November 30, 2015

Skip Beat [Chapter 230]


[Free talk: Okay, I found the Chinese scanlation from a different site so my theory of probable dm5 release is wrong. ^^; There are series from Redfaces that they are uploading and series that they aren’t. ^^;; So, I really cannot say when this and that series will be out for sure. I can only say that I’ll work on them when/if I find them ^^ I'll temporarily won't post pictures from Redfaces since things are 'low profile'. The scans are out in a lot of sites so I think it is 'safe' to post up. ]

At the office, Saena is all sparkling with smooth shiny skin. After looking at her for a while, Fujimichi says that her complexion looks really good and she should have slept really well last night. Saena timidly says yes..that’s right.. Saena thinks that even if she’s not at all happy about it.. This morning, when she woke up, she is already in the bed properly sleeping. She was startled by the ringing alarm clock. “However, Misonoi is no longer around..” Fujimichi says that in the end, she also wasn’t able to hold out. He tells her that a few days ago, she didn’t seem to have listened through when he informed her of his worry and he thought that before the public trial, she’ll always continuing that kind of overworking lifestyle. An old man says that didn’t Saena said that her brain already won’t send out the order ‘rest for a while’. She is obviously very capable but her self-esteem is too low that it’s truly annoying.. since her vitality and excitement is dependent on her inability to sleep, they quietly planned to give Saena some sleeping pills. Saena realizes something from that. While the old man photocopies some documents, he says that is Fujimichi’s idea. 
Fujimichi calls out to the old man as Fukuda and says that as a lawyer, he would unexpectedly carry out that thing [based on] a subjective assumption that he [Fujimichi] really couldn’t even laugh out [about it]. [<- he is denying it] Fukuda asks huh, then, how about they go open his locker and see. [<- if there are sleeping pills in there] Fujimichi asks if this is a search? The police cannot do that without a search warrant so what more if it is him. Saena quietly thinks, sleeping pill. She has indeed occasionally used that when she couldn’t sleep. And, speaking of that..it seems..that when she woke up today, the feeling is a bit the same when she took sleeping pills. “It is only..only a little bit..just a little tiny bit..!! Yesterday, it is only because I just so happen to be so tired to the point of exhaustion so it became an extreme sleepiness, that’s all..!! If it isn’t that, then there is only one other possibility. Because I didn’t  drink any sleeping pill at all. *recalls Misonoi happily giving her some Oolong tea* I don’t know why Misonoi-san would quietly do that kind of thing. *opens door and goes into the locker room and recalls Misonoi stretching out his hand and saying ‘goodnight, Sae-chan’*...
-he..stroked my head.. *blushes while touching her forehead* Even if I was about to quickly lose consciousness then but I’m absolutely sure.. he used his warm big hand..to constantly stroke me. I’m already at this age yet unexpectedly just got my head stroked.. It always feel a bit embarrassing [that I don’t know what to do].. My head was never stroked ever since elementary.. *blushes then recalls Misonoi saying that no matter what, she looks very tired so go sleep first for today* ..could it be.. that he noticed that I practically didn’t have a proper sleep--..? ..no.. even if it is like that, he’ll definitely openly tell me about it. He won’t secretly make me drink some sleeping pill. In the end, that thing last night, it is more natural to say that the reason is because of being excessively tired--.. In addition to that, I also ate a lot of sweet stuff. *hangs her coat in the locker* Even if my heart is unable to deny that I wasted one night’s time but it has been a long time when my brain had become refreshed so, on the contrary, perhaps, it’s a good thing. *takes her bag and takes out a box from it* --actually, it is company’s rules that it is forbidden to bring out data outside [the office] and last night, I wasn’t able to work on it...
..I’ll bring it home again today so that I can catch up with the work schedule. Although it is a copy version but I’ll definitely properly put the Jou data into this box.. *she opens the box which contains three diskettes properly labeled, Jou 1, Jou 2 and Jou 3 but Jou 2 is placed upside down* ..No. 2 is upside down.. I should have properly put the three into the box. I feel that it should be like that but yesterday, my brain isn’t too clear-headed. I don’t recall it clearly that I cannot be certain whether I put it correctly or not.. Today, when I bring it home, I’ll definitely pay more attention to it-- ...I must call or perhaps send a text to Misonoi-san.. No, calling is better.. to tell him that we temporarily cannot see each other--..” That night, at her apartment, Saena opens the door and is surprised to see smiling Misonoi. He calls out her and she immediately slams the door at him. She nervously wonders why he is here and unexpectedly, it is the time when she is wearing this. <- all year around she loves wearing sweatshirts. Misonoi calls out to her and tells her that he’ll immediately leave so will she open the door for a while.
Saena peeks out as she tries to use the door to cover what she’s wearing. Misonoi apologizes for unexpectedly disturbing her but because she said today that they temporarily cannot carry out their dinner dates so he brought this. He holds up a bag. Puzzled Saena asks what is it. He says that it is a bento which he packed in a reheatable container so she can just heat it up as a midnight snack. Saena is still puzzled for he said midnight snack. Misonoi says that it is because she said yesterday that her work seems to be very exhausting so he guessed that she is probably doing some part time work at home. [For some reason,] Saena thinks of part time work as making homemade flowers. [<- maybe it's a pun or something?] Misonoi says that if she still hasn’t eaten, she can also eat that as dinner. Saena says that she had already casually decided on dinner. It seems to be just some tea, rice and precooked packed fish. Saena thanks him. Misonoi tells her ‘good luck’ [/gambatte] and waves goodbye. Holding the bag, Saena thinks that he really immediately left. The elevator has arrived so Misonoi waves back again before going in. After she waved back at him, Saena goes in to look at the delicious looking bento that Misonoi made. She tastes it a bit and blushes. Soon, she continues working on the computer and had finished up the bento meal.
The next day, at an office, the client says that he is at ease, but when he heard that the successor of Atty Yamaguchi, whom he knows well, is this young lady, he still cannot help but worry a bit. Saena wonders if 28 years old is still considered very young ah..in the lawyer business, she is indeed a greenhorn.. Ken assures the client that Saena’s outstanding talent is considered as number one in the law world and this is something that he can guarantee him. The client says is that so, and he’ll thoroughly know this after chatting with her for a while. [Afterwards, I think] The client apologizes for always asking her some inappropriate questions. Saena says that it is no problem at all. The client says that compared to what they thought, Saena understands the Jou (our side) problem really well that it completely astonished him. Saena politely says that she doesn’t deserve to given such praise. Relieved Saena thinks that it is great that she earnestly studied ahead of time all the aspects of the product. It was last night when she was able to know well about what was inquired of her so it really intimidated her. Ken says that three days from now, it definitely a victory for them.
He assures the client to relax and leave it to them. "Speaking of that, we have a secret plan." The client asks what secret plan!? Ken apologizes for even if he is the entrusted person, but this is something that he cannot inform him beforehand. The client says is that so, but then, they [Ken and others] are very trustworthy. Ken says that three days after, it is impossible for the public trial to come out as a draw. “Naturally, it is more impossible for it to be ‘losing the case’. As long as the product’s research and development material that we got wasn’t totally leaked to the other party. This thing of losing the case from our side is basically impossible to happen.” Saena suddenly recalls no. 2 diskette is flipped upside down. Then, she snaps out of it when Fujimichi calls out to her. Finding herself in their office, she asks what is it. He apologizes and says that he’ll leave this one up to her. Taking the document, she says okay. He asks her what had happened for she is lost in thought, and did Sakuraba [guesswork from 櫻庭] say something to her. Saena says no, just a while ago, Sakuraba greatly praised her. She apologizes and says that something is bothering her a bit but it is already okay.
Fujimichi says is that so. Saena tells herself that it is DEFINITELY because her attention is disorganized that she made a mistake, that’s all. “It is definitely that--..” And, Misonoi comes to visit with another bento box. He wishes her good luck again for tonight and don’t force herself too much. Suddenly, Saena grabs his coat and asks if it is okay for him to come in and drink some tea.. He asks if it won’t hinder her work. She says that it is okay while she is eating the bento. He smiles and says is that so..then, if she insists. Soon, blushing Saena is eating the bento. With some tea and sweets placed on the table, Misonoi happily looks at her. She tells him that it is hard to eat. He asks if it is the asparagus meat roll. In the end, the roll is a bit too amazing, right. <- thousand layer roll. Saena says that it isn’t that, she is embarrassed to eat if he stares at her. Misonoi apologizes and says that it is because she eats with so much relish. Her cellphone is ringing. She goes to her bed to get and answer the phone. She apologizes to Misonoi and says that right now, she is in charge of the entrusted person so she’ll go out for a while [to take this call]. Misonoi says okay.
Outside her house, Saena takes the call and says yes, that’s right, even if the other party corresponds, it absolutely won’t create any unfavorable situation for them [Ken and others], yes, of course, if something happens, please do not decide on his own but rather, inform her at once. She goes back in her house to find Misonoi in the kitchen. He says that’s fast and sorry, he is getting another cup of coffee. Saena says that it is [fast] because it is just a little bit of confirmation that’s all. Misonoi says is that so, then, he’ll infuse her a new pot of hot tea. He tells her that it is very cold today, and even if she doesn’t easily get cold, but tonight, she’ll feel cold with just a t-shirt. It is because she is folding her arms. Saena smiles over this and thanks him. Later on, Misonoi says then, he’ll bring home the bento box from yesterday. She tells him that the bento yesterday is also very delicious. Misonoi says ya, after he ate it himself, he feels that he can be a good ‘young married woman’. They both laugh over this. As Saena goes back in, she recalls Misonoi saying that he’ll come over again tomorrow.
While moving her arm around, Saena felt that her energy is fully replenished. “Okay, tonight, I’ll also do my best. In order to grasp it more perfectly, I must put one more further step of effort on to it. So that, no matter what kind of situation happens, I won’t be held back and I can immediately deal with it. *sits down on the chair in front of her computer and takes out her bag* This way, Sakuraba-san ought to be more at ease.” She takes out her box and opens it. She is surprised that once again, no 2 is placed upside down. She wonders how can this be because today, she arranged it in one direction while placing it in the box. Then, she even carefully confirmed it before going home so she absolutely didn’t remember it wrong. “When did it is become like this again. *recalls telling Misonoi that she’ll answer the phone for a while* --if THIS IS TRUE and it is related to Misonoi-san, what is his motive? *recalls Ken saying that as long as they didn’t leak the product’s data that they got to the other party* Research and development data.. *looks at diskette no. 2* The crucial part of the research and development data is in no. 2. Yesterday morning, the diskette is already arranged like this...
...If it is like that, the day before yesterday, the data has already been stolen. No, I have already set it up so one has to input three different passwords in order for it to be read by the computer. The night before yesterday, he must have deciphered the code and found out the location of the research and development data. And, stealing the data is today-- *immediately stands up but recalls Misonoi saying that he’ll come over again tomorrow with another bento* ..I don’t understand--.. if the data has already been stolen then he already has nothing to do with me anymore. There should also be no need for him to come over again. That’s right..perhaps, he is only just saying it to fit his purpose... But, then, how come it is THIS AGAIN [no. 2 diskette flipped upside down]..? As a business spy, would he commit this kind of low level mistake? Normally, one would precisely and unmistakably return it to its original place. This time, too. If Misonoi-san wants me to consider it as my being absent-minded that I placed it wrong and if it is an expert plan [/plan by himself], two consecutive mistakes.. --..it seems that I’m already thinking too much--..? But, this is hard to explain. Even if he wants to seize the data’s details and specialized terms, the third data is the absolute best choice...
...But, depending on the motive, better still not to take out the data from the office again. There is also still a possibility that the data has not been stolen. Right now, it is still not too late. *puts the diskette in a safety box which is marked Jou* But, there is no conclusive evidence to prove that it wasn’t stolen. I have to inform sensei about this and take a corresponding step. --..Was I just taken advantage of, that’s all--..? Delicious and homemade bento box. Considerate worries. *Misonoi telling her that women should walk at this side* [<- which is the inner side of the street = etiquette so any undesirable thing will happen to the guy instead of the girl like mud splashing when the car runs over a puddle/hit by a runaway vehicle] Are those just a smoke bomb to win one’s heart? Lovers’ type of touch *celebrating Saena’s birthday and giving her a gift. And, leaning to be intimate with her* Even, up to the [first] encounter. *In a restaurant which offers Xmas special course’, Saena is eating beside Misonoi’s table and he is busy studying* From the start, everything has been planned well? *scowls deeply* --Misonoi-san.. *tightly clenches her fist on the safety box* After everything, how do you regard me..? I want to know your true feelings towards me.” Saena goes home to see Misonoi waiting for her at the door. He is sitting beside a bag while holding his cellphone. He smiles and greets her, welcome back. Saena slightly smiles as Misonoi stands up.
Comment: Well, from the looks of it, Misonoi did drug her and was in the process of stealing/has already stolen the data of her major case. I think it is some product copyright infringement-type of case. I guess it is a major blunder that she brought out the data against company rules. And, if Sakuraba learns that she was the cause of the leak that caused them to lose the case, it is really bad for everyone’s reputation. I can somewhat understand why this is a major blow for Saena. She tends to do things perfectly and really well but because she fell in love and got careless, everything can be/got destroyed. I’m not quite sure about how the law world is with gossips or if there is such leaks about someone making a major blunder on a major case and if it can cause one’s reputation to be badly tarnished. In a way, Saena is very lucky to have Ken who has faith in her talent so he probably didn’t fire her. And, we know he even helped arranged things for her when she was pregnant. That kind of boss is really rare. So, with Saena being perfect and everything, who is probably very good in memorizing and can usually remember everything vividly, I think this major mistake will most likely rewind in her mind for a long, long time. Possibly, for the rest of her life.

So, it doesn’t help that every time she sees Kyouko then and now, it reminds her of what happened. Somehow, I think Saena is also hard on herself that she couldn’t forgive herself because of what happened. So, it can be unbearable to always see the reminder of all of that so she really doesn’t want to have anything to do with Kyouko. Something like Kyouko being a female version of Misonoi but her appearance? This chapter confirms that Misonoi is a great cook which is Kyouko’s talent. Now, since Saena is most likely was deceived, that would be the acting talent. There is also the supposedly ‘no good grades’ which can also be associated with Misonoi. And, ever since she got ‘touched’ Misonoi when she passed out, it  probably cause the start of losing the case or something, so she doesn’t want Kyouko to touch her while she is working. That is, aside from the stress, since she is making it up for her blunder. So, it is somewhat understandable why she treated Kyouko that way. Now, is Misonoi really that careless to flip the diskette upside down twice. Does he want her to notice and does it have a hidden meaning to it? Maybe, he has fallen in love with her but he still has to do his job so he is giving her a hint. He might not be good with law but it was mentioned that he knows computers. Is he a professional spy or an amateur?

So, if the data is indeed already stolen, why would he still go see her? Maybe, his attachment towards her or he has not yet stolen the data. Perhaps, he doesn’t realize that Saena noticed the upside down diskette. Well, even if he thinks she noticed, perhaps he thinks that she is too in love with him that she won’t easily doubt him. I’m not too sure of the timeline but I think it is already two days before the case. I don’t know if she has already informed Ken about it but then, even if she did, I don’t know if they can immediately think of a way to counter the assumption that the other party already knows their secret data. So, she is going to confirm things with Misonoi that night. I’m still thinking if it is wise to face that kind of person alone. Somehow, I’m imagining that he’ll beat her up or something so that he’ll know the password. ^^; Hm..but if it is the 2 days before the trial, I’m not sure if the other party can come up with a strategy regarding what they’ll know if it is only then that Misonoi got the info. We can only assume that either side can probably drag the case for a while as they work on some countermeasures to at least make it end up as a draw rather than losing the case. So, hopefully, the next chapter is the climax of the Saena’s story so that we’ll already know the truth among other things like is it really just because of losing the case and ended up with pregnant or there’s something more to it? Did Misonoi really just used her? Well, if not, maybe another more chapter? ^^; Oh ya, it seems that Fujimichi is a devious-type but he is a good guy who doesn’t use his devious-type of schemes for bad but for the benefit of others. It is just now when I realized that Fujimichi is like that after all the hints before like, telling Kyouko what if he didn’t give her letter, and making Saena drink something to spill the beans about Kyouko. Now, he actually planned to secretly give Saena sleeping pills ^^; Scans by 红莲汉

Word of the day:
Love gives others the benefit of the doubt. ~ Our Daily Bread

69 comments:

  1. Thanks for the summary. I don't really like this arc, but I guess they need to explain the past, for them to move forward. I miss Ren! Hope last game will be out soon.

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Yup.

      Unfortunately, it is still not yet out. =(

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  2. Thanks for the summary in advance , I have an exam after one hour , so I will read it after my exam , thanks again kat .

    ~reemy

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    1. Thanks for reading..in advance, reemy ^-^

      Good luck with your exams ^^

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    2. Im back , You're welcome , no need for thanks , and thank you for wishing me a good luck , well about the chapter , I'm liking fujimichi more XD , and I find kyoko's parents are really cute with each other , but we still don't know what misonoi hiding , and I have a feeling that he flipped the floopy on purpose , so he give her a hint , and there is someone who is making him do this , or it is a Careless mistake from him , anyway I hope to find out next chapter , and I missed Ren really * crying * , and I can't wait for 19 days , but the good thing that it will be after I finish my final exams so it's ok , and thanks again kat for your hard work , fighting .

      ~reemy

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    3. =)

      True. Hopefully ^^

      Well, even if the flashback ends, it is still not definite that Ren will already appear. There might be more talk between the mother and daughter.

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    4. It's hurts a little that we are not seeing Ren for a couple of chapters , but we can't do anything about it😢 😭 .

      ~reemy

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  3. Thanks so much! You did an excellent job, as usual!

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

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  4. Thanks for the summary, kat! I love your summary of the chapter!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Rif and glad to hear that ^-^

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  5. It's good to know the finer points of what happened this chapter :) Thank you for your hard work!
    I hope we find out Misonoi's motives next chapter. Did he flip the floppy disk on purpose? Is he really a spy? Professionally or just on the side? Has he been hiding parts of his personality? ~ Stephanie

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    1. Thanks for reading, Stephanie ^-^

      Yup.

      Hm..I suddenly wondered if he is indeed hiding things and he was indeed using a fake name..would that somehow affect/influence Kyouko and Ren since Ren is currently doing that. Maybe that will tie up to this one and Kyouko will learn who Ren is soon ^^

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  6. Thanks for the summary, Kat!

    Hmmm.... I have a feeling Misonoi isn't that careless. I mean do it once, yeah, sure. But doing it twice, doesn't feel right. He just might have flipped the floppy disk on purpose to give her a hint unless he's one of those gloating types and he wants her to know how she let her guard down and that she isn't has excellent as she thought. (The cause of jealously?) I'm nervous of how this would go down, I can't wait to see how she confronts him. As for Fujimichi, it would be better to fall for him.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      Hm..that's one possible. If he truly flunked the bar exams.

      Ya, but it seems that he isn't on her radar.

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  7. Thanks Kat for this summary! It helps to loosen our stress a bit! Tq so much Kat!

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    1. Thanks for reading, hazellhassan ^-^

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  8. Hai..kat.can u translate ojousama was oyomesama the last chapter.if I'm not mistaken it would be ch 122.I really can't find it online.hope u can help me.

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    1. Fieyna, unfortunately, the last chapter isn't available in Chinese either. Sorry, I cannot help you.

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  9. Thank you Kat! I appreciate all your hard work, and i´m dying to know the last (hopefully) part of the story and see kyoko´s reaction

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    1. You're welcome, María ^-^

      Hehe..ya. I guess it depends on what actually happened to Saena.

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  10. Yey SB summary!I thought it might take a long time before it will come out. Now its here. So happy :-)

    Thanks for your hard work kat

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    1. Yup, paula ^^ I thought so, too but luckily...

      Thanks for reading ^-^

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  11. Thanks Kat! I feel like Fujimichi had/has feeling for Saena. He pays a lot of attention to her ( previous chapter he noticed she was wearing lip gloss) ...it just feels like he has a one-sided feeling for her ...and if I does I wonder why he never approached her?

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    1. You're welcome, R MY ^-^

      True, it seems likely. One possibility is after what happened with Misonoi, Saena 'closed' her heart and devoted herself solely for work.

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  12. Hopefully next chapter will unveil everything ...IDK ,but i gotta feeling that we will see Misonoi(if hasn't died yet)....I am eager to see REN and SHOU!!!!!!! Thanks KAT

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    1. Hopefully ^^

      Is that so.

      Hehe, we usually are if we haven't seen them especially Ren in a fes months =P

      You're welcome ^-^

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  13. Spying... exciting part.
    But I think Misonoi is just the helper of the spy. I think the real culprit is that fair-haired women from a few chapters ago. That's why she was removed from the case. Probably Misonoi is her boyfriend, and she is pregnant with his baby. An accident, which leads them die, and an orphaned Kyoko, mixing with Saena's hate and deep love toward Misonoi, and Saena' s strong feelins of responsibility... Maybe the office used her as a bait luring out the traitors... That's why she remained at the office, and being thankful for Atty.

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    1. Hm..Judit, well, from what was said, she opted out of the case because she has to go back to her hometown.

      Misonoi and that lawyer might be related but the rest of the scenario is a bit far-fetched. Saena do not know the two for a long time so it is highly doubtful that she will take care of Kyouko. If so, Ken can just 'give' Kyouko to his sister and not involve Saena in it. There is also the option of putting her up for adoption.

      I don't know about Saena but usually, if a company used one as bait without one knowing it, one will feel betrayed and will quit the company.

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  14. You can post spanish scanlation pictures.
    just another option. they are on many sites

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    1. Is that so, Aakaa.

      I did think of it but I'm not sure if it is okay to post their scanlations since I cannot read Spanish if there is some sort of disclaimer. ^^;

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  15. as always, thank you for the hard work you put into making these great summaries! i look forward to your updates every month. ^-^

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    1. Thanks for reading them and the comment ^-^

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  16. If Misonoi was using and deceiving Saena. She know him for 4 to 5 months she would have noticed anything different during these months. Remember what Fugimichi that both of Kyoko parent are intelligent if Misonoi was really betraying Saena from getting the information about the case to make sure the other side wins. At the moment she went to sleep, Misonoi would have plenty of time to put back the where he found them, do you think it kinda suspicious to put it upside down. What is he trying to do if he was spy he won't be that careless. It happens again when he visited her house, now tell me this when Saena told him that she had a call from her client and went outside how did he know where was the disks are even though she was outside in a few short minutes when she got back in Misonoi was in the kitchen heating up tea that brought for her. How could he be so careless twice, she should have spotted him going through her file, also seen him rushing toward the kitchen but she he was found in the kitchen. All he had with him was a little bag that he brought with him and give Saena dinner and he have no electronic with him. How the disks can upside down in short amount of time. And Saena also realize this twice, seeing the same disks was upside down, even though in has a password how was he able to hack it, even though Saena have 3 different password in each disks. Saena should have checked if any data was stolen if it was she reported wait a minute I believe she reported it to her boss to check if any data is missing. If you are downloading or copying something it gives the date and time when it was copied or download it should show on the computer screen. Think back in time think about those old fashioned computer. If Misonoi really did that he should have done this in all in one go when Saena went to sleep why would he do it again that odd and why'd he exposes himself like that even though there were evidence he was intelligent. And Saena is a intelligent women and she known him for 4 to 5 months she should have known Misonoi really well. I know for a it take a few months or week she has to get to know him first then they start dating. From the looks of it she not the kinda person can be easily deceived. You can tell that they love each other a lot I mean a lot. If I remember correctly the client wants the case to be over this month or few weeks but the client wants his case to be over as quickly as possible. Don't you think that a little suspicious why would a certain company want to end there fast as possible unless they did something illegal and Saena and her boss didn't realize it. Misonoi realize it and want to dig a little information about about the company and why they want it, to end there case as fast as possible, maybe they hiding something from the lawyer and not letting know. And maybe Misonoi is under cover or spy or agent. And he got caught in the middle of this case. But still it doesn't explain why was he careless put the disks back were he and Misonoi should known that that Saena is a perfectionist then why be so clumsily and Saena would have noticed that Misonoi was acting strange but she didn't anything different he was in his normal attitude. After all this case is really important to Saena and everybody in the office now tell me why would Misonoi interfere in such a big case that it's coming in a few days if he did interfere he would be arrested or if Misonoi really really did stolen those data from the disks he should have done it before the big case was announced to everyone. He would have known before Saena did.

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    1. True..unless, he is an 'actor'.

      Yup, it is weird that he put it upside down twice. I think he knows where to find it because he probably thought that it will still be in her bag where he found it the first time.

      That is a good point. How was he able to do it. It makes me wonder of the possibility of Misonoi already duplicating the diskettes. He doesn't have an electronic device to immediately copy it. Maybe, he put in a copy? I'm not sure if it is possible that he messed up with the data so the second time is to replace it with a 'false data' diskette. If he was a spy, he could have just stolen all three the first time, and don't have anything to do with her anymore. But he didn't. Why. Well, the other possibility is he didn't get the password/data.

      Hm.it does? I thought it is only the date when it was created and modified but copied/downloaded? I didn't know that.

      Well, I guess there is something more to it than it seems for him to return after the first attempt/success.

      I cannot say. Saena might be intelligent but, she lacks in interpersonal relationships. I get the impression that it is the first time she met someone who really understands her and enjoys food like she does. She let down her guard because she didn't think of the possible connection of Misonoi with the case that she is working on especially since he supposedly hasn't passed the bar exam. I can say that Saena does love him a lot. I'm not sure about Misonoi because he could be 'acting'.

      Iirc, the case has been dragging for a very long time and the verdict is always a 'tie' so time, resources and money are being wasted as it drags on so I think any company would want to wrap it up immediately. It seems to be about copyright infringement of a product since they probably have to say that this product's development isn't the same with the other product. If it is so, they would want to immediately end this so that they can produce the product and earn money or else, their losses will be greater as the case continues.

      True..that is really clumsy on his part if that was unintentional. Hm..depends, it wasn't known how did Ken and others get that data. It seems to be 'top secret' that they won't even tell their client. So, Misonoi wouldn't have known of it beforehand. He probably couldn't do it earlier since he is busy winning Saena's heart and probably make her lower her guard. Also, Saena probably didn't bring those diskettes home before. And if she did, it was only when Misonoi invited her to his house that he got a chance to get the diskettes. And, probably, in his house, he has the 'tools' to hack into the diskettes. If he is really good, he'll probably cover up traces of it being tampered/copied, etc. So, it is back to the question, why was no. 2 upside down. Somehow, I think it is a hint..perhaps 2 meant the two of them and upside down meant 'not right/fake'? Saena thought that no. 3 is more important.



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  17. it's really an interesting story arc and based on chapter 229 and this summery i guess he's kyoko's father who deceived her mother and stole the data of the case----
    Q: why chapter 230 isn't anywhere to be found? and why most of the famous sites aren't uploading it yet??? -__-

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      About that, it is because most people are scared that they might be arrested for uploading raws/scanlations after some people got caught at it mid-November. It is for a different series. So, most are cautious and want to 'lay low' until the issue isn't 'hot' anymore. At most, the others are delaying the release.

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  18. Thank you Kat!! I always appreciate your summaries so much, you're amazing! ^_^ Since Kyoko is a Christmas baby and the next chapter will be released right around Christmas, I've been hoping we might learn more about her birth in the next one. But then again I don't know if we can expect things to advace that much in one chapter.. *sigh*. Either way, I'm glad we're (slowly) figuring these things out.
    ~Michelle

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      Yup, hopefully ^^ Indeed...

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  19. Tell me something Kat! I know you can see my point of view in chapter 230. But in chapter 229 you can see there were hints that Saena didn't have her bag with her then how did he gained access to that peculiar disks even though they were celebrating for Misonoi passing the bar exam. And they were eating dinner in his house how did he knew that Saena have the disks that he was looking for even though she didn't have her bag if Misonoi was really under cover or spy or agent going to steal the data from the disks he should have done it without any mistake. Then why did he put the number 2 disks upside down and he had a perfect opportunity to switch the disks if he was really going steal the data from the number 2 disks and give her the the fake disks. If Misonoi really did switch the number 2 disks to a fake, also remember Misonoi was wearing a light / heavy jacket and Saena invited him in and Saena should have felt something in his jacket pocket think back in time the disks are square how was he able to hide it without Saena noticing before switching two different disks in a short amount of time. Before he left he had a little bag with him it was for Saena and how can he have something like square size disks fit in pocket but maybe on the little bag no because it would have made a lot noise.
    And tell me how can a guy who love a person who is extremely a perfectionist be a bad guy even though Misonoi show so much affection towards her. And Saena feel the same way. And tell me something when you met a guy by chance and you guys want to becomes friends in a few short months then you feel comfortable to the guy you beginning to like when you guys spent time with each other and you want to be more than friends. Then you started to have a relationship towards that person it only who you are comparable to the the person you love.
    Even though 17 years has pass I believe she still have feelings towards him, Misonoi was the only man who can see right through her and Misonoi was also the only man she ever loved but remember she didn't want to hurt Kyoko do you really think she have a burden about what happened between 17 years ago. Whatever Misonoi did to hurt Saena or something else happened him. When Saena found out she was pregnant probably with his child, from the look of it Saena have a grudge against him she should have a abortion or a adoption Kyoko, when she was born then why raise her even though you were so abusive towards Kyoko. It doesn't make sense.
    But there are also another thing about Saena feeling it seems that she cares for Kyoko well being and Saena doesn't want hurt Kyoko it look like Saena doesn't like to remember about him maybe something happened to him and Saena want to know if Kyoko is prepare to know about her and Kyoko father and her past.
    Remember Fugimichi know a little about Kyoko father it seems to me that Kyoko father knew about Saena being pregnant with his child I don't believe that Kyoko father abandoned them I think something happened to him. It seems looking back in her past you can tell that Saena really miss Misonoi really much and there are also pain in her eyes and heart. And it also shows guilt and pain in her heart and eyes from the look of it Saena is running away from from her past, emotions, and pain that she has locked away. That why she is hard to understand and figure out. It was Misonoi who was able to figure her out.

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    1. I've check and she does have a bag but it isn't the same bag so I assumed that she went home and probably changed her bag? Or, later on put the box into another bag. Hence, carried two bags. Unless that is the mangaka's drawing mistake. =P It would be difficult to assume that she didn't have it because if she didn't had it at first when she ate at his place..the diskettes wouldn't have been flipped. We know that she did brought it out since she carried it back into the office.

      We might say that the first one was a fluke like perhaps, she did made a mistake or someone else flipped it, but the second time around, there is no other suspect except for Misonoi. So, either it is just Misonoi or maybe he had an accomplice. I do think that he does have an accomplice inside the firm because that would tip him that it is Saena who is working on the case and she is the 'weakest' link. The client only belatedly knew that she'll be taking over the other lawyer who'll be leaving.

      I think he didn't know while they are eating. It is only after he drugged her then he went on a chance possibility that she had them by searching her bag after she fell asleep. Again, there is a possibility that someone inside the firm knew that she is bringing the data home. Misonoi is just waiting for the chance to drug her by inviting her to his house.

      If he did took the diskettes and switch it, it can still be hidden but of course, not in the jacket's pocket. It would be inside the first two layers of clothes before the thick jacket. He's wearing at least three layers of clothes. If it's in the bag, he can tape it so that it won't make any noise ^^

      That is subjective. There is always an exception. A guy might be 'acting' to get something from the perfectionist or any hard-to-love person. I cannot say if Saena still loves him. It depends on what exactly he did/what happened. There is also something called 'falling out of love' then moving on with one's life. In shoujo world, I guess what you said is true. It is like first love never dies. Still, I think there are a lot of factors to consider.

      She probably had but I'm under the impression that Ken and others convinced her otherwise. Even probably saying that Yayoi will be the one who will take care of Kyouko. As a mother, Saena probably did try but cannot help lash out on Kyouko because she reminds her of Misonoi so much <- in a negative way. And, Kyouko has always been yearning for her mother. I do think that she'll talk if Kyouko asked but not really waiting for Kyouko to be prepared to know about it.

      I would assume Fujichimi knew about him because 1) he stole/tampered the data - succeed or not and 2) he made Saena pregnant. Since he is an inquisitive type, he probably tried to research about Misonoi and probably learned that it wasn't his real name.

      Maybe.






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  20. Which side of hemisphere you are in Kat

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    1. I the one who sent you those paragraph at December 3 and 4 I got to my finest work about Saena and Misonoi relatives

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    2. Silver, according to google, I'm at both the northern and eastern hemisphere. ^^

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  21. Thank you so much kat... :-D :-D :-D
    The Saena story... well... I can say emotional?! Because of what saena has gone thru because of the case and that person (misonoi)... But still a kid like kyouko doesn't deserve that but I also emphasized to saena's misfortune. :-( :-( :-(

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  22. Thank you for your excellent summary and fitting quote, dearest Kat! If it is true, agape love, then we certainly can expect being given the benefit of the doubt, right? Infatuation, on the other hand, causes 'blindness'.

    As much as it would be great that Misonoi was trying to give Saena a hint, it doesn't seem likely to me because, if I am recalling correctly, earlier in the arc, Saena was open about her disappointment that Kyouko ended up like her ~ being used and then thrown away. It also seemed to me that there was a hint revealed about Saena's childhood - perhaps she was not shown affection and was misunderstood by her family/relatives. Also, Saena's perfectionism doesn't seem to be a result of OCD, but childhood trauma. Which leads me to believe she was easily moved by Misonoi's accurate observations about herself (plus the physical affection).

    If there was a possibility of a misunderstanding (perhaps Misonoi only betrayed Saena because he was under duress, but indeed feels for her) and Misonoi (if that's his real name) is still alive, then our girl Kyouko now seems strong enough to initiate an intervention of sorts. She is taking this major step forward in an attempt to clear the air with her mother, thus I see this as a possibility, if misunderstanding is the case.

    Misonoi sure seemed like a nice guy, but as pointed out in previous comments, this could all be a part of his facade as a corporate spy. As sweet as he is being portrayed right now, he may be harboring malicious feelings deep down for Saena because he truly wanted to become a lawyer, but instead ended up as a....whatever he is supposed to be - something with deception, maybe. Argh! Who knows now. Also, isn't it very common that spies have been portrayed to become romantically involved with their target to gain their trust and get the job done with ease?

    Ugh! I miss seeing Ren, too, but this our girl's time to shine. Our couple is maturing by leaps and bounds. I wonder if the mangaka is happy with how she's had her character's develop. It is also hilarious to read about Kyouko's interactions with the 'Beagle' vocalist (forgot his name). Just had to get that in there as I thought of it. Gosh...I re-heally enjoy this series, but I hope it ends soon. I hope we get a good amount of sweet scenes for Kyouko and Ren before that happens.

    ~may

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    1. Thanks for reading and the comment, may ^-^ Indeed.

      That's possible especially since she is always misunderstood. And, she believes that it is only Misonoi who can read her like this.

      It is possible..if it is like that. If it isn't and he is still alive, I'm not sure Kyouko will intervene. That would be like asking someone to help her with Shou which she would likely not do.

      I think that is possible. The only time when he was shown in a serious displease expression was Saena was telling him about the other lawyer, 'obviously hate me but in front, treating me well'. Yup. He must have studied/stalked her for some time to know more about her. Somehow, I feel that there is another spy within the office, because who would leak that Saena is the one working on the case? Probably someone who had a grudge over her 'bypassing them' because of her talent instead of seniority so that someone will want her to fail big time here.

      True, and hopefully so ^^

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  23. Thanks for the summary Kat ^^. I'm starting to believe Saena is heavily misunderstood. I think when she was asked if she had a child Saena denied it so that Misonoi won't find out about Kyoko. He seems like the type who would want to stay in contact with kyoko if he knew unless he died but then I believe he didn't because the Saena wouldn't care to keep Kyoko a secret and also having him dead wouldn't be interesting. I don't know if this is true but if it is, that means kyoko can't meet her dad... However why would Saena keep Kyoko a secret? Maybe she was betrayed and it's another revenge story? Maybe Kyoko is ruining her plot for revenge by existing. Ahh when did skip beat turn into a mystery!!! >.<

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    1. Thanks, Yura ^-^

      Do you mean on the television? I think the reason for that is to 'save face' and not make her the focus of the show instead of the 'client'.

      Maybe..but Saena 'hate'/do not want to have anything to do with Kyouko, so I think it would be natural that if she knows where Misonoi is, she will leave Kyouko to him and 'cut off ties' from Kyouko. If she is also the reason for losing the case, she wouldn't want to trouble Ken and the other regarding Kyouko.

      If we are talking of revenge, it is possible that she'll hurt and abuse Kyouko if Misonoi isn't around especially since Kyouko is quite similar with Misonoi.

      Actually, I would prefer that Misonoi is totally gone and this flashback/conversation with Saena will resolve this issue for Kyouko so that we can focus back on Kyouko's career and of course, love life ^^

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  24. thanks. good luck with translators on chineese

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  25. To tell you the truth I don't think Misonoi a actor if he was Saena would be against go on the T.V.

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    1. Silver, I don't think he is a professional actor but then, he maybe be an 'actor' since he might be good in acting/pretending to be someone he isn't.

      Even if Saena is against going on TV, she has no choice because she owes Ken a lot that she cannot refuse. And, being a professional, she'll put aside her own preferences and do her work. Iirc, she already hinted about not wanting to be on TV in the earlier chapters.

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  26. Hi Kat, thanks for summary!
    I didn't read it yet because I must study for exam, but I will definitely read it later. I found this arc really long and little bit boring. I want to see Ren soon, I miss Ren!! Anyway, thanks for summary and when will next chapter come out?

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    1. Thanks for reading [in advance] ^-^

      Good luck with your exam ^^

      Hehe, a lot of people are.

      In Japan, it will come out on the dec 19.

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  27. That is so true but pretending or acting to be someone else no, think about carefully it will take a year or a few months. Mastering acting it takes a year or two or a few months. No one can master all that just before they met.

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    1. Well, if Misonoi's job is being a spy, he should have perfected that a long time ago before he met her. If not, he should have properly researched everything about Saena to make it easy for her to fall for him. I'm sure he researched about her being a foodie/like to eat.

      It is like a swindler, who'll pretend to be some poor person who needs your help. That person is dressed like one and can make you pity him/her with his/her acting that you'll go and help her only to be swindled later on.

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  28. Is she ever going to tell Kyouko why she hates her so much? And will Kyouko be able to open her heart up to Ren and the rest of the people who care about her. I don't think this woman wants anything to do with Kyouko and she is using her own low self esteem as an excuse. And is Kyouko's father still alive?

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    1. Yes...later on. She has to start from where it started/how it happened. I think she had already opened up her heart. The thing is, there is that bet with Shou so unless something happens, she'll keep it a secret.

      It is already mentioned that she indeed doesn't want to have anything to do with Kyouko. I don't know what you mean by low self esteem as an excuse. Excuse for what?

      We'll have to wait for Saena's storytelling/flashback to finish to know about that.

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  29. I just realized something I know Saena hate going on T.V. right but even though she owes Ken a lot for helping her, right. Even though she a very excellent lawyer and you know the purpose for being a lawyer, right. Ask yourself this: Why is Saena helping people who are actor or actress or singers even though she like to be on T.V.? Even though she doesn't want to do nothing with them.

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    1. Actually, Silver, that is only one of many shows that she guested as the 'expert lawyer'. If you remember, there was also that other one about the traffic in the morning show.

      Currently, she is just substituting Ken for his TV commitments because I think he is kind of sick so it is temporary.

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  30. From what I understand this is around christmas so unless kyoko was born a premie I think this flashback is about a year (more or less) before kyoko was born...

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    1. Do you mean the Saena flashback? It is around first week of April.

      Not to sure..I think it would be more on knowing what happened between them, skip the getting pregnant stuff and just go to the important parts. If it is a full flashback, it might take a whole year for us to get the story moving again especially with the story pacing. ^^;

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