🏴‍☠ Week 3 | Flesh&Blood ⛵

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3 May 20 26 69 21% (end of chapter)

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Oh la la, what rapid development! Great week, I can hardly wait for the next one. :grin:

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If what happens in this chapter is what I’m thinking happens, then it should be a good one.

F&B is generally consistently fast-paced, which can be both good and bad. We’ll still have a few spots here and there in this volume where we pause to talk about historical things for setup, but later books are pretty good about not getting bogged down in those explicatory details since the reader’s assumed to already be familiar with the general situation.

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I still need to read this week’s chapter, but here’s the chapter art!

Ch. 2, pg. 63

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Oooo amazing! I like how the view is from the other side :blush:

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Quite a fun chapter, as expected~ I enjoyed the banter between Kaito and Kazuya especially; it was a bit surprising how quickly they seemed to settle back down into things after the fight, but I’m good for it.

Does anyone know what movie Kazuya is quoting when he talks about God’s making of the world being a bit of a rush job?

The story about the 18th century hut was great; makes me wonder if anyone took a peek inside and accidentally got sent back in time…

It was interesting how Kaito seemed to feel compelled to go towards the sound of the drum. And really brutal how it described Kazuya as being able to see the muscle and bone in his arm with half of it being beyond the barrier. It seems Kazuya couldn’t see the nine pins even when he was right beside Kaito; maybe if he had been looking for them he could have seen them, similar to how he could hear the drum once Kaito prompted him?

Edit: finished listening to this week’s portion of the drama CD as well. They have some incredibly weird sounds for Kaito getting sucked into the tunnel; it sounds like he’s being abducted by a crunchy UFO. I don’t know a better way to describe it. :S

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This chapter catches me up to where I had read previously (except for a page or two in chapter 3). I remembered why I put off reading more of this though. I always fall down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia, Google, and Google Maps looking up and reading about different things, so I get easily sidetracked from the actual reading and it takes longer to actually get through the chapters, which I then have to budget time for. Hopefully the schedule will keep my wandering attention on track. :sweat_smile:

I didn’t have much to say about chapters 1 and 2 because they were mostly 海斗 swooning about how sad life is, although I was surprised on my first read when 和哉 punched him, since his character seemed so quiet and unassuming. I was excited this chapter to get to the actual crossing over, which was slightly more gruesome than I had expected with the exposed flesh and bones. I had imagined something more like him fading away or suddenly disappearing.

I tried looking for it, but didn’t have any success. I’m not sure what movie it is.

I also wanted to mention that I started making a map of the places mentioned in the story, but I mostly skimmed back through the first two chapters, so I may have missed some. If you’re interested, I posted a link in the F&B home thread.

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This series is an absolute gold mine for all that, 100%. There’s always some new and interesting historical fact or person or place; it’s wonderful, but an unexpected derailment, haha.

Speaking of which, I was meaning to post the original English poem Kaito mentioned in this chapter about Drake’s spirit warning future generations; I need to go find it…

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Is it this one? Excerpted the 2nd stanza.(?)

Drake he was a Devon man, an’ ruled the Devon seas,
(Capten, art tha’ sleepin’ there below?)
Roving’ tho’ his death fell, he went wi’ heart at ease,
A’ dreamin’ arl the time o’ Plymouth Hoe.
“Take my drum to England, hang et by the shore,
Strike et when your powder’s runnin’ low;
If the Dons sight Devon, I’ll quit the port o’ Heaven,
An’ drum them up the Channel as we drumm’d them long ago.”

This song rendition of it is also pretty nice:

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Yeah, I think that’s it! Thanks!

Kaito went poof :eyes:

I wonder if we will continue to get Kazuya’s POV occassionally now that Kaito is on the other side. :thinking: Guess I will find out.

It’s fun reading about places I have been to… or at least near to. If you guys ever get the chance, the south of England (Devon, Cornwall, … ) is beautiful. :smiling_face:

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Plymouth has been on my shortlist to travel to for a while now because of this series. :rofl: I want to say the author’s a big traveler as well; she published several doujinshi talking about her vacations afaik.

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