The BL light novel Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment as Yes, No, or Maybe? in North America. Please support Ichiho-sensei and Takemiya-sensei by purchasing the books when they come out! Thank you for your love and support of Kei, Ushio, and the series!
I will be removing the fan translations for the main series over the next few days. The side stories (OFF AIR) and spinoffs (Side Profiles and Irises) will remain up and the translations will continue until official announcements clarify their status.
And that is the last full chapter of Volume 3, besides the extra. There are also side stories and epilogues for Volume 3 found in Off Air! There are 3 total chapters released today. Don’t miss reading all the parts!
How did you like Volume 3? It hurt a lot, but I thought it was all worth it in the end.
With the anime adaptation announcement, it’s interesting to see how people translate “Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka.” My first instinct was to translate it as Yes, No, or Down the Middle? But as I read through the story, the concept of “halves” was so strong, that I thought that I should include the word “half” in the title. I considered “half and half,” “halfies,” and “split in half” for a bit, but I think that “maybe half” rolled off the tongue a little better. There were also the lines where Kei admits that maybe half of him loves Ushio in Volume 1. Anyway, it’s always a struggle coming up with a translation that captures the essence of a title, but I hope that you found it interesting.
There’s also a mini-blurb hinting at the new story in December.
—I don’t want anyone to know just how cute you can be.
Uh-oh, does this mean jealousy on Ushio’s part?
I’ve been holding off on this doodle from Takemiya-sensei that she did in response to the mini-blurb printed on the bottom cover sash for “Where Home Is”—If you lose your way home, I’ll come and bring you back.
What happened between Kei and Ushio makes me want to cry, but this doodle makes me want to laugh. I love it.
P.S. The sash that Kei is wearing says “Tokyo 1st District.”
Sensei’s work twitter unveiled the full cover spread for Off Air 2! (Thanks for the little peek at Ushio’s lower back, Takemiya-sensei!) It also has the full list of doujinshi stories. In addition to the three that I had previously mentioned, there is sugar me, about a long day for Kei without any food, then running into a door at work, a misunderstanding, and maybe a sprinkle of Halloween magic that gets Ushio some one-on-one time with Kunieda-san, and Head-Spinning Diary, about Kei and Ushio’s New Years together following Volume 3. There is also a brand-new story called Love Don’t Come Easy. Ahhhhhh!!! I want to read!
There are two more chapters left for this volume and then I’ll be all caught up with the main series until the new story releases in December. I have the rest of Off Air and Off Air 2 and the spinoffs featuring Tatsuki and others from Asahi TV to translate. I will finish Off Air Volume 1 first because it contains direct epilogues and side stories to wrap up the story in Volume 3. But after that, how would you like me to prioritize Off Air Volume 2 and the spinoffs? Let me know by voting in the poll or leaving me a comment!
How should I prioritize the releases after Off Air Volume 1?
Keep the same schedule and prioritize Off Air Volume 2. (43%, 3 Votes)
Keep the same schedule and prioritize the spinoffs. (29%, 2 Votes)
Adjust the schedule to update one chapter of each series per week. (This means you get a total of 2 chapters per week.) (29%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
No promises, because there will always be RL obligations that take precedent, but it’ll give me an idea of what to prioritize.
The cover for Off Air Volume 2 was released the other day! How adorable are Kei and Ushio??? Especially Kei! 💕💕💕 This time Kei is the one brushing his teeth~ And he has bed hair! 😂
From the looks of the special bonus announcements, the volume includes Fools Rush In, about Kei, Ushio, and Tatsuki getting pass-out drunk at Ushio’s house, Rose-Colored Pop, about Ushio and Kei taking a couple of trips together, and Just Like Honey, about the days after Ushio and Kei first get together in Volume 1. October 29th can’t come fast enough!
Ichiho Michi will be having a meet and greet session for Off Air 2, and the publisher posted a textless version of the cover for the first volume! Hee, look at Kei with his tummy exposed! 😏 And Ushio is so handsome with his wink. 🥰
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