And there we go, the rest of the chapter read. I honestly wanted to rush through this to get a bit of an emotional break. Orange does not pull the punches.
Chapter 4 impressions, story discussions, prediction, best face picked—so lots of spoilers
So first part of the chapter we have the future peeps. So far we’ve seen them meet up, dig up a time capsule and now go and visit Kakeru’s grandma. And this after not seeing each other since high school graduation.
But then it seems their friendships got very strained by losing Kakeru. No surprise there. Losing a friend must have been devastating.
And here, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger. Didn’t see much of the adult crew, and I wonder what they’ll talk to granny about.
Back to the present crew, and it seems we have all Naho’s friends noticing her sadness over Kakeru. Although, notably, Hagita isn’t in most of these scenes. He is also the only one Kakeru feels the need to say/write くん for. Hagita is obviously an important part of that friend group, but so far not a very big one in our story. I hope that changes because future Hagita in chapter 3 really made an impression on me. That is when I felt like I started to get to know him and like him.
Otherwise, we have typical high school drama. Played out in real life and in fiction every day. Although, I can’t say I myself have met so many girls that seems so super jealous over their boyfriends speaking to someone of the opposite gender.
Also, two weeks just kinda vanish in that Kakeru going out with Ueda-senpai bit. Which seems pretty realistic in many ways, no? Because in real life, school and lessons and club activities would take up a lot of people’s times and it takes time to think and figure things out. And can be really hard to do certain things, especially if you know they will create conflict. I’ve been a certified conflict avoider in the past. And just like Naho, it never leads to her happiness (nor did it lead to mine).
But this little arc ended. Kakeru will break up with Ueda because basing a relationship on someone’s face being pretty probably wouldn’t have lasted very long anyway. Was it just me, or did Kakeru look bored or lost in thought every time Ueda talked? Lol, way to hold his attention. xD
That reminds me. Suwa, Takako and Azu talking after Suwa pushed Naho to approach Kakeru. Takako is fierce. And I love her for it.
If he hadn’t done something soon, Takako would have punched Ueda. You know what? I kinda want that to happen. Because I want to see Takako in action! In real life, I recognize that violence wouldn’t be the answer, but man, seeing Ueda get punched after intentionally pushing Naho on top of all the snobbing? Yeah, in manga I’d love to see the payback.
And now I’m kinda left with “what happens next” again. Another situation solved. I guess maybe this is why this manga was recommended to me as a slice of life with story. It does have story, but different parts can be somewhat/wholly episodic.
So I have no idea what the next chapter will bring, nor what volume 2 as a whole will bring. The only thing I know for sure is that it will probably make me cry.
On that note, I can say chapter 4 was the first chapter that didn’t make me cry! Huzza! I think I’ll start keeping count. 1/4 chapters I did not cry so far. The odds are ever in Orange favor.
Lastly, best face of the chapter. Man, these are so hard, but I gotta say that Ueda-senpai had a pretty good face, where the simple tilting up of her chin (and a slight downturn of her lips) made her look deadly/jealous/keep-away. Page 163
Also, there is an あとがき page 222 in the physical edition. Was quite easy to read and turns out the author has lived in the Matsumoto city!