Steel Ball Run has some beefy-ass chapters. Volume 5 is only 4 chapters.
I better be a lot better at reading when I reach that part
Like I said before it’s a lot more action making up the pages with some lore dumps here and there. But you’ll probably be ready for it by the time you reach it.
Day 39: February 8th
YAIBA Volume 1 (14% ➨ 16%)
からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 11 (17% ➨ 24%)
Still keeping a bit busy for reading so far this week.
This reminds me of the French branch of my family tree...
For example (keeping in mind that old records have errors and inconsistencies):
Claude Francois’s kids included:
- Claude Francoise
- Francois Joseph
Francois Joseph and his wife Jeanne Claude’s kids included:
- Anne Claude
- Claude Francoise (son)
- Francois Claude (daughter)
- Joseph Claude
- Claude Francois
Francois Claude went on to have kids including:
- Claude Joseph
- Francoise Francois
(By then, my branch of the tree moved from France to Ohio, in the United States, and discovered variety in naming their kids.)
Feb 9, Thu of Week 7 of Winter Q1 2023
- ふしぎの国のバード Vol.2 Ch.6 日光 (start volume)
Reviewing itinerary. Trust sempai, not the locals.
Words of the day
- どんだけ = how much you want = どれだけ
- 熱燗 = hot sake. Has Furigana.
- 峨々たる = rugged (mountains). Has Furigana.
- 素謡 = bare noh chanting. Has Furigana.
- 行灯 = paper-covered lamp stand. Has Furigana.
- 余興 = performance
- 岩塊 = lump of rock
- 厚手 = thick (clothes; paper)
- 色調 = tone of color; tonality
- 検事 = a public prosecutor
- 無実 = guiltlessness
- 移譲 = transfer. Second Kanji is from 譲る.
- 蛆虫 = maggot; lowly human
- 喜色 = joyful look. Compare with 気色 which is just a look; mood.
- 度量 = generosity; magnanimity
- 千変万化 = innumerable changes
- 踏み均す = to walk through enough to make the land flat. The latter Kanji has Furigana.
- 身にしみる = to sink deeply into one’s mind. Full Kanji is 身に染みる or 身に沁みる.
- 筆舌に尽くし難い = beyond description. Hard to complete with pens and words.
The Tanuki Kotatsu Reading Den
新書太閣記 progress: 08.20% // Volume I: 95.09%
Words found under the kotatsu
陰湿「いんしつ」ー Malicious; spiteful; wicked; devious
火箸「ひばし」ー Long metal chopsticks (for handling charcoal and the like)
若殿「わかどの」ー Young lord; successor to the current lord
Character Name List
Probably some spoilers, but this is a historic novel, so can spoilers really exist for things that have (for the most part) actually happened
Volume I: 1535 - 15??
日吉「ひよし」- Hideyoshi (as child)
Nicknames: 猿「さる」/ 針売り「はりうり」
Name serving Nobunaga: 木下 藤吉郎「きのした ときちろう」
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
渡辺天蔵「わたなべ てんぞう」- Deserter - Nobushi (Nephew to Koroku)
難波内記「なんば ないき」- Spy disguised as a Komuso
仁田彦十「にった ひこじゅう」- Subordinate
(蜂須賀正利「はちすか まさとし」- previous head of the Hachisuka clan)
((questionable) Alliance with the Hachisuka clan)
斎藤 道三「さいとう どうさん」- Head of the Saito clan
– 斎藤義龍「さいとう よしたつ」(also: 高政「たかまさ」) - Son
明智 光秀「あけち みつひで」(common name: 十兵衛「じゅうべい」) - serves under Dosan
– 又市「またいち」- Underling / foot soldier
堀田 道空「ほった どうくう」- Chief retainer
弥平治光春「やへいじ みつはら」- Retainer (cousin to Jyubei)
– 明智光安「あけち みつやす」- Father
春日丹後「かすが たんご」- Military commander
織田 信長「おだ のぶなが」- Leader of the Oda clan (Married to the daughter of Saito Dosan)
– 卯月「うづき」- Nobunaga’s faithful, old horse
– 織田信秀「おだ のぶひで」- Father and previous leader of the Oda clan
– – 織田与三郎「おだ よさぶろう」- Younger brother
– – 織田信行「おだ のぶかつ」(Other name: 信成「のぶなり」) - Son (half-brother to Nobunaga (different mother))
Retainers (Under Nobuhide rule):
平手 政秀「ひらて まさひで」
– 五郎左衛門「ごろうざえもん」(nickname: 五郎左「ごろうざ」) - First son
– 監物「けんもつ」- Second son
– 甚左衛門「じんざえもん」- Third son
– 雨宮勘解由「あめみや かげゆ」- Servant
林 秀貞「はやし ひでさだ」(common name: 新五郎「しんごろ」/ nickname: 佐渡「さどう」) (served under Nobunaga too)
– 美作守「みまさかのかみ」- Younger brother
青山 信昌「あおやま のぶまさ」(common name: 与三右衛門「よそうえもん」)
内藤 勝介「ないとう しょうすけ / かつすけ」
Retainers (Under Nobunaga rule):
柴田勝家「しばた かついえ」(Nickname: 権六「ごんろく」)
市川大介「いちかわ だいすけ」- Archery master/instructor
平田三位「ひらた さんみ」- Master of military strategy
藤井又右衛門「ふじ いまたえもん」- Head servant
斯波義統「しば よしむね」- Head of the Shiba clan, at Kiyosu castle
– 斯波義銀「しば よしかね」- Son
今川義元「いまがわ よしもと」- Daimyo
松下之綱「まつした ゆきつな」(common name: 加兵衛「かへい」)
多賀能八郎「たがのう はしろう」(nickname: 能八「のうはち」)
太郎義信「たけだ よしのぶ」- Commander
(Married to the daughter of Imagawa Yoshimoto to tie the clans)
上泉 信綱「かみいずみ のぶつな」(also: 上泉 伊勢守「かみいずみ いせのかみ」) - Founder of the 新陰流「しんかげりゅう」school of Kenjutsu
– 疋田小伯「ひきた しょうはく」- Disciple
– 神後五六郎「かんご ごろくろう」- Disciple
塚原 卜伝「つかはら ぼくでん」- Kensei; legendary swordsman
阿倍仲麻呂「あべ の なかまろ」ー Japanese scholar & poet (700s)
白楽天「はく きょい」ー Chinese poet (Bai Juyi / Bo Juyi) also known as: 白楽天「はく らくてん」in Japan. (Late 700s)
道元「どうげん」(or 道元禅師「どうげん ぜんじ」ー Japanese Buddhist Priest, writer & poet (also known as 栄西禅師「えいさい ぜんじ」) (Early / mid 1200s)
空海「くうかい」ー The one and only Kukai or Kobo Daishi - a Buddhist monk. Posthumously given the title of: 弘法大師「こうぼう だいし」born as: 佐伯 眞魚「さえき の まお」(late 700s / early 800s)
源頼政「みなもと の よりまさ」ー Prominent poet and warrior (1100s)
平 重盛「たいら の しげもり」ー Military commander and court noble, claimed to be an ancestor of Oda Nobunaga (Mid-1100s)
桓武（天皇）「かんむ（てんのう）」ー 50th Emperor of Japan, claimed to be an ancestor of Taira no Shigemori, thus ancestor to Oda Nobunaga (Mid-Late 700s)
This is great
I like how after many years of the Francois / Claude overtaking it finally cumulated into the ultimate Francois: Francoise Francois
Day 40, 9th of February
Feeling a lot better, so let’s try and get back into it. Today’s page is about our two friends finding some lodging. They stop by the place the old man from last time told the about. They agree to stay at this place for this night; but first, they want some drinks!
i…meant to do this earlier. oops. granblue distracted me. anyway, made some headway into shimanami tasogare vol 4 (last one!!!) but found this one a little harder going than the last ones? some combination of that guy speaking in thick okinawa-ben in the first chapter putting me off and some conversations that were a bit harder to follow than i was expecting. but! i’m enjoying it, so it’s all good!
Home post // Feb 9
・薬屋のひとりごと３ (25% → 27%)
Another busy day. Hopefully plenty of time to read on the train during weekend.
Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Finished chapter 28 and continued up to page 320.
Today: Continued up to page 331.
Back to a short reading session again. I need some sleep.
So, I misunderstood the last page. Your correction makes much more sense – thank you for clarifying.
Word or expression of the day:
可及的速やかに - (かきゅうてきすみやかに) - as soon as possible
２月９日 (Home Post Link)
Going to the arcade tonight, so didn’t have quite as much study time. Still squeezed in a ch though
- 三ツ星カラーズ ch 6 - it felt like about 50% of the text in this chapter was puns/wordplay. I wasn’t sure if I was just like totally missing what was happening or if it was confusing because they weren’t really making much sense, so I went to read it in english and saw this lovely translators note:
So it appears to not have just been me that was struggling I also see the book club had a fun time with this one
Word of the Day
笹「ささ」ー bamboo grass
I continued reading the second volume of Kindaichi Shounen. This volume is pretty long around 250 pages. Like in Detective Conan the solutions to the cases are ridiculous and wouldn’t actually work in real life.
2837 pages read this year
After the JoJo Volume 5 trial by lore dump, I went back to One Punch Man and managed to get through the section that had been keeping me from reading. I know this arc is really good and the anime didn’t do it justice so I am happy to finally be over the hump. So One Punch Man is back on the menu, however its gonna be the manga that I read when I finish 推しの子 probably.
My daily schizo post will come later today as usual but that was a big deal for me to finally get past a section that seemed impossible before.
Today I read 1 chapter of Shadows House.
I was aiming for 2 chapters today to bring me back in line with the book club - but at the end of last week I was two chapters behind, and now I’m only one chapter behind so thats still progress
I shouldn’t have any trouble catching up next week, I only fell behind because I wasn’t paying enough attention and missed the first week of the new volume.
Played きみのまち ポルティア again today. Finally completed the bridge to the Eufaula Desert, so now I can romance Arlo without worrying about missing his quest!
I’d meant to start この本を盗む者は today, but uh, yeah, didn’t happen lol
Here’s my daily schizo post. So I am about 36% done with 推しの子第4巻 and finished my bit of 夜は短し歩けよ乙女 for the day. Feeling pretty good now, and limited my word look ups to stuff that blocked me from understanding but I seemed to have gotten everything going on regardless.
February 9 Home Post
Oops I accidentally ended up busy again today I got more 山猫 in today though, so that was cool. It all continues to be very interesting
Indeed, it all counts! We’re getting there
Is it bad that this kind of makes me want to read this book
If you like these things, then have yourself some Aozora
Just watch out for the 新字旧仮名 label (new kanji, old kana) in the list of works of a given author (e.g. here is the list for Mori Ogai: 作家別作品リスト：森 鴎外) or if you are really up for a challenge, then 旧字旧仮名 it is.
plus you might want some grammar resources depending on what you’re reading
Let us know how it goes!
Finished the 何で chapter and I’m halfway through the 何故 chapter. Things are starting to fall into place, but now a more central mystery is being gradually revealed. Meanwhile, I still have no idea why this man, who we’re constantly reminded has unkempt hair, a squint, and uneven, yellowed teeth, uses あたし for himself. Maybe his whole way of speaking supports it and it just flies over my head? All in all, at 70% of the book you’d think I’d know more about the main characters, but they’re only main in that they’re recurring, and their role in all this is clearer than most. There are fragments from all sorts of points of view, but unlike Eugenia, they only serve as glimpses and teasers, not as a way to get to know that person in depth. It’s not that the characters feel two-dimensional, just that they still feel like strangers.
Not at all, but I wouldn’t recommend the book just for that, as it was only the ones I posted that I’ve come across so far. Just a short paragraph really, and a few others with older writing style and vocabulary but no special characters. Aozora would definitely be a better bet.
I guess I won’t be able to finish 闇祓 before the compulsive reader‘s club starts a new book (tomorrow ), but I’m at 35% now. And I feel kind of bad for hating on the ending of the first chapter so much. Chapter 2 is a lot of fun.
We left school (actually it’s a completely different setting, different characters, everything), and I like it. It’s about niceness, fake niceness, over-the-top niceness to a point where it’s obviously done with an underlying motive, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this chapter will end. Surely the 闇祓い (hence the title) will make an appearance again, to have an overarching theme, but I hope we will have less „explaining negative character traits away by supernatural stuff“ / „they’re just that way because they’re not human, obviously no human could be like that“.
But there’s already a lot of mystery going on. And lots of weird undertones. Hoping for a real plot twist regarding the mysterious suicide at the beginning, and the suspicious Designer couple. Surely they must be involved! My theory is they’re luring people into the building and if they don’t fit their perfect ママお茶会 world they’re ostracized and driven to commit suicide. Haha.