And watch is all crumble.
In this chapter, Futaba is worried about Kou’s quietness after the kiss. He mentions that he kissed Narumi even though he had no feelings for her and Futaba runs off thinking that he is a player. She discusses the situation with her friends while Kou talks with Kominato. Kou receives a call from a friend who tells him that Narumi has been disowned by her mother. He goes to her because he feels sympathy, even though Kominato warns him against it. Futaba chases after him, unwilling to give up, and Kikuchi chases after her. When Futaba makes it to the park, she calls out to Kou who ignores her and comforts Narumi. The chapter ends with Kikuchi holding onto Futaba and taking her back.
In the lovely shoujo manner, all the good fangirling of the last chapter is destroyed by coincidence and misunderstanding. Despite the big kiss, Kou is still incapable of saying his feelings and ends up screwing things up with Futaba. I can’t believe that he went to Narumi after all of the warnings Kominato gave him, but then again he has never been that emotionally intelligent. Hopefully he hasn’t ruined his chances with Futaba, but he has certainly set things back quite a bit.
I was very proud of Kikuchi in this chapter for helping Futaba in her moment of pain. He wasn’t jumping in on her rebound or anything; he was just being supportive and sweet. I have a lot of sympathy for his character because not only does he have to watch Futaba like another guy, but he has to see that other guy hurting her over and over again. As much as I support Kou and Futaba, I was pretty mad at him and wouldn’t mind some Kikuchi love. Futaba deserves to be treated nicely by someone.
I’m looking forward to the next chapter to see how Futaba’s friends and Kikuchi help her out and put things back together. I am also anxious to see how Kou will make things up to her after all of his crap. Hopefully the next set of emo chapters doesn’t last too long.
GO Rating: 4/5