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    Kolox is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    It doesn't feel like it was going to end - it feels like it just starting, actually. A Bloody Marry clash is closing up....

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    Dang I gotta get home! man 3 hours to go!!!! gotta download it!!!!!!!!!!
    Is Yakumo on the attack now? Finally! I was waiting for this moment ^^
    (the welding machine and chainsaw battle is coming............)

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    We members of Team Flag hereby recruit Yakumo to our cause.

    Excellent, excellent chapter.

    Before we jump to any conclusions, let's take a look at the sequence of events.

    b29, p.1 - Yakumo walks back after the Cultural Festival Play, where she fought with Eri.
    "Hey Iori, do you think that Sawachika-sempai loves Harima-san? But she's always harsh around Harima-san, and it's not like we have a special relationship. It's fine like this, right?"

    Yakumo suspects that Eri likes Harima. She recognizes that if Eri does love Harima, then she would have caused Eri a lot of suffering over the past little while. However, she dismisses the thought, rationalizing that Eri probably doesn't love Harima. The words "It's fine like this, right?" are a means by which Yakumo justifies her actions to herself.

    206, p.4 - Yakumo denies having feelings for Harima. This could mean one of two things - either she really doesn't like him, or she likes him and she's hiding it.

    206, p.5,6 - Yakumo becomes aware of the fact that Eri and Harima may be getting closer, and she actively takes steps to prevent the two dolls from being placed together. This means one of two things - either she doesn't want Eri to end up with Harima because she's jealous (ie. wants him for herself), or she doesn't want Eri to end up with Harima because she wants to see Harima paired up with someone else.

    Note her words in Ch. 206, p.7,8:
    "He's not the type of person who would change his mind."
    "He's not so careless as to fall for someone just like that."

    And when asked about whether she's been confessed to, she says "no" with a smile - to show that she's pleased about the fact that he hasn't gone after her - pleased with the fact that he is living up to that ideal.

    206, p.9, she places the Harima doll and the Tenma doll together on her own. This indicates that her desire to see Harima and Eri separated had nothing to do with jealousy - it's simply because she wanted him to end up with her sister. It makes no sense for Yakumo to want to end up with Harima and then to actively try to set him up with someone else.

    In Ch. 207, Yakumo sets her plan in action by having Tenma write manga with Harima. That was the same plan that set up for the climax in Ch. 212.

    Now, let's take a look at this chapter. Since Ch. 212, we've seen no signs of remorse from Yakumo, despite her sister's pleading. The trigger that actually makes her recognize her wrongdoing is Harima's explanation in p.5. Eri's plan to make Harima choose clearly establishes Eri's feelings regarding Harima. With that, Yakumo's lingering doubt in b29 has finally been confirmed.

    Note the side caption on that page: "Yakumo, can't go back now."

    Now that Yakumo knows about Eri's feelings for Harima, she can't go back to the old way of thinking in b29. She now knows for sure the full extent of what she's done in the past - there's no turning back.

    Now look carefully at the words on p.9: "I know Sawachika-sempai is in love with Harima, and it hurts me inside so badly."

    This is not the same as: "I know Sawachika-sempai and Harima-san are in love with each other, and it hurts me inside so badly."

    Yakumo isn't sad because Harima is being taken away from her by Eri. Rather, the sudden realization that she has in this chapter about Eri's feelings for Harima are the cause of her feelings of guilt.

    Then:

    "I've buried so many things inside of me, and it's all building up. I'm becoming a terrible person."

    What has she buried? Feelings? No, because having feelings for Harima wouldn't make her a terrible person. What else could you bury and have build up, making you feel like a terrible person?

    Guilt.

    Guilt that she's held inside since b29. All throughout the manga, she's constantly interfered with Eri's relationship with Harima. She undid Eri's sewed gift to Harima. She interfered in Eri's play. She constantly pushed Tenma to be with Harima, knowing that Tenma wasn't interested. All this she did unknowingly, but with a lurking doubt deep down that she may be hurting Eri.

    Ch.215, p.8: Yakumo tells us why she slapped Eri - it was entirely for the sake of her sister. But why does she add "That's what I thought when I slapped her, but... I was wrong."? The only thing that has changed since then is that Yakumo now knows Eri's feelings. She now knows the conflict that was going through Eri's head - she now knows that Eri really loves Harima.

    Note that she confirms that the phone call in Ch.211 had nothing to do with the slap. Therefore, there is no jealousy towards Eri involved here.

    Remember how I was talking about the idea of Yakumo redeeming herself? This is the very first step. It's now her responsibility to make amends with Eri. With this chapter, she can no longer be used as a plot device used to interfere with Flag - she's a full character in her own right.

    I find some of the earlier remarks to be somewhat bizarre. Here we have a character who has just admitted to having a lot of guilt because of constantly hurting someone else (unintentionally, of course) over a period of months, and the first thing on some people's minds is: "Yeah! Does this mean she'll step in and interfere some more?" As p.5's side comment notes, there's no turning back now. Now that she knows that Eri loves Harima, she cannot interfere with a good conscience. It would undo everything that elevated her character in this chapter.

    I've waited a really long time for this. It's kind of cathartic, really - she's been a real thorn in Eri's side for the past 100 chapters or so. It's a relief to see her finally 'fess up to everything that she's done - it shows, that despite all the trouble she's caused, she still was acting with good intentions. With a little luck, she may even make for a valuable ally for Flag. You know, I wonder... could this be that inroad into the manga writing thing that we've been looking for?

    On another note, I really liked the conversation on the last page. It's good to see Akira talking a bit more freely: "Do you have to give up love and friends to be a devil woman?" Eri has this habit of deliberately building walls around herself. Flag still has a lot of work to do.
    Edit: Fixed, as per reinard-fox's request.
    Last edited by Swampstorm; 03-03-2007 at 11:53 AM.

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    It is confirmed!! Yakumo has feelings for Harima!!

    Yakumo, as a Girl...

    I think that side comment gave a lot of hint about what's going to happen next. Flag will rest for a while, and Onigiri will take the center stage. Maybe KJ is doing this to balance the Flag-Onigiri rivalry. It's time for Yakumo to shine!!

    Anyway, that Harima is one lucky bastard...
    I don't think he's that handsome, but pretty girls sure fall for him!!

    Darn, I wish I could also do that...

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    It's actually pretty funny how Vekou posted right after Swamp....

    @ Swampstorm: Agreed. And why not simply copy+paste it here?

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    Random unrelated question that relates to chapter but almost certainly doesn't relate to the plot:

    Who the hell is Mitsui-san?!!!!! IT'S BEEN BOGGING MY MIND SINCE THE RELEEASE.

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    ^ Maybe he is a guy who is in charge of Harima's serialisation?

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    The guy who always calles him tazawa-kun?


    Oh another question, i think it's on p7, sara walks by some with decorative stuff...anyone know wut's that? See the one with a rope around a tree with tags dangling down? Random scenery ftw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinard-fox
    It's actually pretty funny how Vekou posted right after Swamp....

    @ Swampstorm: Agreed. And why not simply copy+paste it here?
    Sure. I fixed my post.
    I was just a bit worried about the length.

    It was very funny, now that you mention it.

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    Holly Crap...

    This has probably been the most emotionally charged chapter in School Rumble. In this we saw two characters break down, both Yakumo and Harima. Imoto-san's emotional brick wall finally crumbled in front of Sara, and Harima's strong base shattered. Yakumo's lucky she has Sara, but Harima...

    Quote Originally Posted by reinard-fox
    Why should it be Yakumo in particular?
    Harima's on the path to self-destruction. He's lost his aspiration and is heading in whatever direction he is pushed in, and the one doing the pushing is Tenma. Manga is what Harima chose to do on his own, but now he is letting Tenma dictate his future (regardless if she is aware of it or not). The one person who understands Harima the best IS Yakumo, well, maybe Akira, but she won't do anything beneficial for his sake. Harima might not choose to return to manga, but Yakumo should get him to face reality.

 

 
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