Kimi no Iru Machi chapters 71-80 – Leaving A Town Where You Lived

What’s with this? Two weeks in a row worth of chapters that are actually kinda good? In this week’s chapters, Haruto gets some bad news about his relationship with Yuzuki, but at the end of the school term sets out for Tokyo. Much of the chapters this week are about him getting ready to leave, and saying goodbye to his two closest friends, Akari and Takashi. But Nanami also tries to make a move during this period of time, though I’m sure that’s not going anywhere.

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Summary of this week’s chapters: Haruto has been down lately, and in something of a cold opening we find out several pages in that Yuzuki broke up with him. She hasn’t been answering any of his calls or emails and he’s basically just accepted what happened. Seeing this and feeling bad for him, Nanami tries distracting him to get his mind off of things. But, as she reveals to Akari, she’s also interested in him again, even if he still might have lingering feelings for Yuzuki. She tries her best to get his attention, quits the baseball team manager gig to go to cooking club with him, and tries to literally and metaphorically take Yuzuki’s place by sitting on the back of Haruto’s bike on the way home one day. Prior to this, Rin had called Nanami telling her about how Yuzuki has a new boyfriend, someone that she’d wanted to date since middle school. Akari knows now too, but Nanami is the one to break it to Haruto. She even confesses to him, but he asks her to give him time to decide. Just like she did to him. But things stop pretty quickly when Haruto discovers a note that was in the bag with the shirt Yuzuki gave him. The note explains what Rin told Nanami, but Haruto isn’t buying it. From here on he’s determined to move to Tokyo ASAP.

Having chosen to leave after the end of the term, Haruto is in such a rush to leave that Akari and Takashi get pretty pissed off at him.  Akari vocally and bluntly tries to get him to give up on Yuzuki, and Takashi takes a more muted but still hurt tone in telling Haruto how he’s leaving them suddenly. Takashi manages to help patch things up between the three of them when he runs into Haruto and they go fishing. He explains how he and Akari feel, and Haruto finally stops rushing around enough to see that he’s hurt his friends’ feelings. They head to Akari’s house, who calms down and talks to him. The three friends plan to stay at Akari’s house and talk all night. They reminisce, and there’s even a special chapter, chapter 78.5, that covers how they initially met when Akari moved to town in elementary school. The night before Haruto leaves, Takashi falls asleep, and outside on the veranda Haruto talks with Akari, and then she kisses him. Though it seems more sentimental than romantic, really. The next day is the goodbye, and Akari and Takashi see their friend off. Haruto goes to stay at his sister’s place, but as he’s cleaning a girl bursts in in a motorcycle helmet, wielding a baseball bat, thinking he’s an intruder.

Commentary

 

Nanami didn’t remember switching her ringtone to this

It seems like Rin is up to her usual antics. Haruto encountering her in Tokyo probably set things in motion, since she likely got the idea to mess with him and Yuzuki even more. She was way too nice and helpful when she met him that night to not be up to something. I’d bet on the letter being written by her anyway, though I couldn’t try and deduce anything from the handwriting because the scanslators completely replaced the text with the English translation. Still, if she didn’t write it, then she got her mom and possibly others to pressure Yuzuki into writing it and not meaning it. Rin telling Nanami about Yuzuki having a new boyfriend was just her way of generating drama. Though I think that by doing that, she intends for Haruto to come back to Tokyo. She likely knew full well that Haruto would come running back if he got that information, and she knew Nanami would tell him. Either way Rin wins, since she’ll get the drama of Haruto coming back to Yuzuki, or the drama of Haruto giving up on her and going out with Nanami, which she could then use to torment her sister with. A+ trolling.

You poor bastard.

Nanami’s interest in Haruto seemed to come along more from sympathy than anything, and it was really too little, too late. She was so clumsy and rushed in trying to cheer him up that it was almost sad to see. It was an unusual sort of clumsy-cute that this manga doesn’t really do otherwise, with things like Nanami hitting Haruto in the head with a book to get his attention, and messing it up by hitting him much harder than Akari would. Then the cooking club thing where she messed up both her own and Haruto’s food in her haste. The whole thing just sort of fizzled and didn’t go anywhere. I’d say that it was probably Nanami’s last shot, but knowing all the rage surrounding this manga, I’m guessing it won’t be the last we see of her.

Fixed that for you.

There’s also, you know, this. Haruto’s so stuck on Yuzuki that nothing will ever seriously challenge those feelings. Which, fine, whatever, he’s an idiot but at least he’s loyal.

Wipe that stupid Heero Yui look off your face, Haruto. You’re not cool, you’re not some resolute badass. You’re just making me laugh at you. That’s really the story of him and Yuzuki. Two people I don’t really care for, but it’s funny to see them plot and trip into each other’s arms. Yuzuki provides the high-level manipulation, and Haruto the so-dumb-it-hurts lulz.

These two really stole the show this week though. Most of the chapters dealt with Akari and Takashi saying goodbye to Haruto, and how Haruto mishandled it initially. The three of them had been friends for so long that Haruto’s singe-minded determination to chase Yuzuki left them feeling really hurt that he’d just up and leave them for some girl.

These chapters felt really good. The writing was much better when Seo was concentrating on the friendship between these three characters. It felt more genuine and relatable. It also helps that Takashi and Akari are the kind of people that you’d want to hang out with, people with the kind of warmth and developed personalities that Haruto lacks completely. They feel more like people than generic MC-kun Haruto. Akari getting in Haruto’s face and Takashi’s muted but still sharp anger at Haruto were the best emotions in this manga so far. And when they made up later, it really felt like a group of good friends moving past things and remembering how much they mean to each other.

I also really liked the flashback chapter. It gave us the backstory on how the three of them met, and it was interesting to learn that Akari isn’t Anime Blond, she actually is half-Russian and naturally has that hair color. It also explains a bit of her above-average height too. It was a nice story of how Haruto and Takashi went from picking on, and getting beaten down by, Akari, and then running to her defense when she got picked on by some older kids. A really sweet chapter.

These feels, man.

So then there was this. While the cynical side of me sees it as just another ‘everyone’s in love with the MC-kun’ thing, given the context, the optimistic and sentimental side of me sees it as more of a spur-of-the-moment thing that someone as passionate as Akari might do. One of her two best friends since she moved to town is leaving, so while it’s a bit sudden, I could see it as more sentimental than romantic, exactly. She’s going to miss him, he still means something to her even if it’s not as boyfriend-material, and she didn’t end the kiss talking about it meaning more or wanting it to go somewhere. I thought it was pretty sweet of her, and shows just how sentimental she is.

Speaking of the best character…

DDDDDAAAAAAWWWWWWW!

 

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21 Comments

  1. Nazarielle
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    You think Yuzuki is the master manipulator, just wait until you see some of the stuff Rin pulls. Although, given that Yuzuki keeps her ditzy facade up the entire time, while Rin shows that she enjoys messing with everyone, that might make Yuzuki the more manipulative. Trolling though is definitely Rin’s department.

    I can’t remember when it happens, but you’ll actually be in for a bit of a shock in either the next batch or the batch after this one.

    Anyway, this is where the drama reaches critical mass.

    • Bagels
      Posted June 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      These 10 chapters were honestly my favorite of the manga. It picks up steam again at around 110-120, but these next 40 chapters will be a mixture of boring/Haruto fail, and absolute rage/trolling/stupid plot twists.

      The plot twist should be in about 20 chapters.

      As for drama reaching critical mass, I would say that happens after the timeskip Nazarielle(if you know what i mean ;)

      I do miss how there was actually a plot back in these chapters. Current Kimi chapters are literally boring oneshot stories.

      • Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        Ah, sounds like there’s a certain point after which I should stop reading, if it becomes one-shots after a while. Around when does that start?

        • Razel
          Posted June 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

          Well there is the coming rage event and then another big one in the 140s. Then after some quickly resolved mini plots, the manga just goes all over the place with no direction.

          Oh and when reading the next 10 chapters, keep in mind those of us that followed it as it was released had to wait a week+ for each chapter. That was a lot of time to let rage the build up, so you’ll have it easier. :)

    • Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Rin is more entertaining to watch because clearly she lets her love for her work show. Yuzuki’s much more professional and just uses her skill to accomplish concrete goals. Rin’s also mean-spirited in that she wants Yuzuki (and others) to suffer, whereas Yuzuki isn’t really a bad person exactly, she’s just really, really manipulative.

      Looking forward to the drama coming up! I expect it to be fully ridiculous.

  2. semtex
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I believe this is the calm beform the storm.

  3. Angelica
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Is so cute how positive you are being about this series.

    Yes, Rin is was totally the fault one, she tried to destroy the happiness of her sister putting that letter in her present to him, and latter convinced to Yuzuki that Haruto didn’t loved her. That girl is evil

    HA, how if that was possible.

    I’m sure, that in future chapters, you will think that the current ragecon that you put for this ones was tomuch low.

    • Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Haha, well, positive for now anyway. It’s kinda sad seeing these chapters, I think Seo missed his calling in life. He should be writing stories about friends growing up together with love as a side part of it, which he’s really good at, instead of writing fantasy-fulfillment ‘romance’ stuff.

      Rin is evil, but much like the Empire, she’s a good kind of evil. Very fun to watch her acidic hatred of her sister in action.

  4. eternia
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Indeed, the recent chapters are stupid and detached. They totally feel like separate stories.
    The next several volumes (12 to 15) are when my rage reached S Rank.
    Oh yeah, the clapping old man being my favorite this week.
    :-D

    • Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      Nah, I really liked this week’s chapters. Seo’s much better at writing about friendship than he is about romance. That said, I’ll enjoy the rage that’s coming up fairly soon.

      The clapping guy is from Citizen Kane. Not that I’ve seen it, but it is a classic.

      • eternia
        Posted June 18, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink

        Oh, by recent, I mean chapter 170 to 185.
        :-)
        Originally, I want to advance at the same pace as yours. But not only I caught up on you, I ended up read them all.
        It’s all because the rage part. I can’t possibly bring myself to wait one week to see what will happen next. Will Haruto be struck by lightning as divine punishment? Will he die squashed by truck in traffic accident? Alas, it never happens. I have to pity the weekly readers who read this manga during that time period.
        :-D

  5. Razel
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    These chapters were nice, but their true purpose was to set everything up for some rage!

    Did you notice that when Haruto met Akari is different here than from when the manga started? Before it was implied he knew her just as long as Takashi (he mentions her confessing to him when they were really young).

    • Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t notice a difference in Akari’s backstory, though maybe I just haven’t recalled it. They were pretty young, so it’s almost like he knew her as long as he knew Takashi. Being friends since elementary school is a pretty good amount of time.

  6. Ahelo
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Prologue of the official ATown Where you RAAAAAEEEEG. This is it. I can’t wait for your reaction for the next two weeks and while you’re at it, you’ll probably be raging for a full one month and half. I’m definitely predicting you’ll RAGEQUIT by chapter 140 something with probably the biggest bullcrap plot twist ever.

    • Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Haha, well I think I might end up quitting, in rage or not, after that ultimate plot twist. Doesn’t sound like there’s much reason for me to continue after that from what I hear, heh.

  7. princeleon/Tommy
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    You will see that Rin is the only good female character in this entire manga. Soon. SOON!

    • Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Good as in entertaining, or good in that she actually grows a conscience?

      • princeleon/Tommy
        Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink

        I’d say the first one. I think she has a conscience unlike the other girls in the manga. I just think she doesn’t use it just to cause problems for her amusement (mainly with Haruto).

  8. Tavo
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Amazing, it was really funny to watch the review.

    Anyway… the next two weeks… prepare yourself… And abut the last chapters… this week happened another trolling from Seo. Some says that its irrelevant, but for me, it sounds like the beggining of the final showdown between Eba and Haruto. Anyway, continue!

    • Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      Will do! Looking forward to more rage-inducing chapters too. These decent chapters were fun, but since I know this thing is going down in flames, I want to get on with it, haha. Should post again tomorrow or Friday, this week has been a bit busy and gotten me behind schedule.

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