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Chapter 133 (Japanese)

I just picked up the September issue of Afternoon and wanted to share with everyone. It's a color chapter. The girls go swimming. Alpha, Kokone, Makki and Maruko. Alpha wears a sleek blue one-piece, Kokone is in a conservative white one-piece, Makki is in a yellow bikini, and Maruko is in an impressively filled-out black bikini. It's finally here, the fanservice chapter. It looks like Makki and Maruko are becoming friends. There is one picture of Makki with her hair slicked back from the ocean and she's looking over her right shoulder to talk to Maruko that is especially beautiful. Our little Makki's all grown up.

- martialstax
Monday, August 29, 2005

You tease! My girlfriend picked books ten through thirteen up for me because she saw them at a bookstore...well, I say 'for me', but she's also a YKK addict, and wanted to read them before giving them to me. The catch? I won't actually *get* them until just after Christmas. You know, when I bloody fly in to Chiba to come and pick them up. *sigh*

Oh, and since this is my first post, I'd like to make a special note of thanks to the translator. I'm entering my third year of Japanese studies (even though my major is in a totally unrelate area) in University as of, er, tomorrow, and reading through YKK has been a really enjoyable way to work on the language, even though my reading speed isn't the fastest. This is definitely my favorite manga, even if Ojiisan's dialect is almost incomprehensible. *grin*

So, yeah, thanks!

- Matadon
Monday, August 29, 2005

Dear the elves,

Please skip all YKK chapters from 129 to 132. Little Anh shall be very happy.

- tongHoAnh
Monday, August 29, 2005


Ojisan mostly talks in contractions with a couple of regional particles thrown in for spice. If you ever want help decifering his speech, let me know.



- dDave
Monday, August 29, 2005

I was wondering how Maruko & Makki would get along once they met. They both have "strong personalities". :-) So this should be a very interesting chapter.

Now if only our friend Nai, the pilot, would pay a visit. It would be great to see his first time interaction with either Kokone or Makki. Come on, Alpha's coffee is worth flying out for, isn't it?

- Peter by the Sea
Monday, August 29, 2005

Good thing that you have that volume 13 of YKK with you, Matadon. Haven't yet receive my order from Kinokuniya.

No need to skips those chapters just to read chapter 133. We Ykk readers are good at waiting, huh? ^_^

- painsama
Monday, August 29, 2005

I think Nai may has met Kokone before:



And for your reference ;)


- tongHoAnh
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Thanks, but when you said "share", I was hoping for some scans, even if they weren't translated... I think I could wait for the translations.

- Kerry
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A recent post to news:rec.arts.manga indicated September is the season for beach and swimsuit themed issues, and YKK was also mentioned.

There have been some issues set on the beach but I don't think as many as 10 (one every year).

- C_P
Wednesday, August 31, 2005

By request, the raws for chapter 133:
For a week or three, anyway.

Thanks to the elves for all your hard work;
I appreciate it, as I am sure many do.


- Galen Musbach
Saturday, September 3, 2005

So... Maruko's hair is red. Quite fitting.

And Alpha has bought a swinsuit without a tail....

- DavidF
Saturday, September 3, 2005

You're a good man, Galen. So for those that are better at Japanese than I am, would you translate the title as Crowded Ocean or Public Beach, or what?

- martialstax
Saturday, September 3, 2005

I would suggest you read chapter 131 before 133.

-- kGo

- Kimoto Go
Saturday, September 3, 2005

Early pictures of Maruko show her with scruffy gingery hair. After comparing her own appearance unfavourably with Kokone's I believe she decided to try & do something with it. Maybe she uses henna? Or whatever works on robot hair. She ought to know about dyes & pigments.
Yes, I do think to much about this.

- Chris Davey
Sunday, September 4, 2005

Well, there's a question of whether manga hair color should be taken literally, or if it's a device to help tell the characters apart. Tho people *do* seem to be able to distinguish robots easily (as in ch 129) and maybe it's because of hair color.

Or Maruko could have completely replaced her hair like Sensei did for Alpha when she was hit by lightning...

- Kerry
Sunday, September 4, 2005

Well.... Actually there is another piece of evidence, concerning Maruko's hair.


I had forgotten that completely....

- DavidF
Sunday, September 4, 2005

Nice scans, Galen, thanks! ^_^

- Silverback
Sunday, September 4, 2005

No real question the manga hair color is literal in this case, as it's come up before.


- Kunou-chan
Monday, September 5, 2005

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