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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mishounen Produce Chapter 18 (Final Chapter)

As promised, the last chapter of Mishounen Produce. This is late as some personal matters cropped up.

In the previous chapter, Kousei participated in the auditions. He took the panel of judges out to the natural setting and used it to his advantage. The judges were wowed at his agility and how comfortable and fitting he seemed to his surrounding. Teasingly, one of the judges asked why he chose acting as a career as he seemed very adapt in athletics.

Kousei replied: "So as to win the heart of someone special."

Scene switched back to Kako and Tomoe. Tomoe told her that Kousei would be her leading man. He confessed that the story was inspired by both of them.

Kako turned the page of the script given to her by Tomoe. She was surprised to discover that Tomoe would be the director of the show. Tomoe told her that he had been looking out for a suitable story for his debut as a director. When he realised about Kousei and Kako's relationship and background. He could not help but be captivated by it. He confessed that was the reason for him making things difficult for Kousei recently.

Kako asked why Tomoe would consider directing as he was such an accomplish actor. Tomoe told her he would like to expand his repertoire and discover more of his talents. Tomoe told Kako he believed Kousei felt the same way. Tomoe had received news from Kousei's agency that after this movie, Kousei will take up acting classes. Kako was shocked to hear this. She asked where Kousei would be going...

Tomoe replied:" ...to America, my home."

The production team was scouting for the location for their movie shoot. The team was impressed with the location as it gave them the feel of the countryside. They praised Tomoe for having a good eye and selecting such a perfect location. Tomoe replied that Kousei was the one who suggested this place.

Tomoe told Kousei and Kako to prepare for the shoot by walking around the location together.

Kousei looking happy and carefree commented:It's been a long time since I came back to this place. The air is indeed fresher in the countryside."

Kako seemed distracted and preoccupied. Tomoe called out her name. Kako apologised for being distracted. She could not help but think that although this was their hometown but it somehow felt very different now...

Kousei asked whether Kako was alright...

Kako lamented that since the audition, to keep up with appearance, her relationship with Kousei remained as fellow actors and because of that, she could not tell him her feelings. Kako told Tomoe she's ok. Tomoe told both of them to commence the rehearsal... They would start with the scene where the two leads decided to go to the city...

Tomoe (the director) gave the cue to start the rehearsal. Kousei started acting. He shouted out loud to his surrounding:" Listen carefully! We are going to leave here and soar to the city. We will show the city folks! We country bumpkins will go to the city and conquer the world!"
Kako:"Yes... we are...!" Within her, Kako thought, Kousei and her had been childhood sweethearts...and they love each other... She didn't want to separate from him.

Kousei, still acting said:" Thus, from today onwards, even if we are in high school or in the city, we will not be separated.

Looking at Kako, Kousei said: "We will be together forever!"

Kako forgetting that they were still acting and shouted out her thoughts:"Then, why are you leaving me and going away on your own!"

Everyone on the set was taken aback by Kako's sudden outburst... Kako was shocked at her own behaviour. She muttered:" Excuse me..." turned and ran out.


As Kako ran out, she bumped into someone. She immediately apologised. Her victim turned around and shouted at Kako to be more careful. Kako was surprised the victim seemed to recognise her but she could not tell who the person was. Upon closer scrutiny, Kako realised he was Raichi Kun!

Sometime ago, Raichi kun was still dressing up as a girl. However, now he looked like a man and even his voice sounded lower. Raichi explained that his current look was the agency's decision. They have decided that he should be styled as good looking male as compared to the sweet girl look. Moreover, he had grown taller and his voice had started to break. It would be impossible if he continued to crossdress as a girl. Kako exclaimed that it was a waste as Raichi kun had done a good job role playing a girl. Raichi was touched and embarrassed by Kako's vote of confidence...

Covering up his embarrassment, Raichi told Kako she seemed to have changed. Kako thought: "Change?"

Kako looked at the surrounding and thought about the many memories she had of Kousei and her playing there. As a breeze swept through, Kako thought that things had really changed. When she was in the countryside, it never occurred to her that she would one day change and Kousei had become an actor. However, if they did not leave the countryside, she would never have discovered her feelings for Kousei.

At that moment, a voice was heard saying:" You have heard about the news..."

It was Kousei. He continued:"The news about me leaving to study overseas. I spoke to the producer and he recommended this school to me. It is a great school. However, he advised me to go early. I will be away for about 2 years."

Kako thought to herself that 2 years seemed very long...

Kousei:"Kako, this place is where we first role played your favourite manga characters. I remembered how your eyes sparkled when I role played for you. Since then, role playing to make you happy became my interest... Thus, to be successful, I chose to study abroad. I will be back very soon."


Kako slapped Kousei. With tears in her eyes. She told him:" I don't want you to leave... Aren't you bothered about being apart from me? We have never been apart since young... If we can't be with each other, I rather you not change! Because the you now is sufficient..."

Kako suddenly realizes what she had just said to Kousei... Tomoe appeared and asked what's going on...

Kako realized that what she had said to him was what Kousei had said to her earlier when he found out about her advertisement shots with Tomoe ... She realized that she too felt possessive of Kousei...

Tomoe, unaware of their exchange told them to get ready for the next shoot.

However, Kako started to cry and she could not control her tears. She wondered how to explain to Tomoe...

At that moment, Kousei hugged her and buried her tear stained face in his shoulders and he pushed off and the both of them fell downwards..

At the same moment, Kousei said:"As for me, I have been trying hard and enduring..."

Tomoe stared on with a shocked expression.

Both of them tumbled into a bed of leaves. Kousei breaking the fall with Kako on top of him.

Kousei continued: "When I'm with you, no matter what we are doing, I feel this strong possessive desire. Even just now, when you were crying, I don't any other men to see that. Thus, I want to be a better man."

Gently with fingers touching her tear stained face, Kousei asked:" Is that ok, Kako?"

Kako looking intently at Kousei:"I won't stop you from continuing the "Produce" project. You are the one who discovered your talent. Go ahead and soar and become world's ..."

Kako with a radiant smile added:"...become world's number one man and come back for me. I know if it is Kousei, you will be able to do it because you are my best childhood sweetheart. I am satisfied."

Kousei:"Kako... I love you." and they kissed.

Narration: We were born in the countryside. Although we have only each other, I am very blessed. Thank you Kousei. Thank you for being born to be by my side.

2 years later. It is the school's festival. The school was putting up a play, Rorensu and Bara. It was Kako's favourite manga series (Kousei used to role play that for her).

Kako was trying to get the actors ready for the rehearsal.

Raichikun quarrelled with Kako about his costume... Minase asked Kako whether she is still working at Brights Production as a manager. She explained she was still learning the ropes there not considered a manager yet.

Minase asked whether Kako was getting prepared for Kousei's return so that she could be his manager. He asked whether Kako was lonely as they did not contact each other during their separation.

Kako replied with a smile that she was never lonely.

She explained to Minase that a more accurate feeling would be anticipation. She was anticipating Kousei's return.

Suddenly, a voice cried out:" This is infuriating! This role is obviously more suitable for me!"

Kako turned... and Kousei was standing at the door:" Come over here, my princess!"

Kako in Kousei's arms:"No matter what, we will be together in this dreamlike world where only two of us exist."

Wow. That's the end of Mishounen Produce. This is definitely a shoujo manga with all the cliches. I love it as I am a shoujo manga fan! I love Kousei's possessiveness. Sigh...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tonari no Kaibutsukun Chapter 8

Hehehe... I know I haven't been blogging for awhile. Been busy with K drama series, reading mangas as well as work. I was getting lazy... Sigh... I know some of you are eagerly waiting for some of the series. Will find time to post them up. Top of my list will be Mishounen Produce last chapter. Haven't posted that up cos I have yet to go down to the bookshop to collect my magazine. Will be doing so in the next few days. ^_^

I have with me 5 volumes of Tonari no Kaibutsukun. Mangafox has scanlated 7 chapters. Here's a summary of Chapter 8 for the fans out there.

Chapter 8: The day when the girls feel bored and melancholic

This chapter picks up from the previous chapter where Haru's brother visited them and expressed that Haru's father wanted Haru to quit school and return home. For the first time, Shizuku realized that Haru could leave her anytime...

Shizuku looked at Haru's back and thought that she couldn't bare to have him leave her...
Back at home, Shizuku received a fax from her mom asking about her brother and her well being. Father asked whether mom asked about him. Shizuku told him that she didn't even mention him... (It is hilarious that both mother and daughter seemed to have the same personality; cold hearted ^^)

Back in class, Shizuku took a deep breath before entering class. She had been doing that everyday. It is almost like she has to brace herself for something...

Scene switched to Taito's class. Taito's classmates did not know her real name and had been calling her Taizan instead. Taito felt depress and texted her girlfriend about it.

Taito thought back about how she came to be loner in school. She was sick for weeks from the first day of school. When she came back to school, everyone had already made friends and had their own cliques. Thus, she was left out and had to pretend that she liked to be alone to get by.

Suddenly, the girls screamed out they could see Haru from the window...

Taito could not help but blushed at the mere mention of his name.

Scene switched to Haru and friends at the school field...

Haru was shocked to see Nagoya (his pet rooster) with an egg! His friends told him someone must have played a prank on him.

Scene switched back to the girls in Taito's class discussing about Haru as they looked at him from the window. They commented that he looked good. They were wondering why he is always with that girl. They wondered whether she is Haru's girlfriend.

Taito felt sick hearing that...

Scene switched back to Haru's class. The teacher was asking for the class to select a new class representative. Haru, who had the impression that being a class representative equates having lots of friends and is popular, desperately tried to get Shizuku to vote for him. However, he wrote his message wrongly and thus Shizuku could not understand what he wanted.

Haru left class feeling disappointed and upset. Others were not sure why Haru was feeling down, except for Sasayan (who seemed the have this uncanny ability to interpret Haru's bizarre behaviour). Sasayan pointed out to everyone that Haru was probably disappointed with not being selected as the class representative.

Natsume took the opportunity to ask Shizuku what she thought about Taito. Apparently, Natsume also noted Taito's reactions towards Haru and could tell that she was smitted by Haru. Sasayan shared that Taito was from the class beside theirs and she was very popular with the school's baseball team as many of them found her cute.

Shizuku ignored them and told them she would rather pay more attention on her studies. As Shizuku left the class she thought about her behaviour. Recently, she could not bring herself to look at Haru. As she was wondering about her behaviour, she saw the namelist of the top scorer in a recent national mock exams. She was ranked 29. Shizuku was upset. She told herself to place more attention and emphasis on her studies.

Scene switched to Taito queuing to get a drink from the vending machine. Someone cut in front of her. Taito made no attempt to stop him...

Haru was queuing behind Taito, gave the person a kick and told him to queue up. Taito was shocked by Haru's behaviour and thought quietly that the rumours about him being a delinquent must be true...

Haru followed Taito to her lunch spot. He noted that Taito was having lunch alone. He tried to encourage her. He shared that he was once alone but now he's surrounded by friends.

Taito took the opportunity to ask about Shizuku. Without a thought, Haru told her he liked Shizuku. Taito was heartbroken upon hearing that. Before she could get Haru to clarify, they were interrupted by Natsume.

Haru told Natsume about Taito having to eat lunch alone... Before anyone could do much, Taito was brought to their class for an emergency meeting. Both Haru and Natsume, tried to come up with a plan to help Taito make more friends... Shizuku stood up to leave the class as she found them to be too noisy. Haru quarreled with Shizuku for being insensitive and unhelpful.

During Physical exercise lessons, Shizuku was without a partner. She raised up her hands to tell the teacher and was immediately partnered with Taito. Taito was impressed with Shizuku's bravery. Taito tried to apologize to Shizuku for causing Haru and Shizuku to quarrel. Shizuku told her not to worry about it as she was unaffected. Instead, Shizuku encourage Taito to be honest with her feelings. If she felt uncomfortable with Haru and Natsume's plans, she should said it clearly to them. This made Taito realized that she has always been afraid to express herself. As she compared herself to Shizuku, Taito felt even worse about herself...

Scene switched back to Taito and Haru. Taito asked Haru about his feelings towards Shizuku.
Haru turned red. Before he could reply, Natsume appeared to get them to play badminton...

At the badminton court waiting for their turn to play, Taito found herself seated between Haru and Shizuku. Taito noted that the atmosphere was most uncomfortable. Both of them were ignoring each other. Suddenly, Haru broke the silence and asked Shizuku for the reason for ignoring him. Shizuku told Haru honestly that she could not look at him because she would feel shortness of breath when she looked at him and that she could not concentrate on her studies. Haru thought that Shizuku was sick and wanted to rush her to the doctor.

Taito could not help herself, she told Haru that this meant that Shizuku has feelings for him. Taito ran away after saying that as she realized she has just helped Shizuku confessed her feelings to Haru...

The next day, Haru approached Shizuku. He realized that she did not avert her eyes from him. He commented that she behaved normally. That day with Taito made Shizuku realized that she has been foolished not placing her studies in top priority. Shizuku made up her mind to treat Haru normally.

On the other hand, Taito made Haru realized his feelings for Shizuku...

I love this series. This couple is ultimate Kawaii couple!!! More to come, look out for further developments.