June 20, 2019

Free Talk: Skip Beat [Chapter 271 raws + mini summary]


[Free Talk: Short summary courtesy of 楓琳星葉 of baidu. She didn’t mention who is saying who so I might make some mistakes here and there are some unclear things. But, I hope you’ll more or less know what happened. Scans can be found also in baidu]

They face off. Kyouko had a sad hurt disappointed expression. And, she runs off. Ren is stunned. Yashiro tells him to quit looking stunned and run after her. It is better to apologize now. In short, explain as to what’s going on.

Confused Ren asks what he is talking about. Yashiro mentions that Kyouko might have misunderstood the news report this morning. Ren says that it is because what happened in the car yesterday wasn't resolved yet[/he was being followed yesterday?], and last night, she isn’t answering his calls and mail so she ought to be angry.

Yashiro thinks that is indeed a bit hard to determine. Ren says that even if Kyouko had seen the report, why would she be angry. She looks like she drank a lot of bitter things. And besides, it is one step closer and then one [/she?] step back. [I think] Yashiro says that is you...

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Someone says that if one doesn’t hate then, there’s no reason to reject. Lory has shown himself to the two. With a bewildered look, Ren asks if he is having a party all by himself [/in carnival] again today. Is something good happening?

Lory says that ‘when forced by a beautiful sexy women, a man will unconsciously kiss.’ Ren says ah, what? Lory says ‘in the end, Ren is also like that guy at the side.’ Walking away, he tells Ren that right now, Kyouko has that kind of thoughts. Ren looks surprised and goes eh!?

Lory says that he’ll confidently tell him that right now, it looks like work is his lover. Yet, at the back, that kind of sexy woman will think that he is a dishonest man who does as one pleases. Going with the flow just like a certain someone, right?

Ren looks surprised then becomes serious. He asks who is he referring to. Serious Lory says that it is the person whom he thought of just now. [<- the translator assumes that it is Shou] 

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Meanwhile, Kyouko catches her breath. She was startled since she didn’t expect that she’ll run into Ren. She couldn’t help but run away. She recalls Ren's sad expression from way way before. Her thoughts are interrupted when someone asked, didn’t you say the other party is Kimiko?

Kyouko looks up to see Kanae. Kanae repeats that she said that the other party is Kimiko so was she confused. Kyouko says yes, she made a mistake. Anyway, whoever the other party is, it doesn’t matter to her. Sawara arrives. Kyouko apologizes for being late.

Sawara says that it is okay and he did call her suddenly. He asks if she already heard it from Kanae. Kanae says that she hasn’t told her yet. He says that they go in first since Matsushima is also here.

Kyouko is puzzled. She thinks that since Matsushima is here, does it have something to do with Kanae. As Sawara goes in and tells Matsushima that Kyouko is here, Kanae tells her that there is something that she’ll ask of her for her work abroad. Kyouko looks surprised.

Comment: Well, no one interfered and before anyone can say anything, the confrontation has ended. Ren is still clueless. From the looks of things, he might want to give Kyouko space since he presumes that she is still mad at him.

I’m not quite sure what Lory is hinting but he is obviously comparing Ren to someone who has a bad reputation. Perhaps, that is his way to make Ren move and take the initiative. To stop Kyouko from thinking that he is the same with that someone.

Well, whatever Kyouko is feeling right now might be covered up by realizing that Kanae will be leaving soon. So, what is that favor? Another Love Me job? Again, with Kanae and Shou working abroad, it seems like that the story is leading towards an arc wherein Kyouko will also go abroad again soon. ^^ [Edit: A Chinese reader suggests maybe to teach her English?]

By the way, can someone tell me what is the current timeline in the series? Is it still spring...April or May? It seems that the mangaka is going to skip the part about meeting with Shou’s parents. Maybe just put it as a side story like Ren's birthday gift or Kyouko's white day gift.

Anyway, still hoping for a breakthrough in this arc, romance-wise which has been stagnant for months/years? in our time but in the story, while rereading the series, it seems to be only 2-3 months [Vday to White day] in their time from Heel siblings to the current time. ^^;

32 comments:

  1. Thank you for the summary. Always looking forward on your summary and comment for skip beat.

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  2. Thank you very much Kat! I really like your summaries
    Moreover, I think that the mangaka is hinting to some development in making the two of them be aware of their feelings for each other (like leaving bread crumbs for the spectators to be content in the meanwhile) and when something finally happens, Kyoko will go abroad (?) something along those lines
    Its a pity that time in the manga does not pass the same in real life, 2 -3 months compared to years of waiting ahahahaha (sorry for my english)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Darlika ^-^

      I have the same feeling.

      True.

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  3. Thank you so much for the upload. Have been reading the manga since the beginning. I really hope for kyoko to go abroad for a project that will settle her as a top leading actress. I wouldn't really like it if ren and kyoko start a relationship while she's still consolidating her career. I don't know, like, I think it would be great if she got the leading part of a romantic movie, learn about her feelings for Ren, used them for the role, and after that telling him how she feels.

    Although for all of this to happen I will be like 60 years old hahaa

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    2. You're welcome ^-^

      Maybe...and yes, how old will we all be when that happens? ^^

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  4. Lory pointed at Sho, when he said that for Kyoko now Ren is the same as "that guy"

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    1. I see, nnononon ^^ Did Ren got it?

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    2. Yeah, his eyes has changed for sure https://pp.userapi.com/c850236/v850236528/171277/oSWitLngpHw.jpg

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  5. Hello, Kat. 


    Yeah, it's still April. It's been a while since I read the past chapters but I believe Shou's parents were due to arrive on the 22nd and we're past that date. So either their meeting wasn't shown or they rescheduled to visit. I had one theory that the way Kyoko acted with Shou when he visited the store before he was leaving abroad was because of his parents. Shou's parents had a hand in raising Kyoko so even if she wanted to cut off contact with him, she couldn't because of them. So after talking to his parents something changed in the meantime, is what I thought at one point. I could be wrong but no one can figure out why she was acting so friendly at that time. (Maybe it was because of the angle that it looked that way?)


    Anyways, I hope the misunderstandings clear up soon. I'm not sure where the White Day side story begins, so I can't be sure if Kyoko is still not talking to Ren at that time and eased up to the point she's excited/flustered to see him again or maybe it's after they clear up their misunderstandings. I don't really believe the last option because I can't figure out what Kanae wanted to talk to him about. I know it involves Kyoko, but what? 

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    1. Hm...that's possible, Brittany. True, she owed a lot to Shou's parents. Maybe...maybe we'll have a side story about it.

      Hm...maybe sometime before Ren came with Yashiro to fetch Kyouko. Before the flower ring?

      Ya...that is a mystery. I almost thought that Kanae is going to somehow lead to that when she was asking Kyouko, didn't she say that Kimiko is Ren's love interest. ^^;

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  6. Hi Kat! I was devastated when I saw Ren is kissing Konomi. I know she'll definitely run away from him. I think Kyoko goes abroad is better as she can calm down and think thoroughly how to face Ren. I hope this manga will not take another 10 years to complete cause I can see their progress is really really slow..I can see Kyouko has grown up.

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    1. HazelHassan, the slight problem with that actually is, she has a new acting project so I'm not sure if she can leave. Maybe, concentrate on work to forget/calm down? But, because of Lory, I think Ren would most likely do something already rather than let this drag on.

      I hope he does because yes, as you mentioned, progress is really really slow and any obstacles that can setback the couple's progress until now is not really welcomed...haha, for me ^^ Still hoping for a breakthrough in this current arc ^^

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    2. Yes, it's like watching you two bestie with no progress in relations. I am sure the work will let her cool down until she can face him again. I can see that Kyouko sees his action is like Shou. I am not sure about Ren as sometimes, he is like clueless about love and Kyouko. And I miss your blog so much, Kat! Glad I can be back here again!

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    3. Haha, true.

      Well, with Lory's 'little hint', I think Ren will immediately take action and fix the misunderstanding. Dragging would be bad for him...and for us =P

      Ya.

      =)

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    4. I do hope so.I've been reading this from single to become a mother now..don't tell me, we'll get to know their relationship when I got grandkids lol! That's toooo long!

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    5. Oh that's my case as well. I have been reading this manga for years and until now, I think the only fan service that we had was the beautiful heel siblings relationship. And I had the feeling they had more sweet moments at the very beginning (scene Rens head resting on her lap) than now. Currently feel them so apart. I really hope that Sensei gets them together soon...or at least gives us something. Tbh, I love them as a couple, they taught each other so many things, thanks Kioko, Ren seems to be over his terrible past and Kiokos heart is loving again. But right now I feel like Sensei is not 100% clear what to do next, what to do with them. Maybe I should go back to manga and do a re-reading to calm down my anxiety hahahaha

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    6. Haha, hopefully, not, HazellHassan.

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    7. I agree, Lunita2006. Hopefully, she gives us something soon...like in this arc.

      I think the romance really slow down after Kyouko returned from Guam. Iirc, after that was Kyouko's mother arc and then, the ninja audition arc.

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  7. This is taking forever hhhhh if it continues moving this slowly I'm gonna die before anything happens between the two of them hhhhhh by the way where can I find the side stories i haven't seen any

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    1. Haha...hopefully, we'll still be alive ^^

      You can find them here:
      https://mangabat.com/manga/serie-1088887387

      Just check the chapters with .5 on them.

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  8. If it wasn't for Kyokos current movie/tv, i'm sure she would run away abroad with Kanae to get away from Ren ~ And he would be left crying in Japan.

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    1. Even if that feels good...it isn't for my patience/interest for this series. Thinking about it, the last time we had romantic progress was during the Guam arc, after that, iirc, it is almost nothing.

      So, I'm really hoping there will be a breakthrough in this arc. 😭

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  9. Kyouko has come a long way ^^ In her last encounter with Ren, she was flaring at him and getting all angry. Now she is showing such a sad expression. When has their relationship escalated to this point?

    I mean they have always been close but there was always this ''mentor-mentee'' dividing line. Now Ren seems to have been demoted from a heavenly god (or whatever she used to call him) to mere human. Which is awesome for the romance plot.

    Im pretty happy reading this chapter! No more hiding of true feelings. Cheers to conflicts :p

    Ren was so pitiful here.
    As for what Lory meant by his words, for me it was a trigger for Ren to issue a public announcement and refute the rumors and not just let things slide naturally. And also, well.. for him to TRYY win her :/

    On a deeper level, I also wondered whether the Mangaka deliberately made Lori draw that comparison. Ren was jealous of Shou but he now he believes that kyouko sees him in the same way as Shou.. does he feel good about that?

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    1. Uhm the mentor-mentee line was at some points quite fragile. You could feel that there were feelings surrounding them. I think this expression is coming as a result from all the facts in the last episodes. Kioko has been suffering at first because of the missing white day gift, then because of the girl who played a trick to make her believe she was involved with Ren, then his absence, then Ren coming back and having a confrontation because of Shou and last but not least, seeing him kissing that actress. One thing that bothers me is that until now Kioko has been in denial around her feelings, she knows they are there but is trying to trick her heart to dismiss those feelings. I want her to face what she feels for Ren and voice it out loud, that would help her.

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    2. Ah, good point, Crimson sky, it seems that she is having more difficulty in suppressing her feelings.

      True.

      Ah, a different perspective and yes, hopefully, lead to a break of the 'stalemate'.

      Ya. I do wonder if trying to win/talk to her will happen on that day or not. I think he should do it as soon as possible and not delay it like what happened in the car. Hm...is it possible that someone will slip and reveal one's true feelings?

      I don't think so since that comparison is based on Shou's 'bad point' which destroyed Kyouko's 'illusion' about Shou. From how I see it, he is jealous of Shou based on a certain chemistry and how can they interact naturally. Hehe, he is in a 'role' so there is always that wall, right?

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  10. Lunita2006: yeah i suppose the line has been blurred for a while now. But once in a while Kyouko would treat him like a god. I felt that she always drew a safe line behind which she can hide.

    Kat: Yes yes true, seems Ren only inherited the dark side of Shou :p
    I was hoping the one to do the slipping would be Lory. He could have hinted at Kyouko being jealous (like he knew something that Ren did not). Although he made the hammer fall, he could have done a lil bit more...
    Speaking of ''role'' did Kuon actually slip out? (*those eyes*)

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    1. Hehe ^^

      I think Lory is going for 'naturally get together/confession, etc' rather than someone being the reason for it to happen. It makes me wonder if that is actually what the mangaka is going for so that's part of the reason why we are in this long 'stalemate'.

      Possible. Though, I think it's just 'serious upon realizing what Lory's hinting'. ^^;

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  11. You know what I want to see in this manga now? I wanna see kyoko trying her best to avoid ren. And I want ren ti run after her, chase her down and pull her close. Apologize her to her sweetly and clear the situation for her, while not asking for an explanation in turn. I want kyoko to realize that the man before her is not like shou. I want her to draw parallels in her mind and compare how shou reacted to how ren reacted in a similar situation. I don't mind not getting a confession at this point but would it hurt to have the two of them stop being so passive all the time with regards to each other? I don't want kyoko to be the one to confess first or be the one to run after ren. She's done enough of running after affection in her life. I want her to know ren likes her but to think that it is only him being a playboy while ren tries to convince her otherwise. Can you imagine what a beautiful arc this would make? How absolutely breathtaking it would be to see kyoko being courted for once? To see her barriers crumble? I miss what the manga used to be till chapter 180-190. There was this push and pull between them that's gone kinda bland now. If one character is taking a step towards the other and the other character is backpedalling, its still interesting to read because theres this balance. But if both characters keep backpedalling, it gets annoying. I was so excited in the chapter ren realizes he can't keep away from kyoko and when he decides that he won't stay away. But then we get so many chapters where he's done nothing. There used to be this passion before. I don't see it now. All I see is ren being jealous which is fine I don't mind it but he's passive even in his jealousy. I feel like something big needs to happen for ren to stop backpedalling. Something like kyoko being in serious danger. It wouldn't hurt to have kyoko need saving for once. We get that kyoko is strong but why can't we have a situation where she truly needs ren to save her? We have had plenty of scenes where's she's done the same for ren. I wanna see ren save her from something now.

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