Where did midosaka come from is it a crack pairing or does it have canon to back it up?
Some days ago, I answered an Ask and rambled a tad about how I thought there was no such thing as a “crack pairing” in a fandom… But putting aside my ramblings, yes, Midousuji and Onoda do interact with each other in the manga. In fact, Onoda is pretty friendly towards Midousuji, who in turn finds him annoying (“disgusting”, as per his catchphrase)… but isn’t as hostile nor aggressive with him.
…The very cover of vol.19 is actually our first not so small hint about the two of them interacting. Beware of spoilers below!
Younan University - Fuji City, Prefecture of Shizuoka.
Thank you so much for answering these questions its frustrating to not be able to read the rest of yowapeda or know about any fun tidbits this manga deserves more love.
Yowapeda is fairly popular in Japan I’d say, but it doesn’t seem to have that big of a fanbase over here, unfortunately. We should still thank the scanlators working in the manga for their dedication; scanlations might not be released as fast or often as other titles, but they’re steadily catching up. I can only recommend some patience ;)
May I ask what was Midousuji's deal in the past and how it affected him today? Or can you direct me to where I can read raws past volume 13?
I was asked about Midousuji’s past some days ago, and I wrote a post with a summary of his background story (chap.151-152, compiled in vol.18 of the manga). Be aware of likely mistranslations and mistakes on my part, though!
That’s pretty much what we’ve been told about Midousuji’s past; everything else, we can only theorize or speculate about. Currently, the manga seems to hint he’ll play a very important role in chapters to come (whole manga arcs to come, in fact, for we’re about to see the second Inter High competition of Yowapeda… or so I’m hoping. The mangaka hasn’t actually stated when the second Inter High arc is starting, but I’m assuming it’ll be sometime soon).
I was also asked about Yowapeda RAW and scanlated chapters. This is the post I wrote with a list of the webpages I download the manga from.
Hope that helped.
What does Onada's full name mean? And apparently midousuji falls in love in volume 32???
Hey, hello there.
Well, Onoda's last name is written:
小 = o, ko, chi, sai… It means “small” or “little”.
野 = no, sho, ya… It has several readings, meanings and usages, but one of the most common is “field” or “plains”.
田 = ta, da, den… It means “rice paddy”.
The character "ta/da" is commonly found in names in Japan; in Yowapeda, you’ll find it in Onoda, Tadokoro, Izumida, Mizuta, Kuroda… and others’ last names. In any case, “Onoda” could then be read as “Small Field” or “Small Rice Paddy”.
Sakamichi is written:
坂 = saka, han… It means “slope” or “hill”.
道 = michi, tou, dou… It means “path”, “road” or “route”, but also “way” (ie. manner, the way you do certain things), “dogma” or “teachings”, among others. It’s the character you’ll find in terms such as “Bushido(u)” or “Kendo(u)”.
So Onoda’s given name would mean something in the lines of “path on a slope” or, simply, “slope”. I suppose we can find other interpretations for his name if we instead refer to the meaning of michi as “path” or “way of doing things”. However, in the official databook author Watanabe comments he didn’t think too much of his protagonist’s name; since he was going to be a climber, Watanabe just chose “Sakamichi” (for its meaning of “slope”). By the way, I think Watanabe also mentions he named the rival Sangaku (“mountains”) as a nod to the protagonist being “slope”.
Watanabe mentions nothing about “Onoda”, if I remember correctly, so I’m assuming he went with a fairly common Japanese last name for our protagonist, though we can try to get some interpretations out of it if we put it together with “Sakamichi”, right?
Now, most characters in Yowapeda seems to have names -mainly their first names- that relate to them in some way. For instance, in the Souhoku team we have Jin (“fast”), Yuusuke (“Prosperous/Wealthy Boy”) and Shunsuke (“Outstanding/Genius Boy”). For the last two, the kanji 介 (suke, also read yuki in names) is a common character for male names, hence I’m translating it as “boy” in the above cases, for it has other completely different meanings depending on the word. I suppose some of the characters’ full names could have complete meanings as well, but since I’m awful at “interpreting” Japanese characters -ie. relating ideas through kanji characters or references-, I haven’t really tried. (In the official databook, though, the author mentions he had a reason to choose the last names of certain characters; for example, Makishima was named after an island in Nagasaki, Watanabe’s birthplace).
About Midousuji… I’m afraid such thing doesn’t happen in vol.32 (or in any other part of the manga so far), unless, of course, we’re talking about how much he’s fond of himself and his De Rosa bicycle. Ok, that was a bad joke.
In chap.293, Komari Kishigami, a new member of the Kyoto Fushimi club, meets Onoda for the first time. Upon mistaking him for a Souhoku 1st Year student, Onoda tries to make use of the social skills he learned from Makishima… and which, we can theorize, might have then failed partly because of that very same reason.
Hello there! I really like your translations and colorings since it lets me understand some things of the YowaPeda raws I can't understand, and since I can't read Japanese, I still don't get some things of Midousuji's past, such as who is that woman (I guess it's her mom, but since they totally don't look alike...) So could you make a little summary to Midousuji's past, please? :) Thank you!
Hello! And thanks for your message ;)
I received another Ask regarding Midousuji’s past over a week ago, so I apologize for taking so long to write this post. I hope the original Anon doesn’t mind I’m replying to both their and your message in this entry… And of course, I hope you don’t mind, either! Σ੧(❛□❛ Whoops.
I was asked about Midousuji’s popularity in the Japanese fandom. Well, he’s very popular there, and I think he has his fans over here, too. Half of the time, I’m not sure about how I should feel about him (though I do like him, generally speaking)… Even though he’s just as much of an antagonistic villain as you can get in a sports manga, he’s a deep and interesting character at the same time. But then again, he pulls some very unpleasant trick on someone -I really hated him in his match against Shinkai in vol.15, for instance-, and all these conflicting feelings surface again…
Enough of my ramblings, sorry. As per your message, that’s indeed Midousuji’s mother ;) I was a bit confused at first as well, since he doesn’t resemble her (nor his little sister, Yuki, even though we see very little of her in the manga). In any case, I think Midousuji’s past is fundamental to understand who he is today. When I began reading Yowapeda, I was told to hold my judgment on Midousuji until I learned about his past… I must say his background story won’t probably make him any more sympathetic, but it does help understand his character a lot better.
Wow, you work fast! Thanks a lot! It's cute how Kaburagi is so competitive :3 so I'm really looking forward to how he does in the Inter High! I cried when I saw that Sugimoto lost, but a little but happy too because Kaburagi gets to be on the team. Does that make me a bad person? Hehehe. Thanks again! Looking forward to your next translations! :D
…But I’m afraid my previous post was more of an exception, since it takes me forever to get back to people. I have unanswered messages from a week ago, for instance (╹д╹;)… I’ve been receiving such nice and kind messages, so it’s just so disrespectful on my part not to reply to their comments, so I’m trying to go through my inbox right now. Speaking of which, I’m just a disaster keeping my inbox organized… I mean, all messages you get are simply stored there, however I’ve somehow managed to lose messages, send incomplete replies, send replies when I was intending to publish them instead, and so… orz
Anyway, putting aside my failure at understanding Tumblr…
It’s stated Kaburagi and Danchiku’s former club was competitive, if I’m not wrong. I’m assuming part of his good performance comes from it; the other part comes, I think, from his resolution (and probably his stubbornness as well; later in the manga we’ll learn he used to be a sore loser of sorts and a spoiled child, too). And to be honest, I never paid that much attention to Sugimoto -I found him a tad annoying every time he raised his finger and… began talking-, but I was pleasantly surprised to see he was given the spotlight in vol.31. At first, I had some conflicting feelings: I wanted him to win -a reward for his perseverance-, however I was already liking Kaburagi too much… So, that’d probably make us two bad people then, right? Ahem.
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Yo! I really love your blooog! especially your colorings, translations and ramblings~ Hehe oh, and I like your long posts as well! Hihi~ Anyway, can you please translate for me Kaburagi's conversation with his seniors in chapter 269? or maybe explain the chapter in general? If that's okay. Cuz, I like Kaburagi's hotheadedness and how he respects Onoda so much, so I'm curious in what their conversation was about :D Thanks in advanceee~! You can make your post as loooooong as you want :D
Hello! Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you like my colorings and, well, my ramblings as well ￣ω￣
I like Kaburagi, too ;) and his naivete -he’s the youngest in the team, after all… and it somewhat shows-… and his hotheadedness… and how much he respects Onoda. Because it was already time for our protagonist to have admirers of his own, right? He’s a summary of chap.269; don’t fear the post (except for my likely mistranslations and grammar mistakes, of course), for this entry won’t be that long… With emphasis on "that", in any case. Ahem.
Chap.288: Souhoku’s chain of command.
Imaizumi and Naruko might need to work on it.
Yeah! Im wondering where they mention what Uni Machimiya goes to..! But I know the artist said he will draw a picture of University Machimiya soon! Very exciting!
I can tell you like Machimiya ;) At first, I found him to be too much of your typical antagonist (…villain?), but I changed my mind after he said he’d let Arakita treat him to a Bepsi. Which, I guess, is like a Pepsi, but with that little ingredient change in the name for a different copyright taste! Sort of.
Hmmm… Uni!Machimiya could be a, er, headcanon? Fanon fact? I’m not sure how to call it. It’s just that I remembered one of my doujinshi features Machimiya as an implied student in the same university as Arakita even before we knew -canonically, that’s it- that the boys were going to college (think of that story as a future!doujinshi). But then again, the Yowapeda franchise is expanding so much, it’s getting hard to keep track of all related merchandise released beside the original manga,
and of course, there’s also the fact that I miss important info from the manga itself here and then.
"Please forgive my impoliteness in the first day of classes.”
i asked you about shinkai and arakita... wow, you answered so fast!!! thank you so much! :) i'm glad to see that it wasn't me that "missed" clues in the manga, but the japanese fandom who is... creative with pairings. hahaha thank you again!! i really liked your colorings of issa and ryuuhou!
Ask me about fandom things and I’ll be always promptly there to ramble abou… Well, not really, though I do like talking about fandoms and the such ;)
Hmmm, actually, I think the fandom exists to create, hence fans are free and most welcome to present us with their fanworks, pairings, headcanons, manifestos, everything! In that sense, I don’t think there’s such a thing like a “crack pairing” (putting aside troll!fanworks that are there solely to shock or annoy people, of course). And I particularly like Japanese fandoms because they’re most respectful towards others, and don’t see that many arguments about canon vs. non-canon couples, or character bashing. Getting back to Yowapeda, I can totally see why the Shinkai/Arakita pairing is so popular (and I also like it a lot); it lies mostly in how the pairing is perceived and interpreted by us fans, I’d say, than in any canon “evidence” or support.
But if it’s about getting creative with pairings, I suppose I could mention the Usakichi/Shinkai doujinshi I have in my collection. And, yes, Usakichi is the rabbit Shinkai takes care of, and in spite of the DJ being NC17-rated, it isn’t what you might think… not exactly that, in any case. Ok, you didn’t need to know about that. Time to change the topic!
I’m glad you liked my colorings of Kaburagi and Danchiku (even if I got some artistic licenses with their uniforms… I think). Kabu is particularly fun to color, even if his hair is giving me some trouble.
Machimiya (the guy who headbutted Arakita) is going to the same university as Kinjo and Arakita! I think!
I’ve spent so much time -well, a few weeks actually- browsing the 手嶋純太 tag in Pixiv, I hadn’t noticed all the fanarts of Machimiya in Younan University. I’m afraid I might have missed the reference, for my only source is the manga (I wouldn’t know about the musical, CD dramas, or some of the “Spare Bike” extra chapters), and even so, I haven’t read it so thoroughly as I should (I’ve been rereading some passages as for lately, and mostly because I’m asked about them). So if there was any piece of info about Machimiya there… I didn’t see it, sorry!
…But when looking for the likely missed piece of info, I checked the other couple of reliable sources for Yowapeda I know of, the Yowamushi Pedal Pixiv Encyclopedia entry and the main entry at Wikipedia in Japanese. I prefer the latter, since it’s updated with the latest information. In any case, in the Wiki article there’s no new information added to Machimiya’s entry apart from what we already know since the last time we saw him in the manga (vol.21 plotwise… and a panel in vol.27), unlike Kinjou, Arakita, Fukutomi and Shinkai, whose universities are mentioned in their respective entries. But after seeing all those fanworks of Machimiya in Younan, I’m intrigued as to where that reference comes from (or where I missed it, orz)…