Another volume done!
I’m with some of you (I can’t remember who ) who started to wonder how much we can trust Naho’s feelings for Suwa. Is he just second best now that Kakeru is dead? I guess, the problem here is, that we got three chapters to see several months of development, when we spent 5 volumes for possibly the same amount of time before. So of course, it won’t feel as solid.
So I’m just gonna go ahead and assume Naho was telling the truth. As far as I can remember I’ve never seen her lie, so why would she start now?
From that assumption, I’m so glad that Suwa got his girl, at least in this future scenario. It was definitely not a forgone conclusion which maybe the first 5 volumes made it seem. Since it almost seemed that maybe Suwa and Naho got together in High school.
I feel like I got what I needed to understand Suwa well early in this volume, and then we got to see even more in depth why he thinks so poorly of himself. I wish it was easier to say: “You’re wrong, what you feel is wrong. You’re a good man.” And while I definitely think so, if I imagine myself in that situation, I would also probably feel like I used my dead friend to get the girl we both wanted, and that makes me a pretty terrible person. But at the same time, we know his reasons weren’t entirely selfish, he did/does want Naho to be happy, to smile like she used to do.
Anyway, I feel like I could ramble about this for a long time, so I think I’ll stop here. I hope volume 7 gives us more of what the future looks like for the Kakeru survives crew. From what we’ve seen, we know Hagita and Azu get together eventually. And Kakeru seems to marry Naho and have a kid with her. At least if I understood everything correctly from what we’ve gotten to see so far.
I don’t know if any of you read the 後書き in this volume, but it talked about the deep kind of wounds that Kakeru had/has aren’t the kind healed in one moment. They take time, and I couldn’t quite figure out if the point was that that was why Naho and crew spent months to help Kakeru feel better before the fated day happened, and/or if it was pointing to what I can expect to read in volume 7.
Edit: I forgot to add the best face in the chapter. I think this is my favorite face/expression of Naho’s and that is saying something since I’ve loved a lot of them: