Nope, my shoulder got worse. I refuse to let it stop me entirely though. Oh, and SxF?? Originally was set to get here on the 27th at the earliest. It got here TODAY. It shipped YESTERDAY. From ŌSAKA. WTF. I thought the fastest something could get to the U.S. from Japan was 2-3 days, but this didn’t even take 36 hrs.
And it seems I’ll be going to Half Price Books tomorrow! If I end up buying any books, my mother can’t even complain, because she’s the one who invited me! I even found a couple books in English today that I wanna read, and they’re recent, but HPB does carry some recent releases, so with any luck they’ll have at least one of them.
I finally got around to reading the Bookwalker preview of 魔女が恋する５秒前. It looks good, and also it’s by an author I’m familiar with (which I hadn’t realized), so it’s definitely one I’ll be getting eventually. I also read the preview for アキはハルとごはんを食べたい, a gay cooking manga. It looks so cuuute, and the art’s pretty adorable too.
I read the 描き下ろし ch 15 of クールドジ男子.
Shun gets confessed to!
A first-year gives him a confession letter but he doesn’t understand what it is lmao. The poor girl runs off, and he tries to ask his friends (who were spying) what that was about, but they tell him he should read it alone. So he does and reports back, “I was confessed to.” That was the first time they had ever met, so he was gonna go turn her down, and since he has a tendency to be blunt (like when he asked the poor girl to her face what that letter was! この手紙、なに), his friends stop him and try to get him to turn her down gently asdfghjkl he’s like, “Then what should I say,「無理でございます。付き合えませんでござる」?!”
Since he’s so hopeless, his friends get him to write her a rejection letter since that way he can think more about what to say and won’t turn into a samurai, and he ends up texting Hayate for advice at lunch. Hayate went to an all-boys school though and has never been confessed to.
He’d also asked Mima. Aw, Mima and Hayate both had the same reaction: thinking, “青春だなぁ…”
♡ (And it’s funny because Hayate isn’t even all that much older than Shun lmao) It seems he has experience (at least with getting confessed to; no idea if he’s ever dated), but his school days were so long ago that he doesn’t remember, and he just says, “「ごめんなさい」じゃ駄目ですか？” so Shun writes that down and is like, this woulda been quicker to just tell her. Souma, whom he’d also asked, says then that he should try dating her or starting as friends first. Finally, he asks his sister, and he gets some actual advice. Though his only takeaway from it is to, underneath the “ごめんなさい。” write “でも 好きになってくれてありがとう。” and draw a cat (which at least looks better than his dog lol). The girl’s happy though and thinks he’s kind, so I guess it worked out?
Also, when he went to give her the letter, he first dropped by the wrong classroom and was greeted by one of his kouhai in the handball club, and of course as usual he played it off as intentional.
This time, he actually came off as smooth, though, when usually the other person can tell he’s bullshitting. You’re gonna make him fall for you!
I read ch 5-6 of 夜カフェ, which came out to 24 pages of text. I’m really thinking I coulda just jumped into the Intermediate club, because even though there are still a few things I don’t 100% understand reading this book, it’s kinda clear that the Beginners club is below my level. I am planning on continuing 夜カフェ though since I like it so far, I’m just not sure yet if I’ll keep reading along with the club after this volume or just read ahead on my own and check in with the club threads.
Some vocab of note:
和蘭撫子 (オランダナデシコ) [noun] carnation. ねこあつめ’s daily password.
無愛想 (ぶあいそう) [noun, な-adjective] unsociable; unfriendly; blunt; surly; cold; brusque
I wouldn’t be surprised if part of it too is that Souseki is a less common name than Natsume. Dazai is a less common name than Osamu. “This story by Osamu—” “Who?” “Ah, Dazai.” “Ah, got it.” (Not that I know any other authors named Natsume or Osamu, but I’m not exactly well-read.)