So I went ahead and caught myself up on Bakarina and I'm still rather enjoying it. Certainly not one of my favorite series or anything, but it's got plenty of fun and silliness overall. Here's hoping volume 9 starts up soon!
I think you have perfectly encapsulated my views on the series.
@myskaros : Ha ha yes what you say makes perfect sense but I'm truly looking forward to reading volume 9 and (from what I understand) a possible upcoming volume 10 from JNC; so I want to wish you guys all the best and God speed in sorting out the necessary commercial arrangements and formalities and getting the next volumes published as soon as possible. Fingers crossed
Hi everyone! I've updated the versions on our site to include some new edits, including fixing all the typos you've pointed out. Thank you so much for sticking with this series and staying alongside Katarina in her journey!
We're told many times that obtaining Dark Magic requires the sacrifice of a human life, though. Which brings up even more speculation about whether Original Catarina counts as a sacrifice...
Not necessarily.... Raphael didn't sacrifice anyone. The mage who gave him Sirius's memories did. And that mage is no longer around, yet Raphael still has those powers. That implies that while a sacrifice is required to initially create the powers, they can apparently be passed to another person, perhaps by using the memory transfer magic.
@catstorm well I know that. Political marriages have very little to do with love. I am amused by the fact that the only one who wants to be king is so deeply in love with his fianceé, though. It warms my heart seeing Selena being treasured by Selena. The fact that he's too busy flirting with her to go ahead with the wedding, thus leaving Geord unable to proceed with his plans places laughter in my heart.
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So biggest takeaway on this part, Katarina mentions Romeo and Juliet in casual conversation, which catches the interest of Mary and Keith slightly. She explains it's a tragedy. I don't think they have much time before the play, but maybe they'll perform that in the distant future with her direction?
I'm surprised Katarina didn't think Mary and Keith's denial of a relationship was too swift, like a cover-up, and think it confirmed her suspicions, however exhausting that would have been for the reader, and also surprised Mary and Keith didn't take her "I will side with you when the time comes" to mean she would take them both in a harem marriage. Again, any time misunderstandings can be cleared up is good.
I wonder if Katarina knows the recipes for her favorite foods? I forget if she ever brought that up before, but she should really try to create those dishes here.
Edit: Finished the final part, 10.
Ok little volume. We get introduced to Joerd's Bros and their fiancees.
We get more potential harem members (how big is this harem gonna get? I get the feeling the bigger it gets, the less likely we'll get a true harem ending, but either a Joerd ending or a "Friends" ending).
Maria really took a backseat this volume it felt like despite ending strong in the last one, though I suppose Katarina did show interest in being with her by promising to try and join that magical organization after they finish school. Oh, and she made good baked sweets that Katarina gets to gloat about helping sell. All hail marketing queen, villainess actress pro, and future Sherlock, Katarina Claes.
So I'm going back to reread volume 2 at least before going onto 3. So 2 introduces the theme of dark magic, the ability to manipulate ones emotions, consciousness, and memories.
One theory would be that the original Katarina Claes wasn't that villainous, just jealous, but was manipulated by Sirius to do those really evil things to try and knock out a Light Magic user in Maria.
Also, this could help explain how Katarina's memories are combined with her Japanese self, as well as how Sophia is able to share consciousness with Acchan. But I don't know how far they're going to go into explaining how or why the Reincarnation works (like, did god create the video game? Did god make their afterlife a simulation of a game, or did this world already exist?). I feel like we're not supposed to think hard about any of this, that you just accept that it is, but eh. >_>
I had another theory that got shot down which was the fifth secret route wasn't a ship with the student council president, but instead with Katarina herself after resolving his dark magic issue that had a hold on her. But nope, they say in no uncertain terms he is the final route.
Having just finished volume 1, I think the perfect metaphor for Katrina is a puppy. She is energetic, loving, undisciplined, undisciplinable, oblivious and leaves equal measures of love and chaos in her wake.