Title: The Devil Does Exist #10
Author: Mitsuba Takanashi
May Contain Spoilers
Kayano feels a sense of dread after the meeting with Takeru’s mother. Since that day, he’s been unusually quiet, and spends most of his time working at his new job. He’s conflicted by his mother’s words, and the truth he’s been lead to believe in. Did she really abandon him, or was he wrestled from her loving arms? As Takeru tries to solve this emotional puzzle, Kayano throws herself into studying for her college entrance exams. Unsure of how to help him, she instead gives him space. When he decides to go with his mother and brother to Italy, Kayano is devastated. If he loved her, why didn’t he choose to stay with her?
Warning!! Extreme angst ahead!!
Hearing the news that he’s moving to Italy from her mother, Kayano seeks out Takeru, to hear it from him. He confirms his decision, and his reason for going; he just wants to start over. He wants to end the cycle of disappointment with his mother, and sees that as the way to do it. He makes no promise to return, and tells her to do whatever she wants to do when he’s gone. If I was Kayano, his words would have hurt so badly. Did their relationship mean so little that he had to distance himself from it and start over again? Or was his turmoil over his mother so great that he had to go with her to work out their relationship before it twisted the rest of his life?
I felt so bad for Kayano. She was struggling to tell Takeru how she was really feeling, and how much his words hurt her. He seemed so indifferent to how their separation would effect her, and Kayano just doesn’t have it in her to have a confrontation with him. When she’s asked out by Ren, she’s hesitant to go with him and his friends, but when Takeru nonchalantly mentions that he’s going to a goodbye party with his classmates (and doesn’t even ask her to go? Ouch!), she changes her mind. When Kayano and Ren run into Takeru and his group of friends, it’s like Kayano’s worst nightmare come to life. Even though they’re standing next to each other, there’s a void stretched between. Considering the way Takeru treated her for most of this volume, I have feeling that she may just be better off with him living in Italy!
Rated for 16+
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