Middle school students Nishikata and Takagi sit next to each other in class. Takagi, who is in love with Nishikata, enjoys teasing him with embarrassing pranks and jokes. In response, Nishikata creates plans to get his revenge, but they always fail when she identifies his weaknesses and capitalizes on them.
Chapter 1 - 雨宿り
5 - 20
Chapter 2 - テスト勉強
21 - 36
Chapter 3 - テスト返却
37 - 52
Chapter 4 - 手紙
55 - 70
Chapter 5 - 掃除当番
71 - 86
Chapter 6 - 二人乗り
87 - 102
Chapter 7 - 腕ずもう
105 - 120
Chapter 8 - 夢
121 - 136
Chapter 9 - 番外編席替え
139 - 146
Bonus - おまけ
148 - 153
As noted in the table above, given how short both the final chapter and the bonus chapter are, we will be reading both chapters the final week.
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From my first quick read of the chapter (I haven’t done my more in-depth passes yet, and might not have much to contribute until later today/tomorrow morning depending on how much my day gets co-opted by others), the page numbers are the same, but it was a lot more text heavy this chapter.
Probably the amount of text… and depending on the level of difficulty it can feel longer… have that with some other stuff I’m reading…can sometimes breeze through 6 pages and then hit a wall and spend 20-30 min trying to figure something out (thankfully found it after figuring out the right way to search and then using weblio) [not related to this manga though so…no derailing…]
I certainly enjoyed seeing Takagi and Nishikata again. I thought one book of adolescent embarrassment would be more than enough for me, but those two always find a way to be amusing. Fun chapter overall.
Just got finished with the chapter myself - got to echo all of you in saying that it was nice seeing the duo again.
Full chapter spoilers:
My theory that Takagi is some sort of elder god continues with her now displaying a control over the weather… We should all know how bets with Takagi go by now
Got a small point I want to just put in here for the sake of anyone who might be confused like I was, at a few points Nishikata uses 観る. From what I could see looking stuff up this is very similar to 見る but carries more of a connotation of watching something than simply looking at it
What a weird way to phrase it, when we’re talking about a movie. I had seen the definition but never even bothered to look at the example sentence, thinking it had nothing to do with what I was looking for. Like @VikingSchism , I saw it was another form of 見る and surmised it had to do with watching. I’d definitely hate to “meet with misfortune” while watching a movie .
Yeah I definitely think this is a case where the definition in the bilingual dictionary falls short so I went to do some further googling and most results I found seem to agree that 観る in this circumstance is more related to viewing (as in a movie, a vase) while 見る is more simply seeing - though it seems like 見る is commonly used for both meanings anyway
Just to add to this - the entry in Jisho seems to just show 観る as an alternate form without much further explanation
I was just joking around with the meeting with misfortune bit of course . Yes, you do experience a movie in a way, it’s just that as far as dictionary definitions go this one was somewhat misleading. Without the example sentence I would never have made the connection. Still, thanks for quoting that and the weblio one, it’s all helpful.
On page 9 西片 says バレてた。The English version of this manga translates it to “She knew”. But I guess that’s more of a contextual translation. Google translates it to “I was out”. I’m guessing it means something like “I was found out” or “I was caught”. I don’t think it’s a borrowed word from English, but maybe from a different language. What do you guys think?
You are correct. This came up in the first volume, as well. It seems that this word is pretty often written in katakana in manga, despite not seeming to be a borrowed word. Katakana is often used for emphasis, the same way we might use bold or italics in English, and I believe that’s where we fell on it – it’s pretty much just marking it more strongly as an exclaimed phrase.
Here is the word on jisho, if you are interested, where they show it in both hiragana and katakana forms.
And I have officially done my final pass of the chapter, now that I had time to properly sit down and read instead of getting pulled away every couple of seconds to deal with this or that.
I didn’t run into anything this time that tripped me up, personally. I think that I’m starting to just see repeating grammar patterns from the first volume, nothing too out of the norm just yet.
I would definitely describe this manga as a “comfort manga.” It’s just so sweet and chill, with a cute humor that isn’t over the top. I think I mentioned before that when I joined the first book club, I really didn’t expect to like it all that much (I thought the middle school second-hand embarrassment would just not be enjoyable, to be frank), but I really do find joy while reading it. That’s especially becoming the case as I’m having to look up fewer and fewer words (I barely even looked at the vocab sheet for this chapter), and I’m not tripping up on grammar points.
I would like to thank everyone again for participating in these book clubs; I truly feel like I wouldn’t be nearly as far (which, to be clear, isn’t THAT far, but it’s miles ahead of where I used to be) in my learning journey if it weren’t for all the wonderful people here asking and answering questions. This is a much more enjoyable way of learning grammar than just hitting my head against Genki again and again, and hoping it sticks.
As for this chapter, my favorite moment was absolutely the cat coming up and shaking water all over the place. As a pet owner, I know exactly how poor Nishikata feels being drenched because an adorable anime decided to share the love. This panel especially made me laugh. Takagi peering over the bag/binder at Nishikata’s dejected face was just great.
I’m feeling similarly with respect to this becoming something of a comfort manga to me now. And likewise I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I have - I feel like partly it’s that though Takagi teases, there’s often a fairly sweet aspect to a lot of it that makes it more tolerable than just “person teases another person”
Including a cat is an instant win to me - S-tier chapter right away