Rex Fabula Chapter 2
First things, first! I made a translation error in the first chapter on page 32 that is crucial to the story in general. I’ve updated the chapter, and you should go back and re-read the last half of chapter 1 to re-adjust how your mind exits chapter 1. I’m sorry about the mistake. It was an easy mistake to make and I understand why I made it. Hahaha! Those of you who understand how “yes” and “no” can sound the same in Japanese, may understand where I’m coming from *wink*.
Anyhow…poor, poor Hamare. He’s gotten himself into a mess of trouble. Considering his arrogance, he’s getting exactly what he deserves. Yes, Homare, life is a game of give and take. You don’t only get to be on the taking side.
In this chapter we learn more about what happened to Homare, though, what we learn only leads to more questions. The biggest question for me by the end of this chapter is what is Suguru’s true status? I like how Homare ends up solving his dilemma in this chapter and I like that he’s not afraid to admit to himself the true state of his position in order to arrive at a solution. I get the feeling that regardless of how “hard” Homare wants to seem, in the end, he is quite flexible and actually friendly. I guess we’ll have to see where this story is leading. It would be nice, though, if this were a journey to becoming human, rather than a journey to becoming “strong” in the typical style of shounen manga arcs. Anyhow…here are the links:
Some further thoughts on the chapter (may contain spoilers):
As a translator, it was tough to decide the name of the guy in Mundus Fabula. I wavered between “Vid” and “Vido”. In the end I went with “Vid” because “Vido” sounds too much like an Italian gangster’s name and I didn’t want to paint his character with that brush. Perhaps, one of these days, the mangaka will give us a hint about what the intended name is.
Vid: He’s definitely a trickster. I wonder if he is a former or current student at that school. It’s still to early to determine much about him other than he’s utterly insane.
Kurumisawa: Hmm…I wonder will she be an important side character. It struck me as rather forward of her to ask about the nature of Suguru’s relationship to Homare. As soon as she asked that, I wanted to know what her angle was. Is she scheming or is she nice and being curious?
Homare: Is he a legend in his own mind since he doesn’t seem to be known by all of the students? And why was he so anxious about making a scene over his collapse? Does he see it as giving off a sign of weakness? Or is it simply embarrassment?
Suguru: Dead or alive? Did he have to pay a price like Homare?
Up Next! Well there’s a lot that could be potentially going on in October, so I don’t know what’s next. However, please see the release schedule for the possibilities. Once again, I got hit with a bunch of new material that may supplant the plans I made 2 months ago.