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Posted 2/18/19 , edited 2/19/19

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Here are my thoughts after binge-reading the series:

I personally love the series. At first I was drawn in by hearing about the anime and how many people liked the series. I went into the show expecting a somewhat cliche love story about some guy who has an unrequited crush on his teacher and accidentally sleeping with her sister. But what I got was much more. I ended up reading all of the chapters in about 5 days after I watched about 4 episodes of the show and now I am pretty bummed now that I have to wait weekly for the story lol :tears:. I love many of the characters and found some elements of the story to be relatable to parts of my life. I know that some of the characters are kinda cliche or kinda play it up a notch but I still couldn't help loving their interactions with one another. The story made me feel all different kinds of emotions from just giggling at some of the comedic elements or making me almost start to bawl at some of the most emotional moments of the story. I've read a lot of people getting upset with the story and how it should've ended already or that the author doesn't know where to take the story but I think that the story is flowing rather well. Granted some of the criticisms are warranted but I can't help but still enjoy it everytime I read a new chapter. It may be that I just haven't read many manga (let alone romance manga) but I just love the story.



No need for spoilers as the latest episodes are available on the site.

The reasons for the breakup are indeed pushing him to write again and make him not depending on her for his own happiness. And cease hiding things to her. On the other side Rui has to work on her own issues, that is, being more in control of her own feelings. In fact, to be indipendent in pursuing the objectives of the life so love is a choice and not a need is one of the main themes of this manga.
We have seen Natsuo is practically giving up his dream, he felt his inability to write as permanent. And he feels that Rui is everything he still has to be happy. But Rui knows he cannot be really happy without writing, we have seen how the writer's block made him depressed and angry. That is why she choose such an extreme measure, this way he will be forced to not depend on her and to return pursuing his dream without being bothered by a long distance relationship. Complicated? Yes. But a very good reason.

About Hina: it is true she lost a lot because of Natsuo, but it is also true that both managed their short relationship horribly, they knew the consequences of being found and simply ignored them. Also she gave up her job only later, when she felt lonely and unfit to be a teacher due to her errors. So yes,she lost a lot but she has to blame herself for that.


I think he felt that way because of what happened with the theater girl (sorry I forgot her name and don't feel like looking it up.). It was the guilt of not tell Rui that was preventing him from writing because he wanted to tell her but didn't want to interfere with her focus on her job. Honestly, I get where she is coming from and why it happened. I just think she is the better fit for him and would be super pissed off if this series ends with them not getting back together. I think they will when she gets back, but I need the next like 10 chapters out so I can calm down a bit.
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Posted 2/19/19 , edited 2/19/19
Probably the reason of the writer's block is the bad marketing of his book, you can see him very frustrated even after his friends comforted him by giving positive reviews of his book. In facts, just before the play with Serizawa he didn't pick a call from Tsutaya, sign he was not yet OK about what happened. The situation of the relationship, and especially him not being able to be honest with Rui, only made things worse.
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The reasons for the breakup are indeed pushing him to write again and make him not depending on her for his own happiness. And cease hiding things to her. On the other side Rui has to work on her own issues, that is, being more in control of her own feelings. In fact, to be indipendent in pursuing the objectives of the life so love is a choice and not a need is one of the main themes of this manga.
We have seen Natsuo is practically giving up his dream, he felt his inability to write as permanent. And he feels that Rui is everything he still has to be happy. But Rui knows he cannot be really happy without writing, we have seen how the writer's block made him depressed and angry. That is why she choose such an extreme measure, this way he will be forced to not depend on her and to return pursuing his dream without being bothered by a long distance relationship. Complicated? Yes. But a very good reason.

About Hina: it is true she lost a lot because of Natsuo, but it is also true that both managed their short relationship horribly, they knew the consequences of being found and simply ignored them. Also she gave up her job only later, when she felt lonely and unfit to be a teacher due to her errors. So yes,she lost a lot but she has to blame herself for that.


Yeah, I agree with a lot of what you had to say. I think that a lot of the internal conflict of both Natsuo and Rui stems from their inability to communicate with each other on things that bother them. I believe its to be expected since they're both young and inexperienced with love and relationships. But like you said, Rui's reason for breaking up was complicated and probably for the best. We as readers, like Rui, can only assume the reasons why Natsuo believes he can't write any more. So that in itself, would prompt a big decision because Rui thinks that would be best for his dream of being a writer. But we will have to see where the story goes. Oh and I definitely agree with what you said about Hina lol
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Posted 2/20/19 , edited 2/20/19
I agree that the marketing of his book put a bad taste in his mouth and probably decimated his confidence in the publishing industry, but he will eventually put pen to paper and release those internal struggles he’s been fighting. The loss of Rui only heightened his emotions so once he’s past the grieving stage his words will finally be quenched with ink, and his resolve to be with Rui in an open and public way will finally mitigate much of their trust issues.
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holy shit what is up with the filler in this manga? every other arc is about some irrelevant side character that we all known is never going to end up with Nat. Feels like I have to wade through an uphill stream of bullshit to get to the good parts.

Even then, at ch 160, I am feeling disappointing in the way things are progressing. Yes, I'm a Hina fanboy so things aren't looking so hot right now, but compared to GE, where even though I preferred Yuki I definitely felt the emotions with the Sho scenes, here Rui just comes off as annoying. All the issues are honestly boring. Hoping for a better conclusion.
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holy shit what is up with the filler in this manga? every other arc is about some irrelevant side character that we all known is never going to end up with Nat. Feels like I have to wade through an uphill stream of bullshit to get to the good parts.

Even then, at ch 160, I am feeling disappointing in the way things are progressing. Yes, I'm a Hina fanboy so things aren't looking so hot right now, but compared to GE, where even though I preferred Yuki I definitely felt the emotions with the Sho scenes, here Rui just comes off as annoying. All the issues are honestly boring. Hoping for a better conclusion.


You can call it filler but all the characters are to help Nat with his writing and to set up more than just 3 characters in the book. Every experience he has is used for his writing and will help him in the long run. Oh and I pity you for what you're in store for but if you keep that attitude as a Hint-fan and dislike Rui, you probably will like what's to come
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Posted 2/20/19 , edited 2/20/19
So the girl is a rebound after all not a new side character which is good because I honestly think we're covered with side heroines thanks to Serizawa. I do like her and I hope she gets a good end though.
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oh i'm looking forward to it
i can already tell its not going to be a hina ending. Rui is too much like Yuki to lose, and the person to make the last ultimate sacrifice is always the one that wins the mc bowl. doesn't change the fact that Hina is the best.
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I know Rui was most likely thinking about Natsuo's well-being when she broke up with him (or at least part of the reason), but I still think it was a pretty bad choice. That is if she still has enough feelings for him to want a romantic relationship with him ever again, of course. Especially since they already got good advice from the old couple at the inn. Things won't always be easy but the important part is to work through the hard parts together. While knowing that, the fact she says something like that, that she is okay to go back to being brother and sister, in my opinion she really doesn't "deserve" to get a claim for Natsuo later on. I mean, to me it's naive thinking that leaving him is really the only way she had to help him get over his writer's block, in fact, that might have been the final nail in the coffin as far as they know.

Of course, if she got tired of the whole thing and she doesn't want a relationship with him anymore, that's ok, then she shouldn't be forced to stay with him just from fear of him crumbling, and to me that's pretty much what she said when she said it was a hole she couldn't fill. So yeah, "no hard feelings" for Rui but I really don't think about her as a "contestant" anymore. She would have to regret that decision and talk again with Natsuo pretty soon for me to "accept" that, because, yeah, I understand we can make bad decisions, we do all the time. Just don't hope to act like nothing happened if you wait years to fix it.

And yeah, we know Rui breaking up with him wouldn't end up breaking him completely because, well, probably the story would end right there, but the characters don't really know that at that moment. And in my opinion, Natsuo is able write good stuff mostly thanks to all the other people that loves and supports him, not the need to go through shocking experiences. Sure, one can serve for that purpose but he already had that with Hina.

Anyway, sorry for the rambling, I still just can't get over that and having to wait weekly now for new chapters and also seeing that it's going to be about this new girl for a while, I needed to vent a bit (and I don't have anyone to talk about this irl xD).

Btw, I didn't really get what was the new girl doing in the last page of chapter 220.... did I miss something or is it something open to interpretation until it's explained in the manga?

PD. Is there any physical release of the english version? I've loved it so much I would like to have the whole collection but so far I only see digital versions.
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Posted 2/21/19 , edited 2/21/19

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So the girl is a rebound after all not a new side character which is good because I honestly think we're covered with side heroines thanks to Serizawa. I do like her and I hope she gets a good end though.


I don't think that is true. It's setting up as a new person for him to learn from, not a rebound.
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I know Rui was most likely thinking about Natsuo's well-being when she broke up with him (or at least part of the reason), but I still think it was a pretty bad choice. That is if she still has enough feelings for him to want a romantic relationship with him ever again, of course. Especially since they already got good advice from the old couple at the inn. Things won't always be easy but the important part is to work through the hard parts together. While knowing that, the fact she says something like that, that she is okay to go back to being brother and sister, in my opinion she really doesn't "deserve" to get a claim for Natsuo later on. I mean, to me it's naive thinking that leaving him is really the only way she had to help him get over his writer's block, in fact, that might have been the final nail in the coffin as far as they know.

Of course, if she got tired of the whole thing and she doesn't want a relationship with him anymore, that's ok, then she shouldn't be forced to stay with him just from fear of him crumbling, and to me that's pretty much what she said when she said it was a hole she couldn't fill. So yeah, "no hard feelings" for Rui but I really don't think about her as a "contestant" anymore. She would have to regret that decision and talk again with Natsuo pretty soon for me to "accept" that, because, yeah, I understand we can make bad decisions, we do all the time. Just don't hope to act like nothing happened if you wait years to fix it.

And yeah, we know Rui breaking up with him wouldn't end up breaking him completely because, well, probably the story would end right there, but the characters don't really know that at that moment. And in my opinion, Natsuo is able write good stuff mostly thanks to all the other people that loves and supports him, not the need to go through shocking experiences. Sure, one can serve for that purpose but he already had that with Hina.

Anyway, sorry for the rambling, I still just can't get over that and having to wait weekly now for new chapters and also seeing that it's going to be about this new girl for a while, I needed to vent a bit (and I don't have anyone to talk about this irl xD).

Btw, I didn't really get what was the new girl doing in the last page of chapter 220.... did I miss something or is it something open to interpretation until it's explained in the manga?

PD. Is there any physical release of the english version? I've loved it so much I would like to have the whole collection but so far I only see digital versions.

Yeah I get the feeling it will be a Hina ending too, but it sucks because I think he was better with Rui. I think this is just setting up for when she comes back and they have a whole big thing and openly come out to their parents. Then again, Rui had already put space between them once when she insisted they only meet once a month before she left. So it's not crazy to think she is going through something too and needs the time apart.
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Posted 2/21/19 , edited 2/21/19
The "one date at a month" was something Rui proposed to focus more on their careers with the purpose of being a family in the fastest way possible (and to let more space to Natsuo, while she was trying to overcome her anxiety). Natsuo agreed because he realized that he was completely full with club activities, so he had to postpone his new book (there is even a panel with him thinking about being broke in the future, so he had to ask money to Rui for living). That thing, even if many are criticizes it, was what allowed Natsuo to write comfortably his anthology (the one later bashed because the bad marketing). So it was not really negative per se, and it did not really affect their life as a couple. The NYC cooking course, on the other hand, did.
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The "one date at a month" was something Rui proposed to focus more on their careers with the purpose of being a family in the fastest way possible (and to let more space to Natsuo, while she was trying to overcome her anxiety). Natsuo agreed because he realized that he was completely full with club activities, so he had to postpone his new book (there is even a panel with him thinking about being broke in the future, so he had to ask money to Rui for living). That thing, even if many are criticizes it, was what allowed Natsuo to write comfortably his anthology (the one later bashed because the bad marketing). So it was not really negative per se, and it did not really affect their life as a couple. The NYC cooking course, on the other hand, did.


Yeah you can see it that way but you have to think that could have a little role in it as well. I'm not familiar with school life in Japan. But from personal experience (college graduate while working). There is plenty of time to maintain a relationship while doing activities and actively write imo. The NYC cooking course did screw them, which shouldn't come as a shock because that is a tough thing to do. They both could have been better with communication during that time but I ultimately think it's going to come back around to them getting back together.
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Btw, I didn't really get what was the new girl doing in the last page of chapter 220.... did I miss something or is it something open to interpretation until it's explained in the manga?


Open to interpretation. Innocent speculation is she's renting an apartment for herself; darker speculation ranges from selling her body to selling drugs to selling Natsuo's possessions -- specifically, the watch which Rui returned, or (worse) Natsuo's half of the moon necklace.

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mazinkaiserdx wrote:
Btw, I didn't really get what was the new girl doing in the last page of chapter 220.... did I miss something or is it something open to interpretation until it's explained in the manga?


Open to interpretation. Innocent speculation is she's renting an apartment for herself; darker speculation ranges from selling her body to selling drugs to selling Natsuo's possessions -- specifically, the watch which Rui returned, or (worse) Natsuo's half of the moon necklace.



I don't see her selling something of Natsuo's. But that is a very good guess. I'm thinking it's selling herself, she did say she was doing it for a time or maybe she's collecting money from someone or it could be her paying for her things/getting change from paying for her things. Many many different ideas.
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