Once again, spoilers lurk beyond this point, especially in the
story-specific sections. You've been warned.
On 'Holding On'
- otousan: 'father'
- oneechan: 'big sister'
- sensei: a term of respect used for an educated professional (a
teacher, in this case)
- okonomiyaki: a kind of thick pancake made with flour, eggs, cabbage
and various other fillings (such as thinly sliced meat or seafood, mushrooms,
vegetables and so on).
- Yatabe-san asks Rika to start calling him by his first name. While Rika's
use of 'Muzai-kun' doesn't signify a romantic relationship between them,
it does imply that they're closer than just 'fellow students'. Rika,
however, blanches at the thought of letting Yatabe-san call her 'Rika-chan',
and insists he call her 'Rika-san' ('Miss Rika') instead.
- Like her okaasan, Sara-chan has chronic renal insufficiency (problems
with her kidney functions). This stunts her growth and leaves her vulnerable
to a wide range of complications.
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