June 20, 2014

Skip Beat [Chapter 213]

Kyouko looks wide eyed over the restaurant where Jelly brought them. She asks Jelly if this is the place. Jelly says yes, it is a newly opened restaurant in Guam and she always looked for it while they were in Japan. While pointing at Ren, Jelly says that it is recommended to her as a restaurant where one can enjoy without minding other people’s glances. Jelly mentions that there is a bar at the top floor but then, Kyouko is still a minor so she couldn’t go but she can drink a beverage. Kyouko just sheepishly smiles and thinks that she can drink a Maui [/yucky; like Ren’s Maui fried rice] coconut drink there. Kyouko looks at the restaurant and couldn’t believe that they will be eating at the same restaurant where she shared that yucky coconut drink. She recalls their awful expression. She giggles upon thinking that Corn looks like an adult but actually, he is like a child that she wonders how old he is in fairy age and maybe, he is younger than her. Then, after recalling the kiss, she thinks no it isn’t so. She covers her mouth and thinks that something happened that can make her feel guilty. She screams when Ren calls out to her and asks what’s up with her. Kyouko nervously asks what he is referring to and does it seem that something is up with her. Ren thinks that with just one look, she looks unnaturally and suspicious. He realizes that it seems that she is recalling that..kiss. Kyouko freaks out when Ren says that she looks like she is hiding some guilty conscience. Kyouko nervously asks what proof does he have to say that. She exclaims that she’s clean and she totally didn’t do anything to be guilty about. Staring at her, Ren urges her to look into his eyes and say that one more time. Kyouko turns around and mentally cries. Kyouko blames stupid Corn for doing that in the end so right now, she couldn’t happily talk with Ren. She blames Corn for making her break her ‘I’ll definitely protect my purity throughout my life’ promise and for what was her acting for, to eliminate the curse [if in the end, he still kissed her as Kyouko]. She recalls Corn asking her why she would have that kind of promise when they aren’t lovers and Ren is quite thick-faced. While Kyouko is thinking about that, Ren thinks that his personality is truly bad when he obviously knew that Kyouko will be perplexed, and he unexpectedly wanted to know what kind of reaction she’ll have. Jelly comes back for them and asks what’s up since they were gone when she turned around. Ren apologizes and says that it is nothing. He tells Kyouko that they should go. While they are walking again, Ren points to a globe aquarium. Kyouko starts to think that she doesn’t know Ren’s true intention at that time, does the ‘no second time’ limited only to Shou or..
Kyouko notices Ren pointing his finger on the globe aquarium and the fishes are approaching his finger. Kyouko notices that Ren is wearing his watch on his left hand today when usually, it is on the right hand. At the reception area, Jelly tells the two to quit fooling around and quickly come over. While they are eating, Jelly is reprimanding Ren to properly eat more vegetables. Ren says he is eating them. Jelly tells him not to just eat only vegetables. Kyouko is still thinking over Ren telling her that during acting, it [kissing] is okay no matter how many times but in private, do not kiss the person twice. She starts to think that Ren meant about that is regarding that thing with Shou. She didn’t know when the ‘no second time’ became ‘do not kiss someone else’. She finds how Ren mentioned it to her as very strange and it is simply as if he’s restricting her. After drinking some soup, she starts to blush really red as if she is thinking of something absurd[/vain attempt?], seems to want to smile..no, great fear and what is she groundlessly thinking about, Ren isn’t some low tolerance person. [<- probably thinking that he’ll be angry over the kiss] Jelly calls out to Kyouko and asks what happened for her face is completely red, and can’t she eat hot food. Realizing that she is eating Tom Yum [Thailand spicy and sour soup], she just says yes, only a little bit and it is spicier than she imagined but if she slowly eat it, it becomes delicious and it is possible that she isn’t quite used to it since it is the first time she ate it. Jelly tells her to eat something sweet for a change of taste like some Turkish ice cream [dondurma]. Kyouko exclaims if it is the ice cream she heard that is continuously being pulled. Jelly says that’s right. It turns out that they are having all sorts of delicious food from different parts of the world like Vietnamese, Korean, German, Russian, etc. Feeling adventurous, Kyouko wants to try it so Jelly orders one. She asks if Ren wants one, too but dead-looking Ren declines as he has to finish his fixed quota of spring rolls. Jelly complains what’s up with that half-dead expression of his, such a boring kid. Kyouko just sweatdrops as Ren continues to slowly munch his food. Kyouko looks at him and wonders if it is alright to tell Ren about meeting Corn here today and if the ‘in private, do not kiss the person twice’ is also applicable to others then, the first one is acting so forget it. The problem is only her purity and she doesn’t want Ren to know about that, that’s all. She recalls Corn telling her that it would be okay if Ren doesn’t find out. Kyouko seems to realize something.
Kyouko snaps out of it when Jelly says that she’ll go and settle the bill. She tells Kyouko that if the ice cream comes, to also eat her share. Kyouko tries to call her back but Jelly already left. Ren tells her that it seems Lory called. Kyouko thinks so that is why Jelly happily went out. Kyouko worries about the bill and should she give her some money. Ren tells her that she is the youngest so there’s no need to worry about that so just leave it to the older sister[/miss]. Kyouko timidly says okay as Ren continues to munch on his fixed quota of spring rolls. She glances at him and their eyes meet. He asks hm? She says that it is nothing. Munch. Munch. She recalls Corn’s smile. She puts down her spoon and calls out to Ren. Finally, managing to put all the spring roll inside his mouth, he asks, ‘hm?’ Kyouko says that actually, there is something that she wanted to say. “Actually..today.. I.. *decisive* experienced my first kiss.” Ren chokes on his food and covers his mouth. While Ren goes all !!!??, Kyouko stands up and shouts that the other person is Corn. Rushing near him, Kyouko shouts that it is the one she told him about before who gave her that magic stone that can take away the painful feelings, the fairy prince, Corn. They’ve met again today and they were together always until dusk. And, when he is going back to his world, he told her that ‘we’ll meet again’ and that is probably an agreement, no, that should be a promise to her. “That kiss..!!” Holding her hand on her chest, she says that even if she’s very shock but this absolutely isn’t hate [<- she didn’t hate what happened]. For things to reach this stage, for her, THAT is to imitate [/based on the] ‘acting heart rule’... With a freaking out face in front of him, Kyouko shouts that is her life’s first kiss and isn’t that her first kiss, she’s thinking of that. Bewildered Ren mentally tells her to stop, FROM WHERE she is unexpectedly saying this and doesn’t she think this is very strange at all, and besides, THAT for her, could it be that it isn’t ‘guilty conscience’..no, her expression is telling him she has this kind of guilt. And for things to reach this point, she’s telling him this, when a while ago, she is asserting her purity and if she always didn’t say it, he also won’t know it throughout his life. Ren mutters why she is reporting all this to him.. Kyouko tells him that today, Corn was able to smile, a special day worth commemorating. “—as far as I’m concerned, for him who was like that, being together with me is a beautiful day. I don’t want to treat it as if it didn’t happen, not even a second of that time.” Kyouko thinks that regardless if Ren thinks of her as some frivolous[/flirty] girl so she couldn’t hide it, because it isn’t some shameful thing that has to be kept a secret.
Ren is moved by what she said that he starts to move up his hand. Then, Kyouko says, “..besides..the most important thing is, I don’t want to tell Tsuruga-senpai..a lie..” Bang. She is startled for Ren had suddenly slammed both arms on the table. She timidly asks what was that just now.. The words on his back is ‘discharging smoke’ [/it could also mean fuming with rage]. Putting on a smile, Ren tells her to please sit down and calm down first. He says that it is rare for her to tell him such a beautiful topic that for her to hurriedly say it, he won’t understand so say it again from the start. He asks if she can say it in accordance to its sequence and he’ll listen to her. This delights Kyouko. With flowers all around, Kyouko exclaims okay. As she happily tells him all about it, Ren smiles and holds his arms tight. Ren thinks that he particularly switched wearing his watch on the left hand because he has confidence and it already doesn’t matter. He won’t lose control again. There won’t be a next time when he lose his reason [/mind] and hurt someone. He felt that hand with the watch heavy even if there is no shackles on them..even if it is like this.. He glances at Kyouko who is bowing and thanking Jelly for the treat and she’s very happy. Jelly tells her to leave her change to Setsuka up to her. Kyouko thanks her. Ren sighs and thinks from a different sense, he still needs another shackle. He wonders about wearing it again on the right hand, just in case he gets careless and do something to her [<- ‘attacking’ Kyouko type of stuff] and it will be the first thing he’ll see. He pauses and thinks that if he would still depend on Rick about this, then that’s too mean, and how many favors has he been asking him.. Jelly says that they would be going to the set tomorrow and she decided to return to Japan one more time so until tomorrow night, she’ll stay here. She tells Kyouko to immediately contact her if something happens. She reminds the two that this is ‘Tragic Marker’s last stage/scene so gambatte [/good luck]. Kyouko says yes.. Ren looks at Jelly and asks her if she’ll meet with Lory. Jelly says that she doesn’t know if they will meet. Ren asks her to pass a message for him. While Jelly is surprised by Ren’s expression, Ren looks confident as he tells himself that it is alright, even if the clock’s hand of the watch, that is on his hand, isn’t moving forward but he won’t stop nor would he fall back [/go in reverse]..his time has already started to flow. While Kyouko is also surprised by Ren’s expression, Ren says to please tell him that ‘My life has neither light nor darkness. Right now, I can look forward to a vast endless future that is filled with sparkling radiance’. Next chapter will be out in Japan on July 19th.
Comment: And, I guess this is a transition chapter to go back to Cain and Setsuka. And, it would be the last time we’ll see them since it will be the last part for Tragic Marker. It seems that Ren has a feeling that he might do something to Kyouko and might need the watch to restrain himself. =P Is that a preview for us or the mangaka is teasing us again? I wonder why he suddenly stopped there when Kyouko is talking about not wanting to lie. Is it because she mentioned ‘lie’ or because of that, he snapped out of wanting to do something to her which is why he thought of needing something to restrain himself. Obviously, it isn’t his past that is the cause anymore..maybe because as the mangaka reminded us, Kyouko is still a minor. Hehe, maybe that is why he really need a restrain now since that ‘I mustn’t be happy because of my past’ no longer binds him. As usual, Ren is back to his old teasing self..bullying Kyouko though that teasing guilty Kyouko didn’t last long since to his shock, Kyouko immediately confessed everything. To Kyouko’s delight, Ren took it well and would even want to hear her tell him about Corn. Hehe, Kyouko didn’t seem to have wondered why that is okay but with Shou, it wasn’t okay. =P Especially since, in Kyouko’s mind, that was her first kiss. So, yes, Kuon/Corn got the official first kiss. Maybe she thinks that Ren is very understanding since it helped out her friend Corn? I think that if Kyouko thinks more about it as to why Ren is restricting her and making a fuss about the kiss before, maybe she’ll get a hint that he likes her. =P Well, it is pretty much confirmed that  Ren/Kuon is moving on from the past. It would be interesting to see how this development will play out later on. And, we're still waiting for him to tell her the truth. When everything is revealed later on, Guam ought to be a very memorable place for these two especially that restaurant. ^^

Quote of the day:
Because you've had a dark past, doesn't mean you can't have a bright future. ~ Rashida Rowe

155 comments:

  1. THANK YOU! Oh, I was really looking for a traduction everywhere in the web! I really think this is a transition and as you say, he has no longer the part of '' I musnt be happy because of my past'' so maybe if we are really lucky he will start trying to get closer with kyouko... I cant wait to se the next one! It is like I dont live in a world ruled by months... I live in a world rule by when the chapter is released!

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      Hehe..maybe..or the least we can expect..subconsciously get closer to her ^^

      Lol..^^ It is pretty much like that if you read a lot of manga...the weekly, twice a week, and montly ^^

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  2. Thanks you !!!!!! ^_^
    Rere-chan

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  3. Thank you, thank you and thank youuuuuu ^_^

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  4. Thank you Kat for translating this chapter for us ^_^
    Ah can't wait to see my favorite couple.

    Tiara ;o

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    1. Thanks for reading, Tiara ^-^

      Hopefully, it would be more fun this time around ^^

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  5. Kat, thank you so much for translating this and all the other Skip beat chapters for us! This blog is the first place where I check for new chapters! You are the best!
    Sandra

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    1. Thanks for reading and the comment, Sandra ^-^

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  6. A million of thanks!!!!!! I'm so happy...this was sooo beautiful!!!!

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  7. Awww.. from the raw scan I thot kyoko guessed ren was corn n so I was hoping ren confess his feelings after that. Huhu too much for wishful thinking. Im hoping for a great development in the next chapter. Keep up the great work Kat!

    Sunie chan

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    1. Ah..but no..

      Hopefully and thanks for the comment, Sunie chan ^-^

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    2. I was thinking the same thing, looking at the raws! lol I thought for sure that Ren was saying something that reminded her of Corn and she was just assembling all the pieces. Of course, Ren's face when Kyoko blurted out that she had her first kiss was just PRICELESS! haha Well, who else CAN she tell, really, when he's the only one she's told about her fairy prince friend? Man, if the President ever gets wind of this Corn storyline, he is gonna have a such a good time with Ren/Kuon! lmao XD

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  8. I'm so happy and grateful !! THANK YOU SO MUCH !! Though it's a transition, this chapter is great (oh my god, Ren/Kuon's face when Kyouko tells him she had her first kiss XDD I haven't laughed this much while reading Skip Beat for a while XDD !)

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    1. I know, right?! That face! haha Ah well, he should know by now that she often does shocking things when he tries to bully her. lmao Reino and Sho kept going on about how she should stay away from Ren, but really, even facing his darkest Kuon state, Kyoko can still put him right back in his place and spin him around! lol ^_^

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    2. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Hehe, ya ^^

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    3. True, Anonymous[2]. They pretty much keep each other in surprise over what the other one will do/act ^^ I love their interactions. ^^

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  9. Thank you so much for precious translations!!!!

    Ryuuki :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Ryuuki ^-^

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  10. Thanks again for the summary Kat! Ah, the look on Ren's face was hilarious. Kyouko having her first kiss with Corn, of course he wouldn't complain if she thought that way. Considering it's HIM. Lol. XD

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    1. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      Yup ^^ If only Kyouko can figure it out ^^

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  11. Yay Kat! You are always so prompt with these and it makes me so happy! Thanks a bunch!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Daneille ^-^ You're welcome ^^

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  12. Thanks for the summary! <3 Tika

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  13. Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much for the summary!!!

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  14. Like always thanks so much for sharing the summary of the chapter, seems like this is the start of more cute and precious moments for Kyouko and Kuon/Ren, can't wait for what Nakamura sensei will surprise us next hope not more teasing

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    1. Definately more teasing and cliffhangers, Nakamura-sensei always shines when it comes to that, make us all long for next the chapters to get released and fantacising about all possible scenarios in the meanwhile.
      Anyhow, seems in a couple more chapters this arc will be wrapping up, lots of new things and progress await us to satisfy our SB desires.

      Thanks for the summary Kat!

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    2. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Yup ^^

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    3. True, Anonymous[2] ^^

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  15. Thank you so much for always being so fast. On the one hand this slow pace romance is getting on my nerves. On the other hand, I'd hate for Kyouko and Ren/Kuon to get together as long as Ren can tease her so easily. She's looking up to Ren way too much for them to be in a seious balanced relationship. So I'm really looking forward to some more crazy stuff from the Keel siblings.

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Hehe..is that so ^^

      Hopefully ^^

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  16. I had fun reading this, it was an interesting transition chapter. Thank you very much Kat for dedicating some of your time to translate this. I love it.

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  17. Thanks Kat!!! And things are moving forward :) i think we'll have a little bit more of the Heels and then a new arc :) usually Nakamura leaves hints about what is coming and i think one of those was the president talking about Kyoko as an international actress and the fact that Ren/Kuon shouldn't know that she loves him because he wasn't ready! But before Guam...sooooo...Guam check, Ren/Kuon accepts himself and wants to move forward check..i think good things are coming!!! One thing might go wrong..Kyoko don't want to lie to Ren and she's not stupid..if she connect the dots she might be angry about the lie..but we need to wait and see...
    Carla

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      True..lots of possibilities and we can only wait and see.

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  18. IloveyouIloveyouIloveyouIFREAKINGLOVEYOUUUUU!!!!! <;DDD
    THANK-YOU FOR ALWAYS PROVIDING US WITH THESE TRANSLATIONS, I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!
    No words can express how thankful I am!! <:))))

    P.S. Did I forget to say I love you? :D

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    1. Thank you for the love and for reading ^-^

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  19. Kat, thank you much for your work and dedication. Again, your effort brings happiness to so many. Transition chapter or not, any update is a great chapter.

    Wonderful series is Skip Beat and great quote about having a bright future regardless of a dark past. The reality is, we all have a dark, sinful nature - however, the gift of a life with everlasting light is always available if we choose it. When Kyouko finally removes her blinders and steps out of the fantasy world that she uses as a wall, I hope she makes the choice to pursue a happiness with the man she loves. Exciting!

    Be blessed!

    ~may

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    1. Thanks for reading and the comment, may ^-^

      Indeed ^^ Amen. Though, I'm not sure about the 'stepping out of the fantasy world' since I think that is a 'part' of her and she also somewhat uses it for her acting.

      Same to you ^^

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    2. I agree Kat! Especially since Renku (Ren/Kuon) happens to like that part about her.

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    3. I see your point on the fantasy thing. I love that that is indeed a part of her. Thinking back on it, I'd always get excited when she would be overflowing with fantasy bliss. =)
      ~may

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    4. Indeed, Anonymous and I think she would like about that him, too since he is the only one who indulges her in her fantasy. Hehe, kind of satisfy her fantasy needs ^^

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    5. Indeed, may.

      I think it is also important in creating that magical feel about the story. Say, she is thinking of walking around the forest with fairies then sees young Corn..then later on, Ren during their shooting before. Then, putting a fairy story about the gem he gave her. Or recently, coming out of the water.. It is indeed like a fairy tale ^^

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  20. Great chapter. Thanks for the translations. I hope that when Ren and Kyouko finally get together, we'll actually get to see there relationship as a couple. I would hate for this series to end with Ren and Kyouko's first kiss.

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    1. I know Nakamura-sensei likes to tease the readers, but she wouldn't be that cruel, right!!

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    2. Thanks for reading, ^-^

      True..hopefully not but who knows.

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    3. Hopefully, not, Evie.

      She tends to surprise, too..just when you think nothing is going to happen, bam.

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  21. Thank you very much for the translation. Always the first to arrive!^^

    I can't wait for the next chapter!! >.<

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  22. Thank you. Every month I check for the raw to fet an idea as to who is doibg what. Then I look for your translation. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.:-)

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  23. CAN'T WAIT 2 SEE SETSUKA AND CAIN I MISSED THEM ! CORN/KUON/REN/CAIN TAKE THE LEAD PLZZZZ

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  24. Thanks so much Kat, appreciate it!!!

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  25. Thanks for the summary. I can't wait for the next chapter^.^

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  26. Thanks a lot .i enjoy it very much.and as u say it transformation chapter to what we all waiting for months (then heals siblings .ohhh i'm so excited and looking for the next chapter.you are the best

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    1. Thanks for reading, evanna ^-^

      True..and thanks for the comment ^^

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  27. With skip beat I feel like I started it for the hope of a great romantic manga ( which I think it is) but I keep reading it every month for the comedy Nakamura sensei is so good at. Their facial expressions and interactions always make me laugh. Thanks for the quick and wonderful translation, as always.

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    1. True ^^

      And, even how Kyouko tackles her roles and be really absorbed in it are fun to read..especially if the arc is complete ^^

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  28. Thank you so so much Kat!! I keep checking your blog for the latest translation every month.
    Looking at the panels where Kyouko reveals to Ren/Cain that she doesn't want to diminish the importance of the kiss she shared with Corn because of how much it meant to him, I think she causes Ren to subconsciously move his hand to her... To hold her, caress her perhaps?? And when she finally tells Ren that the "most important" thing is that she didnt want to lie to Ren, that too with all of her Kyouko charm <3, he slams his arms together to keep from hugging her in excitement.
    Can't wait to see how these two undo all these knots in their past and move forward for a better future.
    Please Nakamura sensei, keep spicing up their stories with more such unexpected surprises and hilarious situations!
    -Maddy

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    1. Lol I thought he slammed his hands on the table because she said, "I don’t want to tell Tsuruga-senpai..a lie..” and he was reminded that she saw him as a senpai (or so he thinks)

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    2. Thanks for reading, Maddy ^-^

      I think so..since he is becoming less confident on his ability to control himself in regards to her ^^ Hmm..possible.

      Indeed ^^

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  29. thank you so so so so so much !
    i wonder what kyouko will feel after knowing the truth..... hope she doesn't take it in a bad way....may they(kyouko and ren) live happily ever after I AM very uneasy about kyouko's mother's identity (i mean they never showed her face)......i don't seem to hate cliffhangers(no reason)so i am looking forward to your work and u always rock again THANK YOU LOVE YOU ! ^_^ n_n

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    1. I am affraid if Kyouko mother was Kuu's another wife..because her true father identity also doesnt appear..And fact that Kuu hometown also Kyoto..please do not happen..finger cross

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    2. You're welcome, suruchi ^-^

      True..if she takes it a bad way..it might take a very, very long time to resolve. Hm..I'm wonder if the mangaka would still show the parents since even the other side characters are pretty much 'gone'.

      Is that so..good for you not to hate cliffhangers but true, they make us look forward to things.

      Thanks for the comment and love ^-^

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    3. Anonymous, hm..if I recall correctly, Kuu really loves his wife/Ren's mother and she ought to be the first wife since Ren is older than Kyouko. So, I'm not sure if he is fooling around or well..I recall, after migrating to the US and probably marrying, it was the first time he came back again to Japan with Ren.

      I think it is just convenient for it to be in the same hometown just so Kyouko and Ren could met.

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    4. I agree, Kat. I don't think that Kuu is Kyouko's biological father. Actually, I had always assumed, based off references Kyouko makes, that her father had died of some sickness or something. Or perhaps she related to Maria on even more levels and her father died in some sort of accident. However, since I realize they don't actually say for sure that he is dead, just absent, it might be interesting if her father is actually still alive and returns.

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    5. Yup ^^ Well, it would be interesting but honestly, I'm not that optimistic since her mother who has appeared in the series has not yet made a 'real' appearance up to this time. I do somewhat assume that he is already dead or he left them..but then, isn't it awful if the husband/father left, and then, her own mother left her? Since Kyouko doesn't seem to be too traumatized by it except the feeling of not having a father which she experienced with Kuu..I would assume that her father had already passed away when she was very young or well, the mother is an unwed mother.

      Ah, so many possibilities which is typical of SB ^^

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  30. Hmmm, I have to say Ren is too nice here; where I him, I would have capitalized on kyouko's confusion as to the terms of their promise, and go on to explain that it means, 'excluding work, you can only kiss your loved one' (guilty stab) 'do you love Koun?' (Stab)... then after teasing her for a while confess... but then, this is Ren we're talking about, so the last bit is unlikely. Still, its great that he's "restraining himself", it's the first step to "giving in"; now he just needs a little push. I'm doing the best on my side, but I wonder, can he feel my vibes? Maybe we need cheerleading outfits? ... just a thought ;P

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    1. Haha "You should only kiss your loved one...Do you love Corn?" I would have loved to have seen that. I can totally picture Ren saying it, too. haha Ah, but maybe he would have to have consolidated more his understanding of him still being Kuon, even when he is acting as Ren (though he did listen pretty happily to Kyoko's retelling lmao). There still seems to be a distinction, though as he lets himself do things more naturally, the line is blurring. Then again, there might not be so much of a problem at all if he wasn't still representing himself as 2 different people to Kyoko. lol What was that about telling her everything the next time he saw her? Guess he's gotta work himself up to that. haha ;P

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    2. True, Jeremy. In a way, isn't it amusing that Ren isn't jealous of Kuon/Corn but Kuon is jealous of Ren? I guess he would since Ren is a 'made up' personality and he probably wants her to happily gush over Corn this and that..well, it is still him, right?

      Ya..and, maybe because they are still going to act as Heel siblings, the revelation might make Kyouko 'unstable' so he decided not to tell her yet. If you recall her reaction to his kiss on the forehead before around Vday..so what now if she realizes that Ren as Corn had already got her kiss on the lips =P

      Indeed..it is a little push now. Ah..maybe it is not needed, Kyouko in her own way can unintentionally do that already ^^

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    3. I don't know, I would almost think Ren should be jealous of Kuon, as while Kuon may be his true/original self, Ren is the one she knows him to be. so if she'll kiss Kuon but not Ren, then he doesn't really have a chance (or so he might feel) I recall Ren stating that he was upset the she only thought of him as a friend/mentor/goal, and nothing more.

      Yes, but wouldn't it be cute? and if anything, it would add another layer of depth or realism to her acting, broadening his potential for parts other than the dark and gloomy ones she has been playing up til now. lol I wouldn't mind seeing you blush and squirm about after stealing a kiss ;P

      Indeed, as Ren now has to 'restrain' himself, maybe just a little slip up on her part could push him over the edge.

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    4. True, Jeremy but then, Ren isn't reacting adversely from what Kyouko confessed so I assumed that he isn't really jealous of Kuon and it seems weird to be jealous over his real self whereas being jealous with a 'created personality'. It is a bit hard to say since things are overlapping and I assumed that when he mentioned that..it would refer to him in contrast to other guys like Shou rather than Kuon.

      Hm..not sure since it is the last shooting so it might be risky to pull that off at this stage. In a way, what kind of realism are you expecting if he revealed it already? So far, I think Kyouko is doing quite well with being flirty and everything with Cain. If he revealed it, I think there would be more blushing-fangirling and stuff which might not suit Setsuka.

      Lol..probably not.

      True ^^ And, if it happens, it ought to be fun to read.

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    5. Oh, I'm not saying he is, but that it would make sense, and as such, is a little funny that it turns out not to be the case. I mean, Kuon got a kiss after not seeing her for years, yet Ren who is always with her gets no attention. Moreover, 'created' or not, it is Ren who has the pleasure of sharing her company, but its unlikely that it is Ren who will get a kiss... at least not for a while longer. So until such a time that they establish his true persona, only Kuon is able to make such advances. Also... I would like to note that she fell in love with Ren and not Kuon, so I think thats reason enough to be jealous over a fake persona... if you can really call it fake.

      Ah, I wasnt talking about this role specifically, only that she has always wanted to play princess roles, yet even Setsuna, which is a character in love, is a bit of a dark role. To love, and be loved back, that is not something she has known, and I do feel it would have an impact on her acting, broaden her scope per say.

      Oh? So you're not the type of girl to blush from a unexpected first kiss? Hmm... but in a way, that has its own rewards, as in, I get a kiss back, right?

      Lol, I'm right here with you.

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    6. True, Jeremy..well, Cain was the one who got the hickey..and there seems to be no jealousy or something over that 'persona'. Is it safe to assume that the mangaka would only put on the 'jealous over Ren' just so that there is an explanation on why Kuon would want a kiss?

      Hm..wasn't Setsuka loved back by her brother and she loves him back? In their own way? But I agree, if she knows about it, it will help her out in her future career as it was always pointed out here that experience can be a big help in acting.

      Lol..I'm actually not sure how to react. Maybe don't react as if it was nothing? Though, sometimes, I feel the urge to slap though I'm not quite sure I would do that though... By the way, from a guy's point of view, how would you react if a girl suddenly gives you a kiss? Hm..that would probably depend on who's the girl, right? Just curious, if well, would you blush, too?

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    7. Yes, that does sound right. In the end it doesn't make sense to be jealous at all, but I can understand why kuon would fell a little ticked over her obsession with Ren.

      True, but I meant that it is somewhat dark, for as siblings they cannont only express it, or pursue it to the purest extent, so it is a somewhat dark subject. incest isn't exactly well recepted in society... and poses, complications, In ones sex life should they not use protection. but even then, this is only acting to love each other, to which I recall a couple scenes where she would stop to think 'how would setsuna react here', where as if she experienced it in real life, it would be more natural.

      Come find out ;P Honestly, I would have to say it depends on the person, and where I'm at in my life. If I am in love/in a relationship, I would back away and refuse their advance, push them away if I must to protect my lips. If they are the person I'm in love/in a relationship with, I would be too bussy returning the kiss to make an expression ;P But if I was free from such chains, and it was just a random stranger, I probably would blush, maybe fall over myself like an idiot (assuming she's somewhat cute) xD But then again, I have always been the one to make the first move. Never really seen any romantically proactive girls; why do we guys always have to do the hard work?

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    8. Well, that is understandable, Jeremy..so I think it is more on Kuon being jealous of 'Ren' but it doesn't seem to work vice-versa.

      I see..but indeed, things would be more natural if experienced rather than just using imagination about it. I think that was tackled when Ren got in trouble with his role in Dark Moon.

      Hehe, I see. Actually, I do wonder if it is actually possible to stop a sudden stolen kiss.

      Hm..I was under the assumption that in your country, girls are proactive with romance. Here, it isn't exactly encourage since it would come out as the girl is flirty, 'easy to get' and those type of descriptions but of course, times are changing. And, well, it depends on the intent of the girl like she is after your money. Curious though, is it really hard to get girls these days in your country? I recall a certain crazy guy who went on killing spree just because he cannot get laid. Is it that bad there or well, that guy just happen to be crazy so girls are turned off. ^^;

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    9. All the times Ren was able to bond more with Kyouko were when he was willing to let his guard down and be more natural and relaxed with her. Perhaps the problem with Kuon being upset about Kyouko's regarding Ren as a special person in her life wasn't simply a matter of jealousy but also frustration, since it seems there really is no way to guard/hide his true self and simultaneously be as close to Kyouko as he wants to be.

      Ren would have no real reason to be jealous of Cain, since he sees everything Kyouko does as Setsu as part of her being immersed in acting with her brother. It was when Kyouko herself shows special regard for someone that Ren acts out.

      Also, this last chapter is supposed to be Kuon beginning to accept himself, so that the Ren and Kuon personas develop a sort of middle ground. He's still hiding as Ren, but he is being more of his true relaxed self. As such, it makes little sense at this stage in his development for him to be jealous of his own true self that he is heading back to.

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    10. Hm..I'm not to convinced about that since as Corn, he looks very relax and natural with Kyouko..more than he ever would being Ren. Maybe, he is partly irked-jealous since Kyouko tend to look at Ren more highly than him which is his true self. Something like, she is always Ren this and that?

      True..it is just acting as Setsu..but things do blur since I mean, Kuon being jealous of Ren when in fact, that's him so why not be jealous of Cain when he is also suppose to be just an 'act' but yes, it is different if Kyouko is no longer in acting mode.

      I see..that's possible. Maybe it also works vice-versa?

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    11. ...you basically restated what I said, my previous post was agreeing with you, lol. I honestly think its pointless for either or to be jealous of the other as in the end they are the same person, and get the girl regardless. However, I can see how both existances have factors they could be jealous of, but note that in the end, only kuon choses to be. So there is no need to further this angle ;3

      Exactly my thoughts in regards to Dark Moon, this manga always has presented acting as creating realistic characters from personal feelings, emotions, and real experiences. So while maybe this kind of love would hinder her in this role specifically, it will deffinitly help her in the long run.

      Sure it is, surprise or no, the person still has to turn and lean in; there are signs, and as such, a split second chance to react to them. All it takes is a push ;P

      Hmmmm, well if you compair the US to Japan, here guys give the valentines day gifts, write the letters, and ask for dates... whereas in Japan, the girls give the guys chocolate, leave letters in their shoe box and such. Well, it could be that I'm an exception as I was far from popular in school, but in my life, no one has ever confessed, initiated flirting, or hit on me.

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    12. Lol, is that so, Jeremy. ^^;; Sorry about that.

      Indeed. And, this is one showbiz shoujo series that can convincingly show that the character has acting talent. ^^

      Ah..maybe if one has fast reflexes? For me, I think it isn't quite possible especially if one has lowered one's guard or well, it is a surprise..like, it happened so fast that.. Hm..maybe it also depends on how fast the other person is? I'm thinking of this like the other person is kind of a 'thief/pickpocket', it happens so fast, you only know it after its over.

      Oh..but then, in Japan, that happens to the popular guys based on shoujo. Weren't there jokes about the 'other ordinary guys' dreading Vday if they don't get a single chocolate. But then, there are two types of chocolates for Vday. The letters are also well, I'm not sure how often does the ordinary guy get them. ^^;; Well, that is their culture in Japan to which I'm somewhat surprised at first.

      Is that so, I guess that is what you've meant by guys working hard to get the girls. Hm..thinking about it and from what you've mentioned..maybe being popular and having good looks makes thing easier = to collect and select? From that, it isn't really about culture anymore.

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    13. Its fine, lol sorry if it seems like I jumped on you. I think you just misread thr statement in question is all ;3

      Yes, its one of the things I love about skip beat, I remember my high school drama teacher telling me, good/real acting, is not 'acting' at all, but 'reacting', and I feel like this manga protrays that perfectly. I especially love how the best actors can force other actors to 'react' to their acting.

      Lol, that's good to know, ill make sure to factor it into my plans ;3 Kat, is easy to kiss~ dreams are comming true~ just wait kat, 'cause I'm comming for you!

      On a serious note, I honestly don't know how one could give a surprise kiss; I mean, without coliding and causing a painful colision, and for the kiss to be somewhat gentle, you can't exactly run into the person. you would first have to face the person, and lean in; so by any normal means that should give the person adequit time to back way or brush you off. hmm, I feel like practice is required. (Is taking notes)

      This is true. So I guess we can rewrite the equation as: girls confess to cute/popular guys, otherwise it is the guy who must struggle to woo the girl. Either way, it really does give the ladies the advantage. Because from my experience it doesn't matter how pretty the girl is, or what her social status is, there will be at least one guy who ask her out. the same cannot be said the other way around.

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    14. Hehe, it is okay, Jeremy.

      Indeed..those parts are really amazing.

      Lol.

      True...now that you mention it, it won't be gentle if it has to be really quick. From the recent manga scenes I've read, the culprit would grab the person. And while the other person is shock, immediately do a peck. Are you taking notes? =P Of course, in one of those, the guy got a punch in the gut so that is also the other counter 'surprise attack'.

      Hm..is that so. Out of curiosity, does the guys outnumber the girls in your country? If there is, it might indeed be hard to find girls and most guys would ask all the girls out. I recall that was the problem in China. Here, we have an overpopulation problem so unless you're picky, I don't think it is that hard.

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    15. Uh-um, n-no, I'm not taking notes >.> lol, rather, I hope you're not taking notes from their reactions; I don't want to be punched ;P

      Hmn, it doesn't seem like that is the case. Maybe I've just been really unlucky, or prehaps I've been saved for you ;P At any rate, I shouldn't judge the nation as a whole from personal experience alone, as my view on the matter has grown somewhat dark, lol

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    16. Hehe..Jeremy.

      Is that so. Well, don't give up..you'll find the one for you ^^ There should be plenty of fishes in the sea, right? And, you're still young. Lol..like an advice of a granny. =P

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  31. I had FUN reading this, thank you!!!!! :)

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  32. Thank you so much Kat ><!!!!!! OMG Ren and Kyouko are so adorable <3 this chapter was amazing as usual !!! lol their reactions , and Ren's face when she tells him about the kiss are hilarious hahaha !!! But That's Kyouko for you , I loved her reasoning ( as usual ) when she felt she shouldn't hide it because it was a very important day for her and Corn and she doesn't want to pretend it didn't exist , when Corn finally smiled haha she is so honest :) I love her <3 I am so happy for Ren moving forward despite his dark past !!!!! Fighting !! Kyouko !! Ren !!!!!!!!!!! oh and thank you again Kat , you are amazing <3 XXX

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      Indeed ^^ Those are really nice and funny ^^

      Yup and thanks for the comment ^-^

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    2. Who else can she tell about her kiss? Ren is the only one who knows about the fairy prince Corn. And I suppose it is just because she is so happy from meeting Corn again, but shouldn't it be more strange that Ren is hearing that some guy she met over 10 years ago posed as a fairy (since he has already said he doesn't believe in fairies, though she obviously met with someone) and kissed her?! Wth? He's always so protective of her, but as long as it's some weirdo she met briefly when they were kids who still walks around as an adult pretending to be a fairy prince, eh well, that sounds ok. lmao Hilarious! XD

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    3. It sounds so bad when you phrase it like that (kinda funny, but bad lol). If Kyouko were considering Ren's perspective, that might be valid, but she doesn't really take the fact that he doesn't believe in fairies seriously (because to her the fact that they exist is simply the truth). Since she believes they are real, Corn isn't a guy posing as a fairy, but a dear childhood friend. And even if Ren isn't necessarily sold on the fairy bit, she has faith that he at least understands Corn's importance to her.

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    4. True, Anonymous[1] but then, based on Ren's reactions regarding Corn, I think it made Kyouko think that she can tell him everything about him and not get laughed/ridiculed by it like say, Shou would. He also comforted her when she heard the 'bad news' from Reino. She also shared to him Corn the stone to cheer him up. He seems to also believe in the magic when he kissed it.

      Actually, I don't think things for them would reach to this stage for her to tell him about some 'weirdo adult pretending to be a fairy prince' if Ren doesn't seem to believe in 'fairies' and 'fairy tales'. He even created a 'fairy tale' for the gem he gave her and hinted that it could be true. I think Ren gave the impression that he believes in them for Kyouko to open up and tell him all about it without fear of being laughed at over 'a first kiss stolen by some imaginary fairy prince'. She actually feared more on telling him 'stolen kiss' rather than making Ren feeling strange and think she is a weirdo for her to tell him all about this and for him to actually believe that it really happened.

      And, I don't think Kyouko just wants to tell someone about the kiss. If I understood it right, she wanted to tell Ren because she doesn't want to hide anything from him especially something like a kiss after what they've talked about before after her stolen kiss from Shou.

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    5. Ah, I had forgotten that he had told her about the Princess Rosa story, so yes, that would give the impression that he was open to the possibilities. And I guess it wouldn't really make sense to have Kyouko saying that Ren should think of Corn as a weirdo. More of my belief of what an unrelated third party observing the situation might think? hahaha Well, if a related party were to observe any of this (ex. the President or Kuu) they would probably just enjoy teasing Ren about it. ^_^

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    6. Indeed and I do get your point as to what you're implying. ^^ If it is a third party and not knowing all about it, that might be the reaction.

      True..^^

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  33. Thank youuu, I always read your blogs on skip beat, don't know what I would do without them<33
    I have you bookmarked on my phone so I never commented before until now^^

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  34. Thank you Kat!
    The moment Kyoko said that "most importantly I didn't want to lie..." my pulse rate increased! It was like she was confessing that she loved Ren to his face....I can understand why Kuon was fuming with rage but I can't a believe he didn't realize that confession from Kyoko ... Ren doesn't know that Kyoko loves him, does he?

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      Nope, he doesn't know and she is hiding it really well. So far, it is only Lory who saw her 'slip up'.

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    2. Haha, perhaps he would wonder if he knew that even the President and his own father had been fooled by her acting! He already knows how scary her acting can be. :)

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    3. Yup, that's right ^^ And they are suppose to be 'superior' than him.

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  35. THANK YOUUUUUU !!!! *-* :D ♥

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  36. Kat thank you!! You're always the first.
    I've a couple of question, do you do translations from skip beat to any manga site?
    How do you get to translate it quickly?
    By the way if you would like some one to translate your stories to spanish i would be able to do it.

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    1. You're welcome, Ishiyu ^-^

      Nope, only the ones here.

      Ah, actually, it isn't that fast as I would want it to be..around 4-5 hours especially if it is heavy on dialogue ^^;; It depends on how early I get to see the Chinese scanlations.

      Is that so. Are you asking if it is okay to translate it in Spanish for your site? Yes, you can. There are people who are doing that...well, so far, I recall in Vietnamese and others that I don't remember. I'm not too sure about Spanish though. The others are re-posting stuff.

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  37. Thanks a lot Kat-Sama. Your work is just perfect as always(☆^ー^☆)
    Can't wait for the next month to see the Heel siblings(>_<) Please God!! Make the nineteenth of July comes quickly(ಥ﹏ಥ)

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      Yup ^^

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  38. I lOVEEE IT ^_^
    Thanks again for the amazing job you do translating this
    looking forward to after the heel siblings and the return to tokyo
    I donno if it`s just me but I have a feeling kyoko will meet her mother one way or another after returning to tokyo
    maybe cuz even though she never appeared in front of her directly her mother had been one of the main reasons the LOVE emotion scared her even now although she accepted that she loves him she doesn`t seem ready to tell him or even act up on her emotions

    Nora

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      Is that so. Well, I'm hoping for the two to be a couple by the time they go back to Tokyo just to see Shou and the others' expression =P

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  39. gracias... :)... aunque cuando lo traduje se escuchaba un poquito raro.. jaja.. muchas graciias :)... ya quiero que salga en español...

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      Hehe, is that so..it is indeed a bit strange with google translate.

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  40. Thank you so so sooo much for the summary. You saved my life, again. ; - ;
    I'm so happy I could die.

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  41. I've only just discovered your translations but I FRICKING LOVE YOU! Thank you for your efforts and for sharing it with everyone. I really like the way you explain it all as well. You've made my day lol

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      Thanks for the comment and glad to hear that ^-^

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  42. Thank you once again for your great work Kat! I really enjoyed the new chapter summary! :)

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  43. Thank you great job I love this manga

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  44. Thank you sooo much for your summary of chapter 213! I have recently became a fan of Skip Beat but I am already obsessed with it! Your summary was very vivid and allowed my anxious beating to finally be at rest. (lol) I eagerly await for chapter 214!

    Thank you again!

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      Yup, it is very addictive ^^

      You're welcome and thanks for the comment ^-^

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  45. You brought several big smiles on my face here :-) Thanks a lot Kat!

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  46. omg thank you for your summary!. ive been looking for some translations and i stumbled here. i also enjoyed reading your comments about this chapter.


    (i kinda wish the mangaka showed some interaction with a couple of Guamanian people. i wanted to see how she would have portrayed them, cuz im from guam )

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      Oh..thinking of it..indeed, it is mostly tourists that are shown.

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  47. First of all, *bows dogeza style even if it's not appropriate* Thank you~!! Truth to be told, I am currently rereading the series and I I couldn't wait for the next chappie to be released so I ended up here. Tehee. Thanks, Kat! But really, GIVE ME TIME TO BREATHE NAKAMURA-SENSEI!! Dammmit!!!! Hahahahaha
    Skip Beat is really one of a kind, it never fails to amuse me, lure out my fangirling self, and make me cry. It's not some shallow shoujou manga and stories like this one is super rare nowadays. *sigh* Anyways, finally! We are about to enter a new arc! I'm so excited especially with all those discoveries and developments between Ren and Kyouko~ Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! SHOOT UGH CAN'T FREAKING BREATHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
    P.S I adore the chibi drawings of the author~ They're so hilarious and cute at the same time! Don't you agree so too, Kat? ^^
    P.P.S More success to your blog! Keep on giving the people who follows your releases happy! Good Luck~
    P.P.P.S Hope to see Ookami Heika no Hanayome summaries again. :(

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    1. I'm not Kat but I completely agree! Skip Beat really is a rare gem. And to me it has everything I could want in a story plot and from the characters, but so much more, so it's my ideal story and now my favourite. Can't wait for the new arc. And the chibi side is just genius.

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    2. Thanks for reading ^-^ Hehe, is that so..indeed, this is a series that one can re-read and still be really engrossed in it.

      Yup ^^

      True, I love her chibi drawings..ever since from her previous series, Tokyo Crazy Paradize. They are so cute and funny ^^

      Thanks for the comment and the support ^-^

      Ah..about that, not sure, it depends on the Chinese scanlations and I'm not sure my interest is still holding since it has been such a long time. =(

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  48. Thank you sooooooooooooooo much Kat^^ I really can't wait for the next chapter. I feel that I miss them (Kyouko & Ren) since Kyouko haven't meet Ren for long time (in other version she met Corn/Kuon, and Cain). That's made me feel like it's very lovelyyyy chapter hehehe ���� thanks again Kat...

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      Indeed..^^

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  49. Thank you!!! Now I am officially up to date. I never thought I'd read manga - it takes a bit getting used to reading from right to left. And I'd never read comic books or anything similar. But after watching the anime for the third time, I came to a point where I couldn't not find out what happens to Kyouko and Ren next. Hehehe - I became addicted so fast!! Can't wait for the next chapter :D

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      I agree..this series is addicting ^^

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  50. Thanks so much for the great summary! I wonder how Corn getting the first kiss will play on Ren's impression that Kyouko doesn't see him as a man? Right now, he's more like a trusted buddy, and not the man she loves. He might have to attack her just to save his pride. LOL!

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      Lol..but then, it was a stolen kiss. =P

      Well, he might think that..for now, it seems that he isn't making any moves yet.

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  51. You won't believe this... But, I've been keeping up with your Skip Beat Translations for the past four years... Yes, I've said it.. Four years. Keep up the good work!

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  52. I just discovered your beautiful blog a few days ago in order to fulfill my Skip Beat cravings for this chapter. Thank you SO much for your hard work in translating for us! It really makes my day to see advances in this manga. ; u ; I can't wait to see what happens after now, there's so much excitement that has been built up to now!

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      Indeed..^^

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  53. Thank you so much for translating! I was dying to know what was going to happen. And I love the quote you put at the end, very fitting! ^_^

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  54. Ohhhh! Next chapter is released tomorrow! x))) I'm so excited!!!

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