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The chapter starts off with Futaba thinking back to what Kou said last chapter, "when you care about things, it ends up wearing you out," with the speech bubble coming from the cat, which is really nice, I like it. I'm guessing Sakisaka's drawing a parallel between Kou and the (stray) cat, and it's a nice touch.
Futaba's hung up on whether Kou really doesn't care about school and friends at all, even though he looks like he has fun when he's talking to people in between classes. She talks to Yuuri about it during a break, mentioning his nightly habit of hanging out with random people and walking around aimlessly. Ah, sharing your secret Kou information with your rival, you're so fair and square it's scary.
Yuuri wonders at her detailed knowledge, and Futaba casually goes, "I happened to run into him the other night, so I stalked him a bit." (Hahaha, she actually says 'stalked', Futaba is awesome.)
Futaba wonders if he still managed to do all right on the midterms, despite roaming around instead of studying, and Murao cuts in to say that it seems his results were pretty bad. She overheard a conversation between Tanaka-sensei and Kou earlier (her attention attracted by the sound of Tanaka-sensei’s voice). Wyoo, flashback: Tanaka-sensei’s telling Kou that with his grades all below the passing grade, he’ll wind up having to repeat a year (if he doesn’t do well on the retakes). Kou’s just like, “Whatever, if that happens, I’ll just quit school.” He then starts backtracking with a J/K, but when he sees Tanaka-sensei’s face, he stops smiling and, repeating that he was just kidding, fist-bumps Tanaka-sensei on the shoulder and walks away.
Murao’s thinking to herself that those who wants to quit should just go ahead and do so, but Tanaka-sensei made a sad puppy face, so... “That damn brat!” Haha, I love that Murao has no sympathy for Kou’s immaturity. Yuuri and Futaba naturally cares quite a bit more, Yuuri saying she wishes he wouldn’t say stuff like that even as a joke, and then wonders, much like Futaba has, whether even the time they spent together during the camp means nothing to Kou. Futaba says that she’s sure Kou has his reasons for saying depressing things like that, and then she puts her serious-face on to say, “But from now on, we’ll just make sure he won’t be able to say stuff like that anymore.” And then she literally sparkles, hahaha. Looking at her, Yuuri goes like, “You’ve gotten really pretty recently,” and Futaba’s all, “oooh really? I’ve been putting on a bit of make-up lately,” and aw, that’s such a girly moment, I love it. Yuuri thinks to herself that she doesn’t think it’s just the make-up’s doing.
Later on in class (aaah, fun FutaxKou moment coming up, everyone bounce up and down and be excited!), Futaba thinks, while staring at him, about how she wants Kou to think that things will definitely be fun if he’s hanging out with them, and wonders how to proceed with her plan to make him feel included in their group. Then Kou glances back (you were gonna sneak a peak at her, weren’t you. You were. You were!), sees her looking at him, makes a hilarious face while scribbling something in his notebook, and holds it up for her to read. “What’re you staring at”
She scribbles back, “I wasn’t staring.”
“Hah? You were clearly staring! Uuugly.”
“I’m telling you, I wasn’t staring. Baaaaldy.”
“I’m not bald! Peach is the bald one!!” (Teacher’s nickname.)
It’s a note fight, oh my god. Too cute. But of course flailing notebooks around during class doesn’t go unnoticed, and soon Peach the Baldy is there to interrupt their fun (and read Kou’s notes).
Kou comes over after class to complain, blaming Futaba for getting him into trouble with the teacher, saying it was embarrassing. What, you have a sense of shame. I didn’t know. Futaba rightly points out that it was he who wrote “Peach it the bald one,” so clearly it’s all his own fault. And Kou’s like, “But he IS bald!” and Futaba’s like, “Yeah he’s bald, but that’s not the point!” and the teacher, still present, is like *glare*. Hahaha.
Then Kou notices something, and says, “Isn’t your face kinda different?” Futaba coyly admits to having put on a bit of make-up, and then Kominato comes along to make things awkward (love him XD), claiming that there’s only one reason why someone would suddenly get an interest in make-up when they never bothered with it before, and that is: “Love, right!”
Komi: “So I’m right.”
Kou: “...Even though you’re Yoshioka. How shameless.”
Futaba: “What’s with that ‘you’re only Nobita’-like remark...”
(Reference to Doraemon (the cartoon everyone in Japan watched as a kid), “Nobita no kuse ni, namaiki da na,” is a famous line by one of the characters. Has the feeling of telling someone they’re acting out of their league, sort of. “You’re just you, what do you think you’re doing.”)
Kominato takes Kou away (boo) to buy lunch, but Kou pauses on the way out, and then turns back to wipe the gloss off Futaba’s lips with his thumb. He then declares that make-up doesn’t suit her and walk off. Hah! Haaah. You mean it suits her too well.
Futaba’s pissed, haha, grumbling to herself that he needn’t trouble himself with coming back just to tell her something like that. Aaand, having seen the whole thing is Yuuri, feeling, I think, her first pang of that really terrible, painful kind of jealousy. Had to happen. Futaba and Kou radiates so much awesome together, even I’m jealous. Now to see how she handles it.
Kominato’s hanging on Kou’s shoulder on their way to the canteen (aaaah XD cute) going all, you wanna eat this or this or this? And Kou being like, ah? ….well if I have to pick... And yeah, that’s just cute okay, excuse me as I giggle. Then they meet a couple of Kou’s old classmates from the advanced class (drawn with typical ‘nerd faces’ :| Meh). They comment on how he seems to fit right in with the normal students, and then go on to say lots of nasty shit in a pleasant way (insulting him with a smile), like, “I always wondered why you were in the advanced class in the first place,” and “You got in through your brother, didn’t you?”
And then Kominato goes all cool (living in Japan is getting to me, I totally feel like going “kakkoiiiiii!”), grabbing one of them by his tie and telling him to shut up already. When the guy claims it was just a joke, Kominato goes, “In that case, your sense of humour is way off,” but before he can headbutt him or something, which I dunno, it kinda looked like he was gonna do (maybe just my wishful thinking), Kou tells him to calm down, wondering why HE’s the one getting angry. Kominato yells that hearing his friend be insulted like that is obviously going to piss him off. Kou’s eyes widen. Hah. Impact! Maybe I’ll just ship these two.
...I mean. Aw, friendship. Anyway, in the mean time the two smiling jerks have taken off (running), much to Kominato’s annoyance, and he sticks his tongue out after them, declaring his hatred for their kind of people. Kou just stands looking at him, back to his usual blank expression. Man, I want to poke you or something, just to loosen up your facial muscles.
After school, Kominato’s waiting for Futaba and co by the shoe lockers, and when the girls show up, he asks whether they have any plans the coming Saturday...
Cut to Kou being woken by his cell phone vibrating and picking it up unhappily. It’s Kominato (of course), asking where he is right now. Kou says he’s at home, and Kominato’s like, “Great! We’re having a study session at your place today, so we’re coming over right now! See ya!”
In his half asleep state, it takes Kou a moment to register the meaning in that, and he’s just wondering if he’d heard something about a study session or if that was just a dream, when the door goes ding dong and his room is invaded. Futaba comments that his room is pretty big, while Kominato looks around to see if he’s properly hidden all his ‘indecent objects’. XD
Futaba explains that they’re there to tutor him in their respective specialties (Kou is dubious), and Kominato adds that he should show those advanced class guys what he’s good for. Kou promptly loses all interest and lies back down in bed, back turned to them. Futaba, sensing low spirits in need of raising, starts this really cute attempt to catch his interest, all, “When everyone’s doing it together, even studying is fun!” and, “Loooook! We have snacks!” and, “There’s chocolate too!” like she’s coaxing a child, haha, adorable. Just marry already. I want you to marry.
Yuuri says he’s probably still too sleepy to feel like joining in, so they decide to start without him for the time being. Kominato claims decent math skills, so Futaba and Yuuri asks him to explain a problem to them. Kou’s annoyed, thinking they’re noisy, but eventually turns around to sneak a peek. Kominato and Futaba sits right in front of his bed, and he sees Kominato leaning over to look at something Futaba’s pointing at in her book. He stretches his arm out. Leans in between them. To... stick his hand into the bag of chips on the table.
But that’s obviously just a convenient pretext!!! Jealousy! That was jealousy!
Kou munches on his chips, complaining that it’s not consomme flavor (his favourite. I’ve tasted it! It’s good!). Futaba blocks his access to the bag by stretching her arm out in front of him, saying that people who don’t study don’t get to eat . Kou glances at her, then surrenders, going like, okay okay, and then he tells Kominato TO MOVE FURTHER AWAY (jealousy!) because “it’s cramped”. Hah, psh.
Futaba’s like, success! The snack lured him in! And again Yuuri has been watching, probably also (along with us) realizing that what lured Kou in wasn’t his non-favourite chips.
Kou asks Futaba what her speciality is, and she says chemistry. Kou’s like, “Huh, how unexpected,” and Futaba says she hears that a lot. Well, yeah. Because it is. Then Kou is all *hot-mode* leaning his head on his hand and telling her, “Then teach me that, Sensei.” And Futaba is like, !! thiking, “I’m pretty sure he’s making fun of me, so why did I just go ‘thump’?! It is because I’m a pervert?!” (HAhahaa. Yeah, probably.) Kou starts whining at her to hurry up (aaah), and she tells him to be patient, and then there’s Yuuri... still looking. And she seems to be at her limit, calling on Kou’s attention to ask him to bring them cups. He gets up to do so.
...You know, I feel sorry for Yuuri and all, BUT WHYYYY. Ah sigh, cute moment cut short. Oh well.
Yuuri follows Kou into the kitchen, asking if he needs any help. Who else is feeling nervous at this point. I was totally nervous when I read this the first time, hahah. Anyway, Kou’s cleaning the cups because they haven’t been used for a while, so Yuuri ends up helping him dry them off. Then she hesitantly begins asking, “Do you... like Futaba-chan?
Buuut her voice is drowned out by the sound of the water from the tap, so he doesn’t hear her. When he asks her to say it again, she chickens out, saying it was nothing (also wondering to herself what exactly she would do if he admitted to liking Futaba). She grabs a couple of cups, ready to make her escape with them, but bumps into a bag of groceries and a bunch of potatoes comes rolling out onto the floor. Kou helps her pick them up, and at one point their eyes meet, and then they’re just looking at each other, and... we cut to the others in Kou’s room, where Futaba’s wondering what’s taking the two of them so long and deciding to go see what’s up.
When she gets to the kitchen, it looks empty at first, but then Kou appears (I’m not sure from where. Some corner). Futaba asks what’s up with the slow, then wonders where Yuuri is. She appears behind Kou, downcast eyes, blushing, making a face I don’t get. Kou says nothing’s up (walking off into a shadowed area, looking dark with his hair covering his eyes and I just don’t know how to interpret this!). Futaba, taking in the really weird atmosphere, asks Yuuri if something happened between her and Kou. Yuuri looks at her, then quickly looks away again, saying, “Nothing at all,” and following Kou back to his room. Futaba’s left thinking that that was totally not a “nothing happened” atmosphere.
...TELL ME ABOUT IT. That’s was more like THE definition of a “something happened” atmosphere, ahhhh I’m scaaaareeeedddd.
Oh right, chapter ends there! CH11 END!
Bikkuri's notes: Anyway, allow me to vent some general thoughts:
This chapter brings about a bit of a change, I think - the focus goes from Futaba finding her niche, to Kou's issues and... I dunno, fixing whatever it is in him that’s broken?
It's basically 'Project: Make Kou Care!'
I'M SO ON BOARD.
Then there's the love triangle still going strong, so of course Yuuri has it tough. I totally understand where she's coming from and all, but I'm still pissed she interrupted that super adorable moment, argh! AND WHAT. WHAT WAS THAT AT THE END.