Hachiro is such a good friend! Or, he's forced into being one. Either way, Hachiro should help Karl get back home after throwing an expensive birthday party. Usually, everyone splits the bill and demands that the birthday person doesn't pay for a anything. That can get pretty pricey in Japan with all of the food and drink!
If you've been to a compa or even just out to eat with friends in Japan you know that the bill can get crazy! All of that drinking and eating. I'm always upset when I barely eat anything, because we're sharing small plates of food, and I don't really drink a lot and have to pay buckets of dough! No wonder everyone gets drunk. If they're going to pay tons of money, they might as well! Let's hope Karl can get his confidence up and try more Japanese while he's out. He seems to be a little shy and unsure of his language skills.
This compa thing isn't working out too great for Karl. It's nice that everyone relaxed a bit after a few drinks but how are you going to make meaningful connections when you're completely plastered?! Do you have a compa story to share in the FORUMS? I'd sure love to hear them!
I like the fact that young people in Japan get together for a compa. I've always been shy and awkward when it comes to dating so it's nice they have a low pressure way to meet people. Have you ever been to one? We'll see how the dating party goes for Karl in next week's comics. Stay tuned!