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Old 2014-06-15, 06:00   Link #2061
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No, I think you need to sod off :^)

...jokes aside, I found the writing in this volume to be better than usual. Having a common trope characters seem to help making the characters more alive in this series (see Saegusa's sisters).. their interaction with the Shibas made me think that they're annoying, something which is probably an improvement because I mostly hold no regards with most of the characters in this series. Also the explanation of magic might seem complex like before, but the author toned down the explanation and shorten it, making it easier to read and understand.

Also from the translation, it seems that his usual method in narrating battles is much better because the pacing wasn't as bad as before, it didn't get interrupted by in-battle explanation of how the magic works just like in most of previous volumes. They're mostly borderline need-to-know basis and the detailed version of the explanation was written at the end of the fight, with Tatsuya explaining what it is.
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Old 2014-06-15, 14:29   Link #2062
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Hey, couldn't Tatsuya easily locate Zhou with Elemental Sight? Or Zhou has something to counter it?
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Old 2014-06-15, 14:37   Link #2063
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Hey, couldn't Tatsuya easily locate Zhou with Elemental Sight? Or Zhou has something to counter it?
He hasn't even met Zhou so I doubt he could find him even with ES.
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Old 2014-06-15, 14:40   Link #2064
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He hasn't even met Zhou so I doubt he could find him even with ES.
But many persons know his face, they could describe him. With the Yotsuba network it might be possible to have more infos about him too.
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Old 2014-06-15, 14:47   Link #2065
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But many persons know his face, they could describe him. With the Yotsuba network it might be possible to have more infos about him too.
Nope. It's Zhou's ability ghost walker that lets him easily manipulate things from the shadows and to avoid people.
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Old 2014-06-15, 14:57   Link #2066
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Nope. It's Zhou's ability ghost walker that lets him easily manipulate things from the shadows and to avoid people.
If you're referring to that poor sap that got turned into a popsicle by Miyuki in volume 7, that was someone else. We've never seen Zhou use ghostwalker.
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Old 2014-06-15, 15:03   Link #2067
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Zhou indeed masters Ghost Walker. But I don't think it has the ability to mask his appearance. It redirects people's attention elsewhere. He chatted with Chiaki, almost killed Mitsugu, Masaki, Kudou and Nakura knows his face.
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Old 2014-06-15, 15:07   Link #2068
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If you're referring to that poor sap that got turned into a popsicle by Miyuki in volume 7, that was someone else. We've never seen Zhou use ghostwalker.
???, No, i'm talking about Zhou who can use ghost walker. and he's a master of ancient magic. I don't think it will be easy to catch him.

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Zhou indeed masters Ghost Walker. But I don't think it has the ability to mask his appearance. It redirects people's attention elsewhere. He chatted with Chiaki, almost killed Mitsugu, Masaki, Kudou and Nakura knows his face.
He doesn't mask his appearance. But he does manipulate others around him to be unable to keep their attention on him.

None of the 10mc families are that united that they share information.

I think you're overestimating the capabilities of elemental sight a bit here.
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Old 2014-06-15, 15:22   Link #2069
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???, No, i'm talking about Zhou who can use ghost walker. and he's a master of ancient magic. I don't think it will be easy to catch him.



He doesn't mask his appearance. But he does manipulate others around him to be unable to keep their attention on him.
Yes but still, he was facing Chiaki, Masaki and drank with Nakura while they were talking, I find it hard to believe that they were looking elsewhere why talking to him. There is also the illustartion with Chiaki looking at him.
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None of the 10mc families are that united that they share information.
If he manages to convince Chiaki, he could know. Or even by chatting with Masaki, his encounter with him should not be something to overlook. He gave him informations in vol 13 so that's not impossible.

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I think you're overestimating the capabilities of elemental sight a bit here.
It was mentioned that nobody can escape his ES. Regardless the distance, he can find you. So, by knowing your face and with enough concentration like in volume 10 whether the target is in another country or not he can find it.

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Old 2014-06-15, 15:33   Link #2070
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Yes but still, he was facing Chiaki, Masaki and drank with Nakura while they were talking, I find it hard to believe that they were looking elsewhere why talking to him. There is also the illustartion with Chiaki looking at him.
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If he manages to convince Chiaki, he could know. Or even by chatting with Masaki, his encounter with him should not be something to overlook. He gave him informations in vol 13 so that's not impossible.



It was mentioned that nobody can escape his ES. Regardless the distance, he can find you. So, by knowing your face and with enough concentration like in volume 10 whether the target is in another country or not he can find it.

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But Tatsuya didn't see or know Zhou. That's the thing.
Tatsuya doesn't know that Masaki or Chiaki had met Zhou and i doubt that Masaki is extremely wary of Zhou that he would tell Tatsuya about it since the meeting really doesn't concern Tatsuya. Masaki couldn't even launch a full investigation on him with the ichijou family as he was just a random person. Nakura is pro-saegusa and thus anti-yotsuba.

Infact, Chiaki had forgotten all about Zhou. He made her forget at the hospital.
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"If you feel regret."

Chiaki's eyes were glazed.

"If you feel the burden is too heavy."

Her consciousness was entirely dominated by Zhou's voice.

"Then just forget about me."

"Forget......?"

Chiaki involuntarily spoke these words; she wasn't even aware what she was saying.

"Yes, just forget about me."

"Forget...... Is it OK to forget......?"

Under Zhou's guidance, Chiaki allowed herself to forget.

"Yes, all you have to do is forget."

"Understood...... I will forget......"

Chiaki gave herself the order to forget.

It could be possible that the yotsuba information network has something on him.... and that is possibly what will be expanded on in volume 14.
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Old 2014-06-15, 16:17   Link #2071
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Chiaki forgot then. Excluding Nakura, Masaki is still a possibility IMO. If next volume is indeed about the Thesis Competition they will definitely meet each other again. The possibility of these two to talk about GAA and the terrorists of last year is not zero. He could mention innocently that he met a certain Zhou Gongjin and Tatsuya would understand immediately, asking for more details.
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Old 2014-06-15, 16:24   Link #2072
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Chiaki forgot then. Excluding Nakura, Masaki is still a possibility IMO. If next volume is indeed about the Thesis Competition they will definitely meet each other again. The possibility of these two to talk about GAA and the terrorists of last year is not zero. He could mention innocently that he met a certain Zhou Gongjin and Tatsuya would understand immediately, asking for more details.
I'm pretty sure that Tatsuya will hear about Zhou from Maya or the kuroba directly. He was sent to chinatown at the end of volume 13 for a reason.
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Old 2014-06-17, 20:04   Link #2073
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Old 2014-06-17, 21:12   Link #2074
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Licensing trouble from what I've heard Concerning Index, Yen Press is involved. Don't worry, the chapters are backed up elsewhere, but recent translations aren't however.
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Old 2014-06-17, 21:20   Link #2075
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Old 2014-06-18, 00:50   Link #2077
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chapter 4 of v13 is up on baka-tsuki
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Old 2014-06-18, 03:28   Link #2078
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Poor Tatsuya. Now everyone that knows who he really is seem to want to factor him in their schemes. As if the Yotsuba weren't enough....
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Poor Tatsuya. Now everyone that knows who he really is seem to want to factor him in their schemes. As if the Yotsuba weren't enough....
He is a magnet.

Effective against both chicks and problems.
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Old 2014-06-18, 04:35   Link #2080
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Lately, I began to fear Ayako's potential as an OTP.................... her specialty is what Tatsuya needs
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