Sorry for the wait, my computer suffered the dreaded “BLUE SCREEN OF DOOM” last week. Not a good way to start the day, mind you. ; – ; The promised one day turned to almost a week. Please feel free to stab me.
This is the most frustrating of all most frustrating Castle Mango chapter yet. You want to know why?! Konohara Narise is really freaking good at teasing her audience. The chapter starts with happy, great news, everything was going to smoothly and there was a part where you’d think that, “YES! FUCKING FINALLY!”. But no, it got worse. Now let me kidnap Togame, tie him up and ship him to Africa.
Recap: Chapter 9 left us with Yorozu’s mum still in the hospital, Ninomiya helping Yorozu up with replacing burnt furniture, Yorozu finding out that Togame’s paying for all cost and of course, Togame going overseas to film.
The chapter starts with great news. Yorozu’s mother’s finally able to be discharged from the hospital and his relationship with this aunt seemed to be slightly better now. Satoru even treaded him ice cream because his “oni-chan” had work so hard during their mother’s absence.
Satoru quoted Togame, saying that “we must treat our most important person with kindness while they’re still alive”, revealing the fact that Togame’s sibling passed away long ago. This absolutely adorable kid doesn’t just stop there, though.
Satoru: Mum, brother and even the hotel are really important to me.
Satoru: Though I still can’t do anything since I’m just in middle school, //
Satoru: I’ll still work hard.
Ninomiya showed Yorozu the fully refurbished room, the day before Yorozu’s mother was to be discharged. In the middle of their conversation, Togame called Ninomiya which piqued Yorozu’s interest. He asked Ninomiya about Togame’s life back in high school.
Ninomiya: He was super foul-mouthed, horrid and unfriendly.
Yorozu then probed Ninomiya about Togame’s siblings’ death. Though he lied about the fact of hearing it first hand from the man himself, Ninomiya did reveal about the horrible accident which took their lives. It was such a wrenched disaster. Right after, Togame quit school and came to Tokyo alone. He was indifferent to anything else.
They continue to talk about Togame, about how worried Ninomiya was with him, his penniless state in the past and how he should experience happiness too.
After the conversation, Yorozu reflected;
He was the same age as me now when he lost his family. I can’t fathom his feelings then.
If I were to lose Satoru and mum, I wonder…
Togame-san went to a city all by himself.
Was he lonely? Insecure?
If I were to meet Togame-san then, I would have listened to him.
If he was hungry, I would have given him meals.
If he didn’t have a place to sleep, I would have let him stay in one of the empty rooms here…
Just like how it was in Togame-san’s car recently,
I would hug him and tell him that everything’s fine…
At that time, even if I didn’t want to I would kiss–(*not very clear who’s the one denying it here XD)
Kiss… Kissing him…
Yorozu: What the hell am I thinking?!
Next day, Yorozu tried to meet Togame at his place but left without saying anything and went to his
porn filming headquarter office instead. Outside, while he was debating whether to go in with his school uniform, Yoshida found him.
Yoshida lead Yorozu into the office and mentioned that he knew about the failed gay video filming. He also informed the latter that Togame’s leaving for a shoot overseas in a week and asked whether something happened between them.
Yorozu asked Yoshida about Togame, as a person. Basically a good person, Togame’s really serious at work and staffs really trust him too. Maybe a little too reliable too. *wink* Yorozu’s next question takes the cake though, “How is Togame-san as a lover?”
Yoshida went, “…Are you interested in the director?”
Yorozu: Ah, no… That’s not it…
Yoshida: Say, just ignore me if I’ve gotten this wrong but Shirosaki, you like the director?
And Yorozu blushed like there’s no tomorrow! They continue to talk about Togame until Yorozu revealed his misconception of Togame liking his younger brother. Meanwhile, Togame dropped by the office and one of the staff informed him of Yorozu’s arrival. Just as he was about to enter the room, he heard their conversation.
Yorozu: At first, I hated Togame-san.
Togame looked really shocked (and hurt?) to hear that. Yorozu continued his story about how overbearing and rude Togame was and how he looked as if he was about to go after his younger brother Satoru. He also confessed to tricking Togame into a relationship with his just so he could save his brother’s chastity while Togame who was right behind the door heard everything.
Yoshida didn’t think that’s the reason the director was being so close with Satoru. It’s more like Togame was treating him as his own younger brother. Yorozu didn’t dislike being with Togame though, even if it’s just a facade.
Off-handedly, Yoshida mentioned about seeing Yorozu having a double date during that last summer festival. Of course, Yorozu revealed that he was only there to even out the number and it wasn’t really a date. Yoshida thought he was gay but after seeing such a scene, he didn’t know what to think anymore. The director also suspected Yorozu having a girl he liked.
Their conversation was broken by the same staff who greeted Togame. Yoshida thought the director wasn’t coming that day but he was actually outside the door. Yorozu became worried that Togame must have heard their conversation. That the cat’s now out of the bag.