Definitely rougher than most. It must be horrible to have a loved and loving parent (especially if it's the only living parent) gradually turn into someone who hates you. In a sense, it must be worse than never having been loved. I am definitely curious as to who the hell the old buzzard actually is who bullied a grieving widow to the point that she turned on her own daughter. The mother is a hard, yet brittle character who was easily manipulated, but the greed and downright evil in the old buzzard's face (hard to tell if it's male or female) was completely disgusting, not to mention the disgusting things said to the mother.
From what I'm gathering in this chapter with the flashbacks, it looks like the mother kicked out her own daughter? Is the mother still in the family herself? That's something we don't know yet.
I have a feeling that the mother did that because she felt her daughter was extremely unhappy in her current situation, which means that she finally became aware of some things her daughter was feeling. The issue there is that I think she didn't understand WHY her daughter was unhappy, she must of thought it was just the pressure that was too much. Kicking her out, while relieving her of the pressure to perform did nothing to heal the incredibly large rift between mother and daughter which was the main issue behind her refusal to play. On the contrary, it became so much larger because they don't even interact anymore.
Still, I think that it was definitely a beneficial move for her daughter, having friends her age that aren't spartan-like and being able to go at her own whim is really good for her. She'll be able to build herself an identity that isn't completely crafted A to Z by her old family.
Wow! I just have to say wow. An extremely well done chapter by our mangaka. It managed to pull the rug out from under us in a very clever fashion. I think I was most pleased with how Takezou acted. He may not be the MANLY STUD so beloved of shounen/shoujo readers, but he's definitely an interesting character and not just a two-dimensional stereotype. I also thought Satowa's way of handling it when she talked to Hiro was very upbeat and mature. Takezou and Satowa were very adult in a situation that would normally have ended in a disaster pleasing only to the Vice-Principal and the club "advisor."
- Side note for Koto enthusiasts - An album by Eto Kimio, one of the 20th Century's greatest koto players and composers, has finally become available. I found it on amazon, and immediately ordered two copies. His four LP's haven't been published since the late 1960's and this is the first release I have found on CD. Unfortunately, I have never been able to find out if his Concerto for Koto and Orchestra, which he premiered with Leopold Stokowski was ever recorded. A great pity if the performance has been lost.
Classic trope right here, the bitter girl who's been betrayed by everyone.
Very well handled by our club members. Honestly, her little trick was going to fail from the get go. She's hiding the fact that she's been kicked out by her family and is living alone! Well... everyone would pretty much understand the reason behind that.
Especially when there's 4 delinquents / ex-delinquents that probably have more than enough problems at home. Our club leader also has some issues at home too, didn't he fail to get into the High School of his choice because he ( dat Japanese cold strikes again ) was sick? Couldn't attend the exam. Honestly I forgot, but bottom line is, every kid( every person actually) in the world understand that what happens with your family is private life.