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Chapter 30 pt1

Chapter 30 pt2

Title: 4 April

Published: Approximately May – June 2001 in Dengeki Daioh

Volume 3

Previous Chapter → 29

Next Chapter → 31

Synopsis

Part 1

  • Third year
  • Separation
  • Like spring flowers blooming
  • Skirting the darkness
  • A tower to reach the heavens
  • It's hard to be an adult
  • Does she hate us?
  • Other people's problems
  • Despondency
  • Approved
  • The unhatched egg
  • Elementary, middle, high
  • Perks
  • Flightless bird
  • Huh?

Part 2

  • Crab without a shell
  • Pork buns
  • Delicious
  • Monkey
  • Never mind, y'all
  • Expectations
  • Overactive imagination
  • The violence of language
  • Bad feeling about this
  • Bruises are okay
  • I was scared too
  • Interference
  • Begone
  • Meditation
  • Trust

Referbacks

  • Tomo cuts her hair short again after having kept it long for a good while, which makes Chiyo think that Tomo looks just like she did back in their first year of high school.
  • Tomo refers again to her idol worship of the character Fujiko Mine (the reason she grew her hair out was that she wanted to look more like her).
  • Kaorin finds herself in Kimura's class for her third year. It has been hinted before that Kimura likes Kaorin, such as when he danced with her during the first sports festival.
  • Tomo suggests that Kagura walk around in her swim suit so as to promote the swim team. Kimura says this is an excellent idea, and as we know, he loves high school girls in swimsuits.
  • Previously, Chiyo spent time with her elementary school friends, Miruchi and Yuka. Here, Tomo and Yomi get to meet them too.
  • Yomi tells Miruchi that some people of her school "just loaf around and get poor grades" like Tomo, Kagura or Osaka.

Trivia

Characters

Cultural References

  • When Chiyo notices Tomo has cut her hair short, she goes to talk with Yomi in privacy. This is because Japanese girls often cut their hair after a heartbreak, and Chiyo wonders if this could be why Tomo did it, but Yomi only seems to find the idea of Tomo being heartbroken unlikely and amusing.
  • Tomo compares herself to Fujiko Mine again, but as she realizes that becoming like her is a goal too difficult to accomplish, she decides to cut her hair instead to look more like Ryoko Hirosue, a Japanese actress and singer.
  • Osaka talks about her kotatsu, a heated table with a comforter on top of it, commonly used in Japan during winter season.

Unanswered Questions

  • What kind of bad college experience Yukari had that made her say that college was the wrong place to be if you wanted to study (even though she didn't want to do so herself at all).
  • How the stories told to Chiyo by Tomo and Kagura ended (because Chiyo hates stories about painful accidents, she wouldn't let them finish).
  • Whom Kagura's friend from elementary school was that she mentions.

Memorable Moments

  • The start of the girls' third year of high school, including Kaorin being transferred to Kimura-sensei's class.
  • Tomo's haircut, and her explanation as to why she did it.
  • Tomo meets Miruchi and Yuka, and claims she is smart and motivated, which seems to make Chiyo and Yomi want to roll their eyes.

Quotes

16px-Quote1 Now we gotta walk to the third floor every day … I won't be able to make it … So tired … 16px-Quote2
Osaka
16px-Quote1 I know that growing your hair out makes you look sexier … But it occured to me that I'd never be a Fujiko Mine … After careful consideration.

… So I could at least be a Ryoko Hirosue! 16px-Quote2

Tomo
16px-Quote1 Feel free to yell at her, Chiyo-chan. 16px-Quote2
Yomi (on Tomo)
16px-Quote1 So you're seniors now, and that means preparing for college entrance exams. You'll all be unbearably busy and stressed out. But it's even harder out in the real world. So don't even think of whining. 16px-Quote2
Yukari
16px-Quote1 Eh … You're already in middle school? 16px-Quote2
Yomi (to Chiyo)
16px-Quote1 But without my kotatsu … What'm I gonna snuggle under now? 16px-Quote2
Osaka
16px-Quote1 They must be 100% beef to be this good!! 16px-Quote2
Tomo (on the pork buns)
16px-Quote1 GET YOUR BEHINDS IN YOUR SEATS, YOU BRATS! 16px-Quote2
Yukari
16px-Quote1 Uu … I wish you'd trust me, sensei. I'm sorry … I was sleeping. 16px-Quote2
Osaka (to Yukari)

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