April 21, 2018

Kono Oto Tomare [Chapter 68 - A Man's Heart]

On the next day after Satowa invited Chika to her performance, the two met at the shoe lockers area. Upon seeing him, Satowa suddenly became flustered. She stutters as she greets him a good morning. This causes Chika to stiffen and acknowledge her greeting.

Then, they go about changing their shoes. Chika mentally curses as he wonders what’s up with this mood. He says, about, regarding that thing yesterday... Nervous Satowa asks what is it. Chika asks her if she didn’t mention it to the others.

She tells him that because everyone already made plans, it will make things difficult for others if she mentioned it. Chika tells her that it doesn’t. “It would make one very disappointed if you didn’t ask whether or not they will come, and the situation would end without one knowing about it.”

Looking surprised, Satowa says is that so. Chika says yup. Satowa says then, she’ll try to mention it to everyone on today’s club activity. Chika smiles and says, ya. She suddenly blushes and quickly shouts then, see you later. Surprised Chika says ya, okay.
While walking at the hallway, blushing Satowa’s heart is beating wildly. She bites her lip and stops walking. She inhales and exhales deeply. She pulls herself together to become calm. Then, she starts to walk again. Back at the lockers area, Chika is surprised when someone says, “It turns out to be like that-- You are in a bad mood yesterday because of Houdzuki.”

Chika turns around and shouts, “Tetsuki!!” As he changes his shoes, Tetsuki says that he’s really happy for Chika because it seems the problem has been resolved. “The mood just now seems not bad at all.” Puzzled Chika asks, mood, not bad...?

Tetsuki looks away and mutters, brat... This irks Chika. While kicking Tetsuki, Chika asks what he meant by that and he isn’t in a bad mood yesterday. Tetsuki says, fine, fine, you’re not a bit childish. Chika angrily says that he’ll beat him up.
Later on, at the club, Hiro and the trio are in tears as they ask why didn’t Satowa tell them earlier and that’s really great [<- becoming a successor again]. Hiro tells Takezou that they change their schedule on Sunday to Saturday. Takezou apologizes and says that he has something else to do on Saturday.

He explains that he made plans on Saturday since he isn’t going to do anything that day. “How about changing our schedule to some other ordinary day’s lunch break--” He sees Hiro looking sad and surprised. This made Takezou asks Satowa what time will it start on Sunday. Satowa says that it will start at 13 o’clock.

Takezou suggests to Hiro that meet up a bit earlier. “In the morning, come to my house where we’ll discuss future plans. Afterwards, we can go to the news performance conference.” Blushing Hiro happily smiles and says, okay. She quickly hugs Satowa and says that they’ll also go to the conference. Satowa thanks her.
Takezou covers his blushing face and thinks, “...ah- It’s no good. I almost messed up. Why did she show that kind of expression!!? Let me calm down a bit... *distressed* It definitely has no meaning to it. That is like a girl’s usual kindness for others... I’m starting to worry when Sunday comes...”

Atsumu asks Satowa if he can also come. Satowa says that of course, he is welcome to come. Atsumu asks Natsu if he won’t be coming. Smiling Natsu says ah, no, can he also come since he is very interested in high level of performance. This surprises Satowa and Hiro. Hiro exclaims if that’s for real and that’s really unexpected.

Atsumu says that they go together. Natsu tells him that they’ll just gather together at the venue. While Takezou smiles over this, Chika says then doesn’t this mean that everyone will go-- After turning to the side, Chika is shock to see the gloomy trio.
Covering his face, Sane says that they already promised to go to a friend’s concert and the time totally clashes... Teary-eyed Kouta says, besides, Kozu is even anticipating it... There is a scene of happy Kozu that they are really going when he doesn’t have a single guest, thank you!

Leaning on the wall, gloomy Michi says that he agreed to take care of his siblings on Saturday and Sunday. They apologize to Satowa and they would want to go. Satowa says no, it’s alright, rather, she is to blame for suddenly... Grabbing Chika’s shoulder, Sane tells him to take their share and properly listen! Chika says ya, leave it to him.

Hiro tells Satowa isn’t this really great. “Thank you for telling us, Houdzuki-chan.” This made Satowa smile. The others look surprised. Chika smiles over this. Soon, Satowa continues to practice. Hiro picks what clothes she’ll wear. Suzuka observes the two newcomers then heads out of the room.
Narration: “—afterwards, it is finally Sunday.” At the train station, all dressed up Hiro is blushing and trembling. Her heart is beating very fast. She thinks that this day had finally arrived.

“Whhhhhaat to do, my heart is beating to fast that it’ll break. I’m going to his house!!! His house!!! Even if it is no longer the first time. Does it sound quite amazing that it isn’t the first time!? By the way, are his parents home?

...Will there be no problem with how I’m dressed up? I shouldn’t have exerted too much effort. But, it is alright, there is also that news conference. I even bought a new dress on impulse... But, it is possible that this is too cute for me that it doesn’t suit--”

She is startled when Takezou calls out to her. She greets him a good morning but her voice sounded strange. He greets her back and asks if she was waiting for a long time. She says no. Then, she notices that he is a bit speechless.
He casually says then, let’s go. She says okay. Aghast Hiro thinks that just...now, he became quiet after looking at how she dressed up...right? She wonders what to do for she really put in excessive effort that instead of attracting him, it made him dislike it. “From the looks of it, this outfit really doesn’t suit with my usual impression...?”

Covering his face, blushing Takezou thinks that’s really dangerous. “I almost careless say out ‘you’re really cute’!! I really should be careful...” Then, he notices Hiro looking glum. He asks if she isn’t feeling well. Hiro says that she is fine. He asks, really?

After a pause, she asks if she is dressed up too strange for today? He asks, huh? Aghast and frantic, Hiro snaps out of it and starts to shout, no, sorry, it is nothing at all!! “Forget about it!!” While waving her arm, she wonders what is she saying, she isn’t that kind of super annoying girl, this is really bad!!!
He tells her, “Very cute. Really very cute.” Then, he turns away from surprised Hiro. Takezou is blushing red up to his ears. Blushing Hiro is quite happy. She thinks, “Ah--~~ Geez--~~ *covers her mouth* I like this person--...”

Sweating Takezou thinks that it turns out to be like that, he should have praise her out loud. “...so hard to understand... And it is quite embarrassing...” At the house, Takezou’s mother calls out that they’ve arrived. “Welcome to our home.”

Stuttering Hiro says that it has been a long time and she’ll be bothering them. “About that, if you don’t mind, please accept this...” She gives the mother a small paper bag. [<- etiquette to bring something to someone you’re visiting] The mother thanks her for being so considerate and come, quickly come in.

Hiro starts to worry that she made a mistake with the timing on giving the gift because she even made the mother to carry it inside!! The mother calls out to her husband and says that Takezou brought home a cute girl. Sitting at the sofa, the father says ah. Hiro introduces herself.
Takezou tells his father that Hiro is his classmate and the vice-president of the koto club. The father says, oh...girlfriend? Takezou goes into shock and it seems that Hiro’s head exploded. The mother says, “Geez, papa, you’re too rude. Look, she is so cute. She definitely already has a partner.”

Flustered Hiro exclaims that she doesn’t have!! The father says, see, she even said so. Holding Hiro’s shoulders to lead her away, Takezou exclaims in disbelief and apologizes to Hiro. “Let’s go already.” Blushing Hiro says okay. Then, they stopped when Takeru comes out of his room.

Takezou introduces Takeru to Hiro. Hiro greets him. Takeru asks, ah, girlfriend? Takezou nervously exclaims that she is a classmate and a co-members of the club. Takezou apologizes to Hiro and tells her to wait for a while since he’ll take a look first at his room if it is ready, one last check. She says okay.
After Takezou went to check on his room, Takeru asks Hiro if she isn’t his girlfriend. Hiro says no..no. Takezu asks, “...but you like my brother, right?” Going !!? Hiro blushes and trembles. Wondering if he has super powers, she says, ah, eh, hm, about that.

Coming back, Takezou apologizes and says that it is okay, she can come in. Takeru nods and says forget it. “[You] fairly have good taste? Gambatte [/good luck].” As he walks away, Hiro blushes over this. Hiro tells Takezou that his younger brother is really a good kid, and it would be better to say that he really attached to his brother [/Takezou].

Takezou exclaims in surprised and exclaims, really!? He tells her to sit anywhere. She says okay, thanks. As her heart is still beating fast, Hiro sits on one of the cushions that is placed near the table.
After sitting down, smiling Takezou says that they quickly start to plan the details of their club activity before the Nationals. Hiro thinks that he’s so serious, but then she likes that part about him. Hiro smiles and says okay. Takezou says that he feels that they should take advantage of the coming Golden Week.

She says that there won’t be any changes in their usual club activities but it is a rare Golden week so it would be better to have training— Takezou agrees and says that he is also thinking of that. Hiro says okay, let her see if she can ask her uncle.

Takezou says no, it doesn’t feel quite good [<- embarrassing to keep on asking a favor] so he tried to search by himself first. Showing him what he searched on his phone’s internet, he says that he searched several nice places that no one knew about.

“Look, how about this one. But, they only offer the very basic necessities so I feel that it isn’t quite suited for girls...” Hiro exclaims that kind of thing doesn’t matter. “Ah, it’s so convenient! And even very spacious!! Ah, but this other house seems to be also good.”
He says yes, this house might be a bit far. Hiro says is that so. Takezou asks how about this house. Hiro says ah, but it is really amazing, thanks to Takezou, they can find some places-- She looks at him and they both notice how close they are to each other.

Pause. Noticing how close their lips are, they quickly blush and look away. Mentally screaming, Takezou thinks that’s so dangerous, in all sorts of meaning, it is dangerous!! “What kind of trial is this!!” Hiro is also mentally screaming.

Takezou apologizes to her. Hiro tells him that it is totally alright and she should be the one apologizing. Knock Knock. The mother calls out to the two and says that lunch is ready. Hiro thinks that is a timely assistance from the mother!!!
At the dining table, the mother apologizes to Hiro since it is just a simple meal. Hiro says that it is okay, beef onion rice is her favorite and she is sorry for troubling her in making lunch [for her]. The mother says it’s okay. Hiro exclaims, itadakimasu.

The mother watches Hiro taste it. Hiro says that it is so delicious! The mother says that she is so happy. “Usually, this house filled with men would just be all absorbed in eating that they totally do not tell me what they think of it.”

Takezou protests that he occasionally would say so. The mother asks, really? Blushing Hiro thinks that Takezou is talking with his mother. “I have to immediately remember this scene... Kurata’s mother, father and also, younger brother. It feels that they are very nice people...

Kurata, he grew up in this kind of ambience--... *smiles* He’s really lucky to be able to live in this kind of environment... It’s really great that I can come here today. It’s really great.”
The scene changes to Isaki calling out, “Wait there, Chika! Do you plan on going to the conference dressed up like that?” Wearing casual clothes, Chika says indeed, that is his plan. Isaki scolds him that it is too casual.

“Aren’t you going to a news conference!? And besides, it is even someone’s ojousama who invited you. Do you think that you can get someone ‘to bubble on your hand*’ like that?” [*it’s an idiom for picking up/getting the girl] Chika asks what bubble on hand, wash hand?

After a pause, Isaki sighs and puts his hand on Chika’s shoulder. She tells him, “In short, strip.” Chika says, ha. Isaki shouts for him to quickly strip. “Quickly strip off those old clothes!” Isaki takes off Chika’s coat. Then, she sits on him to take off his pants.
Later on, sparkling Isaki happily says, “Perfect. Like that, it’s quite fashionable.” Furious Chika is wearing a suit and his hair is styled. Chika darkly says, you...she is absolutely fooling around with him.

Isaki tells him not to go there empty-handed. “You have to bring a bit of something.” He asks what to bring. She tells him to bring a bouquet-type of thing. Chika angrily screams how can he possibly hold on his hand that kind of shameful thing!!! Isaki shouts who cares if he is ashamed or not.

“Isn’t today a ‘special day’ for Houdzuki!? At least bring a congratulatory gift!! Even if that girl just means ‘I’m really happy as long as you came’ but if you are still so stupid enough to go there empty-handed, then *points at Chika* can you still consider yourself a man!!” Chika angrily shouts, why she is doing this [/what’s her problem]!
Soon, Chika is staring at the flowers in a flower shop. The smiling saleslady asks what he needs. Surprised Chika says a flower bouquet. She asks him how much is budget. He asks around how much does one cost. She tells him that a mini bouquet costs around 500 yen.

He shows her the coins that he has [which seems to be around less than 200 or 100 yen]. This made the saleslady sheepishly smile at him and sit by his side. She suggests how about simply choosing one single flower. He asks if she is saying simply one piece.

The saleslady says yes. “Sincerely choose one flower. Even if it is only one, but if it embodies all of your feelings, then I feel that it is really good.” Chika recalls ‘using heart to choose well one flower’ and having a ‘use your heart to play each note well’ feeling. He says is that so.

The saleslady laughs and asks if it is for his girlfriend. He says that she isn’t a girlfriend. The saleslady asks what kind of person she is. Chika asks if he cannot buy if he didn’t tell her. The saleslady says about that, if he doesn’t then she won’t be able to choose a flower that suits her [Satowa] the most.
Thinking it is like that, Chika says about that, her heart is very strong. The saleslady says okay. Chika says, but she is also very weak. Confused, the saleslady asks which is it. Chika says talking about it, overall, she is still very strong. The saleslady says, is that so.

Chika says that even if she is super cool when she plays the instrument but usually, she is very clumsy. The saleslady exclaims that it turns out that she is a musician! With a sparkle, Chika says, AND ALSO, HER CHEST IS VERY BIG.

Smiling saleslady says ah, what is he saying. “Is she a cute type? Or she is beautiful type?” After recalling Satowa playing, smiling, reprimanding him and blushing, Chika says, “Both.” This made the saleslady blush. All fired up, she says, okay! “Then, we have to choose one outstanding flower!” Chika agrees with her. 

At Houdzuki residence, Satowa is facing a window as she is all dressed up in a kimono. Her mother informs her that the guests have started to arrive. Satowa says okay. Holding a paper bag, Chika thinks that this is her real house. While greeting each other, sparkling guests are all dressed up. 
He mentally thanks Isaki because if he didn’t change clothes, he totally won’t fit here. He feels it is also very difficult to go in dressed up like this. By the gate, Chiharu, together with Akira, sees Chika. Chiharu greets Chika.

Surprised Chika greets her. Chiharu says that he is dressed up differently from usual and he looks really dashing. Akira comments that his clothes really suit him. Chika looks at the side and sees all the gorgeous bouquet on the table.

Akira notices his ‘eh’ expression. She asks if he brought something for Satowa. Quickly hiding his paper bag behind his back, Chika says ah no, next time, he’ll bring a more presentable... 

Chiharu happily asks what he is saying, that is already enough. “You specially choose it for that child, right? Wait for a while and you can give it directly to her, okay? She’ll definitely be happy.” Looking a bit uneasy, Chika says okay. Chiharu and Akira smile.  
Then, Chika goes inside to see a lot of people. He thinks that is amazing. Atsumu tearfully calls out to him and says that it is great. Trembling, he tells Chika that he was too excited that in the end, he came too early. “It’s a bit scary being all alone here.”

Chika says ah ya. “By the way, why are you wearing your uniform?” Atsumu tells him that his mother said that a student’s formal wear is a school uniform. Aghast Chika thinks that he forgot about that, it turns out that there is that way. 

Takezou and Hiro arrive. They greet the two. Hiro comments that Chika looks very handsome today. Chika didn’t say anything. Hiro laughs and asks why he is ignoring that. Takezou tells Chika that it really suits him. Chika angrily says, shut up, glasses. Aghast Takezou asks why!?

Takezou says that only Natsu is left-- There is running footsteps. To Chika’s surprise, a little girl glomps his legs and shouts, “Oni-san!!” Chika turns around and asks what-- The girl giggles and says that she’s Nene.  
Bending down to her, Chika says that he remembers her, she’s that fluffy head’s little— Kazusa calls out to Nene not to recklessly run everywhere. “Ah, you, you are...!” Kazusa, together with Fumi, is surprised to see Chika. Looking away, Kazusa says wha, how come he also came. Chika says, ya. 

 Nene tells Chika that he is so handsome today and she really likes it. Chika thanks her for that. A woman tells them that it is going to start so can everyone go in and sit down. 

After they sit down, Takezou says that Natsu isn’t here yet. Hiro asks if Natsu will really come. Atsumu exclaims that he’s here. Hiro looks at the back and exclaims it’s true. She starts to call Natsu that they are there but he just quickly walks in and sits down at the back. 
Hiro says that guy simply doesn’t intend to look for them. Takezou says that he really came just to listen to the performance. Chika says forget it, anyway, isn’t this good, on contrary, he’s efficient-- At the side, Fumi calls out to Kazusa if she is serious. “Even if you don’t sit there, there are other seats--” 

Kazusa tensely says that it is okay. Chika is surprised upon seeing slightly flustered Kazusa sitting beside him. Scowling Fumi is puzzled. Chika is also puzzled. Kazusa says, “Ab...about before, so...sorry for making you always accompany me. ...and also...tha...thank you.”

Fumi is stunned by this. Chika asks what, it turns out that she wanted to say that so she even sit here. Kazua tells him to laugh if he wants to laugh. Chika says, “You’re welcome.” Kazua blushes a bit.

Then, Chiharu enters the room. She greets everyone and thanks them for finding them in their busy schedule to join their news conference. “Next, the performance-news conference of Houdzuki Satowa, the next successor of Houdzuki Group, is about to start.” Satowa enters the room.
Comment: So, thanks to Chika, Satowa told the others about her performance. I wonder if it was deliberate that the trio didn’t go so that they cannot connect the dots regarding the two’s earlier quarrel and with whatever is going to happen in this conference = when he gives that flower. ^^

At least, Tetsuki seems to know something is up between those two though I’m not sure the extent of it. Poor Takezou. He is obviously not aware of it yet even if Hiro’s expressions are already so obvious. Apparently, he inherited it from his mother. Like his mother, he probably assumes that it is impossible for a cute girl to fall for someone like him.

Lol, his father and Takezu would immediately say, ‘girlfriend’ to Hiro. Takezu already know that Hiro likes Takezou. Well, Takezou is learning as he goes. He immediately makes it up when Hiro is feeling sad over something. Here, he changed their previous schedule and complimented her afterwards to make her happy.

Izaki is doing some ‘do this and that’ training on Chika. It is funny though how she can single-handedly pin Chika down and strip him of his clothes. ^^; Apparently, it takes a ‘are you a man’-type of comment to force him to buy a bouquet which is downgraded to a flower. What kind of flower can it be?

I’m not sure if Chiharu knows how Satowa feels about Chika but it’s good that she suggested that he gives the flower himself. ^^ Can Satowa still calm down when that happens? ^^ Lastly, it’s nice that Kazusa ate her pride to apologize and thank Chika. I’m sure that how she thought of Chika before had already totally changed. Scans by 二次元秘店

Quote of the day:
Love is the flower, you’ve got to let grow. ~ John Lennon

46 comments:

  1. yaaaaaay hank you for the translation, ,

    I ma glad she told everyone tbh i'm quite similar to hotsuki cause i wouldn't want to tell everyone so that i wouldn't inconvenient them so i'm glad someone as simple minded (and by simple minded i mean he doesn't think way too much about this and that before saying or doing something) as kudou & the trio is around houtsuki (also around takezou cause he too overthinks a lot) i'm surprised natsu offered to come too it is nice to see him taking small steps to connect with everyone lol kurat's dad is hilarious and wow i am surprised by takezou brother as their relationship seemed slightly strained his words were really amazing , i am quite amazed by chika too specially when he was describing houtsuki to the flower seller, lol i think most ppl around hiro/takeou & chika/houtsuki now about them but the people involved are clueless

    emmahoshi

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    1. Thanks for reading, emmahoshi ^-^

      Yup ^^

      Indeed. I would think that Takeru really likes his brother but was disappointed when he didn't get in that school and how 'timid' he became afterwards.

      Yup. Perhaps, it is more evident to 'outsiders' who observes rather than for them who always interact and didn't notice the 'signs'.

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    2. I have this theory that it has more to do with thw timid part and also how suddenly he started doing something new/strange as the koto , i think if takeru does go the nationals and see how his brother is both good at what he is doing and that he is actually having fun and have good friends then maybe things between the two will be back to normal again

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    3. I think so, too...more on, he can 'look up' to him again. ^^

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  2. AWW I love the part when Chika picks the flower the most! Thank youu so much Kat, God bless you!!

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    1. Ya, that was quite nice, Miriam ^^

      You're welcome and thank you ^-^

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  3. Wonderful.Love is in the air and I hope it will be concrete love stories soon. And the way chika described satowa was.... OMG

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  4. So cute! I'm really excited to see how Chika will react to seeing Satowa and vice versa.

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  5. This was really wonderful and making the wait worthwhile to get to all this fluffy goodness. I expect maybe another chapter or two to wrap up the conference and then we'll move on to Suzuka and how things are coming along with the song in order to advance the main plot with the nationals. In the meantime I'm gonna soak in these cute relationship moments and hope things start taking a step in the next level of their relationship, especially for Chika and Satowa ;)

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    1. Yup, Krimzon Striker ^^

      True. If it will be two chapters, the cliffhanger would be...? Giving the flower?

      Indeed.

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  6. Thank you so much, Kat! I always look forward to your summaries and thoughts!!

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  7. Sooo happy with the update!! Thanks again for the detailed panel by panel summary, Kat 😍

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    1. Thanks for reading, Anon0o0 ^-^

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  8. And so happy that my ships are sailing (awkwardly but steadily forward). The mangaka really knows how to balance the romance so that the series mskntains it's shounen genre. Can't wait for the next episode 😊

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  9. Like always thank you very much :D

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  10. Mr/Ms translator , can u translate the manga "bread and butter" , it caught my liking but hasn't been translated after 5 chpts . If you could translate it i will be indepted to u . Plz !!!!

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    1. Sorry, my summary list is currently full = I still have lots of pending summaries to catch up to.

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  11. I like the way the author makes Chika to be really blunt, dense and sensitive at the same time. Spot on in telling the others, blunt as hell in talking with sales lady and dense, too dense in everything related to him and Satowa romantic atmosphere. It's kinda refreshing, usually you don't see those three traits together in one character. It's just one or the other, so nice to have a change of pace like that. Same goes to Takezou, man's know what to say, don't say 'cause he doesn't believe himself to be worthy enough, also, he's straight damn right that's really hard to understand women, lol.

    Feel like this chapter was aimed at us, fans, 'cause we got everything. TakeHiro almost kissing and family blessing, SatoChika either, less the kiss part. And even Kasuza growing as a character, just hopes she doesn't really fall for Chika and starts an unwanted rival drama and just acknowledge to be good enough for Satowa.

    BTW, Akira perplexed at seem how Chika suited up was funny, lol. Thanks Kat, God bless all your hard work and may you keep up.
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    Relating my coworker, she sounds mad, like, crazy bat shi* mad when yellin'. But it's a sweet petite girl/woman outside class. Guess that might have some 'moe gap' that screams yandere to the students that see this and so they get afraid of her, 'cause, you know, such big gap like that is not normal to see, lol.
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    Yea, I know. Can you believe that some of his party went as far as 'ask for help' from islamic teorrists? Like, the real terrorists? That thing is against all kinds of constitutions here on occident, still, she's not being persecuted and obviously not in jail. And people applaud that kind of thing and support it even.

    I just get speechless and turn around to do something else, can't stomach it anymore.
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    Wow, just wow. Do the people there know about this? Do they support it? That's one hell of difference in interests from Japan to China, especially how open the president there seems to be regarding China. Are they ok with such nonsense or they don't even know/care? Sorry to be this blunt/heartless, but it does remind of the Crimea incident, where people didn't even know what was at stake and most ended up agreeing to the re-annexation to Russia.
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    He did, was a bit before her reveal as a titan/their realization that she was the one ate their comrade. Yea, tell me about it. And yes, yes, we do, though I'm the bad weed that won't die here and with close friends. The most famous one is bad/nasty vase won't break. It might crack, but won't ever break, lol; Disregarding people making fun of me, yes, it's usually said to bad people in general.
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    I meant it like, it shouldn't be shot down by a single shot by a single soldier, especially with that kind of gun, but I guess it'd make sense if she got close enough and lucky enough to hit the most fragile spot on it, though, like I said, only make sense 'cause the author went out of his way to say how dangerous and fragile the whole thing was - and if we immerse ourselves, we could say that this was their first success in constructing one that manage to get out of the ground, since until then they've never heard of anything like that before.

    Yes, I hope Eren to continue being a savage mofo than return to his earlier days of barking and needing to be rescued away after all bark, lol.
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    And thanks again, Kat. I truly enjoyed this chapter, even if at first I wasn't sure I should read 'cause of my mood and health, it did change it around.

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    1. Yup, Fê. Haha, is that so.

      Kind of fanservice? Hm...as for Kasuza being a rival...I'm not sure. For now, it seems that the mangaka is only aiming for some misunderstanding to make Satowa jealous.

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

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      Haha, I see. As a teacher, is it good to be 'friends' with students or it is better to have distance? I'm thinking of some of my classmates befriending teachers but of course, they are most likely brown-nosing to pass/get a higher grade. It might be harder to fail them if they are 'friends'.

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      'Ask for help' in what way? Here, they are kind of doing the same thing. Telling the rebels to put down their arms and they'll be 'blended in' with the army with rank. Of course, the army would be angry since those rebels killed a lot of their men. And well, this president can easily be provoked. Right now, he is enemies again with the communist rebels and again want for peace talks.

      Somehow, it is all lip service. The famous 'joke' on him is when he dared some islamic terrorist, local ISIS, to invade a certain city. So, when he went to Russia with ALL of the military and police heads, those terrorists attack the city. ^^; The head of police would say...how come they didn't give us prior notice. Lol

      Indeed. I do read people getting tired of getting angry though others say that if you do, then that means, they win.

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      There are people who know. Others probably don't care...you know, too busy surviving. Others are praising him even if he is saying and doing all of that. The others seem to be just waiting for a leader to lead them. Most are scared especially since the ones who voice out their opposition will get 'attacked' through social media, destroy your reputation or make up some charges to put you in jail. <- I think you're familiar with those kind of tactics.

      In TV news, it is mostly downplayed. They only show how bad the dengue vaccine is = cause people to die, snatchers, robberies, vehicle accidents...and the important ones are shown very briefly. In short, they make local news big and national news small. From a survey, people only care for high wages and low cost of expenses = richer.

      There are people already warning about putting our country in debt and we would have to 'give up our natural resources' to pay for it. The president controls the congress and senate...and is trying to wrestle control of the Supreme court. There are writers who are already saying that we seems to have voted for a provincial governor of China instead of a president. ^^;;

      These days, there is this 'paradise' island that is in need of rehab due to tourist abuse and sewerage problem. Everyone are okay with it even if they will close it down for 6 months with no plan on how to fix things. Who cares if a lot of people will be jobless.

      Then, it was found out that they are putting a Chinese casino there. They even brought in the military, coast guard, police to guard the place and no ID no entry. So, people are saying what are they hiding in there. Shouldn't they be guarding the islands that the Chinese are taking over? It is feared that they are doing what they've done to a place in Cambodia. So, basically, the government is protecting the country from the locals for the Chinese ^^;;

      Actually, I feel that people here aren't that patriotic in general. I actually hate reading our history because there are too many traitors. Just when a certain person is winning a revolt against foreign invaders, s/he gets killed thanks to a local who betrayed him/her to the foreign rulers. Another reason is the people have long patience and easily forget so ya, we keep on repeating history over and over.

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    2. Haha, I see. Lol, I must have breeze through that part. Interesting though that it is a 'vase'. I guess it is made for 'practical reasons' = unbreakable rather than for aesthetics = delicate.

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      Construct...I would assume they stole it. ^^; They got there by boats/stole a ship. Then, while Eren is playing sick, they got an airship or pretend to be a soldier to know how it works.

      Speaking of that, it seems that Eren titan is in a combo team with Mikasa. Haha, that might be titan with human bodyguard. ^^ So, perhaps, less rescuing is needed if she is around.

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    3. Fanservice is nothing more than give fans what they want, so yea. The other kind of fanservice is for other obvious reasons directed to other kind of fans. Hope we both are right, then, again, no necessary love drama rival;
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      Well, I tend to be like a mirror, if people treat me right, I'll treat'em the same way. I still have plenty of ex-students that are really my friends, they even come to my house 'till today. While others, after I almost beat'em up, for real, they toned it down and became my 'friends' in classroom. But all in all, you must know yourself before letting anyone getting close exactly 'cause if you're the type that's easy to take advantage of, I really doubt people'd hesitate to do so. Sorry for not giving a better solid answer, but it's just how I feel. I had students that used to call me big dad - and ones that'd misunderstand me and think I'd give'em good grades if they 'were good kids', but I always left pretty clear that teachers/professors shouldn't give grades, the ones that do that are the students themselves by studying and taking the classes serious, doing their homework and so on. Once they understand that, some'd cease to try to befriend me, but wouldn't make trouble either.
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      Wow, it's pretty chaotic there, too, uh? Sorry to hear that, and I imagine as being one of the few that actually know what's going is quite disheartening, right? At least it's what's happening to me, so much that I gave up the fight, like you said, if you do that they won and it's bad, but I'll only ended up making things worse for me, if only I wasn't so debilitated I guess I'd continue fighting the good fight, but right now...

      The fight for natural resources are real here too, but most people don't even know for what they're fighting, which makes even less sense. The gov itself are selling bunch of acres of land to communist - since here there are only left wing communists that support unconditionally their stance, even when it's exposed to be wrong and evil - live what happened in Venezuela, Bolivia and North Korea, that includes China too, but only under the sheets, grand part of Brazil is already owned by a few people, that's why there's so much commotion nowadays, and there are those that want to give all native rights to muslins, without even checking their background to see if there's any indication of terrorist involvement, but seeing how the president of PT - the Lula's party that's been on power for more than 20y - openly asked for terrorist help, I can see why they'd do that, even if the ones that proposed this are from another party, that it's only difference is who's in power and who's not, since they're political practices and affiliates are the same.

      Jesus, I really hope for the best for both our countries, we face very difficult times indeed. But tell me if I'm right, the really bad side of having the chinese 'take over' is 'cause they'd be the ones making all decisions and taking all the jobs, leaving the natives with nothing but crumbles, right?
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      Nah, it's been a very long time, I only remembered 'cause Reiner, the cockroach, is still alive, lol.

      If they stole it, I don't if they'd know how to operate well enough to stage this all attack and still believe they'd get out of it unscathed, though. But I'm already making my mind on the matter that something'd go wrong and they'd be stuck on the continent for a while.
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    4. True ^^ Hopefully.

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      I see. More on, we can be friends but don't expect that will affect how grades are 'given'.

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      True. And, it can be draining...

      Oh. So, the rich are getting richer, too. The poor... Hm...for them to sell, that means, they are also pocketing some of the money, right?

      Kind of. It was said that in those contracts, it was written that only Chinese are going to be employed to build the infrastructures. There are already rumors about Chinese working illegally in some places. So, they are taking the jobs. And, well, people here are going overseas to work. ^^;

      Basically, it seems that the leaders are 'puppets' of the Chinese government. Right now, in UN, all of our votes over issues are the same with China's vote.

      Hm...in a way, it was said that we are also like that with the US before but US currently have that president so... ^^; The US supported our previous dictator president when they feared the communists 'invasion' during the cold war. Thinking about it, I guess nothing much would change except a change of 'masters'. I mean, even local leaders are abusing their own people. ^^;;

      Lately, we got a 'new' enemy. Before, it was US since the president hates Obama but it is kind of okay now because of Trump. Then, there is EU and the Australians whom the president hates due to his 'extrajudicial killings' of poor addicts/pusher but sparing the rich, Chinese drug lords. Now, it is Kuwait due to the unauthorized rescue of abused maids. How they are found out? Some idiot/their men post it on the internet to brag about it.

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      Lol.

      Ya, so I assumed someone worked undergo there to know how to fly the thing. I think it would have caught the enemies attention if they flew it from their island to this place. Oh...and convince the others that they are on their side?

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      Yup. Basically, Eren takes care of the titans while Mikasa deals with the humans...most of the time. I mean, Eren is most vulnerable against humans who can kidnap him.

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    5. That's what I always make it clear. I won't ever give someone a good grade based on our relationship, so, it's up to them.
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      It is VERY draining, very...

      Yea, like, some farmer show up and buy tons of lands, or not even buy, just set up in it and when the fiscals come, it's the same bribe. This also apply for the movement of the non land = MST - those that don't possess houses/lands/where to live - they may invade your house, and by law, you can't expel them 'cause human rights and so on... It's a mess.

      Tbh, not everybody hates Trump and US have been WAY better now than when it was with Obama, but Obama is a charismatic person, so people tend to overlook what good Trump has done and make some fake news about russian and other things, when it truth Obama kinda screwed them up way more internally and mostly externally, allowing this Siria situation goes on from bad to almost unstoppable worse now, besides it was his party - the democrats - that supplied most of the need for guns for all sides involved, except Russia. And UN is a joke, forgive me saying. They too are more concerned with money and human rights from those that inflict damage than with those that suffer. Also, why not send the refugees to other countries that aren't suffering from the excess like the afore mentioned Kuwait, Arabia, Iran and so on? They're much closer geographically and even in terms of religion than EU...

      I've been reading some books about these kinds of things, so that's why I get so triggered with this matter, it's like, no one cares, and the ones that do, don't care about the people, but their image.

      Ah, before I forget, did you know that the number of murder/deaths here in Brazil, per year, is bigger than the whole years Siria has been under war? Don't understand why people here are so alarmed by what happens outside if what happens here is worse.

      But your president should receive some kind of oscar for worse dumb actor, shouldn't he? Selling his country to chinese while pretending to be buddy with US, who does he think he's fooling? Oo'
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      I don't know, it's too much work and it seemed like only Eren had infiltrated, at least for what he said. And if we go back to the basement thing, remember that his father said they all lived a lie up 'til now, and the world outside had photographs - which they didn't even know what it was when they saw one? I find it easier to believe they got their info there, and by smashing and capturing the ships and people the marleyans had sent over the year, but I don't know what think, said too many times, I'm lost, lol.
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      Which is quite sad, right? hahaha. Come on, Eren, stay savage, for our sake! And let Mikasa worry about you without being a douche to her.

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    6. That's good ^^

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      Lol...we have that here. Say, you have a lot which you don't use yet. Then, some squatters decided to live there. And, when you want to use the land, you cannot just kick them out...you have to find them a place to live. If you try to drive them away, you'll be the 'bully/in the wrong' even if you let them use your land to stay before...they act as if they are the owners.

      A recent case is, some communist housing group took over some houses for the soldiers and policemen. The president who is kind of a commie said okay, I give it to you. For the soldiers and policemen, I'll just give you new better places. Later on, it turns out the houses don't have running water and electricity so they are complaining.

      People don't have pity for them since they are considered 'thieves'. They joke, hey, maybe they want free wifi, too. It was found out that some of those people already have houses but 'grabbed' these houses for rent. ^^; And, well, the president is a liar so it is doubtful the promised houses for the military and police will be fulfilled.

      Indeed, not everyone hates him. Way better...in terms of? Dealing with Syria? Oh, I thought they only supplied for the rebels. Honestly, I'm not too familiar with the situation...something like US is helping the rebels to 'kick out' the Syrian leader who is being supported by Russia.

      Ah...was it a compulsory thing? I assumed that the refugees prefer EU ^^;; The one that was voted on was the issue of Myanmar...whether or not UN should do a bit of something. Because of our 'drug war', the current stance is 'don't intrude with our internal affairs'.

      Are those the 'human right defenders'? I read an article about it. 'Per the report, 80 percent of worldwide killings took place in four countries: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines.'
      [https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Two-Thirds-of-Human-Rights-Defenders-Killed-in-2017-Were-From-Latin-America-Report--20180122-0010.html]

      True. Image/Popularity is important lately. Who cares if people are getting killed, prices are rising, etc, I'm still popular. Haha, of course, it helps being charismatic and/or have money.

      I recall there was a time that was mentioned here, too. Others would pity other countries' deaths due to accident, war, etc...but totally apathetic to the killings in the country which are a lot more. Perhaps, it is because the poor are the ones getting killed = it has nothing to do with me.

      Ya. So far, it seems that he is getting away with it even if he does seem to fear the CIA...he kept saying that they're out to kill him. Paranoid?

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      Haha, I see. I still think it is easier to steal one than make on from scratch. =P And, ships are different from airships, right? Wait...do they go to the island through ships or airships? If by airships, then perhaps, they did capture those.

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      Haha, true. Hm...do you think that by this time, he knows what she feels for him? For now, he seems to be quite 'casual' with her.

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    7. Yea, just the same, but wow. Police invading and demanding better houses for themselves? It's not even for the corporation they work? That I haven't heard yet, 'till now, that is. And I'm sorry to say, but I've never seen any communist do any good, like they want to say they do and want the world to do - all I've seen is they taking things from others and keeping to themselves the better part, then sometimes give a very, very tiny small part to those that voted for or follow them. That's why not only Brazil, but most South America are in this sorry state of things. And China uses meta capitalism, but call it communism, I wonder who do they manage to fool or are pure bribes that let them continue with that. Russia is the same.
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      Terms of having created more jobs, small business prospering, and the 'funny' part of that is the highest percentage of those that aren't unemployed anymore are women and emigrants, lol. The sad part is that both political parties can't have a deal on the health system 'cause they both are too greedy and want a bigger part to keep for themselves or to take credit for, and the Obama care is almost as bad as this public health care that keeps refusing to treat me for 3y now.

      No, refugees don't get to choose, unfortunately. They go to where is easier or safer, or where someone is "willing" to take'em. Like, Russia, big as it is, it's not willing for political matters, even if the refugees have nothing to do with it, some middle East countries don't want for political and religious causes, one covers the other and so on;

      No, the Obama administration supplied for everyone, while Hillary was the secretary of defense and in care of weapon and military dealings. That's why I said that between her and Trump, I'd rather Trump 'cause at least I don't know what shady business he's in, yet, but I myself don't like him and'd have voted for nobody, if that's possible.

      Yea, I hard the drug war keep out of our business thing, but it's not that why UN exists in the first case?
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      See, of the four countries, three are in south america and have the same kind of ideology, but it's a shame seeing Philippines there. Are those deaths murders or what?
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      Well, if he's that much of a scum, that might be someone out to get him, yes. But anyone who'd think that must have a reason, no? Like, why'd anyone be out to get someone if nothing has been done? That's some mud in his boots, that's for sure. Shame we can really do anything about it, only get angry and disgusted.
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      The problem of stealing is, how the heck did they do it, when and how come they're already flying like pros? To fly low and constant is one of the hardest things to do, at least is what I heard by some people that took pilot classes back in the day. Don't know if it's really true, but I guess I can see why it'd be hard.
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      If he does, he didn't show it. Besides, I think Mikasa only realized herself when one of the others who wanted Erwin to receive the serum pointed out that she, at least, gave up on the while Eren was the one that pushed harder. And she wouldn't give up if Eren were in that situation, but since it was poor Armin, lol.

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    8. Nope...it isn't the police invading. It is commies. Professional squatter people who demanded the houses be theirs after they 'raided' and illegally stayed there. Wanting to look good, the president gave the places to them. The president is actually a closet commie but mostly think of himself because he has a love and hate relationship with them <- do not go against me or else, I'll badmouth you and give you the finger.

      The commies here are backstabbers. They ask for peace so when you give them peace, they attack you. When the military attacks back and is winning, they ask for peace. And during the ceasefire, they recruit, regroup and rearm. Repeat that cycle.

      They even demand revolutionary tax or else, they'll destroy business equipment like telecom towers, farming equipment, buses...actually, they hate business which can give jobs to people so that they'll join the commies. ^^; The leaders are in Europe..in exile. So, basically, they are indeed only causing trouble.

      I would think it has something to do with connections. If you're good with the leader, things are okay. Then, there's propaganda and limited freedom of speech. I read about how to make a Chinese troll shut up on the internet, someone suggest to mention Tienanmen Square which will cause the government after that troll.

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      Ah, because the illegals are being turned away, right? I see. Health care seems to be the usual issue there. By the way, are there any scandals there as to why there is no funds the health care there? Here, the pension and healthcare govt company are usually low on funds and it doesn't help that the board members are pocketing a lot of money in the guise of bonuses for themselves for a 'job well done'.

      Oh, I see. But then, I guess it doesn't help that some immigrants are causing trouble that it someone causes a bit of xenophobia along with religion 'terrorist = muslim' so they aren't welcomed. That was the main issue in the elections in Europe, iirc. I don't read much about it lately though.

      I see. So, US is 'rich' due to selling of 'weapons'?

      Well, I guess there is an idea of 'world peace' through UN but of course, in the end, there is politics, rich and poor countries so...

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      Most likely murders by vigilantes. There are times when those hit men are caught/killed. It is usually found out that they were ex-military or policemen. Life is cheap here. If you have the money, you can pay someone to kill an enemy.

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      True.

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      I'm assuming that it is because they have a genius there...Hanji. During the time Eren is hanging around at the hospital, they might steal a manual or dress up as soldiers and observe how to fly it.

      Hm...airship should be easier than a plane, right? Something like a balloon...less air for it to go down, more air to go up, fire up engine to move faster...

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    9. Aaah, I see, got it; it really is similar, even the pretend not to be, but is and it's only hiding behind the words, no, I'm different. Though here most are openly communists, if not by their own words, by the ideologies they like to quote as their motivation, like Gramsci, Marx and so on. Funny thing is, Gramsci was the one that 'created' the fascism as we know and Hitler, also Lenin and Stalin tried to implement Marx's ideals - but they're quick to say that you are the fascist/nazi when you disagree with them; I think I told you before, right?
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      Like I said, have never seem commies do any honest thing, here, they stab themselves over power, then divide between them and be done with it. The lucky part here is that there aren't military rebels like that, though the farc and other drugs cartel, Che Guevara and others who helped him and Fidel in Cuba are those commie radicals, no one wants to hear that, though. And most are simply not interested in knowing the truth.
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      And they're exiled, but still command things, does the UN know about it? Bah, forget it, UN and nothing is better nothing, at least it doesn't toy with people lives. Connections are really the most important thing, besides charisma and having no soul, right? 'Cause I don't believe for a second that they don't know what they're truly doing to their own people.
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      More or less, the ones that weren't yet, but had the means to proof they're legal and having been living there for some time now get an easier time now to legalize their situation. But I'm saying in general, before the elections, the appeal was immigrants, black people and women were always being berated by Trump and thought to be out of his gov plans, but it turns out they're the ones that were benefited the most right now.
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      That's why it's a complicated situation, but UN shuts themselves to it and by omitting only makes worse, look how things in EU are right now. Even Sweden, that used to be one of the safest and peaceful countries in the world right now is facing serious issues with all kinds of violence, especially rape.

      And no, the majority of these arms/weapons Hillary sold were to arabian princes that donated 'small' portions to her ong, which she and her husband run together, needless to say it also works as a political facade to the democrats 'wash' some money. But since there's no definitive proof, and political deals all around, CIA and FBI do nothing about it.

      This is not the meaning of peace, though, right? lol.
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      Wow, and those are just the ones we get to know about, uh? I find it hard to imagine there're nothing else hidden. Life here has no value too, just look at me and how I've been treated for the past 3y, now in my latest exams it showed a slight deterioration in some vertebrae and degenerative issues, which I didn't have yet. Sometimes I do get a bit disheartened and lose all the will to do anything, but like I always say, God is too good to me, so I gotta get together, despite everything, my life is pretty good. Have nothing to complain, unless it's about the government, lol.
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      Yea, it seemed like they were hiding in the continent for some time when they showed up, thing is, what Eren says is like he didn't know they were there, wasn't expecting anyone else but Mikasa, but then there's all this complex plan and such. Kinda lost, really.

      I think that's why it's not so easy, we can't really control that well something that doesn't have engine/motors working like a normal plane. But then again, we're talkin' real life now, and the manga itself already demonstrate to have issues in keepin' together. Reiner is the finest proof of that, lol.

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    10. You know what I just realized, the title of this KoT chapter and it's content, having Chika be in the spotlight, but Take having quite the hard time to understand his own heart, besides the heart of the club that was shown to Satowa with how much they wanted to see her play and officially reintegrated to her family. Didn't know how I let that slip, but it was worth read it again just for this realization, lol.

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    11. Yup. You either agree with us or you're 'the enemy'. =P

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      Ya. Just block out what you don't want to hear and see. But then, thinking of it, it isn't just commies who do that. There is always like that with people who wanted power, influence and money...and basically, think of only themselves. And, ya, there are those who don't hide that fact anymore.

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      Yup.

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      Oh, I see.

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      Ya. I did hear something about that regarding Hillary but mostly about those emails she leaked.

      True, but then, better to have UN/something than nothing?

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      Haha, I see. Well, that's a good positive outlook ^^ Being depressed and stuff won't help anyway...

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      Ah yes. Maybe, Eren left on his own with Mikasa. Leave a note to the others to just think of something to get him out? ^^;;

      Haha, true. We have move action movies like that before. But this time, it is the hero who just won't die, cannot die...well, he is the hero, doesn't hit by bullets from the enemies and never runs out of bullets/weapons.

      What kind of local movies are popular there? Here, it is love teams ranging from teen romance to adult romance. A bit of horror at some times and spoofs comedy. Long before, there were soft porn. But because of a huge mall with many branches refuses to show such movies. The genre died.

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      Yup ^^ Though, I didn't connect it with the club though...just the two guys ^^

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    12. Yea, and since I really don't have any patience anymore, I give in, don't even try and they end up 'winning' anyway. Ofc, there's the most obvious reason why communism/socialism never worked out before, and for better or worse, never will. Or do you thing the president/dictator/gov/major/the one who represents the people as the figure head of some communist country'll agree/want to receive the same salary as the garbageman, for example? Do anyone thing it's fair? But that's what it stands for, in paper...
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      They made a bigger deal of the email thins 'cause she used her private count to send'em, not the one the secretary of defense should use, and she was corresponding with a pedophile that were major of ny at the time, so they made that the bigger scandal, not sell weapons to arabians army and use a charity center as a proxy.

      That's the question, innit? Would it be for the better or worse? Would at least have any good impact? Unfortunately, I don't think so, but I'm a cranky old man who's disappointed with the world and so on, lol.
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      Yea, if it's about politics, philosophy and such, I have much to complain, otherwise, all's good and beautiful, haha.
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      That'd be unlikely, for sure. Not that I can't imagine happening, like, Eren sneaking away, Mikasa following 'cause you know, and since he can't shake her off, just leave a note, lmao. That'd be something you'd 100% be sure to see in Fairy Tail, though.
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      Yea, damn Reiner, looling like Rambo or Bruce Willis, lol.
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      I think it's pretty much the same as there and US, normally. I tend to deviate from those a bit, but it's what normally people worldwide see and like. Though I myself have stopped watching any kind of tv show for a while now, and when I what something, it's always news related, I mostly read, which most people don't around here.

      Really? Soft porn? Well, I don't know what that means, but most soap operas nowadays, at least over here, could be considered as such, they just don't show the parts.
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      It is obviously towards Chika the most, but I thought it to be pretty insightful that bringing him up with everybody is what makes the heart in the chapter. Pretty nice to see, actually.

      What I'm not holding my breaths is Namaiki, how is it? I don't mind spoilers, so if you want to, you may spoil everything. I was ready to try to pick up, but, can't, just can't right now, lol.

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    13. Indeed. Haha, but if the salary is high for everyone...why not? =P Say, the garbageman has the same salary as the president. ^^

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      Oh.

      Haha. I see. Well, in the end, even if one tries to 'work together for the common good', they would think of themselves first.

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      Lol. But, it's true.

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      Haha, is that so. I didn't read Fairy Tail. I read the mangaka's previous works and decided to skip FT.

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      Haha...ya. Or perhaps, in a horror movie, the 'villain' just won't die.

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      Soft porn...wait, maybe it is porn like scantily clad women in beaches, sex scenes. Lol, I haven't exactly seen through one = know the contents since I was a kid then. The titles are metaphors about sex. Perhaps you know the term 'bold movies'?

      These days, at most, it is scantily clad women dancing some sexy dancing movies as if...you know what. It is rarely portrayed on TV and movies these days. One time, there is a sex scene of 20 something in the car on primetime...but not really explicit, it caused the TV review board and viewers screaming that it is a no-no.

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      Indeed.

      Haha...DON'T. It's bad for your health. Haha. We got another male rival doing what Shizuka did before [hug] and perhaps more [confess immediately/steal her from bf]. Readers are complaining about Yuki's reaction [not pushing him away or anything but she did reject him after recovered from shock].

      Shou is in the middle of a 'tantrum' [how come I'm not a good player here like in high school; I couldn't show off to Yuki]. Female friend finds out that the one she likes actually likes Yuki. <- possible falling out with friend.

      Ah yes, new rival has some mommy issues about not being paid attention to when he's good in playing basketball. <- kind of hoping Yuki will fill that space? That's basically the current arc. =P

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    14. Doubt the president'd think he has the same 'value' as the garbageman to receive the same salary, it's just not high, it is the same, equal to everybody, at least it's what they say in theory.
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      Not two ways about it. And honestly, can't blame anyone that think of themselves first, aren't we the most important person for ourselves? The problems lies when egoism and the will to try and pass others behind for personal gain and doing that with no remorse or care for the consequences.
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      Don't judge you, you did what I always say to everyone, if it's not your cup of tea, don't drink it. Though FT pleased better, a lot of 'fans' says that RM was better in every aspect, and I strongly disagree, anyways, I too avoid the next work of author that I read it and didn't like it. With the exception of the Hirunaka's, I like Sugars very much, which is a very long and old work of hers, but every since then, I can't read anything of her anymore.
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      Yea, Reiner, the goddamn cockroach!
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      Like I said, here, it's totally open with the only thing separating the 'genre' is there's no real nudity, but when it comes to movies and mini-series that air a bit later, then you'll probably see it everything, but hard and explicit things. At least there, the people had some kind of decency, here, the more degenerate, the better - I myself have nothing against, if only it were shown only to adults and they didn't make it as part of the big main stream of our 'culture';
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      Glad I asked first and didn't go for it the other day. I already knew it'd be bad for me since the last peek I took at your summaries, but it's been like, four chapters ever since and now it's only worsening... So much for my fav series... got me a lil' sad, really.

      Hope it ends soon, at least this arc. Thanks, Kat. Save me from a big one, lol.

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    15. Yup. I recall something like, it didn't 'calculated in' human nature's greed and stuff like that. And why bother working better if the salary is basically the same.

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      Yup.

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      Haha. True. RM had this annoying lead girl. I did try to read a bit of FT but...shrug

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      Haha.

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      I see. Do you have a censor/review movie & TV board there? We do. So, most people would like to avoid the rated R = few viewers. What they did was cut the scenes. I recall it happened to the Schindler's list...since the director refuse to have anything cut. There was sex scene there so it got a rated R, iirc.

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      You're welcome. ^-^ Maybe a few more chapters...

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      AoT...hope you're not feeling that bad. After all, you like her...

      I think it is quite stupid that they didn't secure their escape first...you know, make sure no one else might go to the backdoor when everyone isn't inside yet.

      Apparently, we are kind of right that he did left without...and they have to...

      So, next would be world vs them?

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    16. There're a lot of other economic reasons of why it'd never work, not in the way it says it's supposed to be, not with equality and fairness in mind. Like, can you imagine an artist, a mangaka, a soccer player, a ping-pong player, a president, a garbageman, a doctor or a surgeon getting the same pay in different countries? More over, there'll be no owners of any business since it'd be the estage, so, how to pay the same for all it's employees around the world? There're much more, but those are just simple questions that no communist/marxist could ever answer me without saying, you see, if we all work together towards a perfect world... And you know the person if full of bs when that starts...
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      Like I said, I usually don't even take a peak to see if interesting or not if I didn't like the first one.
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      Yes, but it's biased. They censor people of the right or those who speak the truth of any shady thing the mainstream is trying to avoid/hide. Like, once a guy asked in fb, why must be always there be a gay couple example of good people against betrayals and schemes among ONLY straight people? He was banned for 6 months from facebook. At there it seems to work as a real censor should, but does it, really?
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      I gave a check since it mangastream posted the last couple ones almost consecutively, and yea, should stay out of it, especially by how Yuki is handling things. And honestly, I know girls like this and will blame Sho, but really, Naruse did nothing wrong, seeing how Yuki can't say no and get away from me and always keep the door open to other guys do whatever, even openly hit on her, and she now realizes, so denseness don't work as an excuse anymore. I honestly'd do the same thing Sho did, that senpai fetishist, lol - the best part of those chapaters, lol.
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      I'm more angry than sad, actually. I know why he chose Sasha to die, among the group, it'd be the only one to impact the story as well as the audience. If Levy or Hanges died, it wouldn't really impact Eren nor the story as a whole, since the flasback made it clear Eren is the key to everything, especially now; Mikasa and Armin can't die for reasons, at least not now. So I understand, but I'm angry 'cause Reiner is still alive while my girl Sasha is not, lol.

      Now, let's hope to have a real consequence, it seemed like it would, with Eren regretting and such, just hope it's not only for now and it'd be gone next chapters.

      More like you read the manuscript before, really, a letter left behind and that's it? I'm lost in this plan, seems like the author didn't planned, which is strange seem how he handled the whole story in the beginning, leaving clues and tips so we could get the whole picture later, but ever since Ymir revelation as a titan, it's been somewhat hard to follow, imo.

      Stupid? I mean, the whole thing was, Zeke was on their side, since? Everything is happening to fast without any foreshadowing, and that's a bad thing when you want to have a plot twist. Don't know what's next, they say one thing, do another and the storytelling is quite messy, so... I'm lost.

      And angry, lol.

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    17. Oh... Haha...true, either naive or bs with hopes people would buy...and well, there are people who'll buy it hook and sinker.

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      I see. For me, sometimes, I give a chance...peek a bit. If it is a bit different from the usual, then check it out... Actually, there are series that aren't that good at the start [not my cup of tea] but it becomes good later on. ^^;

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      Sorry, I didn't get it. Gay couple = portrayed bad? But I know about censor in FB. It is more obvious with politics. If you say bad things about the government/expose scandals about the government, FB will suspend and most of the time, close the account. There are others who talked badly about the opposition with fake news and everything, they stay up.

      They closed some pro-fake news accounts lately only because that Cambridge-Analytica thing was exposed. Haha...it makes me wonder if your posts before kept on going to the 'spam folder' because of something we are talking about. ^^;;

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      Haha...well, cannot really blame her since she had a 'bad experience with younger people' = siblings. Hm...blame Sho for what? Getting jealous? I guess that's the point of the current arc...to make her realize that is a no-no?

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      Well, from the comments, it seems that she was destined to die but her appearance is prolonged due to a request from the editor/fans. If it is any comfort, it is because Sasha isn't a cockroach.

      Ya.

      Pressures must be getting to him. ^^; I do notice that for some mangaka, it can happen which causes the series to become a train wreck.

      Yup. So, we'll just deduce that Eren decided to have titans for lunch but of course, the others won't agree to it since it is risky. So, he left a letter about his bold plan with hopes that they'll have a plan to get him out.

      Ya...where does Zeke come in? Since his right hand woman went to Paradis before, I would assume that woman contacted Eren which caused him to go to Marley and pull off Zeke's grand plan.

      Haha...potential train wreck ahead. Strangely enough, I'm not moved by Eren's reaction at the end. Strange...was it because of how it was drawn ^^; Perhaps, it was kind of forced. I guess he cannot go see her since he's all tied up.

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    18. The worst problem is, it doesn't matter how much nor how well you try to explain, you're just get ignored or treated like a disease.
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      Yea, if the premise is quite different, I think it might be worth a peek, but if it's the same or very similar, like all Mashima's work - Fairy Tail authour - then I think it's best to stay off. I learned that the hardway if shojos, lol.
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      I mean, you don't see gays being portraited badly, they're always the best friends, the biggest hearted ones, the selfless etc. And if there's a gay couple, the same, they're always the perfect couple, honest and when there's some problem, they always talk first, like, the example to be followed. While the straight ones are always the bad ones, and it recent years, the amount of gays in soap operas that fill the roles I mentioned is only getting bigger, while straight and conservative people are always being portraited like closed minded, rude and insensitive. Then, the guy asked why and got banned.

      Now that you said it, it might be, since it was about politics and stuff. Damn, even here? lol
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      I sincerely hope you're right in the aspect that this arc teaches her something, but I don't think her siblings may serve as a kind of excuse for her to let other men hug her etc, too. I mean, I remember when she'd avoid Sho's, then it'd be alright with Shizuka 'cause the grandma felling, as a man, I'd be furious if I saw it. Normally, Sho's too 'childish', gets too possessive or just throws tantrums without a fair cause, but right now, he's totally right in his insecureness and jealousy, so, we can't really blame him like that time when he said Yuki meant nothing or he didn't care, just to save Yuki the trouble of going public with their relationship and she got all confused.
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      Nah, I don't even read the comments 'cause most of them are just saying how great the author is, that no other have the 'balls' to pull what he pulls and so on, and on. Besides, I'm yet to see a good critic in most comments sections I take a look after a chapter. Like, if you make a critic, it means you're a hater - if people saw our discussion here, they'd certainly ask why do we still read if we hate it so much. And we're not hating, we're legitimately raising points and questions that we don't fully understand or don't see the reason for.

      It is a comfort, but I'm still angry, lol.

      I'll never forget his interview after the anime made it big, him saying he changed plans 'cause he didn't want to get the fans upset and as a result, receive death threats and so on. And I think that's why it seems all so sloppy and messy right now. Like I said, the plot twist for Zeke should have at least a foreshadow before, but all we got from him as how he was brainwashed and faithful to Marley to the point of selling his own parents, now, he might know Eren is his brother, but he never once showed any regret or dubious behavior for allying with the eldians. Just that time when he was on the phone and talking about Ymir's death, but nothing that could make us theorize he was thinking of changing sides. Max I got from him was, maybe he has his own agenda, but allying himself with the eldians? Now he has a right hand? Since when? That's the kinda thing that it's a surprise, but not in the good way of writing.

      I hope it doesn't turn into a more messy situation than it already is, rather, it fixes itself and return to be that story where each frame had a meaning, like before Annie was revealed, she showed a lot of regret when she saw Marco dead, Reiner and Berthold even asked her what was wrong, and there was nothing they could since it was a mission and those kind of crypt comments and moments serves to build the plot twist value, also, literarily speaking, it's proof of good writing and good planning.

      Let's see and hope for the best. And sorry for not replying sooner, got really bad these last couple of days.

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    19. Yup

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      Lol. I see.

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      Oh. I see. So, it is kind of promoting being gay = gay life [pun indeed]? Here, gay couple portrayals are very rare. Gay performers are usually comedians/hosts. In the movies, it is usually for independent/art movies.

      Are the gays the lead? What kind of story is it? Oh ya, in romantic movies, they can be the lead girl's best friend. But rarely portrayed with a partner.

      Hehe...it's possible.

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      True. Somehow I think that there is a communication problem between them. Shou doesn't want to look bad in front of her. And Yuki tends to assume things about Shou then gets all confused if he acts differently...and never properly asked/discuss the cause of it...until the end of the arc/resolution so we'll say, ah so that's why s/he did this and that. It is understandable...but not necessarily correct.

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      Haha...true. It's like criticizing the government, they'll say, you should support EVERYTHING, if not, just pack your bags and leave.

      =)

      Well, it seems more for 'everything will be explained through flashback' = we dropped this so that people will be shell-shocked...that came out of nowhere.

      True. Hm...do you think deadlines have something to do with it? I would assume that because of pending deadlines, one couldn't properly think on what will happen next...especially since 'he changed plans'. Maybe he needs a break.

      Yup.

      It's okay. I'm feeling under the weather lately too...and it came too sudden...last Tues. So, new chapter of KOT will be worked on a bit slowly than usual =(

      Anyway, hope you're feeling better now ^^

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    20. Yea, but I myself don't watch it, just heard from the guy he was banned for speaking his mind about the matter. Last time I've seen a part of an episode, was a really long time and the villain was gay, but he was only a villain 'cause people mistreated him for being gay, not 'cause he was a bad person, so I think the banned guy might have a lot of reason in saying what he said, though it's not, under any circumstances, reason for him being banned or labeled as a sexist homophobic, but then we get into another whole mess, lol.

      Jesus, it seems we're not free anymore to talk about what we want, and people say there's still freedom of speech these days. It is so only if it turns out we speaking the same thing and agreeing to the same matters.
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      And that's why I've been annoyed and disappointed in Namaiki for a while now. All arcs have the exact the same formula and most are just repeating the same problems they went before and we thought it was dealt with already. I'll just do what you told me to, let some more chapter fly away and then, take another look and hope for the best, lol.
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      And that's a bother. I do like to talk about anime/manga/games/movies and series, but I tend to get technical sometimes, I mean, most of my time spent in college was studying literature theory, stories and even my phd equivalents are in the same area, won't even say that I used to teach it, so when I see those kind of 'zealots' I lose any will to participate in the chat.

      You might be right, and you'll be funny if you are 'cause, for the second time in a row you've the author's mind, lol.

      I guess it can happen, I mean, Claymore did went down the hill at the final lines, though it went giving what the fans wanted, so I guess that's one good thing for most people. It does seem like he's been working non-stop and really needs a break. All the spins, especially the lost girls, were hand drawn by him and had him 'give the green light' on the plot. Besides being working with the anime for new illustrations and extra stuff for the bd's and some limited volume versions... Man's gotta be tired, 'else he might as well be a robot, lol.
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      Yea, me too. Though I finally got to sleep a bit yesterday, it had already been almost three days since I had any sleep, and was just getting tired and tired as the days went. But like I always say, having a chat about what we like with people we appreciate helps to ease the stress a bit. ^^

      Hope you get better soon, Kat, and don't worry about the summaries. Take your time and do things at your own pace, no need to overwork yourself, we'll be here to thank you whenever you're done, and we want you at your best health. \oz

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    21. Haha...okay, twisted that into homophobic, huh.

      Hehe, well, it seems our countries are kind of the same. Whenever your country is mentioned along with ours, I would think, oh, an affinity...but unfortunately, it is about the bad things like killings, fake news. ^^;;

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      Haha, true.

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      Hehehe...persistent in their 'view'/close-minded and will go to the offensive if they cannot properly argue?

      Ya. Mangaka-s are usually overworked. Perhaps, that is why some long running series, the mangaka suddenly decided to go on long breaks per chapter like HxH, etc. Burn out? I know the One Piece mangaka was forced to go on frequent monthly breaks due to health reasons.

      Well, I have seen a popular shoujo series that used that 'technique'. I don't know if you read Vampire Knight. The mangaka is dropping so many bombs that you got confused already who is on who's side, which one does the girl really like, etc

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      Indeed ^^

      Thanks. ^^ I've been having a toothache but the dentist said that it is fine. I'm suspecting that it is some sort of viral sinusitis since cheek is starting to ache as well as ear...and it is on and off. ^^;; Oh well, might have to go to the doctor on Monday. Thanks again ^^

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  12. It just really had to end there, huh?! �� The flower-picking part is my favorite. It shows how Chika lowkey adores Houdzuki.

    Anyway, thank you so much for summarizing! I have always been reading your writeups on Kono Oto Tomare since months ago, and I never really got the chance to thank you. Thank you thank you thank youuu for the hard work. ��

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    1. Ya...yup ^^

      Thanks for reading them ^-^

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