Alright, I’m finally done with the intensive reading of this chapter, the afterword, and the two digital-only bonus pages!
- Teo: まだ中間テストなんだしそんなにガチらなくても
There’s an implied いい at the end, right? “Even if not done, it’s okay”?
- Kon: テオに言われてもなぁ
That’s literally “Even if said to me by Teo + なぁ”. What does it mean exactly? Something like “I don’t want to hear this from you (because you’re good at it without studying)”?
- Kon: 友達連れてっていいのかわからない
What’s going on with the “てっていい”? I know (ていい)[grammar - Difference between てもいい and ていい? - Japanese Language Stack Exchange], but if it’s that, I don’t know why it’s not 連れていい and what the って is supposed to be.
Ah, I get it, it’s 連れていく → 連れていって → 連れてって.
- Kon: 逃がすかっ！
DeepL-sensei translated that as “I won’t let you get away!”, which makes sense, but… how. What’s the かっ? (I assume the beginning is 逃がす in its dictionary form?)
Front bonus page (below the protective cover)
Is the 家賃のうちとか something like “…is one of the things that is part of the rent”?
The tsuchinoko is cute! And I had no idea what it was before this chapter. The only time I heard about a tsuchinoko was when playing Yokai Watch (a girl that cannot see the actual yokai all around them is trying to find one), and I had absolutely no context there.
Page 152 is great, haha. It looks like they are playing together with the tsuchinoko
I wonder if page 154 is the imagination of the observing characters conflicting. First the tsuchinoko is starting to eat it, then it spits it out.
Ah, and now on re-reading it… the tsuchinoko changes the pattern once the other school girls observe it. Neat.
Page 156… aw, Kon is really getting into it now!
Also, I can totally see Kasane figuring this bug out early on, and then telling absolutely no one about it while the bug is going on, while using her knowledge for her own enjoyment.
(And while we’re at it: Kasane could’ve easily told Kon a fact that would’ve made it easy for him to catch the tsuchinoko immediately, but she didn’t because that would’ve been less interesting for her )
I wonder how the beliefs of multiple people combine. I’m not surprised that the tsuchinoko grew wings immediately, but I wonder why and how it got up to fly - didn’t it just start playing dead literally seconds ago? (=believed by 6 people - 1 person thought it would happen, and 5 people saw it happen) And on top of that is super lethargic anyway because so many people are watching it? (=believed by 1 person)
Also, it seems that the Kindle version has two bonus pages! Or at least, those are missing in my physical edition. Here you go, physical-only readers:
edit: Removed, because they are in the physical edition too, I just never bothered to remove the protective cover