Kimi no Iru Machi chapters 91-100 – Bang

The Kyosuke arch-arc comes to and end, and in a way that I wasn’t sure the manga would have the guts to pull off. But now the floodgates are open for drama the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Well, that I haven’t seen before.

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Summary of this week’s chapters: Well, apologies for the delays. Work, the Steam Summer Sale, and the new anime season have conspired to delay my reading as of late. Anyway, on to the manga. Haruto and Kyosuke’s feud over Yuzuki sank to a new low when Haruto confronted him about it, with neither side coming out looking especially good. Kyosuke more or less guilt tripped Yuzuki into being his girlfriend when he told her that he knew he could fight his condition if she were by his side. And then it went to some delightful misogyny with the two guys acting like they could just take Yuzuki from the other, as if she weren’t a person with her own volition. Later, things improve a bit after Haruto meet Asakura Kiyomi, Kyosuke’s childhood friend who’s hates Yuzuki with the fire of a thousand suns because she believes Kyosuke is delaying the operation that has a chance to save him just so he can be with her. She also has it in for Yuzuki because of Yuzuki’s failure to encourage Kyosuke to undergo the operation. Though this comes not just from her long friendship with Kyosuke, but also because she’s in love with him. Eventually the two have it out and Kiyomi slaps Yuzuki. After that, she proposes that Haruto join forces with her, since they have a common goal to break up Kyosuke and Yuzuki. This doesn’t really bear fruit because Kiyomi can’t control her temper around Yuzuki, and eventually Kiyomi has enough when the whole group gathers for a meal. She admits her feelings to Kyosuke in front of everyone and also directly tells Yuzuki how much she hates her. When everyone is leaving, Kyosuke tells Haruto that he’s going to have the operation so he can compete with Haruto on a level playing field afterwards, and he also asks Haruto to go out with Kiyomi once he ‘wins’ and stays with Yuzuki. Though this is all for naught, because complications arise during the operation. Kyosuke dies, and at the funeral he leaves his last message to Haruto: he reserved the front sponsorship spot of his racing helmet to fit an ad for the restaurant he hoped Haruto would open one day.

Commentary

 

Scumbag Kyosuke: can’t get girl on his own. Guilts her into being his girlfriend because he’s sick. Yeah, my respect for that guy dropped pretty low during these chapters. First there was this, and then after a fight with Haruto and Yuzuki he said something about women who talk to much. Ughh. No wonder he couldn’t get her to go out with him before he got sick.

 

For once, Haruto has a point.

Aaaaand now I’m back to hating Yuzuki, but for fresh new reasons! So not only is this whole mess screwed up enough, but now Yuzuki even wants to keep things secret from Kyosuke instead of just being honest about it. So, Kyosuke sucks because he guilted her into going out with him, and she sucks because she’s just going to pretend to like him and lie to him while he’s dying. You know things have gotten bad when Haruto kinda looks like the decent one among the bunch.

A moment of clarity: Then, in the wake of all this, Asuka tries grabbing some attention back from Yuzuki. And it was at this point that I had a revelation. The world stopped, and suddenly I was blinded by the overpowering light of the truth that had sat right in front of my eyes for years. It was a profound moment, the kind of realization that can only come from suffering through a series like this. From the depths of my self-mortification had come enlightenment. And the revelation was this: the reason why the worst girl so often gets the guy in these stories is because all harem manga and anime are trolls! The entire point of the story is to have the main male character (or in reverse harems, the opposite I’m sure is true) turn down all the girls that most readers/viewers would chose if they were in the same situation. That is why all the other girls in harem stories are better than the main girl. The official canon ship is  intentionally the worst one because the point is to frustrate the audience! That’s why Akari, Mina, Nanami, Asuka, and so many other characters in this manga are so much better than Yuzuki. This is why Hayate no Gotoku still comes back to Nagi rather than the much more interesting Hinagiku or Maria. It’s why Martian Successor Nadesico ended with Akito X Yurika instead of pairing him with Ryoko or Inez or any of the other, better characters. And harem writers know this keeps readers hooked. You keep watching or reading hoping that maybe your ship can win, and you gnash your teeth and sigh when the main male character chooses the lamest girl, but you keep coming back. That’s the key, that’s why there are so many harem stories every year. The disappointment and anger is addicting, even as it hurts. It also lets fans of the better girls construct their own ‘head canon’ that imagines what might have been. And because this personal canon is made up by each reader’s mind based on a fairly minimal amount of information, it’s always ‘better’ by that person’s standards than anything the author could possible write. It outsources the writing to the reader/viewer’s mind, and we only cling harder to our own imagined stories in the face of the author writing plotlines that contradict us. It’s such an ingenious trap! I struggle with this knowledge, because it is possibly something that mankind is not meant to comprehend. There is madness in this knowledge more terrifying than anything in the unknowable gods of Lovecraft.

In these chapters we get introduced to Kiyomi, who I took a pretty quick liking too because of how straightforward she is. And her hatred of Yuzuki doesn’t hurt either. Though she is wrong in her appraisal of Yuzuki. This time. While Yuzuki is a master manipulator, this time she seems off-balance and acts like she’s just being dragged along by events without acting much on her own. I like her character design too, except for the ubiquitous Seo huge breasts.

So, it was probably a bit much, and Kiyomi should have blamed Kyosuke for things, but I’m okay with Yuzuki getting slapped just for the drama it could cause. It’s the kind of drama trainwreck that I’m expecting from this show, and hopefully will be a sign of things to come. And on a more serious note, while I definitely think Kiyomi acted rashly and should have slapped Kyosuke, she is a sympathetic character. She really loves the guy and since she believes Yuzuki is the one preventing him from getting the surgery, it’s natural that she would overreact to her.

Although it produced nothing, I was briefly excited to see Kiyomi team up with Haruto to try and break up Yuzuki and Kyosuke for their mutual benefit. Kiyomi was a lot more willing to fight dirty than Haruto, but unfortunately her skill did not match her enthusiasm. Still, it did end up helping to change Kyosuke’s mind about the operation when she abandoned subtlety and just admitted her feelings for him and against Yuzuki. Which was also another reason why I like her and feel that she’s a sympathetic character. She couldn’t take Kyosuke being all happy with Yuzuki right in front of her and just opened up in front of everyone. Kyosuke was the typical dense guy, not realizing her feelings for him, which kind of makes things tragic in the end for both of them.

Speaking of characters I like, Mina had a few choice moments, even if she wasn’t featured much in these chapters. She mostly provided some comic relief when Haruto was down about the ongoing drama by of course assuming he was feeling down because of her. She’s so aware of all the typical romance manga ploys and thinks she can pull them off, which is awesome. She’s like a kindred shipping spirit.

This was the troll before the storm, though it was good to see Akari again. Chapter 100 started out with a supposed contest for fan favorite girl, complete with a page in color again. But this was just part of the setup. Asuka came to Haruto’s door like usual, they argued about the usual things, and then went off as if to school, talking about Kyosuke. But instead they were going to his funeral. I have to admit, that was a good setup. As it was then, I didn’t expect him to die like that. I expected either he would live, or that he would die later, with the characters there with him.

So, not so many gifs and reaction images this week, since the story actually went kinda serious for almost all of these 10 chapters. But there’s going to be a lot that will have to play out in the wake of Kyosuke’s death. What, if anything, will happen with his request for Haruto to go out with Kiyomi. She was the most visibly grief-stricken person at the funeral. With the history this manga has of characters going along with relationships for the reasons of others, are they going to get together, sideline Yuzuki for a bit, only to explode in a drama bomb when Haruto inevitably runs back to Yuzuki? Or does Yuzuki get so shaken up that she avoids Haruto and he ends up going out with someone like Asuka for a time, and then the rest of the previous scenario plays out. Guess I’ll see next time.

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35 Comments

  1. Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Kimi no Iru Machi starts on chapter 102 and end on chapter 117. Just saying

    • Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Excellent. That’s the kind of talk that should mean good (and by that I mean bad) things ahead, things that would inspire that sort of bitterness! It will be exquisite!

      • Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        Granted it isn’t until chapter 137 and 140 that i lose it completely. When(if) you ever get there….i’ll sure be interested to read your posts….

        • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

          Well, I’ve come this far, might as well go for another forty chapters…maybe.

    • Posted August 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

      LOL THIS. In any case you might actually start loving Kimi no Iru Machi in the next 20 chapters. And then THAT moment comes. Just saying though, if you hate Eba now oh god it will get worse.

  2. Nazarielle
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    construct their own ‘head canon’ that imagines what might have been.

    So, just like True Tears, right? :D

    Also, that’s what doujins are for! These series drive people nuts, get them addicted, AND drive the doujin market. It’s economic genius!

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Except that that show was more of a drama than a traditional harem show, but close. True harem shows will give an episode, or a few episodes, to a character that’s just enough to bait those who like that character, and establishes just enough shipping material, without ever confirming anything. It’s just that taste of the better character(s) ship to get fans going, and just enough to frustrate them when the lame main girl ends up with the guy.

      The doujin market is something I hadn’t immediately thought about. The conspiracy goes farther that I thought!

  3. geassed
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    For the record Hayate did have a girlfriend who was even better than Maria and Hina. Best end that never happened though.

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      I doubt that anyone in that show could be better than Maria, but I know of the one you speak. Here’s hoping that she’s in any new season(s) of Hayate so we can see more of her than that one little flashback. (No, I’m not reading the manga, heh.)

      • Nosaj
        Posted July 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

        The Hayate manga is amazing. I was a Hina shipper till I read of how awesome A-tan was. I firmly believe she will come back for Hayate in the end and he will accept her as if they’d never parted.

        • geassed
          Posted July 20, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

          A-tan was indeed awesome and amazing. It’s surprising really how the two fit each other perfectly.

      • geassed
        Posted July 20, 2012 at 12:47 am | Permalink

        Ok maybe she doesn’t top Maria but A-tan’s chemistry with Hayate is almost faultless. Well… at least that’s the vibe I’ve gotten. If you have any reason to read the manga it should be to experience that whole A-tan saga. I’m telling you it’s great.

  4. semtex
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    This situation with with Kyousuke, Yuzuki and Haruto is so forced. It annoyed me when I read it because the author wrote to keep us frustrated (and keep reading) like you said. Glad I left this manga a long time ago. It is fun to read your thoughts about it though.

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I read on in the quest for the moment of pure rage that I’ve heard of for so long. If it weren’t for the allure of maximum rage, I would have stopped reading this about 90 chapters ago.

  5. Tavo
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Well… it was a drama part so few gifs…

    Anyway… Let´s hope that in the infamous arc “Return to Hiroshima”… the ragecon would reach the highest level. If that not happens… nothing more would do…

    After this go for Good Ending, there are some parts that even surpass some situations of this series.

    Good review!

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Yes, rage is what I signed up for, not semi-serious stuff that’s harder to mock and rage at. Probably won’t go on to Good Ending though, or at least not for a long while. Once I’m done with reading this, I’m going to start reading something I can actually enjoy in a non-masochistic manner.

      • Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

        GE is another beast entirely, though i enjoy it much more so than KimiMachi. GE just likes to……troll? hahahah. has the same syndrome though where there are x^x side characters that MC-kun comes across luckily they don’t often instantly fall for him….iirc only one does though i’d need naz to reconfirm

      • Razel
        Posted July 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

        GE is mostly serious, sprinkled with some cute and funny. It isn’t like a normal shounen romance manga, it takes shounen romance type events and has the characters react in a more realistic way I guess. They hurt each over bad stuff and reward each other over good stuff, this causes it to be rollercoaster-ish.

        There will be things like: Girl gets mad at MC over something and he is confused. So the MC asks a friend about it, and that friend tells him what went wrong, then the MC goes and fixes things so he and the girl have a cute moment. It all happens within a few chapters, and then repeats.

        This is the type of manga that will cause “otaku rage” over things that make perfect sense. Otakus raged over a certain character and attacked the mangaka’s blog forcing her to shut it down when some fantasies got crushed.

        Don’t expect any MOE in this manga, it’s almost anti-moe even.

        • Nosaj
          Posted July 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

          Good ending’s back and forth drama got so riddiculous I laughed more than raged. It may be due to late night reading but I remember some lines from GE as some of the funniest I’ve ever read.

        • Bagels
          Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

          GE succeeds in that the author is a female who works around tropes a lot of time. Female Mangaka are much more prone to write realistic characters, besides the typical busty naive girl who falls for the main char.

          Also I’m almost sure otakus are responsible for my shipping in GE getting sunk. Oh well I guess…

    • Lord Handsome
      Posted July 17, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      I would like to meet the man who doesn’t eat his own trousers after reading that chapter. He must be a mind as unwavering as the ever so distant moon… As one of the leading Asuka fans/shippers in my nation, it was a mixed bag of treats. The “Return” chapter was the moment I could (finally) shake of my stockholm-syndrome and simply hope for Haruto to get depressed by a 10 ton elefant….

  6. ectholion
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    wow didnt think this story was so long… EO sempai you are indeed a warrior i could not survive the first 20 chapters and here you are about to break 100. and of course the story still sux we have a supposive great guy that uses the im dying pity angle to get the girl… really… well i can say im very glad i left the reading to you and the summary reading to me these roles seem to work quite well. well the duche is dead, i suppose it was the best move for him. ON WITH THE BAD PLOT!!!!!

    • ectholion
      Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      also drama never seen before… … … once again i must recommend Bokura ga Ita = drama done right

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      I must soldier on to witness the ragepocalypse with my own eyes. It waits there on the horizon, and I am drawn like the moth to the flame!

      Yeah, Kyosuke started out cool but I really couldn’t respect him much anymore after these chapters. Glad you’re enjoying the manga vicariously through these posts. A big part of why I keep going with a manga that I would have otherwise dropped long ago is to provide entertainment to you and other readers. And I just like to rage at stuff.

  7. Hellomotto
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Well, at least you got past the serious part. And the next chapters are either bad or good, depending on how you look at it. I’m pretty sure you’ll hate Yuzuki even more…Rage-con will definitely move up a few levels.

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

      Haha, looking forward to it! I’m so close, I can’t wait to see it all blow up. I am approaching the chapters that people have told me about, the chapters that are the entire reason I started reading this. And I’m also interested to see how the Yuzuki fans could interpret things as good, if they’re as rage-inducing as I’ve heard, unless it’s in a scorched earth sort of way.

  8. Razel
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I never got why Kazama blackmailed Yuzuki into being his GF but at the same time never dared to “touch” her (well other than Seo confirming they never had sex for the readers). Also I don’t see why Yuzuki would need to break up with Haruto if all she did (and was asked to do) was be a normal platonic friend to Kazama.

    Also did Kazama even know she had a BF? Yuzuki kept in contact with him while in Hiroshima, but he didn’t know who Haruto was when he showed up. If that is the case, is what he did really that bad if he was just telling her his true feelings? I assume it to be the case since he never took advantage of Yuzuki at all.

    Kazama was just a lame drama setup & fallguy who was quickly eliminated from the story. Seo made it so obvious he was going to be Yuzuki’s BF.

    • Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I don’t get how Kazama and Yuzuki were boyfriend/girlfriend but nothing happened. Well, I do, it’s because Seo wanted to set up Haruto with ‘pure’ Yuzuki rather than have to entertain the realistic idea that Haruto would date a girl who had never gone out with anyone else before. Kazama was a just a fallguy like you said.

  9. eternia
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    You are calmer than I expected, though,
    I wonder if you will ever reach ragecon 1 at this rate.
    I, for one, wanted to kill this bitch Haruto.

    • Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I hope I will reach that point soon. I still pray for terrible things to happen to Haruto, and the only way I”ll know is if I keep reading.

      Nah, I know nothing bad will ever really happen to him. But I do want to see the rage.

  10. Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    No rage means no rage.
    In any case, most of my thoughts have been expressed in the comments above.

    Only thing to add now is that this can proably be a better game than School Days with all the bad endings. Kouji Seo is asking for it !

    • Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      He should do a special longer chapter like the Akari flashback one, but with short (3-8 pages) scenarios where Haruto gets killed by a different girl in each. I’d buy two!

  11. Nosaj
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    It is so true, almost every harem that ends, ends with the worst girl possible, yet even with this knowledge I am addicted to the setup and keep diving into these stories.

    • Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      That’s the thing of it. You keep reading because you want those shippable moments with the good characters, and your frustration just keeps bringing you back on a false hope. It’s devious!

  12. Tavo
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I know its a matter of time! But dont lose the spirit to make the reviews!! Your are really near to the “best” part of the series!

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