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Usage of 直でこない in this sentence?

The characters are talking about archery and they explain that unlike other sports, while you fight with other people, you are essentially more like fighting a battle with yourself. In the top bubble ...
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how is this sententence divided?

俺は 死に際にこそ人たるロマンを感じる My first reading was akin to "死に際にこそ人たるロマン" but I'm not sure it makes much sense? 俺は ロマンを感じる is I suppose "I feel the romance" Maybe it's "In one last ...
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What is this usage of 要員として?

「アッシーが車で送り迎えをしてくれる人、メッシーが食事をさせてくれる人。もちろんどっちも無償。プレゼント要員として、ミツグ君なんてのもあったな」 「現代で言うとパパ活みたいなものですか。便利ですね」 So the character explains two "dead words". He explains アッシー is someone who gets used for ...
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Why and how 先に is used in this sentence?

そんな噂を耳にしたら幻滅するとかそれよりも先にもしかしたら友達位にはなれるかもなんて思ってしまった I understand the sentence is akin "After hearing the rumor, rather than being disillusioned, I ended up thinking we could become friends" ...
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How is 別に used in this sentence?

The character a friend staying at his house. When the friend is leaving the character says: シャワーくらい貸すけど And the friend answers: 別にこの後すぐ浴びるし I take the exchange t as "I'll lend you the shower at ...
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What is this usage of 流れが?

Upon receive the latest war news about the fact their army has started to recapture several territories, the character makes this comment. 戦いってのは流れがあるから I'm not sure how to take it? "Things ...
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といえば + passive in this sentence?

父親はさ、俺には……如何にも職業が教師といえば納得される感じの清廉潔白な厳しさがあるしつけをした。 The character's father is a teacher and he's describing how hew was raised. I am struggling with the combo of いえば + passive 納得される. My reading is that ...
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What does ムスリとした表情 mean?

A character in the book I'm reading used this expression Google doesn't seem to be too familiar with it, what does ムスリと mean?
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What does 方 + だけマシ mean?

……お前は、どうせあたしがどこにいたところで探しに来るんだろ! えぇ……まあ それならさっさと見つかってやった方が言いがかりつけられないだけマシだと思って同じ場所にいてやってるんだ The convo is a back and fort. I don't quite understand the last part I understand "思って同じ場所にいてやってるんだ&...
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What does の延長に mean on this context?

「だって俺に告白してくれたことで色々悩んだと思う。でも、俺だって違う意味ではかなり悩んでいたのだ」 「もっと噛み砕いて言おう。オレの告白を拒否したのはオレのいう好きに、例えばキスのような性愛を含む行為が含まれているとわかっていたから、だよな」 「そして、キスの延長にあるものも見据えて、断った。……間違っているか?」」 Context: The character confessed to ...
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という意味で what does it mean?

女子: 警子ちゃん、これから寝るまでって何してるんだ? 警子: 別に何も……明日の予習くらいか 女子: だよなぁ…… 警子: 分かっている。私達にはそれしかないのだ。 女子: だけれども、ここに1年長くいるという意味では先輩の警子から、何かしらヒントが欲しかったのもまた事実で。 So the protagonist asks 警子 what she does in her free time ...
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What does あんだから mean? [duplicate]

The context is two colleagues who work in a store, colleague B just got hired so he doesn't know the place, while colleague A is older. Upon entering a room together, colleague A exclaims: ...
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What is this usage of かじってる

As far as I know かじる has two meanings: to "nibble/bite" and "to know a little of" But I'm struggling to place any of the two meanings here. Especially given his conclusion is to ...
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What does 気づいたら at the end of a sentence alone mean?

The character bought a weird item and one of his friends found out. Embarrassed, the character explains himself and says 最初はちょっとした興味本位で本当に好きというわけではなく気づいたらですね "I bought it for curiosity, it's ...
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Usage of もんなんだ in this sentence? What kind of nuance does it give?

よく目にはするが人生を始めて浮かんだ言葉だ。 本当に浮かぶもんなんだ What kind of nuance is もんなんだ giving in this sentence? The character is love stuck so in the previous page says "I want to become beautiful/attractive" ...
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Why does Luna Haruna use the を particle here?

In the song snowdrop, she says: 今日を笑いながら、しあわせだと明日はきっと呼べるように。 Is 今日 simply the object or is she marking time with this particle somehow?
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Usage of 舟 in this context?

I'm a bit stumbled on why he's using 舟 here. 22のカラ舟が積み上げる is this a way of saying? If I had to guess it may be related to how much he can eat in the context? Give the other character is a 18舟
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Is exhaustive-listing が here acting like a topic marker?

This comes from a podcast where the speaker is describing the two reasons why feeling Mono no aware is difficult to do, with 1. there is no time due to responsibilities and 2. that with the influence ...
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What is this usage of 出た?

恋人とかいるんすか? 俺は仕事が恋人なんでね 出た昭和ぎゃぐ What does 出た here mean? As far I can see the sentence is akin... "Do you have a girlfriend?" "My job is my lover" "A showa era joke"?
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Usage of 思い上がり in this sentence

俺に何ができるのかずっと考えてる。。。 別にそれでよくないっすか? 何かできるとか思ってんなら思い上がりっすよ In the first bubble the character explain that "I've been thinking all this time what I can do" Then the character answer that to ...
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Usage of ことぐらい at the end of a sentence

The context is the following: The character/shopkeeper speaking got asked an information. However, his answer is that he doesn't want to give the information away because it won't advantage him. So he ...
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Usage of なだけで in this context?

What does this usage of なだけで mean here exactly? I understand the sentence is akin to "it felt like he was watching the situation from a higher point of view" And then in the bottom panel: &...
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How is this sentence divided?

わかってるよ そんなこと・・・・ 立場上断れない相手や話を持ってきた人の顔も立てないとだめだもんな・・ How is this sentence divided? I understand the character is saying "I understand something like that." But I am confused by ...
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たい and ほしい used together

In the top panel the character wonder if something bad or sad happened to his friend who recently has been making a sad face. The he says the it's the kind of mood that "聞きたいけど聞いてほしくなさそう" ...
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Usage of どうなりたい in this sentence?

I'm a bit stumbled on this use of どうなりたい here. As I can gather from the context, the character is essentially "Just because I like them, It doesn't mean I wanted to be their boyfriend. Even being ...
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Usage of でも+ ておくんだった in this sentence?

Then he adds this: The story: Recently the character broke up with his lover. However, he is starting to regret it. Because his lover was very skilled/attentive, etc in the first pic he wonders if it ...
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もある in this context?

因藤の代ってなんかキラキラしてますよね 彼の性格もあると思うけど Context: A couple of girls are checking a colleague. They comment that his generation/age range is really sparky. Then the other girl adds this. But I don't quite get ...
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Usage of の全然だよ by itself?

Context: Two characters are talking: Character A teaches B about her work, however A tells B a lot of things all at once. Character B says: 新しいことを知るのは楽しいです。香苗さんの話面白いし Basically "Understanding ...
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What is this usage of 振り幅?

Two lovers had a fight. After some time, character A comes back to his lover and says this 別れたくない To which the girl answers: えー なんでそうなるんだよ!? これくらいで別れたりしないし! And he answers to her: でも怒っているんだろう so ...
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What are all the 3 nuances of 普通に?

As far I know, 普通に mean normally/ordinary in English. So I've seen it use a lot of times like this. However, there are a lot of contexts which it seems like the speaker uses it to show surprise One ...
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Usage of たか at the end of the sentence

今日じっくり観察できる分 殺しやすいこと分かってきたっぽい To which the other character replies そういうこと無駄に学習能力たか。。。 I understand he's saying it "that is useless knowledge" but what does たか here mean? More so, how ...
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だけなくねぇ what does it mean?

だけなくねぇ what does it mean? 暇だったから読んでたんだけど、お前 この漫画 7巻だけなくねぇ I understand the character is saying "I had free time so I was reading, but you, this manga..." What I don't quite understand is the ...
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What is すまして in this sentence?

「さっき食べたばかりだろう。お腹を壊すよ」 「うるせえ。夏の間に食っておかなきゃ」 ばりばりとアイスの袋を破りながら、恭はすまして言った。 「八月なんてあっという間に終わっちまうんだから」 八月が終われば、九月がやってくる。すぐに彼岸になる。 I understand the sentence as a whole, however I'm stuck in this particular ...
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Usage of 向こう in this sentence

So the characters gets asked "how come you two are friends?" thus explaining that when they were kids, the other's person used to help him a lot. Then he adds だからって別に向こうも親友ってつもりもないだろうし I am ...
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What is the actual nuance of 初だし here?

Context: This is a box from a video game artwork, where the director describes the creation of the character. Most of it is clear to me, however toward the end I run into this puzzling line: The line ...
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俺で悪かった meaning?

Context: Two characters are about to kiss, when the guy leans in the girl stops him and says it 知ってますよね? 私こういうのしたことないって! Don't you know it? I never did these kinds of things So the guy start to ...
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Usage of 期待してくれる in a romantic context

Context: The two characters are on a date and the guy invites the girl to his home and she says "yes." Upon hearing her "yes" the guy says this 期待してくれるって思っていいの? Her answer is 。。...
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Usage of これでって時

あんな時はにいちゃん就職してすくだったよね His answer ばあちゃんと二人で年金生活苦しかったし。 やっとこれでって時だったな。。。やっと幸せにしてあげられると思ったんだけどな Two cousins are talking, the first one points out "Back, then you immediately got a job (after ...
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This nuance of 理解ありすぎ

Context: The character revealed she got together with her crush to her best friend, and the best friends screams at her this: 全然納得いかない I can't accept this なんで付き合うんだよ Why are you going out with them? ...
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Can this sentence be rephrased like this?

I’ve come across this sentence 「それに考えてないよ高木さんのことなんて…」 Which translates to “Moreover why would I be thinking about Takagi-san” While the literal translation would probably be something like “...
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Usage of こき使う in this sentence

In the first set of bubbles, the character comments that he said there was no need to come pick him up. He also adds that the have done this song and dance many times. The character replies then that &...
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The nuance of て-form with 来る in the volitional form (こよう)

I've been watching からかい上手の高木さん and in episode 2 Takagi says this: 泳いでこよっかな For context this is the what she says right before this line: さてと西片のいい顔も見られたし I'm having trouble with analyzing the ...
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Usage of どうして in this sentence?

I'm a bit stumbled on how to take どうして here? Is it a "why" or is the less common used meaning 3? My reading is "no matter what, I won't love again"
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Usage of ないだけで in this situation

Context: In the previous page, the other character is complaining people are misunderstanding/drawing fanart of her manga on twitter, so her colleague tell her this. Her answer after this is "no ...
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Usage of ずつ片す in this sentence

7時半 各方面に連絡も済ませたし 見積書も作り直した あとは返事来たやつから1個ずつ片すだけ Context: an office worker just finished setting his business and it's early in the morning, after he pulled an all-nighter. This dialog is all said ...
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Why is ちゃう used in this sentence?

The character is meeting his friend's boyfriend and says this どんな子か気になっていたけれど、かおりの事本当に大好きなんだね Then he also thinks 守っちゃって可愛い My reading would be "his protectiveness (of her) is cute. But why is ...
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Meaning of とちゃうやろな (Kansai)

Context: The character helps a girl off the street and upon bringing her home, he realizes this could mean trouble and this scenario comes up in his head. The character speaks kansai and I'm having ...
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What is this usage of がいい_

誰も傷つけずに生きてくことなんてできないだろ ...だったら お前がいい 自分の中に残るものは全部お前がいい お前がどうしたい? I understand the first sentence is akin to "It's impossible to live without hurting" followed by then "If that's the ...
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How is なんて used here at the beginning of a sentence?

So one of the character wonders about the relationship between the two people and asks character B this: "Would you come this far when you are only shopkeeper and client"? The answer seems ...
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What kind of grmmar is "ためにと"?

俺以外の奴がいると出ないってことなのか、 あるいは何かあったときのためにと 電気をつけっぱなしでいるのが悪いのか。 Context: The main character told one of his roommates that a ghost has been appearing in his room. So now they are sitting in his room ...
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