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Unexpected Development (Manga Rant)

This is just a rant about a manga I read, but it gives me this wtf moment so I really need to write about it.

I don't remember since when, but I have been following the Kimi No Iru Machi (KNIM) manga, and read it until the latest chapter. KNIM is a romance manga, more shonen-ly type, and it follows Haruto Kirishima, just your average everyday teenager (just kidding)

Anyway, this manga is pretty good, and I recommend you to read it :) Here's the link

There will a a big damn SPOILER for this one, so don't read this post through.

The first chapter of KNIM introduces it's audience to Yuzuki Eba, the main heroine for this manga, who just transferred from Tokyo and live the same house with our main hero, Haruto Kirishima, in Hiroshima Prefecture. In the beginning of the series, Haruto actually likes his classmate, Nanami Kanzaki. He tried his best to capture her heart, but was finally rejected, because Nanami suspected that Haruto actually really likes Eba. Then it turned that Haruto realized he is actually really in love with Eba. But since Eba will be going back to Tokyo, Eba said that they can't go on a date. When the day that Eba needs to go back arrived, Haruto sum up his courage and confessed to Eba, and they become a couple. They agree to have a long distance relationship.

But after a few weeks, Eba suddenly didn't keep in touch with Haruto anymore. Then he found a letter from Eba, telling him not to search for him again since she got back in relationship with her old boyfriend. Haruto suspected that Eba is actually in need of his help, so he transferred to Tokyo and stayed with his sister while trying to search for Eba. There, he got close with Kyousuke Kazama, a motorcycle enthusiast, and Asuka Mishima, friend of Kazama. Kazama actually had an illness, and one day he got admitted to a hospital. After that, Haruto founds out that Eba really have a boyfriend, and her boyfriend is Kyousuke Kazama (surpise!). Eba is actually worried about Kazama's health and wanted to be by her side. Then, Haruto challenged Kazama that he will get Eba back, and Kazama accepted that. Kazama decided that he will take on his surgery, which only has a 50% of success, and prove to Haruto that Eba will still stay by her side after his surgery. Unfortunately, Kazama died of surgery. After that, Eba met with Haruto, only to tell him that they shouldn't see each other again.

Haruto then decided to return to his home in Hiroshima, and he brought Asuka with him too. There, Asuka confessed her feelings to Haruto, and Haruto replied to her. They became a couple since then. Haruto hasn't meet with Eba since then.

Currently, they are all in college, and Haruto and Asuka is still a couple. One day, a senior asked Haruto to come to a 4X4 mixer (where a group of boys and girls meet and in this case, it's four girls and four boys) to even out the number. Haruto declined, saying that he already has a girlfriend. But Asuka gave him the permission, saying that he shouldn't be there for so long. Unwillingly, Haruto went with his senpai. To his surprise, Eba is also there, going to the mixer.




As a reader, I really like Eba. And I think that she is really suitable with Haruto. When Eba decided to stay at Kazama's side, I really wished that Haruto and Eba can get back together again, but things aren't always on your side. When Haruto said he likes Asuka, I was like, wtf?? I mean really? Is this what the author wants too? I was really furious at that time, and thought of never reading the manga again (but I did anyway). It took me a while to move on from Eba. I really thought that she is the main heroine, and things will turn out fine. It took me some times to finally get over it.

So before reading the latest chapter (chapter 118), I suddenly thought that if Eba wasn't really meant to be the main heroine, why the hell did the author introduces Eba in the first chapter? I mean, try to read the first chapter for yourself, and you'll know what I mean. Maybe it's the author's unique way of telling a story, so I thought that maybe Eba wasn't really the main heroine. After finished reading the latest chapter, I don't know what to say anymore. Just when I wanted to forget about Eba too. Geez.

But it is really interesting to see what will happen after this. Can't wait for the next chapter!


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