May 21, 2014

Hibi Chouchou [Chapter 53]

Flashback: During a karate match in a tournament, Kawasumi is fighting against Atohira. Later on, by the door, Kawasumi is sitting while looking at his 38th place medal in the Nationals. Ryosuke told him not to be too disappointed. Then, Atohira, together with Ichi, called out that it turns out that he’s[/they’re] there and that the 6 o’ clock competition has ended. Kawasumi stood up and congratulated Atohira for winning the championship. He smiled and said that in the end, Atohira is quite amazing. Atohira told him that he cannot go to Shuei High. Looking away, he said that he already decided to go to Chijou Technical [School]. Ryousuke said in surprise that place doesn’t have a karate club. Kawasumi isn’t reacting as Atohira looked at him. End flashback. While the others are breathing hard, a guy asks Ryousuke what’s up with Kawasumi who is still jogging when practice is already over. Still catching his breath, Ryousuke says that is a man’s war[/conflict]. While washing his face, Kawasumi thinks that it was still the first time he dueled with Atohira since that official tournament. “Cannot lose.” He puts on his school uniform and goes to his class. He looks at Suiren who is chatting with Meguna. Then, he blushes a bit. Kawata calls out his name that Kawasumi exclaims in surprise. Kawata wants to see his English homework which Kawasumi quickly gave him. While Kawata is busy copying, Kawasumi is relieved that he wasn’t seen by Kawata. He doesn’t want to cause any problems for Suiren in class. While Meguna is showing something cute on the magazine, she glances at glum Suiren then at Kawasumi.
Kawata asks Kawasumi when the excursion is. Kawasumi doesn’t have a clue so he informs him that it seems that every year, the second years would go to a theme park. It is at Wakuwaku Paradise and he went there before with Nana, his girlfriend. While returning the homework, Kawata is complaining why girls like such annoying things and she bugged him about wanting to ride the Ferris Wheel and of course, that girl truly really like him. Then, he looks surprised and shouts that he won’t tell Kawasumi. Kawasumi is puzzled over what he doesn’t want to tell him. Soon, the teacher tells everyone to separate into groups for the excursion. Suiren is grouped with Meguna and the other girls. Kawasumi grouped himself with Kawata and the other guys. Later on, while walking home, Ryousuke is lamenting over not being able to be in the same group as Mina because boys and girls are separated. While Kawasumi walks ahead, Mina tells Ryousuke not to always sigh. Ryosuke says that it is obviously Wednesday but Kawasumi is going to the dojo. Upon arriving at the dojo, the door opens and Atohira comes out. He glances at Kawasumi then jogs off with the others. Kawasumi looks serious and thinks that he absolutely must win. Kawasumi goes in the dojo and Ryousuke is starting to wonder[/worry] if Kawasumi is okay. Then, he notices Koharu looking inside the dojo as if trying to look for someone. Ryosuke wonders if she is still after Kawasumi. Jealous Mina calls out his attention and says that he isn’t listening to her. He apologizes but she pouts and says that she’ll ignore him.
Mina starts to walk away that Ryousuke exclaims that he wants to listen to what she says, for real! Mina looks at him and shouts that she’s going to use scissors, jakenpon [scissors, rock paper game]. Ryousuke realizes that it is shoulder boxing. [<- something like hit the shoulder as punishment if he loses the game.] Mina’s scissors defeats Ryousuke’s paper. She looks flustered. She turns her scissors into paper and holds his hand. She tells him to quickly say something. Ryousuke is saying something but ends up drooling, blushing and giggling. Ryousuke asks why she wants to hold hands. She calls him disgusting. He says that she’s so cute. She calls him stu-pid. And, Kawasumi is busy sparring with someone as the others look on. It is night. Kawasumi arrives home and looks at the telephone. He thinks that she’s the first he’s going to tell that he won. Ichi comes in Kawasumi’s room and tells him to eat. Kawasumi is sound asleep. Ichi tries to pulls him to wake him up but Atohira, who is standing by the door, tells Ichi to let Kawasumi sleep. Ichi pulls the blanket on Kawasumi. As Ichi heads out, Atohira glances at sleeping Kawasumi. Soon, it is the day of the tournament. Ryousuke, together with Mina, is shock to see aghast Koharu. Koharu looks away as Ryousuke pulls Mina to the opposite way and says that they go at this side. While sitting down, Mina asks Ryousuke if he knows her. Ryousuke says that it seems that she [Koharu] still likes Kawasumi. He wonders if Suiren hasn’t arrived yet. Then, it is Kawasumi vs Atohira.
Comment: I think this duel would be more fun and exciting if they are love rivals. So, it is literally ‘fighting’. =P Based on this chapter, since Kawasumi is very serious with karate and everything, I think his obsession to win is because he doesn’t want to lose to Atohira who seems to have temporarily given up on it. Atohira is like someone whom he looks up to regarding karate and then, he would go to a school that has nothing to do with karate. Also, it could be Kawasumi’s pride since he has been practicing like almost everyday in clubs and dojos but Atohira didn’t and just gone to self-practice. Well, maybe there is something more since they sudden become serious with each other because of the duel. Is it only because of the upcoming duel or there is something more to it? With the way Atohira look when he mentioned about studying in a different school, it makes me think that what he is doing is for Kawasumi or maybe to be with Ichi who, if I recall right, had quit karate? Something like acting the bad guy? When he told Ichi to let Kawasumi sleep, it seems like he is quite an older brother to him. Well, even in his advises/teases on Kawasumi regarding his love life. It turns out that these two aren’t just your ordinary karate jocks but they are actually very good at it that they have a title/medal in the national competition. Hm..I wonder if Kawasumi’ll win or lose and how it will affect the storyline. And, it seems that he is also been enduring a bit regarding Suiren since he has something that he really wants to do = win this match, and he doesn’t want to give trouble to her in class..even if the one being pestered is him. And, we have an excursion coming soon. I wonder if they would have a secret tryst and enjoy some time together while they are at it...or nothing much happens. The Ferris Wheel is already hinted so that might happen. I’m not quite sure over what Kawata suddenly shut up about. Is it about his love life which might give tips to Kawasumi, or there is something about the theme park which well, he doesn’t want Kawasumi to know since he might want to do it with Suiren. For girls to be separated from the boys, I guess their school is really playing safe so that no hanky-panky is going to happen. And, we have a silly cute love couple here in the form of Ryousuke and Mina. I wonder if Ryousuke’s misunderstanding about Koharu would lead to comedy or drama? ^^; Because Kawasumi mentioned about Suiren being the first he’ll inform if he wins, could it be that she won’t be in the tournament? Or, she is just late since she isn’t there yet. It make me think that there might be some more flashbacks in the next chapter regarding where is Suiren around this time or what she is doing when Kawasumi is training for the upcoming fight. And, without glasses, cute Kawasumi becomes good-looking Kawasumi. =P From some of the drawings, it seems to hint on how he would look like when he’s older. =P Scans by allwink

Quote of the day:
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character. ~ Alan Armstrong

17 comments:

  1. Ithink suiren might not be in the tournament because kawasumi said that he will tell her first if he win.i'm also wonder why he not invite her.
    about their situation in the classroom i think he did that because he do care about her but he don't understands how girl supposed to feel about that and suiren is alway quiet.they're baka couple but i think how akward between them is a charm of this manga.
    if kawasumi win in the next chapter i guess their relationship will get better but if he lost he will definitly become gloomy that might affect on their relashionship.
    i also think kawasumi in this part is quite handsome hehe it's so rare to see him without a glasses i also like cute kawasumi with a glasses but i hope he will take off his glasses more often hahahaha
    well,hope there will be some lovey-dovey scene in the next chapter umm..ferris wheel is not a bad idea~

    thanks for the summary ^^

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    1. True..I'm wondering about that, too.

      True. He did what he think is best. She doesn't have complaints so he assumed that it is okay.

      Indeed, that seems to be the likely outcome.

      That's right..he really looks good there.

      Ya..hopefully so ^^ And, I wonder how they will pull it off since fanboys ought to keep a sharp eye on them. Maybe their friends will help ^^

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    2. And, thanks for reading ^-^

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  2. Thank you for the summary! :)

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  3. Hopefully kawasumi wins the tournament and he looks good without glasses. Thanks for the summary!

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    1. Ya, and thanks for reading, Judy ^-^

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  4. Suiren looked very omnious. I have a feeling Kawasumi will lose next chapter =\

    And I agree with you, the fight would be more interesting if they were love rivals lol

    It almost doesn't seem fair that Suiren was the only one that had a serious love rival (Koharu), while Kawasumi had none (aside from the annoying fanboys earlier on who he never really saw as a real threat for Suiren's affection). It almost gives it a shounen manga kind if feeling because I think girls who read shoujo tend to enjoy a love triangle involving 2 guys+ 1 girl more than one with 2 girls + 1 guy.

    Anyway thanks for the summary!

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    1. Is that so.

      True. ^^

      Hm..maybe later on? Hm..new transfer student? Usually, in couples like this who are really in love types..there are no 'real threat'..like say, the main couple in Kimi ni Todoke.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  5. hmmm with the karate competition and the excursion cming up i feels like things are gng to be more interesting
    hope they get 2 have a really nice moment some time soon.
    and i kinda like how kawasumi looks without his glasses on
    thnxx alot for the summary

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    1. Ya, hopefully ^-^

      Hehe, he looks good without them. ^^

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  6. I 'm getting irritated with Kawasumi for being so concerned about the fanboys. Seriously. OMG, they don't even talk in class. A glance here and there. * facepalm *

    Anyway, I think Koharu is checking out Atohira. Didn't they have a " good " conversation before ? It looks like Koharu is being paired with Atohira.

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    1. Yup, megaworthit. Actually, I don't think they talk in class before. They just glance and nod. Now, it is more like 'no glance/smile' ..at least, do it secretly.

      Yes, she is. And, Koharu doesn't easily give up until the other has a lover..I guess, like in Kawasumi's case.

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  7. Thank you so much about the summary I liked this chapter is good to see that manly side of kawasumi with no glasses and please I need some sweet moments with the main couple. Ferris wheel!

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Yup and hopefully soon ^^

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  8. Thanks Kat! I liked your comments too on this chapter. It has been awhile since Suiren and Kawasumi have felt like a couple (sob). The focus has been Atohira and Kawasumi for a long time, so yea, hope they get some Ferris Wheel time :). I'm also hoping Koharu goes for Atohira. She was annoying going for Kawasumi, but since there isn't competition for Atohira, I hope she gives it her all and stalks him and pursues him as crazily as she did to Kawasumi. It will give the manga some lighthearted feels again.

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    1. You're welcome ^-^ Thanks~

      Yup, and hopefully ^^ Lol..she seems to be going for that.

      True, and for this chapter, I think the 'lighthearted' scene is temporarily taken over by Ryousuke and Mina.

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