Thursday, March 24, 2016

HERO Chapter 23

Mugging Mahjong concludes! Hiroyuki cleverly deceives Kawajiri! Just how did he do it!?

Thanks to Sonickrazy for translations and Crump Biggums for the cleans.

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"I could see... The sound!"

Hiroyuki breaks it all down for us. I remembered seeing the cat at the beginning of this arc and thinking, "Hey that's probably something important to remember." ...Then I promptly forgot it. 

Hiroyuki puts his eyes to good use as usual, spotting the slight discoloration in the red 5-pin. Without that he couldn't have pulled together the stunning come from behind win. Kawajiri is surprisingly quiet and submissive about his win. I was expecting him to flip the table scream obscenities, try and punch someone, but this. He's actually well behaved when he learns his place. I guess his entire life he's always felt he was better than everyone. He has always won and never had to admit defeat. For the first time he truly knows what it's like to lose. And to be manipulated as well as he was... The world is a big place Kawajiri. You have a lot to learn.
 
As the volume comes to a close we see an exciting revelation! The lighter is actually an invitation to a Mahjong tournament. Not just any tournament mind you. Possibly an EAST-WEST Battle! For those of you who haven't read TEN, stop now and read it right now! For those of you that have, the EAST-WEST Mahjong tournament was one of the climaxes of the entire story. For that legendary tournament to be held again, with all the best Mahjong players from all over Japan being gathered, there's sure to be a familiar face or two.

Also, we will be putting HERO on Hiatus for a while. Now that the volume is concluded, we will be focusing our efforts elsewhere for a time. More news to follow!

19 comments:

  1. That end left me so hyped and now it's on hiatus again ;_;

    Thank you for the chapter!

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  2. Hero on Hitus again!? Well atleast the arc ended before that. I hope it's pen-chan but a new Kurosawa volume most likely got released.

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  3. Nobody had over 30k points at the end. Is that rule not standard in parlors?

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    1. I thought the challenge was to see who finished in 1st place at the end of the Hanchan. Why does the number of points in the end have to matter?

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    2. Because if noone has over 30k and they go into the west rounds like in some rules, then the hanchan is by definition not over.
      But anyways he beat his cheating so it's not like Kawajiri could have done anything anyway.

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    3. I thought Kawajiri made it quite clear that whoever finished top at the end of the Hanchan would be the winner. There was no points stipulation and certainly nothing in the parlour enforcing a minimum points total for a win.

      If I remember correctly, no one could extend the final round either through Honba so the game was effectively finished. Still, if you're adamant about the rules not being followed, a link to said rules would be appreciated out of curiosity's sake.

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  4. HOW IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THE COMPASS!

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    1. Can we talk about spoilers pertained to within this chapter now? Because this literally opens the door to bring back ALL THE CHARACTERS FROM TEN

      (Except for Ten and Akagi)

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    2. I guess no one cares about the EAST WEST battle...

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    3. I don't really want to get too hyped since HERO is going on hiatus for a while...

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    4. Wouldn't that make the eventual return all the better if you got hyped for it? I mean when WOULD you get hyped if not now?

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    5. Zero reason for hype when current scanlations have finished volume 3 out of the 5 volumes released thus far in Japan.

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    6. So you'd be more hyped if they were caught up?

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    7. There are 8 volumes of HERO out in Japan, with the 9th coming out May 16th

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    8. Having read up to volume 5, zero reason to get excited since this is a slow burner of a series.

      Taking into account how long TEN was, I'm expecting something similar here.

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  5. I simply must comment on the fantastic typesetting job on page 12.
    The panel itself is great, reminiscent of the spiral Washizu "sinks into" when his 1-pin wait was head-bumped.

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