by Yumi Unita
Warning: there are SPOILERS in the second paragraph.
Rin continues to navigate highschool- making curriculum choices, looking at future career options; she seems to want to stick close to home. Her friend Reina bounces between boyfriends, while Rin still doesn\’t have one- there\’s a guy who likes her but she doesn\’t return his interest, and Kouki of course is still pining for her- constantly rejected. Rin meets with her mother Masako again- who is now married and has a second child (there was an odd scene where it looked like the baby was nursing but then Masako said \”it\’s time for her milk\” and gave it a bottle- so I guess it was just snuggled against her near-naked bosom?) Rin seems to have accepted who her mother is, and is delighted to be a big sister.
Now the final direction of this whole storyline becomes clear, and it doesn\’t make any sense. Rin can never accept Kouki\’s attentions because having grown up alongside him, it just feels weird- she knows him too well, can\’t see him as boyfriend material. Yet she appears to be developing feelings for Daikichi. Ugh no no no no no. He\’s been her guardian, as a father to her all these years. This isn\’t possible. Surely someone in that circumstance would have the same complete lack of romantic attraction to their father-figure as she does to the childhood friend who was so close they \’felt like siblings\’ (a phrase Rin uses frequently when referring to Kouki). So while I continue reading, really liking these people as characters, I don\’t at all buy the premise anymore. It just would not occur. Not to mention being distasteful and shocking.
Rating: 3/5 208 pages, 2010