: [translator's notes]
51. Class Representative*
Araragi: Hanekawa, you've always been class representative, haven't you?
Hanekawa: Well...yes, I suppose.
Araragi: You're the person everyone would pick after all, and I think it's a role that
suits you very well. But do you have some sort of preoccupation with being class rep?
Hanekawa: I can't say there's nothing. But frankly speaking, it's like I am able to do it
because everyone lets me.
Araragi: I see.
Hanekawa: But Araragi-kun, you're the secondary class rep. Since you've tried it,
don't you think it's something worth doing?
Araragi: Well...for me, anything's fun if I can do it with you.
[*lit. Committee member, which I find a bit too vague. Frankly speaking, I think "class rep" is the equivalent position in my own Australian school (where I worked in Japan, they were called "Homeroom Leaders")]
Araragi: Speaking of delinquents...they don't quite exist at our school, do they?
Kanbaru: It's probably because (the students here) don't have a messed-up moral
sense. In the first place, our town is pretty peaceful - we don't even need to lock our doors. Ah, but come o think of it Araragi-sempai, Hanekawa-sempai used to treat you as a delinquent, didn't she?
Araragi: Not "used to", she still has that mistaken impression. But if I look at it from the
other side, its thanks to this that I can get her to look after me, so it's all good.
Kanbaru: Araragi-sempai, don't you feel that you like Hanekawa-sempai a little too
Senjougahara: Our school building's special feature, what do you think it is?
Araragi: Well...it's not like I've really thought about our school building having a
Senjougahara: That's why you're an idiot.
Araragi: Why are you always so quick to put me down...
Senjougahara: Deadily deadily, just go die already.
Araragi: What the hell do you mean by "deadily deadily"? So, what's special about
our school building?
Senjougahara: The staircase.
Senjougahara: School buildings usually only have staircases, and no elevators, right?
Isn't that unbelievable for such a large building?
Araragi: I see...now that you mention it, yeah.
Senjougahara: And it seems that it makes for a good workout. One of the possible
explanations for people gaining weight when they start working is that they don't have to climb these staircases anymore.
Araragi: Well, if the school building had elevators, the two of us wouldn't have met.
Senjougahara: Our gracious Staircase.*
[*The "samasama" honourific here is typically attached to someone/something that has bestowed favour upon you. e.g. "our gracious Queen"...]
54. Ghost Stories
Hanekawa: So we follow "staircases" (kaidan) with "ghost stories" (kaidan)....but do
we have something like "the seven mysteries" at our school?
Araragi: If you don't know then there's no way I would, right? If you don't know
something, then no one would know.
Hanekawa: But you know, Araragi-kun, just by your mysterious experiences alone,
seven would be too few.
Araragi: Ghost stories just don't frighten me anymore. If I met Hanako-san, I'd
probably hit on her.
55. Adolescence (the springtime of youth)
Araragi: Quite a vague topic this is...well, might as well ask an adult after all. Oshino,
what do they mean by "the springtime of youth"?
Oshino: Haha! "The springtime of youth" you say? Araragi-kun, you're looking quite
perky as usual. Something good happen? That's where you lot are at right now. It's not something you should go out of you way to think about in a proper manner. Each and every precious day of your teenage years is a scene of the movie they call "the springtime of youth".
Araragi: Damn you're cool...
Oshino: Otherwise, it's probably about sexual fantasies.
Araragi: And you've ruined it!