June 25, 2018

Kono Oto Tomare [Chapter 70 - I ]

It’s morning. While washing his face, Chika recalls Satowa smiling after receiving the flower. Yawning Isaki calls out to him and says that he’s so early. “There’s no practice today, right?” Taking a face towel, Chika says that it is nothing, he’s just already awake, that’s all.

Isaki goes hm... “What had happened between you and that ojousama? *Chika freezes as he covers his face with the towel* Yesterday, you went straight to the room and start to wildly play the koto. *Chika opened the door and played the koto quite fast*...

...Afterwards, you immediately took a bath and after that, you went to sleep. *Chika quickly ran off and say ‘take a bath’ and then, he ran off and say ‘sleep’* Did something happen~~ Chika-chan? *holds Chika’s shoulder* Come and tell it to Isaki-neesan, come on...come...”

Taking off the towel from his face, blushing Chika screams that she’s so annoying. “It’s nothing! Nothing at all happened...” Then, he is shocked to see Isaki in her full naked glory. Isaki asks, really~~it’s useless for you to cover it up. Chika shouts for her to cover herself up!! Isaki says ah, she forgot. <- she sleeps naked.
In the classroom, smiling Tetsuki asks Chika, so, how was yesterday? Chika angrily asks how come he and Isaki are asking him about what happened yesterday.

Showing him a picture of scowling Chika in a suit on his cellphone, Tetsuki says that anyone would ask after seeing this kind of picture. “Isaki-neesan, Sane, Michi and even Kouta sent it to me--” Chika angrily slaps away the cellphone which flies on the window before falling down.

Later on, Chika is now sporting a lump on the head. Tetsuki says but, isn’t this quite good since everything are progressing quite smoothly. “Are there no problems with the new members?” Chika says huh, ah, it’s okay, right? Recalling the meeting with Natsu, Tetsuki thinks that it seems that he was worried for no reason at all.

Chika stiffens when someone calls out to Satowa. He looks at Satowa talking with someone. Then, he quickly looks away and faces the window. Tetsuki notices this. He sees Chika's slightly blushing and scowling expression. Tetsuki goes, ha---eh eh eh?
Flustered Chika asks what is it. Amused Tetsuki says no, it’s nothing. He recalls the angry look that Chika used to sport back then when he found him in the rain. This made Tetsuki look out the window and slightly smile. “Today’s weather is really nice.”

At the club room, Hiro and others gushes as Satowa shows them her new cellphone. They say that she’ll finally start using a smartphone. Blushing Satowa tells them that her mother bought it for her and said that it is a commemoration gift for the news conference...

Hiro exclaims that’s great then she can also use LINE [internet messaging app]. Kouta asks her if she have already downloaded the LINE app. Satowa says that her friend helped her do it a while ago. Hiro tells her to add them in friends’ list.
Kouta tells Chika to quickly come over. Then, Chika sends his contact to Satowa. Upon seeing his name on her phone, Satowa blushes and smiles. Looking surprised by that, Chika is about to hold out his hand. Bang. Chika suddenly throws himself on the locker door and hits his head. This surprises Kouta and Satowa.

They ask Chika what’s with him. “Are you alright!!” Chika says that it is nothing. He thinks that he almost extended his hand. “This is bad... it’s possible that my hand is possessed by something. Really bad, it’s possible that that I’ll do that kind of thing again...!!”

The door opens. The teachers have arrived. Akira greets everyone. Suzuka says that everyone is there. To Suzuka’s irritation, Chika screams in his face if the piece is done? “Did you finish writing it? Quickly give me the music sheet. Quickly...”
Suzuka slams the music piece on his face and tells him to keep quiet. Holding the piece, Chika says that this is the piece!? “...‘’?” [read as ‘wa’; means ‘and’, ‘together’, ‘harmony’] Suzuka says that it is written as ‘’ but it is read as ‘あい’ [ai; probably similar to or 合い = together].

“Tentative ‘I’ (temporary) had official become ‘Ai’ []. This is the complete version.” [<- In a way, the piece is the same since the letter ‘I’ is read as ‘Ai’] Everyone are excited because finally, it arrived, the complete version.

Soon, everyone holds their own respective copy of the music sheet. Michi exclaims that this is Suzuka’s composed piece that was specially written for them in its final form!! Sane shouts that it’s amazing, it has nine parts [/musicians]. “Wow, it’s so cool!”

Suzuka says that in passing, regarding the newly added parts, Atsumu is in charge of the sixth koto while Natsu will be in charge of the third 17 string koto. This surprises Satowa.
Kouta and Sane exclaim in disbelief that Natsu is going to the play the 17 string. Natsu says that he recalls that more or less, the 17 string has the same function as bass, right? Sane exclaims that’s right! Satowa thinks that indeed, perhaps, Natsu is really suited in playing the 17 string.

Suzuka tells Natsu that Takezou and Sane also play the 17 string so he can go ask them about it when Akira isn’t around. Natsu says okay. Takezou says that even if he said that, it is also his first time to play 17 string in this piece so they should strive their best together.

Natsu smiles okay, yoroshiku. Takezou and Sane think that Natsu learn things so fast so they have to strive hard so that he won’t surpass them. Looking at the music sheet, Atsumu thinks that he will play the sixth koto.

He looks at his VI part and recalls his grandpa playing and the others’ concert before. He is so moved since his part (place where he fits in) is here. Sane, Michi and Kouta curiously look at Atsumu who covered his face with the music sheet.
While Chika looks at the music sheet, he thinks that there are too many tadpoles [/notes]. Then, his eyes widen. He calls out to Suzuka and says, this... Suzuka asks, yes? Flustered Chika exclaims that each one of them has a solo part...!!

Everyone look surprised by that. Suzuka says, yes. Sane exclaims if that is for real, that’s so amazing-!!! Someone shouts that it is his first time to have a solo part. Hiro tells them that it is basically the first time for most of them.

Sane laughs and says, for real...so amazing...a solo. Michi says they’re the leads... Flustered Kouta looks at the others and laugh. They all laugh and exclaim that it’s amazing, a solo is a solo!! Akira smiles over this.
Flashback: Akira exclaimed in disbelief that all nine people have solo parts and isn’t it such a huge gamble. Suzuka laughed and said that is true. Akira nervously said that one cannot deceive [/be covered by others] in a solo.

“One must totally depend on one’s own strength to control the audience. It is an extremely difficult skill.” Suzuka said that’s right. He smiled and added, “It is because of this that I want to listen to it.” End flashback.

Akira thinks that she really doesn’t know what to say about this person... Suzuka says that they are noisy yet happy. Takezou thinks that all nine people have a solo... Chika thinks that this piece... They both think, “Each one of us are the lead...!!!”

The two look at each other with a stupid smile. Chika shouts what he is smiling at, glasses, it looks really gross. Takezou exclaims isn’t he the same.
While the others are all hyped and enthusiastic, Natsu quickly browses the music sheet. He thinks that it doesn’t matter to him if all nine people have solo parts and if they can capture the audience.

“By the way, thanks to the music staff, I can understand this a lot. There are so many complicated sections that needs per part [/musician] to mutually match with each other. Ah...but then, it turns out to be like this, AS LONG AS ONE CAN IMMERSE INTO THIS THEN ONE WON’T RUN OFF. [Basically, the other one will keep the other’s playing in line to play the piece smoothly]...

...Just one look, it seems that the most troublesome part is the last section. There is also the part wherein I have to match with the fourth part [/musician]. If the sense of rhythm is no good, then it cannot be played well.”

He calls out to the others and asks who are responsible for the fourth and fifth koto. Holding up his arm, Kouta happily exclaims that he is the fifth koto. Chika tells him that he’s the fourth koto. Aghast Natsu thinks, “No way. And besides, the sixth koto is [Atsumu] right...” He glances at Suzuka and thinks that he is a nasty character. [<- sadist]
He sighs and looks at the music sheet again. He looks surprised upon seeing the words ‘Fill In’. He calls out to Suzuka and says that in the part he is responsible for, this Fill In...does koto have that kind of thing? Kouta asks what is Fill In.

Natsu says that it primarily appears in the performance of drums. “For example, when changing the music, in accordance to the drummer’s feelings, one would add more notes to the performance as one wishes... It is more or less like that.” [<- from wiki, a fill is a short musical passage, riff, or rhythmic sound which helps to sustain the listener's attention during a break between the phrases of a melody.]

Kouta is totally puzzled by what he said so Natsu says that it is something like improvised playing. Kouta exclaims, what, that is so cool to death!! Michi asks if there is such a thing in koto playing. Both Satowa and Akira says that they never heard of it.

To Sane and the others’ aghast, Suzuka happily says isn’t it very interesting that way so he added it. Natsu asks isn’t it not quite appropriate to assign this kind of role to a beginner like him. Suzuka tells him that if he felt that it is difficult, then it is also okay not to add that in.
After a pause, Natsu says that he’ll think about it. As Natsu turns around, Suzuka watches him with a smile. Satowa tells Akira that in the middle of this piece, only at Atsumu’s part, the technique had suddenly become classical style.

Akira says that’s right, the problem as a whole is to have a considerable improvement by a wide margin. Soon, the two are burning. They think that it looks like they have to train them to death... Aghast Sane says that those two are burning...

Michi says that their killer aura is emitting out... Suzuka says that’s right, he remembered... “Do you guys plan to train during Golden Week?” Surprised Takezou exclaims yes, and they did a bit of planning... Suzuka tells them that actually, a few days before, he met up with Hakuto’s Yamamoto-sensei.

Someone exclaims why. He tells him that he called him regarding composing. “Afterwards, right now, it seems that Yamamoto-sensei had succeeded his family’s inn. *someone exclaims in surprise* He said, that if you guys are willing, you can go to his place to train during Golden Week.”
Everyone looks surprised. Someone exclaims if that is for real, he would want to go!! Michi asks where is it. Suzuka says that it is at Yamanashi and they can go for three days and two nights. Someone exclaims that’s amazing!!!

Takezou tells him to wait, about the expenses... Suzuka tells them that place has a building that is about to be refurbish and no one is using it. “He said that if they don’t mind it, he’ll lend it to us for free. So, you guys only have to pay for the transportation and food expenses...

...*Sane and others are blushing in amazement* It will do for each person to pay 3000 yen.” Takezou and Hiro look surprised by this. Sane and others exclaim if that is for real and like this, they can go!! “It’s so amazing- I can’t wait for it- Ya--”

Takezou exclaims to Suzuka if he made a mistake with his computation. Suzuka asks how could he compute it wrong. Aghast Hiro exclaims no, yesterday, she and Takezou listed all sorts of quoted prices, and even if they omitted the accommodation expense, 3000 yen is not enough!!
Suzuka asks what does their quoted price table list have to do with him. “In short, there’s no problem. *shooing them off* Just quickly go and decide on the itinerary.”

While Takezou wonders how did Suzuka computed it, Akira asks Suzuka if he is planning to shoulder most of the expense. Smiling Suzuka says that he is simply shouldering it a bit. Akira quickly proposes that she’ll shoulder half of it.

Looking surprised, he asks her what she is saying for they cannot make an external club coach pay. Akira tries to protest. Suzuka tells her that compared to that, he hopes that she can wholeheartedly coach them to play ‘Ai’. Looking surprised, Akira says, yes, of course! This made Suzuka smile.

Takezou asks the others if they have ideas about the itinerary. Someone suggests that they go in the middle of Golden Week in consideration of the vacation crowd. Kouta asks Natsu when he is free. “We’ll fit it in accordance to your work shift.” Michi agrees with that.
Smiling Natsu apologizes and says that he won’t be participating in the training. Sane and others are in shock since he isn’t going. Michi exclaims that like always, he’ll go to work rain or shine!! Natsu asks isn’t club activity compulsory. Sane says even if they said that.

While the others look tense, Natsu thinks that it is possible this kind of rejection is indeed too persistent on doing one’s way, but actually, I have no way of staying together with someone [no matter who] for 24 hours in a day---”

Chika casually says that even if it isn’t compulsory but if he isn’t around, it will be troublesome for them. This surprises the others. Chika says that just now, didn’t he ask who is the fourth and fifth koto. “That is because in the latter half part, it seems that the part you’re responsible for together with the fourth, fifth and sixth koto is very difficult, right?”

Aghast Kouta exclaims if there is such a thing. Gesturing the music sheet to Kouta, Chika tells him to look at this, even if he doesn’t really understand but look at the tadpoles jumping so intensely... Kouta exclaims that’s right, and it’s so scary!
Chika says that it is like this before when he and Glasses TOOK TURNS IN PERFORMING. “Like this kind of section wherein the parts [musicians] mutually match. *Suzuka, Akira and Satowa look somewhat surprised by Chika’s explanation*...

...During training, everyone needs to practice together with everything one has, in order to grasp the feeling of playing it right, as soon as possible. So without you, we’ll be very troubled. *looks at surprised Natsu*...

...In your practice, it is indeed possible that you don’t need us around [/my sound] but during my practice, your sound is necessary so you also come [and accompany me to the end].” Natsu recalls his bandmates telling him to at least show up. He seems to realize something.

Takezou tells Natsu that he doesn’t have to decide right away. “You also have to think of the training expense so how about telling us tomorrow since it won’t be too late even if you change your mind?” Recalling his three flustered ex-bandmates, Natsu wonders if it is like that. “It is only now I understood the real meaning behind the words those guys said.”
Returning to his house, Natsu thinks that it is really bad... He is surprised when his mother welcomes him home. Removing his earphones, he asks her why she’s home and isn’t she on night duty today.

His mother says that actually, it is like that but she was asked to switch shifts with someone who’ll have a night shift tomorrow. “Ah, dinner is done. Do you want to eat?” Natsu says yes, thanks. While eating, his mother asks how is the taste. Natsu tells her that it is delicious.

His mother says that’s great. “It felt that it has been a long time since I’ve sat and ate together with you like this. If I could, I would want you to eat pipping hot food everyday. I’m sorry.”

Natsu says what is she saying. “You’re so busy at work yet you always didn’t forget to make a meal for me [/still worry about my meals]. With that, I’m already satisfied.” This made her mother smile a bit. She tells him for a few days during Golden Week, his father can free some time.

Natsu says is that so. She continues to say, “Afterwards, all three of us will eat together. Look, we still haven’t celebrated your entrance into high school, right? You can also tell me what you want for a gift. Is the latter half of Golden Week okay? Your father also wants to see you--”
Natsu recalls Chika telling him that during his practice, Natsu’s sound is necessary. After a pause, Natsu apologizes and says that during that time, he’ll go join the club training. This surprises his mother. She asks, club activity...? Natsu says yes, he joined a koto club.

His mother asks, koto...? He tells her that it is club wherein one plays the koto. His mother is surprised to hear this. Somewhat flustered, she says, is that so...she totally didn’t know...

Natsu apologizes for he always missed the opportunity to tell her. “So, how about the two of you eat together on Golden Week?” His mother says, is that so... She asks him how much money does he need for the training camp and also the club fee.

Putting away his bowl, Natsu stands up and says that it is alright, there’s no need. His mother tries to protest but he tells her to just send his regards to father and he’s finished eating. His mother can only sadly sigh as he washes the dishes.

At school, Kouta exclaims that Momoyan is going to join the training camp!? “Wa- That’s great-” Natsu apologizes because he told them yesterday that he won’t go. He glances at Chika. Chika tells him to familiarize himself with the 17 string before the start of the training.
Natsu smiles and says okay, he’ll do his best not to hold him back. Chika complains that it doesn’t make him happy that he said that so confidently. Natsu laughs.

Sighing in relief, Takezou says that in short, all of the members are joining. Satowa says that is a relief. “Yesterday, I glance at ‘Ai’ music sheet as a whole and I can see that to be able to play this piece well, all nine of us are indispensable.”

After looking somewhat surprised, Takezou says is that so. He thinks that even if they don’t quite understand Natsu’s situation but during the training camp, there will definitely a lot of opportunity created for them to mutually understand each other. “It isn’t simply Momoya-kun’s but also our own.”

Then, he calls out to everyone that they start practice. At Chika’s house, Isaki reads a notification regarding koto club’s training. Isaki says that this is really nice since he’ll go training at a onsen [hot spring] inn during Golden Week.

While writing something, Chika says that he isn’t going to have fun there. Isaki says that even if it is like that, it makes one envious. “Can I also go— Anyway, I’m also free.” Chika says sure. She asks, ha?
Chuckling, Chika says that he heard that one has to make their own meals so she can come and do that. “Ah- but better forget it, your level of cooking is basically--” Toink. Chika now sports a lump on his head. Irked Chika asks him what is he writing until now.

He tells her that it is the training’s tasks and objectives. “Takinami said to think about it before the start of the training.” Isaki takes the paper and says that she’ll look at it. Chika screams for her not to look.

Chika wrote, “Perfectly play my own part! Will totally learn the anpu anpufu [music sheet; he is writing it wrong since it should be gakufu] from the heart! I’ll play it to startle Houdzuki that she’ll really jump so high! It will be so awesome that it will also startle Takinami and Doujima that they’ll jump! I’ll play it remarkably!! Kudou Chika.”

Isaki mutters that he is really a stupid kid... Chika angrily asks, wha!? Narration: “—Then, the early morning of the first day of the Golden Week training camp--”
Comment: Hehe, Chika is already showing the symptoms. =P His ‘parents’ [Isaki and Tetsuki] have already notice it. Haha...maybe later on, there will be more serious symptoms aside from his possessed hand. =P He managed to divert it all by screaming his lungs out to Suzuka about the music sheet.

On a side note, ‘Ai’ is actually also ‘love’ in Chinese which is Chika’s name . I don’t know if that is a coincidence or deliberate. The ‘Ai’ piece is really difficult based on what they talked about. Everyone has a solo part. That is really a gamble and a lot of guilt trip for the one who failed to pull it off since it might cost them the Nationals championship.

Yet, if they pulled it off, the reward is what they always longed for. Next, Natsu has to play together with people who has good tempo and he has to team up with Chika, Kouta and Atsumu. So aside from that, I guess they’ll be bonding together too. Perhaps, if Atsumu got attached to Chika because of ‘grandpa’, maybe in some way, it would be ‘father’ for both Chika and Natsu.

It is interesting that Suzuka put in some ‘fill in’ for Natsu given his familiarity with drums. In a way, that is indeed something extra which can impress the judges especially since no one in the koto world does it. I’m sure Natsu will do it since it will indeed be a challenge for someone like him even if he is just a beginner in koto.

Then, there is a part where they have to play classical technique. Yup, it will definitely be difficult for most of them. But again, that is indeed a plus since that will also definitely impress the judge who are biased towards the traditional techniques.

So, it turns out that it was Taishin whom Suzuka talked with on the phone regarding the composition. It is two birds with one stone since they also got a place to practice. Maybe three birds because somehow I feel that Mio might take this opportunity to stalk Chika. That’s an opportunity for laughs. And maybe, he’ll help the group with some tips...ah, help them in some way in his own eccentric way. ^^;

I think that Suzuka is generous enough to help them out with the expenses so that they don’t have to worry about other things and concentrate on their playing. Actually, I think he did it as a bit of payment because it would be such a delight to his ears if they can pull his piece off.

Apparently, Natsu is just using work as a convenient excuse since he cannot stand being with people for a long period of time. What Chika said about the tadpoles is quite interesting since he can somehow know what is happening in the piece by just looking at those tadpoles.

He basically said out loud what Natsu was thinking earlier. And that line about needing him seems quite important to Natsu. He recalled that line and decided to skip meeting and eating with his father along with his mother on Golden Week.

It made me wonder if they or the father made him feel that he wasn’t really important. Hm...did his father re-marry or something? I don’t get the feeling that the reason why the father is missing is because he is working especially since he and his mother have to work. Still, his mother is trying her best to cope with the situation.

Maybe just like what Takezou thought, the training camp will give them more opportunity to know more about Natsu. As for Chika’s goals, I wonder if he’ll pull them off. If he does, it would be an amazing scene. ^^ Anyway, aside from the training stuff, maybe we’ll get some laughs and romance since they’re going to an onsen hotel ^^ Scans by 二次元秘店

 Word of the day:
Every person is important. It doesn’t matter whether you play the violin, the flute, the cello, or the drums; you’re still part of the orchestra. ‘And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26’ ~ Mottos for Success by M.S. Fontaine

88 comments:

  1. thank you very much for the translation , I always love training arcs so i'm looking forward to golden week, i assumes natsu has some sort of difficult financial situation but it seems that he is both trying to avoid people and not burden his mom with the financial aspect of school plus he don't seem to be close to his dad which will be interesting to see it develop into some background on chika's own family. hahaha i love how suzuka surrounded natsu with all the random koto players , he will have a hard time also i really love the fill in part because it is both original and natsu has felt as a fill in all his life so for once for the word to have a positive meaning is a meaningful thing. people like suzuka are interesting because once he became interested in this club he is giving it his all and even paying for the students i did hope that the school will increase their club budget after advancing to nationals last year ut perhaps they can better negotiate on this next year. lol i love how tetsuki and isaki act like chika's moms and it will be funny if isaki really came to the training camp. so it was hokuto's teacher my guess was correct i think mio will make an appearance because why not? thank you

    emmahoshi

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    1. *nods head* total agreement...
      And I, too, love training arcs

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    2. Thanks for reading, emmahoshi ^-^

      Training arcs...for this series or in general?

      Yup.

      Aside from random koto players, I think they can help him with whatever Natsu lacks. They may not be amazing players for him but they have a lot of heart. ^^ And, perhaps, Suzuka is hoping that Natsu can also help them in their playing =P In short, mutual benefit.

      Yup ^^

      Hm...is that so. I always thought that the students are on their own regarding club budgets. ^^; But of course, use of school facilities or perhaps, sports equipment would be free. The only requirement I recall is to at least have a certain number of members or the club is disbanded.

      Haha, good point. Indeed, they're 'moms' ^^ Yup, especially because of how she sleeps among other things =P

      Yup. Thinking about it, perhaps, if the last arc has Kazusa, this one will have Mio as 'guest character' ^^

      =)



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    3. i like training arcs in general but i like them more in this series because there is a lot of character development in it, for example last time with kouta, to be honest more than achieving special moves or something i like seeing people develop in training arcs.
      o course they will help him i think natsu lacks a lot of human interaction (which i wouldn't say is 100% necessary to play the koto but it is definitely important for him to live among people.
      i don't know but i think i was reading from a different manga where school allocates some sort of budget for the clubs and those famous clubs (won national or advanced ) do gt some extra budget or perhaps this only happens with cultural festival budget and i'm confused , i do hope someone who knows Japanese school system can clarify
      i'm glad the whole kazusa thing didn't develop towards the jealousy lane as other typical manga do

      thank
      emmahoshi

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    4. I see. Personally, I don't like training arcs since they can be boring like learning a new technique after 'beating up' the lead to force it out of him. Of course, it isn't so in this series with the reasons you mentioned. Thinking about it, I also like training in Slam Dunk.

      True.

      I see.

      Indeed ^^

      =)

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    5. you know Slam dunk (high five ) ! my entire childhood is based on watching the whole Slam Dunk series for over 10 times and then when i discovered manga , reading the series for multiple times such a rare gem . i think the best training arc in slam dunk was when sakuragi was learning how to shoot close to the free throw zone , a hilarious arc

      emmahoshi

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    6. Yup ^^

      Is that the one when he got a one on one lesson with Coach Anzai? ^^

      I didn't read the manga past what was animated. I couldn't read through since they lost in the end...and was forever waiting for a part two which never came. ^^;

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    7. yes that one, anzai-sensei jumping was so funny yet he scored all the shoots

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  2. Thanks, Kat! Been waiting for your translations for weeks 😂. Story (and main ship) is progressing well. So happy!

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    1. You're welcome, AnOoO ^-^

      Indeed ^^

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  3. Woohoo! Your summary is out and the piece is done, two things I've been wanting drop from this chapter and now they're here. And the added Satowa-Chika and Suzuka-Akira moments were an added gravey to this meal. ;)

    I'm really impressed because I honestly had no idea how Suzuka was going to manage to follow-up on their Tenkyuu performance in the premliminaries. But doing it this way definitely seems to have met the expectations with 9 solo pieces. I really wish an anime or at least a new music CD would release and get uploaded online so I could hear what that would sound like.

    Glad Taishen is coming back, after the whole Inn inheritance thing I was a bit bummed for him so it'll be good to see him after all that and keep him semi-involved in koto music for a little while longer. Also it would be HILARIOUS if Mio showed up now that you mention it. Make it happen author-san! And as always, very much appreciate the work you do to put these out Kat. Thank you again :D

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    1. Maybe later on, Krimzon Striker ^^ If there will be an anime, I hope it is after the manga ends it run since that would mean a higher chance of it being animated as a whole. And, yes, how would it sound like ^^

      Yup ^^

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  4. Such nice surprise, my thoughts on this chap. are very similar to yours, and I don't know about koto, but normally, you only hear everyone in a band do a solo in jazz/blues, it's very rare, also hard as hell to pull it off and not sound boring/tiresome to everyone else who listens.

    Nice to know Natsu finally understood what being in a group/band means, much more if he always filled the support role. Also nice to notice that at least his mothers is someone that worries about him and not that cliched of parents that don't care about their kids.

    And hell yeah, give us some nice tender love, we need it! There's like, three pairing if we count SuzuXAki, now.We crave for it, give us love. TakexHiro can even go one and have a lip touch if the author do things right! Oh gawd, just imagining, I'm feeling like a 14y shoujo heroine, lol, that's creep as hell, lol.
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    Yea, sometimes just getting off the bed is one hell of achievement in itself, but thanks Kat. I'm bit better today, at least enough to reply comments and emails that I left unchecked for some days and try to play some games. So far, not a single word about the surgery, but we'll keep trying anyway, no other way around.
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    Well, if the fisherman were bribed, then I can't say anything in their defense unfortunately most will reap what few have sown.

    That police abuse is fairly common in underdevelopment countries, even some developed ones, but I gotta say that most of the times, that I've seen at least, they're "justified" 'cuz if not for the roughness, the bandits will always have it their ways. That seems to be true around here, and where the "human rights defensors" are louder.
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    Nah, he made a joke. He might be no expert in the matter, like the ones that drowned this country claim to be, but he clearly knows at least the very basics in order to govern or to his credit.
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    I don't bet anymore since I'm trying to stay as far away as I can from it, like I said, I'm a former footballer myself, and my career was suddenly butchered by injuries caused by other players, so whenever I see games or such and remember my own ability and compare to most of those players I get angry 'cuz I was way better, lol. But yes, there's betting alright, but it's more of an individual thing, like my in law bet with his boss and things like that. Gambling is prohibited here, so you gotta be careful or bribe a bunch of people. Or, if it's just gambling with no money, then it's alright.
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    Yea, those are the normally ones, plus some croquettes and all kinds of cheap sandwich, sometimes even hotdog, too.

    Yea, he really ran me dry that day, but it's 'cause it were more of family thing, we all gathered together and did what we could and knew how, but he and his wife were the ones that paid for everything, we just did the labor, lol. And I was bartender in both means, poured and mixed drinks.

    Only the wealth ones do that kind of thing, or the really patient and dreamy ones that have to save money for years, I myself only been one of the kind, and it was really boring tbh, I guess you can't take the "poordom" out of me, uh? lol.
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    No, I took the people that couldn't go by themselves, relatives too. There were bunch of people that didn't have their own car and such things.
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    Aaah, people love to be late here, too. Another thing in common, uh. Too bad it's only bad things, lol. I think they get kinda intimidated by my ogreish look or something, or aren't used to someone telling truths that no one wants to hear, lol.

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    1. Indeed, Fê.

      Lol. Maybe it will happen during the training camp =P Actually, would there be progress among the couples aside from training...it is an onsen inn after all ^^

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      Yup and it's great that you're feeling okay again. Yup, just keep on hoping and praying.

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      Yup. The issue had died down already.

      Indeed. Though here, the 'bad guys' aren't exactly protected like how it was in your country. If a thief or rapist is caught, the people would want a hand in beating the guy black and blue.

      These days, the human rights are about police not in uniform killing drug user suspects. They claim that it is in self-defense even if the victim is unarmed. One time, they shot a guy who was in handcuffs. Or, the guy is just hanging out, police swoops down and he ended up dead. They forgot to turn off a cctv camera.

      Another time is police kept a small secret room in the precinct to make 'criminals' confess or whatever blackmail. They were made to do their thing there including taking a bath since there is no toilet. Men and women are mixed in that small narrow room. I forgot what excuse the police made then.

      Currently, there are just way too many bad apples among the police that it makes one think, are there even good ones? It is a way of frightening people like say, I'm the police. So to prevent trouble, people keep quiet and shut up. Like say, the murderer of my cousin was an ex-police. His siblings let him be to avoid trouble since that guy might know hired killers, etc and who knows what he might so.

      In a way, that is how it is here. If one feels helpless and the authorities are of no help/it will be more troublesome, just let it be and pray for divine justice/karma. As I mentioned before, it also costs a lot of money and time to pursue a case.

      Oh, it is common for police here to have pot bellies. Is it like that there? They kept on having exercise programs to keep fit. It always fails.

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      Haha, I see. Sorry, I didn't notice the sarcasm. ^^;;

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      I see. About gambling, is that as a whole like no casinos and stuff? Here, there are govt sanctioned gambling like casino or lottery.

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      That's nice ^^ Did you learn how to mix drinks?

      Haha. I guess because there is less interaction? Like, sit, eat and watch.

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      Oh, I see.

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      Haha, it's the same there. I think most wouldn't want to hear the truth if they believe lies = something they benefit from or pride/ego will get hurt.

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    2. It is quite similar, but here, the bandit is always the victim and the police always the culprit. There was this time when an armed minor stole a car and was crashing and causing mayhem in the roads, the police officer had to shot him - after he was shot twice - to stop his rampage and in the end the minor end up dead 'cause the police officer had an accurate aim. Then, all the press, mass media and human rights representatives got over the case and demanded the officer to be removed and etc. It wasn't the first time the minor had committed a crime, mind you, his father was in jail and his mother is an addict hooker that didn't even know where her son was 'cuz she was sniffing bad cocaine at the time. But still, all media presented the case as the police officer being the bad one, as if he's not suppose to apprehend and stop bandits, especially when shot.

      At least people there have a reason to 'hate' police and they want justice when a bandit is caught, here, tsc, I get all disheartened just thinking about it.

      Oh, some time ago, bandits'd wear police uniforms to assault people, houses and banks.
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      No, there's no casinos here. There're clandestine places that take bets and so on, but not legally.
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      Nah, I only mixed the simple drinks, I mean, the only thing they wanted was caipirinha and that's fairly easy to do, sometimes one or other asked for something else, but it was mostly easy things to do. Nice was when people asked to surprise them, lol.
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      Yea, I'm not into that big fancy things. I'm a simple man, always was, always will be, lol.
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      Aaah, if they benefit from something, I doubt they'd tell the truth that'd cause a cut in what they benefit, unfortunately, I'm not so naive anymore to believe in the well and good of mankind.

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    3. Indeed. You mentioned before that person is already out from prison, right? Was the police removed in the end?

      That is common here. Not only police, they at times wear military uniform. Oh, snatchers can also be well dressed so that you won't notice something is odd. It probably happens there too. Like you go in a restaurant and put your bag/important thing at the next chair. While you are busy eating or talking, a customer sits beside you.

      Then, s/he quickly snatches the unattended thing and passes it to a companion then swiftly leave the establishment. They always show this 'trick' in the news of a certain network.

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      Oh. So they take bets on soccer? NBA? Is basketball popular there?

      Ah, is beauty pageants still popular there? Here it is. Of all the international pageants, the all-time favorite is Miss Universe because you know...it's 'universe' ^^ There's always pressure to win that one.


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      Hehe, and the surprise is?

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      Haha ^^

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      True.

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    4. Yes, he was demoted.

      Really? But where do they get those uniforms? I mean, they should be very well made if not, no one would believe it, right?

      I never saw it, but I'm pretty sure there is.
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      Soccer, basket isn't much the thing here. But the people that like it, man, they really like it and I bet they bet, lol.

      Those aren't a thing here, it's just mentioned and if it's a brazilian, they make it to the news, but not much coverage.
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      Always change it, you mix a bunch of thing not even you know and serve it, next person asking to surprise, do the same thing, but with other ingredients that you also don't know, lol.

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    5. Oh.

      I think there are shops that sell them fake uniforms. It was an issue before. There are some civilians who wore uniforms but only one got sued. The military said that it is because the others are fake while the one person wore a real one. Probably borrowed from a military person.

      But then, if rebels wore it, they can steal it from real soldiers. Haha, I think stealing uniforms ought to be real easy since they can steal bullets and weapons from the military. I forgot if it was stolen or some traitor is giving/selling the military stuff to the rebels. They found out when they traced the bullets...it was part of the military's weapons based on the serial number.

      If the rebels catch the police, the police will willingly give all their weapons and armor car to the rebels without a fight. That is one reason why the military hates the police...giving the rebels the weapons that will be used to fight the military.

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      I see.

      Oh I see. As I mentioned, pageants are popular here whether it is for women, men or gays.

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      Haha, I see. No complains? ^^

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    6. Here, they sell fakes one so you can cosplay or whatever, but it's very different from the official ones that soldiers and police officers wear, so you'd know as soon you saw it, these I told you before were wearing official ones - it seems that some of them were cops/soldiers before and then decided to go rogue, at least that's what was said by the press.

      Why the police'd willingly arm the rebels? That must be horrible living like that, rebels everywhere, military people spread around, corrupt and incapable gov and bandits, too. Do they sell you to the military or to the rebels if you speak your mind about something and that something goes against their beliefs? If so, I'd be dead in 3min, lol.
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    7. I see. It's possible. There are such here, police or military and it seems they don't return the weapons/guns given to them for their service. We have a lot of loose firearms here. Lot of unlicensed guns because they make it so hard to get a license due to bureaucracy.

      Well, it is fight or give up. They give up and easily give the rebels the weapons. It is also possible that some are undercover. Before, it was found out that a policewoman is the lover of a terrorist and she was helping him get out when the military are closing on him. The military did their best to keep him alive so that they'll get information from him.

      In the end, the police killed the terrorist when the military surrendered him to them <- probably to keep him forever silent, and kept the policewoman from being interrogated by the military. We [public] never knew the extend of their undercover and operations.

      Yes. More so if you are 'influential'. Actually, not just for your beliefs, you can easily be killed if you have an enemy among the police or military. It's very easy now. They'll just frame you.

      That is what's happening here. Some people are wrapped with packaging tape like mummies, signs of torture sometimes and gunshot wounds. They have a sign, 'I'm a drug pusher/thief, don't copy me.' How are we to know if he really was a drug pusher or whatever criminal.

      For others, they'll just put a gun near you along with some sachet of drugs and say, this guy is a drug addict. He tried to fight when we arrest him so now, he's dead. Almost all, that is the alibi. And we get to know things when they got sloppy and we saw the truth on the cctv camera.

      I think it is like in Mexico or Columbia...as they say. It is rumored that the police knew the drug pushers since they are working with them like sharing the loot or even, into drugs. The police are killing them to shut their mouths.

      If you speak your mind, you'll be threatened, shamed, etc. If you are in government, they'll try to remove you even in illegal ways.

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      Haha...is that good or not? Good like, wow, it tasted so great, they're immediately knocked out. =P

      By the way, there's no KoT this month. =(

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    8. There some cases like those you speak of here, but normally, there're just criminals crying so that those of the left that love human rights go to them and make a huge storm out of very small cup of water.

      Yea, those countries are dangerous, especially Columbia, and I mean it.
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      Well, most are just found lying somewhere so we never know if it were good or bad, lol.

      Oooh, that's bad indeed. Is there a reason why?

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    9. Hm...is that literal crying or crying = whining? So far, I don't see that though. Our prisons are so full that they take shifts in sleeping say...only for four hours in a night. I don't know what they eat though. But most of the time, there are diseases, etc. Aside from being beaten up and bullied by hardened criminals/gangsters. I'm not sure if the rape stuff is true though. But, I guess maybe partly.

      If you are rich, you can get in a cellphone, make a karaoke room, jacuzzi, etc. Lately, we even learned that someone in prison masterminded a ransom for kidnapping. An ex-senator in jail is stupid enough to put a selfie on FB. Haha, they have no choice but to make a show that his cellphone is confiscated.

      Until now...it's dangerous? Not an exaggeration? I recall before that when we are in US, I asked if we can like cross border Mexico - mentioned in some travel guide for side trip. They immediately say NO. And, I read about parking the car near the border so that it won't be stolen and stuff.

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      Lol

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      I think the mangaka is having health issues. Before, when there was a break, it was a forced health break/rest. The comments from where I read the news is asking if she is okay, she should rest, etc.

      But it seems that there will be news in the next issue. People are speculating that it might be about an adaptation...anime or live action perhaps?

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    10. I was stupid and careless again and lost all my post, so the tldr version is, I don't care about prisoners and prison conditions if they're guilty, and they cry literally and whiningly for their human rights, but when they committed their crimes they didn't think about their victims rights, so I have no sympathies whatsoever, though I believe the rape stories must be true.

      Also, the same applies here if you're rich, famous or politician, you get all the commodities that make it look like you're living in a spa or something.

      Not an exaggeration, unfortunately, it is pretty dangerous in this countries, Brazil included, ofc.
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      Do you think her health issues are related to work or did she already had an unstable one for beginners? Anyways, hope she recovers fast, I know that mangakas are almost slaves, but her work must always come in second or third, depending if she has family like husband or kids.

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    11. Oh...too bad.

      Hehe, I see. Here, they don't actually cry about it. People would say you deserve it especially if caught...unless you are a politician going for 'sympathy' so that the soft-hearted and gullible people would think that it is persecution and vote for you again...once you get out of prison =P <- true story, it happened and keeps on happening.

      Yup ^^

      Oh, I see.

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      I don't know. Remember the previous break, it was also health-related. So, I wonder if this current break is related to that previous health ailment.

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      AoT. I'm somewhat confused as all sorts of info are being dumped. Or basically, what are they thinking/goals? The cockroach is back and seems to have become a psychic. ^^;;

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    12. That tactic seems to be really well practiced to be done to this degree of mastery, it keeps happening again and again and the only excuse is: it was persecution? My, we live in a world with all kinds of wrong, indeed, lol.
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      I just hope she can get better, than she can worry herself with work, but get better first without rushing it, these rushes can cause the downfall of the health really easy, as I think was in my case, too.
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      Family of cockroaches, they just won't die, though I don't think anyone was willing or going to kill the kids, yet. And really, I can't have Reiner in panels anymore, and as a psychic now? Jesus, I can't, it's bad enough, really bad that Sasha died and the goddamn author keep rubbing it in my face this fact, now Krysta is just a broodmare, especially depressing after seeing her acting out with Mikasa being nobility - which in the worst case scenario will end up just like her, another broodmare for political ends with this new greed eastern country resembling all kinds of periods of Japan.

      Really liking Eren though, savage as hell, like I want to see. His banter with Hange was kinda nice 'cause she's kinda crazy and always talk some kind of nonsense, but I think the info dump issue is because the way the mangaka chooses to write/present the chapter. Normally, when it's a flasback, authors use a black layer, future thing/visions etc a grayish and ordinary blank for the rest, but he just uses ordinary for everything and mixes past, present and future all in one chapter, so it gets kinda hard to read. Like now, was Hange implying that she was there - at this time line - to talk to him before or was it the first time they met and Eren, ironically was in prison, too? With the patience I'm having with this manga, I won't go back a chapter or two to confirm if she was there before or if she's reminiscing of the first time they met, unfortunately, Sasha dieing, Gabi as new Eren at his worst, Reiner still alive and now broodmare Krysta and possibly political things and despair for Mikasa, without having a kid with Eren and seeing him also dieing - as it's the most logical of things as it is, it killed me inside for this series, only read it 'cause I when I came here to reply you, saw you're saying info and though maybe that was something good - there was, but not to my tastes, lol.

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    13. Yup or 'I was framed'.

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      Indeed. In the long run, it is win-win. I mean, there are series that ended abruptly [/no ending] due to mangaka's health issues.

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      Haha, true, he is indeed rubbing it in your face. I guess that part is about how there was 'peace' between the two race thanks to Sasha and food. Consolation prize?

      Ya. I guess it was a contrast with Eren. Krysta succumbed to 'realities'/'eaten by the system' for what she came to believe is for the good of everyone. While Eren is still resisting 'fate'. But then, perhaps, she doesn't think Eren can pull that other way off so she decided to be the 'back up plan'.

      Hehe...true. Perhaps...though I really find the drawings distracting. It is like dead fish eyes are staring at me and I struggle to figure out who is this person again. Lol

      Well, for me, it's the art. And, somehow, I no longer feel anything for the characters ^^; Haha...perhaps, that kind of feeling is what the mangaka is aiming for.

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    14. Lula still claiming that, even with all the proofs against him, testimonies and so on, and yes, people believe him and want him released right now. In fact, they tried to do just that through some scheming, taking the change that most of the judges and ministers of the case were taking "some days off" due to the WC, he really, really almost got off.
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      The only one that I know of is Yuyu-Hakusho, by the same author of HxH, it is said that he was ill and tired of working so he just ended right there and, pardon the figure of speech, fvck it, deal with it - knowing all too well his manga was the best seller at the time, so the editors had two choices, firing him and risk him writing for another magazine, or deal with it - they chose well in this case and dealt with it, lol.
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      No consolation whatsoever, only sadness, lol.

      Yea, I too believe that back-up plan, but her dead eyes at the end were too heartbreaking to this old man here, even more when it was shown how much she appreciated Eren standing up not only for her, but that the time it seemed only for her. The only other one who did that was Ymir, iirc.
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      Think I said before, his forte isn't drawing the pics, but depicting the atmosphere. I remember very well one time he draw Mikasa's hand so small that looked like a kid had drawn instead of a pro mangaka.
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      The contrast you said between fighting the system and giving up + Eren/Gabi and maybe, just maybe, Reiner's pov as we did the same to them, not once, but twice were the good things I said it had, but again, not to my tastes, lol.

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    15. I see. But then, is that in finality? Or, there is still a chance that he'll be released?

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      Haha, I see. In my case, it is Nana, a shoujo manga. We never knew the ending since the mangaka took a health leave and it seems to be very serious. And, that series is ending. It has been so many years already.

      One Piece mangaka has also gotten sick so iirc, they are making him take a leave once every month.

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      I see. So, what could have happened in between that she decided to do it.

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      Haha, is that so. I guess I cannot smoothly concentrate on the story since I would think, who is this person again, why is her/his expression like that.

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      I see. Hm...by the way, since Eren got that power, do you think he'll start using it to force Annie out of her crystal?

      Ah yes, why did he suddenly go to Marley again? ^^; To bring Ape titan to them? Making warhammer as food is a side trip? It wasn't to make Krysta continue the cycle? Or, it was because he left that Krysta was forced to do it? Lol, see, I'm kind of confused over what's going on.

      Then, they bring ape titan there...for what? Put him in the forest? So, that's another titan down? Why not make Eren make him titan food? Why are they turning against ape's people after getting the titan meds? They want to do things on their own? That...flat earth something weapon?

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    16. If we were to speak solely about the justice and it's system, there's no way in heaven or hell he should be ever released before his time sentence is due, but we know how it is, especially in countries like ours, so I'll abstain from getting into it 'cause I always say, I get really instable with heavy anger topping my patience can, lol.
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      Judging by what we've seen, I can only theorize that Eren, being the hot headed savage he's now, he went all by himself there in hopes of threat the world with the Flattening of the Earth plan Zeke made, like, instead of waiting 50y, he went there right now to show the Island already has the power and should not be taken lightly - a bluff - but to him, me and a lot of people, better than the sit, wait and procreate like livestock, again,. What happened to Krysta, I believe, was exactly what we talked about, she cracked. With Eren gone, Hange not fit to leadership and without a plan, Krysta thought that becoming a broodmare'd be for the better, I also think that she may have been also influenced by someone of power to go along with this back-up plan since Eren was gone and no one knew his whereabouts 'till he started sending letters, by then it must have been passed at least a year since Eren was gone for two and she looks like it's in her 9th month of pregnancy, so she did wait a while before breaking apart. Sure, it's my theory so take with all grains of sand you may want.
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      The ape is there 'cause his time is near and he may die by titan natural causes, or be killed by the others, in either case, his power'd be inherited by Krysta's kid no matter what, and once Eren dies, if she has another kid, his powers go to them, too or they can make that creep ceremony of eating to pass the power on before dieing of titan old age. That's what I got, though. They turned over the Marley 'cause, like Gabi said, no one can be trusted, no one knows for sure what the other party is actually think and may do so like Pixis said, it was only a matter of precaution than a threat per se, but who knows.

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    17. Haha, I see. Ah, you mentioned before that they are still rooting for him because Lola's group had been 'destroying' the reputation of the opposition to make the people think that they're 'the best', right?

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      I don't think it has ended. I see it at times at mangastream. I stopped reading it after some time...after she came back. I got confused with the story and again, the art...it doesn't seem to be the same when I started reading it. Okay, I like it midway. I don't like the art at the start. =P Hehe, I can be picky with art. ^^;

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      Ah, that makes sense. ^^ Thanks ^^

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      I see...so it won't be sharp enough to hack into the crystal?

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      But is it automatic...the titan will just be inherited by Krysta's kid? I thought it can be random...unless, hit it with the shot while it is a baby and make it eat Ape.

      Ah...I thought that they would at least, play along for a longer time. But, I guess they are okay with what they got.

      Hm...since the cockroach is thinking of those two...do you think he'll go back to the island?

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    18. When you say Lola you only reminds me of my late grand auntie, his name is Lula, lol. And yes, that thing still happens, a lot.
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      I didn't follow tbh, so I don't know, only that it was mentioned sometimes with Claymore 'cause it was published at the same magazine, hope she's better either way.
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      It is, but I think that the randomness only comes into action if there's no directly loyal blood, I mean, the original Titan, Zeke didn't have it 'cause at the time he was already the Ape as we saw at that brief flashback that tried to make us pity the Roach, speaking of him, yes, not only him, but the cart and and jaw, too. Just have no idea if they'll be together in taking Marley or following Zeke or will just try to destroy the Island again.

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    19. Lol...sorry. I always think of his name as lola which means grandma here. ^^; Because of that, I thought he was a girl before. Haha...turns out to be a white haired white beard guy.

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      Ah, it used to be on weekly Jump. Then, it change magazine...less stress, I guess.

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      Ah, I assumed that it has always been random so they have that ceremony to ensure that it stays within the royal family.

      For the roach, I think it will depend on the two other kids. If the two kids go with Eren and others, he'll go against Marley. If not, he'll go against Eren and others. I think it is already established that they are important to him.

      I'm not sure about the cart and jaw though.

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    20. I must note that he only looks like that now to intensify the poor pitiful oppressed honest man that was unfairly persecuted so he may gain more supporters, if that's even possible - and unfortunately I think it's very likely.
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      Yea, pretty sure it's like this, he'll be there for the kids, to save them of this cursed cycle, that's what he was trying to do with Falco and tried to see if it was possible with Gabi, after all. If he's psychic now, he may be able to convince the others that the devils are not really devils and just common folk like them and are not to blame, so they might join forces somehow, if there's willing of forgiveness from both sides.

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    21. Ah, he doesn't look like that before? Here, as I told you before, they soon be sporting neck brace, wheelchair and all sorts of sudden ailment that weren't there before. Lol, some would even deliberately have a total check-up so that something will be found and they can be confined in the hospital.

      They even pay some journalists to say oh, poor me, I'm persecuted and the admin is evil for having no pity on poor sick me. The paid journalists would say, ah, when this sick politician was in power, a lot of things happen like this and that. But they don't talk about the corruption, plunder, etc. Then, keep attacking the admin who put them in jail. It's quite obvious actually...but well, there are also many gullible people who believed what they wrote/say in TV and radio.

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      I see.

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      Haha, okay. From what I understood, it was indeed random if that titan wasn't eaten...something about the bloodline so it was assumed that their race was cursed.

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      Hehe, ya. And, they all lived happily ever after...if they survive the series =P Do you think it is definite that Eren will die..or he'll be an exception? Say, because he got more than one titan power?

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    22. No, though it's true he should at least some white or gray hairs on his head, he always had that clean look that make me look older than him, I must have half his age, lol.

      That's why I gave up on trying, though most people are gullible, those are the same ones that don't care about learning the truth or learning at all, that makes me not want to even try anymore.
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      I don't think this series'll have any kind of happy ending whatsoever after seeing Krysta like that and Sasha randomly dying. If it does have, somehow, I think it'd be forced in someway, so yea, Eren's destiny is sealed in my mind, he's dead for sure. Armin might be the only one to get a 'non tragic fate' now that Mikasa seems to be set with the loyal thing of that greed nation, like hell they want an empress, much less one as capable as her, not only capable of defending herself of humans and titans alike, but also having the Ackerman bloodline.

      Only see bad things from now on, or things that I won't like.

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    23. Haha, I see.

      True. Huhu...so no hope for our countries?

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      Ah, but isn't it because they're killing of the royals? At least in Marley. So, it is a given that they have no royals there. The royal one in Paradis was taken by Eren. I'm thinking, isn't it possible that advantage of having royal blood has diminished. After all, Ape and Krysta aren't pureblood anymore. Is the effect the same with Eren getting in contact with his stepmom?

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      Ah, I see. For me, somehow, I think Eren will survive...or at least dying in the end to somehow see the result of what he fought for.

      Levi's chance of survival is high due to fandom.

      Haha, I see.

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    24. As bad as it sounds, hope is the last the die, but honestly, I don't see how it's lasting for so long yet.
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      I'm only kinda standing Levi now 'cause the time Krysta gave him a punch to the gut, as promised back then and 'cause how he put the fear heaven and hell into Zeke after taking him down along with that titan army he brought all confident - and 'cause the way he's treating Zeke, saying how he might make to a nice target practice was kinda cool, but overall, meh.

      What you thoughts for Mikasa, Armin and Hange, though?

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    25. Hehe, I guess it's the only one think that can keep one to think positive. Our people are known for being one of the happiest people in the world...ya, even with all the bad things. Always very optimistic for next year...based on survey...if it isn't rigged.

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      Wasn't it because they don't want the people to know about the truth regarding royalty, world outside and to control them? Ah thinking about that, before, cockroach and others wanted to get Krystal out of the walls, right? Didn't they know that she'll be a guinea pig outside, too?

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      Haha, I see.

      Mikasa is a 50/50 for me. After the time skip, she doesn't seem to have that much presence/importance but after that meaning, it's possible that she'll survive and has a role to play later on.

      Armin...kind of low profile. Doing emo and talking with Annie. Hm...doesn't seem have much purpose. 70-80% won't survive.

      Hange...90% won't survive.

      But then, what's the possibility of all of them dead/genocide and only Krysta's kid survives. =P Haha...and Eren and Mikasa's kid. Lol Start a new world.

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    26. If it isn't rigged made me laugh, sorry, lol. But that tells almost everything you need to know.
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      I don't think they did, like Annie, I only think they wanted to finish it asap and go back, then Ymir happened and changed things and they realized it was impossible to just go back, especially when Zeke came, too.

      About the truth issue of the Eldians, I think it's a yes and no answer, but I can't elaborate on it, lol. The real king was there and only wanted to live peacefully, but still passed down the power from generation from generation 'cause they knew this day'd come, but I don't think the royal bloodline was less special than a random slums kid so much that it's power - the one that made'em special in the first place - would fall under this slum kid if there's still royals around, passing down to each other through the ritual 'cause, imo, it's just to be sure it stays on their hands. Everyone else seemed to think it was random, that's the gist I got with Reiner saying Eren was the worst person to have it, and everybody knew he wasn't royal.
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    27. Ya. But then, most people...well, poor are easy to make happy. I recall the picture captioned with that survey result. We tend to be flooded when there's heavy rain or typhoon. Some kids are shown making the huge body of flood into their swimming pool. The picture is some kids are swimming and playing basketball in the flood while it is raining.

      Perhaps, because one can be short-sighted...they might regret later on if they get leptospirosis or other diseases for swimming there. But then...perhaps their immune system is quite strong unlike the rich.

      That seems to caption the psyche of the people. Enjoy now regret later...haha, same with elections. Accept the money now...regret voting for that *beep* later on.

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      I see. So, it was Ymir who wanted to get Krysta out of the city? @-@;

      Hm...but wasn't the royal blood require to control random titans? That was the impression that I got.

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      Haha, is that so. Then, perhaps, with that, do that first scene, boy kid waking up and saying that he had a long dream.

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    28. Well, I used to do such things when I was younger, my parents, especially my grand wanted to kill me then, it's just that, the poor have so little things to make them happy that every little thing, no matter how small and temporarily it is. I used to play football when it was down pooring really hard with the adults when I was kid, too. Just the way we are, it seems.

      But yea, when it comes down to immune system, those that are more exposed create more antibodies to fight deceases.
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      At one time, yes, when they first tried to kidnap Eren, she thought Krysta'd be safe there, but then she offered herself 'cause she regained her memories and realized that either choice she'd have to make'd be a sh***y one, but it wasn't her plan or anything.

      Yea, that's why I think it's not really necessary to do the ritual if you can time it like the plan Krysta's agreed now, she'll have a kid and when Zeke dies, bam?
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      You know, that makes a lot of sense, like, quite a lot that I fear you just spoiled the whole thing to me now, lol. But I'd take, I said I would, much better than whatever comes to my mind, lol.

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    29. And why would grand want to kill you? This is when you said that you were 'uncontrollable'? Ah, so it isn't applicable to you = get wet in rain and you'll get sick with cold?

      Yup

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      I see.

      Ah...perhaps, the ritual is to ensure that they get that titan power. Just to be sure, you know.

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      Haha. But isn't it kind of cliche? =P

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    30. Uncontrollable is an understatement, lol. But yea, I was always barefoot doing some crazy thing and I don't really remember being sick of anything else than what I was born with it, like weak lungs and heart, to give you an idea, I'm a premature that had to spend few months on an incubator and with eight months old I got my first pneumonia crisis and got admitted at a hospital again, but otherwise, never got any other sickness kids tend to get.

      And now that my back is all kinds of fvc*ed up, and we only have theories to whys, not really sure what happened to get this way since I always took great care with exercises and posturing myself and so on, and on.
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      Yea, that's that I think, too. Otherwise, I'd be even more lost than I'm already am, lol. Speaking of it, just saw the first episode of the third season, I'm downloading now and that Lost Girls spin off ended the Annie part, next ones will be Mikasa's.
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      But if you're going to say it like that, everything is cliche at this point of life, no? I mean, I've read most Shakespeare and some other classic stories when I was a kid, by the time I understood things like what's cliche, plotwist, cliffhangers, shadowing and so on I came to realize everything had been done already, so we could even call Shakespeare cliche 'cause if you read the bible, there're a lot of stories with similar events that power until today writers imagination, and that's because the bible itself is the newest book among the oldest ones, but alas, I digress, I used to say this to my students so they don't get too full of themselves saying - I never saw such a thing, it's definitely not a cliche, when reading a terrible book that has only poor descriptions of sex and debauchery.

      BTW, the books that are best sellers now, like that 50th whatever, in the 1800 we had a lot of authors writing similar things, and Mark Twain "presented" the world if the first Isekai genre also in the 1800s, so everything is cliche, what differentiate one of other is how they worked it out until that particular moment.

      SnK is doing a good job at it, though I don't like, think I said this in every single post for the last six months, lol.

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    31. Haha, I see. Hm...but it isn't congenital, right? Weak lungs and heart is really different from having a problem with the back. ^^;

      Do people there believe in voodoo-curse type of stuff? Here, if it is something the doctor can cure, it is believed that one is cursed with the help of a witch/shaman. It is more common in the rural areas but then, that might be because of very few doctors over there.

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      Third season....there's a third season now? Haha, I'm out of the loop with anime. ;_;

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      Haha...well, I mean, I'm kind of hoping that it is different from what I can imagine/think. Like, what I always mentioned, a certain unexpected twist and think, wow, the author is really amazing, I didn't think of that.

      Hehe...those are romance pocketbooks?

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      True. And perhaps, portrayal of a certain character who is kind of 'different' from the usual. Or, well, how the author writes the journey even if we know the ending.

      Haha.

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      Out of curiosity, does the politicians there try to 'outwit/out steal' each other? I mean, aside from being corrupt and everything to get power and steal money from the coffers, do they try to 'kill each other' for their own advantage?

      Here, if you are small time like mayors and anything lower than that...you can get assassinated. Recently...like yesterday, we had a power play between the Speaker of the house. People are joking that who needs GoT when we have it in real life.

      Remember the one I'm talking about having neck brace and wheel chair but she's totally okay after getting release from the hospital/prison? Well, she had been working to get all her cases dismissed. She is currently the congresswoman in her place...even after serving as president, vice-president, senator and she is a previous president's daughter.

      Right now, she managed to stage a coup and stole the position of speaker of the house. The politicians are aiming for a change of form of government even if it will be expensive and most people don't want it. So, if that happens, she might become prime minister. Possibly back to becoming top honcho. Makes a great story, huh?

      Would Lula manage to do that, too? I mean, she managed to hire George Clooney's wife to protest the unfair imprisoning and persecution of poor sick her and almost died of choking from a broccoli due to a failed surgery on the neck. But now, lo and behold, she no longer needs that neck brace and wheelchair to look sick and frail.

      We are currently at 'what's going to happen next'...like a TV series unfortunately, those politicians only care of themselves and we only get entertainment from them. ^^;

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    32. Yea, the back issue is completely different and despite being 3y now, new. The lungs and heart are, tho.

      They do, but it's like, if you say anything about it might be considered as prejudice and hate speech, but they really do believe, they even have big places to practice their religion or w/e it is, and they don't need to pay taxes, too - incredible how I can make everything into a political criticism, right?

      I myself believe, but being a Jesus Christ and God believer - no religions, though - I'm more than sure that if someone'd try curse me, at the very least it'd fall flat, at best it come back at them, like sweet, sweet vengeance karma, for real.
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      I always download some, either to check if it's original, or to check if the adaptation or follow up is good. So far, can only say that SnK began with Kenny the ripper, I think they cut something out, or edited, like they did with Ymir's past in second season, though it happened after the kenny stuff in manga. Very nice art, though for the first time, a too melancholic song as opening, don't know what to think about it.
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      I don't mind if I actually could predict or think about the same, as long as it's done in a good way, and that doesn't mean that I must like it, just do a decent job and I'll probably praise it.

      At this point, I think there's enough edition of said stories and authors that I believe there're pocket editions.
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      I'm always recommending a manga called Teppuu, kinda old by now, 2010 or 2012 I think. The author did an incredible and amazing job, so good, but so good that I must recommend every time someone wants something "different". It's like a reversal of shonen clicles, really well made. The only down side I've saw - really, the only one - is that the author got sick and had to end earlier the story so he didn't have enough time to develop some minor plot points he raised before the finale. And that makes another sick author that had to end his job due to health issues that I didn't remember, glad it came to mind now 'cause it's a really, really good manga. Not to all, but a really good one.
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      All the time, and I don't doubt for a second there're murders attempts since there were some that were killed or found dead under REALLY suspicious causes. Especially in rural areas, in fact, we have a true history with that, but people don't like to mention due to profits of some parties, so who know, stay quite, those who speak, are treated like lunatic - like me - or if they're known or big enough, they're fate are sealed.
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      Wait, wait, wait. She's working, in her place, like replacing herself? OO'

      Jesus, it's not for nothing that your country is called the happiest one, I mean, with shit like that, they must be, if you pardon my language. I'd be raising hell or having a heart attack, not kidding.
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      Would? He might still be able too, even when it's clearly against the law any person with a criminal record to run for any public post. Lula managed to have Obama calls him THE MAN - while he was destroying our country - in a international conference...
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      That's one hell of entertainment, though. I myself don't have heart for that anymore, lol.

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    33. Ah, the heart and lungs are okay now, right?

      It's the same here. No taxes for religious groups. I guess the idea is that they are helping people so they shouldn't be tax. That has been one of the complaints regarding some business enterprises by the religious groups...they should be taxed if it is for
      profit.

      But then, what you are saying groups that are into voodoo/witchcraft...as religion?

      Haha ^^

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      I see. Perhaps, that song is chosen since there aren't that much fight scenes vs titan anymore. Thinking about it, I guess before it's more fun since there is suspense = who is the traitor/villain as compared now, we know who they are and we just have to destroy them through strength in contrast to outwitting them.

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      I see. True...if it is a good way then no problem. ^^

      Hm...hardbound? to pocket editions...as in soft bound ones?

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      I see. Maybe, I'll check it out sometime since it is a short series. Question, it said that it ends in volume 8 but the ones scanlated in English is volume 7 with the word 'end'. So, is the English scanlation complete?

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      I see. Gangster-type in a way.

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      Nope. I'll mention it in chronological order so that it won't be confusing. She is the daughter of an ex-president. She is famous in her province because her clan [or any president's clan] would usually help out that province so that they'll be loyal no matter what. Like, it's okay if she's corrupt, she did a lot of good stuff in our place.

      Then, she ran for senator...then became vice-president. That president is popular with the masses. Two years from that time, it is believed that she plotted with the middle class/rich to oust that president. It is also thanks to some falling out within the president's men over...gambling money.

      So, she became president. A president here can only run once. Technically, she can run again since she didn't exactly run the first time. To calm the angry people who are unhappy with her, she promised not to run.

      And, in the end, she ran and won through cheating. <- there was even an infamous very fake 'I'm sorry' video so it kind of establishes guilt even if technically, she didn't say what she is sorry for.

      She managed to survive that by bribing almost everyone including the priests, military, congressmen and whoever else. She tormented those who hated her but she cannot bribe. So, when she stepped down, the new admin sued her and tried to arrest her. She tried to get away by going abroad.

      It was at that time, she was wearing a neck brace and sitting on a wheelchair. Her claim, she needs surgery abroad. It is believed she really didn't need that spine surgery on the neck but she needed an alibi to keep out of jail. I don't know if she really underwent it or it was a fluke and got corrected later on.

      Anyway, the current admin then managed to stop her escape but due to humanitarian reasons, she got confined in a hospital. There was a big talk about poor her...the surgery failed. She has to do another one. She has this and that ailment. Strangely enough, the doctor speaking of her health isn't a spine surgeon.

      As mentioned, she even got George Clooney's wife to 'sue' the previous admin over persecution and stuff since she is 'innocent' and 'sick'. The famous story is she almost choked on a broccoli and died. But, there are people who saw her without neck brace and everything when she isn't in front of the camera.

      It is believed that she helped the campaign of the current admin. As thanks, the current admin freed her. They are dismissing her cases one by one due to lack of evidence, etc. She ran for congresswoman in her province where they love her and she has no opponent.

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    34. Now, she managed to 'steal' the speaker of the house position. Well, the previous one is too arrogant for making too many enemies. She probably has an ax to grind when she refused to vote for their bill. The previous one made the other congress people submit to him by removing those in chairmanship positions and stop giving them 'pork barrel/extra funds for their own use'...including her.

      There is talk about changing government and going for a federal-parliamentary. So, if it happens and she is still there...she can make everyone there make her prime minister. In a story, I guess, she is the type of villain one would love to hate. Some people are comparing her to Dolores Umbridge but then, I'm not into Harry Potter. ^^;

      And, she was the first one who tried to 'sell' parts of the country's seas to China but the corruption was exposed. If she wants to, perhaps, she can indeed outwit everyone else since the others are either 'stupid' or 'too nice'. I guess that is one reason why the masses won't vote for someone intelligent...they'll say, hey, we voted for this intelligent person and nothing happened...so what if...

      Yup. People just make jokes out of it and watch the live 'television series' in real life. There are some who would even watch senate hearings on scandals...so juicy and scandalous. Better than any writer could write about.

      Like, there was a senator who tried to show off about drugs being a menace so the 'drug war' is justified but it backfired when the shipment of drugs that slipped through had a connection with the president's son and his friends. Lol

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      Wow. So, we'll just have to wait and see if he has the 'skills'. By the way, how did he managed to make Obama call him that? Was Obama reading propaganda?

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      Ya. Actually, it would be more enjoyable if it isn't happening in one's own country wherein we the people will suffer because of them when they plummet the economy, steal the money, tax people more for their greed. ;_;

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    35. They're okay now, but I have to take extra care with what I eat and exercise regularly - like everyone should, tbh - 'cause if not, it makes much more difficult to breathe and I get palpitations much more easily, but they're alright atm.
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      Ya, voodoo as a religion - it's a thing here, you say otherwise, hate speech bigot, intolerant, fascist and so on.
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      I don't know, it felt more like a goodbye, it showed the trio from their early infancy to now, I'm thinking that maybe they'll push for the moment Armin 'dies' and end it there as a cliffhanger.
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      The ones I have are mostly hard-leather-bound, but yes, you can find soft bound ones to literally summarized versions of such books/stories. I don't recommend unless it's to introduce someone really knew to reading, then make'em read the original.
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      Jesus Christ, this woman gave me the mexican soap-opera villain vibes, but there're people like this here too, some of them are running for presidency this year, besides Lula.

      Obama and Lula have the same political agenda, more so, the democrats have the same agenda as any left wing that ruined the SA, it's identical so I wasn't surprised to see that - since Lula was doing such a great job here - destroying Brazil - with few, very few to oppose him, while in US Obama still had the republicans to oppose he's sh*t doings.

      Obviously, the big massive media portrays them as good people and the ones opposing as bad - though they allow abortion without any background, the immigrants problem there right now were at's bad peak in Obama's time, but only now they're making a huge deal - and it was the Obama's party that came up with the idea to separate parents from their kids in the first place. Now it's a huge deal, but the only thing Trump/republicans are trying do to is solve that mass with new laws, but guess who's opposing and delaying the fixing?

      So yea, if people look somewhere else, it's still possible to Lula be released and a candidate this year, though it's against all laws in the country - they already tried this when WC was at it's peak.
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      I don't have the heart, really. I'm just too tired to fight back at this point. Now, fortunately some people seems to have woken up, but they're still too little to fight back this huge degeneracy that this govern are pulling out of their hats. Believe or not, they're trying to pass pedophiles and sick persons that need help and treatment, instead of jail and punishment. Treating them like someone that has diabetes, an incurable disease, but with treatment, so they're making all kinds of propaganda, shows and fake news for them not to be treated like criminals nor suffer the prejudice and stigma for being pedos, no sick person deserves that, they say.

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    36. Ah, I see. That's good then ^^

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      Oh. And, do they have a church or building of worship like most religions?

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      Ah, I see.

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      Summarized? I thought they just made them soft bound = cheaper = more affordable.

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      Yup. Currently, she is telling everyone that she isn't interested in power, etc. Can she be trusted after betraying a lot of people including the nation in terms of broken promises and plunder charges again?

      Maybe, she wants to redeem herself because of her clan's name? We are currently at wait and see, like a 'to be continued' in a TV series.

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      I see. Ah, what is 'abortion without any background'? I only know that he is pro-abortion.

      I'm not too familiar with that...what was the reason for that idea in the first place? So that the kids aren't in jail? What kind of new laws?

      For us here, Trump doesn't exactly have a good image from what I'm reading. But then, because of his foreign affairs policy, even if I understand the reason for it, created a vacuum which China took advantage of. It doesn't help that the president hates the US for a denied visa among other reasons...even if he allowed his mistress to give birth there to have a US citizen daughter. ^^;

      The current issue I heard is about how timid Trump was when he met up with Putin and how he seemed to hint that he trust him more than his own intelligence agents. It got people howling traitor. And, about how his daughter, I think, using their influence for her business. Ah, yes, there is also the trade war causing prices to go up.

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      I see.

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      What kind of 'sick persons'? I'm thinking that this is like an 'insanity plea'. Hm...what was the crime of a pedophile exactly? Got child porn, had sex with minor?

      Here, there are people becoming awoke but there will always be die-hard fans. In our politics, it is more person-centric than party-centric. If a certain candidate didn't get what s/he wanted, s/he jumps to another one or create a new one. After election or just before election, politicians will jump to the ruling party so that they'll be showered with 'gifts and favors'. ^^; And yes, help in winning the election. Most don't abide by loyalty or principles.

      Are the political parties here like that or, it is the same with US? Just two major ones.

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    37. Not a church as we used to, but they have some places - for voodoo/macumba, it's called terreiros - and they work just the same as any other churches.
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      Yea, some are like that, but others are summarized because most these books are pretty "hard" for beginners/people that don't like to read.
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      The current president said the same thing, I rather be remembered as the president that did than the most popular one - he's nothing so far, lol.

      Do you - I mean - the people of your country believe that? That she really wants to redeem herself?
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      I worded wrong, I meant without any support. Most countries/states that allow abortion don't include a plan to support the family or mother - in this case, former one. They don't give psychological support and if they do, it's not for more than six months. They don't make rules or requirements for clinics that practice it, such as cleanness and other services in order to preserve the health of both the mother/family that go through it. They don't tell the people the risks of such procedure.
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      They're illegal immigrants, but for humanity people, they're only victims, so they can't be in jail, but they're not allowed into the country, so they are placed in "camps", for God knows why the reason.

      Trump, or his party, are just trying to solve those issues, place them together in somewhere else, besides solving the illegal immigrants issue. I don't think Trump has good image in anywhere, even in the US since the democrats try everything to make him bad, even when he's not doing some "dumb" stuff. I say dumb 'cause he's not politically correct and don't give a f**k for that and so talks w/e comes to mind without even realizing that he might hurt his own image.

      The russian things is fake news, proved, but people still keep hammering the same thing, it's the same here. And he only said, Putin said he didn't do it, I believe him - or he could've said at the time, you're lying son of gun, I don't believe you and I'll hunt you down, in russian territory, in front of international press, and I say again, the issue had already been proved to be false.

      What's wrong with his daughter use her own name to prosper her business? Gates, Clinton, Kennedy and so all do the same.

      Which trade war? The one he managed to avoid against N. Korea and put China into a bad spot for supporting and providing for them? Or the missile he launched at Syria which made the terrorists stop using bio/chemical weapons and also putting a stop to Russian from supporting them, too?
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      They're trying to say is a mental issue, not insanity, but like autism or something of the likes, which you can't have anything against or your're doing a hateful speech, besides being an oppressor nazi/fascist.

      Yes, having sex with minors, possessing child porn etc. They're want this to be a sickness issue, not a criminal act.
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      It used to be like that here, but they finally implemented a law that prevents politicians from changing parties more than twice in 4y, irrc. Since there're elections every 2y.

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    38. Public building for the sole purpose of voodoo? So does it work like a church like people go there to worship, donate and the leaders help them in some way? Ah, does it include cursing someone for payment?

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      Ah, I see. Something like summarizing Shakespeare since the original text is hard to understand.

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      Haha, I see. It's usually a bait to make people trust. But then, do the people there tend to vote for that kind of politician. Here, it is a yes as long as one is still popular.

      For now, it seems not but there are people who are wishful thinking hope she will. Something like a second chance to do better...to have a better legacy after ruining her father's name being a previous president.

      In a way, if she wants to become prime minister, she can easily do it due to connections. And, people would think, ah, don't you think she is better than the current one. She can fix the economy...after all, she is an economist and hopefully, her greed doesn't you know...

      You see, it is believed that she helped finance the campaign of the current admin. In return, the admin helped her drop all the plunder, etc charges against her. That is by making the Supreme court say the cases are weak..something. They voted...and most of those justices are her appointees so you know...

      So, after running for congress and ousting the Speaker of the house, the current admin is somewhat in disarray. It kind of show that the president couldn't control the congress anymore with his stooge speaker of the house. They are all 'ass-kissing' her. By the way, the oust was done with the help of the president's own daughter and the daughter of the ex-dictator who wanted to oust the majority leader since he is exposing her corrupt ways. ^^;

      Right now, they are fighting over who should be the minority. The opposition or those who just got ousted by the new speaker. Haha, isn't it like a TV drama? ^^

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      I see. Hm...is that state sanctioned? I didn't know there are such support. Here, it is forbidden. So, those who want to abort are on their own and it is done illegally.

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      So, these 'illegal immigrants' are kind of refugees? Haha, I assumed they are like illegal immigrants who just want to work in US. We have a lot of them there. They are only known when their fellowmen betrays them if they have a disagreement/quarrel.

      I read an article about this. It turned out that there was indeed a law about it but the previous admin's didn't really implement it and have special cases. Trump is the one who implemented it to the fullest.

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      Which Russian things? All of it? There are so many. ^^; And, currently, they are investigating something about a meeting at Trump tower, right?

      True. He cannot say that.

      Hm...I got the impression that it isn't just 'using her own name' but somehow implied using government/her father being president to 'get ahead' yet failed in doing so.

      The trade war with China. It is affecting our economy here. It doesn't help that the current admin knows nothing about economy. That missile...is that the 'mother of all bomb' I heard before? Hm...and I thought Syrian admin are using chemical weapons. So, both sides are doing it?

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      So...something like in the genes/cannot help it? Talk about taking 'you're sick if you do that' literally...

      I don't think that's good. I mean, they would start using that alibi and such acts might increase. Are they trying to say that the offender had no idea that it is bad?

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      Ah, I see. There's a 'limit' instead of totally prohibiting it.

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      By the way, KoT got the go signal for an anime. ^^

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    39. Don't know, just know that it functions as one, but the places are usually houses with big yards - the terreiros I meant - are because of the earth at the yard. Never went to one, but it serves to curse people too, but they have a specific name for those sessions. Everyone knows what it is, but since it doesn't actually say curse or something like that, it get a pass since there're not only believers, but participants.
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      Absolutely, there's even one politician that said, I steal, but I at least do something - and people seeing that most just steal, still'd votes for him, even if he's not eligible anymore.

      If she really have redeemed herself - which personally I don't think it's a easy thing to do, especially those in power - that's be really, really good. Not only for her, but the country and people that believes so.

      Oh, I know very well the minority fight, who's it? The bigger minority, or the biggest, lol? That's how it works here.
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      They want to sanctioned here, too, but yea, in Canada and US are, and also in Uruguay, but in that way I said, with little to no support to those that go to the clinic, if it's a clinic at all.
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      Can't say they're refugees, most just want to get out of their country 'cause it's worse, others are obviously trying to smuggle things and I think there're all kinds of people, so that's why it's such a problem, to separate the honest good ones to the bad takes a very good while.

      You can't really have illegal people doing god knows what in your country, can't you? Imagine as if it were your house, you don't know who's entering and still would welcomed them with open arms before checking them up to see what they did in the past and might do from now on?
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      They still trying to frame him, the thing had already died down, but now with this new visit they started those fake news again.

      In that case, I'm glad she failed then, lol. One thing is use the prestige one has for being born in certain families, other thing is going above and under the law to have illicit gains.
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      No, the terrorist/aka government supported by Russia were using bio weapons, which is against the world war treat/deal due to what the Nazi did. Obama only talked about taking measures, never did in 8y, Trump, as soon as he heard of it, attacked the chemical fabric that was producing said weapons and put a stop into their games. Mother of all bombs is the nuclear/hidro something, which N.Korean and Iran have, along with Russia and US, other countries might have, too, but I don't know.
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      They're trying to put our country into a hellish chaos, so it's easier for them to reign over, like in when Russia was openly communist and did awful things to their own people, just to stay in power, or the not so recent wars in mid east and europe. Using that pedo sh*t as a way to put a division in our society and separate into groups, appealing to the "good will" normal humans have towards sick people, especially the mental ones without a cure. There's no other reason or explication to such a degeneracy happening like that.

      They're actually trying to brainwash people with that.
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      Hopefully it'll be good, like, really good. Recently adapted animes that I've seen haven't really been good, like, a good adaption, excluding Ballroom - finally finished \o\ - March comes like a Lion, Shingeki and now Hanebado. But frankly, I haven't watched that many, and the ones I have, I don't if it's original or adapted from somewhere, lol.

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    40. I see. So, do they also exorcise evil spirits? And make love potions? We have something like that in the rural area but then, not as a religious group.

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      Wow, a politician actually admitted it? Usually, the people decides on that like say, at least this person isn't that bad...they are all corrupt anyway. Something like a lesser evil.

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      Yup. But then, better keep one's expectation low. I mean, can a leopard change its spots? It seems that she is going after her 'enemies' with arrest warrants of cases before. But then, people don't really mind much since those are the communists. And, today, one of those who was caught because of a scandal during her time just got a lighter sentence. Then, foreign diplomats are visiting her. Maybe, she was the 'real president' all along and the current one is her 'puppet'. ^^;

      Hehe, I see.

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      Yup.

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      Ya...that Russian thing seemed to have died down before.

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      I see. In a way, Obama is blamed for the China mess we have here. He didn't do anything while China is taking our reefs and made them into artificial islands. The previous admin sued China for it and won. But the current admin wanted to be friends with China so much that it is joked that they are practically China's spokesperson.

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      Lol...that's actually also what's happening here.

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      Oh, you did. Hehe, I haven't finished it yet. And, I realized, I missed a lot of anime in the past seasons. ^^;; Perhaps, we'll have an idea if it is good or not based on the studio that is going to work on it.

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    41. I know in macumba they receive evil spirits/entities, some call them good, depends on your view. Good if it's good for you, bad if f**ks anyone else. Don't know about exorcises, though.
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      Yea, actually, most politicians here say that - and it got into the people's mind - so like you said, if they do or help the poor, they won't care about how corrupt these are. I'm actually reading a book about this, how the left mind works and exploits human traits to succeed, unfortunately, most true as far as I am in the book.
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      I see, the former president was a clear puppet of Lula, put there just 'cause he couldn't run for a third time. That's really scary if you stop to think about all the atrocious things have happened because of it. Most communists, for no one surprise.
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      Yea, they keep going over and over just to tire Trump and his party and force them to make a mistake by sheer pressure and tiredness.
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      I don't know how things are there, but I'd blame his rule for a bunch of things, including the ones Trump is trying to subdue, N.Korea, Syria, Russia, China, immigrants and I think I mentioned before, selling weapons to the terrorists behind the govern they pretend to support and keep the war going for longer.
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      It might as well be happening in the entire world at this point and I wouldn't doubt, only doubt that the president is a lizardman, lol.
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      Yea, pretty good. Better yet, if you don't mind the mild spoilers, there's no real pairing until the point the anime ends, but it hints to one and I don't know if the manga does it. What I really liked was the character development, that's rare nowadays.

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    42. True.

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      Basically, kind of 'brainwash' them to become sheep. I read a sarcastic comment that said like corrupt politicians/rulers wanted the people smart enough to pay taxes and dumb enough to accept everything they say as gospel truth.

      Former president...so, it is now the third president since Lula?

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      I see.

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      I heard that often...since US needs to sell their weapons so wars have to keep on going and it helps the economy.

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      I don't know if it is a coincidence but lately, I heard about pedophile wanting to be classified with LGBT. Is that part of the discussion there?

      Ya. Somehow, it makes me think that it is like we are living during the times mentioned in the Bible's Revelations.

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      I see. Ah...the manga is still running? I don't seem to see any updates in the Chinese.

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    43. Exactly that, I always say that the education is bad even for teachers as a way to keep everyone stupid enough to vote for them again and again without even realizing that when they vote for a different party, they still doing what the government wants because there's little to no difference between them.
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      The bad part of selling weapons is when they not only double cross, selling to both parties at war but keep to themselves like Hillary was doing and the money wasn't even going to the government, but her own charity org. So, in that case, it wasn't US, but Hillary and some democrats selling to saudi princes that supplied the terrorists in Syria that poses as the govern, which instead of paying normally, gave huge amount of donations to her organization, while at the same time, sold via legal ways to the rebels that are against that tyranny in Syria.
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      Now LGBT has a couple more of letters but I won't speak my mind on it, but here it's almost like that, they don't see as a crime nor anything to be ashamed for, but at least for now, it's not normal either. Like I said, at least for now.

      You think? I myself don't have a religion so to speak, think I mentioned before, but I firmly believe so, if we're not living it, we're pretty close to it's end already. Just look how atrocious, horrid and absurd our world is, and worse yet, it has everything to get from worse to worst, so ya, I believe so.
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      I honestly don't know, been a while since I last checked - I thought it was complete, but the way the anime ended, it didn't give me that impression at all - so maybe the anime didn't covered the whole manga.

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    44. That's interesting. Here, it is believed that they keep on voting for them again and again because they are uneducated. Also, they look for short term relief. Say, I give you money to vote for me. The poor accepts since they need the money. They didn't think of long term that these people will rob them through taxes, etc.

      So, it is said that our economy tend to be active during elections since those politicians start 'releasing' the money they stole to win votes. Like there is a calamity, they would plaster their faces and names on the bags given to the victims. They put up huge billboards that it is thanks to them that this and that is built. As if it is their own money...and as if it is out of their goodwill when it is actually their job to do so.

      They also try to be visible by putting up posters to greet Happy New Year, Christmas, Happy graduation, etc. Oh, there is one time, our mayor here is showing that he is cleaning up the bay. But TV caught his people throwing trash into the water for him to catch with his net...they even move the trash into his net since he is old already and have a hard time catching them trash.

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      Hm...so that is to enrich themselves? Since the money is put in their charity.

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      What do you mean? About LGBT or pedophile?

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      Yup. Not only that, I always wondered before how come people would be fooled by 'false prophets' and the Beast, etc...you know, get the number 666 and fight against God/Jesus when he returns...given the fake news and stuff, I realized, ah, so that's how it will be.

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      I see. Chinese manga updates has been sparse/delayed except for some popular shounen --> One Piece. It seems that they are cracking down on copyright stuff and/or scanlation groups are 'dying'.

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    45. Yea, if you can even make teachers bad, you'll succeed in keeping the new generations dumber and dumber, I myself have seem - unfortunately - very bad teachers, have had classes with them or worked at the place, literally bad, really bad teachers. There're some books I've read that talks about this, Pascal Bernadin made one pretty interesting with the summarized ideas of it, if you can find, you'll see what I'm talking about. It involves all subjects we talked here.

      And that's a stupid trying to be smart old man as a mayor, Jesus, lol.
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      Why do you think they, despite not being put at any kind of richest of the world magazine, live more comfortably and put some of the most extravagant "parties"? That charity thing of them is most likely to wash money - I searched everywhere to see if I could find an piece of news that talked how good of an charity org it was, never found it.
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      The lgbt now has more letters to it, which means more crazy stuff like neutral gender man that feels like woman or something like that.

      The pedophiles that are being treated not like criminals, but normal sick people that need help to treat themselves, instead of being in jail for their crimes or suffering prejudice from society, as the tv shows are still trying to pass this message and "impregnate" the subconscious of the mass so they think is normal.
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      I've telling people a long time now that we're at war, but not an armed one, people disrespect family virtues, family values, subvert the meaning of love and good will, desecrate faith in all regards, especially here in brazil - always said that to my students. Only now that it seems some few people finally opened their eyes to what's really happened, but still...
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      I see, I was talking with my friend about copyright issues in japan, 'cuz you know, the winter and summer big comic events there, selling hentais and other parodies of famous mangas and how none of them were ever prosecuted for it, but seeing anime or reading manga online is a major crime so big that it got me thinking, made the publishers make something out of those big conventions and I don't think it's just a small portion of their income so they can just let it slide. People make serious money like that and there're even magazines that sell those hentai parodies legally, I meant, it gotta be it, I couldn't get any other explanation that could really make me feel like, ok, that makes sense.

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    46. But, is it actually deliberate? Or perhaps, the schools/government just have low standards...hm...like say, too many students and few teachers? So, they just hire whoever they can. Perhaps, also for profit?

      And would you believe that mayor used to be our president who got 'ousted' due to plunder? The one who benefited was that woman president I was talking about before and it is believed that she is part of the plot. And when she had negative popularity in surveys...she pardoned him to avoid retaliation especially since he tried to run for president again...and almost won...2nd place. So now, he ran for mayor and won twice here. ^^ He wanted to run again for the last term here again. He had the image of 'caring for the poor'.

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      Oh...extravagant parties...those news didn't reach here. The only 'bad thing' about them are Monica and leaking of emails. That's all I know. If I recall correctly, they are buddy-buddy with the notorious female president I talked about.

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      Oh...there are more? ^^;

      I think that's not right...no justice for the kids victimized and traumatized if they use the 'we are also victims/we are sick' card.

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      Here, that has been the norm recently with the current admin. Talking about killing and cursing as if it was nothing. Soon, most people are also cursing = kind of infectious...as well as being stupid.

      Every week there is a new scandalous action/speech that people are talking about like juicy gossips. It is believed that those are possible distractions for the people so they don't notice that the economy is sinking and the islands are being taken...slowly. As well as the deaths usually poor by vigilantes/police.

      So, what's the distraction there now since World Cup is over?

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      Well, it is indeed about the money. Hentai and parodies...is kind of classified as fanfic, right? It's possible that they'll let it slide since it isn't exactly canon.

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    47. They have deliberately low standards and the example you quoted applies for most schools, especially the ones publics/under government rules.

      So all her good doings were theatrics? Damn, no redemption, then.
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      Yea, but I don't know, it's too much for my hazy memory, lol.

      You think? I'm sure as sure one can be, like, we're all gonna die someday, that this shit is absurdly wrong. How come the ones that "suffer the symptoms" are not the sick themselves?
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      The only ones here that can openly talk about such things are the ones of the left wing political parties, the commies, anyone else they brand as nazi, fascist etc - though all these were actually from the left and a branch of the communism. Go figure.

      Soap-Operas, football, national clubs like and fake-news, as always.
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      Yeah, that's the conclusion my friend arrived, but what about copyrights? They're making money out of copyrighted product, almost as a bootleg/pirated product? But they only go after the online watching and reading? There must be money for them in letting slide the others, 'cuz here it "free".

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    48. Oh I see.

      Yup. She's quite visible these days. Giving relief goods to people, etc. Before, she pretended to have a spine neck problem. Had a surgery twice/thrice...she claim since it was a failure the first time. Before her release, she has been sporting a neck brace. Now, she is shoveling dirt while on high heels for some groundbreaking.

      Regarding the minority in congress, she put in her own minion there as head.

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      Oh...

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      I see.

      Hehe...I believe that it isn't right. ^^ It wasn't suppose to be a 'maybe' =P

      'How come the ones that "suffer the symptoms" are not the sick themselves?' <- Like..?

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      So, when you are branded as 'nazi, fascist, etc'...it is limited to talk and not actual persecution? Or say, you'll be isolated in some way?

      I see. But not much on scandals/bloopers by the government? Lately, it seems that every week, there's something new. Some theorize that some of those are deliberate to tire the people out to the point of not caring anymore.

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      Perhaps, it is because online has a bigger reach? Whereas if it is a physical thing, the 'spread' is limited.

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    49. My bad for taking such a long time to reply, got a deadly cold and everything that was bad, got way worse, getting better now.
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      Recently I've watched one of those political debates with the presidential candidates, it made me think real hard, which country has it worse. Though, there's still one candidate here that at the very least seems to be honest and want what's for the people, not only for him and his pawns. Remains to be seem, but I fear if he were to be really honest and win, it wouldn't mean anything since it's clear that he's alone in this fight.
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      I got it wrong, but it's just my lack of focus kicking in, I read it again and there was no mistaking, sorry about that ^^'

      I meant, I'm sick, right? But I'm the one suffering the symptoms, all the pain, bones and muscles stress, the sometimes paralyzed legs and so on, all on me. My relatives suffer the collateral, like me being always in a bad mood - though I was always cranky, so not so much here, lol - and sometimes having to help me to move, and the obvious worry about my health/life, but all the rest, all the symptoms manifest themselves on me.

      Now, if a pedophile is sick, why none of the suffering brought by it fall on them? I've never heard of a disease that don't make the sick suffer.
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      Yea, you're isolated and might even suffer persecution, I sure did, but like I said, I used to shut down everyone with knowledge, so in order not to shame themselves in public, they'd only talk behind my back and try to sabotage some work of mine without being noticed, but they're stupid so I always noticed, lol.

      Well, Lula, even in jail and by law not being able to govern is still a candidate and there're people that are going to vote for him, so that's one. But it happens just like you said, every week/day seems to have something, and I too have that idea that's deliberated to tire people out so they don't care anymore, like me, more or less.
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      It might be, but say, if you record an anime in your house, burn them into dvd/bd and sell it, you're going to jail if you get caught there. So I don't really know. I remember reading news about piracy there, just like the case I mentioned here, where even if you happened to do that, but instead to sell it, just borrow to your friends you still might get prosecuted.

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    50. Oh, sad to hear that and glad that you're getting better ^^

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      True. And, perhaps, they'll plot to discredit him so next time, the people won't vote for him.

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      Ah, I see. I get your point.

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      Lol

      I see. Speaking of that, I just read something about Brazil. Is it true that the government pays money to the prisoners' family? Does that have something to do with the human rights stuff you mentioned earlier? Someone commented that in a post about Brazil beating its own record of 63880 people murdered this year.

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      Perhaps, it is the copyright-something clause? Do not reprint or reproduce stuff. I recall a manga group...Clamp, tried to stop the spread of their artwork posted on the internet from the official page. They threaten to sue anyone/sites that have their artwork on it.

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    51. Actually, I've been having nothing but bad days/weeks for some time now, but I do am getting a bit better, though. It's just to much "travels" to doctors have broken me down, I get way too tired even going by car, and I've been going almost every day for almost three weeks in a row. It's a wonder that I'm actually still standing at all, lol. But thanks for the best wishes, Kat, all the best for you, too.

      BTW, you're trip is only in september, right?
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      Yea, that's so very likely to happen that I actually fear for him, he might even dead up in some "accident", since he really does seem to be way too different from the rest and stand alone in the fight to make this country not so bad.

      It's true, and unfortunately the number you posted is wrong. For some reason, most of the surveys here don't take all general information. Like, this 63k murdered might be only the ones that were registered as such, or the ones with fire arms, people that were murdered by beatings, bar fights, stabbings, crime of passion - like, extreme jealousy from a husband/wife, poisoning and such are not counted into those. Last year I tried to go after the real number and believe me, it far exceeded the 80k murdered and it wasn't even half the year yet. They also don't count deaths involving drugs, so whenever you hear something from here, imagine always the worse 'cuz it might actually be even worser than what you pictured and definitely is from w/e you heard.

      I said before, right? Only criminals have human rights here.
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      Oh, is Clamp still active? It's been a very long while since I last heard of them. I honestly don't know what's the deal is, just like I don't know what's happening in Shingeki, lol. Have you read it yet?

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    52. Ah yes, travels to doctors. Those are indeed tiring especially if one isn't feeling well <- okay, feeling really bad due to health problems. Hopefully, there isn't much traffic? When I was having dialysis thrice a week, it was practically hell. I'm getting claustrophobic in the car.

      Somehow, I wonder if I had that trauma until now. When stuck in traffic and got nothing to do, I feel restless that I want to get down and walk =P Thankfully these days, there is gadgets and stuff to pass the time = divert one's mind.

      Yes, September only ^^

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      I see. By the way, I heard Lula got his party to file his candidacy. Are things in some sort of frenzy there due to the coming elections? Here, the midterm elections are starting to heat up.

      Things are happening fast and as I mentioned, we don't know if they are diversions or what but it feels that something is going to happen soon...yet it seems that people are tolerating everything. It seems that the president is ill. He wanted to be replace by someone who is 'friendly' to him so that they won't go after him for all the things he had done.

      They are pushing harder to discredit the vice president and make the one they want to win the election recount which is handled by his people in the Supreme court. Inflation is also going up. Economy is going down. Ah, did that happen there before? They tried to shift to federation but miserably failed with some help from their spokeswoman who associated it with female sexual parts. When they mention these stuff, Brazil is sometimes mentioned. ^^;

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      Oh, I see. It is the same here then.

      Wow...so, there's no punishment at all since the government is paying for them. Is that like help the prisoner's family while that one is in prison? I would think if it is the father...but what if it is like the brother, etc who isn't exactly the breadwinner?

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      I think they are. There is a continuation of Card Captor Sakura and I heard it will have an anime. The deal is perhaps, they want you to pay for their artwork and its copies.

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      I read it partly as I was answering you. I stopped since like you, I don't quite know what's happening anymore so I figured, I'll mention it again after I try to read it properly. Lol...I actually forgot what was that flat ground plan was it that they are trying to stop ^^;;

      So basically, Krystal got herself pregnant to give everyone time before they hatch that she eat Zeke thing. Eren's friends are confused over what's with him since he isn't exactly mourning over Sasha. And, cockroach et all are going to go for one final war with Paradis.

      About the wine though, I think Sasha's cook might plan to poison/drunk those generals to free his comrades.

      Haha...I'm actually kind of hoping you'll clear things up to me since you seems to know more what's going on. ^^;;

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    53. Yes, I get more tired coming and going than anything else, the roads and the traffic here are a chaotic mess to say the very least. It drains me, and that's one one of the reasons some treatments don't have the best results, since by the time I got home I'm all broken again.

      I see, there's few days coming, at first I thought you'd be going like, now and come back only at the end of sept. don't know why, so don't ask me, lol.
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      Yea, that true and it's not really frenzy here, but whenever there's a debate, you can see some "reacts" at youtube and some alienated people talking about at streets.

      Here, they started to break things and fix them up to say they're doing something, only to mess me up since the roads are even worse and some, like a doctor that I go to had it's whole street remade, forcing me to walk even more to get there since by car it's impossible now.

      But the vice-president isn't friendly? Yea, things like that happens a lot, in one day, brazil had four presidents, lol.
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      Like I said, the only punished are the victims, and yes, all family members registered as dependents have this "right", doesn't matter if it's father, son, mother, in law or what have you.
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      Thing is messed up, every time they come up with an explanation it gets even more confusing and kinda breaks/goes against the previous ones, so I myself have no idea what's the actual plan or what's going on inside their heads - I mean, Eren's, Krista's and Zeke's. The others are just pawns, it seems, even Mikasa now, confirmed to have done what I expected, all sorts of deals with the other nation.

      The earth flattening plan is the simple part, so far, it just means they'll use all the titans they have to assault all their enemies and flat the earth with it. But the intrinsics of it haven't been explained yet.

      Just a reminder, I don't know where Connie saw Eren smiling, the page when he gets the news he literally falls into his knees and cries. Much like myself tbh, lol.

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    54. Sorry for the late answer. I have been busy ^^;

      I see. It's the same here. We have this little predicament due to two opposing government agencies. The one who manages traffic doesn't allow a single driver in a car in a certain highway during rush hours. People started joking that it is discrimination against single people. =P They encourage carpooling.

      Then, the one who gives licenses to public transpo says carpooling is not allowed because the passengers give money to the owner of the car to help out with the gas and other expense. They have to apply for a license from them to do that. Lol

      Haha, I see. It's from 1-18 actually.

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      I see. Are there a lot of debates? Here, it only really started last presidential elections wherein each channel have their debates televised. Before, it is just in some platform and not all goes for the debate = perhaps, just to be safe and not expose one's ignorance.

      Ah, they do that here a lot before...destroying perfecting fine streets and re-doing it again instead of making new ones. They say that it is for kickbacks.

      The vice-president is from the opposition. Everyone else are already under the admin from the executive, legislative and judiciary. She is the last thorn that they have to remove in order to have complete hold of everything and will be happy for years and years to come.

      According to the rumors, the time table is it will happen this Oct. The judiciary who is in control of the recount would probably make magic to make the preferred one win. Currently, they are destroying her province's reputation saying that it has a lot of drugs and crime even if the statistics disprove them. The president's province actually tops in rape cases.

      They even accuse her brother-in-law for being a drug lord even if the guy is blind and needs someone to help with his daily needs. Currently, she just goes around to help people with whatever resources she has as they kept on reducing her budget to make her useless = make people think she is useless.

      From the pro-admin, they keep on criticizing her like she is helping people to show off. But if it is the president, wow, he's so nice and he cares for us.

      If she isn't around, they kept on asking why she isn't helping. But if it is the president, they'll say, he doesn't mircomanage. He needs rest. And throw in whatever excuse you can think of to justify it. Lol

      In a way, she is actually too nice and decent. People were asking how come she hasn't sued for libel those who ruin her name and everything. She chose to ignore them and unfortunately, there are a lot of people who believed the lies. She would give objections to whatever she doesn't agree with the president but to others' dismay, she won't exactly lead against him. Rather, perhaps, she gives dignified responses rather than below-the-belt stuff like the president does?

      Honestly, I believe she is a good person and everything but then, somehow, I think she'll be 'eaten alive' in this kind of dirty politics. For now, she kept her name clean. Made some minor mistakes. As you mentioned, if she were to become president, and everyone else are her 'enemies', things will be very difficult and it might end in failure causing people to vote for those trash again with the right kind of propaganda that people easily believes in.

      Ah...things are becoming depressing. No hope on that side? Lots of promises again? By the way, when's the election?

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      Oh. Ah, but with that kind of system, doesn't anyone abuse it? Say, deliberately commit a crime to avail of that benefit? Perhaps, like those who deliberately commit a crime in order to have a house and food to eat through the prison.

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    55. I see. I was into it for a while even if a teacher and elementary kid romance really bothers me. And, I was in denial over that gay couple. ^^;; Actually, when I was younger, I was in denial over a lot of seemingly gay people in shoujo. ^^;;;

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      Hehe, I see. I feel disoriented that I don't know what's going on anymore.

      That's it? Then, what?

      Hehe...after re-checking it ya, was it his imagination. Wrong translation? Perhaps, he wasn't as torn as Connie wanted him to be? I mean, Eren perhaps looked immediately composed afterwards.

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    56. And I've been sick, again, lol. Reforming my house, my room is a mess so I need to crash at my office for now.

      Lately, this candidate here just exposed the dirty of the biggest tv channel here, it was awesome, and sad 'cause you see how this and know how things are bad, really, really bad. If he wins, I'm really worried because of the things we said here.

      I see, I'm wishing a very nice good trip, hope you'll be able to rest. Or are you going for work?
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      There're public debates, yea, but only at these times of elections. If not, they mainly happen at the senate and though, in theory public, but people don't really watch them.
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      Wow, it's rare, at least here, that the vice is so opposite that the president. Normally, they're just the same, only occupying different sits. Here's like that, it's kinda nice to see such difference there, though it looks really disheartening reading you saying that.
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      It's always depressing because he's literally alone in the fight, fake news from the biggest channel here and the one that truly dictates what goes on air and what not, so he's alone in the dark, per se. And I fear that, if he wins, the worst come to be.
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      I've seen minor bandits say exactly that, they don't want to work, so committed a crime in order to eat and sleep for free.
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      Hahahaha, I see, I think most people were or in denial or didn't even realize at the time. I didn't watch, my sister did and she told me exactly that.
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      In my view, it's a bluff. They crush some enemies, people get afraid and leave them alone. That's what I think Eren is aiming. He sacrifices himself for his friends.

      Yea, like I said, I don't know why Connie said that, it's almost like the author didn't even check himself.

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    57. Oh. Glad you're a bit better now ^^

      What kind of dirt? ^^ That they are being paid for propaganda? It is the same here especially if the government threatens not to renew the broadcast license.

      Thank you ^^ Ah...it's a vacation trip. I'm not sure if I can rest since it is a tour. You know, we go where the tour guide wants us to go.

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      I see. In senate here, there are not much debates. It is mostly grandstanding for 'inquires for aid of legislation' even if no legislation ever come out of it. It is more on the perception of 'we care'. These days, senators aren't voted based on knowing the law to create new laws...they are voted for popularity like we have this boxer, tv host-comedian, etc. And, in the next midterm election, they wanted to put a Taekwondo guy, singer <- fave of the president, more actors, has been politicians who are good at brown-nosing.

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      Indeed. Before, they even say bad things about her daughters studying abroad like saying, she is suppose to be poor riding buses to go back to her hometown so how come her daughters are studying abroad. They insist on that even if they knew the daughters got scholarships.

      The latest one is her brother-in-law is the drug lord of her province. When in fact, the guy is blind and needs someone to assist him. It is their trick to make the people want to stay with the current admin by making the vp look bad.

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      Ah, indeed.

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      I see. So there are such people. For another series, I heard such a tale in Japan. It is more on the elderly doing it in order for someone to care for them. It seems to cause the wardens to quit since they ended up taking care of the elderly.

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      Haha, is that so. I didn't watch. I read it but quit the part two.

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      I see.

      Even so, he should have an editor who might point it out, right? Maybe he revised it on the tankouban/volume?

      Anyway, take care of yourself ^^ And hope you get a lot better soon ^^

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    58. Thank you, I'm slowly getting there.
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      How manipulative and hypocrites they are. They accused him of being an homophobic, but he said he wasn't, he was against a book about sex and all those letters for w/e "gender" people think exist for 6y kids being taught at school, tried to show the book and couldn't because is was inappropriate for the time at tv. Now, if you can't show at tv, how is that appropriated to show to 6y children at school? And this tv channel endorses that kinda thing, so...
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      Aaah, I'm thinking you won't be getting much rest, after all. But here's to hoping you can have fun and take your mind off such bad subjects, like what we're talking now, lol.
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      Yea, that's why I said in theory, because in practice, there's none other than the farces shown at tv, like I mentioned about, the one and only candidate to speak his mind at was promptly shut, but at least people could see what was happening, so, if they aren't TOO stupid, that ought to ring some red alarm.
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      People trying everything to sully her, uh? Same is happening with this one I keep talking, almost made my mind to vote for him, guess I'll decide at last minute this time.
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      Oh yea, Japan doesn't have a good retirement plan and they do treat elderly rather poorly, since they're not "contributing to society" anymore. But to think it'd drive them to commit minor crimes, wow, things have really escalated, that's sad.
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      I was never into it, only shoujo I watched was Sailor Moon, tbh. Then, after some years, I started to broaden my horizons and read every genre out there, still, there're very few shoujos that I can say it's really good or that I'd recommend to someone, though shoujo it's not a genre, lol.
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      He should, right? Incredible how these things get past everyone. Or, he might have a different plan, like, this whole thing right now, it might as well be that what we saw was in Eren's mind only, he collapsing and all, but everybody else saw him grinning? I really don't know.
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      Thank you Kat, you too. I'm slowly getting better, haven't read the new chapter yet 'cause I like to read free of meds when I'm not too much in pain, so I can enjoy it fully.

      Aaah, I have an youtube channel now, for w/e I feel like doing, and this time I felt like playing Street Fighter, but with Elsa, from Frozen, lol.

      If you want or have the time, check it you, it's pretty funny - even more 'cause I'm really, really bad right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTEvCQYvNhI

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    59. That's great ^^

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      Ah, sounds familiar to what's happening here. Media, admin and trolls will show the worst/twist the things that the opposition will say and do but if they are at fault, they give all the most stupidest and illogical reasons to defend it.

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      Thanks. I actually caught a mild cold. ^^; Hopefully, I'm back to normal by tomorrow when we arrive there. Anyway, thanks again ^^

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      True.

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      Yup.

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      Indeed. Does that happen there, too? I mean about the old people? Here, you'll be deemed as 'despicable' and 'ingrate' if you leave your parents to home for the aged or other institutions after they have brought you up.

      Of course, these days, they are needed too. Like say, babysitting for the kids while the parents are at work. Or, do household chores.

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      Haha, I see. Did you watch Sailor Moon until the end of all seasons?

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      Hehe, maybe all of them are the delusional ones? =P

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      No problem. Take your time. Hope when I come back you're all better ^^

      Wow...I didn't know Elsa made it to SF. ^^; Good job for winning two rounds ^^ Only one combo/magic attack, right?

      Iirc, Frozen is quite popular in Japan. I haven't watched the anime but I did saw a theater version in Disneyland before.

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  5. Thanks for the summary. A piece with 9 solos should be very interesting; it seems like a very big gamble, but that's what makes it fun.

    Looks like Natsu's part is coming up. From everything we've learned about him, I'd guess that Natsu's father is having a long-term extramarital relationship with Natsu's mother. She seems to be a nurse, from the night shift comment, so perhaps Natsu's father is a doctor, since he manages to see her despite her working nights? They don't seem to get any financial support from him, judging by her working hours. Perhaps because his wife would wonder where the money was going? If I'm right it might explain why Natsu seems pretty messed up emotionally.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Girmie ^-^ Yup.

      Oh. I haven't thought of that. I actually thought Natsu's father divorced and remarried.

      Yup, I also thought she's a nurse. Yup.

      It depends if the wife is the one managing the finances.

      Yup.

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  6. Maybe Natsu's father is a professional musician and is always travelling. That maybe explains Natsu's sense of music and her going to that club ...

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    1. Hm...possible. But then, I would assume that because of that, Natsu would want to see his father since they're both musicians and he hasn't seen him for a long time.

      Though...it's also possible that what you mentioned is true, but they had a falling out.

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    2. It's also possible that i read too much Nana ^^; ahaha ...

      (I'm sorry for that "her" instead of "him" ... Spanish Summer is messing my head ^^; ahaha).

      Thanks for the summaries ^_^ .

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  7. Interesting that Tetsuki's suspicions about Natsu were briefly brought up again if only him to dismiss them. I don't think that sort of minor detail would be reiterated if it wouldn't be elaborated upon later in the story, which is starting to make me think that there's a small chance that there's something deeper that could be tying both Chika and Natsu together.

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  8. Kat, just fyi to fans. Anime of Kono Oto Tomare is just confirmed. Sooo happy 😁 I'm doing the dance of joy!!

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    1. Yup, Anon0o0 ^^

      Was it mentioned which anime studio is working on it?

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  9. Platinum Vision, not familiar with the production company. I'm just happy they're finally animating this wonderful series. Link from Anime News Network below:
    https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-26/amyu-kono-oto-tomare-manga-gets-tv-anime/.134712

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    1. It seems to be a new company, Anon0o0.

      I actually hoped that an established studio like Madhouse would work in it...like how it animated Chihayafuru.

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    2. Me, too. I was hoping Shaft would pick it up (they did a good job with March comes in like a lion) or Noitamina. I hope it's done well.

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