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Title: Kare Kano: His & Her Circumstances #5
Author: Masami Tsuda
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Chapter 17: Miyazawa has a girls afternoon out with everyone and we get how some of the other girls met and what drew them together. They also start talking about their futures and Miyazawa realizes she has no plans for the future besides being the best at school. The chapter ends with Tsubasa revealing that her dad wants to re-marry and that she is running away to change his mind.
Chapte 18: Tsubasa tries to wheedle a way into staying at Miyazawa’s place, but one of her other friends takes control and tells her to grow up and that her dad will be coming to deal with the situation after work. He shows up and begins relating what has led up to this moment. Tsubasa ends up staying at Miyazawa’s house until things get better between Tsubasa and her dad. We are introduced to Kazuma, the son of the woman Tsubasa’s dad wants to marry. He’s the same age as Tsubasa and has his own reservations about the marriage.
Chapter 19: Tsubasa realizes she’s been acting like a spoiled brat and goes home. She tells her dad she’s ok with the re-marriage. They all get together to meet the son, for the first time. Things seem to be going well until Kazuma makes a comment about Tsubasa being in elementary school when she is actually older than him. She goes off the rails. The next day Tsubasa is being hit on by an old pervert and Kazuma comes to her rescue. They end up going to his house and have a real good bonding time. Tsubasa realizes that Kazuma comes home to an empty house every day just like her and that he understands her circumstances. She begins to realize how good having a family could be.
Chapter 20: Asaba comes to visit Miyazawa and her family while Arima is away. We get some of his backstory. Miyazawa is also starting to realize just how much she doesn’t know about Arima and it makes her feel very insecure.
Chapter 21: Miyazawa and her family go to visit her grandfather. Her father remembers her mother at that age and says Miyazawa is growing up to look just like her. Miyazawa’s father and maternal grandfather don’t get along. We get the backstory for Miyazawa’s father as he grew up without any parents and how he met Miyazawa’s mom.
This was a good volume. I enjoyed the various storylines about all the different families. I suspect most of my enjoyment was because the teen romance angle was almost non-existent and this was more about family relationships.
That being said, I am done with the series. Just like I can no longer eat a family sized bag of 4 Cheese Doritos (I was so sad when they stopped making that kind) like I could in my 20’s, I simply can’t read about the emotional roller coaster that is the teen life. Just like the stick in the mud that I take my life’s inspiration from, I am comfortably settled and don’t want anything unsettling me 🙂
I am thinking my next comic/manga/graphic novel read will probably either be some Asterix books or the Lodoss: Grey Witch trilogy manga.