OKAY AND ALSO I JUST MISS IT.
I’m actually really interested in everyone else’s thoughts on this chapter, because I’m just not very good at predictioning. That’s a word. Just trust me. Don’t look it up. Anyway, just BAH I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. And y’know, lots of you write your thoughts in that chatbox thing on the AHR tumblr, but that’s really hard to follow, so I’m afraid I’ve probably missed some enlightening comments. And so I am stuck in the gloomy sadness of my own inability to come up with anything clever :(
...But I’m getting ahead of myself. Uhh, so I scribbled a few bullet-point notes while reading the chapter, so I’m just going to go through those.
...is a cute name. (I think that’s what I was thinking when I made that note.) And she’s pretty! But what I noticed the most about her, really, was the shape of her eyes. Has anyone else noticed that? Like, aren’t they the female version of Kou’s eyes? Or maybe I’m just imagining that XD But really, they’re still kind of suspiciously similar in a ton of other ways. Just, you know, opposite. (Wow, that makes no sense.) I mean, one lost his mother, the other lost her father, both have (presumably) divorced parents, both moved and had to start fresh at a new school, both have black, wavy hair and similar eyes... What’s the deal? I’d have guessed they were cousins or something, except if they were, Kou would have said so already. The only option left is that she’s his magic clone specifically manufactured to MAKE THINGS COMPLICATED :(
- GG-KUN. BAND.
...I give up writing anything coherent about Touma. Andjifnaeoh. Go serenade Futaba in the moonlight until she forgets all about that silly whatever-his-name-was, Kou or whatev--Waaait! Ohohho. You nearly got me there. No, Touma. No!! I’m not on your team! STOP PLAYING DIRTY. STOP CONFUSING ME.
- Kou NEEDS to sort out his priorities.
He’s in love with Futaba, uneasy because Touma is clearly into her as well, and STILL he lets the whole deal with Narumi come first. I just don’t really get it. I mean, okay, I SORT of get it. But not really. Though Carla posted a wise comment about this (although it was about ch19) over on my WP, allow me to quote: “Picture it. You just started dating someone you’re madly in love with. Your brain is filled with endorphins and you’d like to be with him 24/7 and be all lovey dovey forever (things are usually like that with recent relationships). He is your #1 priority when it comes to spend time and attention. BUT, you’re not his. You can’t be, because right now, he has a friend who needs him more than you do. On top of that, said friend is a girl. Now THAT sucks. I wouldn’t want to be in that kind of situation. So, kudos to Kou.” ...I’ll just leave figuring this whole mess out to Kou. Good luck, mate.
- Kominato pre-confession bawww
What is WITH everyone in this manga. Sakisaka-sensei is really, really good at making amazing side characters. I’m officially completely invested in Kominato’s whole life and would easily have read a manga dedicated to him being awesome on his own. Tanaka-sensei is adorable and funny as well, but Murao, just so you know. You’re GOING to end up with Kominato. It is OFFICIAL. Because I SHIP IT.
(...Has anyone else managed to get used to calling them Shuuko and Aya? XD Somehow they’re just Murao and Kominato to me.)
Also, Kominato is one of those 100% awesome guys who are secure enough in their masculinity to feel perfectly at ease walking around in a maid’s outfit. <3
Well, that’s cryptic. I think I was reacting to Touma with a bass? Or Touma accidentally calling out to Futaba with the microphone on? Or Touma singing? Or Touma blushing? Or Touma smiling? Or Touma? Or Touma? I think I was reacting to Touma. Probably reacting to Touma.
- lol okay Kou is cute, too.
In that sulky way. And non-obsessive jealousy is always cute. Also, Kou and Futaba just look so right together, somehow. Like whenever there’s a frame with both Kou and Futaba in it, I always think that. They’re just... Futaba and Kou. They just MATCH and akjsadkas THEY BELONG TOGETHER.
TOUMA’S NICKNAME IS KIKKU. THIS IS DEEPLY HILARIOUS TO ME. GOD, HE’S SUCH A PUPPY.
The heck? This is suspicious. “-chan”, as far as I know, is not something you usually attach to guys unless you knew them in kindergarten, or unless it’s someone you’re REALLY close to. But I guess there are exceptions...?
(Why are almost all my notes just names.) Suddenly deciding to confess in the evening and then silently freaking out <3 I LOVE YOU FU.
Kou notices Futaba acting weird, and as he tends to do, he assumes she’s feeling ill. So he leans down to ask if she’s okay by yelling in her ear, I guess (meaning he has to lean down to face-level), Futaba turns around and looks up at the same time, and THEY KISS. Oh god, I’ve been wanting to write that FOR SUCH A LONG TIME. I DON’T CARE THAT IT’S AN ACCIDENT. THIS IS AWESOME. Kou! The universe is on your side at last! THIS IS YOUR CHANCE MAN.
...But of course, they’ll mess it up somehow. How, I don’t know. But there will be drama. I think. I mean. Probably. Right? Oh man, I get so insecure when I try to predict anything, it’s like a disease. The I’m-worried-that-if-I-predict-something-bad-it’ll-come-true-and-if-I-predict-something-good-it-won’t-happen disease :( Omg guys, do you think I’m dying? :(
- RIGHT IN FRONT OF TOUMA HKJSBDAKI EXCUSE ME SAKISAKA-SENSEI WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. Ouch in the kokoro :’(
- All these love triangles.
I’m sure Narumi hasn’t been introduced just so she can join the audience to Futaba and Kou’s epic love adventures. But... am I the only one who finds it distractingly unlikely for there to be so many love triangles in one little group of people? I mean... come on. Right?! It’s weird! Sakisaka-sensei! It’s weird!! And... annoying.
Let me end this with a short fanfiction. I’ll fight through my disease and make a prediction! :|
Futaba couldn’t process what had just happened. Something soft had... pressed against her lips... and Kou’s face... was right in front her... eyes staring straight into hers... She looked away reflexively. What? What? She’d just been thinking about confessing... Had she fallen asleep? Was she dreaming? Did Kikuchi-kun’s band play magic lullabies? No, they were too loud...
Then that must mean... She’d just accidentally... kissed Kou. She felt her face go warm, and looked up to see how Kou was reacting. He’d straightened back up, and was looking down at her seriously. When their eyes met again, he took her hands in his and said, “Futaba... wait, I mean Yoshioka (I forgot I was Kou for a second), we have just shared a magical kiss. We must hurry up and get married.”
“By the way, Narumi is just a cousin. Sorry, did I forget to mention that? Anyway, have I told you that I love you?”
“Wait! I was supposed to confess!”
“I take that as an ‘okay’ to my marriage proposal.”
“Sure. I mean, we’ve kissed now, and everything. Let’s name our first born child Bikkuri. I do love that girl.”
“Oh, yes, she’s a real genius. We should have her plan out the rest of our lives.”
“That’s a good idea.”
And then Bikkuri decided that they’d live happily ever after.