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Well, I certainly did not expect them to be second-years already. That seems… awful sudden.
Nothing more to say about ch 1 really except that I’m glad Hanabi and Yayako aren’t suddenly buddy-buddy, though I still don’t get why Hanabi wants to be nice to her, especially when Yayako still clearly wants nothing to do with her except to torment her.
We’re getting some foreshadowing into this book’s main conflict. We meet the new characters and 1st year students, and we see Tina is already popular with them because of her appearance but also her parents. She would rather people leave the topic alone. Sounds like Tina will be the focus, and we’ll see how she can overcome her embarrassment over her parents’ scandal.
That’s a lot of coincidences this chapter. Well, two, but that’s still a lot for such a short time period. At least, assuming it is that someone unrelated made that tweet after the Middle Schooler Night attendants learned who Tina’s parents are, like it’s looking like, and it’s not because Saki doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut. And then for the college student who at some point saw Tina and decided she was perfect for the lead role in the movie he was writing to come in at a time where introductions would occur and he could actually ask her…
Part of me feels like there’s no way any of this is coincidence, but also part of me feels like it probably is, though whether it’s poor writing (contrived conflict) or just because it’s for kids, I dunno. I don’t trust this author so I feel like any could be possible lmao
Honestly I was a little nervous when, when flipping ahead partway through ch 5, I saw that ch 6 was titled “これが恋?” I also tried not to be leery of Ritsu, and Tina and Hanabi being alone with him and the people he’s making the film with. Most adults aren’t predatory toward children, and it’s good for kids to have older friends to look up to and turn to outside of family. Intergenerational friendships in general are good. I’m glad he’s not looking skeevy, though it is still weird that he’d look at a middle schooler (if she were a third-year, maybe) and go, “She’s perfect for this role of a high schooler!” Especially since Tina has never been described as looking older, at least not that I remember. I’d say she also doesn’t look older, but the cutesy art style kinda lends toward everyone looking young lol
I’m also glad that the only thing that’s relevant to that chapter title is Tina having feelings for Ritsu and being at that age where despite knowing that other people would find a romantic relationship between a middle schooler and a college student inappropriate (to put it mildly), she doesn’t yet see anything wrong with it herself.
It still came out of left field though. In ch 5 it didn’t seem like she liked him very much at all, and now suddenly she’s got a crush on him? How? What? Why.
But man these kids really can’t catch a break at all, can they.
I also wonder at that choice to have that ch 7 illustration be of Tina surrounded by fellow students rather than reporters. That’s not what happened.