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Features: Pon, Banaten, Cho

Against is one of the 27 words in Rolypolys no Nanakorobi Yaoki.


Pon is walking through a city, passing by various market stands. After walking past two pigs selling food, he comes across Banaten running a VR shooting game stand. Pon, excited, hands over three coins and equips the provided headset and toy rifle. The game consists of a virtual Cho flying around the screen, whom the player has 100 chances to shoot. After a successful hit (which occurs automatically if the player misses all 100 shots), the virtual Cho shatters into several pieces. After a moment, he suddenly reassembles himself. The virtual Cho comes towards the screen, transforms into the real Cho, pulls a rifle out, and blasts Pon.


"If you throw enough mud against a wall, some of it will stick."

Pon walks directly into a wall, while Banaten walks right past it.


Literally: Even a poor shot hits if he shoots enough.

As we see from the Japanese version of this kotowaza, you are likely to hit the mark if you try often enough—even if you are a hopeless marksman like Pon. So, do you practice hard and become good enough to hit what you aim at, when you aim at it; or do you leave everything to chance, and hope that you are lucky enough and have enough chances? And when it comes to flinging mud, you can be sure that some of it will stick even to the most unlikely (and often undeserving) surfaces.

Roly Polys Words