August 26, 2014

Hibi Chouchou [Chapter 59]

Narration: “Mutual collision of opinions. Although it is like that, but the problem definitely has a lot.. *kneading a bread dough and recalling how Kawasumi tightly hugged her in the rain* I already do not want to have that kind of memory again.. After parting, [he] thought of a lot of things because of me. It is also because because of me..that [he] felt very lonely. ..because of me, [he] sensed [/affected] by loneliness. Is there something that I can do for him..” And, her melon pans are baked. She happily takes a bite on one of them. She looks at the clock and it is 1pm. She wonders if he is at home. While her heart is beating, she gets ready to call Kawasumi on her phone. She recalls that he told her that if she calls him, he’ll quickly come. Ring. Ring. The other party greets, ‘Moshi moshi’ [/hello]. Thinking that he’s home, she says, “Ka..Kawasumi..” To her surprise, the other party asks who this is. While aghast over why he is asking, Suiren says her name. The other party says that guy isn’t home. Puzzled Suiren is about to ask who this is, Ichi has already hanged up the phone on her. While trembling over it, Suiren wonders if it is Kawasumi’s brother.
Then, Kawasumi arrives home. Ichi glances at him and walks away. Puzzled Kawasumi wonders what’s up. Back to Suiren, she wonders if she should call back or.. She imagines Ichi telling Kawasumi that he got a phone call and Kawasumi thanking him. She wonders if she’ll wait for Kawasumi to call her back. She wonders what kind of person is his brother and if he is similar with Kawasumi. Does he wears glasses and is also very good with sports? She wonders if their relationship is good. She is surprised when her cellphone rings. She answers it. The other party says that it is him. Thinking that it is the same with the voice a while ago, Suiren nervously asks if it is Kawasumi. Kawasumi says ya, he just came home from club activity. “Are you free now?” This made Suiren sit down and blush. She says yes. Kawasumi tells her that they go see each other in a while. She says okay. She recalls about through conversation, their colliding opinions can be overcome. Suiren thinks that in the end, he did properly think over things because of her. Then, her cellphone rings again. It is a message through an internet messaging app from Yuri. Yuri asked what she is doing. Suiren replied that she is currently going to meet up with Kawasumi. Then, there is no reply. Suiren asks back what’s up.
Then, the couple is in a baseball hitting game center. Looking around, Suiren thinks that it is the first time she is in this so-called hitting ball practice place. Taking a bat, Kawasumi says that he realize that they still don’t know what the other person likes [/interests] so today, they are going to do what they like and he thinks that this is for the better. Kawasumi gets ready to hit the ball and Suiren claps to support him. Kawasumi hits the ball and Suiren says that it is quite amazing. Kawasumi says no, it is totally not amazing since he is aiming for a home run. Kawasumi keeps on hitting but fails so he sweatdrops and asks if he can play another round. Suiren gestures for him to go ahead. Smiling Suiren thinks that Kawasumi is quite engrossed in it. To his satisfaction, Kawasumi finally hits the ball. Suiren says that it’s amazing.. Going out, he says, okay, next would be Suiren’s turn. She says that she still haven’t prepared well.. He tells her that it is okay. While Kawasumi is holding her hand, Suiren says that he hits the ball quite wonderfully. He says that it is because when he was young, he had played juvenile baseball even if he quickly got engrossed with karate.
Thinking that it is a new information about him, she feels that today is a really wonderful day. Soon, they seem to be in some perfume shop and Suiren is happily breathing the smell from a machine. It has been a while that Kawasumi has to interrupt her and say that they have to go to the next one. At a bookstore where there are travel books, Kawasumi asks what place she wants to go. Holding a book on Hokkaido, Suiren says that she wants to see polar bears. To her shock, Kawasumi takes a book about Okinawa and says that he wants to go to the south, an Okinawa-type of place. While Suiren is aghast by this, he tells her that no matter which side, it is good if one day, they can go together. Suiren blushes and nods. Then, the two are blushing really red. While walking, Kawasumi stops by a stall selling smartphones. Suiren wonders if he wants that. He tells her that he’s the only one who doesn’t have it and he always felt apologetic about it. Suiren shakes her head. He tells her that they are going. At a mixed goods store, Suiren looks at a beautiful cup and Kawasumi is looking at a heart stuffed toy. Suiren felt out of place when Kawasumi is looking at rubber shoes. Kawasumi felt out of place when Suiren is looking at some cutie-cutie dolls.
He is into bicycles. She is into cosmetics. He wants to eat udon noodles but she wants pasta. In the end, they ate udon. Then, they rest by a bench. To Suiren’s shock, Kawasumi declares that their interests are totally different from each other. He says that it is really great to know this. Suiren mentally agrees with him. Then, she gives him a small bag. He pulls out the melon pan and asks when she bought it. Blushing Suiren says that she made it herself. After biting, Suiren is really happy. Kawasumi thanks her and she says, no, no [it is okay]. Kawasumi says that it is because it is today so he’ll say it. Suiren wonders what it is. He tells her that actually, he isn’t quite good in..eating melon pan. Suiren is stunned as some imaginary melon pan felt hurt. Looking really tense, Kawasumi admits to her that he doesn’t really like sweets. She apologizes. He says that it is okay. Thinking that she really knows a lot of things today, she asks if he has an older brother. After a pause, he says yes. She asks what kind of person he is. Recalling how Ichi quietly looks at him, Kawasumi says that maybe, he is a bit like Suiren, having this kind of ‘can’t help it’ feeling. Suiren imagines herself as Kawasumi’s brother. Kawasumi tells her to leave the topic about Ichi to the side first.
Surprised Suiren asks if their relationship isn’t good. He says no, it shouldn’t be said that it is bad, what it is.. He recalls how dark Ichi quietly looks down him. Kawasumi says that bluntly speaking, he is a strange person. This shocks Suiren and mutters if she is also..? She thinks that today, there is no more politeness [/shy about saying what one really thinks/feels]. She apologizes for being very strange. She felt that she said something that make people dislike it. She glances at him and he is smiling. He happily says that it’s really good. This made her blush and thinks, “..Ah--.. ..what.. *tightly clench her skirt* today’s..” Then, they are surprised by a phone call from Yuri. Yuri asks Suiren to quickly save her and come over to the café. Standing up, Suiren apologizes and says that Yuri said to quickly save her. Holding her arm, Kawasumi urgently asks where. And, they rush to the café. They see Yuri sitting on one of the tables by herself. She calls out Kawasumi’s name and apologizes. The couple asks what’s up. Yuri says that she has a lifetime’s request. She takes a deep breath while clasping her hands together. She mutters, “Please go on a date with me.” The couple asks, Ha? Yuri repeats, “PLEASE GO ON A DATE WITH ME.”
Comment: And, that is a cute way of making a couple show that they have different interests. ^^ It is nice that they are getting to know each other more rather than depending on ‘attraction’ as the basis of their relationship. So far, they are responding well to each other’s differences. It would probably be a compromise or giving in later on, if the situations that involves those differences, come up. It turns out that Suiren has not yet met Ichi. Well, it doesn’t seem to be a compliment that she is like Ichi who is a ‘weirdo’. Anyway, I wonder what exactly Yuri’s problem is. I would think that she needs experience regarding dating so she would ask Kawasumi to date with her. But then, Kawasumi isn’t exactly the person she should be asking that. Atohira is more experienced but then, he might not help out. Though, is it possible that she won’t be dating Kawasumi but rather, Suiren? After all, the one she called is Suiren and she didn’t specifically ask her to bring him along. Maybe she would want to ask permission first. There is the possibility that she is going to date a silent type like Suiren so she wants to know what it is like to date that kind of person? Hehe, Ichi? Anyway, we’ll know for sure in the next chapter. Scans by allwink

Quote of the day:
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. ~ Galileo Galilei

25 comments:

  1. kawasumi is his surname right? then what is his name?

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    1. I don't think it was ever mentioned.

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    2. Kouha Kawasumi is his fullname

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  2. I think its souha and thanks for the summary!

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    1. It is?

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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    2. I believe its Kawasumi Kouha

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  3. Thank you! I was wondering when does the next chapter come out? And a yuri x ichi pairing seems really interesting!

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      Ah, it isn't in the next issue, according to the official webpage. There is a one-shot chapter of a different story by the mangaka instead. So, maybe the next one is on Sept 20?

      Hehe, is that so.

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  4. I dont know what will happen in the next chapter but I think Yuuri's date might go well. Thanks for the summary!

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    1. Ya, it is hard to guess.

      Thanks for reading, Judy ^-^

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  5. Kouha is not Kawasumi's first name, but a description of him. In Japanese it means along the lines of "tough/manly" I think. In a Q&A in one of the volumes the mangaka said they will reveal Kawasumi's first name later on. :)

    Kawasumi & Suiren's date was cute. <3 Maybe Aya wants to go on a group date with both Kawasumi and Suiren so she won't feel awkward with someone she asked out/asked her out? :)

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    1. Oh, I see.

      Indeed ^^ Oh..possible, like a double date, right?

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    2. Yes. ^^ And oops, I meant Yuri in my comment, not Aya. ^^;

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    3. No problem..I didn't notice it either. ^^;

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  6. I love this chapter! Thank you for translating!

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  7. OMG!! I really love Hibi Chouchou!! Thanks for updating!
    Also, I hope you translate Nagareboshi Lens. It's quite a good manga.
    Thanks again! :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Charitie ^-^

      Sorry, I don't read that series.

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  8. Thanks for your translation, Kat! I'm glad this is anonymous so I can say what I really think of how this manga and not worry about getting attacked by a diehard fan. Suiren is Suiren. I loved her for a long time. I loved them together, for a long time. Now...I don't. He is actually talking a little and she still just mostly thinks her thoughts. Hasn't it been over a year for these two? And she is just now getting to know that he doesn't like sweets.. There is no humor (her dancing and him stifling a laugh was sweet but 59 chapters into this and that was the first time I'd seen any of that behavior from either of them, so for him to say that's what he likes about her was weird since she has acted like that before. It felt like the author had to finally add some kind of personality to these two and so she threw it in there), there was no romantic sweetness, no gazing lovingly at each other..nothing..it feels like strangers meeting up for the first time, or it felt like a final date...two people on the verge of a break up.

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    1. ..I meant "since she has NOT acted like that before"...sorry...(referring to the little happy dances she was doing)

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    2. Thanks for reading ^-^ Hehe..is that so.

      Almost a year already. Indeed..the root problem is basically, no communication.

      True..that is why they need something..or rather to do something more like know each other more so that they won't be like what you've mentioned. One is doing what the other thinks is best while the other one just keep quiet. Both seems to be just depending on 'attraction' to make things work. So, I think the mangaka is showing that.

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    3. Different anon here. Didn't she know he didn't like sweets when she first made chocolates for him on Valentines day? I'd have to find the chapter to prove it, mebbe someone can help?

      As an aside, I too would like to thank you for your various translations Kat. It's been fun reading your take on things at the end as well. Please keep up the good work.

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    4. Yes, in chapter 45, she mentioned that he doesn't quite like sweet things. Since it is a question mark, she seems to be just assuming it. Here, it turns out that he doesn't like sweets at all.

      Thanks for reading and the comment ^-^

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  9. what mangas do you translate

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    1. The ones I regularly summarize are: Hibi Chouchou, Skip Beat!, Last Game, Akai Ito, From 5 to 9, Sugar Soldier, Kimi ni Todoke, Hirunaka No Ryuusei, Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru, Kedamono Kareshi, Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai, Namaikizakari, and Sleeping Beauty.

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