Kimi no Iru Machi chapters 81-90 – Same S***, Different Town

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.

Commentary

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.

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24 Comments

  1. Posted June 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh man just you wait for the dorama to actually start lolololololololol

    • Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      Soon, I hope. I’ve been waiting for this moment, the moment of critical rage is the whole reason I finally gave in to your and Naz’s recommendations and started reading it.

  2. lelangir
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    yeah when he moves to tokyo is when everything starts to seethe with rage.

    but look on the bright side; asuka is the best.

    • Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      Eh, I’m not too keen on Asuka at the moment, though she has gotten better as these chapters went on so hopefully she’ll keep improving. But the rage, I can almost taste it!

      • bagels
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

        Give Asuka another 20 chapters. She was definitely one of my favorites, as for the rage…things don’t get very pretty from here on out.

  3. gt
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    well, i knew the first image wasn’t from this chapter range. once you get there… oh boy. and yeah, Asuka is the best.

    • Posted June 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      What I said in the comment above regarding Asuka. And I’m looking forward to things really getting crazy. It’s like this manga is the ghost chili pepper of rage and I’m ready to bite!

  4. Hellomotto
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    It actually gets a bit depressing later on, but then after the sad parts, it goes full on dorama/raeg mode. Which is entertaining and makes you facepalm at the same time. (Loving the .gifs as well. Stay Classy EO.)

    • Posted June 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Lots of j/k-drama type cliches recently with Kyousuke’s sickness and the way Yuzuki was acting, so I’ll be prepared for the depressing and then ridiculous stuff. Or at least I think I will be. Glad you like the gifs and reaction images, sort of a style I adopted for covering this since I’m not really taking it as seriously as I would most things I blog, haha.

  5. eternia
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I personally like Minahoshi more than all the others. She has the special trait that is daydreamer and delusional, as a result from reading too many manga/novel, makes her really funny and fresh, different from Kouji Seo’s typical girl.
    Too bad, you guessed it correctly, she’s neglected by Seo.
    Damn.
    BTW, do you really haven’t read the latter chapters?
    If that so, you must have an awesome predicting skill.
    Or… you have understood Kouji Seo’s way of thinking perfectly.
    :-D :-D :-D

    • Posted June 24, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      I too liked Mina the most. Unlike all the other girls, she fell for him for a very clear reason, which was by thinking he was asking her out on a date when he begged her to take him to the festival with him, and who could blame her given the context? I’m someone who believes in the idea that ‘when someone says their interested in you, you start to have an interest in them too’ and find such simple notions to be very charming. Now I know the rest of his harem also fell for him for simple reasons like…uh…what were they again…? But anyways, I just feel like Mina’s attraction to him was the most realistic so I liked her the most (or hated her the least? Hmm.)

      And she’s just funny to watch. Her train of thought makes sense from her point of view, but the rest of the cast (mainly Haruto) never knows what she’s on about.

      • Posted June 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

        Agreed on all counts. Mina didn’t start liking him for no reason whatsoever like most of the girls. She was pretty indifferent to him when he was in class, it was only when it looked like he was asking her out that she started to consider that she might be interested in him.

    • Posted June 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      That’s what I think makes Mina so much more fun than most of these characters. She almost comes off like a fujoshi the way that she’s really self-aware of romance tropes and situations. I always like me a fangirl, and Mina seems to be one, though she hides some of her enthusiasm.

      I haven’t read any later chapters, though I kind of wanted to keep going this week because I wanted to know what the big drama brewing would be. I think I’ve gotten more into Seo’s head than I wanted to, though it’s not too difficult since his intentions are pretty well signaled.

  6. Tavo
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Priceless images. Especially the one with char Aznable, Heero Yui and Lelouch.

    I thougth that ragecom would be 1, especially for the last part.

    Anyway good review!

    • Posted June 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      No, that little bit at the end wasn’t enough to raise my pulse, just pique my interest and start imaging how LOL DRAMA this could turn out to be. Does Haruto ‘steal’ Yuzuki from Kyousuke? Does he die and then Yuzuki goes to Haruto? Or Haruto jumps at the first girl he sees out of desperation just to have Yuzuki come back to him later? So many possibilities.

      • bagels
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:30 am | Permalink

        You knowledge of tropes and romance scenarios is on point. Those were some brilliant predictions.

  7. princeleon/Tommy
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    *Ctrl+F “NTR”*

    Not yet? Heh. :P

    Yes. Yes. I believe that ragecon meter will be reaching MAXIMUM very soon. Seriously, the bullshit in this arc is off the charts. Oh and I would put Asuka as the second best girl in the manga.

    • Posted June 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      We’ll have to see how Asuka turns out, but she’s on the right track to being interesting and fun so far. NTR? Wouldn’t surprise me with this manga, though I kinda had hoped that it wouldn’t go that far.

  8. Nazarielle
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Hahahaha, that laughing image was great, I laughed along with them. Even as a Yuzuki shipper, I can’t deny that Haruto is a complete and total douche and seeing him suffer is quite enjoyable.

    Kyousuke is definitely a bro. And he just gets even more bro as the chapters go on. You’ll definitely like him a lot. I don’t remember if him and Akari meet or not, but that’d be a ship I’d be cool with.

    • Posted June 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      Good to see that your shipping doesn’t blind you to how dumb half of that ship is, lol.

      I was thinking the same thing about Akari X Kyousuke. We fight each others’ ships, and we will continue to. But we are both still shippers. “Perhaps in another reality, I could have called you ‘friend.’”

  9. Rathje
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    The earlier installments of your series following this manga would have been a better spot for linking to this earlier post of yours:

    http://www.thatanimeblog.com/index.php/2010/11/on-protracted-conflict-lessons-learned-for-the-osananajimi/

    But, I just had to note – Yuzuki seems quite the master of osananajimi warfare. She even provides a decisive example of the effectiveness of the early “shock and awe” blitz that your study found to be inconclusive. The home turf, the continuity narrative, the proximity, support of the locals (family), early claiming of unassailable footholds on the protagonist… she does it all.

    Well… no one said guerrilla warriors were always popular historical figures…

    • Posted June 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      Hmm, I hadn’t thought of her as such because she wasn’t a true childhood friend in my view. She didn’t grow up with Haruto and then leave, she was just there for the festival. Though she did leave a lasting impression on him like osananajimi like Mihoshi from Sora no Manimani, for example. But she is a master of using the strategy and tactics of successful osananajimi. You raise a good point.

      One of the more enjoyable parts of the manga so far was watching her work, seeing how perfectly aware she was of the tactics she used. At this point in the story, it seems like things have entered another phase. She’s already got Haruto’s affection, but now it’s more about issues on the homefront and at school. The strategies and tactics I wrote about in that osananajimi post were all drawn from the typical anime timeframe, from contact to confirmation of the relationship. Because this manga is so long-running, it goes into phases of relationships not seen in most shows. Only a few go beyond the confession stage. Kare Kano is one of the few that I can think of that goes beyond the pursuit-to-confession stage of romance, so there’s not a lot of case studies to draw from. Something for me to think about though, maybe I can find more examples and see if there’s enough for a follow-up post.

      • Rathje
        Posted June 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, this series does keep going a long time. It’s making me wonder if Kouji is going to make this manga overstay its welcome and drag on too long. A lot of mangas that try to drag the story beyond the confession and acceptance end up floundering and losing their momentum. Or wandering off course into pointless side-tangents.

        Maid Sama kind of felt like it did this after Usui finally won an acceptance out of Misaki. It was like “what’s the point in continuing any further?” Now following the series feels like a bit of a chore. Same thing happened with Kare Kano I think. And I’m thinking this series is running a serious risk of doing the same thing.

        One observation though – a childhood friend mysteriously vanishing for a long period of time from the protagonist’s life and then reappearing later can often bode very well for the osananajimi’s love prospects. Mihoshi being a good example. But even Tsuruga Ren from Skip Beat does the same thing. It manages the devastatingly effective combo attack of “mysterious interloper” and “childhood connection” all in one package.

        In this case, it’s got Haruto so utterly beaten into submission that he’ll travel halfway across Japan to chase this chick.

  10. Posted June 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Asuka was the only light and hope of this series — well until Seo managed to ruin everything.

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