July 28, 2014

Hibi Chouchou [Chapter 57]

Suiren thinks that even if they don’t go home together on Wednesdays, nor see each other on Sundays and can only gaze[/look] at each other, she really likes this kind of everyday, but, they have arrived upon an answer by themselves. Meguna says that means that they are on a ‘cool-off’ stage, right? [<- the Chinese is literally ‘keep distance’ and it doesn’t sound right. ^^;] Recalling how she told Kawasumi that they’ll slowly mutually think things over a bit, Suiren wonders if that is ‘cool-off’ stage. Then, their teacher Shigeno arrives in class. While shaking a small lottery box, he greets them a good morning and says that they are going to change seats. Everyone start to complain. Soon, it is Suiren’s turn and she got number 39. Meguna tells her that she’s lucky for it is near the window at the back. Taking her things, Meguna says that it’s great for she is also very near her. Suiren looks around and sees that Kawasumi is at the same column but in the very front. Suiren freezes when a glasses fanboy is giggling and greets her yoroshiku ‘I’m under your care’. The teacher notices this and says that Kimura’s [guesswork from 木村] eyesight is very bad so he must exchange with the one in front. While the others are protesting, Suiren is surprised as Kawasumi gets to sit behind her. Kawasumi goes to his new seat while the fanboys are cursing him stupid, didn’t they break up, always make them feel bad. Shigeno[?] angrily tells them to shut up.
Suiren thinks that this is a very normal thing because they are classmates but.. She holds her blushing face and thinks that her face is very red and she must do her best for it not to be too red. Then, the school bell rings and Meguna joins Suiren. Later on, while studying, Suiren feels very happy. Then, a female teacher calls for them to pass the test papers. The one in front passes the paper to Suiren and Surien turns to Kawasumi to give him the paper. Suiren blushes and thinks that boyfriend or girlfriend, she firmly believes, and waits. Then, the teacher tells the students to pass the papers. Kawasumi takes Suiren’s paper and the others to give it to the teacher. Suiren wonders what’s with this distance. She felt his arm’s searing [warmth]. Going back to his seat, Kawasumi looks surprised at blushing Suiren. Suiren is infatuated and blushes over hearing him use his pencil. She wonders if they will go into summer vacation with this kind of situation. She thinks that it is very different from last year when obviously, they’ve progressed, and during last year.. Even if she thought of those kind of things.. At the roof, Suiren is standing by the railing and looking up the sky. Yuri[?] asks if Suiren is okay for she is always lost in thought. Meguna happily informs the two girls that they’ve change seats and Suiren is now seated in front of Kawasumi.
Rushing to Suiren, Yuri exclaims that in the end, the two of them are destined by fate and that’s amazing. With a sparkling dreamily look, Yuri says that even if separated..so what about it..fate and..attraction, will entice them.. Yuri is surprised when Suiren says that if fate, then it’s good..but she doesn’t think that it is like that.. “If it is fate.. then it won’t be like this.. having a distant feeling.. Even if it isn’t fate, I’ll still like him the same. ..I have to do a bit of something [for it to work]..” Yuri says that she’ll also do her best. Flustered, she tells Suiren that about her own love life, even if she always run away but she will also do her best. Aya asks if it is goukon [group blind date]’s Daisuke [guesswork from 太輔]. This embarrasses Yuri for Aya made the right guess. Yuri admits that is right, he is from a goukon whom she met with Aya and some friends, and they got in touch a bit. Suiren blushes for her. While Aya is imitating Yuri’s ‘touching of index fingers’, Yuri shyly says that she also got invited out a few times but she is too shy that everyday, she would use work as an excuse to get away from it. Suiren suddenly grabs surprised Yuri’s shoulder and says that if there is anything that she can do, tell her. This made Yuri smile and say ya, and she never thought that the day when come when she would say those words. “Thank you. Let’s do our best together.”
Suiren looks at Meguna who apologizes and says that she and her boyfriend are passionately in love. Looking at a magazine, Aya says that she is going to look for work, and what would she do during summer break. Yuri whines that summer is coming soon. Then, Yuri exclaim in surprise. They see Kawasumi jogging below. Surien watches him and think that cooling off stage.. even if they’re now sitting quite near, what could Kawasumi be thinking of. Kawasumi looks up the roof. She wonders why he would look up the roof to see her. “Is it because he thinks that I might possibly be looking over? Is he jogging at one side? And, thinking of me on the other side?” Suiren waves at him. Kawasumi bows to her. Suiren watches him as he jogs away. She thinks that summer is coming soon. In class, Suiren thinks that he is obviously sitting behind her, and won’t anything happen. Flustered, she thinks that even if it is a fixed thing but.. Then, the female teacher says to collect the notebooks. Kawasumi stands up and puts something on her desk. Suiren glances at him as he stands in front of the class with the teacher. Then, she notices a small note on her desk. She takes the note. Kawasumi passes by her again and slightly blushes. Suiren glances at him and smiles. He continues to blush a bit as he goes to his seat. On the note, it was written, ‘Let’s go to the matsuri [/festival] together.’
Suiren smiles and thinks that obviously, there would still be some time before the matsuri but right now, he is already thinking of it. “Want to go.. I want to go together and watch the fireworks.. Even if we are currently in cool off stage, I’m really thankful that he can think of this for me.” Soon, everyone is cleaning the classroom. Carrying her school materials, Yuri complains over how heavy they are. Aya tells her that she should have brought home a little every day. And, it is summer break. Suiren and friends watched a movie. Suiren and Aya baked a melon pan [melon shaped bread]. The girls have fun at the photo sticker booth. Ryosuke and Mina are having fun at the beach. Aya works as a receptionist [at a karaoke bar?]. Yuri paints Suiren’s nails. Kawasumi and Ryosuke are doing karate practice. Finally, it is August 1, it is the fireworks display festival day. Ring, ring, ring.. Suiren is wearing a beautiful yukata with a butterfly and flower display on it. Ding dong.
Comment: Okay, that was a surprise. The mangaka isn’t going to pull off the usual ‘love rival’ to stir things up to make someone be more appreciated nor she is going for the immediate patch things up by Kawasumi after hearing Suiren’s grievances. It went for ‘cool off’ stage. ^^; It turns out what happened in the last chapter is pretty much a break up but after somewhat confessing that still loving each other, it stops short from that. So they are now on this cool off stage. I’ll say this is a very different shoujo since things aren’t really talked about between the characters but more on ‘read between the lines/subtle actions’. ^^;; Well, it is a bit strange since it is somewhat hard to understand what they are thinking or how come they are satisfied with how things are, though maybe they are just that. They are unique and do not have to be the same with the other ‘normal’ couples. 

Of course, even if it is not fate or anything, they still have to take some initiative in things. Since that day, one thing hasn’t change and that is they still love each other and probably believe that no one else will do for them. In a way, it is somewhat romantic if they do things secretly instead like passing notes and such, to keep the fanboys clueless about things and they don’t be too much of an annoyance. ^^  It seems that this series is going to focus only on the main couple because only a few scenes are dedicated on the other characters having or will soon have a love life. Anyway, it will be their second matsuri so maybe something will happen here..either they make up though probably depends if they somewhat resolve the ‘lack of time and attention issue’ on Kawasumi’s part or her ‘demanding more of his time and attention’..and it might be a long shot but, maybe, we’ll get that elusive kiss. Scans by allwink

Quote of the day:
A life without love is like a year without summer. ~ Swedish Proverb

20 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for Suiren. I can feel that this is the start.

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  2. I really want them to kiss! I also like suiren 's yukata, it's really pretty. Thanks for the summary! ^_^

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    1. Yup, it's pretty ^^ Thanks for reading, Judy ^-^

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  3. Surien should start speaking more with kawasumi... Ah well, her silence isn't so bad. I absolutely cannot wait for the festival. I'll cross my fingers for a kiss scene.

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    1. Ya, but then, her quietness is part of her personality..actually, somewhat the same goes for Kawasumi. ^^;;

      Well, we'll just cross our fingers for that ^^

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  4. A "cool-off" stage is an odd thing to do when they never spent much time together to begin with. Of all the manga I read, this couple is the least lovey-dovey, and have been the least lovey-dovey, since they started going out. In my opinion, they need to heat things up, not cool things off. lol. A "heat-up" stage.

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    1. True..but for them, that is pretty much 'spending time together'. As I've mentioned, they are kind of 'unique'.

      There were lovey-dovey before..but it kind of 'stopped' after the hug and giving of the birthday gift.

      Well, hopefully, things will heat up again..during summer vacation ^_~

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  5. I really love your commentary at the end of each chapter! The quote of the day are always great and spot on with the chapters. Thanks for making this wonderful summaries ♡.

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    1. Thanks for reading, valeria and glad you like them ^-^

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  6. Thank you so,so,so,so much for the summary! <33
    Omg yes. Fireworks. I REALLY AM EXPECTING/HOPING FOR A KISS. They are so cute I want them to be happy T~T Damn fanboys :c

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    1. Thanks for reading, Michelle ^-^

      Yup ^^

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    2. No problem :3!

      Question... Do you know when will the next chapter release? (will it be in this week? I guess I'm just being too desperate I'm just really hoping a kiss LOL)

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    3. It is already out and summary is already up, Michelle ^^

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  7. Love your summaries. Always looking forward to them at the end of the day!!!!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Ana ^-^

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  8. I have to agree with Anonymous above me a bit. These two need a "heat up" phase. Absence makes the heart fonder can't really work in this case since...being in the same classroom they are around each other more than they were when they were actually first dating. I think the only way the break will help is by showing Kawasumi Suiren's side of things. He was content with their limited contact and she wasn't--by removing the little contact they do have and leaving it only to the room where he is avoiding her anyway--he gets pretty much nothing from her at all. She seems to be okay just seeing him in class--the question is--is he?

    Hopefully this 'break' works and Kawasumi has taken time to really assess things in their relationship and what he wants with Suiren. He likes her but I don't think he was prepared to 'date' her. He sort of asked her out without really thinking about what it meant or requires and hasn't done much thinking about any of it. Meanwhile--"Even if it isn’t fate, I’ll still like him the same. ..I have to do a bit of something [for it to work]..” Suiren gets it. I'd really like to see more from his POV about their relationship. The mangaka did a lot more with it in the beginning of the series.

    I have to say it's a huge step for him to invite her out without her being the one to voice the desire to spend time. And to the fireworks festival...it's sort of an anniversary of their relationship. Their first 'real' date even if they didn't start dating until much later. The set up is perfect for a kiss and reconciliation of their relationship if he's thought things through.

    Thanks so much for the summary, Kat. This is one of my favorites.

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    1. True..is he but it seems that it is only her pov is shown so we can only guess what he is thinking.

      Indeed..or at least, he thought that what he was doing is enough for her. You know, freeing Wednesday and some time with her. Hm..now that I think of it, she has become content with just seeing him in class when earlier, she wanted more of his time? ^^;; She is happier with less or she downgraded her expectation?

      Ya, what Suiren said was nice. True, he took that initiative so that's really good. That's right..hopefully, it does go towards that direction ^^

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  9. This manga is really unique.
    But i think this is what i like about this manga
    i'm so tried of a love triangle,harassment,jealousy,etc.
    Looking forward for the next chapter!!
    thank for the summary <3

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    1. True ^^

      Ah yes, those can be tiring.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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