April 20, 2015

Skip Beat [Chapter 223]

Looking at Kyouko’s distraught expression, Shou says that in the end, she saw it. After a pause, Kyouko asks what he is saying. Shou tells her not to pretend that she didn’t know. “Today’s broadcast. The program that Aunt Saena took part in.” Then, Okami rushes out to see Kyouko with Shou. She recognizes Shou who sees her. After Okami nods in acknowledgement, Shou shakes his head. Okami starts going inside and thinks that regarding this kind of thing, it would be better to leave it to a childhood friend who understands the situation. Shou says that looking at her, it is impossible that she didn’t see it. Kyouko says that she doesn’t know. Shou says who she is deceiving. “..currently, your eyes’ expression is lifeless.” Kyouko lowers her head down and asks why he appeared. “..how come you are here.” He says, “..because there is a certain idiot who won’t answer the phone no matter how many times I called. *Kyouko didn’t answer* ..you..just now..where do you plan on running off to?”
Then, he remembers the time when they shot his PV, Kyouko told him that she would avoid him and she’ll go to a place to cry because she doesn’t want to make him feel awkward. Then, Shou asked if she went to some place to cry during the time when she suddenly disappeared. End flashback. Shou thinks that she plans to cry all by herself again. He tells her that actually, he doesn’t feel awkward and even if she bawls out here right now, he feels that he is capable of acting the role which is as good as probably the wild dogs on the streets. “But, there is someone who can warm you up rather than to be all alone, which isn’t good, right.” She didn’t react. Shou scowls and goes to her. He asks, “..hey..do you hear what I said? You girl.. *holds her chin* Hold your head up.” Shou is surprised to see her blank expression for it now totally devoid of emotion compared to the one earlier which seems to be in the verge of crying. He thinks that this girl made her feelings.. He goes near her and kisses her.
A few cars pass by and Shou ends the kiss. He looks at her and says, “..what..if it is the usual you, you’ve kick me and send me flying, right. If you do not want to cry in front of me, (at least) get angry at me.. (vent out that feeling--..!!)” Kyouko looks at him and says, “..truly annoying--..” This startles Shou. She continues, “..Shou--..tarou--.. I have... a request..” Shou asks what it is. She continues, “--..let me calm down a bit..” Shou scowls a bit about this. Back inside, Okami’s husband is busy cooking while Okami looks gloomy. He is startled when his wife suddenly shouted in surprise. She says that it is because she felt that it is very serious so she came back but just now, shouldn’t it be better for her to invite them inside. The Daruma couple peeks out the door but no one is there. They wonder where the two ran off to. And, at some park, Kyouko is sitting by her lonesome on a bench. She recalls Shou asking her where she wants to run off to.
Holding the small purse, she thinks, “--..Geez--..the place where I want to run to.. where to go--.. Obviously, there is no Corn’s forest in Tokyo. Obviously, there is no place where I can let go.. and cry out loud.. There is basically none-- *recalls Sho saying that right now, her eyes are lifeless* Basically, I thought that after a long time, I don’t feel it anymore. For things to reach this stage, talking about despair, talking about expectation, --but-- *Flashback: Kyouko received a mail and it is from her mother’s law firm. She looked happy about that. Takenori called her out and showed her profile on LME’s page. End flashback.* Holding the awareness that I’ll be ‘ignored’. Attempting to convey to that person my ‘wish’. It is to make that person turn into someone who cannot ignore me. This is the kind of method that I have chosen-- Including being on the home page. I’m afraid that she’ll be annoyed but she still signed the consent letter and gave it to me. *recalls her mother’s scowl* It isn’t at all because she values my future. Rather, that person.. *Saena saying that she doesn’t have a child* treated me, along with my everything, as never existed, so..”
A tear starts to fall that she quickly closes her eyes and holds the purse tightly. Slightly biting her lip, she thinks, “..it’s great--.. that this didn’t happen before meeting with Corn again.. –or else—  I will once again..” Flashback to young Kyouko who is crying in the rain and calling out to Corn: “Quickly come back. *wipes tears* I beg of you. Quickly come out. Quickly listen to what I have to say. Corn. *cries* CO-RN” Kyouko looks as if she is on the verge of tears. Then, there is a shadow of a person coming towards her. She looks up and sees that it is a man. And, she is surprised for it is Ren. She scowls and tears start to form in her eyes. She mutters, “..no..way..” Blurb: “The figure that appears in front of extremely sad and lost Kyouko. The frozen feelings unceasingly overflow!? Next chapter is a must read!!” The next chapter will be out on May 20th in Japan.
Comment: Ah, I’m having really good vibes here especially with that kind of blurb. Must read..so something amazing will happen, right? She is thinking of Corn, and he comes out. Would this be the ‘I’ll tell you everything’ when they meet again? Ren isn’t going to just return to Guam with her like that..and that kind of flashback. It is like saying that rainy day won’t happen again..well, at least, it is a build up for Ren to appear. I guess for Shou to come out first is some sort of comparison with how Kyouko will react/let herself be comforted. Kyouko must have used some exceptionally amazing acting skills to make herself look like that. She has a lot of pride and stubbornness to never make Shou see her crying. So, by next chapter, we’ll probably have a comparison on how Ren will comfort her. He hugged her before when she feared that Corn has died. Maybe, deliberate or not, he’ll do something Corn will do and that might reveal his identity? I recall he did some backflip when they were young. Then, that Corn looking like Ren at Guam makes sense now on why Kyouko would be so moved to cry to see him. ^^

Anyway, Shou really lacks the skills to do it as evident in this chapter. I don’t know if it is good that Kyouko got kissed by Shou. I mean, from her reaction and thoughts later on, that kiss was nothing to her. He no longer has that much impact on her. It somehow shows what he is to her now and that might probably worry Shou later on. I would like to know his expression if he knew that she wasn’t always crying alone, and with whom. So, with Kyouko like that, I don’t think Ren will bring up that kiss if he did see it. I hope Shou did leave her alone and not follow her because I want a major progress between the two. Hopefully, the mangaka isn’t just bringing my hopes up like what Kyouko did with her mother. Apparently, Kyouko had entertained hope that perhaps, things are different now but her worst fear is confirmed by what her mother said. It makes me wonder if all that is just for us to be here, right now...Ren/Corn to be there again when she needs him the most..unlike that rainy day. ^^ So, is ‘Corn’s forest’ = Ren’s house? =P Scans by 红莲汉

Quote of the day:
What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. ~ George Eliot

182 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. btw namaikizaraki has updated as well... may you kindly provide summary for it? Thanks for the usual great job

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    1. Very well said...

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    2. You're welcome and thanks for the comment ^-^

      Will be working on it next.

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  2. Thank you for updating so fast, I am dying, May feels like months away, yet is *only* a month.

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  3. Oh yeah, the next chapter is certainly a must-read. I felt embarrassed instead of Shou because he was brushed off like that (so I really hope that he left, there is no need for further embarrassment for him. Is it too much to say that he looked like a helpless lovesick fluffy creature?

    Anyways, that kiss isn't really a kiss ... if I got the translation right someone on that Baidu forum wrote that even his reflection didn't appear in her eyes (so how can this be called a kiss? Perhaps a mosquito bite (though I don't want to be harsh or debase Shou because in spite of all his flaws I like his selfish character lol but of course Ren x Kyouko are my favorite pairing).

    The mangaka has done a very good job in showing the eyes of lifeless Kyouko (that was fantastic) ... and like everyone else, I want to know what will happen next, I also hope to understand more about her mom's behavior (there must be a reason, some kind of trauma in her childhood? Being neglected by her mom or having a relationship with her which was characterized by agony?

    Kat, you stayed up late for this so thank you, as a fan I really appreciate this. We owe you one ^_^

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    1. True...though not sure if will be stubborn enough to stay around. Hm..lovesick...not sure, helpless, yes.

      Well, depends on one's definition of a kiss. If kiss should be mutual or it is considered a kiss with the touching of lips. ^^

      Indeed. Hm..maybe later on.

      No problem and thanks ^^

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  4. Thanks sooo much for this summary. I can't wait till next month. I honestly hope Ren does show compassion. I don't want his jealousy (assuming he so the kiss) to over take his emotions just like in the Reino ark. Ugh, anything can happen in the next chapter and it's killing me. I just hope the mangaka does focus on them and does not switch to another focus or characters.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Diana ^-^

      Hehe, I'm sure he will. Isn't he weak against her tears? Especially now, he ought to assume it would be about her mother.

      Hopefully so ^^

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  5. Thank thank thank you. Quite amazing this chapter. Holy moly

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  6. Thanks for the summary kat
    Let’s begin with that worthless being ccalled shoutarou .You know usually i don’t really care about shoutarou since to me he is very childlish because its very obvious that the only reason he so into kyouko is because of ren .He feel threatened that he will replace him in kyouko’s heart (poor shou that was done a long time ago) that why he is stalking her ,if there was no ren and no guy was into kyouko i’m sure he would leave her alone .And let’s say that she ends up with him LOL like hell that would happen but okay let’s imagine it ,then i’m sure he would go back to treating her like trash because that ‘s the kind of guy he is ,he doesn’t want to lose .So him kissing her is of a very bad taste and again someone need to beat the living crap out of him to teach him one or two things about life this chapter is a reminder as to why i hate shoutarou’s guts .I’m getting sick of his character he should stick to be comic relief .
    About kyouko ,i feel so bad for her .it’s like i already said her reaction shows that despite everything she was expecting that her mother deep down loved her a little bit but reality is quite cruel .But i have to say that i’m not too fond of lifeless kyouko to the point where she let shoutarou next to her and freaking KISS her .After all what she has been through ,she gotta be stronger .I hope when all is said and done she give shoutarou a beating for kissing her . But i guess it’s okay since she chased him away and broke down in front of ren
    I guess the thing that we can get from kyouko in this chapter ,is that no matter how good of an actress she becomes there are some wounds that are too deep to cover up with acting .
    I hope she will cool her head and accept that life is harsh crying will change nothing ,she said it herself that now she has alot of people in her life that she isn’t as lonely as she used to be and now she has a goal something to dream and work for .She should focus on that and let bygones be bygones .She should only do things for herself and not because of others ,I’m expecting a lot from this arc ,kyouko need to turn a new leaf .
    Now last but not least ren ,i’m pretty sure he has seen that kiss and he is hurting right now but based on the face he made he won’t say anything to kyouko about it and that’s the thing a mature person has to do .I hope that kyouko will start putting two and two together and say « ha ,so ren and corn are the same person » but i doubt it will be revealed now because once kyouko knows i think we will be really close to them being a couple and that can’t happen now . Again i’m glad that the kiss is something meaningless to kyouko that shows her shock at what she heard and also how small shou existence has become in her life while ren’s continues to grow bigger and bigger if it was the same for a certain heroine with red hair i would complain less .
    I’m very excited for next chapter i’m waiting for cute/emotional moment between kyouko and ren ,some real progress kyouko need ren right now she looked miserable in this chapter .But i’m glad she held back in front of shou ,that’s nice since after all what happened she could never rely on hima gain and i love it .

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    1. I agree about Shou completely. Kyoko is hurting from what every child craves and she has been denied being a parents love. Ren more than likely won't mention it until she does...but he's going to have to explain why he's there. Honestly I think Kyoko already realised who he is, both Corn and Kuon. She's too observant not to. I think they have both been respecting the other in a sense. He allows her to have her childish fantasy and she is simply waiting until he is ready to share.

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    2. Ya ,maybe he should BJ that would teach him some manners .

      True ,that's a very important thing to any human being and i think what's made worse is that she was alone .

      Well , i think she will get it that he saw the boradcast and is here to see her but he has to be careful or he will reveal his real identity

      Ya ,sometimes i think deeep down kyouko knows that the two are the same and sometimes i really doubt ,so i will go with the she doesn't know option .

      That's true and that' s one of the many aspects of their relationship that i love .Instead of looking down on kyouko for being into fairies he goes along with it and even make up stories ^^ kyouko knows that ren has a dark past and very deep wounds but she doesn't judge him and is very patient with him i love it ^^

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    3. True.. I agree with both of you.I love to re-read the part when they stay together in a hotel for BJ's role and he did not take any advantage on it at all! I really love her patience for him.

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    4. oops i mean he should let BJ teach him some manners

      @haze yup that's one of the many part that makes ren so awsome as a love interest

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    5. Thanks for reading, sofia ^-^

      Hm..without Ren, probable. Iirc, during the PV, he was teasing her and everything until he became really jealous that Ren is calling her. Let's say paying attention to her got more intense thanks to Ren.

      I get your point but I'm thinking that Kyouko is too tired and drained to resist and she is probably using all her 'powers' to stop herself from crying in front of him.

      I think she knows that crying won't change anything. Didn't she tell that to Maria before? Since she is still going to cry here, I think it goes to show how hurt she is. I think crying is good..to just let it all out then move on. It is different from always crying. Something like how she finally break down and cry after failing the audition then she pick herself up again. In a way, it makes her human especially since this is her trauma/weakpoint.

      Ah..cannot say. Blurb said 'must read' so there should be something really good there. I'm thinking it is either knowing he is Corn or some sort of confession. But then, this series is very unpredictable so cannot really imagine how and what will happen.

      Hehe, true. Yup ^^

      True, she kind of knows..based on the side story, but her love of fairy tales is greater than logic =P

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    6. Ya that's what i wanted to say i mean if ren wasn't in the picture he wouldn't be so jealous ,because deep down he will lose against ren .That's why he does childlish stuff like steal her first kiss just to annoy him .

      True after re-reading the chapter that's what i get from her lifeless reaction .

      That's true , i would rather have kyouko break down in front of ren let all of her suffering out and be done with it than have her cry each time she meets her mom or someone mentions her name . I don't think i would love that kyouko .

      Well first i hope shou went home ,i have had enough of him .If he stays and he gets beaten up then i'm okay with it otherwise if he is there to get between ren and kyouko then please no . I doubt she will learn that he is corn i mean this is SB we are talking about and the author love to torture her readers ^^

      I think we may have a sweet moment ,a near confession maybe a hug stuff like that ,but it's like you said one can't predict SB what we can do is expect great things as usual ^^

      Ya , i think deep down she knows the truth and she will be very happy to learn that he is corn and very ashamed because of the kiss since she is a pure girl ^-^

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    7. Ya..and I think it is somewhat the same with Reino before. He can be possessive of her if there is a rival. Something like, he always want her to be his fangirl of some sort.

      Indeed...well, she doesn't really cry each time. She was more or less okay after their meeting. I guess the total rejection of her existence really shook her. When she mentioned it to Maria, iirc, she was only teary-eyed/on the verge of crying. The only time I recall when she really bawl out was when she failed the audition and it is partly related to Shou. Were there other times? Also, it was just yesterday when her mother is doing the scowl thing when they met, she managed to pull herself together just thinking that Ren is coming back. So, it is possible that she is still a bit vulnerable at that time.

      Hehe, true, I hope there is no interruption from Shou..but if there is, hopefully, progress nevertheless. True, but even as the mangaka tortures the readers, she delights when we least expect it.

      Yup.

      You mean Shou's kiss? I do wonder if she'll tell him like when Corn kissed her.

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    8. Yup that's it as long as he is the biggest existence in her life that's what matter for him but of course he does care for kyouko that's very obvious but out of all the character in the series he is the one who didn't grow at all .

      I know that and that's not what i mean ,i mean from now on after the shock she just lived i hope she won't break into tears everytime there is a mention of her mother or she if she meets her .As long as she doesn't breakdown before shou or her mom i'm okay if she feels bad it's best not to keep it to herself and call kanae or ren i'm sure they would be more than happy to listen to her that's what i mean and what i want .

      The only progress i want if shou is there is either A. kyouko tells him to get lost and he is the last person he wants to see or B. ren beat him up and leave with kyouko .

      True her torture is quite delighful and we are always asking for more .

      Nope that she kissed him and spoke to him like nothing happened (guam arc )

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    9. Ah, I see. I thought you were referring to the past. ^^;

      Well, not sure if Ren will beat him up over it. ^^;

      Indeed.

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    10. Nope i'm talking how things may turn out in the future .If kyouko was a crybaby do you think i would love her as much as i do ^^

      I know but i'm hoping that he let kuon take over and beat some sense into shoutarou , you can't tell me he doesn't deserve a beating .

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    11. Nope, you wouldn't.

      That's right, Ren won't but Kuon might.

      Hehe..I won't but then, maybe a beating of his ego/pride would be okay for me ^^

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    12. Well it's seems like he has no dignity at all ,after all what kyouko told him he is still following her like a dog and causing troubles so i think a beating would do him good ^^ but what i really want to see is kyouko telling shou that she loves ren and if he wants to mock her or whatever he sould go ahead for she is proud of those feelings of love she has toward ren . Maybe with this he will finally get it and take a beat

      But of course since kyouko decided to hide her love she fooled him with her acting but i just hope that one day she would proudly say to shou i love ren so what ?

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    13. Did you really think Ren saw the kiss? I thought he was just randomly looking for Kyoko and alas, saw her in an empty park in the neighbourhood. I think Ren's expression isn't related to "him-seeing-the-kiss" but rather because he knew the circumstances Kyoko is in. I bet he's sad too about Kyoko's mum that's why he looked like that when he saw Kyoko on the verge on crying..

      Anyway, I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this. we really love skip beat, isn't it?

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    14. Well, there is still that bet problem. Kyouko has high dignity/pride to not go back on her words. So, I don't think she will easily say that to Shou. I think the mangaka has a different plan for that. Maybe like Ren saying he isn't 'Ren'? =P

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    15. No, Anonymous. I'm not sure if he really saw it. It was just a speculation that he saw it. We'll know for sure in the next chapter.

      I think it came about when there was that 'dark figure scene of Ren' = spoiler picture before the full scans, and everyone assumed that he saw the kiss.

      That is most likely the reason for Ren's expression.

      Yup and glad to hear that ^^

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    16. True and i like it that kyouko has pride and dignity but i hope that in the near future she tells shou proudly of her feelings for ren and that he should get lost for good . I don’t think kyouko will learn of it now ,it’s bad timing . I think ren should reveal his identity in a much way and at a better time now he should give all his efforts to help her get over her trauma and later when the hurricane is over he may tell her it’s something way too important to just reveal it like that .But if he does i’m okay with it ^^

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    17. @ Anon i believe he saw it otherwise why focus on the taxi at the beginning .But if he didn't that would be great let's hope he didn't and shou will be the one to see a romantic scene between the two if he is still there .That would be really nice something like kyouko crying in his arms .I would love it ^^

      thanks and of course we do ,who did read SB and didn't love it ^^

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    18. Yup, hopefully, sofia.

      You think so? Then, what would be the 'must read' in the next chapter? Confession? Anyway, I'm sure there is something big there. Though I think that it would be in some unpredictable way again which is the mangaka's style. And, we'll be screaming for more again..as usual =P

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    19. Well that's just my opinion based on how SB went so far .I mean whenever we thought something big was to happen it didn't and the author just teased us . So i don't want to get my hopes up and i will do what all the fans of SB do which is enjoy the sweet torture ^^

      If it does happen than i will be happy and i along all the fans of SB will be screaming with joy like the fangirls that we are XD

      By the way if he tells her that he is corn will she finally realize that fairies do not exist ? Or will he make up another story like he is half fairy ?

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    20. Ah, I see. Well, it was announced so...^^;

      True.

      I cannot guess it..maybe it would still be something about fairies?

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    21. I know but like i said this is SB so....oh well we can expect something big next chapter ,whatever it is we will recieve it with great joy or great anger if it involves shou ^^

      Ya something like there are period where i can't show my true from or i was atttacked as a young fairy and i forgot that i was half human ^^

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    22. True ^^

      Oh..half human is good, or at least, something like his ancestors are fairies like what she is hoping...

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  7. OH MY EFFING- I swear I was just reading the unconfirmed teaser a while ago and to discover hat you've already updated! THANK YOU!!! Now, we just have to wait for another month to pass.. T_T

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    1. Hehe, is that so.

      You're welcome ^-^

      Yup.

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  8. Thank you for the summary Kat!

    It brought tears to my eyes when I saw the flashback of her crying out his name. Now that it shows who lies more heavily in her heart in this chapter. Funny how Kyoko yearns to see Corn above anyone else when it comes to her heart ache. Little does she know he's been threr for quite some time. I wonder if the president and Yashiro went home. It doesn't look like Ren used his own car to get there. That's why I think he was in that taxi that drove by. But then again why not use a car the president owns... ah another long month wait.

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    1. probably coz the President doesnt own a car that isnt extravagently designed and easy to spot :P

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    2. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      Ya...that was quite sad.

      I'm thinking of that. In that scene, a taxi and another car passed by. Hehe, I'm basing it on the door handle, it doesn't look the same taxi in both panels. So, it isn't just a taxi. Also, why would Ren ride a taxi when he has his own car.

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  9. Hi kat , thanks for the summary , and i want really to kill shou from the bottom of my heart but when I think about it I think the mangaka made shou to come first to show that's there is somehow no impact because she didn't show any emotions even after he kiss her and she somehow can put an act in front of him but I think at the same time it's wasn't an act while with ren she can somehow show all her emotions and can't hold it but I really felt sorry for her and i wanted to see ren more and i really want to know what ren will do to comfort her and i think I will go crazy because I have to wait another month , I hope you understand what I'm saying .

    ~reemy

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    1. Thanks for reading, reemy ^-^

      True...that seems to be the mangaka's intention.

      Indeed, another month's wait again.

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  10. i think it a classic for sho to be the first he know kyouko is paster better than ren but Ren he better than him to conforte her
    we see in this chapitre how kyouko open her heart her true feeling to ren
    i think this time she wil know the truthe

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    1. Yup, Jlassil ^-^

      You think so, too.

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  11. Thanks for translating and sharing with us ... still a month ahaead, but next chapter must have something spectecular in it

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  12. Thank you do much for the summary Kat 😊 As always you are the best 👍👍
    In this Kyoko mother/past arc i think the suffer she endured this Whole years is greater than the bullying Kuon had when he was young. Even if his parents are busy with work at last he has Rick who support and wact over him (i'm sure his parents too) but Kyoko is all alone with no one to support her.
    This chapter make a little light in my depressing day because of the exam. I am sure the next chapter will awesome,maybe some progres and a smile that back in Kyoko beautiful face 😍
    Well Ren,you better not screw up because of jealously over the kiss and do your job properly to comfort Kyoko.
    Thank's again Kat and sorry for my bad English 😉

    Tiara ^_^

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    1. Thanks for reading, Tiara ^-^

      Is that so. Well, it wasn't totally no one..for in a brief time, Kyouko had Corn. I'm curious though about Shou's parents..didn't they support Kyouko at all?

      Indeed and hopefully, he doesn't. ^^

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  13. No comment. I just had teary eyes while reading this chapter as well(>﹏<)
    Really this Nakamura-Sensei is doing pretty good in making me suffering, struggling, and even dying after reading any ch of SB, and can't help but sit and wait *sigh~*
    شكراً جزيلاً لكِ، كات (≧∇≦)/

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    1. I see, Lolli.

      Indeed and it makes me think that she is some sort of sadist. ^^;

      You're welcome ^-^

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    2. Well said, Kat, well said. Nakamura-sama is a sadist.

      I am afraid, that Kyoko will cry to Ren: "Love me", Ren tells her, and the next morning she won't believe it, because she asked for the sentence, not Ren told her himself, and stays the same storyline...

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    3. =)

      Hehe, Judit..hopefully not so...well, no more of dragging things further like that. Even if she's a sadist, so far, things do not regress back. ^^

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  14. I can't help but think that Sho followed Kyoko to the park. Lets face it, its after 1:30 in the morning and Kyoko is a female celebrity wandering around in the middle of the night. If Sho is any kind of man/friend, he would have followed her, making sure she is safe. I think he will see Kyoko and Ren together in the next chapter because, I am pretty sure it's Sho's lips frowning in the last panel as Kyoko starts to cry. So the question becomes, does he be a jerk and interrupt or just watch from the sidelines?

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    1. Hm..good point, C. Arnold.

      Indeed. Thinking about it, if Shou interrupt, something good might also happen ^^

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    2. Sho must be at the park, I believe he really developed feelings for kyoko but he was and still is very immature. Like a kid pulling the pony tails of a girl he likes.

      I think he will watch from the sidelines too embarrassed to interrupt when he sees the **hopeful intimate conversation or embrace or kiss ;) ** between Ren and Kyoko. Then he'll make his probably start popping up in kyoko a life and hopefully it'll help Ren "move things along"

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    3. Is that so, Coli.

      Based on your first sentence, he'll probably be popping up if he is around. =P

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  15. Thank you for the fast summary as always, Kat! T__T I'm already broken, so it being out had little effect on my feelings. I'm utterly shocked and disguted with that kiss. Even if Kyouko forgives or forgets it, I WILL NOT. I hope Ren saw that so he can "desinfect" her mouth later ;__; oooh, who am I kidding?
    " He hugged her before when she feared that Corn has died. Maybe, deliberate or not, he’ll do something Corn will do and that might reveal his identity? " "So, is ‘Corn’s forest’ = Ren’s house?"
    DON'T PUT MY HOPES UP THIS MUCH, KAT, PLEASE T__T I don't even have tears left to cry, waaaahh T__T I thought about it during my entire birthday, I couldn't even sleep properly T__T

    ~Yuki

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    1. Thanks for reading, Yuki ^-^

      Is that so...who knows, maybe?

      Ah..I'm just thinking that they would want to be totally alone in a private place where she can cry to her heart's content. But then, it is in the middle of the night so...

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  16. Oh Kat, i really thank you for that! I was crazy waiting to know what would actually happen. I confess that i liked of the kiss because shows how much Kyoko doesn't care about Shou and that she moved on. And to me it would be better if Ren had seen it because he would be angry with Shou and would do everything he can to win Kyoko, like revealing he is Corn *-*

    Kisses ^-^

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      Indeed. Ah...hopefully something like that will happen ^^

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  17. Thanks a lot for quick summary Kat *.* I was pretty sure kyouko will traumatized by it because of expectations :\ i think her character matured a lot but still it bugs me she tend to depend on corn stone and the memories aaand overwhelmed by seeing Ren. Ahh afterwards it may couse more pain. Because now we know fairy corn means a lot for her and for avoid or heal this scar she will unintentionally more obsessed with his existence. But since kyouko aware that after neglected by saena she devote herself shoutaro this time she may carefull with ren or fairy corn. ren should throughly think right timing for revealing the truth so she can bear with it. As for sho no comments he just act accordingly his no. 1 arrogant instict :) thanks again for your effort

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      Ya. Is that so. Well, it seems to be her defense mechanism. In a way, it also because he is the one whom she can talk about it with. And, he must have been able to comfort her in some way or else, why would she still continue to look for him.

      Ah..true, that is the reason why she is denying that she love Ren for a long time because of those traumas. So far, Ren is good at that so I'm sure he'll manage it here. ^^

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  18. Ahh i read now other readers thinks that kyouko see ren as corn besause her comment was 'it s a trick' but as fas as i know there is two possible line in Japanese a:'uso deshou ' or b: ' jodan deshou' its similar but not exactly same. As for a it means no way like you translate and most likely she just surprised by rens sudden appearance. as for b its a trick or joke and means what she sees doesn't make sense so like hallucinating corn

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    1. Yup, that is what I think, sozge. Something like, is this a joke, are you kidding..something like that. And, as I mentioned in the comment, she might have said that partly because she has seen Corn as Ren before..so when she is thinking of Corn, he appears..it is like Corn had appeared..just when she is thinking of him. ^^

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  19. Thanks again Kat for your perfect description.You are really and trully the Best...Thanks again for ur update..And hope u will do the good work if not the best in the future chapters as well...Kat = Awesome+Great=Kat the Best.....By Ray

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  20. Thank you, thank you Kat!!!!! I just keep staring at that last set of pictures. I think Ren looks understanding and sympathetic there... surely he just wants to help her and not even worry about that kiss at the moment. But I am sorry to see Sho kissed her. I get that he's an idiot and apparently his knee-jerk reaction to snap her out of it is to do something that would make her go crazy... but it was totally the wrong thing to do. It actually made me cringe more than get mad. Just shows that he's miles away from Ren in both character and in relationship to Kyouko. Just can't stop shaking my head at him.

    I'm so excited about the possibilities for the next chapter! I just don't know if the Corn secret can be revealed though. That would bring a whole new mess of things on Kyouko when she's already emotionally distraught. If Ren=Corn, then suddenly she learns that her fairy who helped all this time is not really a fairy (I mean, Corn being Ren is pretty great, but it's still a blow that the fairytale she believed all her life is not true). On top of that, Corn said he loved Kyouko in Chapter 211 when he was asking for the kiss and of course he also gave her a real kiss... so that would mean Corn's confession & kiss are also now Ren's. But, if this secret will be revealed, I have no doubt Nakamura will handle it amazingly well... she has not disappointed yet with 223 chapters!!

    If that is indeed Sho's scowl at the end and he is watching (hard to tell because the nose looks more like it would be Kyouko's but the hair is a little long compared to other panels around it) then I hope Ren would be mature enough to want to deal with Kyouko's feelings right now and not even bother with Sho. That would probably be better than beating him up anyway... just totally ignoring him and taking Kyouko away somewhere would say how insignificant Sho is much more than a punch. (Hmm, maybe my wish from the previous chapter about Ren whisking her away would actually come true!)

    Sorry for the long post!

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    1. After having more time to think about it, it would be nice if it's as you said, if something happens that hints at Ren's true identity. Then Kyouko can contemplate it for a while so when she eventually finds out the truth it won't be such a big shock. Maybe like the movie You've Got Mail, by the time she finds out for sure she will feel "I wanted it to be you."

      Oh, I also wanted to mention that I don't dislike Shou, since it kinda sounds that way in my previous post. I understand he was trying to "fix" Kyouko, I just thought the kiss was a really bad idea.

      Thanks again for your summaries and comments, Kat! Your comments on the chapters often help me see the stories in a different view or leave me with things to ponder while waiting for the next chapter! :)

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    2. You're welcome, squeaker ^-^ Ah, Ren seems to look like that. True.

      Indeed...let's hope for the best and indeed she hasn't disappointed yet ^^

      Hopefully so. And, I'm not sure Ren would punch him..he claims to have outgrown that.

      True..and I'm sure Shou knows how important kisses are for Kyouko.

      No problem and thanks for reading them ^-^

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  21. I love the ending!
    Don't get me wrong, the whole chapter had me on the edge of my seat with teary eyes because the despair in Kyoko's eyes says so much!
    But the thing is, in Tokyo Crazy Paradise (also written by Yoshiki Nakamura) one big lesson they mention about love is; a person who loves you is someone who will accept you, all of you, even your weaknesses and vulnerabilities (represented by showing tears) so when Ryuji finally lets his tears flow in front of Tsukasa and she just allows it and comforts him; it's a big moment for their relationship, especially since he's never become emotional in front of anyone before. Now right here in SB, Kyoko may have cried in front of Ren before, but she's never publicly allowed herself to cry over the issue of her mother, she's repressed it for so long that to see her hold it in in front of everyone is expected.
    To see her struggling to keep it in, it shows what just happened really hurt her.
    When she sees a figure in the shadows, she doesn't know who it is so she's still trying to keep it in.
    But when she realizes it's Ren and her repressed tears come out, it says so much about what Ren is to her!

    Who cares if Sho kissed her? He only did it to get a reaction out of her, I mean I don't exactly blame him, Kyoko seemed pretty blank there, he just wanted her to 'snap out of it'.
    I don't know if Ren saw the kiss, I mean it looks like the car passing by was a hint at it, but you never know.
    I think it'd be okay if Ren saw the kiss, because then there wouldn't be another secret between Sho and Kyoko.
    Will Kyoko connect Ren to Corn? I honestly doubt it, but who knows.
    What will Ren do? I have no idea, his eyes seemed sympathetic, maybe a bit cold, I don't know just my opinion.
    My only fear for the next chapter is the mangaka switches the focus to another pair of characters; but I doubt she would do that to us this time, I mean it's a very crucial time for progress right now.

    So excited for next month's chapter!

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    1. Totally agree with you!
      BTW thanks so much Kat for providing the summary. What an intriguing chapter! Now I can hardly wait for the next chapter! *bashing my head to my desk, LOL*

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    2. Yup ^^

      Hehe..well, not sure if Kyouko won't care about it since I get the impression kisses are important to her..but then, maybe after the stolen ones, it doesn't matter anymore? But then, with her current despair, she totally doesn't care about it.

      True, it isn't confirmed if Ren saw it. I'm not sure if Kyouko will tell him about it either. Of course, that kiss isn't the important thing here right now so I don't think they are going to talk about it in the next chapter.

      Yup, could the next chapter be the climax/approaching climax of the arc? The mangaka usually doesn't drop the ball at that point.

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  22. kyaaaaaaaaaaa can't wait for next chapter
    fighting kyoko
    thank you so much Kat .....love you

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      You're welcome and thanks~

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  23. Thank you so very much, Kat. In all this world, you are one of my favorite people. :) I was terrified because it looked as if Ren's eyes were cold in the first couple of pictures that you guided us to yesterday, but today in these clear drawings, he looks kind. I'm relieved. Also, when I saw yesterday's drawings, I was thinking that Ren said he wouldn't forgive Kyoko if she let another kiss like that happen (with Sho), but that may just be my faulty memory. Anyway, I'm more at peace now and I thank you for that.

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    1. You're welcome and thanks ^-^

      Indeed. Hm..I think he did say something like that..though not sure about the not forgive..more on, iirc, do not let it happen again..then his gentleman smile. Right now, I don't think/hopefully he would make a fuss about it.

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  24. As much of a joy-ride this manga has been, I really kinda hope this ends soon... too long...

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  25. How can anyone not be angry with Shoutarou? The reason he did it does not matter!! Kissing her is the worst way to comfort someone who is clearly hurting. Like seriously he couldn't hug her or give her a pep talk? That was the only thing that occurred to him to do in that moment? At this point I'm so disappointed at his 'character development' instead of becoming a better person he is turning out to be a worst version of himself.

    I'm glad Kyouko reacted coldly to his kiss because it showed he no longer has an impact on her and what is the best way of making that clear than by showing how empty her eyes are after that moment is over. She does not have time to deal with his bull shit and she does not even think about him after she tells him to go away.

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  26. Dear Kat, as always, thank you so much for your summary! As always I have a quickened pulse and reddened cheeks when I see a new chapter:). And, as usual, it doesn't disappoint! Now I will be twisting in agony of expectations and impactiance while waiting for another month! What a cliffhanger:)! Now, Ren, show us what you've got!

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      Yup ^^

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  27. Thanks for share your comments and to post this raw. Really, Thank you for translating what happens. :D

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  28. Kat, you are amazing and our hero!

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  29. I've read this chapter too and eeeee~ it was such an exciting chapter.
    I have to agree with you Kat, I think the next chapter is definitely going to be on how Ren's going to comfort her.
    But I suspect that at the end of the chapter, instead of seeing Ren, I think Kyouko is seeing Corn.
    I mean, she might have thought it was Ren at first but considering how she just thought of him and suddenly his "look alike" just appeared, it is possible that she's seeing Corn instead of Ren. Also,the part where she said she was glad this didn't happen before she met Corn, was probably because she could support him then, but wouldn't be able to if this had happened then.
    What do you think?

    P.s urgh, i just need the next chapter already!!

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    1. Yup, it is possible and it kind of overlaps in some way.

      Ah, that is possible for she won't be that optimistic at that time to help him. So, this part might be Ren/Corn's payback. ^^ When I read that, I'm thinking if it has something to do with Corn leaving. She might not be that happy if he leaves her again? But I think your theory is more correct.

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  30. This wait is going to be painful.... At the end of this chapter I feel like I'm holding my breath for what happens next.

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    1. Ya...Tohru13. But it will be a high when its release is about to come. Will the mangaka make us singing or crying in the next chapter? Or both? ^^

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  31. Celeiny05: thanks, thanks, thanks thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks ...I really have to agree with you Kat about everything in your Comment. I got a lot of questions about what is going on next? :$ ..... it was such an exciting chapter... Now like all I will be twisting in suffering of impactiance and seeing others while waiting for another month. thanks... you are so nice and kind for share the summary of the chapter. I will follow tatsukida.blogspot for a while <3

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      Thanks for the comment and thanks~

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  32. Thank You, Kat for the updates. You made my day!! Next month is the most awaited part-Ren and Kyoko! I just hope that they've an English version of Skip Beat as I am from Malaysia.

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  33. Now we need to wait for another another month. .im really happy that Kyouko shows only her emotions this time to Ren... woooh too bad Shou maybe ur no longer in her heart. . Hehe but still we need Shou in this story to push Ren to his limit.. all of Ren's progress was due to his rivalry with Shoutaro. Im soooo looking forward to Kyouko's emotional breakdown this time with Ren.. hope he will hug her.. haha.. thanks for the summary miss kat

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      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  34. Great translation and comments as usual :)

    So I was wondering that the last two words, I thought they meant liar? as in lie person? - or is it some colloquial term for "no way" - which is what you translated.. - sorry I'm not too good with the characters.
    Just wondering why she would say that hehe

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    1. I don't speak Japanese but given that my country is quite close to the country and under similar cultural text for thousands of years, I'm quite positive that phrase associated with the word 'lie' can be loosely translated into 'you're kidding (it's a lie!')' 'this can't be happening' or 'no way' as you put it.

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      I guess we wont know what really means till next month - context wise, sigh

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    3. Thanks for reading, youna ^-^

      It is as Anonymous mentioned. And, if it is 'liar', it would make no sense to call Ren that when he just appeared there after she was thinking of Corn.

      True, we'll know for sure in the next chapter.

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  35. Hi Kat.. on the last page.. don't you think that is shou-chan's lips? above kyoko-chan's hair, it's frowning and the hair's a bit different from kyoko's :)

    just wondering if you noticed it too.. :) Anyways! We are grateful to you and your summaries! thank you kat!

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    1. Hi, I'm not Kat but Just a piece of my thought -- it can't be Shou's lips. It's totally irrelevant at that moment.
      I believe the mangaka was emphasizing the moving process of Kyoko's lips from tight lipped to slight suprise of 'o' and then her trying to repress the overwhelming feeling than finally parting it slightly with burst of tears in her eyes.
      (And thank you Kat once again for wonderful summaries. I don't know how I'd survive the snail speed of SB world without you...!)

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    2. I also think that it is Kyouko's lips like Anonymous mentioned, kuleetuleetuleet.

      Thanks for reading both of you ^-^

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  36. Am I the only one who sees Shou in a different light???? I don't understand why you guys wanna beat the living crap out of him! I mean yea kissing her probably wasn't the best option but can you guys read between the lines????? He did that so that she would get mad and vent everything out! HE WAS THINKING ABOUT HER NOT HIMSELF! Maybe the action was wrong but i strongly believe the intentions were good! Can you guys read into it???? Before that he wanted to be there for her! Goodness! I'm honestly getting very annoyed with all these people who just think Sho is a crappy person who hasn't grown since chapter 1 GUYS HE HAS CHANGED! that's the complexity of his character and the beauty that Nakamura-sensei has crafted out and you guys can't appreciate it. he's an extremely complex character that also grows throughout the series!

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    1. I agree. Sho has changed. He is not the same person that he was before.

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    2. I totally agree with you, I hate how so many people are looking at that kiss as just something selfish only the old Sho would do, he did it with good intention!

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    3. I totally agree with you! I see a lot of character development. I feel like he is more mature now and just wanted to help kyoko out. Also lets be honest, he knows how to stir the plot and add the drama. 😏

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    4. Yes, but you did mention kissing wasn't the best option. I thought almost everyone want to beat him up for kissing her. ^^;;

      His intentions was good but I'm not sure if it matters based on what he's doing since he isn't helping her any. Doesn't it make you think how little he knows on how to comfort her? But yes, that is his way of doing things.

      Yes, he wanted to be there for her, but what he is doing and saying can really rub one in the wrong way. When asked why he is there..he just have to call her an idiot for not answering the phone. I don't know about you but I'll get angry about that especially if I'm in a 'despair mode'. Why can't he say that he is worried about her? Or maybe in his language, that is saying he is worried about her. =P

      And, when obviously, she isn't in the mood to talk or admit how she is hurting, he would kiss her just to get a reaction or vent out the repressed emotions. For what, aside for possibly caring for her, maybe a bit of it is to prove that he can also comfort her and not let her be alone when she is hurting because of her mother. Oh well, it is his personality and attitude towards her.

      About helping her out, I already know his intention for her about it ever since before. He did help her out with Reino. He did went there to tell her about his parents coming and not to give up her career. He does care for her in his own way though I cannot bring myself to see him in a different light since when I do, he tends to go back to his usual self especially if Ren is involved in some way with Kyouko. Though, I don't hate him enough to want to beat the crap out of him because I know that he is just that way. =P

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    5. I think shou grows up a lot. As a child he couldnt even stand this situations and only could watch helpless when Kyoko cries. He really care about Kyoko (Im not sure if this is love) she doesnt answer the phone so he was so worried to hurry up to her place in the middle of the night. He dont want to explain why he is there because to him the reason is totally clear. Although he feel helpless and uncomfortable like he was a child, he want to stay by Kyokos side this time. Kyoko didnt show any reaction to this, dont want to comfort by him, only a look with desperation. Shou even get more worried about her and as always dont know what to do to help her (but really want help), so he kissed her, hoping she will get angry about him and drop the sorrowful thougts of her mother.

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  37. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this for us.

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  38. Thanks Kat so much! These last two months you've helped us hold on and enjoy the chapters so quick! I do have to say, I agree with the previous post on the Shou matter. I think this gives a new dynamic to Shou's character. He is very upset for her in the previous chapter and is thinking about her. Ironic that all Shou can do is think about Kyoko! Also this shows his total lack of ability to comfort when his concern is genuine. I definitely have seen Shou's growth throughout the series, just like Ren and Kyoko's. That's what makes this so good. There isn't a clear defined one 'antagonist'. There are people who create problems, challenges, and motivations and those affect a lot of characters in this series. Looking forward I see (hopefully) before the series ends Shou realizing he's not what's best for her and repenting. But loving her enough to be in her life as a friend (there's too much between them to shut out completely). And somewhere through this down the road I kinda want to see Kyoko reconnect with Kuu (Kohn's Dad). I agree with Kat about the kiss being more of a story arch development to show the dramatic difference in how Kyoko feels about Shou and Ren. And really what a great actress she is to bottle up immediately her tears when she sees Shou. So looking forward to other chapters as there are so many good stories left to tell in this world. Go Ren! Can't wait to see the awesome way he is patient and loving toward Kyoko!

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    1. You're welcome ^-^

      Is that so. True, he do care about her. Yup..though I'm not sure lack of ability to comfort is okay if the concern is genuine. ^^;

      Ah..that would be nice if it happens ^^ For now, it seems that he is still making her cling on him with that bet..making her unable to move on from him. I would admit that it would be a character growth if that happens ^^

      Yes..possible as a friend..that is if Shou did as you mentioned and he lets Kyouko go...with Ren. =P And, Kyouko forgiving him.

      Indeed ^^

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  39. Man, Kyoko really is such an amazing character. The manga itself is, to me, a very real representation of human emotion. But enough of that academic talk, I really love this manga. I'm hoping for an embrace in the next chapter. I'm hoping Ren will comfort her, take care of her, and help her pick herself up. While the romanticist in me would like to see them spend the night in each others' arms, I hope their relationship develops even further. Perhaps Ren will reveal he is actually Kuon, even though I believe Kyoko already knows this. In any case, this unprotected Kyoko can only be seen by Ren. What will happen now? I can't wait.

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      Ah...just limiting it to an embrace? Cannot blame you..in this series, one must temper one's expectations.

      Hopefully so ^^

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  40. Thanks you so much for posting so fast. I think that Saena it's not the real mother, that maybe she is her aunt, and that the real mother of Kyoko dies because Kyoko or the father of her, something like that. Can't imagine that her real mother will hates her like that. But that it's my theory. Thanks again.

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      I see...and if so, Kyouko might ask Saena back for all the tears and sadness she was made to experience for making her think that she's her mother.

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  41. thank you for posting this translation!!!! its awesome
    i like your comments and your translation
    nowadays s2smanga is soo late in posting the translated work!
    thank you for the great work!!!

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  42. Thanx for the translation Kat :D
    But srsly hmm... Shout T_T if she didn react when u went near here ...
    I wonder if he'll realize he's pretty much fallen for her (Has he?)
    Sometimes I get the feeling that Kyouko knows that Corn is Ren but she doesn't want to admit it (like when she says she was stepping the stones to him all along in a previous chapter with Lory, but I wonder
    Another month till we get another release :c I wonder whats gna happen nxt
    Thankz again Kat! Your Amazing! :3

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      I think he does, that he almost confessed to her before but I get the feeling that he knew that he blew it so he is now content in remaining in her heart through hatred and other ways.

      Well, in the side story, her demons know but her love for fairy tales suppressed logic. ^^; So, hoping for some slip up or something so perhaps, she'll finally figure it now. Unless, Ren confessed it all like what he mentioned before.

      Ah..indeed.

      Thanks for the comment ^-^

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  43. I wouldn't be surprised to find out Sho is the one who called Tsuruga and told him to go to Kyouko after he failed to shock her out of her misery with the kiss. How else would Tsuruga know where to find her? Throughout the story sensei has repeatedly redeemed truly horrible characters. I mean, Kyouko is now friends with the girl who almost killed her by pushing her down the stairs. I don't think the manga can end before Sho is somehow redeemed and him calling Tsuruga and acting like an actual caring childhood friend for once would be a good step. Sho is a bratty, spoiled, 17 year old boy but I think he really does love Kyouko like a sister or a childhood friend (which is why it is so fun to torment her). In the end I think he will do what is right for her, even if does it in a way that makes you want to smack him upside the back of the head.

    If he DIDN'T call Tsuruga then I bet the next chapter will have some confrontation. I can see Sho walking away if Kyouko told him to but there is no way he wouldn't talk himself into coming right back, if only because he doesn't want to be told what to do. :) But we all know who will come out the winner in any confrontation of words.

    Actually, even if he does call Tsuruga I think there will be some kind of confrontation, since I can't see Sho leaving her alone with Tsuruga to potentially be "eaten" when she is vulnerable. Ahhhh May 20th... you can't come too soon...

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    1. And, how did Shou know his number, Vorpaks? Maybe if Ren arrived there and Shou tells him..but I would be surprised for that would be very out of character for Shou to do. Yes, she does but if that happens here, it seem all of a sudden..too sudden. Unless, there is a bit of background like Shou reflecting on things and stuff.

      Yes, but Ren is his ultimate rival whether in career even if they are in different fields but at least in terms of popularity and for Kyouko's heart. I think Shou can stoop low..well, he did a few times..just to hinder Ren and Kyouko's relationship. So, I cannot imagine him helping Kyouko out by getting Ren to be with her. It might be too much for his ego/pride.

      Ah..here, I actually expect him to care and respect what Kyouko told him. <- has nothing to do with Ren. She even said that it is a request so he would at least disappear from her sight. Of course, it is different issue if he actually followed her.
      Hm..not sure if Ren would engage Shou in a confrontation with words if the important thing there is to comfort Kyouko.

      Hehe...and, I'm hoping that there will be no confrontation but rather Kyouko-Ren progress. I'm kind of wondering how did Ren knew she would be there. Did he go to the inn and asks the couple about it? Probably not since he doesn't want to disturb them in the middle of the night. So, I'm hoping that he knows Kyouko enough to know that she would most probably be at the park. ^^

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    2. Ren is aware of Kyoko's habit of running into the woods to cry when she was young; especially after being mistreated by her mother. Considering that this is Tokyo and not Kyoto, forests or woods are scarce so the closest option is a park. Since it is already after midnight and Kyoto does not have her own vehicle, she could only go to the nearest park from where she lives. I presume Ren has done a preliminary amount of deductive reasoning while looking for Kyoko.

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    3. That's right, Mayura..and everything shuts down in Tokyo at midnight = no trains, etc...except for very expensive taxis.

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    4. True - I didn't even think about how he would get Ren's number. THAT would be a convoluted process! Only a few more days now. :) Thank you so much for the translations! I am so much more excited for the releases now that I know about your site!

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    5. Indeed and thanks for reading, Vorpaks ^-^

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  44. Thanks for this and every other summary you posted you are truly awesome!!!!

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  45. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
    It's been so long since I have been so excited about a chapter from Skip Beat. For me, and please don't hate on me, it was feeling really slow. I'm so glad this came out.

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    1. I know! The build-up to this felt like it was taking forever. But when I saw Ren's face in the final still, I was like YES FINALLY THIS I'D GOING SOMEWHERE YES

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      Hehe..well, the build up of an arc has always been slow..and when things are getting exciting..we will be at its climax soon ^^

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  46. THANK GOD FOR YOU FOR ALWAYS SUMMARIZING THIS MANGA SO PUNCTUALLY. I'm so glad even after 8 years of following this manga, the fanbase of readers is still loyally following the manga and investing as much emotions as I do into this.

    I'M SO GLAD REN CAME AND I'M SO GLAD SHOU ISN'T THERE TO DISRUPT THEM. It's just so gorgeous how previously it was Kyoko healing Ren's wounds of his past and now he'll be here for her to do the same. I love how this love aspect of the manga is not your cliche love story but a real mature development. I DO WISH EVERY CHAPTER COMES OUT QUICKLY but I guess Yoshiki Nakamura makes up for it by developing the story with such nuance and grace. I'm so glad I stumbled upon Skip Beat and I'm honoured to be a part of this community which eagerly anticipates 20th of every month together. :)

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      Yup ^^

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    2. Well said, Anonymous! Truly, I thank God for Kat, as well! Kat, the work you do delights so many! Are you alright? There is much going on in the world right now. God's grace and peace be with you and keep you safe.

      The mangaka has well interpreted a man's inner workings. There is still much room for growth when it comes to Shou. Ren, on the other hand, has already begun the processes to overcome his personal issues. Truth be told, non-readers of manga who learn about these characters may interpret Kyouko and Ren to have lost their marbles, while Shou may end up being considered the only normal one; selfish and vain, but normal according to worldly standards. Growing pains...it is yucky when we are in the thick of it, but the pain now can be overcome with joy. On another note, the use of acting on Ren and Kyouko's part have both helped and hindered their growths. They act when they want to hide certain feelings that need to come to the surface in order for healing to begin. Hmmm...after typing that thought out, it sounds normal for humans though...."all the world's a stage"? Anyway, this mangaka rocks! Wishful thinking on my part, I want Ren/Kuon to whisk our girl Kyouko away with him and love on her. He can make up something and say that he needs her help and she may just up and go do it and then get confirmation while passing through customs at the airport that Ren=Kuon. Hahaha! The 20th will be here before we know it.

      Ah, Kyouko! This, too, shall pass. Dear fellow SB fans, if you have children of your own, and they are with you, please give them a kiss, tell them that you love them, and mean it.

      ~may

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    3. Thank you, may ^-^ Yup, I'm doing okay. Thank you ^_^

      Yup ^^

      Hehe...well, maybe something like that but it would be really awesome if in the next chapter has something like Ren=Kuon. ^^

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  47. I believe the saddest thing about Kyoko's life is she has to actively look for surrogates to "build" a genuine family since her existing one is completely dysfunctional. She "found" a father in Kuu, a good friend/sister in Kotonami, an uncle/aunt in Daruma couple, a brother in Yashiro, a mentor/inspiration in Ren. Yet, the only role that she fails to build a healthy relationship with nor find a surrogate for is her mother.

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    1. Hm..interesting point, Mayura.

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    2. Indeed, interesting point. It can also be viewed as a beautiful thing, though. Kyouko's need wasn't the only one fulfilled. Kuu wanted his son back and found it in Kyouko. The Daruma couple also benefit from Kyouko's youthful presence and behave like they are her parents on some level. Kotonami needed Kyouko to develop her lovelessness. Yashiro benefits from Kyouko's ability to bring out the different emotions in Ren. Ren, well the list goes on. It is a miracle that Kyouko ended up being so positively lost in her fairy filled magical kingdom because even if she was considered loveless, she actually possesses the greatest capacity to love and to bring it out in others. That's my take.
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    3. Indeed, may.

      In a way, it shows that it isn't the end of the world just because the people one would expect to love her didn't give it to her. That detour shows her a 'whole new world' and a whole lot of better things. As a Christian, I would think of it as 'God's will' and He has a better plan for her ^^

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  48. Thank you!!! I'm so exited,,, I want to know more ToT

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  49. I'm so glad that Ren came!! I don't mind if Kyoko thinks it's Corn or Ren, as long as he gives her a hug and takes her home and she cries in front of him, and she realises that it was Ren that was she crying in front of. I kinda hope that Corn will disappear into her history now, because I think it's dodgy of Ren to keep on lying to her, but I hope that this will break that barrier between them that Ren has been so conscious of, and she will talk to him informally and Kyoko and Ren will admit that they are special to each other. I think Ren needs a little encouragement right now that Kyoko sees him as more than just a co-worker/acting-god.
    I also don't think Ren would bother getting mad at her about the kiss, since clearly more important things are going on. It didn't bother Kyoko either, since she just brushed it off, so Ren should be pleased that Sho is losing power over her.
    Finally, I don't mind that Sho kissed her. He clearly did it for the best of reasons - he didn't want Kyoko to lose to her negative emotions and wanted her to perk up and get angry. Also, he has never had to comfort Kyoko before, and she wouldn't trust him enough to cry in front of him anyway, so I think he had no other option. He tried his best, but Kyoko simply doesn't trust him that way.

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    1. Hehe, that will also depend on Kyouko because she herself has been hiding her feelings from him. In a way, they are both 'hiding' things from each other regarding their 'secret identities'. I think that they'll have a laugh later on when they realize then probably think of it as fate, etc ^^

      True.

      Indeed..and it is his character to do that.

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  50. Thank you so much for translation!!!cant wait fr next chap!!!
    I was wonderings,if in the future kyoko founds the truth about ren being kuon,
    wouldnt she hesitate to tell her feelings to ren?!The one she love is ren and for her kuon is a friend,when she'll find out that the person she loves is not even real hes just an act how she'll react??!!

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Ah...possible. Depends..there are things that is Ren and Kuon that overlaps that one cannot definitely say that Ren is a total fake. It depends on Kyouko if she thinks that all of those interactions with 'Ren' are fake. Somehow I feel that it will be more of positive reaction than negative reaction.

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  51. Hi!
    Thanks for the summary. Ever since the raws came out, I've been dying to figure out what's happened (though the images themselves are worth a few thousand words themselves!)
    I love that the manga-ka is using Shou as a contrast to emphasize Ren's effect on Kyouko... but omg! I hate that Shou has been able to kiss Kyouko TWICE on the mouth and we have yet to see that happen between Ren and Kyoko (though Kyoko and Fairy Corn has lol). Can you tell how much I dislike Shou?
    I can't wait to see what's in store for the next chapter. I love the dynamic between Ren and Kyouko. They're such a good match for each other- they both know (at least intuitively on Kyouko's part) how to put the other at ease, they're competitive so they urge each other on... and well... They're just meant to be lol!

    Thanks again for the summary,
    Kelly

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      Yup, that was nice ^^ Hehe...

      That's right ^^

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  52. Oh! What a lovely chapter! Loved her cold look, I guess she's gonna use that for her Box-R's character improvement. Can't way fot the next chapter!!! I wanna see how Ren is gonna comfort her... :3 Hope at least she'll start connecting the dots on who Ren really is.

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    1. Hehe, and I thought she is using the Box'R character in real life, Fernanda. ^^;

      Yup.

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  53. dunno why but i think nakamura-san is messing with us

    i mean i read her other works and she has the bad habit of letting some of them with hanging issues, if the next one is really a major point , then i think the manga is coming close to its conclusion

    yeah she's evil, but i still love her works

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  54. Tyvm I couldn't wait till the next chapter will released. And as same as you I think that Shou doesn't mean nothing to her anymore... at least in the romantic way. Would be great if we can see an advancement btw Mogami and Ren. :-) Again Tyvm!

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  55. I honestly struggled to tell myself to stop reading skip beat and wait till the end of this year when school finishes and exams are over, constantly telling myself that it will all be worth it in the end as there will be like 12chapters to read to my hearts contempt. Well as you can see, that plan obviously failed and here I am. After chapter 222 got released and translated yesterday, I couldn't help but read it and then I just couldn't wait to read and see what happens after hahahah 'honestly annoying' sho, showed up. Then I found you and your blog! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm literally dying, DYING TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT, THIS MONTHY UPDATE IS SOOOO ARGHHH ITS TEASING ME LOL
    When sho came over I was like 'ohh hell naa, back away' then when he kissed her I was like 'you lil shit!!' Then I saw poor kyoukos reaction and was torn in two, like aww poor girl, she needs her "corn"/ren and yeeeh girl you show him you don't give a daam about that kiss. Siighh
    I'm honestly just going to scrap that idea of waiting because I just can't wait to see the development. I hope ren uses this opportunity. Like duuh i want to see some de-vel-op-ment like owww when they were the cain heel siblings, daaayum that was soo good. But i hope kyoko will be able to smile again soon, shes soo sweet and i dont like seeing her sad, that face was so cereal (serious lol) come on ren, show her that you are the man sho would never be. We have faith!!
    This manga is one or is 'the' best shoujo I've ever read. If any one has any other suggestions holla at me with some. Can't wait for the next chapter and thank you soo much kat, you da bomb, really appreciate the time and effort put into this.

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    1. Hehe, is that so, Lavinia. ^^

      You're welcome ^-^

      Yup, hopefully so ^^ Hopefully something big in the next chapter ^^

      Indeed ^^ And thanks for the comment ^-^

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  56. what i do hope is that shou is witnessing kyouko cry in front of ren. One way of letting shou realize how little his existence has become to kyouko

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    1. Hehe, is that so. True..but then, will he accept it without causing trouble?

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  57. You should have a love it button. I'd hit it daily.

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  58. thanks a lot for this fast summary! like always :)

    Its a really interesting chapter, everthing could happen next @.@ Im confused. Dont think that Koun is reveald in the chapter, the focus are at Kyoko and her past. She will tell Ren about her past and her suffers and he will do everthing to comfort her. Maybe a hug is possible, but this would be the first time as Ren Tsuruga (last time it was Kain, it make a difference I think).

    Hope Ren didnt saw the kiss, it would only cause troubles and slow down the progress between them. He will get jealous later and maybe the atmosphere between Kyoko and Ren will change. There are also this "not more than 1 kiss with same person" promise earlier, Kyoko could overact abotu again :/ It even could go worse if Shou is arround and interup again.

    But maybe a jealous Ren would be also an interesting setting. First he will listen and comfort her (appricating she choose him and send Shou away) but than get angry Shou stole her a kiss a second time and will do the same <3 would be awesome and Shou see it from distance an he finally realise his feelings for her. Dont think this would happen XD

    I also really love how you can see that Ren and Shou are two sides of a coin in the last chapters. Both worried about Kyoko a lot. Ren want to call her, but couldnt came up with a story to call at such an hour. Shou didnt care at all, he directly pick the phone an call her various times.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Anita ^-^

      Hm..do you mean first time in comforting her? I recall that he did hug her before to comfort her that Corn is not dead like what Reino implied.

      True..I basically have no problem if he sees the kiss..what I don't like is what you have mentioned, it will slow down the progress and might even regress things.

      I think Shou already realized his feelings for her during the time when Beagle appeared...he almost confessed to her by the stairs but Ren interrupted them.

      Indeed. Shou is more spontaneous whereas Ren is more careful/thinks too much. It can be strength or weakness depending on the situations and of course, the desired outcome ^^

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  59. This is awesome, you've inspired me to start doing some fan scanlations of Skip Beat 223!
    kodoyume.blogspot.com

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  60. Thank you so much . You've done a very great job. All the emotions are there. When I read this I can feel all thats going on the pain and all Its beautiful. Please continue with the good job.

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  61. i think ren saw the kiss but he know one thing from it and that how kyoko broken right now (like him not long ago).and i think the next ch will have to points 1- first step 2- reverse role
    i mean by first step that kyoko will be the one who run then hug ren knowing it him because she never done anything for her love (i didn't mean for whom she love but for herself ) like to demand love or comfort or anything from them , and i think now she demand that from him by her hug and that will be a big step for them.

    and the thing about her thinking about small koin then ren appear that will a sure her if koin her pace place in the past then ren will be her pace place now.

    2- about the reverse role maybe after she cry herself she slept and ren carry her maybe to her room then she didn't let go of him then force to stay with her (he can't stay without us finding reason for him specially in couple house hhehehe )

    or call the couple tell them some reason the take her to his apartment then he hug her all night like when the cain siblings but this time to assure her that everything will be fine without the need to say anything.


    and if shou saw her hug he will know for sure that not in the past and surly not now he will never be her place of pace (even if he didn't love her as girl and he always hurts her, she a special childhood who know him too will ) and i think this will be a good beat for his feeling and ego ,oh and he will take free lesson from ren about how to gentle comfort a sad girl (maybe that will be the killing hit hahaha)

    can't wait waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    AR

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    1. Those are the few of many possibilities, AR. ^^

      But about crying herself to sleep with Ren..not too sure if that will happen at her room. There is a higher possibility at his place. And, if it is her room, Ren might see that huge Shou poster =P

      True..though it can go the opposite way wherein, Shou cannot accept that and will cause trouble.

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  62. Thank you so much for your hard work on this. I love the series and collect the books as they come out, but cannot wait to read the next chapter like everyone else. So thank you for taking the time to do this for all of us fans out there. I cannot wait for the next chapter it is getting good :)

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      =) Yup ^^

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  63. Thank you very much Kat for all your hard work!

    It was really a very good chapter, all the drawings were filled with emotions. Loved it!

    Now about Shou, I agree with a commenter above, I also think he has grown so much and now he is really caring for Kyoko. (Is it love? Is it just Friendship?) He was trying to be there for her, even knowing he can't to much to comfort her. The kiss was a desperate measure to bring her back to her senses. I can't be angry with him.

    But I'm not surprised Kyoko didn't cry in front of him, because all she did all her life, was hide her true feelings in front of him. I'm glad her tears were able to fall when seeing Ren. I think that even if Ren saw the kiss, he can't be angry right now seeing her in such deep pain. I know he will be able to comfort her, saying the right words. Kyoko was able to bring him out of the darkness and now he will do that for her. I think in the end he will hug her and say "It's ok Kyoko-chan". Him calling her Kyoko-chan being the only clue connecting him to Corn. I doubt Kyoko will be able to realize at once that Ren is Corn, taking into consideration the slow pace of this manga. I think this will make Kyoko fall in love more and more with Ren, and will make Ren wanting to protect her even more and to always be by her side.

    I also doubt that Shou left Kyoko alone in her state, I think he is watching her from a distance. Can I hope for a confrontation between Ren and Shou? I'm sure that this time around Ren will make it clear that he is serious about Kyoko, and will ask him to stay away from her. Not that Shou will listen, of course.

    Counting the days till the next chapter....

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    1. Thanks for reading, Ana ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Is that so. I actually think he always cared for her in his own way..ever since before. ^^;

      Yup ^^ Though I'm hoping for a major progress in the next chapter ^^

      Ya..though I'm not sure how Kyouko will react. There is that bet between Kyouko and Shou..it might end up disastrously if Ren mentioned that then, Kyouko lied about her feelings because of the bet. So, whatever happens, I just hope that things progress and not regress especially since this is a slow-paced manga.

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    2. Oh no, no regress, I'm not going to take it!

      I'm also worried about that bet, because of it I think Kyoko will try to hide/deny her feelings for as long as possible. I actually think that even if Shou is going to find out about her feelings for Ren, he won't make her go to Kyoto, but will find a new way to torment her (I don't even want to think what it could be - maybe make her move in with him and take care of him again, while still allowing her to pursue her acting carrier...). I still think he wants her to grow, and become a better actress and person, and not return to what she used to be. I really don't know what to think.

      Anyway it is really exciting and I'm sure sensei has planed everything out perfectly! We just have to wait and see.

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    3. Indeed, Ana.

      I actually think that Shou already knows of her feelings for Ren, more or less that is why he forced her into that bet. That is to trap her. But good point, it is possible that he'll think of another way to 'torment' her. That is why I think that Shou would have really grown up/matured when he had let her go = accept his mistake and be happy for her instead of resorting to these kind of 'childish' things.

      Yup ^^

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  64. Been so busy I forgot to check update on Skip Beat raw, and here I am reading your summary and the next one will be out in just only a few days! :-)

    I am glad Ren shows up!

    Thanks a lot for your work Kat!

    Quynh

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  65. Hello,
    I just saw that Chapter 224 is online !!!! ... I can not wait to read the translation you will do us.
    And he things happening !
    While I understand nothing at Kanji I deduced what happens ... basically .

    For some time I do not miss one of your post , and I would like to congratulate you for your work if you never argue in reading the SB . Again thank you .

    ps: sorry for my English a little shaky , I read English but horribly badly written ... long live the translation software ;p
    Anonymous from France

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