Haruto is all moved into Tokyo and meeting new friends. Once again, his friends are much, much cooler than he is, but at least they’re getting more screentime/pagetime than Akari and Takashi usually did, since they’ve involved themselves pretty heavily in his life thus far. Haruto is still deadset on meeting Yuzuki face-to-face to try and resolve whatever happened with her, and he finds a way to visit her school when another classmate has tickets to attend their school festival. Of course this leads to the usual misunderstandings and such, but this week’s chapters really ramp up the dorama/soap opera-style cliches.
Summary of this week’s chapters: The girl who attacked Haruto for being in Aoi’s apartment is named Mishima Asuka, who conveniently goes to the same school as Haruto. She’s later joined by Kazama Kyousuke, her friend and fellow classmate. Asuka stands out for her quick temper and desire to eradicate Haruto’s Hiroshima accent, she herself having moved from Fukushima and being self-conscious about slipping back into her accent. Kyousuke is pretty awesome and likes to do track racing on his sports bike. One day he takes Haruto and Asuka out to the Tsukuba Circuit for an open-track day, where he tells them that he practices a lot because he wants to become a professional racer. Asuka then mentions to Haruto that Kyousuke has some undefined sickness that will one day prevent him from being a professional driver, so he’s working really hard now so he can get to the professional level and spend as much time there as he can before he’ll have to retire. Meanwhile back at school, Haruto is beating his head against a wall trying to find a way to meet Yuzuki after not being able to see her at her home. But class mate Nagoshi Mina has tickets to Yuzuki’s school’s school festival, and Haruto jumps at the chance to go. This leads her to think that he’s asking her out (of course) and they go with her under the impression that it’s a date. They go through the haunted house together, and it turns out (also, of course) that Yuzuki was one of the ghosts in it. Haruto does manage to meet Yuzuki later in the day where she tells him again that she had a boyfriend and that’s why she stopped contacting him. He’s pretty down about it, but Kyousuke tries to cheer him up. Though while out in the city, Kyousuke feels faint and Haruto calls to have him taken to the hospital. It turned out to be nothing serious, and the topic of conversation turns to what Haruto will do next about Yuzuki. But then Kyousuke’s girlfriend visits…who turns out to be Yuzuki. Yuzuki and Haruto pretend that they don’t know each other, and Haruto leaves.
These two are pretty cool, though Asuka is by far less interesting than Kyousuke. Once again, Seo’s secondary characters are much cooler than his main characters. Asuka begins chilling out after her initial overreaction to Haruto and by the end of this week’s chapters was becoming a regular friend. Though I’m sure she likes Haruto, because Seo isn’t capable of writing a female character that isn’t attracted to that loser.
It’s hard to overstate exactly how cool Kyousuke is. Of course, part of him being so likable is probably just a trap by Seo, since it turns out later that Yuzuki is going out with him, making Haruto have to (maybe) choose between the two. More on that later. But aside from this, he’s a genuinely good guy and cool to boot with his passion for motorsports. I’m not really into bike racing, I prefer my fast machine with four wheels, but you have to respect the sport and the engineering in it. The way he took to Haruto and welcomed him was cool, and even after only knowing him for a bit he was there to support him when he was down. He also tried to scheme and plan so that Haruto could get away from Mina and find Yuzuki, even if it didn’t work out as intended. He seems a lot cooler than Takashi, but then again, Takashi never got the kind of character development in 80 chapters that Kyousuke has gotten in 10.
Of course Seo would write the manga version of Rinko. From what I understand of Love Plus Rinko sounds intolerable.
Yeaaaah, who didn’t see this coming? Mina is a pretty fun character and all, but it was business as usual in this manga that she’d be interested in Haruto right off the bat, without even talking to him much. Still, it was fun to see her ‘grading’ Haruto on their supposed date to the school festival. And she was very self-aware about the sort of typical school romance setups like the haunted house, in a sort of an energetic fangirl sort of way that I enjoyed seeing. She might still have some role to play with Yuzuki having seen her with Haruto and all, but I imagine she’ll be sidelined pretty soon.
Is there a girl in this manga that Haruto hasn’t seen the panties of and remarked about it? *Sigh*
Not since that early episode of OreImo has there been as unlikely and gratuitous guy-and-girl-fall fanservice shot as this one. Really now! Just the physics of it, it’s ridiculous. Ugh, why do I even bother complaining about it anymore? (Because it’s fun to.)
LOLOL. I’m of two minds about this. On the one hand, Haruto doesn’t deserve to be happy, so this is hilarious. But on the other hand, these two probably deserve each other. But we all know they’ll end up together, so I guess there’s nothing to worry about in the long run. I’m just waiting for the stupid drama and angst of him dating someone else for a time and then running back to Yuzuki or her stealing him from B-ko or something.
As if there were any other kind in this manga.
Myth: Seo has a foot and being stepped on fetish.
Really now. Aoi seems to be the focus point of this particular fetish of Seo’s, since she’s often shown from the perspective of someone lying on the floor, looking up. Here she’s nudging Haruto with her foot, but in previous chapters she’s been depicted from the same vantage point with her foot raised. Though with all the huge-chested girls in this manga, I guess I should be glad that his foot fetish is (for now) confined to Aoi.
Overall, not much to rage about this week. It seems to be in an extended lull, but the revelation that Kyousuke is Yuzuki’s boyfriend ought to ramp things up soon, I hope. Because aside from the parts about Haruto’s friends (in Tokyo and Hiroshima) this is pretty dull when the rage and drama isn’t happening. I’m guessing that Yuzuki’s probably going out with Kyousuke out of sympathy because his medical condition is worse than he’s admitted to Asuka. Since he confessed to her many times in middle school and she wasn’t interested, I’m guessing that something like that made her change her mind to maybe make him happy if he’s dying or something. But I guess we’ll see next time.