I just started reading a comic, and I'm having a bit of trouble understand a line said in the first page. Basically a girl approaches her guy friend and tells him that she's been worried for him since he hasn't been in school for 10 days, the guy responds by saying he was sleeping. She then says


The guy then responds with まあじ?

I'm a little bit confused on what is trying to be said in the latter part of the sentence. Is she saying she has no choice but to look over him in person because he's been skipping school?

Well, my intentions were to keep an eye on you, looks like I have no choice but to do in person

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I think you're confusing who 本人 is referring to. Looking at the context, the speaker is probably talking about a third party rather than the listener. I think we should break the sentence down a little more. It looks like you understand the first sentence, so:

Yeah, well, I intend to just watch over (that person).

Although this sentence doesn't say who they are watching over, it implies that there is someone that they are watching over. So that person is who 本人(the person themself) is referring to. So,

Word/Phrase Meaning
本人が The person him/herself + subject marker
どうにか Somehow / Some way or another
する Do
しかない Have no choice
こと nominalizer
なので "So". Shows cause and result

So if you string the first three together, you get:

The person does something about it themself.

Adding the next「しかない」, meaning "having no choice" after a verb, you get:

Have no choice but to do something about it themself.

Adding こと nominalizes the phrase:

Something that the person has no choice but to do something about it themself.

And then finally adding なので just gives you a hanging "so..."

It's something that the person has to something about it themself, so...

Maybe that's not the most natural translation, but I hope you get the gist of it. This second sentence explains the reason why they are just watching over the person in question. You could probably flip the two sentences over and get:

(It's something) the person has to do something about it themselves, so I intend to just watch over them.

also I really just wanted to use the tables cause they looked cool

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    beautiful, i actually somehow managed to find the english translation just now and its basically what you wrote. Thank you makes much more sense now.
    – bob
    Dec 17, 2020 at 19:33
  • mmmm.... isn't 本人 referring to the guy who's sleeping a lot? She's worried about him, and she's letting him know that he's got to work through <whatever> on his own, but she'll be there to support him. Dec 19, 2020 at 22:35

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