September 25, 2016

Namaikizakari [Chapter 51]

Cover page: “The last day of wearing school uniform together. What words..want to tell to each other?” Narration: “Taking one’s bow tie and giving it to the person you like will cause the two of your feelings to become interlinked. This way, the two can be together forever. This is really the routine tradition during graduation ceremony. That’s right, it is a tradition. It’s simply a tradition, that’s all there is to it.”  

A girl shakes her hand sideways and says, no, no, high school romance-whatever is for a short duration only, just like fireworks. “‘Forever together’-whatever is impossible.” Yuki darkly squeezes the rag dry and starts to wipe the window.

Sachi exclaims that it is quite unexpected for she thought that Misato [guesswork from 美理] absolutely do not believe that kind of thing. Meiko says it isn’t so, it is because this girl got a full shock because of reports regarding Keigo’s marriage. [<- idol?] Misato sobs out loud over how lonely she is. Someone shouts for them to properly clean for this is their school for three years.
Yuki thinks, fireworks. They did quarrel or rather, it is better to say that she got angry all by herself. Flashback: Yuki shouted that she’s leaving and slammed the door. Outside, Yuki thought that’s wrong, where she is going when this is her house. She wondered what to do for if she goes back in the room, he’ll absolutely think that she’s really stupid...

Just then, Shintaro came out of his room and said that it has always been so noisy since a while ago and what is she making a ruckus about all by herself. Yuki tried to explain when Shou came out of her room. Shou said that he recalled that he still has something to do so he’s going ahead. Shintaro asked if he is leaving already. Shou apologized for intruding. End flashback.

While spraying and wiping the floor, Yuki wonders if he is slightly angry..it seems so..no, but then, she didn’t say anything wrong. From that time, it has already been two whole days of no contact. This time, might want to give in... Recalling Shou saying if she totally doesn’t care even if there is someone who’ll say he likes her, Yuki wonders how come there is no way of making him understand.
At the outdoor sink, Hatori mentions to Shou about tomorrow being graduation day and it is when they’re seeing off the graduates. During that time, they want him to give Tonomura and Yuki flowers. Himiko is the one preparing for flowers. When Shou goes into the clubroom, he startles Himiko who is reading some books.

After exchanging ‘otsukaresama’ [/good job], Himiko apologizes for the messy place. Shou says that he heard that they will give flowers to the third years so isn’t it better for her to be the one to give the flowers to Yuki since they are both managers. Himiko asks why, when that is more natural and it is better for him to go and give the flowers because he is a special person.

Thinking that she stepped on a land mine, Himiko backtracks and says, no, she thinks that they should have words that they want to tell each other. Himiko thinks that it is over for it seems that she touched a deeper layer, what to do... Shou says no, it’s fine, and she doesn’t have to say each word so cautiously.
Himiko exclaims but it is graduation ceremony!? She says that didn’t he say before at the camp, she should properly say things clearly..not wanting to open one’s heart wide to the other person, then the other person have no way of understanding oneself [/you]. Shou says, ...camp. Himiko realizes that he has already forgotten about it.

Then, he notices a book filled with basketball clippings. He asked if Yuki made this. Himiko says yes. While flipping through the book, Shou imagines Yuki crying while sitting in front of some books on the floor. While taking a bath, Yuki thinks that it is finally tomorrow. She has already prepared the things for the class, entering college and moving out of the house..but what’s left is the situation of the cold war with her boyfriend who’ll also take part in the graduation ceremony..

She blows bubbles in the water after recalling Misato mentioning about high school romance is short like fireworks. She recalls again about what Shou said about someone liking her. Yuki thinks that from the direction of the conversation, could it be that he wanted to say, ‘for example, Shizuka’..that’s quite impossible.
Holding a rubber duckie, She thinks, after all, during the resignation battle [/her last basketball game?], didn’t he seriously provoke her... Her cellphone is buzzing. She quickly answers it. Shou says that she answered it quickly. She denies it by saying that she’s reading messages and is he going home right now.

Shou says that he ate out with Abe and others after the club activity. He apologizes regarding that time. Yuki nervously says that it is nothing. Shou says that actually, he doesn’t doubt her at all...it simply felt that she’ll show her softer side [/show weakness] to Shizuka for she appears to lower her guard in front of him so he [Shou] felt that probably, that guy is more reliable. So, he felt a bit anxious.

Yuki tries to explain that is because.. Shou says that even if she said at that time that they ‘have no reservations with each other’ but in the end, you still don’t say anything to him. This surprises Yuki that she wonders, why. Shou says that the train is coming so see you tomorrow. Then, he hangs up the phone.
Yuki wonders if he is saying that he totally doesn’t want to understand [so don’t say anything]. They’re always not in tune [/sync]. The more she treasures him, the more she feels that she likes him.  All the more she sees their estrangement, the more she constantly feels uneasy. If this keeps on, perhaps, we will gradually grow further apart.

Soon, it is graduation day. The teacher calls out to the students to line up according to school number, and go with the second year high school students behind them to the gym. The other students are making a fuss about forgetting their camera, mascara, etc. Gloomy Yuki thinks that she didn’t expect that she’ll be welcoming the graduation ceremony in this kind of situation.

Someone is saying that the flower on his chest is so heavy that his neck will snap off. [<- the bubble is in Yuki’s but I don’t think she’ll be complaining like that ^^;] Sachi calls out to Yuki and asks if her flower is askew. Yuki offers to fix it when she sees Shou who glances at her. She immediately looks away.

Sachi comments that it seems that Shou is always staring at this side. Yuki nervously wonders if she is an idiot, what she is doing that she’ll avert the glance. While her friend is trying to call her attention about the flower, Yuki is in deep thought over what to do for if this keeps up, she has no way of properly graduating.
While someone is making a speech about hoping the students can leap higher and continue to do their best, and his favorite singer.., Yuki thinks that she’ll contact Shou once the ceremony is over. Yuki reminiscences that most of the time, she is with Shou is in this gym. Shou said, “Is it okay that only her chest is stiff, sorry he rest for too long, what’s the color of her panties today.”

Yuki wonders what’s going on for she obviously thought of are some lousy stuff yet she is unexpectedly somewhat moved.. She thinks that from today on, this gym would still continue to accompany Shou. That’s right, the first time he seriously said, ‘like’, she is also in this place... After a pause, she thinks, ‘first time’ then what afterwards.

“Did I properly convey my feelings to Naruse? Tell him that I hope that he’ll trust me. Tell him that I like him very much. Not just keeping it in my heart but rather, properly saying it out for him to know. There are still very important words that I haven’t told him.” Outside, some girls tearfully cries while giving Tonomura a bouquet. They congratulate him and say that he is the oasis of the beautification committee. Tonomura thanks them.
Amamiya tells Nishiyama that they take a picture, but what’s with his eyes. Nishiyama says that it is already swollen. While Yuki’s friends say that they definitely go out during summer vacation, Abe and others call out to Yuki and congratulate her. Yuki bows and says that she is always under their care. Abe and Hatori cry as they tell her not to say that anymore or they’ll cry.

Someone comments that the basketball team is really crying. Holding out a bouquet, Shou says that it’s for her from the basketball club. Yuki blushes a bit, and thanks everyone. Yuki becomes nervous over her mistake when she unconsciously grabs Shou’s hand. Everyone is surprised when Shou pulls away the bouquet and holds Yuki’s hand. Surprised Yuki asks,..what..

Suddenly, Shou pulls her with him as he starts to run. Abe and others scream in shock and ask if it is an elopement. Some people are looking at the two as Yuki shout for Shou to let her go. Shou tells her to quickly run. She asks where they are going. He says to somewhere convenient. Then, they are at a hallway. Yuki manages to free herself.
While catching her breath, Yuki says about having something to say and making her ‘don’t say anything’, yet he has something to say...what is that. “I also have many things that I want to say. Thank you for rising up to take the great responsibility of a captain. Thank you for always watching me attentively. (Thank you) Thank..thank you for falling in love with me.. (for always staying at my side)...

...I really, really think that way, so no matter what others tell me, no matter what happens, I.. *teary-eyed* I like you the most in this whole universe, Naruse! You remember that, okay!” Shou looks surprised and hits his head on the pillar. Sweatdropping Yuki asks what happened, is he alright. Shou says how is it alright,..[he’s] gonna cry. Yuki blushes a bit.

Shou says, by the way, he is really frightened by his own childishness. Yuki wonders if he only realized it now. Shou says that just now, those words caused his confusion and anxiety to all dissipate so later on, can she exert all her effort in saying those words that she said just now. Yuki shouts, why you..didn’t he tell her to ‘don’t say anything’!!
Shou says that it isn’t that meaning. “..I won’t do that stupid thing again during the college exam. When you’re hurt, encountered trouble, want to rely on me, if you don’t want to say it then don’t say it. If you want to hide it then hide it. If you want to act strong [by forcing herself] then act strong. *removes petal from her hair*...

...Even if it is like that, I’ll also take the initiative to go over and hug you. Take the initiative to help you carry things. From today on, I won’t ignore your every move. From today on, I won’t miss your every little bit. *leans his forehead on hers as she becomes teary-eyed* I will properly protect [you] at your side.” Crying Yuki covers her nose and says,..okay..

Narration: “Routine is filled with tradition. It is probably through a charm [/amulet] that will embody every minute and every second of some irreplaceable time *Yuki watches Shou sleeping in the club room* and the all-around radiance of busyness. *Himiko freaking out over the guys jumping over each other while Yuki continues to prepare the futons* Thereby, making us hold it tightly in our hands.”
While walking holding hands with Shou, Yuki sees a basketball. Shou says that Abe is giving him 15 LIME [pun for Line messages], so he should more or less go back since he’s noisy to death. Yuki says about that.. She grabs a basketball and says if this ball gets in the basket, he can take the bow tie..her bow tie.

After looking surprised, Shou says that the two of them are obviously going steady so why should she painstakingly want this kind of bet. Embarrassed Yuki says no, she also wants to properly keep her own bow tie [as remembrance, I presume], and she even kept her sailor uniform during junior high. She wonders how come he has this serious face that is saying, ‘give me your bow tie.’

Yuki says forget it, she’ll just throw it in so help her in looking after the flowers and paper cylinder [<- diploma certificate]. Yuki gets ready to aim when she is surprised that Shou carries her up. Shou says that if she still couldn’t get it in at this distance then she is really a sports idiot. [<- bad at sports] Yuki says that he’s noisy to death. She aims and the ball bounces off.

She tries again and it bounces off again but Shou catches it. He smiles at flustered Yuki and shoots the ball inside the basket. Shou says, “Yuki-senpai, congratulations on your graduation.” Then, they kiss. While the others are taking pictures and saying their goodbyes, Yuki says, “Thank you.” Narration: “About that, Naruse, each minute and each second that passed in this place will become my stronger charm.” The last scene is Yuki’s bow tie.
Comment: And everything is okay again after that lovers’ quarrel. They just need some reassurance of each other’s love to calm down any anxieties. Contrary to what I thought, apparently Shou has more problems with her demeanor when she’s with Shizuka compared to what happened that day.

I think Shou would either be laughing or confused if she tells him that Shizuka gives her a feeling like of her deceased grandmother. ^^; Maybe, he is her reincarnation. Lol. Kidding aside, apparently she totally doesn’t have any inkling that Shizuka likes her.

That one instance when he was ‘mean’ to her totally obliterated any possible hints that he likes her. ^^;; Is that good or is that bad? Good since she will be totally oblivious over Shizuka’s intentions and will treat him accordingly. Not so good if Shou thinks otherwise. Bad since she’ll be conscious of a possible ‘someone’ if things didn’t work out.

Well, Yuki has graduated and there are no ‘last arc’ or ‘last chapter’ announcements so I guess the series will continue with Yuki already in college. That means, that issue with Shizuka will possibly continue as to why Yuki feels that certain thing about him. It is possible for the ex-girlfriend to appear. Then, perhaps, Shou’s sister will be in Yuki’s college or something. Of course, there are more basketball tournaments between the two. Maybe, new characters?

There will be many more challenges in the future but if they keep their communication open, reassure each other of their love and make adjustments, etc, I’m sure the couple’s relationship will go smoothly. ^^ And thankfully, the mangaka didn’t drag the quarrel but I guess it helps that this is a romance-comedy series. Scans by 红莲汉组.

Word of the day:
Gratitude generates joy, and joy generates strength. ‘The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10’ ~ 101 mottos for success by J. Richards and M.S. Fontaine.

66 comments:

  1. Thanks for the summary, Kat!
    Haha, they're adorable. I wonder what will happen next? I can't wait. :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Brittany ^-^

      Yup.

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  2. Thank you Kat for the summary :) !

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  3. Thank you for the translation, Kat!! I really thought this chapter progressed perfectly. Still hoping there's one more graduation chapter where the reason that Shou dragged Yuki away is explained :)

    I definitely think there will be a chapter where Yuki finally realizes Shizuka's feelings, but I don't think that will happen for a while. I think the next arc will involve Yuki moving into her own apartment, struggling with fitting into her college life and the "first time in Yuki's apartment" that Shou promised. Any theories, Kat?

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    1. Thanks for reading, Linda ^-^ Ah..for everyone to know that they are a couple? ^^

      Possible and probably, a proper rejection. I cannot say. Shoujo rarely go past high school graduation but those that do, well, the one I read [suki ii na yo], it deals with a third party making moves on the guy while the girl is very busy in college. The first time would most likely be at the near end, if it happens.

      For now, there are many possibilities but we can make a more concrete guess based on what the next chapter is about.

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    2. Yes, I definitely want a reveal of their relationship as a couple. There's a lot of potential problems since Yuki has been hiding it from her friends and the basketball club for over 6 months.

      I don't think the comparison with Suk-tte ii na yo is fair. Yamato is a lot more friendly and compliant with other people than Shou, which leads some girls to think they have a chance. Shou clearly has no problem telling a girl outright that he has no interest, he's always been very sure and unwavering when it comes to his commitment to Yuki. Particularly after her declaration, I don't think another girl can easily sneak in. Yuki on the other had seems to be the one that easily can get swept up in others and has a hard time saying no. Even though she really loves Shou, there's a lot of opportunities for her to misunderstand the situation regarding both Shou and other potential suitors. I can definitely see a situation where Yuki unintentionally impresses a male upperclassman in college, which results in Shou being overprotective. However, I still don't think that the Shizuka/interhigh story has been completely played out. I'm interested to see how this develops :D

      Can't wait for the next chapter, when does it come out in Japan?

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    3. Potential problems..like what?

      Hehe, I'm talking about the plot rather than the characters. ^^; Yes, they are different personality-wise but I'm just suggesting a rival as the common theme for conflict during long distance relationship. It definitely won't be the usual fangirl for Shou's case. Perhaps, an ex-girlfriend. Since Shou might be harder to deal with so the point of 'attack' can be Yuki. Still, thinking about it, this series would most likely not go into heavy drama so that scenario is unlikely and if it happens, it would be short.

      I see. Well, since I'm not into sports much, I'm not too interested on that part ^^;;

      Oct 5th.

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    4. I really enjoyed the relationship between the main characters of 'Say I Love You' as well. Need to actually start buying that one, after I've bought all of Strobe Edge, Kamisama Kiss, and Dengeki Daisy.... Too much manga to buy!!! Lol

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  4. thanks for your translation my friend, can i ask a favor, would you translate the extra chapter of Last Game, it's a very sweet chapter.. thanks again.. :)

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Maybe just a short summary.

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  5. Hello fellow anon. I want to know how sweet it is haha can u share where you read any spoilers?

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    1. i've read it in dm5.com, too bad it's chinese and i don't understand, it would be better if it's korean lol, it includes mikoto and naoto sleeping together and naoto can't stop blushing maybe it's before or after their wedding haha.. i can't wait to read it.. lol

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  6. Thank you Kat. I am waiting for your summary as I have the raw.
    Hopefully this couple will be together forever even though Yuki is already in college.

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    1. You're welcome, Sara ^-^

      I'm sure they will ^^

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    2. hi,i was just wondering if the raw you have is online, if it is can you please give me the link. if you do thanks ^-^

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  7. So saccharine! The two keep admitting things, and accepting the quirks of each other. It is nice to see Machida considering being frank about her feelings with him, and Naruse thinking about his own childishness when it comes to her. I really like the both of them!

    People who are nervous and bashful tend to evoke the feeling of trust from others. I guess that is why the character type of Shizuka has been made this way- for Machida to easily 'rely on' or 'believe in' him (potentially drawing envy from the male protagonist).
    It also helps that Shizuka is quite honest and unlike Naruse, he doesn't have a playful or deadpan disposition.

    Perhaps, you are right. Maybe, Shizuka is brought up over and over again because he still has some things to do in the manga. I really hope that the manga continues, although it is very rare for a shoujo manga (with high school as a setting) to continue too long after the graduation arc.

    Thank you Kat! I enjoyed reading it!

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    1. Yup, Apurva ^^

      Indeed.

      You're welcome and glad to hear that ^-^

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  8. Hi Kat, as somebody mentioned as well, can you translate Last game's latest extra special,please im dying to read it, by the looks of the author's twitter handle, there are some more chapters going to be published about Kujou and Yanagi's married life as in volume 11,please do the summaries, they are really a life saver for people like us who have only access to these through internet and translations, ty :)

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    1. Aa.. No I was probably wrong about more chapters,got the wrong idea, but still, looking forward to the summary of the extra one

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    2. Yayee... Thank you so much!!
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  9. Hi Kat, thanks for the wonderful work again. This chapter was so sweet. These two seem to have evolved so much since the first chapters; I particularly got that feeling when Shou admitted his childishness.

    It seems that they are finally going to be in a steady relationship.
    I wonder what the basketball team thinks about Yuki and Shou :p

    That aside, i totally agree with you, Shou would feel so much at peace if he knew how Yuki saw Shizuka. Also in her mind, thoughts of Shizuka must be about 'Is he friend or foe?' xD


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    1. Thanks for reading, Crimson sky ^-^ Yup.

      I'm sure they'll approve of it.

      Yup. Most likely though more on friend lately but definitely no love =P

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  10. Addictress here.

    Thanks kat as always. I am glad that this manga isnt ending yet. Maybe its because there is still demand for it.�� i think the manga will still tackle the last basketball competition between shizuka and shou. Then naruse can finally bring yuki to the nationals w/c he has failed to do for 2 years now. And the last arc can be when shou graduates highschool. The manga started when he entered HS so it would be nice to see him graduate�� the possible arcs in between will be the ex gf, the new possible male friends of yuki in college & shizuka. ����

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    1. You're welcome, Addictress ^-^

      It seems so. Possible...lots of possibilities. ^^

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  11. thnx for summary kat!!

    It was nice to see the author didn't drag this out,and actually had Yuki taking some initiative and talking things out for a change,was good seeing naruse admitting certain things as well.

    I was expecting prolonged drama and focus on rival,but seems author took care of things nicely...

    Wonder if it gonna go over to college years and how it gonna be.....think maybe some timeskip and few chaps to wrap it up,authors usually end highschool romances as soon as graduation or shortly after....

    Was cool chapter,lets see what follows....

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    1. Thanks for reading ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Indeed...and looking back in their previous conflicts, the mangaka tends to wrap things up swiftly rather than prolong it. It helps that she is doing some time skips within the chapter ^^

      Yup..let's see where it goes from here.

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  12. I'll die alone :3 ....Thanks for the upload. Damn man...the end is getting close...nice run though. Anyways sup Kat! :D

    Toby

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    1. Hehe..^^;

      Thanks for reading, Toby ^-^

      Ya..though it can still continue.

      =)

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    2. Yep it can....'Ookami shoujou te kuro ouji ' is deling with a similar plot...and its continuing after th graduation...but i guess it will end in a few more chapters..or can continue upto 100 chps ? Who knows? same can happen with Namaikizakari though....

      Toby

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    3. True but usually just a few more chapters after high school graduation.

      It is usually more difficult to depict different school scenario for the couple. Well, from the ones I read and those are usually kept short when in college.

      Hm..thinking about it, perhaps, it is because the target readers cannot relate with it?

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    4. Hmm yeah...good point there Kat. Btw can you read japanese? If yes then id like you to translate another manga as well...it ended in japan a long time ago...but the translators are lazy they release 2 chapter every 2 or 3 months.... -_- frustrating!

      Toby

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    5. Sorry, I cannot read Japanese. ^^;

      Hm..usually, it is like that if the series isn't popular/that popular for the readers. They will take their time and honestly, it is understandable based on my experience who is also translating for free. Or, I'm getting old Lol.

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    6. Oh... :-/

      Toby

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  13. thank you!!!! i am always following your updates but its my first time having the courage to leave a comment. Kat-sama i am always thankful for your hard-work and for all the updates, more strength and power for you.

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

      Thank you ^-^

      =)

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  14. Thanks Kat
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  15. But nobody said anything about nausea doing yuki's antics�� the head bump XD

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  16. when is the next chapter coming out??
    thanks kat

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    1. Oct 5th in Japan.

      You're welcome ^-^

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  17. Thankyou so much for posting this! I love reading your summaries (even after I read the chapter I come here just to read your summary incase there is something i missed/just to see your narration comments). It's awesome that you take time to do this! I love it, keep up the good work! & ughhh I cannot wait for chapters to come, things are progressing so well & I love seeing softer sides of Yuki & Shou as well! <3

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    1. Thanks for reading, Unknown ^-^

      Yup and thanks for the comment ^^

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  18. Hi Kat. Once again, you're awesome! Thanks for bringing another wonderful commentary. Much appreciated.

    I love how they work each other's little differences out over time. They quarrel, they make up, they figure a little bit more out about each other. It captures true teen relationships, trying to understand what is happening (as well as into twenties, and sometimes beyond! Lol). Maybe the manga will finish when Shou graduates from high school, and joins Yuki at her school (which he would be able to do easily from previous grade comments, probably), or he goes to another uni...which would make another dilemma in the relationship...and then who knows what would happen! Lol.

    The endless possibilities! Anyway, thanks again!

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

      Yup ^^

      =)

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  19. Hi Kat, I really appreciate your work. I'm eagerly waiting for your comments on the next chapter. I just do have one question: I don't read the manga in english version and I don't know if it exists because I can't find it but in the french version chapter 14.5, Naruse says to Yuki that he broke up with Haru. I can't find that name anywhere else. Can you give some explanation?

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    1. Thanks for reading, Sakuratoru ^-^

      In the Chinese version, Shou tells her that he broke up last/during spring [time]. Haru = spring in Japanese.

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    2. Aaah I understand now. I thought it was talking about a girl ;-). I guess the translation I read was not good. It helps very much to know chinese too. I should have thought of that.
      Hope it is already 10/05. I can't wait to see what will happen.
      Thank you again for soothing the pain of the impatient girl I am.

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  20. Hi Kat..
    I definitely can't stop for being 'kya kya' while reading this.
    Thanks for the summaries, I really appreciate those.
    By the way, is it the end already?

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    1. =)

      Thanks for reading them ^-^

      Unknown...there is no mention yet if it is the end/it is ending.

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  21. where could we find please the chapter 52? We are the 11 october and there is nothing....

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    1. If you mean raws, sorry, I don't know.

      For summary, the Chinese group hasn't released it yet. The mangaka seems to have taken a break on the 20th so maybe that is why they are taking their time?

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  22. Thank you very much for your response. I hope it will be soon here.

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    1. No problem ^-^

      It's out. I'm currently working on it.

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  23. I've been reading your translations for a while. Thank you very much!!

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