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Stupid question on chapter 7 and 8 titles

Sorry if this has been asked before, but what do those titles, "Morning 2/2" and "Afternoon 1/1" exactly mean? 2/2 and 1/1 doesn't look like time, neither can it be a date (it's the same day after all).

Any clues? Thanks in advance.

- Teisuu
Tuesday, February 10, 2004


Dunno. My best guess would be that it has to do with Alpha and Kokone's realizations that they are both robots, and then the establishing of the relation between the two. Kokone knew from the start, of course, that Alpha was a robot, but she comes to a deeper understanding of the nature of *being* a robot-person. Alpha, on the other hand, in her charmingly clueless fashion, meets another robot for the first time and continues to forge new relationships after owner's departure.

While I doubt we will ever know for sure, the titles could indicate that the two of separate robots forge a single relationship when they meet in the afternoon. Taken strictly as a division problem, you get a result of "1", after all. It could be one of the first hints that Alpha and Kokone are destined to be a couple, as fans of shoujo-ai like to speculate.

Anyway, Ashinano has a habit of dropping confusing titles on us. "Two People", anyone?

As a side note, on re-reading the chapters, I found it interesting that the precise time of day was given twice. So from the end of the train line, it takes Kokone two hours and forty five minutes to reach Cafe Alpha. I think this is the only instance that times are shown like this. Additionally, since Kokone arrives at 11:05AM, the title must refer to not the delivery and message transfer, since I assume that would take place in less than an hour, but to the subsequent time that the two spend together getting to know each other.

But one of the things you will have to get used to in the YKK world is the endless fodder for speculation, and little in the way of hard and fast answers.


- dDave
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

As to "Two People", thats easy; Alpha, the machine, patiently waiting for owner, and the vending machine, patiently waiting for the next customer. I believe Alpha has more affinity for other machines than she gives herself credit for.

- Kurt H. Krohn
Sunday, February 22, 2004

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