January 2, 2014

Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai [Chapter 21]

For grade 1 Ebina Isuzu, the hellish season this year has arrived again. The teacher wants to decide who’ll play the roles for their drama play, Sleeping Beauty. She asks who wants to play the princess role. A classmate tells Isuzu to raise his hand for doesn’t he always play the princess. Isuzu protests that it isn’t because he wants to play it. To his surprise, another classmate tells the teacher that Isuzu wants to do it. Soon, glum Isuzu stands in front of the class with another girl. The teacher says that these two are candidates for the princess’ role and she thinks that if both want to play the role, she’ll let the two play the princess’ role together. His classmates agree to this set-up. Teary-eyed Isuzu thinks that it isn’t good at all and obviously, she’s the teacher so why didn’t she help him at all. To his surprise, Karin, the girl beside him, exclaims to wait a moment. Karin asks why a boy would play the princess’ role. Their classmates say that Isuzu always play that role since kindergarten and he’s cuter than any other girls playing the role. Karin asks, ‘cute..?’ She stares at nervous Isuzu. Karin exclaims that no matter how she sees him, he’s a boy and compared to her, she’s a million times cuter. The teacher tries to get Karin to agree to play the role together with Isuzu but Karin refuses. She scolds timid Isuzu that he’s obviously a boy and does he seriously want to play the princess. Starting to cry, Isuzu shakes his head and says, ah..hm.. Karin shouts for him to clearly say it and he’s a boy, right!? This made Isuzu flustered. While the teacher tries to tell Karin that it isn’t about gender, Isuzu gathers his courage and shouts that he doesn’t want to play the princess role. This surprises Karin and made her smile. She hugs him and exclaims that’s great. Narration: “I always knew that Karin [did that because she] only hated it that she’s not the cutest one. But even if it is like that, no matter when, she would tell me to become like a man. *Karin would teach him to have a ‘manly glare’, ‘manly standing pose’ and made him drink lots of milk to grow tall* It is only Karin who treated me that way. Thus, I’ve decided. I’ll definitely become manly- And, upon reaching the age of 18, I’ll definitely make Karin mine. Even if I thought of that.. Karin, this girl.. at some situation, unknown to me, she got deceived by a despicable guy and unexpectedly got married..” End flashback. Isuzu is sitting beside Karin in an empty classroom. It is already summer cram lesson and the note on the blackboard says to go to the faculty room after finishing the assignments. Isuzu calls out to lifeless Karin and tells her that it is already noon. He urges her to quickly finish the assignments or else, she cannot go home forever. He offers to lend her his crystal for her to quickly finish. Karin refuses. She tells him that she’ll properly answer it for Nao had already taught it to her. This irks Isuzu.
Slamming the divorce paper on the table, Isuzu exclaims if she still thinks of making Nao like her. He already told her not to do meaningless things, and face reality. While Karin stares at the divorce papers with blank eyes, Isuzu reminds her that Nao wanted to leave his house that he would marry anyone. He admits to have admonished Nao a bit and say that kind of thing is very strange yet Nao would easily sign the divorce paper. He tells her that she is just being played around by that despicable jerk. Karin starts to cry. She tearfully asks if she is really only being played around. This somewhat startles Isuzu. She asks him about someone [Nao] doing things like hug her from behind and hold her hand, even if he isn’t really thinking of it. Isuzu grinds his teeth. He angrily says that he absolutely couldn’t do it but that guy can. He repeats to Karin that Nao deceived her. He says that Nao is obviously a high schooler, yet he is the type of person who can do that kind of marriage thing. This made Karin think that it is like when they got married – after deciding to get married, Nao told her that he is really happy about marrying her, and he would always kept on smiling, then, during the wedding, he even kissed her, but after living together, he told her that hates shallow girls the most. She wonders if this situation is also the same as that situation. Karin says that she really felt that she got closer with Nao but could it be that she’s mistaken and it is only because he is putting up a pretense. Isuzu says that is right, after all, that guy is smiling when he said that they are going to divorce. This surprises Karin and she mutters that he is indeed smiling. Holding a pen, Isuzu urges her to quickly sign her name on the divorce paper and forget about that despicable jerk. Taking the pen, Karin says if that is so.. To Isuzu’s surprise, Karin stands up and slams the pen on the table. Teary-eyed Karin exclaims that she absolutely won’t forgive.. It is absolutely won’t do to let that kind of person to do what he pleases and she absolutely won’t be signing it. After recovering from his surprise, Isuzu calls her stupid, for wouldn’t it be better to divorce and thoroughly sever their relationship. Karin exclaims that he’s annoying and why is he getting involved in this. She tells him that he doesn’t have summer class today so he shouldn’t be in school. “This is Karin and Nao-senpai..a married couple’s problem! It has nothing to do with you, Rinrin!!” This surprises flustered Isuzu. He suddenly pulls Karin to him. Meanwhile, Nao and the rest of the soccer club’s members are practicing. While resting, Nao looks at the screaming fangirls and wonders what he is looking for. Yuuya comments that Nao’s stalker didn’t come today. Tall friend wonders if she didn’t come because it is summer vacation. While Yuuya is whining, Nao mutters that she won’t come again. Tall friend glances at flustered Nao and is puzzled by his expression. Back in the classroom, Isuzu says that that regarding Karin, it completely has something to do with him. Karin asks why. While hugging Karin, Isuzu exclaims, “I.. Because I like you..!”
Comment: And it seems that Isuzu is indeed a love rival? Comparing their looks among other things, Nao can easily beat Isuzu. ^^; No challenge at all especially because of the things that Isuzu has been doing behind Karin’s back = don’t have a better personality/character to edge out Nao. And, he most probably isn’t Karin’s type and based on the flashback, she seems to only think of him as a friend whom she is making manlier so that he won’t be cuter than her. ^^;; He is pretty much the childhood friend whose love interest got snatch from underneath his nose while he is still waiting to improve himself or well, be at marriageable age. He only has himself to blame for being complacent. I guess aside from jealousy for Nao, and perceived bad impression about Nao, Isuzu ought to be very desperate to break them apart since Karin has really fallen for Nao. It’s good that Karin isn’t going to let either guys have their way with her. She won’t sign the divorce paper and just let Nao get what he supposedly wants. I wonder if she is in ‘vengeful mode’ when she mentioned about not forgiving him but then, Karin has a soft spot for Nao after all, she easily forgive him after those harsh things he said to her after they got married. She finally noticed Isuzu’s very obvious meddling in her marriage problem. Because of what she said, Isuzu finally confessed..and would probably be rejected in the next chapter. Well, it would be nice for them to team up – maybe some fake going steady – to make Nao jealous and regret over what he is doing since they assumed that he is deceiving Karin. Then, maybe, keep a secret that there was no divorce after all when he finally admits and has really fallen in love with Karin. Nao is missing Karin and is probably being bothered by his guilty conscience over what he did. So, I guess the point of this divorce thing is to make Nao realize his love for Karin and appreciate her in a more dramatic way rather than ‘doing things slowly’, or perhaps, a lesson for him not to take marriage lightly = want to marry then marry, want to divorce, just divorce. And, Isuzu is just a catalyst for the divorce thing to happen? Scans by allwink组. By the way, the mangaka seems to have gotten sick ‘poor physical condition’ so she is going to take a break..the series is scheduled to resume on February, 5th issue of Shocomi.

Quote of the day:
Life does not obey our expectations. Life obeys our intentions, in ways we may not expect. ~ Llyod Strom

30 comments:

  1. Thank you for the summary :)

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  2. I don't want them to divorce. They are already in a point where they mutually like each other. Though I can tell that Nao's reason is kinda petty. Because if he wanted to leave his parents, he should've done it a long time ago without even marrying.

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    1. Yup..and based on that reason, maybe he also wants financial security since Karin's father is the one currently providing for them.

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  3. Thank you for the summary. So,finally isuzu has shown his real intention. The way he was meddling in karin's marriage, it seemed obvious that he is in love with her. It is sure that karin will reject him, but if she takes a little time to do this , she can take the chance to make nao jealous and make him confess his love for her. since that idiot is already missing her. :P

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Ya..and I thought it is just a very concerned friend. ^^;

      Ya, it is obvious that she'll reject him and I'm hoping something like that..along those lines of making Nao jealous and regret what he did ^^

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  4. Thanks for the summary
    I like this manga. I hope the story will be different from any other Minami Kanan's manga (you know, something like attempted rape)

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Hehe..well, hopefully so ^^

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  5. This chapter is short and focuses on Isuzu.. but i liked the last scenes of Nao somewhat missing Karin and Isuzu's confession..

    Yeah, i think Nao will definitely win Karin's heart over Isuzu, since Isuzu didn't have any proper introduction or wasn't build up, not having any interesting characteristics.. or maybe next chapters will reveal some important events between Karin and Isuzu that will make Karin think and be confused with her feelings?

    Well, i hope Karin, being stubborn as she was, will not give up on Nao.. will her "revenge(??)", make them even closer than before or definitely break them up?

    As always, thank you Ms. Kat.

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    1. Yup, I agree.

      Hm..maybe.

      Hehe, maybe bring them closer in a way? Like, ah, 'we still like each other even after all that' kind of stuff?

      You're welcome ^-^

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    2. yeah, i thought so too Ms. Kat.. they may still be together in the end coz there is no Male lead that can replace Nao, unless they make Isuzu be a bit interesting.. or there's another?

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    3. Yup, for now, that is right. We'll just wait and see how it turns out.

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  6. I like this manga. Cannot wait for the next chapter.
    Thank you for your hard work and please keep summarizing.
    Hehehee.... XD

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  7. I thank you for what you do.
    I hope the mangaka has a full recovery. Even if this series ends, as long as mangaka is healthy in the end.

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  8. Thank you so much for the hard work Kat

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  9. Thank you so much for this!! It is a relief to have this while we waiting to read the whole chapter!! ^^ you did a GREAT job! :)

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    1. Thanks for reading and the comment ^-^

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  10. I LOVE your summaries they keep me satisfied while I wait for translations to come out! I kinda feel sorry for Isuzu though. Poor guy. But he seriously needs to learn how a relationship works.

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  11. Gosh! I melted at the last part. I don't know why but I like IsuzuXKarin pair. Thanks for the summary, Kat! :D

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    1. Hehe, is that so, Edj.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  12. I loveee so much this manga!! Thanks for your summaries:D You know when chapter 22 comes out?

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    1. Thanks for reading, Andreia ^-^

      It is already out in Japan on Feb 5th. Still waiting for the Chinese scanlation.

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  13. Why don't you do an English version and upload to Manga websites? ):

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    1. Too time consuming and troublesome, aside from not owning the scans.

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