Another day down! I haven’t read Zoo 1 yet today, but I might sneak in a little tonight. I didn’t mention it before, but I also have 3 manga book clubs I’m in (and increasingly becoming a distant silent member of, oops ). I go back and forth on wanting to continue those, because they are quite nice, but also wanting to focus more time on the stuff I’m choosing to read. There’s never enough time. So today I slotted in a manga instead, for now.
Ace Attorney: The final investigation phase of case 4. Today was mostly the character backstory dump where the full story starts coming together. Couldn’t help myself and kept going a bit, mining 25 words today. I’m still managing fine, so I keep pushing myself Among them, I rather like キュン, an onomatopeia for feeling strong emotions of the sort that make you get choked up or feel chest tightening. I encountered a few new grammar points today as well. Silly as it is, I always get amused to see something is “N2” or whatever – I don’t intend to take the test so it means nothing, but I have a small voice in my head that will celebrate every time I learn one of those, like encountering that one point makes me now an advanced learner or something silly like that, haha.
I’ve played the game before so I know I enjoy the story, but today was the day that they really hone in one big thing the whole series is about, which I rather like. It’s nothing too deep, but I like how earnest the series is. See, Ace Attorney is ultimately all about believing in and being at someone’s side when they have absolutely no one at all. It’s sweet, and nice when put in the context of a trial system where successful defense almost never happens. This about sums it up:
Plus, look at “きゅうきょくのこどく”. I love the sound of this language.
When Will Ayumu Make His Move: For the aforementioned manga, I finished up volume 3 of this, with 2 chapters and a bonus. It’s as cute and light as ever. I’ll spare this thread most of my thoughts (and try to find the chance to post them in the actual club thread…). That said, just from a reading perspective, it was pretty relaxed, and as this club was how I started, and back then I pretty much couldn’t successfully read one panel, that feels very good. This volume was loaded with more Shogi terms than usual (shogi words in a shogi manga, crazy right?), so I had to look some stuff up, but it’s increasingly easy to just see the bits I don’t know and either contextually get it or at least see what the rest of the line is doing. In the past, every unfamiliar word would’ve derailed everything and taxed my brain.