July 30, 2014

Akai Ito [Chapter 25]

Sho is surprised by Chihiro’s ‘please break up with me’ declaration. He asks her if this is a practical joke. Continuing to bow to him ala dogeza, she says, please. He notices that her hands are trembling. He scowls. He drops his bag on the floor and sits on her back. Chihiro turns to him and says, huh..hey.. Sho declares, “I don’t want to. I WON’T BREAK UP.” Chihiro clenches her teeth and urges him to break up with her. Sho puts weight on her that makes her lie down on the floor. She darkly thinks that he’s so heavy. He tells her that he’ll let her go if she says that she won’t break up [with him]. This made Chihiro flustered. She wonders what to do, even if she cannot help but feel happy over this kind of situation, it is obviously no good..she must properly tell him clearly or else, it won’t do if she isn’t determined. She shouts that she carelessly got kissed by Touya so she cannot go steady with him. After a pause, Sho says that he knows. This surprises Chihiro that she turns to look at him. He darkly says that he already knows about that kiss thing. Chihiro is aghast. She thinks that this means that he already heard about it from Elena.
Chihiro tells him that no matter what is said, it will only become an alibi. She says that just like what he pointed out during the school festival, she is always very concerned about him and Elena. She thinks that she doesn’t want to be thought of as an annoying girlfriend so she acted strong which resulted to lying to herself and Sho. Chihiro tells him that after school, she unexpectedly met up with Touya to ask his opinion and she was suddenly kissed by him. “Even if it isn’t because I wanted to be kissed so I was kissed, but if I didn’t go and consult him, then that kind of thing wouldn’t have happened.. I think that for me to have this kind of feelings, I cannot continue on going steady with you, Hinase..so..so, *teary-eyed* please break up with me.” Sho stands up and taps her head. He tells her to raise up her head. Still bowing down, she turns away from him and says, no, no, if she doesn’t hear him say ‘let’s break up’. Sho tells her that’s enough. He grabs her arm and pulls her up. She looks at him then loses strength as if she somewhat faints. Sho shouts for her not to play dead. Stuttering Chihiro says no..the blood rushed into her head.. [<- since he suddenly pulled her up] Sho is speechless when she groans and vomits.
Later on, Chihiro is lying down with a wet towel on her face. Sho asks how she is feeling. She says that she is okay. Flustered Chihiro is relieved that she managed not to vomit anything out. She thinks that he has already seen her octopus mouth expression and if he were to see her vomit, she would really not be able to pull herself together. Sho looks at her and starts laughing. Chihiro sits up and asks what it is. Sho says that he should say that she is really interesting or.. Looking away, Chihiro says that it’s quite low for him to laugh over this. She is surprised when Sho apologizes to her. While looking at her, he apologizes for not noticing that she is quite distressed. “Even if I know that you are very concerned about that Elena issue but my thinking is too simplistic.. Even if it is like this, you’re also repressing too much! *light karate chop on her head* If you say this clearly earlier on, then you don’t have to have such sad feelings and perhaps, it would have been resolved. No, because you are very serious [/conscientious], you consider over a lot of things for me, right? But, it is really great that you didn’t hide it and told me about it. Ah, but for you to do a dogeza, that really started me. Ha ha *smiles at Chihiro* Thank you for telling me.”
This made Chihiro flustered that she wonders why..and for him to say those words, her resolve will waver. Chihiro asks why he isn’t angry, and how can he treat her so nice. Worried Sho calls out her name. Chihiro says that it is difficult to bear being treated nicely by him. “I’m obviously very happy but it is very painful. I also lose self-confidence.. Hinase, you can always skillfully and easily to do it but for me, to kiss, it’s very difficult [<- makes her look like a sorry figure]. Ever since I met Elena, I always thought that compared to this, it would be like that when someone goes steady with you. If we become a couple like that then it would be the same during H [/sex].. For this reason, I felt willful and frustrated. But, actually, perhaps, I’m also only using those things related to Nanjou and Elena as an excuse in order to deceive the me who has no self-confidence..” Chihiro is surprised when Sho says that she is really quite willful. She becomes flustered and mutters his name. He pushes her down on the floor and says that this really infuriates him. Then, he ‘attacks’ her. She says, no..no.. She struggles to get him off and run away but he grabs her and pushes her down. She kept on saying ‘no’. Leaning to her, he asks, what..if they do it, it would somewhat change [things], right? “And isn’t that good..”
Chihiro nervously looks at flustered Sho. She calls out to him but he covers her eyes and tells her not to look at him. While leaning on puzzled Chihiro’s chest, Sho says, “..About Elena and me, we broke up because she is two-timing.. *Chihiro is surprised* I was totally clueless that Elena had a boyfriend and she would suddenly say that she wants to break up.. Perhaps, it is because I lost my head over having a girlfriend for the first time that I made a mistake. When we broke up, I pretend to know the reason and acted cool, that’s all. I wasn’t able to do anything.. You said that you don’t have self-confidence, but I’m also the same. It is only for a very short time when I’ve gone steady Elena. For me, it can be considered that you are my first girlfriend.” Chihiro holds his hand and mutters his name. Pulling her up, Sho says that wanting to treat her nicely, that is because he incurably wanted to treat her that way. “It is okay not to know things. It is also okay not be able to comprehend things. It is okay for us to understand it together. Could it be that this won’t do?” Sho is surprised when Chihiro hugs him tightly. Chihiro apologizes to him. “I’m really sorry.. Doing such a willful thing, I’m really sorry..”
She thinks that she is only thinking of herself when obviously Sho values her so much but she only thought of herself getting hurt. “No matter it is going steady with me or with Elena, we’re doing the same one-sidedly thing which hurts Hinase.. *teary-eyed* I cannot cry. Obviously, perhaps, it is Hinase who wants to cry.. What should I do so that I’ll get Hinase’s forgiveness. How am I going to convey these feelings..” Looking at the side, Chihiro tells him to go ahead. With wide eyes, Sho goes, huh? With closed eyes, Chihiro tells him to punch her. “Even if this won’t even things.. but I have this degree of awareness..” Sho smiles and scratches his head as Chihiro waits for him. He lightly punches her and hugs her tight. He says that he won’t’, and she is really unpredictable. “Ah- although I also like this part. Can I ask you a something? *whispers to surprised Chihiro* [I’ll] wait until everything is resolved, then, I want to properly do it.” Chihiro blushes over this as they sweetly held hands. At the gate of Chihiro’s house, Chihiro thanks him for walking her home. He says okay, and he’ll see her tomorrow. Then, while walking, Sho mutters that Touya cannot be taken for granted [/he must not be carless with him] and if this continues, it won’t end.
At school, the Kagamido brothers look at the Kazama students and says look at those Kazama guys, not only are they good in studying and good-looking, they are also good in sports. “They need a spanking.” Watching behind them, Chihiro is speechlessly over that. She thinks that she doesn’t see Touya around and he should have come right.. Looking determined, Chihiro thinks that if they really meet, she doesn’t know what kind of expression she is going to use to face him but her attitude must be firm and she cannot falter! She is startled when someone calls out if she is looking for him and that’s impossible right. Chihiro exclaims his name in surprise. He tells her that there’s no need to be that vigilant. Chihiro says that it is inevitable for her to be like this because he did that kind of thing. She glances at him and notices that she isn’t wearing his eyeglasses. Telling herself ‘no, not like that’, Chihiro says that she won’t apologize for punching him and for him to forcefully do such a thing, she thinks that they are even. Touya asks what’s bad about it, even if it is like that, his feelings still didn’t change. This surprises Chihiro that she asks, fee..feelings? Touya says ya, and she shouldn’t have thought that just because she punched him that he would be quiet and just give up. Chihiro continues to look surprised that he comments that it is a face that doesn’t know anything. Flustered Chihiro asks if he is joking with her.
Touya admits that honestly, at the very start, it is like that. “During Junior High, Tachibana would only think of me. Unknowingly, you would start to go steady with someone like that Hinase so I thought of teasing you a little bit. It is truly like that. *Chihiro is flustered and in disbelief* That punch before had an effect that it even left a mark. *gestures to his stomach* In the end, you put in a lot of strength in it. Tachibana, you’re very interesting. *brightly smiles* I’ve fallen for you.” Chihiro looks weird out. She finds him very scary that it pretty much felt that he isn’t the Touya that she knew. She nervously tells him that no, about that, even if he hates [her], it is alright and about her and everything, it is also okay to forget it.. “It is also okay to make it disappear from your memory! Please, definitely treat it as if it didn’t happen!!” Touya tells her that he refuses. Chihiro is aghast and speechless. Later on, a couple of guys are competing in kendo. [<- probably a demonstration.] Rino asks if Chihiro is okay since she doesn’t look well. Thinking that it is no good for it is showing on her face, Chihiro tells her that it is nothing. She nervously thinks that she obviously just vowed that she won’t falter and what is she to do. Captain Kagamido says that next, it is a rare opportunity so is there someone who wants to compete against someone else. Holding up his hand, Sho says, yes, he wants to compete against Touya. While Chihiro looks surprised, Touya glances at Sho.
Comment: Thankfully, that ‘break up with me’ didn’t push through or else, we are in for a long drama dragging arc while waiting for them to get together. ^^; And, even if in reality, Sho did some ‘no-no’ like sit on the girl’s back which is probably for comedy effect. But then, he tried to force himself on her, which I guess he is somewhat frustrated over how Chihiro is acting. Well, he must be irked over her ‘I’m not compatible with you’ and kept assuming that everything was great with Elena. Nevertheless, they got some nice talk on telling each other what they really feel. It is nice that she didn’t hide that kiss from him any further. It is nice that he tells her the real reason for the break up with Elena so Chihiro won’t have such a self-inferiority complex. In a way, for Sho, it doesn’t really matter to him if he has chemistry with Elena for in the end, she did two-timed him in contrast with Chihiro, who easily got so guilty over a stolen kiss. ^^; Being faithful is a bigger issue than self-inferiority which I think is somewhat easier to deal with. It is also nice that Chihiro would immediately make it up to him when she realizes her mistake. Of course, Sho will definitely not hit her for that. ^^; Anyway, those cover eyes scene, hugs and other lovey-dovey are nice ^^ I can feel that they really love each other even if things do not quite go smoothly. About Touya, is it just me or is he a M[asochist]? He seems to have fallen for Chihiro just because she punched him. ^^; And, Chihiro has stalker fans who are into ‘scold me, punish me’. ^^;; It is understandable for her to be creeped out by Touya. Unfortunately, even if Chihiro’s strength is her kindness, it can also be her weakness since she is still nice in dealing with Touya. So, it is up to Sho to step up and teach Touya a lesson in messing up with his girl and probably make him stop bothering her. ^^ Duel time in the next chapter ^^ Scans by Link同好会汉化

Quote of the day:
In a relationship, you can't just focus on yourself. You need to understand each other and PROVE that you're meant to be together! ~ Achmad Tim Bukhari

15 comments:

  1. This chapter is cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also think that Touya is a masochist when he said about the punch Chihiro gave him.. I think there is another reason that Sho wants to have a duel with Touya because he didn't beat Touya in the competition when they were in the different school (in the beginning of a manga) and he wants to look cool in front of his girlfriend (every guys do) I am sure "teach him a lesson" is on Sho's mind but what I just mentioned might add up for his thoughts to "teach him a lesson" Touya add fuel to Sho's fire. LOL by the way, thanks for the summary! <3 Tika

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    1. Yup ^^

      Oh, that's right ^^ And, Sho had a handicap at that time. Too bad that this will only be 'practice' and not 'official' but then, Sho probably doesn't care about that =P

      Thanks for reading, Tika ^-^

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  2. Thank you for the tanslation.

    The story is very cute and interesting.

    Do you think Sho and Elena had sex? I'm not sure, Sho sometimes shows enough experience, but that is not very indicative in shojo (many virgin boys in shojos show a lot of experience).

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    1. Sho was very young when he was in a relationship with Elena. But Elena is 4 years older than him, amd for sure, not innocent, and already experienced, and with Sho being a pervert himself, I'm sure the relationship with Elena was very physical. There's a 50-50 probability Sho had his first with Elena, even though he said the time with her was short. The way Elena acted, I'm sure she didn't waste any time " teaching " her virgin boyfriend.

      Just a cynical opinion, though. One thing though, there's a hint in something Sho said. He said it's alright for Chihiro not to know and comprehend things. He himself did not try to know why Elena broke up with him.

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    2. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Possible though I'm not too sure. He might be experienced because of Elena but then..it isn't definite that it reached that level.

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  3. This manga makes me giggle. Thanks for the summary.

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  4. Kikou ^^
    Kat tks you so much for this new summary !!! This chapter were really cute and their moments were funny and all lovely ... It's quite rare at this age to be able to really explain how we feel toward our love !!! So I really do hope that in next chapter this good atmophere can continue ^^
    Tks a lot, lot lot !!!!!
    Bises ^^

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    1. Thanks for reading, zaza ^-^

      Yup ^^

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  5. Thanks for the summary. I love this manga

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  6. Good thing the author stopped the nonsensical plotline of a break-up just because she got forcibly kissed. * Ms. Face, meet Ms. Palm* I'd prefer the drama of a triangle of the ex, Chihiro and Shou. It's a more likely scenario. Too bad Shou right away stopped his ex from going further. As to the other guy, I think it's less likely that something will come out of it. Chihiro is so into Shou at the moment. The guy will definitely be ignored and his advances will be spurned. Also, it seems Shou is proactive with regards to this guy. He's not gonna tolerate nor ignore this guy;'s advances.

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    1. Yup, megaworthit.

      I'm actually glad that Shou already stopped his ex. At least he knows, unlike when she was first introduced, that his ex is a hindrance to his relationship with Chihiro so better to nip it from the bud.

      True, and I think nothing will come out of it but still, it will be fun how they will duel because of Chihiro ^^

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  7. Thank you for the summaries Kat! But you know, it always made me wonder... who was that person that was kissing Touya in the beginning (When Sho was going to fight those twins, he saw someone kissing Touya)? It is possible that the person could've been the girl in Touya's current school, or it could even be Elena? So maany mysteries!!!!

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      I think it was some random girl/ex-girlfriend. Pretty much like the manager he had with his current school. Hm..both are possible. If it is Elena, it will be very interesting. Though, Elena ought to be around high school so what is she doing at a junior high competition unless it is a secret lover meeting. So, in a way, the other girl fits here more. And, maybe it is some totally different girl..just to hint that Touya is a playboy type.

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