Join us! 地縛少年花子くん・Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun 🚽 (Beginner Book Club)

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Just bought the book today and read the first few pages and I am enjoying the story.

I am happy this was chosen for the Book club, because when the anime came out and I read the title, I thought this was an anime about some 5-year child who was crazy and liked going to the bathroom… LOL. I mean I thought the toilet-bound was running towards the toilet and not someone who lives in the toilet (moaning Myrtle says hi)

So yeah… that’s my creative brain… and the problem with ambiguous translations!

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That’s exactly what I thought when I read the title, but in my mind it served as an endorsement :stuck_out_tongue:

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I took the cover off the book to look at it, and there was a small comic thing on the front.

Nene was asking Hanako why he’s known as ‘Hanako-san’ despite being a boy, and Hanako replied: 「性欲に負けた」

Based on the translation I found of [性欲], it seems to say something like ‘I lost to sexual desire’ lol

Could somebody please tell me whether this means something else in this context, or does Hanako just feel pleasure from being thought of as a girl?? I mean I ain’t gonna judge him, I’m just curious for the sake of learning the language lol

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I think you’ve got the 性欲に負けた part right, but I think the joke is he’s saying he became 花子さん (in the conceptual sense of a ghost that haunts a girl’s bathroom, more than just the name) to perv on girls.

(I looked it up in the digital edition and found a couple places discussing it and that interpretation seems to line up. Plus her さいてい after makes more sense that way)

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Week 1

We. Are. Go!

(For those who are new, we post the threads at this time so that they’re ready for those waking up on Saturday morning just west of the date line :wink: )

The most important rule of book club us: post all your questions! The discussion depends entirely on people asking questions, so don’t be shy / feel like you’re posting too many / feel like they’re too simple, whatever. (Just remember to make sure your question hasn’t already been answered, provide the page number, and blur out any spoilers.)

Finally, I’d recommend setting this thread to ‘watching’ so that you are notified when the new discussion threads go up :slight_smile:

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Excited to join in on this book club :smiley:

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So to make sure, every week a part to read is set, and then we discuss both the language and anything else about it. Is that how this works?

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Yeah! Be sure to set the weekly discussion threads to “watching” to stay abreast of discussion. Ask and answer whatever questions you want, be it about grammar help or content discussion. And you can also make use of the community vocab sheet.

Awwwsome, thanks.

Week 2

I have had an internet nightmare so made this thread on my partner’s phone… Has it worked? I don’t know!

We’re finishing up chapter 1 this week :slight_smile:

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I’m afraid it hasn’t worked, but I think this is the link here: 地縛少年花子くん | Week 2 Discussion 🚽

Does that work?

Edit: (That is me assuming it’s the second week topic you’re trying to post haha)

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Ah, I think I have fixed it anyway, but thank you!

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Ah, alrighty, no problem!

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Week 3

Alright, we are transitioning to one chapter per week - but it’s only a couple of pages more than last week, so don’t worry :wink:

If you’re still working your way through chapter 1, do not panic! You are welcome to keep asking questions in those threads as long as you need to. Remember that your questions help others learn too :slight_smile:

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Week 4

We are steaming ahead to chapter 3! If you’ve managed to keep pace with the club you’d already over halfway through :triumph:

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Week 5

Penultimate week! This is the first part of a two-chapter arc.

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Week 6

FINAL WEEK! :open_mouth:

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We’ve created a thread for volume 2 if anyone is interested. Drop by anytime you like. There isn’t a strict schedule so you can read at your own pace if you decide to continue with the series.

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We’re up to volume 3 now and the story is picking up.

Welcome to 地縛少年花子くん :toilet: Volume 3

This is the third volume of 地縛少年花子くん. The First volume was read as part of the Beginner Book club. You can find the original post for the book club here:

Beginner Book Club Hanako home thread

This isn’t exactly an official off-shoot club, more like a relaxed thread where people who decide to continue the series can discuss and ask question on the book. There is no strict schedule so feel free to drop by anytime you want and read at your own pace!

The Story So Far

Summary

Yashiro Nene walked into the girl’s toilet in the old school building one day hoping to summon the ghost of a girl called Hanako who is rumored to grant any wish you ask for. To her surprise it turns out Hanako is actually a boy?! Through some mischief Hanako and Yashiro are now bound together by a curse of a mermaid. If Yashiro gets wet, she begins to develop fishy properties :fish:

Last volume Hanako, Nene, and Kou were able to escape the Misaki Stairs boundry and save the students that were trapped inside. Nene managed to find and break No. 4’s Yorishiro, a pair of old scissors given to No. 4 by Misaki sensei. Feeling bad for No. 4 after destroying her precious Yorishiro, Nene gave her a new name and a new rumor.

We also had a few laughs with the confession tree which forced people who confess under it to become a couple. And finally, Minamoto senpai tries to destroy Hanako-kun, but his younger brother manages to stop him. Hanako says he can’t move on, he still has something he needs to do.

Quietly a ‘handsome’ boy who bumps into Nene drifts along a corridor, a black origami crane floats by, and in the library, a mysterious girl offers to tell Nene about the seven school mysteries.

What’s up with the black origami crane ? Who’s the mysterious girl that meets Nene in the library? Find out in this volume. :books: :spider: