In before anyone asks: on page 10, 〼 on the gas station sign is just a ligature mark representing ます. Because it looks like a 枡 drinking cup, you see?
I’ve read this in English before, and I must admit, I’ve never really understood how this can be the first time that Alpha has met the old guy. I mean, I guess it’s because the first chapter needs to introduce him to us too, but surely she’s gone shopping before. Or, driven down this road before.
I idly wonder if it’s possible to do a Google Maps comparison like I do for Yuru Camp, but it’s set so far in the future (and written so far in the past) that it’s not likely anything will resemble their modern-day locations. That said, the sign behind Alpha on page 19 points the way to Miura (with the side arrows pointing to Taura on the left and Zushi on the right, so I guess it might be possible to find that intersection, if that road still exists). Yokohama Landmark Tower definitely exists in the manga, though.
Page 30 introduces one of the interesting quirks of this series - even though this is supposedly the quiet twilight age, and Alpha felt safe enough last chapter to sleep outside, having a gun on hand for protection is not at all noteworthy. Are there roving bands of Mad Max bandits who simply never appear on-screen?
Oh! I knew about the shorthand but I had no idea where it came from.
Also he knows her (even though he kinda creepily avoids mentioning it, just saying he knows who she is instead) (edit: that’s not clear; I’m trying to make a reference to his じつはわしもファン without spoiling)
Not gonna lie, between that and his character design, it took me a while to warm up to this guy.
I would assume wild animals (especially, dogs can be vicious) but I guess that’s possible too?
Unrelated, but every time I see page 17 I wonder how fast she has to go to break in such a dramatic fashion. (I guess it’s mostly for comedic/sexy effect though)
Just wanted to say hi : I decided to read along with this club too because I was curious about this manga (I am also participating in the Beginner Book Club at the moment). I’m finding it pretty readable so far for someone at my level. (I won’t bother you with all my beginner questions )
Yes, that was definitely one of those “oh, a gun is introduced into the story, that means it has to go off at some point”-moments
Please do! We love to help out - a) explaining stuff helps the more experienced folks understand things b) sometimes we might gloss over something that is actually really interesting!
I think the low density of this manga is a bit deceiving - while I didn’t find it hard per say, I sometimes felt that I couldn’t quite put all the pieces together and understand what was being said even when I knew all the words. Had to check with an English edition a couple of times.
Enjoyed the pacing, very relaxed. The only that confused me a bit was when the boy showed up. She seemed to already know his name, which I found confusing. Have they previously met?
Also the fact he complains about the old guy coming without him again, meaning he might be a semi-regular himself at this point.
It could have been a year or two (although my gut feeling is more of the scale of a few weeks, but who knows). Regardless, it’s not surprising she keeps thinking about it, especially if there has been no news (and I guess no news were had).
@wiersm I was getting ready to say exactly this when I saw @AmomentOfMusic beat me to it. I’ve learned a ton by trying to answer questions. I also think that people who read a lot tend to gloss over some specifics when they (think they) understand the gist, so it’s easy to miss nuance or good learning opportunities. I honestly wish people asked questions more often in the IBC and its offshoots, but I’m certainly guilty of not asking enough myself.
The old man’s dialect definitely took some effort to parse.
Also, what does the note on the door say? The handwriting and low-quality scan made it tough to parse.
I hope you guys don’t mind me joining too, I got the manga when it was free on amazon a couple of months ago, and hopefully joining a book club for the first time will give me the motivation to finally get around to reading it :DD
First of all, I’d like to say hello to everyone! I’m reading along with the club for the first time and I’m very excited
I usually like to read at my own pace but I thought this manga is perfect for trying try to keep me motivated to keep up because It’s not as intimidating as a full page of text.
I was lurking around for a long time and bought a couple of books that the club was reading in the past and I will try to read them out of schedule when the right time comes
On with the question, then. On page 12 おじさん said “たまに通んの見るだけでいいだとよ”. I have a problem with 通ん. How do you read that? Is it とおん from 通る とおる。And then it will mean something like “passing through”? And what is that ん anyway? Is it his dialect?
Yes, I also have that question, also for the next text bubble (てれてんだよ). I thought that it might be some form of negation (short for ない?) which might make that second sentence “It’s not embarrassing”, but I’m finding it hard to fit that into the first sentence.
Edit: And while we’re on the subject of the old man’s speech: on page 13 bottom left panel, I find it hard to determine what いきなし is (I take it that it’s not breathless ).
And in the sentence after that, まっつぐ is simply another spelling of まっすぐ, right? And 行けめぇ is something like 行けるまい or 行けない, I guess?
Maybe someone else knows better, but I think that could work. The しs are listing reasons, right, so he could be saying “since there is no way there, since the road the gone, you know, you probably won’t be able to go straight there”.
Basically, maybe the なし should be interpreted as ないし here.