April 18, 2016

Namaikizakari [Chapter 42]

Narration: “In the dense autumn of November, the totally new Ryuhoku basketball club is ready and waiting.” At the gym, Shou waves his hand up and says, “..So, from today on, I’ll serve as the captain. Yoroshiku [/I’m under your care]. Hatori shouts that is totally unreasonable.

Another one shouts, if the captain can stretch his hand a bit!? [<- probably hoping that it isn’t Shou or he cannot see properly since he is sitting behind Hatori] Clapping his hands, Noda shouts, wow..so amazing and it’s so incredible!! “I’ll follow you, Captain Naruse!”

While the coach is smiling, Abe says that Noda’s respect for Shou is a bit too much and is that alright. He fears that after some time, Noda will also get his ears pierced. Himiko is back to her stuttering self as she tells everyone to ten [then], they are going to quickly start, everyone dine..no..line up..

Someone shouts that Himiko is also in a flurry and is it really alright!? “Will Ryuhoku Basketball Club be alright?! Just like this, if someone like Naruse from the first year were to join the club, it will lead to a huge chaos. Peeffff <- whistle. And, Naruse just watches them.
Narration: “Yes, it is already November.” In a meeting with a teacher regarding her aspiration inquiry, Yuki was told that yes, but if she were to maintain the current situation, and if she were to always strive her hard, it is very hopefuly that she can actualize her first aspiration.

“After entering the second term, your situation had also become very good. Is there still any area that you feel uneasy about?” Yuki says no, she’s fine. Narration: “It has already been two days since I’ve retired from the club. I have formally entered ‘preparing for exam’ mode. Looking at a paper, she thinks that from today on, she must concentrate her energy for the dash.

“In short, I’ll first go to the library to borrow some materials..” Then, she hears someone shouting that she wants raw yatsuhashi [Japanese confectionary]. Clinging on a guy, the girl shouts for a souvenir, he has to definitely bring back raw yatsuhashi, definitely.

The guy says that she’s noisy to death and he knows already for she kept on saying those words for a hundred times today. The girl whines that she also wants to go to the school trip.
Looking at the happy couple, Yuki remembers that it is already the school trip around this time so Shou will go on a two day trip to Kyoto on the day after tomorrow. “That is inevitable since right now, I’m already retired from the club, and we are not in the same grade level...

If we do not agree on seeing each other, then it will be difficult to see each other.. In these two days, I wasn’t even able to meet with Naruse. But, he recently become the captain so he is definitely in a flurry and I also must properly study. It isn’t the time for the two of us to go flirting around.. but-- how should I say it.. Like this.. Actually, there is no..”

Lying his head on the table, Shou says, “There is no feeling that we’re going steady.” While studying in the library, Yuki darkly glances at Shou beside her and thinks that he just helped her said it. “The words that I think that one must absolutely not say out.. Using that kind of ‘ruined raw egg’ disposition of saying it..” [<- perhaps like crying over spilled milk?]

Yuki says what about it and by the way, how is club activity. Shou says that it started from 4:30 and there is still 30 minutes. “By the way, we totally haven’t been doing any things that lovers should do lately.”
Yuki says that it is because she is already retired so it is inevitable that the times when they meet have decreased. Raising up his head, Shou says not that, they are obviously going steady but when eating lunch or going home, they are still doing it by their own so isn’t that strange?

Yuki says that it will be strange for the retired manager and new captain to be going home together and people will start to gossip. Shou asks how about meeting the parent. Holding up her hand, Yuki refuses by saying that it is too early for that kind of thing and it will be okay until they have gone steady for at least half a year.

“~~~no, it isn’t that. “Honestly speaking, right now, there is no time for that.. During preparation for exams, I also have to use up my utmost consideration for other things like the future, friends, basketball club, Hakamada..” Shou asks, Hakamada? Yuki immediately goes quiet. Shou asks, “Shizuka? Did something happen between the two of you again?”

Thinking that it is no good, Yuki nervously says that no, there is nothing, it isn’t a huge issue..she is still going to study.. Shou grabs her arm before she can leave with some books. [<- probably going to return the books]
He leans to her and says, “Hey, are the two of us going steady..?” She asks, wha..what.. And they kiss once and twice.. Yuki drops her book and holds on his back.  After thinking for a while, Shou suddenly extends his tongue to her mouth. This shocks Yuki. Bam.

At Misuzu gym, Shizuka asks, ha? Kira says that regarding next month’s Winter Cup official games, it is a rare opportunity to bluntly ask Yuki to come to cheer for them. Shizuka says to forget about it, it would be very strange for him to ask her to come besides.. Kira playfully asks what happened.

Shizuka stiffens. He recalls telling Yuki that perhaps, he always like that kind of expression of hers. Shizuka feels that what he did is actually quite awful. “No..after the competition, I got careless that hot blood rushed into my head. Seeing that person having that kind of expression, I couldn’t help..”

He nervous asks Kira if there was a time when he has seen someone’s crying expression or perhaps, sad expression..how can he say it, on contrary, he becomes perfectly satisfied...” Kira asks what’s going on, one constantly has that..[kind of feeling]
Looking at him in disbelief, Shizuka asks if one constantly have that and what’s up with him.. Kira says but, today, Shizuka totally doesn’t have a perfectly satisfied expression. Shizuka asks what is his expression.. Kira says that is is an expression wherein he got excessively excited that he carelessly kabedon a girl/sister. [kabedon is forcing a woman against the wall usually to confess, etc =P]

Narration: “--At that time, the first time I saw that person crying in front of me, it seems like seeing the scene of what’s behind the impenetrable defense. -But, I always felt that there is something not right.” With a facial mask, Shou’s sister [I presume] in the bathroom calls out to Shou and says that he’ll be going to Kyoto on the day after tomorrow.

She tells him to buy some raw yatsuhashi back since she’ll share with her colleagues at work [in the company]. Rubbing his head, Shou says that if he remembers. She asks what happened, did he hit his head. She is puzzled when Shou says that he got punched. At her bedroom, Yuki is looking very nervous and at a loss.
She wonders if she should apologize or not. “..a while ago, that mishap happened so abruptly that it startled me so I carelessly use a ‘want to break your head’ strength to viciously hit him. Ob..obviously I’m the girlfriend but I came out with that kind of reaction.. that is too...

...*recalls Shou saying that there is no ‘going steady’ feeling, pauses, quickly picks up her books to concentrate on them* If I have time to sulk over this kind of thing, then it would be better to learn more words [for vocabulary]. In short, right now, I should first concentrate on preparing for the exam..*pause and looks at the Ryuhoku number 3 uniform*...

..wrong, *recalls Shou saying that he’ll strive hard and she also strive hard* I cannot just engross myself in studies. I’ve already decided to strive hard. ..strive hard in balancing love and studies!!” Sitting on the bench outside of the street near Ryuhoku gym, Yuki is flipping through her notes for vocabulary.

She thinks that it is already 6 o’clock. “The club activity is almost over and it will be time for them to come out.. When there is no one at Naruse’s side, I’ll quickly grab him. He’ll be going to a two day school trip tomorrow.. so at least, for today, I can go home together with him. No, we should go home together. In any case, I can study here.”
Then, someone calls out to her. Yuki looks shocked. It is Shizuka. Shizuka asks what is she doing in this kind of place. Immediately backing away from him, Yuki says no..why did he come here.. Thinking that she is in fighting pose, Shizuka says, “..I about that..I want to apologize..to you about that thing before..”

Recalling the time when he cornered her to the wall, Yuki nervously asks if that refers to that ‘seeing her twisted expression, he’ll feel refreshed’ thing.. Shizuka says that he didn’t say it like that. Yuki says but..but..she..thought that she is hated by him..

Recalling Kira saying that right now, he totally doesn’t have a perfectly satisfied expression, Shizuka says, “..I don’t hate you at all. Not at all. It isn’t like that. I only..” After saying hi, Shou kicks Shizuka’s butt with his knee. Yuki is startled when Shizuka shouts that it hurts.

Angrily facing Shou, Shizuka asks what is he doing. Shou says that is his line. “Unexpectedly dare to flirt with someone’s girlfriend. Quickly get lost, little virgin bastard.” Shizuka replies, “Ha, what, getting angry, are you already afraid? Afraid that not only will you lose to me in the competition but also lose to me in love.”
Shou pinches Shizuka’s cheek. Shizuka pinches Shou’s cheek. As they try to out-pinch each other, Yuki asks if they are kids. Noticing that some girls are getting curious over the ruckus at their side, Yuki tells the two that’s enough and quickly stop it.. Shizuka asks her if she is going steady with this guy.

Feeling a sharp pain, Yuki wonders why she wasn’t able to deceive her way out of this. Yuki mutters, “We..are indeed..going steady.” Shou looks surprised while Shizuka just looks at her. The guys are speechless when Yuki darkly apologizes for obviously he advised her so many times..but indeed, she finds it very hard to believe that she’ll do something reckless and impulsive..

Holding her hand, Shou says that is enough and so, that thing is like that. Yuki shouts for him not to pull her. Shizuka calls out to Yuki and asks her to please watch December’s Winter Cup. “I’ll definitely make you regret choosing that guy.”

After looking surprised, she says okay. This make Shou go !? And it causes him to have an indifferent reaction. Yuki asks up to when he is going to sulk. He asks does she have to say ‘okay’ in that kind of situation.
Yuki says so she’s saying that she had explained it to him so many times that ‘okay’ is an answer directed at ‘please watch the competition’ [/not watch Shizuka]. Shou says okay, forget it, anything is good, after all, it is the first time she told someone else that ‘we are going steady’.

Blushing a bit Yuki thinks how she can say this, it seems to be really like that and it is because she always felt that she cannot lie to Shizuka. Shou comments that school trip-something has become boring since she isn’t there again. She tells him that it isn’t easy to be able to go so properly enjoy it or else it’s wasteful.

Shou says then, give him something to use for the lonely night/s, something that is her double. Yuki says that there is no such thing and she is already home so like this.. Shou says that he’ll watch her go in the house because that jerk Shizuka might perhaps come out again from somewhere. She tells him that she is already in her house.

Wanting to get in the house before her sisters come out, Yuki says then take care tomorrow. He says ya. She suddenly stops and goes back to him. She whispers for him to quickly hold his hand out quickly. He did as told.
Yuki snaps a hair elastic band on his wrist. He says that hurts. “What is this?” She says that it is a hair elastic band. He says no, he obviously can see that. She says, “Even if this is totally not my double, even if it is totally not..*blush* ...that..use..use during lonely times...” To her shock, Shou suddenly hugs her tightly.

She mutters how..how troubling..hey..my family will come out..” Shou says, “Yuki-senpai, ..can I say something troublesome again? *Yuki worriedly wonders if he’ll say it right now* About that..aspiration-whatever, exam-whatever, right now, for you, it is a totally important time and I know this very clearly...

...In the past, it is your nature to immerse yourself in studying day after day like an idiot. I also know that very clearly...But, can I fill the gap in your heart..?” Yuki wonders what is this guy saying about gap-something when earlier on, that gap-whatever isn’t there anymore.

Realizing that he is leaning to her, she closes her eyes. Shou kisses her forehead. They were interrupted by a loud shout. “Ah- my potato chips are gone! Who took it? It’s you, right!” “No, it isn’t me, monkey!” “Then, how come there is seaweed in your lip, how do you explain that!” [<- it must be seaweed flavor potato chips]
Immediately going towards her house, blushing Yuki says then, see you tomorrow, no, see you after three days..! He calls out to her. She angrily asks what, his voice is too loud.

Shou says, “Later on, you’ll find a place to study again like today, right..After the club activity, I’ll go look for you. ..but I probably won’t be able to do so everyday. Simply, from here on, let’s go home together. I want to go home together with you.”

Blushing Yuki says, “..understood." Then, she goes inside to be welcome by her sisters who ask where Shou is. After a pause, Shou starts to walk away and wonders what’s going on for she looks blushingly cute with flowers all around when she said that <- in his own view.

Narration: “Such a negligible agreement yet it seems like a response to an incomparably important promise. In the end, up to what degree will we mature?” Shou writes a message to her to say that even if he’ll call her tomorrow but what kind of souvenir will be okay. She blushes and recalls him asking about letting him fill the gap in her heart.

Narration: “Gap-whatever. It is no longer there earlier on. This feeling is already on the verge of overflowing from my body.” Yuki replies, “Raw yatsuhashi.” He writes, “So ordinary.” She answers, “What.” He writes, “By the way, after I come back, let me properly kiss you.” No reply from Yuki.
Comment: Well, things are indeed progressing a bit slowly yet surly for our couple. Yuki tries to stop her bad habit of evading the problem by studying too much and she even took the initiative to spend some time with Shou.

Most of the time, Shou is doing his best to restrain himself if he can help it =P He knows of her current priorities yet it seems that he feels that he isn’t really that secured in her heart. Well, he’ll also be busy with the club especially since almost all of the members don’t have confidence in him as a captain and they got Himiko as their manager.

Apparently, Shizuka’s role in the story isn’t over yet. It is amusing that he has that kind of senpai to guide him. The pinching cheek...that is one of my favorite scenes in Slam Dunk ^^ I guess asking Yuki to watch it is his last hurrah as the rival? Maybe it will fire up Ryuhoku for next year?

Anyway, at the end, Yuki shows some affection and it really turns Shou on. Actually, he’ll probably lap it up since those are quite rare from Yuki. So, at least from here on, they will make an effort to spend more time as a couple while balancing the other things that they have to do. ^^ Scans by 红莲汉

Quote of the day:
Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach


  1. Thank you for the summary!
    The two are adorable! The amusing thing is that Naruse always manages to catch Shizuka prattling around Machida. And I had a similar reaction as Naruse had when she gave him the elastic band. She must really be thinking about his request the whole time. But then again... he said such a 'troublesome' thing so easily.
    I have been reading this manga since February 2014 and strangely, I experienced something so ironically similar to the manga recently... this same tall-basketball-guy situation, younger-than-me situation, flirting-and-following situation... and I had Machida-reactions around him. I am pretty sure I made him believe that I hate him. (-_-)"

    1. Thanks for reading, Apurva ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Is that so. ^^ Such a coincidence.

  2. Merci kat pour le résumé. Tu es la meilleure

  3. Thnx kat..😍😍😍. My gosh a little bit more...more...more...hahaha... i just cant get enough of this cute couple. Hmmmm... im kind of ( kilig) when he suggest meeting the parents. I was kinda...wahhh...here it goes...whshahaha. when will it be happening...im so xcited. Hsshshs...

    Thnx kat...😘😘😚

    1. You're welcome, Diane ^-^

      Ya..it will be interesting. I'm curious though why the mangaka is keeping the sister's face 'hidden'.

  4. Thanks for making my dat Kat! This was the first site I visited this morning. ^^,

    1. Glad to hear that, Digital Native and thanks~ ^-^

  5. Just checked this when I immediately got home from work and saw no.updates so I was like "meh :/ " but then after checking Last Game out, I've seen that you've updated this and i was like, "YESSSSSSS!" thank you! I used to read this one in raffmabga or in mangalator but there's logging in system so I'm so happy i found your blog \(>///<)/ thank you again!

    P.S. i enjoy your comments :* sweet dreams weee

    1. Hope you can have the summary for another chapter published within the week, or is that too much to.ask? lol

    2. Hehe..nice timing then, gelique29 ^^

      You're welcome ^-^

      Thank you ^-^

      Unfortunately, my summaries are depended on the Chinese scanlations so I can only work on them after they are released...around a week or so delay from the official release.

  6. Thanks for the update! Was surprised by Yuki's reaction to Hakamada... why the sharp pain? I cannot help but feel concerned for Shou! -K

    1. Thanks for reading, K ^-^

      I agree. I did wonder what was that about. Perhaps, it is pain of not telling him the truth about their relationship? I don't think it is related to love though.

  7. I wish Yuki also initiates kissing sometimes, not only would it surprise Shou but would also convey that she's in it too, somehow she isn't falling as quickly and hopelessly in love as Shou...

    1. Apparently so, Subhadra but I think it is understandable especially since it isn't a case of 'love at first sight, etc'-type for her but more of a gradual falling in love as she gets to know him more/interact with him more.

  8. thanks for the summary update, How cute couple Shou and Yuki ^.^ and like scene Shou and Shizuka As they try to out-pinch each other LOL they are act like little kids ^~^ anyway I still don't understand in part when Shizuka said " I’ll definitely make you regret choosing that guy. I mean he might be jealous now or something? because actually Yuki indeed going out steady with Shou?

    1. Thanks for reading, candra ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Most likely yes. That is how I interpret it. Something like a coping mechanism to a rejection.

  9. Thanks Kat! Love how yuki is trying to focus not only her studies but as well as her lovelife. So so loved this couple.... Looking forward for the next chapter! c",) :) ~G~

  10. Thanks for translating this chapter Kat !! Arigatou :)
    I do hope that Yuki and Shou will have another sweet moments with each other and I hope Yuki shall introduce Shou to her family... :)
    Can't wait for the next updates!
    Btw, when could I read LAST GAME chapter 54 ???? Such a cliffhanger for meeeeee... Cant wait! Please tell me when . Thanks :) Godbless !

    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      That will definitely happen soon ^^

      Hm..it will come out in Japan on the 24th. My summaries are based on the Chinese scanlation so I cannot exactly say when the summary will be up.

      Thanks, same to you ^^

    2. Yay! Thanks Kat! I already saw your newly updates! Huhuhuhu Kujou x Yanagi..huhuhhhhu..its like a dream come true xD ! Well, thanks for the efforts in translating this and please tell me when will be the next updates in Namaikizakari and Last Game ! Arigatou gozaimasuuuu ! Yay! :) :3
      -yourFilipino(1/4 Jap)otakufriend! :3

    3. You're welcome ^-^

      Yup, finally ^^


      Same to you ^^

  11. Thanks so much Kat. After reading that chapter i couldn't help breathing a sigh of relief: Yuki decided to take some initiatives finally!
    I think that she is truly dealing with her awkwardness for the first time here. And she even admitted dating Naruse too.
    I thought at first that these two can't get any more cuter but actually, once yuki deals with her shyness i bet that these two will be be beyond awesome :)
    I must admit though, Yuki has a pretty interesting reaction when it concerns basketball. Especailly when it concerns Shizuka. I mean just how basketball maniac is she to grasp the 'come watch the match' and disregard the 'i'll make you regret dating your boyfriend' xd

    1. You're welcome, Crimson sky ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Well, it is all for the Ryuhoku team. I can understand it since she was the one who really helped in making them reach this point. I'm sure she'll bring Shou with her to watch. Maybe they can think of more strategies for their future games. ^^

      I don't think she is a basketball maniac..perhaps, more of a perfectionist-type...and it isn't just about basketball.

  12. Thanks for the summary, Kat!

    Nice try, Naruse. It's funny how he tries to go further but always gets hit. Well, it's not surprising since Yuki is quite innocent. Well, they're taking things slow so that's good and I can't wait for them to meet each others family, Yuki would be nervous on both ends, lol. I can't wait for the next chapter.

    1. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^


      Yup..what amusing things will happen by then ^^

  13. uwaaah thanks for the summary Kat-sensei! :D
    I loved how you stated "as they try to out-pinch each other" that was incredibly hilarious!!! Love your summaries to bits! Thumbs up as well to the quote for the day!!!

    and looools Naruse used french kiss with Yuki! loved yuki's reaction to that as well~~~`

    I was totally fangirling over Shizuka, I'm so happy to see him really he's my favorite guy! (well I ship Yuki and Naruse but Shizuka is just gorgeous !)
    My heart couldn't bear looking at him like that, still (somehow) chasing after Yuki but that makes his character all the more intriguing and interesting!

    I'd love to see Shizuka in the next chapter again :P

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


      I see ^^

  14. I am here again :) Actually I read this series on Raffmanga first and then I come to your site and read your summaries, I have to admit it gives you a different feeling because you add a different perspective to it, It is truly enjoyable to read your work, thank you very much Kat ´u´
    I need to say I feel deeply moved by Shou, he is being very considered to Yuki and doesn't want to interrupt some way her other duties and responsibilities, I think he is trying to put things in order of importance and not demand Yuki to put all her time only on their relationship, he is getting mature more and more, *sigh* he is a very special guy . besides,
    Naruse's Filters are the best, jajaja Yuki always looks cuter and more adorable, I wonder if it is only his imagination or this is the true Yuki who can only be seen by Naruse ^^ . oh¡ That´s right, I think the next chapter is going to be full of surprises, Shou is going to a very famous place like Kyoto, There is a high possibility that he meets Shizuka o who knows? Yuki´s younger brothers !! also Yuki will feel Naruse's absence for these three days ? jaja I hope so ^○^ weeeell I am totally sure It is going to be a great chapter as usual. I look forward to reading your next summary :D take care ^-^

    P.S: I apologize for my grammatical mistakes. I expect to improve more my English and to speak to you properly one day ^^ / cheers

    1. Hiyo, Jinje ^^

      Thank you for reading ^-^

      Yup ^^ I think it is a 'in love' filter. =P

      Possible if Shizuka's school is also going on a field trip in Kyoto.

      Yup, she'll probably miss him though she tends to easily pass time with studies. Since she resigned, she wasn't able to see him that often so I think they'll do fine. Of course, with technology, it is easier to communicate ^^


      No need to apologize, I can understand what you've written. Good luck ^^

  15. Hello, Kat. Thanks for summarizing this. Naruse is such a cutie. ;; I want to squeeze him.
    I can't help but laugh reading this part,"she looks blushing cutely with flowers all around her." His imagination tho xD

    Kat, do you accept translation request? If yes can you translate ookami shoujo to kuro ouji starts from chapter 55, please? Thank you so much.^^

    1. Thanks for reading ^-^


      Currently, I'm not accepting translation request. Also, regarding that series, the Chinese is still stuck in chapter 54. The English is actually ahead at 55. Sorry~

  16. Hi Kat. Thanks for the summary. Its refreshing to see this type of love triangle!? Shou being experience in handling love, Yuki and Shizuka being first timer in love.. Hope to see more development in the future :-)

  17. Thank you for the update. I'm glad that Yuki starts to understand what going steady means. Naruse is a really patient guy :D He's so in love with Yuki. This is such a cute manga. Thank you for translating it.

  18. Hi Kat! Chapter 43 Chinese version is now available. Will wait for your summary! <3

    1. Ya, saw it, Ara ^-^

      Will work on it next. Hopefully, I can finish it tomorrow.

  19. Thanks Kat! Chapter 43 is out in Chinese already!

  20. It's really good to see Yuki being able to demonstrate her feelings more clearly towards everyone, especially Shou, but it's also good to see the maturity starting to seep through Shou's character at times. He certainly has Yuki very high on a pedestal, but still knows what her personality is like as he's been watching her for so long.

    1. That's right, Nelle ^^

      Things are going slowly yet surely for the two ^^

  21. Thanks for translating this manga
    U R the sweetheart of the readers LOL
    English isn't my mother language (I'm arabian girl)
    and I'm in my 10th grader (not speaking perfectly as a second language) and I use the e-dictionary to understand difficult words in this,
    I think that I learned more vocab from this summary,I hope I never forget them I must write them in my own dictionary
    although,I really enjoyed reading your summary and waiting more from U
    I wonder why are chapters late in other sites -_-
    Whish for you the best

    1. Thanks for reading ^-^


      Thank you and good luck with learning more English vocabulary ^^

      Ah, perhaps, they are busy with other things.

      Thank you ^^