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This chapter was the planned end of the series in Hana to Yume magazine, but the series was extended and is currently on hiatus after 11 chapters. The series will return in a month or so. We will be able to release chapter 6 from the magazine raw, but after that, we will have to wait for the volume 2 tankoubon. Unfortunately, I don’t know when that will be released. If we have to skip a month, then we will fill the gap with something else from Hirama-sensei (she has released several oneshots and a one volume series.) Hopefully we won’t have to wait long.
This chapter examines Tsumugi’s swimsuit anxiety. I think most of us know this feeling quite well. I believe swimsuits are from hell, and I haven’t worn one in years. Tsumugi makes a couple of important mental turning points in this chapter — one for herself and one for her relationship with Tagami. With respect to the last, I’d like to point out that everything so far has been one-way from Tagami. To be honest, physical reciprocation isn’t something seen very much in shoujo. It’s always the guy chasing, or if a girl is aggressive, it’s made into a joke and portrayed as “bitchcraft”. In coming chapters the idea of reciprocation is explored more, and at points with some mild eroticism (Chapter 11 is particularly nice. Yeah, yeah, no fair Kuroneko…) Anyhow, I hope the story continues down this path after the hiatus. I really would hate to see this series degrade into typical pointless shoujo drama-garbage.
Next up will be “The Ghost Apartment Manager” chapter 11 followed by 3 chapters of “Kemono Kingdom: Zoo”. Depending on the typesetters, some more Furou Kyoudai may be released also. After that we’ve got some “Ore to Atashi no Kareshisama” and the return of “Rex Fabula”!