Last Page: Welcome to our party. Narration: “Okamura Nino. 17 years old. Welcomes her third year high school’s summer.” While walking at the outdoor corridor, a couple of girls say that the guy who is shooting seems to be quite handsome. Overhearing this, Nino turns to the basketball court and thinks that it is.. She sees Kira scoring a goal and happily saying that he got three points, much to the dismay of his opponent. Narration: “Speaking of Kira-kun, because he has to repeat a year, he is currently still in second year. He is totally living a healthy life.” Kira notices her watching him. Thinking that he noticed her, she waves back at him. Kira excuses himself from the others and approaches Nino. He asks Nino if she is currently switching classrooms. She says ya, after the next class, it will be noon break. Kira says that Yabe will also go to the canteen today. Realizing something, Kira says that didn’t they promised that they will go together to swim in the sea together during summer vacation. Nino happily says yes, she really anticipates it. He asks how about they stay overnight. Nino blushes and says that if her parents agree, then she has no objection.
Kira agrees for it is quite troublesome on that side but then, Nino knows what he means right. “I’ll definitely attack you at night, Nino-senpai.” Nino blushes again and pats wolf Kira’s head. She exclaims, of course, she knows!! Narration: “Our relationship also gradually matures but” In the canteen, the couple speechlessly watches gloomy Yabe who says that he still wasn’t able to debut. Nino exclaims that it is definitely because they have expectation on him so they are stricter with him. Kira agrees and says that Yabe just have to persevere and it will definitely be okay. Yabe also complains about Rei not coming to comfort him and she’s not answering her phone. Nino says that right now, Rei ought to be very busy and isn’t she already shooting a television drama. Looking away, Yabe says that even if it is like that, but she mustn’t also.. Nino looks surprised. Kira says that he’s embarrassed[/shy] and asks Nino to quickly tell Rei. While Yabe is blushing, Nino says yes, and he even called Rei by her first name. [<- means that they are close]. The two are surprised when Yabe asked about their future and plans afterwards, have they thought about it?
While Kira looks somewhat sad, Nino says that she is working hard to get into a veterinarian school and starting April, she had been going to cram school. Kira says that right now, he is temporarily working to earn money and when it is stable, he plans to find a job that is related to photography. Yabe exclaims that it is the first time he heard that he is into photography. Yabe mutters that in any case, it means that all things are going smoothly for them. Nino looks surprised then slightly glum. Yabe suggests that he also go to work where Kira is but Kira refuses. In her room, Nino looks at a paper and says, “Actually, it is because it is very embarrassing so I won’t dare tell anyone. Right now, I’m very troubled with my grades. My mock exam this time around is quite awful. *the paper shows that she got a D average grade* It is still bad compared to the one before. It appears that veterinarian is difficult than I imagined. And, I’m now a bit fretful about it. *turns to the side* Sensei, what do you think? *sees an empty bird post* ..this is bad, I got into the habit of talking with him again.”
Narration: “One month ago, I returned home from school just as usual. I found Sensei had already passed away. Even if right now, I’m living very normally, but actually, I’m still very sad. *looks at a small grave to Robert Sensei by the garden* If I don’t act natural, I feel that he’ll get angry at me. No matter what is said, I’ll do my best, Sensei. *crying* It’s alright. It’s alright! There is already no other painful thing compared to this.” At school’s gym, the principal announces that summer vacation starts tomorrow, so please don’t forget their identities as students and control themselves [/from doing reckless things]. Kira glances at Nino and seems to be thinking of something. After going out of the cram school, Nino thinks that in the end, her weakness is mathematics. She is surprised when Kira calls out to her and says, ‘good job’[/otsukaresama deshita]. Surprised Nino asks what’s up and she’s startled by him. Kira says that there is something that he wants to tell her so he came to fetch her. “If it is at school, it is quite noisy so there’s no way to talk properly.” Nino looks surprised.
While walking together and holding hands, Kira tells her that it is about his father. “Right now, at the store, there is a super rich frequent customer who invited my old man to go to a better store but that place is in Osaka. My old man seems to have been at a lost about it but afterwards, he decided to go.” Nino exclaims then that means, that he is going to separate from his father. Kira says, ah, so he’s saying.. He stops walking and tells her, “I’m also going with him. *Nino looks surprised* This work right now is the old man’s life support. I think that it is possible that this is due to the debt that he has to bear caused by the time when I was sick. So, I think that I have to at least, help in whatever way I can, as a good son. No matter when, he had sacrificed himself and made me his number priority so this time around, I want to treasure him. Sorry, I’ve decided on this on my own. I promise you that it will only be until my old man’s job gets into the right track and that’s it. It will probably take around 2-3 years. But I’ll call you every day. Every month, I’ll definitely come and see you once. I hope that you can wait for me to come back.”
Still in disbelief, Nino thinks that Kira is leaving. She lets go of his hand which surprises Kira. She just says yes, is that so, her mother asked her to buy something so sorry, she’ll go ahead for today. Kira calls out to her but Nino is quickly running off. Kira can only sadly look at her. Narration: “I don’t want that.” While the cicadas are chirping, the cram school’s teacher calls out to Nino to read the next question. He calls her out again since she is lost in thought. Snapping out of it, Nino apologizes. The teacher reprimands her that this isn’t the place for unenthusiastic people to come. He tells her to change her mood first before coming back. Sitting by the stairs, Nino tells herself that she has to properly concentrate and listen to the lesson and if this keeps up, her grades would become more awful. Narration: “Why. *grips her arms tightly* Between two hearts, it isn’t because there is a broad physical distance, that it will cause suspicion[/hostility] to arise. But I always have this feeling of losing to this loneliness.” In her room, Nino is busy studying when her cellphone is ringing. She answers it and it is Rei. Rei asks if they can meet for a while for she and Yabe quarreled so she wanted to have a change of mood.
Nino apologizes for there will be a mock exam soon so she wants to properly study so if it is okay, can they do it next time. After a pause, Nino hears a whimper from Rei. Rei says okay, bye-bye. Nino nervously wonders if Rei was just crying now. She starts to feel guilty for obviously, Rei would always help her out and right now, she used such a mean attitude towards her. Then, her mother knocks and enters her room. She asks if she can disturb Nino for a while. Currently in high schooler cosplay, her mother says that she just heard from Tiara about the Osaka thing and Yuiji is also coming with him. “So I want to say, are you very depressed. I feel that the time for it to come on the scene has arrived so I ran to give it to you. *Nino is puzzled* Three days before he died, he told me that he wanted to secretly film this. *holding a cellphone* It is Sensei’s video message. He told me to give it to you when you are very sad.” Holding the cellphone, teary-eyed Nino thinks that Sensei would unexpectedly do this kind of thing for her. “I’m going to watch now, Sensei.” She presses the play button.
Standing on Nino’s desk, Sensei waved with his wing and says, “Hello, Nino. I’ve appeared♪ *Nino tearfully thinks that it is Sensei.* I’ll be parting from you soon but there is one last word that I want to tell you. Are you listening? *Nino holds up the cellphone and exclaims that she’s listening to what he’ll say.* That’s right. I’m really sorry to say but humans, this plaything, will pretty much have this LONELINESS throughout one’s life. *Nino is surprised* In the end, as an independent living creature, there are days when one has to pass and fight alone. *Nino looks glum* But, even if it is like that, I also know that you, Nino, is a human who would absolutely not lose to that kind of thing. *Nino looks surprised* Absolutely. Because compared to anyone else, no one had experienced ten parts sadness and one part happiness, more than you, right? You ask why I’m making that kind of assertion? *turned around and grabbed a book from the table.* Nino, you ought to clearly know this thing, right. Without exception, the reason is here! *Sensei held her diary* Do not forget the most important thing, Nino.” Nino is speechless. Meanwhile, from the gate, Kira looks up to Nino’s room and thinks that in the end, the shock of Sensei passing away has not yet dissipated. “If I go, then she’ll be more negative[/passive], right? Even if it is like this, I also want to believe in her.”
He is surprised that his cellphone is ringing. He is surprised to read a message from Nino saying, “Kira-kun, this weekend, let’s go to the beach like what we promised before, okay?” And, they are in the beach. Wearing a bikini, Nino asks how it is. Holding a water gun, Kira gives her a thumbs up and exclaims, “Stunning scenery! Angel!!” Nino exclaims that’s great. Looking at the side, Kira says, “But, senpai, I thought that it will only be the two of us coming. Those two are still mutually glaring at each other.” He points to the side where Rei is cornering Yabe as they both look at each other. Nino sweatdrops and wonder why they’re at the wall. Nino looks at Kira and says, “Sorry, but I want to have fun with everyone.” Kira smiles and says that he loses to her. “Then, let’s have fun as much as we possibly can!” Nino happily says, yes. Soon, they are having a water gun fight. They bury Yabe in the sand and Kira wants to put breasts on him. Yabe complains why him. Then, Nino exclaims it is dangerous since blindfolded Rei is about to hit Yabe’s head with a bat since she assumes that his head is a watermelon. Then, they watch the sunset.
Narration: “Sensei, thank you. After reading the diary, what you wanted to convey to me, I have earnestly received it. That is the bonds that we have for each other.” And, there’s a picture of the four together with their respective poses. Riding the train, Nino exclaims that it is really fun. Kira agrees. He comments that the sunset is super beautiful. Nino says that’s right and she is so moved that she forgot to photograph it. Kira says that he’ll send the picture to her. Nino says that’s great. Smiling Nino says, “Kira-kun, thank you for coming to accompany me today.” Kira asks what made her suddenly think of it. Turning to look behind her seat, Nino says that in the end, Sensei said, ‘I think humans are beautiful. To be able to demonstrate[/show] some love-type of things that cannot be seen by the eyes.’ She looks at Yabe and Rei sleeping while holding hands together. Looking at Kira, Nino tells Kira that in the end, she might encounter painful and sad things, but by herself, she’ll properly fight on. “I only have to be together with my important person showing a smile, so no matter how many times, I will stand up again. *smiles* So, it is alright if you leave. I’ll wait for you.” Kira looks surprised and his expression softens. He leans to her and kisses her. She blushes. He covers his face that Nino is puzzled.
Kira says that it is nothing. “Geez, I always feel that you’re cuteness and strength, and my feelings of worrying for you are overflowing. *holds Nino’s hands* When I come back, can I ask you to become my bride?” Kira smiles at somewhat surprised Nino. She smiles and says, “Of course!” Narration: “Please, protect us, Sensei.” Soon, Nino waves goodbye to Kira as he leaves from the train. Then, Nino, with Hyakuta and Ikigona, graduated from high school. And, Nino is studying a rabbit along with the other veterinarian students. Yabe flashes a v-sign for being able to debut his manga entitled 365 days. Rei as Ray released her first music single CD. And, Kira is working at a photo shoot. Narration: “We will strive hard in living.” Then, a kid says, “Dat’s right, Dat’s right, wha are we goin to eat tonight.” [<- sorry for the pathetic attempt ^^;] Nino says, “Ah.” Kira says, “It is Kansai dialect again.” While holding Nino and Kira’s hands, the boy with a spiky hair in front is puzzled. While walking towards Tokyo Tower, Nino says that the face is also quite similar as if.. Kira sweatdrops and says that it is absolutely his reincarnation, right. The boy asks what they are talking about. Narration: “Afterwards, today, I’ll still weave together the future with Kira-kun.” The End. Blurb: “Thank you for the support these three years. Volume 9 will be out on October 10th. Finally, please anticipate Mikimoto-sensei’s new series!”
Comment: Well, I guess this is somewhat of a ‘coda’ rather than a ‘climax finale’. In a way, the message is, just because of all of that happened, it doesn’t automatically mean that it is ‘happily ever after’. For like here, there will still be problems and there will still be times when one is down. And just like before, Nino and everyone else have to pick themselves up and persevere on towards their dreams and future with the help of those who care. ^^ In a way, Sensei, like Kira, knew that there will be times when things can be overwhelming for Nino especially if they are not there. So, they would give her an extra push to the right direction with the right encouraging words to boost her confidence and spirits ^^ It turns out that writing her diary during those times is quite helpful for Nino. Even if it is nice that Sensei got reincarnated, it does seem kind of weird that it is their own kid like how Nino and Kira react to him. ^^; Kira is already healthy and strong. The operation is really quite a success. And, Kira has to temporarily leave her again. His reason is commendable though of course, it will be a bit hard for Nino to accept at first. I guess Kira is thinking that his father had a huge debt because of his medical bills and he would temporarily help his father for after all, afterwards, he’ll spend the rest of his life with Nino. And, he must be very moved by her to propose at the train ride ^^ In the end, they and their friends attain their dreams. And, in the main couple’s case, even had started a family ^^
Overall, the series is quite good. The mangaka is very good in writing such touching and inspiring scenes throughout the series. This series immediately caught my eye when I first saw the Japanese raws. Based on chapter 1, the series pretty much met my expectations on what I expected it to be. There are some hard-to-read stuff at some parts when Kira is infatuated with Mio, and when he ‘ran away’ due to lack of self-confidence with Nino. Thankfully, the mangaka didn’t drag those parts out. ^^ Actually, even this coping up with a long distance relationship isn’t dragged out. Done in less than one chapter. ^^; With this kind of ending, it is indeed a ‘happy ending’ just like what she hinted using Yabe, even if Sensei had passed away. So, thank you everyone for reading this series especially if you read it starting from my chapter 1’s summary..hehe, when it was still in pitas ^-^ Scans by 离境汉化组
Quote of the day:
Through the twists and turns, ups and downs, in happiness and in sorrow, life teaches us... TO LIVE! ~ Author Unknown