April 21, 2014

Hibi Chouchou [Chapters 50-51]

Flashback: Yuu told Atohira that today is his birthday. Atohira congratulated him and muttered that he recalls that he has the same birthday as someone else. [<- During birthdays, they say ‘congratulations’] Yuu invited him to go to the karaoke bar with the others. Atohira declined by saying that he has to go to karate practice. Yuu tearfully cried why so Atohira told him that he’s joking. Soon, they arrived at the karaoke bar and went to their room. Atohira is puzzled over why all of them are squeezing together in one side. He asked who is going to sit at the over side. The girls arrived. End flashback. Atohira asks if this is a birthday celebration goukon. Yuu says ya, it is a four on four [goukon]. While Koume comments that the other two girls knowing him, Atohira is trying to recall who has the same birthday as Yuu. Soon, the girls take their seats. While Atohira still tries to recall who it was, the girls are chatting with the others except for Aya who is busy choosing a song. Aya starts singing about a forest and a super star celebrity. Yuri and others cheer her on. While Aya is slurping her drink, Atohira finally recalls that he exclaims that today is Kawasumi’s birthday. Everyone freezes. Koume whispers to Atohira that ‘Kawasumi’ is a forbidden word in front of Koharu although she doesn’t know if it is that Kawasumi. Aya agrees and tells Atohira not to mention it. Atohira asks out loud, “Could it be that you like Kawasumi? *No reaction from Koharu* No..no way, that guy already has a girlfriend.” While the others are aghast, Yuri is shaking the maracas and telling him to shut up. Looking aside, Koharu says that it already has nothing to do with her. Everyone looks tense. Atohira takes his bag and says that he’s going. After he left, Yuu starts to apologize to the others about Atohira as everyone are somewhat glum over what happened. Koharu notices Koume sadly muttering Atohira’s name. Then, when Atohira is at the elevator, Koharu calls out to him and shouts that he is obviously sitting beside Koume so what’s up that he’s leaving. Atohira asks what, is it okay if he just apologize. Koharu angrily shouts for him not to get carried away just because he’s good-looking. She grabs his shirt and shouts for him to go back. It was futile for she couldn’t pull him and ended up walking with him. While walking at the streets, some girls are saying that Atohira is good-looking. Koharu angrily thinks that they obviously didn’t know the inside story yet they are saying those stuff.
She thinks that he is only has good looks, but actually, he isn’t careful with his words [based on the surrounding mood], inconsiderate and not a nice guy at all. Atohira looks behind him and asks if she is coming with him. He wonders if she is too annoying that she got rejected. He tells her that right now, he doesn’t want to have a girlfriend so can she let him go. She let go and angrily thinks that he shouldn’t have gone to the goukon. She still follows him to a karate dojo. Then, she heads back to the karaoke bar and thinks of Koume. She opens the door and is surprised Koume having fun karaoke with another guy. Koume welcomes her back and asks if she touched up her make-up, better not become cuter. Koharu lamely laughs as she sits down next to Yuu. Koharu observes that everyone is having fun. She lets out a sigh that Yuu asks what that is about, and he apologizes again regarding Atohira. Koharu asks why that guy came. Yuu tells her that it is his birthday today and Atohira won’t go to a goukon so he tricked him into coming today but, he won’t invite him again next time. Yuu says that it seems that Atohira is quite busy with karate. Koharu thinks that just by hearing ‘karate’, her heart would still tighten a bit. When Yuu asks for her ID [/contact information?], Koharu thinks that he is quite flirty. After the karaoke, Yuu offers to walk Koharu home but she refuses. She realizes that it is nearby. Then, they see Atohira and the others jogging at the side before heading back to the karate dojo. Koharu recalls how she watched Kawasumi jog. Flashback: In class with Koume, Koharu overheard one of her male classmates talking about a freshman confessing to Takane[no hana]-chan and it seems that they are going steady. Someone said that it is that karate guy. Koume looked at sad Koharu who muttered that it already has nothing to do with her. Then, she had turned away when she saw Suiren going to Kawasumi that Koume asked where she is going. End flashback. Looking inside, Yuu exclaims over how amazing it is. Koharu glances inside to see Atohira doing a practice duel with someone. She watches then looks away. She recalls him telling her that right now, he doesn’t want to have a girlfriend. She watches Atohira again. After practice, Atohira goes out and sees Koharu outside. He walks away. She grabs the helm of his sweater and tells him to wait. He asks if she has always been waiting. Koharu says not always. He asks why she is still here when she should have returned to that goukon-thing. Looking somewhat flustered, she asks if he really doesn’t want to have a girlfriend.
He glances back at flustered Koharu. Atohira says that he doesn’t want to and besides, she likes Kawasumi, right. Koharu looks surprised. She tells him that she was rejected and didn’t she say that it already has nothing to do with her. He tells her that he only wants to concentrate in practicing karate so sorry. She lets go and says ya, she doesn’t wants to hinder him. She tells him that she will cheer him on. This made Atohira smile. Koharu watches him leave. Meanwhile, the main couple is quietly walking together. They both blush upon recalling how Kawasumi held her to him. Koharu thinks that every time she thinks of that thing, it seems like there is a ‘ah’ that wanted to tensely come out. She wonders if that kind of thing would happen again while going steady. Her heart would always beat that she felt somewhat afraid. Kawasumi is bowing to her that Suiren realizes that she’s home. She tries to say something to him when Kawasumi says that there is something that he wants to ask from her. At a drink vending machine, he points out to a bottled tea drink and shouts that he wants that. After she got him the drink, he tells her that today is his birthday. This shocks Suiren for that drink would be his birthday gift. While Kawasumi is holding his drink, aghast Suiren apologizes that it isn’t a formal gift. Suiren wants to re-do today when he obviously gave her a necklace. Noticing her reaction, Kawasumi explains that he felt that it is bad for a guy to mention about one’s birthday but in the end, it is alright, he really wants this. Trembling, Suiren thinks even if it is tea. He apologizes to her that Suiren mutters that she should be the one.. He says no, he’s very happy. Suiren still feels bad for giving tea is very strange. He tells her that next year, if she still remembers, just greet him and that is already enough. This made Suiren say that, that is also enough for her. Taking out her necklace, she tells him that it is also okay not to spend money. Kawasumi blushes and looks away. After a while, Suiren also blushes for it is that roof[/top of building] memory again. Kawasumi walks ahead. He stops and holds her hand.
Then, they walk together while holding hands. Suiren thinks that obviously she’s very at ease but when they are holding hands, there is some fear and isn’t that quite strange. She wonders if he also feels that way by merely grasping each other’s hands and fingers. Suiren mutters, “..like..” Kawasumi looks at her. He tightens his grasp on her hand and replies, “I also like you.” Suiren thinks that using strength to grip [her hand], in the end, makes her feel at ease. Kawasumi returns home and tells his mother that he’s going to eat there. He goes in his room and is surprised to see Atohira there. While reading a manga, Atohira greets him a happy birthday. Sitting up, he tells Kawasumi that Ichi hasn’t come home yet and why did he rejected Koharu. This surprises Kawasumi. Atohira says that he thinks that type of girl suits him [Kawasumi] more. Kawasumi asks where he heard that from. Atohira says that it is a secret and that’s right, participate in the next dojo tournament. Kawasumi glances at serious-looking Atohira. He thinks that he will fight against Atohira. Kawasumi says ya, and goes out of the room. He sighs then looks serious. Ichi walks upstairs and glances at Kawasumi. Atohira comes out of the room and calls out to Ichi. Holding the tea drink bottle, Atohira asks if Kawasumi can give that to him. Serious Kawasumi takes it back. This made Atohira look serious again before leaving. That night, Suiren couldn’t sleep. She decided to re-celebrate Kawasumi’s birthday this coming Wednesday. She wonders what to do. She thinks of having a party with Aya, Yuri and Ryosuke. Then, she remembers that Ryosuke has a girlfriend. She imagines what Ryosuke’s girlfriend looks like and thinks that Kawasumi also knows Ryosuke’s girlfriend so they all celebrate it together. She wonders if Kawasumi would be happy because of this. She sits up when her cellphone is ringing. She finds it amazing for it is Kawasumi who’s calling. Kawasumi apologizes for calling her up late. He tells her that there is an upcoming important competition so he temporarily couldn’t walk her home during Wednesdays. He apologizes for deciding this on his own and that is because he wants to win, and absolutely do not want to lose.
Comment: I got tricked by what Aya was saying in the last chapter. It turns out that it is Koharu who’ll be paired off to Atohira. In a way, Atohira is somewhat like Kawasumi so is it an unconscious substitution for Kawasumi on Koharu’s part? She obviously doesn’t quite like Atohira after bluntly asking inconsiderate questions but there is something that attracts her to him. Ah..karate? ^^; For her to do such things like pulling his coat and following him around, it seems that she is in love with him. It is admirable how Koharu kept her composure when asked such questions in front of everyone. She is also quite nice to consider Koume which is the reason why she chased after Atohira the first time. It seems that unlike other female love rivals, Koharu knows when to call it quits when the object of her desire is already taken. So, it makes me wonder if this is the reason why Atohira suddenly wanted to challenge Kawasumi to a duel. Is it to defeat him for Koharu or like, get Kawasumi to win so that he won’t concentrate too much on karate and can go on a dating? In a way, it isn’t always that a girl would chase after him disregarding how inconsiderate he was to her a few hours ago. ^^;; And unexpectedly, it is Kawasumi’s birthday. This guy is really very casual and simple with things without any frills and stuff. Of course Suiren would feel guilty about her ‘gift’ though in a way, he did gave her a textbook before so they are more or less, even on that. The holding hands and saying ‘I like you’ stuff are nice ^^ Hm..the way how the two guys seriously look at each other because of the upcoming competition, it makes me think that there is something behind it than what is shown. Anyway, it seems that Suiren’s plan for the re-celebration of his birthday is cancelled since karate is going to be Kawasumi’s top priority for the time being. So, I guess Suiren is going to cheer for him and she will be a rival against Koharu again, who will be cheering for Atohira. =P And, there might be some uneasiness on Suiren’s part since Kawasumi did got injured the other time they had a duel. Scans by allwink

Quote of the day:
Everything in life is temporary. So if things are going good, enjoy it because it won't last forever. And if things are going bad, don't worry. It can't last forever either. ~ Author Unknown

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    1. I removed it because I want to add more stuff to my comment. Sorry:(

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    2. It's okay, Judy. ^^

      Usually if someone removes their comment, I just delete it.

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  2. I think I would like the koharu and atohira pairing. I'm just shocked that suiren is going to cheer for kawasumi and koharu is going to cheer for atohira and the rivalry might come back again between suiren and koharu like the from the beginning of the story.thanks for the summary Kat!

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    1. Yup, Judy. Thanks for reading ^-^

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  3. The way Atohira re-entered Kawasumi's life and the way he has meddled and acted makes me think he views Kawasumi as not good enough or suitable for Suiren. I don't know if he wants her for himself or not, but it just strikes me as odd the way he behaves and not in a good way.

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  4. It's my guess that Atohira gave up karate once for a girl and doesn't want to see Kawasumi make the same sacrifice (as obviously, that relationship didn't last). Atohira warned Kawasumi that he and Suiren better not be in a half hearted love- I felt he knew what that meant and that's why he warned Kawasumi. Maybe her quietness makes him perceive Suiren as weak and not a strong enough girlfriend for Kawasumi to support him through the tough, long schedule that karate requires. If that's so, I think he will get to see how strong our quiet Suiren really is (as we saw through her trying so hard to overcome her shyness to capture Kawasumi).

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    1. But do you actually see Kawasumi giving up karate? Not in a million years. If he has concerns about Suirens strength, why pick on Kawasumi instead of her? What he does is so contradictory at times it just makes no sense to me. I can't see him as anything but an %^&%^*^ (self edit) who should mind his own business and fix his own screwed up life.

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    2. Perhaps..maybe we'll know the real reason later on. Or well, he is just being meddlesome. ^^;;

      No..I don't think he would give up karate and I don't think Suiren would make him do that either. Hm..is this from what I mentioned above? I was referring to Aothira. ^^;

      Lol..well, maybe there would be some sense later on or else, he is indeed as you've mentioned.

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    3. Lol I never said that Kawasumi would give it up or that Suiren would make him...I think that Atohira might assume that though and that's why the meddlesome attitude. It's just a guess. And we will find out sooner or later. If that's the case then I think Atohira will find out that his meddling was for no reason. Those two, Kawasumi and Suiren are stronger than they appear. That's all I meant lol.

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    4. Sorry if it seemed like I was attacking you, that wasn't my intention. I think I was just agitated because characters like Atohira and the "jerk with a heart of gold" trope piss me off. Sorry again.

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    5. Ah..I thought that is what you're implying ^^;; True..he might have assumed that.

      Indeed.

      Ah, no..that didn't come into mind. I'm just wondering if my comment above was misunderstood so I'm clarifying it. ^^

      Hehe, I see..^^

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  5. First of all thank you for the summary I love this story! Ok so I find atohira annoying I don't think he has the right to tell kawasumi who is better suited for him or not I hope kawasumi wins the competition

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      True..and I hope so ^^

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  6. I really don't understand atohira at first I thought he was against the relationship because he didn't think Kawasumi needed a girlfriend or so... but now he is saying that Koharu would have been a good election... idk now I think he is just against suiren as a girlfriend, why I'm not sure....

    Thanks for your summary btw, I really wanted to know what was happening. :)

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    1. True..it seems that way..and he mentioned that type of girl so it isn't really Koharu so maybe he thinks that Kawasumi suits to have a pushy, annoying girl? Hm..to contrast his personality? Is that so.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  7. well,i'm totally agreed with all above comments.
    i really don't understand why koharu change her reaction with atohira after saw him practice karate.is she really forget kawasumi ?or atohira is only her substitution? and why atohira told kawasumi that suiren is not suits him(but koharu suits him more?)
    i guess there would be something between kawasumi and atohira in the past.

    thanks for your summary ^^

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    1. Ya, it's quite strange, Vanilladada.

      I assumed that Atohira meant a pushy proactive-type girl suits Kawasumi to contrast his personality. ^^; Oh ya, also being quite vocal of what she wants.

      Ya, it seems so.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  8. All this seems really bizarre. Atohira as a character is specially weird.

    The way he told Kawasumi that Koharu would be a better option for him and then he proceeds to ask Kawasumi for the can of Tea Suiren bought for him....

    This all seems like foreshadowing of a love triangle maybe square with poor Koharu being involved again

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    1. True..and it might be more on love rectangle if that happens.

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  9. Weird..Atohira only met Koharu for a few hours (if that), how can he judge right away that she is more suited for Kawasumi than Suiren is..I hope it turns out well though.

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    1. Agreed! Good point. Hope his back story or reason comes out soon. I wanna bop him lol. Koharu I hope doesn't go for Kawasumi again. I think it'd be funny to watch her super-forwardness be aimed at Atohira. Serves him right lol.

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    2. True..and I guess he judged her from their past encounters = not being vocal about what she feels/wants. I recall about the bleeding foot thing and about making Kawasumi take a rest after he broke his arm. Compared to Koharu, she is quite blunt.

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  10. Thank you so much for the summaries! <3

    I find it adorable how Kawasumi said straight into Suiren's face that he likes her too! -squeals- Poor Suiren, she always makes plans for Kawasumi and he's always busy with karate or stuff like that... I'm glad they are in the same classroom and they can see each other more often :)

    I don't get Atohira, I don't really get him.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Michelle ^-^

      Yup ^^

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  11. I really appreciate you doing the summary for chapter 51! I was looking all over for the next chapter but I couldn't find a raw of it- the recap you did was enough for me to live by my fluff craving. LOL

    I agree with the first anon. Atohira seems to be the type of senpai who would look after his kouhai even if he looks like a jerk to other people. He was actually quite helpful since he was able to strengthen Kawasumi's relationship with Suiren.

    By the way, when does Hibi Chouchou release new chapters? I was planning on subscribing to Margaret just for the series... D:

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    1. Thanks for reading, Mikee ^-^

      Hm.. that might indeed, be his way of doing it.

      It comes out every 5th and 20th of the month in Japan.

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  12. i was going for atohira x aya but now i'm not so sure.. thanks for the traslation!

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    1. Hehe..is that so, grrrr

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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