Week 4 of 月の裏側 🌒

Welcome to the 4th week of 月の裏側!


Week Starting Date Chapters Pages Length
Week 4 November 27 Chapter IV+V 88-142 52

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Chapter IV

Wow! The tidbit about the military band members helping to decipher war codes was really interesting, I didn’t know about that and apparently it really happened. Otherwise, I love the atmosphere and the mysteries :eyes: I’m reading very slowly though, because it’s very hard for me to understand, so I’m still lost a lot and have to reread :laughing: But it’s so gripping that I can’t stop, like with the cliffhanger at the end of this chapter, what’s with the ear?! I hope I can read more tonight when I have time again


So have these prologues been from her perspective all along? :flushed: Didn’t notice at all until I got to chapter 4!

Regarding chapter 4, I was a bit confused by this code-breaking talk initially, but yeah it’s very interesting. Also this water illusion, why did the room look wet to him? :thinking: Let’s find out more!


Yeah, I had assumed Tamon’s POV but they’ve in retrospect all been Aiko – bits like the mention of their hotel don’t fit Tamon.

Also the author doesn’t seem entirely clear what colour the cat is, so maybe we can’t blame the cover illustrator too much…


So I’d been a bit iffy on this book up until the end of IV and then V was great :pray:

The talk of the ear and special effects stuff reminded me of this (don’t click if fake body parts bother you): Mother Factory

Super interested in the kappa theory and the body snatcher theory. Also Kyouichirou returning to the town after the original cat passed away, maybe he’s also a kappa replacement?! Or maybe his butt jewel was stolen and he’s still Kyouichirou somewhere on the inside which is why he’s reluctant to get his daughter too involved?

Why is Tamon carrying that cat everywhere still?!

So many questions. I’m looking forward to next week :popcorn:


The more of this book I read, the more questions I have! This week we had codes, kappas, human body parts and body snatchers, wet rooms/buildings…?! I don’t have the faintest idea where any of this is going, but I’m looking forward to finding out more about what it all means.


If I understand correctly she’s mostly white, with brown (and also presumably black?) patches? We can assume all these colourful patches are on her back, so for the illustration she likely chose to pose in such a way as to appear all white :grin:


Finished chapter 5.
My theory: The water is sentient. It comes out and it explores. It copies. Abducted creatures (humans, cats, who knows what else, insects, plants) are studied and copied, the originals discarded. Yet they seem to retain their memories of their life before the abduction :thinking: The professor certainly suspects all this, and more besides. He’s moved there to solve the mystery. But he shares his thoughts with no one, and lets Tamon figure things out slowly and gradually, on his own. Why? And is the cat a water child? The child of a water child, which would be the same - or actually, only half, the other parent must be a regular cat. What is their purpose, I wonder? Is there even one, or is it just evolution gone wild?