Narration: “I was intimidated by him.” Shinya kisses Miwako. As she opens her eyes, she thinks that it isn’t detest..but rather, being intimidated by him. As Shinya continues to kiss her, she realizes that it feels good to be kissed, so [/no wonder] everyone is doing this... After she closes her eyes again, Shinya breaks off the kiss. He turns away and she watches him head towards the door. He pushes up his glasses and says, “..I’ll give you two choices.” Miwako is puzzled. He looks at her and asks her to hit him or perhaps forget this thing. “Which do you think is good?” Miwako looks at him in surprise. At 503ST studio, Aki is looking serious and Kaoru is feeling nervous. Shinya notices that Kaoru is holding his guitar tight. Shinya passes by him and whispers that it doesn’t matter if he played wrong, properly enjoy it. Kaoru looks somewhat flustered as he looks at Shinya putting on some earphones. Kaoru exhales and everyone is ready. And, they start playing. At Office Takagi, Soichiro is reading a paper and his assistant look flustered. Flicking the paper, Soichiro says forget it for Miwako is coming soon. On cue, there is a knock on the door. After Miwako greets the assistant, Soichiro, the ever sharp guy, notices Miwako’s expression and asks what happened. Miwako says that it is nothing. Soichiro tells her to take her seat. As Miwako sits down, she sees the huge poster of CP behind Soichiro who is lighting up a cigarette. She looks at Shinya’s picture and immediately blushes. She lowers her head and Soichiro watches her. Soichiro says, “Shinya, he..” This perks Miwako up. Soichiro says that he wants to re-do the composition. Miwako exclaims that’s right, like he said, it is unexpectedly like that and it is really troublesome. Soichiro says that there is still time, right, and for an artist, he has this feeling of wanting to do a little bit better than before. “You can also understand that, right?” Flustered Miwako says that even if he says that.. Soichiro smiles knowingly and asks, “..ah?” This irks Miwako that she asks what it is. Soichiro says that it is nothing, nothing at all. He shows her the paper coming from Hearst Office. He tells her that within a day, they got almost 50 same emails today. It is a protest letter from a fan. [..well, you know a certain freckle girl.] She wrote that she is a fan who supported CP from their first debut. The first day of CP’s tour is a special day for the fans. With that kind of day, they would have a deal on unexpectedly making MUSH & Co. go onstage and that is absolutely unforgivable. [Part of the letter is covered but it is something about selling the band and this kind of act is absolutely unforgivable].
Side story: Five years ago, it was Aki’s 20th birthday on Dec 29th. They are celebrating at an okonomiyaki-type restaurant. On the second floor, Aki finds Shinya alone. He always celebrates his birthday with his childhood friends on this day and starting two years ago, there is a stranger who joined them whom he doesn’t quite know how to treat him as co-worker, comrade, or acquaintance? Aki sheepishly apologizes for making Shinya join them on his birthday. Shinya tells him that he always ignore him so he always doesn’t mind. Silence. Aki sits at the corner that Shinya asks why he isn’t sitting in the middle. Aki just says that he feels calm at the corner so don’t mind him. Silence. Aki asks how come this restaurant is always empty, could it be that there’s no business. Shinya angrily thinks that it is because they booked the place. Shun and the others arrive. While talking about what to order, Shun asked if Shinya got the material. Shinya said that it got postponed and it is good to have not come[?]. Silence. Shun orders five beer but Shinya declines since he is still a minor at 19. Shun orders orange juice for him but Shinya protests that he’ll order for himself. While Shun is ordering the food, Shinya protests if they are going to share, he wants to eat his food solo. To Shinya’s irritation, Shun ordered soda for him. Aki offers to open the soda for him since he is an expert. Shinya tells him that Aki is the lead role like a king so it is okay to do it. Then, after some drinks, Aki hits Shinya for eating his food. Aki narrates that he isn’t drunk and wants to pretend to be so towards Shinya who has this ‘there’s no need to mind me’ attitude. They offer some food to Shinya who refuses it because he doesn’t like sharing other people’s tableware and they shouldn’t take turns drinking from a single plastic bottle.
To Shinya’s shock, irritated Aki drinks his soda and says that it is an indirect kiss. Aki starts complaining why he came here when he won’t eat together with them. Shinya says that it is bonding for work. Aki laments over how pitiful he is for there is an unwilling person on his birthday. Shun shouts that it is not allowed for Shinya to hurt Aki. Irked Shinya says no, unlike them, he’s a minor so don’t get him involved. Aki asks him where his birthday gift is. Shinya says that this is work so why would he bring one. Aki tells Shun that Shinya is cold-hearted and mean. Shun repeats that Shinya is not allowed to hurt Aki. This made Shinya think that Shun is also drunk. Aki demands that Shinya make him a heart-shaped okonomiyaki. Shinya exclaims in disbelief if he is a fool. Aki calls him [Shinya] a fool for he [Aki] is a king like what he said before. The four call out for him to make the heart-shaped okonomiyaki. And, Shinya relents and made one. Soon, everyone is sound asleep. Aki is somewhat drowsy when he notice Shinya sighing. Aki wanted to protest against Shinya paying for the bill but his mouth and body won’t move. Shinya seems to be complaining over how much it costs. He tells the owner for a receipt in Aki’s name but after thinking for a while, he says that there’s no need for a receipt since this isn’t work but private matter[/reason]. Aki wonders what’s going on and he thinks that something very serious is happening but his brain is blank. After hearing a lot of sighs from Shinya, Aki fell asleep. So, afterwards, everything was a vain attempt in listening to what Shinya said. Looking at sleeping Aki, Shinya says that this is his birthday gift to Aki, he paid the bill when Aki first drank alcohol. He tells them that he doesn’t want to have a really good relationship with them because this band is Aki’s. In case Aki comes back, he must leave his current position and leave the band as quickly as possible. About this thing, he only knows too well that he really detest having a good relationship with them because he is still a 19 year old brat.
Comment: It seems that Shinya indeed did that without thinking since both his choices to Miwako meant he has no romantic feelings towards her. I wonder what she chose. Whatever it is, she apparently likes his kiss and she didn’t seem to react violently over it..during and after. Could it be that she has fallen for him through that first kiss? That is believable in most shoujo teen stories..I’m not sure here even if well, Miwako is ah..unexperienced. It is nice that Shinya is still encouraging Kaoru there. And Reiko acts fast in voicing out her protest. I think that they should really start plugging the leak from where this fan is getting her news. But then, isn’t it better to know how a fanatic fan would react over that rather than having knowing the bad reaction to it when it happens onstage? I think it would have more impact if the emails are from different fans rather than from just one fan. Do the other fans also think that way? Most probably yes based on how they immediately badmouth Riko because of her apparent closeness with CP. Of course, that was before she impressed everyone in the TV program. As for the side story, it is amusing since Shinya is the ‘straight guy’ in that comedic plot. It does seem that he is deliberately keeping a distance from the others since he knows that they would kick him out when Aki comes back. I wonder if he still thinks that way or rather, he seems to want to quit the band soon from what he has been doing lately. It just gives me that kind of feeling. But then, I’m not sure what part is an act and what part is real like not wanting to share food with them and being a killjoy most of the time. In a way, because of what he is doing, he cannot really belong to the group and he is probably protecting himself from the hurt if that time comes, when Aki takes his rightful place in the band. Scans by 红莲&wink炖蘑菇汉化组
Quote of the day:
In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices. ~ Dr. Kathleen Hall, Alter Your Life