August 20, 2017

Kono Oto Tomare [Chapter 61 - The Strength of the Two]


Sparkling girl 1 says, “Saneyasu-senpai, how do you play this??” Sparkling girl 2 says, “Kouta-senpai, I also don’t have a sense of rhythm... can I practice together with you?” Shy girl 3 says, “Michichi-senpai...can I trouble you later on...help me undergo a secret special training?”

With sparkles all around, Sane holds his head and says, “Ah, it really cannot be helped...” Michi says, sure. Kouta says, come over here. Narration: “A few minutes ago, this is the future that we saw.” But now, there are these two new club members.

Sane says, ah, these are guys, right. Kouta says, ya, visually, they’re guys. Michi says that perhaps, they are comparatively robust girls. Natsu laughs and asks what they meant by that. “Don’t worry, I’m truly a guy.”
The gloomy three turn around with tears in their eyes. Takezou calls out to them then thanks the two for staying. “Ah, Momoya-kun...and also---” Timid guy says that he’s called Yoshinaga Atsumu and he is in the same 1-C class with Natsu.

Surprised Natsu says is that so. He apologizes for he didn’t know. Atsumu says that it is okay... Amused Hiro thinks that it is once again two people of opposite extremes in a class. [<- similar with Chika and Takezou, I presume] Takezou thinks that he is already used to this kind of situation.
Satowa tells Atsumu that he ought to have heard just now regarding the practice right. “Even if it is like that, you still wish to join?” Atsumu nods. Natsu asks, practice? Satowa tells him that their club practice is very scary and can he accept that?

Freaking out Hiro calls out to Satowa for she forgot to ‘pretend’. Natsu laughs and asks how scary it is. Satowa says that it is playing seven times a week. Natsu asks if she is serious. Freaking out Takezou exclaims but it isn’t compulsory at all for him to join!!

Natsu smiles and says is that so, then there’s totally no problem. Surprised Takezou says, really? Natsu says that he has to go to work three times a week so it’s great if it isn’t compulsory. This surprises Takezou again.
Suzuka says that their school doesn’t permit students to work. Natsu tells him that he’ll apply for an official permit. Then, he notices the others looking at him. Natsu says that is really strange right since he is the only one who won’t be doing club activity together with everyone.

Takezou says ah, no it isn’t like that...by the way, why does he want to join the koto club. Natsu says ah--... Then, he looks at Chika who notices that Natsu is looking at him. Natsu smiles and says, “It is probably because the two female senpai-s are very cute?”

Takezou and Sane felt cold as Satowa and Hiro glare at Natsu. Natsu laughs and says that it is the first time that there are girls who’ll use that kind of look on him---
“Ah ha ha, I’m joking. Last year, senpai-s are performing at a shopping mall in Kawasaki. At that time, I happened to watch it by chance and I felt that it seems very interesting. –it is like that. That reason is okay, right.” Takezou says it is fine and thanks.

Then, he asks Atsumu for his reason. Atsumu is at a loss how to answer so Takezou nervously tells him that if there’s no reason, then it is also alright! “So, next...” Suzuka says that he also has something to say, “This August, our club is going to participate in the Nationals...

...Thus, they are currently in the middle of practicing the competing piece. The two of you, do you want to participate in the Nationals?” Takezou calls out to Suzuka to wait, are they going to discuss about this now!
Hiro exclaims that no matter what is said, it’s too fast. Suzuka says that they don’t have time to slowly welcome the newcomers. “And besides, currently, you guys can only play around five percent [of the piece]...

...If the two want to participate in the Nationals, then they must practice more than you guys. I must also revise the piece. Even if I’m sorry for you two guys but please answer as quickly as possible.”

Natsu didn’t answer but Atsumu says that he will participate. This surprises everyone. Atsumu says, “...I want to participate in the competition. Practice...I’ll do my best.”
Perking up Chika says that he really has a backbone [/resolve]! Takezou nervously wonders if it’s alright. Natsu says that it doesn’t matter to him if he can participate or not.

“If I’m going to be a hindrance to senpai-s, then, I won’t participate. If a person like me is of help, then please, take advantage of me as much as you want.” Hiro nervously says, take...take advantage...? Sane says no, tell them his own thoughts!

Natsu says that he doesn’t quite understand that kind of thing. As Chika quietly observes, Hiro nervously says, that’s right. “It’s a rare opportunity so how about playing for a while to check things out! Sane agrees with that idea. Kouta says that the two don’t have picks.
Sane says that it’s fine for them to lend theirs. After setting up two koto-s on the floor, they say that the two will use that. Holding a musical sheet, Takezou says that the piece he chose is Sakura. Satowa agrees with him.

Michi says that it is the piece that they first played. Giving the picks to Natsu, Sane says that their height is almost the same so he can use his picks. Natsu thanks him. Takezou says that Atsumu would use his, then.

Still standing beside the lockers, Atsumu says that he has his own picks. This surprises everyone. Takezou asks if he can play!? Atsumu says no...he only learned a bit...before. “Right now, I just play by myself...”
Sane exclaims that’s really amazing since his starting point is higher than theirs! “It’s quite unexpected that there’ll be a new military power [/potential] so soon!” Someone asks if it is too easy for him to play Sakura. Kouta shouts for him to try and play!

Atsumu shows them his picks which are pointed. Michi asks what kind of picks are these. Satowa says that they are curved picks. She asks if he is from Yamata school [/style of playing]. Atsumu is puzzled that he asks, Yamata...school...about that...I...

Satowa says that it is probably that the teacher who taught him before is from Yamata school. Takezou says that for the time being, everyone here is from Ikuda school so they use this kind of picks.
He shows the picks to Atsumu. Atsumu tightly holds his picks so the others ask each other what to do. Chika looks at Atsumu and asks if there will be a problem if Atsumu use that kind of picks. “Are you saying that he cannot play together with us because of different picks?”

Someone says that indeed, there is none but the way one plays is more or less a bit different. Satowa asks Atsumu to let her look at the picks. Satowa says that it is possible that the size is a bit unsuitable.

“You can use the picks but you have to change the finger harness [/cover], is that okay?” Atsumu nods vigorously. He looks happy that he can use his own picks. He calls out to Chika, “Ah...that, tha..thank you.”
Atsumu is surprised when Chika holds up his fringes. Chika says, “Ah, finally made eye contact.” Hiro exclaims ah, this is bad, he’s super cute just like a girl. This made Atsumu recall some kids laughing. Atsumu quickly slaps away Chika’s hand. Everyone looks surprised and tense.

Snapping out of it, Atsumu starts to apologize. To Atsumu’s surprise, Chika apologizes to him instead. Chika goes to Sane who asks what he is doing, stupid Chika. Takezou nervously says then, let’s quickly try to play. “First, let’s start with Yoshinaga-kun.” Atsumu says okay.

As Atsumu sits in front of the koto, Michi says isn’t he sitting too straight. Satowa explains that Yamata sitting style is like that whereas for Ikuda, the body is leaning to the left. “Yamata school’s principle is to sit directly facing the koto.” Sane says is that so.
THNN. Everyone goes !!? They were taken aback since Atsumu is plucking the string too hard!!! He obviously looks quite thin and weak. Takezou nervously tries to tell Atsumu that there’s no need to use exert that hard...

To Takezou’s dismay, Atsumu isn’t listening. While puffed up Atsumu continues to play, Natsu observes Atsumu then looks at the music sheet. Later on, Atsumu tells everyone that he has finished playing. Takezou says ah yes, that Sakura is played with such a drive [/resolution].

Michi says that it really has a manly feeling! Suzuka thinks that even if Atsumu’s plucking strength is very strong but honestly speaking, he doesn’t play that well. Takezou says that next will be Natsu.
He asks Natsu if it is the first time he’ll play a koto and does he want him to teach him a simple way to look at the musical sheet. Natsu says that there’s no need and just now, he looked at the sheet while listening so he can roughly understand it.

“Let’s not talk about that because honestly, I want to see a demonstration-- *pointing to Satowa* Senpai, can I trouble you to play it?” Satowa asks why her. Natsu says that it feels that she is a match with Sakura. She asks him if he had played music.

Natsu says that pretty much for he had played those [jazz] drum set and guitar. Satowa says really. After sitting in front of the koto, Satowa asks him won’t he understand it more if he sits beside her?
Sitting in front of her, Natsu says that there’s no need for he can see it better by looking at it from here. Natsu carefully watches while Satowa plays the piece. After Satowa played, Sane exclaims that no wonder it is Satowa! Hiro exclaims that obviously the fingering is very simple but it has depth~~

Natsu tells Satowa that her timbre is really beautiful. Satowa thanks him for his praise. Sane urges Momoyan to go! Natsu laughs for he gave him a nickname. Michi tells him that not to mind even if he doesn’t play well.

Kouta says that from the very start, they play really crappy. Tong- Tong- Everyone looks surprised as Natsu plays the koto. Suzuka seems to be thinking of something. Atsumu looks tense.
After Natsu finished playing, Sane exclaims that he’s so amazing for there is no single mistake until he finished playing. Kouta exclaims that he also totally didn’t stop at all! Natsu says ya, it is because he heard this piece before.

Takezou says he also has an ACCOMPANIMENT. [<- literally, it is ‘sing along’ but since there is no singing here, I presume it means accompaniment to the melody. That is being able to play the bass sound with the left hand to accompany the melody played by the right hand].

Satowa says that he even used his left hand to enrich the TIMBRE. “Is it really the first time you played?” Natsu says that it is the first time. Natsu smiles and says about the left hand, he just watched and studied her movements a while ago, that’s all.
Everyone is surprised. Chika and Michi recall how bad they were when they first started. Suzuka says that Atsumu wants to join the Nationals whereas for Natsu, it doesn’t matter either way. Natsu says yes.

Suzuka tells the others that regarding whether or not they’ll join the Nationals, it is up to the 2nd and 3rd years to decide after they discussed it over. The others are surprised about this. Suzuka explains that they were the ones who won the right to participate in the Nationals.

“So of course, the right to decide is in your hands. Tell me the decision after you guys have decided.” Natsu seems to be looking at Chika. They were interrupted by a cute girl who calls out to everyone if the club activity isn’t over yet. “Aren’t you going to check out the workplace today?”
Natsu says yes, sorry. He stands up and asks if he can go now. Surprised Takezou says ah, yes. Sane asks if Natsu if that is his girl. Natsu says no, she’s just an ordinary friend, that’s all. “Boy-girlfriend relationship is too troublesome. Then, I’ll be going.”

Sane and the two look stunned then become gloomy as the girl is lovey-dovey with Natsu. Takezou and Hiro are startled when Atsumu calls out, about that... Takezou nervously apologizes to him and asks what’s up. Atsumu asks them if they can tell him their names.

Takezou and others look surprised for they had forgotten to introduce themselves. That night, Takezou and others hold a meeting at Shizu’s place. Takezou asks everyone what they are to do with the two new members.
Sane says that the two that came really has personality [/individuality]. Hiro says that Atsumu doesn’t seem like a bad kid but she basically doesn’t know what he is thinking.

Kouta laments and besides, he isn’t a girl. Hiro says about Natsu...he is totally a real life [as in slang for someone who has a life or satisfied with one’s real (offline) life].

Michi says and besides, he isn’t a girl. Hiro shouts that they kept on saying girl, girl, girl, it’s noisy to death and don’t think that she doesn’t want a girl to also come and join!
Kouta tearfully cries and tells her to look, obviously their club room is so small and now, there would be more guys, isn’t it really depressing-- Chika asks Satowa if that Natsu has talent.

Satowa tells him that an amateur can immediately play the Sakura piece but it ought to be few who can use one’s left hand for the first time.... “And, besides, he is also able to familiarize with it quickly.” Chika darkly says is that so— This made Satowa think that it seems that Chika finds it boring.

Takezou asks the others what to do... “Are we going to let them join?” Kouta says that honestly speaking, he would want that they’ll be the only ones who will participate because they super worked hard to get the right to participate. “Isn’t it unfair that they get to participate as new members?” Mchi agrees.
Hiro says but Atsumu said that he’ll participate without even thinking. “He also still stayed even if he heard how long the practice will be. Don’t you feel that he has enthusiasm and willpower?” Someone says that even if his plucking is driven but won’t he directly cover up their own sound...

Takezou says about Natsu, he feels that he can quickly become their military power because it seems that he usually plays musical instruments and he ought to be of help in the side of music.

Someone says, but he can only come 4 times a week and it seems that he isn’t interested in the Nationals. Sane says that if they didn’t let them participate, shouldn’t they arrange some special schedule for them [to do in the club].
“That’s right. We finished playing the welcome piece that I want to concentrate on ‘I’ next but it feels that I cannot concentrate... Obviously, we are in the same group but only two people will be doing some other thing, it makes me feel more or less bothered...

...Honestly speaking, ‘I’ is really quite difficult that we basically haven’t been able to play it decently.” Takezou agrees and says that Suzuka is really a demon [/perverted person]. “I also have not totally grasped the whole feel [/impression] of the piece...

...Also, Takinami-sensei also said ‘Wait until you can play it then you’ll grasp it’. Isn’t that nonsense!” Someone ask Chika what he thinks. Chika says that he totally doesn’t understand. Aghast Sane says that for him to say that...
Chika says that they basically don’t know those two guys so how can they possibly make a decision today. The others agree but then, they also cannot delay this. After thinking for a while, Satowa says what they would think of this kind of method [to do it].

The scene changes to an apartment building. Somewhere else, Natsu climbs up the stairs and heads towards an apartment room. He goes inside and opens the light. He puts down his bag and notices a note on the table from his mother. She wrote that there is food in the fridge so heat it up to eat.

Natsu eats by himself. There is a family picture by the phone. The father isn’t shown but young Natsu looks happy with his mother. Later on, Natsu changes his clothes and heads out.
He goes to a [music bar] club called Bure. A glasses guy and a woman call out to greet him. Glasses asks isn’t the school opening today or yesterday. Natsu says that it was yesterday. Glasses asks how is high school. Natsu says that it is very ordinary and he joined a club.

Glasses exclaims in disbelief, you!? That’s really great! “Did you come to beat the drums today?” Natsu says that if he doesn’t, who’ll come to this place. Glasses says that he’s really mean. Soon, Natsu is busy playing the drums.
Glasses tells the woman that Natsu is still like that. “When he is upset [/unsettled], he’ll come here.” The woman says that she cannot perceive it. Glasses says that Natsu won’t show it. “It will be good when he’ll be able to happily play the drums.”

In a room [at the attic perhaps] of a Japanese-styled mansion, someone is watching a video on his phone. “-Starting from their first piece, thank you very much everyone for performing marvelously for the audience!! The next piece is, ‘Kuon’...

..It was said that this is the piece that they first played in a tournament so it is filled with memories—” Atsumu looks at Chika’s picture [/part of the video] on his phone.
Comment: Well, the others still cannot get over that they don’t have any new female members. Hehe, is it a consolation prize that one of the newcomers looks like a girl? Apparently, Atsumu can play the koto. They would have to temper his strong plucking though and from Suzuka’s assessment, he doesn’t play that well.

The latter part might improve with intense training that the others also undergo. Apparently, he was bullied before based on how he reacted after recalling that comment which was trigged by Hiro’s comment. Is it because of his looks, personality or something else? It is also a mystery as to why he joined.

Based on the last part, I think that it is because of Chika. It turns out that he was the hooded person videotaping Chika. So, does he know Chika before? Since his house was shown, I wonder if he is some relative of Chika. Step/half-brother?

Perhaps, Udzuki's relative? I would think that Chika would be his ‘idol’. If they aren’t relatives wherein he would want to get to know him more, perhaps, he just wants to change like Chika did because of koto.

Perhaps, Chika also helped him with the bullies before. Maybe that is part of the reason why he immediately wanted to participate in the Nationals. There is definitely a story behind those picks of his.

As for Natsu, he is indeed talented with music but has no drive. He is basically easy-going. He is pretty much a complete package of having the looks and talent but something important is missing.

He doesn’t seem to have any good friends. I would think the girls he is with are just to fill up the void of loneliness and/or need of attention. I would think that he got a special permission to have a parttime work due to his family’s financial problem. He seems to be raised by a single mother.

He won’t be causing too much trouble for the couples based on how the girls reacted to his flirting. ^^; As for his reason to join the club, was it really because he finds it interesting? He was looking at Chika before saying his first joke reason. So, was Chika the reason why these two to join the club?

Or perhaps, it was the same with Hiro wherein they wanted to have a sense of belonging into that seemingly fun club of good friends. I’m curious though with Natsu’s choice of words with ‘take advantage of me as much as you want’. It seems that someone did before and now, he doesn’t care if it is so.

Since he mentioned about not knowing what is it to say what he thinks, he is really going with the flow. He’s too easy-going. He gives me a feeling that he is lost. I’m actually surprised that Suzuka is making the others decide if the newcomers will join or not rather than deciding it on his own.

Anyway, I’m curious how they will decide if the newcomers will join. What is Satowa’s idea? It is definite though that joining the koto club will be life-changing for the two new members. What/how they do things all by themselves after school won’t be the same soon. ^^ Scans by 二次元秘店

Word of the day:
Everyone one has potential; you just have to discover it. ‘To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability. Matthew 25:15’ ~ Mottos for Success by M.S. Fontaine

54 comments:

  1. So i clicked on the sign out button instead of publish and the whole comment is gone !! my poor fingers !

    thank you for translating this chapter i love how all that matters to the trio is that they are not girls ! like that is the determining criteria of how good the new recruits are lol . kouta's crying face is a work of art XD in this chapter and the previous one so desperate for a female member ! no wonder suzuka let the 2/3 year decide he always operates this way so it wasn't a shock to me what actually shocked me is that this was a question to discus, i jut assumed that new members will play in the nationals naturally but then with one of them having a different style and the other not being so committed i'm having my doubts now i wonder if sotawa's test will be any good because honestly i agree with sane if 7 are practicing for national while 2 are practicing something else it will be a distraction to the whole club so i do hope natsu becomes more motivated and they can all practice together. maybe atsumu knew chika's grandad and his playing style is rough because it is a way to answer back to bullies (his picks being pointy too) but who knows. the glasses man saying natsu never plays happily makes me want to see the chapter when he plays happily in the nationals and the glasses man is invited to listen to it that would be a chapter to look forward to.

    i think there is no chapter next month because the author was sick so see you in October (what along time T_T)

    thank you again
    Emmahoshi

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  2. So i clicked on the sign out button instead of publish and the whole comment is gone !! my poor fingers !

    thank you for translating this chapter i love how all that matters to the trio is that they are not girls ! like that is the determining criteria of how good the new recruits are lol . kouta's crying face is a work of art XD in this chapter and the previous one so desperate for a female member ! no wonder suzuka let the 2/3 year decide he always operates this way so it wasn't a shock to me what actually shocked me is that this was a question to discus, i jut assumed that new members will play in the nationals naturally but then with one of them having a different style and the other not being so committed i'm having my doubts now i wonder if sotawa's test will be any good because honestly i agree with sane if 7 are practicing for national while 2 are practicing something else it will be a distraction to the whole club so i do hope natsu becomes more motivated and they can all practice together. maybe atsumu knew chika's grandad and his playing style is rough because it is a way to answer back to bullies (his picks being pointy too) but who knows. the glasses man saying natsu never plays happily makes me want to see the chapter when he plays happily in the nationals and the glasses man is invited to listen to it that would be a chapter to look forward to.

    i think there is no chapter next month because the author was sick so see you in October (what along time T_T)

    thank you again
    Emmahoshi


    Part 2 : I think my comment wasn't posted so sorry if the first part looks like it was posted again

    I like how hiro and sotawa's expression turned into a horror movie when natsu said he joined because of them XD , i think if natsu just wanted to play around he could've easily said that he will look for a different club to join since i doubt other clubs meet more than 3 or 4 times a week and of course no activity on weekends and there are plenty of music clubs in the school , i think the fact that he stayed in this club say that perhaps the concert in the mall did showed him something that he can only obtain (or hope to obtain ) from this club and that's why he is still here also most student look for part time after they enter high school or during summer so the fact that he already have one either means that they do need money or that he is calling playing at the bar his part time job when it is technically not a ob but it does give him an excuse to not be at school so often.


    I hope this comment gets posted , thank you
    emmahoshi

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    1. Oh...hope you remembered most of what you've written, emmahoshi.

      Thanks for reading ^-^ Indeed and it reminds us that this is shounen/guys will be guys =P

      True, Suzuka is indeed like that.

      Yup. It would be interesting how they'll incorporate the two in their group. That is a nice idea. Given the mangaka's style, we can anticipate some feels later on ^^

      Is that so. Oh well, hope the mangaka gets well soon.

      =)

      Yup ^^ I would think it is for financial reasons since their school do not allow parttime jobs. Why would the school give him permission? Why would he go to a school that doesn't allow it? As the other guy mentioned before, he can go to any school he wanted.

      He is definitely a regular at the bar in one way or another. The junior high school band might be a parttime job of some sort. Because of his 'take advantage of me' comment, it also makes me think that he wants to feel 'needed' and he knows that the people/groups whom he worked with needs his talent.

      =)

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    2. Indeed bu I really like how the mangaka basically throws away the typical shounen route by introducing 2 new male characters , also even though the trio is complaining i think soon they will get over it and acknowledge their strength/talent which is something i really like about this manga since it values talent and character growth rather than fanservice (most shounen seem to favor the later )

      interesting i forgot about the part were he can go to any other school , there are a lot of expensive schools in japan and i think good free schools require you to pass difficult tests (and maybe he didn't have the time to pass such test since most students go to extra classes at night which require money ) either way i think it will be interesting to find out his reasons

      emmahoshi

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    3. True. I do wonder though if they'll get a girlfriend afterwards or this will be some sort of running gag. =P

      Indeed. I can only think of colleges so I'm not sure if there are high schools that take scholars especially for someone like him who is gifted in music. I would think that he is intelligent since I get the impression that he can still pass his exams even if he always skip class like what Oka mentioned.

      He comes out to me as someone who is talented and intelligent so everything else bores him. Ya, we'll know more later on.

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  3. Thank you so much. Another great work, for a very good manga. When i read your summaries of it, i always regret that there are so few chapters' publication (1/month, is it ?)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Lassa ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Ya, one chapter per month.

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  4. Well... these were some interesting personalities/characters. No doubt much drama is in store, though I hope Atsumi doesn't get his hopes up about getting something on with Chika, who I expect would react hilariously to any such proposition as would Satowa :p

    Thanks again for this one though, looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us now in the next chapter (some SatowaxChika moments hopefully) :)

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    1. Indeed, KrimzonStriker ^^

      Hehe...but then, it won't escalate too fast since he is very shy. =P

      Thanks for reading ^-^ Hopefully ^^

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  5. Wow, the two new members are so different. Feel bad for the trio not getting girls into the koto club. At first thought Natsu had some bone to pick with Chika because he'd look at him and joined the club to get closer to him. But now I wonder if maybe he's his brother. They were separated in the divorce, his dad took Chika (to later abandon him) and the mom took Natsu. Atsumu obviously saw Chika play and got inspired and now idolizes him.

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    1. Yup, Lidy.

      Possible. So, they divorced when Chika is really young so he didn't know that he had a kid brother?

      Hehe, ya.

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  6. Thanks Kat for summary.
    Takezou is the MC right?
    But I like Chika more.
    Now, the two new characters. Hope the team do the great jobs in national.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Sara ^-^

      Ah, actually, I think it is Chika. After all, he is the one in the first volume cover =P That is among other things.

      Yup ^^

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    2. I hope Chika and Satowa will have more intimate moments.
      By the way Kat, do you have the raw of Namaikizakari Ch 68. I'm waiting from a week of August 5, but none appeared yet at any chinese scans.

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    3. Ya, Sara. ^^

      The Chinese scans were out but I didn't see it until someone informed me about it recently. It was posted in some other Chinese sites. ^^;

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    4. Thanks Kat for your information.
      But in my Chinese scans, none yet. Also not @otakumole.

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  7. Thanks for the update!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Anonymous ^-^

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  8. Is that true no chapter nex month?

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    1. Yes, Prayoga. According to the mangaka's post in twitter(google translate), she isn't feeling well/poor health so she got a break.

      【宣伝と来月号休載のお詫び】ジャンプSQ本日発売です。この音とまれ!は61話めを載せて頂いてます。 そして…最後10月号に続くとありますが、申し訳ありません。来月号は休載となります。先月の原稿中ずっと体調不良が続き、体力回復のためお休みを頂きました。申し訳ありません。

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  9. Thanks Kat, you're summaries are amazing. Very detailed that I can barely call a summary, much to my happiness, mind you, lol. Thank you, really.

    So far so good, though I'd like to see how TakexHiro are fairing, but it looks like nothing happened as if that 'progress didn't happen'. It's alright, though. Frustrating, but alright, these new chars are promising a good arc, let's see how the ride develops then.
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    I'll bring the other replies here, and yes. You hear those songs everywhere, tv, radio, internet. Like some huge plot from some big&bad corporation. Not kidding, unfortunately. Also unfortunately, we don't have the costume of going to karaoke. Most would buy for themselves and not so often make use of it in parties and such.

    The prisons are not the issue. They only care when there's some disaster and then people start complaning about humans rights. They don't go to prison mostly because that farse they call free speach, even when it's against the law. I don't understand and honestly, I just keep out of the loop or else I'd have a heart attack much sooner than later.
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    Yea, I used to write a lot and about a lot of things, mostly'd be mistery though. This manga we were doing were mistery, supernatural and a bit of acion. It had some christian and nordic myths/belief and it's turn into some kind of war between realities. Kinda big project, had lots of chapters already done and the rough sketches to a lot more, but like I said, the artist had his own share of problems, I had mine and we didn't go through. Besides, though the country does have a history of loving manga and comic, it doesn't have one of producing it's own. Really hard to be an artist here. My friend and I could self publish, but the costs are so absurd we'd rather go broken before we managed to put out at least ten chapters. I kinda did some diggin' into the issue. Harsh.
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    Yea, I think so too. They're already there, just waiting for the signal.

    That's the point, though. With the anime huge success, the author already proclaimed to have changed somethings about the story and said he also changed the ending, in order not to anger the 'fans' and not to receive any death letters. So I doubt it'd be too grim. At the very least, I don't expect the main trio to die off with no success. Could be, but I don't expect it.
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    Food serve as in, restaurant, fast foods or what most people consume? I can say about the last two. Fast food are just like in USA and I gather any part of the world. But some places have a tipical culinary, where I live is well know for it's coffee, Bahia for acaraje and cocadas with some local ingredients, Minas Gerais for it's cheese and it's various kinds etc.

    The food people used to eat are pretty much the same as you said. Rice, beans and steak/meat. That's the regular for most of the families. Sometimes, at least once a week, pasta and meat. There's lot of chocolate and other sweet things, too, but those are not very affordable to eat everytime, though are quite common despite the prices. Sandwiches are more common in fast foods or as packed lunches/pots, though they're a bit overpriced like sweets and other things.

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    1. Restaurants are more common to the wealth ones and a place to take your date, though I never did 'cause I much rather spend my money on me than spending on a day in food that I don't even like just to impress a girl, lol. There a lot of restaurants here and some are specialized in other countries/states cuisines, there're italians, morrocans, french, japanese are quite common and priced like all hell, the inside the country, but outside the state is less expensive, though not quite affordable for most, and include, barbecues we call churrasco - I mentioned 'cause the churrasco here isn't much like other barbecues around the world, the Minas food we call it mineira that is very, very good but we'd have to be an athlete, otherwise you'd be way over the weigh in just one month, lol. But they don't often eat it, so though it's called like that, the mineiros themselves don't eat that often. Feijoadas are quite common, you just mix blackbeans and a lot of different types of meat and cook all together in one big pan/stewpot. I'm not fond of it but it's quite famous.

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    2. Thanks for reading, Fê ^-^ Finally, in the mood to read it ^^

      Indeed. And well, I think their relationship will be like that until someone confessed or they retire from the club.

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      Wow, really all over huh. Oh, there's no media censorship there? Here, there is. Though it usually happens after it is shown = based on the viewers. For movies, they rate and yes, will censor like sex scenes.

      I see. Well, there are karaoke machine here on the street. Well, there is one near us aside from small bars. It is like a jukebox so you put coins to pick the song you want to sing your heart out. Lol, hopefully, not too out of tune =P

      Haha, is that so. So, how about fine? Why won't they just fine = hurt them on the pockets but of course, that can be prone to abuse.

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      I see. Well, hopefully, it gets published...or perhaps, as an online comic? In Chinese, Korea and Jap, there are paid online comic, right?

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      True. That is aside from what the editor wants, too.

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      I see. Here, food is quite popular lately that there are restaurants or food stalls everywhere you go even inside malls.

      In malls, people usually go to eat and hang out rather than to shop. I recall that there was this new mall wherein most of the stores are restaurants.

      I see. Here, people well, my family isn't fond of beans = grout/arthritis they'll say. Beans is a big part of the meal there, right?

      Sweets are okay. Things are usually too sweet or salty. That is why people say that there are a lot of diabetic and other food-related illness here. ^^;; I think sweets will become more expensive due to the possible tax increase. Hehe, aside from the dollar exchange going higher again lately.

      People here aren't that fond of bread for main meals. It is rice for them or else, they don't feel full. Of course, younger people are more open to sandwiches/bread.

      Hehe, is that so ^^

      What's special about that barbecue? Because of the amount of meat or meat is expensive? And yes, for the poor here, there are those 'discards' from chicken which is available in some food carts/street food. It is chicken blood called betamax since it is small square gelatin thing, chicken feet that they'll call addidas, and chicken intestines.

      I see. Beans again ^^ Here, black beans are usually just added a bit to fish or pork. Black beans are usually from bottles so they are salted.

      So, when someone is sick, do you feed them with congee, too? Or is it chicken soup just like in the West?

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    3. It's always my pleasure to read, though it took me some time, even after when I got the mood, couldn't really read all in one sitting, but I tried, lol.

      That's all good 'cause we know this series isn't one to mess too much with this side of the story, but I still think is sad. I can't be the only one wanting and eager to see more TakexHiro, can I?
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      No, it's all for the free speech, even when it's law, if you talk "against" you're ignorant and extremist, the list goes on with the ist terminations. The soap operas here are quite daring. It shows almost everything. No exceptions. No fine either.
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      It can't be online 'cause of the cost of the materials. But it could be if I just make the story, without any drawings, and that's something I've been pondering, but never go to do it due lack of free time to manage a site of my own. Then, I got sick and can barely do anything.

      There are lot's online paid comics and manga nowadays, even jump has a 'magazine' online now.
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      Quite the same, then. And funny 'cause there're malls here intended to just hang out, and some others to buy. The expensive ones have both, but only the wealth can afford.

      Yea, beans must never miss someone plaits. It helps that most people tend to cook beans with meat and other things, the nutrients are quite high and is one of the best in brazilian cuisine.

      It's about the way they prepare the meat. I don't know why, but all foreigners say it's different. Got to know a few and all of them were impressed and intrigued by the way it's done. Really don't know why since I'm not too fond of either, though I still like it.

      Some meat are quite expensive, but not all, thankfully.And there's these discards here too. One of my brothers is quite 'addict' to them.

      Bottles? We have corn and green beans in those, black and brown come in sacks, like rice.

      Chicken soup, porridge and the likes for the sick. Though, in my case, I need meat, so when I can't exactly munch them down, I usually make like a soup or cream with mashed potatoes, beans and some meat.

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    4. Well, it is better to read it when in one is in the mood. I mean, it isn't like a compulsory thing = test tomorrow =P

      Nope, you're not. But as I mentioned before, romance isn't the focus so I expected that we'll just have romance whether for that pair or the main one...here and there then at times, a full few chapters ^^

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      Oh, I see. Those who say you're ignorant or extremist if you speak 'against', would that be the government? We also have that here but they call those who speak against as 'Yellows'. That is the color of the previous administration. Basically, it is the current government's scapegoat for ANYTHING that goes wrong.

      I mean, ANYTHING like, they made mistakes, they claim it is sabotage by the Yellows. Or, bad press from Western news like BBC or Washington Post, etc, they are all Yellows. Amusingly, that political party is very 'small' since most have jumped to the current president's party. ^^;

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      True. Things are definitely on hold since you're sick. First priority is indeed to get well.

      Yup. I have seen some with very simple drawings. Probably used photoshop. If you cannot draw, I think I saw this Chinese comic that uses really people. Like actor/actress pose for the scene...take picture then add balloon speeches.

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      Indeed but I do wonder when the rich go shopping here. When we window shop on Sundays, the place is pretty much empty. They probably go during weekdays or else, the shops would have closed.

      I see ^^

      Yup, bottles but cooked already since it is very salty. I remember know that beans take a very long time to cook. The only beans that are usually cooked here is mung beans. I tried cooking red beans...the ones in Japanese sweets. It takes 1-2 hours. Is it like that, too there?

      Hm...boiled meat/meat with sauce? For our family, it is ground meat with the salted beans I told you that are in bottles or meat floss. We don't eat it plain. If one has sore throat, it is believed that one mustn't eat oily foods since it will irritate the throat more.

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    5. I was in the mood, but my condition isn't really helping me lately, though I wasn't so bad last friday. This is a series that once you start is hard to stop if there's any more, so it was hard for me, lol.

      Yea, that's the sad part, isn't it? Hopefully the author don't start adding romantic pointless drama, while the romance is a nice part of it, I don't think it needs any obstacle in this area, especially if there's any love rivals. ^~'
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      Yea, funny isn't? They say you're intolrant, but they themselves don't tolerate anyone that disagrees with them. Really, now? Things there look way too much like things here, unfortunately. But I'd think that blaming everything on others, especially if they're in opposing sides is quite common, anywhere in the world. I know that BBC and WP aren't a reliable source of information - they often make a lot of mistakes when talking about Brazil and it's problems - but always blame bad press is quite something, not uncommon, really. Here is the same, like I said, even if with the jumping parties.
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      Wow, that sounds at the very least, new. Never heard of anything like that, making photos into comics. I know a lot of artists that take pictures as a form of research and inspiration, but "just" adding balloon speeches is a first, lol.
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      Really? Lol. That's strange, first I'm hearing either, since most people over here tend to use the weekends to go out.

      I see, we don't really have beans in bottles here. There're other foods in bottle, like palm hearts and bamboo shoots. Red beans are quite rare here, once my sis bought and made for us, I didn't like it, though I like brown beans quite a lot, used to eat bread and beans a lot back in the days.

      Boiled meat or meat with sauce is more common in stews over here. I used to cook for myself so I'd do it most of the times 'cause it's easy, doesn't take too long and while waiting up I'd do something else in the time. Over here people'd eat oily things whenever, really. Now it's changing a bit, but most people can't really afford to eat properly 'cause the price is way too abusive. In my house, at least, we try, my sis is a nutriotionist and I always cooked for me and my siblings, and I used to be into sports before getting hurt really bad, so I'd always try to have a proper meal and take more care with calories. My family'd make a lot of fun of me, but I didn't care, really.

      Though I always treated my colds and sore throats with ice creams, lol. That's the only sweet thing that takes the better of me, lol.

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    6. True, it is that kind of series ^^

      So far, my gut feel says that the mangaka won't go for love rivals. =P Obstacles would be most likely minor since the main thing seems to be character development and koto. That would be where the major obstacles will be placed.

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      Indeed. Hehe, is that so. Hm...it seems to be getting a bit too intense lately though. Do they threaten to kill or rape those who do not agree with them? Here, there are those who do like I hope you get rape, we'll be following you and have you murdered, etc. Lol, of course, perhaps, the mildest stuff from them is cursing you when they cannot retort back.

      Of course, there will inevitable those from other side who would hit back the same way. Hate begets hate.

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      Yup. For those who can't draw or know any artists. Of course, you have to find handsome and beautiful people to portray the story ^^

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      That is true but for the rich, well, especially the young ones, do they need to work on weekdays? I do hear stories of closing down a store so that people will shop there. I have seen this in some branded stores abroad like in HK or Taiwan.

      They close down a store if it reached a certain limit of people browsing in the store. When I say 'close down' that means do not let any other customer go in the store. I'm thinking it is also to prevent theft. Maybe for the salesperson to be able to attend to a customer personally?

      I see. Here, bamboo shoots are in cans =P Palm hearts...I think it is always fresh here bought from the wet market.

      So, you count calories before? Hehe, hopefully, nothing burned while you do something as it cooks. It happens to me at times ^^;

      Haha, a teacher used to say that she does that, too but the hitch is, eat as many you can because if it is just a scoop or so, the sore throat will get worse.

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    7. Let's just hope you're right, especially, like I said lot's of times, I enjoy the troubles a couple has on it's own, figuring stuff out for themselves, learning how to deal with each other and so on.
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      It's been a while that I don't engage in anything, for my own mental health sake, but I remember some of them would say stuff like those. One would say I don't really wish anyone was dead, but some people do deserve to be killed, something in this line. That's just goes to show how tolerant they are. When I was younger and more engaged into the political scene people'd always curse me and say I was the one in the wrong, intolerant and they didn't know how I could be so.
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      That'd be so hard around here you have no idea, lol!
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      Yea, I heard some actors and singers do that on US, never heard anyone doing so here.

      The fresh ones are too expensive, unless you buy from the source, not from a 'reseller'.

      I don't really count calories, just avoid food with tons of it. Like, I'd go out with some friends, while they'd buy sodas and beers, I'd stay on the fresh fruit pulp juice with no sugar. They'd buy crazy hamburgers and I'd stay away from those. Nowadays that I'm not an athlete anymore I just try to consume health things in order not to gain much weight, my heart and lungs were always band since childhood so I'd need to always do some sport, now that I can't even walk, I need to watch out or I'll have even more health problms.

      Yea, the teacher was right, lol. Ice cream is the only thing that I truly can eat with no end in sight, lol. Ofc, not all flavours do that, only a couple, but damn, do I like it, lol.
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    8. Well, this is technically a shounen series, right? So far, I haven't read a shounen series that focus on love triangle types of relationships. If ever, it might be just mild jealousies like how Hiro tried to divert the girls attention from Takezou at the karaoke bar.

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      Haha, mental health sake...true. It can be quite toxic. I see. Ah, they can no longer defend their issue so they curse or that is just part of the way they usually talk to make a point?

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      Haha, is that so ^^

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      I see. But are the actors and singers there get rich? Here, it depends but the easiest way to be rich is marry some rich politician. These days, there seem to be way too many idol/singing/talent contests on TV. Perhaps, for the poor who have talent in that can become 'well-to-do'. The prizes are money, a livelihood food stall and house + contract with a studio. Do you have that type of shows there too?

      I see, I see. That's good ^^ By the way, is a crazy hamburger those with 2-3 patties in a bun with bacon and cheese?

      Lol, so there is a specific flavor. What kind? Vanilla?

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    9. You're right, though KoT is a bit more 'mature', is still directed to shounen audience. Hopefully my fears won't come. ^^
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      Yea, really. Can you imagine that people around here call zoophilia and pedophilia art? I'm not kidding you. They want to say that an image of Jesus Christ holding all sorts of sex toys is also art, even though there's an article in the constitution prohibiting all sort of religion defamation; So they hide themselves behind the free speech and the 'right' to do so and can't be prosecuted. If you are against it, you're intolerant. So, yea, for my mental health sake, I'm staying well away from any political involvement nowadays. I simply don't have the strenght anymore.
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      Only the well known. And yes, there are those show here too, almost all of them are a brazilian version of those in the usa. I don't know about the livelihood food and house, but they do get money and contract - though I never heard any of them getting famous or doing anything worth it afterwards.

      Yea, those are mad crazy, you can't even fit them in one bite, lol.

      I don't know the english equivalent for it, but there's this one that have chocolate flakes with vanilla ice cream. This one makes me go crazy and I usually eat all of it in one go if I'm not careful, lol.

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    10. Hopefully so ^^

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      Oh. And, the message of that art is suppose to be? Usually, if it is depicted that way, there is usually a message right? In contrast to just painting people, things, and landscape. I recall there was this artist who is really good in drawing/painting grotesque looking art. I wonder if anyone buys that or...perhaps, that is suppose to be museum pieces.

      Like, there is this photo exhibit in a mall wherein people are just holding mirror, iirc on their faces in different poses. I found that exhibit in an art museum in Singapore later on. Haha, I was thinking this looks really familiar.

      Lol, so they have free speech and you don't huh. Heard that often.

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      Indeed. A lot didn't get famous but it depends, I guess. There are those who were able to make a name for themselves and it really, really helps to be good looking and charming. Even those in Big Brother House, iirc, some got acting jobs.

      Lol. True. And, if you cut them, those burgers will fall apart. So, how do they eat them? Nip on them bit by bit?

      The closest that I can think of is cookies and cream flavor.

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      By the way, in the fate series, is it deliberate to always have a lancer being betrayed by the master? I start to wonder if there is some sort of template on how each 'hero' ends up depending on one's 'class'. Then, just put in different characters and same grail plotline.

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    11. I don't know, what kind of message can an image of two men having sex with a goat have? Or Jesus with sex toys, what message does it send besides an open mockery and profanity? I honestly can't think anything other than "I don't care what you think, I'm depraved and you must accept me anyway".

      I remember not so long ago, there was an expostion of feces - and they said it was art. What message does it have? Someone pooped all over and it's art? There was another that people would literally put their hole hands into each other anus and they said it was theatrical. It was at this time I abandoned all hope and lost all will to fight.

      If I disagree or go against I'm intolerant, self righteous and a damn 'prude', I was actually called that. It's like that, free speech only to those that agree.
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      Ah yes, being good looking helps in anyway around here, even if you don't have any talent. There's big brother there, too, huh? It's exactly the same.

      I'd always eat those burger with fork and knife, people'd always make fun of me, but I'm a messy eater, so I didn't care. But it's very rare for me to have those kind of foods. What I saw is they go nipping around until they can have a full bite. I don't have patience for that, lol.

      Ah, there're some around here that are like that. But this one with chocolate flakes is my favorite, it's call "Flocos" here. In english'd be Flakes, but I don't remember any flavour like that.
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      It's deliberate. It became an inside joke to have all archers being somewhat dumb, since the very first one. It's kinda because historically, all those heroes were deceived in some way too, but it's on purpose, like I said, it's an inside joke. If you ever get to watch any Fate Carnival you see a lot of inside jokes about these.

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    12. Ohhhkkay....^^; If it is done here, I don't think they can get away with that. There was an artist here who put a phallus on the image of Jesus. It caused such a ruckus here. I forgot if the offended Catholics manage to close the art exhibit.

      Hm...it seems to be just for shock effect than say 'art appreciation'. ^^; Lol, it reminds me of those feces art pieces that I have seen sold in streets. I wondered who'll buy that.

      Ah...so people don't find those disgusting? There are really who appreciate that? I mean, there should be some sort of demand for it so they kept on making them, right?

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      Yup. There is adults, teens and at times, celebrity [for the has been] version.

      Lol...nipping, I see. I guess you're the type who'll swallow/eat ice cream, too. Hehe, I tend to slowly lick it <- being called a slow eater. Everyone is finished with their ice cream and I'm just about to get to the cone. ^^;;

      I see. It must be a unique flavor there.

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      I see. Ah, dumb in what way? Is this about Shirou when he was still a teen? I did watch a bit of Fate Carnival. The opening is cute. The inside jokes, I didn't get them since I only watched the first Fate. ^^;

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    13. I remember you saying your country is still very catholic, like true catholics. Here, they say they're catholics, but in reality, they aren't. It's go to church once a yeay, and while there, keep messing with an android phone.

      As much as I try to keep an open mind, I fear to dare to think there're people who appreciate things like those.
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      Yea, same like here.

      Slow eater, uh? I don't think I'm slow nor fast, but everyone agrees, me included, that I'm onehelluva messy eater, lol.
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      Dumb like naive, or have nothing but looks thing, you know? Yea, Carnival is nothing but jokes about themselves, so if you haven't seen much, you won't get, unfortunately.

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    14. Yup. Though I'm not quite sure if it is just being 'religious' and follow what was taught. Here, most will go to church. Actually, for those who are into mall-ing, the church goes to the mall. I think there is morning and afternoon services/masses. At one mall, they always crowd at a certain hallway so the mall just built a chapel.

      True.

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      Haha...messy eater, huh.

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      Oh...that type. Indeed. I think after 3 episodes, I quit because I don't get the jokes. ^^;

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    15. Really? There's nothing like that here. So, there're a lot of church services and masses, but people aren't that religious?
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      Yea, really messy. Don't get me started, people make fun of me 'cause I can't eat pizza without knife and fork, sandwiches and so on, lol.
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      Yea, like we said, if one didn't follow Type-Moon series from the beginning - even the TsukiHime, won't get any joke and self loathing.
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      Just a bit of trivia - Magi manga is about to end and Yagi, Claymore's author changed magazines, from Jump to Shokugakan and will debut as soon as Magi's over.

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    16. No, they are religious like going through the rituals and masses but do not exactly follow the doctrine in some way. Something like it's just 'for face/show'. For example, there are those who have many wives, politicians would use it as a front that they are good = attending mass, would curse, accuse/lie and laugh at vulgar jokes, people are happy over the killings of drug SUSPECTS, etc.

      It isn't all though because there are those who are really religious. For example, there is this 'vow' called panata. A certain person would promise to do something if a wish is granted.

      It depends on a certain saint like Virgin Mary, Black Nazarene = statue that turned black during a fire in the church, etc. If the wish is granted, they'll always go visit the church where the saint/statue is during its festival. If they don't, something bad will happen.

      For this Black Nazarene, it is believed that it can curse illness so during the festival, people would throw small towels/handkerchief to the people guarding it so they'll wipe it on the statue and toss it back. If you supposedly put it on your sick part, you'll be healed. There are those who would try to touch it = lucky/healing.

      Here is what it looks like:
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      In case you are wondering why they don't do that with the statue when it is in the church, well, you see, that is a fake. They only take out the real one during this festival.

      We have a lot of festivals here for each different saint in different provinces. Basically, it is like a party. That kind of celebrations started during the Spanish colonization.

      Oh, because people like celebrations, we start Christmas celebrations/decorations early. At the start of the -ber months, you can see Christmas decorations in the malls. Each mall have their own theme. Then, you start to hear Christmas carols. And, of course, the traffic becomes much worse than usual. We even have a countdown from news program like, it is 77 days before Christmas at every broadcast at night.

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      Ah...is that how people there eat pizza and sandwiches? Here, we usually just use our hands. I rarely see people eat those kind of food with knife and fork. Actually, for the more 'provincial/rural' people here, they would use hands to eat like rice and viand.

      I recall that there was an issue before in Canada with an immigrant kid who used hands to eat instead of his utensils.

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      Hehe, true.

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      I see. Any news what the new series will be about?

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    17. Really? That's exactly, and I mean, EXACTLY, like Brazil. In Brazil there's also this legend of the same saint being rescued from three men, though here they were fishers. It's also a black woman, only black 'cause it's said that the mud of the river 'repainted' it. It's called Nossa Senhora Maria Aparecida - in english it's be something like Our Lady Mary Show Off - I'm not kidding, Aparecida means someone that have appeared, or shown themselves, or someone that calls for attention so they are aparecidos/aparecidas = show offs.

      Really, I even talk to my mom saying that if not for where and for languages, these countries could be equals, they're probably lost brothers, lol. BTW, yesterday was the Nossa Senhora Aparecida's day, when and where things you said about some devotes paying promises happen. My late father'd go only once a year to this special city/district that's all about Nossa Senhora Aparecida - yea, it's even on the map.

      About christmas, I think people here tend to start 'preparing' themselves only in december, everything else is exactly the same.
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      No, not at all. Like I said, I'm way too often made fun of 'cause the way I eat, though if I don't eat with forks and knifes I'd make onehelluva mess, my clothes'd be stained, a lot of it'd fall off the plate, on the ground, table, you name it. And I'm not kidding, even the children makes fun of me 'cause of that, they really, really laugh way too hard when I "try" to eat sandwiches and pizzas with bare hands, like everyone else, or like my friend says, a normal human being, lol.
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      Magi just ended, or at least I just read the end now, it was fair, I guess. But I dont know any details, it was my friend that told me about and she didn't say anything, only the magazine - she didn't know about Magi - and that she was surprised Yagi moved away from Jump, when not too long ago he published a oneshot and didn't show any signs of discontent or willing to move and so on. And I think she only told me about 'cause I said KoT was the one that replaced Claymore in Jump and it was way too good, though different genres and maybe targeted different audience, it was way too good.

      I hope Yagi does okay, thoug I don't remember any bad story of his, the oneshot wasn't bad itself, only way bellow of what he uses to write.

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    18. Interesting. So, it is more on 'showing themselves' right than 'show offs' Do you mean the saint rescued three men or three men saved the saint? This saint is usually worshiped for..? The one I mentioned is usually for healing until it has branched out to 'wishes'.

      There are specific saints at times like there was this one for couples who have a hard time having a baby. It was said that all these [religion + rituals] are one of the 'tools' that the Spaniards used to colonize/control the people. Was it the same there?

      Oh, so it is like that, there too. So, a lot of people still go there as devotees?

      I see.

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      Haha, is that so. Lol, the janitor/server of the restaurant hates you, right? =P So, is it a custom to give tips? I don't know about others but we are usually stingy. I mean, it isn't like in the US wherein one should give a certain percentage of the bill. Here, it is usually 'keep the change' kind of tip. Usually small bills. If the restaurant has a service charge fee, we usually don't tip anymore. <- that is like in Japan. No tips since there is already a charge for it in the bill.


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      I have also seen the 'end' word in Chinese scanlations but didn't browse it. Still kind of thinking of just watching the anime...even if I only watched the first season. Not too fond of the manga art. ^^; Lol, find Sinbad spinoff more interesting. ^^;

      If it isn't a sign of discontent, it is possible that the genre that he will write is for a different audience. Perhaps, write something that isn't possible in Jump? A very dark series, perhaps?

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    19. The meaning can be show off too, since is literally a show off person, that's the name anyway. And no, the fishers fished the statue/image in a river, and it's worshiped for the same reasons the one you mentioned.

      Though here it was the portuguese, it is the same, actually, it's same for most of the south america and other 'latin' countries, and that goes to central america up 'till Mexico.

      Yes, quite a lot, but you wouldn't know if this day didn't happen to be a day off on a weekday, if it was in a weekend it'd be quite less, and even so, it's only on this day that those devotes appear.
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      Here there're always knifes and forks on the tables, doesn't matter what you're end up ordering. It is a custom that I don't abide. And there's a tax that you don't have to pay if the service wasn't good or was lacking in any way, which I have made use before - to the surprise of most who was with me. Everyone complaining about, comes the time to pay, and they'll pay full price - this tax is also included tips - I flat out rejected.
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      Yea, and the art on those last arcs really "fell down". I think she must been busy with the Sinbad manga, which I myself also think it's more interesting. More 'adult' per se.

      I honestly don't know. While Yagi may do a dark series, his themes always come down to questioning humanity and what is to be a human/a decent one. Claymore was fairly dark, but it started out in other magazine before moving on to Jump, and once on Jump, the plot was getting "brighter" and "brighter", losing most of it's first appeal, though gaining in sublety in these themes I mentioned before. So now, I don't how is it gonna be, but I do hope for the best 'cause I'm a fan of his.

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    20. Oh...I thought there was a miracle so they worshiped it. It is usually like that here. This saint has done something to this and that = popular.

      I see. So, how did Brazil gain its freedom? Here, after 333 years, it is due to revolts here and there. I guess it is a bit of a disadvantage that we are an archipelago with different tribes with different dialects so there is no sense of 'country'. <- it is the same until now.

      So, when this group rebelled, the others aren't really into it. It is this and that place only. Of course, I hate reading our history because whenever there is a group that is winning, there is some traitor who kills the leader. ^^;

      In the end, when they are about to win, the Spain passes the country to the US. ^^; And after that, there was WW2, and finally, 'they' gave the country its freedom. BUT, it is always believed that until now we are in some ways still controlled by the US.

      Weekend less people...why? Because weekend is family day? Here, usually less if it is a weekday = have work.

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      So, that tax = tip? Oh, is there such a thing as don't anger your server lest you get saliva or whatever mixed in your food? Before, there was this show that caught some servers doing that.

      Ah yes, there is also this, if you order something and the server got the wrong order, the management will make the server pay for it. These days, the server will repeat the order to be sure s/he got it right.

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      I see.

      We'll hopefully so ^^

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    21. The miracle, I'd look like an old miscreant and maybe even an atheist, but I'll say it, was that when some old woman was about to light the candle where she kept the image, she claims the candles never once bright so strong as then, and that the lights also lit themselves. Later, Princess Isabel - daughter of D.Pedro, from Portugal royal family - was having a hard time getting pregnant - then is said she made a vow to the statue and sometime later got her wish. Afterwars, people'd say every miracle was granted by her - though not a single one was witnessed by another, but I guess that's the miracle part comes in, so...
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      D.Pedro himself proclaimed the indenpency while supported by the masses. But while you say that about the different tribes, here was the same, the really difference was that some of the priests tasked to 'teach' the natives their/europe customs - first learnt themselves how to speak the natives languages - there were a lot - in order to gain their trust first, them proceed to teach'em about europe manners and christianism.
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      Weekend 'cause if it were already a day off, there weren't be any "reason" to show their faiths and how much of a devotee they are. Now, on a week day off - it's a great opportunity, no work in middle of week and the first day off of a prolongated off days - almost 5 if you start counting when people got off work the day before.
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      Yes, tax=tip, but it's possible to refuse to pay, most people don't 'cause I don't know, really. And I don't remember hearing people spitting in between the sandwiches of things liek that, but I gotta say, if a prick were to order me around as if he owned me, I'd do that without a hint of regret or heavy consciouss, so it might as well be possible, or I'm the only hellish ogre around, lol.

      I don't know about the server pay, but when I worked part time in Mcdonald's, it'd stay there until someone order that or, if no one ever did, it'd be ours to have as lunch.
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      Yea, don't like to get myself hyped, so all I do is hope for the better, lol.

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    22. I see.

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      Ah. Here, they learned the native languages but didn't teach Spanish which kind of became a 'secret' language of the elite and the rulers. As it was today, they want to keep the people ignorant/dumb so that they are easier to rule over/fool.

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      Ah, so this is paid 'no work' days? Here, if you are paid weekly salary, no work no pay.

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      Hahaha

      Ah, but that's fast food. WHat if it is in a restaurant...say you didn't order sweet and sour pork but the server claims you did. Perhaps, the owner of the resto might think that the server would be a wise guy and would keep on doing it to charge them so your mistake, you pay.

      So like in school, the janitor break the glass window. Will he pay for it or the school or split the cost?

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      Ya.

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    23. Here, the history books often tell the wrong stories about'em, calling white man devil's priests 'cause of the very few abuse some commited. And they tell wonders about one of the most cruel and violent ex-slave that 'freed' himself, but still got slaves.

      And yea, the dumber, the better. Won't even mention the juridic system over here and the stupid thing that just happen. It's enough to know that the ex-president and the president were absolved 'cause there were too many proof. Believe it.
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      Then, I wouldn't know, never saw it. And the janitor'd only clean things here. And the cost deduced from the whole school income if it's public. It's private, they might 'talk' over.

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    24. So, the abuses there are few...or wrong stories because there are a lot of abuses? So, that slave is what...same as his master? Is this guy a hero of some sort?

      I'm confused. Absolved due to too many proof? <- it is impossible because he isn't that stupid to leave to many proof? ^^;

      Here, it's pretty much the same. The ruling are always thumbs up for the ruling admin and thumbs down for the opposition even if the truth is practically in front of them. It is believed that most can be bought. Everyone seems to have a price lately.

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      I see.

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    25. I bet there were a lot of abuse, but there were more good willed and in good faith people that actually took the effort to do some good. The slave, for some reason, is treated as a hero, as a symbol of freedom. I don't know why, really. He plundered, robbed, raped, slaved and etc, so it's a wonder to me. When I teached cultural history, some students didn't have any clue about those things, so I was often left in wonder how could that be so...

      Yea, for too many. That's exactly it. Can you believe? That 'justice' system absolved them for having too many proofs of bribery and other corrupt actions.

      Sadly, that's also true here and I bet everywhere in the world.
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      Changinf the subject, have a nice trip and nice holyday. Take care and enjoy yourself, we all need some breaks every now and, always really, lol.

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    26. Hehe, so you just lay down the facts and let the students decide if he is a hero or not? What type of tests do you have there? Before, during my time, lol, it is memorize names, dates, etc in elementary/high school. Now, I heard it is more on essay and critical thinking/application.

      Lol, for real? Usually, if there is too many proof, the easier it is to convict. Of course, these days, well, I can understand. With so many proofs, there are people who don't believe such a thing happen even if there are still live witnesses. Here, it is about our ex-president ala dictator. I heard that there are even people who doesn't believe the WW2 nazi camp is real. ^^;

      Yup.

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      Thank you ^^ It was a nice yet tiring vacation. I'm still kind of recovering since I walked a lot than normal...like 10x more =P Exploring new places isn't as tiring as going around the same places.

      Hope things are okay on your side ^^

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    27. That's what I used to do, but people said I was indoctricating'em. Nowadays is just selectives questions and you scribe X in one of the five options and that's it. In my time we had to justify each of our answers per extense. It seems this time our countries did same thing again, but this time around in different 'order', lol.

      For real, and no justification. Just absolved for abundant amount of proof. Dismissed. No one to argue against eithet since it was the "supreme court".
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      Wow, but I guess it enjoyful either way? I know I wouldn't enjoy 'cause besides being sick I'm onehelleva grumpy ogre that hates seeing a lot of people together, so I hope you're different, lol.

      Yea, not much. It's been almost one month and my sick leave still hasn't been publish yet, meaning if they decline I'd be counted as missing all those days, if I appeal for a review, those missing days won't be gone eithet way so... I made my peace by whatever the results, I'll be at home and wait the year to end. Won't add anymore stress to what I already can't get rid of.

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    28. Is that so. So, it is bad to make students think for themselves? So that is multiple choice type of exam?

      But, there's no appeal? Here, it is like that. Even if it is so stupid/wrong, if the Supreme Court said yes/no, that's it. Appeals are usually no good....unless the price is right.

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      Crowds are okay but not too many like in a sale. Okay, let's just say it can be tolerated depending on the situation and amount of time I have to stay in that situation <- trip. Lol.

      Wait, it was approved but it wasn't published like formal paper? I see so just wait for it then because if it wasn't/asked for an appeal, those days would still be counted.

      Here, if there is such a delay, usually, it is in need of grease money. So, as usual, if you're poor, sorry but if you're rich, no problem. It happens in both government and not-government.

      For example, when I was in the hospital before, my parents would give 'tips/gifts/advance rewards' to nurses so they'll pay more attention to me. Of course, I would say that it is like bribe and I'm called stupid/naive. ^^; Now, I'll say, ya, that's how things go/way of life.

      Yup, don't put extra stress on yourself. Take care ^^

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    29. It's bad for the gov, yes. They don't want anyone thinking for themselves and having any intelligence, at all.
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      The appeal is only for show in theses cases, and if the majority of the voters aren't even there, then they don't even try it.
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      I hate it with a passion, tbh. I tolerate, but if I can avoid it, I'll give all to do so, lol.
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      It wasn't until yesterday, almost one month after the application. Normally it's a bit faster, but not by much. And yes, there're cases of grease money being 'needed'. Fortunatelly I haven't met one 'till now, but you could always say that I pay 'cause I need to consult a doctor first, and need to pay for the exams so...
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      Such sad truth, inni't? I'm tired of fighting this system too, but I can't not fight it when I see it.
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      I'm doing everything in my power in order not to add any kind of stress, my body can't keep it up anymore, though sometimes I do feel slightly better.
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    30. I see.

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      Okay... So if there's no outrage, they'll get away with it.

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      Haha, I see.

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      Does that mean the doctor has a 'cut'...?

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      Yup.

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      That's good. Extra/unnecessary stress is no good.

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      Lol, thanks for the reminder. I totally forgot about it...even forgot that I didn't read the last month's chapter. ^^; Haha, I'm somewhat lost regarding the history stuff ^^; Eldians-Titans are the same, right? ^^;; It seems that it is implied that they are different. @_@;

      Not too sure. It is definite that they are separating the human-titans. Cart seems to have a feeling that something is up. So, what's the purpose of it? Split them up and Paradis-titan will deal with them like 2 vs 1 perhaps, with help of the others using their equipment?

      For a while there, I thought that all those people in that theater are going to be killed. Since Annie's dad is there, is it possible that she'll be there, too? It seems like hinting on 'seeing each other again' and 'she'll definitely come back'. Then, perhaps, not on their side?

      Do you think that it would be like Code Geass...not sure if you have watched it but perhaps, Eren wanted to be the 'bad guy' and stage his 'death' so that everyone can live happily ever after since they got rid of the 'bad guy'?

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