Week 11: マリアビートル 🐞 (Advanced Book Club)

Week 11


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October 7 王子, 槿, 果物, 天道虫 411 - 453 42

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Proper Noun Readings

Proper nouns
Name Reading
木村雄一 きむらゆういち
蜜柑 みかん
檸檬 れもん
峰岸良夫 みねぎしよしお
寺原 てらはら
七尾 ななお
王子慧 おうじさとし
槿 あさがお

Nooooo I was starting to really like 檸檬. Really stupid but badass at the same time. It wasn’t super clear where he was shot, so maybe there’s still a chance, but I dunno.


Mmm, like Kimura we’re left a bit in suspense about whether he’s truly dead.

What was the thing Mikan was looking for that Lemon was talking about being in the coin locker? I assume it was mentioned in a conversation between them 200 pages back but of course I’ve forgotten…


Ah, that is a code between them. To point who killed him(one of them). I did not think Lemon would remember it :joy:
Btw, I used to like Lemon but don’t like him anymore. He was like a childish cartoonish character to me. After I read what he is capable of, nope!


Mmm, this is another way the book seems to lurch around in tone – sometimes the characters and situations are played for laughs, and then sometimes they’re vicious and lethal.


Right, so per my “if you’re not 100% sure they’re dead, that means they’re alive”, he should be alive…

Yeah I had to go check that again as well ^^’ As heikimi said it was in a conversation about what they would do if one of them got killed and how to tell them other one who did it. Which, on the other hand, does not make me very optimistic about 檸檬’s fate. Here’s the whole conversation.



Thanks for the excerpt! Kind of tough to remember small conversations like this that I read over a month ago. Looks like the end of that page might also foreshadow Lemon “coming back to life”.


I’m very curious about how this will all come together in the end. There are a few big things in the movie that… could still happen, but don’t seem that likely.


I watched the movie last night and also finished the book early (sorry!) and… (no real spoilers, just general comparison) the book and the movie are indeed quite different. I’d say they’re about 50% the same? So many things are different it makes me wonder why they even keep the rest. I’d be curious to hear from the screenwriters how they decide what to keep and what to change.


My guess is that sometimes the process of screenwriting and it going through lots of drafts and writers means it starts relatively close and then drifts further and further away from the original as the process goes on.