I finished モテ薬. Ending was meh. All of it was meh. I have nothing but meh feelings about this book. It somehow straddled the line of being just interesting enough that I kept going, but not interesting enough for me to ever care about literally any of the characters.
Edit: I wrote a more formal review if anyone wants one
I will leave it to the winds of fate (re: my mood) what I read next. I have a few unfinished books but also new murder mystery and the always tempting 青空文庫 short stories.
I had wanted to read some more previews for the series I’ve been recced, but I didn’t end up having the concentration to do so. I just played some Heroes this evening, and I’ve officially passed the furthest point I got to last time I played! The first stage I did today I know I’d gotten to on Steam. I definitely remember the horde of big monsters in the last room (Terry got his wish of fighting stronger enemies lol, there were 3 each I believe of trolls, hunter mechs, and battle rexes), but I don’t remember winning it, and the next stage wasn’t familiar. As that was the last stage in this chapter, I’ve also now recruited Bianca and Flora/Nera! Also now I finally know that the 闇竜 in the subtitle is read やみりゅう. I’d kinda guessed that was it but I wasn’t sure, and it finally came up in voiced dialogue. Well, that was the first time it came up at all, and it happened to be voiced, which is good, because nothing in this game has any freaking furigana.
Some vocab of note:
会心 (かいしん) [noun] short for 会心の一撃, “critical hit”
骨 (コツ) knack; trick; skill; secret; know-how. This sense of the word is usually written in kana.
More ZTD! I stopped for the day bc I’m stuck on a puzzle rather than anything language-related which is always kind of a fun twist haha. I’m still definitely noticing that the vast majority of “normal” dialogue is pretty instinctively understandable to me so that feels good! I still don’t really know what’s going on big-picture but progress is being made; a lot of today was エリック clearly having a lot of childhood trauma that keeps getting aggravated by the situation and which has at least mostly been explained now so that was rough, some of the depictions of the characters and the voice acting are just… powerful. I’m curious to see where it all goes as always
Chapter 2 of Yotsuba& 1 today. Poor Fuuka-san. Also Asagi-san, so mean in a sibling way. This chapter was shorter and easier overall. Can really see how Yotsuba& can become a nice and easy on-the-side read.
The only somewhat めんどくさい thing is that this was an early book club, before weekly/chapter threads were used, so the replies are all jumbled together. I usually like reading through the whole thread after reading that part, but that isn’t really viable.
I sometimes watch Card Captor Sakura because on Netflix I can get Japanese subtitles along with the original audio. My listening comprehension is crap, but hey, I’m good enough at the reading thing to understand most of what is said.
And today, I caught myself suddenly realizing I was just understanding what was being said (through reading subs) without really thinking about it. A bit like: wait what?! I just understood that without effort? Cool!
It is so nice to see that there are words and sentences that I don’t have to translate in my head anymore to understand. I still have to with a lot of it, and perhaps some of what I have now is just that my brain translates it really quick (rather than just understanding it). But bit by bit, words are added to my internal dictionary/understand of the word so I’m not translating it in my head, just understanding it. (So far mostly simple words like いちご and the like, but victories are victories.)
There also seems to be a manga version, I don’t know which came first and am too lazy to check. The book so far is fun, though. It’s a pretty easy read for me - writing isn’t very flowery, mostly words I already know, largely straight forward style. I guess the genre is horror based on what I’ve read so far, but I don’t think we’ve entered the main plot yet.
I kind of doubt I’ll finish this within the free time limit, but who knows! There’s 22 (!) volumes in this book series though, so I guess if I like it there’s plenty to read.
but don’t go challenging people to a all-you-can-eat soba competition because one of you will die from eating too much soba and then you’ll feel bad and feel obliged to help the village and you will toil in the mountains all day every day to build a road that spans a large distance between two towns and you’ll be remembered for building that road for time immemorial
Japanese found in the tall grass
だけでなく ー Not only/just (this thing that precedes this) but also (this thing that follows); as well as
I just spent many long hours planting new baby plants in my native flower garden under the hot sun, so haven’t read anything yet today, but I feel awesome. (Really.) And I just got really excited about this nomination for the BBC.
May 21 (regular hours)
Read chapter 68 in Haikyuu book club. Though truthfully there wasn’t much dialog this chapter. Finally finished the match against Aoba Josai though. That started back in volume 7 and we’re almost done with volume 8 lol.
Also it’s new SxF episode day so I read a chapter. The episode made me cry lol I’ve also had the opening song stuck in my head all week.