June 5, 2013

Skip Beat! [Chapter 201]

It is a bright clear morning and that sun’s brightness really hurts Kyouko’s eyes. While walking downstairs, she grumbles about the useless sun that causes UV and why she has to wake up early. She perks up upon seeing a nice breakfast prepared by the daruma wife especially for her. Kyouko whole-heartedly thanks her. Kyouko apologizes to the daruma boss for not greeting him when she arrived late at night which is around 4am. Daruma wife is worried about her going home alone by herself at that time. Kyouko says that she is driven back by the company’s car so no need to worry, and she didn’t encounter any scary thing. She thinks not any scary thing but for today—Flashback: Just as Kyouko went out of the van, Lory asked about her schedule for tomorrow. She told him that she has BOX’R shooting at 1pm. Lory told her to meet him at the president’s room before she goes to the shooting, he has something to tell her. End flashback. Washing the dishes, Kyouko is very scared for he would definitely ask about yesterday. Flashback: While Cain is hugging her, she saw Lory. She quickly tried to revert back to Setsuka so that she won’t be exposed, and think of something Setsuka would do. And, suddenly, Murasame broke the two apart. End Flashback. While walking out, Kyouko is thankful for Murasame causing a bit of an uproar with Cain so she is at peace. Kyouko imagines the scenario about how Lory would react if she admits it – he’ll celebrate and even go help her out by telling Ren, and then, Ren is disappointed with her. Kyouko decides not to give up just yet for she ABSOLUTELY do not want Ren to find out. Outside the president room, Kyouko continues to think of how to threaten Lory with his weakness, she is interrupted by Lory’s servant who knocks on the door for her to enter. Kyouko is freaking out since she isn’t ready yet. Inside, Kyouko is shock that Ren, along with Yashiro, is also inside with Lory. Yashiro is puzzled over Kyouko’s ‘the world is going to end’ expression. Ren goes, ‘ah’. Ren thinks that it is because it is the first time they see each other like this [/without makeup] after THAT NIGHT. Yashiro is curious what that ‘ah’ means. Ren is a bit disappointed for he thought that when they meet afterwards like this, it would be very splendid but in the end, Kyouko looks pale and ashen. Thinking that Ren has given up to desire, Yashiro freaks out and asks if Ren did something to Kyouko. Ren casually says that he didn’t mention about not doing [anything] since those are lovey-dovey siblings. Turning around, Ren tells him not to worry for he didn’t commit a crime. This made Yashiro more curious about up to what extent, did he do to Kyouko. Ren think that like this, it would be better to leave Kyouko alone for her reaction ought to be more intense than during Valentine’s. Lory quietly glances at Ren. Yashiro goes to Kyouko and tries to snap her out of it. Lory calls out for them to join them at the sofa for some tea.
Staring at Yashiro, Kyouko thinks that if Yashiro is there and if he heard it from Lory, Yashiro would probably squeal in delight like some girl about her and Ren. And, since Yashiro is still acting normal, that means it isn’t exposed yet. This made Kyouko happy for she hasn’t lost yet. She happily tells Yashiro that they go and have some tea over there. Sitting down, Lory says that he brought them there today to mention about something – he has something to tell Ren about Kyouko. Kyouko is shock for she is back into a crisis. While Kyouko is mentally saying ‘no’, Lory says that actually, he wants to withdraw Kyouko temporarily from being his ‘protection [charm]’. Kyouko freezes. Ren asks if she won’t act as Setsuka anymore. Lory says yes, he wants her to temporarily go back to Italy [<- I think this is a slang; don’t take it literally] for a bit of reason. He secretly watched his situation at work yesterday. Ren thinks that isn’t secretly. Lory tells him that even if it is a totally pressuring work, but he looks fine dealing with it and he should be alright without Kyouko around for the meantime. Ren says, that is..he should.. Lory and Yashiro can read Ren’s mental thoughts of ‘there’s no problem but why all of a sudden, and why don’t you also think of me who has to adjust not having a ‘protection’. Lory says that something is up and this is inevitable because of Kyouko’s ‘mental state problem’. Lory asks Kyouko if she hasn’t told Ren that actually.. Kyouko is shock over how Lory turned the question over to her and in the end, he wanted say it. Lory says that Kyouko’s school will be having final exams [to graduate/entrance exam for next grade?] soon. Kyouko timidly says yes. Ren says is that so, and it must be hard on her since she also has a drama shooting. Ren thinks that she looks more relaxed so in the end, she needs to cool down a bit. Lory says that ‘Setsuka’ would rest until Kyouko’s exams have ended. While saying that is for the best, Ren thinks that this will make Kyouko’s feelings be at ease early on. Lory tells Ren to properly take care of himself. Ren says okay. Kyouko feels like her head is about to be chop off by a guillotine which was suddenly stopped from falling by teasing Lory. She is more nervous if it is chop off or not. And if it is, quickly get it over with or is he playing with her because she thought of threatening him. Lory stands up and tells Ren that is it, he’ll leave it to him. Since it is the end of the meeting, Ren takes his leave and Lory apologizes for calling them out while they are busy. Kyouko is glad that the meeting is over so she quickly gets her things to leave. She freezes when Lory tells her to stay for there is something that they have to slowly chat about. Kyouko looks tense as the blade of the guillotine is positioned up high. Next chapter will be out on July 5th in Japan.
Comment: I think Lory personifies the mangaka’s S attitude here. To reveal or not to reveal..in this chapter, it is not..and we will have to wait another chapter on how Lory is going to deal with this discovery. Unlike Kyouko’s imagination, I don’t think that Lory will just reveal it to Ren without her consent. This guy loves romance so he ought to know what he should or should not do and up to what extent should he help. Of course, letting Ren know about it is already out of the question now. I guess Lory is going to help Kyouko get over the ‘absolutely not tell him’ attitude or else, we are in for so many chapters of nothing much happening on that side of the story. We might not see Setsuka again in the meantime, but that would also mean, not seeing Ren. So, it is back to Shou and school life or Box’R? If so, that might in some way help Kyouko get over her dread for love in some way. Anyway, it does seem that Lory is playing with Kyouko here. He cleverly asks things and got the two together. It might seem that they are just being informed about Kyouko having to temporarily leave as ‘Setsuka’ for exams, but I think he is watching their expressions and everything very, very closely. And, Kyouko had pretty much revealed a lot of things based on her expressions which Ren had misunderstood. Scans by 红莲汉

Quote of the day:
Time will bring to light whatever is hidden. ~ Horace