I read the rest of 古見さんは、コミュ症です volume 1, as well as おでかけ子ザメ volume one. A pretty gentle introduction to reading something without furigana:p I started volume one of シメジシミュレーション today and I don’t expect I’ll have finished it by next weekend since I’m pretty busy next week. The vocab sheet is a huge help, looking up kanji by radical is still a bit painful for me… But I suppose ought to keep practicing then(:
木下弥右衛門「きのした やえもん」- Father
– – 乙若「おとわか」- Old friend (serves under 織田)
大政所「おおまんどころ」// also お奈加「おなか」ー Mother
おつみ - Older sister
小竹「こちく」- Baby brother
加藤清正「かとう きよまさ」// also 弾正「だんじょう」- Ojisan (only distantly related (before marriage))
– Married to: おえつ (sister of お奈加)
Friends & Acquaintances
仁王「におう」- Big kid friend
於福「おふく」(Nickname - full name: 福太郎「ふくたろ」) // 楊景福「ようけいふく」(Chinese name/birth name) - Timid kid friend (older than Hideyoshi)
– 五郎大夫 「ごろ だゆう」// 祥瑞「しょうずい」(Chinese name) - Father
– 梨琴「りきん」- Mother
捨次郎「すてじろう」- Previous servant to 五郎, later the adoptive father of 於福, and owner of a tea ware shop - and employer of, and master to, Hideyoshi
蜂須賀小六「はちすか ころく」(also 正勝 「まさかつ」) - Head of the Hachisuka clan
– 七内「なない」- Younger brother
– Married to 松波「まつなみ」
– – 亀一「かめいち」- Son
A good reading day for me today! I read the final chapter of Volume 1 of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun and the final half-chapter of Cells at Work.
I’ve been struggling to keep up with the amount of bookclubs I’m in for the last few weeks, so finishing two of them is a relief
I’d like to read more of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun in the future, but for now its a fairly tough read for me, so I’d like to come back to it at a later date when I can enjoy it a bit more.
Thanks @windupbird and @natarin for reassuring me that I’m not the only person who finds 4-koma unusually tough compared with other manga!
3rd: Novel in English
4th: Novel in English
5th (today): Orange and BU$TAFELLOWS
This first week of February have been very uneven for me. It almost feels like I have either read in Japanese or in English. I did reread Hideaway by Nora Roberts over the 3rd and 4th, and today I did the weekly reading of the Orange club and inched on a little with Bustafellows.
I seriously, honestly, need to dive deep into Bustafellows and read like crazy because I’m probably not even halfway through chapter 2 and the club is finishing chapter 4 this coming Thursday, and I would really like to catch up so I can also catch up with the other VN club (right now it looks like I might just have to read that one in my own time ), and then I have Loopers to get back to, to read with TobiasW…
And yet, I don’t spend very much time with Bustafellows, despite enjoying it. I’m trying to allow myself a bit more ambiguity when it comes to reading it. But unlike a manga series while I’ll easily and quickly be able to reread at another time, I don’t see myself rereading a 35+ hours VN (at native speeds) later on. Too many things I want to read…
If I ever did reread Bustafellows it would be when I could read Japanese at the same speed I can English and Swedish, and I am a slow reader overall, so even then it would probably take me longer than 35 hours…
All that to say, it is hard to let too much ambiguity in, knowing I will probably never reread this and get that clarified.
I mostly watch the zootr tournaments that uses what is now called the standard ruleset (or a small variant on that), previously it was called accessible or even glitch-less, except it isn’t glitch-less, just very few allowed. Bomb jumping (I’m not sure that is what it is called but my brain is blanking) and flame storage are allowed, and one clip in Shadow Temple. I think those are all the glitches that are allowed. (I might have forgotten another one place glitch.) Also certain tricks can be allowed or not per tourney (aka there is a glitchless jump that is banned in this latest standard tournament; KZ skip; also fire arrow entry (instead of din’s fire) to shadow is banned in standard as a whole).
So if you like a lot of the glitches, I would say to watch zootr bingo, or DDR I think have some of those, etc. Zeldaspeedruns is the main twitch channel (they also have zeldaspeedruns2, zeldaspeedruns_3 and zeldaspeedruns_4 (I think that is the correct way), but also silvergauntlets/thesilvergauntlets (I’m unsure because I haven’t watched anything on that one) is an off-shoot from that. On youtube, you have zeldaspeedruns and the silver gauntlets (this one still an offshoot). The extra twitch channels came about because they had too many things they wanted/needed to restream at the same time, so more channels were needed.
So yeah, there should be loads of good archive videos to watch. If you want to try standard, I would recommend watching any of the previous seasons grand finals matches, although the commentators might forget to explain how things works and use loads of acronyms. For this current season, they are really good at explaining themselves more.
The one that I started on (I think) is this one: TLoZ: Ocarina of Time by Raikaru and WoodenBarrel in 3:01:47 - Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Online - YouTube which was the co-op run I mentioned earlier, but it suggests I only found zootr in August 2020, and I definitely feel like I’ve been watching longer than 2-3 years. It would suggest my first live tourney was season 4, which definitely feels wrong. Maybe it just feels like I’ve been watching longer, but I definitely feel like I followed season 3 at least live too, but maybe I didn’t…
Day 36: February 5th
What did I read?: ペンギン・ハイウェイ
How much did I read?: 10 pages
How long did it take me?: 58 minutes
Not really much happening in the book right now ← No but I literally took a semi-nap in the middle of my reading session because it’s so bright and nice outside and I was super full from lunch and I was wearing this soft blanket hoodie thing and I was tired because I went to bed late and woke up early for no reason. It was nice, I was comfy
Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report Yesterday: Continued up to page 236. Today: Read up to page 273, finished chapter 27 and ‘special navigation’ 27.5.
A rather mysterious ending to chapter 27 but at least we got to see Cait Sith again. As for 27.5, I barely got the gist of it and I may look through those pages again tomorrow to see if it was due to me being tired after a busy day or if I generally don’t quite get it.
I learned this Kanji through the Kodansha Kanji learner’s course-Anki-deck as ‘ページ’ too, so I third @enbyboiwonder 's and @Naphthalene 's explanations. (As I had learned it as ‘page’, I even immediately added ‘page’ as a synonym to the ‘geoduck’ radical when I first encountered it. )
Thank you for your thorough explanation, recommendations and the sources on where I could watch the archived videos!
In that case, I’ll probably watch one of the current season’s standard tournaments first and at one point one of the more glitch-exploiting bingo ones. Though, I don’t know when I’ll find the time to watch them…maybe one weekend this or next month.
For some unknown reason I’ve been incredibly tired all day and could barely keep my eyes open, so I read just a little bit again. Or so I thought. Apparently I read half of chapter 4 of 1Q84 in the little bit of time I allocated for reading today! That was surprisingly fast. I can’t tell whether it’s because of the chapter being easier, or whether I am just getting used to the writing - but I am very pleased with this :3
Either of the two I specifically linked to, should also be good for explanations and such if you want them, since Games Done Quick doesn’t do zootr all the time, they’d have to explain what is going on. Especially the SpikeVegeta and Phant video might even be the first time zootr is showcased on GDQ so that one should be explaining everything. As that one was my gateway into watching zootr and I don’t remember being confused but rather enjoying myself a lot.
More techniques, glitchless strategies and such, have been discovered since then, having been almost 3 years ago, but should be good. Another one you could pick would be the first match in season 6: OoTR Standard Tournament Season 6: WB Round 1 - YUSoEpic vs favio94 - YouTube. I seem to remember that they definitely made sure to explain things extra for that one, and I know most commentators in later matches do too, but as its the first official match of brackets, there is that extra ambition to be welcoming to new watchers.
And when you’re ready for more chaos, you can try random settings league, when a lot more get randomized than the items between themselves, songs between themselves and temple rewards between themselves. But I suggest having a pretty good knowledge of the game and the common things for zootr before trying to watch that madness. Super fun madness, but madness nonetheless. Especially the first few seeds you watch, so much to learn.
If you’re watching live on twitch then I have found that the commentators/chat are also always happy to answer newbie questions about what’s going on. Plus you can play the occasional audience-participation bit like “guess where the keys will be in the treasure-chest minigame”
Yesterday I only managed to read relatively little, and finished the 何を chapter in 狐火の辻. The next chapter is called 何で
There is a man there that keeps using あたし for himself. Does anyone know in what circumstances this is natural? It keeps throwing me off. The book is set in modern times (there’s even youtubers), so it’s not some historical usage.
Today I finished the Wild Ladies with the club. And then I read some more of 死体は眠らない before I forget who killed who and where all the bodies are
The thing that is tricky with Manga is how much writing to imagery there is. I read Berserk at lightning speed, then got to volume 24 which is a giant lore dump that took me about 4 hours to read. I had been reading about 2-3 volumes a day at that point so it was earth shattering to feel so tired after just one volume xD
JoJo has really good picture:dialogue ratio. Idk why but JoJo is like exactly my level reading/listening wise, so I have been enjoying it a lot more that other stuff atm.
Yeah I got frustrated with One Punch Man because they had a tournament arc and introduced each contestant but their intros got longer and longer to the point I dropped the series entirely because it wasn’t fun or interesting. I want to just skip it but even after 8 character intros disguised as biographies, it soured my interest in continuing because now I felt like I would be missing some key details to the story.
三ツ星カラーズ ch 2 - I didn’t think that could possibly be what the chapter title meant, and then I got to the end of the chapter and was rewarded
新完全マスター pg 10, 11 - today’s reading was a little easier, and I got the comprehension q right! the grammar lesson was kinda brutal, some more formal writing particles において and によって and stuff are gonna take some practice
Word of the Day:
雪平鍋 「ゆきひらなべ」ー aluminum saucepan with a handle (usu. wooden) and often with snowflake-style embossed pattern (aluminium)