February 21, 2015

Skip Beat [Chapter 221]

‘Furthermore, she always felt that my existence is absolutely detestable. Starting from childhood, always--’. After Kyouko told that to her, Kanae looks apprehensive. This made Kyouko somewhat smile and tells her not to show that kind of expression. “For me, I’m already used to it. I’m not at all that hurt as you imagine. Regarding things about mother, my heart is soft like a konjac [/devil’s taro; looks like a heart shaped plant-vegetable usually cooked into a jelly]. No matter what kind of attack, it will just bear it and let it slip pass, then poof patter, tremble and it will go back to its original shape. *image a heart made of konjac jelly hit by a cannonball but after hitting it, it bounces, poof patter on the heart, and slips away.* So, do not mind it!!” After a pause, sad looking Kanae says, “..but..sorry..in various kinds of sense..” After looking surprised, Kyouko look slightly sad and says no, it is alright. Narration: “In the end, I made her worry about me, right--..” Lying on the bed, Kyouko is wide awake. She thinks that after all, Kanae’s family is gathered together in such a dense love.. but..she refuse it will all her strength. “..I hope that she won’t feel guilty...
...Until now, I myself, had gone through the feeling of being envious upon seeing other people’s warm family. ..although I cannot say that there was never a time that I didn’t. Ah yes, this is also inevitable. But I never feel sad because of that nor do think I’m unfortunate. After all, to this day, I’m no longer living alone all by myself. After all, right now, I also have people whom I love dearly. Compared to when I was young, the current me have absolutely obtained a lot of happiness. *stretches and looks up at her hands* My heart always..” Then, she notices a faint writing on her right palm. This made Kyouko smile. The next day, Kyouko happily greets Okami a good morning. While preparing to set the table, she tells Okami that breakfast is done so come and eat. Okami says that this is a big help, thank you. Looking at the clock which is at 6:55am, Okami asks if she is going to eat now. Kyouko says yes. Okami suggests that they eat together for the smell of the food causes her stomach to become hungry. Kyouko happily says okay. While eating, Okami says that this bonito soup is not bad at all and it is very delicious. Kyouko happily thanks her. She tells her that this kind of bonito soup is based on the extraction of its hidden flavor.
While Kyouko happily continues to eat, Okami comments that she is quite happy today than the usual. “Is here something good happening?” This startles Kyouko just when she is drinking the soup. Okami sweatdrops and watches Kyouko slowly swallows the soup. Kyouko looks at her in disbelief. Sheepishly smiling, Kyouko gestures and says, it’s a little bit, that’s all.. While walking at the streets, Kyouko glumly thinks that unexpectedly it is such a disgrace for she obviously vowed that she will only hide it in her heart. The result will be people in some degree will ridicule her if she is in high spirits. She is glad that it is Okami who didn’t know about the situation but if it is Yoshiro-type of person whom she is with, it will be instant death and that person absolutely won’t let her off. She then becomes gloomy and thinks that it’s too stupid. According to the schedule, Ren will temporarily coming back to the country today and obviously she has no way of directly seeing him..yet, she would endlessly be in high spirits..really idiotic.. She looks at the remaining writing on her palm. <- she wore gloves while cooking in order to protect it. She smiles. She clenches her fist and looks up the sky.
And, the airplane carrying Ren and Jelly is flying high above the sky. Ren with golden hair notices that Jelly puts her cellphone on his table. While drinking her beverage, Jelly just make a casual glance at him. Ren looks down to see that she wrote that this time, he’ll stopover at Japan for a very short time so is she really going to help him dye his hair. Ren types back on the cellphone that in case something happens, he will be very troubled so please [dye his hair]. After reading his message, Jelly looks sad for can’t he just put a wig on top of his real hair. She types that she is worried about the damage on his hair and scalp. After returning the phone to him, Jelly eats her dessert and thinks that it is like she is deliberately harming an innately beautiful thing that it endlessly distressing her. Even if normally, the protection that she does on it is very thorough but the frequency of dyeing is quite high. Ren returns the phone to her. He wrote that if he becomes bald, then, he’ll just shave all of his hair for Tsuruga Ren can also wear wig so it’s alright. Rather, isn’t it good not to waste the wig. [<- probably use the wig that they already have.]
While Ren is all smiles, Jelly angrily thinks that it is such a recklessly waste of natural resources [<- his hair]. That seems like a good method to charm people and that smile really makes one angry. Shoving her phone in her bag, Jelly mentally complains that she doesn’t have any expectation towards Ren’s taste [<- /esthetics; he is okay with being bald?] and she is going to bet her dignity as a beauty expert that she will definitely protect that treasure!! “Absolutely not going to make him shave his head clean!!” Then, Ren casually looks out the window. At the lounge while waiting for their turn to act, Honami asks Kyouko if she is still not registered in the performing artist [actor/actress]’s roster. Kyouko says that it seems that she cannot catch up to this year’s roster and probably, she can be at next year’s. Honami exclaims in disbelief for obviously last year, she already acted in Dark Moon and that is a very popular drama so how come she isn’t registered. Kyouko says yes, it is the company’s..or rather the president’s policy since basically, she is a ‘Love Me member’. She is treated as a kind of a reserved performer because her inner heart is lacking which makes her unable to become a performer. So she must undergo training.
Honami is confused about lacking in her inner heart. Kyouko thinks but..for her, wanting to become a formally affiliated performer and also, the ‘parents’ consent’, this is a hindrance so she still does not know what to do.. “In order to get the passport, I’ve talked and got in touch with that person. This is also considered to be after that. [<- this new issue regarding becoming a formal performer?] Because as a formal performer with a contract, who’ll be put on the company’s homepage, the president asked me whether or not, I’ll let him directly talk with that person. It is because I can already be put on the homepage. There should be no blocking at all by that person then it’s okay right.. Yesterday when we saw each other, she also ignored me like the usual. *image of her mother scowling* ‘—Entertainment industry? No matter what you do just do what you wish. Even if you make a mistake, it has nothing to do with me. Please do not let the people know of our relationship’ –that seems to be what that forehead wrinkle is saying. Until now, I also haven’t seen her for so many years yet unexpectedly, I can still read that person’s feeling on her scowl. I’m really amazing...
...I suppose she also more or less said those words to the president. For that person, that is what’s important. –but, even if it is like that, she also didn’t. This will give me trouble so not being acknowledged, saying it like this--..” Then, she snaps out of it when someone calls out to her and says that she can go in for it is her turn. Standing up, Kyouko says yes. And, at a photo shoot, Ren is doing some cool poses. After the shooting, the man tells him otsukaresama [/good work]. He says that Ren’s very good in the white suit’s graceful and alluring but in black, it is also very good since he is wild and sexy. He comments that even if he is a guy, he also loves Ren a bit. Ren laughs and thanks him. The man tells him to leave the latter part of the work to them. Yashiro tells Ren that the director wants to greet him. Ren says then, he’ll also go. The disappointed women say that he’s going when they plan to brew some tea. Ren apologizes for being in a hurry but after this, he still has work so he must take his leave. “I really anticipate the completion of the CM. *bows* Otsukaresama everyone.” The women have hearts on their eyes and the man is blushing.
While in the car, Yashiro says that for him to say that but aren’t they just returning to the company. Ren says that he has two interviews. Yashiro says yes, afterwards, he will be cozily drinking with the president. Ren says that they’ll incidentally be drinking and the main point is Guam’s battlefield report. Yashiro says that is true. Ren says that actually it isn’t any dramatic story that Lory anticipates. He’ll reluctantly say that right now Cain is on strike which led to cutting the filming short, that’ all. Yashiro sheepishly says that’s right. Ren thinks that when he returns, he’ll definitely be scolded by Murasame along with some violent action. Then, his lips will say ‘bastard, you’re more useless than castanets’ -type of stuff.. Yashiro says that even if he already told Lory of Kyouko’s report but he still wants to directly hear it from Ren so go and tell him to make him feel at ease. And, they arrive at LME. Matsushima greets Ren and welcomes him back. He asks how is the work at that side, and is there no problem. Ren says that it is going very smoothly and according to the director’s schedule, they can finalize it next week, even if it is only him. Matsushima says is that so, then just a little bit more of gambatte [/do your best]. Ren says yes.
Matsushima asks if right now, he is going to have an interview. Ren asks how he knew. Matsushima says that the president said so. Pointing at the lounge where there is a television, Matsushima says that he is there right now. Ren is speechless as some women greet Ren otsukaresama. Matsushima tells Ren that just now, Lory suddenly appear and ask if he [Ren] came back then, suddenly, he is staring and watching the television. Surprised Ren asks if it is Lory’s favorite romance drama even if this isn’t the time when dramas are shown. Matsushima says no, right now, he is watching, ‘Crossroad Knot’. Yashiro explains that it is a show wherein sometimes performers will have serious life consultation and it is about untying life’s crossroad knot. Ren says ah..is that so, yes, yes, just now, he already knotting it up with his memory. Yashiro didn’t reply back [over Ren’s joke?]. Matsushima says that it is because right now, a certain Isozaki [guesswork from 磯崎] is going to appear so they opened the television but then, he doesn’t think that it is because their actor is going to appear that Lory would like that program..that president of theirs.
As Yashiro notices what Lory is watching, Ren tells Matsushima that it isn’t definite for maybe it is consulting about love affairs so he’ll go greet Lory first. Then, Ren notices Yashiro watching the program, too. He looks at the program. In the television, a woman’s face is covered with a screen as she narrates things to the ‘advisers’. “—and then, this time, the child will run away upon seeing me. In the end, it is because the child doesn’t like it that they won’t let us see each other. This is really quite funny. I can only think that my ex-husband had said some bad things and lies about me to the child. Obviously we agreed that every month, he’ll let me see the child several times so I gave the custody rights to him. But, he isn’t complying with the agreement so I want to get the child back.” Saena says that it is like what she just said, changing the custody rights is very difficult like right now in this case, there is no problem at all with the parents so which side of the parents that the child wants is at the law’s..” Ren had notice the name, ‘Mogami Saena’. The woman says so that is the problem. “My ex-husband had brainwashed the child!! ...
...Obviously I was also deceived like this and everything was taken away. Then, there’s law, law, it is basically impossible to resolve this problem, right!! I’m the one who gave birth to that child!! As a mother, how can I permit that I be deprived of the time that I can spend with the child as well as [lose] the right to touch the child!! Don’t you understand!? Don’t you have a child!? You..definitely didn’t endure the belly aches in order to give birth to a child, right!!!” Lory intently watches Saena’s emotionless face. Saena replies, “—indeed, I do not have a child. For me who has not been a mother, your hardship and fury, even if I were to imagine it, I also cannot have the same feeling. But, that has nothing to do with this current case.” Yashiro looks tense over that. Then, he glances at Lory. He sees Lory deeply scowling. This made him ask if this woman, in the end, she is Kyouko’s.. This surprises Ren that he looks at scowling Lory. Lory says that it is good if Kyouko didn’t see this program. Looking a bit worried, Ren looks back at the television. Lory looks down on the television that shows Saena and says, “..very disappointing [/awful]--..” Next chapter will be out in Japan on March 20th.
Comment: So, Ren is back and it turns out that he’ll have to go back to Guam again. I guess he had prior commitments so he has to temporarily go back and forth making Jelly worry about dyeing his hair. So, for now, there won’t be any ‘accidents’ regarding revealing Ren’s real hair if he worn a wig. So, I wonder if the mangaka will reveal Kuon identity that way later on or she will do something more creative. I wonder if Ren is being cunning about teasing Jelly that he’ll become bald so she will do her best for him not to become bald due to dyeing or he is really okay with it. ^^;; After all, Ren’s career doesn’t solely rely on his looks but also on his acting. ^^ It is really nice how Kyouko cheered up just because of that faint writing on her hand. It really does seem that Ren has replaced Corn the stone. Unfortunately, she is still intent to keep her feelings for him a secret from everyone. That is another thing that we will endlessly wonder, how it will be revealed/confessed. 

It seems that Kyouko can already be formally included in the LME roster. I guess she has pretty much graduated from Love Me status. Well, it seems that Saena won’t be hindering Kyouko at all regarding her career. She pretty much doesn’t care about her and can even consider her ‘nonexistent’ based on that TV program. Actually, at that point, Saena cannot say that she has a child because she would appear really cold in dealing with that mother’s problem. People might wonder what kind of child she has. Nevertheless for Lory, that is something for him to scowl over. Since he mentions about hoping Kyouko didn’t see that, I wonder if she did see that. Anyway, whether she did or not, I’m hoping that Ren will go see her or something since he somewhat knows about her problems with her mother and he had just seen this program. Scans by 红莲汉

Word of the day:
Always remember, life is never called life without a problem, never without difficulty, never without hurtful moments, but never without God to lean on. ~ Author Unknown

131 comments:

  1. Wow.. I never thought I hit a jackpot... I was waiting for your summary on skip beat and I was surprised I was among the early birds.. (^o^)
    Well..Now Lory know why Kyouko lack of love..I hope Lory will do something to improve their mother-daughter relationship..It's good that kyouko less affected by her mother reaction..showing that her maturity in life..I am dying to see ren & kyouko reunion...

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    1. I forgot to say thank you so much for your hard work, Kat...

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    2. =)

      Indeed..aside from Shou, iirc, he knows about him.

      Hm..I'm not too sure he will do something to improve their relationship. He seems very angry with Saena. If he does, I'm really curious how he will do it.

      Ya...and she has things/people who'll help cheer her up ^^

      Indeed...hopefully, a reunion soon...

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  2. Omg i ve been checking your blog like every five minutes since yesterday thx a bunch for the fast work! So happy ren is back this guy is just do dreamy i was drolling when i saw the scan haha and yes hopefully he will go and cheer kyolo up... Cant wait! Oh also is it just me or ren appear younger and younger by the chapters this is really crazy lol :D and i love lory he cares about kyoko so much so cute ><

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    1. Wow. Thanks for reading, bakaotaku34 ^-^

      Indeed ^^

      Lol...I think the drawing varies from time to time. I recall before people are saying she looks mature. ^^;

      Indeed ^^

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    2. Me too the moment i saw that the new chapter is out i came here to check.
      Ren is always a sweetheart i wish real guys where half as cool as him :/
      it's his time to show Kyoko how much he cares for her, come on Ren show us some love we're dying here >.<

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    3. As far as Ren looking younger, I noticed that too. It seems like when he went blonde, he lost a few years. xD Like that scene where he is nose to nose with the fish....he looked SO young!

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  3. As always, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    1. And I love not only your translations and comments, but also your Word of the Day. :)

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    2. You're welcome and thank you ^-^

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  4. thanks so much for the chapter :) (hope lory pack kyouko with ren send them back to guam together ) look forward to next chapter.

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  5. Thank you for translation Kat ^-^.Ren is so cool and awesome.What do you say??

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  6. Thank you for the summary! Saena never fails making my skin crawl! <3 Tika

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    1. Thanks for reading, Tika ^-^

      Hehe..is that so.

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  7. What the hell did i just read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this chapter made me livid with rage , do i think that she isn't reallly her mother ? HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL NO she is ,she just look like kyouko and if she wasn't her child why the hell would she pay for her life expenses ???? and why would she check out the things she did /does ,Because she is her freaking DAUGHTER . I can't believed that she said ,she had no child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i mean it is one thing if she neglect her or is cold to her but to deny her existence that's just cold -blooded .It would've beeen better if she abused her physically because what she is done and is doing to kyouko it is too much .It is pure cruely ,i'm so mad after reading this , i have a pretty open mind when it come to manga i don't mind boy love /smut or even incest but there are two things that just uggggghhhhhhh one makes me mad and that's one female are just there for fanservice and the other thing makes me sick and that's child abuse .Now what i have read is beyond child abuse , it is so revolting that i can't find the proper words to express my rage ,and OMG to a child like kyouko who not is sweet and honest but also very hard working she really is just wow i don't see why one could hate her or be cold to her or reject her existence .
    You know if she is such a bitch (i'm sorry for saying it but i can't find any better word to describe her because that's what she is ) because of some stupid reason like i said about her career ,she got kyouko as a result of a one night stand and because of that she couldn't have a bigger career then believe me rage wouldn't even describe my reaction
    If she got her because of rape ,then i understand why and even there if you got pregnant with a child you don't want just give him up for adoption and be done with it .Because for you to torture him all his life and make him feel like he not needed it is better to be abandoned at birth than suffer something like that .Also ,it seems based on last chapter that she is cold with everyone even at her office it looks like they don't like her that much ,so maybe if she got raped it changed her completely and she turned into this stone cold B*tch
    And you know for lory to make faces like that , no need to read chinese to understand that something pretty messed up was said and that's the case for a man whose goal in life is to spread love ,to show such anger then it really means you went over board .

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    1. There will probably be a show down with that b*tch and i know that probably despite acting tough is gonna breakdown i really hope it is not in front of her . She should give her a taste of her own medcine and get into natsu mode and treat her as coldy as she always was treated .If she want to cry do it in front of ren or mouko or even amamiya but not her . After seeing this i expect ren and mouko as well to give her full support , i wonder what will lory do ? Well i believe he will do something but things won't go smoothly the way they did with kuu and ren .
      By the way i knew in my heart that things wouldn't go smoothly with her mother but i didn't expected it to be to that extent ...i'm utterly shocked and the only reason why i didn't explode with rage is thanks to ren being the hottie that he is ,that fanservice was very pleasing ^^ speaking of ren , just like kyouko he had a sad past but if you think about it ,the reason of his suffering is rather simple i guess ,i mean he is the son of famous , talented and beautiful people and he inherited from his parents both the looks and talents others were jealous thus they bullied him to such a great extent that he snapped and he gave birth to dark kuon who was very violent and because of him ,his mentor died leaving behind his enraged and sad GF so he is punishing himself because of guilt and this will be easy to overcome thanks to kyouko and i'm sure he will get over it once he faces tina and let's not forget something he is deeply loved by his parents who did their best to support him .So if you think about it his suffering isn' t that deep while kyouko on the other hand her own existence is something that her own mother rejected , is there anything worse than that ?
      Again , i hope in this chapter we will see all of kyouko's friends help her out just like she did in the past .And who knows maybe we will get to see some lovey dovey between ren and kyouko and i'm pretty sure if shou has seen the interview he will come to see kyouko though she will probably reject him .About kyouko seeing the tv program i'm just like lory i hope she did not ,because even if she is acting indifferent we all know that it is hurting her deeply ,the only thing that's different from when she was a child is that right now she learned to live with it .But if she were to listen to what that woman said i'm sure it will be the last nail in the coffin .Also at the end of the arc i hope that kyouko will have a proper closure with her mother and move on but i really don't want it to be all sunshine and butterflies ,after what we have seen of this woman i'm not sure i would love to that
      Even if it is just for a short time i really hope that ren will be able to help kyouko before leaving and let's not forget kanae whom i'm sure was deeply moved by what kyouko's said because she has the love yet she rejected it . I know i shouldn't laugh but the heart avoiding a cannon ball was funny is a sad way ,you get what i mean ^^ and i really loved kyouko's positif mindset about how now she has people that she loves and she is no longer a loner so things aren't as unbearable as they used to be .
      By the way lory didn't meet that woman right ? but he has to meet her if kyouko debut as an official performer , i wonder what he will do since he seems to be disgusted . I wonder if ren won't dye his hair to see her as corn ,for her i'm sure he wouldn't mind becoming bald ^^

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    2. Wow, you are indeed in rage.

      I agree and even if she isn't the blood-related mother, she is the one whom everyone considers as Kyouko's mother. I'm not even sure how Kyouko would feel that after everything she endured and suffered, she will learn that she isn't actually her mother. ^^; Indeed, when you put it that way, it is really a mystery. As a child, Kyouko must have been really confused and hurt that like some of us theorized, she depends on a fairy tale world as her escape/way of coping.

      Ya, that's a possibility but then, there is that question..why didn't she abort/have her adopted early on? The 'adoption' seems to happen later on when Kyouko is somewhat older. There is that theory that she probably have her because of her husband/the father but he died so...maybe that made her cold-hearted, etc. Actually, I'm thinking whatever the reason is, it doesn't excuse what she is doing to Kyouko and how she has been hurting her because of what she's doing. Actually, not sure if everyone hates her like that Fujimichi guy..but I'm sure the mothers in that office tend to hate her when she is cold and indifferent about their family issues. It does make me curious what is her relationship with the Fuwa-s. Are they living together before or neighbors? Saena did bothered to call the Fuwa-s where Kyouko currently is. I'm wondering if paying for the expenses is because it is required by 'law'? Not sure if in Japan, kids can sue parents for that.

      As I mentioned above, maybe it is because she is in that situation that she would deny that she has a child. Still, she denied it and no matter what, it will hurt the child if it is heard. But then, from what Kyouko is thinking, it does seem that Saena doesn't want people to know that they are related so..she would most probably deny Kyouko is her child in whatever situation.

      Yup. And, I know what you mean..do not show any weakness in front of her. Indeed, if Lory is going to do something, I'm curious what it will be.

      Indeed...ah..how Ren looks now compared to the first few chapters. =P Ya...though I tend not to compare one's problems to another since it might be simple compared to someone else, but for that person, it is 'very bad'. I mean like there are people who are heartbroken or whatever but then, someone will take their life because of it but others can bear it and such. Like, you mentioned, Ren's problem seems to be simple but it is enough for him to almost self-destruct that Lory has to intervene. Kyouko managed to do well by herself with some help of fairy tales and an intense crush on Shou. I like what Kyouko mentioned that even if she is envious of other families, she doesn't feel unfortunate. It is good that she doesn't go into self-pity mode.

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    3. Yup and again, I'm curious how they will comfort Kyouko because they are all from families who love them. Kanae seems unable to do it. And, Kyouko would tend to say that she is alright. Hehehe..and what if Ren + Shou met in front of Kyouko's house..l recall someone mentioning that. ^^; Ah, does Ren know where she live? Ya..though a Chinese reader mentions that since Lory mentioned it, that is a flag that Kyouko has seen it. Hm..that is a good point..how will this arc end with her mother. Right now, I think it will be different than the other 'parent' stories since this is a really serious one.

      Hopefully, he will..or else, why would the mangaka purposely make him go back...well, aside from prior commitments. Hehe, is that so. Her/their imaginations are always fun and amusing ^^ Indeed.

      I'm not too sure. He got Kyouko's permission though from what Kyouko said, after reading it multiple times, she had assumed that what the 'scowl' said will be what her mother already said to him. So, I'm thinking that Kyouko thinks that Lory already talked with her. Not sure if Lory already did. If not, I'm also really curious what will happen if they did talk or as you mentioned, what will he do.

      I think he already dyed the hair. Hehe, you think so?

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    4. Yup , you know how much i love kyouko so when i see someone being unfair to her it put me in rage mode ^^

      Well i'm sure she is her mother , and even if there was a 1% chance that she isn't do you honestly believe that it is a reason to treat a child in such a cold blooded manner ? and from the flashback we have seen it seems like that woman didn't even want kyouko to touch her , so that's another reason why i mentioned rape .

      Yup , i told you that Kyouko is very realistic yet she still believe in fairy tales .The only reason is when she was a kid she needed something good ,something where everything is well and ends well unlike her own life .I also think part of kyouko's suffering is that she doesn't understand the reason why that woman reject her existence .

      I have no idea , something like before her brith something happened which caused the death of her husband and that's why she hates kyouko ,that's absolutely not an excuse .Yup and like i said just give her up when she was a baby if you were gonna treat her that way .

      That's true , it seems like she gets hate from the mothers of the office and her clients who are mothers .That's true and maybe the fuwa now about kyouko's father and why she is the way she is .OMG that must be true ,since she is so cold i'm sure she is paying for her only because the law say so .

      You are saying she denied her existence because she was dealing with that mother in a cold way ,so as not to make other think that she is a stone cold woman ? i understand but she could've said i don't understand since my daughter is very independent so we aren't that close , or lie and say she live with her father something anything but she choose to deny her existence , for kyouko i'm sure that one will really hurt .

      Yup showing feelings in front of something who has a stone instead of a heart will make you look pathetic and weak kyouko need to chin up and once she is in front of ren she can breakdown it is okay ^^

      Yup at the beginning of the story except for kyouko's vengful spirit , i thought the art was very meh but now it is wow i like it , even the cover of this chapter kyouko looked great :)

      About Lory i really don't know but it is the first time we have see him show dislike and anger toward someone so i'm not sure .

      That's true something which may seem simple to one person can be really hard for another person enough to make them go dark side .What i wanted to say is that at least got love and support from his family while kyouko well she got the fairies and stupid shou .

      True , i also loved it , it shows her strength and that she has grown as a human being .

      True mouko seems to feel guilty that she has all the love yet reject it while kyouko wanted but doesn't have it but you know kyouko is kanae's biggest fangirl she just has to there for her and it will be okay .

      Oh that may happen because i'm pretty sure has seen the prgram and he may meet up with ren in front of her house then okami will let them both in and kyouko will have a heart attack when she see them ^^ or if it is kyouko she will allow ren to enter and chase shou out ;) at least i hope so

      I don't know ,but didn't he drive her home in the past ? and the muse know where she lives so she can tell him if he doesn't .I also think she has seen it .

      True that's why i said i don't want a rainbow and sunshine ending for her and that woman since this is very serious .But i do hope that at the end of the arc kyouko will move on with her life .

      Okay , the we will just have to wait and see if he did but i feel like lory has a certain "dislike " for that woman based on the faces he made in this chapter .

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    5. If Ren and Shou both go to Kyouko's home... and Ren sees that the picture of him is much smaller than the picture of Shou.... Ahahahahahahahahaha! Oh, that could be really fun.

      I hope by the end of the arc that Kyouko will have come to an understanding of her mother -- for good or bad -- and closure, and that she will begin to think that she is very much not like her mother and that she could have a happy relationship and children one day and be a good mother to them. I want to see her divorce her idea of herself with her idea of her mother and recognize that she may be related to her, but she's nothing like her and would never become like her, and that she could have a happy family as an adult. We'll see.

      I'm a mom, too, and right now I'm withholding judgment to see what has happened in Saena's life to lead her to the choices she has made. Of course they're wrong, but they may be (and with this mangaka it's likely that they are) understandable. Not right, not excusable, but understandable. Something must have happened for her to completely ignore the biological and instinctual changes that happen with pregnancy and childbirth that make a mother want to protect and care for her baby. Either that, or she's one of the rare women who don't have any maternal instincts. Very rare, but it can happen.

      But I especially hope that somewhere in all this Ren will catch Kyouko off guard and be able to comfort her and get closer to her. Maybe he can even start calling her Kyouko-san if he's able to help her in a time of need. And maybe her heart will explode a little and he'll get another hint that maybe she really really likes him after all. Ahhh, that would be satisfying. :3

      We'll see. I can hardly wait for the next chapter. It comes out on my birthday, and if Kyouko and Ren don't meet in the next chapter I'll consider myself ill-used. ha ha

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    6. True, sofia. Of course that isn't a reason to treat a child but then, well, you know, there are evil stepmother types...
      Hm, good point on that reason why she doesn't want to be touched..if she shares the blood of the rapist. Ah, if it is like that, it is an understandable reason that she would want her to have 'not existed'. Still, she is 'introduced/recognized' to Kyouko as the mother so if it is a rapist thing, should she be adopted or something? Maybe Saena tried to 'love' her but in the end, couldn't? I'm curious though if she has always been cold-hearted or not. Really curious how she knows the Fuwas...ah, so many things I want to know.

      That's right..and that is the mystery here...and that is one of the 'hooks' to get us to keep on reading =P

      Yes, and she will be put on the spot like why are you cold like that when you have a child. Those answers will still put her on the spot. Even if her daughter is independent or live with the father, she is still a mother so, she should have answered that mother in a empathizing way rather than coldly say, according to law, etc. If she didn't, she will look bad and get people gossiping like us asking so many questions. So, in that situation, I know it is harsh for Kyouko but I think, it is the best way to get out of that situation. To immediately stop making the focus on her instead of the case that she is advising on or end that topic. She also cannot say, that's not the topic here so it would seem that she is avoiding the question. As a lawyer, I guess that pokerface is very effective. Anyway, Kyouko also know that she doesn't want their relationship be known in public like how she ignored her at the elevator so I'm starting to wonder if this is just one of the usual things for her. Hm..I guess knowing and actually seeing it happen is different.

      Yup...I think this mangaka is more on a storyteller than an artist as a mangaka. ^^

      I see...though I think in some way, Ren's parents got careless since they didn't notice the change. I recall that made Kuu very gloomy when he mentioned that Kuon lost his smile, etc and they were busy at work until it is too late.

      Yup, being there already counts big ^^

      Lol, true..or Okami's husband will be watching... But then, if Shou is there, there might no lovey-dovey between the two. Oh well, whichever and however it is, hope Ren sees Kyouko ^^

      I see..before, I presumed that he drove her to the nearest station or something. ^^;

      Hehe, I'm sure Kyouko will move on with her life and live with her fairy prince and his fairy parents in fairy kingdom ^^ Hearts, rainbows and fairies. =P

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    7. Indeed, Tohru13 but under what circumstance would Ren be invited into her bedroom?

      Yes. Ah..I think Kyouko is okay with that side of life because she did thought of marrying Shou, having a family, etc. The one who made her not want to love again is Shou.

      Indeed, and yes, there are those types. I'm not sure that they are very rare though...at least, I heard a lot of rotten mothers in the news-type programs.

      True..hope there's a bit of progress on their relationship ^^

      Oh, advanced happy birthday ^-^

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    8. Yup evil STEPmothers not MOTHERS .You know i could understand why she is like that if she could raped because that's the only reason i could see that make sense but if it is something else then that woman really has some serious mental issues to behave like that toward a child . Exactly , if she is the fruit of rape just pick the abortion option or if you can't give her for adoption .No need to keep her to make her life a living hell . If it were me i would pick one of those two option because i don't think it is possible to love a child born out of rape bu that's just my opinion .

      I also thought of that ,if she was indeed raped and became a cold blooded doll it would make sense but if she was always like that with everyone then she is just nuts .I would also love to see how she knows the fuwa because she doesn't seem to be the kind of person to have friends and i have a feeling that they may have seen the tv program and will be coming to tokyo maybe they will be the ones to reveal why that woman is like that and we may also find out about kyouko 's father ,so if the heel siblings arc was about dark side this one will be about kyouko's sad past .

      Yup even if ren and kyouko are still at the stage where they hide their feelings for one another ,the story is so nice that you can't stop reading ^^

      I know that but what pissed me off is that i'm pretty sure she would've said the same thing even if she wasn't on TV . It isn't a poker face it is her true face and that's awful .

      Yup , but when they noticed that their son was having a breakdown they tried hard to make up for it and i think it is nice that they gave him some space to overcome his issue by himself but they were still there .

      True ,as long as he sees her that's all that matter but i don't want stupid shou to be in the picture ,even kyouko was looking forward to seeing ren it is their moment .

      Yup , and i also hope to see great improvement in her acting .

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    9. oops if she was raped not could raped ^^

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    10. Ya, sofia..though thinking over what you mentioned before that physical abuse is better, for me, I think being snubbed might be better than physical abuse like those in GTO 7 days. Actually, there are indeed awful mothers around...I do hear them on the news at times, like those who sell their kids to prostitution as their way of living. And, some of them are really just kids. Back to topic, true, that seems to be the most 'understandable' reason why she is acting that way.

      True...though it would be a bit strange for them to reveal all that now, rather than explain things when Kyouko is still with them. I guess Kyouko is shy about asking them about it and they don't want to talk about it to her yet? Anyway, as Deb below mentioned, the Fuwas seem to have treated her well and have stand in as 'parents' even if they have ulterior motives for it...okay, wanting her to be a future 'daughter-in-law' still counts as treating her like a daughter, right? It was only then I realized/learned that iirc, when Kyouko is mentioning about celebrating her birthday along with Christmas, that woman is actually Shou's mother and not her mother. ^^;;

      Indeed. And, that's right, she would most probably have said the same thing when not on TV.

      True.

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    11. True , if you compared to the cases in GTO 7 days it is a no no since the kids there got a really awful treatement from their parents .I know it is sounds awful to say that but if she got beaten less than what was done in GTO it would be better than having your existence denied .

      Ya that's why it makes me sick because it does happen in reality .

      I think they didn't want because kyouko is still young but since she has moved to tokyo she has grown so much so i think it is okay to know ,also it is like she said she is no longer a loner so it 's okay there are people to support her .

      True , they do have an ulterior motive but it isn't like they actually didn't care about her , at least that's what i get since kyouko seems to love them .Yup i remember a pannel with young kyouko and a woman in kimono so she is probably shou's mother .

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    12. Hehe, I guess that depends... I'm not sure I would want physical abuse over neglect/deny my existence. ^^;;

      I see.

      Yup. Since Saena seems to pass on the 'right to be parents' to the Fuwas, do you think that she knows that she isn't fit as a mother so she rather not have anything to do with Kyouko? So like when she is saying, I don't have a child..that also means, Kyouko doesn't have a mother like her. What do you think?

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    13. True and i can't really understand since i get along well with my parents . So being beaten or ignored which of them is worst it depends but at the end of the day those who treats kids in such a way should rot not in jail but in hell .

      She may know that she is a bad mother but i would say that she just doesn't care .At this point it would take a miracle for me to like that woman ,speaking of crap parents any news about the chinese scans for kobayashi it's been ages since chapter 55 came out yet nothing ?

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    14. Indeed.

      I see..true, it seems that she doesn't care how Kyouko feels but somehow, curious enough to check the internet about her.

      Unfortunately, there is none. They took a long break during Chinese New Year. That was since the 19th. And today, they seem to only released what seems to be five oneshots by a certain mangaka. ^^; Hopefully, this week or at least, a double release soon. It is currently at 56, right?

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    15. True she is contradicting herself that's why i really want to know .

      Ah okay i thought they dropped the series ,yup it is at chapter 56 and i saw the raw for both and as far as i can tell only the ending of both chapters is interesting .

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    16. Indeed..at least, she isn't like one dimensional, right?

      Hehe, I see. Anyway, hopefully, they work on it soon. The Chinese readers in baidu also says that Chinese New Year is probably the reason.

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    17. True , even if she is hateful ,she is interesting .

      I hope so ,cause like i said both the endings of each chapter are quite good .

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    18. As a person who was ignored growing up, I feel that if it had been physical, at least I would have been taken away from bad parent(s). There were many times I wish I had been taken away by someone (by a father that didn't show he cared at all). I love my mother very much, and I've been crying a bit this afternoon because today is the anniversary of her death (6 years ago).

      My mother wasn't perfect, and I know her past is what made her the way she was, but I did know she loved me.

      I agree something happened to Saena in the past. Rape does seem to be high on the list of "what if"s. I also think it's possible that her coldness could be from Kyoko's father dumping her to marry someone else. Is there confirmation that he's really dead, or is it because we know nothing about him? Since Saena seems to hate showbiz, perhaps the dad is an actor (which would explain Kyoko's ability).

      ~Usagisan~

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    19. Ya, sofia, and from their forum, it seems that they are posting up scanlations again...of other series. ^^;;

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    20. True, Usagisan..though it depends. Based on the impression of what I learned from GTO 7 days, reporting such stuff isn't that common. Though I'm thinking of the trauma..isn't it much worst if it is physical abuse?

      Ah, I see...

      I get the impression that he's already dead when she told Maria that she doesn't have a father and Maria apologizes to her. If he is alive, it would be strange that Kyouko never looked/tried to contact him/ask probably the Fuwas about him. Like she has another parent to get a consent from.

      I'm not convinced that is the reason..it is a possibility though. I'm not sure if it is the same with Japan but I get the impression that professional career people would likely to look down on entertainment business as a career. Of course, these days, it seems to be the 'in' thing.

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  8. Thank you SO MUCH for the summary, Kat!
    My heart ached so much when she said she didn't have a child. Poor, poor Kyouko! T__T I got so happy while "reading" the chinese translations cause she cheered up right away only from seeing his mark on her hand >< I WANT THEM TO MEEET T__T it's not a new thing that they've met after midnight, so Ren might drive to her home to talk? please please please please please q__q

    ~Yuki

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      Indeed.

      Yup...though does he know where she live? But then, there's the cellphone ^^ And, he also got an excuse for he is going to give her the real stamp.

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    2. He doooes! He drove her home somewhere during the Natsu arc, I think. I >NEED< to see them together to recover from this chapter's coldness D:
      Saena could very well say she has a child but that doesn't mean she can change the law, simples as that. I don't want them to reconcile more and more Q__Q

      ~Yuki

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    3. Ah, is that so, Yuki. Hehe, I always assumed that he drops her somewhere nearby or at the station.

      Hm..that's a good answer. So, because Saena didn't, I guess what Kyouko thought is true, Saena doesn't want the people to know about their relationship. If she said that she has a child, and that secretary saw that program, it would still boils down to how Saena can coldly give answers like that/not empathize with mothers when she herself is a mother.

      Is that so..actually, if they do, I'm not exactly sure how it can be done without being corny after all the hurts and pain for so many years and still happening...

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    4. Yeaaah! I forgot about that secretary. That guy from the previous (?) chapter, right? They seem close, but I think only he thinks they're close. She looks like the type who loathes any kind of personal relationship. Makes one wonder how she managed to have a child at all...

      And makes one even more sadder for her kid! Oh, poor Kyouko, I hope she didn't watch that! T_T (probably did, though... And I wonder about her reaction? She seemed fine after last chapter's encounter. She was only thoughful about Kanae's reaction to her family's condition, not about the encounter per se, huh? But then again, being told that she doesn't exists by her own mother is the lowest of the low...)

      Rrrng, I don't even know what to think about anymore! Not even know how to predict stuff now... If they try to reconcile, it'll be because third parties intervened, for sure (Sho's parents, Ren and Lory?). And... agh, I don't want to picture it! I just want Saena to sign the contract thingie with Lory and be gone from Kyouko's life. She can get all the love she needs from Ren and Kuu! ><

      ~Yuki

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    5. Yup... It is a mystery, Yuki.

      True..and even if she seemed fine, still it somehow hurts. From past scenes, she manages to bounce up again after being cheered up by something else..like with Corn the stone before and now, Ren. Something like not dwelling on something that cannot be changed? So, I think, if she did see that program, it might be cancelled out if she sees Ren.

      Yup ^^

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  9. Oh God! I stayed awake the whole night (here in Brazil XD) loading the page and waiting for something, besides Sugar * Soldier [Chapter 43], to appear. *-* Thank you very, very, VERY much Kat for your good work ^-^

    I loved this chapter! First Kyoko getting happy just to look at the mark on her hand and reminding the return of Ren. Then the wonderful return of Ren. >---< So, we saw Natsu after a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time. And at the end, besides Ren sees Kyoko's mother and gets terrified by her attitude, Lory stays really pissed off and wants to protect Kyoko above all.
    Yeah... Maybe Saena isn't nothing good as I imagined... Maybe she is just a, i'm sorry for the word, BITCH!

    Well, Kisses! ^-^

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    1. Oh, Vitória, you did?! Sorry for that...but then, I did my best to finish it as soon as possible.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

      Indeed ^^

      Ya...it seems to be going like that.

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  10. Thank for the summary , I can't wait till next month .

    ~Reemy

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  11. Thanks for your effort and hard work always saving us exploding from curiosity. For some reason ı match characters in tv series and skip beat. İn drama called pinocchio there is a mother figure which resemble saena. At first everybody may resent her for abandoning and not calling her daughter for years just sake of her career. But the daughter herself doesnt hate her . although kyoko said parents can hate therir own children she never said she hate her since it is likely hating being born one does not easly hate biological mother. So at this chapter ı somewhat guess kyoko still waiting for her mother to hold her hand deep down but she is to hurt to admit it thats why it is easy to say her mother offensive towards her and their is no way otherwise. But it is just defending herself it is so kyokolike. She doesnt completely believes it. As for saena denying her child openly there is no deep reason she is just simply ıce queen and career woman. At somepoint when kyoko gather courage that ıce will gradually melt by kyokos warmness and untying their crossroad knot may not as hard as it seems. This is just my opinion and optimistic one ofcourse :)

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Hm..interesting point.

      True, and it will put her in an awkward position if she said that she does have a child. Nevertheless, denying it in public for whatever reason and if one's child is to hear that. I'm sure the child will be hurt and if it is like what you mentioned that Kyouko is still waiting to hold her mother's hand.

      As for melting the ice, I'm not too sure. Usually, in scenarios/stories like that, it is usually done by a very nice child who is eager to please the grumpy parent/grandparent, etc. Kyouko has failed in that. So, if it is going to happen now, I'm really curious how it will be done after everything that has happened..and in a..hopefully, not corny way.

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  12. Thank you so very much, I love you, I don't know what I'd do without you, I am glad that I found this page <3

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      Welcome to my blog ^^

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  13. Hi and thank you very much for the new chapter :D
    first to those who are going crazy thinking that Saena is not Kyouko's real mother , well put your feet in cold water, because she is her real mother, her statement denying her relationship with her daughter was just a cold slap of cruelty to Kyoko's face and it was also an under table message that she doesn't want to be related to Kyouko in anyway , and that's what Kyouko previously confirmed that just buy looking at her mother's knotted brow she can read her thoughts easly, and what her mother was saying is that whatever Kyouko's did or failed in it has nothing to do with her 'cuz in her mind they're not related and that's how they'll look like to other people.
    and about Ren's return i was disapointed to learn that he'll be going back abroad to continue filming , and that the wrap up will be in one week hopefully, 'cuz i'm realy tired of his BJ act i want things to go back to normal again :/
    i'm also afraid that he won't be meeting with Kyoko soon 'cuz he'll be going back to finish filming and he won't stay in Japan for long :'(
    Well going back to Saena's topic, her comment about not having any child of her own was a very cold slap to Kyoko's face , it was very cruel in my opinion, but on the other side i hope that will make Ren and Kyouko grow even closer while he try to make her feel better, i really miss Ren being worried about Kyoko , 'cuz as you have seen he isn't the type who talk too much about his feelings for Kyoko it mainly show in his expression and a few words here and there :"/
    Hopefully this problem will be a gain to us all when Kyoko and Ren will break through their shells and start talking openly about their feelings >.<

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    1. Thanks for reading, sareta20101 ^-^

      True..and I don't think it is also good to know that after everything, Kyouko will learn that she isn't her real mother.

      Hehe, is that so.

      I think he will. He did promise, iirc, to give her the real stamp before the ink on her palm is totally gone.

      True, hopefully so. And, I think in some way, the mangaka will plot things to make Ren payback Kyouko for her help at Guam.

      Indeed.

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  14. Thank you for the summaries, it makes the month easier, for sure ^.^

    I wonder if Saena isn't saying this purely out of shame of Kyoko though. Maybe it's the fact she was never present for Kyoko as a mother and didn't treat her as a child but as a subordinate. In the spirit of the manga I think it's more likely to be a twist rather than just Saena is pure "evil".

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    1. That's what i thought, and that's what's really going on.
      it's not a new twist in the story but just a dramatic add to show us how much cruelty Kyoko had faced and still facing from her mother.

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    2. Thanks for reading ^-^

      In that case, I don't think it is out of shame but rather, to more on to prevent being put in an awkward position that she would respond like that in that custody rights case when she herself is a mother. But then, Kyouko did think that she does not want people to know of their relation. So, perhaps, it is more of, 'deny her existence' rather than out of shame?

      As a subordinate? In what way? Ah..you mean a reason for her actions and for being coldhearted?

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  15. Hi. First thank you for summary. Danke Arigato Gracia Dakujem : ) .
    As for context of chapter it make my want to read more and sulk that was to short.
    My wish is to know the story of Kyouko birth and what kind of person is her father. I am also curious about her mother upbringing. Hope mangaka meet my satisfaction with it.
    I am happy to see your blok next month. Good luck. D
    Love you Kat.

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Hehe..ya, it always does.

      Maybe soon...that will be all revealed.

      Thanks~ ^-^

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  16. Oh no she didn't. Lory and ren should teach her lesson. She wanna claim she has no child then she should just emancipate kyouko....thanks for the summary and I can't wait for the next chapter

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    1. Hm..but how, lidy?

      Is that possible? Sorry, first time I heard of that. ^^; *after reading on it a bit* Is that available in Japan? It seems that it is the teen who has to sue the parent to 'free him/her'. Not sure if it works vice-versa. And, it might be a publicity case so she probably do not want to do that.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  17. Thank you very much for the summary! <3

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  18. Kyoko should totally see her mom as natsu. That would be incredibly interesting to see. Also since kyoko doesn't anticipate rem seeing her it would be nice if he did as a surprise:D

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  19. Thank you, Kat!
    I'd be really annoyed at Seana for denying being a mother, but I think your explanaition is very convincing: Seana wants to keep her personal affairs completely out of her work so she can be the cold professional that she became successful at. However, that cool quick-mindedness with which she replied is also quite scary (as is Kyouko when she is analyzing several ways of dealing with an acting problem within seconds).
    And even with only a week in Japan: Ren will go to see Kyouko - because he is worried, but he'll pretend it's just to keep his promise (showing her the videos of him eating) and drawing that stamp in her book ;)

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    1. You're welcome, Rekna ^-^

      Indeed.

      Yup, that's right ^^

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  20. I was soooo delighted first when I saw your post that I'd seen the raw earlier, knowing that our lovely Ren would appear again, ending up with teary eyes, cursing, and insulting that heartless cruel creature. Actually it was obvious from Lory's expressions that he was boiling with anger, but I didn't expect her to say such a harsh thing o(╥﹏╥)o

    Your word of the day is just in time, because lot's of bad things were happening lately. R.I.P our precious people whom we've lost since the begining of this year. Really it's a blessing that we can take a step and move forward again, thank God(*^^*)

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    1. Sorry I was so influenced that I forgot to thank you properly, so: ARIGATO GOZAIMASHITA (*^▽^*)

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    2. Hehe, Lolli..indeed, that last part is really a surprise..and quite harsh.

      Indeed ^^

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  21. Thanks for the summary, Kat!

    It's a good thing that Kyoko now has all these people to support her. Although, she had a sad past, she now is surrounded by people she loves and who love her. Ren loves her, Moko is her best friend, Chiori is like a friend also, Maria looks up to her like a big sister, Yashiro is also protective of her, and all the people that who really gets to meet her can't hate her but instead can't help but like her. So I can't understand why Saena despises her, especially since she's her daughter. I wonder if she even feels a little love for Kyoko. Well, we'd get to find out soon.

    Yay, Ren is back. You were right about him coming back earlier than March though I was pretty close, lol. I love that Nakamura-sensei gave us all the pages of both Kuon and Ren. I feel sad that Saena would say that but I kind of predicted it after finding out that even her coworkers don't know she has a child. I wonder why she even feels the need to hide it, I mean sure I guess the reason is because the way she treats Kyoko. Hm, Saena must of had Kyoko during college, because those around her don't know of her existence except the school, Fuwas, and the hospital she gave birth at. Saena also doesn't like Kyoko touching her so sometimes I think that she had hired a caretaker for Kyoko when she was baby unless the father was there during the time. Anyways, I'm happy that the president got angry on Kyoko's part. For a man that is happy go lucky, it seems rare for him to show such an expression of anger, especially from the look on Yashiro's face when he saw it. Well, I'm sad that Ren is leaving for Guam again I hope nothing important happens during his absence.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      Yup ^^ That's right..it is indeed a mystery.

      Hehe..yup, how nice of the mangaka ^^

      True..though I think that it is because of whatever she thinks of Kyouko makes her treat Kyouko that way. I mean, she would rather have nothing to do with Kyouko at all/she doesn't exist so she would hide it..something like that. Of course, hide it from most of the people/public except for those who really know like the Fuwa-s and a caretaker..unless, as you mentioned, it is the father or perhaps, Kyouko's grandparents?

      True..well, if he does, maybe he'll give Kyouko a good cheering up to last her until he returns.

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  22. Thanks for the summary.saena is a succesful lawyer lying about not bearing a child and the truth coming out later of having a grownup kid if some1 investigates her will put her in a tight spot.but kyouko and saena do look similar.or did saena say it on purpose just to show kyouko that whatsoever she and kyouko's relation should not come out as how it was already said in the other comments.if that is true then i hope the mangaka doesnt change her character to a pleasant one in the future which can also happen as in one of the previous chaps it was mentioned right that saena helped kanae with something(hope i remember it correctly)?this doesnt show she is unappreciative towards hard working people.so if she is a bad person then she should remain a bad person till the end.lory's reaction was good showing his concern for kyouko.interesting to see how he reacts if he gets to meet saena.and i guess ren will surely meet kyouko even with his tight schedule.

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    1. Thanks for reading, spears ^-^

      True..and why would someone investigate about it? Unless Lory wants to ruin her reputation? Thinking about it now, does being a 'bad mother'/have a bad reputation harm one's career as a lawyer? Like people won't use her services anymore? I don't think it will necessarily will, depending on who she is defending. Of course, I'm not sure if it is like that in Japan.

      I don't think she said in purpose to show Kyouko but rather, more on answering the mother with custody rights problem. She would be put on a tight awkward spot if she says that she has a child yet she would coldly answer that mother that way.

      True..and probably, helping Kanae is part of her work. I think it is more on being a 'bad mother' than a 'bad person'.

      Indeed ^^

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  23. I just hope Sho saw this show also. I want him to go check on Kyoko :D Also because I want drama! If both Ren and Sho plan to see Kyoko, how intense will it get!!!

    Also thanks so much for this summary! I keep checking it for other released chapters almost everyday :).

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    1. Lol, true, that will be intense, Diana. Though thinking of it now, that would mean, no lovey-dovey for Ren and Kyouko. Isn't he going to give her the real stamp? And also, show those eating videos.

      Thanks for reading ^-^ Thanks~~ Hehe, I'm also doing that with the Chinese sites.

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  24. Thanks for the summary! I'm glad Kyoko has so many nice people who worry about her. Having been deprived of her mother's love must have been tough growing up. I still think there will be a way to fix that rift between mother and daughter. At least I hope so.

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      Indeed ^^

      Well, if there is, I'm curious how it will be done. This one seems really serious and tough.

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  25. thanks for the summery kat
    i think this will be the parallel situation that happened before to ren , kyouko there she helped him with his demons now its ren's turn help kyouko with her demons.

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    1. Thanks for reading, sephora ^-^

      Yup, highly possible and I'm sure it will happen. I mean, they are helping each other all throughout the series.

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  26. Thanks a lot for the summary, as always!!!

    Would you mind if I translate this to spanish to share it with people who doesn't know english? I would put a link to your blog of course. I'm trying to create a topic on a forum to talk about skip beat in spanish. I don't know if i will be able to, but gotta try.
    Thank you so much for your hard work!! you are great!

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      No, I don't mind. Go ahead. I just ask for credit and that's it ^^ Good luck ^^

      Thanks for the comment ^-^

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  27. Thank you so much! I couldn't find the raws posted yesterday, so I was really surprised to see you had a summary posted already!
    Referencing an earlier comment about Lori helping along their (Kyouko and her mother) relationship - it is not going to happen. Even though it was said in reference to romances, Lori's position on direct interfere in love relationships has been clearly stated and probably applies to all kinds (not just romance). Frankly, I also think that Lori would hope that Kyouko not be involved with such a woman as Seana, who can deny her own flesh so readily. I don't think it will happen anyway. It is possible that author will decide to explain why Seana feels the way she does about Kyouko, but it is probably unnecessary to the plot. Though Kyouko seems to be sad about it, it seems like she really has come to terms with it. Since Seana has ignored Kyouko after meeting her again and clearly recognizing her and then publicly denying her the arc could end with this. I don't think it absolutely is, because the permission issue still has to be resolved, but two additional scenes could take care it without Seana appearing.

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    1. Oh, also, Kyouko did have parental figures in her life. They may have refrained from treating like a daughter born to their house (possibly only because Seana retained custody), but the Fuwas did raise her and at least Sho's Mom clearly had some affection for her as she made sure Kyouko's birthday was acknowledged and celebrated every year, even if it was in conjunction with Christmas. Also, they communicated that they wouldvbe paying their respects to her in person as soon as things slowed down at their business. This is clearly a mark of favor/affection.

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    2. You're welcome, Deb ^-^

      True..and if he does, I'm not exactly sure how.

      Hm..good point there. Of course, Saena doesn't want to be involved with Kyouko.

      True..but probably, more on making the readers understand/know why she feels that way with Kyouko. Hm..true, if that is how things will be though with this mangaka, surely, there is more to it as to why she made the mother appear. Actually, I really thought before that she won't appear in the series. ^^;;

      Indeed...and they are thinking of her as a possible 'daughter-in-law'. Hehe, and I always thought that was her mother. Ah, obviously, it is Fuwa's mother if her mother treats her like that since childhood. Silly me. Indeed, and Saena even bothered to inform them about Kyouko's whereabouts.

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  28. Thank you again for the summary, Kat! Not knowing how many people have read "Tokyo Crazy Paradise," I just have to say that while most of her characters end up being sympathetic in some way, the mangaka is able to make some truly evil and twisted "final boss" types. If this is the case with Saena, you can bet things will get far worse before they get better. I have to say, I kinda look forward to a confrontation between Lory and Saena if that's the case. I can see it becoming a battle of titans, in which for the first time we see Lory having a hard time with an opponent. I also wonder if this is perhaps the first time Ren has actually understood on a gut level what Kyoko's life was like. And finally, I'm also looking forward to the appearance of the Fuwas. I'm betting that they're going to play the role of evil Saena's paid minions and Kyouko's outwardly kind jailors. Bet they take a turn and get "redeemed" into sympathetic characters, though, possibly with Sho doing so as well. One thing I know: this feels like it's coming to a climax - almost all the referenced players are either on the board, or are scheduled to appear soon. It may be that Chiori's Mr. D will turn up yet, as may a few others minor characters in minor plots, but I'm betting were headed into the final arc soon. May it be amazing and twisted and beautiful and hateful and loving and entrancingly dramatic. Oh, and yeah, I'm not going to apologize about calling Saena "evil" even if she does turn out to be sympathetic. I can see not acknowledging having a child on TV- that's as public as it gets... but the elevator encounter? The first time Saena has seen Mogami in literally years, and just passes by? EEEeeevillllll!

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Ah..true, there are those evil and twisted villains.

      Ya..though I'm curious what will they talk about and how it will be, if it will be something like a battle of titans.

      True, so I wonder how Ren is going to help cheer her up/comfort her but then, I think just seeing him when she least expect it helps a lot. And, there is that stamp to give her and videos.. Something more will be nice ^_~

      Hm..the Fuwas, I'm not sure they are like that. What are they going to be 'redeemed' from? I get the impression that they treated Kyouko well even if there is a bit of ulterior motive to it. ^^; I assumed that they were worried enough to make Saena call them about Kyouko.

      Anyway...true, and even if it is like that, I think, it will take a long, long time in our time. Hopefully, all of the above.

      Hm..if you put it that way, maybe Kyouko won't be that hurt over Saena saying that on TV?

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  29. Thanks for the summary kat! (Wow so many people read and comment on this series!)

    I don't remember what the writing on the hand means or when it happened... Please tell me @_@

    People are finding out one-by-one the story behind Kyouko's mom. I wonder what Prez Lory's move will be?

    And I hope during the time while Ren's in Japan he meets with Kyouko <3

    As always thank you thank you thank you kaaaat :3

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    1. Thanks for reading, Hozea ^-^ Yup, this is the all-time popular series here ^^

      The writing on the hand is the Love me 'stamp' that Ren gave her in chapter 215. That is what was left of it.

      Indeed..what will it be.

      I'm sure he will. He'll give her the real stamp as he mentioned before the drawing one disappears.

      =)

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  30. thank you!! i have been waiting for ages to read it!!

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  31. Thank you so much for writing this chapter! I couldn't even find the raw scans. I was so excited when I saw Ren and I'm so happy he knows. Saena doesn't deserve to be called a mother she's more of a gene donator.
    Thanks again! xoxo

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      Interesting term.

      =)

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  32. Thank you so much for not only writing the summary but for translating it. I've been reading this manga since forever and I'm so psyched about the fact that the romance part has finally evolved! Can't wait for more Ren, he's been gone for such a long time and I'm going through withdraws lol. As for kyouko' s.....mother? I can't help but loath the woman even if this is her "official" (I suppose that's as close as I'll get) appearance. Also I have been wondering, what of Kyouko 's father? Was he the cause of Saena 's cold nature...
    On a lighter note I'd like to thank you AGAIN. You my dear are my savior aka my manga angel lol (=

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    1. Thanks for reading, Miriam ^-^

      Indeed ^^

      Maybe? We'll probably know much later on.

      =) Thanks for the comment ^-^

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  33. I wish Kuu is watching the show too. (Did he know Kyouko's story ??). Kinda want to know how Kuu will react on this. Maybe he will adopt Kyouko right away ^^;;
    Also waiting for the comforting lovey-dovey from Ren toooo ����
    Thank you for the summary. Great job as always Kat ( ˘ ³˘)♥

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    1. I think he has a vague idea about it, van. Ah..no, if he adopts her then, Kyouko and Ren couldn't marry or it will be awkward since they will be stepsiblings. She will have Kuu as father[in-law] when they get marry though ^^

      Yup.

      Thanks for reading and the comment ^-^

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  34. THANK YOU for constantly summarizing the chapter punctually. I have followed this manga since 2008 and honestly waiting for the English scanlations is just torturous. I'm so glad for your efforts and it's nice to see people appreciating them. :)

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  35. Thank your for the summary this month as well! I really enjoyed reading it! I also enjoyed reading all comments and analyses. It seems that Kyoko is deeply loved by all the people around her at the moment, so that makes me feel relieved :)

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      Yup ^^

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  36. Thank you, dearest Kat!
    ~may

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  37. Here's what I'm thinking just based off last chapter and this one. I think Saena is eventually going to try to say no to Kyoko acting simply because if Kyoko pisses her off and doesn't like how much Kyoko's characters resemble her, then the last thing she'd want to do is see if constantly on Kyoko's rise to stardom.

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    1. Possible. But then, with that, it is also very easy to get back at Saena. Just go to media about it though I'm not sure Kyouko will do that.

      I'm not too sure Saena would want to make a big deal about that after all, she would rather have nothing to do with Kyouko or not recognize her as her daughter. Doing that might 'rock the boat'. And, I don't think she is the type who watches drama/tv.

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  38. I found this site recently because I was going crazy waiting for the next chapter. So I want to thank you for the lovely summary and just having this site. I really appreciate it!! Thank you!
    ~Christina

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  39. Gosh Kat.. i'm so happy right now... thank you very much for always having skip beat (and other mangas) translated so well.. thanks ~ Keep it up :3 God bless you always :D gotta wait for another month for a new update :3

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      Thanks for reading them and the comment, Vei ^-^

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  40. Thanks so much......I was waiting anxiously for the translation of chapter 221.......and when i read it yesterday it was beautifully described...The best I've read by far.........I've already read it more than 10 times........Hope u do the same for the next chap.......THANK YOU VERY VERY VERY MUCH...:)

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      I'll do my best ^-^

      =)

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    2. Thanks for replying i am Ray.......

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    3. And ur the BEST.....:)

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    4. No problem, Ray ^^

      Thanks for the comment ^-^

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  41. THANKS FOR THE POST KAT!!!!!

    And now I throw another two cents into the pot:

    WHAT IF . . . . . . Saena is Kyoko's aunt . . . . and her sister stole her boyfriend, then they died after Kyoko's birth, and Saena was the only living relative . . . .

    ~Usagisan~

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    1. Thanks for reading, Usagisan ^-^

      Hm..my problem with that 'she isn't her mother' scenario is after everything that Kyouko suffered thinking that she is her mother and Saena is known by almost everyone as the mother..then, she is suddenly not the mother. How would Kyouko feel about that? Everything is okay since she isn't actually the mother? Or, give me back all those tears and hurt you pretender? I'm not sure the mangaka will pull that one. In my opinion, it is like fooling the readers.

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  42. Thank you soooo much for your hard work!! I'm really glad, I could read it so soon after publishing this chapter!

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  43. Fuka Shou should be nabbed and punished by his parents after they find out of his abuse of Kyoko and that subhuman thing of a mother should end up the victim of that Vie Ghoul a**hole and then he should get caught and get life in prison meanwhile the Bi*ch mother be scarred for life in more ways than one by the Vie Ghouls treatment of her , meanwhile Kyoko gets her dreams come true, that's the only way justice would be truly served

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    1. Hehe, is that so...

      You really hate the antagonists here...or rather, the ones who hurt Kyouko badly.

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  44. Thank you Kat!!! Your hard and quick work is always appreciated! :)

    I just have to say, even though we've known about Kyouko's rocky relationship with her mother since almost the beginning, up until the guam arc, I still felt that trying to bring her into the picture would just make the story overly complicated and distract from the main focus (Kyouko's acting/relationship with Ren/defeating Shou). However, now that I think about it, the story has delved so deeply into Ren's background/family relationships/problems, it would be kind of unfair for Nakamura-sensei not to do the same with Kyouko, especially if she plans to deliver a cookie-cutter shoujo ending (all loose ends tied up and conflicts resolved). And as others have speculated, I'll bet Lory has already begun plotting a strategy to create a "happy ending" for his number 1 Love Me member and her mother. :)

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

      True...hopefully, it is a more satisfying ending than her previous series ^^

      As for Lory helping..I'm not too sure. As some people here say, Lory seem quite angry. I'm not sure if he is inclined to reunite Kyouko with that kind of mother especially if the mother is that type. Anyway, if he does, I'm curious how he will do it.

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  45. I agree he definitely seems pretty ticked. However, this is Lory we're talking about, the great love-meddler (and not just romantic love, either)! With a love related challenge like this one (not to mention he has already invested so much in Kyouko), I don't think he'll be able to resist at least trying to fix it. :D

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    1. I see, Daneille. Hm..maybe he'll do some background research on Saena first. I mean, I don't think he'll just recklessly meddle/intrude without knowing the facts and stuff..and doing it just for the sake of what he believes in.

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  46. i am loving this arc :) <3

    ~shirayuki

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