June 22, 2015

Skip Beat [Chapter 225]

Shou looks around the surrounding area and wonders where Kyouko ran off to. “Ah—in short, I should first head towards any place where there are a lot of greenery plants. *spots a park like area near some buildings* I’ll go check that direction.” He imagines Kyouko happily saying that there are all sorts of fairies who dwell in the forest <- she gets endlessly excited over plants and flowers. Shou and his bodyguard were surprised when a masked guy with sunglass and a coat as his hat stands behind them and asks, “Can I trouble you a bit? Are you Fuwa Shou-san..” Shou freaks out over this for he is standing so near and what’s up with him since he suddenly came out like that!! The bodyguard wonders where the guy came out from. Holding a notebook and pen, the mysterious man says that it is some kind of fate to be able to meet him in this kind of place and there is a bit of something that he wants to confirm with him. “Your family is engaged in a long established inn called Shougetsu-tei [guesswork from 松月亭] *Shou goes !” The address is Kyoto city, Nishikyō-ku, Arashiyama, Nakayama 14-16. *Shou goes !!*...
...Afterwards, you are currently residing at Minato-ku Minami-Aoyama Nichome 40-6 Claire Palace room 401.. *Shou goes !!!* Even if you are renting the room there, but actually, you are living together in the same apartment room building of [your] manager. *Shou goes !!!!* ..Am I not mistaken? Is there any change in the situation? For example, you’ll say today that you’ll suddenly be moving house-type of stuff *goes nearer to Shou who is backing away* I hope that from start to end, I’ll be able to gather confirmed information so if there is any mistake, by all means, I hope that you’ll point it out. *Shou goes ah* By the way, your birthday and blood type is different from your height, weight and three measurements [<- bust, waist and hip body measurements]. After all, you are still in growing up stage. *Bodyguard is aghast and speechless* Can you please let me measure you? Do not worry, it’s very simple. I’ll only have to touch [you] a bit *stretching out his gloved hand towards Shou* and I’ll know..” Shou is freaking out.
The bodyguard quickly grabs Shou away and tells him to quickly run for that guy is a dangerous ‘difficult-to-gauge’ pervert!!! Looking aghast and breathing hard, Shou asks what’s up with that guy just now. Hiding behind the car with the bodyguard, Shou says that even if it isn’t the first time he saw that kind of harasser but it is the first time that it is a guy.. “Could it be that he is also a fan? A fan’s ultimate form? Truly terrifying..” The bodyguard suggests that they’ll report this to the company in a while. Shou agrees with him. Shou wonders out loud that thinking of it in detail, how can there be a male fan who would be deeply obsessed with him this way and isn’t that ordinary common sense. “Is THAT GUY an absolute ‘black powder fan’?” [<- literally it is ‘black powder’ and it is a kind of fan who tend to maliciously smear the star and tends to pay attention to the stars’ shortcomings and deficiencies according to baidu, Chinese-type wiki.]
Bodyguard asks what foolishness he is talking about. “Shou is very cool. There’s no need to talk about your musical talent. Your [physical] appearance is also very handsome. A manliness hides within your inner heart that compared with women, you actually make it easier for men to be captivated by you. *sparkle* In fact, I felt that at any time, I can offer and give my life to you and follow you throughout my lifetime.” Shou says that he always felt from before that he [bodyguard] is very disgusting since he and that pervert just now emit the same kind of scent. The bodyguard exclaims, “What!? How mean!! How can that be!!” Then, the mysterious guy carries surprised Shou up and says, “..body weight 64.8 kg. Waistline 67 cm. Chest measurement..” As the mysterious man recklessly touches Shou, Shou is freaking out as he is having goose bumps all over his body. He  starts screaming, nnnnnoooo. He quickly gets in the car and the bodyguard drives off. Holding his pen and notebook, the mysterious man says that he wasn’t able to measure the height but less than a decimal point is left out of 181 cm so in the end, he appears to have grown a bit.
The man takes off his disguise to reveal that he is Sebastian. He says that he must also go back after he had removed the eyewitness crisis, since he is a bit worried about Ren and others. At the planted area where Shou was supposed to go, Kyouko is freaking out while looking at Ren who has a sheepish expression. She calls out, ..Tsuruga..sen..pai.. Ren apologizes that he isn’t ‘Corn’. She shouts how come he didn’t immediately tell her that he issssnnn’ttt. She screams, nnnooo..for she has brazenly vented out with all her strength in one go!! Ren says not really.. He thinks that if she knew that he is ‘Tsuruga Ren’, she won’t throw away her shame and reputation to vent it all out.. Ren says that even if he doesn’t know what happened..he thinks that it is better for him to let her vent out the pent-up frustrations in her heart..and he didn’t think that later on, she’ll ‘possibly feel very humiliated’ since she has ‘mistaken [him] for someone else’. “Truly, very sorry.” As Kyouko calms down a bit, Ren apologizes to her again for he didn’t tell her promptly. “..Sory.. I’m not ‘Corn’..”
Kyouko realizes that she unexpectedly made him apologize so many times when obviously, she was the one who made a mistake on her own and even cried to the point of holding on to him..!! Aghast Kyouko starts to say..no..not..not really..about that..she’s the one..sorry..!! “Suddenly hugging you and crying out loud had caused you trouble..!! Geez..I want to find a cave to hibernate..!!” Ren asks her if he and ‘Corn’ looks very similar. Kyouko looks at Ren and says..ah..not at all.. Kyouko thinks that even if she has indeed mentioned to him about meeting Corn at Guam but she didn’t tell him about the appearance thing. That is Corn will become like the person who is in her latest memory because he is the one who left the strongest distinct impression. And, because he [Corn] thinks that he [Ren] should be the one whom she had seen the latest or perhaps a guy she always longed for [/thinks about/misses]. Kyouko thinks that if she tells him that Ren looks like Corn, wouldn’t she be exposed and obviously when she is free [doing nothing], she’ll always think of Ren, doesn’t she!!! “How humiliating--!!! This is because of some delusion!!!”
Kyouko timidly says about that..actually..it is because Corn..deliberately did a mischief..that Corn’s appearance at Guam is always like Ren so..ah..it is only the hair and eyes that is Corn’s.. Ren thinks that she affiliated it with a mischief and even if she honestly mentioned the reason about Corn appearing like him, he also won’t ridicule her because of that. Thinking that it is because she correctly called out his [Corn] name, Kyouko says that just now, she was thinking that it is good if Corn is here..that type of wavering at that time.. (as a result, she didn’t doubt and treated Ren who appeared before her eyes as Corn--) so, because of her subjectivity, she has mistaken him for someone else. She formally bows and apologizes to him. Ren asks if Corn is here, could it be that there is something she wants to consult with him. This made Kyouko look up to him. Ren says that even if perhaps, he cannot help her like how Corn does, but he thinks that if he can be Corn’s substitute in listening to what’s on her mind, then he can also do that. “If it is okay, are you willing to tell me what had happened?”
Kyouko looks at him in surprise. Then, she holds up her hand to say, “..no..it is alright.” After a pause, Ren says that seeing her cry like that just now, he doesn’t think for a little bit that is alright. “Did you encounter some sad thing? Saying some discouraging words which are different from when you are calm. Even if you encountered something unreasonable, you’ll get angry about it and transform it into energy that will enable you to stand up. But it is because you cannot do it so you cried it out, right? So, I’m saying you should vent out all of those sublime lead [metal]-like feelings.” Kyouko looks at him, looks away and says..ya..even if what he said is indeed right~~ Ren thinks that if he is Corn, she won’t be like this who’ll remain tight-lipped, right.. “..really regret it already. Why wasn’t I a bit more bothered about the possibility of becoming bald? If at that time, I was a bit worried about the adverse effect Miss Jelly told me. If I didn’t dye my hair back, I obviously can immediately listen to her attentively just like before--”
Kyouko says that she is really happy that he is concerned with her like this..it is only..those lead-like feelings..they are already gone and cannot be seen anymore.. Thinking of what Saena said about not giving birth to a child which it isn’t at par [same] with discussing about provoking her to anger for not getting 100 points, Ren scowls and says that is impossible. Kyouko says no, it is true. She smiles and says that it is because she has already cried as much as she likes and right now, she feels as if she has become a lot carefree. Ren scowls as he remembers the time: young sparkling Kyouko shouts sorry for the wait, and here is the store’s specially made fried egg hamburger that is only specially sold to a special guest!! Putting on a napkin on his lap, Corn said that’s amazing. <-miraculous type of product = fried egg hamburger rock. 10 seconds ago, she is super excited about finding the hamburger rock -> 3 second ago, Kyouko is crying that afterwards, her mother drove her out and Corn said is that so. The egg hamburger was at the ground near the bird. -> 3 minutes ago, Corn had been comforting crying Kyouko by patting her head. End flashback.
Ren thinks that thinking about it, after Kyouko cried before, she would amazingly recover.. “..Forget it..looking at her, she really doesn’t look like she is lying.” Kyouko is happily telling him that when she is young, she is considerably like that..a single-celled organism. Ren looks away and thinks that basically, as long as it wasn’t spoken..that person’s issue, would in a flash.. [<- I think he observes that Kyouko can be easily distracted in a flash by something else as long as that topic isn’t talked about.] Kyouko says that there is a simple question that she wants to ask him. “Tsuruga-senpai, how come you are in this kind of place? After work, you’ll go back home so isn’t it very strange that you are going towards this direction?” Kyouko looks puzzled as Ren is silent [and probably thinking of what to say]. To her surprise, Ren accuses her of being very mean and could it be that she has already forgotten their promise that he is going to film his meals at Guam as video evidence and it is a total of 8 meals. “At that time, didn’t you say that you’ll wait for me to come back to Japan so that you can verify it.”
Kyouko exclaims in surprise and says that in order for her to just see that eating evidence, he specially came over.. at this time..? She sweatdrops thinking that Ren would unexpectedly do a similar thing that Shou would do. Ren says, ‘at this time’, he really didn’t think that she, who would lie in wait for him at the middle of the night in front of his house door just for him to teach her some female catwalk, would say that kind of thing.. And, Kyouko got stabbed by Shou who said that they [he and Kyouko] are siblings who lack common sense. Ren tells her that during his return this time in Japan, it seems that he has no other time except for tonight. Sitting on the bench, Ren says that he wondered if he’ll be troubling her but in the end, he has already arrived here by the time he was conscious of it. And at that time, she was shaking as she came out of that alley. While Ren is tinkering with his cellphone, Kyouko nods and says that she understands, that time, she also only has the time during that night. She is always thinking that she’ll be troubling him but as a result, she lie in wait for him and it is absolutely not because they don’t have common sense!!!
Ren admits that actually, it also doesn’t matter if it isn’t tonight for next time when he returns back to the country, his work will be over and he definitely has plenty of time. Kyouko asks ya..then..why can’t he wait until he has plenty of time and he has to come today.. He tells her, “No matter what, I only just want to see you earlier..” Kyouko bites her lip and looks surprised. Ren looks at her and smiles. Holding up his cellphone to her, he says that it is because he really did his very best. It is really, [his] very, very [best] so can she quickly look at it. Kyouko exclaims okay, she understands!! Really!! She wonders what he is doing since he is itching to be praised by her when, this is just properly eating, that’s all. While looking at the videos, Kyouko wonders, geez..how come he would say words that can easily make others misunderstand..so malicious!! Ren is just smiling and looking away. While Ren is narrating on the video that this is Vitamin B6 and this is lycopene, Kyouko thinks that if she wasn’t careful, she almost treated his words into the kind of meaning which she would want to hear.
Kyouko glances at him and recalls Ren urging her to vent out those lead-like feelings, then, she said that it is already gone and he said that it is impossible. Kyouko thinks that she herself.. *Ren asks her if it is okay to tell him what happened* is very shocked for it is already a pain in her heart that made her so sad that she doesn’t want to live and there is even some negative sentiments [<- no longer want to repeat, over and over, whether it is anticipation or despair..] she doesn’t know when it had all disappeared with a trace. She obviously knows that she mustn’t have this kind of thinking but she is already incapable of taking it into consideration [/attending to it]. “It is because the one who appeared now before my eyes is this guy who is called, ‘Tsuruga Ren.’” Kyouko blushes. Looking away, Ren says that he hopes that it can somewhat improve her mood and he’s afraid that he can only use these film.. “Because I have no way of cheering you up with the use of magic just like what Corn does.” Kyouko looks at him and blushes. She says, “..it is alright. I have already received your intention [/kindly feelings]” He looks at her and asks..really.. She flips the cellphone towards him and asks if she can watch it from the start once again. Ren finds it strange and asks if there is something quite interesting from the start. Kyouko says no, it is because she is always thinking of something that she totally didn’t watch it. Ren scowls and asks hey, how did she recover.
Lory is sitting at the bar and holds his drink. He recalls asking Saena in the car if she never once felt that child is very cute-whatever. Saena said that if she would say that then it is definitely a lie but she cannot do it. “For me, I don’t have the self-confidence that I can go and love that child.” End flashback. Lory thinks that in the end, he felt that there is some abnormal disposition and in what way can he handle her. “Get her into LOVE ME department. Suits her? This kind of thing is simply not worth putting one’s heart into.” <- profound ambition [/wild schemes]. His phone rings so he thinks that the special report comes in. He says is that so, they already come back then how is Kyouko’s situation? Sebastian says that it is hard to believe that she is quite cheerful when obviously when he saw her a while ago, she is already quite restless. Lory tells him not to be deceived since she is an actress. He asks if she is really not using some acting to pretend that she is really cheerful. Sebastian glances at Kyouko who is happily talking with Ren by the alley. Sebastian says that regretfully, he has no way of differentiating it using his ability and perhaps, if Lory can personally see it. Lory says ya..never mind..and even if it is only acting, that shows that she still has strength to go ‘perform’ [/pretend]. He thinks that for the time being, she is alright, right? Sebastian says that they temporarily not talk about that issue, and just in case, he still has something else that he wants to report to Lory.
Kyouko watches Sebastian talks on the phone. She really wants to greet Sebastian but it seems that he is very busy. Ren says that he’ll properly thank Sebastian [for her] and in the end, she shouldn’t let the landlord worry. Kyouko smiles and says okay, today, she is really thankful to him. He says that it is nothing, he only came to make her see his video with the motive of satisfying his ego, that’s all.. He thinks that on contrary, she gives him a heartache when she thanks him..[<-since he thinks he didn’t do anything?] Kyouko says not at all, and how can that be for she received his reassuring intention [/feelings] that right now, she is already in a good mood and her brain is currently playing a ‘New World’ bgm [/background music]. “Right now, it is a totally dynamic cheerful melody. ..So, I’ll draw support from this vigor. Next time, I want to directly face the attack of that distressing culprit [/enemy]. *Ren scowls and thinks what did she say..* I’m afraid that day will be a snowstorm-type of psychological battle. Thus, I’ll properly physical and mentally prepare for that day.” Thinking ‘no way and wait’.., Ren nervously calls out her name but she holds out her hand and says, “..so, Tsuruga-san *points to her right palm* the promised seal. Can you help me in putting it right now?” And that refers to Ren telling her that upon his return to Japan, he’ll probably affix that seal, the infinity ‘you did really wonderful’ Love Me seal. Next issue will be out in Japan on July 18th.
Comment: So, Ren has replaced ‘corn the rock’ as something that can magically make her depression, frustration and other negative feelings go poof. ^^ In a way, it seems that the mangaka is aiming for how they unknowingly helped each other regarding their past issues/trauma without specifically telling each other what it is. Of course, Ren knows more about her issue than Kyouko knows about his issue. It is amazing how the mangaka can use some ‘not so important’ detail in the past and use it later on. Ren had a perfect alibi for coming to see her that late at night since she also did it with him before. Unfortunately, it seems that the two are not that willing yet to expose their feelings for each other. Aside from the bet, it seems like she cannot imagine him falling for her. Whereas he, probably still think that she has a love trauma and wouldn’t dare do much which would jeopardize his current relationship with her. ^^; Apparently, something did happen with Saena for her to tell that to Lory and to make him think that she should be in Love Me.

I’m sure Sebastian told him about Shou. I wonder if they will actively do something to Shou being supporters of Ren x Kyouko or, Sebastian is warning Lory about it since he probably heard or had an instinct that Shou will report this to his company. That might be problematic later on. That pervert stuff is really hilarious. It makes me think that it is Shou’s ‘payback’ at least for the kiss and he’ll probably have some nightmares about it =P That was quick thinking on Sebastian’s part and I wouldn’t have guess that he’ll do it that way. Even if Ren is worried about Kyouko, it is good that Kyouko is going to handle things on her own with some encouragement from him, along with the seal that she is asking for. That would have really boost her self-confidence ^^ I think that the mother issue will be resolved during the time when Ren is back in Guam. I’m not too sure of the implication between the ‘how Ren helps her in contrast with Corn’ stuff here but I think it will be important later. Also, if this incident would make him hesitant to dye his hair again, it might cause some ‘happy accident’ for us ^^ Oh ya, about the place where Shou used to stay with Kyouko, did she chose that place since it is called Claire Palace? =P Scans by 红莲汉

Word of the day:
You may feel weary at times-but don’t stay weary. You may feel low-but don’t stay low. ‘A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again. Proverbs 24:16’ ~ 101 mottos for success by J. Richards and M.S. Fontaine.

139 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for the detailed recap! I always look forward to these. :)

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  2. God, I love these two so much. Also, well done, Sebastian. You hit one of the things that celebs fear and you hit it HARD. Amaaaazing. XD

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  3. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, TANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!1

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  4. Hi Kat,

    Thanks for the translation! I wasn't expecting much of an improvement from Ren and Kyouko's relationship, but I did sort of hope that Ren would try to make it clear that he wanted her to depend on him a little more. I guess the message got across anyway though, that he will console her in times of need, and that he can lift her spirits as well as his "fairy" persona can. I am disappointed though, I feel like there is still a clear boundary they won't cross with each other, and it would've been nice to see it fade away a bit.

    Kyouko clearly needs to resolve her issues on her own. I feel that there are a lot of parallels between her and Kuon in that way. It wouldn't seem right if she had to rely too much on Kuon to overcome her problems, and vice versa, which is why they are keeping each other in the dark about what is really bothering them. Ultimately, I think the author wants both Kuon and Kyouko to become stronger people who can surmount any obstacle by themselves, knowing that they can draw strength from one another. At some point though, they are going to have to learn about each other's past traumas, but I doubt they'll share that information until they have made peace with their dark pasts and have taken a step forward on their own. In fact, I doubt we'll see much progression in their relationship until the Saena situation is handled.

    I'm hoping that Kyouko evolves as an actress through overcoming this issue with her mom, and that her Natsu role (in which she is told she resembles Saena by Kanae) really improves drastically, and makes her character stand out more. Based on the past ten or so issues, I think that's what we're being set up for. It'll probably be a year before we see that come to fruition though, at the rate this manga seems to move, lol.

    Thanks again for the great translation! I honestly don't know what I would do without these monthly posts. You're the best!

    - Lupine

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    1. Thanks for reading, Lupine ^-^

      Yup ^^ I'm thinking that the mangaka is going take her time on it. Actually, I'm wondering if this arc as in 'night' is also in the next chapter, something MIGHT still happen ^^

      Yup, very likely ^^

      Hehe, true..and hopefully, she does ^^

      Thanks for the comment ^-^

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  5. Thank you! But ... Why do you think Kyoko wanted to watch the videos over again? I had the thought that maybe Ren had forgotten to wear a wig every time he ate ...

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    1. You're welcome, HPManiac ^-^

      Hm..I thought he had dyed his hair black during that time. If there is some other intention to it aside from really wanting to watch it because she wasn't paying attention, she probably wants to spend more time with him or truly verify that he ate? Basically, I didn't think that there is something more to it. ^^;

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    2. She wants to spend more time with him or she just wants to see it again (because Ren appears in it ^o^)

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    3. Maybe I'm overthinking it ... Except Ren was blonde with Jelly on the plane back, which makes me think he was blonde the entire time he was in Guam after Kyoko left (but with a wig for Cain). And the videos were taken during this time ...

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    4. Hm..good point, HPManiac. Did he dye it while he is Cain? Since Kyouko didn't seem to mention of any hair slip-ups after watching it, I assume that there is nothing to it and Jelly did a great job on his hair even if it is a wig.

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    5. Kyoko's explanation of why she wanted to rewatch the video was because she was distracted, thinking about other things (Ren) rather than watching the video as it is played the first time lol

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    6. Yup, HPManiac is just wondering if there is more to it. ^^

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    7. Ren was blonde so he could travel overseas (he has to match his passport.) I'm sure he had Muse come to Guam right before he had to leave so she could dye his hair, and then had her dye his hair black as soon as they landed in Japan because he wanted to see Kyoko as Ren, not Corn.

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    8. Caitlin, I'm wondering why Jelly only warned about Ren going bald when they are returning to Japan. So, if it wasn't a wig, he dyed to blonde to go to Guam. Then, dye to black as Heel..and that was just a short period of filming, right? And, dye it blonde again to go back to Japan. Then, dye it again to become Ren. That's 4..and later on, dye it again when he goes back to Guam and re-dye it again when he goes back to Japan. Not sure if he'll dye it when acting as Cain.

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    9. I think for the Cain role, he is wearing a wig or extensions, because the length of his hair seems to differ when he switches between Cain and Ren. I also assumed the Cain and Ren hair colour was the same, making it easier to avoid slip ups in Japan where he is Tsuruga Ren. But because he was in Guam, he avoided the whole hair shenanigans so he could be Kuon/Corn for a bit of time without worrying about being caught. And I assume that after Kyoko left Guam, Tsuruga reverted back to blonde and then back to black. So Jelly was probably warning him about how the continuous change in hair dye could afgect his roots if he continues switching back and forth

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    10. True, I'm thinking that it got dyed blond before leaving Japan. Then it is probably a wig or at least, dye the tips so that there would be no slip-ups. Then, dye again as Ren which is what Jelly is warning since he'll only be in Japan for a short while so he should have stayed blonde. If Jelly got what she wanted, he would have dyed only twice assuming the Cain role is a wig, instead of four times.

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  6. Thank you very much for the summary!
    But I'm actually happy that it hasn't any great development, cause I had the feeling that the if Ren had revealed himself as CORN, it means that the serie was reaching it ends. Im looking forward for next month issue!!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Leticia ^-^

      Hehe, is that so. ^^

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  7. Thank you so much. Keep waiting for when these two people express their feelings to each other :(

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  8. Thank you for this translation. Very wonderful work. Whenever I know that the 20th of the month is around the corner, I already remind myself to check out your site.

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    1. Thanks for reading and the comment ^-^

      Thanks for the support ^^

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  9. Thank you so much!! always so fast!!, and your comments are always so good about it. Have a good day.

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    1. You're welcome and thanks, Clarageo ^-^ Have a good day, too ^^

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  10. Thanks for the summary Kat. For me the chapter was worth waiting for, loved it.

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  11. Again, thanks so much Kat. You are wonderful to do this. It sometimes takes weeks for the other sites to get a translation, and that torture is so hard to bear! Your work is much appreciated, and your comments are always very thoughtful. Hope you enjoyed your beach vacation!

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

      Thank you, I did ^^

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  12. Thank you so much for the summary Kat 😊 you're amazing as always 😉
    You know,i always wondering way Sebastian didn't become an actor himself with how he handle Shou like that.
    I had the feeling that the mother arc is still onggoing.
    I like this chapter so much.

    Tiara ^_^

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

      Hehe..maybe it is more fun to be Lory's butler? And it pays more? =P

      I think it is.

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  13. Thanks for the summary Kat!

    Lol, I love Sebastian. Now Sho knows how Kyoko feels with him and Reino. I always felt like there is a bigger issue that we won't see coming when it comes to knowing Kyoko's and Saena's past, and I believe part of it involves Kyoko's father. I also seem to find it weird that Kyoko doesn't have any other family members besides her mom, maybe she does on her father's side and her mom just kept her from them? I wonder if Kyoko would get a role that hits close to home and is darker in some things when it comes to their family ties, on a whole new level than Dark Moon. Well, I can't wait till July. What will Kyoko do?

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    1. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      Yup ^^

      True. That's a possibility. For now, it seems like she is a single mother with no other family ties.

      I think it depends. For now, there is no new job after that one with Ren. I find that interesting for it might mean he'll be going back to the US. So, it depends if Kyouko will also have no other new work aside from Box'R or that is the one which will show her acting power since it was hinted that it is quite similar with Saena's personality.

      Do regarding her mother? I think it might depends on her mother. Not sure Kyouko will just go and confront her. Well, she still has to 'prepare' herself for it.

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    1. You're welcome, kuleetuleetuleet ^-^

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  15. Thanks kat for this amazing update.. not what i expected the story will be but still satisfying. Good thing that ren was able to cheer her up. :) i really thought that kyoko will finally realize that ren and corn are one and the same person. I also thought that kyoko will know that corn is not a fairy. I should not keep my hopes up knowing how her brain works about fairy hahaha!!

    Thanks again for this update my curiosity is now quench

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    1. Thanks for reading, paula ^-^

      True.

      Ya...but unfortunately, it isn't the time for that yet..for the mangaka. True..

      =)

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    2. Paula, I totally agree with your comment :). I am not a fan of lying or hiding things, so a huge part of me just wished the Corn fiasco was cleared up and the truth was known (and she would grow up and out of her fairy delusion).

      However, she certainly has more emotional ties to Corn and it would be easy for her to fall in love with him beyond loving him as a close friend, making all these chapters of progress between her and Ren pointless as who he is as Corn is already someone she cares deeply about. I suppose it is fun to see her grow fond of Ren apart from the childhood friendship she has with him already, as childhood friendships are used often in manga--but truthfully, I still want the truth out! All in good time, I guess. Ren's dark past as Kuon is still...well...in the dark, and I am curious about when we will see more of that. I have a hard enough time dealing with my one life, it is weird to imagine someone having to deal with so many opposing versions of himself haha.

      ~JLynn

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    3. Hmmm...that being said...I wonder if she will find out at the point of convergence...at the point where her feelings for Corn and her feelings for Ren are on par with each other, making his emergence into one person an issue of joy as she won't miss one over the other?
      JLynn

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    4. Well the truth about Corn will have to come out if they ever get married (probably really far in the future). I mean she met Koun's father, can't wait for her to meet his mother (I think she's the fashion model Ren based his teaching Kyoko on). Though she might never know Kuon is Corn (...she's dense but not stupid she might figure it out especially seeing Ren's natural hair color...then again Ren is Really good at ...convincing Kyoko).

      Also I wonder how Sebastain got Sou's info whether it was from Kyoko (unlikely) or from research requested by Leon ( he was probably curious why Kyoko started to act).

      I'm really looking forward to the next release so thank you very much for translating. its funny if I never read this manga online I never would have bought the books. So thanks again XD

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    5. JLynn, I think the truth will come out before they get married. I mean, Ren would have to use his real name, right? Surely, his father would be there and I'm sure Kyouko would have already figured it out. It does make me wonder if that happens, will she also admit that she is actually Bou? From this chapter, it seems that it can be pulled of like...'I did this but you also did it' = came to see each other late at night.

      I'm not too sure. I would think that everything that Sebastian does is related to Lory. So, maybe Lory researched more on Shou or since his boss is part of the showbiz world, he should know about that kind of stuff. But then, what he knew is personal stuff. They might know about the inn from Kyouko's data. But where he lived with Kyouko and where is currently living? How did he know about that? I don't think that can easily be researched on the net unless Shou is really being followed and investigated.Ah wait...perhaps, some connections with Shou's company? Mm..maybe that is the reason why they have to report it to their company..about leaked info.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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    6. Yeah I think the truth will come out long before marriage is even mentioned. I think it will be a pivotal point in the story, and probably not too far off from now maybe? And I just hope she isn't hurt over it, but rather, she can be happy over that news because finally instead of feeling conflicted that she loves two men, it will really just be one man- I think that would bring her some relief.

      @Anonymous- I wondered if Corn was just her little girl way of pronouncing Kuon. Like some kids pronounce Sgetthi instead of Spaghetti.

      You are awesome, Kat! I don't know how you juggle your busy life and still make time for us manga-maniacs :). Bless ya, girlie :)

      ~JLynn

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    7. Ah..cannot say with this mangaka. I thought it would be mentioned in this arc but it wasn't... Maybe some other time?

      I'm also hoping for that because if it wasn't, we might need a few more years [on our time] for that to be resolved. I don't want anything to regress their relationship since we are already at this point after so many years and chapters ^^

      I think that is how she indeed pronounced it/heard it as a kid. And she probably thinks that fairies know English or should have English sounding names. =P Oh, perhaps, it is also the accent? Iirc, when Kuu mentioned Kuon, Kyouko also thought it is Corn.

      Hehe, with God's help and thanks for the comment ^-^

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  16. Thank you for the summary as always, Kat!

    I was dyyyyyyyying to see this after I saw the chinese scans on baidu!! <333 Thank you for taking the time to make it! And I can't control my feeling anymore aaaaaah *--* the ship looks so cute with those two loving each other so much while being mindful of one another's pains ;---;) I can leave this world in peace *dies*

    ~Yuki

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      Indeed ^^

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  17. Thanks for the summary!!

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  18. ahahahz Sebastian & Shou XD ahahahz awesome job!
    lolz baldness XD
    hmm the arc is kinda focused on her relationship with her mother - is this gna continue on for a while more like the backstory or ...
    I'm so curious now
    aww dang i was kinda half hoping she would like swipe Ren's phone and maybe possibly c a picture of Corn :3

    Thank you so much for the Summary Kat <3 ^^
    Hope you enjoyed your day :)
    Enjoy Life!

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    1. Yup, Selina ^^

      I think it is going to continue..

      Hehe...Kyouko is too 'polite' and 'nice' to do like that.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

      Same to you ^^

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  19. Thank you for the summary! <3 Tika

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  20. Thank you so much!!! I hope they will be together ^.^

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      I'm sure they will..the question is when. ^^

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  21. Hi Kat!!! You are AMAZING!!!! it was just out and here it is!!! Love your translation as always, thank you so much.

    ~ Per per

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  22. LOOOOL!! Thanks a bunch Sebastian, and of course you too Kat for your hardwork d(-_^)
    By this, another Sebastian is added to my "beloved ones list."♪(┌・3・)┌

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  23. Thanks for the summary kat ^^
    The beginning was hilarious ,sebastian was terrfic the way he chased stupid shou was epic but i’m wondering something how does he know so much ? Also ,where was he all these times when shou was creating troubles ? I mean I was thinking that we needed kyouko demons squad to take care of him when in fact sebastian was more than enough ^^ thumbs up to sebastian .About this being reported to the agency I don’t think it will create any kind of troubles since he doesn’t know he is related to Lory .It would be nice ,if from now on He will help keep shou at bay ^^

    Now about saena ,so not only does she think that kyouko isn’t cute but she doesn’t even have the strength to love ,okay that was already obvious but i guess she said it with her own mouth so it’s yet another proof of the cold nature of that woman .So does Lory still want to help kyouko with her mother issues or did he mean that it’s something not worth putting thoughts into since she is cold blooded woman ?
    Now about kyouko’s resolve ,does she mean to face her mother or cut ties and move on .Honestly i hope it’s the second option .I mean if she suddenly became cheerful after breaking down like that and moved on I would find it weird and I would even question kyouko ‘s humanity (i know it’s weird to say that when it’s a fictional character but you get my point) because it’s her mother But in kyouko’s case if she continued the self pity what have I done to deserve this and blah blah blah and she would just be depressed and cry no stop I would hate because this is the truth that she had thrown into her face since she was a child a truth she choose to ignore .She has had years to accep ,shed an insane amount of tears so honestly I think she should be done once and for all ,she doesn’t have to torture herself any longer with the why and MOVE ON .Now if choose to go face seana what’s the point the woman clearly ignored her and doesn’t want to have anything to do with her .If she goes to see her the only thing she would gain is another scar on her already broken heart and her esteem would be lowered even more since the lack of confidence she has is because of her mom .Anyway I believe that kyouko did more than enough efforts to try and please that woman and didn’t work ,I don’t wish to see her try any more than this .

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    1. But the author will probably reveal why she is that way ,so i guess there will be a showdown unless the fuwas come to tokyo and they will explain .Either way I hope kyouko is done with the tears regarding her mom it’s isn’t worth it .

      Now about the ren/kyouko scenes .I’ve to say that it’s adorable from ren’s part to regret dying his hair because if he didn’t kyouko would open up to him right on the spot .Anyway things would be so simple if kyouko knew that ren =corn but i guess we can’t forget that the author is an S ^^
      Anyway ,kyouko really is trying hard not to make any mistakes when dealing with ren .I mean when he told her about coming to see her right away and all that stuff ,it made her happy yet she doesn’t want to think of it in a romantic way when ren obviously meant it ,in that sense .But the biggest thing as shown in this chapter ,is she doesn’t want to trouble him and keep everything to herself when the guy knows in fact what’s going on .I guess kyouko does really fear becoming a burden to him since in her mind he doesn’ t love her the way she does and of course she learned her lesson with shou
      I wouldn’t mind a little help from Lory to make her undersand that ren cares about her even beyond the simple relationship of senpai and kouhai .Nothing would make him more happy if she opened up to « ren » not only to « corn » even if they are the same ^^ .
      Like you said the reason doesn’ t confess is because he think kyouko still has her love trauma and doesn’t love him as a man can’t blame him for that since she has been acting quite well to cover up her feelings even Lory didn’t notice .Also another thing that’s preventing kyouko from confessing is ren’s « i don’t have the right to be happy » statement but the dude I believe no longer think that way so it’s okay.
      What’s keeping those two from being together are misunderstandings and that’s it ,if Lory could help a little bit ,it would be nice .
      I really love how ren didn’t try to pressure kyouko in telling him what happened the way that jerk shou did .It is really nice how ren’s simple gesture of showing the videos and just being there is enough to cheer kyouko up ^^

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    2. Just read the seven deadly sins so if haven’t yet spoilers alert ^^
      It seems like arthur came along ,maybe he will get his power up at the same time as meliodas and elizabeth .Since it is said that they have great knowledge of the world and are very wise maybe they will tell them where escanor is or what to do next .
      Now about the druids ,the two elders are twins aren’t they ? It ‘s weird how little girls are elders and the huge dude is a teen when he looks like a grown man anyway the black haired girl scene with meliodas was so weird 0_O and it seems like elizabeth think the two had a thing in the past but i doubt it ,meliodas is only into elizabeth (s) .Either way it seems like the black haired girl and the other druids too i guess now exactly what’s going on .And by that i don’t mean the demons revival ,well i think they know about that .But what I mean is meliodas’s past ,since black haired girl seems pretty concerned over him and she sent right back to danfor and honestly I don’t see what’s the point .I mean yeah he was in danfor loved liz ,former demon buddy came killed her as a revenge for his betrayal 3000 years ago big fight result big hole and that’s the story so i don’t see what’s more to that unless meliodas has like to bid farewell to liz and face all of his grief something like that But still it would’ve been better if she sent him 3000 years ago so we can see his past .
      And she called elizabeth to come with them so I guess we will finally know why they look alike .I still believe in my theory that meliodas and liz either the one from 20 years or maybe an orginal one 3000years are sort of soulmates ,to be more exact lovers but star crossed lovers since maybe meliodas is a demon did alot of cruel stuff so he has been cursed to always lose the woman he love and it happen to be elizabeth .I mean even liz when she died told meliodas don’t be sad we will meet again so maybe she knew that she will be reborn and elizabeth said that she had a feeling she knew meliodas for a long time and we saw her as a child chasing after a boy which i assume is meliodas . Also he quickly became protective of her ,and only loses his temper when she is in danger .So to me it would make sense if they were soulmates what do you think ?Because druids are supposed to be wise and know a great deal about the world so i doubt she just called her like that for nothing .
      But I’ve to say that my interest in their « romance « is zero so i hope we will get proper intel on meliodas’s dark past and not his love life.
      Oh well even if the sins isn’t a masterpiece like i said before it has never really disapointed me or made feel sick when I read it ,so I guess i will just wait and look forward to whatever the author will do ^^

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    3. Small correction, but Saena said that she DID thing Kyouko was cute/precious

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    4. @Ella oh so she did ,look like I got the part wrong thanks for explaining .So she has a tiny bit of human feelings in her stone cold heart .

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    5. Thanks for reading, sofia ^-^

      I'm also wondering about that. Is he a walking encyclopedia type of guy? Perhaps, in the showbiz world which might be very useful for Lory. Ah..he is most probably serving Lory ^^ It isn't always when Ren has Sebastian as his driver, right?

      Probably not..so he might just telling it to Lory since they are for Ren x Kyouko?

      I think he meant that it isn't worth fussing/thinking about.

      Not too sure about cutting ties but maybe if they meet each other again and if Saena says something mean/snubs, she won't be like that anymore. Ah..something like, she might be in her Natsu mode ^^ Based on what she thought while she is crying, I don't think she will try any effort to please her anymore. She did say that she is tired of all of it.

      Since this is a story, somehow, I think things will be kind of resolved though not really towards reconciliation. Again, that would mostly depend on Saena. I'm not too sure how Kyouko will react if she does know Saena's real sob story..if there is one. Based on the previous antagonists, Kyouko would probably just thank her for something like giving birth to me or at least perfecting her 'villainess' role. Usually, it is up to the 'antagonists' themselves to reflect and change. Something like accepting things are like that but definitely, I think that there will be moving on.

      True, the mangaka is a S. Most of the time, what we think doesn't happen and when we are giving up, she gives us something really good.

      True..in a way, it also comes with 'respecting one's senpai too much' since she is the kouhai, the senpai mustn't be troubled with her issues. It is a hierarchy thing and in a way, somewhat disguises her feelings for him. Of course, Ren will interpret it differently = Corn > Ren.

      Indeed.

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    6. Maybe..or they will just wait until Meliodas finish his business there. ^^; Since no one mentioned about them going somewhere else or going to do something else.

      True, it seems that they are twins. Hehe, didn't notice it immediately though. ^^; True, and the way Meliodas removed his hand from her. I think they know everything so black also knows about Elizabeth. About the age, maybe it is a reverse thing? =P Old looking people are young but when they grow old, they look young.

      According to MS readers, the theory is the trial is for Meliodas to control his power. Liz's death made him destroy the place. I think that makes sense. Perhaps, Merlin stole his powers at that time because she feared that he might repeat what happened in Danfor? He is wrath, right? Of course, well, the 'wrath' but not exactly his sin..like with the others or perhaps, unlike the others, it is indeed 'wrath' for him.

      I think your theory is highly possible. I'm not sure about the curse stuff though..seems like a fairy tale. Do they have curses in this series? When she brought Elizabeth there, I thought the trial was to kill her or something and if he can do it. =P Hm..do you think that Elizabeth can also see what's going on with Meliodas? She is part druid, right? Hehe, then she will be like..my rival is a dead person and I cannot compete against her.

      Ya..it is good if 'training' = 'flashbacks'. I'm not really into how certain powers work, etc like how it is usually explained in Naruto and Bleach.

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    7. Oh yes maybe since he is like Lory’s ninja and Lory is a huge fan of love and so of renxkyouko told sebastian to find out more about shou ,since I think he knows of kyouko’s past with him .

      Yeah he will probably report to Lory and I hope it’s like you said in the future he will be there to get rid of shou and it will be hilarious if shou to develop a fear of sebastian almost like with reino and kyouko i mean the same sort of thing .
      I’ve a question what’s the most hilarious between the sebastian pervert thing and saena being in LOVE ME . I think the second is too funny to even picture ,imagine her with her sour face and cold personality in the flashy pink outfit wearing the love me logo on her back hahaha that’s too much ^^
      Well I really hope it’s cut ties option but SB isn’t that type of manga so maybe it will be say all what you have to say and go your seperate ways with no hard feelings because like I said before kyouko suffered and expected for too long I don’t see any reason to drag this any further .But i do believe that we will have a face off if she is in natsu mode that would be really cool .
      You know I was thinking of something ,I told you in the past that maybe kyouko was the fruit of rape that’s why she is trying to deny kyouko’s own existence what if the reason is way more simple than that ,what if saena in her youth was in love with a dude and he got her pregnant and then left her after crushing her heart and thus she had to handle a kid and a job and just couldn’t bear it ,everytime looking at kyouko’s face she would remember his betrayal ?Of course if it’s that her sob story then it so so very awful in all cases no matter what her sob story ,i believe that kyouko will tell her like you said thank you for everything up until now and good bye .
      You know as long as there is no let’s make peace between the two and kyouko put the whole thing behind her for good i’m fine with whatever the author chooses to do .
      Ya she is an S that knows how to keep her readers ask for more and always live up to expectations so I have faith ^^
      Yup I think the junior senior thing is just an excuse for kyouko to cover up her feelings and even ren use it sometimes to cover his own feelings .But I hope that kyouko will get a little push toward the he likes you more than a simple junior ,she doesn’t need to know his feelings but just that he cares alot about her but even if she does ,she still doesn’t want to trouble that’s the problem oh well we will have to wait to see how this goes ^^

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    8. Well their plan is to find escanor and get stronger .The druids are supposed to be wise but they also know alot about the world so i think it’s the perfect place .Even if they don’t awaken their powers here meaning arthur and elizabeth ,and she should power up since she is a druid herself but yeah if they don’t i think they should find clues here on how to power up or find escanor or both .Unless Merlin has the answer to all of that and we will find out when they leave the druids’ place .

      Ya that scene was so weird ?!??? Oh well guess if we have side chapters like the ones about the vampires we will find out why things seems to be weird between those two .Yeah maybe I mean meliodas is 3000+ years but he looks like a child so it’s nothing new .

      Yeah I think that maybe the reason because as we have said before Merlin maybe fishy and sly but she is not evil nor is she stupid so she probably has a reason for stealing his powers .
      Ya,I also think that this test will be for him to face liz’s death again which i pressume is the most painful thing he had to go through and make sure he accept her death and do not let his rage swallow him maybe that’s because his power is so great that if lost himself in his rage this time he could destroy the world something like that .Ya even if the sins were framed for their sins but as we have seen they do some sort of relation to it in one way or another .

      About elizabeth i also believe that she will see what’s happening and even maybe get there to help meliodas overcome his sorrow some stuff like that .Am I a fan of it hell no , i told you that the romance between elizabeth and meliodas ,I really don’t like it so I hope that it doesn’t get alot of screen time but i believe that it will be revealed why she looks like liz .

      Well ,we have fairies ,wizards ,demons ,giants ,godesses so what’s so strange about curses .Honestly I believe that them being star crossed lovers or that elizabeth is a reincarnation isn’t too far fetched .I mean look I understand why elizabeth started to like meliodas but meliodas the way he loses his temper only when she is concerned how quickly he became protective of her as if he didn’t want to lose her again that’s how I feel
      But again i hope that romance won’t be given a lot of focus i really hope it won’t .
      Yup and like I said meliodas and his crew unlike in many other shounen aren’t weak at all ,so even if the difference in strength with the demon is huge I think they will be able to do something about it .
      Ya I’m not fan of random powerup neither am I a fan of training arc and I’m not a fan of the long explanation to the enemy about the powers all of which was done in naruto and bleach .

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    9. I'm thinking of that but then, doesn't what Sebastian know a bit too personal like where he used to live and where he currently lives. That isn't something you can search on the internet to find out. That is more on actually stalking the person. The used to live might be available in Kyouko's data but he is currently living with his manager and where it is. So, perhaps, he got connections with Shou's company and perhaps, that is the reason why they want to report it because personal info about Shou is being leaked..aside from having a pervert after him. What do you think?

      Indeed ^^ Those are funny scenes and I wonder if that is what the mangaka would be plotting about soon.

      True.

      Yup, that is the other possibility. Basically, it boils down to someone,with the father/ex-lover as the main culprit, did something bad to Saena and in turn, she vents and reacts that way to Kyouko. And as we discussed, whatever her sob story is, it doesn't make what she did to Kyouko okay especially since Kyouko didn't do anything to her unless Saena think that she did. And, that is because she was born? And, that brings us back to why did she give birth to Kyouko in the first place? Did something happen that when she wake up, Kyouko is already there? Were the Fuwas or someone else the ones who took care of Kyouko as a baby then when Kyouko is already in elementary, she is stuck with her mother? Maybe the father took care of Kyouko then he passes away so Saena ended up with her? And, was Saena always cold-hearted like that? Ah, so many questions, just like Ren's past even if we more or less know what happened to them. ^^

      Yup.

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    10. True..and most likely, they'll address that when they leave the druids' place. Actually, aside from Escanor, they are also missing Diane and Ban. Ah, can you remind me what is Ban doing again? Watching over Elaine?

      I think except for Diane, everyone looks the same regardless of age. Ah, King can become 'old geezer' even way before, right? Is that his true form?

      Yup.

      Ah, I'm also thinking of something like that. She will somehow help Meliodas..maybe she'll shout, cry and call his name..something like that..then he snaps out of it.

      I agree with the star-crossed..it is just that for it to be a 'curse'..really reminds me of fairy tales like there has to be a kiss or 'do something' that will remove the curse. ^^; Anyway, you're right, a curse is possible in this kind of world.

      Hehe, I think that they'll definitely do something about it since this is 'shounen' = good guys win ^^ And, most likely be all alive ^^

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    11. Hi may I know where can I find a manga for this chapter?Im only reading it in manga rock app in android but I think it stopped updating till chapter 224.

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    12. I agree that’s why I told you that he is his ninja because it’s not intel he can get on the net but rather he had to look really deep and stalk him .If he didn’t do it on Lory’s orders maybe he really is shou’s fan ^^ But honestly i can’t see it becoming something big but it will proabably become nice for the comedy 

      What saena in LOVE ME now that would be too much we will die from laughter ^^

      Ya on that we agree no matter what her sob story is she has zero excuse because kyouko is just a child and venting your anger or sorrow on a child that’s really horrible to say the least .
      You know since just like saena she has a cold side to her personality or she at least can be pretty cold when she wants to .I believe that maybe just like kyouko is really sweet her mother too was once a sweet woman . I’m really starting to believe that her sob story would be :young naive saena meet a guy she is madly in love he gets her pregnant leave her behind or he dies she is left alone with a child whom she can’t bring herself to get rid of or love because she reminds her of her lost love or his betrayal either way I believe it has something to do with dad but the worst possible option would be if it’s because she couldn’t focus on work and raise a child that would be awful .
      The chances that i would feel sorry for her after hearing her sob story are zero because even if we consider options like rape it isn’t and excuse for the psychological torture kyouko went through all these years cause that’s what it is .

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    13. Well ,I’ve a feeling that diane and ban will comeback on their own but escanor is missing .It doesn’t seem they know where he is .Ya watching over her naked body ….sigh .At first I thought it was okay ,he went to look for a mean to revive elaine and it’s okay but after the giant monster attacked the forest I’m sure he knows that something is going on and he should’ve gone with king .But he didn’t still I hope he went to look for his weapon and join the others ,because if just stayed there to watch over elaine or look for a way to revive her it’s really dumb because once the world goes kaput reviving elaine will be the last of his concern .
      Well based on what we have seen with the side chapter with helbram we can assume that his kid self is his real self since almost all the fairies look like kids .And I prefer the child appearance over the old man appearance .
      Ya and I’m not looking forward to it ,I’m pretty sure we will an orhime type of crying and screaming .The two are alike in alot of aspects including how they behave .I could also see her talk to liz rest assured I will protect him blah blah blah .I just hope this doesn’t gets much focus not when we have badass demons ready to wreck havoc .
      Well ,the reason why I mentioned is because meliodas is a demon and liz was a human and maybe just like elizabeth she was a druid (maybe that’s another reason she was able to be reborn) and if i’m correct the druids are like servants of the godesses .So meliodas being demon and her a human maybe even a druid their love is forbidden so they were cursed and became star crossed lovers their love will always end in a tragedy .And even if liz was just human i could the godesses curse meliodas ,didn’t they ask ban to kill him .Oh well that’s just a theory ^^
      Of course but I don’t want any easy victory .For example the fight with hendrickson was pretty good they really took one hell of a beating before defeating him .

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    14. Anonymous, I don't think the English scanlation is up yet. This one is a Chinese scanlation from here:
      http://www.17kk.cc/intro/8648.htm

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    15. Hm...I would think that everything that Sebastian does is for Lory. So, perhaps, Lory wanted to know more about Shou so that he'll knows how to tackle Kyouko's problem since she is in his Love Me ^^ Hehe, maybe Love Me can be a side business later on, to help people with trauma/behavioral problems =P So, Saena can go there. ^^

      True...and I think it would be easy to get her into a uniform since she is reluctantly doing those showbiz stuff for her boss. If Lory can pull some strings ^^ By the way, do you think that it is possibility that we'll see Saena smiling in this series?

      That's right.

      I don't think 'dies' should be part of the theory. If he dies and she still loves him, I don't think she would treat Kyouko like that since part of him is in Kyouko. Most likely, there is 'no love' anymore. Hm..not sure she is naive either. She is already working when Kyouko is around what 7 years old. In our country, a law course takes about 10 years. She must have graduated around that time. She already knows what she wants to do with her life. So naive about love and probably love caused her to sidetrack? True..but I think taking care of Kyouko as a baby to toddler is much harder than when she is already in elementary. I mean, if Saena could take her of Kyouko while she was younger, how come it is harder when she is more grown up? Kyouko seems low maintenance, too. So, it makes me think that someone else took care of her?

      How about this scenario: Somehow Saena had a one night stand with a guy who is really into her. She got pregnant. He asked her not to abort and he'll take care of the baby. She agrees. But somehow, he dies and Seena has to take care of Kyouko as the mother. This is more likely if Saena has always been an ice queen.

      Well, I think that she cannot concentrate on work is part of the reason.

      True.

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    16. True.

      Lol...I'm under the assumption that most people prefer the child appearance ^^

      Not much focus would be one chapter, right? =P

      Ah, I see..somewhat like Romeo and Juliet + reincarnation. True..they have a reason to want to kill Meliodas..though I thought it is because he was a demon.

      True. And they already have a hard time with him so surely for the demons, they have a really major hard time.

      By the way, can you access any manga series in baidu? I don't mean the chapter..but like skip beat baidu or akatsuki no yona baidu. You see, I couldn't from my side. It is usually re-directed to somewhere else..and it seems to be different baidu page every day. ^^;

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    17. Yup,lol it would be funny if later people with issues joined LOVE Me on their own and it became a side business ^^
      But I can’t picture her wearing a love me uniform that’s too much XD well I thought maybe after a final showdown with kyouko in natsu mode she would smile upon seeing her all grown up and quite strong maybe ???
      If she loved and he died maybe she was so broken that she needed someone to vent all of her sadness into and sadly it would be kyouko .
      If it was a one night stand that either told her to get rid of it or keep it then later on left or died
      Or if it was rape or because of work
      Or for whatever reasons since we can think of the point is she has no excuse at all .She took bad parenting to a whole new level .

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    18. So do I ,I mean he looked epic when he was on his spear and pierced ban through the chest ^^

      Or just a few pages ^^

      I know that but it is safe to assume that he played a big part in their sealing 3000ago so it should be okay yet they wanna kill him .Oh well ,even if they are star crossed lovers or cursed or whatever I'm pretty sure elizabeth is liz 2.0

      Yup ,look at what the truth did if it weren't for gowther they would be all dead .

      Yes I can and I can open the threads as well .

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    19. I see.

      I tend to think that it would be like that if the guy died directly/indirectly because of Kyouko. I'm not sure about being so sad and broken that she vent it on her child. And it has been years...so it makes me think that it is very deeper than that or well, maybe she is some sort of person who'll be sad and broken for years that she kept on venting it on her child after 17 years.

      True.

      o~o~o

      Yup ^^

      Lol..few pages, huh.

      Indeed..we have to give credit to Gowther for that even if he is a 'naughty boy'.

      I see..so it is on my side ;_;
      Can you give me a couple baidu sites like SB or anything? I'm investigating why it is like that on my side. Thanks ^^

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    20. So many maybe (s) there are alot of reasons going from rape to a one night stand that didn't end well for now I'm not sure about the reason but what I'm sure of is that she has no excuse at all .

      Yup and you can't blame him since the guy doesn't really know what's good and what's evil like a child I guess ,i still like him better than Meliodas .

      Here you go^^
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      http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kw=%E6%8B%82%E6%99%93%E7%9A%84%E5%B0%A4%E5%A8%9C

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    21. Indeed.

      True.

      Thanks ^^ It still keeps on being re-directed to some other baidu site. Strange..even if I use a different gadget to access it, it is the same. So, it isn't a computer problem.

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    22. Oh I hope it will somehow be fixed I've a different problem and mine I think has to do with my computer I can't seem to open anything on google chrome I don't know why I'm using Mozilla Firefox right now and i hate it :(

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    23. @Kat as well

      Hey! I started from the Heel siblings' first appearance so it took me a while, but I finally got up to date and made it into the SB threads.^^

      So about Saena, have we considered the possibility of postpartum depression? I'm not convinced that Saena felt this way towards Kyouko from the beginning of her pregnancy because even if abortion wasn't an option, I'm sure there were discreet adoption agencies she could've found.

      On the other hand, if she's alone, has extreme perfectionist tendencies, blames Kyouko for the depression, and possibly even has thoughts of harming the child (some more) at points, it maybe makes a little bit more sense for her to "raise" her as long as she can before taking off.

      My other theory is that Saena may just not be cut out for motherhood and was perhaps ambivalent during her pregnancy before discovering eventually that she couldn't stand raising a kid. Because I completely understand being so wrapped up in a case that you don't want to be disturbed, but it seemed like Saena knew she couldn't just lock the door because Kyouko was small but it irritated her a lot whenever she had to be a parent. She reminds me of Wakasa from TCP in her personality dynamic that way and her absence from Kyouko's life may have been "thoughtfulness" in a way.

      Also, she paid Kyouko's living expenses, left Kyouko with a family that would look after her, and then looked her up online after seeing her. I'm not about to say that she loves her daughter necessarily, but I'm not sure that she's entirely indifferent either.

      I'm not trying to make excuses, but it was just a thought I had.

      This chapter also does a good job of highlighting their growing relationship and the differences between her treatment of Sho and her treatment of Ren. I'm really looking forward to them sorting things out (probably when Kyouko turns 18 or so IMO) and taking a trip to America. ^^

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    24. I'm not sure...Holly. She isn't exactly a 'celebrity' and I recall that Japanese take high pride on their 'reputation/pride/name' so if that was leaked and they are suppose to be discreet..that agency might lose its business.

      Hm..but she seems to rather blame Kyouko for losing the case. I would think that she would view Kyouko as some 'bad luck' and the more she stays with her, the more 'bad luck' = losing cases she will have. Well, from that scene in the last chapter.

      Question, does postpartum depression last for such a long time that she still acts that way towards Kyouko until now? I figured that it is only a few weeks/months. Is it possible to have it for years? I'm actually curious who took care of Kyouko as a baby since she is acting that way. Presumably, I would think it is harder to take care of a baby which is watching over the child mostly 24/7 than an elementary kid. And, Kyouko is 'low maintenance' especially since she is eager to please.

      That's right, she doesn't seem entirely indifferent though is it possible that she is doing it as 'duty' being a parent rather than because she cares about Kyouko. She possibly do not want Kyouko to be a 'freeloader' with the Fuwas. I'm not sure if they sue negligent parents in Japan though but since she is a lawyer, she must have a high sense of 'justice/duty' so that is one possibility ^^ Looking up online might be out of curiosity like what is that girl doing..has she exposed that I'm her mother..is she dragging down my name.. something like that. What do you think?

      Indeed ^^ I'm hoping for the trip to US soon especially since there seems to be no other current work for the two ^^



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    25. Postpartum can last up to a year and, if left untreated, can have life long effects. One of the most common: the inability to bond emotionally; specifically with the child in question. Wiki says "Postpartum depression can interfere with normal maternal-infant bonding and adversely affect child development. Postpartum depression may lead mothers to be inconsistent with childcare. Children of mothers with PPD have been found to have higher rates of emotional problems, behavioral problems, psychiatric diagnoses."

      I am definitely leaning to Saena having the residual effects of untreated PPD.

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    26. Didn't know that it can last a lifetime - having the same 'disgust' feelings for one's child after so many years.

      I'm not too convinced though since Saena doesn't seem depressed when she was younger, but more on 'stressed out'. Right now, she doesn't seem depressed or stressed out either.


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  24. I LOVE the thought of putting Saena into the LoveMe section!

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  25. Thanks kat as always you are the best . And for the chapter , what Sebastian did to shou is funny and he deserved it and I really love Sebastian now for what he did , as for her mother , I really don't understand and till now I hate her until I find a reason satisfying for what she did to kyoko even though that maybe no reason will satisfy me , as for ren and kyoko , i loved them so much , they are really cute and i liked that ren didn't pressure her and just make her calm down and happy by using the videos and of course hugging her in the previous chapter XD and i think the chapter somehow satisfying and i really can't wait for 18th July and thanks again .

    ~reemy

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      Yup ^^

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  26. Thanks so much for the chapter really great I loved Sebastian ,he was great in this chapter cannot wait for the 18 th of July but it seems there is still a Bomb: the KISS between Sho and Kyoko.How on earth she is gonna explain that to Ren . Let s hope that the author will give a valuable reason for that and for Kyoko to be treated so coldly by her mother

    Kat u re the best again u made my day with the summary

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      Yup ^^

      True..for now, it probably has totally vanished in her mind, too.

      Yup.

      Thanks for the comment and glad to hear that ^-^

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  27. Thanks for the summary!!! A very satisfying chapter even if it went in a totally different way than anticipated! How clever of the mangaka to make it so Kyouko didn't have to explain the situation to Ren. That made it so sweet, actually, that just Ren being there for her was enough to "fix" Kyouko. :)

    I have to bring my expectations back down to where they used to be for this slow manga, regarding progress. Actually I'd rather enjoy the ride slowly than have it progress quickly and have the story end sooner!! When that day does come it will be so sad not having a new SB chapter to look forward to anymore!

    Thanks again! :)

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      Indeed.

      Ah yes...^^

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  28. thank you sooooooo much, you're a genius!

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  29. Thanks a lot Katy!!

    That was very funny with Shou and Sebatians! And Ren and Kyouko are making some progress in their own way, ahh thoug I hope they can get to some point by the time I turn 50!

    Quynh

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      Yup ^^

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  30. Thank you Kat, you are the best!!!!!!!!

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  31. Reader in DisguiseJune 23, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    Dear Kat:

    Thank you so much for such a well done and detailed translation!

    I am starting to believe that perhaps what will happen is that Ren will slowly become the oasis that Corn has been up to this point, making it easier for Ren to combine both characters and come clean to Kyoko without upsetting her as much as it would happen if he just came clean and said so.

    Regarding Saena, I believe that her deep resentment towards Kyoko may come from the fact that there seems to be a HUGE amount of resentment towards Kyoko. Perhaps she was abandoned by Kyoko's father and this began her resentment, or maybe it is true that she never gave birth to a child, because in reality she is not Kyoko's birth mother and she was forced to raise her on her own (it could be possible that Kyoko is the child of a relative who passed away and Saena was forced to take the child in when in reality she did not want to put up with the burden, making it impossible to find a love interest because no one wanted a woman who already has baggage, or making it too difficult because her career and taking care of a child took all of her time).

    Either way I would be profoundly upset if Saena does not pay in one way or another for all the pain she has caused Kyoko. The pain that Kyoko experienced because of her and the huge trauma should never be something that a parent or anyone caring for a child should inflict upon someone as innocent and tender as Kyoko.

    Again, thank you for the amazing translation and I look forward to see what happens next month!

    Best wishes and warm hugs to you.

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      Possible.

      That's possible too though I don't think it would be for a love interest..I think it is just because of her career. I'm not sure about Kyouko not being her child. I mean how would Kyouko feel when all this time, she thought she is her mother and made her feel that way. Everyone seems to think Saena is her mother. I would assume that Lory or someone would check the birth records if she is indeed the birth mother. Actually, now that I think of it, in getting a Japanese passport, don't they need a birth certificate/family registry for it? As a reader, I hope she isn't a relative since that is the 'easy way out' to resolve this.

      Indeed.

      Thank you ^-^

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  32. Hi Kat,


    Thanks a lot for the translation!
    I do think that Saena's problem is about kouko's father. Something like, they got divorced and then Saena found out that she was pregnant, she tried to talk about with him and then she found out that he already had another woman and she was pregnant too? I think it is something like that... I thought about rape .... but I think it is too much ... the mangaka wouldn't do that ...

    That is it,
    Thanks a lot!

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      Possible..though I'm not sure about not including rape. She touched on it in her previous series.

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  33. Thank you SO much, Kat, for your summary and comment + quote! Sebastian is as mischievous as his boss, Lory, indeed. I love it! Exciting it all is. The next release will be here before we know it.

    God's grace and peace be with you,
    ~may

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      Yup ^^

      Thank you and same to you, may ^-^

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  34. Thank you very much for the summary!
    But I'm actually happy that it hasn't any great development, cause I had the feeling that the if Ren had revealed himself as CORN, it means that the serie was reaching it ends. Im looking forward for next month issue!!

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      Is that so ^^

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  35. Thank you very much Kat , amazing work as always .

    I had to disagree with you ; you seem like you liked how the thing turns out , but i didn't .
    It is so hard for me right now to accept this , this is a bit of a drag from the Mangaka .

    I wonder , when the manga will start to actually deliver .
    I went back to the last exciting thing for me in the manga , and that where we got to see Natsu character in the chapter 128 , titled "Switchover" , that that was released 7 and a half year ago . quite a time , don't you think.

    I don't talk about the small things , i was ready in this chapter for at least of half step forward , but i got really down .
    You choose to call it "it seems that the mangaka is aiming for how they unknowingly helped each other regarding their past issues/trauma without specifically telling each other what it is" but for how long ......

    i truly love the manga and being reading it for like 9 years , and to look for other Masterpiece , whether weekly /or monthly serialisation where there is so much going in the story, many turns ; up folds , rising action , surprises ...... in the same account of time , i feel like this dragging like no other Manga i ever read .
    Plus , the Manga at first was comedy/romance :D , lately it turn to purely romance/drama :'(

    honestly , answer me , you do reviews on other Mangas , how you look at the story development those last years , what Major events , you consider critical for the story .

    I'm reading Skip Beat to the last chapter , but I'm afraid it won't end , Me or the Mangaka will not live to that day i believe.

    If you remember how "NANA" by Ai Yazawa , went to Hiatus ; you 'll understand my feeling .

    Keep up , I will be here next month :D

    waiting for your answer .

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      Hehe..well, let's just say that I'm really used to how this mangaka does things. It is very slow-paced which became evident to me at that time when I caught up with it..that was Kyouko working on Dark Moon. It was agreed by other fans before that this series is torture if you read it per chapter every month and more tolerable if you read it by volume. =P

      It is also known that the mangaka is a S[adist] so expectations should be kept low in terms of development, I guess..and I think when we least expect it, she advances things. Well..that is what the mangaka is aiming for isn't she..? It seems like they are indeed going to deal with their own issues + slight advancement of their relationship and when those issues are pretty much resolved, that is when they get together. That's my theory.

      Well, I think the comedy is still there and since the story is now addressing their traumas/past, I think it is inevitable that there will be more drama.

      I cannot really compare since SB! is quite different from the others.

      The usual is:

      Plot one: girl falls in love, have some obstacles, they get together, have some obstacles and this usually happens around third year then get together + future scenes and, the end.

      Plot two: There are others who are trying to do the same with SB but with less convincing premise wherein there are always some sort of obstacles/reasons that the couple cannot get together then it ends when they do.

      Plot three: There is also the love triangle which is pretty much girl likes him then he kind of does something wrong, another guy comes, then she gets confused and it ends when she decides on someone or someone gives up.

      Usually, the major event is the confession. ^^; Then, more confession of love after the obstacles. Love triangle..when someone chooses/gives up.

      Ah..quite pessimistic though I admit that it does cross my mind. I'll just think that in the end, they'll be together.

      Ya, I know. Well, this is how the mangaka wants to do pace her story so.. I think the other shoujo 'masterpiece' that is still running is Glass Mask.

      Thanks for the support ^^

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    2. I had to agree on "more tolerable if you read it by volume. =P "
      For the love a god , Glass Mask ; more than 30 years and still going , SB look well paced now :D

      Kyoko , you're a mess ; pull your self together and deal with your issues , slightly more faster :) , guess it is the mangaka view of a troubled teenage girl , and i had to respect that .

      i think we more of moko-saaan here , i get this feeling , where ever she is , things go fast :p , "maybe it is my imagination "

      anyway ; Have a nice day , hope you had a good holidays .

      best of wishes ;


      Thank you .

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    3. True. As for GM, it seems to be going on hiatus and stuff...I heard she is also revising things since she is a perfectionist.

      Possibly..but so far, it is good..if one doesn't mind the slow pace. I'm okay with that -consistent release- rather than long hiatus ^^;;

      I see.

      Same to you ^-^

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  36. Thank u for the summery!!!!

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  37. Bwahahahahaha! Sebastian is the best! I haven't laughed like that in a long time! Thanks for the translation Kat, you rock!

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      Thanks for reading and the comment ^_^

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  38. Thank you very much for this :3

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  39. Thank you so much for your hard work, Kat!

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  40. Thank you so much for the summary.
    I think that this manga is more about overcoming your fears than about the love relationship itself. That's why like you said, they help each other unknowingly. If the help were more blatantly given it would be saving, and the main topic is self-confidence. If I were Kyouko I would be terrified of falling in love and ending up becoming the same person she was with Shou. For this reason they have to do the "patch-up" separetely, if not it would make the characters dependant on each other.
    I hope that at the climax of the story (who knows how long that'llbe) they have to act in a drama as a couple...it'd be really funny to see their reactions.
    About Saena, I wonder, what could make a woman hate her own chid so much? 1. The child's father...lots of hypothetical reasons for hating the guy (hoping for the less dark reasons, please let there be no rape). 2. If you feel the child has hindered your future, which is not the case because Saena is a successful lawyer. so I'll stick to reason nª1.

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      True.

      Ya..that would be interesting but then, I think we already got a preview of that when they are Heel siblings. ^^

      Ya, most likely it is reason 1 and, it would be strange to hate a child like that over a job.

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    2. Starring roles in a romantic drama as the climax would be so fun!! What would they each do to prepare for a kissing scene?? haha. It would be kind of like the Heel sibling roles, but that was more of a flirty kind of role and they could change the mood when they got uncomfortable... with a romantic drama their goal would be to make viewers swoon, lol! :) I guess we'll have to see what Nakamura has in store (someday... far far away).

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    3. True...and what kind of plot would it be? ^^

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  41. Ren asks Kyouko if he can see Corn's stone, then while clenching it tightly in his hand he tells her he'd like to tell her a fairytale, and proceeds to tell her about how they first met. After words, as Kyouko stands there in stunned silence he holds aloft Corn's stone and says " What a fragile shuttle fate chose to weave two lives together." then, " I was wrong about one thing back then, You've not only survived in my world you've thrived." He then holds Corn's stone out to her and says "I wont ask you to open your hands this time Kyouko, instead, I'm asking you to open your heart and allow the man I've become to join the boy I was in that place you still hold sacred, where light and shadow dance upon the cold clear water that washes over the kingdom of hamburgers." umm... Yeah, kinda hoping for something like this.

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  42. Anyone else think that Sebastian and Kyouko have surprisingly similar powers...?
    Remember in 154, she notices all of Cain's muscles and bones and such matching Tsuruga's?
    And here is Sebastian doing something pretty similar... XD

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  43. Finally caught up! And I'm really thrilled about the direction this story has taken. Thanks for your hard work with the summaries.

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      Thanks for reading them, Holly ^-^

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  44. Tengkyu Kat for your summary...
    Amazing work as always.. :)


    Aandante~

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  45. I wish kyouko would put 2 and 2 together already. There were so many opportunities! How? I mean HOW can she possibly think that corn and ren are two different people after all this? *face palm* Maybe she is blocking it out. But when it's finally revealed i hope it will be epic!
    Anyway thank you so much for the awesome updates and summaries <3 I read it every month:)

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    1. Yup, she is kind of doing that and probably couldn't equate Corn the fairy = Ren the human. =P

      Hopefully, it is when it happens ^^

      Thanks for reading and the support ^-^

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  46. What...? I barely understood any of that. I appreciate the spoilers, but I really wish you'd try to make more sense... I suppose English isn't your first language...

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      Let's just say that it isn't really American or UK English but it is the English that I know.

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