~Strawberry on the Shortcake (Highly Recommended Viewing)

~Reminiscing a favorite Fukakyon drama series~

Strawberry on the Shortcake

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"Strawberry on the Shortcake" Okay this one’s a bit older and yet it’s one of the most memorable Fukakyon dramas that immediately comes to mind when thinking of a favorite. And there’s something so warm and addictive about those little Tackey♥ narrations which appear near the beginning and end each episode and they’re a match made in heaven…..I sort of wish they had stayed together in real~life and gotten married although most would probably disagree and would rather want them for themselves =P.

But just at initially with those opening and closing dialogs for each episode I then just knew that the next episode couldn’t come soon enough each time. You know you’re addicted to a drama when even a week’s wait is much too long (> <);!!! Theme songs too play such an important role in how one loves/likes a drama and initially it may sound odd that they chose not a Japanese pop song or even a Japanese language song here but instead this drama connects to a pair of catchy 70’s songs from none other than the hit machine which was ABBA. I can’t stress enough of how perfectly it works here with “Chiquitita” leading in and “S.O.S” serving as the ending theme (S.O.S also cutely becomes an acronym of sorts for “(S)trawberry (o)n the (S)hortcake”) and coupled with the visuals of the cast playing happily together during the credits….it’s just (*´∀`)♥!!I guess I’d summarize to say this drama is truly delicious♥ in storyline, dialogue, characters/ actors and musically as well.

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“Strawberry on the Shortcake” is one of the un~bashful stories where relationships and adolescence touch upon everything from unrequited love to discovering one’s self to virginity and how realizing the one♥ for you may be closer than you think. Fukakyon and Tackey play the main characters “Manato” and “Yui” who become siblings though in a step brother/step sister sense and initially Yui’s honesty and straight forwardness was a bit of an odd turn~off for Manato but in time he soon begins to realize his feelings for her (not the sisterly type :P) but there are of course complications of other relationships which form not a love~triangle but some other odd shape xD. What I really loved about this drama is how relatable each character was and you can’t help but fall in love with Fukakyon’s “Yui~chan” as her personality and approach to life is on a level cutely aloof and yet she’s so honest with everything never shying away from literally anything in life…..her demeanor so adorable and wrapped in sweetness always =). There are so many wonderful and touching moments that’ll have you attached and giggling inside too all leading up to a heartfelt final episode which also provides and abundance of anxiety too!! The sex* episode was so funny where there’s I imagine nothing quite like “finding” your brother’s condoms or being asked if virginity is a bad thing for a guy to still have (*´艸`)!!、however it all fairs in comparison to Yui telling Manato that she “can’t practice that*….” with him, that* of course being that* well you know lol. And who could’ve known that stalking could be so clumsy and cute at the same time??…..Fukakyon♥ and Tackey at their heartfelt best!!!

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372 Responses to ~Strawberry on the Shortcake (Highly Recommended Viewing)

  1. Hi Philip,
    As you’re now watching one of my all time favorite dramas I was thinking that maybe we could experience this drama together (me: reminiscing) (Philip: for the very first time)…so I just edited out this portion of my favorite Fukakyon drama out of her artist post here =D.

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  2. I’m not sure if you’ve watched the anime the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya but I get those same warm feelings with Manato’s opening and closing dialogues which are inner thoughts to oneself…thoughts that you wouldn’t normally be aware of and in that sense in both series there’s a wealth of color to those characters speaking in such a sense and so openly. “Chiquitita” just began playing and it brings back many memories of when I first watched this series years ago! It’s been awhile so watching it now somehow seems anew and fresh.

    And what an ominous of meetings, and for an initial meeting between Manato and Yui~chan….and aren’t the opening and ending credits so amazing with ABBA!!!! I never imagined that ABBA could accompany a Japanese drama but it’s so perfect isn’t it. And for Yui to say such odd things and even pretend to have stolen that book Manato was thinking of stealing…and then yes that car color ‘game.’

    Ahhh the teacher who’s counseling Manato, the one he’s checking out =D…she was an idol going back….you may be surprised to see her here:

    https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/%E3%80%8Ctgif%E3%80%8Didols-unzipped-april-15th-2011/

    ….that’s a really old UTB issue!

    A bit odd too in seeing Takizawa Hideaki play a student who’s being bullied as I’ve been used to seeing him in much more strong roles…always loved his acting.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I missed these comments earlier, so am now catching up… Love the narrated bits at the start and close of each episode: they make satisfying bookends. As for the end sequence, that’s a really good one, complex and symbolic, like the credits for Seasons of the Sun, almost.

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      • U~n it’s nearly just as powerful and memorable as Taiyou no kisetsu’s closing theme, albeit it’s tough to top its vividly dark montage of imagery not to mention Tackey’s incredible song “Kiseki.”

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  3. Uchiyama Rina, you can already sense a love shape (I won’t say triangle because this shape’s much more multiple sided than that =P) forming. Haha you just knew that had to be Manato’s wet dream ~* there right?! I guess younger guys do have an infatuation with older women I wonder? Coming of age stories are so wonderful and what better way than to see a very horny* Tackey (。ーωー。)笑!Still Saeki Tetsuya’s the true wildcard in this drama….add in Yui’s free spirit and her liking him plus Tetsuya’s love affair with the teacher and it’s quite the love shape. And speaking of Uchiyama Rina:

    https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/%E3%80%8Ctgif%E3%80%8Didols-unzipped-on-way-back-fridays-volume-54/

    I’d gotten that DVD awhile back, before seeing S.O.S. actually.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I’ve just checked out your link, thank you. What an amazing set of photos… I love coming of age stories (my own two books are about that). I did see a YouTube video on the subject of Japanese etiquette for foreign visitors that after a certain age it’s socially unacceptable for women to show cleavage, and wear high necklines. In the drama, sensei must still be at an age when it’s okay to be proud of what you’ve got, so to speak. Hence Manato’s interest in her open blouse. In a wider context, it probably explains the popularity of booblicious idols such as Nakamura Shizuka. Eventually, though, won’t she be expected to cover up, or is that expectation of mature modesty slowly dying out?

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      • U~n Uchiyama Rina hadn’t done too many of those so it’s a bit of a rarity and even her image DVD there is a rarity for her as well but she was really popular back then as she even released a calendar and was appearing in lots of media too. It’s definitely a deeply rooted cultural aspect, however that being said the younger generations are surely blurring those lines of self representation and what is acceptable and with such change one has to wonder if one day it’ll be truly a thing of the past. Of course for professional stages of life in work and otherwise this is still surely being followed but on a simpler social level maybe not so much.

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  4. I’d forgotten about Manato trying to steal his sensei’s underwear….dubbed the ‘lingerie thief’ =O. He’s bullied, his father is out of touch…..meeting Yui~chan then proves to be a blessing ~*. I love when Yui~chan says to Minato that ‘everyone is weird…” on the bridge when he was thinking about jumping. And those anonymous letters that he keeps receiving…..fushigi ne~. I do wonder what would a guy do with a girl’s underwear? Actually I probably don’t want to know XD. I’ve had some articles go missing back during high school but we had an outside laundry line back then….but who knows maybe a dog stole them lol.

    The conversation between Manato and Haruka was touching and how understanding she is of Manato’s situation with both his lack of a mother and his getting bullying….and to be able to speak to one another while seeing one another outside their windows.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Yes, let’s not think of guys and underwear. I suppose the main thrill is in the getting of it. I’m not sure if I dog can reach a laundry line without step ladder… Unless it was a very tall dog standing on its hind legs. Manato certainly showed he could fast when he was being pursued, didn’t he!

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      • You’ve just created a most vividly hilarious image in my head just now…(^q^)! But what would a dog need such a thing for I wonder lol…but in any case I was secretly creeped out back then and it was actually my father whom suggested that a neighborhood stray had taken it lol…and I really did try to believe it was totally true as well =P.

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  5. Bullying is like the lowest =(.

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  6. Tetsuya arrived in a nick of time, I really believe that Manato was going to stab that student who was bullying him. I’m beginning to remember why I felt so sad for Haruka…. =(. Funny how so many people can fall in love with others whom will never return those feelings.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I’m so glad Tenpai was hanging round on the roof. Which reminds me…Quite often in doramas, the characters end up on the roof. Are these normally out of bounds? I suppose it’s a simple way of filming a scene without having to add lots of extras in the background. Ah, the number of times I’ve fallen in love one-sidedly…

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      • Mmm…romance is such a complicated thing isn’t it and yet we’ll all endlessly strive for it in our own ways. It’s indeed a favorite place for drama scenes it seems going way way back and I’m not aware of roofs being strictly off limits although I imagine in most facilities it surely must be as student suicides have also occurred there as well.

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        • philipleslie says:

          I automatically think of the early AKB48 song, in which the girl places her shoes neatly before she jumps to her death so that people would think she was a neat person. I think it was based on a real incident?

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          • It very well could have been although I’m not sure =(. One of the early aspects of AKB’s mvs which struck me quickly was just how real they get with their story lines and overall content versus how most other idol groups present their songs.

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  7. Tetsuya’s so flamboyant!!! His character makes me smile with his demeanor albeit I’d not always liked his thinking.

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  8. Wasn’t that something how Yui~chan got rid of the fake Minato….the oncoming van…his fake glasses which she threw to be run over.

    And surprise!!!!! Yui~chan’s mom is with Minato’s father!

    And getting back to Minato’s opening and closing dialogues, this drama’s tone really had such a ominous feel to it even from the very first episode as Minato remarks on how he will never forget her as in Yui~chan and how she changed him forever….it gives such an ominous feeling like something bad is going to happen as he’s always speaking in retrospect.

    The ending theme with S.O.S. is one of the very best in dramas!!! The playfulness….!!

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  9. And you just knew that Yui~chan was going to meet and like the likes of Tetsuya. Again, aren’t coming of age stories the best? Fukakyon’s so cute in this drama!…and to have someone whom speaks their mind so freely as Yui~chan at times has no filter =D.

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  10. I love that Yui~chan’s room is just so Piiiiiiiiiink♥!!!

    And with the second episode we learn where the drama gets its name =).

    And how to the point Yui~chan is asking Haruka point blank if she likes Manato =O. Haruka’s so sweet for Manato, again I’d always felt so sad for her =(.

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  11. And that scene when Yui~chan calls Manato to come ‘hear’ their parents having sex, seems odd to think initially but it was truly touching the way in which she reflected that way in saying how she then was happy about her mom finding happiness but of course Yui~chan is much more specific in reasoning her tears then the very next day =).

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    • philipleslie says:

      When her mother dies, she has the unusual and refreshing response that at least her mother had found true happiness. At this point in the drama, when they’re hearing the parents having sex, we don’t know that Yui-chan’s mother is so ill, do we.

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      • That certainly was a moment to reflect back onto when it was revealed that her mom was truly terminal and how Yui~chan tells Manato that she’s not there to hear their sex but to rather witness her mom’s true happiness and how she’s found it.

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  12. At least sensei had her underwear returned, albeit I’d never once wanted to get mines back ever again XD.

    You can sense so much already in how Manato doesn’t see Haruka in that way and likewise how Tetsuya won’t be true to Yui~chan and that despite both being so beautiful and sweet.

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  13. I’m thinking a psychologist would see a lot into Yui~chan’s childhood memory about the chick she once had as a pet and funny how Tetsuya’s piano playing triggered that specific memory just then.

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  14. When I was first watching this series I was so hoping for Haruka and Manato to fall deeply in love, but it didn’t take long for Fukakyon to change all of that. I keep saying this, but I felt so sad for Haruka.

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  15. Wasn’t that hilarious when they were speaking about Manato’s blue love letters and Yui~chan blurts out….’who’s cuter?” =D! I wonder if that was in the script when Tackey’s head hit the lamp in his bedroom when Yui~chan shoved him in excitement?? =O

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  16. And now Yui~chan’s teaching the inexperienced Manato how to kiss….. funny how he was really going in when she moved away at the very last moment =D.Tackey’s so handsome no matter what hairstyle…Mmm he’s always had those lovely bangs o(*´∀`)o゛!!

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  17. The thought of an omiai has always freaked me out…..and now we learn of sensei’s true feelings and the deep reasons for her sorrow.

    And now the awkward movie date with Haruka…although movie dates are common I’ve always believed that having a first date at such a venue isn’t such a good idea. I mean both of you have to be so quite throughout the entire movie and on a first date there should be a lot of conversing right from the start so you can get to know one another much better.

    A~h the strawberry shortcake. Symbolic how Haruka saves the strawberry for last whereas Yui~chan eats it right away before the cake itself and both because it’s the most treasured part of the dessert…..funny how Manato says he does like Yui~chan there on the date.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Movie dates definitely bad idea as you’re not even looking at one another, especially if it’s something mega-long likeLord of the Rings!
      So, are you a strawberry first or strawberry last person. I’me definitely a strawberry last.

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      • OMG LOTR!! that would be like an epic dating nightmare of a choice XD!!!! I answered a bit below but I’m certainly since my childhood been a cherry last girl although in memory that hasn’t always worked out so well =). I actually didn’t like strawberries growing up and only later into my early twenties did strawberries finally appeal to me.

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        • philipleslie says:

          Strawberries are not a fruit I crave for. Prefer raspberries. Do you have those?

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          • U~n we have raspberries and I agree they’re most yummy! I’ve gotten a chocolate covered strawberry on occasion but I’m not really into chocolate although those chocolate fountains are cool, just not to the liking of my taste buds as odd as that may be =P.

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  18. The look in which Manato gives Yui~chan when she says that they’re brother and sister, your first visual confirmation that he’s interested in her…they are after all not blood related at all and yet it’s a bit odd even when you think step brother and sister.

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  19. Again Manato’s closing retrospective dialogue and how he keeps saying how he will never forget Yui~chan….gives a definite impression that something bad will happen although of course I won’t tell!!! Hi Mi Tsu =D.

    You can see how Yui~chan’s a deep romantic. In her lie about her mother being ill with an incurable disease and how she later remarks about love having a time limit….whomever wrote the script is a deep romantic no doubt too…and the theme of unrequited love throughout this drama in so many different scenarios and relationships creates so many possibilities for a deep romantic to put pen to page just wishing for that one special love connection to prove to be true no matter the obstacles.

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  20. What episode are you on now Philip? I’m so hoping you’re not finished with the series just yet!!! as this will then prove to be most foolish on my part XD.

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    • philipleslie says:

      HI there! Just up to episode 5, so when I saw mention of the ‘sex’ episode, I realised that was a spoiler, and decided not to read too closely! So far, I’m completely hooked, anyway, and have enjoyed tmany scenes, such as the one when she teaches him how to kiss, and the scene when he produces the knife…which leads to a question. Japan’s society has a reputation for being one of the safest in the world. People respect each other and their property, and the streets are relatively safe compared to London and New York etc (ie those drinks machines you get in the middle of nowhere in Japan would be vandalised for certain in the UK) but in the school dramas I’ve watched, there’s always extreme bullying and yanki behaviour. Do the dramas reflect reality, or are they a fantasy? I know there’s bullying to a certain extent, but how bad is it compared to elsewhere? I’m sure you’ll be able to enlighten me.
      (Anyway, I may have to go for the Firefox option as I can’t even read my own posts on WordPress, using the latest Safari. Very frustrating. I have to use the older Mac, which takes forever to load the posts.)
      X

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      • Hi Philip!!

        I’m still at work but I just wanted to say that all comments here are safe to read as I’m only commenting on episodes one, two and three so far…so they’re spoiler safe….you’ve also already watched the sex episode =D.

        I’ve found Firefox to work the fastest by far too so I think you’ll like it much better. Have you tried clearing your browser cookies and history? Not sure but maybe that may help as well. Now I’m back to work.

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        • philipleslie says:

          Wow, Firefox is instant! It loaded this page in a second. Thank you… I see what you mean about the ‘sex’ episode, now I’ve read to the end of the sentence! Going to watch ep 5 now. Hope you’re having a good day.

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          • So happy you got Firefox! It really is the very best browser out there I think and yes! it loads so quickly. Perhaps now my annoyingly image heavy posts will only be half as annoying =P. U~n just got home from work and I’m going to continue watching in a little bit.

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      • I do hope I can catch up to the episode you’re watching =), U~n I’ve covered the kiss episode above somewhere, I hope you can read through them later as I’d love to hear your thoughts and points of view on many aspects of this drama and how it relates to our social lives.

        Japan surely has a reputation for their respectful society overall but as in all cultures Japan does have their share of crime although it is most symbolic how they’re able to have those vending machines you’ve spoken of and yet in most other countries surely you couldn’t have those.

        As far as bullying in schools it’s a noted issue in many areas and even more so than the U.S. by far as suicides as a consequence of bullying is far more common in Japan sadly =(. When you watch realistic series such as Kinpachi Sensei it gives a pretty true blue reality of the bullying which exists there and in particular the 90’s were notably bad.

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        • philipleslie says:

          Hi! I hadn’t realised you were still in the process of watching. All is clear now…I watched ep 5 and really enjoyed it. There’s a lovely sunset scene in which Yui-chan provides sound effects for the sunset. The subtitler explained that the japnese love to give noises to everything.
          It’s so weird about bullying in Japan. The language is all about respect and one speaker’s place in society relative to the other’s. And there I was thinking Majisuka Gakuen was pure fantasy: it seems it’s closer to reality than I thought! Nogizaka46 had better not cross Matsui Rena, then: she might revert to her MG character!

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          • I hope you didn’t misunderstand as it would be odd for one to highly recommend a show one hasn’t seen before XD…I’m now re-watching SOS to have a fresh perspective on the drama as I’d not watched it since probably 2002 or 2003…that being the last time watching as I’ve watched SOS multiple times back then. I was now thinking that it’d be fun to reminisce while you were waching for the first time and so I wanted to start from the very beginning creating sort of a live dialogue from episode to episode…I’m actually doing a split screen with WordPress on one side while I have the drama playing off of discs on the other side ^^.

            U~n having verbal sounds for just about every walk of life both animate and inanimate are specialties of Japanese culture….I especially love those of animals and weather like how cats and rain are verbalized =D. Bullying is a most unfortunate part of society’s youth and sadly it’s gotten even more widespread now as modern media advances with the likes of Twitter and Facebook having led to making anyone much more instantly accessible. And it’s so cowardly for bullies to hide behind their keyboards while typing such awful things directed at victims, you know things in which a person would never dare say to another person’s face in person =(.

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            • philipleslie says:

              Fear not, I didn’t misunderstand, I just clean forgot in that short space of time! It happens with my unfocused brain. Split screen viewing is so impressive. I am in awe! I’m just about to watch ep 6. I could delay ep 7 if you want to catch up. Let me know! Dialogue is it great idea. Must try and keep to the subject: usually we end up in all sorts of far off places don’t we.

              You’re right about the internet making bullying more widespread. I’ve heard of several cases of school students being driven to suicide or attempted suicide by cyber-persecution.

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              • Mmm…my mind most definitely wanders the most but it’s fun to merge off topics together into one messy thread of dialogue where one may not know what we were speaking of to begin with :D.

                A big downside to the advances of social media unfortunately =(.

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  21. LOL if only realizing and acknowledging love were this simple as: Tetsuya asking Yui~chan while she’s playing the piano if she likes him point blank and then Yui~chan nodding with a cute smile =D.

    Tetsuya’s so mean to Haruka =(.

    Funny how Manato was led to believe that he would be posing nude for that artist which Tetsuya asked him to do a favor for…..secret*…shhhh but I was ‘kinda’ hoping that it was true
    (。ーωー。)笑。

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    • philipleslie says:

      Haruka’s really grown on me. In fact, out of all the characters, she’s the one I like most of all.

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      • It’s difficult to choose a favorite here for me so I’ll just say Tackey as Manato because I’d so want to have his children ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。!! just kidding!!!!! well sort of (・_・)。

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  22. It’s the ‘cherry’ conversation.

    And when Yui~chan says defiantly that ‘you can’t practice that with me….” lol that was classic…(^q^)!

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  23. You know that does make me wonder though if all guys think/ worry about being a virgin and how a girl would think of him if he indeed was. I mean I get the whole experience* thing and yet I think it’s sweet if a guy waits for his one and only although how could one possibly know as love sure does hand one a few false positives it seems ne….sure one may need to show him what she likes and such to make it fun and intimate for both but wouldn’t that true of anyone virgin or not?

    Fukakyon, most adorable stalker in a drama all time =D!!! Cute how Tetsuya down plays it as being a not so good detective =D. Tetsuya sure has a nice place.

    Tetsuya’s such an ass there….and to think that she was actually going to get undressed?? Love really does make one lose their mind doesn’t it?

    And what a way to lose one’s virginity, that artist sure didn’t have any money I guess to pay for Manato posing for her artwork =O. I believe that sex should only be with someone you’re deeply in love with…..lol I’m being a prude right? xD

    Minato just had sex. Funny how Yui~chan suspected immediately that it’d been Haruka and so heartbreaking for Haruka =(. May I add just how awkward the rest of that bus ride would be.

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    • philipleslie says:

      The episode was cunning, I think, in that it let things play out just as we’d expected, but without the result we’d expected at all. More empathy heartbreak for Haruka. Don’t you just want to reach in and lead her to a better, emotionally simpler place?
      No, you’re not been prudish about sex and love, you’re clearly a born romantic.

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      • U~n Haruka’s character suffers the most emotionally too I think and you just want to hug her. I do favor romance more than anything and I’m a bit hesitant to show this to you but I did have sort of a sex rant/meltdown awhile back which stemmed from things which had been bothering me and well click on this link only if you dare:

        https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/our-sexual-generation/

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        • philipleslie says:

          I remember your directing me to that post before. I thought it was amazing, because you describe exactly how things have changed, and quite recently too. It must be horrible to be a girl on a first or early date wondering what the guy expects of her, and how much misinformation he’s accumulated.

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          • I’m just hoping initially that he’ll be in touch with reality versus what he may have ‘learned’ by other means. U~n usually you can tell within the very first few minutes of a conversation if he’s any chance of being compatible lol that sounds unfair I know but it’s been a reality for me till now…..although some guys don’t like to talk very much so you never really know what they’re thinking and when you have that awkward silence for too long it freaks me out XD.

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  24. Okay I’ll continue on later, right now I’m beginning episode four…..

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  25. The ending of episode 3: I was happy that Tetsuya openly tells Yui~chan very straightforwardly how he’s not interested in her in a romantic way and that he already has a love in his heart, still Yui saying how she won’t give up on him really tugs at the heartstrings doesn’t it =(.

    And at the very end when Yui cries out of sadness going against her previous thoughts on reasons to cry, when Manato hands her the towel and the violins start in with the soft piano notes….Manato comforting her all the while referencing his world ending and beginning anew and yet again he puts his retrospective thoughts on Yui~chan in a past tense in how he will never forget her. The first time I watched this drama that really hung over me the entire time as I just couldn’t heart the possibility of it all ending badly…still lots to go.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Manato is the very opposite of Yui-chan. He’s thoughtful and introspective while Yui-chan is an act-now-think-later kind of person, always on the move, always scheming. Very likeable, with it, of course. Remember that she eats the strawberry first, and doesn’t save it until last. (I’d’ save it to last: how about you?) The complicated tug of love sempai has with sensei and Yui-chan is very real-life. Shame sensei’s getting married, otherwise Tetsuya could stay with her and Yui-chan’s love life would be easier. (Plus Tetsuya looks about 30, so would be a suitable partner for the teacher! He’s a good character. I like when his piano piece makes its way into the soundtrack at certain moments.)

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      • I couldn’t have expressed their characters any better!!! Haha I’d never really realized it and yet Tetsuya does appear to be significantly older although as you’ve already learned in a later episode he did fail school at least a couple of times in order to ‘stay’ with Sensei that much longer and yet he looking thirty still exceeds even that explanation as to his casting in this part =P. U~n the piano pieces are elegant and really adds such a deeper emotional ambiance to those scenes don’t they. And yes theirs surely trumps the ‘ordinary’ love triangle of sorts.

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  26. Episode 4 has just begun:

    Isn’t it wonderful each and every time you begin to hear the flamenco guitar of “Chiquitita” starting up =D. And now even knowing that Yui~chan had been jilted by her love interest, Manato must still hide his feelings for her.

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    • philipleslie says:

      The music is really well used, yes. Sometimes the melody unfolds so slowly, you can only just make out what it is. I wonder what Benny and Bjorn (?) thought about this, if they watched. I suppose their music is used so frequently, they wouldn’t bother to listen.

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      • Benny and Bjorn are ABBA? I’ve never actually researched them and yet I had to get their best of collection at the time of this drama’s airing as just with the two main theme songs alone I just had to have them….and yet there’s even a greater abundance of ABBA here isn’t there mixed into various scenes throughout? There’s this group I think it was like Ateens or something like that and they did some pretty awesome covers of ABBA including “Dancing Queen” which I so love ~♥!

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        • philipleslie says:

          They were the two B’s in the name Abba, the two guys. They wrote the music for the songs and since Abba disbanded went on to write musicals, although I can’t think of one! They must be incredibly rich. I’ve not seen Mama Mia, but that’s basically Abba songs strung together, isn’t it?

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  27. Mmmm….isn’t it amusing to now see Tackey so slow in running after you’ve already watched him run so competitively at such a high level in “Taiyou no kisetsu.” =P

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    • philipleslie says:

      It is funny to watch him trailing behind, yes. Sport seems as important in Japanese school as the US ones. For many students over here it’s seen as a punishment! Probably because the weather’s so horrible a lot of the time. But the better the school, the greater the pride in sports. (I hated sports at school and was always getting my parents to write notes saying ‘Philip wishes to eb excused from sport because…’ Usually is was something feeble like ‘a bad cold’, when there was no evidence of a cold at all. When I went into the 6th form (High School equivalent) I got out of sport permanently by joining the Walking Club: basically the art teacher would drive a group of us into the countryside and we’d walk back to school. As there was no hurry, sometimes my friend and I didn’t get back to school until 5 o’clock when everyone else was long gone.)

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      • Ah that’s so smart of you!!!! Sports is indeed such a big thing both here as well as in Japan as many strive to acquire scholarships through sports too and then there’s the goal of going pro one day too…but I’m getting way ahead of things here XD. But at the high school level it’s already so competitive. A little locker room secret, girls do tend to check out other girls and not necessarily in a girl x girl way but rather just to see what ‘she’s’ got*.

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          This secret will remain safe with me! I managed to avoid the horror of the changing room shower by sticking my head under the tap to make it look as though I’d been in the shower. My school had a swimming pool, but it was outside and not covered, so if you couldn’t swim, you couldn’t get warm and spent 40 minutes alternately shivering to death and half-drowning. My sick notes came in very handy there!

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          • How clever!! That does not sound like much fun XD….our high school pool was sort of disgusting at times as some kids thought it a good idea to go ahead and throw their leftover milk cartons into it so there were days in which I really felt the need to detox afterward..it was quite upsetting!!!

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  28. I wonder if guys really would sleep with a stranger just to rid himself of the ‘cherry’ label and even with no emotions or love involved….??? Haha okay you’re a guy and I’m putting you on the spot =D.

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      Yes, they would…in theory, that is. In practice most of them (as in ‘them’ meaning ‘guys’ not ‘them’ meaning ‘I’ ,ahem…) would probably get cold feet. Isn’t there a whole tradition relating to Prom night and a hotel room afterwards? We’ve only recently started Proms over here, but I’m not sure if it’s a rite of passage as well yet. Probably is!
      There was an article which I’ve mentioned befoe, I think, about the big change that’s happened to Japanese socirty. Teenage girls are avoiding sex and the guys are staying in their bedrooms, living in the internet while their parents leave them food and drink on a tray. It’s almost as if they’ve all withdrawn from intimacy. Maybe the AKB ‘no boyfriend’ rule is becoming easier to stick to!

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      • U~n unfortunately really as there’s too much unwanted pressure that way, well unless the girl is a slut I’m kidding!!!!!! =P Oh really proms are new in the UK? I did not know that, that’s interesting. Well first and foremost just getting asked to prom is a big thing here although it so shouldn’t be as everyone simply can’t be in love can they really. And yet it’s like a validation for a girl to be asked, so yeah it’s a big thing. It’s interesting how society changes so drastically over time, there was a time back in the 90’s when high school girls in Japan were regularly courting older men having sex with them just so that they’d be able to have the money to purchase high end handbags and such things. Oh and actually I just thought of a drama which covers it’s dark side to a tee and the real coincidence here is that it also stars Fukakyon whom we’re watching right now =D! Ohhhhh but more importantly it also stars the oh so drop dead beautiful Kaneshiro Takeshi!!!!!!!!!! I just realized. I really need to update my cuddle/lust list soon! =D But anyway it’s titled “Kamisama mou sukoshi dake” which means “please God just a little more time.” Nakama Yukie is also in it and the theme is done by the amazing Luna Sea!!! ‘I For U.’ Let’s see it’s ranked at number 22nd on my very old and in need of an update favorite drama list:

        22. Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake
        A tragic but moving love story involving a young girl who contracts aids (played by Fukada Kyoko) who searches for refuge in a popular rock musician (played by Kaneshiro Takeshi).

        And that would be my Henny Youngman styled synopsis =D.

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        • philipleslie says:

          I’ll see if it’s online. Would like to see Fukakyon in other roles, although it sounds rather dark. Good synopsis. It’s not easy to do, I’ve discovered.

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          • U~n it is quite the dark drama no doubt but with an amazing cast and it revealed a most dark side of high school culture where girls would go that far just for some extra spending money for such materialistic means.

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  29. Isn’t Haruka so sweet!!! A bento for Manato ♥.

    Remember Haruka saying in an earlier episode…how she seems to always witness odd things? And now she’s seeing Yui~chan kissing a sleeping Tetsuya.

    Tetsuya’s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    …….eccentric =P.

    So you have Haruka interested in Manato….Manato interested in Yui~chan…..Yui~chan interested in Tetsuya….Tetsuya in love with sensei, and yet no love here is being felt mutually.

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    • philipleslie says:

      It’s certainly complicated! I loved when Haruka gave him the bento on the roof. All he could think about was how he was expected to eat it in the cold! Haruka is so sweet. Definitely my favourite character. As lovely as Yui-chan is, Haruka is altogether calmer and straightforward. As for Tetsuya, he’s definitely a 30-year old guy in disguise.

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  30. A fun moment at the dinner table: Yui~chan saying that Tetsuya is a nice guy and Haruka’s facial expression….priceless* =P. After all Tetsuya’s been so awful to Haruka. And yet Haruka surely spills the beans on everything including Tetsuya being in love with sensei. BTW have you checked out ‘sensei’s idol pictorial which I’ve linked above in a comment? Ishida Yurika’s sister is an actress too and she was in one of the very first dramas I had watched years ago.

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  31. You know I just had a funny flashback just now. That guy that Manato was holding his knife too upon the rooftop….he reminds me of that same actor who’s in Azumi. The character in Azumi who gets poisoned by the ninja star by being hit in the arm while trying to block it….I’m probably way off but I just had a vision of them being the same actor =P.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I’ll have to watch Azumi again, now… I wonder if he’d really have stabbed the guy if Tetsuya hadn’t been there. The story would’ve played out really differently then. He seemed as though he was going to, though, driven over the edge. (On a realted matter, I was surprised to read that there’s a death row in Japan. Had he killed the guy, I’m sure the fact he was being bullied would’ve spared him from execution! Presumably Hawaii has capital punishment?)

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      • I’m probably wrong, I’m not very good at faces XD….and yet I had this momentary ‘realization’ just then lol. It did appear as if Manato was really going to do it and especially by his immediate reaction to Tetsuya’s presence in that moment….that would have so ruined the entire story though XD. U~n we don’t have capital punishment here, although in say a loophole of sorts if it were to be held in a military capacity here I do believe that there could be such a consequence although I don’t think any of it would be held here…not sure about that but I think it may be true.

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  32. Yup Tetsuya’s still being a butt towards Hikaru =//. You know the whole I thought you were a virgin remark and yet Manato wasn’t referring to Hikaru at all in their earlier conversation…..ugh how things get twisted XD.

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  33. What a bunch of punks!!!! Poor Minato and yet it took Yui~chan to stand up to them first…and then could you believe Manato’s pen speech??? =D That was brilliant!!!!!!! He saved her and yet….wasn’t able to save himself…..you know had that been the “Taiyou no kisestu” Tackey he would have outrun them all! They really manage to make facial injuries look so convincing don’t they….I say ouch each time Haruka is cleaning his wounds.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I loved the pen speech. I thought that was so good…But didn’t work! His wounds were certainly convincing. Yui-chan’s reactions were odd: she kind of shrugged it off and didn’t have much sympathy at all. Fortunately Haruka was there to provide that.

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      • The look on those guys faces while Manato was saying such things all the while holding a pen in hand =O U~n she was a bit cold there I thought too and particularly because he did it to help her also to get out of that bad situation. Hmm perhaps though the director meant for Yui~chan there to provide the opportunity for Haruka to nurse Manato I wonder? No I’m stretching things there aren’t I? =P

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  34. And now I spy a Playstation♥ =D. Have you ever fallen in love with games on the ps? I’m more of a role playing lover like with the Final Fantasy series♥:

    https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/favorite-final-fantasy-themes/

    Although I do like those fighting games a loooooot too!:

    And tanomuyo! please take extra time on this one as it’s a dear subject of mine….please!! Curious as to the male perspective of these type of fighting games and how the female figure is presented…?

    https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/28-gaming-girls-virtually-so-hotyoud-wish-you-were-makebelieve-too/

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    • philipleslie says:

      I don’t get on well with games at all. They frustrate me completely. I’m pretty quick at learning them, and doing okay at a basic level, but then I hit a ceiling and can’t get any better (just like real life: I’m a reasonably good amateur at some things, but am completely unable to go to the next level, which is why most of my creative projects have failed). I loved Grand Auto Theft…but only because I enjoyed driving about whatever city it was, without bothering with the game itself, just as I enjoy driving around on StreetView. Quite like quick reaction racing games, but always come in last. Oh, and then there was Tekken: I never knew what I was doing, but it was fun to press every button on the joystick and somehow batter the opponent into submission.
      Lara Croft was a strange creation: really she ought to have been more of an ‘everygirl’ instead of a male fantasy.
      I get the impression you’re a games fanatic!

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      • Oh that so cannot be true! I used to love Crash Bandicoot Racing!!!!!!! I’d always race with his sister Coco and she’d whip the guy’s butts ー(* ̄O ̄)ノ!A~h you’ve played Tekken too!! Amazing game play and graphics! My favorite character to play was Kazama Jun or her daughter as they both had much of the very same moves which are easy to memorize but truth be told I was a ‘bit’ obsessed with Tekken back then =P. And continuing on with your point when they cast Angelina Jolie to play Lara Croft it was as if the video game character herself had come to 3 dimensional life didn’t it? We were speaking about girl’s lips earlier, Angelina Jolie’s lips….omg so sexy! I think given the opportunity I’d kiss her just to see what they’re like =D. U~n although I don’t have the time to play much anymore or really at all anymore but the last games which really captured me were the role playing game types such as Final Fantasy which I was totally in love with years ago.

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          I used to find that hours would pass by when you thought you’d only been playing for ten minutes. There was one game called Doomquest which I played for several hours once. One of the students I was art technician for at the time had provided some cheats, so that I had lots of extra weaponry at my disposal. My friends used to play Dungeons and Dragons and other such free-fantasy role-play games: they used to play for hours.

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          • Doomquest sounds like a role playing game….ah I’m most positive that you’d love the Final Fantasy series!!! I haven’t played the more recent of the series but my faves include numbers VIII….VII and IX….but Tidus is in X so yup X too!

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  35. Yui~chan’s such a free spirit and never holds back…..she’s just now told senpai how she doesn’t want her to see Tetsuya romantically again. And yet Tetsuya’s not interested in her that* way =/. And then again she didn’t pass any of this through to Tetsuya first…..and yet his reaction to it all was well….he’s quite aloof too at times isn’t he =D.

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      Tetsuya very rarely gets worked up by things. He does have passion, but he rarely lets it take control: just that time when he ran and made himself ill. He’s passionate about sensei, but easily folds when the fiance turns up with the detective’s photos. Instead of fighting for her, he simply denies having slept with her and wishes the guy good luck!

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      • U~n he’s not a very confrontational type and we really don’t see him truly get upset until later in episode 7 when Sensei speaks of how much Yui~chan loves him as compared to herself and that conversation really sets him off for the first time.

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  36. Haruka’s blue scarf is pretty.

    Blue is a pretty color.

    And yet in a symbolic sense, blue doesn’t equate happiness.

    Perhaps I’m thinking too much =P.

    Haruka’s break down before Manato,

    She asks him who’s the one he likes.

    The tension couldn’t be any more ramped up……and then he lies =O?!!! Manato’s such a sweet guy with the best of intentions and yet I so wished he had been much more true there and still I totally get why he said that to Haruka and particularly in her fragile and most vulnerable state in that moment ~*.

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      I did wonder about colour symbolism because Yui-chan’s colours are red and pink. She’s a big strawberry, in other words: ‘Eat me now!’ Haruka made a point of mentioning her blue clothing. I’m sure that was meant to have meaning, but can’t thing of what. Maybe it’s just a sober contrast to the bright red of Yui-chan’s coat.

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      • I think you’re right on about the contrast of blue verses red/pink there as it seems to define their natural character and demeanor….and yet later we get green with Manato’s letter.

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  37. Just now watching Fukakyon mashing on those ps buttons makes me want to play too =D.

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  38. Manato’s most brief closing dialogue yet…..he’s resigned to not finding happiness =(. S.O.S. now playing…no matter how many times I see this drama’s ending credits with ABBA, it never gets old.

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  39. Episode 5 just starting:

    Daruma’s are wonderful, have you ever wished upon one before?

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  40. Isn’t Manato and Haruka’s neighbor~ly setup quite amazing…..like if they were to be lovers?

    And again Manato’s opening dialogue can only lead to further intrigue into his true inner feelings….

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  41. I wish there were a shrine here…..one for wishing ~*. You see them all the time in dramas =D. I think I’d at the very least get a very optimistic vibe from just visiting there.

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  42. The change of ABBA song here is perfectly dealt isn’t it? With Tetsuya bedding Yui~chan all the while the viewer knows of his true thoughts and emotions. The way the drama keeps cutting off to Manato taking his exam…..

    Truth be told I felt a bit icky here (u_u*)。

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    • philipleslie says:

      I thought that was nicely editedm with the pencil sharpening and Yui-chan in bed with Tetsuya. The pencil sharpener was red, wasn’t it. I’m perhaps over thinkiing this, but you don’t think there was a suggesting that Yui-chan was a sort of human pencil sharpener. The way it was edited (cutting from Manato putting his pencil into the sharpener) could be seen as a sexual metaphor? Thnking about the colour symbolism, the little bell Yui-chan has is blue…

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      • U~n I do think too that there was a definite intent on having a sexual metaphor there both visually and symbolically and you’ve really thought this out as I need not add a single more thought to the imagery you’ve just created in my mind =P.

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  43. Haruka’s proposal to Manato if Manato indeed doesn’t do very well in his exams, that was heart like times a billion there ~♥~. She cares so much for him. I’m at this point wishing for a Manato ~~> Yui~chan love, and yet saying that, Haruka gets him so much….she’s grown up with him literally and her love means are infinite.

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  44. Oh this reminds me of an anime I had watched: the ‘forced’ love meetings. A grand outing together. and the revelation to Manato~kun =O. Yes it’s Tetsuya after all.

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  45. Tetsuya + Yui~chan = it doesn’t mix.

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  46. OMG I had forgotten all about Fukakyon’s hickey =P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Or as she says a ‘stamp’ of love =D.

    And now ABBA’s legendary “Dancing Queen” is on as they’re on the beach together….it’s….the closing credits in ‘real time’ =D.

    SWEET♥.

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  47. I, ahh at this point wanted Manato to end up with Yui~chan…..

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  48. And yet Manato’s past and what he’s been through his entire life rings….and then Hikaru plays quite an unexpected card by revealing Tetsuya’s lost his love interest in (sensei) only then to reveal that Yui~chan (his love interest) has done some ‘ecchi’ things* with Tetsuya. Love is so complicated isn’t it =/.

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  49. The candid dialogue is so endearing isn’t it? Just now between Sensei and Tetsuya……in how he understands her endless lost and in moving on in that sense, tears. And yet to never love again. That really hits you. I mean I’ve no relationship resume to speak of in those terms and yet I understand. Tetsuya’s redeeming aspiration ~*.

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  51. Love is a fickle and colorful character isn’t it.

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  52. Andy yet…..sensei reveals her love for Tetsuya under those pretenses …..

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  53. The scene between Manatsu and Haruka in that hotel,,,,their words rung so many truths.

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  54. At 42:54 in this episode when Yui~chan asks Manato whom* it is he’s in love with….???? And further more that it’s one sided, unrequited love……….and HERE, Manato saying that she’s ‘gone’ avoiding his love for Yui~chan is beyond emotional~kuyashii =/!!!!!!! His denial.

    Please react to as many of my comments as possible above (all of them lol) =P!!! And it’s totally okay to give me the Henny Youngman of replies =P….

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    • philipleslie says:

      I had to look up Henny Youngman. I’ve never heard of him before. I’ve learnt something new today… I was frustrated that Manato didn’t just tell her he loved her, instead of making up that girl, but if he had, the story would have got messy. This way the true feelings are ‘out there’ but hidden, so their relationship isn’t changed.

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      • It’s so tricky and yet not so much in a sense for Manato….initially the first time I was so thinking that he was going to say it right then and there! So true though as that would have let all of the air out of this drama for sure.

        I’d only heard of Henny Youngman through watching one of my favorite films “Goodfellas” as there’s this scene where he makes a cameo and for some reason the idea of having one-liners just stayed with me as I thought that was such comedic genius!

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  55. To love someone so deeply, and yet they’re right before you…….

    Okay, end episode 5 ^^.

    I wish ~* we could watch these episodes parallel to one another as it’ll be fun to converse in live time? Of course I’m annoying I know in conversation however if you can stand me I would really love that =D.

    Episode 6 is next ^^ and maybe we could coincide online?

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    • philipleslie says:

      That would be lovely to watch together, but I’m quite useless at concentrating on two things at the same time, and I’d end up not watching the episode and spending my time typing instead! I can multi-task at cooking, but not with other things. (In real life I’m awful with instructions: if you were to tell me a list of things to do, I’d nod and and all that, but as soon as you’d finished I’d say ‘Huh?’) Is this okay? I do intend to watch ep 6 tonight, though; followed by W video clips, which arrived in the post today, along with the v disc of Koi no fuga. Aibon and Nono are so funny in the ‘making of’, right from when Aibon says ‘Ohayo’ in a silly way. They always seem to do what’s required of them, though, in spite of being completely mischevious off set. I wonder if the people who worked with them ever found their humour tiresome, or if they were just loved it when they turned up. Hopefully the latter.

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      • A~h you cook?! I think that’s particularly wonderful in a guy, not that not many men cook because that’d be ridiculous of me to say but it’s just that I don’t know personally of too many guys who like to cook regularly. Oh that’s totally okay and I’m now thinking that it was really unfair to ask of you such a thing as I’ve already watched this drama several times so for me having two windows open at the same time here is much easier for me to do. U~n I’m sure the staff adored Aibon & Nono very much as they were really featured together in many projects bringing smiles to everyone, hope you enjoyed reminiscing W’s clips as I’m sure you very much did!

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        • philipleslie says:

          I’ve always cooked, since I was a student. Vegetarian, too. Didn’t get to watch the video clips in the end as my eyes packed in (have a bit of a cold at the moment), but should be watching them today. I’m happy that Aibon and Nono weren’t insufferable. I think they’re so funny together. They really do make a single organism when they’re together. And they really could sing sweetly, too, and in harmony, as evidenced in their first album. Wise Tsunku! By the way, did you read that post about Tsunku? There was a link to his blog (translated), thanking everyone for their support. I really hope his treatment is not only successful, but leaves him with his voice intact.

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          • I just read that recently and I couldn’t believe it =(. What’s really sad is that his voice may never be the same and it’s really his career, his art. I’ve just noticed that a recent H!P project release has the producer named as being ‘Up Front Group’ which is startling to see as it’s not Tsunku. I do wish him the best in recovering and I hope that he can return to his passion and love in music.

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            • philipleslie says:

              It’s easy to forget that his voice gives colour and fun to so many H!P songs. ‘Ne-e?’ springs immediately to mind. It’s Tsunku’s booming ‘Uh-huh’s etc that take it to another level completely. I’ve often wondered about the other people who run Up Front. There must be quite a team to organise it all.

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              • You’ve just named one of his all time best I think!! U~n and I so agree in how the uniqueness of Tsunku’s voice adds so much of a great dynamic to H!P songs. Must be awesome to be a producer where you can merge your musical talents with the projects you’re working on…..I imagine back in their golden era Momusu alone must’ve commanded quite the team!

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                • philipleslie says:

                  I’ve tried to like the new MoMusu, but just can’t warm to them. The performances are still amazing, but for me the diversity of songwriting isn’t there at the moment.

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  56. Okay now beginning episode 6: “Rainy Valentine”

    Manato’s ‘lie’ in an attempt to shift the subject about being in love with a girl was quite spontaneous….the remark of it being a girl who’s transferred out of his school has now taken on a life of its very own hasn’t it…as Yui~chan looks through his yearbook class photos.

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  57. And Yui~chan had lied that time they were on the walkway about her story about her mother being false. It’s unimaginable what she must be feeling inside despite her putting up such a strong front.

    Lol Tetsuya’s really vulgar guessing that Manato came* before entering* =O.

    This is the very first honest conversation between Tetsuya and Haruka isn’t it, and he’s not being his usual mean self whenever she’s around =D. Love that Haruka’s last thought to Tetsuya was that she’d perhaps ask Tetsuya to do it* if he were the only one around lol =P.

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      Tetsuya’s smoking is interesting to see as it’s quite rare now for actors to smoke on TV, isn’t it. In the UK you’re not allowed to smoke in an enclosed public space, which includes TV studios. Tetsuya is full of male bravado, but also his a sensitive side: he plays piano and writes music, of course. What’s his language like in Japanese. Is it very ‘male’ and coarse? How does Manato’s speech compare? Is there a difference?

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      • U~n it’s become socially frowned upon for smoking to be seen in movies of lower ratings and there was a big push for change in the film industry years ago so as to not influence our youth to take it up as often times the silver screen will glamorize smoking. I love Tetsuya’s characters dynamics so much too and other than his intonation and general flamboyant delivery for the most part they speak very much similarly as far as being informal is concerned with just subtle differences.

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        • philipleslie says:

          I was listening in case his used ‘ore’ rather than ‘boku’. Manato uses ‘boku’ most of the time, as far as I can tell.

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          • Mm…ore has a much more rugged feeling to it whereas most youth would say boku for its politeness, still amongst close friends ‘ore’ is quite common for guys.

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            • philipleslie says:

              I’ve built up a very long list of all the ways to say ‘I’ ‘you’ and ‘we’ etc There are so many in Japanese, each with levels of politeness/rudeness etc It’s amazing. It seems that a foreigner can get away with just watashi and boku, though.

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  58. Yui~chan’s so spontaneous just saying that she’d move to N.Y. with Tetsuya if he decided to study abroad. She’s such a free spirit isn’t she, like even if I were deeply in love with someone and they needed to move I’m not so sure that I’d be able to leave here =/.

    And now Haruka’s acting very cold towards Manato….that whole love hotel thing went so wrong in every which way.

    And there’s no way at this point that Manato could tell Tetsuya that the one he loves is actually the Yui~chan whom is infatuated with Tetsuya himself….complicated =/.

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  59. Quite out of character for Haruka as she’s asking so directly about how sex feels…..and thank goodness that guy had a much more stable grasp on the situation.

    You just knew that Yui~chan wasn’t going to forget about Manato’s attempt at shifting the attention about his love interest by speaking about a lost love whom had transferred schools….amusing that she’s now offering up colored stationary paper for him to write a letter to this Hirai Ai~chan whom he had never spoken to XD.Really sweet when Yui~chan says that his happiness is more important than even Haruka because he means more to her.

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    • philipleslie says:

      That was so typical of her to provide coloured stationery especially for the letter. I wonder if the person replies… Manato’s colour is green.

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  60. Even as the words leave Haruka’s lips during their phone conversation while it’s raining you just know that she’s now being truthful about not being love with Manato…..and yet she eventually provides reasons enough that say she’s over him. And now Yui~chan stuck outside of Tetsuya’s apartment building in the rain on Valentine’s day with his chocolates….=(. It’s like the worst Valentine’s Day ever and then so wonderful for Manato to arrive with an umbrella….notice that it’s bright red? Just thinking symbolism again….tearing up now….did you tear up too? MMmm you needn’t answer that but when Yui~chan’s asking why? repeatedly it’s so sad =(.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I love that Valentine’s day means gifts for guys! (Isn’t it called White Day, or something, when it’s the guys who have to provide gifts?) The scene outside of Tetsuya’s apartment is so sad. Most people should be able relate to her disappointment in some way or another, as we’ve all probably been hurt like that. (It’s even happened to a relative of mine in her late 70s, which goes to show there’s no age limit.)

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      • U~n on White Day girls will either purchase chocolates for men or make them specially for those special guys in their lives….it’s a sweet tradition for sure! Gosh in her 70’s…that’s so heartbreaking =(!!

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  61. You really feel that Manato’s going to tell the truth of his feelings towards Yui~chan when they’re at the mailbox that night while mailing his letter to Ai~chan.

    Ohhhhh the look Yui~chan has towards Sensei in class!!!!! If anger had a defined look that definitely was it…..a totally new side to her which we haven’t thus far seen and with Manato’s continued closing dialogue of how he will never forget her and now how he’d never get the chance to tell her the truth (about his feelings) again it’s all so ominous isn’t it. I’m suddenly reminded of another such drama great which gave very dark ominous feelings right from its very first episode opening credits. It’s “Koori no sekai” (“Ice World) (starring the dashingly handsome Takenouchi Yutaka with the gorgeous Matsushima Nanako) and in each opening credits montage you see images of his character falling deep into the sea while there’s blood gushing all around him….talk about ominous and you see this from the very beginning just as how Manato keeps speaking of Yui~chan in a past tense from the very first episode of S.O.S. as he’ll never forget her. However, I’m in no way even hinting at how this series will end and I promise you won’t see it coming at all…..it’s that good!

    Okay episode 6 has ended…..to be continued and I so must catch up on comments I know, gomen.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I loved that scene when Yui-chan entered the classroom. It was pretty much like the scene on the roof when Manato first confronted the bullies, don’t you think? We never thought he had it in him to do anything so rash, and as you say, we’ve never seen Yui-chan lose her cool before, and it’s quite a shock… I’ve not checked to see how many episodes remain. All I know is, I want to see what happens…but without wanting it to end! ‘Koori no sekai’ sounds interesting.I’ve just checked, and it’s on Dailymotion as well as GoodDrama.

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      • U~n that’s a perfect analogy of both characters being quite out of character in that instant when you least expect it. And the thing with Manato was that it truly appeared that he would have done something regrettable with the knife had Tetsuya not been there to stop him. We’ve just a few left to go as this series ends at 10 episodes. “Koori no sekai” will have you hooked I’m sure, it’s a really engrossing murder mystery which will keep you guessing till the very ending of it all and I think you’ll like the main actress too….Matsushima Nanako is quite beautiful here! And of course you’ll get more of the smoldering hot and sexy Takenouchi Yutaka as he’s sent to investigate. This drama’s in my top favorites too….oh and the theme song is amazing!!!!!!! Himuro Kyosuke’s dramatic and beautiful song “Diamond Dust”….I so needed to get his single after just an episode in and it was actually the very first time I had heard of this artist before so he made quite the impression with this song!

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    • philipleslie says:

      Really enjoyed ep 7 (or Volume 7, as it should be). So much happened. Best of all is the exchange of letters between Manato and Haruka, which is so touching. Low point was seeing Yui-chan in tears after the conversation with Tetsuya and Manato frozen to the spot and not going to hug her. Looking forward to hearing your comments.

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  62. You know seeing Yui~chan getting a ride home upon Manato’s back reminds me of how much I’d like to have a guy let me do this one day =D…of course under very different circumstances. I usually see this occur when a girl is too drunk to walk home safely and she’s carried home this way by a male friend in dramas….looks so romantic I think! Of course being drunk and having a romantic moment probably don’t mix very well lol =P. Remember in Acchan’s music video for her song “Kimi wa boku da” in the movie version where she plays Nabe-ko and she gets carried just like that….I always think it’s sweet I’m not sure why though.

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    • philipleslie says:

      It happens for a slightly different reason in Ruri no shim, when she’s ill and needs to be transported quickly, but I’ve also spotted characters being carried piggy-back (as we call it) in a few anime and lots of music videos too. It is very romantic. You could always deliberately break a heel next time you’re out and ask a passer-by to carry you home!

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  63. Yui~chan certainly won’t give up on Tetsuya….cute how she’s so candid in saying that even being his ‘number 2’ that it means that she can still one day become his number 1.

    I’d forgotten that Manato had actually sent the green letter to his neighbor Haruka instead of Ai~chan as he’s now asking if she’d reply to him saying that she’s got a boyfriend or some other reason just to appease Yui~chan’s persistence. I totally agree with Haruka though in saying how cowardly Manato is being by not confessing his true feelings towards Yui~chan all the while waiting for Tetsuya to reject her so that he can get his ‘chance.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Tetsuya should have been less vain here and told her not to waste her time pursuing him. Plus, he smokes, and her lovely red coat would end up smelling of cigarettes.

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      • I’d ask him to quit first!!…well I mean in some alternate universe situation =P. U~n in Tetsuya believing himself to be perhaps kind in that regard towards Yui~chan he really was being the total opposite in making her believe that she’d have a legitimate chance with him albeit later he shows a change of heart towards her although her illness made it seem not as genuine.

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  64. Wasn’t that cute how Yui~chan was asking Sensei what makeup she uses and whom styles her hair….although that soon changes into a bit too much as she’s convinced herself that she needs to look much more like Senpai in order to win Tetsuya’s interest =O.

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  65. LOL when Manato guesses Yui~chan’s drawing is a kokeshi doll =P Speaking of which, my Mom has few of those including one really old and dirty looking one XD.

    Manato needs to express to Yui~chan how physical looks aren’t that important as a whole in a love relationship…sure looks count and yet it’s their inner personality and how you mesh with one another and enjoy each others company more than anything I think. Just a side thought: If I were Yui~chan and living with Manato I’d be all over him…forget Tetsuya, Tackey’s waaaaaaay hotter!!! =P

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    • philipleslie says:

      The subtitler explained what a kokeshi doll is, otherwise I’d not have known. Manato has the whole mysterious thing going for him too.

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  66. You’d never think that Haruka would do such a thing…..sex in that way =/. And yet I understand her frustrations and feelings, but still that was out of character for her as well wasn’t it?

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    • philipleslie says:

      I was surprised by this too, but it seemed passionless, more like an experiment, as if she wanted to feel some strong emotion. It was a sad scene in many ways. I bet her tutor couldn’t believe his good fortune though!

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      • That scene made me uneasy really, you know when you consider Haruka’s personality and situation and a little bit of me thought that the guy was a bit scummy to be so willing to do it* albeit it was Haruka’s choice.

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  67. Hearing Manato’s letter being read…through Haruka finally opening it: when she realizes how honestly open he’s expressing himself which he’s never done with her or anyone really, it just hit her and I think even more so as she’d just called him a fake as he does himself in his letter in very much the same sense…that and having just slept with that guy while she still has feelings for Manato was really sad to see =(.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I loved the way Yui-chan’s project has turned into a way for Haruka and Manato to bond and share honest feelings, when in ‘real life’ they’re more cautious about revealing themselves.

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  68. You know right after Tetsuya’s deeply passionate speech to Sensei in response to her questioning his feelings for Yui~chan and then comparing Yui~chan’s love for him as to her very own…..my jaw drops each time Sensei claps and says right after that he could be a politician lol XD. And then of course Tetsuya answers his phone right after and answers saying it’s his ‘electoral office’ omg that was so funny…(^q^)! Well in light of such an intense conversation….

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  69. Gosh when Manato asks Tetsuya to tell Yui~chan that he actually ‘hates’ her so that she’ll give up on him it’s surprising in how Tetsuya reacts without thinking it too harsh and yet just knowing how Yui~chan is one has to believe that it’d be the only way. In any case you just know how difficult that’s going to be for Tetsuya…..you really feel badly for him.

    And finally Tetsuya’s is asked to reveal what he’d eat first from a strawberry shortcake…..I’m thinking that you were so thinking it beforehand too…that he’d be the exact same as Yui~chan and would go after the strawberry first. I’m much more of a save my favorites for last like when I was little I’d get a cupcake with candles for my birthdays and there’d be a cherry on top, the maraschino cherry type (odd but I don’t like them anymore xD) but anyway I’d take it off of the cupcake and place it onto the side for last….long story short, it’d at times get eaten by someone else such as a cousin or friend while I wasn’t looking (/∇\*)!So I guess the moral of this story is it’s much better to be like Yui~chan and Tetsuya so as not to lose your cherry to someone else…ah typing that just now sounded right in my head and yet that ending sounds a lot wrong =P.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I know what you mean, though! With fruit cake that had icing and marzipan on it, I’d eat as much of the fruit cake first, because I never liked the flavour of it, leaving me the icing and marzipan to enjoy at the end.

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  70. I love that Haruka and Manato can readily speak to one another albeit by phone and yet they can see one another just across the way…imagine growing up with a friend that way since childhood I think that would be amazing. Manato’s just received back the letter from “Ai~chan” and realizes that Haruka didn’t do as he’d asked as she appears to have answered with her own true feelings getting into the letter instead of making up the got a boyfriend bit. One of the sweetest moments in the drama as Haruka suggests that their letter writing continue as a means for each of them to have the feelings of being wanted by another….this part always makes me all warm and fuzzy inside (*´∀`) うれしー♥♥♥!

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    • philipleslie says:

      That’s what I liked about Dawson’s Creek, that Dawson and Joey had grown up together and were living in each other’s pockets. My first book was about that kind of friendship, which goes sour as they hit adolescence, though… The letter writing is very sweet and touching. It’s a really lovely idea.

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  71. Oh no….this is the heartbreaking moment.

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  72. You know that inside Tetsuya would have never done such a thing but with Sensei and Manato’s situation as well as his own it’s so cruel and yet it had to be done =(.

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  73. Manato’s such a conflicted person inside as he’d certainly set up Yui~chan’s heartbreak and yet in that moment he couldn’t even go to her and embrace her….kuyashii =(!!

    And yet one of the most dramatic closing dialogues of his: “…that’s why I will never forget you, even if you’ve simply forgotten about me….” And in that moment “S.O.S.” kicks in so wonderfully dramatically…..

    And end episode 7~.

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    • philipleslie says:

      It was horribly sad to see Yui-chan in tears and Manato just watching from afar. I’d have been down to comfort her without hesitation… A really satisfying episode. Intending to watch 8 tonight, even though I want to watch it now!

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  74. Just beginning episode 8….

    So good to see Manato and Haruka speaking comfortably again =).

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  75. Quite ominous to start when the episode’s titled “The Breakup” =(.

    And just a few episodes ago who would’ve thought that seeing Tetsuya and Haruka being so cheerful and understanding together would come to fruition =). Their conversation in the classroom just now was about as open as they’ve ever been to one another, I thought that was sweet and although it’s seem unimaginable in some tiny inkling of a thought, at this point I was imagining that they could become much closer.

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  76. I’d forgotten about this scene where Manato becomes a bit agitated towards Sensei when she expresses how it could never work out between her and Tetsuya sighting their age difference amongst other things….he really became impassioned there.

    And speaking of Tackey (Manato), Tackey & Tsubasa have a new single which just released today in Japan!! I think it’ll arrive tomorrow.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Yes, his reaction surprised me a little, but it shows how his character has grown since he was wearing his pretend glasses. All thanks to Yui-chan’s appearance in his life.

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    • philipleslie says:

      There’s a Not Yet album coming out soon, I see. Will you be getting that? I may pass on that in favour of the forthcoming Nana Mizuki album/DVD.

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      • I was trying to decide on whether to get type A or B and then I just ordered them both as this will be one of the very last 48 releases with Yuko~♥ so whom was I kidding in trying to decide between them =P.

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  77. I still badly for Tetsuya for having to say such cruel things to Yui~chan as he confesses that he was actually trembling inside at that time =(. Still his character is so full of confidence in life that we’re assured that he’d be okay under just about any crisis or situation.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Inside he is very human, in spite of the flamboyant exterior. Whenever I hear the tender music he wrote, I’m reminded of this, because in a way you’d expect him to write something showy and loud.

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  78. Imagine being so heartbroken that you become physically ill or could it be something else you have to wonder? =( MMmm her throwing up is a bit well….

    MMm…Yui~chan reveals a bit about the color symbolism we’ve been speaking of in that the color yellow for lemons means first love =D.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I’m started to worry for Yui-chan. I do hope she’s not going to get sick and die! That would be terrible. I’m enjoying the colour symbolism. Next time I watch it, I’ll be looking for yellows and greens etc from the start. (Remember the use of colour red in The Sixth Sense?)

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  79. And Haruka countering the color lemon as being of a love which could simply dissolve away. At this point she really appears reserved to ‘lose’ to Yui~chan in Manato’s eyes.

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  80. Tetsuya’s piano playing, so gentle (yasashii….). I sometimes forget how young Fukakyon was in this…seeing her atop the building in red.

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    • philipleslie says:

      That colour suits her so well. The scenes when she’s listening from the roof are very sweet. Tetsuya’s unaware she’s there, so he’s not showing off to anyone. The scenes when Yui-chan watches them through the windows are almost a homage to Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’. Have you seen that (Grace Kelly and James Stewart)?

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      • I’ve only heard of this movie but I do love some of his other movies such as “Notorious”, “Suspicion” and “Dial M For Murder” with “Notorious” being my most favorite I think….Cary Grant is beyond amazing!!! in some ways I think he could have been a James Bond type too maybe more like the suave style of Roger Moore had he been born in a later era. When I think of all time leading Hollywood men, Cary Grant would no doubt rank near to the top if not at #1 and then Ingrid Bergman is wonderful in “Notorious” too, she’s so beautiful! I do like Grace Kelly in “Dial M For Murder”….it wasn’t until awhile after I’d seen her act that I learned of how tragic she had died and yet no one seems to know what really had happened much like Natalie Wood =(. Now I’m getting way of course about to talk about James Dean and Marilyn Monroe :D…

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        • philipleslie says:

          Love Cary Grant. I think you’d enjoy Rear Window, which has a great atmosphere, and is set in one room, with a view of a neighbouring apartment block. My own favourite Hitchcock movie is probably ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ in which Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton) arrives in a small town and completely changes the lives of his sister’s family, especially his niece, also called Charlie. I also like the classics ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Psycho’ too, especially Bernard Hermann’s amazing music… I’m a huge Natalie Wood fan. Her death was so tragic.

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  81. Yui~chan’s bell….you just knew that Manato couldn’t refuse even breaking into the school at night to search for it and how he realized how it had become symbolic for the both of them as if magically.

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  82. Fukakyon may still be the cutest stalker I’ve seen on television to date….as she watches Tetsuya from afar. And now his piano♥ once again….

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  83. If you were Manato wouldn’t you have taken Yui~chan to the hospital by now??

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  84. Haruka just found Yui~chan on the bench unconscious. I know that Manato has a lot going on inside his head at this time and yet to even lie about Yui~chan eating regularly to Haruka.

    This was the ugliest Manato’s been….and to make Haruka cry and still be oblivious =(.

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    • philipleslie says:

      She should definitely be in hospital. I feel like ringing up the TV company to intervene, but it’s way too late for that. Now I’m more worried than ever for her surviving this drama…

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  85. Wasn’t that deep when Haruka reveals that the phrase she most was moved by in Manato’s letters was also a part of his opening and closing dialogues for each episode…..”that’s why I will never forget you…”

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  86. What irony when Yui~chan reveals that her bell has nothing to do with her memories of her mother but rather that of Tetsuya…..Manato’s very understanding here.

    You just knew that when Tetsuya left so abruptly leaving Haruka that he was most likely heading to see Yui~chan whom he feels so guilty about. Still it was shocking to see him send Tetsuya away knowing how much he means to Yui~chan and particularly in her current state. Jealousy with a capital J and it’s was amazingly dramatic when Manato closes the episode revealing that his jealousy is reverberating deeply an S.O.S. and then perfectly the song itself kicks in!! The original DVDs have a little preview at the end of each episode….I’ll just say that the drama is about to be taken to the next level.

    End episode 8.

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  87. Sorry for delaying the next episode (._.;) !!

    I imagine you’ll be watching episode 9 tonight?

    I’m beginning episode 9 in just a sec….

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  88. On one hand I totally understand why Manato’s protecting Yui~chan and yet I can’t help but feel conflicted in how he’s going on about it. This episodes title is even more ominous: “Please, help my sister.”

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  89. I know the conversation was getting heated and yet when Haruka let slip the question of whether Manato was ‘trying to kill Yui~chan?’…….shock! I remember wondering why he doesn’t take her to see a doctor or at least ask for a house call at this point as Yui~chan clearly isn’t getting any better.

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  90. Gosh Manato has got to pause for awhile and think clearly now as his head clearly has been clouded by his emotions for Yui~chan. In that instant when he suspected her of leaving the house due to her wet shoes and umbrella it really makes you step back and think wow….and yet she only walked to the mailbox to check for his letter….a bit of irony.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Ah, but do we believe her… I think she’s being truthful. She’s usually up front about things, isn’t she.

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      • U~n that’s one certain thing about Yui~chan from the very beginning (save for her keeping her Mom’s health condition a secret) that she’s not one to lie or mince words dishonesty or ever hold back anything really which she’s thinking and subsequently it’s so much of what makes her character so charming ~*.

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      • For a second you wonder if she’s telling the truth but as you’ve said there’s just no reason to doubt her character based on all she’s said and done up till this point.

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  91. I understand why Sensei isn’t intending to marry Tetsuya but I must say the we are truly confusing at times just witnessing their conversation, that is to say that she won’t marry him because she loves him was surely going to drive Tetsuya crazy!!

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  92. And your jaw drops the second Yui~chan asks Manato if she can sleep with him…well literally sleep of course and yet it’s so cute when he intends at first to sleep at the very edge of his side before she insists he sleep closer =D.

    I love when she reveals the reason she was following Manato around in the very beginning….to scope him out to see what type of person he truly was worrying that he might be a bully or punk =P.

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  93. Haha Manato’s hat disguise as he’s now following Yui~chan to find out the truth =D.

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  94. You juuuuuust knew that Tetsuya was acting that all out about lonely and yet you can sense that some of it does ring true although he’s not one to show his emotions that way.

    Manato’s hat must be like Clark Kent’s glasses =D.

    Manato has just found Yui~chan’s favorite place atop that roof.

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    • philipleslie says:

      For a moment I thought he was opening up, but then… ‘bazinga’! (to quote Sheldon).
      Yes, back on the roof…

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      • A perfectly timed usage of bazinga! Did you see that they were selling T-shirts with that written on it? It was a great act by Tetsuya even putting his head down being all emotional there =P.

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        • philipleslie says:

          No, I’ve not seen the T-shirts. I have seen the ‘Soft Kitty’ Facebook page/s though. ‘Soft Kitty, warm Kitty, Little ball of fur…’ etc

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  95. So now everyone knows of each others feelings. And it seemed as if Tetsuya was the only one with such candid humor as Tetsuya shows a knife at first and then reveals it’s for an apple =P. U~n this conversation between Tetsuya and Manato is the most revealing between them as no feelings or intentions are held back.

    The strawberry dilemma: I’m thinking what Manato says is most likely more or less universally true that most will leave the strawberry to enjoy last as if saving the best and he clearly sees how Yui~chan and Tetsuya are the very opposite in having the strawberry first. OMG haha I’d forgotten that Tetsuya then reveals a reasoning in why it’s best to eat the strawberry first as someone may otherwise take it and eat it XD……remember I was saying how I’ve had that very thing occur to me when I was little you know with my birthday cupcake…that’s too funny =D.

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    • philipleslie says:

      For a moment I did wonder if he was going to use the knife. I liked the remark about the strawberry.

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      • When you first see this scene I think it’s inevitable to believe that Manato’s going to do something rash there….thankfully!!! he doesn’t. Haha I’m living proof that that is sooooo true of trying to save your strawberry for last :P! It certainly may be stolen.

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  96. Fills Manato’s head with thoughts when Tetsuya suggests that in order to become the eye of Yui~chan he should ‘eat the strawberry first.’ When you first see this drama’s title it lends to such a natural puzzlement I imagine, as in why a drama would be titled as such? And yet as the episodes unfold we slowly but surely learn of its deep symbolism with the strawberry itself holding a much broader meaning in it all.

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  97. And yet Yui~chan goes through so much without a second thought just to be that much nearer to Tetsuya…..his piano.

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  98. Yui~chan’s been looking paler and paler and hasn’t been eating…when she asks Manato to take her home from the hospital (´∩`*)。

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  99. And towards the ending of the episode we now get to learn Sensei’s true feelings in regards to why she’s reluctant to marry Tetsuya. It’s like they should have been both born in a different time in order to be with one another ne~.

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  100. Haruka’s beyond sweet and in understanding others feelings so much, and to write that letter in that moment.

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  101. How difficult for Manato to surrender his feelings for Yui~chan to Tetsuya knowing how they’re much more of a match and yet…….this is so sad (´∩`*)。

    And with Manato being back emotionally to where he was before meeting Yui~chan is equally miserable….to close the episode he says how he wants to disappear and die upon that bridge where the drama began after the bookstore ( ┰_┰)。

    End episode 9. Gosh there’s just one episode to go. Will wait for tomorrow before the finale ne..?

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    • philipleslie says:

      It’s truly sad to have sacrificed his love for Yui-chan to Tetsuya in order that she might live. ‘Please don’t jump off the bridge,’ I thought. Yui-chan certainly cheered up when he came into the room. I’m so keen to watch ep 10, but will save it for Thursday. My eyes are a little tired, so I”m going to watch Melon Kinenbi video clips for half an hour.

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      • U~n Manato finally did realize that giving her up was the only means to save her as she’s just so heartbroken, too heartbroken to even eat :(. Certainly one of the most dramatically haunting endings with Manato in tears at this now most familiar bridge, I was having the same emotions as he’s bordering on suicidal with his thoughts at that moment and yet there’s just one person whom can save him it seems….I’ve been scanning a bit today so I’m saving the last episode for tomorrow too and will post a live running commentary then :).

        Remember when they released their album “Melon is Not Dead”….? It was sort of an unexpected slap in the face back then I felt for them…..I did a bit of reminiscing a short while back here with my most favorite MK songs ❤ with “Akai Freesia” (made extra legendary by Sayu's audition reenactment on an episode of "Futarigoto") and "Onegai miwaku no target" (just one of the very best J idol-rock songs ever!!! also with btw the most bizarre original idol music video ever made!!! I'm so hoping you've seen it and I did have it posted here awhile back too….and yet I did come to realize that mv's genius :D!) being my top two with a bunch more.

        https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/%EF%BD%9Ereminiscing%EF%BD%9E%E3%83%A1%E3%83%AD%E3%83%B3%E8%A8%98%E5%BF%B5%E6%97%A5%E3%80%82%E3%80%82%E3%80%82%E2%8C%92%EF%BD%80%E3%80%82/

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        • philipleslie says:

          Have just finished ep 10! I was truly worried for a while, but there was a happy ending, and a major twist in who the voiceover is actually directed at. A really satisfying final episode! Before I forget, did you spot the yellow stained glass windows in the cafe in Niigata? That was the colour of the letters. Also, when Manato calls ‘Yui’ he pronounced it ‘Yui-e’: is he adding a word here, or is it just his way of talking? Also, when he tells Yui he loves her in the cabin,, what exactly does he say. ‘Ai….’ was all I could catch.
          Didn’t watch MK videos last night as I decided to re-watch the Type A coupling song on Mae shika mukanee (all three copies have arrived now!). Kitarie’s lips are more sumptuous than ever in Kimi no Uso wo Shitteita! Favourite song is probably Kinou Yori Motto Suki, and the mv has that breathtaking final shot of Owada Nana staring straight into the camera. Imagine that on one of the 72 inches HDTVs you spoke of elsewhere! Definitely oshi-in-reserve. Looking forward to your comments here…

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          • Manato’s opening and closing dialogues really were haunting weren’t they in this way that you just didn’t know for sure whom he was speaking about albeit there was a sense of misdirection to it all as is revealed in the ending :D. A~h you’re much more observant than I!!! as I didn’t catch the yellow there XD. Mmm I’d need to see that part again as he may have been using the particle ‘e’ or perhaps he was playing with his pronunciation? “Kimi no koto wo aishitanda…” those words Manato says to Yui~chan in the ending in the cabin: to say that he’s been in love with her all this time….<3….the most amazing moment ~*!!!!

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        • philipleslie says:

          I’d been wondering where our Melon Kinenbi strand had disappeared to! I’m hooked on the second album at the moment. Every song is wonderful in terms of writing, arrangement and singing. It’s one of the best H!P albums, surely. What’s sad about the loss of MK is that it was an established group for older performers.

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  102. Thank you! The sky and clouds sequence was perfect too and meshed with your music, it has a religious sort of feeling that I can’t quite describe in words and in any case it’s most uplifting.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Thank you for listening! I decided to write something bold and majestic-sounding rather than meditative, but pleased you thought it meshed with the images (the UK sky yesterday morning!). Once I’d written the music, I did all the mixing using headphones, and had to adjust it afterwards for laptop speakers. Thank you again!

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    • philipleslie says:

      I’ve just uploaded this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehXCV592rQA Not sure how successful it is, but I wanted something to go with the music and decided upon patterns. Some of the images were scanned from actual fabric.

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  103. Thank you for the Sohma Hiroko songs!! I’ve not heard her music before and she sings beautifully! I love pop with a folk touch such as in “Sora to umi no deau basho” while “Refrain” is a gorgeous ballad and I also love the jazzy solo there too, both such well written songs and her vocals are immaculate.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Hi there! So pleased you enjoyed! I too loved that folk element that’s in her music, especially the live clarinet. The album was partly mixed in Dublin, so I’m wondering if that might have had an influence. Saying that, the other album of hers has a similar feel. Her ballads are very pretty indeed. What her music reminds me of is Nacchi’s acoustic performances, both instruments and crystal clear vocals.

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  104. Hiya~*, just putting the disc in for the final episode now and even though I’m rewatching this drama I still feel an anxiousness about seeing its ending :D.

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  105. You know I’m going to miss seeing Tackey’s sexiness on screen on a daily basis or so after this ends…..but wait! His groups new single should be here today as it didn’t arrive yesterday :D.

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  106. I’d forgotten that this last episode is an extra long one hour episode. U~n in this final opening dialogue we finally catch a realization of whom Manato’s thoughts are to….Ohh three shortcakes with a strawberry atop~! I don’t really favor desserts in general but it surely does look yummy =). When Yui~chan says she wants to meet Hirase Ai~chan what a shock it is ne~ =O. And Manato’s lie is finally almost completely out as Tetsuya now knows about the letters he’s been exchanging with Haruka pretending them to be the real thing…still though it’s a bit of iron in that those very letters did manage to bring out the real Haruka and Manato in a very real sense.

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    • philipleslie says:

      It was three 20-minute parts on GoodDrama. Weirdly it didn’t feel any longer than the other episodes, probably because there was a lot going on. There’s another way of eating the shortcake/strawberry you realise: stuff the whole lot in you mouth at the same time. Those shortcakes did look yummy. How do they differ from cheesecakes? Are they just 100 per cent sugary goodness? I had been wondering if Ai-chan would have to put in an appearance.

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      • I think the main difference would be shortcakes not having any crushed graham crackers or cream cheese I think. MMm….for sure cheesecakes are the evil sisters of shortcakes =P…a bit too rich though I think with all of that cream cheese. Haruka’s pretend Aichan was a bit too convincing as it would turn out. When first seeing that scene I remember I was confused at first as I actually thought that the real Aichan was there for a split second!!

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  107. How selfless of Yui~chan to consider Manato’s happiness ahead of hers or at the very least in a most equal of ways. And as they say, lies only lead to bigger ones and soon there’s a large hole you’ll find yourself in =O….such it is for Manato who’s now trying to fend off Yui~chan’s request to meet this Aichan and when she says suddenly that she won’t eat until she has met her, the stakes are yet again raised all stemming from Manato’s untruthfulness. You gotta adore the reasoning though for Yui~chan’s wanting to meet this Aichan as she’s genuinely concerned about finding out in person what kind of person she truly is as anyone can simply write a charming letter.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I love Yui-chan’s voice, but in these last couple of episodes, because she’s been ill, her voice is even lovelier. Perfect acting.

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  108. Seeing/hearing Sensei play Tetsuya’s piano piece here is enlightening for an array of emotional reasons…and then when she drops the absolutely last thing you’d imagine hearing in that she’s pregnant and whom by…..

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  109. Haruka must say something about her pregnancy right!!

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  110. Sensei’s resignation is sad =(….and can you imagine what Tetsuya was really feeling then despite his playful reaction when Haruka gave him that glance. Valedictorian….cute how Yui~chan has written on the train windows frost Aichan~Manato….I love how these two scenes overlap one another here.

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  111. “We were born to love”

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  112. Simply one of the most memorable speeches in dramas…..by Tetsuya here and I love how he led in by referring to Sensei her remark that he’d make a good politician =D.

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  113. Tetsuya’s speech……you can watch it repeatedly….enlightening….unguarded……passionate….with a deep truth about that ‘friend’ in each and every one of us. Also kudos to Haruka for shushing the students so that they’d listen respectfully :D.

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  114. Tetsuya defines finding love and shedding our inner fears inside us, you know when I first watched this drama I never imagined his character carrying the load of deepness for really everyone in this drama…..and yet Tetsuya is amazing…..each time I’ve watched his speech I’d dreamed of being impregnated by him lol =P.

    “Someone we love and can talk to about anything.”

    “Laugh with.”

    “Cry with.”

    “Someone to hold.”

    “To kiss.”

    “Have sex with.”

    “Someone we can share and receive courage from.”

    I cry every time I hear his speech…of course too there are the elements of Sensei and each and every character we’ve met in this drama to reflect on in direct consideration of Tetsuya’s speech and emotionally I cannot hold back tears and a nod of understanding here.

    I just replayed his speech.

    So true. So true.

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  115. Brilliantly truthful his words are….knowing the things inside we each yearn for and yet so many have inner walls guarding against such open happiness…isn’t that so true?

    Okay I have to pause…..I need to make lunch, I have company today…..my mischievous niece<3 is visiting.

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  116. I can totally relate though, it’s not readily easy to say you love someone.

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  117. For Manato to take Yui~chan in her current state to Niigata…..both a confirmation of love as well as a deep trust~♥.

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  118. Funny when she says you can’t touch my chest =P….oh to be spooned.

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  119. Okay…..this scene is amazing! Just when Yui~chan says that she’s figured out that there is ‘no Aichan’…….whom appears?? It’s like your balloon has suddenly exploded and there’s no telling where the fragments will lead…and yet you just knew that those letters weren’t sent! I have to admit that in that moment my mind went scrambling thinking that maybe Haruka may have secretly forwarded Manato’s letters somehow and yet logically there was no real reply so Haruka being there was surprising and yet maybe not so much so…still this scene with Yui~chan in the foreground hearing their conversation and believing that Manato and Aichan are socially connecting is heartbreaking nonetheless as she doesn’t appear happy but rather surprised. In any case Haruka proves to be the truest of friends, something which the viewer must’ve endeared to largely in part by now. And yet with Manato’s last remark at their table….Haruka still has feelings~♥ =(.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I was really surprised when ‘Ai-chan’ appeared. Poor Yui, though: her disappointment was huge. When Yui-chan left, I wanted Manato to run after her and tell her the truth. Haruka amazing and supportive. What a brilliant friend. Did you spot the cafe windows are yellow, to match the letters?

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  120. The empty apartment Tetsuya walks into..

    Kuyashii~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  121. I remember thinking that Tetsuya’s the last character whom you’d ever feel sorry for truly the most and yet……he’s like a victim of everything =(.

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  122. In Manato’s mind and likewise in Haruka’s mind the reasoning for Yui~chan to suddenly run off is baffling as Manato and Haruka both just thought to validate the existence of Aichan, a girl whom Yui~chan herself wanted to seek out for the sake of Manato’s happiness….her running away here is most revealing ne~.

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  123. A~h Manato’s found her key and ring…

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  124. The snow’s now beginning to come down…..Tetsuya’s on his way.

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  125. The conversation in the car between Tetsuya and Haruka while driving to find Yui~chan…..everything is truly revealed there isn’t it as Tetsuya suddenly reveals that Yui~chan said she wouldn’t be able to accompany him to overseas because of someone she’s in love ❤ with!

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  126. Watching Manato trying to trudge through through the snow……kuyashii!!! And then he finally sees her.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Immediately you think she’s beyond help…Visually, she’s obviously the strawberry on the white topping of the shortcake…Manato’s saved her until last….unless he’s too late…

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  127. The true reason for Yui~chan wanting to meet Aichan through Tetsuya’s words while in conversation with Haruka, it’s both therapeutic and revealing at the same time….that she was already in love with Manato~.

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  128. It’s like a Greek tragedy =(.

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  129. U~n the last letter that Haruka had sent to Manato through their “Aichan correspondences, remember him saying that she needn’t actually mail it and just present it to him?….and they didn’t think that Yui~chan would have noticed.

    I can’t say enough about how Haruka shouldn’t ever feel guilty about her disguise in meeting Manato as “Aichan” as she wasn’t ever aware of what Tetsuya already knew at that time.

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  130. If only Manato could tell her the truth.

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  131. Manato’s so reserved to his understanding that Yui~chan’s in love with Tetsuya….so he can’t verbalize his true feelings for her =(.

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  132. The conversation between Tetsuya and Haruka in the car in the deep snow shortly afterward is so memorable….how he says how everyone around him is vanishing and yet how Haruka reveals that it may have been batsu (a punishment) for what we already know.

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  133. When Manato just said how falling asleep in freezing temperatures is deadly and how he’s seen it in movies, it just reminded me of the mini horror movie starring Yada Akiko which I’ve linked to you….hint: hint: I think you’ll enjoy it :D.

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  134. The bear story……

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  135. At this point it’s as Yui~chan had given up =(.

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  136. Just hearing his voice….

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  137. Just hearing his story….

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  138. And now Manato, speaks without walls…..a heart unguarded. He finally tells her the complete truth. How he’d never spoken to her before. The fake letters. How he’d hurt Haruka so much. How he had turned away Tetsuya earlier and lied about it being Papa. How he admires Tetsuya….words he could only express while perhaps believing Yui~chan to be gone.

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  139. “Kimi no koto wo aishitanda…” those words Manato says to Yui~chan in the ending in the cabin: to say that he’s been in love with her all this time….<3.

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    • philipleslie says:

      Aishitanda: looks like one of those verb endings I’ve yet to learn. Anyway, it’s wonderful to hear him saying it at long last.

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      • In plain present form it’d be like” Ai suru no desu”….’suru’ in past tense becomes ‘shita’ and the ‘no’ particle is shortened to ‘n’ with ‘desu’ becoming it’s informal ‘da.’ One of the loveliest of phrases to say to any girl one truly has been in love with.

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  140. You wonder as the search party arrives with Tetsuya and Haruka if Manato and Yui~chan have survived the freezing night =/.

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  141. And when Manato emerges carrying Yui~chan didn’t your heat just sink!!! I mean you still don’t know if she’s even alive :(.

    And she’s OKAY!!!!

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    • philipleslie says:

      Relief! It looked bad at first, and I really didn’t think she’d made it. When she opens her eyes and makes the peace-sign…Relief!

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  142. Everything Manato said with an open heart for the very first time in his life, in that moment he saved Yui~chan <3.

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  143. The immediate post conversation between Haruka and Tetsuya is most hilarious as he declares his trip to New York also meaning that he won’t have to see Haruka’s ‘angry face’ anymore lol…while touche Haruka says how she’ll dearly miss hearing Tetsuya’s sarcastic comments anymore after he’s left :P. They seem ironically meant for one another ne~<3!!

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  144. i thought THAT WAS THE so so cute SURPRISE in the ending when asked about why someone would pretend to be dead in such a situation, Yui~chan simply replies logically that it was all due to the presence of Mr. Bear through Manato’s story…..where survival may be a means to such as one playing dead :D.

    The final closing credits shows a mini index of the entire drama……it’s wonderful isn’t it!!!

    And.

    Let’s not dismiss the open ended “possibility” of Haruka falling in love with tetsuya…oh wait likewise how you shouldn’t ever leave the theater when you think a movie’s over, never close a drama out without making sure it’s completely finished!!!! U~n Tetsuya and Haruka~♥ in New York!

    I’m wondering if this occurred with you too!??? but with Manato’s final closing narration the moment you see him turn to see Yui~chan in red dashing towards him through a crowd…..didn’t your heart skip a beat then? Mines did <3. And the final revelation of what Manato can never forget….all of the memories we have together which will last forever<3.

    Some uncertainties and anxieties are a realization of true love, and U~n there's so many life lessons to draw from this drama I think…..hope ~* you ❤ 'd it as much as I did.

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    • philipleslie says:

      I hadn’t expected the extra scene after the credits, so I’m glad I stayed to the end. For a moment I did wonder if he was waiting for Haruka, but was overjoyed when I saw the red coat! So all the time the person he’d ‘never forget’ in the voiceover was Haruka. It’s so good to see Manato and Yui-chan together, holding hands. It’s taken 10 episodes to achieve this, too. What a fantastic and enjoyable drama. Definitely a keeper. Thank you so much for recommending. Next I might check out that Momusu drama before searching for that horror mini-series.

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      • U~n that was the only perfect ending!! U~n and It was Haruka whom Manato was speaking about the entire time which was difficult to even guess up till then as the drama tends to have the viewer believe that he’s speaking of Yui~chan instead. So happy you enjoyed the drama too \(^o^)/!!! Oh and I just realized that I had misspoken as the horror thingy is actually just one short movie which is only about 30 minutes or so =P. I had divided it into several parts back then and I think that was due to the formatting program I was then using…I think…but anyway each part is like just a few minutes apiece.

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