Last chapter before the last volume (of the main story). The relay went great, so what happens now?
Very much a transition chapter, huh? Talking about Christmas Eve which is a romantic holiday in Japan, no idea how that happened, but there you go.
And then new years.
We learn that Suwa confessed back then in the original timeline! Say what?! That conversation in the car felt so awkward. Can you imagine being Naho in the back there, listening to your friends talking about your romantic interests in high school? Yikes.
And I’m so glad Naho could say that to Suwa, that she didn’t choose him as a pity prize.
Taka-chan finally laying down the smackdown on Suwa. I’ve been waiting for this moment! She wrote down stuff from that car conversation in her letter, obviously! Or did she overhear it in real time? I’d have to go back over the pages to see if we see her expression to see if that is already answered.
Suwa… The hero we don’t deserve. I kinda like his reasoning. Like, he has that future with Naho, it can’t be taken from him. It exists out there, just because this Suwa doesn’t get to experience it doesn’t makes it any less real. And if he had to choose between Kakeru’s life and his potential future marriage, he chooses his friend’s life.
I don’t think it is that black and white. Until Kakeru gets out of his depression/suicide thoughts, sure. But after that, I hope they don’t think Kakeru’s continued existence depends on Naho and him having their almost-relationship or an actual relationship for the rest of their lives. Probably not thinking that far ahead. Hard to anticipate, no?
Then the reveal at the end, which I saved until now too. Suwa has pictures from the future?!?!?! Also we got (more) narrative from Suwa’s perspective. I think we got a bit of that before, his thoughts/narrative, but here we had some more, to get the reveal of him actually having pictures of their future selves.
The last volume comes next. What is about to happen there? Will Suwa really stay away from new years? Will the Christmas eve date go well? Will Naho and Kakeru still fight on new years?
We’re running out of time to save Kakeru. Have enough been done?
Honestly this story has turned out better than I could have thought it would. And I had pretty high expectations. Thankfully it doesn’t make me cry as much as the first volume did. Phew. I was a bit scared for a while.