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Posted 27 days ago , edited 27 days ago
In defense of Rui, she has always been way more mature and wise than Natsuo, who is still very much fully controlled by his own emotions. Now, as someone who had (and ultimately cut) a long distance relationship, i can fully relate and understand her view. the most painful thing about a long distance relationship is that no matter how much effort and will you pour into it, the reality is that you won't be there when the other needs you.
I guess their arc goes into that feeling, in fact the core of the fight when Rui arrived to Japan was that, that she realized that the true thing that broke her wasn't obsession, but the realization that she wasn't there, and sometimes in that regard, the best decisions are the painful ones.
My guess is that Rui realized that. She realized that while Natsuo had to fight to "be enough for her" and she ultimately wouldn't be for him to truly help, Natsuo wouldn't take the necessary steps to raise by himself. I really think Rui took the harder decision because ultimately, she admitted that the only thing left to do in order to help him, was to leave him to fend himself, and she won't admit that openly until a while later, because saying that openly will also mean that for Rui, that was a point of no return.
And in a broader sense that is because of the whole arc of Natsuo in the whole manga: since the first issue, almost constantly his focus has been to be a writer, to become adult, to be mature, all in service to be with someone else. I think the writer block is partly due to him having to live for no one but himself, and in that regard he lacks the confidence or self esteem to accomplish just for the sake of himself. he finds a dicotomy between his inherent value and the value of his work. in fact all the arc of Misaki goes around getting lost when you focused your identity on what you do instead of who you are, and how your weakness and solitude is a slippery slope. my guess is that Natsuo will met Misaki again, maybe in or after rehab, and that interaction will help him to write again. as Natsuo will finally make peace with the idea thar he is not defined as a writer but as himself

Sorry, got carried away and wrote too much!
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Does chapter 228 come out today or tomorrow
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DrowSorcerer wrote:
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Wow, I didn't know you were this invested into DomeKano as well I've had similar experiences and I agree with most of what you said. I'm still not convinced by the reasoning behind Rui's breaking up, though... What she said at the time was clearly a lie, and I don't think a business travel that was planned to last only a year (which was halfway through by the time of her visit?) would be enough to tear their relationship apart, she'd be back relatively soon and things could quickly get back on track. My guess is that she's gonna sorely regret it... Kind of like what Hina did after she shot down Natsuo on his club trip, when she could have waited just a little longer instead.

But what you said about Natsuo having to rely only on himself for inspiration/motivation is spot on, imo. "Been there, done that" and it's a really important lesson he needs to learn. Maybe that's Rui's intention (in which case I'd probably turn coat :p). If his arc is actually heading this direction, we could be nearing the end of the series... I've been Team Hina from the get-go but at this point I just hope for anything that might bring a satisfactory closure to all this mess
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Ahaha yes, got totally into the story, the plot flows organically, the characters are extremely well. Done and many of the topics hitted near home so... Yep, got invested xD
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Sparky9875 wrote:

Does chapter 228 come out today or tomorrow


Probably not until the first week of May.:/ I've read that the writer moved and then there is going to be a break because of golden week so. 5/5 or 5/6 maybe idk.
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Posted 22 days ago , edited 21 days ago
You know at this point, I'm just team Natsuo doesn't get hurt anymore. That's all this manga has been for the last few months and I'm tired of all the pain. I want happy, please bring happy at least for a little while.
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You know at this point, I'm just team Natsuo doesn't get hurt anymore. That's all this manga has been for the last few months and I'm tired of all the pain. I want happy, please bring happy at least for a little while.


Amen to that.


Side note: As someone who has managed a long distance relationship involving two nationalities with differing languages for 2.5 years as well as a weekend relationship at 300 km distance after that, which lasted a further 2.25 years, I fail to see what the issue with 6 months is, but that is me as a "battle-hardened" and eventually successful veteran speaking.
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Posted 6 days ago , edited 6 days ago
yea get friend zoned chefboi. ez
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Posted 6 days ago , edited 6 days ago
It's still too early to declare an FZ. He's gotta chance to pull this off, she clearly likes him, so maybe just some extra wor... nah that never happens on anything but 80's movies. All right people, looks like we're headed for the Rui ending so buckle your seat belts and prepare for Hina to cold shoulder him again!
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That guy IS a handsome devil, to be sure. ... and lead us not into temptation, and all that ...
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Why is she so cute though
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Eeeek, someone brought anime into the manga section!!111!

Tbh, I prefer her manga look ... there is something to those pronounced noses. But yes, sooooo cute!
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