switching to a much less nice grandpa, or alternatively calendar himself switched to a less desirable world.
I somewhat get this whole “I hate grandpa” thing. I mean the kid’s 8. He just pulled off the world’s greatest heist just for it to get thrown away. Though I did think originally that he will outgrow it, and will be quite sad that he didn’t spend more time with him… Then came the “I was more worried about the possibility that I can never open the box than grandpa dying”, which was definitely a sentence that existed.
I was somewhat confused by the passage of time in the second half of the section. Multiple times I thought “ok, so grandpa died, what now”, but then grandpa was definitely not dead, and we had more scenes with them.
Not much more to add but agree that I’m not surprised he’d be mad at the grandfather, but not caring about him dying…that’s too much. I’m hoping he’s too young to realize what death really means or something.