July 19, 2015

Skip Beat [Chapter 226]

During breakfast with Maria, Lory is in shock as he repeats on the phone that she [Kyouko] is going to carry out a surprise attack. The other person tells Lory that is what it meant. Holding his head, Lory thinks that this girl..how come she always do things to the extreme. The other person says that Lory had went to see her mother and it is also seems like a ‘fighting like a guerilla’ and even if the appointment has been moved earlier, it is also possible that [Kyouko and her mother] won’t see each other, right. Lory says yes, it is indeed possible and if [she] calls on the phone, it is also possible that it will be hanged up and it ends like that. The other party says that it isn’t at all strange for Kyouko to think that way. “To suddenly stop her [Saena] at her work place, the chances of being able to talk with her is very high..” Lory groans. The other party says what to do for he has a very strong ominous premonition. “..what to do..” Lory says that even if he asks him what to do, they can also only leave it up to Kyouko herself. “Right now, it is also useless for us to groundlessly worry [about her]. Even if what she faces might possibly be a stone that causes her to trip and get seriously injured, right now, I also have no way of replacing her to remove this hindrance. Only this thing.. As for the aftermath, we can only wait after the outcome had come out. ..ah..? If it is the worst outcome, what then? Then, we’ll talk again at that time..”
Maria interrupts Lory and says that she is pretty much prepared to go to school. Lory points to the phone and says that this is Ren. Maria says that it is okay for it seems that they are talking about some serious topic so she’ll take time to talk with him next time. “As compensation, you help me in asking Ren-sama to give me a call next time” After putting on her coat, Maria tells her grandfather that she’s going. After Lory told her to take care on her way, Ren asks Lory if that is Maria. Lory says yes, and what is going on for she knew that he [Ren] is the one whom he is talking with yet she would go straight to school. “When before, she only has to hear your voice and she’ll snatch away the phone while talking midway.” Ren slightly smiles and says that she has some kind of sense for she is a child who grew up among adults so perhaps, she noticed something. Lory tells him that she’ll forget it for now since it seems that it is very serious and as compensation, just make Ren call her next time. As Maria is thinking of something while walking, Ren says okay, he’ll find an opportunity to call her. Lory apologizes and Ren says that it is okay. Then, Ren sees Yashiro on the phone telling someone that they’ll immediately go down. So, Ren takes his bag and starts to bid Lory goodbye. Lory[/Ren] tells him about that thing, to pay attention to her tendency [/movement] and it is almost this conclusion..
After going out of the room, Yashiro says that despite that, Kyouko’s actions is truly very astonishing that just by listening, he couldn’t sit still. Ren agrees and obviously earlier, she was quite at a loss and minutes later, it somehow became that kind of development. Holding his head, Ren says that even if being proactive and optimistic is a good thing but then, this is a bit quite a jump..for there should be some sequence.. “Unexpectedly, my eating video would give her such a huge vitality. I truly totally cannot understand it. It felt it seems that I have pushed her anxiousness behind her and that’s no good. [<- not too sure; probably not let her vent it out but kept it inside]” After thinking a bit, Yashiro suggests that he might as well take some eating videos again. Ren asks why. Yashiro says that didn’t Kyouko become lively after seeing his eating video. Ren says yes. Yashiro says that the significant effect one after another..that..perhaps.. in spite of Ren’s image is like ‘wolfing down his food’, it gives a weak person significant courage and power to survive--.. something like not being defeated by this. Ren darkly says that it seems that Yashiro is praising him but he totally couldn’t be at ease by that.
Yashiro says to shift the recording earlier in case Kyouko becomes depressed, then it can be used, those new works [/videos]. Wondering if it has already been decided and is it really not just for self-satisfaction, Ren says that obviously Kyouko didn’t ask for it. Yashiro protests that can be considered as a protective charm. After entering the elevator, Yashiro says that it is only that and no matter what happens, it will be alright. Ren recalls Kyouko telling him that it is only with this then she feels that she is alright. Flashback: Holding her Love Me heart stamp book, she points to the seal and says that this represents an incalculable ‘unlimited’ possibility seal and it also represents success’ ‘you did really great’. “If I first get this, it feels that ‘success’ will subsequently come.. *happily smiles* it is because Tsuruga-senpai gave it to me so it has a special meaning..” End flashback. Ren recalls Rick saying, “—you can do it. [You] can absolute win. Yes. As long as you apply magic to the girl who has fallen in love with you.” Ren looks dark and thinks, wrong, wrong, so it is said.. Ren tells Yashiro that in this world, not only is he classified as a winner, even more, as among the upper social class.. Yashiro exclaims what, all of a sudden!!
Ren says that he didn’t think that basically, there are people who believe that an omen for success can be effectively and frantically chased after.. After they reach the B1 and go out of the elevator, Yashiro says no..even if what he said is correct but for Ren to personally say those words, it will make people feel very hurt and it will make [common] people resentful so he isn’t allowed to lightly say out those kind of words. Ren tells him that effective omen and magic isn’t the same right.. Yashiro is puzzled by magic, not the same, what about it, suddenly asking that. Then, Ren realizes something and mutters, okay, it’s complete. There is a picture of DR. ‘ability to learn’ injecting tranquilizer on Ren’s head and saying, ‘Okay, okay, wish, desire, you’re more awake compared to yesterday so pull yourself together.’ Yashiro is totally clueless over what happened as he walks with Ren towards a taxi driver bowing to them. At café Viviane, Kyouko sits on the upper floor’s table and looks at her stamp book. She flips it to Ren’s infinity seal and she smiles. She thinks that she got a protective charm that beckons success from Ren, she has a victory goddess that Queen Rosa has awarded to her [the necklace], and there is her life’s backbone∙healing and preventing disaster friend [Corn]...
...“Quite perfect..!! Today, my little comrades are all present!!! It is alright!! Fighting!! Assembling such strong comrades, being defeated whatever is absolutely impossible!! *looks dark* [Pupupuuutt..trumpet is sounded] Afterwards, I only have to march toward the battle ground wearing the battle outfit..!! *image of Kyouko wearing Love Me suit as everyone are going to charge for war* --I didn’t think that today.. all of a sudden, I’m going to see her already--.. What’s up with this so fast development when obviously, this morning when I called, I only want to obtain a appointment through the intermediary [/mediator]--..” Flashback: This morning, before SHR, Kyouko is on the pay phone. The other party said ah, if it is like that, she can see her today since she is free starting at 3pm or rather, it seems to be a rare free time. Kyouko went into shock about it being today. She asked if there is some other free time. The other party said that he thinks that there ought to be no other time. “Deciding on some other day or time, the vigor of you two would have weakened right? Isn’t it good to ride on that vigor and go see her? Of course, if there is a problem with your time.. before school dismissal, ask for a leave of absence.” End flashback.
Kyouko gloomily thinks that she is not quite willing for obviously it isn’t work yet she left school early. She thinks that person is right for it felt that it is better to ride this momentum and rush in--.. “Actually, last night, I made a statement and it is also just by impulse at that time. She told Ren that with the help of this vigor, next time, she wants to face [and fight] the worrisome enemy head on. After seeing Ren, it seems that something possessed her and blew in enthusiasm [/passion] that boosted her up. After sleeping for one night and she has calmed down, Kyouko, who had just woke up, felt that she has this feeling which is the same with an elementary kid who was forced to have homework during summer vacation. She has sunk into melancholy. Kyouko wondered what’s up with that facing head on..even if there is no definite time when she’ll do it..is it alright..it can be said..it is soon in the future.. She looked at the heart stamp book and looked at Ren’s infinity seal. She thinks that it is really great that she was able to get Ren’s seal. End flashback. Kyouko smiles and thinks that afterwards, she’ll also take it out today. <- once in a while, she’ll take them out in order to admire and that’s all for obviously they are of no use but she still brings them. Rosa is always together with Corn.
The bell on the door rings. The waitress welcome a customer. Kyouko looks at the door and sees Fujimichi being asked by the waitress if he’ll smoke. He tells her no. She tells him to choose the seats at this side of the floor. After he thanks her, he pushes up his glasses and mutters, next.. Kyouko goes to Fujimichi and apologizes for today and she is indebted to him. She introduces herself. Fujimichi looks surprised. After taking their seats, Fujimichi says that he is really startled for she is totally not the same with the Kyouko-chan he remembers. Kyouko asks if that is when they met when she is 3-4 years old and that means.. She darkly thinks that it is possible that it is totally not this reason..her situation.. She imagines her naturally pure young self who’ll foolishly smile. Fujimichi says that it is indeed at that time but he only saw her once or twice yet she unexpectedly remembers him. Kyouko admits to him that she doesn’t quite remember his face but it is because his name is a bit familiar. “So, when I was browsing through Viride General Law Office’s homepage, I saw your name. It just got connected like that.”
The waitress puts coffee on the table and tells them to slowly enjoy their drink. Fujimichi says about that, what if it is just the same name, what would happen then. “Regarding that passport thing.. I’ve unexpectedly got a letter from some unfamiliar girl saying, ‘can you pass on to my mother Mogami Saena this travel ticket and consent letter?’ Even if you ask like that, it is also possible that I won’t give it, right? *pushes up eyeglasses* No one will know even if I take out the things inside.” Kyouko nervously laughs and says that it is indeed so. She admits that she also thought of the possibility of that happening, and it is only 5 percent. “But thinking of mother’s ignoring ability, the possibility increases to 7 percent that she possibly let it be and mail it back.” Fujimichi asks about this ignoring ability. Kyouko says that it is not paying attention to ‘other people’s perspective’. “Because from before, she is a person who is really concerned with this word ‘face’ [/reputation]. If that nature has not changed, I think that it is possible that she’ll mail it back. Even if Fijimichi-san is a person whom ‘she might know by mistake’, but since it is already passed through a third person who knew about the letter and had handed over the consent letter to my mother, that person absolutely cannot ignore the consent letter.”
Fujimichi somewhat smiles and says that she’s truly guilty of being intelligent. While stirring his coffee, he says, “..in the end, if your parents have clear reasoning [/thinking], no matter whom [either of the parents] the child is similar with, it will become a good child..” This surprises Kyouko that she asks if he knows her father. To her shock, Fujimichi drinks his coffee and says, “No, I don’t know the details [/fundamentals]. I don’t know what he looks like. I also don’t know his name.” Kyouko thinks that isn’t it better for him to say that he totally doesn’t know rather than say that he doesn’t know the details. Then, looking serious, Fujimichi says, “No.. that’s wrong.. it is correct to say, ‘I don’t know his real name’.” This surprises Kyouko that when she is about to ask him what he meant.. Fujimichi puts down his coffee cup and says that he’ll leave it here for today and regarding the other things, isn’t it better to ask the person herself later on. Pushing up his glasses, he says that in the end, he cannot casually tell other people his colleague’s ‘life’s greatest landmine [/weak point] story’. Kyouko darkly thinks geez, since he knows of that landmine up to that kind of degree, then don’t causally bring it up!!! “What am I to do now!! It has already totally something that I cannot ask out!!...
...*recalls how she hugged Ren and asked why, what’s wrong with her that she hated her, what’s the reason* If I don’t know then, without brains, I’ll go and ask clearly about everything--!!! It already almost without a doubt. *gloomily walks out the café with Fujimichi and rides in his car* The reason that person hates me. Because from the very start, when she scolds me, my father was never mentioned. It is because similar with father, [I’m] an idiot-type. I thought that this is certainly not related to father. Might as well say, on contrary, saying it out from the mouth, one would feel unhappy that physically and mentally, would make oneself be frozen over!!! *looks confused-dizzy while sitting beside Fujimichi* And, this is totally different from me saying curses in dreams. Might as well curse my whole life.. –perhaps, she and I had come across the same thing. *imagines Shou leaving with Shouko.* Went through..? Is it so--.. perhaps, it is to say that compared to me, it is more-- *crying and tearing off Shou’s poster* cruel. Then, how could I-- No good. I cannot ask out anything.”
Kyouko calls out to Fujimichi and says that in the end, just forget it, wanting to ask about it..just treat it as if it didn’t happen. Fuijimichi says, “..is that so--.. Too bad. We are already in this kind of situation.. Because I don’t like inconvenience, I do not want to go back already *Kyouko freaks out for he is already parking the car in Viride office’s car park* Afterwards, in the first place, she, the target, is currently right there.” He points out the window to Saena who is walking across their car. Kyouko goes !!? !!? !!? Putting his head out the window, Fujimichi calls out, “Hey- Mogami- where are you going-?” Kyouko totally freaks out, “Wa ah ah ah, you cannot call her ah ah ah-!!!” While holding a car key, Saena turns to Fujimichi. He says that didn’t he say that he’ll bring a guest so he asked her to stay at the office and do not go out. Heading towards him, she says that she’s preparing to go back before the appointment. Kyouko clings on the seat and kept on freaking out over what to do. Fujimichi asks Saena where she is preparing to go.
Standing in front of Fujimichi, she tells him that she’s going to Ken for he said that he wanted to eat Amakiro[?]’s matcha red bean cream filled taiyaki. “It is because before writing poetry, he is nagging about it so I’ll sent some to him” Fujimichi tells her that she pampers Ken too much for didn’t he tell her that Ken’s whispering about full affection [/love] with desserts is only just his ego’s climax [/orgasm] lately and besides, it is okay to just not mind him on the third time. Bending down to Fujimichi, she says that even if he says that.. She looks surprised upon seeing who is with Fujimichi. Narration: “Indeed, I have already prepared my fighting awareness and heart but this is because I want to always face the question that I’ve been deliberately ignoring. Searching for the answer. That it is called my life’s biggest. That scar with a sharp blade plunged into it. But my goal is not at all to forcefully dig out that sharp blade. *looking sad, scowls and clenches her fist* --it is also not for the purpose of.. *opens the door and goes out of the car to face her surprised mother* ..hurting this person that I came here--” Next chapter will be out in Japan on August 20th.
Comment: Apparently, Kyouko is indeed going to face her mother as in deliberately and not coincidentally. And fortunately/unfortunately for her, things are moving towards that in such a fast pace that she doesn’t seem to be quite ready yet. ^^; As a reader, that is good since this issue won’t be dragged further. It seems to find the answer for that question that she always avoided in fear that it will hurt her further but then, it seems that she would rather not ask about it anymore. Not too sure if asking for the reason will push through but definitely, it seems that she is going to find some closure with her mother since she doesn’t plan to have revenge against her mother for hurting her or any other negative stuff like that. Lory and Ren are at a total loss over this development and I wonder how they will react when they learned that Kyouko immediately faced her mother the next day after that TV thing. Fujimichi is correct to say that she must ride on the momentum especially since the broadcast was just yesterday so it is good timing to ask about it.

It is a surprise that Fujimichi knows Kyouko from before and he is the intermediary between her and her mother. So, the thing about the passport is revealed..it is most likely Saena is forced to sign the consent letter since it passed through someone else rather than it was directly sent to her. Now, the big revelation for me is about the father. It is not known if he is still alive or not, and what he did but to not know his real name. Is he some showbiz guy? Was he relatively unknown for Fujimichi to not know what he looked like. Did Saena indeed go through something crueler than what happened to Kyouko because of a man? Is the hatred really because she is like her father? Well, it is for sure that Kyouko is currently like her mother before because Kyouko is currently in love with a guy and she doesn’t know his real name. I wonder if this will be a stimulus that will make Kyouko become more curious about Ren’s real name. ^^ Whoever the father is, I really hope he isn’t Kuu or blood related to him. We already have many hindrances in their current relationship and the thing that will really drag this on is a forbidden love. ^^; Anyway, I find that part in the parking quite funny. Kyouko is thinking too much that she didn’t notice that they are already there and Fujimichi isn’t incline to waste his time for nothing =P

This part actually showed Saena’s somewhat human side about pampering her boss, casual interaction with a colleague and looking surprised to see Kyouko. Maria has also grown. She isn’t too much of a fangirl with Ren anymore and knows when to do that. I wonder if what Maria is thinking then. Kyouko’s name wasn’t mention on Lory’s side but she must realize who the girl is for Lory and Ren to be talking about her. I wonder if Ren will take more eating videos of himself and would somehow realize that it isn’t the videos but he himself that made Kyouko forget her troubles at that time. I mean Kyouko not having the same reaction if she sees new eating videos. About the doctor bit, I wonder if Ren went into Kuon mode then, so the doctor is there to suppress it so that he’ll go back to Ren/working mode. ^^; I’m curious though how come Ren isn’t driving himself because that taxi driver seems to be their ride to wherever they are going. Maybe that will be for a side story. I’m amused when Kyouko is looking at her charms/magical items. I’m thinking if she only knew that they are all from one person ^^ I guess it is only because she was with Ren that she is filled with fighting spirit to tell Ren that she’ll fight head on. She doesn’t feel that way when she woke up from sleep =P Anyway, we can hope that we’ll learn more about what happened to Saena that caused her to hate her daughter and probably some closure in some way so we can now move on to other things. And, it’s good that Kyouko has a healthy heart since she has been freaking out since last night ^^;; Scans by 红莲汉

Word of the day:
God gives us strength to face our problems, not to flee from them. ~ Our Daily Bread

104 comments:

  1. Thanks Kat!.... yes I need that closure, I'm super sure I'm going to need a tissue box next chapter!!!! Wow I wasn't expecting this to move that fast but then again what a relief....hate to say it but the last 3 chapters were really dragging. Can't say it enough THANKS again you're the best. ;)

    Steph

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    1. You're welcome, Steph ^-^

      Hehe..you think so ^^ Indeed..it is good that it isn't dragging too much.

      Thank you ^-^

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    2. Hey Kat! I think a 5 page mini story was released recently so if you don't mind, can you maybe take look at it and summarize it? Here's the link http://tieba.baidu.com/photo/p?kw=skip&fp=1&tid=3930868606#!/pidd531932bd40735fa0cf20abd98510fb30f240859/pn1 and thanks again ^_^

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    3. It is a fanfic wherein what if someone saw them kissing then it was published. Kyouko freaks out that she is in the gossip magazine. Kyouko is scared what if it was found out that she was chasing after Shou. Then, Shou would admit to the press that Kyouko is his woman.

      That's it.

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    4. Ok thank you!

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  2. Kat...you don't know how thankful I am to read your summary.

    I think next issue is about Kyouko's father.

    Anyway thanks again and I'll wait patiently another month for new chapter :)

    - Anisa -

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    1. Thanks for reading, Anisa ^-^

      Most probably...it depends if Kyouko would still ask about it.

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  3. Before even reading i just want to say thank you so much for this! Xx - Meg

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  4. The biggest blow would be if her father was Rick, the guy Ren thinks he has his death inflicted. That would be awsome.

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    1. Hehe..it is interesting if it is like that but with the pacing of the series..it would take a lot of years to resolve that.

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    2. I don't think it can be rick. Because rick was more like ren's friend of same age and ren isn't that older than kyoko . So, it seems impossible for rick to be Kyoko's father !!

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    3. Well, there is a slight chance, that Rick is Kyoko's father.
      Rick is older than Ren, at least with 10 years, or more, he was perhaps a bodyguard, because Ren did not liked his schoolmates. So he had to be around 20-25, when Ren was 14-15.
      Now Rick would be 30-35.
      We do not even know Saena's age. If she is Kyoko' mother, she had to become pregnant with her at the end of the high school years, or at the beginning of her university years. Kyoko was around six, when she started her novice lawyer years. So she is now at least 35. It is not a high chance, counting, that japanese women look younger than caucasian women at the same age.
      The best guess, that Kyoko's mother is not Saena, but her younger sister. Who died at delivery, or simply abandoned her child, and Saena had to bring up Kyoko. But failed, because Kyoko always brougth her misfortunes. She searched for a surrogate family for the child, that' why Kyoko stayed at the Fuwa's.
      If Rick is the father....
      :D

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    4. And, Judit, if Saena isn't her real mother, I think she is much worse than if she was her real mother because of how she treated Kyouko and acted/told everyone including Kyouko that she is her mother.

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  5. Thank you for the summary Kat 😃
    For me this chapter is pretty good because we can learn a little about Kyoko past.
    Kyoko really have a big heart,yesterday she's hurt by her mother words and now she doesn't want to hurt her mother by asking such a question. And the passport thing just prove how smart Kyoko is by manipulating/forced her mother to sing up the letter 😄
    When reading your comment about the possibility of Kuu being Kyoko father or the forbidden love beetwen Kyoko and Ren/Kuon,it's remaind me about a skip beat fanfiction that i read a few years ago that make the possibility come true. I don't know how the story ending is because i just read the earlier chapthers.
    I just hope that next chapter we can learn about Kyoko father and all of the reason regarding Saena cold attitude towards Kyoko and why is she leave her with the Fuwa's.
    Ugh.. 1 month is just too loooonngg!!

    PS : sorry if my comment doesn't make sense to you 😉
    Tiara ^_^

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    1. Thanks for reading, Tiara ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Ya..though I'm not inclined to like that kind of possibility since it will really drag the series on and on for many more years.

      Hehe, hopefully...it depends since Kyouko might not want to ask her anymore about it.

      Don't mind, I can understand it ^^

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    2. I think it is impossible for Kuu to be Kyouko's father. Just look at how madly in love Ren's parents are with each other. Kuu would pursue all of his ambitions and desires to the extreme, including his marriage. Therefore I think it is impossible that Kuu betrayed his wife after they had Kuon.
      So I think we can relax.

      But what about the possibility of Maria and Kyouko being sisters? They are very similar after all.

      So, thank you Kat as always for your work!

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    3. Hm..not too sure. What would Maria think of her father if it is so? That is assuming the father hurt Saena badly enough to hate her own daughter. Her father already met Kyouko and so far, there is no so-called 'skip of the heart = that's my child' thing.

      Thanks for reading Anke ^-^

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this so fast! Thank you !!!!!

    Diana

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  7. Thanks for the summary Kat!

    I can't wait to hear about Kyoko's father, but knowing Nakamura-sensei we just might have to wait a little longer or we're pieced with a small amount of information leaving us wondering, like today with the "not knowing his real name". Possibilities like him being in showbiz, him already married living a double life, a criminal (lol), etc. Now what you said about Kuu being Kyoko's father, it seems this conversation keeps popping up. However, I think that option is highly low. If Ren and Kyoko turned out to be related, it would of had to be an uncle. Ren and Kyoko are 4 years apart, and Kuu is dedicated to his wife. He would never cheat on her, unless he was really, really drunk but I doubt that too. People also suggested Rick but that's also impossible because I'm pretty sure Rick was at least Ren's age or a few years older and he had Tina.

    Sorry for rambling, just the thought of Ren and Kyoko being related, especially with what they went through would be quite crappy and a mote point to the story. Although, it would be ironic if Shou's father was Kyoko's father... nah. Anyways, the father just might be someone unrelated to Kyoko's ties or he could have been Kuu's junior and/or friend. Kyoko was born in Kyoto but that doesn't mean Saena grew up there or attended school there either. It could have been where Kyoko's father lived. Another possibility would be that Saena and Kuu grew up together. She also could have been his junior, since she looks young and doesn't have those wrinkle marks near her eyes like Kuu did. Man, there are many ideas surrounding the mystery of Kyoko's father. After all, everything stems from him it seems.

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    1. First, thanks for the summary Kat.

      Brittany I had to say, I think the same as you, but you and the others could to consider the figure of Mr. D.
      because he is related with the showbis, have a fake name and have been introduce in story slowly for Amamiya.

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    2. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      True. I actually thought that the mangaka is a meanie to drop that then get Fujimichi to say..ask the rest from her mother. ^^; True..speaking of that, it would be out of character for Kuu to do something cruel to someone since he is a loving person. Rick..depends if he went to Japan or stayed in US throughout his life. I think if these possibilities happen, this series will take a very very long time to resolve.

      True. That's the first time I heard of it..Shou's father being Kyouko's father. Hm..about that...Saena already knew Fujimichi back then. Was she working at a Tokyo firm before..or the law firm had a branch in Kyoto before? If they grew up together, how is it possible that she won't know his real name..unless, only Fujimichi doesn't know it. Yup...hope the mangaka would be nice and give us more details. ^^

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    3. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Oh..Mr. D...another possibility. Though what would Amamiya think of him if she learns that he did something supposedly cruel to Kyouko's mother?

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    4. What if Mr. D is Maria's Uncle Tiger as some have guessed. Is Uncle Tiger Lorry's son or brother? If son that would make Kyouko, Lorry's granddaughter and Maria's cousin!

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    5. Another thought, what if Uncle Tiger/Mr. D doesn't even know he has a daughter?

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    6. Raymond, I got the impression that Tiger is someone Lory knew in the industry and not specifically Lory's relative.

      Hehe..cannot quite imagine him and Saena ^^;;

      Possible..that they quarreled or he left her and she learned afterwards that she's pregnant.

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    7. You have to remember that both Uncle Tiger and Saena would have been very different people 18 years ago. (Kyouko's are 17.5yrs + (9 months). So it's possible. Also, what if they met on a college break vacation and Saena only knew him by the nickname Tiger, and he only ever learned her first name. Something could have happened that separated the two before they could exchange full names and thus lost track of each other. Saena could even feel that Tiger ran out on her. This would explain everything we know, of course it's still just conjecture.

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    8. True, Raymond.

      Yup, they might be very different people 18+ years ago. So, if it is like that, it does seem like a fling. Ah, good point, she might only know the nickname. I think running away is highly possible since we have to always think that it must be a really grave thing to make her hate her own daughter for so many years when logically, and she should be a reasonable one being a lawyer that Kyouko has no fault at all.

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  8. Thanks for the summary kat and the chapter was awesome and about kyoko's father I have become really curios espiacally when fujimichi says that he doesn't know his real name because when he said that the only thing that came to my mind is someone who is related to showbiz and the only thing I don't want to happen is kyoko and ren being relative , and for the chapter cover I all ready melted when I see it and I hope ren realize that kyoko loves him not his videos and as for fujimichi does kyoko know him from her mother work ? And it's good that we knew about the passport issue and for me know the only thing I'm curious about is kyoko father and thanks again for the summary and know we should wait for another month .

    ~reemy

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    1. Thanks for reading, reemy ^-^

      Yup, hopefully they are not relatives.

      Yup, hopefully, Ren knows soon. Hm..right now they are working together..good question, was Fujimichi is colleague way before or only now? One thing is for sure, they know each other a long time ago that he has seen Kyouko a couple of times.

      Yup.

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    2. Welcome and thanks for the reply and I think the up coming chapters maybe will tell us more fujimichi I hope .

      ~reemy

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    3. No problem, reemy ^^

      Ah, that's possible.

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  9. Thanks Kat, I really like your summaries!! :)

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  10. Thanks for the summary Kat ~
    This chapter was great.. I totally didn't expect Kyoko's father to be alive. At least it seems that way right?
    I don't think he will be blood related to Kuu, probably one of his friends who know.
    I'm wondering, what if her father is Mr D? He seems like an eminent & mysterious character. Or is he too old?
    That's the only one I can think of..
    I wish it were August already ~

    Riri.

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      Ah..not too sure if he's still alive or not.

      Probably.

      If he's Mr. D...Chiori's image of him might be destroyed. ^^;

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  12. Thanks for summary and comments. I really like your comments and always read them joyfully. Thanks for everything :D

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  13. Thanks a bunch Kat!! This chapter was amazingly hilarious!! Well, about Kyouko's father being Kuu or even Rick is impossible for me but the possibility that he's someone we already knew or from showbiz or related to it is quite high since the mention of his real name being unknown and so on.

    Mmm.. I don't know I feel like pitying Saena already and even regretting isulting her(;一_一), maybe it's because of kind Kyouko I am feeling this way! This girl is unbelievable.. as each month passes I like her more and more, she's my favorite heroine amongst shoujo ones I guess, what about you Kat?! And Ren!! Kyaaaaah o(≧∇≦o), he's just sooo cute in that scene where he appeared as a physician begging his wish and desire to calm down!! Our hearts and souls are with you, fightooo(o;TωT)o

    I noticed that this month release was a bit quick, bc I checked it yesterday evening and it was out!! So let's hope for the next release to be on the 15th Aug and the later one on the 10th sep ending up with two ch\month, I am thinking way too much positively but believe me, I'm suffering here a lot (T▽T), thanks again Kat for your effort(^_^)

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    1. You're welcome, Lolli ^-^ True.

      Well, I don't exactly pity Saena but indeed, Kyouko is quite admirable ^^ She is also my favorite ^^

      Indeed..chibis are cute ^^

      No, the chapter came out on the 18th. I'm actually late by one day. ^^; I'm thinking that they wanted to get it done and over with before the weekend so it came out earlier. Hehe...you are indeed thinking way too positively ^^

      Thank you ^^

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  14. Regarding the injection by Dr.Ren, it feels like at that moment he was overlapping Rick with Kyoko. Kyoko said that this "special omen" from her "special senpai" will give her infinite possibilities. Rick (in the chapter before) seems to have said that "magic" cast by "the girl you love" will give u endless possibilities.

    So Ren was about to wonder if she meant it in Rick's context, that would mean .. until Dr.Ren comes and injects the "don't have high expectations from her" drug.

    I guess he's like Kyoko in this regard, even when he gets a hint, he ignores it. But oh well, I'm hoping their relationship progresses even without then working together from now on.

    Sorry just had to get that off my chest. Thanks so much for the summary! I enjoy reading such a good story version of skip beat.

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      Hopefully so ^^

      No problem and thanks for reading ^-^

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  15. Again, thank you very very much for the summary!

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  16. Thanks again, Kat. We appreciate your work so much and wait all month for it! For a long while now, my fear has been that Ren and Kyoko will turn out to be half siblings. I'd hate that so much! The author has laid some background clues that could be turned in that direction, though. When I first thought of it, I was in tears!

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    1. Yeah, I wonder if the author is just tugging our feels around on purpose with that possibility but it won't turn out that way in the end, I hope. Wonder if both of them will be deluded for a short time into thinking that they are half siblings, making the situation slightly like those siblings they acted out but it won't really be that way in the end...fingers crossed.

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    3. The worst was when Kuu told his wife that he'd made another son while he was in Japan. I was hoping very much that the translation was accurate and that he hadn't actually said "child."

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    4. You're welcome ^-^

      Ya..hopefully, the mangaka is just teasing us with it.

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  17. Thank you so much
    I want skip beat every week . I can't wait

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      Hehe..the mangaka needs to rest but I know how you feel ^^

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  18. Thanks for the quick summary, Kat!! :D I loved this chapter! I love that Kyouko turned herself into fighting mode (at least in the first half).

    I wish Ren would allow himself even the smallest amount of hope that Kyouko loves him. I think it would be nice if Ren figures it out first, and then helps Kyouko realize that he loves her too at a pace Kyouko can handle! It might also give him a chance to slowly reveal his dual identity at the same time... dropping lots of hints might be better than hitting her with the whole truth all at once!

    I also loved seeing all three of the special items that Ren has given her together! Hehe, if only Ren could see, I'm sure he would be very moved to see how much those all mean to her! And as you mentioned, if only Kyouko knew they were all from the same person!

    I'd hate the idea for Ren & Kyouko to be related. As was mentioned in other comments, I really believe it's impossible they are siblings because at the time Kyouko was conceived, Kuu was already married and had Kuon, and he would never be the kind of person to have an affair. He probably wouldn't even look at another woman that way. Someone mentioned Mr. D, and that's probably a good guess, I forgot all about him.

    I do have a question. What was the meaning of Ren's thoughts and ramblings to Yashiro at the elevator about being a winner and in the upper social class? What does it have to do with his other thoughts about Kyouko and Rick?

    Oh, also, you wondered why Ren was riding in a taxi instead of driving. I think before Kyouko's big meltdown it was mentioned that he had to leave the country again for work. That would explain why since he probably wouldn't drive himself to the airport and have to leave his car there.

    Finally, I am amazed how kind and mature Kyouko is that she can put her mom's possible past experience into perspective with her own (with Shou) and actually be concerned that her question will cause Saena pain. It's amazing since in recent chapters Saena has seemed beyond redemption, however just by Kyouko being so rational about the situation, I totally feel there is a believable possibility for forgiveness after all. I think that is really good storytelling by the mangaka!

    Thanks again, and sorry for the long post! I don't know anyone who reads Skip Beat, so your blog is the only outlet for me to talk about it!! :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, squeaker ^-^ Yup ^^

      True...though for Kyouko, there is also that bet thing with Shou so that might somewhat complicate things since she is hiding things because of it.

      Indeed ^^

      Yup.

      Somehow, I think it is about his 'arrogance' that he is a winner and part of the social class..so I thought that would be Kuon. Probably about being able to win Kyouko or maybe about his work? Since they are also talking about being 'successful'. Sorry, I'm not too sure myself. ^^;

      But isn't parking fees too expensive? I would think that he left his car at his place, ride a taxi/get a ride from Lory to the airport then same with going back from airport to his place.

      True...if not forgiveness, at least, understanding ^^

      Hehe, no problem ^^ Talk away~~

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  19. Hey Kat! Thanks again for the summary. Every month, this is the next site I hit after finding the new chapter on the web. Like everyone above, I am glad things are moving forward again. I think the author may have realized things were dragging, hence the sudden "confrontation plan" popping up... whatever. So, I also have a theory about the father (of course I do... doesn't everyone?!?). I am sure it isn't Kuu for all the reasons you and everyone above gave. I'm also sure it isn't Rick, because that is Ren's burden, not Kyoko's. I also bet it is nobody related to Sho. No, what I figure is that mother is very, very much like daughter. Same demon rage face, same violent loathing for any reminder of the source of her rage. I'm betting even the revenge plan was similar, just in a different industry. I bet the reason that Fujimichi knows about Kyoko's father, but not by face or name is because Saena got into law the same way Kyoko got into acting. In fact, I bet the parallel is differing only in that Saena's betrayal came a bit later in the game than Kyoko's, so she was "blessed" with a living reminder of her rage every time she went home. Maybe she eventually left Kyoko behind because even though she knew Kyoko was innocent of wrongdoing, she simply couldn't see her and NOT go into a rage. Well, it's a theory. Can't wait to see the reality... though knowing the sensei, it'll take at least 2-3 chapters for the full story to come out. *sigh* Well, if we didn't like it, we wouldn't read it, would we?

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Interesting theory. And that 'rage' is really deep and lasted for a long time since she still feels that way towards Kyouko after 17 years.

      Haha...we already know the mangaka's ways...indeed. ^^

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  20. Why do I get the feeling that her dad us either a mob Boss or business conglomerate mogul.... I dunno I'm thinking of crazy things. Maybe it's cause the suspense of who her father is was too great to be anything less then something absolutely huge or shocking at the very least. I know what I'm saying has no ryme or reason but perhaps Nakamura sensei has teased me one to many times lool

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    1. Hehe..is that so, but true, she loves teasing us and it would be great if it is something shocking. Hm..I think a business mogul would use his real name rather than a fake one.

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  21. Thanks a lot kat.....Keep on the good work...

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  22. wow, that was quite a grand entrance into this arc's main issue, don't you think? Thanks for the summary, Kat!

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  23. for me this manga go for the end .. so blood relatid is just impossible ... about his true name .. is just dont mean he is in the show biz ... if he is famous he will be know with that name ... and his true name is just a little detai .. for me i thing it Rik ... with him the puzzle will be perfet and every thing is relate .. that women sream an be his sister hhhhhh not lover .. but that crazy

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  24. Kat, thank you for your continued dedication and work! It is, indeed, extremely amusing how Kyouko admires her lucky charms! It is too cute for words - it just gives off a cotton candy fuzzy feeling. I like this nice feeling. The guys (Lory, Ren, and Yash) being so concerned in Kyouko's personal matter is cute, too. Maria has indeed grown up and thanks to Kyouko for being by her side through it all. Maria, perhaps, will have a vital role in the happenings between Kyouko and Saena.

    The Word of the Day you'd selected ministered to me. Reminded me of Josh Wilson's song - Before The Morning. Let's press on the fight the good fight! The 20th of August will be here before we know it.

    ~may

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      Indeed ^^

      Yup ^^

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  25. hey kat! thanks for the summary! now i can't wait for the next chapter!

    i agree with previous commentor, i do think ren & kyouko are not blood related.
    but who knows the mangaka would do some plot twist later on this issue. huuu.
    good thing is, the story line is getting better. and less dragging. :)

    once again, thanks kat! can't wait how the story will develop and let's hope for some good news/story in next chapter! :D

    - rifuu :D

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      Yup ^^

      Indeed, hopefully so.

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  26. As always, thank you for the fantastic recap! ^-^

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  27. You know, when I first started reading Skip Beat, I honestly thought Kyoko was adopted because her mom treated her very badly. But when we first saw her mom, I completely scratched that possibility off. I also scratched the possibility of them being sisters (age gap) and niece/aunt (kinda). Anyways regarding the father I really wonder if he was a showbiz guy cuz I don't think she would let Kyoko become an actress in the first place. But then again she can play an important part in Kyoko's relationship with Ren. Like "don't date showbiz guys they bring trouble" or something like that. It will get Kyoko questioning Ren's life and even remember what Reino told her of him having an alias. I miss Reino 😂

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    1. True, Diana but I'm not too sure how much she can meddle in Kyouko's life after she pretty much ignored her existence all these years. Won't it be very awkward to suddenly lecture her this and that even if they reconciled?

      I think Kyouko is already curious about Ren's real life after she returned from Guam. Of course, currently, her mind is now all about her mother so perhaps, later on, when there is an opportunity ^^ And, to do it without Ren wondering why she is suddenly curious about it.

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  28. Hi Kat,

    I'm wondering if Kyouko's father isn't the "Mr. D" that Chiori referred to in chapter 218. He is supposedly called "the father of victory", which might be a hint from the author as to his connection to Kyouko. Also, he is an artist and model promoter overseas, and he has a pseudonym, so he fits the bill. Perhaps he tried to promote Saena as a model when she was younger, and they ended up falling in love, but when they had to separate so that he could go to Europe for his job, they fought over it, and he made the split on bad terms, never knowing about Kyouko's existence. I initially thought that when the author slyly hinted about this mysterious new character Mr. D, that he would turn out to be Kyouko's future manager, but what if he is both her manager and her father? Exciting prospect!

    It would also be interesting though, if her father was somehow related to Shou's family, which is why his parents would agree to take care of Kyouko. Shou's estranged uncle maybe? It might give Shou's father a personal reason to try and prohibit his son from entering show business, if the family looked down on Kyouko's father's actions. You would think though, that Shou's parents would at least let Kyouko's dad know of her existence, but maybe Saena made them swear not to tell.

    I don't know, it would be neat if all these things were true, but this author seems to always throw me for a loop, she's really good at that! You never know what to expect!

    Thanks again for the translation!

    -lupine

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    1. It's possible, lupine.

      Is that so. I actually thought that it is Saena who personally knew Shou's parents. I assumed that they agreed to take care of Kyouko since she is a good kid, they want to have a daughter, her expenses are also paid for and later on, possible daughter-in-law. Probably though for me, I think it is enough reason to not want Shou to be in showbiz because he is suppose to be the heir of their inn. He's the only son, too. But then, if that is true, they might also want to hinder Kyouko from joining showbiz, the same reason they don't want Shou to enter it.

      Ah..that is if they indeed know who Kyouko's dad is. But it is indeed possible that Saena made them not to tell or at least, never mention that guy again.

      That's right.

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  29. Wow what a development. Thanks Kat for the summary. This manga, isn't the kind where a rape theme gets introduced, or is it? A woman can only hate a man and his child this much if he were an arch-enemy of hers and she got knocked up/ raped by him. It would be interesting if he turns out to be a hot shot lawyer, someone who went to the same college as Saena and then made it big. It could also be a relative or a friend of the family, hers, who abused her. The repulsion Saena carries towards Kyouko can't only be attributed to rape, because some women will definitely have an affection towards their child even if they were raped, it has to be something much more thorny, like being emotionally and mentally abused by this person and for a long period of time. Maybe Kyouko understood this much, that's why she said something about not wanting to dig out that "sharp blade".

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    1. Thanks for reading, RoseFleur ^-^

      Not sure but it would most likely be that kind of level for her to treat her own daughter like that.

      About your possible suspects, possible though for people not to know the real name..though I don't know if only Fujimichi doesn't know it, but if she also doesn't know, I would think that it is someone she doesn't know for a long time or at least, lied to her. As a lawyer or same college, relative, Saena would most probably know the real name. If he is a hotshot lawyer, Fujimichi would at least know what he look like and who he is.

      I think Kyouko did.

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    2. Well I admit that the part with Fujimichi was ambiguous because I presumed that Saena might have been secretive about the details of her misadventure so she didn't reveal his name but if F. had already met with Kyouko's father, then that's a completely different story hahaha Then we have to wait and see who the "culprit" is but you're right, it can neither be a colleague nor a relative ^^ However, whoever that person is, it is going to be very difficult to redeem Saena's image, even though she seems to be respected and maybe admired by some of her colleagues. It is as if the only person that Saena doesn't approve of is Kyouko!

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  30. You're amazing, Kat! Thanks so much!

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  31. Quote "As a reader, that is good since this issue won’t be dragged further." indeed indeed :D

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    1. quote " I really hope he isn’t Kuu or blood related to him. We already have many hindrances in their current relationship and the thing that will really drag this on is a forbidden love" my thought exactly :p

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    2. :D thank you Kat , great review as always .

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  32. Thanks for the summary!!!

    Saena seems like the type to always keep herself together. But what if she messed up one night. She was either stressed out or decided to have some fun. She went to a bar, got drunk, and met a guy. They hook up. Next day she wakes up and realizes she did something super stupid and decides to pretend it never happened. But 5-8 weeks later she finds out she's pregnant and has no idea what the name of the guy is and she can't even remembers what he looks like. Her reputation is extremely important to her so she's embarrass and resents herself. We don't know anything about her family so maybe she was disowned because of this situation and everything fell apart. Kyouko is the reminder of that one embarrassing mistake that she would rather forget. She realizes she is being unnecessarily harsh to the child but she can't help it. Unlike Kyouko she never figured out how to control her rage demons. So she decides the best thing to do would be to remove herself from Kyouko's life.

    I was just thinking that the reason Saena seems to hate Kyouko may not have anything to do with her father. Reputation is taken very seriously in Japanese culture.

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      Possible and it is true. If it is that, then, Saena must have took it to the very very extreme level.

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  33. Spoilers..i think...........Dont read further if you don't want to know a possible spoiler
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    Either she had to take care of someone elses child OR maybe her lover/husband cheated on her and kyoko is the love-child!

    Of course this is pure speculation but just a thought.........

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    1. Is that so. That is actually one of the theories though honestly, I don't like it since it is the easy way out. I mean, after all the suffering, trauma then the mangaka will just say, ah okay, she isn't her real mother. I think that would make Saena more hateful for pretending to be her mother.

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    2. Lol you might be right....

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  34. Thanks Kat for the summary..Ive been reading this for quite long time..I had watched both the animated and live action of Taiwan..I am looking forward about Kyouki and Ren's future, if there is..thanks again

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      I'm sure there is ^^

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  35. Please tell me I'm not the only one who believes that Sebastian might be the father

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    2. Well if my memory is correct, Sebastian is an actor (I completely forgot which chapter though) and in the previous chapter he put on a disguise before distracting Shou which he could of done without one...unless he actually knows Shou on some kind of personal level and with his stunning knowledge on where Shou comes from originally it's very likely. And on top of it all Sebastian can easily measure someone and who else do we know with a similar skill?

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    3. I see. Those are interesting points. I just didn't think of the possibility since his reaction wasn't shown regarding Kyouko's mother. Since his boss is all over it, he would have think, ah, isn't that my ex-something and could it be that Kyouko is my.. Something like that.

      Hehe, I dismissed those as Sebastian's 'talents' being Lory's butler/driver/etc. ^^

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    4. I'm pretty sure Nakamura did that on purpose otherwise it wouldn't be much of a surprise for the audience

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    5. True..so we'll just wait and see if this theory will happen ^^

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