Kimi no Iru Machi chapters 51-60 – I Hate You, And I Hate the Manga You Write

So this week some stuff happened, but it’s all the same you’d expect from this author. Seriously, I don’t even care enough to rage about the characters, but I am raging about the author and the way he writes. These chapters cover the school festival, from the last of the preparations to the festival itself, then a few months later when Yuzuki leaves for Tokyo. Through it, Kotone becomes just another Seo fantasy character, and Haruto almost isn’t so intolerable. But as it’s always been, we all know where it’s all going.

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Summary of this week’s chapters: Nanami continues to be hostile to Haruto, as she rightly should, while he starts to notice how much he likes Yuzuki. You know, right after it’s clear that things won’t work out with Nanami he ‘suddenly’ notices how cute he thinks Yuzuki is. He even tries holding hands with her on a walk back from school, but she pulls her hand away and proceeds to turn a bit cool to him in the leadup to the festival. All part of the plan. She’s moving back to Tokyo, and the best way to make sure he follows is to motivate him with jealousy and anger. Kotone meanwhile is trying to get closer to Haruto, and thus begins her descent into being just another amalgamation of the author’s preferred traits in women. When Himuro is messing with her glasses and breaks them, she walks back home with Haruto since she says that she needs help without glasses to get home. But it’s a ploy to get to walk with him; she had a spare pair in her bag the whole time. And with the new glasses comes a new hairstyle and the loss of pretty much everything that made her unique and likable. Now she’s just another Seo-clone, acting flirty and devious, having similar looks and body language, and aggressively forward with Haruto. The biggest example of this being when Haruto cuts his finger while chopping vegetables at club and she sucks the blood off of it before putting a bandage on it. In front on Nanami no less, just in case she wasn’t already convinced that Haruto is a slut. She also misinterprets a question Haruto asks her, and so thinks he’s asking her to meet at the festival. The festival itself comes, and no real drama except that Haruto runs off with Yuzuki in tow and tries confessing to her. She laughs it off as a joke, keeping her emotional distance since she’s leaving soon, but giving Haruto enough encouragement to keep following her around like the stupid dog that he is. A few months later she’s about to leave, and Haruto walks her to the station. There, just as the train is about to leave, she agrees to a long distance relationship and Haruto says that he’ll take the next transfer exam so he can follow her to Tokyo. The last chapter gives us the first demonstration of their long distance relationship, their talking on the phone and sending pictures to each other.

Commentary

Stay mad, my friend.

I’m glad that Nanami is sticking to her guns on this, but I fear that with Yuzuki out of the picture by the end of this week’s chapters, she’ll probably rekindle some of her attraction to Haruto. Which leaves a couple options open for drama. MAXIMUM DRAMA would have Haruto dump Yuzuki or cheat on her to be with Nanami, then Yuzuki comes back and storms in like the cavalry to win Haruto back. Option two could see Haruto start to vacillate between the two after Nanami comes to like him again, but she’d be left standing there when she confesses to him and Haruto chooses Yuzuki, likely with the aforementioned Yuzuki returning home in the nick of time. It’ll probably be something like one of those.

 

With every passing moment you become more and more her servant boyfriend. Actually, no, servant works pretty well there.

Yuzuki, understanding the psychology of her target, knew it would have to come to this point. She might have been able to launch a blitzkrieg attack on Haruto from the start, but she might not have had the strength at the outset to hold as much of Haruto’s mind-territory as she initially captured. Such is the operational use of airborne troops, and she certainly is a paratrooper that suddenly floated down into Haruto’s life. Instead she seized a few key points that she knew she could hold and waited in defensive positions, while still generating some shock and awe at how quickly she seized them. Thus she brought Haruto into a long, drown out fight where his will to keep liking Nanami was drained, and he compromised his position so much that he finally put his objective beyond his reach by pissing Nanami off. She’s expanded the territory under her control, but still she knows that a war of attrition favors her. Now she bides her time and gathers enough strength so that she can deliver the knockout blow from Tokyo after moving her base of operations to the capital.

I will murder you, Himuro. 

And thus began the extremely lame Seo-ification of Kotone. I had an inkling that she liked Haruto last time, though I hoped that maybe she was more into Himuro or something. Both are pretty lame, but I’m much more familiar with exactly how lame Haruto is. From here on she becomes just another character that appeals to the author’s preferred traits. She was shy and thoughtful, now she’s devious and forward. She used to have a different look, now she’s got the sleek glasses for the sharper, more devious look the author prefers, and a hairstyle to match. She’s like Yuzuki with glasses now.

So yeah, now she’s just like all the others. Damn it. Well at least I still have Akari.

I just, I don’t even. AHHHHHHH! Fuck you, Seo! Fuck you and the characters you write and how you have to make them all your fucking same set of character traits! I GET IT. You like forward, mischievous girls. You don’t have to make every character a reflection of your god damn fantasies. Make your main girl like that, hell, make a few of them like that. BUT NOT EVERY SINGLE ONE! GGGAAAHHHHHH! And you know what? As a public service announcement, don’t date girls like this! Seo Kouji might think it’s all wonderful, but take it from experience, it’s not worth it in the long run.

Ok, phew, calm down. Have to go to my happy place, that being Akari X Takashi shipping. Their moments are few and far between, but they make such a nice couple. They don’t seem to think of each other that way yet, but hopefully their eyes will be open to the perfect match sitting right next to each of them soon. I also hope their parents ship them as aggressively as Manami’s grandparents in OreImo. When they met up together at the festival without dates, I was hoping they’d have some more alone time to maybe comfort each other, though perhaps they did after Haruto ran off with Yuzuki.

She’s calling you a slut, Haruto.

Haruto’s not-so-smooth story about holding hands with everyone who’s his friend was about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, but I guess it could be kinda believable from a high school kid who was nervous and rambling in all directions. He was kinda creepy in how he penned in Yuzuki against the wall when he confessed to her, but given the manner that she’s been manipulating him in preparation for her moving back to Tokyo, it wasn’t unexpected. The bigger the rise she gets out of him, the more desperate he’d be to convince himself that he’s in love with her and thus commit before she leaves.

 

Oh, hey. Oddly enough, Haruto was actually kind of romantic, for once. I don’t know, maybe the author’s assistant wrote that scene or something.

Yeah, we all saw that one coming. 

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25 Comments

  1. Posted May 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I laughed hard enough throughout this post that I may be banned from the library for a week. But it was worth it. I really don’t know what’s wrong with Kouji Seo’s perception of forward girls – plot always seems decent enough til you get all the teases coming in… AIC and DEEN would be in shock with all the characters.

    Maybe he’s had a lot of girlfriends when he was younger and wanted to make each one of them a character?

    Still no sex between Haruto x Girl =/

    • Posted May 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Haha, glad that you enjoyed it that much! Speaking of studios, I don’t know who did the OVA that was released a few months ago, but I can only imagine AIC being the correct studio to adapt this.

      Interesting hypothesis, maybe Kimi no Iru Machi is just the collection of the girls Seo dated or wanted to date when he was younger and not as wise.

      • Posted May 28, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

        Either way, something is deeply…. wrong with this author and his introduction of female characters.

  2. Nazarielle
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Enjoying that character whiplash eh? I have to admit Kotone pulling a total 180 was really nuts. That said, I definitely liked her new look better :3 Bonus points because it makes you rage even more :p
    I guess he just wanted Kotone to serve as a plot device and then tossed her out when he was done.

    And you have no idea how much of a manslut Haruto is. It’s… amazing really.

    • Posted May 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      Oh naz just wait until Mina lolololololol. Though I do think he’ll like Kiyomi~

    • Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      At least you’re not so far gone as to have approved of how crazy that complete turnaround of her’s was :P

      Lolol, I look forward to raging over new developments. Let’s just hope it has a School Days reward for Haruto.

  3. semtex
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Yuzuki: Haruto Get! Check. Get him to follow you! Check. Make him believe he is doing it by his own will!
    (Vader impersonation): All too easy.

    • Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      If there’s anything I can enjoy in this, it’s just watching the play-by-play of Yuzuki’s plan to ensnare Haruto. She’s got 90% of the brainpower in this series, which partly reflects on her and partly reflects on the rest of the main characters. Still, credit where it’s due, she’s an excellent strategist and manipulator.

  4. eternia
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    SPIRAL is luckier for being in the library. I am in my workplace. I tried hard to hold my mouth, only to be choked. Thanks god my boss wasn’t present, or I might get busted for visiting work unrelated website.
    :-D
    You catch on quick, Kouji Seo’s preference in women. He likes big boobs and big butts. He likes them acting like lil’ devil and manipulative. He loves being abused. He is a masochist.
    :-)
    Haruto is a slut? Maybe. But I think he’s just spreading pheromone unconsciously. He even attracts little girl, later. Too bad he has a serious case of erectile dysfunction. Just my guess. You reached ragecon 2 too quickly. I am pretty sure you will go past ragecon 1 sooner or later, into S Rank Rage. I have experienced it. I want to tie this Haruto with a rock and dump him into the Tokyo bay.
    :-(
    NB : The Amagami girls shocked faces are priceless.

    • Posted May 28, 2012 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      Still banned.

      Loved the Amagami pictures

    • Posted May 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Lol, seems my posts are getting people in trouble!

      Yeah, Seo’s preferences are pretty damn clear, in a way that I don’t think has ever been so blatant in anything I’ve ever read or seen.

      I’m preparing myself for many more ‘girl of the week’ characters post-Kotone now that Haruto seems to be set on a course to be a harem lead. But even so, I’m still interested to see how bad it gets.

      • eternia
        Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        It’s as somebody else said last week. He keeps meeting and going out with other girls even when he has a girlfriend already. Of course, i wouldn’t want to throw him into Tokyo bay if he only goes as far as that. Just wait and see for yourself.
        :-D

  5. Posted May 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I just realized coming to Korea that my hometown is almost like Kimi no Iru Machi except maybe a little bigger. Time to VLogging dedicated to all them Kouji Seo lovers out thar?

    • Posted May 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      I’m sure it’ll be quite different from Seo’s ideal paradise town. Growing up in a small town in Korea or Japan probably wasn’t any more fun than growing up in one in America was for me, haha.

  6. Emperor
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    The more I read this the more my opinion on this turns from -_- to -_-^10 and it seems it’ll be rising , I mean srsly / for real ? this author ….

  7. Lord Handsome
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    This is my tale of my thoughts while reading this manga.

    Oh, let me read what all the fuss is about. I somewhat enjoyed Suzuka, so I guess this’ll be ay’right.
    Ah, the classic love triangle is appearing.
    O another girl joins the fray, well, the more the merrier I suppose.
    And another. Aand another.

    F Y Haruto, why must you store all the girls in your entire penisula in your firend/lovezone, just like Ash stored all his pokemon with Oak (why ?Muk and Kingler were so bad-ass, why?), to never use them again.

  8. Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I know everyone still says this to you and it’s getting kinda repetitive, but IT GETS BETTER. And by that I mean the rage raises more levels that you’ll never be prepared (unless you got spoiled already). I swear if you’re frustrated with Yuzuki and Haruto’s relationship right now, IT GETS WORSE.

  9. bagel
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Ditto whoever said they were reading this at work and laughed. That was hilarious.(same with the Amagami pics)

    In two or three weeks, you may reach RAGECON 1. It gets a lot worse…really quickly.

    Ironically, Suzuka, Seo’s other famous work has a heroine that is nothing like Yuzuki and the Yuzuki type in that manga was rejected and dumped. Perhaps he had a change of heart since then.

    • Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      Worse? YES! BRING IT ON! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!

      I guess he’s starting to lose touch with reality anymore, heh.

  10. MarigoldRan
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Well, you know, if the guy’s dating multiple people simultaneously, the girl should be doing the same.

    Just imagine: what do you think the girls are doing when they’re not being shown in the manga? Hmmm?
    Logically, if they’re attracted to the lower common denominator, they should be attracted to higher denominators too.

  11. MarigoldRan
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Ahhhhhhh, you’ve got me thinking too much.

    Consider: there are lots of harem mangas out there that consists of 1 guy and lots of girls. But why don’t someone make a MULTIPLE harem manga where both the guys AND the girls have a harem around them?

    In that manga, one guy would date 6 girls, and each of the girls would date 6 guys. Not only can we see a girl get flirty and cute with one guy, but we can see her do it with 5 other guys!!! After all, if guys can do this in manga, why can’t girls? It would also add all sorts of awkward romantic situations perfect for drama.

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