Kimi no Iru Machi chapters 41-50 – Himuro the Necromancer

This week’s chapters followed events after Nanami turned Haruto down, with summer coming to a close and Rin departing for Tokyo. School begins again and the characters begin preparing for an upcoming school festival. Haruto and Yuzuki are part of the planning committee along with classmates Kikukawa Kotone and Himuro. Kotone seems extremely shy but volunteers for the committee anyway, while Himuro seems like kind of a slacker and a flirt, and volunteers as a way to get out of baseball practice. However, he is also a necromancer, for in his chats with Haruto he resurrects a ship from the DEAD! While it’s most likely being brought back just to be killed again, Haruto X Nanami seems to have a spark of (un)life to it lately.

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Summary of this week’s chapters: Haruto seems to have recovered well from being turned down by Nanami, but we can’t have that so Aoi decides to also waste no time in shipping him with Yuzuki. Like the trash she is, she appeals to the most loser-ish part of Haruto’s psychology, his need to ‘protect’ Yuzuki. Rather than helping him expunge this major personality defect, she pushes him further and further into the depths of Touma Syndrome. [You heard it here first, obnoxious white knighting in anime is henceforth known as Touma Syndrome.] Rin heads back as the summer draws to a close, and Haruto is sent to see her off. This ends up being a whole day in Hiroshima since she keeps delaying and waiting for another train. In reality, she’s just trying to push Haruto as far as she can before he tells her to get lost, but it ends up giving her possible ammo for causing future drama. She leaves telling him to keep their ‘date’ a secret, because nothing like that has ever caused drama in Haruto’s life before. Nope.

School begins and the characters start thinking about their future. It’s half of Japan’s rural population dilemma in a nutshell, as they all want to leave their already sparsely-populated village for a city. In one of the days before classes begin, Haruto insists that he can go and catch eels to make for dinner, which goes nowhere because he LIVES IN THE GODDAMN MOUNTAINS! Strangely, Nanami’s brother happens upon them still in a wetsuit and holding a spearfishing gun(!) and offers them some of his catch. Once school begins, Yuzuki volunteers for the school festival committee, Haruto joins in because he’s an idiot, and two other classmates round out the group. Kotone is shy but knows how to sew and helps greatly in planning for a maid cafe. Himuro is just in it to get out of baseball practice, but he plants the idea in Haruto’s head to keep trying for Nanami. This doesn’t go so well when Haruto tries talking to Nanami, for obvious reasons. She’s tired of him talking about Yuzuki when they’re together, and she’s tired of his ‘worry’ about the freeloader living in his house. She confronts him about the Tokyo trip and slaps him. Upon returning home, he then finds out that Yuzuki is planning on transferring back to a school in Tokyo soon.

Commentary

So, yeah, Aoi’s still a bitch. Who the fuck gives advice like that? She just encourages him to act like a white knight douchebag AND she keeps muddling up his feelings. I mean, really, if he actually likes Yuzuki and all, it doesn’t help AT ALL to tell him he has to protect her. She should be saying how he should realize his feelings for her, or that he should ask her out while she’s still here in town or something. Something not this. Or is she just trolling him too? Are all the characters around Haruto just throwing different inputs into his mind to see what happens? Is this all just one grand experiment that ends in a white room full of monitors after Haruto finally gains full self-awareness and can actually do things of his own volition? Is that when Instrumentality is achieved? Haruto’s the perfect test subject, he never does anything of his own volition, he only reacts to the ideas planted in his brain.

I lol’d.

Rin is the best character because she physically assaults Haruto. My continued reading of this manga is fueled by my hatred of Haruto, and to a lesser extent, Yuzuki, and my desire to see bad things happen to them. Rin delivers. While I’d prefer something more permanently damaging, at least she got a good laugh out of seeing Haruto hit his head in the closing train door. I’d say that there would have been some emotional damage after being laughed at by her, but Haruto hasn’t shown any signs of a personality or complex emotions to damage.

 

I guess the beach is close? I hope. But even if it is close, what the hell reason do you have to be wearing a wetsuit, and a long sleeve one at that, in late summer? They’re really not so comfortable that you’d just think ‘oh, I’ll wear it for the walk home!’ Not to mention that it’d be really hot and uncomfortable to walk any decent distance in during a sunny, summer day. Though what concerned me most, aside from Haruto’s complete lack of fishing knowledge, was the speargun Nanami’s brother was carrying. What? Are you scuba diving for eels or something? I didn’t see any oxygen tanks or a rebreather on him. I hope the speargun is of Chekov design. Rin killed Haruto, in the parlor, with the speargun. It’ll be like Clue for a few chapters!

New contender for possible favorite character. Not sure if she’ll unseat Akari since she hasn’t come out of her shell enough yet to see the full picture of her personality, but damn if she’s not cuter than Akari at least. She seems to be the classic shy girl who’s good at arts and crafts, as shown by her skill in sewing, though it is in part something she learned as part of her family’s business. It’s unknown if/how long she’ll stick around in the story since she’ll have to leave and go rescue Madoka at some point. But it’s cool to have her around for now at least. She seems to be acting like she joined the group to get closer to someone. Though she says that she admires Yuzuki, the way she blushes makes me think that maybe she did it to get closer to Haruto or Himuro. Both of which are bad choices.

Despite not endearing himself to me with this remark, Himuro (nickname Himo) at least served to provide some drama. He indirectly led Haruto to get slapped, which makes him ok in my book. I’m not sure I like his attitude, but he could also be the sort of guy that snaps out of his borderline douchebag ways if given a good shock or slap.

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What did the five fingers say to the face?

Good for you, Nanami! If Yuzuki actually needed any help you could sort of understand and let it slide, but Yuzuki clearly doesn’t need to be watched over every minute, even if she truly is as clumsy as the act she puts on. She’s not going to die or something if Haruto isn’t there all the time. Haruto tried starting up his weak lines about just being worried, buy Nanami kicked that bitch to the curb and will hopefully never give him a second thought. The way that Haruto went to her like that shows again how dumb and easily manipulated he is. “Well gee, I’m over Nanami, but this Himuro guy that I just met said I still have a chance so I better go and do the exact same thing that made her dump me in the first place!” Please go die in a fire, Haruto.

The last thing of note that happened was Yuzuki talking about returning to Tokyo. We all know it’ll never happen, or if it does, Haruto will go with her, but it’s nice to dream. No actually, no. I don’t care either way. Haruto isn’t deserving of happiness with Nanami, he should keep living with Yuzuki or go live with her. Fuck ‘em. If he moves to Tokyo, maybe he’ll have a better chance at getting hit by a car.

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16 Comments

  1. PrinceLeon
    Posted May 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    And the ragecon inches ever so closer to maximum. Also, the reaction gifs are flawless.

    • Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:23 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I was starting to think it would be downgraded by one after the end of the festival and all, but now I’m just angry at Haruto, and it’s a slow, simmering anger that’s not likely to go anywhere for a while.

  2. eternia
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    A manga whose male characters are losers and female characters are bitches.
    I like the “YES YES YES” more. (Is that kid from Digimon?)
    But the white and black movie is also good.
    :-)

    The commentary is good. I failed to notice why the hell that guy wore wetsuit? He’s scuba diving in mountain’s river? Which is rocky and only as deep as your waist? LOL.

    I wonder if you have read Suzuka (another manga by the same author)? I really really wanted to drop it back then, but it was saved by a really good plot, that is “she got knocked up, quit school, and ended up being a mere house wife, even though she’s very talented athlete.” I was jumping with joy : “Oh yeah! You deserved it bitch!!”

    I hope Yuzuki will suffer the same fate here. Plus one more demise : “became a widow after Haruto goes SPLAT! in a car accident”
    :-D :-D :-D

    • Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      I think the YES YES YES image is from Digimon, but I’m not really sure. I just happened across it on Tumblr and saved it for future use, heh.

      I’m guessing that Nanami’s brother walked from the beach and there’s one nearby. At least, that’s the only plausible explanation I can find. I’m not quite sure what the geography is like for the town this is set in. They do go to the beach during summer, but their shown being driven there by Nanami’s brother. Maybe he drove back from the beach in his wetsuit for some unfathomable reason?

      Haven’t read Suzuka, but thank you, this gives me hope, hahaha.

  3. Lord Handsome
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    If Haruto had my spine, and I his bitches, wat a wonderful world wouldn’t this be?…
    I liked this manga up to the point his harem included 62% of the worlds population.-_-
    Ah well

    • Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      “If Haruto had my spine, and I his bitches, wat a wonderful world wouldn’t this be?”

      This comment is gold!

      Ugh, yeah, I’m starting to fear that Kikukawa and every other female secondary character to come are going to have a crush on Haruto for no good reason.

  4. Nazarielle
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    We must protect the poor defenseless woman who can’t do anything by herself!

    Ahaha, I knew you’d love Kikukawa. I have to admit, when she let her hair down, she did look really cute :3

    And I figured you’d love Haruto getting slapped in the face.

    My continued reading of this manga is fueled by my hatred of Haruto, and to a lesser extent, Yuzuki, and my desire to see bad things happen to them.

    Hahaha, it’s hilarious how close this is to what Dave says all the time about reading KimiMachi.

    • Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Yes, it’s not sexist if they need to be protected! Ugh…

      Ah, my eternal opponent, our duel continues from the beginning until the end of time, and here, yet again, we cannot even agree on whether Kikukawa looks better with her hair in braids or down :P

      Lol, Dave and I are two of a kind when it comes to these things.

      • Posted May 20, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

        Still greatly enjoying the reactions images, especially the Firefly one lol. (really need to rewatch that now that i own it on bluray lolololol) but yeah…this manga….yeah…..

  5. arcanes
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    You just made me laugh after being so furious about not being able to play diablo 3 (damn you blizzard get your shit together!!! payed 60 euro and can’t play fucking single player because of your shit server maintenance!!!)

    Anyway, I have an advice for you. you can still call it quits man, I like reading your posts but if I look at my past self I wish I could reclaim the hours I read this shitty manga. you can still quit, it’s never too late man :)

    • Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Glad I could help! I’ve never been a Diablo fan, really, but I can understand how frustrating that must be. It’s not like Blizzard to screw up like that, if only they weren’t doing stupid things to try and prevent piracy.

      You got out, man, but it’s too late for me! I must soldier on towards the abyss and stare it straight in the eye before it claims me! (We’ll see if I continue it after this season is done, depends if I want to pick up a show for episodic blogging next season or continue on with this.)

  6. semtex
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    It hurts doesn’t it Haruto? So next time you wont be so inclined to use violence against others.

  7. Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Suzuka’s manga is 100000x better than Kimi no Iru Machi thankfully.

    And the rage is even less. At this point, I don’t really care who he goes for. Haruto goes through so many girls that he can even fill Playboy anime mansions with every one of them.

    Rage con is getting close, but considering how this is the calm of the manga, you’re in for a ride. ;)

  8. ectholion
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Oh E.O i fear for you comrade, Please remember your words, “Haruto’s the perfect test subject, he never does anything of his own volition, he only reacts to the ideas planted in his brain.” your words are true and a series with such a bland main character isnt worth raging over… Haruto will always let you down, Nanami well never be characterized to a point where you will actually care about her character, And all the while the one thing you will not understand is why any of this girls like the underwhelming character that is Haruto. I recommend you read Kurgaehime as well i think the recent development in the manga will make you especially happy. :)

  9. Shinderate
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    You know, I don’t think Himuro advising Haruto to find out from Nanami herself why she dumped him was actually such a bad idea. Haruto isnt truly over her at this point(if he was he’d be able to talk to her properly) he’s just past the worst part of his misery over getting dumped, and the explanation for why she did it was slightly vague, and it came from Rin who has a grudge against him. Rin also misrepresented Nanami’s reasons – it wasn’t really because of Yuzuki, so much as Haruto’s choice that made Nanami dump him.

    The real problem is that Himuro didn’t take into account how dense, or inconsiderate Haruto can be. What Haruto actually said to Nanami was astoundingly insensitive, especially given that his major redeeming quality is that he’s supposed to be a nice guy. This one final instance of acting as though he maybe likes her, then showing her that he didnt was just one thing too many for her, I guess.

    The bit with Haruto escourting RIn around after she’s sabotaged his relationship was problematic in its own way. I think it’s supposed to show what a good guy he is, but to me, it just sort of made him look passive, and it’s not the last time him getting led around by his nose’ll have this effect.

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