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And because I really am a glutton for punishment...

April 3rd, 2007 (11:35 pm)

Actually, I've spent so much time on going through things that I haven't managed any real work today, so I might as well give up on the day and end it quickly. Maybe the brain will work a bit better with my going to bed early for a change. >.>

But before that, here's a cute snippet because it doesn't really fit in with a major scene, but it's much too cute not to translate. ^^;;

Madoka and Mai are talking about Naru. Mai's finally able to openly ask Madoka her questions since they already know who Naru is. (End part 14 chapter 2)

Mai: "So what was Naru doing about school while he was in Japan? Taking time off?"

"That's right."

"High school student?"

"University student. Although he only got accepted and hasn't actually attended."

"Would that by chance be Cambridge?"

Re~ally bright students go to Cambridge. I know that much at least.

"That's right. Trinity College, Wittgenstein." [note: I'm not finding the college at all, so don't ask me... ^^; ]


"Cambridge university has over 30 colleges."

"Whoa. --At seventeen? He really is smart......"

Mori-san cocked her head slightly.

"Over there, it's possible to enter university when you're 17."

"But he was here in Japan the whole time, right? What did he do about entrance exams?"

"Ah, true, he did meet the requirements a little younger than usual. After all, he already had the requirements by the time he came to Japan."

"Like an entrance exam?"

"Something like that. There's nothing like Japan's entrance exam. He has three qualifying A-levels, and he also has practical experience in the lab, so he might've had them waived."

"Huh, he really is smart."

No doubt. Yup yup.

But Mori-san laughed.

"Most likely he just wanted to hurry up and be able to do the research he wants. After all, even he was cramming before his exams. He'd walk down the halls at the research centre reading text books and bump into the wall--."


"Y-you're kidding."

Mori-san winked at me with a look of mischief.

"Don't tell him I told you."


Naru walking into a wall. *chuckles*

"You're lucky he didn't get angry and demolish the wall."

"Given his reaction, I don't think he realised it. After all, he apologised to the wall."

"With that straight face?"

"With that straight face."

Not good. This is too funny.


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)

T__T *where's the seiran x shuurei love??*
ok I'm off to bed now *yawns*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)

*hugs* I haven't forgotten that I still owe you a few more pages of Ryuuki x Shuurei love either. Kokumono is much more difficult to translate than GH. GH is more along the lines of manga level reading than light novel reading.

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)

*snuggles* yay!!

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)

I've apologised to tables before when I've walked into them-- and doors. @_@ I'm as bad as Naru, I suppose.

But that is too funny! Thank you for posting this!

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)

This is too funny. ;) I know the feeling though -- I walk into walls too. Keep mashing my toes by accident.

Cultural question, and I really hope I'm not troubling you. But if you could point me at someplace I could find out the cultural bits about this, I'd appreciate it: What is the procedure for entering college in Japan? (And what are they referring to when they talk about entrance ceremonies?)

In Malaysia, where I come from, it's also possible to enter University at 17. We have A-Level equivalent examinations in 5th Form, when most students are 16-18 (the 16-year-olds usually skip one year of middle school or elementary school). There aren't any ceremonies either.

I'm sure at least some other countries in Southeast Asia/East Asia also allow students to enter University at 17, so I wonder how this equates to Naru being super smart.

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)

*facepalm* I spoke too soon -- I just remembered that Naru already has a doctorate. Forgive the last paragraph of this. I would still like to find out more about the cultural question though!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)

Umm... yes and no. He has an honourary doctorate, not a true doctorate (at this point). If you think back to the start of the series, he said "I'll be seventeen this year" when he first met Mai (in April), which means he was sixteen at the time. Because of how long things took etc., he was pretty much accepted to uni when he was fifteen. I know being a full seventeen isn't uncommon here for getting into uni, and those students who skipped would get in at sixteen, but he would've been a year earlier than that still.

As for the entry ceremony... ...ack! I just re-read that, and it's entrance exams. Sorry. -_-;; (There is an entry ceremony, but it's pretty minor like first day of school here).

Here are a couple of links for HS school entry ceremonies:


The first is an interesting even that apparently happened at one school and involved a dispute over ceremonial events. The second shows the event itself. (I expect in uni it'd be like orientation).

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)

Thank you for the reminder (and the links)! I did forget Naru was 16 when he first entered the series, and would've been 15 when he took his A-levels. So yes, he would've been young! The point about entrance exams rather than ceremonies definitely helps too!

I've just finished reading the links. The article on entrance ceremonies and patriotism was fascinating. There's just so many things I'll need to digest and compare from this. Thanks! I really enjoyed the learning!

Posted by: Evil Neko of Mischief (sapphire_18)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)

lol! i tried imagining Naru reading textbooks and bumping into walls then apologizing straight faced... ROFL! this snippet is soo cute!!!!! <333 i also apologize bumping into stuff, an automatic response i suppose... i feel foolish afterwards though.. XD

Posted by: yamikakyuu (yamikakyuu)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)

hahahaaa too funny! thanks Shadow!

Posted by: czesc_fr (czesc_fr)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
sanzo pres

LOL That is so funny ^___^

Naru has got A-levels...I can sooo imagine him with a british school uniform ^^ Kakkoi!!!!

By the way, in the anime and manga Lin has always got one of his eyes hidden, is there any hidden mistery behind it or he just like that style? ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)

Lin's hair is hiding one of his eyes for a reason. ^_^ That eye is actually blue and can't see much--light and dark basically. Supposedly that eye can see light outside of the visual range and is highly desirable in psychics/spiritualists.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)

Ah! There's been much debate among my friends as to whether Lin's eye was significant. I had thought perhaps he was blind in that eye because in my manga experience whenever a character has hair covering an eye, he's usually blind in the eye.

Naturally for GH, the answer would be something more complicated. You should have heard some of the guesses that have been floating around. LOL

Posted by: czesc_fr (czesc_fr)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)

wow so there was something!!!!!!

He can see light outside of the visual range:

What is the special power from his eye, I don't really get it, gomen ^^'

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 8th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)

The implication is that he can see otherworldly things with that eye--spirits or what-have-you. ^_^ Naru didn't *really* need the others when he opened SPR since if he can get the information needed, Lin could take care of most things. ^^;

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: April 4th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)

After the angst of the dream!Naru revelation scene, I needed this bit of levity to cheer me up. I'm very glad you wrote up this bit.

Naru walking into a wall then apologizing to it!

I'm in the same boat as Mai. It's so hard not to laugh!

Posted by: Estara (estara)
Posted at: April 5th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)

The mangaka messed up a little. Wittgenstein seems to have moved to Trinity College at some point, but the name doesn't belong as part of the College.


Posted by: Estara (estara)
Posted at: April 5th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)

Also I wonder why Naru's reading maths and physics. An aquaintance of mine was four years at Trinity and he explained that Cambridge in general is for natural science, whereas the humanities are better read at Oxford. Trinity in particular is for maths and physics, if I remember correctly.

Posted by: onlyxonce (onlyxonce)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)

Definitely too funny xD. What are the chances that the novels will be officially translated one day? >_

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 20th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)

lol, you're right, that is really cute ^___^
thanks for translating it for us!

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