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when this got freshly scanlated and posted to [livejournal.com profile] yaoi_daily, there was a discussion on what the ending means. since that's a closed community, and i don't want to retype what i said elsewhere, i am reposting it here so i can link to it.


here's my theory:

i am 100% certain that they are together, or iori would not write that he is well, nor would hisayo say his return depends on yuuichi. the art for the confrontation between yuuichi and iori isn't terribly clear, but it does feel like iori talks yuuichi out of leaving him, and the last we see of them is when he touches yuuichi again, which to me reestablishes the connection that yuuichi broke at the start of that scene.

i am totally uncertain as to what happened so they can be together without iori basically being sucked dry of his life force. was the whole supernatural aspect fake, and the women and the uncle cooked it up to make yuuichi leave iori? if so, how do yuuichi's dreams fit with that, and iori's uncanny ability to always find him? and for how long was that planned? yuuichi really is separated from the rest of his family, his uncle has never eaten sweets, his name really means "only one". no, i think that aspect is real. so how can they be together?

and why are the women so nonchalant about any possible separation plan having failed? shouldn't they be more upset? instead ayako, iori's mother, is even chuckling, and they're bantering around hisayo calling ayako "mother" (giggle, giggle, obviously not serious about it). so weird. no, i think their basic plan succeeded; the wedding took place; they are now in a family relationship. i am actually thinking that hisaya-sama and ayako are romantically involved. in chapter 2 ayako goes on and on about how it was a fairytale when hisayo stood before her, and the image is quite sparkly and has hisayo's hair all spread out. and hisayo talks about being selfish, and then she holds ayako's hand hand and says "i will be here" -- that's all a wee bit lovey dovey for two women where all that's supposedly between them is a son to produce an heir in exchange for money, ne?

i don't think the lemon pie was poisoned. it looks to me like yuuichi's uncle really likes him; i think it unlikely that he would be in on a plot to kill yuuichi. and the women don't strike me that way either. furthermore iori was examined by a doctor who said it was exchaustion. yeah i know, some rare poison could have been used, but i think the text pretty clearly rules that out for us -- and it also strongly foreshadows the supernatural stuff from yuuichi's viewpoint; i see no reason not to believe it.

i really wish my japanese were better; i am wondering whether maybe something important got lost in translation -- on the other hand this is nakama's, and they can usually be trusted (though i see they did switch translators). maybe we are just meant to puzzle. maybe gotou- and maruya-sensei were thinking of writing a sequel where it will become clear how iori and yuuichi are escaping that curse. (that would be great because i really want to know.)

on 2007-11-05 23:21 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] platonios.livejournal.com
Hi!
I'll haunt you here too! Mwahahaha... :P

Seriously, I don't remember the plotline so well, but you're so right about the two women...toooo friendly those two, I had the same suspicions!
Furthermore, I was a little frightened by the letter in the end, because although I wanted to believe that they had a happily ever after, suspicions kept arising that this was just a fake, reasuring letter so Iori's mother wouldn't be upset...because poor iori was history!!!
Arghh...bad thoughts, bad thoughts...stopping here...

I believe the end left us at a cliffhanger since it didn't show if and how the couple managed to overcome the curse as you well-pointed a sequel is much needed.

on 2007-11-29 22:18 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] arcinmysky.livejournal.com
Hi pleochroic!
I'm cut from Baka Updates. Thank you for redirecting & sharing this post with me! ^_^

I think it’s great that you can read Japanese & now that you brought up the idea of writing to gotou-sensei, I feel like joining in too! Hahah!

Yes, I am 100% sure they are together too..maybe touring the world/Japan (I would like to believe because of the diff location illustrations done right after Iori touched Yuuichi’s arm). The story really needs a sequel because there are so many unanswered questions such as:
i am totally uncertain as to what happened so they can be together without iori basically being sucked dry of his life force.

I would like for the supernatural condition to be fake too but after what happened to Iori that night...it's a bit hard to think that Yuuichi did not cause him to feel exhausted & weak =(


& yes! These are the most pressing questions for me because I think they had something else in mind like an ulterior motive out of the whole wedding arrangement:
"and why are the women so nonchalant about any possible separation plan having failed? shouldn't they be more upset?"

& HAHAH...gosh your post delights me because I can relate with many things! I have to admit, I too suspected this:
" i am actually thinking that hisaya-sama and ayako are romantically involved
BUT...I dismissed it quickly because i felt that was a shortcut to obtaining my answers for all the puzzlement in the manga xD xD Who knows, it might be the REAL deal in the end! xD If not romantically involved, then maybe they have a past together & share a close bond.

maybe gotou- and maruya-sensei were thinking of writing a sequel where it will become clear how iori and yuuichi are escaping that curse.

YES!! That would be so appropriate because the story is going well so far & I adore the drawings...I want to hear more about Iori & Yuuichi & don’t want this tale to end. Let's hope gotou- and maruya-sensei will collaborate again for part 2! ^_^

Once again, thanks for sharing your thoughts! To be honest, I enjoy having such manga discussions but realize that it is understandably, not a fav habit of many readers. Therefore, thank you! ♥

on 2008-10-08 13:30 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] teresaborrego.livejournal.com
has there been any news after all this time about a sequel? i wish i spoke their language so i could write to the creators of this manga. =(

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